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Smokey Weekend Face

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Cause who says you can’t crack out a smokey eye on an uneventful Sunday? I’ve been playing around with my makeup stash recently and have been creating a few new looks that I’ve been absolutely loving, so it’s about time I shared a few of those with you. So today we’ll start with my favourite and most simple of them all, the easy smokey eye featuring my coveted Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette.

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Blogmas Day 14: The Luxe Gift Guide

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Everyone wants a little bit of luxury in their life, but very few people are willing to go out and get it for themselves. That’s why gifting holidays are the best ways to give and get the luxe goods. So for the second day of my week long gifting guides I’m giving you the Luxury Gift Guide; gorgeous palettes and scents that may be a higher price point, but that I’d be ecstatic to give and receive for Christmas!

To start we have the ever-gifted and fan favourite of the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Whether it’s Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, or the new Naked Smokey, (or all of them in the new Naked Vault II) this palette is fabulous and comes with endless eyeshadow possibilities. I consider this on the luxury side due to it’s $50+ price point, coming in at $64.

Next is the Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette, a long-lasting eye and cheek palette. Coming in at $48 the price point isn’t exactly in the ‘luxurious’ category, but the packaging alone sends it there for me. This round, snake-skin-esque leather topped palette is absolutely gorgeous and I just can’t stop opening and staring at it. It’s got 6 eyeshadows, 1 bronzer, 1 highlight, and 1 blush. I’m a lover of all Tarte products and I feel that they’ve really been hitting home runs recently. So this is a great gift for those who haven’t tried any Tarte products before. It’s all here!

Contour palettes have really been the ‘in’ thing for 2015. Well, the beginning of the year at least before the world was hit with Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop and the art of strobbing (another luxe gift idea!). But for the contour palettes you have lots of gifting options! My favourite, coming in at $52, is the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit. This is another great luxe gift for newbie’s to the makeup or contour world since it’s simple and step-by-step. The easiest contour out there! And the glossy sleek packaging and red handled contour brush are divine.

And the last of the palettes is definitely my most luxurious of them all. It’s the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, coming in at $95. This is reaaaally not great value for the price, but is the most gorgeous palette I have ever seen in my life and I just couldn’t help myself. Plus the products are amazing. It includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer. All of these are available individually with the exception of the middle powder, Iridescent Light, which is a limited powder only available in this palette. If you’ve ever tried any Hourglass Ambient Light Powders then you’ll know the amazing quality of these! Get ready for the compliments.

Then come the scents. I’m really not one to splurge and buy scents for myself, but I love getting them as gifts. I love both the Elizabeth and James White Nirvana coming in at $75, and the Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber coming in at $125. Jo Malone – the true gift of luxury!

What are your favourite luxe palettes and purchases? Any luxe gifting ideas of your own?

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My Summer Bases

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Summer brings the hope of a tan and the fear of a burn. Keepin is on our toes all the time, aren’t ya sunshine? So with my skin getting a glowy hue and in need of some necessary protection I usually change up my foundations and bases for the summer months to make life a little easier.

The first base that I love using during the summer months is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade 103 True Ivory. I started using this one a few years ago, and sadly found that I’d bought it in a shade or two too dark. But saving it for my summer days, it’s the perfect match for tanned me! I love how this foundation has a slight shimmer to brighten the face as well, to really catch the sunshine in a naturally highlighting way. It’s the perfect summer glow and has a great coverage and stay power. Bit in love at the moment, as I am at the beginning of every summer that I return to this trusty base.

The second summer base is the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35 for daily sun protection. I don’t wear an SPF daily (save your comments, I know) but I like a little tan on my face. But for those days I know I’m going to be outside and in the sun for a long time, I turn to a base that has SPF in it. I love how simple this BB cream is and how smooth it feels on my face. Granted, it doesn’t quite stay all day, so I sometimes bring it with and quickly find a mirror to reapply with my fingers. No problem! It’s quick and easy protection and coverage! Love it.

What do you like to use specifically in the summer?

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