I can’t believe we’re a whole month into the proper Autumn/Winter season already. It seems as though we’re skipping right past the gorgeous coppery Autumn though and straight to the dark chill of winter. Never mind! All the better for cosy jumpers, good coffee, boots, Netflix and beautiful shimmery make up. Here’s a quick run down of what I’ve been loving most this month.
Make-up wise, I haven’t been using many new things, but the products I have tried have been massively successful. Also, I’m really into these mini squashes right now for decorating the kitchen. This guy is a Munchkin Pumpkin from Tesco. I won’t eat it…but I think there’s something cool shout having pretty vegetables hanging around.
So, first thing’s first. I bought this Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream to take on holiday because it was a nice size and contained SPF 30, which is a good backstop for those Autumn European days when the weather turns out better than expected. I’m actually really impressed with this. It has a really thick, creamy formula which makes your skin feel really hydrated. I’ll probably buy it again over the usual Rich Moisturiser. Currently £3.45 in Superdrug. It’s on offer just now, but Simple products tend to be on offer more often than not.
I had a voucher for Debenhams so I treated myself (at last) to a travel sized Make Up Forever Mist & Fix setting spray. I was dubious of the £8 price tag, but it really helps your make up to stay on all day, and it’s nice to have a light spritz in the morning, especially now it’s getting colder and your skin is getting drier. You don’t need to put down the setting powder!
These Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polishes are really good quality, but the range is quite limited and you really need to use a base coat and top coat. The “Lycra” included doesn’t really prevent chipping so it isn’t the most long-wearing product. That said, the Nail Base and Top Coat is really impressive, especially with Barry M polish in between. The colour I plumped for is 402 Urban Purple, which applies quite reddish, but builds to a really lovely burgundy on the third coat.
I have three of these Rimmel London HD 5 Pan Eyeshadows and I’d give them a mixed review. I first bought Goldeneye about a year ago and loved the idea of a smoky grey look with that beautiful goldy mustard on the inner two thirds. I’m still in love with that one actually, but then I bought Pinkadilly Circus and found most of the colours to be far too bright and glittery so I hardly ever use it. This one, Brixton Brown, is autumnal perfection. I’ve swatches the colours above so you can see for yourself! £6.99 in Boots.
Finally, I have a couple of lifestyley things to throw into the mix. I bought a 10 book Harlan Coben collection from The Book People last year and have been gradually working my way through them, sandwiched between other books. I think I’m just over halfway through them now with Promise Me. He’s a great writer if you like an easy, thrilling read with likeable characters.
The Book People is a really great company actually, which I remember being catalogue only when I was a kid. They’ve transitioned really well into the online world and offer great deals, especially on their sets and cookbooks. Big recommend!
Mr Brooker and I went to IKEA a couple of months ago and they had this weird food tasting sort of event on which twisted my arm into picking up these biscuits. They are the best jammy sandwichy biscuits ever, and the chocolate ones are delightful too. Only 80p!
Finally, I’ve been hooked on Halt and Catch Fire. There are only two seasons on Amazon Instant Video at the moment but it has, thank goodness, been renewed for a third season. Thanks to Mr Brooker for finding this gem – he always makes the best recommendations. You kind of have to watch it to understand it, but it’s basically about the tech boom at its most exciting. Even if you don’t really get tech (like me) you’ll love this series if you like a good American drama. Plus, there’s an actor in it called Scoot McNairy plus the guy from Pushing Daisies. It just made me a bit sad that I don’t have a vocation to get them excited about.
See you soon for some baking recipes!