I'm going to be your stereotypical beauty blogger/vlogger here and ask where did the year go?! But really, it's sped by.

Last year I saw some of these posts floating around the blogosphere and thought it was a really cute idea. I had a blogging hiatus during the year but seeing as we're at another year's end, let's round off 2015 with my Most Popular Posts from the last 12 (ish..) months!

January - My Skincare Alternatives - High End Dupes

Skincare doesn't always have to cost the earth to pack a punch. There are many really good dupes and altermatives that I love just as much as their high end counterparts.

February - A Simple, Pretty Makeup Look

Something girly, pink and very easy to whip up quickly. 

If you read my favourite makeup items of 2015, you'll see it made the grade! I first tried this out towards the beginning of the year and I'm still in love.

May - GoldCrush Hair Supplements Before & After

Spoiler alert? I'll just say it's worth a look!

June - Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Anyone around the area should definitely take a little excursion here, pick a sunny day, it's beautiful. 

July - Korean/Asian Beauty Finds

Some of my favourite new Korean beauty products that I've subsequently bought! 

I've added in all my favourite purveyors and love the fact that you've been listing more of yours in the comments!

September - My Morning Beauty Regime

I love reading other people's beauty regimes, here's mine with skincare and makeup.

October - Best Affordable Highlighters

I'm falling in love with highlighters. And this post proves that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get some really beautiful products. 

Another product that made my yearly makeup favourites, this flawless, lightweight base is sublime.

December - Rose Gold Beauty

I can't get enough of this colour in beauty products. A warmer, more flattering shade of gold for all skintones, have a look at what products I'm loving. 

If you're a blogger, what were your most popular posts?
And if you're not, what were your favourites to read?

Well here's goodbye to 2015 and hello to a brand new year. Expect lots of lovely new posts and perhaps some changes on Barely There Beauty, I'm excited! Happy New Year everyone!

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Part 2 of my 2015 beauty favourites! Make sure you pop over here to see what makeup items I rated this year, before we get on with tippidy top skincare. I do consider myself a bit of skincare fiend aficionado so I really have to congratulate anything that's made it on this list. And for the very same reason, I would love for you to leave your favourites below!

Ok, let's get a wiggle on.

Oskia Renaissance Mask. Oskia, Oskia, Oskia, how grateful I am to have met you this year. Even though I rate their cleanser really highly, their Rensaissance Mask is truly standout for me, just have a look at my review. It's gently exfoliating, whilst being completely nourishing and pumping my skin with nutrients and moisture.

Clinique Smart Custom Serum. Likewise with foundation it was hard to pick a favourite serum, but it had to be this one. The most glorious, thick, hydrating texture that works as a primer too, and with long term results.

Arganatural Retinol Oil (review). If you want to try Sunday Riley's Luna but frankly offended by the price tag, I do suggest trying this one out. There are nothing but wonderful ingredients including retinol to whip your skin into shape.

Maple Holistics Ancient Clay Mask. I don't how much more I can gush about this wonderful pot of grey powder. Have a look at my review, it's worth it I promise!

REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I really great multitasker. Use all over for really dehydrated skin, or target specific areas that need help (the forehead for me). You can even dab this on your cheeks post-makeup for a dewy glow without the shimmer.

Have you seen my 2015 Makeup Favourites? And let me know your skincare favourites from 2015!

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Although I don't do monthly favourites, I love reading bloggers' round up's at the end of the year (and yes that's your cue to link me yours in the comments!). I'm splitting my 2015 beauty favourites into makeup and skincare, so for all cosmetic lovers, lets' get stuck in to some delicious lippies and the like.

IOPE Air Cushion. Picking the ultimate foundation was hard, so I've chosen two (ish), the first of which is this gorgeous IOPE cushion compact. You can check out my review for full details but it's just an exquisite all-rounder. Don't be fooled by it's simple, perhaps less-than-luxe packaging, the formula, staying power, coverage and lightless is just superb.

