29 December 2013

New Years Eve Lip Product Picks

Christmas went too quickly but at least we've still got New Years Eve to look forward too. To get you through the whole night ( and morning for you hardcore youths) you'll need some long lasting make up. To help stop your lipstick from transferring onto your champers glass, dress, chin or your dates face here are my top picks for long lasting lipsticks. Get through the final hours of 2013 with these reliable beauties...

Maybelline SuperStay 14 Hour £6.99 LINK
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain £7.99 LINK
Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick £5.49 LINK
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer £6.49 LINK
Revlon Ultimate ColourSuede Lipstick £8.99 LINK
LUSH Lip Scrub £5.25 LINK
Guinot Vital Lipcare* £30.37 LINK

The trick to making lipstick last even longer is to exfoliate lips first with a scrub or an old toothbrush. Don't forget to coat your lips in your favourite balm the night before too. Enjoy the last few days of this year and have a lovely New Years Eve whether your spending it out on the town or tucked up in bed!

24 December 2013

Pre-Christmas Pamper & Festive Update

So the big day is finally here tomorrow, I've got three days off work to fully enjoy the holidays! I'll be spending time with family, stuffing my face with food (hello five yorkshire puddings on my plate) and watching old films on telly. Before I go into a food coma I thought I'd give you a little update and of course I had to mention some beauty products. Tonight I'm doing a pre-Christmas pamper. I'm whipping out my Sensationials kit and treating my feet to a pedicure. For my festive fingernails I'm opting for golden glitter by No7 which was featured in my last post - one for hardcore glitter lovers. To sort out my dull complexion I'm going to double face mask with the aid of Ren and Guinot. All finished off with my new face oil from Botanics and an early night (and obligatory mince pie).

Right, time to pack away the laptop and sign off Make Me Up for a few days. I'm sure i'll be updating you with a couple of cheeky snaps on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you to everyone who has commented/read/lol'd at my blog this year, you have no idea how much it means to me. Hope you enjoy your Christmas and make sure you spend it with people you love. X
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17 December 2013

Christmas Nails 2013

A bit of sparkle painted on nails is kinda the done thing at Christmas. This year highstreet brands have really stepped up their game, with glitzy new shades from Rimmel, Barry M and No7 to name just a few. Time to turn your tips into mini disco balls with my top Christmas nail varnish shades!

December is the month for red, from bright reds to deep burgundy shades - anything goes. 'Pillarbox Red' by No7 is from their new Gel-Look Shine range which promises to deliver complete coverage with one coat and a durable gel-look finish. If you want something with more shimmer, JN Beauty has got it covered. This shade in '006' has a opalescent finish to it which looks stylishly subtle worn alone or great as a topcoat. Looking for a gorgeous golden shade suitable for all skin tones? Let me present you with 'Golden Sands' from No7, an opaque colour that only needs one coat.
Every girl should own a bottle of gold nail polish. This cute duo from Ted Baker is perfect for the festive season and would make an adorable stocking filler. Barry M are on top form when it comes to releasing new textured polishes, for Christmas i'm loving '336' which reminds me of tinsel! If you're looking for some grown-up glitter, No7 'Twinkle Glitter' contains shots of shimmer shards and looks beautiful on top of grey or navy blue.

So whether you're an hardcore glitter lover or prefer some subtle shimmer, I hope this post will be of some help! What's your favourite look for a Christmas mani? 

15 December 2013

Luxury Beauty Gift Guide

luxe beauty gift guide
If you want to raise the beauty bar this year with your presents, this luxury gift guide will come in handy. If your budget isn't limited take a peek at these luxurious beauty gifts. Maybe you'll be adding some bits to your Christmas list!

