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My Recent Favourites: Beauty, Books, Hair Tools, Clothes & More

My recent favourites


Makeup


Urban Decay Heat Palette

You would be hard-pressed to find a girl that has yet to own an Urban Decay palette. I still have the original, it’s the type you always find your way back to. When Urban Decay announced a palette dedicated to red tones I knew I had to have it. I have grown to love using reds and rustic browns but have never really seen a palette that has had more than just one or two included. I love this new palette and have been using it every day, although I will still use others just to mix in some taupes and browns depending on my mood.

Nars Concealer

Nar concealer has been my favourite for years. I was really excited to try their new pot version and have been really liking it. It has a higher coverage than the original but it’s harder to apply without the wand. I think the original is better for everyday use but if you want a higher coverage to try the pot.

Giorgio Armani Foundation

Again, another makeup product I have loved for years, but in a new formula. The fabric powder version has higher coverage and is more matte compared to the Luminous Silk. I really love the higher coverage but do miss the glowy look of the original. I think I would ideally mix the two together.

MAC

My favorite lip combo right now is Mac lipstick in Honey Love with Just Superb Lipgloss on top for a touch of loss for plumper lips.

Skincare


Sheprevails skincare

L’occaitane

Loccatine

My mum is a big L’occatine fan and we have always had the hand creams in our house. I was excited to try some products from their new range and WOW was I impressed by the moisturizer. I don’t know how to explain it, but its the softest, most creamy moisturizer I have ever tried and I have tried ALOT.  I will definitely be repurchasing and would recommend trying it for yourself in a store if you get a chance. Thank you L’occatine for sending my these luxurious products, including the perfume which I have been wearing every day, it has a perfect fall scent!*

Paula’s Choice

Last month I attended an event with Paula’s Choice Skincare and got to take home a very generous bag of products. All of the products have been designed to include ingredients that will make skin look younger and appear more radiant, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or can lessen or eliminate acne. Learn more about the brand and see the full product range HERE.

I can’t fault any of the products but the ones I have been loving the most are*:

Paula's Choice

Osmotics

Another brand I have been trying out the last few weeks is Osmotics.*

Osmotics

Extreme Intensive Repair Cream

Rich, nourishing formula dramatically improves dry, irritated skin while fortifying your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Lash & Brow Enhancer

Based on groundbreaking research in wound healing, this proprietary mixture of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids provides the essential nutrients for strong, healthy lashes and brows.

Visit the Osmotics website HERE.

Hair Tools


HerStyler curler

It’s been a while since I have tried a new hair tool! Over the course of many years, I have tried and disliked many hair curlers, diffusers, rollers and round brush dryers. I love my GHD and have liked the hair curler I have been using the last year or two, but it never gave me the type of curls I was really looking for. I was really excited to receive the HerStyler curler set because it includes all sorts of curler sizes and widths that can be easily interchanged. The largest size gives that highly sought-after Victoria Secret runway curl that everyone goes mad for. Other styles give a beachy wave, and then various tighter curls. I’m so excited to have found this little gem after years of trying curlers that I was never fully happy with. They also sent me a handy holder for any hot hair tools to save the floors from burning, and a few different hair products to help perfect the curls. The hair oil feels so good and leaves my hair so soft and shiny and the hairspray keeps the curls in place all day and all night, more so than other hairsprays I have tried. Thank you so much HerStyler!

Collaboration supported by HerStyler & Shopping Links  

 

Favourite Book 


get your SHIT together

“How to Stop Worrying about What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do”.

I’ve been really enjoying dipping in and out of the book the last few weeks. The author’s casual and open style mixed with common sense and life lessons really speak to me and it’s definitely a book I’ll read over and over. It covers:

  • The Power of Negative Thinking
  • Three simple tools for getting your sh*t together
  • How to spend less and save more
  • Ways to manage anxiety, avoid avoidance, and conquer your fear of failure

Clothes, Shoes & Accessories


Levis Jeans

I have never suffered a shortage of jeans until I moved to New York and made the mistake of washing them in the laundromat. Almost every pair I had was faded and out of shape. Once the temperatures began to drop again recently, I realized I needed to buy all new pairs and the first place I looked was Levis. Obviously, Levis is a cult classic and I know I had a few pairs growing up but I have fallen back in love with the hype and bought myself several new pairs. Black, Demin, distressed, boyfriend style and skinny. I think they can look really flattering when you fit the perfect fit.

