September 2015 Favourites

September really was over like a flash and now it's the 1st of October; how did that happen?! 2015 seems to be going by way too quickly, I guess that is what happens as you get older (eek!).

Beauty wise, I bought some new products in September but also rediscovered, or should we say reignited my love for some older products as well. Here were my favourite products for the month....

I love this fake tan. It is the express version which means you can leave it on for only 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium tan and 3 hours for a dark tan. I never have the time for tan these days so this product has been such a help to me. I usually leave it on for the 3 hours to get the most colour (I also leave it on overnight if I want to be really tanned). The colour is nice and olive toned and it last for a decent amount of time as well.

I bought this pretty pink blush in September mainly because Kim K's make up artist Mario Dedivanovic uses this on her. The colour is the perfect pink shade with just a hint of a peachy warmth to it. It give my cheeks that lovely flushed look and I have used it everyday since I got it. It is expensive but worth it!

I have owned this little eyeshadow quad for a while but started using it again this month. I can't say enough good things about this palette. The nude/natural colours are perfect for everyday yet the subtle shimmer in the shadows make them so beautiful on the eyes. The shadows are buttery soft, pigmented and blend like a dream! It's such a handy little eyeshadow palette to keep in your make up bag and so inexpensive. This is great quality so I would definitely recommend you check this one out.

This is an under eye brighter/concealer which has yellow undertones and light reflecting particles to banish dark circles. I was really impressed why the brighting effect this has. I also love the formula; for some reason I find it really cooling and soothing (this may be my mind playing tricks on me), it just feels so lovely when you apply it and blend it out. 

Maple Holistics are an organic and natural brand which sent me some hair care and skin care products to try out. As a little extra they included this Acai Berry Lip Balm, which was so nice of them. Being a lip balm addict, this suited me just fine. This natural balm is so lovely! Firstly it smells nice and fruity (almost a fizzy refreshers smell) but secondly it hydrates and nourishes my lips really well and keeps them that way for hours on end. It has been on my desk at work constantly since it arrived.

I had been wanting to getting my hands on the Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks for ages so when I saw Beauty Bay stocked them I had to get some. One of the colour I got was Buttercup which is a nude pink. This has a lovely creamy texture and finish; the colour is so wearable and literally goes with any make up look. I find it very similar to MAC's Hue or Patisserie. I wore this lipstick so much during September, it's definitely now a staple for me.

I got this perfume for my Christmas last year, I think. It is the fruitier limited edition version of the original Jimmy Choo fragrance. This is very sweet and very fruity, which I personally love. I have been reaching for this a lot more recently and every time I wear it someone usually asks what perfume I'm wearing.  If you like the original Jimmy Choo perfume or like sweeter scents then you will definitely like this.

These are my top picks for September. Now I'm excited for October and for autumn time. Let me know below what products you have been loving :)

Nail Polishes for Autumn

Wednesday was the first day of autumn and I couldn't be more excited for it! I think autumn might be my favourite time of the year. I'm a homebody so the darker, cozy nights in suit me perfectly and I love the crisp autumn mornings too.

After all of the bright pretty summer shades, I'm excited to get out my darker fall colours especially in terms of lipsticks and nail polishes. On that vibe I looked out some of my favourite autumn polishes which are my go-to shades for this time of year; think deep purples and plums, classic reds and of course a good nude is essential all year round.  

My favourite fall polish is usually Stella from China Glaze but I have searched high and low and can't find my bottle anywhere in my house, wahhh! I bought a new China Glaze polish that is just as pretty called Heart of Africa. This is a gorgeous metallic merlot colour which is so autumnal. 

Starting from the top of the nail wheel going clockwise the polishes are as follows:-

Nails Inc White Horse Street- a soft grey (this is the perfect cool toned nude)

OPI Bastille My Heart- a shimmering rich burgandy (this is soon pretty, a new fave maybe?!)

OPI Black Cherry Chutney- a blackened red with shimmer (I love these kind of almost black shades)

China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise- a matte turquoise/green (although bright, this somehow seems fall appropriate)

China Glaze Heart Of Africa- a metallic burgundy (I need a lipstick this colour!)

Topshop Gypsy Night- a black with multi colour glitter (this reminds me of the night sky)

Nails Inc Picadilly Circus- a deep dark pink (it's more pink in real life)

Essie Midnight Cami- a shimmering deep twilight blue (a great alternative to black)

Topshop Fear & Loathing- a matte metallic purple (the finish to this polish is really unique)

Rimmel Salon Pro Rock & Roll by Kate- a classic pillar box red (this so such a nice polish and applies like a dream)

Essie Sand Tropez- a soft sandy beige (the perfect warm toned nude)

Nails Inc Savile Row- a deep plum (this is very autumnal)

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark- a deep purple (an OPI cult classic)

Essie After Sex- a sultry pearlescent burgandy (I love this colour, the pearlescent finish makes it gorgeous)

Butter Lovely Jubbly- a purple with multi colour glitter (this is great if you want something more glam)

OPI Russian Navy- a deep sea indigo (this is a really nice metallic navy)

Sally Hansen Midnight in NY- a black with subtle shimmer (the shimmer in this is very subtle but adds something extra to the black polish)

Essie Twin Sweater Set-  a vibrant crimson red (slightly deeper than a classic red)

They are all so nice but if I had to pick a top three I think I would have to go with Nails Inc White Horse Street, OPI Bastille My Heart and China Glaze Heart of Africa. These are ones that can be worn through autumn and winter effortlessly. 

