Autumn Is Coming.


Autumn is coming, everyone. No need to panic, it's not quite winter yet - and although our Scottish winters are pretty tough we thankfully don't have any white walkers, at least, not as far down as Glasgow anyway. There might be some more seriously frostbitten folk up in the Highlands and Islands though... I digress!

But yes, in all seriousness, Autumn is coming and I bloody love Autumn. It's by far my favourite season and this coming Autumn is set to be the best one yet - because I am finally going to see Central Park in the fall. Yep, in case you don't follow me on twitter (and why ever not, get it sorted, ASAP!) Lynsey and I have booked a return trip. Yes, we were only there in February and yes,  financially this is all probably a terrible idea - but it's New York, a city where a part of my heart permanently resides and when the opportunities come up I'm all for taking them.

So the first thing to address is that I'll need a coat of some kind. We're heading over at the end of October but by then Winter will be in full swing in Scotland, so I need to make the provisions of the coat now - because apparently October in New York is 'light trench coat' weather. As if I needed another reason to be jealous of everyone who gets to live there permanently.

The first coat is from ASOS and it's so cool. Cool being the perfect word to describe it. I'm fairly sure it's a little bit too cool for me - it's got that relaxed and laid back vibe whilst still being all 'I'm not scruffy' and I love it a lot. Being 5'1 and a bit, and not exactly thin I'm not sure this will flatter me much, but I just think it's so gorgeous. Team it with this choker and some boho waves and it's just totally supermodel material.

Next to that we have the ASOS Trench Coat - I'm always saying a Burberry trench coat is well worth the investment, and I frequently steal my grandmother's one, but I can never bring myself to spend the money on my own version because the high street just does such good ones! This looks like the perfect Autumn city trench coat - it's not too long, not too bulky, it's the sort of colour that goes over any outfit... New York or not, this needs to be in my wardrobe.

The third coat is from Ted Baker and it's the green version of the navy coat I bought last year - which I incidentally took to New York when we went in February. More than any of the other 3 featured here this one is a proper coat, it will keep you warm and I already know I find the shape and fit flattering, plus I feel like with my hair now totally ginger green is always a good way to go. It might seem ridiculous to buy the same coat twice but I know how good my blue one still looks after two winters' worth of use, so the quality is there and I know I'll wear it loads.

Like the first one the last coat, the Green Oversized One is pretty cool. I tried this on in Zara the other day and I feel like I love it, but I'm not sure it does me many favours. I'm smaller at the top and suit things that are nipped in at the wait - which this totally isn't and it adds loads of volume to my top half, but I still really like it. You know when something isn't for you but you just want it anyway? That. And sometimes I just think life is too short to worry about making sure everything you wear flatters or suits you...

Moving on from coats we have this ASOS Maxi Dress which I think is totally beautiful. I feel like this would work really well for a day in New York with flat shoes and a leather jacket thrown over the top for wandering about during the day, then take off the jacket and make it really pretty for an evening at the theatre or something. Admittedly that also means packing a leather jacket in addition to whatever coat I end up buying to take and obviously there needs to be room in the case for the shopping I will undoubtedly do (see my New York Haul, Sephora Haul & Drugstore Beauty Haul from the last trip for reference when I went with no intentions to really bother shopping too much!) so a capsule wardrobe is really the way forward. But I might manage to sneak it in!

Underneath the dress we have this beautiful bee-buckle Gucci Belt, which is kind of badly placed in this collage because I feel like it would really match the denim Ralph Lauren Dress at the end. Gucci isn't a brand I usually gravitate towards as I think a lot of their stuff can be, dare I say it, slightly tacky, but I just love this little belt. I'm not usually one for logos but I think the belt is a small enough accessory that it's not overload but the buckle design is so pretty and the red and green colour combo mean it will match 90% of my wardrobe. But especially the dress, which I think is the ultimate denim day dress. Perfect for a day of downtown wandering...

The item that looks a bit like a dress is actually a Top and Skirt combo, which I think is so pretty. Again I saw this in store, but they only had XS and S in, neither of which will go too far on my frame, so I didn't get to try it on but I will be keeping an eye out for it getting restocked. I don't know why they've featured this on the model with the top stuck out and I think it will look so much prettier with the top tucked into the skirt's waist band. It gives a really cute vintage vibe and I think it would match the White Shoes underneath perfectly to finish off the vintage look - just add some red lipstick and flicked liner. I'm actually headed to London in just over a week and I feel like I might buy this outfit and give it a test run down there to make sure it's all good for a day of pavement pounding, but I'm pretty sure it will be!

