Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you for your continued support throughout 2016. It's been a crazy year, so much has changed and my blog has brought amazing things thanks to all of you. 

I'll be back in January 2017 to celebrate Annie Writes Beauty's 3rd birthday!! 


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Dining at Carluccio's West Quay

Six months ago, I'd never heard of Carluccio's. We didn't have one in Southampton and I wasn't entirely sure where the nearest one was but my Italian needs were answered when they opened in West Quay a couple of months ago. Arran and I have been making sure we have at least one date night a month and our latest one was spent at the new Carluccio's.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Winchester Christmas Market Photo Diary


Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Robin Hood Pantomime at The Mayflower

The panto is a Christmas tradition for many so when the opportunity arose to have a Southampton Bloggers event with The Mayflower, ten of us went along to the showing of Robin Hood The Panto* starring Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace. The pantomime will be running at The Mayflower until January 8th 2017 and is the perfect family show for this Christmas. I can't wait to tell you what I thought...

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Getting Festive with Freya

There is something about Christmas that makes me want to buy allllll the lingerie sets, maybe it's because they make me feel like I can take on anything or it's the copious amounts of festive alcohol. Whatever the reason, Freya are killing it with their lingerie collection at the moment and I've added a few of the sets to the top drawer. 

Merry & Bright Birchbox

What is Christmas without a festive Birchbox? This December, they bring you the Merry & Bright Birchbox* full with five beauty samples and the opportunity to win a Prada bag with Take a peek at what I found inside mine...

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Very Merry Christmas with Regis

Christmas really is my favourite time of year, I love the lights, the pigs in blankets and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from making memories with friends and family. I also love the gift giving, seeing peoples faces light up is such a warming feeling, so you can imagine how I felt when I opened my personalised sack from Regis Salons. I'm going to give you a peek at what was inside mine...

Monday, 19 December 2016

A Baileys Blend Christmas

What is Christmas without Baileys? Not a Christmas I want to be involved in! Baileys has forever been my festive tipple of choice from as long as I could legally drink it and I've made sure I'm stocked up for Christmas. My other one true love is coffee so when Baileys told me about their new Baileys Blend in partnership with Pact Coffee, I couldn't say no, I had to try it.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Glitz the Season with ghd

The festive season is well and truly upon us and ghd have us all covered with their #GlitzTheSeason campaign. If you search the hashtag, you'll find so many inspiring hairstyles that even if you're rubbish at hair, like me, there is bound to be one you can master.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Giftwrapping with the Wrapper Snapper

Ever since working in Clinton Cards when I was younger, I've had a love of wrapping presents. I'd buy matching wrap, bows, ribbon, you name it, I bought it. I was a gift wrapping shops perfect customer. Since leaving my card job, I've still enjoyed every moment of giving the gift of perfectly wrapped presents so getting to meet The Wrapper Snapper was ideal for me. West Quay is my go to for all my shopping as they have so much under one roof so after picking something up for me, for him and the home, I was excited to get wrapping.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Fabulously Festive with The Body Shop

The Christmas party season is upon us, think office parties, after work drinks and walks around the Christmas markets with mulled wine. I love this time of year but I find myself very busy, usually jumping from one event to the next after work so I need reliable makeup looks that I can quickly transform ready for my evening events. Thankfully The Body Shop have everything I need to do just that. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

The Primer Potion with a Heart

Urban Decay are famously known for their much loved Primer Potions so with that in mind, Urban Decay have just released something very special to help raise funds for Crisis. This special product will help homeless people across the UK and is an official non-profit partner of The Ultraviolet Edge global initiative to empower women.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Stocking Memories

Christmas is all around us at the moment and I'm feeling particularly festive this year. WoolOvers recently sent me a beautiful, personalised stocking* made from pure merino wool with a cashmere surprise inside as well as lots of other little gifts. They specialise in all natural knitwear which is stylish and affordable, so with my polar bear pyjamas on, I dived in...

