George Autumn Homeware Wishlist – 2017

George Home is one of my favourite places to pick up homeware items- they frequently have some awesome, quirky pieces that would not look out of place in Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Next or John Lewis but cost a fraction of the price they’d charge! Which means it is far cheaper place to go if you want to do some seasonal decoration.

Autumn/Winter are my favourite seasons, particularly for decorating. I love the warm cosy feel of snuggling up under blankets by candlelight with a good book- dare I say it’s the perfect hygge feeling! The items I’ve picked are perfect for a cosy autumn makeover- with plenty of copper and white!

George already had Christmas items online- so I had to restrain myself. But if you are a fan of quirky/kitsch items (or like dinosaurs!) I’d highly recommend giving them a look.

  1. George Home Copper Moscow Mule Mugs – Set of 2 (£8)

I’ve wanted a set of copper Moscow mule mugs for a while, and these are perfect! I’ve even seen this much being charged for one mug elsewhere previously. I love copper, and they’d be perfect for mulled wine or hot chocolate with mountains of cream as we get closer to christmas! I think they’d be great to make a DIY gift for a couple- paired with their favourite Christmas drink and snack!

  1. Raccoon Slipper Socks (£7)

A cosy pair of slippers are the best, and even better if they have a cute face on! These raccoon slippers are adorable, and look super cosy- they even have a fleece lining which is perfect to keep your feet toasty on chilly evenings.

  1. Marble Print Mini Cushion (£5)

I’ve looked at this cushion a few times in real life, and really like it. It’s a pretty small cushion so it’s definitely more decorative than functional but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s such a cool pattern, and I love the marble and gold look.

  1. Copper-effect Bell Jar Lamp (£30)

More copper! I think that copper adds such a warm glow to a home, particularly copper lighting.  This is an awesome quirky light, and I love the steampunk vibe it’s giving off- I used to be really into the steampunk look, and even did several school projects on it! Although it’s not a look I’ve got going on in the place I live now, this would also be perfect for a modern or loft look. I really don’t need any more lights- as I’ve got nowhere to put them, but this one is just too cool to not wish for.

  1. Brushed Cotton Reversible Camping Bears Duvet Cover (£17)

I think this is my favourite item on the list. I love it so much. I’m a great fan of Georges bedding- it’s soft, washes well and has the cutest designs. My last couple of Christmas bedding sets came from George, and on the bed currently I have their awesome wizard cats design! This bedding is brushed cotton so perfect for a cosy bedroom, and also has the best ever design- of camping bears! I love the cartoon We Bare Bears, and the anime Polar Bear Café- so really I can’t imagine a cooler bedding than this! Hoping I see this to pick it up!

  1. 2-Pack Small LED Pillar Candles – Vanilla (£4)

These are pretty standard LED Candles, but I love the idea of a cosy glow, without the risk of candles- particularly if they were used in a bedroom. These are vanilla fragranced, which I haven’t seen before and think the idea sounds lovely!

  1. Speaker Ornament (£12)

This is such a cool ornament, and it is also supposed to amplify your phone! Once again, it’s copper! I love the idea of this, and it’d be perfect as part of a low tech chillout- with just your phone for music, and depending on how well it works I like the idea of using it outside, or when Glamping! It’s a great quirky piece that I can imagine being sold at Urban Outfitters or similar.

  1. George Home Natural Blonde Faux Fur Throw (£30)

I’m very strongly of the belief that you need blankets for a cosy home- preferably a number of them. And I’m particularly fond of faux fur throws- so soft to cuddle up in! I really love the colour of this throw, and it would look perfect at the end of the bed, or over the arm of the sofa.

Any of these items would (in my mind) also be great as a Christmas present if you want to get a head start- I know I would certainly would be thrilled with any of them!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair

I’m always on the lookout for a good pale foundation, as I’ve found in the past that many of the ones that I have tried have been far too dark, or have looked orange on my skin- which paired with my hair really isn’t the best look! I’ve also wanted to try a Charlotte Tilbury product for a long time, mainly due to the super pretty packaging and products (Sometimes I am lured in by a cover… This isn’t always a bad thing!)

