Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Beauty Advent Calender Picks 2014


Christmas rightfully starts when you crack open the first door on your advent calendar and have a cheeky piece of chocolate for 24 days of the month. However, being the complete beauty junkie I am, these beauty advent calendars definitely throw chocolates right out the door. Even though these do come in a little bit of the pricey side, I've tried to find some £40 pounds and under (well at least one!)

No7 Beauty Calender - £35
Boots calendar this year is all dedicated to No7 products, it includes some of their best selling products with a special beauty quote behind each door! They say it's worth £130 of skincare and makeup goodies. Even though it's one of the cheapest it still has an excellent wide range of products to enjoy and love.

Lush 12 Days of Christmas - £49.95
This calendar is slightly different, as it's for the 12 days of Christmas. Opens up like a giant story book filled with exquisite, shimmering and scented products in bright colours, for festive baths, showers and pampering.

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown - £60
Filled with 24 mini beauty products and lifestyle accessories (hair ties, sticky notes and paperclips) - definitely for the hardcore benefit fan. Even though this is one of the most expensive ones and not the best value, it sure is a popular one!

Ciate Mini Mani Manor - £49
This definitely has to be my favorite out of them all! It includes 17 of Ciate's most popular shades, five exclusive textured polishes, one exclusive full size paint pot and one set of festive nail transfers. If you're wanting to update your nail collection or inject some colour, then this one is for you. It's also great value - working out to be £2 per polish - a definite sell out.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar - £250
This is the big one, offering 24 little perfumes and body cremes in some of Jo Malone's iconic scents. Instead of having doors there are little draws meaning it's always re-usable for another year.

Liberty Advent Calendar - £149
This is the definition of the ultimate indulgence for the christmas countdown. Firstly, how stunning is the illustration and the inside of the liberty print? Personally I believe that this calendar has the best range of high end products, including a Nars product and mini Diptyque candle!

There is only a few more days left of November, so if you need to quickly buy an advent calendar, I hope this selection would have helped.

P.S... I'm thinking of doing a blog post for each day of the 12 days of Christmas or every other day for the month of December, what do you think? (leave a comment below..)




Sunday, 23 November 2014

Ways to Wear Cream Eyeshadows


Cream shadows can be very intimidating and hard to work with, especially if you are a makeup novice but once you read these tips and tricks, you'll be a definite pro.

Primer
Cream eyeshadows can work really well as a base for either powder shadows or other cream eyeshadows; a simple colour like the MAC Pain Pot in Bare Study or Soft Ochre is great for a very neutral look for day or night. By applying this base, it increases the intensity of whatever you choose to place over the top and makes it last a whole lot longer.

Lid
The main use of these are obviously to be applied all over the lid for shadow - they have a great lasting power when applied so there is no need to worry about them budging or creasing throughout the day. They also blend effortlessly  but you've got make sure you work quickly before dry! This is a great option for those who are in a hurry and need a 'grab and go' option.

Liner
Use a darker shade to add definition to the eyes - most cream eyeshadows have a great creamy consistency so it's easy to apply. Grab an liner brush and use it just like you would with a gel eyeliner. I find that the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eye Shadows are great for doing this as they aren't to harsh and blend beautifully, creating a smokey effect.

Cream eyeshadows are an easy way to create definition to your eyes with not a lot of effort, it's something you can't go wrong with, which you'll love at first use.

Are you a cream shadow fan?


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Affordable Homeware #1

Affordable Homeware

I've certainly been MIA for the past few weeks due to lack of things to post! But now I'm back with a new Home decor series - 'Affordable Homeware'. 

This little ceramic dish is perfect to go on your dressing or bed side table, holding a few bedside beauty must haves or some of your favorite jewelry pieces.

This is perfect for storing away your current magazine reads or even some cosy blankets for guests to help themselves to.

I stumbled across this Etsy shop which sell the most perfect monochrome cushions. Update your sofa or bedroom by adding a few of these in a (slightly) inexpensive way. 

If you're wanting to keep your bedroom look clean and simple with no clutter than this is the bin for you! Due to the handy dandy lid, none of the contents can be visible, especially no dirty makeup wipes and polish stained cotton pads!

A sheepskin rug just adds the final touches to any room and you can even throw it over the back of your desk chair to give the look of a blanket/cushion. 

I hope you like one of my first home decor posts and I would very much appreciate if you would comment some post ideas or even your favorite posts which you would like me to do more of!

Where do you shop for homeware?