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Autumn/Fall Beauty Favourites 2016

Fall has kind of snuck up on me this year; Summer was so gorgeous this year and that warmer weather has stuck around a little longer than normal. Consequently, my beauty routine was stuck in the summery scope well into March before I finally gave in a let my Autumnal faves sneak back in. But they’re back and they’re beautiful and I really don’t know why I didn’t start using them at 12.01am on March 1st! Silly girl.

So, without further ado, here are my current Autumn/Fall beauty favourites…

Skincare

Liquid Gold – Pure Argan oil by Moreish

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For a few years now I have been an extremely loyal rosehip oil convert. So it took quite a bit of self-convincing to get myself to branch out and try another facial oil. But I did just that.   For about two months now I have been using pure Argan oil in my skincare routine. Whilst initially I found it a bit too heavy for my skin, as the weather became cooler my skin really enjoyed that slightly more moisturising property. I will definitely continue to use it during the colder, drier months!

Black Clay Face Mask by NKDBODY

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This mask leaves my skin feeling so revived, refreshed and oh so soft. I have found that is needs to be wiped off with a damp cloth as opposed to just rinsing, otherwise the colour can seep into fine lines and pores and leave you looking like a Dalmatian, not really what we’re after. Do that and you’ll love this bad boy as much as I do.

 

Foundation

Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup by Urban Decay

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This is the perfect lightweight foundation for autumn. Its thin consistency is perfect for any dryness that may develop as the weather cools and provides light-medium coverage whilst keeping you looking natural and healthy. I have recently done a full review on this foundation, so click here if you want to read more.

 

Powder

Ambient Lighting Powders by Hourglass

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to jump onto the ambient lighting powder bandwagon but oh my goodness I am on it now. M has owned the palette and a single of the Dim Light for quite a while and I have always reached past them, then something recently made me think “I really should try this out again” and holy moly! This powder is stunning. It’s exactly the thing to ensure you keep that glow into the fall. It costs an arm and a leg, but it’s worth it.

Lipstick

Black Wine by Estee Lauder

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Fall calls for deep, bloody, Autumnal reds that remind you of leaves falling from trees and this one by Estee Lauder is absolutely perfect; My go-to autumn lipstick.

Miss Sanja by Shanghai Suzy

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If you’re not feeling the deeper fall colours, then this fushcia is another great alternative. It draws on the fall colours whilst also keeping this fresh and light. It honestly goes with so many different looks I love it!

I have recently done a full review on Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, so click here if you would like to read more about this fabulous lippy brand.

 

Blush

Dolce Vita by Nars

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This blush is delicious! It’s mauvey amazingness in a compact that creates that perfect pinched-cheek look we’re all coveting in the fall.

 

Hair

Hair Mask by NKDBODY

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You skin isn’t the only thing that suffers in the cool, dry months. Give your hair a little loving too with this great moisturising hair mask. My hair feels so gorgeous and silky after I use this and it doesn’t have to be left in for a ridiculous amount of time! Great for lazy people like myself.

 

Tea

Earl Grey by Aurora OR French Earl Grey by T2

I don’t usually drink black teas (I just prefer the lighter green or white teas) but when the weather starts to cool down I seriously crave a cup of earl grey in the mornings. These two are my favourites, and if you really made me choose I would pick the one by T2, but the packaging of the Aurora one is so cute! I recommend both to any fellow tea lovers out there.

 

Mascara

I Love Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara by Essence

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I was recently put onto this mascara by a fellow blogger here on WordPress and I honestly cannot thank them enough. I can’t believe how amazingly well this delivers on both volume and length and for less than AU$6!! That is insane. I will be telling every man and his dog about this mascara.

There are non-waterproof options if you prefer, but in the rainy autumn months I like to play it safe.

 

Eyeshadow

Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced

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No doubt you’ve heard of this glorious palette, and it is just as fabulous as everyone says. But it really comes into it’s own during the fall. The beautiful deep red, the coppers, the browns, the greens…it’s autumn in an eyeshadow palette.

