I've really been enjoying this primer lately. I hadn't used it because I don't usually wear foundation (I prefer the lighter coverage of a BB cream) but I decided to pull it out this month to test out. I love the refreshing sensation of applying it, and the moisturizing benefit it gives to my dry skin. It also creates a sort-of barrier between the makeup and your skin, preventing it from getting into your pores. Will I continue to use this $42 primer under a $7 BB cream? No, because it feels like a waste of money, but on days where I decide I want a heavier coverage and opt for a foundation, I will happily use this. I just don't want to use it all up, because the chances of me repurchasing this primer are slim. Don't get me wrong; it's awesome, but spending $42 on anything just isn't in my budget. I recommend buying this if you have dry skin and like to wear foundation. It makes everything look so much smoother and preventing a patchy, flaky appearance.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light Sheer Tint ($7 for 1 oz)
Benefit Fake Up (Sample-Size [.5g]: about $3.50) (Full-Size [3.5g]: $24)
I was so excited to receive this in my Birchbox this month. This is only the same size--the photo shows the product twisted up all the way--so I'll be sad to see it go once I finish it. I think it gives a pretty good amount of coverage for my dark undereye circles, yet also does a wonderful job of highlighting and brightening the area. I like to apply this in a downward-facing triangle so gives off that luminous Kim Kardashian effect. I might use my Birchbox points to buy the full size when I run out!
This has been seen in multiple of my Outfit of the Day posts. This is from MAC's 2009 "Magic, Mirth, & Mischief" Holiday collection. This month, I've been mainly using the two pink shades on the bottom. Shhh, Don’t Tell is a pale, dusty pink and Rose Potion is more of a frosty rose color. Typically, I've been using Shhh, Don't Tell as an all-over lid color and Rose Potion in the crease and outer-v for a natural look. I think I'm starting to get tired of pinks, though. Now that it's finally starting to feel like fall around here, I think I'll start diving into more autumn-esque colors and bring out the golds and browns.
Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch ($9 for .07oz)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero ($19 for .04oz)
Benefit They're Real! Mascara (Deluxe Mini Size: $10 for .14oz) (Full size: $23 for .3oz)
Sally Hansen Super Shine Top Coat ($4 for .45oz)
Elysse YouthSpan Telo-Genesis Day Cream ($60 + $6 S&H for 1oz)
I received this in the mail as a free gift from an HSN sweepstakes. I can't report on the youth-enhancing qualities (being a 20-something), but I love the luxurious feel this cream has. The jar is made of glass, and it feels very expensive (and yowza, it is!). The cream is incredibly light, but when it sinks into your skin, it's incredibly hydrating. This moisturizes my T-zone and doesn't make it look greasy (curse thou, combination skin). The only thing I dislike is that this doesn't contain an SPF, so I have to crawl out of bed a few minutes earlier to slap on some sunscreen before applying this (mornings are hard). This makes my cheeks feel so soft and smooth, and although I'll never be able to afford to repurchase this, I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I'm hoping I can find a drugstore dupe somewhere that has the same consistency and hydrating effects (anti-aging always amps up the price) because I'm really loving this.
(Full-Size [4.2 fl oz]: $28)
This was also in last month's favorites. Lancome's makeup remover takes off eye makeup like a champ, even mascara. I'm really happy with the results of it. I'm almost out of my second and final bottle that my mother had in her medicine cabinet, so I'm going to see if I can live without it. I picked up some CVS makeup remover when they were having a sale, so hopefully it'll be adequate. Why do I love all of the expensive things?
I've been absolutely obsessed with Pentatonix this month, especially their cover of "Royals" by Lorde and their song "The Baddest Girl" (on their album: Pentatonix Volume 1) You can find both of these, among other amazing ones, on their YouTube channel, Spotify, or iTunes. They're an a capella group with an amazing sound and I have a Spotify playlist just for them. I also discovered this month that two of the members from this group sang in Kina Grannis' cover of "The A-Team," which was one of my favorite songs back in August. Check them out!
What were your favorite things this month?
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