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29 December 2016

A Golden New Years Eve Make-Up Look

Now that the excitement of Christmas is over, the prospect of the new year ahead hits us. A whole new year is laid out in front of us, but not before we give it the welcome it deserves of course! New Years Eve, the biggest party of the year.

Family & Friends gather to say goodbye to this year, and Hello to the new. Undoubtedly you want to look your best for the occasion, so I thought I would share with you a show stopping, golden, make-up look to make sure you shine this New Years Eve.

I first applied my absolute go to foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear in the shade cool bone. I used my fingers to blend it in, as I find the warmth of them helps to apply it seamlessly.

Once I have applied my foundation all over my face I use Collection's Illuminating Concealer under my eyes, along my nose and over my chin. This really helps to open up my face and make me look more fresh faced and awake, which after all those festivities is definitely needed! Again I use my fingers to gently pat this into my skin.

After applying all my liquid face products, it was time to use my powders. I first used the Sleek contour palette in the hollows of my cheeks, under my chin and on my temples. I did this to give my face a more defined look, and add a subtle warm glow.

After contouring, I took my Freedom Pro Blush & Highlight Palette and used the bottom rose toned shade blusher in the first column. I love this colour as it gives a really natural 'pinched' look to your cheeks.

No golden make-up look would be complete without some stand out highlight, to make your face gleam. This Sleek 'Solstice' highlight palette is new to my collection and I am in love with it! The bottom gold shimmer is my new 'go to' highlight. I carefully apply this to the tops of my cheek bones.

 I also can't wait to use the first golden, cream based highlight in a spring/summer look that I have planned (organised for a change, I know!)

2016 has definitely been the year of the Brow. Thanks to Benefit, I managed to get a sneaky peek at their entire new brow collection, and take home some of my favourite pieces!

 There are two stand out products in the collection for me, that I cannot live without now. The first being Ka-Brow in shade 1, this a brow pomade that can be built up from a natural tidy look to stand out wow brows.

The second is Gimme Brow, which creates fibres on your own brows, a bit like gel brow extensions if you will! I love this product as it gives my brows texture, and also keeps them set in place and looking great all day.

Onto the main part of this New Year's Eve party look, the eyes!

I chose my Sephora 'It' Palette to create this look. First I applied the second shade, on the top row.  A warm glistening gold, all over the lid using a flat eyeshadow brush. I really packed this on to make it super golden and sparkly, because if you can't have glitter eyes on New Year's Eve, when can you?!

I then took the fourth shade, on the top row, a dark matte chocolate brown, and applied the to the crease of my lid using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. I blended this in to the outer section of my lid, so that it wasn't too harsh.

I used my Rimmel Scandaleyes black liquid liner on my top lash line, and added a small flick on the outer corners to create a cat-eye effect. On my lower lash line I used a brown pencil liner and filled in the outer edge of my water line. This gave the look a nice sultry smoky appearance.

For Mascara I used Soap & Glory's Thick & Fast High Definition Mascara, which really helps to thicken and add volume to your lashes. If this wasn't thick enough, I also added some false lashes. These are the Eylure Naturals. I love using these as they're really light-weight, you can't tell you've got them on!

To complete this glam golden make-up look I used Nyx's Liquid Suede in the shade 'Soft Spoken'. These Nyx Liquid Lipsticks are amazing, they're so easy to apply and they give a really bold, opaque, flash of colour to your lips.

The Completed look:

New Years Eve make-up

This look is bound to make you stand out this New Year's Eve, with a sultry golden eye and knock out highlight, it really is the perfect glitzy glam go to look for the party season. I will definitely be re-creating this look again!

What are your plans this New Year's Eve?

27 December 2016

What I Got For Christmas 2016

These posts can be controversial I know, but I personally love reading them! I think it's because I'm just nosey, and like to see what people have received as their gifts. I also love to look back at these posts each year as a reminder. I am extremely grateful for everything I have been given.

So here goes nothing, these are a few of the lovely gifts I've received this year!

Lounge wear

Cosy Socks
Pink Love Pj's
Brown & Taupe Check Pj's
Unicorn Slippers


Lace Bell Sleeve Top
Grey Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit
Black Sandals
Kurt Geiger Purse

Elizabeth Arden Bold Kisses Collection
Ted Baker Mini Perfumes
Next White Amber Perfume
Ted Baker Box Gift Set
Sleek Make-Up Gift Set

Two Night Get Away for Two
Marble & Gold Travel Set

Pandora Earrings & Ring

Daily Journal
Ted Baker Notebook
Camera Lens Mug
Novelty Mug
I hope that you've enjoyed having a nosey at the gifts I've received this year, please leave links to your own 'what I got for Christmas' posts as I love a good nosey at them!

23 December 2016

Tips For Hosting a Dinner Party & Our Christmas Decor*

It's almost Christmas day, you've got your food shop done, the turkey is ready to be prepped, now it's time to get your house in order. Throwing a dinner party can be stressful at any time of the year, but none more so than at Christmas! Friends and family come round in their droves, all with hungry bellies, and a thirst for some fulfilling festive grub.

