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Blogmas Day 18: The Festive Lip Line-Up

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We’re officially in party season, which means a lot of sparkle and glamming up! I love getting ready for parties over Christmas, and like to spend a bit more time on my make-up for them.  One thing that instantly makes a look feel more festive for me is lipstick in a red, or plum shade; they can add a touch of glamour to any look. So I’ve delved into my make-up drawer to find my favourite shades that I love using over Christmas time!

Clinique Cherry Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I love that this is a combination of a primer and a lipstick, which you can tell once applied, it’s very moisturising! This shade looks like a deep red from the packaging, but once applied is more of a red-pink colour. I suffer quite a bit with chapped lips but this lipstick does not cling to any dry patches whatsoever, which is down to one of its main ingredients being Shea Butter. My lips feel lovely and soft after using this lippie, as opposed to others which can add to the dryness of lips. You may want to apply between sips of prosecco FYI.

MAC La Vie En Rouge Matte

Aka The Life in Red, and what a gorgeous shade it is! La Vie En Rouge was part of MAC’s matte shades collection, but has sadly been discontinued since *sob*, although it still available on some sites and Amazon.  Once applied this matte lipstick looks more of a coral than a red, and also more muted when you actually apply it. This is one of my go-to’s around Christmas time!

MAC Crosswires Creamsheen

Now this shade is neither red nor plum, but it one of my most worn day-to-night lipsticks, so I had to include it! Crosswires is a coral-pink shade and is a strong vibrant tone once applied. The texture, as you may have guessed from the name, is creamy and feels lovely. Like most MAC lipsticks, I find this shade stays on really well, although I haven’t attempted to eat a Christmas dinner with it on yet! It is a firm favourite which I will definitely be repurchasing.

Clinique Plum Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I can never resist a plum shade once the autumn months draw in! I love Plum Pop because it is a lighter, softer plum shade, which really suits my pale complexion. As with Cherry Pop, the formula is nourishing and feels lovely on your lips long after you have applied it. I alternate between this and Berry Pop as they are both perfect colours for this time of year. If you haven’t tried Clinique’s Colour Pop lipsticks, make sure to pick one up!

Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers

Last year my mum bought me Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers as a Christmas present, and ever since it has been my favourite party lip product.  Glitterlips is waterproof and smudgeproof, so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content, as this lip colour has some serious staying power. With this product you receive the Glitter Lips Gloss Bond, your chosen Glitter shade, and an applicator brush. To apply you simply paint on the Gloss Bond – this is the base for your glitter to stick to- you then dip your brush in the glitter, I find using the glitter in the lid a bit easier, and dab the glitter across your lips. The great thing about this product is that you can layer it up to make it bolder, or just add a little glitter to your lips. There are so many gorgeous shades, but Ruby Slippers is perfect for the festive season, it is a gorgeous deep red tone, and requires minimal  reapplication!

Other festive shades I would love to try are, Too Faced Melted in Candy Cane and Gingerbread, MAC Snowball Rouge En Snow, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red,  and Buxom Holiday Kiss , to name a few!

What are your go-to lip shades for the festive season? Let me know your favourites!

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Blogmas Day 17: My Favourite Festive Candles

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Day 17 of Blogmas and I can’t quite believe how quick it has gone! Not to mention the fact that Christmas is only a week tomorrow (cue mild panic/excitement). I love the build up to Christmas, it’s so exciting, everything feels special and cosy evenings become the norm. An evening snuggled up isn’t complete for me without a candle or two burning away. It has to be said, I am a bit of a candle addict, I just can’t help buying them. One of my favourite brands is, of course, Yankee Candle, there are just so many fabulous scents to choose from! More recently I have discovered the Lily Flame candle brand; their tinned candles are so quirky and cute.

My all time favourite Yankee Candle has to be Candy Cane Lane; it is Christmas in a jar! This candle smells of peppermint, and gives off such a refreshing scent. Candy Cane Lane is one of the stronger scented candles I have had from Yankee, and it makes the room smell like a dream! The latest addition to my Yankee collection is the All is Bright tea lights. This new scent from Yankee’s Christmas range is more on the citrus side, I can definitely pick up the grapefruit and orange when they are burning. I love this scent because it is a little twist on the usual sweet/spicy Christmas scents. I have nearly used up all of my tea lights, so will definitely be investing in a large jar of All is Bright, it is a new favourite!

Another scent I love from this year’s Christmas range is White Spiced Cocoa, it smells delicious. I bought this scent in wax melt form and have loved burning it, so much so I think I will have to add a jar of it to my collection next time. This is a festive scent with a bit of nutmeg to spice it up, plus it makes me crave hot chocolate too, so there’s that!

Next up is a Yankee Candle staple, Snowflake Cookie, a sweet sugary treat for your home! Snowflake Cookie smells just how you would imagine, like fresh, sweet baking. This is the ultimate cosy up fragrance for me! Plus the picture on the front of the jar is enough to make you feel Christmassy alone.

