October Favorites

It’s that monthly favourites time again… October! Can you believe we’re only 2 months away from Christmas! 
I’ve really been loving these items this month. So let’s get onto it. 

1. Moroccan Oil £13.45 – Since being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, my hair has really took a beating. Because my body doesn’t absorb nutrient like it should my hair and skin have became weaker. My hair is more brittle and thinner. I really find that this helps nourish my hair. I use it after washing my hair and apply whilst wet, from root to tip. It smells amazing and leaves my hair super soft and shiny. A little early to tell if it’s making a huge difference to my hair but I’m enjoying it.

2. Sunday Riley’s Luna £85 – I’ve been using this now for around 2 months now and I can honestly say that it has made a significant difference to my skin. I know it doesn’t work for everyone but I really do feel I’ve found my holy grail! I’m going to do a more in depth post on this but my gosh is it wonderful. Pores are barely visible, scarring is fading, spots heal in a third of the time. My skin has never been better. From my experience I couldn’t recommend this enough! 
3. Tisserand Aromatherapy Roller Ball in Sweet Dreams £5.95  – This has been in my favorites multiple times. This essential oil roller ball is lavender scented and really helps destress and help you drift off to sleep. I just put this on my pressure points before bed, I love the smell and do think it helps me get to sleep. 

4. Rosie For Autograph Eyeshadow Stick in Feline Fox £12.50 – I  used this in my Winter Makeup Look, and have been using this since almost daily. Super creamy and long lasting in the most gorgeous copper brown colour I adore it. It’s so quick and easy to use and fantastic quality like all of the products in her line. Well worth a look.

5. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Ivory £29.50This again is a wonderful quick and easy product. I love the way it looks on my skin and it lasts a day at work perfectly. It’s a cult product and you can see why. The shade range is something every brand should aspire to, you can almost guarantee that there’s a shade for you. It’s a natural finish and extremely buildable. Beautiful! 

6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask £16.99 – I have the driest lips in history. Nothing works on them 100% but this is the closest to perfection I’ve found. Meant to be used at night ( I use it both day and night) this super thick lip mask really helps lock in moisture. It also smells amazing, like berries. One of the most used Korean brands worldwide. I’ve not found a product of theirs I don’t like. If you suffer with dry lips and nothing works, just try this.

7. Sali Hughes Pretty Iconic £12.49 – looking through this book brought back so many memories and at times made me laugh out loud. This book visits the iconic beauty products of new and old, the super expensive to the super cheap. Sali has a great way of writing, she is concise and to the point but also incredibly funny. A great coffee table book and gift for all those beauty lovers in the world. Everyone would love it.

8. Pixiwoo Face £10.00 – I picked this book up the other day whilst shopping. You can’t have watched beauty videos on YouTube without seeing these guys. This book is visually stunning the makeup in it gorgeous and the facts and advice perfect for beginners and young teens. You can hear there voices in the writing which is lovely. You know who’s talking through the writing which is strange but great. I’m not gonna lie though, I brought it mainly because of the photographs. Beautiful! 

What was your holy grail find of last month?

See you soon

Terri

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Sylvia Plath.


How do you even begin to write about how much a person you admire. That person who inspires and provokes your character subconsciously. Today I felt the need to write about my admiration of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath.
This all comes from the fact that today I learned that Kirsten Dunst is directing the new “The Bell Jar” movie. This both shocked,excited and worried me a little. I hope she does a good job of portraying this book as a movie. I hope they make the book, which is semi biographical a beautiful homage to her. Though one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, I haven’t physically met many non-booklovers who have heard her or ” The Bell Jar”. If this film hits the cinema I want it to beautifully honour and create interest in this woman not leave people feeling like they don’t want or need to learn about this woman or her books and poems. 
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27th 1932 she studied at a number of colleges before moving to England to study and obtained a scholarship to Cambridge University and wrote articles for the student newspaper . At a party whilst studying she first met her husband to be, fellow poet Ted Hughes they married in 1952 and went on to have two children, Frieda and Nicholas. They divorced in 1962. In 1963, The Bell Jar was published a month before her death by suicide. It would take 9 years for this book to be published in the US. 


