I should make an effort to write more of these type of posts. They give me an opportunity to talk about lots of things I like in one go, instead of writing a 3000 word essay reminiscent of an A-Level English Language essay…

With Autumn in full swing, I’m loving all the winter fashion in shops and online. I’ve been on the hunt for a nice pair of tan ankle boots and was immediately drawn to these beauties from M&S. Yes, good ol’ Marks and Sparks, don’t knock that store until you’ve browsed through it from top to bottom. It’s not just undies M&S are good at.

They have fab knitwear in their Autograph and Limited range and I’ve always loved their accessories like scarfs, gloves and the occasional handbag. Other than the fun festive slippers they bring out, I’ve pretty much ignored their footwear, until now. I was using Octer – an online marketplace, which allows you to search the biggest UK stores and either shop by department – or shop! I found just the boots I was looking for and now want them in black too.


Suede block heel ankle boots – M&S


The recently launched Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette* (£38.50) is a welcome addition this season. Perfectly sized for use on the go, it contains 12 brand new matte shades, which are all neutral enough to suit any skin tone. Smooth, rich in colour and easy to blend, this is ideal for daily use. Stick this on your Crimbo wishlist!


Top Row
Blow (light nude demi-matte), Nudie (soft pink-nude matte), Commando (light taupe-brown matte), Tempted (pale brown matte), Instinct (medium pink-taupe matte), Lethal (reddish brown matte),

Second Row
Pre-Game (pale yellow matte), Extra Bitter (burnt orange matte), Faith (medium warm brown matte), Lockout (rich neutral brown matte), Magnet (smoky grey matte) and Blackjack (warm black matte).

Another M&S buy via Octer – an Intial mug*. I love a novelty mug and was initially after a white and gold one, but felt the ones I’d seen were either too small or I didn’t like the font on them – I can be so fussy at times. Anyway, this ticked all the boxes and cost a respectable £6 too.


I love emulating healthy looking skin with the use of make up during the colder months. Skin looks healthy and energised. I achieve this through the use of bright blush to add colour and highlighters to create sheen and glowiness. Illamasqua’s Beyond Powders*which are baked highlighting powders, create a subtle warm hue to your complexion. I really like the lightweight texture of these. Available in two shades OMG (Champagne Shimmer) and EPIC (Warm Bronze Shimmer), priced £32 each. Epic is what I’ve been reaching for and it’s a lovely addition to my make up bag.


Finally, I’ve been using the Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush for Thick, Wavy and Afro Hair* inbetween hair styles and have found it to be pretty useful in my hair grooming routine. My natural hair is pretty soft, but also quite fine so I have to take care to brush carefully and not put too much pressure on it when using hair tools for fear of unnecessarily breaking it. Made and manufactured in the UK, it easily brushes through knots, with its longer and stronger Firmflex teeth technology that reach right through to your roots, making detangling and de-frizzing afro, curly and thick hair a wonderful and effortless thing.


I do think if you have very coarse hair, you may find this causes minimal breakage, but breakage all the same, but for my own hair natural type which I’ve been told resembles a mixture of 4A/B (not sure how accurate that is to be honest), but this works so well. I’ve also used it to brush my hair when damp and was pretty impressed with the results – again no breakage or stress on my follicles. You can find the Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush for Thick, Wavy and Afro Hair here, priced £11
What have you been loving lately?


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