Main Gifts & Stocking Filler Ideas

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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It's happening... My first Christmas Gift Guide for 2019! I thought my first gift guide should be about choosing what to buy as a main gift as well as some stocking filler ideas. There's so many fab things in the shops and online this year and it's been so hard to decide what to feature. But here's a round up of some gift ideas that I think would go down well this Christmas.

First up are some Feather & Down gift sets which I think are really great gift ideas because everyone needs to wind down and relax in the evening after a long day and a lot of people struggle doing so. Feather & Down have been my personal go-to brand for pillow mists for about two years now and they definitely help me when I'm struggling to relax or sleep. (Also just a side note... their Breathe Well Pillow Spray is fab if you've got a cold/flu!). They currently have an array of gift sets available and I'm sharing two of them in this post that I personally think look fab and are also not going to break the bank. These gift sets are the Bath Oil Duo gift set priced at £12* and the Straight to Sleep Set priced at £6* which are both available in Sainsbury's.

The Bath Oil Duo comes with two bath oils as the name suggests. One is the original Sweet Dreams Feather & Down scent and the other is the Breathe Well scent which as I've already mentioned is great for when you've got a cold or the flu. The bath oils turn into a lovely, luxurious milky consistency once added into your bath and they're just perfect to use as part of your winding down before bed routine. I think you get a good amount for the price too as both bottles are 50ml each!

The Straight to Sleep gift set which is priced at £6 features mini versions of their Original Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray and the Sweet Dreams Body Lotion. I think it's a great way to introduce someone to Feather & Down and because they're mini versions they're great for travel too. I really like the original scent because it's not super overpowering like some pillow mists can be. It's just very calming and relaxing. 

I feel like the PMD Clean Pro RQ priced at £165* is a perfect luxury gift for any skincare lover in your life. It really helps to deeply cleanse your skin and the Rose Quartz (on the other side) which heats up is great to use with serums to get maximum results or even just as a relaxation technique before getting into bed. I even use it when I have a tension headache! It's rechargeable, comes with a travel case and is also completely waterproof. I've got a full review on my blog which you can read here if you want to find out more info. Also some exciting news! I'm running a giveaway with PMD Beauty over on my twitter to win a PMD Clean PRO RQ. So head on over and follow the instructions to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

I always feel like buying perfume or aftershave is a good way to go if you're stuck on what to buy someone. Obviously you need to know what kind of scents your recipient likes but I think if the person you're buying for likes floral scents then any of the Marc Jacobs "Daisy" perfumes are a good kind of staple perfume to go for. I'm really enjoying Daisy Dream* at the moment which is why I've featured it in the photos.

Another great main gift choice is a luxury candle which not only smells gorgeous but looks nice too. Sara Miller London have definitely hit the nail on the head when it comes to their candles. There's a good range of scents to choose from Bergamot and Mint*, Cinnamon, Rose & Anise, Grapefruit, Yuzu & Tonca and Jasmine, Lemongrass & Ginger and more. Their candles are made with 100% pure soy wax and hand poured in the UK. The Bergamot and Mint* candle which I chose to feature in this post has such a crisp but winter-y scent and I just can't get enough of it. Even when it's not lit, it still smells lovely but not in an overpowering way like some candles can. I also like that the candles are set in gold lined glass to create a mesmerising hue and relaxing glow for a perfect, cosy winter evening. 

Above: Antique Bookstore Segment Pot
Above: Bedtime Baby Segment Pot

If your recipient doesn't like candles or can't use candles then there's always wax melts! You could even introduce whoever you're buying for to an electric wax burner and buy them some wax melts to use. I personally tend to receive wax melts as stocking fillers at Christmas because I'm a bit of an wax melt hoarder truth be told. I really like Sassy Shop Wax Segment Pots* priced at £4. They're separated into 6 parts so they're easy to break off and pop in your wax burner/melter. There's also plenty of scents to choose from (some of which are dupes of other things) such as Antique Bookstore, Snow Pixie, Bedtime Baby and more. I'm absolutely obsessed with the Antique Bookstore wax melt! They're also really pretty with the added biodegradable glitter and sequins sprinkled on top.

