The Beauty Bag: December

If you follow me on Twitter, chances are you would have already read my bleating tweets about two brand spanking new categories that have weasled their way onto to the blog this week. First up was ‘The Budget Buy‘ that debuted earlier in the week, but today is the unveiling of ‘The Beauty Bag’ – a seasonal selection of sorts that will be posted on the 1st of each month featuring products that will be dropped into my makeup bag in the proceeding weeks. For this months festive pick how could I resist a subtle nod to all things glittery, shimmery with a punch of sparkle. Answer? I couldn’t…

Let’s get the girlie glitter out of the way. I like to restrict big chunks off the stuff to my eyes only and two products that deliver giant hunks of full-on shimmer are the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows and Illamasqua’s Pure Pigments. I have a feeling that on NYE I’ll be rocking Illamasqua’s Furore all over the lid with a touch of BB’s Black Chocolate* on the lash line and slightly through the crease. The This Works Shimmer Balm*, also delivers a subtle slick of sheen and although I’ve given it a go on the eyes, it works best blended lightly over the cheekbones with your finger, for a touch of subtle winter glow. Another product for eyes as I like to go a little bit bolder in the colder months, is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils* in the shades Empire, Mainline and Demolition – a purple, teal and brown respectively that last forever (hello weepy NYE’s) and add a touch of colour that even I can handle to your makeup. Lips, it’s simple, they gotta be bold. I’ve rambled on about my bold lip faves before (post here), but a sheerer and more everyday alternative to my top picks are the Revlon Lip Butters. I haven’t been too impressed with their shade range before, but it definitely caters to the red market, with Raspberry Pie* being my favourite (pssst, I spotted Estée the other day wearing this!) – oh and you got to have their Nail Enamel in Vixen* to match. With Christmas comes numerous photo opportunities (deep joy) so it’s time to dig out those SPF-free bases. MAC Face + Body is the original photo-friendly foundation – dewy, with buildable coverage, just throw on a dust of powder for an evening out.

So all zipped into my makeup bag and we’re ready to go; roll on December. SPF-free base? Check. Bold lips? Check. A festive thumping of glitter, shimmer and everything in between? Hell yeah!

*PR Samples