Is it just me, or is this time of year a bit tricky when it comes to beauty? The light, glossy textures of summer feel too insubstantial for the shorter days, yet the changeable temperatures rule out the heavier formulas of winter. I don’t feel quite ready to relinquish that summer sheen, to I’ve been loving Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter’s Golden Goddess Oil as a subtle facial highlighter, and a way to fake glowing skin before winter means I’m in knitwear until May.
Packaged in an easy-to-use pump top bottle, you only need a couple of drops to achieve a natural looking, subtle glow. On the face, I dot a little of the oil onto freshly moisturised cheekbones, and blend using my fingers or Beauty Blender. Smoothed onto arms and legs, the oil gives skin the sort of glow that normally takes a couple of weeks in the sun to achieve – glossy and glowing, and it never feels overly sparkly either. Since you only really need a few pumps of it (or a couple of drops if you’re using it on the face) it’s a bottle which is probably going to last until next summer (!) and I’m sure I’ll be using it during the festive season to give skin that much-needed glow.
Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Golden Goddess Oil is priced at £10.99 and is available here
When it comes to good causes, I don’t think you can get any more deserving than Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity which supports cancer patients and their families from day one. M&S have been champions of Macmillan since 2010, and have helped raise an incredible £13million over the years – a seriously incredible achievement, which you can help raise even higher!
Tomorrow is ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – an event which will see schools, businesses, clubs and friends gather to raise a cup and help Macmillan do what they do best – support those going through unimaginably hard times.
Whether you want to host your own Coffee Morning, or simply want to attend one elsewhere, M&S are making it incredibly easy to support the cause with their line of delicious goodies – all of which donate a proceed of sales to Macmillan. When you’re in-store, just look out for the green Macmillan packaging, and you’re good to go!
It’s a seriously indulgent range of goodies – from traditional cream cakes, to a special edition Colin the Caterpillar, you can’t fail to find treats you’re going to love!
In addition to a whole host of baked goods, M&S have even included a cute china cup, and travel mug, so you can take part in the party, even if you can’t make it to an official ‘do’!
In addition to raising funds through the purchase of treats, M&S stores have been kitted out with a ‘Raise a Mug Wall’. For just £1, you can donate to Macmillan, and leave an encouraging message for those currently undergoing treatment, which such a lovely idea, and I’m sure it must mean the world to those looking for a little support.
When it comes to jewellery – I’m pretty picky about what I wear. Years ago, I used to have boxes of trinkets, bangles and earrings, and I positively tinkled as I walked around. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve really curated my collection. I’ve got a few pairs of stud earrings which I can pop in and forget about, I’ve got a nice watch I can wear during the day and in the evening, and a handful of delicate gold necklaces and bracelets which I can wear on their own or stacked and that’s about it. Although I like the curated nature of my collection, it can get a little same-y, so I’ve been looking for some effortless feeling pieces I can incorporate to give my outfits a little update.
I’m not a fan of big, brash jewellery, so I couldn’t have been happier than when Edinburgh-based jewellery star Laura Bond got in touch asking if I’d like to try a pair of her earrings. I had been positively stalking her instagram page (it’s gorgeous and you can find it here) so couldn’t wait to try a pair of her delicate hoops!
These are her gold-plated channel set crystal huggies, which retail for £25 each – the joy of Laura Bond Jewellery is that you can really curate your ears – with your choice of earrings. Sold separately, you can mix and match to your heart’s content, and you can choose from a variety of metals, finishes and even sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find a whole host of earrings you’re going to fall in love with!
I’ve been absolutely loving this hoops to add a subtle touch of glamour to my everyday looks. The cubic zirconia crystals absolutely dazzle in the light, and the gold-plating means they match with all my existing jewellery. These hoops are also incredibly comfortable to wear – my ears can get itchy and uncomfortable when I wear earrings, but I completely forget these are even in. They’re lightweight too – and don’t get caught up in my hair, and I can wear them all day long. Even better – when you buy from Laura Bond Jewellery, you’re supporting a fabulous independently-owned business!
Laura Bond Channel Set Crystal Huggies in 14k Gold Plater Sterling Silver are priced at £25 each, and are available here.
When it comes to this time of year, I love to mix-up my go to products. I’m looking out richer moisturisers, and I’m looking for more opaque, creamier formulas for lipsticks and foundations, and my fragrance choices are no different. My lighter, citrus perfumes have been popped back into their boxes until spring, and I’ve been after something deeper and more complex.
Clean Reserve is a brand I absolutely adore for easy to wear fragrances. Their bottles are the ones I reach for when I just want to smell good, and without fail, I’ve not tried a single one of their scents I’ve not absolutely adored. Their newest collection – Avant Garden is no different. A more luxurious take on the original Clean Reserve scents, the new collection comprises six new fragrances, all of which have been created with sustainable ingredients from France, and are formulated to be vegan, and cruelty-free too – so perfect if you’re looking for a perfume, which is both clean and green!
From the lineup, I couldn’t resist Sweetbriar & Moss. It’s part of the brand’s floral woody family, and it’s a real stand-out. At first spritz it’s super green-smelling and surprisingly strong. There’s a wonderful woodiness, which warms up the overall feeling of the scent, and it’s gloriously unisex. As you would expect, it smells super fresh and clean, but the woodiness gives the perfume a bit of complexity and depth which is completely addictive.
Whenever I wear it, I get numerous people telling me how good it smells – and I just love how easy it is to wear. Simple and elegant – it’s a perfect scent to wear all autumn long!
Clean Sweetbriar & Moss is priced at £129 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For the past year or so, I’ve kept a dedicated makeup bag which is organised to exclusively be kept in my handbag. It’s a fabulous little iridescent pouch, which is wipe-clean and see through, so I can always find what I’m looking for; and inside I keep only mini versions of my favourite products. I’ve got teeny tubes of everything from moisturiser to mascara, and it means I’m never without go-to products.
When MAC released their limited edition line of mini Fix+ Setting Sprays in a variety of scents, I couldn’t resist picking up a handful. I like scents to be light and fresh, so the first of my choices was the stunning Peony (I also picked up Green Tea and Cucumber). Not only is the bottle absolutely beautiful (just look at those illustrations!) but it smells absolutely divine. I love keeping it on hand for long days when I’m out and about – it’s perfect for reviving hours-old makeup when you want to freshen up. The scent is delicately floral, and is wonderfully calming to use. It’s such a fun little product – I’m already plotting the purchase of a few back-ups so I don’t run out!
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Setting Spray in Peony is priced at £12.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)