One of my favourite You Tube video types to watch and Blog posts to read are monthly favourites. Other than doing detailed reviews of specific products, It’s such a great way to also mention other items, be it makeup, skincare or anything else for that matter, that stood out for me and may not necessarily be featured in a separate blog post.

So, I thought I would share my monthly faves and duds with you and tell you what I have been enjoying and what has not been so great and why. This will be absolutely anything, so expect to see some mix of fashion items, some food, skincare, music, places and of course a fair share of makeup. I am hoping that, by more of this kind of posts, you will get to know me a bit better and what I like in all aspects of life, not only makeup related.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in ‘Riviera’

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in 'Riviera'

Ever since I bought two of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighters, I’ve been using them non-stop. ‘Riviera’ with its beautiful pink undertones, and ‘So Hollywood’, more ‘natural’ colour, which is probably not the right word to be used when describing a highlighter, but let’s leave it at that…Both colours are beautiful. When I looked at Riviera, I honestly thought this won’t be one that I will be using too often, but it’s quite the opposite. This one in particular I couldn’t put down for most of last month. Absolutely gorgeous!! If you want to read a bit more about these as well as see swatches, check out my previous post, where I go into more details. Also, ‘Riviera’ and ‘Peach Nectar’ are still available in UK on Cult Beauty if you want to grab one of them.

Mac Stripdown Lip Pencil and Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in 01 Nude

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil and Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in Nude

The most used lip combo goes to MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil (yes, the one that is very often out of stock…)  and Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in a shade 01. I love Sisley Lip Twist on its own as well, as it is on a sheer side, it adds just the right amount of colour to my lips, can be easily applied without mirror, on the go, and most importantly for me, doesn’t dry out my lips, leaving them hydrated, shiny and comfortable. Perhaps even too comfortable, as I catch myself using it as a lip balm during the day, whenever I need a top up, which is great if it wasn’t for the price. At a painful £30, it’s a very pricy lip balm indeed. If I want the colour to be deeper, I use Stripdown underneath and then put Lip Twist on top, which gives me the perfect shade of brown and goes well with most makeup looks I’ve been doing lately.

Anastasia Beverly Hills and Mac x9 Burgundy eyeshadows

Anastasia BH and MAC x9 burgundy eyeshadows

Speaking of which, I have gone Crazy for some of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadows, and specifically for Morocco and Sienna. I am a fan of ABH eyeshadows in general, but these shades just really grew on me over the past month rather than just intimidate me. Perhaps because I finally figured out how to use them the right way so that they don’t look as too much is happening on my lids but still perfectly define the crease and give my eye makeup somewhat autumnal, warm vibe. Most palettes from ABH were Limited Editions hence no longer available, but these shades can be purchased separately. I may do a separate post on how I use them, let me know if that’s something you’d be interested seeing/reading. Mac x9 Burgundy is another often used selection. Such a beautiful autumnal selection and so easy to work with. Totally recommended if you’re looking for a nice, travel friendly shadow palette. Just bear in mind the shadows pans in all x9 palettes are much smaller than usual Mac shadow size.

Topshop Lace Up flat shoes

Topshop lace up flat shoes

Moving away from makeup items, these beauties just had to be included in my faves. I practically lived in one pair or the other ever since I bought them. They seem to have been a massive fashion statement this season, with Instagram going totally nuts for all colours and makes from Zara to Topshop (where mine are from) to THE very luxurious Aquazzura which is where, I believe, the trend originated from. There is a good reason why they have been so popular. Other than the fact that they can be very easily dressed with pretty much everything from skirts, dresses, shorts to trousers and skinny jeans, they look both cute and edgy at the same time, adding a bit of a twist to an outfit and not to mention, they are very comfy to wear.

Topshop lace up flat shoes snakeskin

Since I live in flats for the most part, I didn’t have to think twice before investing in three pairs. May seem a bit excessive, but I’ve been enjoying all three colours. Also, I have never got so many compliments from both men and women as I have when wearing these. The snakeskin print being the most popular and liked to the point of me being stopped by strangers on the street asking where my shoes were from. I feel a bit sad to have to part with them for the coming autumn / winter season, but I’m a cold blooded creature and can already feel cold weather in the air, so it’s just about time to make room for some cute warm booties.

Trench Coats

Trench coats

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Trench coats are by far one of my most favourite fashion pieces and have been for years. I own three, two black and one cream and I find these to be just perfect transition item between summer and autumn, with either light T-shirt or a warmer jumper underneath, they are just perfect for this time of year when the weather doesn’t quite know which way to go and gives us a bit of everything. I like a good item of clothing that goes with everything else I wear and makes the morning routine much faster and trench coats are definitely within that category. Whether I need to look professional for a meeting or casual for a day off, I put one of these on, pair it with a warmer scarf and I’m good to go!! They look just as good with heels as they do with trainers. No brainer and so chic and classic pieces. This is one of those fashion items that will probably never go out of style, so if there is a piece you want to invest in, this would definitely be one of them.

A Watch
Raymond Weil ladies watch

Finishing the list with a watch. I am not big on watches, but I do own a few and try to rotate between them, mostly depending on what I wear on a given day. This one, however, has been my most worn watch over the past month and going into November as I’m still wearing it now. It’s just so simple, classic and sophisticated. I’m not a diamond watch kind of person, so I appreciate a very subtle, minimal diamonds on the display, one for each digit. It adds just the right amount of sparkle without being too shiny. The bracelet is very gently curved and fits my rather small wrist perfectly. It looks beautiful on its own, as well as paired with other jewellery, like this thin silver bracelet on the pic. This one is a bit of an investment (and part of limited edition collection from last year, so no longer available) but it’s not about this specific watch, as much as the shape and style of it and there is plenty similar designs which look just as chic and timeless (no pun intended). I’m not much of a statement jewellery person, I much prefer small, simple items that are easy to wear, go with everything and that I will never get bored of.

That’s all folks. I hope you liked this little favourites instalment and found it interesting (or at least somewhat readable I hope) No duds this month, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for too long…And like it or not, with time flying like it is, another Faves post is just round the corner.

All links to the products mentioned:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighters
Mac Stripdown
Sysley Phyto Lip Twist
Anastasia BH eyeshadows singles
Lace up Flats (Zara, Toshop, Aquazzura)

Raymond Weil website
Similar square shape watches – Gucci, Accurist, Links of London