Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Monthly Favourites: October 2011.

I am so excited that it's November already! I just adore that beautiful build up to Christmas; all the decorations that are finding their way into shops on the highstreet, that distinct chill in the air that haves you reaching for your favourite winter coat, visiting endless shops in search of that perfect Christmas gift for a loved one and snuggling up beside a warm fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate are all complete perfection.
My first favourite from October won't be much of a surprise & it's MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. I was always hesitant to try MAC foundations, sometimes they get glowing reviews, other times they get such negative reviews and my indecisiveness paired with not living close to a MAC counter resulted in me opting for other brands. Last month I just decided to go crazy and order online & I'm so happy I did because I just absolutely adore this foundation. It's the perfect colour, I use NC15, it blends so easily with my Eyes Lips Face Studio Powder Brush & it gives the perfect medium coverage. At £23 it's not the most affordable of foundations but to me, it's worth every single penny.

It's no secret that I, along with many others, am completely head over heels in love with Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer and during October my love only increased. My usual shade is number 1 which is the very lightest but I was lucky enough to win Kim's giveaway recently and included in the prize was this concealer in shade number 2. Now although this is too dark for using on blemishes I have found that it's perfect for correcting my under eye circles before popping a tiny amount of the lighter shade on top. Loving these a lot!

I have talked about the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in the shade Recess so many times before but I just adore it & found myself reaching for it almost every day during October so I had to include it in this post! It's the perfect neutral base for so many different eyeshadow looks & it ensures that they stay in place for a super long time, even on my oily eyelids!

I'm constantly on the search for the perfect pharmacy mascara that lengthens, volumises, doesn't smudge and most importantly, is super affordable. I think that mascaras are slowly getting so expensive that I begrudge purchasing a £12 tube every three months so I've been trying out some of the more inexpensive brands to see what they have to offer in terms of mascara. I've tried and love the Collection 2000 Big Fake Lash mascara so I decided to try their latest offering which is called Pump Up The Volume Loud Lash Mascara. The wand is slightly curved which I quite like & the formulation of this is quite a bit wetter than the Big Fake which again, I also quite like because so far this hasn't dried up as quickly! At only a few pounds I think this is a nice mascara, it's not my absolute favourite in the world but I would repurchase again.

Another thing I was lucky enough to win in Kim's giveaway is the MUA Heaven & Earth eyeshadow palette. This palette is just beautiful, there are 12 really lovely warm toned neutral shadows that you can create a multitude of looks with. The shades are all easy to blend & there are a range of highlights, lid colours & deeper tones for the crease. I can honestly say I will use & love every single one of these shadows which is rare for me because usually there's at least one shade I'll never reach for in a palette. I highly recommend these shadows, they're lovely!

I was in Boots having a little look around, as you do, and I spotted this Revlon Nail Polish in the shade Lilac Pastelle and I just had to have it. It's the perfect baby pink shade with a touch of lilac and although it takes around three coats to achieve full opacity, I think it's worth it!

My next favourite is another product I've mentioned many times before & it's the Collection 2000 Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in the shade Fairy Cake. I have three of the shades and this is my favourite at the moment. It's a lovely bright but wearable pinky coral that smells like vanilla cupcakes. Yummy! I don't find these moisturising at all but with a lot of lip balm on underneath these are really lovely matte lip creams that don't sit in the lines of my lips & they last a really good amount of time.

My two current favourite lipsticks are both by Topshop & they are Pillow Talk and Rumour Has It. They're both from the Autumn/Winter Smoke & Mirrors Collection and they are both beautiful. Rumour Has It is the perfect dusty rose colour that looks so effortless and Pillow Talk is the perfect baby pink that looks lovely with almost anything. Both lipsticks have a lovely sheen to them which makes them so easy to wear. Love them!

