Saturday, 29 December 2012

Santa Baby

So Santa was super generous to me this year so I decided to do a Christmas Haul! Bit hard to see everything on this image so i'll just list the main things :)

  • Yankee Candle in the scent cinnamon stick
  • Christmas stocking Pandora charm
  • Jimmy Choo fragrance 
  • Next fragrance in scent 'London'
  • MUA make-up palette in 'Heaven and Earth'
  • Maybelline gel eyeliner 
  • Next cashmere body butter
  • Little Miss Sunshine mug from Utility
  • Life of Pi novel by Yann Martel  
  • Eye shadow set and Nail set by Lumiere cosmetics
  • No7 illuminating make up mirror
  • New look black  jeweled dress
  • New look bright pink onesie
  • Topshop black and gold sparkly dress
  • H&M Lana del Rey jumper and skirt

I would seriously recommend this Yankee Candle as it is the most perfect scent for the festive period. All the candles are seriously strong even without burning, so it leaves such a lovely aroma in the room. This one is super large so it lasts for ages too. The traditional design of Yankee's signature classic jar candle reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, these large candles provide 110 to 150 hours of true fragrance enjoyment. Note- it is cheaper to buy from Amazon and there many other fragrances by Yankee are also available. Buy Here

The MUA palette is also fantastic as it is a natural palette with all those basic every day shades that are an absolute must all year round. I think these palettes are around £4 too which is such an unbelievable bargain! They are great quality shadows too with excellent staying power.

Finally, in terms of beauty, the Maybelline gel eyeliner is something which I have only just discovered and I would now not be without it. I have used liquid eyeliner for years and love that too, but this gel formula has the appearance of a liquid liner but is so much easier to apply if you find it difficult. It is reasonably priced and includes a brush too, although I use a much thinner one to get a super precise finish. It is practically the same as the famous Bobbi Brown liner too, for about half the price so it is an absolute bargain! 

*Happy Holidays!*

Shake the Glitter

Seen as it's Christmas and New Year is fast approaching, I thought this would be a great make-up look for the festive season. I wore this sparkly gold glitter make up for a party last night, and it was so fun to experiment with. For me, Christmas is the one time of year when its acceptable to wear both a striking eye and a bold lip. This look goes perfect with that classic chic red lip, or even a dark purple which is what I teamed it with. Try out this glamorous make-up look for this season and your bound to sparkle.

To get this eye make up look I used:

  • base shadow primer from frontcover cosmetics
  • gold eye shadow by frontcover
  • holographic glitter by frontcover
  • No7 eye shadow in 'Starry Lights'
  • Maybelline gel liner
  • MAC Opulash Optimum black mascara
  • Cheryl Cole lashes by Eylure 
What's on my nails? 
I teamed this glitter look with a classic red from Nails Inc in the colour 'St James' which is my ultimate favourite winter colour- a bold red that's not too dark and serious, slightly pink in tone. I also used Barry M in 'Yellow Topaz Glitter' as a glittery topcoat to add an ultra sparkly festive look. 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

December Beauty Haul

These are products which I have recently purchased for the Winter season, and some which I have been sampling/use especially for this time of year. Firstly, as I was so impressed with the Rimmel lasting finish foundation (which I reviewed in a previous post), I decided to buy another one from Rimmel but opted for this match perfection one instead, as I was attracted to the innovation of smart tone technology which adapts to the colour and tone of skin. I went for shade 003 In true Ivory, which is somewhat paler than I would usually choose purely because of the Winter season as skin would inevitably be paler in complexion. This tone matches my skin exactly. Previously with foundation, even if it is a shade darker It can be blended into the skin to create a natural, yet more tanned look, whereas as soon as this shade was applied even before blending, it matched my skin exactly. It gave me a flawless finish without leaving my skin too dewy which is ideal for the cold temperatures- a dewy look is most desired in the Summer season. Even though I have oily/combination skin, this foundation kept my skin matte all day, without having to apply powder more than once, which I have found with previous foundations. This skin was not too heavy either, thereby allowing the skin to breathe which is great, however my only criticism is that is was a little less coverage than I would like as I had to use quite a fair bit of concealer to cover blemishes, yet I would still highly recommend this foundation, particularly if you already have flawless skin anyway. What's more, this foundation has an amazing scent which is super fresh, and leaves a beautiful to the skin making it look healthy and radiant. I would rate this 9/10, and at £6.99 this is a bargain for quality.  

