Autumn: potentially the most admired season thanking to it’s aesthetically pleasing shades of Amber, Burgundy and earthy tones in addition to the revived comfort of hot chocolate drinks, tasseled scarfs and genuinely Pumpkin Spiced everything (- I’m more partial to a Maple Latte or Caramel Macchiato, if I dare say it). This season may have only just begun to trail toward December, regardless I feel ready to lay out a blog post decimated to this current beloved season before somehow already anticipating Christmas within the course of the next few weeks. As cliche as this question is: Can you believe it’s almost 2019?
Besides all the above mentioned, what personal ‘favourites’ has Autumn brung along with it’s chilling breeze and scattered leaves?…
Sidmool Green Tea Skin
Among Korean Skincare brands, the term ‘skin’ often refers to the Skincare step which comes directly after cleansing; yet before the application of ‘heavier’ or richer hydrating products. In other words, ‘skin’ is comparable to toner: whether that be a moisturising or mattifying toner which prepares the skin for the use of serums, lotions, essence/ampoule and moisturisers. I brought this item to aid the absorption of water-based gel creams. I chose Sidmool in particular as I read that the ingredients in their products are so natural, that they have a shorter shelf-life compared to the norm. In a sense a shorter shelf-life of around 6 months, as opposed to the usual 12 month shelf life of a toner, would seem like a downside to the product; however it encourages me to consistently use the toner in order not to waste it. Since beginning to use the toner (-which was approximately 3 weeks ago) I have noticed that my breakouts healed faster and I have also felt less irration from base makeup. Could this toner be acting as a barrier?
Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink – Peach Beige Maple (12)
First of all, Innisfree has such a great marketing scheme for Autumn. Nothing works better than adding colours to a lippy line during Autumn, than using the word ‘Maple’ in the names of each new liquid lipstick (- yes, I fell for this gimmick). In all fairness I was on the hunt for a new beige toned bugandy lip lacquer, preferably something semi-matte for longevity. Shade 12 is a slightly more red toned burgandy, whereas usually I’d choose purple toned burgandy. I agree that it is has a beige undertone, although I have no idea why they thought they should throw the word ‘peach’ into it’s title. I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind floral scented lip products that have a satin finish.
L’Oréal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick – Copper Clutch (655)
Compared to other matte lipsticks by L’Oréal, it doesn’t withstand the food a drink test; despite this I appreciate the colour pay-off and wide range of shades. If I should simply describe ‘Copper Clutch’, I’d say it’s a burnt orange but if applied lightly it can be a dark nude. The textured classic black and gold tube makes a nice change to the common brightly coloured packaging that we often see nowadays.
Tony Moly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream
Anyone overseas who seek to try out Korean Skincare for the first time usually come across Tony Moly’s Green Tea range on the site they use. The toner in particular is considered a staple skincare product, or a good starting point for accumulating a set of skincare items to use consistantly. In my eyes, the range is a little overpriced or at least more costly than what most people are used to if they shop on the Highstreet, however it is somewhat accepted as one of the cheapest ranges among luxury skincare (mid-range if you prefer). Personally, I think it’s too greasy to be called a ‘watery cream’, but it fulfils it’s purpose without a shadow of a doubt. I use it as a night cream, my skin feels soft all the way through until the morning and onwards. Additionally the green tea extract, as always, does wonders for my oily sensitive skin.
I wouldn’t say I have a bad habit of oftenly dining out, but lately I have been skipping meals and replacing them with snacks. The rainy weather rekindled my love for cooking. I’ve been trying to consume less processed meats, because my craving for fried Spam fritters and German sausages should cease if I want to avoid breakouts from high sodium levels. So far I’ve managed to sustain a balanced diet with predominantly vegetarian dishes.
This franchise isn’t one of my favourites: that aside I have begun to appreciate the atmosphere created by the interior of their cafes. Not only do they provide comfy tub chairs, and seats with angled backrests I noticed the ceiling of this particular branch was painted black with yellow lighting fixtures. Day or evening, Holly’s coffee brought relaxation during the brisk howling winds.
Good Morning Call – Series 1 & 2
Watching Good Morning Call was my first experience of viewing a Japanese drama. After subscribing to Netflix (- possibly the best and worst decision my partner has made for us), I have fallen into the neverending spiral of getting emotionally attached to the characters of this manga turned drama. Is this series set in a Japanese High school? – Yes. Does it depict dining tables with a feast of Japanese cuisine and cutely detailed bento boxes? – Check, it will make you want to eat Croquettes and milk pudding. If watched you will get deeply invested in Nao and Uehara’s love life to an extent where you binge watch the entire first series/season in two days, depending. Warning: don’t cry, bring out the popcorn.