Wednesday, 28 December 2016

What I Got For Christmas 2016!

I honestly cannot believe Christmas has already come and gone, I hope that you all had an amazing day spent with family and friends and I hope that you all got everything that you wanted. Due to popular request I am going to be doing the annual, What I Got For Christmas blog post.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Day 24: The Body Shop Advent Calendar Review!

I wanted to end the last day of Blogmas on a bit of a high, so I wanted to share with you all of the amazing beauty bits I got in my beauty Advent calendar.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Day 23: Festive Day In The Life!

Can you believe that there is only one more day left of Blogmas? I can't. A post I have been wanting to do for a while is a Day in The Life post, just to give

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Day 22: Places I Would Love To Be During Christmas!

As much as I love Christmas in the comfort of my own home, I would love to spend it somewhere else, one day. I thought I would share with you a few places that I think would be amazing to spend Christmas at.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Day 21: Most Wanted Palette Of The Year? Review & Swatches!

If you have never heard of the Morphe 35O eye shadow, you must have been living under a rock because this palettes taken the makeup world by storm. Once I had seen the palette, I knew I needed it so thankfully it came back into stock on Beauty Bay

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Day 20: New Obsession!

I feel like it takes a lot for me to become obsessed with a fashion piece, but I am head over heels in love with this hoodie.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Day 19: Glam Party Makeup Look!

I mean I can't help it, I just love writing makeup tutorials. I know I have already done one (will link it in case you haven't read it) but I have so many different looks I want to do and different products I want to share with you. This one is a little more glam

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Day 18: Early Christmas Present, First Impressions!

Since there is only a week left of Blogmas, I am starting to get a little stuck for ideas, so I would love it if you commented some requests down below. Anyway, today I wanted to share with you what my two closest friends bought me for Christmas.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Day 17: A Week In Lips!

I have seen a few bloggers do this post, when they share each lip product they have worn for each day in the week so I thought I would do my take on it. My lip products tend to stay very neutral but I do change the product and formula so I hope it doesn't get too repetitive.

Sunday - Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace Lipstick
I love this lipstick as most of you know, I have done a full review of this on my blog so I will leave the link to that at the end of this post. This is a beautiful dark pink and it has a matte finish. I find that it looks beautiful with a neutral eye and a fresh face, which isn't something I wear very often but when I do it looks lovely.

Monday - Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Chocolate Milkshake
One of my favourite lip products of the year, this is a beautiful orange nude shade and it is like a liquid lipstick except it is not matte which I love. Matte lips are nice for every now and again, but since it is winter I don't want to risk drying my lips out too much so this was perfect. The formula is amazing, it feels like you are wearing nothing, it's super lightweight and the pigment is great, the only thing that sort of bugs me is the applicator, but I can manage it because it is such a great product.

Tuesday - Benefit Benebalm
I wasn't really feeling makeup this day so a tinted lip balm was the way to go, I love this lip balm. It has got a tint to festiveness to it because it is red. This keeps my lips super moisturized and it gives them a nice glossy look to them.

Wednesday - Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
An absolute classic, I love this lipstick, it has definitely been my go to at the moment. With it being matte, I don't wear it too often but it goes with every makeup look and the colour is perfect. Since I am quite pale at the moment it looks like a nice dark brown/plum and it just looks great.

Thursday - Benefit Benetint
Another kind-of red lip, I actually use lip tints all the time just to give my lips that little tint of colour. This one is my favourite as it is a nice red but it is not too bold which I like. Sometimes I will put a lip balm on top of it, but I didn't on this particular day because I was happy with the way it looked.

Friday - L'Oreal Dazzle Lip Gloss in Sparkle Shower
This lip gloss is so beautiful to look at in the tube and even more beautiful on the lips. Saying that, I sort of learned that it looks better with a lip colour on underneath just because this gloss is clear, but never mind. On it's own it is just a clear gloss but with reflects of pink in it. This makes my lips look so glossy and juicy, I love it.

Saturday - GSpot Cosmetics Lip Liner in Enlightened
I actually got this from the clothes show, which I did also do a blog post on which I will link at the end of thi because I did pick up some bargains, but carrying on, I had never heard of this brand before until then, so I was quite excited to try it. This is a beautiful brown shade, it is quite dark but I only put on a thin layer and blended it to make it less harsh. Not going to lie, he formula isn't anything spectacular but it is good, nice pigment, lasts long and does the job, so I cannot complain.

