Saturday, 27 December 2014

Favourite Beauty Products of 2014

I've tried and loved so many different products this year and somehow I've managed to whittle my 2014 favourites down to just eight products, which is pretty impressive considering the giant pile I started out with! 

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I use this beaut on an almost every day basis, the quality is amazing and it has a beautiful shade range. My favourites are Sin, Naked, Buck and Hustle. 

Jo Malone Red Roses Perfume
I adore rose scented products and this one smells so beautiful and elegant! I love it so much that I'm actually a bit scared to use it as I never want it to run out! (weirdo alert)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
The prettiest peachy blush ever. It applies like a dream and stays on all day too!

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
This stuff is amazing! Seriously. It sets my brows in place and it honestly does not budge all day. Miles better than my Mac Brow Gel which in my opinion is beyond average.

Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
This is amazing for bringing light to the under-eye area, it's like a beauty sleep in a tube! It's also great if you want to go all out with the contour and highlight; Kardashian Style.

Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm
A rather bittersweet favourite as it has now been discontinued but in terms of texture, scent, colour, packaging and healing abilities it's my favourite ever lip balm (and I may have a fair few..)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in 04 Petal Shimmer
The perfect non sticky lipgloss, I adore this gorgeous milky pink shade! Full review here.

Mac Pure Zen Lipstick
The perfect peachy nude that basically goes with everything! I think this is hands down my favourite lipstick ever, so much so that I got through a whole tube and had to repurchase!

What products did you love throughout 2014?


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Paul & Joe Lip Treatment

Paul & Joe Lip Treatment - Asos £11.50

Okay I'll admit that I may have a few too many lip balms than I actually need, but I just can't help myself and somehow this Paul & Joe Lip Treatment found its way into my online shopping basket..funny that!

I don't think many will come close to my favourite Dior Creme De Rose lip balm, which as you may know has been discontinued, and I'm a little reluctant to use up the little of it that I have remaining. However this Paul & Joe offering is a pretty good replacement. It's the perfect consistency, not too thick that it's sticky but not too thin that it takes forever to build up to anything. It is clear in colour but does have a nice shine to it. I feel like it plumps my lips up and makes them look fuller and I've been loving using this one in the daytime when I don't fancy wearing lipstick.

Whilst it's certainly comfortable to wear, I don't think it does anything miraculous in terms of moisture, so if you have particularly chapped lips this probably isn't going to solve that problem. However the cream and gold, floral packaging is so beautiful, very simple but classic and will definitely look pretty on your dressing table!

What are your favourite lip balms?


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Party and New Years Eve Outfit Wishlist

My rather white, black and pink take on outfits for the party season; anything lace or sequined, uh yes please! And isn't the Lulu Guinness Lipstick bag such a dream! Although I've paired everything together into individual outfits, I think everything on this wishlist is pretty much interchangeable, so mix it up as you wish! 

Topshop Lace Bardot Bralet Top £48
Topshop Marabou Feather Bag £45


Topshop Lace Bodycon Dress £100
River Island Black Barely There Sandals £50

Topshop Split Back Sequin Tee £48
Topshop Lace Pencil Skirt £98

Topshop Deco Lace Bralet £25
Miss Selfridge White Swirl Embellished Clutch £35

Would you wear any of these?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement

'Tis the season to dust off your glittery eyeshadows and embrace the Christmas sparkle! There's something about the festive season that makes sparkly eyeshadows that little bit more beautiful and Bobbi Brown's Sparkle eyeshadow in 'Cement' is no exception.

This colour is a gorgeous sparkly, taupe shade which is similar to Mac Satin Taupe but slightly lighter in colour and much more glittery. What I love about it is that the glitter isn't chunky at all and is actually really twinkly and delicate. It is seriously stunning and I don't think I own an eyeshadow that's quite as shimmery and pretty as this one!

As with a lot of glittery eyeshadows, it does have some fall out, but that can be helped by using a dense, flat eyeshadow brush and patting the product onto the lid rather than swiping it across with a fluffy brush. This way not only is there less glitter fall out but also the colour is more intense and it will last longer too.

It's a bit too much during the daytime for me but it's my go-to for an evening out and looks especially beautiful paired with the Naked 3 palette! It's the perfect shade if you're looking to add a bit of festive glitz to your makeup!

What are your favourite sparkly eyeshadows?


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

When it comes to bold lips I can be a bit of a wimp! I always fear that I can't pull it off, so I don't generally stray too far from my nude lipstick safety blanket. However, I decided to be brave and dip my toe in the red lipstick pool for a change and I purchased Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Dragon Girl. I may have also been swayed by the fact that this is Taylor Swift's red lip shade of choice and it looks damn amazing on her!

As I don't often wear red lips, on the times that I actually do I'd rather go bold or not at all and Dragon Girl is as bold as they get! The colour is a beautiful, poppy red, that's so vibrant it almost has a slight fuchsia undertone to it. I love it.

Like the name would suggest the formula is matte but it applies so smoothly and without dragging on the lips at all. The pigmentation is brilliant that one or two swipes of it is enough! It's really comfortable to wear and doesn't settle into fine lines or make them feel or look dry at all, which is amazing for a matte lip product. It lasted forever on the lips and even stayed near perfect through eating and drinking!

I think this little one is a perfect colour for the festive season and I'm super impressed with the formula. I will definitely look into getting some more, though at £18 each I may be saving up my pennies for a while!

Do you have any Nars Lip Pencils? What are you favourite red lip products?