First of all I want to apologise for being a little later than usual with my monthly favourites. Starting classes this week has made me realise there really isn’t enough hours in the day! I’m aiming to get at least one main post up a week for you lovely people to read, so keep stopping by! This September I got a little spend-happy. Actually every month I’m spend-happy, I literally think I have a shopping problem…
I’ll get right down to business! As usual this will be a quick summary of the products I have loved the most throughout September and why I found them just so damn amazing:
Soap & Glory ‘Sugar Crush’ Fragrance Mist, £12: I think this is a pretty new product, and the second I spotted it in Boots I let off quite the squeal. I’ve been in love with the Sugar Crush body scrub for years and years, particularly because of the scent, so imagine my delight at discovering they have released it as a fragrance mist! The scent is sweet lime and vanilla musk, and it is just that – very sweet and zesty at the same time. It’s a refreshing day-time fragrance that makes my mouth literally water! A quick tip is to spritz it onto damp hair before drying to enhance the longevity of the scent.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, £20: One of the more expensive products for me this month but definitely one I needed. No, really! After suffering from dry skin under my eyes, which was really affecting my ability to wear make up, I needed a quick solution. I’d heard a lot of hype about this little cream online and decided to give it a whirl, et voilà! My eyes have never been better! Soothing, nourishing and super effective, it’s all you could ask of an eye cream. I have done a more in depth review of this miracle little eye cream over here.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette, £23: Now that it is officially berry-red lipstick season here in the UK I have switched the focus from eyes to lips, to avoid resembling a clown. However, this nifty little palette allows me to contour my eye crease and highlight my brow bone with absolute ease – all while still looking totally subtle. The palette has six matte shades which are perfect for that everyday natural look, justifying the Naked name. My favourite shade is ‘Cover’ surprisingly. While it may look a tad reddish-toned it actually blends to a lovely warm shade which mimics and accentuates the natural shadow formed by the crease of the eyelid, creating a more defined and contoured look. This palette now falls under my ‘absolutely essential’ make up list.
(L-R) Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal, Undone
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water, £11: I’ve been in love with micellar waters since forever, so when I noticed La Roche-Posay also had one I got pretty excited. For those of you who don’t know, this French skincare brand is fantastic and leagues ahead of any UK brand I know! It is also very affordable and caters for all kinds of skins, in fact it became popular for its sensitive skin range. This micellar water proved itself worthy of the brand name: it sweeps away make up quickly and effectively without drying the skin, and without leaving that sticky residue that some other brands tend to (*cough* Garnier).
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in ‘Velvet Underground’, £23: This shade is from Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G range which has been created containing “a special blend of waxes which means this lipstick is a dream to use and glides over the contours of your lips. The result is colour rich and buildable, the formula does not bleed outside the lip line.” That’s it in a nutshell. The texture is creamy and moisturising which plumps out the lips and makes them look fuller and softer. It is also very pigmented and lasts all day long, which really doesn’t surprise me for a Charlotte Tilbury product. The colour? A perfect hot pink – for when autumnal reds become a little too overdone!
By Terry Ombré Blackstar in ‘Misty Rock’, £29: This was my guilty pleasure in September, totally expensive and over-indulgent but I regret nothing! It is also a product which I will use on a regular basis, so it has definitely earned my love. It is a cream-based eyeshadow which creates that instant lazy-girl smoky eye without all that blending and layering hassle. It also has an easy-to-use pen applicator, doesn’t smudge or crease and can be used on its own or as an eyeshadow base. But I mainly adore the colour! Slightly bronze and slightly mauve… it gives the eyes a beautiful wash of colour, making any make up look seem more mysterious.
(L-R) Velvet Underground, Misty Rock
Lipcote Original Lipstick Sealer, £3.69: Best thing about make up in Autumn is the dark reds and berry-tones. Worst thing? Lipstick bleeding and lipstick teeth. This helpful little product contains a transparent solution which you can pop over the top of your lipstick to seal in the colour and prevent smearing. I couldn’t do Autumn without it!
Geometric Necklace from Next, £10: This is a dainty little necklace I picked up to go with shirt-collars, and have ended up wearing it with nearly every outfit! It is slightly more subtle than your standard bedazzled statement necklace, subsequently making it a bit more versatile. Plus the geometric shapes are very on trend, and will make any old t-shirt look a lot more interesting! And I apologise in advance if it ends up in every single photo…
Fuchsia Pink Tote Bag from Next, £35: Who needs a gigantic bright pink bag which holds everything under the sun? I do! Since I love wearing a lot of black this bag has proven to be useful in making me look a lot less funeral-esque. It is massive, but the leather is buttery-soft and slouchy rather than structured, so it actually doesn’t look ridiculously big when on your shoulder. And more importantly it holds all of my handbag essentials and has room for books and files, making it perfect for carting all my stuff around for uni (think Mary Poppins or Hermione Granger).
Twinings Salted Caramel Green Tea, £2.49: This makes me so happy! I love green tea as a healthier alternative to coffee every now and then, but sometimes it can taste a bit too bitter if you haven’t had it in a while. The salted caramel aspect of this one is not over-powering, in fact you can mainly only smell it, but it completely cancels out the bitter taste making green tea a lot more fun and enjoyable. Go on, try it!
Love love love,