I've actually had most of my Autumn Favourites since the Summer but I obviously wanted to use (or indeed wear) them each extensively before I claimed them to be favourites or recommended them. Suffice to say the following have been tried and tested thoroughly!
It's been an enjoyable process!
Voya Get Glowing Mask
I love Voya skincare. There is a lot of great Irish skincare products on the market but for me Voya really stands out. It's definitely a mid range price product but I absolutely believe it's completely worth it. This particular face mask is unique and I really found it effective in terms of brightening and feeling like a great at home deep-cleanse. You apply a thin layer onto the skin and immedately you feel the key ingredients tingling.
- Patchouli:known for its regenerating properties, this botanical plant works with an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe and calm irritated skin.
- Rosemary: works to deeply moisturise the skin whilst supporting healthy collagen development for skin elasticity restoration.
- Seaweed:hand harvested from the bays of Sligo, this mineral rich seaweed delivers amultitude of beauty benefits to skin. Containing high concentrations of countless minerals and vitamins.
Overall it's a fabulous gentle detox. After ten minutes or so it becomes an exfoliant by wetting your hands and liquifying the mask and gently rubbing in circular motion.
This is a firm favourite of mine.
Murad Essential -C Day Moisturiser with SPF 30.
You can see this is nearly empty which is definitely a good sign. Since I picked up this moisturiser in Therapie Skin clinics I have used it daily for nearly 2 months.
I was in Therapy getting some laser for red veins and had my skin analysed. Overall they said my skin was in good condition but my use of SPF wasn't consistent. Like so many people I put this down to not having a product I liked enough. Using separate SPF on top of moisturizer before I applied my make up always made it slips off my skin and I felt almost claustrophobic with so many layers of product on.
This for me is my new holy grail daytime moisturiser. It contains powerful antioxidants and is a really light yet effective daily moisturizer that shields and revitalizes environmentally stressed skin. It’s made to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays and free-radical damage, while improving skin’s radiance, firmness, and elasticity.
I also found a lot of moisturisers with inbuilt SPF can be highly perfumed and irritate my skin whereas this felt soothing. The SPF is so light I wouldn't believe it was in it were it not on the packed. Packed with vitamin C it's also so nourishing.
I feel as if I've been searching for something this good for a very long time and hopefully with regular use my next skin analysis will show a lessening in sun damage.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume
I've long been a fan of Marc Jacobs. I remember being in London in my early twenties when I was in College (studying Fashion Journalism in London College of Fashion) and going into Harvey Nichols to gaze at his collections. At that time the preppy luxe aesthetic his design was known for was unrivalled. I've always preferred looking a little undone (even if I had all the time in the world to prep) and I loved that exact vibe he conveyed so perfectly.
When it comes to scent it's such a personal choice. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed when smelling new perfumes and after about three or four I can't remember which one I like and get a bit muddled!
I've worn Essentric Molecules for a few years and I still love it but felt like having a different signature scent, if only as a sideline. I was drawn to the Marc Jacobs Daisy range and was immediately loved the gorgeous packaging. It's so fabulous and quirky.
I never really like anything musky or heavy. I want to smell fresh and maybe a little sweet and after spraying this on I just loved it from the start. It's a gorgeous light pretty fragrance that I am really enjoying wearing.
Ray Ban Clubmasters
I have worn Wayfarers for years and love the timeless feel to them. I don't like the idea of things being on trend, and then a few months later being out of date. I want to invest in pieces I know I will love for years. With my Wayfarers they were my go-to sunglass for nearly five years. I lost them a few weeks ago and needed to replace them. The Clubmaster is a more updated slightly more sophisticated sunglass yet still very classic. I got the 51's, as against the 49's, which are slightly wider. The 49's are the standard size.
For me sunglasses are such a useful investment. On days when I feel wrecked and want to be make-up free I find them like an armour between me and the world. I always think whatever someone is wearing, be it tracksuit bottoms or a nice dress, sunglasses give a stylish edge. These will be my consistent accessory on sunny Autumn days!
Espa Soothing Body Oil
A recent visit to The Europe Hotel in Killarney where the spa is an Espa spa reminded me how much I adore this range. It's the dream combination of being natural yet feeling deeply luxurious. When I had my massage the therapist asked me to smell two oils. The thinking behind this is that you will be drawn to what your need most- either invigorating or soothing. I'm a more antsy person and the soothing was definitely what I needed. The treatment began with a few drops of the oil in a bowl of warm water and immediately the scented steam was gorgeously relaxing.
These are real premium aromatherapy products. The combination of Sandalwood, Rose Geranium and Frankincense with myrrh and while Sweet Almond Oil is stunning.
I left with a small bottle of the oil. It's absolutely not within my price range to use it daily but I dilute a few drops in coconut oil and also burn it in an oil burner to stretch it out.
Those few minutes in the morning applying this really make me feel pampered in a small way. If only for a few minutes. I find it a real treat and will buy this again when it runs out. Lucky people might even receive it as gift!
Love Jo Mojito Candle
I think everyone in the beauty world knows all about Jo Malone Candles. The consistently busy concession in Brown Thomas is a continuous testament to it's ongoing success. What I didn't know was that the namesake Jo Malone who created the products was not actually involved with the company any more. Back in August I was invited to The Dylan Hotel and Jo Malone's newest business offspring was introduced. Clearly fragrance and candles are a true passion of her's as she chose to go back into a similar industry but it had to be named differently understandably.
The fragrances are beautiful. Subtle and elegant and almost discreet would be the best ways of describing them but the real gift in the new collection is the 'Shot' Candles. In an industry that's so competitive it's rare to see innovation but these are just that. Taking two combining fragrances of your choice you make your own scent. My choice was a Mint Mojito base with a Lemongrass shot. I had this sitting on my desk for a number of weeks waiting to burn it as even it just sitting there out of the box was producing a gorgeous scent. The quality in the perfumes is so distinct and potent in the best way possible that I know it will last so long.
It has to be said that these are a premium item but for someone who appreciates it they would be thrilled and delighted to receive something like this as a gift. At the moment they are only available online in Ireland but no doubt with Jo's dynamism there will soon be a busy concession or store on our shores!
I have finally lit mine and it's divine- there is a fresh soft scent wafting throughout the house!
These pictures were taken during a gorgeous walk with a friend on Clontarf pier. This time of year the weather is surprisingly lovely but a chill in the air reminds us that Winter is on it's way. As I was photographing them she was picking everything up and admiring and was tempted to take home the face-mask to try herself. I think recommendations from friends are more powerful than any ad and that's what I hope this is to you!
All of these are things I love and use!
x Holly x