Can you tell I got slightly carried away whilst putting this wish list together? Now that Christmas preparation is well & truly in full swing I couldn't help but compile a post dedicated to all the beauty items I'd love to see under my Christmas Tree this year! Firstly, lets all just take a moment to appreciate how cute the Deer makeup bag is... I NEED it! I've kinda gone down the theme of bath & body care with a bit of skincare & a fragrance thrown in their too, makeup clearly never really crossed my mind when I was thinking up all the items that have been on my mind recently.. in fact I'm in a bit of a rut with my makeup at the moment & I think I just need to go back to my old favourites & get my skin happy again. The one gift set that crops up year after year is the huge Soap & Glory one that usually retails around the £60 price tag, however Boots tend to offer these as their Star Buys a few weeks before Christmas & drop the price to about £25! I'm hoping they stick to this tradition & do the same this year, I'm running worryingly low on S&G products now so it would be perfect timing!
These two were like each others shadows the whole weekend, it was the cutest thing ever & definitely convinced us that we need to get Tilly a little sister! Ellie has now welcomed baby Darcie Pug into her life, we can't wait to meet her soon hopefully (:
"Stay away from my toy Tilly!!"
"No, I not sharing it Tilly!"
Grumpy pug after playing chase all morning with Ellie!
& then they both crashed...
But not for long!
Then it was time to go see all our other pug friends at the meet up...
But Tilly realised she had overdone it & sat at the side observing for most of it!
Look at that grumpy face...
The next day was the Pug-O-Ween party, Ellie has got to be the cutest skeleton ever!
Look at her adorable baby face awww
I never realised how hard it was to get a photograph of two Pugs together until that weekend, haha!
We managed to get some good ones eventually though!
Power nap before the party!
Super squishy face!
All of us in the dog friendly pub (:
A few weekends ago Dom, Tilly & myself headed down South for the weekend to visit our friends & attend a Pug meet up & Pug-O-Ween party! We used to live down in Milton Keynes, it's only recently we have moved back to be closer to our family & Dom landed himself a pretty good job but since moving back we really missed all our pug friends so a pug filled weekend happened! We stayed with Dan, Jemma & their beautiful little Pug Ellie for the weekend & it was honestly the nicest weekend, we had so much fun & even got to take the Pugs to a Dog friendly restaurant before setting off on the 4 hour journey back up North! I know lots of you enjoy my Tilly Pug posts so I couldn't resist sharing a few photos from the weekend, hope you like!
Also, Tilly appeared on YouTube click here to see her in one of Dan's vlogs (:
How cute is this lil guy! Dani modelled this adorable Snowman from the Fun Snowman kit, this would be the perfect stocking filler for someone creative! It can be used as a bubble bar, a soap & even a shampoo!
Bath bomb heaven... *lots of heart eyed emojis*
Sparkly Snow Fairy massage bar, love this!
The most adorable selection of bath treats put together to form the 'Festive Friends' gift box!
On Sunday I headed over to my local Lush store in Preston for a little event I helped to organise! Lush is probably one of my favourite stores to browse in & now that the Christmas range has been released I find myself popping in even more! The evening consisted of having a browse, asking lots of questions about their products, having a skincare consultation & even making our own Cinders bath bomb to take home! Being able to have free roam of the entire shop, trying out any products that took our fancy & being provided with little samples to take home with us, along with being treated to yummy snacks such as mini oreos was the perfect set up for a blogger event! There was also a chance to do some Christmas shopping so I took the opportunity to pick up a few more treats! My room literally smells like a Lush shop right now, I've so many bath products to try out, I'll be posting a Christmas Lush haul soon! (I did film a lush haul & upload it to YouTube a while ago but I'm not sure if I should publish it... do I, don't I!? Anyway, I had such a lovely evening, huge thanks to Dani for hosting the event for us! (:
Have you tried anything from the Lush Christmas range?
As I mentioned in my 'New Beauty Bits' post last week, Makeup Revolution have released a new range of blushers which I've been testing out & it's now time to share my findings! The collection consists of eight shades in two different shades matte & bold and the packaging is even designed to reflect the finish of the product... so matte black plastic packaging for all four matte shades & black shiny plastic packaging for the four shimmer/bold shades. They're multi-use too, meaning they aren't just to be applied to your cheeks but work as a lip product as well!
The Matte swatches from left to right are: Matte Dream, Matte Pink, Matte Rush & Matte Malibu.
Matte Dream is a very pale pink whilst Matte Pink is a Barbie kinda pink shade with cool blue undertones. Matte Rush is a bright coral colour & Matte Malibu is a warm brown/terracotta shade. Malibu is probably the shade that is the most unwearable for me, as it appears quite muddy on my pale complexion but it would work well on darker skin tones. Matte Dream & Pink are both really pretty shades, with Dream being perfect if you're wanting a little flush of colour/highlight & Pink if you want a pop of colour on your cheeks. Rush, although it looks really bold when swatched is a really flattering blush colour & is also the only colour I'd actually wear on my lips. Whilst all of the colours could be worn on the lips they aren't really my cup of tea when it comes to lipstick shades but I've been wearing more coral/orange/peach tones on my lips since discovering they suit me! Even though these are a matte formula they still have a creamy consistency & apply really smoothly using either a stippling brush or a blusher brush for a less intense look.
