Boxing Day Buys

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The festive season may be over, but it just keeps on giving in my household. Over the past week I've been welcomed home with a mound of deliveries - my boxing day buys! Gone are the days I would go into town on boxing day and spend my Christmas money. Boxing Day is all about family, with a cheeky bit of online shopping of course. I bought a ton of skincare and a few other things in the boxing day sales this year.

The first two things I bought were the Origins GinZing moisturiser and cleanser. I've used the GinZing Moisturiser for a couple of years and I love how refreshing and light it feels. It smells absolutely delicious and I've been missing it the past month or two. I picked it up for just £20 on the Origins website. I also picked up the cleanser to go with it. I don't know why I have never tried the Origins GinZing Cleanser before. I knew I would love it, if it was anything like the moisturiser. This is a lovely scrub type moisturiser, it's not at all drying like some scrubs. It feels so creamy and luxurious when using it, my skin definitely feels fresh and new after. This is the perfect wake me up cleanser and moisturiser duo in the morning.

The next thing I bought was the Pixi Glow Tonic. I've been meaning to try this for the longest time! I bought a 100ml bottle for £10. Everyone raves that this just does wonders to your skin. I can't wait to give this a go and see how much a toner can really do. I really loved the Pixi and Caroline Hirons Double Cleanser so I can't wait to try more from the Pixi range.

I thought I was done buying skincare, until a girl tweeted about a crazy sale Superdrug were having and she swore by the Superdrug skincare. So I couldn't help but make the most of the crazy prices. I got a ton of products from the Naturally Radiant range for about £2 or £3 each, madness! I bought the Hot Cloth Cleanser - a dupe for the Liz Earl cleanser. It even comes with a muslin cloth and cost me under £3! I couldn't afford not to buy it. I've used the cleanser once and it feels lovely, it's very similar to Liz Earle, it has that same spa like scent. I also bought the Glycolic Tonic as well as the Glycolic Acid Pads. They both feel so lovely on this skin, I really look forward to this step in my skincare routine. I will do a proper review on the Superdrug range but I also picked up two moisturisers. The 2 in 1 Moisturiser & Serum, I really wanted to try this because I don't usually use a serum! The other moisturiser I picked up from the range was the Brightening Day Cream for normal to combination skin. I haven't used this yet, but I've been very impressed with the rest of the range. The last thing I bought was the Brightening Eye Cream. I've been so bad at using eye cream at the moment. I'm so glad I have found a very affordable skin care range that literally makes me feel like I've been to the spa! I'm going to use this range in rotation with my higher end products.

I also treated myself to some new makeup brushes over the festive period. I had £24 on my Boots card and luckily Boots had a deal on the Obsession Ultimate Marble Brush Set for £24, it was fate! I've wanted to try these tilted kind of brushes for the longest time and these were on such an amazing deal I couldn't not! I haven't tried them properly yet but I will pop a review up soon. The set comes with a couple face brushes, eye brushes, a blending sponge, a silicone sponge as well as a brush cleanser! I've never even tried using a sponge before let alone a silicone sponge, so I'm very excited about this set. Of course they look gorgeous too, thanks to the marble finish. They're still on sale online at boots for £24, reduced from £60!

The last thing I picked up was a repurchase, MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural. I love this finishing powder so much but had hit pan badly on my old one. I only really used this for special occasions since I hit pan, so I'm so happy I've bought a back up. I bought the same light shade but the numbers are different and the shade looks a tiny bit different, I hope it still suits me! I bought this with a gift card I received for Christmas - I just love being able to shop and not spend money hehe!

As you can tell my Boxing day buys consists of a ton of skincare. I'm willing to try anything to get clear and radiant skin this year.

Did you pick up any treats in the Boxing day sales beauties?

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2017 Most Loved Beauty Favourites

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2017 Beauty Favourites including Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette, L'Oreal Paradise Mascara, MAC Mehr and MAC Soft and Gentle.
I didn't try a massive amount of new makeup in 2017, but I certainly found some new favourites! When I find something I like, sometimes I just can't help but use it over and over for months. Here are my most loved beauty favourites from 2017.

2017 Beauty Favourites including Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and L'Oreal Paradise Mascara.
2017 was the year I finally got my hands on the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette and I've never looked back since. This gorgeous palette features 18 warm peachy bronze shades that are so divine. The texture is so soft and creamy, they're beautiful to blend. Some of my favourite shades are nectar, luscious, caramelised and cobbler. I'm a sucker for a warm bronze shade and this palette has so many as well as some pops of colour to add to your look. To put the icing on top of the cake, this palette smells so sweet and delicious I could eat it!

