It’s crazy to think that we’re now in October. Where did the year go?
Those of us in the Southern Hemisphere farwelled Winter and welcomed Spring, but you’ll see that I’m still finding it hard to let go of some of my winter favourites, especially the deep berry lip!
For perfume I am absolutely loving YSL Black Opium. It was a gift from my Mum and I am really enjoying it’s depth of character. It’s spicy and a little sweet (yes, you can smell hints of the Original iconic Opium perfume). It’s a little like Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb, but much more sophisticated and less overdone. I love how it wears through the day leaving you with hints of vanilla and coffee.
My first blog post was about Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis. I raved about them and I continue to do so. Comprised of a mini Divine Face Oil and a mini Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream, these have worked their way into my everyday routine. The oil, applied before the moisturiser, sinks into your skin without making it oily. I firmly believe that it provides just the right amount of moisture so that whatever you apply on top just sinks straight in. The Day Cream is lovely and hydrating and the perfect partner for the oil (although I have worn the oil with other moisturisers too). I can say that after using these items, I have noticed a visible improvement in my skin and especially in the wrinkles around my eyes. Love love love these AND so reasonably priced at $19.95.
Pure Fiji White Ginger Lily Body Butter is a smooth and hydrating body butter that isn’t too heavy, but moisturises dry winter skin. I love this brand and again, this was a gift that I very much appreciate. The scent is lovely, but isn’t too strong, which I like a lot. I’ve been through a few body butters in my day and this one stands out in my top 3. Pure Fiji as a brand has amazing products and they are now getting easier to buy in New Zealand. In fact they have a website where you can now order directly from them and if you spend over $109.00 you can get free shipping to NZ.
If you follow me on Instagram this next favourite won’t be a surprise. I have worn the Napoleon Perdis Autoprimer nearly everyday in September. I love a full coverage foundation to cover my hyperpigmentation and the foundation of choice this month was Estee Lauder Double Wear (another favourite), which lasts the distance but can be a little drying especially if your skin is dehydrated like mine. This primer is very moisturising and perfect to wear in the winter months. It gives that hydration and also provides a nice smooth canvas to apply my foundation over.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ivory Beige was my favourite foundation in September. I work in a non-air conditioned office that is absolutely freezing in winter and it can be hard on the skin. I want full coverage and expect to look as fresh at the end of a long day as I do at the start. Too much to ask? Not from this foundation. I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply and find that it makes the foundation almost push into my skin and looks so natural. If you haven’t tried this foundation I highly recommend it. The great thing is that in New Zealand now you can buy for $69.00 which makes it one of the cheapest high end foundations here.
Concealer of the month comes from LA Girl. I’ve included the colour Nude here which is a more peachy toned one. However, I have about 5 colours I have on rotation and use on different days in different ways. The formulation of these is what I love. It is easy to apply and blend out and no matter what foundation you use. Also, it doesn’t dry out on those patches under your eyes as the day wears on. It is my favourite concealer formulation by far. The packaging isn’t amazing and sometime you need to shake it before applying so that it doesn’t separate. But, I’m happy to forgive that because the product is great and the price point is pretty much unbeatable.
Favourite eyeshadows have all come from one palette this month. I have really enjoyed my MAC Maleficent palette that has four staple shades in them that has suited a more grungy make up approach that I’ve enjoyed this month. Concrete – I have used almost every day on my brows for a more natural look. I’ve also used it on my lids and blended out with Brown Down – a cool toned brown that is essential in your make up kit. Carbon is a deep black and I’ve used it to deepen my crease and also used as a smoked out eyeliner with a bit of the Brown Down. Goldmine is a true yellow gold that is a highly pigmented metallic that I’ve used on the lid and also on the inner corners of my eyes.
Two blushes that I’ve enjoyed are both from MAC. Sunbasque is a warm bronzy colour that gives the same effect that Warm Soul gives on a lighter complexion. It’s a lovely colour and the slight shimmer adds dimension without sparkle. The second blush was from the Simpsons Collection and is another recommendation from Mouldyfruit. Marge Pink Sprinkles is a perfect pink. To look at it you wouldn’t think it was anything amazing, but it adds just the right amount of pink tone to my cheeks without looking clown-like (I hope).
Favourite highlighter of the month is Laura Geller Gilded Honey. I’ve worn others and loved them too, but this one stood out. It has a beautiful gold colour that suits my medium skin tone. Application is very smooth and it’s so easy to blend in. I also got compliments just about every time I wore this one, so it must be amazing! lol
Two lip combos I’ve loved are:
1 – A deep berry lip using Jordana lipliner in Ruby Stone and Karen Murrell Scarlet Blaze. This was such a beautiful combo and I’m tempted to wear all through Spring too! Karen Murrell lipsticks are satin, long wearing and pigmented. This particular colour has a slight cinnamon scent which I really liked.
2- A peachy nude lip using MAC Spice lipliner and Wet n Wild lipstick in Beyond thes Adobe Walls (a re-purchase after my 2 year old daughter decided to apply my previous tube to herself and our carpet). This combo was the perfect peachy nude lip that I wore with a number of different eyecolours.
Well, there you go! A long list, but hopefully you enjoyed the read and maybe you’ll try something on my list!