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Last-Minute Beauty Stocking Fillers For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

Well, it’s just over a week until Santa tackles the chimney (excuse me while I nip outside to scream in sheer panic). If like me, you’ve almost run out of cash and at present the stockings don’t exactly look brimming, read on. Here are some amazing beauty stocking filler gifts (at such a good price you can even buy 2 of each and keep one for yourself). #Hohoho!

1.Benefit Benetint Lip And Cheek COlor, £21.67 (Saving £3.83 Online Only), boots.com

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For beauty lovers of all ages, check out this amazing stocking filler gift. Whether the colour in your lips is beginning to fade and you want to inject a boost of beautiful colour for Christmas or are simply after a key colour trend to see you through party season, Benefit’s Benetint is the perfect answer.

My advice – don’t think of this as a lipstick per se when applying to your lips. When I first tried this I simply brushed it on – big mistake. What you need to actually do is brush a few drops on and blend, repeating the process until you achieve the desired colour. The results are a gorgeous rosy glow that truly lasts. LOVE!

2.L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes Mascara, £11.99, Superdrug

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Do you know someone who loves the extra-long lash look? Instead of buying more falsies (that are bound to hang off by their third cocktail) why not treat them to the next best thing? L’Oreal’s Double Extension Mascara offers a two-step system comprising of a conditioning base coat  (loaded with Ceramide R and containing fibres), of which ensures a luscious lengthening effect. The other side gives your lashes that much sought-after deep colour. This is one of my favourite mascaras – no clumping, smudging or mess – just stunning lashes!

3.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Duo Gift Set, £36 (Worth £48), feelunique.com

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If you read my recent article on the best setting sprays, you will know Urban Decay is one of my most treasured brands.  Their innovative formula combines Proprietary Temperature Control Technology that will prevent your makeup (and you) from going into meltdown mode. This super long-lasting spray means that you can stop worrying about the whether or not your makeup still looks amazing (then going to the bathroom, looking aghast at your reflection and spending the following 20 minutes trying to work out if the hot guy who smiled at you might actually have been smiling for the wrong reason). With Urban Decay’s magic All Nighter you can simply get on with enjoying the evening and know that everyone will be smiling at you for the right reasons!

Have an amazing Christmas! xx

 

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The Top Tricks To Make Your Eyes Pop

Hey Lovelies,

Big and bright eyes are key to providing a fresher and younger looking complexion. Sadly, life gets in the way and often our eyes are left looking as though we’ve sat through the top ten saddest films ever (i.e. P.s I love You), been in a fight and come off worst, or fallen to sleep on the new necklace you got for Christmas and awoke to discover its left a massive indent over your already horridly ingrained eyebags. Ok, the latter one actually happened. Anyway, should you suffer from the same affliction of tiny worn-out eyes, check out these tips for fast transformation and prepare to be amazed!

1.Curl Lashes

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Do not skimp on the timeframe for this task. Spending a decent amount of time (5-6 minutes) making sure your lashes are perfectly curled is the perfect preparation for a gorgeously eye-popping finish.

2.Mascara

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We often like to apply mascara last, but if you do it as a priority you can clean up any mistakes without enduring the hassle of reapplying the shadow etc. Sweep through the upper eyelashes in a zigzag motion to get a more even and fuller effect. Do not forget your lower lash line and if you have any clumps, simply sweep them away with a mascara wand.

Should your eyelashes be particularly sparse, consider applying a few individual lashes to the middle and outer lids (upper lash line).

3.Eyebrow Highlighter

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Using a pencil eyebrow highlighter, blend a little product immediately under your brow line. This creates an immediate lifting effect and will help the eyes to look instantly bigger. I love Benefit’s High Brow Pencil.

4.Eyeshadow

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Next apply a neutral shade, an inoffensive bronze or light to medium brown to the upper lid, stretching right up to almost reach your brow. An ever so slightly darker shade will have a bigger impact on your eyes, making the whites stand out, whilst bolder colours can have a detrimental effect.

Now, add a lighter shade of your chosen colour to underneath your lower lashes; this further enhances the whites of your eyes and offers the illusion of bigger peepers, too.

5.Highlighter (Again)

Using your finger and in a downward motion, apply a touch of cream highlighter to only the middle area of your lid. The light reflecting particles will cause the eye to appear bigger.

6.Avoid Eyeliner

Sure, there are tricks to applying eyeliner that will enhance your eyes – but if you’ve had a bad night the best thing to do would be totally avoid the liner.

7.Eyebrows

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Using a soft (and colour-appropriate) eyebrow pencil, gently fill in any sparse areas on each eyebrow. Creating well-defined brows with subtle arches truly transforms your look, whilst enhancing the look of your peepers. This is such an easy step that is often overlooked. If you get your eyebrows right everything else instantly looks more groomed and that much better! Remember this face-saving and time saving tip the morning after a wild night out!

Hope you enjoyed my eye-enhancing tips. Do you have any products or tips? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a fab Friday! xx

The Best Pore-Reducing Primers Around

Hey lovelies!

For many of us pores are like a living HELL. We can get our makeup looking perfect – but if the pesky pores remain visible the only option is a selfie filter (which doesn’t go that far to help when we are about to meet that hot date IRL).

So, for the sake of all like-minded and like-suffering pore-hating people out there, here is a collection of THE best pore-concealing primers around:

1.Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Spf15, £20 – £28, SpaeNK 

Best for: All skin types, Particularly Sensitive / Acne-prone skin and large pores

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Due to its actual effectiveness, this award-winning primer is quickly gaining a cult following. Veil does everything a primer is supposed to – and then some. It’s mattifying properties successfully minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and even redness (this primer is a dream for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin).

Furthermore, this little gem of a primer even caters for our sunscreen requirements as it contains titanium and zinc oxide. Veil’s beautifully lightweight formula means no clogging and a gorgeous velvety application. Conclusion: I may marry this primer!

2.Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, £24, Debenhams

Combination skin, fine lines and large pores

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This primer is every bit as good as the last and works on every skin type, especially combination skin. Should your skin suffer from the same pore-ravaged fate as mine, this primer might just change your life. It tackles and fills the largest of pores with ease without worrying about dry or oily areas. Better yet, Too Faced has combined antioxidants, vitamins and a dollop of retinol for good measure. The results are firmer, hydrated, protected, smoother…oh and poreless-looking skin. Bea-utiful!

3.Benefit, The POREfessional Face Primer, £26, Boots & benefitcosmetics.com

Normal to combination – larger pores

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Benefit’s POREfessional is a great primer in the fight against unsightly pores and signs of aging. It is soo lightweight and super-absorbent, also offering the free-radical fighting vitamin E to keep your complexion healthy and protected, too. Providing a matte finish, this primer works little miracles in the war against the dreaded pore.

4.If You Can Wait – The New Pearl Professional Primer by Benefit Out in Jan 18 

Touted for being the next best primer…in the world, benefit’s Pearl Professional Primer will hit our shelves in January 2018. Reminder, check!

5.Urban Decay Optical Illusion Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer, £23, www.urbandecay.co.uk 

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Urban Decay is much-loved for its highly beneficial products and the Optical Illusion Pore Perfecting Primer is no exception. This all-singing, all-dancing stuff of dreams gets to work to blur away lines and pores then leaving your complexion looking matte and Insta-ready. Hooray!

Have you got a fave primer for banishing those wretched pores? xx

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