3 October 2013

September Beauty Buys

I'm always a bit shocked at the amount of beauty stuff I buy month on month. I think I might try one of those challenges where you have to use up all of your existing stuff before buying anything new. Maybe not. I can already tell that I will fail miserably. Anyway, I'm going off on one. Let's get down to business. 

I went on a little L'Oreal splurge. There must have been an offer on! I have to admit that I am quite lazy when it comes to buying cheap(ish) face products. I hate looking at the endless rows of stuff and tend to get sucked in by three for twos. This time I went for: 

Skin Perfection Purifying Gel Wash: Have only used this a couple of times. It seems to be a pretty bog standard face wash. No amazing transformation thus far but, as I said, I haven't used it all that much. 

Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil: I have mixed feelings about this one. It works OK I suppose but I expected more. You splosh the oil onto your skin sans water, rub in for a bit, and then rinse off taking, in theory, all of your make up with it. That is unless you wear Benefit's They're Real mascara. It is officially the world's hardest mascara to remove. I still use a different eye make up remover and cleanser after this but it does the hard work. 

Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser: I really like this moisturiser. It isn't too greasy, sinks in to the skin nicely and smells delish. Thumbs up. 

The nail polish was purchased later in the month and is reviewed further down. 

Two pretty bog standard products here. The bane of my life is my Benefit mascara as it so bloody hard to get off. I find that these split removers work best for me as the oil breaks down water glue they put in there. Decided to give this Nivea one a go and it seems to be doing the job as usual. Takes two cotton pads per eye to fully remove all trace of make-up. 

I decided to try this Vaseline spray moisturiser as I am sooooo bad at body moisturising. This is actually quite nice. One problem which I also have with fake tan is that it gets all over my floor and I end up skidding around in it. Otherwise I am really enjoying this. 

I wrote about these H&M products here. Took the palette to Cannes and got on quite well with it. The shadow actually lasted a long time without creasing which surprised me. I haven't used the lip pens all that much as they don't have the staying power that I want from lip colour.

Jumped on the bblogging bandwagon and invested in a Baby Lips balm. Packaging is fun but not overly impressed with the actual product. I went for Pink Punch but the colour isn't great and the balm is a bit meh. Probably won't be re-buying. 

The Rimmel foundation is a re-buy. I usually HATE drugstore foundations and used to always recommend splashing out on your base. However, I am really enjoying Wake Me Up. I think it helps that the shade matches my skin perfectly but the formula is also really good for my skin. It is hydrating but not greasifying (is that a word?), and gives good coverage. At work I need to reapply after about 7 hours. 

Couldn't go a month without some new polish, especially with it being a new season and all. Went for four new models own shades: (L-R) Utopia, Nude Beige, Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin; three new Barry Ms: Matte Crush, Matte Caramel, Berry Cosmo; one L'Oreal: Sequin Explosion. 

Am getting in to models own as my good friend J raves about them (we started a new nail blog dontcha know!). Not that I want to cheat on my beloved Barry M but Utopia is my new fave shade. I can't get enough of it. The formula for all of these is really good and all were opaque within two coats. 

I was eager to try the new matte shades from Barry M as I really like the finish. Crush is a gorgeous burgundy colour which is perfect for autumn. Caramel is an interesting shade which will work well as a matte or with a glossy top coat. My fave was the Berry Cosmo shade which has been added to the permanent collection. I will swatch properly later in the month. 

Tis the season for a bit of glitter. This L'Oreal one is great. It has silver, pink, green, and blue pieces of all different sizes. The coating is generous and will work well on its own or over a base colour. 

Sorry for the rambling post! Be sure to leave links to your monthly buys or faves below. 


  1. Love the shout out! Does the matte last long on the new Barry M matte polishes?

    1. Yeah it's a pretty good matte. Tempted to gloss the colours up though, they're so pretty. Emma. X

  2. Beautiful colours. :)


  3. Lots of lovely looking purchases! I've been so tempted by Baby Lips but I might avoid, I don't think I need any more tinted balms!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

    1. I think with all the buzz around the Baby Lips I just expected too much. It's cute but I have better tinted balms in my collection. Emma x