Autumn/Winter 13 Make up trends

As we head into Autumn, you can definitely feel the air changing….that calls for a revamp of our make up. Make up for Autumn/Winter 13 definitely brings with it a touch of glamour. Here’s what’s hot for Autumn/Winter 13…..

BOLD BROWS

This trend is staying around, so if you haven’t started growing yours, now is the time. They don’t necessarily need to be bushy, just keep them well groomed. A great way to do this is by using a brow gel to set them in place.  MAC do a great clear gel which is a permanent fixture in my kit and you can also get a less expensive version from Rimmel or Maybelline. Using the brushes on these helps tame the brows and gets the hairs to grow upwards.

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If you think you need some extra definition on the brows, then you can do this with a powder or pencil product. For blondes I’d recommend using MAC;s eyeshadow in Omega or their eyebrow pencil in Fling. For brunettes, MAC’s Lingering pencil is great and they also have a huge variety of brown shades, so they’ll definitely be one to suit your brows. Definitely try to stick to the exact colour, or even one shade lighter than your natural brows. If you’re feeling a bit flash with your cash, try Anastasia Beverly Hills range of brow products which can be purchased at http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/anastasia-beverly-hills and they are currently offering free worldwide shipping for orders over £25.

DARK AND STAINED LIPS

Wine stained lips are definitely a big trend for the coming seasons and it’s all about being matte. So apply your lip colour/lip stain and then blot away any excess. You can even put a light covering of face powder over your lips. Colour wise, it’s the typical wine, berry and rich colours your would associate with this time of the year. I’m totally lusting after the Tom Ford range of lipsticks that are in the shops, actually, I tell a lie, it’s not just the lipsticks I’m lusting after, it’s the whole collection. Oh a girl can dream.

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However, this year there are more options in terms of the texture of the product that you use, from Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, a lip stain, lipstick or a lip tar.

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SKIN

We’re finally seeing a move from the “no make-up” dewy-skinned look that has dominated catwalk beauty for a long time to a shift towards groomed, velvety skin carefully prepped with foundation before being dusted with a liberal coat of powder to set it. Apparently make-up artists spent five times as long on the skin than the rest of the make-up at the fashion shows toachieve the perfect matte satin skin. For a high street option, I would opt for L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation, which will help you achieve a healthy glow without too much shine.

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THE BLACK EYELINER
Eyeliner will always be on trend in some form or another. This season it’s in the form of thin, black, sometimes barely-there liner.  There is also a noticeable nod to the ’60s with extravagant feline flick.

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Dark & Dramatic Eyes
The focus for this season’s dark eyes is on a smudged, sexy look, with extra details like glitter and metallics. Just remember to keep the lip bare.

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I hope this helps you find a look that suits you. Make up, like your wardrobe should change a few times a year to suit your skin colour and colours appropriate for the season. There are some absolutely amazing new collections for this season, so go on, treat yourself to something!

Sara. x

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NYX Cosmetics Haul & Review

I tend to be pretty picky about buying new make up. Whilst I love the stuff, I simply don’t want to waste my time (& money) buying products that either aren’t right for me or my kit and don’t do what they claim to. That said, I have been really looking forward to trying out some NYX Cosmetics for a while as I’ve read great things about them in other blogs. Unfortunately, my local Flair store told me that they have stopped stocking the brand as it’s becoming less of a pro product and more mainstream. Shipping from the UK tends to be fairly high when buying online, but I managed to track it down online from http://www.cherryculture.com in the US. This stuff is soooo cheap. The lipglosses were $4.50, cream blushes $5.00 and the powder blush was $5.50. These items were in the sale which still seems to be on. The P&P was just over $11, which I didn’t mind paying as the products were actually cheaper than on NYX’s own website.

So….what did I buy?

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I finally found the Mega Shine Lipgloss in Beige (totally named incorrectly) and also got another gloss in Salsa…it would be rude not to! The blushers that I bought are two cream blushers; Glow and Red Cheeks and the powder blusher in Rose Garden.

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I bought the cream blushers as I don’t really use cream blushers on myself and definitely needed some to add to my kit.  I have been so impressed with the pigmentation of them. As you can see from the swatches, the smallest amount goes a very long way. The only problem with buying online is the swatches often don’t truly show the actual colour.  I thought Red Cheeks would be a good alternative to MAC’s Frankly Scarlet blush, but it really is very red. The texture is very creamy and could probably even be used as lip glosses as well to save you money! These would be great on dry skin, as they are sheer, pigmented and creamy and blend very easily. If you wanted to make sure it lasted, apply your foundation, then the cream blush, powder your face and then add a powder blush over the top…..it won’t shift. If like me, you have an oily or combination skin, these won’t be right for you as they are very emolient. The powder blush in Rose Garden has a little golden shimmer through it which I didn’t think would be any good for me, but it’s actually lovely. I’m loving wearing this on my cheeks with just a little contouring. Again, it’s very pigmented, so you only need a little bit on your brush and seems to be quite long wearing.

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After waiting to get my hands on the Mega Shine lip gloss in beige, I was not disappointed. There is nothing beige about it, in fact is a very sweet opaque pink colour, that’s a lot pinker than I thought it would be. I really like the applicator as it’s shaped to apply the lip gloss with accuracy around the lip and the smell is adorable, like sweet cherries. Since getting this product a couple of weeks ago, it has not left my handbag, I love it! I also bought one in Salsa, but I’m not as keen on this as it has way too much shimmer in it for me. It kind of reminds me of the L’Oreal Glam Shine lip gloss that I would have owned when I was a teenager. So definitely not for me. However, I do love the packaging of these NYX lip glosses though with the little bow on the top of the applicator.

Overall, I have been massively impressed with NYX Cosmetics and will definitely be making more purchases in the future. They are so affordable, great quality and have a huge range of colours to choose from which always helps. I think I’m going to try their HD Foundation next. Anyone tried them? If so, let me know what you think of it.

Sara.x