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10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

I know November has been and gone, I also know I am a little behind in posting my must-try products of the last four weeks but better late than never. If you are looking for a little inspiration on what new-ish launches and well-love products you should be trying next, let me lend you a helping hand.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Estee Lauder Global Anti-Age Balm £46/50ml
I'm not overly sure how to define or label Estee Lauder Global Anti-Age Balm so I won't; what I will say is that if you are looking for a skin smoothing product that moisturises, protects and can double up as a primer this is what you should invest in next. Forget silicone loaded products and turn to this balm to gently nourish the skin, and optically blur enlarged pores and fine lines (it also photographs beautifully) - think of it as the Face Tune app but in product form.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue £27/30ml (get 12% off with code GLITTER)
Forget heavy bases that feel suffocating and embrace this light, almost gel-like consistency that creates a flawless, picture perfect canvas regardless of how you apply it: sponge, beauty blender, fingertips or brush - it all works. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue gently glides onto the skin, blurring imperfections with a medium yet glow inducing level of coverage. If ever there was a product that can claim to be the perfect fit to the tag line "my skin but better", this is it.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal £30
For anyone who has ever struggled in finding a bold and obvious highlighter that doesn't look cakey, stark or harsh on the skin, the answer is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This light, bronze-come-champagne hue not only suits the vast majority of complexions but as it is so finely milled and beyond pigmented, it is both a joy to wear and apply; there is no bulky shimmer particles to nestle into the pores, rather this soft powder delivers an almost metallic sheen to the skin that glimmers and dances in all forms of light.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Soap and Glory Love at First Blush Highlight and Cheek Stick £8
It's Winter (I think? I mean it's late November and my lounge is full of fairy lights so it must be Winter, right?) and along with my skin being dull and a little sallow, the dark mornings and lights are zapping every ounce of motivation I can muster up. As such it all but goes without speaking, a full highlight and contour routine is out of the question, luckily I own Soap and Glory Love at First Blush Highlight and Cheek Stick ; this nifty, rose gold blush stick (a close dupe to NARS Orgasm Blush, adds both a flush of colour and shot of radiance to my skin, in two quick swipes - it is the ultimate lazy day product.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November
10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Illamasqua Round Buffing Brush (IL230) £26
As someone with fairly high cheekbones, contouring can be bizarrely tricky - hear me out with this one - as I don't technically want to sculpt that area of my face, rather I aim to add dimension. I don't want a tapered brush, I need something fairly round yet not oversized - weirdly something that isn't all that easily found within general face/cheek brushes. Luckily the Illamasqua Round Buffing Brush(IL230) exists and is pretty much the answer to my face shape woes; this well sized, super-soft, fluffy yet synthetic brush allows me to diffuse powder and cream blushes and bronzers without appearing super sculpted and harsh. Face shape woes aside, this is a great blending brush for face products: blush, highlight or bronzer, it does it all and with ease too.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara £9.99
It is rare that I find a mascara in which I can truly deem perfect - as someone with small eyes, flimsy straight eyelashes and easily irritated eyes, the perfect fit is often but a dream...well that was until I cracked open a tube of Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara. Typically speaking, I'm not a huge fan of moulded, plastic mascara wands but there is something magical about the shape and size of the Bourjois spoolie: for one it combs through the lashes ensuring there are no clumps but it also grips and all but stretches the eyelashes to their full potential. If that is not enough for you to add this to your shopping list, it is a blacker-than-black formulation that doesn't smudge, smear or flake -you need to try this.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Optrex 2-in-1 Eye Spray for Dry and Irritated Eyes £12.99
I'm not really sure what is wrong with my eyes at the moment - they are forever dry and very easily irritated. Perhaps I spend too long glued to my phone and laptop, and/or I'm just over-tired - whatever the issue is, all I know is that I have been reaching for it daily to quickly comfort my eyes. It's also nothing short of a miracle when travelling and the dry air all but sucks the moisture out of your eye socket. Try it and tell me you are not convinced from your first spritz of Optrex 2-in-1 Eye Spray for Dry and Irritated Eyes .

