26 October 2017

October Beauty Edit


If you haven't been able to tell in past blog posts, I don't often buy new makeup - I generally use the same products I've used for months and years in some cases. I think there is a bit of pressure to constantly buy new things and blog about them, but I'm trying not to do that because it makes me feel a little sick honestly. The products I blog about I either get from work or aren't very expensive if I do buy them. I think it's okay if you don't own much makeup, in fact it's nice. It's also great if you have a huge makeup collection and get joy from trying new things weekly. The beauty industry and consumerism is something I've been thinking a lot about lately, and it sort of ties in to this amazing podcast episode which I recommend you listen to. With the long and slightly irrelevant introduction over, here are my beauty favourites from October!

ECOYA French Pear Madison Jar
For the last few weeks I've been burning candles while I sit at my desk and work. Yes, I may have stolen that idea from Jess' Vlogtober (side note - go and watch it now if you haven't already), but I find it aids in motivation (as weird as that sounds) and helps you get set up for the day. ECOYA have some of the nicest quality candles around and this French Pear scent is to die for. It smells like a lovely fancy home - it's fruity and really fresh. We are going into summer in New Zealand, so this type of candle is nice to burn in Spring while muskier scents are ideal for Autumn.

Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask
Girl Undiscovered is a New Zealand made brand, and has some cool branding and ideas. Recently my favourite face mask ran out so I decided to give this one a go. I personally love face masks that you can exfoliate with afterwards - and this is one of them. This mask has a really raw, fresh feel about it and it smells like brown sugar and honey. You have to use quite a lot of this to cover your entire face, but it's quite thick in consistency. I have found my skin is really smooth afterwards and when I wake up the next morning it generally feels really plumped up and moisturised. If you need a new face mask I would definitely point you in the direction of this, although it does leave my face red afterwards - maybe from the exfoliation or an allergic reaction? Either way, it isn't painful and goes down so it's not a big deal.

YSL All Hours Foundation
I have been trialling a couple of new foundations this month, the first being this high end one. I've mentioned this on Instagram recently and I go by what I said - it's a very lightweight feeling base that is marketed as matte, however it's really not too matte (or drying) if you're more a fan of dewy foundations. I think this is going to be a winner when summer comes around, because like I said, it's a slightly lighter base with a decent but pretty sheer coverage. I actually find my skin looks nicely glowy and even when I wear this, especially when it's been on for a few hours. This blends really nicely and is actually great applied with fingers or a sponge. The only slight downside of this is that I have a shade that's a bit too dark for me but would be great if I have any sort of tan this summer (not likely).

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
I was so excited to see The Ordinary had foundations, and ever since Sali Hughes had raved about the Serum Foundation in The Guardian, I really wanted to try them. I did however go for the coverage version - I'm not quite sure what the difference is but I'm guessing this gives better coverage. This base is actually super light in feel and coverage but gives a nice thin, even layer. This one isn't as long lasting as the YSL one, which is understandable because it's literally only $10 (NZD)! I think you can't go wrong with that price, especially when the brand offers so many different shades. That's amazing, because it is so hard to find pale foundations, and it's even harder to find dark shades. I feel like other brands have literally no excuse not to make a big variety of shades if The Ordinary can do it. I got the shade 1.0 P which says it has pink undertones, although I find it's actually quite neutral in tone. This is the perfect everyday foundation to chuck on and you're good to go. One thing I will say is it does tend to separate on the skin in areas such as your nose or chin, however I'm really liking it so far. P.S These sell out really quickly just like most of The Ordinary products!

Zoeva Luxe Eye Blender (225)
I've heard many bloggers and YouTubers raving about Zoeva brushes so I wanted to buy one to see what the fuss was all about. I'm actually severely lacking in makeup brushes, so I should probably do something about that. Anyway, this eye brush is super soft and makes blending eyeshadow easy. I can really see a difference in using a soft brush like this, in comparison to harsher ones. This isn't exactly the cheapest for one small eyeshadow brush, but it is worth it, and there are definitely more expensive ones out there.


Have you tried any of these products?

-Emma

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