In my little break from blogging, I’ve still been keeping tabs on my favourites for the past few months so I could post a ‘favourites’ for October (which is really for August, September and October!).
This favourites post includes lots of my latest beauty favourites, some great apps that I’m loving, the site that’s helping me turn my home into an indoor jungle, the rut-busting breakfast solution I’ve been trying and lots more…
Let’s jump in!
My first beauty favourite is one I learnt about from my masterclass with Lola Berry, the GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Mask. It’s quickly become my favourite mask to use for a little self-care and pampering time. It smells amazing and is so fun to use, plus it leaves my skin looking great (which really is the whole point!). It’s a peel-off mask, so you paint it on your face, wait for about 20 minutes and then peel it off – which is just so damn satisfying. It’s silver when it goes on so you look a little like the Tinman while you’re wearing it. It’s a really fun mask to use which is always a plus for me (I’m a sucker for a novelty factor) and the fact that it leaves my skin looking happy means that I can easily use this mask once a week and it not be too much for my skin. (I find some masks a bit too rich or too intense for overly frequent use). I originally bought the full size and I’ve subsequently added the mini to my travel cosmetics bag so I can pamper myself when I’m away from home too!
I’ve been experimenting with more natural skincare products and I have been using the Drunk Elephant skincare range lately and I’m just loving it. Admittedly it’s quite pricey and initially I wasn’t sure if I would like it so I bought their pack of minis (adorably called ‘The Littles’) which includes their two cleansing soaps (the Pekee Bar and Juju Bar), minis of the C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I’ve since bought full-size versions of the C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Lala Retro Whipped Cream. I really like the effect they’re having on my skin and the little minis I still have are perfect for my travel toiletry bag. They’re really gentle but effective and I haven’t had any real skin issues since using them and they even do a good job at minimising my hormonal breakouts which is great.
It’s no secret that I love bright, bold lipstick. And in switching over my makeup to more natural products I was concerned about how natural lipsticks would compare to my favourite long-lasting lipsticks. I think I’ve found a couple of good options that give me good colour payoff and are suitably long lasting but I think my favourite are the Absolution Cosmetics Sweet and Safe Kiss Lipsticks. I have two shades, N°1 Rouge Bordeaux which is a deep, rich, vampy red and N°8 Rouge Théâtre which is a totally classic red. Admittedly they’re a little bit of a pain to get a hold of because they are a French beauty brand and so far the most straightforward way I’ve found of ordering them is direct from their website. The colours are gorgeous and really long lasting, much more than I had expected, and they feel a lot more hydrating than the usual long-lasting lipsticks that can tend towards being very drying. They can survive pretty well throughout the day without a touchup, even through lunch and coffees, but they will transfer onto coffee cups and glasses.
The other natural swap I’ve made in my makeup products that I’m loving is the ILIA Pure Eyeliners. I have the shades Shadowplay, a deep grey, and My Generation, a deep violet, and I’m loving how it looks just wearing eyeliner and mascara on their own. These products possibly aren’t as long-lasting as non-natural versions but they are very pigmented and because they’re natural they don’t irritate my eyes at all. Definitely a plus with an eyeliner for me.
The other beauty favourite I’ve got this month is my Flora Remedia Let Go roll-on perfume. It’s a natural perfume made with essential oils designed to help with letting go of negative thought patterns. Whether or not it’s a placebo effect, I really like using this perfume when I’m feeling anxious about anything and it helps to relax me. It’s a conveniently small roll-on so it fits in my handbag and is great for moments that I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Since moving into my new house I have increased my intake of indoor plants. I’ve been making use of a new ‘digital nursery’ formed by one of my favourite florists (The Floral Society) called Planted. They do same-day delivery from their digital nursery of beautiful indoor plants. I like that they’re quality indoor plants, some of them come in beautiful pots, and you can make use of their ‘plant whisperer’ if you’ve accidentally started killing your plants and need to rescue them. I’ve bought 5 plants (!) so far from them for my new home and they’re gorgeous. I’ve got a great collection and I’m loving having more indoor plants in my home. Plus a new study out of the Uni of Melbourne and RMIT shows that having 5 plants in your home can dramatically boost a room’s air quality and can improve mental wellbeing – so that’s a win!! Bring on all the plants!
An app I’ve been loving lately is Acorns. I’ve known about it for a while but my bank account didn’t want to play nicely with it for a bit, but I gave it another go about 2 months ago and I’m hooked. It’s basically an investment app, you can choose to automatically contribute to your Acorns account and your money is invested in portfolios which then returns dividends into your account. You can also choose the ’round up’ option (which I do in addition to an automatic contribution each month) which takes any purchases you make and invests the extra amount to ’round it up’ to the nearest dollar which is a sneaky way to save some extra money that you realistically aren’t going to miss. I’ve got it connected to my everyday account and my credit card so it catches all of my spending. I’m looking forward to watching my account grow with it!
The other app I’m loving is ShareWaste, which is a way to find people around you with compost bins. If you don’t have a compost bin at home (or can’t have one) then you can find someone near you who has one and save all that green waste and food waste from going to landfill. A lot of green bins can’t take food waste so if you can contribute your food waste to a local compost bin rather than sending it to landfill then that is great! If you have a compost bin and would be happy to accept some food waste from people in your local area then please sign up and register!
Food and drink
I had been in a bit of a breakfast rut and so I decided to mix things up a bit by trying some smoothie bombs which I’ve seen around lately. I’ve tried The Smoothie Bombs and Hummingbird brand of ‘bombs’ and I’m loving them. They’re a really convenient and I’m enjoying having smoothies for breakfast that are filled with a bit more than just fruit and milk. They’re much more filling than the usual smoothie and they are super easy to make in the morning and then I can drink my smoothie either in the car or at work on my busy weekday mornings.
I’ve been a big fan of Trace Moroney’s ‘When I’m feeling’ books for Grace for a long time now so when I saw the ‘Things I Love About’ series recently I just knew I had to pick them up. I love that they’re written by a psychologist and are designed to teach kids emotional intelligence. These books are always go-to books for Grace to read and I love that she’s learning more about how to process her feelings while she reads them. We always read at least one (but usually many more!) of these books before her bedtime each night.
While I was in Fiji I made use of my library card and downloaded some e-books using the Libby app onto my iPad so I could read some books while I was away without the hassle of taking physical books. I read The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan which was a great, fluffy chick-read based super loosely on Price William and Kate Middleton (well, a fictionalised version if Kate was an American exchange student). It was a really great holiday read and I really enjoyed it!
Those are my favourites for October! What have you been loving in the last month?
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