Friday, 19 December 2014

The £1.99 MAC Rebel Lip Liner

Lip liner has been the surprise trend of 2014. Thanks to Kylie Jenner's faux-full lips, the retro beauty trend is well and truly back, but liner doesn’t have to be obvious and some colours, especially dark ones are far better paired with a neat line.

Cue Rebel, my winter lipstick of choice. The vivid pinkish-purple is my perfect not-too-dark dark lip. But since it’s dark and so pigmented it’s quite tricky to apply straight from the bullet. It really helps to line and define the lips first. I’ve seen online a lot of people team it with MAC’s Vino lip liner, but honestly I didn’t fancy spending £13 on a lip liner so I popped to Boots and picked up a £1.99 dupe!

Natural Collection Lip Lines in Mulberry is a wonderful red wine colour – dark plum with a hint of pink. Not quite as purple as Rebel, but close enough! It applies easily with no drag and to my surprise, is not at all drying. It’s ideal for lining the lips, or for even longer lasting lipstick, colour the entire lip before applying your colour. Helps to ensure you stay in the lines, reduced bleed, intensifies the lipstick colour and if you want to exaggerate your pout, you can. 

MAC Rebel Lipstick - Natural Collection Mulberry Lip Line

A complete snip at £1.99! Available at Boots


Monday, 15 December 2014

The Smouldering Chic Look in a Box

You might recognise this kit from the Beauty Gifts you Won’t be Re-gifting feature? I said then I doubt I’ll be able to wait until Christmas...and guess what, I couldn’t. See, the problem with waiting until Christmas is, you can’t wear them to your Christmas parties!

What I love about this set, it’s a complete look in one! Ideal if you’re short on time, not sure what colours go together or just fancy trying a complete new look. The set includes everything you need to create a neutral shimmering chic look.

  1. All About Shadow Quad, 2.28g containing four soft-to-smouldering shades – a natural cream lid colour, a rich, warm brown with a hint of plum, a shimmering gold and a beautiful smokey olive.
  2. Creamy Shaper For Eyes – A creamy-smooth deep eyeliner pencil with a hint of gold shimmer.
  3. Lash Power Feathering Mascara in Black Onyx – a glossy black.
  4. Instant Lift For Brows in Soft Blonde to highlight the brow bone.

The shadows are beautiful. I have hazel eyes and this colourway really brings out the green. The eyeliner is the star of the show. It reminds me of Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners – glides on creamy, and then does.not.budge. The mascara is light and feathery, but you can easily up the amp with a few coats. The brow highlighter has a beautiful champagne shimmer – don’t be put off by the “blonde” tag. Clearly I ain't no blonde and it works for me.

 Clinique Instant Shimmer Kit £35 House of Fraser 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Whatta Cracker! It's Birchbox December 2014

Pardon the pun but this month’s box is a cracker! The last box of 2014 is packed full of seasonal must-haves to see you through the party period, all encased in a limited edition, bejewelled Sophia Webster-designed box. The bumber beauty box is packed with SEVEN products, including a full size Eyeko Fat Eye Stick, an exclusive Sophia Webster zip-top purse and the cutest little Benefit Christmas cracker.

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream Sample | £50

Give skin a plumping boost with this ultra hydrating lotion infused with Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen - The perfect antidote for harsh winter’s days. You can never have enough moisturiser this time of year!

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick Smoke Full Size £8

Yes! Just in time for the smokey-eye-season! You can glide them on as a thick liner, or smudge them to create a shadow (they go on opaque but blend easily for a sheer look).

Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo | £17.50

The hydrating shampoo is packed with moisture-rich ingredients that retain hydration and add a beautiful, healthy looking shine. Perfect for packing away in your weekend bag, if like me you’ll be “driving home for Christmas”.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil | £16.50

I love Rosehip and Trilogy’s has an excellent reputation. The perfect winter wonder for when your skin needs some extra nourishment.

Models Own Velvet Goth Full Size | £5

And this is the one I’ve been waiting for! This month Birchbox gave its subscribers the choice of four Models Own Velvet Goth polishes and I (painstakingly) chose Absinthe. Packed with glitter, the matte finish multi-faceted formula has us dreaming of nights spent beneath the disco ball. I’ve got a Christmas party next week and I can’t wait to debut this.

Benefit High Beam Christmas Cracker

Cute much? This teeny tiny cracker includes a little sample of Benefit’s liquid illuminator – perfect for faking the glow.

Lifestyle Extra

Sophia Webster designed zip-top purse. Fill with lipstick and liner and pop in your going-out bag.

I thought last month's Birchbox was the best one yet, but this has blown it out the water! Bravo Birchbox!


P.S It's your last chance to enter my MAC LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY HERE


Monday, 8 December 2014

Holidays Are Coming... Always Coca Cola (Red)

Move over Big Apple Red, there’s a new classic red in town. Coca Cola red has to be the most iconic red out there, I mean they even changed Santa’s suit to match it, so it only makes sense that OPI and Coca Cola should join forces to pay homage in Nail Laquer form. The co-lab hit shelves over the summer, but OPI Coca Cola Red is so Christmasssy, it’s only now that I’m really excited about it. Plus Birchbox sent it in November’s box – nice timing!

