7 Best Lipsticks For Autumn

Autumn is a vibe. It’s crunching through fiery red leaves in patent ankle boots and ‘trench coat over the shoulders’ sassy. So it’s only right that your make-up bag should match up to this level of sass.

Put away the corals and pretty pinks and embrace the warm colour palette of this season, with deep wine hues, vampy mauves and sumptuous scarlet shades.

Here’s my pick of the best autumnal lipsticks to revamp your pout…

  1. Tarte Cosmetics ‘Tarteist’ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade ‘Vibin’
    Cue UB40’s Red Red Wine because nothing screams autumn more than a wine stained lip and this is the perfect shade of vino. Tarte’s lip paint formula is as smooth as it is pigmented, which means no crumbling or drying out your lips.

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  2. FENTY BEAUTY Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Freckle Fiesta’
    Buttery soft, powerfully pigmented and precision application thanks to the unique ultra-slim shape of the bullet. I love the intensity of this unique terracotta shade and although it may not be as longwearing as liquid formulas, it’s comfortable on the lips and fades evenly to give that ‘just kissed’ look, which is a huge trend RN!

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  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘Ashton’
    This is my first ABH lipstick and I can honestly say I now understand the hype! Upon application I was instantly impressed by its high coverage formula and the richness of this warm nude hue. This lipstick does not budge, it’s bullet proof! I would recommend using an oil based cleanser to remove – try Garnier’s Oil-Infused micellar water.

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  4. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Ruby Woo’
    A timeless classic. No two shades of red are the same and none are as distinctive as this cult MAC favourite. The vibrancy of this red is thanks to its blue undertones and I’ll be wearing this into the winter. This lipstick’s finish is super, super matte, so I would recommend prepping the lips with a lip scrub before application.

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  5. Kat Von D ‘Everlasting’ Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘Hawkind’
    You don’t get a bolder spectrum of colours to choose from than Kat Von D’s ‘Everlasting’ liquid lipstick collection, which totally lives up to its name BTW. This formula is extremely longwearing and glides on effortlessly. I wouldn’t usually go for a shade this vampy but I feel like it compliments my skin so I’m sold!

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  6. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Spice Girl’Like my food, I like my lipsticks spicy! This dark and brooding mauve is oh-so-90’s grunge and I’m digging it. I firstly outlined my lips with Huda’s matching Lip Contour pencil in ‘Spice Girl’ to add more depth and definition. I’m a huge fan of Huda’s Liquid Matte Lipstick formula, it applies like a gloss but dries instantly to a soft matte finish – and lasts all day!

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  7. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in shade ‘Icon’
    For those who prefer their lipsticks on the brighter side, this is the perfect autumnal update of a nude lip. It’s warm but not too intense and actually my favourite Huda Beauty lip shade, EVER! I wear this shade all year round but the reason why I love it even more this season is because it’s the perfect transitional hue between summer and winter.

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    (Left to right: MAC ‘Ruby Woo’, Tarte ‘Vibin’, Fenty Beauty ‘Freckle Fiesta’, Huda Beauty ‘Spice Girl’, Huda Beauty ‘Icon’, Kat Von D ‘Hawkind’ and Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Ashton’)

    Which is your fave lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!

    Much love

90’s Inspired Lookbook

Lizzie McGuire, The Olsen Twins, Kenan and Kel…the list of my favourite things about the ’90s is endless! And one thing that I think we can all resonate with is the fashion.

The 90’s nailed the whole effortlessy cool, thrown together and eclectic look that still reigns strong now more than ever. So it’s no surprise that when it came to styling outfits for this A/W lookbook I just had to draw on my love for this era.

This Autumn’s key trends are very much a nod to the 90’s: check print, tartan and sport luxe to name just a few. I’ve put together three very different looks to reflect three iconic styles of the ’90s: Preppy, Urban and Grunge.

I collabed with photographer Declan Creffield who brought these looks to life in the most amazing way possible. I totally stepped out of my comfort zone here guys! Anyone who follows my Insta knows that I can’t help but flash a cheesy grin so here is me channeling the brooding look for a change.