Tom Ford's Traceless Foundation Stick is my next pick. The stick formula is really convenient for a start and the product itself is lovely and creamy, giving you a beautiful finish that looks uber natural and beautifying. They say a medium to full coverage but a) I sheer it out a lot, b) it's no Double Wear. Expect a review coming up! It's surely pricey, in fact, pretty sickeningly pricey but if you're a splurger, it's a keeper.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon (review). I'm infatuated with this eye colour. It's incredibly beautiful and fiery and really versatile, taking me from day to night. You can edge it towards brown, bronze, copper or rose gold like I've done in my Christmas Makeup 2015, an eye look I think I'll be wearing for New Year festivities too, I love it!

Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream (review). It feels like I've been using this for the longest time but it looks like I picked this up early 2015?! How time flies. So of course it's made my yearly favourites. It's brightening, perfecting and has an SPF of 30, the ultimate no-makeup-makeup for me.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner. I think black liner is one of those makeup products that I feel like I'll never rest until I find the perfect one. And 2015 is the year that I find it! Longwearing, super intense and black, a precise applicator, everything I want in a liner.

Aerin Rose Balm Lipsticks. There aren't as many reviews of this around so I'll definitely be doing one myself, but it's a darn good lipstick. Packaging perfection, formula to die for, don't worry I'll be giving you full details shortly so keep your eyes peeled!

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Sculpting Duo (review). My favourite cream highlight and my favourite cream contour. Pretty good that they arrive in the same palette. 

Chanel Joues Contraste Blushes. For a powder, these blushes are as seamless as the best cream products around. Glistening, multi-faceted, their Coup de Minuit makes the most gorgeous powder highlight, I nearly added it into this roundup on it's own!

Let me know your makeup favourites from 2015 and keep your eyes peeled for my 2015 Skincare Edit!

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Christmas time is upon us (yay!) and I've been umming and ahhing about what makeup look to do this year. I went with glittery gold eyes and the classic red lip in last year's Holiday Look but wanted to veer away from the traditional scarlet this time and I've finally landed on a decision! Bronzey rose-gold lids with rosy cheeks and a berry lip.

And I've linked some of my other favourite alternative looks, that you might find helpful, at the end, so enjoy!

Products used:


♥ Guerlain Parure de Lumiere foundation in 03 Beige Naturel (review here!)
mixed with
♥ Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville
♥ Stila Aqua Glow Bronzing Gel
♥ Seventeen Contour Palette (review)
♥ Topshop Glow Pot in Polished (review)
♥ Chanel Joues Contraste Lumiere in Coup De Minuit (review)
♥ Maxfactor Creme Puff blush in Seductive Pink


♥ Warm midtoned brown shadow (mine's from the HD brow palette)
♥ Pixi liner in Bronzebeam
♥ Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon (review here)
♥ Pixi liner in Oysterglow (review)
♥ Kiko Watershadow in 200 (review here, this one's so pretty)
♥ Light, fluttery lashes (mine were £1 from Primark of all places!)


♥ Sleek Lip4 in Rum (from the Havana palette)
mixed with
♥ Stila Convertible Colour in Tulip

And if you're after an alternative look, have a little peek at these favourites:

What are you going to be sporting this Christmas?? If you're a fellow blogger, link me looks, would love to see what you choose!

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Last Christmas (I gave you my heart..) I did sport this customary red lip but this year (to save me from tearssss..) I've been thinking about branching out slightly and maybe trying something different?! So stay with me, grab a cuppa and help me choose?!



1. Ysl Gloss Volupte in 01. Christmas time always warrants extra gold and extra glitter. This makes a fab, glistening top coat on top of any lippie.

2. Sleek Lip 4 in Rum. Glam and glossy. This one behaves like a liquid lipstick so has great staying power too.

3. Aerin lippie in 09 Poppy. My answer to those wanting something in between nude and burgundy, who aren't quite wishing to vamp it out this Christmas. My favourite, non-drying, flattering formula, I adore this lipstick.

4. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso. The perfect red is the topic on everyone's lips and I have to say I think this is mine. Neither cool nor warm in undertone, a true, primary red that glides on smoothly and has impeccable staying power. It'll last through through dancing, drinking, kisses, etc.

5. Tom Ford lippie in So Vain. Quite similar to Poppy but slightly more mauve-y, a slightly drier formula and shot through with festive, gold glitter!

