Tuesday, 16 December 2014

High End Beauty Christmas Wish List

I don't know about you but at this time of year there's so many gorgeous beauty products that come out and have me lusting after them. Here's just a few that have made it on to my wish list this festive season! 

1. Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette here 

2. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette here 

3. Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection here 

4. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk here 

5. NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret here 

6. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms here 

So what's on your beauty wish list this Christmas?

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Soap & Glory The Next Big Thing

So it's that time of year when Soap & Glory release their huge gift box for crazy money in Boots. I couldn't let this offer slip by and not tell you about it, so here it is...

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Included in the box is: 

Hand Dream Super Cream 100ml 

Orangeasm Body Wash 500ml

Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion 500ml

Heel Genius Foot Cream 125ml

Sugar Crush Body Scrub 300ml

Whipped Clean Shower Butter 250ml

The Righteous Butter Body Butter 300ml

Off Your Face 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths (25 Cloths)

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive

Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara

and a drawstring bag (assuming it is reusable but doesn't state) 

This normally retails at £60.00 (the contents are worth over £75.00) but from tomorrow it is only £29.00!!! For what you get I think that is amazing! You can get it here.

If you fancy getting your hands on this I would make sure you get in pretty quick because these sets sell out ridiculously fast! 

So will you be setting your alarm to get your hands on this crazy offer?

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Cute Christmas Accessories

So whilst on one of my trawls through the internet I spotted a few cute Christmas Accessories which inspired this post, so I thought I would share my findings. 

1. Cute Christmas Magnetic Earrings here 

2. Cute Christmas Wine Glass Charms here 

3. A Snowflake Handbag/Stocking Hook here 

4. A Cute Christmas Scarf here 

5. Cute Christmas Hair slides/bobby pins here 

6. Cute Christmas Rings here 

Let me know what you think and if you like these ideas.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

So today I thought I would do the Christmas Tag. The lovely Becky from milk bubble tea created this and you can find her answers here.

1. What's your favourite Christmas movies/s? 

Santa Claus the movie (1985) is my absolute favourite!!!! Home Alone! Elf, Fred Claus, Miracle on 34th Street, The Grinch, Scrooge (the original 1970's version is my favourite, I watched it a few years ago for the first time and have watched it every year since!) So many more! All we do is watch Christmas movies in the lead up.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? 

Neither. We actually grew up opening our presents in the evening after Christmas dinner and when everyone was chilling out around the fire. We opened our stockings and main present from Santa but the rest we wait until we're all together.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? 

This is really tough as I have so many! I have always been a giver & one year I bought my younger siblings a pool table. I set it up downstairs when they were in bed and got up really early to see their faces when they came down the stairs! Loved that year! All my wonderful memories are about family!

4. Favourite Festive Food?

Has to be the magnificent roast dinner! We go all out and get the best meats and all the trimmings. I adore gammon and we always get a really amazing one and it lasts for buffets. I also love sprouts!

5. Favourite Christmas Gift? 

I love all the gifts I get! I have a rocking horse I got as a baby that my uncles clubbed together to buy me and I still have it. Sentiment is the most precious gift for me! I also got engaged around Christmas time so my ring has to be a favourite.

6. Favourite Christmas Scent?

I'm cheating, but it has to be the roast cooking! It always brings back the best memories!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Yes! When I was still at home with the family, we freshly made all the beds, my sister and I always got matching Pyjama's and we would settle down and watch Christmas movies! Now it's just me and my hubby at home we keep that same tradition, I like to have everything wrapped up and we'll have a takeaway and home-made mulled wine and we'll snuggle on the sofa with the princess (our beautiful dog) and watch movies!

8. What tops your tree?

We have a fairy/angel in the family home and me and the hubby have a star. I want to get my nieces some crafty bits so they can make us something we can use going forward.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

Honestly? I can't remember! I've always loved my stockings as I love lots of little bits. We didn't have a lot of money when I was young so we didn't ask for big things, I think that's why I love the family time now as that was the main thing for us as kids.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

I think I've already answered this! Being with my family! I'm extremely lucky that my husband loves my family as much as I do as we spend every year at my family home and his mum comes too unless she is with his sister. I love seeing my young nieces opening their presents and handing out gifts to everyone. The past couple of years my mum has worked Christmas Eve night to Christmas Day until the afternoon so I'm in charge of dinner but I love it when she gets home and we dish up together and spend the evening with all our loved ones! 

