Autumn Makeup.

Autumn or (Fall for my American readers) is my favourite time of the year.

The humid air leftover from the sizzling Summer turns crisp. The streets are littered with red and orange leaves crunching beneath your feet. Also Halloween and pumpkin spiced lattes!

Autumnal colours coincide so beautifully with the warm make up tonnes that has been in season for so long now. This is why I’m excited to combine my favourite season with my favourite makeup look… warm, smoky eyes!

 

 


 

As usual, I start with a clean base.

I will soon be doing a vlog/blog about my skincare regime so watch out for industry standard tips and tricks.

I then used the MAYBELLINE baby skin primer which is really soft to use and just glides on creating a stable base for the foundation.

My base of choice is NARS velvet matte tinted moisturiser in ALASKA. This is my everyday makeup uniform. I’ve been a loyal fan for years now and this colour matches my skin tone perfectly. Its lightweight formula produces great coverage which is great for a tinted moisturiser as sometimes they can look too sheer.

I then highlight and contour like I normally do. I will be doing a vlog/blog on how I do this so it gives a bit more detail.


 

Next is the fun part…. eyes!

 

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I took inspiration from models and makeup artists as I wanted to stay away from the heavy Instagram/Youtube look. And keep it more subtle and fashion.

It’s so important to prep the skin. I didn’t use to and then wondered why my makeup would wear off during the day or go patchy.

I’ve been dying to use my new DIOR eyeshadow palette in DEVILISH. Look how gorgeous it is! I love it! Today I will be using the crimson, gold and brown colours; to of course replicate Autumnal leaves.

 

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I start by using the LAURA MERCIER eye primer in FLAX. Then I dust some loose powder over the top for this look I used MAC translucent powder. This sets the makeup and makes it easier to blend the eyeshadow on top.

Using a flat makeup brush I take some crimson and gently pat down the colour onto my eyelid. Don’t blend at this point as we are just setting down the colour so it doesn’t have to be perfect at this point.

Once the intensity is to your liking glide the colour underneath the eye to give definition. This look was inspired by the amazingly talented Kate Jane Hughes (pic below I also used her work for the title page) you can check out her work here.

I love this look it’s so simple, but a bit more edgy than the classic taupe smokey eye. I also think it really compliments green/blue eyes.

 

 

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Once the base is laid take a fluffy brush like this one (below) and start blending. I saw an Instagram post from Katie where she explains how to achieve a perfectly blended eyeshadow. Next step is to dip the brush into your translucent powder and then blend the eyeshadow even more. If you want a more intense colour simply dip the fluffy brush into the original colour and blend some more to intensify. Keep dipping and blending between the two until you are happy.

 

 

Next, take a small eyeshadow brush (I just used the sponge that the palette came with) and dip it into the gold colour. Dab the gold on the inner corner of the eye, you can even blend the gold into the crimson colour to give a beautiful sunset effect.

I then used a bit of the dark brown colour on the outside corner of the eye to give shading and dimension. You only need to take this colour a quarter of the way across the eye because we don’t want it to darken the crimson colour.

I then used a MAC beige kohl eyeliner in RISQUE on the lower waterline to make the eye appear bigger. Or if you want a more intense look like Karlie Kloss you can use MAC black kohl eyeliner in CLAY in the waterline. You can use this on the upper and lower lash line for a defined effect.

I remember Kevyn Aucoin’s advice on how to get grungy eyeliner look. Line both waterlines with black kohl and then blink/squint your eyes as much as you can until you create a black smudgy definition around the eyes. You can always go in with a cotton Q Tip and tidy it up if it gets too wild.

I then curled my lashes using my SHU UMERA eyelashes curlers.  BENEFITS bad gal bang mascara is my new favourite cult favourite. I love it! I don’t normally like rubber wands but this product really lengthens and curls my lashes without even really needing to curl them. For this look, I coated both my upper and lower lashes.

I pencil in my Eyebrows the way I normally do.

In the photograph, I used BARRY M lipstick in MANNEQUIN. It’s a glossy darker nude that volumises the lips leaving them looking plush and juicy. I really love nude lipsticks; check out my high street favourites Top 5 Drug Store Nude Lipsticks.

