Skin-y love: Fall Skincare & Beauty Haul

I’ve been hit by the beauty bug lately. But whereas I tend to invest in skincare more, I’ve started to experiment with a little bit of makeup, too. So after a little bit of ooh-ing and ahh-ing and just biting the bullet, my fall faves consist of neo-cult faves and classic K-beauty products.


TONER: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (4/5)

If you guys, like me, love double- / triple- cleansing your face, then you should know that post-cleanse facial toners are a must. I’d just finished my La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing toner After research about my skin type, I purchased this. I love that my skin had a seemingly immediate reaction to this product. My t-zone suddenly feels less oily and my dry patches have become moisturised.

As a pat-on toner, it’s quite light and the smell is quite fresh.

ESSENCE: Missha Time Revolution Intensive Moist (4.5/5)

Missha essence is absolutely the the better (and cheaper) version of SK-II. I started using this halfway my bottle of Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence (which I liked better than SK-II, too). With a formula made with 90% fermented yeast, the essence is a little less viscous, and a little less scented. It’s very lightweight, which makes it easy to layer. My skin feels plumper, smoother, and noticeably less red. Definitely going to be a shelf staple from now on.

EYE CREAM: Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream (3.75/5)

I’ve long been curious about snail mucin and the following surrounding Asian skincare creams with this ingredient is vast. I’m trying this pot, generous at 25ml, with 80% snail slime, claiming to firm and tighten the eye skin area as well as lighten skin tone with its niacinamide content. I have panda eyes, so this – on paper – should be a godsend. So far, I feel like there’s less discolouration and plumper skin under my eyes. I also feel like it’s been a good base/primer for concealer.


FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (4/5)

Rihanna’s new beauty line has caused massive waves in the beauty industry, particularly her 40-shade foundation line. I made a booboo of purchasing a shade that was SOOOO dark, with my impatience in the very busy Sephora Champs Elysees (300). Luckily, the Sephora in Forum des Halles was empty and a makeup consultant was kind enough to swatch the correct one for me. I found that my skintone goes well with shade 240 and 250. You’re meant to get a shade lighter as the product but as I like the golden glow better, I went for 250. And no, it doesn’t make me TOWIE-ready.

I love it. The coverage is buildable, but you have to be careful as it dries out quickly. Many beauty bloggers tend to prefer using a foundation brush with this but I actually like how it sets with a Beautyblender. If you have dry skin, I probably won’t recommend it unless you have a good primer.

SETTING POWDER: Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Golden Hour (4.5/5)

I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT. It’s so versatile – works as a nice base on days when I’m too meh to care; works as a nice setting powder that mattifies your face; works as a great blurring tool that makes you #selfieready; works as an effective concealing tool that removes small blemishes – and doesn’t set on fine lines.

Great for quick no-make up made up days. The simple kind I like.

CONCEALER: Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Lingerie de Peau Concealer in Medium (3) (4/5)

I’m always on the hunt for a good concealer. I’ve purchased the cult fave Tarte Maracuja Creaseless concealer in Thailand, but I didn’t like the consistency as much so it’s my reserve. My other faves include the classic YSL Touche Eclat (worked so well my mom genuinely thought I had eye-bag removal), Anastasia Concealer Pots, Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Corrector (in Light Peach), and MAC Select Cover Up (although I never know which shade I am and I genuinely feel that most beauty assistants tend to just profile you and say you’re and NC this or an NW that).

Guerlain’s offering has become another concealer I love. It’s so natural looking whilst it blurs fine lines, setting nicely without creasing the whole day. It’s also very hydrating – a plus during the cold months!

LIPSTICK: Huda Beauty Lipstick Matte in Heartbreaker and Trendsetter (4.5/5)

I love the formula of this liquid matte lipstick – it’s HEAPS better than Kylie Lip Kits! It doesn’t transfer much and doesn’t feather either, but it’s rather easy to remove with the right cleansers. Pigmentation is great. I wanted to hoard loads of this, but decided to stick to my classic red and classic nude. Heartbreaker is a cool red pink and Trendsetter is a nude brown that goes with all skin tones.

BRIGHTENING: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder (3.5/5)

I love transparent powders for their lightening boosting powers. It’s super lightweight and the 4g pot goes a long way, as you only need very little product to make it work. But whilst it’s added awesomeness to my under-eye brightening regime, this, out of all my Fall products, I think is the one I can live without.

EYE SHADOW: Various, from MAC & NYX Cosmetics

I’m not one for eye shadow but lately, I’ve been feeling rather creative and artisic.

I’m in love with MAC’s Expensive Pink colour, with its pearly gold flecks and peach-pink tones. It’s like the NARS Orgasm for your eyes. I’ve also created a casual day-wear palette which includes Rule (bright orange, makes up a very good transition colour), Swiss Chocolate (a muted red-brown), Texture (a velvety peach brown), and Tempting (a rich cocoa colour with shimmer).

I also love that NYX is now in the UK. Their shadows are a third of MAC’s price but equally pigmented. I have Dayclub (Dark Gold with slight shimmer), Dolce (light orange), and Stiletto (a matte peach which makes a great base).

I’ll probably do more swatches of the lippies in due time, but that’s it for now! Til next season!

What are your current beauty favourites?

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  1. Gabrielle
    10th November 2017 / 1:07 am

    Time Revolution’s Intensive Moist sounds so interesting and like nothing else I have in my current skincare regime – thanks for the introduction!! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Honey de Gracia
      11th November 2017 / 10:27 am

      It’s definitely a shelf staple, hun! One of the nicest essences I’ve tried!

  2. Teri Arri
    30th January 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Check out the HUGE Nyx counter at Boots Liverpool Street Station 🙂 x

    • Honey de Gracia
      3rd February 2018 / 5:22 pm

      OOOOHHH NOOOOOO hahahaha!