Saturday, 22 November 2014

5 Things Do This Weekend #22

1. Buy your first Christmas Present
December starts in nine days! Which means shops are getting busier, stocks are starting to run low and it just seems like a better idea to be prepared.

2. Visit your local craft shop
I always get the crafting bug around this time of the year, let me know if you would like me to share some crafting ideas in the comments. If you are not sure where to start my favourite London ones are Cassart and Slanchogled London but department stores also often have a great craft selection. 

3. Book tickets to see La Soiree- Here
Mike and I went to see La Soiree earlier this week and really enjoyed it. It's actually the second time I have seen it and it was even better this time around. It's a mixture of Burlesque, Cabaret and Circus which means it isn't suitable for children but would highly recommend for a bit of pre-christmas entertainment, tickets would even make a fab present! If you do book tickets don't forget to tweet me (@sabrinalovesyou) and let me know which your favourite act was, Mike went all the way home trying to decide but they were all amazing!

4. Find your prefect festive outfit
Check out my party dress suggestions here

5. Match red lips and red nails for a festive touch 

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Friday, 21 November 2014

My Party Dress Picks

With Christmas parties having already started I thought I would share my favourite dress ready for the party season. I have a mixture of LBD's and sparkly numbers so you make an entrance at any party! They all range in price from inexpensive to quite luxury but there is something for everyone. 

Jersey Dress from This dresses kicked off this whole post- I love the shoulder detailing!

Crochet Trim Dress New Look I love the detailing on this dress, it's still quite plain but it just adds a little something extra extra.

Lace Pencil Dress River Island If you're confident enough to go strapless this is a beautiful dress which still remains quite covered as it's a pencil skirt.

Midi Body Con Boohoo Once again this dress has beautiful lace detailing and I love the thin straps which I think make the dress very sexy.

Embroidered Lace Mini Dress Net-a-Porter If you are feeling spendy this dress is really fun and could probably even be worn during the day with flat.

Silver Sequin Bodycon River Island If you are quite conscious of your arms than this is the dress for you! 

Silver Dress The Sequins on this one are particularly impressive and it would work for other parties throughout the year.

Lace Hem Sequin Dress Topshop I think the colour of this dress is particularly special, its a great shape and the detailing on the bottom really finishes this dress off. 

Embellished silk-georgette dress Net-a-Porter If you have a little extra money to spend this dress is pretty timeless! 

Sequin Embellished Tunic Dress Marks & Spencer A great party dress for any age, it's fun without being too revealing! 

What will you be wearing this party season?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Products I've Used up #3

It's that time again when I have had enough of all empty beauty products I have collected and I just want to throw them all away, which means I have another Empties video to share with you!

Theres a good mix of products this time around from everyday essentials to, luxury candles and makeup. Let me know in the comments what you have finished recently... 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers

With Christmas parties starting, I thought I would share my picks of the Beauty Christmas Crackers which are about this year as there are some fabulous ones...
Space Nk- £48 for six I'm going to kick this off with my favourite set of crackers. They work out at £8 a cracker which is fairly inexpensive in comparison to most crackers around but the best thing is that you get a great selection of high-end brands such as Caudalie, Oribe and Laura Mercier. I think these are the ones I'll have round my Christmas table.

No7- £14 for six These are the best value set at under £2.50 each- but you can even get them on 3 for 2!! Inside there is a mixture of nail polishes and skincare all perfect for winter.
Champneys £10 for four Another great set if you are on a budget. Admittedly they don't look quite as luxurious as the rest but they are a great option if your guest are more in to bath and body care rather than makeup and skincare.

Cowshed Christmas Crackers £10 The singular £10 crackers are best as a treat to yourself or as a gift as they are quite expensive however with this Cowshed one you get two products inside; a lip balm and a hand cream.

Philip Kingsley- £10 If hair care is more your things than this Philip Kingsley one is the one for you. It comes with a shampoo, conditioner and the cult favourite Elasticizer perfect for achieving party ready hair.

This Works - £10 The party season is the time of the year when most of us get the least amounts of sleep which is why I love that this cracker has the This Works Deep Sleep Body Therapy inside which is one of my current loves.

Clarins- £39 for six It's no secret that Clarins is one of my all time favourite brands so I'd love to discover this makeup or skincare inside my cracker.

Harvey Nicols £50 for six This one comes a close second to the Space Nk one as it houses brands such as Laura Mercier, Deborah Lippmann and Prada, with a great mix of nail polish, perfume, skincare and makeup.

Lancome- £54 for six There isn't a single product in this set that I would be disappointed with. It is filled with what I consider to be essentials; mascara, lipstick, serum and more

Jo Malone- £32 The most luxurious cracker of all. It has three (sample sized) Jo Malone products, need I say more....

Which is your favourite cracker?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

My palette collection has really expanded over the last couple of months, with my newest one being the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette- however a quick look on line shows that this palette actually has really mixed reviews but lets get down to business...

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is made up of fourteen shadows; 7 matte and 7 shimmery. It comes with a double ended brush and a mini mascara too. I haven't tried the mascara but I like the double ended brush, which I forgot to photograph.The reason I was quite excited about it is that it's been compared to the Lorac Pro palette which everyone seems to rave about and I love the mixture of mattes or shimmery- it's probably my palette with the most mattes too. 

The matte colours are beautifully buttery, pigmented and blendable for a really wearable look. There is also a perfect highlight colour and I do often like to mix in a darker shimmery colour. However, the shimmery colours aren't quite as pigment or as creamy as the rest which really lets this palette down, you get more glitter than actual colour. I feel that as it is the run up to Christmas I am really embracing the shimmery shades (which are actually more glittery) and layering them on top of the matte colours but I would probably not want quite as much glitter during the rest of the year. 

I also noticed that I hadn't got much use out of the final six shades on the right as they are a little cooler toned that I usually go but I like that the option is there especially as none of the shades are very cool or very warm making it a quite versatile palette for everyone. 

Although this palette has it's drawbacks I still really like it and have used it religiously for a few weeks now. It's not a groundbreaking palette and you may have something similar already but I still think it's a good neutral palette. It still isn't quite as good as my Urban Decay Naked palette but it still has a home in my collection and I'm interested to see how long it will hold my attention for- will it make my November favourites?

This palette is available from Boots for £37

What is your current go to eyeshadow palette?

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