3 FAMILY BOARD GAMES THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRYING WITH LAUGHTER (BLOGMAS – DAY THIRTY)

My family are the biggest board game fans I know. We have regular get togethers that revolve around whatever the newest release is and have been known to spend hours laughing/arguing over them.

Here are my top 3 choices right now!

Telestrations

Each player begins by sketching a TELESTRATIONS word dictated by the roll of a die. The old-fashioned sand timer may limit the amount of time they get to execute their sketch, but it certainly doesn’t limit creativity!

Time’s up! All players, all at the same time, pass their sketch to the next player, who must guess what’s been drawn. Players then simultaneously pass their guess — which hopefully matches the original word (or does it??) — to the next player who must try to draw the word they see.

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This game has led to THE MOST ridiculous amount of belly laughs I have ever had in my life. The sheer ridiculously of it is astounding. It sounds so easy yet somehow we manage to absolutely annihilate any sense of sensible behaviour we may have possessed. Honestly, it’s hilarious.

Colourbrain

YOU START WITH THE ANSWERS

All the answers you need in Colourbrain are in your hand. And they’re all colours!

300 COLOURFUL QUESTIONS

What colour is the lid on full-fat milk… what colour is a sharon fruit… which colour cards would you put down?

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The concept is so simple (which I love! There is nothing worse than spending half the evening reading the over complicated instructions of a subpar game). As a family Colourbrain is a favourite of ours. With a group of mixed ages it can sometimes be tough to find something that’s suits everyone but this is a winner!

Top of the Pops

TUNE IN, POP OUT

Top of the Pops is back and this time it has got kazoos!


MUSIC FOR EVERYONE

You don’t have to be a music genius to play this game, you just need to know a few songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond


BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Round 1: shout out (or sing) songs against the clock. Round 2: get your team to guess the artist by saying one word, quoting lyrics or murdering one of their hits on your kazoo.

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One word…kazoo!

This one is so much harder than it sounds so absolutely worth it for the half hour on a off ugly crying from laughter it caused on Boxing Day. If you’ve ever wondered what a Moose in mating season might sound like then ask my father-in-law to give you a song on the kazoo.

Have you played any good ones lately?

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-FIVE)

Just a quick word from me today, I’m sure you’re all busy!

However you choose to celebrate or not celebrate the day I truly hope it’s a great one.

I know this time of year can be difficult for many. Losing loved ones, battling personal difficulties and just the general slog of working through our new normal has taken it’s toll but there is always something to be thankful for.

Merry Christmas!

Love always, Kelly x

5 BEAUTY THEMED STOCKING FILLERS FOR UNDER £5 (BLOGMAS – DAY TWELVE)

Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me then you’ll be on your way to organised boss street before suddenly realising…you forgot the stocking fillers!

So here is a quick rundown of some really inexpensive but incredibly lush fillers for under a fiver!!!

Makeup Revolution

Purse Spray

£4

MUA Cosmetics

Beauty Crackers

£4.50

Holika Holika

Pure Essence Sheet Masks

£1.95 Each

Profusion

Mini Brush Set

£4

Bomb Cosmetics

Bath Bombs

£3.25

I mean, I won’t say anything if you end up picking up any of these beauts for yourself…

Merry Christmas!

INDIE COSMETICS BRANDS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE (BLOGMAS – DAY TEN)

The last couple of years has truly been a time of reflection for so many people. It has given me so many things to be grateful for as well as the numerous worries I’m sure the majority of us feel pretty similar.

One thing I will happily take away with me into the new year is a new found appreciation for small businesses and indie brands.

The beauty community is saturated with talent. Some more well known than others but all admirable in their quest to achieve their dreams.

Here is a list of some of my favourite indie cosmetics brands, fingers crossed you’ll find something new and exciting to sink your teeth into!

Arttitude Cosmetics

UK Based
Cruelty Free

I’ve spoken about Arttitude many times before and to be honest my love for the brand has only grown since then.

The Colour Splash palette is the perfect addition to your collection if you’re after something daring with the kind of pigment quality most high end brands could only dream of!