Finally, the most recent of my candle purchases, Silent Night from the Lily Flame Christmas collection. This candle just oozes relaxation for me, the calming colours and the scent is quite sweet. I have only recently discovered the Lily Flame brand, and I have to say, I absolutely love it. Their whole range is beautiful, but their tinned candles stand out for me the most, with their beautiful labels and the multi-coloured wax that pokes out from the top of the candle. If you haven’t discovered Lily Flame or haven’t tried their candles, I would strongly recommend them! The tins would make a nice stocking filler or Secret Santa present.

Other Lily Flame candles I have my eye on are Christmas Eve, which looks like the perfect cosy scent for relaxing you the night before the big day, Jack Frost, which smells of cool lemon grass, and Warm Welcome, which smells beautifully of praline.

I could happily talk about candles forever, especially the festive ones! What are your favourite scents for over Christmas? I would love to hear your recommendations!

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Blogmas Day 16: A Little Christmas Giveaway!

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It is never too early for presents right? So as part of my Blogmas series, I have decided to host my first blog giveaway! You can win a little festive bundle, put together by me, which will include the following:

  • Søstrene Grene All over the World Notebook
  • Søstrene Grene All over the World Tealight Holders x2
  • Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly
  • Fairytale of New York Book by Miranda Dickinson

T&C’s

  • UK residents only
  • One winner will be contacted via Twitter
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond, if not another winner will be chosen
  • The giveaway ends midnight on 20th December

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Blogmas Day 15: Christmas Jumper Day & My Christmas Jumper

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I cannot believe there are only ten days of Blogmas left to go! This is my first year doing Blogmas and I have to say, I have loved every minute of it, not just posting on my own blog, but reading everyone else’s festive posts too! On another festive note, today is Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, a day dedicated to wearing your most festive, silliest, tinsel and bauble decked jumpers, and raising money to help support children who are missing out on basics every child deserves. Donning a Christmas Jumper and donating just £2 can help a child receive a hot meal, warm clothes, a blanket, or a step towards improved healthcare and education.

If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

My Christmas jumper this year is a festive spin on the binge-worthy Netflix series Stranger Things. Like many of you, I am slightly addicted to the series now and so glad there is going to be a Season 3! I wanted something quite different to the usual Christmas jumper this year, and I think this fits the bill pretty well (I mean how many other Christmas jumpers have a Demogorgan on them?!). If like me, you are a bit of a Stranger Things junkie, you can get these jumpers on both Ebay and Amazon, there are other styles and colours available too.

So if, like me, you are bringing out your festive jumper today, remember a small donation goes a long way for a child in need. It’s the season of giving, so give a little more and help improve someone’s life.

Don’t forget to show/tell me about your Christmas jumpers in the comments below!

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Blogmas Day 14: Budget Stocking Fillers For Her!

11 sleeps to go! I would like to say I’m ridiculously organised and have all of my cards written and presents wrapped, but who am I kidding? If you’re totally done, I am in awe of you and promise I will do the same every year, still waiting for that to happen! One thing I have finished is my Secret Santa (Ideas for her and him in a previous post here) and stocking fillers. Christmas can be a pretty expensive time for everyone, so I have put together a list of cheap and cheerful stocking fillers for the ladies all for under £5!

 

  1. Reindeer Sheet Mask – £3.20      2. Initial Canvas Bag -£4     3. Cosy Socks – £3                4. Dash Away Bath Blaster – £2.99   5. Cuticle Cream – £4                                                  6.  BedHead Thickner -£4.99   7. Christmas Wish Bracelet- £1.80   8. Diffuser – £3           9. Christmas Chocolates -£5    10. Zoella Bath Fizzers – £5   11. Daschund Files – £1.75
    12. Stranger Things Print – £3  13. Mercury Print – £4   14. Snowman Mug – £4
    15. Detangling Brush – £5
Book Review

Blogmas Day 13: It Started With A Kiss By Miranda Dickinson Review

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Okay so how cold has it gone in the past couple of days?! The days are chilly but the evenings are sub zero, which is why I’m currently spending the majority of them snuggled up with a good book and a cup of tea (it is a crazy life I lead, I know). Although when it’s this cold do you really want to be doing anything else?

 I’ve just finished reading ‘It Started With A Kiss’ by Miranda Dickinson, which has a lovely Christmas theme throughout, so I thought it would be perfect to review just before the big day!

 

As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn’t quite as simple.

On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything.

Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks?

‘It Started With A Kiss’ revolves around the character Romily Parker, a wedding singer in a band named ‘The Pinstripes’ formed of her friends. Romily has been harbouring feelings for her best friend Charlie for years, and decides that just before Christmas is the perfect time to tell him, however she soon realises this was a massive mistake. With Charlie less than thrilled, Romily makes a dash to hide her embarrassment and tumbles straight into a market stall of stuffed toys. An action which changes Romily’s life as she knows it, after being offered help from an attractive stranger, who leaves her with a kiss after being called back into the crowd. From that day Romily vows to find the handsome stranger who kissed her within a year, but gets more than she bargained for along the way.

This was the first book I had read by Miranda Dickinson and I have to say I was really impressed, so much so that I have read it again! It has a really unique story line, which does focus on Romily’s quest to find the handsome stranger, but my favourite aspect was how you see the character of Romily evolve and become so happy and confident within herself. This made it more than just a tale of romance for me, there is a real element of girl power within this book which will have you rooting, cringing, and laughing with Romily and her friends throughout.

