Thursday, 26 September 2013

September favourites

Here we are again - another month has gone and I have some new favourites to show you, and this month I really have LOVED these particular products and there's barely been a day when I haven't used at least one or two of them.

I don't know many girls these days who would be without a dry shampoo and although there are lots of different ones available, Batiste for me still make the best. Not only are they very affordable, but they have lots of wonderful scents as well and they keep releasing new ones too. I've been using Paisley a lot in September, because it's a slightly more warm and spicy scent, perfect for the cooler days. For some reason I can't find this at Superdrug or Boots online, perhaps it's not sold anymore but if you do see it in the shop - give it a try before it disappears completely. 

At the beginning of the month I bought some goodies from Soap & Glory and since then my go to body cream has been the Smoothie Star Body Buttercream. I've done a full review of it earlier so I'll keep this fairly short and just say that it's the most amazing thick body cream I've used in a long time. It completely moisturizes your skin and has the most fantastic scent of pistachio, almond and vanilla that remains for a good few hrs after you've applied it. I can't say enough good things about it and it's really got me hooked on Soap & Glory products.

Since I've taken a few weeks off from nail polish this month I've focused a lot on nourishing and treating my nails and cuticles and one of the products I've used is the amazing Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. I've had this previously and every time I use it again it just reminds me of how much I like this. It's a very rich butter that softens the cuticles and nourishes your nails using different oils - soya, avocado and coconut together wish shea and mango butter. But the best thing about it, is its warm and sweet lemon scent - it's just so refreshing and my nails really feel much stronger and revitalized. After I did a review of the cuticle butter, I got a few messages from you that said that it was also great to use for other dried areas like elbows, feet and hands - so it seems like this is a multi purpose cream, and an exceptionally yummy one at that.  

Another product that I bought this month and have loved ever since is the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne. There's nothing as indulgent as treating yourself to something from Jo Malone and this scent is truly de luxe. It's a light, sheer floral fragrance with fruity elements. It has just the right balance between what I call the "rosy pink" scent of peonies, roses, jasmine and apples. For me it's a striking and elegant but romantic and soft fragrance that is simply stylish. I've described it in full in a previous post where you can also see the candle that I bought at the same time, which by the way is as lovely as I hoped it would be and the house smells lovely!

We are well and truly into Autumn now but I haven't actually changed that much when it comes to my makeup. By and large I still wear similar shades of golden, bronze metallics as I did during Summer - somehow it works really well for the season. But I have of course introduced some new products and one of the new items is the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tins for Eyes. I had been looking at this for ages and eventually decided that it was time to get on the Chubby stick train. Most of you have probably heard of them and maybe even tried these or similar ones. It's a long lasting and smudge proof eye shadow in a that has to be the easiest product ever to use. I'm sure there are lots of ways of using it but I simply apply eye shadow all over the lid, without even being particularly careful and then I blend it out.

I've been wearing Ample Amber, sometimes on it's own, sometimes with a darker shadow in the outer corners and even with a colorful eyeliner on the lower waterline, and I've loved it. The finish is so natural and sheer, but still with enough pigmentation. The only thing I would say is that yes it is long lasting, but I don't find that it lasts all day - at least not on me, but it's no big deal and despite it I will definitely get more shades to play with.
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Clinique Chubby Stick - Ample Amber
No 7 Moisture Drench Lipstick - Mulberry

The other change I've made to make my look a little bit more seasonal is to my lipstick. I've reluctantly started to move away from my very loved Bourjois Lip Crayon Peach on the Beach and have introduced a rustier auburn raspberry shade using my No 7 Moisture Drench lipstick in Mulberry 15. It's a wonderful formula that helps to keep the lips hydrated and smooth and it also has SPF. Even though the lipstick in a way feels like wearing a lip balm it doesn't compromise on color, finish or wear. The pigmentation is fairly strong, leaving a lovely soft satin finish and it lasts about 3-4 hrs before you need to touch up. This probably isn't considered long lasting by most, but the fact that it doesn't dry in that funny horrible way along the lip contours, even after having eaten to me that makes the wear great, and I certainly don't mind reapplying when it's so moisturizing for the lips.  

What have you really loved this month and have you started to make changes to your routine to suit Autumn?

53 comments:

  1. Great post Charlotte, I am a big Batiste fan, love the Jo Malone fragrances and want to try the Clinique shadow tins.
    http://www.naomitalksbeauty.com/

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    1. Thank you so much - Batiste have released some new interesting scents that I can't wait to try :o). Xx

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  2. I love monthly favourites posts, I'm glad we're at that time again :) I'm sooooo jealous of your Jo Malone perfume! I had a teeny weeny sample sent to me and I'm absolutely in love with it so gotta find some pennies to buy the full sized one now x x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! Well Christmas is coming up too, so that could be a nice tip for friends or family :o). Xx

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  3. I can never be without a can of Batiste, I have to go with the one for dark hair though as it'll turn me grey otherwise.
    And I daren't smell any Jo Malone fragrances for fear of wanting one really badly and not being able to afford it D:
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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    1. Batiste is just amazing! LOL I know what you mean - Jo Malone has too many lovely scents! :o). Xx

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  4. The no7 lipstick looks like a perfect auntumn shade, just what I need!!

    I haven't used a dry shampoo in a while, I think I need to look at the new Batiste ones!

