Makeup Lately #1

I've been really into makeup recently, I just have started to properly enjoy makeup for the first time in a while. I think in the last year when I wasn't wearing much makeup everyday, it made me fall out of love with it and now I always tend to wear a full (for me) face of makeup daily. This is great news as it turns out I had so many products waiting to be used.  

By Terry bases are famous and for good reason, the By Terry Sheer Expert Foundation has been my go-to for a while now. It's similar to Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, with a thicker consistency and a little more coverage which I always look for in the winter. I'm currently using a shade too light (the summer freckles are still clinging on) so I've been mixing a little with the Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, which is a dry oil based bronzer. One of my favourite beauty purchases in New York back in September was the Sephora Radiant Luminizing Drops in Champagne, which I picked up as I couldn't find the shade I wanted in the Cover Fx Custom Enhancing Drops. Think of them as a thinner, not so in your face, version of the Becca Liquid Skin Perfectors. Moving onto eyes and I've been using the Collection Primed & Ready Illuminating Eye Primer as my favourite NARS Eyeshadow Primer ran out. I didn't have high expectations at first, but it has pleasantly surprised that it kept my eyeshadow in place all day without a budge. As for the eyeshadow at the moment, my go-to palette is by M&S Rosie for Autograph Eyeshadow Palette in I Feel Like A Million Dollars. I'm a huge fan of all the Rosie for Autograph lines from the clothing to underwear, and the beauty products didn't disappoint. For £18, there are four highly pigmented shadows which allow you to create many looks. For a wash of colour, I've been reaching for the RMS Eye Polish in Solar, which is a beautiful rich warm metallic gold. For brows and lashes, Tarte Tarteist Mascara and L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper have ticked all the boxes for me. 

As well as wearing a little more makeup daily, I've also been reaching for more fragrance everyday, especially the Lola James Harper 25 Little By Little With Joy Eau De Toilette. With notes of orange blossom, bergamot, lemon and mandarin, it has all of my favourite citrus notes for a fragrance without feeling too overly citrus. You find more about Lola James Harper's story here, it's a very interesting one! 

The Travelling Top Shelf

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How many times have you packed a whole load of beauty products to take on a weekend away, but only ended up using not even half of them? That usually always happens to me, so I learnt to stream-line and truly only take what I will use. 

Although I know I could easily take two skincare items away with me, I'm not that streamlined so I will take options with me. I always find that MV Organics Cream Cleanser is the best travel-friendly cleanser, so good that I'm on my third bottle of the stuff as it's hydrated, great for sensitive skin and is perfect for my skin. Alongside that, a miniature bottle of micellar water is always necessary for the odd stubborn, this time the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water which is one of my favourites. At this specific time, my skin was playing up so I made sure to pack both La Roche Posay Serozinc, Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom Toner and Malin & Goetz Salicylic Acid. Those three products are my go-to when my skin is having a mini-breakdown, which always happens around that time of the month. I have been testing out Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid, which I find is a perfect serum to use underneath my daytime moisturiser, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Whenever I'm travelling, I can't go without Aesop Fabulous Face Oil as it's always my go-to product to use in the morning. My favourite face oil for congested skin, while it stays hydrated & calm. 

Whenever I travel, I always take more skincare than makeup, as I don't tend to wear much day to day so I know it's not going to change when I travel. My base of choice is usually always Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue applied with a Beauty Blender, with the RMS Un-Cover Up Concealer (aka the best concealer ever). I have been playing with the Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick in Covert Affairs, which is a green & yellow tinted CC stick which is perfect for reducing redness. I find travelling with a liquid bronzer means I'm able to use for a little bronze, but also all over for a little colour instead of tinted moisturiser. I use a few liquid bronzers, but my favourite as it's so versatile is Benefit Liquid Hoola. For my eyes, I always ensure I have mascara, a champagne shimmer shadow, bronze eyeliner and a tinted brow gel - all of which can take me from day to night very easily. 

