Festive beauty favourites
December is a time for dressing up - a time for parties, family gatherings and numerous pub trips. Christmas and New Year blur into one long special occasion, and if you want to look your very best then choosing some killer beauty products is key.
I can't really tolerate eye makeup anymore (long story!) so I rely on power brows, a slick contour and bold lips to actually look in any way dressed up. No glitter eye shadow here. Sadface. Here are a few of my faves that'll definitely be helping me out this year.
FaceChristmas is a time when I always try to look my best - you never know who'll be round the corner with a camera! That means amping up the highlight and contour a little. I love my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette for this as the colours are strong and long lasting but they still look natural when blended correctly (more in-depth review here). The Seventeen Skin Wow primer also makes for a great highlighter on the cheekbones with its subtle shimmer.
LipsDecember always feels like the perfect time of year for a red lip! I love the classic Mac Viva Glam 1 lipstick as the shade is so deep, but Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre is a beautifully bright and ridiculously long-lasting formula if you need something with more endurance. It's probably the best lipstick I've ever owned.
If nudes are more your thing or you're after something more wearable for a daytime shindig, then the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve is where it's at. So pigmented, so long lasting and such a gorgeous colour - if you can get your hands on it then it's well worth purchasing! Although not quite as long lasting, I also love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. My favourite is Abu Dhabi, a peachy brown.
NailsGlitter is key here for extra festiveness. I love Rimmel's Glitter Bomb range as they tend to tie in really well on top of their other shades. and ORLY have some great ones too. Yes, they are a pain to remove (involuntary nail exfoliation anyone?), but they add an extra bit of sparkle to any outfit.
BrowsIf I'm not attempting my bi-annual application of sensitive mascara, I pay extra attention to my brows. I'm a bit protective of them so I just pluck them myself at home rather than visiting a brow bar, and I'll always fill them in with pencil, but where they really come into their own is with the help of a good brow gel. I tend to switch between the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara just to keep longer hairs in check, and the Model Co More Brows Thickening Fibre Gel for a more dramatic look.
I'm on the hunt for more beauty bits to help me feel my best this festive season. Can you recommend any?