Usually I stick to my maybelline mascaras or Too Faced Better Than Sex, but this year I couldn't ignore the hype the L'Oreal Paradise Mascara was getting. Since L'Oreal and Maybelline are part of the same brand, I thought I would give it a try and had high expectations. The Paradise mascara blew my mind, it's a complete dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for less than half the price! My lashes are thicker, fuller and longer. I need to pick this up again, it's definitely a new staple in my makeup bag! You can see this mascara in action in my Dupe Alert post, comparing it to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

2017 Beauty Favourites including NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette,  MAC Mehr and MAC Soft and Gentle.
Another new palette I picked up this year was the NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Palette. I had never tried anything from NYX except there butter glosses before, but couldn't resist the warm Autumnal shades of the Warm Neutrals Palette. I've been so impressed by the quality of this palette, I can't believe it was only £16 for 16 shades! The warm neutral shades are perfect all year round, the coppers and burnt reds are gorgeous for an Autumnal rusty look and for a heated Summer vibe! The shades blend lovely and they're not at all chalky or dry like other high street brands can be, I'm very impressed!

The lipstick I was obsessed with all of last year was MAC Merh. I love watching The Sacconejolys and Anna talks about how much she loves MAC Mehr. Anne looks gorgeous 24/7 and has amazing lips, so of course I'm going to buy whatever she's wearing! I love a warm nude lip, so I fell in love with this straight away. I think the warm pinky nude is so flattering, I can't get enough of it I've been wearing it non stop. It's perfect for all occasions, a natural day look or you can add some darker lip liner for a sexy evening look. The matte formula is so surprising, it's not drying in the slightest. If you want to see this lipstick in action then you can read my full review here.

The final product I want to talk about is the holy grail MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter. I've used this everyday since like, forever! I can't not include this, it's my go to highlighter. It's just perfect for all occasions. I like to add this to my cheekbones and inner eyes everyday to add a natural warm glow. The powder is so soft and blendable it can give you a gorgeous natural glow, or you can go all out for a golden goddess sun kissed look. I think Soft & Gentle is a must have in everyones makeup bag!

I'm carrying all my 2017 beauty favourites into 2018, I just can't get enough of them! I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products beauties?

What were your most loved beauty favourites from 2017?


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Hello 2018!

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I know everyone says this every year but, how is it January 1st again! It feels like it was the beginning of 2017 about 2 months ago. The years are just flying by, especially since I've started this blog. I know it's very cliche the whole "new year, fresh start" thing, but what better time than a new year to set goals and plans? I love having a look back at the previous year and thinking about what I want to achieve in the year ahead. I've found it so helpful in the past to write down my goals, it really sets that task and pushes you to achieve it. This year I don't have too many goals, but I do have a few things I would like to achieve.

1. Buying a house. Over the last year or two I've really been trying to save for a house, it's very difficult these days to save up enough for a deposit, especially when you're renting as well. I've managed to save a little, but this year my aim is to have enough money by the end of the year to really start moving forward and speaking to mortgage advisors etc. This year is the year all my money goes into savings, I've had a very expensive 2017 with Disneyland and Invisalign etc, but now I think I can really push the savings and hopefully move forward with looking to buy a house. No more holidays or extravagant purchases in 2018!

2. Successful blogging. Of course every year my goal is to produce the best content I can regularly. I love blogging it's one of the only things I'm really passionate about doing. It would be an absolute dream come true if I could make this into a career. Last year I was fortunate enough to get my first ever sponsored post and I would just love to really push myself with my blog this year and see where it could go. Unfortunately I had a few things in my personal life that prevented me from blogging as much as I would of liked to at the end of last year, but 2018 is a fresh start and I want to really give it my all and try and turn this into an actual thing! I want to create bigger and better content on all of my social media, work with more amazing brands and have a creative and successful 2018!

3. Family & Friends. To be completely honest with you, my favourite thing to do of all time is just to be in my pj's, watching a film at home with Simon and just being super lazy, haha! I love spending time with my friends and family but I just find it so hard to juggle work, blogging, housework, relaxing and seeing my friends and family - it's hard work! I find it so hard to fit everything in, that usually a couple things have to give. This year I really want to make an effort to go for that catch up we planned over a month ago or to reply to that text I read yesterday! It's not that I don't care, I really do. It's just that life moves so fast these days, before I know it, it's been a month or two since I last saw some of my closest friends. This year I really want to spend time with my friends and family as much as I can, even if that means just regularly giving them a text to see how they're doing and what they're up to.

