Saturday 26 November 2016

Autumn favourites 2016! Lipsticks, toffee lattes + tamagotchis!

Hello there, my sweet muffins! I know that everyone's been saying this already, but how are we already nearly in December?! This year has to be the quickest one yet; I remembering talking about my November 2015 favourites like it was yesterday! Christmas is just round the corner now, but since we're still in autumn, I wanted to share with you some of this season's favourites. Today, we're going to talk about everything from makeup and skincare products, to retro 90's toys - hope you enjoy!

I've been lucky to discover some truly amazing makeup goodies this year, and it was difficult to pick just a couple of favourites! However, the two products I've been reaching for the most are the Naked 3 eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay, and the Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Shine lipstick in 44 Nude Lavalliere. Naked 3 needs no introduction, and I'm sure that many of you are already familiar with this iconic palette. I find it to be incredibly versatile; with a lovely, rose golden tonality and top-quality eyeshadows. The price is a little steep (£35, FeelUnique), although I think that it's worth the investment, especially if you don't own many palettes and want something that will be suitable for any occasion. If you're interested, check out my review and full swatches here!

The Volupte Shine lipstick by Yves Saint Laurent has easily been my most worn lippie this season. I absolutely adore the comfortable, hydrating formula, which is particularly appreciated during the cold, autumn months. The shade, 44 Nude Lavalliere, is a perfect, warm nude, which truly gives you that 'your lips but MUCH better' kind of look. And of course, the packaging! It's beyond gorgeous, luxurious and elegant - much like the lipstick that's hidden inside it. Full review and swatches here, lovelies!

Whilst I like to rotate my perfume choices on a daily basis, this season I've found myself particularly enjoying the gorgeous The One Desire by Dolce & Gabbana (£69 for 50ml, Boots). This beautiful, luxurious fragrance combines notes of salted caramel (yummy!), fresh lychee and creamy tuberose; with a hint of balsamic amber lingering in the background. It honestly smells good enough to eat, but it's still very elegant and sophisticated. Something about it feels very classic and timeless, with intoxicating sweetness that's especially comforting on those cold, autumn days. If you're interested in more autumn fragrance inspiration, be sure to check out my recommendations here!

For the past few weeks I've been exploring Korean skincare, and I have to say - I am completely hooked! After a little Korean beauty haul I did on my YouTube channel, I went ahead and purchased a lot more goodies. I decided to completely re-invent my skincare routine, and I've actually been using nothing but Korean products on my skin for the past couple of weeks. And, truthfully? My skin has never looked or felt better! Even my lovely boyfriend (who doesn't normally take interest in my beauty routine) commented one morning and said 'Wow, your skin looks really clear and radiant!'. I was so happy! I've always struggled with oily skin and breakouts, and these Korean goodies have really helped me to get things under control. I actually have a little post coming up in the next couple of weeks, where I will show you all the Korean products I've been using and talk through my skincare routine. Stay tuned, jelly beans!

I know that autumn is typically the season for bold, dark berry shades, but truthfully - I am a dark nail polish girl all year round! This season I've been loving my all-time favourite Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon (an intense, fiery red); Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia (a sparkling, glittery dark purple) and Essie's Toggle to the Top (a dark, shimmery raspberry). I've also purchased a couple of lovely nail polishes by Boots' own brand, No7. The quality is superb and I really like the wide brush, plus they offer some truly gorgeous and unusual colours. The two I've picked up are Salsa (a classic, intense red) and Damson Dream (a deep, mulberry purple).

There is nothing more comforting than a hot cup of delicious tea on a cold, rainy autumn evening (unless we can have some cheesecake with that, as well!). Some of my favourite recent tea discoveries include these two lovely blends by Teapigs - Rooibos Creme Caramel (sweet redbush tea with real caramel chunks, yummy!), and Jelly & Ice Cream (sweet, fruity, and it smells divine!). Teapigs offers some really unusual, high-quality blends, although their tea is a little pricey so I usually enjoy it as a rare treat (£3.25 per box). As for coffee, I've been absolutely loving this Toffee Nut Latte by Nescafe - my boyfriend got this for me as a surprise treat, and I honestly couldn't recommend it enough! It's so sweet and smooth, and if you add a few drops of hazelnut syrup to it, you'll get some divine coffee that tastes just like Nutella. 

All of my 90's kids out there will surely remember the Tamagotchi craze - the cute little virtual pet toy took the world by storm, and most of us had at least one in our childhood. I was surprised to find out that Tamagotchis are still a thing in 2016, but as it turns out, they're incredibly popular in Japan amongst children and adults alike. Moreover, they're so much more advanced now! The newest Tamagotchi versions have colour screens (yay!), more options, characters and pets, and even downloadable content! I bought one just for nostalgia's sake, but I actually got pretty hooked on it and I've really enjoyed playing around with it in my spare time. The one I have is the Tamagotchi P'S with a custom crochet case I bought on Etsy - you can find these little cuties on eBay for about £25!

On a side note, none of the above content is sponsored. All of these goodies were hand-picked by me, and paid for from my own wallet. :)

What things have you been enjoying this season? 


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