Get Ready For Autumn With These Cosy Knits!

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YAY jumper season is upon us and honestly i’ve never been so excited, i’m obsessed with cosy oversized jumpers they are my absolute favourite. I have to admit that I do get a little miffed off when we have the odd hot day and can’t wear my jumper, i’ve been ready for autumn/winter for so long.

So of course when the shops bring in their autumn wear I HAVE to raid their jumper sections adding more to my wardrobe, to be honest I probably don’t need them but I HAVE to have them. I headed to a couple of my favourite shops that never let me down when it comes to their autumn wear and successfully added to my ever growing collection!

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I picked up this New Look Light Grey Long Line Jumper (£9.99)if your a regular reader or if you know me personally then you will know that I LOVE grey so this jumper was given no second thought. This jumper is quite thin and light weight but is super comfy and keeps those arms toasty.

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I also headed over to Primark and grabbed this yellow/mustard knitted jumper (£15) it’s thicker than the New Look one I picked up so it would definitely hold up for the colder months, this paired with a pair of black Topshop Joni jeans and Old Skool Vans is my absolute fave!

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Lastly I headed to Asda, I always love their autumn ranges they tend to have quite a lot of berry colours which is right up my street. I picked up this navy oversized Knitted Tunic (£18) but I was unsure whether to keep it in my basket because I tend to steer away from blues and generally wear black, white, grey, burgundy & mustard colours but I tried it on and it looked AMAZING. As mentioned it’s oversized which is perfect for me as I always buy jumpers/t-shirts at least 2 sizes bigger than what I am, comfort is definitely key. This jumper keeps heat in so well with the close knits i’m always a toasty marshmallow in this!

What’s on your winter wish list? Comment below or tweet me @beautyandlittle

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Yankee Candle | Spiced Orange

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As soon as 1st September hit like most bloggers it was autumn in my eyes, I always love this time of year, all the dark cosy nights in with autumn inspired candles, chunky knitwear & plenty of hot chocolates.. cliche I know.

Candles to me are the one thing that instantly makes any room look a little bit more cosier and homely, I tend to ALWAYS have a couple of candles in each room, I blame my mother for that but I was out of any autumn inspired candles so I was seriously lacking those cosy vibes. Of course that had to be dealt with, right?

 I headed straight over to the Yankee Candles and had a good old sniff of them all, Spiced Orange (£23.99) instantly caught my eye with it’s dark orange colour and scent. Spiced Orange has fragrance notes of fresh ginger, juicy citrus, ozone, spicy accord and sugared vanilla. It honestly smells incredible and fills the whole room with a spicy scent.

I opted for a large jar which burns between 110-150 hours, there’s nothing worse than your favourite candle running out after 20 hours. Usually I tend to stay away from Yankee Candles because of the price tag is pretty ridiculous at times but I just couldn’t say no to this!

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I’ve been burning this none stop for the past week, it honestly smells incredible and perfect for those cosy cold and rainy days!

What’s your perfect autumn scent?

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ELF Cosmetics | Getting Your Lips Autumn Ready

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I absolutely ADORE the autumn and winter months, so as soon as September approached I did a little squeal of excitement. Everything just feels SO much more cosier, give me all of the knitted jumpers, candles & hot chocolates.. cliche I know but I love it. Unfortunately for me what comes with the colder weather is dry lips so getting them autumn ready is essential!

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A good lip scrub is definitely needed to try and tackle those pesky dry lips, I tended to reach for Lush’s Santa Baby Lip Scrub but it does tend to be quite dry and ends up all over your finger so when I was that ELF had their own lip scrub that came presented like a lipstick I NEEDED it.

I was kindly sent the *ELF Studio Lip Exfoliator (£4.50) in sweet cherry, as mentioned the lip exfoliator comes in a lipstick container which makes it SO much easier to apply and completely mess free. The product is creamy but yet gently exfoliates your lips removing any dry and chapped skin. The studio lip exfoliator is infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils leaving you with that perfect base for any matte lipsticks!

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This lip exfoliator has been a life saver, I have absolutely no problems what so ever when applying my matte lipsticks. My favourite go to autumn lipsticks have the be Kat Von D in Exorcism, Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry, Sleek Makeup Matte Lipsticks in Vinto Tinto, Urban Decay in Disturbed and NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Havana.

How do you get your lips autumn ready? Do you have a favourite product?

 

*Product sent for review

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Winter Is Coming!

Afternoon ladies & gents!

I’m back, well.. sort of. I’ve had a HUGE break away from blogging as you may have realised, there has been a hell of a lot going on lately. We’ve recently moved homes from Manchester to Wales, so of course with that comes a new job etc, unfortunately blogging has had to take a back seat.

So here goes, I thought a wintery kind of post would be perfect for my first post back as it is starting to get to those colder months. The perfect time of year in my opinion, I absolutely love my knitted jumpers, cosy movie nights with the room filled with spicy smelling candles & hot chocolates. I recently took a trip to town to pick up a couple of essentials to help me survive these colder months and thought I would share them with your lovely selves.

I headed over to H&M firstly and picked up a lovely thin high neck knitted jumper (£14.99), I instantly fell in love with this. If you know me personally then you will know I have a love for grey things, so of course this would be in my basket. What I love about this jumper is it’s thin but yet still keeps me really warm so i’m not sweating buckets whilst walking around. I also picked up a long chunky knit cardigan (£14.99) which is a lovely blend of white and black wool, it comes down to my knees which in my opinion it’s a must for those who like comfortable clothing. I think I might have to go back and grab the dark grey & black version.

I also headed over to Boots, because you just have to right!? I can’t seem to help myself when I go into there. I just want everything *wishes money grew on trees*. I headed over to the Sleek makeup section as I’ve been seeing their matte lipsticks around so I thought I’d test them out. I really liked the selection of colours but felt a little indecisive of which full sized version to purchase. I ended up having a little nosey at their Christmas gift selection and there was a 3ml 4 piece The Magic Word mini matte me liquid lipsticks set (£5.00). It had a variety of minis which was absolutely perfect and just £5, bargain! Can’t really complain at that!? So that definitely found its way into my basket. As mentioned they are 3ml each and come in Birthday Suit, Velvet Slipper, Rioja Red And Old Hollywood. I headed back over to their makeup section because they didn’t have one of the colours I liked in the minis and grabbed Vino Tinto in the full size (£4.99).

I lastly grabbed another jumper from Primark, they’ve got a really nice selection of knitted jumpers this year in stunning autumn colours, which I really cannot resist! I’ve already complied a list of what’s next to buy. It’s just a simple burgundy high necked jumper which I think was £12, it’s super soft and quite thin but it keeps me nice and toasty and the same time. I also grabbed a new scarf (£5), I absolutely love scarves and grey things like I mentioned so it was a must have! It’s really soft and quite wide so you can really wrap it round you and make you feel super cosy.

Lastly I wandered over to Superdrug and grabbed a couple of other items which were pretty much essentials. I grabbed MUA Eye Define Felt Liner (£2), Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water  (£4.99) and Leafy and Lovely hand cream (£3).

Do you have anything on your winter wish list?

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Autumn & Winter Bold Lip Favourites

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With colder months fast approaching plum, purples and deep red lipsticks are many of people’s choices especially mine! I never used to wear such a dark lipstick as I didn’t think I would pull it off, but who cares! After my first Michael Kors lipstick in the shade Dame I am now obsessed, to me it doesn’t matter if it’s the same shade or different brand, I must own it. So what better than to share my most favourite autumn and winter lipsticks with my lovely readers.

Michael Kors Lip Laquer – Dame (£23.50)

This gorgeous subtle shimery plum lipstick is so creamy, moisturising and doesn’t stick to any dry patches on your lips which is perfect for the colder months. Dame is build-able so it’s great for those who don’t want such an intense dramatic lip and also for those who are not sure if it’s the right shade for them, I tend to build 2 layers to get the correct shade for me.

