My Top 5 Winter Lipsticks

8 Nov 2015

Hey guys! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It's been feeling a lot colder over here this weekend, it's really starting to feel like winter rather than Autumn so I thought I would share with you my favourite lipsticks to wear this season! I absolutely love Autumn/winter make-up. When it comes to my lips I much prefer to wear red/berry tones, anything other than pink to be honest so I love to embrace the winter trends. 

My five favourite winter lipsticks are all drugstore, 3 of which are Rimmel, I just think the Kate for Rimmel lipstick line is ah-mazing, the formula is lovely and creamy and they are very long lasting. The other two are from Revlon and Soap and Glory, both some of my favourite brands and  very affordable.

Swatches L-R | Rimmel 107, Rimmel 30, Revlon 'Crush', Soap and Glory 'Plum Jam' Rimmel 45, 

Rimmel Kate 107
I am sure this lipstick is in many peoples top five winter lipsticks, it's hugely popular! It's such a lovely dark berry red that goes beautifully with pale skin. Also, it's got slight blue undertones that help make my teeth look whiter and I'll take that wherever I can get it! Honestly, I don't wear this lipstick on a day to day basis, I like to save it for a night out when I want to make a bit of a statement. This will be perfect for Christmas parties with a nice cat flick eye. It's available in Boots for €6.99.

Rimmel Kate 30
This is the latest addition to my lipstick collection and I am in love already. I've been wearing it non stop since I got it. It's such a gorgeous deep berry colour, it looks quite similar to 107 here in the swatches but it's very different in person, it's a lot more plum/purple toned which I loooove. It looks kinda scary in the bullet but I find this to be a really wearable shade. This is the epitome of a winter lipstick to me. This is also available in Boots for €6.99.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush'
I really like this range because I find the formula really nice and comfortable on the lips whist very pigmented and long wearing as it leaves a stain on the lips (as the name would suggest). This is a little similar in tone to Rimmel '30' but it's more shiny/glittery and doesn't have any red undertones, definitely more purply and not too dark on the lips at all. You can pick this up in Boots for €10.99. 

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 'Plum Jam'
Oh golly I just love these lipsticks from Soap and Glory. I adore the formula of these, I don't really know anything else like them. They are SO creamy and moisturising and just beautiful. They leave the lips looking so glossy and plump and they are very pigmented. 'Plum Jam' is a lovely burgandy red. If you want to wear a darkish red but are too scared to go for something very bold I would highly recommend this because it's not too dark, is buildable and I feel like it would suit every skin tone. You can find it in Boots for €11.

Rimmel Kate Nudes 45
Last but not least, definitely my most worn of all the lipsticks listed here, is a gorgeous mauvy nude. Very Kylie Jenner. I feel like this is the perfect nude for winter unlike the more pinky/coral nudes in the collection. This is fab for everyday wear or even with a bold eye on a night out. Grab it in Boots for €6.99

There we have it, my 5 favourite winter lipsticks! Let me know in the comments what your absolute go-to lipstick is for this season, I would love to know!

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Photography | Arches & Nature Trails

5 Nov 2015

Guys, I literally cannot cope with how spectacular Cong is. I think only a certain type of person is filled with absolute happiness when they're in a naturally beautiful place. I look around and so many people don't seem to notice whereas I am there staring at a tree saying 'ohhh my God, how pretty' and they think I'm a crazy person. I think it's the photographer in me that gets so excited when they are some place beautiful. I look at everything like it is a picture or a painting, I look at all of the different elements and work out that 'perfect composition'. 

Thankfully, on Saturday I had my camera in hand to capture those pictures and share them with you guys. I hope you loved them as much as I loved taking them.

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FOTN | Smoky Eye & Nude Lip

2 Nov 2015

For some reason I never really go for a dark smoky eye look. I've actually been kind of scared of black eye shadow and have always gone for the safer browny options in my Naked 2 palette. However when my friend Kelley did my make-up for her make-up artistry portfolio she went to town on the dark eyes and I must say I LOVE IT. Like, I really really love it. She made me feel super pretty with the shots she took!

I thought I would share with you all the look she created. Her task was to create a night-out look using all drug-store make-up which is right up my street and I'm sure it will be up yours too as we all love a bargain, am I right?!

For the base she used Revlon colourstay foundation and the Sleek face form kit for contouring which I lurve #dathighlight. For the eyes Kel used Maybeline Colour Tattoo in dramatic black as well as the black from the original sleek palette blended on the crease. We used the Soap and Glory Smoulder kohl eyeliner on my waterline, and Supercat on my lid. We then finished the eyes with Maybeline's Lash Sensation mascara. We kept the lips nude and glossy with a slick of Maxfactor 839 'Maple'. 

I don't wanna sound narcissistic but I feel Kel made me look kinda sexy and I never ever look sexy. I think it's all down to the smoky eyes. I'm converted. I was planning on getting the Naked 3 palette for myself for Christmas but I think it's going to have to be the Naked Smoky now, I'm already excited over the looks I could create with that!

Let me know in the comments if you like to wear a dark smoky eye and if so what products you use!

PS, is it just me or does the spelling 'smoky' look so wrong? I feel it needs an 'e' but apparantly that's incorrect. Who knew? Not even me, an English teacher! bahaha.
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