Its October, can you believe it? Where on earth did September go?

Autumn is here. The leaves have turned orange, there’s a slight crispness to the mornings that I’ve very much missed and I’m already obsessed with all the cosy nights in.

Although September flashed by in what seemed like a round about 0.5 seconds (slight exaggeration but I bet you feel me), there were a lot of new things that I discovered which are now some of my new in favourites that I can’t seem to get enough of. I always know when something is going to be a long term favourite when I use it every single day without fail, and feel like I have failed if I haven’t used it. You get me?

I’m still going minimal on the makeup, I’m just finding it easier to do so, but there’s been a few new in skincare bits as well as many autumnal things so let’s jump in.

I can’t really start off the list without mentioning my new love, my new companion that I can’t go a day without. The (soy) Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks, where have I been? Why have I not tried this before? This little cup of heaven is literally me in a drink, it couldn’t be anymore spot on if it tried. Its blend of milk with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and all that autumnal goodness is what I call perfection.

Really, I wish this last years September favourite or even the year before that (if they’ve been going that long) because I wish it had been in my life for longer. Ever since I tried one couple of weeks back, I can’t go into Starbucks without getting one. Yes, I may have wept a little when the barista told me the other day that they had run out of try. Honestly, its true love.

Now that October is here and the summers sunshine has said goodbye until next year, I can’t help but do everything humanely possible to keep my tan. Sad, I know. But there’s nothing I love more than feeling glowy without having to apply much makeup. After my trip to the Dominican Republic I immediately got my last years fave moisturiser out the cupboard, the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Spray Moisturiser. Whether you want to keep your glow or simply love easy to use skincare, then this is a go to.

Not only is this formula super fast drying, it literally dries in under 30 seconds, its incredibly hydrating and smells like a dream. For some reason, this stuff works better at keeping a tan than after sun does and it doesn’t break the bank so I’m all about it. I like to use this everyday after showering to at least attempt to keep a glow alive.

How can one transition into autumn and not mention candles? Because I can’t.

The past few weeks I have admittedly been hunting down all the autumnal candles and I’ve found a good few bargains in Sainsburys and TK Maxx. I must say, Sainsburys have good the warming scents down to a T, my favourite being the Spiced Pumpkin & Chestnut one. I’m one of those who attempt to restrain from lighting a candle as I hate ruining its pristine flat surface and clean wick, but I couldn’t hold back from this. I got it straight home and filled my house with the scent and now I’m probably going to head out later today and get some more. I’m in love and its also really getting me in the autumnal mood.

Of course now that its time to change up your autumn wardrobe I’ve been all over purchasing some new bits. There are so many high street stores with beautiful autumnal clothes in at the minute and I’ve been obsessing over jumper dresses and over the knee boots to go with it. Jumper dresses are so snuggly and warm whilst looking chic and well put together at the same time. You can read my post here all about how I wear them, why I love them and how I like to style them.

I have to admit, the boot obsession may be becoming an issue. I lived in flip flops throughout the summer so now that I can wear boots I just want to treat myself to some nice new shoes. I don’t have the biggest wardrobe space either so if I continue to buy new shoes, no more are gonna fit so it’s been a task trying to find staple boots to fit with many different outfits.

I excuse my obsession with the fact that a good pair of shoes can jazz up any outfit. A pair of over the knee boots can be worn with a jumper dress, a skirt, jeans or whatever you fancy, so that’s my reason (excuse) to treat myself to them.

What did you love in September?

Megan ♥

 

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Autumn is finally upon us, and you know what that means… The fall lipsticks are making a come back. Every year I have a select few that I wear to death, but this year I’m trying out more and more and have come across some shades that have Autumn written all over them. I’ve got it covered from dark berry reds to pinks and nudes, including both drugstore brands and some luxury picks. Yes, I’ve got it all going on this season.

The Berry Shades

 

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If you’re a lover of a dark red lip, every lip pick here will take your fancy. First, we have a classic MAC lipstick in the shade Diva. This is one everyone turns to for a dark berry matte lip as it is the most gorgeous shade, and suits fair to dark skin. If you love this shade but want a drugstore dupe then the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen is the one. It’s the exact same in colour and finish, just the NYX formula is a little more hydrating. For a less intense and brighter cherry shade, the Avon Matte Lipstick in Wild Cherry is perfect. I find this the most wearable, and is a simply stunning cherry shade. These matte lipsticks from Avon are very comfortable and long-lasting, a very similar finish to MAC matte lipsticks.
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L-R: MAC Diva, NYX Copenhagen, Avon Wild Cherry
The Pinks
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 Lately I’ve been all about pink lipsticks and it was very hard to whittle down my favourites. One that I’ve been wearing a lot of is Kathryn by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a matte liquid lipstick in a brown/berry finish, which ultimately mixes to be a deep mauve and is the most gorgeous shade ever. For a similar shade but a little bit more girly and pink is the Make Up Forever Artist Rouge in the shade M102, a little brighter and less matte than Kathryn. If you’re into plum buy generic ventolin shades then this would be for you, is has beautiful warm plum undertones with a super
comfortable and long lasting matte finish. For something a little more luxury and so worth it is the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in no.40. This is a classic deep pink that is very classy and wearable with a super soft matte velvet finish.
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L-R: MUFE M102, ABH Kathryn, Chanel 40

The Nudey Browns
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 You can never go wrong with a nude or brown, right? This was probably the hardest category, just because nudes are worn all year round, but I did it and found 3 that I find most Fall appropriate. If you love brown shades AND liquid lipsticks like me, then these two are going to be for you. Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte in Iced Mocha and Colour Pop’s Ultra Matte Lip in Chi are two I must say are so truly stunning. Iced Mocha is a true brown shade with cool undertones, however is actually very easy to wear. Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Mattes are very similar in finish to Colour Pop, as they are both extremely matte but hydrating and soft all at the same time. Chi from Colour Pop is a cool-toned nude beige, a little less intense than Iced Mocha and is very opaque. One that crosses categories but is more brown than rose is Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose. This is a true rose-brown shade that suits any skin tone. It’s lightweight formula is so smooth and its colour rich and buildable – so beautiful for this time of year!
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L-R: Gerard Cosmetics Iced Mocha, Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, Colour Pop Chi
There you have it, my 9 autumn lip picks that I’m loving and hope you do. I must say my absolute favourites at the moment are the liquid lipsticks as I find them all so easy to wear, all more hydrating than you might have imagined.
What Autumnal shades are your favourite this year?
Megan ??
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