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Lately I’m Loving – October

So here we are at another month’s end, it hard to believe there is only two months left of 2016 and that we will soon be hitting a brand new year. However for now here are a few things I have loved this October.

Chambers & Co Balm for Active Hands – £8.00

Chambers & Co Balm for Active hands

I can always tell when it starts to get colder as my hands start to suffer quite badly with dry skin and while I adore hand creams, there are some very well known and loved ones that most definitely don't love me, leaving my hands feeling drier than they were to start with. As such I am always on the look out to try new products and see if they can help keep my hands looking and feeling a lot better.

I normally use two different hand creams a lighter one during the day and a more moisturising one to see me through the night and this Hand Balm for Active Hands from Cambers & Co has been my go to night time one of late.

Chambers & Co Balm for Active hands

This particular balm comes in a solid state, which when warmed by your hands melts into a form that is quickly absorbed by the skin, which leaves your hands feeling wonderfully nourished and cared for.

As this balm contains Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil, it is not only great for moisturising but also helps repair and protect your hands as well and believe me it seems the cared for feeling lasts all night long.

Blue Agate Clock – £15

Blue Agate Clock

This is a find from one of my favourite little local shops The Cauldron, who are based at Curborough Hall Farm, they sell a gorgeous range of crystals and incense as well as offering personalised products (we got our doggy door number from here).

I went in a couple of weeks ago and he had a pink agate clock he was in the middle of making and I said; now if that was blue I would have snapped it up, only to be told well I do have blue I need to work on. So here I am a couple of weeks later, with a beautiful blue one of my own.

One of the things I love about this clock is it can be placed on a stand or hung on the wall, so at the moment it is stood on my table by the sofa, so I can hopefully keep up with how much time I am spending blogging and not work into the early hours.

Godiva Chocolate Tablet – £6.00

Godiva Chocolate Tablet

A few weeks ago it was chocolate week and everyday Godiva were giving out samples of their delicious chocolate tablets. If you missed it sorry, however if you managed to grab yourself a little taste, I am sure you can agree they are delicious.

Godiva produce some of my favourite chocolate, they have obviously worked really hard on the blends, which they then accentuate with an amazing array of fillings.

Now Christmas is one of those times of year, when chocolate is often given as a gift and I can most definitely say your recipient will be thanking you for adding one of these little tablets to their stocking over a big selection pack as just a small bite is enough to curb those cravings, thanks to its delicious, melt in your mouth texture.

Janjira Art of Siam Therapy Hand Cream – £14.00

Janjira Art of Siam Hand Cream

I earlier told you about the hand balm I have been using at night and said in the day I had been using something different and that is the Art of Siam Therapy hand cream from Janjira. Hailing from Thailand, Janjira are a range of spa quality products.

While I'm sure this cream would work as a deeply moisturising night time cream, the mix of ingredients such as Bergamot Oil, Ginger Oil and Lime Oil and the sweet citrus fragrance, make for an invigorating and uplifting fragrance making it overall in my mind just perfect for daytime use.

Janjira Art of Siam Hand Cream

To help with the moisturising effect of this hand cream it also includes Almond Oil and Shea Butter and you might just be thrilled to hear that it isn't greasy, so you can apply and get on with your day. While the feeling of hydration seems to last for a long period of time, meaning you don't need to worry about reapplying every few minutes.

Lyme Regis Fossils

Lyme Regis Fossils

While we were staying at Hawchurch Resort earlier in the month I came back with a few souvenirs and as of course Lyme Regis is part of the Jurassic Coast, so I just had to pick up this selection of ammonites which had been found in the local area.

Even as a child I had a huge fascination with fossils and crystals, however my collection has dwindled over the years, so it is nice to be starting if off again. However once upon a time I probably would have gone looking for them myself, rather than buying them and there was a great selection of fossil hunting tours on offer, which the old me just wanted to take part in, however mobility of these days just doesn't allow.

Pettura Oral Health – £24.99

Pettura Oral Health

Sal is getting on now, having hit the ripe old age of 15 and so far we have been very lucky with her, yes she has had some health issues and yes she has an ongoing issue with her belly which means she can only eat a special diet. But for a dog of her age she is still sprightly and alert and acting like a puppy from time to time.

One of the things we were unable to ever get Sal used to having done, was her teeth being brushed and we have relied on products such as Dentastix to keep her oral-health as best as we could. However we have recently added Pettura Oral Health to the mix.

