3 Autumn Lipsticks for under £7

It’s been a while, two weeks tomorrow to be exact but I am back. I have had my surgery and other then coming out with Rosacea all over my body I am now feeling back to normal.

Today’s post is going to be a quick round up of the top three lipsticks I have been using throughout the Autumn period. Each one has a more comfortable price point of under £7.00 and work like a dream.

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NYX Soft Mate Lip Cream £6.00 (8ml)

The soft matte lip creams have been one of my latest purchases’, I have never used a Nyx lip product before and I am impressed.

The shade I have been using the most is Stockholm, it’s a lovely pink based nude that compliments my fair skin well. I often have trouble with more brown/cream based nudes as they can be to harsh on my paler complexion or wash out my lips completely. I need something with a slight pink in to add some warmth and Stockholm does this perfectly.

I am really enjoying the formula with these soft mattes. It is a little creamier then other liquid lips I’ve used and applies as soft and smoothly as a traditional lipstick. From me this lip cream dries down but does not dry completely, which has been great during the Autumn weather as a full matte would ruin the condition of my lips.

Nyx soft matte lip cream Stockholm

I chose this particular colour as, during Autumn I do like to be a bit braver with the darker colours eye shadow wise and I like to balance the look with a more nude lip.

Overall I would give these a big recommendation Their shade range is large so there is something to suit everyone, they have a good price point for the size of product and during the colder months I am enjoying having a liquid lip effect without my lips becoming overly dry.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate £5.49

I bought this when I did my guest post over on Kate Day’s A Week. I needed something that fitted into my full face of make up for under £30 challenge and since then I have not stopped using it.

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The shade I have is number 30 (light purple/plum shade) and it is fantastic for the Autumn to Winter period. It’s a bold shade so I go a bit less on the eyes and let the lips be the focus point but it is very wearable for both day and night.

I have recently been buying more high street make up in a effort to be frugal and the Rimmel long lasting lipsticks have surprised me. They have great staying power and I often only reapply once a day. They apply really well and have good pigmentation so you don’t have to keep building the colour.

Hint: I use a liner for the more bold colours in the range as they do bleed slightly so the liner helps keeps this under control.

Since using the Rimmel lasting lipstick for my Make up Challenge I have actually purchased a few more shades from the range due to how well they work. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational £6.99

The colour sensational from Maybelline has such a high volume of shades available within the range and it is easy to see why they stuck with this formula. These lipsticks glide on so softly and effortlessly it is hard to make a mistake with them.

The formula is lovely and soft and the texture is more like a lip balm then a lipstick, yet they have an amazing colour pay off. Throughout the Autumn these have become my go to as they feel a lot more moisturising for my lips in the colder months.

Maybelline color sensational stellar pink

The shade I have been using the most is Stellar Pink which is a pink/mauve with a frosted effect. Granted the frosted effect is not for everyone but it is quite subtle and resembles a top coat of gloss more then a metallic lip. I have been using this shade when I have created a strong eye look but don’t want to use a basic nude.

I have quite a few of the colour sensational and when looking for a more affordable lipstick I would always gravitate towards using these as they are good quality for the price.

Do you have any Autumn Lipsticks you couldn’t live without? Have you altered your lipstick due to the weather? I’m trying to use less matte liquid lips as they are really messing with my lips condition in this cold. Let me know in the comments section down below and we can all start discussing.

Next post will be Friday. Wishing everyone a good week.

Kate x

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The Ordinary: Product Review

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I have never used any of The Ordinary products but always seen and heard so many good things from people using them. It was about time I took matters into my own hands and bought some of the skin care products everyone is talking about.  Here’s a look at everything I bought in my shopping spree, including the pro’s, con’s and how they have worked with my skin.

The Ordinary

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.75)

This must be one of their most popular products as when I added to cart I was only allowed to purchase the one. One will last quite a while as it is a toner that is used in the evening only and the bottle is a hefty 240ml so your getting a lot.

The product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) so you skin will be more sensitive to the sun so an SPF is a must after use. 

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The toner claims to help with texture to the skin and encourage a more radiant look. I have been using every night for at least four weeks and have started to notice some changes to the side of my cheeks (where I have the most texture) and chin. I do believe it has helped to get my skin to the healthier condition it is in right now.

This does tingle slightly when applied but for me did not become irritating or cause any redness.

