It’s December….. how crazy!!! I must be honest it really has crept up on me, but I suppose it’s because this past month has not been what I planned… I managed to put my back out doing something really silly and have been left in rather a lot of pain and discomfort meaning I’m WAY behind on my blogging schedule as I can’t really sit at a chair for too long… and lying down to type is just not that easy!
Anyway, I wouldn’t want to miss out publishing one of my favourite features for the month (even if it’s over a month late!), so here are my 5 favourite finds for October 2015…
1. L’Occitane en Provence Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli Eau de Toilette
Since I got my hands on this bottle of L’Occitane loveliness I’ve been wearing this fragrance EVERY DAY. Not often a scent grips me like this one has, but I’m totally in love with it’s fresh floral notes.
Created by L’Occitane “nose” Olivier Baussan with his friend, pastry chef Pierre Herme, this is a beautiful fragrance that evokes scenes of Mediterranean seaside living on the island of Corsica! The idea behind the collaboration was that the guest “nose” would have a gift for flavours.
“ingredients that awaken desires, raw materials that conjure up pleasures”
The Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli combination of florals with a touch of citrus is heavenly indeed. The scent is light yet rich, gentle yet fiery, innocent yet sensual.
Top notes: petit grain, pink pepper and lemon.
Heart notes: jasmine, immortelle, neroli and orange blossom
Base notes: amber, white wood and musk
I am admittedly a floral scent lover and this is right up my nose (in a good way!) It is unashamedly feminine. I love it’s fresh, sparkling scent that conjures up images of carefree summer holidays in the sun.
The beauty of this scent is that it can be layered with other items from the range including the hand cream, soap, body powder, shower gel and body lotion
If florals aren’t your thing look out for the other two tempting
flavours fragrances from L’Occitane’s collaboration with Pierre Herme: Pamplemousse-Rhubarb – a fruity citrus or Miel Mandarine – a gourmand citrus. (R1000)
2. Nuxe Dry Body Oil
Another AMAZING find this month has been this Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® dry oil.
Another French product! One of the top selling beauty oils in the world and a cult beauty product that I’ve been noticing in Instagram feeds and magazine pages for ages, I’ve never had a chance to try out for myself although I’ve wanted to for ages…
The story goes that back in 1991 Aliza Jabès was expecting her first child and needed a beauty solution that were quick and easy to use but also offered a pleasurable sensorial experience. Ever the entrepreneur, she decided to create one: a multi-purpose dry oil to nourish, repair and soften the face, body AND hair that was perfect for the busy urban mom she was about to become.
She was onto a winner! First women in Paris, then the world over, began to adhere to her philosophy of authenticity, sensuality and efficacy with this all in one quick-fix.
I am totally addicted to it’s gorgeous, captivating scent and can’t quite get enough of it! It is made up of 6 precious botanical oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St. John’s Wort)
The unique dry texture of the oil is easy to use and quickly absorbed by the skin. It leaves my skin feel super soft and I love the light glow it gives my skin and subtle scent that lingers all day!
Free of silicon and mineral oils – this product is now part of my daily beauty regime! For tips on how to use this multi-purpose product, visit the useful tips page on the Nuxe website
3. Tangle Teezer blow-styling hairbrush
Tangle Teezer make the best brushes. I’ve long been a fan of my little compact brush which I keep in my bag, and my daughter is crazy about her cute flower pot brush (and so am I when her hair is a tangled mess!), so when I was invited to an event to meet the creator of these revolutionary products, Shaun Pulfrey, I knew I couldn’t miss it!
The launch was of their new blow-styling brush – a paddle brush that ensures a quicker, smoother blow-dry. Very different in design from the brushes they are most well known for, this brush is much sturdier with fixed, rigid teeth spaced far apart in an over-lapping configuration to allow you to use it while drying your hair at home to create a smooth, sleek look.
I’ll be the first to admit that I hate drying my hair. It is long and very thick which means that drying it takes FOREVER. I often just whizz the hairdryer over it and then give up and leave the home looking like a wreck with damp (and later rather wild) hair. I own a barrel brush but have NEVER used it. There is no way I would know what to do to make my hair look great at home using that brush. There is just too much of it!! But by using this new brush from Tangle Teezer I’ve found I’m far more able to dry my hair with some style and volume – all by myself.
The design of the brush means that excess water in the hair is removed just be brushing it through the hair a few times. Then the tension created by the brush’s fixed base teeth means that the hair is kept taught right to the tips, without pulling, breaking or stretching the hair. This makes it better to apply heat to the hair in a more direct way to ensure it dries smoother.
You use this brush on WET hair and by blow-drying your hair using this brush your hair is not exposed to the extreme, direct heat of a straightener which is a kinder way to dry hair. I still do revert to my straightener when I want a very straight look, but this brush is great for adding the volume and style that a salon-like blow-dry would deliver. (Full paddle: R360; Half paddle: R330)
For more on how it works watch this video…
4. After You by JoJo Moyes
My favourite author is JoJo Moyes. I first read one of her books years ago when I worked in London at a publisher and picked it up for just 1GBP at the monthly book sales (let’s just say most of my shipment home was books!) After a couple of years break I came across the best-selling Me Before You on recommendation from my bookclub girls and I couldn’t put it down! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t LOVE that book!
Since then I’ve read almost ALL of her books. Borrowing from friends or scouring second hand shops at every chance I get. I only have 1 more to go, The Horse Whisperer, and have been delaying reading it these past few months because that meant that I no longer had a JoJo book to keep me company. Until a few weeks ago After You arrived on shelves. Happiness in book format! And double happiness in that it is not just another JoJo Moyes book, but it is THE sequel to Me Before You. The story of of Louisa after Will.
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
The reason I love Jojo Moyes as an author is that she is able to take you on a journey – not just to experience another place or become another person but to really go on a journey with your emotions. You can’t help but FEEL all the feels with her novels. I laugh out loud, cry quiet tears in the night and have even been known to sob loudly and without shame in the aforementioned Me Before You!
I can’t think of a better reason to read a book than to escape so entirely that you feel like you are living the story yourself!
Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.
After You is very different to it’s prequel. The story takes a look at grief and the grieving process which is real and raw. It reminds us that life goes on and even after the hardest heartache there can be hope.
But the story is more than just an exploration of grief, it’s also about new beginnings and how Lou has to examine her life and find a way to reinvent herself. It’s compassionate, intelligent and beautiful.
However to get the most out of this book I recommend you first read Me Before You and then read After You – the second is not quite as impactful as the first but both are emotionally challenging books that are worth making time for! (R397)
5. Havaianas slip slops
Summer isn’t summer with slip slops, and the very best of the bunch are most certainly the ultra comfortable and vibrantly colourful Havaianas!
I’ve been loving this new pair printed with a tropical scene in shades of pink, purple and green. Any chance I get (aka when the sun is shining) I’ve been slipping them on… and I can’t wait for more of the same come the holidays. I’ve got it on good authority that they’re the only pair of shoes I’m going to need come my December camping trip. YAY!
Visit the awesome Havaianas website to select your favourite design. They literally have hundreds of colours and characters. Plus their selection of kids slip slops and sandals is super fun too! (Adults from R299)
So which things have caught your eye this month? Tell me below so I can check them out!