Natural Beauty Editions

Milk Makeup Primer Blur Stick, Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb, IT cosmetics CC cream, MAC Paint Pot in Layin Low, Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, Milani Foundation, Milani Blush in Luminous, IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo.

There are several new editions into the old makeup routine, most of which came from my quick trip over the pond in late September that landed me in Sephora and CVS. A full rundown of my current makeup will turn up sooner or later, probably after I finally make a Glossier order. But for now, here’s whats new and on my face.

I went a bit crazy on the old base layers here. I’m always searching for a perfect base, especially primers. I can never find exactly what I’m looking for. I have two here that are at complete opposite ends of the priming spectrum. I firstly picked up the Milk Makeup Primer Blur Stick because it looked cool. Then when I got home I realised it’s a matte primer that feels like your using a dried up glue stick, super weird. As you swipe it feels like no product is coming off, but it does leave an almost imperceptible base that reduces pores and lines and smooths out the skin. It’s definitely the primer I reach for if I’m going to auditions or taking pictures because it helps create a flawless skin finish. So overall very happy with the impulse purchase.

Then I got a mini version of the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, this is just a mini-sized version of the product but it’ll soon be used up and bought in the proper sized tube. It’s a tinted primer that gives some seriously good glow and has a pearlescent sheen to it that helps create a blurred out but also dewy finish. This primer is also hydrating with hyaluronic acid which is a winner for this dry skinned lady. I have been wearing this on its own with a little concealer under the eyes, it’s a bloody wonderful no makeup product.

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Foundation wise I picked up another Milani’s 2 in 1 Conceal and Perfect Foundation + Concealer, which I have in my summer shade but I picked up 02 Natural which still runs a little warm on me but it’s perfect when I’m keeping up on my tan. This has to be my favourite high street foundation. You can only buy Milani at beautybay in the UK but its available in drugstores in the US(I got mine at CVS). It’s well worth looking into, it’s a high coverage foundation where a little goes a long way. I barely need one pump and my face is covered and although its high coverage it is a more dewy textured foundation. I never use this as a concealer like it claims it is but the coverage is definitely there to add and layer onto.

Another high coverage but even more on the dewy glowing scale of base products is the IT Cosmetics CC cream in Light. This is the dream product, I listened to the hype, I ignored the hype for such a long time and now finally getting a mini tube at Sephora I now see what all the damn fuss was about. I’ve also just ordered the full size as I’ve used the mini tube practically every day. This blendable lightweight cc cream has the application of foundation but the feel of skincare. This is again high coverage but it’s not as thick as the Milani foundation, it comes out more like a CC cream so I use a lot more product but the finish is very natural. This is the kind of product you can use in all situations, its quick to use and easy to spread, I’ve applied with fingers, brushes and beauty blender, it works every way. It really does feel as though nothing is on the skin and works incredibly with the Wonderglow primer creating ultimate dewy, fresh looking skin. Oh, and it has an SPF 50 thrown in there for good measure. Overal this past month I’ve been a happy little clam with all my foundation and primers finally working in harmony on my face. I finally feel like I’ve got some permanent favourites.

Now onto the fun, colourful stuff. I realise now looking at all the items I’ve picked up that I’ve somehow managed to stay in the neutral crossing just over to the pink colour range but its still colour! Case in point, MAC paint pot in Layin Low. A warm toned natural beige that is a few shades darker than my natural lids which end up giving just enough definition and depth. It dries down from a gel-like texture to a matte colour that will not budge. A brilliant primer for the eyes if you want to add more but I’ve been leaving it as it is, applying it with a beauty blender to get a thin wash of the colour all over my lids.

A last minute throw in the basket whim was this Milani Baked Blush in the colour Luminoso. A peach-toned baked blush which is a colour of blush I’ve never had before and I love baked blushes so in the basket it went. This blush is incredibly pigmented and I literally dab my brush on top lightly and that gets a perfect amount for a soft warm peachy flush that blends out beautifully.