What is you favourite lip product?
Grace xx

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Friday, 16 December 2016

Day 16: The Christmas Tag!

I was a bit stuck for ideas on what to do today, so I thought I would do a Christmas tag so you can get to know a little bit more about my Christmas experience?

What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
Home Alone all the way, it is so clever and amazing, I can't watch it without laughing. It never fails to get me in the festive spirit.

Do you open your present on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning every year, my family and I sort of have a routine so that is nice. We open our presents in the morning and then play with them during the afternoon. I like to spend Christmas Eve giving presents to my more distant family.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I actually got my first phone for Christmas one year, and I was so grateful, I cried. The same year my brother got a gold chain necklace which he wanted for so long and I remember just sitting there with my brother and both of us crying because we were so grateful and happy.

Favourite festive food?
Pigs in blankets, they are so good. I try to sneak in a cheeky roast turkey throughout the year but it does just taste better on Christmas day. I love them with salt and stuffing, I just love them they are amazing.

Favourite Christmas gift?
I honestly cannot pick one, obviously at the time when I got my first phone I was so happy so I would have to say that present, just because I loved it with all of my life, it was like my own child.

Favourite Christmas scent?
I love love love snow fairy from Lush, I don't feel as though it is that Christmassy because it is quite sweet but I love it anyway. The scent does remind me of Christmas though because I only use it at around this time of year. It is so sweet in scent, a little like bubblegum at the formulation itself is beautiful, it stinks out my whole bathroom and skin but I love it so it is okay.

Do you have any Christmas eve traditions?
Not really, but every year me and my brother drive around and deliver the presents to all of my aunties, uncles and cousins.

What tops your tree?
Nothing actually because we don't decorate our tree anymore. Our tree has built in lights and the branches are not long enough for baubles so we don't actually decorate our tree. There is nothing on top of our tree apart from lights sadly, but we did take that sacrifice after getting dogs.

As a kid what was the one crazy gift you always asked for but never received?
I honestly can't think of one, I was very lucky enough as a kid to get most things I asked for so there was nothing that crazy I wanted but never got.

What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Just spending time with my family is enough for me, I love my family and I feel like it is one of the only days during the year when we actually spend the whole day together which is just really nice to do.

Leave your answers to the questions in the comments or send me the link to your Christmas tag.
Grace xx



Thursday, 15 December 2016

Day 15: Quick and Simple Evening Makeup Look!

I love doing these sort of posts because I love trying out different makeup looks that I can later share with all of you. Today I wanted to do a quick makeup look but not make it super natural and I came up with this.

I am not going to include my base in this post, because I feel like you all have a good idea on what it will include, but if you are new, you can look at some of my previous makeup looks and get an idea from that.

For face powders I decided to skip blush and start sculpting straight away. My favourite contour powder is the ABH Fawn powder, I will just take this on a flat contour brush and apply it in the hollows of my cheek, my forehead, chin and nose. I will then bronze with another ABH powder but this one is in Hervana. It is a little warmer so I prefer it for bronzing. I will apply this on a duo fibre brush on my cheeks, temples, nose and neck. For highlighter I am going in with my favourite, the Mary Loo-Manizer which is just beautiful, I will apply this on a tulip shaped brush on my cheekbones, cupids bow and nose. This just helps to accentuate those features and it also makes the makeup look, look a little more intense.

For eyebrows, I wanted something soft but something that would still give me that defined approach. I have really been loving the Freedom Duo powder and I will just use the lighter shade through the front of my eyebrow and then the second shade through the end of my brow, where I want it a little harsher. Then I will just set it with some clear brow gel, just to ensure nothing moves.

Keeping the eyes simple, I am priming them with the NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk, this will just help the eye shadow last longer. Then using the Tanya Burr Hollywood Eye Shadow palette I will use the white shade just to set the cream we just put in place, the dark brown in the crease, the copper/gold shade on the lid and the lighter gold in the inner corner. This is quite an easy eye look but by adding that gold on the lid, it will make it a little more night appropriate and dressy looking. On the lower lash line I will then just take the dark brown we used in the crease and just blend on my lower lash line . If you want, at this point you can use some black liner to add some more definition but I just went in with mascara. Today's choice is the Max Factor Xperience Volume Mascara in Black. This will just open up my eyes and complete the look.