Above: Mermaid Sparkle Wax Melt Bar
Adding to that they also sell Wax Melt Bars too which I think are an great alternative to buy if you really want to buy someone chocolate but they can't or don't eat it. This is because I think wax melt bars kind of resemble chocolate if that makes sense. Again, there's plenty to choose from including Loverdose, Parma Violets, Mermaid Sparkle, Under The Stars and more so there's something for everyone.

If you are looking for affordable but meaningful jewellery to buy for someone then I can't recommend Soul Analyse enough. I'd never heard of them before they got in touch with me regarding my gift guides and after looking at their website there's many pieces that I really like the look of. I may even have to add one or two to my own christmas wish list this year! But for my gift guide I chose the Rose Gold Necklace RRP £25* which is engraved with the words "Strong" from the "I AM" affirmation range. I decided to choose the "Strong" necklace because it's just a nice little positive kind of reminder when I'm having a bad day with my chronic pain that I am strong and I've been through many bad flare ups over the past 18 months or so, so what's one more? However if the "Strong" one isn't to your liking then you can choose from two other options which are "Believe" and "Enough" and the necklaces are available in Silver and Gold too. 

I've been really enjoying Miss Patisserie bath bombs this year and I actually prefer them over LUSH because I think LUSH have gotten so expensive and I think they're being quite cheeky with their prices to be quite honest. Miss Patisserie Bath Balls are vegan and are priced at £4.50 and I just think they are fab for the price! There's different scents to choose from and they always put on a big display once you pop them in the bath. I've never had a dud bath bomb from Miss Patisserie either. You can buy them from their website, ASOS or Boots. I tend to just pop one or two in my basket when I'm running low when I'm doing an ASOS order. They also do other products such as their Bath Melts, Shower Steamers, Bath Dust and more (price may change slightly depending where you buy from). 

Lastly is Chocolate and Sweets because you just can't go wrong with chocolates or sweets as a stocking filler really, can you? You can also make more of a gift out them and you can add them into a hamper or you can add more bits such as bath bombs, stationery etc to make a main gift without spending a fortune. 

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An XLASH Cosmetics Eyelash Serum and Mascara Review

Sunday, 10 November 2019

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I'm always banging on about how rubbish my eyelashes are and I've tried a few different eyelash serums in the past but had a varied result. Also I'm not going to lie, I find it quite hard to keep on top of using an eyelash serum every night. However I know it sounds silly but I've realised that my crappy eyelashes actually get me down sometimes because I'll spend time doing my makeup and then my lashes will just drop as soon as I've curled them and applied mascara and then they just look short and stubby again. I find applying false eyelashes too fiddly and I can't afford to have lash extensions every 4-6 weeks. This is where XLASH come in... XLASH are a cruelty free brand whose eyelash serum works by prolonging the growth cycle of the eyelashes and stimulating the hair follicles which makes the eyelashes longer, thicker and darker. It's made from several natural plant extracts and other safe ingredients and they also offer 100% money back guarantee.

They kindly sent me over their Eyelash Serum 3ML RRP £37.99*, Mascara RRP £16.95* and their Carbon Black Eyeliner RRP £16.95*. I haven't tried the eyeliner because I avoid liquid eyeliner like the plague because I think wearing eyeliner makes my eyes look smaller. However I have been using XLASH's Eyelash Serum and Mascara for just over 2 weeks as I'm writing this and I wanted to share my overall thoughts as well as some before and after photos.

