My autumn beauty routine

autumn beauty routine
autumn beauty routine

It’s finally starting to cool down, and with the change in season has come a bit of a shift in my daily beauty routine. I’m still loving really fresh, dewy looking skin, so a good moisturiser is key. I’ve been kicking off my base with either the Vitamin E Face Moisturiser from Malin and Goetz, or reaching for a sample of the Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm from Elemis (which has fast become a favourite!).

I’ve been reserving foundations and tinted moisturisers for special occasions, as I’ve found that my skin tone tends to be fairly even for the most part, so instead what I’ll do is warm up the skin a little bit around the frame of my face and on my nose – basically where the sun would typically hit my face. My go-to for this is the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate; it’s a cream product, which I love as I feel like during the cooler months my skin can use all the moisture it can get, plus it blends out really easily and just adds a natural looking bronze to the face. Later in my routine I’ll reach for this again just for the highlighter – this is hands down the best I’ve ever come across – it’s not overly intense and adds such a beautiful glow to the cheekbones.

I really am a creature of habit, and when it comes to blush the Multicolour for Lips and Cheeks from Aerin (shade 01) wins out every time. Again, this is another cream product; I like to swirl my finger in the pan, and then dab it onto my cheeks, blending it out with a stippling brush from Sigma for a really natural flush. I also love a good berry hued blush come autumn-time, so when I feel like mixing things up a little, I’ll reach for Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blush in Ginger Pop.

My eye look practically never changes; it’s almost always a champagne shadow swept across the lid with a darker taupe through the crease. For my eyes, I’ve been reaching for one of two palettes; either the Golden Goddess quad from Charlotte Tilbury – which I love for its rich colours, smoothness and blendability – or the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette, the latter of which I’ve been faithfully using on a regular basis since purchasing it last year. I don’t usually leave the house without my signature cat eye flick, which some days, is admittedly more ‘on point’ than others. While it’s not my favourite eyeliner (this title goes to the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Liner), I’ve been using the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen that I got ahead of our wedding most days. This little slice of luxury is an eye-watering $89 (AUD) a pop, and while I still haven’t nailed the fine flick with this particular pen, it does do the trick of staying put all day. For mascara, I recently picked up another tube of the Lash & Line Mascara from ModelCo. I haven’t come across a more effective mascara – yet – but I love how this volumises and extends my lashes, and it’s one of the few mascaras that doesn’t smudge along my brow bone over the course of the day.

Speaking of brows, I’ve added a new product into the fold which I have been absolutely loving; Rimmel’s Brow this Way with Argan Oil. They recently reformulated the product, and it is definitely a step up from the original. I’ve been using this in the shade Dark Brown, which is the perfect colour match for my brows. What I love about this is that it cuts down the time it takes me to fill in my brows by more than half, as the spooly dispenses a really generous amount of product. You do have to be careful not to over-do it (which I didn’t get the memo for, this morning…) but once it’s on, it stays all day and doesn’t smudge or move an inch.

Then finally for lips, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I try to avoid wearing lipsticks daily as my skin is sensitive, but when I’m after a nude I’ll reach for Clinique’s Lip Pop in Beige Pop. The formula is creamy and moisturising, it has great pigmentation, and wears off evenly.

Lastly, while it’s not a huge part of my daily beauty routine, I’ve found myself reaching for the same nail polish shade over and over: Eternal Optimist and Tea & Crumpets from Essie. The brand has become my polish of choice this last year, and their incredible range of creamy pinks have just completely won me over.

Are there any beauty heroes you’ve been reaching for? x

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches
rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks* (also available here and here)

I’m a little bit of a lipstick junkie (if you hadn’t already guessed…), and typically, my lipstick of choice has to be a good matte; something that’s comfortable on the lips, and that I can apply and forget about – for most of the day at least.

So, I was pretty excited to try out one of Rimmel’s latest lipstick launches, The Only 1 Matte Lipstick* – a matte lippie which promises to glide on to the lips with smooth full coverage in just one swipe, that lasts for hours. To say I was intrigued is a bit of an understatement… as much as I love a matte lip, I’ve found a lot of formulas to feel a little too drying, and in the case of a nude matte, with little to no staying power.

