For those of you that follow me on Instagram or YouTube, you may have seen that I’m taking part in a super fun Halloween Campaign with Boots to create an affordable and easy Halloween look.

I went for Wednesday Addams as not only is the makeup easy but so is the outfit- plus I think it’s a good scary-ish Halloween outfit without being gruesome.

As part of the campaign, Boots threw a fabulous Halloween sleepover at an amazing haunted hotel with some of my favourite bloggers; Meg, Em and Becca who I celebrated with in spooktacular style.

We all recreated our Halloween makeup looks (check out the girls looks here: Em, Becca and Meg)

For mine, I used the same products from my YouTube video to create my Halloween look and it was super quick and easy. All the products are available at Boots and start at just £2.99, plus they have a ‘3 for 2’ mix and match across cosmetics and beauty accessories at the moment – BONUS. My current favourite Natural Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner is a must have I wore all evening and I also really fell in love with the black lips and the beautiful lashes!

Products used:
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Eylure Enchanted Lashes, Maybelline Palette The Nudes, Collection Eyebrow Kit Brunette, Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit, NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation and NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Finishing Powder

I finished my Wednesday Addams look with Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Black Forest, which not only looks great for Halloween but also is a great autumn/winter pick.
Once we were all made up we ate lots of Halloween themed chocolates, made our way through endless popcorn and watched my favourite Halloween film- Hocus Pocus.

I had such a lovely time and a huge thanks to Boots for having me and for collaborating with me!

Check out my daily vlog of the event down below

Have you got any plans for Halloween this year? Will you be trying out this Wednesday Addams look?

*post sponsored by Boots UK

It still surprises me how early on in the year Beauty Advent Calendars are released and how quickly they sell out. I made a whole video about them in October but if that was a little too early for you I thought I would recap on the ones which are still available.

Ciate London Mini Mani Month- HERE
Perfect for any nail polish lover, it’s one of the original beauty advent calendars. It’s filled with eighteen mini paint pot polishes and even includes some exclusive shades, perfect to add a pop of colour to your December.

Sanctuary The Let Go Days Of Christmas HERE
I can’t believe how affordable this one is and if you don’t want to stretch to the average £50+ for a beauty advent calendar then this one is fab. I love the mixture of items behind the doors; everything from body cream to cookie cutters.

NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar- HERE
I’ll admit I was a little disappointed by this one as you only get eyeshadows and Soft Matte Lip Creams. I’m not too excited about the eyeshadows but actually, can’t wait to start wearing the Lip Creams as there are lots of different shades for me to try. They’re also adorable makeup minis, which makes everything better.

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars – HERE
This year The Body Shop has three different Advent Calendar offerings, ranging in price. They’re great for anyone that prefers bath & body to makeup but still wants a little makeup. I’m also a huge fan of the boxes instead of the doors as it keeps the box looking nice all the way until Christmas. I had this one last year and I loved it, lots of fab minis which I ended up saving for travel. Little tip: you are supposed to turn the boxes around once you’ve opened them to reveal an image/message at Christmas.

ASOS Beauty Extras Calendar- HERE
Not the most festive packaging but really blogger-esque with the marble print packaging. The brands inside are great and it’s at a good price point too. Inside you can find Philosophy, Elemis, Nuxe and more!

NUXE 10 Beauty Treasures- HERE
A little smaller than the other calendars as it only has 10 doors but it’s a must-have for anyone looking for a beautiful but paraben-free, eco-friendly calendar.

Tanya Burr 12 Days of Christmas- HERE
My younger cousin actually got this one recently and is so excited! It’s a great one for any younger teenage girls and it’s far more affordable than most especially as it’s currently Superdrug’s star buy at only £12! Inside there are nail polishes, lip glosses and glitter pots- great for someone starting off in makeup.

M&S Beauty & Advent Calendar- HERE
Saving the best until last, you might have to do a little hunting around for this one but the website suggests that they’re still available and that they’ll be getting more online. The M&S advent calendar has to be my pick of the lot! It fairly affordable at £35 (with a £35 spend), is a great fun design and most importantly has some great brands and products!