Buffet (£12.50)

The peptides, amino and hyaluronic acids anti- ageing treatment (or we could just say Buffet serum) can be used in both the AM & PM, the £12.50 is for a not so big 30ml.

It claims to have anti – ageing effects, targeting fine lines and wrinkles. I do feel it has done this through usage, I have noticed a significant improvement in the lines around my eye area. They look and feel much tighter whilst the fine lines have almost disappeared. Buffet serum has been my favourite product to use and see results out of my whole The Ordinary haul.

One problem I do have is the size. Luckily I also bought a PM serum so I have only used Buffet for the day but I am already nearing the end of the bottle so if I were to use twice a day I would have been out within two/ three weeks.

The Ordinary

Argireline Solution 10% (£5.50)

This is 30ml and I have been using Argireline Solution as my night time serum. As with Buffet it tackles fine lines around the forehead and eye area. Honestly these two serums combined in my skincare routine have really helped improve the over all appearance of my skin.

I use this as a night serum rather then Buffet as it is water based and in the evening I like to use a thicker moisturiser so a water based serum works better for me. You are able to use this in both the day or night and the £5.50 is a lot more reasonable for the 30ml as again if your using twice a day it will not have many uses.

Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA (£6.75)

The Ordinary

I have really enjoyed using this moisturiser, I bought the bigger 100ml as I knew I would use it and I am so glad I did. There are no claims to massively improvement of the skin it is just a straight up really effective moisturiser.

The formula is quite thick, only a little is needed to cover the whole face. It absorbs into the skin really well considering it’s thick consistency, once dried down it feels like your face has a protective shield from the elements. My skin was still able to breathe and didn’t feel suffocated but there is definitely a barrier the cream created to protect the skin underneath.

This will be one of the products on my re-purchase list as I have just found it such a good moisturiser.

High Adherence Silicone Primer (£4.00)

The Ordinary

I’m not going to go into loads of detail as I have only used this three times so far, but each time has been a success. I often use a silicone based primer as they help blur my larger pores and even out any texture to my skin. The Ordinary Primer has done just that and for £4.00 it is amazing value.

Retinol 0.5% (£4.95)

The Ordinary

There is one in ever haul isn’t there. I’m in no means saying this doesn’t work with helping reduce fine lines and wrinkle but I don’t think my skin was ready for it.

Retinol can cause irritation and redness to the skin when you first start using which is why you start with such a low dosage and slowly build the percentage up when your skin feels ready for it.

The problems I had was it irritated my skin so badly when applied. It does not sting but it itched and caused my face to go slightly red. I persevered for about two weeks but started to get breakouts due to the irritation and so stopped.

I haven’t tried this long enough to say whether it’s a hit or a miss, it just doesn’t work for my skin.

Well that is everything I got when shopping The Ordinary products. I hope you have enjoyed reading and found some products interesting. Comment down below if you have used any mentioned or if you have used other Ordinary products I could try. I’m really interested in their coverage foundation so let me know if you’ve used.

I am currently having surgery like … right now!! so I’m unsure how tomorrow will go post wise.

Kate x

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Choosing one shade from my favourite palette’s: A bit of a challenge

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One shade from each Palette Challenge

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A couple of weeks ago @catisbored (from the fabulous KateDaysAWeek) sent me a link to Smokey Glow‘s Youtube channel in which she takes a few of her favourite palette’s and chooses just one shade from each as her ultimate shadow. This was so fun to watch it got me thinking about my own collection and what I would choose as my favourites, so today (day 9 of blogtober) I am going to do just that.

This has actually been a lot harder then I originally thought it would be. From one self confessed make up addict to another, my number of palette’s owned is beyond normal so I am going to narrow it down by picking from my top four most used palettes. Prepare yourself for quite a few shimmer shades as I love these for completing an eye look.

The Jaclyn Hill Palette (£37.00)

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

I had to pick one from here as it is the palette I use the most. The shadows are great quality, it is my favourite palette I have and picking one shade has been a challenge.

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I have chosen Diva as the shade I couldn’t live without as it is unlike anything else I have used before. To look at, in the pan it is a silver colour but once applied it has an almost green sparkle. It adds so much more to a look then just being a plain silver shimmer as it has such lovely reflective elements. If you use this really lightly it can tone the shimmer down and leaves a lovely light silver/grey.

BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil (£20.00)

BH Cosmetics: Take Me Back To Brazil

This is one of the latest palettes I’ve bought and I have really been enjoying using. As you can see the colours are so bright, you can really create something that will stand out with these shades.