Coca Cola Red £8.92 here  is as classic a red as they come and as soon as I clocked eyes on it, I knew it had to be my Christmas go-to. It doesn’t lean towards the pink or orange or blue, it’s true red Red and will flatter pretty much any skin tone. The top quality formula applies easily with OPI’s trademark Pro Wide brush technology. It’s very opaque with full coverage from two coats and has a pretty glossy-creme finish. As for wear time, I’m on day four and still going strong.

What’s your go-to Christmas shade? 


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Bye Bye PANDA Eye

I’m not normally an advocate for face wipes. I’d much rather cleanse and polish (Liz Earle stylee) with one notable exception – after a night out! As much as I pride myself on never sleeping with my make up on, once I’ve passed the 3 glass mark, all bets are off and at 2 am (okay, who am I kidding, it’s more like 12 these days) I’m hardly about to commence my evening skincare ritual. Enter Eyeko Mascara Off Wipes. The first face wipes that actually remove mascara and gel liner! With the party season upon is, I can’t recommend these enough!

Delicate and kick-ass powerful in equal measures. They eliminate all traces of eye make up, even waterproof mascara and gel liner. That Smokey Eyes that took an hour to create... gone in seconds! Yet, the 100% pure cotton wipes are serious gentle and soft. Enriched with a botanical blend of soothing aloe vera, smoothing olive oil, refreshing grapefruit extract and puff-reducing allantoin, they’re nice and moist and won’t irate the delicate eye area. 

How to use: Place wipe on the eye area and gently hold for 5-10 seconds to soften and loosen the make up before gently wiping off in circular movements, turn over and do the same on the other eye.

A pack of ten wipes costs £6, although check out the current ASOS promotion here to bag them for £4.50. Now they are pretty pricey, but think of it like this, when you roll in late at night would you happily pay 45p to make you make up vanish?

No more crusty lashes the next day... just a sore head!


Monday, 1 December 2014

Top Ten Stocking Stuffers Under a TENNER

Sometimes the best things come in small, stocking-sized packages. If you’re looking for a secret Santa or stocking filler for the beauty junkies in your life... and more importantly, ones that won’t break the bank, here are my top ten stocking stuffers.

Philip Kingsley Body and Volume Cracker £10 Lookfantastic

What a cracker! A festive treat for those in need of a body boost for their hair. The Philip Kingsley Body and Volume Cracker is packed with the iconic Elasticizer (40ml), Body Building Shampoo (20ml) and Body Building Conditioner (20ml) – the perfect Christmas present for the hair obsessed girls in your life.

Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio £7.99 Amazon

For the girl on the go! The Real Techniques Mini Brush set contains full size heads, mini handled versions of, the Foundation Brush, Shading Brush and Face Brush. Your handbags new BFF!

Personalised 'Pucker Up' Make Up Bag by Tillyanna  £9.75 Not on the Highstreet

The perfect pouch to keep all your make-up safe and your friends drooling with envy. Don't forget to change the name... unless of course you are a Louisa. Santa, if you're reading... I want this one! Please! 

Orly Secret Society Nail Set £10 (WORTH £30.75) Lookfantastic

Containing three full size festive shimmers, the Secret Society Gift Set by ORLY is the perfect way to experience the dark side of style this season.

Crabtree & Evelyn Triple Hand Therapy Gift Set Tin £10 John Lewis

Three ultra-moisturising, award winning Hand Therapy tubes in Crabtree & Evelyn's top selling fragrances. Each one is presented together in a beautiful tin that can be used again and again.

Santa’s Lip Scrub £5.50 Lush

Prime your pout with this moisturising cola-flavoured lip scrub that leaves your lips buffed and ready for Santa Baby.

Christmas Star Beauty Treat with Strengthening Nail Colour £7.50 Liz Earle

This gorgeous gift will add an elegant touch to any Christmas tree. The pretty star-shaped bauble opens up to reveal an irresistible surprise –a beautiful Strengthening Nail Colour, with three shades to choose from.

Lips In Beguiled Pyramid £8 Topshop

Now this is my kinda Christmas decoration... A hanging pyramid with a berry-licious, festively on-trend Topshop lipstick inside.

Burt's Bees Honey Pot Bodycare Gift Set £7.99 John Lewis

A collection of 100% natural lip and hand products – it's a treat from the bees. Honey Pot contains Beeswax Lip Balm and Honey Lip Balm along with their classic Hand Salve, all served up in a delicious looking glass honey jar.YUM!

Tangle Teezer Feline Groovy £9.50 All Beauty

Curls, up-dos, bouffants.... I’ve a feeling this Tangle Teezer will come in handy post Christmas party festivities. Plus it’s leopard print,

And if you’re not max’d out on beauty gifts yet, check out my Big Beauty Gift Guide 2014

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