October Favourites

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Hey guys! I cannot believe it is October is already over. You may be wondering why I didn’t do a favourites post last month and to be honest I sat down to write the post but couldn’t for the life of me think of anything that I was really loving that month. Nonetheless, that was last month and this month I’ve been liking a lot of things, so without further ado here are my October favourites.

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BEAUTY

NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy

This liquid lipstick has been my everyday lipstick for the transitional weather. I haven’t been feeling bold or brave enough to rock a red or dark vampy lip when I’m at work but this lip colour is the perfect alternative for me. It is a true brown with a grey undertone that doesn’t really scream “look at me!!!” but rather smugly suggests that you’re down with the seasonal change.

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

As the weather has been getting cooler my skin has not been as oily and thus to bring a bit of Autumn glow I’ve been using this foundation. This product is quite lightweight on the skin, blends in really easily and gives my skin a really pretty lit-from-within glow. It lasts all day and I’ve really been enjoying using it at my daily foundation.

Delilah Sunset Matt Bronzer

I’m someone who never stops using bronzers come rain or shine. After Summer has past I put my shimmery, shiny bronzers away for a more matte formula. This is my holy grail bronzer during the winter. It warms up the skin without being too in your face and I find I don’t need an extra blusher when I use this, which saves me time in the morning. The formula is finely pressed so it blends in well and lasts all day on the skin.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I spoke about this liner in a post earlier this month and I am really enjoying this product. It is pigmented, easy to use and literally lasts through anything. To see my full review, see here.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

My hair was in a really bad state and I was finding that I couldn’t leave the house without my hair frizzing and drying out. To be honest what it really needs is a trim which I promise I will get round to, but in the meantime I’ve been using this hair treatment from Philip Kingsley. I apply a golf size ball amount of this treatment on the ends of my hair and leave in for at least 20 minutes before washing and styling. Honestly the different that this product makes is immense. Straight after using this product my hair feels so much smoother, stronger and the frizz is reduced. I find the effects last a good 2 weeks until I need to treat it again. I’m coming to the end of the pot and will be repurchasing it again asap.

Carolina Herrera 212 EDT

I’ve been on the hunt for a new daytime perfume for the longest time and out of frustration of not finding anything that I love, I decided to purchase this one (online) as I liked the notes in the perfume (white florals and musk). Upon initially spraying I did not like it as it had a strong chemical smell, but after it has dried down the clean white florals come through. After a few hours on the skin it leaves a light musk. Whilst this perfume isn’t one that really stands out to me, I’ve really enjoyed using it for work and it is very suited to the city. It is a very subtle, clean scent, perfect for the day time, perfect for work and I feel like it is very suitable for this transitional weather.

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FASHION

Zara Ankle Boots in cream and burgundy

I love, love, love Autumn fashion. I love layers, chunky knits and accessorizing with hats, shoes and bags. So come payday your girl went a bit wild and bought a few things. Zara hands down have the best Autumn/ Winter range so I always know I’m going to be broke when I go there. Initially I went into Zara searching for the burgundy version of these boots and when I saw the cream pair I fell in love. These ankle boots make any outfit look classy. I love the wood and metal detailing on the heel, which by the way is actually really comfortable. I will be rinsing these boots this Autumn/ Winter for sure.

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SNACKS

Buff Bake Snickerdoodle Almond Butter

This month I bring to you the humble nut butter but not as you know it. What makes this almond butter different is that there is added whey protein in it! I’m always looking for more ways to add protein into my diet and I love nut butters so this really is win-win for me. I really enjoy the flavour of this almond butter, I’m not sure what a snickerdoodle is supposed to taste like but it’s kind of biscuitty and I get a hint of cinnamon from it too. The texture is a little bit grainy which is to be expected because of the whey but overall it’s really delicious! I bought mine from Musclefood.

 

August Favourites

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With that being said, I’ve been much more frugal with my spending, doing a lot more research before buying things, investing in products which I know I’m going to like and actually USING products that I buy. How many times have you bought a product to use it once only to stash it away in your cupboard where it will live until it passes its shelf life? I know I have! So without further ado here are my August favourites.

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BEAUTY

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

I posted about this foundation earlier this month and I am so, so glad I’ve found it. It has reached holy grail status for me. I have been using it practically every day this month and I haven’t been tempted to use my other foundations. It is the perfect every day base product for my oily skin, a combination of oil control and sheer-medium, breathable coverage. Please read my full review here, I really couldn’t rave more about it.