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The one I have chosen as my favourite is the purple second row from bottom on the right. It is one of the only mattes I’ve chosen throughout this challenge but the shade is so opaque when applied I don’t think I’ve ever used a purple as good. I find the colour pay off in this palette is so good from a more affordable brand.

Revolution: Soph x (£10.00)

Revolution Soph x

I have been using this a lot recently as it has so many colours that fit in well with the Autumn season.

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I have chosen the shade I use most in the palette and that is peaches. As suggested in the name it is a lovely peach colour that I use as a transition shade to add a bit of dimension and warm up the crease area.

Morphe Dare To Create 39A (£34.00)

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The 39A is my go to palette for the festivities during Winter, it has so many rich colours to create something spectacular with. I love the layout and how all colour ranges are divided into sections, it makes for such easy use. The shadows are so soft and smooth they blend really well, Morphe palettes are a favourite of mine as they are good quality for the price point.

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The shade I have picked is “Tailor” a lovely aquamarine colour. It’s a blue/green mixture with some added sparkle, it is definitely something different from other colours. When used in a look it gets a lot of attention and can really accentuate the eyes.

I’d like to give Kate a big thank you for giving me the idea to join in this challenge. I’ve added all her links at the top so all beauty addicts need to check her page (she writes amazing product reviews).

Let me know your thoughts on this particular challenge, comment all your favourite palettes and shades. I love hearing what others are using and if they work well, I could always do with adding to my mountains of Make Up.

Next post is tomorrow.

Kate x

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The Beauty Book Shelf: How To Walk In High Heels

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Another entry in the Beauty Book Shelf and this one is How To Walk In High Heels: A Girl’s Guide to Everything by Camilla Morton (£8.99). It’s a little step away from the usual beauty books, being more of a lifestyle guide but I have had this for years and always go back to reading it for some motivation when I’m feeling in a bit of a rut life wise. (excuse the battered book photo but this is well loved).

How To Walk In High Heels Camilla Morton

Throughout the book Camilla answer any possible “how to” question you can think of in such a direct and funny way it’s almost like talking to a best friend. The book has such cute illustrations and you will find little snippets of advice and tips from the likes of Manolo Blanhnik, Vivienne Westwood and Gisele.

Chapters included cover: politics, climbing the career ladder, buying a house, DIY lessons, staying in credit and most importantly How to walk in high heels. From each section Camilla offers a brief history about the topic with some strategies and plans to accomplish the matter.

It is written in such an informative way and you can really learn something from the advise she gives. I now have an idea of how to bleed a radiator if I was ever to need to. I also gained some success in my wallpapering skills after applying some of the tips suggested.

If you are looking for a really fun, care free read that you don’t have to concentrate on, or even a book just to use for lifestyle reference this is a good option. I have loved this for years and it has a firm place on my beauty book shelf.

Camilla also has a follow up book A Girl For All Seasons (£3.99 kindle addition) which follows along the same line as the first but is sectioned around the changes in season.

A Girl For All Seasons: Camilla Morton

For me it would be another I recommend looking at if you like this style of book. The illustrations keep in with the first and even more of your “how to” questions are answered.  My favourites consist of, “how to blog”, “how to strike the right work/life balance” and “how to make a face mask”.

Again there are guest articles from Dita Von Teese, Christian Lacroix and Lulu Guinness (there are many more).

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At the beginning of each month Camilla gives a little history lesson on a powerful, interdependent women that you can muse over and at the end she includes a ‘foot note’ (a style of shoe which is then described and explained to how it became about). Honestly it is so interesting, there is always a section to learn from.

I have loved both of these books for so long and couldn’t help but add them to my Beauty Book Shelf (both have beauty elements to them).

Let me know if you have read these and enjoyed or even if they are not really your style of book. Are there any other lifestyle books I could take a look at? Which one’s have become your ‘life bible’?  I’ve seen the new Zoella one so if anyone has had the chance to give that a read, comment below as I’d love to hear some opinions.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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Preparing For Surgery

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There has been a change in my schedule for Blogtober as I have recently got the call to say my date for surgery is ready and it’s NEXT WEDNESDAY!! To try and not freak out I have been putting a few things in place to ready my mind for the big day, so this post is going to be a little catch up and run through of what I’ve been doing.

