My Favourite Beauty Products for Autumn

It is almost the very end of Autumn with just over a week left till we hit the wintry months. The leaves have just turned into various shades of red, orange and yellows, and I'm particularly fond of the red foliage of Japanese maples that I find in the streets. I'm a little sad to see the end of the season and I feel like it's gone by too quickly for it to be unnatural. No doubt the result of global warming, as the seasons shift and end sooner than expected. Bilbo Baggins would angrily shake his fist at all of us for neglecting our planet.

Since we're so close to the official end of Fall, what better time is there to show everyone a collection of my favourite products of the season?

When one thinks of Autumn, one thinks of warm hues, such as rust, chocolate, scarlet and even mustards. In fact, I recently ordered a couple of pressed eyeshadows from Colourpop during their free international shipping sale, and one of them was Paper Tiger, a mustard yellow, which is perfect for this season. It arrived last Tuesday, and I tried it out on Thursday. It's not as mustard as I would have liked, but more of a golden yellow, much like Winnie the Pooh's fur. Nonetheless, it's still a great shade and a wonderful addition to my collection, as I do not have a yellow like this one.

I finally tried out the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Covet last week, a dark brown matte lipstick. I didn't fancy it that much, as it was more of a cool brown and I was after something more chocolatey. Nonetheless, I stepped out of my comfort zone and finally tried a deep brown shade. No one complimented me on it though, so I know it didn't suit me at all. It ended up looking almost black on me.

I alternated between quite a few palettes over the course of this season, and it was hard to narrow it down to just one or two. Especially when I'm trying to make use out of all of them all at the same time. Not an easy task, let me tell you that. I chose the I Heart Makeup Salted Caramel palette for its caramel and chocolate tones (duh), the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance because it just screams Fall, and the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette, because it's so easy to create smoky looks with it.

My two ultimate lipstick picks of the season were the Shanghai Suzy Tanielle Desert Rose and the Lime Crime Velvetine in Pumpkin. Pumpkin is my favourite lipsticks of all time, it's such an amazing shade and I love the texture as well as the coverage. It is a true brick red that fits in with the season so perfectly. Whenever I wear bold, matte shades such as the Pumpkin, I love having a decent bit of highlight, and aside from my all-round favourite Mary-Lou, the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights is perfect for more of an intense glow to the tops of the cheeks.

I'm also really fond of the Australis Ready, Set, Go Pressed Finishing Powder, as it helps to control shine and set my makeup in place without altering the colour of my base. I'm also liking the e.l.f. Studio Blush in Tickled Pink as it's a warm muted peach that works with a lot of my fall lipsticks.

I recently ordered my first product from The Ordinary, the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Moisturiser, to replace the SugarBaby Daily Moisture Creme. I love it so much, though I've only used it for over a week. It doesn't leave much of a residue on the skin, yet it is so hydrating I've yet to find a single dry patch on my face. And, it doesn't make my face tingle when I use it in conjunction with the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, unlike the SugarBaby moisturiser. I recently went back to using the Natio Restore Cleansing Milk and there's such a huge improvement in my skin. I've had fewer breakouts since then!

I'm really excited about trying more of The Ordinary's skincare, and hopefully, their foundations as everyone and their aunt seems to be going nuts over them. I'm just so pleased with the results from the moisturiser, especially because it was so cheap. I love that the brand has no bells or whistles, that their products are formulated to deliver on our skincare needs and nothing else - no fancy ingredients, no scents, no "benefits" and on top of all that, it's all vegan and cruelty-free. Excuse me while I go and intentionally waste my other skincare products so that I can replace them with The Ordinary.

I had this post completely written and edited to go live on Thursday night after I finished work. But, despite having saved this at least six times before pressing publish, the wi-fi decided to shit all over my effort and I lost all of my progress that I made that night. I was going to write the rest again on Friday, but I had such a long day at work being left on my own to supervise five students while the manager had to leave due to the flu. Long story short, I was chewed out by a customer that specifically ordered a dish in the morning to have for lunch, but the students ran out of them before thinking to set one aside for her. I feel absolutely awful about it, and wish I'd had the foresight to save one for the customer.

Sadly, it wasn't the only dish that was oversold, as we also ran out of another dish. I had to approach at least six customers asking if we could change their order. I almost had a meltdown at the end of the day because it was so difficult and I didn't have experience with this kind of situation. According to a colleague and a couple of customers, I did really well for someone faced with such a difficult challenge. These types of days are exactly why I wrote a post on how I relax after a long day, which is right here if you would like to give it a peruse.

Hopefully, next Friday will be much easier now that I have an accurate idea of how busy Fridays are at the café.

How's everyone going this past week? 
Do you have an ultimate favourite lipstick shade for fall?



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