Friday, 1 August 2014

30 truths about blogging

1. Sometimes you'll be full of ideas, sometimes you won't have any.
2. 99% of the blogging community is awesome & you'll make some really good friends.
3. You'll accumulate a lot of notebooks or note apps because bloggers love stationery/organisation.
4. You'll notice lighting changes a lot more.
5. You'll hear about brands you'd probably never have discovered otherwise.
6. You'll spend even more time on the internet than you did before you were a blogger.
7. Blogging requires a lot of determination and passion if you want your blog to grow.
8. It may take months or even years to find your true writing style and niche.
9. You probably will experience some negativity, but you'll always have plenty of support and constructive criticism.
10. You'll probably have 0 followers and 0 views for the first few weeks or even months.
11. You'll always learn something new & teach yourself a lot, but you won't actually ever know very much about it all (there's wayyyy too much to know!)
12. You will get contacted by a PR eventually if you put in the effort & post honestly.
13. Your postman will think you're a shopaholic.
14. You'll probably become a hoarder.
15. You'll probably be known by your blog name rather than your actual name.
16. There's always at least one social media platform that won't let you have your blog name as your username. 
17. No one likes small, dark photos or poor grammar.
18. You'll end up hating your blog name at some point. 
19. Oh and you'll want to re-design your blog every few months.
20. You'll think you've come up with an original idea but someone somewhere will have done it before.
21. You'll feel guilty for these things at some point.
22. You'll get asked to do a lot of stuff for free because some brands just don't have the budget.
23. Once you get hooked, you'll find it hard to ever completely take your mind off something blog-related.
24. One day you'll consider quitting your blog altogether, but something will stop you.
25. Another day you'll consider making blogging your full time job (but think very carefully/trial it first)
25. You'll take on too much sometimes. But one day you'll realise your blog is your hobby and you're getting yourself way too stressed out about it.
26. You'll become very professional, developing your networking and communicating skills.
27. You'll create something to be very proud of.
28. You'll end up loving blogging and realising it's one of the best things you could have ever started.
29. You'll end up staying up late, blogging in bed a lot.
30. You'll inspire someone, or lots of people without you ever really knowing it.

What would you add to this list?
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

the beauty scenario tag

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?
I'd definitely go for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation* (review here) for my high end one and MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-In-1 Foundation (review here) for my drugstore. 

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?
I'd just have to ignore it! I'd only tell someone I knew really well, is that bad?

3. You're not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up lipstick, which one do you go for?
Definitely Illamasqua Lipstick in Glissade* (review here).

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently? 
Well I wouldn't sweep my hair right across my face to create a fringe for a start, and I wouldn't wear neon eyeshadow and heavy black eyeliner! I've done a whole post on my hair/beauty history here (NB: it's seriously cringey).

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear you wrong and give you a pixie haircut. Do you: a) Smile, say thank you, leave, call your mum and cry hysterically, b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward, or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund?
I hate going to the hairdressers so much, purely for the amount of times things have gone wrong, but I'll always be the one who says I love it but then ring my mum immediately as I get out of the door! I'm too shy for any sort of confrontation (although I am that person who usually takes to Twitter to complain about something!).

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4-day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?
The Urban Decay Shattered Face Case (review here). It's by far one of my favourite palettes and the fact that it cuts down the amount I'd have to take makes it definitely travel friendly. 

7. Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter* (review here). It can perk my skin up even on the days when I've had almost no sleep. 

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you, a) Just pretend you haven't noticed, b) Ask them to repurchase it, or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?
I'd pretend I haven't noticed, I've got plenty of makeup to overlook it! 

What would your answers be?
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

july beauty favourites

July was packed full of great beauty products to fall into my hands and choosing my top picks for this post wasn't easy. 

It's rare that I get obsessed with a nail polish, but this month the Nails Inc Nail Polish in Royal Botanical Gardens* has been adorning my nails a lot. I got this in my Spring/Summer collection set so it's only a miniature 4ml bottle, I'm hoping it'll get me through the rest of this summer! Although it's described as a pastel mint, there's definitely a strong blue tone in there pulling it more turquoise in most lights. I love that it looks great whether I'm my natural skin tone or whether I'm (fake) tanned as it's not a dull/flat pastel shade - it brightens almost. One coat is a little too streaky to be worn alone, but two is perfect and you'll find it evens out with a creme finish. It dries dead quickly and last a good 3 days on Miss *chips-her-nails-within-minutes-of-applying-polish* here. 

