Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!! (Signing Off For 2015)

Wow, I cannot believe we are on the last day of Blogmas already! On one hand it feels like it has absolutely flown by, but it also feels like forever ago that I was writing up those Christmas gift guides. I'm very busy over the festive period spending time with my loved ones, so I wanted to take a short break from blogging to really make the most of that time, but I will be back in 2016. As this is my last post of the year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, and to thank you all for the support over 2015.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

My Christmas Day Makeup Picks

So the big day is almost here - I cannot believe how much this month has flown by, it's ridiculous!! On Christmas Day I have so many different places to visit that it always has to be an early start for me, and I don't really have that much time to get ready, so I like to have my outfit and makeup planned in advance, that way I can go from sitting in my pjs to heading out of the door as quickly as possible. Last weekend I had a little rummage through my makeup stash and picked out all of the bits and pieces I want to wear on Friday, so I thought I'd share my choices with you.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Festive Sparkly Nails

I love painting my nails ready for Christmas Day, and adding that bit of sparkle to my tips. I usually try a few different styles out a few weeks beforehand, and usually I end up opting for something simple but festive - I'm not the best at nail art despite my many attempts! This year I've decided to use a product that I've had for quite a while but never reached for much in the past - but it definitely has that Christmas sparkle that I'm looking for.

Monday, 21 December 2015

My Winter Beauty Saviours

Winter is a time that can really wreak havoc on our skin. I suffer from dry skin the majority of the time, but winter can be a bit of a nightmare, and I really have to step up my skincare routine and make sure I'm always moisturised - otherwise it can get pretty uncomfortable. As you can imagine, because of this I've tried quite a large number of beauty products that promise to keep my skin in top condition, with varying results. Here are my all time favourite products for keeping my skin hydrating during winter.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Slimming World Sunday - Scan Bran Christmas Cake

When it comes to Christmas treats I absolutely love mince pies. Before I joined Slimming World, I would buy a 6 pack from the corner shop, and they'd be gone within a couple of days. Now though, with them being so incredibly high in syns, I've had to resist indulging as much as I used to (though I did have a mini one at an Xmas party last week!), but I think I've found a perfect Slimming World friendly alternative. Someone from my group had made the Scan Bran Christmas cake and brought it in to one of our taster nights a couple of months ago. After tasting a small square, I was struck by how much it tasted like mince pies (and perhaps even better!). I knew then that I had to make it for myself, as this was going to be what saved me from my mince pie cravings this year!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

My Winter Pamper Evening

There's nothing better on a cold winters evening than getting some of your favourite beauty products out and having a good old pamper session. I don't know what it is about it, but it's just guaranteed to make me feel a lot warmer and snuggly, whatever the weather may be doing outside! Here's what I like to do on my ultimate winter pamper evening.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter

The Body Shop is one of my favourite places to go during the Christmas period, as their festive scents are always so good. The Glazed Apple range was first launched last year, but this product in particular has been a real hit with me, so much so that I've had to go and repurchase a new one recently.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

New Look Winter Wishlist

The "problem", if you can call it that, with losing weight is that you get to the stage where some of your old clothes begin to look ridiculously big! After having a sort out of my winter wardrobe recently, I've realised I am now at that stage. Whilst some things, cosy winter jumpers for example, can be passed off as oversized, some things just really do need replacing. I'm going to hold off for a while, and see what I can get in the sale, but that hasn't stopped me having a little browse on the New Look website recently, so I can get an idea of that I might want when I come to do my post-Christmas shop. I haven't shopped in New Look for the longest time, despite it being one of my favourite stores, and I remember them having a great winter sale last year, so I'm hoping I can pick up some good stuff. In the meantime, here's what I'm currently lusting after...

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My Red Lip Favourites

I don't tend to rock these often, but nothing beats a bold red lip at a festive party. Since I've become braver with my lipstick choices over the last couple of years, my red lippie collection has grown quite considerably, so here's a rundown of my five favourites.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Best Of Budget Skincare

When it comes to skincare, so often we read that we should be investing our money in the best brands, and quite frankly it's not always possible to spend an absolute fortune on the latest must have, miracle working moisturiser, and more often than not, the cheaper products work just as well anyway! Whilst I do like to splash out on the odd product, the majority of my skincare is bought from the drugstore, and here are my favourite finds at a more reasonable price.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Mini Stationery Haul

What blogger doesn't love cute stationery?! Every time it gets towards the new year, I like to go out and buy myself some new stationery (of course this has to include a diary) to inspire myself and get the ideas for new blog posts flowing for the next year. I don't know about you, but there's something about a new notebook that just makes me want to sit down and write, so when I went out on a shopping trip recently, I made sure I picked up some new bits and pieces - and this little lot came to less than a tenner!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Slimming World Sunday - Surviving The Festive Period

