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Autumn Make Up Haul

I'm an autumn/winter person, bring on the cold weather as far as I'm concerned!  It's not just that the colours are deeper and warmer, the clothing is cosy, layered looks are great, I love boots rather than sandals,  its more beacuase I really don't do well in the heat, I tend to feel uncomfortable and clammy.  In autumn and winter I think I come in to my own.

As it's September, I have changed the majority of my wardrobe back to warmer, darker coloured clothing.  I always keep a few lighter tops out just in case there's a few warmer days.   I love the change in wardrobe I start to feel like I have a whole new lot of clothes to wear and it hasn't cost me a penny.

I have however needed / wanted to buy some new make up and that is what this post is about.
Kate Upton Modelling Bobbi Brown Autumn Collection 

1. Foundation & Base

I tend to change my foundation if I can from season to season.  This spring/summer I have been using Clarins (spring time) and Bobbi Brown Skin (Summer) I find these foundations lighter and more liquid which I feel works better for me in the summer, as I have an oily t-zone I tend to use blotting paper in the summer rather than powder as I feel it can look to heavy.

Autumn Make Up Haul 
In Autumn/winter I go for a longer lasting, matt foundation. This gives me better coverage, and as I'm less likely to sweat the make up off as easily I don't feel like this is too thick, it also covers up any blemishes I may have and any uneven colouring due to the colder temperature. I also tend to have a week at the end of the summer where I let my skin breathe and I stop wearing any tanning products, I generally use Palmers tinted moisturiser in the summer to give a light colour as I'm usually very pale. Once I get in to the autumn I tend not to wear any tanning products and go with my natural skin colour.  I exfoliate and then go in to the store to get a cloud match so I have the tide mark between my face and neck.

I've found this year the two foundations I like are Chanel Perfection Lumiere - Long Wear in Shade Beige (30), this is a little on the expensive side for foundation at £36 and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation (Sand) at £31.50.

I'm currently using the Chanel as I purchased this around a week ago.  So far I'm loving it.  The weather has started to cool down quite dramatically and I'm finding I'm starting to see the difference in my skin.   I like the feel of this foundation as I put it on, it's not too heavy but gives me good smooth coverage and blends well.  I'm still using a touch of bronzer at the moment but as the nights draw in the amount I use will get less and less!

2. Eye Shadow

I'm sticking with my Bobbi Brown base for my eyes, I tend to switch between this and Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Colour wise, I'm not a dark smokey eye person, I've tried it a couple of times but I don't feel it suits me.  I tend to stick with lighter warmer colours and apply the smokey method with neutral colours.   This Summer I've been using a Mac palette inspired by the Cinderella make up range (Phoolf, Vapour & Quarry)
Bobbi Brown - Greige Eye Shadow Palette

Now, the darker nights are calling and Bobbi Brown has released it's autumn  colours in their 'Greige' collection.  The palette has 8 neutral colours, one I would use as and all over base vanilla coat, then there are rich smokey grey browns to softer creams with a mix of matte and metallic shades.  This should take any look from day to night, for example having a matte day look to then liven it up with some shimmer for the evening.
Bobbi Brown Eye Liner 
I also have the highly pigmented eye liner palette, I usually during the day use a dark Black/brown eye shadow to line my eyes and then a liquid liner when I go out, but I love this new liner palette.  I went with Black Plum (Deep plum, Burgundy and Grey) as I think the colours suit my colouring and the darker richer colours I wear clothing wise this time of year.

I'm still playing with the different colour options both palettes combined can give me, so far I have not been disappointed.  The eye shadow is light on and can be built up to the desired depth for the occasion I want.  I can also mix them with my existing urban decay pallets and have a whole range of new looks.

I love the richness this collection brings to my look, it feels right for this time of year and I can see this being a staple for the season.

3. Blush

On the advice of the girls at the Bobbi Brown Counter I purchased the brightening brick also from the Greige collection to give me a little flush of pink and shimmer.  I did think this was going to be a little too sparkly but it's actually really light and delicate.

You can see the shimmer brick in the pictures above.

4. Lips
I'm sticking with a lip colour I got last year from Loreal - it's Colour Sensational 338 in Midnight plum, which is a nice purple/red with a bit of sparkle ideal for autumn!

So now the nights are drawing in I'm loving my new look and my 'fells like new' wardrobe.

If you have any autumn make up recommends let me know!


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