Thursday, 17 December 2015

Things I Love About Christmas || Blogmas 2015

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With Christmas rapidly approaching I thought that I should do a post on the reasons why I love Christmas. Everyday I am getting more and more excited for the big day and all of the festivities that come with it and I really wanted to share with you my favourite parts of this time of year.
1. Christmas Movies
Whether it is a kids Christmas film like Elf or a rom-com like Love Actually or The Holiday, I love sitting down in the evening with a mug of hot chocolate and watching a Christmas movie since what other time of the year is it socially acceptable to watch Christmas movies?
2. Decorations
If I had my own house the decorations would be up on December 1st, although my family disagree! I love any form of decorations, especially Christmas trees and fairy lights as they make me feel even more excited for Christmas and make your house look really pretty.
3. Christmas Songs
I am a Christmas song lover and as soon as it hits December I will be listening to Christmas songs almost exclusively as my choice of music. I personally prefer the old 70s and 80s classics over newer songs like Wham's Last Christmas, Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? and Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday and as soon as I hear them I am instantly in a more festive mood.
4. Christmas Sets
The beauty sets that come out around this time of year are an amazing way to try new products as you often get really good ideas. Not only that but they make really good Christmas presents for the people in your lives that are a little bit makeup obsessed. This is also a good time of year to stock up on some travel friendly minis as there are usually a lot of handy travel sets available now.
5. The Food
I am a big fan of Christmas food. The meal on the day itself and all of the extras that are enjoyed in the time running up to then. Some of my favourites are Christmas cookies, chocolate boxes (especially Heros) and Christmas themed sweets, because let's face it they taste so much better when they are shaped as a reindeer than when they are not.
6. The Presents
Both receiving and giving presents is fun and buying the presents is also something I enjoy doing. Although I find it quite difficult to find the perfect gift for some people, I enjoy going Christmas shopping as it is like guilt-free shopping which suits me perfectly!
7. The Atmosphere
Everyone is always in a much better mood during the weeks running up to Christmas and there seems to be a happier vibe around as everyone is getting excited for the big day.
8. Christmas Adverts
The John Lewis one is always a favourite of mine as they are always so cute and really amazing however many brands and shops have very unique and festive adverts at this time of year and it does make those boring advert breaks a bit more bearable when the adverts are Christmassy.

Those are some of my favourite things about Christmas. What are yours?


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winter Lipsticks || Blogmas 2015

As part of Blogmas I thought it would be a good time to do a post about my favourite lipsticks that I reach for during the winter months. Ranging from everyday nudes to darker berry shades I have all grounds covered for any winter appropriate lip shades.
Winter Lipsticks || Blogmas
Let's start with the nude shades. One of my more recent additions to my nude lipstick collection is Clinique's Pop Lip Colour in Nude Pop. This is a mixture between a pink and brown nude so makes the perfect everyday shade for this time of the year. I like the texture of this lipstick as well as it is not too matte or too glossy so lasts longer than a super glossy formula. For a more glossy version the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Proudly Naked is the one that I reach for. This is a very similar shade to the Clinique one but with a slightly different finish. The final nude shade is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. This is a slightly darker nude which I love to use in the evenings for a more dramatic nude look.
Winter Lipsticks || Blogmas
For darker more winter typical shades I also have three that I like reaching for at this time of the year. Firstly is the most pink berry shade, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush. This is a great one if you don't want a very obvious coloured lip as you can have a really thin, light layer of it or you can really build it up for a stronger pigmentation. The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry. This is a very dark lipstick with a very moisturising formula so it doesn't cling to dry patches. I love this lipstick but I find that it needs to be used with a lip liner and for that I love using the Topshop Lip Liner in Girl Bye. The colour is almost identical to the lipstick so I can get a really clean line which I don't without it. The lip liner is matte so it very long lasting and makes the lipstick last longer too.

What are your favourite winter lipsticks?



Friday, 11 December 2015

Winter Wonderland || Blogmas 2015

Last week, myself and my friends visited Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, a festive Christmas market with ice skating and various different rides. I have been to Winter Wonderland once before and it definitely didn't disappoint this time either. If you like Christmas themed things, this place is definitely for you. 
If you aren't in the Christmas spirit yet, a visit to Winter Wonderland will definitely put you in it. With Christmas themed market stalls offering a variety of possible gifts and every type of food you can think of on offer there is something for everyone.
After ice skating and devouring a duck and hoisin wrap (which was amazing FYI!) we headed over to the fair ground section, and to grab even more food (chips and Dutch pancakes to be exact!). Although I didn't go on any of the rides, if you are an adrenaline junkie then some of these rides will be perfect for you, although personally I preferred to keep both feet on the ground. 

If you are in London and want to feel even more festive then I would highly recommend a visit to Winter Wonderland as it is such a good way to spend an evening in London.

Have you visited Winter Wonderland?


