It’s no secret that I”m a huge fan of Christmas. Every year, without fail, I drive my boyfriend, family and friends mad with my festive enthusiasm; be it chopping down the tree, decorating the tree, buying presents, wrapping presents, or generally just talking about all thing Christmas, I just can’t get enough. Oh, and did I mention CHRISTMAS?!

In fact I think the only person who can put up with all of my crazy Christmas antics is my friend Annabel, who is the only person I’ve ever met with the same bats-about-Crimbo attitude as me.

Given my over-the-top feelings for the festive season, it should come as no surprise that I tend to get a bit Christmas-sick at this time of year; yes, the sunshine is marvelous, and yes, I’m a big fan of not having to bundle up in ski gear just to leave my house, but I really do miss all of the festivity and the decorations, and the holiday season just seems so far away.

Thankfully, working in the industry that I do, I am given a little bit of light relief from my lack-of-Christmas-boo-hoos (yes, that’s a thing) in the form of all the wonderful ‘Christmas in July’ press events that pop up at this time of year in order to allow magazines the time to get their butts in gear and get everything organized in time for December. For me, these events mean a chance to inject some festivity into the summer months – and they have also inspired me to re-embrace some of my favorite wintry beauty items too. A red lip in summer?! I hear you cry. Oh yes, I’m crazy like that. 

Now I obviously haven’t gone the whole hog in terms of whacking on glitter, red lipstick, green and red nail polish, and snowman jumpers etc, but I have really enjoyed putting all of my favorite festive beauty bits back into rotation, as it were, and thought I’d share with you guys some of the products that I’ve loved using again.

Nails-wise, there are some solid favorites in there in the form of the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Single Ladies, the Sinful Colors Polish in Red Eye, the Body Shop Color Crush Nail Polish in Red My Mind, and my all-time favorite glitter, Essie Summit of Style. I’m just head over heels in love with them all, and there’s just something about rocking a bold red nail mid-way through summer, y’know?

From the tips to the lips now, and it’s all about the reds once again. From the MAC x Prabal Gurung High-Shine Lip Gloss in Carmine Rouge and the Bourgois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper to the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Red Essential, I’ve been opting for only the brightest and boldest shades these past few months.

Last but by no means least, we come to the eyes, which are key in any fun festive summer look. And the two products that have been dominating my lids in recent weeks are the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette, a dreamy Christmas treat made all the more festive and fun by the star patterns printed on every shadow, and the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Art Lid, Line and Lash, which gives a glittery, coppery splash of shimmer to any look.

And yes, that is a countdown to Christmas calendar you can see in the above photo. And what? 


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