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My New Years Eve

It's the same every year me and the boy staying in playing board games, drinking and eating, however we were saved by some lovely close family friends and are off out for a get together. Naturally my plans on what to wear and my make up instantly changed from pjs and not caring, to proper clothes and caring a little! 

Clothing: As it's a get together at a house there's no need to over do it so jeans it is but some with a bit of something different. I've gone for coated jeans from Topshop. I've wanted a pair of these for ages and when santa brought them to me I was over the moon. Comfy and stretchy I will be nice and comfortable and ready to last the night. The top is also Topshop which I also had from Santa. I had it on my list because I just love the vintage feel of it and the type of roll neck is so flattering. No necklaces required as the simplistic yet crazy top is enough.(Dress version here)

Make up wise: A very standard look really as like I said we are staying…

Products I liked in December

A month of rediscovery! December has been lovely product wise as I have curbed my spending on myself due to Christmas being round the corner, which has made me shop my stash often and fell back in love with some products that I hadn't used for a long time.
Soap and Glory- Sugar Crush scrub- £8.00- We've been in our new house since April and this has been packed in my Cath Kidston beauty travel case since. I had completely forgotten about it until my recent clear out and shower time smells oh so good again. To me this smells like sweets, skittles or refreshers. As it's an exfoliator I tend to only use it a few times a week but really does scrub my skin nicely and leaves it feeling lovely and fresh.

Mink and Stone necklace- £56.27- 
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to design my own necklace on the Mink and Stone website and was entered into their blogger competition. I was over the moon when I found out I had won and before I knew it, the necklace I had designed arrived…

Ciate advent calendar

Having watched fellow bloggers feature this advent calendar for what seems year after year, this year I finally treated myself to one. Sometime in November TKMaxx had stacks and stacks of last years Ciate advents at only £19.99! Thats a steal compared to the price of a freshly released one asking £50 of your hard earned cash. I didn't even give myself time to think and just bought it and spread the word so my mum and sister joined the nail polish advent crew too.
Working the same as a traditional advent calendar you open a door every day of advent to reveal a surprise, but Instead of chocolate its nail polish. I was personally so grateful to find this due to recently finding out I'm no longer aloud to eat dairy so to all of my fellow women allergy sufferers.... this is a good option.
Just to clarify I had 2013 calendar which included the following products behind its magical advent doors (In no particular order):
Snow globe, boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar plum, Fit for a queen…

A few Christmas present beauty picks

On boxing day you don't want anything too heavy to concentrate on due to the full on day yesterday, so todays post is a few beauty things I received from Santa that I am very much looking forward to using. 

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser- £8.99- 
I am usually a massive Liz Earl cleanse and polish girl but feel I need something else for during the week. I always think that you can't go wrong (reaction wise) with a product that claims its gentle on the skin, and have heard so much about this that I was intrigued to try it out. It's recommend for all skins types, can remove daily make up, can be used on face and body and can help against dryness. It sounds like a win win situation and can't wait to give it a go, and being so affordable and easy to buy its even better.

Loreal La Palette Nude- £11.99-
Being a sucker for a palette as soon as I saw this in shops I knew it had to be mine at some point. I was super happy to recive this on Christmas day and used the darkest plum colour wh…

Lush- Candy mountain

It's Christmas Eve, and for me that calls for a special soak after a day of cleaning the house and lots of baking. So I chose the Candy Mountain Bubble bar(others available).
Even though this comes out this time of year, every year I have never tried it! Crazy really as I am such a Lush addict but I tend to stick to just bath bombs. This appealed to my sweet tooth straight away whilst taking in a wiff of all in the store and is basically Snow Fairy but in a bubble bar which is perfect. Candy floss with hints of vanilla this is sure to be a winner from all sugary sweet toothed lovers. Whilst your bath is running you crumble some of this bar under the running tap which creates lovely fluffy sweet smelling bubbles that fill your tub to the brim. The vanilla in the bar helps to get your skin silky smooth and hydrated. When getting out the bath your skin is still soft and smells delightful, good enough to eat. This is such a great product and I will definitely be re-purchasing next year…

Organising my Mac eyeshadows

As much as I love the Mac pro palettes the fact you can't see the names of the shadows slightly gets on my wick, so the super organised me decided to do something about it.
You can probably tell that I have a slight addiction to collecting MAC eyeshadows, which I have to say will continue to grow. Sometimes I find myself wanting to use certain shades  from my collection and having to pick them out every time is such a pain, and sometimes ends up with my finger nail stabbing right into the shadows.... not good. Until one day I had a brain wave. 