Next I recently received these gorgeous Cheryl Cole lashes from Eylure and they are so amazingly natural, perfect false lashes for the glamorous party season, designed to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Fabulous, flirty and flexible they are suitable for all eye shapes and all occasions, with an ultra- lightweight feel. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of false lashes, I normally just prefer to use lashings of mascara to create that desired intense eye look, however these are so natural that they aren't too obvious your wearing them. These lashes just add thickness, but not enough to look 'fake', they also have a subtle winged out effect on the edges which can match your best mascara, creating a really natural, yet beautiful evening look. As always from this range, they are easy to apply with glue included, and reusable. Just make sure you leave the glue for a few minutes until tacky so they stick better, and then gently place on the lash line with tweezers to make sure they are on securely and correctly. Be sure to place the lash on your lash line to measure before applying the glue, the check it lines up correctly, and trim any excess if need be. I finish by applying a coat of mascara over the top of the false lashes to bind them to the natural ones, creating a seamless natural look. Cheryl herself says: "I love the volume of my lashes. Gorgeous, subtle and versatile they can be worn day or night." I would rate these 10/10 as they are the best, most natural lashes I have ever tried. Priced at £5. 

Next I have been loving this splendidly silky moisturizing conditioner from Percy & Reed. It is specifically designed for parched hair, which is often a result of the harsh conditions in which winter brings. This conditioner therefore treats your hair spectacularly, giving it the attention it needs to repair itself. I discovered this as a sample in Glamour a while ago, recently started using it regularly the other week and it has already done wonders for my hair. My favorite thing about this product is that it smells unbelievably fantastic, you have to try it if not just for the smell.    

Splendidly Silky Moisturizing Conditioner is packed with moisture infusing marvels;
  • Blueberry Extract which helps to neutralise and protect the hair from free radicals.
  • Grape Seed Oil which is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein.
  • Sweet Almond Oil; rich in Vitamin E and known to help reduce hair fall.
  • Lastly Aloe Vera Gel which detangles, moisturizes, heals and smoothes dry and damaged hair.
All these ingredients combine quite beautifully, to hydrate and deeply nourish your hair, creating luscious looks with added shine, to give you that luxurious treatment that your hair is in need of this time of year. I would give this product 9/10, priced at £16, you can buy any product from this range on their website:

My favorite winter moisturizer this season has to be this one from Clinique, its best-selling dramatically different moisturizing lotion. It helps to duplicate the moisture naturally occuring in the skin to provide comfort and balance to your skin. It is such a hydrating moisturizer that you only need a tiny amount on dry areas only, which naturally occur in the winter season even if you
don't normally have dry skin. I like to put this on before bed so it nourishes and moisturizes my skin throughout the night, so I wake up with refreshed and hydrated glowing skin. Also great as a day cream and acts as a good base for make-up. Winner of the Zest Skin Care Awards for Best Day Cream. I would highly recommend this moisturizer and give it a strong 9/10, the only reason why it is not full marks is due to the price which is a little higher than I would like to pay at
£17, however, it is a highly-rated product unsurprisingly as shown by the results.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

I discovered this Opulash Optimum Black mascara by M.A.C last Christmas as a gift, and I have brought another one since. Whats great about this is the huge and slightly scary brush which is MAC's most bodacious one yet, indicating just how voluminous it makes your lashes. It combines a new formula in a more saturated intense black, with extra voluminization, expansion and curl delivered dramatically. It is perfect for the Christmas party season for all the special occasion events where that desired glamorous and shockingly intense eye look is ideal. If that doesn't persuade you, it lasts 15 hours! This incredible staying power requires quite a strong eye make up remover, as the mascara is literally bullet proof, and most importantly will not flake onto your face throughout the day. I would give this mascara 9/10, and it is £14. This would also make a great gift; I received it last year and loved it, so if you need a stocking filler this is perfect. 


