Christmas gift guides – the makeup addict

If you are a true lover of makeup, or know someone who is, here are some amazing Christmas gift ideas that they are sure to love! WARNING: This may or may not be palette heavy, and your bank account may not love you afterwards.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes – Β£69 each (SpaceNK.com, Liberty London, Selfridges, John Lewis, Feelunique.com)

Depending on your skin tone, one of these palettes is one you need. Hourglass products are so beautiful and are such cult favourites. The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit volume 4 is perfect for anyone with light to medium skin tones. Likewise, the new Unlocked palette has been hailed as the palette that darker ladies have been waiting for, and it is absolutely GORGEOUS. If you aren’t purchasing for yourself, consider carefully which one would suit your loved one best, especially if they are more medium/tan as they could be on the boardline for both!

Beauty Bay Colour Theory palettes – Β£25 each (Beauty Bay)

Beauty Bay has finally released their own line of makeup! (AND IT’S ACTUALLY AMAZING!) There are three palettes – Origin, Evolve and Identity – and they are 42 shades for Β£25(!). The problem with palettes is you often are unsure on how to create multiple looks… but wth these palettes, each column represents an entire look, and each row is where to put the shade (transition, crease, highlight etc.) The pigmentation is actually amazing for a palette that is so cheap, so it’s a great gift if you’re on a budget too!

Jouer Lip Topper in Frost Bite – Β£13.50 (Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty)

I got a set of mini Jouer lip toppers for Christmas last year and this was by far my favourite. It goes with absolutely every lip colour and lasts a really long time. I still haven’t gotten through all of my mini one. If you don’t fancy just a clear gloss with white sparkle, the rest of the shades are absolutely gorgeous too (especially Skinny Dip, which is probably their most famous shade).

Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Topper Frost Bite

Dose of Colours Katy x Desi Friendcation Palette – Β£44 (Beauty Bay)

This is a beautiful palette that has really grown on me recently. The colours are absolutely beautiful and perfect for both winter and the party season. A lot of beauty gurus have been recommending this asΒ the palette that you need and I’ve fallen for this one hard. It’s a really good mix of mattes and shimmers, and the colour story is quite different to what we’ve been seeing. There have been soooo many reviews and tutorials on youtube, particularly using the blue, and itΒ actuallyΒ seems to be a blue that swatches as a true bright blue, and not transform into a deep navy mess. The temptation to buy this myself is UNREAL (probably will tbh lol).

Dose of Colors Desi & Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact – Β£29

This year’s holiday collection from MAC is amazing and this holiday face palette is GORGEOUS! I popped in store and swatched it and it’s unbelievably beautiful. There are three shades, a rose gold highlight, a golden-pink blush and a warm bronzer. There is a fair paletteΒ (pictured below) and a medium/dark one. It creates the most gorgeous effect on your cheeks and I’m completely in love. On my fair skin (NC15), the bronzer (which looks really dark) is the perfect colour to make my skin looks bronzed but not muddy, the highlight is a beautiful pop and the blush is a bright pink/coral that is reallllllly pigmented. Keep an eye out for discounts on this – I managed to get this for Β£14 on ASOS because there was 15% and I had a Β£10 voucher!

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Kevyn Aucoin Nudepop The Molten Lip Colour Mini Collection – Β£24 (Space NK)

I have been eyeing up Keyvn Aucoin lip glosses for a long time, specifically the one on the left (that golden redish pink)! For Β£24, you get 5 lipgloss minis that are a really fair size and will take you ages to get through! They will work really well on their own or on top of a lipstick. The left three look as though they have a slight shift so they’ll really enhance any lip!

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Colourpop Yes, Please! – $16 (colourpop.com)

I stumbled across this palette on someone’s Instagram and FELL. IN. LOVE. This palette is a little harder for us Brits to get our hands on, but Colourpop do offer free shipping on orders over $50 which is veeery easy to exceed on their website. The colours in this palette are probably more appropriate for summer, but who even cares? The warm tones of this palette will warm you up this winter. I’ve heard from my friends on Instagram and from beauty gurus on Youtube that Colourpop shadows have excellent pigmentation, and are super budget friendly. I will be picking this one up on Black Friday.

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Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick – Β£38 (SpaceNK.com, John Lewis, Selfridges, Liberty London, Feelunique.com)

I swatched this a few months ago in Libertys and FELL. IN. LOVE. This is now my go-to highlighter that I literally have to apply every single time I wear makeup. The shade I have is Gold Light which just gives you the most stunning golden glow. I find that this shade is what my skin would really look like if the sun were to hit my cheekbones. There are five shades total, ranging from more champagne-gold tones to more pink-orange tones, so there is something for every skin tone and every preference. The price tag on this one is pretty steep, but it’s definitely worth the splurge if you’re a highlighter addict!

 

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I know this has been very palette friendly and lacking on complexion products, but I wanted to try and make this list something that any beauty addict, regardless of skin colour or type could enjoy. Foundations/primers/powders are often tailored to specific skin concerns, and what I personally would use and love would not work for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know what you are going to be picking up this Christmas!

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Full face of forgotten favourites/rarely used products

It’s super easy to get into a routine of wearing the same products day in, day out. I went through my make up collection recently and found so many old gems that I had forgotten I even had, or stuff I had bought on impulse and never used. I’m going to compare these to my favourites I use everyday, and see whether there was a reason I stopped using them!

