My Current Makeup Staples With Yves Rocher

I have been a big fan of the Yves Rocher body care, hair care and fragrances for a couple of years, since I made my first order with them. I have tried a couple of bits of their makeup - the Sexy Plump Mascara (which is pretty amazing) and one of their lipsticks; however I have wanted to try more of their makeup but as far as I know they don't have a store or counter in the UK. I picked three products and I was kindly sent them for review; honesty as always, check out the disclaimer tab for more information on my personal policy on reviewing products and working with brands (here). 

Firstly, a foundation that I have wanted to try a over two years - the *Yves Rocher Comfort Cream Foundation (100 Beige Very Fair, RRP £16.50 - currently only £9.65) which I have been using for the past couple of weeks and I have kind of fallen in love with it. The shade is a good match for me, it is quite yellow toned so it helps to cancel out the natural red/pink tone of the skin. The foundation glides on so easily, I have been applying it with my hands - mainly as I don't have any clean makeup brushes left...oops! It feels comfortable, moisturising on the skin and it leaves my skin looking even, luminous and fresh. The only negative point is that it can cling to very dry areas although exfoliators and facial oils help solve this issue. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5. 

The next product is the *Yves Rocher Matte Compact Powder (100 Matte Very Fair, RRP £20 - currently only £10.25) which comes in a  really nice, durable compact so it would be great for travelling or on the go. The shade is fantastic for my very fair skin tone and the powder is matte although not very flat. Even though I have dry skin, my t-zone can get a little oily especially because of the central heating at this time of the year and this powder controls oil well without looking very caky or heavy. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 

Last but not least is the *Yves Rocher Ultra Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow (07 Bronze, RRP £14 - currently only £7) which is a gorgeous bronzy, taupe shade. I have been using it sparking on the lids as a wash of shadow. I have been using it with an eyeshadow primer and it lasts pretty much all of the day It is relatively easy to blend and looks gorgeous on the eyes. It can crease on me after about five/six hours without a primer, however all eyeshadows crease on me! Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 

Overall, I love all of the items! Together the make up a gorgeous, quick and easy autumn/winter makeup look that is radiant and simple but still sparkly and festive. I will probably have a look using these products on my instagram (@heathernixon4) and or twitter (@ofbeautyand)soon. I definitely want to try more Yves Rocher cosmetics! Here are a few of the products on my Yves Rocher wish list:

Have you tried any makeup from Yves Rocher? 

My Perfect Christmas Ft. Boux Avenue

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Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, as it is all about spending time with family and friends, cosy nights in (or glam nights out) and of course, presents! I love buying presents for people...and myself! 

My dream christmas would have to include snow, I love to look at and photograph pretty snowy landscapes *they make great blogging backgrounds for outfits and products* but it is a pain when you have to trudge through it. Although for my dream christmas there should be a blanket of crisp, fresh snow! As well as a mug or five of hot chocolate with baileys because you know, it's christmas...that's my excuse anyway. 

My perfect christmas would also have to include christmas films such as Elf (gotta love Will Ferrel) and The Grinch while eating gingerbread men! If you have any christmas film recommendations leave them in the comments below!

As well as spending time with family/friends and treating everyone, I also feel like I can treat myself more during the festive period (although you never need an excuse for treats!). Cosy pyjamas, candles and indulgent bath products are some of my favourite gifts and they also mean that myself or the recipient of such gifts will be so much more relaxed at a time when life can be quite busy and hectic. 

Boux Avenue have a great range of pyjamas, beauty gifts, home gifts and of course, gorgeous luxe underwear - I have my eye on a few of their candles and pyjamas! If you are stuck for last minute christmas gifts or indulgent treats for yourself, check out their wide range of products. The Boux Avenue range of lingerie would make a perfect gift for wives/girlfriends as would the cute range of nightwear. For inspiration, check out their christmas advert:

Here are some of my picks for christmas gifts, for numerous budgets and age ranges! I think these gifts would be a very welcome addition under the tree. 

There are my Boux Avenue christmas gift picks and my personal recipe for a dream christmas! Christmas delivery dates for Boux Avenue: order by midday on the 22nd December to get your order before christmas! If you have any reviews, gift guides or wish lists featuring Boux Avenue make sure you share on twitter with #DreamingofBoux

What do you think of the Boux Avenue christmas gifts? What would make your perfect christmas? 

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Under £10 Makeup Challenge with Essence

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I was kindly invited to the launch of Essence in the UK back in June (here) and received an incredible goody bag. Since then I have genuinely loved pretty much every single Essence product I have tried - a few have made it into monthly favourites! I was challenged to create a look using Essence products but it had to cost less than £10. I came up with one day look and one party/evening look where all of the products for each look cost less than £10. 

For my day time look I started with the *Essence Stay All Day Concealer (£2.50, 10 Natural Beige) which I received at the launch event. It is an amazing concealer and it will definitely feature in my 2014 beauty favourites. I applied it under my eyes and on redness. Then for the cheeks and lips I used the same product - the *Essence Lipstick (£2, 44 Almost Famous) which is a pretty cherry red. Using your lipstick as a blusher is great time/cost saving tip if you can only take minimal makeup, on holiday or travelling for example. 
For my highlight I used the *Essence Soo Glow Cream to Powder Highlighter (£2.80, 20 Brighten Up Your Life) which does look too pink toned for my skin in the packaging but when applied it is a gorgeous highlight. As well as using it on the cheek bones I also applied it down the nose slightly, on the cupids bow, brow bone and inner corners. 

Onto the eyes, I used is the *Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara (£2.30) which is a gorgeous lengthening, natural mascara that is very black and adds natural volume to my long but straight lashes. The best part is the whole look costs £9.60 which is amazing in my opinion!
Now onto the evening/party look which is a bit more colourful and bolder than the day time look. I did cheat slightly as I used the same mascara and concealer from the day time look for my evening look...

Firstly, the eyes. I used the *Essence Liquid Ink High Shine Liner (£2.80) which is a gorgeous black, glossy liner although I do prefer the liquid ink waterproof also from Essence. As my eyes are quite deep set, it can be difficult to get a flick without it being hidden or crooked but it just takes practise - I also have a post about it, here.

The lips and nails are the focus of this look, for the lips I used the *Essence Lipstick (£2.30, 09 Wear Berries!) which is the most gorgeous shade. The colour is a mix between fuchsia pink and a bright lavender; it isn't something I would have picked myself but I LOVE it. For the nails, I wanted to match them to the lips and I used the *Essence Colour & Go Polish (£1.60, 152 Give Me Nude Baby!) all over the nails then while it was still wet I sprinkled the *Essence Multi-Dimensional Glitter Nail Effects (£2) as an effect/statement nail. 

Excluding the concealer and mascara as you could use whatever you already own, this statement party look only costs £8.70! I do love Essence products, I don't know how they can be such good quality at a cheap as chips price! You can buy Essence products from the Wilkinsons website or from the stand alone counter in the Manchester arndale or at Westfield Hammersmith. 

What do you think of the looks I have created? What Essence products do you love? 

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