So when I found myself in a Charlotte Tilbury store a few months back, I couldn’t resist the urge any longer. As is my usual go to move with foundations I headed straight to the palest they had, and treated myself! I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair which according to their website is a “neutral beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones” and it seems to be a pretty close match, with no oxidisation on my skin.

I really love the packaging for this product, with the attractive glass bottle, rose gold lid and a pump- it’s both pretty and functional! I find a pump or two is plenty to cover my face- although I often do a fairly light layer, and you may need more if you want full coverage.

The foundation does have SPF15, which I like. Although I often wear sunscreen on my face I’m sure doubling up does no harm! It’s a fairly thick foundation, and I find that the easiest way to apply it is with a brush (I’m currently using my real techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush – and I love that it matches the bottle). I have found it easier to blend into my skin with a brush, than with fingers or a sponge.

As you can see in the photos above, it does a pretty good job of covering up imperfections- particularly around my eyes, and blemishes are covered up well enough that I wouldn’t feel that I needed to also use concealer.

I don’t wear foundation every day as (most of the time) I have fairly good skin to start with – and I generally save makeup for days when I’m going out and about (too lazy to apply it every day!) but I do think that this foundation makes my skin look more flawless, and helps to cover my pores. However, as I don’t use it frequently enough, I can’t really say whether the foundation meets the skin care claims it makes – such as reducing age spots and tightening pores. To be honest I’d rely more on my skincare to do that!

It’s not a cheap foundation, at £30 for a 30ml bottle, but sometimes you have to treat yourself, and I really like the way this feels on my skin/ makes my skin look. It makes me happy to pick it up and use it- although for the price I do sometimes feel like I should save it for special occasions.

So overall if you are looking for a new pale foundation, and have the money to treat yourself I’d recommend picking this one up.

I’ve only used a couple of Charlotte Tilbury products, so I’d love to hear what I should try next!

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

Since I’ve been growing my hair out again (I’ve fluctuated between really short and rather long hair for the last five plus years!) I’ve been trying to ensure that I take good care of it, particularly as I try to avoid cutting my hair too frequently. There’s several hair products that I really love to keep my hair in tip top condition- such as elasticizer. However I wanted something quick to use for when I don’t have time to put on a hair mask and leave it for several hours, which as we get into Autumn can leave me feeling rather chilly with wet hair for that amount of time!

Due to this, I couldn’t resist picking up the Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask when I was last in the store- sadly about a week before their half price offer started! It’s a vegan once a week treatment which is supposed to leave hair nourished and shiny- whilst helping your hair look less frizzy. As my hair is quite fine and can be liable to frizz this sounded perfect! It’s not too expensive at £12 for a decent sized pot, and not too much product is required- even in my fairly long hair.

It’s very simple and quick to use as well. After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I simply scoop it up, run it through all my hair and leave it for around five minutes (although you can leave it longer!) then rinse it out. I try to avoid washing my hair too frequently now that it is longer, and using this every 5 days or so seems to cause no ill effect or product build up in my hair.

It is super easy to rinse out, and doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it look greasy. It also smells amazing- like banana obviously! After use, it leaves my hair smelling fantastic, and feeling moisturised and shiny. I’ve used the tub three or so times already – and have barely made a dent. So I’d imagine that it’ll do at least 12 applications, so the cost per use is £1 or less! And it seems to work better than many of the single use masks I have tried which cost more!

If you suffer from dry or frizzy hair I’d definitely recommend giving this a go – although I’d check you like the smell of banana as the scent does linger in your hair! The Body Shop frequently has offers on, so you can probably pick it up cheaper than £12 (at the moment they have a £25 off £50 offer) and for that price you can’t really go wrong. I just use the hair mask with my normal shampoo and conditioner- however when I run out I’d love to give the matching banana ones a go.

Let me know any hair products you love for keeping your hair healthy!