Friday, 11 November 2016

Autumn Beauty Haul! | Part 1

Autumn is my absolute favourite season to shop for makeup. While classic makeup trends such as the cranberry eye and matte lips always make a reappearance, there's a lot to explore and try out. This autumn I decided to step outside of my makeup comfort zone; from peachy palettes to olive hues and bright purple lipsticks, here's what I purchased throughout autumn.

Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette - Highlighter has made quite the appearance in my collection recently. After falling in love with the NARS Albatross, I decided to find more affordable alternatives because lets be real, it’s expensive to repurchase every time. I discovered this beautiful highlighting kit by accident - it was hidden underneath a Sedona Lace eyeshadow palette! Luckily, this treasure was found and I’m so happy I purchased it. The palette comes with four highlighters, three are cream and one is powder. It’s incredibly versatile and gives a soft, luminous glow to your everyday complexion. This is in the shade ’029 Precious Metals’  and can be applied on the cupids bow, cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and under the brow bone. 

LA Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick - You may have read my review on the LA Girl Flat Matte Velvet Pigment Glosses, which are essentially just liquid lipsticks. I raved about them and the amazing variety of colour that they offered a while ago. I purchase all of my LA Girl products in South Africa, so when I saw that LA Girl was being sold in the Netherlands, my greedy little hands just had to get ahold of them. The lipstick that I chose is a bright matte purple, perfect for if you’re feeling adventurous or want to try something new. The formula is great as it applies like a cream lipstick but dries quickly without chipping. The packaging is sleek too; black with gold accents and the colour is indicated at the bottom of the lipstick tube, which is something I personally love. It lasts about 8 - 10 hours and, similar to the liquid lipstick, fades away slightly when eating and drinking. This lipstick is in the shade ‘Love Triangle’. 

Makeup Revolution Mono Eyeshadow - This is probably the most gorgeous dark olive green eyeshadow that I have ever owned. It was only 2 euro and it’s so pigmented and long-lasting. It has a slight shimmer to it, with a slight blue undertone. I think this is the perfect eyeshadow for fall nights as it’s something different. There was a large variety of colours and finishes too, ranging from sparkly golds, royal purples and matte browns. Since it’s super affordable, these would be easy to collect. They’re so tiny they’d also be perfect for keeping in your travel makeup bag. 

Milani Powder Blush - Look how amazing this blush is! I was so excited when I saw this in the store as I’ve ever only seen them online. I’m not a huge fan of blushes, but I would definitely make an exception for the Milani range. The gold packaging and font makes the product look expensive, though I bought it for under 20 euros. I love that the actual product is pigmented and in the shape of a rose. It’s super cute to keep on display, too. This blush has a slight shimmer to it, so I would probably use it as a highlighter more than I would a blush. This blush is in the shade ’03 Warm Petals’ and would suit for skin tone, but looks especially gorgeous on girls with tan skin or a deep undertone. 

Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream - The second product I purchased from Milani is a liquid lipstick. Let me just say that I am not a huge fan of pink lip products in general, but I’ve been bending the rules a little bit. I love the creamy texture that this liquid lipstick has. It dries incredibly quickly and it is long-lasting. I find that it doesn’t fade when I eat, but the colour disappears in the centre of my lip whenever I drink something. It smells good too, has a long duration of 12 months before the expiration date and has a matching lipliner!

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette - I have purchased two other eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution in the past and that was the Iconic Pro Palette and the I Heart Chocolate Palette by the sister brand, I Heart Makeup. I was impressed with the colour payoff, but I wanted to get a palette with more variety and that is when I came across this palette on their website. Fingers crossed that they’d stock it in the Netherlands, I was so happy to discover that they did! This amazing palette contains sixteen different warm shades, ranging from bright orange hues to plummy browns. The finishes are matte and shimmer, which is perfect for day to night makeup looks. Not only does the palette come with a medium-sized mirror, but also a makeup brush. I repeat - brush, not sponge! This is huge for drugstore makeup, and I’m so excited for how the drugstore brands, Makeup Revolution included, have stepped up their game. 

essence The Glow Must Go On Palette 
Although hesitant to buy this palette at first, I'm so happy that I did. It's super pigmented! What I love most about this palette is that there are five different shades for highlighting and bronzing. In the center of the palette you have a blush trio which can be used for highlighter too. The palette comes with a small brush which makes application easier. On either sides of the blush trio, are two matte eyeshadows. One is a warm orange shade whilst the other is terracotta, perfect for autumn! Above that is a shimmery champagne highlighter that is excellent to use for an inner eye highlight.

essence Stay All Day Transluscent Fixing Powder
I only ever purchase drugstore transluscent powders and whilst I usually buy mine from CATRICE cosmetics, I decided to try out the essence one. The powder is loose so one must be careful when applying. Because of the loose consistency, it's perfect for baking/highlighting and works wonders for setting your makeup.

Let me know what you think of these purchases. Are there any brands you love that you’d recommend, and do you own any of these products? Let me know in the comments! 

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