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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Cohorted My Little Treat Boxing Day Edition 

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After being absolutely spoilt rotten at Christmas my husband surprised me with an extra present, I had been eyeing up Cohorted’s My Little Treat Boxing Day Edition box since I saw it on their website. I have subscribed to Cohorted before and received their February box so I know this would be amazing as the rest, their Boxing Day box costs £50 which includes a total of eight high end full sized products worth £168.

Whats in the box?

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette, Cohorted Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Cohorted Domed Eyeshadow Brush, Cohorted Crease Blender Brush, MAC Upward Lash Mascara, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Blush Powder, Bella Pierre Mineral Lipstick  & Smith & Cult Nail Polish

This jam packed Boxing Day edition box included a nice range of different high beauty products which is always good to see and an absolute bargain for £50, you’ve pretty much made your money back from the Urban Decay palette & one Cohorted brush.

Included in the box was the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (£38.50), when it comes to the Naked palettes there is probably a handful of bloggers that do not own one of these beauties, I have been eyeing it up for quite a while now but like most things I never got round to buying it, so i’m so glad it was included in the box. Neutrals are probably my go to eyeshadows, they really compliment my blue eyes so they are definitely in for a treat with 12 gorgeous shades. 

Also in the box it includes three of Cohorted’s own makeup brushes (£12 each), i’ve seen a lot of these brushes storming the beauty world in the last few months so i’m excited to give them a whirl, I think they might take a bit of getting used to as they’re a different angle compared to your standard brushes.

Next up is Bobbi Brown Illuminating Blush Powder  – Maui (£28.50) which is a pink coral and honestly beyond stunning *drools* it gives me that gorgeous subtle rosy glow which instantly brightens up my face and leaves me looking slightly less vampy.

 What’s a beauty box without a mascara! I’m really excited to try the MAC Lash Mascara – Upward Black (£19) as it claims to be volumising, curling, clump free and lifting which is a big claim to make. 

Bella Pierre Mineral Lipstick – Envy (£15.99) was included in the box, In my opinion a girl can never own too many lipsticks, well that’s what I like to tell myself.  I swear I have so many different brands all in the same shade but of course I have to have them all.  The shade envy that was included isn’t really a shade that I would go for but it might look quite nice in the summer as it is a nude shade. 

Last but not least I’m a sucker for nail polish, I always feel naked without any on but then as soon as I wash up it just chips away leaving them looking ugly so I’m excited to try Smith & Cult Nail Polish – Regret The Moon (£19). It’s actually the first time I’ve heard of this brand but the shade is subtle and stunning perfect for any jobs that don’t really like you wearing obvious makeup & nail varnish.

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Urban Decay Mini Haul

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Being a beauty blogger makeup is forever on my to buy list especially when it comes to Urban Decay, their product range is gorgeous and i’m never left disappointed. I went to Debenhams a couple of weeks ago and strolled past the Ubran Decay counter and spotted that they had their Shadow Box palette for around £16 instead of their usual price of £23, obviously it went straight in my basket, there’s no doubt about that.. i’d be a fool not to.

This beautiful palette has 12 incredibly beautiful and buttery shades, all 12 of them are super pigmented, creamy and blendable. As of late I have been wearing smog, lost and baked cowboy constantly, it is definitely a perfect autumn look.

Shades: Sin, Indo, Bordello, Tornado, Smog, Blackout, Flash, Mushroom, Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy.

What I love about this palette it that it is just the perfect size for travelling, it’s handy for when your out and about so you can pop it into your handbag or makeup bag without it taking up a lot of space, it also has a nice sized mirror so your able to do that perfect smokey eye look on the go.. perfect right?

I also picked up one of Urban Decay’s Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in the shade Disturbed (£15), fortunately for myself I really do not need any more lipsticks in this type of shade but you know what? I couldn’t help myself, I am well and truly obsessed as all you lipstick lovers will understand.. I feel so bare without any lipstick on. Even though this is a matte lipstick unlike some brands it glides across my lips without feeling dry or picking up those pesky dry areas, *curse having super dry and chapped lips in winter* leaving a bold and super pigmented statement lip behind. I honestly cannot recommend this shade enough for an autumn/winter look or even those who feel like that want something a little bit more dramatic than pink shades.

What is on your Urban Decay wish list?

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Pre Christmas Haul

H&M Galaxy Pj & Leggings Set £14.99

When it comes to H&M clothing I just can’t say no unless I can’t squeeze myself into them then that’s a different story, pyjamas to me are essential at Christmas time or any time for that matter, personally I always request them every year as a present from my Husband. To me there is nothing better than getting into fresh bedding with brand new pjs on!

