Champagne Christmas Pudding from Graze

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Graze Champagne Christmas Pudding
Hey Lovelies,
Christmas is nearly upon us so I thought I'd share with you the Champagne Christmas pudding which I  was recently sent from Graze. I'm a big fan of Graze and I love their snacks that are not only healthy but delicious at the same time, so I was quite intrigued to see what their Champagne Christmas pudding is all about. First things first, this is an ACTUAL 454g Christmas pudding and not a Christmas pudding inspired snack that comes in a small punnet like all other Graze snacks. It also tastes a lot lighter than your usual Christmas pudding and you even get Belgian white chocolate and freeze dried raspberries to pour on top! I have to admit, the Belgian white chocolate was perhaps my favourite thing about this Christmas pudding as it tasted absolutely delicious. (Small disclaimer: I am a bit of a chocoholic).
The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped my Graze Champagne Christmas Pudding* is the scent of champagne which is not surprising considering it contains French Brut Champagne. It's a really fruity pudding that contains raisins, sultanas and currants. I'm not actually a Christmas pudding fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Graze Champagne Christmas Pudding* because it isn't as heavy or soaked in brandy like your traditional Christmas puddings are. 
Graze Champagne Christmas Pudding
If you follow me on Twitter or know me in real life you will probably know that I cannot cook to save my life, but I had lots of fun preparing my Graze Champagne Christmas pudding*. There area several options how you can prepare your Graze Champagne Christmas pudding*. You can microwave it, boil it or steam it. I decided to steam mine because I thought it would taste even better this way. The Belgian Chocolate comes in a usual Graze punnet together with the freeze dried raspberries. The chocolate does need to be poured into a separate bowl and heated up in the microwave before you can pour it over the pudding. I'm actually quite proud of myself for preparing my Champagne Christmas pudding without any major accidents because the kitchen and I are not friends haha! Here you can see how mine turned out. A full ingredients list as well as instructions on how to prepare this pudding are on the packaging sleeve.
Graze Champagne Christmas Pudding
I can't believe that it's Christmas next week already, and if you like the sound of this Christmas pudding click here for the link to the Graze website where you can order yours for £10.00 including delivery. If you're stuck for any last minute gift ideas, you can even order one as a Christmas gift for someone!
I hope you've enjoyed this post. Thank you as always for reading and until next time,
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The (tounge-in-cheek) Christmas Tag

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and having a good December so far. As you may have already guessed from the title today's post is going to be the Christmas Tag. Kirsty from Tartan Bones put this tag up on her blog a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed reading it so I decided to give it a go myself. The photo is of my cat Billie. She loves Christmas just as much as I do. Enjoy!
What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I do not have a favourite Christmas movie. I have the attention span of a goldfish so I don't watch a lot of movies and when I do, they are most certainly not Christmas ones. And don't even get me started on Christmas music. It makes my ears bleed even more than X Factor does.
Do you open presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
My mother is German and in Germany you open your presents on Christmas eve so that's what we do. I'd quite like to open my presents on Christmas morning for a change, but when I asked my Mutter she said Nein so we open them on Christmas eve. Ordnung muss sein and all that.
Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Opening presents and eating home made Yorkshire puddings with gravy.
Favourite festive food?
None. I'm probably one of the world's fussiest eaters and I don't have a favourite Christmas food. Everything I eat is available all year round. I actually get more excited about Easter food because I love chocolate. Turkey, brussel sprouts and mince pies just don't do it for me. Soz.
Favourite Christmas gift?
When I was younger I used to get very excited about Christmas gifts but now that I am at an age where I tend to buy everything I want anyway Christmas gifts aren't as fun as they used to be. Having said that, this year I am getting an iPad for Christmas which I'm pretty happy about. 
Favourite Christmas scent?
Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise candle.
Do you have any Christmas eve traditions?
As I said earlier, I'm German so I open my presents on Christmas eve. #winning 
We also put up and decorate our tree on Christmas eve (it's another German thing), but I let my family deal with that so I can mope around the house spreading the Christmas cheer.
What tops your Christmas tree?
One of my selfies.
As a kid what was one crazy gift you asked for but never received?
Where do I start... I have expensive taste. What more can I say. The latest thing my materialistic heart desires is a Tag watch. Sadly I don't think anyone I know will buy me one so I may need to make use of the #PRrequest hashtag on Twitter once more.
