Summer may be on the way out, but there is still plenty to get excited about – including National Chocolate Week and all those cosy evenings spent at home!
So, get excited for our look at the October hair and makeup trends, ideas for nights in and plenty more besides.
Get The October Look
Get ready to welcome the autumn season in good style. Just as a great leather jacket can transform your autumn outfits, these makeup looks will make a serious statement.
Deep lips are always on-trend, and berry tones are universally flattering. Look at any beauty magazine and you will see that the berry lip has reinvented itself as a transitional shade, transcending seasons, meaning that when you find your perfect berry shade (we love Boots No7 colours), you’ll get year-round wear.
If berry isn’t your thing, why not bring some wine to your lips? Rich burgundy lipstick pairs perfectly with black mascara. Use a lip liner to keep the pigment from feathering. Check out the MAC collection in Boots.
Unlike contouring, which has gradually been disappearing from our radar, highlighting is a great way to emphasise the points of your face where the light hits. Add highlighter to your Cupid’s bow, cheekbones and brow to give your skin a naturally gorgeous finish.
National Chocolate Week starts on October 14th! At Coffee Republic we will be swapping our Cappuccino for a Mocha every day this week!
Did you know the first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry? As a trained doctor, he was convinced of its health-giving properties and saw it as a nutritious alternative to alcohol! If only.
To celebrate, there’s plenty you can do at home. Why not host your own tasting evening? It can be as simple as trying chocolate from a new country or getting creative and curating your own selection of bars from Holland and Barrett.
Choose a classic dark chocolate – perhaps a bar crafted by Willie’s Cacao. Next, look for milk chocolate – a high cocoa content milk chocolate will provide more of a ‘cocoa hit’ without the bitterness of dark chocolate. But don’t forget white chocolate for the sweeter teeth amongst your friends and families!
You could also celebrate with the kids and try an afternoon of chocolate truffle making or create a chocolate mug cake in under ten minutes! But if you’re after a no-mess celebration, the chocolate muffins at bb’s cakes will tantalise your taste buds. Don’t forget to treat the kids to chocolate milkshakes from McDonald’s this half term!
Cosy Night At Home
With the nights drawing in and a noticeable chill in the air, cosy nights are back in vogue.
- Get comfy. One of the most important things about having a cosy night in is comfort, so treat yourself to an oversized hoodie from Sports Direct, some new lounge wear from Taylor’s Boutique and a chucky knitwear cardigan from Rose Petals.
- Stock up on snacks. No cosy night at home is complete without your favourite snacks from
- Discover a good book – there’s plenty in If you like good thriller try A Slow Fire Burning by The Girl On The Train author, Paula Hawkins.
- Enjoy a pamper night at home. Savers has some great pamper products. You might even find a chocolate face pack at Boots.
- Finally, fill your favourite mug with hot chocolate. Marshmallows optional!
With all of these ideas for October just waiting to be tried, the colder weather doesn’t seem so bad after all, eh?