The Bell Jar is raw, it’s is honest and unapologetic. It’s themes, dark, taboo incredibly modern and relevant even now 53 years later. The Bell Jar tells the story of young Ester Greenwood and her determination to not live the life expected of her. It follows her coming of age experiences with a rawness and her harrowing decent into mental illness. 
The book itself mirrors Plath’s life, In many parts. It’s a story written from experience. She struggled from a very young age with sadness and depression. Her Poem’s – published posthumously, Ariel also speaks about these struggles. 
What I admire about this woman is just how outspoken and honest she was about her struggles, in a time that mentioning such things would be taboo. She broke her way into a predominantly male role. Her death being so early, makes me sad that we never got to see any other novels, never read more prose and poems. I wish she lived to become the acclaimed writer she deserved to be. It makes me sad that people know her as that one who killed herself. She was so much more than that. 

How do you even begin to write about how much a person you admire. That person who inspires and provokes your character subconsciously. Today I felt the need to write about my admiration of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath.
This all comes from the fact that today I learned that Kirsten Dunst is directing the new “The Bell Jar” movie. This both shocked,excited and worried me a little. I hope she does a good job of portraying this book as a movie. I hope they make the book, which is semi biographical a beautiful homage to her. Though one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, I haven’t physically met many non-booklovers who have heard her or ” The Bell Jar”. If this film hits the cinema I want it to beautifully honour and create interest in this woman not leave people feeling like they don’t want or need to learn about this woman or her books and poems. 
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27th 1932 she studied at a number of colleges before moving to England to study and obtained a scholarship to Cambridge University and wrote articles for the student newspaper . At a party whilst studying she first met her husband to be, fellow poet Ted Hughes they married in 1952 and went on to have two children, Frieda and Nicholas. They divorced in 1962. In 1963, The Bell Jar was published a month before her death by suicide. It would take 9 years for this book to be published in the US. 
The Bell Jar is raw, it’s is honest and unapologetic. It’s themes, dark, taboo incredibly modern and relevant even now 53 years later. The Bell Jar tells the story of young Ester Greenwood and her determination to not live the life expected of her. It follows her coming of age experiences with a rawness and her harrowing decent into mental illness. 
The book itself mirrors Plath’s life, In many parts. It’s a story written from experience. She struggled from a very young age with sadness and depression. Her Poem’s – published posthumously, Ariel also speaks about these struggles. 
What I admire about this woman is just how outspoken and honest she was about her struggles, in a time that mentioning such things would be taboo. She broke her way into a predominantly male role. Her death being so early, makes me sad that we never got to see any other novels, never read more prose and poems. I wish she lived to become the acclaimed writer she deserved to be. It makes me sad that people know her as that one who killed herself. She was so much more than that. 
I have a tattoo in homage of this remarkable woman, for all to see on my wrist. I always get asked what it is and where the words come from. If telling people about her and encouraging them look her up makes even one person read her book. I will be happy. She inspires me to be honest about my battles, not hide them. She inspires me to push boundaries and not be ashamed of who I am. She inspires me to not make the same mistake and keep on fighting. 

“I took at deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
I have a tattoo in homage of this remarkable woman, for all to see on my wrist. I always get asked what it is and where the words come from. If telling people about her and encouraging them look her up makes even one person read her book. I will be happy. I also get asked if I have a thistle because I’m Scottish… I’m not, it’s a drawing of hers haha! 

“I took at deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
You can purchase The Bell Jar here… and  Ariel… here

Winter Makeup Look


Hello Lovelies,

Today I thought I’d do a little tutorial on how I achieved this super easy bronzey gold eye look. Without further ado! Let’s do it! 

Base:


Apologies for the smudgey mirror! Ive gotta a clean that now I’ve saw it! For base I applied the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in 075 Ivory. This is a new discovery and it is absolutely gorgeous. You only need a tiny bit and the finish is flawless. Look out for a review post on this. I blended with a brush then concealed both undereyes and redness with Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer. Next I filled in and set my eyebrows with Benefit Goof Proof and Rimmel Brow This Way in Clear. I brushed my brows upwards slightly for a fuller look. 

I contoured slightly with Benefits Hoola under cheekbones, jaw and temples and used Barry M’s Strobe Cream in Iced Bronze on nose, cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. 

