Easy and Affordable Everyday Fall Makeup Look

So, we’ve been in denial, but it is officially Autumn for the southern hemisphere population.  As usual, summer flew by and already Autumn is crawling by at snail’s pace. However, Autumn brings with it the permission to don those gorgeous fall colours that we all love and just don’t seem appropriate in the summer sunshine (but, by all means, you do you! Ain’t no seasonal changes gonna tell you how to do your makeup!).

To kickstart (a month in) our fall makeup for the year, we’ve put together an autumnal makeup look that is perfect for everyday but still pretty enough to wear on a date, or out to dinner, or wherever your fall activities take you!

BASE


Of extra importance as the weather starts to cool, is skin prep.  The cold weather dries skin out, so make sure you start with a great hydrating moisturiser to ensure the makeup sits of the skin nicely.

I’m using a particularly luminous foundation, which aren’t notorious for the staying power, so to make sure my foundation lasts me all day, I’m priming with the Rimmel Stay Matte primer.  For foundation I’m using an old favourite, the L’Oreal Lumi Magique liquid foundation in the shade N1.  This combination of primer and foundation leaves you with a natural glow, but ensures you won’t end up in oil-slick territory.

Onto concealer, where I’m branching out and trying a new product! The Models Prefer Argan Infusion concealer in the shade light.  This is my first time using this product but so far I am really impressed; hydrating and medium coverage, keep your eyes peeled for a review.

To set my t-zone I’m using one of my new favourite translucent powders, the Australis Ready, Set, Go finishing powder.  This reminds me so much of the Tarte Smooth Operater finishing powder, and for a fraction of the price.  Just a light dusting sets my makeup without making me look cakey.

BROWS


For brows I’m using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in brunette.  I’m not sure this is worth the “as good at the Anastasia Brow Wizz” hype that it gets, but it is still a brilliant brow pencil.

In Autumn I like my brows to be bold (tbh, I like my brows to be bold in all the other seasons too, but…) to balance out the darker fall colours.

CHEEKS


This look is making use of a great afforable makeup pallete, the BH Cosmetics X Ashley Tisdale Illuminate Face & Eye Palette in Beach Goddess.  For the incredibly low price (even including shipping to Australia) this pallete is fantastic quality and value! Highly recommend if you’re after an all-in-one palette but don’t feel like forking out for high-end alternatives.  We’ll do a review soon!

We warmed up with face using the bronzer Seychelles, blushed using Bermuda and highlighted – BH highlights are amaze! – using St. Lucia.  This combo gives you a natural english-rose-that-got-a-bit-of-sun (an Australian rose, if you will) look that I love.

EYES


Using the same BH Cosmetics Palette, to set my eye and cover any veins I used Cabo.
The only thing this palette is missing is a transition shade for my skintone, but luckily the bronzer (Seychelles) works really well! I worked this in just above my crease, making sure to blend really well.  Just below that, right in the crease (as well as along my lower lash line) I used Aruba to create definition.  Again blend, blend, blend; that’s the key to this look being natural enough to wear on the daily.

In the outer corner, and down onto the outer third of my lower eyelid, I blended Barbados to create depth and the illusion of bigger cat-like eyes.  A dash of Bora Bora on the inner corner for a bit of bling, and Tahiti along the brow bone to highlight and also clean up all the blending I’d done.


For Lashes I used an old fave, the I <3 Extreme Volume waterproof mascara by Essence (see my full review here).  The waterproof aspect of this mascara makes it perfect for daytime, especially in fall when you never know what the weather is going to bring!

LIPS


My favourite part of fall are the lip colours, they honestly make my heart skip a beat! For every day I like to use a dark dusty pink colour, for this look I used the Maybelline Color Drama lipstick pencil in the shade 630 Nude Perfection.  It really is… “nude perfection”.

And that’s the finished look! What do you think? What are your favourite products and looks for fall?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

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REVIEW: Biology Skincare – Bare Essentials Travel Kit

I love travel kits and travel-sized cosmetics and skincare in general.  They’re fun and cute and so handy! Knowing which of the many travel-ready products on the market are for you can be tricky! So let me take a little of the guess work out of it for you with a review of the Bare Essentials Travel Kit by Biology Skincare.

THE BRAND

Biology is an Australian body and hair care brand that specialises in “naked formulas” free from harmful chemicals and fillers; “it’s not just about what we put in, it’s about what we leave out”.  I am always keen to try out natural products! If I can overhaul my beauty routine completely and go au natural that would be fantastic! So let’s see how these stood up to the task…

THE PACKAGING

First of all, the packaging is just so damn cute.  I love it.  It’s got a olde timey alchemist vibe about it whilst also being fresh and modern.  How a product is going to look sitting in my bathroom is something I look for! Whether that is vain and pathetic or not.

THE PRODUCTS

The travel kit comes with 5 different products, for hair and body, and will set you back AU$50.

