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WINTER SKINCARE SURVIVAL ON A DRUGSTORE BUDGET



Looking after your skin is next level shit in Winter, failing to acknowledge your outer shell's need for TLC could result in dryness, dullness and flaking. This routine can be horrendously heavy on the pocket and let's face it, none of us need it this side of Christmas. Today's post is all about taking care of your skin on a modest budget, although still giving it the attention it so desperately craves in this weather. There are plenty of high street, drugstore products that are up to scratch, it's just about finding those little gems and lucky for you, I have. Thanks Rebekka.


LIPS
Probably the part of my body that takes the biggest battering from the winter weeks. Dry lips can cause actual physical pain and let's face it, looks ghastly. This time of the year features many berry lipsticks if you're a gal after my own heart and cracked lips just aren't an option, there are 3 lip products I swear by to keep my pout party ready at all times.
- Carmex Lip Balm Tube, Boots £2,69                                                   
- Lipscuff, The Body Shop £8.00 (highly recommended)       


FACE
A huge problem area especially during the winter due to the high sensitivity to the skin on your face. No one is ever truly happy with their bare complexion and there's always room for improvement and better attempts to protect it. I swear by these 3 products to ensure I can protect my facial skin as much as possible and they are all by SOAP & GLORY!!


BODY
If you're like me, you completely neglect your body from the neck down when winter draws in. Roll necks & thick black tights will hide your unshaven gorilla-esque pins, however your skin still needs to be loved at least once a week with a full length scrub and moisturize to allow it to breath and get rid of the dead skin cells. My fave three products are as follows...
-  Bio Oil 125ml, FeelUnique £13.45                                    

EMERGENCY SKIN TREATMENT
Sometimes there's just no stopping the curse that Winter brings your skin, ESPECIALLY if you're run down and nursing a cold or flu. Luckily, because these scenarios are so common, drugstore brands have really out done themselves when it comes to repair treatments on a modest budget. My three skincare superheroes are...
- E45 Lotion For Dry & Flaky Skin 500ml, Boots £7.35


I hope you have enjoyed this post and get the opportunity to try out some of these amazing products. I have used all tried and tested in the past and I really recommend all of them during the colder months, Leave me a comment below if you have a skincare product you swear by to get you through Autumn & Winter, thanks for reading!

CHRISTMAS CRACKED: BEAUTY





Welcome to my first gift guide for Christmas 2015!
This time last year I wasn't a blogger, but I read lots and lots of blogger Christmas gift guides and took a ton of inspiration from them all, there were some great finds amongst them and that's what I aspire to bring you, with my gift guides this Christmas.
I just had to start off with BEAUTY because I am lusting over so many beautiful beauty products this year. I am a sucker for luxury beauty, there is nothing like it. My Christmas list this year is FULL of beauty products that I really, really want. I usually buy things for myself if I want something so Christmas is never a big deal for me, however this year I have restrained myself because Harper is understanding Christmas now and I want to create the most magical experience for her, so I have been saving, saving, saving. 
I will be doing most of my Christmas shopping over the course of Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday, I will be creating a post for you guys on where to find the best deals so keep your eyes peeled for that. But for now, soak yourself in the lustrous list of beauty products that must make your Christmas list this year!



MAKE UP 
Forever & always at the top of my Christmas list - make up. Yes, it's a necessity to most of us ladies but there's the few unnecessary splurges that we save to ask for at Christmas, the following are mine. 





Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Nude Kiss Lipstick Kit In Nude Kate, Charlotte Tilbury £49.00
Too Faced French Kisses Melted Liquified Lipstick Set, Too Faced £18.00
Contour 2 Multi-Use Contour Set, Contour Cosmetics £42.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette, Beauty Bay £90.00
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Debenhams £29.00


FRAGRANCE GIFT SETS
I always, always, ALWAYS get Marc Jacobs Daisy for Christmas from Justin. It's my signature scent and usually lasts me 8 months, so for the last 3 months I try out other fragrances until I receive my new bottle. I usually do this to try to find a more affordable scent but nothing resinates with me like Daisy does. Let me know your signature scent in the comments below!