Lastly we have these Two Tone Shoes - I feel like these don't look like much on the website picture but they are so beautiful in real life. Again I saw these in store the other day and I might have already placed an online order for them in the correct size! They're so elegant and such lovely soft leather - they're very Chanel inspired and I usually think anything that's clearly 'inspired' but not 'actually' by the original brand looks a bit cheap, but these really do just look beautiful in real life - so I highly encourage a wander to your local store to check them out. And they're flat which, combined with the super soft leather, means they'll be totally comfortable for a day of strolling around the Natural History Museum, wandering across Central Park and coming out on the East side for ice cream at Serendipity. Not that I've already got a total itinerary planned in my head or anything...

Skin Brightening Solutions.

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My skin is a bit problematic - it's oily but dehydrated, as well as being sensitive and prone to reacting to just about everything. The thing is, I have enough treatments to combat most of that but sometimes, when you're plastering on cream on top of serum on top of oil your skin can be calmed and hydrated but somehow can end up just looking a bit dull and lacklustre. So today, I thought I'd talk you through what I use to try and keep my skin clear and bright.

First of all the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque* is a basic charcoal face masque that will draw out all of the skin's impurities. If you're finding blocked pores are what lie at the root of your dullness this pulls everything out and just leaves the skin looking cleaner and brighter. It's also quite moisturising so it won't give you the feeling that everything, both good and bad, has been totally sucked from your skin - just nice, clear pores.

On a more day to day basis the Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is one of the most unique skincare products I own. It's oil free but the best description of what this feels like is like an oil mixed with water - it's runny, but there is way more to it than just a water texture like bioderma; it doesn't just sink into the skin, you have to pat it in and a tiny, tiny bit goes a long way. I first started using this back in September after I had a sample of it and had to run to Kiehl's for the full size, and although I use it twice a day every day I am less than half way through the bottle. This is a hydrating essence but it leaves the skin radiant and bright, unlike some hydrating products I've used that are super intense but which almost overpower the skin and dull it down by wrapping it in a thick blanket of hydration (which isn't always a bad thing, mind you!) For those of you with super sensitive skins who might find the other products mentioned here a bit too much this one is for you.

The Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel was a cult product for a really long time and it seems to have disappeared off the blogosphere as new products have been released - but this is one I've used before and will go back to. It doesn't feel like it's doing very much when it's on - you get a bit of tingle but I don't personally get a burn like I've had with some other similar products - but you notice the difference afterwards. One of the first times I used this I followed it up with the Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, which is fairly potent at the best of times - using that after this had sloughed away the top layer of my skin was a massive mistake. The burn. I can't even discuss it. I have never reached for a flannel to remove a product so quickly. So yes, this one definitely works - but follow it up with super gentle skincare!

This last product isn't necessarily about brightening the skin, but for God's sake if you're using a product like the Elemis Peel you need to be using sunscreen. Of course, you should be using sunscreen on a daily basis but I'll hold my hands up and say I know it's a step I sometimes skip - especially when the Scottish summer outside is as grey as it is. But whether the sun is visible and warm or not the rays are still there, and if you've removed the top layer of your skin you want to make sure that fresh, new skin is totally protected. The Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ is an affordable option that goes on brilliantly under make up without making you feel too 'sunblock-y', if you know what I mean. It helps keep my slightly oily complexion a little bit matte-er and it's lightweight, sinks in fast and doesn't leave me with the dreaded 'cast'.

Brighter skin in, well, one bottle, one tube and one tub...

Jolie Moi...

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When House of Fraser got in touch and offered to send me one of their beautiful dresses I opted for the above dress - but in red. And I planned a whole feature about dressing in a Me Before You moment, or maybe something to do with channeling Emilia Clarke at a summer wedding.  And then it arrived and there had been a bit of a mix up and I got the cream version instead and, Emilia Clarke or not, I don't think any bride would massively appreciate you turning up in this dress.

However, it is still a particularly special dress - so let's hope you all know someone who's holding a Christening or some form of semi formal garden party this summer. Luckily, I do have a few summer parties coming up at which the host won't fall out with me for wearing cream!

For those of us with bigger chests I find the cut of this dress really flattering - it's a deep, flattering v-neck, but it's not cut so low that you can't wear a proper bra underneath. There's absolutely nothing worse than spending the whole day hauling at your dress to make sure you're decent, especially if it is a special event!

For those of you who are slightly on the shorter side like myself you might want to leave a bit of time for alteration - there's one of those fabric join lines right across the waist so you need to keep the waist on the dress on your actual dress, and one under the bust line, so you can't even pull it up or you'll throw that line off - hence there's a little bit of creasing around my waist where there's some spare fabric. For the absolute steal of a price at £34.99 though, you can definitely justify spending a little bit more on the alterations. For those of you who are of average height - well you're not going to have a problem!

