Sunday, 8 December 2019

Festive Party Makeup

Festive Party Makeup
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Every December, I like to make an extra effort when it comes to my makeup as I have lots of Christmas parties to go to, but even in general I like to spruce up my everyday makeup routine. It's all about adding extra shimmer and sparkle, so today I am sharing with you my favourite festive party makeup look. 

I start with the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow* before my foundation as it adds a luminous base that I can easily work from. It's great for when my skin needs a pick me up and when I want my skin to feel more primed before doing a full makeup routine. 

After applying my foundation and concealer, I go in with my Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder* as it never fails to prolong the longevity of my base and leave my skin looking matte, yet never feeling cakey. Then it's onto contour, where I use a mixture of cream and powder formulas to achieve a warmer and more chiseled complexion. Charlotte Tilbury helps me once again as I use their Hollywood Contour Wand first and blend it seamlessly into the skin, finishing up with the Filmstar Bronze and Glow* to achieve a more striking (yet natural!) looking look. 

The eyes are where I like to concentrate the most on, I'll either be going for a smokey eye or an easy sparkly look. The latter is super easy as I just use the Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow* to sweep a wash of colour over the lids and followed it up with mascara. My favourite at the moment is to wear the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon on the lash line and followed it up with Cyprus Umber from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette* smudged around the eyes. 

For my lips, I finish off with either a striking red or a easy to wear nude. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk* is an obvious favourite, but I've also been loving their Legendary Queen Lipstick* as well. To finish it all off, I wear and then bring out my Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume* in this mini form, this was gifted to me from World Duty Free and it comes in super handy when I need a top up throughout the evening. 

What's your favourite festive party makeup look? 

Saturday, 7 December 2019

What's On My Christmas List

Christmas Wishlist 2019
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My Christmas wishlist this year has swapped limited edition beauty sets for brass cheese boards, so I think it's safe to say... I'm getting older! I find these types of posts very inspiring if you're stuck for ideas on what to ask for or even get other people, so I decided to share with you some of the items I've currently lusing after. 

High up on my wishlist is jewellery this year as I've been looking at Missoma and Astrid & Miyu pieces all year. The Missoma Lucy Williams Gold Arc Coin Necklace is back on my wishlist as I've sworn that I will treat myself to it sometime this year, although the Missoma Mini Fang Necklace may have to come home with me too. In terms of earrings, I've been looking at the Mint Velvet Mini Star and Moon Hoops which I think would go with a lot of my outfits and also look super cute, whilst these Astrid & Miyu Mystic Spice Hoops are also high up on to-buy my list. 

For the home, I've been after a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp to create a cosy ambience in our bedroom. I'm super picky with the one that I want, so although I've eyed up this Moon Shaped offering, I think I've settled for more of a classic look with a wooden base at the bottom. 

Beauty products are kept to a minimum this year, but that doesn't stop me from looking at the Fresh Soy Cleanser and Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath - two of my favourite products that I'd like to stock up on. 

I can't tell you how long I've lusted after a pair of Gym Shark leggings, but I always stop myself before buying as I'm unsure on what size, style and colour to go for - the ultimate dilemma! I think I've decided on the Flex High High Waisted Grey/Pink Leggings, so I just need to wait for them to come back in stock. 

Now onto the dream part of my Christmas wishlist, the place where I put all the "one day" and "if I win the lottery" items. I've never really looked at Mulberry Handbags before, but both the Small Red Harlow Satchel and Small Red Darley are calling my name! 

What's on your Christmas list? 

You can find my Christmas list below. Use the arrows to scroll: 

Thursday, 5 December 2019

25 Films To Watch This Christmas

Christmas Films To Watch
Christmas season is here and that can only mean one thing... Christmas films! I love to settle down at the end of the day in comfy pyjamas surrounded by snacks and blankets for the ultimate cosy night in. I've put together a collection of my favourite festive picks for you watch in the run up to the 25th. 

First up we have the classic category full of the films that you can't help, but feel festive whenever you put them on. They've either got a funny element to them or a cheesy romantic storyline, but I've been trying to make my way through this list myself as it's only in the month of December you can get away with watching these (or twice!). 
  • Elf 
  • Home Alone
  • The Holiday
  • Four Christmases
  • The Santa Clause
  • Klaus 
  • The Christmas Chronicles 
  • Bad Santa  
  • Love Actually
  • Christmas With The Cranks
  • Nativity!
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Home Alone 2 
  • Arthur Christmas 
  • The Grinch
Christmas Movies To Watch
Next we have the films that hasn't got traditional festive storylines, but they remind you of the Christmas season nevertheless as they're always on the television over December. Harry Potter had to be top of the list as although there's only a couple of festive scenes, the magic just shines through! 
  • Harry Potter 
  • Die Hard
  • Rise of The Guardians
  • Mean Girls
  • Gremlins 
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Lord of The Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • Matilda
  • Beauty and The Beast
Have I missed any of your favourite Christmas films from this list?

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Nourishing Winter Skin Picks

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With a combination skin type, my complexion tends to lean more towards being dehydrated in the Autumn and Winter season, so I rely on nourishing formulas that keep my skin in tip top condition. To my surprise, I feel like I've got my routines down and I've managed to keep my dry patches at bay most of the time and I put it down to these handful of products. 

The Herbivore Emerald Oil* is perfect if you suffer with lacklustre skin and you're in need of some serious hydration. This adds a subtle glow to the skin, but as it's super thick and doesn't necessarily sink in ultra-quickly, I use this a few times a week similar to a treatment. 