It turns out the few weeks notice I thought I’d have before surgery has not happened and here we are with four days. To lessen the stress and worry here are a few things I have been doing to prepare:

Know The In’s And Outs

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The first step to relaxing my mind was reading all the guidance sheets given before the operation and really knowing what I am about to go through.

Please don’t use Dr Google it will only make you worry. You can ask your hospital to send you all the information needed. 

I am now aware that the surgeon is planning keyhole surgery but if any complications arise it will then be the alternative (thank god I will be asleep). Recovery from keyhole is allowed to be done at home although if the alternative happens I will be remaining in hospital.

Expectations they have of myself are to provide my own dressing gown and slippers. You can bet your ass I’m treating myself to some new ones. Both toe and finger nails to be free from polish or acrylics and no make up. I will not be allowed to eat or drink from 9pm the previous evening and any medications I am currently taking are to be taken with me and given in to the nurse assigned to me.

Get Organised

As I am off early Wednesday morning and the husband is taking over with the children I have prepped all their uniforms and P.E kits ready. I’ve also made a note of our daily routine (which my husband finds quite patronising) but knowing I’ve noted everything down makes me feel more relaxed so he’s not too offended.

I have also packed a small bag of clothes containing day to day wear, pyjamas, some unscented wash products, sensitive wet wipes, my laptop and plenty of reading material. I am a notorious over packer.

If you have any aids such as an asthma pump, hearing aid or contact lenses be sure to pack all you need in your bag.

If I have to stay my husband can just bring in the bag and I’m all set for the week.

Preventing The Anxiety

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When I have big things like this happen I often have an anxiety attack, ending me not going or forcing myself to go and then getting in such a state I walk out.

One of my September goals was to learn a bit more about anxiety in general and learn coping mechanisms to help me get through these times. A few things I will be doing before hand will be:

Meditating – This may sound a bit “off the wall” but I read taking time out for at least three minutes a day to sit and think of absolutely nothing helps to settle your nerve and gain control over your mind. I have been trying this out over the last month and really think it helps (not sponsored but I have been using the head-space app to get started).

Talking – I will be making sure I set aside time to talk to my family about my feelings towards the operation. I normally avoid doing this and deal with it myself but I have learnt from the encouragement of others that talking about it puts the worry out in the open to normally a reassuring response.

Taking Time To Relax – Due to the surgery it will be a while before I’m able to have a bath (only showers) and use some strong scented products. I will be using the time before hand to really indulge myself in relaxing and making myself feel good.

I’m hoping the above has given some guidance or help to anyone who is also setting themselves up for surgery. If anyone would like to add anything or has some great tips that I haven’t mentioned please comment as I’d be extremely great-full.

I don’t know where surgery is going to leave me with Blogtober. I am hoping to continue on and have a few things scheduled but I’m not sure if I’m going to be high on pain medication, please stick with me if you can I will be doing my best.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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Autumn Lip Care

TooCoolForSchool: Pumpkin Purifying Mask Review

Autumn Lip Care:Preventing Dry, Sore Lips In The Colder Months

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Blogtober wise we are almost a week in and I feel quite good about it so far. I have a few more posts scheduled and am slowly working towards filling in the rest of the month. I’m giving a big high five to the others still going and wishing you all the best with the rest of the month.

Today’s post is going to be about my Autumn Lip care routine as one thing I struggle with throughout the colder months is chapped lips. Not only are they unpleasant to look at but they hurt like hell and put me in a bad mood. Here are a few things I do to try and keep my lips in tip top condition during the colder periods.

Lip Scrub

To keep dry skin at bay I use a lip scrub every two days. I really advise making your own rather then paying through the nose for one. They are quick and easy to make and if you have a little tub empty you can keep it in there until the next time you need to use.

All you need is some solid coconut oil and some brown sugar, mix the two together and you have a lip scrub that is safe and smells fantastic. You can add a scented oil if you would like, peppermint, vanilla and almond oils are sometimes used in lip scrubs. If you wanted a more chocolatey vibe add some cocoa powder (only a pinch). It really is that easy.

As I said I use the scrub around every two days to remove dead skin and to keep my lips smooth and soft.

Balm

Due to the wind being a constant factor blowing at my face, and the constant change from a cold environment to a hotter one when I step inside, my lips quickly become dry and sore in this weather. Lip balm has to be the ultimate saving grace for a boost in moisture and a protective seal from the elements.

