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Life: Monthly Summary December

December 29, 2015



Doing:

  • Spending a lovely long weekend in Lincoln with my parents. We visited the Lincoln Christmas Market (which is always amazing), decorated the Christmas trees and had lots of laughs.
  • Buying a real Christmas tree and a tonne of new decorations from John Lewis! 
  • We went to the theatre for Chris' birthday to see Book of Mormon - hilarious with such catchy songs! 
  • Going to Winter Wonderland a couple of times- I ate candy floss, crepes and pizza and drank a lot of hot chocolate.
  • Having a fun weekend with friends. Lots of girly gossips.
  • Enjoying quite a few Christmas drinks with work- we had our Christmas Party which had a fairytale theme and a team Christmas lunch. We've also had carols in the office so it's been very festive!
  • And obviously enjoying Christmas with all of my wonderful family- we've had a wonderful time and I hope you all have too!

Reading:
  • #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. This is such a brilliant read and has made me want to start my own business! Very inspiring.

Watching:
  • All of the Christmas films - my favourites are Elf and Love Actually. Make me feel all warm and fuzzy!
  • Lots of Vlogmas videos, it's been hard to keep up! Have been loving the videos from Zoe, Lily and The Michalaks.
  • The final Downton episode- sob! Absolutely loved it though and thought it was a perfect finale.

Life: A Picture to Celebrate Nine Years

December 27, 2015

Chris and I have just celebrated nine years together - nine! We got together at the oh so young age of 19 and although it feels like a very long time ago,  I can't quite believe it's been so many years.

To mark almost a decade together I ordered this print from a lovely artist called Kayleigh - KavonIllustration on Etsy. She created a wonderful portrait of my brother's girlfriend Georgina (it's her as a Disney Princess- so cute!) and I wanted one for myself!

We simply sent Kayleigh a few pictures of ourselves and she worked her magic and made it into this beauty. I love it!


Beauty: Bio-Oil - My Body Philosophy

December 24, 2015

This year, Bio-Oil have been working on their Body Philosophy initiative and it's almost come to an end. Their mission was to inspire a life-time of body confidence and to do this they collected over 10,000 body philosophies from people all over the world. They have been working with the Body Gossip charity who have taken the advice into 20 schools and have hosted body confidence workshops to help inspire teenagers to love their bodies. 

It's such a perfect partnership as bio-oil is all about caring for your skin, and healing it. And I love the whole idea around inspiring body confidence - I think we all remember the awkward teen years where you feel self conscious and uncomfortable most of the time! 

The team have been so overwhelmed with all of the words of wisdom that they decided to create a diary which contains a selection of their favourite pieces of advice - it's really lovely and there are so many great inspiring quotes in there. 

You can read all about the initiative on the My Body Philosophy website and Bio-Oil can be bought from £8.99 here.

Beauty: 2015 Favourites

December 22, 2015


I can't believe that we are so close to the end of 2015! How this year has flown. I'm sure time speeds up as we get older.

Today I wanted to share the 11 products which have made it into my 2015 beauty favourites. I love them all a lot and think I will be repurchasing them for a long time.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk - this was the year of the lipliner (thanks to Kylie Jenner) and this quickly became my absolute favourite. I use it most days - usually before applying lipstick but sometimes just on its own. The colour matches your lips and blends in perfectly which allows you to re-shape and enhance as you wish- it also has a gorgeous moisturising consistency. Buy it here.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation* - my favourite foundation of the year, it is gorgeous and I can see why it is one of Vichy's bestsellers. It gives a really flawless and glowy base, and gives great coverage without feeling too heavy. Since receiving it at an event I have been using it most days. Buy it here.

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Just a Fling - I love this lipstick because it is moisturising, creamy and is a gorgeous nude. I like to wear this with Rimmel's 1000 Kisses Spice Liner. Buy it here.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Penelope Pink - I've raved about this lipstick numerous times on my blog so won't ramble on to much but this is my all time favourite lipstick (high praise I know!). It's the perfect nude/pink which can be worn day or night and look beautiful. Buy it here.

