Since there is less than a week left of Vlogmas I thought I would share a quick link where you could catch up if you're interested in doing so. It's probably not been the most exciting vlogmas but I'm really excited for the next couple of days and the build up to Christmas!
There are a mixture of daily life vlogs and Christmas themed beauty video so I hope you enjoy....
I'm really not very fussy about Shampoo and Conditioner, if it works I'll use it. For me it's all about the styling tools and products you use after especially when it come to party hair.
One of my beauty unsung heroes has to be my GHD blow dryer, I feel that I don't give it enough credit- it's amazing! I use it every single day, it dried my hair quickly and is great for adding volume if I have time to round brush my hair. I always use a volumising spray in my hair, I do like mousses but they require much more work. The one I've been using daily is the Philip Kingsley Maximizer which gives great volume but isn't sticky or too heavy.
Depending on the style I'm going for I obviously will use a different tools; for volume I go for Cloud 9 The O, for straight hair you can never go wrong with a GHD and for curls I'm currently using the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waver. I need something that will heat up quick and give me the style I want with minimal effort quickly.
As I have fine hair I love a good dry shampoo to add some texture, I swear by Batiste but recently I have been trying the Swell Dry Shampoo which isn't in the traditional can. Instead it's in a little pump bottle which disperses the product really finely and allows you to really concentrate the product on the roots. For more texture I have been using the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray and would say it's just as good as the high end ones I have tried and an absolute must if you are going for volumised or messy hair.
To hold it all together and to get it lasting all night than a hair spray is essential. I always have lots of hairsprays on the go but I have been reaching for Urban Fudge Hair Spray recently, it's quite light weight whilst smelling amazing and offering great hold. What are you Party Hair Essentials?
With Christmas officially next week I thought I would share a few new beauty bits which I have received recently which I think would make fabulous gifts for any beauty addict. Although I liked every item in my video gift guides (which are the bottom of this post) I absolutely love every single item in this post and would love to have seen them under my Christmas Tree.
Aromatherapy Associates Relax Deep Nighttime Ritual £52- This item seems to be sold out everywhere but it's still available on Birchbox and for the special price of £52 (RRP £65) and it's worth the money. You get a full size oil, a balm and a beautiful candle but be quick as I'm sure they'll all be gone very soon. It's the perfect pamper kit, particularly if you have a friend that struggles to sleep.
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot £29.50- I must admit this is sold out in most places (/everywhere!) but it's worth keeping an eye out for it, you could just get lucky in store somewhere. It's only £29.50 for 6 Benefit Blushers which usually retail for £23.50 each- I feel like you'd be crazy not to pick this up if you managed to find it. Any beauty addict would fall head over heels for this palette!
Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Bath Honey £32- If you know a bath lover than this is a great product to buy. It's a little more affordable than the Aromatherapy Associates but still very luxurious. It's a beautiful moisturising, pampering and indulgent bath product- everything you'd want from a Christmas present.
Nails Inc Victoria Beckham £45 - The queen that is VB has collaborated with her first beauty brand, Nails Inc. The collection is made up of two equally beautiful polishes that any nail polish lover would be proud to add to their collection. At £45 it's pricey but I think it's quite a collectable item.
Philosophy Glowing Day Ahead £70 & Peppermint Stick £18- One of the newest brands to me this year is Philosophy, although I have wanted to try their products for years. The glowing Day Ahead set is a great introduction to their skincare but the Peppermint Stick Set is perfect for anyone.
Soapsmith Soap- I'm not really a soap person however if I were I'd refuse to use anything else! These smell like heaven in a box, they are made of the finest ingredients right here in London.
Babyliss Soft Waves £30- For anyone that loves curly hair and is on the hunt for a new curler than the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves is the one to chose. It has a long barrel, perfect for long hair and creates stunning, last all day curls.
Yankee Candles (here)- I've been burning these non-stop all month and they're so affordable!
I wanted to make this ManiMonday some what festive but I'm not really into Nail Art at the moment so I decided that glitter was the way to go. I actually featured a similar look last week just using different colours but I think glitter is so fun and perfect for Christmas!
Once again I got out my Barry M nail polish box and pulled out a few colours, I was thinking of using a base black but I decided to go for Barry M Red Black instead. It's a beautiful festive dark red as the name would suggest but a little less harsh than black. On the tips I used Barry M Majesty and than over that I went for Barry M Yellow Topaz Glitter- no one does glitter like Barry M!
One of the more exciting new brands I have discovered this year is Le Couvent Des Minimes, it's L'Occitane's sister company and has great product for amazing prices. They have also been kind enough to offer my readers to win a stocking filled with some of their most loved products. The lucky winner will get a Cologne of their choice, Hand Cream Trio, Lip Balm, Morning Shower Dew, Gardeners Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and Hikers Foot Healer.