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Hats with a Heart

Once again F&F have teamed up with charities to help support people in need this Christmas. The campaign touched both of our hearts, so Arran and I both decided to share all you need to know about it as well as our cool Christmas hats we'll be rocking this year.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Audreystyle Beauty Haul

I've been shopping with Audreystyle all year and if you are yet to discover the online shopping website, you are missing out. Audreystyle is an online boutique selling beauty, homeware and fashion accessories from brands you wouldn't normally come across. I've discovered some real loves this year thanks to them and as it was Christmas, a little shop was in order.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Photo Fun with Cue Camera

Over the last week, two shipping containers have found their way into Guildhall Square in Southampton, gold with twinkling lights, you can't miss them and they've definitely peaked interest from anyone walking past. The shipping containers are actually a photo studio filled full of outfits for adults, children and even pets and it's the brainchild of Cue Camera*, an exciting new venture taking place in Southampton from now until New Year, although I kinda hope they just stay there forever.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Festive Favourites from Pixi by Petra

Pixi by Petra have been a makeup brand I've really taken notice of this year. They sell incredible skincare, fun and innovative makeup and have the sweetest, green packaging. I had a box of Pixi Favourites sent through a couple of weeks ago containing some beauty gifts to make the holiday season that little bit easier for me. The gift of beauty keeps on giving all year round so have a read of what I thought about the products. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Gifts from Seventeen

I have spoken about my love of Seventeen products so many times on Annie Writes Beauty, I've used them for years, the products really are incredible and they're a bargain so it was only right I shared two amazing products that would satisfy any beauty addict this Christmas.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My Winter Boot Collection

When the weather gets colder, you'll usually only find me in boots, whether they're flat, midi or super high, it is the only thing I wear come the Winter. Over the last year I've rapidly grown my boot collection and definitely found styles I love and work for me. I'm also a creature of habit so I tend to buy all my boots from the same places and I know I can always rely on Hotter Shoes for something flat and comfy to keep my toes warm. I have a whole load to show you so be prepared for photos!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Beautiful Inside & Out

I'm the first person to admit that I don't always take care of myself, I take too much on, I don't always have the chance to grab something to eat and eventually I'll get run down and fall ill. My grandmother always tells me I should be adding vitamins to my lifestyle but I've always thought I'm young and can hack it but recently I've needed that boost. I found exactly what I needed from Seven Seas and I was more than surprised to discover how it would make me feel.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

I Completed My Autumn Bucket List!

When I decided to create an Autumn Bucket List I kinda thought I'd fail at it a little, like miss one or two off or just give up after I had finally visited a pumpkin patch. I said in that post that I'd do an update so as I sieved through my Instagram photos it turned out that I checked almost every damn thing on my list! So if you missed my original post, here is a re-cap for you.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

In My Mailbox

So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube and seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. I do unbox all my parcels on Snapchat (Alicea89) so make sure you're following me there too. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more like a quick, informative post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I've received everything in this post the last couple of weeks so stay put and grab a cuppa...

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Decoration Haul

I am obsessed with Christmas and I think Arran has finally reached the point of not caring and just lets me crack on with it. Every year I find a way to squirrel more decorations into our home and this year has been no exception, I've even bought more since taking the photos for this post. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November in Instagram

  • November started with a trip to London for meetings and blog events. I also squeezed in coffee with friends, a little shopping trip to Kat Von D and a peek inside the new Urban Decay European flag ship store in Carnaby Street.
  • This is just me with my new favourite lip shade, Kat Von D Everlasting Lasting Liquid Lip in Exorcism. It's dark, sexy and the name just matches me perfectly. 
  • Celebrated one of my bestie's birthdays this month with sushi and a day at the spa. Felt so relaxed and calm after a day of swimming and steam rooms. 
  • I took this photo of a door while in Winchester and matched it with "One door closes and another door opens", when I officially started my new job in social media and marketing. 
  • I was part of Capital FM South's Emma's Boutique and gave a talk on all things beauty. It was incredibly daunting but it went so well! 
  • Southampton Bloggers have teamed up with The Mayflower in Southampton and our first show to review was Wind in the Willows. It was funny, a little naughty and so worth seeing when it hits London next June. 
  • The Christmas Market has arrived in Southampton which means my diet of Churros can commence. These are the one thing I miss from Spain so to be able to get them whenever I want is amazing and dangerous at the same time. 
  • I've gone Christmas Decoration shopping mad recently and I couldn't resist getting in this sleigh at Homesense a few weekends ago. Look how happy I am! 
  • Lola's Cupcakes opened in Southampton and I was one of the bloggers that was able to go and pick up a box of free cupcakes to celebrate their opening. These didn't last the night!
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Drinks at The Artisan

