Base-wise, I happily reached for the Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation in Barely Beige ($48) throughout the month. Adjusting to the whole university, working and attempting to throw some blogging in on the side has been rather difficult and I’ve definitely been slacking on the daily effort front with makeup, so I’ve adored the ease of use of this luminous foundation and just how forgiving it is, build able where you need extra coverage and flattering over dry patches and uneven texture. I adore its satin, glowing finish that reads as natural skin and just how little effort and time it takes to apply.
Along with that effortless haphazard application feel – there are way too many adjectives in this sentence, I’m aware – I was committed to wearing the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow ($41). I now remembered why I adored this glowy pastel sheer pink – it applies and builds effortlessly, not even requiring a mirror, and adds instant brightness to the face without obvious colour. The texture and glow-from-within without shimmer particles is all kinds of fantastic. But seriously, the formula of these blushes are all kinds of life-affirming. On a less natural-looking note, I tracked down the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Illuminator in N202 Rose ($16) – at work, no less – and have been enjoying the strong sheen and somewhat visible shimmer particles, as it adds instant visible luminosity to dull, dehydrated skin and works as a gorgeous champagne shadow.
Although I’ve spoken about the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte ($39) countless times, particular in any favourites kind of the post in the last three months, but I couldn’t make this post without including this creamy warm peach-tinged rose lipstick. The formula is impeccable, as it would have to be at its retail price, and I haven’t wanted to reach for any other shade, as this one is so brightening and just easy. Actually, its kind of a lie when I said that I haven’t been wearing any other shade. I’ve also had the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Nude Lipstick in 45 ($7-8) thrown in my bag all month long and on days when I haven’t managed to apply lipstick before leaving this own, I’ve been just throwing the hydrating pinky nude-but-not-overly-light shade.
There were also two nail polishes that I was loving throughout September: the Ciate Paint Pot in Brocade Parade ($15) and Essie Nail Lacquer in Find Me an Oasis ($8-9). Unfortunately, the formula on the powder blue Find Me An Oasis kind of sucks, requiring four coats for opacity, but I adore the pale greyed out hue so much that it was worth it. Even paired with this powder blue shade, either as a topper or for an accent nail, I’ve been experimenting with Brocade Parade, this really edgy black and white chunky glitter, that I got in my first beauty box ever (the Luxe Box) and have been loving it.