Festive time of the year calls for all things vibrant, opulent & bright.. from your lips and cheeks to brows and skin. This time of year, in particular, we can all go a bit brighter and bolder with our beauty essentials. And since we are out and about, indulging in more make-up over the festive season, protecting and caring for our skin is vitally important as well, so I have also included some of my top cleanse, repair and protect fixes.
Bold & Bright Festive Lips
Mac Red – I absolutely adore lipstick and never feel properly dressed without it. My favourite colour has to be Red, any shade of it. Red works well throughout the year and particularly well at Christmas time, when we can all afford to be ‘brighter and bold’. I love the richness of this shade and it really stays put, the matte one more so than the satin, so I coat my lips with both, that way I can’t go wrong – its there to stay!
This is another favourite of mine, Rimmel, Kate Moss Matte Red 107 – £5.49. Kate Moss brings colour to a new unique dimension. The gorgeous colour richness and COMFORT of Kate’s lipstick, now in a Velvety MATTE finish. Ruby Powder enriched formula to intensify the colour while keeping a matte finish all day long! Matte is re-invented for the most velvety comfortable colour EVER!
Have a Holly Jolly Time Contouring this Festive Season
The high in demand SOSU Complete Contour Palette is everything you need to create the perfect contour, with step by step instructions.
The SOSU contour palette includes three cream shades for concealing and contouring, two powder shades to set the creams or use as powder concealer and highlighter, and one highlighting cream.
Check out So Su’s Video on How to Contour
Using the Right Tools
Using the right tools is critical to achieving the right look
Spectrum Wonder Sponge The latex free makeup wonder sponge. Use the pointed tip to apply foundation or concealer to the harder to reach areas such as around the nose or eyes, and the rounded end for applying make up to the rest of the face. Moisten the sponge before use for flawless application. Can be used to apply cream, mineral or liquid products. The perfect tool for achieving a flawless base.
Mac Duo Fibre Brush 187 – £34.50 – A brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. A large, full circular brush used for the lightweight application and blending of face powders or pigments that works especially well with Mineralize products. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules
Brighten Up Those Cheeks
This is my absolute favourite blush – Nars – £23.00 – The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.
Brush on Lashes – BPerfect – £25 – Say hello to your dream lashes with this innovative mascara system. Designed as an alternative to eyelash extensions, the Brush on Lashes work by using a gel based formula combined with a green tea fiber to give a defined and natural look. First apply the fiber then finish with the gel for striking lashes without the glue! Lasts up to 48 hours and easily removed with eye makeup remover. I purchased my set at Beauty At Anne’s
Cleanse, Repair & Protect Your Skin
Refresh your complexion with the Garnier Skin Micellar Cleansing Water – £3.33, a gentle cleanser dedicated to drawing out dirt and impurities without over-drying skin. Effortlessly banishes make-up without rubbing or rinsing so you can experience soothed, clearer skin with no uncomfortable tightness. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. Available
Rosehip oil is highly beneficial for the skin, providing key ingredients that help to keep skin looking healthy and fight the early signs of ageing. Apply before moisturising daily. I purchase this from True Nature Day Spa – £5 (BTW – The Therapist here, Orla, provides the most amazing treatments)
Origins Overnight mask to quench skin’s – £24 (100ml)
Put dry skin to bed with this ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask. Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for tomorrow. While Japanese Seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing. Skin awakens comfortable, refreshed, supple.
Keeping my hair bright and the right tone is so important. This is a fantastic find, and keeps me bright during the trips to the hairdresser.
Enjoy colour without the commitment with the Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe Instant Blush Blonde Beautifiers, a collection of spray-on pastel toners for coloured and naturally blonde hair. Lasting up to 3 washes, the BlondMe Instant Blush Blonde Beautifiers will change up your look in an instant. Imparting a fresh, pastel shade wherever you want it, the easy-to-use
My hair is always cut and coloured by Harkins Hairdressing
And not forgetting the all-important, aroma. Embracing a luxurious opulent blend of all things spicy and festive is perfect for the festive season. Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, I have featured this perfume (and candle) before as I absolutely adore this scent, t is one of my all time favourites.. a spray of this makes you feeling fabulous.
Jo Malone – Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne – £105
Rare Kyara wood. Prized in the Kohdo ceremony, the highly ritualised Japanese art of incense appreciation. Enriched with amber and black orchid. Illuminated by the clean sensuality of black cardamom, ginger and water lily. Calm and relaxing
Hope you enjoyed my picks. Happy beautifying.