ELF Baked Blush Peachy Cheeky

I feel like this is one of those products that is severely slept on in the beauty circuit. This product is too light for me to wear as a blush, but as a highlighter, oh lawwwwd, it is phenomenal! What I love about this product is that it is very pearlescent on the skin, it isn’t chunky at all, it has a “buttery” formula that blends beautifully and it gives your cheekbones an almost “wet” look. It reminds me of the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder but even more subtle. It is so subtle that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing highlight at all, rather that my cheekbones have been kissed by a baby unicorns mane LOL!

Soap & Glory Clean, Girls Body Wash

I must admit when I first bought this body wash I wasn’t mad about the fragrance, it contains bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk, which on paper I should have immediately loved, but I didn’t. However, recently I’ve been using this every night and there is something in this fragrance, I think it’s the blackcurrant, or maybe it’s the bergamot, I don’t know, but it smells almost a bit masculine and thus very sexy! It also lathers up really nicely, comes in great packaging and doesn’t dry out my skin.

Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream

Dear Body Shop,

PLEASE release a perfume with the fragrance of the Japanese Camellia cream.

Yours faithfully,

Jay

No, for real guys. This fragrance is LIFE. Not to mention the body butter itself which is thick, whipped and so hydrating on my skin. My boyfriend always compliments the way I smell when I’ve just put this on and apparently my skin feels really soft too.

MAC Powder Blush Ambering Rose

I couldn’t think of a better way to describe this shade of blush than the name itself. Ambering Rose is a deep, warm, rose-toned, shimmery blush that is perfect for this transitional period between Summer and Autumn. It really makes the best of Summer tans and is a must for anyone with a deeper skin tone like mine. To see my full review please read here.

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SNACKS

Lizi’s Granola

Granola is really just grown-ups cereal right?! The combination of baked oats, seeds, fruit and nuts is one of my favourite foods, I could easily eat it for every meal. I’ve tried three flavours from Lizi’s range, the Belgian chocolate (fave!), passion fruit and pistachio and mango and macadamia. Lizi’s granolas are low in sugar, low GI, high in healthy fats and carbs and made with natural ingredients. It tastes absolutely delicious with almond milk and fresh/dried fruit and feels great knowing I’m having the perfect start to the morning.

Skyr Vanilla

I love Greek yoghurt. I have it every day, without fail, either as part of my breakfast or a snack later in the day. I’ve been an advocate for Fage 0% fat Greek yoghurt for years, it’s thick, filling, tastes great with fruit and cereal, is high in protein and a great addition to my diet.  I was searching for flavoured Greek yoghurts with a similar nutritional profile to Fage and was surprised that there aren’t that many options here in the UK. So when I found this new Icelandic Skyr with vanilla flavour in Waitrose I knew I had to try it. It’s even thicker and smoother than Fage, has an incredible flavour and is exactly what I was looking for nutritionally. The only problem is that it’s quite expensive at £1.25 for a 170g pot.

That’s all for this month guys, tell me what products you’ve been loving in the comments section below.

Jay x

JULY FAVOURITES

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Hello, hello… So I’m really sorry for this months late post, it has been a busy couple of weeks with a lot of social events happening but I finally got round to writing up this post! Below are my top beauty picks for the month of July with some added extras. Enjoy!

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BEAUTY

MAC Twig

I recently rediscovered this lipstick after it was hidden in my lipstick drawer for months. Nude pink lipsticks traditionally do not look great on my skin tone, however this is the absolute best colour I have tried that is light enough to be a nude and dark enough not to wash me out. For more swatches see here.

MAC Studio Sculpt foundation

In the summer months I don’t like to wear much foundation but when I go out for special occasions I apply Studio Sculpt from MAC. Not only because it’s the only foundation that matches my summer tan but also because it leaves the skin with a dewy glow whilst also giving really great coverage. For a full review see here.

Bioderma Photoderm Mineral Spray SPF 50+

First let me put it out there, this sunscreen isn’t for everyone. It is thick and leaves a white cast on the skin. However, being the skincare addict that I am, when I want a lot of sun protection and I know I won’t be able or will probably forget to to re-apply, I actually like being able to see the product on my skin as it lets me know I am being protected. Does that make sense? I don’t burn in the sun but this product protects me from uneven tanning and I suspect will be really good for very pale skin.