Nivea Original Care Lip Balm
My go to balm for soothing sore lips

One of my favourites has to be the Nivea Original Care Lip Balm (£1.65). It’s a really thick and creamy balm that applies easily and leaves my lips feeling nourished and protected. I find this lip balm heavy duty enough to get me through the colder months. It’s an unscented balm so if my lips had already cracked or are sore it does not irritate the skin in any way whilst helping to settle the area.

Lipstick

Here would be the biggest change for me! I am a matte liquid lipstick addict, which in this weather is just asking for problems. To prevent my lips drying I have changed my beloved products from the liquid lip to a moisturising lipstick. I think hell just froze over but my lips are thanking me.

Here I have some of my favourite lipsticks’ that each offer a lot of moisture to the lip whilst also giving great options in colour.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (£28 each)

YSL Rouge

Not the cheapest but they have such a lovely formula, it is really moisturising and doesn’t dry out lips in the slightest. They have a really good colour range available but do need re-applying a bit more frequently.

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MAC Lustre Lipstick (£17.50 each)

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Excuse my daughter squishing Lady bug

More of a mid range price point the MAC Lustre range are the least drying available from the brand. I only have two as like I said I’m a matte addict but they work really well, leaving my lips feeling soft and nourished.

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Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick (£6.99 each)

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A more affordable range that work so well. Calling them colour sensational was a great idea as the colours they have available in the range are quite vibrant. For me these lasted really well once applied and the formula is not harsh to the lip, so in the colder months you can still look great without just using a natural coloured lip balm.

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There you have my lip care routine for Autumn and Winter. Do you have any regimes you use to protect your lips in the later seasons? What are your favourite balms and scrub to help with lip care? Let me know in the comments section and we can start the discussions.

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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TooCoolForSchool Pumpkin Purifying Mask: A Review

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Today I will be looking at the TooCoolForSchool pumpkin purifying 24k mask. Well it is the season for pumpkin’s! I’m going to jump straight in and give you the in’s and out’s of this peel off mask.

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Too Cool For School has such cute packaging

The Basics

The pumpkin puritfying mask comes in at £18 for a not too bad 100ml, it will last quite a few uses. The mask contains 24k gold powder and golden yellow pumpkins which combined are meant to give the skin a soothed and toned effect.

Application is to clean dry skin, dispense a thin layer and leave to for twenty to thirty minutes and then peel off from the bottom.

Usage

I was expecting this to have a really pumpkin smell but it actually just smells like a mask, which is a little disappointing. On the plus side it is bright gold in colour which makes using a lot of fun. The gold is very reflective so It looks a bit like an all over face highlight, just call me Goldmember.

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The texture is a lot less sticky then other peel off masks I’ve used. It is really smooth and easy to apply, leaving little mess. You don’t need to use much product as it glides onto the skin evenly without any trouble.

At first I was a bit apprehensive about paying £18 for a face mask but from how little product I needed to use with each application I’ve realised the 100ml will probably last about ten/ eleven uses. So price wise it works out at just under £2.00 per use which makes it much more affordable.

Each time I’ve left the mask on for the full 30 minutes although it has felt quite dry and smooth before the time was up I wanted to make sure I was doing as instructed. The wait isn’t bad, due to it being a peel off mask you can move around and get other things done without the product slipping or falling off your face (Sheet mask I’m looking at you).

Removal was simple. The mask dried down well and leaves a strong layer which is easy to pull at without it breaking. I was able to take it off in one whole piece without having traces left around my face.

The Results

I have used this a number of times and on each my skin feels more toned and hydrated. The hydration plumps up my skin leaving me looking more refreshed and awake. To touch it is smooth, soft but also feels incredibly moisturised.

I have used this during a bad breakout where I have had a couple of blemishes that have been sore and painful. The purifying mask did help to soothe the ache and also removed a lot of the redness from my skin during these times.

Overall I have enjoyed using the mask. It does everything it claims to do and is fun to use. I like that the bottle is a good size and leaves for many uses. The pumpkin packaging is very fitting to Autumn and the all round experience has been pleasant. I will be sure to finish the rest of the bottle and have even looked into getting the TooCoolForSchool Sleeping Pack (£16.50).

If you have used the Sleeping Pack let me know in the comments section, I’d love to hear some thoughts before purchasing. What do you think about the pumpkin purifying mask? Is it worth a go for you or will you be avoiding?