I have used my Tangle Teezer now for a few months, and I honestly would not be without it! If you haven't heard of it before, it is an innovative, revolutionary hair brush which will literally get out any tangle whatsoever with no pain, no matter what style hair you have. So impressive are the results, that it has taken the beauty industry by storm overnight. It is the original professional detangling brush, containing a unique teeth configuration which flexes upon contact with tangles, thereby making brushing your hair easy and stress free by removing tangles- not your hair! It delivers impressive results on both wet and dry hair, I particularly like using this after washing my hair when it is damp, as it removes all the tangles before blow drying, what's more it is quick too. It also works on extensions and weaves, so it will work on literally anyone. It really is your hair care saviour and a true detangling solution. Tangle Teezer Original is the only brush that is literally changing lives. "Don't change your lifestyle; change your hairbrush". It is also the perfect compact size so ideal for taking with you on the go, and for travelling especially. Available also in several colours, I brought mine on Amazon for £9.99 and would rate it without a doubt 10/10. 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas

Yardstick Ornaments

Now were finally in December it's the time to start thinking of interesting gift ideas if you haven't prepared already (like me), to make a really special gift for a special person, instead of the last minute Christmas eve shop buying pointless gift sets.. anyone else experienced this? Here are some gifts I think make an ultra special, thoughtful idea...


You can't go wrong with perfume for a girl friend or family member. Every girl should own her 'signature' fragrance that can be associated with her and this Christmas i'm loving the new Marc Jacobs Dot perfume, not only does it smell fantastic but the bottle is just irresistibly cute and festive. This feminine scent is a lush juicy and floral vivacious fragrance, bound to bring happiness to any girl this season. Why not go all out on this gift set for the ultimate perfume lover, £50. 

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Eau De Parfum Spray 100ml

A charming and sparkling fragrance by Taylor Swift, embracing all that is special about Taylor. At around £30 for 100ml, this is perfect for that younger person. 

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum Spray 60ml

This is my favourite fragrance right now and one I will be definitely be asking for this year.  "Fragrance has always been part of my vision for Jimmy Choo. To fully extend the Jimmy Choo lifestyle, enveloping a woman with the sensuality and essence of the brand. I have always loved wearing perfume; it is part of my identity. Now to create a signature fragrance for Jimmy Choo expressing an aura of strength and beauty is my ultimate dream." - Tamara Mellon, OBE, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jimmy Choo. This modern fragrance exudes glamour, filled with a sense of fashion and fun. Seductive and alluring, with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality. Around £40 for 60ml.

Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid Eau De Parfum Spray 50ml

This innovative new perfume from Gaga is the first of its kind. Its black in the bottle, yet invisible once airborne making this fragrance a truly unique one, but from Gaga I wouldn't expect anything otherwise. The egg shaped bottle was inspired by Gaga's performance at the Grammy Awards 2011, and once removed, the claw shaped lid functions as a stand for the perfume. This fragrance is built around 3 main accords: dark, sensual and light. £30 for 50ml. 

Ghost Deep Night Eau De Toilette Spray 50ml

I love this fragrance by Ghost, Deep Night, I have worn this for many years now and I've never tired of it. It is a freshly oriental composition for the ideal transition from day to night. A sensual and romantic scent, at just £30 for 50ml. 


Caviar & Oyster Palette
A little pricier, but at Christmas time Bobbi Brown really does bring out some wonderful palettes which are perfect for the Christmas season. I particularly love this 'caviar and oyster' palette which combines two options of strong and smokey, or soft and pretty, creating the best of both looks. This beautifully edited palette features eight different shadows and a luminescent skin enhancer, so this mirrored palette makes it easy to create a multitude of perfect party looks. Taking a cue from the look of something pretty against something edgy, the set includes rich caviar and pearlescent black shades. Introducing the standout star of the season, Ballet Sparkle, a shimmer so sheer it can be worn on both eyes and cheeks (without ever looking overdone). Priced at £59.

