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Whats In My Party Clutch | NYE Edition

Whats In My Party Clutch | NYE Edition

Girls have a lot of essentials they need in their handbag and by gosh I carry everything but the kitchen in sink my mine. During a night out though I do tend to downsize to a smaller bag and a smaller pick of essentials. Here are my New Years Eve night out essentials that I always have on me when I do venture out for the night.

I always like to take a perfume out with me in case I get a bit crazy on the dance floor and start to smell funky... My go to perfume at the minute is Dolce and Gabbana and my bottle is nearly empty because I have used it none stop recently. Carrying on with smelling nice I always have a pack or pot of chewing gums in my clutch bag because you never know when you might get bad breath. I hate drinking a cider and then smelling it on my breath and since I am a boy when I drink, I 99.9% of the time will be drinking cider so chewing gums are always needed.

I take my Babylips lip balm with me everywhere during the day and night so of course it is in my clutch bag on a night out and also for my lips I carry two lip options for the night. 9 out of 10 times I wear a red lip for a night out in December so of course I carry one with me and I've included the Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Cherry Pop to top up my red lips but I also take a nude shade out with me. This is because during nights out I can get bored with my lips or after having food and drink my lipstick is non-existent and I don't want to reapply the red shade, so I always bring a moisturising nude shade to give my lips a rest and I picked the Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Bare Pop for this. This lipstick is so moisturising and long wearing on the lips that it is a easy choice to throw in the bag.

To stop me sweating my life away I always bring some sort of powder in my bag for top ups and my current favourite is the Dior Skin Nude Tan in light which I have had for a very long time. I used to think this powder was more of a bronzer but after some time I realised that it wasn't giving me bronzed goddess cheekbones so it must only be a powder. This gives my skin a lovely glow and feels lovely on the skin. It doesn't leave your skin looking like it has powder on which is one of the reasons I really love this powder for nights out. To top up my bronzer I always carry my Hoola bronzer in my bag as this is a fail safe option. It doesn't matter what bronzer you have previously used on your face, this product always look good on your skin and suits everyone so if someone in the group needs a top up I have them covered.

Concealers are a must have product during a night out to cover up the dark circles that appear after a certain time! My two favourite products to use are Maybelline Fit Me in shade 10 and Collection Lasting Perfection in Cool Medium. The collection concealer touches up any blemishes that start to reappear and the Maybelline concealer covers my good old grey bags.

Lastly of course I carry around my money, phone and ID in my bag and I am set to go. 
Hope you all have an amazing and safe New Years Eve.

FOTN | Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister

Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister

For Christmas Eve I did my sisters makeup for her night out in town (while I stayed at home in my pjs watching Christmas films) and I loved how it turned out so much I've decided to write this post about it. 

For her base I used a mix of two Mac Studio Fix foundations in the shades NC15 and C5.5 which create the perfect shade for my sister who as you can see is a few shades darker then me. To make sure her makeup lasted all night I used my Dior Primer which definitely done the trick. 

To define her cheek bones I used a mixture of my W7 Honolulu bronzer and my trusty Benefit Hoola bronzer which together created the perfect simple contour, my sister is like me and doesn't go crazy with the contour, we both prefer to bronze ourselves. To bronze on top I used her No7 Perfectly Bronzed Duo Bronzer that I bought her for Christmas a few years ago and an old favourite Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Rock On World

To create the smokey golden eye in the photos I used the brown shade in the Revolution Iconic Pro palette to define her crease and continued using darker brown shades in that palette and the Revolution Affirmation palette until her crease was defined enough and blended equally. I then used the Gold shimmer shade in the Affirmation palette on the inner half of her eye to make the look more party. I then added the L'Oreal Eye shadow in the shade Gold Mania on the inner corner to add a pop of gold to really brighten the eyes. 

For my sisters eye brows we used Mac Eye brown pencil in Spiked and because my sister has amazing eye brows anyway I didn't need to do much to them. 

Lastly for her lips of course we went for a red lip and I choose Charlotte Tilbury's Red Carpet Red for that night and it worked perfectly. To line her lips I used the Max Factor lip pencil in Red Blush. 

Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister

What I'll Be Watching This Christmas #2

What I'll Be Watching This Christmas #2

Last year I wrote a post talking about everything I wanted to watch over the festive period and you guys really liked it so I've decided to do it again this year, the best part of it all is I actually have Boxing Day off for the first time in 5 years so I can actually sit in my pj's all day and watch tv!