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December can be a real struggle when you're following a weight loss plan. With all of the social events, and just generally being busier than we usually are, it can be really tempting just to write the month off entirely and overindulge at times when really we could've stayed on plan, leaving us with a big gain to tackle in the New Year. Truth is though, if we really sat down and took a look at our schedules for the month, we could probably still be on plan the majority of the time. There are some events that we all face through December though, that can be really tricky to Food Optimise through, but here are my tips for tackling those moments, to limit the overall damage that Christmas can do to our weight loss journey.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Shopping My Stash For Winter

I'll be honest, I've been wearing the same old makeup on rotation for a good few months now. I've not been particularly experimental at all, so a lot of my products have just been tucked away in the drawers and completely forgotten about. Since we are now well into December, I thought it was about time I had a rummage through my makeup stash and dug out some recently unloved products and get some good use out of them. Afterall, I did say all that time ago when I bought my Muji storage, that switching my everyday products up would become a regular thing - guess I failed at that one!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Skyn Iceland Skin Hangover Kit

It's at that time of year again where the festive parties are in full swing, and for some of us that can mean overindulging and overdoing things just a little, and our skin really doesn't thank us for it. With the Christmas parties tends to come the Christmas hangovers, and our skin can sometimes be left dull and puffy. I'd seen this Skyn Iceland Hangover Kit in Marks & Spencers a few times whilst I've been having a browse around, and it seemed like a handy little kit to have this time of year, So I've been putting it to the test recently.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

My Bargain Winter Coat

I've been trying to spend a lot less money on myself recently, especially with Christmas coming up, and with various things to save for looking into next year, but I really was in desperate need of a new winter coat. Primark always has a wide selection of coats, but I find a lot of them really just don't suit me. I did, however, spot this gorgeous number whilst I was out on a shopping trip a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas DVDs I Watch Every December

Over the last few years, I've really loved sitting down and watching the Christmas 24 movie channel when I'm at home in December. I remember a couple of years ago, sitting down for hours making my wedding invitations whilst Christmas 24 was on in the background! Whilst I'm all up for discovering new Christmas films - some of them incredibly cheesy - there are some DVDs I just have to watch every single year. It's not Christmas til I've watched this lot!!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

No7 Mini Eye Palette

You know me, I can't resist a new eyeshadow palette. I also can't resist shopping in the Boots 3 for 2 Christmas gifts, whether that be for myself or others! No7 have some really great gifts this year, and when I saw this little palette for just £10, I had to treat myself using some of my Boots points! Whilst they do also have a much larger palette for double the price, the colours didn't really appeal to me, whereas some of the shades in this mini version just called out autumn/winter to me.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Festive Homeware Haul

I really don't know what's more fun at Christmas time. Shopping fot gifts or shopping for bits and bobs for the home. Either way, I love shopping this time of year! Whilst we were all good on the tree decorations from this year, I wanted to pick up a few extra pieces, so that it wasn't just one corner of our living room that had a bit of festive sparkle! If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already seen these purchases before, but I wanted to share them with the rest of you too.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Slimming World Sunday - A Long Overdue Update

Well this is a very long time in coming! It's been over two months since there was last any mention of Slimming World on my blog. If you've been following me on Instagram though, you'll know that I've still been 100% committed to the plan, and have done pretty well in my blogging absence.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Favourite Festive Scent

Don't get me wrong, I love to burn candles all year round, but it's the winter scents I love the best. I'm a real big fan of those warmer, spicy and foodie scents that seem to be everywhere this time of year. My absolute favourite has to be, without a doubt, the Christmas Memories candle by Yankee Candle. I spotted this on a recent shopping trip with my friend Alison and instantly started blabbing on about how amazing it was and how she had to buy one for herself. She did, and to my surprise & delight she picked one up for me as an early Christmas present too (thank you so much!).

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Best Beauty Crackers

There is one particular beauty product that didn't feature at all in any of my gift guides - beauty Christmas crackers! They are everywhere at the moment, with more and more brands jumping on the cracker bandwagon as their popularity has increased over the years. I think they are a great little stocking filler, or as a table decoration at a girly pre-Christmas get together. As they seem to be so popular, I thought they deserved a gift guide of their own - so here are my top picks.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Gifts Over £30

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Now we're onto the really good stuff! The slightly more luxurious items that you may buy for someone really close to you - and that you secretly hope you'll find tucked under the tree waiting for you on Christmas morning! If you've got quite a big Christmas budget, or you just want to treat someone really special, hopefully they'll be a few ideas in here for you.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas Gifts Under £30

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This was probably my favourite gift guide to compile. There's so much stuff in this guide (especially the beauty section!) that I'd love to receive myself - it was so tempting whilst browsing to add a few bits into my online shopping basket, but I was a good girl! Under £30 is the price range I tend to use for most of the gifts I buy, so it was really useful for my own Christmas shopping research too!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Gifts Under £10

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I'm back!!!! I'd been thinking about it for a while, and I couldn't have done all of that Blogmas prep work months ago and then let it all go to waste! So I thought I'd kick things off with my favourite posts to read at the moment - gift guides!! I've got most of my Christmas shopping done already, but I still can't resist taking a look to see if there's that hidden gem out there that I've missed! I'm starting off today with the £10 and under guide, perfect for those office Secret Santa gifts or stocking fillers.