Christmas Party Make Up: Royal Purple

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Hello beauties, I hope you’re all having a fabulous week! Its time to get started on the glam Christmas party looks and I wanted to create a look using royal purple and of course all the glitter! I got the inspiration from a tin of quality street (no shock there).

Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are honest and my own.

Products used in this look-

Base

NYX Hydratouch Primer

L.A Girl Pro Concealer shade ‘orange’ for colour correction

Revolution Pro Camouflage Foundation shade ‘F4’

Too Faced Born This Way Multi Sculpt Concealer shade ‘ porcelain ‘

Ben Nye Luxury Powder shade ‘cameo’

Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

NYX HD Blush shade ‘summer’

MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish shade ‘whisper of gilt’

Brows-

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil shade medium

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumising Gel

Eyes-

Morphe Bling Boss Eyeshadow palette shades ‘hush hush’ for the transition and ‘rockstar’ to create the shape

NYX Glitter Brillants Face & Body Glitter shade ‘violet’

Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara

Lips-

Lime Crime Velvetines Metallic Liquid Lipstick shade ‘posh’

Do you like experimenting with purples? Let me know in the comments below!

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Lime Crime Lip Spinner Gift Set Review & Swatches

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Hello beauties, I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! You may have seen this featured in my Christmas guide post already but I wanted to do a full review on this Lime Crime Lip Spinner holiday set because I think it deserves a separate post!

Beloved for their kaleidoscopic spectrum of long-wearing lip pigments and exquisite eye and cheek enhancers, we dare you to resist Lime Crime’s range of criminally covetable products. Dial up the festive fun this Christmas with the Lip Spinner Set – boasting three mini Matte Velvetines and three brand new Glitter Wet Cherry Glosses, simply spin the dial to select your shade (because it’s far too hard to pick our favourite shade from this tempting lot!)

Packaging

How cute is this packaging though? I’m in love with the bold design and the fun Spinner theme, it has a plastic heart in the middle that moves round. I love the bold colours, just what you would expect from Lime Crime! I did struggle getting the lipsticks and glosses out of the plastic packaging though.

Shades

Inside this set there is six mini sized lip products which consist of three of their matte Velvetines and three brand new Wet Cherry glosses. The shades are-

  • ‘Red Rose’ – a blue red
  • ‘Cindy’ – a hazelnut brown
  • ‘Lulu’ – a rose nude
  • ‘Happy cherry’ – a gold flecked apricot
  • ‘Cherry bomb’ – a gold flecked red
  • ‘Fuzzy cherry’ – a gold flecked champagne

Wet Cherry Gloss formula

I’ve already tried a few of the original Wet Cherry glosses and love the formula so was exited to try these brand new holiday shades. They have flecks of glitter mixed in with the gloss and look so pretty on the lips. They provide a intense high shine finish and catch the light so beautifully. These can be worn on their own or on top of a colour for added umph and I find them so comfy on the lips.

Velvetines Liquid Lipstick Formula

Another formula that I am familiar with is the the matte Velvetines liquid lipstick. It’s such a smooth and pigmented cream that is so easy to apply and as the name suggests, looks like velvet on the lips. Although they dry down to a matte finish they’re in no way drying and I love that the lipsticks are really hard wearing too!

Price

This set costs £41 and can be bought from Cult Beauty in the UK here. Although it’s fairly pricey I think this is a wonderful set for those who love Lime Crime, all the shades are so pretty and perfect to travel with thanks to the mini tube size.

What do you think of the shades in this gift set? What’s your favourite Lime Crime product? Let me know in the comment below!

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Christmas Makeup Collaboration: Little elf ft. Mademoiselleolantern

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Hello beauties, it’s starting to get real festive up in here, today’s post is a collaboration with the gorgeous blogger Joy who posts stunning makeup looks and reviews beauty products and films. She runs mademoiselleolantern.com.

We decided as to create a makeup look each with a Christmas theme! I decided to go with a spin on A classic elf, paying extra attention to the eyes with graphic liner and chunky glitter wing. I love the over applied blush trend at the moment too!

Disclaimer- This post contains affiliate links but all opinions are honest and my own.

