Saturday, 31 December 2016

How I Contour & Highlight My Cheekbones

It's no secret that I love a good contouring powder, and despite having oily skin, I'm a big fan of highlighters too. I mean, who can resist those sparkly pots of shimmer? I've tried quite a few different ones this past year, but my fail-safe routine, the Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio from Smashbox, has always been there to fall back on - like a trusty friend who never lets you down. And as a result, I happily re-buy time and time again. 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Beauty Pie - The New Make Up Buying Revolution?

Rewind to mid-December and the most stunning black box landed on my doorstep. Wrapped in matching bow, the embossed top simply said 'Beauty Pie' - the only clue as to what was inside. Like opening a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift, I took care in revealing the contents, unsure of what I'd find. Inside was a gorgeous array of beauty essentials in simple packaging and some information which I was intrigued by straight away... 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

December Favourites

With Christmas now done and dusted for another year, the turkey leftovers just about finished and the presents have almost found their way from the lounge where they were unwrapped, to their new homes in the rest of the house, it seems like December is just about over... So with the festive season just about wrapped up (see what I did there?!) it was time to wrap up my December Favourites too. And with some pretty cool products gracing the list this month, I've been excited to showcase some of my monthly favourite's...

Saturday, 24 December 2016

My Top Pick From Benefit This Christmas - Gals Just Wanna Have Fun

It's been a while since I featured Benefit here on the blog, but they're never far from my daily beauty routine because I use their new Brow Range products every day. Having used Benefit since I was a teenager, I'll always enjoy their products and can fully appreciate their girly and fun designs and styles. Plus, the products perform so well that it's rare I've ever been disappointed with a Benefit product.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Walk Through Illamasqua Chisel and Glow Gift Set

I've been desperate to try Illamasqua products properly for a while.

I'm always so drawn by their perfect looking goodies which always look absolutely fierce when I see them - exactly the sort of make-up that I love. Having not tried much of theirs before, I was like a kid at Christmas when I was looking through their current Christmas range. With some seriously seductive looking sets this Christmas, I struggled to whittle it down to my favourite, but I finally settled on the Chisel and Glow Gift Set.


Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Perfume Pick - Michael Buble By Invitation Holiday Gift Set

*This is a sponsored feature*

When it comes to perfume, I'm as picky as they come. I also like to think that I'm a bit of a perfume snob - someone who doesn't fall into fad's, or jump on the band-wagon when it comes to new releases. As a result I'm incredibly loyal to the perfumes I find and love - because they're quite few and far between. I'll happily try new ones out, giving them a good go, but there aren't many I'll repurchase or recommend to my friends. With Christmas seeing women all over the country gifted with perfume from their partners, friends and families, all purchased with the hope that they'll love it, I wanted to stick my hand in the air, raise my voice and recommend the Michael Buble By Invitation Holiday Set as the perfume gift to give this Christmas. And as a self confessed perfume snob, there's so many reason why this set is the one I recommend...


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Mac Nutcracker Sweet Holiday Collection

Oh how excited I've been to write this post! I've always been a huge MAC fan, and their recent limited edition collections have been pretty impressive to say the least. Personal favourites this past year include the Ellie Goulding Collaboration and the Vibe Tribe collection, both of which are firm favourites in my make-up bag. However the MAC collection to beat all others has arrived - it's the Nutcracker Sweet Holiday Collection, and I am in love with it all.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

This year has been the year of the eyeshadow palettes. Brands have absolutely knocked it out of the park when it comes to their eyeshadow palettes this year, and I for one am loving it! Eyeshadow palettes are probably my favourite piece of make-up. Bar none. I love them. All. I love them all. So this year has seen my collection grow multiple times over with the arrival of some seriously outstanding palettes. One of which is the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas Gifts - Top 5 Under £5

Christmas can be an expensive time of year, and over the years as a single mum, I've learnt how to be a little bit more frugal. The joy of finding bargain gifts now motivates me with some of my Christmas shopping and I pride myself on finding a few select gifts that don't break the bank, but still make great pressies. So if you're looking for gifts that won't blow the budget, then hopefully you'll appreciate my top five picks - all of which are under £5 this Christmas.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas With Bombay Duck

