Dressing for Autumn

Ganni T-shirt
I try and buy clothing that I can wear all year round, and this whole outfit contains pieces that I know I won't be putting into storage anytime soon. The clogs will be paired with thick ankle socks, and these floral Topshop trousers will look great with a chunky cropped knit and ankle boots. 

T-shirt // Trousers // Jacket (old) // Shoes (similar here)

The Glossier lowdown and recommendations

Glossier favourites

It’s here!  Glossier has finally launched in the UK, and I’m going to put my hand up high and admit that at 7am on launch day, I was refreshing their website until it finally allowed me to make a purchase (or two!). 

Maybe you don’t know what Glossier is, but that’s fine as I’m here to give you the lowdown on the brand.

Glossier is the brainchild of the editor of one of my fav beauty blogs, Into The Gloss, Emily Weiss. She has created a beauty brand that has become nothing short of a beauty phenomenon. The New York-based company has had a cult following since it launched a few years ago. However, it’s not been exactly easy to get your hands on their products unless you live in the US. My first experience with Glossier’s products was when I visited their showroom on a trip to New York last year - they opened their showroom to their customers, and it just so happened to be over a weekend I was in the city - result! 

Aside from that initial visit, I’ve been able to bribe a US-based friend / family member / work colleague to visit their New York showroom, or make a purchase on the website and have it delivered to their US address, for them to bring it over to the UK on their next visit. This may sound complicated, and you may wonder why I’ve gone to these lengths, but it’s been worth it. 

I’m sure you’ve noticed the hype surrounding this brand - it’s everywhere at the moment, and I’m definitely not the first to preach about it, but I wanted to share my favourite Glossier products on here as I’ve been lucky enough to road test a fair few bits over the last 18 months. Like with most beauty brands, there are some real winners that have me recommending them to anyone that will listen, and some that didn’t have me jumping for joy. You can read my thoughts on their Phase 2 kit here, which I reviewed last year. But, here’s the lowdown on what I’ve tried since, what I think are worth keeping, and the product that won’t be hanging around on my bathroom shelves...

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser
I've already got through a whole tube of this, and a little goes a long way! My dehydrated skin massively relies on moisturiser. This one is not greasy, or even heavy and leaves my skin glowing and saturated ready for the other products I shove on my face. It's great on it's own or under makeup as it's so lightweight. 

One of the cult products that everyone raves about, this cleanser is super-gentle, fragrance-free, ultra-comforting make-up remover and face wash. Honestly, I'm not a massive fan of this (I can hear Glossier fans gasping!) but, I've found that my skin doesn't like it one bit. 

Glossier Face Masks
The Mask Duo, £28 (or £18 each)
Two masks. One designed to detox, and one to moisturise your skin. 
The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is to draw out any impurities - basically giving your face a good old detox. It does make my uber sensitive skin tingle, but it doesn't sting or leave it red. 

The Moisturising Moon Mask plumps, soothes and brightens the skin - giving you that amazing 'Glossier glow' and a couple of days after using it, my skin still feels so soft and clean. 

Both do exactly what they say on their tubs - I use these once a week and I love how they make my skin look and feel for days after. 

Glossier Balm Dot Com
Glossier products are all about dewy luminosity. This product doesn't fall short in doing this. Coming in various flavours, you can use these to gloss your cheekbones and eyelids, or soothe dry lips and skin. The Cherry one has an ever-so-subtle tint - perfect for your lips and cheeks, and my absolute favourite, Birthday adds a little shimmer, and tastes/smells absolutely delicious. 

Glossier Haloscope
Now, I haven't really ever been a fan of highlighter. I've found the ones I've used in the past to be too glittery! This Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter in moonstone comes in the form of a creamy stick which you twist to use. It gives you a lovely natural glow, that can be built up. I apply it with my fingers, patting it on to my cheekbones, brow bone and Cupid's bow. I also use it on my eyelids instead of eyeshadow when I'm going for the no makeup, makeup look. 

Glossier Boy Brow
This is a fairly new addition to my Glossier collection, as I'm usually a powder blush fan. Glossier Cloud Paint is a super light cream blusher that glides on so smoothly, giving you a lovely natural flush of colour on your cheeks. I have the shade Puff, and have purchased another shade (Dusk) as I love the formula and look this product gives you. Plus, the packaging is super cute and is perfect for travelling with. 

I thought I'd leave the best till last! My favourite Glossier product is Boy Brow. I first picked this up in New York last year, and I get slight heart palpitations if I find myself running low. An absolute makeup bag staple, Boy Brow is the Glossier product I ALWAYS recommend to people who ask what they should pick up when they visit their showroom. The reason why I love this product so much? It won't leave your brows sticky or crunchy, comes in a range of shades to suit all (Clear, Brown, Black and Blonde) and, the wand is perfectly small, giving the perfect application. 

