The Autumn Beauty Edit

As I'm writing this it is the first official day of autumn! How is this possible? I think I blinked and missed summer. But I'm not complaining autumn / winter is my favourite time of year. And while I was really getting into summer makeup and embracing bright colours, I'm ready for a change. So I thought I'd share some of my autumn makeup that will be getting a lot of love...

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick | £23 | POST

I have been raving about this throughout summer but I'm sure I'm going to love it even more in the cooler months. This is a great creamy, lightweight base, with a satin finish. I'd say it has medium coverage but it's easily build-able. Don't let the fact this is a stick foundation put you off, this is far from the regular pan sticks that are thick and cakey. This also lasts all day on me. And because it's a stick it's super easy for touch up on the go!

Urban Decay One & Done | £25 | POST

Autumn makeup screams matte skin to me. But I have a love hate relationship with matte foundations -  I love the finish but with dehydrated skin they are too drying and uncomfortable, especially in the colder months. But this offering from Urban Decay is the perfect compromise. It has a very natural satin finish, that doesn't leave my skin looking flat or cakey. The coverage is really good too, it's light to medium but definitely more on the medium side. It's also build-able if you want more coverage. The staying power is incredible, this lasts a good 6+ hours on me!

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer | £20 | POST

I like to look tanned all year round. But in autumn I like to opt for a matte option that doesn't look over the top. So I will be reaching for this beauty from Urban Decay in the shade Bronzed. It's a lovely warm toned bronzer that adds a natural sun kissed looked to the skin. The formula is insanely good. It's finely milled so it applies effortlessly, evenly and blends easily, and doesn't fade.

Max Factor Cream Puff Blush | £8.99

I love switching out my blushers as the weather turns colder, it's the perfect way to transform a look. Nude Mauvey colours are perfect for this time of year, or any time of year, but for the purposes of this post will go with autumn. And the shade is a perfect nude Mauve colour. That looks stunning on. The formula of these Max Factor offerings are some of the best in the drugstore. While I do find them a little powdery, they apply well, are easily to blend and well pigmented.

Milani Baked Blush | £7.50

Another affordable blush favourite comes in the form of these Milani Baked Blushes. The shade Berry Amore is one of my favourite autumn / winter blushes. I have a soft spot for these Purple, Berry tones; they suit my skin tone so well. If you haven't already tried Milani Baked Blushes you need too. The formula is so soft, blend able and long lasting. Plus the packaging is pretty!

Anastisia Beverly Hills Modern Renassiance Palette | £41 | POST

Who am I trying to kid! I've been using this palette all summer! But it's far too nice not to take through to the autumn. And the shades are perfect for the season! This contains 15 mainly warm toned shadows that can create any look, from a subtle daytime to something more dramatic. Majority of the shades are matte, but I've been really been embracing a matte eye look, plus it's perfect for those who don't like shimmer. But for the shimmer lovers there are Two in beautiful shimmery shades in there. See my full review and swatches here.

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick | £5.50

The shade Kiss the Dust is a deep Brown toned nude. This actually is a lot more bold than a regular nude on me which I really like in autumn. Sometimes I find a deep Berry colour a bit too ott for everyday. So I love these kind of shades. The formula of this is so good. It applies so easily and is so creamy but it's so matte! The finish is similar to a liquid lipstick, but a lot easier to apply! It has the staying power of a liquid lipstick too. I'm sure this will be a firm autumn favourite!

Maybelline Colour Drama Matte Lipstick | £6.99 | POST

I had to include this because it's quickly become one of my favourite lipsticks. I'm sure you already know but the famous shade Clay Crush has finally come to the Uk! The shade itself is a beautiful Brown-y nude with Orange undertones. The formula is super creamy, pigmented and long lasting. While I don't find this as matte as some of the other shades from the Creamy Matte range, it's still pretty matte and very good as drugstore lipsticks go.

