Thursday, 3 December 2015

The Luxury Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Loreal Steampod

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarine Candle

Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol Watch

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set

So Christmas is right around the corner, which means Christmas shopping! I’m typically not one to do Christmas Gift Guides because let’s face it – by the time I get round to doing them everyone and their dog has blogged about the best beauty kits and sets on the market. I always jump late on the bandwagon, I can’t help it. Having said that though, this year I really wanted to try and give some of you ideas on what to get your closest ladies. I decided to focus on some more expensive treats that I would personally love to find under my Christmas tree. We have fashion, makeup and hair care bits thrown in the mix, so let’s get started…

If you know someone that’s really into hair care then things seriously don’t get any better than the new Loreal Steampod* (here). This innovative lil’ tool takes hair styling to a whole new level. It uses steam to style the locks, which makes it 10x more gentle then our regular heat-styling tools. It minimizes the heat damage whilst making the hair look and feel super smooth and shiny and the long lasting results are incredible. Wanna hear a little secret? I actually way prefer it to my GHDs. Review is coming your way soon, but I’m sure that many ladies would love to unwrap this gem on Christmas Day.

If you have a candle lover in your life then you can’t go wrong with the Jo Malone candles (here). They are so luxurious, smell absolutely incredible and look so classy and sophisticated in every home. My fave scent is the Lime Basil & Mandarin (here / review) one, which is perfect for every season because of its fresh and clean scent. Every Jo Malone candle comes beautifully wrapped and it would be the perfect treat to find under the Christmas tree.

For the more fashion-oriented lady in your life I’d say go for a watch. It’s a piece that will always remind her of you and it’s really very special. I still remember the excitement of my best friend (find her blog here) last year when she opened her Daniel Wellington watch (here). They are my favorite as they come in so many different shapes and colors and the quality is fab. My recent favorite is this Classic Bristol* one in Rose Gold (here). It goes with almost any outfit and the leather wristband gives it such sophisticated feel. I love it and if you fancy treating someone special to a DW watch you can get 15% off with the code ‘rosychicc’. It’s valid until January 15th.

I personally love getting new perfumes as presents and I think it’s always great to get your loved ones a new scent. The Chloe Eau de Parfume (here) has been all I’ve been wearing for the past few months and it’s definitely one to check out. It’s super feminine and just screams ‘special’. Definitely go give it a little spritz and see for yourself.

Zoeva brushes. Do I need to say more? Swoon! They tick all the boxes what can I say. Makeup brushes are always a good idea as you can never have too many, am I right? The Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set (here / review) would definitely be something I would loooove to unwrap on Christmas Day. The quality is absolutely incredible, the brushes make makeup application a child’s play and the bristles are so soft it’s not even funny. There are eight gorgeous brushes in total, housed in a lovely faux leather travel bag and I use every single one of them on a daily basis. The set it incredible value for money, so you can’t really go wrong.

There are tons of fab makeup sets out this year but if you don’t want to go for them then a high quality makeup piece is the way to go. I personally don’t know anyone who would say ‘no’ to a Chanel lippy for instance, so why not opt for one? They are true classics, just pick a finish and a shade and you’re set. And if you’re shopping for a nail polish fanatic, then a luxurious high-end nail polish is always a good idea. Formula wise, my faves are YSL and Estee Lauder as they apply like a dream, stay put for ages and have beautiful high-gloss finish. They shades are to die for as well, so go have a look.

What are you getting your loved-ones this Christmas?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blogmas Day 2 // Office To Party Beauty Picks

Office to party makeup

The Christmas Party season is officially open, which means it’s time for a quick and easy makeup transformation. Most probably in the ladies bathroom. Classy times, I know. It’s not the most desirable of places but sometimes it has to be done when your dressing table is not an option. I’ve got you covered though, so fear not! All you need is a handful of easy-to-slap on products, which will get your everyday office makeup from bare-there to oh-so-glamorous and party-ready. The list of products goes as follows…

Even though I always like to go for budge-proof base makeup when I’m going out, things may still need a bit of freshening up. I like to start by topping my foundation with my trusty Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation (here / review). It adds a bit of coverage, as well as injects some moisture back into my skin. It goes on beautifully and doesn’t disturb the makeup underneath – fab. If you don’t want to go down the foundation route though, you can always pop some concealer under your eyes and on any spots that may have be peeking through. The Soap & Glory Kick Ass (here / review) is perfect as it comes in two shades – one for the eye area and one for blemishes. Then simply dust some powder all over the face to take away any shine and to help set everything in place. Chanel Les Beiges (here / review) is always my powder of choice as it blends like a dream and adds a touch of coverage without looking caked on.

By the end of the working day chances are your blush and bronzer are nowhere to be seen, so reapplication is in order. Enhance those cheekbones and warm thing up with a touch of bronzing powder and you’re good to go. My favorite as of late is the Bare Minerals Ready Bronzer (here), which ticks all the boxes with its buttery, easy-to-blend formula. For some added color simply dust some blush on the apples of your cheeks. I love Benefit Rockateur (here / review) for nights out as it highlights the area beautifully and makes mu skin look dewy and fresh.

