Autumn Favourites (Luxury and High Street)

autumn favourites video

And so here it is, the Autumn Favourites video as promised. I’ll now be doing my favourites videos seasonally, or with a theme – for example, “Haircare Favourites” or “Favourite Budget Bodycare”. The seasonal favourites videos will be a light-hearted overview of the things I think make a brilliant buy if you’re looking to update your wardrobe or makeup bag. Straightforward, fun, hopefully quite useful.

bee head band

Apologies in advance if the bejewelled bee headband makes you want to buy a – er – bejewelled bee headband; it’s a silly, frivolous little accessory but one I couldn’t resist. It makes me look as though I’m trying to pass as a primary school pupil but I care not a jot – you know some things just make you feel irrationally happy? Well the bejewelled bee band is one of those things. Let’s ignore the fact I have to take it off every hour, for a two hour headband break, because (like all headbands) it digs in and makes my skull ache.

And there’s another bee item in my favourites – one that is possibly more sensible, more universally relevant. It’s a cosmetics bag from cool, luxurious but surprisingly affordable brand Elizabeth Scarlett – I now have bags from her in a palm tree design, a pineapple version and the Monstera leaf as well as my new embroidered bees. This was supposed to be a present for someone (as was the pineapple bag, which I have in two different colourways!) but I couldn’t bear to part with it because…bees.

(For more on the bee obsession, read my Weekly Window Shop post here.)

l'oreal isabel marant lipstick bastille whistle

I also couldn’t put together a favourites video without including one of the brilliant L’Oreal x Isabel Marant lipsticks – the one I’ve featured is called Bastille Whistle and is a gingery sort of beige, reasonably neutral and safe (which is obviously why I’m drawn to it, ha!) but the rest of the collection is very striking. A gorgeous bright, orangey red, a classic red (Palais Royal Field) and some great deep shades like the rich brown Belleville Rodeo and autumnal La Butte Marshall.

Right, on with the show. A spectacularly good pair of high street boots, the smart investment dress with a rock and roll vibe, a face cream that will satisfy the driest of skins and the world’s biggest scarf. Enjoy – links are, as always, below the video pane.

(links marked * are affiliate links, for more info see disclaimer below post)

Weleda Skin Food*:

Anthropologie Bee Headband*:

L’Oreal Isabel Marant Lipstick in Bastille Whistle*:

Estee Lauder By Violette Eye Palette*:

Elizabeth Scarlett Bee Cosmetics Bag*:

LK Bennett Dress*:

M&S Slouch Boots*:

Accessorize Blanket Scarf*: leopard is gone but they have the gorgeous check one –

Leather Jacket is from Hush*:

Foundation I’m wearing here is the new L’Oreal Fresh Glow. Verdict still out, but I think I prefer Pro Glow still!! 

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  1. Claire N
    November 7, 2018 / 4:52 am

    Haha lived the mini rant at the end! Lovely clothes, very cute headband, I don’t think I’d get away with wearing that, being 41! I’m very keen on the bee motif too, and love that their story goes back so far, even having gods and goddesses named after them like Melissa in Ancient Greece.

  2. Michelle
    November 6, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Hiya Ruth,

    Love the look of the Isabel Marant lipsticks! My sisters getting married in December and I just wondered if you could recommend a really good waterproof mascara?


    P.S. I just bought that massive tub of earplugs you recommended last week.

    • November 6, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      Black Magic from Eyeko is a great one. xx

  3. November 6, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    My favorite favorite from the video were Angelica and Ted coming to join you. The headband was a close second.


  4. Jo.C.
    November 5, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Oooo I may just have to have a look at those lipsticks. I’m fed up wearing my normal nude/pink lippies and I’m so darned pale that anything darker I end up looking like Dracula’s bride, or Eddie Munster Lol.

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