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Maison Margila Replica Blur Filter £45/50ml
November was the month that I fully embraced the world of Maison Margiela Replica fragrances, in particularly the Blur Filter scent - it is soft, fresh and very comforting on a chilly day. I also rather appreciate that it is a dry oil rather than a typical liquid, meaning it wears far longer on my skin and is of course a little more moisturising than average. If you are looking for a fragrance to almost mimic the crisp, chilliness of a Winter morning try Maison Margila Replica Blur Filter.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Barry M Pink Lemonade Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint £3.99
I'm not a huge nail polish wearer so it takes one heck of a formula to convince me otherwise, on a whim I painted my nails with  and I may just be converted to at home manicures once and for all. The pretty almost milkshake pink-come-nude hue of Barry M Pink Lemonade is perfect for everyday wear and the glossy finish is surprisingly long wearing; I'm pretty sure if I painted my toe nails with this duo it would survive the apocalypse...or at least be intact until early Spring.

10 of the Best Beauty Buys of November

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream £2.99
Matte liquid lipsticks are everywhere and as such you really don't really need to hand over ridiculous amounts of cash to find a great formulation. Admittedly the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream/s colour range is fairly basic (six shades in total) but the whipped, creamy texture glides on with ease and wears comfortable for at least three hours without smudging, flaking or bleeding. I should also mention that they have a super sweet vanilla fragrance that I can't get enough of.

What have you been enjoying lately?

30 Beauty Blogmas Post Ideas

So it's the first of December and you may be deliberating over if you should or shouldn't take part in Blogmas (I think you should - I mean time permitting of course, that tree won't decorate itself), and just where will you pluck up to 25 ideas for posts from? Worry not friends, I have composed an extensive list of beauty blog post prompts - I began working on this in September because I'm overly keen and not entirely convinced I'm not an Elf - for you to pick and choose from, use as daily inspiration or to simply dip in and out of and combine with other festive ideas, the choice is of course yours. Whatever you decide to do, feel free to utilise the below list of post ideas however you see fit.

30 Beauty Blogmas Post Ideas

1, I know it is probably a cliché but as we all have different skin tones and of course preferences, a top five red lipstick post will always be helpful, not to mention interesting.
2, Are you staying away from home this festive season, why not share what make-up you will be packing?
3, If like myself you do not understand the concept of packing light, you could follow the above post with a run down of your travel skincare essentials for such trip?
4, Somewhat piggybacking off of the above prompt, with the sudden cold weather snap, I'm sure many would love to know what general skincare you are using for the season and why?
5, What about your body care routine? Does this change come the colder weather?
6, The same applies for hair care, does the harsh rain, wind and maybe even snow mean you change your routine?
7, Or what about your hands - and maybe even feet? - how do you protect them from the elements?
8, What festive beauty products do you look forward to each year? Beauty Christmas Crackers, the new Lush launches?
9, What is your idea of the perfect Winter pampering evening at home?
10, Do you have any festive beauty traditions? A frothy bubble bath on Christmas Morning, a new fragrance for the season?

30 Beauty Blogmas Post Ideas

11, What is your go to nail colours for the season - any new must-have polishes we should rush out to purchase?
12, If you are skilled with a nail brush you could publish a nail art tutorial or two.
13, Do you have a specific make-up look for the festive season? Perhaps what you wear to dinner for the main event?
14, Or perhaps you have a lovely New Year's Eve look/routine you can't wait to share?
15, What is your take on glitter for the season? How do you wear it: nails, eyes, the whole nine yards?
16, Be honest, what would you love to unwrap in terms of beauty products come the 25th?
17, What is the best beauty gift you have ever given, or maybe even received?
18, Do you have a signature fragrance that you reserve just for the Winter?
19, What about candles? Any top picks to make your home a little more cosy?
20, As money may be a little tight (those gifts don't buy themselves, am I right?) what about a blog post about your top beauty finds under £10/$10?

