Best Of: Blusher Brushes

I do love it when I find a good brush that makes all the difference when applying make up. One of those brushes that you know you can't live without and always go back to no matter what. On this occasion, for blushers, I have three. Three excellent brushes that work differently and provide me with what I need at all times. Let's start with Dolce & Gabbana's 'The Blush Brush', a brush that is specially designed to impart the perfect amount of product on to your cheeks for the most even application. The bristles are feathery-soft and with it's semi-rounded dome shape, it's great for highlighting and creating a pretty and natural look. Next is Liz Earle's 'Blush Brush', a precision angled brush that literally makes applying powder blush effortless. Soft bristles with a sleek design n'all, this brush is perfect for creating a chiselled cheekbone look. Lastly, my all time favourite, the EcoTools Tapered Brush (*). This brush is the perfect all rounder for both cream and powder blushes. The bristles are incredibly soft and gentle and it's got a larger head compared to the others which makes it's great to use with other face powders too. Overall, these three brushes are essentials in my make up routine and I'd highly recommend checking them all out.

Do you have a favourite blush brush/es?

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VIDEO: Evening Skincare Routine


A follow on from my morning skincare routine video, this is now my evening skincare routine. More products are used in the evening for getting rid of make up and grime as well as prepping it for my beauty sleep. I hope you enjoy the video and don't forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more!
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Creating A Workspace

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Having wanted a workspace for what seems like eternity, I have finally managed to get my act together and create my own little corner in my room, where I can plan my work. As highlighted in this post a while back, I moved the sewing machine out of the room, cleaned up a small little area and cooed in Ikea over pretty desks and stationary. But, because my room is on the small side, I settled for the Micke desk which at a mere £39, I couldn't complain. I then went on to choose a comfy chair with a good back support and ending up choosing the Torbjorn Swivel chair which can be adjusted to suit my height. 
 
Now on to desk side decorations which was my favourite part. As the desk is on the small side, I had to be selective with what I chose. I wanted to have the essentials as well as some decorative pieces, so opted for a Cream and Gold Desk Clock (*) from Pia Jewellery and a Prism Photo Frame (*), also from the same brand. Other items on my desk include a Skurar Plant Pot for my pens, some fake flowers from TK Maxx, some beauty products and a document filer that holds my note books and various other bits. 
 
Despite the area being pretty small, I am super happy with how it turned out. Every day, I am excited to sit at my desk and plan all my creative work and now I have a long list of blog and video ideas which I can't wait to start creating. I hope you enjoyed this post, do let me know if you plan on creating a workspace for yourself or already have one, so I can have a little nosy.
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Dress For Your Christmas Party

With the festive season fast approaching, by now you should be thinking about your perfect outfit to wow your guests or that festively formal little black dress for the office end of year party. With this in mind, BySymphony.com – the middle east’s gateway to high fashion, have made the choice that little bit easier presenting a selection of key pieces perfect for the festive party season.
Make that first impression count in the ultimate festive evening outfit; choose standout pieces from Alexander McQueen, Notte By Marchesa and Emporio Armani
AlexanderMcQueen’s Jacquard Knit Dress elegantly plays on proportions whilst offering the ultimate form flattering fit. The svelte fitted waist accentuates the kick flare skirt and ballooned sleeves are perfectly designed to create the definitive dramatic look, all balanced with a mini length. The gorgeous white is perfectly paired with contrasting black heels and an embellished clutch that compliments its striking silhouette. A timeless party essential that you will love to slip on time and time again thanks to its soft wool mix. 
The Laceand Pleat Dress from Notte by Marchesa is a stunning little black dress, creating an elegant fit with more coverage without compromising on the wow factor. The fitted top accentuates the female form in combination with its nipped in waist whilst the lined bust and sleeves are effortlessly in tune with festive imagery and offer a little more coverage for those celebrating in cooler climates. The intrinsically feminine rounded colour detail provides a gorgeous focal point to the whole ensemble. Style with strappy heels and minimal accessories for the perfect look. 
Finally, EmporioArmani’s Turtleneck Dress pushes the boundaries of knitwear, offering sophistication and style with a wide funnel neck and neat seam detailed full skirt. The gorgeous burgundy colour is totally on trend this festive season and the 100% Virgin Wool feels beautiful on the skin. Style with sleek heels and nylons for maximum chicness.