The Eyelash Serum* is available in both a 3ML and 6ML tube. A tube of 3ML which is priced at £37.99 will last approximately 2-3 months and you should use it once a day on your lashes for the first 28 days and then 2-3 times per week from then on to continue the course. I apply it at night and I've even set a reminder on my phone to tell me to put it on if I haven't already. XLASH claim that your lashes should grow longer within 28 days and that your lashes can get up to 70% longer whilst using their product. It's also safe to use with lash extensions as it's oil-free.

There's an easy to follow step-by-step guide on the product page of the eyelash serum but it's pretty straight forward anyway. Just make sure your lashes are makeup free and if you wear contact lenses make sure you remove them prior to applying the serum. Then apply a thin strip along the line of growth on the upper lashes and allow the product to absorb and soak in. 

On the website it says that it may take up to 4 weeks before you see an improvement. However as I've already mentioned I've been using the eyelash serum for just over 2 weeks and I've already seen some improvement already. As you can see from the before and after photos below, you can see that my lashes look a little longer already and they also feel stronger and less brittle. Also if you're wondering why I'm wearing mascara in the photos, it's because I have very fair coloured lashes (and brows).

Up Close Before and After (After 14 days of use)
Talking of mascara, I've very particular about my mascaras and what the actual brush is like and I do like XLASH's mascara RRP £16.95* and I think it works well with my lashes. The brush has been designed to catch every single lash, even those tiny, hard to reach lashes and it has a formula which multi-tasks to treat each individual lash with care whilst giving you some lush lashes. It doesn't flake like a lot of pigment rich black mascaras do which is obviously a good thing. It's also a waterproof formula and I do find that waterproof mascaras work better with my lashes in general and help to hold a curl for a little bit longer. But since using the serum and because my lashes seem to be healthier, they've been staying curled for a longer amount of time anyway. 

Overall I'm impressed with my results so far and I'm looking forward to seeing what my lashes will look like once I've used it for 28 days. If your lashes are in need of a pick-me-up or if you're interested in what other products XLASH have on offer then you can use my code KIRSTY20 to get 20% off across their website.

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Trying Mistatera 5% CBD Oil For My Chronic Pain and Anxiety *

Monday, 4 November 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Mistatera, all opinions are my own-
If you're a regular reader of my blog or if you follow me on my social media then you'll probably know that I suffer with chronic pain (which I think is due to suspected endometriosis) and I also have quite bad anxiety too. I've been using CBD oil since November last year after quite a few people recommended it to me and it's definitely been helping me over the past year. I've tried quite a few different brands and strengths and I'll admit, there's been some good ones and some not so great ones for a variety of reasons but overall I'm glad I discovered CBD in general and I can't be without it. Over the past couple of weeks I've switched out any of my usual CBD products and I've been using a CBD oil by Mistatera and putting it to the test. In this post I'm going to be talking about their brand, product and how I've been getting on with it.

They sent me over their 5% (500mg) CBD oil* which comes in a 10ml bottle to try out for myself. It's non-GMO, premium certified, eco and vegan friendly. It's also 100% safe, laboratory certified (you can view the certification on their website), it's made with full-spectrum cannabionoids and they offer 30 days money-back satisfaction guarantee too.

The oil comes in a nicely presented box with corresponding packaging and it also comes with both a sprayer and a dropper top in the box so you can decide what works best for you. You can use the sprayer for a more easier, casual approach or use the dropper for a more precise measurement. It's completely up to you! I'm personally a fan of using a dropper just because it's what I'm used to doing but I think it's great that they add in a sprayer automatically. I've literally not come across another brand who offer both options for one single bottle and you usually have to choose between either buying a dropper bottle or a sprayer bottle. So I think it's really handy and helpful for someone trying CBD oil for the first time.

