Monday, 29 September 2014

Spontaneous Shopping Haul

Hey guys!

So I know I said on my twitter that I wasn't going to have time to blog this week, but I just had to make time as i'm too excited about my new christmas dresses. I talk about christmas a lot, but it's october on wednesday, so it's sort of close? ish? maybe not.

I took my grandma to Meadowhall in Sheffield this afternoon to get my sister an 18th birthday present, but whilst I was there I just had to have a sneaky look in Coast, and it was the best decision ever. I found the two most perfect christmas dresses.

The first one is called the Finale Crepe Dress - Link

I love love love it. It's a smart dress but doesn't go as far as being fancy enough for a ball, so it's perfect for christmas parties and nice meals out with the girls and my family, it also seems like the perfect date dress for the christmas season! It fits so beautifully and it's so comfy which is perfect as christmas parties are all about the food and drink after all! I fell in love as soon as I put it on, and the sales assistant told me she thought the dress was made for me (I understand she gets paid to say nice things to make me buy it, but i'm a sucker for a compliment and I fell for it and bought it). No regrets.

The second dress is called the Sarah Maxi Dress - Link

So beautiful. This one is a bit fancier, and is perfect for those special christmas parties and balls around new year! This one is also quite comfy, though slightly more difficult to walk in with heels as the train gets a little caught! So worth having to be more careful though, it's so soft and lovely, and really i'm just repeating myself but I love it. It reminds me a little bit of the dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's and I love it so much!

After reading lots of beauty blogs I also decided to invest in some new make-up brushes:

These are the Expert Face Brush and the Stippling Brush from Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Chapman. I've been reading a lot of good things about these brushes and I can't wait to try them tomorrow!

Because I'm also developing a christmas hoarding obsession weirdly early this year, I also got this lovely bunting from Next (link)

The last thing I got that I want to show you is a new eye mask (there's only so long I can use the stash of free virgin atlantic ones!) and it feels so soft. 

It's from EcoTools (link) and is seriously the softest eye mask i've ever had. I never used to have problems sleeping but in the past few months I don't seem to be able to sleep without an eye mask on! I used to need ear plugs too but i've managed to get over that one! I'm still a super light sleeper and wish I could get back to being a heavy sleeper but at least it means I get up in the mornings I guess! :)

Have you guys even thought about buying christmas clothes yet? What sort of thing do you like to wear? Have you tried the Real Techniques brushes?

So many questions!

As always,
All my love,

Amylou x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Ultimate Pamper Night

Hey guys!

When you're feeling stressed or anxious there's nothing better than a little pamper night to soothe your troubles away, and I thought i'd just share with you a few of my favourite things to do to unwind!

In my opinion you can't have a pamper night without the bubbliest of baths.

Now that's not my bathroom, but can you imagine being up to your ears in bubbles with the only light in the room coming from the fire?! How relaxing would that be! Serious bathroom envy. (Though i'm sure you could get the glow with candles, it just isn't the same!)

This is my favourite bath cream/bath milk (whichever you prefer to call it!). It's from Imperial Leather and is the Japanese Spa scent. I've tried so many different bath milks but this by far has the most relaxing scent. It has green tea, rice milk and jasmine and is divine. So i'd definitely need this in my bath!

The next would of course be some relaxing music to go with it! Obviously everyone has their own idea of what they like to listen to when they want to relax but my favourite songs to listen to when I feel stressed are:

1. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
2. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Michael Buble
3. Maestro - Hans Zimmer
4. La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong (Edith Piaf's version is also lovely but there is just something about Louis Armstrong's voice that's calming!)
5. Dawn - Jean-Yves Thibaudet
6. On An Evening In Roma - Dean Martin
7. Better Together - Jack Johnson
8. Realise - Colbie Caillat (or really anything off her Coco album!)
9. Everything - Michael Buble

Really the weirdest mix of songs, and I probably wouldn't listen to them all together, but they are the most played on my calm/relaxing list of songs! :)

Then of course you need face masks and moisturisers!

