Autumn - The season that forces you to dramatically swap your t-shirts for jumpers and your sandals for boots but that's fine because I love it. Along with swapping your ice latte's for hot chocolate and your bare legs for some cosy 100 denier tights, us seasonal makeup junkies have already pulled out our autumn lipsticks and are eyeing up some new shades.

But for me although I love a deep autumnal lip, it can be tricky to find the perfect tone and sometimes those berry shades just don't suit everyone and then there's the maintenance factor, so here's my 5 Alternative Lipsticks For Autumn...


Lord & Berry Crayon Lip Crayon - Dangerous Red
This shade is more of a vibrant red with pink undertones. Lord & Berry have their lip products spot on as the pencil makes it really easy to apply without a lip liner, they're incredibly silky and the wear is long lasting as the product evenly wears off throughout the day leaving a nice tinted lip. 


The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine - 06 Truly Madly Deeply
As an alternative everyday lip shade, everyone knows that a nude tone is key. But this lipstick from The Body Shop has a more festive twist with finely milled pigments that give a shimmering silver 'wet look' shine. The formula is cream based and so along side that fresh shade you get a comfortable wear. 


Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick - 107 Wine
Although this is one of the more autumnal shade, the colour is a little lighter and more reddy toned than the typical purple toned berry lip. It's also a matte shade so can be used as a build-able lip colour, whether you're wanting a tint or a full shade. I usually stray from matte lipsticks as there's always talk about them being too drying, they tend to 'crumble' and they're incredibly tight and uncomfortable to wear however I've found that Rimmel have been the most comfortable and more moisturising matte lipsticks to wear than most brands.



The Body Shop Colour Crush - 105 Coral Cutie
The shade suggests it's more of a 'coral' tone which for me is a peachy/pink shade however I'd definitely say this is more of a bright milky-orange coral. At first I was really unsure about a 'orange' toned lipstick however I actually love it! Again similar to The Body Shop's shine range the colour is incredibly comfortable to wear with it's cream based formula and rich pigment. 



Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick - 15 Rouge Podium
I've had this lipstick for a while and it;'s been my go to red lip for a night out. It's more of a bright toned red with a slight orange undertone. The formula is enriched with 1/4 pure lacquer giving that glide on, radiant glossy finish. I wouldn't say it's as long wearing as some lipsticks however because of it's nourishing formula it's easy to build without it becoming patchy or 'cakey'. 


Beki Xo

(*) The Spiced Orange Gin Martini

A gin made solely of botanicals that have been sent into space? Yeah, you heard it here first.


The Boutiquey Gin Company created Moonshot Gin using the botanicals; Juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, lemon peel, chamomile flowers, cardamon, bitter orange, cinnamon, liquorice root and angelica  that were shot into the stratosphere where they were exposed the low pressure.

The gin itself has a round citrus, fresh sweetness taste with a savory and spiced pepper edge. So when creating the cocktail I wanted something that would compliment that candied peel scent and pull out those peppery notes.

That's when I stripped back my cocktail recipe ideas and created a simple and classic cocktail with a twist.

The Spiced Orange Gin Martini Recipe:


20ml Freshly squeeze orange

50ml Moonshot Gin
1 Handful of Ice 
1 Pinch of black pepper corns
1 Slice of orange (for garnish)


Pop the martini glass in the freezer whilst you make the cocktail

Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker

Squeeze or pour over 20ml of freshly squeezed orange juice 

Pour in 50ml of Moonshot Gin


Shake until the cocktail shaker is misty

Take the martini glass out of the freezer and pour in the cocktail 


Add a pinch of black pepper corns and one twist of cracked black pepper

Stir and serve

Beki Xo


(*) As part of this review I was gifted the Moonshot Gin however the recipe and all opinions are my own.
Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick Review & Swatches (*)

I have a serious love/ hate relationship going on with liquid lipsticks. I love how they look and how some last longer than normal lipsticks but I hate how they can tend to crack/ flake after 15 mins of wear and can dry out the lips giving that prune like appearance.

However, I'm determined to find the perfect liquid lipstick that has more pros than cons and so my search continues!

After a week or testing I think it's safe to say that the Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipsticks are in the running of being at the top of liquid lipstick favourites. The colour pay is pretty impressive as it gives a full, vibrant and matte finish. As long as you don't rub your lips together (which i did with #6432 Knockout) for 10 minutes after application is gives an even finish that feels comfortable, lightweight and velvet soft. The colour doesn't bleed, is transfer resistant and looks highly pigmented.


#6432 Knockout (result of rubbing lips before 10 min drying time)

However, similar to most other liquid lipsticks in my search the 'long-lasting coverage' isn't quite as long-lasting as I'd like. With the careful consumption of food there's no need for reapplication but any hot drinks that pass the lips... it's gone, (see #6423 Muse) leaving behind a ring of colour. I know liquid lipsticks aren't indestructible but I did hope for at least 50% of the pigment to be left rather than 0%.


#6423 Muse (colour pay off after drinking a hot drink)

With 11 shades in the range my favourite from the 4 that I received is #6423 Muse as pinks and corals are my go to lip shades. The other shades are slightly too dark and 'vampy' for my skin tone but they'd look amazing on tanned or darker skin tones. The darker colors also need a little more care upon application. 