Finally with lips I am going to fill them in with this lip liner from GSpot cosmetics and it is in the shade kiss, which is a beautiful dark nude shade. I will put this all over the lips to give it some colour, but then I will go over with a gloss. My favourite gloss is the L'Oreal Dazzle Gloss in Sparkle Shower, it is very intense and it gives you that "wet" lip look.

What's your go to makeup look for the evening?
Grace xx



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Day 14: Current Top 5 Fashion Favourites!

Fashion I feel like is something I don't talk about enough on my blog so here is one for you fashion lovers. At the start of this week I did a current beauty favourites which I will link at the end of this post, just in case you missed it, but today I thought I would talk about fashion. 

I have had this checkered scarf for a year now and I absolutely love it, it is from Primark and it cost around £7 which is just mad. It is massive and it keeps me so super warm, I also love the fact that this particular one is reversible but I much prefer the checkered side as it is a little more colourful over the houndstooth side which is a bit plain. I feel like a scarf like this is a staple for winter because it doesn't just keep you warm, it goes with every outfit and just adds a little something to the look.

A grandad shirt is my new favourite piece in my wardrobe. This one is from H&M and I am just in love with it. They had lots of colours but I love the off-white and dark grey checkered on, it is also super oversized so it is very comfortable to wear. I love wearing this with black jeans or leggings and a piece like this is super easy to dress up or down.

I have been in need for a good knitted jumper this year and I just fell in love with this one. It is from Miss Selfridge and I am just in love with the colour. I have really been liking the burnt orange colour, it is so appropriate for this time of year and I feel as though it has been really on trend. The quality of this is lovely and it has definitely helped keeping me warm this month.

One thing that I just find essential for me in winter is a denim skirt. A piece like this, I find, looks so flattering on and it goes with everything. I usually wear this for night occasions but it is super easy to dress down too. Not going to lie this, I have a few denim skirts but my black one from New Look is my favourite. 

My friend Penny told me I needed a pair of these in my life, and she was totally right. How I have gone my whole life without buying a pair of fleece lined leggings from Primark until now, will always be a mystery. If you don't own a pair of these, you need to! They are the warmest, most comfiest clothing piece I own, they are super stretchy and high waisted which I love and they are only £6, can you believe it!

What is your current favourite clothing piece?
Grace xx

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Day 13: Non-Beauty Stocking Fillers Under £15

I know that I have done a few gift guides already but you all seem to be enjoying them so I thought I would do some more. If you have missed out on my previous ones then they will be linked at the end of this post so feel free to go and give them a read. Anyway today I wanted to share with you some non-beauty related gift ideas, and they are all under £15 which I think is great.

Asos Bag (£15) - I think this is so cute, and it is such a great value for money as well. This would be great for any fashion lover this Christmas. I do think they had a few different colours available so you can pick the colour depending on the person it's for.

Jack Wills Water Bottle (£8) - I think this is a great gift and most people would love it. They could be a very sporty person and need a water bottle for the gym, or they could be a school student who always forgets to drink (me). Jack Wills water bottles come in loads of designs, they are very simple and they would make a great gift.

Phone Case Stickers (£12.99) - I found these on the Topshop website when I was browsing and I just thought that they were a great alternative from phone cases. They are like stickers that you can easily just put on your phone case and they come in lots of colours so you can suit it to the person your buying for.

Happy Jackson Candle (£9.95) - Most people love a good candle and I thought that this one in particular look really nice and different. Obviously you could go for a classic Yankee Candle but I think something a little different may be nicer. It's entirely up to you though but candles are a great gift in general.

Birthstone Key Ring (£9.00) - This is a super cute and personal gift idea. The key ring design is the same throughout but depending on the month you were born in you can buy it with the right birthstone. I am a ruby (July) so I would have the one with the ruby inside, and I think a gift like this is very thoughtful, but make sure that you are positive on their birthday month because it would be awkward if you got it wrong.

Countdown Game (£7.99) - This would be great for the competitive person in your life, or someone who just loves a good game. Countdown was one of my favourite programs and I feel like lots of people loved it but I think it is great that they have turned it into a game that you can do at home with your family and friends.

