Some New Things for 2016

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Happy New Year all.  I hope you have all had a fantastic break whatever you have been up to and now raring to go with 2016.  Personally I am looking forward to this year and more than anything I want to make sure I spend more time on the things I’ve somewhat neglected over the years – sleep being one of them!  Oh, and to read more books, get back into my exercise and of course blogging.

As January is now well and truly underway I’ve got a few new things to share with you – some sneaky purchases and some makeup and beauty bits that had been on my “to buy” list for a while.

First things first with winter, central heating and the like drying up my skin more so than usual a new moisturiser was a must and having heard great things about the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser for combination/oily skin, I didn’t take much persuading to go for this one.  It is early days yet but on first application this feels so much more hydrating, it livens up my skin and works well under my makeup, plus those noticeable dry patches on my forehead definitely seem to have disappeared…but time will tell.

Benefit’s Lemon Aid is something I decided to revisit after using this many years ago.  It’s basically a yellow eyelid primer that can be worn on its own or under your eyeshadow and is great at neutralising any redness on the eyelids.  It is also good for those days when you just can’t be bothered with the whole eyeshadow thing but still need something to liven up your eyes.

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I’ve also been wanting to try a new setting powder and although technically the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is not new to me, I have heard great things about the one in Dim Light, which is more peachy looking and adds a subtle warm glow.  So far I am really liking this and contrary to what I said about Diffused Light, I think this one suits my skin tone better.

I didn’t stop there though…..oops and ended up buying the Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder in Dawn.  The packaging is genius as it comes in a tube with a brush attached to it and the loose powder is automatically released as you apply it.  I was skeptical about this at first as I felt like I would not have enough control with the application, but this is not the case at all.  This powder is so finely milled, it leaves a non-cakey radiant finish and it is perfect for on the go.  Once I have had a proper chance to use these powders I am going to do a full review but so far so good.

If you are wondering what that teeny tiny pot is, well, that’s a sample of the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enchancer.  I have been on the look out for a heavy-duty concealer for some time and although I don’t have particularly bad skin, there are always going to be some emergency moments that need to be catered for and I like to be prepared.  I was lucky to get a sample of this and have to say that this is a little miracle in a pot and I will be buying this when my sample runs out.

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And now on to the sneaky purchases and yes they feature jewellery, stationary and lipstick, how predictable am I?!  In terms of lipstick the Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Aster is a super pigmented, creamy and hydrating raspberry pink which translates into more of a berry on me.  It’s normally a colour I stay away from as anything berry often makes me look dull but this is brightening whilst still being warm.

I’m loving my & Other Stories bracelet and this Whistles Lulu Frost Star bracelet.  Both are very different but will go with anything.

Lastly my 2016 Les Femmes Desk Calendar from Rifle Paper & Co is going to take pride of place on my desk at work.  I absolutely adore the illustrations and it has my name written all over it!

So, what new things have you bought recently?  I’d love to know x

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  • Loving that frost star bracelet, it’s perfect for winter!

    Happy New Year!


    Chow Down USA

  • Lemon Aid sounds awesome since I have a lot of redness going on on my eyelids (:
    Nati xx

    • I know it’s the perfect product for correcting any redness on the eyelids x

  • I love your pictures !!!!

    I would be very happy to use all the above they allsounds fab to me !! 🙂

  • I’ve heard so much about the Hour Glass Radiant powder and can’t wait to try it out for myself at some point 🙂 xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

    • You should I think these are really good powders and worth the hype x

  • Firstly Happy New Year I hope you had a wonderful holidays 🙂 Im looking award to hearing the full review of the Eve Lom powder as I’m just on the look out for something new. It sounds quite good so far easy to use on the go and not messy. k x

    • Happy new Year to you too lovely. The Eve Lom powder is definitely unique, i need to give it a proper test out but I do intend to do a review on the new powders I am using x

  • Jessica Victoria

    I need to get my hands on some Liz Earle products! heard so many good things and I adore that highlighter! lovely post! x

