Monday, 28 December 2015

JACK WILLS GILET

I hope everyone had a great Christmas or just had a great day if you don't celebrate Christmas. I know my Christmas Day and Boxing Day was incredible and it was so nice just being able to spend time with my family and just get to relax and not worry about studying or writing for this blog but I am not back. Up until Christmas Day, I did blog every day. This won't be happening again until probably after my exams finish in May where I will blog for the whole month but I might do a week of full blogging in the lead up to Valentine's Day but I will have to see how busy I meant to have a blog post up yesterday but if you don't follow me on Twitter, which you can if you click here, then you won't know that I actually went shopping yesterday.

The sales in the UK start on Boxing Day although I did get emails from some brands on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day telling me about their online sales starting. But on Boxing Day my family and I always go out for a meal and it's always too busy too go shopping on Boxing Day and I just wanted to relax with my family rather than go shopping. We actually went to a outlet centre yesterday called Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. I actually went with the intention of buying a dress for New Years Eve and in the end I came home with three dresses from Coast, which I will do a blog post later on this week, I also got some cleaning products for my Uggs and then I got a Gilet from Jack Wills which is what I wanted to write about today.

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! | BLOGMAS DAY 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This is just a very quick post to end Blogmas 2015 but also to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have all enjoyed Blogmas this year and I will definitely be doing the same next year. I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone and I cannot wait for New Years Eve and also to see what 2016 holds for me and this blog.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you all have an amazing day and I will see you all in the New Year!!

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HOLIDAY HOME TOUCHES | BLOGMAS DAY 24

Hey everyone and Merry Christmas Eve,

I cannot believe that it is finally the big day itself tomorrow and I am so excited. My favourite part of the holidays is the build up with seeing friends and family and getting to do something that I love which is bake and cook a lot of food. Over the past month I have shown you the Christmas trees and the cake that I made but I wanted to just show you some of my favourite decorations that we put up around the house each year for the Holidays. I didn't want to write too much because I am quite busy today but I have taken lots of photos and included some photos that you have already seen in previous blog posts as well.

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LAPLAND HOLIDAY | BLOGMAS DAY 23

Hey everyone,

I was meant to upload this blog post last night but the traffic was so bad after a Christmas party that I did not get home til midnight and I just thought it would be easier to post this today instead. So technically it is Christmas Eve and I will have a post up following this one and I didn't really know what to talk about. I knew I couldn't write a review or show you how to make something because it is too late in the month now for you to recreate anything that I had planned. So I knew that I wanted something that I could just write about and it be a quick and easy post because today is very busy for me and I have so much to do.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

CHRISTMAS PUDDING TRUFFLES | BLOGMAS DAY 22

Hey everyone and happy 22nd of December,

I can't believe that Christmas is only a few days away and I realised that I have not given the recipe that I use to make Christmas Pudding Truffles. I love these truffles and I make them every year and they are always a favourite after dinner on Christmas Day. This is so simple and will really impress you family and friends and can be given as a gift at Christmas as well. I'm not a massive fan of Christmas Pudding but I love these truffles and they are not time consuming at all and can be made a few days in advance but they are even better if you make them the day before you want to serve them. These are a great alternative to chocolate truffles, even though there is chocolate in them but it's also got Christmas Pudding in them as well. There is also alcohol added to these truffles but  obviously if you make these then you could make some without alcohol if there are children or people who aren't keen on alcohol or don't drink.

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Monday, 21 December 2015

2015 CHRISTMAS CAKE | BLOGMAS DAY 21

Hey everyone and happy 21st of December,

I feel like December has gone by so quickly and it makes me sad to think that the build up to Christmas is almost over but I am so excited that it is almost Christmas Day as well. I wanted to write about this years Christmas cake design and I know I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about my past Christmas cake designs and I said I would probably just put a picture up on Twitter and Instagram but I decided to write a whole post on it.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

MY CHRISTMAS DAY OUTFIT | BLOGMAS DAY 20

When I was little, my family made a lot of effort with what we wore on Christmas Day, especially what I wore. I would always wear a tartan dress pretty much every year until I could tell my Mum what I wanted to wear. Now we put in still quite a lot of effort but we don't wear fancy dresses or anything like that and it's more smart casual because I have to help cook the Christmas dinner and I can't really do that in a tight dress plus I don't like wearing anything expensive in case I drop it all down me. At the moment I kind of know what I am going to wear but that might change because it will depend if I get something that I asked for but I will let you know later on in the blog post. First of all I'm going to tell you what I will wear to open my presents and then what I will wear for the rest of Christmas Day and what I wore last year.