Collection Fast Stroke Eye Liner - I can't even tell you how many of these I've repurchased. It's my perfect black liquid liner and I wear it most days. It's also an absolute bargain at just under £3! Buy it here.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick - this is more of a summer product but it's an absolute beauty. After seeing a couple of people at work with beautifully glowy cheeks I asked what they were using (naturally!) and this was their secret. I purchased immediately and continued to wear for most of summer! Buy it here.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara - when I went to Florida in 2014 I stocked up on this as it's one of my favourite mascaras, and I am still happily going through them. It gives me long, black, volumised lashes and I love it. It's only available in the US but MaxFactor's False Lash Effect mascara is basically the same - you can buy this here.

St Tropez Self Tan Express Mousse - 2015 was the year I really got into fake tan and this was the absolute winner for me. I apply with a tanning mitt, wait three hours (or more, whoops) and then wash off to reveal a gorgeous tan. It also develops a shade darker overnight. I've had no patchy-ness and it is so easy to apply - which is important as a new fake tan user! Buy it here.

Clarins Liquid Bronze Fake Tanning for Face - I don't use the St Tropez tan on my face so this is the product for that. It's a gradual tan for your face and I absolutely adore it- it looks so natural. I've even been using it throughout winter to keep some colour. Buy it here.

Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm* - this is only a recent addition to my bathroom but it's gone straight into my favourites. It feels gorgeous to use and leaves my skin feeling so moisturised, soft and clean. Buy it here.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum* - I have been trying to use this most nights and love it. It's very light and absorbs quickly into the skin- it also has an almost rose-gold shimmery colour to it and the scent is just divine. Buy it here.


Beauty: Trilogy Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm

December 20, 2015

Over the summer, Trilogy released a Make-up Cleansing Balm* to add to their growing collection of gorgeous and natural skincare products. Described as melting away make-up it contains a rich blend of mango butter, rosehip oil and coconut oil - all combined to give you clean, supple and hydrated skin.

You simply massage 1/4 teaspoon of the balm onto your dry skin and as it melts concentrate it around your eyelashes and areas where you have heavy make-up. Once massaged in, you rinse the organic cloth (or I use a normal flannel) with warm water and gently wipe over your face.

The last cleansing balm I tried was from Emma Hardie and I didn't get on too well with it, which was disappointing after the rave reviews it had in the blogosphere. It was a few years ago so maybe if I tried it now I'd love it as I am a huge fan of the Trilogy cleansing balm! It smells divine and every time I use it I feel like I am in a spa. I usually take my eye makeup off first with Bioderma or the Garnier Micellar Water, and then use the balm for the rest of my face make up. It feels luxurious and hydrating and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised.

I love Trilogy as a brand (really really need to try their Rosehip Oil next!) and this is a fantastic product of theirs. It's priced at £19.50 and you can buy it here.


Life: 5 Things to do in December

December 10, 2015

Let's be honest, you probably don't need that many ideas of things to do in December as it's all about Christmas, festive gatherings and lots of food. But hey ho, let's give it a go.

1. Visit a Christmas Market. It's just not Christmas without a visit to a market. If you're in London there's the infamous Winter Wonderland. There's also the one on Southbank and Winterville in Victoria Park. Outside of London there are hundreds but I know the Birmingham market is meant to be incredible and I have a special place in my heart for the Leeds German Christmas market.

2. Do some Christmas baking. There are so many amazing recipes out there- Pinterest is your best friend for some inspiration. Even better- make batches of biscuits which will last for a while and can be given to people as Christmas gifts. A big favourite of mine are brookies which are so easy and SO delicious.

3. Mix up your Secret Santa plans. Rather than doing a usual £5 or £10 present, change it to a £1 price limit or make it so that you have to gift someone something from home that you don't want. This is a great idea as people end up getting quite good presents like unwanted DVDs or books!

4. Buy a new board game. I am a huge fan of a board game and we always play them in our family and with friends throughout the Christmas period. It's always exciting to get a shiny new game to play. My favourites at the moment are Rapidough and Articulate.

5. Host a cheese and wine night. At this time of year the supermarkets are filled with so many different types of cheese, and usually in great value sets. Stock up and get your friends round to drink wine and binge of cheese. You could even play a board game at the same time.