Products used:

Base-

Too Faced Hangover Primer

C.Y.O Lifeproof Foundation shade ‘103’

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer shade ‘vanilla’

Zoeva Spice Of Life Highlighting Palette shade ‘sinfully delicious ‘ as blush

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Brows-

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil shade ‘3’

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Gel shade ‘3’

Eyes-

Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions palette

NYX Vivid Brights liquid liner shade ‘fire’

Chunky Glitter mix shade ‘Persian paradise’

MAC Instacurl Mascara

Lips-

NYX Slip Tease Lip Lacquer shade ‘karma suit ya’

Don’t forget to check out half of the Collab here. She’s created a Christmas light themed look and it’s amazing.

What do you think of this look? Are you ready for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Body Shop Peppermint Candy Cane Review

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Hello beauties, we all know that Christmas is the best time for new launches when it comes to bath and body brands and one of my favours brands to shop during the festive period is The Body Shop. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about two of the new peppermint range that I picked up last weekend.

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The whole collection in this scent consists of a shower gel, bath foam, soap, body lotion, body butter, body scrub, hand cream and shimmer mist. It also comes in some really fab gift sets that are great value for money if you’re looking for something for a loved one.

Packaging

How cute is the design of this years lid packaging, it literally screams Christmas and fits the scent of the product so well. It definitely makes me hungry!

Peppermint Candy Cane Body Scrub

The first item I picked up was this body scrub, I was in need of one after running out of my usual and fell in love with the scent of this one. It has the obvious smell of peppermint but mixed with a delicious hit of vanilla and it smells so sweet and food like. This has small bits in that are sizeable enough to buff away dry/dead skin without being too rough and leaves the skin feeling wonderfully smooth and like new. This costs £15 for 250ml but there is always offers on to save you some money!

Peppermint Candy Cane Body Butter

I always buy the matching body lotion if it’s available in the same scent as I feel it makes the smell linger longer. This has exactly the same formula as any other of the body butters from The Body Shop and I find them one of the best. They are fairly thick and make short work of any dry areas you may have. It does take awhile for this cream to set in and has a tingly effect to the skin thanks to the peppermint. The scent is exactly the same as the scrub. This costs £6 for 50ml or £15 for 200ml

Also don’t forget to check out the other Christmas scents that are also available, the Berry Bon Bon and the Vanilla Marshmallow and I’ll leave a link here if you want to shop the Peppermint Candy Cane collection.

Have you tried any of the other products from this years Christmas range? What’s your favourite body shop scent? Let me know in the comments below!

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Luxury Orange & Ginger Hot Chocolate Recipe Ft The Kings Ginger

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Hello beauties, I was recently contacted but the lovely team at The Kings Ginger to try one of their bottles of Ginger liqueur as a gift. I am already a huge fan of liquors so had to snap up a bottle. I knew exactly what I wanted to make as soon as I received the bottle and smelled it, a tasty luxury hot chocolate that is the perfect winter warmer and oh so festive.

 A quirky and high-strength liqueur carefully crafted from the maceration of ginger root and lemon oils, The King’s Ginger is rich in colour and deliciously crisp to taste. Be it in a flask on one’s hip at the races or in a Collins glass over ice in one’s chair, it is indeed a splendid tonic to be appreciated all year round.

Disclaimer- this product was gifted to me for review, as always opinions are honest and my own.

What you will need:

Ingredients

  • Orange flavoured chocolate
  • Milk or Soya (for lactose intolerance)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cream (optional)
  • The Kings Ginger Liqueur

Utensils

  • Access to a stove/oven top
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Hot chocolate glass or your favourite mug
  • Grater
  • Shot glass

How to make:

  1. Fill up your glass/mug of choice with milk/soya up to just over half way
  2. Add the measured milk to a pan and set the oven top to a medium heat. Wait until milk is steaming
  3. Add the orange chocolate in squares (leaving some spare for grating)and stir until melted
  4. Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder
  1. Add one shot glass measure of The Kings Ginger to the mixture
  2. Pour into glass/mug
  3. (Optional) Add cream to the top of the hot chocolate
  4. Grate a small amount of the chocolate to create shavings and sprinkle on top of the cream

This makes such a rich and luxurious treat and you bet I’ll be drinking it throughout the winter months. If you are interested in trying a bottle (it can even be used in place of gin with a tonic) then you can find it in Waitrose if you live in the UK.

