What I Got For Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you had a lovely day and are enjoying New Year’s Eve. Before I start writing about the New Year, I thought I would share what I got for Christmas.

bare minerals

The first thing I received was this amazing Bare Minerals Happy Glow Lucky gift set. I really need a decent Winter skincare routine and this should help me achieve a clearer complexion.

naked palette

I have been lusting after a Naked Eye Palette from Urban Decay for as long as I can remember. Andy bought me the original set and I am in love! Annabelle has been desperate to use it but it is definitely going to be hidden out of reach.

oliver bonas

On my Christmas Wish List post, I mentioned this Oliver Bonas Cookbook Stand. It is now sold out but I have added the link in case they restock it. It is described as copper coloured but looks rose gold to me so it is a thing of beauty!

snow fairy

If you know me, you will know that I think Snow Fairy is one of the best scents ever! It is only fitting then that I was given this box from Lush from my brother-in-law. If you haven’t smelt this before it reminds me of eating Wham sweets when I was a child.

Finally, I was given lots of treats and little goodies including a pair of black gloves from Marks and Spencer, Lindt chocolate and Cornish Lust. The latter is a strawberry flavoured creamy liqueur. It is just like Baileys but nicer! It is also available in Tesco so you don’t have to go all the way down to Cornwall to get your hands on some.

What did you get for Christmas this year? Let me know in the comments below. Bx

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.

xmas-party-makeup

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).

xmas-party-dress

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