Rediscovering old favourites | Makeup change up for Autumn

Isn’t it funny. It’s as if as soon as September graced us with its presence my subconscious was like ‘give me all of the change’. I suddenly wanted to smother myself in jumpers, eat warming soups and snuggle under a cosy blanket – the normal things for autumn. One thing I hadn’t expected to happen was a sudden urge to crack out some old products. Not all of them seasonal changes either, there were just some products that I hadn’t used for a while and fancied giving them another go. So here they are.
First up is a very autumnal lipstick shade that I couldn’t wait to start re-wearing once the colder months rolled around. It’s the Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond. I mentioned it in my last post (read that here if you want to know what makeup I wear on the weekend) and I’m totally obsessed with it. It’s my perfect autumnal shade as I don’t like anything too dark on me but this is just slightly deeper than my usual lipstick shades of choice. It sticks around on the lips but isn’t drying and I’d totally recommend trying this range out – I may need to invest in more shades. Another Mac product is the blush in Immortal Flower. This always disappears when summer rolls around but once the warm days are over this makes a reappearance. It’s my perfect blush shade and goes with pretty much every makeup look possible. It’s also impossible to overdo.
Another one which makes a reappearance every so often is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Whiskey. Easy to swipe on for a more natural look I’ve been loving it paired with any of the shades from my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It gives me something softer than my usual intense black waterline when I use it (obviously –  because it’s brown) and at the minute I’m loving using this everyday. Now, we move on to the inspiration for this post, the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark. I haven’t used this in so long and one day I had this sudden urge to give it a go again. I loved this product a few years ago and for a while it was the only thing I used on my brows. After moving on to pencils and pomades I forgot about this little gem, but now I’m so glad its back in my life. I used to go in with the wax then the powder on a brush that was way too big to create anything close to natural brow hairs but after trying it back out again I just use the powder with a tiny little angled brush. I’m so glad I decided to use this again, it gives my brows a slight warmth and soft fullness that nothing else really gives. If you haven’t ever tried this before I seriously recommend it (I’m acting as if its some kind of revolutionary product – it’s not, it’s a brow powder, but it’s a really good one!).
Have you recently rekindled your love for a product? 

October Favourites!

Oh how time flies. October already and just two months until 2016. Crazy! My favourites are a small little group this month but they’re all amazing and seriously well loved by me! So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Beauty

The Fleur De Force Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bronze has literally become my life. I’ve worn it everyday this month, day and night, and I love how versatile it is. I put the lightest colour all over the lid, the light brown in the crease and the darkest brown on the outer corners. To finish it off I take the shimmery, sparkle shade on the outer lid and finish the look off with winged liner. I love how it looks and I’ve never worn four shadows so much before which proves that this is something special. I’ve been loving neutral nails this month and my favourite polish has been Topshop Nail Varnish in Threadbare. It’s my perfect nude and looks great on the nails. Limited in the chip department, it makes me want to try more of the Topshop nail stuff. Last but certainly not least in the beauty category is a fragrance favourite. The Elizabeth and James White Nirvana Perfume is becoming a fast favourite. I love the fact that it’s in a rollerball form so it’s easy to carry around with me and the scent is so gorgeous that I just want to smell it all the time.

Television

I’m a serious lover of dramas, and Autumn is the time for the best ones to come out. Unforgotten is an amazing new ITV drama that follows a police team trying to solve a murder that was committed 39 years ago. It has the right mix of suspense, sadness and it really makes you think. We’re currently on episode three and I’m excited to see where it ends up! Lewis also started again and having only got into it recently I’m super duper excited. It’s annoying that they’re all two parters but each storyline is amazing and I can’t get enough!

My Everyday Autumn Face

Oh how I’m loving Autumn. The crunchy, falling leaves, the crisp cold air and the fact that I can snuggle up in my blanket and not overheat. The same goes for Autumn makeup, the brown tones and golden warmth make me very happy. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing my most worn makeup this autumnal season. I wear this look pretty much everyday and I love it. I’m having a serious winged liner moment and nowadays I think that I look so wrong without it. Big players in this face are the Fleur de Force Eye Quad (in love!) and the Soap and Glory Brow Archery. Expect to see them pop up in my October favourites!

Ever since I discovered the Makeup Forever Mattifying Primer I’ve never looked back. At first I thought the consistency was a little thick and strange but that’s what makes it so good at keeping foundation on my face all day. My all time favourite foundation for this kind of weather is the L’Oreal Infallible 24 Matte Foundation. It’s heavy duty and full coverage without leaving the face feeling cake-y and looking too thick on the skin. I think I’m in-between shades of this but that’s nothing a little blending can’t fix! The powder award goes to the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. Lightweight, does the job and smells weirdly delicious, this has quickly become my favourite powder. My new Soap and Glory Brow Archery in Hot Chocolate is amazing! The colour is a lovely warm brown and applies really smoothly and accurately. Read more about it here in yesterday’s post!

