All That Glitters


I think we can all agree that December is pretty much the one time of year where it's acceptable to go all out, glitter-wise! Not that glitter isn't just as awesome in July, it just feels more fun when there's something to celebrate.

Mostly I don't actually go for full on glitter, just a bit of a glow - apart from nails. On the skin I attempt to pack in as much gleam as possible... Starting with the Jouer Luminising Moisture Tint in Golden, the perfect high-wattage illuminating base for dry skin like mine. The coverage is very sheer but I adore the finish and it's so easy to apply!

Highlighter wise, for cream I use the Topshop Glow in Gleam, a gorgeous rosy goldy champagne. If I want something a bit more ~in your face~ I'll use The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, an intense, shimmering powder. I'll be honest, it's not the most natural looking, but for proper shimmer and a fair amount of radiance it's your best bet.

I complement my excess highlighter overdose with a pretty, natural flush of blush (this is where the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion comes in). Keeping it natural on the apples makes life a bit easier; there's much less blending involved!

My peepers just get a wash of Mac All That Glitters eyeshadow, a good dose of mascara and possibly a bit of liner if I have time. It's just the prettiest champagne eyeshadow I've ever used and doesn't need too much else! For lips, I wouldn't normally wear something with sparkle, but the Mac Lipglass in Viva Glam V is the bomb. sOOO gorgeous.

Are you willing to give in to glitter at the most wonderful time of the year?

One For You, Two For Me


Christmas time = present buying, right? In my case, that sometimes includes little, um, self-gifts... Despite the usual December markups, I managed to pick up two beauty bits within the past week that a) I've wanted for a while and b) had a little bit of money off.

Let's start with The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Oil. I managed to dig out a 40% off code (14665 if you're wondering) so this came to just £6, and I was already in TBS buying other gifts for people... so it kind of just hopped its way into my basket. Whoops. I'm glad it did, though, as, although I've only had it for about 36 hours, I already absolutely adore it. The texture is deliciously silky and it can sweep away a heavy face of glitter and red lipstick in one go! Dreeeeamy.

The lid of my Body Shop Honey Bronzer snapped off a couple of weeks ago, so I've been looking for a replacement. I was torn between Benefit Hoola and Nars Laguna until Boots had a 20% off offer on Hoola, and, well, it came to £8 less than the Nars offering, so, you know me. I'm incredibly pleased with it - you'll be able to see it in action in this week's YouTube video (it's a good'un even if I do say so myself). You can go lightly or even a bit crazy full on, and it will basically always look lovely.

Nothing softens the Christmas blow on the wallet better than spending more money, right?

Ella xo

Coral For Christmas


Well, I have a confession to make. It's not about the horrific sparsity of my posts lately (sorry anyway), but about the fact that I only recently bought my first Mac lipstick. I feel like it's a bit of a right of passage in the beauty world, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it!

Despite constantly occasionally stealing borrowing my friend's Patisserie (sorry Juliette!) I wanted something a little different to EVERY OTHER LIP PRODUCT I OWN, so I went for See Sheer, a really pretty coral. I didn't stray too far from the path, though, as it's still (quite obviously) a sheer finish lipstick - Lustre, I love you. Maybe not such a seasonal one, but beauty rules are for boring people, am I right?

 It's kind of ~brightening~ in the way that it sort of seems to make me look ever so slightly less dead at 7am when it's still dark out and I would rather be in bed... So thanks, lipstick, I owe you one. It doesn't last too long on, but then it's moisturising and not crazy pigmented so that's to be expected! Basicalllllly, imma raid the Mac counter next time I'm anywhere near one.

What was your first Mac lipstick? 

Ella xo

Share The Love #3


^^^ irrelevant photo alert...

Another list of blogs I love! These kinds of posts are some of my absolute favourites to read from others so I thought I'd add another instalment to my own mini series.

Maddy // Unstitchedd.
It's likely that you already follow Maddy (even Suzie does!), but I couldn't not mention her gorgeous blog. I've been reading it for well over a year and it's just such a lovely one. If you have a thing for perfect photos then it's a blog for you! I need to get my hands on the lens she uses ASAP!

Holly // Bloomin' Rouge
What do you get when you mix pro makeup artist training, awesome HTML skillz and wonderful way with a camera? Perfect blogger material, that's what. And guess what? That's Holly in a nutshell. She's also hilarious. And like 100% lovely. The full package, y'all. 

Tasha // Shiwashiful
I actually discovered Tasha's blog from a comment on this lil website, and boy am I glad I did! I adore her gorgeously glittery template, clean cut photos and ideal taste in skincare. Yes, that's totally a thing. But she's from Australia, so it's spring over there right now, and I kinda hate her for that. Whatever, her blog is gorgeous!

Jenn is just gorgeous. LOOK. AT. THAT. FACE. I'll follow any beauty advice she gives if it makes me look like that, seriously. Oh yeah, and she has that whole photography thang dowwwn. Plus she's friends with Vanessa, which equals blog reading material in my books!

How many of these do you already follow? Because it should be all of them ;-)

Ella xo

Berry & Bronze


Along with autumn weather comes autumn colours - the leaves all over my street are beautiful reds and golds. Obviously that means my eyeshadow has to match! I've been loving using shades from The Balm's Nude 'Tude palette, as they're fairly neutral and comfort-zone-y but with an extra kick. I like applying Sultry, a warm matte brown, in the crease, and then Seductive, a warm shimmery brown, all over my lids. I often take a little bit on Sultry on a pencil brush and smudge it along my lower lash line, too. This would be a really lovely bronzey combination alone, but I like to take advantage of the whole palette and use Sexy, a reddish burgundy/brown, in the 'outer v' thingy. It adds a bit of depth and is super seasonally appropriate!

The rest of the products in this look have been featured a billion times on here before so I won't bore you with the details - I used the Nars Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska, Topshop Glow Highlighter in Gleam, Topshop Kohl Liner in Sable, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Stila Convertible Colour in Rose and Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. Phew! (please ignore the horrific overexposed photo though)

What do you think of this look? It's nice to move on from my usual champagne shadow & liner combination, dontcha think?

Ella xo

Why Gloss Works


 Lip gloss gets a bit of a bad rap from bloggers. Recently, with releases of non-sticky, balmier glosses, this has changed slightly, but most people still tend to prefer lipsticks, stains, lacquers or tinted balms. However, I'm here to make a case for the regular lipgloss - they're not just for pre-teens circa the Mean Girls era of 2004, you know! 

A wash of gloss can really brighten and bring life to a plain and simple makeup look. I like to go for barely-there baby pinks or peachy coral colours, as I find them the most flattering on my complexion. These kinds of shades are really youthful and fresh, but not immature... Please avoid obvious sparkle at all costs! A little shimmer does tend to go unnoticed, though. 

Another important thing to look out for is formula. You don't have to spend much to get something lovely, as even the cheapest brands do great ones these days, but do be careful! Personally I prefer a lipgloss that doesn't feel heavy, sticky or tacky on the lips. I like something that feels more like a balm whilst imparting the perfect amount of colour and shine. My favourites are the Rimmel Vinyl Glosses in Take A Chance and Fashion Icon (pictured, and the one I'm wearing above), the Clarins Lip Perfectors in Rose and Apricot, and the Clinique Superbalm Gloss in Mango. However, this type of formula doesn't wear too well, and will need regular reapplication, so if that bothers you, you might want to look into something heavier. 

Do you have any glosses you'd like to sing the praises of? Or do you shun the shiny stuff in favour of something more matte and pigmented?

Ella xo

The Nars Base


 I don't own a lot of Nars products, but everything I've tried has really impressed me. The one that popped my Nars cherry was their Pure Radiant Moisturiser in Alaska, the most gorgeously dewy base in the universe. This stuff does what it says on the tin - it's pure radiance in a bottle. It's really effective at evening out my skin, cancelling out mediocre redness and blurring pores.

It doesn't do much in the way of tackling my monstrous dark circles, though - that's where the Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard comes in. Some people find it too dry for under the eyes, but I've found that the trick is to just apply a tiny bit, literally just a dot the size of a freckle, and then blend (you can layer if you need to). This way you don't end up with a sticky mess of liquid under your eyes that just won't blend in! 

The shade Custard (despite being Medium 1 to Alaska's Light 2) is the TINIEST TOUCH paler than the tinted moisturiser, so it's ever so slightly brightening. If I use it on blemishes (which I do, on a ~far too regular~ basis) then I apply it before the tinted moisturiser so my base looks more even.I actually love these two - aside from primers and the occasional sweep of Stay Matte, they're pretty much the only base products I use on a regular basis. It's love! (And totally worth the combined £51 price tag...)

Ella xo