MAC Lunar Illusions Collection

The Lunar (Chinese) New Year begins on January 25, and it's the year of the Rat. MAC's Lunar Illusions collection celebrates the fact that the new year starts on a new moon, with a spirit of refreshed vision, perspective and possibility. Ushering in good fortune, the beginning of a lunar cycle allows everyone to phase into the future while seeing everything in a new light - and that includes your make up bag! The 12-piece Lunar … [Read more...]

NEW POREfessional Hydrate Prtimer from Benefit

First, there was the POREfessional Pore Primer, then came POREfessional Pearl Primer, and now Benefit is introducing the POREfessional Hydrate Primer. This one has two new key ingredients - and they are both beauty stalwarts - Hyaluronic Acid, and Shea Butter. Basically, this is the POREfessional original primer, ramped up with ingredients that will hydrate, but in a way that it can be used for oily or dry skin. I've always had an issue … [Read more...]

New Year Sparkle

It's New Year! When it comes to New Year party looks, I always want to get a  bit of sparkle on, don't you? I don't know why, but it seems right to see out the old year and bring the new one in with glitter and bling. I am in love with this glittery gold topcoat from KIKO - isn't it fantastic? It's from the Magical Holiday collection - and is £5.99. Beautiful sparkle.   Here are a few other sparkly bits and pieces to sprinkle all … [Read more...]

Festive Red Lips

Red lipstick is perfect any time of the year, agreed? But it's even MORE perfect in the festive season - red is one of the classic Christmas colours after all. I love a good red lip. I've tried more than I can even remember over the years. Here are six of the best for Christmas this year, with loads of sparkle involved too. Treat yourself! Clockwise from top left: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture High On Stars Edition Le Rouge (£29, … [Read more...]

Party Prep with 5pm

It's party season, and that means party prep. Yes, you could do it yourself, but why not treat yourself to some proper pre-party pampering before your big Christmas night out? There are loads of deals on 5pm for hair, makeup, and more that won't break the bank, and will see you as the undisputed Jingle Bell of the Ball! If your hair needs some help, then take advantage of a Big Bouncy Blow Dry deal at Scott's in Glasgow city centre. You can use … [Read more...]

Christmas Beauty Crackers

Christmas Crackers are getting a bit of a name for themselves this year, for being wasteful. But hopefully, there isn't too much in these lovely beauty crackers that isn't recyclable or reusable. And all of the plastic cracker pieces I have used here are vintage ones I purchased to make into jewellery. The jokes are recyclable - but we already knew that right?! These make cute gifts, lovely table gifts if you are feeling generous, and just a … [Read more...]

Christmas Beauty Baubles

If you need a cute little gift for the beauty fan friend or relative (or cat-sitter, or Secret Santa!) then how about a cute beauty bauble? Festive fun with beauty benefits - you can't go wrong. AND...they won't break the bank. These lovely little gift sets are a token of affection, and some of the baubles can be reused, and popped on your tree year after year, or passed on with new treats inside. Here are a few of my favourites this festive … [Read more...]

Guerlain’s Goldenland Christmas

Oooh, get this gorgeous festive sparkle palette from Guerlain! I love it. It's packed full of beautiful colours when open, but when it's closed, is it a makeup case, a compact minaudière, or simply a beautiful little clutch designed to be tucked into the palm of the hand? Or is it all of that and more! This Eyeshadow Palette (£59) contains ten matte and metallic eyeshadows - iridescent and reflective bronzes, pearly shimmer and smoky … [Read more...]

Christmas 2019 at Bobbi Brown

One of my favourite brands, Bobbi Brown has SO much to offer this Christmas in terms of gift sets, palettes, and gorgeous shimmer and sparkle, I can't even begin to cover it all. But I will show you some of my favourite things, and a few I was gifted for the purposes of this blog review. I think Bobbi Brown the brand has done a pretty decent job of keeping up to the standards set by Bobbi Brown the person following her departure in 2016. The … [Read more...]

MAC Holidays …Starring You – and 5pm!

The 'Holiday' collection from MAC is a superstar - Starring You! MAC plays with a classic symbol of the celebratory season, taking the twinkling star in all-new directions – on packaging, in a glittering lineup of products and kits, and in dazzling new looks. And I love it. Festive makeup is so much fun - and if you aren't confident at doing your own, there are loads of makeup artists at 5pm just waiting to do it for you! But first, MAC. Look … [Read more...]