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Sticking with all things Autumn, I wanted to share my favorite lipsticks to wear during the season. I’ve just started to get into the deeper purple colors, but admittedly pinks and reds are still my favorite shades to wear. I still don’t know if the darker colors suit me. Either way, it’s autumn now, a season of change and a season of trying new things! Embracing this change I’ve included a dark color in my favorite lipsticks for fall.

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From left to right: e.l.f. matte lip pencil in Berry Sorbet, Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in 08, e.l.f. moisturizing lipstick in Ravishing Rose, Sephora Luster Matte in Fig Luster, and Nyx liquid suede in Vintage. 
  1. img_2577The e.l.f. matte lip pencil in Berry Sorbet wears brighter than it appears in the tube, but it’s still a beautiful berry toned pink. The formula is nice and pigmented and doesn’t appear patchy when applied to the lips. It’s comfortable, non drying, and lasts all day!
  2. img_2583I’ve talked about Rimmel’s lasting finish lipstick in the shade 08 a ton on my blog, as it’s easily in my top 5 favorite lipsticks. It’s such a natural color that pulls any makeup look together. The color lasts all day, feels comfortable on the lips, and incredibly moisturizing.
  3. img_2617Another great color for fall is e.l.f.’s moisturizing lipstick in the shade Ravishing Rose. It’s a deep rose / mauve color, and I feel like it’s another one that really pulls a look together. It looks great paired with a copper eye look, like in the picture above!
  4. img_2608I featured this Sephora luster matte lipstick in my September favorites post last week, and for good reason! It’s such a unique twist on your typical deep berry shades for fall, as this is quite a grey toned purple. Grey sounds scary when you’re talking about it in terms of lips but the color really is flattering and is a bit more subtle than those darker shades. Again, it’s another comfortable shade that is surprisingly non-drying for a matte color.
  5. img_2597Lastly, I had to include a deep shade into the mix for the sake of all things Autumn. This is the NYX liquid suede in the shade Vintage. This lipstick definitely takes some time and work to get it to appear opaque and clean on the lips, but once you get it there it looks fantastic! I did a makeup look using this lipstick if you’d like some more inspiration as to how to wear a dark lip.

Let me know what your favorite lipsticks to wear in the fall are!

Thanks for reading,

XoXo

Audrey

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I know I know, technically there’s still 8 days of summer left, and yeah, it was 80 degrees in my town today, but I can feel Autumn coming around the corner. I popped in to Bath and Body Works and bought some Autumn scented candles and I’ve been drinking more tea (I tend to prefer tea to coffee in the cooler months). I so desperately want the temperature to drop so I can wear sweaters and scarves and not over heat on the walk from my house to my car. I also love playing with makeup looks for the fall. I purchased the NYX Liquid Suede in Vintage a couple of weeks ago and was inspired to do a look with this lipstick as the main focus.

This look requires a lot of products and time, so it certainly isn’t good for every day, but I love it so much! I’ll definitely be doing this look again if I have an event to go to, or even just a night out with friends.

I’ve never done this type of blog post before, so bare with me. My light also kept changing as I was taking pictures of the steps so hopefully things don’t look too awful. To find out how I got the look above, keep on reading!

  1. I started by priming my face with Benefits the Porefessional primer and then putting their Porefessional Matte Rescue on top of it. Once that dried I used my Maybelline Fit Me foundation in the shade 115 Ivory.

2. I then used my two favorite concealers; I used Rimmel’s match perfection in the shade 125 under my eyes and then I used Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer in the shade 1o Light on my chin, nose, and spots. After blending the concealer with my beauty blender I used the Coty Airspun loose face powder, and the Ulta mineral setting powder to set my foundation and concealer.

3. I then used the bronzer from the Lorac Pink Champagne palette to lightly contour my cheeks. The lipstick for this look is such a dark color that I wanted to keep everything else on the more natural side. I lightly applied a Sephora blush in the shade Rose Glow to achieve that natural flush before topping it with the L’Oreal Lumi Illuminator in the shade Rose.

4. Before doing my eyebrows I applied the Wet n Wild Photofucus eyeshadow primer. While that was drying I used the e.l.f. eyebrow kit in medium to define my brows. I then set them with the Ulta brow gel. I always think I look so funny at this stage in my makeup. My brows are so bold and there’s no eye makeup to balance it out!

