Friday, 11 December 2015

Blogmas Day 7 - The Christmas Tag

I couldn't think of a better way to get into the festive spirit than to do this tag seeing as we are fast-approaching Christmas day. Be sure to let me know in the comments below what your answers are to some of these questions and  if you have done a Christmas Tag post yourself then link it!

1. Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

For me it has to be 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. I love the Grinch even though his smile used to scare me I think Jim Carrey does an amazing job in portraying him and how cute is Taylor Momsen as a child?! It's hard to believe this movie is even 15 years old!

2. What Are Your Favorite Christmas Colors?

Gold will always be my favourite. 

3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?

I like to stay in my PJs when opening presents but I always dress up for Christmas dinner.

4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?

That's soo unfair! Although if it had to be one person then I would definitely say my dad as he deserves it!

5. Do You Open Your Presents Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?

I always open mine on Christmas Morning, that way I feel it's more special because it's Christmas day. 

6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?

No, but after this I might have to!

7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break? 

I love Christmas shopping and wrapping peoples presents but I think ultimately my favourite thing to do is to travel around London and observe all the Christmas decorations.

8. Any Christmas Wishes?

That everyone has a lovely and happy Christmas!

9. Favorite Christmas Smell?

I love the Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie scent, I literally just want to buy 10 of them for myself for Christmas!

10. Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat?

I love Chipolata's, my Christmas dinners are never complete without them and I feel like I treasure them all the more because Christmas is the only time I have them. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Blogmas Day 5 - Christmas Wishlist

I've never done a wishlist post so I thought especially considering the time of year it would be a great idea! As you can see the majority of it is makeup items because you guys know I love my makeup. First up in my wishlist is Boutique Of Molly's 'Halle' Lace Cami Midi Dress which is stunning and definitely something I would love to wear to the upcoming Christmas parties! I've been wanting a whole new set of brushes so when I saw the Zoeva Vegan Prime Brush Set  I fell in love. I always need more Makeup Revolution palettes as they're high-quality and the shades in the Beyond Flawless Palette I need. The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette is undoubtedly something I have been lusting over ever since it was released and it smells like chocolate so how could I resist? With all this new makeup I want obviously I will need somewhere to store it and the MUJI Acrylic Box - 5 Drawers provides all the space I need. The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette looks utterly amazing, I just love that theres a couple of different shadows other than your general neutrals. Despite it being winter I still want that healthy glow and the Laura Mercier In The Glow Trio looks like it has all I need to retain that glow. I've recently discovered Coconut Lane and their Prada Wall Art is something I need to have above my blogging table. Lastly I've been desiring these gorgeous River Island Heels, they are the perfect shows for New Years Eve!

What do you want this Christmas? Is there anything on this list that you want to? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Blogmas Day 4 - 20 Post Ideas For Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle Bloggers

I know as bloggers we can get stuck with a mental block on what to write. Don't worry I've come up with 20 ideas to give you inspiration to get you started on that next blog post! These are only a few but hopefully they can also give you further ideas as to what else you could write about. Let me know in the comments any ideas that you have yourself as it would surely help us all! 

2) Top 5 products e.g lipstick, eyeshadows, foundations
3) Advice on a certain topic
4) 3 ways to wear a certain item of clothing
5) Round up of favourite makeup artists on Instagram
6) Makeup Tutorial 
7) Blogging tips for those who struggle 
8) Favourite makeup brushes
9) All time favourite makeup products
10) Winter wishlist
11) What's in my makeup bag
12) Skincare routine for dry/combination/oily skin
13) How to self-motivate yourself
14) Study tips/studying methods
15) Someone you find to be a style icon
16) Clothes/Shoes review
17) Christmas gifting ideas
18) Favourite blog posts of the month
19) Ways to grow your social media
20) How to accessorise 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Blogmas Day 3 - Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Everybody knows the Naked palettes are a makeup lover's dream so you can imagine the hype the Naked Smoky Palette was given when it was released this year. Given the hype I was more than thrilled to have this product in my possession but also quite critical as to whether it would rise up to the standards given by it's predecessors.

Let's talk about the packaging, I love it! I think the overall design ties in well with the name of the palette and it doesn't come across to me as too bulky or flimsy. My only criticism would be the area for the brush is slightly small so it is sometimes a struggle to take the brush out when I need to use it. Moving onto the dual ended brush given, I feel it's brilliant for blending and packing on eyeshadow plus it is always nice to have a brush included as well. 

From left to right: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust & Thirteen. 

The pigmentation of the shadows itself are decent and do not require an immense amount of product to actually make a difference although I will say the shades 'Black Market' & 'Armor' are not as pigmented as the others. When I applied the shadows, they did have a chalky feel to them and I noticed with some shades they would need slightly more packing on than the others mainly the matte shades. In addition to this I did experience a small amount of fallout with both 'Slanted' and 'Armor'. With that said I do feel that shades within this palette are very appropriate given the concept and do provide a nice variety of smoky mattes and shimmers/glitters. It is definitely something to check out if you or someone else you know is a big fan of Urban Decay shadows.

Do I feel the product is worth it? I think it is a good product, I like the concept of the palette and I think given that the eyes are primed it is absolutely going to provide you with a beautiful look. However I simply do not believe it is worth the entire £38 which this palette costs as it needs a little more pigmentation in some of it's shadows. In addition to this I myself know there are better palettes out there for a much more affordable price. If it was a little cheaper I would surely say it is much more worth it but given that it is Urban Decay I did expect much more out of the palette. Regardless of this I will be picking it up to use often as the shades are very much my type of shades. 

