Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Beauty Gift Ideas

I am bit late with this one but I thought I would share with you some of the beauty gifts I have been trying out that I think would make great gifts for your loved ones or as treat for yourself.

Lancome Glamorous Eye Kit* (£22.50 - House Of Fraser)
I really love Lancome Mascara but as they are more on the pricey side they are not something I buy on a regular basis. I think this little set is a lovely treat for any make up addict because who doesn't wear mascara? Plus the mini make up remover and eye pencil come in very handy.

Nars Dominations Cheek Palette (£45 Space Nk)
I have a review up of this here and I think this is one my favourite items from all of the Christmas collections this year. I have not really used any other blushes or bronzers since having this. This contains everything you need for you cheeks. If you haven't got this yet and its still in stock grab it quick.

Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret (£32 Space Nk)
Another amazing gift from Nars, this is a great way to try out some of the lip pencils from the brand. My two favourites from the set is the Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella.
If you are buying for a lip product junkie they need this.
Real Techniques Nic's Picks Make Up Brush Set (£29.99 Boots)
These were actually an early Christmas present from the other half (Well done him) and I think it is a great kit for every type of beauty lover. I think the Real Technique brushes are some of the best out there, they are just amazing quality for what you pay.
Smashbox Primer Try It Kit (£15 Boots)
I have had this kit a while and think its great way to try some of the top sellers from Smashbox. The Photo Finish primer is a staple of mine now and I will picking up the larger size soon. I think this is a great little stocking filler for any beauty lover.

Tom Ford Lipstick (£37 Selfridges)
You may have seen my review recently on the my first Tom Ford Lipstick and I think if you are buying for someone who has a lot of make up or has a real passion for it then this is the perfect gift. It isn't in everyones price range but if its a treat for someone special they will be thrilled to receive this.

Sarah Chapman Daily Essential Collection (£49 Space NK)
I have actually used this kit all up now and bought some of the full size versions of the products. I think sets like this are a great way to try a brand and there isn't a Sarah Chapman product I have tried that I haven't liked. If you are buying for someone who takes care of their skin then something like this would be a great treat for them.

All Boxed Up Boxes. (Starting from £15.99. All boxed Up)
I think beauty boxes are great gift when you are unsure what to get someone and there are so many to choose from now.
All Boxed up do a range of different boxes, from candles, make up and for mum's to be so there is something for everyone. I reviewed the Weleda Beauty Box here and they such great value for money.
Yankee Candles (From £1.80 Yankee Candle)
I think any type of candle is a good gift for someone but I really like the Christmas scents Yankee candle bring out. I often just buy the little sampler sizes in various scents as once Christmas is over I will want to try different ones. I also think these sizes make great stocking fillers.

I hope this gives you some last minute gift ideas or even for a little treat to yourself. What would be your ultimate gift to get this Christmas?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Beauty Products To Help Survive A Cold.

I know beauty products are the last thing you are thinking of when you are feeling ill but there has been a couple of standout products that have helped me through the last two weeks. They have stopped my skin from drying out and making me look more alive so I thought I would share them with you.

First up is Blistex, I use the MedPlus lip balm and the Relief Cream, both are the best things I have found for dry cracked lips.
The Relief Cream helps to heal and add back moisture whilst the Medplus moisturisers and protects. Both are essentials all year round for me.

We all know what its like to have a sore nose when we have a cold and the thing that has helped keep that at bay for me was the Vitamin E Super Balm from Superdrug. This is a multi-purpose balm that's good for all sorts of dry skin. I slathered this on morning and evening and it just kept my skin hydrated as well as less red looking. Definitely a multi-purpose beauty item that everyone needs, it is great for things like cuticles too.

Not that I have ventured out the house much but when I have had too there was two make up items I have relied on to make me look more awake. The Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur Primer, which just helps to brighten the skin and take away the greyness of it. Also the Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer which I used to help hide the very dark circles under my eyes and just brighten the whole eye area up.

An honourable mention goes to Olbas Oil which isn't really a beauty item but this has really helped with my stuffy nose. You don't realise how much decongestant tablets help until you can't take them.

What helps you through a cold?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Beauty Stocking Fillers

For me stocking fillers are items around the £5 mark or under and are just a little extra treat to unwrap Christmas morning.
I thought I would share with you some stocking filler ideas that won't break the bank and what I think are perfect little treats.

Lush Bath Bombs/Bubble Bars/Mini Shower Gels (Usually around the £3-£5 mark - Lush)
Lush isn't for everyone but if you love a pampering bath then I think one of their bath bombs or bubble bars is a great little stocking filler. If you are more of a shower person then their mini shower gels are great and there is a few different festive scents to choose from.

Poundland Make Up (£1 Obviously)
I spotted that Poundland have brought out a make up line and even though I was a little sceptical I decided to try a couple of things out from it. I wrote a blog post here about a nail polish I tried and was thoroughly impressed. I also have been trying a blusher which is really pretty and quite pigmented. I would definitely check the line out especially if you are buying for someone who is new to make up.

Maybelline Baby Lips (£3.99 Boots)
Most people use lip balm and I think these tinted balms from Maybelline are just great. Baby lips come in a range of scents and colours which really do moisturise your lips as well as adding a tint of colour.

