Over the weekend I went to a Halloween party for the third year in a row. A friend of mine invited us along and insisted it was fancy dress. I was so excited that I began experimenting with different looks and deciding on what costume to wear. I finally settled on a Graveyard Bride and I’m extremely happy with how it turned out.
I had quite a few people ask me where my costume was from so I thought I’d share a very quick blog post to give you all the information. The Graveyard Bride outfit is from a company called Fancy Dress Ball and although it may be too late for this Halloween they have a large selection of outfits in case you’re invited along to any parties over Christmas and New Year. I’m sure I’ll be able to wear the wig for a different look but for now the outfit is going in my dressing up box.
For the makeup I used mainly products I already had in my drawer so there was little extra cost. I am by far no expert but what I love about this look is the makeup doesn’t need to be perfect, the smudgier the better.
For the base I used a damp make up sponge and applied a white face paint which I bought for £2 from Wilkos, blending it in along the jawline and down the neck. I set this in place with some loose translucent powder.
On the cheeks I’ve simply mixed a dark plum eyeshadow with a brown one and applied it under my cheekbones and along the jaw line, blending it with a fluffy brush. I’ve used a dark grey eyeshadow along the edges of my nose, right up around my eye sockets to where my eye brows meet. I’ve then used whatever was left on my brush to gently sweep around the inner corners of my cheeks, down and along my chin to give a slightly bruised look.
For the eyes I’ve used the Urban Decay Smoky eyeshadow palette. The shades I chose were Smolder (a dark grey), Black Market ( a dark black), Dagger (a medium grey) and Slanted (a silvery grey). I made sure to blend the dark grey downwards to emphasise dark circles. I also added a touch of silvery white eyeshadow along the bow bone. I’ve lined my upper lash line using a jet black liquid liner and used a black eyeshadow on the outer corners of my lid and along my lower lash line. Inside the water line I’ve used a black gel liner. On my eye bows I used a small brush and applied a black eyeshadow, then a few strokes of black gel liner, smudging it upwards.
For the lips, I covered them completely with white face paint using a damp makeup sponge and went over the top with a pearly nude lip gloss. Using my finger, I smudged in a dark red lipstick, mainly sticking to the inner section of my lips. Finally I used an small makeup brush to dab black eyeshadow onto the very centre of my lips and white powder on the outer section where my lips touch together.
When I find a skincare product I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many other items. I know what works well on my skin, also what keeps it hydrated and glowing. I thought I’d share my current skincare routine and favourite products, there are a lot to get through so I’ll jump straight in.
Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup. I love this one from No7 and I’ve repurchased it so many times over the years. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of dirt and makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.
Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’ve been into London or worn a lot of makeup that day. This one is gentle and doesn’t cause any irritation, I pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.
Pixi Skintreats Retinol Tonic – After cleansing I love to use a toner and this one from Pixi ticks all the boxes. It contains Jasmine Flower which not only has great health benefits for your skin but it smells amazing. The Retinol helps rejuvenate your skin to give a natural glow, antioxidants help reduce fine lines and Peptides firm skin & boost collagen production. It’s the best skin tonic I’ve used in a long time and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon.
Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – I find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day.
Lancome Anti Stress Moisturising Night Cream – I’ve always used a night cream before I go to bed and this one from Lancome gives my skin a boost while I sleep. It reduces signs of fatigue and leaves my complexion looking like I’ve had a fabulous nights sleep. It’s incredibly moisturising and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Caudalie Firming Serum – In the Evening I make sure I apply a few drops of this lightweight serum from Caudalie. It’s an aromatic infusion of chamomile flowers, lavender water, petit grain, thyme, sage and fresh mint. The oil-free texture glides beautifully onto the skin and absorbs in quickly. It contains hyaluronic acid which helps make the skin look firmer and more toned. It restores a youthful looking complexion and as a 30+ blogger I noticed the difference right from the moment I started using it. I’ve lost count how many bottles I’ve bought, I literally love it that much.
Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – The best eye cream I’ve found is this one by Kathleen, I apply it both in the morning and evening. It’s incredibly hydrating on the delicate skin around the eyes. and great for reducing dark circles and puffiness. My eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels soft and looks smoother. This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Weekly Skincare Treats
Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil – I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a real deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.
Lanolips Tinted Lip Balm – I chose the shade Perfect Nude, not only does it tint your lips in a natural pinky, nude colour but it keeps them feeling incredibly soft and hydrated throughout the day. It contains factor 30 so you’re protecting the delicate skin while out in the sun. I love wearing this alone or as a pirimer before adding my lip colour over the top.
Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream * – I have a tube of hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag. I’m currently using this one from Caudalie which came as part of a gift set, it’s the perfect size to carry around with me. The cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, yet it’s extremely nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.
Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7 is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.
Another body scrub I absolutely love is Sanctuary’s Hot Sugar Scrub which warms up when you massage into your skin. It’s quite thick when you first scoop it out but it soon melts over the body as you work it in. It’s so gentle yet so effective, especially on the dry areas.
Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.
Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion* – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.
*This post contains products that were originally gifted but I’ve since repurchased from the brand out of my own money.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury, it simply oozes old school glamour. My wishlist has been growing ever since I purchased the iconic nude lipstick Pillow Talk last year. I made a promise that I would treat myself to a few things from the brand and start building up a collection of my own. The packaging is divine,it makes me feel oh so glamorous with a Charlotte Tilbury product in my hand. This summer’s releases have to be my favourite, the colours are quite simply stunning. Sadly I missed out on a few Limited Editions, but there’s always next year. When I sit at my dressing table to apply something from her range I know I’m going to leave the house that morning feeling great. It’s safe to say I have a slight obsession with Charlotte Tilbury and these are the products that have become essential in my summer beauty kit and I know I’ll be wearing them for a good few weeks yet to retain that golden summer glow.
I was using tanning drops in my morning skincare routine but there were some days I just didn’t have the time. Then the Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask came into my life and oh wow, is this worth it’s weight in gold.. I apply a thin layer all over my face and neck a couple of times a week while I’m doing my evening skincare. It develops overnight, leaving my complexion with a beautiful glowing holiday look.
This was one product I absolutely had to get as soon as I saw it had launched. Every one was raving about it, now I get what the fuss was about. The Wonder Glow Primer is just perfect for creating that dewy, summer glow, it’s already proven to be worth every penny. I originally bought it to wear alone while on holiday and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It leaves my complexion with the most beautiful, radiant glow, giving it a subtle lit from within look. It can also be worn under foundation for an extra sunkissed look. Plus the SPF 15 will help protect your skin from the sun. All this packaged up in one bottle, what more could a girl ask for?
I prefer a more natural look, which is why the Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow is just the perfect palette. The cool toned bronzer helps to contour your face, giving you a beautiful sunkissed complexion. The matching golden toned highlighter captures and reflects the light just where you want it. The glow from this is absolutely incredible. The shades work together to make it easy for sculpting areas of your face and creating the most gorgeous luminous complexion. The powders feel so soft and blend in beautifully, making it easy to create whatever level of coverage you want. This is ideal for anyone with fair to medium skin tones, I love how the shades give me a beautiful sunkissed glow, Also, can I just mention how gorgeous the golden packaging is, it just oozes Hollywood glamour which is what I’ve come to love about Charlotte Tilbury products.
Had to mention a cneeky addition to my collection for 2109. I’m absolutely in love with all the golden vibes from the Glowgasm palette. The shades are absolutely stunning, two blushers, a bronzer and highlighter. Each shade is incredibly pigmented and blend well together, plus the powder feels silky smooth against your cheek. I also think the packaging is simply gorgeous.
The Pretty Youth Glow Filter is a cream to powder blush and highlighter duo. It’s designed to instantly give your complexion a lift. The two shades work together to give your skin a smooth blurred finish and make you look fresh faced and radiant. There are two different palettes to choose from, I’ve gone for Seduce Blush, a powder pink and dusky rose duo, which works perfectly with my skin tone. I wish I’d picked up the Hugging Brush that goes with these blushers, it picks up the right amount of product and applies it just where it’s needed. Having said that the brush I’m using is just as good. I find the cream to powder isn’t too drying giving my cheeks a hint of colour and blurring any imperfections. The highlight shade adds definition with the light catching all the high points of my face.