Mistatera state that their CBD oil is a dietary supplement made from CO2 extracted hemp resin with full spectrum cannabinoids. If an oil is made with full cannabinoids it means that it will provide higher levels of relief rather than a CBD isolate which is why I always choose to use a full spectrum CBD so that it helps with pain relief and anxiety more and so that I know I'm getting my money's worth too. It's definitely something to look out for if you're new to buying CBD. The Mistatera CBD resin is dissolved in an organic coconut oil which is good because coconut is a known superfood as it's high in healthy saturated fats. Coconut oil can raise HDL cholesterol (known at the "good cholesterol") in your blood which is linked to reduced heart disease risk and boosted brain function. So it means that you're getting a little extra when you use Mistatera's CBD oil. 

The oil is 5% (500mg) in strength and contains less than 0.2 THC (which means it's within the legal EU limit and it won't get you high). 1 bottle contains 250 drops and 1 drop contains 2mg of CBD. The CBD is extracted from the finest industrial hemp and all of the ingredients are of plant origin. The first time I tried CBD oil it was a 5% strength and I definitely feel like it had to build up in my system for about a week before I started to notice a difference. But I honestly wouldn't be without CBD now because I find it does help with an array of my health problems from my chronic pain, anxiety, depression spells and also sleeping issues.

Mistatera recommend using one drop once a day as part as a balanced, varied diet and healthy lifestyle. It also should not be used as a substitute for a balanced and varied diet and it's not suitable for children. They also recommend that you should use their CBD oil for 2-3 weeks without interruption to see and feel a difference - this includes getting a better night's sleep, waking up feeling more rested and less stressed and also for pain relief. Adding to that they advise using CBD oil for 3 months to see long term results (depending on condition and the reason why someone is using CBD). Everyday use should boost your functions and that will result in an increased energy level, getting a better night's sleep, reduced dizziness and overall happiness. It should also help to ease pain, anxiety and depression depending on your condition(s). 

The dosage depends on the individuals condition and his/her needs and I personally think that dosage depends on your size and weight too. I've figured out that I personally need between 4-6 drops per day usually to help with both my pain and anxiety. 

I've really enjoyed using Mistatera's CBD oil over the past two weeks and I've found that it's worked well to help ease my daily pain and also my anxiety. I think it's a great starter CBD oil for someone completely new to CBD because although it's got a natural CBD taste, it's hasn't the super strong and bitter taste like some I've tried in the past. I also think it's great that they include both a dropper top and sprayer so you can figure out which works best for you and your lifestyle. Adding to that I always say to people who are thinking about trying CBD to go for a 5% (500mg) because it's a good in the middle kind of amount to start with.

You can pick yourself a bottle of Mistatera's 5% (500mg) CBD via their website. It's usually priced at £49.99 but currently on offer for £39.27. Don't forget if you are planning on trying CBD for the first time then it is recommended to consult your doctor first.

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My Autumn Makeup Picks

Thursday, 31 October 2019

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 I haven't done a dedicated makeup blog post for a while, so I thought it was about time I'd change that. In this post I'm going to be talking about what products are in my Autumn/Winter makeup bag and why I've been enjoying using them lately. 

For primer I've been enjoying two new ones, these are the Barry M Pixie Skin Blurring Beauty Elixir and Essence Hydrating and Perfecting Primer*. The Barry M option can also be used as a skincare product because it's super soothing, smells really fresh and also blurs your skin a little as the name suggests. The Essence Primer Drops also do a great drop at smoothing out your skin and making it ready for some makeup. 

I've reverted back to the original It Cosmetics CC Cream after using the Matte version during the warmer months. Because my skin can't decide whether to be oily or dry right now with the weather change, I thought I'd go back to the original formula as it's hydrating but can also be powered down if it looks a little too glowy, if I'm having an oilier skin kind of day. For powder I've been using another fave from It Cosmetics which is the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder* which is literally the best powder ever! 

Another base I've been enjoying is the Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Foundation which gives  a nice glowy, radiant base but not super glowy. It seems to sit well on my skin whatever it's doing too. 