What's the best part about Christmas for you?
My parents live abroad and they come to visit at Christmas. It's always nice to see them, but after 2 weeks of living with them it's also rather nice to say Auf Wiedersehen again. 
Well that's all for today folks! I hope you've enjoyed reading this post. How do you celebrate Christmas and are you as bah humbug about it as I am? Don't forget to let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
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My MAC Eyeshadow Palettes (Part 1 of 3)

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 MAC 15 Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Hello Lovelies,
If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know that I'm a huge fan of MAC. It's probably the first high end make up brand I ever got into when I was around 20 years old. 15 years on I am still a massive fan of the brand, hence the frequent MAC posts on here haha! My favourite MAC products are their eyeshadows. I currently own 3x 15 pan MAC eyeshadow pallets, as well as a quite few individual ones. I've been meaning to do a post on my MAC eyeshadow pallets ever since I started this blog, but I somehow never got round to it until now. Rather than writing up one massive post featuring all 3 of my pallets, I have decided to break them up into 3 separate posts. I hope you will find these posts useful, whether you are thinking of adding some new MAC eyeshadows to your collection or if you are just starting out with MAC and wondering which eyeshadows to go for.
MAC 15 Pan Custom Eyeshadow Palette
I love MAC eyeshadows because they are super pigmented, come in 8 different finishes and blend like a dream. I think there's a MAC eyeshadow out there for just about everyone. MAC eyeshadows are also great because you can custom make your own pallet. With so many eyeshadows to chose from this can be quite addictive, which is how I ended up with 3 completed 15 pan pallets. I have build this collection up over quite a few years, and it is definitely the pride and joy of my make up collection.
The palette I'm talking about today features some of my most reached for shadows. Enjoy!
MAC 15 Pan Custom Eyeshadow Palette
Nylon frost finish
I've hit pan on this eyeshadow so I clearly love it a lot! I use Nylon as an inner corner highlight. It's a gorgeous shimmery pale gold colour and if you like quite an intense inner corner highlight, I would definitely recommend checking out Nylon.
Brule satin finish
I think Brule is probably a blogger favourite that many of you may already own or have at least heard of. I like this using this shade as a non-shimmery highlight. If I have a lot of sparkle going on on the eyes, I prefer to use a subtle brow and inner corner highlight. Brule is perfect for that!
Naked Lunch  frost finish
Another blogger favourite! Naked Lunch is a very versatile shade. I use it as a highlight colour as well as an all over lid colour depending what look I'm going for.
All That Glitters veluxe pearl finish
This eyeshadow was possibly made famous by a certain YouTuber who named her channel after this MAC eyeshadow because she loves it so much. All That Glitters is one of my favourite MAC eyeshadows too. I think that everybody needs in their collection! I would describe this eyeshadow as a champagne gold colour. It looks stunning worn just on its own but can also be used together with other eyeshadows to create anything from a subtle daytime look to a dramatic smokey eye.
Malt matte finish
Malt is not the most exciting looking shade but I still love it. It's a matte flesh toned kind of colour which I like to use to blend out my crease colour. Sometimes I also apply Malt as a base colour to my lid before applying other eyeshadows.
MAC 15 Pan Custom Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Soba satin finish 
I love Soba! I have seriously hit pan on this shade and as soon as I am out of it I will definitely be purchasing a new one. I use Soba either as a lid colour or as a transition crease colour. I know my swatch of Soba doesn't look that exciting but trust me, it's a lovely eyeshadow that looks great on many different skin tones and eye colours. 
Satin Taupe frost finish
Everybody and their dog must know about Satin Taupe. As the name suggests, it's a taupe colour. Some people can rock Satin Taupe as an all over lid colour but I prefer blending it through the crease with something like Naked Lunch or All That Glitters on the lid. That's a classic MAC combo right there for you!
Tempting lustre finish
Tempting is one of the few lustre finish eyeshadows I own. It's a lovely colour if you are going for a brown smokey eye and prefect for the autumn and winter months. I use it a lot during this time of year and wouldn't be without it in my make up stash. 
