It is time for my Monthly Favorites post for September. I don’t know what it is, but I really love Favorites posts. For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month. I’ve been drawn to deep berry and gold shades all month long, and I’ve been trying to mix in some of my older products as well as trying new ones. Lucky for me, September didn’t have any fails, so I am going to get right into my favorites.
I’ve been trying a new primer in September, and my choice was the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer. My favorite primer is still the Smashbox Photofinish, but I have been enjoying Primed & Poreless. It makes my skin feel so smooth, and foundation lays very evenly over it. It doesn’t fill in my pores as well as Smashbox Photofinish, but I like the way my makeup looks over Primed & Poreless. It’s a good option.
The foundation that I have been reaching for has been the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation. I don’t think that the skin bettering ingredients are enough to really make a difference in skin quality, but I like the formula of the foundation and they way it makes my skin look. It has a light-weight formula that blends easily over the skin. It builds to medium coverage that looks natural and healthy. I don’t think that it would do a great job controlling oil, but it feels great on normal-dry skin. I wouldn’t count on it for real anti-aging or skin improvement, but it has SPF 15 and is a good drugstore foundation. Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation comes in 12 shades.
My go-to blush for September has been Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic. Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion. I have raved about the Forever Blush formula before, so I won’t go into too much detail. It applies smoothly, and the blushes have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes. Poetic is such a universally flattering shade, that I strongly recommend it.
I pulled out my Lorac Pro Pelette 2 during September and it was hard for me to want to use anything else. For me, the Lorac Pro 2 has such a perfect mix of shades that I can easily come up with dozens of looks that are beautiful and distinct without having to think too much about it. I love that, unlike the Naked palettes, there are plenty of matte shades as well as the shimmers for looks that have more complexity and that wear better on aging eyes. The neutral everyday shades are appropriate for any situation, and the few colorful shades add some whimsy and set the Lorac Pro 2 apart from most other neutral palettes. The mix of warm and cool tones makes the palette universally flattering and a good choice for anyone. All the shades have great pigmentation and blend very well with each other without getting muddy. I personally don’t need primer when I use LORAC shadows to get crease-free wear that lasts all day. I can not recommend this palette enough, and it is one of my all-time favorite palettes. Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 for swatches.
When I wasn’t wearing Lorac Pro 2, I pulled out the Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar and used that middle shade, Muscovado, for a golden berry eye look. You guys, this shade! It is amazing on the eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I like wearing the three blushes in the Sugar palette in the Fall. They are beautiful, extremely pigmented and long-wearing. But using Muscovado as an eyeshadow was a stroke of brilliance. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous rich berry shade with that lovely golden sheen. It makes me so happy.
My final favorite of September is the L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum. The Glossy Balms are really comfortable on the lips. They glide on as smooth as silk, and leave lips feeling hydrated. They are definitely more moisturizing and have more slip than the Revlon Balm Stains. They feel more like the Maybelline Color Whispers on the lips, but even more hydrating than those. They really do feel like lip balm, so much so that I forget that I’m wearing lip color. Petite Plum is a brown based plum shade with a lot of pigmentation. It’s a great lip color for Fall.
That is all for my September Favorites. I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself. There were several oldies but goodies mixed in with the new. If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below. I am so excited that October is here. I will be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary! I have so many fun things planned and at the end of the month I will be at Walt Disney World for 10 days. It is going to be a wonderful month and I can not wait for the adventure to begin.