I really vividly remember when I discovered Benefit Cosmetics, way more than any other beauty brand. I remember being absolutely fascinated and enamored by their packaging and wanting to be the kind of person who has a great Benefit collection. Years later and I’ve tried a lot from their range, and I’ve also loved a lot from their range. I feel like lots of bloggers think Benefit are a bit ‘all style and no substance’ and lots don’t even like the packaging. But for me, I’ve always loved the quality of Benefit products, so today I thought I’d share my top 5 picks. Choosing just five wasn’t easy for me as I love so many of their products, so potentially expect a part two soon…

Red lipstick is an absolute must for me in December and as the years have gone on I’ve become braver and braver with it. There was a time when I wouldn’t dare go for red lipstick and then when I eventually did, I found them smudging, fading fast and on my teeth – not good looks. Over the years, I’ve found formulations which work much better for me and ones that I actually trust to stay in place. As I become braver with red lipsticks this list expands so now I’ve got a whole collection of red lipsticks I absolutely love. So today I thought I’d share those with you!

We’ve only got just over a week now until Christmas and I’m already planning what I’ll be wearing on my nails on the big day! Of course, festive nail polishes start way earlier than the 25th itself so I’ve got a whole range of nail polishes I’ve been making my way through which are maybe slightly too sparkly for the rest of the year. December is definitely the time to get all the reds and all the glitters out, and then start throwing them together to create pure festivity. Let’s take a look at my top picks.

As we all know, December is officially *the* party season due to all those Christmas work and friends parties and of course, New Year’s Eve at the end of the month. I’m the kind of person that gets way more excited about dressing up my makeup than actually dressing up with outfits and I always like to switch up my makeup to be a little be more than I would on a daily basis. Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite party picks!

Recently, I wrote a little tweet on Twitter (obviously) ranting about all the gift guides this year and lots of you agreed with me. I was basically saying that I was sick of seeing gift guides that were full of tat from around the house that they’d clearly half-arsed found to bulk out a post, or were just PR samples. I also said that some people have gone overboard with gift guides and I don’t need to see ten from one person, this year it almost feels like a competition to have the most and the best gift guides. Well, I decided not to give into the pressure and just wanted to create one beauty gift guide as I always do. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there are a few PR sent items in here, but they’re from brands I specifically contacted for this post because I love their products and I’ve decided not to use affiliate links. The rest of the products are all makeup that I’ve tried, tested and loved over the years. So there’s my disclaimer. Enjoy the gift guide!