It’s December! Already! I honestly can’t believe it but I’m not complaining, it’s my favourite time of the year! To kick off December and end November here’s a quick November Faves blog for you. I’ve rekindled my love for some super wintery shades and scents this month and my all time FAVOURITE scarf is back!
Speaking of scarves, hiding under the rest of my faves from last month is my beloved pink cable knit scarf. It’s about 2m in length and the width of my head. It’s bloody massive. The main reason I love this scarf so much is because it’s so thick. Thicker scarves are sturdier, they don’t flail around all over the place exposing your chilly chest and neck that you’re trying oh so hard to keep warm. And even though it’s pink it does work well with almost anything
River Island £10 – yep you heard. Ten. Pounds.
Next is a candle which doesn’t follow the general ‘all candles must smell of baking and sweets and all things cinnamon related’ it’s completely different. Not that I don’t like that kind of smell, it’s just nice to see something different. This candle smells of fresh air and woodland with a slight perfumed hint to it. It’s like how you would imagine taking a breath would be like whilst taking a walk through the fields with your winter coat and snow boots on. LOVELY.
Next up is my favourite nude colour from MAC of all time.Velvet Teddy. I love you. It’s more of a deep nude shade than a lighter one but it works well with so many looks and is perfect for this time of year!
It works really well with this body shop lip gloss in shade 10. I’ve had this for years but it never fails to make an appearance at this time of year! This gloss is super light weight and it’s not sticky or slimy, it glides perfectly across your lips. It’s got a mild shimmer to it so it add’s a really nice elegant look to nude lip sticks.
MAC £15.50 & Body Shop £10
Nail Polish Time!
I love getting seasonal with nail polishes and two of my favourites to do it with are Nails Inc’s St Marks Square and Barry M’s Lady, which is a lovely thick sparkly white.
St Mark’s Square is a really pretty autumnal purple with hints of silver to add a little sparkle to it. The shimmer is perfect for this season, especially seeing as though it’s working with a gorgeous plum colour! And Lady. Oh Lady! How you are so snowy and sparkly! This colour is amazing as a snowy white nail colour with out without a white base. Or it’s great as an accent on more nail art based nails as opposed to one basic colour. I love these, they’re perfect for this time of year 🙂
Finally, how can we end this without a christmassy read!! Lindey Kelk’s I heart christmas is such an amazing book. It’s a funny, girly, cute, sweet, problematic novel, which follows a previous 5 I heart books from the series (MUST READ). I like how any girl can relate to every issue in these stories but how it’s so christmassy to the point where it just suddenly makes you sit in the centre of festivities. Reading this on a night makes me feel so warm and snuggly and like you’re right in the middle of christmas spirit. I mean really, what could be more fitting for this time of year! BUY IT!
Ebay/Amazon new or used £1.99-£5.99 – WIN
What’s your favourite things to get you into Christmas mode?!
Let me know!!!
My October Faves are here, FINALLY! I know it’s late and for that I do apologise! I’ve had a lot going on lately, but I’m going to start doing a SundayFundayUpdate, which is just going to be a general update of my recent goings on and ridiculousness, so all will be revealed soon enough 🙂 Anyway, on with my faves from the past month!
First I’m going to start off with my candle, I seriously can’t stop burning this it’s so gorgeous! It’s called Bermuda Beach, it’s like the scent of a fresh fruit salad with a strong grapefruity base. It’s beautiful. I love to have this on in the bath, it’s not as strong as you may think with is why it’s such a beautiful smell whilst you’re relaxing.
Also I have the Vanilla Spice shower gel from The Body Shop, oh how I love the body shop anyway, regardless of their seasonal sensations. I have no idea how anyone could resist this, I love to have this in the shower these days the scent fits perfectly with the season and the upcoming festivities, I LOVE IT!
I can’t keep away from my St Ives Apricot face scrub either! It was only about £3 from Boots, but it leaves your face super smooth and feeling and smelling fresh as ever. I’ve used this stuff for such a long time and couldn’t believe I hadn’t included it in one of my favourites already, it’s a drug store bargain. It definitely puts other more expensive brands of face exfoliator up for competition.
