Thursday, 15 December 2016

Festive Lips

Festive Lips
I mentioned in my Getting In The Festive Spirit post that changing your lipstick shades to red and purple can help get you in the mood for Christmas. Following on from that post I've decided to share with you's what lip products I have been reaching out for this season.

Chanel Lipstick 'Arthur' | A Chanel lipstick is the crème de la crème of all lipsticks and owning one of their classics is amazing. This creamy lipstick is definitely worth the splurge as the pigmentation is incredibly long lasting. Not too dark of a red, but not too light either and the consistency feels very moisturizing. This is perfect for both day and night.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush Begian' | I absolutely love Revlon's Balm Stains, the pigmentation is so long lasting and I find these a lot easier to apply than a lipstick. I always carry this in my bag for on the go in case I want something dark on my lips but don't want to be spending ages perfecting them. They are quite moisturizing as well which is a bonus for this time of the year.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream 'Rioja Red' | If I want something a bit more dramatic and bold I tend to reach for the Sleek Matte Lip Creams. I like the application of these lip creams, you have a lot more control on applying them. These are so long lasting to the point I have to scrub my lips to remove the product.

Mac Lipstick 'Rebel' | Not the biggest Mac lipstick fan, but one of the few I like is Rebel which is this deep, purple shade. This lipstick really defines my lips and gives them an amazing shape, which lasts all day long. What I like most about this lipstick is how moisturizing it feels.

Nars Lip Pencil 'Cruella' | Saved the best till last, Nars lip pencils are literally amazing and well worth the price. Pencils definitely give you more control and help give your lips an amazing shape. These lip pencils do not budge from my lips, I always reach for this shade around this time of the year.

What is your favourite winter lip??

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Christmas Degustabox

november degustabox
I was very excited to receive this month's Degustabox to see what deliciously, festive treats I get to try. Despite the disastrous photography (thanks weather!) I had to snap the yummy snacks I received before I demolished them.
Ahmad tea
Ahmad Tea Ltd £4.00
I am a big herbal tea fan so when I opened my box up to this dessert Moroccan Orange Slice Tea, I was happy. I haven't been drinking this tea as a dessert tea, but I have been having this every other evening. Orange is quite a festive fruit so I like to think of this as a festive herbal tea, no?
Appy Kids co
Appy Kids Co Apple Juice £1.49
These are a healthier option for kids, 100% natural and no added sugars. I think these will be so cute to pop in your bag for your lunch or if you fancy something fruity.
Brodericks Crunchy Peanut Chunk £1.20
With whole roasted peanuts, crunchy rice krispies, Belgian chocolate topped with a thick layer of chunky peanut butter and a marbled top of Belgian white and milk chocolate, how good does this sound? Not the biggest fans of peanut butter, but I know someone who would really enjoy these snacks. These are perfect little pick me up, on the go snacks that are probably very filling.
Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn £1.49
When I opened my box these were the first food I had to try and they didn't disappoint. The flavour combination is so yummy and I definitely wanted to demolish the full bag. These are perfect for a night in front of the TV or even a date to the cinema.

Butterkist Sweet Cinema Style Popcorn 28p (£1.69 Multi)
Whenever I am at the cinemas I always have to get sweet popcorn to snack on during a movie, so I love that Butterkist has their own version of that. It tastes literally like the cinema popcorn as well.
Harley's Glitter Jelly 2 x £.75
Hartley's Glitter Jelly brings extra sparkle to your favourite fruity jelly. The edible glitter gives an impressive shimmery effect, perfect for Christmas. I haven't had jelly in years but this sounds so cool!
J2O Glitterberry £2.49
Despite hating J20 after redesigning them as my final project at university, this Glitterberry flavour sounds very appealing. Grape and cherry spiced flavour with edible glitter, perfect for the festive period again.
Jules Destropper
Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps £1.19
With butter, sugar, flour and eggs, together these crunchy biscuits are the perfect pair with tea or coffee. You could even pair these up with ice cream or creative desserts if you fancied. I love caramelized flavour biscuits so these went lovely with my tea.
Michel et Augstin
Michel Et Augustin £0.89
These 4 cookie squares are topped with dark chocolate and a pinch of sea salt, perfect for when you're craving chocolate. I took these to work with me and they tasted so satisfying and definitely ditched the chocolate craves.
Christian Potier Sauce
Christian Potier Sauce £2.50
There is nothing I love more than covering my steak in peppercorn sauce so this got demolished fairly quickly. I don't really have much to say about this as I find most peppercorn sauces taste the same.
Pipers Crisp co
Pipers Crisps £2.00
Pipers Crisps en-devour to make Britain's tastiest crisps. Now these crisps just scream festivity to me and a bag of these would be perfect to nibble on this time of year.
Ryvita Crackers £1.29
Crackers are something I eat all year around, but Christmas time is definitely when I eat more of them. These are perfect topped with some cheese, meats or some salad and they always fill you up for a few hours. These are also great for Christmas hampers if you are creating one this year.

