Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide Part 2 | £20 & Under

I may be a bit biased with this selection of gift ideas because I own most of them myself haha, but at least that shows how much I love them and would definitely recommend them as Christmas gifts.

Christmas Gift Guide
Anthropology Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug £8 (link)
Who doesn't love something that's monogrammed? It's personal and you can never have enough tea and coffee mugs can you! It's an easy gift that anyone would appreciate.

Pretty Little Liars Season 1 £9.50 (link)
Looking for something to binge watch while your turkey digests? This is the show, it is beyond amazing and very addictive, it would make the perfect stocking stuffer.

Essie Nail Polish Lux Duo £12 (link)
Nail polish is always a winning gift and the combination of a classic shade with an accompanying glitter is pure gold! Or in this case silver.

Boohoo Selfie Stick £15 (link)
We've all been there, trying and failing to take the best selfie, well this gizmo makes Instagraming with your besties easy peasy.

Accessorize Galaxy Pave Disc Ring £15 (link)
Buying jewelery can sometimes be tricky especially as everyone has different tastes, but I think this delicate disc ring would make a gorgeous gift for a girlfriend, who likes simple but beautiful pieces.

Bumble & Bumble Surf Travel Set £18 (link)
 Shampoo isn't something that people regularly splurge on, so this set would be a lovely treat for a girl with long tresses, who would like Victoria's Secret waves.

Boohoo Danni Stud Duffle Bag £20 (link)
I have one of these bags myself, be it without the studs and I absolutely love it. It goes with everything and holds a tonne. It would make a fab gift for a handbag obsessed girl because it's very unique and you can't go wrong with grey, though it is available in black too.

 New Look Cream Bear Ear Hooded Dressing Gown £14 (link)
Who doesn't love to be all snuggly at Christmas? I'm actually sat in this dressing gown as I type and it's the most comfortable thing I own!

I hope you found this guide helpful and maybe it gave you a few ideas of what to ask Santa for yourself. If you haven't seen my more luxurious gift guide, you can catch up here. It's not long now guys!

XOXO Claire
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mac Russian Red Lipstick

Apologies if "Red Lips" or the colour "red" in general aren't your thing, I have a feeling it will be the main colour theme of this blog over the next month, "Hello December!" Where did you come from? Anywho getting back to the subject in hand.

I was browsing my quite extensive (it's getting ridiculous) red lip collection and I came across a particular shade that I had never worn, I know (slaps wrists). Mac 
lipsticks are too precious to be ignored, so I gave it it's first outing on Sunday to a Christmas fair and I had to document the occasion.
Mac Russian Red Lipstick
Mac Russian Red Lipstick
On My Face |
YSL Youth Liberator Foundation (link)
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (link)
Nars Sin Blush (link)

Eyes |
Tarte Light Camera Lashes Mascara (link)

Lips |
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva (link)
Mac Russian Red Lipstick (link)

Nails |
 Post coming soon.. Ooh such a tease!

The two qualities I look for in a red lipstick or any lipstick really are, staying power and comfort, if they feel tight or smear it's a no go for me. Luckily, Mac came up trumps with Russian Red, this blue toned, completely matte stunner of a lipstick.

I always make sure to apply a lip liner underneath, for added longevity and for the first coat of lipstick I use a lip brush to help create a cleaner line as I am a bit of a messy beggar, especially when it comes to the lipstick outline.

This shade actually stayed on really well, I was so impressed! I could barely feel it on my lips at all. The removal process was pretty easy too, a bit of Bioderma on an exfoliating cotton pad and that was it.

What are your favourite Christmas Reds?

XOXO Claire
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide Part 1 | £25 & Up

Girls are so hard to shop for, I should know I am one haha. Seriously though, Christmas shopping can be super stressful so I've put together a little gift guide to maybe give you a few ideas so the ladies in your life will be left speechless come Christmas morning. Here we go:
Christmas Gift Guide £30 & Over

Lip Bundle | Mac Lip Liner £12.50 (link) & Lipstick £15 (link)  Together £27.50
I think most girls like a good lip product, whether they are a nude fan like Kim K or go for a classic red lip like T Swift. You could buy a lipstick and lip liner to match and tie them up with a bow, I think that would make a fab gift, especially for a girl friend.

6 Month Allure Magazine Subscription £37 (link)
I love to read magazines particularly Allure, it's great for us beauty obsessed girls. Magazine subscriptions are a fab present, because it's not necessarily something you would buy for yourself, plus you get something exciting through the post every month.

Origins Superstar Mini Christmas Set £35 (link)
Skincare is particularly tricky as everyone has different skin types and issues, but this is where sets like this come in super handy. They allow the person to try out a few different products, decide what they like and then buy the full size, and lets face it mini products are so damn cute!

Whistles Croc Embossed Leather Clutch £40 (link)
With the party season upon us every girl needs a clutch and this one is pretty special. It's a classic staple that will go with everything. Every fashion savvy girl would love to find one of these sitting underneath their tree.

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set £57 (link)
Every girl need a good set of brushes and not only are these exceptional quality and come in a cute pouch, they are also rose gold, need I say more. I may have asked Santa for one of these sets myself.

Jo Malone Cologne Collection £68 (link)
This one would be prefect for the sophisticated women in your life who love luxurious fragrances. This set contains 5 mini classic Jo Malone scents including their new release wood sage and sea salt. Christmas is definitely the time to discover a new signature scent.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera £69.99 (link)
Who doesn't love creating memories and this camera combines the old school polaroid style with high definition quality and it's pink, what more can a girly girl ask for? I think one of these would definitely be on Elle Woods Christmas list don't you?

Hopefully this post gave you a few ideas, I do have a few more posts coming up with even more ideas, so look out for those. I would love to know what's currently on your wishlist for Santa, I'm such a nosy bunny.

XOXO Claire
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