Sunday, 25 September 2016

Autumn Beauty Picks

The crisp, autumn days have finally arrived!! My skin is already in serious need of a hydration boost and so I've swapped out my lighter night cream for the Kiehls Ultra Facial Balm - a luxurious balmy version of the cult Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream, but without the addition of parabens. This rich, creamy balm is ideal for the gloomy autumn days, it leaves skin plump, smooth and super hydrated. To use, I simply warm up a very small amount between my fingers, tap on my forehead, cheeks and chin and then smooth upwards and outwards over my face and neck. 
Another saviour for parched skin is Lush's Dream Cream, with oat milk, rose water and chamomile blue oil, this soothing, hydrating cream treats and clears up dry, sore and unhappy skin!

Lush's The Comforter shower gel is a shower staple, the perfect treat on cold autumn days. The bright yet comforting cassis, bergamot and vanilla fragrance is warming and uplifting - the ideal fix to perk you up if your feeling a little under the weather!

My skin always looks a little lacklustre during autumn and so I'm relying on a couple of make up faves to perk up my tired complexion. The Nyx Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam is divine, a creamy, shimmery pearl highlighter with a touch of pink to brighten and give a dewy glow. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher in Mood Exposure is also ideal for autumn, this finely milled, silky soft blusher sculpts the cheeks flawlessly. The dusky mauve pink hue works well paired with a vampy lip and the swirls of ambient lighting powder brings light and radiance to the skin. 

For eyes, I've pulled out Illamasqua Jubilance a new, dreamy, rose gold shimmery pick and By Terry Misty Rock, a blendable lavender taupe with silver glitter running through it. Both look gorgeous blended on the lids and under the lash line with a slick of mascara and winged liner!

For lips, I've pulled out a selection of autumnal hues, Nars Walkyrie - a creamy, wearable, muted matte terracotta pick, Mac Rebel, a bold, rich berry and the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, a chic long lasting and gorgeous deep burgundy red.

Lastly, on my nails I'm obsessed with these two beautiful hues from the Leighton Denny AW16 Roaring 20's collection. I've opted for Moonshine*, a dreamy soft nude with mauve tones and a subtle silver shimmer and Rebellious Heart*, a divine rich plum shade!

What are your beauty picks for autumn?

Friday, 23 September 2016

15 Ways To De-Stress

I've had my fair share of stressful days lately - the anticipation of a potential move, heavy workloads, days spent fretting about the future, not to mention my macbook's daily tantrum's... it all adds up (totally blaming mercury being in retrograde throughout most of September too!). I've jotted down a list of simple, fail-safe ways that help me to de-stress, in the hope that it may help you too!

1. Breathe. Take a moment to take three deep breaths. Or try the 4-7-8 breathing technique, LOVE Dr. Weil, he does a great demo of this here.

2. Make a chamomile tea - it's soothing and helps you to relax and unwind.

3. Watch Gilmore Girls, Parks & Rec, or Friends. Anything light and easy that makes you laugh! 

4. Get Moving. Practice a gentle, yoga sequence to clear your mind - try this yoga for stress routine.

5. Learn a little about the stars. 

6. Look up. Looking at the skies, a blanket of stars or watching the sun rise is an instant stress relief for me.

7. Sleep. Or take a nap. Try the This Works Deep Sleep Spray, a divine pillow mist with lavender and chamomile for a dreamy night's sleep. 

8. Write. Treat yourself to some pretty stationery & jot and note down your thoughts, idea's and plans.

9. Do that task you've been putting off, you'll feel SO much better once it's done.

10. Light a luxe, scented candle. The White Company's Autumn Candle is ideal for this time of the year!

11. Tidy up. A clean and clutter free home can do wonders for your stress and productivity levels!

12. Take a trip to Lush, splurge on an uplifting, reassuring pick like The Comforter Bubble Bar, then melt into a long bath, filled with silky soft bubbles.

13. Think, list off and feel grateful for 5 little things that you love and that make you happy, this is my top way to break a downwards spiral - by the time I get to the fifth, I start to feel happier and less stressed. For example, mine right now (& normally always) is... Harry Potter, Christmas, Autumn, My engagement ring, Snow and Lush Intergalactic!

14. Laugh. Watch something really funny, this gets me every.time.

15. Climb into a cosy pair of Asos pyjama's (love these!) make a peppermint hot chocolate and binge watch Harry Potter.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

New Season Must-Haves

Now that we're heading into a new season, it's the ideal time to start switching things up and to invest in a few new staples for the cold month's ahead. I've rounded up a few of my autumn must-haves, beauty staples, hair saviours and home comforts to help get you through the chilly autumn days!

Hair Clips
As the wild autumn breeze whips through styled hair, transforming it into a tangled mess in a matter of minutes, a pretty, gold hair clip is ideal for pinning back and taming tresses. I find that wind swept hair is often easily tamed by twisting and pinning back the side sections, giving you that effortless, messy, un-done vibe. I love warm gold clips for autumn, this Asos leaf clip is so adorable, icy silvers look dreamy too!