4. Buy Kittens! Simon and I have been talking about getting a cat for a few months now and we thought it would be best to get one in the new year. So the time has come where we can actually get ourself a pet! Originally we were just going to get one kitten, but now we really want two so they can play with each other when we're at work and we can have one each! I've always been more of a dog person and would absolutely love to get a puppy, but we live on the first floor and we both work full time. It wouldn't be fair to get a dog and not be able to spend time with them as much as we would like, or have enough room for them to play etc. Kittens are the perfect pets for our lifestyle at the moment. We've been looking for the past week or two and can't find any, but hopefully this year we will find our perfect pets. I will definitely be Instagramming and filming tons of cute kitten footage when we find our little fur babies!

5. Clean & tidy. I know you're probably thinking I must live like a complete slob if this needs to be one of my goals. I'm not I promise! I just mean that I would like to stay on top of all my cleaning and tidying at all times. With both of us working full time, it's really hard to stay on top of just general house work like the laundry. This year I want to be a domestic goddess, I want a spotless house and washing basket that closes at all time! 


I love a start of a new year, it really is a clean slate and perfect time to focus on what you want to achieve. I really hope you've enjoyed reading my goals this year. I would love to know what you would like to achieve in 2018 beauties?



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The Christmas Tag

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Can you believe it's the week before Christmas and I'm only just getting round to putting up some Christmas content! Our trip to Disneyland and work has really kind of screwed me over when it comes to blogging this December! It's been a couple of weeks since I've blogged, but that's ok because were back with even more content than I would normally post this week - yay! I wanted to do something fun and festive and though what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than do a Christmas Tag! I found this on makeupsavvy.co.uk and just thought it was so cute. I really hope you enjoy this tag and please do post your own answers, I've put all the questions down below for you to use beauties.


1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
This is so hard to choose I have so many! I think my earliest favourite Christmas movie is The Santa Clause, I've watched this every year for as long as I can remember, so for me this really is one of the most festive films. Of course I'm also obsessed with Elf, it's just hilarious. Simon and I watched this a couple of nights ago and I just couldn't stop laughing when Buddy eats the cotton ball - it gets me every time! Arthur Christmas is also up there, this is one of my newest favourites. Every year I also re watch all of the Harry Potter films. I know they're not exactly christmas films but for me they're so festive and magical! Finally I can't go a year without watching Bridget Jone's Diary, again not exactly a festive christmas film but it is slightly Christmassy. Also Simon and I have a little Christmas Eve tradition of watching Love Actually and ordering pizza, it's one of my most favourite things I look forward too.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! Isn't that the main event of Christmas!? Every year I always beg Simon to let me open a present early and he doesn't let me. I actually think if he let me I wouldn't want to anyway, it spoils the magic of Christmas morning.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
don't think I have one favourite. Whenever I think about past Christmases I just love the memory of having your family around you and everyone being in an amazing mood. I just love it when everyone's having th best time and laughing together and of course there's amazing food around!

4. Favourite festive food?
Christmas dinner! I can't choose. A roast dinner has always been my favourite meal so every year I'm very very excited for Christmas dinner. My Dad is the boss at Christmas dinner. Every little detail is just perfection. Last year was my first Christmas I didn't have my Dad's Christmas dinner and I had to make it myself and it just isn't the same when you're the one slaving away. Thankfully this year we're having dinner at my parents, so I get my Dad's Christmas dinner, yay!! I'm just not ready to let go of my family Christmas dinner and start doing it myself yet.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Now that is very, very difficult! I'm so very lucky that every year Simon spoils me with amazing things. He gets me the cutest things that he knows I'll love. A couple things from last year that were amazing were some Ugg slippers. These were my main present from him and I love them so much, they're so cute and comfy - I'm all about being cosy! Also he bought me Destination Hogwarts the board game. I'm a massive Harry Potter fan and I love board games, so this is just the ultimate gift for me! This year I'm getting Harry Potter Cluedo, I literally can't contain my excitement!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Anything spicy usually. This year I've been burning The White Company Winter candle and it's just so festive, it's packed full of Clove, Cinnamon and Clementine - you can't get more festive than that! Leaves from Bath And Body Works is also a firm favourite for me. Even though it's considered an Autumn scent, to me it just smells so spicy and Christmassy. I do also love a sweet/ fruity scent, so any kind of Christmas apple/cranberry scent usually floats my boat too.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yes! Every Christmas Eve, Simon and I order Prezzo pizza and snuggle up and watch Love Actually. Simple I know, but it's the thing I most look forward too. It means that it's officially Christmas and all the planning and organising has finished and now it's time to really just enjoy Christmas. Last year our tradition nearly got ruined. We ordered our Prezzo pizza for collection and went to collect and the restaraunt was closed! So that was the first time we didn't have Prezzo pizza, we had to make do with Dominos. This year I'm not sure what kind of pizza we'll have, maybe it's the end of the Prezzo tradition!

