Beauty Talk: Party Pampered Skin

18 December 2014

As the festive dates begin to fill the diary, my red lipstick and dancing shoes are at the ready - all that needs to be perfected is my skin. With after-work drinks aplenty and busy 9-5 days, banishing the sluggish skin it's all about the party pampering routine.

Whilst I'm all for an indulgent Sunday evening pamper, sometimes good skin is needed on the asap. Especially if you're heading out for Friday night shenanigans or after a busy day Christmas shopping. Enter my well and truly tested essentials...

First up is the Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. Need I say more? This treatment mask gently buffs away the dull skin to reveal revitalised skin, that instantly looks plumper and smooth. My weapon of mass exfoliation, try it and be converted.

Should time allow smooth on a thin layer of Origins Drink Up Intensive for a daily dose of hydration. Tissue off the excess and let this form the base of your make-up. Leaving a dewy finish, this sweet mango scented moisturiser will you give you a much needed glow on a cold winter night.

For that bright eyed look, the Origins GinZing refreshing eye cream is a magical concoction of shimmering goodness. Brightening your under eye circles in an instant, not only does it depuff tired eyes it also blends in seamlessly with any concealer applied on top.

A truly luxurious touch, the Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner is quite possibly the poshest lip balm I own. A delicious scent and incredibly moisturising, it's a never ending tube. The perfect base for a matte lipstick or toning down a bright shade, it's quite simply a 'hell to the yeah, it's pay day!' purchase.

For when the night comes to an end, there is no better way to remove one's glittering festive look than the trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. Simply massage in to dry skin and wipe away with a damp muslin cloth, ta dah! Who ever need commit the fatal sin of going to bed with make-up on again? 

There you have it, your five step routine to party perfect pm skin.

Lust: The Perfect Party Look

16 December 2014

'Tis the season to sparkle and shine! And what better way to shimmer into those festive dates in the diary than with a glittering wardrobe of party pieces. After finally treating myself to a pair of coated jeans and embellished cami, these fancies are still catching my eye...

Jewelled Pump - Boden ∙ Pink Fur Coat - Warehouse ∙ Sequinned Crop - H&M  Faux Leather Trousers - Warehouse ∙ Collarless Grey Jacket - Warehouse  Sparkly Dress - H&M ∙ Luxe Grey Coat - Warehouse ∙ Crop Top - Zara 

Nude Dress - Warehouse ∙ Waistband Shorts - Zara  Headband - Zara ∙ Twinkle Skirt - Topshop ∙ Snow Leopard Fur coat - Miss Selfridge  Feather Trim Dress - Topshop  Embellished Play Suit - Warehouse ∙ Navy Fur Jacket - Zara ∙ Lace Playsuit - Warehouse  Heels - H&M ∙ Aztec Skirt - River Island  Bead Blouse - Warehouse 

May they all magically appear in my wardrobe, please and thank you.

Beauty Talk: The Red Lip Line-Up

14 December 2014

Adding a touch of glamour to the festivities, one cannot deny the fabulous feeling of wearing a red lip. A bold statement look that will have you from desk to afterwork drinks in a flash, choosing the perfect red lip to suit can be a daunting task.

If you haven't dared to embrace a bold lip before, wearing a bright lipstick can not only a) look plain weird b) have you checking your teeth constantly - it's all about easing it in. A complete stranger to lipstick last year, the very thought of applying a bright lip had me scared witless. After a little practice and this lipstick technique, I'm all about my red lipstick line-up...

The high-street cult classic, Rimmel's 107 dark lipstick offering serves up quite the alluring, vampy shade - perfect for this time of year. A dark seductive berry-toned red, the matte formula calls for lashings of lip balm and a warm toned blush to keep everything in check.

Next up are two Sephora lipgloss/stick hybrids, the Lustre Matte (raved about here) and the coveted Cream Lip Stain in 01. Both highly pigmented with similar undertones, the Luster offers a a slight sheen of a gloss with the colour of a lipstick.

True to it's name, the Lip Stain is incredibly long-lasting without leaving that uncomfortable dryness. A vibrant colour pay off with unbeatable formulas, I'll take every shade!

For a retro hue, Mac Red is a satin soft shade that brings a pop of glamour to your pout. Not as heavy as the others, this lightweight lippie is smooth and creamy on the lips. Full of life and not looking flat, if a matte formula is a no-go, this is your alternative.

Glossy beyond belief, the Maybelline Colour Elixir were on my radar when in the States earlier this year. Offering an impressive dose of hydration, Signature Scarlet is the ultimate bombshell red. Whilst they may verge on the sticky side, with one swish of the applicator you're left with a 'I mean business' lip, full of gloss and packing a pigmented punch.

Last but not least, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl is perhaps my most-loved. Whether used as an overall lip shade or as a base under one of the lipsticks above, there is something about Dragon Girl that has me reaching for it time and time again. With the perfect precision application, this no-bleed, this siren red shade is a no-fuss red for any girl on the hunt for a bold lip.

What's your go-to red lipstick?