Autumnal faves 

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This may possibly be one of the first autumnal posts you read that doesn’t mention pumpkin spiced lattes. Well, frankly because they are becoming overplayed and naff now in all honesty. Plus you consume zero calories make up shopping. At least that’s my warped justification. 

Of course each new season calls for a make up haul (literally any excuse). Typically in Autumn we move to darker lipsticks, extra moisturisation and cosy jumpers to prepare for the colder season. 

Here are my pick of the best buys for Autumn; 

1. Vitamin E Facial Serum, £3.99

I constantly have dry patches all over my face, it looks like I don’t moisturise at all – my face is like the Sahara dessert. This serum from Superdrug is brilliant value; it’s low cost but full of vitamins to enhance and protect the skin. The naturally sourced Vitamin E also claims to protect against environmental damage, meaning the product can be used as an anti pollution moisture boost. Two birds with one stone! 

2. Mary Kay Gel Lipstick In Red Smoulder, $18 (Available on eBay for U.K. Market) 

I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic red lip. A decent red lip ensures any girl feels as glamorous as Marilyn Monroe. This lipstick being a gel semi Matte texture, is not drying. As discussed in a previous blog post – this lipstick is amazing. This is the perfect shade for the autumnal time. A bright red, that isn’t too deep or frightening for the demure amongst us make up addicts. 

3. Mac Lip Pencil in Vino, £13

A deeper darker purple tone for the braver make up enthusiast – make a statement with a bold purple lip. Super fab. 

4. Mii Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream in Power, £16

Much like the Mary Kay Lipstick this lip cream has a great non drying formulation which lasts all day. Would highly recommend for longevity. A deep purple shade, which would be compatible with earlier mentioned Mac lip liner. Purple lips are great for catching attention, and suited to the winter time cold. Think Russian superstar. Yes darling! 

5. Elf HD Lifting Concealer, £4.50 

Great coverage for a bargain price. This concealer lasts throughout my 7 hour working day without flaking / segmenting. 

Good value for money – non drying also which is almost mandatory for the colder months. 


Fallin’ around: four beauty must-haves for Autumn

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The transition from Summer to Autumn can be somewhat awkward, especially in England. You can easily get caught off guard travelling without an umbrella, (rookie error), fooled by the warm-ish sun you observed throughout the day and ending the day looking like a drowned rat. Let’s face it, we never know what are we going to encounter with the weather in this country. But don’t let your make-up be as inconsistent as the weather.

autumn-cosmeticsHere are my 4 beauty essentials to help you through the colder season, amazingly all under £25:

  1. Mac matte lipstick in Russian Red, £15.50

This deep red shade is perfect for the winter months, it allows you to channel your inner Russian goddess. Frosty, matte, with plenty of colour. Best suited with natural eyebrows, lined eyes, and a natural base on your face.

2. Urban Decay make-up setting spray in Oil Control, £22

Although I must admit before fully committing myself to buying the full size version, I purchased the travel size bottle which is £9. I am far from disappointed. This spray will help your make-up fight the elements, and by the end of the day you’ll still look like the same person, instead of a melting greasy mess that resembles a kebab shop worker. Can be used everyday, and especially handy for nights out.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara, £19

I will start by shamelessly bursting everyone’s bubble, and stating that this mascara does not live up to it’s name. However, this waterproof version of the beauty industries favourite mascara is brilliant for showery, wet weather. This mascara is one that you need to build up, it’s quite thin and light – but looks great on your dressing table, and is worth buying purely to see your boyfriends reaction when he clocks the name on the mascara tube. (Would be perfect with the Russian Red lipstick, for natural lashes and a bold lip for Autumn).

4. Urban Decay moondust eyeshadow in Space Cowboy, £14

This picture does not do justice for this amazing eye-shadow. It is more pigmented than a Mac lipstick, and believe me they are like paint. The moon dust eye shadows literally look like moon dust; they are sparkly and make you feel like a princess. Gone are the days of trying to use eyelash glue to stick glitter to your eyes. No No Hun, this is pigmented as ever and so so easy to apply. Glide gently over eyes for a natural day look, or compliment with darker shades to create a beautiful smoky eye.

Spring has sprung: the 4 best lipstick shades for the season

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with nosA time typically known for new beginnings, a fresh horizon, awakening, blossoming…

Whatever you believe, there is no better time to brighten your make-up then when spring arrives. We look forward to longer, brighter days and we are one step closer to Summer! (which in England means perhaps two sunny days out of the whole year? or warm rain? – usually the latter is more consistent).

Here are my four favourite spring lipstick shades; as you can see I have opted for nudes (I don’t mean the type which Kim K constantly uploads either) which I think are appropriate. They give a fresh, warm and ,somewhat, natural look. The bright pink tones featured compare to a flower- both eye-catching and bold.

1). Gosh velvet touch matt in 003 antique, £6.99

This is perfect for those of you who enjoy a natural lip, but want to try something a little more bold. Quite a dark brown nude shade, it is a perfect dupe for Kylie Jenner’s lip kits and Mac Whirl/Dervish. Great value lipstick from a reputable high street brand.

2). Chanel rouge allure luminous matte lip colour in 50 la romanesque, £26

A dark fuchsia which really makes a statement, a great alternative to a classic red matte lip. Bang on trend as pinks and peaches were spotted on the runway this season at brands such as Rodarte and Dior. Channel your inner Bridget Bardot with timeless Chanel.

3). Mac cremesheen lip colour in peach blossom, £15.50

I know your thinking this is a more expensive version of the Gosh lipstick. But it really isn’t, as any make-up junkie knows very well, you can never have too many lipsticks of the same shade (and no they aren’t actually the same, they vary slightly – it takes a trained eye to spot this/an OCD make-up freak). But the texture on this Mac lipstick is dewy and shiny, as opposed to giving a matte finish. The colour is also lighter and sheer – the perfect natural lip.

4). Mac lustre lip colour in lustering, £15.50

50 shades of pink right? You got it. This fuchsia is a coral variation, with a matte finish. Not one for the faint-hearted, gives a rich girly pink colour guaranteed to make the boys wink.