 

 

Couple this look with a long camel coat and there you go the perfect Autumnal look ready for the pages of Vogue.

Hope you enjoyed this seasonal look. Sorry I was late this week! Started University so my time management has gone a bit out the window. But I will be back every Thursday so if would like to see more posts like this don’t forget to subscribe.

Warmest regards

Top 5 Drug Store Nude Lipsticks

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Trying to find the perfect nude is a bit like trying to find the Holy Grail.

It feels impossible.

But (without sounding like an Oracle) … I have the answer…. if not something very close!


 

Charlotte Tilbury promised to end our desperate searching for the perfect nude lipstick with her revolutionary lipstick PILLOW TALK . I tried it on and to be honest it felt sublime and gave my lips that soft pillowy effect (should do for the price tag).

The velvet consistency glided over my lips like a burnt sienna fantasy!


 

BUT!!!

I don’t think you have to break your bank account to achieve a blonde bombshell pout.

Here’s my drug store recommendations:

RIMMEL: Kate Moss Range in 42

PRICE: £3.99

I love this! It’s such a fresh pink tone nude! So pretty! Kate Moss is the Nineties Queen of nude lipsticks and smoky eyes so you know you’re in good hands.

It’s affordable and can be worn with a slick of mascara or a signature supermodel smoky eye look.

It’s semi glossy but not too much; it’s light compared to the other nudes but I like that. Especially if I’m tanned!

I wish the product would have had a cool name to go with it as I’m a stickler for this marketing technique. But alas it’s just a number.

 

 

BOUJOUIS: Velvet Lip in FLORIBEIGE

PRICE: £8.49

As you can see this product is more of an orangey nude. It’s velvet description is on point; the texture has a mousse feel to it and goes on consistently without any streaking.

I recommend coupling product this with a lip liner, even though I haven’t as I wanted you to see the product in it’s full glory. The reason I say this is because it seems to feather at the edges of the lips and doesn’t define well on it’s own.

It claims to be long lasting, unfortunately it wasn’t. I just put it straight onto my lips; maybe if you lay a primer underneath it will last longer. But definitely not 24 hours as it claims.

 

 

MAYBELLINE: Colour Sensational in TANTALIZING TAUPE

PRICE: £6.99

This flatters a natural look because of it’s sheer, light weight and understated appearance. You could even wear this colour over another nude, but I think it stands well on it’s own.

My lips are naturally pale so they can really show the nude colour for what it is. If you have more rosy red lips I’d suggest blotting a bit of foundation over your lips if you’re going for an authentic nude.

Not all nudes suit my skin tone, especially if it’s too light; you want the lips to look full and juicy … not anaemic. This is why a lot of trial and error is involved! As you can see I have a fair skin complexion but also I have a slight yellow undertone, so I have to try lots of colours to see what matches.

I love this colour because it has a tinge of mauve; this may sound odd but it really does look good! Just like salt and caramel shouldn’t go together but my God it does… so well!

I remember Angelina Jolie in her ‘Tomb Raider’ days mentioning she used a lipstick with grey tone to give her those pouty, voluptuous lips we fell in love with when she was ‘Lara Croft’…I figured if it’s good enough for Angelina.

Also out of all of them, this colour smelt amazing!. It reminded me of the vanilla essence they used to infuse ‘My Little Pony’ with which I loved. It reminds me of childhood where my love of makeup was first introduced by my Mum.

 

 

BARRY M: Satin Super Slick Lipstick in TRUFFLE SHUFFLE

PRICE: £4.99

This is the Kim Kardashian of the nudes. If I had to personify this colour, I’d say she was confident, sexy, knows what she wants and gets what she wants!

She’s a pouting princess…but I kind of love her! This colour plumps up your lips ten fold!

It’s very glossy and creamy but at the same time highly pigmented.

Personally this is more of a night time colour and I’d wear it with a natural eye. I think with a smoky eye it might be a bit much for me, but if you can pull it off … hats off to you!

 

 

GOSH: Touch Lipstick NUDE 162

PRICE: £7.99

Last but not least we have our coral, lustre gloss. This is gorgeous! It’s a mandarin colour that compliments my skin tone and I’d imagine most people’s to be honest!

