Twelve months ago, I took my first set of outfit photos for a blog post about dresses for Christmas. Little did I know that it would lead to a series of Girl In The Mirror posts where I have since amassed around 20 fashion posts. Not bad for someone who really wasn’t sure about doing fashion posts. Now, I need to expand my range and take Girl In The Mirror into the great outdoors. Can I do it? I’m not a hundred per cent sure, but as my confidence has grown over the last twelves months, I suppose it’s time…

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Following on from today’s earlier post, I am taking the party prep for New Years Eve into the realms of skincare. When it comes to skincare, a change in routine before a big night out can be detrimental, especially if it causes spots and blemishes. I’ve changed up my cleansing routine and added some new products into it, and thankfully, my skin is behaving. I’ve chosen some great items that will help prepare yourself for the big night out, from fresh skin to pearly white teeth. After trying the Natural Spa Factory gold mask as part of The Good Spa…

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Around four days before the big event, I have to start the prep. There seems to be so much to do, and it’s surprising just how time consuming it is when beautifying yourself. I was planning on writing several different posts but I decided to put it all in one comprehensive guide, freeing up my time spent writing blog posts and giving me more time to do the essentials. After spending the last few days full of a cold, I’m going to really enjoy a good pamper session and hope that I am fighting fit before the celebrations begin. Covering…

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The exhaustion that comes with Christmas Day is unreal. The laughs, the highs, the food coma, the general fatigue that comes from spending all day with the family, laughing and eating and the general merriment is something that I wish could be captured and bottled up. Family time is exceptionally special to me at the moment and I’m cherishing every single minute of it. Boxing Day is usually another day spent eating all the food with the family, but this year I am spending a day with my sister and sister in law, as we missed our tradition Christmas Eve…

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Well, would you bloomin’ believe it? It’s Christmas Day and I am so excited to be spending the day with my beautiful family. There are certain traditions that most families carry out each year, and this year there has been a slight bit of upheaval. For one, I am on standby with work until lunchtime today, so whilst you’re reading this I could be en route to the airport. We’ve also decided to change the order of the day and instead of having a sit down Christmas dinner, we are have a festive feast in the form of a Christmas…

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Christmas Eve has forever been my favourite day of the Christmas period, for as long as I can remember. From being a child where I remember sitting in front of the fire, colouring in my Christmas colouring book whilst watching films that I had circled in the TV Times. We would then head out as a family to our favourite restaurant before driving home, listening to Christmas songs and looking into the sky for the lights on Santa’s sleigh. New pyjamas would be waiting for my sister and I upon our return, and this tradition continued until we became too…

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There are three things that tell me that Christmas is right around the corner; the Coca Cola truck, the Soap and Glory Big One and the Clarins Festive palette. They pop up just at the right time to instil some festive cheer into me and it’s become a tradition that each year, I experience each one. The Clarins Festive Palette has been appearing each November for the last few years and by my reckoning, I think this is the fourth palette that they’ve brought out. An essentials palette packed with ten shades from pearly champagnes to shimmering blacks, the Clarins…

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I’ve really started to get to the point in my life where I have had to make a conscious decision to take a step back from being sucked into MACs limited edition collections. It’s not quite working out the way I planned, but to be fair on myself and my purse, I have been relatively good this last twelve months. The stress that it causes it one of the things that I don’t miss the most, and the thought of missing out on coveted items from collections literally keeps me awake at night. If that’s not a true beauty addict,…

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When the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful… the last thing that I want to be doing is heading off outside into the cold air. However, needs must and I need to stop being a hermit. The only way to protect myself from the elements is layering up against the cool air and a mixture of thermals, thick tights and cosy jumpers have been playing a huge part in my wardrobe right now. With the Christmas festivities upon us, a trip to the world famous Manchester Christmas Markets was on the cards, but first, I needed…

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A couple of months ago, Urban Decay released the Moondust palette, and for the last few months I had been kicking myself that I didn’t own it. I kept seeing beautiful images of the gorgeous looks that people have been creating with these insanely pigmented, heavily glittered shades and I have never wanted to be covered in glitter as much as I did. I finally succumbed and bought myself the palette just as the launch of the liquid Moondust cream shadows hit the shelves. Being the magpie that I am, I was practically drooling at the new colours of the…

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I was around 14 when I first started getting into makeup properly. This was around 1996/7 and things were slightly different back then. Foam sponges were the applicator of choice for applying foundation, and the foam ended applicators that came with eyeshadow palettes were used frequently. My first ever set of makeup brushes were from Seventeen and although they were fluffy to start with, they soon became scratchy with a lot of loose fibres coming from the brushes. As we didn’t know about the importance of washing makeup brushes, these scratchy and frayed brushes were used to the point of…

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