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November Beauty Favourites

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I know I’m a few days late with this post but it’s round to Monthly Beauty Favourites time again! November really did seem to fly past so quickly and here we are, only a few weeks away from Christmas! I’ve been playing Christmas music for a few weeks now and singing along to all my favourite songs, it doesn’t matter that I can’t sing a note in tune because I’m having fun and that’s all that matters!

I’ve had a great time discovering some new brands this month and I thought I’d share five products I’ve loved using and have been reaching for the most during November.

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Rituals of Sakura Body Cream

This is such a gorgeous thick body cream that makes my skin feel as soft as silk, which is absolutely wonderful during the winter months when my skin can feel a bit drier than normal. I’ve been applying this after my bath in the evenings and it just smells divine. This is the first time I’ve tried a product from Rituals and I think I’ll definitely be testing out a few more in their range!

B Nourished Night Cream

I know, before anyone says it, this cream is aimed at a much maturer lady than I am, but I have been using this every night for a month and my skin is so soft! I’ve been using a few other items from the B range and absolutely love them, the only reason I picked this one up was because 1. I had run out of night cream and 2. Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on and this was the only night cream in store. My skin is going through a few changes at the moment, mainly down to some medication I’m on and I’d noticed how dull it was looking. This night cream is a wonderful thick consistency that just melts nicely into my skin leaving it feeling so soft. My complexion looked so much brighter the following morning and my skin felt super hydrated. I shall be returning to trying out some more products as I’m seriously loving Superdrug’s B range at the moment.

Hurraw Almond Lip Balm

No one wants dry lips, especially when you’re wearing a dark lip colour. My lips seem to get really dry and sore during the colder months so I never go anywhere without a good lip balm. I’ve recently discovered this gorgeous one by Hurrah which has made my lips super soft and has completely gotten rid of any dry, flaky areas. I’ve been wearing it alone on a “no makeup day” and, because it’s not too greasy, it’s also perfect for applying underneath a matte lip colour.

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ELF Studio Blush in shade Berry Merry

I had been looking for a berry toned blusher for Autumn to replace the pastels of summer. Then I saw this Elf Blusher in Honestly Aine’s YouTube video and it seemed the perfect one. I’ve used Elf eyeshadows before and absolutely loved them, so I was really pleased to get hold of this blusher. It’s the most gorgeous berry blusher for this time of year, you don’t need a lot of it but it just gives you a really nice healthy glow and perfect for my hair and skin tones. It’s also such a great bargain at only £4.50!

Elf Lipstick in shade Red Carpet

I actually bought this to wear in the lead up to Christmas but when it arrived I loved it so much that I’ve worn it a lot through November already! It is a beautiful shade of red, but not so bold that it’s in your face. It inspired me to dig out my Urban Decay Naked palette and have worn this lipstick with gold and neutral toned eyeshadows. I bought the Moisturising Lipstick which is a velvety, soft texture and glides on really lovely without dragging the skin. It also contains Shea Butter and Vitamins to help hydrate the lips and it’s just so comfortable to wear. The colour stays on really well throughout the day, with only one touch up after lunch, but if you’re after something that’s going to last a lot longer then maybe the Matte version would have more staying power.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. What products have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Feeling Festive With Jewellery From Jewellerybox

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Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

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The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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Mini Cosy Autumn/Winter Haul

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With Winter (and Christmas!) just around the corner I recently picked up a few little treats to make me feel a little bit more warm and cosy during the cold weather.

I’ve been super organised this year and have already bought my Christmas presents but I agreed to go shopping with my friend to help her choose gifts for people, also to stop her over spending which is not always a good idea. Instead I came home with a few replacement items and some new additions! Isn’t that just typical, never mind, we both had a fantastic day out with lots of laughs and a few cups of coffee to keep us both going!

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I don’t know about you, but socks are the one thing that seem to go walk abouts in my house, never to seen again! I think the sock devil comes in during the night and steals them so I’m left with a drawer full of odd socks.

As soon as I come home I like to snuggle up in my pyjamas and a pair of fluffy socks, especially around this time of year, so while we were in New Look I picked up 3 pairs of fun, festive socks to keep my feet warm. New Look have so many adorable socks in at the moment. I think the fluffy Father Christmas ones have to be my favourite pair.

My friend disappeared off to the changing room to try something on, I know just what you’re thinking, I was supposed to stop her over spending but what could I do, she just vanished! Anyway, I was distracted by this gorgeous pair of tartan pyjama bottoms, they feel extremely soft and have a drawstring waist which is great when you just want to be comfortable at home. I bought the pink and grey checked pair from New Look last year and  was so pleased with them, I thought I’d go for something a little different to my usual pastels and choose a more colourful option for this winter. I can tell I’m going to love wearing these.

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Staying with the warm feet theme, I’ve wanted a pair of  fun slippers for ages and used a own a pair of monster feet ones years ago, but they got worn so much they eventually fell apart and ever since then I’ve had “grown up” slippers. This pair of cute fluffy cat slippers was hanging up next to the pyjamas and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. I just can’t get over how soft they are and they’ll be just the perfect thing to keep my feet nice and toasty in the evenings. My cat’s not very impressed with them though!

Next we went into Home Bargains, now I love shopping in this store and have been known to spend hours in there eyeing up all their cute homeware and stationery items. I usually come out with far too much stuff but for once I only bought two things, yay well done to me!

I have a large collection of hats but I picked up this neutral coloured, thick woolly bobble hat to keep my head warm when I’m out for a weekend stroll, it almost matches a woolly scarf that I already own so they’ll both look perfect with my thick parka jacket and boots, and keep me nice and snug.

Of course I couldn’t come home without picking up this large Mulled Wine candle in a glass jar, it smells absolutely divine. I already have a couple of these in different fragrances and for the price I think they are pretty amazing. The mulled wine candle will make my room smell so wonderful throughout December.

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During my shopping trip I also picked up a couple more candles to add to my collection as I love burning them in the evening, it creates a certain ambiance in the room and really does make me feel warm and cosy. The mini Cinnamon Spice candle smells amazing and reminds me of my kitchen after I’ve been baking cakes, so you can imagine how much I love the smell of this candle. The Christmas Spice candle not only smells gorgeous, with more of a warm spicy smell rather than a sweet fragrance, but comes  in a deep red class jar and when the candle is lit it creates beautiful patterns around the room. I think this one will be seeing a lot of use when I’m enjoying a nice relaxing bath on a Winter pamper night!

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything that I picked up during my recent Mini Autumn/Winter Haul. Let me know what items you’ve bought lately.

 

Pyjama bottoms New Look £12.99

Santa Socks New Look  £3.99

Gingerbread Men socks New Look £2.49

Penguin socks New Look £2.49

Cat Slippers ~ New Look  £14.99

Bobble Hat ~ Home Bargains £4.99

Mulled Wine candle ~ Home Bargains £2.99

Cinnamon Spice candle ~ Wilko £1.00

Christmas Spice candle ~ Sainsbury’s £5.00

 

 

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10 Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed Reading

 

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Long before I started writing my own blog I’d always taken some time to read other peoples posts, some of which finally gave me the extra push I needed to start doing it for myself, and even now I try to read as many as I can. Some blog posts have made me laugh so much I’ve nearly had an accident or cry because I’ve felt the emotion in the writer’s story, some have really inspired me and some have even made me rush out to buy the particular product the blogger happens to be reviewing!

Every month I’ve written a Monthly Favourites post, which mainly features beauty items, but I’ve never written about certain blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading. I’ve been lucky enough to have some bloggers mention me in their posts, which has really made my day, so I thought it was about time I showed some love back and featured 10 Favourite Blog Posts that I’ve recently enjoyed.

Jemma’s Ultimate Guide to Blogging was such a fantastic post with some amazing tips and bits of advice on being a blogger. She has almost 5 years experience and really knows her stuff, so if you’re thinking of starting your own blog or you’re already running one but need some new ideas, it’s definitely worth giving Jemma’s post a read.

Katy’s 126 Good Things That Happened This Week was pure genius, she asked all her followers on Twitter and Facebook to name one good thing that happened to THEM that week and then wrote them all in one amazing post, it’s a happy post with a twist!

Jade’s Luxury Christmas Soaps From The English Soap Company is a fabulous post about these gorgeous festive soaps from a company that has been around for many years. If you’re in need of a a gift idea then why not check out Jade’s post for inspiration. Her photos are just adorable!

Aine’s Winter Pamper Evening features some great products just in time for getting your body ready for the party season or just for that perfect cosy pamper night for one!

