Monday, 2 September 2013

Autumn lips


I know what you're thinking. Where the hell is the picture of the lipsticks?! Gah! Well, having to take all my photos with an IPhone 5 means I'm constantly struggling to find good enough lighting and I cannot for the life of me get a clear, crisp image of the lipsticks themselves lined neatly in the row I carefully positioned them in *shakes fist at the iphone gods* If I do happen to take a blog worthy picture this arvo i'll be sure to pop it on the blog asap!

It's September! Autumn is finally on its way and I for one am welcoming it with open arms! I love everything about Autumn and Winter, from the colder weather, candlelit evenings and numerous opportunities for celebrating (my birthday, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Yule, Christmas, New Year) to the snug jim jams and warm winter coats. I'm an Autumn gal through and through and am actually very happy to wave goodbye to summer, as lovely as it was! 

My love for all things Autumnal extends to makeup and beauty, of course, and yesterday I had a rummage through my makeup collection and gathered together my favourite Autumnal lip products. Reds, berries and grapes... I can't resist a strong lip during the colder months! Here are my faves, left to right.

1 ~ Bourjois Rouge Edition 04 Rose Tweed (£7.99)

This is my current favourite nude, as it's not too brown nor too pink and it has a depth to it that other nudes sometimes lack. The formula is super creamy and comfortable on the lips, and the lasting power is pretty good too at around three-four hours minus eating/drinking. The only slight bug bear I have is the shape of the lipstick bullet, as it's quite large and 'flat' on one side, making it difficult to apply neatly to my small-ish lips! I tend to turn it upside down and use the underside to line my lips before slicking it on that way, which works really well. 

2 ~ Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate 05 (£5.49)

I really like Kate's capsule collection, although the scent of these lippies is really, REALLY strong. Sort of a sweet herbal smell, I find it a little overwhelming but don't notice it too much once applied, thankfully. 05 is a gorgeous light berry colour with pink tones and it makes a brilliant transitional shade as the weather starts to get colder. Easy to apply and long lasting, I've been reaching for this throughout the summer and know I'll continue to do so as an everyday lipstick now it's September. 

3 ~ Revlon Lip Butter Berry Smoothie (£7.99)

I'm a bit of a Lip Butter fanatic, it has to be said. I love the smooth texture and glossy finish of Berry Smoothie and the slight silver toned shimmer running throughout. This instantly brightens up my face and completes my look, and it works for both daytime and nighttime. As you can see, this bullet has been well used! A firm favourite. 

4 ~ Soap & Glory Lipstick Man Trap (£9)

I find shopping for red lipstick quite tricky as I'm very pale and some shades can look really stark and strange on me! But this little beauty is a wearable muted red with slight yellow undertones that looks very polished and neat when applied. It smells exactly like MAC lipstick. As in, EXACTLY the same, which is brilliant as I love MAC's sweet vanilla scent! The formula feels very high quality. Moisturising and not all drying, this is one I reach for as an evening lippie, although it would be perfectly suited to daytime as well. 

5 ~ MAC Matte Lipstick Russian Red (£15)

My holy grail red! This is hands down the greatest red I have ever used. It has blue undertones, meaning my teeth look instantly three shades whiter, and it really suits my pale skin tone. Even though it's quite a bright, daring shade it doesn't look at all overwhelming once on, and the matte finish ensures it looks classic and timeless. Plus, it doesn't budge once applied, which is what I always worry about when wearing a strong lip! I pair this with MAC lipliner in Brick and they're a great team. Russian Red is my partner in crime for various winter festivities; I predict it will be making a regular appearance over the next few months!

6 ~ Estee Lauder Pure Color 36 Cherry Fever (Shimmer) (£18 full size, not sure if this shade was limited edition)

I got this last Christmas as part of an amazing Estee Lauder Christmas gift set and it's a lovely berry with gold shimmer running throughout. Perfect for the festive season! Texture wise it's extremely moisturising and not too sticky (come on, all lipglosses are sort of sticky! But this one is a smooth sort of sticky rather than glue-y sticky!) It has a lovely fruity scent and gives a gorgeous wash of berry colour. 

