Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Skin Prep For Autumn

lush exfoliators
Aside from this two day heatwave, the last of the summer days so far have felt more like autumn - gloomy clouds, gales, downpours and a chill in the air that lead me to head straight into Primark last weekend to pick up a cosy scarf! I've started the prep early to give me a head start and early defence against the unpredictable weather. Armed with nourishing creams and exfoliating picks, I'm prepared to tackle the elements and ready my skin for the cold A/W days ahead!

Body Prep
Packed with exfoliating sugar, vanilla and moisturising murumuru butter, Lush Rough With The Smooth is the ideal quick fix for parched skin. It's a gorgeous, scrubby little block that buffs and polishes, leaving skin soft, smooth and pampered.
Once my body is exfoliated and prepped, I slather on a handful of the calming Origins Lavender and Vanilla Body Souffle. This ultra rich, relaxing cream is ideal to pop on before bed, the dreamy, soothing lavender scent lingers on the skin and helps you to drift off to sleep.

Lip Service
Starting again with an exfoliating scrub, the Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub is a staple to keep lips in top condition. With hydrating coconut oil and jojoba oil, and sea salt and caster sugar to exfoliate, this buffs away dry patches for supple, primed lips. Plus, it smells heavenly - buttery and toffee sweet with a hint of sea salt!
The Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm is a total lip saviour. This balmy, citrus and honey scented treat heals, nourishes and plumps dry lips. It contains honey, sweet almond oil, calendula and shea butter to leave lips incredibly soft - it's definitely one of my top A/W must-haves!

Pampered Paws
Lastly, the Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub, is my go-to pick for dry, parched hands. Simply scoop out a small amount of this pampering scrub and massage onto hands to cleanse, hydrate and exfoliate. The divine combination of argan oil, sea salt, lemon and coconut oil leaves hands feeling divine - silky soft!

What are your top picks for super soft skin?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Shelf Snippets

bloom and wild bouquet

gold swan
diptyque baies
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll probably know that I like to switch up, re-style and change my Ikea shelves constantly. I spend a lot of time in my living room and so things can get a little boring if left the same, so I'm always moving things around!

Normally I opt for a light, airy yet slightly cluttered feel, with crystals, candles and my Roberts Radio always sits atop. The flowers are a gorgeous bunch from Bloom & Wild and the metallic baskets, boxes and trinkets are from H&M home

For a cosy feel, I light my candles and pop on my copper wire fairylights and Ikea Star light - ideal as autumn starts to creep in and the evenings slowly grow darker! I've been switching them on at the slightest hint of overcast skies, it really brightens the home and makes me so excited for autumn!
I've added a fluffy key charm, amethyst crystals and a pink Diptyque candle for a pop of colour - sometimes I'll add some greenery too!
Lately I've kept Lush Dream Cream close to hand, it's easy to grab and with oat milk, chamomile blue oil and rose water it's ideal for applying to cuticles, hands - any dry patches to keep my skin in top condition. 
Finally, my Harry Potter book set sits in pride of place on my bookshelf, I'll have to find a spot for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now too!

I hope you liked a little peek at my shelves, I'll probably be switching up things again come autumn, I'm planning on adding a print and possibly more candles!

Friday, 19 August 2016

8 A/W Releases To Get Excited About

I'm so ready for autumn now, after glimpsing a peek of upcoming beauty, style and home decor releases, I've been saving up my pennies for a splurge! Here's 8 upcoming releases that I'm seriously excited about: 

1. The Nars Fall Collection - This gorgeous Nars collection is full of heavenly picks, two new gorgeous vampy red matte lip pencils, shimmery copper eyeshadows and velvety eyeliners galore!

2. That Hourglass Marble Palette - Take a peek here! Out October.

3. Primark's A/W Drop - I've already spotted pieces trickling into stores, Primark always does Autumn and winter style so well! I have my eye on a few things so far, like this handy (and instagrammable) travel bag, throw on coat and dreamy cloud light!

4. Illamasqua Extinct Collection - Released here yesterday, I may have already made a cheeky order! Glittering jewel tone polishes, a divine, autumnal eyeshadow palette and shimmery eyeshadow singles, this collection looks ideal for A/W!

