I’m going to be sharing a few of my Autumn Essentials with you in this post.
I have noticed a lot of Autumnal vibes going on my Instagram feed, so thought it was the perfect time to share my key products that I use for this new change of season. Some of these products I have been using religiously for years and others are fairly new. As I have tested these myself, therefore my opinions are going to be very honest depending on how well they’ve performed.
Gosh, I am just so excited for Autumn.. I am so looking forward to my shopping hauls and I can’t wait to share my little finds with you. I’ve been noticing all those autumnal purchases you’ve been making (I see you on Instagram!) and it’s making me a wee bit jealous already! I can’t wait to share my little treasures with you too! Did I mention I’m heading back to England for the festive season, I’ll let you know all about it nearer the time. 🍂 🍁
Ooh before I digress again, let’s get right into this post shall we? So here are my picks;
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm 🐝
Burt’s Bees is one of those lip balms that catches your attention every time you’re in the shop due to its vibrant packaging.
I had heard so many good things about this lip balm but hadn’t tried it personally as I would always reach for my ever so trusted pot of Vaseline. However, when I was planning my trip back to Spain, I decided to put this in my basket whilst shopping at Boots. One of the reasons was it being summer and I was using a lot of matte lippes at the time. I felt Vaseline felt a lot more ‘gooey’ and I needed something that was less messy but effective.
I have been using this lip balm ever since, and I love how moisturising it is on the lips. It doesn’t feel any different overtly from any other lip balms I’ve tried but most importantly it’s 100% natural which is just amazing. I also love how it glides on effortlessly (due to its natural ingredients) and has a lovely subtle scent to it.
I’ve been using it for around a month and a half and I can safely say I’ll def be purchasing it again. Even though it feels no different to other lip balms I’ve used previously but I will def give it extra points for its natural ingredients which is just so important for our wellness.
Essie Apricot Oil
As you all know, the change of season can cause major havoc to nails.
I discovered this Essie Apricot Oil from one of the Christmas gifts sets I purchased last festive season. I had used all the nail colours in the set and never really paid much attention to this one. It was only recently that I started using it and my goodness, it is truly hydrating.
Please be warned though, your nails may look rather orange-y when you initially apply it over your nail. You just need to rub it gently over the nail and make sure it soaks in fully. Leave it for a couple of minutes and voila! It’s particularly good for those who have dry brittle nails as it helps to moisturise. As it’s an oil form, therefore massaging your nails with it can help improve he health of your nail as well as protection against dryness especially in the colder months.
I read people mentioning it causes a slight orange-y tinge to the nails. Please don’t be alarmed, even I felt the same too. However, once you rub the oil into your cuticles in circular motion, it’ll all disappear. As I’ve been trying this for a while, I’ve found it keeps the nails fully hydrated and moisturised. The scent is also lovely!
essie pro tip: after you cleanse and moisturise your hands, apply cuticle oil to your nails. This will guarantee at least 6 hours of absorption without the product being washed or wiped away. You’ll wake up to flawless cuticles every morning.
How cute is the mini glass bottle though? I love the packaging without a doubt!
The only drawback I have is perhaps the price, it’s a little pricey at around £6-7 for a bottle. Of course, this is slightly smaller as it’s a Christmas edition one, but I think you can find the same thing much cheaper elsewhere. If you love Essie, then you’ll love this as a loyal fan but personally I believe there are cheaper and effective options available. The product is lovely but def on the pricier side.
Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator/Intense Nourishing Treatment Mask
Now, if you’ve followed me right from the start then you’ll know I love myself a bit of Liz Earle products.
For those residing in the uk, you would’ve come across Liz Earl one way or another. She sells her skincare range in Boots, as well as QVC. Many years ago, I came across Liz Earle’s products whilst watching QVC and since I ordered her famous and best-selling Cleanse & Polish (winner of 125 awards and counting!), I had been a die-hard fan of her products. Many of my friends have also loved using her range. I must have placed dozens of orders and it’s clearly a staple brand in my skincare regime. Once you use the Cleanse & Polish, trust me you can’t go back to anything else 😲
Liz Earle is a British skincare expert who offers naturally inspired skincare that really works to transform the appearance of skin for all women, whatever their age or skin type. What I love about Liz, is that she believes in the potent power of naturally active ingredients and are committed to building beauty products that is more than just skin deep. It’s luxury skincare and the ingredients include all the goodness from mother nature in it. The products are ever so gentle on the skin as well as being super effective.
The swatch on the left is the exfoliator and on the right is the mask but you wouldn’t be able to tell. It’s just so creamy!
There’s tiny little grains in the exfoliator that are so gentle that you wouldn’t even think it’ll be able remove all the layers of dull dead skin. It works so gently that your skin is fresher, brighter and clearer looking after use. It’s truly magic in a pot! However, as there is so much goodness in these products, it’s only natural that the price will also reflect it. For example, the award-winning Cleanse & Polish retails around £20-35 depending on size.
Personally, I think it’s worth every penny spent. It does what it says, which is very much evident with the number of awards and accolades this brand has gained so far. It’s especially a must for the colder season as this is the time where the weather causes much havoc to skin, hair and nails. If I know the product performs and does what it’s supposed to do, then I don’t mind investing in it. I’ve been using Liz Earle for many years and I can def vouch for it. Trust me, I haven’t been sponsored or sent any free products (I wish it were true! *sigh*), but the reason why Im always gushing over these products is simply because they’re worth the praise.
If you haven’t tried any of their products, I will highly recommend!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 (without a doubt!)
L’Oréal The Braid Milk Hair Styling Cream
I picked up this styling cream when I was shopping in town the other day.
I needed some heat protectant spray and came across this on the same shelf. I loved the idea of it as I hadn’t seen anything like this product before. I liked what I saw and decided to purchase and try it out. I purchased it for €5.99
Here’s a little excerpt from the L’Oréal website;
Added grip and natural shine for braids that stay. Easy to use styling cream with a smooth finish.
Great for all braided hairstyles, including fishtail braids, boxer braids & boho braid looks. Enriched with Coconut Milk that’s delivers braids that last with a natural-looking shine. 🌴🥥
What attracted me to the product was the use of Coconut Milk. I love the smell of coconuts and when it’s used in conjunction with hair products, I always wanna snap it up!
I’ve been using the styling cream for around two weeks now. I like the texture and the smell is gorgeous but I wouldn’t say it’s an exceptional or a necessary product but it’s a lovely addition should you need it in places where you have to tie your hair in a braid.
It’s perfect for keeping flyaways in place, and essentially keeps hair secure. I have quite silky hair so braids (or buns!) never stay up for too long, but this product gives me the grip which is nice. Hmm I do like it but I didn’t notice a huge difference to my hair as such.
My hair didn’t feel any more shinier than it already is, though the grip was def there even after sleeping in it. It is moisturising and doesn’t add ‘crispiness’ (sorry is that even a word) to hair that typically hairsprays do.. Perhaps, I need to try it out a little more.. have you tried it? I’d love to know what you felt about it..
So, I hope you enjoyed this quick little post about my autumnal essentials. Do you have any products that you think I can benefit from? Then I’d love to know below..
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Now, time to put the kettle on and enjoy a nice cuppa! ☕️
Until next time,