It’s safe to say that while there’s a few shades out of my comfort zone (the bold violet hue – Run The Show – I’m looking at you..), the overall mix is really balanced, from some beautiful nudes, to petal pinks, and classic reds. Applying like a dream, the formula is so rich and creamy that you won’t find it dragging across your lips, and while they do feel lightweight, some shades feel more comfortable than others. One of the other things I noticed is that a few shades required a couple layers to even out the pigment, so like any matte lipstick, I’d highly recommend fully lining your lips before application for a more even finish. They’re also heavily scented, which is fine if you love the nostalgic scent of grape and strawberry flavored Hubba Bubba (two of my favorites as a kid), but if not, you’ll probably want to give these a miss, as it can be quite overpowering.

rimmel the only 1 one matte lipstick review swatches

From L to R: 110 Leader Of The Pink, 120 Call The Shots, 200 Salute, 500 Take The Stage, 610 High Flyer, 700 Trendsetter, 750 Look Who’s Talking, 800 Run The Show, 810 The Matte Factor

110 Leader Of The Pink – while I typically prefer nudes and bold reds for the most part, this is a very pretty mid-toned pink with cool undertones, perfect for every day during those warmer months.

120 Call The Shots – This is a hyper bright pink raspberry, that delivers a strong hit of colour on the lips. I sometimes find shades like this a little intimidating, but a great way to wear it is to dab a bit of the pigment on your lips, and dab it in to get a softer looking stain across the lips.

200 Salute – I’ve reached for this muted rosey pink a few times; it just looks so pretty on the lips. I like to line my lips before I swipe this on, or dab the pigment into my lips a little after application as I’ve found it just tends to sit on top of the lips, on me anyway!

500 Take The Stage – I’m a huge fan of bold red lips and this really hits the mark for me. This is a fairly neutral red (in my opinion), perhaps slightly on the orange toned side. This is one of my favourites; it lasts all day without any need for top ups!

610 High Flyer – this is a lovely muted pink with cool undertones; the perfect everyday lip for the Spring time.

700 Trendsetter – a true peachy nude, this is one of the shades I’ve been reaching for the most. The wear time on this isn’t as great as some of the bolder hues but it wears off pretty evenly, and it’s nothing that a top up can’t fix.

750 Look Who’s Talking – this is that perfect grungy deep brown ‘nude’, and one I think would look gorgeous during the cooler months. I found this shade didn’t apply evenly so opt for a lip liner with it if you can!

800 Run The Show – without a sliver of a doubt, this bright violet is completely out of my comfort zone, and one I know I won’t be reaching for. This is great if you love a bold – and different – option, but unlike some of the other shades, I found this one to be quite streaky so definitely one that you’ll need to line your lips first for.

810 The Matte Factor – a cool toned raspberry red, this shade has a slight pink undertone to it. I prefer a warmer red as I find they really pop but I feel like this would be gorgeous come Christmas time.

Overall, I’ve been really loving playing around with these lipsticks, and I think they’re a great affordable beauty buy if you’re looking to add a punch of colour to your lipstick wardrobe. And if you could only buy one? Go for ‘Take the Stage’ – it’s a bold, classic red lip that actually lasts all day long (lunch, tea, snacks and all!).

My Summer Makeup Routine

current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer

We’re smack bang in the middle of a heat wave, and while I’m melting at the thought of having anything more than eyeliner and a bit of mascara on my face right now, I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been reaching for most days as of late.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to base. In the summertime, I always, always reach for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser; this is so lightweight and I love the way that it looks on my skin. I like to apply this with a flat top kabuki brush from Sigma, it’s just a perfect match (and their brushes are so soft!).

I tend to find myself getting a lot of redness around my nose – eczema that I just can’t seem to beat – so for those days when it’s really flared up, I’ll apply a bit of concealer to help mask the redness. I absolutely love the Urban Decay concealer but most days I’ll reach for one from Rimmel, either the Perfect Match or the Wake me Up concealer, applied with a tapered brush from Real Techniques. To set that down I’ll use the it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder, which is just one of the most incredibly mattifying setting powders I’ve ever come across.

