Monday, 4 November 2013

October Favourites 2013

I can't believe October's over already, this year is going by so fast! I ventured out of my comfort zone a lot this month and tried lots of new products. I've also been a bit naughty and had a few splurges but luckily for you guys, that means I have some monthly favourites to show you.

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara: The first thing I've been loving this month is Urban Decay's Big Fatty mascara. I got this free at an event way back in June and I fell in love with it instantly. After just a single coat my eye lashes were so much thicker and longer. I didn't experience any clumping or panda eye-ness whatsoever.

My favourite thing about this product is the wand. On one side the bristles are quite close together which is perfect for lengthening lashes, and the other side has wider bristles which I use for thickening them. It's quite small so can be easily used on bottom eye lashes too. Although this has been a staple in my make up routine for a while now, I've really found myself reaching for this product throughout October. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser Primer: Corrie from dizzybrunette3 has been raving about this primer for quite a while now. Apparently it's a great dupe for Benefit's Porefessional so I thought I'd give it a go. Admittedly the product itself looks a bit...mucusy (tasty huh?) but it really soothes and hydrates my skin. It has quite a thin, runny consistency which I actually like because I don't have to use a lot of product and my skin has room to breathe. I don't normally like the smell of tea tree but it's quite subtle so it hasn't bothered me really. At £7.50, it's way cheaper than Porefessional so you can't go wrong. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: Up until October I'd only ever applied foundation using my fingers or a sponge, so I thought I'd treat myself to the Real Techniques Expert Face brush. This really is the perfect little foundation brush. The bristles are so soft and the brush itself is just the right size. It buffs product in so well and helps me achieve a flawless foundation for the rest of my make up. I've been using this pretty much everyday and can't believe I went so long without it - definitely a favourite for this month.

Benefit High Beam: I got a little sample of Benefit's High Beam at a blog sale (hosted by the lovely Orla from Makeup Over Mind) and wow! I absolutely love this product! I've been dabbing a little on my upper cheek bones everyday and I instantly look more radiant and dewy. I can see this being a staple in my Autumnal routine as it puts a bit of sunshine back into my dull skin. 

Nars Lip Gloss in 'Turkish Delight': I made a cheeky little Nars purchase this month in the form of Turkish Delight lipgloss. I've seen Kim K use this quite a lot and I can honestly see why. The formula feels really luxurious and although it's fairly thick it doesn't feel sticky or gooey. The colour is really natural and girlie - perfect for throwing on when you're in a bit of a rush. I also love layering it over MAC's Angel lipstick, the two work really well together. 

MAC Powder Blush in 'Gingerly': Another naughty purchase I made was MAC's gingerly blush. Chelsimadonna included this in her September Favourites video and I just really liked the look of it. It's been a nice change from my typical Nars Orgasm as it's warmer toned and more of an Autumn blush. It's also great if you can't be bothered to apply bronzer AND blusher as it's sort of a two in one. 

CarmexMy last "make up" favourite this month is Carmex. Ok, technically not a make up product but it's been a huge part of my routine lately. I tend to get really chapped lips, especially in Autumn and balms don't seem to do anything for me. Carmex has actually soothed and healed my lips instead of just creating a barrier. I can't believe I've only just tried this product but I'm so glad I did. 

Choker Chain Necklace: I have two little fashion faves this month. The first is a little choker chain necklace. I got this from a vintage store in my town for a mere £3.60 and I've been wearing it nearly all the time. It goes with pretty much any outfit so you can't go wrong really.

Mean Girls Beanie: My other fashion favourite is this awesome beanie from Amazon. I've definitely felt the change in weather but this has been a life saver. It's so warm and cosy and great for bad hair days (which is everyday for me). I've been wearing it religiously in honour of one of the best films ever made. The only bad thing about this hat is, when I wear it on any day other than Wednesday, I get random people in the street shouting "It's not Wednesday you know". Smh. 

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Educating Yorkshire: I finally got round to watching Educating Yorkshire after hearing people rave about it. It was such a touching documentary and all of the kids are hilarious; I particularly love little Ryan and Robbie-Joe. Like the rest of Britain, I bawled my eyes out at Mushy's speech at the end of the series - such an amazing moment and a great end to my month.

Be sure to tell me some of your October faves in the comments, and I'll see you all soon!



  1. Oh good lord at that beanie LOL (so much A+)
    I AGREE--ever since I started buffing my foundation with a real techniques brush, I can't help but go 'EXCUSE ME BUT WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING WITHOUT YOU FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS??' Definitely a game changer.

    I have the tiny version of High Beam, and since this is the second post I've seen today listing it as a favourite, I suppose it's time I start using it again!
    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ | Makeup & Silly things

  2. I think it's fair to say you have great taste! I absolutely love Real Techniques (who doesn't right?) and I wanna try the Sigma brushes too at some point.

    I've never used a high lighter before but I'm definitely a convert. I think with High Beam it's easy to over-do it but I don't mind. My skin is so dull I might as well bathe in it haha x

    I really want a Mean Girls hat that says "If you're from African then why are you white?" cos I'm from Egypt put I'm really pale so my friend always teases me. Don't think it'd be socially acceptable to walk around with that statement though :') x

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    2. *Africa *but
      So many typos in that comment I can't even. It's like 2am so sorry lol x

    3. (Me? 'Great taste'? WHAT A LIE) I definitely want to try more Real Techniques brushes because they're so inexpensive, but we don't have a lot of in-store options in Canada! We only get the sets up here, haha! (I totally regret not buying the stippling brush when I was in an Ulta in the States!) I want to try Sigma too, but they're a bit pricey! (imo, anyways)

      LOL omg. That hat would be perf. but yeah, don't know if it's socially acceptable LOL.
      (And it's on with the typos, I'm just thankful that autocorrect works on Microsoft Word + web browser because I make so many typos, no matter what time of day)

    4. correction: *(and it's ok with the typos)

  3. omg love the pink beanie! i need it :) x

    1. Haha, I think you can still get them on Amazon. Wasn't too expensive either.
      I love Mean Girls so couldn't resist. Zoella has it too ^_^ x


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