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    OUR FAVOURITE AUTUMN LIP COLOURS

    As we move into the colder months we love to switch up our homes, our wardrobes, and of course, our makeup. As the mornings grow colder and darker, the time we want to spend in bed increases tenfold, and that means sacrificing our all too precious getting ready time. A woman knows however, that a little mascara, a touch of blush and bronzer and a great lip is all she needs for a day at the office. As it is the most crucial part of our Autumn makeup routine, we thought we would take you through our favourites lip colours for the season.

    Whilst a lot of us are not brave enough to wear the ultra dark vampy look on an everyday basis, it does mean that you can keep the rest of your face minimal. Also you would be surprised at how much more confident you feel in it after you've tried it a few times. Our favourites are MAC Retro Matte 'High Drama' and 'Zoeva Pure Lacquer 'Sensual Curve'.

    Now although we love a good seasonal dark lip, we can't forget about our nudes. We do however keep to the more brown undertones in the Autumn as opposed to pink nudes. The colour Emily Ratajkowski is wearing is pure perfection, however, annoyingly, we don't know what that exact colour is. Our favourites Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip 'Barely Nude' and L'Oreal Colour Riche Shine 'Dazzling Doe' are very similar though.

    For a night out we love a glossy berry lip! It is super flattering on all skin tones and looks beautiful with dark hair like Megan Fox's. The particular one she is quite unique however it is the perfect colour to try and recreate for the upcoming holiday season. We achieve it with Colourpop's Ultra Matte 'Rooch', topped with their 'Wolfie' Ultra Gloss.

    When you want a bit of colour but don't want to have to worry about the maintenance and top ups throughout the day, then a lip stain is the way to go. The Chanel Le Rouge Duo in 'Tender Beige' is absolutely perfect for day to day, we also love all the colours in the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain collection for even less fuss.

    If you're a fan of a vibrant lip, then a beautiful orange red is always a winner in the Autumn months. Shay mitchell looks stunning in this colour and shows that is perfect paired with simple black dress. Experiment with MAC's 'Morange' Amplified Lipstick or if you don't think you will wear it that often, Maybelline's Colour Sensation 'Orange Danger'.

    Last but not least is our easy go to, a glossy nude lip. This one however is totally different...(honest!) as it has much more peach undertones. Essentially it's like adding a little pumpkin spice to your classic nude. Our favourites are Nyx Butter Gloss 'Madeline' and Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in 'Amber'.

    And there you have it, all the lip colours you need for the colder months. Honestly even if we are just lounging around the home in our pjs and slippers, putting a good lip colour on, always makes us feel more put together and ready for the day. Of course, we are always open to adding to our forever-growing lip collection, so let us know your must-haves in the comments below!

    THINGS WE ARE LOVING RIGHT NOW AT HOME FOR AUTUMN

    As we have previously mentioned (about a 100 times already on this blog) Autumn is our favourite season and whilst we love a wardrobe update, the Autumn leaves and our trusty PSL, we are true homebodies at heart. So of course, we update our homes to reflect our Autumn mood with simple decor changes that are super easy to integrate. We thought we would share with you all the things we are loving at home this month...

    Faux fur and knit blankets

    Making our homes feel cosy is what we love most at Pretty You London. Faux fur and cable knit blankets are the easiest way to do this. Get curled up on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and let the Netflix binge commence...

    Candles

    Is it even Autumn if you don't come home get in your comfies and light a candle? There are an abundance of seasonal appropriate scented candles, of course we love the classic pumpkin spiced, but we also adore warm vanillas and sandwoods.

    Autumnal Mugs

    If you don't have a cupboard full of mis-matched mugs then you can officially deem yourself more polished than the rest of us. Each Autumn we get a new mug to commemorate the return of our love and this year will be no exception. Getting out our new mug making ourselves a pumpkin spiced latte and getting snuggled on the couch is our idea of bliss.

    Bubble Bath

    When the colder nights start to set in we adore getting a warm (who are we kidding, boiling hot) bubble bath, with the candles lit, a good book and possibly a cheeky glass of wine! It helps us relax after a long day whilst simultaneously warming our bones through, as our grandmothers would say... 

    Pretty You Pyjamas

    Of course we couldn't not mention our gorgeous nightwear. Our bamboo was loved so much by all of you we have now made it part of our core collection, so it is still available all through Autumn & Winter along with our new beautifully cosy stripe nightwear... (launching soon!)

    Door Mat

    Whilst this may seem like an odd one, we have been loving our Autumn themed door mats. Having a cute little greeting to welcome you home never fails to put a smile on our face, who wouldn't love coming home to that everyday?

    Autumnal Wall Art

    As we change some of the decor in our homes to match the change in the leaves, our wall art is no exception. Whether you personally prefer prints or more 3D pieces, we love to update it for the season and you'd be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to the look and feel of your home.

     Fluffy Cushions

    The cushions on our sofa need updating every once in a while and in the Autumn we love to add some fluffy ones, usually in seasonal tones such as cream and camels, that pair beautifully with berries and greys... (and some velvet ones never goes a miss).

