Sunday 14 February 2016

10 essential makeup must-haves

Like food, air and water, makeup is a basic necessity, although knowing exactly what to buy out of the hundreds of products on offer can make shopping more of a pain than pleasure. Make things a little easier with this list of essential beauty must-haves and a few of my favourite products.

BB cream
Also known as a multi-tasking miracle in a tube, BB cream is a foundation, moisturiser, primer and toner in one. Offering buildable coverage that not only hides blemishes but also treats them, this double-duty dream cream is the ultimate beauty-bag staple.

Red lipstick
Just one swipe of a classic red lippy can transform a look from boardroom to bar creating the ultimate confidence boost. With a shade to match every skin tone and a colour to suit every taste – just like a signature scent, every girl should own one.

A good bronzer can contour, define and instantly warm up your face. Use it to add definition by brushing into the hollows of cheeks or add a touch of shimmer by applying to the nose, cheekbones and forehead for that just-back-from-holiday glow.

Lengthening mascara
Long, luscious lashes are the desire of every lady therefore investing in a good-quality mascara is key. Just a few coats can make a huge impact and emphasise eyes making them look big, bright and beautiful – just like the person behind them.

Eyebrow kit
Eyebrows frame the face, balance features and define your eyes, so it’s important to get them right. The secret to achieving great brows is to highlight the bone directly underneath before filling in hairs with a pencil or powder which is slightly darker than your natural hair colour.

Micellar water
Once a well-kept secret of the French, this cleanser, toner and make-up-remover in-one is the ultimate solution to gorgeous, glowing skin. Using tiny particles to melt away dirt and impurities, micellar water is a much gentler alternative to harsh face wipes and makeup removers.

Beauty starts at the base and there’s no product more effective than a good face cream. For optimal results use both a day and night cream and choose products that are best suited to your skin-type. For day choose a cream with added SPF which provides that all-important UV protection and at night an ultra-hydrating lotion will see you waking with super-nourished skin each morning.

Dry shampoo
For days when you’re short on time this light-weight powder formula is a hair-care saviour. Effectively absorbing excess oil, dirt and odor, dry shampoo is a quick and easy way to clean hair and leave it looking fresh without even getting wet.
Try: Batiste Floral & Flirty Dry Shampoo - £2.99

Whether you're looking to hide under-eye circles, small blemishes or that annoying red pimple, concealer is the answer. A true beauty hero when it comes to disguising imperfections and signs of a late night, this little gem is a makeup-bag must.
Try: Seventeen Phwoarr Paint - £4.99

A simple flick of liner in the corner of each eye can completely transform a look and make you feel 100 times sexier in seconds. Invest in an easy-to-use liquid liner pen to create the perfect cat-eye in seconds.

Thursday 4 February 2016

Valentine's gift guide

Whether you're single or in a relationship Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show those you love how much you care and really treat yourself.

Whatever you have planned for the big day, why not indulge in a little sexy lingerie, a lustrous new lipstick or a beautiful bouquet of flowers to help you get well and truly in the mood for romance.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Bubblebath
Marjorie Unlined Balconette Bra Set
Marlena Unlined Lingerie Set
Katiya Lace Slip Set

Isadora Contour Balconette Bra Set

Kimono Robe

Monday 1 February 2016

Hello February

January seems to have lasted forever and Christmas is now a distant blur.

I've been extremely busy revising for exams and trying my best to avoid the January blues (although I've only just stopped mourning the end of Christmas).

Due to the work load I haven't been able to post on the blog as much as I'd have liked, but hopefully that will soon change and regular posting will resume once again.

Following Christmas I've enjoyed getting back into a healthy routine, as well as a few cheeky dinner/cocktail dates thrown in for good measure ;-) 

I am most definitely looking forward to my two-week break so I can relax, chill and recover from my PET (Post Exam Trauma).

What have you been up to? Any exciting plans for February?

Holly xx

Here's a few pics from the last month...

Raspberry nails

Egg & avo on toast = favourite

Every day

Feb issue

New shades: Diva & Ruby Woo


Note to self: Don't eat the whole bar

Homemade coconut almond granola

Tuesday night Mojitos

Pizza date with the girls. Hello chubby cheeks

Beautiful boy *heart face emojis x100*

Cacao brownie... heaven

Smoothie time #Gettheglow


In LOVE with this fragrance

Dessert Mexican style

For more pics follow me on Instagram @misshollyamber