Monday, 5 December 2016

Blogmas Day 5 - My Top 5 Christmas Red Lipsticks

Hey beaut's!

And welcome to Blogmas day five...Now I absolutely adore a red lip however I don't wear them I huge amount throughout the year unless I'm going out somewhere fancy however....Because it's basically Christmas I have pulled out all of my favourite red lipsticks and have been wearing them with pride, I mean you've just got to embrace a red lip throughout December don't you. So today I thought I would share with you all my top five red lippies going from the more affordable all the way up to one higher end priced lippie.
1. First up is Makeup Revolutions Lipstick in Ruby which is an absolute bargain at just £1.00 wowza! Ruby is simply stunning, its a classic bright red shade with hints on pink running through it, it doesn't contain any shimmers at all and has a creamy finish, this one looks amazing teamed with dramatic black winged liner.

2. Secondly and another one by Makeup Revolution is their Rose Gold lipstick in Red Carpet. Red Carpet is a gorgeous pillow box red shade that would be the perfect night out lipstick over the party season because it's so glamorous and would go hand in hand with an LBD, plus the packaging is so stunning that you wouldn't mind having it in your clutch bag for any top ups. The formula of these rose gold lipstick by Makeup Revolution are gorgeous too, really creamy and highly pigmented with a satin finish.

3. Next up is Rimmels Kate Moss lipstick in 01, this is actually my second bullet of this because I used it so much last year I had to recently repurchase another to wear this year. Kate's 01 tends to be my everyday wear red lipstick throughout December because I find it's not too vampy or dramatic but is still a beautiful true red shade.

4. My next pick is L'Oreals Color Riche Lipstick in Place Vendome, this is such a beautiful, rich, red wine red. If you haven't tried any of the L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick before then your missing out, the formula is stunning, their so creamy, long lasting and super pigmented, I love this one. 

5. Lastly but in no means least is the only luxury red lipstick I own MAC's Viva Glam I. Viva Glam I is a deep, vampy red shade with brown undertones and has a lovely matte finish. This is the red lip that I will be rocking to any Christmas parties because it just looks so dramatic on me and is such a statement lip, it is so beautiful though and definitely one to have stored away in your MAC lipstick collection!
Whats your favourite red lipstick to wear over the festive season beaut's? I'd love to know?

nopin

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Blogmas Day 4 - Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe

Hey beaut's!

It's blogmas day 4 and today I have a baking post for you all, it's no secret that I adore to bake and when I was planning all my blogmas posts I knew I wanted a few yummy Christmas treats to be thrown into the mix so today I have my Christmas Tree Brownies recipe for you all, you can actually find quite a few different variations of this recipe on pinterest but I tweaked it and created something a little easier for me he he. 
What You Will Need For The Brownies
100g Chocolate (plain or milk works well)
100g Butter/Marg
200g Self Raising Flour
200g Sugar (Soft brown sugar works best as it makes a fudgey brownie but caster sugar still works well)
3 Large Eggs
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

What You Will Need For The Brownies Icing/Decoration
1 Large Bar of White Chocolate
Green Food Colouring (coloured gels work best)
Christmas Sprinkles of Choice
White Chocolate Stars
Candy Canes

How To - Brownies
1. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a sauce pan over a low heat.
2. Once the chocolate and butter have completely melted turn off the heat and gradually stir in the sugar and eggs, it's best to let your chocolate and butter mixture cool ever so slightly first as you don't want to scramble you eggs.
3. Add the self raising flour and cocoa powder and blend with a hand whizzer until the mixture is completely smooth.
4. Pour the brownie mixture into a greased tin of choice, I actually used two circular cake tins because I thought this would be easier when cutting the triangle tree shapes.
5. Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes on gas mark 4/180C until the top of the brownies are slightly firm on top then let the brownies cool in the tin completely.

