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Whats In My Party Clutch | NYE Edition

Whats In My Party Clutch | NYE Edition

Girls have a lot of essentials they need in their handbag and by gosh I carry everything but the kitchen in sink my mine. During a night out though I do tend to downsize to a smaller bag and a smaller pick of essentials. Here are my New Years Eve night out essentials that I always have on me when I do venture out for the night.

I always like to take a perfume out with me in case I get a bit crazy on the dance floor and start to smell funky... My go to perfume at the minute is Dolce and Gabbana and my bottle is nearly empty because I have used it none stop recently. Carrying on with smelling nice I always have a pack or pot of chewing gums in my clutch bag because you never know when you might get bad breath. I hate drinking a cider and then smelling it on my breath and since I am a boy when I drink, I 99.9% of the time will be drinking cider so chewing gums are always needed.

I take my Babylips lip balm with me everywhere during the day and night so of course it is in my clutch bag on a night out and also for my lips I carry two lip options for the night. 9 out of 10 times I wear a red lip for a night out in December so of course I carry one with me and I've included the Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Cherry Pop to top up my red lips but I also take a nude shade out with me. This is because during nights out I can get bored with my lips or after having food and drink my lipstick is non-existent and I don't want to reapply the red shade, so I always bring a moisturising nude shade to give my lips a rest and I picked the Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Bare Pop for this. This lipstick is so moisturising and long wearing on the lips that it is a easy choice to throw in the bag.

To stop me sweating my life away I always bring some sort of powder in my bag for top ups and my current favourite is the Dior Skin Nude Tan in light which I have had for a very long time. I used to think this powder was more of a bronzer but after some time I realised that it wasn't giving me bronzed goddess cheekbones so it must only be a powder. This gives my skin a lovely glow and feels lovely on the skin. It doesn't leave your skin looking like it has powder on which is one of the reasons I really love this powder for nights out. To top up my bronzer I always carry my Hoola bronzer in my bag as this is a fail safe option. It doesn't matter what bronzer you have previously used on your face, this product always look good on your skin and suits everyone so if someone in the group needs a top up I have them covered.

Concealers are a must have product during a night out to cover up the dark circles that appear after a certain time! My two favourite products to use are Maybelline Fit Me in shade 10 and Collection Lasting Perfection in Cool Medium. The collection concealer touches up any blemishes that start to reappear and the Maybelline concealer covers my good old grey bags.

Lastly of course I carry around my money, phone and ID in my bag and I am set to go. 
Hope you all have an amazing and safe New Years Eve.

FOTN | Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister

Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister

For Christmas Eve I did my sisters makeup for her night out in town (while I stayed at home in my pjs watching Christmas films) and I loved how it turned out so much I've decided to write this post about it. 

For her base I used a mix of two Mac Studio Fix foundations in the shades NC15 and C5.5 which create the perfect shade for my sister who as you can see is a few shades darker then me. To make sure her makeup lasted all night I used my Dior Primer which definitely done the trick. 

To define her cheek bones I used a mixture of my W7 Honolulu bronzer and my trusty Benefit Hoola bronzer which together created the perfect simple contour, my sister is like me and doesn't go crazy with the contour, we both prefer to bronze ourselves. To bronze on top I used her No7 Perfectly Bronzed Duo Bronzer that I bought her for Christmas a few years ago and an old favourite Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Rock On World

To create the smokey golden eye in the photos I used the brown shade in the Revolution Iconic Pro palette to define her crease and continued using darker brown shades in that palette and the Revolution Affirmation palette until her crease was defined enough and blended equally. I then used the Gold shimmer shade in the Affirmation palette on the inner half of her eye to make the look more party. I then added the L'Oreal Eye shadow in the shade Gold Mania on the inner corner to add a pop of gold to really brighten the eyes. 

For my sisters eye brows we used Mac Eye brown pencil in Spiked and because my sister has amazing eye brows anyway I didn't need to do much to them. 

