Topshop & River Island Haul

Monday, 5 October 2015

Topshop and River Island Clothes Haul
So you know when you are the type of person who is always super early for everything and have some time to kill?  Well, the inevitable happened.  I went shopping.  I know, story of my life!  But I really needed to start thinking of Autumn/Winter, colder weather appropriate clothes so here's what I picked up...

First up is this long cardigan from Topshop.  I saw this a few weeks ago in store at was tempted to buy it then but was like "No Michelle, it's only the start of September, you don't need to be buying knitwear yet!" Yes, really, these are the kind of arguments I have in my head... So I then stalked it on line for awhile until I saw it on Helen's Instagram and ordered it ooh mere moments later!  Finally, it's mine! If this is not a thing of knitwear beauty, then I don't know what is.  Over sized, long line, soft, striped, neutral toned perfection.  I ordered a size 12 as I wanted it to be slouchy but I could have gone with the 10.  Perhaps size down if you are thinking of picking this up.  I was worried that it might shed?! and leave fluff all over my clothes but I'm happy to report that my black jeans remain black.

Another blogger/vlogger enabled inspired purchase is this sleeveless, slouchy roll neck top from River Island which I spotted in one of Tijan's videos.  Again, another neutral addition.  What can I say these earthy tones scream Autumn to me and hold a special place in my heart.  This is a really fine, lightweight knit and I adore the over sized roll neck.  I've worn this at night time out to dinner and drinks and love it paired with a leather jacket, black skinny jeans, and heels.

Lastly, another Topshop purchase because I needed more stripes*.  I have a wardrobe, drawers and shelves full of admittedly mostly COS striped tops.  I absolutely do not need any more stripes.  They're my weakness.  Oops.  But it's a classic, timeless black and white striped top.  The material is super soft, it's incredibly comfortable to wear.  A throw on, go with everything top that I've been wearing at the weekend with my trusty white Converse and blue skinny jeans.

I can't begin to describe how happy shopping for A/W clothes makes me!  Autumn/Winter are without a doubt my favourite seasons.  Now, I need to start thinking of boots and try to forget the Chloe ones I cannot justify...

Lipstick Loves

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

MAC Lipstick Brave
In today's post, I'm taking you through my new favourite lip combo.  I hadn't bought anything from MAC in the longest time but recently I purchase a lipstick, MAC Brave.  This is definitely a my lips but better contender not dissimilar on me, to MAC Patiesserie.  I thought it would pull more brown but this is a warm toned, muted pink/mauve colour with a satin finish.  As it has a satin finish, it leaves a slight sheen on the lips.  It is very comfortable to wear and lasts up to three hours on me.

To pair with this I've been loving the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner in Pillow Talk.  I was never really one for lip liners, I only ever wore them with darker shades of lipstick until now, that is.  A pinky nude shade, this liner has earned its place in my heart and daily routine.  This isn't drying in the slightest but it does not budge.  No Kylie Jenner-esque over lining here.  For day-time and work, I've been using this to keep my lipstick in place and subtly define and enhance my lips.  

These two products, make up my new favourite lip perfecting combo!

Shower Staples

Monday, 28 September 2015

what's in my shower?
Taking a break from the usual skincare and beauty hauls and reviews today.  In today's post, I'm swapping neutral nails, blemish battling and skincare stockpiling for the products that make up my in-shower staples.  Not a full What's In My Shower but some of the products that I've been loving lately.

First up body wash.  Molton Brown Warming Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Therapy I know, I know, I gave myself a long hard look in the mirror and a good talking to because I'm paying extra for something that goes down the drain literally.  This is just what's needed when you're trying to drag yourself out of bed at a stupidly early hour and into the shower.  It's really fresh, invigorating and wakes you up and all that before your venti coffee :)  As this can also be used in the bath, with the warming eucalyptus I think this is great for when I'm feeling a bit ill and sniffley.  With a thicker consistency than cheaper offerings, I find that it lathers up and stays on the skin well so you use less. Skin is left feeling soft and super clean.  And did I mention the smell?  The corner-stone of a good shower gel, no?

After splurging on the above mentioned body wash, I'm practically making money saving on scrub with the St. Ives Apricot Body Scrub.  While I don't use manual scrubs on my face when it comes to my body, I like to use a gritty exfoliator.  The grains in this are large so they really stick to the skin. It thoroughly exfoliates, buffing away dead skin cells and smooths rough skin without leaving a greasy residue behind.This works really well and even better, it's cheap as chips!  One of my best budget beauty buys.  Gotta love those Boots loyalty points!

Post shower I slather on a generous layer of the Kiehl's Creme de Corps Lightweight Body Lotion.  This is HG for me and when Winter really kicks in and my skin is typically drier, I love the original thicker body cream and Soy Milk and Honey body butter.  The body lotion is non fragranced, no fuss, I slather this on before bed and it banishes dry patches leaving my skin silky smooth and soft. This leaves my skin feeling so unbelievably soft yet it is absorbed quickly as it is a lightweight lotion it so does not leave any residue behind.  And it smells divine.  

What's In My Handbag?

Friday, 25 September 2015

What's in my handbag
Posts like this are some of my favourite to read.  What can I say - I'm nosey!  So today I thought I'd do an updated what's in my handbag type post.  Mary Poppins has nothing on me.  I'm usually an everything including the kitchen sink kinda gal but I think I've been doing better recently, with just the essentials.  Yes, these are essentials, ahem.  On to the contents...

First up sunglasses, I don't know why I buy expensive sunglasses as most of the time, they are on top of my head.  Something I usually remember when I think I'm doing some incognito eh admiring of the cute guy on the train... These are brown tortoiseshell Ray Ban Wayfarers that I keep in my bag just in case the sun decides to make a rare appearance.

An old favourite is the leopard print Marc Jacobs cosmetic pouch that I use to carry far too many lip products and some makeup for touch ups throughout the day.  In here I have the usual suspects, Diptyque Perfumed Oil, Dior BB Creme, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAC Blot Powder etc.

In addition to the 3,457 neutral lip glosses, liners and lipsticks no doubt in my makeup bag, I have lip balm.  I alternate between the Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm and the By Terry Baume de Rose that I'm carrying with me this week.

I keep my Leap Card in this bright pink Reiss card holder.  The boring bits are made up of my phone, a hair tie, mini deodorant, gum and although missing from the picture, keys and headphones - nothing like a bitta BeyoncĂ© on the train to work at 8.00am!

Lastly my new love is the Saint Laurent Zip Around wallet for cards and cash.  Although there is not much cash in it at the moment because while previously I've been carry this Sophie Hulme Zip Top Bowling bag, there's a reason why I haven't pictured the bag this is all housed in...