Their product line has expanded considerably in the last year whilst still keeping up with the impeccable standard of previous releases. What more could you ask for?

Lois Cosmetics

UK Based
Cruelty Free

Lois Cosmetics launched last year and oh my god what a year it was!

You know I’m all about girl power and this female founded brand hasn’t let the pandemic stop them from taking the beauty community by storm.

There truly is something for everyone.

Palm Beauty

UK Based
Cruelty Free

Palm Beauty is the baby of the bunch. Founded by Courtney Green of TOWIE fame this little gem still feels brand spanking new after only launching this time last year.

If you’re after an eyeshadow palette that’ll take you from day to night, on any occasion and all year round then look no further because Palm Beauty has you covered with their warm toned, neutral 9 pan beaut.

You’ll also find a collection of lip products that will become handbag essentials in no time!

VE Cosmetics

UK Based
Cruelty Free

If you’re after something with a little bit more edge then VE Cosmetics is perfect for you.  This one woman powerhouse is all about ensuring ethical practices whilst still being fierce as they come.

You’ll find stunning eyeshadow palettes (witchy vibes all round guys, you’re gonna love em!) as well as a whole host of lip products with a formula and finish to suit everyone (with some seriously unique shades to boot!).

This is seriously one to watch.

Labelle

UK Based
Cruelty Free

Luxury is probably the word that first springs to mind when I think about Labelle. 

With an extensive range of products (the diamond highlighters are my fav!) they manage to hit the mark each and every time with their on trend releases.

Pretty much the perfect present selection for the beauty lover in your life.

Unicorn Cosmetics

UK Based
Cruelty Free

UC has come a long way since they first launched their now iconic lashes.

With three gorgeous palettes, a selection of stunning pigments and brushes that look like they escaped straight from a Disney movie you really are spoilt for choice.

They also have the most beautiful and magical aesthetic that I’m kind of obsessed with. Mermaid brushes. Give me the strength to not skint myself!

P.Louise

UK Based

This one will need no introduction. If you haven’t tried the P.Louise base then you need to get an order in right this minute because it is honestly a game changer. 

The brand juggles being recognised world wide (it’s a favourite of Kim K don’t ya know!) whilst still managing to maintain its roots, giving back to her supporters is something that Paige does on a daily basis. 

If you’re after a purchase with plenty of heart, soul and positivity then P.Louise will have your back.

Spectrum Collections

UK Based
Cruelty Free

Last but not least we have Spectrum Collections which let’s be honest, you already know by now is probably my favourite brand of all time.

Their innovative brush designs are funky but functional. Extremely instagrammable but always top notch and made to a professional standard.

After developing their own make up line last year there is now no stopping the welsh sisters with a passion for fashion and all things pink!

Will you be shopping indie this Christmas?

MARK’S TOMATO, CHILLI AND ROASTED RED PEPPER SOUP (BLOGMAS – DAY FIVE)

Is anyone else bloody freezing right now? Those pesky (but very cosy!) colder months always seem like the perfect time to share one of my favourite recipes with you all and you’re in for a treat!

Hands up, this recipe actually belongs to my fiancé. However, I actually do a good 90% of the cooking in our house and have perfected this myself so I feel entitled to share! With these quantities you should have about 2600ml of soup at the end. Roughly enough for approximately 8 portions at 140 calories each. You will need…

  • 6 red peppers
  • 1200g (3 tins) of plum tomatoes
  • 3 red chillis
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 medium onions
  • 900ml of vegetable stock (2 cubes mixed with 900ml of water)
  • 4 tbsp of tomato purée
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 25g of butter
  • Cream and basil (to garnish)

Chop the peppers, garlic, onions and chilli peppers then throw them into a roasting tin along with the plum tomatoes and olive oil in the oven for half an hour on a medium heat (gas mark 6).

Melt the butter in a pan and sauté the celery. Create the vegetable stock and add the puree, chilli flakes and powder then mix with the butter and celery.

Sometimes I like to add my favourite hot sauce here as well but that is all down to individual tastes.

Remove the roasting tin from the oven and add the contents to the pan. Blend to desired consistency.

Add cream and basil and a side of your favourite bread! Pretty simple right?

I would love to know if you guys decide to give it a go so make sure you take pics and tag me on social media!

MY TOP 5 FEMALE LED BEAUTY BRANDS (BLOGMAS – DAY FOUR)

The beauty industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years, especially with the rise of the ‘influencer‘ and power of social media. With an incredibly saturated market, an endless supply of near identical products and concepts it’s hard to know where to invest your hard earned cash. I’m here today to share with some of my favourite brands created and headed by female entrepreneurs as well as my go to products. Why they’re so special and deserve your support.Like the Spice Girls said once upon a time (and is definitely the theme of today’s post) Girl Power!

Unicorn Cosmetics

My Fav Product…

Wicked Palette £29.99

Unicorn Cosmetics founder Mel had always experimented with colour through fashion and hair (she has worked her way through the rainbow and honestly, I’m so jealous because she always looks amazing!). Her journey began with the realisation that she could bring something new and exciting to the table.

The makeup world was very different to what it is now, everything was black and more black. Makeup brushes were honestly one of the less expensive products to fund and I was obsessed at the time with buying MAC brushes, but hated that they were so boring and pretty basic. I just didnt understand why no one had done a multi-coloured hair makeup brush that had a different shape handle, and that’s where it started really.

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With no knowledge or prior experience of how to start a business (10 years as an NHS data analyst is obviously vastly different to being the ultimate unicorn boss babe although she has always been a creative at heart, dabbling in customising shoes and selling jewellery) she used her initiative and sourced everything via google. Choosing a factory was difficult but eventually having found the right one it was actually Fiancé Chris who turned Mels vision into reality with his clay design of the iconic unicorn brush handle. 

Which actually brings us to the brands thoroughly recognisable name.

Unicorn was picked because it’s such a unique creature and magical. That’s all my brand is meant to be about, unique magical products that make you feel inspired and are ground breaking in design and quality.

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The UC Pro Unicorn Brush Range has been a resounding success with professional make up artists and enthusiasts such as myself giving them rave reviews across the board. The class of 86’ eye brush set is one of my most favourite purchases ever! Mel has managed to create tools of a professional standard at an accessible price which is so important especially at the moment when financially so many people are struggling.

If you follow UC across social media then you will probably already have seen a sneak peak of the Glow Ting highlighter (which Mel admits is her favourite creation so far!) and I will be first in line to get my hands on it when it drops, is there anything better than a glow that can be seen from space? I’ve also been told there are some other exciting launches planned for later this year!

Not only is Mel a hard working, strong business woman, she is also just a genuinely nice person! Praising her UC team (who she says have become her family), followers and supporters who have helped her build the brand up to what it is today.

You really need to find the right people to surround yourself with, and don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it right the first time, it’s a really big learning curve. No one loves your brand/business more than what you do, so always follow your gut. Business is one huge lesson. But more than anything I would say protect your creativity in legal terms, trust your instinct and dont be scared to say no.

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Arttitude Cosmetics

My Fav Product…

Phoenix Eyeshadow Palette £32.99

Arttitude Cosmetics (which is completely vegan and cruelty free) was founded in 2019 by Rukhsaar (who is also a full time clinical scientist if she wasn’t already busy enough!). The brand boasts a full line of lashes, gorgeous lip products and the most beautiful rainbow palette you ever did see. She fell in love with the beauty industry and make up artistry after working in the family business, Arttitude Studios. 

My mum has been working as a make-up artist since the early 2000’s and it was her that inspired me to learn make-up which is where I developed my passion from. When she started working as an MUA, make-up wasn’t what it is now. She wanted to challenge those norms and put the art back into make-up artistry and give it a whole new attitude, and that’s where the name comes from – her make-up studio was called Arttitude Studios, so she actually named the brand!

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The Arttitude product line (which started with lashes) was originally designed with the studios clients in mind. After struggling to find the perfect lash for each client the decision was made to create their own! Each with its own luxury feel and presentation to make the experience even more special.