Another random buy was the IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo, I needed some dry shampoo and I was drawn in by the pretty pink packaging. This stuff is magical and makes me super sad that it’s not available in the UK. Its a really lightweight invisible dry shampoo that adds volume as well as keeping my hair fresh. The only bad thing about it is I bought it in the mini size when I should have gone in for the full sized version.

And lastly, what has to be the favourite of the bunch. I was lingering over the Fenty stand in Sephora, I got colour matched to the foundation but I didn’t quite like the almost powder matte finish of it so the sales assistant said I should just try out the lip gloss because she hadn’t seen anyone it didn’t look good on yet. A universal coloured lip gloss, in the colour Fenty glow. The Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb is a bit of a weird colour to pin down because of the glitter in it. Its a nude tone with a hint of peach or pink, I can’t quite decide. Don’t be put off by the glitter, it doesn’t transfer onto the lips a sparkly glitter ball, it comes out more like a high shine gloss. It’s not overly sticky and fully loaded with shea butter for moisturised lips. Its fantastic on its own but with lip pencils underneath it changes up the gloss, bringing out different colours of the glitter. It’s so versatile, it basically lives in my bag as my go-to product.

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Cropped Flares + Cashmere

Cropped Flares + Cashmere

Cropped Flares + Cashmere

Cropped Flares + Cashmere

Asda George pink aviator jacket, Marks & Spencers black cashmere jumper, Dr Denim light wash cropped flares, ASOS blue metallic boots (similar) + Zara 3d floral bag.

I’ve had a life-changing experience this past month and it’s pretty exceptional. I braved putting my cashmere on the hand wash setting on my washing machine and I came out of the whole experience a changed woman. Seriosuly life changing. I will never go back to washing them by hand again.

Because of this discovery, I’ve opened up my cashmere wardrobe to more use and so haven’t actually invested in any new cashmere items this year, usually its first on the list when the weather starts to turn. I’m saving time hand washing and money, have I mentioned how life changing it’s been? So here we are and I’ve got my trusty Marks and Spencer black crew neck on. A brand for me that I will always go back to for cashmere. It wears so well, lasting for years and a great entry level price point. It has been consistently on for a few weeks now and I’m just adding to every outfit going.

This outfit I was obviously going for comfort and warmth. So on went the pink aviator jacket from George at Asda, layering cashmere underneath this fully lined coat is a bloody marvellous combination of super warmth and will no doubt be pulled again once all the Manchester Christmas Markets open up and I’m outside for hours stuffing my face with all the food and Gluh wine!

Also, I’m wearing my cropped flares from Dr Denim that I need to remember to iron. I think it because they are denim that I always forget but this is such a thin and stretchy pair of jeans that those flared out ends need a bit of tidying up. These jeans are so comfortable and fit like a dream, they are out in black as well for the autumn season and I’m so tempted as this style of jeans is really up my street at the moment.

Lastly, I’m wearing a secretly warming item, my boots from ASOS. Sadly last season but they are ace, I’ll keep a lookout for a similar style but these are fleece lined and so rank high in my favourite boots for winter. And the blue metallic colour and the pointed toes add to my favouritism but really it’s the fleece lining that keeps me coming back for more.

Cropped Flares + Cashmere

Missing Buttons And Burgundy Boots

Missing Buttons And Burgundy Boots

Missing Buttons And Burgundy Boots

Vintage cream teddy bear pea coat (similar), Zara floral tan bag, H&M ribbed long sleeved t-shirt (similar), Levi icon wedgie jeans, Public Desire burgundy sock boots (similar) + Cartier Solo Tank watch.

This past week has had been a bit overwhelming if I’m honest, I’ve had to sort out all my receipts for the end of the tax year and going over my last year in Milan just made me feel sad. Hence why there wasn’t a blog post last week, it all got a little overwhelming and on top of that sorting out your accounts is a black hole for time. Now its all pretty much behind me so I’m starting to perk back up again, so onto the outfit that I was marching around in one day last week.

