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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s not long now till Santa drops by leaving us all some Christmas presents, but are you ready? I know lots of people leave Christmas shopping until the last minute and today I have put together a few last minute Christmas gift ideas to help you last minute shoppers! Most of the gifts featured are on offer, so snap up the deal before it’s gone. And if you are still on the hunt for more Christmas gift ideas, check out my Boots Christmas gift guide for her or him

1. Onesie From OnePiece From £59 - £249
As I write this post I’m certainly feeling warm and that would be because I’m wearing my OnePiece onesie*, which is undoubtedly the most comfortable piece of clothing I own.  These onepiece's would make the ideal gift for anyone and everyone. You can get 20% off online using the code XMASGIFT14 (Expires 21st Dec).

2. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette £45.00
NARS have bought the Christmas pud to the table in terms of their Christmas collection this year and my top pick would be their Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, which is beautifully packaged in a white casing and includes their best selling Deep Throat Blush, Miss Liberty Highlighter and Laguna Bronzing Powder, along with two limited edition blushers Final Cut and Sex Fantasy. 

3. Rimmel London Gift Set £10.50
This set includes everything you need to help you get ready for this Christmas. On offer currently at ASOS (RRP £15.00) this set includes, 1x Scandal Eyes Liner, 1x Apocalips, 1x Extra 3D Mascara as well as Rimmel’s new Glitter Bomb polish. 

4. Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set £56.95
The most talked about brush set of all time, the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush set is the perfect present for any beauty addict. The set includes face and eye brushes, crafted with natural and synthetic bristles and each brush has been beautifully designed with a rose gold feature. 

5. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Collection From £2.00
This collection smells like candy apple laces. I bought a bottle of the shower gel with the intention to give it to someone for Christmas, but I couldn’t resist. I defiantly need to go back in store and get my hands on some more before the Christmas season is over! From stocking fillers to large sets, this range is a winner. 

6. No7 The Ultimate Collection Beauty & Skincare Gift Set £37.00
If I had written a gift guide dedicated to Mum’s this would have been there. This set is currently half price! For £37.00 (RRP £75.00) you can get hold of the ultimate No7 collection, that includes all the best No7 beauty, skincare and body care must haves, such as their Dry Skin Rescue, Protect & Perfect Day & Night Cream, Lovely Lashes Mascara and much more. 

7. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow £49.00
One of my most most loved and treasured makeup items of all time the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow would make a beautiful gift to a friend, girlfriend or relative. You can read my review here

8. The Daily Greatness Journal £34.95
This journal is made up of 432 full colour pages and is the perfect gift for anyone looking to start the new year with a positive mind. 'The Dailygreatness Journal: A Practical Guide For Consciously Creating Your Days, combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery. Designed to be used throughout the calendar year, the daily pages will guide you to form great habits through the 8 daily steps of meditation & visualisation, intentions, dream journaling, gratitude, evening self-awareness questions, exercise, inspired actions & inspiration.’ 

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? 
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Essie A Stroke Of Brilliance

There has been a sparkly, glitter explosion all over my nails thanks to Essie’s 'A Stroke Of Brilliance’ nail polish. It looks super pretty in the bottle and doesn’t disappoint when applied to my nails. The polish is one of the 5 polishes from the Luxe Nail Polish Collection and is intended to be used as a top coat. However with 3-4 layers, this polish becomes opaque and looks pretty darn lovely. The polish has blue/silver (periwinkle to be precise) hexagon shaped glitter, with a clear base. The formula is great and far better in my opinion than Essie's regular polish. It is slightly thicker and lasts for days, without a chip in sight, however it takes a little longer to dry. It can be worn as a top coat, or can be layered and worn alone, or if you want to get a little fancy, you can also create a gradient effect. 

With the festive season in full swing, this polish is bang on trend and exactly what I was looking for - I can’t stop looking at my nails, I absolutely love this polish! You can buy Essie polishes online at Fragrance Direct for just £2.50, however 'A Stroke Of Brilliance' is currently out of stock. But I may have just purchased 'As Gold As It Gets' a yellow gold glitter from the same line for just £2.50! 