Cloud Light (£20) - I just thought this was super cute so I had to include it. I know lots of people that have a secret obsession for all tings cute or aesthetic so this would be great for someone like that. This is very reasonably price and I think someone out there would love this as a gift. *Currently out of stock*

Pom Pom Hat (£8) - Who doesn't love a good old pom pom hat around this time of the year, I know I do. There are so many different designs and retailers you could buy one from and any of them will do but I thought this one from Asos was very simple and cute.

Starbucks Set (£8.50) - I love a good Starbucks and so do most people so I feel like, if you are stuck for ideas then this is one that would work for most people. It comes with a christmassy mug and one of their large gold coins so it is a great value for money and a very versatile one too.

What do you like the look of in this post?
Grace xx

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Monday, 12 December 2016

Day 12: Current Top 5 Beauty Favourites!

A bit of a random post today, but I just wanted to share with you some products I have been living for recently, even though I will probably do a favourites post at some point near the end of the month I am just in the mood to write a currently loving post. There will also be a fashion edition coming at the end of the week so you can all look forward to that.

Marc Jacobs Daisy - I have no idea which daisy perfume this is because I can never keep up with how many different versions they have but this perfume is beautiful. Most of my scents are very summery so I have been looking for a scent to wear around this time of the year, and this one is perfect. It is very sophisticated and sexy, but it is not too sweet or fruity which I like. I think this is a great all year round scent and it is what I have been wearing a lot recently.

Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Cream - I think I am actually going to include this skincare range in my monthly favourites because I have been loving it that much but I can't help myself. I use this as a night cream, and it is so good. It has really helped to hydrate my skin throughout these colder months. I also wanted to include this because I know a lot of my readers are actually cruelty free when it comes to beauty products and so I wanted to test out some skincare which is just as good as brands like Simple and Nivea but ones that are cruelty free so the products can suit everyone that way.

Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy - I know this kind of contradicts what I have just said about cruelty free beauty products and everything but I can't help how good this lipstick is. Velvet Teddy is such a beautiful shade and it is perfect for this time of year, it is a dark nude and it has a matte finish. I love this lipstick because it looks different every time I wear it. When I am more pale it looks like a dark brown/ purple but when I am more tanned it looks like a nude.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - This cream is everything! There are so many uses for this cream, you can use it as a lip balm, mix it with your moisturizer for extra hydration, burns, cuticle oil, literally anything. I love this as a lip balm though. Recently my lips have been so super dry and this is the only thing that will make them nice and super soft. It is a bit of a pricey product but it is totally worth it.

Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Raspberry Affair - At this time of year, I live for plum nails and this formula is insane. I actually got this in this months edition of Elle magazine but I know you can buy them online. This formula is super opaque and it lasts so long on my nails without chipping, they are just as good as my Barry M ones they just come with a steeper price tag. I have loads of nail polishes in this plum colour but currently this one has been my favourite.

What have you been loving recently?
Grace xx

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Day 11: Clothes Show 2016 Haul!

This time last week I was actually at the clothes show. If you are not from the UK you might not know what the clothes show is. It is basically a fashion show and lots of brands go and set up stalls to help promote their brand, some are more popular then others and there is a great range of fashion, beauty and food. This was actually my first time going the clothes show so as you can imagine, I bought a lot, so I thought I would share it with you.

I am not going to go through each and everything because this post would take forever to both read and write so I am just going to be brief but feel free to comment anything you want an in depth review on.

I was actually lucky enough to get premium tickets thanks to my mum, so that meant we both got a free goody bag which was super generous of them. Since my mum is not one for beauty bits and pieces, I actually get two of everything which is super cool. In the bag you get things like food and drink, to haircare to skincare to books, just a mix of everything. Great brands were included as well, like Barry M, Tony & Guy, Aquafresh, Compeed, Teapigs, 7th Heaven. In the bag they even gave you tampons and sanitary towels which I thought was a bit strange but I guess they've got your back.

Next up, we went past a stand called Melody-Claire and their brand is all about hair removal. The staff there, were so lovely and they actually did a demonstration on my arm about their hair removing tool, and it actually works. Since the starter kit was only £10 so my mum and I had no reason to say no. I am actually thinking of doing a review of this very soon on my blog so let me know if that is something you would like to see.

Glamour had a bargain goody bag going on, it was £9 and you get a free one year membership, and a goody bag filled with products. They had a range of brands like Revlon, OGX, Charles Worthington, Elemis, St Tropez and there was full sized products mixed with deluxe samples sizes and all for under £10. The queue for the bag was massive and I was very lucky to get my hands on it but it was totally worth the queuing.