Lastly for her lips of course we went for a red lip and I choose Charlotte Tilbury's Red Carpet Red for that night and it worked perfectly. To line her lips I used the Max Factor lip pencil in Red Blush. 



Christmas Eve Smokey Eye On My Sister





Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks Collection

Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks Collection

I have collected quite a few liquid lipsticks in the last few months since they become the new thing and after trying one and two from NYX I just wanted to have them all. I have the products from three different brands and as you can tell I definitely have my favourites.

The first brand I tried was Collection and their Velvet Kiss Lip Creams are only £2.99 which is a right bargain- which is why I bought four... I have the shades Caramel 2 which is a brown nude, Cotton Candy 1 which is a pink nude and then I bought two of the darker shades in Mulberry 5 and Blackberry 6 which are nice autumnal shades. The colours are really lovely but I find that the darker shades do come out quite patchy, they also dry my lips out to hell which makes them quite uncomfortable to wear on the lips. I thought it might just be my lips which were making them uncomfortable since I have the driest lips on earth but even my sister found they dried out her lips so I can't tell you how long this products last as I have taken it off every time I have applied it because it was uncomfortable. Sadly I don't think I will get much wear out of this creams.

I also purchased three Bodyshop Matte Lip Liquid in the shades Windsor Rose 032 which is a brown nude, Crete Carnation 030 which is is pink nude and Tahiti Hibiscus 016 which is a vibrant pink-red shade. I find that all the brands do very similar colours which means I end up with a lot of the same colours in my collection but I don't mind having 10 different nudes. The Bodyshop Lip Liquids are £6 each which isn't a too bad price considering you get more product then in the other packaging. Unlike the Collection Liquid Lipsticks I find the Bodyshop products tend to be a little bit  patchy in the lighter shades rather than the darker shades especially the brown nude so I do use two layers when I wear that shade just to make sure I have a even colour. Tahiti Hibiscus is the perfect pink-red shade for the a night out when you want your lips to last all night and the consistency of it is amazing, I do find that it lasts longer on my lips then my two nudes shades as well. I find this shade is least drying out of the three as well so where as the nude shows up any lines or dry patches on your lips, Hibiscus glosses over like a lip gloss and dries comfortably and leaves your lips with a subtle sheen. Can you tell how much I love this shade?! There is one down side to this shade, the product takes a while to dry on the lips so you have to be careful not to touch anything before they dry, otherwise you get the colour everywhere. It also comes off when you eat in the middle of your lips which isn't ideal.

My favourite brand for liquid lipsticks so far is definitely everyone's favourite NYX, I jumped on the bang wagon and have been in love with the brand every since. I have three shades in their Soft Matte Lip Creams and I am planning on increasing that number in the next few months but it is hard to know which shades to get, I do feel like I buy the same shades all the time (you can tell just by looking at all these liquid lipsticks!). I currently have in my collection Abu Dhabi which is brown nude, Cannes which is a pink/dark brown nude and San Paulo which is a bright pink/red similar to Tahiti Hibiscus but a little lighter. I find myself reaching for these lipsticks the most because the pigmentation of all the shades is amazing and the product is so buttery it applies so easily. Whether my lips are having a dry day or they are feeling pretty normal these lipsticks sit tight all day and only need reapplying when I have eaten. The thing I love most about this lipsticks is that they are so creamy they apply really well so I don't end up with any patches and it doesn't look like I am wearing anything on my lips. Where as with the Bodyshop lipsticks they can accentuate the lines on your lips and make it obvious you have product on them, the NYX lipsticks don't do this.

I won't be buying any liquid lipsticks in the near future as I am putting myself on a spending ban as Cal and I are planning to move out this year, so hopefully I get some surprise makeup for my birthday!

What I'll Be Watching This Christmas #2

What I'll Be Watching This Christmas #2

Last year I wrote a post talking about everything I wanted to watch over the festive period and you guys really liked it so I've decided to do it again this year, the best part of it all is I actually have Boxing Day off for the first time in 5 years so I can actually sit in my pj's all day and watch tv!

