11/01/2013

October Favourites

So it's the 1st November which means my October favorites or more than ready to be displayed! This month, my favourites have been quite similar to Septembers favourite's, however I promise that this months is probably going to feature a few beauties! But untill then, here are the products I have been using throughout October and been absolutely loving.


Urban Decay Naked Palette, £37, here I'v been loving dipping into a few of these shades for a natural every day makeup. One of my favourite looks is to apply 'sin' all over the lid and apply 'sidecar' into the crease. To add depth for an evening look I usually add in 'Hustle' into the crease too. Try mixing 'toasted' and 'Hustle' and swipe it under the eye to smoke it out a little more. Keep your eyes peeled for an Urban Decay Series post coming up before christmas.


Bioderma, starting at £4.50, here- I'v been loving my Bioderma lately. It is so practical, soft and gentle on my skin. It's a water cleanser with the best ingredients in and all you have to do is squeeze it onto a cotton pad and it will remove all your makeup (a little struggle with the mascara). I also like to use it sometimes to freshen up my face and use it after I'v used a makeup wipe. As it is a french product which you can pick up in French pharmacies, I actually asked my dad to bring me one over from France when he was back in the UK for a while so it was relatively cheap. I believe it's a little more expensive online, but well worth it!

NARS Laguna Bronzer, £26, here(you can get it in a blush duo too)- soft and blendable, bronze and summery, buildable and buttery, what more can I say? One of the best bronzers I'v purchased and I like to apply it underneath my 'cheekbones' for a light contour, brush it onto my neck lightly and up onto my temples.

KIKO Full coverage concealer, £7.50, here- My current all-time favourite concealer. Thick, creamy, lightweight, effortless, multipurpose and a brilliant under eye cover up.

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm in 'light plus', £23 here- Considering i'm not your average primer junky, I really like this as it is so lightweight, it blends into your skin really nicely and provides a brilliant base for makeup. It is quite moisturising but I still like to smother a layer of moisturiser underneath for good measure. It helps to keep your skin looking dewy throughout the day and keep your makeup put for those extra needed hours. I use the Real Techniques Stippling brush to apply this all over my face.

MAC Cremesheen lipstick in 'shy girl', £15 here- I have been loving this this month! It just seems so perfect this month, going really well with all my makeup looks, lasting well on the lips and giving that oomph to my face when you need that natural yet statement nude lip. Kind of a peachy/coffee colour nude. Leaves a lovely little shine on your lips and isn't too drying as it is a cremesheen. More ravings here.

MAC Gel Eyeliner in 'Dipdown', £15, here- I am not a huge eyeliner girl. However, I am now! I always felt that eyeliner just ran on me and blurred and smudged and it never looked pretty. I gave up on pencil liners for a while however after discovering this MAC gel eyeliner I cannot get enough! I want it in every colour now. It is just so easy to apply, applies like butter, does not budge all day and just makes your eyes pop! It makes my eyes look bigger and brighter and it is such a beautiful colour. Yum.

Urban Decay 'Big Fatty' Mascara, £15, here- This is actually a sample product but I am absolutely loving it. I didn't like it at first as it was really watery and didn't look great but now it has dried out a little it is amazing. I have really short eyelashes and it really really lengthens them! I curl my lashes too and it makes such a huge difference! It really fans out my eyelashes and coats them really nicely. Goodbye spider lashes and clumps! I will definitely one hundred percent be buying the full price mascara once this one has finished and I suggest you jump on the bandwagon too!

Urban Decay Primer Potion, £15, here- I don't usually wear shadow primer but this product has changed my ways. For the sake of a 2 minute jobby of just swiping the easy go sponge applicator onto your lid and blending it in with your fingers, it is so worth it! I always thought my eyeshadow stayed put however the difference I see when using this is massive. It also helps to prevent creasing especially when wearing a cream shadow, or even if you want a natural eye with no shadow, it will help stop your foundation from creasing in your lid too. I like to apply this under my eyes too and apply concealer over the top. (I got that tip from Amelia Liana- @lianabeauty on twitter go check her out!)

Batiste Dry Shampoo in tropical, £2.99 here- who doesn't love a bit of puff and oomph in their hair? This does the job perfectly for me. I don't have extra thick hair, so this is really good for me. I'm not going to 'not recommend' this project to you long hair ladies/men because I can't comment, but at under £5 for that huge bottle maybe you could try it and let me know! I get the tropical flavour/scent as it smells like coconut and I love the smell of coconut! Just be careful if you have dark hair as it can go white at the roots. Not a problem for me though as I'm pretty darn blonde!

MAC eyeshadow in 'omega', £12.50 here- I use this shadow for my brows with an Urban Decay flat brush that comes in both of the Urban Decay NAKED palettes. This is the perfect colour for me being a blondey. Not too dark, not too ashy, not too brown. Just right! It stays put all day without budging and creates a really pretty natural looking thick brow. (Depending on how thick you want to make it obviously!) I try to stick to my natural brow and just fill it in as opposed to trying to change its shape as I think using a pencil/wax is best for that job! 

Real Techniques Blush Brush, £9.99 here- I cannot say one bad thing about a Real Techniques Brush. The fibres are so soft and clean so easily, application is like heaven and the blush brush has such a lovely oval shape that it helps to serve different purposes. I use it to apply blusher, bronzer and powder. Just look at it! It's so perfect.

Crown blending brush, £3.69 here- 3 words I know you all want to hear. MAC 217 dupe. This brush is so so so so so soft. And yes! it is only £3.69. It blends your eyeshadows in like butter and I definitly would say it is a brilliant MAC 217 dupe. I love it so much I am actually going to purchase a few more of these for my collection as at the amazing price they are you can't say no!

That concludes my October favourites. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post, it's going to be an Autumnal one! P.s I would love it if you could come and like my Facebook page here, and follow me on Bloglovin' here. If you fancy a chat, a nose, or want to keep up with me on a daily basis come and follow me on twitter @alystephens. I would love to get to know all my followers better!

Untill next time, Ciao for now & Happy November!





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