Rosie for Autograph Makeup by Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s Rosie for Autograph makeup range has proved to me that I will literally wake up for makeup.

It all started with this Instagram post by Lisa Eldridge:

lisa eldridge instagram rosie for autograph makeup

Apparently, British supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley released a makeup range through Marks & Spencer’s Autograph line. The packaging alone was enough to pique my interest, so since I had to run some errands in Angel, I decided to have a look.

The M&S in Angel is pretty small, but they did have the stand up already. It released just that day (yesterday), so all the testers were brand-spankin’ new. I snapped a few crappy pics on my iPhone, waffled a little over whether or not to bring a couple things home (they’re having a promotion where if you buy 2 makeup items, you get a gorgeous gold makeup bag for free), but I ultimately walked away and carried on with my errands.

BUT (there’s always a but), when I came home, Lisa Eldridge posted this video tutorial, and I just about died:

Now, I can’t claim to have been or be a massive fan of Rosie. I think she’s gorgeous, as does everyone else in the world (I’m assuming), but I don’t know anything about her other than that she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and the face of Burberry.

But Lisa Eldridge? QUEEN. Lisa Eldridge making up a former VS Angel’s already flawless face? Heart-eyed emojis x infinity.

A full blown lemming roared to life. I fought with myself pretty much all night over whether or not to go back and buy the two things I had my eye on. For every reason I could come up with to justify such a frivolous purchase, I had at least ten in which I told myself “NO, ARE YOU CRAZY? You cut this shit out right now, ya hear?”

I actually had trouble sleeping. What the hell is wrong with me?

So, mind made up, I woke up early this morning and got ready and out of the house in record time. Then, *PLOT TWIST* Angel’s M&S didn’t have the highlighter loose powder on the shelf anymore, so I made my way to Central London Oxford Street’s M&S and got a little carried away along the way.

Enough of my ridiculousness — time for pictures!!

rosie for autograph makeup

The GWP makeup bag is supposedly worth £16; I find that really steep. But I suppose that’s how they get you, because who wouldn’t put that £16 toward one of two products instead, then get the pretty bag for free? #imontoyou

I picked up an eyeshadow quad in I Feel Like A Million Dollars, and the highlighting loose powder in Rose Bud. They’re both £18, although when I was there, the highlighter was mislabeled at £15. They were kind enough to honor the lower price for me, but my guess is that there’s a signage error, and it’s supposed to be £18.

Expensive? Yes, a little. BUT LOOKIT HOW PRETTY:

rosie for autograph eyeshadow quad

The rose gold packaging and even the cardboard box is very reminiscent of Charlotte Tilbury’s line. In fact, a few products, such as the Amazing Radiance cream and the Starstruck contour stick, look like bang-on copies of Tilbury’s Wonderglow and Beach Stick.

rosie for autograph eyeshadow quad packaging

As stunning as the packaging is, though, it holds fingerprints like a boss. I keep obsessively wiping my compacts down, ha.

rosie for autograph eyeshadow quad i feel like a million dollars swatches

From the M&S website:

  • Each palette contains both pearl and matte finishes
  • Eyeshadows are creamy smooth, lightweight and long lasting for ultra blendable, buildable application
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Not tested on animals BUAV approved

These swatches were done with my fingers, and they needed a few passes to reach this level of pigmentation and intensity. They’re neither overly frosty or shimmer, nor are they flat matte. I actually quite like that they’re not crazy, in-your-face pigmented. Sometimes, a girl’s gotta take it slow in the mornings, amirite?

rosie for autograph highlighter powder packaging

The loose powder highlight has a screw top lid and a mesh sieve which keeps the powder from flying everywhere. The lid has a plastic stopper as well. Mess containment, I dig it.

rosie for autograph highlighter powder rose bud 2

I love all the rose details, even in the throwaway parts. Incidentally, I haven’t thrown away the sticker yet. Did I mention I like mess containment?

rosie for autograph highlighter powder rose bud 3

I also prefer this mesh sieve to a plastic sifter with holes. I don’t know, it feels more luxe, like more thought went into the design of the packaging? I haven’t tried it with a brush yet, but I suspect the mesh will make it easier for the brush to pick up product evenly, versus a big clump in one area.

rosie for autograph highlighter powder rose bud swatch

Swatched heavily on the right and sheered out on the left. I’ll admit, the swatch was a little underwhelming, especially because it was so stunning in stores. However, this was done on my bare hand, versus my face with foundation on it. I’m not letting myself to be disappointed just yet.

There are flecks of glitter in this highlighter, just FYI. They’re very tiny, but it’s definitely more of a sparkle effect than a sheen.

Nevertheless, I am looking forward to trying these two on my face tomorrow, and I’ll do an update once I’ve had a chance to play around with them more.

The Rosie for Autograph makeup range is exclusive to Marks & Spencer and is available online and in stores in the UK.

UPDATE: I finally did a couple makeup looks with these products! Click the picture below to read the post. :)

rosie for autograph i feel like a million dollars day to night

“New year, new me”

… lol, jk.

So, apparently it’s been a month since I last posted. I had no idea. Oops.

But that’s neither here nor there now, so hello 2016! We’re two weeks in already, but if you’ve been following my blog for awhile now, you’ll know that’s just how I roll.

My friend Krystal visited me over the Christmas holidays. I didn’t manage to get a few posts scheduled (big surprise), so that explains my silence for the first two weeks, at least.

Then, as the new year rolled in, I started my period for the first time in months. I’m on a new birth control and it’s taking my body awhile to get adjusted. With my hormones completely out of whack, I felt straight up psychotic for a few days. I’m talking sobbing uncontrollably in the middle of the night, mood swings like you wouldn’t believe, and general feeling sorry for myself.

But now that I’m more or less back to normal and level-headed, I figured it’s high time to get back to my little blog.

While I’m not big on making New Year’s Resolutions, I have started a few new habits this year that I’m keen to keep up. This is going to be a long post, so I’ll stick a cut tag in here!

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