It's time once again to get a cup of tea and sit down to talk about makeup! I'm going to be covering off everything for the month of October from products I'm panning to the new launches I have my eye on. Hope you enjoy...
The look I'm into
I'm all about the fresh, radiant base at the moment and I remembered this month how much I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Nude Foundation* (4W1) | £28 | review. It has light-medium coverage that lasts really well on me and just gives that dewy look without being overly greasy on my skin. To finish off the glowing look, I'm absolutely loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter* | £29 | review. It's a super-intense, glitter-free, metallic-finish highlighter that's light gold in colour (on my skin tone it has a slightly frosty look, making it even more blinding). This was limited edition however it's apparently coming back, so keep an eye out...
It's autumn and, of course, I'm me; so obviously I'm loving warm tones at the moment! On the eyes I've been opting for the Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette | £39 | review | and on the lips I'm still reaching for my MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha | £17.50 | review. I'm absolutely obsessed with the Too Faced palette - the warm rich tones are stunning and cover off both my neutral and colourful needs! The formula is also incredible - especially the metallic finish. Mocha is my go-to everyday lip colour - it's a warm pinky-brown nude on me and the formula is opaque and creamy in consistency.
The most significant new addition to my collection has been the Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer (Golden Beige) | £24. I'm sure I'll do a review of this at some point, though there's a product I'm trying to use up (which we'll get to later!) before this becomes my 'every single day' concealer. My first impressions are that you get a lot of product in here so fair play, Too Faced! This has amazing coverage but a very hydrating finish. It can crease a little so I recommend using a good setting powder if you tend to find that an issue. Having said that, I do still rate the longevity of this and it's so brightening.
On to cheek products... When I haven't been using the Amrezy highlighter, I've been reaching for the Balm's Bonnie Lou Manizer | £20. I never would've thought to check this out but I was browsing a counter and hadn't seen this shade before so gave it a little swatch and immediately had to have it! I love how smooth the texture is and how blinding this highlighter is. The colour is a warm but still striking gold colour. My other new addition has been the Nars Laguna Bronzer* | £30. Can you believe I'd never tried this before? What I actually think I assumed was that this wouldn't be for my skin tone, as many of the people who rave about this have much lighter colouring than me. However to celebrate the brand's launch on Cult Beauty, I was sent over a few bits to try and thought I'd give it a go. I finally get what all the fuss is about! It's natural and warming on my skin, giving subtle definition and a nice glow (it has a super-subtle sheen to the formula). It also blends out so nicely and evenly.
I also have a new eye makeup addition: the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Sand Dune | £23.50 | as an eyeshadow base. To be honest, this is a bit 'meh' in colour (it's a sort of slightly pinky-brown nude matte) and I wish I'd gone for Taupe again! However I can't fault this formula; it's opaque, blends out nicely and is seriously long-wearing, helping my eyeshadows to pop and to last well.
A few other mentions
I have two other products I thought were worth a mention! I'm using the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Vivid Smoky Quartz* | £16 | review | and the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Vivid Smoky Quartz* | £14.50 | review | every day at the moment. These both all products I'm a big fan of but these brown colours are a little softer and smokier than black whilst still being pigmented.
Stuff I'm using up or panning
I realise I haven't done an update on my Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette | $42 | review | for the past couple of months but that's probably because there's not been that much to show! It's really taught me how long it takes to even get a bit of pan on an eyeshadow palette... I've kept this on rotation alongside one other palette and I do find it a little limiting, though I'm still using it for about half the week because it does the job for a work makeup look. However I did make progress on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Desert (discontinued) | $5 | as I've pretty much finished it! I picked up the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow to replace it.
In terms of base products; I'm still plugging away with my Too Faced Hangover Primer | £27 | review. I'm surprised at how much there still seems to be in this tube! I'm also still slowly but surely making my way through my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light | £42 | review. My issue with this is that I don't wear as many matte foundations as I once did and I tend to like a more heavy-duty powder with my lighter, dewier bases. I've added a new product to my 'to use up' lineup: the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium) | £22 | review. I quite fancy a change and now I have the Too Faced, I feel like switching to that for a bit. This is still my holy grail, but it's almost done anyway so I might as well focus on using it up by the end of the year then trying something different.
There's not a great deal to report on with my Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love | £25 | review | or my Urban Decay Beached Bronzed in Bronzed | £23 | review. As you can see, I've panned the Urban Decay, which is a first for me with a bronzer! I've been using Baby Love most days (it's lovely paired with Mocha on the lips) but there's still no pan on it - there must be a loooot of product in there...
You can read more about the products I'm trying to use up in my previous posts.
It was incredibly easy for me to pick the product announcement I'm most excited about right now! It's the Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette | £56... Where do I even begin? It's no secret that I'm a real fan of Huda's palettes - I have the Rose Gold Remastered, the Desert Dusk, Coral Obsessions and Warm Brown Obsessions (I also really want Topaz Obsessions...) This palette just speaks to me - the pressed glitters look stunning, I'd use every single colour and it's both glam and wearable at the same time. I think this palette is beautiful and I just need it. NOW! On a serious note: I know Huda's palettes aren't cheap and I actually got the Desert Dusk for Christmas last year because I couldn't justify spending so much on myself. The mini Obsessions palettes are also a great way to try the formula without breaking the bank (they come in at £25 each). I think the internet is a little divided on the textured glitters but I definitely want to get this so I am happy to be the guinea pig and test them out and review them to let you guys know if they're genius or a total disaster.
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It kind of pains me to say this but the product I won't be checking out is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette | £42. Don't get me wrong; I love Anastasia eyeshadow palettes so of course I was tempted but I saw a video where they took out the bright poppy / coral shade and it made me realise how uninspiring the rest of the colours are to me. I actually love the metallics from Anastasia and almost wanted this just for those, and the swatches do look good (I also find my Soft Glam way more beautiful when swatched or applied than it is in the pan) but when I stepped back and considered it; I realised I'd literally be buying the palette for 4-5 colours. I just need to be careful about bringing new eyeshadow palettes into my collection; as the Lorac Unzipped has taught me, it takes a loooong time to use one up. I want to be excited about everything my collection and I just don't think I'd feel that way about this palette.
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How do you feel about the new launches I've mentioned? Have you picked up anything lately? What's your go-to look?