Beauty Stocking Fillers 2015

Beauty Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers have to be my favourite items to buy at Christmas & each year beauty brands are bringing out more and more fab options. I also like them because on the whole they are affordable and packaged in the most sweet ways. I have rounded up my favourite Stocking Fillers for you.

Christmas Stocking Filler Ideas

Mavala Snow Blossom Nail Polish Set in Natural * – I adore Mavala Polishes, they come in the sweetest little 5ml bottle which is a great size. Mavala also pride themselves on being free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphor, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal so you’re nails are in good hands! This set comes with three shades a pretty pink Riga, a lovely nude Reno and a warm chestnut shade Marron Glace.

This Works Sleep Plus+ Cracker* – This is such a cute stocking filler, its a festive cracker and inside you get the a mini Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. I use this all the time and it works wonders if you have trouble relaxing and drifting off to sleep at night. Its an aromatherapeutic solution enriched with lavender so its soothing and very relaxing. Christmas can be a little stressful & full of late nights so it would be make a thoughtful stocking filler.

Roger & Gallet Fleur d’Osmanthus Hand & Nail Cracker* – Another cute cracker from one of my all time favourite brands. I always think a hand cream is such a safe bet for a gift because you can never have too many hand creams. I have them all over the place, especially in my car, on my desk and I always have one in my handbag. Roger & Gallet products smell incredibly luxurious and this one is richly nourishing and formulated with a shea butter base and natural ingredients that sinks straight into skin to repair and protect. It smells fruity with a hint of floral noted too, its not overpowering and I think would be lovely for your Mum or Auntie. These come in 3 different scents.

Beauty Products Stocking Filler Ideas

  1. Clarins Cupcake Stocking Filler £15
  2. balance Me Body Beautiful Rose Otto Body Lotion £6
  3. Tanya Burr Candy Cane Nail Polish, Lip Gloss & Nail File Trio £7
  4. Topshop Beauty Lip Bullet Duo in Tamed and Joyride £10
  5. Garnier Mini Micellar BB Gift Set £9
  6. Ted Baker Mini Golden Treasure £4
  7. Caudalie Winter Duo Rose De Vigne £8
  8. Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Twinkle £13.50
  9. The Body Shop Italian Summer Fig Treats £6

Let me know if you have bought any of my picks or if you’re hoping to get any of them in your stocking this year.

Glo & Ray Makeup

Glo & Ray Makeup

Glo & Ray Makeup Packaging

Glo & Ray are a British brand who made their debut in 2012 so they’re still quite a young brand. Although relatively young their products have been so well received and seem to have quite a following. I tried a couple of products from them last year which I still use now but I was excited to try out a few more products from their range.

All three of the products I have been trying have that Glo & Ray sleek, sophisticated matte black packaging. They look & feel expensive and really good quality. They’re durable and well made so you’re not frightened or hesitant to throw these products into your makeup bag & take with you on the go, which is always a plus.

I have been trying out 3 products from them and 2 out of the 3 have bowled me over.

Twilight Nude Eyeshadow Quad

Twilight Nude Eyeshadow Quad

Glo & Ray Mariposa Quartet Eye Shadow in Twilight Nude*

This I really really wanted to love because all the colours are right up my street, you know I love a neutral eyeshadow but unfortunately I found the colours looked beautiful in the pan but the colours just didn’t translate well on to my eye. The pigmentation just wasn’t there. I have tried another quad from Glo & Ray and that was the Golden Dunes quad and I would totally recommend that one. I just found all four colours in this quad to be a little chalky and underwhelming. Maybe I got a duff palette but I just couldn’t get these to look pigmented at all, as you would expect the darker two shades were easier to work with but they were still not great.

Glo & Ray Blusher

Glo & Ray Makeup Collection

Glo & Ray Nuage Solo Blush in Luna Maroon*

These Glo & Ray solo blushers are so beautiful this is my second one and its equally as pretty and pigmented as Star Dust. This Luna Maroon (love that name) is a stunning peachy pink with an almost gold luminous finish. It gives you a pretty flush of colour and also when the gold catches the light and makes your skin look radiant. Its a blush and highlight all in one product which I like.

Its a really pretty affordable blush, not chalky or hard to blend, its pigmented and long wearing too. You get a good sized mirror in this too so that is always handy. As I said these blushers are just fab and I get a lot of wear from them.