For concealer I've been loving a new addition to my makeup collection which is the bareMinerals BareSkin Concealer*. It gives a nice amount of coverage and doesn't feel drying like some high coverage concealers do. I'm also a fan of the applicator because it's quite bendy which means you can apply it really easily. I'm definitely going to be repurchasing once I've finished with it.

I rarely wear eyeshadow anymore but when I do fancy putting some on I've been liking the bareMinerals Rose Eyeshadow Palette* which I talked about in depth in this blog post. It's literally my perfect eyeshadow palette and I'm completely obsessed. My fave shades are Pixie, Boho and Free Spirit and I wear them either on their own or mixed together. I'm also planning on experimenting with some of the more "out there" shades in the new Essence palettes.

I've been using the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara* recently after they kindly sent me over some products to try and it's safe to say I now totally get the hype over this mascara. Although the brush doesn't really look like something my lashes would get along with, it really helps to lengthen my lashes as well as adding a nice amount of volume. Overall I'm really impressed and I've been reaching for it a lot over the past couple of weeks. 

For highlighter I prefer more of a natural glow rather than an in your face glow if you get what I mean. So I've been reaching for either the Glossier Highlighter Concentrate in Pale Pearl which I picked up earlier in the year when they released the Glossier Play range and I've also been using the Essence The Highlighter* which is probably my favourite highlighter right now. It's so pretty and so affordable! If you're like me and think an OTT highlighter doesn't suit you then I highly recommend the one from Essence which is available from Wilko or Feel Unique.

For blush I've been reaching for the same old peachy-pink kind of blush such as the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush* which is just a pretty throw on and go kind of blusher. I don't really change my blush choice and stick with peachy-pink shades throughout the year.

Lastly is lipsticks and although I do like a deeper or darker lip in the colder months, I've still been reaching for my nude kind of shades lately. I'd mainly been using the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in English Beauty which I would say is quite similar to Pillow Talk but just a bit more pinker or I've been using the Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands* which is a nice nude shade which is comfortable to wear. 

What are your A/W makeup picks?

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Trying Vitage Skincare For The First Time

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

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Earlier this month I received a lovely package from Vitage Skincare which included their new Renewal range and a gorgeous necklace from Decadorn. I've been trying the skincare bits for around 2 weeks now and I thought it was about time to check in and talk about the products and also if I think they actually work for my very temperamental skin. I've also got an exclusive 25% off discount code which you can use across Vitage's website which I will leave at the bottom of the post.

I feel like since I hit 25 earlier this year, I've noticed fine lines appearing and I'm not going to lie, it has made me feel a bit low at times. I know since last year when I became unwell, I've started to look more stressed in my face, especially around my eyes, so I've been opting for products that are suitable for my normally oily but currently combination (dry/oily) skin as well as products that claim to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

The first product I'm going to talk about is the Renewal Daily Moisturiser which Vitage claim renews, hydrates and protects the skin against environmental stresses whilst restoring the skins natural moisture. Suitable for dry, combination and sensitive skin types. It contains lactic acid, glycerin, bisabolol, vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, apricot kernal oil and chamomile extract.

I usually opt for a super lightweight moisturiser because of my oilier skin type, I've been really enjoying gel moisturisers this year and I feel like they give my skin enough hydration to keep it happy. If I use heavier creams I tend to look and feel more oily and also more likely to break out, which is what I'm obviously trying to avoid. 

The Renewal Daily Moisturiser* which is priced at £39 is a little bit heavier than what I'm currently used to and I'm not going to lie, upon first application I thought it was going to be one of those moisturisers that sits on the skin for ages but thankfully, it's not. It did take slightly longer than when I'm using my usual gel moisturisers but overall, I've enjoyed using the moisturiser over the past two weeks. It smells nice, it's kind of a mixture of a calming spa-like and herbal scent at the same time. I also like the fact that it contains lactic acid because I've become a big fan of lactic acid this year as I've found it's been a god send for the texture on my cheeks which I'm pretty sure the pill has caused, ugh. There's a blog post about that here if you're interested.

