Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Transitioning into Autumn

As my favourite time of the year is rolling in I have been picking up a few different make up items to help transition my make up look to suit the season. I absolutely adore Autumn, I love the weather, the fashion- all the different layers, textures and the darker colours- and of course the make up. Everything just gets that little bit darker and a little bit more vampy. Colours that I would reserve for an occasional night out are now deemed as everyday appropriate. I think lipstick is the easiest way to change up your look for the colder months. There have been two lip products in particular that I have been reaching for the past couple of weeks as the change in seasons has begun. 

MAC Rebel- I think this is one lipstick that most people have in their collection, it is a very dark vampy plum colour. Perfect for that night out statement lip but can also be patted into the lips lightly to create a very subtle everyday berry lip look. It has a Satin finish so it leaves a lovely gloss to the lips, and feels nice and moisturising too. But I would advise to use a lip liner as things can get a bit messy and you will definitely need a mirror to apply this bad boy!

No.7 Matte Lip Crayon Raspberry Red – I love a matte lip, especially in the colder months and this new release from No.7 has been ticking all the right boxes for me. It is extremely similar in formula to the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils which you all know I love, so it’s nice to have something a little easier on the pocket to just have for everyday use. It is not at all drying on the lips, in fact it feels quite moisturising while still remaining completely matte. The shade is absolutely beautiful - a lovely raspberry that really looks well with a deep pink blusher on the cheeks, and a neutral eye. I love having this thrown in my handbag because it is perfect for just brightening up my everyday look if I feel things are getting a little dull or worse for wear.

For nails you all know I love my darker shades anyway but once the leaves start falling  I turn to the deep reds, plums and burgundies straight away. My picks this year are along the same colour thread as they are every year but I picked up some new ones recently that I wanted to share with you.

Essie Angora Cardi- This has been on my wishlist since I first discovered Essie polishes but only recently managed to get my hands on it. It is a dusky pink colour that is very neutral and non-offensive on the nails. I would call this my sophisticated colour as it looks very sleek and tidy and just makes you look that little bit more put together. The colour goes opaque in one swipe and is really long lasting on my nails. I know this will be my staple colour for the cooler months so expect to see it appear in a monthly favourites soon! 

Barry M Cocoa- This is one of Barry M's latest releases in their Gelly Hi-Shine range which you all know I am a massive fan of already. This is a beautiful rich, chocolate brown which I think it is one of those shades that would suit everybody. You do need a minimum 2 coats of this to achieve opacity but once its dry it does not budge! As with the rest of the range, this polish is amazingly shiny and glossy on the nails so it looks like you have had them professionally done.

Finally for eye make-up, this is the area of makeup where I normally play it safe and go for my everyday neutrals. But lately I have been dabbling into abit more colour and going a little more smokey for everyday. I have two eyeshadow duos which if I’m in a hurry are really easy to just grab and throw on because I know the colours will look well together and minimal effort is required.

Estee Lauder Raisins Duo- This was the eyeshadow duo to have this time last year- with good reason! The rich colours look amazing together and are so surprisingly wearable. I was always afraid of pink-toned eyeshadows before I got this, because I thought they would make me look sick or that I have an eye infection, but I reached for this so much last year and got so much wear out of it. The quality of Estee Lauder eyeshadows are beautiful, they are really pigmented and very easy to work with. I would definitely recommend you check them out!

MAC Cranberry & Twinks- I couldn't really talk about eyeshadows without talking about something from MAC. Everyone..everyone loves Cranberry for Autumn. It is a red shadow which looks absolutely terrifying in the pan but absolutely beautiful when applied with a darker shade in the crease- enter Twinks, a darker plum shade. I love wearing Cranberry all over my lid with Twinks blended into my crease. The two complement each other perfectly. While they may not be perfect for an everyday eye look it's definitely nice for an evening out with a little bit of winged liner!  

Do let me know what your favourite products for Autumn are and I'll be sure to check them out! 


  1. MAC Rebel is gorgeous! I am so excited to update my make-up for Autumn, love the vampy dark make-up :) x

  2. Ahh all of your picks are just beautiful, I really want the Estee Lauder Raisins Duo, I know what you mean about being afraid of pink toned eyeshadows, but I've tried some lately and have been loving them! Fab post lovely!

    Chloe x

    Chloe's Way

  3. MAC Rebel is gorgeous, I need to get my hands on a MAC lippy! xx

  4. I love everything that you picked out, especially the No.7 Raspberry Red Lip Crayon x


  5. Yay for autumn!!!!! Nice post :)