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Fall / Autumn Essentials

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Hello there!  I’ve been M.I.A again and I do apologize.  I have been extremely busy with a new chapter of my life (something which I cannot reveal just yet) and it has been taking up a lot of my time.  I will however share the news with you as soon as I can.  As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, we are experiencing fall / autumn here in Namibia at the moment and I thought I would share with you some of the essentials that you’ll need during the season.

Delicious tasting hot beverage

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I’ve become obsessed with Chai Latte ever since my sister introduced it to me.  We usually get it from Mugg n Bean and it is definitely an essential during autumn.  If you want something that lasts a bit longer (in the sense that you can make it every day) and tastes just as delicious, definitely get yourself a pack of Hug In a Mug.  It comes with 10 sachets and they also come in different flavors; I highly suggest trying the Hazelnut Cappuccino.

Dark Lipsticks

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Autumn means going darker with your makeup looks, which means darker lips.  Dark lipsticks are therefore an essential if you want to recreate those Instagram worthy autumn makeup looks.

Dark Nail polish

During autumn darker nails are also an essential to fit in with the autumn mood and to match your autumn inspired outfits.  Dark blues, maroon, black and plum/purple colors are some of the colors you can go for during the season.

Scented Candles

An absolute must have during the season!

Go-to jacket

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A cute go-to jacket that will go with basically all or majority of your outfits is definitely an autumn essential, especially during those chillier days.  A denim jacket is a good go-to piece, as they will not let you break out in a sweat or make you feel too hot when wearing them, but will still keep you warm during those chillier days and they can be matched with almost any outfit.

Boots

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Those that know me know that I’m a sucker for some cute boots.  These are an autumn essential, as you want to keep your feet warm when it does start to get chillier, plus styling an outfit with boots just creates the perfect autumn look.

Cute Comfy Sweater and Sweatpants

During the autumn & winter months I tend to go into hibernation, which means chilling inside and catching up on some series or curling up with a good book and that usually requires a comfy sweater and some sweatpants.

Fall Movies / Series / Books

This one definitely relates to the previously mentioned essential, as you need a good book / tv series/ movie to curl up with.  I will be posting a list of suggestions of series / movies to check out that are perfect for autumn, so definitely be on the lookout for that post.

Fall Music Playlist

During any season and for every occasion a dope playlist is definitely an essential.  Head on over to my previous post here, to check out my playlist featuring some cool autumn inspired tunes.

Pretty Scarves

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Scarves can be used for those chillier days, but they can also act as an accessory in order to spice up an outfit.

But that is it for this post; do let me know what your essentials are during fall / autumn.  Also, do follow me on Instagram, I will be trying to post more content there more often.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall / Autumn Music Playlist

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Hello there beautiful people!  As can be seen by the title, this post will include my favorite tunes for Fall, or Autumn as it is known here in Namibia.  I know, I know, autumn is not officially supposed to start until the 20th of March, but in my mind as soon as the calendar hits the 1st of March, it means the beginning of Autumn here in Namibia.  I therefore thought it would be cool to compile an autumn inspired playlist to help get you (those in parts of the world also experiencing autumn at the moment) and myself in the Autumn mood.  I do advice those who are currently not experiencing the season to still listen to this playlist, because there are some really cool tunes on this playlist that I know you will appreciate listening to.  Also, if you want to listen to any of the songs I mentioned, you can click here to listen all of the songs listed below on YouTube, as I’ve created a playlist there.  I am going to stop rambling now I promise, here are some of my Autumn inspired songs that will probably be experiencing the replay button more than once:

  1. Eryn Allen Kane – Slipping
  2. James Arthur – Naked
  3. Julia Michaels – Heaven
  4. ABT LST NT – Somebody
  5. Daniel Caesar ft H.E.R – Best Part
  6. Grace – New Orleans
  7. Johnnyswim ft Vince Gill – Lonely Night in Georgia
  8. Sigrid – Dynamite
  9. The Shires – I Just Want To Love You
  10. X Ambassadors – Unsteady
  11. Julia Michaels – Issues
  12. James Bay – Move Together
  13. Sia – Helium
  14. Alex & Sierra – Scarecrow
  15. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
  16. Phillip Phillips – Home
  17. The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather
  18. Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  19. John Mayor – The Age of Worry
  20. Florence The Machine – The Dog Days Are Over
  21. Ray LaMontagne – Trouble
  22. Jocelyn Alice – Bound To You
  23. Ray LaMontagne – Let It Be Me
  24. Alex & Sierra – Broken Frame
  25. Alex & Sierra – All For You
  26. Hozier – Take Me To Church
  27. Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart
  28. Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves
  29. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  30. Calum Scott & Leona Lewis – You Are The Reason

But that is it for this post, do let me know in the comments what songs you like to listen to during the fall time.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Current Skincare Routine

Hello there! I have not done any skincare routine whatsoever on my blog before and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.  I will therefore share both my morning and evening skincare routines.  I follow a VERY basic skincare routine with minimal products being used, but I have been seeing a tremendous difference in my skin, especially since using the Ponds Products, all thanks to a recommendation by my Grandmother who swears by Ponds.  I do however still get the occasional hormonal breakout.  I do believe that taking care of your skin is essential, which is why routines help to assist the process.  I will admit though that I do not always follow my evening skincare routine, mostly because I’m lazy AF.

Without further ado, here is my skincare routine for both mornings and evenings.

