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A/W Beauty Favourites

Happy Sunday, loves!

I hope you are all having a great weekend, I sure am! I took Matthew for a little surprise date night on Friday, we went to one of our favourite Italian restaurants and we had such a fun evening! We definitely went home early to snuggle up and watch Making a Murderer HAHA, we just started this week but we’re already obsessed. He started work late yesterday so we had a super chilled morning, (if you’re a regular reader, yes we DID have bacon sandwiches!) and I spent the afternoon doing a little work on the blog, running errands and ticking a few more Christmas presents off my list at our local mall! I also found out yesterday that my sweet friend Eilish got engaged to her lovely boyfriend (now fiancee!!) Alan, and I couldn’t be happier for them both! I feel like Matt and I heard so much bad news recently it feels ten times better to hear something happy! Matthew’s off work today so as this blog post goes up we’ll be snoozing up a storm, yay for Sunday lie ins! Also, it’s Remembrance Sunday today, I’m thankful for our servicemen today and every day and appreciate all they do for us to live the lives we do. Matt and I are going to spend the day running errands, doing more Christmas shopping and hopefully going for a Sunday roast in a local pub. That sounds like a pretty dreamy Sunday to me. What are you guys up to?!

Today’s post is all about my current beauty must-haves, from bath and body products, to makeup and skincare, and I’m so excited to share them with you! I decided to talk about these products in more detail because I feel like everyone NEEDS to know about them, it’s a good feeling when you truly love a product and it should be shared, right? As I mentioned in this post, I really love reading monthly favourites posts, and although I don’t use enough new products day by day to write my own, I like to share with you as and when I have specific products to talk about. 

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Bath & Body

Dior Blooming Bouquet Rollerball Perfume. I have a confession. I love perfume! I really have too many favourites to count but this one, Lancome La Vie Est Belle & Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede will always be my top three. Recently, I’ve been reaching for this on an almost daily basis. It’s a very light, girly scent and it’s one that I never tire of; it can be worn day or night, and even though it’s probably more suited for Spring/Summer I’ve worn it all Autumn! I love that this is a rollerball as it makes it easy to carry around day-to-day and to travel with. Finding rollerball perfumes in the UK is so difficult and I don’t know why, because in the US they’re so readily available. I’m running low and definitely need to repurchase soon, I’m hoping to get it for a steal in the Black Friday sales this year! (Anything’s better than full price, right?)

You can buy it here for £33.00.

Lush Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb. I have a new favourite bath bomb this year and if you haven’t tried it you’re seriously missing out! This is amazing, it creates the most beautiful pink princess bath and the whole bathroom smells incredible. I am a sucker for bath bombs and Lush’s Christmas range always knock it out of the park, I love the pretty snowflake design. This smells like blackcurrant (it’s a similar scent to another favourite product, The Comforter bubble bar) but it’s not overpowering at all. I’ve used so many of these already this season, I may as well give Lush all my money at this point! Side note: I also love Golden Wonder (obviously), Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb, and Matt and I both love the Butterbear! 

You can buy it here for £3.95.

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. Okay, I am a sucker for anything Snow Fairy related. The shower gel is a go-to every year and I definitely stockpile, but my goodness this product is amazing. I’ve used the Ro’s Argan body conditioner before which is great, but it doesn’t smell like Snow Fairy… This product is such a clever concept, basically you apply before you get out of the shower and rinse off (I use shower gel, wash my hair, shave then apply this!) and it acts as a moisturiser on your skin. I’ve already used one tub and I have two back ups, I may have already asked Santa if he can leave one in my stocking! It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised, and it’s so handy at this time of year when if you’re standing around naked after a shower, waiting for a lotion to sink in, you’re freezing cold! I do sometimes still use a body lotion after (this is my favourite) but if I don’t want to, I definitely don’t have to.

You can buy it here for £11.00.

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Makeup

Estee Lauder Micro Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette. I was so pleasantly surprised when I got this product a few weeks ago, and I was so excited to tell you all about it! I have been a loyal lover of ABH Brow Wiz for years and years, and I’ve always stuck with the brand no matter what. My last three pencils have snapped several times (I never have them wound out too far) and to be honest I was a little fed up of spending money on a product that didn’t really come through anymore. A few weeks ago on my lunch break, I browsed blogs and various websites for a different brand and I happened to find this one by chance! I’m a firm believer in Estee Lauder’s products and of course this was another great buy. My eyebrows fill in so much easier with this product, it’s soft and easy to apply, but doesn’t snap or smudge on my face. The spoolie is a little more dense than the ABH option, and I find it brushes the product through lots better too. It lasts SO good throughout the day, and creating hair-like strokes is so easy!

