Tilbury Treats

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It was my 22nd birthday last week and I received so many lovely gifts, mostly of which were of the 'makeup kind'. Charlotte Tilbury products were on my list specifically, as I hear nothing but great things about that lady and after trying some of her products, I can completely see why. Not only are the products fantastic, they also look beautiful, which means they make great gifts; unwrapping a present to reveal that shimmering rose gold packaging would just be so special. I was lucky enough to be given the signature makeup bag & the mini lipstick charms from my Sister, and the Film-star bronze & Glow from my Boyfriend.

The Signature Makeup Bag is available from John Lewis for £25 and features kiss prints in the classic Charlotte Tilbury colours on one side and her famous quote 'Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world' printed on the other side.
The new christmas collection included the Mini Lipstick Charms, which are made so you can hang them on your tree as a decoration. They come in the shades 'So Marilyn' a classic red and 'Penelope Pink' & 'Bitch Perfect' which are both pink nudes. Available from Charlotte Tilbury for £29.
Lastly, the Film-star Bronze & Glow. This has been on my wish list for SOO long, so I made a very subtle (strong) hint to my boyfriend about this one. It is a contour and highlight compact that comes in the most stunning gold packaging that would make any girls heart melt. Available from Selfridges for £49.


Mini Lipstick Charms

Lipsticks in So Marilyn, Penelope Pink & Bitch Perfect


Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Contour and Highlight 




What Tilbury Treats are on your wish list?


xox


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My Christmas Red Lip - MAC All Fired Up

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MAC all fired up retro matte lipstick



swatched in natural daylight



I love getting all 'dolled' up for an occasion, but unfortunately for some of us (including me!) them occasions where you go out feeling all glam don't come around very often. So, when christmas comes around, I don't think there's a better excuse to start digging out your sparkly dresses, glitter eyeshadows and of course that bright red lipstick you have been dying to wear.

 This year, I have been completely obsessed with one lipstick that has made me feel extra christmassy and that is All Fired Up by MAC. Now, I have featured this beauty a few times on my blog in the as it is one of my all time favourite shades from MAC, but it has never really been my go-to christmas lip. This is because the shade is not your classic, bombshell red that most people associate with this time of year. All Fired Up has a very pink undertone to it, which is very obvious when shown next to a shade such as Ruby Woo. I have been wearing this to all of my christmas meals & outings and always get so many compliments, it is a Retro Matte finish which means it has no shine and can be quite a dry formula, though when on the lips it doesn't feel drying at all.

 I feel like this is such a glamorous shade that every girl should have in their collection, I will definitely continue to wear it over the festive season!



Available online at MAC Cosmetics for £15.50




Merry Christmas 

xox






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10 Stocking Fillers Under £10

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You've got the big presents out of the way, now it's time to think about the little things. Whether its treats to fill some stockings, or for that secret santa you've taken part in at work, here are 10 ideas that are sure not to break the bank!









These gorgeous makeup bags are perfect for any makeup lover. I love the cute cat ear detailing with added sparkle available from Asos for only £10 & this holographic snake piece from Topshop makes such a glamorous gift for only £8.






You can't go wrong with a jewellery when buying a small gift for someone. These stunning earrings for £10 from River Island would be great for christmas parties and this gold coloured double necklace from Topshop is a bargain at only £8.50.





This is a beauty blog so of course I had to add a few cosmetic bits! Boots is a great place to look this time of year as it has so many lovely sets that you can pick up at a great price. This Soap & Glory 'Bright & Bubbly' set is only £10 and includes 5 great products. For the makeup lovers, try No7 for some lovely little items, I love this silver glitter nail polish for a bit of christmas sparkle for only £7!




This cute mug would make a great little stocking filler for a girlfriend or even boyfriend who have just moved in together. This is only £6.50 from Asos and they have so many different ones on their website that would also make lovely practical gifts.





I think socks appear in most peoples stockings at christmas time, every year my mum buys me a pair of christmas novelty socks! These Pug ones from Asos are only £5 and come in cute bauble shaped packaging. 

This lovely little purse from River Island would be perfect for carrying your phone and other bits when on an evening out and the faux fur adds a touch of glamour to an outfit. It is priced at only £8 which I thought was amazing value!