Christmas Eve 

  • Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave - BBC2 - 11am
  • Despicable Me - ITV - 11:20am 
  • A Christmas Carol - BBC1 - 11:30am
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - ITV - 1:30pm 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Casplan - BBC1 - 2:15pm
  • Shrek The Halls - BBC1 - 4:30pm
  • Penguins of Madagascar - BBC1 - 4:50pm
  • Michael Mcintyre's Big Christmas Show - BBC1 - 7:25pm
  • The Victor of Dibley - BBC1 - 10:50pm (what a classic!)
Christmas Day 
  • Despicable Me - ITV - 9:55am
  • Movie - BBC2 - 10:20am
  • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas - Channel 4 - 10:50am
  • The Croods - BBC1 - 11:50am
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - ITV - 11:55am
  • Top of the Pops Christmas - BBC1 - 1:50pm
  • Frozen - BBC1 - 3:10pm 
  • DOCTOR WHO!! - BBC1 - 5:45pm
  • Dallas Buyers Club - Channel 5 - 10:30pm
  • Love Actually - ITV - 11pm 
Boxing Day 
  • The Flintstones - ITV - 9:25am
  • Liar Liar - ITV - 11:05am
  • Brave - BBC1 - 2:40pm
  • The Gruffalo - BBC1 - 4:05pm
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - ITV - 4:10pm
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Channel 4 - 4:10pm 
  • Pitch Perfect - Channel 4 - 11:10pm
New Years Eve 
  • Mannequin - ITV - 11:30am
  • The Restoration Man - Channel 4 - 3:20pm
  • Top of the Pops New Year - BBC1 - 5:20pm
  • What Women Want - BBC2 - 7pm 
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - ITV - 9pm

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
So I have been a naughty girl and opened all of my W7 advent calendar today because I was too excited to wait. I'm not usually a impatient person but I was really excited for the lipsticks so gave into my impulses. You get 24 beauty products in the calendar and within that you get 1 mascara, 3 nail glitters, 5 nail polishes, 6 lip glosses and 8 lipsticks. I already have some w7 mascaras and palettes in my collection so I knew I would like their other products.

The mascara you get is the Eyelust mascara which is you have been around a long time you will remember I wrote about back at the beginning of last year. The wand is absolutely huge and gets every lash which makes it great for a quick application so I am really happy that I have a new one now.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

I got 3 nail glitters in the calendar in the colours white, silver and multi coloured. I don't have many nail glitters in my collection so I am excited to use these and hope I don't make an absolute mess. I got 5 nail polishes which I am a big fan of already. I already have used two today to give me a festive vibe. W7 are definitely loving pink in this calendar as I got 3 different shades of pink and luckily I would wear all of them. I also got a bright red shade and a red glitter shade which I am wear on my nails now. They are very season appropriate and look amazing on. I am really impressed with the consistency of the glitter as I find that some glitter nail vanishes can need a good few layers to look remotely glittery, but with this glitter I only do my usual 2 layers.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

I got 6 lip glosses and I am really impressed with these already after swatching them. I got two nude shades in the calendar and when I first looked at them I thought oww thats a bit rubbish but after I swatched them I fell in love. They are super pigmented and one is a light brown nude and the other is a more pinky nude. I was amazed by them so can't wait to wear them. I also got a clear lipgloss which you can never have enough off to throw in your bag and a really light baby sparkley pink which isn't normally my style but looks super lovely on the lips. I have quite big dark lips when they want to be and I thought the pinky vibe to the gloss wouldn't show up on my lips but it does and I absolutely love it. Lastly I have two dark pinky/browns which are right up my street and are very welcomed into my collection. The lighter shade have sparkles in it which is also a nice touch.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

Now for the main event, the real reason I opened all the calendar in one day and what I have been so excited to open... The lipsticks!! I got 8 lipsticks in a range of shades from a nude to a peace to a red to a dark mauve. All the shades are gorgeous and really wearable so I am super to wear these shades out especially the nude shade. You know how much I love nudes now. The thing I like most about the lipsticks and the nail polishes is the size of them. For someone with small lips and nails application can be tricky and messy but with a smaller product it is so much easier! Also the lipsticks are super easy to chuck one, two, all of them in my handbag in case I need them.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

The last thing I got in my calendar is the Honolula bronzer which is super small in super cute packaging and looks like a great shade to contour. It is meant to be a copy of Benefits hoola but it reminds me more of the NYX eye shadow that everyone uses to contour. I am super excited to use this!

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

So that is all I got in W7 advent calendar and I love it lots. I want to thank my sister who bought it for me for November cause she is legend. If you have any posts on other beauty calendars leave your links below!

Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions

Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
I recently purchased some new makeup products from Newlook and they have recently re-branded their makeup range (again) so I had to pick up a few bits to try considering I swear by a lot of their old products. I didn't go too crazy since it is very close to Christmas and I have a lot of makeup in my draws so I picked up a eye shadow palette, a lip liner, 2 brushes and 3 matte velvet lip crayons.

