It’s October, does this mean I can officially start my Christmas shopping and watch Elf without being judged? I’ve already got my eye on several festive collections from MAC, Tarte and Too Faced (check out Laura Lee’s latest PR unboxing video to have a look for yourself). If you don’t already follow TrendMood on Facebook or Instagram I highly recommend checking out their page to keep up with all the latest holiday releases, it’s how I found about the upcoming ColourPop X My Little Pony collaboration and where I had a sneak peek at the stunning MAC Christmas 2017 collection. It’s absolutely beautiful and I actually prefer is to last year’s Nutcracker packaging. It’s very similar to the Mariah collection but dripping in gold and covered in snowflakes.
Even though It’s been a few years since I treated myself to one, there is no denying that the beauty advent calendars this year look insane. For the ultimate breakdown check out this post from Beauty Queen UK. Although some are rather obscenely priced, I can’t stop daydreaming about the ones from Kiehl’s and Estee Lauder Brands. If money wasn’t a problem, which one would you buy? Please let me know in the comments below.
I have five ’empties’ to share with you this month, all of which I’d happily repurchase. Amie is a skincare brand that doesn’t get spoken about very often and I have no idea why. The DayBright Glow Brightening Sheet Masks (£6.99 for 3 Individually wrapped masks) are soft cloth masks infused with skin-friendly natural ingredients designed to brighten, hydrate and revitalise your skin. They are the perfect pick-me-up for when your skin is looking dull and feeling irritated from excessive skincare routines and layers of makeup. These masks help to calm everything down and give your skin a much-needed rest, not to mention they smell amazing.
The Optiat Hit The Sheets Coffee Scrub in Vanilla Velvet (£9.99 | 220g) contains hand-sourced Arabica coffee grounds from London’s finest cafe, bars and restaurants, proving once and for all that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. This dreamy scrub leaves skin soft and leaves a faint vanilla latte aroma on the skin. There are also three other varieties to try: Lemongrass Lifter, Mouthwatering Mandarin and Potent Peppermint, to read my full review click here.
I’m gutted that I’ve finally hit pan on my beautiful Milani Illuminating Face Powder (£12). This powder combines a highlighter, blush and bronzer into one universal product which leaves a delicate luminosity on the skin. It’s not the most pigmented product in the world but it gave my skin a subtle glow that was buildable and surprisingly natural looking.
The One Heck of a Blot Primer from Soap & Glory (£11) is one of the few ‘drugstore’ primers that I’ve enjoyed recently. It creates an even matte base to apply makeup on top of and although I don’t notice a remarkable difference in the appearance of my pores, it is very effective at controlling shine and increasing the longevity of my makeup.
This is actually my second tube of Lemon Bon-Bon Bath & Shower Creme from Patisserie De Bain (£3.99 | 200ml). The packaging is adorable and girly but this is a product that my husband loves too. It’s very zesty and sweet, it works up a lovely lather and leaves my skin soft and delicately scented of everyone’s favourite childhood sweeties; what’s not to love?
Which Christmas collections and festive releases are you looking forward to most?