Well hello, it’s nice to back blogging after almost 6 months off. I’m not rushing into writing two or three posts a week but thought you’d like an update on what’s been going on. Time really does fly, but I can’t say it’s all been fun. In fact, some of it has been extremely difficult.
The year started off with me getting a chest infection, that’s bad enough in itself, but that bought on a relapse with my neurological symptoms. I was constantly in pain, the spasms and tremors got worse and my speech was slurred. The relapse also resulted in the loss of my left arm, I felt useless and my mood was so low I was constantly crying. The next step was a trip to hospital for a course of steroids. Being on the 11th Floor of a hospital miles away from my home was no fun at all, but at least it helped my symptoms return to how they normally are.
Sadly, we lost my Aunt in January. She had been like a mother to me since I was young and was the closest female I’d had in my life for so many years. Suddenly she wasn’t there anymore. If you’ve ever lost someone in your life, you’ll know exactly how I’ve been feeling. My Aunt had been ill for quite some time, I know she’s not in any pain now. It hit me especially hard when Mother;s Day came, I couldn’t go on social media at all. She will never be forgotten.
Adrian and I went to stay with family in Norfolk for a few weeks, as we do every year. I love this area of the country, it has so many special memories. There will be a separate post coming on what we got up to but I will say we had the most wonderful time and a much needed break.
Things I’ve Learnt From A Social Media Break
It’s great to actually talk to someone who is sitting in front of you. A friend who’s bought you doughnuts or a partner who’s made you a hot chocolate.
Living in the moment rather than taking a selfie all the time. Taking in the sights, smells and sounds, there’s more right in front of you than you realise.
No one will notice. Everyone is too busy getting on with their own lives or catching up on the latest social media drama to worry if you’ve not posted for a while.
You suddenly have more time to concentrate on the things you enjoy. Your hobbies, being with family and enjoying the moment.
You spend less money, you don’t feel the need to buy the latest makeup release or an item from a clothing brand’s new in section just because you’ve seen it all over social media.
Have you taken a long social media break? What were the things you learnt?
I wanted to get my Beauty Favourites For December in early this year because the speed this month’s going it will almost be New Year before we know it. I know the lead up to Christmas can be an extremely busy time for some people but I’m sure you’ll be interested in these little gems I’ve been loving for the past month.
I won’t waffle on too much so I’ll get straight on and give you the run down of my Beauty Favourites for December.
It’s the season to be glittery and glowy. I wish I had a party to go to every night til New Year just so I can wear all these stunning shades in this Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette. There are 18 creamy, highly pigmented eyeshadows including matte, chrome, pearl and glitter shades. I’d be here all day if I named all the shades but believe me they are stunning. There’s no fall out and the colour lasts extremely well. This would make the perfect gift for any beauty lover.
This is the first time I’ve tried anything from Rosie’s collection and I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous rose gold packaging. I chose the eyeshadow palette called “I Feel Like A Million Dollars” with 4 stunning shades that complement each other beautifully. The soft creamy powders blend together really well to create a natural look for both day and night. It would make a lovely gift or stocking filler for any beauty lover.
These stunning liquid eyeshadows are are pure glitter heaven in gold and pink tones. The shades are Kitten Karma (champagne with copper glitter), Diamond Dust (silver with multi coloured glitter) and Smokey Storm (Pewter with silver glitter). They’re perfect to use all over your lid for a full on glitter look, and the small sponge makes it easy to dab a small amount in the centre or inner corner of your lid to add hint of sparkle.
I’ve constantly been wearing these nude liquid lipsticks for both day and night, they come in a set of 3 shades with a matte dusty rose, shimmery dusty rose and a warm caramel. These lipsticks contain Vitamin E and Avocado Oil and have a soft buttery consistency which makes them feel comfortable on the lips. They’re full coverage and incredibly long lasting.
I’m all about lip oils during the colder months and wanted one with a slight hint of colour. I’ve been using this lip care treatment from Clarins in Shade 9 Red Berry Glam, it’s a very subtle colour but extremely glossy. The colour doesn’t last that long, about 4 hours, but it does make my lips feel super soft. It has quite a heavy texture yet doesn’t feel sticky.