No. 301 Pure Hydration Shampoo & No. 302 Pure Hydration Conditioner


These were, I’ll admit, better than I thought they were going to be! My experience with natural shampoo and conditioners hasn’t been great; I’m usually left with dry and limp hair that tangles easily.  These were a pleasant surprise! Were they the best products I’ve ever used on my hair? No.  But they did the job! My Hair was left clean, somewhat hydrated and tangle free.  As an added bonus they smelled amazing!

Repurchase? For travel, sure! You can get the kit on its own for AU$24 here.

No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash


This was kind of a miss for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it did anything bad, it just didn’t do anything right either.  My skin was clean, which I definitely want from a body wash, but it also felt dry and tight which is never a nice feeling.

Repurchase? I don’t think so. However, if you would like to try it out you can purchase it on its own in a larger form for $27 here.

No. 304 Moisture Therapy Body Lotion


I wasn’t expecting to like this after my experience with the body wash, but this lotion was lovely! It smelled like lemongrass and was so hydrating and soothing.  I ended up keeping it next to my bed to lather myself up of a nighttime, the scent was so calming and it left my skin feeling soft and supple without feeling sticky.  I actually miss it now that it’s gone!

Repurchase? Definitely! I am keen to try more of the lotions and creams from Biology after loving this so much. You can purchase the body lotion is a larger size on its own for AU$29 here.

No. 305 Moisture Therapy Body Bar

This really surprised me with how well it performed! My armpits in particular loved it; gentle exfoliation whilst maintaining moisture levels had my armpits looking straight out of a deoderant ad! I also randomly used it to clean my makeup brushes when i was in a pinch and boy howdy, it cleaned them AMAZINGLY! So quick and kept them soft, move of sold beauty blender cleanser, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Repurchase? Sure! You can purchase it on its own for AU$12 here.

THE CONCLUSION

Is this something I would consider investing in for travel? Yes! It’s lightweight, the products (for the most part) perform really well, and it looks cute af so that’s always a bonus. I definitely recommend this kit, especially if you’re trying to keep your skincare and beauty routine natural.

You can purchase the travel kit here.

Have you tried any of the Biology Skincare products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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MASCARA MARCH – Lash Sensational Washable Mascara by Maybelline

Washable? What does that mean? I have scoured the internet trying to find out what on earth Maybelline means when they call this mascara ‘washable’, I found nadda. If you are clued in on this mystery please please please let me know what a washable mascara entails!  Anyway, we are going to ignore that tiny detail for now and get on with the review of Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline.

Every blogger and their dog has been singing from the rooftops about there love of this mascara, so does it live up to the hype?

VOLUME: Not bad! Not bad at all.  Not as great at The Colossal Leather Black mascara by Maybelline, but still pretty bloody great. It’s a natural volume that can work on a every day basis or into a darker night-time look (unlike the colossal mascara which jumps straight to the latter). This is definitely going to become a staple for me.


LENGTH: For me this is where this mascara delivers, it adds some serious length. The major selling point of this mascara is the special fanning brush which supposedly has ten layers of bristles to help give your lashes a “full fan effect”.  My long, thin lashes easily clump up with lengthening mascaras, but not with this bad boy. Very impressed!

RECOMMEND?: Definitely! I can see why everyone is so impressed by this mascara, it is high-end quality, and for only AU$21.95.  That price is by no means super cheap, but it is still well below the price of high-end mascaras that do exactly the same job (I’m looking at you Benefit Roller Lash).

Have you tried any other Maybelline mascaras? What were your thoughts? Let me know in comments!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – The Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara by Maybelline

All the advertising around this mascara when it was first released really sucked me in! Seeing the same ad before every single YouTube video I watched with the insanely voluminous lashes had me making a special trip to purchase it; I needed that kind of lash volume in my life like yesterday.

Did the Maybelline marketing team lead me astray? Read on to find out..

VOLUME: Okay, so I don’t look quite like the chick in the ad.  But I’m going to go out on a limb and say they aren’t her real lashes (and if they are, I need some of those genes in my family line asap, have you got a brother?).  Having said that, I am pretty damn happy with the volume this mascara gives me! My lashes are long, but they are very much lacking in the volume department, and this mascara masks that amazingly.  Huge tick from me – 12/10.

LENGTH: Again, big tick.  This increases the length of my lashes without clumping them together, something that is a rare find, particularly in drugstore mascaras.  I think it’s something to do with the shape of the brush (Maybelline calls it their first “super-loading brush”), whatever it is it’s working.


COLOUR: I’m not really sure what the difference between regular black mascara and “leather black” mascara is, to be honest.  Is it more matte? Their website just says it will give you “leather black intensity”…which gives me zero information on what that means and I remain at a loss, oh well.  So, it’s black, it’s got great pigmentation and I have nothing negative to say about the colour.

PRICE: At AU$19.95, it’s not the cheapest mascara on the market, but it’s not going to break the bank. Worth the price, in my opinion.

RECOMMEND?: Hell yes.  This is a massive call, but I think I may prefer this over the Benefit They’re Real…don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Aussies can buy their’s here.

Have you tried the regular The Colossal mascara by Maybelline? How do you think it compares to the Leather Black version? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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