A huge thanks to the team at The Kings Ginger for sending this my way. Go check out their website (linked above) as they have many other drink and food recipes.

What are your favourite winter drinks? Let me know in the comments below!

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NYX Slip Tease Lip Lacquer Review

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Hello beauties, after purchasing a few of the NYX vinyl glosses and loving them, I was pleased to see a new and similar product in Boots recently. Today I will be reviewing three of the NYX Slip Tease Lip Lacquer

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Put the moves on your pout with the new Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer from NYX Professional Makeup. From seductive nudes to bold berries and more, this luxurious lippie delivers full coverage in 24 pigment-rich and seriously plush shades that shine. Featuring an hourglass-shaped applicator that makes lining your lips a cinch, each weightless hue slips on comfy-smooth and glossy for a knockout finish.

Packaging

First off I want to mention how much I love the see through packaging, I like to be able to see the colour of the product and think it makes it look a lot more pricey. The thick plastic tube is super sturdy and is hexagon shaped which I also love. These are a welcome addition to my lipstick holder and look gorgeous on my dressing table.

The shape of the applicator comes in the shape of a hourglass which is a style I’ve never seen in a application wand. I found this super easy to use and get a clean line around the lips.

Shades

There are 24 shades in this collection, I picked up the three shades, ‘last frontier’ which is is a deep berry red/plum, ‘urban oasis’ which is a terracotta nude and ‘spiced spell’ which is a true classic red. I found each shade that I tried to have gorgeous full pigment without the need to add several layers to build up the colour.

Formula

I really like this formula for a gloss, they’re a lot comfier to wear than the vinyl glosses. They have a thick creamy formula but don’t feel heavy on the lips. They are slightly tacky feeling when you press your lips together so if you don’t like that you won’t get on with these. One thing I was presently surprised with is the lasting power, these grip to your lips surprising well, even after eating and drinking and are super easy to re apply.

Swatches

Shades- ‘last frontier’, ‘urban oasis’ and ‘spiced spell’

Price

These costs £7 each but the best time to pick them up is in boots if you live in the UK as they are now included in the 3 for 2 promotions which is fab! You can pick them up here.

What is your favourite shade out of the three? What are your favourite NYX lip products? Let me know in the comments below!

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Personalised Phone Cases With CaseApp

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Hello beauties, I was recently contacted but the lovely team at CaseApp be gifted either two phone cases or a phone case and a laptop cover. I don’t have the suitable model to get a laptop cover so I opted for two iPhone cases instead.

If you don’t know what CaseApp is, it’s a phone app/laptop skin service that allows you to personalise your own products by using their ‘design your own’ option or using their pre made templates.

Disclaimer- The items featured in this post were gifted to me but all opinions are honest and my own.

I decided to design my own cases as I love the chance to get creative, the first case I designed was this fun fox and feather print case using pictures off the internet. I’m obsessed with foxes and I’m so pleased how this turned out. The second case I designed is this winter themed pine cone one. I love that you can also choose your finish, either shiny or matte.

These make the perfect gift for a loved one or just a treat for yourself, one thing for sure it’s the perfect item to adorn your phone with, cause let’s face it, if it’s going to be in our hands we might as well make it pretty to look at! These cost £19 and you can get started here.

I also have a discount code for you beauties to get 20% off your first order. Use code ‘ALLTHINGSALLATT20’

What do you think about the cases I made? Let me know in the comments below!

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Affordable outfits with Everything5Pounds.com

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Hello beauties, recently I received a amazing email from Everything5pounds to collaborate and choose four items for free to style. I already was a huge fan of Everything5pounds and frequently put in orders so was frilled to receive some goodies for free.

For those of you who may not know what Everything5pounds is, it’s a clothing website that sell everything from women’s clothing, men’s clothing, kids clothing, shoes, accessories and homeware at the amazing price of (you guessed it) £5 per item.

I apologise that the photos are indoors, I did plan to shoot these over the weekend but the weather was horrendous so indoor shots will have to do!