I would love to know your favourite nail polish for autumn, I'm always on the lookout for new colours!

Rose Gold

It wasn't until I looked around my room the other day that I realised that I'm sort of in to rose gold (I mean what girl isn't really?!). This definitely wasn't a conscious thing but it seems that I have accumulated a lot of things with rose gold hues.

The first thing I wanted to talk about was my new watch. Ok, so this isn't rose gold but I thought it was too pretty not to be included alongside the other metallics. I recently bought the Michael Kors Sawyer Two Toned Silver/Gold Watch. Let me just say, I'm in love with it. The Sawyer is a new style from Michael Kors and is exactly my style. I like very large masculine looking watches and really like the chronograph style. Michael Kors actually do the Sawyer in rose gold but I am now lusting after the navy leather strap version (it's to die for!).

Another recent purchase was a rose gold metallic polish from China Glaze called Meet Me In The Mirage, which was part of their Summer 2015 collection. This is a true rose gold colour and reminds me a lot of Rage by Orly.

Accessorises wise, I recently spotted this adorable rose gold zip purse from Accessorize. It is printed with the slogan 'Treat Yourself', which I love. It's also really thin, yet has card slots inside. This makes it ideal for grabbing if you are just running out somewhere and need a purse or it would be great for fitting in a clutch. I absolutely love that it looks like staffiano leather as well.

I also included my Mulberry love heart keyring. I was given this is a gift years and years ago but still love it. They no longer make this style of keyring but the do have another metal rose gold love heart keyring which is just as gorgeous. When I worked for Mulberry I always had my eye on the gold version.

Beauty wise, the ultimate rose gold purchase definitely has to be the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. The beautiful rose gold packaging is so glamorous. I love all of my Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, but at the moment I have been loving the Miss Kensington lipstick from the Norman Parkinson Collection. Miss Kensington is a beautiful and wearable neutral pink.

Another lip product I have been using non-stop is The Lip Slip by Sarah Happ. This lip balm came in the cutest little rose gold box with a pretty ribbon round it; I wish I had saved it to show you now! This luxurious lip balm contains sweet almond, jojoba and macadamia nut oils to help nourish your lips as well as a subtle shimmer to make the lips look nice and full. The texture is thick and every so slightly sticky but this means your lips feel hydrated for much longer than a normal balm.

This is my little round up of my fave rose gold items. There is something so girlie and luxe about  the pink hue that I love!

Get The Most Out Of Your Day


Have you ever seen that meme, you know the one that says 'you have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce'? I love this! It's so true though, sometimes it can feel like a losing battle against the clock. We are either so busy that it feels like there isn't enough hours in the day or we squander our time, procrastinating and watching Netflix; before we know it the day is gone and we haven't got very far.

Here are my tips on getting the most out of your day...

Plan your day the night before

I usually just do this mentally in my head but often I will write it out in a notebook. This is more than just making a to-do list; the night before I like to run through my day from morning until bed time planning out what time I will need to get up at, leave the house by etc. I also allot rough times to tasks that I need to complete and also time to relax or workout.

This helps clear and organise my mind before I fall asleep and it also sets me up with a plan to follow for the next day.

Wake up early

For those of you out there who are not morning people this may sound like a drag, but I always find my most productive days are the days that I get up early and get on with things rather than sleeping in which can often leave me feeling even more lazy.

Early in the morning is a quite and peaceful time which allows you to start your day feeling calm and relaxed. I love this quote that I found on Pinterest-

" I love early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is still fast asleep and you're the only one who's awake and everything feels like it isn't really real and you kind of forget about all your problems because for now it's just you, the world and the sunrise."

Have a positive attitude

Being positive and starting the day off with a good mind frame is essential for getting the most out of your day. Has your day ever got off to a bad start and you then have a negative outlook and everything just seems to go wrong for the whole day? Well the opposite is true as well- starting your day off with a positive outlook will ensure that your days keeps going well. As they say, 'one positive thought in the morning can change your whole day'.

Make a top three list

Choosing just three tasks that you want to accomplish that day will help give you clear and achievable goals for the day that will keep you focused and on track. This could be one work goal, one home goal and one health goal or whatever suits you.

Narrowing it down to the top three priorities will boost your productivity by focusing on the most important tasks you have to accomplish. Scoring off tasks also make you feel like you have gotten somewhere.

Get moving

I always find that I feel so much better on the days that I manage to do some kind of exercise or even just move. It doesn't need to be a long workout, even a 15 minute walk can boost your mood and help you stay energised. I always feel like I have accomplished something when I make time to exercise, I also find that I am less tired throughout the day but sleep better at night.

Incorporate some me time

When we have so much to do we can forget to set aside some time for ourselves. Alternatively, if you procrastinate and waste your time then planning some me time can work as an incentive to complete the tasks you need to get done so we can have a reward (me time). This can be something as simple as watching a TV programme or reading a magazine or something bigger like a meal out with your friends. Making time to do something nice for yourself is essential!

Reflect & practice gratitude

It's important to take the time at the end of our day to reflect on what went well and feel proud of our achievement and give some thought on how you could do things differently to get the most out of the next day. It's also so important to practice gratitude; be thankful for all the good things that happened during your day, there is always something to be grateful for. I always like to mentally list all of the things that I am thankful for before I fall asleep so that I wake up the next day feeling happier.

If you have any tips on how to get the most out of your day please share them below, I would love to hear them!

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