This is our first Christmas in our own home, and the first Christmas Day Dinner I've ever hosted. As a couple, we cook for two of us, Christmas day, I'll be cooking for SEVEN. Daunting indeed. I thought I would put together a dual post, with tips for helping you host your own festive dinner party and also a sneaky peek at what our house looks like this Christmas.

1. My first, absolute number 1 tip would be make a list. Check it twice. Couldn't help myself.
    I'm known to have a million lists on the go, but to make it easier for you split them into categories
    such as; Food to buy, Home (extra chairs needed? spare bowls?) and other. Then you can clearly
    see what is left to do and what you've already tackled.

2. Set a Budget.
    Hosting a dinner party can be an expensive affair, especially if you're having a lot of guests 
    attending. Set yourself a budget and try not to go over board. Perhaps even ask guests to bring
    a bottle of alcohol with them, as this will save you a lot of money, and on the whole guests are
    usually quite happy to do this. Your focus then can solely be on the food.

3. Give yourself plenty of time.
    I can often be a huge culprit of 'last minute mayhem' and often do leave things very late in terms of
    organisation. However this time round, I was prepared. As you can see even my table is set ready,
    which is because I'm working up until Christmas Eve. I really didn't want to be setting the table,
    and trying to keep an eye on the Christmas Dinner all in the morning. Make sure you give yourself
    plenty of time to get everything done, that way you'll feel much more relaxed when the party gets 
    into motion.

4. Create a time line.
    One tip that I often use at work, is to create a Timed To Do list. This is where you break down
    your day into hours. Say you're up at 9am and you dinner party starts at 7:30. Break down the
    middle into sections such as 9-10am pick up fresh produce, 10-11 prep starter and all vegetables.
    This way you can clearly see all of your tasks in an hour by hour format and know what you need
    to be doing and when.

5. It's all in the detail.
    What makes parties and dinners memorable to me is the attention to detail. You don't have to
    spend a lot of money, you can even D.I.Y your own table decorations. I have bought most of my
    table décor from Ikea, B&M and Home Bargains. It didn't cost much at all, but looks great when
    it's all put together.


6. Create the right ambiance.
    Another key preparation for a party is creating the right ambiance, is the house warm enough, is it
    too warm from the kitchen heat? You don't want your guests sat in their coats, but nor do you want
    them sweltering either!
    Another key element is scent. I like to make my home smell nice before we have any one round. I 
    was contacted by , which is a luxury homeware company to take their Home Fragrance Quiz
    and pick out a candle based on my result. My perfect Home Scent came out as Sweet. Which is no 
    surprise to me! You can take the quiz here  to help find a scent that will be perfect for your home. I was sent a gorgeous cream and gold
    candle called Air de Provence by D.L.&Co* which smells sensational. It has hints of jasmine,
    musk and citrus. Perfect to keep my home smelling great this party season. Whether it's a candle,
    room spray, or air freshener it's easy to make your home smell delicious in time for your guests

7. Have Fun.
    Grab a glass of wine, pop on the festive tunes and have some fun. Try not to stress too much, and
    take it all in. Sometimes being a host can distract you from actually enjoying your own party!
    Ensure you pry yourself away from the kitchen and have a good time with your guests.

Hosting a dinner party

I hope that this post has helped you prepare for your next dinner party, and I hope you have an amazing time during this festive season!

Are you hosting a dinner party this Christmas?

*Items in this post were gifted to me, all opinions are my own

20 December 2016

The Maxi Coat

I won't lie, I debated writing this post as I'm not 100% happy with how the photo's have turned out. However, I am happy with the outfit, hence the internal debate. I toyed with the idea of re-shooting it, but probably wouldn't have time until the new year, and I wanted you to have some chance of snapping up this absolute bargain of a coat. So throwing caution to the wind, we're rolling with it. Bad lighting and all.

I've been after a maxi coat for sometime, one that didn't drown me, or make me look shorter. With Christmas around the corner, I didn't have oodles to spend on myself, but when I came across this khaki, boyfriend style, maxi coat, sat in all it's glory in the aisles of..wait for it..Primark! I knew it belonged in my wardrobe.  Even better, it was on the sale rail, for a mere £10.00. Yup, you heard me right £10.00!

The khaki colour of the coat is the perfect alternative to your classic black jacket. It adds a subtle pop of colour, while still maintaining a very autumnal/winter vibe. The length is perfect, finishing mid calf, it doesn't swamp me, and I find the cut and fit of the coat very flattering.

With the coat being the star of the show, I decided to pair it with a somewhat understated base layer. A classic, grey, roll neck jumper, which you all know are staples in my winter wardrobe! A pair of plain black, high waist, skinny jeans, and black boots. A neutral, classic, base layer, made up of some great winter wardrobe staples.

I also think this coat could work perfectly with a classic little black dress, and some heeled boots. Perfect for those Christmas Parties, and for keeping warm!

In terms of accessories, I decided to keep these pretty understated as well. I opted for this stunning snowflake necklace from Jewellery Box, which I received from the lovely Sherry Scribbles. It's the perfect way to make any outfit festive, without being too in your face!

To complete the look I chose a very slouchy tote bag, also from Primark. This bag is amazing as it fits my camera, make-up, hairbrush, water bottle, purse and phone in easily, with plenty of room to spare. For a woman who likes to carry the kitchen sink around with her, a big bag is essential!

How would you style a Maxi Coat?