September Favourites

Spring is finally here (Only according to the month. Melbourne can’t decide what season it wants to be!)

It’s been a month since I started this blog and I have tried more lip colours than I ever have in my life. I hate to admit it, but I really like it. There’s something exciting about trying new colours, ones that I might never have considered before. These are my favourites from all the colours I’ve tried this month.

September Favourites 2015 - Gone Swatching xo

Gressa Lip Boosts in Regal and Lavish

I love these because they are light, moisturizing and non-sticky. The colours also really suit me, with Regal matching my lip colour slightly more with it’s plummy red tones. Read the full review here

RMS Beauty in Illusive

Illusive comes across as ‘My Lips But Darker’. I like the light blush of colour it gives with a small amount smudged onto my lips, or it can be applied heavily to become a more sultry rose plum. The full review is here

Noyah in African Nights

I didn’t think I would like this colour because true reds don’t suit me. I was wrong. I love this colour because it’s striking and isn’t a brick red or warm red. The formula is amazing too. High opacity in a emollient base means that the colour goes on strong with one swipe. Find my review here

Adorn Cosmetics in Natural Red

This was one of the more moisturizing shades in the range. I like this because it’s a more subdued, warmer toned red. Very easy to wear for every day if you feel that reds are too strong for you. The review is here

Neek Skin Organics in Whole Lotta Rosie

Whole Lotta Rosie works for me because it’s not a cool toned, barbie pink. It warms up my face beautifully without being too garish. It’s definitely an every day lip colour, because it starts off sheer and can be built up, without ever sitting on your lips weirdly. Read the review of this shade and the full colour range here

Shiseido Eyelash Curler 

I know it’s not technically makeup, but I can’t express how relieved I was to buy this. I was using the Manicure one, and it just did not work for me. I think in the beginning I didn’t pay much attention to it, but lately I’ve really noticed what a terrible job it does. The rubber pad crimped my lashes into an awkward L. If I tried to move the curler along the length of my lashes, it just squished my lashes in all directions. It’s also extremely curved so that it doesn’t fit around my eye properly. The end lashes would always be left out.

The Shiseido curler is a flatter, slighter curve. It means that all my lashes are caught in the frame. The pad is much softer and bouncier so you can gently curl your lashes, without using too much pressure. I like to curl them right at the base, and I still have to be careful not to pinch my eyelids, but it makes a huge difference when curling my lashes. Not only do I not dread having to do it, but the result looks lovely too.

Claribel Skin Care Eye Lash Serum

I don’t know how it works, but my lashes are in such better condition since I started using it, and it only took a couple of weeks for me to notice the difference. Now I have longer and more lashes, that fan out and up. My bottom lashes are also longer and not quite as sparse. Word of caution though, this stings if you accidentally get it in your eye, so be careful.

QueenBee Secrets Manuka Crystal Skin Balm

I have been using this for over a year now, so it’s more of an all time favourite. It is a stiff balm that needs to be warmed up. I scoop some out and put a little glob on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. I sit for a few seconds and then massage it in my skin with my fingers. This isn’t a slap on and forget balm though. I really have to work it in and spread it around so I’m not left with thick layer. It’s brilliant for dry skin and improves the appearance of fine lines.

This one does have its drawbacks. You will not like it if you don’t like the feeling of thick product on your face and I wouldn’t recommend it for during the day. I also have to be careful not to leave a thick layer on, otherwise it has made me sweat overnight, resulting in a breakout.

Now that I know how to use it for my skin type, I love it. You don’t need a lot, so it lasts for ages. It’s also great as a lip balm, or on patches of eczema. I’ve also used it on rashes and they cleared up completely. It also works as an eye cream; I pat it gently under my eyes. It’s one of the only products in the range that isn’t heavily scented with essential oils.


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