While it took some getting used to for Sal, as you only need to gently rub it around the mouth, rather than brush it was definitely easier than a toothbrush and she is slowly but surely getting more used to it and I know that her teeth and gums are going to be better for it in the long run.

maskorea Too Many Late Nights Sheet Mask – £4.99

maskorea Too Many Late Nights Sheet Mask

I love trying different masks and these from maskorea are a brand new to the UK. This three step mask routine, is based on South Korea's 12-step routine and has been made their, but designed in London. One of the first things that jumped out at me about these masks, is they haven't been tested on animals and are free from; mineral oil, parabens, silicon and artificial colouring.

The concept of the mask is really simple; it contains a foaming face wash, mask and night cream which is applied over the residue of the mask. I will say this isn't a quick mask to use, you are going to need around 45 minutes all in all, as you need to leave the sheet mask on for 30 minutes alone.

However, putting the time aside is worth it as I found after using this one my skin felt not only deeply moisturised but also firmed, while it does look less tired that it dd before I used it. The mask does say it is best used twice weekly for the first 4 weeks and then weekly thereafter. I've only tried one so far and it has definitely made me interested enough to think about trying the whole routine and see what long term effects it has.

Sesderma C Vit Moisturizing Facial Cream Vitamin C – £36.40

sesderma c-vit moisturizing facial cream

This month my face as well as hands have been suffering from the colder weather, so it is obvious I needed to up my game when it comes to miniaturisation. I was recently sent the Sesderma C-Vit Moisturizing Facial Cream, which is made specially to combat photo-aging, especially in dry skin.

Made by a group of dermatologists in Spain, this cream mixes nanotechnology with ethyl ascorbic acid, the most stable form of vitamin C. This not only helps the skin combat the signs of ageing and recapture some of its youthful glow, but also helps make sure that the ingredients are able to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin as possible.

sesderma c-vit moisturizing facial cream

I found the cream had a light fresh fragrance, which perhaps had a slight citrus tone to it, however as you would wish, from a facial cream it very quickly dissipated after application, only offering a bit of an uplifting boost during application.

When it came to the cream itself it has a wonderful thick creamy feel to it, but thankfully it doesn't sit on the skin, being absorbed in quickly and leaving the skin feeling as though it had been treated to a pampering moisture boost, without the worry of a sticky residue laden skin.

sesderma c-vit moisturizing facial cream

To me Sesderma C-Vit Moisturizing Facial Cream is a cream that can be used day or night as it absorbs well enough to offer a good base before you use your makeup, while still offering that moisture boost you want from a night cream.

With that in mind, it left me really thrilled with the benefits it offered and I am definitely looking forward to see how it pans out after being used in the longer term.

Stretch Lace Full Sleeve Black Wingz – £18.99

Stretch Lace Full Sleeve Black Wingz

Wingz are something I have featured on the blog before and have become an integral part of my wardrobe, with my collection growing all the time.

That time of year is on the way, during which, I was forever seeing dresses I adored, then noticed they were sleeveless and that idea went straight out the window. However that isn't something I have to worry about anymore thanks to Wingz.

Just in time for the party season Wingz have brought out their new stretched lace design,. This elegant design, to me, seems perfect for the upcoming festivities. As with the scalloped edging and beautiful lace detailing they will help accentuate and not detract from so many different dress styles and leave you able to enjoy the party and not worry about your arms, if you are anything like me.

White Quartz Geode


This is another of my buys from while we were staying at Hawkchurch Resort, this one came from Charmouth Fossils, which is a lovely little shop full of so many interesting fossils and crystals, I actually picked up a couple of bits from here, including another ammonite and a Himalayan salt tea light holder as well as this geode.

We turned up at this shop just a couple of minutes before it closed and I felt awful for the guy, as we were “that customer” so we did just pop around as quickly as possible, which probably saved my pocket, but I would have loved to have had a better look – perhaps one day. This was a last minute spot as we stood checking out and I am so pleased I spotted it out of the corner of my eye, as it is so pretty and delicate.

So there's just a few things I have picked up and loved this month, what do  you think of my finds, does anything catch your eye?

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*This post contains a mix of items I have brought myself and PR samples, it may also include affiliate links.

This article has 125 comments

  1. Rebecca

    Hi ! Love this post and nice to read other bloggers’ October loves! I really like the Nars range – I have used the blush in Orgasm (I know, I hate asking if they have it in stock!!) which I think you can also get in stick form. Love it. And I love the BHS lamp, their lighting is always so fab. Looking forward to seeing your hall decor coming along.

  2. Rhian Westbury

    Wow such a lot of amazing products. The clock is gorgeous and I love the idea of the face mask, sometimes you need to put some extra time aside x

  3. Mitch

    What a great group of products! My apartment starts to dry out at this time of year so some of these items will come in very handy right now!

