My Monthly Skincare & Makeup Favourites - October Edit

We are now at the end of October, and I swear that my brain is still stuck somewhere on the 12th/13th of October. This month, I find, has gone by so quickly and once I blinked, I found myself at the cinema at 10:30 in the morning last Thursday to see Doctor Strange. I've completely lost track of time, and it's sad to say that I'm already pretty excited about Christmas now that Halloween is almost over.

Australians don't view Halloween in the same way as everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere, mainly because it's approaching summer here, so we don't get the whole fall scene - we have green, green, and more green with some flowers here and there. However, in recent years there's been a growing interest in Halloween, with stores putting on their best orange and black displays, bats and witch hats placed precariously on shelves and little kids running around the shopping centre in Elsa costumes. Tonight we've had two groups, two, that's one more than last year, of kids come to the door, and yet again we were unprepared and had nothing to offer. It's weird seeing children come to the door for Halloween in broad daylight, though.

I've gotten a bit too old to get into the Halloween spirit, but I'm always up for Christmas, and even though they start putting up the decorations in stores late September, deep down inside, *whispers* I'm loving it! I know, it's too early, but I really like seeing them!

Anyways, I've decided that it's almost impossible for me to do a Monthly Favourites series, mainly because I really do not get around to switching up my routine. I'm going to try my utmost hardest to switch things up for the November favourites, but for now, here goes;

Chi Chi Eau De Parfum in Peony
I got this as part of my birthday/Christmas gifts for later this year, though I bought this early because it was on special. Chi Chi is an Australian makeup brand that's been around for ages, and after a long search for a CF perfume, I finally found one in the peony scent. I'm not able to smell it very well, but I do get that it smells really pretty. My partner says that this has an incredibly long lasting scent, as a couple of spritzes can last until the end of the following day.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Illuminating Palette
My friend Cat from the US sent me this palette in her last care package, as I'd been keen on trying it out ever since I heard about it. As I love highlighting products, I just had to try this out, especially when I heard that it was a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Palette. I really like this palette, and I did a review on it as well, so if you would like to check it out, here is the link.

RCMA KA Series Foundation Palette
I actually wanted to get my shade, KA-4, in an individual pot, but apparently it was not made along with the rest of the KA shades. I have quite fair neutral skin that leans towards yellow, and this was the closest that I could get to my skin tone and didn't separate because of the oil on my nose. It's incredibly pigmented, applies beautifully, and lasts all day.

Grapeseed Oil
I started using this at Kevin James Bennet's recommendation, to replace primer/moisturiser to prepare my skin for foundation, as grapeseed oil is an astringent and stabilises the oil production on my skin. This makes my foundation look amazing and last all day without separating, though my face still gets slightly oily during the day, which is more than I could ask for considering how oily it used to get when I wore moisturiser or primer underneath my foundation.

Australis Banana Powder
I've been using this ever since I got my RCMA palette, for a few reasons. One, it's a compact instead of a loose powder, so I could take it with me when I'm out and about. Two, it was a yellow-tinted powder, which helped my foundation look much closer to my natural skin tone. Three, of all of my face powders, this didn't cause pimples as my other ones were a bit too old or the formula didn't quite work for me.

So, these are my favourites for the month. I tried to think of more, but the rest of the favourites this month were the same as for last month and I've already spoken about them. That pretty much sums up everything, and now I'm going to ask myself whether it was a great idea to do this series. I'm going to try and continue this, though if I keep coming up short I'm just going to call it quits.

I've been a little slow in updating this blog over the past month, and while most of it can be attributed to unexpected guests (David came down from Adelaide for the weekend because he's moving to Canada in a couple of weeks and wanted to spend some time together), I've also been bitten by the writing bug again and have been in the mood to write fanfiction, with a bit of original short stories on the side, some inspired by my really weird dreams

I'm hoping to get November into some semblance of order, so that I can get my posts up on time, do some DIYing, and get a lot of writing done. My tomatoes are coming along really well, as are the spring onions. No one understands my love and enthusiasm for home-grown tomatoes, which makes me really sad, because they're sweet little morsels of fruit. I suppose I can relate to Bilbo Baggins in this respect, if not anything else (I do not have hairy feet!).

I'm off to write some Bagginshield, and maybe I'll also get some writing done for my Draco x Hermione fic too. For now, good night and Happy Halloween!

RCMA foundation is probably quite unknown among the bloggers, but have you ever tried it?


  1. I am such a fan of the e.l.f. illuminating palette, it's one of my favorite products! Also, that banana powder sounds amazing! Great favorites! XO -Kim

    1. It's such a beautiful palette, and I only wish that I had it much sooner! It's a pretty good powder, and the packaging is adorable! <3

  2. I really want to try the ELF Palette out, they have so many amazing quality products!

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    1. They do have such great products, I've got a lot of firm favourites with e.l.f. even if they have some products that may be a bit sub-par.