Christmas Gift Guide part two: Make up & Beauty sets

Welcome back to my Christmas gift guide series! We started off with homewear and lifestyle products in part one HERE. For Part 2 I have picked out my favourite make up and beauty products that will make the most perfect gifts. So here are my recommendations for all of the beauty lovers you will be buying for this Christmas. Although be warned, you will seriously be tempted to keep these items for yourself!

Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault

The Huda Beauty eye pallets are probably the most popular and coveted out there. I absolutely love the gem inspired mini eye pallets and now they have brought out a set which includes the full collection! I am so excited about this and am lusting after this set. Within the striking black diamond-shaped case you’ll find ALL five of the Huda Beauty gemstone-inspired Obsessions palettes – Topaz, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. A dream come true for all Huda-holics. Each palette has 9 pigment-packed powders in stunning jewel tone shades. 

The Topaz Obsessions Palette has 4 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 5 creamy mattes – in rich rose gold, amber, burnished bronzes and tangerine orange for the ultimate sophisticated polish.

The Ruby Obsessions Palette has duo-chrome and creamy matte textures in rich raspberry, blackcurrant and copper shades for the ultimate feminine lid looks.

The Amethyst Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from moody mauve and violet to barely there pink.

The Sapphire Obsessions Palette has 5 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 4 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from brilliant blue and vivid turquoise to shining silver and zesty yellow.

Finally, the Emerald Obsessions Palette has 6 vibrant duo-chrome shimmers and 3 creamy mattes – in shades ranging from mint or golden olive to timeless emerald and show-stopping peacock green.

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Vault is priced at £100 and is available to buy on the Cult Beauty website HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Archive trio kit

This is the most fabulous lip kit and would make someone’s Christmas complete! The kit contains 3 nude pink lipsticks in shades that will flatter literally everyone. These are three of Charlotte Tilbury’s best selling shades and are the most perfect gift idea.

The kit includes the following stunning shades:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington this is a pretty, English-rose pink inspired by the girls of the swinging ‘60s in Chelsea & Kensington and the pastel hues in Norman Parkinson’s pictures.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Confession is a dusky, tawny nude shade flecked with gold particles inspired by the full lips of super models in a nourishing, moisturising lipstick formula.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets named by Charlotte’s social media followers is a vintage rose petal shade that encapsulates just-kissed, natural lips with a flush of colour.

Priced at £60, you can buy the Charlotte Tilbury lipskit set HERE

The most organised make up bag ever by The Flat Lay Co

When I put on my make up in the morning I like to have it all lined up so I can see what I am using. There is nothing worse than having your make up all piled up in a make up bag that you have to rummage through to get each product out. Whenever I go on holiday or away for a weekend break, I always unpack my make up and beauty items first and get them all organised in the bathroom.

I came across the Flay Lay Company on Instagram and fell in love with their make up bags. They are such a simple concept but so handy! When you open it up it sits as a 50cm wide circle shape. Inside is a zipped compartment and there are 8 brush holders.  I like to put eyeliners and lipliners in these as well as brushes. This make up bag has a drawstring pull, so once you have laid out all of your make up items, you simply pull the string and it bunches everything into the sack for you. It’s as easy as that!

All of their make up bags are machine washable and wipe clean which is great. Priced at £19.50 for the larger size or £14.50 for the smaller version and you can purchase these directly from their website HERE

Huda Beauty fragrences

Another Huda product I have to include in this gift guide is the new stunning fragrances. The Huda make up products are such beautiful quality and their fragrances equally do not disappoint. The packaging alone is so elegant. How fabulous will these bottles look displayed on your dressing table or in the bathroom. Ultimate shelfie goals! Here are my top 3 picks from the collection:

KAYALI ELIXIR | 11

KAYALI translates from Arabic to ‘my imagination’ and this fragrance is inspired by the rich heritage of the Middle East. This fragrance is one of the lighter scents in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘an ultra-addictive scent’.

