Autumn Essentials

Hello, Lovelies!

Hope you’re all doing well. The last post in this mini-Autumn series is all about my Autumn essentials. If you’ve read the last couple of posts on the blog, you must know a few of them by now: cosy knits, and all the hydrating/glow-boosting skincare! But there are a few others, so keep on reading to find out what else I can’t live without when the colder days come knocking.

Skincare

When I say all the hydrating/glow-boosting skincare products, I mean ALLLLL of them! 🙂 Further to the products I mentioned in my last post (here if you’ve missed it), I have been completely obsessed with Garnier Organics’ Argan Hydrating Mist. It not only smells divine, but works like a dream and does exactly what it claims to do. It hydrates your skin like no other mist I’ve tried to this day. Needless to say, you can spray it how many times you feel like throughout the day!

I don’t know about you, but during Summer I feel I can’t be bothered with body cream – and my skin doesn’t really need it. But as soon as it starts getting cooler, I bring out my good old favourite, The Body Shop’s body butters. It doesn’t really matter the scent, I always have a few in my bathroom. This one reminds me of Summer, but I’m hoping to add it to my “empties” pile soon, as I’ve already picked up another body cream that I want to try.

Same as with my body moisturiser, I never put hand cream on in the Summer! However, one’s hands simply do not survive Autumn/Winter without it! I’ve tried my fair share over the years but am always put off my one of two things: it doesn’t do anything, or it’s too sticky (or worse, both!). I was over the moon when I discovered this one last year (two years ago?), from Lidl’s brand Cien. It smells divine, works like a dream, and it’s instantly absorbed, therefore not leaving you with hands like you’ve just eaten a croissaint!

Another essential I always had at my desk at work was this lip balm by Kiehl’s. Not only does it work almost instantly, but the taste just makes you want to eat the whole tube (though tat’s probably not a good idea). I have mine in the scent/flavour “Cranberry”.

On the subject of hydrating/glow-boosting skincare, another thing I can’t live without, even more so when the weather starts getting cold, is my weekly pampering routine. I start by exfoliating with the Modern Friction – Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion exfoliator. After removing it with cold water, I go in, while my face is still damp (not wet), with a light layer of the Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay. I let that sit on my skin for a bit, just until it dries down. I remove it with a hot, damp cloth, then apply the Overnight Hydrating Mask With Avocado & Glacier Water. I let it sink in for about 20/30 minutes, then apply a mix of both these oils.

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, by The Ordinary. Rose hip seed oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, and renowned for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. It helps to calm redness, hydrate dry skin, treat scars and burns, brighten skin, and regenerate damaged tissue.
  • Lavandin Glow Facial Oil, by Garnier Organic, with organic lavender essential oil, organic argan oil and vitamin E, perfect for hydrating, smoothing, and glow-boosting. My thoughts on this oil coming your way soon!

Tea

A perfect Autumn day includes a nice, hot cup of tea, a blanket, my two kitties and the hubby, snuggled up on the sofa to watch a good film or tv series! Tea is my favourite drink (if you don’t count water), so I just love having myself a good ol’cuppa.

TV Shows

I binge-watched Emily in Paris last weekend, as soon as it came out. It’s from Sex & the City’s creator, Darren Star, starring Lily Collins. It’s about Emily Cooper, an American 20-something year old who comes to work in Paris. As a foreigner who moved to France, I could relate to sooo many things in this show. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should! Not only is it hilarious, the aesthetics, the wardrobe and, let’s be honest, the setting – everything’s to die for!

All things pumpkin spice!

Very cliché of me, I know. But there’s just something about the combination of pumpkin + the spices that’s just heavenly! These cupcakes are my favourite to bake around this time of the year. It’s a Cupcake Jemma recipe which takes a lot of time to make but the result is so worth the effort!

What are some of your Autumn essentials? Do you agree with my picks? Also, feel free to share any tv shows/films you’ve been loving!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Love,

Alice

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