Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Favorites And Not-so Favorites


These are my favorite, go-to products of October! These are the products that I used the most this month.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blushing Bride. Such a pretty, sparkly plum color! It gives your cheeks a nice color and shimmer to them. I love quick and easy makeup, so it's nice to use this, then you can skip a step and not highlight. Its also the perfect blush for fall.

Mac Eyeshadow in 'Green Smoke'. This is an eyeshadow I've neglected for awhile. But I pulled it out while cleaning out my makeup collection. I was deciding whether or not to keep it, when I rediscovered how pretty it is! It looks not as exciting in the pan, and without primer, its color is lost. But when applied wet, or over the right primer, it looks gorgeous! I wore it out for a dark green-gray smoky eye. 

I plan on trying it with my new Too Faced Liqui-Fy to try it as an eyeliner as well this fall. 

My most used product is this Estee Lauder Shadow Creme. I bought it in almost all the colors because its so fast and easy! I love it for the mornings when I'm in a rush, and tired. Its a no brainer, and you don't need primer, or to blend. Just swipe it on with your fingers, and it looks great!

I have been using the Antiqued Gold the most. It has gold shimmer to it, while the base is a nice darker toned brown. Love it by itself, or layered with eyeshadow.

I bought this eyeshadow palette with a Sephora Giftcard I got for graduation. (Below). 

Its by Lancome, and very pricey, at $48 for a small palette, so I hesitated at first to buy it. But I loooved all the colors, and its such a complete array of colors that you can create a lot of different looks. It has matte and shimmer, and glitter shadows all in one palette, which I love! Its also a pink-toned palette. The pink shimmery shade also works as a blush or highlighter. 

My most used shade is the top color, its just the right shade for my skin tone to work for blending out my eyeshadow, and I use it under the brow. This color is fairly similar in my opinion to Naked, by Urban Decay. (from Naked Palette). The darker matte brown in the middle is similar to Buck (also from Naked Palette), these two colors are the most used by me as well for blending, or neutral eyes, so I really like that now I have similar colors in such a tiny package, perfect for travel or carrying around with me to work or gym!
My body wash this month is new to me. Its by Loving Naturals, and it is the 'Peppermint and Vanilla'. I love it! Its so refreshing and smells wonderful. Its also all natural, with no chemicals, preservatives, etc, and it feels very gentle on my skin. Love it! 


The following products were disappoints to me.

I got this as part of the Tarte 500 point perk, and was really excited to try it! Some of my favorite products of all time are by Tarte.

This is the Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum with Amazonian Clay. I always wanted to try this.

It made my skin feel very sticky and like I wanted to wash it all day. I don't wear liquid foundation on a daily basis, and am very picky with what I do wear, because I hate this feeling. So for those of you that wear medium to full coverage liquid foundation, this might not bother you.

I didn't really find it that illuminating. And it doesn't last for very long. I prefer Benefit High Beam, or powder highlighters to this.

I also tried mixing it with my liquid foundation, and I couldn't tell much of a difference, and I broke out. Bummer.

I also tried this tinted moisturizer by Lorac, in the shade 'Tawny Temptress'. It is called the protecTINT tinted moisturizer. I got sample of this from sephora, and it lasted me 4 days.

It matched me perfectly! I was very excited about that, since I do have a yellow tint, so some brands don't match, and this brand only has 4 options. I applied it both very lightly, and layered it for more coverage. I loved the consistency, it very soft, silky, and mousse-like.

BUT, the reason I don't like it is because it doesn't last all day with me, and it makes me break out. Not immediately, but by the second day and on, I got more and more breakouts. :(

The biggest deal breaker though is the lasting power. On me, it lasts about 6 hours, my work day is 12+, so I need something better.


  1. I have the lancome palette and I love it :)

  2. that tarte blush is a huge favorite of mine! so gorgeous right? <3

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