Why does an orange ‘autumnal’ eye shadow make me look like I’ve been punched in the eye?

Switching up the light pink lipsticks and the nude eyeshadow for an autumnal-hue-eye look is OH SO appealing right now,  a step into a different season with a little change in the wardrobe so why not a little re-evaluation on the make up side?

Problem is, the on trend orange/ dark brown/ dark pink eye looks amazing on everyone else, I mean Zoella is the queen of this look and Scarlett Johansson rocks it effortlessly but on me it looks like I have either been a victim of a punch or kept up all night resulting in a red sore eyes?

I know at least in Scarlett’s case a make up artist has spent ages seamlessly blending, layering and using expert techniques to get this look just right but for me, I think it proves that I should stick to what I know, a flick of liner, a fresh complexion and when I remember a slick of lippie but that doesn’t mean I cant Pinterest my favourite autumn make up looks in the hope that one day I can master the look worthy of an Anastasia BH pallet.

I think this is just going to have to be an autumn trend I let pass, for now I will stick to my Berry lip where I feel safe, secure and have blogged previously here

Let me know if you have mastered this look, I will keep practising!

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

Love Harriet x

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Lush Autumn release and New Exeter store opening…

I was lucky enough to be invited to the new bigger and better Lush store opening in Exeter last week as well as a chance to preview the Autumn/ Winter product launches, In fact we were the first in the whole country to get a sneak peak!

Lush is a brand that I feel I jumped onto the band waggon late, the hype around products such as Snow fairy and Rose Jam were talked about way before I stepped foot into a sweet smelling store.

On a quest for a bath bomb a few years ago, I popped into the previous smaller Exeter store, greeted by passionate sale assistants eager to help with any questions and ready to point me in the right direction, it was all a bit overwhelming and I ended up grabbing the closest product, paying and fighting my way back through the gaggle of teenagers. Gradually over time I’d step in and delve a little deeper but I’d say I was no Lush expert….Until now!

With a customer friendly layout the new interactive Exeter store organises the space into product sections, meaning even the short-of-time shopper can head to the area with ease. The additional space also means you can sample the products and demo them in true ‘Lush style’ without feeling like you are in each others way.

Additional space obviously means additional products, my mind was blown with how much Lush actually has to offer, cleansers, hand treatments and even fragrance sitting next to perfectly wrapped gift boxes…I mean who wouldn’t be happy with a Lush Christmas??

My favourite findings of the night had to include the recycled cloth made from old plastic bottles used to wrap products, style or even wear; The new ‘naked’ ethos of no packaging and protecting the environment and my discovery that Lush has spas around the UK, you can buy actual Spa packages with the promise of tailored true indulgence!

I must also mention the perfectly put together displays, the use of natural ingredients to embellish the shelves and of course the knowledgeable, friendly staff on hand wanting to help!

100% naturally sourced ingredients and to suit every skin type, requirements or taste this new store really allows you to explore whats on offer so if its help such as aiding sleep, sorting out limp hair or calming irritated skin, the world of Lush is much more than the odd colourful bath bomb!

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I love this time of year, already my mind is speeding towards hot chocolates, cosy blankets, crispy leaves underfoot and evenings watching Strictly full from a delish Sunday roast! Of course last September I dedicated a post here  

Autumn fashion is something I love and if you read my blog this time last year then you’ll know coats are something I became obsessed with! My aim is to build a collection full of loads of gorgeous colours and styles, I did make a good dent last year as you can see in this post but its only just gotten started and I’ve had to ditch the cheap, unflattering ones in favour of more quality!

Whistles (of course) is a brand who does classics well and their camel Alexandra coat is just one of those pieces that will look amazing time after time; with a price point of £285 it sure is an investment piece! For the more reasonably priced options Mango has a massive selection online right now, massive variety of colour and style!

Jumpers are everywhere and I for one couldn’t be more happier, the more embellishment the better in my eyes! I love a good bit pom pom or sequin on my knitwear. This Asos Multi Striped jumper priced at £25 is my favourite with the Warehouse Pom Pom £18 a close 2nd!

