Hi Beauties! While I realize that it’s practically mid-November now and these October beauty favorites of mine are kind of late, I’m thinking it’s never too late to share the beauty products love! Here are my top picks from October:
✻ Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Light/Medium – My skin has a new best friend and it’s name is Supergoop! I’ve been a big fan of using BB and CC creams on a daily basis for awhile now. As much as I love my tried and true It Cosmetics version, Supergoop has taken over the number one spot in my books. Between hormonal acne breakouts and scarring I have some things on my face I like to cover. This CC Cream works like a charm to do all that with the most natural finish out of all the brands I’ve tried so far. I find it really is self-adjusting to my skin tone after application, just like it claims.
✻ Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in #40 – As much as I love my CC cream, somedays I really want the coverage of a foundation. I don’t keep a lot of foundations on hand since I don’t wear them that often, but I always have my trusty Mat Velvet + to rely on. To me, it gives the best coverage while maintaining a natural finish.
✻ Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush – I have to be honest here, I was a little skeptical about this foundation brush when Sigma launched it a couple of months ago, thinking it seemed kind of gimmicky. Let me tell you, that all changed the instant I used it for the first time. It is an amazingly ingenious design that combines the awesomeness that is the Sigma synthetic kabuki brush with the convenience of a makeup sponge shape. The angled design allows me to apply my foundation evenly all over my face, including those tough to get spots between my eyebrows and around my nose and mouth. While I feel it does suck up a bit more product that a sponge might, the easy to achieve finish I get using this brush is worth it in my books.
✻ Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush – I was just as skeptical about the smaller version of the new 3DHD brush and once again, pleasantly surprised by the results once I started using it. It’s designed the same way as the kabuki with the angled sides, just made smaller for great concealer application. I was using a much smaller concealer brush previously and thought this was too big to be effective, but it’s actually the perfect size for precise application and great buffing for a natural blended finish.
✻ Lorac Pro Palette & Lorac Pro 2 Palette – I held off on jumping on the Lorac Pro Palette bandwagon for a long time, but I am so happy I finally did because wow…these are excellent eyeshadow palettes! The smooth buttery finish and deep pigmentation make them super easy to apply and the selection of colors in each palette allows for a variety of looks. I’ve been enjoying using both palettes together, but either one is wonderful on its own and would make a super gift for the beauty lover in your life this holiday season.
✻ Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure – I am obsessed with this blush this fall and always seem to reach for it. Not only is it one of my all time favorite blush formulas, it’s the perfect fall/winter plumy shade. I love the slight glow it gives, as well. It’s pure love in a blush!
✻ Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown – I returned to this old friend after my It Cosmetics Brow Power pencil mysteriously dried up recently. They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder and it’s certainly true for my feelings about this brow pencil. Not only is it the perfect shade for me, but the almost pinpoint size makes it easy to be very precise about applying without trying too hard.
✻ Sigma Lip Base in Indulgent – Sigma’s newest collection, Fall Softly, includes three large lip pencils that can be worn as “matte, long-wearing lip product[s] or under another product as a base to amplify the overall lip look.” I’ve never been a big fan of lip liner and so was a bit skeptical if I would like this kind of product or not. The fact that it’s larger makes me really like it, as it turns out, because it feels signifigantly less finicky to apply. I like layering this under a tinted lip balm or gloss for extra staying power. It’s not drying to the lips either, which is important to me.
✻ Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus – I have definitely been on a Burt’s Bees kick these past few months, especially with their new(ish?) pigmented lip product lineup. This lip balm has been my go-to easy breezy lippy of choice this fall. The slightly brown pink color adds a nice depth without being too dark. Plus, it’s moisturizing and easy to apply on the go. Win, win!
Nails & Skincare
✻ Authority Polish in Emerald Skies – I received this stunner in my first Eco Emi Beauty Box last month and knew from first glance that I would fall in love with this polish thanks to the color alone. The deep emerald green is gorgeous on the nail and screams holiday to me. I enjoyed the formula of this polish as well, which I found easy to apply without any streakiness and with nice lasting power. The brand makes 5-free, vegan, and cruelty-free polishes so you can paint away without concern.
✻ MAC Cleanse Off Oil – I’ve started down the oil skincare product path and there’s no turning back! I’ve heard my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube rave about cleansing oils to remove makeup for years, but was always too scared of putting oil on my oily-prone skin to try them out. I am now a 100% oil skincare product convert, so making the jump from makeup wipes to oil cleansers came much easier to me. I decided to try out the MAC version first since I could buy it in a small travel size instead of full size. I use this product when I have a full face on and it melts off the makeup like magic without the need to scrub or tug at my skin. I’m excited to start trying out other brands to find my favorite once I finish this one.
✻ Tarte Maracuja Oil – As I mentioned before, I am an oil skincare product lover now and have been ever since I finally got over my fear of putting oil on my oily skin to try out a sample of this product I had on hand. I replaced my night time moisturizer with this oil over the summer and fell head over heels in love with it. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple and surprisingly not greasy. Plus, I have found that my T-zone produces less oil since I started using this product since it is so nourishing for my skin.
✻ Caudalie Divine Oil – The last component of my oil trifecta is this face and body oil. Once again, I was lured into the awesomeness that is this product thanks to a sample size which I decided to try out over the summer to see if it would help with a random bumpy non-itchy rash that had popped up on my shins and backs of my thighs. This oil took care of that almost instantly! I found myself continuing to incorporate it into my bedtime ritual well after the rash was gone because I loved the softening effects it had on my skin without feeling greasy or heavy like some body butters. The fact that it smells divine makes me love it even more!
I share more about my October beauty favorites in my coordinating video:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the awesomeness that is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush with two of you. The October Beauty Buzz Giveaway will run until Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. There will be TWO winners! Each winner will receive one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette pictured below:
You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!
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I would love to know what beauty products you’ve been loving recently if you care to share!
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