I totally missed out on the Limited Edition Bigger Brighter Eyes – Exagger-Eyes Palette last, I could have kicked myself. My second choice was The Golden Goddess Eyeshadow Palette and fell in love as soon as I opened the packaging. There are four stunning golden toned eyeshadows and I’ve been wearing them a lot over the summer. This is one of those palettes you don’t need to think too hard about when you’re applying it because it’s colour coded with four shades designed to prime, enhance, smoke and pop. The Taupe shade makes a beautiful day look when worn alone or use all four for something more smokey. They blend together beautifully, the pigment is incredible making this the perfect palette for any time of day and for taking in your travel bag.
I used to be scared of liquid liners, now I’m a complete convert. I find the felt tip style liners much easier to apply than a pot and thin brush, which usually ends up all over the place. The Feline Flick is a bold black shade and a really thick formula, and the pen style applicator makes it easy to control exactly where you want your liner to go. I love that it stays put all day without even smudging. Everyone should have The Feline Flick in their makeup bag.
When I discover and fall in love with a great mascara I want to buy it by the truck load. That’s how I felt when I first tried the Full Fat Lashes as you can coat your lashes once for a natural summer everyday flutter or bulid it up for some serious volume and amazing length in a bold black. There’s no flaking or clumping so it’s a fantastic mascara for hot summer days by the sea.
This post wouldn’t be complete without featuring at least one Charlote Tilbury lipstick. I’m already a huge fan of Pillow Talk and Bitch Perfect and decided to invest in three more shades for this summer. The colours I’ve chosen are perfect to complete any summer glowy look.
Matte Revolution Very Victoria (left), is a beautiful browny nude, which is the perfect colour for every day. Yes, I’ll be totally honest with you, I did buy this after seeing a feature on Megan Markle and this was reportedly one her favourite shades of lipstick. I absolutely love it, the colour goes with everything and works well day to night. It’s such a beautiful shade and works well with most skin tones. The pigmentation is high and it’s incredibly long lasting, but just in case I do need to top up I also carry a tube in my handbag. It may be matte but it also has a rich creamy formula so won’t dry out the lips. I think this may have taken over from Pillow Talk as my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.
Moving away from the nudes, I wanted to inject some colour into my summer makeup bag. This time I chose one from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks and loved the look of The Duchess, (centre), a natural tea rose pink shade. This range of lipsticks have light diffusing pigments to help make your lips look more fuller and they’re incredibly creamy and glide beautifully over the lips. Tree extracts help to protect your lips against UV damage and leaves them feeling soft and hydrated.
I didn’t think a coral this bright would ever suit me but Coachella Coral (right), also from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range, is a pink toned coral and works well for any skin tone. It’s such a beautiful shade which makes your lips look fuller and adds a subtle pop of colour to my summer look. I love the creamy formula which also helps protect and hydrate the lips.
The Lip Cheat Lip Liner in shade Pillow Talk, is a beautiful nude shade that will go perfectly with my nude lipsticks.. The soft, creamy pencil doesn’t drag the delicate skin, yet still creates a perfect line to re-shape and resize the outline of your lips. An absolute must in any girls makeup bag.
What products do you love in those last few weeks of summer. Have you switched to Autumn shades yet or are you making your holiday glow last as long as possible?
I am obsessed with skincare but a product has got to be truly fabulous for me to shout about it to the rest of the world. I love using a face oil before I go to bed at night, I find the whole experience is incredibly relaxing as well as giving my skin some much needed moisture. I have a few favourites which I use religiously but still love to try out at least one new product every few months in case I find a real gem to add to my skincare routine.
