Beauty & Skincare Favourites | October 2015

My monthly favourite posts aren’t a regular feature here on emilyloula, as I often feel that I’ve been using the same products as last month a lot, or I just don’t have anything specifically to share with you. However, this month I’ve got quite a lot of skincare and makeup items that I’ve really been loving in October that I wanted to talk about today so my monthly favourites are back!

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Garnier | Micellar Water for Combination to Oily Skin > £4.99

First up is a product that I’ve only very recently come across, but one that I’m pretty much in love with already, and that’s Garnier’s Micellar water, specifically for combination to oily and sensitive skin. For the last few months, I’ve been using the regular Garnier Micellar water, but when I saw this new version on the shelves in Boots, I swear it was calling my name, and I couldn’t leave without it. I’m a total convert to micellar water in general with Garnier’s regular offering being one of my favourites, but this new PureActive version definitely tops it for me, and has now taken the crown of the best I’ve tried (yes even beating the cult Bioderma). I feel like some micellar waters leave a slight tacky film on my skin after using them, but this doesn’t happen with this new version at all. This takes off all my makeup with ease, including waterproof mascara whilst not drying my skin out, or leaving any oily residue – it’s the perfect balance for me and makes a great first cleanse.

Nip & Fab | Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme > £14.95

The second item of skincare that I’ve been loving this month are the Nip & Fab’s Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme. I’ve tried various different types of these pads from Nip & Fab including their Dragons Blood fix pads, and their original Glyolic fix pads, but these extreme night pads are definitely my favourite. These new, more powerful exfoliating pads are packed with a concentrated blend of AHAs & BHAs including Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid  & Lactic acid. These amazing ingredients are said to revive and refine dull skin, decongest clogged pores, and leave your complexion looking brighter. Since they’re more powerful, Nip & Fab suggest that you use these around once, or twice a week, and at the moment I’m probably using about 2/3 a week and they’re definitely making a big difference to my skin. I love the fresh, uplifting grapefruit scent and the fact that these pads are pre soaked, really appeals to the lazy girl within me.

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Vichy | Idealia Skin Sleep* > £26.50

I’ve written a full review of Vichy’s Idealia Skin Sleep so I won’t go on too much about this one, but basically you should know that this is now holy grail status for me. It’s a gorgeously scented, cooling, gel type balm that I apply as the last step in my skin routine before I go to bed and when I wake, my skin is undeniably softer, smoother, clearer and brighter. Usually, night time moisturisers feel too heavy, and greasy on my skin, leaving me with a strange residue in the morning, but this does nothing of the sort. Every time I use this, I’m genuinely impressed with how my skin looks and feels afterwards, and I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about it – I even think this has helped to clear my acne up, which is a huge bonus for me!

Rimmel | Wake Me Up Concealer > £5.49

Since starting my new job and working night shifts, I’ve definitely noticed that the bags underneath my eyes are becoming more prominent so I’ve been reaching for Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer a lot this month. I’ll apply this under my eyes in the shape of a triangle, blend it out by dabbing with my mini beauty blenders, and then set with my Vichy Setting Powder, which I’ve found is a great combination. It’s said to be a full coverage concealer, which is also packed with vitamins and peptides that help to brighten and illuminate the under eye area, with an anti-fatigure effect – a rather bold claim but one that I definitely agree with! This concealer doesn’t crease on me once it’s been set at all, lasts for such a long time, and absolutely helps to cover my dark circles, as well as brightening the under eye area and at only £5.49 what’s not to love?!

October Monthly Favourites Makeup Skincare emilyloula blogMaybelline | Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow > £4.99

I’ve spoken about my love for Maybelline’s color tattoo’s quite a few times on here before, and I’ve even reviewed and swatched my whole collection here, but in the last month or so I’ve been using one shade pretty much non stop. When I bought ‘Metallic Pomegranate’ I honestly didn’t think it was a shade that I would get all that much use from, but boy was I wrong. It is a beautiful, deep reddened brown shade that contains little flecks of golden shimmer, absolutely perfect for autumn. As with the rest of the Maybelline Color Tattoo’s, the formula is lovely and creamy, whilst being super long wearing and can be used as an eyeshadow base, a full wash of colour or as a gel type liner, which makes them even better value coming in at under £5 each. If you haven’t tried any of the Color Tattoo’s I would definitely urge you to give them a go as they’re honestly great – my favourite shades are On & On Bronze, Creamy Beige and this beautiful Metalic Pomegranate.