How To - Ice/Decorate
1. Once the brownies have completely cooled take them out of the tin and cute into triangle shapes to replicate trees, this is so easy if you have used round cake tins.
2. Once you have lots of triangle 'Christmas Tree' brownies you need to make their little trunks so I just chopped up some candy canes and carefully shoved them into the bottom of the brownies. 
3. To ice the brownies I simply melted a bar of white chocolate in the microwave in 20 second bursts and used green food colouring gel to get my desired green colour, be careful if your using liquid food colouring instead of the gel because if you add too much liquid you can water down the melted chocolates consistency and it will be far too runny to use.
4. Pop your melted-coloured chocolate into a piping bag (I actually used a sandwich bag and just snipped off the corner) and quickly pipe the melted chocolate onto the brownies from left to right, this can be a bit messy so I'd suggest popping all your brownies on greaseproof paper first.
5. After you've piped your melted chocolate onto the brownies add as many sprinkles as you like to act as baubles and top the tree with a little star, I found some white chocolate star sprinkles in Tesco so I just used those and voila!

 These Christmas Tree Brownies where so easy to make and I'm so pleased with how they came out, I actually surprised myself as I thought they where going to be quite difficult but actually they where so much fun to make. I'd definitely suggest giving these a whirl over the festive season, their easy, look great and taste incredible.

What will you be baking over the festive season beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Blogmas Day 3 - £3 B&M Christmas Candles Reviewed


Hey beaut's!

Its Blogmas day three and today I have a candle review for you all. Its no surprise that I like a candle or 50 at this time of the year ha ha, however being in the UK I feel like we sometimes miss out on some of the amazing candle scents that you can get from places such as Bath and Body Works, however recently B&M's £2.99 candles have been taking over the blogasphere and have been named the ultimate Bath and Body Works candle dupes, so I decided to take myself off to B&M and check those bad boys out. I ended up buying two of their Christmas candles quite some time ago and I have been patiently waiting until I put my Christmas decorations up to burn them and since we put our decorations up last week I've finally had them lit and have been loving them.

The B&M Christmas candle collection consists of quite a few different scents but I decided on Vanilla Snowflake and Iced Candy. The candles come in large, heavy glass jars which you can definitely reuse once the candles have burnt down, I always keep mine for makeup brushes or cotton buds, and they both come with lightweight metal lids with a snowflake embossed into it which certainly gives them even more of a Bath and Body works vibe. The candles have two wicks which is so good because they burn evenly and don't leave any wasted wax around the sides of the jars.

The first candle out of the two that I lit straight away was Vanilla Snowflake, now I love my vanilla, sugary foodie scents and this one smells divine just like a sugar cookie with icing on, oh my god it's gorgeous, it has a medium scent throw which isn't overpowering or sickly despite being sweet and lingers in the house for a good while even after blowing it out. Then we have Iced Candy, this one was a lot different to what I was expecting, with the name Iced Candy I was thinking it would be really sweet but actually it reminds me a lot of Yankee Candles Winter Glow as it's quite fresh and frost bitten with the ever so slight hint of sweetness, it really is nice and more Christmassy than Vanilla Snowflake. For £2.99 each you really cant fault these candles, they look cute, smell great without being too overpowering, their festive and have up to 25 hours burn time, their such good value for money.

Have you picked up any of the B&M Bath and Body Works candle dupes beaut's? Which would you recommend? I'd love to know.

nopin

Friday, 2 December 2016

Blogmas Day 2 - My Favourite Festive Nail Polishes

Hey beaut's!

