Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Hi lovelies! Yesterday, Darren surprised me by giving me an early Christmas present. It was this gorgeous set of Yankee Candle samplers in a range of beautiful festive scents. He said he thought it was a good present to have on the run up to Christmas, though I think he might have just been worried I'd buy it myself, as I've been eyeing up half these scents every time we go past a Yankee Candle stand!! I thought I'd share this with you guys as I think it'd make a fab Christmas present. We don't have too long to go until the big day now, so a lot of us probably have those last minute gifts to buy. I think this would make an amazing gift for people that are a little hard to buy for, as everyone loves candles and there is something for everyone in this box.
This amazing set comes with 12 samplers, all in festive scents. There are three sweet scents, Snowflake Cookie, Merry Marshmellow and Christmas Cookie, three fresh scents, Snow in Love, Sugared Apple and Christmas Rose, three fruity scents, Red Apple Wreath, Cranberry Ice and Apple & Pine Needle and three warm/ spicy scents Christmas Eve, Sparkling Cinnamon and Christmas Memories. I absolutely love all of these scents, each and every one is very festive in it's own way. This would make a great gift to give this to someone on Christmas morning for them to burn on Christmas day! Burning these, particularly the spicy scents makes your whole house feel super festive - and because there's so many, you could have one in each room! What's fab about them though is that once you take the wrappers off they're just plain candles, so they won't look out of place after Christmas time - the perfect gift!
So, let me know what you think. Do you have any favourite Christmas gift sets?
Monday, 9 December 2013
coursework, blogging and pjs - dinner at a thai restaurant - reindeer cupcakes
my grandad's 75th birthday - decking the halls - first esquires hot chocolate of the season
christmas tree - present wrapping - decorating my bedroom
I don't know about you guys, but I really do love this time of year. By that, I don't just mean Christmas, I mean Autumn/ Winter in general, particularly November/ December. October 31st kicks it all off by being mine and Darren's anniversary, then November has a few family birthdays meaning lots of parties and meals out. It's also (obviously!!) the start of the Christmas period, so this time of year means lots of time with friends and family, which I absolutely love. It's also a fab time for me at work, as a lot of you will know, I now work with Children and there's honestly nothing more magical than Christmas time with kids. They're all so lovely and excited and hearing them talk about Santa Claus, Christmas lists and what they're going to be in the Nativity play melts my heart a little. I think it might be due to being around kids day in day out that I'm in such a festive mood this year. I've had a fab time decorating the house, going on several shopping trips,
wrapping presents (blog post on this coming soon) and driving Darren mad with Christmas songs.
This week, I also watched my first Christmas film of the year (Four Christmas's), next up will be Home Alone, followed by Elf and then The Holiday is always saved for Christmas Eve. I'm also determined to make a gingerbread house this year, me and Darren tried two Christmasses ago and it was just all kinds of failure. Hidden question for those who actually read all of my random rambles, have you ever made a Gingerbread House? Comment and let me know! I've finally finished my Christmas shopping this year too, which is very exciting for me. I love shopping for gifts, but I do panic a bit when it gets to December, particularly if (like this year), I'm not too prepared. I felt really disorganised this year for some reason, so finishing my shopping has been a relief. This might sound really early to some people, but I wanted to be finished before the Christmas Holidays (ahh, the perks of working in a School), so I've now got the last two weeks of term to concentrate on seeing friends, parties and family time (and wrapping up of course!!).
How's your November and December been? Are you feeling super festive this year too?
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Hi lovelies! Recently, I've seen this Christmas tag created by Makeup-Pixi3 floating around my reading list and I decided to just right on the bandwagon and do it myself! I love Christmas tags, most because there's nothing I like to ramble on about more than Christmas, so if you know of any more of these, definitely let me know as I'd love to check them out! So, let's get into the questions!
1. Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
As much as I love real trees, I actually prefer synthetic, real trees smell lovely and look fab, but they also shed more than a Golden Retriever and they don't last all that long before they start going brown. And they're a bit of a fire hazard and I'm a bit funny about that sort of thing!
2. You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
White hot chocolate any day of the week! I'm not a big coffee drinker and I love white hot chocolate much more than regular.
3. Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
My tree at home is red and gold, which I love, but I think if I were to change it, I'd love to do white and silver. I'm working on a white and silver Christmas craft, so look out for that post very soon!
4. Giving or receiving?
It's so predictable to say this, but I genuinely do really love giving presents. Receiving them is lovely and super exciting, but I also get really excited to see if people like presents I've given them. I put a lot of thought into presents I buy and I like to take time choosing the perfect gift and wrapping it really nicely, so I really look forward to giving presents on the day and seeing what people think of them!
