Christmas Make Up Must Haves

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about style and beauty features for the festive period. I’ve been seeing so many gift guides online but for today I wanted to share some of my own products that I believe will make great gifts. I will upload a style gift guide from online pieces but today is all about my make up must haves.

I wanted to keep the selection short and sweet and opted for some new and much sought after favourites along with classic products for the more mature taste. I would be happy to do a bigger collection next time or even a stand alone brand feature. Let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment below.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara:

Honestly, this is the blackest of black mascara. It is three times darker than any mascara and creates such a bold and highly pigmentated look. It doesn’t clump or flake which is a must have for me, there is nothing worse than the clumped flakey eye look. The wand is a thick and large brush for a more voluminous look.

Charlotte Tilbury Blusher:

For all of you high end make up lovers, this is one for the collection. The Charlottle Tilbury cheek to chic blush is an absolute dream to use. Such buttery texture, it is effortless to apply. I have mine in the shade, Ecstacy and it is such a warm coral shade. I accidentally dropped me, hence the crack. I would suggest saving this one and only using it when you’re getting ready. It’s a delicate product that is not really suited for throwing around your bag.

Pixi Correction Concentrate:

A new addition to my collection, I’ve been loving Pixi by Petra and their brightening peach under eye corrector. I have the most stubborn dark circles and it definitely does help tone them down. It doesn’t completely erase them but it helps me look much more awake. A must have for those of you who are in the same boat as me.

Sarah Jessica Parker – Lovely:

An oldie but a goodie, I got this perfume ten years ago when it first launched and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I partly loved it because I have a slight obsession with SJP and secondly it is such a timeless and classic scent. It’s definitely an acquired smell of white amber fragrance that I would suggest buying for a more matured perfume lover. The vintage style bottle is the perfect accessory for that vanity decor.

Saving the most luxurious to last, everyone needs a YSL lipstick in their life. It definitely has a luxurious price tag but it’s an investment piece in my opinion. The texture is creamy with good lasting power. Worn alone for a more sheer look, you can also add a lip pencil for a more dramatic and long lasting look. As I’ve always said, I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging. The classic tube with beautiful YSL branding around it makes it all the more appealing. I would be happy to receive this little beauty on Christmas morning!

Make Up Bag MUST Haves

I don’t know about any of you but my make up bag, drawers and vanity are over flowing with beauty products. My make up bag is especially packed to the brim with various products however I went on a bit of a cleaning spree and edited it down quite a lot. Some of you may find this to be too much but they are essentials that I believe you should have in your beauty bag. Not the exact ones, just work with what you like and can afford.

On an everyday basis, my make up would be quite minimal with the expection of a winged eyeliner if I’m feeling bold. These items are an absolute must have for me, I’m not the kind of girl who can stick on some concealer and go. It’s either a completely make free day for me or all out with my favourites. I always make sure I have enough in my bag so if I need to go somewhere in a moments notice I can. As I have oily skin, you will always see me reaching for a small touch up.

My make up essentials are:

1. Brushes: I strongly believe in using these tools to apply my make up for better application and hygiene reasons (unless I’m packing on pigment eyeshadow, then I might use my index finger). I know some people apply with their hands and that’s fine for them but it’s just a personal preference for me. Last week I invested in more Real Techniques brushes from their bold metals collection. I’ve only been using them for a few days but already I’m obsessed. They’re incredibly soft and great quality, I use these as multi purpose brushes when I’m on the go. The large powder works as a face, cheek and contour brush. The small precise one works well when I’m applying my foundation and setting powder, great for getting in those awkward areas.

2. Foundation: Without a doubt my cult essential. I always have foundation on unless I’m going 100% make up free. I’ve recently switched to L’Oréal and their infallible matte foundation (I’ve been using it for a month now). It has pretty good coverage, medium to full I’d say and is beautifully matte. When applied it leaves a pretty satin feel and it’s long lasting. I opted for my natural shade (I usually go for a little more of a glow) and I’m loving the natural finish. To warm up my face and give it more a sculpted finish, I wear my next product.

3. Concealer Corrector: I have quite dark circles so a colour corrector is a must for me. For some reason I have only started to take notice with this product in the past year. I haven’t included concealer as I find this and my foundation is enough for me, the peach shade cancels out the purple and blue tones. The Pixi brand has been taking the beauty industry by storm and I’m a huge fan, a must have for those of you like me who suffer from dark circles.

4. Bronzer/Highlighter: Another relatively new buy regarding bronzer (I updated my make up collection a little while ago) and I’m really enjoying it. It’s from MAC and their mineralize skinfinish collection. It’s in the shade medium deep and it is an absolute dream to blend. It’s not as dark as it looks, definitely nice and natural in my opinion. The highlighter is in the shade Soft & Gentle and a cult classic. I wear highlighter everyday without a doubt and it’s something I could never live without.

5. Brows: I feel absolutely naked and I would honestly freak out if I ever forgot my eyebrow pencil. Anastasia Beverly Hills is the only product I use regarding my eyebrows. I have such small and patchy brows from years of over plucking, so filling them in is crutical for me. This pencil is worth every penny and the spooly on the end is perfect for lining and grooming on the go. Nothing more to say except BUY IT if you’re on the hunt for something new.

6. Mascara: My first beauty product I ever purchased, I share great memories with this one. Just over a year ago I was invited along to Benefit Cosmetics for the launch of their Roller Lash mascara. Since then I have never looked back, it curls your lashes like no ones business and for me, it doesn’t smudge.

7. Lips: An expensive brand I’m sharing but worth it for me. I have been in love with By Terry’s balm in the shade Baume De Rose for a few years now. Lip care in general is so important for me, so if you find a brand that you love and looks after your lips then just make sure to treat them on a daily basis.

Obviously a make up bag is CRUCIAL as you don’t want to damage anything. Also no one wants to see your products roaming around the bottom of your bag! Mine is from a local brand, Story Horse and it’s their Walk With Me bag. How adorable is it?!

If any of you lovelies have a cult product of your own that I haven’t mentioned please feel free to leave me a comment below!

Nx