October Ipsy Bag

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Every month I anxiously await the arrival of my Ipsy glam bag to see what new beauty goodies I will be able to try out. This month’s theme was Beauty Candy and I have to say that I am in love with the bag the products came in this month. It reminds me of a chocolate bar and it is so adorable, isn’t it?

The first product that I pulled out was the Nicole by OPI nail polish in the colour On a Gilt Trip. Not only is the name amazing, the colour is pretty great too. It is a gold polish with tons of fine, golden shimmers. What’s interesting about this shade is that you would expect the shimmers to be quite shiny, but actually when this nail polishes dries it goes to more of a matte looking finish. It’s a very intriguing formula and I can’t wear to wear this for the holiday season coming up!

Next item was the Epice Purifying Exfoliator and I am always happy to try new exfoliating products. I have quite dry skin, so exfoliating on the regular is a must for me. This one has tons of what I can only explain as “micro-grit” which really polishes and refines the skin. A little bit of this goes a long way and it really helped with any uneven texture in my skin and made it feel really smooth. This product was definitely a hit for me!

The next beauty product I pulled out was this adorable little lipstick sample. The shade is Deeply In Mauve (cute name, right?) and it is by the brand Noyah. It is a mauvey-brown lipstick that unfortunately does not suit my very fair complexion. I have never been able to pull off mauvey or brown lipsticks but the formula is very creamy and glides on beautifully. I’m interested to see what other shades they carry!

I am not a fan of receiving body or hand lotions in these bags because scents are so subjective to each individual. The Ayres Patagonia Body Butter has a really light texture and when you open it you can definitely smell the herbally scent. It has jasmine and essential oils which is supposed to give you a “sense of calm” as the website states, but personally I am just not a fan. I am very picky when it comes to fragrances and this is just too strong for me personally. It also didn’t moisturize my skin as much as I thought it would as it’s a body butter, so this was a pass for me.

The last item in the bag was the Model Co. VolumEyes mascara and you know this girl needs all the help she can get in the lash department. I have very sparse, short lashes and love trying out new mascaras and am always on the hunt for new ones. I unfortunately have too many mascaras open at the moment that I need to finish but I will definitely use this in the future and let you know my thoughts on it!

If you are interested in trying out Ipsy for yourself (only $10 a month) you can sign up on their website here and treat yourself to some new beauty products every month!

What product from this months bag caught your eye?

Fall Lipstick Edit

Fall 2014 Lipstick Picks

Maybelline Matte Color Sensational Lipstick in Mesmerizing Magenta

This shade is a new purchase for me and I have already fallen head over heels for it. It is a blue based magenta shade that is an absolute stunner. The matte finish formula feels comfortable on the lips, doesn’t settle into any lip lines and lasts ages even through eating and drinking. For $8.99 I think I have found my new favourite lipstick line from the drugstore and can’t wait to try more.

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in #5 Mouthwatering Berry

There is no denying that YSL is just the epitome of luxury. Everything from it’s gorgeous packaging to it’s stunning colour selection is swoon worthy. I purchased this lipstick last year when I was on the hunt for the perfect Fall lipstick and I couldn’t wait to pull it out again this year. This gorgeous berry shade has a glossy, balm like finish that it perfect for those who are looking for a nice wash of colour (full review here).

MAC Matte Lipstick in Fashion Revival

When taking a quick peek through the lipsticks at the MAC store, my eyes instantly were drawn to this shade. It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but when applied it turns into this gorgeous dark berry colour (do you see a theme here?) that I can’t help but love. The longevity is fantastic, the colour is phenomenal and it doesn’t feel drying on the lips. I have to say, I am really liking matte lipsticks at the moment!

MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel

I bet you aren’t surprised to see this on my list, am I right? This is one of MAC’s staple shades for Fall and for good reason (full review here). While this may look scary in the tube, much like the other shades above, when you apply it to your lips it turns into this stunning dark berry shade and the hint of fuschia gives it lots of dimension. It is much more wearable than I thought it was going to be at first glance and I always get compliments every time I wear this out!

If you are wanting to rock a bolder lip this season then I highly suggest going for it! A few years ago I was strictly a lip gloss kind of girl and when I first started getting into lipsticks it never occurred to me that I would love darker shades as much as I do. Makeup is all about experimentation, and you never know how much you may love something until you try it!

What are your favourite lipstick shades for Fall/Autumn?

Fall 2014 Lipstick Picks



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The Autumn Tag

The Autumn Tag 2014
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This tag was created by the lovely Georgina over at Makeup-Pixi3 and I thought it would be fun to do as I did her tag last year. If you would like to do this as well be sure to tweet it to me as I would love to read it! Let’s get into the questions!

1.  Ok we’re talking coffee’s – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I am sure that you won’t be surprised by my answer but I really love the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I have tried some PSL’s from other coffee places and Starbucks is by far the best. Their Salted Caramel Mocha isn’t too bad either!

2.  Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I am all about the boots! Going boot shopping is probably the highlight of the Autumn season for me because there are so many cute styles. I really love scarves as well though, and have already picked up a few now that the weather has gotten considerably colder.

3.  Music – what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
My music taste doesn’t change with the seasons really so I listen to my usual jam.  I am really loving Lorde and Iggy at the moment.

4.  Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?
My go to scent all year round would have to be the Chloe perfume. I don’t really purchase warmer scents and to be honest I don’t really know why as I really enjoy them. When I find a scent I really love I tend to just stick to it, but I find that Chloe works in any season as it’s very fresh and feminine.

5.  Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?
I love going to Bath and Body Works this time of year as I find I love their Autumn scents the best. Their Leaves candle is hands down my favourite scent for Autumn, but I have been burning the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles candle for the past few weeks and I just can’t get enough of it. Anything really warm and rich smelling is what I typically like to go for when the weather gets colder.

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
There’s quite a few things that I like about Autumn. I love when the leaves start to change colour because the trees look absolutely alight from the red, yellow and orange hues. The crisp leaves under my feet when walking to get a hot drink on a cold day. Snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, book and a cup of hot chocolate. And of course, Halloween which is probably my favourite holiday!

7.  Favourite makeup look?
Toned down eyes and a bold lip, definitely. Keeping the eyes simple and wearing a darker lip makes you look instantly put together and is practically effortless. Just use a wash of bronze shadow over the lid, apply a few layers of mascara and a deep berry lip and you are set.

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
What I am looking forward to is going to this beautiful park just a short drive away and taking some amazing shots of the trees changing colour. It really is a breathtaking sight. I also can’t wait to spend some time with my family this weekend for Thanksgiving and eating some phenomenal food.