Makeup wise there's been quite a lot of stand outs, but one notable mention is the RMK Creamy Polished Base in 00 Translucent* (£28) - a primer that completely smoothes out skin, adds luminosity and keeps makeup in place throughout the day. It's pretty pricey but a little goes a really long way with this easy to blend product. Two more products I've loved this month are Illamasqua Lipstick in Glissade* (£18.50) and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Vallauris* (£31): Read why I love them so much in my full review here!

Moving onto skincare, I've been loving a cleanser duo - two very different, but combined have worked really well into my routine to improve my skin. For mornings I opt for Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser* (£18.50, full review here) while the Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser* (£27.50, full review here) is my go-to evening cleanser. 
Also added into my routine for the past few weeks is the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum* (£58). I've been lucky enough to put the whole Clear Difference range to the test this month but this product has worked incredibly well for me. I've been a big fan of Estee Lauder serums for quite some time now, but this one is definitely the one that most agrees with my combination and blemish prone skin. It's by no means an overnight wonder, but over a few weeks I've noticed such a big improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin - especially where there's been blemish scars. It's light with the perfect consistency to make it an ideal makeup base too. It's much more gentle than the blemish treatment product in the range too so it's been perfect for my usual hormonal breakout, reducing them much quicker and with no stinging no matter how angry they get! I'll go into a whole load more detail in my review (in the next 2 weeks) but it's definitely worth the price tag, as with the other serums I've tried! 

Then finally, my one hair product pick this month was Lee Stafford's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray* (£7.99), a cheaper alternative to my beloved Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. I've done a full review here, but it's definitely a drugstore buy you need in your life! 

What have been your July beauty favourites?
**Apologies that this post is much later than usual, I wasn't planning on putting up a post today due to how poorly I've been but felt bad... I guess I should have taken my own advice (#1) from this post really!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

the july playlist

What have you been listening to this month?

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Monday, 28 July 2014

non beauty favourites #3

Lately, I've found myself really enjoying all things non-beauty related more so than the original topic that I started on my blog. There will always be a certain aspect of it on Autumn Leaves, but with so many other passions it's no surprise to me that I'm finding posts like this one easier to write. I've not had chance to film any of my favourites as videos this month but hopefully I'll return next month with lots more! 

Triangl Lucie Underwear Set in Spearmint* (around £32) - Ok so an awful lot of bloggers currently own something from this brand, but after losing over 2 stone so far meaning that I needed new underwear, I knew I couldn't turn this down. Sizing is a tricky one when ordering online but there's a size guide and live chat you can use to get some help if you too are wanting to get your hands on a Triangl bikini/underwear set. I went for XL on top which I'd say is about a D cup in the UK - currently a bit too small for me but hopefully I'll be fitting in it better in a months time! For the bottoms I went for L (I'm a UK 12-14 now) and they fit perfectly. They're made out of 90% nylon and 10% spandex and are really comfortable to wear. I adore the colour against my currently (fake) tanned skin and the fact that they come packaged really nicely too. Definitely pricier than the majority of underwear I own but a nice summer treat. 

Ray-Ban Justin 4165 Sunglasses in Black Rubber* (£85) - You can win your own pair in my giveaway here. Since getting my hands on these I've not stopped wearing them. Yep I'm the person who doesn't take them off when I walk into a shop, I wear them even when it's not that bright out and oh yeah I've been known to wear them at night. I just love them so so much, I think they suit my face shape well and the black rubber is a softer look than the usual satin finish. They're sturdy and have a good protective case too making them ideal for the girl who drops/breaks everything!

Bad Face Day Mirror* (£3) - One thing I surprisingly don't have in my bag is a mirror. I'm so lazy when it comes to re-applying makeup so usually throw on the easiest/longest lasting products in the morning and be done until I get home and can take it all off again. But there has been times where I've needed to touch up and can't because I can't see what I'm doing! So here comes this really cute pocket mirror with a slogan that I often say to myself that I'm having. It's so reasonably priced and dead unique that it's gone straight into my makeup bag for on the go makeup mishaps. 

