Friday, 18 April 2014

Top 10 Skincare Favourites With Amelia!

A few weeks back Amelia and I filmed out Top Ten Current Skincare Favourites together. Loooong name. We also filmed a Non Beauty Favourites over on her channel. To sum that one up, Amelia brought some really interesting things to the non beauty favourites table and I brought food.

I'm not going to insert any more spoilers here - give it a watch and a thumbs up and let me know if there are any other videos you would like to see us film!

Happy Bank Holiday Friday!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The New Thing: New Wave Nails

I went on a bit of a Topshop nail polish buying spree last week and luckily managed to snap a shot of one of my favourites of the bunch before breaking all my nails (owwies!). New Wave is a beautiful orangey red that reminds me of Essie's "Meet Me At Sunset" - one of my favourite polishes of all time. What's better is that not only is it a cracking dupe it's also cheaper and has a much better formula - lasting a good 5 days on my nails before things start to get a little cracked and chipped.

I know orangey-reds are more of a summer thing for most people, but for me summer is always when things get seriously neon, so more subtle brights always end up being my thing for spring. You may have also noticed that a certain orangey-yellow has been gracing my nails a lot recently too - another one of my favourites from the same spree. But that one may be being saved for next week. Ooooh spoilers...

The Vlog: Interviewing Azzi Glasser With Miss Selfridge

This April Miss Selfridge is launching something rather special, a fragrance and body range created by world-renowned perfumer, Azzi Glasser and the Miss Selfridge team. Being a lover of both Miss Selfridge and all things beauty, I was excited to meet with Azzi and ask her a few questions. She kindly hosted our interview in her beautiful London home - vintage bottles and pieces from her travels fill the white canvas of each room and with her studio packed to the ceiling with perfume bottles – it really was the most Pinterest-able home I’d ever seen.  We settled ourselves at her beautiful mirrored dining table and chatted through her the two fragrances and the inspirations and influences behind the scents.

Can you talk us through the Influences behind the two fragrances?
Yasmine Usif, the creative head behind Miss Selfridge was fantastic, she had a room full of vintage pieces.. I shopped in Miss Selfridge in the 80’s, and it hasn’t changed. It’s about getting a few outfits and making them work for every occasion. Because of this, we couldn’t just create one fragrance as it didn’t fit. So we decided on having a fragrance for the day and the night.

Can you talk us through the differences of each scent?
Beau is fresh, light, and clean at the same time. I also got a lot of influence from the skin tones, almost that pale, dusky pink like the packaging. Etoile is fun and sensual and warm, you get that feeling of skin in there but this time it’s more like skin at dusk, so it’s got a lot warmer for the evening and softer.

How long did the creative process take?
I started by having a meeting with Yasmin, looking at the concepts for design. I worked on a selection of fragrances with different balances and formulations. Then picked the final fragrances from there. The whole process was just over 12 months.

How do you think the fragrances differ to other high street fragrances?
Yasmin asked me to do the whole process exactly how I would with a designer brand. It was all done in house and in the end it was more expensive than most premium perfumes. If you smelt it blind, it would rank with the high end names.

When you were designing these, did you have a particular girl in mind?
Probably me in the 80’s. (laughs). I’ve got friends who’ve got teenage daughters and they’re really cool and trendy and love dressing up. There’s one girl in particular who looks fantastic every time I see her, she just puts clothing together really well and dresses up for different occasions, day and night.

Can the two fragrances be interchangeable?
Yes you can layer them, you can do a layering effect by showing with the body wash, then moisturizing your body with a lotion. They I would suggest to spray the fragrance and then for the finishing touch the shimmering powder. Fragrance is so subjective and smells different on each individual, it’s up to you how you want to wear it. but it’s having the choice that’s important.

Do you like matching your fragrance to your style?
Yes and I think matching your fragrance to your style is really important and I think a lot of people can get it wrong, they can look fantastic and then they have a scent on which I would see as not going together. It’s difficult because you can have stylists for your clothes but not your perfume.

I then run through some questions from my twitter feed for Azzi…

For those of us who have a rather large perfume collection, how long should perfume last before needing to be repurchased?
It’s different depending on where the fragrances are kept, they shouldn’t be in direct sunlight but you don’t need to put them in the fridge! It’s good to keep it cool but not cold, that’s not good for keeping the fragrance temperature stable. You’d be surprised at how long perfume can last but most packaging will state no longer than 36 months.

Is it important to have one signature scent?
It’s important to get it right and to have a fragrance that suits you, taking into account your eye colour and makeup and even your hair. You should get comments every day on your perfume. Having someone say you smell nice is so much better than being told you look good.

Where are the best places to spray for a long lasting scent?
One really good place is the back of the neck; it’s also quite good to spray your hair as well. I wouldn’t advise specific hair perfumes because you’re going to end up with a clash in scents. Just spray your own perfume on your hair, you head heats up a lot and gives of a smell that will catch others when you pass them.

Can you name one brand you would love to work with in future?
Chanel – because they’ve never been able to top No 5 and I like a challenge!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hello Sunshine, You Were Missed.

