So we're just over halfway through the month of September and fast approaching the official start date of the Autumn season, the 22nd according to the Met Office! With this in mind I thought today I'd share a small selection of Autumn inspired favourites that have recently been gracing my desk.
First on my list is a beauty of a time keeper, the Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch in grey and gold.
I have a silver Citizen watch that I adore, a birthday present from about 6 years ago and a watch I treasure. The only thing that I don't like is that if I wear gold or more costume type jewellery then the silver watch just doesn't look right at all (bit of a stickler for co-ordination). So on the hunt I went for something simple, smart and gold in style that would look better when wearing certain accessories.
I personally really love the Olivia Burton watches because they look really smart so they're perfect for the office with your best workwear outfit, yet they also transition to the evening and out of work occasions really well too. Plus as watches go they are pretty affordable compared to similar styles on the market. This one was £80 and for such a smart item that I intend to wear a lot and hope will last me a while, I think this is a pretty reasonable price.
Second on my desk today is a daily facial serum that I've really been loving for perking up slightly lacklustre September skin. The Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate.*
I actually received this as a Klout perk and was pleasantly surprised to be sent a full sized sample to try. Just quickly, for anyone not familiar with Klout, this is a website and mobile app that scores your online social influence. Your 'Klout Score' is a value given to you between 1 and 100 that determines the presence you have online amongst your peers and within the area of expertise that you're most active in. Basically social media analytics that can come in very useful as a blogger for your media kit and for demonstrating reach and influences. You can sign up easily via your Twitter account and then add all of your other respective social media channels to help determine your score. Now I wasn't asked to write this as part of the perk, but it seemed worthwhile explaining it for anyone wondering what on earth I'm going on about! Very simple to use, give it a go if you're intrigued.
Anyway back to the serum. I think I've mentioned here before that I don't usually go too wild for facial oils. The consistency can really annoy my skin and cause breakouts. I've used the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate before and it's been ok but I can't say I really noticed any significant benefit to my skin. However I have to admit that I really love this day serum and have been applying it regularly every morning.
The very lightweight formula soaks in incredibly quickly allowing you to apply your makeup almost immediately. Leaving the skin looking much brighter and giving you a little bit more of a revived glow. Especially useful as we head into the slightly greyer months here in the UK!
At £36 for 30ml it's not the cheapest of products but with serums you really need such a tiny amount that I think it will last you a very long time. I've been using mine daily for nearly two months now and as you can tell from the picture I've barely even scratched the surface.
Now to an exciting new palette gracing my makeup drawer and that's the truly fabulous Maybelline The Nudes Palette.
A little while ago I wrote a post called Quick Smart Office Beauty Tips and in it talked about finding that one, reliable palette of eye shadow colours that you know will work for you, for any kind of look, every single time. Well this palette can go firmly into that very category and all for an incredibly reasonable price of £9.99. So much more affordable than many of the other, higher end, options out there.
This selection has it all. From matte to shimmer, nude to full on black, you have everything you need for the ideal daytime look as well as to take you through to the evening. The colour pay off and pigment in each shade is top drawer! This is a little beauty that will be gracing my makeup bag for a long time to come. Ideal for anyone after that one pick that they can get everything from. Love it.
Last but not least, a delicious little snack from the Itsu grocery and that's the Itsu Mango Mungo.*
I've really enjoyed snacking on this whilst working at my desk over the last few weeks. Sweet like candy but a little healthier with no added sugar. This delicate dried delight is proving to be the ideal afternoon pick me up and I think I'll be re-purchasing this over and over again.
If you have an Itsu near you and have a bit of a sweet tooth that you need to tame, then you might want to give this treat a try. Trust me, I think you'll love it!
So there's my selection of Summer to Autumn desktop favourites.
What would yours be? Any new and exciting picks gracing your desk this month?
Let me know your thoughts and thank you for reading. I hope you've found some Autumnal inspiration to perk up your own office space this month!
This post contains some PR samples. These have been marked with an *