30 Beauty Blogmas Post Ideas

21, You'll see a lot of gift guides around because they are so helpful but why not go a step further and really hone in on a niche? Such as the best baubles, gifts under £10 or even what to buy the person who has it all.
22, To bronze or not, that is the question - if you do, how do you keep it looking realistic in the cooler seasons?
23, What products do you avoid come the Winter and why?
24, Is there any steps in your beauty routine you skip once the cold weather comes around and why?
25, What are the best beauty tips you have for the season?
26, What about waterproofing your make-up against the slightly more hazardous weather conditions?
27, What beauty/skin/make-up issue do you struggle with in the Winter and how do you remedy such issue?
28, What is your beauty wish list for the season?
29, Are there any upcoming sales and offers that you would recommend checking out?
30, Or perhaps you have some general Christmas beauty shopping tips - where to avoid and perhaps a hidden gem or two?

I hope the above helps spark some inspiration but do feel free to add any other suggestions in the comment section below.


Maison Margiela Replica Filter Fragrances Review

No brand is reinventing how we see and wear fragrance, quite like the Maison Margiela Replica collection; first they used the power of scent memory to invoke tinges of Deja vu and now they offer a whole new take on scent layering, thanks to two new Maison Margiela Replica Fragrance Filters.

If you have a signature scent that you wish you could add a little extra kick to now and then, or perhaps a fragrance that isn't quite you, the new Maison Margiela Replica Fragrance Filters will breathe new life into any scent you own - or of course, can be worn alone.

Maison Margiela Replica Filter Fragrances Review
Maison Margiela Replica Filter Fragrances Review

At the moment there are two Maison Margiela Replica Fragrance Filters to choose from but there is certainly room for such scent range to grow should Maison Margiela wish: Maison Margiela Replica Filter Blur - a soft, comforting cocoon of fragrance that will calm and soothe the sense with hints of cotton and musk; and Maison Margiela Replica Filter Glow - inspired by the warmth and radiance of the sun, this is a bold citrus fragrance with hints of Neroli. Basically you have one Maison Margiela Replica Filter scent to turn to should you be feeling a little fragile and to boost softness (Blur), or of course to tone down a loud fragrance, and another Filter (Glow) - so to speak - to pep up any personal scent, you find a little too dull for your personal taste and/or to uplift your mood.

Maison Margiela Replica Filter Fragrances Review

What makes the Maison Margiela Replica Filters a little more special and luxurious, is the fact that they are not your run of the mill liquid spray-on scent, rather they are a precious blend of dry oils. As such they feel closer-than-close on the skin and almost veer on sensual; the body's natural heat gently warms the oil, ensuring that the fragrance is noticeable for hours on end. If ever you have struggled with reduced personal scent wear time on your skin, the Maison Margiela Replica Filters could be what you have been missing. When wore alone they offer a gentle, wisp of fragrance that feels like a second skin (I should also add that despite being an oil they are not greasy and do dry down very quick - not to mention they are moisturising) but when combined with another fragrance, Maison Margiela Replica or otherwise, they all but act as a glue ensuring your scent wears true for hours on end.

Maison Margiela Replica Filter Fragrances Review

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maison Margiela Replica fragrances are the innovators that the fragrance world has been long missing.

Maison Margiela Replica Filter Blur £45/50ml via Selfridges - link
Maison Margiela Replica Filter Glow £45/50ml via Selfridges - link
The Best Strobing Sticks

Well of highlighting at least.

If ever you have struggled with highlighting powders - perhaps they are a little too tricky or time consuming to apply, and/or the finish isn't quite what you hoped for - then a cream based formula or two, is what your current make-up stash has been missing.

Much like just about any sub-category of beauty product, the humble cream highlighter comes in many guises (including compact, pencil and cushion form - yes really!) but my personal favourite has to be what the masses are referring to as "Strobing Sticks"; a chunky stick of highlighter to you and I. The beauty of both a cream texture and it conveniently being fashioned into essentially a crayon for your face, is that you can a, apply it anywhere without the need for a brush and b, such shape seems to offer more precision (again) than a brush can. I have also noticed that typically speaking budget beauty brands are King of the Strobe Stick; in case you need further convincing, I have whittled down my top five must haves for all skin tones and needs.

