It's Christmas Eve! How quickly this whole year has flown. Well, it's not quite over yet, we still have one of the biggest days of the year tomorrow. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have stayed till the very end of Blogmas. There have been ups and downs, and some technical hitches along the way but I can honestly say that I am a better blogger because of it. I think I have written more blog posts this month than in my entire previous time on blogger. I have learnt how to think up and write a blog in no time at all. So thank you for sharing and viewing my posts and making it worth while. : ) Comment below your fave Blogmas post!
In my last post I showed you lots of different variations on the traditional 'red lip'. I feel like a sparkly eye does very well to accompany this and I ma going to show you my two favourite eye shadow palettes for this. These palettes are pretty much the only thing that I use! The first, Naked 2, contains many taupe-hued neutrals and the shade are mostly shimmery but there are a few matte ones in there, perfect for highlighting and the crease. The second palette Too Faced's 'Natural Eyes' palette has less variation of shades but contains all of the colours you could ever want for day to day makeup. I would suggest some gold shades with a warm brown in the crease to accompany your red lip!
I think that the type of makeup most suited to Christmas is a red lip. The colour red has long been associated with Christmas and lots of people like to make themselves look festive by rocking one. Above I have three red lips that would be great on Christmas Day!
Rimmel Kate Moss '107': This would probably be my favourite from the selection as I feel like mattes are the most practical and suit me more than something a little more glossy. Unfortunately, this is not the most Christmassy colour as it is more berry than red and has quite purple tones running through it. Still you can still class it as a red lipstick just not in the most classic way. The pigmentation on this lipstick is great and has great lasting power without being a nightmare to take off.
Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 'Fatal Red': I feel like this lipstick is more of your traditional Christmas red colour. This means that it is much brighter and more orange toned. If you want to be super Christmassy then this is the one to go to town with!
Bourjois Effect 3D Lipgloss in 09 'Rouge democratic': I think that this one would have to be my least favourite option, only because I find that Christmas Day involves a lot of eating and this has to be one of the most messy lip-glosses available. But apart from that it seems very bright and pigmented. A similar colour to the Maybelline lipstick.
If the picture above isn't making you salivate then I really do not know what is wrong with you! In todays post I wanted to talk to you about all of the food that I love at Christmas. Yes, the cookies are a bit irrelevant but I feel like they are great for this time of the year if you maybe add some spices or dried fruit.
So, lets start with Christmas dinner. Actually, on Christmas day in my house we have a Christmas lunch which comprises of potato and leek soap and warm baguette, and then our actual Christmas dinner in the evening. Probably my favourite part of Christmas dinner is the gravy! I cannot express my love for gravy in words, it is that bad but it is great how you can add it to any food that you don't like and then suddenly you will love it. I also love the roast potatoes nice and crispy, however, I also feel like these go hand in hand with the gravy. Sausages in blankets and stuffing would be the other two foods that come to mind. Sausages in blankets I can't really explain how I love because I don't particularly like bacon but there is something about them that tastes so Christmassy! Stuffing is lovely with turkey as it just adds that extra bit of flavour.
Then after dinner, being me, I don't like Christmas cake or pudding or mince pies. Every year I have toffee and pecan roulade instead which is gorgeous!
Over the Christmas season we tend to buy a lot of sweet and nice food for watching Christmas T.V. in the evenings and on cold days (we aren't getting much of that this year : ( ) My favourite food like this would have to be Lebkuchen. As you can see it is German so lots of people haven't heard of it but German Christmas food is the best! Lots of chocolate and gingerbread goodness. Stollen is also another German cake filled with fruit and marzipan. Of course, I don't actually like it but most of my family do.
Comment down below your favourite Christmas Foods!
