Tuesday, 16 September 2014

palettes and pouts from makeup revolution

I'm a big fan of budget brand Makeup Revolution. Their products are great quality and great value, and every time something new arrives at my door I can't wait to get applying. I'm lucky enough to have put a good mix of their products to the test, but by far their eyeshadow palettes have been the most impressive. Here's my thoughts on two more, plus a bright pink pout I've been adorning lately...
 Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette in Romantic Smoked* (£4)
This palette comes with 6 shimmers and 6 mattes along with a double ended sponge applicator, and is so complimentary to my green eyes. There's some mauve/plum tones in there with a few neutrals too and an inner corner highlight. Whether you want things simple or smokey, this palette is divine. The shadows are incredible quality from first swatch - they're so soft but hold together really well making application smooth and a real dream. This is the palette I go straight to for evenings, so so beautiful.
 Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette in What You Waiting For?* (£6)
This palette comes with 12 shimmers and 6 mattes, a double ended sponge applicator and a mirror. This one's a great alternative if the Naked palettes aren't on your budget and you're lusting after all three as it's a real mix of them. This is the one where it's so easy to pick one shade to blend all over, or you have the option to really go to town and work with a combination. Again, the quality is impeccable - even from the mattes which are buttery soft. This one's more daywear appropriate, or of course you can go more shimmery or smokey for the evening.
Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in You Took My Love* (£3)
A pink lip's my signature look when I'm not at work. It's the most bold that I feel comfortable stepping out the door in, and this newbie is a beaut. This extremely highly pigmented, opaque lacquer  sits beautifully on the lips. There's no excessive product on the doe-foot wand meaning totally smooth application is easy in one swipe. It's dead creamy at first, but dries down in minutes to a matte finish but one that's really even and doesn't separate or bleed during the day, although does only last for around 3 hours. Much better than some higher end counterparts. 
What's your favourite Makeup Revolution product?
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Monday, 15 September 2014

thoughts on my first latest in beauty box

After writing my post, "thoughts on my first Birchbox" I was certainly intrigued into what other beauty boxes had to offer. The Latest In Beauty The Beauty Bible Loves Box was the next one to arrive at my home and this one was packed full to the brim with brands I'd only tried one or two products from. With a mix of skincare, body care, hair care and a spot of makeup I was certainly impressed from first appearance, but were the products up to scratch?

Packaging: The black box with teal tissue paper inside was certainly my cup of tea. The box was full of products cushioned on shredded paper with no space to spare. 

What's inside?: In this one I got 9 products - 4 sample size and 5 full size. There was a good mix of products and nothing I deemed unsuitable for me. 

Bellápierre Cosmetics Volumizing Mascara in Black - 9ml full size: This is what I'm wearing in the photo above and have been wearing a lot lately. It's a really natural, everyday mascara that adds a bit of volume and definition. It's quite wet in texture but doesn't translate to clumpy or smudgy on the lashes. The mascara wand is really soft, although fairly straight which is why it doesn't do much to create a curl but it's an easy one to pop on and go making it ideal for mornings. It's worth £19.99 alone, making the box very worthwhile! Repurchase? As lovely as it is, there are cheaper alternatives that do just as good a job so not this time.

Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy - 25g full size: This one smells really fresh yet subtle and really softens the hands. It compliments the hand scrub (below) well and over time certainly helps to relieve dryness. At a retail price of just £5 it's definitely one I'll consider repurchasing.

Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask - 100ml full size: This detoxifying mask spreads across the face with ease, feeling incredibly soothing and fresh. I wasn't a fan of the initial scent but once dried down I barely noticed it. Initially there was a tingling sensation around the lips, but didn't experience any further discomfort. The mask dries really smoothly with no cracking or flaking, removes with ease and definitely left my skin calmer and clearer the following day after bringing out all of the impurities. At £7.99 it's an affordable mask that works as well as some masks that I have up to £40, so I would possibly buy this again.

Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser - 30ml sample size: This cleanser's really gentle and has a subtle scent. It feels comfortable on dry skin and removes easily. It doesn't feel like it's doing much because it's so light, but it does thoroughly cleanse with a single use and would be ideal for sensitive skin. The sample size gave me chance to get a good feel for the product as I didn't need much, so the £14.50 retail price is totally reasonable.

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo - 30ml sample size: The shampoo doesn't lather up at all on first shampoo which I like as it indicates that it's deep cleansing. The second wash it lathers up well without being excessive, leaving hair very clean for up to 3 days. The small sample size bottle would see you through 2-3 double washed depending on hair length, so the £16 RRP justifies the price for the full size. 

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler - 30ml sample size: Complimenting the above, there's the gorgeous smelling product that can also be left in as a treatment. It really softens and smoothes out hair making it more manageable. Again it's £16 but this small size bottle saw me through 4 uses on mid-length hair. 

PitROK Crystal Deodorant Wipes - 20 wipes full size: These are one of those things that I'm really reluctant to try and certainly want to have a trustworthy backup on hand at all times, but I'll give it its' due and say that they performed as well as my favourite deodorant aerosol. The wipes don't particularly have a scent, and aren't very moist so doesn't feel like it's actually putting anything on but keep you dry and fresh throughout the day thanks to the mineral salts. They're purse friendly at £2.49 too, but I probably would stick to my usual.

RITUALS Miracle Scrub Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba Ultra Softening Hand Scrub - 75ml full size: This lovely, fresh smelling scrub wasn't too abrasive so perfect for dry hands and didn't aggravate any open cuts on my hands either. It made my hands so much smoother and cleaner, and worked really well with the hand cream from the box too. It's £11.50 so pushing it slightly for what I'd usually pay for this sort of product, but the fruity scent has made me fall for it making it my must-have from this box!

How much is it?: This one's £19.95 plus £3.95 postage - currently only available for delivery in the UK. 

Is it worth it?: So this one's pretty expensive but has a genuine value of over £70. For a beauty lover like myself it's definitely worth it - something that could be a really nice gift. Latest In Beauty seems to be proving that they can deliver high quality brands and aren't entirely minis/sample/travel size products which certainly makes it more appealing.

What are your thoughts on beauty boxes?
The Glamour Beauty Power List box is now available here for £15.99 with free delivery.
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

new blogs, posts and products #38

So I've decided to change the title of these blog posts to something quite obvious, but effective. I get a lot of positive feedback regarding the posts so I'm definitely going to continue doing them, but with a lot of "Sunday posts" or "weekly roundups" I think the previous title was ending up blending in with those posts and not actually making it clear of what the post includes. So the format's the same, but hopefully a new title will encourage those who would usually just automatically Mark As Read and scroll past, click through for the first time. Bloggers - Good titles are key! 
Here's my roundup of these week's favourite things...

This week I liked: Tattooed Tealady - Understanding Organic Ingredients // BritishBeautyBlogger - Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick // Lily Pebbles - Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss // iHeart Organizing - DIY Leather Cord Keeper // Fashion Influx - Striped Shirt // London Beauty Queen - Bloggers Confession: I Love Magazines & Want Them To Stick Around // ZoeLondon - Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Blogging Advice? // Inthefrow - The Truth About Tax And Blogging // Burkatron - Nails: Models Own Diamond Luxe

This week I followed: Queen Of Jet Lags // The Fashion Ramblings // Sleek-Chic // Bang On Style // WhatBeckyLoves 

This week I've been loving: Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk (£9)

This week I'm lusting after: MAC Eyegloss - swatches here.

Who have you followed this week?
What have you been loving/reading/lusting after?

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

#beckydoesntbake - malteser cookies recipe

Now when it comes to baking I'm useless. I love a good sweet treat but making them myself, well it's not really for me. But my boyfriend and I decided to test out a recipe for Malteser Cookies and film it too! Watch the video above or click here to watch it on YouTube! PS: They taste SO good.
What's your favourite thing to bake?

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Friday, 12 September 2014

get to know autumn leaves

A few things I wanted to share with you all...