Building up a business whilst holding down a full time job as a health care professional isn’t something everyone can do and that’s what makes Ruks the ultimate inspiration. Arttitude Cosmetics is all about community. The brand is incredibly supportive of the artists they work with and constantly strives to give back to those who have supported the company as it grows. Her advice to others with dreams of starting their own business is straight to the point but also full of love. Exactly like the brand itself!

It is hard work. Expect to be working around the clock. Don’t expect to plant the seed and eat the fruit the same day. Read, read and read some more! Remember – the first year in business is just about surviving. But, having said all this. Go for it and don’t hold back. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life wondering, ‘what if.’ Take the risk, work hard, and you have all my love and best wishes for your every success.

Rukhsaar

Spectrum Collections

My Fav Product…

Pinch Pot £16.99

Spectrum was started by sisters Sophie and Hannah in April 2014, born from a garage in Barry, South Wales.

Spectrum has gone from strength to strength in the years since then and has become a brand recognised across the world. Offering premium quality products that are always vegan and cruelty free (the sisters are TRUE animal lovers).

The duo who have always been fiercely passionate about beauty and fashion and feel strongly that make-up is more than just a visual thing.

A beauty routine is a ritual that when shared can bring so much happiness and really become a bonding experience. Makeup isn’t just functional, it’s very emotional.

Sophie & Hannah

Combining both beauty and fashion to create Spectrum was a genius decision. The brushes are by far some of the most beautiful I have ever seen, functional and made to a professional standard yet stylish and bold. The perfect dressing table accessories.

Having branched into cosmetics last year I now feel that there is no stopping the brand which is run by a predominantly female team. 

And guys, have you seen their Disney collections? Because you know I am all about that life!

PLouise

My Fav Product…

Love Tapes Palette £42

Paige Louise (PLouise) had loved and experimented with make up from a young age which ultimately led her to begin training as an MUA at 20. From there she grew more confident within her artistry and formed her own opinions on what worked and didn’t work within the beauty industry.

I used to stare at these gorgeous shadows sitting in these luxury palettes and then get very frustrated when I didn’t receive the colour pay-off on my clients’ eyelids.

Paige Louise

P.Louise Make Up Academy (which includes an aesthetics studio, hair lounge, state of the art classrooms and student facilities plus a swanky beauty lounge) opened in 2014. It was the foundation for the brand to really take the world by storm in 2018. After spotting a gap in the market, Paige was able to realise her dream and launch the now globally recognised brand.

I think it’s fair to say one of the most famous products to hit the industry in recent years has got to be the P.Louise Base. 

I very quickly realised I needed a product that would clean up the eye area, neutralise any pigmentation and would be ready to give my shadows the best shot at living their best life.

Paige Louise

It is beloved by influencers and make up artists world wide and in my opinion really is worth the hype.

Going off on a slight tangent but oily skinned spectacle wearers like myself will appreciate this little trick I’ve picked up recently. Apply a touch of the base onto your nose and blend with a sponge. This will give the area a super base for the rest of your make up that doesn’t budge!

Anyway, I digress. 

The brand now boasts an impressive array of products including eyeshadow palettes, paints and brushes as well as a fashion line co-owned by her brother.

Paige has proved herself to be a down to earth, kind hearted and driven young woman. I can’t wait to see what else she has planned for the industry.

Lois Cosmetics

My Fav Product…

Rose Metal Palette £19.99

Lois Cosmetics launched back in 2020 (and what a bloody year to start a business guys, BRAVE or what?!).

You know I’m all about girl power and this female founded brand hasn’t let the pandemic stop them from taking the beauty community by storm with not one but three high quality eyeshadow palettes all with their own individual theme and story.

With many years experience as a professional makeup artists, working with top brands and celebrities all around the world it would have been a crying shame for Lois not to put her expertise towards building a brand that is not only socially conscious but also right on the mark when it comes to trends.

With an ever expanding range of beautiful products there is truly something for everyone. Treat yourself to the most stunning liquid eyeshadows whilst also filling your basket with brand spanking new makeup brushes and eyeliners.

I can already tell that LC is fast becoming a lifelong obsession.

These women are a force to be reckoned with and I personally find their stories to be full on power and inspiration. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s posts and I would be so interested to hear all about your own favourite female led brands!

