Christmas Beauty Haul

FionaIn amongst the whirlwind of Christmas (driving over 500 miles, drinking too much Baileys and eating twice my body weight in cheese) I was completely spoiled by friends and family with some gorgeous beauty gifts.

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The Art of Strobing And Our Highlighter Highlights

So you’ve probably heard of strobing and you’ve perhaps watched some Youtube tutorials on it, but for those of you that think it’s a dance move from the 90s, here’s our how to and with what…

Strobing is basically the opposite of contouring, picking out all the bits you would leave a paler shade and dousing them in a shimmery highlighter. Cheekbones and browbones are a definite and then bridge of nose, forehead, chin and Cupid’s bow are optional.

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Urban Decay – Naked On The Run Palette

If you like your face of make-up to be efficient, compact, versatile and polished or even if you just travel away from home often, the new limited edition release from Urban Decay is not to be missed!

The Naked On The Run palette comprises of – Six (new) shades of eyeshadow (or 5 shadows and 1 highlighter/shadow). Bronzer. Blush. A full-size Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (both new shades), plus a travel-size Perversion Mascara. Throw in your concealer/foundation and you’re set.

Naked On The Run Palette

Starting from the top, Perversion mascara (travel size). It got a lot of hype from fellow beauty blogs along with the Perversion primer (which I’m yet to try). Urban Decay describe it as “This ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumising effect formula coats with triple-black pigments — for bigger, blacker, badder looking lashes. So intense you might need a safe word.”

Well, you can see the results yourself, after two coats It leaves lashes incredibly black and lengthened. It’s not the most voluminous mascara but you do get some volume and it’s completely clump free. Stag 24/7 eyeliner (travel size) is the normal 24/7 liner formula, creamy, glides on well and stays put.

Perversion and Stag

Left to Right: Actually naked, 2 coats of Perversion Mascara, Stag added to the upper and lower waterline.

Naked Lipgloss in Sesso (full size) is quite nourishing, it doesn’t have that sticky feeling and has a mild mint sent/flavor. From a non-lipgloss fan I have worn this more often then I would’ve imagined. It wears quite well and doesn’t gather. It’s a rose tone with subtle flecks of gold glitter.

Sesso Lipgloss

Top; Actually naked. Bottom; One swipe of Sesso lipgloss

The eyeshadows are all new for this palette, are highly pigmented, blendable and I have noticed that they have less fallout compared to some of the original Naked eyeshadows. There are 3 shimmers and 2 mattes varying on the warm-cold brown spectrum.


Top to Bottom: Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun.

The bronzer, blush and highlight(/shadow) are extremely pigmented and you really need a soft brush (and hand) to apply. When swatched the bronzer can come off a little orangey however on my pale skin it doesn’t appear muddy as I assumed that it would. The Blush gives a lovely pink flush to the cheeks and can be built up well depending on the flush you require. 50/50 which is sold as the sixth eyeshadow I have used as more of a highlight, with a fluffy brush it leaves a fantastic glow on the skin without looking glittery.


Top to Bottom: Bronzer, Blush, 50/50.

This really is a face in a case and for £37 very good value for money.

Still available in all Urban Decay Stockists at the time of posting.

Hero Products – January

Every month we’ll be selecting one product each that we just can’t live without and sharing them with you!


Illamasqua lipstick in Growl

Lauren’s Hero Product for January is the Illamasqua matte lipstick in Growl, and she looks amazing in it! It’s a rich mahogany brown and is a matte formula so bang on trend. It’s currently on sale for £9.25. Better stock up, Lauren!


Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

Emmy loves the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Super Translucent Matifying Powder, £12.00 and is currently on a 3 for 2 at Boots. Emmy says it keeps her foundation in place and shine free all day, and as it comes in this handy pot with a mirror, it’s excellent for touch ups during the day!

coconut oil

Coconut Oil for… well, everything!

Carrie uses Coconut Oil for practically everything! We were all amazed at the things you can use it for, so we all promptly ran out and bought our own pots! She uses it as a night mask (hair and face!) on her scalp, lips, eyebrows, as a primer, make up remover, scars and as it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial it can be used to treat all manner of skin ailments! Oh and of course you can cook with it!

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Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Laura is loving her newly acquired Real Techniques brushes! She has added the Expert Face Brush and the Stippling Brush to her collection and made her foundation and blusher application easier and look more professional! (not that it didn’t before, Laura!) £9.99 and £11.99 respectively.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette

Sara says her Hero Product has changed her blush and bronzing life! The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette is super easy to use with a blusher, highlighter and bronzer all perfectly matched to suit your complexion and all in a handy compact that you can take anywhere, all for just £22!

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Urban Decay Naked 2

Fiona’s Hero Product is also by Urban Decay! The Naked 2 palette is a classic with a range of mattes and shimmers, and neutrals right through black for the perfect day to night looks! £37 may sound a lot for an eyeshadow palette, but with 12 colours at just under £3.10 each it’s an absolute bargain!

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Bumble & Bumble Pret a Powder

Lucy can’t go a day without Bumble and Bumble’s Pret a Powder! It’s a style extender, dry shampoo, volumiser and texturiser in one tiny bottle. Lucy has mega fine hair that needs washing everyday but needs help with texture and lift and it’s an absolute fringe saver! The bottle looks small and the price tag is big, £21.50, but a little goes a long way and it will last a good few months.


Origins Super Spot Remover

Rachel’s Hero Product made us rush out and buy it too, Origins Super Spot Remover, £15, has been her go to spot treatment for a while and it’s all down to the Salicylic Acid to help heal any blemish, big or small.