Woodwinked veluxe pearl finish
Woodwinked is another one of my all time favourite MAC eyeshadows and I often get compliments on my eyes when I wear this shade. This eyeshadow is really easy to blend and is one of those colours that you can simply throw on and it will look like you've put a lot of work into your eyeshadow when all you are really wearing is a bit of Woodwinked. What I love most about this shade is how it blends. The more you blend, the more the colour changes. Woodwinked is a beauty and if you don't already own it, I highly recommend checking it out.
Amber Lights frost finish
Amber lights is a lovely warm gold shade. It almost has orange tones running through. I like wearing this on the lid and when I'm quite tanned, I sometimes also use it as an inner corner highlight. Out of all the colours in this palette, Amber Lights is probably the most intense.
Mulch velvet finish
I have repurchased Mulch plenty of times. It's my most used MAC eyeshadows. It's a rich brown colour with a hint of gold running through it. Being a veluxe pearl finish means that Mulch isn't too glittery and I think it looks really nice blended through the crease.
Swiss Chocolate matte finish
Who doesn't love a bit of Swiss chocolate! MAC's Swiss Chocolate is a reddish brown matte shade that looks amazing on brown eyes and really makes green and blue eyes pop. I love using Swiss Chocolate as a crease colour. It's not too dark and really warms up any eyeshadow look.
Espresso matte finish
MAC's website describes Espresso as a muted golden brown. I sometimes use this shade to fill in my eyebrows, other times I will use it to deepen a dark brown smokey eye.
Folie satin finish 
Folie is another reddish brown shade, however it is a bit darker than Swiss Chocolate. MAC describe it as a reddish plum-brown and it looks so pretty when it's blended through the crease. I am a sucker for warm toned eyeshadows and Folie fits the bill perfectly.
Beauty Marked velvet finish
Beauty Marked is quite an interesting shade and one of the latest additions to my MAC eyeshadow collection. Now in the pan Beauty Marked looks quite purple and glittery. However when I apply Beauty Marked to my eyes it's not purple or glittery at all. In fact, I've found it to be a lovely cool toned shade that I can use to smoke out a lot of different eye looks. I usually blend Beauty Marked through my outer corner.
MAC eyeshadows retail for £10 in the pan form and you can buy a palette for £10.00 as well as an insert for £2.50 which is what I did to build this palette. Now if you don't want to commit to 15 eyeshadows they also do eyeshadow quads and duos you that can customise too.
What's your favourite MAC eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below! If you've enjoyed this post do pop back because I will be sharing 2 more MAC eyeshadow pallets on here of the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for reading and until next time,
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Graze Best of USA Box

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Graze Best of USA Box
Hey Lovelies,
Recently I was lucky enough to receive a very exciting parcel from Graze which included 4 limited edition Best of USA snacks. I don't know about you, but I love American food. It's so delicious, but sadly for my waistline some foods from across the pond can also be quite high in calories. So being sent a parcel from Graze which included 4 American snacks all under 150 calories was not only great news for my taste buds, but also for my figure haha!
Graze Best of USA Box
I didn't actually know that you could also order Graze boxes in the USA (for some reason I thought they were only available in England, silly me!). For a limited time only, UK customers are able to order some of the Graze snacks which are available in the USA. I think that this is a great idea from Graze because let's be honest, who doesn't love American food! Well without further ado, let's delve into the 4 punnets I was sent.
Graze Best of USA Box New York Everything Bagel
New York Everything Bagel*, 130 calories
New York is the one place in the world I want to visit more than anything so I obviously loved receiving a New York bagel inspired snack! A New York Everything bagel is basically an American bagel with all the seasonings. The Graze New York Everything bagel is probably a lot healthier than the real thing. It also contains a fraction of the calories haha! What you get in this punnet is a combination of poppy seeds and onion sesame sticks. This obviously isn't as filling as a proper American bagel, but it's still a very tasty snack nonetheless and you can really taste the poppy seeds in it.
Graze Best of USA Box Campfire Smores
Campfire Smores*, 133 calories
Smores is something I had heard of, probably from watching American TV shows or films but I wasn't quite sure exactly what they were. The leaflet which tells me more about the products I received in my Graze Best Of USA box tells me that they are a classic American snack inspired by melting chocolate and marshmallows over a campfire. How delicious does that sound!! Sadly Graze don't provide you with melted chocolate and marshmallows, however what you do get is a punnet  of salted almond milk chocolate buttons, sponge pieces and mini vanilla marshmallows. I can confirm that this snack tastes as delicious as it sounds and I would quite happily munch my way through boxes of this stuff if I could. This punnet reminded me a little of Lucky Charms cereal and hot chocolate which I used to have when I was a kid.