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Lush Santa Baby (£5.95)

Last year Lush had this in a pot form I am so excited that they have finally converted it to stick form this year! Hurrah. Santa Baby is a matte lipstick and not so moisturising, even though it does glide along your lips it does highlight any dry patches so I like to use this in conjunction with their Santa lip scrub. This lipstick has INCREDIBLE lasting power, it literally doesn’t budge at all and possibly one of the best i’ve used!

RMK Irresistable Glow Lips 12 – (£19.50)

I absolutely love this lipstick for a more subtle winter makeup look or even for work, its a beautiful subtle plum/pink colour, again another moisturising lipstick.. can you see a theme here?

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub (£5.50)

If you suffer from dry lips like I do then this will be a life saver what’s even better, it smells of cola cubes too! It is a handbag favourite and never leaves.

Revlon Super Lustrous – Black Cherry (£7.99)

This Revlon lipstick is a stunning deep purple when applied directly, after a couple of hours it fades to a berry plum colour. I love how the pigment is intense and so creamy instantly giving your lips a huge moisture boost.

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Mac – Studded Kiss (£15.50)

A beautiful deep burgundy ox blood matte lipstick that has amazing lasting power and intense pigment, it is just incredible and smells like mini eggs!

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What is your favourite autumn/winter lipstick?

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Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry Lipstick

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For the past couple of years I have been absolutely obsessed with lipstick, especially dark shades such as plum, purples, burgundy and red. I feel that lipstick really finishes off any makeup look, so when I stumbled upon Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipsticks on Instagram, particularly Black Cherry (£7.49) I knew I had to get my mitts on it, I mean I had to right?!

Unfortunately I couldn’t test the lipstick out in Boots as there was no tester for this shade, but that doesn’t matter I trusted that it would be as good as it looked on Revlon’s Instagram post. I went ahead and purchased it, well I say purchased it.. I used my Boots points which always come in handy, thank you Boots!

The packaging is elegant yet simple, a slick black and gold holder which would look super slick in anyone’s makeup bag. This Super Lustrous lipstick is so buttery that it glides across your lips with ease not attracting any dry patches which is instantly giving your lips a moisture boost, a hit in my eyes as I hate ones that pick up dry patches it doesn’t really look attractive.. curse my dry lips. A huge hats off to Revlon for their intense pigments in their Super Lustrous lipsticks, this Black Cherry is beyond gorgeous and definitely a makeup bag staple in my eyes set for any autumn and winter looks.

Do you have a favourite autumn/winter shade?

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The Big Smoke Candle ‘Escape to Jaipur’

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A couple of weeks ago I won a competition over at Heather’s blog, Of Beauty and Nothingness for a Great Escape candle. I was literally over the moon when it was announced I have a huge obsession with candles, I think that they just instantly make any room look so much cosier. Great Escape are a company admittedly I have not heard of before which I wish I had known about sooner!

Great Escape currently have a collection ‘The Big Smoke Crackling Candle’ which includes 4 beautiful candles, Escape to Paris, Escape to Honolulu, Escape to Jaipur and Escape to Mississippi

I received the Escape to Jaipur candle (£22.00) which is a lovely spiced ginger candle, perfect for this time of year. When the candle arrived it came in a gorgeous presentation box, looking very gift like which makes it feel that more special and perfect for any gift buying opportunities especially as Christmas is fast approaching.

“Jaipur is a colourful Indian city with chaotic streets, dawdling camels and breathtaking sights. This luxury, hand poured candle is made using EcoSoya soy wax and scented with a stimulating fragrance of spiced ginger.”

What I absolutely love about this candle is that it features a wooden wick that when burning it resembles a crackling fire making your living room even more cosier during these colder months. The scent is a lovely spiced ginger which is a subtle scent but yet fills the whole room, it makes you want to just grab every blanket in the house, light the candle and cosy up with a film.

This candle isn’t like your ordinary candle, it is made from soy wax using soy beans which is a renewable resource, this is better for both you and the environment which is always a bonus when buying things. Can it get any better?! well, yes these beautiful autumnal candles burn for approximately 40 hours which is brilliant for candle lovers like myself.

What’s your favourite candle scent?

