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October Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again, the monthly favourites article is here. Before I tell you about my favourites I’d just want to say it’s November already… Where has this year gone?

Right, here are my ‘October Favourites‘! Some of you will recognize old favourites…

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation. Still my favourite foundation, even more so now that it’s getting colder. I’ve got a review here if you want to know more.

M.A.C. Eye Brows in Brunette. Brunette is a new eyebrow colour, it came out with the Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C. Collection in October. I like using it on days where I try to fill my eyebrows in without having them quite as dark as they are when I use the colour Spiked. You can still buy Brunette now but for those who were wondering, it will be added to the permanent line in January 2013.

M.A.C. Desert eyeshadow. I have never been one to wear eyeshadow, but I have been wearing the Desert eyeshadow from the M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection, Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit. Desert is a shimmering warm taupe colour with a Satin finish, this is the sort of colour I like. See swatches here.

Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara. This one was in my last monthly favourites, it’s just a simple brown mascara, it helps define and hold my lashes without making them too dramatic. I probably use it everyday.

Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base. Yes, again. It’s there every month since I bought it. I love it for contouring and bronzing, I don’t think I’m interested in finding something to replace it. It’s just amazing.

SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. A new favourite of my, very nice applied to the cheekbones, it’s a subtle highlighting product and I don’t go a day without using it. I’ve wrote a review, have a read here.

CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lipcolour in L’exquise. A nice dark plum colour, perfect for this season. I wear a sheer layer of it in the day and layer it up in the evening for a more dramatic look.

Essie Skirting the Issue. I love Essie polishes, especially the drugstore ones, I think they have very nice brushes. Skirting the Issue is part of the Essie Stylenomics Collection for Fall 2012. It’s a very dark blood red, very suitable for this season and goes very well with a multitude of outfits. The only downside is that it is very hard to get an even finish because this isn’t an opaque colour.

And that’s all of them. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my ‘October Favourites‘.

What have you been loving in October?



Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C.

Hello everyone.

I am very excited to be writing this article! As I mentioned in a previous post, I was looking forward to the M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection (which is due to come out this week in the UK). I went in a M.A.C. store last saturday, hoping to see both the Camouflage Full Face Kits to try to decide which one (Desert or Jungle) to buy when the collection comes out. Well not only did I get to see the entire collection but I also did get to buy, yes, to buy what I wanted early! All that thanks to a lovely M.A.C. makeup artist.

Whilst they are some pictures and swatches available online (mainly from the US), I’m glad to be one of the first UK bloggers to review the Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit.

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, it’s a square black box with a matte finish with Carine Roitfeld‘s initials and M.A.C. written in a glossy black paint. The box is heavy and feels very well made, it feels, dare I say, ‘expensive‘.

When you open it, it reveals a mirror on the top part and four Eye Shadows. I generally dislike mirrors built in palette as many are cheaply made and distorted, well I like this one although I will probably never use it. Slide the eye shadow section to the side and you’ll find the Cremeblend Blush.

What’s included in this kit? What do I use the products for?

The Eye Shadows:

– Top left : Sahara Dust, a light neutral beige with a Satin finish. I like using it in the inner corner of my eyes.

– Top right : Cactus Thorn, a mid tone brown bronze with a Frost finish. I use this one all over my lid and a little bit under my bottom lashes.

– Bottom left : Desert, a shimmering warm taupe with a Satin finish. I use it like Cactus Thorn, obviously, one or the other.

– Bottom right : Carbon, an intense black with a Matte finish. This colour is part of the permanent eye shadow line. I use it in the outer part of my lid.

I do like all of the eye shadows in this palette, they all have great formulation and are heavily pigmented. If I had to pick a favourite one out of the four, it would be Desert, I do really like taupe colours. I only think it’s a shame to have included Carbon, especially since  it actually is in both the Camouflage Full face Kits.

The Cremeblend Blush:

– Sand Storm is a soft sheer warm caramel, it reminds me of my Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base in colour but it is much sheerer and more orange. When I first opened the box, it was immaculate but now I’ve used it a couple of times, there is some condensation on the blush, I don’t mind it, just thought I’d let you know about it.

Here are heavy swatches of the eye shadows on my fingers, left to right : Sahara DustCactus ThornDesert and Carbon.

Now for a swatch of Sand Storm inside my wrist. I applied quite a bit of product and blended it out a little bit.

I love this palette, I am happy with the quality of the products and of the packaging. I will use all of the shadows and the blush. I love the one I have my only regret is that I didn’t pick the other one too… Might have to go back.

The Full Face Kits retail for £37 each. The entire collection is available online now and on 4th October in M.A.C. stores.

Are you picking up anything for this collection?


Looking forward to – M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection

Hello everyone.

This is a quick post about a collection I am really looking forward to. I can’t wait for the M.A.C. & Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012 to come out in October!

For those of you how haven’t heard of Carine Roitfeld, she was Vogue Paris’ editor in chief from 2001 until 2011. She has a very distinctive style and while some find that her signature smokey eyes give make her look tired, others think she has the best smokey eyes out there. I personally like her makeup very much, bare skin, smokey eyes and sheer nude lips ; all that hidden behind her hair.


While many products are in the permanent collection, a few are obviously limited  edition and these are the ones I have my eyes on.

Two kits will be available and I can’t decide which one to go for :

Jungle Camouflage Full Face Kit or Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit

I’m also quite curious as to how the Eye Browns pencil in Brunette (Grey brown) turns out, I love Spike but I’m always happy to try new brow stuff.

Details of the full collection can be found here.

Are you as excited as I am?