Starting with the palette in the shade Nude - isn't it just so gorgeous?! They do have little quads in the collections now but the shades in both were pretty dull, after I swatched the three gold shades in this palette in the shop I fell in love. They are super buttery which I wasn't expecting so when I first used them they blended really easily and the pigmentation was really good. I have created some lovely brown golden eyes which this palette and the look has lasted all day on my lids with just the lightest shade in the palette as a base on the lid. I've have a gold glitter eye shadow from Newlook from a few years ago which I absolutely love so I knew I would be a fan of this palette. As you can see from the palette I have two favourite shades already and they look so beautiful on the lid. 
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
The two brushes that I picked up were the powder and bronze brush in their collection. You can never have too many bronzer brushes as they get dirty so easily so this is a welcome addition to my collection and the brush fibers are so soft it feels lovely on the skin. I picked up the powder brush because it is really big and dense so I thought it would be great to pack on powder at the end of my routine to keep my makeup in place. 

Lastly I picked up a Lip Liner in the shade Rouge which is a classic ruby red which is perfect underneath any red lipstick, it also has a hint of pink to it so it will be great to use underneath my more pinky red shades. As well as that I picked up some Matte Velvet Lipstick Crayons in three shades which I am really excited about. I picked up the shades Toffee Apple which is a brown nude, Heather which is a burgundy dark nude and Royal which is a dark brown with hints of purple/burgundy in (I am really bad at describing shades but I have included swatches). I really like this so far I have wore Heather so many times already which encouraged me to try the other two shades. I find them don't dry out my lips even though they are matte lip products which is good for me since I have dry lips. I found it also lasted all day on me which is amazing, I only had to touch it up in the middle of my lips after I ate some food. The thing I like most about Heather is that it doesn't apply patchy at all which I find with dark crayon lip products so I have no problems applying it without a mirror because I know it will look good. - I can't find the shades of the Matte Velvet Crayons on the website so I have left the link for all the crayons they do have so you can shop the shades in stock!
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions

Have you tried any of the new products?

How To Get A Glow This Festive Season

How To Get A Glow This Festive Season

During the festive season I like to fake a natural glow because I am usually super pale during the colder months so I thought I would round up some of the products that I love to give me that lovely glow.

Starting off with some fake tan I currently love the St Moriz Wash Off Tan in medium for giving my whole body a even subtle tan. I love this product because I am not the best tanner so I don't always remember to keep up with it but it doesn't matter with this product. The tan doesn't apply streaky and even better, it doesn't turn streaky as it fades. I find this lasts a good few days on my skin and you can build it up quite easy for a big night out. I will definitely use this running up to my works Christmas night out.

The primer that gives my skin the most glowing complexion no matter what type of foundation I wear is the Nivea Post Shave Balm.  I can wear this with matte foundation and it still gives my skin an amazing healthy dewy glow. This primer used with the L'oreal True Match Foundation is the perfect combo. The L'oreal foundation is just like the primer in the fact  you can wear it by itself for a really nice glow but when you pair it with this primer the glow you get is amazing. I need to go out and get more shades in this foundation so I have a shade for all year round.

Lastly I have delved into the world of illuminators lately and I am loving life. The Tanya Burr Face Illuminator is a lovely product that I am glad I have in my life. If I am wearing a duller looking foundation or a matte foundation I can use this product after my primer and before my foundation and it gives my skin an added extra glow. This illuminator is a more subtle glow on the face compared to the L'oreal True Match Highlighter in Golden Glow which is a more golden shimmer consistency. I like to use the L'oreal illuminator on the tops of my cheekbones underneath my foundation and it makes my cheekbones really pops out whereas I use the Tanya Burr illuminator all over my face.

What do you use to add a glow to your routine? 

3 Party Heels For This Season

3 Party Heels For This Season

The festive season is the only time when I really make an effort in dressing up and having a social life. I love spending my nights curled up in bed watching a film with a face mask on. But when it comes to December time my party animal comes out, in the sense that I go out for one Christmas party and then spend the rest of the month eating food on the sofa with my family. Told you I was a party animal!

Here are 3 of my favourite party heels for the festive season that goes good with any party outfit especially a little black dress which I love. The first heels are these very in your face red glitter peep toe which I bought about 5 years ago to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. They are so pretty and perfect with a LBD and a red lip. These are from Newlook and they are 5 years old but I have found two similar styles here and here.

My second pair of party shoes are these gold wrap peep toes heels which are my all time favourite shoes I have bought. This styles makes lasting all night in heels easy peasy as your feet don't fall out of the shoes when you are dancing, which is very important. These specific shoes aren't sold anymore but I have a similar version here.

Lastly I have my most recent pair of shoes of shoes which are my most comfortable party shoes I own. These shoes look gold in some lights and silver in other lights so you could wear any accessories with these shoes, which make these really easy to style. They also go great with my favourite outfit... a LBD of course.  You can find a similar style here. 

