My favorite (Make Up Related) Christmas Present

Unfortunately it’s now safe to say that Christmas is well and truly over and New Years Eve is coming up soon. I’ve had a very lovely Christmas but now I’m excited to get back into blogging on a regular basis again. I, personally, genuinely enjoy reading the ‘What I got for Christmas’ posts but they are quite controversial and I definitely understand why. Hence, I decided not to do one but to instead just share my favorite make up item I got for Christmas. In general I got some lovely bits for Christmas but I mainly got money because I’m leaving for London tonight, where I’ll be staying until Friday, so my main wish for Christmas this year was some money, so I can buy lots of make up and other cool things over there.

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But now back to my favorite present, which I actually got from my brother. One of my favorite make up brands has always been Mac. Mac was the first make up brand I ever really fell for, so I consider it to be kind of my first love (make up wise obviously). Each year Mac brings out the most gorgeous holiday collections and one thing I really wished for this year was a set of their pigments and my lovely brother surprised me with one!

I have to admit the first thing that caught my eye was the stunning packaging! I mean, just look at it! It’s so festive and sparkly and just absolutely beautiful! But the pigments themselves are just as beautiful and definitely don’t disappoint. I got the set that includes a mixture of beige and brown pigments as well as some gold glitter.

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This was actually the one set I had my eyes one, so I was more than happy to unwrap this beauty under the Christmas tree. All of the shades included in this set (except for maybe the gold glitter which I will only use for special occasions) are perfect if you just want to sparkle up your every day make up as all shades, except for the brown one, are very shimmery. The brown shade is a dark matte one but can you ever go wrong with a matte dark brown shade? I don’t think so as it’s the perfect shade to use in your crease to add some definition to your eyes.

As you can tell I’m very much in love with this set and all of the pigments. I tried to take some pictures of the swatches but unfortunately my iPhone can’t do them justice. They are way more beautiful in reality!

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As a little side not all of the fur items in this post are faux fur!

What is your favorite gift you received for Christmas this year?

xx

Sophie

Merry Christmas & One Year of Blogging

Hey there!

So today is just going to be a short little rambley kind of post. First of all it’s CHRISTMAS EVE! How very exciting! We’re going to have some lovely cake later, go to church at 5pm and then have a big Christmas dinner at 8. I can’t wait! But first of all I have to get all dolled up!

This year I was actually in charge of the dinner because I made the mistake of suggesting to make turkey, which can be quite a lot of work. On top of that I also decided to try out one of the fanciest cakes I’ve ever tried so far. I don’t know what got into me. It must have been the Christmas spirit. So please wish me luck that everything will go well food wise because what would Christmas be without some delicious and festive food? Kind ruined I guess. I can’t wait to share a post all about Christmas including my outfit, make up and the dinner I cooked  for my family with some help from my mom.

But now I just want to wish all of you a very very merry Christmas! Have a wonderful and blessed few days and may all your dreams and wishes come true!

Another thing that I almost forgot because I was so busy getting excited and preparing everything for Christmas – today is actually my 1 year blogiversary. I don’t know why I decided it was a good idea to start a blog on Christmas Eve but very late on December the 24th 2013, it might have been past midnight and the 25th already, I set up my WordPress account. I’d been wanting to start a blog for the longest time and when I got a new laptop and was all happy because it was Christmas I decided to finally go for it! Yay me! Honestly, I’m so glad though I did. When I started this blog I didn’t even know about the entire community that came with it. I had no idea about anything really.

I’m so glad I stuck with blogging and it’s quite cool to see how much my blog has changed from when I first started out. Now some bloggers have thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram and bloglovin’ but I never started my blog with the intention of going anywhere big with it. All I wanted was to create my own little space on the Internet, where I could be entirely myself and just write about whatever my heart desires, so I’m more then content with having reached 450 followers here on WordPress. At first I didn’t even know there was such a thing as followers or subscribers, so I’m more than humbled to know that there are 450 people reading my blog. Every comment and every like just genuinely makes me so happy! Also I’ve met some incredibly amazing people through blogging, which turned out to be one of the best aspects about blogging for me!

My wish for the next year of blogging is to just continue to enjoy writing up posts and sharing some, hopefully interesting, content with you!

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So once again I hope you have a merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who’s supported my blog! I can’t wait for the next year of blogging!

Much love,

xx

Sophie

My Top 5 Red Lip Products for Christmas

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I’m a lover of red lips all year around but I always feel like Christmas is the one perfect occasions for everyone to get that red lippie out of the back of your make up drawers. Since Christmas is coming up in just a few days I thought I’d share some of my favorite lip products for the season with you. Whether you prefer a matte, a cream or a lip gloss I’m sure this includes something for everyone.

