advent-calendars
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!

Every year I wait patiently for summer to roll around so that I can start wearing bright nails, but weirdly this year I’ve been more excited about the autumn nail shades and I am so happy to finally be wearing dark plum and navy on my nails.

I love the Soigne packaging, colours and the quality of their polishes. I don’t always love more traditional reds and pinks but this is just dark enough that I love it! Soigne in Seduisant is a really classic shade, which looks good with everything and has proved a real staple in my collection over the last weeks.

Although I’m not typically a huge glitter wearer all year round I start to get very attracted to them around this time of the year with bomb fire night, party season, Christmas and New Year all around the corner. I think I’ll do another post with my favourite glitters but at the moment I’ve been most drawn to Ciate in Putting On the Ritz which is a rose gold and gold glitter with uneven pieces of glitter, unlike any other glitter polish I have seen.

A great alternative to black is Topshop Wardrobe which is a slightly grey dark blue shade, Topshop polishes are really affordable and always have lovely colours. I love a good navy in autumn but this one is a little more unusual than most.

My favourite of all has been Nails Inc Midnight Merlot which is a dark, rich aubergine shade that I find looks very classic and also quite sexy. I’ve been wearing this almost non-stop as it applies really easily, dries quickly and more importantly wears really well. This is my absolute must have autumn/winter shade, it’s perfect!

Potentially not to every ones taste but I have been loving khaki nails recently, I think it’s fun but wearable. Essie Sew Psyched is a dusty green which applies as beautifully as all Essie polishes and is a great alternative to wine shades for autumn.

What are your favourite autumn nail polishes?

I must admit I have been going between nude nail polishes for the last few months, I think they look modern, polished, effortlessly chic and easy to wear. I wasn’t overly wowed initially by Burberry Nude Rose, £15 in the bottle but once applied to the nail my view quickly changed.

The Burberry packaging is beautiful and luxurious, the brush is really easy use, applies the polish evenly and quickly. I was surprised to find that this colour actually only required two modest coats for a even, opaque colour. The colour is a nude/pink, pink enough that your hands look polished rather than washed out.

For a base and top coat I went for Ciate Underwear Base Coat, £12 & Speed Coat, £12 I am in love with these and would highly recommend them if you are looking for a base and top coat. The top coat is the best one I have tried, my nails dry almost instantly and it leaves a high gloss finish which almost looks like gel- I can’t see myself using anything else!

Can I wear this nail combo for the rest of the year please?

My nails is probably the one thing I get the most compliments on but if I’m honest I was just born with strong nails but there are a few products which I find really help the condition of my nails and also help the longevity polish.

I’m really not too fussy about nail files and will use anything that is around as long as it isn’t a metal one (do they still sell those?), I’m currently using the Lottie London one but usually just pick up whichever is the cutest. Once again for nail clippers I’m not too choosey as long as they are good, I’m currently using the Tweezerman ones which are excellent!

A product I have been loyal to for a while and which I love is the Butter London Melt Away Cuticle Remover, it’s the best product I have tried for removing cuticles effortlessly.

Onto base and top coat, I have been using Butter London’s Nail Foundation for a while now, it’s great particularly if you have discoloured nails as it applies a very natural, matte colour to the nail bed, neutralising it. I’ve also been using the Ciate Underwear Base Coat teamed with the Ciate Speed Coat which has effectively become my nails dream team, my nail polish last a whole week with no chips and minimal tip wear with these two products.

For removal I either use Sally Hansen Strengthening nail polish or I still to good ‘ld pots, I’ve been using the Lottie London one which is great although the Bourjois one will always be my go to. To travel with I find the Ciate Nail Polish remover which smells like Mint Chocolate to be the ideal size.

I’m typically not great at applying cuticle oil so I think the Bourjois Magic Nail Care is great, I initially thought it was a nail polish remover and couldn’t work out why it wasn’t working but it is actually an oil in a sponge which applied a light layer of oil to the cuticle, far less messy and quicker to apply than traditional cuticle oil. I probably still don’t use this as much as I should but I do try.

Beauty Baubles make not only great Christmas decorations but also make great presents and stocking fillers. I thought I would share the ones I am lucky enough to have this year as well as some of the others Beauty Baubles I don’t have but love.

Origins £12 | Mavala £5 | Soap & Glory £6 | This Works Sleep Balm Bauble £10 | The Body Shop £5 | Molton Brown £10 | Liz Earle £7.50 | Caudalie £11.50 | Bleach London £10

Topshop £5 | Aromatherapy Associates £10 | Jo Malone £22 | Ciate Tree Trinket £8 | Eve Lom Kiss Mix Star £16 | Champagnes Opulence Bauble £4

What beauty bauble is your favourite?