Swatches from left to right are: Dream, Pink, Rush & Malibu. (Sorry I really struggled to get Dream to show up well on these photos!)
Dream is definitely a highlighter shade, with it's pearly shimmer finish it sits well on the brow or cheek bone. Pink is a blue toned pink but isn't as pigmented as it's matte sister, meaning it is more wearable. My favourite shade from the whole bunch is Rush, being rose gold I loved it instantly anyway & it reminded me of one of my favourite blushers 'Sleek - Rose Gold' which in turn is a dupe of the famous 'Nars - Orgasm'. Whilst I was doing research for this post I discovered that these blush sticks are actually pretty good dupes for the Nars Multiples & in fact Rush is pretty much identical to the Orgasm shade again. I know I'd rather be paying £5 instead of £30 any way! Again, Malibu is no good for my pale skin but for tanned or darker skin tones I can see it being a great contour product. This formula is really creamy, soft & again applies well with either a stippling or blusher brush depending on what kind of look you what to go for.
I think these little blush sticks are absolute bargains, especially when you compare them to the Nars Multiples. Priced at only £5 for a push up 2-in-1 blush/lip product combo they're the perfect makeup item to pop in your handbag too! With two formulas and eight shades to choose from their is definitely something for everyone! If you haven't already then I'd highly recommend heading over to your local Superdrug to check out the Makeup Revolution stand, they're becoming one of my favourite drugstore brands with so many incredible products at really affordable prices.
I'm a huge fan of hair oils, I've tried various different ones & now I can't wash my hair without applying an oil to the ends afterwards! Just incase you don't know, I have thick, frizzy hair which is quite honestly the bane of my life. I am forever asking the hairdresser to thin it out instead of chopping layers in here, there & everywhere but she says I'd miss having the volume. I can assure I wouldn't! Every time I see a photo of myself my hair looks so thick around my face, it's too heavy around the top & the ends look too blunt... why do hairdressers never listen!? Anyway, I've gone off an a whole different topic, I'll save the rest for a future post maybe!
Without using a hair oil my hair would be frizz central, so I reach for whatever bottle (I have a few!) I have nearest to me which has recently been the Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy*. It's stored in a vintage style small glass bottle with a wooden stopper top, once the top is removed the fruity scent of Grapefruit hits you. It's a very fresh, fruity, citrusy sweet scent which I love! Removing the oil from the bottle is a bit of a tricky task as you risk it spilling everywhere so I've been dipping my finger tips in whilst it's still quite full. A tiny amount goes quite far, I rub it throughout the ends & smooth over my layers that tend to flick out & leave my hair to absorb it for a few minutes before straightening. One of my main concerns when it comes to using hair oil is the worry it might make my hair look greasy but I can confirm theres no grease in sight! I'm always careful to apply oils though but you really do only need a small amount with this one. The product contains Coconut, Avocado, Almond & Castor oils & as soon as I saw it had Coconut oil I knew it would be good! My hair feels much healthier after I use it, it's very dry & needs a lot of nourishment which this oil provides & it also adds shine so my hair looks healthier too!
Autumn is here, I'm definitely more of an Autumn/Winter kinda girl than Spring/Summer. From the colourful crunchy leaves that decorate the pavements to cold & crisp fresh air, the build up to the festive season & fireworks for Bonfire, digging out the winter woolies (bobble hats & chunky knit jumpers) to snuggling up indoors with candles lit, the fire burning & a mug of hot chocolate, everything about Autumn makes me feel happy! The only thing I'm not a fan of is the struggle to take blog photos, lighting may need to be invested in soon!
I've picked out my favourite Autumnal shades, starting with OPI's Malaga Wine*, to me this just screams Autumn. A deep red, it reminds me of the little berries you see growing on the hedges throughout Autumn. It's also the perfect festive colour too, it will definitely be my Christmas day polish! In fact, I've been wearing this non stop ever since nailpolish.co.uk kindly sent it over to me (also that website is a nail polish addicts heaven, every kinda nail polish you can imagine... well almost!) I actually discovered this polish when I had my nails done at the South Beach Spa Day Blogger event & I'm so so glad I remembered the name of it!
The next two shades are from Barry M & are also both from the Gelly Hi Shine range. Barry M are probably my favourite drugstore/high street nail polish, they're so affordable, they have virtually every shade you could ever wish for & there are also quite a few formula variations, my favourite being the Gelly Hi Shine. Plum* is the dark purple colour which makes me think of the dark nights, so I'll probably be reaching for this if I have an evening event to attend! Does anyone else do that... try & match up their nail polish to the event they're attending? Cocoa* is a bit of a weird one, a brown nail polish. I never thought I would be saying I liked a brown nail polish but there is just something about this shade that when it's applied it looks quite classic.
Ciate's Fade to Greige is a violet toned grey polish, it's unique & something a bit different from your standard purple shade. It could be described as a dull purple due to it's grey tones, but we all know Autumn skies can be quite dull & grey days are a regular occurrence throughout Winter. The final shade is another one from Ciate, Vintage which is described as a rich, deep & majestic grey, however I can see some green in this one! I'd say it's more of a green grey, again not the nicest sounding polish but I assure you it looks really great on!