Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Saying Goodbye to 2015. And saying Hello 2016

Twenty fifteen has been one crazy year. And my god does it scare me that I'm already writing a look back post. I feel like 2015 has been the year that has taught me the most and the one where I've had to grow up. 

So much has happened, it's hard to believe how quickly its gone. 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas 2015

Hello lovelies. I hope you had a fab Christmas. I'm back and thought I'd give you a little look at my Christmas day and what I got. 


Friday, 25 December 2015

Blogmas Day 25: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! 

I'm going to keep this post fairly short and just wish you a Happy Xmas. I hope you have a brilliant day and Santa brings you everything you wanted. 

My day is starting fairly early prepping food and travelling to my oldest cousins for brunch and presents opening. 

I'm a little too excited to see what everyone's got. And particular as we've done secret santa amongst the cousins what we've got each other. 

I can't actually believe I've done blogmas and left it til 2 days before it started to plan it. But hey I did it and I hope you've enjoyed it. 

Anyway have a fab day. Enjoy the food, drinks and films. And here's a little Christmas mix of songs to get you in the mood.

Enjoy. Lots of love.


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Blogmas Day 24: Benefit Advent Calendar Reveal Pt 2

Happy Christmas Eve (it feels surreal saying that)

I gave you a peep at the first 5 days of my Benefit Beauty Advent Calendar. And I thought I'd round of blogmas but showing you the rest. Today was the last day I opened. And as much as I've enjoyed the calendar I'm not totally sure its worth the value for 12 days. 

They had some brilliant products but I would've loved a 24 days one. I am excited to properly use all the bits I've got though. 


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Blogmas Day 23: My Christmas Day OOTD

Happy Christmas Eve Eve. 

I've never pre planned my Christmas Day outfit but this year I decided I was going to be prepared as I've got an early start. It's really not a sparkly, special outfit as I'm pretty much just spending the day with family. But a Christmas jumper has to be worn on Christmas Day so I've put that into the outfit. 

Like I said it's not special, I just wanted to be comfy. Of course my makeup will be the sparkly shimmery bit.


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Blogmas Day 22: 52 Lists: Week 10: List the ways you can cleanse for Spring

52 lists, week 10 brings the way you cleanse for Spring. Its obviously not Spring yet and to be honest I'm not a massive Spring cleaner. I kind of just clean and throw things out when I feel I need to. 

So this is list is very very short. It's juts got the basics I do to clear out. 


Monday, 21 December 2015

Blogmas Day 21: Last Minute Gift Guide for Her

I did a gift guide for him right at the beginning of blogmas. And it only seemed fair I did a gift guide for her. I probably should have done this earlier but other posts just came around first. 

If you have a friend, girlfriend, wife, mum, whichever female relative, you've left buying for til the last minute. Here's a last minute gift guide to give you ideas. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas (Party) Nails

To follow on from my party outfits post I thought I'd do a party nail tutorial kind of thing. I have put up a general winter/Christmas nail varnish post. But this is going to be more specific and show you a nail look I tried a few years ago and have used variations of since then.

It does involve sparkle because to me you can't have party or Christmas without a bit of sparkle.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Blogmas Day 19: Last minute Christmas Jumpers

With only 6 days til Christmas, you might just be getting your last minute bits and one of those things might be Christmas jumpers. So here's my pick of places to try. Of course it'll be too late to order online but the shops are just as brilliant. 


I'll start with the obvious - Primark. They seem to sell more and more xmas jumpers every year and they've really gone to town this year. With jumpers that play music and have lights. However they do have 'more traditional' ones with fluffy bobbles and bows sewed on. Two I really liked, for women, were quite a simple ones - one with snowmen stitched on and another reindeers. They're really simple and perfect for those who don't like garish designs. 

For the males, I'm really liking the simple cotton and wool jumpers they have with christmassy designs. Again, they're very simple and perfect for everyday wear too. 


