Life Lately #10


chloe faye, bag, chloe, chloe bag, chloe faye large bag, brown, leaves, autumn, flowers, fashion, styleIt’s end of the month time which only means one thing, another life lately roundup! Woo! ! This month I have decided to change things up a bit with the style of this post, I have also decided to stop doing my playlist posts and instead combine it in this post. So, please do let me know how you feel about the changes!

Life 

Life has been pretty damn intense lately. I have had so many looming uni deadlines that have taken up so much of my time It’s been stressful but I’m sure anyone who has been or is in a similar situation will understand how rewarding it is to tick another item off the to do list! It is also half way through the first semester of the year which again is pretty damn crazy but the thought of powering through all the work is exciting stuff!

On a brighter note, it’s reaching my favourite time of year when the Christmas drinks come into Starbucks and the shops are filled with Christmas lights and all things christmassy. Can you tell I like Christmas!? Anyway, talking of Starbucks, the Pumpkin Spiced Frappuccino has made my entire month! Apologies if you are anti pumpkin spice but damn it is so good! I love the classic latte but the frappuccino beats it by a mile! If you haven’t tried it then definitely try one, fall vibes and all that!

Blogging 

This month I cut down my blogging schedule to twice a week and it has been such a relief! I’ve definitely managed so much better now with less content and I do feel like some of the posts I have posted this month have been better quality and also posts that I have been meaning to post for ages have finally got their air time! My schedule is still pretty packed at the minute but I do hope that I can keep up with my schedule and also keep working to the best quality! In particular, I still want to work on my blog photography and try new things out!

TV/Music

Back to a more chilled happy topic, I haven’t been watching too much TV this month but I have been loving one series in particular. Easy has been top of my watch list this month. I mean it’s got Dave Franco in it so what’s not to love. It’s an original series by Netflix with each episode centred around a different situation and different characters. It focuses on love and that kinda thing, it is a laid back, easy watch, pun not intended. It is also a short series so a good choice for watching when you don’t have a lot of time!

In terms of music, there is quite a few songs that I’ve been loving this month. Not my usual taste but I do love a good catchy pop song from time to time!  Also, can we talk about Niall’s debut solo single, LOVE ❤

Catch up with October posts: Current Makeup Menu, Introduction to Kat Von D, Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and Get That Glow With Becca.

How did you spend your month?

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December Favourites


December FavouritesIt’s favourites time again and also the final favourites post of the year! How scary! Although keep your eyes peeled for a special favourites post coming next week! Back to the festive month of December though, I picked up quite a few new exciting bits and pieces over the month which I am truly loving and also fell for some products that I already had in my stash! So without further ado, here is my December favourites…

If you read Monday’s monthly roundup post, you would remember my mention of starting a Makeup Geek palette. Not too long ago Beauty Bay started stocking Makeup Geek eyeshadows much to my excitement. These single eyeshadows have been so raved about from the likes of Jaclyn Hill who even stated that they were her all time favourite eyeshadows (even better than Mac!). Obviously for that reason I had to pick up a few! The shadows are super affordable and there is such an incredible range to choose from. I have five shadows so far and I also picked up a large Z Palette to put them in. Jaclyn is so right, the quality of these are so amazing and they last so long on my oily eyelids! If anyone has any shade recommendations, fire away! A few of my favourites have to be Peach Smoothie, Prom Night and Homecoming! I now can’t wait to start filling up my palette!

Speaking of Jaclyn Hill and exciting UK launches, Becca Champagne Pop finally made its way over to the UK! Yay! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten so excited about a makeup product before and I even pre-ordered it as soon as I seen it on the Space NK website, sad I know! It is so easy to see why this is such a raved about highlighter. The peachy champagne-y shade looks gorgeous on so many skin-tones and the formula is a complete dream to work with, super buttery smooth. It is pretty intense but I just love it so much that I’ve basically been wearing it everyday,but I mean its Christmas so why not!

A more surprising favourite this month is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I say surprising as I really didn’t get this product when I first tried it. Although I’ve found myself using this everyday over the month and it just seems so perfect for blending out concealer and ensuring my base is flawless. I do really want to try the Beauty Blender though now as I hear that one is far superior…

One thing I just have to have at Christmas time is a bottle of Lush Snow Fairy! I just can’t go without my precious amazingly scented Snow Fairy at this time of year. It just makes me feel so Christmassy and I couldn’t help but stock up during the Lush sales!

