How is it monthly favourites time again? It only seems like two minutes ago I was putting the finishing touches to Octobers favourites! I blinked, went on holiday and now it’s bloomin Christmas! In terms of November favourites, there’s a new skincare discovery, an (almost) toddling baby and news of a rather exciting Royal event for 2018!
Regular readers will know I’m something of a skincare junkie. I think this is born from the fact that I’ve spent the last 30 odd years battling with a host of skin-related issues. I’m always on the lookout for the next wonder product and am inexplicably drawn to anything rich and luxurious (and usually super spendy – go figure)! It was getting to the point that as lovely as the products I was using undoubtedly were, I was seeing very little in the way of results on my major problem areas (currently residual pregnancy pigmentation and my nemesis…milia)! My friend Kim is a skincare specialist so I decided it was time to book in for a consultation. She immediately pointed out that most of the products I was using were oil-based (damn my luxurious tastes) and therefore were working against my skin type. She suggested switching to water-based products and introduced me to Environ which I have to say has been something of a revelation! Within a week of using the products, I (for the first time) noticed a significant difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. I’ve since had my first facial with Kim which was unlike any facial I’ve ever had. No faff, no namby-pamby, strokey massage just firm, targeted pressure, lots of exfoliation and the use of electronic and sound waves to up my hydration levels. In other words, it gets shit done! I haven’t been using the products for long but the difference I have seen is huge and my understanding of the products is that with continued use you can move up to different strengths and start introducing tools such as dermal rollers and a rather fancy mobile devise to get the results of a facial at home! I’ve also recently started on the skin supplements (a mixture of Omegas, Vitamin A and antioxidants) to start treating my skin from the inside. I’m really excited to continue with this regime and build on the results I’ already starting to see! For me putting this regime into place is the star of my November favourites list.
Pre Christmas Getaway
Seeing as we spent 10 days of the month holiday, this was a given for November favourites! Our pre-Christmas getaway to the South of Spain was just what the Doctor ordered. After a manic few months, it was great to spend some quality time together as a family before the Christmas madness descended. We ate, we drank, we shopped. It was friggin awesome! Check out my Pre-Christmas Holiday In The Sun post to find out my top tips on what to see, where to eat and where to shop!
The upside to something you have always loved being ‘in fashion’ is you are suddenly overwhelmed with an abundance of variations in a whole range of price brackets. The downsides are a. every other bugger has exactly the same breadth of choice and b. you end up getting overly excited by the fact that you actually have a choice and end up with (in this case) EVERY BLACK LACE CAMISOLE you come across. Now, I’m really not complaining. These are the moments you need to take advantage of and stock up while you can. The fad will die down and soon I will be left alone with my cami’s…just the way I like it!
Anine Bing Madeline Blazer
Ok so (if you’ve been reading my blog) you will know all about the saga that is the Anine Bing blazer. Long story short I fell in love with seemingly the most popular jacket of the season! It was sold out everywhere and took an age to come back into stock. When it did I was waiting, ready to pounce and boy it really hasn’t disappointed! I’ve written a full post all about the Madeline Blazer if you want to check it out in all its glory…it’s definitely earned its place in the November Favourites!
Glossier Cloud Paint
I always have good intentions of taking a streamlined makeup bag on holiday but this time I actually managed it! Only one foundation, no eyeliner (that one was a bit traumatic) and the Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush which, after continued use I am LOVING! It’s great for those no-makeup makeup days or I’ve used it as a bit of a base for my powder blush if I’m after something with a bit more oomph! I also love the fact that you can mix up the colours to create just the right tone for you. Check out my Glossier Review for my thoughts on Cloud Paint and more from the range.
Luna is almost on her feet. Correction, she IS on her feet but doesn’t seem overly keen on staying there. Watching your child grow and develop is a strange old thing. You strive and strive for the next step, when will she walk? when will she talk? But as soon as the achievement is made you find yourself welling up and lamenting the fact that your baby is growing up! Such is the way of the world and if I’m honest, I’m very much looking forward to having random little conversations with my little munchkin. She’s truly hilarious without words so I can only imagine the laughs we will have when she does start to speak!
The Royal Wedding Part II
A late addition to the November Favourites but oh my, its a goodie! So a week ago today, I was glued to the T.V as the news was announced that Prince Harry was to marry Meghan Markle! Oh. My. God…There’s going to be another Royal Wedding!! My excitement levels have gone stratospheric but I know myself well enough to try and instil a level of calm or I will end up sad, lamenting the fact that I am already married and can’t have another wedding (believe me I’ve tried – Mr.R is having none of it)! The news has special meaning as it’s a very real and positive reminder of how far we as a nation have come. Last month I talked about the Netflix series, The Crown and one of the major themes was a dereliction of duty through falling in love with the wrong person. Edward and Wallis, Margaret and Peter, Charles and Camilla, all tragic love stories in their own way. Given this history, the event taking place next year is all the more special and remarkable and I for one CANNOT WAIT! No really, I’m going to have a party (also I’m very excited to get me a new mug)!
So thats my November favourites. How was November for you? Are we all organised for the big day?
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