Do you own this palette? What are your favourite shades? Do you think it is worth it's price tag? Let me know in the comments below what you thought of this palette as I would love to hear your opinions!

*I paid for the product shown with my own money. All opinions/thoughts are 100% honest and are my own.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blogmas Day 2 - How I Transition Into Winter

As I said in my previous post, I can hardly believe were already in the winter season and Christmas is right around the corner. I decided it would be a great idea to talk about the ways in which I transition and maybe give you a few idea in which you can change your style, makeup etc. now that were no longer in Fall. Winter is the festive season so I do feel like I change a lot to adjust to this and incorporate it mainly into my makeup.

During the winter season, I do really like to incorporate that traditional red lip when doing my makeup but I also find that I tend to reach for purples and hot pinks as they are quite vibrant colours and rescue you from the winter blues! In addition to this I tend to do a lot of gold smokey eyes! For nails I love a nice glitter nail polish (silver usually) or dark blue such as OPI's Russian Navy I feel like it really ties in with the mood of Winter.

With my hair in contrast to going darker I actually prefer to go lighter with my hair. I feel like the colour of my hair as weird as it may sound adds to my overall mood and blonde hair seems to add a little brightness to my day. Although I think Winter is a prime opportunity to go darker with hair as it looks great and if you want further advice on finding a new hair colour for this winter then you should take a look at the Madison Reed Hair Color Quiz. If you do not know of them already, Madison Reed is a brilliant company which specialises in hair care!

Jumpers, long cardigans and parka's are my style all year round but this year I have found that my favourite Winter outfit is comprised of a tartan print skirt combined with either a black turtleneck or a long-sleeved black top. I think a tartan print is a great trend for the Winter and I will probably be wearing it as part of my Christmas day outfit.

Lastly, I will sound slightly crazy given the current weather but I enjoy taking lengthy, scenic and night walks throughout the winter. Possibly because I like the cold & crispy winter as it does my lungs some good. I like to take my walks throughout Central London as the Christmas lights and decorations are breathtaking so I would think it would be a great idea for anyone else to take a little stroll around your local area and embrace the decorations/lights/night sky.

So how do you transition into winter? Do you mainly focus on changing your style, makeup etc or do you incorporate the winter season into all other aspects of your life? Let me know how you transition into Winter in the comments below as I would love to know!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blogmas Day 1 - November Favourites

This year I'm taking part in Blogmas which believe me is a real challenge for me but then who doesn't like a challenge? I have a range of exciting and varied posts to share with you this month and I hope you enjoy them all. Today were looking at my November Favourites which somewhat scares me a little as it reminds me that the year really has flown by, one minute it's Summer the next it's Winter although I'm not really complaining as I do love Winter. With that said I think it's time to have a look at what I found to be great during November.

Over the past few months I haven't really bothered to use a primer before doing my entire face as I was not seeing any difference in the outcome of my foundation. obviously it was the product I was using as this does a great job of absorbing any excess moisturiser and providing a smooth base for my foundation to be applied to. It dries super quick so it is ideal for when I'm in a rush to do my makeup and as it says it does hold the foundation in place all day. 

Nude lips are always my thing and I love that they are always fashionable. This particular lip liner reminds me of MAC's Lip Liner in 'Oak' as it works very well with MAC's Lipstick in 'Honeylove'. It is also considerably cheaper than the MAC Lip Liner which obviously makes me very happy as I won't break my bank trying to have the perfect nude lip. NYX in general though do have amazing pigmentation and this product certainly meets those standards.

This was a magazine freebie which after reading this post you will be able to easily tell that I am obsessed with them! This is a lovely little travel sized mascara which does a great job at lengthening the lashes rather than clumping them together with minimal effort required due to the unique wand of the mascara. The colour of the mascara is a nice solid black which enhances the lash and brings them out more. 

This product definitely ties in with the Winter season and the dry skin that it brings on. It pretty much does the job that is required of it. What I like that put this higher than over lotions is the way it glides onto the skin and is not too heavy on it. Once applied the moisture is locked in so you don't need to worry about flaky skin or dry skin. Not to mention the scent of this is enough to make me buy it purely because of that. 

Another freebie that I received last month in a magazine, this lipstick has a slightly sheer finish but provides a beautiful pigmented nude with what I consider to be a peachy tint. The finish is a tad glossy which I highly prefer over other finishes as it does not make my lips feel as if they are extremely dry. I like that it is such a perfect colour for an everyday look and unlike some other lipsticks you can see what the colour is on the outside so you don't have to worry about picking up the wrong lipstick

Like I said this month, I went freebies mad and couldn't get enough of them. I haven't really tried many Ren products but this cream has been a big help with my skin in repairing it from the harsh and cold weather. After cleansing & toning applying this makes all the difference and I find that unlike many other moisturisers this cream doesn't irritate my skin or cause it to go red. 

So what did you think of November's favourites? Do you use any of these products yourself? What were your November favourites? Let me know what you think in the comments as always because I would love to know! 

*I paid for the product shown with my own money. All opinions/thoughts are 100% honest and are my own.

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