From what I have heard, Barry M are a very loyal brand to the clothes show and every year they do a goody bag with great savings. This year they did a goody bag for £10 and the value of it was way above £10. You got 6 nail polishes, 4 lip products, face palette, nail art pen and a makeup bag. I really liked this because you got a range of different colours and formulas in the nail polishes and lip products, which usually I would not pick up myself but I actually think I will get a lot of use out of them. This bag gives you a great opportunity to try out products from the brand that you wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

This one was a bit of a random goody bag but it was only £9 which I could not resist. It came with a mixture of different brands like L'Oreal, Max Factor and OPI and most of them were actually full sizes as well which I think is great. It mainly included makeup like mascara, lip liners, eye liner but you did get a few nail bits too.

Next up is the Bomb Cosmetics. My secret Santa actually wanted bath bombs so I thought I would pick them up while they were on a bit of a discount. It was 5 bath bombs for £10 which I thought was a very reasonable price so I bought 5 and they also gave me a 10% off code I can use online as well. I got a few Christmassy bath bombs and a few of their normal ones but they all smell amazing!
Finally the only bit of clothing I bought. I actually wasn't too impressed with the clothes, if I found anything nice it would be really overpriced and everything affordable was really bad quality or not nice looking. Saying that I did find this nice cropped jumper for only £10 and they had a bunch of colours and designs but I liked the grey one which said "Normal people scare me" which I just thought was really cute. Sadly it only came in one size, but it fits, I just wish it was a little oversized, but I will still wear it and for £10 I couldn't really complain.

Have you ever been to the Clothes Show?
Grace xx


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Day 10: Beauty Stocking Filler Under £15

First of all I would like to say that I have decided, on a weekend, blogmas post I will be uploaded at 12:00 instead of 10:00, so I hope that doesn't mess with you all too much. Anyway I have another gift guide post today but this one is for beauty lovers an everything is £15 or under. There will be a few stocking filler posts coming soon for all different kinds of people, so I hope you are looking forward to them.

Zoella Secret Scenta (£15) - This one only just fits in because it is on sale for £15 but I am just going to include it anyway. I love Zoella Beauty sprays so when I saw this set filled with minis, I had to include it in a post. This is a great value for money, you get all four of her scents that she has brought out, all very different, and they are all in miniature form.

BH Cosmetics Face Palettes (£13) - I think palettes are very safe when it come to buying makeup as a gift. This palette is super beautiful, depending on who it is you are buying for you can choose from two different shades. But it comes with great shades for bronzer, blush, contour and highlight and from the picture they all look matte.

Stila Lip Duo (£12.50) - This set looks super beautiful, if you know someone who loves a bright lip, this would be great for them. It comes with a bright pink and bright red liquid lipstick, they are also minis so they would be great for throwing in your handbag or to take travelling with you. Stila is also a high end brand so you are getting a bargain with this duo.

Liz Earle Winter Glow Gift (£8) - I think this is such a great value for money, you get a 15ml face mask and a muslim cloth. Liz Earle is such a great skincare brand so if you know someone who loves or wants to try the brand then this is definitely a great stocking filler.

Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray (£14.50) - This would be great for any makeup lover, I feel like a setting spray is something not a lot of makeup users use, I know I don't, but I would to try one. Everyone loves the UD one but that is pricey so I feel like this is a great one to help you test the waters. It also comes in loads of amazing scents which you can obviously choose depending on the person. 

Sarah Jessica Parker Rollerball Trio (£10) - I love trying out different scents so if you know someone who loves to try out perfumes then this is a great one. This set comes with three rollerball perfumes for only £10 which I think is a great price. These testers are the perfect size to just throw into your handbag.

First Aid Beauty Skin Duo (£8) - I have never tried anything from First Aid beauty myself but I have always heard goo things. I don't know why, but I always thought that they were a luxury brand but this duo is only £8 which I think is such a bargain. You get 56.7g in both a cleanser and a cream which I think is just unbelievable. Definitely one for all skincare lovers.

Soap and Glory Get into The Smooth Body Butter Set (£7.50) - Soap and Glory body butters are some of my favourites so I would definitely recommend them. This is a great value for money and a great chance to try out the different scents and formulas, my favourite is the Righteous Butter. They are also 50ml so perfect for travelling.