    Brushed Cotton Bedding

    While fresh bedding in general always makes us love our beds even more than we thought possible, in the Autumn and Winter months we love switching to a brushed cotton for a more cosy feel. Trust us when we say it truly feels as though you're sleeping in a cloud.

    Slippers

    Last but certainly not least, is of course our slippers! Getting home and slipping them on instantly gives us that perfect relaxed 'at home' feeling... our new collection is full of super soft faux furs and gorgeous velvets making them cosier than ever!

    Let us know in the comments below what your favourite things are in your home for the Autumn months...

    AUTUMN & WINTER HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

    When it finally hits the time of the year, that the sun is no longer shining and we aren't concerned with only packing a pair of cute sunnies, it's officially time to give our must-have handbag essentials a much needed update. Unfortunately our carefree, relaxed attitude is long gone, along with last rays of sunshine and we can no longer leave the house with just our phones and bank card (and of course the aforementioned pair of cute sunnies).
    Instead we now need a lot more things quick to hand at a moment's notice, so we have compiled a list of our essentials that, trust us, you need this Autumn and Winter. And while our handbag contents may now have tripled, we promise we wont actually make you pack the kitchen sink!
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    A fold-up umbrella
    An obvious one, but ultimately one we have been caught way too many times without! A mistake we are not in any rush to make again. Which is why it has made it straight to the top of our list of essentials, if only to serve as a reminder to ourselves on a daily basis. If you are well and truly traumatised by previous experiences (we most definitely are! - that Bridget Jones scene when she was soaked to the bone, right before she stormed into Mr Darcy's office to declare her undying love, you know the one... - yes, we have been that kind of drenched before now!). Then you may be more than happy to commit to a full (non-fold-up kind) of umbrella. The ones that unfortunately don't conveniently fold up into our handbags, but whilst not the most practical, they are slightly bigger, more durable and overall better quality a lot of the time, that it may be worth investing.
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    Tissues
    Moving on to the other highly un-glamorous essential you will find currently residing in our handbags, tissues. An absolute must this time of year! You don't want to find yourself in the horrifying experience with your nose running like a tap (it happens) and no tissue in sight to save the day. Tissues are also super useful for the ridiculous watering eyes we also seem to find ourselves experiencing around this time of year, someone care to explain what that is even about? All we can tell you is that black mascara running down our faces is not a cute look.
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    Lip balm
    Ahh the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, holiday spirit, cosy knits, and oh yes, dryness. Lots and lots of dryness. Honestly it feels as though we give up all our moisture in exchange for the happiness everything else these seasons bring us (sadly a sacrifice we would be more than willing to make). Dry cracked lips however is just not something we are content with having, so instead we have copious amounts of lip balm to keep them soft and moisturised. We also love a good lip scrub to make sure we are removing any dry skin beforehand, for the best chapped lips combat routine.
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    Hand cream
    Unfortunately our hands also suffer from the painstaking dryness this wonderful season brings, so we always make sure we have some hand cream on hand (sorry! we had to...) throughout the colder months. With so many to choose from it is also super easy to find a scent that you adore, that will make you want to re-apply it multiple times a day (or hour, who are we kidding).
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    Hair serum & hair brush
    No matter how much time you spend doing your hair in the morning, if your commute includes any sort of exposure to the elements, then your masterpiece is ultimately going to be destroyed. All it takes is a strong gust of wind for your beautiful bouncy blow or perfectly polished beach waves to become a horrifying static tangled mess. This can easily be rectified however with a little anti frizz hair serum and a hair brush, both of which you can get in small compact versions, so we suggest you forget neither!
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    Makeup essentials
    Again, same scenario as your hair, if you find yourself in an unexpected catastrophe, you need something to help rectify the situation. If you aren't someone who likes carrying your whole makeup collection around with you (who does?) then our essentials would be:
    Mascara - for those times we previously mentioned, when your eye decides to water uncontrollably and kindly takes all of your mascara off for you... er, thanks?
    Eyeliner - unless you're purposefully going for the smudgy kohl look, then messy eyeliner is never a good look (and you can't pass it off as purposefully smudgy eyeliner, when it isn't, believe us!) so as the saying goes, better safe than sorry, pack it just in case.
    Powder - easier to apply and more convenient to carry than your liquid foundation, this is a necessity for the times when your foundation has decided the inside of your beanie requires more coverage than you do. A cream compact foundation is also amazing to have in this situation, for those of us who are simply just too dry for any more powder.
    Lipliner - instantly helps gives you a more polished look and blended in with your trusty lip balm it helps add a bit of colour on the days you just couldn't bare to put your favourite matte (aka drying) lipstick on.
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    Hand sanitiser
    Now we know we are showing a lot of love to our hands and you're thinking surely I dont need to lug around several products for my hands alone... but at this time of the year, just in case you weren't aware, everyone is getting sick. Unless you want to be stuck inside with a case of the sniffles all weekend (because guaranteed it hits the hardest in your own time and not during work) then we highly suggest you have some hand sanitiser readily available for when someone sneezes or coughs a little too close to comfort.
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    Perfume Sample
    We love a good sample, who of us doesn't? Amazingly last year most of the popular scents actually had a small 10-15ml tube of the perfume specifically designed for your handbag within their perfume Christmas gift sets. While they don't last forever they do give us a much needed pick me up in the afternoons and are a lifesaver when you accidently overslept and forgot to spray perfume before you left the house. If you don't yet have a signature scent then we wish you luck in your hunt for 'the one' with all those tiny 2ml bottles they give you in boots. After all, Christmas isn't for nearly another 2 months yet... those little bottle can last you (especially if you pick up some more from a different sales associate than last time).
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    Gloves
    While temperatures haven't yet hit freezing, we are not far off and it's better to be prepared and get a cute pair of gloves before all the good ones are sold out! We actually have launched some gorgeous winter accessories this year at Pretty You, that we think you ladies would love! Some gloves have super soft luxurious faux fur and we have a pair of glamorous sparkly embellished handwarmers, as well as some beautifully wrapped sets. Get yours ready for when the cold well and truly hits, as blue fingers are most definitely not cute!
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    Diary/Planner
    Let's be honest when it's cold and miserable outside we don't want to go anywhere we don't absolutely need to be, we want to be cosy at home in our slippers and loungewear as much as physically possible. The best way to manage this is to stay organised! Where do we need to go, what do we need to do and what do we need to get. Keeping this all organised and written out in a diary/planner clearly really helps us stay focused and manage our time most effectively, as it is a high priority that we fit all of our Netflix binges in, obviously.
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    Let us know in the comments below if there is something you can't leave the house without during the Autumn and Winter months that we didn't include! Because no doubt we will need to...

