Yes, I realise it’s nearly the end of October. Really, I ought to call this ‘Nearly-November favourites’ but… I don’t want to, so I won’t.
As an aside, sorry for the complete black hole of inactivity here lately. The truth is, in order to blog successfully you need a fair amount of money, and/or a lot of free time – both of which I have been severely lacking in, since starting back at uni.
The good news is I do have a few post ideas lined up! The bad news is that they will probably be pretty slow. By far the longest part of making a blog post is editing the photographs, and these days I rarely find the time to sit in front of Photoshop for an hour or two. That being said, let’s commence onto my October Favourites! It’s very beauty based this month, so if you’re not into beauty, well… just skip this one. I’ll let you off.
L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Cleansing & Perfecting Milk – £3.99 [Superdrug]
I’ve tried a lot of cleansers, moisturisers, and face masks in my time. But nothing makes me wake up with smoother, more plump skin than this Cleansing Milk. It’s got a lovely texture (“milk” really is the perfect way to describe it), and effectively takes every ounce of make up away from my face, even after a make up wipe. Nothing makes my skin feel better.
Interestingly I do also have the Micellar Solution, also by L’oreal Paris in the same branding. This is just as great at taking make up off and I like to use it in the morning – however, while it is still great, it doesn’t really have the same skin perfecting benefits.
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser – £3.56 [Boots]
I’ve been using this every time I shower for a few weeks now. I’ve come to the conclusion that – while this isn’t actually the *best* moisturiser ever – it’s so handy in a rush. Personally, I hate ‘moisturiser hands’ – does anyone else call it that? – and I find that weirdly, once I wash my hands, they are more dry than they started with. I’ve experimented with avoiding that feeling – I did try a spray-on moisturiser [Vaseline, £4.99 from Boots] which didn’t totally eliminate the need to rub it in – so just doing all this in the shower doesn’t only save my poor hands, but it saves a lot of time. Who wants to walk around with sticky legs for a while? I have things to do!
However, like I mentioned earlier, this isn’t actually the best moisturiser if you want long lasting silky feelings. It pretty much only lasts the day, but that being said, who really needs to feel fabulous every moment of every day? (Ok, so everyone.)
Rimmel London Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet in 405 ‘Orange-ology’ – £6.49 [Boots]
I recently discovered – much to my shock – that I quite suit orange lip colours! I had always assumed that because of my hair, I should stay as far away from orange as possible, and instead frequently bought simple nude or muted red lip colours, neither of which (especially the red) particularly suited me. Then one day I tried orange, and wow, new favourite. This Rimmel lip lacquer is especially fantastic. I have tried Apocalips before and loved it (50% because of the quality, and 50% because of the pun in the name), so the moment I heard they’d brought out a Matte ‘velvet’ version, I went and had a look-see. This really is just like velvet, if that’s even possible. Not quite as matte as lipstick, but very matte considering I put it on with a wand. The lacquer itself does come off at the first chance it gets – but wait – it actually stains the lips underneath it so well that this stuff lasts for hours! So even when the lacquer itself is off partying on the rim of a Starbucks cup somewhere, your lips are still (nearly) as bright as the moment you put it all on. Five stars.
Maybelline Colour Elixir Lip Lacquer in 135 ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ – £6.99 [Superdrug]
My second favourite lip colour of the month – and it’s another surprise. This bright violet purple is very buildable, so there’s actually quite a few ‘shades’ lurking in this little container. The clever packaging disguises the lacquer as a typical lipstick, but, twist off the top and it’s actually a wand, which I suppose is pretty interesting even if I can’t quite see the point. It glides on smoothly, and while it is a bit sticky, it’s a great moisturiser and an even greater colour. I sometimes even use this instead of simple lip balm if I’m feeling a little chapped, and it adds a little something-something to any look. Looks great in winter – but beware, your hair WILL get stuck in it when the wind picks up. You have been warned.
Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Nude Vanilla – £3.99 [Superdrug]
By the time this is coming off my nails, I’m already painting it back on. That should give you a little clue about how much I like this nail paint. It’s chic and easy – mostly because you don’t need a top coat (it would ruin the Matte effect – duh) unless you had matte top coat. Which, incidentally, I do in the shape of Bourjois So Matte – £5.99 from Superdrug, though I’m not really sure it’s worth it. Back to the Barry M – the colour is a beautiful mushroom-y, slightly purple-y, nude, and looks really great when matched with anything. My only qualm is the same qualm I have with every Matte nail paint I own – it doesn’t necessarily stay matte. I think this is probably something to do with the amount of oils that reach our hands throughout the day, so not necessarily a fault on the nail paint’s behalf. But, t’s something to keep in mind all the same.
Other than that, I love it. A lot.
The 1000 Journals Project by Someguy – £14.84 [Amazon]
I’ve had this book a while actually, and I like to flip through it every now and again. This month, though, I’ve found it a particularly good read for some reason. The basic premise is that ‘Someguy’ sent 1000 journals off around the world, and each time they changed hands, the current owner created a page or two within. This book is the culmination of the project, with only the best pages inside.
I couldn’t really explain without another picture, could I? (And, yes, the Barry M Matte is present too, for the eagle-eyed among you). Some of the pages have illustrations, some are just scribbles, and some of my favourite pages even have real stitching sewn into them. On every page there is something that will inspire you at one time or another – it’s a real creative dream, and I highly recommend it.
And that just about wraps up my first monthly favourites post! In a few days, I’ll have to start writing another. Speaking of which, hasn’t time just flown right by? I almost can’t believe it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed all my recommendations for this month! Keep your eyes peeled for more posts to come. For now, just be sure to wrap up toasty and enjoy Autumn while it lasts, before the biting chill of Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose.