Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What I Got for Christmas 2014

I just want to start this post by saying that I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with all of their family and friends and got lots of lovely gifts! I have seen this type of post circulating on Bloglovin' and YouTube over the last few days and the nosey side of me loves seeing what other people received so I thought I'd join in on the action too. I absolutely love all of the presents I received and feel extremely lucky- my boyfriend and Santa know me well!



From my Boyfriend: Luke went OTT as usual and didn't stick to the budget! I was so chuffed to get a Canon camera so that I can have better quality photos for my blog and film the odd YouTube vid. He also got me Yankee Candles, Soap and Glory The Next Best Thing Set, a White to Brown Tanning Set, a Strawberry Gift Set and Lip Balms from the Body Shop, a Rimmel Gift Set and a bag containing all of my favourite sweets and chocolate.



 I got these Studio Makeup Bags from Santa and the No7, Tony&Guy and Cranberry gift sets are from my brother and sister.


From Santa: I have already worn these boots loads, and I love the fact that they are something different from my mountain of black boots! So comfy and they look great with black tights or rolled up jeans.



From Santa: I have yet to wear these Boots but I know I will get so much wear out of them. I am so easily won over by anything with an animal print!


From Santa (my lil sis who reads this blog thinks Mrs Claus picked these out): I got a bundle of clothes from Missguided comprised of Co Ords and dressy staples which I cannot wait to wear in the New Year.



From Santa: I am not a label snob and absolutely love this tan Michael Kors imitation bag. I have already used the black textured clutch which goes nicely with leather/pleather. The leopard print one will be the perfect accessory to dress up an otherwise plain outfit and both of those are from Penneys/Primark.


From Santa: These are just two items from my Stocking. I have used the Naked Palette loads already and can honestly say I would use every single colour in it (it's not often I can say that about eyeshadow palettes). I love the vintage vibe of this metallic gold mirror which is a perfect addition to my bedroom.


From Santa & Boyfriend: Last but not least Sweets! An essential part of Christmas is stuffing your face! This is only some of them andI don't know how I'm gonna get through all of them but I'll definitely make a good stab at it!


If you did a "What I Got for Christmas" post please link it below!
Rachael O 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Party Hair Inspiration

So it's almost the festive season and I have found some hair styles that I am dying to recreate. An edgy up do can take an outfit to the next level and I am loving plaits at the minute- so sleek and polished!


What's your go to party look for the festive season?

- Rachael O 
Monday, December 15, 2014

MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer

Whilst going in to repurchase my favourite liquid concealer by MUA, I was intrigued by their Velvet Lip Lacquers. They have a fantastic shade range and are from the MUA Luxe line so the packaging is much more sleek than the standard range. I decided to buy Dare, a berry purple shade, and Reckless, a classic dark red. I also loved Kooky, a grey toned purple colour, but unfortunately it was out of stock. These are quite easy to apply and very matte. However they feel quite drying on the lips in comparison to the Maybelline Velvet Lip Pencils which feel much more smooth and creamy but have a very matte finish. I would definitely recommend applying a thin layer of lip balm over the top of the MUA Lacquers for a smoother consistency. MUA is available in Superdrug and for £3 they make a brilliant stocking filler for Christmas!

- Rachael O 
Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Ultimate Christmas Red Lip

I definitely do not need another red lipstick but if Christmas isn't the perfect time to wear one, then when is? When I saw a review of the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils over on Alix's blog (I Covet Thee), I decided that I needed to try one out. 

Although my lipstick collection is not lacking in the red department I opted for a classic, dark, blue toned red in the shade Red Essential. What I love about this is the pencil applicator. It is so easy to line and fill in the lips meaning there is no need to use a separate lip pencil! 

The consistency of this product is smooth and velvety as the name suggests. It is quite matte which means it has brilliant staying power but doesn't make your lips feel dry. 

This shade is also similar to the Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella which I have been eyeing up for ages but cannot justify paying £18 for it! For only £4.99/€7.49, the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils are a bargain and definitely worth trying. I will be buying other shades from this range for sure.

- Rachael O