Next up is the Renewal Night Recovery RRP £39* which Vitage claim is a multi-action cream to regenerate your skin whilst you sleep. Suitable for all skin types and lighter than expected, it contains a combination of ingredients to enhance skin texture and revitalise the skin and hydrate through the night. It aims to improve skin texture and refine pores whilst reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains glycolic acid, vitamin e, glycerin, retinyl palmitate meaning it's slightly different to the daily moisturiser.

I'm not going to lie, I rarely get on with night moisturisers and I use daily moisturisers for both morning and night. I just find them too much for my temperamental skin and it just freaks out and I wake up with a ton of new spots the following morning. So it was a big shock when I applied the Night Recovery and I didn't wake up to my skin going crazy. I think it's mostly down to the fact that the cream doesn't feel super heavy on the skin as they claim. Obviously I can't say if it's helped with my fine lines and onset wrinkles when I've only used it for two weeks but I do like it and I'm pretty sure it's the first night time cream that hasn't made me breakout or look more oilier the next morning. 

Lastly from the Renewal range is the Renewal Antioxidant Treatment Mask RRP £24* which is a gentle but effective mask which instantly recharges tired skin with a combination of AHA and antioxidants for both professional and at home treatment. They claim it's a deeply hydrating mask which replenishes moisture and strengthens the skins protective barrier. After use your skin should feel firmer, soothed and rejuvenated and it's jam packed with ingredients such as glycolic acid, vitamin E, Glycerin, aloe vera, licorice, apricot kernal oil and chamomile extract.

I think out of the three products I've tried from Vitage, the Antioxidant Treatment Mask is my favourite just because as soon as you take it off you can see a difference. My skin looks more evened out no matter what's going on with it, whether I'm having an hormonal breakout or having a day when it reacts to everything and my cheeks goes bright red, I find that the Antioxidant Treatment Mask just helps it out loads. It also leaves your skin feeling super smooth and I love the herbally scent of the mask too (I think it's the licorice and apricot kernal oil mixed together).  

If you're interested in any of the products I've talked about in this post or interested in what other products Vitage have to offer then you can get 25% off using my code: ASBK25 (not affiliated).

Have you tried anything from Vitage Skincare before?

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New Releases From Essence Cosmetics!

Saturday, 26 October 2019

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 Essence are such a good, affordable brand and I've found some absolute gems over the years. They're also cruelty-free and some of the products are vegan too. They kindly sent over the majority of the 2019 A/W range and I honestly couldn't wait for the parcel to arrive after seeing the press release. There's a lot to talk about so I'm just going to get stuck into it. 

First up is The Highlighter in 10 Heroic* RRP £2.50 and I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is my new favourite highlighter. I'm not a fan of the super, OTT glowing highlighter personally, I just don't think it suits me at all. I prefer a highlighter that gives me a nice, healthy looking glow and this does just that. For £2.50 it's a complete steal! 

Next up is The Blush in 10 Befitting* RRP £2.50 which is a pretty, pigmented blush which looks nice either on it's own or paired up with the highlighter above to make it look glowy. If you're just looking for a pretty blush at an affordable price then this is a great option.

I've been really enjoying hydrating primers recently, so when I saw the Hydrating + Perfeting Primer* RRP £3.80 I couldn't wait to try it out. It's SPF 20 and in a glass dropper style bottle which I am a fan of. You do have to make sure you shake it up really well so that you can get the product out of the bottle easily. The product itself is really nice and it not only gets your skin ready for makeup but I also find it really soothing as well as moisturising. I've even worn it on it's own because I like how it makes my skin feel.

As I've said before, I'm very particular when it comes to my mascara because I know what works for my useless lashes and what doesn't work. The What The Fake! Mascara* RRP £3.50 isn't the kind of brush I tend to go for as it's a lot smaller and it doesn't have a curve in the middle of the brush. So it's not one for me but I do like Essence mascaras when I find one that has the curved brush such as their Lash Princess Volume Mascara.

