My favourite matte lips for fall! 

My favourite Jeffree Star lipsticks for Autumn! || A peek into my velour liquid lip collection!

What’s up you guys!? It’s finally well into my favourite season, and as usual I am loving all the make-up and fashion that comes with the Autumnal months. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Autumnal matte lipsticks.

Anyone who knows me even a little bit has probably heard me talking about my Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick’s. I’ve loved this formula since I first tried “Unicorn Blood” way back in 2013 and fell totally in love. If you follow me on Instagram over at QuiteFranklii more likely than not I am repping one of these bad boys in my latest selfie! However, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite shades so far, that I think really complete my Autumn looks and get me in the mood for cosy nights by the fire!

Stupidly, in the swatches pictured above, I didn’t really allow them time to dry down properly, however, you still get a pretty good idea of how the colours dry down.  I chose four lipsticks that I’ve found myself reaching for loads these past few weeks. For your convenience I’ve photographed, swatched, and will talk about each product in order as shown above- from left to right! – Posh Spice, Designer Blood, Checkmate, and Pumpkin Pie.

As with other Velour Liquid Lipstick’s, I find the formula second to none. It’s long-wearing, not awfully drying, kiss proof and non-transferrable. With these, I find that I only have to reapply my lipstick when it starts flaking in the centre after several hours; or when it is introduced to oily substances such as food. As someone who forgets and neglects their makeup almost as soon as its on my face, I am super grateful for this. As I talk about these, bear in mind that I am an olive toned gal who tans extremely easily, however, I’ve not seen the sunlight or sunbathed in about 2 years due to uni commitments and/or nightshift work- so I am much much paler than my normal Olive/Medium skin tone.

Posh Spice

First up is Posh Spice. I purchased Posh Spice last spring, whilst I was hunting for a dupe for LASplash’s “Ghoulish”. As someone with Olive undertones, I really struggle to find a complimentary nude, with lots of popular shades looking “too pink” or “too orange”. I do however, love me a Greige! Brownish nudes with grey undertones look great on my skin for some reason, and they give a pop of something a little different at the same time which I love! When I first tried this shade I actually wasn’t that sure about it, I felt it was a little bit too pale for me, so I actually only rediscovered this recently. Perhaps I was more tanned then, or was using it with the wrong eye looks or whatever, but right now I am loving this. It is a pale ‘greige’ though, so make sure to warm up your look with a bit of bronzer or contour if you’re a similar colouring to me, as without I find I’m running the risk of looking a little dead and corpse-like. Unless of course, that is what you are going for. If you are the same tone or darker than me, try this out for halloween on a base of pale blue eyeshadow around your lips and I think you’ll have half a look done! Tada!!

Designer Blood

Designer Blood is actually probably my favourite liquid lipstick to date. As mentioned prior, it’s predecessor “Unicorn Blood” was the first Jeffree Star lipstick I ever tried, and it filled the deep burgundy red void I’d been craving for the longest time after reading Vogue way back when and becoming obsessed with deep reds in an Armani advertisement. Until then, I’d never been able to find a red that looked that deep and rich on my own skin tone, until I ordered Unicorn Blood on a whim after seeing it on Instagram. While the two are definitely related, Unicorn Blood is just the slightest bit darker, and… wait for it… Designer Blood has a very subtle gold sparkle!! I love how the glitter comes out more as the day goes on, or as you press your lips together. It’s beautiful and festive, and is always a conversation starter!

Checkmate

Checkmate is another colour I wasn’t sure I liked at first. Despite having a skin tone that allows me to pull off both warm and cool tones (to an extent), I’d always shied away from orangey reds like this. However, when it came as part of last years holiday collection that I received for Christmas it was giving me Kourtney Kardashian vibes, and I knew I had to try it out.  When I first applied it, it took some getting used to as it’s so bright! But it’s so fun and so festive, I soon found myself loving it, and of course, the formula as always was amazing.

Pumpkin Pie

Does it get more Autumnal than this!? This Orangey brown tone looks wonderful on, and I think it would honestly compliment quite a range of skin tones. Again, it has a subtle gold glimmer that activates with wear. The first time I wore this was to my Nexgen Nail Course, and all the women there complimented and asked what I was wearing! A must have for warm tone lovers for sure!!

