At the beginning of 2019, I decided to tackle a few dull blogger admin jobs I'd been putting off the previous year. From fixing my glitchy Grammarly plug-in to renewing my blog domain, I wrote myself a to-do list with the aim of making my work life easier for the year ahead.

Four bullet points later I remember writing 'FIND A SOLUTION TO LATE PAYMENTS' yes, in capital letters! I didn't really know how I was going to tackle this problem but I knew I didn't want another blogging year to go by in which I was constantly chasing late invoices to much frustration.

I know I'm certainly not alone in this, it's very much a freelancer problem, but to be honest I have mainly witnessesed a lot of complaining on the matter (rightly so, I should add) but without much solution. I myself could ramble for a good 10 minutes on the matter but I think if you have found yourself reading this post then you know the frustrations and why being paid late or at worst not at all, basically sucks! 

So I decided I needed to research the legal side of things to see where I stood as a blogger/influencer/freelancer/whatever you want to call this thing a lot of people make money these days and see if I could make 2019 less of a headache for myself (and now hopefully you too).

Fast forward only 22 days into the year and I've already successfully chased two late payments (with a single email, I should add) and been paid by both. All simply by knowing where I stand legally and implementing it! They say knowledge is power and I think in this case it really is true. 

 




Come January while everyone minds are generally turning to decluttering and a fresh start, I somehow have a period in which I become obsessed with makeup!

I blame round-up posts and videos of the best beauty products of the previous year combined with January sales, which leave me wanting to try out endless new products and snag some bargains! So as you can see I've picked up quite a few sale buys that I simply have to share as most of them are still available - I also picked up quite a few beauty items that I'm thoroughly pleased with!





Welcome to an exciting new feature on Makeup Savvy! 

At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to take Makeup Savvy back to its roots a little! More bargains, more dupes, more freebie news! So while I will be incorporating more low-cost products and dupes into my everyday content I thought a weekly round-up of current beauty bargains would be a good idea.

As there are some amazing post-Christmas sale bargains still around I thought I'd start by sharing them! Side note - I picked up the below Stila Liquid Eyeshadow Set full price before Christmas and it's just amazing! The Maple & Castor Oil Shampoo is also one of my cold weather favourites that is generally quite hard to get hold of, so I'd give it a try if you love good scented hair products.  

I really hope you enjoy this new series and find some bargains!


SAVVY SUNDAY STAR BUY 
Boots Beauty Must Haves ONLY £12.50 Worth £50 HERE

While the £50 worth seems a little inflated to me, this gift set is a bit of a steal at only £12.50! Fours products are full size with the S&G Hand Cream and No7 Lipstick being the highlights of the box! The Mark Hill Anti-Humidity spray also looks like a good product and the Soltan face SPF is a good one to store away for summer. 

Definitely worth picking up if you like the look of a few of the products! 
 




SALE SAVINGS

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
WAS £42 NOW £33.60 HERE

Becca Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
WAS £30 NOW £15 HERE

By Terry Twist-On Lip (5 shades)
WAS 26 NOW £7.80 HERE

Beauty Bakerie Pisa Cake Blush Set
WAS £45 NOW £22.50 HERE

Stila Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set
WAS £29 NOW £17.50 HERE   

OGX Refresh & Full + Biotin & Collagen Dry Shampoo
WAS £6.99 NOW £4.66 HERE

OGX Purifying + Charcoal Detox Shampoo
WAS £6.99 NOW £4.66 HERE

Cover FX Glam & Glow on the Go Set
WAS £10 NOW £7.50 HERE

Faceinc by Nails inc Rose Gold Peel Off Pod Mask
WAS £5 Now £3.25 HERE

Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple & Castor Oil Shampoo
WAS £3.99 NOW £1.99 HERE






Aside from the hundreds if not thousands of new beauty releases we will see throughout 2019 I thought today I'd share the products that either came out only recently or in 2018 that I've had my eye on. These are the products that I want in my collection and I'm excited to try! 



The Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
Since Morphe landed on Cult Beauty in 2018 it's a brand that's been very much on my radar. I love their smaller palettes and I can't get enough of their Continuous Setting Spray and affordable makeup brushes. I also recently picked up the sell out and not to mention incredibly hard to get hold of James Charles X Morphe Palette for my 12-year-old niece (spoilt, I know!).

While the JC palette is without a doubt too bright for my own makeup tastes I was beyond impressed with the formulas and out of this world pigmentation, so much so that I decided there and then that I needed The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette in my life.

The palette does contain a few brights but on the whole is packed full of neutral shades and gorgeous shimmers and from swatches I've seen I have a feeling it's on par with Morphe's collab with James Charles. I'm really looking forward to adding this palette to my collection! 




Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
Next up, an early 2019 launch that instantly went on my Cult Beauty wishlist! Being a fan of both Charlotte Tilbury makeup and skincare I'm generally lusting after most items, however, I'm definitely all about the double cleanse life so this cleansing duo needs to be in my bathroom cabinet a-sap. 

For me, cleansing is one of the most important steps in my skincare routine, keeping my complexion clear, so a first cleanse with a citrus and coconut oil based melting oil followed by a deep cleansing yet balancing charcoal 2nd cleanse has me swooning. Skincare may be dull for some but I'm truly excited to add this into my routine some time in 2019. 




Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk 
Another Charlotte Tilbury  product on my wish list, actually I'm crossing my fingers that it will come back in stock, is the stunning Pillow Talk Luxury Eyeshadow Palette. Already loving both the Pillow Talk lipstick and liner along with adoring Luxury Palettes from Charlotte Tilbury this is a total match made in heaven for me.

I have a feeling the blush neutrals with a hint of shimmer will be perfect for pretty daytime eyes and I just know I will get a lot of wear from this palette as I do with the 3 other Luxury Palettes I own. Four shades for £39.00 is expensive but I seriously can't resist this one! 


  Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
While I've vowed 2019 will be the year I put an end to unnecessary foundation purchases, this is a foundation I keep seeing in many beauty gurus round-up posts for 2018 for being on the best drugstore foundations. So for £6.00 I think I need to try it out for myself! 

I did a haul post of my first ever Wet n Wild spend (you can find it here) when it landed on Beauty Bay last year and I loved nearly everything I picked up, so fingers crossed I love the foundation too!  


Pixi Fairy Lights
Another beauty-guru enabled wishlist item here, with Pixi's Liquid Fairy Lights. Before watching Tati's favourite beauty products of 2018 these were on my radar but I haven't seen much about them or even swatches. It turns out they are similar to the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows but at the fraction of the cost! They are also currently reduced to only £9 each on Cult Beauty so I have a feeling at least one of the shade will be mine very shortly. 

Anyone else a huge fan of super reflective shimmer eyeshadows right now? 




Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter
ABH isn't a brand I've tried much from, it's mainly been liquid lipsticks and brow products. But what I have tried I've loved and feel they are worthy of the price tag. But I've yet to try any kind of highlighter from Anastasia Beverley Hills and when I do I feel it needs to be the bestselling and consistently sold out Amrezy Highlighter. 

Not only is this one stunning highlighter to look at and have without my collection but it's also a product that I know a lot of people treasure and even purchase backups of. I without a doubt don't need any more highlighters but when highlighters are as pretty as this I become weak! So if this stunning compact comes back into stock it will have to be mine this year.




Colourpop 
Lastly, more of an entire brand to try in 2019 than one specific product. You see I've been reading rave reviews of Colourpop for the last few years and I've still not tried the brand! I can't say I'm keen on buying internationally due to customs fees, however, at the end of last year Colorpop announced they have incorporated these fees into their shipping costs so UK customers now don't have to fear being hit with an unexpected bill on delivery. This changes things for me so I think I will be keeping an eye on the Colourpop's Instagram account and placing an order when there a sale or discount on, trying out some of their much talked about eyeshadows and lip products. 

Do you have any products you want to get your hands on this year? Let me know in the comments! 

Fee xo. 



The older I get the less I believe in making New year 'resolutions' in the traditional sense. This is mainly because the burnout effect come February of said resolutions is generally all too real for me to believe setting resolutions actually works. We all make such a conscious effort to stick to our resolutions in January that it's the ironic downfall of sustaining them for the following eleven months!

So this January, for the 2nd year, I've decided to set myself positive-focus goals that aim to improve my wellbeing and sense of self-care that I'm much more likely to achieve and enjoy. While these consist of a little reading challenge (find me on Goodreads here!) to even starting a pin collection just for fun, I thought I'd focus on my own beauty-positive goals that I feel could be applied and achieved by anyone for a happier and more confident sense of self in 2019!



I don't know about you but I have my everyday makeup and then I have my 'special occasion' makeup. This isn't on par with that special pair of shoes that you keep in a dust bag and don't want to scuff the bottoms of so you basically don't wear them. But more makeup for evenings and days I want to look and feel my best. This could simply be a dinner out, a special event or of course New Years eve.

When I use said makeup items it feels special and almost like a treat so there has to be something about them that means they have made the cut - think beautiful packaging, limited edition compacts, perfect formulas and finishes and products from my favourite luxury beauty brands!

While this post would be extremely long if I shared the makeup I consider my 'special occasion makeup' I decided to share with you four lipsticks instead that I adore and feel beyond special to me.



Christmas day is soon upon on to so today I thought I'd share with you how I have enjoyed decorating for Christmas  this year as I'm one of those annoying people that embrace the festive season with open arms and laps up every second of it! This means Pinterest boards, colour schemes and a full drawer dedicated to gift wrapping supplies! 