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HOMEMADE POTPOURRI | BLOGMAS DAY 18

Nothing is better than walking into a room and it smelling amazing! There is not a room in my family's home where there isn't a candle or a diffuser in the room. However, over the Christmas period I wanted to create the smell of Christmas but rather than buying a candle I wanted to make my own potpourri. A lot of people think that potpourri is very old-fashioned and can sometimes smell horrible; however, I am so impressed with how this turned out and the smell was incredible. Christmas (to me!) reminds me of cinnamon, oranges and pine cones and I thought that would be the perfect scent for my potpourri.  If you read my gift wrapping ideas post, which can be found here, you will know that I dried my own oranges for the presents that I gave this year, and I had cinnamon sticks and pine cones for that as well. This is so inexpensive and would make amazing presents for work colleagues or to give to teachers.

This is so simple to make and actually only has three components; these being cinnamon sticks, pine cones and oranges.

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

CREATING YOUR OWN LUXURY HAMPER | BLOGMAS DAY 17

Sometimes it can be difficult to think of ways to present gifts and one of my favourite ways is to buy smaller gifts and place it in a hamper. These can look amazing and you can create a budget and a theme to follow. I have made one this year and it is more of a pampering hamper, but you can create a food hamper, a movie hamper, a sports hamper, really you can create any type of theme that you want. I have chosen products that were fairly cheap but I do have quite an expensive gift in there as well. I don't want to go through every item individually because most of them you will have seen in old blog posts, and I will just give a quick run through of what I have placed in there but I haven't included prices because I can't remember all the prices and I can't remember where I got everything from either.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

HANDMADE REINDEER STOCKINGS | BLOGMAS DAY 16

I have always had a stocking since I was a little girl and I still have it because my Mum made it for me when I was 7 years old and it just gets filled with silly little presents that don't cost much. Some people will have the same as me and it will be smaller presents and then sometimes people just have a stocking which may have a variety of smaller and larger presents in it, or some might not have a stocking at all. So I wanted to show you how to make your own stocking with felt reindeers appliqued on it and it will look amazing hanging over a fireplace or just hung on the door, like mine is.

These would be perfect for anyone, but they would definitely be amazing for children and you could even get your children involved when you make it. I sewed all of my design but if you want to make this with children then you could glue the reindeers onto the stocking with fabric glue. I made the whole stocking out of different pieces of felt and ribbon but if you don't want to go out and buy felt then you could use any scrap pieces of fabric you have around the house. Also you don't have to do the same design as mine and you can do whatever design you want to.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS | BLOGMAS DAY 15

My favourite part of the Holidays is the build up and decorating the house, wrapping the presents and baking. For the last few years I haven't put much effort into wrapping and I just try and get it done quickly because it can be quite time consuming especially if you have a lot of people that you have had to buy for. But this year I was well prepared and started most of my Christmas shopping in November because I just can't deal with the shops in December because they are too crowded and the queues are a nightmare. I know that a lot of you will not have the time to put much effort into the wrapping and there will also be some of you who don't care what the wrapping looks like, but I thought I would give a few simple designs that can make any present look gorgeous under the Christmas tree and they are fairly cheap and some are more time consuming than others.

One of the biggest trends this year is to instead of using wrapping paper, you use brown parcel paper which you can buy anywhere and I got mine in a Supermarket for £1, so it is so cheap because wrapping paper can cost a lot of money. I love the look of using brown paper and then I spend a bit more on trimmings and things like that just to make it look more festive. I have four easy designs which will not take much time to do and will not cost much and then I have one design which is more complicated and will be more time consuming that the other four.

