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The Perfect Matte Lip

It's that time of year that I love wearing more dark, daring shades on my lips. No matter what the season, I'm not really a nude kinda gal, as I don't really think they suit my skin tone. So in the summer I'm all about bright pinks, but in the autumn and winter I love wearing vampy shades. Just like this Sleek MakeUP Matte Me Lip Gloss in shade 'Old Hollywood'. 

Sometimes dark liquid lipsticks can apply quite patchy but I must admit, I didn't find this problem with this brand. The formula is silky smooth and dries quickly, leaving a highly-pigmented matte finish. I found that it lasted hours too! Even after eating and drinking, the colour had stayed put. 

For dark shades like this, I would recommend applying a lip liner first. This outlines your lips to ensure the perfect shape, and avoids bleeding of the formula. I found the perfect match with Primark's Lip Liner Pencil in 'Wine' for only £1! 

I absolutely love this shade for Autumn and I'll especially be wearing it to Christmas parties. Maybe I'll even add a little glitter on top! I would highly recommend Sleep MakeUP for a liquid lipstick formula that is long lasting, silky smooth to apply and does not appear patchy. 

*PR sample

8 Reasons I Love Autumn

I am currently writing this blog post on a cosy Autumn evening, with Friends on in the background and Lola (my pug) asleep on my lap. Life is perfect right now! And I am SO happy that autumn is finally here. Everything about it makes me feel so cosy - the darker evenings, knitwear, bed socks, fireplaces, movie's truly my favourite season, and here are 8 reasons why! 

As much as I love my pink makeup all year round, I also love mixing things up with rich, dark shades. A deep burgundy lip? DREAMY. A bronzed smokey eye? GORGEOUS. This 60 second makeup tutorial by Emily Canham is mesmerising...those lips!! (*heart eyes emoji*)

Hot drinks are essential for this time of year and I'm not just talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Hot chocolate with whipped cream & marshmallows is always a winner plus my favourite, flavoured coffee. I recently discovered Beanies Flavour Coffee and I haven't looked at any other coffee brand since. With a selection of almost 100 coffee flavours to choose from, and the option of caffeinated and decaffeinated, you just can't go wrong. My fave flavours are White Chocolate, Cinnamon and Creme Brûlée - they're all delicious! They're available online or at Sainsbury's & Tesco.

You know it's almost Christmas when I'm A Celebrity is on! It's my favourite programme this time of year - it's the perfect happy family series and I love having something to look forward to in the evenings. It begins in November and I'm so excited!

There are so many events this time of year, including Halloween, Bonfire night and of course, Christmas. I live for the astonishing firework displays and Christmas markets - there's just so much to look forward to! But during the Autumn, I enjoy walking Lola through leafy parks and going on nature walks in my wellies.

My favourite Autumn/Winter accessory! Bobble hats are so cute, versatile and never go out of fashion. My go-to brand is Amelia Jane London who are famous for their fluffy accessories, pom pom key rings and bobble hats. I bought this cream version a couple of years ago and I wear it religiously throughout November-February.

There is no better feeling than jumping into a warm bed on a cold evening. If you don't own an electric blanket, it's time to invest! You'll wonder how you ever lived without one!

I feel like the atmosphere changes this time of year. The air is fresh, the earth has some colour (in the country side at least!) and the street lamps on a dark, cool evening is super romantic!

...and lots of them! In every room! I like to make sure I purchase good quality candles though, so that the scent really comes through. There's nothing worse than buying a scented candle that you simply can't smell!

So those were the 8 things that get me really excited for Autumn! Let me know your favourite things in the comments x

* Some products mentioned are PR samples

© Gemma Carey

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