Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A Few Favourites #10

I'm a little swamped with Uni work at the moment and I'm definitely rocking pineapple hair in my pyjamas right now, but here are a few of my current favourite things beauty wise & one little extra...

1. Burberry Storm Grey nail polish - a stunning grey that's almost a one coat wonder!
2. Pixi Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry - wonderfully moisturising formula with a pretty rosy tint.
3. Botanics Facial Oil* - a must have for replenishing my skin at night after those cold, windy mornings.
4. Vichy Idealia Serum* - gives my skin a real glow and is the loveliest base for make up.
5. Avene Rich Compensating Cream - the perfect partner to the Botanics Facial Oil at night.
6. Rockett St George star candle holder - could be straight out of Professor Dumbledore's office and it looks fabulous on my desk!

Is there anything you're particularly loving right now?

- xo

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

October My Little Box: Diane von Furstenberg Edition

A collaboration between My Little Box* and Diane von Furstenberg initially feels a little odd because their aesthetics are quite different. My Little Box is whimsical & sweet whereas Furstenberg's designs are bold & eye-catching. But I suppose their shared celebration (probably not the right word, I'm not being very articulate today) of women means this perhaps slightly unexpected partnership does make sense. 

  • 'Be the woman you want to be' print
  • Diane von Furstenberg for My Little Box scarf
  • A kiss from Diane lips pin/brooch
  • My Little Beauty Micellar Water
  • Kerastase Hairspray
  • L'Occitane Hand Cream
Honestly? I don't think that this is one of their best boxes, but this is where it all comes down to personal taste. The scarf and the pin just aren't my kind of thing, but I appreciate that a lot of people will absolutely adore them. I'm all micellar-water-ed out, preferring oils to anything else to remove my make up, but I don't think I'll struggle to find a new home for this particular bottle.

The print is lovely, with an inspiring quote and the usual sweet illustrative style that I've come to expect from the talented My Little Box team. My Mum has already pinched the Kerastase hairspray and I'm always happy to have a mini L'Occitane hand cream on hand because they're always lovely.

I don't know. I suppose the box just feels like it's missing something this month and perhaps it's because their previous boxes have been particularly impressive. This isn't a bad box by any means, it's very well curated, with a lot of care put into the little details and it's still the subscription service I would recommend over all others at the moment. I hope they manage to regain their magic again next month.

Are you subscribed to My Little Box?

- xo

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Make Up.

It's that time of the year when I start reaching for anything that promises to give my skin added moisture, beautiful nude blush shades replace the corals, and I attempt to find a bold lip colour that I like. Here's a few of the things I'll be using a lot over the coming weeks...

My favourite day time moisturiser is part of the Aqualia Thermal range from Vichy and adding the serum* from the same range to my routine has done wonders for my skin already. The combination of the two is something I'll be continuing to use throughout the cooler months when trying to keep my skin hydrated can be difficult.

During the night time I'll be reaching for oils even more than usual. A little while ago Boots sent me a little parcel of some of their top selling products and the Botanics Facial Oil* is by far my favourite. It's incredibly hydrating but not greasy or heavy like some facial oils can be, so I think that this would be great for a lot of different skin types.


When it's cold, priming is a step I can't skip if I want my foundation to apply smoothly. Hydraluron* is a serum designed to be used before moisturiser that boosts moisture levels in the skin. I've put it in the prime category even though it isn't really one because when I use it, I've found that I don't need to then go in with a dedicated primer too. I'm not totally sold on it yet, but I think if you've been eying it for a while it's worth a try.

The Laura Mercier primer is really new to me but I think the gel texture is a little unusual in the world of primers and I like how smoothly my foundation applies over the top. One I've been reaching for consistently over the past couple of weeks is the Max Factor FaceFinity All Day Primer. I can't vouch for any oil controlling properties and although it claims to mattify skin I actually think it gives a really nice satin finish, which is why I really like it.


When it comes to blush in the Autumn I either go very neutral or very pink. I have two neutral picks, one powder and one cream. NARS Penny Lane cream blush is one of those extremely reliable colours. When I reach for it I know that it's going to apply evenly and that it's going to last the whole day. My neutral powder option is one of the very affordable Rimmel blushes in the colour Santa Rose. Whilst this isn't quite as long-lasting as a NARS blush, it does stick around for most of the day and at under £4 I think that's pretty impressive.

My pink choice is from Lily Lolo and it's one of their mineral blushes in Ooh La La*.  This is a colour that can either give a hint of pink or an intense, more statement look. I mostly like to wear it with a nude lip and lots of mascara, so I do tend to be a bit liberal with it. What can I say? I just love blush!

Lips & nails.

Bright lip colours still intimidate me a little, which is odd because two of these are shades that I used to wear a lot. Bold colours seem to make me look a lot older than I am now, so I have to be a little careful with how I apply them in order to feel comfortable. I have been starting with this Pixi Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry* to ease me back into the wonder of brights and I love it so far. Topshop All About Me is a stunning pink with a hint of red and Revlon Cherries in the Snow is just such a classic. 

Lastly Burberry Storm Grey is the only nail colour I want to wear right now, perhaps with a little Essie A Cut Above over the top for a bit of sparkle sometimes. Lovely!

Are there any make up changes you make to your beauty routine in the Autumn?

- xo

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