Graze Best of USA Box Creamy Ranch Kern Pops Creamy Ranch Kern Pops*, 138 calories
I didn't actually think I would enjoy this snack because it contains popcorn kernels which I am not the biggest fan of. I personally prefer popped popcorn. However I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Creamy Ranch Kern Pops. Maybe it's because the popcorn kernels are baked rather than fried and topped with a classic American creamy ranch dressing which makes them more tasty than I thought they would be.
Graze Best of USA Box Stars and Stripes
Stars and Stripes*, 130 calories 
Ok so no American themed box would be complete without a Stars and Stripes product. The Graze team in the USA created this product to celebrate their Independence Day on the 4th of July. It contains blueberry infused cranberries, raspberry stings and blackcurrant fruit stars. Being a bit of a dried food lover meant that I really enjoyed eating this snack. It reminded me a little bit of Fruit Stings which you often find in children's lunch boxes, except the Graze version is a lot tastier! The fact that you actually get stars and stripes shaped dried fruit in this punnet is a super cute and original touch from Graze!
Now I'm really sorry if this post has left you feeling incredibly hungry but fret not, you can order a Graze Best of USA Box from the Graze website for £4.99. Be quick, because I've been told that there is only a limited number of these boxes available. Click here if you'd like to get your hands on one!
What's your all time favourite American snack? Let me know in the comments below. I really hope you've enjoyed reading this post. I know it's something a bit different for my blog because I usually post about beauty products on here, but I really enjoyed receiving this box and eating all the snacks that I wanted to share them with you lovely lot. Thank you for reading and until next time,
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Another little MAC haul...

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MAC Haul Soar Whirl Indianwood
Hey Lovelies,
You know you own too much make up when you buy products and they get buried underneath your make up stash. You completely forget about them until you are tidying your collection and find a bunch of stuff you haven't even opened yet! This is what happened to me this week anyway. I seem to forever be placing MAC orders (everybody loves a bit of MAC, right?!), and these are some products that I recently purchased and forgot about.
MAC Haul Soar Lipliner Whirl Lipliner Indianwood Paintpot
MAC's Indianwood Pro Longwear Paint Pot has been on my wish list for quite some time. I'm generally a big fan of the brand's paint pots anyway. They not only come in a variety of colours but you can also wear them on their own or as an eyeshadow base. My eye make up never creases or fades throughout the day when I use a MAC paint pot, and a few of my friends have actually commented saying they are amazed how well my eye make up stays on throughout the day. MAC Indianwood is very opaque. It's the most gorgeous bronze colour that's perfect for autumn. It actually reminds me a little bit of the blogger favourite MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow. I think MAC Indianwood would look amazing on all skintones and eye colours. It's a really warm shade and if you are lucky enough to have blue eyes, it would really make your eye colour pop! 
MAC Pro Longwear Indianwood Paint Pot
I seem to be jumping on the lip liner bandwagon quite late. I usually spend quite a long time doing my make up and perfecting my base, eyes, brows and winged liner as best as I can. By the time I get to my lips in my make up routine I am either running late or just fed up of painting my face that I throw on a nude lipstick and head out the door. Recently I decided it is time to change this and invested in 2 of MAC's most popular lip pencils that everyone and their dog either seem to own or have at least heard of: Soar and Whirl. According to the MAC website, Soar is a mid-tone pinkish brown and Whirl is a dirty rose colour. I decided to treat myself to both of these colours because I love a nude lip and it's what all the cool kids seem to be wearing at the moment haha!
Here are the swatches of the 3 items I picked up:
I hope you've enjoyed this little haul. Let me know what you think in the comments section below and don't forget to leave me your blog link so I can check out your blog too!
Thank you for reading and until next time,
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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! I know I haven't posted on here in a while but I've been quite busy lately. I also work in retail and with our busiest time of year coming up, I am not quite sure how much I'll be blogging over November and December but I will try my best. I've got today off though which is nice, so I thought I'd bring you a little review on the Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer which I have been using over the past month or so. I picked this little beauty up a few months ago after hearing various make up artists and bloggers rave about it. 