PREP QUEEN
Two words, Cher Horowitz. Only the most talked about style icon ever, DUH! There was nothing Clueless about her fashion choices that’s for sure. She made the whole ‘sassy schoolgirl’ look a vibe and I’ll be digging it all Autumn (only with tights in RL).

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Pinafore: Bershka

URBAN LEGEND
Oversized, layering and sport detailing = cool AF. This style reflected hip-hop stars and culture. The chunky trainers aesthetic we loved in S/S isn’t going anywhere and mom jeans have to be the most revived ’90s jean trend EVER. Simply swap the shell-suit jacket and kicks for a camel coat and stilettos for a dressier look.

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Top, Jeans and Jacket: Bershka
Trainers: Nike @ Footasylum

REBEL HEART
The ’90s saw the arrival of the grunge movement – tough, gritty and non-apologetic. The catwalks this A/W couldn’t get enough of this attitude-filled look, from Michael Kors to Versace, tartan is proving to be stiff competition for animal print.

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Sweatshirt and Trousers: Bershka

Which look is your fave? Let me know in the comments below!

Much love xxx

New Lifestyle Brand ‘My Mood’ Is A Millennial’s Dream

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There’s no denying that the beauty industry has been well and truly shaken up. From the glossy and almost too perfect, to the quirky and cool, with New-School beauty brands reflecting a persona through their aesthetic.

The latest game-changing beauty/lifestyle brand to watch out for is My Mood. It’s an awesome beauty, tech and accessories brand with a major USP – all their products are stamped with a seal of approval from its audience, including me!

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I joined the ‘My Mood Board’ after seeing their amazing ‘Weirdo’ slogan phone case on my Instagram explore page ( as a fellow weirdo I needed it!). I was led to their Instagram account and while there was no link to a website, their bio simply said ‘DM to join the My Mood board’ and so I did…

I then received a response back confirming that I would become one of the first members to try and test their beauty products, how exciting?!

Almost a month later I was so surprised to receive an exclusive shiny silver package full of their mini ‘lab’ samples to try and test, well ahead of their nationwide launch in Boots, which has just landed now!

I love how My Mood made me and so many others feel so special by including us in their behind the scenes – a very rare thing for a soon to be big brand! I think this really reflects the brands positive vibe and focus on spreading happiness.

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What I tried and tested…

  1. ‘Muscle Hustler’ Silky Smooth Body Polisher – I found this body exfoliator really invigorating and refreshing thanks to it’s citrusy orange scent. It definitely helps my morning struggle! Plus it left my skin super smooth and buffed.
  2. ‘Working On Myself For Myself’ Nourishing Bath Salts – Now this is a real indulgent and relaxing treat. Either generously sprinkle these luxuriously smelling salts into your bath or do what I did and make your own foot soak to ease all your stresses away after a long day! Thanks to the infusion of sweet almond oil, my skin was left as smooth as silk.
  3. ‘I’m Like 100% Tired’ Nourishing Body Crème Maximise your Duvet Time – Well this does exactly what it says on the tub. I’ve been massaging this cream into my hands every night before bed and it’s honestly a dream. It’s thick and nourishing but speedily absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling ultra soft. The lavender oil aroma is really comforting and helps you snooze.
  4. ‘The Hustle Is Real’ Bow Headband – The packaging reads ‘ engineer your day to begin and end with a smile’ and it’s kind of hard not to with this bow on your head! Great for your facial/make-up routine or getting s*hit done at home (or if you’re feeling extra like me, flaunt it as a fashion accessory a ‘la Minnie Mouse!).

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My Mood is now available at Topshop Oxford Circus and nationwide at Boots.

It’s not too late to join the My Mood Board by following their Instagram account @mymoodlondon and dropping them a DM!

Let me know your first impressions of My Mood in the comments below!

Much love xx

 

MIA Cosmetics: Cruelty Free Lipsticks

In between catching rays and consuming endless ice lollies this bank holiday, I took full advantage of the glorious sunshine and had a mini photoshoot in my back garden (as you do!).

As you may remember I tried and tested MIA Cosmetics’ cruelty free nail polishes a few months ago and after loving them so much I was thrilled to try out their cruelty free/vegan lipsticks. Which are by the way, uh-ma-zing.

