October Favourites




1. Ever since I took the plunge and purchased my very own UV Gel Lamp, I have been obsessed with ‘at home’ shellac nails. I am a big fan of the Blue Sky Shellac Nails brand (available on Amazon) as they produce long-lasting, high quality, and glossy nails on a budget. Annoyingly, I always find that nail polish base and top coats are a bit like shampoo and conditioner - you never finish a bottle at the same time! When I ran out of top coat I was intrigued to find out the difference between the budget Blue Sky brand (£5.00) and the high class CND Shellac brand (£15.99). The packaging, consistency and durability of the CND Shellac is incredible and I can see why it is so highly priced- I look forward to testing out their range of colour polishes.

2. As we have sorrowfully waved our last goodbyes to the warm, sunny weather and welcomed in the cool, crisp autumn months, my lip shade choices have darkened. Red lips and black winged eyeliner has always been an autumnal staple make-up look for me, both day and night. The Rimmel London Apocolips Lip Laquer in 402 Across The Universe (£6.49) is one of my most reached for lip products due to its budget price, fuss-free application (no need for a lip liner) and long lasting wear. It is extremely glossy once applied and after a couple of hours wear, remains as a bold stain.

3. I’m the kind of girl who is always rocking a volumised up-do, so hairspray is a necessity in my beauty routine. From a young age I have always been surrounded by Pantene hair products - I’m talking shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and a handful of extra oils. I ended up having to sway away from my beloved roots (excuse the pun) and purchase a mini bottle of the Tresemme ‘freeze hold’ Hairspray (£2.29) whilst in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games (who forgets to pack hairspray?!). I was astounded by the quality of hold - most low cost hairsprays that offer firm, extreme or freeze hold tend to leave hair feeling sticky, dirty and generally unpleasant. However, this miniature bottle kept my hair in place, whilst still feeling like actual hair and I have since purchased a couple of full sized bottles to store away for a rainy day.  

4. I mentioned last month that my skin had become a little dry due to the change in seasons, and that I’d stumbled upon an old favourite - Nivea Soft Moisturiser. This pot of goodness has still been working wonders during October, but I had noticed that my concealer was still clinging to the area underneath my eyes. I decided to dig out my Simple Soothing Eye Balm (£3.99), which is great for re-hydrating dry skin without irritating areas that are prone to sensitivity. I have been using this morning and night for several weeks now and have noticed a considerable improvement in the application, comfort and general appearance of my skin and makeup - winner.

5. I made the decision to purchase another MAC 217 Brush (£19.00) at the beginning of the month as a clean back-up for blending out eyeshadow, and I fell in love with it all over again. It is the perfect shape and size for smooth application of eye (and concealing) products - even for those who wouldn’t class themselves as a make-up pro. Its price tag is easily justifiable based on its quality - a definite staple in your make-up bag. 

What were you loving in October?

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I've come across this post as I sometimes suffer from dry skin under my eyes so definitely going to give the soothing eye balm a try :D X
    thefashion-junkie

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  2. I'm really tempted to purchase my own UV Gel Lamp! Each time I get shellac they tend to peel off pretty quickly, do you have this problem?

    Love your blog!

    http://themonkeyandthefrog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. When I first started doing my own shellac nails they did peel a little because I was applying the varnish too think and not sealing the edges. I may do a post about how to do shellac nails at-home with a few helpful tips! xox

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  3. Great post - I love Rimmel Apocolips range! Lovely blog too

    LondonBeautyxx

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    1. Thank you Emily! I am a big lover of your blog too xox

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  4. Great picks :)
    I've never tried shellac as I'm a bit of an acrylic obsessive but it must be fab to do your nails at home! I'm also on the lookout for a new hairspray as I've only ever used L'Oreal Elnett catwalk volume (and its sooo expensive!) so I might give the Tresemme one a go! xx

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    1. It's a money-saver doing them yourself! Definitely try out Tresemme - it is sold in a huge can, so lasts a long time too xox

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