Tuesday, 8 November 2016

October Favourites

Hiya my lovely readers,

It's been a while since I have posted but I haven't forgotten about this site. I just needed some time off really so I could start afresh.

This past month has gone by so quick as I've started my second year at my uni (though I am procrastinating a lot), has been my birthday (yay) but generally I feel like this month has been the best month of the entire year, nay halloween of course ever since I was a young girl who got followed home by someone wearing a scream mask - that has probably got to be one of my most scared moments ever.

Regardless, as I write this, it is halloween and I'm lying down in bed, looking forward to what life has yet to bring me despite how clichéd it may sound. I'm finally twenty and feel slightly like a grown up perhaps? I don't know about that but I do know of the piling workload I have for uni which I am yet to start as as much as I hate myself doing this, I work best under pressure and last minute.

I have purchased many (unnecessary yet necessary) products this month and have fallen back in love with some old favourites.

I received the Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette and it quickly has become one of my holy grails! The eyeshadows feel so buttery and are so pigmented, it's unreal. This palette is perfect for warm-toned lovers and such a must-have! I can see why it's been out of stock a lot and its' hype. I've also been loving the gold shade (bottom left shade) in Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita Palette. First of all, I've been lusting after this palette for so long, so I'm so happy it's finally mine. It's slightly smaller than I expected it to be but still such a luxurious product which is definitely worth its' price tag. It's so pigmented and lasts all day (and night). I cannot recommend this palette enough!

I recently depotted some eyeshadows and I was simply not using them enough. One of them was Urban Decay's  Eyeshadow in Beware. I actually bought this about a year ago but it seemed way too cool toned for me, however since depotting I actually tried this and realised that it's the perfect shade for me for setting my entire lid. I also depotted a MAC Eyeshadow in I'm Into It - I've really been into these kind of shades recently and I've been loving this in my crease to darken it up. The final two shadows I have been loving are Anastasia Beverly Hill's Eyeshadows in Sienna and Morocco, these two shades are perfect as a transition colour. I love the formula of these too as they definitely do last all day and night even with my oily eyelids!

Talking about oily skin, Make Up For Ever's Step 1 Mattifying Primer is the best! It's a literal godsend. A little goes a long way otherwise it can make your foundation too drying otherwise you're good to go with a bit on your t-zone, etc. Another love for my oil skin is L'Oreal's Infallible Fixing Mist Setting Spray. When I first bought this, I didn't like it much as I thought it didn't do much for my skin but I've realised since there's a technique to using a setting spray. I used to spray it all over my face and fan it dry but I've realised that if I let it dry 'naturally' as in don't fan it dry then it sets my makeup a lot better. I use this spray after I've done my base and while it dries, I fill my eyebrows in.

Kat Von D has finally reached our shores and I was dying to try out her Tattoo Liner in the shade 'Trooper'. I was lucky to receive a mini with one of my online orders but I have ordered one for when this one finishes. It's jet-black and has a sati-y finish and while I do prefer a matte finish, I settle for the slightly shiny finish as this eyeliner definitely lasts all day and night! Whilst I do love my liquid eyeliner, I always have the problem of the liquid getting on my eyelashes which messes up how my lashes look as by the time I'm on to doing my mascara, my lashes have dried with the eyeliner. Another eyeliner I've been loving is Marc Jacobs' Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner - I received this for free from Sephora as my birthday gift but omg this is perfect for my tightline. No other eyeliner compares to this one! It lasts all day and doesn't smudge at all. It's super pigmented too and has quickly become one of my favourites!

I've been loving lip products that literally require no effort whatsoever this month! The first is one of my holy grails (and is so close to finishing unfortunately) - MAC's Persistence! This is a must have for my brown-skinned gals, it's such a perfect nude shade and legit requires no effort whatsoever! i've applied this many times and it looks decent more or less aha. I've also been loving Anastasia Beverly Liquid Lipsticks! I have the shades Ashton and Veronica. Ashton pulls slightly more orange on me which I love the look of but regardless, this is the best formula I have used and so far my favourite. They fade almost as if they were lipsticks, so not harsh lines but if they do fade, it's usually near the end of the day as these liquid lipsticks last through anything and everything!


This past month I have also fallen back in love with false eyelashes! I've tried loving the Ardell Demi Wispies but the actual lashes are shorter than my actual lashes which sucks :/. My favourite lashes of all time are Eylure x Vegas Nay Lashes in Easy Elegance. These are perfect for an everyday look and so easy to apply! My other favourite lashes are Eylure Exaggerate Lashes in No. 143. The bands for this pair is on the slightly thick side so it took a while for the lash band to adhere to my lash line but once on, they're perfect! These are subtle enough for me to wear them everyday but glamorous enough for me to where in the evening.

Now, the first brush I've been loving is Sephoras' Pro Collection All Over Brush #61. This has actually been taken off the website and I purchased it when it was on sale so I'm presuming it's discontinued. This brush was a lot bigger than I expected it to be to be honest, however it's the perfect size to powder (and mattify) my entire face just before I go out. It's perfect for pushing powder into my skin, rather than moving my foundation alongside it, which is why I have been loving this brush recently! A new buy for me was the Kat Von D's Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush #10. I have been loving this brush for applying my foundation with (of course). It applies it so easily and quickly and I very much recommend this brush to each and one of you!

The next brush is the Real Techniques Targeted Blending Brush which forms a part of the Highlight and Glow Set. It's such a shame that this brush isn't available to purchase by itself as it is such an amazing little brush. It's densely packed which allows it to blend my under-eye concealer so flawlessly. Another favourite is So Eco's Multi Tasking Brush which is the perfect size for setting my under-eyes. It's ridiculously soft for a dense brush so it doesn't feel scratchy at all and doesn't hurt the sensitive under my under-eyes. Lastly is another favourite of mine for foundations - B. Blending Brush. It's quite densely packed and has short bristles, so almost like a much denser stippling brush I'd say. The way the bristles are, allows me to achieve maximum coverage with my foundation and I 'push' my foundation into my skin with this brush. It doesn't leave any streaks and blends at the same time, which is a dream.

Last but not least, Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Wipes, are the best thing to have come out of Garnier. I originally bought these wipes for my uni trip, however I was so impressed I have continued using them. They've replaced my micellar water which I have sworn by the past year or so. I have sensitive combination skin, and these wipes remove my makeup effortlessly without leaving a residue or leaving my skin feeling dry/icky. I can see myself using these wipes early every day now (which I do) and highly recommend them to you as they're perfect for a lazy girl.



What have you been loving this past month?

Nazia xo

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