1. Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation
I did a whole post on this here so I won't go on about it too much, but I've really been enjoying this foundation. Oddly enough, every time I apply it I worry that it's not going to give me enough coverage, but when I catch my reflection when I'm out and about I can't help but be impressed by the finish of it. I wore it when I went to the hairdresser's the other day, and that's usually a place where I feel I look washed out no matter how much makeup I wear. Not with this. It gives the look of healthy, glowing skin more than any other foundation I've tried.
2. Ark Skincare Regenerating Skin Defence
Sometimes I wonder what all these creams, serums and oils we're persuaded to buy really do for us, but during my recent house move, I spent a good few weeks managing with little more than a cleanser and a day cream, and I can honestly say I noticed a difference in the quality of my skin when I reintroduced this serum into my routine. I think perhaps we expect miracles, when actually what these products give us is a subtle improvement that builds over time. Ark's Regenerating Skin Defence protects your complexion against the elements, calms redness and firms the skin, and I've loved rediscovering it this month. I blogged about it in greater detail here.
3. Ark Skincare Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
You can find my review of this product together with the last one. It's such a lightweight primer that you hardly feel you are wearing anything, yet the silky finish it leaves on your skin helps makeup to glide on smoothly and last longer. One of my few criticisms of the Clarins Extra Comfort is that it doesn't last quite as long as I would like. Wearing this underneath really helps.
4. Urban Decay Anit-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion
I haven't had this that long, but it more than deserves its place among my favourite products of the month. I know everyone raves about it, but I had no idea it would make such a difference to my eye makeup! The colours look more vibrant, application is smoother with no creasing and it stays put for longer. All this, and it helps to minimise lines and wrinkles too. What took me so long?!
1. H&M Dress
I've been wanting to do an outfit post with this dress but haven't got around to it yet. It was inexpensive and has been so useful while the weather has been cool. I've worn it out in the evening a few times, with the shoes pictured here, big hair, red lips and a leather jacket. It's really easy to wear and a flattering fit and flare shape. You can check it out in a similar colourway here.
2. Topshop Shoes
I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them in Topshop a few weeks ago. I'd be lying if I told you I find them comfortable, but they do at least feel stable to walk in. With shoes as pretty as this, that's good enough for me! They were also only £50, which I think is a great price for Topshop heels. I'm seriously tempted to get the nude and gold version too.
3. Accessorize Rings
These delicate pieces from the Z for Accessorize range have hardly been off my fingers this month. I wrote about them in my last blog post. If you missed it, you can check it out here.
Book of the Month - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
I studied history at university and the Tudor period was always my favourite. By the time I had finished my degree, I felt as though I never wanted to read historical fiction or see a period drama again, but the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall rekindled my love of the past in a big way. I downloaded the book after watching the series and it's fantastic, beautifully written and full of political intrigue. Forget other novels you might have read that are set in the reign of Henry VIII - this is on another level. If you like English history and haven't read this yet, I highly recommend it.
So those were my favourite things this month! Any of yours on this list? And has anyone read Wolf Hall?