Christmas Glossybox Unboxing 2018 | BeautyandShe

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Its 3 days until Christmas!

Can you believe it? Who else is excited as I am?

As Ive gotten older and people ask me “What would you like for Christmas?” , My response has been “Nothing”.

Now that may sound mean of me but I am so happy and blessed with what I have, I really don’t need anything! I much prefer spending time with family and friends and enjoying all the festivities… AND ALL THE FOOD!

Now there is one thing I have been indulging in over the past few months and that is Glossybox. If you don’t know what it is, it is a monthly subscription where you receive 5 beauty products straight through your letterbox.

So for this months edition, I thought I would share with you lovely lot, what I received and what I thought about the products. There are definitely products I will be buying again which would be great for Christmas stocking fillers too!

If you haven’t already checked out my Christmas gift guides then click HERE.

Firstly, the packaging was EVERYTHING. A red and gold box filled with red packing tied with a bow – Very festive.

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The first product I had was a Liquid jelly blush by Niko Pro. Ive never heard of this brand before but after some research they are 100% cruelty free, vegan friendly and based in the UK. The colour I had was rather peachy, and im not too keen on peach blush but it did look pretty. The only problem I have with jelly blush is that is ALWAYS takes off my foundation underneath and looks patchy. I did have the same problem with this one too but perhaps I just need to perfect my technique.

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Now if this doesnt scream Christmas then I don’t know what does. This lip crayon by Doucce is heavenly! Apparently the brand was inspired by Paris elegance and New York attitude – I love that phrase! It is so rich and creamy and is the perfect shade for this season. As you can see by the swatch it is very pigmented and I did have a tough time getting it off my skin! That just means its long lasting!

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Unicorns are very much still in fashion at the moment I can see. This Cosmic Unicorn shower gel by Imperial Leather smells incredible. Its funny as the week before I recieved my Glossybox, I bought the exact same thing but in bubble bath and I adored the scent! The only thing I am disappointed with is that from the outside it looks like the gel would make the make glittery/holographic which is kind of what drew me to it –  Particularly as it says “Moon and Sparkles Unicorn Dust”. It does create a load of lovely bubbles though!

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I posted this picture on my Instagram (@charlottethrupp) the other day and had such a great response. This is a shimmer roll on highlighter from Bellapierre  and it gives me so many 90’s vibes. This is my favourite product from the box and I know I will already by repurchasing. The shimmer is so pretty and the colour as you can see is not too cold and icy. I much prefer warmer toned highlighters. It is so easy to use – you literally just roll on and I blend slightly using my fingers. Plus you can use it not just on face but on the body too – It looks beautiful on my collarbones for the extra pop!

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Now every single person gets blocked pores on there nose. There is nothing wrong with it, it happens. I have used many pore strips in the past just to see what effect they have and if they can eradicate those black dots. The reality – They ever manage to get rid of them all. Fact. This one by Maybeauty did remove a few but it will never get rid of them all girl. I wasn’t really too fussed on this product as I find them slightly pointless but even so  it was interesting to see how it matched some of the other ones I tried.

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Now I love to enhance the look of my lips with liner and lipstick but I have never tried one of these lip masks which are supposed to plump and hydrate your lips. This is by BeautyBLVD and I found it so funny applying this to my skin, it looked like I had a botched lip job – nevertheless I persisted to keep it on for about 15 minutes to see if my lips had altered in any way, shape or form. The hadn’t really, they did feel softer but not really hydrated and they didnt look any plumper. It was fun to use but I wouldnt repurchase as a good quality lip balm or plumping gloss is just as good or better and quicker.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed this little festive read. I was very honest in saying that I would repurchase some and definitely not others. I love the concept of Glossybox and I know that some people would LOVE all the products but for me, only a select few – It is fun to try new brands though!

Have you guys tried Glossybox? Or had this edition? Let me now you thoughts below!

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy this special time!

