Things I’m Loving: October

Happy Halloween dolls! October has just whirled by and yet again and it’s time for a new favourites post. Though this month has been uneventful travelling wise as I’ve just been working I was lucky enough to be invited to a No7 Christmas products launch at the beginning of the month and I bought quite a few things that featured in my last post FOTD: Autumn Glow. Anyway time to crack on with things I’ve been loving this month.018f314e9b9dc3c9dd358e3601a43ab702192d602d

  1. Hocus Pocus: Come on dolls, you cannot have a Halloween without watching this film, and since I’m a giant wuss-puss when it comes to horror films (I just can’t do it) I watch the more kid-friendly Halloween films. I think it’s timeless and I adore it as much now at 28 as I did when I first saw it when I was 6/7. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love this film as it’s just a perfect film for both adults and children.

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  2. Forever Aloe Ever-Shield deodorant stick: I’ve been using this for just over a month now and at first I wasn’t quite sure about it but it’s grown on me and now I really like it. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals which aerosols do and since trying to be healthier in all aspects of my life I’ve really been wanting to back away from products that are full of chemicals.
  3. Almond body butter: I’ve always been a huge fan of The Body Shop’s body butters and their almond one was one of my favourites last year and I recently found a tub in my skincare collection and I’ve become addicted to it again. It makes my skin feel really soft and it smells amazing too. The nutty body butters are great as the scents are never too sickly which is great as some of the more fruity ones are a little too sweet for my taste.
  4. Tea-Tree & Witch Hazel 2-step pore strips: I LOVE THESE! There’s not much else I can say really. I’ve been using them over the month and they’re brilliant. the first pore strip uses active charcoal to draw out any blackheads and any oil. The second strip is a moisturising one that you leave on for 15 minutes. I really like the 2-step system as it ensures you put the moisture back into your skin that the first strip removed.
  5. The Devil Wears Prada: I started reading this at the beginning of October and I’ve really been enjoying it. Unfortunately instead of finishing the book before watching the film I’ve watched the film part way through reading it and now I’ve started picking up of things that are different which has annoyed me but I’m still loving this book and I’m looking forward to finishing so I can read the second book.
  6. Nivea Lip Butter: With the weather changing this month and becoming cooler my lips have started feeling slightly dry and because I do not want to get chapped lips I’ve been moisturising them with the Nivea lip butter in vanilla & macadamia (I am obsessed with all things vanilla). I love how soft this makes my lips feel immediately and how long it lasts, sometimes I find lip balms don’t moisturise my lips once they start feeling dry but that hasn’t been the case with this lip butter and it also makes applying lipstick
  7. Tanya Burr peachy glow cheek palette: I’ve been using this palette pretty much every day this month. I particularly like the bronzer which I’ve been using to contour though the whole palette is beautiful and is definitely great value for money.
  8. Never Forget You by Mnek & Zara Larsson: I’ve heard this on the radio pretty much every day this month and I cannot get enough of it. It’s one of those songs that when I hear it in the morning it makes me want to get up and conquer the world. 

Much love,

Paige x

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Face Of The Day: Autumn Glow

Hey dolls, I thought I’d write a quick post on the products I used to create my natural autumn glow look. I don’t like looking like I’m wearing make up so I tend to wear light to medium coverage foundation. At the moment I’ve been using a lot of Boots No7 products and I love them! They’re hypo-allergenic which is perfect as my skin is on the sensitive side. Pretty much all the products ‘drugstore’ products so if you’re on a budget

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After my usual morning routine I spritz my Lush Tea Tree Water on a cotton pad and applied to my face ensuring any residue is removed from my face. Then I used Grease Lightening spot treatment on any blemishes I had. Next I applied my No7 Youthful facial oil (I don’t use a moisturiser as I find them too heavy and kind of greasy).
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For the base I applied the No7 Beautifully Matte primer (I’m loving this at the moment by the way). Next I apply m No7 Essentially Natural foundation with my Real Techniques stippling brush as it gives a dewy finish which I’ve found hard to achieve as I have quite oily skin without it making my skin look extremely oily. Once I’d finished my foundation I used Maybelline’s Anti-Age Eraser Eye concealer under my eyes before using Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer over any blemishes.

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After applying my base & concealer I used the No7 Skin Illuminator over my cheek bones and under my eyes to highlight then I used Tanya Burr’s Peachy Glow cheek palette, I used the bronzer to contour, the blush on the apples of my cheeks and then I set the skin illuminator with the powder highlighter.
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For my eyes I used  No7’s Stay Perfect eyeshadows in truffle and beach shine, then I lined my eyes with the Maybelline master precise liquid liner which I think is great for a winged eye look. Then I use Benefit’s They’re Real mascara and finally filling in my brows with Soap & Glory’s Archery pencil.
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Swatches top to bottom: Truffle, Beach Shine, MAC Brave
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The first thing I do after applying my facial oil is apply my lip butter so it has time to sink in before applying my lipstick at the end. Through the day if my face gets a little shiny I’ll use a little powder or blotting paper.

