Wednesday, 3 October 2012

September Monthly Favourites - Cosmetics Part One

Hi everybody!

So I'm back home which I'm kind of sad about because I loved being away and going on a holiday with my friends but like always, holidays can't last forever and of course I had to go back to living my regular life and preparing for the end of year exams which I'm starting to stress out a little about even though they are a good six or so weeks away.

Today I thought I'd do a September Monthly Favourites blog because I've found some good stuff this month and I thought I'd just share it with you, even though September was several days ago, I've been a bit late in updating recently so here it is.

Also, I'm going to do this Monthly Favourites tag in three parts (otherwise it will be extremely long and utterly boring) so I'll have one for Cosmetics, one for fashion and another one for anything else, the miscellaneous.


Foundation: As some may know, I'm obsessed with Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation. It's a liquid foundation and normally, I don't really go for liquids because I find them irritating to apply and everything but I've read some really good reviews about this product and so I thought I'd try it out. I have to admit, it was a bit of a risk for me to buy it because some reviews were good and some were bad, but when I tried it out, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm using it in the colour True Ivory. I find this foundation really good because it's light and it smooths on really easily. I also love the fact that it's got a bit of a shimmer to it, so come summer, I think it will be perfect to aim for a healthy summerly glow to the skin. It's mild coverage but it's still quite good and you can purchase this from any local chemist or drugstore. The only negative is that the bottle is made of glass...and if anyone is wondering, yes, I have dropped it on the stone floor, and yes, it did smash in half, and yes I did have to go out and buy a new one.

Mascara: Aside from using a high-end (and several years older) product from MAC, I've tried out the new Maybelline Define-A-Lash mascara. I've found this to be quite good, and even though I don't tend to lean towards plastic mascara wands but go for more of the bristle ones, I've found that this mascara does tick most of the boxes that it says it does; lengthening, defining, and elongating. There are two types of this mascara, the waterproof and non-waterproof. I got the non-waterproof because I don't really go swimming that often (as we've just sort of come out of winter and it's still a bit cold for the beach). The only little criticism I have is that it states that it has a "zero-clump effect"...not really for me, I don't know if it's the way that I'm applying it or something, but you do get a few clumps when you apply it. For me, that was kind of a pet peeve because I have a terrible case of perfectionism, but having said that, I would recommend this mascara. Like the foundation, you can purchase this from a chemist pharmacy.

Lip-Gloss: As some people may know, I love red lip glosses and lipsticks but when I'm not in a very exciting mood and want to go for something a little more low-key, I've been trying out a lipgloss from Smashbox. It's one of the first Smashbox products I've used and I have to say that I really like it. They're really beautiful and as well as providing a nice, elegant gloss over the lips, they also enhance the lips quite a bit. I've been using it in the colour Candid and I've found it to be a very simple light pinky colour which I really like. It's a lovely colour and the lip-gloss also has a nice vanilla-ish scent which is also quite nice.

Nail-Polish: I've been testing nail-polishes over the past few days and my favourite nail polish would have to be this product from Rubi which, for those who don't know, is a branch outside of Cotton On. I mentioned Typo in one of my last posts about those pretty little lantern lights which is also a branch off Cotton On. The one I've been using is called Age of Aquarius and there's a link to it above and coincidentally, I'm wearing it right now because it's amazing. For about five years, I've been searching for the perfect blue colour; light aqua blue with a slight shimmer in it, not to pale, not too thin and not too thick and heavy and FINALLY...for my birthday, one of my friends gave me this nail polish and I used it only a week ago for the first time and I'm already obsessed with it! It is the most amazing blue colour and I think it's going to be perfect for spring and especially summer. It's very beachy blue but also with several tones of green. I'm actually quite surprised with the turnout of the nail polish because I've used a polish from Rubi before and to be very honest, I haven't found it to be my favourite so when I found out my friend had given me five nail polishes from there, I was a bit iffy about it but I tried it and I loved it.

Eye Shadow: I got given an eyeshadow from Too Faced this month and I wasn't sure about it because the eyeshadow is practically made of glitter. It's called Glamour Dust in Nude Beam (which is the more golden colour) and for this product, you actually have to go into a department store like Myer where they have a cosmetics level because it's more of a boutique shop. It's not quite high-end stuff but it's not stuff you can purchase from a chemist. Anyway, I'm more of a nude and bronzy type person if I want something more exciting so being given a complete glitter eyeshadow, I was like...I am not going to like this at all. I tried it out for a party (because at parties, you go for the whole shabang) and I admit to liking it for a special occasion. I wouldn't wear it during the day because it's a bit too out there for me, but if you want something a little bit sparkly for a party or something, I would recommend it. The only thing is that because it's glitter, I would put like a primer or something on first so that it sticks to your eyelid properly otherwise, it falls off.

So, that's part one of my September Monthly Favourites. I hope you enjoyed what cosmetics products I've been using over the lovely spring month of September. Stay tuned for my fashion and miscellaneous blog post afterwards!


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