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The “Every girl wants” Christmas Gift Guide 2018

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After my last gift guide, I though it was time for a fashion forward post. As we get closer and closer to Christmas, there are so many things that catch my eye in the windows of shops.

There have been so many fashion trends I adore this season….I have seen a lot of glitter and sparkle which I LOVE as im such a magpie. I see a lot of faux fur and fleece and plenty of cosy jumpers.

In this gift guide I bring to you my fashion faves from the perfect LBD (little black dress for those who dont know) to the BEST accessories – what every girl wants.

The Glitzy One

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If your looking for a showstopper then this is it. I love the tie detail on the side – It reminds me of a present wrapped up with a bow, how adorable. It comes in fours colours but the gold is the one for me this festive season.
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The LBD

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How can you go wrong with a little black dress? This one is so simple but classy – pair this with some black heels and a gold clutch and im in full christmas party mode.
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The Cosy One

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If you want to be a teddy bear this Christmas then this is for you. This super soft faux fur coat is a dream and will keep you cosy all winter long. 
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The Everyday One

This jumper dress is everything. I love the two tone style and it looks super cosy – great for everyday plus it also comes in grey and pink.
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The Sporty One

This oversized jumper has Tommy Hilfiger vibes. I love block colours and this is the perfect jumper for running errands or just lazing round the house.
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The Perfect Heels

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How perfect, These nude heels will go with absolutely everything. Super simple but oh so elegant I have this exact pair and it really is the PERFECT pair of heels.
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The Festive Jewels

I love to shop local and when I had the chance to sample the Winter collection from LushChic Jewellery – I jumped at the chance. The accessories are sterling silver and the cutest little pieces for any occasion. They have “a passion to miniaturise every cute thing on the planet” – which is such a lovely concept! The snowflake necklace has been my staple piece since I received it and I think will be for the foreseeable future… 

This beautiful sterling silver snowflake and man in the moon necklace are just gorgeous. Pair these with any Christmas outfit for the final finishing touches.
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These are just a few little things that I for sure have been loving this Christmas season and im sure you girls will love them too! So if all you boyfriends and husbands are looking for those final fashion gifts… your welcome.

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The ‘beauty-ful’ Christmas Gift guide 2018

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Well, Christmas is almost here again and I can’t wait.

There is nothing I love more than spending this special time with family and friends, not to mention all of the festive food and drink… there is usually a lot of that.

When people ask me what I would like for Christmas, I usually say “I don’t need anything”- This is because it’s true. I’m truly content with just spending time with loved ones, enjoying the festivities and eating my weight in turkey and stuffing…

However – my passion for all things beauty gets me intrigued and excited for all the new Christmas makeup, skincare and beauty products there are this time of year. 

So I have created this handy-dandy gift guide that includes some of my favourite beauty gifts to date. I hope you find some inspiration for those last minute purchases and enjoy looking at some of my ultimate faves.

Anything Charlotte Tilbury – Lipstick ‘Hepburn Honey’

A little bit of luxury – even if it is just a lipstick – I adore everything about the Tilbury brand from the packaging to product, if your looking for that special gift for a special someone, you can’t go wrong.

Benefit Christmas Gimme Some Sugar gift set

The benefit gift sets are so adorable this year. This one includes all my faves and are all FULL SIZED. Plus the cake tin it comes is reuseable and would look so ‘sweet’ on a vanity – I’m good with puns..

Bomb Cosmetics Let it Snow Gift set

My favourite thing to do in Winter is to relax in a hot bath filled with bubbles, and bath bombs are just pure heaven. Im alway grateful for a bathbomb any time of year!

Real Techniques everyday essential brush set

This was my first EVER brush set and I still have it to this day. Granted its been a few years but they are a fantastic set for everyday use.