Disclaimer- a few of the clothing items featured in this post were gifted to me but all opinions are honest and my own.

The first item I picked was this stunning Knitted Fringed Trim Poncho. I really love the ‘Burberry’ vibes and it’s super warm and comfy. Absolutely perfect for the autumn weather at the moment. I styled this with a pair of faux leather trousers (also from everything5pounds that I bought separately) and my H&M baker hat.

I still can’t believe this is only £5!

The second item I picked up is this Window Pane Printed Sheer Jumpsuit it’s such a soft light material and can be style casual with converse or heeled boots or can be dressed up with heels. I love the fit of this jumpsuit (I always size up on this site as things tend to come up small)

The last two items I picked is a outfit to lounge in, the first being this gorgeous Heart Knitted Jumper, It’s so soft and feels so good on the skin. Paired with these Causal Tie Up Jogging Trousers which are super comfy and fit like a dream. The perfect outfit to be lazy in!

As a little treat for you guys I was given a limited use code to give you 5% off. Use code ‘REBECCA_5’

What do you think about the items I picked? Have you ever shopped at everything5pounds? Let me know in the comments below!

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Benefit Magical Brow Stars Gift Set.

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Hello beauties, you may remember that a few weeks ago I was invited to a Benefit event to talk about the 2018 Christmas goodies that have recently launched. I was already a huge fan of their brow products and this new gift set caught my eye so I thought I would share my thoughts as it’s a fab set for anyone who loves doing their brows.

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This limited edition brow set contains 5 FULL-SIZE faves, 1 PRO tool and brow tips & tricks…all at an AMAZING VALUE! From brow pencils to powders to gels and more, this set has everything you need to transform your brows..all in an adorable magic brow trunk worth £118

Packaging

Benefit can do no wrong when it comes to packaging, always so bright and playful with it’s bold text, colours and imagery. I love that this set comes in a little magic trunk, this will definitely be used as storage afterwards.

Contents

Inside you will find five brow products and one handy brush. It literally has everything you need and then some to create either a natural looking brow or a statement one. I’ve linked all products where to buy them separately if you don’t want the whole set.

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Filling & Shaping pencil

This is a new product to me, I’m always skeptical of Brow pencils because they often are quite dry and scratchy but this is the opposite. It has a easy to use twist up device that saves the need of having to sharpen it. The texture is very smooth and it’s super easy to apply, either to outline the brows or to fill them in fully. This dries down to a matte finish. This is the perfect product for those who want a fuller more pigmented brow. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil

This pencil is different to the one above as it has a ultra fine end that draws natural looking hair like strokes. Although it wasn’t drying and the formula was spot on for me, I had to use quite a lot of product as my brows are thicker. I definitely prefer a larger tip to really cover my brows. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumising Tinted Brow gel

I always have to set my brows as they are quite fluffy so can end up going astray, i like a brow gel that has a tint to add that much needed bit of colour back into my brow. It contains tiny microfibres to add volume and definition. I love the small tapered brush that makes it super easy to get into the edges. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream-Gel colour

This product is one of my go to brow products for a simple natural brow, it’s A Pomade with a gel like texture, it applies well with a angled brush and looks so soft and gives my brows the much needed colour in areas where they are sparse. This lasts me months and costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Foolproof Eyebrow Building Powder

The last product in the set is something for the full ‘instagram’ brow look lover. This has a velevely smooth finish and makes short work of any sparse areas. It is split into light and dark in the pan to create a gradual look to the brows. I found it super easy to use with a angled brush, although I do use this very lightly as it’s a little too pigmented for my taste. This costs £20.50 to buy separately.

Benefit Brow Defining & Blending Tool

In this kit you will also find a really handy duel ended brow brush. On one end there’s a angled brush which in my opinion is the best brush I’ve used to apply brow products. This can be used to apply gels, creams, waxes and powders. On the other end is a great quality spoolie to brush though the hairs. This costs £16.50 to buy separately.

Price

This set is priced at £49.59 which is a bargain considering it would cost you £118 to buy these items separately! If you’re interested in buying you can find it here.

My go to natural looking brow using Gimme Brow+ and Ka-Brow Gel.