 


 

I hope you enjoyed my post today you guys, let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these, or what some of your favourite lipsticks for the Autumn are!

Love Frankii x

Toxic Friendships Series | Cleaning Up Your ‘Squad’: Pt. III


Regular readers, since in both my anxiety tips, and my graduate mental health posts, I touched on the importance of cutting ties with toxic individuals, I thought it only fair to share with you my own experiences, and some of the sorts of behaviours you should look out for and try to avoid when trying to lead a positive life. I created this series both as a form of therapy and a means of warning/advising others who may feel like they are in the same boat. I’m making this a series, as it was a little long to include several types of toxic friend in one post. I aim to post at 11am GMT each week until the series is done.

Ps. Please don’t be afraid to walk away if someone is damaging your energy. It does not make you a bad person to walk away from someone who is toxic. You deserve happiness! x


The Fake

The fake, otherwise known as the user, similar to the narcissist but not as malicious or draining, these are the friends that are only there when the sun is shining. The friends that appear when they need you and expect you to bend over backwards to support them but with reluctant or no reciprocation. You will find that they have no interest in really getting to know you, or supporting you and your goals- this is realistically because to them you are just a means to an end, someone to fill an empty slot in their schedule. If your plans don’t revolve around them, or their idea of fun, they will be disinterested and suddenly come up busy. You are their booty-call buddy, a convenient way to pass the time (yet they have are quick to guilt trip you for cancelling on them). They will constantly and consistently bring up other “friends” in conversation, and talk negatively about them, assuming you are too stupid to realise they do the same to you when your back is turned. Common phrases include “Oh my god, have you seen how fat she’s gotten?” and when intimidated by people doing better than they are (my personal favourite): “look how much she loves herself!”

Dear Fake

I don’t have much to say to you, because you were unable to hold my attention for long. You thought you were the next Regina George, but you turned out to be just another entitled loser. I feel sorry for you that you’ve become so insecure and bitter that you feel threatened by other peoples happiness and success. I feel sorry for you because you will never know true friendship while you continue to step on the people that love you to build yourself and fill the voids in your ego. Pulling up screenshots of people in group conversations to comment on their appearance, talking about peoples fluctuations in weight as though the number on the scale defines your value as a human being on this earth. You never learned that real Queens fix one another’s crowns and build each other- and i pity you as you’ve never felt the incredible empowerment that comes from mutual love and genuine support. The real tea is, you aren’t confident enough, funny enough, or witty enough to make Regina George work. Most of all, you are not clever enough. People will always spot you, whether it takes a week or a month, and grow tired of your lack of loyalty.

I’m always reluctant to discuss other women negatively unless I trust you implicitly and they have previously done me severe wrong. Even then, I tend not to think about them. One of my favourite quotes is:

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of harming another; you end up getting burned”.

Realistically, the only person you are harming by holding on to bitterness and resentment is yourself. That crap will bubble and spread inside of you like a toxin, and soon you will find yourself having poisonous thoughts. My hope for you, “friend” that one day you learn to let go of your insecurities, to stop lashing out when you feel threatened or envious, and ultimately, to love and be loved in return.

 


 

Dear Ex-Friend,

I believe everything in life happens for a reason. I believe that soul-mates are not always romantic partners, or “the one”, or even necessarily friends made to last; but they may also be people you meet at a time in your life when you need each other for one reason or another. As they say, some friends come for a lifetime, and others just a season, but to me that’s no reason to say that you can’t cherish the memories you made together. When I was younger, all I ever wanted was to fit in. When I met you, for what ever reason, I did. As we grew, our views on love, friendship and trust began to grow and change- and us with them. If you’re reading this, and you find I’ve left you behind, know that it was never easy for me. For me, when I love someone, I love them loyally and wholeheartedly. No matter what you’ve done, or how time has gnarled us, know that I wish you the best.

