Loves and Loathes: October

I start my new job a week tomorrow and it's made me realise that I really need to get better organised when it comes to writing blog posts. At the moment, I am a freelance consultant, who works from home, which means that it's not difficult for me to spend an hour here and there writing whenever the mood takes me. But next week sees me return to office life full time, so it won't be quite as practical for me to spend a lunch hour photographing my latest beauty buys! For that reason, I'm going to try and get some regular themed posts, like this one: Loves and Loathes.


Shu Uemura Nourishing Hair Oil - I have never had a product that is more 'in' than this one, and I can honestly say I'd give up every single thing in my hair and beauty product collection to keep hold of this little beauty: it's THAT good. In the 6 weeks I've been using it, my hair has gone from quite dry, occasionally dull and unruly, to shiny, silky gorgeousness. Despite using it 3 times a week, I have used about a tenth of the bottle, making the £32.50 spent on it pretty good value.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex - I have a love/hate relationship with eye creams. I have invested so much money in creams, gels and lotions that have done absolutely nothing to moisturise or brighten my under eye area and was starting to lose faith in ever finding anything that works. Then in steps this little miracle. I managed to get my hands on a month's supply of this product when it came out and it's done everything that I always hope an eye cream will do. Dark circles have been reduced, and my under eye skin looks radiant and plump with health. I will definitely be buying this when my supply runs out.

Lookbook.nu - I could quite easily lose myself in this website. I absolutely love style blogs and this website is almost like a speed style blogging experience! I have found so many fabulous bloggers since coming across this site, so to ensure my reading list doesn't expand to the realms of the ridiculous, I am really restricting the number of times I'm allowed to look at it!!


Chipped nail varnish - I ran out of my beloved Barry M 3 in 1 basecoat last week and haven't been able to get my hands on a replacement bottle yet. In the few days since it ran out, I have worn two different nail polishes, both of which have chipped within a day! I quite enjoy painting my nails, but having to touch them up every 24 hours is slightly ridiculous. I'm really lucky to have naturally strong nails that grow to a nice, elegant length, but I so often find myself wishing I had an excuse to get gel nails! The thought of ruining my natural nails really bothers me, so maybe I will look into having my nails Minxed to cut down on my home manicures. Either that or I'll just go and buy the Barry M basecoat!

Sugar - You may have read my post about cutting sugar out of my diet. I've managed to eliminate the vast majority of refined sugar from my diet and, although it's been tough, I'm really happy that I've made the decision to avoid it. Over the past 7 days, I've felt healthier and had more energy which has really boosted my commitment to stay away from it long term, so I hope I the resolve stays! I can't promise that as the night's draw in, I will be able to say no to the occasional hot chocolate, but the long term impacts of a sugary diet will hopefully be enough to help me resist temptation!


  1. I've been working at home for about 2 years and in a few weeks I will be returning to the day to day office job. I'm excited about my new job but will miss the flexible schedule of working at home. Hope you like your new job!
    I just bought Moroccan Oil a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it - my hair has never felt so nourished and soft. I did hear the Shu Uemera hair oil was good too - maybe I will give it a try after.
    I feel the exact same way as you when it comes to eye creams. I can't tell you how much money I have spent on eye creams - nothing has impressed me. Saturday I got a sample from Estee Lauder of the Advanced Night eye cream because I purchased the Double Wear foundation. Can't wait to try it out (as well as the foundation)!

  2. I completely agree with you on the sugar issue - having recently finished 5 weeks of an exclusion diet (no caffeine, alcohol, sugar, wheat, dairy or preservatives/additives) sugar is the only thing that has caused me real issues on re-introduction. This comes in the form of a rash of tiny red dots on my face, and really dull skin whenever I slip and eat something with refined sugar in.
    I could never buy into the Kate Moss quote "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels," but I can certainly say that nothing tastes as good as having clear, radiant skin feels.....

  3. Wow - I'm really impressed that you did this diet! It's something I've been thinking about for a while and Dr Brandt talks about this as a means to getting skin at its optimum health. Did you follow a particular programme?

    I absolutely agree that I couldn't deprive myself of everything that I love just to be slim, but skin more than weight is an indicator of your general health, so it's amazing to hear that you're reacting as soon as you eat refined sugar.

    Any tips on how to approach the diet would be great! x


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