I didn't always use to be this 'full on' Christmas wise, however over the years I have found it's a new way to embrace the joy of Christmas as decorating provides a cosy and homely atmosphere that really lifts dark evening. Below you will find out how I decorated my dining table this year and see my favourite cosy corner where I display my Chrismas mug collection - yes, that is a thing!

This post is in collaboration with Lifestyle Furniture. 
 



Christmas Decorating

In general I love interior design; from picking up ornaments and homeware to add to my home to designing a new space. So when Christmas comes along one of my main focuses', probably as equally important to present buying, is decorating my home for Christmas. 

While normally one of the main events is putting up the tree, this year it's been slightly tricky with a new puppy under our feet! So although I enjoyed decorating the tree with new baubles and deciding on a silver and gold theme this year (it works, trust me!) the focus was more on navigating how to keep unwanted paws off the baubles and from pulling down the entire thing! 

So this year my main focus was to create a full-on festive and grown-up Christmas dining room, from looking on Pinterest for Christmas table design ideas to figuring out a colour scheme that wasn't made up of just a single colour.  

Choosing a Festive Colour Scheme

From contemporary to rustic and even kitsch there are endless Christmas theme choices. However this year I decided to go for a classic look with a colour scheme of red, green and silver/white. This was all centred around my new dining table from Lifestyle Furniture, who kindly got in touch and offered me a piece of furniture. After nearly 7 years of having a wooden cradle style table with glass top, it was definitely time for an upgrade so I decided on something similar yet much more sophisticated and grown up. 



A Grown-up Dining Set

The table I went for, actually with family gatherings and festivities in mind was the beautiful Camden Deluxe Dining Set with Grey Velvet Chairs. I find glass tables really add light and space to an area and are durable and easy to clean. But what I liked the most, other than the gorgeous chairs, was the shape of the table and the thick oak criss-cross legs that look sturdy yet elegant. 

So with a beautiful new table, which is definitely the focus of the room, I decided to plan my Christmas table layout around it. First I added height and symmetry with an artificial Christmas tree in the centre which I decorated with small red ribbons and lights to pair my red and green colour scheme together. Then looking to Pinterest for inspiration I decided to actually lay my table, starting with inexpensive metallic red charger plates and layering them up with classic white plates, side plates an bowls and topping with a silver or marble effect bauble! 

As you will see below I also really enjoying decorating the backs of the stunning velvet studded chairs as I wanted to draw the eye to the beautiful chrome knockers so I added a decorative Santa key tree decoration to each and finished with hand-tied red ribbon which I think adds a really nice contrast to the dark grey velvet chairs - which feel and look incredible, to be honest! 

I also decided to tie in my classic red, green and white theme into the rest of the dining room without it being too much. So I picked up a red berry wreath and hung it with the same red ribbon on a large white mirror in my dining room. I feel this very much ties the entire theme together and while looking wholesome still have an element of clean and contemporary to it!



My Cosy Corner

The other area of my dining room I wanted to focus on was a pair of white ladder shelves. I picked these up earlier last year from eBay and while simple they definitely allow me room to enjoy my love of ornaments with tons of displaying room. 

As you can see, while predominated white I loosely stuck to my red and green theme displaying my favourite Christmas mugs that contained these colours. I also added what I like to call 'touches of magic' with a beautiful wire lit glass dome lamp and some real wax LED pillar candles that add a little sparkle and glow on an evening. 

Keeping with a loose colour scheme here meant all the decorative items although very different in style all work together well - so if you are unsure how to make a corner of your home look good then definitely go with a colour scheme of 2-3 colours and see how well everything comes together. 

Christmas Mug Collection

What I love about this little corner of my dining room is how the mixture of stylish pieces works with more kitsch orgaments, especially the cute Christmas mugs and little trees. If you're a fellow lover of Christmas I would strangely highly recommend starting a Christmas mug collection. I started a few years ago now, collecting them both to display and use and over the years I've collected so many that I know will treasure forever!  


This also creates a nostalgic element even as an adult! Already when I unwrap my Christmas mug collection to display each year, thoughts of when and where I bought each mug arise. It also lets me indulge in picking up some extra special mugs that I have always wanted - such as the special gilded Anthropologie monogram mug. 

With fully decorating my Dining room, especially my gorgeous new table, my home is feeling more festive than ever both and I now can't wait to show it off to friends and family and enjoy my time off over the Christmas period. 

To celebrate my new dining table Lifestyle Furniture are giving all Makeup Savvy readers £20 off first orders plus free UK shipping with code 'makeupsavvy' at the checkout here


Do you decorate beyond the Christmas tree? Let me know! 

This will be my last post before Christmas Day so I want to wish you all a happy and safe holiday period, filled with rest, love and happiness. 

Fee xo.


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