Friday, 18 December 2015

Blogmas Day 18: Christmas Wishlist

There's not a mass amount of things I want this Christmas. I got so much for my 21st I'm definitely not expecting a lot. But there a few bits I want. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette Collection

I saw a picture which contained all of the Naked palette's and it's always been something that I've wanted. I've got the original palette and am slowly looking to build my collection. They're all just so beautiful and pigmented. 
Gwen Stefani UD palette. Image credited to


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Blogmas Day 17: Christmas Presents Wrapping

I did some presents wrapping over weekend and got a little bit too into it. I watched Zoella's Wrapping Ideas video and after spending some time looking at different ways to wrap, thought I'd give it a go. 

Going wrapping decor hunting made me realise just how much is out there and just how much people get into it. (It's really not hard to go all out like I found out) 

I picked up a few bits from The Christmas Shop which has opened in town. But was really surprised by how much they had in Wilkinsons. I bought some different strings and ribbons and raffa to wrap with and some holly packs. They had so much you could use though I had to stop myself going overboard. So here are a few bits I created.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Blogmas Day 16: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

No one understands how excited I was to get my hands on the new UDxGwen palette. As soon as I heard Gwen Stefani was collabing with UD, I was pretty intrigued to see what colours she'd include, how she'd package it, all of that. And seeing pictures of it I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

Urban Decay isn't a brand I own a lot of because of the price. But with this palette I didn't care how much it was I wanted to have it. The pictures made me want so much more and it looked so beautiful. So I finally decided to take a trip to Debenhams to get one. 


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Blogmas Day 15: 52 Lists: Week 9: List the places you want to go

It's been a while since I posted a 52 lists post (oops sorry) but I'm going to be posting a few through Blogmas and it's Week 9 time. List the places you want to go. 

I found this harder than I thought I would. But I've tried to pick the main few places I really want to go. I mean if I could I'd love to see all of the world. But here you go.


Monday, 14 December 2015

Blogmas Day 14: Stocking Fillers

As it gets closer to Christmas you might have done your main presents shopping but be looking for stocking fillers. There's many brilliant, quirky, useful bits and bobs you could buy. But here's some ideas just in case.


Let's start with the obvious. If you're anything like me, you'll love getting socks just as much as any other present. My feet usually tend to be cold so fluffy socks can't be given enough. Primark, TK Maxx, Asos all do some really nice individual ones and sets. Whether its simple, patterned, bright or fluffy socks there's some for everyone. It might seem like a boring present but as a stocking filler you could find some really cute ones. 


Blogmas Day 13: 21 Questions: Get To Know Me Tag

I've been blogging for a while now but I don't think I've ever done a proper get to know me tag type thing. So here you go. After searching the web I read this one on a few other blogs so thought I'd give it a go myself. 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Blogmas Day 12: Benefit Advent Calendar Reveal

In prep for Christmas, I knew I wanted a beauty calendar. I had the No7 one last year and it was definitely worth it. So this year I decided to try another one and picked Benefit. I liked the look of it last year but was too late. I wasn't going to miss it this year though.

It is a 12 days calendar though which is a bit gutting but I've decided to open one every other day. And with it being day 12, I thought I'd give you a peep at what I've had so far. 


Friday, 11 December 2015

Blogmas Day 11: Party Outfit Picks

Two weeks from Christmas and I bet the parties are in full swing. But if you've got one coming up and till haven't got a dress, here's a few places you could try.


Boohoo has become my go to online website for most dresses. They do a wide selection but plain to more dressed and then party. And they're all very reasonably priced. I've picked a few of my faves. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Blogmas Day 10: Christmas Tag

I thought I'd do a Christmas tag for my next post and give you an even better peep into me. 

1. What's your favourite Christmas movie/s?

I've already answered this in my favourite movies post but from that list it's gotta be Home Alone. It's just a funny film that I love watching around Christmas.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

Christmas morning otherwise what's the fun in it. You've got to wait til Christmas Day to open your presents.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Blogmas Day 9: Favourite Winter Lipsticks

I posted my favourite nail varnish shades around winter/christmas so I thought I'd do my favourite lipsticks too. 


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Blogmas Day 8: Red Velvet cupcakes recipe (or at least I tried that flavour)

I decided to get baking over the weekend and delved into baking red velvet cupcakes. I'd never made them before but love eating that flavour of cake. 