A Bath Caddy (These are everything)

So I recently bought myself a bath caddy and it is a serious game changer. I can now have a bath alongside a glass of wine placed elegantly in front of me. What more could you want…

 

Stila 3D Dazzle and Glow liquid eyeshadow trio

Christmas time is the time to sparkle and shine – I love Stila shadows, these ones are so long lasting and make me look just like a Christmas fairy.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette 

This palette is what dreams are made of. Look at these gorgeous red and pink shades. If you buy any girl this palette they will be sure to love you for ever and ever and ever.

Gucci Bloom Eau De Parfum

I love a pretty bottle as much as the next girl but with this gorgeous scent too, it’s a match made in heaven or should I say…flowers.

Too Faced – Under the Kissletoe collection

This Christmas collection of liquid lipsticks is ideal for keeping in your handbag on the go – They are also long lasting which means you can eat Christmas dinner with a perfect pout.

Pixi Glow Tonic 

This toner tones, conditions and brightens your skin all in one bottle giving you that glowing goddess look just in time for Christmas.

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker collection

This is an absolute steal (for Jo Malone) – You get perfume, hand wash and body creme with their signature scents that are bound to leave you smelling absolutely delicious.

And that’s just to name a few! These are some of my favourit beauty presents and stocking fillers for 2018 that I think would please anyone. There are so many fantastic beauty buys this year and I would love to know your favourites too, let me know in the comments below!

Stay posted for some more Christmas gift guides as we make our way through to December over the next few days.

Happy Holidays!

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LUSH Christmas Event + Christmas HAUL

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Im a true season girl, I love Autumn, I love Winter but of course CHRISTMAS is so magical and I’m already in the festive spirit.

I was invited to the LUSH Christmas Event at my local LUSH store and I jumped at the chance! I have been shopping at LUSH for as long as I can remember and their products are AMAZING! They pride themselves in providing cruelty free products and fight against animal testing which I absolutely LOVE.

If you have never seen or smelt any of the LUSH products then you are seriously missing out. They are constantly coming up with new ideas for products and get better and better each year.

So grab a cup of tea and have a wander with me through LUSH at Christmas – I promise you will be left feeling festive – CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

This year is no exception with their Christmas range, it is stunning. So I was greeted by the team and a refreshing welcome drink to sip as I wandered through the gorgeous scents. I had the chance to be helped by a lovely girl called Eman (Im so sorry if thats misspelled!) who explained every single product that caught my eye.. and there was a lot.

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I had so many demonstrations of all the products I wanted to view and got to try a good few! Ten minutes in and I was already feeling pampered.

 

I was lucky enough to be able to make my own Christmas facial cleanser called Buche De Noel which has ground almonds, cranberries, mandarin and of course BRANDY – You have to have a tipple at Christmas…

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It was so lovely being able to make it myself and see EXACTLY what goes in to my skincare products plus it was so much FUN!

I had a full tour of the SPA, yes you heard me right, SPA! It was truly so beautiful. Its themed just like an old farm style kitchen with reclaimed train tracks and a lot of wood panelling. There was candles everywhere and I had a chat about all the spa experiences on offer.

I was able to have a wonderful hand and arm massage by Jordan who explained about all the oils that work wonders for the skin – I could of stayed there all evening, it was so relaxing.

I finished off my evening by sampling some of the makeup which is such high quality and I loved being able to try anything and everything – my hands were very glittery after this. Of course I had to treat myself to a couple of things didn’t I? Maybe more than a couple…So with my bag full of goodies I left feeling truly relaxed and ready for the festive season ahead.

 

If you guys want see what delights I picked up from LUSH then just click HERE.

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Instagram Diary

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So its Christmas Eve – Eve and i’m so excited for the next few days. I have been super busy getting everything wrapped and prepped, it’s been a whirlwind of Christmas fun!

I thought what better way to show you what I have been up to than a catch up with my Instagram.

8th December 2016

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It was my works Christmas party which was a pretty casual affair – I chose this oversized shirt, jeans and boots which I was comfortable in ALL night. My watch is from NEXT and makes a great statement accessory.