5. Now for the eyeshadow! I used shadows exclusively from my Tartelette in bloom palette to achieve this look. I first applied Charmer all over the lids as a base before applying Jetsetter to the crease. After blending out the crease I applied Activist to the outer corners and blended that color out. I then went in and applied Charmer to the lids again to make sure they really popped. I finished the eyeshadow off by applying Funny Girl all over the lids. img_2317

6. I like to use setting spray before I apply mascara as it tends to make some mascaras run, ruining the makeup I’ve spent so much time on! The one I’ve been using for a while now is NYX’s matte finish setting spray. img_2320

7. I used the Maybelline Lash Stiletto to apply a thin line of liner before going in with my favorite mascara, Covergirl’s Super Sizer.

8. The last step is to apply the lipstick! I lined my lips with an Ulta lipliner in the shade My Berry before applying two coats of the NYX Liquid Suede.

And that’s the finished look! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

XoXo,

Audrey

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I have to admit, I’m one of those people that hates getting rid of makeup unless it’s completely empty. I think part of me likes the thought of a large makeup collection, even if that means part of my collection consists of old, dried up products. I hate seeing my hard earned money go in the trash, however I can’t keep products forever. I finally decided to go through and get rid of any makeup I didn’t like or that was past it’s prime.

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  • Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
  • Rimmel BB Cream in light/medium (This was really bad. It was oily and patchy and didn’t make my skin look nice at all.)
  • Collection Illuminating Touch foundation in porcelain. I bought this in England and really loved it, however the foundation darkened before I could use it all

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So. Many. Mascaras. And I still have four in my collection that I love and use regularly. All of these have dried up which breaks my heart considering four of them are high-end. I really didn’t like the waterproof formula of the Maybelline Falsies mascara as it was so hard to get off. However I love the regular, non waterproof formula a lot.

  • Clinique high impact mascara
  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara
  • Makeup Forever mascara
  • Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express waterproof mascara

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These two Clinique eyeshadow pallets were two of the first makeup bits I owned. I started wearing makeup when I was 14 or 15 and now I’m 21. It’s embarrassing how long I’ve kept these, but they have a bit of sentimental value for me. However I never reach for these and it’s time for them to go.

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The Starlooks eyeliner was really nice, it’s just dried up at this point. I really don’t like the elf lipstick in the shade Party in the Buff. All their other moisturizing lipsticks are lovely, but this shade was patchy and weird on my lips. The collection concealer is old and almost gone, but I wish I didn’t have to get rid of this one. You can’t buy Collection cosmetics in the U.S. and I really loved this concealer. I can’t remember when I bought the Rimmel eyebrow pencil and that alone is why I’m getting rid of it. It’s old and not even the right shade.

If you’d like a full review of any of these products let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey

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Happy national lipstick everyone! In honor of the holiday I decided to post my top 5 favorite lipsticks that I currently own. Out of any one type of beauty product I definitely own the most lipsticks, so it was hard to choose my favorites. I think I managed alright though.

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NYX soft matte lip cream in Istanbul.

I wrote up a blog post about these lip creams not too long ago so I won’t talk about Istanbul for long. It’s simply the perfect shade of pink for me and it lasts a long time while still feeling comfortable on the lips.

Rimmel Kate Moss in 08

This lipstick is so creamy, opaque, and comfortable to wear. The color is a really nice mauvey nude shade that will be nice for the fall and winter months. However I have been wearing it in the summer as it’s just such a pretty shade.

BITE BEAUTY matte creme lip crayon in Tatin

BITE BEAUTY is a vegan makeup line that you can find at Sephora. This lipstick is the one and only product I own from the company but I really like it. Tatin is a bright coral color that goes great with a tan. I like how thin the product is, as it’s easy to line and then fill in the lips. This is another really creamy formula as well.

