Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Year End Note To Yourself

If I could go back in time and write a letter to myself for the start of 2015 to prepare for the year ahead, here’s the advice I would have given:



Even though you are stressed about the pressure of being an ‘adult’, you must remember that you don’t have to do what everyone is doing.

You don’t have to fit in to the mould that society has shaped out for us. Instead, use those exact points in a positive way and appreciate the life you’ve got. Sure, you’re not on the property ladder (hmmph), you’re not married (bleugh), you don’t have children like 90% of your friends (ugh). But THAT’S OK. You’re not failing at being an adult just because you don’t have those ‘grown up’ things.
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Nine Of The Best

This blogpost is based on that thing everyone’s been doing where you can find your ‘best nine’ Instagrams based on how many likes the post got. (This is the website if you’d like to have a go!)

Instagram is my favourite social media platform so I was excited to discover what my #2015BestNine was. I was a bit gutted to see that the content pulled from the website consisted of mostly regrams (inspirational photos but photos that I didn’t take), quotes, and moments that doesn’t really mean anything to me. So I’ve decided to select my own nine from all the content I’ve posted on Instagram, photos that I’d like to remember and moments from this year that means the most to me.

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NINE OF THE BEST

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas This Year

bettys tea room macarons

Ah, it's the classic 'what I got this Christmas' blogpost popping up on your blogger dashboard. To complete a month of Christmas related blogposts, I thought it'd be nice to show what presents I got this year. 

What I Got For Christmas This Year

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Monday, 28 December 2015

Photo Diary: Christmas 2015


I’m sad that Christmas is over for another years but I’m still in holiday mode, so I can’t complain! I’ve had a really nice time at home with family and our pets, and here’s just a few pics from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Enjoy! x

My Christmas 2015


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Monday, 21 December 2015

China Glaze Mini Mixers Set


What colour are you painting your nails this Christmas? I’m spoiled for choice this year as I have a set of mini China Glaze polishes to choose from. Not to mention my nail polish advent calendar from Accessorize

China Glaze Mini Mixers features 6 miniature bottles of nail polish which includes (from left to right):

China Glaze Mini Mixers Set

Don’t Get Elfed Up: Teal green with blue flecks

Peppermint To Be: A deep red with a metallic shimmer

Mix And Mingle: A glossy, creamy deep purple

Son Of A Nutcracker: A vibrant red/orange with a metallic shimmer

I Soiree I Didn’t Do it: Bright turquoise with a green, blue and holograph glitter

Better Not Pout: A plummy purple with a metallic shimmer

China Glaze nail polish is 3-Free (contains no formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP) and requires 2 to 3 coats for an opaque, full coverage. With a top coat, the polish lasts up to 5 days without chipping. 

The Mini Christmas collections retails for £10.99 and is available from China Glaze stockists. 

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

last minute beauty gifts

If you’re in need of ideas for last minute gift ideas for the beauty fans in your life, I have put together this quick guide. It doesn’t matter how organised I am each year, there’s always someone else to buy for. I like to buy an extra 2 or 3 smaller items so that I am prepared incase I need to gift to someone that Mum has invited to the house over Christmas at the last minute, or to exchange gifts with a friend who has unexpectedly surprised you with a present. Whatever the scenarios, here are some gifts that will impress anyone who’s in to beauty.

last minute beauty gifts

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

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Molton Brown Festive Collection


With a combination of festive colours shining from these Molton Brown products, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! They smell like Christmas too!


Molton Brown Seasonal Collection

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Natural and Organic Beauty Heroes From Melvita

natural and organic beauty products from Melvita

French brand Melvita was one of the first in the industry to offer a wide range of natural, ecological and organic beauty products. They are committed to providing the best formulations at the highest, strictest standards. At least 95% of the total ingredients are from natural origins and 95% of the total plant-based ingredients are organic. Recently Melvita sent me a few of the beauty heroes to try, plus a little Christmas treat.

