If you've followed my blog for a while then you will probably already know my love for lip products in any form, lip balms, lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, matte, satin you name it I will probably have tried it.
Lipsticks are my favourite part of my makeup routine, which I always save for last and I honestly enjoy picking out which shade. My everyday lip is always a gorgeous nude but when autumn rolls around I can't help but want super dark lips. So these are my current go-to lipsticks for Autumn 

MAC retro matte lipstick - Dance with me
I switch it up in autumn and I love deep berries and dark reds. They are the kinds of colours that suit every skin tone I personally love super dark vampy reds on me and this MAC liquid lipstick is perfect its a retro matte lipstick in the shade 'Dance with me' I love the shade, the consistency and the finish of this product. (I'm wearing this in the above picture)

NYX Cosmetics - Transylvania
This is my staple, go to lip for the Halloween season. It is super sexy and vampy and looks sooooo beaut on a night out especially if you're partying this Halloween it will look so pretty! This looks gorgeous with a plum lip liner or if you really want to vamp it up then a black lip liner really works.

MAC Pro long wear lip liner - He said, She said
This little beauty sees me through most of my autumnal shades, it's actually a really versatile lip liner it looks a lot redder in the picture for some reason but it is quite a dark red. I love pairing this with MAC's Russian Red and the two reds I have mentioned in this post. (Also wearing this in the above pic)

Mac in shade 'Rocker'
This is the most gorgeous, gorgeous shade! Honestly, this is going to see me right through to the new year (I may need to stock up).
I'm not sure if you can see in the first picture it has little specks of fine glitter in the lipstick which will also look so gorgeous around Christmas time!

I thought I would show you my current favourite shades because I love transitioning my everyday lip to something deeper and darker and vampier! The photo above I am wearing the mac lip liner in the shade 'he said she said' with the retro matte lip in 'Dance with me' 

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It's World Mental Health Day today and I mean, I'm no doctor and I'm not diagnosing any of you with a mental health condition (although it affects a LOT of us) but I do want to ask you... have you ever been to therapy?

I know us Brits have a stiff upper lip, we're thick-skinned and rarely seek help yet in other countries especially America, it's just routine to attend therapy and why the hell not?
I feel like we are definitely making progress when it comes to mental health and the stigma that gets attached to it, we are speaking out more and raising awareness but I feel like seeking help is one of the biggest struggles at the moment when to me, it should be the easiest. 

We get our letters from the dentist right? every 6 months, like clockwork (and no our teeth aren't falling out) but we still go just for a check-up, Us ladies attend our smear tests regular check-ups again regular checkups to stay healthy, so why is it different to check our minds regularly? we use our mind every single day we should be maintaining its health and getting help if we need to.

IF you go to therapy and you are diagnosed with a mental health illness that's perfectly okay and it's so common it should be considered 'normal'. What even is normal? but it definitely is very common so it is okay. Some people need medication which I know have worked wonders for some who left it at a 'last resort' but at the end of the day if you were suffering from migraines you would take tablets, if you had high blood pressure again you would probably take medication so it is no different when it comes to mental health and really shouldn't be made to feel like a weird thing which I know some people do feel.

I feel like everybody could gain from therapy or some sort of mind management whether that's for mental health reasons or not, I feel like therapy can make you thick skinned, help you see things clearly and really bring you down to earth so you don't forget what is truly important on the grand scheme of things it really does boil down to a handful of little things and with the likes of reality TV and social media I really would love to see mind management taught in schools because I would have loved that and I think a lot of kids would take something from it. 

Basically, your not alone and I just wanted to write this post on National Mental Health Day and get the conversation started on therapy, is it accessible enough? would you attend? I am very lucky in my area we get free therapy and I think it's amazing and there are so many helplines which I will link below if you do need help. 

I'll be the first to admit that I have been to a couple of sessions and it really did help and I want to attend more. I suffer from anxiety which I touched on before on this post 'Health Anxiety & Smear Tests'. Anxiety is really hard and I think I let it get the better of me. The first real uncontrollable twang of anxiety I remember is when I went through heartbreak for the first time. I didn't know what was wrong because I had physical symptoms so surely it couldn't have been anxiety? that's what I thought anyway, I thought anxiety was just extreme worry but it's not, it has physical symptoms I was being sick multiple times a day but I couldn't eat a single thing I felt weak and hopeless and I was a complete shadow of myself. I lost 2 stone and was a small size 6 which naturally isn't my size and it was so hard because everyone was telling me how good I looked when I had never felt lower. This is one of my reasons why I never comment on somebody's weight loss or gain because it may not actually be a choice.

Links you may find helpful

Anxiety UK - If you've been diagnosed with anxiety

Mind - Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems

No Panic - to help overcome fears, help dealing with OCD and panic attacks.

PAPYRUS  - Young suicide prevention society

Please remember its okay not to be okay, we all go through different things and it affects us differently and mental health does not discriminate, it can affect anyone at any time. whether you're rich, poor, old or young and just try and talk to a friend, relative or even a helpline.
Let me know what you think, I would love to know your experience too

I am SO happy it's October, I don't actually know where September went if I'm honest? I feel like because it was so busy it literally passed me in a second. 

One thing I always switch up, most seasons, is my beauty routine. During the summer (this summer anyway) I was constantly reaching for heavy SPF, toning sprays, anything that would stop my skin burning and to help cool it down. 