If I had to choose one piece of make-up I couldn’t live without it would have to be lipstick. There’s just something so empowering about applying lipstick and you can’t deny the confidence boosting powers of a red lippie.

So, what makes these lipsticks stand out from the rest? I feel like I have found a range of lipsticks so caringly formulated, that they love me back (as cheesy as it may sound!).

MIA’s lipsticks not only boast a range of on-trend hues with punchy pigments but are completely free from parabens and D5 (silicone). They are also carefully formulated with three active oils: Lipex L’sens – a semisolid soft emollient to increase skin hydration, Argan Oil – to moisturise and protect the lips and Monoi Butter – a soft velvety butter containing the essence of the tropical Tiare flower, which is known for making the skin more supple and softer.

I have to say the benefits of the oils were totally apparent in how the lipsticks felt on application, which was super smooth and luxuriously creamy. Not to mention they smell good enough to eat..(like strawberries and cream!).

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I tried ‘Caramel Coral’, which is a gorgeous peachy pink with a lustrous finish. I’d say this feels like a cross between a satin and a gloss. Whether you’re after a light slick of colour or a vibrant fix, this formula is buildable to get the intensity you desire.  This shade is ideal for a fresh, natural make-up look.

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I also tried ‘Bold Bergamot’, a striking true red with a matte finish. I know you might be slightly bored by the ‘m’ word by now but honestly this lipstick really surprised me. It’s super pigmented but soft and nourishing with no crumbling in sight – such a treat! Probably one of the best non-liquid matte lipsticks I’ve tried.

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You can shop MIA’s cruelty free lipsticks now at www.mia-laurens.com

Let me know which shade is your fave in the comments below!

Much love xx

 

Edgy Bridal Lookbook

With Meghan and Harry officially married, wedding season is now in full swing! How stunning are they?! I adore weddings and thanks to my super talented friend and fashion stylist Sana Awan, I got to become a bride for the day and model a series of alternative, quirky and not-the-norm bridal looks. Safe to say I had so much fun!

Sana left tradition behind and created four striking looks to change the wedding game. From minimalist to red carpet, each of these looks shared the same modern aesthetic but embodied a unique theme that took on a character of its own.

Walking down the aisle never looked so cool…

 

The Minimalist Bride

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Effortless, elegant and oh-so-chic, the beauty of this look lies in the subtleties. This sophisticated timeless look is given a contemporary twist with its asymmetric single sleeve detail and undone tussled tresses.

Dress: TFNC London

The Off-The-Runway Bride 

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When you’re opening for Balmain at NY Fashion Week at 1 but have to say ‘I do’ by 3…This bride legit just stepped off the runway in haute couture and carries sass in her stride. It may be a little-white-dress but its structure is fierce which I love and is totally reminiscent of Balmain’s signature silhouette. Modest with its high-neck detail but bold in its figure-hugging fit. Paired with simple barely-there heels to let the dress do the talking.

Dress: Boohoo Premium
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: Stylist’s own

The Red Carpet Bride 

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It’s the most magical day of your life so why not look like you’ve just stepped off the red carpet? I felt like a Hollywood siren in this floor length number and the delicate draping of this silk gown was luxurious. This is definitely for the glam lovers and guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks.

Dress: Mistress Rocks
Earrings: & Other Stories

The Boss Bride 

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She saw, she slayed, she married. This bride means business and represents the strong and confident woman of today. The ruffled side split detail of these trousers has all the romantic feels and I love how the jewel encrusted body and pearl drop earrings lend an elegant touch.

Bodysuit: House of CB
Trousers: Forever New
Sleeveless Blazer: Stylist’s Own
Heels: Steve Madden
Earrings: & Other Stories

Photoshoot Credits
Fashion Stylist: Sana Awan @sanasstylediary
Photography: Charlotte Wilson @charlottlewilsonphotography
Hair & Makeup: Scarlett Ava @scarlettavamakeup

 

Let me know which look is your fave in the comments below!

Much love xx

Turning 24 – My Birthday Revelation

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A recently, I’ve had a bit of a writing lull but I’ve been planning some exciting content that I can’t wait to get started on.