Welcome to blogmas day two! I'm really embracing Christmasy nails at the moment so I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all my favourite nail polishes that I always whip back out for the festive season!
Firstly I have my Ciate nail polish in the shade Sand Dune, this is such a stunning true gold shade that goes on super smoothly, dries very quick and wears really well, I tend to use this as more of an accent nail shade on my thumb and ring finger. Next up is probably my favourite nail polish for the festive season out of all the polishes in this post and that is Barry M's Red Glitter. Red Glitter is made up of tiny red specs of glitter that are suspended in a transparent liquid so you do need to layer up a couple of coats for full opacity and let me tell you it's totally worth the couple of coats because it's the most sparkly, Christmassy red glitter that you'll ever set your eyes on. My next pick is again from Barry M but this time it's their Molten Metal nail paint in the shade Copper Mine, this is a gorgeous copper-toned polish which is crammed with multi-tonal shimmer that catches the light beautifully, I use this one again for accent nails however it looks lovely all over the nails too. My favourite Christmas red shade that contains no glitter or shimmer is the China Glaze nail polish in Tip Your Hat, it such a glamours red and super festive. I sometimes like to top Tip Your Hat  with my next pick which is Essie's Summit Of Style, this one an antique goldish/bronzish glitter top coat which contains large hex shaped glitters and smaller flecks that are suspended in a clear base, it's the perfect sparkly top coat for the festive season. Finally I have Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine nail paint in Sparkling Ruby, this one is a gorgeous red glitter shade that has a subtle golden shimmer effect running through it, such a festive shade.

All of the nail polishes above apply like a dream without any bubbling or streaking and last a good amount of time on the nails, if I had to pick a favourite brand of nail polish that I featured in this post I'd have to go for Barry M, I honestly don't think you can beat them for the price and the quality can you, their polishes really are amazing and theres so much shade choice too isn't there!

What are your favourite nail polishes to wear during Christmas beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Blogmas Day 1 - My Top 10 Christmas Films

Hey beaut's!

And welcome to the very first day of blogmas, yup I'm 'attempting' to blog everyday up until Christmas, I say attempting because I'm not too sure how I will find the time considering I have a retail job, a house to run and general Christmas chaos to deal with but I'm certainly going to give it a good go! Now if theres one thing that I really enjoy doing during the lead up to Christmas is watching all the festive movies, me and my boyfriend have always been big movies lovers ( we love a good ole movie night in with lots of treats, we do) but movie nights get even better when Christmas movies are involved and you can get all cosy and snuggled up whilst it's chilly and dark outside, so today I thought I'd share with you all SOME of my absolute favourites....

Home Alone 1 & 2 - These two movies have been all time favourites of mine ever since I was little, I love them as much now as I did when I was growing up and still watch them over and over during the run up to Christmas and never get bored of them, in fact I started watching them both in August because I just couldn't wait any longer he he. 

Elf  -  Elf is just amazing and again one of my all time favourites.... “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” ,“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favourite.”  Buddy's one liners and the silly things he does just cracks me up, I even have my eye on some Elf pyjamas too he he.

The Polar Express - I find the Polar Express so cristmassy and magical and I always watch it a few times of the festive seasons, it always blows me away that Tom Hanks voices 6  characters within the film, how amazing is that!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas - This movie actually used to scare me so much when I was little for some reason and I never really got into it until a few years back but now I love it! It isn't your average, cheery Christmas movie as the Grinch hates happiness and hates Christmas and plans to steal all the decorations and all the presents from the town Whoville, but it's definitely one to watch at this time of year, I tend to always have this on when wrapping presents, I don't know how but it seems to happen every year.

The Holiday - A festive chick flick that I absolutely love, and can we all just appreciate how god damn HOT Jude Law is in this film, it's a Christmas treat in itself he he.

Arthur Christmas -  This is one amazing film and became a favourite of mine from the very first time I saw it. Basically this film follows Santa Clause and his two sons one of which is Arthur Christmas on Christmas Eve and basically something goes very wrong during that Christmas Eve night and they frantically have to try and fix it before Christmas Day! It's cute, funny and definitely a Christmas classic!

Jingle All The Way - Another classic Christmas film that I absolutely love, it features Arnold Schwarzenegger who has promised his son the most popular toy of the season which is basically sold out everywhere and it follows him trying to hunt down this toy for his son, ohhh will he get it?? You'll have to watch it to find out!