Glo & Ray Makeup Swatches

Glo & Ray CC Foundation*

This is by far the best Glo & Ray product I’ve tried to date, its my ideal base. I do love a lightweight foundation that will also cover my imperfections leaves my skin looking luminous and healthy. Its not shimmery or greasy but it makes your skin look even toned and glowing. It also blurs pores and fine lines which is just what I need from my base. This glides on my skin and although the product feels lightweight it gives quite a good medium coverage and it lasts all day (I do powder through my T zone). Its only available in 3 shades and I have the shade 10 which is the lightest shade and this was a little light for me during the Summer but now it is the perfect match & I think it is a great Autumn / Winter Base.

If you’re looking for a new foundation I highly recommend checking this one out.

Glo & Ray Makeup Products

If you’ve tried any products from Glo & Ray then give me your recommendations in the comments.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Autumnal Beauty Picks

Autumnal Beauty Picks

Autumn is my favourite season and I always like switch up my makeup at this time of year, so I was having a look through my collection & I thought I would share a few Autumnal products that I’ve looked out. I have put them with my everyday makeup so I will be prompted to use them more often. Let me know if you do this too?

If there was one product I am guilty of hoarding it is eyeshadows I just seem to be drawn to them and I like the shades which seem to feel quite Autumnal like the browns, coppers and plums. I simply love the MAC Sharon Osbourne Duchess Eyeshadow Quad I know it was limited edition but I just think its the nicest quad & one of the shades Embark is a permeant shade. This is my perfect quad & the colours are just perfect for this time of year & creating that Autumnal brown smoky eye. The four shades in this quad incase you wanted to know are Sweet Eyes, Sexy Eyes, Femme Fatale and Embark.

I also like too use MAC Amber Lights a lot at this time of year, its just the most beautiful copper, golden brown and I use it all over the lid for an easy effortless eye look. Its so pigmented and it  always looks beautiful. The Catrice eyeshadow in My First Copperware Party is a really lovely taupe and its my everyday eyeshadow of choice at the moment. Catrice is such an affordable brand and the quality of their products is impressive so if you get chance to try any then make sure you get a few eyeshadows they’re so buttery soft and the pigmentation is on a par with MAC!

Autumnal Makeup Producs

Bronzer for me is a product I have really discovered this year, or should I say discovered how to use properly! This Autumns bronzer of choice is the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder the packaging alone is beautiful and makes me feel extremely grown up. The product is equally stunning and it gives your skin just the right amount of bronze & glow. A light hand is needed because this is so pigmented and it stays put all day long which is great because I daren’t take this out of the house incase I break it. It is extremely pigmented but it blends out really well so you won’t look like you have just added a strip of bronzer to your cheeks. Its just an all round beautiful product!

Nail polish is so easy to switch up for the season and I seem to have an abundance of shades for Autumn I struggled to narrow it down to three. I love to wear deep plums, purples and the occasional grey too but in my lineup I have the beautiful Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace* which is a stunning deep plum with an iridescent shimmer, it looks vampy on the nails and Urban Decay polishes are easy to apply, this shade is opaque in one coat. Also how incredible is the packaging (skull on the lid). The Barry M Gelly High Shine polishes are some of my favourite and their shade range is vast, this beautiful Mustard polish was a gift for my birthday last year from Hayley and its the perfect Autumnal shade. I also have a set of mini OPI nail polishes and this Malaga Wine shade is a gorgeous berry red and is such a rich deep shade, it looks pretty on the nails. I think OPI polishes are fantastic quality and they always lately so long on me.

Beautiful Autumnal Products

When it comes to base I always like to wear quite a light coverage and I have been loving this Glo & Ray CC Foundation*, the colour was a little too light for me over the Summer but now I have no tan its perfect. I think its a good base for this time of year because it makes my skin look fresh and luminous but doesn’t cover up my freckles. So its quite natural looking, it does reduce the appearance of the redness in my cheeks and also the darkness around my eyes. Its a great daytime base and it leaves my skin looking healthy and even toned.

