Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Few Favourites | Weekly Edition #8

This week I had a bit of a tinker with my blog layout. I just made a few little changes but sometimes the little things make a big difference. My main aim was to integrate the ads a little better and while I don't think they'll ever be totally seamless, I hope they're at least a little better. Okay enough waffling, on to some of my favourite things...

Antonia Burrell Facial Oil Serum* | £58.80
There was a time when I was drawn to anything that promised to exfoliate but now facial oils are my skincare love. I was offered the chance to try this one a few months ago and I accepted because it's targeted particularly towards reactive skin. I was growing tired of having lots of blemishes that refused to leave my face, I was curious to see if this would help and it really has.

The downside is that it's incredibly expensive so I decided to see if one pump once a day (as opposed to 3 pumps twice a day that's recommended) would give results and it has! What can I say? I do like to find ways of making things last that little bit longer.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | £5.99
I've definitely mentioned this in a favourites before, but I had to talk about it again because I've used it every day I've worn foundation since I bought it in May. It blends my foundation in far better and far quicker than any brush I've ever used that I can't really see myself reaching for anything else any time soon. I also prefer this to the Beauty Blender & it's a fraction of the price.

MeMeMe Coral Blossom Cheek & Lip Tint* | £5.50
Until now I haven't ever been a fan of using tints on my cheeks. Either my make up tastes are changing or there's something special about this colour and formulation. It doesn't dry instantly so there's a bit of time to blend avoiding any strange patchiness and it doesn't look like I'm wearing much make up at all. The pretty peachy colour is lovely, there's something youthful and soft about it. I may just be a convert to peach over pink shades!

Joules Polka Dot Tunic* similar here
My wardrobe is pretty much just full of tunic tops and leggings, which I'm very happy with. They're comfortable, easy to style and...did I mention they're comfortable? Comfort is pretty much my only criteria when I'm choosing what to wear nowadays but it helps if there are some cute polka dots involved too. I really like Joules. I remember when I used to work in a department store I would always wander over to the Joules section and admire all the pretty pieces (when I should have been doing some actual work - I was the worst sales assistant ever). They're quite expensive but the way their pieces are cut mean they always seem to fit me really well.

The Listeners by Leni Zumas | £7.54
Firstly this is a beautifully produced book, Tin House you're wonderful. And secondly this was a really enveloping read. There are a lot of strong, independent female characters in literature and there are also a lot of female characters who, particularly in earlier works do, to varying degrees, what is 'expected' of them. They're both valuable representations for various reasons but I think it's also interesting to see female characters work through their inner conflicts in realistic ways. I didn't always like Quinn but I felt her and I grew to understand some of the quirks that made her who she was. This is a book I know I will re-read in the future and I like finding books that I want to revisit again and again.

Is there anything you have particularly loved this week? 


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Levi's UK | Sponsored Video

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The dream really is to find one pair that fits perfectly!

September 2014 Glossybox | Karen Millen Edition

The September Glossybox* feels very fashion focused - the box itself has been designed by Karen Millen and the contents are centred on helping to achieve healthy looking hair, glowing skin, manicured nails and perfect brows. I think this is my favourite Glossybox in a long time because it's full of things I'm really enjoying using already.
+ ModelCo More Brows
+ Nails Inc Matte Topcoat
+ L'Oreal Mythic Oil Masque
+ Origins Plantscription Serum
+ Skin Pep Brightening Peeling Gel sachet x2
+ Skin Pep Dark Circle Eraser sachet x1

The ModelCo More Brows is (I think) pretty similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow and although it's a shade too dark for me I can kind of make it work because it's quite an ashy colour. A strong brow isn't my favourite look on me but I haven't used anything like this before and I must admit, I've been enjoying using it over the past couple of days.

They're only sachets but the peeling gel sounds intriguing and although hair products aren't hugely exciting, my hair is in need of some serious conditioning so this has come at just the right time. I also have a bit of a soft spot for matte nails, so all in all this is a really lovely little selection of products.

I'll be back at the end of the month for a beauty box roundup to see which beauty box came out on top for September! 

What do you think of this month's box?

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