Yearly Favourites 2015

Yearly Favourites 2015Hi everyone! Following on from my December Favourites yesterday, I bring you my Yearly Favourites, featuring the best beauty bits and highlights from 2015. All of these have featured in past Monthly Favourites posts and surprisingly it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to come up with a list. Everything featured in today’s post I still love as much as I did throughout the year.

1. Lily Pebbles – Kicking off with one of my favourite discoveries of 2015, Lily Pebbles! For the life of me I can’t remember how I stumbled across her but boy am I glad I did. She’s so entertaining and I always look forward to watching her videos and seeing what she puts up on her channel and her blog. Lily has inspired a few of my purchases this past year and if you’d like me to do a Blogger Made Me Buy It: Lily Pebbles Edition, leave a comment below!

2. MAC Syrup – I have lost count the amount of times I have mentioned and raved about this lipstick. Syrup was my very first MAC lipstick purchase and will always hold a special place in my heart. Syrup is a gorgeous cloudy pink with a lustre finish and it goes with literally anything. It is the perfect colour for daytime and nighttime wear.

3. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – This concealer is the only one I have used since I purchased it all those months ago and I’m still on my first tube. I use the shade 15 Fair and a little really does go a long way. I use this to cover redness and any spots I have and it never irritates my spots or makes them worse. It can be worn lightly or built up if you need it. The only thing I can’t comment on is how effective this concealer would be for covering dark under eye circles as I haven’t used it for that.

4. The Body Shop Shea Body Whip – I love using this body whip as a daily lotion for my arms. I apply this in the morning before I get dressed and the best part is how quickly it soaks into the skin. Since using this I have noticed the skin on the under side of my arms is much smoother and feels much softer.

5. Dainty Doll Blush ‘004 You Are My Sunshine’ – Gorgeous peachy-rose gold blush, tick. Dainty Doll is my first foray into blush and I knew the shades would suit me as this range is aimed at pale skinned beauties. You Are My Sunshine is a lovely warm shade and I can see myself wearing this a lot in summer. It also looks nice in winter lightly dabbed onto the apples of the cheeks as it gives the skin a glowy, dewy look.

6. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette – This palette has to be my favourite that I own but I don’t own very many. I still reach for this palette nearly everyday and again it is another product I have mentioned countless times on the blog. This is the second Maybelline product I’ve found this year to be absolutely flawless, good job Maybelline!

7. Essie – Take It Outside – I haven’t had this nail polish very long but I know it will be one of those shades I go back to and can be worn all the time. The grey-taupe tones are lovely all year round. This polish will look lovely with whatever you’re wearing – either dressed up or dressed down. Grey is a colour I’ve incorporated into my wardrobe a lot over the past couple of years.

8. Juicy Couture ‘Viva la Juicy’ Perfume – I have loved the scent of this perfume for years but was always put off purchasing it in the past due to the price tag. I found a 100ml bottle in a makeup sale approximately six months ago and knew I had to have it. The scent is girly yet sophisticated and not overpowering. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular and so many people love it. The 100ml bottle will last a good while as well.

There you have it, a roundup of my favourite favourites from the past 12 months. My beauty collection has been ever expanding and I can’t wait to discover more new products next year.

What have been your favourite products of 2015?


Christmas Day Makeup Menu

Christmas Day Makeup MenuHey everyone! It feels a little weird doing a beauty post on a Wednesday but this has been one I’ve been excited to share with you for a couple of weeks. Whether you’re someone who has made last minute Christmas plans or you’re unsure how to do your makeup for the big day, sit back, relax and read on to see what I’ll be wearing come December 25th.

For my Christmas makeup I had two things in mind: sparkle and a red lip. I kept everything traditional and relatively simple. I believe this look would also suit a range of outfits from dressy to casual.


Christmas Makeup - BaseIf you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now, you’ll know all about my base products for my face. I use these three every time I wear makeup and I’m always impressed.

1) Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser – This moisturiser gives such a lovely base for the foundation to adhere to and keeps my skin nice and soft throughout the day. I didn’t use a primer for this look but this moisturiser works well with or without one.

2) Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – If it’s more of a light coverage you’re after this foundation mixes really well with moisturiser and gives you that tinted moisturiser look and feel. On this occasion I applied the two separately as I wanted slightly more coverage. Side note: I recently discovered Rimmel have re-branded their Match Perfection foundation (I have the old formula). I use the shade 081 Fair Ivory and I hope that’s still part of the range otherwise I’ll have to try 010 Light Porcelain or find a completely new foundation.

3) Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in ’15 Fair’ – I don’t use the wand to apply this concealer, I dab the product onto my finger and pat it into my skin. Normally I just apply it to my chin, the sides of my nose and the corners of my eyes to eliminate redness.


Christmas Makeup - Eyes

1) Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette – I have used this eyeshadow palette so much since I purchased it and it is one of my favourite purchases of the year! I used the palest, whitest shade in the palette as a base all over the lid then applied the gold shade over top of that.

Christmas Eye Makeup

2) Rimmel Super Curler Mascara – I recently mentioned purchasing this mascara in my HUGE Me Spree post. The mascara wand is smaller than what I’m used to using with Rimmel’s ScandalEyes Lycra Flex and shaped to mimic the natural curl of eyelashes. The size of the wand doesn’t detract from the mascara by any means and I do find this mascara does a similar job to the Lycra Flex; it adds a nice voluminous, fluttery look to my lashes.


Christmas Makeup - Lips

1) Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107 – I have come to the conclusion I don’t wear this lipstick enough. It featured in my Winter Essentials due it’s dark, berry tones which look especially gorgeous in Autumn/Winter. This shade screamed FESTIVE to me so it was the obvious choice when it came to choosing a lip colour for my Christmas look.

Christmas MakeupI hope you enjoyed this post and seeing what makeup I’ll be wearing on Friday! Let me know what you think of my Christmas look and if this post has inspired you at all. Also, don’t forget to tell me what makeup you’ll be rocking!


Ten Looks, One Palette

Ten Looks, One PaletteHi everyone! If you saw my First Impressions of Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ you’ll remember I asked if anyone would like to see me create a few different looks with this palette. I decided to not just come up with one or two looks but ten. I’ve used this palette for my eye makeup every day I’ve been to work over the last two weeks. (I work five days a week, hence the ten). I’ve used every shade at least once and have included pictures of my daily eye makeup as well as showing you which shades I used to create each look.

As the shades in this palette aren’t named, for the purposes of this post I’ve numbered the top row 1-6 and the bottom row 7-12. Let’s get started!

#1: Monday, 7th December

Monday 7 DecemberThis is the slightly more smoky equivalent to Tuesday’s look just below. 11 and 5 were applied across the entire lid and 6 was used in the crease to blend the whole look together.

Monday 7 December

#2: Tuesday, 8th December

Tuesday 8 DecemberThese shades are some of my favourites to use in the whole palette. This side is especially lovely to create daytime looks. I applied 1 all over the lid before blending 2 in. To finish off I swept 8 into the crease and across the lid.

Tuesday 8 December

#3: Wednesday, 9th December

Wednesday 9 December3 was used as the base for this copper inspired look. 4 was then applied over top to make the eyes more shimmery.

Wednesday 9 December

#4: Thursday, 10th December

Thursday 10 December11 was applied as a base over the entire lid. 6 was used from the middle of the eyelid to the outer corner as a transition from light to dark. A simple but effective daytime look.

Thursday 10 December

#5: Friday, 11th December

Friday 11 DecemberI applied 7 all over the lid then applied 8 over the top to darken up the look.

Friday 11 December

#6: Monday, 14th December

Monday 14 DecemberI applied 3 as a base all over my lid. I took 9 from the inner corner of my eye to the middle and used 10 to go from the middle of my eye to the outer corner.

Monday 14 December

#7 Tuesday, 15th December

Tuesday 15 DecemberI applied 6 and 8 all over the lid then went in with a light dusting of 1 in the inner corner and also used it to blend out my crease. I then took 12 and used it to darken up the crease.

Tuesday 15 December

#8: Wednesday, 16th December

Wednesday 16 DecemberThe aim for this look was shimmery smoke. 7 was applied over the entire lid before going in with 12 to darken up the outer corner and crease.

Wednesday 16 December

#9: Thursday, 17th December

Thursday 17 December11 and 5 are a dream combination to apply across the entire eyelid and blend together so nicely. 4 gives a hint of sparkle and a depth of colour.

Thursday 17 December

#10: Friday, 18th December

Friday 18 December1 and 3 were applied as bases all over the lid. 2 adds a hint of colour and 10 adds depth to the eye while being blended out alongside 2 in the crease.

Friday 18 December

A few of the looks I created are similar but I wanted to show the versatility of the palette and how all the shades can be used and compliment one another.

Comment your favourite look below!