Tuesday, 1 November 2011

October: Faves & Fails

Hello Beautyloverrs!

 It's time for October favourites and fails because it's November already! How crazy! I literally do not know where this year went :o

This is my first monthly faves & fails for this blog .. well for any blog really .. and it means it's almost my blog's one month birthday! I might do a mini mini giveaway if I can get at least 25 GFC friends and maybe 100 twitter followers? (too ambitious? lol) So since this is my first faves & fails, I really wanted to show you almost everything that I ever loved ... ever lol. But I think I restrained myself okay. Next month I'll be on track to show you just the things that I absolutely can not live without ... and I still really want to do the weekly favourites but I just couldn't get it done with uni and this really horrible weather. BUT uni is over now for the year and the weather has been looking good lately (touch wood) so hopefully it can be revived .. we'll see. OK Here it is!


Cosmetics (eye)
| Estee Lauder Double wear Stay-In-Place ShadowCreme (swatched each side respectively)
- 18 Pink Pearl
- 20 Gold Dust
| Bourjois Eyeshadow (swatched in the middle)
- 08 Beige Rose
| Revlon PhotoReady Concealer (swatch horizontally)
- 003 Light Medium
| Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Waterproof 
- Very Black
{MY HG WATERPROOF MASCARA! You'll be able to see this mascara on my lashes when I post my Showdown: Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover VS Lancome Bi-Facil video}



Cosmetics (face)
| Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 55
{For days where I know I will be outside and exposed to the sun}
| Za True White Day Protector SPF 26
{ For days when I know I will be indoors, and not under the direct exposure of the sun but still need SPF to counter the indirect sunlight. This also usually means I'm in an air-conditioned environment for up to 9 hours of the day so it's moisturising properties is also good for preventing oiliness}
| Maybelline Blush
- 20 Pink o' Pink
{Surprise favourite! This blush was so cheap and a random purchase.Pigmentation is not fantastic and packaging is just plain, plastic Maybelline packaging but I love this shade. The swatch is true to colour but my arm is more tanned than my face so on my cheeks it really shows up a fresh, cheery, cute flush of cherub pinkness!}
| NYX Black Label Lipstick 
- 168 Off the Beaten Path
{This will be featured in my 5 Mins Challenge Tutorial. I love this lipstick. Apply and blot. Perfect if you want to get into bright lips :)


Skin & Hair
| Lancome Bi-Facil
{I have been loving this this month as I ran out of my Neutrogena eye makeup remover but stay tuned for my Eye Makeup Remover Showdown!}
| Yes to Carrots Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser For Normal to Dry Skin
{The more I use this the more I love it and think it's a miracle product! It is perfect to use with my Clarisonic. It is the most gentle physical exfoliator. You can feel the exfoliation and you think it's going to roughen up your skin but actually it leaves it feeling soft and smooth!}
| MAC Fix +
{I love using this to moisten my foundation brush before applying my foundation to assist in blending. Especially with slightly thicker, less easier to blend foundations, this works like magic}
| Avene Thermal Spring Water
{I loved using this as a toner, de-powderfying my makeup and godsend on planes!}
| CHI Silk Infusion
{This acts as a heat protector and leave-in hair treatment, which can be used on wet and dry hair. I use this everytime I wash my hair. Personally, I think it's better than Morocconoil}


Scents
| Crabtree&Evelyn Summer Hill Hydrating Body Mist
{This literally smells like a field of flowers and grass in summertime. "...extracts of linden, marrow and nourishing honey."}
| Love, Chloe
{This is not the usual scent that I would gravitate towards which is usually sweet and fresh e.g. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, but for some reason I just love this scent. It's very unique and crazily enough it works perfectly with my body chemistry. It lasts for a long time on me and at the most random times I'll get a whiff of it and just go ahhh.}

Fails
| Dove Summer Glow
- Fair to Medium Skin
{This builds a nice tan/colour in a few days. I usually use it for a maximum for three days and then I stop for a few days as I don't to get any darker than that. HOWEVER this NEVER dries ... maybe in about 24 hours, at which point I have to shower and reapply ... It also says don't cover until it dries ... but it never dries so I'd have to walk around naked if I were to follow the instructions. I'm sure I can find a budget gradual tanner that gives nice colour AND actually dries in a reasonable time}
| Sun Sense Daily Face Matt FOrmula SPF 30+
{This just feels uncomfortable on my skin .. I can't explain it but I refuse to put something uncomfortable on my skin. By uncomfortable I mean I can feel it and that's uncomfortable ... lol :p. It's also not easy to blend, meaning it sometimes balls up if I don't let my moisturiser underneath dry properly .. or dry too much .. or mixes with the foundation I put on top and just goes eurgh. I can't even use it on my body as again .. uncomfortable. Not physically irritating but I think the matt formula leaves a weird finish. I'm trying to use it up by using it on my neck .. halfway house between face and body lol}

That's all for this month. I hope you enjoyed :) Mini reviews for all products will be up soon ... but if you would like an in-depth review instead for any of the products mentioned in this post let me know in a comment or email me! Of course, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions or requests leave a comment or email me. Talk to you soon!

xox have a great day!

All items were purchased by yours truly except for Love, Chloe, which is a tester (and no I did not nick it from DJs.. :p) I work at a retail store which sells fragrances so of course we have testers for customers to try. Every few months employees are allowed to pick a couple of half empty testers to take home (as they are generally replaced with new ones when they reach halfway). So I didn't receive it from any PR people or anything fabulous like that lol (i wish!) xox