My New Years Eve Beauty Picks

28 December 2013

If there's one essential for me on New Years Eve, it's glitter. I've spent most December 31st's with my family as my mum's birthday is January 1st, but just in case I decide to break the habit of a life time and hit the dance floor, I've rounded up my top NYE picks.

Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas!

25 December 2013

Blogmas Day 24: The Christmas Eve Duo

24 December 2013

Every year, I make ambitious plans to have a lengthy pampering session on Christmas Eve, and then real life gets in the way. This year I'll be keeping things simple in the hopes that I manage to fit in a bit of beauty time in between watching Christmas films and drinking a few too mugs of hot chocolate.

Blogmas Day 23: Lush Rudolph Fresh Face Mask

23 December 2013

Another day, another Lush Christmas product to share with you all. Today is my final festive Lush offering, and only my second ever skin care product from the brand. Rudolph is a face mask which is designed to soothe and nourish the skin, which is perfect for this time of year.  I love the name, and the cute red jelly nose! Get ready ladies and gents, because this is going to be a bit of a rave...

Blogmas Day 22: Mavala London & Pure Diamond

22 December 2013

Last week, I professed that these shades were my top picks for Christmas day polish. However, after opening days three and twenty on my Boots advent calendar (thanks Mum), I'm back with a Mavala duo that has shaken up the Christmas beauty line up, and is currently on my nails. I'd never tried Mavala polishes before, so I was really happy to see both of these varnishes in my calendar. Colour wise, they're perfect. Nothing beats a red at Christmas time and I like glitter all year round.

Blogmas Day 21: Gift Wrapping

21 December 2013

The big day is almost upon us, and my wrapping is still a work in progress. I have been known to nip up back to my room on Christmas morning to finish off my wrapping, but this year I'm determined to be finished by 5pm on Christmas Eve. If you're still wrapping and have a spare half hour (or you're a crazy Christmas person like I am), here are a couple of easy peasy DIY wrapping ideas to try out.

Blogmas Day 20: Lush Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

20 December 2013

Ahhh Christmas Eve. Possibly my favourite day of the year (it's a tie with my birthday), and this year Lush have slightly changed the bath bomb which attempts to match that day. Designed to relax and refresh you before the big night (or any big night, really), grab yourself one quick - there's just enough time.

Blogmas Day 19: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist

19 December 2013

If, like me, you're a fan of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle but struggle to justify the cost per daily wear ratio, I've found the product for you. I discovered this as a poor student, when my addiction to Chanel  fragrance became difficult to support. Enter, Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Body Mist.

Blogmas Day 18: Double Chocolate Cookies

18 December 2013

If there's ever a time for cookies, it's Christmas. These particular cookies are a winner in my house all year round (heads up, my little brother says they're great with milk), but with the big day now a week away they make a great treat for Santa or yourself. They make a lovely gift too - I decided to wrap mine up in some clear cellophane, tied with red and green ribbon to keep it festive. This recipe originally featured in Eat Me by Cookie Girl (I switched up the Smarties for Minstrels). Enjoy...

Blogmas Day 17: The Christmas Day Red Lip

17 December 2013

Now that I've sussed out what's going on in the nail department over Christmas, it's time to talk lips. If there's only one day of the year that you reach for a red lipstick, December 25th should be that day. I can think of nothing more festive (beauty wise) than a perfect red pout. If - like me - you normally shy away from anything that doesn't fall in to the nude colour spectrum, don't panic. I've got you covered...

Blogmas Day 16: The Last Minute Wish List

16 December 2013


Now that Christmas is right round the corner, I'd like to think that everyone's gift buying is out of the way. However, if you're looking for some last minute inspiration Santa, here are the presents that would top my list.

Blogmas Day 15: Christmas Day Nails

15 December 2013

Come Christmas day, I'm placing a ban on nude nail polish and rocking a more festive shade (I'm keeping it strictly red, gold and green).  These are colours which I rarely get round to wearing, so I've layered a few of them up and hung them in my tree. As you do...

Blogmas Day 14: Christmas Bedroom Decorations

14 December 2013

Christmas is a pretty big deal in the Owen family household. Every year my Mum excels herself (this year we're talking two giant Christmas trees and garlands in every room), and since a young age we've all liked to decorate our own rooms.  Last night I completed my annual decorating session, and decided to share a few simple tips to help you feel more festive at home.

Blogmas Day 13: Paris

13 December 2013

Blogmas Day 12: Paris Beauty Haul

12 December 2013

A visit to Paris wouldn't be complete without a stop off at Sephora, plus a wander around a pharmacie or two. For a little beauty relief before I share round two of my holiday snaps (it's going to happen), I thought I'd share the purchases I made whilst marching my bestie round the shops - I even managed to convince her to buy a moisturiser or two.

Blogmas Day 11: Disneyland Paris

11 December 2013

Blogmas Day 10: Philosophy Christmas Cookie

10 December 2013

Back in my Autumn evening routine post, I mentioned that I'd been using Christmas Cookie, one of Philosophy's infamous three-in-one bath products. Given that it now truly tis the season, I thought it was about time to share my thoughts on this festive tub treat. I managed to snap up this bottle of Christmas Cookie for £7 in the Boots New Year sale, but this year Philosophy have included it in the Cookie Exchange Gift Set.

Blogmas Day 9: Chanel A/W Nails

9 December 2013

 Chanel nail polishes have a bit of a bad rep. Yes, they're not the most long lasting (but then again, I've yet to find anything that can go longer than five days chip-free on my nails), but for luxe packaging which feels like a real treat and a trend-setting shade selection, look no further than Chanel. Whilst browsing my nail polish collection recently, I noticed that the majority of my go-to shades throughout the Winter months all come from Chanel, so I figured it was time for a group rave.

