Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year's Eve Makeup

One of my favourite things about New Year's Eve is that I get to experiment with makeup and get dressed up. This year I'm opting for a long-wearing base, brown smokey eye and nude lip, which is more of a natural look than my previous few years. Here are my top picks: 

For my foundation, I was torn between using my new Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, a luminous, lightweight base and my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, a trusty offering that offers longevity and coverage. I've gone for the latter as I want my complexion to look completely perfected and last throughout the whole night. I am going to set it using the Glossier Wowder Powder as this mattifies the face without making it look dry and it does wonders for how long my base will last too. 

I wanted to go for something classic when it came to my cheeks, so the Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher* was top of my list, as the mauve-berry hybrid adds a subtle wash of colour. I want to contour a little bit, so I'm going to opt for either the Fenty Amber Match Stix or my new addition, the Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand, as it looks like the perfect hue to add definition to my cheekbones. For highlighter, I think I'm going to go for the NYX Liquid Illuminator and then decide whether or not I would like to set it with a powder just before I leave. 

The Urban Decay Naked Palette* is my eyeshadow palette of choice for NYE, as the array of matte browns and shimmering golds make for a magical, yet dreamy smokey eye look. I love applying darkhorse along the lash line to define the eyes, whilst I run naked all over the lid and buck in the crease. When it comes to the evening I might throw in a touch of highlighter to the inner corner, in the form of Nars Rigel Eyeshadow, to help add a pop of shimmer to my peepers. I finish off with a pair of the Eylure Fleur Loves Lashes* to add volume and length. 

I find it really difficult to pick what lipstick I'll wear on the night. For longevity I would opt for the Huda Beauty Girlfriend Liquid Lipstick* as it's easy to apply, comfortable and is a gorgeous colour too. The Kat Von D Magik Lipstick and Nars Bahama Lip Pencil are two of my other top picks. 

What makeup are your wearing this evening? 

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Beauty Favourites Of 2017

Beauty Favourites of 2017
Can you believe that we're only a couple of days away from being in 2018? This year has been an amazing one for new finds, especially as we had the introduction of Glossier to the UK and my personal discovery of The Ordinary too. I tried to be as concise as I could be, so here are my favourite beauty picks of 2017: 

Starting with skincare, I have explored a lot more brands this year and I'm so glad I did. The Nourish London Skin Renew Cleanser* and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser still remain my favourite evening cleansing duo at the moment (although I've ran out of both!). I decided to delve into Pixi skincare by trying out the Peel and Polish; a face scrub that helps to get rid of my dry patches and improve the overall glow of my complexion. 

It seemed to be the year of the face mask and I discovered some gems like the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* and Fresh Rose Mask*, both of which are hydrating and great for my dehydrated skin. As I previously mentioned, The Ordinary was a 2017 discovery and one that was welcomed with open arms. This affordable brand has taken pretty much everybody's skincare routine by storm and I've now got a fair few favourites that I'll be taking into the next year with me like the Glycolic Acid and Caffeine Solution*

I was going to split the makeup section up into categories, but decided that is was going to be near impossible to pick my individual favourites. 2017 bought the release of Fenty Beauty, the UK introduction to Glossier and many other new products that made their may into my makeup bag. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick was an early discovery of 2017 and one that I snapped up pretty quickly - It's nude, it's very me and it remains one of my most worn lipsticks of the year. 

For a base, I switched a lot between lightweight, radiant foundations and buildable, long wearing offerings. It was the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation that really upped the game and I've been wearing it even since I got it back in August from my trip to Sephora in Paris. 

Glossier has made its way into my makeup routine too, the Cloud Paints and Wowder Powder being two of my top picks. The latter prolongs the wear of my makeup whilst being super natural on the skin, whilst the blushers add a subtle, yet buildable pop of colour. 

The release of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette* was highly anticipated and I can't believe how much use I've got out of it - It's great for a smokey eye, especially during the Autumn/Winter season. I also discovered the Huda Beauty Mini Palette* which inspired me to wear more eyeshadow and experiment more. 

Fenty Beauty is a new brand that I'm glad I bought into, as the Amber Match Stix has become a contouring staple of mine. The cool-toned cream blends into the cheekbones seamlessly, whilst creating the perfect illusion of a shadow and looking natural at the same time. I often set this with another new discovery, the Becca Sunlit Bronzer* which adds warmth to my skin without being too overpowering. 