Eyes:


This was super easy! First I smudged Rosie For Autograph Eyeshadow Stick in Feline Fox all over and just above the lid. I then blended it out, added MAC Don’t Tell from the Amber Times Nine Palette  all over and blended again.  For some reason I’m really squinting in these pictures which makes me look like I have a lazy eye haha! I haven’t I swear! I then just finished them with Barry M’s Thats How I Roll Mascara which I love. Vwallah! 

Cheeks and Lips:


For blush I used Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Lace 367 and used the middle colour Guipure – a straight up dupe for Nars Orgasm. 

Lips I did two ideas. The first was Rosie For Autograph Lipstick in Rose Lace. The second I ombréd it with Revlon Colourstay in Parisian Passion.

And there we go! I hope you enjoyed! See you in the next one! 

Terri 

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Little Halloween/Christmas Lush Haul


Hello Lovelies,

The other day me and my fiancé took a trip into Birmingham to do some shopping. Now it’s that time of year where lush bring out the best of the best. I had no choice. I had to go in. 

There’s a fair few new items this year which is exciting. At Christmas my main focus is the bubble bars and bath bombs.  Again I was sad to see that the Christmas hedgehog isn’t back ( I loved that little guy) The shop was pretty busy and we were in a hurry to get back so I grabbed some old favorites and the ones that caught my eye… and nose.

The first one that caught my eye was Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb £3.75, this is a flat floating bath bomb which is layered with red, yellow and green layers. Lush claims that this has a grassy sort of scent. Whilst it smells fresh I wouldn’t describe it as grassy. I would probably go citrusy. 

Next I picked up Pumpkin Bath Bomb £3.95, this is what heaven must smell like. Similar to Cinders Bath Bomb last year it is mostly cinnamon based however has an orangey scent to it too. It’s sweet and spicy, adsactly what I think of when it comes to autumn and winter. I can’t wait to use this one! 

The one that most caught my attention whilst in the shop was  Never Mind The Ballistics £4.25, a huge fan of the Sex Pistols I got excited at the name and look of this one. I also saw this one in action in the shop. It looks (once in the tub) and smells exactly like Fanta orange or those swizzles sweets you had as a kid. I also love the fact that this one has a cocoa butter shell on top. Although if it’s anything like Lava Lamp it’s a bath stainer! One of the more pricey bombs. 

This one is my absolute favourite Bath Bomb that lush makes. I had to pick up three! Its the So White Bath Bomb £3.75, it’s had a bit of a revamp this year with a little green leaf on it. This smells like freshly cut apples and it’s so good I could eat it. I currently have one on my bedside table so I can smell it every time I go into the bedroom. It’s probably one of the most delicately scentled Bath bombs they make. A favorite of my mums also! It used to be pale pink on the inside. I’m hoping it’s still the same! 

Not a seasonal product but one I pick up every time I go in is the Twilight Bath Bomb £3.75, makes me sleep every time and a beautiful relaxer. Lavender and Tonka oils help unwind and destress. My favourite after So White. So glad this is a permenant product!

My fiancés favorite,  the one I fork out for him everytime and never get to enjoy haha! It’s Golden Wonder £4.25, probably the brightest, most glittery, star filled Bath Bomb of all time. Citrusy in scent and absolutely enormous. This one leaves your skin super soft aswell. If you want a bath fit for a mermaid or fairy this is it haha! 

Now I couldn’t go into Lush in winter and not pick up the sickly sweet…pear drop smelling… but oh so heavenly Snow Fairy Shower Gel £7.95 (250ml) now this always goes quickly in our house. Someone… I’m looking at you oh dear fiancé always comes down stairs smelling like a fairy… stealing my shower gel. You could probably get a tooth ache from how sweet this is but it’s Christmas and I adore it! Always have to get another to use sparingly throughout the rest of the year until next winter! 
What else smells amazing this year that I should pick up? Let me know! 

Terri

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Rosie for Autograph – First Impressions

Apologies for being away last week, I felt really poorly and couldn’t get out of bed. I’m back now though! 
She’s one of the worlds most beautiful women, but she’s also so much more. Model, actress & charity ambassador Rosie Huntington Whitely released her makeup line in colabortation with Marks & Spencer’s Early this year.


 Her line, aimed at natural and effortless and affordable beauty for every woman has been praised a lot. I’ve been meaning to pick a few items up for a while and with the current offer of a free Rosie perfume with £30 purchase of products, I decided it was too good to miss.