A fuller, darker brow using the Goof Proof pencil and the Foolproof Building powder.

Have you ever used any Benefit brow products? Let me know in the comments below!

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MAC Cosmetics Favourites Old & New

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Hello beauties, we all have a handful of brands that we love when it comes to makeup and MAC cosmetics are in my top 5. I first fell in love with them when I tried their studio fix Fluid foundation and knew I had to try so much more. I have put together my favourite products, some old favourites and some that I have newly discovered!

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

The first product I wanted to start with is my holy grail foundation. I have been using this for over 6 or seven years now and i still haven’t found a foundation that is as good! It has a medium coverage that can easily be built up to full, has a amazing colour range with a incredible 64 shades, looks so flawless on the skin, photographs well and most importantly lasts all day on my dry skin without needing a touch up. I can never be without this foundation and always make sure I have a back up bottle ready! It’s also worth buying the £4.50 reusable pump from MAC as this foundation doesn’t come with one. This retails at £26 for 30ml and I use the shade NC15.

MAC Instacurl Lash Mascara

A few weeks ago I found this mascara in TK Maxx for a bargain £7. I hadn’t tried any mascaras from MAC before so thought what a great way to test. I’m so glad I did as this mascara makes my lashes look so full and fluffy without giving the caked on spider leg effect. I really like the shape and design of the packaging as well as the wand. This makes it easy to get into every lash including the corner and bottom lashes. I find this super easy to take off and it doesn’t transfer throughout the day. This normally retails for £20.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

I was first inspired but this highlighter by fellow blogger Mufavourites when she reviewed it not so long a go. This extra dimension skin finish in the shade ‘whisper of gilt’ was first launched last year as a limited edition Christmas item (you may remember its festive snow flake design) but has since been rereleased this year. I’m a sucker for a light gold highlight, it’s suits my pale skin tone without leaving a cast and leaves a gorgeous wet look sheen to the skin, making it look healthy and giving it a inner glow. This can be worn natural by applying lightly or more intense by layering it or spritzing some setting spray before hand to make it blinding. This costs £25.50.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush

Im a huge fan of a bright pink blush and have lots of matte finishes so wanted to pick up a something with a shimmer. This Extra Dimension blush is in shade ‘sweets for my sweet’ which is a gorgeous candy pink with rose gold shimmers. I love that this can be worn really sheer for a pop of natural, healthy colour or built up for a more intense look. I will definitely be picking this blush up in a coral shade for summer as it doesn’t cling to texture and I love the smooth formula. This costs £23.

MAC Matte Lipstick

New to my collections are a few of MAC’s cult matte lipsticks. I had never tried them before and I’m so glad I have. They have a really smooth application thanks to the creamy formula and dry down to a matte. They have great staying power and don’t make the lips look or feel dry as it dries down. I picked up the shades ‘Beatrix’ which is a vampy berry shade with a metallic finish. Shade ‘modern temptress’ which a dark red with a brown undertone and ‘chilli’ which is a stunning dark smoked red. All three of these colours are perfect for autumn/winter and I can’t wait to add more to my collection. These cost £17.50 each.

MAC Mini Lipstick

Another lipstick newbie but this time in a mini version. Recently MAC released their cult lipsticks in a mini form for travel purposes or just for people to try out their formula for those who don’t want to spend full price. I picked up the shade ‘Twirl’ which is terracotta brown. These cost £10.

MAC Lip Pencil Liner

Lastly we have a lip liner, this came as part of a duo set with one of the full sized lipsticks above. This lipliner in the shade ‘auburn’ is the perfect shade to pair with the lipstick ‘chilli’. The pencils formula is super smooth and creamy and oh so pigmented. This can be used to line the lips or used to draw all over for a full colour. This costs £14.

From left to right- Lip Liner shade ‘auburn’, Mini lipstick shade ‘whirl’, Matte lipstick shade ‘chilli’. Matte lipstick shade ‘modern temptress’, Matte lipstick shade ‘Beatrix’, Extra Dimension blush shade ‘sweets for my sweet’ and Extra Dimension skin finish shade ‘whisper of gilt’.

Have you tried anything from MAC? What are your MAC favourites? Let me know in the comments below.

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