Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Festive Beauty Picks

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It's finally December (or Decembrr!)! The tree is up, slumped heavy under the weight of bells, baubles and garlands, there's fairylights draped over rooftops and frost bitten mornings call for slippered feet and winter spiced hot chocolates - it's officially Christmas! To further mark the occasion, I've pulled out my favourite sparkly, glittery beauty picks, plus a couple of fail-safe red lipsticks too!

The Nars Outer Limits eyeshadow (dupe here!) is perfect for this time of the year, it's a dreamy, sparkly iridescent rose gold that's ideal to dab on top of any eyeshadow. The flecks of pink and gold glitter add a shimmery, festive touch and it transforms eyeshadows with minimal effort!
Another festive pick is the heavenly Illamasqua Jubilance, a buttery soft eyeshadow with metallic rose gold and silvery sparkles. Paired with red lips and winged liner it looks unreal!

For lips, I've pulled out the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, a divine, flattering, deep scarlet red. This creamy yet budge proof, chic shade is not only a must-have for the party season but it also looks so festive paired with a cosy scarf and bobble hat too!
The Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red is a long lasting lip saviour - it's incredible staying power means that I can indulge in as many veggie roast dinner's and chocolate oranges as possible without worrying about smudges or too many top ups throughout the day! The applicator is a little tricky and as it's a liquid lipstick it can be difficult to apply, but once set it lasts for hours and hours before fading to a stain.

Festive nails are a must-have for December! I've been reaching for Essie Glow Your Own Way, a gorgeous sparkly pick with flecks of bronze and snow white glitter and Essie Leading Lady, a deep glittery red!

For highlighter, I've opted for the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, a gorgeous golden peach highlighter for a candle lit glow. The texture is dreamy, silky soft and so saturated, you only need a light dusting for dewy, luminous skin. The peachy tones are so flattering, it's the perfect complexion pick me up!

Lastly for blusher, I've pulled out a couple of heavenly picks. The dusky mauve/pink Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure sculpts the cheeks effortlessly and the swirls of ambient lighting powder perks up lacklustre skin (ideal for winter). I'm also smitten with the Nars Dolce Vita Blush, this rosy berry red blusher packs a punch, you only need a small amount for flushed, rosy cheeks!

What are you favourite festive beauty picks?
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Friday, 2 December 2016

A December To Do List


1. Decorate! String up fairy lights, hang tinsel, baubles and embellish the tree. We're still unpacking and so I've resolved to sort out the flat before putting the tree up, hopefully it will be this weekend!

2. Paint my fingers and toes with all of the sparkly, glittery nail polishes! Essie Glow Your Own Way is a current fave, it's a gorgeous pick with bronze and white glitter flecks! 

3. Splurge on the Diptyque Espices et Delices Christmas candle, a divine gingerbread, honey and star anise scented treat - Merry Christmas to me, from me!

4. Have a weekly festive ritual - pop on a Christmas film whilst tucking into a tub of roses or a chocolate orange, with candles and tree lights twinkling and spiced mulled drinks! Try belvoir for a glorious non alcoholic version of mulled wine!

5. Pull out the soft, festive, brushed cotton bedding (from Primark, of course!) - I'm so happy that it's finally cold enough to put back on a snug winter set!

6. Cheese. Buy all of the vegan cheese (Thank you Sainbury's & Violife!!) to have on crackers. Stock up on olives, sauerkraut, jalapeños and grapes to pair with - isn't this just the best time of the year?!

7. Have a huge Lush spree, stock up on all my festive faves before they disappear (sob!).

8. Read the Fantastic Beasts Screenplay, I loved the film, how cute is that lil Niffler!

9. Snap up one of these chic River Island party dresses, I can't decide between this velvet number or this lace tiered dress!

10. Pick up the Christmas Radio Times and circle all my picks - a yearly tradition!

What's on your December to do list?
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Gift Guide - For The Home Decor Lover

This was quite possibly my favourite gift guide to compile, I literally want everything on this list! If you spotted my Black Friday Anthopologie splurge here (which included the gold salad servers!), you can probably tell that I'm totally obsessed with homewares at the moment!

Candles are the ideal gift, Anthropologie have some dreamy Soy candles (it's also where I picked up the heavenly gift set above!) and Diptyque candles are divine for Christmas, they're such a luxe treat! The Diptyque Vanille candle is unreal, a gorgeous mix of sweet, smoky, woody and spicy scent, it's perfect for winter!

A Robert's Radio is a great gift for music lovers, available in an array of shades, there's a pick for everyone. I've had mine playing HeartXmas non stop, it's great to pop on whilst cooking, cleaning or for sitting down to a candlelit meal!

For a book lover, a stone bookend is a good pick, mine's from west elm (currently sold out in white) but M&S have an affordable similar pair! Oliver Bonas also have some beautiful gilded agate ones too!

Here's a few more picks below...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Gift Guide - Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers! My absolute favourite gifts to buy - one of my favourite parts of the Christmas prep is to stuff a stocking full to the brim with wrapped gifts, treats and sweets galore! I've pulled together a list below full of inspiration for stocking filler gifts, ideal for secret Santa presents too!
I'm always happy to find a Lush treat tucked inside, their little shower gels are divine - there's something for everyone! The heavenly scented Magic Wand Bubble Bar is a great festive pick, swirled into the bath it turns the water a gorgeous pink, makes a blanket of soft bubbles and smells candy sweet!
For a beauty lover, opt for a glittery polish like Essie Glow Your Own Way, a sparkly bronze or Essie Leading Lady, a festive glittery red. The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella would make a luxe treat or even a mini Diptyque candle (the dream)!

This Pixapet is a great retro gift for those who loved their Tamagotchi's! Throw in some sparkly colouring pencils and the Harry Potter Colouring in book for a magical treat!

Here's some more picks below...


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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Gift Guide - For Her

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I probably should have named this 'my Christmas wishlist' as I pretty much want everything on this list! I've included everything from fluffy scarves and dreamy jewellery to perfume and statement pieces - so many pretty finds!

I just adore these sparkly Topshop heels, they're ideal for the party season, Diptyque Eau Duelle, a wintry spiced vanilla fragrance looks like the perfect luxe treat or you can't really go wrong with a cosy scarf or a pair of Asos pyjamas!
Here's my Christmas picks for her....


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