Saturday, 17 October 2020

Essie Autumn Nail Favourites

Essie Fall Nail Colors

Essie Autumn Fall Nail Favourites

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Essie is one of my favourite nail vanish brands and whether you're a newbie to the brand or a long time wearer, I feel like there are always more Essie shades to discover. Today I wanted to share five of my current Autumn go-to shades and hopefully they'll inspire your next manicure too. 

The lightest of the bunch is Ladylike*, a nail vanish colour that I have re-purchased multiple times. The classic mauve hue looks pretty throughout the whole year, but there's something about this shade that makes me think of the colder months. When I don't want to wear anything dark in the Autumn, then this is my go-to as it isn't as light as a nude. It has great longevity and can withstand quite a lot without chipping. 

Angora Cardi is not only one of my favourite Autumn nail polish shades, but it's also been named most popular nail polish on Pinterest, so it's safe to say it's loved by many. It's got a deep raspberry tone which is a great fail-safe when I'm not sure what colour to go for. 

Essie Fall Autumn Favourites

I was debating putting Fishnet Stockings* in this round up as although I love a red for this time of the year, it is a lot brighter than the other shades on offer. For me, I enjoy a pillar box red when I want something striking, but sometimes I want something a little more low key. Fishnet Stockings still has that classic red look, but as it's a little deeper (but still rich!), this will always be my go-to red pick. 

As you can see from the photos, Sole Mate and Bordeaux are quite similar in the bottle, however one has a deep plum hue and the other has a red tint. Sole Mate would be perfect for anybody that loves a burgundy nail vanish shade, but wants to go even darker! I personally always reach for it at this time of the year as it gives me Halloween vibes with it's deep colour that can almost appear black at times. 

Last up we have Bordeaux* which is the super sexy deep red that I love to wear when throughout Autumn and into the colder months. It looks darker in the bottle than it does on the fingernails, in fact, it's pretty close to what Fishnet Stockings look like, so people often pass it by, but I would 10/10 recommend. I've been re-purchasing it for years and I'm glad to have a fresh new bottle in my collection. 

What are your favourite Autumn Essie nail vanish shades? 
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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Autumn Makeup Picks

Autumn Fall Makeup 2020

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I'm very basic when it comes to Autumn makeup, but if it ain't broke then don't fix it. I love a glowing base, burgundy tones and mauve hues. Throughout Spring and Summer this year I've been wearing the same fresh, natural makeup look, so now it's a new season, I'm back experimenting with my Autumn makeup. 

The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow* is a long time favourite of mine and at this time of the year, I've been using it more than ever. I apply it underneath my foundation and it helps to perk up my dehydrated, lacklustre skin. 

If you think my Nars Laguna Bronzer* is looking shiny and new it's because I'm still using my old one which although it is looking a little worse for wear, it's lasted me a long time. It's one of my favourite bronzers for slightly contouring the face and adding warmth to my complexion - plus the pan itself is huge! 

For blushers, I've been switching between two, the Nars Orgasm* and the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion. The latter has been in my Autumn round ups for a few years now, but it's honestly a perfect mauve hue that suits my complexion perfectly. Nars Orgasm is more for when I want a pop of colour and add a bit of pink to my makeup look. 

On my eyes, I've been trying out the L'Oreal Air Volume Mascara* and although it wouldn't be great if you wanted super intense eye makeup, this is great for everyday wear especially if I'm wearing a brighter lip. 

Talking of lipstick, I haven't worn an intense lip in the longest time, but I thought now was the perfect time to add a little colour to my day. The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Queen* is my go-to for when I want a classic red hue and I feel like it works great with the other makeup products that I've mentioned. 

What are your favourite Autumn makeup products? 

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

October Fashion Favourites

October Autumn Fashion Inspiration
October Autumn Fashion Inspiration

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It'll come as no surprise that Autumn fashion is my favourite. The check prints, rust tones and the cosy layers always make my heart sing and as I've got a never ending wishlist, I thought I'd share some of my Autumn fashion inspiration with you today. 

If you follow me on my Instagram then you would have already seen the Dorothy Perkins Floral Midi Skirt*, but the dark floral print feels very fitting for the cosiest season of all. I first wore it with my favourite Only Ribbed Cream Jumper tucked in, but it looks just as nice with this Berksha Burgundy Long Top for a pop of colour. 

