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Autumnal Makeup Switch Up

Now I am aware that technically speaking Autumn started a couple of weeks ago but its taken me this long to transition over completely. I don't wear makeup everyday at the moment s mainly because I'm just too tired on a college morning or still sleeping! But when I do have time I have a set routine to make sure I leave on time and here it is...

Autumnal Makeup

I'm going to start with base today which at the moment is the one and only NARS Sheer Glow in the lightest shade of course which is Siberia. I got this not too long ago in my NARS Haul and since I bought it I haven't really stopped wearing it because it's the nicest foundation I own and it looks stunning. For brows I go to the NYX Tame and Frame in Brunette which leaves my brows slightly darker than I wear them in summer however this product lasts forever and it also is not red toned at all, which is really rare for brow products. I completely skip eye makeup as my eyes are always watering in autumn/winter which isn't ideal. So it is the perfect time to use Benefit's They're Real Mascara because it makes my lashes longer and makes my eyes look wider and more awake. 

My finishing touches are of course the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Crayon in Train Bleu as it is definitely an autumnal colour. It's a gorgeous dark berry purple, it's like nothing I already have in my collection which is really good. Then I am loving my Lord&Berry Blush in Cinnamon* in normal circumstances I hate cinnamon but in blush it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. It's quite a shimmery blush but it's neutral undertones add a whole new dimension to the face. Finally what is a face without a glow? Cream higlighters such as this Kroylan for Glossybox one, mean that I can dot it on as I am walking out of the door and blend when I get on the bus. 

It's not a laborious routine in anyone's book but as my skin is in quite nice condition at the moment I really don't see the point of packing on the concealer if it's unnecessary, especially if it's only for college.

Seeing stars? Any products which have a * by their name have been sent to me. See my full disclaimer here...

Love Me Beauty: Kat von D, Omorovicza, Exuviance

What with the last post being my You Beauty for September logic would dictate that it's time for my Love Me Beauty. Now there is a story behind this one as Kat von D was the featured brand. I rocked up to the site at 10am on the first of the month and the site had crashed. I was really surprised that LMB hadn't anticipated just how popular having KVD on their site would be. After quite a long time of refreshing the page and conversing with LMB on twitter I finally got in... and after all that I only got one KVD item as the others looked so good! I'm crazy I know, but I did end up ordering again so I got all the KVD bits but they haven't arrived yet. Anyway what did I actually get?

Love Me Beauty Kat von D

Now as you can see Love Me Beauty isn't a conventional beauty box, in fact it is a beauty bag which is a nice change from the usual box. Also the bags have cute sayings on them and could be used as a gift really easily. It's £10 a month and £3.95 p&p but if you're lucky like me then you'll find a really good groupon deal which got me a 6 month subscription for £29 with a further £10 off code as well! In total inc p&p it was around £30 instead of £70!

Love Me Beauty Kat von D

So what did I choose from Kat von D, well of course it had to be the liner didn't it! It is a mini of the Ink Liner in Trooper which was 20 credits, a third of your monthly allowance. Although it is a travel size it's not so small that you can't use it like some samples... *cough* Benefit They're Real liner sample *cough* Then I decided to try some skincare because my nose has suddenly decided to be oily and I am getting more spots than usual which is not fun. Omorovicza is a Hungarian brand and I chose two 15 credit products from them. First up is the amazing looking Thermal Cleansing Balm. It is jet black so I'm guessing it has some charcoal element to it. Honestly though I love the packaging of this, it's in a mini glass jar which makes a sample feel so much more luxe than a plastic jar. I also chose the Copper Peel duo as I'm getting into skincare a lot more than usual. The duo is paste and an activator which makes this a lot more high tech than other peels I have tried. My final pick was only 10 credits and it was from Exuviance and it is a mask. I really enjoy clay masks as I think you can tell they're working better than others. So I will probably do a post soon on my mask favourites.

That's everything I got for £13.95 in total, if you haven't got a subscription; to be fair it's not a bad price really. You get to try 3 or more products of your choice, which is the best bit as everyone gets dud products from Glossybox and Birchbox!

YouBeauty September

It's beauty box time again and YouBeauty this month was a special one as it was Editor's Picks and the 3rd birthday of the box! I thought I'd show you what I chose!

When deciding what to get this month I was drawn towards the INKA Organic Lip Colour but of course when I got to the site they were no longer available. So in the end I gave in to the sheet mask trend and of course there was some makeup to be found.

Something that wasn't on the Editor's Picks but was in the Available Again section was the Lanolips Purse Size 101 Ointment. So many people seem to rave about Lanolips as a brand, especially their lip balms and as I have super dry lips 99% of the time it's definitely time for me to try it.  Then, after hearing Shaaanxo talking about Eyeko in many a video I jumped at the chance to try a new mascara. It is the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara which says it will add 'drama and curl' and no one ever says no to those. Then finally the sheet mask, this is from a brand I've never heard of before but I love trying new bits. It's from Erno Laszlo and is the Firmarine Hydrogel Mask, the description says it will firm and improve my skins elasticity. I don't know if my skin necessarily needs these qualities improving just yet but it's worth a try regardless.

Now the 'freebies' that come each month. First off the Nanoblur sample has bold claims: '10 years younger in 40 seconds.' I guess that this is aimed at a slightly more mature consumer as I don't want to look 7 in 40 seconds as I look younger than my age already. Then is another sachet, this time The Hero Project Hyasoft Moisture Boost. My skin is always in need of a moisture boost so this will be very handy in winter. Finally is the food! I was so happy when I opened the box and there was Propercorn and  it was lightly salted. I love popcorn, it's one of my favourite snacks, especially to eat while writing up posts!

This is still my favourite beauty box when it comes to pricing: £6.95 for two products is not bad really, more so because that sheet mask is worth £14 on its own! I always believe that beauty boxes are the best way to try new products without breaking the bank!