Another month, another selection of stand-out products that I’ve been religiously reaching for throughout September.
Morphe M439 brush-
A firm favourite this month has been this little workhorse of a brush, which I touched on briefly in my BEAUTYBAY HAUL post. It’s got firm but fluffy bristles that blend out liquid foundations seamlessly and make my skin look absolutely pixel-perfect. It slices the time I usually take to do my makeup in half and I use it for BB creams, foundations and even my concealer so it’s an excellent all-rounder. Well worth the hype and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
H&M eyeshadow single in BACI DI AMA-
I’m a huge advocate for H&M’s beauty range, I think generally the brand hits the nail on the head every time in terms of quality, and everything comes with a very purse-friendly price tag. I have a few of their single eyeshadow pans and I have my eye on a few more- and this shade was one of them. It’s a beautiful dark champagne shade, with a nude/ rose gold tint and light shimmer, that means it can double as a highlighter. The colour pay-off is good, and if you want to build up a few layers it doesn’t go chalky or dry. I’ve been wearing this on my lids pretty much every day, and paired it with a bit of black or dark brown shadow smudged in my outer corners for freshers events.
Mario Badescu DRYING LOTION-
Since switching up my contraception, my skin, which has been severely acne-prone in the past, has been playing up a bit. Enter, this unique little bottle of pink goodness from Mario Badescu, I mentioned it briefly in my NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE post, but I feel like it may need it’s own post so I can properly rant and rave about how good it is. It’s the only think I’ve ever applied to a spot that has dramatically improved the appearance of it by morning. I put a cotton bud in the sediment at the bottom of the bottle and dab it onto the affected area- not just the spot itself, the skin surrounding it as well. As suggested by the name, the high salicylic acid content can be very drying on your skin if you overuse it, so use sparingly every two or three days.
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte liquid lipstick in SERENITY-
The perfect dusky pinky-nude that doesn’t budge no matter how many vodka lemonade’s you’re necking. I don’t have to think about it again after I’ve applied it, it doesn’t crack or congeal around edges of my lips- I literally don’t even bother taking it out with me when I leave the house (aren’t I wild) because I rarely need to re-apply.
MAC Lipliner in SUBCULTURE-
If I’m not wearing the above, then I’m wearing this lipliner. It fits the shade of my natural lips to a T, so to it’s the ideal pencil to over-line my lips with. I bought this shade about two years ago, fell in love and wore it everyday until I’d sharpened it to the size of a cigarette filter. I repurchased it, promptly forgot about it amidst the Velvet Teddy hype and only just rediscovered it when i rejigged my make-up bag around in preparation for uni.
Bumble&Bumble SURF INFUSION spray-
I have a bit of a love-hate thing going on with this hair texturiser, but this month was a month of loving. I find that it often doesn’t give my hair enough body and bounce, and even if it does make waves in my hair, they tend to fall flat faster than I would like. So instead of tousling it through damp hair like I have been, this month I’ve been applying it to already dried and styled hair and combing it through with my fingers. I’ve been doing a lot of curls recently- the Mark Hill 32MM barrel is my favourite right now- and when the curls have set, they can look a bit too ‘done’. A little spritz of surf infusion gives them a less polished, more beachy, lived-in vibe and I’m so here for it.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in DIM LIGHT-
Another gem I found at the bottom of an old make-up bag. This the perfect powder for adding an all-over airbrushed glow with not a hint of sparkle. It also adds a little bit of a bronze, without going overboard. You can use this to set foundation or wear it alone; it looks gorgeous brushed over my collarbones and décolletage.
Plastic makeup organisers-
Although not technically a product, these have still been a favourite this month. They are the perfect size for displaying and storing products I don't use daily and they look really pretty on my windowsill.
So that's everything I've been loving in September. Now that it's officially Autumn, next month's post will probably be heavy with vampy, berry lips and orangey-gold tones on the eyes. And next week will be my first week at my new university! I'm sure lots of you are in the same boat as me. Let me know how your first week's go and if you've tried any of the products in the post, let me know what you think in the comments below!