August this year was all sorts of awesome. It’s both Greg’s birth month and our “anniversary” month so we always have a lot of reason to celebrate, but this year it was especially great for multitude of reasons. :) Makeup-wise it was a very simple. I went for very clean and soft looks with emphasis on the skin and lips. And when I say emphasis on the lips I don’t mean bold colours, I mean lipgloss for that plump and full effect. I’ve only got three things to show you because… well, I only have three favourites. Simple as that I suppose! :)
1. Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder (Teint Beige 02) – My Meteorites seem to hibernate during the summer and come out towards what people in the West experience as “fall.” We don’t get that over here, but it is getting a little bit cooler now (thank goodness) and I love the extra glow that Meteorites provide. I use this brushed very lightly all over my face and I swear it makes me look like I’ve been airbrushed. It’s soft and natural and just using the product is a luxurious experience in itself. The tin is exquisite, the multicoloured pastel pearls smell of jasmine, and they sort of jiggle around softly when I swirl a brush into them… the powder kicks up a bit and you can see the shimmery bits (which never translate badly onto the skin)… ahh, what a lush product. Eyeing a pressed compact version for my next splurge. Either that or another eyeshadow palette! I love me some Guerlain.
2. Shu Uemura Mini Gloss Unlimited Lip Duo set – Got this little duo of Shu lipglosses from Taste Central thinking that they would be a tad bit bigger than they actually are. I knew I wasn’t going to be getting the full-sized lipgloss but these disappointed me when I first saw them. They are really great quality though, size problems aside. I picked the set with a milky pink (PK 70C) and a glittery coral (CR 30G) and I have been using them over top of my more natural lipsticks to add some colour, but the main reason I use lipglosses is to make my thin lips look more full. These Shu glosses aren’t too sticky and they wear evenly on the lips. I guess the super mini size has its pros as well. When have I ever finished an entire lipgloss anyway? Never evah.
3. My Inglot Freedom System Palette – I put this together at the Westfield mall in London back in May and I do regret not making a second palette with a more daring selection of colours… I regret it because I’m so happy with the quality of the shadows in this neutral selection as well as the quality of the packaging. Oh well, maybe next time! I used four of the five shadows in this palette a lot in August–all except the shimmery brown, but only because I’m quite tired of shimmery browns. I sweep the lighter matte shade over my lid, shade the crease with the deeper brown, highlight the inner corner with the shimmery pink (love that one!), and finally I use a slightly damp angled brush to line my lash line with the shimmery purple. It’s a soft and kind of romantic look that’s still super simple. Only the purple liner sets it apart from what I consider to be my everyday look, actually, but it makes a difference for sure.
Romantic and soft seem to have been the peg for August. I’m kind of feeling the warmer red tones for eyeshadows in September… autumnal colours! I love fall and holiday makeup… and that is what’s going to make the makeup no-buy so difficult for me. Still excited for the holidays though! Let’s see what I can put together with what I already have.