So, I feel like we probably don't have a chance at a white Christmas this year. In England a white Christmas is almost fantasy since every year, Christmas day tends to be quite sunny and generally warm. However, we can dream and so I have included some snowy pictures so that, like me, you cam wish for snow on Christmas day. It would be so special and exciting!! These photos were not taken in the U.K. as you can most likely tell : )
In today's post I will be sharing with you some ideas that I have had or used this year for peoples main presents. These are usually something a little more expensive and thoughtful than regular presents. Something to buy for someone close and special to you who you are a bit more prepared to spend money on. So, here are the ideas:
1. A Mug- You will always have those one (or two) people that drink a lot of tea and/or coffee so a mug is a perfect gift. Cath Kidston do a large range of huge ones that retail at around £6.50 each.
2. Books- With a book you are always guaranteed that someone will get at least a few hours of pleasure from reading it. Notebooks and non-fiction books are also great as well as the traditional novels.
3. Candles- Of course everyone loves a nicely scented candle! Christmas is the time to spend a bit more on a luxury candle for somebody.
4. Scents- Perfumes and body mists will never fail to impress! If you know the person you can choose a scent that they will love.
5. Hand Creams and Moisturisers- Anything to give yourself a pamper and luxury!
A very popular present for friends and family at this time of the year (or any time really) is lush bath bombs. At this time I always find myself building quite the collection, although, I do have to admit that I probably bought lots of them myself! With the new Christmas collection there are just so many to choose from and walking into the store is a right ordeal. This does make me wonder how parents and partners who don't understand the whole 'craze' go in and buy presents. So anyway, back on topic, bath bombs are very dusty and messy so you always need somewhere to store them. I like to have mine where people can see them but also are tidy and neat. Here are some ideas:
Pots- I think that, like above, pots with intricate designs and suitable sizes are great for holding bath bombs because you can easily arrange them. The only con is that you cant see all of the bath bombs but I guess a clear pot could be really pretty as well
Boxes: Boxes with cool designs or made of wicker look really great with bath bombs in them!
Premade- Lush do some cylinders that are made for storing bath bombs so if you are just looking for neat storage then that could be the type for you
1. Food- I am the biggest fan of a roast dinner and I feel like Christmas dinner is the king of them all! I love sausages in blankets, gravy, potatoes, turkey and stuffing.
2. Clothes- This is basically a time for all things tacky which mostly includes jumpers but can sometimes extend to pyjamas : )
3. Festive cheer- To me, everyone just seems so much happier and there is much excitement in the air!
4. Makeup- 'Tis the season of gold eyes and red lips.
5. Advent Calendars- It is so exciting opening the door every morning to find a chocolate!
6. Family and friends- This time gives everyone a good excuse to visit their family and friends who maybe live a bit further away and you can meet all of those relatives that you really didn't know you had : )
I feel like when it comes to Christmas tree decoration, there are two types, there is the 'higgledy collected over many years' type or the 'themed with a colour scheme' type. I would definitely say that I am sort of in the middle because my tree is themed red and white but the decorations have been collected in small amounts. Today I thought I would share with you a cool decoration idea that looks great and could go on both types of tree. It is a candy cane. Cute and edible these hang easily on the tree and look great because of the colours. Traditional red and white ones look great but if that is not your colour scheme there are many other flavours. I just think they look so nice and probably have about 50 of these on my tree!
What is your fave decoration?
When it comes to this time of the year, I am always going into coffee shops to try their winter specialities. Most shops such as Costa and Starbucks bring out a range at Christmas andI am always a fan of these more interesting choices. My favourite drinks this year have been Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte and Costa's Gingerbread and Cream Latte. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is like an autumn dream with spices and pumpkin all in one. The gingerbread latte is perhaps a bit more spicy with a gingery feel and cream on top!
At Christmas especially, it is every girl's wish to have long, fluttery lashes to pair with a red lip. It is hard to find a mascara that fits all of these descriptions since length often becomes spidery and length often becomes clumpy. A mascara I have found to be the best at satisfying my needs is Benefit's Rollerlash. Many people say that they prefer Maybelline's Lash Sensational, however, I have found that, that mascara often goes very clumpy on me and is a nightmare to remove! Maybe I am applying it wrong : ( Benefit Rollerlash lengthens each lash for a lovely butterfly effect. Perfect for day and night makeup.
