Monthly Favorites: September 2013

Hello, darlings!

It’s been a pretty busy month, what with school and all, and I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much. But, the semester is nearly over and I’ll be having my break soon so I’ll be posting more often. :)

Now that the month is over, it’s time for another favorites post. :) (I’m going to do this quickly though, since I still have a report to write. Oops!)

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1. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus

I’ve finally discovered how to use this without it looking powdery and cakey: you have to use a softer and less dense brush (mine is the ELF Stippling Brush). On some people a denser brush works, but personally, it just doesn’t look nice on me. I use it to set my makeup or just to get rid of shine on my T-Zone. It leaves the skin nice and matte, and works best when you only put a light layer on. I’ve also wearing it alone with just concealer on the skin, and I’m good to go. :)

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2. NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto

You guys all know how much I love the NARS eyeliners, and I’ve finally gotten round to picking up the plain black one. Honestly, it’s my favoritest black eyeliner ever. It’s so creamy and pigmented, and it sets so it doesn’t move around throughout the day. The black is just so intense compared to my other black pencil eyeliners. Although, I will say that when I use it in the tightline and take my makeup off, when I wake up in the morning, there’s leftover eyeliner. It’s not that big a problem, but just a warning. :P

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3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mauve It Over

I’ve been on the fence what color lipstick I should be wearing since we’re transitioning from summer to autumn (well, you guys are; I’m just being semi-trendy), and I decided to give my new Revlon lipsticks a whirl and I went for this one since it seemed like a really pretty nude color. It’s not a groundbreaking product, but I really do like it! The lipstick glides smoothly over my lips and gives a really nice velvety finish. It’s a mauve-y color, but it isn’t too brown or purple, and is simple but flattering. One thing I noticed though that if you have intensely dry lips, it doesn’t fade nicely and gathers around the dry bits, but on a well moisturized lip, it wears well. I also featured it in my last Drugstore Haul, in case you guys wanted to check it out in a different light. :)

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 4. Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef

This was the first cream blush I ever purchased (I think it was at the beginning of this year when it was first released), and I got really excited. On the cheek it looked really pretty, but I was so disappointed when it faded before I was even out the door. I tried setting it with a light dusting of another blush on top, but it still wouldn’t do the trick and kept it in my drawer for a long time. Now that I have a Beauty Blender dupe, I remembered it works well with most cream products so I tried and well, whaddya know, IT WORKS! It lasts for much longer and is super pretty! I wouldn’t say the whole day, but it’s fine. I’m now thinking of getting another one (either the bluish pink one or the more natural pink one), but I’m still pretty happy with the pretty natural coral color this gives. :)

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 5. MAC Eyeshadow in Brun

There really isn’t anything special about this eyeshadow, but I must admit that out of all the eyebrow stuff I’ve used on myself, this has got to be my favorite out of all of them. It’s a dark and cool-toned brown eyeshadow, so it’s perfect for a girl with darker hair like myself. Although, I probably like it so much mostly because I’ve been enjoying sporting a really defined brow (well, I do most of the time anyway). It’s also a really good for defining the eyes and smoking out eyeshadow. It’s simple, but it has so many different uses—I love it!

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6. OPI RapiDry TopCoat

I came across this when I was looking for a new topcoat since I got tired of scraping the bottom of my Sally Hansen one, and when I came across it, I remembered that a lot of people recommended this product. When I tried it, I understood why it was called “Rapid Dry”. It took about at least five minutes to dry completely, and I could move about after that without worrying about messing up my nail polish. It lasted about 5-7 days without chipping, but that’s probably because I’ve been using Essie nail polish. I bet if I used my Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel, it would last so much longer. Also, it’s not extremely shiny, but it makes your nails look glossy enough. I also really like how the brush applies product, plus it doesn’t smell too bad.

And those are my favorites for the month of September! I hope you guys liked it, and you know the drill: tell me what you’ve been liking in the comments below. I’m also going to be doing Halloween themed posts soon, do you guys have any ideas? I was hoping for Disney princesses though… Hahaha. But maybe you’d like to see something else. :)

But anyway, thanks again and I’ll see you next time. :)

With love,

Julia

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Tina says:

    Great stuff! I have the MSFN in the same shade but I’m still not as impressed :/ I don’t know I feel it’s best to wear in cold weather :/

    1. theunicahija says:

      Hahaha, why cold weather in particular? :D I must admit that it isn’t my favorite powder, but it does the trick (and I kinda want to get rid of it already…). :P

  2. Deb says:

    I’ve never tried any of the MAC MSF…I can never make up my mind whether or not I want to spend the money on it, haha.

    1. theunicahija says:

      Even the highlighter ones? :O To be honest, you can probably find better powders out there, but this is working for me as of right now, but it’s not “all time favorite” worthy. :P

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