Lush is the perfect place to go if you are looking for a gift. They do beautiful pre wrapped gift sets that are literally ready to be handed to the recipient. My favourite gift set of all time from Lush is the Snow Fairy, which is only £8.50.





xox




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November Beauty Favourites

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It is the 1st of December, (yay!) which not only means it's time to open your advent calendars.. it also means it's monthly favourites time!
Blimey, we sure are getting through these months aren't we? I feel as if I blinked and missed the whole of November, I think it is because I have been so excited for christmas, and my birthday on the 15th, that I have been wishing the days away. It is crazy to think the next monthly favourites I write will be in 2016! But like every month, I do have some fabulous products I have been particularly drawn to that are all listed below!





Urban Decay Naked Palette. Everyone knows & loves this holy grail palette so I wont go into too much detail. Every single shade is so pigmented and wearable, you really cannot go wrong with it. I have been wearing 'Gunmetal' blended all over the lid for the past few weeks and I love the smoky effect it gives with added sparkle. I love pairing it with a black winged liner and a khol liner through the water line for a really dark, intense look that makes my green eyes stand out. Available from Urban Decay for £38






MAC Brave Lipstick & Spice Liner. With the above eyeshadow, I love pairing it with this gorgeous brown/nude lip from MAC. 90s lips have been really in this year and this is one of my favourite lip combinations to achieve this look. I have been wearing this so much recently, as the satin finish of the lipstick and creamy texture of the pencil make them so wearable and easy to apply. Available from MAC Cosmetics for £15.50 & £12.50




Too Faced Blush. This gorgeous long wear blush in 'Justify my Love' has been my go to cheek product recently. This amazing blush looks almost too cute to use, but you only need the tiniest amount of product to achieve a gorgeous natural flush over the cheeks, this means it will take a while to ruin that gorgeous pattern imprinted on it! Available from Debenhams for £25




Too Faced Cocoa Contour. Contour palettes are everywhere recently with most brands having brought one out this year after people desired to have that 'Kim K' sculpted look. I have tried quite a few now, but this one from Too Faced is my favourite. It includes four powders that are easily blend able which makes it an amateur friendly palette. The 'Medium Cocoa' shade is the perfect grey based brown contour colour that is really the star of the show, while the 'Dark Cocoa' is great for those with darker skin and the other two shades make a great highlight, one with shimmer, one without. Available from Sephora





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Party Season - My Makeup Must Haves

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'Tis the season to SPARKLE & that is exactly what I plan on doing this christmas. 
There is nothing more I love than getting all dolled up for an evening, even if I tend to go a teeny bit over board sometimes. But now it's officially party season, what better excuse to glitter your eye lids and wear that bold bright lip!
I have put together some of my party makeup essentials that are bound to make you feel gorgeous this christmas...



Base. Your base is so important when you want to make sure your makeup will last all night. I am not a great believer of primer, but a finishing mist like the fix+ spray from MAC is a god send. It makes your foundation look so much more even when previously sprayed onto a clean face, and I always see a difference in my makeups staying power when I use it. 
I will also prime my eyelids before doing any dramatic eye look. A good eyeshadow base will stop your eyeshadow from creasing, and will create an overall more flawless look. My favourite is Painterly from MAC.
In this weather, you also need a good daily moisturiser. My skin has taken a battering from all the cold, harsh winds we have been experiencing and there is nothing worse than applying makeup onto a dry, flaky base. I am in love with Celestial Facial Moisturiser from Lush at the moment, as it is great for sensitive skin and full of calming ingredients.



Nails. I usually wear acrylics, but when I am giving my nails a break, I have been loving this shimmering polish from Urban Outfitters. Although it is not a super bright colour, I think its iridescence makes it perfect for this time of year for someone that wants a subtle sparkle.




Eyes. On nights out, when it comes to eyes it is simply 'go hard or go home' for me, and at christmas time, you shouldn't be looking at anything other than shimmery shades. My ultimate favourite shadow to wear this time of year is this gorgeous gold shade from Lancome. I literally had love hearts in my eyes when I first saw it, I have never seen a more pigmented shimmering gold! Unfortunately this was limited edition, but they could have brought out something similar in one of their new christmas sets. 
With christmas in mind, I just bought this amaaaazing pigment from MAC in the shade 'Bronze Sparkle'. A rusty bronze, high shine pigment that makes blue eyes pop. Pigments are great for adding something special on top of an eyeshadow, or equally fabulous swept over the lid with thick winged black liner, my favourite is Stay Precise from No7. I will usually team these looks with false lashes for a dramatic effect, or a great mascara I have loved for christmas time is Midnight Lash from No7. This spectacular product is in a combination of 'black pearl' and 'saphire' that makes your lashes dazzle when the light hits you - amazing!