Tube Tint Trio
 This trio of easy-to-use tubes features a shade from each formula: Glitter Lip Gloss in GrapeShimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Mist and Pink Violet Lip Gloss (for just a hint of pretty colour). Absolutely perfect to bring some glamour to the party season! £28

This easy to use kit makes a great gift this year as it is perfect for experimentation, it allows you to create a bold look with the iridescent gold eye shadow (which has excellent staying power), or you can play it down with a sophisticated liner as this kit comes with a new double-ended applicator featuring a liner brush. Team this glamorous look with one of three fabulous nail shades, to match your eye look or contrast, you pick. What's more, all these front cover kits come with instructions from expert make up artists and nail technicians to make your look super straightforward. At £16 this also makes a great value gift.

she's so jetset
she's so jetset
she's so jetset
This adorable limited edition set from Benefit includes:

  • 4 shade eyeshadow palette
  • the POREfessional
  • they’re real!
  • first-class face powder with brush
  • lip gloss in life on the A list
  • double-ended applicator

'She's so Jetset' is a stunningly packaged value for money set, which includes the best selling 'they're real!' mascara. All of these products work well together to effortlessly transform your look into one which exudes glamour. £29

Finally, for a great stocking filler this year, 'hope in a jar' the original formula moisturiser for all skin types in trial-size 15 ml, for a inspiring yet festive way to share the gift of great skin this holiday. the award-winning moisturizer from skincare experts philosophy is loaded with antioxidants which hydrates and gently exfoliates for smooth, radiant skin. a hopeful gift that inspires a healthy-looking glow.

Christmas Tree subway art - print & put in red frame.

Want to start your year off in the best way possible? Here's this idea I heard recently which I think is really cute and bound to make anybody joyous for the New Year! 
Definitely want to start this for 2013! Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile. On New Year's Eve, open and re-read all of the good stuff that made the year wonderful.

Throughout the year, write down memories that make you smile. On New Year's Eve, open and re-read all of the good stuff that made the year wonderful.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Make-up On A Budget

Sometimes it is true that you get what you pay for, and the more high-end make-up brands serve as a better quality product. Nonetheless there are excellent drugstore products available that are ideal for young students like me who can't always splurge on expensive products. Granted, a lot of cheaper products out there tend to be a little disappointing, so make sure you take full advantage of the testers before you buy so you know what you are getting. Here are my all time favourite drugstore products to create a total make-up look which I use frequently and I would most definitely repurchase! 

1. Moisturiser

Before applying make-up, it is really important to hydrate your skin with a good moisturiser, this will also help your make up glide on smoothly and last longer. Wait a good 5-10 minutes before applying make up after moisturiser. This moisturiser I have been using ever since I started to wear make up and take good care of my skin. I switch to the rich formula in the winter months to hydrate my skin as it is naturally a lot drier. This product also smells great and is not too greasy so it absorbs quickly. It helps keep skin replenished and nourished all day long, and at £3.89 from Boots it really is a bargain. 

2. Concealer

For concealer, I always use Rimmel's 'Hide the blemish' concealer in soft honey. I love the texture of this concealer as it is so creamy and easy to use, the stick formula also makes it a great 'on the go' product. Glides onto the skin beautifully, concealing any dark under eye circles or blemishes, which we all have at some point i'm sure! It is also important to mention that you buy the correct shade of concealer, as if it is too dark it will only emphasise the areas you are trying to cover- who wants that! It is better to go one shade lighter if you aren't sure as this will only blend into the skin, rather than a dark shade drawing attention to your blemishes. If you do want to darken your complexion, it is better to use a darker toned bronzer rather than alter the shade of your concealer/foundation system. Keep your skin looking fresh and natural to enhance your existing beauty, rather than masking it in heavy darker make up, which will only look unnatural. £4.49, another great value product.