Palmer’s Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15

I have the driest lips known to mankind and this lip balm has been absolute godsend since I discovered it. It is very hydrating, smells great and has SPF in it too. I think I’ve found my holy grail lip balm!

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

I mentioned this product in my previous post and I must say I am loving it. Once I’m done with this travel size spray I am buying the larger size ASAP. It is the best heat protection spray I’ve used to date. It protects my hair, reduces frizz and fly-aways and smells great.

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FASHION

Clarks Tri Nova Sandals

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When I think of Clarks I get nostalgic memories of being dragged to the shops at the end of the summer holidays for a pair of sensible school shoes. Nonetheless, before I went on holiday I knew I had to invest in a pair of sandals which I could actually walk in for hours and hours. I tried this pair on in Clarks and fell in love with how comfortable they are. The leather soles are super soft and cushioned and the straps do not chafe on your feet. I wore these for four days walking around in Barcelona for hours on different terrains and they are by far the comfiest sandals I’ve ever owned. Plus they actually look really nice!

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SNACKS

Furuta Matcha Green Tea Sandwich Cookies

Anyone who knows me knows that I am matcha obsessed. These biscuits are my absolute fave. I pick them up at my local Korean supermarket but they can be found at various Asian supermarkets around London. These biscuits remind me of a custard cream but with a delicious matcha twist! So delicious I struggle not to devour a whole box at once!

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That’s all for this month, please comment below with your July favourites and until next time…

Jay x

JUNE FAVOURITES

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Well hello there. I know I say this every month but I can’t believe June has already come and gone! To be honest with you guys, recently I was feeling like my passion for all things beauty was dwindling but something clicked with me in the past few weeks and I’ve been getting back into beauty, so please expect more frequent posts from me. I haven’t got that many favourites this month but I did purchase a couple of new things which I’ve really been enjoying and wanted to share with you…

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BEAUTY

NYX Lip Lingerie “Exotic”

I spoke about this product in my previous blog post and honestly this has shot to the top of my holy grail lip products. This liquid lipstick is the prettiest warm pink and will suit just about everyone plus it’s really comfortable to wear. Also did I mention it costs just £6.50! To see a full review click here.

Sleek Blush “Flushed”

This blush is something I haven’t blogged about thus far. I bought this Sleek blush along with “Sahara”, an orange tone similar to MAC Peaches. However, Flushed has really surprised me, it’s a super pigmented coral which looks amazing on my skin tone, blends really well and lasts a long time. Well done Sleek!

Lush Mask “Cup O’ Coffee”

I haven’t been to Lush in a hot minute so decided to treat myself to a face mask. Although I love the fresh face masks I never get to finish them so I went for one of the longer shelf life products. Cup O’ Coffee is an exfoliating face mask which firstly, smells sooo sexy and secondly makes my skin clear and smooth as a baby’s butt without drying it out. My make-up also goes on better after using this mask.

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FASHION

Varley Marble Mesh Insert Leggings

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Us bloggers are known for loving marble everything and when I saw these leggings from Varley I knew I had to have them. They give an effortless, clean and undeniably cool look to any outfit. I’ve received a number of compliments for these leggings and will be wearing them all Summer long.

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That’s all for this month my loves, please let me know what you’ve been liking this month!

Jay x

MAY FAVOURITES

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Hello beautiful people. Where on earth did the Month of May go?! Here in London Summertime is in full swing (periods of sunshine with lots of showers LOL) so I’ve finally had a chance to try some of my Summer favourites. I’ve been really liking a few things this month so without further ado, here they are…

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BEAUTY

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

This serum is a cult favourite in the beauty industry. The moment I used it I thought to myself “Why did I ever stop using this?”. Advanced Night Repair is one of the only two serums that I have repurchased (the other being Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum). Every night I pat a few drops of this serum into my skin, it absorbs quickly and in the morning I consistently wake up with with clearer and plumper skin. If you haven’t ever tried this serum I would thoroughly recommend it for healthier, supple skin! Read my in-depth review here.

Urban Decay De-Slick Spray

As it’s been a little warmer I’ve been loving using this setting spray to prolong the wear of my make-up. After I put on my make-up in the morning I spray this into my face and it sets my face to a matte finish. I definitely see a reduction in oil production and an elongation in the wear of my make-up. If I’m going out after work I like to spray this on my face again after blotting and it’ll set me for the rest of the evening. This product is a must for anyone with oily skin.

