Sunday, 27 December 2015

A PEEK AT WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2015

Hi lovelies! Today, I thought I'd do a little mini 'What I Got For Christmas' post, as I think listing every single present can sometimes come across a bit pretentious and braggy (though I know it's never meant that way!) so, instead, I've picked out a few of my absolute favourite gifts, though I loved absolutely everything I received, I selected a few that I particularly loved and those that I thought you guys would like to see. So, let's get into it!

This gorgeous scarf was a gift from my Parents and is from Pretty Little Thing, I just love scarves in the winter as I think they're a super easy way to completely change up an outfit. This one is just beautiful, I love faux fur at this time of year and Grey, Black and Burgundy are my three favourite colours to wear in the cooler weather too, so I'm going to be absolutely living in this this winter!

Another gorgeous gift from my Parents were these stunning Khaki Tasselled Suede boots, also from Pretty Little Thing. I am obsessed with these! Ankle boots are pretty much all I wear this time of year and these are a just a nice alternative to black or brown. I can't wait to wear these, but I'll probably wait until the rainy weather stops first!

Also from Pretty Little Thing, I got this gorgeous cream faux fur gilet. I've been totally obsessed with gilets this winter but I didn't have a cream or white one, so I'm really pleased with this, it's super soft and cosy and will look great with so many different outfits. 

This year, as we've just moved into our house, myself and Darren decided to buy a few nicer bits for the house as our 'main' gifts to each other and instead, did each other stockings to open first thing on Christmas morning. So, one of my stocking stuffers from him was this super cute black pompom bag charm. It looks perfect on my black Michael Kors bag (which was actually my main present from Darren last year!), despite being a very small gift, I absolutely love this. I've wanted a black pompom for my bag for a while, but haven't found the perfect one as they're either too big, too small or not so great quality, this one however is absolutely perfect. It's the perfect medium size, super soft and gorgeous and it's on a faux leather strap, with a gold clasp, meaning it goes perfectly with the gold hardware on my bag. He got this one from Boohoo if you're interested! 

My Grandparents got me this absolutely gorgeous blush pink dressing gown among a few other cute bits and bobs including hand cream (which I always apply before bed) and some slipper socks - my Nan always does a bit of a theme with her presents which I think is super thoughtful! Excuse the close up photo, but dressing gowns are super tough to get decent photos of, so this will have to do until I inevitably instagram a photo wearing it! As technology isn't advanced enough yet to let you feel this through the screen, you'll have to take my word that this is the softest thing ever. Literally it's going to be so difficult to take off after a morning shower before work. It's not too long in length which I like and has big pockets and a hood for extra cosiness - love love love!

Another favourite of my stocking stuffers from Darren was this is Treacle Moon Marshmallow Hearts shower gel. I think these are only available in Tesco, but this is just my favourite shower gel of all time. It lathers up beautifully and filled the whole room with it gorgeous sweet, warm scent. I don't always pick this up for myself when doing a food shop,so it's really nice to have this back in my bathroom!

 This s a few gifts in one actually as the copper wire basket was a gift from my Parents and I absolutely love it, this is from Next Home and it'd be perfect for storage in your bedroom or as I'm using it, in the bathroom. My Mum also bought me a Ted Baker gift set with lots of bath and body essentials in. The blush pink and rose gold on the TB packaging looked perfect in the basket and I'm so pleased with how it looks! My nan bought me a full size Ted Baker hand cream, which has the rose gold/ copper accent so it ties in perfectly with the basket. The three candles were a gift from one of my clients at the salon, they've got a slight floral scent which is really similar to the Ted Baker products so I thought these would be perfect for the bathroom, particularly when I have a Ted Baker bath!

This absolutely beautiful heart shaped mirror was a gift from my other Grandparents, who actually bought us a few bits for the home as we've just moved into our new house. I think this is just gorgeous, the frame is a tarnished metal effect and the hope it hangs from is super sturdy and well made. We needed something little to hang at the bottom of the stairs and this was just the perfect addition to that little space so I just love this.

