Thursday, 26 November 2015

Luxury Christmas Stocking Fillers for Her

I can't even hide how excited I already am for Christmas! It's probably one of my favourite times of year- buying, wrapping and giving presents, eating too much food and quality family time is perfect in my opinion. I've also been absolutely rubbish this year and haven't bought a single present yet. I've been too busy putting together luxury stocking ideas to share with you all. These are all things that I'd be so happy to discover in my stocking (Mum, if you're reading this.....!)

I know I need to say very little about this product other than every beauty blogger will want to own this!

My favourite Molton Brown scent, I own the hand cream but can't justify spending £18 on a Shower Gel in normal circumstances. Christmas is for treating yourself though, right....

Most beautiful perfume ever, I love the 30ml bottle of this to carry around in my handbag

I know everyone is all about Mimosa and Cardamom but I much prefer Pomegranate Noir. £42 for a candle is absolutely insane but as I mentioned above, it is Christmas!

Love this cute and classy iPhone case, as every other blogger I'm obsessed with Kate Spade so I really hope this makes an appearance in my stocking this year. It will look great with my Kate Spade handbag.

What luxury gifts would you love to find in your Christmas stocking this year?!
 
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

6 Concealers for Pale Skin

Concealers for Pale Skin
A career in Sales has resulted in dark bags under my eyes and early development of crow's feet for me (brilliant). Concealer is now an essential part of my make up routine if I don't want that 'I'm so exhausted I've had 1 hour of sleep all week' kinda look. To this day, I'm still on the hunt for my perfect concealer, I haven't come across one that I'm absolutely in love with yet, but here is a selection of the ones that I have tried and tested on my pale skin so far:

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Chantilly) - a lovely concealer that, in my opinion, deserves the blogger hype. It applies and blends so beautifully on the skin. I love how light this shade is, it's probably the best colour match for me as it really helps to brighten my under eye area which is exactly what I need. I find that this has a lot of staying power too.

Maybelline Perfect and Cover Concealer (Light) - I wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I would be as it was surrounded by a lot of blogger hype. I found that out of all of the concealers pictured, the consistency of it settles in my creases the most. I do love the application sponge though as you can swipe it concisely under your eye, very innovative from Maybelline!

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Concealer (01 Light) - I really like this concealer a lot even though it doesn't work well with my oily skin. I found that after a couple of hours my make up under my eyes had gradually started to slide off and was in desperate need of a touch up. I had really high hopes that this would cover my creases but unfortunately it just didn't work for me. This would be great for anyone that doesn't have oily skin as it contains hydrating qualities that stops your skin from drying out.

Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer (Shade 1) - I have to say, I wasn't overly impressed with this product. I was holding out for this one as I have had great experiences with every other Laura Mercier product that I have tried but this one just didn't work for me personally. As it says on the tube, it's a high coverage concealer but it's so thick that I really struggled to blend it in to my skin and it gathered in all my under eye lines. I think this would be much more suited to people that don't struggle with wrinkly under eyes like I do!

Dior Skin Star Concealer (Shade 001) - this concealer is very similar to Nars Chantilly but the consistency is less creamy and while it is easy to apply, I don't find that it blends as well. You need to apply a lot more in order to get the same coverage. It does work really well in hiding my dark circles though which really makes up for it.

17 Hide Away Concealer Cream (Fair) - my favourite overall concealer of the bunch. Considering I'm a bit a self-confessed makeup snob, I always seem to favour the high end products over high street but this one really surprised me with it's quality. As you can see, it is my most used concealer and I reach for this on a daily basis. I'm not as keen on this for under my eyes but it is great for applying on blemishes and helping them to disappear. Paired with a beauty blender it covers my spots like a dream.

I always opt for the lightest shade possible when it comes to concealer and even then it sometimes isn't light enough for me! I'm still on a mission to find that ideal product that will not settle in the creases under my eyes so please feel free to make suggestions for me if you have any.

What are your favourite concealers? Have you tried any of the products featured in this post?
 
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Friday, 20 November 2015

My MAC Palette


Even though I'm so behind the times when it comes to the MAC Pro Palette, I'm still so excited to share mine with you! I love the excitement of purchasing a new shadow, unwrapping it and placing it into it's rightful slot in my palette- so satisfying.

