I decided to do a little post on my Autumn essentials, any excuse for a flatly eh? I feel like such a blogger haha I sort of wish I had a photo of me standing over the items with my legs spread, so sophisticated. There are numerous things that spring to mind when I think of Autumn, most of which I have included here. The nights are getting darker and colder and this means more cosy nights in under a blanket watching TV or a classic film like Hocus Pocus with your friends! It also means more hot drinks, berry lips and pumpkin spice everything.
Around this time of year i have to start looking after my hands a lot more. They very easily get dry and start cracking (yummy) so I will always have one in my handbag, one next to my bed and one where I work next to my laptop. If you can get one that’s sweet cinnamon scented too, you’re in autumnal heaven every time you apply it. Autumn also see’s the rise in the number of baths I have. I’m definitely a bath person in the evenings. I like to shower in the mornings to wake up and feel fresh, but I like baths a couple of times a week where I can just soak and relax with different bath fizzers, oils and bubble bath. Whilst soaking in the bath it’s nice to burn a candle too. In fact, I burn cosy candles from around the end of August in pure anticipation of the colder months. Yes, i’m lame. I also have Christmas music playing whilst I type this, judge away (or nod enthusiastically). Let’s face it though, there is nothing more pleasing than relaxing with a gorgeously yummy candle flickering away beside you when it’s dark and gloomy outside.
One makeup trend I absolutely love that trickles in around Autumn time, is dark berry toned lips. I always think a classic red is good too, maybe even a slighter deeper tone than usual. It’s all very vampy and seductive (something i’m not, but I do think I pull off a berry toned lip pretty well, if I say so myself). I have a selection of my favourite lipsticks here that I think are perfect for this time of year. A lot of which are a little more on the pricey side, but I’m giving you permission to indulge and treat yourself, because you deserve it *points vigorously*. Tom Ford lipsticks are actually something I’m starting to get a bit obsessed with at the moment and I find my little stash becoming not-so-little. This one is called Cherry Red and I feel like it’s a colour that most people should own. It’s gorgeous and it’s classic! Tom Ford lipsticks are also great quality and feel very special. The next one down is my trusty (and a little bit grubby, I like to say well-loved) YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte in 205! This shade is one that I wear all the time. It’s very long lasting and the colour payoff is very good. Love, love, love. Then it’s my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Glastonbury, I don’t need to say much on this because if you know me at all, then you’ll know that nine times out of ten, if i’m wearing a berry lip, no, in fact if i’m wearing any lipstick at all, it’s probably this. Next is the Burberry lipstick in Oxblood, and yes, you’d be right in saying it looks the exact same as the ones above it, but you can never have too many options! Then for my slightly more budget friendly option which is Kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 04. This one is a slightly more pink berry tone, just to add a bit of variation! Also a lovely lipstick!
Alongside the lipsticks, I also think gold eyes pair perfectly. I have my gorgeous friend Tanya Burr’s Hollywood eyeshadow palette which has every shade you could ever need for the perfect gold smokey eye. There’s also no harm in going dark and vampy on the nails either, which is why I love Butter London’s Ruby Murray which is a gorgeous deep shade of plum. You’ll also notice I have included here, a cosy blanket for sofa snuggles, my Topshop fedora and some super comfy over the knee socks which look so super cute with skirts and boots and keep your legs warm!
WARM DRINKS! As someone who doesn’t drink traditional cups of tea or coffee and relies solely on hot chocolate and flavoured tea, I feel like this is the time of the year where I finally fit in. There are so many options for flavoured teas and of course the pumpkin spice makes an appearance and my goodness does it taste good (try it with hot chocolate, sounds weird but if you don’t drink coffee and you’re in Starbucks and you still want to experience the spicy goodness, it tastes GREAT). Speaking of hot chocolate, GU do an amazing salted caramel hot chocolate which I found in the milk section of Waitrose and I HAVE HONESTLY NEVER TASTED ANYTHING LIKE IT. Even writing this my mouth is salivating and I need another cup of it immediately. Then you have the classic pumpkin spice flavoured tea which is also delicious and really warms the cockles on a dreary day! Bluebird Tea Company do this amazing one with loose leaf tea bags which I would totally recommend you try.
And last but by no means least, cosy nights in with friends where you end up snacking on every cheese flavoured biscuit and all the chocolate you can find in the house (i.e. the best kind of nights). We often do these nights at our house where I will lay a blanket over each person (hostess with the most-ess), top up their drinks and provide snacks as well as choose a film to snuggle down to. Followed of course by selfies on a disposable camera to keep the memories! I feel like Autumn see’s a lot more of these nights and they make me so incredibly happy. What are your Autumn Essentials? Do you have any film recommendations for all the cosy nights i’m going to be having over the next few weeks?
Tanya Burr Cosmetics Hollywood Eye Palette
Butter London Nail Polish in Ruby Murray
Topshop Cable Knit Socks
Tom Ford Lipstick In Cherry Lush
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry
YSL Rouge pur Couture The Mats Lipstick Lipstick in 205
Burberry Lipstick in Oxblood
Kiko Intensely Lavish Lipstick in 04 Mild Sangria
Gu Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Drink Me Chai Latte powder
Bluebird Tea Co. Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Hand Cream
Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather Candle
Philosophy Pumpkin Pie Bath & Shower Gel