September 2014 Favourites

Hey guys! It’s kind of weird to think that September is basically over already, but lo and behold it’s the verge of September 30th and then on Wednesday it will be October; arguably the best month of the year.

But before we get into all of that, I should go over my September favourites, as it’s always a good idea to share your best stuff at the end of the month (or at least, that’s what I’ve learned from YouTube).

I picked these up at Target almost a month ago already, and they’re still kicking. I use them once every 2 or 3 (usually 3) days to wash my hair, and I think I still have a week and a half left in them. I spent $1.47 on each bottle, so I’d say it was a heck of an investment. Payoff wise, my hair feels fluffy, soft, and nice and clean! I can’t really ask much more of my shampoo and conditioner, and it smells a lot better than my Head&Shoulders, so I’m going to say this qualifies as a favourite.

I’ve already blogged about this product a few times, it’s from TheFaceShop, it’s the HerbDay365 Cleansing Foam. Beside it is my Sephora scrubby silicone pad which allows me to get a gentle exfoliation daily. I feel super clean with this cleanser, my skin is looking fabulous, but I always feel SUPER dry after using it, so it’s not a perfect product, but it works. The scrubby comes highly recommended. Just saying.

First of all I want to apologize for the awfulness of the appearance of this product, I ordered it from Walmart.ca and it came like this. It’s kind of disappointing, but the quality of the product makes up for it. It’s a really nice mask, it makes me feel really clean, refreshed, and frankly it does relax me which I like. My only complaint is that the smell is so strong it makes my eyes water. I love the smell, to be honest, but it’s so strong that my eyes get angry. Oh well, I’m keeping it.

As we all know, pretty much everyone and their sister has this palette and loves it. I pulled it back out of my collection this month because I decided that I wanted to experiment with the matte shades - Naked and Buck - as well as have a little love affair with Toasted. I wanted a nice silver toned pink to play with that wasn’t as light as my Naked Lunch from MAC, and I had fun with it. I’ll probably keep playing with it next month too, unless the weather goes south quickly and I need to switch to winter makeup already. We’ll see.

I don’t want to talk too much about this here because a) I’ve already waxed poetic about this and b) I think I want to do a legitimate review of this before long. Basically, it’s a really lengthening and defining mascara and it’s taken the top rank as my favourite mascara. Even over - yes - my BadGAL Lash by Benefit. It’s that good.

These brushes came to me by accident in the mail this month. I ordered one brush set from mybrushset.com and got this set instead. We e-mailed and worked out that I could keep this set and, as it turns out, it’s the best set of brushes I’ve ever come into contact with. These two are my personal favourites because I use them daily. The bottom brush is a flat-topped buffer brush which I use to blend in my BB Cream or foundation in the morning and then I use the top dense fluffy brush to do my concealer. It gives much better results than when I use my fingers, so I’m happy. I highly recommend this brush set.

I decided to pull my Erase Paste back out after watching a plethora of victoriadonelda's videos. I liked it when I got it, I still like it, and with my current skin tone, it's working really well as a brightening concealer for my dark circles.

Sorry for my hand in the picture, there’s a hinge on this palette so the options are “Open” or “Closed.” This is Kat von D’s Poetica palette, which I love to death. It’s got great colours, no cream shadows (her cream shadows leave MUCH to be desired) and all the colours compliment each other really nicely. The quality of the shadow is really nice, it’s smooth, easily blendable, and doesn’t leave lots of fallout, which it a huge bonus.

I got this eye gel at the Body Shop, it’s got witch hazel in it which has really been helping with the oiliness of my eyelids. I don’t think I’ll ever run out of this either, you need such a tiny amount to do your whole eye area, it’s crazy.

This has always been one of my go-to blushes, it’s Sephora’s 04 PĂȘche Pendre. It’s a nice matter pale pink which is really flattering for my skin tone and allows me to have a nice soft glow with my bronzer. It looks really natural and that’s one of my favourite things about this blush.

I’ve been wearing this perfume a lot for 2 reasons: the first is that I love the scent, it’s a citrus-y, musky, grown-up kind of scent. It’s that kind of scent I want to wear when I want to feel like I’m being an adult. The second reason is that it’s the only perfume that my boyfriend, Alex, has ever commented on. I will take that as approval.

I already posted a fangirly post about this lipstick. I rekindled my love affair with this colour this month and I’m not regretting a moment of it. This is MAC’s Captive and I love it. I’ve been seeing swatches around on other people and I’m not sure what’s going on, but I seem to make this colour look a lot more deep and purple toned than anyone else I’ve seen. IDK, maybe it’s just that it doesn’t photograph well, but I love the colour on me.

I’ve been a lip balm connoisseur for the last decade and bit due to my lips having gone through an unfortunate bought of eczema when I was about 11 and then never truly recovering. They are very prone to drying out when I am even a tiny bit dehydrated, which is often because I forget to drink as much water as I should, so I always need to have lip balm on me or it’s going to be a bad time. The best I’ve ever tried is the EOS, which I’m sure many people will tell you. My favourite flavour is Sweet Mint because I don’t really like fruity smells/tastes on my lips. It’s just not fun for me; I’m not sure if I had a bad lip smacker experience or what, but it’s just not my thing.

I hope everyone had a great September; I hope that back-to-school went well for everyone else, and I hope that everyone has a good start to October! October is the most magical month of the year for me because I love the Halloween-y feel of everything and the Thanksgiving that happens here in Canada in October (crazy Americans and their November Thanksgiving… pff ;D) and the fact that Halloween itself is my anniversary with Alex. We’re celebrating 2 years together this Halloween and it’s going to be awesome.

Have a great day, I’ll talk to you all soon!