Christmas Eve 

  • Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave - BBC2 - 11am
  • Despicable Me - ITV - 11:20am 
  • A Christmas Carol - BBC1 - 11:30am
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - ITV - 1:30pm 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Casplan - BBC1 - 2:15pm
  • Shrek The Halls - BBC1 - 4:30pm
  • Penguins of Madagascar - BBC1 - 4:50pm
  • Michael Mcintyre's Big Christmas Show - BBC1 - 7:25pm
  • The Victor of Dibley - BBC1 - 10:50pm (what a classic!)
Christmas Day 
  • Despicable Me - ITV - 9:55am
  • Movie - BBC2 - 10:20am
  • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas - Channel 4 - 10:50am
  • The Croods - BBC1 - 11:50am
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - ITV - 11:55am
  • Top of the Pops Christmas - BBC1 - 1:50pm
  • Frozen - BBC1 - 3:10pm 
  • DOCTOR WHO!! - BBC1 - 5:45pm
  • Dallas Buyers Club - Channel 5 - 10:30pm
  • Love Actually - ITV - 11pm 
Boxing Day 
  • The Flintstones - ITV - 9:25am
  • Liar Liar - ITV - 11:05am
  • Brave - BBC1 - 2:40pm
  • The Gruffalo - BBC1 - 4:05pm
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - ITV - 4:10pm
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Channel 4 - 4:10pm 
  • Pitch Perfect - Channel 4 - 11:10pm
New Years Eve 
  • Mannequin - ITV - 11:30am
  • The Restoration Man - Channel 4 - 3:20pm
  • Top of the Pops New Year - BBC1 - 5:20pm
  • What Women Want - BBC2 - 7pm 
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - ITV - 9pm

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
So I have been a naughty girl and opened all of my W7 advent calendar today because I was too excited to wait. I'm not usually a impatient person but I was really excited for the lipsticks so gave into my impulses. You get 24 beauty products in the calendar and within that you get 1 mascara, 3 nail glitters, 5 nail polishes, 6 lip glosses and 8 lipsticks. I already have some w7 mascaras and palettes in my collection so I knew I would like their other products.

The mascara you get is the Eyelust mascara which is you have been around a long time you will remember I wrote about back at the beginning of last year. The wand is absolutely huge and gets every lash which makes it great for a quick application so I am really happy that I have a new one now.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

I got 3 nail glitters in the calendar in the colours white, silver and multi coloured. I don't have many nail glitters in my collection so I am excited to use these and hope I don't make an absolute mess. I got 5 nail polishes which I am a big fan of already. I already have used two today to give me a festive vibe. W7 are definitely loving pink in this calendar as I got 3 different shades of pink and luckily I would wear all of them. I also got a bright red shade and a red glitter shade which I am wear on my nails now. They are very season appropriate and look amazing on. I am really impressed with the consistency of the glitter as I find that some glitter nail vanishes can need a good few layers to look remotely glittery, but with this glitter I only do my usual 2 layers.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

I got 6 lip glosses and I am really impressed with these already after swatching them. I got two nude shades in the calendar and when I first looked at them I thought oww thats a bit rubbish but after I swatched them I fell in love. They are super pigmented and one is a light brown nude and the other is a more pinky nude. I was amazed by them so can't wait to wear them. I also got a clear lipgloss which you can never have enough off to throw in your bag and a really light baby sparkley pink which isn't normally my style but looks super lovely on the lips. I have quite big dark lips when they want to be and I thought the pinky vibe to the gloss wouldn't show up on my lips but it does and I absolutely love it. Lastly I have two dark pinky/browns which are right up my street and are very welcomed into my collection. The lighter shade have sparkles in it which is also a nice touch.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

Now for the main event, the real reason I opened all the calendar in one day and what I have been so excited to open... The lipsticks!! I got 8 lipsticks in a range of shades from a nude to a peace to a red to a dark mauve. All the shades are gorgeous and really wearable so I am super to wear these shades out especially the nude shade. You know how much I love nudes now. The thing I like most about the lipsticks and the nail polishes is the size of them. For someone with small lips and nails application can be tricky and messy but with a smaller product it is so much easier! Also the lipsticks are super easy to chuck one, two, all of them in my handbag in case I need them.