3. Foundation

For foundation, lately I have been loving Rimmel's lasting finish 25 hour (yes, 25 hour!!!) foundation. This is a great value foundation and it has lasted me for ages without having to repurchase yet as you only need a very small amount. Rimmel claims that sweat and humidity will not budge this foundation, and it does not disappoint. It is transfer-proof and really does last all day. Speaking on behalf of someone who has oily/combination skin, this foundation is great at mattifying the skin yet still looking subtly dewy and refreshed. It also goes in hand with the Rimmel concealer as both products compliment each other to create a perfectly flawless make up base, providing high coverage which is great if your prone to breakouts and blemishes. I always recommend applying foundation with a foundation brush, particularly if it is liquid formula like this one. I dot a small amount on each segment of my face and apply gently with my fingers first, as the heat helps to blend into the skin easily. Then it is important to use a brush to smooth out the skin and blend seamlessly to make it look like you have been gifted with perfect skin, not that you have stumbled upon this excellent foundation... £6.99.

4. Powder 

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder 14g

Seen as the previous products have been from the Rimmel collection, I have included their fabulous 'Stay Matte' powder as well as it provides a great base with their other products; however I also highly recommend No7's translucent powder as this also provides a great finish. Powder is essential to not only set your foundation into place, securing it firmly so that it doesn't budge all day, but also keep your skin looking matte, not oily which can easily happen if, like me you have oily/combination skin. This powder really does keep your skin looking matte all throughout the day no matter what activity, controlling shine for up to 12 hours, and minimising the appearance of pores. Push this onto the skin with a large bristled brush to secure your base into place all throughout the day, paying close attention to the crease underneath the eyes and the eyelids as they can be quite oily. This also provides a good base for shadow. £3.99

5. Blusher 

2true Blusher True Colour 1 Pink Blush

There are so many blushers that I love, particularly those from Benefit, Rimmel (again) and Sleek, especially the one I featured in my winter favourites in the shade pomegranate which is absolutely delightful for this time of year. This one featured is by 2true, true colour 1 pink blush, and it is such a bargain being only £1.99 from Superdrug.  It brings a flush of colour to the apples of your cheeks, adding to a youthful and radiant complexion. 

6. Highlighter 

So if I had to pick a favourite make up product ever- which is unbelievably hard!- this shimmer brick from Sue Moxley, Famous range has the edge. I love it so much because it is just like Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick collection, yet unbelievably cheaper! It can be used as solely a blush, but its reflective shimmery particularly make the most beautiful highlighter. Dust this at the top of the cheekbones, above the apple of your cheeks for a youthful and glamorous look. What's more, the single brick colours can be used alone for eye shadows!

7. Eyebrows

Eyebrows can totally make or break a look. Leave them completely and if your not blessed with thick, natural brows, they can look sparse and unrefined; fill them in too much and you can verge on looking too 'made-up' and unnatural, neither a particularly good look! The trick is to fill them in gently  using an angled eye brush, in a soft motion following the natural shape of your brow, starting at the arch and following downwards to create a natural curve. I naturally have really dark eyebrows, so I use this eye shadow from MUA, on shade 19-Matt, yet they also have a variation of lighter shades. I use this as a dark shadow in the crease of my eye to widen it, and double it up as an eyebrow filler. I find that using a powder rather than a pencil creates a softer,  more natural finish, and besides, it stays on much longer. Did I mention this is only £1?! Amazing value from MUA, such a great quality range with crazy cheap prices. 

8. Eye shadow primer (optional) 
Click to view Shadowbase
If you find that like me, your eye shadow doesn't stay put and often creases, you need a primer. This one is from front cover cosmetics-link above as it is no longer sold in boots-and it is such a good shadow base that will keep your shadow in one place! It also has a shimmery effect which serves as a simple eye colour if you don't want to add shadow. Just layer all over the eyelid with a finger and then apply shadow. £8. 