Another product that I’ve came back to is my holy grail primer! Nothing will ever beat the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. With nights out and parties during the month, this primer came to the rescue by helping my makeup last that bit longer and still look fresh by the end of the night! It creates such a smooth base to the skin which allows makeup to glide on beautifully and basically is the key to a flawless base!

I also finally discovered Anastasia Beverly Hills this month. After spotting a 20% off deal online I just had to get that contour palette! I picked up the original contour kit in the lighter shade and I have been using it constantly over the month. The powders are super blendable and last so well too. After I got my eyebrows done not too long ago and my beloved Benefit Gimme Brow is on its last legs I wanted to try out something new. I picked up the Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown and it’s became my new go-to. I don’t want to go into too much detail with these products as I will be having a separate review post coming soon but both are well loved new additions to my makeup routine.

What have you been loving this month?

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Monthly Roundup: December


December Monthly RoundupThe very last monthly roundup of the year! It’s crazy to believe December is coming to an end and Christmas is over! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and were cherished with lots of lovely gifts! I certainly had a nice quiet Christmas and got some lovely gifts, some of which I will be sharing with you at a later date! Whilst I was back at work again for Boxing Day I did pick up a few bargains here and there. I have to say though I am a little underwhelmed by the sales this year! Nevertheless I did pick up a few nice things including finally being able to access the Lush sale!  Anyone else suffer from the Lush website crash whilst trying to desperately stock up on Snow Fairy or just me!?

Over the month, I’ve got well and truly in the Christmas spirit. I am obsessed with glitter nails at the moment and I am loving the combo of Essie Sand Tropez and Essie Summit of Style as an accent nail! You just can’t beat a bit of glitter at Christmas time, I even did a little post talking about all my favourite sparkly stuff here. As well as that I also picked up a few new beauty bits over the month. I finally caved on the well hyped ABH Contour Kit! I just had to do it! I spotted a 20% off online and just couldn’t resist it! I will be speaking in more detail about it later but I have to say I am loving it! I also got super excited to see that Makeup Geek is now available in the UK via Beauty Bay! Their eyeshadows are super popular and at such an affordable price so I obviously had to start my own palette! I am just a bit too excited now about filling it up but I will let you see it all shortly!

This month has been a lot more relaxing on the whole compared to previous especially with my uni semester at an end until January. I was so relieved to get all my coursework out the way and just have a little down time! I do have an exam in the next month which I need to start preparing for very soon! Although I have been working over the festive period which is never too great although it has been nice to have some free time and also time to properly blog! I can imagine things will get busy and hectic again as soon as I return to uni so I am hoping to just enjoy my time off 🙂

Catch up on December posts: The Best Holiday Beauty Buys, Christmas Party Makeup, Nars x Steven Klein, The Highlighter Edit and Exporing NYX.

How was your Christmas?

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Christmas Playlist


Christmas PlaylistIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, DING DONG DING DONG! Sorry excuse the excitement but we are in the last remaining days before Christmas! How it’s nearly here I don’t know! Anyway to celebrate the arrival of the big day instead of my usual monthly playlist I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Christmas songs! There is some classics thrown in there from The Pogues, Elton John and the Pretenders. Of course Michael Buble makes an appearance too cause what is Christmas without a bit of Buble! I’ve also added in some newer tunes from the likes of Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson and JB. So all I’ve got left to say now is Merry Christmas to you all! I obviously won’t have a post on Friday cause a little thing called Christmas is happening! I will see you all again on Monday for a December roundup post, so I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!

What is your favourite Christmas song?

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Christmas Sugar Cookies


Christmas Sugar CookiesIf there is one thing I love to do at Christmas time, it is baking. When I have a little free time on my hands, I love to try out a new recipe and especially something Christmas inspired at this time of year to get that festive feeling! This time around I thought I would bake something easy and went with cookies/biscuits that I could decorate all pretty and Christmas-y. So if you are looking for something easy to bake over the festive period, then this is a nice simple one I thought I would share with you all. All credit for this recipe comes from here. It’s been a while since I last did a foodie post so enjoy!

Ingredients 

100g margarine/butter

1 egg

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

275g plain flour

Icing sugar and sprinkles for decoration

Method 

Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 190C/Gas mark 5.

Cream the sugar and butter together.

Mix in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time until all is combined.

Then, stir in the flour until it forms into a dough texture.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use cutters to cut the cookies out.

