Monday, 6 November 2017

Autumn Favourites '17


We've reached the favourites of the greatest season of all: AUTUMN (although every time it gets to Spring I think that Spring's the greatest seasonal of all, so we'll see I guess). Nevertheless, jumper season is upon us, the mornings have been beautiful, the sunsets dreamy, and the leaves are too pretty to articulate. Quite a few new favourites this season, so let's get on with it.


Makeup


I've not bought a whole lot of Makeup throughout Autumn (which is quite unusual as I'm normally really into it when the weather gets cooler), however the couple of purchases I have made have been strong favourites, of which I would certainly recommend.

The first is a Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in the shade Very Victoria. I like the formula of these lipsticks, as I don't find them particularly drying, but the colour is pretty long lasting. And the shade is a gorgeous deep nude, with a slight berry tone to it. Very apt for the season.

The L'Oreal Million Lashes Feline Mascara is great. This mascara makes my lashes look exactly as I like them, every time; no extra messing around separating lashes time needed. Lots of volume, lots of length. Another trusty L'Oreal mascara - no other brand has such consistently high quality mascaras (especially for a tenner). Although the packaging of mine isn't great, as I find the wand quite often gets stuck in the tube??? Don't know if that's a common issue or if I've just got a duff one. Either way, I like the product itself, so that's all that truly matters here.

Lastly on the makeup front, I've been really liking the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer. I'm always a bit worried I've put too much on, as it's a well pigmented product, but it blends out really nicely. It's also pretty good for the pale folk out there, as it has a nice tone to it and doesn't end up looking muddy on me. Also smells good, which is an added bonus.


Skincare


I think I've tried every Micellar Water Garnier have ever made, but my new favourite is the Pure Active Micellar Water. My skin has just been clearer?? Than ever??? It's meant to be good for sensitive / spot prone skin, and I'd say that's true. Still to this day don't really understand what 'sensitive skin' is, because everyone's sensitive to some things, but either way, this is good stuff.

You might be able to tell from all my other favourites ever that I am a face mask fiend. And even more so now we've hit the colder seasons and my skin's been needing a bit of a boost. I absolutely love the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks, and have done ever since they first came out. They recently released a few new versions of the mask, all of which I've been loving. I think the original is great, but I've also been loving the 'Soothing' version, which has Chamomile in it. My skin feels super soft after and I always feel ready for bed after I've had it on, so would recommend for the night time. The 'Glow-Revealing' mask is another favourite, as I tend to feel like a goddess after I've had it on. Big fan of the whole range.

Lastly on the skincare and face mask front, is The Body Shop's Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask. This is so good. I also quite like how when I put it on it looks like I'm smearing jam across my face. Not only does the sweet smell of this mask wake me up, but it also brightens up my skin whenever it's looking on the duller side.


Fashion

It's a well known fact that I only care about fashion during autumn/winter/early spring. Summer clothes just aren't my thing. The good news is, everyone's killing it with the outerwear and jumpers - I mean, it's good because I look cute, though perhaps not so great for my bank balance.


I have truly fallen in love with this cream cardi from ASOS. It's the comfiest, cosiest thing! I've actually had to stop myself from wearing it everyday on many occasions now, but I almost always snuggle back into it as soon as I get home in the evenings. It's pretty oversized, so would definitely recommend sticking to your size or sizing down (I usually size up for knitwear but it certainly wasn't necessary with this).


Jumper wise, my favourite is this gorgeous burnt orange chenille number from M&S. It's the softest thing in the world and I'm already planning on buying it in cream as well. But this colour is so amazing, super vibrant and pretty much as autumn as it gets. I LOVE it and have to stop myself from wearing it everyday.


This Cord/Borg jacket featured in my ASOS Currently Coveting last month, so I finally caved and made an order. It's a very unique jacket but it does suit a lot of different outfits, which was my main concern and reason for putting off getting this for so long. But yes, it's super versatile and great layer for the season.


Shoes wise, these two were also in my ASOS post, and I truly couldn't resist (ASOS finally did 20% off so I basically bought the pricier things I couldn't justify without the discount!). I got these Dr Martens, which are the 3-Eye Gibson Flats. I truly love them and find them easy to dress up and down. Could honestly wear them with anything and they haven't been too much trouble to break in, which is a big bonus. The other shoes are these amazing pink Pumas. They are truly beautiful and I've been wearing them very cautiously to avoid dirtying them. I love the platform, as I always think it helps extend the legs and adds something very chic to the shoe. A firm favourite, but they sadly may have to be put away for the rainy British winter.


The final piece is an accessory and one I think I've have with me forever. I have had my eye on this Calvin Klein purse for the longest time and it's finally mine. It is the perfect purse. It has all the card space, opens in the most efficient way (in my opinion) and generally fits everything I need in it really comfortably. And it's the cutest purse ever. All time favourite, I hope I never have to replace this.


Music

A few of my favourite albums from the season include Decosta Boyce's Electrick Soul. Soul is one of my favourite genres of music; I love how broad it is and how much it affects my mood. This is a really great debut album and I'd definitely recommend giving it a listen. Very classic soul with a modern edge. I also really like Sparks' most recently album, Hippopotamus. I don't think you can listen to it without smiling. It's kind of bizarre and ridiculous, but I'm into it. Lastly, I've been listening to Ryan Adams' cover album of Taylor Swift's 1989 pretty much every other day. I've got it on vinyl and I love putting it on when I'm getting ready in the morning. It's a great, unique take on the album.


Books


Of course, I've been doing book reviews each month, as a nice round up of my reading, but I wanted to just highlight a few of my favourites from this season. I absolutely loved Ali Smith's Autumn, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize very worthily. It's a beautifully written text with something really special about it, and I believe it's actually the first in a series of seasonal books, so I'll be sure to continue reading the next texts. I thought Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison was also an incredible novel, with a thought-provoking discussion of race and identity. And I loved reading Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, short and sweet as it is. A very simple but beautiful text.


Film

So how great is Shawshank Redemption??? Yes, I am the only person who hadn't seen this film until recently (apart from my mum, who I've instructed to watch it whenever she has two and a half hours to spare (aside from it's brilliance, it is, very long)). Morgan Freeman is the best guy ever. Truly a brilliant film and I now completely understand why it's been voted the best film ever.


TV show

I finally got into Game of Thrones. I tried watching it a year or so ago and just didn't get it, but I've asked my friends for some background info and basically to explain everything I don't get and now I like it. Arya is without a doubt my favourite character - what a badass, no one compares. I've made my way through a lot of the show now, having just finished season 4, so I'm very excited to continue on and basically see who's going to die next.


General



Autumn will never stop being a favourite for me. I love the colours, I love the crisp air, the misty mornings and the bright and bold sunsets. Everything feels cosier and warmer even though it's getting colder, and it's more acceptable than ever to go home and tuck yourself up in bed with a book at the end of the day. Nothing not to love about autumn.


Until next time.


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