  4. Alli Smith

    My skin gets really dry during the winter months and I would love the try that balm for active hands. The moisturizing cream would be great also.

  5. Dannii

    My hands always get so sore in winter and start to crack, so I’m always looking for something to help, that doesn’t cost the earth.

  6. Jeanette

    It is an awesome product display. There’s a lot of things on there that look very interesting to me. I think that hand lotion is probably my favorite on this list because my hands are always so dry in the winter and I’m always looking for something new to use on my hands.

  7. Angelic Sinova

    That Blue Agate Clock is so gorgeous! I saw a similar marble clock at Target last week and I really wish I would have grabbed it (it was on sale too!). These really are some great products.

  8. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That balm sounds amazing. The winter makes my hands so dry and chapped. Great picks.

  9. Colleen Lanin

    These are all awesome pieces. I think the blue agate clock would be perfect for my living room!

  10. tara pittman

    You are loving some cool products. I love that chocolate and the clock.

  11. Pam Wattenbarger

    There are some really cool things that you are loving this October. I personally am a huge fan of Godiva chocolate.

  12. Jenn

    Such a great list of items. I love this clock. I know it would make for a perfect gift for our teenage daughter.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      The clock is beautiful – the other half got to piece the piece of agate for it as well as he popped in and the guy asked him which one I would like best haha! x

  13. Anosa

    Only two months left, I can’t quite believe it either how fast 2016 has moved by. I am loving the chocolate and the hand cream

  14. GALINA

    That’s a lot of brands I’m not familiar with. Love the clock and fossils, they are beautiful. My hands also suffer in the cold weather, and I have a zillion of hand creams to keep them in good shape.

  15. Jodie

    Wow I love this list. There are a few things I like as gifts for Christmas 🙂

  16. Helene Cohen Bludman

    The facial cream sounds wonderful. I would love to sample that sometime.

  17. Teresa Bowen

    I’m always on the lookout for recommendations for good hand creams, I especially like the sound of Janjira Art of Siam Therapy Hand Cream. It might just have to be my monthly skin care treat.

  18. Natalie

    The hand cream! Between gardening and weather changes, my hands can look rough! I am always looking for something to help keep my skin from cracking.

  19. Liz Mays

    I do think those Wingz are cool. I love the Blue Agate clock as well. It’s awesome that you were able to pick that up locally.

  20. coolchillmom

    What a great mix of products. I would be all over that chocolate tablet too 🙂

  21. Lilinha

    Great selection of products, I love the beautiful watch and chocolate! 🙂

  22. Marcie W.

    What a wonderful round up of fantastic finds. I am a sucker for anything Godiva and that clock is just gorgeous!

  23. Melanie Smith

    Well, I’m alwasy looking for new and good beauty products. Thank you for sharing these, I’ll check them out.

  24. Rachel

    That clock is amazing and so pretty! I’ve also been loving sheet masks! xo

  25. Anna

    ah the fossils look really interesting! I sometimes feel like I want to go on adventure and dig in a ground to find something interesting! 😉 I know weird! thanks for showing the facial moisturisers! I need one now!

  26. lisa

    Those creams all sound amazing for skin. But the Godiva tablets are really what I want!

  27. Nicole

    I love all your fun finds, especially the agate clock. How cool is that!?! Local shops are awesome.

  28. Theresa

    You can never go wrong with Godiva chocolates! I think my daughter would love that clock. I’m going to thing about getting her that for her dorm room for next year!

  29. francesca

    Oh Sarah I’m so in love with the clock!!! Beautiful! I also love the sound of the hand balm!!

  30. Elizabeth

    Loving the look of that hand cream, and omg that chocolate! Cool fossils too 🙂

  31. Kristi

    That clock is amazing! Would look great in my daughters room… but that Balm for Active Hands, could use that after a summer of gardening!

  32. Sam | North East Family Fun

    Love the clock – it’s so unusual and unique plus a fantastic price!

  33. Kim Styles

    I love the fossils -whatever the price you pay for them I think they are priceless in natural value -they are all unique and an amazing part of the earth’s history-magnificent

  34. Rachel

    That clock is really pretty, I am liking that a lot and there is always time for some Godiva chocolate x

  35. Toni |

    These are really great stuff! I love that clock, so stylish! And that balm looks like a great product to try!

  36. Seattle Travel Blogger

    This is a nice array of products.
    I plan on sharing this with my sister, as she is looking for skin care products.

  37. Amber Myers

    What great things! I love that clock. And the chocolate.