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood iPhone app (free) - Last month it was Happy Park, this month it's this. I'm a big big fan of the Kardashian/Jenner clan that this was immediately downloaded. I'm obsessed. BFF's with Kim K? What more could a girl want! You can create your character, change their wardrobe, travel around LA, go to meetings and socialise with a bunch of famous and top business people, further your career and more. 

Look Magazine (Usual price £1.80) - My weekly go-to magazine is definitely this one. I'm not one for celeb gossip or stories like "Lauren Goodger narrowly avoids a puddle", but get me a magazine full of high street fashion and beauty and I'll examine every page. It's really reasonable, easy to find in all of my local shops and well put together too.

TaoTronics Elune TT-DL01 Versatile Natural Light Desk Lamp in White* (£39.99) - Blogging with poor lighting is a nightmare, especially in winter. I've been after some sort of lighting for ages, especially with starting to film videos too. I definitely didn't want anything too big so this came along at the perfect time. There's 4 different lighting settings, depending on what activity you're doing (reading, studying, relaxing or sleeping) - all of which you can also control the brightness of too. I'm really impressed with this lamp, it folds down nicely, has a simple touch pad and comes in white or black. (There's more technical reviews if you click the link, but in general it's pretty darn great especially for blog photography!).

What have been your non-beauty favourites this month?

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

seven days #31

Another week of beautiful weather in England, as well as a week packed full of exciting parcels including the ones in the photo above! I've only got 5 days left at work then 4 weeks off so I can't wait for that! I'd definitely love to know what your summer plans are... if like me, you haven't really got any, then you might want to check out some of the reads below to keep you occupied, and make sure to share some with me too :)

This week I followed: Mercuteify // Love And Liquor // Hairtrade Blog // Hannah Maggs

This week I've been loving: Original Source Shower Gel in Tea Tree & Mint (£1.20)

This week you should: enter my international Ray-Ban sunglasses giveaway here (ends this Wednesday, c/o

Who have you followed this week? 
What have you been loving/reading/listening to/buying/lusting after?
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

don't feel guilty

- For not writing a blog post everyday
- For not being in the know 24/7 (on social media/knowing everything about your blog topic)
- For feeling totally uninspired about everything on your blog
- For turning down sponsored posts or PR samples
- For not owning the best blogging/photography equipment
- For not living in London, (there should be more events around your city/country!)
- For saying you'll definitely get more organised but never do
- For getting crumbs in your keyboard as you eat & write a blog post at the same time
- For blogging from your bed
- For deleting your posts/videos before anyone actually gets to see them

Can you come up with any more?
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Friday, 25 July 2014

bloggers i'm most inspired by

I was sat thinking the other day about all of the people who most inspire me and I quickly added a few bloggers to my mental list. I thought I'd share who and why with you for today's post...

LLYMLRS: I've probably said this a few times but Lily's blog(s) was the first I ever read years ago and one that I still read religiously now. I really feel like I've been on the journey with her and seen how her content has progressed. Her style is very much like mine, but the way she puts pieces together and can make things work that I wouldn't think of really inspires me to be more creative and confident with my style. I'd imagine running two blogs is far from easy, heck I struggle with running just this one, but the fact that she's able to do it and take on other projects inspires me to really focus and not give up on this one. Lily is quite a private person, but recently one of her YouTube videos really made me feel like I'd got to know her more and I'm proud of her because I'm sure uploading that video took courage. The girl has a hat, bag, sunglasses and boots collection to die for - oh how I dream of raiding her wardrobe one day!

Zoe London: Whether you think of her as The London Lipgloss or Zoe London, Zoe can completely inspire me to change a part of my life or put more effort into something by a single blog post. She's got such a great writing style and I completely agree with her views on so many topics. I love that she rocks every outfit, every hairstyle/colour and every makeup look, although I'm obviously a bit jealous! She's worked incredibly hard to build her site and the re-vamp has made me love it more. The variety of blog posts and how in-depth they are really makes hers stand out from so many others. Zoe really inspires me to embrace who I am rather than try to change, and for that I'm really thankful to her. 

