Tuesday, 18 October 2016 / Nottingham, UK

October Favourites

I know what you're thinking, 'We're only half way through October!', but I already have so many things I'm loving this month that I couldn't wait to share them! From beauty to baking utensils, October has already given me so many favourite products. So, let's begin!

1. HP Pavilion Laptop
When I entered Year 10, all those years ago, my birthday present was a new laptop so I could use it to do my GCSE work (or not) on it. I was so happy with it as I'd never had one before and it's safe to say it did me proud. This was the month that I had to say goodbye to my trusty, cracked laptop that was held together by gaffa tape and welcome to my life a swanky new laptop, the HP Pavilion.

My Dad and I came to an agreement that we would go halves on it for this year's birthday present and I'm so happy I did!

Personally, I was more bothered about what it looked like and took great pleasure in learning that it came in my favourite colour for electricals, gold. (My dad is a technology whizz so researched all the boring parts).

I would really recommend this laptop. Not only does it look great but it's actually really worth the money (so my dad tells me). Hopefully, it lasts me as long as my old laptop, I'll report back in 7 years!

I think my dad found some crazily good deal at the time but here is a link to the laptop on PC World. 

HP Pavilion Laptop in Gold.
HP Pavilion Laptop in Gold.
2. Puma Sportswear
Since re-joining the gym (yay, go Liv) I thought it was time to give my workout clothes a refresh! I searched pretty much every website I could and for the look, quality and price decided on Puma for a lot of it. 

The item I've been loving the most this month is my new Puma sports bra in a Camo print. The fabric is so soft, light and fits beautifully. I'm also obsessed with the print as it really jazzes up my usually black attire. 

I really do think that Puma is underrated and this month, I am absolutely obsessed! I wonder how many things I'll buy before October is over...

I bought this sports bra in the sale from ASOS. They always have good deals on the brand, so click here to see the Puma range!

Puma workout bra.
Puma workout bra.
3. Dove 'Derma Spa Summer Revived' Gradual Tan

Now summer is over (booooo) I have had to turn to the tanning bottle to keep some kind of sun-kissed glow. I am a massive lover of a tan and, to be honest, summer is my favourite season so I have tried so many products to stay glowing.

Achieving a tan hasn't been simple for me, though. As I explained in my blog post about using natural oils, I have problem skin which has suddenly taken a strong disliking to fake tan.

After upsetting my skin time after time with my old tan I gave up using it. I was using a mousse which, I now know, just completely dried my skin out leaving sore eczema in its place.

I hated being pale so I decided to opt for a different consistency tan, hoping this would be the answer to my problems. It was! Although you have to build it for a strong colour, this tan gives me the even glow I want without causing a reaction!

This tan regularly goes on offer for half price in Boots and Asda! Click here for a link to it on Boots website.

Dove 'Derma Spa Summer Revived' Gradual Tan.
Dove 'Derma Spa Summer Revived' Gradual Tan.
4. Copper Baking Utensils
Conveniently (or not if you're trying to resist chocolate) I live next door to a big Asda which means I'm in there a lot. This month, I've started to collect some form of copper baking utensil each time I go in there!

As far as baking utensils go, they're very good and strong but it's the fact that they're copper that I really love! I think they look so much more expensive than they were and really effective in my kitchen (I leave them out because I love them so much)!

Here is the link to these lovely copper utensils. I'm sure once you start buying them you'll get as addicted as I have!

Copper Baking Utensils from Asda.
Copper Baking Utensils from Asda. 
5. New Look Nail Varnish
I was on the search for some muted nail varnishes in nude/pink shades and when I came across these in New Look, I fell in love instantly!

The colours are so nice and were exactly what I was looking for. They're a really nice consistency and don't take too long to dry! They seem to chip similarly to most nail varnish brands I have tried but I think this is just because I'm quite heavy handed. 

There was also a 3 for 2 offer across all makeup when I bought these, so it worked out around £7 for all three! Click here to see New Look's nail varnish range. 
New Look nail varnishes.
New Look nail varnishes.
6. Q&A a Day Journal 
My sister surprised me with this journal on my Graduation day in July so I've had it for a while but I felt I couldn't write about it until I'd actually kept up writing in it for a few months!

Basically, next to every date there is a question which you have to answer. You are supposed to fill this book out for 5 years so you can look back and compare your answers each year. I guess this is meant to show you how you have changed as a person and what things are important to you at that time.

I have absolutely loved filling them out and can't wait to be able to finish the book and go back and look at my answers in years to come!

I didn't buy the book but I'm guessing my sister would have got it from Amazon, here

Q&A a Day Journal.
Q&A a Day Journal. 
7. Clarks Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
So, as well as joining the gym I'm trying my hardest to cut down on my sugar intake and trying to eat natural food where I can. I think this will be a slow process if I want to go 100% clean in my eating because it is a massive change but I am willing to make some first steps now in achieving this. 

I have such a sweet tooth so I found myself getting more and more sweet cravings when I started cutting down on it. I wanted to find something satisfying but not artificial so I tried adding this pure maple syrup to some Greek yoghurt and cinnamon whenever I was craving. It worked a treat and tastes so nice! You only need a tiny bit so I can see this lasting me a while. 

Click here for a link to this yummy maple syrup!

Clarks Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.
Clarks Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.
8. NYX Liquid Lipsticks
Now, I had been trying to achieve the 'matt' lipstick look by just using lipliner for a long time. This does work, it looks great but it just doesn't last very long if you plan on eating or drinking anything in the day!

I first tried Kylie Jenner's liquid lipstick a few weeks ago and as much as I loved the finish and colour I found it extremely drying. Trying Kylie's range did kick-start my search for a much cheaper and less drying liquid lipstick. I'd heard lots of good things about NYX's and I wasn't disappointed. 

I thought that the finish was very similar to Kylie Jenner's lip kit but the feel on my lips was so much nicer! I'd say it have medium-strong staying power and I have found you can only wear one (two at a push) coat because, similar to Kylie's, it just flakes off and looks awful!

I tried the Liquid Suede and Lingerie and they both felt similar on my lips. If you want to try an inexpensive (I think better) liquid lipstick to Kylie Jenner's lip kit, look no further and click here!

NYX Liquid Lipstick.
NYX Liquid Lipstick.
October has already been such a brilliant month for finding my favourites! Please comment and let me know what you've been loving too as I'm always so interested in seeing what other people are finding great at the moment!

Also, don't hesitate to contact me for any more information on anything I've spoken about, I'd love to hear from you!


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