La Prairie Ultimate White Caviar Gift Set £384 LINK
Want to splurge on a skincare gift set for someone special? This luxurious large box from La Prairie contains three white caviar products to transform dull skin, resulting in a firmer, more youthful complexion.
Diptyque Chai Orange Candle £45 LINK
This limited edition candle from iconic fragrance brand Diptyque combines orange, quince and Indian spices to produce the ultimate Christmas fragrance. Look how gorgeous the packaging is!
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner Coffert £30.00 LINK
Nars lovers will be desperate to get their hands on this limited edition gift set. Featuring three best-selling eyeliners and two new shades created especially for this collection. The convenient travel size products come in this beautiful black patent bag.
Creme De La Mer The Nourishing Collection £200 LINK
Pamper a loved one with this set from cult skincare brand, Creme De La Mer. Each of the five products in this set are designed to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin and leave it looking smoother, firmer and deeply refreshed.
MoroccanOil Styling Essentials Set £47.50 LINK
Housed in a stylish white clutch are three styling essentials - treatment oil, styling cream and shine spray. Who doesn't want the gist of shiny, smooth hair for Christmas?
Laura Mercier Body & Bath Quartet Ambre Vanilla £60.00 LINK
How cute is this gift set from Laura Mercier. This includes a body scrub, honey bath soufflé, body creme and candle. Each one is scented with sweet vanilla, tangerine, brown sugar and a hint of sandalwood - mmmm good enough to eat!
Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe £65.00 LINK
Part of Laura Mercier's Holiday Colour Collection, the two level luxury colour palette is pretty much all you need this festive season to create and perfect a flawless day or night makeup look.
Clive Christian 1872 for Men Perfume Spray £185 LINK
Now let's not forget the men. This beautifully packaged fragrance is housed in a handsome green bottle. It would make the perfect treat for that special man in your life. A spicy, citrusy chypre with petit grain, bergamot, nutmeg and black pepper.

A collaboration post with The Urban Retreat Beautique. 

12 December 2013

Liz Earle Christmas Star with Signiture Lip Colour Gift

Want a beautifully packaged gift? Look no further than British beauty brand, Liz Earle.
Housed inside this star ornament is a gorgeous lipstick in the shade 'Hibiscus', a sheer, glossy red. The signature Lip Colour is enriched with a blend of vitamin E, avocado oil and shea butter. The lipstick glides on smoothly to deliver an irresistible burst of radiant colour. This would make the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa! They also do the Christmas Star gifts with their iconic Cleanse & Polish and Nail Colour. The star-shaped packaging can also be re-used as a Christmas tree decoration, cute!

Liz Earle Christmas Star with Signiture Lip Colour* £14.00. Available on the Liz Earle website here or at selected Boots.

9 December 2013

Christmas Party Prepping Products

Nice bit of alliteration there.
I love getting dressed up for the festive party season but I've been hiding my pasty pins in cosy leggings for the past few months so I have some serious prepping to do. December has come around so quickly, don't worry I have some beauty bits to help you with your pre-party prepping. I went along to my work Christmas party last Saturday and these are the products I turned to for the event...

The first place to start for me if with a good scrub. I like to use Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub to buff away dead skin cells and ready my skin for some fake tan. Follow up with your favourite moisturiser to keep skin hydrated in the colder months. Use a multi-purpose lotion like Steamcream (12.95) to save time, this handy little tin can be used from top to toe. Steamcream uses the best quality raw maetials, diresctly from sustainable sources making it ethical, affordable and ideal for all skin types. As it is Christmas, I'll be reaching for products with added sparkle. Trilogy's Instant Bronzing Gel (17.50) contains subtle hints of shimmer which adds an instant natural glow to skin. The gel dries quickly so perfect if you're in a rush (I only had 40 minutes to get ready for my work party!).

Time to move onto the fun part - makeup. I opted for a classic red lip with a little twist. I blended Rimmel Apocolips in Eclipse around the edges and brushed Natural Collection lipstick in Crimson onto the centre. I posted a tutorial of this berry ombre look here. Don't forget to hydrate your lips before applying lipstick as it helps lipstick stay put longer. Check out Chapstick Lipsations Shimmer £1.99 as they are formulated with fine shimmer particles which offers subtle highlight. As I went for a bold lip I wanted to keep the eyes looking subtle. I followed Lisa Eldrige's latest tutorial which was a 'Old Hollywood Inspired Party Look' created using vintage gold shades on the eyes. To finish off the look I cut LASH false eyelashes £4.19 from Superdrug in half and placed them on the outer corners. Opt for a waterproof mascara incase one too many mulled wines reignites any family/work feuds. The Collection Does It All Mascara is enhanced with a multi-bristle brush and a five way formula which curls, volumises, lengthens, conditions and is long-wearing.

