Well. Here it is! The first post on my blog – thank you all for being so patient!! Sitting final exams and blogging don’t really mix do they? (or do they? *laughs*). Anyways, as the month of October draws to an end (please, this year is going by so fast), I want to draw your attention to the things I have been loving and using this month. Without further ado.. here are my October faves!
MAKEUP AND SKINCARE
‘Sensitive Cleansing Gel’ (Sukin)
Exam stress = breakouts = unhappy lizzie.
Seriously, this cleanser has been a lifesaver! Sukin focuses on sustainable products that won’t cost the earth, and who doesn’t love a cleanser that smells like pine trees! (although this overpowering scent takes a bit of getting used to). The cleanser comes out in gel form from a pump (as pictured), which can be a bit inconvenient for travelling + portability, however, I’ve been enjoying using this cleanser, particularly that summer is coming up in Australia.
Sukin ‘Sensitive Cleansing Gel'” is available in Australia from Priceline for $9.99
Lip Scrub in Bubblegum (LUSH Cosmetics)
THIS TASTES LIKE MY CHILDHOOD. sorry for the capitals, but any 90s kid will remember putting in 50c coins into the bubblegum machine and receiving a sickly sweet (and oddly suspicious) candy. please tell me I’m not the only one?
When LUSH released this hot pink (‘bubblegum pink’) beauty, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Particularly during the transitional period between winter and summer, my lips can get super dry and cracked, which isn’t fun, that is where this lip scrub came in. All you do it put a little bit on your finger (this can get very, very messy) and scrub it on your lips when they are dry. The best part of this product is that you can eat it. yummy, bubblegum sugary goodness and kissable lips…sounds good to me! LUSH Cosmetics is cruelty free, mostly vegan and handmade which I love. I know they have a couple of other flavours, including popcorn and peppermint for those who aren’t fond of the sickly sweet taste of candy.
‘Bubblegum Lip Scrub’ Available from LUSH Cosmetics for $9.95
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick in ‘Red Carpet’
NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Scarlett Empress’
(pictured above- left: NARS ‘Scarlett Empress’. right: Bobbi Brown ‘Red Carpet’)
Bobbi Brown’s ‘creamy matte’ range had me buzzing when it was released earlier this year. I have been trying to find the perfect Taylor Swift-esque red lipstick that did not crease, fade or last two seconds and I am pretty sure I have found ‘the one’. ‘Red Carpet’ is the perfect go-to red and can really pull an outfit together. It has super pigmentation and fades nicely (meaning you don’t get an awkward red lipstick line from eating lunch). The bullet packaging itself is really nice, and has a slanted applicator that allows precision. I love it!
After seeing a photo of someone wearing ‘Scarlett Empress’ on instagram (follow me @elizabethandher #shamelesspromotion) I knew I had to add this shade to my collection. It comes up more purple/boysenberry on camera than it does in real life (it wears as a dark berry/deep red shade). However, it still was 100% my go to ‘winter night out’ colour. The packaging (mine is worn out from love) is the standard NARS packaging- minimalistic with the logo embossed on the lid. The bullet is square, and like the Bobbi Brown one, has a slanted applicator which makes it easy to apply.
Bobbi Brown Lipstick in ‘Red Carpet’ is available in store or online for $44
NARS Lipstick in ‘Scarlett Empress’ is available in store or online (or at other retailers such as Mecca Cosmetica) for $40
Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette
Urban Decay has been one of the most influential makeup brands this year, with the ‘Naked’ Range becoming one of the most talked about palettes. The release of Naked Basics (and Naked Basics 2) made me one very happy girl. Although I am fond of the original ‘Naked’ palette, it isn’t very convenient for travelling. This is where the ‘Naked’ basics comes in. This tiny sized palette has a range of colours which means you can create many makeup looks, from natural to smokey eye (as you can see below) AND its convenient to fit in your handbag! yay! The only downside is that the colours aren’t as pigmented as the original ‘Naked’ range, but the convenience makes up for it.
(left to right: venus, foxy, w.o.s, naked 2, faint and crave)
Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette available at Sephora for $44
Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeliner in ‘Jet’
NYX Jumbo Pencil in ‘Milk’
I am a massive fan of eyeliner. and when I say I’m a “massive fan”, I mean I am an eyeliner addict; liquid, cream, gel. you name it, I’ve used it. When I first started using eyeliner, I was not a pro at all #pandaeyes. But nowadays, I like to call myself a ‘somewhat pro’ at the cat-eye game. Being a perfectionist means that my winged liner has to be as a sharp as my kitchen knife = time wasted. For days that I am in a rush, I use the Bobbi Brown eyeliner in ‘Jet’, which I use for both tight-lining (lining the inner rim of my waterline) and creating a wing on my lid. As you can see from the photo above, this eyeliner is super pigmented and creamy, which makes it one of my favourites. The lasting power on this eyeliner is phenomenal too, I can go from brunch with my friends to dinner at night, and my wing stays perfectly in place.
As much as eyeshadows can be vibrant on their own, sometimes they need a little push. The NYC Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” allows my eyeshadows to last all day. The colours of my eyeshadows become more vibrant and last longer, which decreases creasing and feathering. Although I could never, ever wear this shadow on it’s own, it provides a nice base for my other eyeshadows (like the colours in the ‘Naked’ Basics line).
Bobbi Brown Creamy Eyeliner in ‘Jet’ available in store or online for $37
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Milk’ is available online or at participating stores such as Target for $6.95
OTHER (SNACKS + BOOKS)
‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn
‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
As soon as my amazon order sat patiently on my front porch, I knew these two amazing books would be inside. I won’t reveal any spoilers (don’t worry, I have only started reading both of them!) but both these books are absolutely amazing. Thriller ‘Gone Girl’ was the bestseller of 2014 (I’m a little late on the reading bandwagon) and was released as a blockbuster late last year. ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ (by the author who wrote Eat, Pray, Love) is really inspirational and gets me excited for the next chapter I am embarking on in my life and how I can be influenced by art, travel and the world around me.
‘Gone Girl’ can be purchased at any good bookstore or online at amazon for $10
‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” can be purchased at any good bookstore or online for $15
‘Alter Eco’ Quinoa Dark Chocolate
Im obsessed. Literally obsessed. oh. my. gosh. Alter Eco has done it again! I don’t really know how to write about chocolate, but let me just tell you, this stuff is addicting. Before you wince at the thought of having quinoa mixed with chocolate, it tastes like rice-crispy treats (so yummy) however, it is so much healthier for you than regular chocolate. It’s vegan (so it’s dairy free) and is made up of dark chocolate cocoa rather than milk, which is proven to be ‘good’ for you!
‘Blue Diamond Almonds’ (Salt + Vinegar Flavour)
Ever since I was little, I have loved anything to do with salt and vinegar. Since this year, I have started to love almonds too. I was up the central coast last weekend, as spotted this welcoming tub of purple yumminess at a petrol station and I knew I just had to try them. I have never had salt + vinegar almonds before, but these are so delicious! They have just the right balance of salt and vinegar that is not too overpowering! (If anyone knows where to get these in central Sydney pleaseeeee let me know!)
That’s it! All the stuff I have been loving for the past month! I hope your month of ‘October’ has been as amazing as mine. (Let me know if you try/love any of the products that i’ve mentioned on this post!)