So, there's my lowdown. I've just purchased a couple of other products, which I will add to this post once I've had a chance to try them out.

Also, if you fancy 10% off your first Glossier order, click here - Happy shopping! 

Life lately

Hello! It’s been a little whilst since my last blog post - nearly 2 months. But, in all honestly I’ve not really been feeling myself, and with work being very busy as well I’ve been trying to take some time offline to just relax. My blog is a hobby, which means I enjoy doing it but now and then I need to take a break from it as it can get slightly overwhelming. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer at work, and with creating content for the blog, it can sometimes mean I spend more time online than off.

If you’re a regular reader, and/or follow me on my social media channels, you’ll know I suffer from anxiety and depression. The last few months have been tricky as I’ve been struggling with various things which I won’t go into detail on here about but, I’ve realised taking time off from online life in the evenings and weekends has helped a little.

The internet can be a funny old place sometimes, and whilst I can find it an escape from things that are getting me down, or making me feel calmer about stuff, it can also seriously stress me out. After a few weeks away from the blog, I am feeling better, but I’m also trying to chill out a bit which means posts on here may not be as frequent as they have been this year.

So, please bear with, and if I disappear every now and then, know I’ll always be back.

Wildfire Women, Brighton

Wildfire Women

On the 9th & 10th September, the Synergy Center in Brighton will throw open it's doors to Wildfire Women. It will play host to performances from over 15 women (and 1 man) who work in a variety of industries, including TV & Film, and music. There will also be talks from brilliant business owners, life coaches, indie publishers, and many more. 

Wildfire women is more than a conference or festival - its a movement; a community of bold souls who know there's more to life and who are on the path to finding and following their true calling.

You can purchase tickets here, and to find out a little more about Wildfire Women, take a look at their website

The Weekly Edit: Autumn ready

Zara statement earrings

In the last month or so I have developed an unhealthy addiction to 'statement earrings'. Every week I spot another pair that I absolutely “must own" yet, I seem to be running out of space for storing all these beauties. 

The inner magpie in me should reign it in, but these pink statement earrings from Zara are my newest discovery. For a start, they're a total bargain, seem to go with everything, and will give my Winter wardrobe that splash of colour I need in my life. So what if my husband thinks they look like something Pat Butcher would wear - these babies need to be mine. 

This week, it seems like the UK has well and truly given up on summer. As I write this from under a blanket with a jumper I've had to pull out of storage to keep warm in, I've decided to give in and finally allow myself to start getting excited about the new season. This River Island chunky knit cardigan is top of my list - I'd throw it over the Zara moon print midi dress for a cosy but stylish look. As for the & other stories shaggy pink knit - well that's screaming to be paired with high waisted jeans, the Whistles silk pyjama shirt and these sparkly pink flats from M&S.

Come on then Autumn, I'm ready for you.

On The Go Beauty

beauty travel
With the Summer holiday season well under way, chances are you might be jetting off and having to pack a bag. I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert when it comes to the overnight bag and what beauty products travel well, so here are a few of my favourites to take on the go, and a few tips thrown in for good measure. 

MULTI-TASKING
I love a good multi-tasking product. Who doesn't? When you're travelling with limited space, or you have a hand-luggage only situation, then doubling up is very important. Lipsticks that can be used as blushers are brilliant for example. Eyeshadow palettes are great, and even better if you have matte shades that match your brows, as these can then work instead of taking your normal brow product. For base products, I tend to use a product that will keep my skin hydrated as well as covering those pesky blemishes and under-eye bags. Travel-sized beauty products are somewhat of an obsession of mine. For example, when I found the IT Cosmetics your skin but better colour correcting cream in travel size, I let out a little squeal of joy right in the middle of Sephora!


USING YOUR FINGERS
I'm not sure if this is a great tip or not, but I'll go with it anyways. I try to avoid taking some of my make up brushes with me, as I find they can sometimes be a bit awkward to pack. I tend to keep my ones I use for my base at home, and use my fingertips instead. 

TIPS FOR TRAVELLING
A few things to remember when it comes to packing your beauty products;

Try to avoid packing glass - these are a lot heavier and will use up more of your luggage weight allowance. 
Use up sachets and samples.
Put tape around anything with a lid that comes off easily.
Decant your favourite products into small tubes and spray bottles.
Use sturdy travel pots that won't crack.

There you have it. My tips on packing light in the beauty department. Have I missed anything? Do you have a really good tip worth sharing? I'd love to hear them.