OOTD: London Winter Markets

Hello again!

There’s nothing that makes the winter season feel more authentic than a winter market. I probably visited at least five while in London, and every time I got mulled wine. #priorities

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Wintertime Lip Edit

Fall is my most favorite time of year. Well, Fall and Winter. I couldn’t choose.

I am a sucker for crunchy leaves, crisp air, snowfall, hot cocoa. I know, I know, I’m what most would call “basic.” And guess what? I am basically okay with that.

So, as all basic girls do, we darken our lip colors this time of year. Why? Well because it’s what the fashion/beauty industry tells us to do and damnnit I think I look great in a red lip.

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A Very Merry LUSH Christmas

Hello hello!

I love Christmas. Phew. Glad we covered that early on. I also love LUSH, like alot alot. Also baths. Especially during the winter season, when its freezing outside, and all you want to do is thaw out in steaming hot water that smells like LUSH-y goodness.

brb, I’ll be in the bath.

OK, now I smell delightful and am ready to share with you all my favorite picks from the…..

LUSH Christmas collection:


The Melting Snowman: A luxurious bath melt reminding us all of hot toddy drinks, cinnamon, and clove

Cinders: Cinnamon and crackling fires will bring fall to a close with this bath bomb!

Magic Wand Bubble Bar: Cotton candy scented! YAY! And reusable? And on a fairy wand? *sigh*

Father Christmas: I literally cannot wait to test this puppy out- with the snow fairy scent this bath bomb promises red and green Christmas waters!

So White: For a quick morning refresher – this bath bomb is bright and apple scented

Butterbear: A take on the classic LUSH butterball scent with a touch of vanilla

Snow Angel: So, this goodie is apparently half bath bomb and half bath melt…what?! And marzipan scented?


I love Christmas.

Also cookies, I love cookies.


And that’s all I picked up this time around! What are your favorite LUSH goodies?? Recommendations?


October Favorites

Oh goodness guys,

Its been awhile.

I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a monthly favorites post. I want to try to get back into the swing of things as I love sharing things that I am loving in my life with you all!


Fave Person:

The first thing I have been loving this month is a Youtuber- Zoe Sugg. Zoe, or “Zoella,” films beauty, makeup and lifestyle videos that showcase her everyday life and what she loves. Anytime I need a pick me up, I always turn to her channel to uplift my spirits. It’s nice to see someone else your age going through some of the same things as you with the normal bumps and rough patches we all go through. Recently, Zoe launched her own pamper evening collection of goodies- including this makeup bag. Of course, I couldn’t wait to support her in her adventure so I promtly placed an order:)

Fave Perfume:

All month I have been obsessed with Lancome La Vie Est Belle. I have never owned a scent that so perfectly captures who I am as a person. Its classic, not too sweet but not too musky, mature but youthful, and utterly magical. Plus, the boy likes it too!


Fave Face Product:

I have recently been getting back into using highlighters and contouring my face a bit more than I normally do. Along with that comes a hunt for the perect shade of highlight for my skin tone- in comes Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Opal. I adore this color for its blended gold, bronze, and opal tones. When applied lightly to the cheekbones, it gives the most subtle glow that draws attention to all the right places.

Fave Lippy:

I love red lipstick. Throwing some red on my lips makes me feel instantly put together, classy and strong- all aspects I admire in women and love to embody in myself. This Maybelline matte lip color in the shade Siren in Scarlett is bold, bright and daring. It gives a little boost of confidence all for under $10.


Fave Others:

I would like to discuss my obsession with candles. I looooove them. Like during the fall, I go absolutely mental and have so far purchased at least 6. Why? Because they’re so cozy! A simple candle can turn a room into a home, bringing warmth, character, and evoking emotion through scent. My favorite scents are slightly sweet, fall-like smells. And my favorite candle scent of all time is Pumpkin. This Yankee Candle in Pumpkin Spice is the end-all-be-all of pumpkin smells. I die.

Lastly, my hedgehogs. The cutest things ever?! Yes, I know. I found these little guys at Target and knew I couldn’t leave them behind. Each about $3, they are going to make my dining table so stinkin’ cute!


And that’s what I’ve been loving this month! What have you been loving?? I’d love to hear below, or you can let me know on Twitter, @xobrendykins!