Monday, 28 December 2015

Sparkly New Year's Eve Makeup Look

On New Years Eve I really love going  to town with my makeup and wearing something that probably is a bit OTT for a normal evening. This means A LOT of glitter on the eyes!

So to create my super sparkly New Years Eve makeup look I used the following products:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer - I love this stuff. It keeps everything in place all day and feels lovely on the skin. I used this all over my face after moisturising.
  • Loreal Lumi Magique Primer - this really illuminates your skin. I do love wearing it all over but today I decided to just use it along my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow.
  • Loreal Infallible 24 hour Matte Foundation - I'm not usually into matte foundation but I really love this one as it perfects the skins and stays put all day. I blended this in using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
  • L.A. Girl Pro Conceal - I have unfortunately inherited dark circles from my lovely family members, so really struggle with finding a concealer that hides them without creasing or looking cakey.  This concealer hides circles and spots and stays put, perfect for all nighters!
  • MAC Paint Pot in Lets Skate - this is beautiful! It's a lovely nudey pink with gold flecks of glitter which really catch the light. I used this all over the lid for my first layer of glitter.
  • Gold glitter eyeliner - this is just a random glitter eye liner I found but any should do. I layered this on top of the paint pot to really add the extra glitz! Make sure you let it dry before fully opening your eyes and doing the next step.
  • Tanya Burr Eyeshadow Pigment in Starry Night - this is a black pigment with flecks of fine glitter. I used this to create a cut crease. To create a real sharp line I used tape from the corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow.
  • Rimmel Glameyes Liquid Eyeliner - this is my favourite liquid liner, I just find the brush really easy to use. I created a really strong feline flick with this.
  • Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara - I used a coat of this before I added my false eyelashes.
  • Tanya Burr eyelashes - I got these in my advent calendar and they didn't have a name, but they are really thick and dramatic, these look perfect for an evening look.
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer - (forgot to photograph it, ooops!) I used this to add a bit of warmth and contour my face.
  • MAC Gentle Blusher - a plum blusher with a sheen applied to the cheeks.
  • Topshop Highlighter in Polished - this is a cream champagne coloured highlighter which adds a lovely glow. I added this along the top of my cheek bones, cupids bow and nose.
  • MAC Half 'n' Half lipstick - then to finish it off I used the Half 'n' Half lipstick which is a wonderful nude.
And voila that's it! Here are a couple photos with it all on. Excuse the poor quality, I didn't have my camera to hand.

I know it seems a lot but for a special evening it's worth it!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I'd love to see some of your New Years Eve makeup looks, so please leave a comment and link down below.

Ellé x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Tanya Burr Deck The Halls Advent Calendar Review

Well what a great first 12 days of December where I got to open Tanya Burr's Deck The Halls Advent Calendar every morning. Today was the first morning without it and I'm pretty gutted, so I thought I'd do a quick review of the beauty calendar.

As you may have guessed from the previous paragraph the advent consists of 12 festive doors, each hiding an exclusive special edition product from Tanya Burr's beauty range. This is my first ever beauty calendar and I only decided to get it due to already being a big fan of Tanya herself, her products and the price of it. It was originally £25 but had £10 off in Superdrug at the time of purchase. For the price I think the quality is absolutely amazing and Tanya has definitely not skimped out!

Inside the box you get:

  • 2 nail varnishes - Carnival Nights and Under The Sea
  • 3 lip glosses - Macaroon, Candy Frost and Bewitching
  • 2 sets of eyelashes
  • 2 eyeshadow pigments - Creme Brulee and Starry Night
  • 2 nail files
  • 1 mirror
How amazing is all of that for just £15? The products are beautiful and perfect for the Christmas season. I decided to open mine during the first 12 days purely for the fact I can use them all for the Christmas festivities!

Under The Sea
Carnival Nights
The 2 nail varnishes are both glittery with Under The Sea being more silvery and green and Carnival Nights being a mix of bright sparks. These are perfect for layering over some simple nail varnish colours as it is not very opaque to use by itself.

Candy Frost


I'm sorry but I just need to talk about the new smell of Tanya's lip glosses. As if they didn't smell delicious already they now literally smell like vanilla cake mixture. I just want to eat it all.

These glosses have great pigmentation, smell great, feel buttery on the lips, smell great, aren't sticky and smell great (did I mention that already?!).

Creme Brulee

Starry Night
These are both very beautiful pigments with very little fall out. I've been wearing Creme Brulee pretty much everyday and have received lots of comments. Even my boyfriend Simon liked it!

The eyelashes add an extra special touch. I will be saving the thicker ones for new years eve and the other ones for Christmas day. I was already a big fan of her eyelashes already so was very chuffed to receive 2 in the pack!

Overall I think Tanya Burr has done an amazing job with the Christmas Advent Calendar and I would definitely buy it again if she does one next year and recommend you all do too!

Have you got a beauty advent calendar this year? Leave a comment below with any recommendations or thoughts.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Ellé x
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