These are my two favourite colours lately (this took a hella long time to choose!) There’s the white thick glitter polish from Barry M which is like covering your nails with a layer of snow – how perfect is that right now! And Nails Inc’s Mink grey/brown. These shades scream fall/winter in your face and considering how freezing it is outside, reflecting winter in your clothing, makeup and nails wouldn’t surprise anyone right now!
My current favourite lip colour is a frosty pink from No7 called Water lilly
It’s such a beautiful colour and is quite a frosty colour, so for this time of year is so lovely. I personally think it looks beautiful with the more simple and bare faced look. Considering the time of year its a total winner!
Now I’ve recently just done a post about these bad boys, they are phenomenal, Bourjois Color Boost lip crayons, but this colour is definitely my favourite, it comes out as this gorgeous maroony purple and you can literally wear it with anything. It compliments even the palest of make up. I love wearing it with some dark eyeliner and big lashes, it looks fab, especially when you don’t focus all too much on the rest of you’re make up, just dark eyes and lips!
And finally the most complimentary perfume for this time of year anyone could ever come across. Ed Hardy’s Hearts and Daggers. It’s got this fragrant, lovely warming, musky scent with hints of fruitiness is perfect. For me it addresses all of the scents of fall in one quick spray. You can’t fault this perfume and it lasts forever. (also just to add to it’s awesomeness it comes with a tiny spray to keep in your bag! WIN!)
So there is my October Faves! I had a big old variety of faves this month so I hope some were shared or have given you some inspiration! Let me know in the comments 🙂
After a tonne of faffing, arguments with myself and countless changes of mind I finally narrowed my favourite fall scents to the final 3. I have more candles than the shops I buy them from so as you can probably imagine narrowing it down to my favourite 3 seasonal scents was quite the test.
Personally I’m a huge lover of that ‘homely’ smell, you know the get in from the cold weather, take your coat of and there’s that delicious smell of baking, cupcakes and hearty pies and casseroles. It’s one of my favourite things. So as you can probably guess, my favourite candles tend to have this kind of aroma. I have my Pumpkin Pie candle, which smells exactly as it says, it’s just like you’ve got a scrummy, fresh, home made Pumpkin Pie bubbling away in the oven, its a real heart warmer and fills your whole house with this warming baked goodness.
Speaking of cooking smells – obviously, my other favourite is Vanilla Cupcake by Yankee Candle. I have an issue with Yankee Candles, my issue is this: I can’t stop buying them. I’m never quite sure how they create the scents they do but they smell so real and so gorgeous! I’m a sucker for this Vanilla Cupcake smell, when I smell it all I can imagine is being placed slap bang in the middle of the Great British Bake Off tent – YES PLEASE! – and being surrounded by the entire contents of your local supermarkets baking isle. The subtle sweetness that surrounds you is a lovely little hint.
Finally, less of a cooking, homely smell now (yes really) and more of an outdoor, fresh breeze whilst you take a walk by the lake early in the morning kind of smell. Yep Moonlit Ocean, it is really that beautiful. It reminds me of when I was little and I used to go down to the woodland park with my mum and take a long walk down by the lake on a really fresh, cold morning, whilst we were wrapped up in every layer possible. It makes you relive moments of the luscious outdoor world whilst being wrapped up all nice and cosy and warm at home. How can you not adore that.
Let me know what your favourite seasonal scents are and if you’ve gone through some serious pain to decide which ones they are too! Hope you’re all enjoying the colder weather and pulling those sweaters and thick woolly scarves, hats and gloves back out of your wardrobe! I know I am (until it rains -_-).
September seems to have flown by for me, it’s fall already and now we’re into October; the starting point for upcoming events and festivities. It’s safe to say, I’m very excited! I found myself falling in love with a few new products and re-kindling my love for some old ones and I figured it’d be great to share them with you guys. I’ve gathered quite a mixture by the looks of things so hopefully there’ll be a couple of things to suit everyone’s likings! Enjoy!