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Essence Lip Liner in Femme Fatale 

I’ve featured this beauty in two previous posts lately but I’ve been using it almost every day and I just think it’s a perfect red for this season. Obviously you can use this liner to just line your lips but I prefer to use it as a lipstick and actually fill in my whole lips with this. It’s incredibly soft and creamy and surprisingly long-wearing. Plus at around 95 cents this is  also by far the cheapest option you could possibly find. Like ever!

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 166 Temptation

This lipstick is by far the darkest shade I’m including in this post but I feel like it’s still a shade that is not dark enough to be too intimidating to wear. The color reminds me a bit of red vine and I find it’s just stunning a stunning color. The formula of this lipstick feels quite moisturizing on the lips and it’s very long-lasting. I’ve had this lipstick for quite some time now and I think it might have been discontinued but you can definitely still find it online on Amazon or Ebay.

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Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

 This one might actually be one of my favorite lip products ever. First of all it’s a perfect classic red shade with blue undertones, which suits my complexion best, it’s matte but not drying at all and incredibly long-lasting. It’s nearly perfection. If there’s one thing you need to get from Sephora it’s this one. Seriously though, this cream lip stain is amazing and if I ever want a matte red lip that needs to stay on, this is the product I’m reaching for without a doubt.

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Mac Ruby Woo

I feel like I don’t even need to explain this one. Ruby Woo is definitely one of Mac’s cult lipsticks and I’m pretty sure everyone that’s ever been somewhat interested in make up has heard of this lipstick. It’s just the most classic red that suits almost every skins type. Some people are not so happy with the formulation as this lipstick is known to be a bit drying but whenever I want to wear this I use a good old lip scrub and apply a nourishing lip balm before applying Ruby Woo and I’m good to go and can enjoy this lipstick without it drying out my lips.

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Chanel Lip Gloss in 106

In general I’m not much of a lip gloss fan but this one is absolutely gorgeous. I bought this for my high school graduation in the summer of 2013 and so many people complimented me on it. It’s more of a cherry red and it’s pretty glittery as it includes stunning golden shimmer particles. Despite many other glosses this one is not sticky at all and feels so nice on the lips. But considering it’s Chanel and the price you have to pay for this I wouldn’t expect anything less. So if you’re into lip glosses and you like to play it down a bit this might be one to look into.

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Do you like to wear a red lip over the holidays? Which one is your favorite?

xx

Sophie

The Christmas Tag

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The other day I was tagged to do the Christmas Tag by the lovely Emily (definitely make sure to check out her blog over here) and because I love Christmas and the weather is absolutely horrendous today and is preventing me from my plans to go out and get some Christmas shopping done, I thought why not do this tag today, so here we go!

What is your favorite Christmas movie? Great! The first one is already a tough one. Hmm… I think I have to narrow it down to two and they would have to be the Grinch and Nightmare Before Christmas.

Do you open you presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? For some reason we always open ours on Christmas Eve. Basically what we do on Christmas Eve is we have a festive dinner with the whole family, then we go to Church and when we come back it’s time to open our presents. That’s just the way we have always done it. I usually spent half of Christmas Morning in my PJ’s before I have to get ready because we usually go out somewhere fancy with the whole family that day.

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? I don’t really think I do. When I was little Christmas was always this magical time of the year and I have lots of memories from back then but I could never pick a favorite. Maybe one Christmas that stands out to me in particular was the one I spent in Louisiana. That was definitely one of the best Christmases!

Favorite Festive Food? Not gonna lie, I’m probably the fussiest eater ever. There are so many things I don’t eat but one thing I love is turkey. This year I’ve talked my family into making turkey for Christmas and my parents said if I cook it they would order one. I jokingly said yes but now they have actually ordered one and I’m stuck with having to cook it now. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out and I hope my family won’t have to starve over Christmas because I messed up the turkey but we’ll see.

Favorite Christmas gift? That’s impossible to pick. I love every gift I receive. It’s the thought that counts anyway, right? ;)

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? Does going to church count?

What tops your tree? Something different every year, to be honest. It’s always fun to mix it up.

As a kid what was one of the crazy things you always asked for but never received? A tiger. Tigers were my favorite animals and still are one of my favorite animals today (though I’m terrified of cats. Not very logical, I know). I wanted a tiger so bad and one of my best friends got a little bunny, so I couldn’t understand why my parents wouldn’t buy me a baby tiger. I mean, look at them. They’re so cute and they can protect you from thieves and bad people. My parents weren’t convinced by my arguments but I eventually got a dog when I was older, so that’s cool too.