5. H&M Precious Glow Collection - I'm a little confused the Precious Glow Collection is noted as a summer release here in the UK but in the US, it seems to be H&M's fall collection. With gilded brows, shimmery foil eyeshadows, and vampy jewel toned lipstick - I think it's well suited for autumn! This swoon-worthy, affordable collection is filled with everything that I love, mettalics, shimmer and lustre sparkles! 

6. Lush Halloween and Christmas - You may have spotted the leaked products all over twitter and instagram earlier this week, with incredible new picks and a few old faves, I couldn't be more excited!

7. Oliver Bonas - Look out for dreamy homewares - cat trinkets, cooper and gold metallic picks, and chic monochrome decor. I love the pretty speckled bowls, monochrome and blush pink lamps and Agate book ends!

8. Netflix - With Once Upon a Time S6 and the Gilmore Girls Revival already lined up for an autumn release, I can't wait to pop on some fairylights, light candles and spend cosy autumn nights in catching up on my favourite shows.

Are there any releases that you're particularly looking forward to this A/W?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Brightening Tired Eyes

If I've had a late night then my eyes are normally a huge giveaway - bags, dehydration lines and circles for days, not cute! I've pulled together a few of my fail-safe tips and products to brighten up tired peepers, whether you've had a bad nights sleep, binge watched Netflix into the early hours (guilty!) or been out partying and indulged in a cocktail or two!

My first step is to re-hydrate, pick a heavenly eye cream to inject moisture and radiance back to the eye area. The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is my holy grail pick, it's made a huge difference to my skin! With hyaluronic acid, coconut, cucumber, rosehip and lemon peel oils, it brightens, tightens and helps to diminish my dark circles. I'm just about to purchase my 5th pot, it's seriously the best! For an intensive treatment, try popping on an eye mask instead, I love the sound of the Starskin Eye-Catcher Smoothing Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Eye Mask!

Next up, apply a thin layer of a brightening concealer to reflect and bounce light away from the under the eyes, or try a corrector to neutralise dark circles. Then, build up light layers of concealer and apply a translucent powder over the top to seal in and stop creasing - the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is a divine pick!

Opt for light reflecting, shimmery shades that lighten and brighten up the eyes like the Nars eyeshadow duo in Alhambra, a dreamy champagne gold and rose eyeshadow pair. A dot of highlighter in the inner corner and blended into the centre of the lid looks gorgeous too, it really helps to keep things fresh and dewy! 
Lastly, lining your waterline can make such a difference to tired eyes, pop on a creamy nude like the H&M Soft Eyeliner Pencil in Pale Nude - or try a white liner like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to really open up the eyes.

What are your top tips for tired eyes?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

90's Lip Picks

I'm beyond happy that 90's style is back - gorgeous muted pink-brown lips, velvet choker necklaces and TV picks like Gilmore Girls popping up on Netflix! I even have my eye on a cute denim borg jacket for the transition to Autumn! One of my favourite trends is 90's lips, here's a few flattering picks!

Probably one of the most hyped lip products of the year, MAC Whirl is such a classic 90's shade! It's a pretty, muted rosy brown that works so well paired with winged liner and a velvet choker necklace. The texture is divine - soft, creamy and pigmented and as it's a lip pencil, pretty long lasting. There's a lipstick version too, which I'm tempted to splurge on!

The Tanya Burr Matha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss is a gorgeous pick, it looks unreal on the lips, it's SO flattering. This pretty pink brown liquid lipstick dries down to a budge-proof dreamy matte lip that feels comfortable to wear and lasts for hours. This has been my go to pick for everyday wear!  

Next up is MAC Retro, a matte brown red. This is a great alternative to a bright red lip for an evening out, the brown tones give off a sophisticated vibe and it's so pretty on. I like to prep my lips first with a little balm as the matte formula can be quite drying but once applied, it stays put for hours.

Another everyday pick, MAC Brave Lipstick is a gorgeous mauve pink, mlbb hue. It's pigmented, fuss-free and the satin finish feels so comfortable on the lips. 

Lastly, for something a little more vampy, I recommend the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Vintage. A creamy mauve brown, this looks ideal for the transition into autumn - I love wearing it with winged liner, Hourglass Mood Exposure and a simple grey knit! The formula is great, light on the lips, pigmented and long lasting, a heavenly pick all round.
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