I am also a massive cardigan fan, they are so easy to layer on when you don’t know what the weathers going to be like and I mean that’s us all living in Britain so they quickly become our best friends! This colour blocking beauty from Pretty Little Things at £30 looks great thrown over a tee and jean combo!

Slightly off season although as above who can tell how warm the weather in Britain will be? These Tees from EgaliTEE will still carry us through the next season whilst spreading empowerment! Slip under a jacket or blazer and you are good to go..my fav is The Pips but I could snap a load up if the bank would allow!

If I’m feeling like I’ve worn jeans too much and need a mix it up then my go-to autumn dress is this Matalan Denim shirt dress, perfect teamed with tights and boots its my fav smart/casual look and at £18 Matalan knows how to look after our purse for sure!

Boots… I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t love a good boot! My preference is 100% the ankle and I believe everyone should have a brown and a black option to hand! Chelsea will always remain my fav style of boot but I do love these Faith Betsy Biker boots at £65.

There’s a million other pieces I want but that will have to be another post, I’d love to hear your favourites

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

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Mask it….My fav Facemasks at the mo

I would love to be that girl who indulges in a face mask once a month, a girl who really takes the time out to do the ol’ cucumber on the eyes, slathering that detoxing putty on but I’m not, I am a open the draw ‘oh there’s a facemask, lets do this’ kind of person!

Recently I have been trying to add a mask into my skincare routine, just every so often but its something I am consciously doing to make sure I give my skin a really good cleanse and remove any toxins that maybe bubbling under the surface. I have been using 3 very different products all with the same goal or creating blemish free glowing skin but very different method of achieving it!

Elemis Active Fruit Peel

I have always been a big fan of Elemis and got given this mask a while back, its clear fruit formula smells amazing and goes onto the face really easily. Instructions say to leave it on 5-10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. There’s a tingly sensation and I do feel an instant brightness once its off but as far as working deep within the skin, I’m not so sure?!

Aztec Indian Healing Clay

This is not for the faint hearted and clearly states that you will feel your face pulsate once applied….yep you really do! There is a lot of ancient method behind this clay product such as not using anything metallic when mixing the formula,  the metal then wont interfere with the reaction the powder and water has. Once the paste is created, apply to the face and the challenge is to keep it on for 5-10 mins, by 5 your face will be feeling all sorts of weird but that the magic happening!     Once removed (its quite tricky to do that) you are left with quite red skin but that lovely feeling of a deep cleanse!

I think this mask is fab for a once a month maintenance to keep the blackheads at bay but be warned to really hydrate your skin after use and not to leave the product on more then 10 minutes.

Sukin Anti Pollution Facial Masque

A friend introduced me to Sukin and their amazing natural/ protecting the earth ethos, so I desperately wanted to love their product and enjoy a guilt free pamper which Sukin 100% provided! This paraben free product packed with bamboo charcoal, willowherb and rooibos tea draws out impurities whilst a whole host of natural ingredients work to balance the complexion. The texture of the mask is perfect, not too drying and not too runny, easy to apply and hardens within a few minutes plus super easy to wash off. I kept the mask on for 10 mins plus and it didn’t irritate which is a bonus! I would recommend this one for an easy maintenance mask.

Its hard to see which masks really do have a lasting effect, you need to be super consistent! Let me know if you have tried any masks that I need to get my hands on!

Love Harriet x

 

 

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The Ordinary Skincare Review….

There hasn’t been a brand discussed in the beauty industry with as much curiosity for a long time then  ‘The Ordinary’.  Appearing in blogs, vlogs and beauty pages, these little glass bottles of formula are creating ripples through the multi million pound market.

I, of course jumped on the band wagon and needed to see what the hype was all about! The Ordinary ordered through the site DECIEM is a brand that focuses on the clinical formulations of products rather than the ‘insensible pricing strategies’ many companies chose to adopt, hence why the price tag is so reasonable! I’m talking £8 for the Advance Retinoid 30 mls of anti ageing, anti pollution serum that revivals (and as some top beauty bloggers say is better than…) Sunday Riley’s Luna priced at £85.

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