  38. Sarahjane

    It’s great to read about the things you’re loving. That clock is so pretty! Would look amazing in my home

  39. Melanie Edjourian

    Great range of items there. The chocolate caught my eye, yum. I’ve now got a craving, oh dear lol 😉

  40. Miracle Max

    That clock is so pretty, the colours match perfectly with my kitchen decor. Jo x

  41. Claire

    I really need the Chambers & Co Balm for Active Hands as my hands are really dry at the moment.

  42. Sheri

    I love hand creams for dry hands, I always need to apply more in Winter, I like all the products here, but hand cream is a must for me.

  43. rika

    I need a good hand cream.. My hand feels so dry in the Winter.

  44. Jennifer H

    That clock is so pretty! What unique finds. 🙂

  45. nicol

    that blue agate clock is stunning! i’ve never seen anything like it

  46. Vera Sweeney

    I love to see what other people are trying!! I have to say that chocolate sounds heavenly, I am a sucker for a good chocolate!!

  47. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    I am a big fan of Godiva chocolate too! It is literally the best! H x

  48. Godlove

    October is also a good month in Germany.

    Talking about October fest.

  49. Dana

    I love Godiva too! Have you tried their ice cream shakes or cones? There’s a Godiva store in the mall by me, and every once in a while I’ll treat myself to a chocolate shake. It is so good!

  50. Angela at The Inspiration Edit

    What an interesting selection of items. My friend collects rocks and stones. He has a great collection. i think the vitamin C serum looks good.

  51. Jenny

    These all look like great products!! I need to get better about taking care of my skin as I get older.

  52. Kita Bryant

    There are quite a few new products here for me. Lord knows I need something strong for my rough hands.

  53. Louise Bishop

    The first cream you listed sounds like it would be a perfect fit for me. I need something by my bed for this sort of things so I will remember to apply it!

  54. monica

    Great finds, as always Sarah-Louise! I really need to commit to a better moisturizer and this is helpful.

  55. Bonnie @wemake7

    Thank you for sharing your loves for October. I really love that clock!

  56. Jeanine

    That clock is beautiful! These are some great October loves! Can’t.l believe October is coming to an end!

  57. Ali - We Made This Life

    Some great things here – I like the look of the hand balm while my daughter would love the crystals and fossils!

  58. Jen

    Not a fan of the beauty regiments but I love the rare things you find. I specially love the agate clock and the Jurrassic souvenir you bought but nothing compares to that Godiva chocolates. Who doesn’t?

  59. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all awesome items indeed. I love the Blue Agate Clock which is gorgeous and the The Art of Siam Hand Cream from Janjira which sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing these items.

  60. The London Mum

    I love the clock!! It’s so pretty!

  61. Hannah

    That clock is so cool, I haven’t seen anything like that x

  62. Rachel Mouton

    This is such a great list! I am in love with the fossils 🙂

  63. stephanie

    I’ve tried quite a few of the Janjira products and they’re amazing, not tried the hand cream though – thanks for the recommendation x

  64. Baby Isabella

    That Blue Agate Clock looks awesome and so unusual! What a cool item to find 🙂

  65. Tonia @TheChattyMomma

    That’s a great list. I’m living the Godiva Chocolate Tablet.

  66. Reesa Lewandowski

    I LOVE that clock! It’s so unique!

  67. Dogvills

    These are all looks a good products for me. Thanks for the tips

  68. Katy {ashadeofteal}

    I’m obsessed with agates and geos right now. I love that clock soo much!

  69. Echo

    YES to that chocolate!!!!! I also love that clock!

  70. karlyn cruz

    This is the first time that I heard about this products and it really looks great.

  71. Jemma

    That hand balm sounds amazing! I hate having dry hands.

  72. Milly Youngman

    Love Godiva chocolate! Sounds like you’ve picked up some great finds this month! 🙂

  73. Dora

    You had me at Godiva Chocolate! My absolute favourite!

    I am glad I stumbled on your blog it is very interesting.


  74. Michael

    I’m just going to say it… I love your agate clock and godiva! You had a good month!

  75. Vyjay

    Really how time flies and we approach the end of yet another year. I loved the blue agate watch, looks elegant and bright.

  76. Mimi Green

    I see a few things I like but this maskorea Too Many Late Nights Sheet Mask is one that I need. I don’t always get enough hours of sleep. On those nights, I don’t want to wake up the next morning looking crazy.

  77. Jasmine

    Your fossils look so cool!

    Lovely little post!

    Keep up the hard work
    Warm wishes
    Jazziepickles xoxo

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