What are your top 2017 beauty picks? 

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Friday, 29 December 2017

17 Great Things In 2017

As one of my ways to round up 2017 on the blog, I wanted to dedicate a whole post to the things I've achieved, places I've been to and what I've done in 12 months. Here are seventeen of my top things that have happened in the past year. 

1. Our trip to Paris in August was just perfect; filled with croissants, roaming the sights and spending time in the sun. Making my first trip to Sephora was a pretty good highlight too. I think we're going to try out another city break in 2018 like Amsterdam, Bruges or Barcelona. 

2. Getting back on bikes was one of my top things of 2017 and it meant that we got some pretty amazing holidays in too - bonus! We headed to Wales a couple of times and to Scotland too. It was great to get muddy all day then come home to warm up by the fire then go out with a brisk walk. 

3. As a fussy eater who breaks out in a cold sweat over trying anything new, food discoveries are high up there with the great things that happened to me this year, including olives which are now a staple in my diet. In late Spring, I finally decided to turn vegetarian for good again and I'm so glad I did as it's really made a difference to the new foods I try and taste. 

4. At the end of the Summer we went to the outdoor cinema to see Shaun of The Dead and I would 100% do the same again this Summer too. It was cool to watch one of our favourite movies wrapped up in a blanket under the stars. 

5. If you follow me on anything else, then you'll know that in 2018 I want to make more of a conscious effort to make friends, but I wanted to give a mention to those friends I've made this year including Hannah, Amy, Phoebe and Fee. 

6. Reaching 5k on both Bloglovin and Instagram were huge milestones for me and my blog; I still can't believe how much all of my platforms have grown and how many people are now reading my little space on the internet. 

7. Back in April we went to the Harry Potter studios for the second time and it was even more magical than the first time around. I think having an idea of what to expect so I could savour each part without rushing the next was key.

8. I got to work with some incredible brands this year and I reached some of my own personal blogging goals that I set myself at the start of January. Next year, I've got a few brands that I want to work with, so watch this space. 

9. In May, we went for an overnight stay in Liverpool and to Chester Zoo too and it was so good! 'The Secret Life of the Zoo' is one of our guilty pleasures so it was amazing to meet the characters in person, plus Malmaison Hotel was gorgeous.

10. Although I wasn't going to mention this due to a few reasons, I just had to include it because I'm so proud of where I am right now. In 6 months, by working out regularly whilst eating what I feel like, I managed to lose 33 pounds! 

11. I finally put a name to my social media management business- Bloomed Digital- and I'm so glad I did as I'm super happy with it. I can't wait to see what the New Year brings for my little business. 

12. I won Best Beauty Blog in the Bloggers Blog Awards! It's still so surreal that people voted for me and it really encourages me to reflect on what I've achieved. 

13. One of the biggest goals for me in 2017 was to make sure that I made the most out of each and every season whilst enjoying every event that was going on. I'm so glad that  I did because I got to have some great experiences. I tried to make sure that I saw the newborn spring lambs, got out in the warm weather and stomped through the autumn leaves. It was also my 21st birthday in October which is obviously a massive milestone. 

14. When it decided to snow in December I got Tom to take some photographs of me and I'm so glad that I got over my fear of being photographed for the afternoon as they came out amazing. 

15. I continued to volunteer in 2017 and got some amazing opportunities from it including being able to do a short course! Through my own business, I have managed to push my boundaries and become more proud of myself. 

16. We went to see Russell Kane live and it was fantastic - I'm so glad we already have another stand up show planned for early Summer already (Joe Lycett if I haven't mentioned it for the 100th time). 

17. On our bucket list we planned to visit food markets and- as I mentioned- I got a bit obsessed with olives, spending £15 on a huge pot in one go. Food markets have become one of my favourite places to visit at Christmas or in the Summertime. 

What are your favourite moments of 2017? 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas This Year

'What I got for Christmas' posts are some of my favourite blog posts to read at this time of the year; I love seeing how excited people get about the products they received and they give me some inspiration as to what I should treat myself to next. For the first time on this blog I wanted to share what I got, as I was so happy and overwhelmed by all of the amazing presents I received. 