I would recommend the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque every time. It makes your skin so soft! I love it.

I have 3 moisturisers that I'm loving at the minute:

These all smell amazing. The clinique one is really thick and just feels so nice, I love how all the Sanctuary Spa products smell and the last one reminds me of my holidays as I always get coconut scented sun creams! 

Then after all that, it's time to get into some super soft comfy pjs, get your fluffy slippers on and curl up with a hot chocolate with all the toppings and watch something girly, or just read a book and relax :)

I wish I was doing this tonight now after writing this! But I have brownies to bake for a Macmillan Coffee Morning tomorrow! :)

What do you guys like to do to relax?

All my love, Amylou x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Keeping a Diary

Hey guys!

So if you were reading my blog back in July you'll remember I put up a post about keeping a diary and how i've never been very good at it. Well since that post on the 2nd July i've been keeping one, and i've actually kept it up to date. 

I know, i'm pretty amazed too,

I know it's only been nearly 3 months, but a lot happened in those three months and I'm glad I have it to look back on. I wrote about everything that happened in Mexico, as well as just every day things and conversations that I had back home.

I was thinking to myself, I probably won't ever read back through it, and so I was wondering what it's purpose is, and it's actually been quite therapeutic. It's nice to just have somewhere at the end of the day to write down what you've done, and who you've been talking to just so you remember, but also if you've got things you don't really want to talk about there is somewhere for it.

Now i'm not under any circumstances saying that if you are having problems with someone or you are upset to use a diary instead of talking to someone. But it's a good first step.

In the past i've kept them, and it's quite funny to look back and see what I thought was really important at the time (usually some nonsense) but this one has been somewhere to write down things that had been confusing me, and when you write things down sometimes they can make more sense. It's also been a good way to reflect on my choices, seeing things from an outside perspective, as if you were reading about a character in a book can make yourself see things that you wouldn't about yourself.

And I quite like that.

I'd also been briefly keeping one around february/march/april time, and it's funny how little things that I would write about, as an unlikely possibility back then have actually turned out to be true and i've been writing about them in my most recent one.

I think it's good to have the memories written down. And whilst some days you might think why am I writing about eating a salad? or why do I care that I binge watched gossip girl today? Some days will be important to remember :)

Do you keep a diary? What do you use it for?

As ever, all my love, Amylou x

Monday, 22 September 2014

What University Taught Me

Hey guys!

So next week marks the first week of my 5th and final year at University, and so I just thought i'd take the opportunity to look back and think about what the last four years have taught me. Who knows, maybe something I say could help you!

1. Everyone gets homesick now and again.

I was very excited but also very scared to go to University. I'd never lived away from home before and it's a big shock to the system, but it was a fantastic one. I was a bit upset when I was dropped off, but I threw myself into getting to know my new flatmates and it was the best distraction and I was laughing and helping people unpack an hour later!

2. It's ok not to get on with everyone.

I was put into a flat/floor with one other girl and eleven guys, and for the first few weeks we were inseparable. We were put into temporary accommodation and we definitely made up for not being in our college when it came to the events! And even though me and Lauren are still best friends four years later, we aren't in touch with the guys anymore, we had different interests and we all drifted apart and that's ok. You won't get on with everyone, but there is always someone out there!

3. Living with friends with either make or break you.

I ended up moving into 2 different flats in my first year as I didn't get on with my flatmates in the first one, we all got on each others nerves and it just wasn't worth it. However, Lauren lived with Joanna in first and second year and the three of us are the strongest of friends now. Sometimes it will make a friendship that will last a lifetime, and sometimes it will break a friendship after telling them for the hundredth time to wash up or tidy their stuff away!

4. Not living with other students won't isolate you if you don't want it to.

Living with other students in your first year I would say as a personal preference is very important for forming those bonds, but then most of my friends came from my courses so there are always other ways. I never actually lived with my friends. I met a guy in the first couple of weeks of starting university and at the end of my first year we moved in together and lived together until around easter in my fourth year. But I was still going to my classes everyday and I would stop off at Lauren and Jo's on my way home a lot of the time so I still saw everyone everyday. So if you have to/choose to live in your family home or on your own it doesn't mean you won't get involved.

