Thursday, 19 November 2015

Products you NEED for Winter

1. Hydraluron Serum. 
This was recommended to me by Aisling from totalmakeupaddict during a time when I suffered severe dry skin. I finally got it in August of this year and have been using it every night. At first I couldn't understand the hype or even see any difference, but here we are mid November and my skin is great! Despite being in and out of the cold, central heating etc. my dry skin has not flared up. I have to put it down to Hydraluron because it is the only thing that has changed in my skin care!

2. A rich moisturiser. 
My favourite it La Roche Posay Nutric Intense. I think this is around £15.00, not overly expensive and it is a 50ml jar. This is an extremely thick moisturiser, best used at night.

3. Nuxe Reve de Meil lip balm. 
You need this. You just need it. I use it 2 or 3 times a day. Without it, my lips will literally shrivel up and dry and crack. For me, this is a Winter essential.

4. A cinnamon candle. 
There is nothing that gets me feeling more festive than the smell of cinnamon. I absolutely love Christmas candles and will burn them from Halloween til about March or April! Of course Yankee Candles are my favourite, the one pictured is from Our Own Candle Company which is also a really nice candle and the cinnamon one is just divine. 

5. A Winter perfume. 
It's time to do away with our light florals and reach for something a little deeper. my favourite is Thierry Mugler Angel. It's smokey. It's spicy. It's woody. It's sexy. Admittedly, it's not for everyone, it may be an acquired scent but for me there is no better perfume for Winter.

6. A red lipstick. 
With Christmas party season imminent it's not a bad idea to have a nice red (or whatever colour you fancy) in our make up bags. I for one can't wait to wear this little number, Clarins Joli Rouge (in the shade joli rouge). For me it is the most beautiful, glossy, neutral-red. It's very Hollywood glamour and quite festive looking!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Christmas gift alert! Too Faced Melted French Kisses

I spotted this cute little set on Youtube and was searching online to see where I could order it.  I thought it was probably only available in the US but it is available on the Debenhams website for £22.00. I ordered it as a little treat to myself but it would make a lovely gift for a make up lover for Christmas!

There's a nice selection of colours here, two fairly neutral colours and two bold and bright colours.  Two of them have a metallic finish (almost frosty) and the other two have quite a nice satiny finish.

 They have a really soft velvet sponge applicator

These lipsticks are quite a generous size, they are about half the size of the full sized Melted lipsticks. It's also a good way to try out a few shades for near enough the same price as one full sized Melted lipstick (which is why I ordered it!).

I haven't really put them to the test yet and worn them properly so I can't comment on what my thoughts are on the products themselves. But I did photograph some swatches so you can see what the shades look like:

I think this is a really lovely set and would be a brilliant stocking filler or gift for someone who loves makeup! I think my favourite shade in this set is Melted Berry!

Friday, 6 November 2015

MAC Mehr Lipstick

The latest addition to my MAC lipstick collection. I was on the hunt for a lipstick that would be neutral enough that I could wear every day, yet deep enough that it would give my lips definition. I must admit that I am falling out of love with glossy/balmy lips, and I am head over heels for a more matte finish.

I bought MAC Velvet Teddy some time ago, purely because everyone was raving about it since it is the lipstick Kylie Jenner uses. While I absolutely loved how creamy and how nice Velvet Teddy was, the colour was just not right for me and I don't think it suits me at all. I need something more pink. Cue, Mehr!

Isn't it beautiful? It is exactly the kind of lipstick that I wanted. MAC describe it as a "dirty blue pink" and while I'm not sure if I can see blue here, it definitely is quite a dusky looking pink shade.

For comparison here it is against Velvet Teddy, which looks very brown compared to Mehr! 

Anyway, I am really enjoying Mehr lipstick, it's great for everyday yet it is a rather striking colour. The matte finish is lovely but need to keep a lip balm close to hand!