Which one is your favourite?
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Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts For Him

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The Brighton Beard Company Crowlink Loot Gift Set £25.95 (*) - For all those boyfriends, dads, brothers and uncles that have beards, this set will sure make them happy on Christmas day. I mean, anyone can grow a beard, but a good maintenance and beauty regime is needed and this set contains three key products to keep it looking and feeling great.
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Paco Rabanne 1 Millon Eau De Toilette £32.99 (*), Boss Hugo Boss Eau De Toilette (Collector's Editon) £32.99 (*) - Again, one of the quickest and easiest gifts to buy for a guy is perfume or aftershave as my boyfriend likes to call it, perfume is too girlie for them. Fragrance Direct have a huge selection to choose from, so you'll be spoilt for choice. One of my favourites is the Paco Rabanne 1 Million, which seems to go down well every time I give it to a guy family member and the Boss Hugo Boss have released a Collector's Edition bottle which looks super slick and even comes with a free gift.
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Liz Earle 'The Gift Of Great Skin' Set £25.00 (*), Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish For Men £14.75 (*) - If you're thinking of getting someone in to skincare, then Liz Earle will be the perfect option. The Cleanse & Polish is the classic best-seller from the brand and will ensure that his skin is rid of dirt and grime, leaving it soft and smooth. The Great Gift Of Skin set contains a Face & Body Wash and an After-Shaving Moisturiser which again is perfect for ensuring the recipient is all fresh-smelling and nicely groomed.
Jack Wills Complete Collection Men's Toiletries Gift Set £25.00 (*) - This set is an impressive selection of day to day toiletries that will really make any man smile. From a quirky soap on rope to signature body sprays, all these bathroom beauties will sure keep him feeling fresh and smelling good after the festive season is over. Exclusive to Boots and only £25.00 for the set, I'd say, treat him.
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OUTFIT - Gazelle Love

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Okay, the truth is, I love wearing black, the more, the merrier. Why? I don't know why, it's just one of those colours that work for me and I find wearing black so chic and classic. This knitted midi dress ticks all the right boxes, it's warm, a great fit and the best thing about it, it was only £16 from Primark. To make the dress more casual, I opted for my Adidas Gazelle trainers, which super comfy and perfect for those chilled out days.

Photos: Elif Muzaffer
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The Boyfriend Edit: A Visit To Michael Van Clarke Salon

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Hi everyone.

I'm back again with another instalment of The Boyfriend Edit.

I recently visited the Michael Van Clarke salon located near Bond Street for a wash and cut from the man himself. After a brief consultation, with Michael explaining what he planned to do, I was taken away to have my hair washed and prepped. Michael decided to work with my face shape by layering the cut, squaring off my jawline and trimming parts of my facial hair to create a more defined look. 

The finished result was a more neater and tidier cut, while enhancing my face shape with some clever styling. Michael used the 3 More Inches Finishing Feed to finish off the style, it is a wax that repairs and restores, while keeping my hair supple and shiny.

Stay tuned for the vlog review coming soon......
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Only For The Eyes

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Eye products are one of those things that I previously neglected to use. I rarely had any sort of eye skin problems as such and never felt the need to use them until the past year or so. Lack of sleep was the main concern for me and due to this, I developed dark, eye bags underneath my eyes. Blaming myself for not treating that part of my face well, I went off and explored the world of eye creams/serums/gels.
 
Today, I'm sharing with you, two of best ones I've tried and also a new one that has very quickly become a favourite. First up is Healgel Eye (*), a brand I came across at the beginning of this year and very quickly fell in love with. The texture of the gel is super soft and moisturising and instantly refreshes my eyes. Within two weeks of using this, I noticed the skin under my eyes were less puffy and dark and it also created a nice, smooth base for make up. Next is, The Body Shop's Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate (*), it comes in form of a rollerball pump applicator and releases a serum-gel type product. All I do is apply the concentrate on to my skin and pat it down and it instantly makes my eyes appear less tired and reduces the appearance of eye bags. The packaging is also super handy, which is great for popping in your handbag to reapply throughout the day if needed. Lastly, the newest addition is the Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash (*). I have only been using this for a week and it has already won a firm place in my heart. It's perfect for refreshing tired eyes and minimises dark circles while protecting the skin. I also found this great for treating puffiness and really gives my eyes a lift.
 
What eye products do you use?

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