SKIN CARE GIFT SETS
I hate spending my own money on skincare, I don't know why I just hate it, so Christmas is the perfect opportunity for me to get lots of new skincare to see me through until I ask again for my birthday in May. There are some beautiful gift sets out there this year for skincare and here are my favourites. 




NUXE Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Collection, FeelUnique £49.00
Clinique Smart & Smooth Gift Set, FeelUnique £42.70
Estee Lauder Age-Prevention Essentials Skincare Gift Set, John Lewis £37.80
Laura Mercier Sweet Temptations Creme Brulee Duet, House Of Fraser £35.00
Origins Moisture and Be Merry Gift Set, House Of Fraser £45.00


MAKE UP GIFT SETS
These are my favourite things to buy for my sister and my girlfriends at Christmas, they are just so so easy to get hold of and there's so many brands to choose from. This way they can try a range of products to see if they get on with them or not instead of splurging on something that doesn't work for them. My favourite to give are the BENEFIT gift sets but I prefer to receive Estee Lauder OR the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Wardrobe *hint hint Justin/Nicolle/Mother*



BEAUTY GIFTS UNDER £15
These gift sets are perfect if you're a student or genuinely don't have the money to splash. No matter what your budget is there is something luxurious for all. These products are also great for secret santa, picking up last minute if you accidentally forget someone or stock fillers. 



Tanya Burr Gingerbread Trio, Superdrug £6.00
Zoella So Cute Coffret Set, Superdrug £12.00
Soap & Glory Once Upon A Lime, Boots £10.00
Sanctuary Favourite Florals Tin, Boots £14.00
Soap & Glory Belle Of The Ball, Boots £12.00


BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDARS 
Remember when dairy milk advent calendars were as good as it got? Me too. What a time to be alive with the influx of beauty advent calendars! 2015 has seen more and more brands getting involved in 12-30 days of beautiful miniature and some full size products that we can look forward to in the lead up to Christmas. Here are the ones that I am cooing over this Christmas. 





Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar, Superdrug £45.00
Beauty Advent Calendar, The Body Shop £60.00
Charlotte Tilbury Book Of Magic, Selfridges £150.00
Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar, LookFantastic £49.00



If you didn't know what you wanted for Christmas, I hope you do now OR if you're looking for inspiration to buy gifts for others I hope I have provided you with some. Leave me a comment with the beauty product you're hoping for this Christmas & let me know if you enjoyed this post! 

THE RISE OF THE MATTE FOUNDATION!




Hello beauty junkies, if you follow me on twitter you will know how much I hate generic beauty reviews, I just don't read them when I scroll through Bloglovin and see 19307542 posts about the same lipstick or foundation, usually sponsored by the brand which you can tell by a mile off. You'll be pleased today I am bringing you a beauty post that isn't sponsored by either brand but I desperately need to tell you about these marvellous new foundations that have recently landed on the high street and subsequently into my make up bag. 
I am a SUCKER for a matte finish, having unbearably oily skin means that I can never hold a foundation to my face for longer than an hour. My nose is the bane of my existence, not only is it huge, my foundation just slides down the slope, anyone feeling my pain here? I thought there was no helping it and I almost accepted my fate to be an oily mess forever UNTIL these two foundations entered my life, I will be giving you a review of each foundation and I will say now go out and buy them both if you can, however if you're on a tighter budget read the reviews and decide which one you'd suit best.

Before I review the foundations I must stress that to apply a matte foundation with the intensity of these products I would highly recommend purchasing a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, FeelUnique £5.99. I could not achieve the high quality finish I achieve with these foundations without it.





If you follow me on social media or you know me well, you will know how much I adore Bourjois. In my opinion they make the best smelling products and best quality packaging on the high street. They are extremely good value for money, it's a stand out brand on the high street for me and I just can't fault them at all.
My first impressions of this foundation were extremely impressed, it glides on like a dream and smells delightful. The packaging is light, youthful and in a handy squeeze tip tube which is wonderful for makeup on the go and travelling. I have a bulbous head so my face is huge, I would say I need 4 beads of this when applying on a daily basis for work, when I am going out and need it to work hard it delivers wonderfully, however, I would say you need to build probably 3 layers and use around 12 beads of it to really achieve that high coverage finish. It claims to achieve 24 hour coverage, it definitely stays in place for my entire day so from 7am - 5pm and requires NO touch up or blotting AT ALL.
 If I hadn't discovered the foundation that follows this review I would be going through about 4 bottles of this a month, and that really is the only downfall on this product. I would 1000000% recommend buying this foundation if a medium coverage finish is what you're looking for. I wear this religiously for work and unlike many other matte foundations really, really, really allows your skin to breathe and doesn't feel tight when it sets at all. At only £9.99 you can't go wrong and it is now my go to daily foundation and will be for a very long time.





