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With the party season fast approaching I thought it might be a good idea to show you one of my favourite day to night makeup products, something simple that can be worn as it is for work or Christmas shopping and enhanced for an evening out.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all had makeup artists on hand like the celebrities do? It might surprise you to know that the likes of Beyonce, Zoe Saldana, Taylor Swift and more, love their penny-pinching beauty must-haves just the same as you and I and I’ve actually used some of their favourite products in my look.
So how do you go from tired mum to ready to party? I’ve used some of my personal favourites plus the favourites of Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian.
My base (not featured) is the Make-up Forever Velvet Mat (£29) in Vanilla which is a favourite of Taylor Swift, I really do like this foundation as it’s medium to high coverage and can be built up to cover blemishes of which I have many.
Max factor Creme Puff (£6.99) for me is iconic, my grandmother used to use it and as soon as I open the lid the smell transports me to my childhood. It’s a real versatile product as it can be worn alone, with moisturiser or over foundation for a flawless finish.
The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette (£6.99) is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes for a day to night look. The eyeshadow is highly pigmented and there is a great mix of matte and glitter shades meaning you can really make your eyes sparkle with some glitter once your night is about to start.
After years of trial and error with eyebrow pencils I’ve found one that I love by Nyx. The micro brow pencil in Espresso (£7) is perfect for filling in your brows, it doesn’t have a red pigment in it like some dark brown pencils do and the really thin pencil means that even the most heavy handed person will fail to go wrong when filling in their brows.
If it’s good enough for Gigi Hadid it’s good enough for me! Diorshow iconic curl mascara in Black (£25) has been a favourite of mine for years, I find it gives the perfect falsh lash effect without the need for falsh lashes. 3 coats is usually enough for my lashes and I get a full day and night of wear with no flaking.
Finally for the lips I used a favourite of Kim Kardashian, the Maybelline colour sensational lipstick (£3.97). I’m not a fan of beige like Ms Kardashian, I prefer a red, my current favourite being ravishing rose, what I really love about this lipstick is you can blot it on a tissue to get a really subtle red which suits all or you can wear it as it’s supposed to be – daring and ready for sipping those Christmqas cocktails.
Are any of my celebrity drugstore favourites a favourite of yours?
*This post is a collaboration with magicfreebies.co.uk
POSTED IN: Celebrity Looks, Dior, Drugstore, Eyeshadow, High end, Lipstick, Makeup, Mascara, Maybelline
When you buy gifts for a lot of people at Christmas time it can become very expensive buying wrapping paper and all of the things to decorate them. I have been known to spend around £40-£50 in Marks and Spencer on my wrapping paper and decorations which could be spent on better things in my opinion. In a few easy steps you can create beautifully wrapped presents for a fraction of your usual cost by making DIY Christmas Wrapping paper. My supplies cost under £20 and some bits will last until next Christmas.
I love the smell of dried fruit as it reminds me of Christmas when ever I smell it, to make it I slice Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit and bake in a very low oven for 2 hours turning over once. Once the fruit has cooled I place on a radiator or in the airing cupboard for a couple of days to completely dry out. We always take a family crafting foraging trip where we collect pine cones and pretty branches that would make a good base for a project and I tend to use them in my decorating at Christmas time, you can also use some of the branches from your Christmas tree (only pick the bits that you can’t see so chop from the back). If you can get hold of glitter spray, pine cones can look amazing all glittery and twinkling (a tip from my friend Kate)
I start by wrapping my parcels in brown paper which I buy for £1.25 for 15 metres, I then wrap the parcel in ribbon or gardening string, it gives a fabulous rustic feel to the present and makes you feel like you are back in olden days where brown paper was used to wrap everything.
It’s entirely up to personal preference what decorations you use on the present but I quite like to use pieces of cinnamon and fruit, holly berries and sprigs of cedar, pine cones, sprigs of rosemary and coloured jingle bells, Miniature baubles or home made gingerbread.
I cut my own tags from old cardboard boxes (recycling is good) and either leave them plain or add a silver sticker. If you have time you could draw something on the tag or stencil the initial of the recipient. I love this tutorial for Felt Gingerbread men gift tags on Grace’s Favours blog.
Not only do these presents look and smell great your recipient can recycle the decoration next year! You will have saved so much by not purchasing expensive wrapping paper and decoration that you can treat yourself to supplies for next year in the January sales saving even more money the following Christmas. Brown parcel paper can also be recycled so you are doing your bit for the environment too!
How do you wrap your presents?
It’s less than two months until the big day which means thoughts of mistletoe and wrapping paper are probably spinning around in your head but have you thought about your Christmas checklist? Now is the perfect time to plan your Christmas and festive celebrations so its probably a good idea to start with a pen and paper so you can jot down everything you’re going to need over the next few weeks or feel free to pin this page (There is a pin button below).
1) Beat the crowds by starting your Christmas shopping now. Plan a budget for each person and stick to it, November is a great time to purchase your presents as the shops are still relatively quiet and will still have the “most wanted” gifts in stock. November is a great time for discounts and Amazon are extending their Black Friday offers this year so do check them out to see if you can pick up a bargain.
2) Most of the big stores like Marks and Spencer, Paperchase and supermarkets have 3 for 2 on their cards and wrapping paper so be sure to stock up now before the prices go up.
