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3 Easy Christmas Makeup Looks

The party season is upon us! It’s officially 9 days and counting until Christmas Day and the best time of year to get out your favourite dress and start experimenting with your makeup box. If your stuck for ideas or just want to try something new,  I’ve put my 3 go to looks below for some festive inspiration.

★ Look 1:  Super Glitter

This is SO EASY! I’m not the best at eye make up but this takes all of 10 minutes and is so fun for a party. Start by smoking out your cat eye shape in a black eye shadow or liner and then simply press the shadow into the shape as thickly as possible. I used the Stila Magnificent Metals Shadow (which is so good!) but any gold or glitter shadow will work, just spray some setting spray to wet it and you’ll get the best colour pay off. For lips I used a Kiko lipliner in a deep purple to keep with the Autumnal theme and some highlighter on my cheek bones.

★ Look 2:  Classic Cat Eye / Red Lip Combination

You can’t go wrong with this look, it suits everyone and it goes with everything. Start with your eyeliner and layer on a thick coat, I like to start by drawing a line up on each corner and then filling in the main shape across the lash line. Add a slick of red lipstick, some shimmery highlight and your done. Super simple and very gorgeous.

★ Look 3:  The Big Smoke

This is not about precision or the perfect blend of 3 colours, this is more a big brush and just go for it. Concentrating on the outer corner of your crease, swirl a dark colour in a shade of your choice until it’s well blended. Then pat a lighter colour along your lash line and in the inner corner and finish with a shimmery shade to add a Christmassy touch. I paired this with a simple nude lip and a light dusting of bronzer.

★★ Merry Christmas! ★★

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Make Up for Men with @RossiLewis25

I’m very lucky to have some super talented friends, one of them being the insta famous Ross, who’s outfit posts and selfies have attracted an army of followers. He asked me to help him film a video he was working on for a PR company about Cardiff and we decided to shoot some stuff for my blog while we were there too.

We talk about makeup and beauty a lot when we catch up and most recently about male beauty bloggers. While I follow most of these guys and love their tutorials, they always seem to be aimed more at a female audience. I still don’t see why there aren’t ‘Everyday’ or ‘Evening’ makeup tutorials for guys? Because plenty of guys are investing in make up and plenty of guys on daytime TV are wearing it too. So we decided to set up and film Ross doing his two key looks, one natural day look and a contoured one for evening. These are both looks that Ross would wear, he uses amazing products and the results are really natural, wearable and perfected.

Look 1

A natural, everyday look for a flawless and dewy finish.

Ross Lewis

Look 2

A more advanced look, using different concealer shades to add definition to the cheeks and jaw line.

Ross LewisFind Ross on instagram @RossiLewis25

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Some current beauty favourites….

One of the reasons I started reading blogs was to learn more about makeup and so I thought it would be nice to share my current favourites in the hope that other people can find a product they love to. These are just a small collection but are things I use on a regular basis as well as repurchasing often. If you’ve used any of them before or have any of your own recommendations or reviews please feel free to comment below, I always love getting other people’s opinions and tips on beauty!

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  1. High Beam by Benefit – This for me has become something of a necessity, I just don’t feel like my makeup is done without it. During my degree I had sleepless months in the run up to deadlines and even in my zombie state this really did wonders in brightening my skin and making me look a little more awake. It is quite a thick formula in comparison to other highlighters but it does blend really well and I find it’s quite long lasting.
  2. Golden Lilac Blush by Bourjois – After seeing this on several other blogs I decided to try it out, I’ve never bought anything from Bourjois before but I’ve really fallen for this product. It smells amazing, I would actually say it’s quite a good budget version of the Chanel blush and it isn’t too pigmented so it’s nice and easy to apply and build up the colour as you need it.
  3. Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder – If you are very pale, like me, I would highly recommend this as a subtle powder for the day. It’s predominantly bronzer with a little blush and just gives a really nice healthy glow to the face without being streaky as well as evening out the skin tone.
  4. Eau Dynamisante by Clarins – I think the reason I love this so much is because the first time I discovered it was while on holiday so it’s just one of those fragrances that has great memories for me. It’s quite a strong scent with lemon, patchouli, white tea, ginseng and petit grain but it smells luxurious and is very long lasting. It also doubles as a treatment oil, promising to boost vitality, firmness and freshness so make sure you spray directly onto your skin for maximum effect.
  5. 8 Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden – So I’m pretty sure if you’re interested in beauty you will have heard about this by now but if not this is probably one of the most intense moisturising and repairing creams available. The thick formula can be applied anywhere to dry or tired skin for instant hydration and I also find it works really well on scars or scratches to help speed up recovery. The original cream is very thick and has quite a strong scent however there is an entire range including my favourites the lip balm and hand and nail cream which have much lighter formulas.
  6. Skin Perfector by L’orèal – I discovered this back when it first came out and I haven’t been able to live without it since. It’s very easy to blend and smoothes out the skin tone without feeling as heavy as a foundation and gives a nice dewy finish to the face. (This also works really well with number 1. High Beam)

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7. Nude Beige by Models Own – I’m very much into nude and grey nail polishes at the moment and this one is my favourite shades so far. I find NailsInc has a really nice finish, you do have to apply two coats but it seems to last a little longer than some other high street polishes and they have a great range of shades.

8. Transparent Finishing Powder by MAC – I have very oily skin, particularly in the T zone and this is great for a long lasting matte finish. You only need to use a tiny amount and it also helps to set your foundation for longer lasting wear.

9. Salonnière by Jenny Packham – This was part of a collaboration she did with boots at Christmas last year and I fell in love with the entire range. All her products have a very glamourous, old Hollywood feel and come in beautiful packaging and gorgeous makeup bags. She’s doing another range this year and has bought out some new lipsticks which I would highly recommend, they have a very smooth finish without being too glossy and don’t dry out the lips.

10. Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm by Palmers – Excuse the very battered packaging! But this has been very well loved. A really great, highly moisturising lip balm with SPF15… no brainer.

11. Ever Matte Foundation by Clarins – Again very well loved. This has been great for me over the summer in my battle to stay matte and avoid melting in the crazy heat. It has a kind of cream to powder consistency and so is a little harder to blend but the finish is great and it works well for oily and spot prone skin.

12. Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara by Estee Lauder – I don’t like big, clumpy mascara brushes as I have quite sensitive eyes so this is the perfect one for me. It’s more lengthening than thickening which I like and the brush is very thin and light which makes getting into the corners much easier. My second pet hate with mascaras is not being able to take them off, I hate having panda eye residue that I can’t remove but I always find Estee Lauder mascaras come off really easily with eye makeup remover despite being really long lasting which is why they are my go to.

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