I bought the stickers from WHsmiths and cost just a few pounds, and I can't tell you how much I love that I've done this. I didn't even realise I had the shade Mulch!!! It's like early Christmas. I highly recommend doing this if you are like me and like to be organised. I'm going to spread the word and do this to my mums palette too.

Happy Monday to you all! 3 more sleeps!!

xoxo


Matching Christmas nails and lip colour

I find it very satisfying matching my nail polish with my lipstick, and this time of year is perfect to go that little bit more OTT than normal. After having my Christmas nails done I rummaged through my vast collection of lipsticks and came across the shade that is perfect for the big day to match with my nails.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 hour colour- £8.99- Is a double ended lip product. It comes with a conditioning balm as a prep for the colour. Its very moisturising and sinks into the lips quickly. I tend to put this on at the beginning of my make up routine and by the end when I put my lipstick on they are ready and well prepared. I love the applicator for the lipstick! It makes it so easy to apply and with the pointed end applying it to your cupids bow is easy peasy. Mine doesn't have a shade or number on it but its a dark read with hint of fuscia pink. It contains small glitter particals that when the light shine on them, they give off blue, pink, silver sparkles. Perfect for …

Blogging & a full time job

So here's my 100th post!! I can't quite believe that its here, and feel slightly proud. For some of you lovely followers you've been with me since my red hair days and will know that I started blogging and had to stop for a while because of my life choice at the time was taking over. But this year I found myself logging back into Blogger after what seemed a lifetime will feel that I won't turn back.

Why log in again?-I love to try out products seeing what is good on my skin, what could be good for others and also the comparison between different brands. I find it so interesting and find myself spending money on items that I don't need, but they bring me so much interest and enjoyment I can't stop. My family have to hear me bang on about anything beauty so much that blogging helps me to share my findings/loves/hates/recommendations with the world, and whoever wants to read it...will read it. 

Where to now? - The blog is well and truly staying for the foreseeable f…

My Lipstick Queen bargain

It's probably getting boring, but TKMaxx have done it again and was on top form the weekend just gone. Rummaging through the beauty shelves I spotted the big bold lettersLIPSTICK QUEENand thought hmmmm worth a look and low and behold it was a steal being only £14.99 from £40!!!. So a look ended up putting it in my basket and going home with me. (Similar box set here)

I had seen this brand on other blogs and social media sights and have wanted to try these lipsticks out before so grabbed the bargain while I could. Saint pink, Medieval and Sigh are the three shades that came in the box set. They are sheer lipsticks and feel very much like a balm once applied and feel so moisturising as they are packed with shea butter. The lasting power of them is ok, not the best but what do you expect for a lip product that is glossy and balm like. It ends up just disappearing which I like as you never get stuck with a red smudge over your face. The range of shades is nice and would make a nice pre…

A NEOM bath

Bath oils are something I've not really discovered until now, and have always thought of them as a bit of a luxury. Until I walked into my favourite shop (TKMaxx) for £12.99 and spotted these bad boys hiding under lots of big bottles of shower gel. 
Being NEOM products they are organic, made from the finest ingredients and are free from any synthetic products and at first was a bit taken a back as I had only ever used candles by them.  The scents included in the box are as follows; Moroccan Blush rose, Lavender Jasmine and Brazilian Rose wood, English Lavender - sweet basil and Jasmine. A couple of them include Lavender which is fab to use before bed as it really gets you in the mood for the land of nod. All of the scents are sweet and really do add a little something special to your bath. Your skin feels silky smooth when getting out of the bath and is definitely appreciated by my skin this time of year as my legs especially get so dry. 
Do you use bath oils at all? Have you tried t…

Addicted to Vlogmas

I thought I'd take a go at writing a post thats a little bit different tonight, and I hope you don't mind. A beauty or fashion post will be up on Sunday as normal. 

So I've been a YouTube addict for years now and theres nothing I enjoy more than watching video after video thats waiting for me in my subscriptions tab. I've always loved watching my fav YouTubers taking part in Vlogmas, but more and more are taking part every year and this year I am loving the volume of daily fixes I am getting! Yes a large part of the interest is nosiness, but the Vlog thing is getting bigger by the day and is becoming more of a well known thing that a lot of people are appreciating.

The YouTubers I am really enjoying on their Vlogmas journey:

* Lily Pebbles
* Dizzybrunette3
* TheSammiMariaShow
* Tanya Burr

I watch a lot more than this list but these are the ones I am enjoying the most and for lots of different reasons. They all work so hard which is adament when watching them vlogging on a dai…

Trouble sleeping? Well 'This Works'

For years I didn't go to sleep till at least midnight. My mum used to say "count sheep" or "turn the light off and lay there with your eyes closed". Neither of those used to work for me and it seems to run in the family, so when I found this product last year it was a Christmas present for many of them. Having heard very positive feedback from my family about this I had to go and try it for myself and have only just purchased one myself. Now I hate to think about the day when this runs out ...

The 'This Works - deep sleep pillow spray'  is very easy to use: You spray the mist over your pillow just before you go to bed. I tend to spray it then go off and brush my teeth etc to allow it to rest into my pillow case. The lavender scent is delightful and the scent comes as no surprise as its a very popular assistant for many people with sleep problems. Before using this it used to take me ages to fall asleep, and I used to watch episode after episode of 'P…

It's all about glittery nails at Christmas

I'm not normally into much sparkle and glitter on my clothing, however when it comes to nail varnish I am most certainly there! You can't beat a good glittery nail varnish on your ring finger or all your fingers, it's Christmas so what the hell. I have four here to share with you, one is very new and the others have been re-purchased.

American Apparel- Supernova- £7.00 -
Takes a while to dry, but when it's good to go, it's a show stopper. Being multi-coloured you can wear this with so many outfits which is great for this time of year when your off shopping, to lunch, seeing family and friends and then going out to dinner. It has a variety of sized glitter pieces which give it a bit of different overall effect which is really eye catching. 

Barry M- Pink Sapphire- £2.99 -
A pot of pink sparkly goodness for under three quid! Such a bargain polish and has great lasting quality when used with a good top coat. The circle pieces of glitter are all pink, but then there are si…

Primers for the party season

Are you getting in at the end of the day/night and looking in the mirror at your skin which looks like you haven't put anything on it? In that case you are in need of a primer and boy do I have a couple of corkers for you to choose from.

Benefit The POREfessional - £24.50- 
Having used this for ages now I feel slightly biased towards this as my favourite of the two. The first couple of weeks of using it I actually didn't even like it. It felt too oily and really didn't think it worked. However after persisting with it I haven't put it down since and have two other bottle waiting upstairs in my back up stash. It has proved to be a lovely base for make up to go on top of but also something that allows the foundation to remain with the same finish as it did when you first applied it. The round up....a great product!

Laura Mercier Foundation primer- £29.00- 
I've only had this since receiving my Harvey NicholsGlossybox but have been really enjoying this for my day time wea…

Wearing red at Christmas

It doesn't have to be the party season for me to rock a red lipstick, but it is something that people like to wear more around the festive period. My problem though is that I really do like wearing red lipsticks and have quite a few and have narrowed it down to my favs for the party season (one in particular that has featured a lot on the blog).
Sleek 'Candy Cane' true colour lipstick- £4.99-  As a Sleek lipstick love I own quite a few of their lip products, but this by far is my favourite shade. It's got a hint of pink in there which is more of a fuscia hint than anything else. Being such a gorgeous mix of red and pink it really does brighten my teeth and skin. It's got great staying power, and not too drying even though it's a matte product.
Maybelline Colour Drama 'Light it up'- £4.99-  A lip pencil/crayon that applies smooth, pigmented, handbag friendly and has awesome lasting power...... My list can go on and on about this product. The shade is a lovel…

Baby it's cold outside

I can't keep track oh how much I am moaning that I'm cold, I know Ive mentioned it in a couple of previous posts but seriously.....I am feeling the cold. On the 1st December I took my scarf on an outing, first time of the year! I had forgotten how much comfort a scarf can bring you when you're feeling a slight chill in the air. However much I love my red and white hand knitted scarf, I feel some new winter accessories could be in order. Because baby....its cold outside.


Boohoo holly christmas pudding beanie hat - £8.00- I don't think I need to explain why I love this? 

ASOS christmas pug mittens - £8.00-I love these for myself but also for my nan who is a huge pug fan. Fun, cute and will keep your hands warm. I prefer mittens to gloves as I think they look more girlie.

Cos woven wool scarf - £49.00- The most gorgeous colour I have ever seen for a scarf, a colour like this I would never normally want to wear at this time of year as it can give a coldness about an outfit. H…

Hello December - hair, hands and body

Adverts calendars, present panic, wrapping, hot chocolates, Christmas films, dark and cold nights in, the list can go on and on listing all the things I love about December and the run up to the big day. I have some beauty staples that are brought out of my stash every winter to help me through this month.