The beauty industry is forever launching a new product and it can be overwhelming at times. One product that made headlines this year is Beauty Sleep Elixir* by Beuti Skincare and it’s all thanks to it being a royal favourite. I’d not heard of Beuti before but was keen to try out this night oil after finding out it was one of Megan Markle’s favourite skincare products. It was literally sold out for months and no one could get their hands on it. The Beauty Sleep Elixir has a natural blend of 14 plant based oils which helps reduce your skin ageing caused by inflammation over a period of time.
This facial oil is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, including Caribbean coral extract, and a sandalwood nut kernel oil to help prevent collagen and elastin break down.
Beauty Sleep Elixir can also be worn under makeup to even out the skin tone, used as a blemish treatment thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers or to brighten your complexion on no makeup days. Our skin renews itself over night while we catch up on our beauty sleep so I personally love using it before bed to give my skin a super boost of vitamins, minerals and huge hit of omega 3,5,6,7 and 9. Result, I’ve woken up with beautiful glowing skin the following morning.
I introduced a facial oil to my skincare routine about a year ago, although there seemed to be so many around and all of them did different things. Some oils are better for reducing redness, some brighten your complexion and some are great for hydrating your skin. What I absolutely love about Beauty Sleep Elixir is it does everything you’d want from a night oil and leaves you with soft, luminous skin the following morning.
Yes, it actually works. I swear by the Beauty Sleep Elixir now, I’ve been using it every night and have had so many comments on how glowing my skin looks. I add two drops to the palm of my hand and gently pat it onto my skin, and it does all the hard work while I sleep.
The Beauty Sleep Elixir is 100% natural with 98% organic plant oils, all working together to create this wonder oil that calms, softens and nourishes your skin. It feels super rich yet light on the skin, it’s natural goodness gets absorbed in beautifully and doesn’t clog up your pores. It’s extremely gentle on my sensitive skin and it’ll be a real winner with anyone who is prone to acne or suffers from redness or inflammation. I think it’ll be suitable for everyone, even those with greasy skin who may just need to use one drop or on specific areas. It’s also excellent for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and making your complexion look really healthy.
Did I also mention it smells divine?
It’s been quite a while since a facial oil has got me as excited as this one has and it’s honestly by far one of the best beauty products I’ve ever used. I’m going to continue using my bottle right up until the very last drop and I’ll definitely have purchased a new one before this bottle runs out.
If you do want to try the Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir for yourself, you can find it on Look Fantastic at £42 for a 30ml bottle. But be quick because it keeps selling out fast.
*This product was kindly sent to me in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and photos are my own.
I don’t know how many times I seen a beautiful Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, only to see how ridiculously expensive it is, especially when I probably only use half the contents? Every year I treat myself to a traditional chocolate advent calendar, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one. Three years ago I bought the Tanya Burr Beauty Advent Calendar. As pretty as the products inside were, I found that things like the glitter eyeliner pens were still sitting in my draw untouched and I ended up giving them away.
Last year, I began my search yet again for the perfect beauty advent calendar and read bloggers reviews but I still wasn’t able to find one that I really loved and thought was worth the money. Adrian quite possible needed ear plugs by that point because he decided to put together one for me.
He searched on Etsy for a set of mini stockings which he could put mini gifts in ready for me to open in the lead up to Christmas. Eventually he found this set of 24 from a company called All Sewn Up By Sophia which comes complete with 24 mini gold pegs and a long piece of string to hand them on.. Luckily we have a chimney breast and the length of the DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar hung perfectly along it.
Adrian then went to the Boots 3 for 2 gifts and choose a selection that were small enough to fit in each stocking. He knows me so well as he found a gorgeous Ted Baker rose gold makeup set containing 12 products and it was on a half price offer at the time. He definitely scored extra brownie points with that one.
I absolutely love my Homemade Beauty Advent Calendar, not only was I able to use it last year but I’ll be able to recycle it for many years to come. I’m sure if I ever get bored of makeup it can be filled with my favourite chocolates or mini drink bottles.
Do you have an Advent Calendar each year? Is yours a beauty or chocolate one, or do you make up your own version too?
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