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There is much makeup I love, but right now, none as much as I love these products!
Welcome to my Five Faves for October. Technically these are just my five faves right meow. But we’ll categorize it October for the sake of neatness in blog archiving (I have to have order somewhere in my life).
What are YOU loving right now?! What would be YOUR five faves?!
1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette
I did a look with this palette here on the blog, and had so much fun playing with the colors. This palette is unlike anything other palette on the market right now, and I honestly can’t think of anything comparable in my stash. I’m in love.
I haven’t even used every shade, but what I have used has been blendable, pigmented, and beautiful. The colors are exactly what I didn’t know I needed in a sea full of neutrals, browns, coppers, bronzes, reds…etc. I love those colors too, but I’m fatigued.
I’ve found, through a tutorial on Nikki Tutorials’ YT, that using a concealer in the process of doing my eye look really helps the more glittery shades pop and adhere.
This palette is a pricey $65, but for the love I have – worth every penny.
2. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette by LORAC
Palettes are my favorite. I much prefer an eye shadow palette over singles. And as more and more companies put out highlight and cheek palettes, I’ve been dabbling into those as well. But to be honest, none have been as perfect a fit for my skin tone and my taste as this one.
The blush hues in this palette compliment my fair skin. I use Lost Soul to warm up my face. I use Caribbean as my blush, sort of like a contour. I use Bold Spirit on the apple of my cheek upwards blended into Bold Spirit. Then I use anyone of the highlighters – Fortune, Destined or Star Reader – based on whatever floats my boat that day!
The only “flaw” with this palette is that the highlighters seem quite “dusty” to me. There’s a lot of fall out with just a little effort, but the pigmentation and blending and payout is awesome. This is SUCH an everyday palette for me, that when I realized I was really making a dent in it, and I tried to find a backup, I was seriously bummed out that it’s limited edition and impossible to find anywhere. I don’t know if I could say this about any old palette but this is one I see myself using until pan, all of the shades!
It was $30, and I got mine at Kohl’s or Ulta a while ago, I can’t remember which…but neither have it anymore, trust me, I checked!
3. DiorShow Mascara
In NYC for business the beginning of September, I’d forgotten to pack my mascara. I thought, this is an opportunity to try one of the mascaras I’ve been wanting to try! I consulted with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition, to see if anyone had experience with some flaws I wanted to avoid in my next mascara…and they all recommended against trying something new – and smartly so. I don’t know what I was thinking! I had a very big work event ahead the next morning, and I needed to know I looked my best.
That’s when I left my hotel room, went into a nearby Sephora, and picked up my first full-size tube of DiorShow Mascara. I had received a sample of it a while ago, and was so impressed with the brush on it. I’d gotten tons of use out of my sample, and I’d had to get rid of it because I used it well past the acceptable “three months” you’re supposed to keep a mascara.
DiorShow gives me volume, length, and something I never knew I needed in my life: curl. Even when I don’t use an eyelash curler, when I brush up on my lashes, this mascara will hold my lashes in place all day long without the extra step.
It doesn’t give me raccoon eyes. That’s one of the biggest selling points for me, right there.
Are there drugstore options that work just as well, or almost as well? Sure. It’s $28.50. But will I buy it again? Absolutely. It’s one luxury cosmetic item that I feel is worth the splurge, personally!
4. Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder
I first read about this or watched Courtney from Phyrra talk about this product on her blog/YouTube channel. She said it really helped set her makeup, and having followed her and because I’ve respected her opinions on makeup for years, I picked it up to give it a try.
It took one use for me to fall in love with it. And you can see from the packaging – the brand name almost all scraped off, pan hit – that I love it!
It’s a transparent, yet really subtle glowing powder that honestly does set my makeup.
I apply this with a big fluffy brush after I’ve applied my foundation, and prior to blush/highlight, so I can set the foundation. If I feel the need, I add a setting spray after I’m done my whole look, but I haven’t needed one as much as we leave summer behind.
This powder is $10, and you can find it in such a variety of places I can’t even remember where I bought it – it could have been Walmart, or CVS. But what I do know, is that I’ve hit pan, and I need a backup!
5. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
I reviewed this foundation last week, so I don’t want to go on and on about it. But it’s seriously my favorite right now. Here’s the hit list of why I love it:
- It lasts all day.
- The oils in my skin don’t break it down the way they do other foundations.
- The color is a spot-on match for my skin tone.
- It’s slim tube design fits very easily into the makeup bag in my purse – it’s a really nice size for travel.
I’m a blogger, I can’t help but test other products. But I have definitely found what works best for me at the moment regarding foundation!