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DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE | BLOGMAS DAY 14

Hey everyone,

Some of you might not have known that the reason why I haven't been uploading recently is because my blog hasn't been working properly and also my internet connection isn't great so I haven't been able to post much and when I get internet connection I have to write loads of posts all at once just in case I lose it again. If you haven't seen my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook then you might not have seen the Christmas Trees that my Mum and I have decorated and I wanted to include this on my blog. You all know I am not showing off but I just want to reiterate it because I love to share some things with you and I know a few people who haven't even put a tree up yet and have asked me for inspiration so I wanted to write this post.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

STOCKING FILLER GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM UNDER £20 | BLOGMAS DAY 13

Earlier I uploaded my Stocking Filler Gift Guide for Her and today I wanted to upload the Stocking Filler Gift Guide for Him. This was meant to be up at the weekend but unfortunately my blog has been playing up so I have only just been able to write this post now. If you are late with your Christmas shopping or you are struggling to find smaller gifts for men then hopefully this will be able to help. In today's post I had 10 gifts that I managed to take photos of and then I had a few more gifts that I gave the links to which I wanted to buy. Unfortunately, I didn't have as much time to buy all of the stuff I wanted to buy for this gift guide so there won't be as many gifts that I can show but I will have lots of links at the end of this blog which I would have got if I had the time to buy all of them. All of the gifts are under £20 and these gifts are all towards the £15 to £20 price whereas with the women's gift guide I did have a few gifts that were a lot cheaper. But the links that I will link at the end will have some expensive items as well as having cheaper gifts, which will be perfect if you are on a budget. You will also find that some of the gifts were included in the women's gift guide and some of the gifts linked below could also be purchased for women as well. I think there is only 7 proper gifts in this gift guide because I don't have that many men to buy for as there are more women in my family but I will have 10 links at the end for more gifts to help give you inspiration.

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STOCKING FILLER GIFT GUIDE FOR HER UNDER £20 | BLOGMAS DAY 12

This is the time when I am going to help you with some last minute Christmas gift ideas which will be perfect for stockings or if you are on more of a budget. These are all gifts that I have got for my friends and family and a few of them will be familiar because I have already written blog posts on these in the last week or so. There will be 10 gifts with pictures to help you but at the end of this post I will be adding links to other perfect gifts under £20 that you could take inspiration from but I was not able to buy them in time for this blog post. I have found that I have put more effort into this gift guide so the men's gift guide will have more links because I have to buy more gifts for women rather than men. I hope you like this blog post and I'm sorry it is late up but I have been having a lot of problems with my blog lately and haven't been able to upload anything for a while.

This will be perfect if you are struggling to figure out what to buy the women in your life whether it is family relatives, friends or work colleagues.

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

THE BODY SHOP GLAZES APPLE FEEL GOOD TIN | BLOGMAS DAY 11

Hey everyone,

I unfortunately couldn't post anything yesterday because I was travelling home for Christmas and when I did get home I was so tired and I fell asleep almost straight away. But I wanted to put this post up now before my stocking filler gift guide which will be up this evening around 7pm. This is actually the reason why my gift guide is now under £20 rather than under £15 because I really wanted to include it so I had 10 gifts to put up which will be great for anyone.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

HOMEMADE NUTELLA | BLOGMAS DAY 10


I absolutely love Nutella, I will use it on toast, as a ganache for cakes or really anything else. Christmas is the one time of year that I will go baking crazy and make everything from sausage rolls, truffles to the Christmas Cake. But one thing that I really wanted to try out and have on the table on Christmas morning is a chocolate spread that I have made from scratch. I must admit this is a lot of fuss when you can buy a jar for a couple of pounds but I think Christmas is the one time of year where you want to go all out. Plus these jars make really cute Christmas presents and could be given as a little extra gift for someone who is obsessed with Nutella. There are quite a few recipes for chocolate spread and this is perfect on toast, cakes or brownies. This will definitely be a favourite on Christmas morning!

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS JUMPER | BLOGMAS DAY 9

Hey everyone and Happy 9th of December,

I am finally up to date with all my blogs but I am so tired and look like rubbish right now that I will not be uploading the photos for this blog til some time tomorrow because I have taken all my makeup off. But one of my favourite parts of Christmas is wearing the tackiest jumpers but I have one jumper that I absolutely love and it's got the feel of Christmas without being too tacky, even though I have plenty of over the top Christmas jumpers.