Another thing that made me want to read this book again was the characters. Romily is a great main character, but her friends/bandmates (Tom, Charlie, Jack, Sophie and Wren) add a great deal to the story too. If you think ‘It Started With A Kiss’ is purely based around love, you’d be right, it focuses on all types of love –friendship, family, true love, and above all else, self-love. Miranda writes about friendship in such a lovely way, and the characters are well thought out.  I wanted to join The Pinstripes myself after reading this! A really fun element to this story is reading about the wedding gigs the band play, everything from having to wear bunny ears to mustard coloured tights are just some of the things The Pinstripes have to endure!

It is not just Romily’s friends who decide to help her with her quest, but her loveable Uncle Dudley and Auntie Magsie, I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters! I really loved how Romily’s aunt was constantly baking, and knew exactly what cake was needed for what mood, it was a simple addition to the character, but one that made her one of my favourites! If you’re a bit of a foodie like me, Miranda has included what cakes suit what mood, on Auntie Maggie’s behalf of course. All of the characters are heart-warming and likeable, if I had to pick characters I didn’t warm to, it would have to be Romily’s mum and dad!

When I first read ‘It Started With A Kiss’ I was convinced I had predicted the ending, but Miranda pulls a fantastic twist which will leave you smiling!  There are many twists and turns in Romily’s quest and you feel like you’re right there with her throughout, especially when she is encouraged to start a blog to help with her search. If you’re looking for a read to snuggle up with on these baltic evenings, It Started With A Kiss is sure to make you feel warm and festive! I’m patiently waiting for sequels revolving around the other characters now (Uncle Dudley and Auntie Maggie).

Have you read ‘It Started With A Kiss’? What did you think? Let me know below!

 

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Blogmas Day 12: Have a Lush Christmas!

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One of my favourite things about Christmas is the festive ranges brands release, the limited edition gift sets, but most of all, Lush’s Christmas range! Lush have really brought their A game this year, with so many new products to try! I could have taken home the whole store, but its Christmas and I have presents to buy, and not for myself! So here’s what I picked up from my local Lush store;

Shoot For the Stars Bath Bomb

I have used this bath bomb a couple of times and can’t resist picking one up when they return. Shoot For The Stars smells of delicious honey, not overpowering, but extremely soothing. Once in the bath it turns the water a gorgeous turquoise colour, and as with many Lush products, it has a surprise in store for your bath. As Shoot For The Stars does its job, it releases small gold stars which are bath melts filled with essential oils. If you haven’t tried this bath bomb yet, I would recommend adding it to your to-buy list, you won’t look back!

Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt

This was a completely new buy for me, so I couldn’t wait to try it out! On appearances, I thought this bath melt would give my bath a little shimmer at best, but I was wrong. Star Light Star Bright melts into a beautiful mix of pastel colours, before settling on a lavender colour. I love the bath melts from Lush, they are always so moisturising and your skin always feels so silky for hours afterwards! Be warned, this bath melt is super glittery, which I absolutely loved as it just screams Christmas!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel & Body Conditioner

This shower gel doesn’t need much of an introduction as it’s a firm favourite with most Lushies, me included! For those of you that haven’t tried any of the Snow Fairy products yet, put it on your to-do list. The Snow Fairy range smells of candyfloss, a scent which stays on your skin way after your shower, and it is divine! I picked up the shower gel, which has a slight shimmer to it, and the body conditioner.

I’m still fairly new to the world of Lush’s Body Conditioners, but I am definitely converted. If, like me, you can be super lazy sometimes most of the time and really cannot be bothered moisturising after your bath/shower, this product has got you covered. You can apply the body conditioners to damp skin and rinse it off, and that is it, you are moisturised and can slither into your Pj’s!

Rockstar Soap

I’m not big on using blocks of soap, but when they look and smell this good, how can I say no? To me, Rock Star smells of a sweet shop, with its light but sweet vanilla scent. I always find Lush soaps to lather really well, and again I find the scent stays on my skin long after I’ve showered. I think I’m going to pair this with the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner for a super sweet bath!

Snow Angel Bath Melt

I am all about the glittery products; the more glitter the better for me and that is why I pick this bath melt every year. The Snow Angel dissolves into a creamy, white ‘snow’, whilst also releasing the gold shimmer on the bottom of the melt. The bath looks so Christmassy once is has fully melted, and leaves the water smelling sweet. If you don’t mind a little glitter in your tub, you will love this product.

The Snowman Bubbleroon

This bubbleroon is so adorable I almost don’t want to use it! I couldn’t resist picking one up after reading the description on the Lush website, he is a little Lush Olaf. This bubbleroon is a combination of lemon, cocoa, and shea butter, which sounds like an absolute dream already. I cannot wait to use it!

 

Products I wished I’d picked up but didn’t and may be going back to get include the Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly,  and Santa’s Christmas Shower Gel, to name a few!

What have you picked up from Lush’s Christmas Range? Let me know below!