Wednesday, 31 December 2014

WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2014


It's very nearly 2015! A new year, a new start, a new me (heard that one a million times today). Until the clock, strikes 12 tonight it's still the Christmas holidays in my mind, I'm clinging on as along as possible. Like a lot of others I'm sure, I love these 'What I got for Christmas' posts that have been going around. Some people might say people are bragging about their presents but if you're like me you're just a bit nosy and want to have a little look and maybe get some wishlist inspiration (not that it''s needed). So without further ado here is a selection of some of the things I very luckily received for Christmas this year. Yes I was spoiled, and I am very grateful! Everything I can still find online will be linked below so you can have a closer look for yourself!

BEAUTY



CLOTHING

River Island 90's Supermodel's T-shirt | Topshop Bobble Hat | Topshop Black Bag 

BOOKS & DVD's



ETC.


Personalised Nutella Jar | Paperchase Playing Cards | Sweet Indulgence Brownie Cookbook | Candy Kittens Christmas Cracker | 2015 Diary | Grey Slippers


The Lion King musical ticket - Wales Millenium Centre (it was amazing!)


I hope you also got everything you hoped for this Christmas and had a lovely break. 
Enjoy your New Year's celebrations!


Sunday, 28 December 2014

BEAUTY SALE BARGAINS

The period between Christmas and new year is good for two things:
1. not needing an excuse to lie around in your PJ's all day eating leftovers and 2. hunting around to discover the best bargains that the high street (and internet) has to offer.

The sales are full of beauty treats this year, and yes it is a little annoying that we paid full price for them just a couple of days earlier, but still it's nice to feel like you're getting a bargain. Here' my pick of the best beauty treats on offer, all found in the comfort of my own home without having to fight off any fellow sale shoppers. But you'll have to be quick, I doubt they will be around for long!


1. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Compact - SALE PRICE £16.50 (usually £22.00) - FeelUnique.com
A lovely set from the Naked range at Urban Decay. The flushed compact contains a full size bronzer, highlighter and blusher that can be used seperately or all together for a radiant glow.

2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - SALE PRICE £17.50 (usually £22.00) - LookFantastic.com
I've never tried the Nars concealers but I've heard some great things. I feel as though Nars products aren't often discounted so when you find a gem like this it is just a little tempting.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - SALE PRICE £44.10 (usually £49.00) - Selfridges
OK so this isn't exactly bargain of the century but Charlotte Tilbury makeup is so pricey anyway that any discount is appreciated. I know a lot of people will have been lusting over the filmstar bronze & glow for the perfect contour and highlight - 10% off may be just what they're after!

4. Lipstick in Hazard - SALE PRICE £4.00 (usually £8.00) - Topshop
    Nail Varnish in Cryogenic - SALE PRICE £2.00 (usually £5.00) - Topshop
I love the Topshop beauty sale because you get great products at usually at least half the price. I'm sure there would be even more available in store. Currently still available online are their pyramid stocking fillers with a silver nail varnish and a red/orange lipstick.

5. Laura Mercier Pout Perfection Lip Trio - SALE PRICE - £21.70 (usually £31.00) - House of Fraser
These Laura Mercier sets contain a lipstick, pencil and gloss matched to create the perfect pout. There's three different shade options available - pink, red and brown - an ideal gift for a January birthday.

6. Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Eyeshadow Set - SALE PRICE - £25.80 (usually £43.00) - Cult Beauty
Cult Beauty have massively discounted some of the usually very pricey Kevyn Aucoin products. The Essential Eyeshadow Set is available in three colour ways and includes five complimentary matte and metallic shades for the ultimate in eye contouring. Yes, eye contouring is a thing now.

7. NYX Mega Shine Kiss The Stars Lip Gloss Set - SALE PRICE £7.50 (usually £10.00) - Love-Makeup
Gift sets like this are great because they don't look especially Christmassy (is that a word?) so they make perfect little gifts all year round. A lot of US beauty bloggers rave about NYX but it's not so easy to get your hands on in the UK so this is a great way to try it out.