Home: Bath & Body Works Candles

December 08, 2015


When a girl from my team told me she was going to Florida for a week and asked if I wanted anything I got very excited. She had a whole spare suitcase left to fill as her parents live over there so I didn't hold back from requesting a few Christmassy candles from Bath & Body Works.

I bought a few bits and bobs from B&BW when I was last in Florida but as we usually go in the Spring or Summer, I've never had the chance to look at all of their wonderful Autumn/Winter goodies.

I went for four of the 1-wick medium candles and 3 of the mini candles in the following scents, all for £35 which is amazing...

♥ Evergreen - this is a Christmas tree scent with fresh fir balsam infused with sparkling mint and white pine. I am yet to burn this but I am forever on the hunt for a real Christmas tree scent and this smells just like one! 

Sweater Weather - this scent is a blend of eucalyptus, juniper berry and fresh sage. It's such a tricky one to describe but has a real cosy, but fresh smell. Perfect for Autumn time.

Mahogany Teakwood - someone told me that this smelt just like Hollister's SoCal so I had to buy it. It smells incredible and just like a beautiful man (haha). It is a mix of mahogany, oak and frosted lavender but I personally can't smell the lavender- just delicious boy scent. Need to get the shower gel next so Chris can use it every day.

Marshmallow Fireside- this is very delicious and exactly what it says on the tin. It's toasted marshmallows mixed with vanilla, blended into a rich smouldering wood.

Fresh Balsam - this is quite similar to Evergreen and is a mix of snow-dusted balsam, fir trees and eucalyptus. Another very lovely Christmas tree fragrance.

'Tis the Season - this is the only candle that I'm not very keen on. It's described as a mix of red apples, green pine and golden cider but all I can smell is cinnamon  It's a truly festive scent and is very spicy- but not my cup of tea!

Winter - I absolutely LOVE this fragrance. To me it smells exactly like Christmas and I want my house to smell like it for the whole of winter. B&BW describe it as pine needles, icy mandarin & winter woods which capture the magic of glittering icicles and sparkling snow and this is spot on. If you're just going to buy one candle- make it this one.

Which Bath & Body Works scents are your favourites? 


Life: Christmas Gift Guide Under £10

December 06, 2015


1. Soap & Glory Happy Pamper Gift Set - £5 - link
2. Joules Floral Mug - £9.95 - link
3. Whittard Mini Chocolate Spoon with Marshmallows - £3 - link
4. Roger & Gallet Creme Sublime Hand & Nail Cream Cracker - £6 - link
5. Accessorize Peach Foil A5 Exercise Books - £5 - link
6. Winter Berry Hair Ties Multi Pack - £5.60 - link
7. Mr and Mrs Sausage Dog Socks - £3.50 - link
8. Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Motel - £5 - link
9. Manatee Tea Infuser - £6.99 - link


Life: Christmas Gift Guide for Him

December 03, 2015



1. M&S Contrast Trim Textured Washbag - £22.50 - link
2. Victor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette - £49 - link
3. Barbour Tattersall Check Scarf - £29 - link
4. Moleskine Ruled Notebook - £14.50 - link
5. For Fox Sake Mug - £6.99 - link
6. Bose Soundlike Mini Bluetooth Speaker - £138.99 - link
7. Smartphone Projector - £15.95 - link
8. Aspinal of London Credit Card Case - £60 - link
9.  Animorphia Colouring and Search Challenge Book - £6.99 - link


Life: Christmas Gift Guide for Her

December 01, 2015




1. H&M Home Metal Basket - £7.99 - link
2. Topshop Supersoft Check Scarf - £22 - link
3. H&M Home Candle - £7.99 - link
4. Whittard Cocoa Creations Hot Chocolate Gift Set - £20 - link
5. Origins 'Mask Marvels' Skincare Gift Set - £30 - link
6. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 Perfume - £65.50 - link
7. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Mini Lipstick Trio - £29 - link
8. H&M Home Cotton Cushion Cover - £6.99 - link
9. Kate Spade New York Pencil Pouch - £25 - link
10.  Soap & Glory Soaprise - £16 - link