5. You will at some point be so tired you just put on your uggs and go to class in your PJs.

Before going to Uni, I was horrified at the thought of leaving the house without a full face of make up and my nicest clothes on. But when you're getting in at 5am and have a lecture at 9am, you will not care. I like to think the fact that I turned up and took notes was good enough, it didn't matter that I felt like my head was going to explode and I was in sweatpants and uggs. It happens to us all at some point. And living on campus means you can just go back to bed after.

6. Suddenly naps are golden.

This was also a bit of a bizarre concept to me. Why would you need to sleep in the middle of the day? Well, because you can. And because you probably didn't sleep at all last night, and it means you can go out again tonight as you are already rested. 

7. Support is there if you need it.

I had a few problems earlier this year after I moved out of my house near uni and had to move back in with my parents 100 miles away. It flipped my world upside down and made everything extremely difficult (who doesn't love a 2 hour drive to a lecture?). I spoke to my supervisor who offered guidance and support with my work and then I also turned to my Student's Union President and VP. I don't think I could have got through it without their support. I could go to see them and have coffee and a rant and they even offered to come over and help me move. I'm not saying they will be as helpful as they were for me (they were good friends by the end of all this!) but they are there to support you, and it's important to remember that there are support services there if you need to talk to someone.

8. If you don't understand something, ask.

When it came to lectures and lab work, I was quite lucky in that I was part of quite a close knit group and we would all help each other. If you don't understand something and everyone else seems to, just ask! Chances are there will be things they don't understand and you can help each other. See if anyone meets up in study groups, or set one up! This year before our exams we all got together to make sure everyone understood the material before being tested on it. Not everyone will want to put extra hours in, some people are happy to scrape by if they can still go out every night, but most people want to get out with a decent degree, so just ask! :)

9. You now love fancy dress, and will go out in it even if there is only three of you.

I would say more often than not our nights out involved fancy dress. It just makes a night out so much funnier, 'why are you dressed like that?' well why not? *Cue a few fancy dress photos to break up the mass of text haha*

10. Most importantly, it's OK to still not know what you want to do when you're finished.

I studied for a BSc in Biological Sciences for 3 years, and i'm half way through an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, and I plan to go into HR or finance when i'm done. Sometimes even though you love the experience and you love learning about it, you find it's not for you, and that's OK. Don't ever feel like it was a waste of time, there are many people out there who don't have a degree, and the skills you learnt aren't just material based, they can be applied to so many different things. A lot of people go on graduate schemes when they finish and they do lots of different jobs to find out which is best for you!

There are probably thousands more things that I took from my experience. I might even write another one of these in the future with a few more things in. Not only do you gain experience from being at University itself, but also from the people around you. My experiences have mostly taught me about myself, the type of person I want to be, how to be independent and what I want to get out of life.

Is there anything you wish you'd known before going to university? What has it taught you?

Hope you all had a good weekend!

Love Amylou x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Autumn Tag

Hey guys!

So I was recently reading The Autumn Tag over on the Makeup Savvy blog (link) and decided that I would do it too! :) so here goes!

1. Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?

I think really as soon as it starts to get chilly I just get addicted to hot chocolates from Starbucks and Costa. The ultimate hot chocolates with all the extras such as whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows are so good, then you add the vanilla or caramel shots and you've really got a winner. No to mention a massive sugar high if you add even more sugar like me!

2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

I have so much love for scarves and boots, but I really can't deal with gloves. I live in my pashminas and wooly scarves when it drops cold, and i'm already in my ankle boots. I have a pair of above knee/thigh high boots that I wear with my leggings/tights and dresses in winter and I love them so much, though they do hurt my ankles a little as they have zips that go from the bottom almost to the top but no pain no gain! haha. I also have the softest ear muffs ever that I bought from Harrods about 2 years ago, and they really are the most amazing things. I need to get them out, I hope I didn't lose them!