Perfume was high up on my wishlist and I got both the Giorgio Armani Si and Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, the latter being one that I've been wanting to repurchase for ages so I was very happy that it was in my stocking from Tom! With the scratch card money I won (yay!), I've decided I'm going to treat myself to the Byredo Mojave Ghost perfume

Missoma is a fairly recent discovery of mine, but I can already predict it'll become a dangerously expensive habit. The Lucy Williams Orb Hoop Earrings have caught my eye for some time and I'm super happy that I now own them as they look so cute when worn and they're simple enough to wear daily. 

For the house, I got given the Rifle Paper Co calendar that I've been lusting after for a while. I'm so glad I chose this one as I can't wait to photograph it each month like I did in 2017, plus as it's much bigger than my last one it's more of a statement piece in my kitchen. 

I always appreciate getting anything comedy-related at Christmas and I can't believe that I got tickets to see Joe Lycett in July because it's been an absolute dream of mine! I feel like I need to re-watch his dvd for the 100th time again. I also got the new Micky Flanagan DVD which has already been put on whilst we sat in new PJ's eating our Christmas chocolate. 

I got some amazing gifts from my friends Hannah and Fee from HannahHearts and MakeupSavvy. The Essie Couture Set has been on my nails all Christmas and I've been wearing my Kat Von D Lipstick non-stop too as they both have great longevity. Fee also got me a beautiful festive candle and this ASOS Cat Purse which is adorable. 

When I moved house I somehow managed to misplace my favourite scarf, and with the snow I was in dire need of a new one. I decided to ask for this ASOS Oversized offering and I'm so glad I did as it's so snuggly and warm. I also got surprised with some Harry Potter PJ's and a New Look bobble hat so I know I'm not going to be as cold this Winter. 

I didn't have many makeup items on my wishlist, but I'm so happy to receive the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge as I've been lusting after it for what seems like years now. Some beauty items I got were the Origins Mix and Mask Set (which is now in the sale) which has some of my favourite face masks in which I'm so glad I have again, and the Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Honey Bath which has been a luxe favourite of mine forever now. I also got given the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion in a big tub which I'm so glad I can bathe slather on once more. 

What did you get for Christmas? 

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas Treats For The Skin

At this time of the year my skin tends to suffer due to the high consumption of chocolate, but I always want to keep my complexion looks in tip-top condition for my Christmas and New Year's Eve makeup. Here are my top picks to calm, clear and boost my skin this festive period:

Recently, I've been using two new Pixi additions, the Rose Flash Balm* and Rose Caviar Essence*. The latter is great to use after your toner, but before your moisturiser to add another layer of hydration, something my skin is in dire need of this time of the year. I can't wait to see what this does to my skin over a longer period of time. The Rose Flash Balm for me is more suited to be used as a primer/moisturiser hybrid as it helps to keep my makeup in tact whilst not being drying on the skin like some silicone primers can do. 

If you're looking for a mask then there's a few I'd recommend depending on what skin concern you have. The Drunk Elephant Baby Facial is the perfect all rounder because it smoothes the skin, exfoliates, all whilst boosting radiance and banishing blemishes - I'm going to snap up the full size of this once they come to the UK! If you're prepping your skin for makeup then the Glossier Moon Mask is a great pick as it plumps and moisturises too without leaving any residue on the skin. 

My pores have got a lot better recently and I think it's down to the Fresh Deep Hydration Toner*. It's refreshing and adds a glow too! I often apply The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution* afterwards to wake up my peepers - Which is much needed when I need to wake myself up. 

What skincare have you been using lately?

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Festive Glitter Favourites

I've done quite a few festive makeup round-ups recently and they're not stopping just yet, as I wanted to share with you a handful of my glitter favourites that I love to pull out at this time of the year. There's something about shimmer and sparkle in December that makes me feel excited and it's lucky that it looks so dreamy on too! Here are my top picks: 

Highlighters are my favourite way to add a dose of shimmer to my makeup and I'm still smitten with the Sleek Solstice Palette. Although it can create a blinding highlight if needs be, it can be sheered out too - making it a great party pick! The Fenty Beauty Killawatt and Too Faced Blinded By The Light offerings are two obvious options that I use whenever I want a dreamy glow that'll perk up my complexion with a few sweeps. 

I'm not opposed to adding glitter to my eyes either, especially in the inner corner. The Nars Rigel Eyeshadow is perfect for that as it makes the eyes pop and it blends seamlessly into other shadows too. If you're looking for a coppery fix then I'd recommend the Colourpop Muse Eyeshadow which can be easily applied all over the lids or incorporated into a smokey eye look. 