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TED BAKER COMPACT MIRROR AND BAUBLE | BLOGMAS DAY 8

Hey everyone,

This post was meant to be up yesterday but like I said in my previous blog post, for the last couple of days I have had to write and edit my assignment which is due tomorrow. I have now submitted and I can now keep up to date from now on as I am actually going home this weekend. Now these two items are going to be in my stocking filler gift guide this weekend but I wanted to write a post on them because I am absolutely loving the Ted Baker beauty collection, which is being sold in Boots. I actually got these two items with something else as it was 3 for 2 and I wanted to share these two items with you in greater detail. I have always been a fan of Ted Baker and I always love the way they package all of their items and this is still the case with these two stocking items. Not only could they be stocking fillers but you could buy them for a work colleague, or a family member or a friend and they will absolutely love it, especially if they are into their beauty.

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PAPERCHASE CHRISTMAS ESSENTIALS | BLOGMAS DAY 7

Hey everyone,

This would usually say happy 7th of December but you might have realised that I have been busy for the last couple of days writing my assignment. I have now handed that in and I am going to be writing this post which was meant to be up on Monday. I went out shopping and I got some essentials that I need for gift wrapping. This is a very quick haul because most of the items are for my stocking filler gift guide which I don't want to include in this haul as I will be writing these this weekend. I have five items in this haul which are for Christmas presents and then I will have a couple more items to add to this haul when they are delivered this weekend. I know this will be quick but I want to get back up to date.

I love Paperchase at this time of year because they do some really lovely gift wrapping as well as gifts that I would want to receive. I have some bits that I have ordered online and then I want to go back in tomorrow because I am going to be writing a post on how to wrap a present and make it look really festive. So I will add those items when I buy or receive them and will let you know on my Twitter.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

THE WINTER TAG | BLOGMAS DAY 6

Hey everyone and happy 6th of December,

I literally haven't left my house today because I have been trying to find quotes for my assignment and I am still struggling now so I have been so busy trying to write my assignment that I completely forgot that I haven't got a blog post for you all. I asked me friend if she could just try and find some ideas and she found a Tag for me to answer and I didn't want to do anymore Tags but I haven't got time to make anything or take any photos so I promise this is the last one and tomorrow I will be reviewing something or I might write a post on my Winter essentials, I haven't decided yet. My friend found this tag from a blog called RandomBeautyThings and I thought why not answer the questions that are on there but I have changed some of the questions slightly and added a couple more just so I could write more for you all.

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

HOW TO SHOP AT CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 5

Hey everyone and happy 5th of December,

I am so busy with writing my assignments but I want to carry on and make sure I write a post every day, up until Christmas Eve and I was struggling to know what to write about. But I thought what is the most stressful part of Christmas and that has to be Christmas shopping, especially if you leave it too late. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I started my Christmas shopping the first week of November and I know that is very early but I knew I had so many assignments due around this time and I just wanted to make sure it was hassle-free. But we now only have a few weeks until Christmas Day and the shops are getting busier and busier and it can be very stressful, especially when products start to sell out very quickly. So here are my tips to try and make Christmas shopping a bit more stress-free this year:

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Friday, 4 December 2015

DECORATING YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CAKE | BLOGMAS DAY 4

Hey everyone and happy 4th of December,

I have been doing a lot of baking tutorials recently and rather than tell you how to make something, I wanted just an easy post to write and I was thinking about Christmas traditions and there are a few that my family have, and one of them is that I will always make the Christmas cake and my Mum and I will always decorate it together. It's usually when my Dad isn't home because he works in London during the week and its then a surprise for him at the weekend. So I was actually thinking about the theme of my Christmas cake this year and I am inspired by a Marks and Spencer's one and when I come to decorate the cake I will probably post it on Instagram and Twitter.

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

GINGERBREAD CAKE | BLOGMAS DAY 3

Hey everyone and happy 3rd of December,

This is another instalment of my handmade Christmas gift guide and this recipe wasn't meant to be a cake recipe but instead it was meant to be gingerbread cookies with royal icing. But I got a lot of the measurements wrong and that failed and they turned into cakes. So I went and checked for a proper recipe for gingerbread cake so you can all make it properly and it will hopefully be a lot nicer. I have made this cake before and it was amazing and I don't usually like ginger at all. The recipe I found was for an orange icing, so I did make that but you could just use normal icing or even a spoonful of cream would work with this cake. I wouldn't give this as a present because obviously they won't last long like cookies but you can still take them into work or give to family just before Christmas so they can enjoy them! Also you don't have to cut them into stars either and you could just leave them like a tray bake and cut them into squares which will prevent wasting any of the cake!! I would usually also add candied orange peel which I make myself but I only had one orange and I needed that for the icing, but I will still give you the recipe.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

