Top 5 Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

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I don’t know about you, but Autumn is my favourite season. I love Autumn’s fashion (even though, I’m still learning how to layer outfits), makeup looks, change in weather, and everything else really. Even though in Malta, it still feels like Summer – it literally only rained once, and we’re sometimes having hotter days than in Summer – I still try to find any excuse to transition into the Autumn season.

Today, I’ll be sharing with you my favourite Autumn/Winter lipsticks. I must admit, the majority are red, but I can’t help it! In fact, that is why I merged the two seasons together because in Winter all I wear is either lip balm, or a red lip.

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Laquer in Celestial – €7.79

These lip laquers from Rimmel are just amazing. They glide so smoothly, and their colour pay-off is ridiculous! Even though I like nude lips, I don’t find that it soothes me that much, so this (and another lipstick I’ll be showing you) is the next best thing. I absolutely love this!

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Rimmel London Kate Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107 – €7.14

This lipstick is probably my most worn lipsticks of all time! I just love it! The 107 has been such a hit in the beauty community – the winter season would not go by without someone raving about it. Not only is it a deep red, but it applies as a matte satin finish which is just gorgeous – this means that it will last more than your regular lipstick (most mattes last longer) without drying your lips out. I currently have super dry lips because of the medication I’m taking, and this feels so good on my lips. Can’t recommend it enough!

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick in Power Red – €22.10

This gorgeous baby is the only high-end lipstick I own – and I absolutely love it! Unlike the Rimmel 107, it’s a creamy true red colour and has a gorgeous shine to it. Apart from the gold packaging being so luxurious and classy, the colour pay-off is outstanding – I went out to eat and after stuffing myself with food, it was still there on my lips! A bit pricey, I know – but you can always wait for a feelunique.com offer! 😉

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The Body Shop ColourGlide Shine Lip Colour in 11 – Rare Coral

As I previously said, I’m not really a nude person as I feel that most nudes wash me out, but I don’t mind this one. It is actually the only nude I own and did get it as a gift – If I had to choose, I think I’d rather go for a nude with more pink-bluish undertones. This is mainly because I have yellow undertones to my warm-neutral skin, and therefore, products that have orange undertones can make me look even more yellow/orange. Nonetheless, I don’t mind this – it’s very creamy, smooth and hydrating. I only wore this a couple of times when I had heavier eye-makeup, and I liked the way it looked on me. This means I need to invest in some more nude lipsticks!

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NYX Round Lipstick in Black Cherry (LSS575) – €5

This creamy lipstick is in a class of it’s own. I just love the intensity and colour pay-off this lipstick gives! Even though it is a very dark vampy red, it has brown and purple undertones to it that make it so wintery. Just like the Rimmel 107, it does not dry your lips out, being it is matte. Another thing I love about this product is that you can determine how dark your lips are going to be based on preference – you can really build this product up. Love it!

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Here are the swatches for each lipstick mentioned 🙂 I apologise for the quality of some of the photos – Will try to get that sorted ASAP.

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And that’s all for today!

What are your favourite lipsticks for this season? Did you enjoy reading this? Like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

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Review: Stila Palette

I’ve been racking my brain all week long trying to find something to blog about. Since I’ve been trying to use products I already have rather than buying new ones, I looked through my collection to see if something inspires me enough to blog about it. And here we are!

Today, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite purchases – the Stila In the Light Palette. This product holds a special place in my heart simply because it’s the first high-end product I ever owned.

I purchased the palette off feelunique.com for €32.50 – at the time I didn’t know of any sites that ship this product other than feelunique, so maybe you should try a couple other sites that might sell it for slightly cheaper. The product comes in a sleek, rose gold coloured packaging which is so beautiful. Moreover, the palette opens/closes magnetically and therefore is secure and great for travelling.stila-palette

The palette is made up of 10 gorgeous shades; 4 matte and the other 6 shimmery. In addition, it also comes with one of Stila’s famous waterproof smudge stick liners.  The colours are all powder eye-shadows and all have a great consistency. In my opinion, they are really pigmented (the swatches below don’t do them justice) and even though they are a powder, none of them have a chalky application. On the contrary, these eye-shadows glide on really nice and smoothly, and are super-blendable. What I love about the colours in this palette is that you can really buff them out to your desired look, from subtle to smokey these colours will work effortlessly.

Additionally, the eye-shadows stay do stay on for a long period of time (and that’s saying something in Malta!) and rarely crease. Probably, them sometimes creasing has to do with the climate here in Malta (in fact, in Winter they don’t crease at all!) since it’s super hot and super humid. I have worn them on their own, with a primer and also with a cream shadow under and most of the time there is no creasing whatsoever, but I thought it was still worth a mention.

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The colours I would say I use the most are ebony, bliss and bare. I also use sandstone and kitten quite a lot too. I actually use ebony (a very dark-almost-black-blue) as an eyeliner, creating a soft yet smokey line which looks really put together and is actually faster to apply than actual eye liner. The first shade, bare, is perfect for washing out any redness or veins on your eyelids and is also the perfect colour for highlighting under your brows. Bliss, sunset and sandstone are the colours I use mostly for blending and buffing out those harsh corners. I sometimes use bliss on it’s own just in the crease for a subtle definition. I can’t review this palette without mentioning cult favourite, kitten – I use this in the corner of my eyes (and sometimes exactly in the centre of my lid) to make look bigger and more awake. I can’t even begin to describe your gorgeous this colour is. It’s the right amount of pinky-champagne and I just LOVE it!

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I do like the smudge stick but I haven’t used it that much since most of the time I either use a black liner or ebony (from this palette) as I find it suits me more.

Below you can find swatches of each colour but I apologise in advance for how they turned out – the swatches really don’t do the palette justice – it’s just that i had to swatch them on my arm AND take the photo so it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Also, the lighting is not the best, but hopefully you get the gist. The swatches are in the order they are in the palette (per row) so I didn’t label the swatches because otherwise you actually wouldn’t be able to see the swatch itself (I hope I’m making sense).

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Do you have this palette? Which shade is your favourite? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo