Friday, 25 September 2015

September Faves | Beauty

As I'm back at college and studying hairdressing, it's important to look my best and definitely means a full face of make up that can last me through a whole day of practical sessions in the salon. I don't wear a lot of make up and never really have, but I still like to apply a little. I have good skin (again, thank goodness!) and don't need to put a lot on my skin for a base as I like to keep my natural skin showing through too. I tend to keep the same look for work as well as it's quite light and keeps my skin looking good throughout my 4 hour shift racing around serving and being in a hot kitchen too.

So which products are my favourite, and my go-to's at the moment then?

MeMeMe Long-Lasting Nail Gloss, £5.00.
~This came in a GlossyBox quite some time ago, and much like nail varnishes I put them away in my drawer and never give them a second look however, this caught my eye a couple of weeks back and I decided to try it for the first time. It's a lovely manicure nude shade that just coats the nail. I did apply a couple of coats just to cover up my nail but it's a nice neutral shade for wearing in the salon. I'm lucky that on the floor above mine at college there is a nail back so I'm intending on having mine done up there in a couple of weeks, but I just thought this made a nice neutral addition to my collection of nail polishes that I never use. Like any other though, it does chip pretty easily so for the price there are probably cheaper alternatives out there.

No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in shade Soft Ruby, £9.95. 
~I bought this just before Christmas when I popped into Boots to be colour matched for their foundation, which ultimately turned out to be a big disaster. The colour was a good match but she gave me a really thick and full coverage moisturiser which just looked terrible on my skin. Anyway, there was an offer on where if you bought two products you received a really nice goody bag and well I'm a sucker for a freebie so I bought this lipstick. I didn't really like it at first so it went in a jar with all the other lipsticks I don't use, but I got this back out again to go with my vintage look for work and I must admit this time around I'm quite impressed with it. As it's moisture drench, it keeps my lips hydrating with no cracking through the day, and doesn't bleed either which it good. However, it does wear off after an hour or so, so I kept finding myself reapplying which isn't that professional at work. For the price though, it was quite expensive and I wouldn't really repurchase it again. Lesson learnt.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation in shade Ivory, £5.99. 
~I'm always in search of a good foundation and have recently been using tinted moisturisers but after seeing the advert and joining in on the hype of this product I thought I would give it a go; and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely love it! It's very light on the skin and blends perfectly giving fine coverage and concealing. I have light skin and ivory suits my tone perfectly. It's quite cheap for a foundation and I've found is lasting me such a long time! The only downside is that I don't like the dripper, so tend to run this on the back of my hand and apply using a brush. I'll definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out.

Oriflame 'The One' Eye Liner Stylo in shade black, currently £4.45*.
~I received this in a goody bag from an Oriflame event I attended last year but have only recently started using it to the best of it's ability. The Stylo pen has a fine felt tip that I find really easy to apply for all my style of flicks be it thick or thin. The pigment is pretty strong although can be watery sometimes so you may need to run over your liner a couple of times depending. For me, who certainly can't apply liquid liner, this is a great product. It dries quickly too and doesn't leave any residue on the lid either. They are currently half price on the website so I'm tempted to make an order for a fresh one just in case.

My Little Box Mascara Soin Et Volume in shade black. 
~This mascara came in a My Little Box a few months back but I've only recently had a clear out of the boxes to see what I actually have. This is a volumising mascara and works brilliantly. The brush is quite long meaning I can catch most of my eyelashes in one swipe. The only downside is that there isn't an excess capture at the top of the lid so you can easily end up with too much on your brush. Although that's a small downside to the product I still absolutely love it at the moment as it leaves my lashes feeling soft and nourished. Unfortunately I will never be able to buy this product again as it was just included in the box, but never mind. I'll go back to my old faithful again!

Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome in shade Pink, £8.00.
~At the Body Shop event a couple a months ago I picked up this amazing Highlighting Dome from their blusher collection. The Honey Bronze collection have a range of products that I've used for quite some years but this isn't one I was familiar with. The colour, with a hint of a bronzer, looks amazing against my skin. I've been using Sleek's Rose Gold blusher for a couple of years now, and although this has a similar shade, it's a little more rosier on the cheek and makes my cheeks pop just a little bit more. I've simply been applying it by rubbing on my cheeks and blending in with a brush. I think when the product is down to the pot I'll have to apply with my fingers. Anyway, it's definitely a worthy investment, and both their lighter and darker shades would be brilliant for contouring.

Make Up Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Make Up Fixing Spray, £5.00*. 
~You may remember my review of this product before it came out on my 'February Faves' post here. I'm still using the same bottle and have over half left in. It has definitely been my go-to product through the summer and has kept my face looking fresh throughout. I've become more reliant on it at work because it can get really hot there, and I'm imagining the same when I'm in the salon too. I honestly couldn't recommend using it more, it's been the best new makeup addition to my back in quite some time and I'll be repurchasing this when it runs out. If you have normal skin, there is also a normal alternative of the product you can buy for the same price. Oh and the packaging is rose gold, what more could I ask for?!

Korres Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton Eau de Toilette, £30. 
~A friend gave me this fragrance a while back as it was too heavy for her, but I quite like the woody, masculine scent behind this. To top the musky, earthy notes, it has a top of rose just to bring out the sweetness in the fragrance and I must admit this is a really nice scent. Normally it's not something I would buy myself because it's not floral, but I really like the longevity it has on my skin, and there are several under notes that come out through the day. For £30, I don't think I would repurchase this product though, but I'll definitely be finishing off the bottle!

Elie Saab Le Perfum, £27.34. 
~This was a sample from one of the Harvey Nichol's catwalk events quite some time ago that I have only just managed to use. Lets be honest, they gave us a lot of perfume samples in those bags and I keep finding them in drawers all over the place! It's quite nice to give something a change though, and I really am delighted in this perfume. It's clean, sweet and floral which to me is everything perfect in a fragrance. For a price of £27.34 for a 30ml bottle I definitely think I'll be treating myself to this for my birthday or Christmas, or just hoping a male or lady friend along the way might treat me to some luxuries this year, I love to be cheeky.

So, what do you think of my September favourites? I'm going to try swap up the collection for November though, it gives me a change to use a few old products that I haven't really given the time of day. I guess it's back to swapping my stash again!

1 comment:

  1. That oriflame eyeliner is a bloody miracle, I don't know what I'd do without it!