Saturday, 20 December 2014

LITTLE GIFTS




With Christmas round the corner, literally, I thought I'd do a little round up of some gift ideas that would make great little gifts or stocking fillers. Usually I find the smaller gifts the hardest, trying to find something nice and thoughtful for a smaller budget can be hard or even if you want to spend more but want a gift that will be great for anyone or maybe someone you struggle to buy for.


  • An Aromatherapy Associates candle, a great option when your struggling for ideas and perfect for someone who needs a relaxing treat,
  • A Body Shop gift set, with such a large variety of scents and products, from small to large your bound to find something for anyone,
  • Alexa Chung IT, an adorable, affordable little book that's lovely to read and a perfect coffee table accessory, 
  • Off the leash, a great book for animal lovers, full of comical, cute cartoons that are bound to get anyone laughing, boy or girl,
  • A subscription to Vogue- a great gift for any fashionista who would have the excitement of receiving an amazing magazine each month,
  • A My Little Box subscription, an amazing gift full of wonderful products and accessories that lands on your door step every month,
  • Urban Decay palette, you'd find it hard to find a beauty loving girl that would say no to an Urban decay palette. From eye palettes which a slightly larger price tag or their blush and contour palettes are a great more affordable option,  
  • Eyeko Lash curlers, with beautiful blue velvet handles these gorgeous eyelash curlers would make a great stocking filler.  



What are you hoping to find under the tree this Christmas?



Thursday, 18 December 2014

CURRENT FAVOURITES































So far December has been a month of discoveries and the five products I've been loving above them all are right here in all their glory and all of them great for this time of year.

First up an amazing mascara, Teez's Desert Metals mascara. As well as being beautifully packaged the product is amazing, it doesn't smudge which is great if your a sufferer of the panda eyes like me. The wand is a triangular shape so the small tip insures that every lash is covered and the tube insures that there is never too much product on the wand which prevents any overly clumpy lashes. A great for the party season to finish of an eye look that will last all night.
And to go with your perfect party eyes, an alternative to the usual red lip and a great one for a Christmas meals where you don't want a bold lip smudged all over your face is the lip shine crayon from No7. In a huge range of colours from natural to a little bolder, they give a nice sheen to the lips and fade nicely through the night.

I love nail polish, I have draws and boxes all over my room dedicated to their storage but unfortunately my nails pay the price which is why Sally Hansen nail rehab has been on my nails all month, either under another colour or by its self for a natural pink wash of colour. It helps improve the condition of my nails, making them stronger and grow quicker.
Over the top of this great strengthening base I've been loving is Rimmel's 60 second nail polish in the shade Rapid Ruby. It's a really nice jell affect, deep red that's great for the festive season.

An amazing skin care product that's great for dull for winter skin is Ren's Flash Rinse 1 minute facial. It helps fight redness and leaves my skin feeling super smooth and soft. A perfect product for a pre or post party pamper session, its great and quick!  






Monday, 15 December 2014

FAKING THE GLOW THAT WINTER SKIN LACKS




Grey, dull and lacking any glow, that pretty much sums up my skin in Winter. Despite a huge choice of skincare products that claim to add glow when you've just woken up who has time to start applying face masks and serums? so when in desperation, I turn to make-up and there are certain products I turn to on a dark, December morning.

A moisturiser I love for adding a healthy glow is The body Shop's, Vitamin E Moisture cream. As well as keeping my skin hydrated during the colder months it sinks in quickly so it's great for when you're in a rush and need to apply your make-up instantly.
After that, a primer and the one I just couldn't live without when my skin is looking dull is from Laura Mercier. This gorgeous tube contains a primer that glides onto the skin creating a seamless and glowing base that makes it easy to apply any foundation, quickly.

For dewy, healthy looking skin I love Bourjois' Healthy mix, a heavily hyped up foundation famous for the gorgeous looking skin it gives. It's 100% worth the hype and does exactly what it says on the tin, gives a healthy glow, that completely conceals dull, winter skin.
To finish of the perfect, glowing base, another product that's great for a dewy appearance is the Wake me up concealer from Rimmel. Great at hiding those dark circles and even works well as a subtle highlighter on the brow bone and bridge of the nose.

All these products are the ones I take out of storage when my skin is looking a little worse for wear and they all work complete wonders and transform my grey, winter skin.





Friday, 12 December 2014

MINIS




 Who doesn't love a mini? Not me, I love em' and recently an amazing beauty advent calendar and subscriptions to different beauty boxes has meant me trying a lot of them. I find that it's a great way to test a product out before buying it and in some cases I've really been surprised with what I've thought.