The brand of this dress is Jolie Moi and you can see HoF's selection of their dresses here. There are a few more absolutely beautiful choices amongst them - I want both this one and this one before the summer is out, as I;m so impressed with the quality of this particular one. Although this one is more of a special dress the other two I've picked out are definitely more day time appropriate and I'm sure I'd end up wearing them all summer - so there's clear justification for buying them both!

The Disneyland Paris This or That Tag!

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Although there's fairly regular Disney content uploaded over on my YouTube channel I feel like it's not a topic I touch on much here on the actual blog - so with my latest Disneyland Paris trip officially booked and on countdown (all the way away in January but let's not concentrate on that!) I decided to go ahead and do the Disneyland Paris This or That Tag, which I got from Amy's blog.
 1. Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios
Disneyland Park, always!

 2. It’s A Small World or Peter Pan’s Flight
I love both of these and would be genuinely sad if I couldn't do them both in one trip, but Peter Pan's Flight is definitely the winner - it's such a beautiful ride!

3. Hotel Cheyenne or Hotel Santa Fe
Hotel Cheyenne! Although these hotels are both around the same price the theming of the Hotel Cheyenne is far superior and more thought out - the Santa Fe just felt a bit lost in comparison to all the other hotels both times I've stayed there. Having said that, it has had some refurbishment recently so that may have changed - but even if it has Hotel Cheyenne will always be the winner for me!

4. Cable Car Bake Shop or Market House Deli
Well they're so different - Market House for sandwiches but Cable Car for desserts!

5. Crush’s Coaster or RC Racer
Crush’s Coaster, as it's the only one of the two I've been on and I really, really loved it - so I doubt RC racer will beat it for me even when I do go on!

6. Disney’s Halloween Festival or Christmas at DLP
I feel like anyone who has watched any of my Disney content at all will know that that's a no-brainer - Christmas, all the way!

7. Star Tours or Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Buzz! I am absolutely terrible at it and never score well, but I love it! It also always makes for the funniest pictures from our trips as I am also intensely concentrating on it, despite being terrible!

 8. Animagique or Cinemagique
Animagique - I love the songs and the live characters.

9. Le Carrousel de Lancelot or Le Pays de Contes de Fées
Le Pays de Contes de Fées - it's one of my absolute favourite rides at DLP and so underrated!

10. Flying Carpets Over Agrabah or Orbitron
Orbitron - those views are unparalleled!

11. Sequoia Lodge or Newport bay Club
Oh, now this is a tough one! I think overall Newport Bay Club is my favourite because I am a total sucker for nautical theming - but I stayed there at Christmas one year and it doesn't seem anywhere near as festive as Sequoia Lodge, so SL for Christmas and NPB the rest of the year!

12. Mad Hatter Tea Cups or Dumbo Flying Elephants
Oh, that's a tough one! Again I'd always do both but I'm gonna go Dumbo - for the views yet again!

13. Pizzeria Bella Notte or Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost
Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost is the only one I've eaten in, so I'll have to go for that one!

14. Swing into Spring or Frozen Summer Fun
I haven't experienced either at DLP but Swing into Spring - because I'm kind of over the whole Frozen being plastered everywhere thing! 

15. Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains or Les Voyages de Pinocchio
Les Voyages de Pinocchio - Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains terrifies me!

16. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth or La Cabane des Robinson
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth for now - but Scott and I plan to explore the Swiss Family Robinson area a bit more next time so that could change! The view from the top of the castle in the Labyrinth is lovely though - and a nice way to get slightly different 'castle photos'

17. Liberty Arcade or Discovery Arcade
Discovery Arcade.

18. Fantasyland or Frontierland
Fantasyland, always

19. Pirates of the Caribbean or Phantom Manor
Ahh that's such a tough one! I'm going to go Phantom Manor but they're very close!

20. Cowboy Cookout Barbeque or Au Chalet de la Marionette
I've only done Au Chalet de la Marionette, so I'll have to pick there!

 21. Space Mountain or Hollywood Tower of Terror
Space Mountain as ToT doesn't do it for me - I don't mind roller coasters but the straight up and down drops are not for me! I will at some point go on it in Orlando though as I want to hear the story and everything in English.

 22. Big Thunder Mountain or Indiana Jones et le Templre du Péeril
Big Thunder Mountain!

 23. Inventions or Auberge de Cendrillon
Ooh! Inventions because my beloved Mary is often there!

24. Disney Fashion or The Disney Gallery
The Disney Gallery - I rarely buy anything but I always love looking!

25. Dicoveryland or Adventureland

 26. Cafe Hyperion or The Lucky Nugget Saloon
I haven't been to The Lucky Nugget Saloon yet, but I think once I've been to both that will be the winner!