I was kindly sent over this Miss Selfridge Burgundy Longline Aviator Jacket* and I have been wearing it to death. It keeps me warm when paired with a skirt, but it's great for long Autumnal walks when worn with a pair of cosy trousers too. It's super versatile and the colour looks beautiful in my wardrobe. 

New Look have been killing it with their new-in pieces at the moment and I've been wearing their Colour Block Jumper* a lot lately for when I need to cosy up and have something easy to wear.  My other favourite is the Balloon Polka Dot Dress* which I wore on my 24th birthday and it just makes me feel like a princess - plus it's super comfortable, despite looking put together! 

Here are some of the other items on my wishlist: 
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Saturday, 10 October 2020

TV Shows and Films To Watch This Halloween

TV Shows and Films To Watch Halloween
It's officially spooky season and as I've decorated my home already for Halloween, I thought it was fitting to do a blog post dedicated to my favourite TV shows and films to watch over the next few weeks. Whether you want to hide your eyes with a cushion or be engrossed in a true crime story, gather your snacks as here's a list of my go-to Halloween watches. 

The Haunting of Bly Manor | This is the next instalment of the well loved series The Haunting of Hill House and I'm totally here to being spooked in the evenings.  

The Vampire Diaries | I started watching this back in early September in the attempt to watch it up until Halloween as there's so many series to watch, but as I got distracted by Gilmore Girls amongst everything else on offer it's looking like I'll have to start watching it again pretty soon to finish by the 31st. Nevertheless, it's a great show that will have you gripped and although there's lots of Vampires involved (who would have guessed?) it's not particularly scary, so you'll be able to sleep well at night. 

True Crime | I couldn't narrow it down to just one true crime documentary, but I'd definitely recommend watching one or two documentaries over the next few weeks. They're my favourite for when I want something to watch that'll make me put down my phone and engross me in the TV for a couple of hours. Don't F**k With Cats, Abducted In Plain Sight and American Murder are two that I'd recommend to you. 

Here is a full list of my Halloween TV show recommendations:

- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 
- Santa Clarita Diet
- Stranger Things
- The Boys 
- Ratched  
- A Series of Unfortunate Events 
- America Horror Story 
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer 
- Unsolved Mysteries 
- Mind Hunter 
- The Fall 
- Scream Queens
- The Walking Dead
TV Shows and Films To Watch Halloween

Knives Out | Starting off with a non-scary option for Halloween and that's Knives Out. It's an easy to watch that will make you laugh at times and has an air mystery to it, so it's great for the lead up to Halloween. It's a 
whodunit with a fair few twists and you'll spend most of your time going "where's he/she from again?" as there's so many familiar faces in it. 

Hocus Pocus | Another great option for those of you who don't want a film to make you jump. This is on Disney Plus at the moment and although it's a quite an old film now, it definitely gives you all the best spooky, witchy feels. 

The Classics | Although there's lot of horror films that will make you hide behind your pillow or be scared to go up the stairs in the dark, the classics can sometimes be just as great for when you want to feel nostalgia (and sometimes have a giggle at). Think Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Scream.

Here is a full list of my Halloween film recommendations: 

- The Addams Family
- Enola Holmes 
- A Quiet Place
- Get Out
- Shutter Island 
- The Nightmare Before Christmas  
- Maleficent 
- Practical Magic 
- Edward Scissorhands 
- Sinister 
- The Woman in Black
- Halloweentown 
- The Purge 
- Paranormal Activity 
- Corpse Bride
- Coraline 

Did you spot any of your Halloween favourites? 
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Friday, 9 October 2020

Casual Halloween Outfit Ideas

Casual Halloween Outfit Ideas

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Halloween is just around the corner and now I have an excuse to proudly wear my spooky themed wardrobe. You don't have to wait until the 31st to dress up and if you're looking for inspiration then this should be the post for you. 

T-shirts are my favourite way to add a bit of Halloween to my everyday looks as they can be worn subtly with a checked skirt or a pair of black jeans. This Sanderson Sisters Hocus Pocus T-Shirt is one that I recently picked up and it's everything I hoped for as it's a super easy spooky season item to wear and I can see myself wearing this beyond October. 

Pyjamas are another favourite of mine, Brave Soul being the brand that I've been lusting after the most after spotting their Pumpkin Sleep Tee and I knew instantly that I needed it (how perfect is it for me?!). If you want a sleep set instead then I think this Creepin It Real Pyjama Set is adorable and looks comfortable to lounge about in too. 

