24 December 2014

The Perfect Christmas Candle? // REVIEW

Hey guys! Can you believe that Christmas is tomorrow?! In relation to that I thought that I would do a Christmasy post, since I've barely done any this year, even though I wanted to. I know that candles are a favourite for a lot of people at this time of year, so a candle is exactly what I am posting about today! They aren't normally the sort of thing that I post about, but when I smelt this one I knew that I had to feature it. The product in question is the Winter Oranges candle (even the name sounds great, right?) from La Montana!

I personally had never heard of La Montana before, since it was only founded this year, and I doubt many of you have either, so I'll explain them a little! The company was started by Cassandra (a former beauty PR) and Jonathan Hall (a former writer), who moved from London to Valencia, in Spain. They then noticed all of the amazing scents around the town, and decided to create a line of candles, taking inspiration from those scents!

La Montana Winter Oranges* is supposed to be inspired by the Valencia orange harvest, that happens during winter, mixed with the scent of English Christmases! I absolutely adore the scent, as it is a mixture of spicy cinnamon and clove, with the sweetness and zestiness of orange - basically the scent that every Christmas/winter product should smell of! It's quite a unique scent, as I don't recall having ever smelt a candle like this, plus it's definitely one of those cosy smelling candles.

Apparently each candle burns for 40 hours, which I think is pretty good, especially since the scent is strong whilst burning it (without being too overpowering)! The packaging is also really pretty, as it has a vintage travel poster design, which helps add to the feel of the candle.

I really couldn't recommend this candle enough to you all, because if you like your Christmasy or spicy scents this is definitely for you! Winter Oranges is on the pricey side at £35, including UK postage, however I honestly think it's worth it for such an amazing candle. I know that I'll definitely have to consider repurchasing it once I use mine up. If you're a bit anxious to commit to buying it though you can request a free sample here, so that you can make sure you actually like the scent!

I hope that you all have a great Christmas! I'm not sure what my posting schedule is going to be like for the last few days of this year, so if I don't post before then - see you all next year!

What is your favourite Christmas candle?

21 December 2014

No7 Christmas Makeup Look

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've barely had a chance to write, which has led to me not being able to lots of Christmas related posts that I wanted to do this month, but hopefully everything will settle down soon. Anyway, today I am back with quite an exciting post! A short while ago the lovely people at No7 got in contact with me, and asked if I would be interested in recreating one of their three Christmas makeup looks to share with all of you, so obviously I had to say yes. The looks would be perfect for any Christmas or New Year parties, no matter what the situation!

I got to choose which of the three looks to go with (you can see details of them all here) and eventually chose the "day-to-night chic" look! This is quite a simple glittery eye, with a bolder lip colour which really would be great for either night or day.

Also, as a little note, I haven't been paid to write this post, instead I was sent the No7 products needed to create this look, but this obviously does not effect my opinions! Now, onto how I recreated this lovely look.

To start off I sorted out my base, for this I used my regular products! Meaning that I applied a pea-sized amount of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer all over my face, in a gentle motion with my fingertips, and then blended in a small amount of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (shade B10) with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

For concealer I applied my Nars Creamy Concealer, in Vanilla, under my eyes using my fingertips again! I also used the yellow-toner concealer from the Laura Mercier Undercover Pot, with the Ecotools Deluxe Concealer Brush, onto a couple of spots that I had. To set both of the concealers I used the translucent powder from the Laura Mercier pot, with a fluffy brush that I got from a set off eBay! To set all of the foundation I used the Collection Pressed Power, in Ivory, with another of my unbranded brushes.

Onto eyes now! I started off with the No7 Stay Perfect Shade And Define Eyeshadow in Glistening Ray - a beautiful champagne coloured, creamy eyeshadow crayon. I applied this all over my eyelids with my finger, which made it really quick and easy to apply! I followed up with a small line of the Soap & Glory Supercat Pen Eyeliner on my upper lashline, and a little Faint, from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, on my lower lashline to give some more definition.

I then curled my eyelashes and applied the No7 Lash Impact Mascara! This mascara has actually become one of my two favourites, as it rarely ever clumps and gives my lashes a lot of length and volume, plus the packaging is really pretty. For brows I kept it simple and used the Benefit Gimme Brow, in Light, then just brushed it through with a spooli!

With my cheeks I started off with the No7 Natural Blush Cream in Maple Silk (another of my new favourites), which is a lovely dark rose shade, and buffed that onto my cheeks with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush! The other cheek product that I used was the stunning No7 Radiant Spheres Highlighter, and I used a small amount of that on my cheek bones.

To finish everything off I used the No7 High Shine Lip Crayon, in Statement, to create quite a bold, but very wearable, pinky red shade on my lips! I love how this shade tied the whole look together, and mixed with the sparkle of the eyes and highlighter, made it look complete and very party worthy.

No7 also paired a few nail polishes to match with each look, so I thought that I would use the No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Colour in Golden Sands! This is a bronzey champagne shade which is absolutely gorgeous. I also paired this with the No7 Stay Perfect Base Coat and No7 Stay Perfect Top Coat to help protect my nails, and make the polish last that bit longer!

This is all part of No7's new campaign/challenge where they would like to know how makeup makes you feel, so make sure to say on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TaDah. I'd love to know if you recreate this look, or one of the other two looks, youself and where you are wearing it out to!

What is your favourite No7 product from this look?