I've been using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream* for a while now and I just knew that when I started, I would be grateful for my tub when the weather started getting colder and I was right! It's thick, it's creamy and it's extremely luxurious, everything I love in a Winter moisturiser. It sinks in quickly and makes my complexion feel super soft and hydrated perfect for not only under makeup in the morning, but a thicker layer in the evening does the world of good too. 

I believe that one of the main reasons why my body doesn't feel scaly like it usually does is because of the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil*. If, like me, you struggle with giving yourself a full body moisturise after getting out the bath then this is perfect as you just lather it up whilst you're under water and let it do it's magic. It's a great alternative to shower gel and although I don't use it everyday, it's a great treat for your body on days when I need some extra TLC! 

For an extra boost, I opt for the L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate* to smother all over my body and lock in moisture. It smells delightful and as it isn't a super intense scent it doesn't mess with your perfume if you're wearing this during the day. It makes my skin feel soft and supple -  perfect for the Winter season. 

Next up we have what I've been using on my lips, the Girl Undiscovered Pink Skies Lip Balm* which transforms from a balm to an oil with just the warmth of your skin. It's cinnamon scent feels very fitting for this time of the year and I like to use it from day to night for all day protection for the cold. 

What are your favourite Winter skin and body care products? 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Decorating Our House For Christmas

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I know that I did a Christmas decoration haul the other day, but I thought I'd share a few more in-depth photographs to show you how I've decorated our home for the festive season. I knew that I wanted a red theme throughout, but to make sure that each area of my home had a cosy feel to it. From cheesy novelty mugs in the kitchen to a soft, tartan bed set to dive into at the end of the day, here are my top picks and a look into my Christmas plans. 

My Christmas tree has had a full overhaul this year as I've opted for a faux one instead our traditional real one. I picked the Argos 6ft Snow Covered offering in the sale and it's better than I ever expected - it's so full and luxe looking! I've made it into my dream Christmas tree by adding poinsettias and candy canes alongside the red and dark burgundy baubles. I bought the fake poinsettias and removed them from their stalks so they sit amongst the pines perfectly! 

I'm still looking for a Christmas tree skirt, but I've started to decorate my fireplace to look festive although I'm still got a little way to go. Since the photographs were taken, I've stacked wooden logs either side of our burner which work well with the stocking hanging over the top of it and twinkling fairy lights along the bottom.  
I've swapped over the cushions in our living room and on our bed for more festive appropriate ones. H&M always does amazing homeware and the Stag Cushion Cover is perfect as I already own the inserts, so all I have to do is swap them around plus the green compliments my new Argos Stag Bedspread, a bedding set I picked up for a very reasonable price in the sale. 

My bedroom mirror has had a bit of a makeover too as I was mourning the loss of my orange Autumn leaf garland that I had draping off over it throughout the last couple of months, so I've switched it for a garland that I picked up from Wilko's. I knew that I wanted one like this, but I couldn't find one that I could afford, so instead I opted of going for a basic one and then filling it with the accessories I want. I originally wanted it over my mirror as I said, but in the above photographs you can see it has made to our bed frame and I think that's where it'll stay for the time being. 

In the evenings, I've loved popping on all the lights, snuggling under my new tartan blanket and get into my cosy pyjamas for the evening ahead. Candles are of course a must, but I also have several plates out ready for snacks! I picked most of mine up from H&M, Homesense and Flying Tiger, so if you're looking for little trinkets I'd definitely recommend there. 

Have you decorated your home for Christmas yet? 


Sunday, 1 December 2019

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

December To Do List
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Tis the season to be jolly! The last month of 2019 (and the decade!) is here and I've put together my December to do list to help my stay focused in this usually quite quick and busy time of the year. 

Continue Decorating| I actually put up my Christmas tree earlier this week despite my usual tradition of putting it up on the 1st, but I just couldn't help getting into the festive spirit early! I've been collecting lots of little bits and bobs for decorating our whole house as I've really gone all out this year to make it as festive as possible. We've got cushions, throws, a bed spread, garland and of course lots of twinkling lights, but I'm looking to continue decorating my house with everything I've picked up. 

Lots of Festive Food | Ahh... Christmas food! The excuse to test out the recipes for 25th as well as sample all the new in food in the supermarkets. I just love it all! I've been putting together cheeseboards already as well whipping up a veggie roast dinner on Sunday to get us prepped for the big day, but I think I'm going to try out my gingerbread recipe next. 

Make the most of this month | The fact there's officially only one month left of this decade is crazy to me and I'm sure the festive bubble I'm currently living in will be over before I know it. Therefore, I want to make the most of this month ahead; hunting out an ice rink, heading to Christmas markets and generally having cosy nights in. 

Post Daily On My Blog | Back in October, I challenged myself to post daily or at least as much as I can on my blog, something that I enjoyed thoroughly. I therefore want to continue this in December as well as creating content on my Instagram as well - I have so many ideas that I can't wait to get started. 

Pick Up Some New Winter Clothes | I don't know if it's just me, but the weather has got exceptionally cold this year and although I'm still wearing the coats I've picked up over the years, some are either looking worse for wear or they no longer fit me. I'm hoping to pick up some new Winter clothes to update my wardrobe. Below are the items currently in my wishlist: 

What's on your December to-do list? 
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