11. Bonus Question - Favourite Christmas Song? 

I felt this was the one question missing as I love Christmas songs and if we're not watching Christmas Movies we are listening to Christmas Music! My all time favourite is Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone. I also love It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Fairytale of New York (by the Pogues & Kirsty MacCall) and quite a few more I will probably remember once I have posted this!

If you do this tag, please leave your links, I love reading everyone else's answers!

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lip Care!

Heading into winter my skin takes a bit of a battering and my lips get dry and sore really easily and quite often!

Today I thought I would share my tips on keeping lips soft, smooth and hydrated! You could just use a lip balm and hope for the best or you could follow these steps for an added boost!

Every other day I tend to use a lip scrub to get of any dry/flaky skin (I find everyday use can be too stripping and make them worse). There is no wonder scrub that I know of so I tend to use Lush ones as they're easy to get hold of and they're reasonably priced.

If you don't want to invest in a proper scrub you can use your lip balm and a touch of granulated sugar and this will work almost as well!

Apply the scrub to your lips with your finger, or invest in a really soft toothbrush to work the scrub into the lips. I usually massage it around my lips for a good 30 seconds.

Once you have used the scrub, make sure you remove it completely, I use a flannel/wash cloth to make sure all the bits of sugar are gone and finally apply your favourite lip balm liberally and then top up throughout the day. 

Also apply a really nourishing lip balm before bed, the Bite Beauty Lip Masks and Nuxe Reve de Miel are brilliant! 

How do you take care of your lips in the colder weather? 

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Beauty Blender

There's no beating around the bush with this little beauty! I adore the Beauty Blender!

I have shared my favourite face brushes with you here, but since then I got my hands on a Beauty Blender and haven't looked back! 

A damp beauty blender (all excess water squeezed out) blends liquid foundation easily and evenly and you're left with a beautiful flawless base.

I will say that my absolute favourite thing to use this for is blending out my under eye concealer, it is flawless!!! It blends seamlessly and doesn't leave any creases!

Sometimes I will still use a brush to apply my foundation, as it's a bit faster, and then go over it with the Beauty Blender to ensure it doesn't go cakey.

You can also use this to blend out liquid highlighter and cream blush for a more even finish (I also find highlighters less harsh this way)

This particular Beauty Blender came with the Blendercleanser which is the cleaner they recommend you use, it's like a bar of soap and works really well cleaning it. The only thing I will say is that a lot of pink dye seems to come out when cleaning the beauty blender, no matter how many times I clean it! I've heard they have a white one now so might look out for that.

You can find the Beauty Blender here for £14.30 (cheapest I found) and I think it's worth every penny! You can get the white one here for £16.00. 

Overall this is quite possibly the best beauty tool I own and I own a lot! 

Have you got/tried this yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments

Amanda x

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

One Sweep Wonders - MAC

Ever need to slap on make up in a bit of a hurry but want to look like you've made an effort? Well i've got just the thing for you...

One Sweep Wonders! These are what I refer to as eye shadows you can apply really quickly but you're left looking like you actually spent some time on your eyes.

Loads of brands have their 'One Sweep Wonders' and my two favourite MAC eye shadows (in my current collection) for this are All That Glitters and Satin Taupe. Patina and Sable are also great but I don't have them at the moment.

L-R All That Glitters & Satin Taupe

They're both beautiful shades that are multi tonal and really easy to blend out, which is why you get that effortless look on your eyes! I take the colour on a fluffy brush (like the MAC 217) and pack the colour on the lid and then blend it out and up into the crease/socket.

All that Glitters is actually quite a hard colour to describe. It's a rose gold/peachy with a hint of bronze shade and is shimmery which is why it's so great as a one sweep wonder, it looks completely different on the lid to how it looks in the crease.

Satin Taupe is a mauve/brown shade and is just beautiful! You can build the shadow up really well so it's darker where you need it. Blended out in the crease (eye socket) you can achieve a really gorgeous effect. It has a slight shimmer to it but not as much as All That Glitters and my favourite out of the two.

L-R All That Glitters & Satin Taupe

So what do you think, What would be your pick from these two? and do you have any recommendations for me?

Amanda x

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