My top 3 lippies for Autumn

It's offically October which means I can fully dive into all the autumnal comforts of thick blankets, snuggly jumpers, salted caramel hot chocolates, dark nails and of course deeper lippies. 

I know makeup has no rules and you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want but I find it quite difficult to enjoy wearing the more deeper tones in Summer/Spring. I prefer to leave those looks until the Autumn/Winter months, but I do have 1 exception which I will talk about. 

In todays post I will be sharing some of my favourites that I always go back to at this time of year which tends to be mauves and reds. I will be talking about how well they last, what finishes they are and swatches on my lips and on my arm so you can really see the colours well on pale skin. 







First on the list is my all time favourite lipstick EVER, and that is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in the shade Bond Girl. This is the only lipstick where I would bend my rules and wear all year round! I've spoke about this so many times here on my blog so I apologise for repeating!

CT matte lipsticks have the best formula for me with MAC coming close second but I find her lippies to be so comfortable and not drying on the lips at all but a friend of mine says they dry her lips alot so it is a personal preference with these matte revolutions. 

Bond Girl is a gorgeous muted berry shade, it is so flattering on me and I can wear it during the day for work if applied lightly or at night to glam up a look with it being more layered. By far my go to shade for the colder months (every month lets be real) and it most likely will stay that way for a long time to come. 

A repurchase is needed ASAP, I've used it so much it's nearly gone. It's THAT good. 




Next up is a lipstick that I have had in my collection for years now, also the first MAC lipstick I ever purchased and still it's one of my favourite vampy reds to wear when I'm feeling abit fancy and that is the MAC Viva Glam 1

A deep matte red that was created in 1994, the year I was born so it is 23 years old, to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. I've seen soo many people wearing this and it honestly looks flattering on each and every one of them. 

Lasts a great amount of time on the lips, doesn't feel overly dry but I do prefer to wear a EOS lipbalm underneath just to make it feel more comfortable but that is a personal thing. Has that typical MAC vanilla scent that we all love, even years on mine still has that sweet scent.

Sometimes when it is really cold and gloomy outside I love to whack on a deep red to really stand out and brighten up my day along with simple makeup and black eyeliner so this MAC shade is always what I gravitate to first.  Can't go wrong with this one & I can't wait to start wearing it again, a huge staple in my collection. 

You can still get your hands on this at a number of retailers like Debenhams, John Lewis, Look Fantastic along with some other places. 






Third on my list of favourites is a liquid lipstick collaboration with an American brand, Ofra and a Youtuber I watch, Manny MUA. Manny created 3 liquid lip shades with Ofra, I purchased the whole set but I fell head over heals for the shade Charmed which is a really nice mauve pink but looks a little more light against my pale skin tone compared to swatches, it also looks quite similar to CT Bond Girl in photos but in person it's more deep compared to Bond Girl. 

I purchased the set directly from the Ofra USA site in May 2016 but since then they are now available at Beauty Bay! They often have sales on their items aswell so I would deffo recommend taking a look to see what else they have to offer, they have many different liquid lipsticks to offer too.

Ofra liquid lipsticks by far has the best formula I have tried in terms of a liquid, usually I'm not much of a fan because I find them too dry but these are really nice. 

They are moussey, pigmented and comfortable. By far the most long wearing on my lips without cracking or flaking away with the gorgeous scent of cake too. I have done a whole review on the set, if you would like to give it a read, you can do here.











Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what your favourite Autumnal lip shades are so I can take a look at some new options to try :D

Thanks for reading,


xo















July Favourites | 2017

I can't believe I am sat here talking about my July favourites, JULY! We are over half the year already and almost finished with Summer (not that the UK has had much of a Summer so far) and it's insane how quickly it's going by. It will soon be Autumn and we will all be showering ourselves with snuggly jumpers, cinnamon scented candles and spiced lattes from Starbucks and I am so excited! 

Over the past couple of months I have found some great beauty gems and also some rubbish ones but for the most part I have been so pleased with new products I have purchased, and trust me I have been on a heavy spending spree since my birthday and doing more hours at work, a girl has to treat herself right? I was considering doing a big beauty haul post but that would be wayyyy too long and nobody probably cares so here is just a selection of some of my favs that I would highly recommend to you all. 





Morphe 9N Naturally Blushed Pallet


I have been on the hunt for some new blushers for a little while now, I don't wear it often but sometimes I like to have a nice flush of colour to my cheeks so I wanted to get myself a pallet rather than singles because obviously it's better value for money and it's nice to have options. 

I can't remember where I heard about this Morphe 9N pallet but it looked perfect and pretty affordable but it must be a really popular choice because it is quite hard to come by, everytime I have looked for it I could never find it instock anywhere. Beauty Bay is the cheapest place that sells it online retailing for £17.50.

Just on the off chance of browsing Beauty Bay I came across the pallet and it was in stock, naturally I added that to my basket pretty damn quickly and man I am so pleased to finally own it. This has everything you need for any look, on any day, any time of the year. 

There is 5 matte shades and 4 shimmers, all neutral and perfect for my fair complexion. In the pallet there is a couple of darker shades that just won't work for my skintone but the variety will definitley work for all skin tones. The shades are really pigmented, you only need the tiniest amount on your brush. (I learned the hard way and had to go about my day looking like a clown.) So a soft hand is the best option, unless you like that look of course. I prefer using a strippling brush or a really fluffy brush to help blend seamlessly.