9. Eye shadow

MUA Pro Pallette Undressed
For every day neutral colours, this pro pallette from MUA called 'undressed' is a perfect must have for day to day wear, including all the natural, essential go-to shades for any occasion. It encompasses a great combination of shimmery and matte colours to create a clean and natural look. These eye shadows also have great staying power, and at £4 for a pallette it truly is an incredible bargain which is essential for any make up kit; these are the colours you can not be without. 

10. Liquid eye liner 

Liquid eye liner is my essential item for transforming a somewhat plain look into something eye-catching and enthralling. Liquid eye liner is perhaps the most difficult to use, however once you get it right it can transform the entire face, opening the eyes and making them look much bigger. The key to getting that desired, perfect, feline eye liner is to pull the outer corner of your eye out to stretch the lid, then you will find you have much more control. Start in the middle of the eye, and wing out to the side, following the natural upwards curve of the bottom lash. Then fill in very finely into the inner corner to open up the eye. You can achieve many different styles of line with a liquid formula, the key is symmetry on both eyes. I find this 'Fast Stroke' eye liner from Collection 2000 to be the easiest, budget eye liner to use as it has a built in, thin brush to create a controlled look. This eye liner stays put all throughout the day, and does not flake. I have been using this eye liner most days for years, I always repurchase it because it never fails to impress me, moreover at £2.99 its a real gem of a product. 

11. Mascara

Maybelline Falsies Black Drama Mascara

After applying liner, curl lashes and apply lashings of volumizing mascara. At the moment, I love Maybelline's Falsies mascara as it really creates that desired false lash effect in a tube, without the hassle of putting eye lashes on! I also recommend L'oreal's volumizing mascara, however it is a little more expensive. This one is only £7.99, and for an ultra black pigmented mascara with unique staying power and unique spoon brush for ultra thick lashes with no gaps, this is worth it!

12. Lipstick 

Personally I prefer lipstick rather than gloss, especially for this time of year when a matte look is preferable. This is my favourite lipstick of all time, and I have around 50. I wear this shade everyday because it is the ideal colour to compliment any make up look. This is from no7, in shade sugar plum, and it is an almost purple, plum tone. It looks great as a soft stain for everyday, or apply it heavily for a dark, rich tone; a great transit for night time. It is a nourishing formula to keep lips smooth, soft and hydrated. 

Combine all these products for an everyday make up look, extremely wearable and timeless, and for an excellent price! 

This is just to show the comparison between an eye with simple and conventional liquid eye liner, mascara and base eye shadow, contrasting against the bare eye that has only base on. As you can see, the difference in size is notable- the left eye looks a lot bigger due to the eye liner which seems to open your eyes entirely, and mascara which completely alerts your eye making it appear more wide-eyed and more awake. 

Truffle Shuffle Jewelry

So I have recently discovered the brand 'Disney Couture' which creates perfectly original jewelry based on all your favourite Disney films, which if your like me is the best thing ever! These items are all available on: and would create the best Christmas gift for a Disney fan if your short of ideas. Here are some of my favourite items that I will be asking for this Christmas...

These one-off bangles are my all time favourite. They are super chic are wearable every day for a truly unique signature style for any Disney fan- of any age!  They are all priced at £33.99. 

This classic silver-plated 'Believe' necklace is perfect. It incorporates stars jeweled in swarovski crystals and a perching Tinkerbell for an unbelievably cute and precious look, priced at £29.99. 

Truffle Shuffle is great for retro pieces of jewelry that you can guarantee nobody else will have, making your look truly unique. Here are some other pieces I love...

Retro pop art cartoon kiss necklace from 'Punky Pinks'

Woah! How cool is this?! This is such a funky unique necklace which guarantees to add some charm to your outfit. Unique and quirky, offering some character to any outfit, and at only £13.99!

This tea party and biscuit ring is so adorable from 'Girl in the blue city'. £7.99MAIN
This gold plated Cinderella carriage ring is ideal for any princess and Disney fan, also from Disney couture. Its beautiful, intricate design creates such a feeling of nostalgia, forcing you to reminisce your favourite Disney moments! This pretty antique finish ring can be worn on its own or stacked up with others from this collection, a truly pretty piece, and only £9.49! I want this.