Sunday, 20 December 2015

Winter Makeup Favourites

When the winter months roll in the darker makeup and smoky eyes roll in. I love experimenting with different eye looks to create the perfect holiday look. It's the party season and that means dark lips and glitter.

Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner
In the winter my love for eyeliner resurfaces. I find that in the warmer months I don't use eyeliner as much, mainly because it slips off my lid almost as soon as I put it on, so when the colder months come I take full advantage.

Rimmel 'Black Cherry'
It wouldn't be a winter makeup favourites without a classic berry lip. This one from Rimmel is the perfect deep purple shade, admittedly it hasn't got an amazing staying power but all the same the colour is gorgeous for this time of year

Mac 'Whirl'
If like me, you prefer more nude shades to wear on your lips for a more everyday look then the 70's nude trends is perfect. They are a little darker than your regular nude shade but they still keep your look simple and neutral.

Mac 'Satin Taupe'
Recently I have been loving just using one eye shadow and messily putting it over my lid and then blending it out. It is a super quick look, but it looks like you spent a lot more time on it than you did.

Maxfactor 'Feral Brown'
I'm still stuck in the autumn trend of copper eye shadows. I feel like they suit my blue eyes and compliments them perfectly. It is the perfect shade to add a little sparkle to your eye look. Of course it is still acceptable to wear autumn trends in winter.

Essie 'Soul Mate'
I rarely do paint my nails, mainly because I am impatient, but when I do I will often use Essie's 'Soul Mate'. It is classic deep burgundy shade that just scream winter.

Those are my winter favourites, be sure to let me know yours.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lush Dream Cream | First Impressions

Lush's Dream Cream is advertised as its No 1. product and in  my eyes that is a hard standard to maintain considering so many of Lush's products are top notch quality. I have suffered with KP, or Keratosis Pilarus for most of my life. I inherited it from my parents and it's actually very common. KP is where you have lots of little bumps on often the tops of your legs or arms, it is also known as 'chicken skin'. My arms break out in red spots that become quite irritated in the summer. In the warmer months I can feel quite self conscious about the tops of my arms and I have been searching for a product to help improve my KP for years.

It was on a vlog I heard someone referring to Lush's Dream Cream and how great it is, they also mentioned that it had been the only affective thing to treat their KP. After trying out all of the moisturizers on the market to try and combat my KP, I decided why they heck not. It is quite a pricey moisturizer for around £12 a pot, but that's the price you pay for a top quality moisturizer. When I first opened the package I wasn't convinced on the smell as it isn't something I would usually go for but the cream itself felt very nourishing and thick. I was sceptical about whether or not this product would help with the bumps, purely because I have tried and tested endless amounts of creams and lotions, all of which have failed. I applied it after I got out the shower and then slathered it on just the tops of my arms. Admittedly I am savouring it by only using it on my arms, so not to waste it in one go. When I woke up the next day I felt a noticeable difference with my arms. The lumps were less hard and they were also reduced in size as the redness had reduced. The bumps are still there but overall my arms are so much smoother and the difference is amazing.

The natural ingredients in Dream Cream cool irritated skin from the calming products such as oat milk and chamomile blue oil. It is targeted for itchy skin and oats have been an ancient remedy for soothing eczema, adding to the effectiveness of this cream. There is also added nourishment in the form of cocoa butter and extra virgin olive oil.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Christmas Gift Guide

The advent calendars are being opened and with less than a month until Christmas the festive countdown is well and truly underway. I'm the type of girl who gets in the Christmas spirit a little premature. So naturally I have already finished my Christmas shopping and wrapped up all of the goodies, but I know that not everyone is like me and a lot of you are probably on the hunt for the perfect presents for your loved ones. So I thought I would compile a set of possible gifts to inspire you on what to give or for what to ask for from Santa this year.

I feel like this is such a classic Christmas present to give. Perfume isn't something you would usually purchase for yourself and it has always been something that I get for Christmas. You can always find a bottle within your budget as there is a wide range of options to choose for, the decision comes when choosing which one.

These make perfect presents for your friends or a secret Santa gift. Again the options are endless with the scents and brands you can choose from. You can purchase more higher end candles for that special gift for someone or chose a high street option such as Yankee. Candles are such a festive gift, whenever I light a candle in Winter it just adds to the festive, cosy feel in my room.

Now, what would Christmas be without that classic pair of socks you get every year. Socks actually make a perfect gift, as I'm sure we are all aware of the sock fairy that always leaves you with odd socks throughout the year. The best thing is that there are endless arrays of cute designs and types, from fluffy socks to bed socks.

Pyjama Set
When I was a child I always used to get a pair of new pyjamas each year and that tradition has kept going throughout my teenage years. I don't think there is anything better than snuggling up in a pair of brand new cosy, pyjamas with a blanket on Christmas day and I'm sure many of you would agree.

Dressing Gown
If you live in a country where in the winter the mornings are always frosty and cold you will understand the painful struggle of getting out of bed in the morning. Also owning a lovely dressing gown feels like you're walking around in a blanket, so what's not to love?

Keeping with the cosy theme, in winter, my feet are always cold and I live in either socks, or slippers. Again I feel that it is custom to get this sort of present for Christmas and I know I would love a pair of fluffy boots to shuffle around the house in.

Polaroid Camera
This is a little more of a main present to give someone. Polaroid camera's are the perfect gift to get someone because they can catch their moments then and there. They are great for taking some lovely festive photos this Christmas time.

This gift is quite literally a timeless piece. If you know someone who is constantly late or just needs an accessory in their life then a watch would make the perfect gift. If you want to spend that little bit extra on your special someone you can always have a look at the higher end watches such as Daniel Wellington and Micheal Kors, both would make the loveliest gifts.

The gift for the music love out of your friends, a set of headphones would be perfect for them if they are always dancing to their favourite songs. A recent pair that I have found have been from Sudio Sweden* admittedly I had never heard of this brand previous but their headphones are amazing quality and your music plays beautifully, they would make the perfect gift.

I hope this post inspired you for this festive time to come.

Merry Christmas