I love being on the cusp of the start of a new year. I get really excited at the idea of starting afresh and having the feeling of a new start and a embracing a different frame of mind. This year James and I are spending New Years Eve with a couple of friends, an Indian takeaway and a few bottles of wine. Although we are having a quiet night in, I still like to dress up and make a bit of an effort to kick-start the New Year. 


In terms of skincare I will keep things fairly simple, cleansing my face with the Benefit Foamingly Clean Face Wash that lathers up really easily and always makes my skin feel so fresh and cleansed. Once my face is clean I will apply a generous layer of Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask that is an exfoliating mask made up of coffee grounds, leaving my skin feeling hydrated, awake and blemish free.


After applying my usual base I want to keep the main focus of my make up on my eyes, which is easily done with these Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Sticks. These featured in my Beauty Lovers Gift Guide however I actually bought them as a Christmas treat for myself. They are beautiful eye shadow sticks that blend really easily which allows me to create a soft or dramatic look. Followed with lashings of Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara I think this dramatic eye look works well with a natural lip and so I will be picking up Mac’s Brave lipstick to finish it off.

Hair & Finishing Touches

On a daily basis my hair is usually blow-dried straight or tied up in some way. For an evening out I like to style it a little different and love to use my Remington Wand Curler. It is a bit fiddly at first but after a while it is easy enough to do, and it creates lovely tight curls. I prefer to just curl the ends of my hair and then add volume to the roots. Once styled I like to spray my hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hair Spray which is an absolute dream. It really holds my curls in place and provides that extra volume I love so much.

Once I am dressed I love to apply a few sprays of Jo Malone’s Blackberry & Bay Fragrance on to my neck and wrist pulse points. It is such a beautiful scent that I save for special occasions.


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