It is currently the 9th of December for me now, you will probably be reading this on the 10th. I feel like an acceptable amount of time has gone by this month that I can start to talk about what I have been loving. So, here go's another list:
Recently, given that it is currently the Christmas season, I have had to think a lot about presents that I will be giving and also receiving. For today's post I just wanted to give you a few quick last minute present ideas. Not everyone has the time to plan out presents carefully so I thought I would help you out a little bit!
1. Pyjamas (Like the ones above)
2. Candles (Christmas Ones!)
4. Hand Cream
8. Jumpers & Knitwear
12. Marzipan Fruits (Kinda random but always a fave!)
I feel like every winter you find that scarf that is staple for you all season. It is usually for me, quite a big size and a tartan pattern. The colours in this scarf are perfect because they can go with a variety of clothes. The black and white can be incorporated into a black outfit whereas the red would be perfect with a maroon accessory. I like the fringe because it adds a more interesting touch that livens up te outfit.
Tell me what your staple scarf looks like!
I wear scents all year round and this means that I usually like to make my perfumes and sprays more seasonal to change it up a little bit. In the summer I wear more floral, fruity and light scents. Then, in the autumn/winter I like to wear more spicy, musky and heavy scents. My scent of choice this year is Victoria Secret's 'Amber Romance'. It is described as a scent with 'amber and crème anglais'. I am the worst at describing scents so I wouldn't even be able to tell you what it smells like to me but for some reason it smells to me how I think that amber would smell. Yet, I don't know what amber smells like! Definitely a more sophisticated and musky scent because lots of the other scents I have an easier time describing the smell. It is long lasting but not overpowering. Lots of people say that they get a whiff of it every time I walk past and when they hug me : ) I definitely wouldn't use too much because a little can go a long way. What would you say your autumn/winter scent was this year?
Every year as we get closer to the darker and colder days I tend to find myself looking for all different types of fairy lights. Because of the fact that the days are getting darker more quickly we generally use lights more and fairy lights just seem like the best way to do this! They can really set the mood and are really cute and decorative. More so than overhead lights or lamps. Above you can see there are just plain bulb fairy lights and I love these ones because they are just simple and look better in the dark. This year, however, I have found myself buying more different types such as these really nice ones I have that are like clear diamonds with the bulb in the middle. As you can see I also have a n 'E' shaped light up letter. These are also really cute and I think I have mentioned this on my blog before and how it is really great to personalise your room.
Tell me about any fairy lights that you have?!?
In today's post I wanted to show you the chocolate advent calendar that I had chosen this year. AS you can see it is a frozen themed one and it was bought at M&S. This picture was taken in advance but I have actually opened 5 of the doors now and it is safe for me to say that the chocolate inside is really good. Sometimes with advent calendars it can be hard to find the balance between appearance and taste. This one does! I chose frozen because it looked really cute and I love the colour theme. Frozen is so Christmassy with its snow and snowmen! Although this year I did not buy any beauty calendars, I think I definitely will be next year. The body shop calendar and also the benefit one look great. I am always really interested in the advent calendars that other people buy. Imagine having multiple!
Comment down below which advent calendar you chose this year : )
In the shopping centre that I go to, the gbk is there nestled amongst other restaurants and bars. However, in my opinion, it definitely stands out as vintage (like an old diner) and extremely aesthetically pleasing. It is a popular place but at my local one you are always guaranteed a seat. It is fast becoming one of my favourite places to eat! The Oreo milkshakes that they do are totally and utterly dreamy. The best milkshakes I have ever tasted in fact! Their food is beautifully presented and not one single time that it has been different.
The photograph shows an Oreo milkshake, cheeseburger and skinny fries.
So, if you manage to spot one of these over the Christmas period. GO IN. Treat yourself! Those capitals really explain how much I love it : )
One of my favourite drinks for the Christmas period is hot chocolate. Yes, I called it hot cocoa in the title but it is sounds so much cuter! I have shown a really cool diagram that I found on https://www.pinterest.com/ which shows some alternative hot chocolate recipes. I can't wait to try some more of these out! I hope you do to. My favourite would probably be pumpkin spice because I love spices like nutmeg and cinnamon because it just tastes so Christmassy! (is that a word?!?)
