Friday, 19 December 2014

Feeling Festive FOTD

I am feeling Christmassy. I am. After a rubbish little patch of rubbish, I actually bothered to put makeup on this morning, and it made me feel more like myself, and less like a slug of doom. I love makeup so much at this time of year - the colours are all my favourite. Rich, opulent shades and lots of velvet.  Gold eyeshadow and red lipstick, which is what I've gone for today... all the makeup all over my face. I even went for lashes (because I found an unopened box) to make the finished thing have a bit more glamour. 

Product wise I went for a dewy foundation - the YSL serum Youth Liberator is really nice, and a good pick for drier skin types. I rediscovered MAC Harmony and tried to chisel out some cheekbones (emphasis on tried), and then applied a liberal amount of highlighter. MAC Russian Red was what I went for today, but any red would do. I prefer Ruby Woo to Russian Red, just an fyi. Emphasis on the eyes, obviously. I used the Maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze all over the lid - love this, it lasts all day and is the nicest base for a neutral eye - and then packed on Urban Decay Half Baked everywhere, before trying to smoke it out a bit and adding some glitter from the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette. Because glitter is for always, and not just for Christmas. Mascara all over the place, and then I used some lashes - just wispy black ones, they were easy to glue on... lashes are never as bad as I think they'll be :)

Close up of my jumper, because it's so cosy without being obnoxiously festive.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Charlotte Tilbury x Fallen Angel

Long time, no blog. Oh lordy, I disappeared from the world of blogging for 10 days and I felt so lost. I had my reasons - I had appendicitis, which was initially misdiagnosed, which led to complications (ughhh) and then I felt generally crappy and ohmigod all kinds of tired even though I've been having 12 hours sleep at night. Surgery can do that to you, I guess. 

I had some blog photos all waiting to be turned into a shiny new blog post, which I am thankful for. I can't even imagine putting on makeup and feeling nice right now, let alone trying to capture the said makeup on my face in a reasonably attractive pose. So gross. Don't even get me started on getting products and laying them out to photograph, and edit, and all that. It's just so much effort. 

This was freakishly hard to capture on camera - but little stars everywhere! I love.

Anyway... I'm feeling slightly more alive, and want to blog! And blog I shall. All about the newest Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel palette, which I believe is limited edition. This palette was designed by Charlotte (I think we're on a first name basis now) to give everyone a supermodel look, which I suspect has been heavily influenced by the supermodel craze from the 90s. It's supposed to be the creme de la creme of smokey eye palettes, and one that will make everyone look amazing, basically. Yuh, I'm sold.

Sign me up for the Supermodel look...

There are 4 shades in the palette - a champagne, a pewter, a bronze and a matte-ish black. The bronze is my favourite, and is just so pretty - all rich and chocolate-y. None of these shades are brand new, or so remarkable that you don't have dupes in your stash. C'mon. I know you do. The little combination of these 4 shades is pretty perfect, and has definitely been well thought out - you can use any colour individually, or mix two/three together or use them all in one killer smokey eye. The formula though... this is definitely a luxury little palette, and if you're a massive Charlotte fan like myself, get yourself down to a counter immediately. If you're a neutrals lover (who isn't?), you will love this. Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and NARS are my favourite shadow formulations... definitely the majority of what I wear all over my eyes. 

What do you think? I still need to get my hand on the Confession lipstick...

Friday, 5 December 2014

The definitive beauty gift guide

Beauty lovers, I am talking to you. People buying for people who love beauty, I am talking to you. I have been trawling through the internet for the last week rounding up the cream of the crop of beauty gifts to give this Christmas. All easily found online, you can get all your shopping sorted with a few clicks. 

Ok, so the fancy gifts. The oh-so fancy gifts. The ones where you really want to really treat the main lady in your life (I won't judge if it's for you). These are the ones that are the centre piece for any gift giving celebration, and are pretty much guaranteed to earn you 500 brownie points. 

The under £40 options - some really amazing picks that are more affordable, and still definitely have the beauty wow factor. I will gladly take all of these myself, thanks Santa. My best idea for a hardcore beauty junkie would to be get an Audacious lipstick (they're all inspired by infamous beauties), and then get a card of said beauty to match. Example - Brigitte Bardot inspired gift? And her music? Oh boy, I must get this for someone. 

Lastly, the adorable stocking stuffers - everything is £10 and under, and is sure to please even the most discerning beauty lover. I love the hanging stars, and the makeup bag - could fill it with makeup niblets and chocolate coins?