October Favourites

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Happy November! As you know I decided not to complete an August or September favourites, due to time constraints and also being out of the country, so here’s my latest favourites post – all of things I’ve been enjoying in October!

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Some of the things I’m going to be talking about this month are items I picked up in America. I’ve done a whole YouTube video about these, so I’ll link that at the end and if you haven’t seen that video yet, then head over and have a look.

I’ll start with a couple of candles. I’ve been really enjoying burning candles now that the evenings have drawn in and it’s so cold already.

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I was given this WoodWick candle for Christmas a couple of years ago (might have been last year, I forget) and I love it. It has a special wick which crackles as it burns and the scent of this one is leather. It’s a lovely smell and the sound of the wick is really comforting – like an open fire. I’m going to have to buy another one soon as I’m really going through it this year!

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The next candle is a seasonal one, so I’ve been picking it up to burn through it. It’s from Bath and Body Works and is called Vampire Blood. This candle has notes of strawberry, jasmine and plum, so it’s quite a fruity scent but isn’t too sweet.

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Makeup next, and I picked up the Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster whilst I was away. This bronzer isn’t too dark, isn’t glittery and is easily built up without looking muddy. I’ve been really enjoying using this as it works well in the colder months when you want a little warmth to the skin, but don’t want to look tanned.

I also bought CoverGirl’s Clump Crusher mascara. On first use I wasn’t too impressed, but the more I’ve used it the more impressed I am. It’s not at all clumpy, it’s easily built and creates volume, definition and holds curl pretty well. I have stubborn eyelashes and one eye’s lashes are sparse, so it’s nice to have a mascara that doesn’t clump no matter how many layers you add and keeps definition. A great day-to-day mascara.

I’ve been using Benefit’s Boi-ing for a while but I thought I’d mention it this month because I’ve been really enjoying the coverage and non cakey under eye coverage it offers, as well as concealing other areas on my face. I actually bought the 01 shade after speaking to a Benefit consultant, but it’s way too light for me. The 02 (pictured) is slightly too dark, but works on top of the colour correctors I use, and doesn’t go grey after a few hours. It’s long-lasting and not too expensive (but could be cheaper!)

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I purchased Essie Mrs Always-Right when I was in the US but you can get it here. I really love the colour, and it’s a nice transition between Summer pinks and darker Winter colours. It’s a yummy dusky Autumnal pink. This bottle doesn’t have the gorgeous thick Essie brush, so I think I’ll be switching the cap over when I finish one of my other Essie shades.

I hadn’t bought anything from Charlotte Tilbury before, but when I saw this lipstick on someone I had to know what it was. Stoned Rose is one of their K.I.S.S.I.N.G range and it’s a gorgeous pink which pulls towards brown. It’s rich, creamy and the colour payoff is really nice.Here’s me wearing it!

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It’s easy to get either a sheer or deep coverage depending on how you apply it, and I’ve worn it tonnes since I picked it up a few weeks ago. The case of the lipstick is metal, and heavy in the hand, which is lovely. It feels good quality in your hand AND on your lips.

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Lastly I’ll talk about a couple of body care items I’ve been enjoying. This hand cream from Bath and Body Works is Sweet Cinnamon and Pumpkin. It smells exactly how you’d want it to. Pumpkin and sugar – not for you if you’re expecting pumpkin spice, but a lovely fresh, autumnal and comforting smell. The cream itself is light and not too thick, but it’s nourishing.

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I’ve mentioned this body mist before, but I finally was able to pick up the full size and I’ve been using it quite a lot! Coconut Passion from Victoria’s Secret is a light, musky coconut scent which is great to layer over other scents as well as misting it up all on its own. I’ve had lots of compliments when I’ve been wearing this. It’s great for all seasons and I can’t get enough of it!

So that’s this month’s favourites. If you want to see more of the items I picked up when I was in Florida recently, then take a look at my video, below.

 

Have you been enjoying any of these products this month? Or do you have any new candle recommendations for me? I’d love to pick up some great-smelling 3 wicks if you can recommend any? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

These are a Few of my Favourite Things

This week has seemed LONG. I had some weird shifts and some long days this week and it’s gotten me all off kilter. Especially since I have a few days off at the end of next week, and you know how slow time can go when you’re waiting for a holiday.

My healthy eating kick seemed to disappear this week and all I wanted to eat was cake or chocolate or nothing at all. I don’t have a sweet tooth so it’s all a little strange, but I went with it! It’s pancake day this Tuesday so we’ve bought some pancake mix to have with sugar and lemon – totally defeats the point of Shrove Tuesday using up all the eggs etc in the house, but never have eggs anyway!

We’ve had a little more snow and sleet this weekend. Thankfully it’s not settling this time – I can’t wait for some spring weather! I was hoping that the weather might turn for the better towards next weekend. We have a nice day and evening planned in London on Saturday and I’m fed up wrapping up warm and carrying extra layers in my bag!

