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Day to Night Makeup for Christmas

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.

Celebrity Drugstore makeup

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?

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*This post is a collaboration with magicfreebies.co.uk

Escentual Christmas With Madame G

Today’s selection of Christmas Gifts are from Escentual.com who offer a huge range of items and worldwide shipping which is great for non UK readers.  As always I have included a wide selection of items to suit all budgets and all stocking fillers are under £20.


This is a gift I know my mother would appreciate and as a mother myself I can’t think of anything better to find under the Christmas tree!

Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Gift Set 50ml (£68.00)

The ethereal fragrance is inspired by the delicate magnolia gardens that surround Lake Como in Italy, which emit a unique, heady fragrance. Top notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron brighten the opening, before a decadent heart of magnolia, jasmine, rose and tuberose make for an intensely feminine signature. A sensual dry down of woods, vetiver and vanilla ensure a sensual lasting impression.

The Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau de Cologne Gift Set contains:
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau de Parfum 50ml
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Bath Gel 50ml
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Body Cream 50ml


This travel spray would be perfect for my father as he works away from home, the leather travel case means that the aftershave is protected from both knocks in a suitcase and from sunlight.

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa Travel Spray with Leather Case 30ml (£76.00

Top notes of Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian lemons, enriched with refined freshness by vibrant notes of cardamom and ginger. Refined, solar aromatic heart notes of myrtle and sagebush with hints of Neroli and intense base notes heighten the unmistakable uniqueness of Colonia Intensa.

A leather note, tactile, luminous and male, enclosed by vibrant spicy, smoky notes of cedar, guaiac and patchouli. Deep notes of Benzoin and Musk exalt the persistence of this refined harmony.


I don’t personally have a sister but my partner does and this is the sort of gift they would appreciate.  As a sister myself I can’t think of a better present to receive than perfume, after all a girl can never have enough bottles can she?

Jimmy Choo Shoe Box Eau de Toilette Gift Set 60ml (£41.65)

Inspired by the modern, glamorous woman who exudes confidences in whatever she does, this fruity floral fragrance has a compelling sensuality and a playful fun loving streak. Ginger provides a burst of freshness which energises the senses. A full heart of Tea Rose and Tiger orchid unravels on the skin like a colourful bouquet which descends into a sensual dry down of cedarwood which leaves a beautiful aroma on the skin

The Jimmy Choo Shoe Box Eau de Toilette Gift Set contains:
Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette 60ml
Jimmy Choo Body Lotion 100ml


To some people shampoo doesn’t sound like a typical gift but I personally love a bottle of luxury shampoo or conditioner that costs a little bit more than I would pay for my daily hair care.

Philip Kingsley Jet Set Take Comfort (£16.95)

Philip Kingsley introduces another set from the Jet Set family aimed at clients experiencing flaking or itching scalps.

Whether the condition is mild or persistent this kit will help keep flaking at bay whilst soothing irritated scalps and leaving hair in tip top condition.


Who wouldn’t love to find a Dior gift under the tree on Christmas morning?  The problem I find with the Palettes is that they are just too beautiful to use

Dior Carnet de Bal palette (£57.15)

Dior has transformed the Carnet de Bal, the dance card in which dancers in the past would write down the name of their partner, into an essential beauty accessory.

This palette, sealed with a black eyeliner like a genuine Carnet de Bal, unveils a duo of luminous pearlescent platinum and gold eye shadows that appear to be sumptuously embroidered and two glosses.


My Partner has been using Lab Series for 3 years now and is very reluctant to try out any other brand as this works so well on his skin, after years of using irritating brands it always puts a smile on his face to get gift sets like this at Christmas

Lab Series Daily Essentials Gift Set (£34.85)

Treat your skin to this elite range of technologically advanced skincare products which are specifically targeted to suit the needs of men. Simple, innovative, and high quality, this collection promises real results without compromise.