1. The changes I mentioned in this post, well they're being pushed back a bit thanks to a hectic schedule for the rest of the month! 
2. I've now added a "Featured" page and "Search" option to Autumn Leaves, and I'm also working on an updated Blogroll followed by a Product Directory. 
3. I was picked as MyBeautyCompare's blogger of the month this month which is exciting! The site's a great shopping tool for you big beauty spenders so you should definitely head over there, but as part of the BOTM feature they asked me a few questions to get to know the blogger behind Autumn Leaves. So if you want to get to know me a bit more, find out my favourite products and where I get my inspiration from plus all the details on what's happening here on AL in the next 12 months then click here to read the full interview. This is also the perfect opportunity to say if there's any questions you want to ask me, then leave them in the comments below and I'll pop the answers in my next Q&A post!
4. We're not far off a huge giveaway and a possible option of advertising packages if anyone's interested!

What would you like to know?
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

review: bourjois new releases

It's definitely no secret that my favourite drugstore brand is Bourjois. They've seriously brought it with their new releases over the past year especially and have gone from a brand I'd only tried the odd product from to one that I'll instantly want to get my hands on the next new release. It's no surprise that all of the summer releases made me fall in love with the brand even more, here's why...

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder and Highlighter* (£7.99) - I'm a big, big fan of the bronzer anyway so when the highlighting duo popped through my postbox I couldn't wait to get applying. Yes there's a subtle shimmer in the bronzing powder but you can totally get away with it as a contour in the hollows of the cheekbones and along the hairline. It's not too muddy for paler complexions and definitely adds warmth. The initial layer of the highlighter is a bit too shimmery, but once you work your way down after a couple of applications you'll find a super flattering, brightening champagne coloured powder that's velvety soft and easy to work with. I like that you won't end up with the two sections mixed together either thanks to the design and I'm not disappointed by the product at all.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Gold Bronzing Powder* (£7.99) - Looking at this, it wasn't the one I was most hyped about and unfortunately still isn't. This one is so sparkly in the pan that it doesn't look like anything I'd put anywhere but my lids, but the copper-bronze shade with golden shimmer throughout gives such a gorgeous sun kissed effect that's ideal as a highlight in the summer months or with a bit of fake tan. Admittedly it's too OTT all over the cheeks so a light hand and small fluffy brush is required, but it's still dead pretty. 

Bourjois Cream Blush in Sun 05 Pink Sunwear* (£7.99) - This b-e-a-utiful cream to powder finish blush just isn't justified by the above photos, you can see it swatched in my summer favourites video here and trust me, you'll be sold! This coppery bronze, golden-shimmery-in-the-pan shade translates to such a pretty peachy-bronze glow on the cheeks. The formulation is spot on, it picks up strongly and blends out with ease. It's so light in texture and can be built up or used subtly as a little highlight. Although you'd imagine from the texture that it would melt off the face at the first sign of heat, but this beauty stays put keeping things radiant throughout the day. If you buy one thing from this post, make it this. 

Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner* (£4.99 each) - Pencil eyeliners aren't my thing, correction: they weren't my thing. These ones are highly pigmented, matte in finish (with the exception of 57 Up And Brown which is a metallic bronze - perfect for very quickly blending across the lid), soft but not smudgy and don't wear down quickly. They're really creamy too and easy to create a smooth line without snagging on the lids. Once on, this stuff won't budge as it totally sets in place, meaning there's no transferring and is so reliable for the whole day. You'll get the same great pigmentation on the waterline too so I'm a big, big fan. I unsuspectedly fell for 46 Bleu Neon which is a true cobalt/royal blue and have actually worn 58 Pink About You on the lips for a retro matte almost neon pink lip. I've not yet found a way to wear 59 Dynamint but I'd imagine it to look amazing under the lower lashes, like this and wear 54 Ultra Black regularly.

So I told you I loved the new releases. Yes they're a bit summery with the brights and bronzed shades but you could certainly pull them out subtly or individually during the rest of the year.