Essie Nail Polishes | £7.99

Deep Berry toned nails scream autumn to me! And the trusty formula of Essie polishes mean chip resistant nails for a good few days. My favourite Autumn shades are, In The Lobby (a deep Red wine colour) and Wicked, which is very similar to In the lobby but it's much darker and slightly more Brown toned.

So there's some products I'll be using. What are your favourite products for autumn?

P.S I just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting on Sunday.  For those who didn't know I'm getting married on Saturday so I'm crazy, busy in the last few days! But I will be back Tuesday as normal!

P.P.S Make sure you're following me on Instagram  (@lpbeautyblog) because I'm sure there will be a few wedding pictures!

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OOTD | Sammydress

I've been toying with the idea of a fashion post for a while now. So here I am with my first ever outfit of the day post! 

I was kindly sent some pieces from (here). It's a similar website to Sheinside, which I have ordered from a few times so I was excited to see if they lived up. 

First of all the shipping was super quick. My order came within a week, which is really impressive. I tend to find shipping from China usually takes ages and by the time it arrives, I'd forgotten what I've ordered. 

I chose this lovely smock dress (here)* which was £7.67. I'm so impressed with the quality. It feels quite nice and they're aren't any random threads hanging from it. Which really annoys me about affordable clothes. It also actually looks like the online picture too. I love the muted Orange colour, it's perfect for autumn winter. I paired it with some tights because I feel the cold! And the boots are from Primark. This can also be dressed up with a pair of heels for an evening look. 

I also went for this stunning grey bag (here)*. Which is a total Chloe dupe, but it will set you back £8. Yes £8!!!! It also has Gold hardwear, which really makes the bag look more expensive than it is. Again, I'm really impressed with the quality. It feels really sturdy and doesn't feel cheap at all. This even came in the little storage bag. I've literally been using this non stop and will continue to use it! 

Overall, I'm really impressed with And I will definitely be ordering again. I'm tempted to get that bag in every colour! 

Have you ordered anything from Sammydress before?

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A Simple Skincare Routine

 I find, especially being a complete beauty junkie like I am, it's easy to end up with loads of different steps. But recently my skin has been breaking out and just not really looking it's best and was difficult to see what products were helping and which ones weren't. So I completely went back to basics and started using just a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and an oil at night. Since doing this I've noticed a huge improvement to my skin. While I still get the occasional break out it's no were near as bad. For reference I normally have dehydrated skin, but in the warmer months it's more Normal / combination. So here's a little round up of these products...

The whole Toleraine line from La Roche Posay is aimed at those with really sensitive skin. While I don't overly think I have sensitive skin that burns or goes red or feels irritated by certain products, It does break out easily. Therefore, I thought sensitive products would be a bit of a better fit for my skin. I'm really glad I made the switch. Most of my breakouts started clearing up after just a few uses! It's a thick cream that melts into the skin removing impurities and makeup. This leaves my skin feeling really clean without it feeling tight or dry. I can't recommend this enough! 

PIXI Glow Tonic | £18 | POST 

This has holy grail status for me. I've lost count how many bottles I've gone through. It's an AHA toner that lifts away dead skin cells to reveal, radiant, more refined, glowing skin. I like to use this in the morning, instead of cleanser because I'm yet to find a nice light one. This has made such a huge improvement to my skins overall texture and dehydration lines. 

This again is aimed at sensitive skin but it's really amazing. I always thought that products for sensitive skin didn't really do a lot. I was so wrong, this is one of the best moisturisers I've used! It really nourishes and moisturises all day, but the formula is still light, absorbs instantly and sits well under makeup. With this I don't find my dehydration such a problem.

At night I really like a facial oil. I definitely find they help to keep my skin hydrated. This Kielhs one is great. It contains a whole load of ingredients that aim to leave skin looking more youthful, nourished and radiant. And this definitely does leave my skin more nourished and radiant looking. While it feels super soft and smooth. 