Em Talks: Beauty, travel, lifestyle, fitness, style or food - her blog just has it all and inspires me to expand my own so that I share some of my other passions too. Em's got one of my favourite blog designs and her photos are always so beautiful too. I can sit and read her posts for hours, and many I've read more than once. It's one of those blogs that you get so engrossed in and end up going back through the archives or can't wait for a new post because you love it that much. Her figure definitely keeps me motivated to continue to workout and eat healthily too! 

Little Winter: Katy's corner of the internet inspires me to not take for granted things around me anymore and appreciate even the smallest things. Her blog is so welcoming and makes me feel like I know her, her boyfriend and her cat despite never meeting them. They're the cutest couple too and visit the sweetest places that make me want to explore where I live more. Her home decor posts make me jealous of how beautifully designed it all is (it's definitely Pinterest worthy) and her casual yet feminine style posts are definitely inspiring me this summer. 

Other bloggers I'm really inspired by: Kate // Adrienne // Liza // Ysis
Which bloggers most inspire you?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

now closed: ray-ban justin sunglasses giveaway

I'm not all that much of a designer brands kinda girl, but there's certainly a few staples that I've wanted to own with a *hides eyes behind hand* price tag. Firstly was my Mulberry purse and phone case that I was lucky enough to get for my birthday/christmas, and for as long as I can remember I've wanted a pair of Ray-Bans. Well, I've finally got my hands on some courtesy of and I couldn't be more grateful! I chose the Ray-Ban 4165 Justin Sunglasses in Black Rubber* (£89) which are beautifully made and so comfortable to wear. I love the black, and the rubber makes them a bit different to the usual frames I opt for. They come in a sturdy case and outer box, all of which calms me as I'm so scared of breaking them! Not only do I have my own pair, but now one of you lucky lot gets the chance to win your own pair of Ray-Ban Justin Sunglasses. It's my first international giveaway in quite some time too! It's only open for one week before a winner is chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Your prize will be sent out by, but the entries will be moderated by me. All you have to do is complete the form below. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
What do you think of these sunglasses?
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

a few simple skincare tips

Following on from last Sunday's #bbloggers chat on Twitter, it got me thinking about some of the skincare tips I've picked up over the years...

Be a bit of a clean freak. Always start with clean hands, clean face cloths, clean make up brushes and clean towels, and don't fill up the sink with water. How many times a day do you touch your face? A lot I'm guessing. It's so important to avoid adding dirt and bacteria to your face because really you're asking for spots. 

Better skin comes from a combination of things - not just products. A healthy diet (& drinking lots of water), a good routine, products suited to you and recognising your skin is always changing. I make sure to adapt my products to suit my skin, and I've especially started making sure I'm taking care of my body which in turn is improving my skin.

Spend some time really working in the products and test them over a minimum of a month. You've got to wait for cell turnover before you really see the results, it does frustrate me when people don't use products for long enough and say they aren't working. You've also got to make sure you're applying them correctly, working them in and using the correct amount. 

Use SPF all year round. There's still rays all year round and being exposed to the sun without protection will make your skin age quicker. The earlier you use it and get into the habit of using it consistently, the more you'll be able to put off those wrinkles.

Avoid Sudocrem. I don't care if Cheryl Cole apparently uses it, it's for nappy rash not your face.

Have some basic knowledge of ingredients. I'm a bit of a geek and find it really interesting knowing what I should be using and avoiding. The fewer the ingredients the better; oh and they're listed with the highest percentage first and decrease in amounts. I'm definitely thinking about a beginners guide to skincare ingredients if anyone wants to read it! 

Skincare is subjective. I don't read a whole load of skin care reviews just because everyone's skin is different so it might not work for you but it does for someone else and vice versa. I do look out for those posts for product suggestions, but I'll do my own research into ingredients etc before purchasing. 

You can have oily/combination AND dehydrated skin at the same time. A common misconception - it means that you've got to find products that work for both parts of your skin type. 

Prevent rather than cure. Start early! I wish I could turn back time and tell my teenage self to have a skincare routine that consisted of more than just make up wipes. I make sure I do my full routine every single morning and evening, no matter how tired I am and use products that are anti-ageing etc because it's better to prevent it than try and treat/cure it later on. 

There's so many skincare tips I could give you, but these are definitely small things that will often get forgotten. Let me know if you want to see more of these posts! 

What are your best skincare tips?

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