Eye shadow palettes you need.

If you don’t get a new eye shadow palette for christmas has santa even been?

Now, I am a bit of a makeup snob so I tend to buy and wear higher end products but there are some great dupes which I will include!

Here are some I think you should get:

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1.Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals palette £45.00 

I got this palette last year from Santa.. I truly love it. I use the matte browns as a shadow shades in my crease then build the glitters on top. The colours are so pigmented so you only need a little on your brush to work with.

2.Naked palettes…£39.50

I love all the Urban Decay Naked palettes, Maddey and I also own all the Naked palettes. My all time favourite is now the Naked HEAT with SMOKY coming a close second! Once again the pigments are crazy strong. Stronger than a double vodka coke. The HEAT is a copper palette which works best with my blue eyes and pale skin. The purples in this palette are too diiiie for! The Smoky palette is full of pressed glitters. The ‘blue’ trio; Amour, Slanted and Dagger are my go-to’s in there.

3.Hourglass Modernist palette- Graphite £56.00

 Just like Maddey, this small palette packs a hefty punch. It is made up of five colours (off-white, gold, brown, blue and silver), the only colours you need for any outfit. This palette doesn’t give you a massive range of colours like the UD’s but it does create a beautiful eye.. its just a shame about the price!!

4.Charlotte Tilbury…£39.00

In case you don’t know, I am a massive CT fan. A foam finger-t-shirt wearing super fan. Mad and I are slowly collecting her Luxury palette looks. So far we are on 7 out of 10. I hope once you have collected them all you get something free. I really rate these palettes, each palette has 4 colours… all you need for a red-carpet look. They also last for agggggeeesss. My day to day go to is Vintage Vamp!

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1.NYX ultimate palette £16.00

I often wonder how we survived before this palette. It puts the pop in popular eyeshadow looks. We love the pink row of colours, I also dabble into the yellow and orange to create a ‘sunset’ eye.

2.No.7 stay perfect smoky palette £15

Over the years I have used no.7 eyeshadows and they are great! I would place the eyeshadows at no.7 on my list….sorry terrible joke.

3.Max Factor Jades £9.99

When you don’t have £56.00 to spend on the hourglass one, buy this one!

4.NYX darling damsel £9.00

NYX eyeshadows are fabby. The NYX shadows blend beautifully! This snazzy palette is very similar to the CT Vintage Vamp! If the CT is Kate Winslet this dupe is Kate Winsless. Luckily with the price of this palette you won’t watch your money sink into the unknown!

I hope you get some nice new eyeshadows for christmas.. FYI christmas is around the corner so you really need to start hinting now. *walking around Fenwick ooooh this palette..wink wink.

TPS X

 

(All photos taken from links)

Christmas party dresses under £50

The words Christmas party might fill you with excitement or it could bring back that embarrassing mistake last year, just try not to get with your boss… again…Deciding on a winter party dress is hard… to save you hours of walking around the shops, here are some of our favourite dresses for under £50.

A classic black dress cannot be beaten. A little black dress, black accessories and sparkly shoes. I love a jacket, so I like to pair a LBD with a leather jacket… or a suede jacket… or a biker jacket…. or a blazer…. I’m sure you get the pictureScreen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.23.35

 1..PLT black dress- £22.00 2.ZARA fringed black dress-£39.99 3.ZARA sequin black dress-£29.99

Remember that trend where everything was velvet?? Velvet pants, velvet tops, velvet puffa coats. velvet, velvet, velvet. Walking through Topshop was like walking through a jungle of velvet.. you’d be lucky if you made it out alive. Well once a year that trend comes round again. A velvet dress speaks for its self. Simple shoes, a clutch bag and sparkly makeup finishes the look. Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.26.04

1.ASOS Deep V pleated velvet dress-£48.00   2.ASOS velvet dress- £45.00

Nothing screams, ‘my nips are so frozen they might fall off’ quite like this dress!! For VIP entry to Santa’s grotto, style the dress with messy hair a bold lip or eye makeup. If you fancy a jacket, this dress would look amazing with a fur (faux) jacket.Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.27.28