8. What tops your tree?
This is the second Christmas Simon and I have been living together and both years we've used the same sparkly gold star. I'm not sure if it's going to end up being a tradition or maybe one year we'll change it. If we do end up using a different one, I definitely want to keep our first every tree topper.


9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Honestly, I can't remember. I don't think I every really asked for anything that crazy. I always kind of new my parents limit and not to ask for anything extreme. Maybe in my head I would of liked a holiday or a puppy or something.


10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
The festive feels! Having time with your loved ones and everyone's just enjoying life and doing fun things together. Christmas is a time that should be magical, every part of christmas is just the ultimate best thing ever. The best people, the best food, the best films - it's all just so magical!


I really hope you've enjoyed this fun little tag and it's got you feeling super festive. I'm bursting with excitement for Christmas eve!

Please let me know if you decide to post The Christmas Tag beauties.


1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite festive food?
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
8. What tops your tree?
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?



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Cosy Christmas Essentials

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It's the week before Christmas and the festive rituals are in full swing. For me the best Christmases involve taking part in all the cosy Christmas activities. There's a few thing I love doing in the run up to Christmas that get me feeling all the Christmas warmth and magic.

1. By now if you haven't watched at least five Christmas films, then I don't know what an earth you've been doing all December! Christmas films are probably one of the best things to get you in the festive mood. What's better than snuggling up with your favourite Christmas films and feeling all the Christmas magic. My favourites are The Santa Clause, Elf, Arthur Christmas, Bridget Jones, Love Actually and Harry Potter.

2. If you haven't already, it's defintley time to start wrapping presents and writing Christmas cards. This is an amazing way to get you in the Christmas mood. I love to stick a Christmas film on or listen to Christmas songs whilst feeling like I'm Mrs Clause herself, making sure everyones presents are looking as magical as can be. This involves all the glitter, all the ribbon and all the bows I can get my hands on! I feel like most of the fun in giving a present, is trying to make it look as magical and festive as can be. 

3. There's something about Harry Potter that just gives me all the cosy Christmas feels. The one thing I love about Christmas, is for me it's time to relax and do some of my most loved things. I love to find the time to cosy up and get stuck in to reading Harry Potter. There's nothing better than wearing your cosiest pj's with a snuggley blanket, a Christmas candle burning and the Christmas tree lights twinkling and getting lost in the world of Harry Potter.

4. Of course you can't go a December without at least one trip to LUSH to pick up the highly anticipated Christmas collection. December is the ultimate bath season. Now I'm a bath person and love a hot bath every night all through out the year, but there's just something about Christmas time that makes it sooo much more enjoyable. My favourite festive treats from LUSH are Golden Wonder and Shoot For The Stars. I love that they're so magical and sparkly but also still have a refreshing citrus scent. I can't get enough of the zesty bath treats and I love that I can still get my favourite scents, as well as that hint of shimmering Christmas magic in a bath bomb this time of year.


5. Of course to make the most of any cosy Christmas time, you need to perfect your Christmas hot chocolate. For me the perfect Christmas hot chocolate consists of Mint Options, a ton of mini marshmallows, topped with a mountain of squirty cream with a sprinkling of more mini marshmallows. Then if I'm feeling super duper christmassy, a candy cane (that usually melts and falls in the hot chocolate!).


I really hope you're feeling all the Christmas magic beauties! I'd love to know your cosy Christmas Essentials?


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The White Company Winter Candle

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We can officially call it candle season! If you're not cosying up under a blanket and lighting your favourite festive candles right about now, then you're doing Autumn/Winter all wrong! This time of year is all about getting cosy and festive. The weather has got really chilly lately and there's nothing I love more than being snug with a warming scent burning. I couldn't ignore the hype The White Company Winter has been getting the last couple of years. So this year I picked up the Winter Botanical Pillar to see what all the fuss is about.
Now my favourite candle this time of year is usually Bath and Body Works Leaves. I love the festive warm cinnamon scent and I was hoping The White Company Winter would be similar. The White Company Winter is a gorgeous festive candle with cinnamon, cloves and orange to give you that spicy but sweet scent. It smells absolutely gorgeous, you just can't beat cinnamon and cloves this time of year. The difference in Winter is it has a fresh orange hint to it. This is such a gorgeous combination, it really balances out the candle so it doesn't get too spicy or sickly. You could have this burning in any room to add a festive feel. The added orange make sure the candle isn't too over powering and too spicy, but you still get that warm spicy scent.
I chose the botanical pillar because I absolutely adore the added cinnamon sticks, orange slices and berrys in the candle. This makes the candle just that little bit more cosy and festive, it just looks so gorgeous and Christmassy - a perfect Christmas decoration.  The botanical candles have a hard wax outer so the candle burns down on the inside and stays looking beautiful and festive on the outside.
This is the perfect Winter candle to cosy up to, it will warm you up and relax your mood. I definitely think this is up there with Bath & Body Works Leaves. It's a gorgeous festive spicy candle with a sweet orange touch, making this a perfect all rounder you couldn't get sick of.

Have you tried The White Company Winter Candle yet beauties? What are your festive favourites?


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My Me Time Must Haves

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As I get older I find it even more important to take some much needed me time. I find that life is just so busy and moves so fast now that it's incredibly easy to let it just zoom past without taking anything in. Taking a couple of hours for myself every week is definitely something I've been trying to incorporate in my life. I have a few me time must haves that really help me to take a minute and relax!

The first and most important step in taking my my time moment, is of course the hot bubble bath! I've found the perfect pick me up double act from LUSH to turn any bath into a mini spa break! First you need bubbles and Brightside Bubble Bar gives the softest most luxurious bubbles! I'm a sucker for a citrus fresh scent, and Brightside is just delicious it smells good enough to eat! The sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine oils are so uplifting, it's pretty impossible not to feel great afterwards. The bubbles are lovely and creamy, they feel so amazing on the skin.
I've found the perfect bath bomb to pair up with my Brightside Bubble Bar, Cheer Up Buttercup. This little wonder packs a hell of a punch in the citrus scent department - it's not to be underestimated. The uplifting lemon, lime and neroli scents compliment Brightside bubble bar so well - you'll be in citrus heaven. This citrus duo are the perfect pair to give a well deserved uplift, it's exactly what I need after a long week.
The next thing I do to make sure I'm enjoying every moment of my me time, is light my favourite cosy candle. At the moment I'm loving the spicy and warm festive scents. I still have plenty left from my Bath & Body Works haul from last year. I've really been enjoying Leaves this season. To me it smells exactly like Christmas. It's spicy and warm but oh so cosy. Salted Caramel is also one of my favourites, it's warm and sweet and smells absolutely delicious. Having a candle burning not only smells delicious, but it really creates a relaxing environment with the flickering flame - get some fairy lights on and it may just feel like heaven!
So I'm now utterly relaxed after my indulgent bubble bath, it's time to settle down with a festive candle and watch one of my favourite films or read a good book. I love to find a couple of hours a week to cosy up on the sofa and get stuck into a film. At the moment I'm feeling Bridget Jones. It's so festive but hilarious at the same time - a real pick me up! Nothing is cosier than a good rom com right?

Taking these few hours a week really gets me going for the week ahead. I'd love to know what you do in your all important me time beauties?


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The Ultimate Berry Lip | MAC Diva

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I've really been embracing the chillier weather recently, it finally actually feels like Autumn! I love the colder weather, wrapping up warm and having natural glow to your face! One makeup trend I can't get enough of in the Autumn is the berry lip! A vampy burgundy shade, really adds some colour and warmth on a colder day. I want to share with you my ultimate berry lip this Autumn - MAC Diva.
Mac Diva is the perfect go to berry lip this season. It's a bold burgundy berry shade that will step up any makeup look. I've been wearing this any chance I get, it just makes a normal average look ten times better! I used to be kind of scared to wear a bold lip but Diva is just so easy to wear, it's just so flattering. Diva is a gorgeous shade for all skin tones. The matte formula is surprisingly so comfortable to wear too. I like to apply the smallest amount of lip balm before hand when I apply any lipstick, but I still look out for dryness when wearing a matte lip. Thankfully Diva feels almost creamy even though it's a matte - I know crazy right!? This is going to be one of those lipsticks that I just can't live without and have to repurchase. Now that doesn't happen a lot, but when you find your perfect Autumn berry lip, you just can't be without it! If you want to see this gorgeous lipstick in action, you can check out my Warwick Castle vlog.

Have you tried MAC's Diva yet beauties? What's your ultimate berry lip this Autumn?


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