Sunday, 8 November 2015

Autumn Essentials


Oh yeah, I'm on an Autumn post themed roll right now and I like where it's heading. The leaves have fallen, the heating is on and the hot chocolate is being made (with marshmallows obviously). It's time to dig out the knits and roll necks and live in them until approximately February. So, without further ado, here are my Autumn essentials!


First up is dark nail varnish. I'm that girl who wears pretty pastels throughout Spring and Summer, but as soon as the first sign of Autumn appears, all the dark colours are out and on me instantly... I don't think I could have worded that any weirder. 

The Barry M Gelly nail varnishes are honestly just something else, best nail varnishes hands down, they should win all the awards. I couldn't resist picking up two of their newly released shades, 'Black Grape' and 'Black Cherry', the names alone intrigued me. 

Another beauty essential of mine throughout Autumn is a matte foundation. I'd heard lots of talk about the L'Oreal Infallible Matte and I have to say it doesn't disappoint, so long as I'm having a good skin day. The first time I tried it? Awful. The second time I tried it after a proper exfoliate and cleanse? Amazing. It's long lasting, combats my terribly oily skin still looks natural! Perfect for those chilly evenings. 


You can never have enough pairs of boots, I swear. Each year after buying more I tell myself, "I'm definitely not going to buy anymore", do I stick to it? Absolutely not. In the past, I've felt a bit iffy about brown boots, I'm not sure why as I'm practically living in these little Primark beauties. You can't really go wrong for £13, YES, £13! 

Next up is also another impulsive Primark purchase, a cinnamon and maple scented candle to be exact which my best bud actually bought for me, what a cutie! It smells heavenly! I'm not one for describing scents, or anything for that matter, so all I will say is that if you like sweet, Christmassy scents, definitely give it a sniff next time you're wandering through the home section. 
I decided to go ahead and feature my two favourite lipsticks, 'Inhibition' and 'Black Cherry', in this post because why the heck not? Pop over to The Autumn Lip Edit to hear my thoughts on them. You won't ever go wrong with a berry or plum lip at this time of year.


How amazing is my scarf?! Tartan and dogtooth print, the two perfect Autumn prints, am I right? It's so huge, I have used it as a shawl and a blanket on many occasions. As well as being quite the statement piece, it's incredibly cosy. Primark always do such wonderful knitwear and this scarf has certainly proven that. 
Carrying on the knitwear theme, let's admire my adorable burgundy beanie from ZARA. I'm pretty sure I have a funny shaped head as I struggle year in, year out to find a beanie that actually sits on my head properly and suits me. This year, I found the one. Who needs men when you have the cutest Autumn accessories? 

Roll necks have been around for many years, but have only recently come back on trend in the last couple and I am so grateful for that. A roll neck is the ultimate snuggly item of clothing and you can pair them with anything. The one featured in this post is from Dorothy Perkins, who might I add have some lovely pieces in right now. 

Last but not least it has to be a Lush product. Anyone who knows me well enough knows my obsession love for Lush which seems to be something that is emphasised around this time of year... Oh I wonder why? The Halloween and Christmas range of course! The 'Sparkly Pumpkin' bubble bar is something I have never tried before, shocking, I know. But just look at that lil guy, so cute and pumpkin like, I don't want to use it! Plus, the weather totally justifies a splurge in Lush. Autumn means cold, cold means (Lush) baths, duh! Just be careful not to get glitter everywhere.

What are your essentials for the colder months? I'd love to know!

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  1. I'm glad that I'm not the only one obsessed with boots! And that scarf is amazing! I'm really curious to try a roll neck, I don't own one. I think I will give it a try! Seems to be so snuggly! My must have for fall hai to be my blue tartan scarf!
    Lovely post! Have a nice Sunday!

    Federica | www.federicamattioli.blogspot.it

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    1. I love tartan, such a great pattern for Autumn/Winter!

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  3. Those boots are beautiful - I think I need to take a trip to Primark soon! My go-to autumn makeup is a gold eye and a berry lip, but I love Beguilled from Topshop and Divine Wine from Maybelline for that. And my go to clothes? A roll neck (I'm in love with one I got from Topshop last year) and my Paul Smith scarf. It's so chunky and warm! I really need to try that foundation though, it's been on my list since the summer!