27. La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant or La Tanière du Dragon
Ahh so difficult - I mean, both of course! But I suppose La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant for the view you get over Fantasyland.

 28. Annettes Diner or Planet Hollywood
Annettes Diner, always! Love the theming and never been disappointed with the food

If you've done this tag leave me your links below, if that - I tag you!

MAC Whirl, Illamasqua Buff & The Over Drawing Of My Lips.

 MAC Whirl Lip Pencil | Illamasqua Buff Lipstick* (c/o The St Enoch Centre 
& People Make Glasgow)

MAC Whirl, Illamasqua Buff & The Over Drawing Of My Lips. Now doesn't that sound like the title of an epic tale. Or in this case, perhaps an epic fail...

Glasgow recently held their Style Festival, a shopping festival hosted by People Make Glasgow and featuring a line up of some pretty fine retailers. The St Enoch Centre got on board and in my goodie bag I was given a gift card from them, some of which I spent on a new lipstick - namely this Illamasqua one. 

The whole point of the style festival was to celebrate style, to celebrate fashion and to try something new, to change up your look. For me I took the challenge to beauty.

I'd never have normally picked up this colour. As I'm sure you guys are perfectly aware nudes aren't my thing - I tend not to suit them. So it's just as well that gift card and the idea of guilt free spending to push me out of my comfort zone came along because I actually happen to love this particular nude. Illamasqua describe it as a fudge brown, and that's fairly accurate. Not a pale sickly, nude - this is a brown nude with a serious 90s punch. It's also, as it so happens, a pretty perfect pairing for MAC Whirl lip pencil.

Now, let's not pretend we don't all know who and what was the catalyst behind the MAC Whirl/Soar/Velvet Teddy rush - a certain Miss Kylie Jenner and those blatantly-lip-fillers-that-she-tried-to-claim-was-just-her-overdrawing-her-lips-with-pencil. 

So there I was, lip pencil and lipstick in hand, happily dancing along together and it occurred to me that perhaps, since the discovery of this particular nude had been such a happy story, I should push myself even more out of my comfort zone and try the whole Kylie Jenner over drawn lips thing.

This, my friends, is where it all went disastrously wrong.

I don't know what I did. Or what I didn't do. Or generally where I mucked up and made it all go wrong, but it did. It very much did. 

This is a lip pencil people use all the time to over draw their lips. And I just don't know how. 

I've seen those YouTubers with their overdrawn lips, so casually done because it's taken as standard now that everyone who does make up does the over drawing thing. I mean, Charlotte Tilbury's lip liners are specifically called Lip Cheat so that you can use them to cheat the size of your lips. This is currently The Done Thing in the beauty world. And on most people it looks totally fine. Believable. Like you can't really tell what's liner and what's not. Sometimes it actually looks quite nice...

So I went ahead and I over drew. And I could see EXACTLY where my lips stopped and the liner started. There was absolutely no hiding it, it was SO obvious! My bottom lip wasn't quite as obvious - maybe because I just slightly over drew at the sides and there is some natural shadow caused by the general shape and jut of my lips so maybe the lines just blended into my lips better because of that or something - but the top lip. Guys. The top lip. I can't even discuss it. Just look at the pictures...

It's like my real top lip decided to be more present that its ever been in its life. It's like because I decided to over draw it and tell it where it was falling short it decided to be all 'Oh really?! Well, I'll show you! I'll not be hidden!' I think I hurt it's feelings and it took its revenge, there was no hiding it, there was no way the over drawn shape was believable - not because I overdrew to the point that literally no one's lips are ever that size or anything, but because my top lip suddenly decided to show up to the party.

The ironic thing is - if you compare the two photos above - it's actually more obvious from a distance than it is close up! Doesn't that break every make up rule in the history of make up rules?!

I felt like a clown.

And, being the determined, totally professional beauty blogger I am, I forced myself to go out of the house like this. My boyfriend assured me it wasn't obvious, but I couldn't get over it. Every time I caught my reflection anywhere I stared at my lips, focussing and blurring my eyes to try and make them seem acceptable. I was so paranoid that I was sure everyone who passed me was thinking 'Oh my word, look at that girl's ridiculous lip pencil, does she think we actually believe those are her lips?!' I mean, I realise that actually absolutely no one in the city probably took any notice whatsoever of my lips. but I couldn't shake the feeling that something on my face was very, very wrong.

So in conclusion, I'm afraid to say the Kylie Jenner inspired over drawn lips aren't for me. Maybe it's to do with the texture of my skin and my lips, but even with pencil over one of those things is not like the other. Not for me anyway.

What is for me though is this lip combination - nude, 90s and right up my street. But next time I'll just be keeping it to my actual lips.
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