Love Triangle V neck mini dress- £45.00

Dresses become way more fun at christmas. Feather trims are a personal favourite… one day I will get round to making my feather trimmed jeans. You can either keep it classic; clutch bag, nude heels or you can be bold, colour block. Why not pair the dress with an bright bag?Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.33.52

Topshop Feather slip mini-£39.00

Give me an S, give me an E, give me a Q… who am I kidding, I’m not a cheerleader but Maddey is.. go cheer society!! Sequins are the regular persons diamond. In an ideal world the dress would be covered in crystals, I would also have a body guard stopping anyone coming within five metres of me. Until that day, I will have to dance in sequins and moan every time someone accidentally touches me.Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 21.36.10.jpg

1.River Island gold sequin dress- £40.00 2. ZARA sequin dress- £39.99  3.River Island sequin dress-£30.00

Hope we have given you a few ideas or starting points for dresses this season. Im sure you will look 10/10 in anything!

Do you ever think at the North Pole Christmas party one of the elves gets with the boss man, and then the next day all elves are talking about Jane from packaging getting drunk and kiss santa in the workshop? Cos I do…

TPS X

Winter is the best.

I live everyday knowing I’m one day closer to Christmas. FYI its 40 days till Santa. Every year, November hits me straight in the face and I realise that another year has just about passed and my summer body was never existent. Lucky for me a baggy jumper is right down my chimney  up my street.

One of the best things about winter is Sugar..Oh sugar, I’m getting fat. It’s amazing how much sugar I consume in winter. I was told in a British chain coffee house, that they only go up to medium in their christmas hot chocolates is because of the amount of calories in a Large….its around 600 calories… for a drink! Now I’m a big fan of routines so I’ll see my barista on Friday for my Black forrest hot chocolate…yes hi me again.

Food at Christmas (and in general if you’re part of the Patterson family) is the gift that keeps on giving, the gift of all gifts. On the come down from the sugar high, the food you consume is unbelievable. Massive plates of home cooked goodness- what more could you want. Camembert straight from the aga, a stick of fresh bread I don’t have to be gluten free everyday. What a combo. Brie and Cranberry sandwiches. Mince and Dumplings. mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes. It’s simply the best!

TV also suddenly improves, we go from soaps which are getting ridiculous to films. Christmas films, blockbuster films to that shockingly bad film on channel 5 that is so bad its good! And then everyone’s favourite winter moment… Harry Potter- one film everyday! You’re a wizard ITV. I’ve already started the Christmas films with what is, by far, the best film ever. NATIVITY. It doesn’t matter if you are more Gordon Shakespeare than Mr Poppy or if you associate more with Bobby and you’re upset because you haven’t got a part in the play. You WILL love this film. Surely, everyone likes this film. Hollywood did.

I was walking around House of Fraser recently doing that ‘if I had the money’ shopping.. my brain basket had sparkles, velvet dresses and fur. Honestly, if I had the money I would be a different girl. You don’t get this style in the summer, everything at summer is neon and cropped…. no me gusta. I won’t shock the nation by saying a winter must have is a coat…. i’ll give you sometime for that to sink in….. I am lover of a Shearling coat. I have quiet the flock of them, all varying in colours and lengths. Then you pair that with a scarf, so big that it could double up as a blanket. We all know what scarfs I’m talking about.. HIYA ZARA… the one winter style everyone rocks. If I’m not wearing a Sheepskin its probably a cheeky little All Saints number.

If you fancy a new coat here are some of my favourites:

coats I SWEAR by All Saints for coats and jackets. Invest now and have it for life..or until next christmas when you get another!

All Saints- PAX PUFFER JACKET       All Saints- MARR COAT (INK BLUE)

Now this coat is for the girls that don’t live on farms. I tried this on and thought it was really cool then I remembered where I live. not for you farm girl. This coat really channels those art student polar bears. They are very artic-stic.

FrenchConnection- FAUX FUR

Here is the classic North East coat. No, not that Paul’s Boutique coat. Barbour. Pure waxy belta. Oh how I want this coat, I don’t have a Waxed coat in my wardrobe. I’ve had a couple Barbour jackets, sadly I can confirm that they don’t grow with you. Now I’m an adult and have stopped growing…upwards…I can buy* one for life.

