BEAUTY | A handful of new beauty

So I got paid. And I went to shops. And spent way too much than I should have. Same old, same old. Whenever I buy make-up or other girly things I always justify it by saying that when I was in my teens I never used to have any make-up at all so now I'm making up for it! Well, sure I am. Here's literally a handful of beauty products I've managed to accumulate over the past couple of weeks (or days even?).  

Illamasqua Empower Palette (£34, Asos)
Okay, in fact I've had this palette for a good couple of months but I used it once, didn't really get on with it (oh the disappointment - I was eyeing it for months and when I got it it was such a let down!). shoved it in a 'to sell on Depop & forget the pain' box and have, well, forgotten about it. A couple of days back I was binge watching make-up tutorials on YouTube and saw this palette create the most stunning eye shadow make-up ever. Turns out I was just using it wrong (it has one cream black eye shadow in it - you can see the confusion right?). Gaaaah. Now we're back on track again. Lovers even.     

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Bitch Perfect (£23, John Lewis)
This is the very first Charlotte Tilbury product I've ever gotten and I can reassure you that it's not going to be the last one. It took me a while to get on the bandwagon with this one - I tend to be a little more careful when people rave about high end products. I mean - Illamasqua lipsticks? That chalky mess? And how much do they cost? ROLLS EYES. But Charlotte Tilbury seems to have it all under control though. Bitch Perfect is the most sophisticated pink I've ever seen. It stays on your lips for ages - and when reapplying you don't even need a mirror! I'll happily hand over my money to that woman.

Essie nail polish in Chinchilly (£7.99, Boots)
I may have mentioned that for more than a year, maybe even two years now, I have been restricting my nail polish purchases to Essie & the occasional Dior. There's so many nail polish brands and so many colours and so many effects and they are equally awesome and the panic and dread when there are literally thousands and thousands of little bottles to choose from. My solution - ignore everything and everyone and calmly walk to the Essie stand. Pick a colour. Walk to the counter. Pay. 2 minutes later - game over and new nail polish in your pocket. BAM! Chinchilly is one of those colours that literally everyone owns which made me think that maybe I should too. And now I do. And it makes me happy.   

Stila eye shadow in Kitten (£12, Boots)
As you may remember I own the Stila In the Light palette and it's been still probably my favourite palette out there. The only problem I had with it was that the shade Kitten disappeared way too quickly from its little pan. It's such a gorgeous champagne colour - I swear everyone should own it! It highlights, it brightens, it gives dimension to your eye make-up. Solution to my In the Light without Kitten sorrows - I bought a whole Kitten compact! SO MUCH KITTENS IN IT!  

Those little birdie scissors are from Tiger & the watch is from Aliexpress (link here).

Have you bought any pretty make-up lately?

FASHION | Miss you already

It's October. You know what that means? Yes, yes, it means drawing on whiskers and clipping on cat ears. But it also means wearing floppy hats, oxblood nail polish, ankle boots and capes. And snuggling up in said capes watching soppy movies with your cat (or boyfriend, whichever).

This October has been a little more special than usually though - apart from it being my names-day (yes, names-day is a thing) it has also seen the movie Miss You Already with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette (you can watch a trailer here) hit the cinemas. Exactly the kind of a film you want to watch snuggled up with a cuppa of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, mmm. Have you had the chance to watch it yet? This story about the best kind of friendship and an utter heartbreak will tear you up and it's make you laugh your pants off! And why am I going on about a film here? Because the Becksondergaard cape has been specially created for this movie! Very Drew Barrymore-esque in both print and boho-style I'm sure this isn't the last time you're seeing me wear it!      

skinnies // Zara (similar here)
belt // Minkgal (via E-bay)
ankle boots // H&M (similar here)
handbag // Mango (via Aliexpress)

BEAUTY | Transition from summer to autumn: Skincare edit

Blogs and magazines are now packed with articles about summer/autumn transitional pieces which you simply must have in your wardrobe. Not that many people remember though that it's not just your body that needs those extra layers to keep warm - your face shouldn't be an exception. Here are three additions to my colder weather morning skincare routine.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + (£29, House of Fraser)
The key ingredient to successful summer to autumn skincare transition is to choose a good quality moisturiser, especially if your skin is as dry as last year's plum like mine! This Clinique moisturiser was super popular a few years back but in fact you can see its comeback every autumn/winter season. Why? Firstly, it works wonderfully - I use it religiously every single morning before I apply my foundation and because it's not very thick it sinks into your skin within seconds. Secondly, you are getting a massive 125 ml bottle of this bad boy which is very rare in the skincare world. Your standard size of a moisturiser is usually some 50 ml, if the company is feeling mega generous you might get 75 ml. Well done, Clinique, well done.    

Clinique Even Better Make-up SPF 15 (£25, House of Fraser)
I'm obsessed (you know it's getting serious when you keep the product displayed on your dresser right?) with Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (read here) however with the colder weather I sometimes feel like I need to physically protect my skin as much as possible which means swapping sheer for slightly fuller, heavier coverage. In my case (I'm a lover of as little as possible on my face) that won't necessarily mean stocking up on Estee Lauder's Double Wear, oh dear no. Instead I've picked up the Even Better Make-up from Clinique. It's moisturising and dewy yet it makes me feel like I'm actually wearing a foundation. And don't forget that less sun doesn't equal less UV rays - always have at least SPF 15 on your face please!   

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer (£19, House of Fraser)
A slightly thicker concealer is a must with a slightly thicker foundation. I was using Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer last winter and it was brilliant - it doesn't dry out my skin and doesn't look cakey but it offer full coverage. Plus it comes in a super light shade (mine is Porcelain) which matches my washed out face. 

What changes do you make in your autumn/winter transition skincare routine?