October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I honestly can’t remember how long it’s been since I wrote a beauty and lifestyle favourites post, I thought it was about time I told you what items I’ve really enjoyed during October. First of all, where has this year disappeared to? It really doesn’t seem a whole 12 months ago since I was sitting here planning my December posts, and here we are 2018 is almost over. Isn’t that scary? To be honest, I kind of lost my way with the whole blogging thing for a few weeks. I felt my posts were getting lost in the huge blogging ocean, partly because I wasn’t promoting myself on social media and I didn’t feel like I had enough new and exciting content. Real life events had taken over the time I would normally have dedicated to my space on the internet.

I happened to be talking to a friend and she asked me what I hoped to gain from blogging. Was I purely writing for myself, other people or to be liked? I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with myself, and the last option was a definite no as over the years I’ve learnt you can’t please everyone. Taking that time off gave me the space I needed to breathe, and the fear of almost losing my blog a few days ago gave me the kick up the backside I needed to feel inspired again.

One thing I have really enjoyed recently is a trip to Sandringham House, The Queen’s country home in North Norfolk. It has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights. I even had a picnic on The Queen’s lawn, I’m sure she won’t mind. I had to have my photo taken outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time. You may like to read what else we got up to on our visit to Sandringham House.

The Walking Dead has also returned to our screens, I bloomin love that show. Season 9 has definitely come back with a bang, I can’t believe one of my favourite characters is leaving, no spoilers but his last scenes will be aired in the UK on Monday 5th November and I shall be inconsolable and sobbing into a pile of soggy tissues.

I suppose I should move on to some beauty products I’ve loved using this month. You know what it’s like, that gorgeous item of makeup arrives, beautifully wrapped and you want to delve straight in and start using it. But you can’t as you want to take a million photos and there’s just no time, the pile is building up on that chair in the corner of your room. Yeah, that was me. I don’t know, do people prefer to see something in pristine condition, or would you rather see a product that’s well used and covered in a layer of excess powder?

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve been obsessed with Bobbi Brown Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette, the shades are absolutely beautiful and there’s one for just about every natural day look you’d want to create. If I’m in a rush I’ve been swiping Nude all over and Tan on the lid and lower lash line. It’s a good size palette with 10 different colour eyeshadows in a mix  of matt and shimmer, there’s also a decent mirror, just in case you want to take it on your travels. The powders feel creamy soft and blend in beautifully.

I didn’t think I’d ever get as excited about a foundation as I have with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I love a moisturising base and this one is super creamy, almost as though you were applying a rich face cream. It’s a full coverage foundation but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on my skin and really evens out my complexion. I find it easy to blend over my skin using a damp beauty sponge and shade 4.5 matches perfectly for a really flawless base. It contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing, leaving your skin looking smooth and plumper. Concentrated mushroom extract helps to firm, tighten pores and thoroughly hydrated. I’ve been using this with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and if you’d like to know my thoughts on it I’ll leave a full review here.

I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but it really is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, it coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

To keep it all in place I’ll been applying Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder, it feels incredibly smooth and doesn’t clump up on any dry patches. I’m not one for layering loads of powder all over my face but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting. I just use a large fluffy brush and gently sweep over those areas. This powder doesn’t look dry, my skin still looks dewy, which I really like.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

 

Now we’re well and truly out of the summer months I still want to have a sunkissed glow to my complexion. I’ve been using one of my old favourites, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess which gives a subtle hint of colour and looks super natural.  I use a large fluffy brush to achieve that all over holiday look, then a smaller one to blend it into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. It give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’ve rediscovered how much I love Pixi Rose Flash Balm Skin Booster to prime my skin before makeup and applying a thicker layer twice a week which acts as a mask, you just leave it on for about five minutes and gently wipe it away. It contains rose extract and rose flower water, these are incredibly gentle on my skin, The balm is oil free and glides on beautifully without leaving any greasy residue, making my skin feel ultra soft and hydrated. It’s a great multi-purpose product that’s the perfect compact size for popping in your overnight bag.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

The Glossier Balm Dotcom is an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC, perfect for this time of year. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose one. The balm has quite a thick consistency, I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day.

Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

Another box set I’ve been watching again is Sex and the City, I enjoyed even more this time round. The fashion, the friendships between the four women and of course the “will they, won’t they” relationship between Carrie and BIg. I’d love to be like Carrie and whip open my laptop with every “last night I got to thinking” moment. I’m certainly not a talented writer like her but there’s always hope. For now I shall just be inspired by the many fashion choices she makes, My friend treated me to a name necklace in the same style Carrie wears, it is a very early Christmas present but I love wearing it. My friend also bought me the Love key ring like the one that was given to Carrie in the first film.

What beauty and lifestyle things have you been loving during the last month? Have you been anywhere exciting or watched any good shows on TV?

 

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Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Summer days maybe coming to an end but we can still make the most of them with our beauty routines. That feeling of fresh, dewy skin and not being caked in a layer of heavy makeup. You may have only spent a few minutes on your makeup look, but you’re left feeling pulled together and ready for the day ahead.

Jane Iredale have recently launched in the UK and their makeup is fully mineral based, each item is kind to your skin as well as looking great when you’re wearing it. They have an excellent range of shades in each product, which includes BB Creams, Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Lipstick, Eyeshadows and Blushers. Even their concealers are mineral based so your skin will reap the benefits on those days you need a little extra coverage. Mineral makeup is better for your skin as it’s non-comedogenic, creating a barrier on the surface and allowing your skin to breathe rather than clogging up the pores. It’ll help protect your skin against pollution and the minerals include active ingredients that will truly benefit your skin.

Sound good so far?

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

I’ve been testing four products from Jane Iredale and first up we have a PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in shade Brown Sugar. The palette includes three colours which complement one another well and are highly pigmented, they can also be applied wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for. The soft creamy eyeshadows blend together beautifully and last for ages with no creasing. The eyeshadows are full of ingredients that will benefit your skin, even those with sensitive skin like me.

The PurePressed Blush in shade Barely Rose, a browny pink colour, is so subtle and natural it’s perfect for everyday use. This has become my go-to blusher on those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup. Just a sweep of this blusher gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour. Again, it blends in beautifully over the top of a BB Cream and lasts pretty much all day.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

PureMoist Lipstick gives a pop of colour while hydrating and protecting your lips just like your favourite lip balm. These come in a vast range of shades. I found it so hard to choose but eventually went for the colour Renee, a beautiful pinky rose. It’s the kind of lipstick I can just swipe on with a touch of mascara and BB Cream and feel made up without having to spend hours getting ready. These balmy lipsticks are highly pigmented and super long lasting, they are packed with vitamins, Orange Peel Wax and Moringa Butter to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate lip area. I don’t normally say this about a lipstick but they smell divine thanks to the Blackberry extracts. I must say, I absolutely love the sleek gold packaging, I think it looks extremely classy and is slim enough to fit into even the smallest of clutch bags.

Jane Iredale have just launched a new range of Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks in 15 different shades, there’s even one called Sharon (maybe I should have chosen that one!) but I’m officially in love with the shade Tania, a natural pinky peach. The creamy formula gives a matte finish and is super hydrating and won’t dry out the lips. The lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and is extremely long lasting, managing to stay on well through lunch and an afternoon coffee break. That’s pretty good going in my book. It contains Moringa Oil, a rich antioxidant which will nourish and soothe your lips and a unique blend of waxes to protect and hydrate your lips. I’m even one of those people who get excited about the magnetic click when you close the lid. At £24 they are on the pricier side but oh so worth it, I will have to treat myself to a couple of darker shades just in time for Autumn.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale products are also cruelty free. This is a brand I couldn’t recommend enough, I absolutely love the makeup I’ve been using and I’m so glad I came across them on social media. You can learn more about Jane Iredale on their website and Instagram.

Have you tried mineral makeup before? How did you get on using it?

*Items in this post are PR samples and have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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GOSH Lip OIls

I have loved GOSH for quite a while now and their cosmetics have become some of my absolute favourites in my makeup bag. I originally featured them in a What’s In My Summer Makeup Bag post last year, then had so much fun trying out new launches from their Autumn Winter 2017 range. Now I’ve recently discovered one of GOSH’s new lip products for Spring Summer 2018.