I've been switching between this and the Kielhs oil. The results from this are very similar to the Kielhs one. But this contains ingredients to protect and replenish the skin from environmental damage. Which is always good considering pollution and the sun are all linked to skin damage and ageing! 

I've really noticed a massive difference in my skin by stripping back my skincare, I'm also going to introduce skincare products one at a time so I see what's working and what isn't. 

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts on a simple skincare routine? 

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Fresh Radiant Skin | Skincare & Makeup

My love for super fresh, glow-y skin is no secret on this blog! Throughout summer I've noticed such a difference the warmer weather has made to my dehydrated skin, so now that the weather is transitioning into winter I've brought out the big guns to keep my skin fresh and glowing. So here they are...


For super glowing fresh skin, skincare is such an important step. Prep work is key to keeping skin and makeup looking fresh. So here are a few of my favourites...

PIXI Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This is a daily staple for me,  I've been using it for over a year now and I still love it. It's basically a chemical exfoliator, that uses gentle acids. This is jam packed with skin loving ingredients such as Ginseng and Vitamins to nourish and gently lift away dead skin cells. This has made a huge difference to my skin; it's helped my dehydration lines, helped my skin look more refined and more importantly made my skin glow! For more information on chemical exfoliators and AHAs see this post.

DR Botanicals Anti Oxidising Daily Radiance Moisturiser* | £39.99

This nifty little pot protects skin from environmental damage whilst keeping skin radiant. This is a great everyday moisturiser to boost skin glow! It's light but nourishing and leaves behind a subtle glow. It is also really smoothing and wears really well under makeup. A perfect glow enhancer.

La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra | £17.50 | POST

For my dehydrated skin I need something super moisturising to stop me drying out. So at night time I reach for this. And I've not come across anything that nourishes as well! Since using it my dehydrated skin has not been a problem. It also helps keep my breakouts bay! I can't recommend this enough!

L'oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Glow Enhancing Essence | £14.99

Essence Lotions are really having their moment in the beauty industry. And for good reason.  They are a watery lotion to be used after cleansing and before moisturiser; With the aim to help re balance and add the moisture that may have been lost during the cleansing process. What I really love about this one is the results are instant! This really adds extra glow and makes my skin look more healthy!

PIXI Glow Mud Mask | £18

Clogged pores are not going to help that fresh faced look. So a deep clean is essential. This mask is great for drawing out impurities. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without being overly drying!


Makeup great for faking that fresh face glow... 

There is nothing better for faking a glow than this! This is a radiance enhancing primer that adds glow without any glitter or shimmer. It's really amazing how it does it. But not only does this add a glow it really smooths the skin and leaves a perfect base for makeup! 

For a more affordable alternative to the Becca Primer this a great option. I'm not going to lie this isn't as good as the Becca one, but it's still very good and one of my favourites. It's tinted so it adds a bit of coverage which great. It also really gives the skin a dewy fresh finish! 

This is the ultimate glow giving foundation, it really gives a dewy-ness to the skin. But I tend to find with glow-y foundations they are not long lasting but this really is. It lasts all day on me! The formula is quite watery and applies like a dream, it glides over skin, blurring imperfections and leaving behind a radiant glow. The coverage is light to medium, but still makes my skin look flawless! 

This offering from Urban Decay is not as dewy as the loreal one but still gives a fresh look to the skin. It offers medium coverage that is surprisingly good  considering it is described as a tinted moisturiser hybrid. The formula is light and creamy and blends out with ease. It's long lasting, blurs most imperfections and gives the appearance of amazing skin! It's great theres nothing not to love! 

I find a good blush is great for perking up a dull, tired complexion. This Clinique Blush in the shade Peach Pop gives me such a healthy look to the skin. It's a lovely Peach colour with subtle shimmers running through it. It applies smoothly and lasts all day with out fading. 

