Merry Christmas my lovelies!!! I can't believe we're so close to Christmas now! I'm Polish so we celebrate Christmas Eve more and that's the time for us to sit down to a big meal with family and friends gathered together. We sit down when the first star is visible on the sky, so early, around 4 or 5pm. That varies of course and now living in England for 12 plus years, we keep both traditions alive and celebrate both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'll be opening my pressies tomorrow and I'm super excited to see what I found under the tree. On Christmas morning I usually give myself a lot of time to get ready. It's a proper pamper session for me, as I want to sit down to brunch all glam up.
Today's post comes courtesy of a lovely Leanne from LPage Beauty Blog as we have prepared a special collaboration for you. We'll both be sharing our Christmas morning routines with you. I'm super excited to see what Leanne's little glam Christmas rituals are :) I'm a huge fan's of Leanne's blog & Instagram and I'm super lucky to call her my dear friend. She's such a sweetheart and also super talented gal, so I highly recommend you go follow here everywhere now!!! I'll leave her links below:
Waking up on Christmas morning is the best. Knowing there's zero I need to do other than reheat the food from last night & eat & drink & eat some more. I truly cherish mornings when I'm up at normal time and not my usual 5:45am!!! I'll start my morning with a glass of water and 10 drops of Silidyn*, which is a silicon supplement. I've been using it for few weeks now and am already seeing the improvement in my hair & my skin. I'll have a full on post ready for you in the New Years, including an awesome giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled! I also always take my vitamins in the morning and then proceed to a shower.
After, it's time to cleanse and I've been loving the Foreo Luna Play, I've gotten in my Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar. It's a brilliant cleansing gadget and it really improved my skin, so I'll be splurging on Luna 2 as soon as battery dies in this one (Luna Play is not rechargeable sadly). I've been using my absolute fave - Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm with it and I honestly can't get enough of this. I'm already finishing this sample and so happy I've two more as a backup. I'll be buying full size for sure, when I'm done with them.
After the cleanse, it's the time for a bit of masking and the mask I've been LOVING recently it's Emma Hardie Age Support Instant Radiance Mask. It's a brilliant morning mask as it firms, soothes and smoothes my skin giving it a truly radiant finish. I love using it in the mornings as it gives instant results but it'll also make for a great evening pamper session. It's super creamy but it also sinks in very quickly. I normally wear it for around 30-60 minutes depending on how much time I have. I wash it off with lukewarm water and a cloth. I finish up with a bit of toner and Sylveco Hibiscus Facial Toner is the best for the mornings. It's super moisturising and very gentle, making it my weapon of choice lately, as it prepares my skin for the skincare.
I always start my skincare with an eye cream and I'm using Clinique Pep Start. It's been a firm fave of mine, but now it's nearing its end, I can't wait to test some new formulas for you. It's light but very moisturising, perfect if you're a lover of concealer as all sit well after using this. Noxidoxi Enhancig Serum Base is a great watery gel formula that's super hydrating but not at all heavy. It sinks in almost instantly and preps your skin for the moisturiser. I've been using it lately non stop as it's nearing its end and I try to finish it up. I'll miss this serum base and I'm sure to pick one up sometime, just not just yet, as I have quite a few skincare bits awaiting it's turn. I'll finish up my skincare with the moisturiser I've been obsessing over lately. It's The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream. I've been loving it for mornings as it has a rich and creamy formula that sinks in super quick and wears lovely under makeup. I use a lot of different foundations and this cream has worked great under all of them, so it's a winner in my book. It deeply moisturises and soothes my dry skin, so a perfect choice for the morning. You could probably sue it both mornings and evenings but I just prefer it in the mornings.
Last step before any makeup, is my trusty Lush Bubble Gum Lip Scrub, which prepares my lips for all the lip products, especially liquid lipsticks. I use this practically every day, be that in the morning or evening, sometimes both. I love the taste of it and the fact you can just eat it after use. I have such a sweet tooth LOL.
I'll be keeping my makeup simple but glamorous and I'll be sticking to products I know and love. I'll start with a base and no other than a wonder product that is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I have gone by few tubes of it already and it's a no brainer. I need no primer underneath, it gives me enough coverage for a day spent in pjs watching Christmas movies. I'm going to cover my under eyes with Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque. I find it's great on its own on days like this when I had plenty of sleep and no worry on mind. It brightens as no other and is all I need really. Highlighting is a key and I'll be applying Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone to the top of my cheekbones, cupid's bow and the tip of my nose for a superb glowing finish. I'll finish up the face with a dusting of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder which sets both my face and under eyes with ease and is the lightest powder I own. You truly can't see it on the skin, which is the effect I love. To add even more glow to my complexion and to ensure no Christmas Tree shines brighter than me on Christmas I dust MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade. I usually go for Soft & Gentle but Lightscapade is a truly gorgeous highlighter perfect for the fairest of us all!
I'll prep my eye lids with a touch of Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It'll ensure my makeup stays put all day long. There's no other eye look than gold lids for Christmas and you can truly glam it up (POST) or go slightly easier and quicker. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita has all the shades you need for a lovely golden smokey eye and I'll be using all the shades to transform myself into a Christmas vixen. A little black eyeliner from Eye of Horus to sightline the eyes and a little on the lash line is all I need to make my mascara truly stand out and give my eyes a little more definition. I always smudge out my liner to keep it as simple and natural as possible. For my waterline I opt for So Susan Highlighting Pencil, which is a gorgeous light pinky nude. It's perfect to open up the eyes and for your smoulder to look fresh and awake. I'll finish up with two coats of my Illamasqua Masquara Gain, which is an instant hit. It'll give you both length and volume and it really lasts all day (maybe even a nap!).
I won't be straying from a red lip and chose two of my faves to complete this Christmas Day look. Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay Lip Liner in 714 lands on the contour of the lip. I always over line my lips just a little to give it a slightly more pout and to keep the lipstick at bay. Not than MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo needs to be kept at bay. This lip will not stray, it won't bleed and it'll last a meal and let's face it, there'll be plenty of eating on a Christmas Day.
Bring me the food!!!
I hope you enjoyed my ramblings today. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas spent with your loved ones. Don't forget to check out Leanne's routine now & say hello whilst you're at it <3