9th December 2016

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Comfy clothes are the best right? This cropped hoody is from Primark and I just knew I needed it as soon as I saw it. My slippers are from Dunelm and it literally feels like im walking on clouds – LOVE IT!

12th December 2016

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Rose Gold Heaven.

I bought these from Makeup Revolution as I love their lipsticks. When I saw they had a rose gold range, I was straight on their website – The shades go with everything and look flawless.

12 December 2016

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How cute are these guys? My sister bought me this felt gingerbread garland and it looks so festive along our shelving.

17th December 2016

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This notepad though.. HOW PRETTY! Its from Home Bargains and was 99p…. I love it.

Now that were all settled in the new house we can finally start planning our wedding – 2018.

18th December 2016

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Christmas Bedding is the best. This duvet set is from Tesco and looks stunning alongside my fairylights – its so cosy and festive.

20th December 2016

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Possibly the best pyjamas I have ever owned. This nightie is from Primark and was £3! I love a bargain and The Snowman so this truly was a match made in heaven.

Were walking in the air….

21st December 2016

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I have seen Zoella create this Mariah Carey inspired look and HAD to recreate it myself. Believe it or not, I LOVED IT! I thought I was going to end up looking like a toilet brush but the curls were beautiful, by the end of the day they had dropped to a lovely loose curl.

22nd December 2016

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So this is our house!

I used an editing website called fotr.com  to create the painting effect on my original photo. We will be using this as our Christmas cards next year!

23rd December 2016

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All the glitter under the tree.

I adore wrapping presents – there is something therapeutic about it! We stuck to a gold and red theme this year for all of our gifts.

We are ready for the 25th.

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I hope you all have a MAGICAL Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Top 5 Christmas Movies.

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I love nothing more than getting cosy with a hot chocolate and bowl of popcorn watching my fave Christmas films.

When people ask me what the best festive film is, I always struggle because I love so many of them…

BUT..

I have actually managed to create my top 5 festive films for you guys (after much thought)… So if your stuck for Christmas inspiration, I highly recommend this lovely lot…

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National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

The Favourite.

I can watch this film over and over and over again and not get bored. If you love Chevy Chase then this is the film for you. It is so funny and i’m pretty sure all families can relate to the antics of the run up to Christmas…

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Home Alone: Lost in New York

Out of all the Home Alone movies, this is my fave.

There is something so magical about New York at Christmas and I know i’m not the only one when I say how much I wanted to stay at the Plaza Hotel..

Again, I could watch it over and over and Harry and Marv absolutely make this film, such great actors.

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Christmas with the Kranks

Who doesn’t like Tim Allen?

I can really relate to this film as my mother loves Christmas festivities as much as Jamie Lee Curtis and will do EVERYTHING to try and make it perfect on the day… despite any accidents along the way.

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The Santa Clause

Another one with my guy Tim Allen, they really don’t make films like this anymore…

I thought the sets and props in this film were so incredible (again I wanted to live in the North Pole)…

If your looking for a truly magical movie, then this is my pick, it really puts me in the festive mood.

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The Holiday

Lastly, a romantic choice.

This is such a relaxing film and shows how Christmas is full of love and joy.

And how cool would it be to actually house swap with someone? Ummm…. VERY COOL, sign me up.

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Well loves, that is my TOP 5 Christmas picks for you.

I would love to know your selections for this festive time too so let me know in the comments – I would love to hear!

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WHERE HAVE I BEEN? Well…….

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So it has been a while…

BUT

I have a very good excuse.

As most of you know, I recently got engaged in May this year and I haven’t  really stopped since!

So you want to hear our BIG news?…

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WE HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

We have been living in our first home together for three weeks now and I am finally settled in.

I don’t think I realised how much I actually missed blogging until I sat down to type and write this post. It’s sad that I have missed out on a lot in the past few months but..