Much Love,

Paige x

The 11 things tag

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Hey dolls! Sorry it’s really late but I was nominated to take part in the 11 things tag by Cerysmai and I’m delighted to do it as I love a god tag post.

1) If you could change one aspect of your life i.e. career, hairstyle. What would you change?
If I could change one aspect of my life it would definitely be my career, I would love to work in marine conservation in some tropical paradise, I want to save the world one dolphin, whale & sea turtle at a time.
2) What items are in your bag? 
My bag is what I like to call an organised mess, or what anyone else would call a bomb site but at the moment it has my iphone charger, a book (currently eat pray love), house keys, purse, my inhalers, sunglasses, lip balm (or sometimes a MAC lipstick), spare hair grips, hand cream, compact mirror, setting powder or blotting paper depending on the time of year, headphones, pen, note pad, handgel, pain killers/hayfever tablets, bottle of water and usually my lunch.
3) Where do you prefer to write your blogs?
I generally tend to write my blogs in my bedroom though I had been known to make notes and even the odd post when I used to catch the bus. Sometimes I make notes while I’m at work during my lunch hour.
4) Where has been your favourite holiday?
My absolute favourite holiday was last year when I went to Italy. It was the first time I travelled on my own and it definitely won’t be the last. I had a fantastic time, met some amazing people, ate some great food and basked in the historic beauty that is Rome & Pompeii.
5) What was your favourite blog post?
 I think my favourite blog post has to be my favourite breakfast recipe. I love writing food posts especially if it’s something I love making. I love getting feedback from people who have tried the recipes I put up.
6) Do you know any other languages?
Unfortunately I’m only fluent in English though I know the odd word and phrase in a couple of languages.
7) What is one thing you always forget when leaving the house?
Nine times out of 10 I will have forgotten my phone charger, though once I actually left without my phone. It was a horrific experience as I can’t cope without my phone.
8) What do you do to relax?
I listen to music, I love reading, window shopping, I love a good yoga class I’ve recently decided to start meditating. I just love anything I can get lost in; my life is pretty complicated so distractions from that are always welcome.
9) Can you play a musical instrument?
I used to play the flute, the keyboard, the recorder (though I’m pretty sure everyone learns that at primary school), my ex taught me how to play the guitar and I have briefly played the violin. Though unfortunately I don’t play anything anymore.
10) What kind of stuff do you blog about?
I blog about pretty much everything, fashion, beauty, food, and lifestyle.
11) How often do you post?
I try to post once a week though it’s probably more like once a fortnight.
  1. If you were going to buy a one way ticket somewhere which country would you travel to?
  2. Which fragrance are you currently obsessed with?
  3. What’s the one thing you can’t leave the house without? (not including the obious e.g phone, keys etc)
  4. What book is currently on your bedside table?
  5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would your food of choice be?
  6. Who’s your favourite blogger/youtuber at the moment?
  7. When you’re having a bad skin day what is your holy grail product to combat it?
  8. When do you find is the best time to write blog posts?
  9. What inspired you to start blogging?
  10. If you could learn a new skill what would it be?
  11. If you could only keep one item of make up what would it be?

I look forward to seeing your answers ladies. Please leave a comment if there are any other tags you’d like me to do.

Much love

Paige x

Sweater Weather Tag!


Hey dolls! I’m so excited that it’s Autumn it’s my favourite season and as you’ve probably guessed from the title this is a tag post. I’ve seen loads of YouTubers do this tag and since I don’t have a YouTube channel I thought I’d write a tag post. I figured now was the perfect time to do this tag as in the UK at least we are definitely experiencing sweater weather.

Favourite candle scent

I’ve been burning Yankee candle wax melts all year. However during the last couple of weeks I’ve been burning the home sweet home melt. It’s such a cozy smell it’s like baking and a nice hot cup of tea which is amazing this time of year. I also really like Yankee’s cosy by the fire & vanilla bourbon which is new this year I think.

 

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate

Tea all the way! I hate coffee a passion, I don’t like the taste or the smell, I do love a hot chocolate in the colder months but during Autumn in particular I love a good vanilla chai latte and I still haven’t been able to decide who’s I like best out of Starbucks or Costa.Though when I’m at home I make my own with Twinings vanilla chai latte, almond milk (I don’t drink regular milk) and if I want it to be a little sweeter I add some agave nectar as I hate sugar in hot drinks (or on cereal if you were wondering).