Next post will be tomorrow.

Kate x

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Three Autumn Palette’s Worth Taking A Look At?

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I love this time of year! I love the colours and the warmer clothes. It is now I can start using all my favourite shades when creating a make up look and I feel at my most inspired.

For day four of my Blogtober challenge I am going to be talking to you about three eye shadow palettes that have the ability to create some amazing Autumn inspired looks. Each one has something different to the other and each has a different price point so I hope you find something you like. Let’s get started:

Palette 1

Morphe 35o
My messy Morphe 35o

It wouldn’t be Autumn unless I was talking about the Morphe 35o (£23 for 35 shadows, both shimmer and matte). Now yes this has now been out a while but this is a cult favourite with so many. The one pictured is the original 35o as Morphe have now created a matte based one, a shimmer and the 35o2.

The colour spectrum in the palette just fits so well with the season, I just grab for it as soon as September begins.

The palette includes plenty of nudes to use as a base and build up the transition area, you can then warm this up with the large selection of browns (both cooler and warm toned). My favourites are the luscious burnt oranges and reds, in particular the shimmer red to the bottom right. I die every time I look at it.

Morphe 35o swatches
Swatches

I really enjoy Morphe palette’s and think they are great value for money. The 35o is no different, the shadows are smooth and soft with great blend-ability. The colour pay off in this palette is so good. They are a little messy so I do my eyes before the rest of my face when using these but other than this it works like a dream.

Palette 2

Huda Obsessions Warm Brown
Huda Obsessions: Warm Brown

The second palette I chose was the Huda Obsessions (£25.00 for 9 shadows) in Warm brown. This is quite pricey considering the size of palette you get but it’s so travel friendly, I use it mostly on a night out or if I’m away and need something small but quality.

Shade wise you have different choices to the 35o. I find the colours a lot deeper and more intense. The plum and purple colour are so rich along with the red to the top right. Plus the gold shimmer in the middle is out of this world (swatches don’t really do it justice).

Huda Obsessions Swatches

Usage wise I really like the formula of Huda shadows, they always seem to get the shade range right within their palettes so you can create a look with each shadow blending into one another seamlessly. The have a buttery texture which is easy to move and blend into the eye, they have a good pigmentation and create little to no mess when using.

Palette 3 

MUA Ever After palette
MUA: Ever After matte

MUA Ever After matte palette is great if your living on a budget or just want to save a few pennies. The palette photographed has now been discontinued and reborn into the Undressed palette (£4.00 for 12 shadows) with a few shimmers added.

MUA: Ever After Swatches
Swatches

I picked this purely for the colour choice. The blue/green is such a lovely colour to create an eye look with a difference. The shadow quality is not as good as the other more expensive palettes and it is a bit of work as your going to have to build up the colours to create a nice gradient but for the price its not terrible. The formula is quite dry and chalky so priming the eyes and making sure the primers dried down would be good before applying these.

Let me know what you think about these palettes. Have you tried any of the ones mentioned? What eye looks do you like to create during the season?

Another thing I’d like to know is is anyone really ampping it up Make up wise for Halloween? Comment all your thoughts down below and lets get chatting.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading, next post is tomorrow.

Kate x

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The Ultimate Autumn Evening In

Autumn is my favourite time of the year. A cosy night in with the fire on, scented candles burning, a soft blanket and some pampering is my idea of heaven. There is really no better time to give yourself some TLC then when it’s getting colder outside and the evenings get darker. For this post I have put together ideas form my ultimate Autumn evening in.

Relaxation

Bath time Relaxation
Bath time relaxation

To start the evening off there is nothing better then a relaxing bath where aching muscles can unwind, you can leave all technologies behind and switch the mind off. For years I have been using the Radox Feel Relaxed Bath Soak (£1.00 for 500ml). Adding this to the bath creates some thick luxurious bubbles you can’t wait to lie in. The formula is infused with lavender and waterlily giving such a gorgeous, instantly relaxing scent that fills your bathroom. Stepping into this I know I can just ‘zone out’, letting my mind and body unwind. For the sum of £1.00 it is such an inexpensive way to give yourself a little boost and add something special to your bath routine.

To continue the relaxing vibe and to match the bubbles in the bath I then use the Urban City Carbonated Bubble Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00/£15.35 for 100ml). I have been using this for ages and the tub still has a tonne of product left. It’s a quick three to five minute mask and the charcoal based formula removes all traces of dirt and make up. After use my skin feels spotless and since I started using this mask and other charcoal products I have had little breakouts and my skin has been so much clearer.