If you're confident enough to don a metallic lip look then definitely check out the Jouer Long Wear Lip Crème's* as they come in a variety of shades and can be worn on top of your favourite lipsticks. Praline is super gorgeous and is one that can easily be applied on the centre of your lips to give a fuller effect. 

What are your glitter makeup favourites? 

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

10 Things To Do This Festive Season

It's officially less than seven days until Christmas, so I'm starting to make preparations for the big day by buying my last gifts, wrapping them up in ribbons and twine and watching all of the Christmas films, all whilst tucking into our fourth tin of chocolates. Here are 10 things to do this festive season: 

Go To A Christmas Food Market | Christmas markets are great in general, but when they involve food, I'm all in! Browse around your local market in search of mulled wine, a hot savoury snack or some cheese. 

Wrap Up and Head Out For A Walk | There's nothing quite like wrapping up warm in a coat and bundles of layers when you're about to go out for a brisk walk in the cold. I love doing it around this time of the year! 

A Festive Manicure | I recently got gifted the Essie Gel Couture Duo from Hannah and I can already tell that it's going to be my Christmas manicure shade of choice, as it's the perfect wine red hue that will look great with sparkles on top if I choose. 

Go Christmas Light Hunting | Whether it's taking a walk around your town's Christmas lights or going on a specific hunt for the best house decorations, I love looking at the twinkling lights and it's a failsafe way to make me feel festive. 

Treat Yourself | Through finding presents for everybody else, I have managed to build quite a wishlist for myself and I'm looking at picking up a few pieces as a way of celebrating my 'you're under your Christmas budget for the year' achievement. The Byredo Mojave Ghost, Mango Embroidered Stars Boots and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation are three I'm looking into getting - Although the Bobbi Brown Cleansing Milk is also calling my name! 

Practise Baking | I'm planning on baking a New York cheesecake for Christmas Day, so I think I need to practice it at least once as it's been a few years since I last made one. I recently made my own vegetarian sausage rolls which were delicious. 

Donate | This time of the year I try and donate anything I can, whether that's food, presents or simply just money. There are a lot of great causes out there to get involved in. Even if you can't donate, volunteering a bit of your time always helps too. 

Festive Food and Watch Films | I can't get enough of Christmas food, it's one of my favourite parts of the season and films are a very firm favourite of mine too. Elf, The Holiday and Home Alone 2 are just a few of my favourites, but I'm planning to re-watch all of my feel-good movies I put on every year. 

Finish Wrapping Presents | I don't want to jinx it, but I've been pretty good with wrapping presents as I go and not leaving them to the last minute like I did last year. I've got the prettiest gold wrapping paper that I'm going to tie up using bells and twine.

Make My Way Through My Reading List | The list of books I've been wanting to read has stacked up high as I just haven't had the time to sit and read for a while. As I plan to slow down later this week, I'm hoping I can spend a morning or two sitting with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a book. 

What do you like to do around the festive season?

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Sunday, 17 December 2017

A Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Although I've been more organised this year than I have ever been, I've still got some last minute gifts to buy. Online shopping is almost at the point where it is no longer an option, so I thought I'd compile a list of products that are worth a look at if you're struggling with ideas and you're in the same position as me. 

If you're looking to buy for a beauty lover, then I'd recommend taking a peak at the Stila gift sets, especially the Play It Cool Set* which has three gorgeous liquid lipstick shades. Their Written In The Stars Set* has also been used a lot this month as the trio of glitters make for perfect Christmas makeup additions. 

Whenever I panic when buying for Tom, I always turn to some of my go-to picks including Vans Trainers, Fossil Jewellery and Paco Rabanne aftershave. There are some good deals on at the moment, but it's always important to look at when the last shipping date is to see whether you need to select next day delivery. The Kiehl's Skincare Sets are great ideas as they've got a great selection of products in which are already put together for you without too much thought. 

I have to give a quick mention to the Essie Calendar which is currently on offer online for only £25 and I think it'd be a great treat for yourself, especially if like me, you never got around to getting yourself an advent calendar this year! 

Here are a few other top picks:

Have you got any last minute gifts to buy?

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Acids In Skincare

The Ordinary, Pixi Glow Tonic, Drunk Elephant Baby Facial Review
I feel like I have really upped my skincare game this year and I think this is due to the introduction of acids into my routine. I know how confusing acids are, so I wanted to give a quick run down of all the basics that I've learnt. I thought I'd better give a bit of a disclaimer in that I'm not scientist or anything, but these are the products that I've used and my skin has loved. 