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping
W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

The last thing I got in my calendar is the Honolula bronzer which is super small in super cute packaging and looks like a great shade to contour. It is meant to be a copy of Benefits hoola but it reminds me more of the NYX eye shadow that everyone uses to contour. I am super excited to use this!

W7 Advent Calendar Unwrapping

So that is all I got in W7 advent calendar and I love it lots. I want to thank my sister who bought it for me for November cause she is legend. If you have any posts on other beauty calendars leave your links below!

Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions

Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
I recently purchased some new makeup products from Newlook and they have recently re-branded their makeup range (again) so I had to pick up a few bits to try considering I swear by a lot of their old products. I didn't go too crazy since it is very close to Christmas and I have a lot of makeup in my draws so I picked up a eye shadow palette, a lip liner, 2 brushes and 3 matte velvet lip crayons.

Starting with the palette in the shade Nude - isn't it just so gorgeous?! They do have little quads in the collections now but the shades in both were pretty dull, after I swatched the three gold shades in this palette in the shop I fell in love. They are super buttery which I wasn't expecting so when I first used them they blended really easily and the pigmentation was really good. I have created some lovely brown golden eyes which this palette and the look has lasted all day on my lids with just the lightest shade in the palette as a base on the lid. I've have a gold glitter eye shadow from Newlook from a few years ago which I absolutely love so I knew I would be a fan of this palette. As you can see from the palette I have two favourite shades already and they look so beautiful on the lid. 
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions
The two brushes that I picked up were the powder and bronze brush in their collection. You can never have too many bronzer brushes as they get dirty so easily so this is a welcome addition to my collection and the brush fibers are so soft it feels lovely on the skin. I picked up the powder brush because it is really big and dense so I thought it would be great to pack on powder at the end of my routine to keep my makeup in place. 

Lastly I picked up a Lip Liner in the shade Rouge which is a classic ruby red which is perfect underneath any red lipstick, it also has a hint of pink to it so it will be great to use underneath my more pinky red shades. As well as that I picked up some Matte Velvet Lipstick Crayons in three shades which I am really excited about. I picked up the shades Toffee Apple which is a brown nude, Heather which is a burgundy dark nude and Royal which is a dark brown with hints of purple/burgundy in (I am really bad at describing shades but I have included swatches). I really like this so far I have wore Heather so many times already which encouraged me to try the other two shades. I find them don't dry out my lips even though they are matte lip products which is good for me since I have dry lips. I found it also lasted all day on me which is amazing, I only had to touch it up in the middle of my lips after I ate some food. The thing I like most about Heather is that it doesn't apply patchy at all which I find with dark crayon lip products so I have no problems applying it without a mirror because I know it will look good. - I can't find the shades of the Matte Velvet Crayons on the website so I have left the link for all the crayons they do have so you can shop the shades in stock!
Newlook Makeup Haul | Re-brand and First Impressions

Have you tried any of the new products?

How To Get A Glow This Festive Season

How To Get A Glow This Festive Season

During the festive season I like to fake a natural glow because I am usually super pale during the colder months so I thought I would round up some of the products that I love to give me that lovely glow.

Starting off with some fake tan I currently love the St Moriz Wash Off Tan in medium for giving my whole body a even subtle tan. I love this product because I am not the best tanner so I don't always remember to keep up with it but it doesn't matter with this product. The tan doesn't apply streaky and even better, it doesn't turn streaky as it fades. I find this lasts a good few days on my skin and you can build it up quite easy for a big night out. I will definitely use this running up to my works Christmas night out.