Delilah Sunset Matte Bronzer (Medium Dark)

To anyone with my skin tone (NC42-44) you NEED to have this bronzer in your kit. This is the best matte bronzer I have ever used. It is the perfect blend of warm and cool tones, finely milled, long lasting for the dreamiest bronzed skin. There is a lighter version available too for fairer skin tones. For a full review see here.

Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream

This month I had some dehydration around the eyes so I’ve been applying an extra thick layer of this eye cream at night and it’s really done a great job at getting rid of dry lines and plumping up the skin around my eyes. It’s a simple formula but extremely efficient at what it does. For a full review, click here.

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FASHION

Bershka Bomber

Bomber jackets are everywhere this season, I find myself wanting all of them! I picked this jacket up a few months ago from Bershka, one of my favourite high street shops, and I’m really enjoying wearing it dressed down with jeans and trainers. It instantly makes you look effortlessly cool. The print and colour are really complementary on my skin tone too.

Pieces Backpack

I’ve been searching for a black backpack for ages but always found that they were either too small to be practical, or too large, making me look like a school child! I found this backpack from Pieces and it’s the perfect size, the faux leather is really soft like real leather and the shape is really different to anything I’ve seen before. I will be taking this on holiday in a few weeks as the zip and clasp makes it pretty much impossible to steal from.

Rebel London Sandals

This pair of monochrome sandals from Rebel London are so pretty, smart and comfortable. They match just about any outfit so I will be wearing these a lot this Summer.

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SNACKS

Food For Life, Ezekiel 4:9, Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal

Cereals are one of my favourite foods so I’m always looking for new ones to try. I came across this cereal and the ingredients looked amazing- freshly sprouted certified organically grown whole live grains, legumes, and seeds, no added sugar, no added oil, no artificial flavouring, 100% whole food full of vitamins and minerals. This cereal tastes absolutely amazing, crunchy and wholesome, I can’t wait to try all of the flavours. It’s high in carbohydrates and protein so I love having it with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit before a weights session at the gym. It’s quite expensive (£5.50/box) but totally worth it, I bought mine online from here.

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That’s all for this month my dears, please tell me what you’ve been loving this month in the comments section below!

Jay x

 

April Favourites

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Hello beautiful people! How are you all today? I can’t believe the end of April has already come! I’d like to say it’s beginning to feel like Spring, but in London it’s actually snowed in the past few days so I’m still waiting to bust out my Spring beauty faves.

To be honest, I haven’t been liking that many things this month so the list is looking a bit sparce, but here are my few April favourites…

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BEAUTY

Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask

Guys I don’t know whats been going on with my skin. It’s like throughout my teenage and early adult years I had perfectly clear skin and now I turned 26 and I’ve been getting breakouts, especially on my forehead! Anyway, this mask from Clinique has been my go-to this month. Whenever I see a small blemish coming up I put this on my face for a few minutes and it really helps to stop the spot from coming up to the skin.

MAC Diva

I haven’t worn red lipstick since last year (literally). For my boyfriends birthday I whipped this oldie out and I remembered why it’s my all time favourite red lipstick. This is just the perfect red for warm medium/darker skin tones like mine and it makes your teeth look SO WHITE. I mean just look!

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Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candelight

Every time I wear this highlight I feel like a million dollars. It can be born both subtly and layered for a high impact look. I love that I can wear it during the daytime without looking like I’ve got too much product on my face and the way it catches the light without being too shimmery or glittery gives it such a classy finish.

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FASHION

Petite Rachel Blush Cross Front Trousers Prettylittlething.com

Oh my gosh these trousers are just LIFE. They have such a different cut that they definitely don’t look like they cost just £25! Also the blush colour is so on trend. I had numerous complements throughout the day from complete strangers when I wore these around London.

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SNACKS

Grenade Carb Killa White Chocolate Cookie

I think it’s officially official. Grenade Carb Killa are the BEST protein bars on the market, yes better than QUEST (IMO). I literally don’t eat chocolate bars anymore because these taste just like one. The white chocolate cookie flavour is perfect if you love white chocolate. These bars are normally quite expensive (£30 for 12) but I managed to get a box of 12 for £20 on sale. I should probably stock up!

 

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That’s all for today folks, please tell me what you’ve been loving this month in the comment below. Until next time…

Jay x