Today I thought I would share with you a cheeky splurge I made on the new (ish?) Urban Decay liquid moondust eyeshadows. Two of them were bought on a Debenhams gift card so that makes it justifiable.. right?!

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In a nutshell, they are metallic liquid eyeshadows that set down and do not budge. They retail for £15 and come in 8 shades. I have the shades magnetic (purple), solstice (pink which reflects teal) and zodiac (green).

The formula is quite thin but opaque, personally I do layer up to get the intensity I desire, but you can easily wear them on an everyday basis or for a more glam look as well.

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Magnetic

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Solstice

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Zodiac

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My personal favourite so far is solstice, I think its because its so different from anything else I’ve seen. I’ve paired it before with a bright teal in the crease and it makes the teal specks pop and reflect beautifully. Maybe I should do a tutorial on the look I created for my youtube channel?

Have you already got any shades in the range? Or are you lusting over any?

Ruby xoxo

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year – filled with friends, family and food. I’ve neglected my blog in the last couple of months of 2016 but I’m kicking off being back with a blogpost of my goals for 2017. If you were wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been rather busy doing vlogmas on my youtube channel, I managed to vlog and upload every single day in the lead up to Christmas (I’ll link the playlist here if you haven’t caught up yet)!

Before I kickstart this post, I just want to say that I truly wish every single person reading a happy and healthy 2017. Last year may have been amazing for you, or awful, and either way I hope 2017 is (even) better for you. On a more serious note, humanity is continuing to fail us, so as an individual please do all you can to spread love and peace.IMG_5095.jpg

Let’s go!

1) Eat Better Move More – Pretty self explanatory, eat less junk food, get my sweat on more. I haven’t set myself a specific weight or size to reach because I want to measure my progress in how I feel in my own skin. If I only lose a couple of pounds but feel happy in my body then I could not expect any more of myself.

2) Be More Efficient – I am the procrastination queen, really I am, it was in my twitter bio for over a year so it must be true! This year I want to use my time more carefully, 2016 flew by and really made me realise that time slips between your fingers and you can never get it back.

3) Build My Empire – This sounds so cliche, it is I admit, I actually have it on a pencil. This year I want to create a life I love for myself. I want to make blogging and vlogging a part time job, money is not the incentive however I want to be able to have it as a job so I can focus my time solely on it.

4) Care Less – I get hung up over the smallest things. I want to care less about what others think about me and care more about what I think about myself. If I am happy with what I am doing then “those who matter won’t mind and those who mind don’t matter“.

5) Just Say Yes – I am notorious for being the friend that turns down the party invite to stay at home, eat pizza and binge watch youtube. There is nothing wrong with having those nights occasionally, but 9 times out of 10 I turn the opportunities down and it really doesn’t benefit me in the long run.

6) Make My Bed – This may sound like a messy person’s resolution but trust me I am anything but messy. I often don’t make my bed up properly with the cushions and throw because I know I’m just going to get back in it in half an hour. This goal is more about not getting back into bed, it isn’t great for you as it really should only be a place you sleep, I’m going to buy a beanbag to act as a comfy space to use during the day instead of my bed.

7) Be More Mindful – I’m a stress head, I’ll put my hands up and admit that, but I’m more ashamed to admit that I’ve been neglecting taking care of my mind over the past few months. The New Year was the push I needed to start using headspace, a meditation app again.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my goals for 2017, I’m nosey so personally love reading other people’s and gathering inspiration for my own.

Leave me a comment down below with one of your goals for 2017! Have we got any in common? 

Ruby xoxo

I know I’m a bit late on the Christmas gift guide bandwagon but these are perfect last minute stocking filler ideas. All the gift ideas are under £10 so super affordable and easily accessible as they are all from popular high street stores.

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Sleek “Say The Magic Word” Mini Matte Me Collection

The Body Shop Merry Kiss-mas Wand

Studio Eye Brush Trio

Tanya Burr Mrs Claus Manicure Set

Lush Golden Wonder Gift Set

Makeup Revolution Handbag Hacks Matte Balm & Mini Blender

New Look Rose Gold Sugar and Spice Boxed Candle

St Tropez Express Party Cracker

Zoella Deck The Baubles

Soap and Glory Pink Twice Gift Set

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I really hope you found this affordable stocking fillers post helpful! I personally think stockings are better than any present under the tree, they’re just so magical, waking up and its appeared on your door or at the end of your bed.

Which stocking filler do you like the look of the most?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo

You know the pain, when you’re doing your eyeshadow, you switch brushes, only to find your matte brown eye has now got pink shimmer in it from the last time you used it… NIGHTMARE!

When you’ve spent what feels like hours blending and perfecting your eyeshadow, to ruin it from an easily avoidable situation, is annoying to say the least. That’s where shadow switch* comes in, and trust me, it will be your new best friend.

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Essentially, shadow switch is a coarse textured sponge in a tin. However it is actually so much more than that. Aside from the adorable packaging, the product works wonders, such a simple yet effective product.

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I wrote a blogpost on how I clean my makeup brushes and I feel like this is the next installment in that series. No other method is as effective as shadow switch, it is super quick and your brushes don’t need time to dry, they are ready to use immediately.

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I feel a bit like I’m stating the obvious when telling you how to use this product because it’s so simple to use. You literally just swirl your dirty eyeshadow brush into the sponge and voila! The brush is clean and you can use it without any worry of the previous colour transferring.

You can see below how effective it is, the brush had dark brown eyeshadow on it, then after swirling for a couple of seconds, it was fully clean again.

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I’m absolutely delighted with my shadow switch, I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed by the prospect of it, but after testing it out I can confirm that I really do love it. It’s been a firm favourite in my morning makeup routine for the past few weeks now, I reach for it every morning, at £5.99 it is super affordable as well!

Shadow switch is the start of something amazing from Beauty Essentials, they are releasing a bunch of new products soon, which will be available from Sephora. They are currently only available on Amazon but big things are coming from them very soon so keep your eyes peeled…

Do you have any beauty hacks that I just NEED to know?

Ruby xoxo

Disclaimer – products marked with an asterisk (*) are samples but all opinions remain my own.

 

An insight into what I’ve been loving and reaching for over the past couple of months. From makeup to tea to skincare to food, a little dose of everything.

 

What has been your biggest obsession over the past couple of months?

Ruby Red R0ses xoxo