KAYALI CITRUS | 08

This is the lightest scent in the range, which Huda and Mona Kattan describe as ‘a contemporary twist on innovation.’ A citrus perfume is so nice for the day time or during the Summer months.

KAYALI MUSK | 12

The third fragrance in the KAYALI COLLECTION | 01, MUSK | 12 is the most intense fragrance in the range, which Huda and Mona describe as ‘emanating power and confidence’. This is my personal favourite as I love a strong and long lasting perfume.

Priced at £84 for 100ml, you can purchase these Huda fragrances from the Cult Beauty website HERE

I hope you enjoyed my beauty gift guide. Leave me a comment below if you have tried any of the items listed!

Cinere – The skincare products that I have been using this month

As most of you will already know I love trying new skincare products. I first came across the Cinere brand a while ago when I received a PR package which included a sample of their eye make up remover. I really liked this product and I’ve been using it ever since. So when Cinere contacted me to ask me to try out a few more items from their skincare range you can imagine how excited I was!

About the brand..

Cinere is a skincare brand that focuses on natural products made using only pure ingredients, herbal extracts, essential oils and other natural therapeutic elements. As a company they are passionate about quality and the science behind how their products are made.

The Products..

Gentle eye make up remover

I tend to use a lot of eye make up products from dark shadows, to eye liners, glitters and full length mascaras. To remove these, it’s important that I use a product that is gentle around the delicate eye area. This is why I personally prefer a liquid based eye make up remover than a cream, so I was really impressed with this product. It removes all traces of stubborn eye make up and feels lovely and cooling on the eyes. There is nothing better than that after a long day and when you are feeing tired.This formula doesn’t feel sticky or oily either which I have found with some liquid eye make up removers I’ve previously tried.

The main features of this eye make up remover that I like are below:

  • Gentle and non allergenic formula
  • Removes all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara
  • Conditions the eye lashes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes
  • The skin feels revived, refreshed, soft and clean after using it.
  • It’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

100% natural cleansing milk

This is a very gentle cleanser which is a milky consistency. This is slightly different to the cream cleansers that I usually tend to use so it was interesting to try something slightly different. It feels very light and smooth to touch and is a milk and gel combination formula. As with all cleansers, this rids the skin of oil, dirt and make up residue without stripping it of any natural oils. I apply this to my face with my hands and massage it into the skin. I then remove this afterwards by using a warm cloth and lightly buffing in a circular motion.

The main features of this cleanser that I like are below:

  • It’s non allergenic and alcohol free
  • Helps to keep the skin hydrated
  • Leaves the skin soft and smooth after use.
  • This has a pump applicator which is so handy to use.

Herbal Energising Cleansing Toner

Using a toner after cleansing is a really important part of your skincare routine. It helps to remove any left over oil, dirt or make up that you might have missed during cleansing. It also feels really cooling on the skin which I like. and you feel really fresh and clean afterwards. This product is soap free and can be used as part of your daily skincare routine. It is also a good way to prepare the skin before you apply your moisturiser.

This toner helps to lift dead skin cells which is great for reducing any dry skin patches. I have really enjoyed using this toner after cleansing my face and my skin feels really soft and clear at the moment. A nice smooth skin base is exactly what you want and really improves that way make up sits on your skin.

The main advantages of this toner that I like are below:

  • It conditions, nourishes, hydrates and protects whilst providing a softening and soothing effect on the skin.
  • My skin looks brighter and feels more refreshed from using this over the last few weeks.
  • It gently dissolves makeup and excess oil without drying the skin.
  • This product is infused with Lavender and Chamomile.

Hydra Plus, Timeless moisturising cream

At this time of the year, my skin tends to get quite dry, so I always like to use a hydrating moisturiser to help combat this issue. I have been enjoying using this product this month as it has kept my skin feeling silky and velvety in texture. It isn’t sticky either which always puts me off with a moisturiser. This product contains Argan oil and those of you who like your skincare will know that this is perfect for rehydrating dry skin and giving you a radiant complexion.