Ryvita Thins £1.89
Caramelized Onion Thins and Sweet Chilli Thins are two of the flavorsome flat breads from Ryvita. These are the perfect snack if you are watching a movie, catching up with friends or just feeling a bit peckish.
A good Cider
A Good Cider 2 x £1.50
Not a fan of cider personally but again I think these would make great gifts for Christmas in a food hamper or as a stocking filler for someone who enjoys alcohol.

Overall I am quite impressed with this month's box, it is filled to the top with lots of festive snacks perfect for a party or as a gift to someone. I would definitely recommend people who enjoy trying new brands/food to give this box a try. Who doesn't love the element of surprise every month? It is literally Christmas in a box every month. You always come across amazing brands and some yummy recipes too!

If you want to find out what other yummy treats Degustabox send out their website link is here, or you can find them on Twitteror Facebook for more information.

If you are interested in trying out this yummy box they have kindly sent me a £6 off discount code for you all, using the code: 6RHZ2

Last Two Month's Boxes:

*PR Sample/gift.
Have you tried Degustabox out yet??

Monday, 5 December 2016

Getting Into The Festive Spirit

Getting Into The Festive Spirit
I don't know about anyone else, but this year I'm not really feeling as Christmassy as I'd like to be. This time of the year is hectic and stressful with deadlines, work, present buying and whatnot, so it's often quite difficult to feel prepared for all the festiveness. I've recently been doing simple things to get me into the festive spirit and shake off the bah-humbug attitude and decided to share them with those of you who aren't feeling it this year too.

1. Baking | Whether it's baking shortbread shaped stars or building your own gingerbread house, it definitely helps to get you in the festive spirit. Pop a Christmas playlist on the background, maybe grab an extra pair of hands and spend a cold afternoon baking delicious treats.

2. Christmas Movies | Netflix has a few I believe and I know some channels are starting to pop some on, but watching a Christmas film can definitely get you in the mood. Some of my personal favourites are Disney's Christmas Carol, The Polar Express and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Can you tell I like animated movies?

3. Change Makeup | Guys probably won't follow this tip so much, but for those beauty addicts simply swapping your lipstick to red or purple and your matte eyeshadows to glitter, can really help. I always like to change my makeup routine up every now and then, plus this is the perfect time of year to be able to go bold with makeup.

4. Visit Markets | There are loads of festive markets on at the moment, so it is worth checking some out and stuffing your face with burgers and churros. I love markets at this time of year you find some really quirky gift ideas too.

5. Games | Christmas is all to do with family and spending time with loved ones, so what better way to bond then playing some games? I have a puzzle book from The Range, filled with Christmas crosswords, word-searches, Sudoku and colouring in. These are great for relaxing as well if you are feeling overwhelmed with Christmas shopping.

6. Ice Skating | Not much of a skater myself, but it is good fun to wrap up in hat, gloves and scarf and go ice skating with a couple of friends.

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What have you done to get into the festive spirit??

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: For Beauty Lovers

Christmas Gift Guide: For Beauty Lovers
Can we all just take a moment to let it sink in that Christmas is only 4 weeks away, like what on earth? Panic mode is setting in now. This year I seem to have brushed Christmas shopping aside, thinking I've got loads of time and it's only until my friends and family have almost finished, that I realized, shit.

I presume 90% of you who've clicked on this post are in need of some Christmas inspiration, so I've created a little gift guide for those beauty fanatics you have in your life.

Skincare Sets
Skincare sets aren't for every beauty lover, but if you know someone who really cherishes taking care of their skin then why not? Brands such as LUSH, Kiehls, Clinique, Elemis, Origins all do amazing gift sets that save you so much money. I've picked up The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish from Boots, which comes in this cute pouch along with two Muslim cloths retailing at £15.50. Everyone either wants or has C&P and I think this little beauty would make a lot of girls very happy, plus it's used by women of all ages, so perfect for your mums, sisters etc.

If you know someone who is looking to start out with makeup or who just wants to add to their collection, then here are a couple of bits worth checking out. Boots currently sell a set of four Sleek Mini Matte Me Lip Liquid Lipsticks for £5.00 and considering one full sized would cost you the same price, it's worth picking up and saving £15. Could even split them up and pop each one in a stocking. I bought this for myself (don't judge me) but I thought it was a bargain worth mentioning. Other makeup brands to look into with great sets are Benefit, NARS, Makeup Revolution and Too Faced.

If you are buying for the more mature women the Lipstick & Powder Compact Duo by Joan Collins* is worth checking out. This compact comes with a cute powder with sponge applicator, a lipstick of your choice and a mirror, perfect little handbag compact. The packaging looks very elegant and luxurious, I just think this would make the perfect little stocking filler.