3) Start writing your Christmas cards now so you’re all ready to post once December arrives, make sure to use this time as a good opportunity to update your address book. Buy your Christmas stamps now while the post office is quiet, wait until December and you face huge queues.
4) Begin wrapping presents and find somewhere safe to store them like the bottom of a wardrobe, loft or cupboard.
5) Make things that you can freeze such as mince pies, cakes, tarts and pastry, and you won’t be left feeling flustered in the kitchen at the last minute.
6) If you’re planning to visit family or friends who don’t live locally now is a good time to look for cheap train/bus/flight tickets. If you will be driving you can use the time to give your car a winter check, make an emergency kit to keep in the boot should you break down and check that you have spare lights, snow chains, shovel and blankets.
7) Plan your festive menu and look out for key ingredients that may be on offer in the supermarket such as spices, dried goods, flour, chocolates and alcohol.
8) Check that your Christmas lights work. There is nothing worse than putting your tree up to find that your lights no longer work. There are lots of offers on Decorations in stores during November so purchase any bits that you need now rather than waiting until December when the good items may have sold out.
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Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, I love to decorate the house and make “spooky” food to eat on the night. We don’t go trick or treating and we never get people knocking on our door which is one of the benefits of living in an apartment. My children like to get treats for Halloween and one of my favourite things to do is hide the treats around the house for them to find. This year I will be hiding a variety of Halloween treats around the house including these rather cute trick or treat lollypop Ghosts.
The Lollypop ghosts are such a simple Halloween treat to make and you can pop them in a bowl to hand out to any trick or treaters who come to your door. To make the ghosts you will need:
Tissue / Toilet Paper
Black felt tipped pen
It couldn’t be more simple to put these together, me and my 3 year old had great fun although I did have to stop him trying to eat every one of the lollypops!
The first step is to cut a sheet of tissue into 4 pieces, this gives you a small square which you will place your lolly on and it forms the head section. Lay your tissue down on a flat surface, depending on the size of the lollypop you may need two sheets, place a small square in the centre.
Place your lollypop on the small square as shown above. You are then going to fold the top down over the lolly.
Secure the tissue around the head of the lollypop with an elastic band. Don’t worry about the aesthetics at this point as we will be adding ribbon and separating the tissue to form the ghost later.
Tie some spooky ribbon around the elastic band to form a scarf.
Draw on some eyes and pull out your tissue to make it look like a floating ghost.
These ghosts are great to hand out to children who come to the door trick or treating.
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*Some of the craft items used in this post were provided as part of the on-going Bostik Bloggers campaign
I originally wrote this post back in 2013, as I’m still actually using the Clinique CC cream as my day to day face make up I thought it was time I printed an updated view of the product which you can read in the italic font.
I’ve been a fan of BB creams for a while now and swapped my heavy foundation for the light textured cream that really did offer what it said on the tube. When I heard about the new contender to the market the CC cream I was really excited, it offers a colour corrector which can help cover and correct redness in the skin.
Since hitting my 30’s I’ve noticed that my cheeks are getting more and more colour of the red variety, I also have some pigmentation marks on my forehead which I can only assume is from sun damage. I find trying to cover areas of colour on my skin a very hard task, what works on my forehead doesn’t work on my cheeks and if I have any spots that’s another product needed. My skin is looking very dull and seems to have lost it’s radiance over the past few years.
I don’t ask much from my skin products! I would like to see some of the radiance restored, some of the colour to be corrected, natural coverage and an SPF.
I’m 36 years old and over the past couple of years have noticed an increase in enlarged pores, fine lines and discolouration. My skin is not radiant and I have an increase of fine broken capillaries on my cheeks. The skin underneath my eyes has a blue/purple tone to it and I have increased pigmentation marks.
The Clinique moisture surge CC cream is suitable for all skin types and comes in 9 different shades, Very Light, Light, Fresh Peach, Natural Fair, Natural, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Deep and Deep.
I picked Light which I felt was the colour best suited to my skin tone, it’s actually a perfect match and looks flawless on the skin.
What really stands out for me about the CC Cream is the SPF30, I’ve never seen such a high number in any skin care product. The cream is thicker than my usual BB cream but blends in very well and a little really does go a long way. I like to know I’m getting value for money with my face products and I predict that this 40ml tube will probably last 4-5 months with daily use based on the amount I need to cover my face.
I actually get around 5-6 months use from each tube, the product is not full coverage but can be built up and even worn underneath foundation if required. I use the CC cream after moisturising and set with powder.
In my opinion the CC cream has definitely helped to enhance my skin’s natural radiance. I suffer from very dry skin and I have noticed that a level of hydration is added to my skin when I use the product. My dry patches are not enhanced when I use this product and it doesn’t seem to cling to eczema. My face seems to have more of a flawless look which I’ve not been able to achieve for a long time. My pigmentation marks are completely covered and the redness on my cheeks is toned down when using the cream. I can’t advise how this product will work on different skin types to my own but what I can say is that if you have sensitive dry skin with eczema breakouts like myself you should pop down to your nearest Clinique counter and give this a try.
The cream formulation is still very well suited to my skin and if I’m having a particularly rushed morning I’m more than happy to go out with just a small amount of this by itself to enhance the appearance of my skin.
I love the idea of wearing make up that doesn’t look like you are actually wearing any and this make up really does offer that natural look.
Clinique CC cream is available to purchase from any Clinique counter or online at a rrp of £28.00 The price has not increased since this post was originally published in 2013