KELLY’S CHRISTMASSY ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES (BLOGMAS – DAY THREE)

Christmas is right around the corner and with that comes the school holidays that are to me, equal parts amazing and terrifying.

Entertaining three boys is a full time job in itself so I’m always on the hunt for activities we can do together.

Here are some simple and relatively cheap or free favourites of mine that will still work with little to no money.

Movie Night

Snuggling up with a blanket, some snacks and a bit of holiday season nostalgia is pretty much the pinnacle of Christmas isn’t it?

My personal favourite film to watch with the boys is The Grinch. It’s sweet with lots of heart but also absolutely bloody hilarious (and any woman who can say that the iconic scene where the grinch is trying to pick an outfit for the Whobilation isn’t them is lying).

Festive Baking

Decorating pre made ginger bread men counts doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re the next GBBO contestant then by all means do your thing but I can just about bake a decent banana bread (thank you lockdown!) so I like to keep things simple.

It can get messy but the kids love it and that’s all that matters, right? One of my favourite childhood memories is my mum letting me lick the spoon after making rice crispy cakes (obviously she was just as good at baking as I am).

Christmas Crafts

Ok, so I’m not the most artistic person in the world but I like to think I make up for it with enthusiasm!

Whether you’re making cards, decorating baubles or going all out creating a unique Christmas Day centrepiece you honestly can’t go wrong with crafts.

If all else fails a colouring book will entertain.

Local Lights Trail

One of our favourites things to do at this time of year is to go out and explore our town and look at the gorgeously decorated houses.

We are very lucky to live by the sea and all of the boats in the harbour are also often full of Christmas cheer and covered in fairy lights.

It creates such a lovely atmosphere and really makes us all feel that little bit more ‘Christmassy’ especially with a hot chocolate in hand!

Games Night

Monopoly anyone? Love them or hate them would it really be Christmas without a board game or 10?

My in-laws are pros at picking the most hilarious family activities. Some of our current favourites are Telestrations, Rapidough and Game For Fame (which can be ridiculously embarrassing but it wouldn’t be Christmas if you aren’t made to feel like a bit of a tit).

If anyone threatens to throw a strop you can bribe them with a cunningly hidden tin of celebrations. Everyone’s a winner!

I hope these ideas have been helpful and you manage to have a wonderful Christmas with your families. Don’t forget to pour yourself a large glass of something very alcoholic and celebrate the small things.

Merry Christmas everyone!

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DISNEY LOVERS (BLOGMAS – DAY TWO)

If you’re anything like me then Disney is something you will have clung to like a comfort blanket made of nostalgia since childhood (and show no sign of letting it go anytime soon).

As my passion for the beauty industry has grown one of my favourite things to do is discover collaborations that really light a fire within me and it just so happens that they are usually of the Disney variety.

So if this sounds like someone you know (or even just yourself, I won’t judge!) then stick around because I’m about to make your Christmas shopping a whole lot easier!

Beauty Bay

A collaboration with a twist if ever there was one. This modern take on some of my favourite classic Disney movies has me more excited than ever to pass on my passion to a younger generation.

Created in collaboration with Disney Colour, our new makeup collection is here to help you bring the classic Disney films to life. The Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection has been inspired by the original colours from some of the most iconic Disney films, allowing you to create makeup looks that will help you bring your favourite scenes into your reality.

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With a multitude of products to choose from (but why choose when you can have them all?) it’s hard to pick a favourite.

Spectrum Collections

Spectrum Collections are just as famous for their stunning Disney collaborations as they are for creating innovative yet stylish brushes and I’m so here for it.

The spectrum sisters (Sophie & Hannah) are constantly surprising us with their dreamy visions of all things Disney and I find myself constantly on the edge of my seat looking forward to their next drop.

I Heart Revolution

Last year I Heart Revolution released their very first Disney Princess Collection (with the spotlight on Cinderella, Belle and Tiana) and since there have gone from strength to strength with an ever expanding line of magical products for for royalty.

From eyeshadow and lip toppers to highlighters and lashes this collaboration really does have that something special. It’ll have you digging out your favourite Disney movies in no time.