For nails, go with something quick and easy but a bit different. To get perfect nails with minimum fuss try nail wraps. These ones from supermodel Elle Macpherson (£5.99) come in pink, gold and silver and include a nail file. They are super quick and easy to use.

Whether you'll be spending your Christmas parties with friends, family or collegues, I hope this post has given you some beauty inspiration. Here's a photo of me at my Christmas party last week. It ended well. 

7 December 2013

Primark Christmas Jumpers 2013

I've never bought a Christmas jumper until now. This year I popped to Primark after seeing everyone's Christmas jumpers last December. 

There were SO many to choose from and all costing a very reasonable £12.00. Designs ranged from the subtle, classic xmas jumpers to 3D padded features. I took some photo's of Primarks offerings to help you choose if you're looking to get one. Be quick - these are flying of the shelf! I opted for the one with Santa's bum stuck in the chimney and I haven't taken it off this month! They are surprising good quality and cosy. Don't forget to check out the men's section as they have some goodens. 

Have you got a Christmas jumper yet? I'm blogging '12 days of Christmas' this month, catch up here

6 December 2013

Shimmery, Glitter Makeup

Glittery, sparkling makeup isn't a look i've been keen to try out, takes me back to my middle school days. Those glitter powder puffs? Yeah , I had one of them. Since then, glitter makeup has grown-up a lot and has recently made it's way onto catwalks at Jason Wu and Dior. Get ready to go all Magpie-eyed on me with these sparkly makeup gems.

Barry M Dazzle Dusts £4.59
These pots of loose glitter are oldies but still a goodie. The loose glitter can get a little messy but these are great value for money and last ages!
Barry M Nail Paint £3.99
A glitter mani is just what you need to get into the festive season. I love these Barry M nail paints, they come in so many different shades and textures. This subtle glitter shades makes a gorgeous topcoat or you could just paint an accent nail for less sparkle.
Eyeko Liquid Metal Liner in Black Onyx* £21.00
A new launch from British beauty brand, Eyeko. The twist-up design means the eyeliner won't dry out! Once you get use to dispensing the right amount it's a doddle to use. Little flecks of gold glitter are suspended in the black liquid adding a subtle, sophisticated twist to the classic cat eye.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Pink Light £11.99
Tiny particles of glitter are suspended in this light cream, leaving skin with a gorgeous glow without looking shiny. This comes in three different shades to suit all skintones. A little bit goes a long way so I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand and use my fingers to dab it onto my cheekbones, brow bone and nose. This highstreet highlighter is a great, cheaper version of Benefit's High Beam - good job Revlon!
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss £6.99
I'm not a massive lipgloss fan but they are ideal for winter as they offer extra moisture and hydration than lipsticks. These go on sheer but you can build it up for a more intense colour. A little hint of shimmer helps to make lips appear fuller. I love the packaging with these, they resemble something more highend.
OPI in Rainbow Connection £12.50
I dont own many OPI varnishes because they are so pricey but I love this multi-coloured shade. This looks great on it's own or layered on top of grey or white. L'oreal have bought out a great dupe for this recently which costs a lot less!

Time to embrace the glitter make up and December is the perfect month to infuse your beauty routine with all things glittery. A few ways to change things up: Mix an illuminator with your body lotion, or brush some loose glitter onto the tips of lashes for a sparkly flutter. 

5 December 2013

Guinot Polished to Perfection Gift Set

For Christmas 2013 beauty brand Guinot have launched their exclusive 'Belle Coffert' collection. The whole Belle collection is beautiful hand illustrated by Jessica Creighton with watercolour to represent what each box contains.

'Polished to Perfection' is the perfect gift for those who enjoy doing their nails at home. The gorgeous gift set contains two nail varnishes, hand cream and nail varnish remover pen. The classic peachy-nude and red nail polishes suit all skin tones and the nail varnish remover pen guarantees perfectly polished nails!

