October has been a month of trying new makeup and pulling out some of my autumn favourites again. In reaching to the back of drawers, I came across my first favourite of the month - Allure magazine. I used to subscribe to Allure via Newsstand, but earlier in the year I stopped my subscription, too busy finishing my degree with no time to keep up with the latest issue. Life is at a much nicer, steady pace now and I'm really enjoying flicking through my stash of old Allure magazines again, getting inspiration, tips and beauty advice. It's a bit pricey compared to UK magazines, but £6.30 covers the cost of the magazine and postage (which usually comes next day, too!). Definitely going to have to restart my subscription!
If you spotted my Autumn makeup look, you'll recognise Illamasqua Shard Lipstick, one of my favourite autumn shades. It's a really deep red violet with a matte finish, teamed with MAC Nightmoth lip liner and we're talking favourite lip combo right there! I love the Illamasqua shade range, some of my favourite for really opaque, stand-out shades - Shard is definitely my top pick. At £18.50 they're not cheap, but they're worth the splurge if you are looking to treat yourself!
October was the month I became completely transfixed by the Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base*, the perfect starting point for any look. It's the perfect base for eyes, just like the Instant Light Concealer in formula, working to neutralise skin tone, whilst brightening and making eyes appear fresh and well-rested. It works so, so well as a base for shadows and it's been a daily must-have recently. At £19.35 it's not cheap, but a little goes a long way and a teeny dot between both ring-fingers is enough for both eyes, so the 10ml will go further than you think.
I've been teaming the Max Factor Skin Luminzer Foundation (full review here) with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion, which on me is actually more of a very lovely, pale highlight than a blush, a lot over October. The purse-friendly £11.99 Max Factor base offers a lovely a good light-medium coverage with a radiant, almost dewy finish, whilst the pricer £28 Dim Infusion works brilliantly for highlighting my cheekbones, or with a touch more intensity for a pop of light, healthy colour on cheeks. The two seem to work in perfect harmony with each other.
I have less time on my hands to 'doll myself up' in the mornings nowadays, so on the days where I want something quick and easy whilst still making me look more alive than if I was bare faced, I've been trying some new mineral shadows in my stash from In The Buff. From a cruelty free, vegan friendly, natural makeup brand, I've loved using Earth* (£9.50) for a neutralising wash of colour over the lids, a warm neutral shade with matte finish, with Baked Earth* (£9.50) blended through the crease. A bold deep bark with hints of cranberry and a very fine shimmer finish, it's easily become one of my favourite shades ever. Together they make the perfect go-to daytime look, that can be vamped up in a flash with Dark Skies* (£13.50) for a real stand-out evening look. It's absolutely stunning, a deep black with mossy undertones and the most beautiful fine shimmer.
What would a stand-outs be, without a skincare product? One I love using 2-3 times a week in my evening skincare routine, the Indeed Labs Retinol Reface is no stranger to Tattooed Tealady, being featured in a favourites earlier in the year (see here). Usually £19.99 you can currently grab it with 1/3 off at just £13.33, perfect for anyone who loves smooth, supple skin. Once applied my skin instantaneously feels softer and smoother to the touch - by morning my skin looks more youthful and fresh.
What stood out for you the most this October?
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