Mad Beauty

Mad Beauty are a relatively new obsession for me but that doesn’t make them any less magical!

The brand are famous for their huge array of collaborative products based on your favourite movies and tv series (and you all know how I feel about Friends).

Their Disney lines are unique in the sense that our favourite villains get just as much of a look in. They also boast incredible collections of Star Wars products too so there really is something for everyone.

Morphe

Morphie can be a bit hit and miss for me but if there’s one thing they do right it’s capturing the aesthetic of a collaboration perfectly.

The Mickey and friends collection is artsy bold and super cute. A must have for any Disney fan.

Urban Decay

Urban decay have been my guilty pleasure ever since I started on my make up journey roughly 10 years ago now. They were the first higher rent brand I ever spent money on and just hold a really special place in my heart.

If you know anything about me then you’ll know I am a Marvel fanatic and the new Eternals collaboration just screams decadence at me.

It’s pricey but it damn sure looks luxurious.

Catrice Cosmetics

Catrice are the type of friend you just know you can rely on to release products that are going to get the job done. Their new Disney collection has just hit the nail on the head with its cute aesthetic spot on shade times.

I guess objectively it might be a little bit on the childish side but if grown-up vibes of what you want I think you’re reading the wrong blog.

Wet Brush

I don’t know how many hairbrushes are too many hairbrushes but to be honest I don’t want to know the answer.

Wet brush have fast become my favourite every day hair tool brand and I pretty much have one of their brushes in every room in my house at this point.

I love the fact they Disney releases all have a completely different feel from a poor part aesthetic to cottage core fairytale dream vibes.

To be honest I just think it justifies having as many as I do.

Ciaté

When I’m having a really rough day I try and channel Edna Mode and to be honest that usually does the trick. She doesn’t suffer fools and neither should you.

This collection is colourful vibrant and just the thing to pick you up on these dreary and dark winter days. A pop of colour in the waterline does wonders for the soul.

Essence Cosmetics

Last but not least we have my old faithful Essence Cosmetics and their Disney Princess Collection.

Yes it’s simple and just a bit basic but to be honest if you want something that screams Disney without a luxury pricetag then you’re headed in the right direction.

He also can’t deny Essence products are just a bit bloody brilliant. Like have you tried their mascara?!

I hope I’ve managed to fill your Disney gift quota for today and you managed to find something special. Let me know if you pick anything up or if you find some Disney releases of your own.

5 FESTIVE RED LIPSTICKS FOR UNDER £10 (BLOGMAS – DAY ONE)

I’m a big believer in the power of a good red lipstick (and if you’re a long time reader or follow me over on Instagram you’ll have heard me say words to that effect many times).

The festive season is my favourite time of year when it comes to the beauty industry because it’s just so extra! Red lips and sparkly eyes everywhere and I’m living for it.

So with that in mind (as well as the ever expanding list of people I have to buy for!) I thought now would be a good time to recommend some of my favourite red lipstick for when you’re on a budget (or like me believe that quality does not always have to cost the Earth).

London Copyright|Profound Matte Lipstick

Shade – Aristocrat £5.95

PROFOUND is a stunning collection of luxurious, high-pigmented, creamy matte, long-lasting lipsticks, infused with a beautiful vanilla fragrance.

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Aristocrat is a creamy, full coverage, no holds barred classic red. A vegan, cruelty and paraben free staple in my collection

Revolution Pro|New Neutral Satin Matte Lipstick

Shade – Stiletto £6

Introducing the Revolution Pro New Neutral Satin Matte lipsticks, our best-selling lipstick formula – with an upgrade!

The new and improved collection features the same incredible highly pigmented lipstick formula; just one swipe across the lips will leave you with full coverage and comfortable colour – that lasts.

Housed in a new leopard print bullet for ultimate glamour, it features a magnetic soft-close clasp for sheer luxury.

The silky-smooth satin-matte formula has gentle moisturising properties which help to keep lips soft and luscious all day.

No bleeding, no drying, no cracking, whether it’s day or night, achieve a seamless finish and a perfect pout.