 

Morning Skincare Routine

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I usually start off by cleansing my face with the Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash.  It has a fresh aroma and removes every trace of dirt and oil from the skin, making your skin feel squeaky clean and refreshed and I have definitely noticed the reduction of pimples on my skin.  The product is also said to contain Thymo – T Essence and Salicylic acid, which are both known to prevent pimples.  I then apply the Ponds Lasting Oil Control Vanishing Cream onto my skin, as my moisturizer.  The Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash is usually supposed to go with the Ponds Leave-on Expert Clearing Gel, which is applied after washing your face and which I’ve used before and loved as well, but I feel that because I have an oily skin type, the Vanishing Cream works better for my skin.  It definitely does as the package says: neutralizes the excess oil, but at the same time still nourishes the skin.

 

Evening Skincare Routine

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If I wore makeup for the day, I start by taking it off with some makeup wipes.  I then cleanse my face with the Garnier Pure Active 3 – in 1 Wash, Scrub and Mask.  I also use this as a mask sometimes.  This product also contains Salicylic Acid, which as I’ve mentioned before helps to prevent pimples.  I do plan on doing a more in-depth review on this product, which might be featured in a favorites post, but I will tell you, it does wonders for my skin and I absolutely love it!  I then go in with the Ponds Lasting Oil Control Vanishing Cream and apply this all over my face.  You might notice that I did not include a Toner in any of my routines and that is simply because I’ve cut them out of my routine, for the simple reason that I don’t think I really need them.  Another mask I usually also use and love is the Young Solution Triple Take 3 – in – 1 Cleanser, Scrub, Mask.  I did do a review on this mask, which you can check out here.

And that is about it for my skincare routine folks, I was not kidding when I said I follow a VERY basic skincare routine, which actually works 100%  for me, because my skin has been looking the best it’s been in a long time.

Do let me know in the comments if you use any of the products I use and how they work for your skin or if you don’t let me know what products you use in your skincare routine!

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

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Rihanna – Wild Thoughts Inspired Makeup Look

Hello there beautiful people! Summer is almost at an end here in Namibia and I therefore decided that I need to do one more summer makeup look, before it is actually officially over.  I chose to create a Rihanna inspired makeup look from her music video Wild Thoughts, because I think it is the perfect summer look and I absolutely LOVE the color combo.  It is something I wouldn’t normally create and wear, but I need to step out of my comfort zone a little bit and I loved how it turned out.  Also, I do know that this is not the exact shade she used for her look, but it was the closest I could find in my makeup kit.  Without further ado, here is how you can create this makeup look:

All the colors I used are from the ELF Little Black Beauty Book (Warm Edition) Palette.

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The eye makeup

I started off by filling in my eyebrows with the Catrice Eye Brow Stylist Pencil in the shade Date with Ash-ton.

I then applied the LA Girl Concealer all over my eyelid to prep my eyes and then set the concealer with some translucent powder.

I started off by applying the main color, which is this teal shade all over my eyelid.

I then took this black color and applied this onto the outer corners of my eyes and blended it out.

To darken the look a little bit, I further went in with this brown color and applied this in the crease area and extended it upwards.

I then applied the Essence lash Princess Mascara to my top lashes.

After I finished my face makeup, I went back to my eyes and just put a bit of the teal shade, followed by the black shade under my lash line and applied the Essence Lash Princess Mascara to my bottom lashes as well.

 

The Face Makeup

I started by applying my foundation and used the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 220 (Natural Beige)

I then went in with my concealer and used the LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in the shade Creamy Beige.

To set my foundation I used the Yardley Absolute Translucent Loose Powder.

I then did my contour with the Absolute New York Pro Contour Palette and used the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in the shade Light Infusion only on the bridge of my nose.

For blush I used the Jordana Blush Powder in the shade Rose Silk.

For my lips I used the Wet n Wild Lipstick in the shade Cherry Frost.

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And that concludes this makeup look.  I hope you love this look as much as I do.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

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Hey there! With it being Valentine’s Day and all, I thought I would create a pretty Valentine’s Day look for you to wear, whether you’re going on that date with someone special or for wearing to that girls date night you planned with all of your single friends.   I absolutely LOVE this eye and lip combo and I hope you do to.  Without further ado, here is how you can create this look:

The eye makeup

I started off by filling in my eyebrows with the Catrice Eye Brow Stylist Pencil in the shade Date with Ash-ton.

I then applied the LA Girl Concealer all over my eyelid to prep my eyes and then set the concealer with some translucent powder.

I started off by applying this light brown shade from ELF Little Black Beauty Book (Warm Edition) Palette in the crease area and extended it a bit above the crease as well.

I then took this darker brown color from the ELF Little Black Beauty Book (Warm Edition) Palette and applied this in the crease area as well.

Next, I went in with this burnt plum metallic color from the HD Nude Palette (which is the 5th color) and applied this to my eyelid.

To darken up the look a little, I added this dark brown from the HD Nude Palette to the outer corners of my eyelids.

I then applied the Essence Lash Princess Mascara to my top lashes.

After I finished my face makeup, I went back to my eyes and added first the burnt plum metallic and then the darkest brown shade under my lash line and then went in with the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in the shade Light Infusion on the inner corners of my eyes.  I then applied the Essence Lash Princess mascara to my bottom lashes as well.

 

The Face Makeup

I started off by applying my foundation and used the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 220 (Natural Beige)

I then went in with my concealer and used the LA Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in the shade Creamy Beige.

To set my foundation I used the Yardley Absolute Translucent Loose Powder.

I then did my contour with the Absolute New York Pro Contour Palette and used the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in the shade Light Infusion as my highlighter.

For blush I used the Jordana Blush Powder in the shade Rose Silk.

For my lips I used this gorgeous Essence Lipstick in the shade Purple Power.

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But that concludes this makeup look; I really hope you enjoyed this post.

Until next time!

xoxo Lilanie