It’s November (hard to believe!) which means it’s time to have a look at my favourites for October. This post is slightly later than I intended to be honest. My start to November was intense (check out this post on Instagram to see why!) and I needed a little down time before I sat down to the computer again. But here we are!
I’ve got some new (and new-to-me) beauty bits, the podcast I’m absolutely loving, my new favourite tech item and a meeting with two of my favourite fellow Canberra based bloggers!
I’ve talked about my insane levels of love for the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel before, so when I say that this Eve Lom Cleanser is so good it has almost dethroned the Oskia cleanser, you know it’s good! I’ve been using this cleanser at night in place of the Oskia and I just love it. It’s a touch pricey, so if you don’t love splashing cash in the direction of your cleanser it’s not for you, but it is definitely a super luxe cleanser. It’s a thicker and more balm-like than the Oskia (which is more a gel that turns into an oil) and as you rub it into your face it melts down beautifully. It comes with it’s own muslin cloth to wash your face with and the instructions make me feel like it’s a mini spa treatment. It feels so luxurious and it helps the cleanser really work deep into your pores. I’ve talked before about how I love the ritual nature of skincare, so this feeds right into that for me.
I had a bit of a beauty buy up over the last month, with lots of new products to try out. One of the standouts for me was the Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Liner in Canyon. I love the idea of gel liner but it’s always been a bit of a faff for me with the brush and the little pot of gel. This takes the high pigmentation and long-lasting effects of a gel liner and put them into this super fine mechanical pencil (the clicking noise it makes as you wind it up is oddly satisfying). I love that I won’t break the tip of the pencil (as I’ve done with more than one pencil liner!) because you just wind it up as much as you need. It’s super long-lasting and not as smudgy as a traditional pencil liner (which is great for me because my eyes are smudge-city). I got it in the brown colour (Canyon) because it’s a bit more natural and less harsh than black liner, and if I’m going to go for a black liner I want it to be a liquid liner. It’s just a personal preference thing.
My next favourite this month is one I’ve had for a while but in the last month I’ve had a chance to give it a proper trial. It’s the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette and I think it’s a fantastic budget friendly palette option. I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but admittedly not everyone wants to spend that much money on makeup and that’s totally reasonable. The colours in this palette are really nice and have a decent amount of pigmentation for a drugstore eyeshadow. There is a good mix of nudes and I love the rose gold elements in the palette. Highly recommend giving this one a try if you’re looking for a good budget option!
Another new-to-me beauty product last month (that I admittedly bought a few months ago and had sitting in my ‘new products to try’ basket until a few weeks ago) is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour in HD Love. It’s a bright cherry red colour and holy hell it is long lasting!! I applied it before breakfast (it was a running-late morning so I ate breakfast at my desk when I got to work) and it lasted through breakfast, lunch, a few coffees and countless glasses of water before I took this photo 11 hours after application. Even my favourite long-lasting matte lipsticks (the Bourjois and Sephora ones come to mind) usually require a quick ‘wipe and reapply’ session after lunch. If you’re too busy to touch up your lipstick during the day, this is the lipstick for you! It wasn’t anywhere as drying as you would expect for such a long-lasting colour either, it’s definitely going to make it to the regular rotation of lipsticks.
And now I come to possibly my favourite beauty product of the last few months, and one I was lusting after for months! The Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light is the new offering from Hourglass, the brand that basically perfected glowy powders. I have the original Ambient Lighting Edit, which I love, and this new palette has two blushes, a bronzer, a strobing (highlighting) powder and an all over setting powder. They are all super high quality powders and all with Hourglass’ signature glow without the sparkle, which I love them for. The packaging alone makes this product a must-have for beauty lovers but the powders are incredible and I’ve used it daily since I got my hot little hands on it.
If you follow my #everydaystyle posts on Instagram, you will know I am a huge fan of cobalt blue right now. It’s one of my favourite colours to wear and I am slowly collecting it in basically every item of clothing. I mentioned a few months ago the cobalt blue blazer that I was loving, and this month it is a cobalt blue pencil skirt* that has stolen my heart. This one is from Portmans (it seems they do a lot of clothing in this gorgeous colour as my blazer is also Portmans, but sadly no longer available online) and I just love the unexpected pop of colour it adds to my corporate wardrobe.
One of the things I’ve realised I have a real lack of in my wardrobe is plain tops. I have an abundance of patterned tops but occasionally I just want a plain top to wear with a printed blazer or skirt. I stumbled across the Corrie Core Tee* (again, in Portmans) last month and promptly picked it up in both the emerald green (which looks like it’s no longer available online) and white. They feel so beautifully silky and just sit really nicely. They also have a really nice fluttered sleeve if you feel like going sans-jacket.
I am having a love affair with podcasts this year! One I’ve been loving a tonne in the last month is The Popcast. I’ve subscribed to this podcast for a while and have listened to it a fair bit before, but in the last month I have been completely obsessed. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a podcast hosted by Knox and Jamie and they say it is their mission to ‘educate you about the things that entertain but don’t matter’. It’s a great lighthearted look at pop culture and is a really nice way to break up some of the heavier stuff I listen to.
In September I upgraded my iPhone to a shiny new iPhone 7 Plus, and it’s so good. On the surface it doesn’t look too different to my old iPhone but the responsive touch on the screen and home button is totally amazing. I love that if you press a little harder on some icons and notifications, a whole new little menu of actions appears. I have to say though, I think my favourite thing about it is the camera. It’s got a fancy dual camera that helps to add depth of field to your photos and just give a crisper, clearer image in general. I’m sure a photography/camera aficionado could give you the details of why it’s a great camera but I’ll just settle for the fact that it makes my photos look pretty!
I have to take a moment to talk about my favourite people this month because I got to hang out with some of my online friends (not weird, guys) in real life last week! I got to go to a Frocktober brunch (fancy!) hosted by my awesome and excellently named friend Lauren who writes for a little (ha!!) blog called The Thud. We’ve been online friends (again, not weird) for many a year now and it was so nice to finally talk face-to-face! She did an absolutely amazing job raising money for ovarian cancer research as a Face of Frocktober and she’s just an awesome chick.
My other long-time online friend (who I have actually seen IRL before) that I got some face-time with last week is Jenny from Love Wednesday. Another awesome chick (and another gorgeous blonde like Lauren) who I loved spending some quality time with at the Frocktober brunch. Check them both out if you haven’t already, they’re all sorts of amazing.
So that’s what’s been on my favourites list for the past month, what’s on yours?
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