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Saturday, 11 October 2014

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I know I’ve really been looking forward to Autumn, but as soon as the cold weather hit, it struck me that my A/W wardrobe is seriously lacking. And considering I’m off to Paris for a few days at the end of the month, I thought I’d best get thinking about a few items I’d like to add to my wardrobe that would be perfect for wandering the streets of Paris.

My majorly essential item is a coat, or jacket; I used to own quite a few of these, but looking in my wardrobe all I seem to own are extremely heavy ones that are really only suitable for the extremely cold winter months, so I’d like more of a lighter option. I absolutely love this classic pea one from Topshop, and being grey it would fit in with most of my wardrobe too. I also need a good pair of ballet flats, as I seemed to go a little peep-toe crazy in summer, but they aren’t the most practical, especially when I’m expecting wind and rain. I’m never the most organized so I would like a travel wallet too so I can keep track of everything – both these are from ASOS, and with the help of Cuponation I’m hoping to be able to get a little discount too! They have a lot of discount codes online and show a really fantastic selection of brands (link?) for different countries, so I’d recommend going and having a little peek at their website if you fancy saving a few pounds! It’s not just fashion either, there’s beauty discounts, electricals and even holidays, so it’s one to keep bookmarked.

I also want a bag that’s just about big enough to fit my camera, purse and phone in, and one that’s going to be comfortable and safe too. The Zara City bag seems to fit all of those as well as just being absolutely beautiful – I’ve seen this on a few blogs and it was love from first sight. It was exactly the same with this H&M blouse as well which I spotted in store a few days ago. I absolutely love lace, and I love the red colour too, although there is a cream option if you fancy something a little more neutral.

What do you think of my picks? Has anything been catching your eye this week?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

As soon as the Lush Christmas range hit online, I knew I had to be making an order. It was a sad, sad day for me that the Lush in my town closed down, but it did cut off my bath bomb addiction slightly, and now I usually stick to making a little splurge for the seasonal ranges. Christmas especially just isn't the same without a selection of bath bits from Lush, so I bought a few items.

Bubble bars are my favourites from Lush; you can use as little or as much as you'd like, but I find a standard size one such as The Comforter will last me about 4 baths so they're much better value than the ballistics too. I don't ever crumble them, I just hold them under the running water; it's much more effort, but makes so many more bubbles with smaller pieces. The one I knew I immediately had to get was Holly Golightly which is a gorgeous patchouli scent with a bit of citrus in there too. I absolutely love how glittery it is too, I know this will look great in the bath. I also got the Christmas Eve bar which I regretted not getting last year; it has jasmine and ylang ylang in so has a really nice floral scent.

The really spectacular bath bombs are always the Christmas ones, so I picked up a few of these too. I saw Cinders around a lot last year so decided I needed one; it's a lovely cinnamon scent with almond oil, and even has vegan popping candy inside. I also went with a couple of new ones, Dashing Santa which has a great citrus scent and releases lots of oils so adds some hydration to your bath. Lastly, I got Butterbear which doesn't look like the most exciting of ballistics, but has a lovely, soft vanilla scent and like the Butterball ballistic leaves your skin feeling silky soft. 

Have you picked anything up from the Lush Christmas range?

Monday, 6 October 2014

As soon as I spot Autumn on the horizon, I get digging out the darker, vampier polish shades in my collection. Throughout S/S I'm firmly attached to my pastel and peachy shades, so they actually make a welcome appearance. I've actually been changing my nails every couple of days, and I've got my eye on a few more to add to my little collection.

I think I have to start with my all-time favourite, which is Nails Inc Hampstead Heath. This is such a gorgeous berry with a plum-red undertone. As you would expect from Nails Inc, the wear time is fantastic, meaning this is on my nails throughout the most of Autumn. One I picked up last year as a magazine freebie from them is Fashion Fawn; I'd describe this as a pretty ugly shade, but for some reason I just love the tone, and think it looks quite effortless and chic on the nails. I'm sad to see both of these are now discontinued, so I'll have to be finding new favourites once they've gone.

Another gorgeous berry is from the Avon Nailwear Pro+ range, in the shade 'tweed', This appears so dark in the bottle, but when on the nails a beautiful burgundy red tone shines through. It's not the most long-lasting and usually chips within a day or two, but with a good topcoat on hand I can make it last longer. And two from Topshop always make my favourites; before these came along I was on the hunt for the perfect grey polish but always found them so streaky. 'Cloud' and 'Sketch' have changed all that, and definitely make my top 5 Autumn polishes.

What are your favourite Autumn polishes?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Well, it's been a bit of a while since you've seen my little old face on here.. Or it's more of a big, young face really. This is pretty much my standard Autumn make-up that I've been wearing all of September and I've just been absolutely loving. I've taken a step back from liquid eyeliner for the first time in a couple months and like my previous posts suggest, a lot of NARS is involved too.

- L'Oreal True Match Foundation in 01. True Ivory.
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.
- No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter.

- HD Brow Beater.
- Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil.

- Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Palette.
- Soap & Glory Thick & Fast.

- NARS Unlawful Blush*.
- NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

What products are you currently loving wearing?