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Thursday, 8 December 2016

This year I didn't really want to do a gift guide, I mean almost everyone does them so how is my post going to get a look in? It is probably the wrong way to think about it but it lead me to a greater idea in the end... Christmas hamper ideas! Last year I made Christmas hampers for a few people (mainly couples) and they absolutely loved them! So here are three festive hamper ideas!

A movie night in hamper is a great one for film addicts. I have actually made one similar for a family member this year. Simply add a festive film like Elf or The Grinch, a snuggly blanket, pjs, chocolatey treats, pop corn and a mug and some delish hot chocolate. I think this kind of hamper would look nice styled in a large gift box, covered in glitter and sparkles! 

 A great idea is to create a hamper with a theme. We all know someone who is obsessed with something, maybe Disney, chocolate or a certain programme? So say they were obsessed with Disney, it is easy enough to find things like, pjs, mugs, chocolates and films that are all related to Disney. Just add them all into a festive gift bag or wrap them in themed paper and you've got the prefect gift!

And finally, a good old foodie hamper. Whether its full of different cheeses, sweets or just a bit of everything you cannot go wrong. I think these more traditional kind of hampers are best displayed in a vintage looking whicker basket, tied up with scarlet ribbon!

So those are my hamper Ideas. Do you have anymore ideas?

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Astral, The Moisturiser That Came Out Of Nowhere!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

I recently placed an order with Asos and in the parcel was my dress, and a little 50ml pot of Astral cream. At first I thought I had purchased it by accident, but I then realised it was a (rather good size) sample. Asos are good like that, now and again you get free gifts/samples with your order. I remember receiving crackers as the gift at one point, haha! Anyway, I started to try the cream and do a little research on it and it's not out of nowhere at all! I came across multiple articles about celebs, like Joanna Lumley, swearing by the stuff! 

I have been using the cream for around a week now and I just knew I had to post about it. It is so bloody good! And cheap too, at only £7.99 for a 500ml potThe texture of the cream is super thick and heavy, kind of like Sudocrem. That did put me off at first as I didn't want my skin to feel heavy and greasy, but this product actually did the opposite. It sunk into my skin leaving it feel, plump and soft. A lot of woman are using it as an anti ageing product, saying it makes their skin look and feel younger. I wasn't using it for this purpose but I suppose its never too early to start, right? Hahaha! The best thing I have noticed is how moisturised my skin is now. My make up glides on better and the dryness on my forehead is fading. I thought I loved the Aveeno cream, but I think this is my new fave!

As for the scent, it is basically that typical granny smell. I sound horrible don't I?... It's not a bad smell, its like a rosey, clean scent. It not my kind of thing but it isn't off putting at all. 

This pot of goodness has definitely saved my winter skin, just in time for the Christmas festivities too!

Have you ever heard of or tried Astral face and body moisturiser?

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Putting Up The Christmas Tree!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The tree is up woohoo! It was actually put up in the middle of November (yes, I am one of the early birds) but I wanted to save this little video for the Christmas series I am doing over December. If you didn't know I am going to (TRY to) post every other day up until Crimbo, so keep your eyes open for all of the christmasy treats.

This little video is just of me putting up the tree. I am just getting the hang of editing again so it may be a bit rubbish. I have so many ideas in my head but I just can figure out how to do them. If you have any editing tips let me know! Anyway, enjoy the video!

Oh, and let me know the theme of your Christmas tree this year!

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The Christmas Tag.

Friday, 2 December 2016

So I have decided to blog every other day in December woohoo! Its going to be a mixture of everything, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. As part of my Christmas series I decided to start with the Christmas tag (obvs, duh!). I only picked a few questions out of the bunch, but here it is anyway!

What is your favourite Christmas film?
My favourite Christmas film has to be The Grinch. Nothing makes me feel more festive than sitting down with some chocolate, snuggling up in a million blankets and watching the old classic. I even dressed up as a Who one time... yes, sad I know haha!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I have had a white Christmas as in snow being on the floor on Christmas day, but I can never actually remember it snowing on the day. I'd love to experience it though!

What is your favourite Christmas song?
WHAM! Last Christmas! You can't beat it... not even Mariah can beat it!

Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
When I was little we were never allowed to open our presents until Christmas morning. I opened presents off my friends before Christmas, but never ones from family. My mum always used to say it was bad luck...

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most this year?
I love going to Manchester Christmas markets! Their baileys hot chocolates are to die for! Oh, and I love all of the little market stalls that overflow with Christmassy treats! If you haven't been I really recommend taking a trip and checking them out.

What is your all time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Not many people say this but I absolutely love Christmas pudding. That with a boat load of warm custard mmmmm, its my fave!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
It would have to be somewhere cold and snowy! It's not Christmas if it's not cold (put on as many layers as you can until you cannot move) weather. I think staying in Scotland in a little snowy cottage would be nice.

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
Not going to lie, I proper go all out on the Christmas wrapping. I end up wrapping everything for my dad, sister and friends too. I love wrapping presents and tying them up with pretty ribbons and adding accessories. I did a post on Christmas wrapping last year, have a look!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas? Let me know if you do this tag too!

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Jackie Oates Colour Supplement.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

A few weeks ago (maybe even a month now!) I picked up the Jackie Oates foundation/supplement, what ever you want to call it! I had high hopes for this little pot of pale looking goop as I love everything I pick up from Lush. Sadly this product was a bit of a let down for me, trust me I am bloody gutted, haha!

So I suppose I'll start with the texture since I have just referred to it as goop! It's a strange one to describe but it's kind of custardy and a little bit lumpy. Doesn't sound like the most attractive thing to put on your face does it? Due to the consistency it does go on slightly patchy when applied alone as a foundation. I decided to mix it was a foundation I had which was a bit darker than my skin tone (pale girl probs). To be honest when it is mixed with another foundation, it isn't the worst product in the world... It did lighten up my foundation but the risk of adding too much to the foundation could make it apply patchy, like when applied alone. Does that make sense? Haha! 

Oh, and the smell isn't the nicest either. You should know what I am like with scents by now haha! It smells plasticy to me, with a little hint of oats.

Let's round it up. This product isn't the worst thing I have ever tried but at almost £10 for a small pot, I don't think it is something I would rush to buy again. 

Let me know if you have tried this product? Let me know how you use it too!

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