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At this time of year, it can feel like I’m never not in front of a screen. Work is incredibly busy in the run-up to Christmas, and coupled with a serious schedule of events and nights out, it can leave looking and feeling a little worn out. To try and keep tired-looking eyes at bay, I’ve been turning to It Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream. It’s a brand I’ve only recently become familiar with, and I’ve only ever played around with their makeup, so I was curious to try their skincare.

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Packaged in a dinky little jar, Confidence in an Eye Cream has some big claims – it says it can brighten, repair and transform eyes. As someone who wants to combat puffiness and dryness, and keep fine lines at bay, it seems like a no-brainer. Normally I tend to only use eye creams at night – I don’t like skin looking greasy or oily under makeup, but since this one has a gentle apricot tint, it’s perfect for brightening the area up during the day.

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The cream itself is incredibly rich- it’s probably thicker than any eye cream I’ve used before, but what’s so impressive, is how quickly it sinks in. Within a minute or two, skin feels hydrated and nourished, rather than sticky or greasy, and it feels almost velvety soft.

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After my regular moisturising, I tap a little of the Confidence in an Eye Cream under my eyes, and let it sink in/ Then I carry on with my base and concealer as normal. On days where I’ve used It Cosmetics, my makeup stays crease-free, and I feel like I need less concealer, and look more awake overall. In the evenings, I work the cream in with my rose quartz guy sha, for ultimate cooling and de-puffing. It’s an absolutely gorgeous little cream, and I don’t think I’d be without it now!

It Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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When it comes to festive beauty, you can’t beat a killer red lip. Whether it’s worn with scarves or sparkles, there’s nothing which quite lights up the season like it. As someone who can be a little hesitant when it comes to dramatic colours, I was more than a little obsessed when I caught sight of Too Faced’s Melted Matte-Talic Lipstick in I’m Too Faced.

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A true warm-based red, complete with metallic sheen, this isn’t your regular liquid lip. It’s super special, and really, Christmas couldn’t feel more perfect for it! Applied straight from the tube, the formula is rich, and almost mousse-y in texture. It paints on evenly, and is opaque from the first swipe. It couldn’t look more festive if it tried!

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Once the lipstick is on, it dries down to a gorgeous, velvet-y texture. Unlike other mattes, which can look a little harsh or flat, this is stunning. Once it dries, the metallic sheen comes out, leaving lips looking almost burnished. It’s seriously glamorous, and feels absolutely perfect for this time of year!

Too Faced’s Melted Matte-Tallic Lipstick in I’m Too Faced is priced at £19 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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A few months back I headed through to Glasgow for a night all about Dior perfume. Held in the penthouse suite at the Blysthwood Hotel, it was an exercise in opulence. Led through the house’s private scent collections, I discovered notes I’d never considered before – one of which was Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossom.

Delicately sweet and floral, it’s a beautiful fragrance note, so, when I saw Lush had a new Sakura Bath Bomb, I couldn’t resist. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with neon splatterings of pink, turquoise and blue, which explode in the water. As well as Cherry Blossom, there is Orange Flower Absolue, Mimosa and Lemon Oil, so the bomb lifts spirits – perfect for combatting any winter blues!

Lush Sakura Bath Bomb is priced at £3.75 and is available here

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If you’re in the UK right now, it’s pretty much impossible to miss the hype around advent calendars at the moment. It feels like everyone is releasing one, and as someone who loves a surprise every morning, I couldn’t be happier about the craze. The first of this year’s offerings I got my hands on was the L’Occitan Beauty Advent Calendar – a 24-piece countdown which will have you looking and feeling slick by the time Christmas rolls around.

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Covered in the most gorgeous little doodles – the L’Occitane calendar is all about peace on earth, and it’s the cutest thing. I’ve already got it propped up in the office prepared for December 1st, as it’s just so pretty.

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It opens up into two sides, complete with side panels, and the goodies inside are guaranteed to impress. There’s a good mix of face and body products, including some brand icons including the Shea Butter Hand Cream, the Almond Shower Oil and the Verbena Leaf Soap, as well as some items you might not have tried before.

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The size of all the products inside really impressed me – they’re a generous travel size – so perfect if you’re off somewhere over the festive period, or you can slot them into your gym bag or shower for a little extra luxury. I’ve only really tried one or two L’Occitane products in the past, so getting a whole 24 products to try out was pretty much a dream. I’ve discovered some absolute gems including the Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm (perfect for combatting winter lips), as well as Verbena Eau de Toilette which is beautifully fresh. The calendar contains £85 worth of product, so it’s an incredible deal, as well feeling fun to use.

L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at £49 and is available here

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If you’re looking for a hit of colour (and really, at this time of year, who isn’t?) Too Faced have released their Tutti Frutti collection, and honestly, it couldn’t be more fun. Filled with colour and sparkle, it’s a surprisingly thorough range with everything from lipgloss and eyeshadows to highlighting drops and palettes.

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The Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze comes in an impressive 12 shades, and Takes Two to Mango is a stunning sparkly orange, which is begging to be worn on an evening out. More unexpected than a red lip, orange always feels like a fresher, fun alternative, and it never looks better than when paired with a glowy, bronzed makeup look. Too Faced’s Comfort Lip Glazes are a beautifully glossy formula, and surprisingly well pigmented. A single swipe with the doe foot applicator gives an opaque wash of colour – and I am just obsessed with the golden twinkles in the formula! The formula feels gorgeous to wear, and there’s a fresh, fruity scent too!

Too Faced Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze in Takes Two to Mango is priced at £16 and is available here.

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