What’s the best thing about Christmas for you? Basically just being home and reunited with my family. I just love cooking together and watching movies together and getting all dressed up. Everything looks so festive and almost everyone seems to be in such high spirits. Usually most of my friends from high school are in town, so I can catch up with them as well. Christmas is just the best.

I love reading these type of posts and I love everything Christmas related, so I’m tagging everyone that wants to do this tag! Do it and let me know, so I can read it!

Have a lovely day!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie

Recipe For My Favorite Christmas Cookies Ever| Collab with Kavichick 2000

Hey lovelies!
Hope you’re all well and getting into the Christmas spirit! I sure am, which is why today’s post is another Christmas inspired one. Yay! This is not only exciting because I’m sharing the recipe of my favorite Christmas cookies ever but also because it’s my first ever collaboration post as I’m collaborating with the lovely Kavi! Kavi is not only one of my favorite bloggers ever but we’ve become pretty good blogging pals as well, so I’m really excited to be collaborating with her. We both absolutely love Christmas, so we thought it’d be a fun idea to share some of our favorite Christmas recipes! Now over here on my blog you can find the recipe for some very yummy and really pretty Christmas cookies and you can find an amazing recipe for a festive drink over on Kavi’s blog.

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The cookies are really easy to make and so delicious, so let’s get started.

What you need:

300g/1cup flour
100g/0.5cups sugar
1 egg
A pinch of bourbon vanilla
200g/0.8cups butter
Finely shredded lemon peel
Your favorite flavor of jam
Confectioner’s sugar

First off preheat the oven to 180°degrees Celsius/356°Fahrenheit. To make the dough you basically just mix together flour, sugar and butter. Then add an egg, the lemon peel and a bit of bourbon vanilla. Make sure to really knead the dough thoroughly and once it’s kneaded enough put it away in the fridge for an hour.

After waiting for an hour take the dough out of the fridge, get a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about an inch thick. Now take any shaped cutter you wish and cut out the cookies. I’ve used circle, heart and star shaped cutters. Make sure you have them in different sizes!

Now put the cookies in the oven for around 12 minutes.
When they’re done take them out of the oven and let them cool down a bit. Once they’ve cooled off take a spoon and some jam (I used strawberry as it is my favorite flavor) and use that to stick the different shaped cookies together. Once you’re finished with that sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar over the cookies and you’re done. They should look something like this:

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We’ve been making these cookies in my family every since I can remember and they’re one of my absolute favorites! Now head on over to Kavichick 2000 for an incredibly delicious DIY Nutella Chai Latte!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and good luck if you decide to give this recipe a go.

XX

Sophie

Love for Glitter – The Born Pretty Store Trio Eyeshadow Palette *

When the lovely people from the Born Pretty Store contacted me on whether I wanted to review some of their products I have to admit I was quite excited. I’ve heard of the brand before as they are quite known for their nail art supplies. I totally suck when it comes to doing my nails but the Born Pretty Store also offers a wide variety of makeup, jewelry and other accessories, so there’s definitely something for everyone.

While browsing their website I came across this glittery eyeshadow trio and it immediately reminded me of Christmas and the holidays. I’m such a sucker for glittery things, so it’s only naturally I opted for this one.

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This little palette contains a black shade, a beautiful shimmery bronzed shade (quite possibly my favorite) and a lovely very glittery silver shade. All of the shades contain golden shimmer particles for a sparkling effect, which I think is just perfect for the holiday season or New Year’s Eve. December is just the perfect time to go all out when it comes to glitter and sparkles, don’t you think?

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Now, I really love the texture as its so soft and silky, which makes it so easy to apply! When it comes to eyeshadows my biggest pet peeve is when they are too chalky but these are quite creamy.  All three shadows are quite pigmented, though the bronzed shade is definitely the most pigmented.

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I think this is just the perfect little trio for everyone that loves a bit of a sparkle. The black and silver shades are perfect for creating a glittery smokey eye and the bronzed shade is so beautiful and perfect if you want more of a softer and warm approach maybe. First I was a little afraid that the glitter particles might move around, because I’ve had some bad experiences with glitter eyeshadow before but luckily these stay put and don’t move around. After all I only want my eyes to make a sparkling statement and not my entire face to look like a disco ball, right?

I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of these once December rolls around but then again you can never go wrong with a little bit of glitter, so basically this will always come in handy for a night out or a special occasion that could use a bit of a sparkle.

If you’d like to check out the Born Pretty Store website you can do that here. I also have a little coupon code for you if you decide to order anything. Just type in WEEG10 for 10% off your order:)

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you have great weekend:)
XX
Sophie