Place on a baking tray and cook for approx 10 mins until light golden brown.

Allow to cool whilst preparing icing using icing sugar and water.

Finally, add your own decoration using sprinkles, icing etc.

What do you like to bake at Christmas?

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Sparkle and Shine


Glitter makeupGlittery and sparkly infused makeup products are always quite like marmite in the beauty world. You either love a little sparkle or you really don’t. I for one definitely love it! Although at Christmas time it really is the excuse to drown yourself in glitter and sparkly stuff and no one will even bat an eyelid. Glitter might seem a little scary for some but there is some easy ways to add a little sparkle to your look. I’ve rounded up some of my favourite ways to add that sparkle and shine to your festive beauty routine…

Base Products 

Adding anything glittery or sparkly to your base is always a bit intimidating but there is easy ways to do it without looking like you’ve used one of those glitter roller-balls (remember those!?). Highlighters are a completely obvious one. When it comes to going out or particularly at Christmas time I always look out my most intense highlighters. I am currently loving the Mary Lou-Manizer which adds a gorgeous sheen to the cheekbones without adding large flecks of glitter. If you want to see more of my highlighter picks check out my edit here.

Blush is also a great way to add a little glimmer to your cheeks without overdoing it. Nars Orgasm is a classic, a gorgeous rose pink shade with gold shimmer running through it. A lot of people find the gold shimmer off-putting but it isn’t really detectable on the skin, it adds a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The Hourglass blushes are also another great pick as they have highlighting properties to really brighten your appearance.

Eye Products 

Eyeshadow is one of my favorite ways to add a little shimmer to my look. I am forever a shimmer over matte kinda gal when it comes to eye products so I have quite a lot of products that fit the bill. One of the best products to really get your glitter on is Pigments. They always appear like they are a right hassle although after trying a couple from Mac I am totally obsessed and don’t really find them too much bother! Mac have a great variety of shades and they look super beautiful and intense on the lid. I talked about my pigment set here. I totally now have my eye on Mac Copper Sparkle and I also so need Vanilla, what a gorgeous inner corner highlight!

I also have a couple of gorgeous sparkly shades from Nars. The first being from the Steven Klein collection, Stud, a gorgeous pewter bronze shade which is one of the most beautiful eyeshadows I have ever seen. I spoke about it here but it is definitely a must have and a fail safe option when in doubt! I also picked up one of the cream eyeshadows from Nars last year, the shade Interstellar which is a gorgeous metallic silver shade which is great if you are more into your silvery shades rather than gold tones. The formula is also super creamy and the shade is greatly pigmented too!

Nail Polish 

A completely fail safe option for adding glitter, probably my favourite too! I love a good bit of glitter on my nails whether its all over as a top coat or as an accent nail for just a subtle hint of sparkle! I spoke about the Nails Inc x Alice and Olivia set here which holds one of the most beautiful gold glitters.  The shade Gold Goddess is perfect for the festive season and can be built up to a fully opaque finish. Another great glitter option comes from Essie who have a great range of sparkly shades. I picked up Summit of Style which is from last year’s winter collection although can still be picked up from Amazon. This is one I know I will be wearing over the Christmas period as an accent nail teamed with probably something berry toned!

How do you get your glitter on?

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Nars x Steven Klein


Nars x Steven Klein Collection

Nars x Steven Klein Collection SwatchesI am not usually one for limited edition collections, to be honest I never pay much attention and the thought of loving a product that I can’t buy again does scare me a little. Please tell me I am not the only one!? Although as soon as my eyes clapped onto the new Nars and Steven Klein colour collection, all my thoughts on limited edition products flew out the window. The new collection features a range of gorgeous gift sets for the festive season as well as a range of new shades in the colour collection. I had my eye on two products since I seen the release and it didn’t take me long before snapping them up!

The first product that pretty much got the excitement going was this gorgeous eyeshadow in the shade Stud. After seeing one swatch of this online I just had to have it. A gorgeous shimmery pewter bronze shade that looks gorgeous with a deep lip and even more so at this time of year. The formula is super creamy and blends beautifully. The pigmentation is pretty darn good and is suitable for during the day with a sheer wash or built up for something more dramatic for night time. The Nars packaging as usual is just so dreamy!