I AM BACK and ready to continue my blogging journey.

I wanted to share some of the first photos of our new home with you guys as I have been very much inspired by the blogging community, social media and Pinterest for ideas.

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Our garden overlooks the beautiful fields where I grew up. I couldn’t ask for a better view to wake up to!

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Were feeling very festive at the moment in our living room. Our tree is a 7ft spruce from Tesco and our Garland is from Buyology. It is so cosy in here, especially when the fire is lit.

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Our bedroom needed a neutral and calm theme so we opted for cream and grey with pops of colour.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and I love it. We chose to add hints of copper in our accessories with my favourite being the clock from Dunelm. It matches perfectly with our coffee and sugar pots from Next.

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Our dining room had a feature wall with the colour Meteor dust, a grey blue shade. Our side board is from Tesco and our table and chairs are from Ikea

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Isn’t this the most adorable garland? My sister bought it for us along with a few other delights…

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Our first decoration given to us, again from my sister for our new home.

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Our bathroom is simple but classic, we went for a white and beige theme in here, very neutral.

So as you can imagine, alongside working full time etc, it has been pretty hectic these past months but its good to be back!

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Christmas Favourites 2015

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Ah Sundays….

I am currently snuggled under a blanket.. slippers on.. tea in one hand.. biscuits in the other..

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Today I wanted to share with you lovely people some of my favourites gifts I received this Christmas!

I didn’t ask for anything this year which was quite nice to say as I am completely happy with everything!

That isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate a few lovely surprises December 25th.

So this little video includes some beautiful bags, make-up and other delights…

So grab a cup of tea like me and have a look at this…

What did you guys get for Christmas? I would LOVE to know?!

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Ted Baker and Makeup Revolution Haul.

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Wow, what a Christmas!

After eating way too much turkey and mince pies, I can safely say that I have had one of the best christmas’ ever.

Christmas is a time for family (and turkey) and I have thoroughly enjoyed the festive season so far.

I have been extremely lucky this year and received some amazing beauty products that I cannot wait to share with you!

Two words. Ted Baker.

OH MY GOODNESS, I received the most gorgeous vanity makeup box from my mum and dad including so many amazing Ted Baker products!

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I have to say, the quality of the makeup is outstanding. My favourites are definitely the deep red lip crayon that glides on effortlessly and the felt tip eyeliner that creates the perfect cat eye.

A must have for 2015.

I have also received a selection of concealers by Makeup Revolution and the pigment of each different shade is fantastic. I use the lightest shade and it covers my under eye circles flawlessly.

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I just had to mention these few products as I have been so excited about using them everyday since christmas…. stay tuned for a natural glam New Years Eve makeup tutorial coming soon…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone,

Love C x

Christmas reindeer

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Ok, so for Christmas Eve my family chose to have a fancy dress night – christmas edition.

So I began looking on youtube for some makeup inspiration. I came across some reindeer makeup tutorials and absolutely fell in love!

To create the cute reindeer look, I began by applying a light foundation all over my face using my Mac stippling brush. Then, using my NYX eyeliner in a matte light brown, I detailed my nose and filled it with a white eyeliner. I also covered my forehead and cheekbones with the same white colour to create a main focal point.

Using my Benefit Hoola bronzer and a large fluffy brush, I covered my cheekbones and my hairline to darken my skin but keeping the focus on the white areas. I applied the same white dots to my cheeks and forehead the created a nose and mouth using my Revlon liquid eyeliner in Black.

My favourite part of this look was the eyes, I kept it quite minimal with light eyeshadow and white eyeliner but added a set of Katy Perry Lashes to emphasises the Bambi like appearance! I added a simple cat eye look with the same liquid eyeliner and finished of the look by adding a set of antlers.

This makeup look was so simple and easy to do and is a great and fun look using makeup that Everyone has in their draws.

Merry Christmas everyone!
Stay tuned for my christmas makeup haul…..

C x

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