The primer that gives my skin the most glowing complexion no matter what type of foundation I wear is the Nivea Post Shave Balm.  I can wear this with matte foundation and it still gives my skin an amazing healthy dewy glow. This primer used with the L'oreal True Match Foundation is the perfect combo. The L'oreal foundation is just like the primer in the fact  you can wear it by itself for a really nice glow but when you pair it with this primer the glow you get is amazing. I need to go out and get more shades in this foundation so I have a shade for all year round.

Lastly I have delved into the world of illuminators lately and I am loving life. The Tanya Burr Face Illuminator is a lovely product that I am glad I have in my life. If I am wearing a duller looking foundation or a matte foundation I can use this product after my primer and before my foundation and it gives my skin an added extra glow. This illuminator is a more subtle glow on the face compared to the L'oreal True Match Highlighter in Golden Glow which is a more golden shimmer consistency. I like to use the L'oreal illuminator on the tops of my cheekbones underneath my foundation and it makes my cheekbones really pops out whereas I use the Tanya Burr illuminator all over my face.

What do you use to add a glow to your routine? 

3 Party Heels For This Season

3 Party Heels For This Season

The festive season is the only time when I really make an effort in dressing up and having a social life. I love spending my nights curled up in bed watching a film with a face mask on. But when it comes to December time my party animal comes out, in the sense that I go out for one Christmas party and then spend the rest of the month eating food on the sofa with my family. Told you I was a party animal!

Here are 3 of my favourite party heels for the festive season that goes good with any party outfit especially a little black dress which I love. The first heels are these very in your face red glitter peep toe which I bought about 5 years ago to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. They are so pretty and perfect with a LBD and a red lip. These are from Newlook and they are 5 years old but I have found two similar styles here and here.

My second pair of party shoes are these gold wrap peep toes heels which are my all time favourite shoes I have bought. This styles makes lasting all night in heels easy peasy as your feet don't fall out of the shoes when you are dancing, which is very important. These specific shoes aren't sold anymore but I have a similar version here.

Lastly I have my most recent pair of shoes of shoes which are my most comfortable party shoes I own. These shoes look gold in some lights and silver in other lights so you could wear any accessories with these shoes, which make these really easy to style. They also go great with my favourite outfit... a LBD of course.  You can find a similar style here. 

3 Party Heels For This Season

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look

I love a simple makeup routine and I posted this photo of my face products one day this week and you guys loved it so I thought I would do a quick post on the look and products for you. Now I have to admit I have totally forgot about my Rimmel foundations in the last few months opting for my new favourites (which are L'oreal True Match and Revlon Colour Stay for the record) so my Rimmel products have been feeling a little lonely lately. So for that day I decided to whip back out my Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation in Ivory. I knew I was going to do a tanned goldy look because I had fake tanned that morning and I tried my Soft Beige shade which was still too dark for me so I whipped that off and reapply it in the Ivory shade.

This foundation gives me a medium coverage and a super glowy look which doesn't look artificial which was just what I was looking for. I don't like foundations which look like your wearing foundation on your face so this product is great as it blends into the skin really well and makes it look even and fresh. I didn't want to use a powder bronzer on that day so I used my L'oreal True Match Liquid Illuminator in Golden Glow underneath my foundation and it just gave me a nice subtle golden glow on my cheeks and gave the impression that I had amazing cheekbones (thank you very much).

Face Of The Day | Simple Everyday Gold Look
Shades Left to Right: Buff, Camel, Sand, Dust, Chocolate, Topaz, Earth, Storm, Silk, Wave, Thunder and Onyx. 

On the eyes I used my beloved W7 In The Buff palette which has some gorgeous autumnal shades in. I used Chocolate in the crease, then Wave in the outer edge and with Thunder placed on top. Then over the majority of the lid and blended into to darker shades I placed Dust which is a gorgeous gold.

