Pumpkin is my go-to Autumn scent/flavour. What is better than sipping on a pumpkin spice latte whilst kicking through the crunchy autumnal leaves whilst wearing a bobble hat? Ok… maybe I’m taking that a bit too far (or am I?!) But when I heard that The Body Shop were launching a Vanilla Pumpkin range, it quite simply had to become part of my collection because I knew it was going to smell delicious. How couldn’t it, with pumpkin?! Unfortunately, this was a limited edition collection, and the Christmas scents are now in, but I wanted to share my tuppence-worth with you all anyway.

Pumpkin

The Vanilla Pumpkin collection came as a body butter, shower gel, hand cream and if you wanted to be that little bit extra, a shimmer mist. I bought the shower gel and hand cream.

Pumpkin

The scent is described as containing “vanilla extract from Madagascar and pumpkin fragrance”. It is a sweet, yet not too over-powering smell, predominantly it smells of vanilla – I would describe it as a sweeter-smelling version of pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin

I always use The Body Shop hand creams anyway, as I love that they sink in to the skin and are non-greasy, and the Vanilla Pumpkin hand cream is no different. The consistency is relatively thick (I always think more like almost a gel than a cream?!), and you can feel the cream getting to work as it sinks into the skin. The smell lasts on the skin for a long time after applying too, which is always a bonus.

Pumpkin

I also love the Body Shop shower gels. I tend to stock up round about Christmas time as I love a good Christmas scent, but I thought I would try this one too! The Vanilla Pumpkin shower gel did not disappoint, it smells amazing and lathers up nicely too! It also feels moisturising in comparison to some of the other Body Shop shower gels I’ve tried, but I couldn’t see anything that said it had moisturising properties, so another nice surprise from this range!

Pumpkin

From what I tried of this collection, I love it. It just frustrates me when brands do limited editions, as The Body Shop might not do this scent again, or I’ll have to wait another year to get my hands on it! Sigh…

Did you get any of the Vanilla Pumpkin Body Shop range?

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I know I wrote a post about why I love spring, but I also love autumn too. I’ve skipped writing a post about why I love summer, because #unpopularopinion – I’m not particularly fond of it… Anyway, I love autumn and I’m one hundred percent dedicating a blog post to it. (I’ll probably do one for winter too, let’s face it).

I don’t know about other parts of the UK, but in Scotland the transition from “summer” (I use that term VERY loosely) to autumn happens overnight. I’m not even kidding. One night it gets dark at 10.00pm and then BOOM! The next night it’s getting dark at 7.00pm and it’s autumn. It’s mystical and completely baffles me, but alas, it is a time of year that I love. Here’s why…

PUMPKIN ERRRRRRYTHANG

Yup, I am one of those basic bitches who sips a PSL from Starbucks the day they become available until the day they run out. I’m sorry, I can’t help it. And the pumpkin obsession doesn’t stop in Starbucks either. Pumpkin spice Baileys. You got it! Vanilla pumpkin shower gel. Check. Cinnamon pumpkin anti-bac. Yaaaaas! There’s just something about pumpkin [spice] that signals autumn, and I just love it!

CRUNCHY LEAVES

As a child, did you ever used to kick through massive piles of leaves that had been swept up? That distinct crunching sound as they scatter all around, children laughing… I always used to be terrified that hedgehogs would be in the big piles of leaves! There’s just something about crunching through the leaves that I still love. Of course when there are leaves to crunch through, autumn is certainly here.

Autumn

COSY CLOTHES

As soon as the weather drops below ten degrees (which is round about the end of August in Scotland haha!) my chunky knit sweaters and bobble hats come out. Autumn is definitely the perfect excuse for a cosy clothes haul. Whether it’s new jumpers, socks, or warmer pyjamas and onesies, I just can’t risk being cold! I also like to whack my heating up to around 25degrees every evening for good measure too (I’m not even joking!)

AUTUMN HOMEWARE

Is it just me, or does homeware become a million times better round about autumn time? There’s cushions, candles, autumny decorative bits and bobs, fairy lights for added ambience, gold/copper/rose-gold accessories… I just love everything about it all!

Autumn

IT’S PRACTICALLY CHRISTMAS

‘Nuff said!

What are your favourite things about autumn?

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I’m usually quite wary of trying new products on my skin, especially on my face. I’ve always had very sensitive and naturally oily skin. For this reason, I have never used face oils or serums for fear of them making my skin even oilier. However, when I read about Skinkissed Vitamin C serum, I was intrigued. I have to admit, I was slightly sceptical about using this product – it claims to be a “miracle in a bottle” that helps you to achieve “flawless and glowing skin” – isn’t that every girls dream?!

Skinkissed

I am lucky in the sense that I have never suffered from acne, so I don’t have many scars from spots, however this product claims to help heal acne scarring too, as well as help reduce the signs of aging. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on those side of things.

Skinkissed Serum contains natural ingredients – the only one that I was slightly worried about was fish oil, as I was concerned it would make the serum smell fishy, but it really doesn’t! The directions recommend that you apply 10-15 drops on your fingertips before massaging into your face and neck, but I only use about 6 drops and find that is enough. You can also put this serum on your lips, but I haven’t tried that, as I prefer using a lip balm anyway.