MINCE PIES | BLOGMAS DAY 2

Hey everyone and happy 2nd of December,

I wanted to give you my recipe on how to make mince pies. Now if I was really good I would tell you how to make the mincemeat but firstly I don't have a recipe for mincemeat, secondly I've never tried to make mincemeat and thirdly does anyone have time to make it and it costs so much money when you can buy a jar for a few pounds. But I am going to show you how to make the pastry and I do also add a couple more ingredients to the mincemeat just to add a bit more flavour.

Mince pies have never really been my favourite Christmas food but I love to make them. However I decided to finally try one last year and I really like them and I now get a bit obsessed over mince pies and I will make over 100 over Christmas and I usually make around 100 for my Dad to take into work and another 50 for my Mum to take into work. So I make a lot basically and they don't last long in my house. This is such a simple recipe and it is particularly good if maybe you're not into baking or if you're not the best baker in the world but you still want to make something that is homemade and it is great to make if you have children or grandchildren because they will love rolling out the pastry and filling the pies with the mincemeat as well.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 1

Happy 1st of December,

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and I don't just mean the day itself but I actually prefer the build up to Christmas. I love the decorating, the baking, buying presents and getting to spend quality time with my family and friends. Now if I was on YouTube I would probably be doing Vlogmas but at the moment I am not planning on creating a YouTube channel just yet but I am instead going to be writing a blog post for each day of December. I will have posts on baking, gift wrapping ideas and the perfect stocking filler gifts for men and women. I am going to be calling this series Blogmas just to make it easier for me so I know what day I am on.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

MY FAVOURITE NO7 PRODUCTS

I have three products that I am obsessed with and they are from the brand No7. I went into Boots the other day (I promise I am not sponsored by Boots) and I usually just buy everyday makeup from Maybelline or Rimmel but I wanted to look for some products that I could get for my Mum as a Christmas present from my Dad. I only wanted to get her a few products and I wanted to get her some more expensive items. It was so hectic in Boots as it was the day before Black Friday and there were so many deals in the store, but I managed to look at some of the new No7 products and I wanted to try them out myself and I got my Mum the same products and I am in love with them and I know my Mum will be as well. Also, because I had purchased two No7 products I got a free No7 gift set for Christmas which I will put in my Mum's present as well.

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JOULES "READY FOR THE WEEKEND" GIFT SET

 I love the gift sets that Boots have in stock over the Christmas period, and I always buy quite a few for my family members and I sometimes buy myself a gift set but this year I got told not to buy anything for me because my family don't want me to buy gift sets that they have got me, plus I know I have asked for a couple of sets and I don't know whether they have got those for me or not.

I think Boots is one of the best stores for Christmas gift sets and from around the middle of November each week they will have a gift set which is roughly £45 and they will have it reduced to £22.50. This can vary though and I know there have been gift sets which were originally £60 and reduced to £30. These are known as there star gifts and I love these because you get great quality gifts at a reasonable price. At the moment it is the Sanctuary gift set (priced at £22.50) which I was going to get for my Mum but the problem with Sanctuary is my Mum only likes a few of the products so it's actually better if I buy them separately for her instead. But they actually have another gift set on offer this week which I did buy her. This is the Joules "Ready for the Weekend" bag which was reduced from £45 to £22.50.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT BODY SCRUB

So this post was meant to go up on Thursday but the almond and peppermint oil had not been delivered until my neighbour came round this afternoon and told me that the parcel had been delivered to his flat instead of mine. So I made this straight away for you all. I said last week that I was now going to stay away from baking goods for my homemade Christmas gift guide and I am doing that with this post. I love giving beauty products at Christmas to my friends and family members and I love making my homemade peppermint body scrub for them. It is so easy and you only need three ingredients and you can make a batch load of them in no time at all. This scrub just reminds me of Christmas and candy canes and it really does work well as a scrub and everyone can't believe that it is not from a shop.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