The full-sized Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash gives skin a deep-down cleanse every day with minimum effort. Gentle exfoliating beads help to smooth out dry and patchy skin and perfectly prepare the area for shaving. The full-sized Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream is made up of rich emollient ingredients that protect skin from damage, and provides the perfect shave. Finish off your new routine with the travel-sized Lab Series

Set contains:
Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash 100ml
-Lab Series Maximum Comfort Shave Cream 100ml
Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Lotion SPF15 50ml


I don’t actually have a niece but if I did I would definitely be buying her this, it’s actually something my daughter would love so she may end up finding this in her pile of presents come Christmas morning!

Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum Gift Set 50ml (£24.50)

Made up of ultra-feminine and uplifting notes, Poppy dazzles the senses. A playful opening of cucumber, mandarin and freesia is the perfect complement to a heart of voluptuous flora, including gardenia, rose and jasmine. An added touch of creme brulee together with a plush dry down of woods, vanilla and whipped marshmallow makes for a decadent scent.

Begin your luxurious Poppy ritual by smoothing the Coach Poppy body lotion all over the body for soft, smoothed skin, before spraying the happy-go-lucky Poppy eau de parfum over the top of this fragrant base.

The Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum Gift Set contains:
Coach Poppy Eau de Parfum 50ml
Coach Poppy Body Lotion 150ml


I love the bottle of this aftershave which I think would make the perfect gift for a teenage boy.

Tommy Hilfiger Loud For Him Eau De Toilette Spray 25ml (£19.50)

Bold, dangerous and intense, LOUD is the essence of a distorted, reverberating bass that is amped on adrenaline.

A raw fragrance that moves to its own beat.

Stocking Fillers

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Mini 60 Second Fix Hands Kit (£6.85)

Dry, parched hands are refined and restored in just two simple steps. The 3-in-1 Hand Recovery works to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise rough hands with two sizes of salt crystals and fine pumice. Added shea butter and botanical oils provide an emollient barrier.

When the Hand Recovery is washed away, smooth the intensive Hand Therapy cream all over the skin to seal in the moisture.

Kit Contains:
25ml La Source Hand Recovery
25g La Source Hand Therapy

Dior Grand Bal False Lashes (£18.10)

Dior has created the ultimate Grand Bal finery: two pairs of false eyelashes in a limited edition. This pair adorned with soft gold Swarovski crystals, the eyes take on a mysterious appearance and sparkle with glamour.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Soap Collection Gift Set (£12.00)

Made with a 100% vegetable base and a high concentration of shea butter, the soaps produce a rich, creamy lather that infuses skin with moisture and care. Added oils and botanical extracts keep the skin feeling comfortable, ensuring a clarified and pampered body.

The Shea Milk soap is perfect for sensitive skin, working to soothe irritations every day. Shea Lavender calms the mind and the body with its naturally reparative, relaxing properties, while the Shea Verbena soap lifts the spirits and clears the mind with its sparkling citrus scent.

The Shea Butter Soap Collection 3 x 100g contains:
L’Occitane Shea Verbena Soap 100g
L’Occitane Shea Milk Soap 100g
L’Occitane Shea Lavender Soap 100g

Treat Yourself

I don’t know about you but when Christmas comes and I’m faced with all of the fabulous items that I may or may not get I always pick one luxury present for myself that I know I won’t be finding in my stocking or under the Christmas Tree, my chosen item is a shimmer powder which will see me throughout the party season and ensure I don’t leave the house without a shimmer!

Guerlain Liu Perfumed Shimmer Powder (£45.45)

The star product of the Guerlain Liu Christmas collection, this showstopping, limited edition loose powder dresses the body with sensuality. Drawing its inspiration from Jacques Guerlain’s iconic Liu Eau de Parfum from the 1920s, this precious beauty ritual softly illuminates the body with a mysterious, refined and festive air.

The black lacquered bottle is a talisman all of its own. Styled in the image of the original Liu perfume bottle, which in turn was inspired by traditional Japanese tea trays, this legendary fragrance is transformed into a desirable objet d’art.

Gently press the atomiser puffer to release a delicate breath of silky powder, iridescent shimmer and the seductive fragrance of aldehydes, roses, vanilla, iris and woody notes. A fascinating and infinitely feminine scent for lasting grace this Christmas.

Face Favourites For October

When I’m at university I leave the house at 5.30am and don’t get home until after 9.15pm so I need my makeup to last all day which is no easy task!  I’ve been trying to keep my daily look quite natural making sure that any imperfections are covered.