3 Party Heels For This Season

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look

I love a simple makeup routine and I posted this photo of my face products one day this week and you guys loved it so I thought I would do a quick post on the look and products for you. Now I have to admit I have totally forgot about my Rimmel foundations in the last few months opting for my new favourites (which are L'oreal True Match and Revlon Colour Stay for the record) so my Rimmel products have been feeling a little lonely lately. So for that day I decided to whip back out my Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in Ivory. I knew I was going to do a tanned goldy look because I had fake tanned that morning and I tried my Soft Beige shade which was still too dark for me so I whipped that off and reapply it in the Ivory shade.

This foundation gives me a medium coverage and a super glowy look which doesn't look artificial which was just what I was looking for. I don't like foundations which look like your wearing foundation on your face so this product is great as it blends into the skin really well and makes it look even and fresh. I didn't want to use a powder bronzer on that day so I used my L'oreal True Match Liquid Illuminator in Golden Glow underneath my foundation and it just gave me a nice subtle golden glow on my cheeks and gave the impression that I had amazing cheekbones (thank you very much).

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look
Shades Left to Right: Buff, Camel, Sand, Dust, Chocolate, Topaz, Earth, Storm, Silk, Wave, Thunder and Onyx. 

On the eyes I used my beloved W7 In The Buff palette which has some gorgeous autumnal shades in. I used Chocolate in the crease, then Wave in the outer edge and with Thunder placed on top. Then over the majority of the lid and blended into to darker shades I placed Dust which is a gorgeous gold.

Lastly on the lips I whacked on a old favourite of mine which compared to my other red lips wouldn't have got a mention on the blog this year so I am happy I wore it that day so it is shown some love this year. This Avon lipstick in the shade Chilli has been in my collection for many years and has worked so well so many times for me. It is really moisturising on the lips but now that it is a fair few years old now it has started to dry out which means it appears more matte on the lips which means it lasts longer (it might be a little be gross but I can't bear to part with it I can't find it anywhere!) My red lip just finishes off the look perfectly and it feels a big strange not rocking a red lip since I have been living in them this November. My top 3 red lipsticks for the party season are appearing on the blog this week so keep your eyes pealed! 

Festive Nails # 2

Festive Nails # 2

This post is the second part of my festive nail series where first of all I showed you my favourite Newlook festive nail polishes, today I'm going to show you my favourite festive nail polishes from other brands.

Starting with one of my all time favourite nail vanish brands Barry M I have two polishes that are perfect for this season. The first is called Amethyst Glitter which I can't seem to find anywhere which is such a shame but I know there will be a load of glitter nail polishes in the shops this season so you wont miss out. This is a spitting image of Multi by Newlook but the partials inside are a little bit more smaller so they might be a little easier to work with if you have quite small nails. The other Barry M shade is this gorgeous vibrant glittery gold which is so gorgeous and is such high quality. All Barry M nail vanish are great quality but this gold really packs a punch, this polish can be used by itself I just usually do one coat and then top it up after it has dried to really make it stand out. It is also a bright gold shade so it would suit any gold jewellery you were wearing. I am so in love with this shade.

Festive Nails # 2

Another brand which is amazing for nail polishes is Models Own which like Barry M you can find in most Boots or Superdrugs and has a huge range of polishes. I have two glitter polishes by them which are amazing, I find with most glitter polishes they last seriously long compared to normal polishes and these two are no different. The first is a bright blue aqua shade called Aqua Splash and is very unusual which is why I like it. This might be a little out there for everyday use but during the Christmas time if you have a gorgeous aqua blue dress this polish would look lovely with it. The other polish is a glitter black with super small silver glitter mixed all in plus slightly larger silver glitter octagons. 

The last two polishes I have to show you guys is the most beautiful blue shade ... and another silver glitter. What can I say I love silver glitter polishes more than life itself. The BeautyUK polish in the shade 40 is a great top coat to add to any nail polish because it is thinner than other polishes so it you on't want your nails to be too in your face, this is a great polish for that. The Miss Sporty polish in electric blue is just amazing, the quality of the nail polish is great and it lasts so long on my nails. This colour livens up any outfit and look good with my skin even when I have no fake tan on. Win win.

3 Party Reds

I do love an occasional red lip like any girl and like most people, I have my favourites. These always come out doing the festive season more than any other time of the year and here are my 3 favourite reds for any festive party.

This liquid lipstick is so luxurious and perfect if you are planning on painting the town red all night (see what I did there), it lasts all night and doesn't need any topping up which makes it great for a night out. This is a great pinky red which I like to pair with a red lip liner and a soft contour on the cheeks. This is a product that rarely lives my makeup draw to be honest because it is a very eye catching colour on the lips and I don't feel like I can get away with it on a daily basis, but for a night out it is perfect for drawing attention.