So, considering our newly welcomed season, lets start with a fall related one: No7’s Sultry Lipstick. This particular shade is absolutely gorgeous! It has a super smooth application, creating a moisturised feel and looks completely and utterly the part during the fall chill. One of the main things about this lipstick that makes me adore it so much is that it is SO versatile, the colour works with minimal or heavy, dark make up, and with a range of clothing from creams and ivories to navies, mauves and blacks. I. Love. It. If you would like to see what a swatch of this looks like and read a bit more about other lip colours I love have a nosey at My Top 5 Fall Lip Colours blog.
Tigi Catwalk ‘Sleek Mistique’ is one of my all time favourite all-round hair products EVER. You can use it for spraying on the ends of your hair as a heat protector when wet (which works fantastically), all over your hair when wet as a styling aid for your hair dryer, or when your hair is dry as a styling aid and to heat proof it. It’s got so many different uses and works really well. I 100% recommend this!
Okay, I have a concerning obsession with Vera Wang anyway, however when I get my hands on her Lovestruck perfume, I find it incredibly hard to let go and put it back down. I am currently on my third bottle… If you were to imagine the scent as a picture it’d be walking through the woods when it’s the end of summer and there’s still this lovely floral scent but graduating into the chilly, fall, leafy feel, with a huuuuge explosion of pink (if pink was a smell). As you can imagine, it smells beautiful. The lid is also ridiculously amazing. You absolutely need to buy it!
Recently I went to Boots in desperate requirement of a curling brush for drying my hair, my other one died an awful death I must say. I am a strict Denman hair brush buyer so it was inevitable I would’ve got one anyway, but I had never seen this range before. ‘Is it new or have I just been utterly ignorant’, I was asking myself – I still have no idea. Anyway, the bristles are really quite soft for this style of brush and it really keeps a tight hold of your hair. It’s great for boosting the volume of your hair from the roots when drying and yes, when styling from your roots it does sit around the shape of your head. Funny that!
Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner, has always been one of my all time greatest loves however, I must confess my laziness and instead of cleaning the brush regularly, I just scraped the dried excess of with my nails. Wrong, I know. My old one ran out recently so I sent myself off to get a new one and totally forgot how amazing the brush was, and yes I clean it regularly now. The quality of the brush is fab and for the liner itself, it comes in very close running with a high end gel liner, just at drug store price. Awesomeness. It stays on forever and is honestly very difficult to get off at the end of the day,long lasting is an under statement and the application is very easy.
I don’t regularly buy Origins products although I am a big fan, but recently I indulged at Bicester Village, honestly I couldn’t help it. I picked up this ‘Incredible Spreadable’ Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub, the smell is out of this world and very fitting for this time of year too! The formula is incredibly thick but very gritty to remove all of the dead skin and reveal the fresh shine. I use this with a scrubbing mitten, but it takes very little effort as its such a chunky, bitty scrub, it makes you and your skin completely revitalised. I am very impressed. There will be a more in depth review of this and its partner I bought next week, so keep tuned in!
Talking of skin care, I have tried out these No7 ‘Rescue’ skin formula’s which I noticed. I am normally very sceptical when it comes to formulas but these two are fab. The ‘Spot Rescue’ really works, stings a bit, but it works, just dab a tiny bit onto the affected area. Also the ‘Rapid T-Zone Rescue works super well! It really reduces the appearance of your pores, makes the skin appear tighter and healthier, much less oily (whoopa for me!) and due to this my skin has been much clearer in my T-Zone.
MAC’s ‘Melba’ blush has to be my all time favourite blush. It’s subtle but very beautiful and works like a team with a matte light bronzer. This shade applies a very light blush and applies to the skin perfectly. Simply just another one of MAC’s bafflingly gorgeous creations.
I know I appear to be a bit of a No7 warrior at the moment and quite frankly, I am, BUT, I am loving their ‘So Neat’ nail varnish at the moment. The formula is amazing and I find it barely chips too which is great! It’s such a fantastic colour, it’s a very frosty, cold colour but quite bright, with a slight hint of shimmer in it too. Perfect for the upcoming weather!
Finally, the weird thing in the background no one really knows what it is…
That is a spinning candle holder. Yep. You heard me right. The shade has cut and twisted out snow flakes and balances on a tall spike.The heat from the candle makes the shade spin, so lo and behold you have this beautiful snow flake patterns of light swirling, slowly around your room. I adore this candle holder, it looks stunning and great for when you’re trying to relax.