Berry Lips
Once autumn roll's around, bold, berry lips are a must-have. Paired with dewy skin, knitted grey scarves and shimmery champagne eyes, it's such a gorgeous staple beauty look for autumn. MAC Plumful is a beautiful pick for everyday, a pretty pink/mauve berry and as it's a lustre finish, it's light and comfortable on the lips. Mac Rebel is the ultimate autumnal hue, a gorgeous long lasting, rich berry.

Cups & Mugs
Cute mugs are a must for autumn/winter. I recommend this adorable blush cat print Anthropologie pick, for those frosty mornings when only a bowl full of hot tea will suffice, these pretty h&m mugs for a strong afternoon hit of coffee, and a monogrammed mug for hot chocolates, topped with cinnamon and marshmallows for Harry Potter marathons on a rainy day!

For those dark evenings, spent inside snuggled up under a blanker or two, when it's waay too cold to venture outside, a Netflix spree can be that comforting fix that you crave during autumn. There are so many great series to get hooked on - try Stranger Things or Teen Wolf for the lead up to Halloween, catch up on Once Upon a Time ready for the new series (SO excited for S6!) or binge watch Reign, Gilmore Girls or The Originals!

Spiced Candles
Perfect to lift spirits, bring warmth, comfort and light to the home, is there anything better than an autumnal scented candle flickering on a rainy day?! Opt for a luxe spiced scent, that's fitting for the new season like Diptyque Pomander or this heavenly scented pumpkin souffle pickDiptyque Baies is another dreamy scent, it fills the whole room with the divine scent of delicate rose and fresh blackcurrant leaves.

What are your must-haves for autumn?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Early Autumn

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The summer held on tightly this September, only letting the bitter autumn breeze whip through the streets in the early mornings whilst the sun rose. Finally cooler days are on the horizon and I for one, am ready to welcome autumn next week with open arms - knitted socks, crackling fires and crunchy leaves can't arrive soon enough for me! 
This Saturday, with a hot chocolate in hand and cosy, slippered feet, I tackled my cluttered home, tidying away the summer brights, sorted through my beauty stash, de-cluttered and passed along a few once-loved things to a better home. Once everything was sparking, clean and like new, I pulled out a few autumn comforts - candles, blankets and squashy cushions, to make my home warm and cosy. 

My pumpkin garland makes an appearance every autumn, it's currently hanging above a shelf filled with candles, fairylights and crystals - one of my favourite parts of my home! Stanley (my Ikea Hawthornia plant), my Roberts radio and a copper lamp also sits atop. Over the summer, Stanley surprisingly had three little baby plants which have to be removed and repotted in autumn, so that's at the top of my top do list for the early autumn days next week!

I've pulled out fresh blankets in burgundy and grey hues to pair with my blush pink and monochrome cushions, ideal for snuggling up on gloomy autumn evenings with a hot chocolate in hand. I've been burning the divine Pumpkin Souffle candle, a roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and maple scented candle whilst reading - heaven!

Lastly, after organising my dressing table and pulling out a few burgundy, copper and shimmery hues, I sorted through my Lush stash, making up a to-use pile so that I can stock up on their Halloween and Christmas collections as soon as they hit the stores! I've also pulled out a few Lush staples, in prep for autumn, the Salted Coconut Hand Scrub leaves skin silky smooth and Lush's Dream Cream, a heavenly, soothing lotion is ideal for dry patches.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

A Weekened To Do List

1. Swoon over H&M's dreamy Autumn home range - blush, burgundy's, golds and emerald greens, it all looks so pretty!

2. Now that the air has cleared (thanks to that spectacular thunderstorm!) take an early morning walk to find a deliciously spiced hot chocolate from your local coffee shop. Foraging for colourful leaves, acorns & conkers along the way!

3. Take a day for yourself, binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix for hours, then eye up cute 90's fashion picks like borg jackets on Asos!

4. Revamp your home for autumn, pull out all of the squashy blankets, candles & fairylights.

5. Paint your nails with a berry shade, preferably Essie Bahama Mama (the ultimate autumnal shade) - because its officially autumn next week!

6. Make an epic, Christmas worthy roast dinner - after last week's GBBO, it feels mandatory to have all of the yorkshire puddings this weekend!

7. Take a peek at some of the pretty Halloween things that have been tricking into stores, I love these Charlotte Olympia-esque kitty flats from Asos!

8. Switch up your breakfast, swap summery strawberry chia puddings or cereals for thickly sliced wholemeal bread, topped with Pip & Nut's Maple Peanut Butter (divine!) or pumpkin spiced porridge drizzled with cinnamon honey.

9. Start a new book, light a few candles and cosy up with a new read. I'm currently reading the Throne Of Glass series, a fairly easy read but it already has me captivated - with deadly assassins, whispers of magic and a love triangle or two, it's no wonder why!

10. Treat yourself to a pretty mauve blusher for autumn, I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher in Mood Exposure, the NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me looks beautiful too!
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