Winter Lipstick Must Haves

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

I love the winter months. I know that can sometimes be a controversial thing to say, but I just love how cosy they are, I love getting home lighting candles, popping the fairy lights on and settling down with a mug of green tea to watch a series on Netflix. Also, I'm a big fan of winter make up looks, particularly a bold lip. This winter I seem to have expanded my lipstick collection considerably and have fallen in love with so many new products that I hadn’t tried before. I’m always on the lookout for new shades as you can never have too many lipsticks, right? However, over the past couple of months, there's a few that I've found myself reaching for more than others and have definitely become my 'Must Have' lipsticks for winter

My best friend bought this for me for my birthday towards the end of last year and it was actually a lipstick I’d not seen from MAC before. It’s a red shimmer (though it looks more pink on the website) which I wore so much over the festive period and I still can't get enough of it. I have a matte red lipstick which I love wearing, but sometimes it’s a bit too bold. As New York Apple has more of a shimmery undertone, I don’t find it as bold or bright. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a red lipstick that isn’t too bold.

This is definitely one of my favourite lipsticks I own and like all make up I seem to love – it’s limited edition which is really annoying. It was part of MAC's Snowball Collection which was only released for a limited time at Christmas, but the whole range was absolutely stunning. When I first saw Shimmer and Spice on the stand, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. It looked really glittery and not at all like a lipstick shade I would normally go for. However, my mum bought it first and I loved how it looked once applied, so I couldn’t resist, I had to give it a try and I fell in love with it. Every time I wear it, I seem to get lots of compliments, it’s been perfect for the festive season and the packaging too is just stunning!

Until recently, I’d never tried a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, I’d admired them for sure, but my bank balance had always prevented me from doing anything other than admire from afar. However, I was extremely lucky to be given this for my birthday from my very generous friend who shares my passion for beauty. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d love it. It’s a nude lip, but has a peach undertone to it which is my favourite kind of nude lipstick. Everything about this feels so premium, the packaging, the consistency of it and the colour pay off – I love it! Also, it’s one of those lipsticks that you can wear all year round.

I’d wanted a really dark purple lipstick for ages, but I really wasn’t sure if it would suit me or if I would have the confidence to wear such a dark lip. Therefore, I thought I’d try a more mass brand to see if I like the shade rather than jumping straight to a more high end brand that comes with a high end price point. Having tried the Liquid Lipsticks from NYX before, I knew how much I loved them and when I saw the exact shade I was after, I knew I had to get it. Whilst Vintage is a lot darker than any other lipsticks I own, I do really like it. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone, but having worn it a couple of times, I’ve received some really lovely compliments. It’s the perfect colour for this time of year.
I’ve had this for a little while now, but have been reaching for it so much these past few months. I love a bold red lip, I think it’s the perfect wintery shade and just completes any make up look, you really can’t go far wrong with it. I love that it’s matte too, it’s just the perfect staple red for any make up bag.

What lipsticks are your lipstck must haves for this time of year, I’d love to know!         


Beauty Products I Discovered and Loved in 2017

Sunday, 14 January 2018

As a beauty addict, I love discovering new make up and skincare products and am always on the look out to try products I haven’t tried before. 2017 was a definitely a year where I grew my make up and skincare collections drastically, so I thought I’d share my favourite products I discovered last year. 

I’d heard nothing but good things about the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation and so was keen to give it a try. You can check out my full review here, but it’s definitely one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. I really like the high coverage it offers as well as its longevity. Although on the pricier side, it’s definitely worth it as it helps provide a flawless look.

I’m a huge lover of MAC lipsticks and added a few to my collection last year. However, my favourite was Shimmer and Spice from their limited edition Snowball Collection that they released near Christmas. I had seen it in store, but hadn’t bought it which I came to regret as I then found out that it had sold out and they wouldn’t be restocking it. I was so annoyed. However, to my joy, mum had already bought me one for my birthday. It’s such a gorgeous Christmas shade, dark and sparkly - I love it!

There was so much hype about the release of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette last year and I could resist, so jumped on the bandwagon. I’m a huge lover of the Naked Palettes and so I wanted to to add another to my collection, though I was a bit unsure on the shade range because they’re a bit out of my comfort zone being orange toned. However, I've loved having the opportunity to experiment with different shades and reach outside of my comfort zone. It's such a gorgeous Palette. 

Last year was the year I discovered CC creams and I can’t believe I haven’t been using them for longer. I wanted to try a high street CC cream first just to check I liked the product before spending loads of money on it. I spent ages in Boots swatching lots of different of CC creams and settled on the Bourjois 123 Perfect Colour Correcting Cream. I wear this everyday to work as I find a foundation too heavy to wear on a daily basis and I’ve been loving it. Whilst it covers my blemishes it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and at £9.99, it’s really reasonably priced.

