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My August Favourites

August has come to an end and I can't believe we are already in September! I decided to start a monthly series of my favourite items, this can be anything ranging from books to beauty products, a new restaurant I tried, clothes, music, the list goes on. If I love it, I'll feature it here with links so you can have a look for yourself. Let's get right into it!

- Sunday Riley

I bought 3 Sunday Riley products whilst I was in Florida this summer- the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment and the C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. I have tried MANY serums to even out my skin tone but few have worked as well and as quickly as the Sunday Riley Products. I literally saw results overnight; my face was glowing, my skin tone was more even and my recent breakouts have calmed down! I would say that the Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment is pretty strong so I only use it at night time- you can also just leave it on as a mask for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. The Sunday Riley range is a little pricey but my skin was in desperate need of a pick me up and I'm just glad that these products actually work.

- APL Trainers

I had been lusting after these gorgeous trainers for months and finally treated myself to 2 pairs (black and blush pink) on my birthday. These are running shoes but I wear them every day when I drop the girls to school and run around doing errands. They are super comfortable unlike other high end trainers I own which look great but hurt a lot! I believe the only department store who stock them in London is Harvey Nichols and it's best to go try them on first as they don't run true to size.

- The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

One of my resolutions for 2019 was to make more time for reading and I've managed to read 2-4 books each month so far; as a mum it's so easy to put yourself and the things you love on the back burner and there was a time when I was too tired to even think of picking up a book. Now that my babies are older and life isn't as chaotic as it used to be, I'm able to go to the library again with the girls- I can't even explain how happy reading makes me and I'm definitely glad to be into it again!

"The Stranger Diaries", a contemporary take on a gothic story with a twist, had me hooked right from the beginning and I devoured it in a couple of days. It's the first book I have read by this author but it seems that she has a number of works to her name which I can't wait to get my hands on. Griffiths has a way with words, a style of writing you don't come across often these days. Claire Cassidy, the protagonist, is writing a book about RM Holland, a fictional writer of ghost stories, best known for a story called The Stranger. One day her friend and colleague Ella is murdered, and at the same time, strange notes start to appear in Claire's diary. Who is writing them, how are they getting into the house, and how are they connected to her friend's shocking death? Set around Christmas time, it's definitely a good read for the coming autumn/winter evenings.

- Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

Okay, so I know I bought this bag a few months ago but I still wanted to feature it as it has become a firm favourite of mine.

This light weight, cross body classic Louis Vuitton bag is extremely difficult to get as stores tend to get 2 or 3 pieces in at random seasons and they're usually sold out by midday. I'd been trying to get my hands on one of these for over a year and finally nabbed it a few months ago in Selfridges, London. The Pochette Metis is my every day, most practical, absolute favourite bag. It may look on the smaller side but it can hold a big wallet, my diary, phone, make up and even wipes and a nappy. I like that the bag has 2 big compartments to keep things organised which makes it easier to find my stuff. The pink twilly pictured was not included with the bag but I had racked up enough points at Harrods to purchase it as well. If you are looking for a bag with style but also functionality, this is the one!

- Tia Bhuva's Saree Silhouette

I love the way sarees make us women look, it can make you look and feel so graceful, elegant and cultured. Unfortunately I found wearing sarees really uncomfortable and a pain when you have to handle your children and run around. Looking back, I believe that the lack of comfort was due to the tightness of the underskirt (if it wasn't tied tightly, the saree would fall off) and had nothing to do with the actual saree. A few months ago, I ordered Tia Bhuva's Saree Silhouette when it was on sale. I was able to avoid tax and high shipping fees as my cousin in Canada ordered it for me and brought it with her when she came to visit! I paid around £35 for it (sale price) which, yes it costs more than your ordinary underskirt, but this is no ordinary underskirt! I purchased the nude SS, regular length in XS; the quality is really good, the Spandex blend material is smooth and stretchy and it hugs your curves in all the right places. The elasticated waistband with the drawstring is genius and adds to the comfort factor- no more red indents on your stomach from the drawstrings after a long day at an event.

You can see from the picture how neat my drape looks and it did not feel like I was wearing a saree. I was on my feet all day, carried my toddlers, sat on the floor and went up and down flights of stairs- my saree didn't budge. I don't get to wear a saree often enough to invest in more colours but I'm super happy with the product. Well done Tia!

- Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

I don't tend to buy a lot of make up (my weakness is skin care), I have my staples and I like to stick with them. However, since I usually like to wear concealer instead of foundation (unless I'm going to an event) I really wanted to get a better product. I'd been using the Maybelline concealer which did the job but I think broke out my skin so I stopped using it. Whilst in Sephora, the sales assistant highly recommended the Too Faced Born This Way concealer. I know that the Tarte Shape Tape concealer is really popular but it's too matte for my under eyes and I was in need of a creamier formula. The shade 'Cookie' was perfect for my under eye area and 'Butterscotch', a slightly darker shade, worked very well on my blemishes and imperfections.

Wearing the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes and on blemishes

These are all the bits I was loving in August, are there any new products you loved this summer?

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will qualify for a commission.

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