Seventeen Sparkle and Shine Gloss Set (£6) - I love lip gloss and I feel like it is gradually over taking matte lips. This set is such a bargain, you get 6 lip glosses for £6 which is just insane. They come in a great range of shades and you get a generous amount of product. I feel like this would be great for someone starting out with makeup and want a nice range of lip colours.

What do you want in your Christmas stocking?
Grace xx

Friday, 9 December 2016

Day 9: People Nailing Vlogmas and Blogmas

I love both Blogmas and Vlogmas and there are certain people's content that I am just obsessed with so I wanted to share with you my top two bloggers doing Blogmas and my top three vloggers doing Vlogmas.

Vloggers
Zoella - I love Zoe's vlogs all year round so having one everyday for 24 days is great for me. Her vlogs are around 20-30 minutes long, which usually I don't like but I don't get bored of these ones, so I think that says a lot.

Beauty Spectrum - Again, I love Molly's vlogs all year round and I love her festive ones even more. I find her super relate-able and I think she is such an underrated vlogger, she deserves so much more then what she gets.

Hannah Renee - I love Hannah so much, she is so beautiful and her vlogs, I think, are just as good as her main channel videos. She is super honest and doesn't hide anything in her vlogs which I think is a very rare thing to find in a vlogger.

Bloggers
FloraalEmily - Aw I love Emily, in case you didn't know Emily and I actually go to school together but she doesn't know I am writing this so I am not biased. I love Emily's blog posts, her content is amazing and she is so genuine in her posts. I have really been enjoying her festive posts, my favourite one so far has been her Christmas Playlist.

EmJBarker - I love Em B's blog posts all year round so when I found out she was doing Blogmas, I was super excited. I am so obsessed with her festive photos and her content is great. She is someone you should definitely be reading, it your not already.

Who's Vlogmas/ Blogmas have you been loving?
Grace xx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Day 8: Christmas Wishlist 2016

I love these kinds of posts because I am super nosey and sometimes I also need ideas for what to ask for or what to get people. Saying that, a lot of people can be quite funny about posts like this so if you don't like wishlist posts then you can easily see another one of my christmassy blog posts.

Zoella Secret Scenta Spray Set
I just love minis so when I found out Zoeklla Beauty was coming out with minis I had to have it. Let's Spritz is the only mist I have had from Zoella Beauty and I love it so much and sadly ran out of it, so I think this set would be great as I can try out more of her scents.

Victoria Secret Bombshell Perfume
Another scent, but I have been crushing on this for so long and since a Victoria Secret has opened up a little closer to me I thought it would be a great thing to ask for. Everytime I go into the shop, I smell this perfume and I just fall in love with it even more everytime. The bottle is so luxurious but I just can't justify buying it myself.

Morphe Eye Brushes
I love makeup brushes just as much as I love makeup, but I feel as though I don't have a good range of eye blending brushes, and since Morphe is said to be a great and affordable brush brand I thought it would be a good thing to ask for. There are no specific ones I would like just as long as they are eye brushes.

Skinny Dip Watermelon Phone Case
If you know me, you know I have a thing for all things watermelon, I just love the look of them. When I went into Topshop, I saw this phone case and knew I just had to ask for it for Christmas. It is so beautiful and my current phone case I have had for years so I feel like a change.

Calvin Klein Black Bralette
I love love love Calvin Klein bralettes, they are so comfortable and are amazing quality. I have it in white, grey and pink but I would like to extend my collection a little further and have a black one. I feel like I would get a lot of wear out of a black one too.

Makeup Geek Eye Shadows
I have been wanting Makeup Geek eye shadows for so long and I just keep stopping myself froom buying them, so I think the best thing to do is to ask for them as gifts. I would love any neutral shade but the ones I have asked for to kick start my collection are early bird, bake sale, tuscan sun and chickadee. I do have a z palette so I have something to store them in but the only thing I am missing are some shadows.

Real Tecniques Duo Fibre Brush Set
I do have way too many face brushes for one girl but I just love duo fibre brushes, they are my absalute favourite so since these are limited edition I thought I might as well just ask for them. I am sure I will get a lot of use out of them, it's just finding somewhere to store them.

Beauty Bay Eye Shadow Set
This is a set filled with four Makeup Geek shadows for £18 which I think is an amazing value for money and it also comes with a makeup bag so I would love to recieve this for Christmas.

