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Beauty Favourites For December

Beauty Favourites For December

I wanted to get my Beauty Favourites For December in early this year because the speed this month’s going it will almost be New Year before we know it. I know the lead up to Christmas can be an extremely busy time for some people but I’m sure you’ll be interested in these little gems I’ve been loving for the past month. 

I won’t waffle on too much so I’ll get straight on and give you the run down of my Beauty Favourites for December.

Beauty Favourites For December

Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette 

It’s the season to be glittery and glowy. I wish I had a party to go to every night til New Year just so I can wear all these stunning shades in this Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette.  There are 18 creamy, highly pigmented eyeshadows including matte, chrome, pearl and glitter shades. I’d be here all day if I named all the shades but believe me they are stunning. There’s no fall out and the colour lasts extremely well. This would make the perfect gift for any beauty lover. 

Rosie For Autograph Eyeshadow Palette

This is the first time I’ve tried anything from Rosie’s collection and I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous rose gold packaging. I chose the eyeshadow palette called “I Feel Like A Million Dollars” with 4 stunning shades that complement each other beautifully. The soft creamy powders blend together really well to create a natural look for both day and night. It would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for any beauty lover. 

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter And Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

 These stunning liquid eyeshadows are are pure glitter heaven in gold and pink tones. The shades are Kitten Karma (champagne with copper glitter), Diamond Dust (silver with multi coloured glitter) and Smokey Storm (Pewter with silver glitter). They’re perfect to use all over your lid for a full on glitter look, and the small sponge makes it easy to dab a small amount in the centre or inner corner of your lid to add hint of sparkle.

Beauty Favourites For December
Beauty Favourites For December

Stila Stay All day Liquid Lipsticks

I’ve constantly been wearing these nude liquid lipsticks for both day and night, they come in a set of 3 shades with a matte dusty rose, shimmery dusty rose and a warm caramel. These lipsticks contain Vitamin E and Avocado Oil and have a soft buttery consistency which makes them feel comfortable on the lips. They’re full coverage and incredibly long lasting. 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

I’m all about lip oils during the colder months and wanted one with a slight hint of colour. I’ve been using this lip care treatment from Clarins in Shade 9 Red Berry Glam, it’s a very subtle colour but extremely glossy. The colour doesn’t last that long, about 4 hours, but it does make my lips feel super soft. It has quite a heavy texture yet doesn’t feel sticky.

Beauty Favourites For December

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4 Face Palette

I fell in love with this gorgeous Hourglass palette with it’s limited edition pink packaging as soon as I saw it. With 6 stunning shades of metallic powders, ranging from  champagne and rose gold to earthy bronze, giving you a lit from within glow. The shades help to blur out any imperfections and leave you complexion looking more youthful. The bronzer and blush shades give a natural flush of colour and a gorgeous highlighter that’s not in the least bit glittery. 

That’s all of my Beauty Favourites for December. Have you tried any of these amazing products? what have you been loving this month?

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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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My Favourite Highlighters For Every Budget

Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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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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