Welcome to my column with Caledonista. Each fortnight I’ll be alternating between beauty and fashion; sharing my favourite looks, trends and products with you.
This has been my go-to Christmas night out look – a statement glitter eye, with a plum tinted lip gloss. I rarely wear both a statement eye look and a statement lip look together, so I find that lip gloss is a good way to still do a red-ish lip without distracting from your eyeshadow.
I used a gold eyeliner pencil from Wunder 2 (Super Stay Liner in Metallic Gold - £12.95) to fill in my lid and outline my whole eye, along the lower lash line. I then packed on some loose glitter pigment to my lid with a little bit of glitter makeup adhesive. I love a classic gold look, but you could use any colour of glitter you have. On my lips i’ve used a sparkly lip plumping lip gloss from Buxom (Full-On Lip Polish in the shade Stacy - £48 as part of set).
New Beauty I’m Loving
Bare Minerals have a beautiful selection of Christmas gift sets this year. One of my favourites is the Starstruck Glamour Set - £25 from Bare Minerals. It comes in a stunning gold pouch that you can re-use when you travel, and contains a loose blusher in shade Luxury, an eyeshadow in shade The Star Material, and a Mini Moxie Plumping Lipgloss in the shade Starlet – a lovely selection of product for a quick super-glam makeup look.
Buxom, which haven’t been long available in the UK, have an exciting new upcoming release that you’ll be able to get from January. The Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners (£15 from Debenhams) is a chunky lip liner that you can use to fill in your whole lips – perfect for those who like to wear lip liner alone. It contains plumping Hyaluronic Acid and has such a creamy formula with a matte finish. I love the nude shades, but there are 20 different ones ranging from caramel to daring red.
Estee Lauder have a new mascara. Their Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara (£25.50 from Estee Lauder) has a huge, fat wand, with different bristles on each side. This allows you to get volume and lift with the bristled side, and length and separation with the plastic bristled side. No more reaching for two different mascaras! The colour is very black, and it doesn’t transfer to underneath your eyes throughout the day.
MAC is opening a stand-alone store this week at Glasgow’s Braehead shopping centre; offering MAC addicts even more opportunity to shop the brand. All of the brand’s latest collections will be available, and there will be MAC makeup artists on hand in store to help you decide what works for you.
Barry M Cosmetics have added scented nail varnish to their popular nail polish line-up. The new Candy Culture collection features candy-inspired colours and scents with a matte finish - Strawberry Laces, Raspberry Sherbet, Blueberry Bonbon and Coconut Cream. They will be priced at £3.99 each, and you can grab them from Superdrug on 3rd January, and Boots from 17th January. The perfect way to start introducing your nails to the spring season.
Welcome to my new column with Caledonista. Each fortnight I’ll be alternating between beauty and fashion content; sharing my favourite looks, trends and products with you.
Makeup Look of the Month
I wouldn’t usually wear a strong statement eye look and lip look together, but I’ve had a strange, bumpy rash down the side of my ear and around the back of my head, on one side (the perils of constantly trying new products), so I’ve been trying to draw everyone’s gaze to the middle of my face.
My eyeshadow look is a mixture of a liquid shadow and some pressed powder shadows – all new launches from budget high-street brand Sleek MakeUP. Their new i-Lust Bronze Palette from their Into The Night Collection (£7.99 from Sleek MakeUP) is stunning. The rich gold, bronze and copper metallic shades are so buttery and pigmented. They blend beautifully and the colours allow you to wear a light metallic wash during the day, and then something dark and smoky at night. I’ve layered a couple of the metallic copper and gold shades over a new green liquid eyeshadow from Sleek MakeUP, which I blended out all around my eye area, for a messy, smoky look. The i-Art Eyeshadow in Neo Pop (£7 from Sleek MakeUP) is a metallic cream that gives you plenty of time to work with it and blend it out before it dries. Then, it doesn’t budge all day. You could wear this product quite sheer, or really pack on the colour. Finally, I applied the creamy and sturdy Wunder2 Super-Stay Eyeliners in Glitter Aubergine and Metallic Gold (£12.95 each from Wunder2) to my tight-line and water-line to further frame my eyes and add some different colours into the mix.
On my lips I’ve gone with the a stunning lipstick from MAC glorious Christmas collection Snowball. The MAC Snowball Amplified Lipstick in Elle Belle (£16.50 from MAC) really packs a punch and it goes so well with the green eyeshadow I’ve used.
My popping highlight is the amazing new Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Beam Me Up (£6.99 from Superdrug). They will give you all the glow with just a dab of the stuff! This overall look is definitely more of a party one, but I’ve been rocking it during the day and you can too.
New Beauty I’m Loving
I’m totally in love with the sparkly gilt packaging of the MAC limited edition Snowball collection. The MAC Snowball Amplified Lipstick in Elle Belle (£16.50) is a deep, dark red that’s perfect for winter. It’s so creamy in texture and just glides onto the lips. All you need is one coat to get that gorgeous full, opaque coverage, with a semi-lustrous finish. The bullet itself is so pretty that you’ll want to be constantly pulling it out of your handbag to show it off.
I’ve also been really impressed with a new hair care product from Bumble & Bumble. Their Daytime Protective Repair Fluid (£35 from Bumble and Bumble) contains Camelia Oil and UV filters to not only repair past damage to your hair, but to prevent future damage too. This light serum is designed to be applied to any hair type and worked daily through damp hair to treat and condition, and to protect your hair from environmental stresses. It smells beautiful and feels like such a treat too.
The Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops (£6.99 each from Superdrug) are so glowy and are like molten metal. They blend beautifully and you only need the tiniest drop to pat onto the high points of your face. There’s no way anyone could actually finish a bottle of this, so the price is amazing value.
There’s a new skincare collection coming to the UK in January from much-loved brand bareMinerals. The new Ageless Genius collection will contain a Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Serum (£48) – which is infused with key anti-ageing peptides, mineral gold and Vitamin A. There’s also the Firming and Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream (£36) which is designed to brighten the under-eye area, as well as de-puff and firm the skin. Finally, there will be a Firming and Wrinkle Smoothing Neck Cream (£42), which is great, as so many people neglect this area in their skincare regimes. Bolstering the ingredients of the face cream is the Edelweiss flower extract ingredient, which firms the skin in this delicate area that’s prone to sagging.