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Freedom Makeup Mono Eyeshadow

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Apologies that I have been distant from blogging lately, everything has been so so hectic with the wedding fast approaching, so many visitors as well as working commitments and the little one I literally haven’t had a minute to sit down to do any posts. With the wedding now over and everyone at home I’m hoping I can get back into it with ease so please bare with me!

A couple of weeks back I won a competition hosted by Freedom Makeup to win a £50 bundle of their makeup, I was over the moon when it was announced as I had already set high standards for the brand knowing how much I love Makeup Revolution. They sent over a package full of a mixture of eye, base and lip products.

Throughout this post I shall be addressing two of their Mono Eyeshadows that I have been absolutely loving and can’t get enough of. Their Mono Eyeshadow in Nude 208 (£1) is a gorgeous shimmery coppery shade fitting for autumn, for £1 I can’t get over how buttery and intensely pigmented this eyeshadow is. As mentioned before in a few previous posts quite a lot of my shadows tend to crease and fade throughout the day due to pretty much constantly looking like I have no eye lids, which is a huge pain in the arse. Though this stays put all day without any creasing at all and the pigment still intense. Gilded 220 (£1) also fits all mentioned above, this is a gorgeous mauve kind of colour which usually isn’t for me but I have taken a liking to this shade, it’s subtle so perfect for work days if not much makeup is allowed or just for those days you want more of a natural look.

I have been absolutely loving both of these eyeshadows and even wearing them on a day to day basis, they are perfect for gorgeous autumn looks.

Have you tried Freedom Makeup yet?

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

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Apologies for being away from the blog lately, I have been super busy with last minute bits for the wedding and the little one as she has four teeth coming through at once, the poor little thing so i’ve not actually had chance to blog after coming home from work.

Ever since I saw the release of this Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38) I lusted over it, it was a definite must have in my makeup collection as I am a sucker for a smoky eye. A couple of weeks ago I headed over to Selfridges to grab it and a few other bits but they didn’t have an Urban Decay counter in their store *sad face* so I grabbed it online. I have to admit I am a little impatient when I have ordered something as I want to try it out and use it instantly, but Selfridges provided a pretty speedy delivery service even with their standard delivery option, which is great in my opinion.

This absolutely stunning palette has been packed with sultry, smoky neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. Not only is it packed with 12 beautiful shades it is full of intense pigments, buttery shades, fantastic lasting power and blendability, can it get better than that?!

Well, yes. Naked Smokey comes in a beautiful plastic almost clear looking palette with a smoky design fully incorporating their theme, with a large sized mirror and magnetised lid, it is honestly beautiful.

The shades are as follows; High, Dirty Sweet, Radar, Armour, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smoulder, Black Market, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen.

My favourite of the bunch have to be Smoulder, Radar, Slanted and Dagger, I just love how you can create both day and night looks from this palette and Urban Decay have even incorporated a guide on 3 smokey eye looks if you don’t know where to start! This palette has definitely been my go to for eye makeup for the past couple of weeks and is without a doubt a monthly favourite.

What are your favourite shades?

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MAC Studded Kiss Lipstick

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I am a sucker for a red lip and especially as autumn is upon us, I absolutely love scrolling through Pintrest looking at autumn makeup looks, I think that it really compliments pale skin. I recently won a competition hosted by London Beauty Queen for a department store voucher so I chose Selfridges, I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to buy and a deep red lipstick was definitely on the list.

I swatched a few of Mac’s red lipsticks and Studded Kiss (£15.50) was a definite winner it is just perfect.  A gorgeous matte deep oxblood red fitting for autumn, even though this lipstick is matte it glides across you lips with ease and I have found that it doesn’t tend to highlight my dry patches which is great. The lasting power is great through eating and drinking, I find that it lasts a good few hours leaving behind a lovely lip stain when it’s faded before you need to top it up.

The pigmentation of this is incredible and I would definitely recommend it to others if you want a bold lip. 

I have been absolutely loving this lipstick lately, it is definitely my go to lipstick paired with the Urban Decay Smokey palette. When I first wore it I noticed that Studded Kiss smells like mini eggs, this really doesn’t help my love for chocolate, I find myself wanting to go raid the shop every two minutes.

What’s your favourite Mac lipstick?

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