My last favourite is my new phone cover and I'm sure you can all tell why I opted for this one! Yep, it's a bunny! My justification was that if I have to have a rubbish blackberry phone that doesn't work, then I'm going to have an obnoxiously cute case for it to live in. I love this so much I think it's my favourite favourite of last month!

What were your favourites during October?
xoxo

23 comments:

  1. Love Studio Sculpt and the Collection 2000 concealer! Your post has reminded me to dig out my Heaven and Earth palette :) xx

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  2. Loved this favourites! I think I need to try studio sculpt it sounds perfect. :) Can I ask how much the Benefit shadow/ liner was? It looks gorgeous xx

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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  3. I love the look of lots of your favourites this month! The pallette looks like a really good alternative compared to the more expensive ones :) I have the collection 2000 cream puff on my wishlist and now have my eye on Rumour Has It :D x

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  4. I've wanted to try MAC foundation for ages now! As i don't live any where near a MAC store, I don't know if i'm brave enough to order foundation online without knowing what shade i might be, as knowing my luck it wouldn't match me at all! Have just ordered some lipsticks though as i don't think you can go wrong with those!

    + Very cute bunny phone case! So adorable, am very jealous xxx

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  5. The Collection 2000 concealer made an appearance in my monthly favourites this time too! I love it so much. The Revlon nail polish looks gorgeous, I may have to pick that up :D

    Mollie xo
    molliemuses.blogspot.com

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  6. Oooh loving these! The phone cover has to be my favourite though, its definately you ! :o) xx

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  7. Jennie, if you put the lilac pastelle over Revlon's 'white on white' you might not need to use anymore than 1 coat and it will go much further. I swear by always having a base coat of white before any colour, they always POP so much brighter and better.

    xo fifi

    http://cats-cakes-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  8. i love your phone case so much! it's so cute. im also such a fan of the creme puffs, they just smell so yummy xxx

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  9. That phone cover is amazing! haha. Wish they did one for the iphone xx

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  10. I got a sample of MAC Studio Sculpt and I'm really enjoying it but it smells nasty! I can put up with it though because it is lovely on. Love the bunny cover, it's so cute!

    x

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  11. Ooo I keep thinking about getting a MUA palette and then forget! Now I've put it down on my shopping list. :P

    L x

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  12. Nice selection. I love Fairy cake too. I'm always really annoyed that my local topshop doesn't stock make up

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  13. The MUA palette is one of my favourites, it's such a bargin. I love the Collection 2000 Cream Puff too, they smell devine and leave a lovely finish.
    Sailboat is one of my favourite blogs, I love your little bunny too :)
    Kathryn xx

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  14. I really like the look of Topshop's Rumor Has It.
    Nice review!

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  15. Hi Jennie, I found your blog a few days ago when I searched for the Parisian Jacket from Joe Brown's online as it's out of stock in my size. This led me to your blog and for the past few days I've been reading through your previous posts and I love it so much!!
    And I have been lazily looking for a lilac nail polish, it seems you've done the leg work for me so I went out and bought it though haven't yet used it but it's the exact colour I was looking for. Thanks Jennie!

    Here's a link to my blog if you'd like to get to know me http://nikkiniknaks.blogspot.com/

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  16. lots of love for all those collecttion 200 products, think i'm gonna have to buy the mac foundation! x

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  17. Great favourites! I love the Collection 2000 concealer and I used to use Studio Sculpt and really like it- need to buy it again!x

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  18. I'm a massive fan of the Benefit cream shadows - I have black, grey and white ones which are brilliant for blending a smoky eye look.
    L x

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  19. i NEED the cream puffs and topshop lipsticks! :) xoxo

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  20. I recently bought MAC studio sculpt & I love it too! The woman at the MAC counter was rude as hell though telling me it wouldn't work with oily skin (I don't have oily skin) & trying to make out I was an idiot because my previous shade was obviously wrong. Lovely!

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  21. I think I just fell in love with the MUA palette..and that bunny phone cover is adorable btw!

    www.beautynthingsblog.com

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