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
The first thing I had to get used to with the Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer is its packaging. It comes in a black pot which includes a little spatula that is stored securely in the lid. I am trying my best to not lose the spatula because you need use it to hygienically scoop the primer out of the pot. Now I am used to silicone based primers such as Porefesional by Benefit or the Smashbox Photo Finish primers which come in a squeezy tube. I find those a lot less easy (and messy) to use. However that is my only gripe with Illamasqua's Hydra Veil and I am guessing that they chose this type of packaging for their product because of its consistency. Here's a picture so you can see what I mean.
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Rehydrating Gel
Hydra Veil has a very different consistency to any other primers I have ever used. This product looks like clear jelly and leaves a lovely cooling feeling on the skin when you apply it. I have found that this product feels very lightweight on my skin and creates an even, smooth base for me to apply my makeup on.
The Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer also contains refined hyaluronic acid. Now don't be scared by the word acid, this is an ingredient our body produces naturally and you can also find it in many skincare products.
I completed a 5 day course at the Illamasqua Make Up School in London where we were taught that the best way to to apply this primer using a flat topped foundation brush, and that's what I've been doing. This technique works great for me! I have also heared that you don't necessarily need to use a moisturiser when using Hydra Veil because it works as a moisturiser and primer in one. However that is something I personally wouldn't do as I think it is always best to use a separate moisturiser.
All in all I have found that Illamasqua's Hydra Veil works as a great primer, and I feel my foundation looks more flawless and stays on longer when I use it. This product is probably best suited for those of us who have dry or dehydrated skin. I know the brand also does a Matte Veil which I am guessing is designed for people with oily skin, and they have also recently released Radiance Veil which I have not tried but I quite like the sound of, as anything that can add radiance to my skin in a winner for me!
You can buy Illamasqua primers online or at your nearest Illamasqua counter, and Hydra Veil retails for £32.00.
Which primer do you use? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you've enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading and until next time,
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Illamasqua Haul

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Illamasqua Haul
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all having a good week so far! I am off work this week but I'm not actually away or doing anything. Sometimes I think it's quite nice to have time off to just chill out at home and get the things done that you have been putting off for ages. 
Anyway, as I don't have much to do today, I thought I'd use it as an opportunity to bring you another little blog post. Today's post (as you can probably tell by the title haha) is an Illamasqua haul. Illamasqua is a brand I hadn't really tried before this year, but they do have some amazing products and here are just some of the bits I picked up while I was on a make up course with them last week. 
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel
I have a confession to make. Filling in my eyebrows is the least favourite part of my make up routine. I don't know if it's because my eyebrows are more like 2 people from different continents who have never met rather than sisters, but I just don't like doing eyebrows. I bought the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in order to challenge myself more when filling in my brows. A brow gel is harder to work with than pencil or powder, so I am hoping using this product will improve my eyebrow technique. I picked up the Ilamasqua Precision Brow Gel in the shade Strike, which is a good match for my dark brown brows. It defines my brows nicely but does not leave me looking like I have coloured them in using a Sharpie! 
Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner
I needed a new black gel liner and decided to treat myself to the Illamasqua one after hearing many good things about it. This gel liner is water resistant and smudge proof. I've heard that it does not dry out as quick as some gel liners can. While I was on the Illamasqua course we did a black lip using eyeliner pencil and a black lipstick. I loved how surprisingly wearable and elegant black lips actually are. I didn't end up buying up their black lipstick as I didn't feel I would use it enough, however I hope I can recreate the black lip using the Precision Gel Liner! You can also use this product as an eyeshadow which makes it truly versatile and I think everybody needs a black gel liner in their life!
Here's a swatch for you of the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Infinity (top) and the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Strike (bottom). Once these gels have dried, they are smudgeproof and water resistant.
The final product which I picked up is the Pure Pigment in the shade Ore. I'll be honest, there was a whole other bunch of pigments that I also wanted, but as I already have quite an extensive MAC pigment collection, I decided to be good and only get one of the Illamasqua pigments. Ore is a beautiful bronze shade which I will definitely get a lot of wear out of. As with most pigments, you can use this product wet or dry. Lose pigments are always a bit more messy than pressed eyeshadows but the colour pay off from pigments is just amazing which makes having to put up with a little bit of fall out well worth it, especially when the colour is as pretty as Ore!