 

What are you fall must have beauty products? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay beautiful, N x

Review & Swatches: Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks

I am a lover of lipstick. So when I started to hear great things about the lipstick brand Shanghai Suzy I, of course, gave it a quick Google to see what the fuss was about. Not gonna lie, I assumed this was a Chinese brand from the name, but it turns out it’s a local Australian brand. The lipstick-only brand was created to fill the hole in the market for good quality yet affordable lipsticks, and they nailed it.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, but it just went ahead and blew my mind. For starters, they are AU$12.95. So, naturally, my plan of buying just one to try the formula out quickly turned into a little trio of first impressions.

 

The formula? Fabulous. They are so creamy, and yet not heavy on the lips, and they last. Like not last as in do-nothing-all-day-like-don’t-even-chew-gum and it lasts, but like really lasts. I gave these guys a workout, I even wore one out to Mexican one night and it still looked respectable after a night of having shoved tacos/burritos/cocktails in my gob. It had faded slightly, but this was almost unnoticeable and it had done it well. Nothing annoys me more with a lipstick than when you go to the bathroom and you have nothing left but a lip liner-esque ring around your lips; that didn’t happen with these lipsticks.

 

As mentioned earlier, I picked up three colours. They are all name ‘Miss somethingoranother” which I think is just adorable. The three I own are Miss Bree (Pink Blush), Miss Sanja (Fuschia) and Miss Victorine (Classic Red). I will say one thing though, it’s not necessarily a negative, it’s just a note. All three of my lipsticks are the ‘matte formula’…they ain’t matte. They aren’t shimmery, or frosted or anything like that at all, but they are also not matte. That doesn’t bother me, but if you are after a MAC style matte lipstick, these are not for you.

 

On to swatches…

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L-R: Miss Victorine, Miss Sanja, Miss Bree

 

Miss Bree – Pink Blush

A cute pink that can go from every day to blushing night-time beauty.
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Miss Sanja – Fuschia

A gorgeous almost-purple. This is probably the one I wear most often, it finished off any outfit perfectly.

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Miss Victorine – Classic Red

I’m going to make a bold statement; this is a pretty good dupe for MAC’s Ruby Woo. I love Ruby Woo, and (as I mentioned) this is nowhere near as matte, but to be honest I think that may be in Miss Victorine’s favour! This is just a gorgeous, classic red. A must have in any girls lipstick collection.

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Top – Miss Victorine Bottom – Ruby Woo

 

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All in all I am a huge fan and will definitely be purchasing more and getting them as gifts for friends and family. Miss Tanielle (Desert Rose) is next on my list.

Do you have any lipstick brand recommendations for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

Review: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I love my mum, but if Lisa Eldridge offered to adopt me I wouldn’t hesitate for a second before I said “hells yes!”. She is so elegant and soothing and I think she may well be an angel sent from heaven to make the world a better, more beautiful place. But I’ve got way off track. Where was I going with this?…

Oh yeah, a few months ago I was watching a Lisa Eldridge tutorial and she used The Nudes eyeshadow palette by Maybelline. I was so soothed by her amazing voice that I barely noticed myself going out and buying it instantly. I just realised one day that it was in my makeup draw, oops. Really though, can you have too many natural eyeshadow palettes?! Probably.

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So was it worth the AU$21.99, or should you fork out the extra dollars for a high end substitute? Keep reading to find out.

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The 12 eyeshadow colours are right up my alley. Browns and ashy greys through some almost-coppers to a beautiful gold. Whilst 8 of them are shimmery, 4 are matte. I’m a huge fan of matte eyeshadow, especially for my everyday makeup and when I’m wearing glasses; somebody told me once that you should always wear matte shadows with glasses and I have run with that for years…I should really check out whether that is true. My favourites are the matte brown (top row, second from the right) and the almost-coppery brown (top row, third from the right). I also use the black to tight line my upper-lash line when I can’t be bothered with eyeliner but want the appearance of thick lashes.