Soap & Glory are a great brand who are taking the high street makeup departments by storm, I am in awe of the quality of products that they produce and my everyday makeup routine is full of their collection from Brow Archery to Solar Powder, I can't do without them and now this foundation has stolen my heart.
I have been looking for a matte high coverage foundation that just does EXACTLY what it says on the bottle for so long, ever since Clinique discontinued the original RepairWear. It's taken me 3-4 years but I have found my foundation favourite and I have fallen head over heels. If you love Estee Lauder Double Wear but can't afford the price tag, this foundation is the PERFECT dupe. 
One Heck Of A Blot requires just one layer to achieve full coverage in an instance, it takes no more than 4 beads from the excellently designed pump to hide every blemish and imperfection that has been a problem in the past. 
The only thing I will say is to NOT over do it with this foundation, when I say it requires one layer I mean it. Just like Estee Lauder if you get a little over confident with the sponge it can become very cakey and very tight. 
I receive copious amounts of compliments when I go out wearing this foundation and I am always being asked where it's from and when I tell them what it is and how much it costs they just can't believe it.
If you LOVE full coverage, if you LOVE a matte finish, if you LOVE a flawless complexion, you must go and buy this foundation right now. 



I hope you have enjoyed this post, like I have said before I am not a great fan of beauty reviews but I just HAD to tell you beautiful people about these wonderful foundations. They have changed my makeup routine forever and I know there are many girls and women out there who feel my pain with oily skin, our time in the dark is over these two foundations will improve the finish of your makeup without a doubt. Leave me a comment below if you currently use either of these foundations and let me know if you like my beauty reviews or what you would like to see on my blog over the Christmas period. 



FASHION FRIDAY: CHRISTMAS PARTY OUTFITS FOR ALL SHAPES & SIZES!


Spoiler alert, the season of goodwill is upon us, in case you didn't know!
Oooooh don't you just love the glitz and glam of Christmas party wear?! I can't even deal with how well the high street and online boutiques have managed to NAIL it. For the first time in forever (yes, I did open my sentence with a frozen song eek) there is something for EVERYONE, no matter your shape or size and today's post is celebrating that! I have a little wishlist of wonderful winter winners that I know you're all going to love with a HUGGGE range of sizes from size 4 to size 28.
Enjoy my little gingerbread lattes, thank me later!



NEW LOOK 






Plus Size Fine Knit Zip Front Dress, New Look £22.99 SIZES 18 - 28
Gold Metallic Zig Zag Bodycon Dress, New Look £14.99 SIZES 6 - 18
Bronze Metallic Lace Trim Bodycon Dress, New Look £22.99 SIZES 6 - 18
Plus Size Geo Print Lace 2 In 1 Skater Dress, New Look £24.99 SIZES 18 - 26
Rust Metallic Deep V Neck Cross Back Mini Dress, New Look £29.99 SIZES 6-18
Plus Size Black Metal Bar Neck Long Sleeve Tunic Dress, New Look £24.99 SIZE 18 - 28





ASOS


Warehouse Gold Jaquard Prom Dress, ASOS £70.00 SIZES 6 - 16
Boohoo Plus Cut Out Jumpsuit, ASOS £22.00 SIZES 16 - 24
Paper Dolls Plus Lace Overlay Pencil Dress, ASOS £58.00 SIZES UK 18 - 26
ASOS Red Carpet Deep Plunge Embellished Panel Bodycon Dress, ASOS £150.00 SIZES UK 4 - 18



I hope you have enjoyed this post & have picked up some inspiration for party season. I know I have found my office party dress, have you? Leave me a comment below letting me know your fave pieces in this wishlist!