You can buy it here for £18.50.

Nars Blush in Madly. For me this is the perfect blush colour! I never thought I’d love a shade as much as I love Nars Orgasm, but this is even better in my opinion. In the pan it’s a fairly boring beigey nude (? great description) and to be honest, it doesn’t look anything special. However, once applied to the apples of my cheeks it just makes my face look put together, it’s a simple colour and can be worn with any makeup look. It has a super fine shimmer running through it but I don’t think it’s visible when applied. The shade will definitely appeal more to those of us with fair to medium skin tones, and for any of fair skinned girls out there it will never look muddy or cakey! I also really like shades like this in the Autumn/Winter, as if I wear a pink blush my cheeks look SO flushed when I come in for the cold, it’s not a good look!

You can buy it here for £24.00.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer. I’ve used and enjoyed this product on and off for at least two years, but after repurchasing on a whim in October (Matt and I went to Liverpool for the weekend and I forgot my primer) I’ve realised just how much I love it! I use this through my T-Zone day-to-day, or all over my face if I’m going out on a date night and want my makeup to look it’s best for a long period. It’s a thick formula but it sinks straight into the skin when applied, which means foundation and concealer lay so much better on top of it. It’s super affordable and just as good if not better than any high end primer I’ve tried. 

You can buy it here for £11.00.

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Skincare 

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream. I’ve been using this product for the past few months, alternating with my Clinique Moisture Surge. I actually picked this up because I feel like I go through my Clinique one so quickly, and as much as I love it I can’t justify buying a new one every 6 weeks! (I never used to purchase that often, so I’m not sure why I suddenly do, but I mentioned this to a lady on one of the Clinique counters and she said she believes it’s been reformulated and that may be why, as it’s a thinner product now). I wanted a more affordable option, and one that was a little easier to take between houses – if you don’t know by now, come on! – and I was so pleasantly surprised with this. I’ve just repurchased a new tub, so I feel like I can fully tell you about it now. It’s a fairly lightweight moisturiser but so hydrating, and a great balance for my combination skin. It sorts out dry patches over night, but never makes my skin look or feel more oily. The Body Shop skincare is SO good!

You can buy it here for £10.00.

Pixi Glow Tonic. This is the most recent addition to my skincare routine, and it’s making my skin better by the day. It’s formulated with Glycolic Acid, which is great for removing impurities and any dead skin – which of course you do not want lingering on your face! I’ve played around with using this just at night, or morning and night, and now my skin can definitely handle it being used twice per day. I apply to a cotton round, and wipe it over my face. Since I began using this I’ve definitely seen a decrease in blackheads and my pores seem smaller and smoother, it’s a great product. I know it’s working wonders because even Matthew has noticed my skin is looking so much better! I do have pretty sensitive skin and I think the first few times I had a little reaction – nothing too bad, just redness – but now I can use it twice daily without issue. I’d used a trial size sample years ago and couldn’t remember how my skin reacted to it, so just bought a mini to try although I’m definitely going to purchase the larger size next time I’m in Boots!

You can buy it here for £14.00.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Eye Mask. Again?! I know, I’ve already raved about this product here and here, but I can’t stop telling people about it! I have talked about it on my blog, and I’ve recommended it to my friends, coworkers and anyone that views my Instagram story! I just LOVE it. Along with the Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil, this is my (joint) number one product from The Body Shop and it’s made such a difference to the skin under my eyes. For the past few years my under eye area has been super irritated and dry, and I’m very prone to styes which makes it worse. Since using this product I’ve noticed a huge difference; my skin feels much more soft and supple, and my concealer/powder applies better than ever. 

You can buy it here for £18.00.

I’m being super sneaky and holding back another skincare range that is blowing my MIND at the moment, as I have a whole post dedicated to the product(s) coming in the next week! Trust me, you’re going to want to know all about it, and they’re so inexpensive!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! Do you use or have you tried any of the products in this post? What products are you currently loving right now? I always love to get recommendations! 

-G x

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