Now that we’re in the run-up to Christmas, I’ve been falling in love with a whole host of eyeshadow palettes. I’ve got my posts on them coming up, but something that’s been really important in me getting the most out of my new acquisitions has been the Real Techniques Eyelining Set.
The set features four must-have brushes complete with an adorable little silver pouch to keep them in. If you’re a big eye makeup person, it’s a real investment product!
On a daily basis, I don’t tend to use the silver pouch, but it’s incredibly handy to have if I need to do my makeup away from home. Each of the brushes just slot in, and then the flap keeps every safe and tidy.
First up is the Pointed Eyeliner Brush, a wonderful little brush if you’re a fan of a softly defined eye look. The bristles are long and flat, meaning that it’s super easy to control, and it’s a great option for days when I want to use a gel liner.
The Precision Liner Brush might just be the dinkiest in my collection. The super defined shape coupled with the point means that it creates the perfect line. It’s a real perfectionist’s tool, and if you’re a fan of a cat eye or flick, this is the brush for you!
I tend to use the Angled Eyeliner Brush for filling in my eyebrows, as it creates a really great, natural look. The bristles are lovely and stiff, and the brush picks up the perfect amount of pigment.
Last up is possibly my favorite from the lineup – the Smudge Brush. It’s a small, densely packed C shaped brush which is really wonderful for creating a smudge-y smokey eye. I love to dip it in a darker shade and push it into my lash line for a casual look.
The Real Techniques Eyeliner Set is priced at £19.99 and is available here
As something of a nude lip aficionado, I got rather excited when I heard about Lipstick Queen’s new Seven Deadly Sins Collection. Somewhat unsurprisingly, there are seven colours to choose from, which range from nudes to deep violets.
I opted for Indolence, a stunning warm toned pinky-nude, which is just perfect if you’re looking for a your lips but better shade. It’s a lovely option when you’re wearing a heavy eye look, and need a lipcolour which is pretty, but won’t compete for the drama.
Packaged in a gorgeously chic tube with golden logo detailing, Indolence is a heavily pigmented gloss, which leaves lips pink and shiny for hours at a time.
Thanks to the doe foot applicator, applying the gloss is a cinch, and it applies wonderfully and smoothly. On the lips, the formula is wonderfully glossy and opaque, and it feels more balmy than sticky. It’s enriched with ingredients like Cranberry Seed Extract and Black Soybean Extract, so it’s also the perfect choice if you’re after a winter lip colour!
Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lipgloss in Indolence is priced at £22 and is available here.
So, YSL Touche Eclats are one of those products I always have in my makeup stash. It’s a real must-have thanks to the way it can hide shadowed under eyes, and add a touch of light to the skin. So, you can imagine how excited I get about their special editions which are always embellished with the cutest decorations.
This year is no different with their Kiss & Love Holiday 2015 range which features three lipsticks, a makeup palette and the touch eclat all studded with ruby red lips. A couple of years ago I nearly bought a dress in the exact print in the Harvey Nicks sale, but didn’t, and it’s haunted me ever since!
So, when I could get a bit of the lips action in the form of a Touche Eclat, I jumped! I may already have bought two!
YSL Touche Eclat is priced at £25 and is available here
As a brand, ESPA are always greatly received in my house! It’s the mixture of wonderfully luxurious products tucked inside the lushest of packaging, which does it for me, so when I caught I glimpse of the Love Your Lips Trio I was in love!
Tucked inside a rather fancy violet box, are three limited editions of the brand’s awesome lip balms. They’ve got some seriously slick packaging – all three a beautiful purple compacts which come with a perfectly size mirror in the lid of each compact.
Each of the three flavours feel wonderfully festive! Spiced Clementine was the first one I opted to use. It’s a gorgeous plummy shade in the pot, and on the lips it gives a really pretty sheer shine. The fragrance is the perfect mix of fruit and spice, and it feels so yummy and festive to use! I think this might be my lip choice for Christmas Day!
Next up is Cinnamon & Mint. It’s an unexpected combination at first, but it’s so yummy, warming and fresh to use. On the lips the balm applies almost clear, and leaves a perfect subtle glossy finish.
Last up is probably the balm I wear the most – Winter Pomegranate. I’m obsessed with the fruity flavour, and the pink sheen it gives lips is just so flattering. Like the other two balms, the formula is an absolute joy to wear, and it keeps my lips feeling perfectly moisturised despite the cold weather!
ESPA’s Love Your Lips Trio is priced at £24 and is available here
I’m a big fan of stocking fillers – they’re always the gifts that are the most fun to buy, and I just love finding quirky little gifts which are as cute as they are useful. I’m not sure you could get cuter or more useful than Hershesons’ new Hair Accessories which come in the dinkiest of little plastic jars, and are just the thing for avoid hair mishaps in the New Year!
There’s a whole range of must-haves to choose from, so I picked my three most used: Hair Elastics, Hair Clips and Hair Ribbons. I am absolutely in love with the packaging! The little jars are just adorable, and they’re so handy for keeping the hair accessories tidy and organised. I keep them in my desk drawers so that whenever I feel my hair is getting a little out of control, I know exactly where my little must-haves are!
I’m rather fussy when it comes to elastics, and these might just be my favourites! With no metal, they won’t snag or damage your hair, and they are lovely and tight, so I only need to wrap them around my pony twice to keep everything in place.
When I want to make my ponytail look a little more special than normal, I always reach for a hair ribbon. They are perfect if you want a looser hold for your hair, or if you don’t want to create kinks. Hershesons have chosen the prettiest pastel colours which are just perfect for Spring!
Last up are the hair clips – I tend to use these daily, as having long hair can get annoying when I’m working away at my desk. I tend to just clip my front layers back to keep everything tidy, so these little gems are perfect. Coming in both black and brown, they look adorably understated and really keep my hair in place!
You can find Hershesons Hair Accessories here for £14.00