The Crystal Power Lipstick in 01 Be Happy* RRP £3 is so cute and it reminds me of something I would've had when I was younger. It does look like it's going to give you full on glitter lips but it doesn't, it gives me more of a glossy lip with a tiny amount of glitter. It's also a colour-changing lipstick depending on your pH balance but it should give you a subtle pretty pink finish. It also smells of vanilla... yum!

Next up is the Perfect Shine Lipstick in 05 Perfect Plan* RRP £3 which is a great kind of shade to pick up if you like a pink lip but don't like a bold pink lip. It's somewhere in between. Considering it's name, it isn't super shiny, I was expecting a super glossy finish but it's more of a slightly shiny lipstick. But I don't mind as I like both a glossy lip and a matte lip so it doesn't really bother me. I can see myself wearing this shade quite a lot as it's really comfortable and it's just a good go-to kind of shade to pop in your bag.

I'll admit, in my day-to-day makeup I don't contour but I do add a little bit of bronzer just to warm up my face as I do have quite fair skin. So I've been the new Contouring Duo Palette in 10 Lighter Skin* RRP £3.50 "contour" shade to warm up my face and it's a great shade if you're super fair because it doesn't leave you look muddy or orange. I haven't really bothered with the "highlight" shade as I'm not using it as an actual contour palette but I've been enjoying the contour shade. 

I'm already a big fan of Essence's nail polishes, their gel nail polishes are some of my all time faves! So I knew I would like and get on with the Crystal Power Nail Polish in 02 Be Strong* RRP £2. I can see myself wearing this a lot around Christmas time.

The Epic Sunset Eyeshadow Palette* RRP £10 is basically just ~heart eye emoji here~. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, there's a nice array of colours to choose from and you can use the palette as a simple day-to-day makeup palette or if you're wanting to experiment with different colours. I also like that there's a good sized mirror to use inside. There is a very small amount of fall out with some of the shades but it's barely anything and I've experienced more fall out from high-end priced palettes before. I think it's a lovely palette for the autumn and winter months because there's so many warm shades to choose from and I think it would make a great Christmas present too!

Lastly are the two Crystal Power palettes, which again have such lovely packaging, as well as a decent sized mirror inside to use. The Crystal Power Blush & Highlighter Palette* RRP £6 has two highlighters and two blushers, I'm not a fan of the shade Shine Bright because it is a very glittery highlight and that's just not my cup of tea personally but the other three shades are so lovely and glowy. They're also really soft and buttery to use which I like. The Crystal Power Eyeshadow Palette* RRP £6 is another gorgeous palette which almost has the same packaging as the Blush & Highlight Palette. It's already got a lot of love on a recent instagram post I uploaded and I can totally see why. My current favourite shades are never give up, sparkle all day and chase your dreams. It's just one of those palettes that makes me want to experiment with different colours a little bit more, which I'm yet to do but if I do and ~if~ they turn out okay then I'll probably post some makeup looks on my insta. If not, I'll just post some of my basic makeup looks using all of the products mentioned in this post. The eyeshadow shades are nicely pigmented and have the same buttery but soft feel as the Blush and Highlighter Palette. I've also experienced no fall out whilst using the palette either, which is great.

The A/W range definitely has something for everyone and as always, Essence have hit the nail on the head with the gorgeous packaging, especially for the eyeshadow and highlighter palettes. Will you be picking up any of the products above?

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An A/W Clothing Wishlist

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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I thought it was about time I did another clothing wishlist on here because I'm pretty sure I haven't done one for a couple  of months and there's definitely a few autumn/winter bits that I have my eyes on right now. 