Have you tried any of the polishes from Essie’s luxe nail varnish collection?
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Friday, 5 December 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette // Review & Swatches

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a thing for eyeshadow. Which is a little humorous as 4 years a go I didn’t even own any eyeshadow! So, after having received the LORAC Pro Palette at the beginning of this year and fell head over heels with the mix of mattes and shimmers I couldn’t wait when I heard LORAC would be releasing a palette twice the size, in their Holiday Collection. I was very lucky to get my hands on the LORAC Mega Pro Palette thanks to Jo a fellow beauty blogger from Little Pop Of Coral - thank you Jo! 

The palette has the same soft-touch slim packaging, but is twice the size of the original LORAC palettes and is encased in a rich burgundy coloured cardboard. The palette includes 32 shadows, 16 matte and 16 shimmer. 28 of the shades are exclusive to the palette and there are four repeat shades from the LORAC Pro Palette, ‘Black', ‘Espresso', ‘White' and ‘Cream'. The range of colours are beautiful. The palette has everything to create an everyday look, to something more glamorous. The majority of the shadows are warm toned, but there are also a few cool toned shadows. My favourite shade in the palette is ‘Opal', an iridescent white with gold and the stand out shade would be ‘Indigo', a deep blackcurrant/purple with glitter. A couple of the shades are dupable; ‘Sepia' is very similar to MAC’s Soft Brown and ‘Copper' is very similar to MAC’s Amber Lights. 

I have read that some find the shadows a little more chalky than the original LORAC Pro Palette, but I disagree and would say the formula of the Mega Pro is consistent to the original LORAC palette. The shadows have a creamy, powdery texture and the bendability is quite lovely. In terms of fallout you actually get more fallout onto the palette itself, so avoid rubbing your brush into the shade, pat your brush instead, then tap away any excess.

If you weren’t already aware this palette sold out quickly and with confusion with launch dates, limited availability and broken palettes this palette has been a disappointment for many. But for me, this palette is close to perfection. I haven’t heard any rumours that they will be restocking this palette. But LORAC would be silly not to! With the post and packaging, I paid £50.93 which if restocked, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay that price again. If you didn’t manage to get your hands on this palette but wish you had, check out the LORAC Pro Palette

Did you manage to get your hands on this palette?
What’s your go to eyeshadow palette?
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Friday, 28 November 2014

Getting The Filmstar Bronze & Glow

If you were to ask me what my most treasured makeup products are in my collection, it would be my MAC eyeshadow palettes and without a doubt my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It’s a beautiful duo palette, packaged in a 1920’s rose gold inspired cigarette case. And inside is two powders, one to ‘sculpt’ and one to ‘highlight’. Both powders are very finely milled, super soft, silky and very pigmented - so use with a light hand. Both shades work perfectly together and can be worn subtly or more intensely dependant on the look you’re going for and have made contouring a dream.

The sculpt shade is a medium brown, with a very subtle warm undertone. The shade isn’t orange in the slightest and warms up the skin nicely, without looking muddy or dirty. And is perfect for contouring. It has a lovely satin finish, so doesn’t look flat on the skin, it blends beautifully and is super flattering. I like to suck my cheeks in and swipe the sculpt shade from the bottom of the ears  just before the corners of my mouth. I then put a stoke on the temples, the bridge of the nose and the sides of my forehead. The highlight shade is a beautiful golden champagne and it makes my skin glow. It isn’t at all metallically, or shimmery, doesn't sit in, or emphasise my pores. I much prefer it to the Mary Lou Manizer. In fact, it’s by far my favourite highlighter. I take the highlighter on the brow bone, on the cheek bones and on the end of my nose and chin. 

Now ironically the brush I use to apply my rather expensive (but well worth it) bronze and glow, is an MUA F6 Blusher and Contouring brush which is just £3! It’s a soft synthetic angled brush and my go to for contouring. It’s the perfect size, cleans extremely well and doesn’t malt. More recently, I have been enjoying using this kit for my eyes. I have been using the contour shade in the crease and then I take the highlight shade all over the lid and into the corner of my eyes. It looks so pretty, especially when paired with a swipe of liquid liner. Overall, I can’t fault this palette careless of the price, or in fact the MUA F6 Brush! I have Charlotte Tilbury to thank for helping my face look slimmer without cutting out the chocolate! You can buy the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow here

What are your go to products for contouring and highlighting? 
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