Top Tip - Apply MAC Fix+ to your brush before using a glittery shade to intensify your look!




Lips. Stand out from the crowd and grab the brightest shade in your makeup bag! Your lipstick is your chance to really inject some colour into your party look and what better way to start than with a bright red shade? My favourite is All Fired Up by MAC which is a bold pinkish-red that is a little bit different than your classic crimson. Or if red isn't really your colour, purple or fuchsia shades are really on trend this time of year and can add a touch of glamour to your finished look. My newest purple lipstick is Flat Out Fabulous from MAC and is what I'll be wearing to all my christmas parties.







So there you have it! A few of my christmas party make up must haves! I hope this has inspired you to add some sparkle into your life this season. 

xox








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5 MAC Lipsticks Perfect For Winter

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L-R Ruby Woo, Flat Out Fabulous, MAC Red, Show Orchid, All Fired Up



Get your mistletoe at the ready, I have 5 MAC shades that are sure to get you in the mood for christmas!

 I previously did a blog post stating 5 MAC lipsticks I thought were perfect for Autumn (see here) & before that I did the same but for Summer! So it would be rude not to carry on the tradition, wouldn't it?

It may be dark and dreary outside but I am not reflecting this in these 5 gorgeous shades. It's PARTY season after all! Bing Crosby once said 'may your days be merry and bright' so thats what exactly what I've gone for....




All Fired Up. Matte bright pinkish red that completes any makeup look and is guaranteed to stay on all night.

Show Orchid. Christmas isn't just for reds. This bright fuchsia pink is a definite head turner for a daring party girl.

Flat Out Fabulous. Bright magenta shade in a matte finish that just screams 'Glam'.

Ruby Woo. Classic red in an ultra matte finish, this aint going nowhere!

MAC Red. Like Ruby Woo but in a satin finish. The perfect christmas red.




all lipsticks can be bought in store or online at www.maccosmetics.co.uk



xox




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Christmas Gift Guide For Women

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After giving you all some gift ideas for the men in our lives last week (see here), I obviously couldn't leave us girls out. There are so many lovely things I have seen this year for reasonable prices that would make such nice gifts whether you are buying for a girlfriend, mother or sister. 
Most things I have included are under £100, with a few things that are under £12 that would make a great stocking filler or secret santa, but there are also a couple of luxury items for the big spenders upon you. 

I hope this gives you at least a little bit of inspiration for the festive season and remember.. you are buying for other people, not yourself! *must resist pretty things*





Jo Malone. You can't go wrong with a gift from Jo Malone. Whether it be a christmas scented candle, a relaxing bath soak, or one of her many luxurious perfumes, they all make a wonderful gift for a lady who likes to pamper herself. This bath & body gift set is available for £48 from selfridges


Designer Watch. I included this in my Christmas Gift Guide for Men as I believe watches make such a special gift for men & women alike. A nice watch can last a long time which I like in a gift because it feels like the money has been well spent (they also look really nice, too!). This gorgeous one from Olivia Burton is £135 from asos





Perfume. An obvious one, but I just had to put it on here! You cannot go wrong with a nice perfume, it may be an easy present but it is one that will never fail! One I love at the moment is the new Decadence by Marc Jacobs available from £48 at boots



Ted Baker Makeup Bag. When I saw this I just had to include it, how pretty is that?!! I love the dusty rose colour and the bow with the added sparkle. At only £27 its a must, right? Available from asos






Nars Lipstick. I cannot recommend Nars enough for any makeup lover. Their products are a great quality and their sleek, classy packaging make it the ideal gift. I particularly love their lipsticks which at £20 are at the higher end of the pricing scale, but they are completely worth it. Available from asos 



Vivienne Westwood Purse. I am a sucker for anything Vivienne Westwood and I particularly love her bags and purses which would be a perfect gift for any fashionista. I have picked out this gorgeous bow detailed purse in a deep burgundy shade which makes it perfect for this time of year. This purse is £116 which I think is very reasonable for a high quality leather item. Available from asos






Lush. For any girl that loves to pamper herself in lovely, bubbly baths then Lush is where you need to go. They have so much to choose from that their is something that will suit anyone. Their pre wrapped christmas gift boxes that have a range of their christmas items inside make for the perfect gift. Available from Lush



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