Monday, 7 December 2015

Skiing Beauty Essentials || Blogmas 2015

Something you may not know about me is that I am an avid skier and have been skiing since I was 4. However skiing is not the most glamorous occasion, with chapped lips, tangled hair and the potential of dry, sunburned skin. So today, I have decided to tell you about what I consider to be essentials for a skiing holiday. The only thing I haven't included as I didn't have one with me was a skiing SPF, which we usually buy when we arrive. Let's get into this.
Skiing Beauty Essentials || Blogmas
To deal with tangled and dry hair an leave in conditioner is the best product for the job. I personally love the Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance because not only does it do an amazing job at rehydrating and de-tangling your hair but it also smells absolutely amazing. For skin, I still like to have a little bit of coverage but I really don't want something heavy or matte. The product I will be reaching for is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue as it is quite hydrating, has a dewy finish and is really lightweight. To deal with my chapped lips I like to use a slightly heavier lip balm, like the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm as it is really moisturising and is the perfect product for post skiing lips. I get very dry skin under my eyes without the harsh conditions of skiing so an eye cream is even more necessary when I am skiing. I absolutely love the Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm as it is soothing, hydrating and cooling so great for puffy eyes. Finally is an intense moisturiser, my favourite being Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Relief. It isn't too heavy so it doesn't break me out but it adds a tonne of hydration to my skin so hopefully it won't become to dry during my trip.

What are your skiing beauty essentials?


Thursday, 3 December 2015

My Christmas Wishlist || Blogmas 2015

With Christmas around the corner I have had to do a little bit of thinking as to what I would like to receive this festive period and I thought as it is now Blogmas it would be the perfect opportunity to share it with you.
First up, the Jo Malone Wood Peony & Blush Suede Cologne as I have heard so much about this fragrance and I smelt it in store once and loved it so it had to make an appearance on this wishlist. Next up is Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Crème Brûlée Duet. I have wanted these products for ages because they smell absolutely amazing. The Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats have been talked about a lot in the beauty blogging world and I am yet to try them. The one I would like to try is Pink Venus as I think it would work well with my paler skin and make the perfect everyday lip shade. I have been a fan of Millie Mackintosh ever since she first appeared on Made in Chelsea and so of course I really want to get her book, MADE which is a mixture of beauty, fashion, fitness and food, which are all things I really love. This ASOS coat has been on my wishlist for ages and I think it would be the perfect coat for the colder winter weather. Another Charlotte Tilbury product now, the Filmstar Bronze and Glow which is another well-loved product in the beauty blogging world which I feel I need to try. The Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop is something I have wanted ever since it came out and now it will be available in the UK I want it even more! Another makeup product now (surprise, surprise...) but I couldn't create a Christmas wishlist without this product featuring in it. I mean how could I resist this beautiful Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit featuring 2 of their blush shades, one of their bronzer shades and three of their powders. Since I love baking I thought that these copper measuring cups would be perfect because 1. They are so cute and 2. They are copper, any copper obsessed persons dream. Next up, Madeleine Shaw’s book, Get the Glow, which has been on my wishlist for ages and recently I have been obsessed with her recipes on her blog. Therefore I feel like I really need to get her book as it has many more amazing recipes than her blog. Finally on this wishlist is another thing I have wanted for quite a while, the Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 2 Complete Eye Brush Set. It is so pretty and I am always in need of more brushes and I think these ones would be the perfect addition to my collection.

That is all that is on my wishlist for this year. What's on yours?


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November Favourites 2015 || Blogmas 2015

November Favourites 2015 || Blogmas 2015

So it has been a while hasn't it?! But I'm back *hopefully* and hoping to try and do my own variation of Blogmas. I won't be posting every day but I have 14 posts planed all the way up until Christmas so expect a post every other day and a few more in between all the way up to the 25th! Today's post is Blogmas Day One and although it is not a Christmas themed post I think it is a good post to start the month off with. So let's get into my favourites from last month.

After the whole strobing thing that happened recently, highlighters have been everywhere so it only felt right to pick up at least one highlighter since my collection was lacking. I picked up this Collection one on a whim as I hadn't heard much about it but it looked like it could do the perfect job. It is a gorgeous subtle highlighter shade that works perfectly for my paler skin and since it is so subtle it can be used during the day without the dreaded glitter ball look.

This has been a favourite of mine for a while now and I always find myself going back to it as it I know it suits me and I feel comfortable wearing it. Being a slightly more glossy finish means that I don't have to worry about it clinging to dry patches on my lips which is definitely a plus for me now that it is winter. I have been reaching for this quite a lot over the past month and I can see myself continuing to reach for it for a while longer.

This was a freebie in the December issue of Glamour magazine (the one with Tanya Burr on the front) and when I saw this as one of the free gifts I had to pick it up. I have wanted to try these lipsticks for so long as I have heard such good things about them. This one is the perfect nude shade as it isn't too pink or too brown and works well with all makeup looks. Another great shade for everyday and one that I can't stop using.

Although I have tried many different concealers over the years for my under eye circles I always end up going back to this one. It is so lightweight that it doesn't crease but it still covers up my under eye circles incredibly well. I always feel like I need something to cover my dark circles but I hate heavy products there so this one is a great alternative.

Since I wear eye makeup almost everyday I need something that will take it all off at the end of the day. I have tried and loved many different ones over the years and a range that I can always rely on is the Body Shop Camomile range as I personally find that these products do an amazing job. This particular product is better for the days when I am not wearing much makeup up as it is very gentle but it really does remove all of my makeup. I much prefer using something like this than using face wipes as I think they do a better job and are better for your skin.

So there was Part 1 of Blogmas and my November favourites. What did you love last month?

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