This colour is for when you’re on the beach and it’s too hot to wear makeup. So you slick a bit of this lipstick on and the tropical colour reflects the suns gleaming rays perfectly.

Or…..

If your stuck in a polluted concrete jungle like I am in London. You can still play out this fantasy by slicking a bit of this on and letting your mind wonder to the most exotic parts of the world.

This would look amazing with coral eyeshadow and bronze!

Only thing with sheer lipsticks is that they are quick to diminish. So it may mean carrying the lipstick around with you, which I don’t mind as the glossy texture works well as a balm for hydrating my lips.

 

 

So there we are. My TOP 5 Affordable Drug Store Nudes. In a later post I will be writing about my Top 5 Luxury Nude Lipsticks. I’m sure you can guess which product will already be on that list.

It’s Summer Time so whack on the Aviators and slick on a nude colour that would make Kylie Jenner jealous!

 

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Hope to see you guys soon!

Enjoy the Sun!

Warmest Regards

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Summer Scents 🌻

A blitz of perfume is the finishing touches to any outfit, whether it’s glamorous or casual.

So many fragrances, so little time!

Each aroma creates a different charisma depending on your mood and the occasion.

Perfumes have the power to transport you to a favourite place, time or person.

Check out my top picks!


MY TOP 5 SUMMER FRAGRANCES  ♥♥

 

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1) DIPTYQUE: VETYVERIO

 

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Price:

Eau de Toilette: £70 – £90

Eau de Parfum: £115 

This is one of my most favourite perfumes ever!

It’s slightly more upmarket and niche but the smell is absolutely divine and well worth the price tag! It reminds me of that smell you get if you’ve ever walked through a forest after its been raining. Natural and fresh with a hint of sweetness.

You can buy this from any ‘Diptyque’ store/online or Space NK.

‘Diptyque’ is a luxury brand born in Paris, 1961. They pride themselves on being a luxury brand specialising in signature candles. The product became so popular they decided to branch out in the world of Perfume and instead of just your home smelling heavenly you can as well.


2) DKNY: PURE

 

 

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Price: 

Eau de Parfum: £28.50

This is my go to everyday perfume (and popular with the boys)!

It’s a floral smell with a hint of vanilla that keeps this fragrance soft and feminine. It’s also light, so a spritz of this revitalises you for those humid days in Sun.

I like this bottle; its clean and simple much like the scent itself. I can imagine it perched on a minimalist interior designed bedroom next to a Japanese Bonsai plant.


3) CHLOE: LOVE 

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Price:

Eau de Parfum: £53

I’d say this is more of a Summer in evening scent. It’s a little bit heavier than the others with Iris being the dominant note. I love the powdery smell too; I’d say that’s what makes this perfume so beautifully distinct.

‘Chloe’ is a well-known designer brand, and its fragrance remains a firm favourite in the prestigious Make Up Halls of Harrods.

‘Chloe: Love’ compliments a warm evening with great friends and an Aperol Spritz.

One extra brownie point is that it has a small chain attached to the lid so you can’t lose it somewhere in the depths of your handbag.


4) ELIZABETH ARDEN: GREEN TEA

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Price:

Eau de Toilette: £24

This reminds me of my teenage years. Its young, fresh and vibrant!

Elizabeth Ardens demographic is around 30+ years old. ‘Green Tea’ I’d say targets a younger woman; it’s fun, inexpensive and exudes citrus notes.

Base notes include bergamot and Jasmine which compliments the distinct lemon zest essence.

This perfume couples nicely with my Summer Time Make Up Look.

Summer Time Sunrise Make Up!


5) AQUA DI PARMA: ARANCIA DI CAPRI 

 

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Price:

Eau de Toilette: £66

This fragrance carries me away to a beautiful yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean sea with David Gandy by my side (a girl can dream).

This tantalising fruity splash invigorates whilst at the same time adding an element of spicy aroma. It’s unisex so make sure your Boyfriend/Brother or Dad doesn’t get his hands on it!

Its radiant Mandarin and Orange top notes are luxuriously exotic. And the blue packaging mimics the aqua blue Mediterranean Sea.

I’m going to Tuscany soon so I think this perfume will be perfect to take with me!

Enjoy the Sun!

Warm regards

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