Friday, November 27

Affordable Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Iconic

It’s fair to say that I have more than enough eyeshadow palettes to last a lifetime. The British high street has really stepped up in the last few years in terms of eye palettes and I am grateful because they are one of my favourite makeup items. I have the odd individual shadow but it’s rare that I will use only one shadow for a look so I opt for eyeshadow palettes to provide me with a handy variety of coordinating tones.

Wednesday, November 25

Bourjois Java Rice Powder - Hourglass dupe?

As Christmas rolls around again, everybody and their neighbours cat seem to be talking about this year’s limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder palette. This year it’s called the Ambient Lighting Edit and does look rather wonderful but at £65 for just over a quarter ounce of product, it is definitely not affordable.

Monday, November 23

Best of: high street dry shampoo

Since I discovered the magic wonder that is dry shampoo at some point in my teens, I’m fairly sure I’ve never been without a bottle. I’m lucky enough to have fairly oily roots and dry ends so to keep my hair in a healthy condition I like to wash it as little as possible which I can only get away with thanks to some effective dry shampoos.

Sunday, November 22

A super quick and wearable smoky eye

As the days are growing ever shorter (and colder) it's less and less tempting to get out of bed. Now I don't think that anybody should feel the need to wear makeup to work but if you do want to put something on but don't want to spare more than 5 minutes, then this long lasting smoky eye is for you.

Friday, November 20

A perfect winter floral fragrance

I'm not really one for deeper scents; my favourite perfumes are light and floral, think Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb. Occasionally though, on dark winter nights I'm tempted to try something bolder and musky.

Wednesday, November 18

Hydrating and brightening Winter skincare staples

Although I feel this November seems milder than it has in previous years, there's no denying that Autumn is nearly all gone, Winter nights are becoming colder and Elf is probably playing on repeat.

I suffer from dry skin but this Winter I've found my skin has become a little sensitive too so below are a few of my pics to keep skin supple and bright in the cold weather.

Monday, November 16

Five perfect berry lipsticks for Winter

An oldie but a goodie, Revlon's ColourBurst Balm Stain in Crush is a classic berry tone with a real purple hue. I love this when I want a really serious berry stained lip. The formula is easy to wear and as the name suggests, leaves a stain behind so you should be left with colour all day. When swatching on my hands, this was the only formula that I couldn't get off with a micellar water - leaving behind a pink stain.

Another twist up stick but with a glossy finish and pinker tone is Seventeen's Lip Crayon in Knockout. I love wearing this bright berry shade throughout the winter months. It's a nice nod to the berry trend but still brightening on my pale skin. Though this formula is more glossy it lasts really well throughout the day and isn't scented if you're not keen on Revlon's minty flavour.

For a classic but wearable matte burgundy, I opt for the No7 Match Made Stay Perfect Lipstick in Loganberry. This is a gorgeous plumy pink shade with a smooth matte formula which will stick around for ages. If this isn't quite your tone, No7 Have absolutely loads of gorgeous matte berries and will custom match you to your perfect shade.

Another old favourite is Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie a seriously glossy, deep pink berry lipstick. This is a really gorgeous and flattering pink berry which looks equally beautiful paired with a smoky eye or graphic liner. Not the longest lasting but a lovely colour and surely everybody loves Revlon's Lip Butters?

For anybody dipping their toes into berry lips, the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me is perfect. Honestly the baby lips formula isn't my favourite as I don't actually find it that moisturising, but they are popular for a reason. This sheer berry hue is perfect for a low key makeup look if you still want to embrace Winter colours. It also looks lovely applied sparingly to cheeks for a soft flushed look.