Love Actually - Arhhh romance, comedy and Christmas all in one film, now that's my kind of film ha ha. Love Actually explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas, I just love it!

The Santa Clause - My final top Christmas movie has to be The Santa Clause, it features Tim Allen who plays Scott Calvin who's a total scrooge and general misery when it comes to Christmas but is soon forced to take over the job of Santa Claus when he and his son Charlie witness the previous Santa Claus falling off a roof. There is a second and third Santa Clause which I do absolutely love too but the original is my favourite.

And there you have it beaut's, a few Christmas movies that I love! I could go on and on when it comes to festive movies but I have restrained myself some what he he.

What are your favourite Christmas movies?? I'd love to know!

nopin

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nuxe Best-Seller Christmas Gift Set Review

Hey beaut's!

Today I have a gorgeous Christmas gift set to share with you by the luxurious French skincare brand Nuxe, this set would not only go down an absolute treat with any skincare or indeed Nuxe lover but it's also a great way to introduce someone to the brand and the world of luxury skincare.
As the name would suggest the Nuxe Best Seller Gift Set* (£20.00) contains a trio of Nuxe's best selling products which will thoroughly pampered the skin this festive season. Firstly theres the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Golden Dry Oil (50ml) - This is a really popular, iconic oil which is enriched with a gorgeous blend of plant oils that nourishes, softens and illuminates the face, body and hair all in one go. I've been using this oil since the very second I got it and honestly it works wonders, and anyone with dry skin like myself will really benefit from it because it's so nourishing. As this is a golden oil it does contain tiny shimmering mineral particles which give radiance to the skin and hair for a healthier, glowing look. I can see this bottle lasting such a long time because the smallest amount of this oil goes such a long way. 
Also in the set is the Nuxe RĂªve de Miel Honey Lip Balm (15g) - This lip balm contains a combination of honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit that all work together to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and most damaged lips. This stuff is honestly like magic for my lips, at this time of the year pretty much nothing helps my lips but this lip balm by Nuxe has really worked and impressed me a lot, it's so moisturising and feels so smooth in the lips and the taste and scent of grapefruit is such a nice treat. Finally and completing this set is the Nuxe Prodigieux Precious Scented Shower Oil (30ml) - This shower gel actually has an oil-gel formula and is infused with a beautiful sunshine scent and golden shimmer. Now when I saw that this shower oil contained shimmer I was slightly weary because I thought I was going to come out of the shower looking like a disco ball however... the shimmer is actually really subtle and delicate, great to use over the festive season for sure. 
Overall I think this is such a lovely gift and definitely something any skin care lover would adore, it's such great value too at just £20.00 for the set which for luxury skincare really is a bargain.

You can find the Nuxe Best-Seller Christmas Gift Set (£20.00) on the Escentual website HERE.

nopin

Monday, 28 November 2016

Beauty Christmas Crackers 2016

Hey beaut's!

Their are sooooo many beauty Christmas crackers out this year, brands have seriously upped their game and I'm loving them all so much that I just had to share my top picks with you all today. Personally I think beauty crackers work amazingly well as stocking fillers or for secret Santa gifts, their all super festive because of their cracker design, reasonably priced and still great little gifts at the same time that most beauty lovers would enjoy. I also love how you can now get full boxes of crackers too, I think these are great if your hosting a Christmas meal with your best friends a bit before Christmas, they just make such a nice change to normal crackers done they. My favourites out of this bunch would have to be the Essie nail polish cracker and the Soap and Glory set of crackers. The Essie cracker contains four full size nail polishes in gorgeous wintry shades perfect for the festive/party season, theres even a glitter shade within the four too, and the Soap and Glory set contains 6 crackers with a mini Soap and Glory favourite inside, theres a mini hand cream, foot cream, a couple of shower gels, a body scrub and a body butter, how amazing is that! 
Christmas Beauty Crackers