Tuesday 31 March 2015

March Favourites

I haven't done a favourites post before, but I always enjoy reading other people's so I thought I would give it a go this month. I've kept it quite brief, whittling it down to a handful of beauty and fashion favourites, plus a book I've been absolutely loving. Here goes!

Beauty Favourites

Clarins, Ark Skincare, Urban Decay

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?!

Fashion Favourites

H&M Dress and Topshop Shoes

Rings from Z for Accessorize

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

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?

Kate x


  1. That dress is so cute! I really love how it looks!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    1. Thanks Melanie! It was such a bargain too! x

  2. I think I need to jump on the UD Primer Potion bandwagon as well :) Love those shoes and rings, so delicate and pretty! I don't think I've ever read a historical novel just for pleasure, I'm chemist, although I love reading but I do enjoy watching historical programs and the time of reign of Henry VIII was always intriguing for me :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. I think there's just something about that time, so many fascinating personalities and so much intrigue going on! You should definitely try the primer potion, it's worth the hype! x


  3. Very lovely post dear:)
    xoxo Antonella <3

  4. I too always enjoyed learning about the tudors :) I took a class in University where I learned about them and I was very much interested :) Love your favorites darling :)


    1. Thank you so much! And yay for the Tudors! x

  5. I love the H&M dress and I can imagine it looking so nice with red lips, the shoes and a leather jacket!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  6. It's so funny, but I always have the same experience whenever I go get my hair done. I always, always try to avoid looking in the mirror, the lights in the salon are so bright and unflattering haha :D I might have to check that Clarins foundation out :) The H&M dress is also so, so pretty.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  7. I love the Urban Decay Primer, it makes my eyeshadow last longer and enhances the colour!

    Rebecca Coco

  8. Great faves, love the heels :)


  9. What a cute blog! Great favorites :)
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me????? The Chic Cupcake

  10. Oh I loved this favourites post as it wasn't just beauty! Those shoes! I need xx

    Anoushka xx www.Anoushkaloves.com

  11. Love so much the dres and shoes..I'm looking for a foundation so I'll try your fab

    Melange-Boutique Blog by Noe&Lolita

  12. The topshop shoe is beautiful and the urban decay primer is my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing ur favorites.

  13. LOVE the shoes! £50 is a bargain for Topshop!
    Jennie Emma


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