Friday, 23 December 2016

Last Minute Beauty Gifts | Christmas Gift Guide

We're only two days away from the big day, Christmas, and I am way too excited for the day to arrive. As a child I used to stay up until 10pm watching Christmas films with my family and wake up on Christmas Eve as early as I possibly could, jump on my parents beds with excitement and persuade them to let me open up my presents, along with my brother and sisters. Although I am now worlds away from my childhood Christmas there is still so much to be excited about as an adult. It feels weird to say that I am an adult and yes, whilst it is scary, there is a LOT to look forward to. I now have a fiancee, a beautiful boy and another one on the way to spend the next god knows how many years of Christmasses with. It is going to be a joy to wake up every Christmas Day and see that same excited smile on my little boys face(and this next baby of course) as I did all those years ago. Now I find that I am rambling on and getting a little bit emosh, as you do. I didn't make the best effort of announcing the big pregnancy did I? *head in hands emoji*.

Anyway, I was meaning to pop my Chistmas gift guide up back in the middle of November and that clearly didn't happen did it? What can I say, things can get a little bit busy over here in our household with the Christmas preparations, Alfies bithday and the new pregnancy. There's been very little time for me to sit back, relax and get back onto my favourite part of the internet. 

Being a complete makeup junkie I thought it would only be right to bring you a gift guide solely for those with a love for everything makeup, skincare, body care and fragrance. It's officially Christmas Eve Eve so we are only 2 days away from the big day. If you're struggling on ideas for your last minute dash to the shops then I'd like to think I can help you there. 

Last Minute Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Starting with Skincare, Skin Chemists can be a liiiitle pricey when it comes down to their products, most of which are around the £100 mark, but that's a price you have to pay for good quality skincare with the best skin loving ingredients. A range that has quite impressed me is the Caviar range, two products in particular, the *Advanced Caviar Facial Serum and the *Caviar Night Moisturiser. The Facial Serum is designed to boost, hydrate and smooth the skin with a little help from the wonderful ingredients, Caviar Extract, Aloe Vera and Seaweed Extract. It did a fab job of moisturising my skin, getting it back to it's normal state after the cold weather wreaked havoc on it. As for the Night Moisturiser, it smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a babys bum. Although they are luxurious and expensive I happened to see that both products have been reduced online. The Facial Serum and the Night Moisturiser are now reduced at a special price of £19.99 each. If that wasn't enough I also have a discount code which will give you 70% off the range up until the 30th of December. All you have to do is use the code 'CAVBLOG1'.

The YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum is the perfect gift, with the beautiful glitter bottle and irresistable scent, it's bound to make one girl very happy this Christmas. It is my favourite, with a special concoction of Vanilla, Black Coffee and White Florals. Black Opium comes in three different sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 90ml. For a 30ml bottle it is £42.30, for a 50ml it is £65.50 and a 90ml is £87. Bare in mind that a 30ml bottle has lasted me a while so you don't need to spend too much.

 The Baylis and Harding Beauticology Soldier Cracker Gift Set is super adorable, not to mention very inexpensive at just £5. It would make a great stocking filler. Within the cracker you'll find two mini sized products, a Cherry Candy Cane Body Wash and Pink Peppermint Candy Swirl Body Butter. Very festive eh? Available to buy in Boots stores.

Another fabulous stocking filler is the *Roger & Galett Bois D'Orange Mini Gift. Inside is a Bois D'Orange Hand and Nail Cream alongside a 1.2ml sample size fragrance. It will sure come in handy for anyone who's suffering from dry hands this Winter. It is available to buy online and in store from M&S for just £6.

Last Minute Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Soap and Glory always bring out the best Gift Sets come Christmas. There's something for everyone for different budgets. My personal favourite is the Soap and Glory Get into the Smooth set, a trio of sensationally scented body butters, and it's only £7.50. If that isn't a good deal then what is? It's currently sold out online as far as I can see but hopefully you may be able to bag one in your local Boots store. 

Another gift set that is great value for money is the Sleek Mini Matte Me Collection. Inside there are four mini sized Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks in surprisingly wearable shades for just £5. Considering a full size Matte Me Liquid Lipstick is £4.99 alone that is seriously good. It seems to have sold out on Boots online so it's probably best to take a peek inside the shop, you never know, you may be lucky enough to find one. If not then you can always buy a full size liquid lipstick or two, perhaps three. 