New Look Dark Brown Teddy Jacket - £39.99 / New Look White Celestial Eclipse Slogan T-shirt - £8.99 / ASOS Design Curve Boyfriend Shirt in Mustard and Ivory Check - £25 / Vero Moda Curve Chevron Print Jumper - £28

First up is the Teddy Jacket from New Look which in theory I love the look of and I think if you can pull them off, they look great. I also like that they look super cosy and warm. However, I can't help but think it's a bit Del Boy-esque if you get what I mean. 

Next is a pretty Celestial looking t-shirt which I think would look great paired with one of my patterned cardigans, such as my leopard print one which I've been wearing to death since the weather has gotten colder. I also think the t-shirt would look great paired up with the Boyfriend Shirt in Mustard and Ivory Check from ASOS. I want to get back into wearing oversized shirt because they're a good way to layer up without making yourself look super bulky. 

And I really like the look of the Vero Moda Chevron Print Jumper which has been hanging about in my wishlist on ASOS for a while. I think it's quite pricey at £28 as it looks quite thin, so I'm waiting to see if it gets reduced a little. But I do really like the colours and chevron print.

ASOS Design V Neck Stripe Smock Dress - £22 / Daisy Street Plus Padded Jacket in Ditsy Heart Print - £44.99 / Daisy Street Plus Relaxed Sweatshirt in Vintage Detroit Print - £19.99 / Daisy Street Plus Cardigan in Stripe Knit - £24.99

The V Neck Stripe Smock Dress from ASOS isn't really an A/W dress but I think you could potentially get away with wearing it with tights and some boots to make it look a bit more suitable for A/W. Although smock dresses do absolutely nothing for my body shape, they're so comfortable and you don't have to worry about looking bloated and things like that. 

Next is another hmmm kind of pick because again in theory I love the look of puffa jackets or as Daisy Street like to call it "padded jacket" but I feel like I may look like the Michelin man if I was to put it on. I really like the cute little hearts and I honestly think that's what's pulling me in because if it was a plain puffa jacket, I'd probably scroll past it. 

Something else I've been loving since the weather has gotten colder is sweatshirts, I do love a sweatshirt! I'm actually wearing one that's purposely two sizes too big as I'm writing this and I am feeling super cosy! The Daisy Street Relaxed Sweatshirt in Vintage Detroit Print is simple but nice. I think with the vintage inspired print on the front, it makes it look a lot more expensive. I think at £19.99 it's a steal and it'd look great with a pair of jeans and some nice chunky boots.

I've just realised as I'm writing this that I've got three Daisy Street picks in a row, oops! I can tell I started writing this post late at night. Oh well, nevermind. I'm also loving the look of the Stripe Knit cardigan and I think the yellow would just boost my mood if I was having a crappy day, you know what I mean? It'd look nice with simple printed tees like the Celestial one I mentioned earlier and it just looks like a good cardigan to just throw on and go.

New Look Off White Check Pinafore Dress - £22.99 / ASOS Design Armour Chain Lace Up Boots in Black - £35 / New Look Grey Marl "Be Kind" Slogan Sweatshirt - £17.99 / Missguided Plus Rainbow Pastel Stripe Jumper - £25

I really love the look of the New Look Check Pinafore and I think it looks really nice how it's styled with a long sleeve white t-shirt, I also think it'd look good with a black t-shirt too. I just think pinafore dresses are a good way to layer up in the autumn and winter and also to make you feel a bit girly. I love the look of the ASOS Lace Up Boots but because I have quite chunky legs, I always struggle with buying boots and I don't know if they'd actually fit me. But I'm pretty sure I've seen some wide fit ones on ASOS somewhere and technically they should be wider all over. 

Another sweatshirt I thought looked cute is the Be Kind slogan sweatshirt from New Look. It just looks like a good sweatshirt to throw on and it comes with a nice inspiring message too. Lastly is the Missguided Rainbow Pastel Stripe Jumper which I'm obsessed with. I think I'm going to have to buy this soon to try because it's just my cup of tea. Hopefully it's not a boxy kind of fit because I hate jumpers like that. 

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