Books
This past year I have really been trying to read more often but I don't actually have any books to read. I am not the sort of person to read the same book twice, unless it is really good, so I would like some new books to grow my collection. I have asked for a few like How to kill a mocking bird, We were liars, Fangirl, All four of The Vampire Diaries Books, Ann Franks Diary, Wonder, Looking For Alaska, Perks of being a wallflower, Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. I feel like that is a good mixture of books and I think they would last me through the whole year.

Morphe 350 Palette
Doesn't everyone want this? I will be so surprised if someone has bought me this because I know how hard it is to get. I am currently on the waiting list but they haven't restocked in ages. I am not really expecting this but since this is a wishlist I thought I might as well add it in. There are some other Morphe palettes that look really beautiful but I feel like this is the only one I would actually wear.

Calvin Klein Vest
I have been going the gym a lot more often but I have some really funky and bold pieces but not a lot of neutral ones, so I saw this vest and I loved it, especially since it is on sale. I love Calvin Klein as a brand so I trust their quality and I think I would get so much wear out of this.

Lush Lip Scrub
I have a Lush lip scrub but I have sadly almost ran out so I would like one of their Christmas ones since it is a little more exclusive. I really like the look of the sugar plum fairy one (I think that's what its called).

Vouchers
I tend to get a lot of vouchers for Christmas anyway but I think they are a great gift because then you can actually buy something you really want or save them until you find something that you really want to buy. A few brands that I would like as vouchers are Topshop, JD, H&M, Debenhams or Mac. 

Lush Comforter Shower Gel
Lush shower gels are some of my favourite in terms of formulation so I would love to expand my collection. I am in love with the comforter scent so I would specifically love that one.

Nike Leggings
Again another bit of another gym thing but I always need black leggings, either for dance or the gym and the Nike ones look like great quality. I don't really mind on the design, just as long as they are black and full length.

Urban Outfitters Marble Journal
I love notebooks but I think a journal would be nice so I can write about my day, my aims and my accomplishments. This one from Urban Outfitters is so beautiful and I love the marble design, I always walk past it in the shop but I just never buy it and since the new year follows Christmas, I thought it would be the right time to ask for it.

What are you asking for this Christmas?
Grace xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Day 7: Winter Blush Picks!

Swatches, up to down
- LA Girl Blush Palette in Glow (right shade)
- LA Girl Blush Palette in Glow (left shade)
- Kiko Provocative Pink Blush
- Makeup Revolution Blush in Now
- Natural Collection Peach Melba Blush
- Mixiu Blush in 02

I do honestly apologize for the amount of makeup blog posts I have put up this week, but it's no lie, I flippin love makeup. Hopefully I will have a few more random posts going up next week so you can look forward to those. Anyway I wanted to share with you some blushes I think are perfect for winter.

Makeup Revolution Blush in Now! - This is a beautiful, cool purple blush. It is very out of my comfort zone but I think it looks amazing on. It has got some shimmer in but not too much, which I like, I also think it would be a great one for pale skin.

Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba - I love this blush all year round but I think this is a staple for winter because it is so neutral. If your rocking a bold lip or eye, you are going to want something neutral on the cheeks and this is the perfect blush for that job.

Kiko Blush in Provocative Pink - Again, a bit like the Natural Collection one, in the sense that it will go with every makeup look. I actually also like to use both shades as eye shadows so it is a great multi purpose product.

Mixui Blush in 02 - This blush is a lovely dark pink, it is neutral and I think matte so it looks great with any look. It gives you that rosy cheek colour like you have stepped outside when it's cold.

LA Girl Pro Blush Palette in Glow - Both shades in this palette are beautiful, one is matte and one has some shimmer to it. Both are super wearable and very pink based. I like these blushes because they are a little dark to the ones I tend to wear in spring and summer, so it is a little twist to my makeup look.

What is your all time favourite blush?
Grace xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Day 6: Favourite Things About Christmas!

I love Christmas for many reasons so I thought I would share some of my love with you all today. I could probably spend hours and hours giving you a great long list but I know you all like my posts to be short and sweet so I am going to limit it to 10.

1. The build up - This is probably my most favourite thing about Christmas because I love watching everyone else get excited. Not going to lie, I feel like the build up starts a little bit earlier each year, but I don't really mind, I just love the atmosphere.

