Thursday, 24 December 2015

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...





One thing I love to do on Christmas Eve is have a little pamper routine to get myself to get ready to chill out for the rest of the night and hopefully have a decent nights sleep!

Usually, the first thing I'll do is run the bath and pop in a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar. This year, I've decided that I'm going to use my favourite Lush product, The Comforter Bubble Bar because of it's gorgeous berry scent.
I'll then go ahead and add just a bit of my favourite festive shower gel into the bath, the treaclemoon Warm Cinnamon Nights Bath And Shower Gel. No guesses for what this shower gel smells like, but it's that kind of cinnamon that's not too sweet and not too spicy scented, I just love it and buy a bottle of this every year.

Once I'm in the bath I'll shampoo and rinse my hair, then apply a good amount of the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, massage it into my hair and leave it for 10 minutes. I'll then rinse it out and apply and rinse my conditioner.
Just after I've applied my hair mask, I'll get to work on using the Lush Mask Of Magnaminty Face Mask. I've already cleansed my face using the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay before getting into the bath, so that my face will be completely clean and make-up free which will help the face mask to dig deep and dig out any impurities lurking underneath my skin. After my face mask has been on for about 10 minutes, I'll get out of the bath and wash it off, then continue on with my skincare routine.

While my skin is still slightly damp, I'll apply a generous amount of the Dove DermaSpa Goodness3 Body Oil* all over my body. I'll then put on some Dove DermaSpa Intensive Hand Cream* while I wait for the kettle to boil to make myself a hot chocolate.

I'll then dry my hair, pop on the fluffiest, most festive pair of pyjamas and slippers I have, stick on a Christmas movie, usually Elf because it's my favourite, drink my hot chocolate and make a start on my nails.

I recently did a Christmas Nails post were I discussed lots of festive nail polish options, so if you read that then you'll have seen the Models Own - Red Lustre and Rimmel - Ruby Crush nail polishes, which combined makes a gorgeous red base with a red and silver glitter top coat, which is just perfect for Christmas.

What do you do on Christmas Eve? I hope you all have a great Christmas, whatever you're doing!

Sara

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Nails



With the countdown to Christmas well and truly on (only one week to go, yay!), I've started to have a rummage around my nail polish collection to see what festive nail polish combinations I can conjure up. Just to note, be prepared for a lot of red and glitter...









First up is two of my favourite nail polish purchases of the year, Barry M - Sparkling Ruby
and Barry M - Sparkling Amethyst. They're from the Gelly range, which is my personal favourite because of the smooth, opaque formulation that glides onto my nails with ease. I hope they bring out more of these some time soon, I just love them. Although, apparently these little glitter babies are limited edition for the festive season, so if you like the look of them, be sure to grab some quick! I've done a full review of these here if you want more information.




Next up are two little mini-sized nail polishes that I got in a magazine last year are Orly - Monroe's Red and Orly - Hair Band. Monroe's Red is a bright red shimmer and Hair Band is gold glitter. They are both gorgeous separately, but together they make the ultimate Christmas combo.




One shade I picked up a while ago was Barry M - Fuschia Generation, as I heard Fleur De Force talk about it in one of her monthly favourites videos. I love this because although it's described as fuschia, it's a lot more red than it is pink, so it makes a great alternative if you're not into full on red shades. I paired this with Barry M - Atlantis, a gorgeous glitter nail polish that contains small and large particles of glitter in pink, purple, blue and silver. 




For a more subtle, understated nail polish look I would choose Nails Inc - Porchester Square, which is my favourite nude nail polish of all time. For a little more razzle dazzle, I would pair it with L'Oreal - Confetti, a black and white matte glitter top coat which just gives it a little more of a glitzy feel.




Last but certainly not least is Models Own - Red Lustre and Rimmel - Ruby Crush. The combination of a bright, pillar box red paired with a traditional red and silver glitter just screams Christmas. You could get away with just wearing Rimmel - Ruby Crush, but I prefer to use a red nail polish underneath just to make sure that my nails are completely painted and don't have any gaps because of the glitter.

What do you think of my Christmas nail options? Do you have any go-to looks? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What I Got For My Birthday/October & November Favourites



Considering my birthday is the 27th of October, it's only taken me nearly two months to do this blog post. *face palm* Although, because I've been getting so much use out of my birthday presents and haven't been using much else, this post can double up as an October and November Favourites post as well. 
I just wanted to say (but without sounding like I'm bragging, even though I was completely spoilt because it was my 21st!) that this isn't everything I got for my birthday, I also got some lovely clothes, a bag, sweets and other bits and pieces as well.
Also, you'll start to notice a bit of a theme throughout this post. *cough* rose gold addict *cough*


Make-Up Bits



When my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, it was no surprise to them when I said that I wanted the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set. These were on my wish list for ages because it seemed like everyone had them, but not only that, they looked and sounded like gorgeous brushes and they definitely lived up to their expectation! As an extra surprise, they got me the NARS Dual-Intensity Blush - Fervor, a gorgeous peachy pink shade and rose gold shade, because I haven't tried anything from NARS before. They also got me the The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Eyelash Curler, just to add some more rose gold into my life!
When my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for my birthday, again it was no surprise to him either when I said that I wanted the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I love the Urban Decay Naked palettes, they are my absolute favourite when it comes to quality and shade range. I can't wait to find the time to do full reviews on everything!


