So the clocks have changed, which must mean it’s officially winter, well, almost anyway. The salty smell of autumn is in the air and green, orange and brown leaves are lining the streets. I do love this time of year, as the seasons change and we gravitate to new autumnal fashions and get excited about the festivities that lay ahead. Like most people, as the seasons change, so does my style, in clothing and cosmetics, and as we say goodbye to light summer make-up featuring lots of highlight and a glossy lip, I’m ready to say hello to the new trends of darker lip palettes and a new colour range of shadows.
As Notino is my go-to destination for all things beauty and cosmetic related, I thought I’d treat myself to a new collection of make-up to start the new season with a new look. For those of you that don’t know, Notino are an online beauty store that stock amazing luxury brands, as well as industry and high-street favourites. They have a huge range of products from budget to exclusive items, so they literally have something for everyone, perfect for stocking up on daily necessities or treating yourself to a luxurious lippy.
Direct Link to the Notino Website
I spent hours looking online at the huge array or products, from Chanel cosmetics to high-street favourite Make-up Revolution, I had lots of fun scouting bargains to add to my basket as an autumnal treat to myself. After many hours of deliberation, I decided to purchase two make-up revolution palettes in perfect autumn shades and a fabulous red-carpet worthy Guerlain lipstick. I also picked up an extra treat (hey, we all love a good treat right?!) which was a lovely little Yankee Candle to burn during the autumn nights as the days get shorter.
I love Notino for its range of products and ease of use, and as I checked out my online basket I noticed they did gift wrap. I’m a sucker for a beautifully wrapped present, and as this was a present to myself, I thought I would select the gift wrap in the black option. Unlike most sites they had sooo many different colour choices to select, but I thought I would go classic with black.
When the parcel arrived, as always, I unwrapped it as quickly as I could! I’m like a child at Christmas, ripping the box open to unveil what is on the inside. The gift box that my new make-up items arrived in was beautiful, and felt uber-stylish and very luxurious. It was black, with a mixture of understated matte and patent stars all tied with a satin bow. When I undid the stylish bow I was met with my products, perfectly packed as if it were the most exclusive gift in the world. I’m certainly going to order the gift wrap again, for myself and for gifts for family and friends as we head into the festive season. It could mean that you have a present purchased all wrapped up ready, shipped to your door for Christmas with only a few clicks on the web.
As soon as I’d unpacked everything and hidden the gift wrap to reuse near Christmas I decided to have a play and think about make-up trends. For the autumn and winter months, we have noticed a rise in the trend for beautiful smoky eyes in shades of brown and oranges which mirror the colours of the season. I picked up the Soph x Make-up Revolution palette from Notino which has many stunning shades which are all perfect for this time of year. It has a white & black, with oranges, greens and browns so a huge selection in just one palette. I also picked up the Soph x Make-up Revolution highlight palette to help contour and highlight the face and show off my natural features.
My favourite looks created from this palette are by using the shades ’Danger’ ‘Pumpkin’ and “Pine tree”. I can create an amazing statement smoky eye with ‘Danger’ and every time I flutter my eyes you can catch a killer pop of copper. I also have used the deep green shade called ‘Pine Tree’ that has a glitter running though the powder, this is deep colour and you can create a sultry smoky eye look which I think is fabulous. Also look out for the ‘Mixed Berry’ shade, it’s a stunning purple and if you have blue eyes it would look KILLER! As for the highlighting palette, I was blinded when I saw that under my chandelier due to its sassy shimmer. The highlighting trend is a trend that has been here for a while now, and as careful highlighting can totally transform your face I’m sure it’s set to stay. To help enhance my face I always highlight my cheek bones, the cupids bow of my lip, the inner corners of my eye and a little on my jawline to help define.
The Make-up revolution palettes weren’t the only items I had in my gorgeous gift box, I also picked up the most amazing lipstick by Guerlain. As soon as I saw this product at Notino.co.uk I knew I had to have it, and it’s something I haven’t seen stocked in many other places (which is something Notino is great at, giving you hard to source items!).
Rouge G de Guerlain is a lipstick that comes in two parts, the lipstick bullet and the casing, and what is so great about it is that they are both completely customisable! You get to totally customise the lipstick to your style, choosing from a wide range of lipstick shades, from the most nude to the most extravagant, they have a shade to meet your every wish. Then once you have your lipstick picked you can complete with the case of your choice to create your complete lipstick just how you like it. Notino had done all the hard work for me as they had teamed my favourite silver case with a red lipstick, so luckily I didn’t have to choose both. When I first opened the box it was love at first sight, as you pull the lipstick out of the bullet the special case pops open with a mirror, ready for you to apply. It’s not only a fabulous piece to have that is convenient but its uber-stylish and certainly a conversation starter, it will make many beauty fan friends jealous!
Direct link to the Guerlain Rouge G Le Brillant Lipstick at Notino
So that was another successful shopping experience with Notino.co.uk, and now I am all set up for the autumn and winter seasons. Not only do I have the perfect eye palette to get me through every event you can image during the festive season ahead, but I have the most amazing classic lipstick to look elegant and glamorous with at any party for on the go touch ups. As for the candle I purchased, that’s burning gracefully in the background as I write this little article. Notino stock a huge array of products from home fragrance, to perfumes, make-up and skincare. So no matter what you need, they are totally worth a little look, just remember to treat yourself at the checkout and add that killer gift-wrap, so that every parcel can be a heavenly gift to yourself…