Wait just one minute; I could have sworn it was only Christmas yesterday! The time is already moving on at a rate of forty knots, where despite still being in a food coma I am already looking towards New Year's Eve. At this time of year I think you generally tend to find two types of people, those that like to go out in full party mode to celebrate the New Year or those, (like me) who keep it at a generally more low key affair and celebrate it in their own personal way.
The latter of course is somewhat more reserved as I can guarantee that I will be at home watching Netflix or putting together some blog posts in order to see me through the return to work next week. Whilst sitting in my pyjamas there will be no need for make up, however for those that are off out this year or just want to wear it anyway (why the heck not) then listen up.
Just before Christmas the lovely team at Boots sent me over a parcel which contained party season beauty products from a selection of their stocked brands. One such brand is Sleek which I first discovered when I started off this blog almost four years ago. The Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette* has four different shades with three being powder and one being of a cream formula. It is a palette which claims to suit all skin tones, adding a radiant glow to the skin. I must admit that this palette for me packs some serious punch in terms of pigmentation and glow; in fact it's pretty impressive and certainly provides you some nice options for strobing on a budget.
Liner is one of my beauty necessities, it is probably my most purchased product next to mascara therefore when the L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim* appeared I was thrilled as I have used this for a while now and it is always a product I go back to. My current one is on its last legs as it were so it is rather handy to have a new back up.
The Nail Apothecary by Elegant Touch is a new brand to me, however judging by the reviews online the Gel Effect Top Coat* is incredibly popular. As of yet I am to still test this one out, however I think as soon as this post is written I will be putting it straight to the test.
The Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit* was a product that I will admit to being sceptical about, that being purely because in my experience the high street can tend to flop where products like this are concerned. That being said for the price this isn't too bad at all, although if you are super fair I would probably think twice about this one. There is a highlight, bronzer and contour shade which are fairly pigmented, meaning that caution is advised, especially when using the bronzer and contour options. You will want to ensure that this is blended well to avoid any lines as I felt as though it was a bit tricky to blend overall. For me the highlight shade is a miss as I found it to be more of a setting powder if truth be told. Barry M is one of my favourite brands yet for me this was a product that I just sadly didn't get along with.
Moving onto the Collection #YourStyleYourMood Eye Shadow Palette* this offers ten eye shadows in order to create two eye looks based firstly around olives and browns and secondly plums and pinks. The shades on offer are all relatively neutral, yet with the added element of tones of olive and pink I really do think you have a budget friendly palette here which offers something really quite different to the run of the mill neutral palettes currently available. Out of all ten shades I honestly only find two of them to be slightly chalky, yet this is nothing I cannot work with, especially considering the palette as a whole only costs £5.99. Overall this is a great little bargain actually; I am super impressed with the quality considering just how affordable it is. Well done Collection.
My favourite product has to be the Eylure Party Lashes Frozen Beauty* which are truly stunning and are, as are all gorgeous things, limited edition for this year. These are most certainly a statement for the party season what with the added shimmer to the lashes. I really want to try these out in order to see how they look as I have heard so much good feedback about Eylure lashes in general.
So, what are you up to this New Year?