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December is always my favourite month when it comes to beauty, as there are so many amazing gift sets and festive beauty releases which are often irresistible. I’ve had a big House of Fraser beauty splurge recently with Christmas beauty in mind, and I wanted to feature my purchases within an haul here on my blog. I don’t know about you, but I love to use the whole month of December as an excuse to go a little more glam than I normally would because lets face it, it is the party season and I always like to make an effort on Christmas Day with my makeup and hair, well that’s until I’ve eaten my Christmas dinner and then it’s time for an unflattering onesie which allows for stomach expansion whilst devouring an insane amount of treats.
I know a lot of people favour red nails and red lips for Christmas makeup, but red really isn’t my colour, and I rarely wear red lipsticks or nails. I much prefer to opt for a more muted lip colour, and concentrate the drama on my eye makeup. I think that’s what I love about beauty, you can create whatever look you want without having to conform to the whole standard ‘red lips and red nails’ Christmas look and I admire House of Fraser for running their Your Christmas, Your Rules campaign and House of Fraser have created two amazing YouTube videos which I’ll include below, with an easy to follow glittery eye tutorial and a glittery lip tutorial incase you’re looking for some festive beauty inspiration…
When it came to deciding on the perfect eyeshadow for Christmas Day, it had to be the brand new NARS Steven Klein Single Eyeshadow in the shade Stud, which ties in nicely with the glittery eye tutorial actually. NARS Stud is the most incredible, taupe grey packed with stunning silver shimmer and it was love at first swatch.
I was going to wear black liquid liner, but this eyeshadow is so beautiful on its own that I’m going to team it with my favourite eyeliner pencil of all time, and a repurchase; the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion, which stays put all day (and night) even in the waterline and it doesn’t make my sensitive eyes water which is an huge bonus. To finish off my eye look, I’m going to opt for my favourite mascara of all time – Benefit Rollerlash, which gives me very long, volumised lashes.
Foundation wise, I bought the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation as my skin is so dry right now, with so many dry patches so I thought this hydrating foundation was worth a shot as I’d read many rave reviews and Bobbi Brown’s lightest shade; Alabaster, is a perfect match for my super pale skin. To disguise many late nights, I decided to try a new concealer so I’m going to give the Bobbi Brown Corrector a try as it’s supposedly very effective, and forgiving on any dry skin surrounding the eyes so I hope I’m not disappointed.
For blush, I’m going to opt for one of my favourites – the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes in the shade Berry Pop, which is an ideal shade for winter and it has a subtle sheen too so I can get away without using an highlighter although should I change my mind, I’ll use my holy grail MAC Lightscapade which never lets me down.
As I said, I’m going to be boycotting the whole red lip and red nail trend, and I’m going to go for a muted pink lipstick in the form of MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Please Me, which is a permanent shade but I got mine from the new MAC Magic of the Night Collection so it has a gorgeous metallic purple casing. I love the MAC Matte Lipsticks as they last really well, even with eating or drinking which is something I plan to do a lot of on Christmas Day.
So that’s everything I bought, and plan to wear on Christmas Day from House of Fraser. I would love to know what makeup look you’re planning on doing, and will you be following the red lip and red nail trend, or will you perhaps recreate one of these tutorials by House of Fraser?