#6427 First Lady

So what would I rate the 'benefits' out of 10?
Extreme Wear - 6/10
Transfer Resistant Performance - 9.10
Vibrant Matte Finish - 10/10
Intense Colour - 9/10
Weightless & Ultra Thin Film - 8/10
Active Moisturising Ingredients - 7/10

#6431 Noblesse

All in all I think I'd definitely buy the Lord & Berry Timless Kissproof Lipsticks in other shades but with the knowledge that reapplication is necessary.

Beki Xo

(*) As part of this review I was gifted the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lipsticks however all opinions are my own
The Battle Of The Purple Shampoos
(Photo above is Fudge Clean Violet Toning Shampoo)

There are a serious amount of purple/violet shampoos on the market, some with better results than others and some with not any results at all. But after scouring the internet to find the best, these are the 3 products that consistently popped up.

Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is probably one of the most popular, well known products on the purple shampoo shelf. The formula itself is sheer lilac with a medium gel like consistency. The purple tones of this shampoo are more diluted than the ‘twice a week treatment’ as it is for daily use and colour care. However the product can aid in maintaining blonde hair in between deep toning treatments.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely upon application however I do find that it strips the moisture from my hair and after rinsing it out my hair feels coarse and dehydrated. After slathering on a conditioner and rinses it out my hair feels back to its silky smooth self. I just wonder what damage the shampoo could be causing by drying my hair out beforehand.

RESULTS: The effects of this shampoo are evident after blow drying as it looks to of neutralised some brassy tones. However, for me my hair doesn’t appear any brighter or more toned but that could be because the daily shampoo is more diluted.

VERDICT: This product did dry my hair out after application however it did recover and regain hydration after I slathered on the conditioner. The effects of the purple shampoo were noticeable after blow dry however it didn’t have a great impact on the tone and brightness of my hair even though it did aid in ridding some orange tones. For a budget purple shampoo under £4 I’d definitely recommend the brand Pro:Voke however I’d opt for their normal shampoo/ conditioner and not the colour care range.  

REVIEW: Not the best purple shampoo from the Pro:Voke range, would recommend their normal brightening shampoo and not the colour care as it is quite drying.

Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Violet Shampoo


KEY INFO: This product is aimed towards cool blonde tones that need extra care to stay vibrant. Before I picked up this shampoo I read mixed reviews on the result but thought I’d give it a go. The formula itself is quite weak with a very pastel lilac shade (for those who don’t know the darker the purple pigment the greater the neutralising results) but I couldn’t see this until I’d purchased the product which retails at £5.99.

TREATMENT: The shampoo foams up nicely and contains guarana (seed of South African tree containing caffeine) which helped to hydrate my hair and make it feel incredibly soft. So much so it felt as though I could have easily skipped the conditioning stage but being an inbuilt routine I didn’t!

FINISH: Of course as the purple/ violet tones in the shampoo were quite weak the formula didn’t really make a great impact on my brassy tones. It did slightly help to cool them down but wasn’t able to brighten, tone or completely rid any warm tones.

VERDICT: This product may not be the best for those who are in desperate need to tone their hair and instantly remove brassiness. However due to its hydrating properties and milky violet tones it would make a great daily shampoo to use in between deep toning treatments such as the Fudge Clean Violet Shampoo below!

REVIEW: Formula is too milky for a strong purple/ violet shampoo, doesn’t tone or really remove any brassiness however would be perfect for daily use in between deep purple shampoo treatments as formula leaves hair incredibly soft.

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo


KEY INFO: This is one of my favourite purple/violet toning shampoos. It is a little more expensive than your high street brands at £10-£13 however the deep purple pigment and the strength of this toning shampoo means a little goes a long way and you only need to use it every other to every third wash. So you’re basically paying extra for the strength and concentrate of the product.

TREATMENT: You only need small amount of this product and be careful not to flick it all over your bathroom wall as you massage it in as the purple can sometimes stain. But the thick, deep purple shampoo foams up nicely and once massaged in you can leave this on for around 10 minutes (as advised). However I have previously left it on for longer to get a brighter more white tone too my hair, but if your hair is already a very light blonde be careful not to leave it on too long as it could take in too much product and have a purple hue (which personally I think looks great!).

FINISH: After using this treatment alongside a regular colour care conditioner my hair feels really soft and it is evident even when damp that the pigment has removed any brassy tones and left a brighter, cooler blonde. The only negative I found with the Fudge shampoo is as it’s quite concentrated the shampoo took to my darker roots and did lighten them so I now only use it from the mid-section down.

VERDICT: This shampoo is basically a fully loaded salon quality toner. It removes all traces of brassiness from the hair, leaves a cooler more ash tone and works its magic in just under 10 minutes. If you’re looking for some serious results and want a deep treatment to give you that then definitely opt for the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo.

REVIEW: The perfect toning shampoo to remove any/all brassy tones leaving a silky smooth, cool blonde salon quality finish. A little goes a long way so this shampoo will last you a while as only required in between washes to every third wash.

Beki Xo
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