Firstly here’s a post about me turning 24 and just some thoughts I wanted to get off my chest!

I love birthdays, I always have! Whether it’s the build up in excitement to my own or celebrating my nearest and dearests but this year I didn’t feel that same anticipation that I usually do.

To start with I came to the realisation that my 18th birthday was actually 6 years ago (omg) and that I’ve turned into that older sibling telling you that uni is the best days of your life. But more seriously, my usual excitement was replaced almost with a feeling of dread, a feeling that surely I should be more accomplished at the age of 24?

It may sound crazy but I know I’m not alone with this feeling. What when there are people my age managing their own successful businesses from their bedroom, buying their own flat or getting engaged? That’s the pressure social media puts on ourselves but it’s down to us to focus on ourself and not get sucked into an Instagram feed. We should feel a sense of respect and happiness for those succeeding rather than a sense of loss or disregard for our own accomplishments.

I assumed (like most of us) that 24 is the age where I’d have everything figured out but the truth is we probably never will have ‘everything figured out’. 24 or 34, we’re continuously growing and learning and as long as we make the effort to learn from our mistakes we’re heading in the right direction.

Yes, technically not everything is in our control but I think for a while I’ve let this statement hold me back. We can control how we react to things and we can try our damn best to achieve our goals in life, rather than waiting for it to happen or hoping it’s written in the stars.

When it came to my birthday that feeling of dread eased with happiness and thankfulness, for all my family and friends’ support around me. It made me realise that worrying was holding me back from enjoying the moment and actually, I can achieve anything I want to, all in good time…

Things in life may not pan out the way you expected but keep persevering and don’t be hard on yourself. Emotions may get the best of you but pick yourself up and let every tough lesson become your armour of strength.

While I wasn’t initially excited to turn 24, I sure am excited to embrace it!

Much love xx

NAIL THE PERFECT MANICURE WITH MIA COSMETICS

I have always been obsessed with nail care and it’s not just because I enjoy experimenting with colours but I genuinely believe a good DIY manicure is a therapeutic treat. It’s not about being an expert painter but giving your hands that little bit of TLC it deserves! And with MIA Cosmetics it really is just that.

I discovered the Edinburgh based brand through Instagram and besides being drawn in by their stunning collection of on-trend shades and #flatlaygoals, I learnt that the brand’s beauty is much deeper than that.

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When discovering new beauty brands, the biggest question more and more of us are asking is whether it’s cruelty free and for MIA, the answer is YES! It’s also vegan, gluten free and against animal testing.

Each and every one of their nail polishes are made in France and formulated to avoid any nasty chemicals or ingredients, making them ‘5-Free’ from Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate.

This means you can protect and nourish your nails while showing off one of their gorgeously pigmented hues.

With 45 carefully crafted shades to choose from, I reallyyy struggled to choose my first colour to try but I went for Nomad Suede, a warm beige/brown because you can’t go wrong with a good nude! This shade was really flattering for my skin tone and I love how each polish has a wide brush, ensuring a quick and easy application in one effortless glide. Its formula is also super rich and pigmented for a streak-free finish. I applied two coats but even one does the trick if you’re on the go (shoutout to all my transport nail painters!).

All About That Base

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My nails have been crying out for help with visible damage from nail bar drills, which is why I was excited to try MIA’s new Hydra Shaker treatment for dehydrated nails. It’s a unique moisturising base coat, containing raspberry extract for ultimate hydration power and cotton seed oil for its conditioner properties.  This worked as the perfect base before applying my colour and meant my manicure lasted longer!

Gel Effect 3D Top Coat

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A beautiful pairing

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Pretty sure I can see my reflection in these!

I’ve been skeptical to use gel coats after finding most high street versions quite gloopy but MIA’s Gel Effect 3D Top Coat is lightweight and effective, not to mention dries in seconds! I was seriously surprised by how glossy and professional my finished nails looked. Not only did my nails have a mirror like shine but felt strong and resistant to chipping.

Discover MIA Cosmetics and enjoy 20% off all their products with my exclusive discount code! Simply type in my coupon code SOPHIA20 (offer valid until 20/03/2018).  I’d love to know what you decide to try.

Happy shopping and much love xx