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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

Jean Queen By Lipstick Queen

I have a love hate with lipstick and what I mean by that is I love lipstick but more often than not the formula hates me and my flaky lips so I tend not to wear it too often favouring a tinted lipbalm instead.

Jean queen by lipstick queen

It was by chance that I read about Jean Queen by Lipstick Queen (£20) whilst browsing Cult Beauty and it sounded like the perfect lipstick for me, sheer and a one pink fits all and of course I’m a bit of a jean queen myself.

I’m a sucker for good packaging, I have some horrific coloured lipsticks but I can’t bear to part with them because the packaging is so pretty, Anna Sui, Etude House, Shiseido Benefique, Jill Stuart and Paul & Joe are some of my favourite brands thanks to the really pretty packaging so you can probably guess that the denim style packaging of Jean Queen was a huge selling point for me.

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The lipstick does look quite dark at first glance and you could be forgiven for thinking it is more of a deep red than a pink, maybe that was another factor that appealed to me as I’m not really a pink sort of person when it comes to lip colour.

Lipstick Queen Jean Queen lipstick

I love the creaminess of this lipstick, it applies with ease and doesn’t accentuate any dry parts of my lips or dry my lips out.  The best way to describe the colour on my lips is that it’s like an amplified version of my natural colour or a perfect nude.  Although the colour is quite sheer it does seem to brighten my face and it’s one of those colours that would work day or night.

jean queen swatch

Longevity isn’t the best, I get around 3 hours which isn’t too bad for a sheer lip colour but I can deal with that because the colour is fabulous and the formulation is perfect.  Well done Poppy King, I’ll be checking out some more of your Lipstick Queen colours soon.

Do you own any lipsticks from the Lipstick Queen range?

Design For The Face By Armani

I visited the Giorgio Armani stand in Fenwick today to find out a little more about the brand and to have a makeover.  I do already own an Armani foundation which is fairly light coverage and was interested in trying out some of the other products.

This is my naked face wearing only face cream, It’s not very often I can be seen au natural as I hate my complexion.