MAC | Lipstick in ‘Mehr’ > £15.50

When out shopping with Lauren (from I picked up my first ever MAC lipstick in the shade ‘Mehr’, which is the most gorgeous mauvey matte pink shade. I’d been thinking about which lipstick to pick up from MAC for a while, but I’m definitely happy with my choice as ‘Mehr’ is so me! It’s the type of shade that I always reach for, and being a matte formula, it’s right up my street. Since buying this lipstick, I’ve pretty much been wearing it every time I’ve worn a lipstick – the rest of my collection hasn’t had much of a look in this month! Again, another shade that is perfect for Autumn, and one that I’m sure I’ll get much more use out of as the year goes on!

Caudalie | Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser > £27.00

After receiving a little sample of Caudalie’s tinted moisturiser in my May Birchbox and falling in love, I knew I had to buy the full sized version, so picked it up with my Birchbox points. It is an oil free, hydrating, SPF20 moisturiser that not only evens out and brightens my complexion, but helps to diminish skin concerns, tighten the pores, reduce excess sebum, decrease imperfections and corrects spots. I absolutely love the way that this feels on my skin, and knowing it has all these added benefits is a massive bonus in my books. Since buying this, I don’t reach for my foundations even half as much, which is such a rarity coming from a full coverage kinda girl. Whilst this doesn’t give me the coverage that a foundation would, this does leave my skin looking incredibly radiant, healthy and nourished, and when paired a good concealer (mentioned below), it’s the perfect daily base. My skin has honestly never looked better than it does now, and I’m pretty sure that’s a combination of Vichy’s Skin Sleep and wearing this, instead of clogging up my pores with a thick foundation. I’m really shocked how much I like this moisturiser but I’m a total convert, and I’ll definitely be buying myself another tube when this runs out, it’s 100% worth the price tag for me!

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Vichy | Dermablend Foundation > £18.00

Since watching Vichy’s YouTube video years ago, I had my heart set on trying their Dermablend foundation, and for some reason or another this never actually happened, until very recently. Marketed as a full coverage foundation I was really excited to give it a go, but unfortunately when used as an all over foundation, I was left a bit disappointed. I found that this sat on top of my skin in a weird way, and had the habit of turning slightly cakey, which isn’t the look I generally go for. However, when I then decided to try it as a concealer instead, I was 100% sold. This is by far the best coverage ‘concealer’ I’ve ever, ever used, covering every last blemish, spot or scar I have with ease. I have rather a lot of pigmentation, acne scarring and old blemishes on my chin and jaw line, but you honestly wouldn’t be able to tell once I’ve applied this over the top – it literally all disappears! In the hope of covering said scarring and blemishes in the past I’ve tried many, many different concealers, but none of them come even close to the coverage that this foundation gives me, and although it doesn’t work as a foundation for me personally, as a concealer it’s become an absolute essential in my makeup bag.

bareMinerals | Original SPF15 Foundation > £26.00

Rewind a few years, and bareMinerals were my favourite makeup brand, hands down. I was obsessed with their Original SPF15 foundation, their concealer and bronzer, and I was constantly on the lookout for them to be on sale at various online retailers (a lot of the time with success actually!) However, when I really became obsessed with beauty, and started trying out loads and loads of new brands, for some reason my bareMinerals products got pushed to the back of my drawers and didn’t see the sunlight for a while. That was until this summer when I sorted out my makeup storage and found this and the matte version tucked away. Whilst I’m not really a fan of the matte foundation now, the original has become a firm favourite once again. I know that a lot of people can be sceptical of the coverage of a powdered foundation, and I can definitely see why, but honestly this stuff is fab. Over the top of a light tinted moisturiser (as above) it gives me that extra coverage that I crave, or when used alone, it gives a really natural no makeup, makeup look that I love. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin at all, and it doesn’t go cakey on me, meaning it’s perfect to use as a top up throughout the day.