Best Autumn fragrance

My favourite perfume to wear at the moment is Beyone’s Heat. I think it’s a really warm sexy scent and I think it’s perfect for this time of year.

Best Autumn memory

My best memories of Autumn would definitely have to be playing with my friends after school as kids, going trick or treating and getting ready for Bonfire night with my family. Sparklers are awesome!

Favourite book that you’re reading this fall

I’ve just started reading ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ which so far I’m enjoying but I’m only two chapters in. The good thing is I haven’t seen the film yet so I won’t be comparing the two as I get annoyed when films miss parts of the books out.

Which make up trend do you prefer? Winged eyeliner or dark lips

I love wearing a dark lip through Autumn. My favourite lipsticks are MAC diva, studded kiss, dark side, vino (lip pencil), Nyx copenhagen and Sleek mulberry.

Favourite Thanksgiving roast dinner food

Living in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving but we do have Sunday roasts which probably isn’t the same thing but roast dinners become more frequent during the Autumn and Winter, though if my step dad had his way he’d cook one every weekend year round. My favourite parts of a roast dinner has always been the sides. Roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese in particular.

What’s Autumn like where you live

Well the UK is know for it’s unpredictable weather so Autumn can range from beautifully sunny and mild to torrential rain and freezing. Today’s it’s been very cold and raining on and off.

Most worn sweater

So far this Autumn my most worn sweater has been my Oh Crap sweater. It’s really cozy but not too thick so if I’m indoors I don’t get too hot.

Must have nail polish this Autumn

In previous years I’ve gone for a dark nail like Essie’s ‘the perfect cover up’ which is a peacock teal or ‘dress to kill’ which is a deep red. But this year I’ve fallen in love with Essie’s ‘comfy in cashmere’ which is a grey/mauve. I also like more nude shades (for my skin tone) like ‘cocoa karma’ which is a light cocoa brown. I love Essie nail polishes if you couldn’t tell. All the shades I’ve mentioned were from the limited edition seasonal ranges I think.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles

Being from the UK we don’t have that whole football thing. So I’d have to say jumping in leaf piles though I would love to watch an American football game one day.

Skinny jeans or leggings

Leggings. I love how comfy they are and how you can pair them with pretty much anything.

What’s something nobody knows about you?

I am terrified of velvet… I’d even go as far to say I have a phobia of it. That’s right guys I cannot touch that fabric without wanting to scream, cry or vomit. I also can’t touch velour as it has the same texture and I even find it hard to touch peaches when they have the skin on. It makes my skin crawl.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs all the way. I don’t care that they’re a fashion faux pas or that they’re unpretty I love them. They’re incredibly comy and keep my feet cozy when the weather gets colder which is all that matters in my opinion.

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I’ve never actually tried anything pumpkin spice. As I’m not a fan of coffee the Starbucks latte is out of thhe question and we don’t really have anything pumpkin spice in the UK but I’m sure if I tried something pumpkin spiced I’d probably love it.

Favourite Autumn TV show

This year it’s got to be both Once Upon A Time and American Horror Story. Though I always have my throwback TV show Friends which I can just watch and re-watch as it’s timeless.

What song gets you in the Autumn spirit

I have a couple of songs in particular that really get me into the Autumn spirit. High by the beach is my new love. It’s from Lana Del Rey’s latest album and I can’t get enough of it. I love all of her music and I would love to see her live.

Drunk by Ed Sheeran is amazing by it’s self but for some reason the remix just really makes me feel all Autumnal. But again I love Ed Sheeeran! He is my ‘weird’ celebrity crush though I have no idea why it’s a weird crush… I think he’s lush!

Hats or scarves

I love both hats and scarves though I’m more likely to throw a scarf on with my fluffy ear muffs than a hat.

Favourite thing about Autumn

I love the leaves changing colour and how the weather can still be mild with a crisp edge. Baking! I always feel like baking or making things like chutneys for Christmas presents during Autumn. I just love being all cozy in the kitchen.

Favourite Autumn movie

At Halloween it has to be Hocus Pocus hands down as let’s face it; it’s the greatest Halloween film in the world. But outside of looking forward to watching that all October I love watching Practical Magic during Autumn. I’m not sure why but it’s definitely a film I look forward to watching over and over during the Autumn months.

Now I challenge Nicole Sage of sleek chic, Franjeska of franjeska sophia, Chelsea of loving life in wellies, Hannah of pull yourself together, Sarah of everything you don’t need to know about Sarah, Kirsty of just a little bit ginger and Jasmine of mine yeung. I can’t wait to see your answers ladies. I also tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

Much love

Paige X