I'd never heard of a chemical exfoliator before I used the Pixi Glow Tonic*, but this toner helped to get rid of my dry patches, made my complexion look brighter and reduced the size of my blemishes too. I first picked this up back in 2015 and it took me a couple of years to understand more about the science behind it, yet I soon discovered that the magical results were due to the gylcolic acid. I then set out on a mission to find a budget version. The Ordinary's offering is one that I've spoken a lot about on my blog, so I won't go on, but it does the job amazingly and is great to use if have a dehydrated complexion that needs  a boost. 

Another form of AHA that I use is lactic acid, but as it's slightly more gentle than glyolic ones it can be used in an exfoliator; the Pixi Peel and Polish being my go-to. It can be used as either a face scrub or a five minute mask to boost radiance and dissolve dead skin cells. 

Another mask I like to use is The Ordinary's Peeling Solution, which is much stronger than anything else I own so to begin with I was scared how my skin would react. Containing AHA's and BHA's, this seriously decongests the pores and gets to work quickly, but it can leave my skin feeling a little sensitive, so I don't use this as much as I used to. A new addition which is super similar to this is the Drunk Elephant Baby Facial which can be used twice a week to exfoliate and brighten. I find this offering actually works amazingly on spots and my skin's texture, which I believe is due to the Niacinamide; known to visibly improve enlarged pores and uneven skin tone. 

If my skin is feeling temperamental and needs calming, I tend to reach for the Azealic Acid, especially for under makeup. I find that over time it will clear the skin and work to fight redness too. 

Hyaluronic acid and I are best friends; I find myself looking for it in skincare ingredients now because I know how great it works for my dehydrated skin. The Fresh Deep Hydration Toner* and Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* both contain this and you can really tell as it keeps my skin feeling nourished and looking healthy. 

Do you use acids in your skincare routine? What are your go-to products?

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Festive Pamper Routine

A Lush bath filled to the brim with luscious bubbles, candles flickering all around and a book in hand is one of my favourite ways to unwind over the festive season and this year I've made it my mission to take some more time off over the Christmas period. I've even scheduled in a reading morning and my day's off work already.

First up is the most important aspect of a pamper day for me; the bath bomb, and I'm so happy that there's so many great picks from Lush at the moment. Snow Angel and Magic Wand are two of my top offerings right now as they're both sweet and deliciously scented - they nourish my body too! 

Face masks are a must and I just love what they do for my dehydrated complexion during the Winter. The Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* and Fresh Rose Mask* are my go-to at the moment as they help me to get rid of all the dry patches I have and leave my skin looking more radiant. 

After a bath, I love to slather on a body lotion before slipping into a fresh pair of PJ's. The Lush Sleepy Lotion and Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Body Souffle are two of my favourites as the Lush pick helps me to drift off, whilst the latter makes you smell good enough to eat. 

I adore painting my nails with all the sparkles over Christmas to make sure my hands are feeling adequately nourished and my nails are fresh. Essie are of course my go-to brand and I'm thinking of  either going for a classic festive red, a nude paired with an accent glitter nail varnish, or going all out and opting for a rose gold copper penny hue! 

Do you like to pamper yourself over the festive season?

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Makeup Mess | Bare Skin and Berry Lips

I was brainstorming ideas for blog posts and I knew that I wanted to do another instalment on my makeup mess posts, so decided to compile a list of products that I've been using lately. A bare skin and berry lip look has been my go-to, especially when I want something simple,  but that can look dressy too. 

When done right, I love wearing minimal makeup for a faux bare face look. I start off by applying a primer in the form of the Nars Radiance pick, which helps to perk up my complexion and add radiance. A natural finish and buildable coverage is what I look for in a concealer, as I want something that can blend seamlessly into the skin without being too detectable. The Glossier Stretch Concealer is perfect as it lasts ages when set with the Glossier Wowder

Even if I'm wearing minimal base makeup, I always like to add a little colour, usually from blushers and bronzers. The Becca Sunlit Bronzer* is perfect as it looks great on bare skin without looking too muddy and it can be used to lightly add definition to the cheekbones. The Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Blusher* is another great offering when you want to add a pop of colour to the cheeks, as it's a nude plum hybrid that looks natural upon the skin and is great when you don't want anything too in your face - The marbled highlighter running through it also adds a glow too.    

