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With the last few parties for the festive season coming up, I thought I’d share with you my top desk to disco essentials; the things you need to take a look from everyday to evening chic – you could even apply them hiding behind your computer screen so the boss doesn’t know.

One thing which instantly transforms a look is a lip option, and for the evening I like to opt for a dark/bold colour or a pretty gloss, depending on my eye look. I really like Topshops Lipstick in Beguiled for an evening look, paired with a flick of liquid liner and lots of lashes.

You can quickly transform a daytime smoky eye into one suitable for evening with some black kohl liner along the water and tight lines, or blended into the lashlines. I love the Scandaleyes Kohl’s by Rimmel which you could pick up with Boots Advantage Card points during your lunch break. Winner.

Finally to freshen up your look it’s nice to refresh the base with a sweep of an illuminating powder like the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light. This will smooth over any cakey concealer and give you a youthful radiance, so that nobody knows you’re straight from nine hours at work. I’d also add bronzer, and in my case lots of it. NARS Laguna Bronzer is a great one as you can’t really go too overboard with it, and it deepens the complexion in a not just rolled through the mud way. I’m a fan.

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Note to self: if you’re going to insist on posting makeup pictures, take them in good lighting i.e. the morning.

A few days ago I posted my Classic Christmas Party look with golden eyes and a bright red lip, and today sees the landing of another option, this time playing up the eyes and down the lips.

Nine times out of ten i’ll go for a smoky eye over a bold lip, just because it’s a bit more fun to apply and there’s a lot of freedom with it. Occasionally I’ll sit down with a 15 pan palette and work to create something Picasso would be proud of, but sometimes, and in this case, I want to use as little as possible and have the work done for me.

For base I used the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation which I’m currently using a sample of in my search for perfection and concealed using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I set my concealer with the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light like I always do. Then I filled in my brows with MAC Omega Eyeshadow.

For my smoky eye I scribbled a fair amount of the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Crayon in Amber Haze onto my lid up to the crease and along my lower lashline – channeling the Olsen twins obv. I blended that out with a clean MAC 217 brush to create a sultry look. You could leave it there and go but I added a little bit of Burberry Pale Barley eyeshadow onto the mobile lid for extra dimension and scribbled Topshop Kohl Pencil in Saddle along my upper lashline. I then applied lashings of Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara which is my current fave.

For cheeks I used NARS Laguna Bronzer as a sculpting and warming product (because even in party season i’m too lazy to contour) and MAC Soft and Gentle along the high points of my would-be cheek bones. I completed the look with Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Adrienne.

Would you wear this? Or are you more of a bold lip lady?

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The party season is well and truly upon us and out come the sequin dresses and most sparkly shoes. One of my favourite thing about this time of year is that anything goes; you can wear a glittery number out to the shops and nobody will judge. You can pop on a red lip without questions of who you’ve put in the extra effort for and you can pull out the most out there pieces and rock them at the office party. Now as an unemployed student I do not have a Christmas party, and so I chose to wear this look on a day out shopping with my friend (hence it looking slightly worn in, I didn’t have time to take pictures pre any wind/rain/scarf in face situations and so this is the real deal. I am so glam.

What we’re dealing with here is the super simple go to Christmas party look, with the golden eyes and a pillar box pout. To create my take I started with the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Foundation, because I figured for a party you’d want a fuller coverage and something with little to no flashback, I then smothered on a generous helping of the Urban Decay Naked Concealer and set my creasy (not greasy) under eye work using the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light. For a pick me up I added the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer for shape and warmth and was unusually heavy handed with my application of MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish. After all, it is Christmas. I filled in my brows with a teeny weeny bit of MAC Omega Eyeshadow. For my eyes I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and begun with White Chocolate all over the lid up to the crease before blending in Milk Chocolate through the outer part of the socket. I then packed on a fair bit of Creme Brulee onto the lid to make me look like a golden goddess before applying Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Mascara. For lips I used MAC Ruby Woo lipstick.

Do you like this look? Make sure to follow me on Bloglovin to see my #Blogmas posts everyday at 9am (GMT) and to see the next installment of my Christmas party looks!

graphic linerRecently I’ve been thinking (never ends well) about beauty trends which are on the catwalk every season, and the one which always stays in my mind is Graphic Liner. Models pull off over extended lines and zig zags while strutting up and down looking ab fab, but can the real woman pull it off?

Being the kind little lady that I am, I decided to give it a go to save you making a monkey of yourself. And the result? I actually really like it…

It’s not one for nipping to ASDA, and it might make the postie do a double take but for a night out, dinner or drinks this look gives a modern take on the fifties cut crease. It’s sharp edges are on trend whilst still working to define the eye.

To create the easiest graphic liner look ever I used my trusty Maybelline Gel Liner in Black and a Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. I did the usual cat eye flick with a slightly finer line than usual and then extended the flick upwards, tipped my head back slightly and followed the natural shadow of my eye back in about half way. I can imagine this would look great if you used an electric blue liner or added some glitter for the festive season.

Would you try this?

         Here’s something that might shock you, I only own one Urban Decay palette. It’s the Naked 2 and while I often daydream about having the full collection including both of the basics offerings, in reality Naked 2 is the one for me and I know i’d rarely use the others on myself. (We all know I am lying and will probably go out and buy all of the others within the next week). Anyway, I digress. Naked 2 is the cool toned lovers dream, featuring 12 extremely pigmented, minimal fallout shades varying between matte and shimmer finishes.

I do love a Suspect (shimmery taupe) on an everyday level and Half Baked (gold) for something special but what I mostly pull out this palette for is to create a purple smokey eye. To do this I begin with the Maybelline 24hour Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold as a light creamy base and then pack on YDK (shimmer lilac) with the actually half decent accompanying brush. For day time I pop a little bit of Tease (matte lilac) through the crease and be done with it but for an evening look or a more dramatic day look (as pictured) I add the shade Busted (deep shimmer purple) to the outer corner and along the lash line. This is such a simple and effective way to create a purple smoky eye; something I think looks wonderful on green and brown eyes in particular but I’m sure other eyes could rock. As with any smoky eye, lots of mascara is essential and for the images I wore a lot of Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara which I still simply adore.

What do you think of this look? Is there another Naked palette I need?