When it comes to Christmas beauty it's all about feeling a little luxurious!
This is the time when the packaging is so important and I always think it's the perfect time to treat yourself or someone you love to something they have had their eye on for a while.
Assuming you have the basics (foundation, mascara, moisturiser) covered these are my top picks for either gifting to self or giving to someone you love. All are cruelty free, most natural and everything is something I would adore to receive ;-)
Literally the only advent calendar I would want is the Bare Minerals one. There is over €250 worth of gorgeous natural products in such nice shades. Also they have one of the most stunning highlighter kits, which also has some shades that would work for eyeshadow also, in a gorgeous box. You Had Me At Glow is exclusive to Brown Thomas here in Ireland, or online >here<
Christian Louboutin Nail Polish and Lip Gloss are also exclusive to Brown Thomas and here the packaging is spectacular. It's so so striking and complete dressing table furniture. I was lucky enough to trial these shades. I've always wondered about these real luxury pieces, and what I will say is that the shade is universally flattering. Even if someone said that red lipstick didn't suit them, I would advise them to pay the concession in Brown Thomas a visit and try it out. I loved it on and noticed five hours later it was still perfect.
Rihanna's make up collection came out this year and feels as if it has been here forever. She filled an much needed space for products that were universal, suitable for a diverse range of skin tones, fun and also extremely high quality. The pigments are beautiful and can effortlessly be layered. Two pieces I loved from the Cosmic Galaxy holiday collection are Spacesuit lipgloss- which when applied even over bare lips makes them pop and Alien Bae liquid eyeliner which makes a simple cat flick just a little more festive with a subtle turquoise glitter.
With Winter weather and central heating our skin needs more nourishment than ever. These are three gorgeous facial and body products that any natural beauty lover would be thrilled to receive!
For really glowy skin I am a huge fan of laying the right foundation, before your actual foundation. For my eye area if I am going out and need a lift I love the Tata Harper Illuminating eye cream and I also like to layer little of this Combray Oil before my foundation. My skin goes very chalky if I don't the right priming bases under it and this is a great help. It's full of grapeseed oil and anti-oxidants and really nourishes. For my body I use Bare Chic Skin Glistening Body oil. It smells of jasmine and leaves your legs so sparkly and nourished.
Cover FX is new to Arnotts in Dublin and I had the pleasure of trying out the range. Hero products are this illuminating primer which any beauty lover would be thrilled with and the custom drops - which are like liquid gold which you can dilute as you like to get the consistency of shimmer you want. Equally Penney's has come out with some fabulous highlighters. I particularly like this one called Brunch club and also love the Wet N'Wild vegan brush range and have been using what is actually a foundation Brush to apply it. Both together would be a lovely stocking filler and well under €15 for the 2. Lastly a specific setting powder for under the eye are feels like a total luxury but once you've tried this it will make total sense. Laura Mercier secret brightening powder is made to keep under your eyes set and looking fresh and bight. It will last a long time and if you know someone who is really into make up this will be a much loved and appreciated gift and it's 1 shade fits all so you wont need to worry about matching them up.
You can see how I use most of the products here!
I hope you loved all of those and if you have any more questions on any items feel free to comment below!
X Lots of love,