Well that's it for my little haul today. What are your favourite Illamasqua products?
Thank you so much for reading and until next time,
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Collective Cheek Product Haul

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you're all having a great weekend! Sorry for the lack of posts on here, I've been pretty busy lately but as it's Sunday and I've got the day off, I thought I'd treat you all to a little haul today. Beauty hauls are some of my favourite posts to read on blogs as I love being a nosey parker and seeing what products you have all been purchasing! I've actually done quite a bit of make up shopping lately, so you can expect a few more hauls on my blog over the next couple of weeks! Today's post is going to be all about the latest cheek products which I have added to my make up collection.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I was at the Illamasqua School Of Make Up Art this week. I completed a make up course there so obviously I had to take advantage of the 30% discount we got for being on the course. I am actually quite proud of myself for sticking to my budget and not going completely cray cray on the old shopping front. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I am a bit of a MAC addict, so obviously I also had to place a MAC order and I've included the cheek product I bought from them in this post too so let's crack on and see what I got!
Illamasqua Hussy Blusher
I already own one Illamasqua blusher, and it's so beautiful, pigmented and soft that I knew I had to buy at least one other colour from the brand. I decided to go with Hussy, which is a bright matte blusher. It is, alongside Lover, one of their best selling blushers so I have very high hopes for this! I would describe Hussy as a pinky coral blush. It is very warm toned so I think it would work really well on yellow toned completions!
MAC Give Me Sun!
MAC Give Me Sun!, RRP £24.00
Does this product not look like a sun in this photo?  MAC Give Me Sun! has been on my MAC wishlist for a very long time but for some reason I never picked it up until recently. I love the new packaging of MAC's Mineralise Skinfinishes. The compact is much sturdier compared to the old packaging and also includes a mirror now. This product can be used as a bronzer on lighter skintones or to set your make up on slightly darker skintones. It's actually not as dark as it looks in the pan and I love using it to warm up my complexion. With winter around the corner now I am pretty sure we are all going to need a bit of Give Me Sun! in our lives!
Illamasqua Heliopolis & Lumos Sculpting Powder Duo
The last cheek product in this haul is the Heliopolis and Lumos Sculpting Powder Duo by Illamasqua. I wasn't planning to pick this up, but after I used it in every look we created in class I knew I would regret not adding it to my make up collection. I find powder duos such as this one super practical because you can not only use them on the skin to contour and highlight but also on the eyes. Like MAC's Give Me Sun!, Illamasqua Heliopolis & Lumos Sculpting Powder Duo also comes in a sturdy compact which includes a mirror. The contour colour is a soft matte brown that's so easy to blend, and the highlight colour is a gorgeous champagne colour with a hint of shimmer. 
Well that's it for my little haul today lovelies! I really hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you so much for taking the time to read my beauty ramblings! My next post is going to be another haul, so keep a lookout for that. Have you done any beauty shopping lately? What did you buy? Don't forget to let me know in the comments section below and leave me your link because I always check them out! 
Until next time,
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NARS Audacious Lipstick - Raquel

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NARS Audacious Lipstick Raquel
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are having a great week! It's my day off today and as I was sat at home rather bored, I thought why not type up another blog post for you all to read. I know, I know, my last 3 posts on here all feature nude lipsticks from various different brands. What can I say other than I love a good nude! My favourite make up look has always some kind of smokey eye paired with a nude lip.
The latest addition to my ever expanding lipstick collection is the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Raquel. Everything I try from the brand never disappoints me, and Raquel is no exception. This lipstick is creamy, it's long wearing, doesn't dry out my lips and is basically everything I would expect from a brand like NARS.
Here's a swatch of the lipstick for you to see just how beautiful the colour is:
NARS Audacious Lipstick Raquel Swatch
NARS describe the shade Raquel as a pink beige colour. I simply love how opaque this lipstick is as well as its satin finish! I'm also a big fan of the packaging and the magnetic lid that this lipstick has.
I know it's not exactly THAT different to the last 2 lipsticks I've featured on my blog (which were Kinda Sexy by MAC and Spanish Pink by Tom Ford). What can I say other than I obviously have a type when it comes to lipsticks haha!