Another gift from my Grandparents was this super cute pair of noodle bowls. It's a bit of an odd one but I obsessed with these. They say noodles on one side and soup on the other and the little handles make them perfect for carrying a bowl of hot soup or noodles to the table. You can't really see in the photo, but they're a deep brown colour with gold glitter running through it, they're fab quality and really unique and I just love them!

These gorgeous vintage looking weighing scales were a gift from one of my best friends - who clearly knows me very well! Our kitchen has a retro/ vintage theme throughout so these look perfect sitting on the counter! I'm actually quite liking baking at the moment and I didn't actually have proper scales before this so these have definitely got me baking over Christmas - my family have been hooked up with all of the mince pies.

My sister also got me and Darren lots of little bits for the home, including the cute sign. I thought this was a super cute addition to our kitchen as little things like this definitely make a new house feel a lot more homey. I love the chalk board effect of this and think it looks stunning in our little kitchen! 

What do you think? If you've done a post like this please leave the link in the comments below as I'd love to see what you got for Christmas!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and Family and have a fab New Year!

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

MY PERFECT CHRISTMAS - FESTIVE TRADITIONS

Hi lovelies! First things first, very sorry about the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks, Darren and I finally moved into our new house on Monday and we finally got Wifi this weekend - it was a long week of waiting believe me! But we're all settled in now so we're good to go and things should be back on track as of now! Anyway, in todays post, I thought I'd share my perfect Christmas, my plans for this Christmas, old traditions and new traditions (if you can even have a 'new tradition!!). I absolutely love hearing about what people do at Christmas, so after you've read my post, let me know in the comments if you share any of these traditions, or if you have any that are different from mine, as I'd love to hear it - even better if you write a post like this, definitely link it if you do!

So, let's start with Christmas Eve, basically, the only tradition we have that has continued into Adulthood is that we definitely don't cook. As a kid, we'd go out for dinner or get a takeaway with our parents, this year, as myself and my Boyfriend have our own house, we'll be ordering a takeaway together, because with all the cooking you'll be doing the next day (although we're off to my Mum and Dad's for Christmas so no cooking for me!), who really wants to cook on Christmas Eve too? So, takeaway and Christmas films until super late, so that we're tired enough to go to sleep, because do you ever really grow out of the too excited to sleep phase?

I'm also hoping to do lots of baking on Christmas Eve this year, as we'll be going back to my Parents house rather than actually living there, I think it'll be really nice to bring some home made goodies back with us! So, I'll spend the early evening baking the likes of mince pies, fudge, Christmas biscuits etc. Our little house is going to smell so good! Of course, I'd do all of this with an extra long playlist of Christmas songs on the go! So, after the baking and takeaway, we'll be watching a Christmas Film or two (The Holiday will forever be my favourite!) then off to bed.

On Christmas morning, I always woke up to a stocking full of smaller gifts which I'd open with my sister as soon as we woke up, this was every single Christmas right from when I was a kid until when I was older and now that I've moved out, myself and Darren are doing a stocking for each other on Christmas morning. As we're older now, we won't rush and open these the second our eyes ping open, we'll go downstairs and make breakfast, usually we have toasted teacakes or crumpets, nothing too big or filling with Christmas Dinner on the way later!

After breakfast we'll get ourselves ready, we don't get too dressed up but I do still like to wear a Christmassy outfit on Christmas Day! New Look were kind enough to gift me my gorgeous Christmas jumper this year. As much as I love being super festive, proper novelty Christmas jumpers aren't quite me and I prefer to go for something a little more girly and pretty! If you like my jumper, you can take a peek here to buy it! As you can see above, I'm going to pair it with a burgundy skater skirt and tights for a simple but festive outfit. I'll definitely post a proper picture on the day! After getting dressed, we'll open our presents to each other before driving back to my Mum and Dad's house for presents and Christmas Dinner. Obviously more Christmas music in the car on the way home.
Every year, we open presents to each other around the tree, then usually, I'll help my Mum with the dinner while everyone 'plays' with their presents (there's always something to play around with!). Christmas Day for us is pretty chilled, so we tend to have Christmas Dinner, followed by games, then we watch TV and play more games and just generally chat and spend time together until the early evening. Then, in the evening we sometimes have Turkey Sandwiches for 'tea' - though this depends on how huge Christmas Lunch was and if anyone actually has room left for more!

To finish the day off, I always like to have a bit of a mini pamper, I always get new bath and body bits and bobs for Christmas, so I'll usually have a bath or shower using gorgeous smelling shower gels and scrubs, followed by body lotions and sometimes a face mask, then brand new pjs!

So, that's my perfect Christmas and my plans for this year! Congrats if you got to the end of this post, it was definitely a long one! Let me know what your plans for Christmas are this year in the comments, I'd love to hear all about it!

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Monday, 30 November 2015

SECRET SANTA/ COLLEAGUE GIFT GUIDE - UNDER £10


Hi lovelies! Today's gift guide is for those who have to buy a small gift for someone who they perhaps wouldn't always buy a gift for. Perhaps a Colleague in a Secret Santa, or a friend of a friend, a babysitter etc.. Just those people who you want to get a little something for, but perhaps you don't know them quite well enough to get something really personal. So, for those people I've put together an under £10 gift guide of crowd pleasing gifts!

I think all of these are great for someone you don't know brilliantly well, because they're all very nice gifts without being overly personal. For a slightly more personal touch, I think the scrabble mug is great, because you can get the persons Initial, making it a technically personalised gift without having to overthink it! I think the bodycare sets and candle are pretty fail-safe gifts as everyone needs to wash/ look after themselves and it's always good for your house to smell like Christmas in December!

I absolutely love the Christmas Pudding bin bags because I think these would be fab for men or women and make the excessive amount of rubbish you tend to have at Christmas actually look kind of cool! Lots of people get biscuits, chocolate and other food gifts in Secret Santas, but I think the set from Harrods just makes it a little more special.

Hope this helped! Do you have to buy a secret santa gift this year?

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FOR HIM: THE BIG KID'S GIFT GUIDE


Hi lovelies! So, turns out, I really, really like doing Gift Guides, so I'm turning it into a bit of a series, from now until early December, I'll keep posting these regularly as I find them super helpful on others blogs, so I thought why not do lots of my own!

So, this one's for the boys! Or the men who are still boys at heart! My boyfriend is a bit of a big kid at times (okay all the time, but it's why I love him!) and this gift guide has been approved by him, his exact words being 'Get me any of that, except the Doctor Who thing' (not a fan). As much as guys do love their expensive gadgets and things, I don't think anyone is ever too old for a fun present, so I thought I'd pick out a few fun, but grown up items, such as the Samurai Kitchen Knives, Swearing Turtle and Sergeant Pepper Mill as well as some for the guys that just never grew up - Chewbacca Slippers and Cape Towel anyone?

As a kid, I always got a soft toy of some sort in my stocking, so I think the teeny tiny Captain Ameria Tsum Tsum is really sweet. I know a lot of guys aren't into soft toys (Darren hates that I still sleep with one as he wakes up with it on his face half the time!), but I do think a little one like this of their favourite character is actually quite a cute little gift, it could go in their car, on their desk or just in a bedroom as a cute reminder of you!

What do you think? Would your boyfriend/ bother/ friend/ dad etc love anything on this list?
Let me know your favourites!

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THE GREAT BRITISH GIFT GUIDE


Hi lovelies! Another gift guide for you all today! This time, for the baking fanatic in your life. We all know someone who loves to bake and as much as baking is already a lot fun, I personally think cute, pretty or quirky bakeware can make the whole process even more enjoyable!