First up two hand creams, both very different, one great, one not so great. The great one, L' Occitane's Vanilla bouquet hand cream. A thick yet comfortable texture, extremely moisturising and an intoxicating scent, this hand cream is just amazing and a complete must for the winter months. I'm definitely going to be purchasing the full size. The not so great one, Burt's Bee's Almond and milk hand cream. This is probably a Marmite product, the smell is unusual and the texture not so nice. The marzipan scent is ok with me but is a little strong and the cream feels very greasy and take a while to absorb. The one thing I do like is the jar like packaging, it's really cute. 

When it comes to skincare, I've found a few new favourites. Liz Earle's cleanse and polish has been on my to try list for a very long time so I was very happy to find it hidden behind the first door in my advent calendar. I've really been enjoying using this cleanser, it's very similar to Nip+Fab's Deep cleanser which is another product I really love. They have the same minty, medicinal scent and both work well at keeping my skin clear. I've also been really loving Sanctuary's Warming polish. It's works really well at drawing out any impurities in my skin and has really helped with my congested skin around my chin and nose.

For those super dry patches I get in the colder months I've found the Nuke multi purpose oil works wonders. Great for your legs, elbows and even hair. Plus the smell is just intoxicating.

Another product I've been loving for the smell has been Molton Brown's orange and Bergamot body wash. The scent is fruity and fresh but still musky and it lathers well leaving you feeling clean and smelling nice.





Monday, 8 December 2014

THE EYES WITH MY LITTLE BOX
































I've raved about my subscription to My Little Box a lot on my blog and I still stand by the fact that it's the best part of the month seeing that this has arrived on my doorstep. Over the past two months I received a few products from them now that mean I can create a complete eye look that looks great for the winter months.
My first product is one from the My Little Box's own beauty brand, 'Stylo Lumiere' which is a sort of Touch eclat style product, meant for highlighting and brighting those darker areas, but I found that it could be a little difficult to blend so applied it on the eyelid for a wash of glowing colour and I really loved it. It looks really pretty and acts like a primer, creating a tacky wash of colour for the eye shadow to stick to.
Next up a gorgeous, chocolatey brown eyeshadow from 'Yves Rocher'.  Great for a winter eye, it looks great blended into the crease for a soft smokey look.
Too add more definition and even more smokiness to the look I've been lining my eyes with the Arcancil Starliner Eyeliner. I love this stuff, it's so pigmented that your eye is completely lined in one soft stroke. It's easy to blend when you apply it but once it's set it doesn't budge.
To finish of the look and to add intense length and volume to my lashes I've been using another product from the My Little Box's own range, a mascara. This stuff is so great and completely transforms the whole eye.






Friday, 5 December 2014

MY WINTER MAKEUP ROUTINE





My makeup routine has seen a big change lately and I've really been loving the products I'm using so I thought I'd share them with you all.

For nearly the past three months I've been using The Laura Mercier, foundation primer everyday under my foundation and I just can't get enough of it! It leaves my skin smooth and soft, a perfect base for my foundation and gives my skin a healthy glow that lasts all day. Plus, the best thing about this tube of goodness, I've never known my foundation last so long, it's great and I can't imagine never having a tube in my makeup stash from now on.

For foundation I couldn't resist giving into the hype and trying LOreal's True match foundation, with a huge and I mean HUGE selection of shades it's great if your like me and struggle to find the perfect match, though ironically I haven't quite found my true match but it's a close enough match to get away with wearing it. It gives a very natural, skin like finish (not too dewy, not too matte) and lasts well throughout the cold, windy days we've been having. Another great thing about this foundation is how easy it is to blend, it takes literally seconds to achieve a flawless base, that looks great when applied with the Real Techniques buffing brush.

To finish of my face I've been loving a range of different products. First blush. When it comes to my cheeks it has to be cream, always has been and I've been using the Bourjois Cream blush, in the shade sweet cherry constantly.  It's a slightly darker shade, perfect for the winter and adds a really pretty flush to the cheeks. For a bit of colour I've been loving the bronze shade from the Naked Flushed palette from Urban decay. It's such a gorgeous, natural shade that is great when used as a contour. In winter, especially in the lead up to Christmas I love a lot of highlighter and I've really been loving the shade from yet another face palette, this one from Sleek. It gives a really pretty, frosty glow to the cheeks and it looks so pretty. 

On my lips has mainly been tubs and tubes of different lip balms because the colder weather has made them so sore and dry. Any recommendations or tips? But when I do wear something it's surprisingly been a browny nude, thanks to Lily Melrose who is forever my makeup inspiration, and the shade I've been loving is Nude Delight from Rimmel.

I'm going to leave my eyes for another post because I've got a few things to talk about and with it being Christmas time (whoop whoop) I've been using it as an excuse to try some different looks. So keep an eye out for those in the next few weeks...