Blogmas Day 8: Winter Woolies

8 December 2013

Now that the temperature has dropped, I'm layering like there's no tomorrow. I don't normally share 'fashion' posts, but I'm a big fan of Winter woolies, so thought I'd share a few of my recent purchases with you all.

Blogmas Day 7: Benefit Tan About Town

7 December 2013

Stocking filler alert. If you're short on little 'top up gifts' for a beauty fan, or just after a pre-Christmas pick me up for yourself (as in my case) then get yourself down to Boots. I'm always drawn in by these till point miniatures, and couldn't resist purchasing the Benefit Tan About Town gift set. A miniature mascara, bronzer and cream-to-powder foundation for less than £10 - what's not to love?

Blogmas Day 6: Face Update #4 - Christmas Party

6 December 2013

At the beginning of this week, the event which kicks off my festive season took place: my work Christmas party. Because my team decided to go for dinner followed by drinks, I needed makeup which would last well past the soup course and in to post meal cocktails. Here are the products which I opted for.

Blogmas Day 5: Twas The Night Before Disney

5 December 2013

Twas the night before Disney, when all through the house, not a Josie was stirring...Wait. That's a total lie. The knowledge that I'd be off to Disneyland the next day had me bouncing off the walls, so I put together a little routine to ensure I had a good nights sleep. By the time you read this I'll be chilling with Mickey Mouse, but my pre-Disney pampering went a little like this...

Blogmas Day 4: My Travel Beauty Essentials

4 December 2013

If there's one thing that I've decided I loathe about going away, it's packing. I always take too much with me, and I always forget something. To help make packing a little easier for me, I've put together a pouch filled with the do-not-forget-these essentials. This is the Parisian edit.

Blogmas Day 3: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked 2

3 December 2013

It's no secret that I'm a fan of a good nude lip. Don't get me wrong, I think berry lip tones are beautiful, but with my thin lips and colouring, nothing beats a nice natural lipstick. Pinky tones are a no go, I lean towards warmer shades, and i'm always on the quest to find the one. Until very recently, NARS was my go to brand for the perfect pout, but they might just have  a little competition from Urban Decay's latest lip launch...

Blogmas Day 2: Ode to L'Occitane Hand Cream

2 December 2013

Okay, so this isn't actually going to be a poem (although my ode writing skills are pretty hot - I wrote one for David Tennant in A Level English*), but I'll be spending the next few paragraphs professing my love for one of my all time favourite products, L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

Blogmas Day 1: November Round-Up

1 December 2013

Making the house look festive | Nottingham Christmas Market | Reminiscing about the Grand Canyon | My pooch | Birthday fireworks | Had my bedroom decorated 

Lush Candy Mountain

30 November 2013

After my last post, I'm well and truly embracing the festive spirit. The decorations are out of the loft, I've visited a Christmas market, plus did I mention that I'm off to Disneyland next week? Only once or twice ;-). The Lush Christmas collection has been doing the blogging rounds lately, and seeing as bubble baths are one of my favourite things on a cold winters night, I decided to give Candy Mountain a go. 

OPI x Mariah Carey Holiday 2013: Silent Stars Go By

17 November 2013

When I heard that Mariah Carey (aka the Queen of Christmas hits) was collaborating with OPI for a holiday collection, I got a little excited. Yes, it might only be November, but that doesn't stop the women of the Owen household from blasting out a Christmas song or five when painting festive designs on our nails. Last weekend, Dominique opted for a slightly more intricate snow men/snow flake combo, whilst I layered on the latest addition to my polish collection, Silent Stars Go By.

Base | My Top Three Budget Foundations

16 November 2013

Back in August, I posted about my Top Three High End Foundations. A more purse friendly post has been on the cards for a while, with the recent purchase of the L'Oreal Nude Magique speeding up the arrival of the high street rave train. Here we go...

Hair | Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Conditioner

12 November 2013

If there's a beauty product that I'm fickle with, it's conditioner. I've been loyal to my Paul Mitchell Platinum Shampoo for seven years now, but I can't seem to stick to a conditioner. This is my second purchase of Creme de Coco on my search to find 'the one', and for anyone with hair in need of a moisture hit, this might be the product for you.

Cheeks | NARS One Night Stand Palette

9 November 2013

The NARS One Night Stand palette seems to be the belle of the beauty blogging world right now. As soon as I laid eyes on it a month or two ago I decided that it had to be mine, and pre-ordered it. At £45, it's one of the priciest pieces of make-up I've purchased.

Lips | Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon

4 November 2013

Hourglass seem to be taking the beauty world by storm as of late. Icon is one of their most popular shades, and it's easy to see why. This liquid lipstick has been in my collection for six months now, so I thought it was finally time that it made its way on to my blog.

Handbag Sized Fragrance

2 November 2013

Ah, perfume. Of all my beauty loves, fragrance has to be right up there at the top of the list. Whilst I'd love to carry (or afford) a 200ml bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle around with me at all times, that sort of bulk just isn't going to fly with my handbag. So, instead I opted to share a run down of my top travel-sized scents.

A Very Brief Blogging Hiatus

26 October 2013

My Autumn Evening Routine

13 October 2013

Skin Care | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II

10 October 2013

The Repurchases #2

6 October 2013

Nails | Nails Inc Saville Row

29 September 2013

Behind The Blog

28 September 2013

Lets Talk About Brushes | Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap

22 September 2013

Bath & Body Works | Market Peach Candle

18 September 2013

Sample Sized Beauty #1

15 September 2013

Nails | OPI Nail Envy

11 September 2013

The Face Edit #3 | Lazy Red Lip

8 September 2013

MAC Haul

August Favourites

1 September 2013

Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion

30 August 2013

All Over Glow

Caring For My Bleached Hair

Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Collection