Sunday, 30 October 2011

Monthly Favourites: September 2011.

Do you ever have those posts planned where you've taken all the photographs but you never get around to actually sitting down to write the content? This is what happened with my September favourites but since I've been doing my monthly favourites posts for over a year, I really didn't want to skip a month. I popped up my September favourites video about a week ago so if you'd prefer to watch rather than read then you're more than welcome to pop over there!

I've talked about the Illamasqua Satin Primer many times before over the past year or so and I still absolutely love it. If you have dry skin and have a problem with your foundation clinging to dry patches no matter how amazingly well you moisturise then I guarantee that you need this product in your life. It smells slightly like cake which is nice, but I would prefer if it were scentless, and you only need a super small amount in order to give your skin a beautiful dewy glow. It's pricey at £19.50 but it's such a wonderful investment.

Another brilliant product if you have dry or dehydrated skin is Weleda Skin Food ♦. I predominantly use this on particularly dry areas of my face such as my nose, cheeks & forehead both morning and evening. Occasionally however I will pop a thin layer all over my face and neck before I go to sleep & when I wake up my skin is hydrated and healthy looking. This is a thick cream so I wouldn't recommend it for your face unless your skin is super dry but this is one of those multi purpose creams that can be used anywhere you have dry skin.

I go through phases with my nails, sometimes I love nothing more than picking out a pretty nail polish to wear & a few days later taking it all off and popping a different colour on. Most of the time though I'm not hugely fussy and the polish I always find myself reaching for is Barry M Blue Glitter. It's easy to apply, a couple of coats gives you super sparkly nails, it dries pretty quickly & it doesn't chip easily. Of course like all glitter it's a pain in the you-know-what to take off but I'm willing to overlook that because it's so pretty!

It's no secret that Good Things is my absolute favourite brand for body scrubs & butters and their latest Soothing Body Butter ♦ offering is probably my absolute favourite item from the range. This body butter is rich and beautifully moisturising with a fruity scent that is just addictive! The matching Good Things Soothing Exfoliating scrub ♦ is also fabulous so if you're in the market for some new body products then I highly recommend Good Things!

My blusher combination for the month of September was Illamasqua Promise Cream blush & Bourjois Rose d'Or powder blusher. I won't ramble on here because I've talked about both of these many times before, but together they give the perfect warm pink slightly sparkly flush to the cheeks that lasts all day long without fading.

For the longest time I had the Eyes Lips Face Studio Angled Contour Brush sitting in my brush pot & I had no idea what to use it for. It's a funny little brush but surprisingly it has many uses! I mainly use it for popping a wash of colour over my lids and blending out slightly at the edges & it's the perfect brush for that. You could also use the tip to create definition in the crease & after a few suggestions from people commenting on my YouTube video, it's also a fabulous little concealer brush!

The Collection 2000 Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Creams intrigued me for the longest time before I decided to purchase a couple and the first shade I gravitated towards was Cotton Candy. This shade isn't the pretty baby pink I was expecting, instead it's a far more unusual bright yet deep pink that's surprisingly easy to wear. I don't find these moisturising at all despite their name, but with a good slick of lip balm underneath these are wonderful and at £2.99 each you can't go wrong! Expect a different shade to be popping up in my October favourites!

On the other end of the spectrum are two lipsticks that made up my perfect nude lip for September. It's not often I go for a nude lip, I'm not sure why, it's just not really my thing. I was rummaging through my lip drawer and came across the infamous GOSH Velvet Touch Darling lipstick and decided to give it a second chance. On it's own, Darling is so unwearable for me it's ridiculous - it washes me out and the formulation is super unforgiving. I decided to mix it with a little bit of 17 Mirror Shine On Lipstick in Beehive and they're the most perfect combination. Love them.

Finally this is the palette that needs absolutely no introduction, the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Again this is another product I've mentioned about a million times before but I just adore it. The shade Half Baked is the perfect colour if you have blue eyes, Sin is the perfect champagne & Naked is the perfect shade for me to use to blend out other colours & soften the look. It's pricey, but I honestly think it's worth every penny!

What were your September favourites? I'll be popping up my October favourites super soon - sorry to overload you with favourites posts!
xoxo

28 comments:

  1. The Weleda Skin Food sounds good-I've had awful dry patches on my cheeks recently and so far, what I've been using just isn't doing anything! May have to give this one a go :) X

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  2. I want to try that primer, my foundation always clings to dry patches and most primers seem to dry out my skin anyway, thanks for sharing :) xxx

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  3. Barry M's Blue Glitter is amazing, isn't it!? It lasts for aaaagggeeesss :) xx

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  4. I have that palette and it's AMAZING. I got it as a birthday present too, which was an added bonus. Love it. xx

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  5. A lovely collection of products! Very tempted to buy that shade of the collection 2000 lip cream as its only £ 2.99! x

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  6. I've been itching to buy the Naked Palette, but I'm too cheap to splurge!

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  7. so desperate for the naked palette! treating myself with my birthday money i think :):) x

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  8. The sparkly nail varnish is sooo pretty!
    xx

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  9. I need to try this primer, it sounds perfect as my skin can get really dry. I don't think i would even mind the cake smell! x

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  10. I always love your favourites posts. I really need to try something from the Good Things range. x

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  11. Bourjois Rose d'or is still one of my favourite blushes - though I've never tried it with any of my illy cream blushes - I'm going to give it a try! I've been loving glitter nail polishes lately too - my favourite this month is Deborah Lipman's Happy Birthday, it's amazing! xx

    P.S I'm loving your videos lady!

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  12. I'm glad you didn't miss this out because I love browsing monthly favourites xx

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  13. Great choices, I'm curious about the Skin Food product. The colder weather has really hit me hard this year and I need a thicker moisturizer. :(

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  14. Have heard lots about the primer. I'm currently using the Lancome one but when that finishes, I'll go for this one I think! xxx

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  15. That Urban Decay palette is the best! I've never found anything as amazing.

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  16. CAKE PRIMER?! What?! Send me a sample I absolutely must try ;) xx

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  17. The naked palette will always be a fav of mine. Great pics.

    xoJenn
    imperfection-isbeauty.com

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  18. I love Barry M blue glitter, looks amazing over a dark blue. If you like this you should try the Green Glitter and Red Glitter too :)

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  19. So nearly bought the naked palette in duty free and now kicking myself that I didn't! :o( Might have to invest even if it is at a higher price...

    Penny x

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  20. I always plan to do monthly favourites but think if I don't get it up within the first week of the next month then I shouldn't do it! I will be doing an October faves though :-) Barry M blue glitter is gorgeous, no matter how difficult they are to remove I love glitter polishes!x

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  21. Now I'm not a make-up kind of girl, but that Urban Decay palette looks good even to me! yum! Oh and I love a bit 'o' glitter nail polish, even if it does take half a day, a whole cotton field and a bottle of remover to take off!

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  22. I use my Naked Palette EVERY DAY without fail! Can't beat it. I also have the GOSH darling lipstick which I've had for a couple of years now and I often use that over a MUA lipgloss.
    Great now I feel like doing some online shopping :P

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  23. I adore good things too. Their matte moisturiser is a must. Adore the glittery blue Barry M too, it's gorgeous!! xo fifi

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  24. i really love the idea of combining two blushers together bet the colour looks lovely :)

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  25. Fab post! I think I might need to pop out & buy a couple of these now! xx

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  26. looks great, well worth a try :)

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  27. Would you recommend the good things body butter or naked's coco de mer body butter? which one did you find better?

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  28. @anonymous - I prefer the good things body butter, can't fault it at all!

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