Guinot Polished to Perfection* rrp £35.00 from selected Guinot stocked salon and £29.95 from Active Beauty here. Visit the Guinot website here

4 December 2013

Orla Kiely Bath & Face Cloth Gift Set

I'm a huge fan of Orla Kiely products and I wasn't disappointed with her Christmas 2013 collection. This cute set is free from parabens, sulphates and artificial colourings.

The mini geranium scented body lotion and shower gel duo is perfect for travelling or for anyone who loves a good bath. The orange face cloths features the gorgeous Orla Keily signature stem print. The geranium range features a blend of 10 essential oils including geranium, eucalyptus, lavender and clary sage. Not only is this a really relaxing set it also cleanses and nourishes skin.

The Orla Keily Geranium Bath & Face Cloth set is £12.00 from John Lewis here
Coming up tomorrow: Guinot Gift Set 

3 December 2013

Naked Fake It Gotta Glow Gift Set

Finally, a natural option to fake tanning! The Naked 'Fake It Gotta Glow' gift comes with a silicone free Glow It Up Self Tan Lotion and a 100% natural Dust Me Mineral Shimmer Powder. This is perfect if like me, you aren't jetting off anywhere sunny soon but still want that golden glow all year round.

The Glow It Up self tan lotion is enriched with Shea and Cocoa butter to help hydrate skin and leave it feeling super soft. There's no chance of that funky fake tan smell with this as the lotion has a fresh pink grapefruit, zesty bergamot, amber and vanilla extract scent (YUM). The fragrance-free Dust Me Mineral Shimmer Powder is ideal for a quick tan fix.

The Naked Fake It Gotta Glow gift set retails for £14.00 from the Naked website here or online here

Coming up tomorrow: Orla Kiely Gift Set 

2 December 2013

Ted Baker Putting On The Glitz Gift

Flicking through the Boots Christmas catalogue is something I look forward to each year. I love the range of brands and the 3 for 2 offer is good value. When it comes to beautiful and stylish gifts, Mr Ted Baker has it covered. The Ted Baker Christmas  range this year has a 1920's twist with a vintage charm.

'Putting on the glitz' is a highlightling and bronzing set perfect for achieving a natural, healthy glow. It contains a Bronzing Pallette, Bronzing brush and two Illuminating Liquids. The bronzer compact comes with a mirror, so great for touch-ups. The illuminating liquids are very similar to Benefits High Beam and Sun Beam highlighters. Four high quality products for £16.00 is great value and perfect for bronzer loving friends!

The Ted Baker beauty gift collection is available exclusively at Boots store and online here. 'Putting on the glitz' is £16.00 and on 3 for 2.

Coming up tomorrow: Naked Fake It Gift Set

1 December 2013

Giveaway: Three Sets of Deep Heat Bath Soak & Rub

To get us all in the festive spirit i'll be doing a '12 days of Christmas' feature on here. It will include beauty themed gift ideas, DIY tutorials, xmas nail inspiration, a giveaway and lots more! What better way to start of this feature than with not one, but three chances to win some free stuff. So, whether you need some inspiration for your own Christmas wishlist or you're shopping for loved ones, there will be something for everyone and every budget on here this month.

We love Christmas but not the stress that comes with it. Last minute present shopping, forgetting to peel the carrots, all those Christmas parties...Dont worry, help is at hand. The good people at Deep Heat have kindly offered me three sets of their relaxing Bath Soak and Rub to get you through the hectic Christmas season. Read on to find out more about the goodies you could win!

With its unique, herbal aroma that allows you to enjoy a spa-like experience in the privacy of your own home, Deep Heat Muscle Rescue Neck and Shoulder Cream has been formulated with a combination of vanilla and rosemary to offer an everyday solution to tired, tense muscles. The convenient 50g portable pack has a soft sponge applicator providing to provide a gentle massage when applying. Or immerse yourself into the Deep Heat Muscle Rescue Bath Soak. It contains electrolyte minerals and a unique combination of essential oils providing the relaxing aroma of rosemary, orange and patchouli to rescue stressed, tense muscles.

For your chance to win one of three sets simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Winners will be announced on December the 10th and contacted by email. Open to UK residents only. Good luck! 
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Coming up tomorrow: Ted Baker Gift Set
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