I do love summer a little bit, I'm a July baby so I love the long days and super light nights but honestly, I hate being too hot I actually go out so much more in autumn and I love the fashion, the skincare and the makeup that comes with it 🍂

My Autumn skin isn't the prettiest at the beginning of the season, going from hot to cold breaks my skin out so badly but also dries it out so it's a bit of a double whammy. I try and hydrate my skin without making it oily or clogging it up so I am going to show you my favourite products some are old favourites and some are recently discovered.

Looking after your lips.

The first thing that starts to suffer is my lips. I have honestly tried sooooooo many lip products that heal dry lips. Masks, scrubs, balms you name it I've probably tried it. A couple of my favourites includes the Hello Jo lip mask which I love and the Nuxe Lip balms are some of my favourite lip balms for sureeee. 
However, I was dog-sitting for my mum and her little french bulldog lovingly chewed the plastic one it wasn't badly damaged because I was pretty quick but he did get all slobber over it and I was a bit like ugh. 
Anyway I was going to buy another from Nuxe and it was out of stock on the website so I was looking for lip balms, got distracted by Jamie Genevieves MAC lipstick collab and had to buy it and a couple of other bits and then I thought ooh I might as well buy some lip balm and scrub? I haven't ever purchased any lip care from MAC before so I was a little skeptical obvs but this is honestly up there with my faves, it feels like an actual treatment. The lip scrub is hands down the nices lip scrub I have ever tried, It's nowhere near as harsh as some lip scrubs  but it has the perfect ratio of product/beads if that makes sense? like it's not full of product with a hint of exfoliation it kind of goes gritty as you combine the product so it hydrates and exfoliates and my lips feel insane and then I apply the lip conditioner over the top and leave it overnight or I do it in the morning and it lasts a decent amount of time too and even once it's worn off my lips are still super smooth which is a bonus because usually as soon as the product has come off then my lips are instantly dry again. Not the case with this, I love love looove these two products! 

Attacking Breakouts

A product that is a quick fix and solution to breakouts is the BareMinerals face mask. This is a must-have in my opinion. I went through sooooo many face masks that you can only use once and I find it is literally throwing money away so I invested in a tub of face mask which I can use weekly for a long time instead of packets.
This BareMinerals mask feels so smooth when it's on, it doesn't go hard like concrete it feels like a professional spa type of face mask which I really enjoy. It makes me feel like I'm having a really good pamper at home and it fixes my breakouts and smoothes my skin and I always reach for this every week or so. If I have a random break out I just pop a tiny bit on to the blemish which helps clear it up.

Keeping your skin hydrated

I got this little tube of AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Body Lotion in a recent beauty box and quickly become obsessed and I have now ordered the bigger size. It is SO moisturising which is something I really need as it begins to get colder outside. This leaves my skin feeling super soft and nourished and does irritate my sensitive skin either.

Taking care of tired, dry eyes

Another thing I suffer from is dry eyelids is this even a thing? or just me? I dunno but I have tried a lot of products for my eyes. I do have a couple of favourites the Soap & Glory eye masks are amazing and sooooo affordable, I actually need to stock up on those. The product I always repurchase for my eyes is The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream I've raved about this soooo much. I did try their oils of life eye gel which is so luxurious but also a little more pricey but the Vitamin E eye cream works just as well, it also helps to keep my eye makeup on, if I don't use this I really notice once I start doing my makeup. (I need a primer)

These are the products I start to panic if I run out of them, there is no question whether I need to repurchase or not, I simply have to repurchase.
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Today is officially the first day of autumn and what better day to be than a S U N D A Y!
I thought I'd write a little post for a little catch up really today has been really nice. It started off rainy so I walked Louie super early which was super relaxing (I even took my Keepcup and filled it with tea to keep me warm)
I got back and had the nicest most chilled out day. I've had my fairy lights on all morning (you can see how I decorated my lounge for autumn - here) and just had a super chilled Sunday planning future content/autumn content for you guys.

One thing I am looking forward to this autumn is actually venturing out. We have been saving up and pretty much stayed in all of the summer and when it gets colder outside that's when we really venture out. me, my boyfriend and pug Louie are definitely winter lovers we love the cold weather and I love going out in the rain I find it sooooo relaxing.
We are going to Comicon which we do every year and I love it we get to look around for cool Harry Potter and Disney collectables for our little game room it's always such a cool day.
I am also getting a new MacBook. I currently use my boyfriends MacBook but it is pretty old now and getting super slow, I did try to import videos and it honestly took a day! So I am super excited for that to come.
I also really really really want to visit a pumpkin patch, for all the photos and of course to buy some cute baby pumpkins and big boys too carve too. 

What do you have planned this autumn? I would like to get your opinion on something before I sign off. I have had a few ideas and a couple of people are encouraging me to do my own Youtube channel. I was thinking of featuring some videos on here, lookbooks, clothing hauls, that kind of thing, with the odd beauty looks thrown in too.

Let me know what you'd like me to feature maybe a Q&A to get things started for a video? I'd love you to send me questions..maybe autumn related ones? 
Anyway, I hope your all ready for autumn and you love it as much as I do! I am soooo excited for all the pumpkin picking, shopping trips, food markets all of it I am fully ready for!
Have a good Sunday and now we can really get ready for Halloween, Christmas and all the best times! yayyyy!

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