Sunday, 24 September 2017

When The Stars Go Blue...

Happy Sunday, you beautiful bunch! Over the past couple of months, I’ve received a fair few messages asking if I’d do a post on my daily make-up routine. I’ve always shied away from beauty posts, as to be quite honest, I feel totally unqualified to do so. I’ve never been massively adventurous with my makeup. Over the years, I've found a basic routine that makes me look like I've made a bit of effort for the day ahead, but most importantly, allows me to get ready in the quickest amount of time. I'll watch a million makeup tutorials, however my attention-span and skill for doing it myself is minimal. That said, I do love finding and picking up new skincare pieces, so I thought I’d leave the tutorials to the professionals and instead, share some of my new fave skincare pieces, along with some homeware and lifestyle additions that I’ve been enjoying this month…


Moisturiser: After hearing about my out-of-the-blue problematic skin woes, a friend brought over this surface hydration moisturiser for me to try and I’m loving it. It's from the Ordinary Range of skincare  by Deciem, who pride themselves on clinical formulations with integrity – ditching any unneeded scents and over-embellished packaging, which I always think looks way better on your dressing table anyway. It's alcohol-free, vegan, cruelty-free (tick, tick, tick from me) and the consistency is less gloopy than other moisturisers that I’ve used before and a tiny amount goes along way (more ticks). I've been applying a thin layer after I’ve washed my face every evening is making my skin so super soft and my makeup so easy to apply in the morning. Bonus points: it's really affordable.

Also on the moisturiser front, I’ve been keeping a small travel-szie tube of the Malin + Goetz vitamin b5 moisuriser in my bag for my hands as the weather gets colder, which I also find works a treat.

Setting Spray: This is a fairly new addition to my collection, which has came about because of my love / hate relationship with eyeliner and my inability to leave a cat-eye wing smudge-free When I do fancy a bolder eye, I use the Eyeko skinny liquid liner and set with a spritz of the NYX matte finish spray, which does wonders for makeup longevity, especially if you have plans straight from work.

Deodrant: Something else that I picked up recently is this Rose & Geranium deodrant from Neal’s Yard Remedies. I mean, deodorant is never the most exciting thing to buy but it does feel more of a treat using a beautifully scented slick every morning.

Candles: I was really excited when I heard that Aldi had brought out dupes of Jo Malone’s signature scents. I missed the boat on the first release but managed to get hands on all three scents this time round and I’m actually quite impressed with them. Firstly, there a really decent size and whilst my expectations were that they would burn too fast and un-evenly, like most cheaper candles do... so far so good! I’ve just found out that Aldi are now doing Lily Flame dupes, which is one of my all-time favourite candle brands, so I’ll report back on what they’re like after I scout them out! I am absolutely loving Caroline Burke’s blog for DIY inspo right now. After purchasing our first home a year and a half ago, we initially rushed through a bunch of bigger projects at lightning speed and subsequently, slowed down and got complacent. Over the past month, we've got a renewed energy to finalise and finish rooms and I’m so looking forward to giving a few of her mid-century modern DIY projects a go. Speaking of which...

Desino: After months of swatching, we finally found the perfect colour for our living room, which meant we could start ordering some extra artwork that I’d spotted on Desino (the fun bit). For one side of the fireplace, we choose a city map of Berlin (somewhere that we’ve visited and adored countless times over the years) and a few other pieces for around the house including some moon phase and typography prints, which we've been mixing up with some pieces we've collected.

Ryan Adams: We went to see (one of) the love(s) of my life play in Cambridge on Thursday night and  I'm not going to gush too much but it sounded spectacular, it looked spectacular and it even smelled spectacular thanks to the clouds of woody incense that were emitted from the fog machines. It was so good, that I bought merch for the first time in over a decade. Well, I announced that I was going to buy merch for the first time in over a decade and James sneakily picked up this print on the way back from a ciggie break, cause he’s cute like that.

Podcasts: I listen to podcasts more than I watch TV and netflix. I’m easily bored when I have to sit down and with something but I love being able to shove on a podcast whilst pottering around the house. Recently, I’ve been listening to Glamour ‘Hey, it’s ok…’ and the ‘At home with…’ series by Lily & Anna, both of which offer more informal (and thus, more interesting) conversational interviews and behind-the-scenes glimpses into peoples lives, homes and wardrobes. Perfect for keeping the motivation up whilst doing all the mundane household chores.

Literature: You know you're a loud and proud advocate for women doing good things, when your parents pick you up a children's booked called: “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World”. It really is the sweetest book and with Christmas creeping up on us, I thought I’d share as I think it’d make such a nice gift for kids, to learn about notable females throughout history, who’ve made such a massive impact in their field. WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!

Porridge: Probably a strange one to include in favourites but, oh boy, I am so ready for hearty, warm Autumn comfort food now. As I’ve started reaching for the knitwear, I’ve also started to swap my salad lunches for chunky soups, and for breakfast, I’m re-kindling a love for porridge - I'm a 29 year old nanna, I know!

I’ve recently swapped out regular cow’s milk for Almond and Coconut milk (in an attempt to work out whas giving me an allergic reaction) and it’s a complete game-changer. Everything, including a Yorkshire brew tastes way better and if you’re dubious about how good porridge can be in the morning, you need to check out the banana bread and cherry bakewell version recipes from Niomi Smart’s Eat Smart. So simple, so delish.

I think that’s all for now. Let me know if you would like me to put together another of these favourite round-up posts in a couple of months time and do let me know what you've been loving lately :)

Thanks for reading!
Much L xo
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