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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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Five Lifestyle Favourites

Today, I thought I'd share with you five things that I've been loving lately, from new Netflix shows I have been enjoying to a plush new set of pillows. It's been a while since I shared a few of my lifestyle favourites, so here are my top five: 

A Fresh Duvet and Pillows | Oh the little pleasures in life, eh? When Tom came out of the shop with 4 pillows and a new duvet in hand, I did question whether we actually need a new set, but how wrong was I? It feels like I'm falling asleep in a soft cloud and it's so lovely now that it's properly cold outside too. 

New Playlists | Aside from the Christmas and Elf playlists I've been playing to get me in the festive mood, I've been re-kindling the love for certain albums too. Jamie T's Trick has been on repeat and of course, Lana Del Rey's Lust For Life has been too. 

Reflecting On 2017 | I've been doing a lot of reflecting over the past couple of weeks, especially how things have changed in my life and how far I've come with my blog over the last 12 months. For me, 2017 was the year that I really upped my photography game and took my blog to the next level - PSB finally feels like mine again and although it's been a long journey, I absolutely love pouring all my creativity into it. I can't believe that just over a year ago, we were just moving into our house, but the change has really done me good and spruced up quite a lot of things in the process. 

Phone Games | I might be admitting that I'm actually a massive child, but I love playing on games on my phone. When Animal Crossing said they were releasing a new game for your phone, I was more excited than I care to admit. 

Binge-Watch Netflix Sessions | We ended up watching a new series called The Sinner in two days and I'm currently making my way through Gilmore Girls for the second time. Bad Education is another series I'm addicted to re-watching and we've got a few ones on our radar to watch including Mindhunter and The Punisher. I really enjoyed watching The Sinner and now we're onto Dark too - I do love a good thriller! I've got to give a quick mention to my binge watching friend, the fudge hot chocolate, I seriously can't get enough of this stuff.

What have you been loving lately? 
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Glossier You Perfume

Glossier You Perfume Review
I'm fairly picky when it comes to new fragrances but I also used to go through perfumes in a flash, which now I'm trying to avoid by having more of them (the logic of this seems to be something I've convinced myself of). When I first had a sniff of the Glossier You Perfume when I got a sample in one of my orders, it was instant love and I knew that I would have to give in and get the full-size soon. I thought I would share with you some of my thoughts on Instagram's most lusted after scent at the moment. 

It's unlike anything I have in my collection and I think it's best described as a soft, yet subtle musk scent, which is almost like when you sniffed each other's jumpers in primary school to see who's was who's. It smells familiar and somewhat comforting due to the ambrette, but for me, it's not the usual floral scent that I always opt for, which I actually love - It feels more grown up for me. 

Two spritzes is enough and I find it gets better once it's settled on the skin for a few minutes, as when it's initially applied, it almost has an 'alcohol' fragrance to it which I'm obviously not keen on, but you'll be pleased to know it disappears completely.  

The bottle wasn't something I was keen on aesthetically, or more specifically the red cap, the ombre millennial pink glass bottle looks super chic, but I find the red top can be make it look a little cheap, but I actually prefer it much more in the person than in photographs! 

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Have you tried Glossier's new perfume? 

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Festive Beauty Favourites

It's officially the month of Christmas, so I'm getting ready for the dreamy glitters and matte red lips which the festive season makeup brings. I wanted to share with you some of my top picks at the moment, as I've loved taking inspiration from the flickering fairy lights and the cosiness of hot chocolates in front of the roaring fire. 

The Lush Christmas range is a yearly tradition of mine where I go mad and buy everything to put in a warm, relaxing bath. The Magic Wand is a deliciously scent bubble bar which creates an abundance of bubbles that you can sink yourself into and it slightly scents my skin too! 

For my parched skin, I love nothing more than to lather myself with the Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Body Creme to ensure that my limbs are kept in tip-top condition. In the morning, I will then spritz a bit of the Diptyque Do Son EDP all over myself for a lingering rose scent that's slightly warming and super dreamy. 

For makeup, I have already been smitten with my favourite shimmering champagne picks and a dark lip in the form of Nars Cruella Lip Pencil, which is a gorgeous dark scarlet red that wears well and looks great. 

I love running a little bit of Becca Rose Quartz Highlighter* over my cheekbones and lids too, in order to add a slight sheen. For an extra dose of sparkle, I like to apply the array of glitters from the Stila Written In The Stars Set* in the middle of my eye makeup to make it pop - You'll definitely see these popping up in upcoming posts of mine. 

I always dig out my luxe lip products as I love whipping them out of my handbag on an evening out and the Tom Ford Addison pick is my current favourite. It's nude, it's comforting and it's easy to reapply throughout the day too. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick is another option I have because I can't get enough of nude lips if I know I'll be eating a lot. 

Liquid Lipsticks are a must this time of the year as nothing lasts quite as long as they do. I particularly like wearing the Jouer Lip Creme's* and the Huda Matte* offerings as they come in an array of nude shades which can easily be topped up throughout the night.

What's on your festive beauty menu?  

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Friday, 1 December 2017

5 Things I've Added To My December To-Do List

Can you believe that this is the last monthly to-do list post before 2018? This year feels like it's whizzed by! I want to make the most of December and fill it with festivities like decorating the house with twinkling lights and all things gold and red. Here are five things I've put on my December to-do list. 

Go To Christmas Markets | I've already been to one this year, but I'm looking to go to a few more as they're my favourite way to get festive. I'm hoping to go to one with heaps of food stalls and lights too - A market wouldn't be the same without eating your body weight in food. 

Decorate and Have An Evening In | I'm hoping to put our Christmas tree up today and spend the evening with candles, food and a festive film too. I'm even tempted to put on the Harry Potter's because they make me feel super cosy; something that's very fitting with the twinkling lights of the fairylights and the fresh smell of pines from a Christmas tree. 

Keep My Skin Looking Great | A little bit more of a beauty focused goal and one that is very important to me. With the temperature dropping dramatically, I feel like my skin has suffered and has become quite parched. I'm trying to keep my lips as moisturised as possible too and I'm trying to keep my skincare routine consistent. 

Practice Baking | I'm planning to bake a New York cheesecake for Christmas day, but I'm still not set on it, so I think I'll have to do some practicing (not that Tom and I will have a hard time scoffing the attempts). Gingerbreads are definitely on the cards too! 

Treat Myself | I have a bad attitude when it comes to Christmas presents; a one for you, one for me mentality, so my Christmas wishlist has grown quite a bit. I thought I'd share with you some of the bits I'm currently lusting after:

What is on your December to-do list? 

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