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My DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

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.

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

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?

DIY Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

 

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October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I honestly can’t remember how long it’s been since I wrote a beauty and lifestyle favourites post, I thought it was about time I told you what items I’ve really enjoyed during October. First of all, where has this year disappeared to? It really doesn’t seem a whole 12 months ago since I was sitting here planning my December posts, and here we are 2018 is almost over. Isn’t that scary? To be honest, I kind of lost my way with the whole blogging thing for a few weeks. I felt my posts were getting lost in the huge blogging ocean, partly because I wasn’t promoting myself on social media and I didn’t feel like I had enough new and exciting content. Real life events had taken over the time I would normally have dedicated to my space on the internet.

I happened to be talking to a friend and she asked me what I hoped to gain from blogging. Was I purely writing for myself, other people or to be liked? I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with myself, and the last option was a definite no as over the years I’ve learnt you can’t please everyone. Taking that time off gave me the space I needed to breathe, and the fear of almost losing my blog a few days ago gave me the kick up the backside I needed to feel inspired again.

One thing I have really enjoyed recently is a trip to Sandringham House, The Queen’s country home in North Norfolk. It has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights. I even had a picnic on The Queen’s lawn, I’m sure she won’t mind. I had to have my photo taken outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time. You may like to read what else we got up to on our visit to Sandringham House.

The Walking Dead has also returned to our screens, I bloomin love that show. Season 9 has definitely come back with a bang, I can’t believe one of my favourite characters is leaving, no spoilers but his last scenes will be aired in the UK on Monday 5th November and I shall be inconsolable and sobbing into a pile of soggy tissues.

I suppose I should move on to some beauty products I’ve loved using this month. You know what it’s like, that gorgeous item of makeup arrives, beautifully wrapped and you want to delve straight in and start using it. But you can’t as you want to take a million photos and there’s just no time, the pile is building up on that chair in the corner of your room. Yeah, that was me. I don’t know, do people prefer to see something in pristine condition, or would you rather see a product that’s well used and covered in a layer of excess powder?

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

I’ve been obsessed with Bobbi Brown Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette, the shades are absolutely beautiful and there’s one for just about every natural day look you’d want to create. If I’m in a rush I’ve been swiping Nude all over and Tan on the lid and lower lash line. It’s a good size palette with 10 different colour eyeshadows in a mix  of matt and shimmer, there’s also a decent mirror, just in case you want to take it on your travels. The powders feel creamy soft and blend in beautifully.

I didn’t think I’d ever get as excited about a foundation as I have with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I love a moisturising base and this one is super creamy, almost as though you were applying a rich face cream. It’s a full coverage foundation but doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on my skin and really evens out my complexion. I find it easy to blend over my skin using a damp beauty sponge and shade 4.5 matches perfectly for a really flawless base. It contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing, leaving your skin looking smooth and plumper. Concentrated mushroom extract helps to firm, tighten pores and thoroughly hydrated. I’ve been using this with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer and if you’d like to know my thoughts on it I’ll leave a full review here.

I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but it really is my go to mascara for beautiful fluttery lashes. I love the large brush, it coats every single lash, making them look thick and full of volume, one coat is definitely enough. It wears lovely throughout the day, no flaky bits drop onto my cheek.

To keep it all in place I’ll been applying Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder, it feels incredibly smooth and doesn’t clump up on any dry patches. I’m not one for layering loads of powder all over my face but I do like to set my concealer with a light dusting. I just use a large fluffy brush and gently sweep over those areas. This powder doesn’t look dry, my skin still looks dewy, which I really like.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

 

Now we’re well and truly out of the summer months I still want to have a sunkissed glow to my complexion. I’ve been using one of my old favourites, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess which gives a subtle hint of colour and looks super natural.  I use a large fluffy brush to achieve that all over holiday look, then a smaller one to blend it into the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead to give my face some definition. It give my skin a little warmth where the sun would naturally hit.

I’ve rediscovered how much I love Pixi Rose Flash Balm Skin Booster to prime my skin before makeup and applying a thicker layer twice a week which acts as a mask, you just leave it on for about five minutes and gently wipe it away. It contains rose extract and rose flower water, these are incredibly gentle on my skin, The balm is oil free and glides on beautifully without leaving any greasy residue, making my skin feel ultra soft and hydrated. It’s a great multi-purpose product that’s the perfect compact size for popping in your overnight bag.

October Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

The Glossier Balm Dotcom is an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC, perfect for this time of year. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose one. The balm has quite a thick consistency, I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day.