First things first. The packaging. It’s rose gold and luxe feeling. The lipsticks have a magnetic clasp. They feel weighty and look the part. Boxed nice too, with colour guides as to what product is what. 

Now on to the actual products.


This is the Quad pallet in Ballet Slipper. They are buttery soft and not dissimilar to the Clarins eye shadows. They are very pigmented with a sheen of shimmer- not chunky glitter a huge win. These are lovely. 


Next we have the eyeshadow sticks. Now these are probably my favourite out of everything I brought. They are so so soft and glide on effortlessly. They feel luxurious and they blend beautifully. Here we have Almond Eyes (a champagne/pale gold) and Feline Fox (a deep slightly reddish chocolate brown) I’m going back for the rest of these! Try them! High end without the price tag. 


The Lipstick that I chose was Rose Lace. This colour is based on Rosie’s actual lip colour. The formula feels very creamy and hydrating. Something that may be off putting to some now due to the matte trend. I however love this colour. It’s a very “Breakfast at Tiffanys” pink.


The Perfume I chose as my free item was the Orginal Scent. It’s very floral… obviously but dies down to a musky scent with base tones of sandalwood and vanilla. It’s perhaps not what I’d usually choose. I’m very particular with scents but it’s perfect for an everyday fragrance. 

I really do think that this is a beautiful collection everyone should try out. It’s very high quality without the major price tag, it’s mid range price. Beautiful colours that would match most skin tones. Rosie really has done a great job! 

You can find her range in stores or online here. I really do reccomend you try them out! 

Terri 

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A rather large beauty haul…

Last month was a major splurge month. My excuse? Well I needed to be prepared for the winter months ok!? 

Let get into this! Just a quick disclaimer I brought all this with my hard earned money. I did not get given this, though I wish I was haha! 

Right. From…

SokoGlam:

I purchased a fair bit from these guys as usual! 

Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil. This brand combines French and Korean Skincare into one. I’ve heard so much good stuff about this brand and had to give it a try.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops. Another Cult product, again heard so many good reviews. Thought this would be great to treat any little sunspots from the summer. 

Banila Co ItRadiant Hydrogel Lace Sheet Masks. Probably a gimmic but I wanted them! They look beautiful haha! I had one in each healing benefit. Calming, Lifting and moisturising.

Banila Co V-V Dual Patch (now sold out) Now these have got to be a gimmic but they just looked so inventive and fun haha! Plus they were in the sale. These are cheek masks and double chin lifters! May be great after all the pumpkin spice lattes I’m gonna be having! 

CultBeauty:

Sunday Riley’s Juno. A facial oil I’ve wanted for so long but never took the plunge. After all the crap that’s being delbt at work I felt I owed myself this. I’ve not busted this open yet as I’m still finishing my current facial oil but boy am I excited for when I do! 

SpaceNK: 

Sunday Riley’s Luna. Again another massive splurge but one I can say was the best pitch I’ve made in a while. If you want overnight effects that you can see in the morning this is it! I’ve never been happier with a purchase! Blog post coming soon. I know I’m late to the bandwagon but it’s my chance to rave about it! Believe the hype! 

eBay Seller : Simplenavy

IsaKnox Bambi BB Cushion. Saw the packaging, fell in love. Needed it.

HolikaHolika Gudetama Lazy & Easy Photo Ready BB Cushion. Again saw the packaging, heard good stuff. Fell in love and needed it. 

HolikaHolika Gudetama Lazy & Easy Jelly Dough Blusher. It’s in a lovely Grapefruit Pink shade perfect for the fall and the packaging is just so cute. I adore Gudetama, he’s just so cute! My favourite caharacter haha! 

eBay Seller: Iamloveshop (JOLSE) 

Skinfood Freshmade Mask Lemon. A wash off brightening mask with a fresh lemon scent. I love Skinfood masks so I’m excited to try this out. 

 COSRX Acne Pimple Patches. I like to keep a pack of these little wonders around the place. They’re my go to when I feel a spot coming on and they’re so cheap and effective. I wear them over night or as soon as I get home from work. Cut spot time by half.