But gloves. I can't do gloves. They make my hands too warm and it's like a weird claustrophobic thing. I know it's weird, but I just can't deal with it haha.

3. Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

I don't think I listen to anything particularly different in Autumn! Though I do watch more films and so I like to listen to the songs that are in those films! I get quite into the musical scores of Pride and Prejudice (Dawn and Georgiana are my faves) and The Holiday (Maestro is so beautiful) but other than that I think it stays the same! The pop music taste of a twelve year old mostly with a bit of big band/jazz. Which is a pretty odd mix really! (Think Taylor Swift followed by Dean Martin and Nat King Cole with a bit of Pharrell Williams at the end haha) But come winter (especially december, my music taste changes a LOT, especially to Michael Buble)

4. Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year? 

This is a tricky one! For the past few years I think i've mostly worn the Hollister So Cal cologne in Autumn, though I still wear a lot of my girly perfumes too. I stopped buying So Cal since I moved out of my old house though, and I gave my last bottle away, so I'll be on the lookout for a new Autumn perfume this year! Loving the Victoria's Secret Night perfume though, so maybe i'll just keep wearing that!

5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?

I actually don't burn candles in this house! But I love the smell of all the candles they release at this time of year. and they look so lovely. 

6. What do you love most about Autumn?

There are so many wonderful things about this time of year. The beautiful oranges of the trees, the crisp mornings when you have to wrap up to go on walks. I was lucky enough to live near the Lake District for the past 3 Autumns and going for walks when the leaves have turned and you're all wrapped up is just so peaceful and beautiful. I would really recommend a trip! And of course cosying up with blankets and hot chocolates watching Autumn TV! Such as Downton Abbey which is starting tonight! (love it).

7. Favourite makeup look?

I love smoky eyes and plum lipsticks for this time of year. I'm actually considering dying my hair a red/plum colour for this autumn! The last time I dyed it dark was autumn as I attempted to go blonde by myself at uni and it did not go well, so black it was! But yeah, deep red and purple lipsticks are so perfect for this time of year. Can't wait to add to my collection!

*Update I did actually dye my hair, and it's now a purpley-cherry red. I can't get a good photo of the colour but there is one over on my instagram! (link below) and I love it, even though it's making outfit choices a bit more difficult!*

8. What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

This Autumn i'm looking forward to spending time with my family. I'll be spending a bit of time up at uni too so i'll still be able to go for my walks in the Lake District which i'm excited about. I'll have to make sure I remember my camera! A lot of celebrations with friends coming up too, Halloween as a tradition is always done in Lancaster and then my best friends Joanna and Lauren are both turning 23 in the next couple of months so lots to look forward to! Also, Autumn means more sunday roasts. And who doesn't love a sunday roast. Not to toot my own horn, but I make the best Yorkshire Puddings and Gravy and I can't wait to start making it again.

Thanks to Fee over on the makeup savvy blog (link to her answers) for posting this tag, and I hope whoever reads this might give it a go too! Let me know in the comments if you do and i'll come over and read it! :)

As ever, with all my love, Amylou x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Etsy Quotes

Hey guys,

If you've been following my twitter accounts or have been on my Pinterest you'll know that I love quotes spreading positivity, confidence, and also my favourite song lyrics. I've found so many that I love over on Etsy that I thought i'd share them with you! 

I've been meaning to buy some for a while to put up in my bedroom and maybe one for my office but I just can't decide which ones to get there's so many!

