September 30, 2016
Since the fall semester began, time has seemed to speed up. My summer actually went by very slowly but the leaves are starting to change, I've had my first exams and every blog I read is full of autumn posts! I've had a look back on the past month and I've picked out several items that I've been loving lately.
Starting with beauty, as usual, I've tried a lot of new products and I've fallen in love with a fair few!
Too Faced Born This Way foundation
I purchased this at the end of August and from the first application I knew it would be a firm favorite of mine. This offers high coverage with a luminous finish and it may soon become my holy grail. My only wish is that I could go back in time and purchase a different shade, as I was overly optimistic about maintaining my tan.
Origins GinZing moisturizer
Another summer purchase, this moisturizer is light, refreshing and hydrating. I look forward to using it every morning just for the scent! It soaks into the skin quickly and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or oily. I don't usually get excited about skincare but this is just lovely.
MAC Matte lipstick in Velvet Teddy
I finally got around to trying out this popular shade and I can see why it's so hyped--this is a beautiful warm, terracotta nude. MAC's matte formula is one of my favorites and I can see this color being a staple for me throughout the colder months.
Morphe 35OS palette
My first Hautelook purchase was this massive all-shimmer palette from Morphe, which I'd never tried before. The original 35O is very loved in the blogosphere and I've heard a few people raving about their shimmer shades, so I opted for the 35O shimmer over the 35O matte. There are so many great neutrals to choose from and the formula of a majority of the shadows is incredible. I did a full review here if you'd like to see all the shades swatched!
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette
I was lucky enough to win this limited-edition palette in a giveaway from Christie and Natalie! Since it arrived I haven't stopped using it, either for the gorgeous highlighters or the pigmented blushes. Champagne Pop really is beautiful and while Prosecco Pop is too dark for me at the moment, it looks amazing on the eyes. Rose Spritz is my favorite blush from the palette, it's like a mixture of Pamplemousse and Prosecco Pop. Some of these shades are still available in the Champagne Splits if you'd like to get them for yourself!
Essie Starry Starry Night
Several weeks ago I watched a SimplyNailogical video about this nail polish--well, not this exact one, but the original formula which is now worth up to $200. Essie revived the popular shade but changed the formula slightly, from what I've heard. While I don't think it's worth $200, it is certainly worth the $5 I paid for it at TJ Maxx! This dark navy blue with silver glitter really does look like a starry night after two coats have been applied!
Many of my favorite TV shows have had season premieres since my last favorites post, including American Horror Story, Scream Queens and How to Get Away With Murder. AHS kept this year's theme a secret until the premiere and I think it was well worth the wait. The theme is American Horror Story: Roanoke and I think it's going to be an amazing season! Hotel was underwhelming, in my opinion, but Roanoke has a really interesting documentary style and it's based on the missing Roanoke settlement, a part of American history that has always fascinated me.
As for Scream Queens, I don't fully understand this season yet but it still makes me laugh and it now has Taylor Lautner, so it obviously deserves to be in this post. And How to Get Away With Murder only premiered last week, but the episode was so captivating that I know I'm going to love this season just as much as the last two.
I've been reading a new release from Cassandra Clare, who wrote one of my favorite series 'The Mortal Instruments'. Clare's newest series is set in the same universe but around Emma Carstairs, who is investigating the murder of her parents. I wasn't sure if I would like the first installment, Lady Midnight, but it's really gripping and I've been reading it every night before bed!
And finally, a guilty pleasure of mine that I don't talk about much is celebrity gossip. I know a lot of people don't like it, and personally I don't get too invested in it, but I do like to know what's going on and one of my favorite sites for that is Dlisted. There are only a few posts per day so it isn't overwhelming like some other popular gossip sites (ahem Perez Hilton) and the blogger slams literally everyone so it's good for a laugh!
What have you been loving this month?