Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Beauty inc. My Burberry & Smashbox On the Rocks Palette

People go on many nights out across the festive period, so I thought I'd do a mini summary of so
me of my Christmas & Party Beauty pieces, as well as some new purchases I've made this winter...

♥ Hands down, the best red lip colour I have ever come across has to be Santa Baby from Lush. I picked up my first last year when in Bath for the Bath Blogger Xmas Meet after having my eye on it for ages. When I got it, I loved it ... it's a cross between pillarbox red & a redish orange. I started to run low this year, so I was so pleased when they brought it out again this year. I have such a wide range of designer lipsticks, but this lip stain at £5.95 is by far my favourite.

♥ I treated myself with my Boots points, to the Smashbox On The Rocks Palette. I was really sceptical at how good the palette would be, as it was £29, and I've used so many different eyeshadows before to have them come off in a matter of minutes or on the otherhand, have to apply so much of the eyeshadow for it to even have an effect! I was proved wrong with this palette... the colours require a maximum of two swipes to cover an eyelid, the colour is relatively long lasting and has a huge impact... I have quite small eyes and a fringe, but the colours I've tried already (mainly the bronzes and golds) stood out. I need to get to grips with the darker colours so I don't look like I have a black eye all the time, so any tips, leave in the comments below, would be most appreciated!
If you like the colours on this palette and are considering it... go for it! They can create statement eyes or natural depending on application, and usage is very low!

♥ My foundation of choice is always Double Wear by Estee Lauder. I am currently on the hunt for a discontinued Clarins powder to go over the top this winter.
♥ My ultimate favourite purchase this festive season has to be the new My Burberry fragrance from Burberry. I saw the advert with a certain Miss Moss in it, the packaging was gold and honestly it smells divine. I wasn't going to buy it, but I ended up getting almost £20 off in discount vouchers... I couldn't say no. I brought the gift set, which came with a body mist, and both smell amazing! I need to get into the habit of using perfume daily as I still have Marc Jacobs Daisy, Kate Moss, Yardley & Lancôme Miracle all nearly full from years ago!
What are your favourite winter make up picks this year? Is there something you always have to buy for your make up bag?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lancôme Skincare

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 As soon as the clocks turn back and winter creeps up, my skin definitely begins to change and suffer the bitter coldness. I find myself taking much more care of my skin in the winter months than any other time of the year.
Today I am sharing some of my favourite picks from the Lancôme range that I use. First up, my ultimate flaw has to be dark circles under my eyes. I feel so ridiculously conscious continually; Genifique Yeux Advanced Eye Cream works wonders at reducing dark circles, and from the moment I swipe on the cream, I instantly feel it working. I'll sometimes use the Genifique Day Cream, however I don't feel I reap the full effects of this, but considering it's 'youth activating' and I'm only 22, I can see why, so maybe in thirty years time, I can get back to you on that! Personally, I see much better effects with the Visionnaire Cream, alongside the Visionnaire Skin Corrector  my skin feels smoother, and an even tone. I tend to use Dreamtone the most, especially underneath make up, as my skin is quite blotchy in places at times. I'm very particular about wanting to have skin that is one basic even colour. Although the prices of Lancôme are premium brand prices, compared to the wide variety of other items I've tried before, nothing compares when it comes to facial creams.
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This next section could be labelled 'empties' as I often plough through these products quite quickly! Bi-Facil is the only make up remover that will wipe away the most permanent of eyeliners and mascaras, and prevents panda eyes ... an absolute godsend! The Genifique Concentrate is another product ... instantly works. My skin always feels instantaneously tighter after applying. I can't comment on whether it works on wrinkles, but it is an award winning, popular product, and I'd highly recommend you go to a counter and try it out, because you will feel the difference! Another bright blue liquid... Tonique Douceur for skin toning. My wonder body cream product has to be Nutrix Royal Body which is such a lovely, non greasy body cream. It has even helped my Dad with his Psoriasis... it is that wonderous!
Other Lancôme favourites include Miracle perfume (I'm not just all for new fragrances you know!), the Exfoliance Clarte which is yet another blue, facial scrub & Artliner & Hypnose are the only eye make up pieces I use to create 60s-esque cat eyes.
On my Christmas list this year, the Madame Tulipe Nail Colour is the perfect matte dark red nail colour, to get my nails in the festive spirit.
My New Years resolution is to spend more time getting ready in the mornings, and create a skincare & make up routine.  Hopefully I'll be able to share it with you in the next few months!
Do you use any products from Lancôme or other premium brands? What do you use & how effective are they?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Treats from Lakeland