LUSH GIFT SETS

Hey everyone,
I haven't been able to do another post on my homemade Christmas gift guide because I had to order a few items and they have not arrived yet so I will hopefully get it by Monday or even sooner, but I will let you all know as soon as my order arrives. But I wanted to make sure that I still had a post for you all and I was in Lush today and I could have purchased everything in there. It was so busy in my local Lush store and I could not cope and there was a couple buying everything in there but I wanted to look specifically at the gift sets that they were offering this year, and I was so impressed. I only got one gift set to try and show you, but there are so many and I like the fact that they have a gift set for every price range.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

COOKIES IN A JAR

I love baking and this will probably be the last baking gift for a while, although I will nearer to Christmas write posts on how to make other items either on Wednesdays or Sundays. But I wanted to end it with one of my favourite gifts to give at Christmas and I know there are so many recipes on this and I believe there are other bloggers who have also come up with this idea but I want to show you how to make cookies in a jar. These are so cheap to make and you can make loads for people at work or for friends or to just put in someone's stocking. I always have to include the mixture to make my triple chocolate chip cookies, which have dark, milk and white chocolate chips in them and they are just incredible.

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATION LASH MULTIPLYING MASCARA

I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this product, and some people love it and some hate it. I am actually really loving this mascara and I usually buy Rimmel mascaras as my drugstore favourite but I saw a couple of bloggers review this and said it was amazing so I wanted to try it for myself.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TRUFFLES

These chocolate peanut butter truffles are so easy to make and you can make them in batches well in advance of Christmas and will impress all of your friends and family. I always make these at Christmas and I give them to my friends as another present to go with their main gift, but these would work well for the people you work with or to give to your friends. I make these for my Mum's work friends all the time and they always love them and I want to share this recipe with you as well. I always make roughly 20 from this batch but I make larger truffles so you could actually make more. I always have 10 truffles covered in milk chocolate and then 10 covered in dark chocolate but obviously you can choose whatever chocolate you prefer!

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Monday, 9 November 2015

L'OREAL LA PALETTE NUDE REVIEW

I recently purchased the L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude last week. I have so many palettes and I don't really need anymore but my friends have been obsessed with this palette and told me that I should definitely add it to my collection. I have been wanting to try it out and I am going home for my Mum's birthday this weekend and I wanted to have a smaller palette so I could fit it in my bag and it wouldn't take up too much room. It is still quite bulky but it isn't too big and I could easily fit it in my clutch bag when we go out for dinner. I think it looks amazing and I love the gold on the black case. The one thing I don't like is that it looks like it is still open when its closed so I almost freaked out thinking that the eyeshadows were going to go everywhere in my bag until I realised that it was definitely closed. I've also found that when you shut it, it doesn't click so you're also not sure whether the palette is actually shut or not. One thing that I love is the fact that the mirror is a reasonable size and is quite handy because I never carry a mirror with me so it is quite handy.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

HOT CHOCOLATE IN A JAR

As you will be aware I love to bake and this is especially the case at Christmas. I have always loved the baking goods in a jar and I wanted to show my hot chocolate in a jar. Nearer to Christmas I actually want to write a blog post showing you how to create five different hot chocolates in a jar with different flavours that I love. But for the moment I want to keep it simple and just show you my basic hot chocolate in a jar which is so pretty and anyone would love to see it under there tree.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK BROWNIES

So I have been telling you about this series I am going to do each Thursday and they are all going to be about homemade Christmas gifts which will really impress your friends and family. I thought I wouldn't go into anything which is too Christmassy because I know it is still October and most of you don't want to think about Christmas at all. So I want to share with you my white chocolate chunk brownies which are so good and can obviously be made all year around but they are great gifts for people you work with or for friends.

I love baking brownies and this dark chocolate brownie recipe with surprise white chocolate chunks are amazing for this time of year. I love to give these as gifts around the holidays because who wouldn't want to indulge their sweet tooth with a warm chocolate brownie and a hot chocolate. These are so moist and are definitely a treat every now and again ...

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

SCARF-OBSESSED ...