So that’s it for my favourite makeup and skincare products from October – what did you think? Is there anything I’ve mentioned that you’d like to try or that you already have? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!

emily x

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  • I used to be a mineral powder girl too but my favourite brand was Lily Lolo. I might try to dig out whatever I’ve got left and see if it’s a good as I remember! I’m also after trying the Garnier micellar water for oily/combo skin; I saw it a while back but chose something else!
    Great post Em 🙂
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Oooh I’ve never tried anything from Lily Lolo before – I’ll have to check them out! Definitely give the new garnier micellar water a go if you can Rebecca – I’m sure that you’ll love it! Thanks lovely xx

  • I used to use bare minerals but found them to be really powdery lately so have switched. I may think about going back to them if I’m honest.

    • Oh no that’s a shame! I’m not really a fan of the matte powder as I find that sits a bit weird and powdery on my skin – but I absolutely love the original version! x

  • emily couture

    The Mac Lipstick in Mehr looks perfect for autunm 🙂

    emily xx

    • It’s such a gorgeous shade, definitely perfect for autumn! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    I love that shade of maybelline colour tattoo! It is beautiful for fall! And interesting about the foundation! I hear some people love it, some hate it, funny how you made it work for you!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

    • Metallic Pomegranate is such a beautiful shade, definitely perfect for fall! I’ve heard mixed things as well, I was disappointed that it didn’t work for me as a foundation, but as a concealer it’s incredible!! x

  • What an amazing list of favourites! I really need to get my hands on the N&F pads, have read so many great things about them. Also on my list to try is Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, I love the foundation so I’m hoping the concealer is equally as fab!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thank you Shireen! I would definitely recommend the N&F pads – they’re great! I only tried the Rimmel foundation in a shade that was way too light for my skin tone, so I think I’m going to have to pick up a better match – the concealer is amazing!! x

  • Samantha Loughlin

    Great list, my must haves are micellar water Clinique no 3 toner and pure refining solutions mattifier I suffer with greasy skin and these are a life saver exspensive but worth every penny.i swear by soap and glory mascara. My daughter uses rimmel and keeps nagging at me to treat her to mac lipstick I said maybe lol xxx

    • Thanks Samantha! I have quite greasy skin too, so I’ll definitely have to check your must haves out! I haven’t tried that much makeup from S&G, so I’ll keep my eye out for that mascara – I am after a new one! Haha yes a mac lipstick is definitely a treat – maybe a christmas present? 😉 xx

      • Samantha Loughlin

        Yes Xmas definitely I just need to find out what colours she wants without her realising what I’m up too lol 🙂 xx

  • Ilse Daniëlle

    I just got my first ever Mac lipsticks too, a few days ago and I am so happy with them. I have Brave and Faux now, but think the Mehr will be next on my wishlist, such a beautiful colour!

  • I really need to get my hands on the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadows, i have heard such great things x

  • Great bunch of products! I imagine that vichy skin sleep is amazing, I got a good trial of the serum in a beauty box and my skin loved it! I’m in love with that shade of colour tattoo as well, I think i’m going to have to buy it! 😀

  • Swantje Tripmacker

    Nice picks !!
    Love the lipstick 🙂


  • RuthyB1

    Great post! I really want to try those Nip + Fab night pads!! Also that Maybelline colour tattoo looks so pretty but I don’t feel like I’m daring enough to try it yet haha, but I have the creamy beige and I love it!!!

  • Everyone’s talking about Mehr and I need to check it out. Looks like the perfect shade for autumn without being too bold. Also love Rimmel’s concealer. It’s my favourite from the drugstore as well as the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  • Lauren

    I love the shade of your Color Tattoo, and of course Mehr too!

    Lauren xo |