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Birthday girl, cake, Bobbing for Baubles

Friday was my Sister’s birthday and the whole family got together and had a meal to celebrate. It was great to spend time with everyone together and see the kids get high on sugar 😀

One of my customers was wearing my favourite perfume yesterday. It’s amazing how much a smell brings back memories. When I turned 19 one of my best friends bought me a bottle of Light Blue by D&G. I hardly ever wear perfume but I loved this. I’d only started seeing G Man about a month before and so I associate this scent with our first few months together. I wore the perfume on our wedding day too. I’m still using the same bottle, 11 years later – I don’t want to wear it too much or I’ll lose the effect I get when I wear it. I’ll probably wear it next weekend too when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It smells of excitement and apprehension. It’s yummy!

I acquired a new nail polish on Friday. I used my Boots Advantage Card points and got an Essie polish I’ve been eyeing up, for free! It’s called Bobbing for Baubles (I’m guessing it was part of their winter range!) and it’s the closest thing I can find to the one Jennifer Lawrence wore in Silver Linings Playbook. It’s gorgeous!

Last night we watched Sinister. I love scary movies and had been looking forward to this for a while. But it just didn’t hit the mark. There were too many red herrings and the plot wasn’t overly strong. There were a couple of jumps but nothing scary. I keep hearing about a film called Mama which is intriguing me. Has anyone seen it yet? Will it get me nice and scared? We began to watch Ted today but turned it off after 45 minutes. We just couldn’t find it funny! Such a shame.

Next week is all about Valentine’s and I want to go for it full throttle this year. What are your plans?

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Bits and Bobs

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O.P.I Mariah Carey Liquid Sand range//Stay The Night//The Impossible//Nanny’s stew//Chocolate Cake//Goodies

I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a real sucker for nail varnish. I like all the new innovations that have come about in recent years like shatter, magnetic, matte and now textures – leather, caviar, cement, suede. I recently bought the new OPI Liquid Sand range which was created with Mariah Carey. It’s a pack of 4 minis in blue, red, purple and black with little glitter bits in it, and it dries to a matte sandy texture It doesn’t require a top coat either. Pictured are two of the colours and I hope you can make out some of the texture from the photos.

They’re lovely to put on. I’ve layered both the colours I tried with a similar block colour underneath so that I don’t have to keep layering – they’re like a jelly texture so fairly opaque, and they dry really fast. I can’t stop running my fingers over my nails because they feel so strange – but it’s a pleasant feeling! I’m really looking forward to trying the other two colours, but I’m wearing The Impossible at the moment and it’s lasting really well so far. I might see how long I can keep it on!

During our week off, G Man and I went to see his parents and he asked his Mum to cook a family favourite they call Nanny’s Stew. I’m sure you can work it out, but it’s called that because it was something their Nanny would make! It’s an Irish stew with beef and veggies and I’d been craving it for months. I pretty much inhaled it as soon as it was put in front of me, and went back for seconds even though I was stuffed. I also had hot chocolate fudge cake afterwards, but who’s going to say no to that, ‘eh? I’m hoping one day I’ll get the recipe for the stew so I can make it for G Man and any kids we might have one day!

At the end of last week, one of my oldest friends came to visit. We have a very bad habit of buying each other presents for birthday and christmas and then not seeing each other for 8 months. We then have to meet up and give presents to each other at odd times of year (see this previous post!) So we met up and swapped Birthday and Xmas presents (except I’d only bought her a Birthday gift….. red face!) I’ve said we need to stop getting each other stuff! Anyway, she came up trumps with my presents this year and she bought me an Orla Kiely recipe box with cards inside and a box full of Essie nail polishes. I love it all so much! 3 colours, a top and a base coat. I couldn’t believe it. She said she just trawled my Pinterest to see what I like at the moment – so it seems masses of unnecessary over-sharing does pay off 😀

If you read yesterday’s post you would have seen that I have been struggling with reading so far this year and not really getting into my current book ‘Gone Girl’. So yesterday afternoon I decided to pick it up and read about 250 pages. I’m hooked guys and gals. It’s a very intriguing read! So glad I persevered and I have not a clue what’s going to happen! On the subject of reading, today’s Kindle deal of the day on amazon.co.uk was A Winter Book by Tove Jansson for 99p. She was the same author who created The Moomin series and (as I previously said) I will write a blog soon about The Moomins and Tove (who, incidentally, illustrated the Swedish translations of The Hobbit – they’re worth a look!). Her first adult novel The Summer Book is on my wish list but I couldn’t not take up this offer! I’m really looking forward to reading it. I also got The Complete Sherlock Holmes for free and The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared for 20p. It’s been suggested to me for a while so I figured 20p was worth it! So now I have an Everest of books to choose from. I really have to get onto reading them!
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