I just want to first of all apologise for not blogging at all for the last two weeks. My laptop once again broke and had to be fixed and I got it back last Sunday and then I was quite behind with my Uni work and spent most of my week studying and preparing for seminars. But I am not up to date with all my work and I can turn my attention back to my blog. I know its not a Wednesday or a Sunday but I wanted to write this as I feel like I need to make up for not blogging over the last two weeks.
So I have never really been into wearing scarves, as I never thought they looked good on me and all the scarves I like are either Alexander McQueen or Burberry. Obviously I cannot afford either and right now I've gone off them and I don't know why. I think it is because they are so expensive and I prefer to show you all affordable pieces of clothing that you can also go and buy. So I try to keep a balance between expensive and affordable products.
But recently I have gotten into scarves and especially Primark scarves, as you are all aware I go into Primark quite a lot and I buy the essentials from there, like my jeans, leggings and long sleeve tops because they are so cheap. And I can't afford to spend £300 on a pair of jeans that will only last a few years. I always use to buy my Mum scarves for her birthdays and Christmas, and when I use to buy a scarf for myself, I would always give it to her. But I was in Primark the other day and just fell in love with this scarf ...

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

NEW SIMPLE MICELLAR FACIAL WIPES

I am absolutely in love with these new Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Facial Wipes. I have been using these for the last couple of weeks but I don't know when they were released. I, like most beauty bloggers, have been obsessed with Micellar water and when I find out that Simple was releasing facial wipes that had Micellar water in it, I just knew that I had to buy them. I got them when they were on offer for around £1.50 and they were so good. However, they are no longer on offer in my local supermarket so I had to pay £3.99 which is a lot for facial wipes but I think they are worth the money.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

FIRST DATES ...

A friend of mine asked me about a first date and what was the appropriate etiquette on a date, and she then said that I should blog about it, and do a series of blogs on relationships, self-confidence, and just life in general. So I am going to do exactly that, so every Sunday I will be doing a post where I just write about certain topics and then on a Wednesday I will be writing reviews and showing you fashion and beauty items. I have actually asked a couple of men that my friend and I know about what they think should happen on a first date so it is more balanced and not all focusing on what a girl should do.

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

RIMMEL AND RITA ORA NAIL POLISH COLLECTION

So these nail polishes have been out for a couple of months and I'm not sure why I didn't review them at the time but I thought I would finally tell you what I think about them. This is the 12 piece collection with all the nail polishes having festival names with them. I actually purchased the last two only a week ago and I wanted to make sure I had all the collection to include in the blog.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ...


I really liked the idea of this TAG and I was tagged to do it by my friend Jess and I thought I would give it a go because the other TAGs that I have done so far have been on fashion, beauty and travelling whereas this one is all about my favourite things including my favourite pieces of clothing, beauty items, brands, sports and accessories. I just thought this TAG sounded really sweet and I thought it would be interesting to see what my answers would be because I have never really thought about it before.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

GOING TO UNIVERSITY?

So this is my first post in September and I can't believe how quick my Summer has gone, I had 4 months off and I will be returning to Uni next weekend. So I thought I would post this as I know that some of you might be going to Uni for the first time and I wanted to share my experience of Uni with you all. Hopefully it will help those who are going to be freshers and even those who are thinking whether they want to go to Uni at all and even if you aren't freshers and are going into your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year at Uni.

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Monday, 31 August 2015

MY FAVOURITE LUSH PRODUCTS ...

At University I can't really use many Lush products as in our flat we only have showers as it is just a small en-suite so when I am home in the Winter and Summer I always buy Lush products and like most people I do have a few favourite products that I am always buying all the time. I love their bath bombs and I recently have gotten into their bubble bars as well, and even though Lush is quite expensive I don't go there much as I don't have a store that close to me. I must admit that I can't spend too much time in Lush because the smells are so strong and they do make me feel ill and give me headaches, so I will only spend 20 minutes in their each time I go and my nearest store is actually quite small.

So here are my top three Lush products that I am absolutely in love with ...

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Monday, 3 August 2015

NEW RIMMEL LONDON NUDE COLLECTION BY KATE MOSS

Nude lipsticks have been in for so long now and since this collection was released in July 2015, nude lipsticks have become even more popular. One of the most iconic nude lipsticks has got to be from MAC which is in the shade Velvet Teddy. But not everyone wants to spend £15.50 on a lipstick and therefore the Rimmel Nude Collection from Kate Moss is a great alternative and there is a shade that will flatter every skin tone.