They aren't the cheapest palettes you will ever come across but how I've viewed it is that this palette is an investment and will be something that I can keep for a lifetime. The Pro Palette Large is £10, the insert is £2.50 and each shadow is £10. So a full palette will cost £162.50 overall.

I've opted for neutral colours because I'm pretty plain when it comes to eye makeup- I really shy away from bright colours because I don't find that they suit me at all. Maybe I should be a little more brave and try some out. My collection contains a real variety of finishes which I've popped in brackets next to the name:

Shroom (Satin)- my go to base colour. It's matte with a hint of shimmer and is great for creating day and evening looks. Very versatile and a staple for any collection in my opinion.

Vanilla (Velvet) - my 'pop' colour. This is the one I use in the middle of my eye and in the inner corners. It's got a lovely shimmer to it that allows you to brighten the areas that really need it.

Mulch (Velvet)- probably one of my favourite colours so far. It's so buildable so you can create quite a subtle look or really pack it on for a dramatic smoky eye. Blends really well too.

Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl)- so beautiful and pigmented! The Veluxe Pearl finishes are rich and luxurious and this colour is an absolute dream.

Satin Taupe (Frost)- this shadow is almost a cream consistency even though it's a powder. It's a beautiful shimmer which adds glamour to an evening eye look.

Tempting (Lustre)- my favourite shade from my current collection. It works so well with the rest of the colours and I love that it contains a fine gold glitter because who doesn't love glitter?!

I can't wait to add more shadows to my collection and fill my palette, I think I'll have to let Santa know I've been extra good this year...

What MAC eyeshadow colours would you recommend for my palette? Have you started one?
 
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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sephora Haul NYC

This post is a little overdue as I've now been back from New York for a little over a month now, but it was impossible to post while I was in the depths of holiday blues (at least 4 weeks). Every beauty blogger knows that a trip to New York is not complete without a Sephora haul.
Sephora Haul NYC
Now, I found it incredibly difficult to control myself as I'd never been anywhere like Sephora before.
I told myself that I had to limit myself to brands that you either can't purchase in the UK or are really difficult to get hold of because it's so easy to go absolutely crazy!

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer- I actually wanted to purchase the Makeup Forever Ultra HD but the Sephora makeup artist informed me that, as my skin already had dry patches, the product wouldn't really be suitable for me. Instead, he advised that I opt for this Stila product. It is probably the best skin match I've ever had with a foundation and it leaves your skin looking so flawless. However, this wouldn't be the best foundation for pale skin girls. I'm pretty pale and the lightest shade is quite dark and takes a serious amount of blending.

Original Beauty Blender- this was first on my list the minute that I booked New York (I need to get out more!). I'm a big fan of the Real Techniques beauty blender but I was keen to see the difference between that and the original. I couldn't justify spending a fortune on it in the UK so I waited until I could get it almost half price in the US!

Sephora Retractable Eyebrow Pencil- an Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil dupe. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative then this is the product to go for because there really is no difference between the two.

Makeup Forever Artist Eyeshadow-  to make up for the disappointment of the unsuitable foundation, I was drawn to this beautiful metallic eyeshadow in Recharge. It is such a glamorous shade and these colours are so pigmented, I'm seriously impressed.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day- I'm yet to try this product but I was given a free gift for spending so much in store. I've heard great things about Living Proof as a brand so I have high hopes for this and can't wait to try it out.
Too Faced Sweet Maple lipstick- this was another last minute purchase recommended by the lovely makeup artist. I'd already popped a deep berry Kat Von D lipstick in my basket and was adamant that it was the one I wanted. My mind was rapidly changed when I tried this on as I felt it was a softer take on Autumn berry colours. It applies brilliantly- an amazing cream consistency without drying out your lips.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush- I'd heard a lot about the Tarte blushers and I sure wasn't disappointed. I opted for the shade Fearless which is a gorgeous coral pink. It appears pretty bright in the pan but when applied it creates a lovely natural look. It's staying power is brilliant and I love the creamy/powder consistency.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop- another cult beauty blogger product that I knew I had to get my hands on. I'm pleased that I own this but I'm not sure if the product lived up to its hype for me. My skin is pretty oily when I apply makeup so I felt that this highlighter was a little too sparkly and a little bit too much for me. I much prefer a matte finish personally but the product itself is lovely and is ideal for a glamorous look.
 
Have I featured any of your favourite Sephora products? If you haven't been to Sephora, what products are on your wish list?
 
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