Not all of these are actually for baking, such as the Candyfloss Machine and Party Ring Coasters, but I just had to include both of these, because candyfloss and because party rings. I think all of these are fab gifts as they're all so pretty and cute, but I really love are the Mug Cake Mug, which is a mug, that has a mug cake recipe printed on it, efficient. Also, I never, ever use a kitchen timer, but I really, seriously want the Toaster Kitchen Timer. So cute, so much like the toy toaster I had as a kid. I just think I need it.

I hope you like this gift guide! Let me know your favourite in the comments!

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WHAT WILL YOUR PROM DRESS COLOUR SAY ABOUT YOU?


As prom time gets closer and closer, style and color are just as important now as they were a century ago. “Prom” comes from the full word “promenade” which was once a formal march of couples entering a ballroom once they were publicly announced to surrounding guests.

For the wealthier Americas, grand debutante balls were held for daughters to “come out” into society. These grand balls were the envy of the middle-class who wants the best for their children, too. While formal dances for youngsters date back as far as the late 1800s, it was the early 1900s when the first proms were introduced. 

Teenagers would dress up in their absolute best for their high school banquets and by the 1920s and 1930s, dancing was included. Once World War 2 and the Great Depression ended, proms took on far more elaborate meaning. They started moving away from school gyms and into country club ballrooms. Students began to fiercely compete to be recognized as the best, most elegantly dressed.

These days, some students go in groups of friends and others prefer to go as couples. Even couples want to look striking, and often color coordinated, though. That’s why the color of an outfit for prom has become so important. 

About Dress Colors

It seems that any color really goes, but the most popular shades tend to be the brighter jewel hues. Geometric shapes, metallic fabrics, classic gold, white and silver and large patterns are all “in” right now, and bling is pretty big these days. The classier black dresses seem to be standing out at proms these days too

With such a myriad of colors and styles to pick from, how do you make such an important decision?

• For starters, let’s consider that some colors will look good on you while some won’t. Girls with fair complexions tend to look much better in softer colors as well as pastels. Ocean blues, whites, light raspberry, corals, champagne, and soft tangerine are just some of the stunning choices that will show you know how to be stylish while dressing to compliment your skin tone. If you shop at one of the best online stores for prom dresses, looking for dresses in these shades shouldn’t be a challenge.

• Darker skin tones will suit vivacious shades, bright colors, and bling without becoming lost in the shades. Attention-getters include ruby red, electric orange, midnight blue, and emerald green.

• What is your prom’s d├ęcor going to be like? An old-world or classic theme requires the likes of subdued, softer, or even pastel shaded dresses. A funkier, modern theme, though calls for golds, silvers, magentas, and metallic. If there is a seasonal themelike winter, feel free to try on traditional winter formal dresses. You don’t have to strictly stick to prom dresses alone.

• Next, consider your date. A lot of girls tend to pick out their dress way before their date has ordered a tuxedo. Since you’re going to be taking pictures to last a lifetime of memories, coordinating outfits is pretty important. Typically, if you’re wearing lighter colors, he will look amazing in a light grey or white suit or tuxedo. However, if you’re going bright and bold, he should wear a black tux. Despite popular opinion, you don’t need to try and perfectly match his accessories or shirt to the main shades of your dress. It actually doesn’t always work since there tends to be a slightly off-shade difference that can be incredibly noticeable. It’s safer to match his shirt or tie and cummerbund it to an accent or secondary shade. 

• Don’t try to outdo your partner, either. If one of you prefers to dress more conservatively, be sure to follow the lead. On the other hand, if one of you really wants to make some sort of fashion statement, keep up with that kind of energy.

Whatever colors you decide to choose, remember to relax and have fun on your prom night.
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Monday, 23 November 2015

IT'S SO FLUFFY! THE ULTIMATE GIRLY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE



Hi lovelies! So, as you can see, I thought I'd do a little Christmas Gift Ideas post today, this time, one for the girly girl in your life! We all know that girl (it's me, it's totally me) that loves all things pink, sparkles, unicorns.. It's. So. Fluffy. I think all of these gifts would be absolutely perfect for a super girly girl, so perhaps a friend, sister or girlfriend... hoping my boyfriend reads my blog...

I particularly love the iPhone case and faux fur jacket, especially if I had both to wear together! Despite being a lover of black, grey and burgundy in the winter, I do have a serious soft spot for anything super pink and girly and literally everything in this gift guide would make my day on Christmas day!

What do you think? What's your favourite thing in this post?

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

PRETTY HOMEWARE HAUL/ GIFT IDEAS

Hi lovelies! As you'll possibly know from my recent posts/ twitter/ instagram accounts, my boyfriend Darren and I are moving into our first house together next month! So, lots of pretty homeware bits have been all I can think about/ buy recently! I thought I'd share some of my favourite things we've got recently, as I think all of these would not only make gorgeous additions to our home, but also perfect Christmas gifts for someone who's into pretty homeware and useful presents. So, let's get right into it!



Kate Spade Address Book - £29.00 Amara*
I am obsessed with this gorgeous little Contacts and Address Book by Kate Spade. I know we have phones and things for storing things like phone numbers, emails and addresses now, but when you're writing Christmas or Birthday cards, sometimes it nicer and easier to have an address book to sit and use. Plus, it's fab quality and absolutely beautiful, so it'll look super cute in our living room! 


Wild & Wolf Retro Phone - £54.99 Flamingo Gifts*
This absolute stunner was kindly sent to us by Flamingo Gifts and I am just in love with it. I think it's going to look stunning on a little side table next to our super pretty address book! Yes, it's not the most practical phone in the world as the handset is huge and it's corded, but let's be real, no one really uses their home phone that often anyway and it's basically just there to look super shiny and super beautiful. If you know someone who loves retro and vintage homeware, this could make a great novelty gift.



 Ted Baker Notebook - £10.36 Flamingo Gifts* (on sale!)
Not exactly an essential homeware item I know, but I always use notebooks for shopping lists, christmas gift/ card lists and often I leave them out on show, so of course, it's nice to have pretty ones! The theme in our living room is going to be pink, mint and gold, so this will be absolutely perfect for that. Again, this would make a lovely gift for someone who like me, is always writing notes. I bought my sister one of these for our birthday as she's doing a Teacher Training course, so for someone like that, it would be a fab alternative to the usual spiral-bound notebooks they pick up at the supermarket! 

Prolex Kettle - £19.99 and Toaster £14.99 - B&M 
This super cute pair are actually an early house-warming gift from my Mum, she gave us them early as we need a toaster and kettle ready for moving in! As I've said in earlier posts, we're going for a retro/ vintage theme in our kitchen, as our house is a little cottage, so we thought it'd go really well! So, this pastel blue kettle and toaster will be perfect. Of course, items like this are quite personal, but I personally love receiving items like this a gift, as it's not something you'd necessarily buy yourself. I think this is perhaps something that'd be great to put on your own Christmas list if  you need new appliances in your kitchen.


Create Your Own Stashbox - £10.00 Beanies*
Like the notebook, this technically isn't homeware, but I just had to include these flavoured coffees that were kindly gifted to us by Beanies. I don't often drink coffee myself, but Darren loves it and I like to have different things like this as options for guests, because I like to be the family member/ friend who says 'Sure, what flavour?' when someone asks for a coffee. No shame. These are particularly great, because they're only 2 calories per cup (before milk and sugar of course!). This Xmas Stash is perfect, because you can choose three flavours that the person you're buying for/ you love and they come packaged in a cute little gift box, which make them a really nice gift for a coffee lover.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Simple Tips to Impress A Girl


Foreigners who are interested in dating Russian girls , and especially those who aspire building serious relationships, need to understand the nature of Russian girls, as they have little in common with their countrywomen. To make a good impression on your Russian romantic interest you just need to learn what traits do these Slavic beauties like and dislike about Russian men. This information can become a powerful weapon that will help you win the heart of your love interest. So, the following are a few simple and effective recommendations on how to impress a Russian girl.