With Christmas quite literally around the corner, now is the time to get your gift buying into full swing. There's always a few people you've missed off the list, an extra teaching assistant to buy for at your child's school or a another Secret Santa gift to buy. (Please tell me it's not just me that this happens to?!) Just because Christmas is now within reach, doesn't mean your gifts of choice need to be rushed, questionable decisions that you're not quite sure if the recipient will enjoy. Bombay Duck are a one-stop shop for all your thoughtful and stunning Christmas gift needs, and what's more is that they'll guarantee Christmas delivery on all orders placed before 18th December. (But you can also get express delivery up until 2pm on the 22nd.)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

An Introduction To Zoeva Palettes and Brushes

Zoeva are a make-up brand I've been meaning to try properly for ages. I have tried their lipstick before, but other than that, I'm a total newbie. Their beautiful eyeshadow palettes always seem to pop up on my Instagram feed, and so I've been wanting to try out more from them for a while. Not just that, but their brush sets looked fantastic too, and I'm always looking for new make-up brushes - because a girl can never have too many right?


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Store Your Make-Up With Beautify - And Competition!

For absolutely AGES I've needed a proper way to store my make-up. The nature of beauty blogging means that my office and bedroom are always covered in make-up and skincare products. In fact, you'll probably find make-up dotted around every room in my house. And I'm fully addicted to it too, and can't resist buying more to try out. #SorryNotSorry The worst part though is that I have this bad habit of touching up my make-up infront of the floor length mirror at the side of my bed - and then leaving my make-up scattered across the floor in front of it. Which wasn't a problem until my boyfriend moved in and one-too-many-times would accidentally stand on my beloved liquid lipsticks and eyeshadows. Totally my fault, but for the sake of co-habiting bliss, it was time to get some proper make-up storage...


Making Memories with Photobox

As you know, I went on the trip of a lifetime to New York in the summer. (You can read my travel diary here.) I have always wanted to go to The Big Apple and it had been top of my Bucket List for years. After one too many diasters this year, I took the plunge and booked the trip - and it was by far the best trip I've ever been on. I had the best week of my life, and I've been well and truly bitten by the New York bug...I can't wait to go back already! I regularly sit and look through my photos and remind myself of everything I loved about that week, so I got to thinking about better ways I could preserve my memories. Which is where Photobox come in...


Friday, 9 December 2016

Kiko Milano Gets Festive

I've been loving Kiko Milano this year and when I saw their Holiday 2016 Collection I was pretty obsessed from the get-go. Mostly because the packaging is just so festive - the red vibes and Christmas colours are sure to get you in the festive mood, and the products themselves are really cute too. It's a win/win range for Christmas.


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lady Writes Christmas Gift Guide 2016

It's here, it's here, it's finally here! The Lady Writes Gift Guide 2016 has arrived with an amazing bundle of gift inspiration to help you buy for everyone on your list this year. From your Grandma, to your Mum, Sister and bestie, this guide has a list of goodies to take the confusion out of shopping this Christmas. I've hand picked every single item on the list, and can personally recommend each and every product. Meaning that everything here has the Lady Writes seal of approval, and will make an amazing gift for your friends and family to find under the tree this year.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Too Faced Christmas Collection 2016 - Grande Hotel Cafe

Never before has a Christmas collection made me quite this excited...To be fair, pretty much all of the Too Faced collections make me excited. I've never been disappointed with their products and have a collection I'm pretty proud of. So when I saw that the theme of their Christmas 2016 collection was called 'Christmas in New York' - I knew I'd love it because it doesn't seem like a couple of months since I was in New York on the trip of a lifetime!


Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Walk Through My Favourite Jo Malone Scent - Wood Sage & Sea Salt

There are some brands that far surpass class, elegance and sophistication. So high quality are their products that they just stand there, taking pride of place on my dressing table, in front of everything else, strutting their elite stuff on the catwalk of my beauty room. These brands have the ability to stop you in your tracks as you walk past their stores, to lure you towards their displays and convince you to purchase new additions to your collection without a second thought. Such high regard for a brand and it's products doesn't come along very often - in fact we'll all only have one or two of these brands who've never let us down, or who make us feel that tingle of class and elegance when we own their products.

For me, one of those brands is Jo Malone.
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