Hits & Misses | October 2018

Hey everyone, I’m back with my October Hits & Misses.  Eeek my second-last one before Christmas.  It’s hard to believe we’re so close to what is, in my opinion, the best time of the year.  I love it!!

I have quite a few favourites this month so I’ll crack on.  It’s a long one, so grab a cuppa… 🙈

Hits

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral – I got a mini size of this concealer ages ago and recently started using it and I absolutely love it.  It’s very creamy and offers full coverage, similar to NARS Radiant Longwear (full review here) and MAC Pro Longwear. 

This is long lasting and doesn’t make my under-eye area look dry or cakey, however it does crease slightly on me, but most concealers do, so I never hold it against a concealer when that happens.

Urban Decay Afterglow Palette – This is such a beautiful palette and one I need to use more.  It contains two blushes, one bronzer and one highlighter in the shade Sin. 

The shades are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for my pale skin.  Although they are all shimmery, there is no glitter in them, so no fear of a disco ball appearance. 

Smashbox Primer Oil – This is a beautiful product applied on the skin before foundation and also mixed with foundation.  I particularly love to mix it with my Fenty Beauty Foundation (full review here). 

Because Fenty’s Foundation has a matte finish, a drop or two of this oil mixed in just adds some luminosity and helps to take down the matte finish. 

Despite being an oil, it’s not greasy or heavy in any way and it doesn’t affect foundation application, wear time or performance.  I’ve never known it to cause any foundation to break down either.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighter in Precious Petals – This is my favourite affordable/drugstore.  It is just such a gorgeous shade and formula, not to mention it’s inexpensive.  These highlighters are around €5 euros, which is a steal considering the quality and the pans are huge, so they’ll last a while. 

They are smooth and creamy to use.  There’s no glitter in them, but they are not subtle, they are noticeable on the skin.  I like applying mine with the Blank Canvas F15.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Fantascene 790 – This palette is a firm favourite of mine all year around, but lately it has been the only one I’ve been dipping into. 

It’s an absolutely beautiful palette.  I love everything about it.  The colour selection, pigmentation, formula, packaging, just everything, plus it smells delicious too.

Cover FX Blurring Primer – This is such a lovely primer to use and one I’ve been using a lot this month.  I’ve noticed that it tends to give some coverage to my skin so I prefer wearing it on days when I want a lighter coverage base. 

It has quite a thick, creamy consistency so I have found it best applied with fingers and pressed into the skin.  Although it’s tinted, it doesn’t tend to add much colour I’ve noticed, but if you were very pale it may be more noticeable on you.  It’s on Space NK and Cult Beauty for £30.

Black Canvas F15 & F25 – Blank Canvas make some of my favourite brushes and these two in particular have become firm favourites of mine over the last couple of months.

The F15 has tapered bristles that are soft, fluffy and non scratchy.  I love this for applying highlighter.  Fan brushes are my usual preference but one day I tried this brush and I haven’t looked back.  It is applies the perfect amount of product.  It applies my highlighter better than any fan brush I’ve used previously. 

The F25 is what I use to apply my bronzer, it’s perfect for that.  Because of it’s large size it makes applying and blending out bronzer very quick.  It applies and blends out my bronzer beautifully.  It’s a dense brush, but it’s not so dense that it is uncomfortable to use, it’s quite soft.

Misses

Odacité Po+R Hydration Serum Concentrate – I have been using this for the past three weeks and I honestly haven’t noticed it to have made any difference to my skin whatsoever. I’m also not a fan of the scent, it smells strongly of Lavender, which is a scent I dislike. I’m not a Lavender fan at all.

I got it in the Space NK X Caroline Hirons Clean Decoded box and was shocked that this teeny bottle is actually the full size. I thought at first it was a sample, but no, it is in fact full size.  I’ve been using it for three weeks, 1.5 drops in the morning and the same at night and now I’m finished it, so it doesn’t last long.  It’s priced at £39 for 5ml which is pretty pricey in my opinion.  This isn’t something I would recommend or repurchase.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser – Sunday Riley is a brand I had been wanting to try for ages and I was delighted to see this full-sized cleanser in the July Edition of Mintd Box (full post here).

This is described as being for normal to oily skin, although it has recently been revamped, reformulated and repackaged and the new version is for all skin types.

I’ve been using this for around a month now and while it cleanses my skin, it doesn’t do anything noticeable or amazing.  My skin feels as it did before, its no smoother or softer.  Sunday Riley is pretty expensive and for skincare that costs as much as this does, I expect to see some difference in my skin, but this hasn’t made any difference at all. None.

Another thing to note is that this stinks.  It really stinks.  I’m not quite sure how to describe the scent, but it doesn’t dissipate for quite a while and even when I layer my other skincare over it, I can still smell it.

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PS: I did have photos taken for this post, but they didn’t come out right, so I am going to retake them and then insert them. I hope that’s okay. 😊

Until next time, take care xx

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