I weirdly have a lot of makeup favorites this month. Usually these posts end up with a bunch of skincare items and like one makeup item, but today is not that day! So many new makeup items, how exciting!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown ($23)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Fix ($21 for .1oz)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Classic Stencils ($20 for 5 stencils)
The Anastasia Powder is the most natural I've ever seen. I've thought of using eyeshadow, but this is less pigmented so it doesn't look like I drew on my eyebrows with a Sharpie. It just looks like I naturally have more eyebrow hair there, which is awesome. I like to extend the tail of my eyebrows a bit, especially if I'm doing a more dramatic eye look like a smokey eye, and using this powder makes them look completely natural.
The Brow Fix, at first, looked completely unexciting. It's a clear wax pencil; boring, right? But actually, this holds my brows in place better than any brow gel I've ever used. It also helps the brow powder cling to the hair better, and last longer. I'm really liking it! Plus, I only need a few swipes of this per use, so this will last me awhile.
And finally, the Stencils! I've really depended on these, not only when I'm shaping my brows, but also filling them in. It takes half the time every morning to fill in the empty areas, because I can just hold this up to my eyebrow and color inside the lines. This kit comes with five different stencils, but I usually use the Medium Arch, since that matches my natural eyebrow arch best.
It takes some getting used to, and I think even I'm still learning. I might do a "My Current Brow Routine" in the future, so let me know if you'd be interested in that!
MAYBELLINE Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bold Gold ($7)
You guys know how much I love cream shadow, and this has been my go-to this month. It's a great antiqued gold color that's perfect for fall, and my usual daily routine has just been this shadow all over the lid with a bit of warm brown in the crease and BAM, I'm good to go! This shadow lasts all day on me and after 12 hours it's basically crease-less. I have dry eyelids, though, so if you're oily I would recommend a primer. These are definitely not "24-hour" as Maybelline claims, but they're still long-wearing. If you can see it on the right-hand picture, the outer ring of this product has dried out, but most of it is still good. I'm a little annoyed that I've owned this for a year and some of it is rendered useless, but unfortunately makeup doesn't last forever. I'm trying to use this more often so I don't wind up throwing away a full pot of eyeshadow. I prefer cream shadows that come in tubes like Laura Geller's (see my Birchbox post), because the jar doesn't exactly lend itself to longevity. Really dig this color, though, and will be using it all season long (or until it dries up, whichever comes first).
SMASHBOX Cream Eyeliner in Midnight Brown ($14 for .06oz)
THEBALM Eyeshadow in Matt Batali (from their Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette, $30),
IT COSMETICS Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer ($24 for .118 fl oz)
That said, I finally managed to find a store that sells Wet 'n Wild recently, and I've been looking to try one of their blushes, and I'm really happy I picked this one up. This is a great fall color for people with fair to medium skin. I have to be kind of careful with this not to apply too much (I just kind of lightly tap my brush in once or twice since it's quite pigmented), but medium-skinned folk can be as liberal as they want. It's a great warm pinky-brown color and the color looks like a natural blush on me. They're also three dollars and quite smooth, so you can buy all the colors if you want!
REVLON Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet ($8.50 for .09oz)
Flashback! This was mentioned in my March 2013 Favorites (old post alert), and it's back again for some more action! I've raved about the Revlon Lip Butter formula pretty much every chance I can get. This is a low-maintenance red lipstick, since you don't need a lipliner (it's too sheer for that) and you don't need a lipgloss (it's shiny as it is). This is also a great red lip for those who shy away from bold colors (like me), since it's not nearly as opaque as an actual lipstick.
OLAY Complete SPF 15 Moisturizer for Normal Skin ($11 for 6oz)
PAULA'S CHOICE 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($26 for 4oz)
ACURE ORGANICS Day Cream ($19 for 1.75oz)
I received this in last month's Birchbox, and I just don't like it. This advertises that Gotu Kola Stem Cells and whatever a Chlorella Growth Factor is will help battle free radicals. That's great and all, whether or not it's true, but I can't get past the smell. It's so strong, and it just lingers on your face forever after you apply it. I could smell it on my face for hours, and it's not even a good smell. It's not quite citrus, but not quite creamsicle. It just smells weird, not in a "rotten product" kind of way, just a personal preference way. I can't do it. This claims to be "synthetic fragrance free," but it's still chock full of fragrance, and that can still be harmful to the skin. Even if you're not seeing irritation on the top layer, it could still be harming the layers underneath that you can't see, so I try to limit skincare products with fragrance when I can. All natural doesn't mean better, folks. This gets a big "thumbs down" from me.
Well, that's everything for the month of October! What products have you been loving (or hating) this month?
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Disclaimer; I stole/indefinitely borrowed the Smashbox eyeliner from my mom. All other products purchased by me. Not sponsored or affiliated with any brands mentioned in this post because why make money blogging when you can just go to college and develop $100,000 in debt, amirite?