I find myself debating whether to use eyeshadow or leave my base bare and let my lipstick pop. Instead I  usually decide that a subtle wash of colour would look lovely, either in the form of a cream like MAC's Bare Study Paint Pot or a gold like Nars Kalahari Duo. It's only a little bit of shimmer, but it can make the eyes pop. 

Berry lipsticks are perfect for this time of year, the NYX Copenhagen Soft Matte Lipstick is one of my favourites as it's super pigmented and offers great longevity too. It's nourishing as well which is perfect for this time of year. 

When I first tried the Glossier Jam Generation G Lipstick I wasn't impressed and after weeks of not really reaching for it I was contemplating giving it away, but I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I did. I love it paired with a nourishing lip balm for a seamless lip colour that looks great and is natural enough to wear it daily. 

What makeup have you been wearing lately? 

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Top Drawer Tour

A few weeks back I decided to have a de-clutter, sorting out my storage and putting products in their new places. My Muji drawers were in dire need of a re-arrange, so I decided to put all my go-to lipsticks in the top two tiers of the drawers to make them easier to reach. Here is a quick tour of them: 

Most of the lipsticks in these drawers are collections, including the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, Clarins Joli Rouge's* and Clinique Pop Lip Colours. There wasn't a shade from them that I wanted to get rid of because they're all comfortable, pigmented and very fitting for various seasons. 

When clearing out my drawers, I went through the abundance of MAC lipsticks I own and noticed a few shades that have barely been used or I have rarely worn including Velvet Teddy, a much loved product for many, but one that I couldn't personally get along with. I've put quite a few in a pile to get rid of and I'm glad I finally slimmed down my MAC collection. 

The Huda Beauty Liquid Matte's* are proudly presented on the top shelf as they're currently my go-to pick when I want something long wearing, matte in finish and a perfect nude for going out. They're my current obsession and I've been eyeing up a few of the other colours too!  

For a comfortable pick, the Clarins Instant Lip Oils* are great as they give off a glossy effect without the stickiness. They're super nourishing too, which is a bonus this time of the year and I tend to reach for these when I want a 'barely there' look to my lips, but I still want them to look plump and healthy. 

Another daily favourite of mine are the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments; a subtly tinted balm-lipstick hybrid which adds a slight colour to the lips and can be applied easily with no mirror. I feel like I need to try more of these as I've got so much wear out of the two I currently own. 

On the top left hand side of the drawer, I have my Jouer Long Wear Lip Crème's* which I got earlier this year and are a liquid lipstick I really rate. Dulce De Leche still remains one of my favourite nude hues and it's great if you want something to last all night. 

How do you store your favourite lipsticks? 

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

10 Ways To Add A Little Magic To Christmas

If there's one time of the year where I feel magical, it's Christmas. The twinkling lights, cosy evenings and bringing out all my festive favourite treats warms my heart and makes me feel fuzzy inside. The flurry of snow we've got today inspired me to write this post as I am finally feeling festive, and as I'm writing this with mulled wine in hand, the Christmas lights on and the fire roaring, I hope you feel as magical as I do reading it. 

Making The Most Of The Snow | I'm secretly hoping that we get another day of snow to enjoy before it turns to slush, as I love building a snowman, having a snowball fight and waiting for my cheeks to turn rosy. Having an excuse to wrap up warm is always my favourite and I love coming back in to the warm. 

Go Christmas Light Hunting | I've done this ever since I was a child and it's one of my favourite traditions - Going around the town looking at all the Christmas lights and judging which one's are the best. Some of the most specular ones have donations boxes outside where you can give to charity too! 

Treat Yourself To Some New PJ's | I adore putting my PJ's on the radiator and a hot water bottle underneath my duvet before hopping in, as it keeps me feeling toasty and warm. I know some people like to have new pyjamas for Christmas eve and I'm planning to make this a yearly tradition for myself too - because who doesn't love an excuse to lounge in new PJ's?  I'm very tempted by the Fat Face Luna Sky Bottoms as they're right up my street. 

Pick Up A Christmas Decoration | Talking of Christmas traditions, one that we have is that we pick up a new tree decoration every year, and I've been on the look out for 2017's one at the moment. Although we try to find them in quaint shops, I can't help but keep eyeing up some of the cute one's in store including this Anthropologie Zodiac Decoration

Watch Your Festive Favourites | I always have a to-watch list every December full to the brim of the films that put me in the festive mood, including Home Alone, Elf, The Holiday, Four Christmases and Arthur Christmas! TV channels often show reruns of my favourite festive episodes too, which always put a smile on my face. 

Read By The Fire | I've fallen out of the habit of reading again, but I'm hoping the time off over Christmas will allow me to re-kindle the love. There's something about being huddled under a bundle of blankets by the fire and reading by Christmas lights that makes me feel sleepy, yet cosy.  

A Christmas Market | One of my favourites things about Christmas markets is the food how cosy it makes me feel walking around looking at all the gifts on offer, the steaming hot chocolate and the lights of the merry-go-round. We're lucky we have quite a few near us, including one that's a whole festive village tucked away! 

Wear Glitter Just Because | If I can't wear glitter throughout December, when can you wear it? I love picking up anything with shimmer in it, including my favourite makeup picks (a blog post to come) or even socks which are donned with sparkles and snowflakes. 

Make The Most Of Everything | It's taken me a while to get in the festive spirit, but now I want to get involved with as much as I can. Making the most of every evening spare I have without stressing about unwrapped presents is my goal for the next few weeks. 

Bake | Gingerbread are a must every year for me and I love getting creative with their designs. With easy access to Pinterest, there's so many delicious recipes that I can't wait to try, especially sweet treats for desert or anything that can be roasted for a cosy, Sunday dinner! 

How do you add a little magic to your Christmas? 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

A Christmas Wishlist

I've got to admit that I use the festive period as an excuse to buy myself presents, and I have the unhealthy habit of buying one present for somebody and then one present for myself. I thought I'd compile a list of products that have currently made their way onto my wishlist. 

Top of my Christmas list this year is perfume and I'm so tempted to treat myself to one or two bottles. I decided a couple months back that I wanted to re-start my perfume collection after using all my existing bottles up and I think it's safe to say I've got my eye on a few. For my 21st birthday, I picked up the Diptyque Do Son; a scent that I'd been lusting after for years, so I'd never really given any time to their other fragrances until a few weekends ago when I fell head over heels for Philosykos, a perfume that is unlike anything else I've owned, so that's now on the list. The other options are Byredo Mojave Ghost, a luxe offering that I would swoon over forever more and Giorgio Armani Si, another one I have loved, but never owned. 

Pyjamas or anything I can cosy up in always go down a treat for me. Last year I got a snuggly dressing gown and now I'm thinking of treating myself to a pair of PJ's or some Pink Cashmere Bed Socks - Hopefully they'll be able to keep my toes a little bit warmer! 

I've been tempted by the various beauty gift sets, but I always steer clear of them as much as I can (except for Stila's, Laura Mercier's and Pixi's this year because they've aced it!). 

There's a few things I'd love for the house this year and I feel like Christmas is the perfect excuse to get them. I've been lusting after this Roberts Retro Radio for years now, but I'm not sure my budget could stretch to it, so I'm currently on the look out for a cheaper alternative to treat myself to. I'm not sure if I'm getting old before my time, but I've put a clear, round vase on my wishlist as I want to be able to display some eucalyptus or a bunch of flowers come Spring. 

Here are a few other things on my wishlist too: 

What's on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Everyday Beauty Staples

I often do regular updates on my everyday makeup staples, but I have never dedicated a whole post to my day to day essentials like perfume, body lotion and cuticle care. Here are a few of my current top picks that are suited for Winter as well as being great for my dehydrated skin:

Fragrance will always be an everyday staple for me as I almost feel incomplete when I don't wear it. The Glossier You perfume has been the perfect pick when I don't want anything too overpowering, yet this musky offering lingers all day long. If I want to wear something a little bit more luxe, I adore the Diptyque Do Son option as it's floral, a little heavier, but still not 'headache worthy' and it lasts super long too, so great if you have a long day ahead. 

I'm the worst person for neglecting my lips during the Winter, but the Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com has made me start to apply it balm more. The scent, which I was worried about being too strong, is actually super subtle which means it isn't too overpowering to wear throughout the day. 

A Beauty Blender has been a makeup bag staple of mine for some time now and I rarely go a day without using it. It helps to apply your base or to smooth out any mishaps you might have. I think I'll always repurchase this as it's an essential of mine. 

