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September Favourites

Friday, 2 October 2015
I can’t believe another month has gone by already. It is actually terrifying considering the amount of Uni assessment I have due at the end of October (last semester of coursework!!!). Her are the products I was particularly loving in September. Some of them are new holy grails while others have been in my collection for a while and somehow I forgot just how awesome they are!

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in 20 Clair – Translucent 1 $71
If you have been watching my #MOTD posts on Instagram lately this one won’t be a surprise to you. It was definitely a splurge but I needed a new setting powder and you know what they say right? Go hard or go home! After doing a bit of research for the best loose setting powder that still leaves a luminous finish I got down to this one and the Laura Mercier. I ended up going with the Chanel even though it was a little more expensive and I have not regretted that decision at all! This powder is absolutely lovely! It is insanely finely milled, luminous without being glittery at all and just somehow makes my skin look so damn good! I also like that it is a huge 30 gram tub which works out to $2.37/gram while my trust drugstore Bourjois Healthy Balance powder compact works out to $2.22/gram. There really isn’t that much difference. Considering Chanel is… well Chanel, I really think this is good value for money and it will last forever.

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup in 10 Beige $77
I truly though that I wouldn’t find a colour match in this range but I was exceptionally happy I did. I actually went to the Chanel counter just to get the powder but you know how those initially good intentions always seem to go. I ended up getting a full makeup on my way to Uni and as soon as the lady put this on my skin I wept for my bank account because there was no way I was leaving without it. It is the most beautifully light, dewy foundation I have ever tried. I love that it lets my freckles and natural skin come through but just perfects everything. It also leaves a wonderly luminous, dewy glow on the skin which makes my face look so much more awake. Once you have buffed it is (which is a very easy process) it looks exactly like skin, just better. I have wanted to try it for ages since it is one of Lisa Eldrige’s favourite foundations and I am so happy that it lived up to my every expectation. Basically my current wishlish now reads like a Chanel catalogue because I definitely need more Chanel in my life!

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray $39.95
You may notice the theme that I have been very into dewy, luminous skin lately and as much as I love my new Chanel powder, when I really want to turn up the natural highlight there is no better way to do it than with a completely powder-free look. Of course, I still want my makeup to last and not slide around everywhere which is where this Skindinavia spray comes in. I have already reviewed it before (here) and it is hands down something you absolutely must have in your makeup collection! I haven’t tried many of the others but I have heard that the Skindinavia setting spray comes out on top anyway so I have no great desire to buy anything else. It perfectly settles all my makeup in for a smooth, long lasting finish. I also love that it helps to significantly reduce transfer onto my sunglasses, reading glasses, phone, etc.

Nuxe Rêve De Miel Lip Balm $19.99
This is another one I reviewed a while ago and have been using non-stop since but I just fell more intensely in love with it this month. My lips decided to rebel recently, which makes no sense since winter is over, and this lip balm was an absolute lifesaver. I apply this every single night before bed and it keeps my lips beautiful and soft. I also love it as a primer applied in a thin layer under lipstick to make application really smooth. I will generally pop some on at the very start of my makeup to ensure my lips are moisturised and buttery smooth by the time I get to applying makeup. It really is far superior to every other lip balm I have tried and works out much the same price, gram for gram, as your basic Chapsticks and Nivea lip balms. I have said it before and will probably say it another million times; you cannot beat French pharmacy skincare.

Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream $13
Please tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from constantly dry and flaky hands. My nails also split and peel like crazy the second they get dehydrated which drives me crazy! I have had this little tube stashed away for so long that I don’t even remember where I got it (a sample box maybe?) but I am so glad I dug it out of the abyss! It smells absolutely incredible, which is funny coming from me because I generally don’t like citrus scents but I love vanilla! What I love most about this hand cream though, apart from the fact that it is intensely moisturising and leaves my hands so much softer, is that it absorbs really quickly. I hate that lingering greasy feel you get with some hand creams but this one certainly isn’t one of those types. Even though it is a bit of a splurge, I will probably repurchase this when I run out. I think it may just be the best hand cream I have tried and let me tell you, I have tried a ton of them.

Benefit High Beam $45
Obviously this one isn’t new to my collection, or even new to be featured on my blog, but I have used it so much this month so it definitely earned its place. Like I said before, I have been obsessed with the really dewy, almost wet highlighter, skin lately and this helps me achieve exactly what I want every single time. I know it isn’t the greatest picture (I screen-capped it from a video so I could capture just when the light hit her cheekbones), but Alicia Vikander has certainly been my skin inspo lately. Even though she has far more tanned and lovely skin than I do, I am most obsessed with that glow! It is almost like a wet look highlighter but the luminosity extends all over her face without looking shiny. While this look may not be for the oilier girls who need their mattifying powders, it is perfect for my dry skin to bring back some life to it.
To achieve this look I would mix about one part High Beam with 2-3 parts light-medium coverage dewy foundation (like Lancôme Teint Miracle or Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua) and buff in with my Sigma F80. Then I would go back in and layer tiny amounts of the High Beam on the high parts of my face with my beauty blender to create more glow and set everything with the Skindinavia setting spray instead of powder. The end result is so incredibly luminous. If you have High Beam, try this technique mixing it with your foundation if you haven’t already. It is seriously stunning.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise $31
Because I have been going for more powder free looks lately, it makes sense that I was reaching for my favourite cream blush this month. Cream might actually be the wrong word for it because it is more like a tinted clear gel which makes the effect even more natural on the skin. Instead of a cream base that can mess with the base you have already laid down, it is basically just a mix of clear moisture and beautifully blendable colour. I usually just apply it with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush but you can also use fingers. I absolutely love this vibrant pinky-red but I definitely need to get some more colours! The formula is totally flawless.

That was a bit of a long one but I had so many great favourites this month to tell you about! Thanks for sticking with me. I would love to hear which products you were loving this month or if any of these make your favourites list so please leave me a comment below.

Stay Rosy.
1 comment on "September Favourites"
  1. The Chanel loose powder is one of my faves too. It lasts a ridiculously long time, I've been using for many years and am only on my third tub. Brilliant stuff x
    The Beauty Bloss


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