Thursday, 20 November 2014

Recent beauty favourites

Chanel glossimer in 108 Constellation £22 available from here
I bought this whilst on the cruise. I'd never tried a Chanel lipgloss before, only the rouge coco shine lipsticks and balm. It's a beige, gold colour with pink undertones and is ultra glossy. It looks gorgeous on and is very long lasting. I only found it a little 'sticky' when my lips were very chapped. I will definitely be purchasing another one, of the Chanel Glossimers, I just need to decide on which shade to buy next!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing water - Available from here
For a long time I used L'Oreal 3 in 1 Micellar water to remove my make up, when I saw this on offer in Tesco, I thought i'd try it and I have to say I prefer this Micellar cleansing water by a mile! I use this to take all of my make up off, including waterproof mascara, before a second cleanse. I absolutely love it, it doesn't dry my skin out. It's hypoallergenic and for sensitive skin, so I will definitely be repurchasing this when this bottle runs out. A little goes a long, long way too. 
Vichy eye contour idealia eye cream* - here
This is a creamy illuminator for under the eyes, that claims to target signs of fatigue, dehydration and ageing. I didn't expect to see instant results after applying, but the pale pink cream did smooth out my under eyes and they did look noticeably brighter. I LOVE the soft applicator too... I'll be interested to see the results after a few weeks of using this. I'm always on the hunt for new eye creams / products.
Palmers Cocoa butter lip balm £2.00 can be found here
I have almost used up all of my Chanel balm, due to my lips being horrendously chapped now winter has arrived. I picked this one up, as I saw it was only two pounds. I have to say this is one of the best lip balms I've ever used. My lips feel so soft, silky and look healthy. Instead of dull, chapped and sore!
Intimately Beckham perfume for her 75ml can be found here
I always buy 'cheap' perfumes to throw in my handbag. I like spritzing away during the day without feeling guilty about 'wasting' it. I have my 'good' perfumes on my dressing table at home, which I use a little more sparingly. Silly really, but that's how I am. So I spotted this in home bargains for just £8.00 and it's lovely.  It's a fresh scent, with notes of rose petals and orange blossom, with a base of vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Basically it smells gorgeous and 75ml for £8.00 I couldn't resist.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas preparations...

yankee advent calendar 2014Advent Calendar? Check. (this contains spoilers so if you don't want to know the contents scroll on)
I was sent this stunning advent calendar house from Yankee Candle, there's also a more modern advent calendar in the shape of a wreath. The Yankee Candle advent house contains a scented tea light behind every door. It contains the scents Candy cane lane, Christmas Garland, Christmas Cookie, Sugared Apple, Christmas memories, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie, and on the 24th A Christmas Eve scented votive. Absolutely incredible, I am so, so excited for December first. There's also a Yankee Candle quiz app which tell you if your style is either christmas past or present which determines which scented christmas candles are more suited to you. What do you think of this? Better than chocolate? 
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Buying any novelty / decorations / chocolate whenever I enter a store? Check. Slowly but surely my pile of christmas gifts, decorations trinkets and tat is piling up. I don't know why I'm in the festive mood so early this year? I really can't wait for it all to start. I'm excited for the first frost and snow fall, I've already watched Love Actually. I also absolutely love wrapping Christmas presents…just me? my family always give me their gifts to sit and gift wrap because I weirdly really, really enjoy it haha
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This is kind of crazy but I never really knew about Michael Buble's Christmas album. I know, I know, where have I been? My boyfriend, who is a huge fan started playing it at the end of October (lol we are an annoying christmas mad couple) and I have fallen in love. So yes, I'm playing this and singing away in November. I regret nothing. Have you started your christmas shopping yet? Don't worry this will be the last christmas-y post for a little while, don't want to sicken you all to death before December even arrives!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Christmas for the home

