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27 December 2014

I never thought it was possible, but here I am, writing about a brand that is finally giving Benefit box sets a run for their money in the miniatures department.

With New Years Eve right around the corner, we all want to look camera ready and this kit is the perfect place to start. The foundation primer feels so silky on the skin and gives a fab transparent, oil free finish. The lid primer leaves lids perfectly primed and really accentuates the pigment & shimmer in eyeshadows, however, I remain loyal to my Benefit Stay don't Stray as I like the concealing properties of which the Smashbox version just doesn't offer.

The pencil feels so soft, perfect for tight lining and fab for smudging along the lash line. The only downside is the lack of staying power, be prepared to reapply throughout the day. The mascara gives fantastic clump free length, paired with the pencil, these two products alone make the eyes pop and look amazing.

The gloss is a beautiful shimmery nude which is really flattering for any skin tone, the texture is a little grainy and tacky on the lip, so if you don't like to feel your gloss then this will be a definite no-no for you.

Which Smashbox products have you been using recently?

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25 December 2014

I just wanted to take a few moments to say Merry Christmas to you all.
Thank you for all your encouragement & support throughout the year, You're all awesome!

My next beauty post will be up on Saturday, so until then, eat, drink & be merry (",)

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13 December 2014

FUN Body Bar

FUN Body Bar

Transformulas Hydration Gold Anti Ageing Cream

Left -> Right | YSL Golden Gloss, MaxFactor Flipstick in Gipsy Red & L'Oreal Colour Riché in Lingerie 

NAKED2 Half Baked Eyeshadow

MAC Pigment Powder in Old Gold

MAC Pigment Powder in Old Gold

Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD

MaxFactor Max Effect Nail Polish in Ivory

One of my favourite scents of all time has to be Lush's Honey I washed the kids, so it's no wonder their FUN body bar has made it onto my favourites list this Winter. I don't find this product particularly moisturising, but it smells great, leaves you feeling clean and is fun to mould into funny shapes and leave in the shower for your other half to find.

It's that time of year again when harsh winds, cooler temperatures and a few to many glasses of Winter Pimms start to leave your skin looking dull and dehydrated. This is when I start reaching for my Transformulas Hydration 23 Carat Gold Creme. It acts as a great base under make up or used on a make up free day to prevent me looking pale and washed out. 

I know gold lipstick sounds like the last thing in the world that you'd want to wear, but i think it can look fantastic paired with red to give the illusion of fuller lips and something a little different for the party season.

I think everyone must have heard of the NAKED palettes by now, I have recently repurchased the NAKED2 as I love their nudes and find that it is so versatile, my fave eyeshadow has to be their half baked. 

MAC have been my go to for pigment pots for years now, and I love their Old Gold Pigment Pot. It has greenish tones in it, depending where the light hits. 

Rimmel's Glam Eyes HD are fantastic and for maximum effect use the product when wet, it lasts on the lid the whole day with a primer (try with UDPP in Sin). 

No Winter look would be complete without glittery nail polish, my favourite this month has been the MaxFactor Max Effects Polish in Ivory. It does take a couple of coats to get maximum effect but is totally worth it for the price. 

What have been your favourite golden products this Winter?

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgement old
Your answer had not been inscroll'd
Fare you well, your suit is cold.
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7 December 2014

In these colder months, one of my go to products has to be Elizabeth Arden skin protectant from their Eight Hour Range. I use it to shape my brows, as a moisturising lip gloss, an overnight foot treatment, it's great for sunburn & peeling, highlighter and it can be used alongside my eyelash curler on those mascara free days, and of course, as a moisturiser!  The hand cream is really nice, I massage it into my cuticles and it smoothes my skin & prevents nails from peeling. I currently own the skin protectant, lip protectant stick and the intensive hand treatment and love them all.

So given my love for the eight hour range, I wanted to try the Visible Difference products, and picked up two jars of the face cream and a bottle of the body emulsion.. an impulsive buy I will admit :D
It was all going well until the scent hit me... wowsers! (Moss, Freesia & Sandalwood) I have to admit, I quite like the results of the moisturiser and I have become more tolerant of the smell as luckily it doesn't linger for long. I initially tried these creams in the Summer months and my make-up / fake tan would slide off within an hour, so before popping it in the bin I have recently given it one last try and come away pleasantly surprised. It sinks into the skin, leaves my skin soft and doesn't break me out.  Also, if you click on the link above then Debenhams are currently giving 50% off and you can possibly bag some free sample size freebies... Winner!

I also purchased the fragrance from the Red Door Range, which is described as a classic & elegant signature fragrance. I personally don't like it, I find the top notes of lily and freesia quite strong  As it starts to settle, the mid notes of rose, orange flower, jasmine and ylang ylang come through which smells a little nicer, then the base notes of moss, sandalwood & honey tend to stay on the skin for hours. I prefer sweeter scents, but if you are a fan of earthy, floral scents then this might be great for you.

Has anyone else tried any of these Elizabeth Arden products?

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3 December 2014

Following on from my post last Sunday on the Benefit Advent Calendar I also wanted to show you some of the other Benefit goodies I have picked up along the way.

This set can be found here

This fab set can be found here

BAD gal lash mascara is often one of the freebies given away.

Cream eyeshadow in Bikini-tini, this makes a fab shimmery base on lids.
I think these would be fabulous Christmas presents as they are reasonably priced and it gives people the opportunity to try lots of different products without breaking the bank.

Plus, Benefit are fab at giving away miniature freebies that make great little stocking fillers.

Keep popping back for more great finds and bargains in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year.
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