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This red lipstick is gorgeous in every way. The product is so hydrating and moisturising on the lips which I don't find with many other red lip products. I love having this product on my lips and the three shades that I have in my collection are really loved. It feels more of a lip balm then a lipstick when it is on your lips which is the main reason I love it as I have severely dry lips. This does bleed if you don't use a lip liner and you do have to be careful not to go crazy with the tub otherwise you will end up with lipstick all over your chin, but this is my truest red shade so this is what I like to call my 'party girl red'.

This lipstick is an old favourite of mine and I mentioned it last year in my Autumn Red post and a year later it is still one of my favourites. It is super long lasting, great for a night out on the tiles and easy to reapply on the go.  This is a red shade which has pink undertones in it similar to the Dior Fluid Stick but doesn't have as much as a impact. This is my 'can't go wrong' throw it in the bag lipstick which come in very handy during this season.

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Do you have any recommendation for great red lipsticks for dry lips? 

Festive Nails With Newlook

Festive Nails With Newlook

I love scanning Pinterest for festive nail designs during this time as they are my favourite styles to look at with all the glitter and sparkles. I wish it was acceptable to wear glitter nail vanish all the time but lets be honest if I wore a bright blue glitter nail polish during summer I think I'd get funny looks. Last year I treated myself to a gift set of festive nail vanishes from Newlook. You all know I love Newlook make up and their nail vanishes are just as good as the products I rave about.

Festive Nails With Newlook

In the set you get 7 different polishes which are all wearable and great quality, two are stand alone shades and the other 5 can be worn together as a base coat and a top coat of glitter (Deep Pink with Multi or Pink Pattern on top and Silver with Crystal on top). Deep Pink is a lovely glittery red with a hint of pink in which I was wearing in the photos for my October Favourites Post. This can be worn by itself for a pretty red nail and lip combo or with these two gorgeous glitter shades on top to really make your nails pop. Pink Pattern is a perfect bright glitter overload top coat which is a perfect shade for Deep Pink and Multi is a crazy colourful glitter top coat which has every colour imaginable in the pot! Both of these glitter top coats are great quality and I usually use two top coats of the glitter to make sure the glitter is evenly distributed.

At Christmas time I either go crazy on the gold or crazy on the silver, both are perfect for the festive period and some times good quality silver nail vanishes can be hard to get hold of, they either don't apply well or don't make a solid coat. This silver polish applies evenly and looks so metallic on the nails which is perfect for this season. To add an extra punch I love popping the Crystal polish on top to add even more glitter and sparkle. 

My two bright stand alone shades are Bright Blue which is as you can guess a glittery bright aqua blue which is unlike any colour I have seen before. It has a hint of green to it and sparkles like crazy as you move your fingers. My last polish is a deep purple glitter which stands out so much it is perfect for a crazy dark gothic festive look. This shade has been perfect for wearing on my toes during the last month as it is the right colour for the season and makes my nails look really put together when all I've really done is whack a bit of polish on them.  

I love Newlook products we all know that and they have recently re-branded (again) their range so hopefully they will bring out another nail polish gift set which amazing colours like these again. I will be sure to link them on my twitter or Instagram for you once I find them! What are you favourite festive nail products? Watch out for a second post on some of my favourite festive nail products from other brands and expect lots more glitter!

The Anti Matte Lip Products

The Anti Matte Lip Products

With all the hype around matte liquid lipsticks that seems to be everywhere right now I thought I would share with you some my most treasured moisturising lip products in my collection. Now I am not hating or bashing matte lip products in any way I have quite a few Nyx Matte Lip Cream in my collection which I really like. 

First of I have a Max Factor Lipstick in the shade Sun Bronze 837 which is a gorgeous mauve shade which has very subtle sparkles in and leaves my lips with a glossy hydrating finish. Another brand of lipsticks which are perfect when my lips are having a dry spell are the Bodyshop Lipstick which don't have a name which is very annoying. I have the shade 11, which I haven't used used yet if I am honest because it is a very little shade compared to my skin tone, and the shade 13 which is again my favourite shade of mauve. It is really moisturising on the lips and like the Max Factor lipstick leaves a nice glossy finish on the lips. 

A group of lipsticks that I have talked about some many times on this blog are the Clinique Colour Pop lipsticks which I bloody love to bits. They are super moisturising and the colours look lovely on the lips, these are great lip products for the summer when your lips need a little TLC but you also want a popping colour on the lips. 