I'll leave the links to buy each one under the photos, and these are my favourites ones (so far) :)

This quote by Mark Twain is sold by The Love Shop on etsy, and it's so lovely. You really should start each day with a positive attitude, that today could be the best day of your life. You can't have a good day with a bad attitude, and you can't have a bad day with a good attitude :)

This one is also sold by The Love Shop and is actually song lyrics from my favourite song 'La Vie en Rose' by Edith Piaf. It reads 'Quand il me prend dans ses bras, il me parle tout bas, je vois la vie en rose' which translates to 'when he takes me in his arms, he whispers me to, I see life in pink'. I love this song so much. I have since I was a little girl, and I heard it being played so much by street musicians in Paris and New York when i've been. Always puts a smile on my face :)

Once again sold by The Love Shop (can you sense my favourite shop yet?) this beautiful quote reads 'La vie est faite de petits bonheurs' which roughly translates to 'Life is made up of small pleasures'. I think it's important to surround yourself with people and messages that promote happiness and love. Even though life can seem hard sometimes, it really is a wonderful thing and you should make the most of every moment.

This one is sold by Paperchat on Etsy and I really like it. Unfortunately it doesn't match any of my decor that I already have, but if I was to redecorate I would definitely want to get this. I could look for it in other colours though! My 3 favourite things to do, Eat, anything to do with love, and blog :)

This one is sold by NeueGraphic and it's one to think about. I'm not an angry person, I never have been. I have a lot of patience and I think i've only ever been truly truly angry about 3 times in my life, and that's not bad for 22. (All of those have been this year, but that's not the point! haha). A lot of people get angry very quickly over things that really don't matter. When you are angry, all you are doing is stopping yourself from being happy. So I think having a quote like this to look at would be good for when those moments arise. I'm not massively fond of the font of this one, but the message is important :)

This is sold by VinylCrafts on Etsy. People have skills in different areas and not everyone learns the same and not everyone was destined to do the same things. There are so many different things out there to be good at, and I think sometimes it's easy to forget that and be disheartened when someone else does something better than you. I think this would be especially lovely in a house with children, it's a message people should grow up believing.

'It is our choices that show us what we truly are far more than our abilities' - Albus Dumbledore

'We must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy' - Albus Dumbledore

'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light' - Albus Dumbledore

I love these three. The best quotes are often found in books and you don't even realise how lovely the messages are until you go back and read them again.

From ColourscapeStudios. I think this is actually so true. You can say what you want about 'actual' magic, but if you think of magic as a little sparkle that you believe in, the magic that is love, happiness, wonderful things that happen that you can't explain, even the magic of christmas, I really do believe in magic. As a child most of us believe in magic, and it's such a shame that people 'grow up' and forget that.

So that was just a few of my favourite quotes! Have you got any quotes or song lyrics up in your home? What's your favourite quote?

As ever, I hope you are all doing wonderfully.

Love Amylou x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Music Festivals

Hey guys,

Now that we can put all of that Christmas blogging in September nonsense behind us, I wanted to talk about a couple of festivals that I would love to go to.

At 22 years old, i've never been to a festival ( I know, i'm a disgrace) but i'm not a fan of being dirty, and whilst being covered in mud might be all fun and games during the day, I really can't deal with not being able to have a proper shower!

So I decided to look up some festivals that I would love to go to, and hopefully i'll pick one and go next year, if not my last year of uni then when!

The first one i'd love to go to is Wakestock in Abersoch, Wales.

Wakestock is Europe's largest wakeboard music festival, so as well as listening to the music, there is also loads of watersports to watch, which just makes it so much better. Abersoch is also beautiful, i've been camping there before and it is so lovely, and the beaches are so nice, definitely one to consider. Last years line-up included Tom Odell, Frank Turner, John Newman, Razorlight and loads of others!

Another festival incorporating watersports is Boardmasters in Newquay, in Cornwall, England.

This festival actually sounds and looks pretty amazing. It's a music festival but it also incorporates Surfing competitions, as well as Skate and BMX competitions. It is held on both Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. It has been a long time since i've been to Cornwall, but this festival could be just the reason to go back! Last years line up included Chase and Status, Snoop Dogg, Bastille, Zane Lowe and loads of other amazing bands. The more I write about this, the more I want to go.

The one festival that I would go to at the drop of a hat (if I could afford it) would be Coachella in California.