When it comes to brows, there’s really only one product that’s been doing it for me lately, when I want a bold brow; the Precisely My Brow Pencil from Benefit. I went to a Benefit breakfast a few months back and felt inspired to pick this up after having a little play around with their products, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since. I used to be all over the Anastasia Brow Wiz but personally I think that this is – dare I say it… – much better, and it’s taken out the top spot as my currently holy grail brown product.

Eyes are definitely my favourite part of my makeup routine, and I seldom will leave the house without eyeliner on. I’ve been reaching for two eyeshadow palettes a lot lately – the Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay palette (limited edition, unfortunately!), and the MAC palette I put together when I was in New York. For eyeliner, I’ve been using my Tom Ford Eye Definer pen, which while it isn’t my favourite, I’ve come around to it a lot more than when I first picked it up. Given I tend to get quite oily eyelids, a good mascara that doesn’t smudge (and that isn’t waterproof) is a must for me. Lately, this has been the L’Oreal false lash wings mascara which truly makes your lashes look like no other.

Peachy cheeks are a must for me in the summer time, it just seems to go hand in hand with a good tan, and my go to is from NARS, their blush in the shade Gina. This is matte, has incredible colour pay off, and blends really beautifully on the skin. When I want something a little more glowy, I’ll reach for my Milani blush in the shade Luminous. And to highlight, I’ve been loving the Photoready Highlighting Stick from Revlon – this is such a pretty pink-toned pearlescent highlight, and it is so easy to apply. I’ll always pick a cream highlight over a powder one any day, and this is no exception.

I don’t always wear lipstick, and when I do, I usually like to go bold with a bright red. But, a formula that I have been absolutely loving since my wedding are the Lip Pops from Clinique. I have the shade Beige Pop which is the perfect cool-toned MLBB shade, and one that is really easy to apply (and forget about, and then re-apply). While I can safely say that I don’t really need any more lipsticks, I’d love to add a few more Lip Pops to my vanity come the new year…

What are your current makeup essentials? x

On the Beauty Top Shelf

eve lom rescue mask oil free moisturiser review emma hardie moringa cleansing balm
eve lom rescue mask oil free moisturiser review emma hardie moringa cleansing balm

My skincare routine has been all over the place this year, and I’m finally at a point where I’m starting to find a little balance. I think it’s only natural that as you get older, you’ll find yourself focusing more on investing in skincare (rather than buying the cheapest cleanser at Priceline that you can track down!), and this has never been more of a truism for me than it is now. Now that I’ve finally managed to get myself into a routine, I thought I’d share some of the beauty products which are currently sitting on my top shelf.

The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm has been holy grail of mine for some time now, but it’s just a little bit pricey, and given how much Luke loves this too, we tend to go through a tub so quickly. My skin never looks better than when I’m using this, so I don’t hesitate to use this daily. It took me a while to come around to cleansing oils, but I love how nourishing this feels, while leaving my feeling fresh and clean. Definitely on the repurchase list again, already.

My skin has been pretty congested lately, which I think I can put down mostly to indulging a little bit more than usual over the festive season. It had been a long while since I’d run out of my Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask, and I was on the lookout for something new, that would combat these mini breakouts and also help to calm my skin. I’ve only had a chance to use it a few times, but I’ve been absolutely loving the Eve Lom Rescue Mask so far; the redness on my face is visibly reduced after use and and overall my skin felt cleaner and brighter. It’s a clay-based mask with some pretty effective ingredients including honey (which helps to moisturise!), ground almonds (to gently exfoliate), and my favourite, camphor, which helps to cool the skin and draw out toxins.

It gets pretty hot in Sydney during the summer time – particularly when we’re in the middle of a heat wave aka right this minute – so I try to avoid putting any heavy or thick moisturisers on my face during those warmer months. I stumbled across the Eve Lom Rescue Oil Free Moisturiser and haven’t looked back since – this is ultra lightweight on the skin, and is perfect if you have oily or combination skin like my own.

What’s on your top shelf?

