Tom Ford Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge*

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So next week is Halloween, so I’m sure you have many a party lined up. And, if you’re not getting dressed up as some sort of zombie, it’s very possible a red lipstick will be part of your arsenal. So, if you’re looking to for a rather gorgeous option, I would seriously check out Tom Ford’s perfect Scarlet Rouge.

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Like all of Mr. Ford’s lipsticks, it comes nestled in the most glamorous of black and gold tubes. It’s the epitome of old-school glamour, and it feels so luxurious to use! Even better is the almond shaped lipstick which is embossed with TF – this truly is a work of art!

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After prepping my lips with a quick scrub and a coating of balm, I applied the formula straight from the tube. The lipstick glides on like a dream. Without a hint of effort, I had smooth and even coverage, and the colour is truly sublime. A blue-based red which makes my teeth look pearly white, I easily got 5 hours before I felt the need for a touch up. This really is a must-have red which you’ll be picking up well after next weekend!

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If you want to grab yourself a tube (and really, you should!) it costs £37.00 and is available here.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Eyeliners*

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One of my favourite parts of Jane Iredale’s new City Nights Collection are the gorgeous Jelly Jar Eyeliners.

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Packaged in pleasingly chunky glass jars with rather chic gold lids, the liners are a perfect choice if you’re looking to update your fall smoky eye look. I got Purple and Green to try out, and I’m just in love with them!

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Green is a gloriously shimmy khaki, with a silky smooth formula. The colour payoff is great – I dip my liner brush into the pot, and it gives me a subtle hint of colour, which is appropriate for day and gives the perfect amount of definition. The colour is super flattering, and I’ve been known to brush a little over my eyelid as a shadow substitute. When I do this is gives an even wash of smooth colour which stays shimmery all day!

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Purple feels more like a night-time option for me. When I use it to line my upper lashes, the colour is absolutely incredible! It doesn’t feel too showy or ostentatious, instead it just provides gorgeous definition. Bonus, it makes my eyes look wide awake and super white!

The Jelly Jar liners are an incredible way to update your winter makeup looks, and they cost £19.95 each

Plooms Pens*

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Since it’s still October, I refuse to mention the ‘C’ word. I can’t stand those people who have December count downs, and play holiday music outside of the month. But, the big day is getting closer, and I have the most perfect gift idea for you – Plooms Pens.

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The pens come in the most adorable of packaging (I’ve photoshopped my address out) which is all hand finished. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time something so thoughtfully package plopped through the door!

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So, of course I got stuck in with the wrapping, and was presented with an array of little envelopes and packages, all perfectly wrapped with satin ribbons.

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So the main attraction is in here – see, if you’re looking for a gift for someone special, Plooms have done all the heavy work!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! Plooms is the brainchild of Sally Page, who wanted to find a fountain pen which was both beautiful to look at, as well as feeling weighty in the hand. When she couldn’t find anything quite right, she produced the pens herself!

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Available in five stunning colours (all inspired by incredible people in Sally’s life) I chose Mrs.Oliver’s High Heel Red, which is the most stunning pinky-rouge. In the hand it feels perfectly weighty, and I feel I should be writing beautifully verbose passages with it.

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All pens arrive with two black ink cartridges, so you can start writing the moment they arrive, and they also come tucked up in a protective felt sleeve. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for a gorgeous pen to use! When I was at school, we were only allowed to write with fountain pens, and to be honest I’ve rarely looked at one since. Instead I tend to tip-tap away on my computer. But lately I’ve been sending out far more snail mail, and when I’m using gorgeous stationery by brands like Mrs. John L. Strong, it seems only right to use a suitably glamorous pen too!

Plooms pens cost £59.00 each and are available here.

Delilah Cosmetics Blusher/Bronzer Brush*

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I’m always looking for new makeup brushes – since I can be a little fussy, finding ones I like can be pretty hard. My new favourite find, Delilah Cosmetics may have solved my problem though!

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Their Blusher/Bronzer brush, like the rest of the collection is impossibly chic – a long gunmetal handle topped with perfectly soft ombre head.

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The bristles, although synthetic (therefore easy to clean) are perfectly soft, and leave an even coverage of powder whenever I use it. Although it’s marketed at a bronzer and blush brush, I tend to use it most for blush (with my Delilah one of course) and a quick swirl gives the perfect amount of colour. The brush’s size is also ideal for a little highlighter too! It’s been specially tapered to give the most professional results, and I can’t wait to check out more from the collection!

The brush costs £38.00 and is available here

Janjira Argan Oil Facial Cleanser*

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Whenever the temperature starts to drop, I have to make sure that I introduce a little more moisture into my skincare routine. My skin is pretty sensitive, so the change in conditions can dry everything out pretty rapidly, so to combat any ill-effects I’ve been turning to Janjira’s Argan Oil Facial Cleanser. The brand is Thai, and both incredibly high quality as well as environmentally friendly. They manage to combine Thai heritage and knowledge with modern skincare needs, and they produce woefully luxurious goodies!

The facial cleanser is wonderfully creamy, and it creates a wonderful lather when applied to damp skin. On alternate days I use it with my Clarisonic, and it makes my skin feel incredibly clean but not stripped. Makeup completely disappears, and the Argan Oil in the formula hydrates skin as you’re cleaning it. It’s a genius idea, and I love the very soft, almost floral scent.