6. Sleek Lip 4 in Creme Brulee. 70's are big at the moment and a dark, russet red looks lovely on the lips. This formula is really creamy.

7. Stila Convertible Colour in Tulip. The obvious answer is a red Christmas lip but I think I want to veer from that this year? This rich raspberry is warm, vibrant, it needs a bit of attention to get the finish nice and smooth but I love the colour.

8. Givenchy Gelee D'Interdit No.8 Electric Purple. Another stunning topcoat. This gloss looks scary in the tube (bright purple with blue glitter) but the purple becomes clear and the glitter is so fine it just looks glossy, and the blue makes your teeth look whiter!

9. Sleek True Colour lippie in Smoulder. My perfect option for vamp city. It's a dark, intense blackened-berry shade.

10. Bourjois Rouge Edition lippie in Fuchsia Graffiti. Another something-other-than-red option. A rich but bright, fuchsia pink.

So what do you think?? What shall I choose! And what will you be wearing on your lips this Christmas?

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Usually being just a base and mascara girl, I've been getting into cheek-ware more recently so I've put together a bit of a look for autumn using the gorgeous pieces from my Chanel Fall/Christmas 2015 Review and other current favourites. Enjoy!

Products used:


♥ Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 30 Beige
♥ Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 03 Medium
♥ Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder in Sable Voile (Contour/Bronzer) review here
♥ Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink
♥ Chanel Joues Contraste Lumiere in 12 Coup de Minuit (review here)


♥ Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil in Brownie Points
♥ Bourjois Color Edition 24H in Prune Nocturne
♥ Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon (review here)
♥ Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
♥ Stila Stay All Day Liner in Intense Black


♥ Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 437 La Merveilleuse
♥ Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 166 Amour

What are your favourite Chanel products??

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The Perfect Contour, Kevyn Aucoin.


Let's just jump straight to the point here. Do you like radiant skin? And are you after a subtle, seamless contour and highlight? If you've answered yes to both, keep reading, as this may well become your holy grail too.

Seemingly like all my favourite products, it's taken me an age to pick up Kevyn Aucoin's The Creamy Glow Sculpting Duo. A teeny, streamlined palette in his ombre colours with gold detailing, it's a great traveller.

Inside, you get a full size mirror and two pans; the sculpting cream in Medium and his Candlelight cream highlighter.  

Candlelight is the queen of the highlighter world. Neither gold nor pink in tone, it creates the perfect, subtle champagne, soft-glow sheen without sparkle or shimmer and although looks reasonably opaque in the pan, it translates as a translucent veil, making it great for most skin tones and shades.

The sculpting shade is cool-toned without looking ashy or muddy and creates the perfect level of subtle shadow that's undetectable as makeup from all directions. Who could frankly ask for more?! Well actually I can, more product. Of both shades. Just a bigger palette. Thank you in advance Kevyn. 

Both creams are long lasting and emollient, blending seamlessly (I just use my fingers as you can clearly see!) into the skin, for the ultimate, believable, undetectable light and shade. It's my beauty-go-to essential for instant defining and illuminating. (I love it so much I've bought two!)

If you're after a great powder version that won't break the bank, check out my review of the Seventeen Contour Palette, it's surprisingly great.

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Rose Gold.


Fashion's rose gold obsession has fully been kicked into overdrive this season and I have to say I've been sucked in (just take a look at my Christmas Gift Guides..).

Whilst the green tones in yellow gold aren't always flattering, rose gold strikes the perfect balance between cool and warm undertones, making it a great makeup shade for most skintones. Here are some of my fave beauty products to join in with the lusting. 

You can get some rose gold onto your cheeks too in the form of Stila's Rose Gold liquid luminizer (1). It's just exquisite. 

Kiko's Water Eyeshadow in 200 (2) is a beautifully metallic, beige/champagne gold with a rosy tint that can be used dry or wet to up the intensity. A must have for those after an impressive formula with an opaque glisten. 

Pixi's Oysterglow (3) admittedly isn't rose gold but it's the perfect complimentary shade and is such a fantastic smooth, creamy, longlasting formula that it deserves a mention.