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Top Row

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Bottom Row

Quality is where they are lacking. The first thing I noticed is that these bad boys have A LOT of fallout. You notice it as soon as you put your brush in the shadow, it falls errywhere. Ignoring that fact, which is super annoying but something I can get past, the quality is about a 6/10. They’re not terrible, the pigmentation is pretty good, just not fantastic. Same goes for the blendability. I mean, they blend eventually, it just takes a little more time and effort. If you don’t mind taking a bit longer to get ready then that’s not a massive issue either.

The thing that really lets the palette down is the staying power. They just don’t last, particularly the shimmery shades. Even with eyeshadow primer, setting the eyelid, you name it, I gave it a crack, and by the end of the day/night my eyes were but a remnant of what they were in the beginning. Which is such a pity because, as I said, the colours are SO pretty.

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Final verdict: Give it a miss.

I so wanted to say it was worth the money. But I just don’t think that it was. My high-end shadows, yes they cost significantly more, but they also last 10x longer. I just don’t see the point of even applying eyeshadow if it’s going to be gone in an hour or two. Sorry, Lisa.

If you want to give it a shot rather than taking my word for it, I picked mine up here.

Have you got any recommendations of drugstore substitutes for this palette? I am always keen to try new products out!

 

Stay happy, N x

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

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I am a massive fan of the “I woke up like this” makeup look. Which, of course, involves several steps, many makeup products and looks in no way how I appear when I wake up. Nailing that natural look makes my heart sing. So when Urban Decay released a foundation called “Naked Skin” I was all over that like a bad rash.   Did it live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out…

 

First things first: What is up with that name, Urban Decay? I understand that you’re trying to get a lot of information across, but were all those words really necessary? I think we could have cut it down a tad. It’s quite the mouthful. But that’s just nit-picking really.

The packaging is pretty much perfect, in my eyes. It looks high-end, but the lightweight packaging means you won’t have to compromise when it comes to travelling. I love my YSL Touche Èclat but it’s so damn heavy! If I want to take that on a trip I have to cut down on other products, and that’s a real pain. I’ve also had mine for months, rolling around with all my other foundations an the packaging has stayed un-tarnished.

Okay, onto the important stuff.

It comes in 18 shades, which means it covers girls ranging all the way from 0.5 (very fair, porcelain) to 12 (dark with deep golden undertones). Nothing annoys me more than when a company brings out a foundation with shades ranging from mildly pale – slightly tanned and leaves the rest of us hanging. So, props to Urban Decay.  I use the shade 2.0 (fair with slight yellow undertone).

The product description promises “coverage without compromise…the best of both worlds…buildable coverage…that looks and feels like nothing.” For me this was spot on. It gave me enough coverage to help me cover and blemishes and help me to feel confident even on my worst days. At the same time it looked and felt light, meaning I didn’t have to feel like I had caked on makeup if I was just going out for coffee or running errands. Even if I did cake it on for a night out it still felt light and natural. This is achieved through the super thin consistency of the foundation. It literally runs down my face before I blend it in. This does mean you need more than one coat to get full coverage (so you need to use more product) but that’s something I prefer.

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It leaves a demi-matte finish, which for me is exactly what I’m after for an everyday foundation. It gives me that glowy, healthy, youthful look that I love whilst also keeping my t-zone in check; something that dewy foundations struggle to do for long periods of time.   I do still set my t-zone and under my eyes with powder for special occasions, but it’s not strictly necessary, you can definitely get away without it.

As far as staying power…I am still undecided on this one. It’s by no means my longest wearing foundation. After a full day of wear, my skin is definitely peeking through and those blemishes are back out on show. However, whilst this isn’t fantastic, it does wear away naturally. There’s none patchiness or caking that can occur with other products. I would say it lasts a good 4-5 hours before it needs a touch up.

So all in all, I’m going to give the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weighless Ultra Defintion Liquid Makeup a 3.5/5. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good foundation, but there’s just something about it that stops me from loving it as opposed to just liking it. It probably would have been 4 if it lasted just a little bit longer.

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If you are a fan of no-makeup foundation, then definitely give this baby a go.

Aussie gals can pick their’s up here.

What are your favourite natural-looking foundations? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

 

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