A/W Makeup Essentials.

Before I initiate my extensive rambles, can we just take a moment to appreciate my snazzy new makeup bag? Frankly, I'm gonna go ahead and say I don't think I've ever owned something that sums me up so darn well. T'is pretty cool, no? Good ol' Marks and Spencer if you were wondering, and I actually located it in the stationary section when waiting for my sister to return from the store toilet. Fun fact for you there. Oversharing aside, it's time to spill the details on my current A/W face essentials...

When it comes to the complexion side of things, I like to crank it up a notch this time of year. I still reach for the Nars Pure Radiant Tinter Moisturizer (review here) on a weekly basis, but for the times I'm in need of a little extra coverage, the Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup Foundation is my BFF. Weightless, perfecting and buildable, with a somewhat generous shade range. Shockingly, I'm the fairest on offer. Concealer wise, I'm still having a love affair with the Clarins Instant Concealer (review here). This bad-boy was a serious talking point within the blogging world earlier in the year, and for a good reason. Ideal for blemishes and those pesky eye bags, it covers without looking cakey and most certainly lasts your everyday 9-5. Plus, extra brownie points for the hygienic packaging.

To add a little extra somethin' somethin' to my complexion, Mac's Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish (retro review here) is all kinds of awesome. I guess you could say this is a similar, cheaper alternative to the glorious Hourglass Ambient Light Powders in that it adds a subtle luminosity to the skin without mattifying. If we're talking contour, however, the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in the shade Hollow (mini review here) is an must-have for pale skinned gals (and boys!) like myself. When teamed with the Real Techniques Contour Brush you've got yourself some serious definition goin' on. It's a yes from me.

Of course, no Autumn makeup bag is complete without a trusty blush, right? Though again, I am 95.2% faithful and in awe of mHourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, (review here) I've found myself repeatedly reaching for the Nars Blush in Deep ThroatHorrific name aside, it is in fact a stunning pink shade which livens up the face and perfectly complements a deep berry lip.

Talking lips, for me it's all about Mac's Pink Plaid Lipstick (mention in my recent 'What's in my handbag' post). A natural looking cool-toned pink, it gives a matte finish and is the perfect finishing touch following a quick swipe of the Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob

Lash wise, I'm still exclusive to the Pixi Lengthy Fiber Mascara* (review here) for natural, long looking peepers. I'm also still very delighted at the Pixi brand now being stocked at Marks and Spencer. Exciting times all round!

So there we have it. A speedy round-up of the contents within my groovy looking makeup bag. I hope you've enjoyed having a snoop.

What makeup essentials are you reaching for now we've reached the Autumn season? I'd love to know any recommendations you may have!

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New In From Pixi by Petra #2

Happy Friday all! I hope you're looking forward to the weekend ahead (I know I am!). So last week a pretty snazzy parcel landed on my doorstep, courtesy of the amazing, Pixi by Petra. If you're a regular round these parts, you'll know I'm a huge fan of the brand, and was lucky enough to be sent a package full of skincare (and chocolate!) back in the summer. This time round I was treated to a range of the A/W Pixi cosmetics, and holy guacamole, they.are.serious.

The item I was most giddy (yes, giddy) about when opening the box was this gorgeous Mattelustre Lipstick. Plum Berry* (£14) is a deep berry red (as the name would suggest) and the perfect shade for this time of year. Rock with a bare face, a strong brow or even a smokey eye, it's capable of complementing a whole host of  different looks. Though it's on the cool side of things, it's one that'll suit pretty much every skin tone. Long-lasting, matte and pretty packaging to match - basically, I'm in love.

If brighter shades are more your thing then you will seriously dig the Mattelustre Lipstick in Pure Fuchsia* (£14). Again a matte formula, this one's ideal for days you're not looking your best to really add some life back into your face. Throw on a pair of shades (how awesome is this weather though?), your best pout and you're good to go. 

A gal can never have too many eye products in her stash, and this Cat Eye Ink* (£12) is well worth a mention. Not only is it a seriously intense black, but the slanted felt tip makes application easy as pie for liner noobs like myself. Just make sure you have a waterproof makeup remover at hand come bedtime as this stuff doesn't.budge.

Finally, it's time to talk brow. Though I religiously reach for my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, I get through it pretty swiftly. Luckily for me, the Endless Brow Gel Pen* (£14) is all kinds of awesome. I use the shade, Medium, a neutral ash brown which matches my hair rather accurately. A lot of brow products fail to get the whole ashy tone right, but this manages to get it spot on. The gel-textured pencil gives just the right amount of product and lasts all day. If you're looking for an extra boost through any unruly sparse areas or are after a fuller brow, this is your BFF. 

Are you a fan of the Pixi by Petra? I'm very excited to say that as of this week it's now stocked in Marks and Spencer!

If you fancy reading up on what the brand has to offer when it comes to skincare, head to my previous post, here, however if you're after snapping up some beauty goodness for yourself, head to the Pixi website, here.

Will you be sporting a berry lip this season? I'd love to know your A/W makeup recommendations!

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