The festive season is already upon us, and we're already less than 4 weeks away from Christmas can you believe it? The big question for most of us though is - what to wear for those Christmas parties?! So for today's post I've had a good trawl of all the beautiful frocks around to help you out with your clothing quandry - so have a peek and let me know your favourites!
So what do you think guys? Burgundy? Sequins? Velvet? Silk? What are your favourites? I'm still undecided with what I'm going to go for so let me know what you think I should pick too!
Although Autumn is in full swing and burgundies and plums are more the flavour of the season, today I'm showing a little love for pink. Especially as I've been ill lately, there's nothing than a fresh, peppy pink to enliven your complexion and make you look bright and healthy - so keep reading for my favourite makeup items for when you're feeling tired and sick!
As much as I was late to the party last year with Black Friday - this year it's game on! Especially in the run up to Christmas, why not make the most of some of the best deals of the year, right? I'm fully prepared, armed with a gift/wishlist and have done my research this time - and I've compiled a list of my favourite deals and offers for you, to spread around the savings!
I haven't done a single-makeup-collective post since my Favourite Neutral Fall Lippies here, and as well as loving reading these kinds of roundup posts on other blogs, I do love an excuse to get stuck into making a more-is-more flatlay! I've got a bumper crop of autumn-appropriate eyewear for you today so grab a blanket and get comfortable (snacks advised).
A good skin and hair day is a surefire way to make me feel better about myself, and I'm sure I speak for most all of us! Grow Gorgeous focus on giving us products that promote hair growth and health aswell as making it look shiny and lustrous - everything I've wanted since my tussles with Telogen Effluvium. Today I'm talking about their Hair Growth Serum and new Strengthening Oil, available here at Grow Gorgeous, and at Boots, Look Fantastic and Amazon - so read on for my thoughts!
If there's something I've learnt over the last several years it's that it's not only OK to be fully selfish sometimes, but that it's behaviour to be encouraged! I think it's all too easy to people please, or to put others before yourself all the time - god knows I do it a lot - but you matter too. So today I'm sharing 10 things you should do for yourself, and encourage a little self love!
I think keeping your skin hydrated is really underrated. It's arguably one of the very most important things you can do for your skin - for overall skin health, to prevent premature aging and blemishes, and to alleviate acne, eczema and other skin conditions. Today we're talking about super-skin-hydrator, the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Essence ($38), available here at Glow Recipe (go check out their brilliantly curated selection) as well as 5 tips I use to hydrate my skin in the colder weather.
I'm sure it's no surprise to you, if you keep up with my skincare posts, that I love Cosrx. Their cleansers, moisturisers, masks, toners and serums I've tried are no fuss and high quality, gentle yet effective, with minimal fillers and unnecessary ingredients (I'm also giving away some Cosrx bits in my Giveaway which you can enter here!). Amazingly enough, I hadn't tried both their BHA Blackhead Power Liquid or AHA Whitehead Power Liquid until Buttermilk Skincare kindly provided me with the opportunity, and I hate to spoil the suspense but I feel completely compelled to write about them - they're fabulous!
I fairly recently hit 2K on my Instagram and what with my recent birthday too, I feel in the mood for giving. For today's post I just want to say a huge thank you for the love and support I get here and on my Insta - some of the kinds of comments I get are really overwhelming and completely make my day, especially about my photography, it's something I really love doing and it's amazing to hear you love it too. To show my appreciation, I'm giving away a few of my current favourite things - including this stunner of a palette that I've been wearing non stop.
R O S I E F O R A U T O G R A P H P A L E T T E
I reviewed this in full recently (which you can check out here), and think it's just the most divine palette. 6 eyeshadows, plus a bronzer, highlight and blush, all of the shades are gorgeous, wearable and great quality. I know Rosie For Autograph makeup isn't easily available outside of the UK so I wanted to give the opportunity for those of you elsewhere to get your hands on it!
Although the palette is the focus, I wanted to throw in a few other goodies, in the form of...
C O S R X G A L A C T O M Y C E S S E R U M & A H A B H A T O N E R
These two bottles of wonder are my favourite from the Cosrx line - I've talked about how incredible I find the AHA BHA Toner in this post with Before & After's. It really helps with acne, scarring and pigmentation whilst being the most gentle of formulas, I'm completely in love. The serum has an excellent formula, predominantly made of the same stuff as SKII's Facial Treatment Essence, and bolstered with niacinamide, Vitamin B5 and adenosine. It hydrates, brightens and contributes to anti aging, is suitable for all skin types and is one of my powerhouse favourites.
E S S I E C H O C O L A T E C A K E S & A U T O G R A P H M E L B A B L U S H
Reddened brown shades and nudey pinks have been my utter favourites during this autumn and the tone of Chocolate Cakes is just perfection. Blush Melba is a pretty springlike peachy, pastel pink - I adore the formula of the Autograph Argan polishes, they're probably the smoothest polishes I've ever tried.
R I M M E L S C A N D A L E Y E S R E L O A D E D M A S C A R A S & L I N E R S
I reviewed these in this post and fell in love with the liners - they really compete with Stila and Tom Ford, aka my all time, unchallenged favourites. I actually received two packages from Rimmel so, as I love the liners so much, am throwing the second bunch into this giveaway - you'll be receiving the two liquid liners and two mascaras.
This giveaway is international and will run until midnight (GMT) on the 7th December 2016 - just in time for Christmas! At the end of the giveaway, I'll be contacting the winner via email (and social media if applicable) - they then have 48 hours to accept the goodies, otherwise I'll be choosing a secondary winner. As with my previous giveaway, if there are any issues sending the nail polishes overseas, I'll be sending Rosie For Autograph lipsticks in your choice of colours instead!
I'm really choosy with lipsticks - I'm desperately fussy with how things feel on my lips and I can't abide a bad formula, meaning I definitely lean towards high end lip products. The only drugstore lipsticks I've deemed worthwhile so far are the Essence Long Lasting lipsticks and Rimmel's The One One, and today we're playing with Rimmel's new launch - the matte counterpart to The Only One range, with nine shades to choose from. I've got all of them to swatch and try on for you so let's see if they stand up to the test!
It's almost been a year, can we believe, since the Rosie For Autograph makeup range launched and I went swatch happy in M&S (refer to this post for the full collection evidence of my swatch party), and I'm still just as utterly enamoured with the range as I was back then. Just in time for Christmas and all that, Rosie's given us a beautiful Eye and Cheek palette, available here, that I ripped open with earnest - read on for swatches and my thoughts!