The cleanser costs £22.00 and is available here

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Mask*

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For the past couple of years I’ve been really good about keeping up my skin regime. I (almost) never go to bed wearing makeup, I cleanse, I sometimes tone and I moisturise, and twice a week I enjoy a good face mask. Depending on how my skin is feeling I sometimes choose a mud-based mask, and other times gel or hydrating ones. Recently I’ve felt the need for the former, and I’ve been loving Good Things’ Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask.

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From the outset, I should probably admit to being not-a-little obsessed with Manuka. I’ve taken supplements containing it, and if I’m feeling a bit off, I resort to a good old fashion teaspoon of the stuff in a cup of hot water with a large chunk of lemon. But, onto the mask. Since I’ve been feeling the need for a mud version, I thought I would give Good Things a try. The formula is packed-full of ingredients which are incredible for your skin. Manuka has insane antioxidant properties which protect from environmental free radicals, beeswax nourishes and hydrates skin, papaya extract works as an exfoliant allowing the skin to glow, and white clay absorbs the dirt and impurities in skin. It’s a really well thought out set of ingredients, and the results are amazing. After cleansing, I spritzed my face with a mineral water (I use Eau Thermale Avene) then applied a generous layer of the mask. After a couple of minutes I could feel a bit of a tingle, but I get that with most mud masks, and after about half an hour, when everything was dry to the touch I washed everything off with a clean flannel. My skin felt super smooth and soft, and some pesky blackheads had completely vanished!

The mask costs £5.99 and is available here

Essie Dressed to Kilt*

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Essie Dressed to Kilt is the signature shade for the Fall collection, and it’s absolutely gorgeous! When it popped through the letter box, this was the first polish I tried out.

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A gorgeously creamy formula, you can easily get away with a single coat, but for the photos I used two. The varnish is completely opaque and dries to a perfectly glossy finish. I’m obsessed with the colour too – a rich burgundy red which feels both chic and perfect for colder months. It’s also an incredible pedicure colour – the fact that it’s a little deeper than the reds I usually go for feels more glamorous than normal.

The polish costs £7.99 and is available from Boots and Superdrug

Urban Veda Purifying Body Wash*

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Ever since I was little, I’ve been a bit of a morning person. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good lie-in or duvet day, but on a day to day basis, I much prefer getting up early and getting on with the day. Even though I like getting up and out, early mornings aren’t always the easiest to deal with. That’s why I’ve been turning to Urban Veda’s gorgeous Purifying Body Wash.

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Packaged in a chirpy-looking green tube, is one of the most gorgeous fragranced body washes I’ve come across. The formula is wonderfully thick, and easily lathers up into a luxurious foam. It’s amazingly scented too. Based on Ayurvedic formulations, tea tree oil, orange oil, spearmint and wild mint are mixed to create a sense of calm. It’s the most perfect way to start my mornings!

The body wash costs £8.99 and is available here.

Tom Ford Indian Rose Lipstick*

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It’s no secret that when it comes to lipsticks, nudes tend to be my go-to. It’s just so easy to keep one in my makeup bag and not have to think about touch ups. But since we’re heading straight for winter, I sometimes feel I need a lipstick with a little more ‘punch.’

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That’s where Tom Ford’s knee-tremblingly gorgeous Indian Rose comes in. Like all of Mr. Ford’s offerings, it is incredibly glamorous. A chic, black tube with the most gorgeous rosy-pink offering inside. Both the lid and the lipstick itself are stamped with a TF, and are almost too beautiful to use.

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Although it really is a work of art, the formula inside is just dreamy. The lipstick glides on smoothly, straight from the tube, delivering an even layer of pigment. If you have pigmented lips, this would be the most perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade. There isn’t the chalkiness that some neutrals have, instead this is pure colour. On my, this is a rather perfect middle ground between a ‘natural’ and a ‘statement’ lip. The pinky tone is flattering, and the warmth from the shade is perfect for my fall beauty looks. The amount of pigment in the lipstick is just perfect for looking pulled together, without trying too hard. I love the satin finish it has too – nothing too shiny, just a slight sheen which feels grown up and sophisticated. The wear time of the lipstick is great too! I easily get 4-5 hours before I need to touch up, and even when it does start to fade, it leaves your lips with a flattering pinky stain.

The lipstick costs £37.00 and is available from Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Essie Take it Outside*

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Remember yesterday’s post when I gave you a sneak peak of Essie’s gorgeous new Fall 2014 collection? I thought I would start off with a post about my MVP of the collection – Take it Outside.

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TiO is the lightest shade in the range, and is a stunning grey-taupe. It’s an almost mushroom shade, and it is an absolute must have for fall-ready neutrals! Usually light shades are streaky, and hard to apply, but TiO is an absolute dream. I only needed two coats for a perfectly even and opaque finish, and I adore the creamy formula. I’ve been wearing this as my mani non-stop since it came through the door, and it works so well with the darker shades in the collection if you want to have a co-ordinated mani-pedi. And lets face it, who doesn’t? Like all Essie polishes, I get a good 4-5 days of wear without chipping, and I’m just obsessed with the chic, slightly unexpected shade!

The polish costs £7.99 and is available from Boots and Superdrug