Lipstick Queen lipstick in Frog Prince

This is hands down the coolest lipstick I own. It was given to me as a Christmas present from my boyfriend, and before then I had never heard of the brand or this type of lipstick. Looking at the product itself it appears to be green, however when you apply it to your lips the formula works with your natural PH to change to the perfect shade of pink. On me it’s quite a rosy, your lips but better color that is extremely flattering. I also like that it leaves a bit of a stain so even when it feels like the lipstick isn’t there anymore, the color is.

e.l.f. matte lip pencil in Berry Sorbet

For $3 you can’t go wrong with the e.l.f. lip pencils. Berry Sorbet is a beautiful purple shade that is perfect for the fall and winter. It’s definitely more of a brighter berry shade, but pretty none the less. It’s definitely not of the same quality as the BITE lip crayon, but the shade is nice and the lipstick lasts a while on the lips. Plus it’s a great bargain!

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The Lipstick Queen lipstick did not translate well to my skin. That’s not the color that appears on my lips.

What are your favorite lipsticks?

Thanks for reading!

XoXo

Audrey

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I was going through all of my various products recently and realized that I had a lot of empties hanging around. I wanted to write this post up so that I could get rid of them and make space for new products to try out! On that note, let’s get into what I thought about all of these products!

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I was not a fan of the Batiste dry shampoo, and this was actually my second bottle of it. I have very thin, fine hair (it’s slowly getting thicker and back to the way it used to be when I was 15!), and this just seemed to make it worse. I would apply this at night, like I had seen so many beauty blogs suggest doing for us thin haired girls, and when I woke up in the morning my hair was awful. It felt heavy and piecey, and almost like it moved in one giant mass. It was not light weight, nor did it have that volume and bounce that’s so desired. I’ve since moved on the the Herbal Essences dry shampoo and I like it a lot more.

I’ve just about finished up the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo, although there is still a bit left in the can. I don’t think I’ll be finishing it though. This product pretty much felt the same in my hair as the Batiste one did, all while leaving a lovely white residue. Nice.

The got 2b waving spray was just okay. I think the mist is too heavy, so you just end up with crunchy bits of salt in your hair, which is not a cute look. This is the first salt spray I had ever purchased, and it actually deterred me from buying another one for a while because I didn’t like how my hair looked after using it. I thought that was the look all salt sprays would give my hair. However, I have since purchased the Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray and I’ve had much better luck with it.

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I used up three Simple products recently, none of which I have repurchased. However! That doesn’t mean I hated them, I just really like trying new things. I’ll probably go back to each one of these at some point in my life.

The micellar water is lovely. It left my skin feeling so clean and soft without being harsh on my face. I used this in the morning as a gentler way of refreshing my skin after sleeping all night. At $10, this is a bit more expensive than some other micellar waters, and that’s what made me try something else in the end. On a college graduates budget I have to be picky about what I spend my money on!

I can’t even count how many bottles of the Simple moisturizer I’ve gone through. It’s a very light formula that still feels very nourishing on the skin. I didn’t pick up a new bottle of this only because I wanted a moisturizer with SPF in it for the summer, and when I went shopping I couldn’t find the Simples SPF moisturizer. I’ll definitely purchase this again come Autumn.

The Simple toner was really nice as well. I think it did a great job at evening out my skin tone, as I have quite red cheeks most of the time. However, towards the end of this bottle my skin started to break out a lot, so I went searching for something that was a little more aggressive towards acne and oily skin. If you’re looking for a gentle toner, however, I would definitely give this a go.

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I recently featured the St. Ives Even & Bright face wash in a favorites post, so I won’t go on about it for too long. I will say though, I have already purchased and started using another bottle. It really does even out my skin tone and help with my acne. You really have to spend time washing this stuff off though, as I’ve found that the exfoliants tend to stick to my skin really well. Sometimes I’ll dry my face and find that there are still some sandy feeling bits on my skin.

Lastly, the elf makeup mist & set setting spray was featured in an elf favorites post a few months ago. Since then, however, I’ve fallen out of love with it. It does what it’s meant to do, which is keep my skin matte, but it’s simply an okay product. The mist is quite heavy (as my mom pointed out and made me realize once she tried it) and takes a bit to dry. This was the first setting spray I had tried so I didn’t have anything else to compare it to. Since using this up I’ve purchased the NYX setting spray and have been really enjoying it. The elf spray is only $6, though, so it’s worth a try for that little amount of money.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey.