Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Highlights


This year in general has been amazing, yes there's been lows, I'm not going to pretend that at times it's not been hard, lots of people have left my life, but lots of new ones have come into it, there is nothing to be ashamed of, it's your life, and what's happened has shaped who you are now, so today I thought I would share with you my high points of 2015.


1 - My birthday this year was spent in Puerto Banus with Tom, I had an incredible time and loved every second of being there, this picture was taken at Selwo Aventura which was the best zoo/safari park I've ever been to.
2 - This year has been full of blog events and fun things blog related, one of the most memorable was an evening spent at 'blingo', it definitely wasn't what we had expected, but we spent the night in hysterics laughing, and all quite glad we didn't win!
3 - I've met so many wonderful girls this year through blogging, and I couldn't be happier I've met them, this picture is from the Soton Bloggers Meet Up back in August, and these are the girls I met beforehand for a coffee and a chat! There are definitely a few faces missing from these pictures, but it's impossible for us all to be at an event together, everyones too busy!
4 - As I said, I love all the girls I've met through blogging, but these two are particularly fab ;) Alice and Rachel just get it, whether we're having coffee or food, these girls never fail to put a smile on my face, and also share the bad pictures of my face....
5 - Then you've got Lexie & Anna, equally as lovely, this was taken on Pub Golf, they're so much fun and there's never a dull moment with them around, and they also put up with me shopping in London in September too so hats off to them!
6- I never really go into much detail about Tom, but he's my rock, we've been together 4 years in February and I genuinely wouldn't know what I'd do without him, he's there supporting me in everything I do, and he always knows what to do and say. We've had a year full of adventures and memories, and I cannot wait for another.

What have been your highlights of 2015?



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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Sephora | Pomegranate Mask

Last week, I was very aware that the cold weather was having horrible effects on my skin, with it becoming more dry and tired looking every day, when I found this in my stash! I picked up the Sephora Pomegranate Mask back in April on my holiday, and I couldn't have found it at a better time.

The mask itself is a sheet, which as I discovered, makes you look both terrifying and hilarious at the same time, this particular one claims to be anti-fatigue & energising, and after I'd left it for the fifteen minutes, I really could see a difference in my skin, there was more of a glow, the skin looked less tight, and the bags under my eyes were certainly less puffy.

I have to be really careful with face masks, and over the last few months I have had some disasters, but this one is definitely going to stocked up next time I can get to a Sephora! 


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Monday, 28 December 2015

What I got for Christmas

This year, I was lucky enough to be gifted with some beautiful gifts from both my family and Tom's, and this post is in no way me showing off or anything like that, I personally love reading these posts, so thought it only right that I did my own!


Very few of you will know that I will be beginning my teacher training in September, so my mum's boyfriend got me this amazing tin, and filled it with tons of stationary essentials to get me started!


Apple scented things are my absolute favourite, so Tom hit gold with some essentials from The Body Shop, he also got a gorgeous Christmas Candle and his mum gave me the Yankee Candle, the gorgeous candle holder, and also the zara perfume, which is 1000% my new favourite!


Christmas wouldn't be the same without some beauty related bits, and I finally got my hands on the No.7 LED light thanks to Tom's Dad, and his brother ordered this amazing wooden lipstick storage with my blog engraved on - safe to say I was very impressed.


My main present from my Mum this year was the lusted after Urban Decay Vice 4, I've never owned a Vice palette before, and we're inseparable already - this will be appearing again very soon!


Tom's Mum knew I didn't have anywhere to store all of my jewellery, and so picked up this incredible  mirrored jewellery box from Laura Ashley, it's so precious, and I am obsessed with it!


I knew this ring was coming, because the second I saw it I fell head over heels, and the stock was incredibly low and I had to try it on, but it doesn't make it any less special, I tend to always get some jewellery from Tom, and I think this is one of my favourite pieces yet, it's captivating to look at, but also so delicate when wearing it! 

I received so many other amazing gifts too, and Tom got me some gorgeous clothing pieces so expect some outfit posts soon! I would just like to thank everyone for not only all the gifts, but a wonderful Christmas overall!

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas

How is it Christmas Eve already?! 

I am very excited about tomorrow, and spending time with my loved ones, and seeing them open all of their gifts, and to eat lots of chocolates and yummy food! This Christmas, as tempting as it may be, stay off of your phones, put your laptop down, and just enjoy yourself! There is nothing more special than simply appreciating those around the tree with you on Christmas, so I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Prairie Charms - Stocking Stuffers

When an email landed in my inbox from Prairie Charms with the information for the stocking stuffers, I couldn't wait to order one, the premise is that you have no idea what is coming, you receive 3-5 individually wrapped parcels that you can give away as Christmas presents, and it only costs £5! When mine arrived, me and my mum shared out the parcels, and opened them early!

 I received the cutest bow in the world, adorned with reindeer, which I've already planned to wear on Christmas day, a gingerbread necklace that is too short for me so is back under the tree to go to a living home, a star clip which my mum has claimed, and also two gorgeous hair bobbles!

The only two things I wouldn't personally use are the star grip, but my mum wanted this one anyway, and the gingerbread man necklace, and that's only because it's too short, because IT IS AMAZING! This is actually my first purchase from Prairie Charms, but it certainly won't be my last!!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

#bubblebeard

Bathstore are challenging the nation to create your very own #bubblebeard this December to help raise money for people affected by Bowel Cancer. It is really easy to make a donation, you can text BUBL15 £2 to 70070. If you can't make a donation, then you can still get involved by sharing your own creation on social media and get the word out!

Bowel Cancer is the 2nd biggest cancer killer in the UK, and so it's really important to raise as much money as possible to support those suffering, and try and increase early diagnosis as if it is caught early enough then up to 90% of patients can be successfully treated! 

We had so much fun creating our beards, so please get involved too!


*some pr samples were used.

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Homesense - Hang a Bauble


HomeSense is associated with all things homeware, and at Christmas time, it's like entering a Winter Wonderland. For six years now they have been working with Action for Children on their Hang a Bauble campaign, the idea is that you go into store, make a donation, write a message on a bauble and hang it on the tree, it's such a wonderful idea and a brilliant way to give to those in need whilst finishing off your christmas shopping! 

HomeSense have some gorgeous christmas decorations in too, as you can see, and they look like they are worth so much more than the tiny price tag they come with! I picked up these adorable snowmen lights when I was in, and didn't think I was putting my christmas tree in my room up this year, but now I am, I'm popping back in to grab some gorgeous baubles to hang on it!

Will you be hanging a message on the tree this year?



*pr sample


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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Lush Christmas Haul

I've been picking up bits and pieces from the Lush Winter Range since it dropped, but last week I was feeling terrible, I was in Southampton, and we had to go to Lush to pick up some presents, and I just kept adding to my basket! So White is my absolute favourite, any one of my friends can tell you how much I love the crisp apple scent of the white ball of heaven, *spoiler alert* it is more exciting inside! Golden Wonder is one that I pick up once a year, mainly due to the cost, it is a lot larger than their standard products, and if you shake the box you can hear the surprises inside rattling away!

Father Christmas is one of the winter favourites, with a sweet scent and a cute santa face, however the claim to be snow fairy scented?! I personally don't sniff it, I don't particularly like the scent of Luxury Lush Pud as it is Lavender, however if a batch comes in that isn't particularly strongly scented I do tend to pick one up as they make some of the most beautiful baths. Finally, I couldn't not pick one up, it's snow fairy scented, reusable, pink, gives bubbles, and in the shape of a star?! Magic Wand speaks for itself, but the one thing I will say is that I'm unsure of the glitter addition this year, fingers crossed it won't stick to either me or the bath!

lush christmas
lush golden wonder
lush father christmas

What are your favourites of the Winter Range?
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Charlotte Tilbury - Sweet Stiletto

A few weeks back, John Lewis price match was in full swing, and I saw online there was 15% off Charlotte Tilbury... I was extremely restrained and only picked up a lip gloss, but this one has definitely left me wanting more shades!

Sweet Stiletto is a gorgeous peachy nude shade, with not a single fleck of shimmer, meaning it is perfect for me, it is extremely long lasting, not sticky and doesn't transfer when eating and drinking! With the perfect size doe foot applicator, and rose gold packaging, this one ticks all the boxes for me! 

The standard pricing of £16.50 may seem a bit steep in comparison to your £15.50 MAC favourites, but this outdoes all other lip glosses I've used, and has actually been used more than my normal lipsticks over the last few weeks! Pair this with a gorgeous bronze smoky eye, and you've got the perfect party look for those of us who find those darker shades just too scary!
Pink Lip Gloss
Pink Lip Gloss
Pink Lip Gloss

Have you tried any of the other shades?
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Debenhams Flowers

Having fresh flowers in my room is one of my favourite things, it makes me feel happier, and I love walking in and seeing them, so when Debenhams Flowers let me choose a bouquet from their Autumn range I couldn't wait! I chose the Designer Honey Blossom* bouquet, which are absolutely stunning, now I have to admit that this post is very late, but that has a very good reason, my bouquet lasted THREE WEEKS, I didn't do anything special to them, they sat in their vase, and they lasted so much longer than a standard bouquet would! 

As much as I love both my bouquet and the entire Autumn range, they have moved into their Christmas range, which are absolutely stunning. With gorgeous reds and green shades, but also a few light and fresh options available, there is definitely something for everyone! I can see me placing an order for myself very soon!

The service is amazing, where you order and dedicate a specific day that you would like your bouquet arriving on, they arrive in a large box, with the bouquet upright, and even having their own little water container ensuring they stay fresh whilst on their journey to you!

These would make the perfect give for someone, or even yourself! Debenhams also provide hampers, and flowers and chocolates too! If you did want to order some at any point, then I have a discount code which will give you 25% off which will never expire - DFBLOG25 - never say I don't treat you!

*PR Sample sent for review, but all views and opinions are my own
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