Objects of desire
I was sad to hear The Pool is closing. The online magazine, written by female journalists, was an eclectic mix of news, feminist writing, politics, arts and society. But crucially is wasn’t embarrassed to tackle the thornier issues, such as the season’s must have lip colour, or why that M&S dress was trending again.
I used to enjoy reading the Sunday newsletter, with reviews and links to fashion, beauty, interiors and other objects of desire. I seldom made any purchases, but enjoyed browsing over breakfast.
That’s gone now.
I’m not suggesting I can emulate The Pool, but being a shopping fiend, I will curate a regular roundup of products, which I think you’ll love. Some will be pieces I’ve bought myself, others found and left un-purchased while idly surfing online. A couple of products have been gifted.
It hasn’t passed me by that last week I wrote about shopping addiction, this week I’m feeding it. If you think this is going to tip you over the edge, then please look away now. Come back next week. I won’t be offended.
I will always use affiliate links where I can, and any relationship with a brand will be made obvious.
These are a few of my favourite things from this month:
Open ANY drawer in my house and you will find a lip balm. My favourite is Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream lip protectant in the round tin. I’ve only ever found it in airports so I stock up before we fly. I have 12 – no joke, so won’t be running out anytime soon. It’s rich, fragrance free and accompanies me everywhere.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is a more luxurious, playful alternative. Available in nine subtle shades, it gives a high shine while moisturising with plant oils. I have the Tangerine, which has a slight orange tint and smells great. I want them all.
Beauty Pie is a monthly beauty subscription service, where you can buy luxury quality cosmetics and high performance skincare, without paying the middlemen, celebrity endorsers or retailer costs. Unlike subscription boxes, you choose how much to spend and on which products. And if you don’t want to buy anything, your allowance rolls over to the following month.
The packaging is plain and simple, but the contents are excellent. I have tried most of their makeup and several of the serums and creams. My current favourite is the Oil Free Micro-Mineral Serum Foundation. ‘Buttermilky’ is a perfect match for my skin tone. I usually apply it lightly with a brush for a dewy look, but you can build it up for fuller coverage.
Hyggee is a Korean brand which endorses a ‘less is more’ approach to skincare. I’ve been using the pH-balanced cleanser, followed by the face cream. Hyggee says these two products used day and night is all you need for hydrated, nourished skin. They are light and refreshing to use and the citrus smell is delicious. I was gifted these two Hyggee products by Skincity, a website which sells high end professional skincare. They have a team of skin therapists who you can talk to on the phone or on social media, and postage is free.
I have been lusting after Grenson hiker boots (the Nanette specifically which is now out of stock in most sizes). If, like me, it’s a choice between buying the Grensons or feeding the kids, you could do worse than checking out Office’s selection of hiker boots.
The Ansel Hiker Lace Up Boots are my favourite (I don’t have them myself, I’m in the middle of a shopping armistice). They would look great with a midi skirt or jeans, and are a third of the price of the Grensons.
Strive Footwear gifted me these Weston trainers in ivy green nubuck. They are built with Biomechanical Footbed Technology to support the contours of your feet, improve posture and reduce aches and pains. It’s been too cold to take them outside yet, but I’ve worn them around the house.
In Spring I’ll be wearing them with floaty skirts or leggings.
I bought this long check coat in the Mango sale before the shopping armistice started. I wasn’t looking for a coat, but it was yelling at me from across a crowded room.
There are still a few left online in medium (reckon this would fit a 12-14). It’s surprisingly warm. I love wearing this with clashing patters, as seen here.
Have you seen H&M’s conscious clothing collection? As part of its commitment to sustainability, this range uses organic and recycled materials. All of the cotton comes from sustainable sources. This roll neck looks so comfortable.
I discovered Chambers and Beau through Instagram. Amy’s hand made necklaces can be seen on many a fashion blogger. She will create a bespoke piece for you, or you can choose from her many designs. I had this one made, the engraving has sentimental significance.
The ‘winging it’ necklace in rose gold is my current crush. (Mr Maven, are you reading this?).
That’s your lot for this month. I hope you enjoy window shopping with me. I’ll be looking out for more objects of desire and sales bargains over the coming months.
What is your latest product crush? Leave me a comment, I always reply.
Much love, Vx[Disclosure: no sponsorship, some items were gifted, others use affiliate links.]