Hits & Misses | November 2018

Hey guys, I am back with my November Hits & Misses, a bit late I know, but better late than never eh? 😝 I have quite a few favourites this month, some are rediscoveries and some are products that I have had for a while but have been stand outs for me recently.  There are quite a few so grab a cuppa (and maybe a snack 😝).

Hits

The first four products are Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara, Hoola Bronzer, Rockateur blush and Watts Up highlighter.

(Top), Roller Lash, (L-R), Hoola, Rockateur, Watts Up

Roller Lash is a gorgeous mascara, with a really lovely wand that has a slight curve to it. It separates and defines my lashes while giving length and a little volume. It’s a gorgeous day-time mascara and one I would definitely repurchase.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Hoola I’ve been using as an eye shadow because it just doesn’t seem to look well on me as a bronzer or contour.  I’m not sure what it is, but it just looked funny on me, but it works great as an eye shadow, especially for a quick smokey eye.

Rockateur is a beautiful rose gold blush that gives a gorgeous sheen to my cheeks, but it is not shimmery or glittery in any way.  It doesn’t emphasise texture, pores etc.

Watts Up Watts Up was my first highlighter and I still love it to this day. It’s a gorgeous cream highlight that gives a beautiful golden sheen, which isn’t blinding or over the top.

I adore this on my inner corner of my eyes and also under my brow bone, as well as my cheek bones. Although it is a cream, it doesn’t disturb my foundation underneath or cause any issues with wear time or performance.

The blush, bronze and highlight are actually from a palette that I never gravitated towards because the packaging always put me off. So recently while decluttering (again!) I decided I would depot the products in the set and put them into a magnetic palette instead.

I adore this on my inner corner of my eyes and also under my brow bone, as well as my cheek bones.  Although it is a cream, it doesn’t disturb my foundation underneath or cause any issues with wear time or performance.

Speaking of depotting products, my next favourite is my Coloured Raine Magnetic Palette.  I got this months ago from ASOS as I had some Inglot pans and as this was under a tenner, I thought it’d be perfect – and it is.  I love it.

Coloured Raine Magnetic Palette

Benefit’s blush, bronze and highlight are actually from a palette that I never gravitated towards because the packaging always put me off.  So recently I decided I would depot the products in the set and put them into a magnetic palette instead.

I am so glad I did because not only do I have a lot more space in my makeup drawer, but I find I am using products now that I had previously not reached for as I went through phases of just using what was in easy reach.

It has been so handy for any items I’ve depotted (and there’s been a lot). It’s so much easier having all my products in one palette instead of individually packaged and having them in one place means I don’t forget about them.

Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation is one I’ve spoken about several times on here.  It’s my all-time favourite affordable (or “drugstore”) foundation. 

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Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

It’s everything I want in a foundation – the only downside being that is it not available to buy within Ireland.  You need to purchase this from Amazon UK or buy from the U.S. 

It’s creamy, longwearing, applies beautifully, blends like a dream, gives great coverage, doesn’t emphasise or cling to dry patches, texture or pores, doesn’t look heavy or cakey, it comes in a large range of shades and it’s about $10. 

The Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin mixed with Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer is what I have been wearing when I haven’t worn my Covergirl foundation. 

They are gorgeous mixed together and give a nice, light coverage that’s perfect for days when you don’t want full makeup but still want an even complexion. 

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Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

The Sensual Skin Enhancer is quite a thick cream with full coverage, so I never wear it alone, I much prefer it mixed with a primer like LM’s as it gives a nice, light coverage, but if you wanted extra coverage you could just mix in more of the SSE for it.

I personally haven’t found LM’s primer to be hydrating, it feels nice when applied alone or mixed with the SSE, but I didn’t find it hydrating on my skin, but then my skin is drier than normal at the moment anyway so that could be why.

MAC’s individual eyeshadows in Handwritten, Sketch and Tempting are what I’ve been mostly wearing this month.  Handwritten is a beautiful matte brown and Sketch is a gorgeous purple-brown colour, I adore the two of them mixed together and blended along the upper and lower lash lines.

(L-R) Handwritten, Tempting, Sketch

Tempting is a gorgeous bronze shade that looks great with Benefit’s Hoola blended through my crease.  They compliment each other really well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette – This is new to me, I got it about two weeks ago in TK Maxx (on another note, how brill is it that they are now stocking ABH, MAC, Cover FX & Boscia among other brands?!) and I have been loving it ever since. 

I absolutely love the shades in it and although I remember there being issues with it when it was first released, I haven’t experienced any issues with my one thankfully.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette

It is extremely pigmented, much more so than any other eyeshadow I have tried so a very light hand is needed, but the colours are gorgeous, they apply, blend and wear well.  There is some kickback in the palette, but nothing major and pretty much all powdered products have kickback in my experience.

Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Highlighter is one I’ve been using a lot this month, when I haven’t been wearing Watts Up, I’ve been wearing this and sometimes I’ve applied it over Watts Up for a slightly more intense glow. 

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter

This is a beautiful highlighter that is a gorgeous golden colour.  It’s not chunky, glittery or hugely shimmery.  It looks beautiful on.  It makes a gorgeous eyeshadow too for a pop of gold on the lids.

Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm has been a saviour this month as my skin has been drier than normal, which is due to the cold weather. 

Although I use an oil, serum and moisturiser each morning I have benefited from using this every night to help with moisturisation and hydration. 

Although it’s called a balm, it’s quite a thick creamy texture and therefore I prefer to use it at night.  Because of how thick it is, it tends to leave a film on my skin and makeup does not apply well over it. 

Anytime I applied my primer and foundation over this, they just slid around my face and wouldn’t buff or blend as they normally would.  It’s a really gorgeous cream, but definitely one for night time rather than day-time, unless you are having a makeup free day.

Misses

I only have one miss this month and it is Milani’s Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil.  I got this earlier in the year as part of a gift set and I have tried it a few times, but I just do not like it at all. 

It’s very heavy and doesn’t absorb, no matter how little I apply, even if I apply it in the morning and don’t wear makeup, by that evening I can still feel it sitting on top of my skin.

Milani’s Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil

I tried mixing it with foundation as I do with other oils and it just caused the foundation (no matter what one I used) to separate and smear around my face.

It broke me out on my cheeks, forehead and jaw line – which rarely happens. I might get an odd spot, but never as many at once as I got any time that I used this.

I have dry skin which pretty much always drinks up any oils, but not this.

Thank you for reading,

Until next time, take care xx

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