Party Bag Beauty Essentials

As the party season is here, it's time to whip out sparkly frocks, party bags as well as full on glamour make up, who doesn't love a good dress up and make up session? When it comes down to what is needed on a night out, I have whipped up a nice little selection of party bag beauty essentials to share with you today. 

Make up wise, I have chosen my favourite powder of all time, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Compact (*), it's literally blurs out all imperfections and leaves with such a flawless finish. Touch ups on my eyeliner is always needed, so I will be taking the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Liner with me, it has a super slim nib which makes reapplications smooth, quick and easy. On my lips, the classic red comes out to play, so I will be packing the NARS Matte Lip Pencil (*) in the shade Dragon Girl

On my hair, John Frieda have brought out a Flyaway Tamer (*) which is perfect for keeping flyaway's at bay and gives my hair a polished finish. Lastly, no party bag is complete without a nice perfume, I absolutely love this fragrance called Harmonie from Valeur Absolue (*). It has a really beautiful and relaxing scent, which is a little different to my normal 'going out' perfumes, but there's just something about it that's really captivating.

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OUTFIT - Turtles In The Neck

Jumper/Dress - Primark
Boots - ASOS

A very minimal outfit today, a nice, cosy turtle neck jumper and some knee high boots, simple does it all as they say. I've developed a real penchant for turtle neck jumpers lately and this one is fast becoming my favourite as it's so cosy and warm and in the most perfect light grey shade. As for my boots, can we just take a second to appreciate how beautiful they are? I know knee high boots have taken the bloggersphere by storm and it took me so long to get hold of these ones by ASOS. They're honestly one of the most comfiest pair of boots I have and I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of them this winter.

Photos: Elif Muzaffer
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Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Gifts For Last Minute Buyers

To finish off my gift guide series, here is a set of gifts for all those last-minuters out there! Enjoy......Bleach London Spin The Bleach Bottle £12.00 (*) - This is probably one of the coolest gifts I have ever seen! Containing six popular colours, let fate decide on the colour for one's hair by spinning the dial. These fade within two-ten washes depending on intensity of the shade, so this is the perfect gift for anyone who's looking to be a bit creative when it comes to multi-coloured hair.

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan Luxury Gift Set £25.50 (*) - One of my favourite tanning products packaged in the most beautiful metallic bag, this is a 'love at first sight' gift for anyone who loves a good bronze. I have raved about He-Shi's Express Liquid Tan before and it is one of the most effective tan's I have come across and so easy to use. The gift set also contains a mitt, so it's pretty much the full kit in all it's glory.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Essentials Gift Set £108.00 (*) - For anyone who is looking for some new skincare treats this Christmas, this gift set is the one for them. Containing Jurlique's famous Herbal Recovery range which helps to smooth fine lines and revitalise the skin, this set is great to inject some luxury products in to someone's daily routine.

Liz Earle Sweet Orange & Mint Cleanse & Polish £19.75 - The multi-award winning Cleanse & Polish from Liz Earle have released yet another limited edition scent, Sweet Orange & Mint. So if you know someone who's a huge fan, this will not disappoint. The zesty notes of sweet orange mixed with the uplifting scent of mint will give the skin a more bright and radiant complexion.
GHOST The Fragrance Gift Set £24.50 (*) - The most classic and original fragrance from GHOST comes in a sparkly box set which also contains the body lotion. I was and still am a huge fan of this scent, light, refreshing and perfect for every day wear. Priced at only £24.50, this is an absolute bargain.

Les Couvent des Minimes Recipe of Love Range £3.00-£8.50 (*) - Give a gift of true love this season with this 'Recipe of Love' collection from Les Couvent des Minimes, a sister brand to the famous L'ocitane, but with a more affordable price tag. The collection is luxurious with a floral, fruity blend of orange blossom, citrus fruits and five beneficial plants. Their bath-time will not be the same after using these, trust me on that one!
ecoTools Fresh & Flawless Five Piece Complexion Set £11.99 (*) - ecoTools is one of my favourite make up brush brand and this set is great for anyone who is new to make up brushes. Containing five brushes all for the face, they're designed to hide imperfections and give the most flawless finish with an airbrushed look. Because they're slightly small in size, they'd also be perfect for someone who travels a lot.

Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition £34.00 (*) - Ending this series with a bang, the Pixi Beauty Ultimate Beauty Kit needs to be on everyone make up lovers dressing table this year. The kit contains a whopping forty eyeshadows, six highlighters and six cheek powders, this really 'the' ultimate kit. An endless amount of fresh-faced looks can be created and can also be built upon for more dramatic looks.
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The Library Of Fragrance

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I am a huge perfume fan and when I came across The Library of Fragrance during the summer at a Boots Christmas event, I was instantly hooked and knew it was something I'd definitely look in to at some point. Fast forward a few months and I am sat here with three incredible scents from the brand and I can't help but give them a sniff every few seconds while writing this post. The Library of Fragrance products are produced by New York based company, Demeter Fragrance Library Inc and the unique selling point of these fragrances are each scent captures all the wonderful smells that surround us every day, but are often forgotten or unappreciated in our multi-tasking world. After gaining a cult following, Demeter went on to create even more scents and no matter how unusual or odd they were, customers were always coming back for more.

I have three bottles of these fragrances, Baby Powder (*), Cucumber (*) and Orange Blossom (*). Each of them have an distinctive twang to the scent and really opens up my feelings every time I use them. My personal favourite is Baby Powder and it was inspired by the iconic fragrance of talc by the Johnson & Johnson company. It brings back memories of being a child and also reminds me of my nieces and nephew whom I adore.