Toni&Guy do some amazing deals around Christmas on their hair electrics and one that looks incredible is the Toni&Guy Limited Edition Illusions Styler* retailing at £40.49 at the moment at Boots and was £90! This styler is perfect for not only straightening, hair but curling, and waving too, so if you know someone who is in need of a brand new all in one hair styler definitely check this amazing bargain out. Other haircare brands to check out with amazing deals on are Bumble&Bumble, Tigi and Moroccan Oil.

Brands such as Soap&Glory, LUSH and Dove always stock some amazing Christmas gift sets for pampering your body and are so affordable and easy gifts for people. I've thought outside the box and included a Coffee Body Scrub by the brand Grounded available at Boots. These coffee scrubs have been popping up everywhere on social media this year and I figured they would make a lovely little gift for someone you know who enjoys pampering. If you are wanting something more luxurious Laura Mercier do some amazing gift sets for pampering.

Something a bit more affordable to look at buying is the Soap&Glory Body Mists, Jack Will Sprays, Zara Perfume or even Impulse Body Sprays. I always receive an impulse set in my Christmas stocking because they are so easy to pop in your bag for freshening up throughout the day. At the moment Impulse* have a gift set of 3 full sized Body Sprays and a lovely black clutch bag retailing at £8.00 at the moment on Amazon. Which is such a good steal and makes the perfect little gift! If you are looking at perfume gift sets Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Ted Baker all do some great sets that aren't massively pricey either.

What are you buying that someone who loves all things beauty??

Monday, 14 November 2016

7 Things To Do At Home When You're Unwell

7 Things To Do At Home If You're Unwell
If you haven't already read my Surviving a Winter Cold Post and feel as though you are run down with the typical 'winter blues' then here are some things to do at home to help you feel a bit better. There is nothing worse than feeling run down and having to take time off to get better, I mean it has its ups too, you get to spend the day at home and avoid social contact with humans. When I am off poorly these are some of the things I like to try and do to keep busy as I hate having days where I don't feel like I have done anything.

1.) Drink Lots & Lots of Tea | There is literally a tea for every problem: sleep, stress, stomach pains, flu you name it. I find when you are run down, especially with the flu, a good cup of tea can really help take your mind off the problem and help you to unwind. I've been reaching for Kusmi Tsarevna Herbal Tea* which is a limited edition Russian blend of black tea, spices and orange, perfect for this time of year.

2.) Pamper Yourself | I always feel as though I look like a bag of crap when I'm poorly so one of the things I always do is give my skin some 'me time' and reach for a face mask. I am in love with the L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks, especially the detox one. They are perfect for brightening up my skin and giving it some moisture. I always feel a lot more perked up after I have applied one.

3.) A Home Spa | Lets face it a good old massage helps right? HoMedics Luxury Foot Spa* is amazing for winding down and de-stressing. I love pampering my feet, especially in winter when you know you've been running around Christmas shopping. This is an amazing product if you are feeling stressed, cold or even just want a massage, I think having one of these can really help relax you and take your mind off feeling unwell. You could even go the extra mile and have a pedi/manicure in the comfort of your own home with the Rokit Gel Nail Kit*. This is another great feel good product and an amazing asset to have for a pamper/spa evening. I am not one for painting my nails because I find they chip easily and take ages to dry, but with this nail kit my nails are a lot stronger and they look amazing.

4.) Have A Lush Bath | If you are suffering with the flu or have muscle pain a nice hot bath can really help. I always treat myself to a long bubble bath if I am feeling down in the dumps. I like to create a bath cocktail with a LUSH bath bomb, some bubbles and just sit back and relax. I do this once a week, even when I am fine because it's good to give yourself some 'me time' away from technology.

5.) Adult Colouring | I've said it before and I'll say it again adult colouring is great for de-stressing and unwinding away from phones and social media. If I am feeling run down or stressed I like to listen to some music or pop a Disney film in and just colour. I find it very therapeutic and calming I would definitely recommend people buy one of these books there is so many different types out now.

6.) Read A Book | If colouring in isn't your thing, maybe try reading a book, if I put my mind to it, I can get sucked into a book for hours and feel very relaxed. Finding the motivation to pick up a book and read it is my struggle so sometimes I sway towards doing something good for my brain like Sudoku or a crossword. You'd think I was an old woman, but I love puzzles.

7.) Relax | I think the last tip I would recommend if you are at home unwell is just to relax, use that time to put yourself first and focus on getting better. I sound like a nagging mother, but drink plenty of fluids and take lots of vitamin C.

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Surviving a Winter Cold
De-Stress Adult Colouring

What do you like to do at home if you're poorly??
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