Natural And Organic Beauty Heroes From Melvita


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Friday, 18 December 2015

Love Me Beauty - December 2015

Love Me Beauty* has changed a lot since I first tried them. They used to be so fun and colour, but it seems that the right thing for Love Me Beauty to do was grow up and go all chic on us. I love a bit of chic, so I ain’t complainin’! 



In the past 12 months, they’ve gone through more changes and this month sees a new style of packaging. They went from no box to the classiest, sturdiest box of all - Like, it is top quality. Ok - I’m harping on about the box too much now, but the box matters, right!? 


For December, my Love Me Beauty box included:
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Super Lovely Christmas Gifts For Under £5


I am excited to say that I’ve been working with Dotcomgiftshop recently, I’ve been writing blogposts for them and it has been FUN! I just love what they’re about and I think it’s so great that their products are so affordable.

I can’t remember how I discovered their website but ever since I did, Dotcomgiftshop has been my go-to for gift buying whatever the occasion. It’s a fun website to browse through and it’s particularly great if you’re on a budget because of the fab price points. Have a look at my previous blog post to see how many stocking fillers I got for £30 - SO MANY. 


GIFTS FOR UNDER £5

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A Skincare Brand For Troublesome Skin

Being a beauty blogger, I trial a fair share of skincare. So much so that it probably comes as no surprise that from time to time, my skin acts up a bit from being overloaded with products.

When this happens, I go through a bit of a panic and then after leaving it for a week, I can slowly introduce gentle products back in to my routine. 


One of the brands that I’ve come to rely on for when my skin is playing up is Salcura*. This dropped in to my life a few months ago and at the time, I was generally feeling really iffy, mainly because of stress of having to adjust to living in the city on my own. The stress was so not good for my face. Not at all. Not one one bit! No!


Salcura came to the rescue! Known for it’s natural, ingredient-led formulations, Salucra specialises in helping to relieve problems caused by common skin conditions. Whether you have acne, sensitive, dry, eczema or psoriasis - Salcura will have something to soothe and calm. 

A Skincare Brand For Troublesome Skin

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Made In The UK: Evermore London Home Fragrance

If there’s anything that I love more than candles, it’s being introduced to an independent business that makes candles. I’m forever on the look out for a gem of a brand like Evermore, an independent business from East London. Having lived in East London for a short while and exploring the area for six months, I am glad to have taken this up back home to the north with me. It’s like my little East London souvenir!

hand poured soy wax candles from evermore london

So, I love candles, and it feels like not a month goes by without me getting a brand new candle. I’ve ended up with quite a stash, but no matter how many I’ve collected, I still love trying new candles, especially if it means that I’ve discovered a small business to support.

EVERMORE | MADE IN EAST LONDON

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The Quirkiest Beauty Gift Set Ever?

soap and glory rodnik poptastic gift set

Who else thinks that this is the MOST ADORABLE BEAUTY GIFT SET EVER! It is just the cutest and it's only going to be around for Christmas only! The POPTASTIC popcorn bag is designed by The Rodnik Band exclusively for Soap & Glory and you can only buy it online. There are three designs available, although I think the MATCHBOX one has sold out. You can still get this POPTASTIC popcorn design from the Boots website - and it's my favourite one anyway! 

soap and glory rodnik poptastic gift set

SOAP & GLORY X THE RODNIK BAND COLLABORATES

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Beauty On A Budget: You'll Never Guess Where This £19.99 Facial Brush Is From...

Lidl! It's from LIDL! Amazing, right?!

Going by my stats, my blogpost featuring Lidl have been my most popular and I take that as an indication that you guys love a good old beauty bargain just as much as I do. I have become a bit of a bargain hunter, so you’ve come to the right place! 