Available in an edit of universally flattering shades from nudes to pinks to brights; find a colour perfect for any skin tone, any age, and any occasion.

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Stick with the general theme of a classic red but, make it vampy!

The slightly darker tone of ‘Stiletto’ will have you feeling like the main character on your Christmas night out. The ultimate goal right?

Cruelty free and vegan as always.

By Beauty Bay|Matte Lipstick

Shade – Sauce £7

Let your lips do the talking with By BEAUTY BAY’s range of gorgeous matte lipsticks. With an ultra-creamy, intensely pigmented formula, the lipsticks are here to add the finishing touch to all your makeup looks. With eight shades to collect, the lipsticks have a comfortable wearing, extremely long-lasting and a smudge proof finish to last you from day to night, and sweet vanilla scent for that little extra oomph. You’re going to be obsessed.

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If you’re after a true red to take you from day to night without feeling unnecessarily self conscious then ‘Sauce’ is your girl! Such an easy transitional shade for all year round (which is great if you don’t want to invest in a huge collection!). Vegan and cruelty free of course.

By Beauty Bay|Crème Lipstick

Shade – Sidecar £8

Treat your lips to the By BEAUTY BAY Crème Lipstick. With an ultra-creamy, ultra-pigmented new formula, guaranteed to take your lips to new levels of glamour, these lipsticks deliver nothing but pure colour and a luminous finish in just one stroke. With a limited-edition glitter finish on bullet (that doesn’t transfer onto the lips), it’s time to pick your shade or collect them all, for a buildable lip look that will last all day and night.

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Besides anything else I am utterly obsessed with this packaging. Gatsby vibes all round ladies!

Beauty Bay can honestly do no wrong in my eyes but this is just on another level of sultry, decadent goodness.

Sidecar is your Christmas Day red. You heard it here first. She is THAT BITCH. As above this babe is both vegan and cruelty free.

Carter Beauty|Word of Mouth Lipstick

Shade – Bey €6.95

Named after 20 strong women who have inspired Founder Marissa Carter, Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter Word of Mouth Matte Lipstick has been formulated to offer stay all day pout perfection.

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Probably the most used red within my vast (VAST) collection. She’s a comfortable matte with a long lasting and durable formula guaranteed to impress.

Easily paired with the matching CB Free Speech Lip Tint if a glossy finish is more your style. Cruelty free guys, you know the drill.

The Wild Card…

Arttitude Cosmetics|Ultimate Red Lip Set

Shades – Inferno, Legacy and Conquer £24.99

Find your perfect red with our ultimate red lip kit – from the Born From The Ashes collection. Includes creamy satin finish lip bullets in 3 different shades of red, so you can find a classic red lip for every mood. Wear them on their own, or mix them together for the perfect ombre red lip.

We all have a phoenix inside of us – waiting to be reborn.

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Ok, ok I know this is technically cheating as I’ve already given you 5 strong contenders and this set is over £10 but if you price it up per lipstick they’re actually only £8.33 each sooo…

They’re just so lush.

I hope you’ve found you’re perfect red somewhere amongst my favourites!

BLACK FRIDAY WITH BEAUTY BAY!

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Black Friday (or is it week? month? I dunno, I’ve lost track now!) is upon us once again and you I’ve hand picked some of my most coveted goodies from the Beauty Bay sale!

Makeup

Beauty Bay – The Showtime Beauty Box

Was £40 Now £32

Made By Mitchell – Blursh Collection

Was £84 Now £30

Makeup Revolution – Friends Eyeshadow Palette Vault

Was £60 Now £36

Skincare

Revolution Pro – Lip Care Secrets Set

Was £25 Now £12.50

By Beauty Bay – The Facial Cleansing Brush

Was £25 Now £15

Mario Badescu – MB Favourites Kit

Was £62 Now £43.40

Haircare

Brush Works – Molly Mae Styler Bundle

Was £149.95 Now £119.90

Revolution Haircare – Bond Plex Restore Kit

Was £30 Now £18

Mermade Hair – Blowdry Brush

Was £54 Now 37.80

Now get out there and pick up some bargains beauties!