What's your favourite Bourjois product?
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

summer beauty favourites


I'm not sure whether Summer is over in England or not. In the last week of August I was cocooning myself in my duvet and drinking hot chocolate, but this week I've been pulling out the Ray-Bans and sipping ice cold smoothies. But either way, I thought I'd give you a roundup of the best beauty products from the past couple of warmer months. I'd totally use these products all year round though, they've just mostly come on my radar this summer and by the end of the video I'm sure you'll be lusting after at least one thing. Watch the video above or click here to watch it on YouTube
What were your Summer beauty favourites?

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

review: clarins a/w14 makeup

I've not explored all that much from Clarins, but their A/W14 collection was just too good to turn down. Here's my thoughts...

Clarins True Radiance Foundation in 103 Ivory* (£27) - This is definitely the high end version of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation with everything from scent to finish. It's a medium coverage base that's easily built up to full coverage. It's suited to all skin types and although it's a satin finish, it's really glowy from within making things look really natural. It blends like a dream whether you're applying with fingertips or a brush, sits smoothly and doesn't cling either. Unlike WMU it hasn't broken me out at all, there's 10 shades available, it has SPF15, plus it comes with a pump... you so need this

Clarins Perfect Eyes And Brows Palette* (£35) - The shades initially look a little dark for my blonde brows, but once swatched the top ash blonde shade is perfect. They pick up easily but blend out lightly keeping things looking natural on the brows too. The three shades are perfect for a neutral eye suitable for daywear as they're satin in finish. The highlight shade is really brightening and I love that there's no shimmer there, and the wax isn't disappointing either. It is quite firm in the pan so needs a little warming up with your fingertip before applying, but once ready it shapes the hairs easily and holds in place with a translucent finish and without feeling tacky. The tools are all useful too which is rare in compacts making this ideal for taking away with you. 

Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-To-Powder Eyeshadow in 01 Nude Beige*, 03 Taupe* and 05 Sparkle Grey* (£19 each) - With 6 shades available, I'm already lusting after the other three. They're not like your usual cream products - they're incredibly easy to blend but are almost like a dried-down cream - not moist at all. It's so hard to explain but they're buttery soft and have amazing pigmentation. Sparkle Grey is my absolute favourite and is perfect for smoking things up especially in the crease and outer corner. There's no creasing here even if you forget to pop on a primer, and there's no mess or smudging either. Nude Beige is ideal as a base as it's basically 'my lids but better' and totally smoothes them out ready for building up and blending product on top. Then you've got Taupe which is your easy to wear, throw on all over the lids shade that can be worn subtly or more heavily to add depth. 

Now I know this review isn't good for your bank balance, but boy am I in love with these new Clarins products. It's rare that I can rave about a whole line, but I couldn't even pick just one to recommend!

What would you recommend from Clarins?

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Monday, 8 September 2014

the best of: high end and drugstore makeup

We all have our favourites, but if it came down to it could you pick out the real necessities? For my guest post over on Leanne-Marie's blog, she challenged me to whittle my overflowing beauty collection down to just 3 high end and 3 'drugstore' products to recommend to her readers. It wasn't easy, but I did it! So click here to head over to my post over there to find out what I chose and just why I love them so much.

If you had to narrow your collection down to your top 3 what would they be?

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

new blogs, posts and products #37

Here's my roundup of this week's favourite blogs, posts and products...

This week I liked: Ellis Tuesday - Luxury Beauty For Less With Unineed // Allison Anderson - The Purge: Cream Eyeshadow Edition // Citron & Guavaberry - Some (Sarcastic) Tips To Become A Popular Bblogger // The Beauty Department - Fruit Infused Water // Zoe London - So You Want To Go To London Fashion Week? // Bonjour, Blogger - Review: Mollie Makes Blogging

This week I followed: Ember & March // Today I Adore // Blush. Feathers. Lipstick. 

This week I've been loving: Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Roly Poly Rosy* (£19)

This week I'm lusting after: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry (£23)

This week I've been listening to: Jamie T - Zombie

Who have you followed this week?
What have you been loving/reading/listening to/lusting after?
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