Jewellery Bits




As my main present from my parents, I wanted something that I could keep forever and say that I got it for my 21st birthday, so I got the Olivia Burton The Dandy Grey & Rose Gold Watch as they have the most beautiful, delicate watches which always stick to a classic style that will never go out of fashion. As a surprise, my boyfriend got me the Pandora Rose Gold Ring because he was sneaky and read my 21st Birthday Wish List. Whenever my best friend and myself are buying presents for each other, we never tell each other what we want and just leave each other up to our on devices, so I had no idea that she got me a Storie Rose Gold Necklace (out of stock, similar here), which I absolutely love as I have loads of charm bracelets, but not a charm necklace. I also got quite a few Nomination Charms because I only had one charm on my bracelet before my birthday (Birthday Cake Charm), so my best friend got me the Sisters Charm, her Mum got me the Cocktail Charm and my boyfriend got me the White Heart Plaque Charm (out of stock, similar here).

I really was well and truly spoilt for my 21st birthday and I'm so grateful for what I got, but my favourite part was getting to spend some much needed time with my family and friends, which should always be the most treasured part in my opinion.

What do you think of my 'What I Got For My Birthday/October & November Favourites' mash-up? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • NOTW: Orly - Monroe's Red & Orly - Hair Band.
  • One of the Stila - Eyes Are The Window eyeshadow palettes.
  • A long overdue new make-up bag from ASOS.
  • Red lipstick, red nail polish, a Christmas jumper and a tartan scarf makes me feel instantly festive.
  • Quality Street will always be a Christmas favourite in my house.
  • New reading material: You're The One That I Want.
  • It wouldn't be Christmas without some candy canes for the tree.
  • New Pixi lip balm in the shade Natural Rose.
  • One of my favourite decorations for the tree, I've had it since I was young.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Wish List/Gift Guide



Just incase you didn't know already, Christmas is my favourite time of the year. My favourite thing about Christmas is having more time to spend with my family and friends, as I don't get to as often as I would like. Also, you just can't beat Christmas dinner and the mountain of chocolate that lasts well into February in my house. 

As much as I love receiving pretty things at Christmas, I get so much more joy out of giving presents at Christmas time and I've already got all my Christmas shopping done. I just need to get everything wrapped and looking pretty, then I'll be ready to start placing them under everyone's Christmas tree. 

What's on your wish list for Christmas? Or what's your favourite thing about Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • NOTW: Barry M - Fuschia Generation and Barry M - Atlantis.
  • Winter berry latte from CaffĂ© Nero.
  • Striped top and heart locket is my go-to outfit.
  • Finished 'The Shock Of The Fall' this week.
  • New MAC lipsticks - Plumful and Russian Red.
  • Pink lemonade Lucozade to get me through the day.
  • The first day of December calls for golden eyes and red lips.
  • We put Peri Peri on everything.
  • Finally saw part 2 of Mockingjay and loved it.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 4 December 2015

Reasons To Love December


  • CHRISTMAS! Christmas decorations, Christmas food, Christmas jumpers, etc.
  • Crisp Winter mornings and evenings.
  • Glitter and sequins everywhere.
  • Snow days.
  • Staying in to watch movies instead of going out.
  • Hot drinks and gingerbread everything. The Winter Berry Latte from CaffĂ© Nero is incredible!
  • Cosy pyjamas, socks and slippers. These ASOS penguin slippers are adorable!
  • The red lipstick and red nail polish combination.
  • The search for the perfect wrapping paper and the satisfaction of having all the presents ready to give out to people.
  • Candles, especially cinnamon spiced ones.
  • Bobble hats, scarves and gloves.
  • More time to read. 
  • Long baths, preferably using something from the Lush Christmas range. I particularly like the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb.
  • Turning an electric blanket on 5 minutes before you go to bed so that it's already warm.
  • Having more chances to bake, I'd love to have a go at making a gingerbread house.
  • A toasty, open fire.
  • Christmas markets.
  • Glittery nail polish. I currently have my eye on Essie - Tassel Shaker.
  • Gift sets and advent calendars.
  • Soup and freshly baked bread all the time.
  • Fairy lights and new bedding.
  • Cuddling.
  • More time spent with family and friends.

What do you love about Winter? Or are you more of a Summer person? Let me know in the comments.

Sara

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Seventeen Eye Eye Shadows*






One of my favourite things about the festive season is being able to wear glitter all the time without anyone batting an eyelid. I'm all about glittery jumpers, glittery shoes, glittery nail polish and of course, glittery eyeshadows!

These two Seventeen Eye Eye Shadows are relatively new additions to my ever-growing eyeshadow collection and they've been much loved ever since I received them. 
I generally love Seventeen as a brand, their Phwoarr Paint Concealer is my absolute favourite, but I didn't try any of their eyeshadows before, so I was intrigued to check them out.
The two shades I have here are Statuesque and Rose Quartz. Statuesque is a gorgeous golden bronze glitter and Rose Quartz is an equally gorgeous rose gold glitter. 

I was blown away by the quality of these eyeshadows, they apply creamy and pigmented and blend like an absolute dream. I was a bit concerned about fallout and longevity, but my worries were soon shunned as there was no fallout whatsoever because the shadow is pressed so tightly into their simple, yet practical packaging. 
Also, they last all day on my eyelids, even without an eyeshadow primer. So, they are perfect for a quick sweep of colour on my eyelids in the morning when I don't have the time to get the big eyeshadow palettes out.

These little eyeshadows really do pack quite a punch and could give some more expensive brands a run for their money. They're an absolute steal at only £3.89 each and considering Seventeen products are usually on some kind of promotion, why would you not give them a try? I'm considering picking up a few more shades myself!

What do you think of the Seventeen Eye Eye Shadows? Would you try them? Let me know in the comments!

Sara