Beauty and Lifestyle Favourites

Another box set I’ve been watching again is Sex and the City, I enjoyed even more this time round. The fashion, the friendships between the four women and of course the “will they, won’t they” relationship between Carrie and BIg. I’d love to be like Carrie and whip open my laptop with every “last night I got to thinking” moment. I’m certainly not a talented writer like her but there’s always hope. For now I shall just be inspired by the many fashion choices she makes, My friend treated me to a name necklace in the same style Carrie wears, it is a very early Christmas present but I love wearing it. My friend also bought me the Love key ring like the one that was given to Carrie in the first film.

What beauty and lifestyle things have you been loving during the last month? Have you been anywhere exciting or watched any good shows on TV?

 

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

I was so excited when Charlotte Tilbury recently launched the Magic Away Concealer as I already love a number of her base products. This had been five years in the making and I had high hopes after reading reviews where people said how great it was. It’s a full coverage, cream concealer which claims to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, blemishes and imperfections to instantly give a fresher looking skin. It lasts up to 15 hours, plus it’s water resistant. That covers just about everything I’d want from my concealer, so of course I had to try it out for myself.

I’ve been a fan of Charlotte Tilbury for quite a while now, the products look extremely glamorous and classy with their stunning gold packaging. The brand puts so much work in their products and really understand what their customers want. My collection has definitely grown over the last few years and no doubt I’ll be adding to it again soon.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer wand comes in classic rose gold packaging and along one side it has a tiny window so you’re able to see how much you’ve used and the actual shade. As I’d expect from a Charlotte Tilbury product, it feels very luxurious and the tube itself is quite sturdy.

The Magic Away Concealer contains Persian Silk Tree Bark Extract which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. It also contains a native Indian plant called Extract of Wild Indigo which helps to brighten under the eye area and enhance your skins luminosity. If all that wasn’t good enough, there’s Palmitoyl Glycine to help rejuvenate your complexion, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and making your skin look more youthful and fresh.

The wand is a twist up style with a sponge tip applicator. When you use it for the very first time you do have to give it a couple of twists to release the product out of the sponge. Then every time you use it after that just slightly twist the tube to allow a small amount of concealer to be release ready for you to use.

The concealer come in 16 different shades, which i think is quite a good variety. I got mine in shade 4 as I’m usually a warm ivory in foundation shades. This matched my skin tone perfectly, as you can see by the photo it’s concealed under my eyes lovely and reduced any signs of the previous late night. The magic precision sponge has been designed to roll over any imperfections and fit right into the eye contour without dragging the delicate skin. It really does give you the most flawless application compared to other concealers I’ve used. The sponge applicator is also shaped which comes in very handy for getting right into the corner and I simply used a beauty sponge to make sure it was completely blended in. For any small blemishes and around my nose I just dabbed gently over the concealer with my finger tip.

The Magic away Concealer has a thick, creamy consistency giving a full coverage which blends out beautifully. It may be a thick formula yet it feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. I love that it has a sponge applicator making it easy to apply and I’m absolutely amazed at how flawless it looks, no caking or sinking into any fine lines. It’s so good that there have been days when I’ve just worn a CC cream and this concealer as my base and felt like I was hardly wearing any makeup at all. My skin looks natural and fresh, which I love, and the concealer even managed to cover up a few tiny spots I had on my chin without making that area look dry. Occasionally I set my concealer with a fine dusting of loose powder if I’m going to be out all day but honestly I didn’t have to do too much with this one at all. It’s extremely long lasting and I didn’t have to top it up once.

I love everything about this concealer, it’s full coverage, lightweight, doesn’t crease and covers up dark circles and reduces fine line. What more could a girl want from her little magic wand?

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury,s Magic Away Concealer?

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Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Summer days maybe coming to an end but we can still make the most of them with our beauty routines. That feeling of fresh, dewy skin and not being caked in a layer of heavy makeup. You may have only spent a few minutes on your makeup look, but you’re left feeling pulled together and ready for the day ahead.

Jane Iredale have recently launched in the UK and their makeup is fully mineral based, each item is kind to your skin as well as looking great when you’re wearing it. They have an excellent range of shades in each product, which includes BB Creams, Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers, Lipstick, Eyeshadows and Blushers. Even their concealers are mineral based so your skin will reap the benefits on those days you need a little extra coverage. Mineral makeup is better for your skin as it’s non-comedogenic, creating a barrier on the surface and allowing your skin to breathe rather than clogging up the pores. It’ll help protect your skin against pollution and the minerals include active ingredients that will truly benefit your skin.