    Jessica Victoria

    • It’s a bit of an understated brand but they have some star products and I want to try some more of their skin care x

  • Your photographs are beautiful! I love the look of all of these items, especially the calendar, it’s gorgeous! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ “Ice Cream” whispers Clara
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  • Love all your beauty picks and that calendar is so chic! -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • Your photos are just so stunning! I absolutely adore my Hourglass powder and love what it does for my skin. And I am a smidgen obsessed with that stand up calendar!! I will most likely be hunting one down for myself. xo

    Kelsey |

    • Thanks so much. I picked up this calendar from Anthropologie, otherwise you could get it online…hopefully they will still be in stock

  • Adalias C

    I need to try that Benefit eye primer! Is it good for making pigmentation of the eyeshadow stand out? xx

    • I use it more to neutralise my eyes but I think for making your eyeshadow stand out more then the Mac Paintpots are great something like Painterly is good x

  • Ambient Lighting Powder has been on my list for so long, you should write a post about it! Like Andreea, I love your photos too! They are so beautiful x
    Ela BellaWorld

    • Thanks 🙂 Once I’ve had a chance to use the powders fully, I will be going a review x

  • I was given an Hourglass blusher for Christmas and it really is so gorgeous so I definitely want to try more products from the brand, the Ambient Lighting Powder being one of them! It sounds incredible!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

    • The blushers are fab as well and if you like the blushers then you will like the powder too xx

  • Happy new year lovely :)! I hope you have a great year ahead! I’ve actually used the same Liz Earle moisturiser in the past and even though it felt really nice & lightweight on my skin, I personally wasn’t getting enough hydration. I love your desk calendar, need to get me one of those x

    Beauty with charm

    • Same to you. Shame you did;t get on with the moisturiser but can understand that for some the hydration may not be enough. I adore this desk calendar and picked up mine from Anthropoligie x

  • Beautful photos as always, I’ve actually been restrained so far this year but we have a wedding to save for now!

    Wishing you a great year of blogging ahead!

    Makeup Monster

  • I just love your photography. Must try the Liz Earle moisturiser, i need something lightweight.

    • Thanks so much. The moisturiser is definitely worth a try and it is an award winner for good reason x

  • Trang Do

    Love the bracelet!! Looks so gorgeous!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • I just bought my first Hourglass powder – I can’t wait to try it as I’ve heard such amazing things xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • That Liz Earle moisturizer sounds lovely! I am always looking for a good moisturizer that isn’t oily on my already oily skin! This sounds perfect! That bracelet is is gorgeous as well! I love chunky chain links!

    Shannon Sage

    • This moisturiser is perfect for oily skin – it is very lightweight and acts as a good primer for makeup. x

  • Yousra

    The lipstick and powder look gorgeous! Love your pictures too 🙂

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

  • Claire Cavanagh

    These all look gorgeous – and I’m so in love with your photography!

    Claire | xx

  • I love your blogging style! All the photos from this post look like they should be in a magazine 🙂 Great ideas for what to buy too!


  • Bernadette

    Gorgeous post, all those products look stunning. x

  • Kiki Rampone

    Love the color of the lipstick, and your stationery is all so pretty! Great items, especially the ambient lighting powder. That’s on my list of things to try!

    xo Kiki

  • Vigi Raj

    I have tried the Lemon Aid and its amazing! I am so jealous that you’ve got your hands on the hourglass powder (would love to see a review after you have used it).

    vigi x

    • Lemon Aid is fab and will definitely be doing some proper reviews on the Hourglass powder and so far so good x

  • Love the sound of Lemon Aid! I think this year I’ll buy an Hourglass powder at long last! xx


  • The Sunday Mode

    I recently just bought some bits from Rifle Paper Co. as well, I love all of their stuff- it’s so beautiful!

    • I know there stuff is so cute that you don’t want to ruin it by wiring in it. x