These galaxy cuffed jersey pjs are super comfortable and stretchy, I tend to go for the cuffed leg pjs as they stay in place at night instead of riding up your leg in turn making you uncomfortable and dancing around the bed.

H&M Grey Chunky Knit Jumper £24.99

I am forever obsessing with chunky knit jumpers they just look that little bit more cosier with the colder months, so this one was a no brainer especially as it is from H&M too. This jumper looks great with some high waisted jeans and little black ankle boots.

New Look Burgundy Boucle Textured Longline Cardigan £24.99

This chunky thick burgundy cardigan is perfect for winter, it comes just above the knee and looks great with a little black t-shirt or long sleeved. The cardigan has little flecks of holographic threads which gives it that snowy and Christmassy feel.

Urban Decay Shadow Box £23

Being a beauty blogger makeup is always on my to buy list especially Urban Decay, their product range is gorgeous. This shadow box palette has 12 incredible shades for £23 which allows you to create several awesome eye looks including a couple of perfect shades for Christmas day! Urban Decay’s eyeshadow palettes never fall short of being super pigmented, creamy and blendable as you can see from the photos.

Shades: Sin, Indo, Bordello, Tornado, Smog, Blackout, Flash, Mushroom, Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick £15

I am absolutely obsessed with lipsticks at the moment I feel quite bare when i’m not wearing any, especially when it comes to the deeper berry wintery shades. This lipstick is part of their comfort matte range in the shade Disturbed which is like a burnt burgundy. If you don’t like red lipstick then this might be for you, it’s deeper and darker which is perfect for both subtle eye makeup and a smokey eye look.

Kiko Skin Modernist 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer £18.90

I was in desperate need for some new foundation and have heart great things about Kiko Cosmetics so I grabbed this 2-in-1 foundation and concealer in the shade warm rose. The foundation comes with a doe foot applicator which is something different from what i’ve used before. This foundation claims to give a flawless natural satin look which lasts all day long so i’m excited to test it out.

Waterstones Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Book £8.49

I don’t tend to read a lot of books but I would love to so where better to start than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it is definitely on the list of things to do in the New Year. The book is beautifully presented with a gorgeous royal blue and gold cover giving it that magical feeling.

Wilko Glow Jewellery Hex Trinket £5

This has literally saved my life, I am forever needing somewhere to put my jewellery but always forget to pick something up. This elegant but cute copper mirrored trinket is the perfect to store all your favourite jewellery.

 

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Winter Wish List

I haven’t done a gift guide in quite some time so here it is, I absolutely love reading what other people have on their wish lists it gives me so many ideas of what to buy and often things that I wouldn’t even think of myself. I think that wish lists are great for anyone that has absolutely no idea what to buy for their loved ones, friends or even secret santa, I know I always struggle and would rather know what a person wants.

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Black Buckle Strap Elasticated Block Heel Ankle Boots, NewLook £27.99

Grey Pearl Jumper, Dorothy Perkins £23.90

Wine Sequin Lace Skater Dress, Dorothy Perkins £17.60

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Grey Bunny Ear Slippers, New Look £5.99

Duvet Day Print Cloud Tee and Legging Set, Asos £24.00

Brushed Cotton Fairisle Print Bed Set, Double, Next £40.00

 

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Tonal Weave Throw, Next £30.00

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set, Beauty Bay £56.95

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, Debenhams £40.00

What do you have on your wish list?

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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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W7 Into The Buff Palette

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W7 Into The Buff palette (RRP £9.95)

I’ve always been a fan of the Urban Decay’s Naked palettes the colours are simply gorgeous though I saw an alternative palette that was quite similar to Naked, this was W7 Into The Buff. I was excited to try this as it was quite similar and at a heavily discounted price being £9.95 in comparison to Urban Decays.

When I received this product I thought that the colours were subtle and perfect for autumn, with lovely shades of browns/gold, silver and grey/black and the pigments looked fantastic. Unfortunately I found that when applied to my eyelid at the time of doing my makeup despite using primer and setting spray the colours faded throughout the day and in some of the eye shadows the glittery pigment had disappeared. Though at £9.95 can you really complain if you cannot afford the Urban Decay’s palettes.

Overall, I am quite disappointed with this product as it did not work for me, maybe an investment into Urban Decay would be needed. Though I loved the the shades of the palette so I must give W7 credit there. I would probably not buy this again though it may work for others.

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Have you tried this palette before? What do you think?

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