The Rimmel Nude Collection by Kate Moss has been out for over a year and I wrote a blog post on it a few weeks after it launched. I have been buying lipsticks from Rimmel for years and when I bought this collection I thought it was perfect and it would be the perfect collection of nudes. What I love the most is that it is the perfect collection of nude lipsticks and there is a lipstick that is perfect for everyone's skin type. However, I would not suggest buying the whole collection just because I have one lipstick that I wear quite a lot and then the other four are stuck in a drawer because they don't suit my skin type.

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

TIPS FOR COLOURING YOUR HAIR

I have coloured my hair for the last year, and I just dye it to cover up any grey hairs and also just to get rid of old highlights that still come through now. Whether you're colouring your hair for the first time or you are a professional at it, it is a great way to transform your hair or to enhance your natural hair. If you don't want to get it professionally done then there are so many brands you can choose from but it can still be complicated. Here are my tips to help make colouring your hair a lot easier, from choosing the right shade for you, to achieving the colour you actually desire and how to make your colour last as long as possible.

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

50 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME TAG

I really wanted to complete another TAG as the last one I did was on travelling and I thought it would be quite interesting for me to write another one. I found a simple one that I think every blogger has done at some point and it is the 50 facts about me TAG. It's not really a proper TAG as there are no set questions and instead you just have to say 50 facts that people might find interesting.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

THE FASHION TAG

I think it is safe to say that I am obsessed with makeup but I also love fashion and I am finding that I am always changing my style. I do follow trends but I will still wear a piece of clothing even if it has gone out of style. I have also found that since starting this blog my style has changed completely and I used to always wear girly items that were pink and lacy, whereas now I am completely the opposite and loving the 1970s style that has been in recently. I wanted to write about my style but rather than just writing a long piece I wanted to have it more like a TAG. I found this TAG ages ago and I cannot remember where it was from unfortunately but I thought it would be perfect for what I wanted.

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Monday, 20 July 2015

MY WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Last week, I decided to sort through my wardrobe and get rid of clothes that I don't wear anymore. I realised that there are some pieces in my wardrobe that are what I would consider are essentials and I will always have them in my wardrobe. A great foundation to any wardrobe is to have a few simple pieces that are classic and may seem simple but they can be dressed up or down. My essentials are timeless and will always be in style because of their simplicity and are the basic foundations for any outfit. I have found twelve wardrobe essentials that I always need and they are the foundation to my wardrobe and any outfit I wear.

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Friday, 29 May 2015

MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

At the moment, I have been travelling quite a bit between my parent's house, London and my University and I have realised that I always take the same items with me no matter what. Also, I am going away in the Summer on a couple of holidays with my friends and family and I knew that I would probably be taking the same essentials with me when I go on holiday but I will do a blog post on what I take in my carry on nearer the time. These essentials are really what I have in my handbag all the time, especially when I'm on the train or if I'm in the car.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

THE TRAVEL TAG

I love to travel and I have been very fortunate to have visited some amazing countries and gotten to experience other people's culture, food and environment. I really wanted to write a blog post on where I have travelled to but I thought instead of just writing about my holidays, which would go on forever, I would try and find a TAG that I could answer. I found this TAG on a blog called fashionarttravel.com and it is actually run by a good friend of mine. So I thought I would answer the questions on this blog to make it a bit more interesting ...

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Monday, 18 May 2015

THE BODY SHOP SHOWER GEL IS SIMPLY THE BEST ...

One of my favourite scents for any skincare or beauty items is grapefruit. It is one of my favourite scents but I have found with some shower gels that the smell does not come through as strong as I would like and it does not last very long. So when I saw The Body Shop did a collection of shower and skincare products in the scent of Grapefruit I knew I had to buy it. This has got to be one of the best shower gels I have ever used and I have only used this one for the last year and I have not gotten bored with the scent.

I have probably purchased over 10 of these bottles in the last 10 months so they last roughly for a month. Obviously if you have a lot of shower gels and you alternate then this will last even longer. I have found that you don't have to put too much of the shower gel on which makes it last even longer. What I love the most is that the scent lingers on my skin for a good few hours and sometimes I have been able to smell it when I have gone to bed. Sometimes, shower gels can have floral scents in them which is something that I am not keen on personally, whereas this definitely has a citrus and sharp scent to it and it actually smells like grapefruit which I love.

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