There are lots of things I associate with Christmas such as mince pies, the Coca Cola truck, Miracle on 34th Street and the smell of cinnamon but in recent years, speciality Christmas drinks have fast become added to that list. The likes of Starbucks and Costa have been leading the way but more independent coffee houses are coming up with their very own festive treats. One of which is The Artisan in Guildhall Square, Southampton.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Day on Emerald Princess

Being from Southampton, I'm use to the comings and goings of huge cruise ships and it always puts a smile on my face when I hear the ship horn before they leave the dock especially at New Year when the clock strikes midnight. I come from a merchant navy family so cruise ships have always been very present in my life so being able to work with Princess Cruises and experience the behind the scenes of some of their most luxurious ships allows the cruise ship geek in me to become all excited.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Vice Lipstick Palette in Blackmail by Urban Decay

Urban Decay are knocking out banger after banger at the moment and hot on the release of the Full Spectrum palette is Blackmail, the Vice Lipstick Palette filled with twelve tantalising lip shades. It's the most incredible lip palette for lipstick junkies everywhere and if you've tried the Vice Lipstick range already, you'll know what to expect with this beauty.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The Best Japanese Food Outside London

It's not often you come across an incredible and authentic Japanese restaurant in the South that isn't in London so when Kyoto Kitchen first emailed me about coming to try out their food, I was more than intrigued. Rachel & I headed to Kyoto Kitchen which is in Winchester a few weeks ago to sample the menu and it tied in nicely as it was her birthday the same day.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Bring Home the Magic of Christmas

Oh what a wonderful time of year! The Christmas lights have gone up, Michael Buble is singing softly in the background and we can't down our Bailey's hot chocolates quick enough which means it's almost Christmas! My mum has always been crazy on Christmas and has subsequently passed it on to me, so when the decorations come out in shops, I will find an excuse to buy everything. I will be sharing a Christmas decoration haul next week so keep an eye out as there are some real gems. I've also discovered a Christmas grotto of things in Ideal World so grab your credit card...

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Rockstars Collection by Sleek Makeup

There's a few different things that make you realise Christmas is finally upon us, the coca cola truck, the John Lewis advert and of course the Christmas collection from Sleek Makeup. This year they've unleashed The Rockstar Collection, a mix of baked nudes and vibrant jewel toned shadows, souffle highlighters and metallic lipsticks. It's pretty, festive and you'll definitely want to treat yourself.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Auda[CITY] in London by Lancôme

Christmas is my favourite time of year because the makeup palette addict in me has the excuse to buy everything limited edition and pretty. You can never have enough makeup palette options in my opinion. Auda[City] in London* is the new palette by Lancôme which pays homage to the ever fabulous Lisa Eldridge, the brand's makeup creative director. London is a city like no other and Lisa captures this in the Auda[City] in London palette beautifully.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The So Eco Stippling Brush

Using makeup brushes have completely revolutionised the way I apply my makeup and I own quite the collection now. Gone are the days of applying my foundation with my fingers because we all did that at one point. I've recently discovered So Eco, a company that makes brushes from recycled and sustainable materials that are compostable, recyclable and bio-degradable.

Monday, 21 November 2016

My Top 5 Merumaya Products

I've been using Merumaya products for almost three years after discovering the brand at a Southampton Bloggers event. One of their PR girls attended the event to introduce us to the brand, the products and the message behind them and I haven't looked back. I've tried a lot of their products and have loved every single one as they just make my skin feel incredible but as with any brand there are always some products that stick out more and so today I'm sharing my top five Merumaya products.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Beauty Lovers Gift Guide

There is nothing like writing your Christmas wishlist to get you into the festive mood. Gone are the days of ticking off every toy in the Argos catalogue, you can usually find me nose deep in the beauty sections of the Boots catalogue now. I've traded Polly Pockets for Seventeen gift sets and the latest Barbie doll for a bath time pamper from Mandara Spa. It's save to say my taste has become a little more pricey. I've found eight beauty gift sets that would please even the pickiest beauty lover in your life with a range of prices to suit every budget. You can't say I never give you anything...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Christmas Drinks for Tea Lovers

With the Christmas season fast approaching the words on everyone's lips has to be Christmas Drinks and if you're a tea lover then I've got you covered thanks to Bluebird Tea Co. These guys are the tea specialists behind my most asked about Instagram post this Autumn featuring their Spiced Pumpkin Pie tea. It's as delicious as it sounds so I knew the Christmas range would be a real treat for the taste buds.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Eyeshadow Primer - Worth the Hype?