7 ~ Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 'Plum Jam' (£8)

Soap & Glory's Gloss Sticks are the best lip crayons on the market, in my humble opinion! They have a really glossy finish and feel so moisturising and comfortable, and the colour range is impressive. Plum Jam is my favourite for Autumn as it's a beautiful plum red gloss that's actually a little brighter than how it appears in the bullet. It smells so vanilla-y which I love and for a gloss it has really good lasting power. I put it through a burger and chips lunch yesterday and while it did fade it didn't disappear completely! This is another product that really helps brighten my complexion and sets off my pale skin perfectly. 

8 ~ Topshop Lips Beguiled (£8)

This is the only really dark, 'vampy' lipstick in my collection. Beguiled is a beautiful and very striking red wine colour. I'm a little shy with my makeup; it took me until last year to finally rock a strong red lip! So I've been quite cautious about wearing Beguiled, and yet when I do I always really like how intense it looks. I'm definitely going to make an effort to wear deeper shades like this throughout Autumn and Winter, and I've got my eye on MAC's Rebel as my next purchase! 

What are your favourite lip products for Autumn/Winter? Do you switch up your makeup depending on season or do you rock the same shades all year around? I'd love to hear what you think!

Baci e abbracci,
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20 comments :

  1. I first read the first paragraph and got really confused...."aren't the pictures right there?" And then I realized. Haha! As a lipstick newbie, I'm always looking forward to new lipstick recommendations, so your post came just in time!
    The Rimmel and bourjois lipsticks look amazing! I've been eyeing up Russian Red for a while now, but I'm just not sure if I can pull off a bright red! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. Haha, alas I'm still missing one photo! Maybe ease yourself into the reds with something a little less bold like the Rimmel and then gradually get brighter! I was nervous about Russian Red but I absolutely love it, it always gets comments when I brave wearing it!xx

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  2. Hi :)

    Oh my god, the last vamp Top shop one is for me!! The color is amazing and I heard good things about TOP sHOP lipsticks!!

    xx
    Lexie B.

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    1. I love the quality of Topshop lipsticks, I'd definitely recommend! Beguiled is such an awesome colour!xx

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  3. You may have gathered by now from my blog that I love a lipstick! This is a lovely selection, the Rimmel lasting finish is a gorgeous colour.

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xxx

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    1. Haha, you can never have too many lipsticks! I'm really impressed with the quality of Rimmel, lots of lovely shades available too xx

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  4. I love Autumn lips, I love the dark berries and plums. I love the look of Topshop Beguiled, will need to check that one out. I really recommend MAC's Rebel, it's a gorgeous vampy colour but it's still really wearable.

    - Rhi | Beauty Bucket List

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    1. I'm so excited to try Rebel, keep seeing lots of lovely swatches of it! Let me know how you get on with Beguiled!xx

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  5. Ouuu! I absolutely love the Topshop Beguiled Lipstick! I might get this one myself!

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it? Very striking!xx

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  6. Love every single one of these shades - especially Russian Red!
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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    1. It's my absolute favourite, whenever I wear it people ask what make it is, it's so gorgeous!xx

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  7. The last shade is gorgeous! I have a lipstick just like that, and I'll be wearing it a lot this season!

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    1. It's fab for Autumn isn't it? I love wearing darker, richer colours as it gets colder!xx

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    1. It's my favourite, such wearable vibrant red!xx

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  9. I LOVE the look of beguiled, but I'm just not brave enough to wear such a bold colour! I am on the look out ofr a few more berry-tones lipsticks for autumn/winter though :) xx

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  10. Russian Red & Topshop Lips Beguiled are my favourite colours they look like perfect Autumn / Winter shades.

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