I can scarcely believe it’s November tomorrow; this year is going too, too fast. I’m excited to be doing my first monthly favourites post for what also happens to be my favourite month: October! For the sake of categorising, which you should know by now I love to do, my favourites are split into two parts: Beauty Bits and Home Bits.
1. Essie Nail Polishes (£7.99 each): I always like Essie nail polishes, but most of the colours I own from this brand are quite autumnal, and those are what I’ve been gravitating towards lately. From left to right these are: “Midnight Cami” (shimmering twilight blue); “Bahama Mama” (warm, rich plum); “All Tied Up” (rustic bronze with golden shimmer); “After School Boy Blazer” (academy blue black); and “Vested Interest” (cool grey teal). You can find these in Boots and Superdrug.
2. Healthy Sexy Hair Leave-In Conditioner (£11.45): I would probably never have drifted towards this brand partly because the word ‘sexy’ makes me wince, but I was fed up of my Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Volume Leave-In Conditioner, and a blogger whose recommendations I really rate, Essiebutton, said she liked it. And I like it too. With soy and wheat protein, this is moisturising without being too heavy, detangles like a dream, and I only need to use a bit which means it will last me ages.
3. NARS Killing Me Softly Cheek Palette (£30.00): I’ve never owned a blush palette before, and although I don’t think this has converted me to collected cheek products, I’m really glad I bought this limited edition blush set, which I’ll be reviewing soon. The palette contains Francois Nars’s cult blush “Orgasm”, which is the largest (bottom right) blush; a gorgeous autumnal blush “Outlaw” (bottom left) be light-handed with this one; a cool Mad Men coral “Gilda” (top left) which I think will also be perfect for spring; and “Albatross” (top right), which is a highlighting blush that I like to use on the top of my cheekbones and bridge of my nose. As you can always expect from NARS, these are finely milled, highly pigmented, and come in that lovely iconic packaging. This is one palette I’ll be getting a lot of use from.
4. Escentric Molecules “Molecule 01” (£27.00 for 30ml): A real cult item. After reading so much about this product that is famous for adapting to the pH balance in your skin, making it quite unique on every wearer, I was curious to try it myself. A tad sceptical, I waited until I had the chance to sniff it in Liberty’s incredible fragrance section in London, sprayed it on, had a wander, and very quickly went back to purchase. This is my perfect autumn perfume, and although I can’t smell it much myself, I’m told I smell vaguely of peaches when I wear it, which I’m fine with. It’s also a great layering perfume to boot, especially with Diptyque Philosykos.
5. GHD Air Hairdryer (RRP £99.00): DANG, this makes a difference to my hair. I have the softest, frizziest, fly-away hair that does not react well to a crap hairdryer, which is what I’ve been dealing with for the last year. I got this for my birthday this month and it’s just brilliant, and deserves all the rave reviews it receives. I’ll be writing my own soon.
6. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette (£39.50): This is niiiiice! I’m definitely a fan of the neutral eye, and this comes with everything you could ever need. I usually veer away from sparkly shades but the two in this palette I actually really like, because even the shimmery ones are understated. Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite make-up brands and their limited edition collections are always something I drool over. I’m so glad I managed to get my paws on this.
7. Lanolips Lip Treatment in ‘Rose’ (£8.16): I’ve read copious raves about this product, but since I could never find it in my local Boots I never bothered to pursue it, until one day, for some reason, I DID. And I’m glad I did, as this is one of the best lip balms I’ve ever used. It’s dense, lasts a long time, and the rose tint is lovely too.
Now here’s the second part of my October Favourites, which covers the things I’ve really been enjoying at home recently.
1. Twinings Cherry & Cinnamon Fruit Infusion Tea (£1.29): I already wrote a blog post this week on my favourite autumnal teas, but this one’s kept me hooked for much of October. Perfect level of sweetness and spice, and warms me up no end.
2. Blogging Books: Somethinking is still a very new venture, and I wanted to get it right from the offset. In preparation I bought these two books from Amazon, Blogging For Creatives by Robin Houghton (RRP £12.99) and Blog Inc. (RRP £10.99) by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, which are orientated towards people looking to set up blogs in the arts who may not know much about the blogosphere. I’ve read them both and found these to be really useful guides and most of all they got me psyched up about setting up my own website. If you want to get just one, go for Blog, Inc.
3. Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch (£68.00): I’ve already gone on about this A LOT this month, so I won’t labour the point. IT’S GREAT. If you want to read my ode to this wonderful thing, you can find it here.
4. Emma Bridgewater Red Fox 1/2 Pint Mug (£19.95): One of my favourite birthday presents was this mug, which is undoubtedly the most expensive mug I own from Chris, who picked it up when we were in Cambridge for a day and kept it hidden for six weeks. I love foxes, I love mugs, and I love hot beverages. The design is beautiful, with foxes printed on the outside and the words “RED FOX” printed in sky blue around the inner rim of the mug. When I get round to doing a “Favourite Mugs” post, you’ll see this there.
5. Autumn Leaves (free!): Unfortunately I didn’t have any autumn leaves on hand my failure to plan ahead will be my downfall so I brought up an image on my iPad. I hope you don’t mind. It’s just to illustrate that I’m liking autumn. Especially the walking over crunchy leaves part.
6. She & Him “Volume 3” (£10.04): This musical twosome get a lot of stick for being sugary sweet, and whilst I agree with this to an extent, there is something more to this third instalment from Matt Ward and Zooey Deschanel. I just love Zooey’s voice. Yes it’s all very cute and sweet, but I like it and can’t stop listening to it SO THERE. I’ll be reviewing this soon.
So there are all my monthly favourites for October! I’d love to hear what yours are.