Favourites time again! Once more a whole lot of beauty products… A lot of my favourites this month were discovered on holiday. I was lucky enough for the past week to have been in Florence, Italy! My mum was really generous and took me on holiday, she had lived in Florence for 3 months when she was my age and had always wanted to go back and take me too. As I work in a school I get school holidays, so I went during my half term. I took a limited *ahem* selection of makeup and cosmetics (2 little wash bags… I thought that was a reasonable amount). However, what I did take proved to contain quite a few gems 🙂
|Left to Right: Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in No. 8 Bitten Berry, Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick in 101 Framboise, MAC Lipstick in Moxie|
Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm – This is quite similar in formulation to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable’s, the smell and texture I prefer though. It is slightly glossier but with just as much colour pay off. It doesn’t seem as thick or I want to use chalky but that isn’t quite right. It is just thinner and melts into the lips more. Anyway, I love it, I particularly love the colour and staying power. At £12 they are more expensive than the Revlon ones but certainly for this colour, I think it is worth the money. I haven’t tried any other colours, so I can’t comment on them.
Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick – I received this in a previous Glossybox, perhaps Octobers now I think about it. On first swatch I fell in love with this. It is so wonderfully pigmented and smooth. It glides on absolutely delightfully and oh, that colour! I normally shy away from red, red lipsticks but this colour sits well on my skin too. Perhaps because it is a slightly pinker tone. I can’t say I had ever thought of Yves Rocher for buying lipsticks but having tried this one I will be checking out their other ones. At £14.50, they aren’t the cheapest but are a similar price to a lipstick from MAC and every bit as wonderful.
MAC Moxie – I bought this on a complete whim, having not even seen it, from MAC’s online shop. This was one of the shade brought back in the by request range they just did. I am so glad I went for it. I also got the shade Candy Yum Yum which I have yet to fall in love with and wasn’t going to get Moxie. In the end, considering you get free p&p if you spend over £30, I decided to just go for it. I haven’t stopped wearing this. Literally, most days in Florence I was wearing this and topping it up after every meal because I loved the colour that much. It is a matte finish and long wearing, you just need to top up after meals or drinks. It doesn’t dry the lips like I thought it would, which is great. I am so sad to be back at work tomorrow and unable to wear this on full volume, however I will be dabbing it on lightly as it is still beautiful applied that way.
Finally, two brushes. These are my staple eyeshadow application brushes. The one on the left is from Topshop and the one on the right is a travel sized MAC 224. I use the Topshop one to apply the colours and then the 224 to blend. From Topshop’s website, I cannot tell if they still make this brush or which one it would be if they do. It is either the ‘smudger brush’ or the ‘eyeshadow brush’ if they do still make it, I haven’t included a link as I’m not sure. For £4/£5, it is also a very reasonable purchase. Both are quite soft and fluffy, not the best if you want a very strong eyeshadow look but great if you want an every day look or a soft smokey eye. As these are the kinds of look I go for most, you can see why I love these brushes. I haven’t tried a MAC 217, I think when I do (it is on my wishlist) I may find a brush that combines what I get from these two. Until then and I’m sure even after that, I adore these brushes and wouldn’t be without them.
How was your October? Excited that it is now November? I am definitely starting to get excited for Christmas now!