Christmas makeup – all about the red & gold!

My favourite thing about the start of December is that it officially marks the beginning of the Christmas makeup season – glittery, shiny, red, gold and silver sparkles. There are some products that I go back to year after year, and a few new additions for 2015.

Christmas classics

Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Carat. This is potentially my favourite Chanel limited edition shade ever. I only allow myself to wear it during December and get slightly perturbed if I lend my polish collection to anyone during the rest of the year and they choose to wear this one. It’s a soft metallic red which is just pure Christmas. Similar colours which are actually available are Butter London’s Knees Up & OPI An Affair in Red Square.


Chanel Le Vernis in Intermezzo. Another limited edition, sorry! But this oyster shell is very similar to the Alacantra Green polish I recently bought from & Other Stories, and there are still a few of the Revlon Pearl Drop dupes around on Ebay for a steal. I love to layer this up for a frosted shimmery icing feel, and it’s also great with a silver, white or rainbow glitter on top.


Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Apparance. Ummm, apparently Christmas means Chanel limited edition to me, I didn’t realise this one was as well! This is the easiest to wear glitzy shimmery gold ever – the closest version in the current range is Conovoitise which is a little less antique gold but just as festive.


Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple. Something that’s still available! Soft, bright, sheeny red which feels super Christmassy- this is a year-round favourite but comes out a lot more in December.

2015 additions


L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in Eva’s Pure Red. Over the past few months this has become one of my most worn lipsticks, and it will be perfect for a Christmas party look. Check out my original review here.


Sleek i-lust eyeshadow palette in The Gold Standard. Limited edition for Christmas 2015, I’ve been using this a lot over the last month but it’s really going to come into its own to layer up lots of gold for festive fun! (Christmas = gold eyes to me, this may become obvious…). I would definitely recommend buying this one while there are still a few left in stores, the colours are lovely and it’s such good quality for £7.49.

Pat McGrath Gold 001. Say hello to the precious... I was so lucky to get my hands on this pigment and I’m a little in awe of it! The shimmery pot of gold is the most golden gold thing ever, and I’ve only started to explore its potential. I originally thought it would be great on eyes with a red lip, but it’s such an intense gold that it just looked a bit drag queen extreme with the two together. The way I’ll actually be wearing this (for now, until I get the hang of this mixing thing) is as the ultimate golden eye, with a hint of blush and a slick of lip balm, although it also works beautifully layered on top of a darker shadow.

What are you adding to your look for Christmas? I’d love to hear about your top sparkles!




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