& Other Stories Boots

I buy at least one pair of new black boots every year, and this time decided on these classic Chelsea style boots from & Other Stories. They have a really great section of boots at the moment and it took me awhile to decide on just one pair. In the end, I picked a classic style that will go with every outfit and comfortable enough for running around Manhattan.

Celine Sunglasses

A recent purchase while I was Italy, these timeless sunglasses have been on my wishlist for a long time. They are definitely the most expensive sunglasses I have purchased but the feel of quality and durability matches the price tag.

Food


Runa

Runa tea is a delicious drink with the energy of a sports drink without the overdose of sugar or a caffeine crash. I was really excited when they sent me a section to try and have been loving them as a midday pick me up in work, instead of coffee.*

Dried Mango

My 2017 weakness. It tastes like its full of sugar and I’m scared to check how unhealthy it is but I am absolutely obsessed! Especially with the Trader Joes version. You need to try it!

Coffee Concentrate

Iced coffee has become my biggest weakness. I way prefer a good cold brew over a regular coffee any day, to the point where I now have it in my morning smoothies every day which can be done easily with an iced coffee concentrate like my favorite from Trader Joes. I have written a full blog post on my favorite ways to drink coffee and my special cold brew morning smoothie which you can view HERE.

 

*Some of the products I have mentioned in this post were gifted to me by the brand or a PR agency. I was not paid to review them and have only mentioned products and items I have genuinely enjoyed using.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of everything I have been loving the last few weeks. Let me know in the comments if we share any of the same favourites!

Sophie x

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah @ AndThenWeTried
    October 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Check out the Wedgie jeans from Levi’s! They’re my absolute favorite jeans!

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

      I love them on other people but need to try them on to see if they suit me 🙂

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    Annaliese
    October 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I always enjoy reading about bloggers’ favs! That hair tool looks super cool- I use one with interchangeable wands as well!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    Bella Bucchiotti
    October 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    SO many great things!!! I need to check some of this stuff out.

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    Rachel R Ritlop
    October 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Ohh i haven’t tried any of that make up yet! But What I’m really excited about is that book!! can’t wait to read

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

      It’s such a good read I’d really recommend it!

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    SometimeSaturday
    October 18, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try the Urban Decay eyeshadow pallet!

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    Jenny
    October 18, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I love Paula’s Choice skincare products. I also have been wanting to try the naked heat palette. It looks so good!

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Paula’s Choice is amazing!!x

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    Alexis Reliford
    October 19, 2017 at 12:53 am

    MAC lipsticks are always a fave for me! And can I also just say how much I love your header?! So awesome!

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Aw thank you!!x

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    McKenna Bleu
    October 19, 2017 at 3:55 am

    I love beauty and skincare posts. I’ve been wanting to try the naked heat palette. So pretty!

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    Grace
    October 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Loving all of your picks!!

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    Sydney Power
    October 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I love all of these! Especially your hair curler!!

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

      It’s really a great curler 🙂

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    Azanique
    October 20, 2017 at 7:12 am

    That Urban Decay palette is gorgeous! I totally need it

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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    Tiffany Khyla
    October 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I’m sad to say that I’m one of those girls that doesn’t own an Urban Decay palette. I’ve been wanting one for forever though. The Heat Palette looks amazing!

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      admin
      November 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

      I love them all but the heat palette is probably the most unique one with all the reds!

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    Kayla
    November 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I would love to get a pair of Levi’s! They have been on my wishlist for a while. The NARS concealer is something I’ve been hearing a lot about lately too. I love reading what everyone’s favorites are!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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