The packaging of Skinkissed is a brown glass bottle, and the product is applied to the fingertips with a glass pipette. You get 20ml of product, which will last a while if used as directed.  The serum is quite thick in consistency, definitely thicker than I had thought it would be.  However, I haven’t used a face serum before, so I have nothing to compare it to.

Skinkissed

I apply Skinkissed in the evening before going to bed. It goes on very smoothly and instantly makes my skin feel more hydrated. In the morning, my skin definitely feels smoother and softer too, and not at all greasy or oily. I’ve also used Skinkissed as a primer for my make up a couple of times, which has also worked well. In comparison to my usual primers, I would say it held my foundation in place just as well.I’ve been impressed with the Skinkissed serum, and it’s made me want to experiment with more face serums and oils. As for the claims that it’s a “miracle in a bottle”, I honestly can’t really say…  I do definitely feel it has made my skin smoother and softer, though.  You can purchase Skinkissed serum here.

Have you tried face serums or oils? Which ones are your favourite?

*This post contains products that were sent to me to test and review, however all opinions are entirely my own.

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By now you will all know that I am obsessed with anything glittery or sparkly. If you don’t already know that, I mean, what even?! When I saw this Jouer and Jeffree Star collab, I knew I had to get it because, well, pink sparkles… Hello! A name like “Sweet Tooth” instantly makes me think of a world of pink! Plus, who doesn’t love a Jouer lip topper or Jouer product, because I sure do!!!

Sweet Tooth

When this lip topper arrived, I was obviously firstly drawn to the packaging, which is a gorgeous metallic pink/purple colour, with the Jeffree Star logo down the side.

Sweet Tooth

The only difference with the packaging of the actual product in comparison to other Jouer lip toppers, is the lid. This lid is a similar gorgeous pink/purple metallic colour to the box, and has the Jeffree Star logo on it.

I love the formula of Jouer lip toppers, and this collaboration with Jeffree Star is no exception. It glides on smoothly, and doesn’t feel sticky or drag on the lips. Can we also just talk about the scent of Jouer lip toppers?! Ohmigod. They smell like cakes! How could you not like a product that smells like cakes?!

Sweet ToothAs with all other Jouer lip toppers, you can wear this product on its own, or over another product. I personally like wearing it over a liquid lipstick for that extra pop of sparkle.

Sweet Tooth

The only downside I have found with the Sweet Tooth lip topper is that I personally feel it is more sparkly than the other Jouer ones that I own (is that really a bad thing?), and taking it off results in the glitter/sparkles spreading over my face! But I mean, you can never have too much glitter or sparkle in your life really, can you?!

Sweet Tooth

Did you get your hands on this limited edition Sweet Tooth lip topper? Do you have any other Jouer lip toppers?

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Ok… So unless you’ve just stumbled across my blog, or come out of hibernation then you absolutely know that I am OBSESSED with make up. Not only am I obsessed with make up, but I am partial to a lip product or hundred. A girl can never have too many lip products, right?  So when I was selected by Influenster U.K. to be one of the first people to receive a U.K. VoxBox, and I heard it was Max Factor lip goodies, I was just a little bit excited!  I have to say, that (in my opinion!) the shades that I got are absolutely perfect for me, and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Max Factor

Honey Lacquer Gloss

I tend to reach for lipsticks or liquid lipsticks over lip glosses, so I wasn’t sure how I would get on with this product. I was sent the shade “Honey Lilac”, which I personally think goes well with my blonde hair! As soon as I swatched the gloss on my arm, I knew I was going to like it. It applied smoothly and didn’t drag on my skin. I headed straight to the mirror and applied a little slick to my lips, and to my surprise, it felt moisturising as well as applying smoothly, and was not sticky in the slightest (one of the reasons I’m not usually a huge fan of lip glosses). This lip lacquer does last relatively well, although needs topping up after eating and drinking, as expected. I like this Max Factor lip lacquer so much, that I’m going to buy another shade that I’ve got my eye on.

Max Factor

Colour Elixir Lipstick

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know how much I love a lipstick. If you don’t follow me yet, why the bloomin’ heck not?!

I was sent the lipstick in the shade “Dusky Rose”, which again, I feel just happens to go with my blonde hair. I’ve tended to opt for matte lipsticks lately, although metallics and lip toppers have been sneaking into my collection… And this lipstick has a gorgeous shine to it! I paired this with the Universal Lip Liner (that I was also kindly sent) to avoid the colour bleeding. The lip liner is slightly too waxy for my liking.  I do also prefer a coloured liner if I’m perfectly honest. The staying power of this lipstick is good – better than the Honey Lacquer Gloss, although I prefer the shade of the gloss over the lipstick. I would like to have a look at some of the other shades of lipstick in the Colour Elixir range, as I do like the formula of this lipstick.

Max Factor

Overall, I’m really impressed with the lip gloss and lipstick.  However, I probably won’t be adding the lip liner into my daily routine.

Max Factor

What are your favourite Max Factor products? Do you like the look of any of the above?

This post contains products that were sent to me for free, for testing and review purposes.  As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

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