Oh the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are great for using as a base before applying other shadows or they work well on their own all over the lid. I always have to use this gorgeous burgundy wine colour in the Autumn and Winter its called Pomegranate Punk and its unlike anything I have. These wear so well on the lids and even though they are affordable I think they stand up to a lot of the high end cream shadows for quality!

I like to wear liquid eyeliner but often during the day I find it can look a little harsh, especially when I don’t want to look like I am wearing too much makeup. So I like to switch up the jet black liner for browns and I find Kohl liners are great and you can smudge them down so they don’t look too harsh or bold. The Clinique Quickliner in intense black honey is a pretty deep brown and I also like the Essence Gel eye pencil in brown. The Essence one is waterproof and is so creamy to apply.

Beautiful Autumnal Makeup

When it comes to lips I like a low maintenance lip product & if its not a lip crayon then I always reach for the Rimmel Apocalips, I find they apply so well on my lips & if you make sure to remove all the excess product off the applicator then you will be able apply the product evenly and it is so pigmented. I think the deep berry shades look best on me so as soon as Autumn comes around I get excited to wear all these shades. My favourite is the Apocalips in Galaxy which is a wine plum shade & I have repurchased this one a couple of times.

I would love to know what products you add to your makeup stash over Autumn / Winter.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Shopping My Stash September 2015

Shopping My Stash September 2015

OK where did September go? Quickest month of the year but also a very exciting one for me as I moved house & now call the beautiful county of Cornwall home. If there are any other Cornish beauty bloggers say Hello in the comments. Now lets see what I have products I have rediscovered this month.

NARS Blush in Orgasm

I only have two NARS Blushers and I used to use them all the time but as my collection grew I used them less, but I have fallen back in love with Orgasm this past month. I had forgotten how beautiful it looks on the cheeks. I do like it for more of an evening blush but if you use it lightly it can work for daytime too. It does have a touch of gold shimmer running through but it catches the light and gives you healthy glow to your skin. I like the peachy pink colour on my skin. I also like NARS packaging it always feels so lovely and luxurious.

L’Oreal Color Riche Smoky Quad in Rose Memories

I love L’Oreal eyeshadows and adore all four shades in this quad, these are so pretty and very me. I bought this at the end of 2014 last & got quite a lot of use from it then like most makeup items it was forgotten about. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered it because it is gorgeous. This quad isn’t for matte eyeshadow fans because all four colours have shimmer in them, its not disco ball glitter but they have a hint of shimmer / frost finish .I love the darkest plum colour & think it looks so pretty worn alone all over the lid. The packaging of this is slim and compact it looks and feels quite luxurious.

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base

I like to wear this either under my foundation to perk my skin up or I mix it in with my foundation for an extra reflective boost. This gives me a healthy glow and does a good job at evening out my skin tone. I have the shade Champagne 02 & have found this creamy pink shade is pretty good at dulling the redness in my skin. Its lovely and lightweight so it doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all, it just gives you a dewy fresh healthy glow. I also think its a great base to apply your foundation on top of , think of it as a primer with benefits & it keeps your complexion looking fresh & bright all day.

Shopping My Makeup Stash September

Soap & Glory Wonderbronze

This product wasn’t in the depths of my stash, I have had it looked out for a while, I just hadn’t found the best way to use it. It was one of those products that I was a little scared to use. It can look a little OTT if you don’t stick to the ‘Less is More’ mantra. This Wonderbronze is a gorgeous shimmer brick made up of 5 shades ranging from champagne to deep brown, all the shades have shimmer running through them. I like to swirl my brush through them all and apply it to the tops of my cheeks & it gives a beautiful bronze glow. Its a bronzer and highlighter all in one now I apply it with a light hand I have mastered the subtle glow. You get a decent sized mirror which is always a bonus. I have to say the Soap & Glory face products are fantastic value for money. I have a few now & rate them all very highly.

DHC Premium Lipstick in Rich Raspberry*

This a gorgeous creamy berry shade and it feels so smooth and soft on my lips. The staying power isn’t incredible because the formula is creamy but it does last a couple of hours. The colour is intense and has a satin finish which makes it look beautiful on the lips. I think this berry shade is a beautiful Autumnal colour & I’m going to keep it in my everyday makeup stash for October too. The packaging of these lippies is beautiful too and it looks more expensive than it is. I’m not much of a lipstick lover but these DHC offerings are really pretty.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.