Lastly on the lips I whacked on a old favourite of mine which compared to my other red lips wouldn't have got a mention on the blog this year so I am happy I wore it that day so it is shown some love this year. This Avon lipstick in the shade Chilli has been in my collection for many years and has worked so well so many times for me. It is really moisturising on the lips but now that it is a fair few years old now it has started to dry out which means it appears more matte on the lips which means it lasts longer (it might be a little be gross but I can't bear to part with it I can't find it anywhere!) My red lip just finishes off the look perfectly and it feels a big strange not rocking a red lip since I have been living in them this November. My top 3 red lipsticks for the party season are appearing on the blog this week so keep your eyes pealed! 

Festive Nails # 2

Festive Nails # 2



This post is the second part of my festive nail series where first of all I showed you my favourite Newlook festive nail polishes, today I'm going to show you my favourite festive nail polishes from other brands.

Starting with one of my all time favourite nail vanish brands Barry M I have two polishes that are perfect for this season. The first is called Amethyst Glitter which I can't seem to find anywhere which is such a shame but I know there will be a load of glitter nail polishes in the shops this season so you wont miss out. This is a spitting image of Multi by Newlook but the partials inside are a little bit more smaller so they might be a little easier to work with if you have quite small nails. The other Barry M shade is this gorgeous vibrant glittery gold which is so gorgeous and is such high quality. All Barry M nail vanish are great quality but this gold really packs a punch, this polish can be used by itself I just usually do one coat and then top it up after it has dried to really make it stand out. It is also a bright gold shade so it would suit any gold jewellery you were wearing. I am so in love with this shade.

Festive Nails # 2

Another brand which is amazing for nail polishes is Models Own which like Barry M you can find in most Boots or Superdrugs and has a huge range of polishes. I have two glitter polishes by them which are amazing, I find with most glitter polishes they last seriously long compared to normal polishes and these two are no different. The first is a bright blue aqua shade called Aqua Splash and is very unusual which is why I like it. This might be a little out there for everyday use but during the Christmas time if you have a gorgeous aqua blue dress this polish would look lovely with it. The other polish is a glitter black with super small silver glitter mixed all in plus slightly larger silver glitter octagons. 

The last two polishes I have to show you guys is the most beautiful blue shade ... and another silver glitter. What can I say I love silver glitter polishes more than life itself. The BeautyUK polish in the shade 40 is a great top coat to add to any nail polish because it is thinner than other polishes so it you on't want your nails to be too in your face, this is a great polish for that. The Miss Sporty polish in electric blue is just amazing, the quality of the nail polish is great and it lasts so long on my nails. This colour livens up any outfit and look good with my skin even when I have no fake tan on. Win win.

3 Party Reds

I do love an occasional red lip like any girl and like most people, I have my favourites. These always come out doing the festive season more than any other time of the year and here are my 3 favourite reds for any festive party.

This liquid lipstick is so luxurious and perfect if you are planning on painting the town red all night (see what I did there), it lasts all night and doesn't need any topping up which makes it great for a night out. This is a great pinky red which I like to pair with a red lip liner and a soft contour on the cheeks. This is a product that rarely lives my makeup draw to be honest because it is a very eye catching colour on the lips and I don't feel like I can get away with it on a daily basis, but for a night out it is perfect for drawing attention.

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This red lipstick is gorgeous in every way. The product is so hydrating and moisturising on the lips which I don't find with many other red lip products. I love having this product on my lips and the three shades that I have in my collection are really loved. It feels more of a lip balm then a lipstick when it is on your lips which is the main reason I love it as I have severely dry lips. This does bleed if you don't use a lip liner and you do have to be careful not to go crazy with the tub otherwise you will end up with lipstick all over your chin, but this is my truest red shade so this is what I like to call my 'party girl red'.

This lipstick is an old favourite of mine and I mentioned it last year in my Autumn Red post and a year later it is still one of my favourites. It is super long lasting, great for a night out on the tiles and easy to reapply on the go.  This is a red shade which has pink undertones in it similar to the Dior Fluid Stick but doesn't have as much as a impact. This is my 'can't go wrong' throw it in the bag lipstick which come in very handy during this season.

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Do you have any recommendation for great red lipsticks for dry lips? 
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