Christmas Party Makeup – Blogmas Day 13

For my work Christmas party on Saturday, I really wanted to take a full-length picture (or two) for an OOTD post. Unfortunately, as is the way as a mum of two, I was rushing out of the door already late. I did manage to get a picture of my makeup and top half of my dress so I will share these with you first.

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I’ve had to buy lots of new makeup recently as Annabelle has managed to ruin my favourite ones 😦 It has been very expensive so I have put them completely out of reach. She does ask me every day if we can play with them and I feel mean saying, ‘Maybe later’, knowing full well that later will never come but the cheeky monkey knows her stuff. She doesn’t like the cheaper makeup no matter how pretty the packaging!

So on my face, I had Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in 2N1 Desert Beige. This can sometimes make me look slightly pale so I add a touch of warmth with Nars Bronzer in the shade Laguna (not pictured). I used Bourjois Radiance Concealer in 02 Beige to hide my under eye circles (also not pictured).

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For my eyes, I used a smoky eye palette from MAC which isn’t available anymore but this one is pretty similar. The eyeliner in the top picture is Urban Decay’s Perversion. I will admit that I didn’t really like it at first. It was hard to apply and difficult to take off even with a makeup remover designed for waterproof mascaras. I have grown to like it but find that the nib isn’t as smooth as I would like. I curled my lashes with the Charlotte Tilbury eyelash curler in rose gold. I can’t tell you how much I love these! I read a review online which said they were really flimsy and it nearly put me off buying them. I can see how they might have come to that conclusion as the rubber is quite spongey. It is definitely sturdy enough for me and equal favourite to my trusty old Shu Uemura’s. I then coated my lashes with Maybelline Lash Sensational. This is not my preferred mascara. That would be The Falsies by the same brand.

Finally, I used Nars Blusher in the shade Orgasm, their Illuminator in Copacabana and Dior Hydra-Gel lipstick. I can’t remember the shade but I think it was True 722.

I will try to recreate the look when I am off work on Thursday an post an OOTD with my dress and sparkly shoes. What are you wearing to your Christmas party? Bx

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ASOS Spring OOTD Wish List

It is still really cold in the UK at the moment but I have started thinking about my Spring wardrobe as we have booked a Summer holiday. Woo hoo! We are off to Turkey this year and I wanted to start searching for a few key items for our trip. While I was looking, I found these really cute and casual items which I thought would go together quite nicely so I decided to share an OOTD with you. (Andy asked me what an ‘oouutted’ was the other day and I realised he didn’t know that OOTD stood for ‘Outfit of the Day’!)

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High Neck Striped T-shirtNew Look Khaki DusterASOS Distressed JeansRiver Island Tortoise Shell SunglassesGrey Converse Trainers

All these gorgeous bits are from ASOS as they seem to be my ‘go to’ fashion website of the moment. I am loving earthy tones and have a serious need to be casual, so I opted for this Khaki coloured duster, which is perfect for layering in this really changeable weather but can also be dressed up or down depending on your trousers and footwear. I wanted to smarten the distressed jeans with a nice pair of loafers but my gut was telling me that I really like these Converse Trainers, so lets go with that today.

I have a real love affair with sunglasses but since having children, I can never stomach spending over £100 on something so trivial. I go in to full on mummy mode and think of all the food shopping I can buy with that cash and save by choosing these funky little tortoise shell sunnies instead. Realistically though I’m sure if I chose a pair of Miu Miu’s or Dior’s that one of the children will probably end up bending the arms back anyway!

Lastly to finish off the look, I thought I would go for a red and white stripey tee because anyone who tells you that you have too many striped tops is not the type of person you need in your life!

Thanks for checking out my OOTD today. I really hope it has been a good read. Let me know if you have found any other gems from ASOS and I should be back in a couple of days with my Summer Holiday Wish Lish Haul. Bx