My Holiday Make Up & Beauty Essentials

I usually ask for Make Up vouchers for Christmas, which translates into Boots vouchers from my grandad which have come in very handy when I have £0 bank balance with 2 days to go before payday and can no longer buy meal deals with my boots points. Aside from my way to cleverly (I think you’ll agree) being able to slightly homeless style feed myself before payday, I love this time of year for all the beauty products I can try and and test without them melting off my face in summer heat. Damn you summer you were not designed for gingers. I’ve comprised a shortlist (or short list, however you choose to see it) of my favourite products to use around these drab and dark winter months and leave me a comment if you agree or have any other suggestions!

  1. Cowshed – Cow Pat – Moisturising Hand Creme 50ml – £8 instore & online

Okay so I’ve always loved Cowshed products because they smell amazing and I’m always looking for a decent hand cream that doesn’t grease up my hands and this one is the one. It’s compact so can fit in my handbag, and it smells amazing, and the formula is a little sticky at first but dries to be like a creamy velvety texture and I love it.

2. Glo & Ray – Nuage Blush in Breaking Ray – £11 online

This blusher makes me happy. Not only because it’s a warm coral tone that suits my paler complexion but it’s really not too pigmented which means you can build up a little bit of colour as you go. The handy compact comes with a little brush and mirror so it’s prefect for popping in my handbag and using for touch ups. Have to thank Blasmin for this blush which was a ‘cheer up you’ve got no phone present’.

3. Philosophy Divine Color Cream-to-Satin Foundation spf 25 LIGHT – Approx £10 online

 

 

 

Now I actually bought this foundation compact at a make up sale at my work, so I got it for £5 and I don’t actually wear it as an everyday foundation because I find the coverage a bit thick for daywear. However, it’s great on a night out because it stays put, (I find that it works really well with MUA Primer, Superdrug £2) and I also keep it in my handbag for little day touch ups because of the handy little brush that comes with it. LOVE HANDY LITTLE BRUSHES.

4. Sainsbury’s Extra Firm Hold Hairspray 300ml – £0.90 instore & online

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I bought this hairspray because I just needed one at that moment and just wanted to buy a cheapy before I got my usual Vo5 all weather facing. But you know what, this hairspray is great! My hair actually stays put all day, but getting caught in wind makes this hairspray make your hair a little notty. But for 90p, you pay £3/4 more for hairspray that does little if to nothing different.

5. Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion 200ml – £6but cheaper online 

 

I bought this buy one get one free in Superdrug so I bought the Fair to Medium and the Medium to Dark. I tend to use the Fair to Medium as a nightly moituriser and the Medium to Dark to build up colour over a few days (usually 2/3 will do the trick nicely) for when I’m going out. The forumla smells really nice, slightly biscuity but that’s really not a problem for me, and it has a smooth textures, and is non greasy and quick drying. I’ve found it to be streak free and long lasting, but I am quite the expert of fake tanning having done it for 10 years. If you leave your feet and only skim the top, then it’s going to look like you wore dolly shoes when you applied it. IT’s a good gradual tanner, one of the best I’ve used and gives me a wintery ski holiday glow but it’s not a miracle worker and you have to be aware it’s only going to develop in the places you work it in.

I’m going to be doing a few more health and beauty posts in the New Year so if you have any suggestions, please drop me a comment below.

Tart Up For Tartan: This Autumn/Winter’s Favourite Friend

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T’is the season to be dressed well. Just because it’s gradually getting colder, doesn’t mean you have to bring out the dark colours, the overcoat and bundle yourself up into outfit hibernation. In fact, winter is vast becoming one of the most fashionable seasons because of the amount of garments you can wear. Made famous in the fashion world by Vivienne Westwood in the 1990s, our nation’s love for tartan has flooded back into 2015.

Now I’m not afraid of tartan, and i like nothing more than a rollneck and tartan skirt combo for Christmas day but alas, I no longer have the metabolism of my 17 year old self to fit into said tartan skirt any longer and also I used to wear with knee high socks and beret and look all kinds of cute and that just isn’t a thing anymore for ye old 24. Here are some mega warm (not cool) fashion tips.

First thing’s first, grab yourself a tartan scarf. My favourite tartan pattern has to be the traditional wide checked red, but tartan scarves also look fantastic in greens, blues and burnt oranges. If you’re not brave enough for a bigger piece of clothing, then compliment your outfit with a subtle but statement piece such as this.

The tartan skirt. A staple for any winter wardrobe, it can be as long or as short as you want. The magic of the tartan skirt is that is just makes any plain outfit into something else. Team with a traditional turtle neck and some knee high boots for a winter winner.

The tartan dress. Now this is for the brave, or at least it used to be. Whether a pencil dress, shift or skater, the tartan dress is big in the winter season, just look at some of the celebs like Rihanna and Lauren Conrad for some inspiration. Team with killer heels and a leather jacket for that pretty tough girl look.

Tartan trousers have to be my favourite tartan garment of the season. Team with a romantic blouse for daytime, and stylish crop top for the evening. An outfit, not to be ignored.

Are you Scottish or have Scottish ancestry? Well you can actually use your surname in many generators on the Internet to find out your exclusive tartan, you can order the material and have it fashioned into skirts, trouser, dresses, scarves, you name it, all unique to you. But be warned, this is normally a really expensive way of doing it but then on the other hand, tartan lasts a lifetime and is handed down generation for a reason? Yay, overdraft justified.