september-beauty-favourites

Normally September signifies the start of all things autumnal, and whilst I’ve seen a hell a lotta blog posts on how it’s autumn, looking out my window I’m not so sure. I did do a transitional makeup post myself and to be honest not that much of it has happened as it’s just felt like summer. It’s nice to have a long summer for a change especially as I didn’t manage to go on holiday again, but I’m well ready for autumn now, bring on the knitwear. Anyway things at home have really picked up work wise but that has meant I’ve spent a fair few days this month just stuck inside typing away frantically, and I can’t guarantee that I wear much makeup on these days! But when I do wear makeup I try and use new products and experiment a little, so there’s a fair few new things in here this month.

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weekly-wish-list-5-landscape

So last week I decided not to do a weekly wish list, simply because I was bogged down with a lot of writing and had slightly less time to work on my blog. However, all this freelance work that I’m doing has meant that I’m no longer on a spending ban and I might start treating myself a little bit more. I think I’ll still be very money conscious for a a while until everything completely stabilizes, but I no longer have to worry each time I buy lunch out etc. I also sold a few bits on eBay last week and got a tax rebate, so I definitely feel like some shopping needs to happen! There’s a few things on my wish list this week, mostly makeup but also some blog equipment, exciting!

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september-lifestyle-update

There are certain types of posts that I like reading on other people’s blogs and one of them is the whole ~life update thing~. But I know that I’m not very good at that. The only time I post about myself is when something dramatic happens like I move house, or when I graduated etc, I’m not very good at day to day stuff. But I want to be better, I just sometimes want to make my blog less about The Makeup Directory and a little more Sally O’Kelly. I’m not saying I’m going to turn this into my own personal diary as I love writing about beauty, it’s my thang, but for months now I’ve been purposely trying to make my blog more personal and adding a monthly update is just another step to that. Please be aware that these posts are probably going to be pretty damn rambly, I’m good at being precise and structured with a review, but when it comes to talking about anything else I’m a serious rambler…

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september-monthly-skincare-round-up-landscape

Last month I introduced a new monthly skincare round up series, due to the fact I’m changing up my skincare more than ever, and it seemed to go down well. So of course I’m back with some more top picks of what I’ve been reaching for this month and what I’ll continue to use into October. My skin had a bit of a rocky patch at the beginning of the month and I think I used something that it didn’t agree with. I have a few suspects so I’ve cut things back to basic and have been using products on my skin which are slightly more gentle and things have massively improved. Hopefully I’ll have no more mishaps in October!

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recent-beauty-haul-first-impressions2

I’ve been on a spending ban for months now and haven’t treated myself to anything new, all in order to save, save, save. I’ve had to shop my stash a lot which has been good in some ways but I’ve really missed shopping. The other week I decided to do something I’ve never done before – spend my Boots points as my cravings for new makeup were just too much. I’ve been testing the new products out, along with a few other bits I’ve received as blogger mail, so thought I’d give you a run down of my first impressions.

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10 things about me

About a year ago I suddenly had an identity crisis on my blog, where I felt like I was a bit cold and no one knew the real me. I made the conscious effort to include my face more on here (so many FOTD’s) and just become a little more active in replying to comments and on social media. I think it was a success, I feel like I’m not just some undisclosed makeup geek now, and that I get myself and my style across more, and this is really important to me. I still don’t actually talk about my life too much though, so today I thought I’d share some things you may not know about me in a completely self-indulgent post.

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one of each landscapeI’ve seen this blog post doing the rounds and I thought I’d challenge myself to the impossibly hard task of picking out one of each makeup item. I haven’t necessarily picked out my favourite products although they’re all up there as favourites, it’s more about what I could see myself wearing everyday for the rest of my life in every situation, and what goes well together. I really love changing up my makeup so I hope this hypothetical situation never ever happens as this definitely was a challenge.

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NARS Velvet matte lip pencils dolce vita damned review

I had heard good things about the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for a long time, but was always reluctant to spend that much money on what is essentially a pencil, which is ridiculous as they’ll actually last longer than a lipstick – it was just a mental barrier. However last Christmas I picked out Damned as a present and fell straight in love, then a few months after I received Dolce Vita for my birthday, both of which are now staples in my makeup bag. The whole collection definitely lends itself more to autumnal and winter shades so they haven’t had much use over summer, but I’ve started reaching for them once again and I love them all over again. I’ve been meaning to review these for a while but I thought I’d time it perfectly with the run up to autumn.

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