If you saw this blush you would probably think that it was more of a summery blush but I actually prefer more of a nude blush in winter to contrast the darker lips and eyes. Then in summer I like to opt for a brighter colour. This is a Mac blush in the shade melba and you can find it here: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/156/329/Products/Face/Cheek/Powder-Blush/index.tmpl Surprisingly, it is the first mac blush that I have tried and I have to say that I am very pleased with it! The pigmentation is medium and just right for a blush. The colour is like a peachy, pinky nude that translates to a natural subtle blush on your face. Maybe consider buying it if you like to wear strong lips and eyes! It was £18.50 and as this is quite expensive for a blush I would recommend that you put some research into what colour you want or to book an appointment with a member of staff so that they can help you. Seeing all the perfect rows of blushes that seem like the same colour can be daunting! I am definitely happy with my purchase and I think I will look into a brighter colour for next time.
Hi! I'm going to be honest, it has been a while. Life is very busy in the autumn and the time to take photographs is very short because of the daylight problem. So I wondered what I could do to make it up to you lovelies! And I came up with the idea of Blogmas, 24 days of me! I will be publishing a new blogpost everyday for 24 days. I have decided on the hashtag #soellablogmas so that you can use it on social media to send me anything! I'm going to be getting very sore fingers, that's for sure. I hope you enjoy : )
Obviously today's was very short but I assure you there will be a huge variety of interesting posts to come!
Left to Right: Mac Patisserie, Revlon Peach Parfait, Maybelline Colour Sensational Fatal Red, Mac See Sheer, L'Oreal Collection Exclusive in Eva's Nude
The photo's above show my 'Top Five Favourite Drugstore Lipsticks' As you can see I am not the most adventurous with my lipsticks apart from the odd red and pink one in there! I am much more likely to pick up a pinky nude in the morning so you can see that three of the shades above are very much nude with a touch of pink. The first, Mac Patisserie, is probably my favourite mac lipstick! It is a very brown toned pink and it is a lustre finish and so has a slight shimmer and is very glossy on the lips. The next one is actually a tinted lip balm rather than a lipstick but it is so so pigmented and moisturizing at the same time that you could easily forget! It is a peachy toned pink with gold reflex running through it which just adds to its appeal for me. Then, the last nude colour is the L'Oreal lipstick. As you can most likely tell this lipstick is actually almost finished and very much loved. I wear this lipstick all the time and with everything, it is just the perfect blend of peaches and pinks and oranges and browns. Hard to describe but quite perfect. If I were to put this in to a mac formula category I would call it a satin, not quite matte but not at all glossy or shiny. That being said, the formula of these lipsticks is amazing and totally not drying! Now, onto the pink, Mac See Sheer is described as a grapefruit colour on the mac website and when I saw it I was totally in love. It is also a lustre but soooo pigmented and the colour is like a bright pink with very red undertones. Definitely one for the summer but also one of my favourites, however I do find it hard sometimes to find an eye look that compliments the lipstick. So, finally onto the red. Probably my least worn out of the five but definitely still a firm favourite. I've found that the colour suits my skin tone a lot and is really moisturizing and glossy. It might be surprising that I have put more of a glossy red on here instead of a matte red but I feel like when you find the perfect glossy red that doesn't bleed or smudge, you will understand!
Left to Right: O.P.I Nail Lacquer in 'OPI on Collins Ave', Models Own HyperGel Topcoat, Essence Nail Art express dry drops
O.P.I Nail Lacquer in 'OPI on Collins Ave': If you are looking for the perfect Coral which enhances your tan, look no further!! This beautiful colour is bright enough to stand out but not enough to make it look neon! The colour is gorgeous and no I'm not actually currently wearing this colour on my fingernails but I am on my toenails and I'm lovin' it!!