Eyes are the key to this face. I keep it quite simple and then make it pop with the liner, love it! I primed my eyes with the Mac Painterly Paint Pot as per and then move on to the beauty which is the Fleur de Force Eye Quad in Cosmic Bronze. I am seriously in love with this palette and you can read my thoughts in this post. I take the lightest colour across the lid, the lighter brown in the crease, the dark brown on the outer corner and pat on the shimmer on the outer lid. I love the way these shadows perform and how they look. I’m a felt tip liner kind of girl so the L’Oreal Superstar Superliner is right up my street. I just do a massive wing and then join it up. Pretty simple really. I love how black this liner is and how easy it is to apply. It glides on like a dream! Standard Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Black and my now holy grail Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara.

I still like to warm up my face with bronzer so my Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer comes out to play. It’s the perfect mix of warm and cool and has the perfect amount of pigmentation. I don’t think that I’ll be swayed by any other bronzer ever again, this is for life. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy may look like a summer shade but it works perfectly in Autumn too! It’s a mix of pink, red and orange and is a gorgeous colour which looks great on the cheeks and brightens up the face. I’m in serious need of a new highlighter so I’ll welcome any suggestions but at the minute I’m using Benefit Shy Girl. It’s a good, matte, liquid highlighter but some days I’d like something a little more shimmery to make everything pop.

Last but not least, lips. I have two options which I change in and out. The one that I’m wearing in the picture above, and what I wear daily, is the Clinique Lip Pop in Melon Pop. I’ve raved about this lipstick so many times so I’ll keep it short and sweet, I love the colour, the way it feels and the packaging (packaging is very important). My bolder and more autumnal lip product of choice is the Fleur De Force Lip Gloss in Starry Starry Night. It’s your typical berry lip which is in a great formula, not too drying but sticks to the lips. No doubt this product will be mentioned again in an upcoming post!

Are you feeling autumnal and what’s your favourite product at the minute, let me know!

Autumn Shake Up

Autumn is here, hurrah! I’m a big autumn fan, it’s still not as good as winter but it’s not far off, and I love the darker, rustier shades that make an appearance at this time of year. I can definitely notice a darker tone in my makeup choices and something which is very unlike me, I’m gravitating towards a dewier base. Normally I’m all for the matte look to combat my oily skin but there’s something about dark features and a soft base that I’m really liking. The L’Oreal True Match Foundation is good at making me look nice and dewy without looking like I’ve been on a five mile run (which let’s face it is something I would never do). The shade N1 is perfect for me and gives pretty good coverage. With my new Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder, which mattifies but keeps the finish of the foundation, it’s a great autumnal base combo.

I’ve been cracking out the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze recently because I think that it is a perfect autumn colour. It lasts all day all the colour is a shimmery, rusty brown shade, I love it. Burnt orange eyeshadows look great over the top of this but my favourite pairing is with Push Up from the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette which turns into a lovely copper shade when applied on top of the colour tattoo. A bit of a darker brow just does it for me this autumn time. Throughout spring and summer I was leaning more towards a blonder brow but I’m preferring the look of darker features so I use more brown products now. The Sleek Brow Kit in Dark and the Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brow are my go to products at the minute.

As I mentioned in my September Favourites (click here if you want to give that a read), I’m all about darkening up my lip colour. The Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer is a great dark nude that makes me feel really autumnal. I need to branch out my darker nude collection because now I’m getting a bit braver in that department my collection is a little light. Boots is calling my name!

What I’m watching atm

As we move into Autumn, TV gets seriously good. It might not be everyones cup of tea but I’m a big fan of the bbc/itv drama. Endeavour, Last tango in Halifax and Silk are just a few of my all time favourites but recently channels have been seriously upping their game when it comes to gripping programmes. Here are just a few of the ones I’ve been watching:

  • Our Zoo- Although this has finished now it was a seriously good series! It was one of those ones I went into not knowing much about it and it was a nice surprise with an engaging plot and lots of cute animals!
  • Cilla- I can’t even explain how much I enjoyed this mini series! I watched it pretty much back to back and was hooked from the start. I’ve never been the biggest Cilla Black fan but the series made me love her  and no doubt it will be one I’ll rematch again and again. 
  • Scott and Bailey- Love this programme, go back to it again and again and I don’t think it will ever get old. The new series is as good as ever and I can’t wait for the future episodes. 
  • Grantchester- Now this is a super new programme that has only had one episode but I’m already hooked! Who would even think that a 50’s vicar would make a good murder investigated?!?! INSANE!!!