BEAUTY | My Autumnal Makeup Look 2017

My favourite time of year for makeup has arrived!

Every year, I've been posting a new autumn makeup on the blog. It's a little tradition that I like to keep, because it helps me keep track of what makeup I enjoy wearing at the same time each year. You can click here to see the previous looks I've done: my 2016 warm corals look and the 2015 dark lips look.

This year, I have brought back dark lips again - but they are matte this time! - with a quick and easy look that I enjoy wearing on the weekends. I tend to wear very minimal makeup during the week and avoid dark shades for professional reasons, so when the weekend comes, I love looking as autumnal as possible with brown shades under my eyes and dark red on my lips.

On my face, I used the Magic Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury to even out the skin - always good in the autumn, because the cold can easily cause redness here and there. This foundation is amazing (you can find a full review here) and gives you great coverage without being too obvious. To cover any extra imperfections, I use the NYX HD Studio Photogenic concealer, which is amazing. It reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in terms of texture and coverage, but for a fraction of the price. 
I set the foundation with the Stay Matte powder by Rimmel, which has been my go-to powder for years now.

Instead of using eyeshadow as I've done for the past couple years, this time I went for a classic look with eyeliner. I used to wear liner a lot a few years ago, but I've started to wear it less and less, however it's still a look I like to go for sometimes. I used my Kiko Precision Liner and drew a sharp wing as I always do.
On the bottom lash line, I used the Naked 1 Palette by Urban Decay to add a touch of autumn shades, creating a gradient with the shades Smog in the middle of the eye and Hustle in the outer part. To add even more glitter I used a Nocibé bronzy gold eyeshadow in the centre of the water line.

I then added some shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corner of my eyes and on my brow bone, using an individual Sephora shadow in the shade 72 Movie Popcorn. I added two good coats of mascara with the Bourgeois Volume Glamour mascara which is great for lengthening the lashes and separating them. Here is what the final eye look is like:

I'm all about the highlighter at the moment, I can never go without it. I've been using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector almost every single day. I've got the shade Opal and it's a beautiful gold shade, a lot more gold than the classic Champagne Pop. As for blusher, I'm using my old UK Beauty coral blusher which is almost running out - I like this coral shade with tiny gold sparkles.

For the lips, I'm going for a matte liquid lipstick (even though the finish doesn't look matte in these photos, it really is a lovely soft matte shade.) I'm using the NYX Liquid Suede in the shade n.12 Vintage - I'm guessing in reference to the films noirs of the 1930s and the beautiful dark lips women wore in these productions. The application is easy but because the shade is so dark, you have to make sure you apply the colour evenly. It's such a pretty shade for autumn because it's more of a muted burgundy, rather tricky to describe and very unique. 

And that's about it for my autumnal look this year. It's far more minimal than last year's look, because I've been drawn to quicker, easier looks to create - but still with that autumn touch of gold and brown that I really like at this time of year.

What's your go-to autumn look? Do you enjoy wearing dark lipstick at this time of year?


TRAVEL | England's Smallest City

Tiny place, big cathedral.

Wells really is a tiny city. It got its title of City because it is home to a beautiful cathedral, but in truth it is the perfect size for a little weekend day out in the country. Let me show you in this post why Wells is worth a trip if you're around Somerset!

Of course, Wells Cathedral is the main attraction. Its square shape and flat top is very curious and unlike any other cathedral I've seen in England so far, but the facade is beautiful. The area is very peaceful as well, you won't see crowds of people flocking around like you would in Winchester for example. All the better to admire the building and its intricacies.

The Cathedral was built between the 12th and the end of the 15th century. The style is mainly Gothic, and the interior is particularly beautiful. It has been taken care of so well, that the building seems brand new. Unlike other cathedrals and churches which are often purposely very dark, Wells cathedral fills up with light, which makes it a warm and welcoming building to step into.

The arches of St Andrew's Cross in the far end of the nave are beautiful, and so it the ceiling in the Lady Chapel (last picture above.) The curves and arches all around the cathedral make it such a stunning structure to look at. I am a sucker for good symmetry and find it so aesthetically pleasing. Is it just me?
Right outside the Cathedral, you'll find Vicar's Close. An iconic little side-street, the oldest permanently inhabited street in Europe. And you'd probably want to live there too.