New in beauty

new in beauty review
new in beauty review

It’s been a while since I talked beauty around here, so I wanted to some of the new bits and pieces that I’ve picked up lately. Before we dive right into it I wanted to quickly mention that Everlane is shipping internationally for an entire month! I’m eying up a couple pieces from their new cashmere range, and a poplin dress that’ll be perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately. Also worth mentioning is that Shopbop currently have a surprise sale with 40% off selected ranges. This top has my name written all over it!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation; I’ve been eying this up for the longest time, ever since I first started watching Viviannadoesmakeup on YouTube, and I finally decided to take the plunge when picking out my wedding day makeup. This has been everything I’d hoped, and then some. On me, I find it to be a light to medium coverage, that builds well and looks flawless on the skin. It’s definitely on the pricey side but probably one of my favourite new beauty purchases I’ve made this year.

Clinique Lip Pop in Beige Pop; this was another wedding-related purchase, and one that I’ve been so chuffed with that I’m tempted to hightail it back to the Clinique counter and pick up the rest of the shades in the range. It’s a ‘my lips but better’ kind of shade, with a smooth creamy texture that feels moisturizing on the lips. I also couldn’t go past the packaging – it’s just so cute!

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen; I feel like I’ve heard the beauty world rave about this liquid eyeliner, so I bit the bullet and splurged just to see what all the fuss is about. I wear liquid liner daily, so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect liquid liner – my HG – and this just isn’t it. The packaging is sleek and luxurious looking, the dual ends is genius, and it’s very easy to use, but the formula doesn’t last all day on my lids and that’s a deal breaker for me. Safe to say this won’t be a repurchase but given the hefty price tag, I’ll definitely be using this one up.

Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask; I have been dying to get my hands on the Glossier range all year, and I was treated to this moisturizing mask by one of my girlfriends, Rena (she has a great beauty blog here that you should check out!). I’ve only used this a couple of times so far so the jury is still out but I like the thick and emollient texture, and I’ve found my skin feels baby soft after I’ve washed this off.

Diptyque Baies Interior Spray; I really don’t think that there’s anything more luxurious to scent your home with than an interior spray from Diptyque. This was an incredibly generous wedding gift (again, from Rena – she has great taste!) and one that I’ve been loving using! One spray is all you need for a regular sized room and the scent hangs in the air for hours after.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu & Merengue; I’m a huge fan of NYX lip products (I do love their soft matte lip creams!) so when I spotted these at Priceline, I wanted to pick up a couple more. These have a slightly sticky formula but nothing too offensive, they’re semi sheer, and smell like cake batter.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Contour Kit; This has been out for the longest time, but I’d put off getting it as swatched on the back of my hand, I found the formula far too glittery for my liking. Turns out I was pretty quick to judge, as it blends beautifully into the skin with little to no detectable glitter. This isn’t as pigmented as other contour kits I’ve used which I actually like as it allows you to build up the colour to the level that you like, rather than being surprised. The blush, contour and highlight all work for me, and I love the convenience of having all three in one little compact.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner; as I mentioned earlier, I’m always in hunt of a decent eyeliner and for something that’ll set you back less than a week’s worth of coffee, this is pretty good. It’s very black, stays put for most of the day, and the stiff felt tip applicator is perfect for creating that sharp winged eyeliner look.

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara; I picked this up on a whim from Style Korean and it’s turned out to be one of the best, and most surprising new beauty additions to my vanity this year. I have oily eyelids and long lashes so for the most part, I find that mascaras tend to smudge along my brow bone. With this mascara, I get none of that. I grabbed the volume version and this adds a lot of fibres which latch on to your lashes, and make them look a lot fuller, and given it didn’t budge even a millimeter on wedding day, I think I’m on to a winner with this one.

Missa Magic Cushion SPF50; Cushion foundations have truly been having a moment so again, while browsing Style Korean, I figured this was affordable enough that it was worth trying. I managing to get lucky on the shade selection, and I have to say I quite like the application of this (I use a sponge of my own), and it’s a nice alternative to some of my other foundations. Oh and did I mention it’s SPF 50?

Innisfree Squeeze Masks in Pomegranate and Kiwi; Finally, I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin and what better way to do that than with a sheet mask? Luke always has a bit of a laugh whenever he spies me with one of these draped over my face, but I feel like it’s such an intensive moisturising treatment, and one that I like to do at least once a week.