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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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Say Goodbye To A Painful Winter Pout With These 6 Star Lip Scrubs

Hey Lovelies!

Ah, the joy of winter – finding ingenious ways to keep your scarf from removing your foundation; leaving the straighteners alone (because really, whats the point?); de-icing the car; allowing an extra hour to drive 15 miles; falling over and ripping your new tights (yes, that was me today)) and discovering your previously dry lips have reached a new level of disrepair! Fortunately, some awesome beauty brands have come to our rescue with outstanding lip scrubs that will leave you smiling (painlessly) and keep your pout perfect this winter.

1. Clinique Sweet Pots Lip Balm and Scrub, £15.50, clinique.co.uk

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Treat your lips to pampered bliss with Clinique’s handy little 2-in-1 Sweet Pots. Providing a sugar scrub on one side and gorgeous tinted lip balm on the other ensures your lips are flake-free, moisturised and looking sassy no matter how harsh the weather decides to become. Clinique’s Sweet Pots Lip Balm & Scrub are available in 5 beautiful shades, too.

2.Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, £14, tartecosmetics.com

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Indulge your lips with an at-home lip facial. this easy-to-use twist-up lip scrub offers gentle yet effective natural exfoliation, targeting and banishing cracked and dry lips . The 2-in-1 treatment combines an elixir balm consisting of vital antioxidants and shea butter that will fully moisturise and protect your pout. Buy here.

3.Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit, £4.99

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Should you be after softer and a plumper pout (who isn’t?) Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit is another fantastic treatment to try. Including highly beneficial ingredients such as coconut, sugar and sodium hyaluronate, this kit enables natural yet thorough exfoliation, as well as achieving you a smoother, plump and kissable pout ready for Valentine’s Day. Also available at Asos and Boots stores.

4.Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, £25, dior.com

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I am a huge fan of Dior fragrances, makeup – and now I can add their lip scrubs to my list of faves. Although a little pricey, due to the irresistible scent (as well as being 100% effective) this scrub stick is well-worth the investment. Called the Self-Vanishing Sweet Exfoliating Lip Balm,  (shade – Awakening) the natural exfoliation and moisturising stick quickly enables beautifully soft lips and maximum impact colour.

5.Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel, £12.75, lookfantastic.com

Should your lips be looking (as mine are), particularly worse for wear check out Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel. Perfect for use on the most delicate of skin (i.e. the lips) the biodegradable peel combines Swiss apricot extract, brimming with antioxidants and skin-loving properties. Dead, dry skin cells are gently sloughed away and the lips are nourished, softened and radiant once again. Furthermore, this little tube can be used for other areas in need of some TLC. Take that gruesome winter!

6.Suki 2-Step Ultra Soft Lip Kit, £15.95

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This lip kit by Suki is incredible in dealing with the cracked, chapped, dry lip syndrome. Combining an array of outstanding natural ingredients, this lip kit gently exfoliates, smoothes, renews and protects your pout, so you can relax in the knowledge your smackers stay looking nothing but gorgeous! The kit is suitable for all skin types. Buy here

 

 

 

 

8 Easy Tips For Fuller Lips

We have yearned for fuller, fatter lips since Angelina Jolie took the world by storm, and with the ever-growing investment in the lip fillers (although, not always achieving the best results) there seems no end to this obsessional trend dying down. Thankfully, we do not need to risk disfiguring our face to acquire an envy-worthy pout. Follow these little tips and you will be well on your way to posting a #nofilterpout on your Instagram feed. Hooray!

1.Invest In A Scrub

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Invest in a gentle yet thorough lip scrub to boost circulation, rid any dry skin, whilst smoothing and preparing your pout for a full plumpness we may have before only dreamt of achieving. Sugar scrubs are fabulous – I love Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm (£15.50). Combining a two-in-one treatment with a scrub on one side and balm on the other, in one handy little pot.

2.Nourish With A Balm

Apply a hydrating lip balm and allow this to soak in and work its circulation boosting and hydrating magic to take effect (usually about 6-7 minutes). Buy the Clinique Sweet Pot and you will have the second step well and truly covered.

3.Don’t Forget The Base

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A key trick to plumper lips is to firstly apply your foundation over your pout, creating the perfect base, of which also enhances their size. Furthermore, this allows your lipstick to remain intact and unbelievably smooth. Should you be looking for a new foundation, I recommend Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, (£45). This foundation is renowned for it’s ability to act like a breathable second skin.

4.Optical Illusion

Many makeup artists swear by this tip and for good reason – it works. Simply dot a little highlighter to your cupid’s bow. This works to reflect light providing an immediately fuller result.

5.Lip Liners

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If you have particularly thin lips, the general advice is to stay well away from bold dark colours as this will have a detrimental effect. The same goes for liners. Choose instead, a colour that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pink Venus Lip Liner, (£16).

6.Light-Reflecting Particles Are Key

Choose a lip gloss that contains light-reflecting particles which will in turn work like a dream to exaggerate the size of your lips. For more mature lips, detract from signs of feathering by applying gloss in the centre of the lips alone, avoiding the outer corners.

7.A little More Fake

Invest in a good lip plumping gloss to temporarily plump up your pout. If you are on a night out don’t forget to pop it in your clutch before you leave for the ball – btw, the magic will not last until midnight! I adore Transformulas Lip Volume, (£29.95).

8.Lipstick And More Liner

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Next add your lipstick. For further enhancement apply a little white liner in a vertical line down the centre of your lips, dab and blend in. Right now, I’m totally obsessed with Mac’s Matte Lipstick, Velvet Teddy, (£16.50).

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