The colder weather is now fully in full swing and there's nothing I love more than rugging up in big jumpers and coats. I also think that the colder weather makes dark lips mandatory; does any make up look scream cold weather more? I think not.
Okay, so this might just be another beauty related Christmas inspired type purchase*. Soap and Glory is by far one of my favourite drug store brands, lets face it they practically offer any possible beauty product you could desire. After seeing that this little gem was on offer for £19 I just could not resist treating myself**. The girl-o-whirl set has practically ever product a beauty junkie could wish for. I can't wait to have a little play around with this!
*they aren't all for me. I swear!
**okay, so this one Is for me
I'm a little (*ahem* huge) superhero fan, so when I spotted this Batman top in Primark many moons ago I knew I just HAD to purchase it! I wore this outfit a few weeks ago on the weekly shop (glam, I know) and I absolutely loved it!
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, i'm sooooo excited for Christmas now! *ten points if you got that man V food reference*
Oh Essie. Oh, how you have stolen my heart again. It seems that I have started a new self tradition of sorts; each time a new mini collection comes out I just haaaaave to have it. Essie's winter 2013 consists of a dark burgundy 'shearling darling' which is highly reminiscent of my personal fave 'lady goddiva' and a grey/blue 'parka perfect' which im currently wearing and I absolutely love it. The last shade 'toggle at the top ' is very very very similar to last years 'leading lady' but hey, a girl can never have too many glitzy shades right?
Hello Christmas, woooooo! Okay, so maybe its not Christmas quite yet, but i'm already feeling festive. As today is the 1st of December I decided to don my new xmas jumper in celebration of being able to eat chocolate for breakfast for an entire month! Even more excitingly, this year i'll also be opening a cheeky little beauty gift each day of the month in my other advent calendar - sometimes you just gotta' spoil yourself? Seeing as i'm the most Christmassy person I know I can guarantee a whole bundle of festivities hitting the blog for the next month! Now to crack open the selection box...
Hello December. Today is the first day of advent (wooooo) which means today I am cracking open my calendar; along with my usual daily chocolate treat, i'll be opening a little window of beauty loving! I'm so flipping excited to find out what's behind every door!
I like this outfit. I like it a lot. This little ensemble is more comfy than I could ever imagine; perrrrfect for lazy weekends. I'm currently watching HSM as I blast out a few blog posts. I think that there is very little better than a good old Disney musical, especially when it includes Zac Efron.
It doesn't take a genius to know that I loooove a good candle. I find the colder nights the perfect excuse to whip out my candle stash and in a recent trip to Boots I came across a cute little set that any candleaholic would love to have. No.2 Wild Orchid and Vanilla smells absolutely amazing, I can't get enough of these candles!
Today, I am on a late shift at work - meaning i'm blessed with a lazy morning but I don't get home until gone 10. After work i'm going to meet a few of the girls so I wanted to wear something that took me from day to night easily... step forward fur jacket and my cute high boots! Oh and I've bought another pair of joni jeans (tally of 4) so yeah, I'm back living in them.. whoops!
Is there anything more exciting than a Christmas special? Nope, I thought not. During a huge Christmas haul in Boots, I came across these Jenny Packham nail varnishes. Salonnière includes various shades which reflect Packham's latest collection - in person the shades are absolutely gorgeous! Another plus for this fab gift is that the packaging is amazing!
I'm currently obsessed with leather. I'm really not sure why, but i'm in love with the stuff. I just can't get enough. So the other day I treated myself to this little skirt from Dorothy Perkins and (obviously) wore it as soon as I could. I wore this look for work and I really really like it - especially with my purple lips thrown in!
I love a bit of skincare and Origins is soon becoming one of my absolute favourite skincare brands. A few days ago I made a cheeky purchase (it's okay mum, some was replenishment) and I was treated to a fair few extra goodies in my package! When it comes to skincare i'm definitely a 'try before you buy' kinda gal so what more could I ask for than 4 free samples?! I can't wait to give these goodies a go! When you order from Origins and spend over £30 you get to choose 2 free samples - I opted to swap one of mine for a mini facial and i'm soooooo excited to have that bad boy!
Recently, Rimmel released their new range of moisture renew lipsticks and of course, I had to have a sneaky purchase. I opted for Plum Fulham, I absolutely love this colour - although it is extremely similar to the Kate Moss shade in 107! The formulation of these lipsticks is great and i'll definitely be trying out some of their new and old shades!
When you work in retail its essential to be as comfy as physically possible as 90% of my day consists of running around and lugging stuff about - glamorous. Some days I have to dress a little more smartly and my new leather pants are my go to choice for these kind of days.
I'm always one to jump on a new product hype - I wholeheartedly hold my hands up to this - so when I saw that Barry M were launching a new range of matte polishes I knew i'd be quick to invest. I opted for Caramel and Mocha as I thought they were the perfect Autumn shades - I can see these being on my nails all season.
During one of my recent ventures into Boots (a frequent occasion) I spotted a new release from Barry M which somewhat resembles Naked by Urban Decay. These shades aren't hugely pigmented - however, after a bit of build up on application they will effortlessly keep me going for most of the day. I do like to top them up a little on my lunch if i'm at work but hey, I don't mind!