Cream Blushes also help skin to look fresh and glow-y, This Stila Blush in the shade Peony hits the nail on the head with a beautiful colour and brilliant formula. The is a Mauvey colour that suites most skin tones and is wearable no matter what the season. The formula is creamy but not too creamy it moves around. Just a great all round fresh face product.

Highlighter instantly adds a glow and screams out fresh faced to me. And I'm not afraid of a full on highlighter on an everyday basis but sometimes for a fresh faced, healthy look something more subtle is what I reach for. And the buttery soft formula of MAC Soft and Gentle applies to the skin with ease and leaves behind a radiant, yet subtle glow without any glitter. It's also a lovely Champagne toned colour that suites most skin tones.

So theres some of my favourites for achieving fresh dewy skin.

Have you tried any of these? What are you thoughts?

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Disappointing Products #2

So I've tried a lot products recently that were so disappointing and some that where a bit meh, or some that just didn't live up to my expectation. Please remember though, that just because they didn't work for me doesn't mean they wont work for you. This is just my experience with them. So let's get into it...

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | £29.50

I'm really sad about this because I really want to like this. Everybody seems to love it so I thought it would be a sound investment. It contains fruit extracts and vitamins that promise to brighten and nourish the skin. The cleanser itself is really nice to use; it's so light and does feel nourishing. But unfortunately this gave me the most horrendous breakouts! I've tried it several times with the same results. Which is frustrating because this stuff isn't cheap!

Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer | £10.99

This is a relatively new launch which promises to smooth the skin, including pores and fine lines. When I first swatched this it did leave my hand really smooth, without being really silicony. It wasn't drying either. But this is probably one of the worst primers I've come across. It didn't smooth the skin on my face, it didn't add radiance or mattify. It just made every foundation I tried with apply patchy. No amount of blend made it look even!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | £29.50

I recently spoke about this in my High End Foundations | the good, the bad and the ugly post (here). Where I expressed my dislike for the foundation. I just can't make this work. It exaggerates every little imperfection on my face. And just doesn't sit right on my skin. For foundation that claims to be suitable for every skin type, disappointing doesn't come close to how I feel about this!

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation | £5.99

This another new launch I picked up on a bit of whim. And on first application this did seem promising. Its a gel like formula that offers a solid medium coverage. It has a satin finish and did leave my skin looking flawless. But after an hours wear I couldn't wait to take this of! It was so drying! It went patchy and looked gross on me - far from fresh!  I think this might be better suited for those with oily skins.

NYX HD Setting powder | £8.99

Regular readers will know just how much I love NYX. Nearly everything I've tried from them has been above and beyond what you expect from their price point. So it really pains me that I didn't like this setting powder. First up it promised to be translucent but it left a White cast on my face, but I wouldn't say I have an overly tanned or dark skin tone. Secondly, the packaging. The sifter holes are far too big, it lets way to much product out and it goes everywhere! So this is going to the back of my makeup collection.

BareMinerals Bare Skin Concealer | £22.99

My love for the complexion rescue is well documented throughout this blog so when I heard rave reviews about this concealer I was certain I would love this too. But I don't. The concealer does have good coverage and at first I thought the formula was good too. It's very serum like and feels very hydrating. But this is just too hydrating for me. I found it very slippery under my eyes and crease so badly. So I'm guessing this would be ideal for very dry skin.

Milani Matte Lip Cream | £8

Liquid lipsticks are my thing at the moment but this offering from Milani isn't. The shade Loved is very nice though, it's a pretty Rose Pink colour. But the formula was so drying and when it had dried it went all flakey and crumbled off my lips. A complete waste of money.

Primark Liquid Lipstick | £2

This was ridiculously cheap I don't know why I had hopes. It's rubbish. The shade 01 is a Dusky Pink nude which I really like. But it applied so streaky and when it started to dry down, it felt so dry and began flaking and rolling up.

So there's a few disappointing products I've come across recently. What products have you found disappointing?

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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