By Jade Tierney
With some prematurely dusting the cobwebs off of their festive wreathes, wrapping tinsel round the fireplace and playing ‘Fairytale Of New York’ on repeat, it’s easy to forget about the autumnal season. For me, October is my favourite time of year. The leaves get satisfyingly crispy, your daily attire gets far more interesting and you can incorporate salted caramel into pretty much everything.
So, with that said, here are a few of my October monthly favourites!
American Horror Story: Apocalypse did not disappoint. With the show’s most ambitious crossover between seasons yet, season eight had fans hooked. Ryan Murphy presents his vision of the end of the world. A world that has been poisoned by greedy, bratty millennials and futuristic technology. No spoilers, but one thing I will say is that this season leaves fans satisfied that there is in fact a roadmap to AHS and that most of the seasons are somehow linked. A lot of the past seasons fill in gaps and feature some key moments, creating crucial characters in the newest season. So, if you are looking for a binge worthy show this October, check out AHS on Netflix!
A beauty favourite I’ve been loving this month is Makeup Revolution’s Conceal and Define Concealer. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this concealer but, now that I’ve tried it, it’s a staple in my makeup routine! With 25 shades ranging from fair to light, there’s a shade for everyone. What I love about this concealer is, even though it’s extremely full coverage, it doesn’t feel super heavy on the skin. The matte finish means it lasts all day, hiding any redness, blemishes and dark circles. I personally use it to cover up redness around my nose, to brighten under my eyes and to sharpen up my contour! This concealer is a great dupe for Tarte’s Shape Tape, with the same strong pigment and texture but for a fraction of the price at only €3.95 on Beauty Bay!
The new Omniplex in Salthill! Now that the evenings are getting darker and the weather is, well, not so cheery, this new luxurious 10–screen cinema is the perfect place to get cosy and watch the newest films! I went to see Hustlers last week and all of my expectations were met. Every screen is kitted out with fully electric reclining seats and you can expect the best quality screens and surround sound! Although it’s more expensive than your average cinema, once you sit in one of those chairs, you will never be able to go back! For students, your ticket is discounted to €9 instead of the standard €14! Make sure to book online as your seat is reserved on the site.
Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask: with the weather becoming colder, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and this mask is a great step in that direction. I, myself, am a coffee lover, so the strong scent doesn’t bother me, but if coffee isn’t for you, I would still recommend powering through, as your skin will thank you for it! This gritty mask exfoliates your skin, leaving it feeling moisturised and smooth. “Wake up and invigorate the skin and mind with the rich, intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet roasted cocoa extract. Kaolin deeply cleanses impurities from the pores and ground coffee acts as a gentle scrub to buff away dryness and reveal the glowing skin beneath.”
I have extremely sensitive skin but the mask did not irritate it one bit. I use it in the mornings after I wash my face, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes and rinsing off with lukewarm water. It completely wakes me up and gives an overall glow to my complexion. An oldie but a goodie!
Love it or hate it, this trend seems to be sticking around for a while. Celebs from Kendall Jenner to Dua Lipa have been living for tiny bags and I get it. They force you to become a bit of a minimalist and, ultimately, you feel a lot freer, as there’s less to worry about! These mini bags have been all over the catwalks, including at Fendi and Chanel, and now more affordable brands like Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo and Missguided have jumped on the 90’s trend. I’m a big fan of the tiny bag and will for sure be opting out of my oversized, cluttered suitcase!