On my recent days off I have found myself branching out of my usual uniform of black and dipping my toes into colour. I am, however, keeping it to my usual kinda look and opting for anything print - some things will never change. This little furry number has been a welcome addition to my wardrobe during the cooler weeks.
It appears that there's a little nail trend emerging this season.. Metallic effects are everywhere and i'm loving it. I can't get enough of chrome effect nails - what better shade to have on your tips than that of a car?! I've had my eye on the Essie A/W collection offerings for a few weeks, but from now on I'm only buying Christmas presents (yes, I started months ago) so when I saw this little beaut in H&M I couldn't say no.
Autumn/Winter is my ultimate favourite excuse for re-vamping my wardrobe; I love the colder season waaaay more than the *ahem* warmer months. Buying a coat is one of my hardest tasks and I always try to make sure im ready and prepped before the colder weather really hits.. so when I saw this bad boy in Primark for £25 I couldn't resist!
I'm completely in love with this absolute bargain!
We are now a fair way into October, which means that Autumn is now well and truly in full swing. One thing which I absolutely adore about the colder months is that they are a great excuse to rug up and burn a few yummy candles. As a candleaholic, I proudly take any opportunity to buy a few more; however, I (try to) operate a strict 'one out, one in' system meaning I can't always use the season change as an excuse to get spending. Thanks to this, I've had my little creative head on and decided to burn TWO candles at ONCE to create the perfect Autumn scent. Cranberry and Ice Cream were two flavours that I picked up on a recent trip to Ikea - when burnt together these bad boys create the ultimate 'I need a duvet day' scent. Yum.
As a lover of perfume, I take fragrances very seriously. I'm quite possibly one of the fussiest people ever when it comes to picking a new scent. Currently, my perfume collection is pretty solid, and I have a choice suitable for every occasion - unfortunately, most of my faves are running out *sobs*. But, if I had to pick one perfume to use for the rest of my life it would 100% be Molecule 01.
Never before have I owned a perfume where i'm frequently asked what im wearing. Yeah, its that good people wanna know what it is. If you haven't heard of Molecule 01 before (do you like the rock you live under? I joke, I joke) it is basically a very clever fragrance that only includes one chemical, Iso E Super, a base note traditionally used to add allure to perfumes. Molecule 01 carefully adapts to your own natural pheromones and essentially creates your own individual perfume. It smells different on everyone, it also smells amazing on everyone.
I totally and wholeheartedly recommend this perfume! it's quite pricey but I definitely think its worth the investment.
Hi, i'm Charlotte, and I like skincare. One of my biggest beauty indulgences is reading up on and researching skincare products; before a new addition to my routine is purchased it goes through some serious scrutiny. If there's one skincare brand I trust wholeheartedly its Origins and so the Checks and Balances cleanser has been on my list for a considerable amount of time. I've only been using this bad boy a few weeks but I can already tell that it has made a great improvement to my skin and definitely lives up to its claim of balancing oily and dry sections of the skin. *Yes Amaya, I do recommend this*
I hold my hands up to admit, I am an Essie girl through and through. Boy, do I love a good old Essie nail polish. As a nail polish connoisseur and self proclaimed lover, my collection is quite large and I have a fair few gems. But when it comes to picking my favourite Essie's Lady Godiva wins every time. This beauty is on my nails for a good 50% of the year purely because I cant get enough of the stuff. Lady Godiva is a rich, sultry chocolate brown which is perfect for Autumn. I'm in love.
Sometimes - alright, most of the time- only a bath will do. There's very little which I enjoy more than settling down for a nice little pamper session in the bath. To mark the end of my two week holiday from work I decided to indulge myself in an extra special pamper and test out a few of my lovely new products.
The surprise favourites came from the 'Party Pamper Kit' which I nabbed from Primark for £2! The facemask was lovely and moisturising and definitely brought down some of the redness in my skin - the hair mask worked wonders and I was pleasantly surprised at how nourishing it was, my hair feels tons better after using this!
I have to hold my hands up right now. *Holds up hands* I love anything remotely pyjama print. I'm a big prints girl anyway but throw in something that can be mistaken for bed wear and I adore it even more. On a recent trip to Primark I spied one of these tops that had been strewn on a random fixture and I was adamant to find more; luckily my eagle eye managed to locate this little beaut and I left a little happier. I honestly can't get enough of this shirt and I've now set my heart on getting a long sleeved one too.. i'll keep you updated on my quest for nightwear.
One of the biggest beauty bargains this month has to be the mini skincare set which comes with this month's Instyle magazine. For only £2 you can pick up some lovely little samples from REN; I personally couldn't resist these treats and can't wait to give these bad boys a whiz.
One of the hottest beauty trends to hit the catwalk for AW13 was 'Boy meets Girl'; this look was seen everywhere from Jil Sander to Chloe. This androgynous look is possibly the most wearable version of the 'no make up make up' trend and this season it is definitely one of the biggest beauty trends around.
This look is simple, yet striking. It requires a simple base with emphasis upon contouring under the cheeks. The look predominantly surrounds the eyes meaning that brows are big and strong. Eye make up focuses on taupe's and light browns over the eyelid and under the lash line; there is no need for mascara, although to make the look 'prettier' brown mascara could be used. To make this trend a bit more wearable I opted for a nude lip.. i'm not so sure that ill be sticking to this look all season, but I can tell that ill be playing around with it again in the future!