Lidl have done it again! For all you lovers of budget beauty, you won’t want to miss out this. Lidl are selling this AWESOME SilverCrest Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, which was originally around £155.00 but you can get it for only £19.99! From tomorrow (17th December), you can get your hands on this. Lidl often comes out with these hot items that sell out fast so you’ll have to be quick on this one. 

lidl facial cleansing brush

SilverCrest Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush From Lidl


They have sold a facial cleanser before but it was fairly basic model - it was more for people who had been toying with the idea of trying one of these brushes. This one, however, is extremely similar to the big brands from the big department stores. I’m not sure if it comes in any other colours but the one I got it a stylish hot pink (very trendy!) which I love. The set comes with three brushes in total, a holder, a charger and a case to store the facial brush in for when you’re travelling.

It has four selectable intensity settings which are: Gentle cleansing, deep cleansing, pulsating massage, and deep massage. My skin is a little sensitive at the moment so I’m using it on the gentle setting. The most important thing for me is that the brushes are soft. Some of the ones I’ve used in the past have been quite harsh and it irritates my skin. The brushes on the SilverCrest Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is quite fluffy and suitable for the current state of my sensitive skin.

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Radiant Wishes | Christmas Gift Sets From Liz Earle

liz earle christmas gift sets

Liz Earle is one of those magical brands and by magical, I mean their products work like magic on skin. The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish remain my favourite cleanser ever. It is a truly life changing product that transformed my skin. Thanks to Cleanse & Polish, I am able to say that I have clear skin that gives me confidence. 

liz earle christmas gift sets

As I am such a fan, it’s no surprise that Liz Earle is right on the top of my Christmas list! No, not the actual lady herself, OBVS! Her fabulous beauty products! This year, I am lusting after the new perfume - I had a spritz of it last week and I adore it! It’s a must-have for anyone who is a fan of rose scented perfumes which I have been this year! 

Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a first time customer, here are some classic gifts you to look out for this December:

LIZ EARLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2015

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The BEST Christmas Deals On Beauty Electricals

This is a great time of year to buy beauty electricals, you save so much money as most of them are half price! So if you’ve been eyeing up a new salon-professional hair dryer, or you fancy replacing a pair of straighteners, NOW is the right time to buy! Here are my top picks this Christmas:


The BEST Christmas Deals On Beauty Electricals

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Find The Perfect Sweet Treat From Thorntons



Years ago when I was at uni, the first thing I would do when I received an instalment of my student loan was pop in to Thorntons and treat myself to a little something! The dessert inspired chocolates were my absolute fave! And I’d make the whole box of chocolates last for a couple of months! It remains the only chocolate shop that I buy from for those special-ocassion-gifts. My relatives in Hong Kong love it so much that they'd ask us to buy them a suitcase full every time we go and visit them. I don't blame them on bit, Thorntons Chocolates look good and they taste so yummy!

THORNTONS CHRISTMAS GIFT FINDER

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Feeling Cosy By The Fire

If I’m being honest, I’m quite happy being out of London at the moment. I’m home now and I’ve been catching up with a lot of life things - some are fun, some not so much. And one of the fun tasks on my to-do list is to make my flat feel more Christmassy. 

As much as I would love one, I don’t have room for a Christmas tree *Sad face*, BUT I have got other small little things to help me dial up the festive vibe such as these accessories which makes me room feel cute and cosy. I also did a Christmas room tour video a couple of years ago which you can watch here.

yankee candle cosy by the fire

YANKEE CANDLE COSY BY THE FIRE

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Friday, 11 December 2015

The Best Soap & Glory Christmas Gift Sets

I went to Boots the other day for one reason, and one reason only. To buy a lot of Soap & Glory Christmas gift sets! I was a loyal fan before but now the obsession has been taken up a notch. I will forever be obsessed with the brand!