First off, the weather in California is just so much better. Secondly, the acts they've had headline in the past include Coldplay, Oasis, Muse, Gorillaz, Kings of Leon, Outkast, seriously some amazing bands that i'd love to see. The tickets aren't necessarily the problem, its the whole getting to America and then finding a hotel that makes the prices add up! Hopefully one day i'll be able to go though!

Only a short one today, but I was just looking at some festivals and thought, you know what, I need to go to one next year!

What's your favourite festival? Have you ever been to any of these three?

Love Amylou x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Christmas in September (sorry)

Hey guys!

I know it's only the 16th of September, but i've been talking a lot about Christmas at work and it's got me all excited and I need to share and I know it's almost as bad as hearing Christmas music when you're halloween shopping (if not worse) but you can always come back to this in December right?

That's going to be my excuse for this being ok in September anyway.

I don't know how we started talking about Christmas, I think it started with present ideas for birthdays coming up and we started to talk about stocking up early on Christmas presents. (I assure you, we are not as organised as we sound).

It just makes it easier if you can spread the cost over a longer period of time (or at least you can pretend that you're not spending as much!). This is my first single Christmas in 4 years, and it got me thinking, that's 9/10 less people to buy christmas presents for this year. Now am I going to be smart and put the extra money in my savings? (no). Am I going to be extra kind and spend more on my family? (no). Am I going to finally invest in entirely different Christmas decor for my room? (YES).

This year i'm going to be selfish and it's going to be amazing.

First up, bedding. (I'll leave links to all the products)

It's just cute, traditional and looks so cosy. Imagine this with a furry red blanket on the bottom, all snuggled up in your Christmas PJs (I personally go for a Reindeer onesie) with a hot chocolate and marshmallows, with Christmas TV on. Heaven.

At this point I should probably point out that my enthusiasm for christmas borders on Will Ferrell's Elf. And if you haven't watched Elf (watch it) then imagine a child that has been given about 20 red bulls and has been told they can have whatever they want from a sweet/candy shop. That's how excited I get.

This is one more chic and grown up than the last. I can't decide which theme would be better. This is gorgeous though, and could be used all through winter not just December, so you'd get more use out of it! I could still add a christmassy blanket/throw and it would be just as christmassy. 

I can see it's going to take me until December to actually decide what I want at this rate.

Next up, Accessories. 

It's only September and Matalan have released their christmas collection. Excellent. How cute are these blocks? Perfect for someone who gets as excited as me! It's not even the event of Christmas day, the excitement starts on the 1st of December when all the christmas songs start for me!

Don't get me wrong, I love advent calendars, and I still get one every year, but I think it would be so good to get one of these and fill it up with little treats like christmas themed make-up and beauty things that you can have try throughout december. And really, it's not like there is a shortage of chocolate in the house or at work around Christmas!

How adorable is this sign?! At only £3 really it's the best thing i've seen so far. I love slate, and I love handwritten quotes/lyrics. It's just perfect to hang on my door or my wall, and it's my favourite christmas song. I love love love it.

I used to put up a little Christmas tree in my room, but this year i'm in a smaller room and I don't know if one will fit, but if it does, I have to buy this bauble. How cute!

If there was ever a time for fairy lights, it is Christmas. You can turn off your lamps and your main lights and just read or watch christmas movies with the glow of fairy lights. It is so cosy and lovely and really my favourite time of year. 

My sister has a blue winter fleece blanket from Jack Wills and it is the snuggliest thing. I love this one from Amazon. Perfect for throwing over your bed to keep your feet warm or for snuggling up when it's a bit chilly. I love reindeer too. So cute.

So i'm getting a bit too into looking at Christmas things, and it is only September. But I just get carried away so easily! I promise next time my posts will be more about warm times and I won't mention Christmas again for at least 2 months!

Really my head was just filling up with ideas and I had to write them down!

I hope you are all having a good week, and i'm sorry that I already mentioned Christmas! 