Love From,

Frankii x


**DISCLAIMER: This post is not directed at any one in particular, but there may be elements applicable to several people whom, for one reason or another, are no longer a part of my journey.**

Arbonne || FC5 Skincare Review

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to be doing a little review about some skincare I trialled for 3 days. So, recently I came across a nice lass on Facebook, who mentioned that she had some skincare products available to trial for free. Free? I thought, yeah right.

I was curious because she mentioned it was a cruelty free, vegan brand. I am not a vegan myself- but I am definitely looking to make my whole beauty collection cruelty free in the future. (It’s a process when you’re broke!). However, I was mistaken! She offered me a free 3 day trial of one of three kits: normal/dry, normal/ageing, or very sensitive. I chose the normal to dry option, as I’m not terribly concerned with ageing yet at 22.

As readers who have been with me a while and saw my post on micellar water, you’ll know that until very recently I had next to no skincare regime. So I was excited to be able to trial something before buying so that I wasn’t wasting money on things that don’t work for me or my skin. This is an excellent marketing strategy of the product works- as it lets people see the benefits of the products before purchasing. I hoped that I would trial something I couldn’t live without!

When I received the package it came zipped in a handy little bag (seen above) and inside was one little tube containing oil for rough skin such as elbows/knees/cuticles; a cleanser/toner; a moisturiser and a mattifying powder for use after the moituriser as it can leave your face a little bit greasy. I liked that they admitted that early on.

I started with the cleanser, then applied the moisturiser. The first thing I noticed when applying both products is the smell. As it is a ‘natural’ brand I expected a nice scent, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was citrusy, uplifting and pleasant. Again, with both, a little product can really go a very long way. I felt like these products could last me a really long time, even with regular use.

I would just like to say at this point, I was genuinely blown away by the cleanser. I’m not sure if it’s the fact I’ve never owned or used a cleanser before to compare the effects to it, but my skin felt amazing. After use I was left feeling refreshed, clean, firm and my pores looked visibly smaller.

Trying the moisturiser was fun, again, I felt really pampered and the smell was great. It felt super moisturising and hydrating, but without feeling heavy or dense like a lot of moisturisers can. I didn’t feel at all like using this every day would clog my pores or do anything crazy. This product does take a long while to dry down to matte, and I was left a little shiny for a while (I wanted to test for you guys without using the powder first).

The powder worked efficiently to mattify any shininess left over so that the moisturiser can continue to do its job. It was a nice consistency and didn’t feel heavy or unpleasant in any way.

I used the oil on my elbows, knees and feet and found that the product smelt nice, and was extremely moisturising. I don’t struggle too badly with extreme dry skin, besides the occasion bought of stress induced eczema- but I definitely noticed a difference.

FC5 Arbonne without case

The products retail separately as follows-

Purifying Cleanser/Toner: £23

Oil Absorbing Day-Lotion (SPF 20): £36

Mattifying Powder: £22

(Or together in a set for £73) 

Skin Conditioning Oil: £15

 

In conclusion: overall, I loved these products. I would seriously recommend them to anyone, especially those suffering from dry skin, and those who are vegan or wishing to go cruelty free like myself. For me personally, I decided the only product I would purchase (for now) was the cleanser/toner. This is in no way because the other products weren’t effective- my skin was left feeling fresher, younger and blemish free. Probably more so than it had in a very long time. The only reason I decided against buying the full set (retailing at £73 for the “complexion perfecting” set along with £15 for the addition of the oil) is due to financial reasons, and because the moisturiser/powder combo probably would have been impractical for everyday use in my case. This would be something I would happily do while at home when my skin needed a pick-me-up, but applying makeup over the top of powder is something we should all avoid (especially for you full coverage gals out there like myself!). As for the oil, this simply wasn’t something I personally really need. My only issue with this product is that the oil comes out quite fast from the tube, perhaps the brand may think about reviewing the packaging- but if you are less clumsy than myself this probably isn’t an issue. Finally, the price point isn’t cheap, but it isn’t extortionate either- in my opinion when it comes to skincare you really get what you pay for, and in this case the results were incredible.

I hope to be purchasing my cleanser in the near future, as I really believe it will make a fantastic addition to my morning routine!

 

If you enjoyed this review please give it a like or comment below with any questions or thoughts, as always, I love hearing from you. 

Francesca x