Another one that I've been using for a while now is Lush's Lemony Flutter, a cuticle butter that helps to soothe my dry, chapped hands and keeps them feeling in tip-top condition. I try and use it as much as possible, especially during the Wintertime as it really does benefit the condition of my nails. 

For my body, I like to use a variety of body lotions depending on my mood and although I usually get lazy and use an in-shower moisturiser when it gets colder outside, I can't hel, but have to use something thicker. The Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Body Souffle is nourishing and smells good enough to eat - It's the perfect treat when I want to slip into a pair of fresh PJ's that are just off the radiator! 

What are your everyday beauty staples? 

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Products I've Been Using To Battle Dry Winter Skin

I can't quite believe how cold it has got so quickly; it seems like only a few weeks ago that I was talking about how humid it was feeling considering it was Autumn, but we're now officially going into the transitional period and my skin is lacking in nourishment. I wanted to share a few of my skincare switch ups that help battle dry patches and redness, so here goes: 

Having a good moisturiser is a must when the weather gets super cold and I have been loving the Fresh Rose Moisturiser* as it's effective and doesn't irritate my skin, all whilst keeping it looking healthy, plump and nourished. I haven't been using the Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich for very long, but for the time I have, my skin has been drinking it up and the calming effective of the lavender (which I thought would irritate my skin) in fact makes it look less red. 

I've always been a lover of thicker lip balms that can be used overnight to restore hydration, but I've been wanting an everyday lighter lip balm to throw it my handbag. I recently picked up the Glossier Coconut Balm Dot Com and I'm super impressed with it, plus how much I reach for it too! It can be used underneath lip products if you want an extra boost of hydration, but the matte formula means it can be used on it's own without looking too glossy too. 

Face masks have been an essential recently as they've really helped me get my skin back into tip top condition and the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask* has been a top pick of mine. The formula is different to anything I've tried before because it's oily, watery and gel-like all in one, but it does wonders for my parched skin. 

For an extra dose of hydration for moisturiser, I have been using the Fresh Rose Facial Toner*, as it reduces the size of my pores and works great to finish off my skincare routine too. The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution* is another add on that I've been loving as it's really soothed my under eye area and helped to perk it up; something I need now that it's dark outside when I wake up! 

How have you been switching up your skincare recently? 

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Festive Party Makeup

We're now officially in party season and, although these past two years I've only been invited to one or two do's, this year I've got a fair few planned, so therefore I like to plan my makeup in advance. Longevity is important and anything with a bit of shimmer in is welcomed with open arms. 

For my base, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is my top pick and it is one which I've received many compliments whilst wearing. It's medium coverage and looks super natural when paired with a beauty blender for application. It matches my skin tone perfectly which is great, and when set with the Glossier Wowder it lasts all night long too - Taking away that slight sheen to the face without making it look flat. 

I like to keep my cheeks as simple as possible, opting for a light contour and then a quick dust of blusher to add a little colour. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher in Eutrophic Fusion* is a top pick of mine as it's super gorgeous, yet not too overpowering. I have this shade in both a palette and a single as it's so perfect for this time of the year. For highlighter, it's got to be the The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer as it gives off an ethereal glow that cannot be beaten when you don't want to look like a disco ball, but you still want to add a sheen. 

Eyes are the area I feel like I'll be focusing the most on this year as I have some dreamy picks that I can't wait to dig out, including the Stila Glitter Written In The Stars Set* as the trio have already been a party must have of mine over the last couple of weeks. They're super long lasting, go with a variety of looks and are festive too! 

For eyeshadow, I have been torn between the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette -another one I pull out during Christmas- or go with something I can rely on like the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette*. Both of these are warm-toned and very fitting for the festive season, but I can imagine myself switching between all the palettes I own. Single eyeshadows are super useful for a soft wash of colour if needs be; the Nars Rigel offering and MAC Tan Pigment are two of my favourites. I then add a pair of my favourite lashes, the Eylure Fleur Loves* offering as they give a little bit of volume on the outer edge which just adds a fluttery finish to my look. 

Lipstick is a hard one to chose as I tend to want to go for a red, but this isn't always an option for me if I've gone heavy on the eyes. A nude is always handy and I'll either go with my trusty Huda Beauty Girlfriend Matte Lipstick* or the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk pick, which will look great being pulled out of my handbag on a night out. If I do fancy a deep colour, then I opt for a classic in the form of NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams as they're comfortable, yet pigmented too. 

What are your top festive party makeup picks? 

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