Again, this comes with a pump applicator which makes using this so much easier.

The main advantages of this toner that I like are below:

  • Regenerates and hydrates skin for a radiant appearance
  • Contains natural moisturising ingredients
  • It soothes, softens and hydrates dry, tired skin
  • Suitable for dry/normal skin

Final thoughts..

I always like to try new skincare products for a few weeks before I can really tell if they have worked for me or not. I have enjoyed using these products and my favourite items from the range are the toner and the eye make up remover. When it comes to cleansers I’m quite fussy and I already have a firm favourite brand that I like to use. I would say if you tend to wear a fuller face of make up like I do, that this might not be the cleanser for you. However, the toner is fantastic for that second stage of your routine and I really recommend trying this out. my skin feels great after using this on a daily basis.

Have you used any of the Cinere products? Leave me a comment below letting me know your favourite item from the range!

3 body products that are perfect if you have a sweet tooth

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with body products that smell like sweets at the moment. I recently reviewed a gorgeous bubblegum flavoured lip scrub from Lush Cosmetics here and my love for sweet treats has continued to grow! I have been testing out a few brands and these are my top 3 body products for the month that are all sweet themed. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, then I can guarantee you will enjoy using these too!

Bilou body wash shower foams

I hadn’t used a shower foam before and I really enjoyed trying this! It is exactly like a shaving foam consistency and has a similar nozzle on the can. There are 5 flavours available – Fuzzy berry, Coco Cocktail, Cotton Candy, Tasty Donut and Pink Melon. The scent is more on the subtle side but it’s something a little different and a really nice sweet treat.
Priced at £3.99 each, these are also super affordable and fun to try out. You can buy these from most Superdrug stores or online here

Baylis & Harding hand washes

As soon as I spotted these I instantly fell in love with the pretty packaging. How pretty are these?! I could picture the bottles displayed in my bathroom or kitchen and they are such a sweet little addition to have by your sink.

I was really impressed at how fragrant these are as well. They smell absolutely beautiful and they leave a long lasting scent on the skin which I love. Out of the three that I tried, the Tropical Cocktail version is my favourite and it smells just like watermelon. Delicious!

View the Baylis & Harding hand wash range here.

 

Imperial Leather gel shower washes

I had to pick these up as soon as I saw them as they were giving me pure nostalgia about retro sweets from my childhood. They smell exactly like the real thing too and are literally good enough to eat.
Priced at only £1 per bottle, these were such a bargain and a really affordable little treat. I have received so many comments on these on Instagram and from being noticed on my bathroom shelf. They seem to make everyone smile! So, I think these would make great Christmas stocking fillers for someone that loves their sweets.
These are part of a great collection of gel body washes that Imperial Leather has out at the moment and they have some fab scents to choose from. You can buy these from most Boots stores or online.
Click here for the Love Hearts option and here for the refreshers option.
Have you tried these yet? Let me know in the comments! Or let me know if you have any recommendations for any other products which have a sweet theme.
Thanks for reading! x

The new metallic sparkle lipsticks by Too Faced

I am a complete magpie and anything sparkly always gets my immediate attention. So, when I discovered the brand new metallic sparkle lipsticks by Too Faced I just had to try them out!

Colour shades

There are 10 shades in the collection ranging from pretty pinks, purples and reds as well as some more daring colours such as blue and vivid purple. I was tempted to go with the gorgeous light pink shade called ‘Marcia Marcia Marcia’ but I chose ‘Miss Thing’, a pretty peachy nude shade instead. These 10 shades are inspired by the original Too faced lipstick bullets but given an updated twist. This also includes 2 new 20th anniversary shades. I’m loving the sassy shade names too:
  • Hoochie – cool brown
  • Bionic – light blue
  • Hot Flash – crimson
  • Marcia Marcia Marcia – pretty baby pink
  • Miss Thing – peachy nude
  • Pixie Stick – vivid purple
  • That Girl – warm chocolate brown
  • Trampula – electric blue
  • TF20 – vivid pink
  • Too too hot – spicy red

Formula

The Too Faced website says this lipstick range is full coverage. I personally found the coverage to be on the lighter side than what I expected after swatching them on my hand.  However, if you layer this up with a couple of coats, you will get a more intense colour which is what I prefer. The end result was a multi-reflective glitter finish with a pretty sparkly sheen.
I love the overall look of this once applied and I was impressed with the creamy formula. You can wear the lipstick by itself, but I found it also looks really nice over the top of a matt lipstick. As always with Too Faced, this range is animal cruelty free which is also a plus point.

