As a society, we can be pretty quick to write off self care as an unimportant act, something low on the list of priorities, only partaken in by ladies of leisure or those with an over-inflated sense of self-importance.
As you read this post I’m in Edinburgh, on a mini city break for Connor’s birthday, hopefully not half frozen! We’re here for three days and it seemed like the perfect excuse to show you the contents of my makeup bag, a more minimal selection than if I was away for longer, but still a functional makeup bag with a full face of slap!
Just a little PSA to say there’s a new video up on my channel! I went to Oxford to do a little shopping and took my camera along for the ride! I’d love to know your thoughts on my purchases, and if there’s anything you’d like to see on my channel in the future!
2017 is running away from us, and once again we find ourselves at the beginning of a new month. My November to do list is pretty straightforward, centred mostly around Christmas prep + getting cosy for the winter months, which is what November is all about really, isn’t it! I feel like it’s going to be another busy month, so cross your fingers I manage to get all this done!
Have a firepit night! I did this last year and it was SO much fun. My parents have a chimenea in their garden, we lit the fire, made hot cider, roasted marshmallows, and spent the evening cosied up by the flames stargazing. The perfect way to spend a clear November night!
Bake Gingerbread men! My dad is away for a bit in November, and I was trying to think of something fun my mum and I could do while he’s gone – I think gingerbread men are the way to go! I want to perfect the recipe so I can make little gingerbread stars to give people at Christmas.
Re-Read Northern lights. Phillip Pullman’s new novel hit the shelves last month, and I desperately want to give it a read, but I want to re-read some of his previous work first. I loved reading the His Dark Materials series the first time, I even wrote a few short stories inspired by it, so I’m looking forward to re-visiting the series.
Pick up a beauty advent calendar. I watched Fleur de Force’s video on beauty advent calendars and MAN was that a mistake! I’ve had my eye on the Liberty one, because a Diptyque candle AND a Byredo hand cream, swoon, but it’s sold out so I may go for the Estée Lauder one instead!
Make Yoga part of my evening routine. I’m halfway through the Yoga for Anxiety course I’ve been doing, and getting up early to practice at the beginning of the day just isn’t working for me. I still want to make time for daily practice, so this month I want to figure out how to make it part of my evening routine.
Order my 2018 Life Planner. New year is creeping up on us and if you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know I’m a devoted Erin Condren Life Planner user. They ship from the US so I want to get my order in this month to make sure it arrives in time for the new year! Now I just need to decide if I want a copper or gold coil! I have a $10 off code here!
Put a dent in my Christmas shopping. Gifts and decor alike, I want to get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done this month for peace of mind + in case I end up doing my dad’s shopping too!
Make sure I have all my friend’s addresses. I want to be on the ball and mail out Christmas cards at the beginning of December, so I need to do a little recon this month and make sure I have everyone’s addresses!
Perfect my at home chocolate recipe. Gingerbread, marshmallows, white chocolate shavings, whipped cream – I’m going all out!
What’s on your November To Do List?
My October beauty favourites are pretty short and sweet this month (mostly because pretty much the only new products I’ve been trying are Glossier ones and you’ve already heard about those) – but the products I’ve been using are all standout wins for me, so I they certainly deserved a moment in the spotlight.
Despite my three year tenure at London College of Fashion, I’ve never described myself as ‘fashionable’. Whilst the rest of my class found dressing in the morning to be an artform, I’d bag myself an extra hour in bed and then throw on jeans and a hoodie. Despite a keen interest in fashion, style was never something I applied to myself, but rather something I wanted to learn about and share with others.
I’m sure by now we’re all very much aware that Glossier launched in the UK this month, causing beauty fanatics up and down the country to pretty much explode with delight. I’ll admit that I initially wasn’t one of them, launch day rolled around and I had no interest in placing an order – generally speaking when a product is massively hyped like Glossier has been, it causes me to lose interest. However, after a gift card landed in my lap I found myself eating my words, and placing a little order.
Once you have your own space it’s so easy to get caught up in buying beautiful homewares left right and centre, without much thought put into how they’ll look, whether they’ll work in the space longterm, or whether they’re functional.
- Right. I need to go to IKEA. This is fine. I’ll go in the week. I have a list. It won’t be stressful at all.
- I only need three things. I know where they all are. We can be in and out in 30 minutes.
- It’s a Tuesday at 3pm, how is it possible that there are no parking spaces?! Don’t all these people have places to be?
- I only need three things, but I’d better grab a giant yellow bag. I don’t have three hands.
- Ooh look, they redid the mini fake apartments! I better go look round them and pretend I live in them.
- Okay focus. Find what you need. Shelves, storage boxes, ziplock bags.
- Why are there so many pregnant people in IKEA?! Do you have to be pregnant to go to IKEA?! Everyone here is pregnant. AM I PREGNANT?!
- Why has everything moved?! Now I have to walk round the whole store.
- This is stressing me out, I’d better take a meatball break.
- How many meatballs do I normally order?! Ten, fifteen, or twenty?! Better get fifteen to be safe.
- I totally can’t eat fifteen meatballs. I’ve eaten eight. Maybe if I break a few up it’ll look like I ate more.
- Okay I’m so full but it would be such a shame not to have a piece of Daim cake wouldn’t it?
- Aaaaand I’ve wasted thirty minutes eating. Best get back to it.
- There should be a rule banning children from IKEA. I’ve already accidentally hit three round the head with my big yellow bag. And they’re so loud.
- Okay okay, I found the marketplace. Has it always been this big?
- Surely this corkboard isn’s actually called Vaggis.
- Oooh kitchen tools. I think I need an apple slicer, what have I been using to slice apples all this time?!
- GLASSES WITH FLAMINGOS THEY HAVE GLASSES WITH FLAMINGOS THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
- I should probably pick up some more Tupperware. You know. Since I’m here.
- Okay Jaye get back on track.
- OOOH CUSHIONS.
- Okay storage, I need that!
- I can’t remember what size boxes I needed so I’ll just get some in every size.
- I should stock up on candles. You never know when you’ll have a power cut.
- How many candles are too many candles?
- I should get plants. Plants are good for you.
- Okay, checkout time, which queue looks the shortest?
- I picked the longest queue. It’s not moving at all.
- IM GOING TO DIE IN THIS QUEUE.
- I’ve been in this queue for so long I need a snack now. I’m going to buy a hot dog and try not to think about where the meat is from.
- AND A DOUGHNUT.
- Oh the food shop. Best stock up on meatball gravy and tiny cinnamon rolls.
- HOW DID I SPEND TWO HUNDRED POUNDS?! I ONLY NEEDED THREE THINGS.
- Okay let’s just get this in the car and get out of here.
- Shit I forgot the ziplock bags.