    Lora

    Tansandtiaras.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hiya Lora, thank you so much for visiting! I really like No 7 makeup - they're good quality and value for money, but somehow they're not mentioned every often :o). Xx

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  5. those are all some great choices!

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  6. I had a sample of that Jo Malone perfume - it's gorgeous!! I'd love to get my hands on a bottle! :) The Ample Amber Chubby looks nice too! I have one of those on my wishlist, but in the shade Whopping Willow!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'd love to try that shade too - most of them are so pretty. Xx

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  7. I absolutely love Batiste because the packaging is so fun! lipsticklovexo.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. i have wanted to try Jo Malone for ages now, i think that may be my next buy :D

    kirstylovesx.blogspot.co.uk

    xoxo

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    1. Hi Kirsty and thanks a million for visiting! Oh I hope you'll like their products and let me know which scent you decide to go for :o). Xx

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  9. I couldn't live without Batiste! I haven't seen that scent before but it looks lovely! I'm also a huge Soap & Glory fan and love their body butters and body lotions. My fave is the Righteous Butter body lotion - the scent is amazing!

    Rachael, overdosedemaquillage.blogspot.com

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    1. Hiya Rachael and thank you for visiting! I hope you can still get hold of Paisley, but if not there are lots other lovely ones to choose from. Have joined your blog and hope you'll visit again soon :o). Xx

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  10. I like your blog!
    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know!
    Gosia
    visit me soon on http://pearlinfashion.blogspot.co.at/

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    1. Hi Gosia and thank you so much for visiting! Of course, I've joined your blog now and I hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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    2. Sure! I followed you too! Lets stay in touch! <3

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  11. lovely blog dear....
    if you want we can follow each ether, on GCP, facebook and chicissimo if you want,,
    just make me know...
    kiss from
    http://maysesmodamour.blogspot.com/2013/09/sporty-and-casual.html

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    1. Ciao Maise, thanks a million for visiting and for leaving such a nice comment! I'm following you on GFC, Twitter and Bloglovin' now. Hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  12. I hear a lot of good things about Batiste but I've also it heard that it doesn't last as long as some others. What is your experience?

    -Chrissy of crashbeauty.com

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    1. Hey Chrissy! Ah, that's interesting I hadn't heard that before. For me Batiste works a dream, it gives the hair texture, refreshes it, has a lovely scent and I've never thought that it didn't last, so only good things from me :o). Xx

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  13. great post!!you have a lovely blog, something different
    shall we follow?would be nice, facebook/bloglovin
    greetings from Holland
    http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

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    1. Hello Kelly and thanks for visiting and your nice comment! Of course, I have joined you on Twitter and Bloglovin'. Hope you'll be back soon! Xx

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  14. Lovely round up here Charlotte! Clinique's Ample Amber is totally on my list xo

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    1. Thank you - Ample Amber is such a lovely subtle shade but I'd like to try some of the others too! Xx

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  15. Almost all of those products are new to me! I wish I would find a good lipstick for fall, I don't think that I can pull the darker ones though haha.

    http://lostlovedtiia.blogspot.fi/

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    1. Hiya Tiia! Thanks for visiting - I hope you find a nice lipstick to suit you. I'm like you a bit worried about the darker shades, so even though plum looks amazing on others, I don't think it works on me :o). Joined your blog and hope you'll visit again soon! Xx

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  16. Hi Charlotte,
    Thank you very much for your comment on my blog! I really appreciat that.
    I also have a dry shampoo from Batiste, but I don't use is very often. It kinda makes my hair feel very dusty. Or maybe I just use it in the wrong way (that's also possible, hehe). I do like the smell though, it smells really good!

    Sofie x
    http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thanks to you for leaving a comment :o)! Sometimes I get way too much as well, but the advantage with blonde hair is that it doesn't show too much :o). Xx

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  17. Hiya, just letting you know I tagged you for the Liebster Award, you can see it here - http://blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/liebster-award-take-two.html :) You have a great blog!

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hello Hannah, thank you so much that's so nice of you. I'll have a look and respond in a few days! Xx

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  18. Gotta love a Batiste dry shampoo, it's just a staple product! :)

    http://www.blogthiswithhannah.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Your pictures are beautiful-- I've heard so much about Jo Malone perfumes I really want to check them out now!

    biffsquiggled.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your nice comment! They are amazing and I hope you find one you'll like as much as I do. Joined your blog and hope you'll come back to visit again soon! Xx

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  20. i have been obsessing over Soap and Glory's products lately, i haven' seen that particular one i am going to have to try to find it.! I never heard of Jo Malone i am going to have to look into that. Thanks Doll enjoyed your favs.

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    1. Thank you so much, that's really nice of you! Xx

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  21. What a great batch of goodies this month! I want to try them all! I just picked up an eyeshadow crayon from MUA so although I don't have a chubby one yet i'm excited to try it out :) I can't believe September is almost over...

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. Thank you that's so nice of you! I bought one from MUA as well and it seems really great! Xx

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  22. Oooh, loving the lip colours! Great products.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  23. I LOVE Batiste dry shampoo! It's my all time favorite. Soap and Glory products are awesome as well. I really want to try the Cuticle Butter from Lush! Hopefully I can get some soon, my nails definitely need it! Great post!

    www.beautyandbliss67.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much and the Lush butter is fantastic! Xx

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