19 September 2016

Autumn Beauty Wishlist

With the seasons changing, I've got that itch to change up a bit too. I always love swapping out my skincare routines and playing with different colours as the days get shorter and colder. Plus, I find it quite funny that despite working in beauty, trying lots of products and talking about beauty every day, I still always want to try more things! Here are a few things on my wishlist right now
  1. I'm all about the dark lips for Autumn. I'm waiting for the thick knits to come out and the temperatures to drop but I can't wait to pull out my NARS Train Bleu and I also have my eye on Illamasqua's Vampette
  2. I always need to top up my hydration when Autumn comes around and I've heard some incredible things about the face cream and moisturiser from L'Occitane. My mum uses their Divine Cream and I'm really intrigued by the Shea Face Soothing Fluid.
  3. I'm looking forward to getting out my richer lotions and toners for winter- it is the only time my combination skin can really take heavier products. I've been loving my Jurlique Rose Balancing Mist all Summer but I'm very tempted by Pixi's Hydrating Milky Mist. I tried it during brand training with them and haven't been able to stop wondering about it. 
  4. I like a more smoky eye for Autumn, so I want to switch out my usual black liner for some khakis, coppers and browns. I picked up a Natural Collection kohl pencil in a really pretty khaki but I'd quite like a really warm toned shadow palette. The Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette is really what I want but I don't think I can really justify the pennies even though it looks beautiful!
  5. I'm all about the face masks all year round but cosy evenings seem to make it so much easier. I have a few classics I love. like the Origins Original Skin and REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal, but my sister is bringing me some Sephora Sheet Masks that I can't wait to use. 
  6. For manis and pedis, I love the moodier colours. I'm forever on the hunt for the perfect camel-toned nude but until then I'm sticking with greys and blues. At the moment it is Deborah Lippman but the packaging on the Smith and Cult Polishes has me lusting after them. I want Bitter Buddhist quite badly! 
What beauty treats are you wanting to get your hands on this season? Go on, add to my wishlist!



18 September 2016

This Week // #47

A snap from one of our walks along the river near our flat. Pretty evening light.

It has been an age since I've done a little catchup and I do miss it. They're a nice way of just quickly documenting my thoughts and feelings so seeing as I have a quiet Sunday morning for the first time in a good while, I'm getting back into it. Happy Sunday!

Some catching up. It feels like life has got away from me recently with being so busy. This weekend has been really chilled and I've spent it catching up on all the blogs and videos in my sub boxes, catching up with housework and catching up with friends. It feels good.

The little bit of extra sunshine that has been around this week. I'm not entirely ready for Autumn but the Indian Summer is easing me into it. Here's hoping we get in some good country walks with crunchy leaves and hazy sunshine...

Jeans and Culottes. I'm not feeling my best physically right now after a month or two of rubbish eating and not enough movement, but those two staples are keeping me feeling slightly put together at least.

Of lots of adventures! We're heading to Iceland for my birthday in November, my family has booked a cottage in Wales for Christmas and we've also booked tickets for Berlin in February. So many itineraries to plan! I'm really excited for all of it and they're so nicely spaced out that there is always something to look forward to.

Links of the Week:
I want pretty much every outfit featured in the Elle team's Fashion Week Wardrobe post.

I am really loving the content on Man Repeller right now. The perfect mix of frivolous and joyful with educated and insightful. This week their Marc Jacobs piece sums things up perfectly; the joy of the colours, clothes and looks at the show, soured with total disappointment at the lack of thought behind their consideration of dreads and their history.

The same with The Pool. I love that there are online spaces that allow interest and pleasure is all sorts of things, that allow you to inform yourself and find a community of people who want the same as you. I've been dipping in and out of these alot recently.

I might not be ready for Autumn but Carrie's instagram feed is definitely doing its best to convince me!

I had a voucher from work so I bought myself some patent Doc Marten shoes and I'm in love! I just need to try and break them in... Wish me luck! I have a feeling the blisters will be intense.

Catch up with Chambray & Curls:

#LFBDAY Box // Transitional Style // Smart Casual



13 September 2016

The September Lookfantastic Beauty Box

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Another month, another beauty box! September marks 2 years since the first Lookfantastic Beauty Box*, so this one is a little bit special.

On first opening up the box, you're greeted with a bumper edition of the Lookfantastic Beauty Box Magazine- it is actually pretty fab so grab a cup of tea and have a read. Then you can open up the tissue paper and dig into the good stuff.

On first appearances, it seems like a smaller box than usual but it is definitely a case of good things coming in small packages! Inside there is

Lord & Berry Strobing Pencil
This is the prettiest shimmer pencil. I do wish it was chubbier so I could go to town on my cheeks but I am loving it for the inner corners of my eyes, under my brows and along the cupid's bow for a really gorgeous touch of light. It is beautiful

Argan Liquid Gold BB Cream
I'm not a huge fan of BB creams, mainly because I tend to like more coverage, so this isn't my favourite. That said, it has a fab texture and I'll be taking it along with me for holidays and lighter makeup days if my mum doesn't steal it first!

bareMinerals Mini Moxie Lipstick
Who can say no to a miniature lipstick? The packaging is adorable and I love the colour- it is a perfect rich berry that is perfect for moving into more Autumnal colours. It also feels really buttery and lovely on the lips.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter
I love bliss body butters! The texture is so good, really nourishing but not at all greasy. My favourite scent is the pink grapefruit one but this comes a close second. I've been using it every day already.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Shampoo
Christophe Robin are one of those really luxurious brands that I've always been intrigued by but havent had the chance to try. I actually really like a clarifying shampoo- I tend to use cleansing conditioners so a deeper cleanse every couple of weeks works really well for my hair. Very happy to see this huge sample bottle in this box!

Gatineau Collagene Expert Eye Pads
Eye pads are my new obsession, They are like mini sheet masks for your eyes and so much nicer than an eye cream. I would like a limitless supply of these please! They just leave your eyes feeling so much fresher and the skin so much brighter. They would be so perfect the morning after a big night...

Overall I actually really like the products in this month' box- they are all ones I am really happy to use and enjoy and it is so great so see some fun makeup in here. With it being the birthday month for the beauty box too, I love that there are extra treats coming all month for subscribers, including vouchers and all sorts! It is a really nice way to surprise people all month long even after opening up the box.

What do you think? Do you like this month' box?


*PR sample but all thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not paid to post this.