I’ve never used lip oils before but kept seeing them everywhere on Instagram. I was so excited when I came across these beauties in my local Superdrug store, I picked up two shades, Flower Essence and Raspberry. both are absolutely gorgeous. I love anything that keeps my lips soft and moisturised and wasn’t disappointed as these lip oils are incredibly nourishing.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Flower Essence

I have always preferred glossy lip products as my lips do tend to dry out and these are perfect for a glowy summer makeup look or wearing over the top of a lipstick. I have totally fallen in love with these lip oils, I’ve literally been wearing Flower Essence everyday for the past week. Those days when I’ve not worn much makeup, just concealer, mascara and a lip colour, well I’ve been reaching for one of these lip oils instead. They’re so easy to apply using the sponge applicator and simply glide over your lips. Each one is an absolute bargain at only £7.49.

These lip oils are packed with essential oils and vitamins that help nourish and keep your lips super soft. They help to repair any damaged skin as well as being incredibly hydrating, it’s basically like having a lip gloss and lip balm all in one.

GOSH Lip Oil in Flower Essence (006) is a beautiful pearly pink shade and is fabulous for a natural radiant look. GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry is more of a clear gloss, even though it looks a bright pink in the tube. I’ve been applying this one over the top of lipsticks to make them look super glossy.

GOSH Lip Oil shade Raspberry

I haven’t used anything like these lip oils before, I was actually quite surprised by how much I loved them. They’re really lightweight, comfortable to wear and not sticky in the slightest. I think I need to pick up a few more, just in case I run out. If you are ready for Summer and something that adds just a hint of colour, then you need one or two of these lip oils in your life.

GOSH have a number of new products in their Spring Summer range, including a brightly coloured eyeliner, mascara and a creamy foundation compact. You can find GOSH in Superdrug stores or online.

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too Faced, Urban Decay, W7

Most beauty lovers have a selection of eyeshadow palettes that they absolutely love. I’m no exception and had a drawer full. When I actually thought about it, there were eyeshadow palettes in my collection that I just didn’t use, or I’d just pick out one shade. So a bag of stuff has gone to a couple of my friends, who can give everything some much needed love.

These are the 5 eyeshadow palettes that I reach for time and time again, whatever my mood, no matter what season it is and whatever the occasion.

Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette

I mean, just look at this palette, it’s an absolute dream. The velvety packaging is simply divine and that’s before you even get inside. There’s 14 stunning shades ranging from neutral to berry tones, my favourite two are Antique Bronze and Warm Taupe. The powders are soft and creamy, and they blend together beautifully. All the colours seem perfect for anytime of the year and will take you from day to night in a flash. Even the brush that comes with this palette has wonderfully soft bristles so it’s actually pretty good for blending.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Took me a while to dig this out from my drawer and start using it, by the time I had, everyone and their Auntie had posted about it. The shades are absolutely stunning, I’ve been able to create so many different looks as it’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that’s not only for a summer bronzed look, these colours look amazing all year round. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

This has been one of my go-to eyeshadow palettes for as long as I can remember. It comes with 12 beautiful golden, neutral toned shades, including matte, satin and  shimmer. Each eyeshadow has a silky texture which blends in effortlessly, the shades are super pigmented and have amazing staying power. I apply Naked all over my lid, Smog in the crease, I’ll add Darkhorse in the outer corners, blending it up into the crease and along my lower lash line. Finishing with Sidecar on the inner part of my eyelid and Virgin right in the inner corner. If I’m in a rush, Ill go for a more natural look and sweep the shade Toasted across the whole of my lid.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette

Yes, I was drawn to it because it had Chocolate in the name, but honestly, just look at those shades. They are gorgeous! It’s another one of those palettes that will see me from day to night, I’ve been able to create loads of different looks, whatever the occasion and the eyehadows blend in beautifully. Believe me when I tell you it smells amazing too, just like the perfect hot chocolate.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom palate.

This palette is probably my absolute favourite. I mean, isn’t it stunning? A dream came true when a friend of mine travelled to America and bought this beauty back for me. I’ve used just about every single shade. There are 12 soft creamy powders in a mix of gorgeous matte and shimmer shades. They blend in beautifully without any fall out. The darker shades are perfect to add a smokey eye to any evening makeup look.

All of these eyeshadow palettes work really well with anyone of my favourite lip colours.

What’s your most loved eyeshadow palette?

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