In preparation for hosting my first ever Christmas in my house, I decided on Black Friday to treat myself to an order with Lakeland. A couple of the items were on my 'to buy list' for quite some time, but Black Friday was good to me with Lakeland, and I got some real bargains...
 I brought this large roasting tin from the Vintage Enamel Range. The rrp is £32, and I paid £16.49 for it which was an absolute bargain in my eyes! I'd had my eye on this since spring, but couldn't justify spending £32 on a tin (even if it did match my whole kitchen!) I do wish I'd of brought it sooner, as the tin is thick, and very good quality.
 Even though I feel rushed off my feet, I'm hoping with the break from school on Friday, I'll have some time to make some gingerbread and chocolate festive houses with this Fairytale Village Mould. I was considering buying the larger cottage mould version of this, but quite liked the design of this mould. At £11.99, I'm sure I'll be making foodie gifts with this for years to come and for an array of different occasions.
 More tins! I've brought the Traditional Enamel Pie Dish range as a gift this Christmas, and they are still on offer now as Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price. Personally ranging between £1-5 I think they are really good value anyway, but even cheaper with the offer!
 I've wanted to try these Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup for ages, but couldn't justify spending £9.99 on just myself. Being the host this Xmas & New Year... I had a reason to buy them!
 I had a voucher code which got me this hemisphere mould for free! I'm not quite sure what I'd use it for yet (as no one I know likes Christmas pudding!) but I'm sure it'll come in handy cake making some day!
 This Magic Non-Stick Liner has one purpose ... I will be making macarons as good as the posh cafes in 2015. I already have a book full of recipes to try out with this liner.
This Pinwheel Cutter was on offer at around £2, so I thought I'd purchase it and have a go at making some canapés this New Years Eve. Any suggestions of recipes would be most welcome!
& finally some Romney's Kendal Mint Cake & Gold Cake Cases. I've been collecting festive-y cake cases this Christmas. The ones pictured in the top are for large cakes and went into the black Friday sale, and I paid full price for the cupcake ones.
Kendal Mint Cake, I treated myself to (but am saving for Christmas Day onwards) as it is something I absolutely love but never come across anymore!

I am so delighted with my Lakeland order! I definitely would not hesitate to order from them again!
Hopefully in my next order, I'll have racked up enough cash for a Kitchenaid! One can dream!

What cookware items are on your 'need' list this Christmas?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Polhill Garden Centre : Xmas Purchases

The weekend just past, I spent Saturday morning browsing around the wonder that is Polhill Garden Centre. It literally is one of my all time favourite places to visit! It takes a good couple of hours to browse around, but the store has everything you could possibly want for a natural or country home.

The centre has a farm shop as part of the garden centre. Above is some of the pickles we brought by Cottage Delight which range between £2 to £4. We also picked up the hugest sack of potatoes I've ever seen in my life... for £4!
I had a tough time deciding what napkins to buy for my dinner table this year ... I nearly went with Emma Bridgewater napkins as well as the tissues (pictured middle). There was such a huge Christmas department full of amazing trees, with a wide variety of themes to decorate your home with.
I brought the set of 3 Madeline Floyd Notebooks, and found some really cute bird themed notecards which were only 99p!
This burnt amber jar (very difficult to photograph by the way!) is so lovely. I'm planning to use it year round, but hide the heart or flip it over.
Polhill stocks a huge range of cookware and dining products. I picked up some Cath Kidston goods (which I can't picture as they are for Christmas!), and I spotted Port Merion too... the Holly & The Ivy set is so divine!
I managed to swipe these cupcake cases for 99p, and the cookie cutter was £1.39.
If you haven't been, I would definitely recommend a trip to Polhill, in Sevenoaks. It is so worth spending a morning browsing as there really is something for everyone ... including a café and ice cream stand which serves the best honeycomb ice cream.
Where do you have to visit every Christmas?