Firstly let me just say, ignore the missing buttons on the coat, there’s two of them and they are both tucked away safe in different locations around my house. I have yet to come across them but I know they are safe. Sooo. I’m wearing the coat because I still love wearing it despite the lack of buttons. Also its vintage but this one from free people is pretty similar and I’ve linked a few more alternatives down below. This teddy bear coat thing is bang on trend and I’m fully behind wearing basically a fluffy blanket as outerwear. I feel super proud that it’s on trend again but I will wear this coat year on year until the stitching falls to pieces, I love it so damn much.

I’m wearing an awful lot of last season pieces in this post which I didn’t realise at the time of shooting. I’ve got on a long sleeved top from H&M in a warm brown colour (similar here). And my favourite burgundy boots that I rarely wear because they are a smidge too small are from Public Desire but they don’t have them in burgundy patent anymore, just black patent! I should have just reordered a size bigger when I had the chance. My Zara bag is from the summer season, I’m actually wearing it so much I’m getting a little bored of the sight of it but I can’t find any high street ones I fancy and I don’t want to invest in any designer bags quite yet because I also cant make up my mind which one to actually go for. First world problems for sure.

Also wearing the Levi Wedgie Icon fit jeans in this dark wash that honestly goes with everything and is a perfect wash for autumn winter. These jeans were super snug but are starting to become more comfortable now I’ve been wearing them over the last month and also because I don’t have a dryer to shrink them back down which works for me just fine.

Back on a regular schedule now the dread of receipts and paperwork is behind me.

Missing Buttons And Burgundy Boots

Pink Aviator Jacket

Pink Aviator Jacket

ASDA George pink aviator jacket, Missguided pink oversized tee (similar), ASOS black slim fit trousers, Prada ankle boots (similar), ASOS pink sunglasses (similar).

Pink Aviator Jacket
Pink Aviator Jacket
I’ve loved the Acne shearling aviator jacket (dream away here) for years now and over the past, as soon as autumn starts to hit I’m so tempted to get myself a high street version but never have. Eventually, all it took for me to finally take the plunge is to find it in the palest of pink and have a sweet price tag of ₤35. Found in the ever brilliant Asda!

Expect to see this overworn and repeatedly put to use on the blog. I sized up as well so I can quite happily get more layers under there once it starts to get colder. I’ve now forgotten all my other coats and wear this like the blanket it is. It’s lined all the way through, so jumpers are a mad thought at the moment with this. I’m wearing a slouchy old missguided tee (similar here) so I don’t overheat. All very matchy matchy in the pink tones, especially since I added my old ASOS pink sunnies (similar here). Worn with my favourite black trousers from ASOS and my Prada boots because winter is coming and I need to incorporate black into my outfit somehow.

Pink Aviator Jacket

Pink Aviator Jacket

Rose Tinted Sweater Dress

Primark rose roll neck sweater dress (similar), Zara oversized khaki belted coat (similar), Adidas Stan Smith trainers, Zara 3d floral bag.

Rose Tinted Sweater Dress

Rose Tinted Sweater Dress

I went into Primark to look at the Christmas decorations and to buy some hair ties. I came out with three bags full of Primark goodies. Half of which were presents but still how did I get here?

While I was there I perused through the jumper dress section, I’m so fussy with jumper dresses, there are so many things that can go wrong and usually I think its an item worth investing in. However, here we are with the first jumper dress of the season, it’s not perfect but the colour is everything. A warm rose coloured, mauve pink, I couldn’t walk away from it. I love the ribbed detail that has a patchwork pattern to it and ends up in a roll neck. The material is heavy and weighs the jumper down to give smooth lines that finish mid-thigh. The only problem is with the patchwork detail, the side seams are a bit messy and can bulge out a little in unwanted places. But for 16 quid you cant argue all that much and it’s the colour I wanted it for anyway. Also, I sized down in this dress, it is very bulky and wanted a more fitted look from it.

Worn alongside my oversized Zara coat that is more than a few seasons old. Heres a very similar one. And my Adidas Stan Smiths with the pink leather detail at the ankle. And as always my nude Zara shoulder bag.

Rose Tinted Sweater Dress

Rose Tinted Sweater Dress