2. Christmas Dinner - I love food! Pigs in blankets are some of my favourite foods and the fact that it comes with stuffing and turkey and potatoes on Christmas day, it's just great.

3. Christmas Shopping - All year I am a shopaholic so it's obvious I love Christmas shopping. Although it can be stressful and difficult, buying presents is one of my favourite things.

4. Gift Giving - I am definitely a giver over a receiver, I love to see peoples reactions to what I have bought them. Honestly, it makes me so happy.

5. Wrapping - Although last minute wrapping can really get on my nerves I love taking my time, listening to Christmas music and wrapping presents. I should have a few blog posts going up soon on how I wrap and package my presents so you can look out for those.

6. Christmas Music - How could I not mention this? Christmas music just gets better and better every year, old classics mixed with current tunes, it is just perfect. The link to my favourite Christmas songs is here.

7. Decorating the House - I love dedicating one of my weekends to setting up all of the decorations around the house. It really puts me in the festive spirit and I feel like it just gives off good vibes.

8. Winter Break - Having two weeks off is one of the best things about Christmas, I love being able to fully chill and enjoy myself.

9. Sales - Who doesn't love a good discount? I know I do.

10. Blogmas - Obviously, I had to mention this, Blogmas can be stressful but it is so much fun and it is the best way to count down to Christmas.

What do you love most about Christmas?
Grace xx

Monday, 5 December 2016

Day 5: What's In My Winter Makeup Bag!

At the moment I have been switching up my makeup routine quite a lot, but I think I have settled down with a routine that I am very happy with. I think it is a little different to what I usually use so I thought I would share it with you today!

Collection Primed and Ready Warm Apricot Primer - I do quite like this primer because it makes my skin look very glowy and healthy. I find that this looks really good underneath my foundation and it does last all day.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation - I have been loving this foundation lately, it makes my skin look so luminous, it's lovely. I find that it also lasts a long time once I have powdered.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - This is part of every single makeup routine I do, it is just an utterly brilliant concealer.

LA Girl Pro Conceal - As you can probably tell by the photo it isn't really my highlighting colour, but the formula I find is perfect for cream contouring. The shade is a little off but once I fully blend it, it looks fine.

Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit - Again, another product I can't do my makeup without, you all know I love this so I won't go on about it anymore.

Rimmel Stay Matte - I love this powder just to set my whole face, it stops my base makeup transferring and helps my makeup last all day long. It doesn't add any extra coverage and it doesn't feel heavy on the skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit - I mainly use the shade fawn out of this palette as my contour but I will occasionally use the other shades. The formulation of these powders are so luxurious and I can't fault them.

Collection Bronze Glow Matte Bronzer - This has been a rediscovery of mine over the past few weeks and I have fallen back in love with it. I love matte bronzers and this one is no exception, the colour is so beautiful and the formulation of the powder is very pigmented and blendable.

Mixiu Blush in 02 - A lot of you probably haven't heard of this brand but it is one you can get from NurBesten. I have done a few posts with them in the past but I genuinely love the company. This blush is no exception, it is a beautiful colour for winter and the powder is so lovely to apply. Don't forget you can use my discount code on the right hand side of my blog but you obviously don't have to.

Sephora Wishes Come True Palette - This is a great all in one palette and there is not one bad thing about it. I mainly love the highlighters but I also do use the blush and eye shadows. The formula is very nice, blendable and pigmented.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze - I love this cream shadow for autumn, it is so quick and easy to use. The colour is so beautiful and great for when your coming into the festive season.

Seventeen Soft Smudge Eye Pencil - Most of the time, I am not really a liner girl but I love to add a bit of black to my upper lash line because I feel like it really finishes off the eyes.

Maybelline Colossal Mascara - Yet another product I cannot live without, you all know about how much I love this mascara, I can't fault it. Definitely one everyone should try.

Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Soft Brown - Bit of a different brow product but recently I have been loving powders on my brows. This one from Freedom is lovely, the colours match my brows so well and once I have applied the product it looks so natural but still defined.

Primark Clear Mascara - Just a simple clear brow gel to set the product in place, nothing exciting but yeah, essential part of the routine.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Lipstick in Amazing Grace - This is my autumn lipstick, it is a beautiful dark pink. Since it is matte it looks super beautiful and matches every makeup look.

What is your essential makeup product of the season?
Grace xx