When Sarah offered to share her favourite blushers with my readers and I, I simply couldn’t say no. I think blushers and lipsticks are by far the most exciting makeup items and my own collection is a little over the top but I am always looking to add to it. Don’t forget to follow Simply Woman Mag on Twitter as well as check out the website.
Outlining my humble little collection
of blushers
 I’m Sarah from Simply Woman Magazine  – we are
busy writing and editing on a wide range of topics (including beauty) on a
daily basis so it’s nice to take time out and add our thoughts to this great
blog! I chose blusher to talk about as it really is pretty essential to any
makeup look unless you are going totally barefaced – we’ve all got more than
one blusher lurking around and I’m always on the hunt to discover new
applications, colours and finishes.  I’ve been in and out of love with
various blushes over the years but currently got a good thing going with a
certain plummy shade!

 The dainty pinks
The perfect flush for light to medium
skin tones, a dainty pink brings freshness and youth to my cheeks which is why
for years it has been my go to colour.  Unlike the “Raisin-y”
shades, it’s hard to overdo, easy to blend and looks natural so I tend to hoard
these sorts of colours.  From barely there baby pink through to darker
rose (and raspberry in the cream blush) there will always be a predominance of
pinks in my collection!

The “not quite blush, not quite bronze” shades

The Chanel one is ancient, I mean 10
or so years old.  I can’t bear to part with it – as you can see from the
swatch, it still works!  I like these shades as if I’m feeling lazy I can
use as a blush/bronze to bring sun to my face but also a little of the blush.
 I bought the NYX one as a NARS Doucuer dupe although I’ve not had a
chance to compare it to the real thing.  They require a bit of technique
to get them right – I don’t use them very often 🙁
The cream blushes

For years I wore the Raspberry cream
blush, it’s such an easy shade to flush gently on the apples as it looks like
you have healthy rosy cheeks.  I tried the MUA one, the pigmentation and
creaminess isn’t as good as the Liz Earle or Clarins one but the price
difference is huge! If you are new to cream blush then MUA would be a good
place to start before investing in a pricier but better one  I find these
are best applied with a stippling brush, when I used my fingers it looked like
a 5 year old had applied it.  The Liz Earle one is the only coral in my
collection which I am hoping to rectify during my next visit to MAC!  

The multi-purpose hybrids

These little compacts are a
collection of colours, tones and shimmers designed to be applied with a big ol’
kabuki brush to wash the cheeks with colour.  The Rituals one is for
“cheek and eye” and is definitely more peachy than in the photograph.
Because each square of colour can be applied separately it’s almost a
highlighter, eyeshadow, blush and bronze in one compact.  The New Cid one
is more of a bronzer but there are subtle pink lifts in it that allows it to be
a hybrid.  Cargo’s Echo Beach all swirled together is sometimes all you
need on warm sunny day!  It lifts the whole complexion and is probably my
favourite of the three.

The blush I can’t do without

Until now I just bought blushers on a
whim…I didn’t have a brand, colour strategy or finish in mind.  Until
this absolute gem landed in my lap.  I’m not sure what made me go for a
plummy colour but the sheer finish put me at ease – I actually asked a 59 year
old man to buy this from the states duty free for me.  So it was a gamble
but it paid off!  This is the most beautiful wash of colour, subtle, sexy,
pretty – I cannot say enough good things about it.  Having dark hair and
eyes I think (other than coral) it’s probably the most flattering piece of
makeup I own.  I can’t wait to go back to MAC and see what other colours
they have and experiment with more plums!

Next on my
blush hitlist;

A NARS blush – I have a mini of
Orgasm but would like to investigate further
A Tarte Amazonian Clay blush – I see
a beauty swap coming on!
A Stila Convertible – Lilium is
looking like a strong contender
A powder coral – probably from MAC
and similar to the Liz Earle one
A NARS Multiple.  Excited to
create some new looks with this
Can you recommend any blushers I
should try?

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Although we are now 8 days into March I thought I would quickly share with you my February favourites, this time in a video format as I have been a little busy and haven’t had time to photograph the products.

Products mentioned:
MUFE HD Foundation
Real Technique Stippling Brush (Available from Boots)
Real Technique Blush Brush (Available from Boots)
NYX Blush in Glow 
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Sob
Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon
Mac Eyelash Curlers
Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL
Max Factor 2000 Calorie 
No7 Lipstick S/S Blooming Pink
Mac Lipstick Patisserie
What are your current Favourites?

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