Models Own HyperGel Topcoat: This is without a doubt the best topcoat I have ever used. It gives your nails a freakishly perfect manicure finish that before seemed only possible after a trip to the salon. It is relatively quick to dry and is easy to apply. A definite must for any nail fanatic!!
essence nail art express dry drops: Despite the name of this product being in English I actually do not think this product is available in England unfortunately. However, if you are able to get hold of this then I definitely recommend you do! If you are like me and can't ever wait for your nails to dry then this is definitely for you and will make things a lot easier!
This is just a quick post review to praise the Lancôme Bi-Facil Cleanser. It is an oily eye makeup cleanser with cleanses your eyes and leaves no traces of makeup! There is nothing worse than finishing cleansing your makeup off and still having mascara under your eyes or eyeliner down your face! There is never any danger of this problem with this cleanser. If anything it is harder to clean off the cleanser at the end than the makeup. As we are coming closer to Autumn it is important to have a cleanser that will clean away those gold eyes, heavy eye makeup and we must also remember that it is Halloween in November and so if you are planning to go all out on Halloween makeup then you might want to give this a try. To use, you have to shake it and then use the way you would use any other cleanser! Being by Lancôme, it is slightly more expensive than your average eye makeup cleanser but if you are prepared to pay a bit more, I definitely urge you to get it!!!
Above is just a little snippet of my bedroom and it shows some of the things that I have bought recently to decorate my room. The first thing is a light up 'E'. I think that it is really nice to have something that makes your room unique and adding your initial into your décor can be a great way to personalise your room and make it feel more special! Next, is the Lily Flame candle in 'Fairy Dust'. Lily Flame is a company that makes candles and various other scented things including diffusers. I love the scent of this one, it is a very fresh, clean scent and so great for bedrooms and, finally, the fairy lights, which are from Primark, are great for having a nice atmosphere in your room. I hope this gave you a few ideas!
Today I thought I would review two bath products that I purchased recently for a birthday. Although not having used them personally except for Sakura the very kind lady working in lush kindly demo'd them for me. The first one, a bath bomb named Sakura is white coloured and has lots of specks of colours. Having used this along with the other product, a bubble bar named Brightside, the colour of the bath bomb was not really showcased but it was obvious that the bubble bar was colouring the bath tub bright orange! The smells of these products are kinda hard to describe if you have never been into lush before (if you haven't then you SERIOUSLY should : ) But if you have then all I need to say about Sakura is that it smells of LUSH!!! Brightside is very similar except slightly more citrusy and orangey. Lush bath bombs are completely fine for sensitive skin and also have lots of skincare benefits to make your skin feel great. I definitely regret not picking them up for myself as well but there is always next time! I hope this post has inspired you to go and take a look.
When the time comes to buy some new clothes for the spring and summer, I sometimes just do not know where to start.
My wardrobe is full of black, navy and maroon shades from last month so when I need to buy new things I am stuck with the dilemma that if I purchase brighter colours I will have to buy matching outfits otherwise I will not have anything to wear together. You can maybe save up to do a complete refurbishment of your wardrobe, or if you are more inclined to stick with the black, then you can buy clothes with little pops of colour to make them more spring like, such as above the two clothing items have pops of orange and coral which brighten up the original items. Another great idea is to start adding white by purchasing patterned black and white clothing.
After a long winter you can feel shy about wearing brighter colours but these are great ideas to provide a transition from your winter gear to summer staples. Above are two clothing items from new look, one of which I purchased, on the right, which perfectly fit my recommendations.
Yes, they were originally black but that kinda got lost in the editing : )
If you have been keeping up to date with my blog (which I advise you to do : ) ) you probably will have seen a previous blog post in which I told you about how I had been quite disappointed with the Revlon Colourburst Balm in 'Strawberry Shortcake'.
I wanted to do this post because after trying this out a few more times in a variety of ways I found a way to make this balm work. It actually looks really pretty when paired with a completely clear lipgloss. The colour comes out much more as a bubblegum pink which I am looking forward to wearing in the summer.
To use the balm I like to apply the balm just to the centre of my lips, I then rub my lips together a tiny bit. After that I apply lipgloss all over my lips and ta-da!!!
I've found that this way the balm becomes so much more pigmented and non-patchy if you use it in this way!