Love Amylou x

*Update: I decided on the first bedding, and I got the blanket from the end too, but i'll wait for the christmas room blog until December I promise! haha*

Friday, 12 September 2014

My latest obsession: Kiehl's

Hey guys,

Sorry it's been a while! I've been ill for about 10 days now, so it's been hard finding motivation to do anything! Apart from a quick trip to manchester and 2 days at work, i've pretty much just been sleeping, so I thought it was time to change that and drag myself into my office and write some blog posts in the hope that it kick starts me into feeling better!

Something i've been wanting to tell you about for a while now is my new obsession with Kiehl's. If you've met me before you'll know I have a pretty addictive nature, when I find something I love, I have to either listen to it until I hate it, wear it until I practically live in it, or buy everything associated with it (bank account permitting obviously).

I turned 22 just under 3 months ago, and as a treat me and my best friends went into York for a little shopping day. My friend Joanna was telling me how much she loved Kiehl's and I needed a moisturiser for my holiday to Mexico, so I went in and bought this:

Since then, my collection has gone from one travel-sized moisturiser, to this:

Which in just over 2 months, and considering the nearest Kiehl's is about 30-45 minutes drive away, is a little crazy.

But when you find the best, what other option do you have?! 

I'm not going to go into details about all of it, because i'm sure you have other things to do today, so i'll just tell you about my favourite 4 things from my collection :)

The first has to be the original moisturiser that I bought

This stuff is amazing. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy and my face feels so soft afterwards! You only need to use a tiny bit, and so this bottle is still half full from june and I use it twice a day! The travel sized bottle (75ml) that i've got is currently £17 on the Kiehl's website so I think that's pretty good value! The only thing I would say is make sure you don't get it in your eyes, because it hurts. I've found this out the hard way at least 4 times now haha.

My next favourite is actually the second thing I ever bought from there and it's the clay masque:

Called the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque with Amazonian White Clay, it's literally the best face mask i've ever used (hence why there's two haha). You apply it to damp skin and let it harden for around 7-9 minutes then rinse it off with warm water. It softens again as soon as the water touches it so it is really easy to remove. You can see it sink into your pores and so you feel like you are really getting a deep clean. And your skin is so so soft after using it. Absolutely love this. The 125ml pots that I have are currently £21.50 each on the Kiehl's website which some might think is pricey when you can buy face masks for £1 in boots, but I just think that it's important to be careful when using face products, and Kiehl's are careful about what they use in their products. Plus it's nice to get something special for pamper nights!

My third favourite is a face wash:

The Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is actually a gel that foams when you use it. It is soap free so it doesn't dry out your skin and it doesn't hurt your eyes. Which is so good. I've been using it as a makeup remover, as it has no soap you can rub your eyes and get rid of all of your makeup and it removes it easily and much faster than most cleansers i've tried. It also doesn't make your skin feel tight and again, makes your skin feel so soft. (I'm sure you get that Kiehl's has made my skin soft by now haha). The 230ml bottle that I have is currently £22 on the Kiehl's website but considering that it can be used as both a make-up remover and a face wash, I think that's really quite reasonable! I love it, and will definitely be buying more when this runs out!

My final favourite is the best lip balm ever:

This is the Mango scented lipbalm #1 and i'm not sure if they always do Mango or if they change the scents as the website only shows mango but i've seen vanilla and cranberry in photos too. Either way, this is amazing. You only need to use a tiny bit and it lasts for ages. It doesn't leave any white colouring on your lips which i've found some of these style lip balms can, and it isn't sticky or slimy, it's just such a nice texture. I think for me the best part though is the Mango scent. It isn't overpowering, but it just smells divine. I use it every single day and always make sure it's in my handbag! This one is currently out of stock on the website (but i've linked it for if it comes back!) but i've seen some recently in the shops for £9.50. 

So that's just a few of my favourite Kiehl's items! Do you use anything from Kiehl's? What would you say is your favourite?

Hope you're all having a good friday! :)

Love Amylou x