Dress Immaculately


A vast majority of Russian men do not care about their appearance and dress very simply. They prefer wearing comfortable and sometimes shabby clothes. There are men who can put on a tracksuit going on a date. Thus, to impress a Russian lady, you should do the opposite and dress nicely. Of course, this does not mean you should wear a tailcoat and a bow-tie. A pair of clean jeans and a fresh shirt is usually more than enough to look good. Also pay attention to your shoes and make sure they are clean. Russian girls also like men in suits, thus by wearing a suit you double your chances of making a good impression. However, do not choose a very formal one and make sure it matches the type of date you have, otherwise, you may look odd.


Be Assertive


Though Russian girls like assertive men, it is important not to go too far in you desire to take the leadership in your relationships. The biggest problem of Russian men is that they sometimes become aggressively assertive, which girls do not like. Your task is to strike the right balance and therefore show your assertiveness or take control over a situation when necessary. For example, you can choose a restaurant and plan your date. However, do not forget to share your plans with a girl and pay attention to her reaction. If you notice that something bothers her, just talk to your girl and change your plans, so that both of you could feel comfortably on that date.  


Be a Gentleman


Unfortunately, lots of Russian men are rude and impolite. Of course, not all of them have bad manners, and  many are  trained in chivalry. So, the task is to demonstrate your social training and show respect to your date. It should be you who pays the bill at a restaurant, opens the door, carries heavy bags from the supermarket and so on. Otherwise speaking, always mind your manners, as Russian girls like well-bred guys.


Respect Her View of Social and Family Life
Though Russian women get a traditional upbringing and many of them firmly believe that the main calling of a woman is to become a good wife and mother, an increasing number of women want to make a good career first and therefore  be financially independent. In other words, you must  be ready to accept whatever she decides - build a career, take care of the house and kids or be a working mum. Try to understand her desire and help achieve her goal.  
Be Generous

All girls (even financially independent) dream of a generous partner. So do not forget to pamper your lady with small gifts and flowers. Russian girls adore flowers and your lady will appreciate you bringing her flowers even with no special occasion.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

BAGSY BEAUTY:WONDR WAND CONCEALING & ILLUMINATION DUO REVIEW





Hi lovelies! I don't know about you guys, but in the mornings, I'm all about speed, I like my makeup to be done as fast as I can, but as I run a beauty salon, I do like to go to work with a full face of well done makeup every day. I'm trained as a makeup artist, so while I do enjoy doing makeup, I also enjoy sleep, so I love a product that makes my morning routine that little bit quicker! Step forward Wonder Wand! Before I talk about the product itself, I'll just go over the brand for those who haven't heard of Bagsy before! Bagsy is a brand I've spoken and raved about before, they're fairly new on the market but I'm sure they'll soon be huge! The products themselves usually come in very simple, sleek white, silver and black packaging, but the outer packaging is super pretty, making them perfect gifts. All of the Bagsy products I've had have all come in gorgeous printed packaging (each item is packaged differently) and have cute little quotes inside, which I think is a really sweet little touch. 

Anyway, all that aside, let's get into the actual review. When I received the Wonder Wand, I was a bit confused. I thought a highlight/ concealer duo in the same pencil would be far from quick and easy to use and to be honest, I thought it'd be a bit of a faff. But, despite being unsure about it, I'm always up for giving things a fair try and I was also really curious as to how this would work. Well, was I surprised or what?! First I used the concealer side on some red areas around my nose (damn this windy weather!) and I was shocked at how creamy and beautiful the texture was, it slid on so smoothly and covered up the slightly dry area with no gross flakiness or patches. I then used the highlight down my nose and under my brows and then mixed the concealer and highlight under my eyes, which gave a beautiful highlighted, lifted effect to my slightly dark under eyes. 

So, the product went on and blended beautifully (I applied over foundation, you could apply under if you prefer, but this blended in seamlessly with my foundation so the two shades looked like a perfect match), but did it last? Well, I am thrilled to report that it seriously did. Usually. If I have any blemishes or red areas, I have to touch those up throughout the day, but this seriously stayed put. The highlight on my brow bone in particular looked fab all day long. 

The only grumble I have with this is that only comes in one shade. Despite the fact this shade worked really well for me, I would say if you had very fair or very dark skin, this may not work for you. That being said, this is a tad dark when you first apply but if you have a light/ medium skin tone this concealer will be perfect on its own and if you have a very light skin tone, the concealer and highlighter work perfectly when mixed together, so this could be a way around it if you do find the concealer slightly dark. To be honest, for dark skin tones, I doubt this would work and I'd really like to see a darker concealer with perhaps a more golden toned highlight for deeper skin tones. However, this doesn't take away from the fact that this is a seriously beautiful product that does the job very well and very quickly!

This is perfect for all kinds of concealing and highlighting, so, as I've said, it can save time in a makeup routine and space in your makeup bag! I tend to also use a powder highlight on the cheeks, but if you prefer a more subtle look, you could highlight the nose, cheeks, brow bone, Cupid's bow and anywhere else you like to highlight with this. 

Overall, if you have a fairly light to medium skin tone, I'd definitely recommend this, perhaps very light skin too if you want a great under eye concealer (just mix the two sides!), I think it would suit any skin type as it's very creamy, but doesn't slide off oily areas of skin either. For those with darker skin, perhaps Bagsy will extend their range soon! I know they have recently come out with a range of lip and cheek colours to suit darker skin types, so hopefully the Wonder Wand will soon follow suit!

What do you think? What's your favourite concealer or highlighter? Do you have a favourite 'two in one' product? Let me know! 


The Wonder Wand is usually £18 but is currently on offer both online and in store at 10% off. Bagsy Beauty is available to buy on FeelUnique and in Debenhams.


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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

HOMEWARE: KITCHEN HAUL

Hi lovelies! As many of you will know from my last post, myself and my boyfriend Darren are moving into our first home together as of next month. So of course, I've been doing a bit a lot of homeware shopping! Today, I thought I'd share a little haul of some of my favourite kitchen bits that we've picked up so far! Obviously, a lot of the things we've been buying are the basics, crockery, cutlery, glasses, baking trays etc etc.. But I thought I'd show you a few of the more interesting bits and bobs rather than sharing a three day long blog post full of spatulas and measuring jugs! 

 As you'll be able to tell, we're going for a bit of a retro theme with the Kitchen. As I'm going for a bit of pink in the living room, Darren was allowed to choose the theme for the Kitchen, so 50's Diner it is! We actually managed to pick up a lot things from discount stores like Home Bargains and B&M, so if you like this sort of thing, those sort of places are just perfect.

 This cute little used tea bag holder is just too cute and it was only 79p from B&M - how can you possibly go wrong with that? They had a huge selection of these, but as this one matched perfectly with the Tea, Coffee and Sugar Canisters we found, it had to be this one! The Coffee Clock also matches the Canisters perfectly and was just £3.99 also at B&M. We really wanted to find a statement clock and any we found before this that we liked was just so expensive, so this went straight in our basket when we spotted it!

 The 'Morning Sunshine' Milk Bottle is from Asda and was on sale for only £2. We thought this would be really cute to use as a water jug when guests come over, rather than just sticking a regular jug or water filter jug on the dining table! Then of course, the infamous Tea, Coffee and Sugar Canisters! These were only £6.99 for all three from B&M and I am obsessed with them. These were actually the first themed thing we bought for the kitchen and our whole kitchen theme has pretty much been based around them. They're ceramic and absolutely amazing quality, so if you like this sort of thing, I'd thoroughly recommend them.

 Who spotted the milk bottles and paper straws? My kitchen will be Pinterest worthy let me tell you! Other shops I've found absolutely perfect for unique and inexpensive Kitchenware are TK Maxx and Wilko. TK Maxx is particularly fab because you can find a lot of things that there may only be one of in your store, so it's quite unlikely that your friends would have the same thing as you. 

This 'Flash Wash' storage thing was £3.99 from TK Maxx and is another of my absolute favourite items that we've got so far. I'm going to use this to store washing tablets, which is really handy as they're not stored away in the back of a cupboard, making them really easy to grab and use, but they'll be in this cute tin, so they'll look super cute on the counter top! The vintage Kellogg's tin was actually a freebie when you bought cereal at Home Bargains, we didn't really need a box of Frosties, but we had to have the cute tin, so we bought them anyway! They also had a Coco Pops one, which I may go back to get (and who doesn't love chocolate cereal as a treat now and then??), I do think these might sell out quite quickly though, so if you like this and have a Home Bargains nearby, I suggest you get down there pretty quick! I'm not sure what we'll use this for, possibly as a biscuit tin or for treats for the pooch!

 The set of four milk bottles and straws are from Home Bargains and cost just £1.59. I thought this was incredible, considering the price you pay for this kind of thing elsewhere. I think these will be super cute to use with the Milk Bottle Water Jug when guests come over. The heart shaped chopping board was £4 from Wilko, I love this as it's not too big and bulky and will look much cuter on the side than a regular chopping board.

The set of fridge magnets was another B&M bargain for just £1.99. I'm not one for using a ton of magnets and things, but as these fit my theme so well, they're totally allowed. The Cocktail Hanging Sign was from B&M also and cost £2.99. I love this sort of thing as it just adds something a little bit fun to the kitchen! They had a big selection of these, so you could absolutely find one to suit your house. They're a cute and cheap way to change up a room slightly, so it's definitely worth a look if you're heading to a B&M Store any time soon.

 I actually got this fab ceramic pots and pan set from eBay on a daily deal for just £9.99. I thought orange was a nice change from all the other grey/ black/ silver cookware we already have. These aren't huge, so if you're cooking for a family these won't be great for big pots of pasta or a huge stir fry, but they a nice small size for if you're only cooking something small or for one or two people, so they're perfect for us!

 I was kindly gifted a voucher for Joules so of course, I had to pick up a few homeware bits with that! They didn't necessarily have the same retro theme as we were going for in the Kitchen, but they did have the pink/ navy that I'm going for in the living room and I figured, when you have a drink, you usually have it in the living/ dining area anyway, so I thought these colours were perfect!

 The set of four mugs are £36.95, so not the cheapest, but they do make a gorgeous gift for someone, particularly if you're looking for Christmas presents for someone who's a little hard to buy for! The quality of them is fab and they have several different gorgeous designs. As I said, I went for these to match my living room, but they have lots of others so it's worth a look. All of them have different designs on the outside, a Joules logo on the inside and a little pattern on the bottom of the mug, so the attention to detail on these is just beautiful.

I didn't want to unwrap all the tea towels before we get to the house, but basically, they are each sets of two large tea towels with print that match the mugs. These cost £12.95 per set, so again, perfect for a gift or a special treat for yourself! Although these don't really match the kitchen them either, tea towels aren't really on show too much anyway! I got all three of the nautical tea towel sets because I really don't think you can have too many tea towels as they're constantly in and out of the wash. These ones may just make washing up a little more bearable as they're so cute! Maybe not, but I can only hope.

So, let me know what you think! What's your favourite thing from my haul?
Also, if you have any recommendations for cute, cheap homeware shops/ brands please let me know in the comments!

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