I had wanted a BECCA Highlight Palette for a while and whilst I was in America, I was spending all my money in Sephora and came across the Chrissy Tiegan Glow Face Palette, I took one look at it and knew I had to have it. The full review is here, but the 2 highlighters, blusher and bronzer are so pigmented and such gorgeous colours. I’ve been reaching for this Palette so much over the most few months and can’t wait to create glowy looks with it for the summer months.

Glossier was such a big brand in 2017 and every beauty lover seemed to be trying to get their hands on their products. I went to their showroom in New York and stocked up on a few of their products (read my full review here). I've been using the Balm Dotcom for a few months now and I've been absolutely loving it. It leaves my lips feeling so nourished and has got me through the winter months, which often sees my lips suffering from the cold weather. It's definitely become my 'go to' lip balm, I can't recommend it enough.

Not only did I manage to get my hands on the Balm Dotcom, I also got the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser which I have been loving. Again, I reviewed this here, so I won't ramble on about it too much, but I've found myself reaching for this more than any other cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh and removes all my impurities. 

I was keen to add a serum into my skincare routine, but was a little unsure what to try. I had a look around The Body Shop and I was recommended the Vitamin C Skin Reviver. As a huge lover of The Body Shop I was excited to give it a try and it hasn't disappointed. I apply this after cleansing, followed by a moisturiser and primer before continuing with my make up routine and I've noticed a real difference in the longevity of my make up. It makes foundation so easy to apply and my make up look really flawless, I love it.

2017 was a great year for beauty products, I discovered so many different products that I love and have incorporated into my daily routine. What products did you discover and love in 2017?

2017 | Review

Monday, 8 January 2018

I'm back! I've had a few week's off from blogging, mainly been to a hectic work schedule which left me with very little time for much else. I was hoping to be able to get back on top of my blog over Christmas, but unfortunately I was really ill and so had very little energy to blog. Anyway, I'm much better now and whilst work is still really crazy, I'm keen not to neglect my blog any longer and review 2017 and the goals I set myself.

2017 was an interesting one for me. At the beginning of the year, I had high hopes for it as 2016 had just been one of the toughest years of my life and I couldn’t imagine another year quite like it. However, 2017 didn’t end up being the year I had hoped. Sadly, several family members fell ill, we suffered a family bereavement at Christmas, I had my first car accident, we had to clear out and sell my nans house after her passing away in 2016 and at one point everything that could go wrong, seemed to. I was crazy busy at work which meant I had little time to switch off and as a result, my mental health really suffered last year. However, I can’t ignore the ups that 2017 offered, I’m extremely lucky and I do recognise that. I got to go back to my favourite place on Earth - America which was an incredible holiday, I was a bridesmaid at one of my best friends weddings which was one of the happiest days and I got to experience so much with my wonderfully supportive boyfriend Émil. I’m hoping 2018 will be a much happier and healthier year and I’m excited to see what it has to offer.

So despite the turbulent year that was 2017, how did I do against my goals?

1./Get promoted at work
I was keen to get promoted in the July round of promotions last year and I'm very pleased to say that I met my goal and was promoted in the summer last year. I was so happy because I'd worked really hard to achieve this goal and I'm always keen to progress in my career. Now onto the next promotion! 

2./Give more to charity
At the beginning of last year, I really wanted to start giving to charity on a monthly basis, however, I never got round to researching and finding a charity that I really wanted to commit to. Instead, I continued to give to charity on an ad hoc basis. In December, I gave to the local foodbank on a daily basis so looking forward, this is something I want to continue and this year I'm determined to find a charity to give to on a monthly basis.

3./Grow my blog
I started off really well at the beginning of the year and definitely started to grow my following across all social media platforms. I even attended my first blogger event, which was so much fun! However, towards the end of the year, I wasn't able to put as much time or focus into growing Ramblings of a Blonde. Again, this is something I want to focus on again this year.

4./Watch more films
I sort of met this goal! I definitely didn't watch as many films as I'd hoped and I definitely didn't branch out in terms of genres, but I'm very slowly adding to my repertoire. 

5./Start a YouTube channel
2017 was the year I finally started my YouTube channel, which you can check out here, however, like everything else, this started off strongly at the beginning of the year and suffered towards the end. I currently have a grand total of 7 videos on my channel, but at least it's a start. I'm keen to grow this further this year (if work quietens down a bit!) However, I’m still getting used to filming for YouTube, I feel so much more vunerable in front of a camera than behind my computer screen typing away on my little blog. 

So overall, not quite the successful year I had hoped for, but at least I met most of my goals (to some extent!) Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my blog, it genuinely means the world. It's definitely been the most successful year for Ramblings of a Blonde so far and I'm keen for this to continue, I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2018.

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