The Killer Shine lipstick in No Shame also caught my eye with its gorgeous deep fuchsia shade. Whilst I’ve tried the Nars lip pencils (which I love!) I haven’t tried one of their normal lipsticks until now (obviously). The formula is super creamy and has a gorgeous glossy sheeny finish but is still long-wearing. The application can be a little tricky though so I do like to use a lip brush to ensure precise application cause it can get a little messy! Nevertheless it’s a gorgeous colour that would look great on a night out!

Have you picked up anything from the new Nars collection?

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Dear Santa…


Christmas Wishlist

With the advent chocolates being well consumed and the winter weather arriving, Christmas is well and truly upon us. With my Christmas shopping nearly done and out the way (I shared a few suitable gift options here), I thought it was time to show you all what I have on my list this Christmas. As you would expect there is a few beauty bits in the mix so Santa if you are listening…

First up comes from my makeup queen of 2015, Charlotte Tilbury. What’s a wishlist without a bit of CT thrown in the mix!? Anyway I’ve had my eye on her gorgeous quad palettes for too long now and thought Christmas was the perfect opportunity to ask for one of these beauties. The one that I’ve always wished for is the beautiful Dolce Vita quad with a mix of dark shades, a light highlight shade and the most gorgeous gold glitter that would look amazing over Christmas time! The eyeshadows are meant to be pretty good quality too so I would ever so love to get my hands on it!

I feel like it’s my own tradition every year to get a new pair of trainers. I always seem to ask for a new pair or I tend to buy some during the January sales so obviously this year is no exception. Over the last year I have definitely started my love affair with all things Adidas and I absolutely adore their shoes. The Adidas Superstars are like the perfect pair of trainers (in my eyes anyway), monochrome , basic but stylish that will go with almost anything. I think a pair of trainers is a great staple to have and I know I would wear the life out of these!

Christmas is always the best time to ask for those makeup palettes that you could never make the splurge on. I can’t even remember how long I’ve really wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette but finally it may be mine. Warm eyeshadow tones are right up my street so this palette would be a great addition to my makeup stash. The palette also apparently has a chocolate scent so I think we are onto a winner here!

I am not really one to splurge on a new fragrance for myself. I always tend to wait until times like Christmas and birthdays to ask instead and this year I would love to get my long time favourite back again! If I had to name my holy grail scent it would be Thierry Mugler Alien without a doubt. I have a poor empty bottle sitting abandoned on my table and a new one would be very well welcomed! To go alongside, I would love to get the Alien Essence Absolue body balm. After a little trip to the fragrance counter I had a little look at this and fell in love. The scent was as I expected and was pretty strong for a body balm so I am looking forward to giving this a try!

What is on your Christmas wishlist?

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The Christmas Party Makeup Look


Christmas Party MakeupThe festive season is in full swing and it’s that time of the year when the glittery outfits are out and the red lip is back (not that it ever left!). With many festivities over the month from Christmas to the New Year it’s all about the sparkly Christmas makeup that I just want to wear all day everyday (anyone else?). So here is my picks for an evening out: Christmas style.

For base, I always stick to my trusty products that I know will deliver long lasting results. I always begin with primer with my favourite being the Smashbox Photo Finish primer that helps prolong my makeup and makes my base go on smoothly. My foundation of choice of course is always Nars Sheer Glow which I can always rely on for a night out. On top of that, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ensures my base is super flawless. I’ve also been trying out the Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost which I apply under the eyes and also on my brow bone to highlight. Then I set it all using my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (obviously!) with the Diffused Light shade. This palette also completes the look with the blush and bronzer. Lastly for the face, I love a good highlight and the The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is the perfect glow-getter!

I always like a more dramatic eye look and Christmas is no exception. Firstly, eyebrows are tamed and groomed with a newbie in my collection. Yup, I’ve got my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade which creates much fuller and sleeker brows. In terms of eyeshadow, there is no better time than present to bring out the big ones. Yup the Mac Pigments. I recently got my hands on the set which I spoke about here and the shade Out All Night is both appropriately named and the perfect gold pigment for the festive season. On top of that, lashes of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara for the added volume and even the addition of a little false lash or two from the Eyelure Fleur De Force Individual lashes although I do have to master this skill first! Any advice!?

To finish off, what is a Christmas makeup look without a red lip!? I am obsessed with the Fleur De Force lipglosses, non sticky with the perfect amount of pigment and the shade Lucky Star makes the perfect glossy red lip. What more could you want!?

What look will you be going for this Christmas? 

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