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Foundation – Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation in 117/Y225
Concealer – Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly
Powder – RCMA No Colour Powder in Translucent
Blush – Nars Orgasm blush
Bronzer – MUA MosaicΒ bronzer
Highlighter – Sleek highlighting palette
Eyeshadow – Morphe 35T palette
Lip pencil – Nyx Peekaboo Neutral
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick

Foundation/Concealer
I love the Make Up Forever HD foundation and it just fell out of the regular foundations I use because I tried out new ones. It has always been quite dark for my skin tone because when I bought it online, Make Up Forever wasn’t easily found in stores. So to make the foundation work, I thought I would mix it in with the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. When I bought this, I colour matched myself online and the shade was too light to use as a regular concealer. However, together these two made the perfect shade for my skin tone. So I will definitely be using this combination again! I have the same trouble with some of my other foundations, so now I know I have a concealer that can be mixed in, lasts a long time and has a lovely finish.

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Powder
I saw a lot of people raving about this translucent powder so I decided to try it out. It was my go-to powder for quite a long time, but I didn’t like that it left a white cast on my face when I took pictures with flash. I’d often use this to set my foundation before a big night out, so I wasn’t happy that I looked like a ghost. I used this to bake under my eyes again and lightly applied it to the rest of my face and was pretty content with how it looked. It did take the colour out of my face a little bit, but not as much as before. The finished look didn’t beat the Nars Soft Velvet powder I usually use, so I won’t be turning back to this again soon.

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Blush
When I was living in Spain and got a bit Sephora obsessed I got a set that was Nars Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer in one. But I then thought that the Blush was too pink and the bronzer was too dark for my skin. But I thought I’d give the Nars Blush another go. It actually was a really flattering shade of pink that wasn’t as bright pink as I thought it would be. I was really pleasantly surprised and I’d definitely start rotating this in to my usual routine!

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Bronzer
I decided to use my old favourite which is the MUA bronzer. I was pretty excited about using this one again because I actually liked this one and only stopped using it because I discovered the Make Up Geek ‘contour’ instead. However, when I applied this I did one swipe and was shocked at how red it looked on my skin. Rather than looking like a nice bronzey tan like my MUG one, I just looked really strange. I really loved this a few years ago, but I’m not sure I’ll be grabbing for this any time soon.

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Highlighter
This palette was huge in 2015/2016 when American Youtubers stumbled across Sleek for the first time (when us UK gals have known about it for ages). It’s a little annoying to buy a palette and only really be able to use one colour, but I bought it anyway. I used to use this every day after I shattered my Mary Lou-maniser. I decided to try the slightly darker shade in the pan (bottom right) combined with my usual shade (bottom left). Somehow, I think some of the purple residue had fallen onto the darker shade, as my cheek had a purple sheen to it, which I wasn’t happy with. The lighter colour also wasn’t as golden and luminating as I remembered, which was a little sad. Even though my current Mary Lou-maniser has smashed AGAIN, I’m going to carry on using it because it’s just such a beautiful golden glow, especially for pale skin.

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Brows
This was one I was really nervous for. I had bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer when it first came out because I’d been dying to try ABH brow products. But it was such a disappointment! The idea is that you’re supposed to use the wide end of the Brow Definer’s triangular ‘nib’ to fill in gaps and then use the narrow end to draw on thin hair-like strokes. However I found it really difficult to use, it looked patchy and I couldn’t get the brows I wanted. So using this again, I felt like I really had to take my time (which I don’t usually have the time to do that!) The end result was okay – they were a nice shape, they were even (after combing through a lot) but the colour was not quite as dark as I’d like. The NYX Micro Brow pencil is just so much easier to use as the nib is very small and I can get theΒ result I want with less effort and lessΒ stress.Β I would potentially try this again, but with a brow powder as well and not during the week when I’m in a rush to get ready.

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Eyeshadow
I thought I’d find the eyeshadow portion of this make up experiment easy because I do tend to use most of my palettes fairly regularly… except this one. When I reopened this again, I hadn’t realised how dark the shades all were. There is no light shade for a base. There are no lighter transition colours. All of them are dark and that made it really hard for me to do a wearable look. I took one of the ‘lighter shades’ thinking it would be okay to use as a transition colour… NOPE. It was really dark straight away and I was a bit like… oh shit. I stuck to the lighter shades in the palette (aka 4 shades) and had to dive in to my usual go-to palette to make it more wearable. I really don’t think I’ll be able to use this as an every day palette. I’d certainly dip into this for night out make up, but I have other eyeshadow pans in my go-to palette that I’d much rather use.

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Lip pencil
I used to use Peekaboo Neutral all. the. time. It was really tricky to get a hold of and I used to buy it in bulk from Amazon. Because it was tricky to get my hands on, I stopped buying it when I fell for MAC Whirl lip liner. It was much more pink than I remembered, but it wasn’t unpleasant! I prefer a pinkish-brownish nude and this overall look was maybe a little pinker than I would have liked but I was happy with it (: As it is so difficult to find in the UK, I’m probably not going to repurchase this for a while.

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Lipstick
Again, when I was living in Spain and was v. make up happy, I would buy the same nude shade by different brands. I got the Rimmel lipstick in 45 and basically never used it. Then accidentally bought it again lol. When I used it again, it was pinker than I like now, but it felt really nice on the lips, so I’ll definitely be using it again! It won’t be my go-to lipstick, as I prefer my Maybelline and MAC ones, but it’s one I would consider when I want a more pink lip.

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VERDICT:
I was pretty pleased with the over all look. I thought my base make up looked brill, but the red bronzer kind of ruined it a little bit. I did actually apply my Makeup Geek ‘contour’ in Love Triangle before I left the house just to warm my skin up and tone down the redish hue. I was really disappointed how the eyes ended up because I expected more of the eyeshadow palette. However, I. AM. SO. PLEASED. WITH MY WINGED LINER! I never do winged liner (because I can’t do it) but I thought I’d try and it came off really well.

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What products have you rediscovered lately? What do you think of the ones that I used? Leave me a comment on here or on my instagram

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