Barry M Nail Polish (£2.99 Superdrug)
Barry M do some of the best High street nail polishes in my opinion and they have a shade that will suit everyone. If you are buying for a nail addict then you can't go wrong with these.

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks (£1 Boots )
Who doesn't like to have a bit of a pamper and put on a face mask. These ones from Montagne Jeunesse are such a bargain and really work wonders on the skin. There is so many to choose from the range it's hard to pick just get one. I really like the peel off ones as its just so satisfying peeling them off.

False Eyelashes (Usually around the £4/£5 mark)
Again not something for everyone but if you are buying for a girl who likes to party I bet she will love a pair of lashes. Some of my favourites are from Ardell, Eylure and Tanya Burr.

I hope this has given you some last minute ideas for stocking fillers or just if you are looking for a token gift for someone.

Friday, 12 December 2014

The More Sophisticated Festive Nails

Lots of glitter isn't for everyone and even I sometimes can get a bit bored of it. I painted my nails last night and went for a more sophisticated festive look. I used Essie Wicked which is a deep Burgundy colour and then painted Bourjois Its Raining Stars on my ring finger to add a bit of festive glitter to the look.

Essie Wicked is one of my all time favourite polishes, I wear it a lot during the autumn/winter months. Its really opaque and I love the vampy feel it gives to your nails.
Bourjois It's Raining Stars is a new edition and is a truly opaque silver glitter. I love the brushes on the Bourjois 1 second polishes as they are wide which makes applying them super easy, I also find they last a long time too.

I really like the effect of these two polishes together, I can't stop looking at my nails. What do you think? Do you have a favourite festive nail polish?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let's Talk Primers.

Using a face primer is a fairly new thing for me, I've dabbled with them before but never really could see the benefits up until now that is.
I currently have four different primers that I have really been enjoying using and thought I would share them with you.

The first two are quite similar, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (£12.50 Smashbox) and the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. (£7.99 Boots) They both have a very silicone texture to them and are great for evening out the skin and making pores look smaller.
I always worry that heavy silicone primers will break me out but these don't and they help my foundation stay on longer.

Another primer from Maybelline is the Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur in Cool Rose. (£7.99 Boots) This is a pink toned primer and has more of a runny consistency than the pore eraser one. It does help to smooth everything out and create a good base for foundation but I really love how this just perks up the skin when its looking dull. It is fantastic primer for when my skin is looking grey especially this time of year.

Lastly is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (£29 Space NK) which is probably the most famous. This has a really light texture to it and feels more like a moisturiser whilst applying, it definitely feels more lighter on the skin than the others. I find this a great primer for everyday use when my skin is not playing up in anyway and it just helps my foundation glide on and last that little bit longer.

I don't think I could pick a favourite out of the four primers but I do think the Maybelline Baby Skin Primers are great especially for the price.

Do you wear a face primer? Is there any you recommend?

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review - Tom Ford Lip Colour Spanish Pink

I have read so many posts from bloggers raving about Tom Ford Lipsticks that I finally took the plunge and ordered one for myself.
I am going through a love for nude/my lips but better phase with lipstick at the moment and decided to go for a shade I know I would get a lot of wear out of as I wanted to get my moneys worth from it.
The lipstick in question is Spanish Pink, it is a warm pink/nude shade that is slightly lighter than my natural lip colour.

The first thing you notice about Tom Ford Lipsticks is the gorgeous gold and black packaging, it is really quite heavy and just screams luxury.
I spent most of the first day of owning this just staring at it, not being able to bring myself to use it. There is the famous TF embossed on the bullet and I still haven't used that side of the lipstick yet. I am the crazy woman applying it from the back of the bullet. (I know I am not the only one who finds these lipstick to beautiful to use, I loved Stacey's post on her Tom Ford Lipsticks)

The formulation is lovely, very creamy in texture and opaque but it still gives a bit of sheen to the lips. It lasts well about 3/4 hours which I think for a nude shade is a decent time. It also doesn't dry your lips out at all, though I wouldn't say it was moisturising either.

Now onto the price, yes I agree £37 for a lipstick is ridiculous, this is definitely not an everyday purchase, but for someone like me who has a passion for make up and owns a lot of it I think it would make a great gift or treat.
You definitely get quality with this and I do not regret spending the money on it, I may even be eyeing up a few more shades to add to my growing wish list.

If you have been thinking about giving the Tom Ford Lipsticks a try I say take the plunge, I don't think you will regret it. I never understood the hype until I tried them for myself and yes it is a luxury but there is something about applying this lipsticks that makes you feel special.

You can check out the Tom Ford range at Selfridges.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Review - Essie Lots Of Lux Nail Polish

Carrying on with the festive themed nails I have been wearing this gorgeous blue glitter from Essie called Lots Of Lux for the last week. I got this in my You Beauty Advent Calendar and it is such a gorgeous shade.
It is quite a deep blue colour packed with blue and a bit of silver glitter and really packs a punch when caught in the light. It goes on fairly smoothly for a chunky glitter polish and is opaque in one coat which impressed me.
I do find it feels a bit grainy to the touch but it isn't too bad if you apply a top coat, I soon got used to it. As I find with most glitters this wears really well and I still have no chips 5 days after wear.

You can pick Essie Lots Of Lux up from Boots for £9.99.