Wednesday, 24 December 2014

FOTD: L'Oreal Couture Gift Set - 'Christmas Party' Makeup Look

Merry Christmas to you beautiful people! 

I hope you're as excited as I am about Christmas Eve and spending some quality time with the people you love. But before everyone gets stuck into their Turkey dinners, festive films and family board games I wanted to share with you my most recent beauty purchases from Boots that enabled me to create this festive 'face of the day.' (Please excuse my grainy iPhone photo, I've lost the tripod for my SLR camera so can't take a 'selfie' using that!)

As a long term lover of L'Oreal cosmetics, when I saw that Boots were offering a gift set free when you spend £14.99 or over, I just had to cash in on that bargain! 

In need of a new mascara, I decided to pick up my favourite drug store 'Volume Million Lashes' mascara and a nude lipstick from Julianne Moore's nude lipstick range in the shade 'barely peach' (I instantly fell in love with the smooth, matte black casing on this lipstick and knew it was the one for me). For anyone who hasn't purchased a volume million mascara from L'Oreal you are missing out, it coats your lashes evenly; extending them beyond their normal length and adds volume without getting that 'spidery' look that we're all trying to avoid. As for the lipstick, it's a gorgeous natural shade of pink that adds a subtle blush to my pout. I personally plan to use it as an everyday barely there lipstick for work, however I have found myself having to reapply it a fairly regularly as the pigment doesn't seem to last very long, although to be fair this could be to the cold weather causing my lips to chap at the moment. 

By purchasing these two products I became eligible for the free L'Oreal couture gift set - the perfect combination of classic reds to create that old Hollywood glamour look. Inside the set was a volume million so couture mascara, a white kohl eyeliner pencil, a red lipstick, red nail polish and a voucher for £2.50 off of a true match foundation (but to be honest I won't be using mine as I've found my dream foundation already).

To create this look I used my Estée Lauder double wear foundation in shade 'fresco' for even clear, even skin coverage and used my Sleek contour palette to define and highlight the planes of my face. I lined my lash and water line lightly with the white kohl pencil in order to brighten my eyes and draw attention away from my lips without it all looking too much then lightly coated my lashes in the volume million mascara. I always try to stick to the basic beauty rule of eyes or lips but never both! 

To achieve the deep, cleanly outlined red lips that will last for hours, I always use the same process. 

1. Buff away the chapped skin on your lips using a clean toothbrush
2. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline in order to soften your skin and keep it from drying out
3. Slowly line your lips using a lip liner pencil, it will prevent any excess lipstick from bleeding onto your skin
4. Take your lipstick and apply evenly
5. Using a small amount of translucent powder, blot your lips to set the lipstick
6. Repeat until you have your desired depth of colour

Finally to balance out the bold lips, it's important to even out your face by defining your brows (I can't even begin to stress the importance of your eyebrows, they're like the cherry on top of a cupcake) I like to use my HD brows palette just to fill in the areas where my eyebrows are more sparse. 

That's all there is to it! This look is light enough to wear during the day for a bit of sophisticated glamour, or alternatively can be worn on a night out for an alluring Christmas party look - it's totally up to you! 

I hope you have all enjoyed reading my post, I can't wait to see what I'm lucky enough to receive from Santa Claus tomorrow. Hopefully there'll be some beauty delights that I'll be able to share with you all.

Have you bought any products from L'Oreal recently, what did you think?

Thank you for reading and Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Ciaté Tree Trinkets - Luxury Christmas Tree Bauble Gifts

Hello there!

I hope you've all been getting into the festivities like I have this week, I feel like there's so much going on at the moment! From all the local villages holding their Christmas fetes, to covering my desk at work in tinsel (this is a must) AND I'm lucky enough to be going to Winter Wonderland on Tuesday, which I am absolutely buzzing for! 

But most importantly I've finally started to get through my Christmas shopping and I couldn't wait to tell you all about my latest beauty bargain. 

I've been looking for the perfect present to wrap up for a couple of the girls at work, we'd all decided it wasn't going to be anything super expensive but sometimes having that price cap can make finding something quality a challenge. But I am so pleased with what I've managed to pick up today from TKMaxx.