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1. Penguin Jumper - French Connection
2. Billie Christmas iPhone case- Cath Kidston
3. Dachshund candle - Marks and Spencer
4. Polar bear slipper boots - New look
5. Christmas mugs - Marks and Spencer
6. Christmas spice candle - East of India
7. Make your own Mr & Mrs Santa Claus Pegs - Dot com Gift shop.
8. Reindeer Decorations - Next
9. Knit your own Monty and Mabel - John Lewis
10. Fair isle mittens - New Look
11. Christmas Blocks - John Lewis
12. Merry Christmas Candle - John Lewis

What do you think of my Christmas home ware picks? How sweet is the dachshund candle, I need him in my life that's for sure. I also love the polar bear slipper boots so cute and cosy. I already know it's a matter of time until I cave and buy a Christmas themed phone case. I love the knit your own Monty and Mabel, that would make a lovely gift or stocking filler, especially after the advert. I want everything!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Life lately through my iPhone..

So November is here, which means filling the house with Christmas scented candles, and fairy lights galore. You seriously need to try this cookie dough spread from Tesco, it's like cookie dough in a jar. Certainly cold enough to bust out the super snug bear robe, mornings are freezing lately.
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Starbucks hot chocolates, the honey and almond hot chocolate was amazing but of course I forgot to instagram the red cup oops. Speaking of scented candles this toasted marshmallow Yankee one smells amazing. I wasn't too impressed with this Chips Ahoy dairy milk, it was a little sickly, even for me. (100% choc-a-holic, as my boyfriend Tom knows all too well forever eating in his bed oops.)

Speaking of Tom we went out for lunch and had these amazing burgers the other day, the sweet potato fries were also to die for. I turned up at his house on Sunday with coffee and donuts. He then let me have two Christmas presents (very) early. He knows how much I love The Snowman so he asked his mum to knit me one, so, so thoughtful of them both and it's so soft and looks just like him! Tom also bought me a canvas of the snowman and the snow dog flying amongst the stars in the sky, past Big Ben, it lights up and is just stunning I will post a picture of it soon. I am a very happy, very lucky girl :) 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

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I thought it would be fun to do a Christmas blog post tag, to sort of, maybe get in the spirit (it's never too early). Even though we're only in November I am so excited for Christmas this year. Please feel free to copy and paste the tag questions and fill them in yourselves, I'd love to see your answers.
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1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Ah, there's SO many, I love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf, The Santa Clause etc. but one that I watch every year, without fail is The Snowman on Christmas eve. I absolutely adored the Snowman and The Snow dog. My dad bought me the little plushie last year, so cute.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always on Christmas morning (usually whilst scoffing Christmas chocolate) We usually get new Christmas Pyjamas on Christmas Eve, but we save the present opening for Christmas day morning.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
My parents always used to go all out at Christmas. We'd come downstairs to presents, balloons, reindeer prints made out of glitter, red and white tape for the north pole, it was so magical as kids! 

4. favourite festive food?
Aside from chocolate...Roast potatoes during Christmas dinner, so many roast potatoes.

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
I can't remember how old I was, but it was the year of the Furby. I'm sure there were small riots amongst the shelves in Toys R us. My parents pretended they couldn't get me one but then it was hidden behind the sofa! (anyone else hide theirs in the wardrobe at night, they were so creepy!)

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas dinner cooking, mmm or the smell of the Christmas tree! 

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Just that it's family time, we'll usually all have wine, the fire on, lots of yummy food and sit down in our new pyjamas to watch Christmas films.

8. What tops your tree?
For years and years it was a little gold vintage angel, my dad always lifted me up to put it on the tree, when I was a kid... at the very end of decorating everything. She was always kind of wonky and worn looking, but it was tradition. These days it's a big gold glittery star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Not in an ungrateful way. I mean, I used to circle half of the Argos catalogue!But every year I would ask for a dog, without fail. One year my parents brought it a huge box, with holes in and something was moving. I was certain it was a puppy...it was a rabbit ha ha Still one of the best pets I've ever had though. Then last year, I finally bought myself my own Christmas puppy :) Oscar on the 21sr of December. He was certainly worth the wait.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my loves ones, friends and family, after eating Christmas dinner, watching Only fools and Horses episodes that we've seen ten times already. Watching the snow fall and generally having a lovely time. 

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