Top 5 Christmas & New Year Makeup Must Haves

Xmas makeup

As the festivities are in full swing, the tree has gone up, the turkey bought and the mistletoe hung up, one more thing you need to get in order is your Christmas makeup must haves.

1.  The Balm – Mary Lou Manizer  – Purchase here
Highlighting is one of my favourite things to do makeup wise.  But during the Christmas party season, for me, I think it is essential to have that extra glow and shimmer.  This doesn’t mean go crazy with your highlighter and turn yourself into a sparkly bauble.  This highlighter is beyond amazing and can be built up without looking overly shimmery.  Use this on top of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, sweep under your eyebrows and of course on your cupids bow.  This highlight will bring your Christmas party look together amazingly.

2. Benefit – They’re Real LinerPurchase Here
What can I say, this eyeliner is to die for.  It goes on so well and you can get the winged eyeliner look spot on, even if you are a beginner or not that confident with this particular look.  It’s super black and won’t smudge at all, making it the perfect eyeliner for those party nights out.

3.  The Balm – Nude Tude PalettePurchase Here
This palette has been one of my favourites for a long time and has some stunning shades to suit all skin tones.  From subtle nudes, to striking plums and deep gorgeous browns, this is the pallette to have during the party season.  The colour pay off from these shadows are amazing!

4.  Too Faced Glamour DustPurchase Here
You can’t have party makeup during Christmas without a little sprinkle of sparkle and these cute little numbers are perfect.  Use alone or why not layer over your eye shadow to give you that sexy Christmassy sparkle.

5. Too Faced Chocolate BarPurchase here
This palette had been on my wish list for some time and I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to purchase it!  It’s full of nudes, pinks and browns and a mixture of some different shades which all compliment each other.  This palette consists of mattes and shimmers making it extremely versatile and perfect to take you from the office to the dance floor.  Wait, I cannot believe I nearly forgot to mention this…this palette actually smells like chocolate! Yes, chocolate! How clever!

I will certainly be using all of my favourite makeup products during this festive season. What are your favourite festive makeup staples?

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My Top 5 Make Up Tips

We all have little tips, tricks and random makeup application methods that work for us when applying makeup. Whether it be the type of brush you like to use to apply your foundation, using your fingers to apply certain products or perhaps even the order in which we apply products.  Different things work for different people but I wanted to share my top five tips and tricks which I have stuck to for many years and have never let me down.

1.  Use two different brand mascaras 

Eye Makeup
I like to use two different brands of mascara when coating my lashes.  It sounds strange, but when I use this method, my lashes appear longer, fuller, almost “false” like but not clumpy.   I am not sure of the exact reasons as to why my lashes appear this way, but I think the ingredients in the two different brands “react” somehow to give a much fuller effect than using one brand with the same number of coats.  I alternate between the two different brands for each coat and probably end up only applying 2 coats of each, sometimes 3 depending on how I feel.
My favourites: Benefit – They’re real!  and Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara

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