With over 300 unique scents sold in 35 different countries, there's definitely one that will suit you. Most of the collection can be purchase directly through the website with a carefully curated selection available at Boots. At £15.00 a bottle, it's super affordable and would make a great Christmas gift.
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Face Of The Day #6

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I've only recently started using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and I absolutely love it! It smells amazing and really gives my skin a good clean as well as leaving enough moisture behind. I'm still going strong with my Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water (*) which refreshes and cools, then I apply a thin layer of the La Roche Posay Redermic R (*). To moisturise, I am currently using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, it's really light-weight and gives me a matte finish.
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Moving on to make up, I was given a few samples of the Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer and I've been using it non-stop since (must purchase full size soon). It's got quite a creamy texture and is beige in colour, it gives my skin a really dewy base and allows my foundation (YSL Touhe Eclat Foundation) to glide on smoothly. Giving myself a bit of colour, I've gone for my trusty Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder and on my eyes, I'm wearing the Smoky Stories Quad in Upside Down (*), Mega Liner in Ultra Black (*) and Volume 1 Seconde Mascara in Ultra Black (*) all from Bourjois. On my eyebrows, I lined with the Bareminerals Frame and Define Brow Styler in Dark (*) and filled it in with MAC's Brow Set in Brown Ebony, while on my cheeks, I'm wearing the NARS Blusher in Deep Throat. Lastly, on my lips, I've gone for a red-plum colour named Audrey (*) which is also from NARS.
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What do you think of the finished look?

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Birthday Giveaway

Oh, it's my birthday! Another year older and another year wiser, I hope. Birthday's are one of those love and hate occasions for me, I love it because I like the excuse of celebrating, being spoilt and being lazy, just because it's that time of the year. I dislike it because I'm older and I can definitely feel it, le sigh, why can't we all be eternally young? Hey ho, let's celebrate anyway! You guys have spent two Birthdays and Christmases with me already and I can't be more thankful for all the support, so to give something back, I am holding a Birthday and Christmas giveaway.

You can win:
1 x Pair of Classic White Converse Sneakers in a size of your choice
1 x The Sanctuary Ultimate Body Scrub
1 x Bleach London Jelly Coin Purse
2 x Bourjois Eyeshadow Palettes (Grey & Night and Rock This Khaki)
1 x Bourjois Cream to Powder Eyeshadow (07 Flocon d'or)
1 x Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio
1 x The Body Shop Blusher Brush
1 x The Body Shop Foundation Brush
1 x The Body Shop Eyeshadow Brush

All you have to do is follow the steps in the Rafflecopter form below.

Giveaway Rules:

- MUST follow all the steps in the Rafflecopter widget
- The giveaway is the open for three weeks (ends 4th January 2015)
- Open internationally
- The giveaway is for one winner and they will receive all the prizes stated above
- If you're under 18, please ask for your parents permission to enter

THANK YOU and good luck!

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A Chat About Blogging

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This blog is over two and half years old now and I've been so lucky and overwhelmed with all the support I've had since starting it. The relationships I've built with my readers and with PR's, the opportunities that have come my way and not forgetting the friendships that I have built with fellow bloggers. It hasn't been an easy journey and I didn't expect it to be at all, I knew it was something that needed nurturing. I have worked my butt off to get it to where it is now and I am by no means a big blogger, but this was just something I wanted to get off my chest for the past month. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about how blogging has changed these days and how it isn't what it use to be, but really, when do things ever stay the same? The world moves and so does everything else, you need to move with it and adapt to it to ensure you're keeping ahead, otherwise you'll just be the one left behind. Being bitter and jealous is just ugly, there is no point in being one of those people. The amount of time you spend being that person, you're better off trying to improve what you have. This is just my two pence worth really, I didn't want to make this a long post, at the end of the day, if you can't keep up with the game, don't play it, simples!
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Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Hair Wands

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ghd curve wand
Ghd Curve Classic Wave Wand £110.00 (*) - An oval-shaped wand to create classic, deep waves and glamorous movement for longer hair. This wand is part of ghd's new collection of hair tools featuring the brand's signature tri-zone technology for longer lasting and healthy looking curls. It is super easy to use and will will make the perfect gift for newbie curlers as well as existing ghd fans.
thx bubble wand
THX Total Hair Experts Spiralicious Bubble Wand £25.00 (*) - The bubble design of this wand can create either loose tousled waves for natural, flowing style or defined curls for a voluminous and bouncy mane. Designed to be able to wrap each section of hair round the bubbles to achieve the desired look, not only can you use it on different lengths of hair, it is also easy to use and store.
babyliss boutique salon deep waves
Babyliss Boutique Salon Deep Waves £50.00 (*) - For someone who likes creating deep and luxurious waves, this is the ultimate gift for them. Featuring large tourmaline-ceramic barrels, the end look is a beautiful and frizz-free style with minimal effort. Packaged in a pretty pink box and equipped with a salon heat wrap, I wouldn't mind seeing this under my tree this Christmas!
Mark Hill Wild Waver Hot Wand £29.99 (*) - This is actually limited edition, so make sure you snap it up this Christmas for your loved before it's gone! The ceramic coated barrel delivers smooth and defined waves in seconds so it'll make the perfect gift for someone who's always on-the-go. The pretty pink handle makes it super girly and inside the box, there is also some heat gloves to protect any heat burns. 
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OUTFIT: Nike X Liberty

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nike x liberty trainers
Jumper - ASOS
Jeans - Topshop

Today, I am in one of my favourite types of outfits, a chunky knit, ripped denim and comfy trainers. These Nike x Liberty print air max's are easily my favourite purchase of the year, I mean, the print is beautiful and the deep plum burgundy shades mixed with the neon coral is just the perfect combination. Paired with my turtleneck ribbed jumper (I do have a thing for turtlenecks at the moment) and Topshop ripped Jamie jeans, this look is my classic go-to for casual and comfort.

Photos: Elif Muzaffer
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