Tony Moly Bunny Gloss Stick. I have a few of these. Super cute, super cheap and pretty colours. Easy throw in your bag, lipsticks. Very simlar in texture to the Clinique Chubby Sticks.

eBay Seller: roseroseshop

Banila Co. Mr Flower Miss Honey Cream. Blogger Fiddysnails raved about this product. It’s become a cult favourite in Korean Skincare and a holy grail for Colder months. I really can’t wait to get started on this. I’ve heard so many good things about it. Perfect for dry skins. I’m going to use this as my winter night moisturiser. 
eBay Seller: Yejinacshop

Nature Republic Lemon Real Songsong Slice mask. This mask has lots of little patches so you can treat problem areas. I told you I’m Mask obsessed haha! 

Right that’ll do for now. I’ve gotta save money haha! 

Speak soon.

Terri

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#septemberskinchallenge The Final Week! 

Hello Lovelies! 
Sorry for taking a break last week. I been having some tummy issues and a pretty horrific week. But have no fear I’m back! Today’s post is the final of the #septemberskinchallenge. I’m sad it’s over but I have plenty of new post ideas up my sleeve. 4 weeks in now, you know the rules. On to it! 
Day 22: Skincare Gadget. 


As of late I have two. The first is the one I probably use the most, it is The Body Shop Massage Roller. This helps with lymphatic drainage it reduces puffiness and feels nice to use, simple affordable and effective. The second is my old and well loved Clarisonic Mia 2. This I’ve used on and off for months at a time whilst I’ve had it. Overall I find it much to harsh on my skin during the colder months. It’s great for an exfoliation though.

Day 23: Celeb Skinspiration. 


I chose Natalie Portman. Never over done with makeup, she lets her natural beauty shine through. She is also a very inspirational women all round incredibly clever with a great sense of humour! I love her.

Day 24: Exfoliator. 


I talk about exfoliators a lot. One I haven’t mentioned on Instagram that I love however is the Pixi Glow Tonic. A gentle yet effective glycolic acid toner. Good enough for Caroline Hirons, Good enough 

Day 25: Oil Cleanser. 


Being as I talked about my current oil cleanser on day 14 I decided I would mention my backup for when that one runs out. This is Banila Co Clean It Zero Oil Cleanser. A cult favourite amongst many!

Day 26: Storage


Honestly everywhere and ever increasing! In picture number 1, I have my 3 stackable storage boxes which have, skincare and cosmetics in. Pic 2 is my dressing table top, which is full of all sorts of junk, the draw in my dresser is full of cosmetics also. Pic 3 is my bedside table. Pic 4 is my sheet mask box haha – yes I’m obsessed! Pic 5 is my ever growing samples box ( too many for one face!) and the final is my tiny single shelf in the bathroom. I can’t wait for my own place haha!

Day 27: “pick me up when I’m down product”. 


For me a mask – any sort (sheet,peel,clay,overnight) is an instant pick me up. A little bit of self care. This particular mask is Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off and I love it. Gentle super brightening and affordable. Honestly your skin feels baby butt smooth after! Try it to believe! 

Day 28: Treatment. 


I’m a big believer in these. I use multiple treatments, I tailor them for what each area needs. Usually a vitamin C  such as the Klairs one for dark spots on my cheek bones Sunday Riley Luna for night care and this little wonder. I suffer with hormonal acne more than anything else. Spots, blackheads and cystic acne, happen to me, usually on my chin and around my nose monthly. This product the COSRX BHA Power Liquid helps reduce sebum levels and rebalance the oil levels on my face. It helps diminish redness on my pimples and heal them quicker. This has been my go to this week.

Day 29: Daytime Moisturiser.


Mentioned a million times on here this is Lush Cosmetics Celestial Facial Moisturiser. My most purchased moisturiser. This has got to be atleast my 10th pot! Though simple and unfancy to me personally, nothing compares this changed my skin for the better from the very first day of use. 

Day 30: Favourite Skincare Instagrammer/Blogger


So today is the last day of I’ve really loved taking part, I’ve learnt a lot from others and found some great accounts! Chosen by many I’m sure but it’s Caroline Hirons (@carolinehirons). Hilarious, beautiful and so so knowledgeable. Her skin care routines have me dying of envy. Her blog, is a holy grail! A close second is Korean Beauty Blogger @fiddysnails. Who’s blog can be found here. This women ages backwards and I’m in awe. 

Remember you can follow me on Instagram here

Hope you’ve enjoyed Skincare themed September. Speak soon!

Terri 

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