WAXED JACKET

*hint hint anyone can buy me one

In the words of Jon Snow winter is coming and I’m so bloody happy about it. If you aint wearing 50 layers, drinking hot chocolates and nibbling on a Greggs festive bake then go have a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. Seriously, this is England. We go crazy when a single snowflake falls to the ground. We remind every person we see that it is cold or how surprised we are at the dark nights. As its Christmas I will like every christmas hot chocolate picture on Insta, unless you’re having like 4 a day then think of the calories! 

Be merry, drink sherry and don’t eat yellow snow.

EL

TPS X

 

 

 

Advent calendars.

Gone are the days of the £2 American chocolate advent calendars, that your mum told you would be disgusting but you wouldn’t listen, because she’s never right. Chocolate is out and ‘beauty’ calendars are in. Its basically another present, a countdown of small presents until you get the big presents on the 25th.

We have filtered through beauty calendars for you (you can thank us later), here are our favourites.

Oh and just giving you the heads up, they ain’t cheap, you often only get a countdown of 12… and they are travel sizes. But sometimes a girl just needs one!

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  • Tanya Burr 12 sweet days, £30 (Superdrug currently have it on sale). You get glitter pots, glitter liners, lip glosses and nail polishes. Perfect for those christmas parties
  • Superdrug Bloom 12 days of christmas. £24 (Superdrug currently have it on sale). Perfumes and lots of perfumes. Great for girls that love smellies or great for those that could do with freshening up.
  • NYX Lippie Countdown. £50. 24, yes a 24 day countdown. Thank you NYX! Lipsticks, creams and gloss. If you are planning on kissing people under the mistletoe, this calendar is for you.
  • Ciaté. £50. We had last years version of this, and loved it. Every shade you could possibly need and glitters to match. (also a 24 day countdown) If you get this one or buy it for someone you’ve nailed it.

£50-100. 

  • OPI £63. If you want to treat a nail fanatic this year, how about this? This 24 day Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 12.35.18.jpgcountdown contains 25 3.75ml nail polishes, in a range of colours.
  • Clinique. £75.  Everything you need in one handy box. Skincare, makeup and a blush brush. It has it all.
  • Clarins. £90. The best of their skincare, in a calendar. If you are like us and adore their products, then this could be the one. Anyway skincare is important, you need to look good when you sit on Santas lap to ask for a new handbag.

£100 and counting…

  • Molten Brown. £165. keeps you smelling nice for 24 days. Santa’s a lucky guy.
  • Esteé Lauder. £125. This could be the prettiest looking calendar this year. Filled with the leading brands skincare, makeup and hair essentials. What more could a beauty addict ask for???
  • Jo malone. £300. Everyones favourite christmas present, in an advent calendar. Mini fragrances, washes and candles, the ultimate advent calendar, just try and not cry at the price.
  • Diptyque Paris. £300. Another eye watering price. Theres no way of getting round the expense but it is filled with the best products… and you get free delivery. So you’re saving money right??… only costs £300 rather than £303.75.
  • Fenwick (in store only). £150 This is the one I’m most excited about. It has everything, just like a sunday roast with all the trimmings. Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Esteé Lauder, NARS, Giorgio Armani, we could go on and on! brb just running to Fenwick to buy this, surely someone will lend us the money. Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 00.32.26

If you have just rolled your eyes and said ‘so bloody american’ then are you a farmer? Because our dad did the same.

Christmas is by far the best time of the year, and we have birthdays that last the whole month. You get to eat as much as you like, watch as many films as humanly possible, you get to wear four thousand layers (approx.) and your dad finally lets you put the heating on.

So we say, treat yourself or someone else. Splash out on a ridiculously expensive advent calendar, but I promise every morning you will be singing loud for all too hear… Thats the best way to spread Christmas cheer.

Be quick, they often sell out very quickly, so start dropping subtle little hints. MUM, MADDEY WANTS THE NYX ADVENT CALENDAR, WE ARE ALSO HAPPY TO SHARE THE FENWICK ONE. There are thousands of brands jumping on this bandwagon, all varying in price, these are just some of our favourites.

TPS X

PICTURES TAKEN FROM NYXCOSMETICS.CO.UK, CLARINS.CO.UK & FENWICK.CO.UK.