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The Make-Up Mix: October

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October was the month of new make-up. In particular, it was a month of being overwhelmed by the choices in Boots for Christmas gift sets, and it was the month of new lip products. From MUA's Halloween metallic liquid lipsticks, to my first look at the brand Mermaid Salon, to exclusive SMLC shades from NYX - I've got a ton of lip products to try over the next few months. Not only this, but with TK Maxx beginning to stock Topshop beauty, I bought myself about 9 new highlighters! So it's safe to say I've been spending like mad on beauty products, but my collection is perfect right now and I'm happy with my latest purchases. With all the new exciting bits and pieces in my collection, it seemed like the perfect time to do a round-up of some of my recent favourite beauty buys.

MOTHER OF PEARL | CHAMELEON HIGHLIGHTER, TOPSHOP

The range of Chameleon products in Topshop's make-up collection is SO beautiful! I'm now the proud owner of all the highlights, and I'm on a mission to get the last few 'glow' eyeshadow-like products. This shade of highlighter is phenomenal, but my camera can't pick it up so it's worth swatching in store. These highlights are chunky in texture, so they may not be for you if you want that subtle glow. I personally adore these, with Mother of Pearl being my favourite. It's a beautiful golden shade with a pink/red shift and sort of basically looks like a sunset for your skin. I've never seen anything like it and it doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow too.

TORONTO | SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM, NYX

My latest lip obsession comes in the form of NYX's limited edition Toronto Soft Matte Lip Cream, which comes part as one of the Christmas sets with an eyeshadow quad, highlight and blush, all in one box. You may know I'm obsessed with Stone Fox, and whilst this isn't exactly Stone Fox, it is very similar, but in the comfortable and enjoyable formula of NYX's cult-classic SMLC. It's a tad sheer in places so I use this in conjunction with the lip pencil for Stone Fox and it looks fantastic. NYX, please make this an additional shade to the core SMLC line-up - grey liquid lips in a good formula are so hard to come by! I'll be talking about this shade - with swatches etc. - a little bit further on in the month, so stay tuned!

BURNING EMBERS | EYESHADOW PALETTE, MUA

Although I own a fair few neutral eye palettes, I found myself a few months back only reaching for the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette, and while I do enjoy it, I found myself quite limited in what looks I could create from it. Cue my newfound passion to buy a new neutral eye palette that I really needed in my life - and enter this absolute gem. For £8 you get 25 beautiful, pigmented, easy to work with eye colours that are also quite generous in pan-size. I do find that some of the more metallic shades are best used with fingers rather than brushes (much like the likes of the BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes palette series), but that's something I can live with. There's a huge range of warm tones, varying from pinks, to deeper browns and plums, to taupes, peaches and creams - every neutral eye look you could ever think of can be created using this eye palette. It's one that I meant to purchase months ago and I only wish that I'd bought it sooner.

WAX + WANE | CHAMELEON GLOW, TOPSHOP

This little beauty is seriously underrated in the blogging world. I've seen next to nothing about Topshop's Chameleon line-up of beauty products, and I don't know why. Not only are the highlights stunning, metallic goodness, but these 'glow' eyeshadow products have a stunning 3 dimensional shift to them. Wax + Wane is the only one I own so far of the three shades available, but I use it pretty much every time I'm wearing a neutral eye look. It looks like a deep reddish brown colour but it doesn't have a huge amount of pigmentation as its sole purpose seems to be to act as a topper for eye and lip looks alike, utilising the blue shimmery shift throughout. It's a versatile product that just adds a pop of 'holy crap' to your make-up look because it looks amazing. Check out this photo on my Insta for a glimpse at how pretty it is.

SPIRIT LAKE | LIQUID LIPSTICK, MERMAID SALON

I'd never heard of Australian-based brand Mermaid Salon until the gorgeous Emilina held a giveaway over on her Twitter that I was lucky enough to win! I got this beautiful green-coloured liquid lipstick called Spirit Lake, and right away when I received it, I thought of how much it reminded me of Colourpop in terms of its packaging. The formula is quick drying and matte, but the colour is absolutely divine and unlike anything else I own. Like many good liquid lipsticks, I don't find this overly drying or uncomfortable, and find it wears away in the centre but tends to leave the outer edges still with colour on after eating. Mermaid Salon are a cruelty-free brand and boast some seriously stunning colours in their line of liquid lipsticks, including a gorgeous grey shade, so expect to see me talk a bit more about them sometime in the future.

MOHAWK | BRONZER, TOPSHOP

The only product I've been using to contour/bronze with lately is this beautiful, pigmented, matte formula bronzer by Topshop. It's a not-too-orange, not-too-ashy kind of shade that works quite well with my skin tone. It does lean more towards being a warm tone, but I think I can pull it off. It doesn't take much to gather pigment on my brush, so I find myself tapping a lot off and trying to build it up slowly rather than slather on too much at once. It's an easy product to work with and I just haven't felt like using anything else since I purchased it.

What have your beauty favourites been this past month?

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