Things I've Loved Lately #5



This is where I talk about food, fashion, TV shows and just about everything else I've been enjoying recently...It's a little like my fortnight in review so it's stuff I haven't had a chance to mention much or that I didn't think fitted in with my monthly favourites. Hope you enjoy!




I've not really been wearing makeup everyday the past fortnight, however when I have I've loved applying foundation with the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush (£3.95)! I know it's for powders but I use it for liquid foundation. I've never had a flat foundation brush before but I might have to invest in one. My first ever (and rather large) KIKO order arrived and it's absolutely beautiful! So I'm looking forward to testing that out over the coming weeks.




Some of the things I picked up from KIKO...


I recently tried the Starbucks Apple & Cinnamon Muffin and Chai Tea Latte and they were so good! I'd honestly never had Chai Tea anything until the Bloggers' Tea Party, but now I'm loving it! I also get excited when seasonal coffee shop specials come out. After my obsession with Costa's Salted Caramel Muffin last year I tried  a Starbucks offering this year and I'm feeling festive already! Another hot drink I've been enjoying is the Beanie's Flavour Co. Cinder Toffee Coffee I won in a Cosmo goodie bag. It's really nice and the flavouring isn't too overpowering, with flavours like Irish Cream and Gingerbread I'll be popping down to Sainsbury's to get some more!


I think 'love' is a strong word, as I have mixed feelings about this film, but I recently saw Gone Girl (*SPOILER ALERT* not for plot points but for themes). It's a bait and switch film and almost changes genres partway through. It started off as pretty intriguing but by its final act, without giving too much away, the plot becomes fairly preposterous. If you can get on board and enjoy the shift then it's an entertaining watch and retrospectively the ending seems fitting. I think the interesting themes of marriage, identity, infidelity and media intrusion come through clearly, but I (like Nick!) would've like to have got inside Amy's head a little more. I also think more could've been made of the media critique (I loved the lampooning of Nancy Grace).



As with Gone Girl, 'love' is a strong word but I've started reading Endgame: the Calling by James Frey (yes, that James Frey, no comment...) and Nils Johnson-Shelton*. It's marketing did scream 'Hunger Games rip-off' in all honesty but to call it that would be something of a disservice. If you like a bit of YA it's a fun read, you just have to get on board with it and appreciate it for what it is. Another bit of reading material I've enjoyed is this month's Elle Magazine. I'm not normally big on print magazines (though I do pick them up sometimes when I'm travelling) but what can I say, the eyeliner and the feminism got me! It's well worth picking up if you get the chance.




The courtyard of Chester Cathedral

Last weekend I went on a day trip to Chester. I really love it there because there's a lot of history and it's such a pretty city. We took a wander along the city walls, had afternoon tea, looked around the impressive Cathedral and did a spot of shopping. There are some fantastic shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.


In terms of music James BlakeSamphaFKA twigs and Jessie Ware are on my current playlist. I'm always on the lookout for artists who bring something new to established genres. I'm also glad that American Horror Story is back with a bang. Freakshow has been fantastic so far, I just need to stop watching it before bed...It's an anthology series so don't worry if you haven't seen it before, you can still watch Freakshow. 


Cupcake in action


I've been loving my Pamper Sessions recently and I've got a little more into Lush as a result. Lush has always been more of a 'gift' thing for me, so I never really bought stuff there for myself. However I did go on a little splurge (haul here) recently and I'm loving the products I tried! Tomorrow's post will be all about my pamper must-haves! Another body favourite is the Dolly's Mixtures Shower Gel line currently £1 (usually £2) at ASDA. I won't bang on too long about them as I have a full post here, but my favourites are Red Velvet Cup Cake and Vanilla Cup Cake - yum!


A little preview of my upcoming A/W Fashion & Accessories post

Miss Selfridge and River Island really have some beautiful cardigans, faux fur and accessories in for the moment. I'm still loving New Look and Primark but I think I'll be going to RI and Miss Selfridge when I fancy something a little more expensive. 


Inspired by Shaaanxo


Finally it was, of course, Halloween last night! So I really enjoyed dressing up. I was aiming for Bambi but ended up a little more reindeer but yolo...


What are you loving now Autumn is well and truly here? 



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  1. I also read Endgame this month for review, and I totally agree with what you've said about it! I also love your Halloween look, you look stunning!

    Lauren x
    http://whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I just read your review and it pretty much sums up my feelings so far!
      And thank you so much! xx

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  2. The Lush face mask looks amazing! I'd love to try it. I also really love River Island too. Some amazing things in there at the moment x x

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is, smells lovely and didn't dry me out :) xx

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  3. I love all the things you picked up from Kiko. That whole collection looks amazing and I also had my eye on contour palette but decided to just pick up the lipstick instead, which is amazing btw x

    Beauty with charm | TOOFACED GIVEAWAY

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    1. Ooh so glad to hear you rate it! I needed a signature berry lipstick for this year :) xx

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  4. Ohh I love Lush products~ ^ u ^
    But I have not tried their Face Masks before! ^ v ^

    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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    1. I'd really recommend them, they're so fresh :) xx

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  5. The makeup you bought from Kiko is gorgeous! I went to their shop last week and they have a new holiday collection in store and it's amazing! I'm really impressed with the stuff they have been releasing recently. I need to go back to buy some of their new products. You looked really cute as bambi/reindeer, by the way. :) x

    Speaking Beauty UK | Nars, Urban Decay, YSL GIVEAWAY

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    1. Aw thank you! So jealous you have a KIKO store near you! Can't wait to try out all their beautiful stuff :) xx

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  6. Your Halloween outfit is so cute! I didn't bother with a costume and wanted to do my makeup all crazy so ended up sticking sequins/gems to my face and went as a mermaid/alien hybrid haha.
    I absolutely LOVE Kiko, have done a few blog posts on them in the past and got one of the blush duos from their card collection at the end of summer when I was in France. gutted I didn't pick up more of those and the eyeshadow quads but now that I know Kiko ship to the UK I might have to get some delivered! Can't wait to see how the eyeshadows preform for you :) x

    LongHairAndLashes.blogspot.ie

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    1. Thank you! :) your costume sounds memorable haha
      I'm so glad to hear you rate them! The haul/first impressions are now posted xx

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  7. I've not been to chester in so long! I used to spend so much of my time there! also your halloween costume is so cute! xx

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    1. Aww thank you! I hadn't been there for a good 5 years but there's so much more there for you when you're a little older :) xx

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  8. Glad you enjoyed Chester. I lived there for a while... beautiful place. :) Jessie Ware's new album is great too!

    Oliver
    suedeandsymphony.com

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    1. I'd love to live there one day :) and she's amazing isn't she! Xx

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  9. I really need to try out more of the Kiko products :) I love Chester, it's such a great day out isn't it?! Totally love having pamper sessions this time of year, most of my wage packet has been spent in Lush this month...!

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    1. Kiko are really underrated in the UK. Gotta have a pamper session to make the weather less depressing haha. I'm loving Chester at the moment there's so much to do! Planning on going back for a full weekend as it's been years since I hit Cheshire Oaks and Blue Planet so I'd love to do the lot sometime :) xx

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  10. I love the products you picked up from Kiko. :) and your halloween costume is very creative, you look pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much! The KIKO stuff is pretty great! xx

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