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Current Beauty Obsessions

Hey Beauties! Welcome back. Can you believe it’s October?! I do apologise. This was totally meant to be a September Favourites post, however it seems that the month has just slipped away from me completely unnoticed, so it’s turned into a Current Faves post! Happy Spring to those in the Southern Hemisphere, and a very Happy Autumn to those in the Northern. Spring is such a wonderful time of year, where everything comes back to life and the winter blues melt away.

Today we’re going to be taking a peak into what I was obsessed with in September and through October!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in ‘Gleam’.

Now, I know this particular glow kit is no longer available, but I believe any of the kits would be amazing and there’s literally something to suit every skin tone! I’ve had mine since June, and I’ve loved it since day one, but it’s been my absolute everyday go-to highlighter for the past month. I’ve loved mixing Crushed Pearl and Starburst with a tapered highlight brush and dusting it over my cheekbones for that poppin’ glow!


Becca Cosmetics Champagne Split in ‘Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse’.

Again, these are kind of hard to track down now, however they are still available on sephora.com for those in the States. I’d never given into the Jaclyn Hill hype, and she’s not someone I regularly watch on YouTube. However, after missing out on the Champagne Collection palette, and seeing so many gorgeous posts, I felt a little regretful. And then I was blessed with the news of the Champagne Splits collection. I’ve never owned a Becca product, and after the formula debacle, I was hesitant, but didn’t want to miss out again. This is the perfect opportunity to try out the blush and highlight formula in one compact and for the price of a single blush/highlight pan! I’m absolutely in love with Prosecco Pop! It’s such a stunning highlight, however I do have to use light hand with it as it’s quite dark on my pale skin. Pamplemousse has been my go-to blush lately. Lightly applied, it gives a beautiful flushed glow to the cheeks!


Stem Organics Exquisite Facial Fluid*.

I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the Stem Organics Exquisite Facial Fluid over the last couple of months. Stem Organics is an Australian company who specialise in luxury skincare that’s gentle on the skin, whilst delivering all the benefits you’d expect from your products. The Exquisite Facial Fluid truly is exquisite! It’s formulated with Organic Rosehip which is perfect for acne prone, dry skin. It also contains Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) which assists in the skin maintaining water content. I apply the Exquisite Facial Fluid after cleansing in the morning and before primer and makeup. It helps keep my makeup from looking cakey on my dry skin and doesn’t become oily throughout the day.


Belle Botanicals Lip Balms*

Now, I’m not going to go into great detail on the Belle Botanicals Lip Balms as there’s an in-depth review that you can read over here, but I’ve really been using these everyday lately. I was kindly gifted the Chocolate Lip Balm from Belle Botanicals, and I have since purchased the Strawberry Lip Balm as I definitely felt I needed more! I’ll likely be heading back to their website to grab the Vanilla one as well! These are perfect for any liquid lipstick lover like me, as we all know liquid lipsticks suck the life out of your lips. The lip balms are super hydrating, soft and smell delicious!


W7 Naughty Nines Eyeshadow Palettes.

I’ve always wanted the MAC Eyeshadows Times Nine Palettes, however at $67 each for just 9 eyeshadows, I was always deterred. So when I spotted the w7 Naughty Nines palettes at just a tiny $4.99 each, I couldn’t pass them up! I’ve collected 3 out of the 4 palettes available, and will be grabbing the fourth when I find it in stores. My absolute favourite is the Mid Summer Nights palette which is a visual dupe for the MAC Times Nine palette in Burgundy Times Nine. I can’t vouch for a quality dupe, but the W7 palettes are highly pigmented, soft and so incredibly affordable it’s impossible to go past them!


Rimmel London Sculpting Palette.

I’ve been on a major contour kick lately, and when I spotted the Rimmel London Sculpting Palette in Priceline, I knew I had to try it. And I’m so impressed with this little guy! While I’m not a fan of the highlight shade at the top, as it’s a littler glittery and doesn’t give that BAM highlight, both the contour and blush shades are beautiful. I have very fair skin, and find many contour shades to be too muddy and dark on my skin, but this one has the perfect neutral undertone and blends out so easily with a fluffy brush. Likewise, the blush is a beautiful peachy pink with a hint of shimmer for a flushed glow.


Maybelline Vivid Matte Lips.

The Maybelline Vivid Matte liquid lipsticks, whilst definitely not entirely matte, are so incredibly pigmented and comfortable on the lips. Like I said, they don’t dry down completely matte –  more on the creamy side, similar in texture to the Colourpop Ultra Satin lips. I love how easily they apply with the longer applicator, making it simple to get that clean line around the lips.


Essie Nail Polish

One thing you may not know about me is that nail polish is my second love. Lately, Essie has been my go-to for shade selection. I find that even without a top coat, they last such a long time on my nails without chipping. I usually top coat with Essie’s Gel Effect Top Coat which provides that salon Gel Manicure effect without the damage and UV Lamp. My current Spring shade favourites are ‘Splash of Grenadine’, ‘Fashion Playground’ and ‘Bikini So Teeny’!


So there you have it, my current obsessions (technically a very, very belated September favourites!) Do you spot any of your own favourites? Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment! New blog posts will now be regular on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo Bronte.

*Disclaimer: I am in no way a qualified professional in any field above and provide purely anecdotal experiences.

*Products marked with an asterisk have been sent to me for review consideration, however all opinions are my own.







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