The Ciaté nail polish Christmas baubles! (Due to sheer luck, I managed to purchase the pack of six mini glitter polishes for £9.99, all the boxes were priced up at £16.99 (RRP: £30.00) and this one had been stickered up incorrectly! #winning) 

The beauty world has totally tapped into every gap in the Christmas market this year, with their ever expanding range of advent calendars, gift sets and now baubles. Ciaté have beautifully packaged their polishes in these transparent plastic spheres (very reminiscent of the snow globes I used to have as a child) and with their synonymous black ribbon ties, you can trim your tree with these beauties. 

I don't need to tell you how incredible the Ciaté nail polishes are, and if I do then you definitely need to go out and buy yourself a bottle to experience how gorgeous they are. Their rich, highly pigmented polishes glide on seamlessly and as long as you apply a base and top coat, are highly chip resistant.

I always champion these luxury polishes, and when I buy gifts for other people I always think it's important to give them something that you personally would love to recieve. (Of course it's also vital to consider their likes/dislikes, as I'm sure for example, my boyfriend wouldn't be too pleased to receive one of these..)

I'd say if you're struggling to find the perfect Secret Santa gift, a little something special for a friend or just add a touch of glamour (literally) to your tree this year, then these are ideal. Plus for a six pack of polishes, why not treat yourself and keep a couple. You don't have to give them all away..

I'm really hopeful that the work girls will love these as much as I do! 

Thank you for reading!



Friday, 5 December 2014

December Christmas Wishlist


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday all done and dusted, last minute shopping is well and truly at the forefront of everyone's minds. This has been made particularly evident to me by my boyfriend, friends and family all badgering me with the same question on their lips..

'What do you want for Christmas?'

This got me thinking about what I'd really be pleased to receive this year, which proved to be quite difficult due to the fact that I'm lucky enough to say that I don't actually need anything. 

But to make things easier I thought I'd put together a little post about the things I've seen around lately that would undoubtedly make me smile.

(P.S. To anyone I know who's actually bothered to read this, these are just ideas and I don't expect to receive them haha!)

First up, Cosmetics and Beauty gifts - a guaranteed winner every time:

1. MAC Minerlize Skinfinish powder - £22
2. MAC 'Russian Red' matte lipstick (never gotten round to owning one of these beauties and this shade looks stunning) - £15
3. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum - Price varies according to size
4. Ciaté nail polish 'Candyfloss' & 'Boudoir' - £9
5. EOS lip balms (always wanted to try these) - Only available online as they're an American brand, prices vary
6. GHD Sunset Straighteners (mine are in desperate need of being replaced) - £109

Quirky Office / Work Goodies - being sat at my desk all day can get boring but some cheerful stationary can perk me up! (All these items are from Paperchase):

1. Novelty squirrel pen - £5.75
2. Billy bear pink exercise book - £5
3. Fluffy kangaroo pen - £2.75
4. Novelty panda highlighters - £5
5. Fineliner sharpies (I've been dying to try out sharpie tattoos ever since my boyfriend volunteered as a guinea pig) - £13

Wishlist items - these are a few more practical items I've been meaning to buy forever but never get round to!:

1. Moleskin Art journal (great for any drawings I do in the new year) - Available in all good book stores, prices vary based on size 
2. Bear feet slippers (I couldn't find any pictures of what I mean but they're literally feet that look like they belong to a bear!) - I've seen them around, I have a feeling in BHS but not 100% sure...
3. Clear domed 'snowglobe' heart umbrella (this umbrella is so unique! The handle has tiny sequin hearts in!) - Available from UmbrellaHeaven online for £15

And finally a bit of sparkle! All available from Pandora:

1. Tiara 'princess' ring 
2. Star stacker ring
3. Valentine's heart ring (I wanted to buy this for myself back on Valentine's Day but felt sad about buying it for myself at the time haha) 
4. Various Pandora charms (all the charms are beautiful, personally I am trying to keep my bracelet colour neutral so I can wear it with everything but the little pink heart definitely popped out at me!) - Various prices

So that's my Christmas list for Santa Claus this year, hopefully I've been good!
But let's not forget that this time of year isn't about receiving gifts it's about spending time with your loved ones and being able to give them a gift that makes them smile.

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

Thank you for reading!


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