An eyeshadow palette that is sure to make someones heart melt is the Stila Eyes are the Window Soul Palette. It is aesthetically pleasing with copper packaging and 12 creamy, blendable eyeshadow shades, perfect for daytime AND night looks. It might seem a bit steep at £30 but it is truly beautiful. You can purchase it online from Cult Beauty or M&S. Stila is also available in various M&S stores too.

Now onto highlighting, one of my favourite subjects, and possibly one of the best 'inventions' ever. It takes ones complexion from dull to glow and one of the best products to do just that is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. It's so affordable too at £9.99 and can be found online or in Boots stores. Perfect for those with a love for highlighting.

I really hope this helped you with your last minute shopping. I hope you have an amazing Christmas and New Year!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Halloween Makeup Looks with Maybelline

After a long awaited Halloween, the day has finally arrived. There is something about Halloween that puts a smile on childrens faces, and even the adults. Maybe it's the sweets or the copious amounts of alcohol, or perhaps it's because it's the day to be creative. I have always loved Halloween ever since I was a child, not just because I could eat my weight in sweets but I love the whole dressing up side of it too. I'm not gonna lie, I pretty much went out trick or treating as a witch every year with a bin bag, a broomstick and a witches hat. You're probably thinking what, a bin bag? Yes, trust me it came in handy when it started pouring down with rain. 

If you're struggling with ideas on Halloween looks this year then don't worry, I've got your back. I have exactly THREE looks to share with you, but there is a certain twist. They just include Maybelline makeup, so it will most definitely not break the bank, plus it's widely available to purchase from the drugstore too. The three looks are the Glam Vamp, Femme Fatale and Dark Temptress which are all perfect for a spooky halloween night out on the town, trick or treating with your child(ren) or a halloween party.

Halloween Makeup Looks with Maybelline

I want to start off by sharing my personal favourite, the Dark Temptress which involves a super dark, sultry lip with dark defined eyes and big lashes. 

Step One
Using the Rock Nudes Palette(£9.99) apply the beautiful matte purple shade to the outer corner of your lid and across the lower lash line to smoke it out, then pick up the pink and silver shimmer shades and apply them to the inner corner. After you've applied these shades pick up a blending brush to blend all of the shades together so there are no harsh lines.

Step Two 
Create a smokey liner effect using the *Lasting Drama Gel Liner(£7.99). Use the brush included to smooth the liner along the upper lid in an even line.

Step Three
For big voluminious lashes apply the Colossal 100% Black Mascara(£6.99) and apply as many coats as you wish to get your desired look.

Step Four
 To achieve a gorgeous sultry come vampy lip use the Loaded Bolds Lipstick in Midnight Merlot(£6.99). It's so creamy on the lips whilst adding a bold pop of colour too.

Now, moving onto the second look, Femme Fatale. It's somewhat of a natural look with a nude lip, spider lashes and a natural eye. 

Step One 
Apply the lightest pink shades from the Rock Nudes Palette to keep the eyes subtle and natural.

Step Two
To add some definition to the eyes use the ultra fine tip of the Master Precise Liner(£5.99) to apply a thin line on the upper lid, starting from the inner corner and outwards. 

Step Three
This is where you start drawing more attention to the eyes, it's time for mascara. To elongate the lashes and add a humongous amount of volume use the new *Colossal Spider Effect Mascara(£5.99 at the moment)

Step Four
Now onto the nude lip, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in *Nude Thrill(£6.99) is absolutely perfect. Adding a nude lip to the overall makeup look keeps everything toned down and it doesn't take any attention away from the eyes. It's a beautiful shade with a soft, satin texture.

Halloween Makeup Looks with Maybelline

Lastly is the Glam Vamp, which I'm pretty sure most of you will love. A smokey eye paired with a striking, bold lip. I love it. 

Step One
Let's go back to the Rock Nudes Palette again shall we? To create a super easy, smokey eye apply the black shimmer and purple matte shades from the palette to the outer corner of the lids, then apply that silver shade to the inner corner of the eyes to make your eyes pop and look more open. Then of course it's time to blend, blend, blend!