Have you been sale shopping yet? Have you picked up any beauty bargains or got your eye on any? Let me know in the comments below!


Saturday, 27 December 2014

A CHRISTMAS SNAPSHOT

So Christmas is over for another year! I can't quite believe it. But before I head off on the strenuous journey from the sofa to the fridge to raid the last of the Christmas cheeses I thought I'd share a little snapshot of my Christmas. Between London and Cardiff there is plenty to do and see around Christmas and plenty Instagram-worthy photo opportunities...



Top Row (L-R): Selfridges front entrance, Oxford Street Christmas lights, Carnaby Street Christmas decorations. Second Row: Santa's Grotto at Westfield Shopping Centre London, Christmas lights at Westfield, Covent Garden Christmas Reindeer. Third Row: Covent Garden's giant Christmas tree, a best friend selfie at the annual Christmas Eve pub reunion, Boxing Day theatre trip to see The Lion King at the Wales Millennium Centre. Bottom Row: Festive dog with a festive cushion, my Elf inspired Christmas wrapping paper, our sleepy dog (with antlers and festive ankle warmers) on Christmas day.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and had everything you wished for. I certainly did! Look out for a 'what I got for Christmas post' and have a very happy new year!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: NOVELTY

Quite honestly if you have finished your Christmas shopping by now you are worrying me a little. But I know there are some last minute present buyers out there, crowding up Oxford Street on my way home from work. Or there are those who may have finished their shopping weeks ago but are thinking of treating that loved one to a little something extra to put under the tree. Either way the gift guides are still coming so here is my pick of a few little novelty gifts that you should still be able to pick up or order in time for the big day...


One for the Instagram lovers out there! These photo frames turn your photographs in to magnetic Polaroids. There's 5 in a pack and they fit 3x4 sized photos. 

These days no one seems to print out their photos anymore. They're all stored on our laptops, phones, Facebook but when is the last time you flicked through a real life photo album? Urban Outfitters has some great, dare I say 'quirky', photo albums available at the moment so it's a little more fun. Maybe not one to bring out and show the grandparents mind. 

A nice little stocking filler or secret santa gift for the girl, or boy, who likes a little drink. Or the friend who mixes vodka with a couple of juices and calls it a cocktail. We've all been there. This way they can actually learn some fancy cocktails to impress their guests next time they're hosting the party. 

Who new Nutella wasn't just to be spread on toast for a quick breakfast? The Nutella recipe book has 30 pinterest worthy recipes from milkshakes to cheesecakes. I'm can feel the chocolate cravings kicking in just thinking about it. 

2013 was the year of the onesies. 2014 is the year of the seflie stick. I'm sure many people will find one of these in their stockings this year so if you know someone who is either in to technology and gadgets or,  quite frankly, just loves taking photos of themselves then this is one for them. Sure it may be the ultimate accessory to vanity but you wouldn't want your selfie obsessed friend to miss out would you?

It's been on t-shirts, pyjamas and now the famous Beyonce quote can be found a mug. Perfect for your morning coffee when you really wish you didn't actually wake up like that. 

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some festive socks and Topshop always supplies the goods. Little gingerbread men and houses on our feet? CUTE. 

Build your own stag head, or get your friends to build their own stag head, as a little festive addition to their home. Sure you could probably get a ready made stag head somewhere, but where's the fun in that? 

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Which novelty gift is your favourite? 




Thursday, 11 December 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: HOME

1. Scented Candle - M&S £7.50
It's Christmas. You want it to smell like Christmas and sometimes you need just a little extra help. This scented candle from Marks & Spencer smells of mandarin, clove and cinnamon (mmm). It looks super festive. And yeah, you guessed it, this won't be the last candle in this post.

