Berry Reds for Autumn

There's something very refreshing about the onset of Autumn. Don't get me wrong summer is the BEST time of year but I embrace change and all that it brings. In terms of lip shades the most obvious choice is the Berry tones, something a little warmer to match the change in leaves. I have spent most of the summer wearing super-bright pinks and neon oranges and am a huge fan of bright lips but after a while it's great to change things up a little. Here are a selection of some of my favourites. 

From the top in the image below the first shade that I love for it's depth and pay off is Lipstick Queen Lip Pencil in Cupid's Bow. This is a vamp-like dark red with a purple hue that has a vintage feel reminiscent of the 20's. Next up is 3ina Chubby Lipstick in 101. This is more or a true red that exudes glamour. The 3ina chubby sticks are so comfortable to wear, have a matte finish and last forever. I personally would feel fine wearing this shade during the day but if you prefer a softer look then use it as a stain. The next product is Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Passion - if you prefer a sponge applicator then this is it. It's definitely an evening shade in my opinion that exudes old Hollywood glamour. In contrast and in the organic category is Burts Bees Lip Crayon in Redwood Forest. These new crayons feel ultra light on your lips and have a clean, minty taste like the tints. Last is Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in number 14. If you prefer more of a softer pink shade then this is it and it's not as perfumed as other brands but feels very hydrating. Let me know what you think and if you're thinking about changing your lip shade this Autumn.

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Topshop Make up

This week I've been having a play with the Topshop Make up range. A perk of the job is being given lots of great make up to try and what I like about this brand is the colour pay off and fun packaging. Everything I used rivalled that of a premium make up brand. I especially like the idea of the Everything Stick which was designed by Topshop Make up artist Hannah Murray as she often uses lipsticks as blushers and vice-versa. The Everything Stick is a versatile 3-in-1 stick that can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. I used a shade called Tenacious which is a soft peachy, ochre shade with a 90's feel. It was easy to blend and handy to throw in a bag. The Smoke Stick in Fool's Gold is a bronze shade that works well for day or night and delivers a pretty fool-proof smoky eye with a touch of blending. The Kohl is very popular with beauty editors alike as it's super-black and waxy - what we all love. Matte Lip Bullet in Boy Racer is a vibrant red that's very dense and brightens up many a tired pallor. I used it as a stain during the day and blurred the edges with my finger but you could take a little longer and apply with a brush for an evening look which is certainly worth the effort. For a chunky lashed look I'd recommend the False Lash Intense Mascara which lasted all day and again is blacker than black.

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