October 2016 favourites

Welcome to my October favourites!

It's been a rather disjointed month because I gave birth to my son earlier in October and didn't play with much skincare and makeup while we were in hospital, but nevertheless I've absolutely had some stand-out products for the month and I've been looking forward to writing this post.

So without further ado, and in no particular order...

Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil

This product was sent to me for review and I'm so glad it was because I've been loving it and it's one of the nicest oils I've tried in a while. I've reviewed it here.

I've used a few rosehip oils before but none of them really grabbed me like this one did, perhaps because it feels so beautiful, melts into the skin and doesn't leave behind a heavy residue (so I can even wear it under makeup).

It keeps my dry skin feeling nourished and comfortable, and it only costs $20 a pop so it's on my radar now and it's definitely something I might buy in future. If you're in the market for a good facial oil that hydrates without being too heavy and doesn't break the bank, you really can't go past this.

Mecca To Save Face SPF 50+ Superscreen

Ah, my old friend. This is the best facial sunscreen I've ever used and it's an HG product of mine. If you haven't tried this or the original SPF 30+ version, I urge you to grab a sample because there's nothing else I've found on the market that's this good and doesn't cost too much. Full review here

It spreads and absorbs well, and it doesn't have an offensive sunscreen scent or leave behind a greasy residue. Somehow it manages to hydrate my dry skin and protect it in the process, and it gives the perfect non-oily base for makeup application.

Better still, it's one of those rare facial sunscreens that you can apply over makeup throughout the day without disturbing what's underneath or making yourself look greasy. That's probably my favourite thing about it! Love.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) in Opal

Full review here. This is another HG product of mine because it's the best liquid illuminator I've used to date. Plus it's reasonable value because you get so much product and the bottle should last for ages. If you were only going to use this as a spot highlighter, I'm convinced you'd never get through it!

The formula is a thin, light cream with no detectable scent. It's one of those products that just vanishes into the skin without feeling heavy/oily or drying, so I'd say it would suit all skin types and you shouldn't be aware of it once it's on.

What sets these illuminators apart for me is both their versatility and also the effect they give on the skin. Liquid illuminators are more versatile in general, but these Becca ones don't contain noticeable glitter chunks and instead just give a natural, credible sheen to the skin. That may be why I've had three of them. And counting ; )

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super Charged Foundation in #34

I used this as part of my Project Dent series earlier in the month, and while it's not my favourite foundation of all time, it's the foundation I'm loving most from my collection at the moment.

It's a lightweight gel that spreads and applies well. If you have dry skin like me, you may prefer to whack on a super hydrating primer underneath (or even a facial oil) because the finish is a touch on the powdery side of satin for my personal tastes, and I'd prefer something with more glow. The other thing I do is mix this with a drop of oil: something to consider if you want a dewier finish.

It doesn't last super well on the skin but I personally don't need long-lasting foundations at the moment so I'll live with that issue because I love the natural finish it gives and the way it blurs imperfections. Best thing is, it doesn't sit in pores around the hairline - an issue I consistently have with lesser products.

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

Last up, this fantastic little serum that I've fallen in love with. It mightn't be as effective as my HG Alpha-H Liquid Gold (another glycolic acid product), but it's a tad more gentle than that - while still giving good results. Full review here.

It's a light, gel formula that absorbs beautifully into the skin and immediately brightens the complexion. I use glycolic acid products because they make my skin look and feel more awake, and this definitely achieves that - both immediately and the morning after use.

The serum does have a resurfacing, exfoliating effect and my skin feels smoother and looks more even after use. It also has an effect on the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so my face happily looks a few years younger when I use this. Always a good thing!

In sum

Them's my favourites for the month! It was super easy to pick them out because I haven't been playing around with too many things of late (having a newborn and running panning projects will do that to you ; ) ), but these five items have definitely led the pack for October.

Let me know what you've been loving this month - I'd love to hear : ) x

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