My last lip stash that I absolutely love to give my lips some moisture on a day to day basis are the Rimmel Moisture Renew and Sheer and Shine formulas. I know everyone is going crazy for the new Rimmel Matte Lipsticks right now but these will always be my all time favourite Rimmel Lip products. These are so glossy and balm like that you feel like you you aren't even wearing a lipstick on your lips. The best thing about these lip products? They are glossy and luxurious on the lips but don't lack in colour and pigment. I find with some moisturising lip products that they run of your lips or rub on a glass or when your eat. The colour of these lipsticks is really pigmented and lasts a lot longer than other lipsticks. 

Glitter Party Eyes

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When I think of eye makeup during winter and the Christmas party season all I think of is glitter, lots and lots of glitter and rich bright golden colours. This is my favourite time of year for makeup as I love the colours and I think they really compliment my complexion and hair colours.  I have a few of my favourite glitter products which get a lot of love during this season and they really don't disappoint.

Starting with the best Urban Decay know how to create party makeup with this palette of brown, taupes and glitters. This includes 8 glitter shades from a silver (Verve) to a mix of golds (Half Baked) to browns (Snakebite) and a taupe (Busted). My all time favorite shade is YDK which is an amazing dark gold with so much glitter packed into it. You could create so many party looks with this palette which makes it a great product to have in your collection. Plus the quality of the eye shadows is beyond amazing. 

This is just so so beautiful I had to buy it ready for Christmas, yes it is very bright but the bright the better I say when it comes to golds. Most palettes have a gold shade in but they are never like this gold so I had to put this in my collection. You get a lot o product in the small pot and the quality of the product is great. You could easily use a light hand and use this product as a highlighter as well so it has a dual use. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 05 Eternal Gold and 70 Metalic Pomegrante
You all know how much I love cream eye shadows and these two shadows are perfect for creating Christmas eyes. Metalic Pomegrante is a gorgeous burgundy glitter shades which you can wear quite sheer for a everyday festive look or you can pack on the product to make more of an impact with the glitter.  The Eternal Gold shade is perfect for highlighting your inner eyes and brow bone and for adding a bit of gold to your lids to make your eyes pop.

Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in 30
I've spoke about these cubes before in previous posts and Christmas is finally the time where I can put these glitter cubes to use. The shades are perfect for making festive holidays looks and adding a bit of glitter everyday.

Revolution Pigment in Dynamic
I am venturing into the world of pigment this year and I am starting with this Revolution pigment. This dark golden pigment in packed full of glitter and will make a great addition to a smokey eye for a festive night out. A little big of this pigment goes a long way and adds a punch to any makeup look,

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

I have always wanted a pair of knee high black boots for winter but being a right short arse like myself I had never found any boots that fitted my short legs. Then came along these beauties which fit me perfectly and look pretty good if I do say so myself. I have pieced together a few of my favorite outfits I have paired with the boots already. 

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

I love this long jumper from the Cameo Rose section of Newlook so much already, it is the perfect length to wear as a dress with either tights or jeans and the boots. It is so warm that you don't need any other jackets on top to shield you from the weather. It is a really flattering shape and it will be a perfect outfit for when your having a fat frumpy day. The only thing about this jumper is that you can only really wear it when it is really cold, I was sweating my hair off in some of the shops. 

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

Following on from my last jumper I recently bought this brown roll neck from Newlook and it is the comfiest jumper I own at the minute. Every year I like to invest in some new jumpers since I usually wear my old ones to death every winter. You can't go wrong with a brown roll neck as the colour is perfect for the time of year and you can throw it on with a pair of jeans and your ready to go. With the boots the outfit looks more feminine and grown up which helps me since I look about 15. 

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

How beautiful is this floral black skirt?! It is the prettiest design and perfect to jazz up a plain black outfit, I like styling this skirt with a plain black top like this boxy sporty style top, black tights and my new knee high boots. I have an outfit that looks put together when all I've done is thrown on a pretty skirt and some gorgeous boots. 

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

One outfit I love to wear with my new boots is black skinny jeans and a long flowing shirt. I find it really flattering on my body shape as my legs looks super skinny and long thanks to the boots but my tummy is covered if I am having a fat day. The Topshop Joni jeans are my all time favourite jeans to wear and because they are high rise they help with hiding the mince pies I've been eating lately. Any shirt will do but obviously if its floral its even better. 

Newlook Autumn Lookbook ft Ways To Style Knee High Boots

Lastly, although I usually like to wear black and fade into the back ground I do love the look of back knee high boots with light blue jeans. To finish off the look and make me look even more preppy I have been loving this shirt jumper from Primark which is super cute and hangs in just the right way to look really flattening on me. This is the kind of outfit you can just throw on and it looks casual all without trying.

How would you style these boots?

What I've Been Reading Lately | Part 2

I love sitting in bed curled up in my pjs reading a good book and in my last book post I talked about my favourite book series' to read and now I have for you some more books I have been reading which I just love. To give you a breakdown of what type of books I love, I mainly read young adult romance fiction but I also love a good action book with magic in.

That Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done 
This book really pulled on my heart strings but because of the concept of the book I felt kind of ashamed to admit it. The story follows a man and women who meet again after 10 years of no contact, they met a decade ago when he was a teacher and she was a pupil. They had a relationship and get caught out which is why they have had no contact. Most of the book is in the preysent tense with a few chapters thrown in from the past to tell you exactly how they started and ended their relationship. I will admit this book made me cry and with it being a taboo subject you may be surprised to know I was crying because I was routing for the couple so much. I love this book a lot and it is a real tense pull on the heart strings kind of read.

You and Me, Always By Jill Mansell 
This has to be my favourite book of the year so far! It is about a girl who meets a famous guy and of course they fall for each other (who wouldn't) but waiting in the wings has always been the friend of hers who is a big player and wouldn't look at her in a million years because they are friends. Like any human who has just realised the person they have loved for years but never done anything about now has a rich sexy actor boyfriend, he gets jealous. While all of this is going on the girl is trying to track down the man who was her mothers only true love so that she put together more pieces of the mother she lost too soon. I go really invested in this book and it started a love affair with the Author, I recently downloaded seven more books of hers and the last book I read was Falling For You by Jill and I would really recommend it!

The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank 
The concept of this book is absolutely hilarious of meeting a stranger on a plane and leaving the airport with a pretend fiancee to please a super high maintenance mum who would make the characters life a misery if she knew the truth. The main male character Josh is so dreamy I can admit that I fell for this fictional character a little bit. You know a book is good when you fall for a made up character.  This is the kind of book for when you need a little pick me up because it light hearted, romantic and hilarious.

Love Me, Love Me Not by S.M Koz
This book has very adult themes but is such a good read and really got me invested. It follows a girl who hasn't had an easy life in foster care and ends up living with a real genuine nice lad and his parents. Of course her old life comes back to haunt her and that plus a jealous ex girlfriend nearly ruin her nice new life. Some parts made me feel really sad for the characters and my heart went out to Hailey the main girl most of the time as she just has bad luck. This includes real adult themes and a dodgy druggie ex boyfriend who I hate so much with a passion.

PS... Eye Shadow Palettes

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I have got a lot of things in Primark over the years but if you told me I would purchase and really like their brand of makeup I would not have believed you. I am not a snob when it comes to makeup at all, drugstore brands are my baes for life and Newlook makeup is just incredible but Primark, I was sceptical  about.

I was feeling adventurous one day when I was in Primark with my sister so decided to try two of their eye shadow palette for £2.99 each. First of all that is ridiculously cheap! I did think even if the product wasn't any good It isn't like i've wasted much money. You get 9 shades in the palettes which is a great number and I picked up two palettes. A neutral brown selection and a more pink and purple selection which I thought I could have a little play with one day.
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Both Palettes have a base colour in the selection which I like as recently I have been using base colours. I find all the shades I have tried so far are really creamy, more creamy then I expected to be perfectly honest so that was a good surprise. They aren't ridiculously pigmented with one swipe like the Naked Palettes but I find they are really easy to build up and make dramatic.

The nude palette is perfect for creating a everyday smokey eye and would be great for beginners who want to play around with makeup since it wouldn't matter about wasting the product on practice runs. And for people like me who only really wear smokey eye colours, spending £2.99 on a palette with different colours then what I'm used to is an absolute bargain. I am very careful not to waste money on expensive makeup which I don't know whether I would like or get use out off.

The packaging is very much copying Mac but that definitely works in their favor as younger girls (and boys) who can't afford a Mac palette can purchase this instead. Obviously the product isn't the same but this palette is a good item to hold you over until you can purchase the expensive version. It is also a great size for traveling.

Since buying these I have found that most days this last week I have used the brown palette because it is really quick and easy to blend out and go. I even got complimented on my eye makeup at work and that has never happened when I have wore Mac or Urban Decay before. That makes it a winner for me!

October Favs

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I am so happy that it is November finally, I feel like I have been waiting for this month since January. This year I won't be prepared for Christmas presents but I already have a bunch of festive posts lined up so I am happy about that. My proprieties ladies and no gentlemen.

Anyway I have a few products I have been loving this past month and I am going to start off with the prettiest of them all. I bought these brushes in September after reading Makeup Savvy's blog post about them and I am so glad that I did. They are from eBay and they are only £4.99 for 7 brushes! They are an absolute bargain. I love the gold design of them and they are the perfect size for sticking in your makeup bag on the go. The brush hair is super soft and gentle which is the main reason I love them so much, I have a huge pot of eye makeup brushes from loads of different shops and brands but these brushes are now my favourite for creating eye looks. They are the perfect size for blending out eye shadows and most importantly blend them out beautiful so you don't have any harsh lines and the eye shadows don't go all the way up to your eye brow. You also get a foundation brush and two face brushes that I like to use for bronzing and contouring (which is why they are a little dirty)

An old favourite that I have pulled back out of my draw is the Dior Pore Minimzer primer. It is very expensive but for a good reason as it is a great product that keeps my makeup in place all day and makes my skin feel like a babies bottom. The tub has lastly me a few years as well even with me using it more and more over the last few months.