Aside from makeup and skincare, I have been reaching for the Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminum Anti-Perspirant and Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray. The deodorant is one of it's first in the UK and I can report that it really does stop you sweating, while still being aluminium free, which is amazing!

Berlin in Autumn

I popped over to Germany last week for four days and I completely fell in love with Berlin. Two friends of mine have been living out there since before the summer so my visit was well overdue. Turns out that staying with people who live in the city not only makes the experience better (mainly due to the fact you're not going back to a hotel bar), but you can force those people to play tourist with you. I hadn't been to Germany before, but Berlin has always been at the top of my wanderlust list. Autumn is my favourite season, so I happened to visit at the perfect time. 

Look at the trees! Look at the leaves on the floor! Autumn was in full force, including the crisp breeze which made me require multiple layers at one time. 

An Autumn Wishlist

Autumn is my favourite time of the year, there's no denying that. Although I complain about the cold, I am truly enjoying wearing layers, jumpers, coats and boots! With the new season comes a new urge to buy everything new (I already have purchased enough jumpers to last me the cold month) and I am all about enabling myself. 

Every year when the weather turns colder, I always feel the need to wear a little more colour in my makeup such as more brown in my eyeshadow and a little deeper in the lip colour. I am currently obsessing over the new Jouer Essential Matte Shimmer Eyeshadow palette and RMS Swift Shadows. The Jouer palette has all the shades I'll ever need for the Autumn and I am obsessed with every RMS product so I know I will love their powder shadows even more. My go to eyeshadow at the moment is any of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar sticks and this Christmas gift has my name written all over it! For the lips, I think it's about time I pick up the Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lipstick, which is a vibrant blue shade which transfers into the perfect berry for your lips. The tinted By Terry Baume De Rose and Tata Harper Be Adored Lip Treatment are also calling my name for the perfect lip stains, as I'm not into the opaque lipsticks at the moment. Without forgetting about the skin, I'm reaching for masks a lot more recently and the new Tata Harper mask, Honey Blossom Mask, has caught my eye as there's no denying how much I love all their products. For on the go, I'm reaching for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light to counteract any redness with this Morphe brush!

I don't wear too much jewellery or accessories on a daily basis, maybe a ring or two and a watch at the most (with the exception of earrings), but I'm looking out for a few things. I've been looking out for a new watch, particularly a gold one, which I can wear every day and I love this one from Cluse, the Minuit Mesh Gold watch! I've had my eye on the Gold Mini Fang necklace from Missoma for so long now, it's such a beaut and more recently, I have been loving the Gold Claw Studs! I wear my current pair of Bailey Nelson glasses every single day at work and because of that, I'm sick of wearing the same pair every day so I keep looking for a new pair. I love the look of the Parker glasses, a little bigger and squarer than my current pair of glasses. If you're in the market for new glasses, optical or sun, I highly recommend Bailey Nelson as they have so much choice for a low price. As much as I love using a small bag, during the week it's not practical in the slightest and I'm currently eyeing up both the Beauford Medium Grab Bag and the Addison Medium Zip-top Grab Bag from Radley

I love coats in the winter, there's no denying that and I have my eye on this Leopard Faux Fur Collar Coat from Topshop. Despite it having a faux fur collar, I am planning on wearing that coat with a soft pink scarf because I'm lusting after everything pink at the moment. To fake the look of a shirt under a jumper, I love this little number from Monsoon for the warmer days. To cover all thick jumper needs, Barbour is always a go to for me and I'm currently lusting after this Barbour Tynemouth Crew Neck jumper. My favourite trainer brand at the moment is Superga and I have worn two pairs so much that they're ruined inside now, so I'm looking to purchase the Superga 2750 Cobinu Navy which has a fluffy inside for the winter! And because I'm not willing to pay the price of the Chloe boots, I am happy with the Office copies which are hopefully just as good quality.