Well when I made the mixture it tasted like red velvet but the cooked cakes didn't so much. They still tasted alright so here's a recipe for some kind of redy/brown/chocolate cupcakes.


Monday, 7 December 2015

Blogmas Day 7: Favourite Winter Nail Varnishes Shades

If you know me, you know I have a massively massive collection of nail varnishes. So when it comes to painting my nails it can be quite a challenge to pick a colour. 

But I do have certain shades I wear more in summer and others I wear more in winter. And I thought I'd give you a little peep into how my nails change through the seasons.


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Blogmas Day 6: Favourite Christmas Films

One of the great things about this time of year is the Christmas films. They seem to have started really earlier this, I think I remember seeing them on mid November. But there's a few classics I love watching around this time.

1. Home Alone - How can you not love Home Alone?! It's a funny, family classic and you can't help but love Kevin and the mischief he causes.

2. Muppet's Christmas Carol - Another classic. It's one film based on Christmas I enjoy. The Muppets just make it a kiddy fun film.

3. The Holiday - Who doesn't love a bit of Jude Law? It's not Christmas til this film has come on. It is a bit of a chick flick but I can watch it over and over and not get bored. 

4. Harry Potter - Not a christmas christmas film but ITV usually show the whole franchise around Christmas and being a massive fan. I have to watch them all for the 10 millionth time! 

I'm so excited to start watching Christmas films, wrapped up in my blanket with a cup of tea. It's definitely one of my favourite things. 

They're my top 4 fave films and I can't wait to see what other one's are on TV this year. What are your fave Christmas films?

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Blogmas Day 5: Makeup Revolution Brush Haul

Last Friday, for anyone who missed it, was Black Friday and I saw Makeup Rev had a few offers on. I'm slowly starting to become a MR lover. I need some new brushes so decided to go for the basic brush kit. 

I've heard good things about the Makeup Rev brushes and I hope I'm not disappointed. This set only cost me £8 which was a bargain considering how much you can spend on make up brushes.  


Friday, 4 December 2015

Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Tree Reveal

Putting up the Christmas tree is absolutely one of my favourite things to do. I'm always the one who does it and because I've been away at uni for the past 3 years, our tree has always gone up late. So this year I wasn't going to wait.

And I thought I'd share with you all. We've had this tree for about 30 odd years so it's amazing it's still in the condition it's in. 

I bought a few sets of new bauble's this year from The Range and Wilkinson's. But the others we just seem to have accumulated over the year. I'm not one that plans what their tree will look like I kind of just go with the flow. And how I feel when I'm putting it up. 

But I went for a purple, green, gold theme this year.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Blogmas Day 3: Strobing

I've wanted to get into Strobing or in other words perfect highlighting for a while but just haven't found a highlighter I love. Until someone recommended Makeup Revolution's highlighters.

So I went out and bought the trio of Radiance highlighters. I wasn't sure what to expect but I'd heard some raving reviews so was optimistic. 


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Blogmas Day 2: Things I love about Christmas

I'm a massive Christmas person and this year was way too excited way too early. I'd eaten my first mince pie about mid-October. But can you blame me they're so yummy. Anyway I thought I'd take this post to let you all in on things I love about Christmas.

1. Family

I love Christmas because it's the one time a year you get together properly as a family. You just get to catch up, no one's in a rush to go anywhere or worrying about work or whatever. It's just about enjoying each other's company and having a laugh.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Blogmas Day 1: Gift Guide for Him

So I'm doing something courageous (for me). I'm attempting to do Blogmas - where I'll put up a blog post everyday til Christmas. I can quite bad at blogging regularly and have definitely been going through a post ideas block for the past few weeks.

But Blogmas is something I've never done before so wanted to give it a go this year. And I'm starting with gift ideas for him. 

Grow your own beer plant kit - Not on the high street

I did a gift ideas post a few weeks ago but it was more general, focusing on places to buy gifts. I mentioned not on the high street in that post and it's brilliant! There's so much on it from the cute to the quirky. And whilst browsing I found something that made me laugh a bit - A grow your own beer plant kit. I haven't read how to make it but it comes with instructions and could be a funny gift for a beer lover. For £9.95 it's a pretty reasonable price too. 

Credited to Not on the high street

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