Now I hope you don't mind that I am constantly posting lipstick reviews on here. I do have a rather large lipstick collection as you can see...
I guess that I don't really need to buy any more lipsticks and hopefully my next post will something else other than another nude lipstick review haha!
If in the meantime you are interested in picking up the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Raquel, you can do so online or at your nearest NARS counter. All NARS Audacious lipsticks retail for £24.00 and I think they are certainly worth the price tag.
Have you ever tried any lipsticks from NARS? Which one is your favourite?
As always thank you for reading and until next time,
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Back To MAC

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Hey Lovelies,
So it's been a while since I posted about MAC on here and I thought it's about time I change this by bringing you another Back To MAC post. If you've followed my blog for a while you will know that I am a bit of a MAC addict, and I quite frequently amass enough MAC empties to qualify for a free lipstick. So without further ado let's delve into my latest MAC empties and have a look at which lipstick I exchanged them for!
Back to MAC 6 Empties
I loved using this as a bronzer and it seemed to last me forever which is an added bonus. I'm actually going to buy MAC's Give Me Sun next (it's already in my online shopping basket!) and I am excited to see how that compares to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep.
A few years back I went through a phase where I would only use cream blushes and that's when I picked up MAC's Ladyblush. It's a lovely warm toned blush that looks very natural on the skin. I don't know why I've stopped wearing cream blushes. I don't even own any cream blushes at the moment. This is something that I need to address next time I go makeup shopping haha!
MAC Pro Sculpting Creams
Feel free to correct me if I am wrong however I believe these were limited edition and are currently not available on the MAC website so I won't ramble on about them too much.
We were given this lipstick as part of our kit when I did my make up course all the way back in 2012. MAC Cyber has a satin finish and it is a very dark purple colour. I'm more of a nude lipstick kind of girl but if you are into dark lipsticks that are insanely pigmented then check out MAC Cyber because it may well be right up your street!
I bought this a few years ago when it was THE lipstick everyone was going cray cray about because a certain Kim Kardashian apparently loves it. It's one of MAC's bestsellers and I feel every MAC lipstick lover should own MAC Angel at least once in their life! This lipstick is a blue toned light pink that's very wearable.
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
The free lipstick which I decided to treat myself to is Kinda Sexy. According to the MAC website Kinda Sexy is a neutral pinky rose colour. It has a matte finish. I have worn Kinda Sexy a few times now and I just love how long wearing it is! It's another one of those 'your lips but better' kinda lipsticks and I would even go as saying it's my favourite MAC lipstick! It goes with just about any make up look and I am extremely pleased with myself for choosing this colour! Here's a swatch for your viewing pleasure:
MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick Swatch
I have actually had a make up clear out and I have my next 6 empties ready to take Back To MAC, so let me know what your favourite lipstick from the brand is so I can check it out before I decide which one to get!
I hope you've enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!
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Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick

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Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick
Hey Lovelies,
I cannot tell you how excited I am now that I have finally purchased my first ever Tom Ford lipstick! There are so many beautiful shades to chose from, but after much deliberation (and multiple visits to the Tom Ford counter!) I decided to treat myself to Spanish Pink. It is the most beautiful coral pink colour I have seen in quite some time, and I am completely smitten with the formula of this lipstick. It's creamy, it's pigmented and it smells amazing, but most of all, it is incredibly long wearing! I can apply this in the morning, go about my day, have lunch or even go for a drink with friends and Spanish Pink will stay on my lips. Even though this lipstick is incredibly long wearing, it does not dry out my lips. Spanish Pink is such a pleasure to apply, it does not bleed or feather and I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this lipstick. In case you can't tell already, I am a little bit in love!
The packaging as well as the lipstick are so luxurious that it actually pained me to swatch it for you lovelies, but here you go:
Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Swatch
I don't think this picture does this lipstick justice, so I suggest that next time you are near a Tom Ford counter go and have a look for yourself to see how beautiful Spanish Pink actually is! However if this colour isn't really your cup of tea, take a look at some of the other shades the brand does because the formula of their lipsticks is truly amazing!
Tom Ford lipsticks retail for £38.00, and if you have been thinking of investing in one, I would say do it! Do you have any Tom Ford lipsticks in your make up collection? Let me know which shades you love so I can check them out and maybe even add them to my wishlist!
Thank you for reading and until next time,
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