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 ūüė¶ 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

My Christmas Wish List – Blogmas Day 10

For Blogmas Day 10 I am sharing my Christmas present wish list. There are a few gift ideas for the lovely ladies in your life with prices ranging from £10 to £90. I will start with the least expensive and work my way up.

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Lush Snow Fairy¬†is my favourite shower gel to use during the festive season. It is only available in stores in the lead up to Christmas and I love everything about it. From the packaging to the sparkles in the gel, the way it lathers in the shower and the soft, silkiness of your skin after use. I have purchased this particular set for a friend, however, I wouldn’t mind if Santa brought me a box this year!

Moving up the scale in price and hitting the ¬£15 mark, this gorgeous shade of Mac lipstick in Velvet Teddy seems like the perfect nude. I am wearing a black dress for my work Christmas party today teamed with a smoky eye. If I wasn’t planning on eating much (it is a three-course meal), I would go for a red lip but as it is a lot more than nibbles, I will tone it down with this gorgeous pinky-beige matte finish.

For a little over £20, I have chosen this cookbook stand from Oliver Bonas. This gift would be ideal for my mum as she loves cooking, not that she uses recipes very often as she creates a lot from experimenting! I however, am obsessed with my diary at the moment and thought I could use the stand during the day so I can see my week at a glance.

That leads me on perfectly to a new diary for 2017. I have been using an Erin Condren Life Planner and would love a new one for the new year. However, I made the mistake of purchasing a Kate Spade diary and although it looks beautiful, I am not a fan of the actual planner. Originally, I intended¬†on using it for work but it just didn’t suit my needs and now I am stuck using it at home. Let me know if you would like me to do an in-depth review.

Finally, I have chosen a Polaroid Snap camera. I saw it on the Erin Condren website and fell in love with it and the idea of adding pics to my Life Planner from 2016. You can print out and stick it in to the vertical day pages and it is the perfect way to reflect on my year. I found it at Argos for £90.

I hope you enjoyed reading my Christmas Wish List post and that it has help to inspire you when choosing a gift for the special ladies in your life… well wife, mother, grandmother etc. not multiple partners! Bx