Once cleaned up I hop out and put on my favourite Maire Pyjamas (there is no sexy pj’s here) that have been toasting on the radiator and then I continue on with pampering myself.

Pamper

Nail Care And Relaxation
Love these Essie polishes

Unlike most I tend to stay away from the scented candles’ and opt for a wax melt instead. I find the wax melts to give a much more intense scent throughout the room than a candle which is something I really enjoy when relaxing. My current favourites are from Yankee (£1.70 individual melts) in the scents Perfect Margarita, Sparkling Cinnamon Spice and Star Anise & Orange. Each have such strong Aromas that create a great ambience during a night of pampering.

With the candles on and feeling warm and comfortable after the bath, I move on to nail care. Filing and painting my nails instantly de-stresses me (kind of like adult colouring only on your nails). Recently I have been using a few Essie nail products (polishes from £7.99). They have so many great choices when it comes to shades and colours. I find their polish to hold up well after application and can often go the full week without getting cracking or chips. I have also been using their Naturally clean nail polish remover (£9.95 for 118ml). It doesn’t smell as harsh as other polish removers and contains moisturisers and vitamins to keep nails healthy.

Once nails are painted I settle down in my cosy blanket to watch Breaking Bad repeats and forget about the world.

So there you have my ultimate Autumn evening in. There really is nothing more satisfying then spending the evening to relax and escape the stresses of the day. There is something about Autumn that can make you feel all cosy.

Let me know in the comments section about your ultimate evenings. How do you spend them? How do you switch off from the day job? Do you have any products that help you relax and forget about it all?

Next post shall be up tomorrow so until then I hope you’ve enjoyed.

Kate x

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Hi everyone! It’s Kate! Not your beloved Kate from Kateshomebeauty, but the one from Katedaysaweek. 
We have exchanged blogs for the day and have challenged each other to create a full face of autumnal makeup for under £30. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been quite the challenge for both of us!
Here are the products that I have chosen: 
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The first product that I chose was the Colourpop No Filter Foundation, which is one of the cheapest foundations that I own, but it also happens to be one of the best. I’m not going to go into great detail as to why I love this product because I’ve recently written a review about it. Spoiler warning: it’s amazing value and I love its very natural finish. And it does make you look like you’re wearing a filter. 
My second choice is the Colourpop No Filter Concealer and I’ve also just written a review about it.  TL;DR: again, a great value product and probably in my top three concealers. It works extremely well with the foundation (would be a shame if it didn’t). I just wish I hadn’t picked such a light shade, but luckily it oxydizes a little bit and eventually looks more natural on my skin after a while. 
Product #3 is the Catrice Glam Doll Waterproof mascara. Believe it or not, it’s one of the best mascaras you will find in that price range. I absolutely love the wand because it’s not too thick. I have the privilege of having quite short lashes and simultaneously being very clumsy, so fat wands aren’t for me. Another thing I love about this mascara is that it doesn’t dry or leave residue and turn your under eye into Pompei after two hours. 
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For the lip, I chose Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in the shade Cherry. I think it’s the perfect colour for autumn and it’s extremely comfortable to wear. Again, this is another wonderful affordable product of great quality. And overall, I really recommend Sleek 
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Finally, on to the eyeshadow palette. I had to go with Revolution because they are the cheapest and have the most interesting colour stories. This particular Iconic Division palette (a supposed dupe for ABH’s Subculture) isn’t my favourite as, to be perfectly honest, the quality of some shadows is mediocre. The colours are interesting, but they’re actually badly executed. I chose it because it’s very affordable and I could use it for different purposes (lids, brows and as a highlighter). A lot of them aren’t nearly pigmented enough. I had to try different eye looks to find one that satisfied me and looked autumnal. 
So I finally went with a very simple eye look: I packed on a shade onto the lid and blended as well as I could and finished with a darker one in the inner corner and on the lower lash line.
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This is the final look. I’m not totally happy with how it came out, but I think that’s the best I’ll do with this particular palette and my limited makeup abilities (let’s keep it 100). 
All in all I really enjoyed this challenged as it forced me to rummage through makeup that I bought and never really used and made me step out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I rediscovered that Sleek lipstick and I’m definitely going to be wearing it this autumn. 
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
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