If you want to add something a little subtle then of course jewellery and tights are the best way to do this. These Skeleton Earrings would not only look cute with a full skeleton Halloween outfit, but would work well throughout October too. For me, these Spider Web Tights are on my wishlist because I feel like they'd work over and over again for a variety of spooky themed outfits this month!

Below are a few of my other favourites: 


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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Etsy Halloween Shops To Check Out

 Etsy Halloween Shops To Check Out

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Halloween items are slowly trickling into shops and although trick or treating may be cancelled this year, decorating your home and embracing the season definitely isn't. I've been scouring the internet for new-in pieces to pick up as I love how I've slowly built my collection over the years. Today we're focusing on Etsy Halloween shops to fill your home with spooky skeletons and lots of pumpkins too. 

First up I have a few clothing items to share as I've been filling my wishlist with some easy to wear items. This quirky yet adorable Boo Bee T-Shirt is honestly amazing and I really want to treat myself to it as I feel like it'd be great paired with anything and will be worn year upon year. I've been debating getting a Sanderson Sisters Hocus Pocus T-Shirt for many years now and I think I've finally decided what design I want! If neither of those are for you then this Pumpkin Halloween T-Shirt will be because the print is so cute, in fact I don't think I'd ever take it off. 

In terms of Halloween decorations, I always think banners are a good idea. This Felt Black Bat Garland is absolutely adorable and I feel like it'd work with the other decorations I have in my collection really well. Little Miss Delicious, the Etsy shop they're from does cute pumpkin and skeleton versions too! 

As you know, I love a novelty mug and Etsy is site I always scour to check out their new releases as you can often find some unique pieces to collect. I've shared this Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please Glass Mug is a previous post, but I just can't help but dream how amazing this would look in photos. If that isn't your kind of thing then this Pumpkin Spice Mug looks a look more classic and would be great for a hot chocolate topped with lots of whipped cream! 

I came across this Paint Your Own Bat Tealight Kit and couldn't help but think that this would be a great gift for anybody who has a birthday in this month or even if you just want an activity to do around Halloween time. You get to display something you've decorated at the end of it, so it's perfect for adding a personal touch to your spooky decorations. 

Lastly we have Hooray Days which is a brand I wanted to share as a whole as I've been looking through their whole Etsy site to gather inspiration for my own decorations. These Eyeball Floating Candles are absolutely perfect for a spooky themed bath and I'm super tempted to get them! Here are some other ideas selected on Etsy's Editor Picks that you may find useful if you're looking for food themed items, themed candles or even pet costumes! 

Will you be decorating for Halloween this year? 

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5 Things I've Added To My October To-Do List

October To Do List
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." October is here - my favourite month of the year! Pumpkins are trickling into shops, the nights are getting cosier and I turn twenty four very soon as well. Here are five things I've added to my October to-do list: 

Celebrate My Birthday | It's my birthday on the 5th and it's Tom's two weeks later, so we'e got lots of birthday celebrations coming up! I've not got much planned for the big day, but I'm hopefully off to a pumpkin patch, getting a tasty takeaway and eating all the cake. I've got into the habit of treating myself this week, so no doubt that will go on long into next week. 

Head To A Pumpkin Patch | I didn't expect to be able to go to a pumpkin patch this year, but I quickly booked a couple to go to over my birthday weekend and I'm super excited. It feels like a yearly tradition now and rather than going to same one we've been to three years on the trot, we're trying a couple of new ones out. I'm sure I'll be coming home with one or two pumpkins (or twenty!). 

Decorate For Halloween | Of course pumpkins are a huge part of decorating for Halloween, but I've been slowly collecting some other pieces to put out throughout the month of October. To me, this is the officially time for anything spooky, so I'll definitely be putting on a horror film and decorating my house with banners, ghost shaped tea lights and pulling out my favourite Halloween mugs. 

Autumnal Content | If you follow me on Instagram or on Tik Tok then you'll know that I have been posting Autumn content since the start of September, but now it's my favourite month I hope to post more Halloween outfits as well as Autumn scenes to enjoy. Of course Christmas will be upon us before we know it, so I'm going to start planning some festive content towards the end of October too. 

Have Regular Phone-Free Evenings | Recently I've been struggling to relax and fall asleep, so I've tried to make phone-free evenings a regular occurrence to help. Often it includes signing off for the day, making dinner, running a bath to relax and then settling down with a new Netflix series. It can be a struggle not to pick it up at times, but unless I choose to watch ASMR before bed, I'm trying to not use it until the following day. 

What's on your October to-do list? 

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