5. To mince pie or not to?
To, always to. I really like mince pies and I'd choose them over Christmas pudding every time. I really don't like Christmas Pudding, especially the ones soaked in alcohol, uggh. That really wasn't the question though, so to answer the question, yes to mince pie!
6. What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
Nothing too exciting or groundbreaking, just the usual Turkey, Potatoes, 3 Veg, Yorkshire puds and pigs in blankets!! And of course, Christmas Crackers, Table Presents and After Eight mints (duh).
7. Christmas day fashion
We usually dress up a little, but there's no strict rule in our house. We do always get dressed though, we're not really a PJs all day family! I'll usually wear a pretty dress and a santa hat all day!
8. What's your favourite Christmas song?
Fairytale of New York or Last Christmas, love them!
9. What's your favourite Christmas film?
So. Many. All of the Home Alones, Elf, Four Christmasses, ohh and the Holiday!
10. Open presents before or after lunch?
Before, how anyone can wait til after is beyond me. I am a massive child on Christmas Day, particularly when it comes to giving presents, I'm the one sitting by the tree, handing out presents going 'open this one!! this one's mine, open mine!!
Let me know if you do this tag, or if you already have done, as I love reading them!
Friday, 6 December 2013
Hey lovelies! You may have seen a few days ago that I posted a Lush haul and in it was my first ever Fresh Face Mask. I'd never tried one of these before but my sister had been telling me over and over that they're amazing and I had to try one. So, as my skin plays up in the Winter, getting dry patches and redness, I finally caved and got one. I went for Catastrophe Cosmetic because it's supposed to help skin that's going through a bit of a rough time. The Lush website says this, 'You know those times when you get one or two spots and it throws you into panic? Well, this mask is here to lend you a bit of perspective, to tell you to calm down, it’s not the end of the world and it’s nothing that can't be sorted. Basically, this is your best mate in a pot.' So, being the kind of person to freak out if I get the tiniest spot or patch or dry, red skin, I freak out. My skin's fairly good generally, so the tiniest little skin mishap and it's the end of the world.
So, when my skin was having a bit of a rough time, with redness and soreness due to the bitterly cold weather attacking my face, I decided this was the perfect time to try this mask. As soon as I put this mask on I knew it was doing lovely things to my skin, as the soreness was instantly calmed as it had a cooling sensation upon contact with the skin. The mask didn't really set on the skin like a clay mask does, which is great for skin that feels sore or dry, as it means you don't get that tight feeling you get from a clay mask. I left the mask on for around 15 minutes, then when I took it off, I was amazed! My skin felt super soft and and it wasn't even slightly sore any more. My skin tone was more even and the red patches had been dramatically reduced.
This mask is also deep cleansing, which is cool because it leaves your skin feeling really fresh and clean as well as soft and nourished. After rinsing the mask off, it felt like my skin had been washed and scrubbed as well as moisturised and hydrated. Honestly, I think this mask would be fab for any skin type, as it was fab on my dry patches and areas of sensitivity, but also almost instantly reduced a little spot I had too. While I haven't tried this on a breakout and I don't suffer with acne, I think it would be fab for those too, as it's very calming.
So, overall, I'd thoroughly recommend this mask to pretty much anyone that has the odd skin freakout that needs sorting out!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
'Rosy Coral' is a lipstick from Clarins' Rouge Prodige line, it's a light, warm toned pink colour, that is semi sheer on the lips. What I love about this, is that because it's semi sheer, you can wear it over a nude lipstick for a very muted, nude pink, or over natural lips or stained lips for a slightly bright more 'pink' pink. During the day, I get a little concealer or foundation on my lips when applying my base, then apply this over the top so it's a little more subtle (this is what I did for the swatch). However, applied over my natural lip colour (which is fairly pigmented), it gives a 'my lips but better' effect as it makes them more pink and very glossy.
As it is so glossy, you wouldn't need to wear a gloss over this lipstick. It's something I'm getting used to as I usually wear fairly matte lip colours with not much gloss at all, however during the winter matte lipstick can be a bit of a no no for me as my lips get so dry! The great thing about this lipstick is that it's super moisturising and very forgiving on any dry, chapped patches. This actually feels more like a balm on the lips than a lipstick, so it makes it absolutely perfect for the winter months.
Overall, I'd totally recommend this lipstick to anybody as I think it would be flattering on just about anyone! The slightly sheer formula and natural pinky colour make it perfect for day to day wear.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite lipstick of the moment? I'd love to know!
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Hi lovelies! It's time for the third and final one of my Countdown to Christmas giveaways. I decided to run this last one twice as long as the others, because it's my personal favourite of the three! So, for this month's giveaway, I'll be giving away this super cute little wishbone necklace, which I thought was very fitting for Christmas (Turkey, wishbone, get it??), two Barry M Matte Nail Polishes and one Small ad package. I understand that nail polish can be a bit awkward to send abroad, but I do want to open this giveaway internationally, so if you do live across the pond, you can still enter, but you will receive the necklace and ad package only. I will then pick another winner to win the polishes.
Again, these giveaway's have just been a massive thank you to all my wonderful followers, as 2013 has been a huge year for my blog with so many opportunities (including being nominated for a Cosmo Blog Award, whaaat??) and none of that would have been possible without you guys, so I just wanted to give a little something back!
So, as usual, enter using the Rafflecopter form below, good luck!
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Saturday, 30 November 2013
Hi lovelies! I thought I'd do a bit of a chatty post today as I feel like a bit of a ramble and sometimes my blog becomes my online diary. As we're now officially in December (what), I've been getting all reflective, (as I do every year) and have been thinking a lot about decisions. Good ones, bad ones, ones I've made recently, earlier this year and even further back than that. But more than that, I've been thinking about how glad I am that I made each and every one of them.
To put you in the picture a little bit, I'm a massively impulsive person. I make snap decisions and run with them, I dive head first into everything I do and when I get an idea in my head, I want it done yesterday. My impulsiveness is both one of my best features as well as one of my biggest flaws. In some ways, it's a good thing, sometimes I'll decide one night that I want a night out, or a day in another city or to dip dye my hair pink. Other times, it means I don't think very hard about big decisions. However, I'm a true believer that everything happens for a reason and every single decision you make, even the wrong ones are still the right ones, because they shape you into the person you are to become (unless you decide to do something massively illegal or dangerous, then it's probably just wrong).
This year has been a crazy year for me. I've probably made more mistakes this year than any other in my life. These weren't earth shattering, life ruining mistakes, but pretty life changing in some ways, which sounds more dramatic than I'm meaning it to! This year, I started a job in a salon, which was great at first as it was my first real beauty therapy job, but after a while, I realised I wasn't really being treated as I should be and one day, my boss had a go at me for something ridiculous for the last time and I made a very quick decision to leave. I applied to every single beauty job within two hours of where I lived and within a week I landed a job in London and quit. However, even though it was a relief to get out of the salon, the job in London (which was with a pretty big company, some of you may know already, but I won't name names), which had sounded so fantastic at the interview turned out to be a very different story. Basically, within three weeks of working there, my anxiety, which until then had been incredibly mild had gotten really bad, I was having panic attacks and honestly felt like half the person I used to be. I'd gone from one toxic job right into another and it seriously made me feel awful. The hours were long and ridiculous, I wasn't getting home until gone 11pm some nights, I was missing out on nights out and family things due to having no weekends or free time to speak of and it was all just generally pretty crappy!
I felt like it was all my fault at this point. I was kicking myself for rushing into yet another job I hated and not thinking it over before I accepted it, so then I made a pretty scary decision. I decided to quit that job too, with no back up job this time. For the first time since I was 15, I was completely unemployed. So, I threw myself into freelance beauty therapy and freelance blogging. However, after a couple of weeks, I realised that as much as I love my own company, working at home all day with no one to talk to but the odd beauty client or back and forth emails with PR people and freelance writing agencies just wasn't for me. So I made another decision to try something new. After searching for work in beauty therapy for a while, I realised I didn't really want to go back into another salon. I love beauty, but salons often mean working weekends and in previous jobs, I'd missed out on a lot of friends/ family/ Darren time due to funny hours. So, without too much thought I applied for an apprenticeship with a kids club, working mornings and late afternoons in a primary school, while studying for an NVQ in child development. It's something I'd never properly considered before, but I just felt like a complete change. It was a total risk as I didn't really expect to go back to studying and it was a complete career change, but I couldn't be happier. Almost everyone I know was really surprised when I told them, as it's not something I'd ever told them I'd been interested in before, but I absolutely adore working with children. As much as I love beauty (which I haven't abandoned, I still freelance at home!), I honestly feel like there's nothing more rewarding than feeling as though you might have even the tiniest impact on a child's development.
I feel as though I've given you all my life story in this post, which I didn't intend to, but as I said, this blog has become my online diary and sometimes, you just need a good old ramble! Basically, the point of this post was to say that sometimes, snap decisions and big life changes can be a good thing. If you ever find yourself in a place where you're unhappy with something, be it work or otherwise, life is just far too short to not do something about it. Trying new things can be scary and sometimes they won't work out, but you'll learn from that and move on. Sometimes though, it does work out and there's honestly no better feeling.