Soap & Glory Christmas Gift Sets

There is always a couple of Soap & Glory Christmas gift set underneath our Christmas tree - but this year, I am going all out and I’m buying every member of my family (even my Dad) something from Soap & Glory’s Christmas range. I think they expect it, anyway! I have started buying some bits and bobs and since it’s 3 For 2 mix and match at Boots, I treated myself to a few things too! It would be rude not to! Here are some of my favourites this year:
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

My Favourite Skincare Brand Of 2015

I was first introduced to Jurlique at the end of last year and after receiving the BUMPER Ultimate Beauty Gift Set, I haven’t been without it for the past 12 months. Jurlique has been my go-to for all things skincare and I was delighted to be invited to take part in their Instagram Take-Over to recommend products as their ‘beauty addict’. I sure am a beauty addict, that got that one right!

jurlique skincare

JURLIQUE: MY FAVOURITE SKINCARE BRAND


Below are some of the snaps from the Instagram Take-Over featuring a few(!) products that I’ve enjoyed using this year (I know, there’s quite a lot, I’ve had to narrow it down! They don’t call me a beauty junkie for nothin’.)
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Monday, 7 December 2015

What's Inside BIRCHBOX December 2015 Edition

BIRCHBOX December 2015 Edition

BIRCHBOX DECEMBER 2015


The very last Birchbox of 2015 *sob*! It has been such a fantastic year for my favourite beauty box ever! Every month has been an exciting edition and unpredictable collaborations. I say this every time I see the Birchbox team or when I’m talking to them via email. I felt the slump for these beauty boxes last year and how the general vibe was that most of us are getting bored or fed up of the ‘same old, same old’ samples. Every single Birchbox this year has been amazing and exciting - see for yourself here.

BIRCHBOX December 2015 Edition
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Friday, 4 December 2015

13 (Small) Ways To Boost Your Confidence


What is your winning formula for feeling confident? Pearl Drops have asked me to share my tips for feeling upbeat and confident and I thought this was a great idea as it makes me reflect on the certain things I do to help myself. And I do rather get quite reflective at this time of year!

Since Pearl Drops is all about a bright, whiter smile, there is a big emphasis on improving the way we look. But I don’t think that we are born with confidence and I don’t believe that confidence is solely based on looks or appearances. Confidence is something we all build and develop as life goes on. Having confidence comes from the experience that enriches our lives. 

I've let certain things whittle me down but it's time for a pep talk! Here are some simple and achievable things to do every day that has helped my self-esteem lately. They may seem like really small to some people but they are tasks that should help you feel great and positive. Even doing a couple of these things each day will change your outlook on life.
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Noble Isle: A Quintessentially British Brand

Noble Isle Rhubarb Rhubarb! Collection

Noble Isle seem to come in to my life at around Christmas time so I immediately associate it with this time of year. Founded in 2011, Noble Isle is beautiful brand that uses the finest, quintessentially British ingredients that celebrates our culture and history. 

The Rhubarb Rhubarb! collection is made with naturally cleansing rhubarb extract sourced from Yorkshire, and as I’m a Yorkshire gal through and through, I am very much a fan of this lovely range of products! 

Noble Isle Rhubarb Rhubarb! Collection
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

7 Awesome Beauty Stocking Fillers - All For Under £45

I recently used Holland & Barrett Gift Finder to… yep, you guessed it, find gifts! I found so many cute little gift sets at such an affordable price that I decided to make a little stocking full of quality beauty products for my beauty fanatic family member (Obvs staying a bit hush-hush incase she’s reading!). But I set myself a budget and I used it wisely! (Of course, forever the sensible one with money!)

Beauty Stocking Fillers

7 Beauty Stocking Fillers - All For Under £45

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Best Advent Calendar For Candle Lovers

HAPPY 1ST OF DECEMBER! I am delighted that it’s December, not because Christmas is getting closer, but because 2015 is about to end and I can't wait to see this year out, I just want to start things over in the New Year. But aside from being a bit down in the dumps, I am pretty excited for the festive season because I have my second advent calendar this year, and it's a bloomin' good one! Woohoo!

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2015

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