Sunday, 27 December 2015

Beauty | Best Beauty Buys of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, I'm rounding up my best beauty buys of the year. There has been SO many but today I'm whittling it down to my final few. I don't have a huge collection of beauty bits, I'm just your average girl who's stash is growing through blogger-induced purchases...

Them rose gold brushes, you see them on blogs constantly, you might even have some propped up on your dressing table. We all know what they are, the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set are a product worth their hype. It was really the Rose Golden Complete Eye Set that changed my eyeshadow game. With an array of fluffy and precise brushes, blending out your shadow has never been more effortless. The '228 Luxe Crease' brush is firmly my favourite, combined with the MAC '217' brush, they're a force to be reckoned with. If you're New Years resolution is to work on your blending skills, you'll be needing these.

With eyeshadow in mind, my most reached for palette this year has to be the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. If there was ever a situation where I can only have six eyeshadow hues (which really would be a shitty situation), I'd be picking these. There's a look to be created for every occasion, it can take you from day to night and travel the world with you. MORE.

My ultimate contour kit has taking a knock since September's Glossybox introduced me to brand B. Cosmetics. I reach for the B. Sculpted Contour Kit almost every day, it's a game-changer in my make-up wardrobe. A matte deep brown makes the contour colour, it's highly pigmented and only needs a light hand in creating chiselled cheekbones. My favourite side of the sculpting duo is the wet-look highlighting creme. Tiny particles of glitter run through the creme which leaves the most flattering finish to any look. I totally 'get' the whole highlighter swooning now. Prepare for further swooning as we bring the new year in.

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram (which you totally should) you'll likely know of my love for The Body Shop has grown enormously. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Spa of The World African Ximenia Body Scrub has been the belle of my ball. As a self-confessed false tanning addict, my bath and body regime is almost military. This gentle exfoliator, produced from the naturally rich oil of fruit seeds grown in Namibia, Africa, is a luxury for your skin. From the first time I used it, to now, months later, it still delivers soft, silky and rejuvenated skin, every damn time. With a huge 350ml to get through, it's a pricey purchase I won't hesitate to re-buy.

In the market for healthy hair? Who isn't, really? Jocio K-Pak have revolutionised my hair care routine. Their innovative formula bottles the most powerful and targeted hair repair technology. All the science-y shizz is in my review, which is well worth the read if your hair is in deep need or restoration. I ditched my black barnet earlier this year and my hair was duly damaged in the lightening process but without the Conditioner, Deep Penetrating Reconstructor and the Intense Hydrator it wouldn't be half way to healthy and swishy. The fabulous trio go beyond the parameters of high-street hair care and brings the battle to bleach.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Fashion | The Christmas Jumper

This is me having a little bit of a breakdown trying to get 'the shot' for this post. With poor lighting, rain crashing down on the window and a boyfriend who wasn't feeling too patient, I present you with my Christmas jumper...

We're properly in the swing of December now and I've got all the festive feels. There's a few things you can't do Christmas without though; twinkling fairy lights, the Bublé and a good old Christmas jumper.

This Christmas I'm rocking a little Yours Clothing number. With a cute and colourful selection, they were at the top of my list when finding a a festive jumper to wear over Christmas. Adorned with adorable little reindeer, this Red Knitted Rudolph Jumper (£24) will see me from one year to the next. Having turned to Yours Clothing last year for my first ever Christmas jumper, I know I'm getting the bang for my buck with a quality garment that washes well.

On Friday the 18th of December, it's officially Text Santa National Christmas Jumper Day with Save The Children. What's better is that this year, it's been layered with two other fantastic charities; Make A Wish and Macmillan Cancer Support. With 100% of your donation split equally between the amazing trio, and matched pound for pound by the UK government, why not rock a Christmas knit and do your bit.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas | York Christmas Market: St Nicholas Fair

It's the most wonderful time of the year. December brings all sorts of festive fun but t'is not officially the season to be jolly without a Christmas market coming to town. St Nicholas Fair is a magical market which leads a tinsel trail across 7 locations in York...

With a fresh chill in the air, James (the boyfriend) and I wrapped up to visit the annual festivities going down in York. Welcomed to the tinsel trail by the beautifully lit Christmas tree on Coppergate, we set about reaching Parliment Square through the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers, market goers cradling cups of mulled wine and the Christmas carolers playing out the most cheerful of tunes.

In the name of tradition, James picked up some freshly roasted chestnuts. Now, I've never tried them before and although I want to imagine myself cosy in front of an open fire, they're just like potatoes with a nutty aftertaste to me. Much like warm brandy, they just aren't my cup of tea. I want to say hundreds, but there probably isn't quite that many, snug chalets decorate the city centre with locally made goodies with a festive twist.

Amidst twinkling fairy lights is an array of goodies that make gift giving easy, the Thor's Tipi - a pop-up bar which mantra is to drink, feast, conquer and repeat, a donut kitchen and the locally famed Chilli Jam Man. James, with his mouth made of metal carefully selected the hottest of jams, which he can confirm is painfully hot, whilst I reached for some slightly milder chilli chocolate.

Wooden huts filled with festive foods such as German sausages, funky-flavoured fudge (namely jammy dodger, Christmas cake and my personal favourite marzipan) alongside brandy-laced hot chocolate and much more.

With some much to look at and so much to do, we just couldn't complete the tinsel trail. If you're a regular reader here (you SO should be) you'll know I have a chronic illness that limits my mobility, so this yuletide trail was a big day out for me. I'm feeling all the Christmas feels now, and if you're thinking of visiting York's magical market, which runs right up until the 23rd of December, you'll be sure of a good ol' time.

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