Monday, October 3, 2016

My Autumn Beauty Must Haves

When I think of which beauty products to go for in the fall I think of lots and lots of moisturisers to sort out my dry skin, lip balms to avoid chapped lips and heavy duty face creams to ensure my skin is always nourished. I also love wearing darker shades for the lips and eyes; burgundy and wine lipstick shades, and gold/metallic eyeshadows in particular are my favourite. So today I thought I'd share a few new goodies I have been playing around with lately and which are going to be just perfect for fall.

Let's start with this Essie Wedding Collection Limited Edition Nail Polish Set* I received at the Wedding Show with Debenhams I attended last weekend. I know what you're thinking and I realise the shades don't particularly scream fall, but I have been loving softer nail colours and these will come in handy for when I want a break from the darker shades I usually go for. From left to right we have: Hubby For Dessert (a pale lavender), Vanity Fairest ( a shimmery sheer pastel pink) and Brides No Grooms (a bachelorette-bright pink), see swatch above. I currently have Hubby For Dessert on my toes but nobody wants to see that right?! If you know me you will know I adore all things Essie and their polishes are some of my most long lasting ones. These aren't any different and even though the lighter shades require 3 coats, these sit well and look extremely pretty on my nails. I am obsessed and will definitely have to track down the full sized bottles of these shades once I run out (which at this rate won't be very far in the future).

Moving on to lip products, before I went on holiday (see Travel Dairy part 1, 2 and 3) I received these lip glosses from Nu Skin, who I've talked about before here. They've recently added more products to their make-up range and these lip glosses are some of the new additions. I usually hate lip glosses, especially if they're sticky and thick but with these I have no problem whatsoever. From left to right we have Tender Beige*, a perfect brown nude which has become a work go-to lip shade for me, and Sweet Pink*, a fall perfect berry shade. These shiny glosses define and contour lips, and help achieve full, shapely lips which we all want. Plus, thanks to its collagen building ingredients, I know I won't be suffering from dry lips this season. I love wearing them on their own as well as over lipsticks. they last surprisingly well and are very comfortable to wear. Thumbs up to Nu Skin!

Another parcel I got in September contained goodies from Precious About Makeup (PAM, coincidence? I think not!), an online store for professional make-up artists offering pro brands like Makeup For Ever, Ben Nye and MUD. First up, I received the MUD Eye Colour Compact in Cajun Spice*, a warm, shimmering copper eyeshadow which is unrealistically pigmented. The shadow is velvety, buttery and everything you look for in an eye colour. These aren't cheap (coming in at £14.95 each) but as soon as you swatch it you can see its amazing quality which makes me think they are worth every penny!

The second goodie is MUD Lipstick in Blackberry*, a deep berry-wine lipstick shade which is one of my favourite colours for fall! Just like the shadow, this lipstick is seriously pigmented and best yet, its non-drying formula means I get a smooth opaque matte finish that is comfortable to wear and long lasting. Needless to say, this has not left my bag and it's been on my lips on repeat. I confess I had not heard about MUD before but I now seriously want to try more and I know where to get it from, PAM here I come!

And last but not least, a powder I picked up on a whim on a recent Boots trip and one I have not been able to put down ever since. I had been using the Vichy Dermablend since my review in April and it finally ran out so I thought I'd buy another but it wasn't in stock. I turned to NYX and found the Mineral Finishing Powder in Light/Medium which seemed close enough; little did I know it was even better than the Vichy one. This powder sits extremely well on top of my foundation and concealer and lasts throughout my entire work day (8 hours), even on days my skin is a little oilier than usual which weirdly, also happens during fall. It gives me flawless complexion and soft as a baby's bottom skin, and the hint of colour also helps when I need that little extra coverage. And whilst I know this isn't a fall product per se, it comes in handy as it yields a matte finish yet a fresh and radiant skin look and who doesn't want that, particularly when you haven't seen the sun in weeks?!

Tell me, which are your favourite fall products at the moment? Let me know below if you've tried any of these before!
Thanks for reading beauties and wishing us a happy Monday!


* Contains PR Samples. All opinions are my own (disclaimer here).


  1. The Essie nail polish shades are gorgeous

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Wonderful selection Pam :-) Your nails are so beautiful!!!

  3. Right now I'm in a nude mode :D
    Kisses ♥

  4. Love that lipstick colour, perfect for Autumn! :)

    Lotte |

  5. Produtos maravilhoso amei a cor dos batom arrasou,
    tenha uma semana abençoada, obrigado pela visita

  6. O batom da MUD é lindo! Fiquei apaixonada pela cor.

    Marta Rodrigues, Majestic


  7. Love the colors of these nail polishes and lip glosses!


  8. Those Essie lacquers have the cutest colors! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  9. that lip color looks so nice! can't wait to see it on :)

  10. Amei ver os produtinhos, Pam. Esse pó da Nyx deve ser maravilhoso! ❤

  11. The eyeshadow and lipstick look like the perfect combination for an Autumn makeup look!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  12. Adorei a cor dos vernizes e do batom mais escuro :3


  13. I've heard good things about Essie. I really want to try them. Maybe it's time I treated myself.

    Mich x

  14. These are amazing bunch of goodies, Pam! And that Essie shade Brides No Grooms is stunning!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. The MUD items look so pigmented! Need to check out the NYX powder, I love a good matte powder!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  16. The MUD makeup products sound intriguing. Love the look the lipstick shade in particular x

    Beauty with charm

  17. LOVE the nail polish pics! Pastel colors are my favorite.

    Kate x |

  18. You're ready for Fall, Pam! These makeup products look amazing, the Essie Wedding Limited Edition nailpolishes are lovely, and I fell for the MUD deep berry-wine lipstick: what a gorgeous shade, omg!!

  19. Wow, everything is so beautiful. The lipstick's shade is perfect for Autumn. Love the nail colors too <3

  20. Wow, everything is so beautiful. The lipstick's shade is perfect for Autumn. Love the nail colors too <3

  21. Wow, everything is so beautiful. The lipstick's shade is perfect for Autumn. Love the nail colors too <3

  22. Beautiful choices, Pam. I got go go geisha from the new essie fall collection, I love it.

  23. Love this post.... and the nail paint color is fab....Beautiful colors! Luv this post babe...xoxo, Neha

  24. I LOVE the lip color so much! Such an intense and beautiful color :)

    Naomi in Wonderland

  25. I love Essie nail polishes and this Wedding Collection set is absolutely beautiful.
    Nina's Style Blog

  26. Oh that pink Essie polish looks so lovely!

    Love, Kerstin

  27. great must haves!
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  28. I loved the PAM parcel :) That is not a coincidence at all :) I love Essie too, and like you said, for autumn or winter metallic eye shadows and burgundy/wine lipsticks are really great! I liked the lip glosses you showed, they look beautiful and avoid chapped lips. The names of the polishes, I almost forgot to mention, so nice :) Hubby for Dessert, among other names, so nice! Mud is also new to me and I liked the packaging! I bet the products are nice as well, blackberry sounds like a beautiful lipstick color! Hope you have a very beautiful day, dear Pam!

  29. Ooh, I've not heard much about NYX products other than their lip products, so I'm interested to try this powder.
    Aleeha xXx

  30. Love the Essie colors!! Great must haves for autumn!


  31. Okay, those MUD shades are the perfect fall colors! I want that lipstick now *_*

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  32. aww your favs look so amazing :) I need to try out a lot of them :D I'm a huge Essie polish fan :)


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