For eyes, you can’t go wrong with a speedy smokey eye and the Kiko Eyeshadow Stick in #6 Golden Brown (here / review) is the bomb. The bronze-y shade is absolutely gorgeous and the metallic finish is the perfect touch for any party. It’s completely foolproof to use and it stays on until you say so. If you want to add more drama into your makeup then you can’t go wrong with eyeliner. It’s a bit tricky to apply with mascara on, but it makes the biggest difference, so in my makeup bag it goes. I love the Loreal Super Liner Perfect Slim (here) as it’s offers great precision and the tip is perfect for creating both thin and thick wing.

When I think Christmas Party I instantly think red lip. It’s the ultimate seasonal must-have, isn’t it! Red lipstick tends to be a bit hard to apply on the go though and that’s why I opted for the Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil in Light It Up (review). The bright classic red share is to die for and compliments all skin tones beautifully. It is super easy and faff-free to apply and the best part is that it stays in tact for hours, regardless of the number of cocktails I’m having. Just make sure you steer clear of the mistletoe because this baby transfers. A lot.

No one has time for complex hairstyles post-work, so it’s all about getting texture. Just spritz some texturizing spray through your locks, give them a scrunch and voila – hello voluminous party-ready hair! I can’t live without my Charles Worthington Texturizing Spray (here / review), which never fail to deliver all the right amounts of oomph to my strands. Last but not least, spritz on your favorite perfume and you’re done! Mine pick is Chloe Eau de Parfum (here) – it’s just divine! Go give it  asniff ladies and add it to your Christmas wishlist!

Have you tried any of these products? Which is your number one Christmas party essential?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blogmas Day 1 // November Favorites


Beauty Favorites, Blogmas
Benefit Hervana blush

Sleek Contouring Palette

Rimmel Kate 107

Barry M Gelly High Shine in Almond

Happiness Boutique Necklace

Happy December 1st everyone! Today I got up and the first thing I did was to play Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You – a tradition which started at uni and something I do every year without fail. It will be on repeat the whole day and let me tell you – my Christmas mood is officially ON. Before fully diving into the whole Christmas craze though let’s wrap November up and talk beauty favorites. I haven’t tried a bunch of stuff this past month but instead rediscovered my love for some forgotten babes. I sense that they will be making quite the appearance on the blog soon because they are all that good. Allow me to explain…

Step aside Mac Soar & Brave, I have a new fave lip combo! Ever since Halloween when I opted for a more vampy look all I’ve wanted to coat my lips with has been Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry (here / review) and Rimmel Matte Kate in 107 (here / review). You can see me wearing the combo here and I love how bold yet sophisticated it looks. I like to outline my lips with Soft Berry and slightly bring it inwards, leaving the very center of the lips bare. Then I go over the uncovered part with 107 and we get the most beautiful ombre effect. Both shades compliment each other beautifully and it’s the perfect combo for this time of year. Christmas Party companion sorted.

I’ve been needing all the glow recently as my skin has been a bit dull and lackluster and the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl (here) has been making my cheeks rather happy. This golden pink cream highlighter is absolutely stunning and creates the most gorgeous natural finish. I like to pop it at the highest points of my face and I adore how beautifully it reflects the light, making me look dewy and radiant. A little goes a long way and I love that this is a glitter-free highlight. It just adds light and luminosity to the complexion without making you look like a walking disco ball. Love.

Benefit Hervana (here) is all I’ve been swirling on the apples of my cheeks and I am not complaining. This beauty gives me serious autumn-y vibes and I love how it perks and warms up my cheeks. The beautiful light veil of color Hervana gives is so flattering and gently it highlights my apples. The buttery, long-lasting formula is pure perfection as well and the blush blends like charm, which ensured it a front row in my makeup bag this season.

Another cheek companion comes from the Sleek Contour Kit in Light (here). Housed in a small compact are a bronzer and a pretty pinky champagne highlight. I find that the bronzer is perfect for both contouring and warming up the face as it’s neither too ashy nor too orange. It’s right in the middle and it’s a good’un’for us fair skinned gals. The highlight is quite the beauty as well and I also like to dust some in the inner corners of my eye – it opens up the look beautifully. Pop this to your wish list ladies, it’s incredible quality and form the drugstore as well.

Greige and I have been having a love affair all year round and the Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Almond (here) has been my polish of choice in November. I mean look at it – the beautiful blend of beige and grey is so classy and chic and goes incredibly well with any outfit. Good neutral shades are a must in winter and this one ticks all the boxes. The chip-free gel-like formula is a hit as well and hangs around for days and days.

Statement necklaces are a seasonal must-have and this Happiness Boutique Be Beautiful Statement Necklace in Yellow* (here) is something I have fallen head over heels in love with recently. The quality is incredible and I like that is adds a little something something to any outfit without screaming ‘bling bling’. I have my Christmas party outfit sorted then – LBD, black studs and this lil’ beaut on. Winning combo.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Which beaut product have you been obsessing over recently?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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