Hey there my lovelies!
So, it’s the 1st September(whiterabbitswhiterabbitswhiterabbits), august 2014 has ended and has proved a few interesting new finds for me in hair land which I wanted to share with you guys…
I declared my love for Batiste’s floral XXL volume dry shampoo. I can’t cope with how amazing this stuff is, it doesn’t just do the standard dry shampoo job of 1 day’s works is enough days work and tomorrow your hair will be just as greasy as ever. Oh no, my hair stays fresh for another THREEEEEEEEE days, three, not one, not two, THREE. Yes. It’s love of my life right now. And it lasts forever. Bonus!
Also, my hairdresser sold me the Bed Head Spoil Me hairspray. I’m generally all or nothing for hairspray so I wasn’t ecstatic about buying it. However all thoughts were questioned when I tried out this particular hair spray. It smells luscious, it holds your hair unbelievably well and it’s rather long lasting as you don’t have to use all too much of it each time. It’s fab for maintaining heavy up-do’s and big curls. The only downside to it is it’s quite sticky, it brushes out… sort of, but it’s not noticeable, you notice it most when gets on your skin, i.e. your forehead/hands/face, it goes a bit shiny and doesn’t rub off all too easily, avoid by covering these areas with this one! (Cheers Steve!)
Aussie’s Take The Heat is my favorite heat protecting hair non wash hair conditioner. It’s great at protecting your hair from damaged, split ends, dryness and ‘that aged hair look’. It also gives your hair a sleek, soft shine along side that typical yummy Aussie Hair Product smell they add to EVERYTHING, I’ll be their hair models stink of it (wouldn’t complain if it was me though). Short hair requires one good splodge, long hair two, long thick hair (i.e. boob length shaped like a mane) 3-4.
Tigi’s Catwalk is interesting… It was originally made for using after hair has been styled and to keep the shape and shine, HOWEVER, it’s recently been found that if you use it before applying heat it protects and holds hair incredibly well. I use it for both and it’s best when straightening instead of curling/crimping/waves, although as opposed to Aussie it smells a bit weird. Not bad, just weird. I spray it on my strand of hair which I’m straightening, rub in a downward motion to the tip of the strand and immediately apply my straighteners, the results are a beauty!
Of course it has to be the one and only BigSexyHair Volumising Gel. This bad boy smells GORGEOUS, looks GORGEOUS and lives up to its name. GORGEOUS. If I’m not styling my hair I tend to just apply a couple of blobs of this mainly through my roots and pulled down through my hair to the tip if it reaches if not, it’s volumising, since when did anyone volumise the tips of their hair anyway? I use a big round brush and curl my hair round from the root until half to 3/4’s of the brush is covered in hair, then hold and blow dry until completely dry continue to pull through your hair until about half way down then release your hair and just free dry it from there. Also it’s pretty cheap, I think if I remember right, when I bought mine it was about £7-£8.Volume achievement unlocked!
Leaving the best till last, Moroccan Oil. Oh my days, this product. Just wow. This beautiful little madam takes your hair to another level of lush. I apply this always from root to tip making sure my hands are as free of oil as possible before I dry my hair, even if you’ve used the most bio hazardous deadly shampoo, you’re hair will look like you’ve just paid a million dollars for it doing by the best hairdresser in the universe. I’ve never felt hair so soft, fresh, clean, shiny, healthy and baby new until I used this. I had my first bottle for 9 months and I used it at least once a week, check that out. I rarely big up a product too much as I’m never convinced they are worth it enough but I stand by this 100%, if like me you’ve found your inner moroccan oil monster, try out their shampoo and conditioner range, you wont be disappointed!
Aussies Take The Heat, Tigi’s Catwalk Spray, Bead Head’s Spoil Me and Batiste’s Floral XXL Volumising Dry Shampoo are all less than £10, Batiste is less that £5, so you wont be forking out much for these fantastic products. Bargain!
Moroccan Oil is more expensive I bought my last one at around £15, but it’s totally, undoubtedly worth every penny.
Happy Hair Day!