This weekend something happened that hasn't happened in a very long time. I left the house sans tights without so much as a shiver. I feel the need to make it known that living in a victorian building by the sea and being stingy on heating does make you somewhat hardy to the cold. But still, a day of pure sunshine and temperatures of 15 degrees (celsius) is nothing to be sniffed at, so I donned an outfit I'd been saving up for such an occasion. My super long H&M cardigan, cropped Zara Jumper and (very short) Miss Selfridge shorts, had been screaming to be worn out the house, so I paired them with my Adverse Chelsea Boots from ASOS - to toughen things up a bit, y'know? - things had been looking a bit too floaty and pretty up until I added in the leather.

My Ray Bans came along instead of my usual cat eye sunglasses as another more androgynous touch. At the moment I'm finding that more boyish details are essential when dressing in the morning as my current go-to hairstyle is possibly the girliest things have gotten since my hair came down to my bum.

I think this is one of my favourite outfits of all time - it's how I wish I dressed every day. I can't wait until it's warm more often so that I can brave bare legs a little more. Even if I do get some strange looks from the exchange students up the road who wear their winter coats and scarves all year round...


Cardigan: H&M
Jumper: Zara
Shorts: Miss Selfridge*
Boots: ASOS
Bag: Zara
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses: ASOS



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Just Landed: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

A few weeks back I saw there was a new Chanel release incoming and made a swift dash to my diary, making sure I didn't forget to pick up a bottle the day it came out. Turns out having a diary really does work for me because come Friday 11th April I was headed to my local Boots on a mission. The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet must be mine.

Luckily the search for this one was far more straight forward than past new releases from Chanel. They were stocked in abundance and the shades were pretty much a 100% match for the Vitalumiere Aqua shades (if you haven't seen that review you can find it here), making the awkward matching process pleasantly easy. I'm 10 Beige which gives this foundation the same shade issue as the V.A - it just doesn't cater for the super pale skins. However, where as the V.A is more on the dewy side, the Chanel P.L.V (doing some serious abbreviation here for fear of RSI) is more on the semi matte side - it holds the same luminosity as V.A, but a more matte finish. Definitely one for the more normal to oily skins here as it didn't settle at all well over my dry patches and actually irritated my eczema a little.

It's also rather heavily fragranced, something I don't mind as I always find a good primer or BB cream underneath my makeup will save my skin from blemishes, but if that's not a step you're overly fond of it could be an issue. It's £33, a pricey purchase, but no more expensive than my Laura Mercier or Giorgio Amani options, but if you're a true beauty nut it might be worth holding fire for a second and re-assessing what you already have in your makeup arsenal. Dupes include the Vitalumiere Aqua (obviously) but also the Benefit Big Easy (similar finish and lighter coverage).

The usual TLDR? Is the packaging pretty? Yes *drools*. Is it good for dry skins? No. BUT if you have oily skin it might be a better summer option over Vitalumiere Aqua. Fingers crossed for an oily skinned summer on my part!

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Reverse Hair Wash

Over the last few weeks I've been trailing the "reverse hair wash" after seeing this feature on Glamour's beauty news page and seeing numerous tweets on how awesome it makes your hair. The process is simple, wet hair, leave for 5 minutes, rinse out. Shampoo hair, rinse out. Then dry your hair, adding no extra product. The results should be that of a bouncy blow dry as the residue often left by conditioners has been thoroughly rinsed away by the shampoo.

For the past six washes I've been trailing this method, and after attempting to style my hair every morning I've been resorting to halo/milk braids. No, not just because I'm obsessed with them, but because it's become so wild, dry and easily knotted I can't do anything else. Total thumbs down over here.

I've tried different conditioners and shampoos to make sure and overall I'm still not sold. However, my hair is naturally on the dryer side so if you have hair that is heavier and gets greasy easily this might be worth giving a go. But unfortunately for me I turned into knot-zilla - someone get me a tangle teezer and hair mask stat!

The Video: Beauty (& Other Stuff) Haul

You guys know I love a good haul, and when you asked for more regular videos on my recent purchases, I took note. Things got a little spendy last week with a few Space NK discount codes floating around on Amelia and Ruths blogs (note: It can totally be used alongside N-Dulge reward points. Ca-CHING!) I also fell in to that very pretty Chanel trap after seeing their new release popping up on Instagram a few weeks ago. I'll be dishing out the full report tomorrow on that one, but until then stay tuned for a little hair chat later today...

As always if you have any questions on what I'm wearing or where things were from, the description box is your best bet! Anything else - tweet me! (@hello_october_)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Sunday Post: Riding House Take Two.

This weekend I've been staying in London with Luce (my favourite). We had afternoon tea with the founder of Antipodes yesterday which was so interesting hearing about it's business side of things and the food and tea at Sketch was delicious, I'd definitely recommend giving it a visit if you're looking for afternoon tea with a difference. Sidenote: The toilets are weird little egg pods. Most interesting wee ever. Anyway...

Once we were done at Sketch we headed over to the Riding House Cafe - my favourite restaurant in London. We had chocolate milkshakes (Toblerone Hardshake for me and a iced chocolate for Luce) accompanied by chorizo hash browns and burgers and chips. I pinched parts of Luce's burgers and chips so I can confirm that everything on the table was delicious! 

Today I'm headed back down to Brighton bright and early for a breakfast double date (more on that next week) and i'll be finishing up the rest of this weekends posts. I literally haven't stopped this weekend so I'm so excited for the bank holidays coming up!