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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

My Little Cosy Box


If you’re new to the world of My Little Box you can find out all about it here, if you have found yourself here because you want to find out what was inside the My Little Cosy Box you have come to the right place.

my cosy little box

This is my 3rd My Little Box, each one has been as well thought out as the others but I personally like this one the best.  The box has an autumnal feel to it and on the day it arrived I was looking for a pick me up as I was stuck indoors with the heating on trying to warm up and outside it was windy, wet and miserable so to answer the door and receive a package from France really did put a smile on my face.

my cosy little box

Just like previous boxes My Little Cosy Box is a mixture of lifestyle and beauty, this time there were three beauty products that I immediately had to open as they were not only perfect for me but perfect for the season.

my little cosy box

First of all we had the lifestyle items which this month were a gorgeous little espresso cup which is currently housing my hair grips and my little bouilotte by Tsumori Chisato which is a little cushion to heat in the microwave, I’ve passed this on to my mother as she is a big fan of heated pillows and will get lots of use from it.

my cosy little box

The beauty products this month are my favourite by far and I’ve been using them every day since they arrived.

The first item is a single colour eyeshadow by Yves Rocher in coffee brown (£13.20) a company I used to order from in my late teens but for some unknown reason stopped using, I love the deep colour, coverage and lasting power I get from this eyeshadow and I’ll definitely be ordering more products from the brand in the future.

The second item is a black waterproof eyeliner by Arcancil (£5.50) I’d never previously heard of this brand before and it couldn’t have come at a better time as my trusted Dior pencil was on it’s last legs.  I’ve never used a waterproof pencil before as I was always worried that I might struggle to remove it but this seems to have great staying power and is incredibly easy to remove.

The third and final item was a My little beauty volumising mascara (£15.11) the mascara has a great formulation and although it doesn’t add as much volume as I would usually wear it’s actually great for daytime use.  I would definitely consider purchasing this one again.

This box just keeps getting better and better and it’s a real pleasure to receive unlike subscription boxes I’ve had in the past.  If you’re considering signing up you can fin more information by visiting My Little Box (It’s not an affiliate link and I’ve not been paid to say nice things, I bought the box with my own hard earned money)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

I was really late to the party when I purchased my first tube of Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, I had actually tried it before at a Benefit makeover but just never got round to making a purchase.

I won’t lie to you, when I first used this mascara a few months ago I really wasn’t impressed at all and actually took to twitter to express my hatred of the product, some people agreed with me and some people didn’t.  I went back to my Dior mascara and when I had finished the tube decided to give They’re Real another try.

I’m so glad I didn’t listen to myself the first time around as I have really grown to love this mascara and rate it highly as one of my favourites.

Benefit They're Real Mascara


mascara wand


I’ve never really been a massive fan of a plastic/rubber wand but I do actually like this wand which is made up of lots of short, spiky looking bristles which lift and coat every single lash. The bristles on the end of the wand are used to fanout your corner lashes which gives extra lift and volume.

They're Real

When Applying a second coat of mascara you need to do this while the first coat is still wet or you will end up with nasty clumpy lashes (I learnt this the hard way!).

I have quite a few positive things to say about this mascara! I can apply this mascara to my lashes at 6am and when I take my makeup off for bed it hasn’t budged, flaked or imprinted itself on my eyelids.  Some reviews I have read say this mascara is really difficult to remove but I have not found this to be the case, I find the mascara melts off with ease.

Some mascara has been known to irritate my eyes, I found this happened with Badgal by Benefit after a full day of use but I’ve had no issues with They’re Real.

benefit They're Real Mascara


I would usually wear 3-4 coats of Mascara for evening use and 2 coats for daytime use, I find 1-2 coats of They’re real is quite sufficient and gives me quite a dramatic look which I’m very happy with.  In the picture above I’m wearing one coat of mascara and I think you will agree that it is more than enough for a daytime look.

You can purchase Benefit’s They’re Real from a variety of places for £19.50 which in my opinion is great value for money.

*Disclaimer – I purchased this item myself, I wasn’t asked to write the post, I just love the mascara*

I’ve Been Shopping!

While I was pregnant I really lost my shopping mojo, I didn’t think there was any point visiting my favourite clothes shops as I couldn’t fit into anything that wasn’t maternity wear, my skin had taken a turn for the worse so I had to be very careful what I put on it and stuck to items that I had previously used and had in my stockpile.


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.