I thought it was about time I began a monthly favourites series as I seem to be the only blogger out there who doesn’t, which is weird as they are one of my favourite type of posts to read! So without further ado, onto my favourites from September.
My sister ordered this from ASOS and it arrived on my last day in the UK. Of course I fell in love with it so she let me have it and reordered one for herself (I know, I have an awesome sister) and have basically not taken it off since. It’s lightweight fabric, doesn’t crease, washes amazingly and is a great length on me, coming to just below the knee. I’ve worn it dressed up on nights out and for sightseeing in Hanoi when I just wanted to be comfy, it fits all occasions. I hadn’t heard of Monki before acquiring the ‘Face Dress’ but have since spent many an hour on their site and ASOS perusing their wares whilst simultaneously Whatsapping my sister to purchase me stuff and send it over with my folks next month. Monki – if your reading this, please come to Bangkok soon, I would be one very happy camper.
I’ve raved about this before but it really is just the best base for me and when I was thinking about my genuine favourites this month I had to include it. It’s natural looking, long lasting when set with a powder and leaves my skin looking bright and dewy. I also love the fact that it’s full of high-tech goodness like anti-aging serum, peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E helping to prevent wrinkles as well as protecting my skin from the Bangkok climate with a good dose of SPF, read my full review here.
This mud mask has become a bit total Sunday evening ritual. I love how liquidy the mud is meaning it goes on really easily, dries quickly and is easy to remove – pretty much faff free! It does mean it can be a bit drippy if you put too much on but I like that its so easily spreadable on my face. I have oily skin and find this really helps stem the oiliness and improve the look of my pores, it draws out impurities and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and looking really even. I really don’t need to use a lot to cover my face so I imagine the 200ml bottle will also a fair while!
I originally tried this powder as part of a trio palette and Dim Light was the one to hit pan before I’d really made a dent on the other two so I knew I was on to a winner. I had to buy the full compact as I couldn’t be without it and have been reaching for it daily to set my base. It’s a natural colour that suits my skin tone beautifully (I think if you’re paler this might be too dark), is really finely milled so doesn’t go cakey on the face and has a really beautiful glowy finish. It leaves the skin looking polished and dewy and catches the light just enough to give you a really healthy look.
I don’t own many NYX products but totally swear by their setting sprays so when I was last at their counter picked up a few other bits including the Soft Matte Lip Cream. Given that it has been my most used lip product in September I felt it had learnt it’s spot here! The shade Istanbul is a pretty soft pink that I’ve been wearing during the day and in the evening. Like most people, I have a love/hate relationship with matte lip products but really like this formulaton; it’s matte but not drying and wears really well too. Priced at 295THB (around £6.50) they are great value for money and come in 34 different shades although I am disappointed to report their is no Bangkok – sort it out NYX!
My lovely friend Laura left this book on my desk for me to find when I got back from the UK, having abandoned me over the summer for a new life in Singapore. Originally published in 2009, the book tells the true story of Michael Tonello who, at the height of Ebaying, became the worlds most in demand Hermès reseller specialising if you hadn’t guessed in the highly sort after Birkin bag. His story is heartwarming, witty and ridiculous in equal measure and I just could not put it down!
I can’t talk about favourites without including Hanoi, which is probably my number one new discovery of the month! What a vibrant, quirky city filled with amazing things to look at, eat and experience. The pictures are still making me smile and my hankering for Pho is reaching dizzying heights!! Read the full post here and then book flights to Vietnam as soon as humanly possible.
So there you have my favourites from the month of September! I am really excited about October as my parents are visiting and we have lots of travel plans which I can’t wait to share with you!