The past month has been weird in the makeup department. It was fall, but not quite fall yet, so it was a bit confusing what colours felt right. I've been kind of back and forth between fall and summer colours depending on if the sun was shining or not. Through switching colours there were still a few staples I stuck to for the most part, and those are the items I will be talking about today. You may have noticed, I don't have any skincare this month. This is simply because I've written about all of the items I loved this month quite recently. The star skincare item I would have to say was La Mer. I went back to using it every night and my skin has been wonderful for it. Now for the makeup and a very special perfume.
Sorry for the picture seeming kind of flipped to the side. I didn't think of making the products face the way I would be taking the picture, rather than where I was standing when laying them out. Quite silly of me, but lesson learned! For now, if you don't mind tilting your head to the side! September has been a long month. I've gone from having just started school to starting to plan for exams already. There's also been a few personal things, a funeral, but a lot of nice experiences as well. I went to Dublin for a long weekend, which was very nice. I did a bit of shopping, eating, and visiting. I'm also a bit in "spring-cleaning" mode, or fall-cleaning as it would be. I've been clearing out closets, really trying to use body and hair care products up.. I always get this way in the fall, instead of spring. I think it might be because I still see the "new year" as starting in the fall.. I know it doesn't technically, but as a student it just makes more sense. However, this is supposed to be about empties and not my cleaning habits, so I'll shut up now and move onto the quite a few products I got through the last month!
This whole thing has been a bit of a fail for me. First of all I didn't choose products all that wisely - as in I didn't really finish anything. Then I managed to accidentally delete the pictures I had taken for my monthly update. By the time I realised it was already about a week into september and I thought I might as well wait until the end. Then I did make a lot of progress in the time after and realised I should've still taken the pictures, but at that point it was really too late. Oh well, I'll take you through the progress I've made and there's a bit of reflection at the end.
Following my infatuation with the La Mer moisturiser, and then the lip balm it was only fitting I move on to their makeup line. 'The Powder' gets a good amount of raves on youtube, and I see it featured in many Instagram photos, but haven't seen too many full blog reviews on it. I thought I'd change that, and if you've read my other La Mer reviews, yes this is another rave..
Another month, another empties post. This month I didn't finish a ton of stuff, at least compared to how much I usually finish. I have, however, finished a whole lot just the first few days of September so it's already looking like my September Empties post will be a bit of a legendary one. For now, however, I'll get on with a few short reviews and thoughts on the products I did finish in August.
Having previously been very impressed with the few Clarins' mascaras I had tried I was very excited to try their Instant Definition Mascara. I find the Clarins mascaras barely get any mention in the online beauty community and was excited to be trying a mascara without any preconceptions. Unfortunately, sometimes when there's no mention of a product it's because no one's had anything nice to say..
August has been a long month. We've gone from full-on summer to colder fresh fall winds by the end. I went to Rome for a week, started school and then finally rounded it all up by getting the flu. I've officially been knocked out for a week and I feel horribly stressed by everything I've got to do to catch up, but I'm sure I'll be alright soon enough. If you were wondering why there was a lack of updates on the blog, now you also know why. Through the changing weather and daily routines I've switched out a lot of products, but a few items have been used solidly from beginning til end and those are the ones I will be sharing with you today.
This is a review of a cream that I absolutely adore. REN is a brand I've come to trust as every product I've tried has not only been good, but gone beyond the expectations I have. Their products have fair price points, hygienically packaged and with a clear list of the main ingredients in each products with information about what each of them actually does. There's never any wild claims, but the claims they make they always deliver on. Vita Mineral is no different.
Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit is a product I've been meaning to write about for a long time. It's been a staple in my collection since getting it, quite some time ago. Benefit has changed the packaging since I got mine, but the product is still the same - and for once, that's a really good thing.
After being so impressed with Armani's Lasting Silk UV Foundation ( review ) last summer to the point where it has become my favourite foundation, I've been very curious about exploring the brand further. This has of course included trying more of the brand's foundation offerings. I've now tried almost all of them, but the one I will be reviewing first is the very popular Maestro Foundation. I see this mentioned a lot in Favourites Posts and pictured on Instagram, but it's still quite a peculiar and different foundation with it's dry oil base and dropper, so I figured the Maestro would be a good one to start with.