The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks

Sometimes less is more - Barry M Illuminating Strobing Cream £4.49 - link
Not everyone wants a bold, in your face, strip of radiance, sometimes a subtle, dewy, littering of shimmer is all a complexion needs, and for that I urge you to try out the Barry M Illuminating Strobing Creams. The domed shape of the product, perfectly glides over not only the cheekbones but the nose and eyelids with ease, should you want to apply a brightening, yet gentle glow to the majority of your face. Despite both shades of the Barry M Illuminating Strobing Creams (Frosty Pink and Iced Bronze) veering towards a barely-there finish, the cream-to-powder sticks do add a halo of light wherever applied - a great option for day wear. If you do like your highlight to all but visible from space, then the Barry M Illuminating Strobing Creams can serve as a base for other products to be layered on top of for a little extra dimension.

The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks

The multi-tasker - Soap & Glory Love at First Blush Cheek Stick £8.00 - link.
Is it a blush? Is it a highlighter? It's both actually depending on your skin tone. The beauty of the Soap & Glory Love at First Blush Cheek Stick is that the easy to wear, mid-tone flush of pink with golden nuance (it is not world's apart from NARS Orgasm in tone) can be directly applied to the apples of the cheeks to create a healthy flush. In my opinion this works best if you have a light to medium complexion, for those with a deeper skin tone this can double up as rose gold hued highlighter.

The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks

The suit-all option - Maybelline Master Strobing Stick £6.99 - link
If you are new to highlighting - cream or otherwise - the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick should be your next purchase. Light, medium or deep complexions, ignore the shade suggestions (light and medium) and plump for the shade that best suits your skin undertones - light is cool toned and pink based, medium is warm toned and mostly golden; however as they are highlighters you can't really go far wrong with either option, it all boils down to personal preference. I have the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in Medium and find the light gold, almost metallic, creamy sheen to really brighten up my complexion - it is a dream to apply and blend out, it wears all day with ease and with the swipe of a fingertip, can double up as a cream eyeshadow.

The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks
The Best Strobing Sticks

For deeper complexions - MUA Luxe Ombre Shimer Stick £5 - link
Yes typically speaking all highlighters are intended to be used on all skin tones and types but if you have a deeper complexion, you may find some shades are simply too stark for your needs or taste for that matter. If this rings true, you might enjoy the new MUA Luxe Ombre Shimer Stick - a rainbow of glistening shimmer particles that is almost too pretty to use. Almost. As you can see the MUA Luxe Ombre Shimer Stick features three separate shades, with the deepest bronze dictating the applied shade (you can of course turn it onto it's side should you want to utilise the lighter sections). This rainbow inspired highlighter is not only one of the most pigmented finds of its type but the formulation is as close to perfection as I can imagine. It glides onto the skin with ease, blends out with no fuss, dries down to a powder finish and stays put until you remove it. It has been a while since I dipped into MUA products but if the MUA Luxe Ombre Shimer Stick is anything to go by, it is time I placed another order.

Isn't it great that all of the above options cost less than £10, I really do think that 2017 will be the year in which high street make-up reigns supreme.


Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner Review

Let me begin by saying I am having the worst time imaginable (slightly dramatic I know) with my hair; a few months ago, a trip to the hairdresser resulted in disaster and I have been left nursing broken and almost damaged beyond repair sections of my hair. I now have truly lost all faith in hairdressers and as a result will probably not colour my hair again (cue the tiny violin music), However had such incident not occurred, I highly doubt I would have been inclined to try such an intensive conditioner as Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner, and in turn would not be able to recommend it to all those in a similar parched situation.

Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner Review

As you can see from the photos Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner is indeed one of a few products within a collection; I have tried out both the Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Shampoo and the Miracle Treatment mask, and although I do like (and would perhaps go as far as stating love) both products, the Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner is really what blew me away. It does go without saying that if you do feel your hair is in need of a bout of intensive T.L.C, you could do far worse than purchasing all three products, but for now let us concentrate on the wonder that is Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner.

Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner Review

They say when you know, you know, in regards to friendship, love and big gut decsions and in my opinion this rule should also apply to conditioner (and maybe jeans too). From the first application of Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner, I could all but swear my soul felt a little lighter - the creamy and almost vanilla-come-toffee scented concoction, quickly quenched my dried out and veering on crispy locks. I know what you are thinking, there are plenty of other conditioners out there that could offer the same results - true but there are very few, if any, that have detangled my hair in-shower quite like it (I finger comb my hair as it is so fragile and of a wavy texture); even the most stubborn knots and tangles loosed with ease making for a more pleasant, pain free, combing session afterwards.

Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner Review

Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner has been created to care for coloured hair types and such, offers a colour protective guard in the form of sweet almond oil - said oil is said to deposit a micro-layer of water repelling agents, which should prevent colour fade. At this point in time my hair is too far gone for me to really care about the colour, all I want to do is nurse it back to good health and the ultra nourishing blend of shea butter, Vitamin E, and keratin does just that. From the very first use my hair instantly felt softer and verging on healthy, I can all but see the vast improvement in condition before my very eyes and the good news is that Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner is fairly affordable. No it's not your bargain basement find but at just over £8 a bottle, it isn't an eye watering investment either.

As far as damaged hair products go, very few can come close to Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner and I recommend it to struggling with dried out and stressed locks.

Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infusion Conditioner £8.35/200ml via Feel Unique - link.
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review

New York City is my favourite place - other than home - in the whole entire world; the raw magnetic energy, the fast past of living and the possibility of an adventure around every corner, appeals to me on a level I'm not entirely sure I have the capabilities to portray. No doubt if you have been you will share my sentiments and if not, I hope one day you get to experience it for yourself - until then I have the beautiful, neutral, everyday palette that is Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette; a travel companion that will have you looking polished in less than a New York minute.

Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review

You would be forgiven for purchasing the Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette based on appearance alone - I mean who could say no to the cute yet delicate illustrations of some of the most iconic symbols and locations of New York? What's not to love but like most things in live, it is what is on the inside that counts and luckily there is a great selection of neutral yet not basic face and eye products, neatly stashed alongside three brushes and a huge mirror. As you've most likely guessed the Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette is of course intended for travel - the idea is that you have a selection of easy to wear, staple shades that will suit all occasions be they night or day. That being said you can use it however and of course wherever you wish.

Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review

I have said above that the Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette is for everyone but I have neglected to mention that this is a curation of warm toned eyeshadows, which clearly won't suit everyone's tastes. I do however think that Clinique have been savvy as they have included shades that will enhance all eye tones: for everyone (and of course for it's brightening effects) there is the stark, true white shadow that is Meringue and for definition there is the almost-black tones of Peppercorn. For all my blue eyed ladies and gents the shade Light Brown was made for you, if you have green eyes you might want to try the sultry brown-come-plum tones of Jute Brown, and brown eyes will simply dazzle with a slick or two of the soft lilac shade that is Stone. There is also the magic, suit and flatter all copper shade that is Sahara Sun - that will have you hooked from the first application. There is also of course a rosy-brown toned blush that somewhat reminds me of a lighter - and perhaps more pale complexion friendly - version of Benefit Dallas Blush.

Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review
Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette Review

In the past I have bought travel exclusive such as this kit and have found that the quality has been skimpy at best but fortunately that has never been the case with any Clinique products - nor or of course this palette. Each eyeshadow is wonderfully pigmented, smooth and easy to apply, despite their small stature and the same applies for the blush which truthfully is almost full sized. As a full disclaimer, I did find that the eyeshadows required a little primer to stretch out the wear but I should mention that I do have oily skin - if you have dry/normal skin you might not experience such issue.

If New York isn't your favourite city there is three others to choose from which includes Paris and London. If you are passing through duty free any time soon be sure to check out the Clinique Non-Stop Looks New York Palette (£35) - it is the best palette I currently own and I mean it.



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