    AUTUMN OUTFITS YOU'LL WANT TO COPY RIGHT NOW

     Ok, ok, ok, we know it's our third Autumn themed blog post in a row... but we just can't help it! We are far too excited with all the Autumn feels and only slightly buzzing from all the Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes... I think to say it is our favourite season would probably be an understatement.

    So here we are with another Autumn themed post only this time it is the fashion! *squeals*! It is finally time for our beautiful leather and suede booties to hit the streets, our gorgeously cosy knits to drown our comfort food food-babies with, seasonal appropriate hats - our classic fedora and the new ever so trendy baker boy hats... and of course our jackets! Aviator jackets, teddy shearling jackets, leather jackets, denim jackets, tailored jackets, blazers... (every type of jacket!) we just cant get them on quick enough.

    To showcase our love of Autumn fashion, we have collated 25 outfit inspos that we absolutely adore and are dying to recreate, that we thought we would share with you, as we know you'll love them just as much as us... enjoy!

    Let us know which outfit was your fave in the comments below! Also we would love to know if you recreate any of these looks.

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR INTERIORS A LUXE UPDATE FOR AUTUMN

    As the colder months hit I think it is fair to say we all run straight from the office back to the warm cozy comfort of our homes and jump straight into our slippers and pjs. So whilst we are spending so much more time there it deserves a little attention. Here at Pretty You we are all about the gorgeous luxe feel, and that is not different when it comes to our love for interiors, so we are going to run you through our top 3 ways to update your interiors to give them a more luxury feel for the Autumn.
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    Velvet features
    The easiest way to give your home a luxury touch this Autumn is to simply add some velvet. Our favourite way is through the use of a statement couch or chair, and to make it even more interior designer worthy, have it in a bold colour, one that compliments the rest of the interior. If you don't feel ready to commit to such a large piece then the perfect more subtle alternative is to add some jewel toned cushions for just a hint of luxe. After all, you don't see velvet all over Pinterest for nothing...
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    Faux fur accents
    Autumn is one of the two colder months so of course we have to bring out the faux fur... faux fur throws, faux fur cushions, faux fur chairs, you name it, if it comes in faux fur and it matches our interior colour scheme, you can bet we are getting it/already have it.
    It is a beautiful way to add some luxury vibes, but also it helps add some coziness to the room. As who doesn't want to warm and cosy snuggled up indoors, when it is pouring with rain and only 2 degrees outside?! So we highly advise bringing out the faux fur to elevate your luxe cozy Autumn inspired interiors.
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    Mixing metals
    Ahhh, mixed metals... this is one we think may send some of your into a frenzy of pure horror, but hear us out! It looks expensive... that's it. Most interior designers use this as a method of adding a more luxury feel to your space without it being too loud of a statement, such as a bright purple velvet couch for example. For those of you that like something more subtle, and this is by far the easiest method, try this and see how you it transforms and elevates your new Autumn interior.
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    Hopefully you find the above dreamy interior photos as inspirational as we do and they motivate you to give your home an updated luxe feel.
    Whilst we love all 3 of these methods there is several inspirational photos above that include all 3! And their homes are most definitely Pinterest gold, so don't be afraid to incorporate all of them and be bold with your choices! Also let us know in the comments below if you have any other ways that you will updating your homes with this Autumn...

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