My friend Julie and I organised an impromptu photoshoot in Vicar's Close, because where could we find a cutest, more autumnal background for these photos?
I'm wearing my new midi skirt from New Look. I got it in the sales and it's the perfect autumn shade. Because it's such a statement piece I decided to wear with with a plain back top and my favourite jacket from H&M. A girl recently told me "you look like you're going hunting" as I was wearing this jacket, and yep I totally own this countryside look. (the hunting not so much though!)

For lunch, we went to a lovely pub in town called the City Arms. First of all: it is pink and very cute.

Inside, a whole part was dedicated to the restaurant and it was really cosy, with cushions and wooden tables. I went for lasagna, served with garlic bread (yum!) and a salad. It was really good and so filling that I didn't want anything for dinner that day.

The pubs and restaurants around Wells didn't seem very busy. It was lovely to spend time in a place that's not crowded, as opposed to Bath where the whole city centre is full of people most of the time. We had a really fun day out in Wells, saw a beautiful cathedral, and had a quiet pub lunch. Isn't that exactly how Brits do days out?

Have you ever heard of Wells? Do you enjoy visiting historical buildings?


LIFESTYLE | Why I Am Buying Less

Am I a reponsible adult yet?

Over the last year or two, there's been a big change in my way of seeing fashion, beauty and shopping. I've come to a stage where I rarely buy anything, don't jump on the trends and focus on what I need, not what I lust after. 
There hasn't been a big epiphany to come to this stage, no life-changing moment, it just happened over time. Yeah, I became more responsible and aware. I thought it would be interesting to address this in a blog post, and see if any of you could relate. 
Here are some of the things I've come to realise since I started buying less...

Breaking news: I am not in desperate need for anything

Sounds silly, but really this is the key thing to remember. I have stopped buying nail polishes every month or clothes that I wasn't even sure I'd ever wear. I have stopped buying while telling myself 'I'll get it, it was only £10' and ending up never using the said item. I don't restrict myself, I just know how to stop from buying unnecessary things. And happily, I'm doing just as well as I did when I bought three nail polishes in Boots just because they were on offer! 
All the things I bought were all extras I splurged on because I could afford it, and because it feels great to buy new stuff. It really does! I get super excited when I buy new makeup. But all the makeup I bought on a whim, I barely use now. I didn't need it, so it's there, taking up space. I could have done without it... and I think that's the most important thing to understand - buying less doesn't mean restricting yourself or being frustrated. Once you realise that you'll be fine buying only what you need - remembering that these are things you do want as well of course - you'll start thinking about the way you buy.

I appreciate my new purchases more

Because I buy mostly things I need, I always look forward to the purchase. Most of my shopping lists are thought through: I'll note down that I need a new scarf, and look for the perfect one. Needless to say, when I do find the scarf I want, I'm super excited and I want to wear it until the end of time. I feel more responsible towards my possessions, I care more about what I own and it makes me feel more aware of what I have. When I fall in love on an item, I don't buy it straight away - I wait for a bit and see if I still want it as much. If I do, awesome, I'll get it! If I've forgotten about it, it means that I can probably do without it. Wouldn't it be cool to absolutely love everything you have?

Quality over quantity

This is an obvious one, but buying less means that I have more money to spend - well, once I've paid the rent! I'd rather spend that money on quality items, that will last me a while and that I won't throw away six months later. Because these are often items I need, I want them to be top quality so I enjoy using or wearing them all the way. Last January, I needed a new foundation and got the Magic Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury. It was expensive, but it's the only foundation I used all winter and spring - and it is bloody great. Last December, I wanted a new winter bag and got a burgundy Coach bag. It was the most expensive bag I'd ever bought, but I've used it a lot, taken it in trains and at school where I worked, and it still looks brand new - the leather is perfect, nothing fell apart, no scratches anywhere, the gold details haven't lost their colour... Best investment ever. A few years ago, I would have gone through three Primark bags in six months instead. 
Although I do still buy from Primark and the like, I've been drawn to sturdier materials for accessories and clothes. Have you ever noticed how the quality of some of the clothes in Topshop or River Island is awful? Is it really worth that price tag? Going on less shopping sprees could potentially allow you to access items that are a little bit more expensive, but a lot better quality-wise.

Are you a compulsive buyer or do you think through your purchases?