Seasonal Beauty Picks

Monday, September 7, 2015

September is finally upon us. The back to school season is in full bloom and with the blogosophere officially declaring berry lips are in, it's almost as if the summer never even happened. October to December is hands down my favourite time of the year, so I'm super excited to finally be posting my first autumn post of the season! Today I'll be sharing with you all a few of my make-up must haves for the autumn, alongside a wish list of things I'm dying to add into my stash this season. 

I'm super sorry not all the products are included in the photo, I've been having a hard time with this shoot - so many products were suffering with flashback - particularly Majorette&Healthy Mix!

Autumn for me screams all things gold, brown and smoky and so of course the Urban Decay Naked Palette has to be my first pick of the season. With a mixture of mattes and shimmers, coppers and golds, browns and metallic hues this is one of my favourite palettes in my collection. I seriously can't wait to get playing around with this beauty again, I'm feeling all of the shimmery heart eyes towards 'half baked'. 

I'm not a huge wearer of blush but my favourite transitional shade from summer to autumn is definitely anything with a peach undertone. Pink is too summery and brown well, it's too autumn. I remember instantly falling in love with Benefit Majorette upon its release last year, it's super blendable, smells amazing and gives a gorgeous flush of colour to the cheeks. 

Summer was all about the light bases this year but autumn is the time for some full coverage magic. For those long days in school my trustee Benefit Stay Flawless 15 hour primer is the one I need. This beauty keeps my make-up in place all day and feels super soft on my skin, I love it. On top of this, I first discovered the Bourjois Healthy Mix last winter and so of course, it's going to be keeping my combination skin at bay this season. This is seriously the only drugstore foundation I have tried which doesn't cake, crease, cling to my drier patches or slide off throughout the day - I love it!! I'd definitely recommend this to anybody looking for something full coverage, super affordable and perfect on combination skin.

Speaking of those long days in school, this is definitely the season of the dreaded dark circles. To prep my skin for make-up, I love using the Benefit Puff Off just to make myself feel more refreshed and look so much more awake. The iron tip applicator really soothes the under area, the skin underneath our eyes is actually 80% thinner than the rest of our face; so it's super important we look after it! Alongside MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer to really brighten the under eye area and Benefit Roller Lash to smize those eyes with long, voluminous lashes that last all day - no one would ever guess I was up late watching netlifx studying. 

Lastly, let's talk lips. Of course, autumn is and has always been associated with the dark lip and so I thought I would share with you a couple of my favourites. Although slightly messy, Topshop Lip Bullet in 'Wine Gum' is the most gorgeous berry shade with a stunning burgundy undertone. Every time I've ever worn this I've always received so many compliments, I always worry that darker shades would wash me out as I'm quite pale but this compliments my skin tone perfectly. Second on my list is MAC Diva, which Wine Gum is actually the perfect dupe for if you're looking for a cheaper alternative. Although a matte shade, Diva isn't too drying on the lips and adds an edgy, statement vibe to your look when opting for a bold lip and neutral eyes. Of course, the autumn and winter weather can be quite harsh on our lips, with the cold air drying them out. Now, I couldn't not mention any red shades, my ultimate go to for this time of year has to be NARS Carmen, this is seriously the most stunning blood red lipstick I've ever seen in my life. With amazing pigmentation and staying power, every beauty blogger NEEDS this in their collection! My biggest tip is to always exfoliate them before any lipstick/lip balm application. The Lush Lip Scrubs are a complete life saver! Not only do they taste great but they leave my lips feeling super conditioned, removing any trace of dry skin - I love them!!

And now, onto the products on my wish list!

This season is all about the smoky eye, besides this is actually the only Naked palette I don't have - I'm dying to add it to my collection!!

Why oh why is this lipstick £60?! I'm seriously in love, not only is the packaging stunning but you can wear it as a necklace!! I'm forever losing my lipsticks and so Mr Louboutin couldn't have created anything more perfect. Bengali, you shall be mine.

As I mentioned earlier, autumn for me is all about achieving a flawless, full coverage base. Pretty much every beauty blogger seems to have this in their collection besides me, I definitely need to pick up a sample next time I'm at my nearest counter!

Every time I've tried to purchase this at my counter, it's always sold out. Shock horror but I've never tried a cream contour product, I've always been a powder girl but I'm dying to try out something new!

I've got the NARS one, rightfully I needed the Urban Decay offering. Enough said really.

Confession time. I've never tried anything by Too Faced!! This mascara has been on my wish list for quite some time now and I'm really keen to see if it can live up to its hype. I adore my Benefit Roller Lash but sometimes you just fancy a change, you know?

I usually highlight my brows using my NARS stick concealer but unfortunately it's beginning to become on its last legs. I'm hoping Benefit high brow shall be a decent replacement!

I love the whole grey nail trend for the autumn time. It's the perfect transitional shade from white to grey rather than straight to berry or black. I need.

I've always been so scared at how bold this lip colour is but I think it's time to bite the bullet and give it a try. I'm dying to create a halloween look using this, gimme gimme gimme! Also, can we just preach for the fact this is a satin finish?! 

And so that was my autumn beauty picks for 2015! Leave me a comment below saying what is on your wish list this season. Are you rocking the berry lip yet, or is too early? Until next time,

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