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In My Make-Up Bag: October 2014

I always find myself reaching for more make up once autumn arrives  there's something really comforting about it, although I'm not sure why. Possibly because A/W make up is more my thing than S/S? I get way more excited about coppery eyes and berry lips than I do about bronzer. Anyway, I thought I'd share my current routine with you; enjoy!

I've mentioned this before, and I know it's outside the norm, but I always apply my eye make up first. I tend to make mistakes if I'm in a rush, so this way I don't have to start from scratch and do my base again if I mess up.

I start by filling in my brows. Topshop Brow Pencil is a really good cool-toned brown; I use it every day without fail, and although I've had it for six months it's still going strong. I like use my Slanted Brush from The Body Shop to apply a little bit of Seventeen's brow powder for a stronger look, as I think that defined eyebrows really frame the face.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita

The next step is curling my lashes  I use eyelash curlers from Models Own to do this. My current pair are on their last legs but I plan to repurchase; they create a really pretty curl.

Like many of you, I'm obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita palette. I wasn't really using the Enhance shade over the summer, but now it's colder I am all over it; it's such an autumnal colour. I buff the powder into the upper lashline and then swirl it into the crease. When the weather's bad, as it usually is here, I tend to only apply mascara to my upper lashes to avoid panda eyes. I'm still loving Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara.

At long last: base. I'm still using a tube of The Porefessional~, which was a pre-cruelty free purchase, but after it runs out I'll be on the lookout for something new. Hit me with your recommendations in the comments! Next, my trusty GOSH CC Cream, which gives light, natural-looking coverage and is perfect for pale girls. I apply it using the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush. I used to hate using a brush for foundation, but this one is so good at getting into all the little crevices round the nose and eye area that I've put my sponge aside. My current concealer is Seventeen's Stay Time Concealer, which works equally well under the eyes and on blemishes, and lasts for hours.

I've only recently learned how to contour my cheekbones: I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush with the matte shade of Soap & Glory's Solar Powder to add some subtle definition. Blush wise, I still have a place in my heart (and my make up bag) for The Body Shop's All-In-One Cheek Colour in Marshmellow. Although it's a scary pink in the pan, it's actually quite natural on skin (and can be built up if you want a stronger look). I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to gently swirl it on the apples of my cheeks.

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Beige Democrachic

Lipstick wise, I can't get enough of Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in Beige Democrahic. I have to admit, it's not a shade I would have picked myself. In the bullet it looks pretty beige but on lips it's actually a beautiful nude pink. It's slightly glossier than I'm used to, but in a shiny and glowy way, not a sticky one. I am in love.

Lastly, to set everything, I use the Elf Studio Stipple Brush to dust The Body Shop All In One Face Base in 03 over my skin, concentrating on the t-zone.

I hope you enjoyed reading through my routine! Have you tried any of these products? How does your make up change in autumn? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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