If this interests you then I would recommend checking back on Beauty Bay every day to see if it is restocked, they are pretty good with restocking but if you don't mind paying abit more and postage costs then I believe Beauty Chamber & Cocktail Cosmetics currently have it available.







 
I'm sure all of you have heard about this foundation from all the Youtubers & bloggers and how full coverage and amazing it is, holy grail status! I personally have a love, hate relationship with this foundation but for the most part I really do like this product.

I agree that this is full coverage, but only just and I have to apply ALOT of product just to get there, alot more than I have seen others use in tutorials and reviews but I have pretty blemished and scarred skin that I need to cover so it doesn't surpise me.

The formula is so creamy and a dream to blend, my favourite way is using the Real Techniques buffing brush for a flawless finish. Beauty sponges don't seem to work well at all with this so a brush is the best option for sure.

I got mine in the shade Porcelain and it is the perfect shade match, no other foundation I have ever tried is as close to my skin tone as this and even better, it doesn't oxidise! A girls dream! There is 26 shades in the range so you are surely able to find a suitable match for your skin tone. The finish is abit more radiant than I am used to, I love a good matte foundation but this looks gorgeous on the skin, not greasy or oily at all but I do have to set it with a powder, usually the Laura Mercier translucent powder or the Cover FX setting powder since it is so creamy.

The only reason I have a slight dislike for the foundation is the very high price of £42 for very little product (7.3g) and I don't find this is very long wearing despite Hourglass claiming it has 12 hour waterproof wear, I get around 3 hours max before it starts to break up and looks awful on me no matter what primer I use. But I still class it as a favourite because I love the finish it gives my skin and how well it matches my skin. 








Jeffree Star is a brand I haven't tried a whole lot from, only a liquid lipstick in collaboration with Manny MUA and the highlighter from that collab also, I really liked both so I was interested in trying more, his traditional lipsticks always appealed to me but the colour selection he has isn't up my alley at all.

Recently Jeffree released his new Summer chrome collection and finally he has a couple of shades that stood out to me, I opted for Thick as Thieves which is a reddish brown, this would look beautiful on all skin tones.

I like the formula, it is matte which is my favourite to use but I do find his formula abit more drying compared to a MAC or Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. I always use a lip balm under a matte lippie because I can't stand that tugging feeing when applying lipsticks so the dryness doesn't bother me too much. Pigmentation is amazing and has a pleasant sweet scent too.

The packaging is in a bullet shape and has a pink tinted chrome look with his usual pink logo and stars and I really love the way it looks but honestly it feels so light and abit cheap, doesn't feel like a £16 lipstick but again that doesn't bother me too much. I can see myself using this lip colour alot when Autumn comes around, the perfect shade for those cooler months.








Honestly, I have no idea how I ended up with this Urban Decay Optical Illusion primer, it's only a deluxe sample but I don't remember ever asking for it so that's a big mystery to me. it just appeared on my vanity one day so I started using it and thank god I did, I love this!

The consistancy is like a mousse, very light pink/white in colour and it dries to a powder, matte finish. This primer really does a fantastic job of blurring my skin, making it look smooth and poreless with added ingredients of rosehip and argan oil, good ingredients for the skin. I get why it's called optical illusion, it makes my skin look like somebody elses, it's magic!

I don't see any difference in the longevity of my makeup but when applying my base I can really see the change in my skin, perfect for someone like me that has problematic skin with those horrible pores and textured skin. I don't think i've ever used a primer that changes the appearance of my skin as well as this one does. 

Very pleased to have found this, the full size bottle has been added to my buy list :D


Before primer & after application





I am sooo excited to finally own the Take the Day Off balm! I see so many people rave about it and have always wanted to try it for myself and I was very lucky to receive 2 for my birthday!

I love that it has no scent, makes it perfect for sensitive skin and all skin types too. It is abit pricey retailing for £23 but honestly it lasts so long, for me it does anyway. I got mine back in June, I use it everyday and night and only just a dent is forming in the balm. 

For me it removes makeup so quickly once it turns into an oil after I massage it in my fingers. It doesn't leave any residue, doesn't break me out and makes my skin feel baby soft and clean. 

Not much to say but I am enjoying this being part of my skincare regime. 








At the start of June I made a massive Sephora order and took full advantage of the travel size section on the website. I could of spent a fortune, believe me! The brand selection was so good.. Too Faced, Kat Von D, Tarte, Sephoras own brand, Marc Jacobs, to name a few. Perfect to try before you buy and most things are cheaper or not available to buy in the UK as a mini, safe to say I couldn't restrict myself. 

My favourite product from my whole order is this Kevyn Aucoin Duo that includes the best selling sculpting powder in medium and highlight in the shade candlelight. 

I've had my eye on the sculpting powder for so long, but never fancied paying the high price. So finding it in a travel size duo for £20 got me pretty excited when both full size powders are £35 each here in the UK. It takes me ages to go through products so I know it's going to last me ages and be worth the £££.

Both are absolutely stunning, the contour powder has the perfect undertone so it doesn't appear muddy or orange on my pale skin and the highlight doesn't give me a weird coloured streak or anything on my cheekbones, it is a lovely muted champagne shade that blends into the skin for a soft glow but easily buildable if you prefer a blinding highlight & I don't see any glitter or shimmer throughout the powder either which I prefer in my highlights.

The pigmentation in both powders are insane!! You only need the tiniest amount to achieve your sculpted look and they blend really nicely on the skin. Gorgeous formula for a powder, if only all contour products were as lovely as this is!







Hope you enjoyed todays post. 
Let me know in the comments some of your favourites from July..


Thanks for reading
xo





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