Step Two
With every smokey eye you need a black liner surely? Of course you do! Use the thick side of the *Master Precise Curvy(£6.99) and draw full, thick lines along the upper and lower lash line. 

Step Three 
Now go all out with the Colossal 100% Black Mascara and apply as many coats of it as you wish to give the effect of beautiful, luscious lashes.

Step Four
Onto the lips, well what would a smokey eye look be without a sexy red lip eh? The *Color Drama Lip Paint in Red-dy or Not(£4.99) is perfect. It makes the lips look so plump and beautiful and the formula feels so nice and comfortable.

I really hope I helped you out here! All three of the looks are absolutely stunning and can be created without spending too much money either. 

Will you be opting for any of these looks this Halloween? I would love to know!


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Five Autumn Body Essentials

It's around this time of the year that the weather starts to get that little bit colder and we start to reach for the hot chocolate, blankets and cosy knitwear. Very stereotypical but it's exactly what I do anyway. With the weather being that slightly bit more colder than usual it tends to wreak havoc on my skin which is hugely annoying. Could I have wonderful skin all year round please? Oh how I wish. This Autumn I have been reaching for five particular products that I know will always keep my skin in the best condition and I thought I should share them with you.

  Everything included within this post is very inexpensive so they will most definitely not break the bank. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend a lot of money to keep your skin wonderfully soft this Autumn. So without further ado let's get to it shall we?

Autumn Body Essentials
Let's start with the lips. Literally as soon as Autumn arrived my lips started to get ridiculously dry and chapped which is not a very attractive look and definitely not the most perfect base to apply lipstick. To help keep them soft and supple throughout the season I have been using two products, a lip scrub and lip balm

The Lip Scrub I have been using is the Lush Lip Scrub in 'The Kiss' which was part of the Lush Valentines range this year but there are other flavours/scents to choose from too. It is so cute with little candy love hearts within the scrub itself and it almost looks good enough to eat. The purpose of the lip scrub is to exfoliate the dry skin off your lips to leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. Alongside that I have been using the Balance Me Lip Quench Balm8) which I acquired through a magazine, don't cha just love the little freebies that comes with magazines? They are always fab value for money. The Lip Quench Balm is an intensely hydrating lip balm which includes soothing ingredients such as Spearmint, Mango and Shea butters which aim to smooth and drench your lips in moisture in order to fight and protect against the harsh effects of the cold weather. It smells minty fresh and works an absolute treat. 

Now let's talk skin, or shall I say body. There are two particular parts of my body that start to become uncomfortably dry during Autumn, the hands and feet. Feet are not a pretty sight when they're not being looked after properly, which is why I like to make sure they look as good as can be. To keep the dry skin at bay I look to my Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream(£5.50) for help. After a bath or shower I like to smother a layer of it all over my feet, pop some cotton socks over the top and leave it to soak in overnight. Come morning I take my socks off and my feet feel so moisturised and amazingly soft. It works wonders for my parched feet.

 Now onto the hands, you may have heard of my love for Soap and Glorys Hand Food. It was so good to me for years but I have a new favourite in the form of the Hand Dream Super Intensive Hand Cream which is also from Soap and Glory. I've had it for quite a while now(since late 2014) and it is still going strong. Unfortunately it has now been discontinued(sorry!) which I am so gutted about. It is effectively a 5 in 1 treatment for the hands which aims to nourish, rejuvenate, hydrate, protect and fight the signs of ageing. It is so intense as well as it is such a rich formula, but I love that. It isn't greasy in the slightest which makes it the perfect hand cream to use daily. I really hope Soap  andGlory decide bring it back. It's a must have in the Autumn, and even Winter time.

In order to restore moisture back into my body I always reach for a body butter, particularly from The Body Shop. They always do a fantastic job of keeping my skin in tip top condition throughout the year. The one I've come to use the most lately is the Glazed Apple Body Butter which was part of their Christmas range last year. I have no idea if there is any difference between the Glazed Apple range from last year and the new Spiced Apple range that's launched for Christmas this year. However, it smells so damn good. I've resorted to only using it during the A/W as it is a very sweet scent. It makes my skin feel so bloomin' soft and silky. I love it.

I wanted to end this post and say a liiittle apology as most of the products mentioned are no longer available to buy online but you could perhaps find them on amazon on ebay if you're lucky. 

What are your body essentials this Autumn? 

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