Two products that I purchased only two weeks ago but have fallen in love with are the L'Oreal True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator and the Tanya Burr Face Illuminator. These are both golden illuminators which I tend to wear underneath my foundation on top of cheek bones. These give my skin a really lovely glow from within look and gives my skin some dimension before I have even contoured or bronzed. You only need a small amount of product on your face so these tube will definitely last me a long time, these will definitely come in handy during next summer.

A new mascara that I have been loving the past month is the Revlon Volume and Length Magnified mascara which is my new favourite mascara ever. The wand is big and fluffy so it is perfect for getting big fluttery lashes and perfect for my straight lifeless mascara.

Lastly a lipstick that I have been reaching for the most this past month is the Newlook lipstick in 24 Mid Brown which is the perfect dark nudey brown. The lipstick is really creamy and glides onto the lips really smoothly. It lasts me usually till about lunch time and then after I have eaten I reapply it and I am good to go.

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What were you favoruites of the past month?

5 Steps To Healthier Skin This Winter

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Having healthy skin is something that is really important to me during the winter months as I do have irritated skin during this time. I have 5 steps which I know from experience works for me and since it feels like full blown winter outside already I know these will help people straight away.

1. Keep you routine simple 
Some people include the whole range of Boots in their routine twice a day because they think their skin needs every single product. I find the more product you use the less it works on your skin because you are telling your skin to do lots of different things. Keep it simple and use products that really work for your skin.

2. Keep a steady routine 
Following on from the last point, I find my skin is the best when I keep up my daily routine so I try and keep a steady routine and don't skip out on days so my skin is always fresh when I wake up and go to sleep. This doesn't always happen I am human but I do try!

3.Always start with a clean face 
I find my makeup always goes on better when I have a completely fresh face so if I've done my morning routine then I am ready to go. If I am having a lazy day and don't actually put my face on until the afternoon I always splash some water on my face at least before I do my makeup.

4. Drink lots of water 
I know everyone says that but it does work especially in the winter, I've even bought a giant 1lt bottle to take to work which makes drinking more water much easier. Plus I actually love the taste of water unless some people I know.

5. Protect yourself from the environment 
Since I have sensitive skin I always have to keep my skin protected during the cold and hot weather. During the summer I use SPF to protect my skin if I am going to be in the sun all day and during the winter I use a super hydrating moisturiser to protect my skin from the cold.

New In | Beauty

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I have quite a few new beauty bits that have made their way into my makeup collection recently and some of them are so so pretty. You know I am a sucker for pretty packaging and even prettier products. A lot of the products are for eyes but what can I say, I am a keen eye shadow shopper! 

I picked up a new lipstick from Max Factor called 837 Sunbronze which is a super pretty shinny mauve /pink which is perfect for this time of year. Yes I know it is very similar to most of my other lipsticks but it really hydrating and packs a lot of power. I love the colour and shin the product gives my lips and the gold packaging is definitely eye catching. 

I hadn't invested in a new mascara in months so I went for a shop and picked up the Revlon Volume and Length mascara which I have had my eye on for a while. I love the concept of having different mascara to do different jobs for my eye lashes. I picked up the volume and length version as my eyelashes are quite short and stumpy this is great at making them long and fluttery. 

The first of my eye shadow products is another Kiko cream crush pot in the shade 05 which is a shimmery sheer creamy glitter. In some lights the product looks pink and in other lights it looks silver especially if you apply more product. It is so gorgeous and would make a brilliant highlighter as well (if not over applied)

I also purchased this single shadow from L'oreal in the shade Lumiere 500 which I am very excited about. I mean look at it! It is a gorgeous bright gold which is so pigmented so you have to be careful not to be too crazy with it. I haven't used it properly on my eyes yet as I don't think this is a everyday shade. This would be great for Christmas party makeup for sure! I will definitely make use of it soon. 

A new quad that I have picked up is by Rimmel in the shade 002 Smokey Brun. It is the perfect everyday eye shadow quad in my eyes as it has great everyday shades and is a great size to take on the go. I like using this palette for a subtle smokey eye which these colours are great for. 

The last product I've purchased lately is a cute little eye shadow palette from Seventeen in Birthday Suit. I have never tried a Seventeen palette before which I think it a crime after I have swatched this beauty. The pigmentation of the eye shadows is really good, the cream eye shadows I am still a bit unimpressed with but I am looking forward to playing around with this palette at a later point.
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