    Your posts are seriously on point at the minute. I love them!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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    1. I loved reading your comment and finding out your essentials at the moment! I hadn't heard of Beguilled until now but it looks lovely.
      I want to stock up on Topshop roll necks and jumpers but my bank account won't let me! :(

      Thanks so much. x

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  4. I love your post so much girl ! I literally cannot believe your boots were £13 (runs to Primark).. I must go on the hunt for them (along now with the candle and scarf ;D).. I really love your posts so much .. I think it is because I a huge lover to Autumn too!
    Saira
    Throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com xx

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    1. Bargain, right?! Primark has some great stuff in at the moment! x

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  5. What a lovely post! I have heard everyone raving about that matte foundation recently, so I must give it a whirl actually! You honestly do have such a wonderful blog, and your posts are so lovely to read, so thank you for brightening my day! :) x

    Jade x | www.simplyjadey.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's a great foundation, I can't believe it's taken me so long to try it!
      Aw thank you so much, well your comment has brightened MY day. :) x

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  6. Great post. Bet the maple candle smells amazing! Love the autumnal shades and still yet to try the little pumpkin!

    Hannah | Oh January

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  7. Ooh! Don't you just love Autumn? Great picks! The Barry M Gelly nail varnishes are my faves too! So good! x

    Christina Marie - xtinagsays.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I'm in love with that scarf! Dogtooth is my all time favourite print and tartan is just as amazing, I'm so jealous xx

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  9. Love your autumn essentials!! That scarf is just gorgeous. I always love tartan for the colder months! Xx

    www.theemasphere.com

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  10. Dark nails and Black Cherry candles are an Autumn must! Great post ❤️

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  11. Love the nail polish shades and boots! :)

    Lotté | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. i really need to get myself a blanket scarf and i love the color of that beanie!

    danielle | avec danielle

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  13. Love this totally agree with the dark nails and I love those colours will have to check them out as love barry m, and also with the boots obsession I have bought 2 new pairs already this year xoxo

    http://katecloset.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Those boots are primark?! I'm totally going to pick up a pair this week! Gorgeous post lovely lady, your photography is great!

    Hannah xx

    thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are indeed! They're so comfy.
      Thanks girl! x

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  15. My go-to looks have been dark polishes, tartan scarves/wraps and tan boots/bags!

    Jem xo | JemsJournal.com | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin | Google+

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  16. Dark red lipstick is a must for fall. Great post!

    Awkwardgirlx

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    1. I wear reds all year round but yes I agree!

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  17. Oh my days this post is just like Autumn porn for me. So many great picks! I love the boots (I've been looking for a pair like this for ages, definitely have to pay a visit to Primani) and the tartan scraft, and the roll neck top and the Lush pumpkin haha! Oh just everything. The candle sounds delish. Love the photos too btw xx

    Angi | www.twodifferentworlds.com

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    1. Oh my gosh haha well that's one way of putting it! I'm glad you appreciate my essentials. ;) x

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  18. That pumpkin!! I'm going to a Lush blogger event tomorrow (yay!) so may pick one up, it's so cute! I have so many "Autumn essentials" too it's ridiculous haha!

    Teri-May xx
    Www.acupoft.co.uk

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    1. I'm so jealous that you're going to a Lush event, ahh! x

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  19. Oh boots! I am exactly the same, love em'! Think I need a trip to Primark aha. And that beanie is just too cute! Loved this post :)
    Charlotte | LottieLately.com x

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  20. You've got to have tartan for fall! Fab pictures! x

    Charli XCX 90s fun over on -
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  21. I´ve got the same scarf from Primark. It´s amazing! I practically live in it right now. Here´s a secret tip: Wear it when you go to the cinema. You´ll have your own blanket with you.
    As much as I usually like dark nails in autumn, this year I´m really loving white nails as well!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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    1. Isn't it so cosy?! Great tip, thank you - I'll bare that in mind! ;) x

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  22. give me those boooooties!! so cute!! haha great post Kat love that foundation as well, it is flawless!
    Amanda | amanda-speroni

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    1. It's a gorgeous foundation, thanks girl! x

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  23. Love the photography in this post!! I always wish I had a better primary near me,never gone seems to get such lovely things, ours is the one that gets all the things that haven't sold elsewhere ahah. Love a good scarf, they save me in college when it's cold, your right, the mix of the two prints is lovely!! xxx

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    1. Oh no! I must admit my Primark tends to be very hit and miss. Scarves were my saviour in college too haha, honestly how hard is it to turn the heating on?! x

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  24. I've just picked up a big scarf from Primark too! Bargain for £8 too as it's so cosy :) xx

    Alice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

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  25. Those boots and that scarf are amazing! Definitely a big fan of them!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  26. I love your photos for this post! Totally agree, I'm obsessed with ankle boots and have to restrain myself from buying more, £13 is so good though, might dash into town haha
    I'm also obsessed with Barry M and wash prefer shiny nails to matter ones for me personally!

    graceblogslife.blogspot.com

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  27. You've chosen some great essentials! Gotta love Primark, I need to keep my eye open for those boots when I'm next in a store! I picked up a checked scarf from there last year, but I really want another & this tartan one looks perfect! I've got to hear over & check out your lip picks, I really need some recommendations! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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