2. Ritz Glitz Gold Polka Dot Christmas Tree Plate - Paperchase £15
I love gold polka dots, if you couldn't already tell by the blog background, so when I saw the new Ritz Glitz range at Paperchase I fell in love. OK, slight exaggeration but you get it. This Christmas tree plate from the collection would be perfect for the host who loves celebrating the festive season at their home.

3. Huskies Cushion - M&S £15
Little fluffy husky puppies on a cushion, need I say more? Ever the M&S fan my mum bought the reindeer version of his cushion last year and I wouldn't be surprised to come home to find this is sitting on our sofa as well this year.

4. Diptique Classic Candle Set - £60
More candles. This time pretty pricey ones. But if you know someone who is a fan of luxury candles, or Diptique in particular then they'll love this gift set.

5. Alphabet Mug - M&S £8
In my head, and the people I buy them for I hope, mugs are always a good present. I'm not even a tea and coffee drinker but I still appreciate a good mug. These alphabet mugs are another good Marksies find. No surprise though there's no 'V' available thought which always seems to be the case, but I guess I wouldn't be buying it for myself anyway would I? Yeah, of course I would.

6. Pineapple Glass Box - H&M £9.99
Whilst pineapples don't exactly scream out Christmas to me, (my first thought goes straight to Pina Coladas, obviously) it's still pretty jazzy and wouldn't look out of place all year round.

7. Bright Ideas Notebook & Pen Set - Next £12 
One for the stationary lovers - the teachers, the bloggers, the organised. This set from Next comes with two notebooks and two pens. See that gold polka dot creeping in again...I wasn't lying.

8. Copper Photo Frame - Paperchase £18
I'm all for copper accents recently, call it rose gold and it's even better. Paperchase is doing pretty well in my books at the moment.

9. Lily Flame Merry Christmas Glass Jar Candle - £12
Lily Flame candles always smell good. Fact. They really do fill up the room and their packaging is just a little more chic than the ever popular Yankee candles (which don't get me wrong, I also love).

Do you love buying your loved ones gift for the home? Or have you got your eye on any of these for yourself?




Tuesday, 2 December 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: BATH & BODY


Soap & Glory always comes out with some great gift sets in Boots ready for Christmas. The Next Big Thing gift contains 10 of the most popular Soap & Glory bath and beauty products for the ultimate pamper session.  

Now it wouldn't be Christmas without a LUSH gift set. They're all pretty good and you'll be sure to find one to suit your budget whether it's a £10 and under Secret Santa gift or an all out splurge with their Lush Legends set for over £100. My personal pick is the Christmas Candy Box which includes the classic Snow Fairy shower gel that comes back around every year, perfect for fans of sugary sweet bubblegum scents. There's also a Candy Mountain bubble bar, Rock Star soap and Butterbear bath bomb (adorable). 

As an alternative to LUSH, Bomb Cosmetics also offers similar gift boxes with a couple more bath bombs/soaps for your money but packaged in a similarly cute style.  

If you know anyone who really does like to add a little luxury in to their bath give then they'll probably already be pretty familiar with the Laura Mercier honey bath so why not treat them to the body and bath gift set? 

Now if there's one thing we like at Christmas it's mini versions of things. Mini travel-size l'occitane shower gels? Yes please. 

Beauticology by Bayliss & Harding always suppliesus with amazing festive scents and gift sets year after year. There's plenty of sets to chose from but I could resist sharing this cute gingerbread tin filled with gingerbread and cranberry body washes and a vanilla frosting body butter. Good enough to eat! But please don't. Also, it's like a budget version of Philosophy which is more than fine by me. 

Definitely your average cracker. The Jo Malone Christmas Cracker comes with a mini Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Crème, Blackberry & Bay Body & Hand Wash and  Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne. It's perfect for Jo Malone lovers or for those who want to try out a little taster from the brand for the first time. 

Will you be buying your loved ones any of these bath and body treats? Or have they made it on to your own Christmas list?