Sound good so far?

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

I’ve been testing four products from Jane Iredale and first up we have a PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in shade Brown Sugar. The palette includes three colours which complement one another well and are highly pigmented, they can also be applied wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for. The soft creamy eyeshadows blend together beautifully and last for ages with no creasing. The eyeshadows are full of ingredients that will benefit your skin, even those with sensitive skin like me.

The PurePressed Blush in shade Barely Rose, a browny pink colour, is so subtle and natural it’s perfect for everyday use. This has become my go-to blusher on those days when I don’t want to wear too much makeup. Just a sweep of this blusher gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour. Again, it blends in beautifully over the top of a BB Cream and lasts pretty much all day.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

PureMoist Lipstick gives a pop of colour while hydrating and protecting your lips just like your favourite lip balm. These come in a vast range of shades. I found it so hard to choose but eventually went for the colour Renee, a beautiful pinky rose. It’s the kind of lipstick I can just swipe on with a touch of mascara and BB Cream and feel made up without having to spend hours getting ready. These balmy lipsticks are highly pigmented and super long lasting, they are packed with vitamins, Orange Peel Wax and Moringa Butter to soften, hydrate and protect the delicate lip area. I don’t normally say this about a lipstick but they smell divine thanks to the Blackberry extracts. I must say, I absolutely love the sleek gold packaging, I think it looks extremely classy and is slim enough to fit into even the smallest of clutch bags.

Jane Iredale have just launched a new range of Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipsticks in 15 different shades, there’s even one called Sharon (maybe I should have chosen that one!) but I’m officially in love with the shade Tania, a natural pinky peach. The creamy formula gives a matte finish and is super hydrating and won’t dry out the lips. The lipstick sits comfortably on the lips and is extremely long lasting, managing to stay on well through lunch and an afternoon coffee break. That’s pretty good going in my book. It contains Moringa Oil, a rich antioxidant which will nourish and soothe your lips and a unique blend of waxes to protect and hydrate your lips. I’m even one of those people who get excited about the magnetic click when you close the lid. At £24 they are on the pricier side but oh so worth it, I will have to treat myself to a couple of darker shades just in time for Autumn.

Jane Iredale: The Skincare Makeup

Jane Iredale products are also cruelty free. This is a brand I couldn’t recommend enough, I absolutely love the makeup I’ve been using and I’m so glad I came across them on social media. You can learn more about Jane Iredale on their website and Instagram.

Have you tried mineral makeup before? How did you get on using it?

*Items in this post are PR samples and have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

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Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Eyeliner

Flawless Liners By Loreta

I’m not great at creating the perfect the cat eye flick, even with the best of liquid eyeliners. When I’m going out in the evening or for a special occasion I still love to apply a touch of liner so my eyes feel a little more made up.

Imagine my excitement when these Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Eyeliners* arrived through the post, I couldn’t wait to put them to the test and start creating a range of different looks. Flawless Lashes By Loreta are probably best known for their amazing professional lash extensions and they have recently launched their liquid eyeliner in a range of different colours. There’s a choice of Black, Emerald Green, Beautiful Brown and Vibrant Purple.

Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liner

The liquid liner comes with a neat felt tip style fibre nib and is perfect for creating a precise line, however thick you like your liner to be. This is by far the best one I’ve tried and I found the pen really easy to handle, getting right into the areas where I wanted my liner to be. The tip isn’t too soft and won’t end up going all over the place when you’re trying to apply the liner, in fact it’s so precise that it’s easy to get right into the corners where I’ll only want the thinnest of lines.

The liner stayed on all day and didn’t even budge during the extremely hot weather we’ve recently had in the UK, which is pretty good going. Believe me, no amount of sweating, crying, eye rubbing or getting stuck in a downpour is going to smudge these little beauties! The brilliant thing is that you can easily remove it just by using your usual cleanser or eye makeup remover. I soak a little on a cotton pad and hold it over each eye for a few seconds, then gently wipe away. There’s no need to scrub too hard to remove every last bit of liner.

Flawless Liners By Loreta

If your usual shade is black or brown, why not try something different for a change. The Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liners also comes in Emerald Green and Vibrant Purple. These liners are incredibly pigmented and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun creating different looks, knowing that it will last all day without smudging. They are suitable to wear with eyelash extensions and for people with sensitive skin. I had absolutely no irritation when I wore these liners.

Each one costs £14.95 and are available from Flawless Lashes By Loreta

You may also be interested in My Summer Beauty Favourites

*The Flawless Lashes By Loreta Flawless Liners have been sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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