The Beauty Bag: November

With Halloween still in the air and the dark nights well and truly here I thought I’d turn to the dark side for this month’s Beauty Bag. Yes I’m a neutral girl at heart, but that doesn’t mean I can’t play dress-up once in a while with the deeper shades in my stash. I stick to the rules when it comes to dark shades; eyes or lips, never both – not for me anyway. Though there are some surprising picks thrown in there, so never say never. So here are the offerings that will be rising to the top of my makeup bag this month…

CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique – who’d have thought that a neutral eyeshadow lover like me could fall in love so hard with a black, glossy lid wash? Well, it’s happened. Ok so it’s not the most everyday-appropriate product, but swept over the eyes with fingertips and blended out the edges, paired with a hefty swipe of eyeliner (see below), it’s smudged-out rock chic glam perfection. Party season makeup sorted.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal in Black Amethyst – when a dark eye comes out, it’s a given that a pencil has to come into play. You know my feelings on eyeliner, but things need to get heavy duty on the lashline to balance the black out. This shade has a hint of violet to it too, so plays along well with my green glare.

By Terry Ombré Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Brown Perfection – for days when I’m not feeling as ballsy in the eye department, this is a nice neutral, but still pretty bold, brown. There’s a hint of shimmer to it if you swatch it and squint, but on the whole it’s a matte affair. I’ll be lining my eyes thickly, top and bottom and blending out with my finger Olsen-style.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon – moving on to lips and a product that I’ve been looking forward to sporting all year. When it comes to lip colour the Opaque Rouges are basically my perfect option – matte, long-lasting, non-budging and able to withstand even the juiciest burger feast; so this colour is a welcome addition to my collection. A vampy berry that sits just on the right side of purple.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherryisn’t this colour a cracker? The feature I love about this shade is the same that I like about MAC’s Rebel; it’s ability to go on direct from the bullet for a ‘yeah I’m wearing dark lipstick – and what?’ look or the fact that it applies equally beautifully smudged into the lips with your fingertips for a subtle stain. I’m planning to blot it on with a heavy helping of mascara and the…

MaxFactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Murano – remember my love for the shade Soft Pink? Well I thought it was time to dive into deeper waters colour-wise and give this wine-tinged rouge a go for November. A blendable, easy-to-build blush that’s basically a natural, wind-slapped flush in a tub. No breeze or brush required.

I’ve got the dark side of beauty well and truly covered. Next stop…glitter, glam and heavy dollop of christmas cosmetics.


  • Eileen Pang

    Love this combo, I’m actually just added The Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon in my Makeup bag, it’s just a small one that I brought recently. These Rouges are freaking expensive in Malaysia.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    The hourglass lipgloss looks amazing, perfect vibrant shade for this time of year :o). Xx

  • Hannah

    I have Black Cherry and I think I’ll definitely be using it more.


  • Anna Blush

    Love the look of the Chanel eye shadow x

  • Elena

    definitely going to try out that max factor blush – it sounds so pretty! 🙂 xx

    kooky capricious

  • Marina

    Great post! Where did you get the make-up bag? It looks super cute.

    xoxo Marina

  • Jo Sharma-Stray

    A lovely selection of products! Where is the make-up bag from please, it’s gorgeous!

    Jo ♥ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  • Hayley

    what a good mix of products. I bet the revlon lip colour blotted will look lovely!

  • Lovely selection of products!

    Love red lips.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  • Esme Peirce

    Love your beauty bag posts, such a good mix of products :)x

  • Sybil Mae

    That Revlon lipstick looks gorgeous!

  • Phoebe

    Would love to see the look with the Chanel shadow, definitely want to channel this for this season.

  • Ana

    Could you do a Tutorial using the Chanel Illusion de Ombre in Mirifique?
    Would love to see that! <3

  • Danielle

    I LOVE Revlon’s Black Cherry – I wore it yesterday. Great picks!

  • roshkud

    I need black cherry! Its beautiful, oh and I absolutely love soft murano its my everyday blush

    Roshni’s Journey

  • Supria

    Love the MaxFactor blush and the lip picks!

  • do you actually use these products? they all look so new 🙂

  • BohoRush

    I’ve got black cherry too and its amazing! Great for fall/winter (: xx

  • Emma and Emily

    Might have to pop that hourglass liquid lipstick in my basket. I have the colour rose and i am absolutely in love with the formula!

  • Ooh I definitely have to check out that MaxFactor blush! And Mirifique is on my to-buy list, it seems so gorgeous! I already have an illusion d’ombre and I absolutely love love love it!

  • Heels Forever

    Ooooh all these products look so nice! Especially the lip products xx

    Heels Forever

  • I am the same with heavy makeup either on the eyes or lips never ever both hehe, that Revlon Lipstick looks gorgeous I may have to purchase xx Emmi

  • Maddy Cane

    Sounds beautiful, I would love to see some tutorials or get ready with me videos with them! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • The Revlon lipstick looks amazing!!

  • Lorraine

    Hooray for Black Cherry! Hooray for SuperLustrous lippies! Love this shade- this one and Wine Not were my go-to lippies last fall. This fall I am all about Raisin Rage. This line deserves more attention.

  • Sylvia

    That Chanel shadow is just stunning! Also, those Hourglass
    Opaque Rouges really are the (gosh that sounds lame).


  • Sharlotte

    The revlon colour is soo lovely! Dark and wintery <3


  • Jennifer

    I love the Chanel D’Ombre’s, they’re just so easy! And that Revlon lippie is going in the basket on my next shop!


  • Veronica Franco

    Yes, absolutely love the Hourglass Opaque Rouge… although in the packaging it doesn’t look so vamp-y and purple? strange..

  • Love that your getting more into makeup! This selection is great for a smokey winter look.

  • aztrouble

    omg totally in love with black cherry myself, I love how it blends and stays forever, I think this is the longest lasting lipstick without a stain ive ever used, it does kinda have a stain effect though, and my daughter pprefers it in one swipe where I prefer two or three layers, this color is perfect for everyone, they just have to play with it a bit. my husband gets all hot and bothered when I wear it which will keep me warm for all of fall left and winter!

  • Cici

    oh my… I just fell in love with a lipstick… now I have to hunt it done in an online-shop (damn you Revlon for being no longer available in Germany!) and hope and pray it may arrive here soon 🙂 xx Cici

  • Allison

    I love going darker in the A/W months! so much more dramatic than the sheer summer offerings

  • louise

    Please do a post showing us how to wear the dark lip shades as well as how to create an eye look with the cream shadow an liner! x

  • Amelia

    You have some really nice colours and brands in there!

  • Rachel

    love this! please do a post about everyday makeup

  • you own such luxurious products, I am very jealous! You always look flawless 🙂

  • Sophie

    I just love the gorgeous reds in this collection!



  • litomanes

    Great post (once again). Thank you !