Packaging

Each lipstick case is in a sparkly shade that matches the colour inside which I absolutely love. These looked so fabulous lined up together on the makeup counter that it made me want to walk away with all of them! The box packaging is also completely sparkly and the top of the box has a cute heart detail which shows the name of the shade. I really love the packaging of this collection and I love having this in my handbag.

Value for money?

Each lipstick is priced at £18 which is a pretty standard price for premium make up brands. The stunning packaging and the quality of this range definitely justifies this price point. Plus, you will get a lot of use out of this so the cost per wear is really reasonable if you work it out this way.
You can purchase this new collection directly from Too Faced stores or on their website here
You will also find this in department stores that have a Too Faced counter.
Have you used this latest lipstick range yet? Let me know your thoughts if you have!

The latest Urban Decay eye pallet – ‘Born to Run’

The ‘Born to Run’ collection is probably one of the biggest launches of the year for Urban Decay and after the huge hype around this I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on one of these eye pallets myself!

Urban Decay already have a great track record of bringing us fabulous eye shadow combinations such as the best selling neutrals from the Naked pallet range but they have really stepped up their game with this latest collection and this is a guaranteed sell out product this Summer. The Born to Run eye shadow pallet is a gorgeous mix of neutrals, rich metallics and sultry deep jewel tones. There are 21 shades to play with in this kit and you can easily create a natural day time look right through to a dramatic evening eye and I am obsessed with the selection of colours available in this range.

Packaging and overall feel

My first impression of this pallet was that the packaging not only looks great but it instantly felt a like a really high end quality product as soon as I picked it up. The box is strong and sturdy and includes a really good full length mirror inside the lid. The theme behind this collection is all to do with adventure, exploring, travel and being on the go, and the case is decorated in a selection a Instagram style photograph snaps of holiday destinations such as Las Vegas, Santorini and London.

The individual shades are not the largest, but you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as a little goes a long way due to how pigmented these shades are. This kit is priced at £39.50 which is towards a higher end price point but this is fair once you get to see and feel the quality of it.

Pigment and texture

The pigment is extremely rich, particularly the metallics and I feel these colours would work well on all skin tones beautifully. The thing I love the most abut Urban Decay eye shadows is how good they are for blending with minimal fall out. The texture of these is velvety and there is no crumbling or creasing with these eye shadows, allowing you to build up a fabulous rich colour quickly and easily.

Colour Range

I love a metallic eyeshadow for day or night and was instantly drawn to the pale rose gold shade ‘stranded’ which I have been blending with the rich brown shade ‘punk’ and this has been a gorgeous mix. However, since using this pallet I have found myself experimenting with colour combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of doing before. My surprise favourite has been using a metallic rose golden tone ‘ignite’ with a dark jewel green metallic ‘wanderlust’ and the result of these blended together is so chic and perfect for a dark smoky eye that is a bit different.

All of the shadows in this kit can be used wet or dry and you could even use them as an eyeliner or the use lighter shimmery shades as a face highlighter.

 

This kit truly is a beauty addict’s pick and mix heaven. Here is a list of the full range of colours:

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)

IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Additional items available

This eye pallet is part of the Born to Run collection which also includes an all night setting spray, eye pencils in 44 different shades and 3 lipstick colours.

You can view the whole range here at the Urban Decay website.

Image: Urban Decay

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Urban Decay Born to Run eye pallet. Have you used this yet? Let me know your thoughts on it and what your favourite colours are!

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