Saira’s Why Winter Is The Best Season really made me smile. I’m not normally a Winter person but after reading this post it made me realise that there are a lot of wonderful things to be happy about during Winter!

Holly’s All The Fun At The Fair features the prettiest eyeshadow palette from Sleek. So if you love wearing colourful eye makeup or want to start experimenting then check Holly’s great review.

Katie’s How I Improved My Photography post is full of some amazing tips on taking that perfect photo. Whether you’re someone who’s just starting out or you’re aiming to make your photos just that little bit better, head over to Katie’s post where she shows how her photos used to look like compared to how fabulous they are now, and what she did did to improve them.

Tania’s Winter Wishlist has some cute things if you’re looking for gift ideas or just want to have a little treat yourself to make Winter that bit more cosy. It was after reading this post that I parted with my cash and ending up buying a bobble hat, woops!

Amie’s It’s Okay not to Be Okay  post is a very well written post explaining that whatever emotional roller coaster you’re on right now, it’s perfectly okay and you’re still an amazing person. Give it a read, and I can assure you, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.

Tanya’s Be At One Cocktail Masterclass looked absolutely amazing! I love being nosy and seeing what people get up to and it looks like Tanya and Nick had a wonderful time trying out quite a few different cocktails!

Of course there are so many amazing blog posts out there that I’ve absolutely loved reading and these are just a small handful of my favourite ones, I’d loved to have featured more but this post would have probably been the longest I’ve ever written! I also love discovering new blogs to read and try to keep up to date with whats around in the blogging community. Now with Christmas fast approaching I shall be keeping an extra special look out as I’m aiming to write another one of these featuring some of the amazing festive blog posts that I’ve enjoyed reading, which I’m really looking forward to doing!

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NYX Doll Eye Mascara

NYX Doll Eye Mascara

For so long I’ve wanted a mascara that would not only give me wonderful looking lashes but one that wasn’t going to run down my cheek if I got caught in a rain shower or ended up being a bit teary for some reason or another, which I’m sure many hormonal girls out there can relate too!

I recently picked up the NYX Doll Eye Mascara after it was recommended to me during a beauty bloggers chat on social media and needed to replace the one I’d been using.  Now I’ve been through a lot of different mascaras, and what works for one person might not work for me, but I’m so glad I bought this one as it’s probably my most favourite mascara to date. It comes in three different versions, lengthening, volume or waterproof, which is the one I bought, and they all come in the shade black. First of all the price, it costs £7.00 which I think is an absolute bargain considering I’ve paid a lot more for a mascara that really hasn’t been up to the job.

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The wand is super easy to use, it’s fairly thin and shaped in kind of an hour glass shape, which I like. The brush doesn’t pick up too much product all at once, yet it still managed to coat the full length of my lashes really well. I usually curl my lashes first, then apply my mascara by tilting my head backwards, looking down into a mirror and wiggling the brush through my lashes to make sure each one has been covered in mascara. I was so pleased that this mascara held the curl nicely in place. Having quite fair eyelashes I did go back for a second coat just to make sure all the little lashes were completely covered and the brush is thin enough to use on my lower lashes as well without getting mascara everywhere, which is great considering how long I’ve spent doing the rest of my eye makeup.

The NYX Doll Eye Mascara contains a blend of natural oils, with vitamin E and its a drier formula which means there less risk of smudging during the application.

I’ve been using this everyday for about a couple of weeks and absolutely amazed that there has been no flaking or smudging, it’s just stayed put even after being out in a down pour! It literally lasts all day.

I wouldn’t say it’s given me full “Doll Eye” dramatic lashes, however it adds enough volume for it to be a fantastic everyday mascara. It really lengthened and defined my lashes rather than giving them loads of volume, plus I like that there isn’t any clumping and it separates my lashes without making them look all spidery. I’m also really happy that this mascara didn’t irritate my eyes!

I found it so easy to remove at the end of the day just by taking a cotton wool pad and soaking it in a waterproof eye makeup remover, placing it over my eye for a bit, then gently wiping it away, simple, and I didn’t wake up with panda eyes the following morning!

Overall, I’ve loved using this little beauty and I’ll definitely repurchase, however if you’re after a full on fake lash look then maybe this one isn’t for you, but if you’re in need of a mascara that gives your lashes lots of length and stays put no matter what then I highly recommend it!

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