As much as I love makeup I am also very lazy so when it comes to applying it, I like simple and easy steps. I started loving face primer way after everyone else because I felt like it was just another step until I found one I really loved. When I first discovered eye shadow primer, I felt exactly the same until one afternoon I pulled out all my makeup and had a play around, turns out I totally loved that too and I haven't looked back.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Facetox Clay Mask

I'm a huge fan of face masks and have a very healthy collection for every skin complaint you can think about. My love of a pamper has even rubbed off on Arran as more often than not he'll put one on with me too so when Facetox sent through the Extract, Pull & Detoxify Kit* pamper evenings became a twice weekly thing. Any excuse!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum

If there is one thing Urban Decay know how to do, it's colour and boy have they nailed it with the Full Spectrum palette. Thought you didn't need any more colours after the Electric Palette? You were wrong. Full Spectrum* launched the beginning of November in a flurry of bright shades, intense shimmers and even a matte white I never knew I needed. If you're not already writing this down on your Christmas wishlist, you're about to...

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Ultimate Winter Hair Treat

If there is one thing that suffers due to the colder weather, it's my hair so I have to really up the hair care routine once the clocks go back. Kérastase hair care is my expensive guilty pleasure and I've recently been using the perfect treatment for my locks that does what is says on the pot while taking no time at all. Let me introduce you to my hairs new BFF...

Monday, 14 November 2016

Wind in the Willows at The Mayflower

The Wind in the Willows is one of those classic stories we all read as kids so when it was announced, The Mayflower in Southampton would be one of the theatres for its world premiere to the stage I was a little more than excited. Southampton Bloggers have recently teamed up with The Mayflower* to bring shows and productions to a wider audience through the power of blogging and it's a collaboration I'm really looking forward to. Wind in the Willows was our first collaboration and I have the low down on the show, the evening and what to look forward to when it hits the London Palladium in 2017.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Kat Von D... This has been a long time coming and with the launch of the famed beauty range launching on our side of the Atlantic last month, it was only right I bought something to try when I was in London recently. Shopping with bloggers can always be a little spendy but I feel I was very well behaved on my latest excursion to Debenhams Oxford Street with Megan & Laura. Read on to find out what shades I bought...

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Birchbox X Tatler

How beautiful is this months Birchbox? You can always count on the Tatler collaboration to be pretty spectacular and anything with a peacock feather gets my vote. For November, Birchbox have teamed up with the fab team at Tatler for a party perfect box of treats for all subscribers with products guaranteed to turn heads is what you'll find this November.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Top 5 Highend Picks

I have a pretty extensive beauty collection but believe it or not, I have some faves that are my ultimate loves that I'd buy in a heartbeat. I thought I'd share five of those favourites but focus on highend beauty for the minute. I have a bit of everything for you so sit back and call your bank manager because things are about to get spendy...

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Three Moisturisers Worth the Splurge

I'm a moisturiser collector which isn't always a good thing. I get to try out lots of different moisturisers for the purpose of this blog, some I love, some I hate but because I always have a mountain as back up, I don't always repurchase my favourites. I decided earlier on this year that I'd scale it back and only use what I really want to and I have found some skincare gems. As I've hit my late twenties, my skin cries out for different creams and I have three I think are worth the splurge.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Build Your Own Birchbox at Selfridges

I was in London last week for a couple of different events, one of them being to create my own Birchbox in Selfridges on Oxford Street. I met with Beth from Birchbox UK in the Beauty Hall of Selfridges where you'll find the Birchbox pop up shop. This year the pop up shop will be open until the 28th December, so you have plenty of time to go and create your own. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

On My Reading List

I rediscovered my love of reading this year and I've lost count of how many books I've read in the last six months. I love being able to just lose myself in a different world for a few hours and reading is the way I like to do it. I shared a Book Haul a few months back and thought I'd show you what I've read recently. I did buy a Kindle this year and I've been reading lots on that but there's no better feeling than holding a book sometimes.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Cosy Scarves & Fox Bags

I hope you love Autumn because this post is Autumnal AF. From the background to the outfit, I practically ate Autumn and threw it up in this post. Delightful aren't I? Arran and I had a rare week day off together recently so we set a very early alarm and went to a beautiful, vintage tearoom for breakfast. It gets so busy and we weren't risking not getting a seat and our morning pancake fix. If you haven't tried Halladay's Tearooms in Bedford Place, Southampton then you really must.
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