I'm not overall impressed by H&M's beauty release but there are some hidden gems such as the Fairytale eyeshadow pencil (5), a creamy, waterproof, pink-gold, and the Copper Bullion liner (4) which translates into a true penny shade on the lid. 

Any of the Stila Kitten products are a safe bet, I can't get enough of that shade! Their Smudgepot (6)  is incredibly long lasting and you can use it as a liner or all over the eye. 

For nail polishes I really like Soleil Bombshell by Julep or Essie's Penny Talk but they're not the easiest shades to get hold of, so Shakudo is a fantastic alternative from H&M. A little more silver shimmer than I would ideally like but a mere £4.99 and a lovely pinky-gold hue. And I really love pairing it with plummy maroon or burgundy like H&M Governess.

What are your favourite rose gold makeup items??

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Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder.


tom-ford-finishing-powder-reviewConsidering that my everyday makeup look consists of base and mascara, I've really excelled myself by splurging a small fortune on my cheeks..


Tom Ford's Translucent Finishing Powder is a beautiful powder. It's silky, satiny, smooth and blends effortlessly on bare skin or over foundation to create a diffused, lit-from-within finish. No shimmer or sparkle, it's matte but not chalky.

As it should be for the price, the packaging is beautiful. A large compact with magnetic closure, large mirror, gold accents and mini brush, every spare surface is etched with 'Tom Ford' or the like. I have to say it's a little bulky for travel so I'll be resigning this as a tabletop piece. Which is no hardship. The brush is a great size and shape for my intended purpose (which isn't as a translucent finishing powder!) but I'd expect it to be a little softer really, and the powder itself doesn't seem to be tightly packed into the pan so careful usage is a must; one foul sweep and you can count the pound signs floating away in the air..



Having a feel of this powder, I knew it'd be making it's way home with me at some point but I'm really happy with my Laura Mercier finishing powder so how can I justify the spend?! Well, with one of it's flaws of course. Mr Ford's translucent finishing powder isn't translucent at all. In fact it's quite pigmented. And as much as the darkest colour of four, Sable Voile, isn't my skin shade at all, it makes for a remarkably good, subtle, neutral-toned bronzer/contour colour. Not muddy, not orange-y and making the most of the gorgeous texture. Genius.



I know it's pricey, but if you're happy to splurge, it's the icing on a really polished look.

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Chanel Fall/Christmas 2015.



I'm always excited for Chanel's seasonal collections, particularly Christmas, where I usually treat myself to something. There's almost always something beautiful and limited edition to pick up, (apart from their terrible Les Jeans line!) so here are a couple of bits from this year. Enjoy!



The Illusion D'Ombre shadows have the most delightful texture. A little challenging to find the right brush for it, something synthetic and dense/flat works best (Chanel do include a little brush-mini) but fingers are definitely best, the spongy, gel-cushion consistency is brilliant for a super-quick, effortless  yet perfect eye.



With flash


The colours and formulas are just exquisite. New Moon (a re-promote) is described as an 'iridescent copper' but this is really underselling it. It's the most sophisticated shadow, a midtoned brown base with coppery/rose gold/mauve-y-taupe/reddened shifts and the finest, fiery glitter that's not at all gritty, it's nigh on impossible to convey it's beauty in a photograph! You can sheer it out, either on it's own or as a 'topcoat' to another shadow, or build it up to an opaque metallic. 


From the 2015 Holiday collection, I picked up the Joues Contraste Lumiere in Coup de Minuit. 


With flash

A highlighter in the same creamy, silky, baked formula as the Joues blushes, Coup de Minuit is a peachy-rose-come-beige powder that Chanel suggest can be used over their blushes but it's a gorgeous highlighter in it's own right. Finely milled, it creates a soft, undetectable sheen on the skin without shimmer or glitter. It's subtle so you can build on it pretty heavy-handedly without it looking frosty or garish. I'd say it's akin to Kevyn Aucoin's Candlelight cream highlight, but a powder version and slightly more pinkish in hue. And it's limited edition! So if you want it, snap it up quick before it's gone.  


I'm a huge fan of Chanel and they haven't disappointed in my latest purchases, both of which I'll be featuring in an upcoming look so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Joues Contraste Lumiere in Coup de Minuit 

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