Cocoa butter: skin therapy oil - £9.99-  I love to use this in December for so many reasons. I can really suffer with dry skin and this can sort that our straight away. After the shower or bath I like to slap a nice thick layer all over my skin and jump into a onesie or some thick pjs. You feel a bit sticky for a while but when you wake up the next day, it feels like you have baby soft skin. To top it off........ it smells like mint chocolate!

Soap and Glory Hand food - £5.50 - A staple in a lot of peoples hand bag or bed side tables, this hand cream is a winning for me any time. I tend not to use this during the other months of the year as I find that it is quite thick and my hands …

Products I've been loving in November

This month I have discovered some new products that I do not want to live without now I have them. From skincare to makeup to hair, I have included 6 items that I have been using on a daily basis. 
Super Facialist By Una Brennan- Glow Boost Skin Serum- £15.99 I needed a new day time serum and saw Vivianna does makeup video talking about how she really enjoys using it. As I completely trust Anna's opinion I went ahead and bought it from Boots.Its so lovely and refreshing to use in the morning and smells so so delicious, literally good enough to eat. Its quite thick and sinks into the skin quickly which is handy in a morning rush. A great price for a serum as they tend to be the most expensive skincare product in your collection!
Nuxe Reve de Miel- £5.50 I'm very new to this product having only bought it late last month, but saying this I have used it all the time non stop. It's so moisturising and nourishing for your lips. It smooths onto your lips and instantly makes them feel…

Mink and Stone blogger challenge

Monday morning I woke up to an email from the lovelies over at @blogginggals asking  whether I would be interested in joining in with a little fashion blogger challenge, and when I saw that it was dealing with necklaces..... I was already there!
The Mink and Stone website allows you to create your own necklaces from scratch, choosing the length, clasp and beads. So heres my design....... (click on the picture to go to the website and check out my wordy description).


I tend to wear a lot of black,khaki and grey as we get into winter so adding a striking necklace is something I like to do to make my outfit looks a bit more interesting. The choice of beads on the website is a little overwhelming as there are so many, but the process of making it was really fun and could easily get addictive. The glass cluster beads are my fav by far and if I could do another would love a necklace full of those! 
The challenge was to create a necklace for an outfit, and this is the outfit I had in mind whilst…

Harvey Nichols Glossybox

As soon as I saw preview pictures of this special edition box I just knew I had to get one of my own. Ive never signed up for a monthly box so whenever the special edition ones come out I'm always very intrigued. I was so happy to get this through the post. Lovely packaging, delicately wrapped and full of lovely products. You've probably already seen whats inside, but thought I would share it with you as sometimes each persons box can vary.

The thing that caught my eye in this box I have to say was the NARS lip pencil. In the preview the colour was red however I got the colour Rikugien which is a nude/pink and was very happy indeed! A much as I love a red this is a great everyday colour and have had to really hold myself back from using it. Another product that I've wanted for a while was the Laura Mercier Primer, and the size of the product you get is awesome and will last for ages.

You totally get your moneys worth in this box and have to say, I will be using every single …

Lusting for a suit

For some reason I am lusting over suits. I could wear a suit to work as our dress code is smart/casual, however I am really feeling this for an everyday look. I've searched the internet on my favourite clothing sites and narrowed it down to five of my favourite suits ranging in price and from just two websites.


ASOS bottle green crepe suit- Trousers £28 Blazer £42
I'm such a sucker for any item of clothing in this colour. I just love it. Timeless, looks great with any colour hair and can imagine it looking awesome with some converse as well as some killer heels. Love a good cigarette trouser and to top it off the blazer is slim fit. Winner winner chicken dinner?


ASOS mustard suit- Trousers £22.50 Blazer £41
Very similar to the bottle green however the fit is slightly different. The trousers are a peg fit so baggier at the top and slimming down a little to the ankle. Some body shapes find this hard to wear as do I most of the time, so would have to be tried on before a definite yes…

A concealer - That covers

I took Boots up on the latest 3 for 2 offer and picked this up as my freebie, which always feels good. I only have one concealer which is the Collection lasting perfection one which I love for any type of blemish and for the bags under my eyes. I spotted this Maybelline Superstay Better Skin and thought I would give a different concealer a go and try to branch out.

The consistency is quite thick and very similar to the Collection one. It doesn't come with an applicator on the end and is just a squeeze tube which I actually quite like, either going straight on to my finger or brush. When applying it to my under-eye area I found it to be quite cakey and didn't sit well on my skin. On the other hand any blemishes on my face were well concealed and I was happily surprised. It managed to cover my blemishes to the point where I couldn't spot where I had applied it. The colour match for me is perfect and it will certainly remain in my collection and will be using it for a while. 

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