I’ve been using the Eau Thermale Avene Skin recovery cream (£12.50) as my daily moisturiser, I find that it does a marvelous job at keeping my eczema and dry patches at bay.  The cream isn’t too rich and does a brilliant job at calming down any red patches, I don’t have to worry about any wind chaffing when I have this on my skin as I know I’m protected.

The Korres evening primrose eye cream (£24.00) is a product I’ve been using for around 3 weeks now.  I had saved up 4 sample size tubes from various beauty boxes so I had enough to give this a fair trial.  My eyelids have been very dry recently and I honestly don’t believe this has been doing my skin any good which is a huge shame as I adore Korres products.  I’m going to finish what I have left in the tubes before I do a full review of the product.

The POREfessional by Benefit (£23.50) has been used religiously for the past 3 months.  A little bit of this product really does go a long way, I don’t seem to have made a dent in my tube and I use it every day.  I don’t think this is a miracle product as I can still see some of my pores when I look in the mirror so don’t go out and buy it expecting it to make your pores vanish.  The primer acts as a great base for my foundation, after use my skin feels silky and matt and any dry patches are hidden.

Nic from Strawberry Blonde Beauty Blog was the person who persuaded me to purchase this product and I’ve been in love ever since.  I’ve been using the Estee Lauder BB cream (£32.00) every day since April of this year and I’m still on the same tube which makes the product excellent value for money in my opinion!

The amount of product you can see above gives me a medium coverage which suits my personal needs.  You may be able to make out a blemish just above my jawline, this was caused by a product reaction (I suffer from these marks quite a lot)  the BB cream gives enough coverage so that marks like this are hidden.

I’ve put my Benefit Brow-zings away while I try to recapture my love for the YSL brow pencil (£19.00) in Dark Brown.  I love how easy this product is to apply, with a freshly sharpened pencil you can actually draw individual hairs in if you have time, the pencil is long lasting and has no red in the colour which is a huge hate of mine.

The Dior Crayon Khol Pencil (£16.00) seems to last me forever even with daily use!  The pencil is long lasting and I actually find once it’s on it takes a bit of work to remove it especially when it’s been on the eyes all day.

At the moment I’m wearing either Dior Extase or Dior Iconic mascara (£23.00).  Both mascaras  can be built up to give a false lash effect but I find two coats give me enough coverage for a daytime look.

Bella Bamba by Benefit (£23.50) is my final product.  I do find Benefit products expensive but the blushers seem to last me for ages, when I buy one I know it will probably last me 12 months even with daily use.  The blusher is very pigmented meaning a little goes a long way, the blush can be built up for an evening look if required.

There you have it my finished look, I think it looks really natural and I love the fact that it stays on my face until I take it off when I finish university.

What’s In My Makeup Bag?

I love reading What’s in my bag and makeup bag posts on people’s blogs so decided to do my own, you can either view my video or read the blog post below.

What’s in my makeup bag video

 If you don’t wish to view my youtube video I have provided links where possible for you to purchase the items that are currently in my makeup bag.

Kitson Wash Bag (Purchased from LA) $30

Boots Angled Tweezers £1.80

korres evening primrose eye cream 15ml £24

YSL Blush Variation Shade 2 £31

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Black Ink (1) £16.50

MAC Prep & Prime Eye (Light) £12.50

Carmex Lipbalm £2

Estee lauder Double Wear (2N2 Fresco) £26.50

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (Intensity 2) £26.50

Lancome La Base £27.00

Real Techniques stippling brush £11.99 Boots

A la carte cosmetics brow ink (Taupe) £22.00

Rouge Bunny Rouge Luminous skin wand (Alula) £31.00

Illamasqua Mascara (Raven) £15.00

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick £13.50

Revlon lip butter (Sweet Tart) £7.99

Real Techniques powder brush £12.99

Dior Khol pencil (Noir) £16.00

Elf blusher brush £3.50

Becca fine loose finishing powder (Bisque) £26.00

W7 Shimmer pearls £2.25

Naked Pallete 2 £36.00

I love reading what’s in my bag posts, feel free to leave your links in the comment box!