I fell in love with this gorgeous Hourglass palette with it’s limited edition pink packaging as soon as I saw it. With 6 stunning shades of metallic powders, ranging from champagne and rose gold to earthy bronze, giving you a lit from within glow. The shades help to blur out any imperfections and leave you complexion looking more youthful. The bronzer and blush shades give a natural flush of colour and a gorgeous highlighter that’s not in the least bit glittery.
That’s all of my Beauty Favourites for December. Have you tried any of these amazing products? what have you been loving this month?
I am obsessed with skincare but a product has got to be truly fabulous for me to shout about it to the rest of the world. I love using a face oil before I go to bed at night, I find the whole experience is incredibly relaxing as well as giving my skin some much needed moisture. I have a few favourites which I use religiously but still love to try out at least one new product every few months in case I find a real gem to add to my skincare routine.
The beauty industry is forever launching a new product and it can be overwhelming at times. One product that made headlines this year is Beauty Sleep Elixir* by Beuti Skincare and it’s all thanks to it being a royal favourite. I’d not heard of Beuti before but was keen to try out this night oil after finding out it was one of Megan Markle’s favourite skincare products. It was literally sold out for months and no one could get their hands on it. The Beauty Sleep Elixir has a natural blend of 14 plant based oils which helps reduce your skin ageing caused by inflammation over a period of time.
This facial oil is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, including Caribbean coral extract, and a sandalwood nut kernel oil to help prevent collagen and elastin break down.
Beauty Sleep Elixir can also be worn under makeup to even out the skin tone, used as a blemish treatment thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers or to brighten your complexion on no makeup days. Our skin renews itself over night while we catch up on our beauty sleep so I personally love using it before bed to give my skin a super boost of vitamins, minerals and huge hit of omega 3,5,6,7 and 9. Result, I’ve woken up with beautiful glowing skin the following morning.
I introduced a facial oil to my skincare routine about a year ago, although there seemed to be so many around and all of them did different things. Some oils are better for reducing redness, some brighten your complexion and some are great for hydrating your skin. What I absolutely love about Beauty Sleep Elixir is it does everything you’d want from a night oil and leaves you with soft, luminous skin the following morning.
Yes, it actually works. I swear by the Beauty Sleep Elixir now, I’ve been using it every night and have had so many comments on how glowing my skin looks. I add two drops to the palm of my hand and gently pat it onto my skin, and it does all the hard work while I sleep.
The Beauty Sleep Elixir is 100% natural with 98% organic plant oils, all working together to create this wonder oil that calms, softens and nourishes your skin. It feels super rich yet light on the skin, it’s natural goodness gets absorbed in beautifully and doesn’t clog up your pores. It’s extremely gentle on my sensitive skin and it’ll be a real winner with anyone who is prone to acne or suffers from redness or inflammation. I think it’ll be suitable for everyone, even those with greasy skin who may just need to use one drop or on specific areas. It’s also excellent for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and making your complexion look really healthy.
Did I also mention it smells divine?
It’s been quite a while since a facial oil has got me as excited as this one has and it’s honestly by far one of the best beauty products I’ve ever used. I’m going to continue using my bottle right up until the very last drop and I’ll definitely have purchased a new one before this bottle runs out.
If you do want to try the Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir for yourself, you can find it on Look Fantastic at £42 for a 30ml bottle. But be quick because it keeps selling out fast.
*This product was kindly sent to me in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and photos are my own.
I can’t believe we’re well into December and only a few weeks away from Christmas. I love this time of year, coming home on a dark evening and looking at all the pretty Christmas trees people have in their windows. I love getting home, closing the curtains, lighting the candles and switching on all the fairy lights we’ve got hung round the room, The first thing I do is change into my pyjamas, make a hot chocolate and get cosy under a blanket on the sofa for half an hour and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Since the first of December I’ve been opening a mini stocking from my home made advent calendar that Adrian puts together for me. So far this year I’ve had some fantastic mini Decleor skincare products. I haven’t got round to taking any photos yet as I’m such a bad blogger.
On the 24th November we celebrated Adrian’s birthday with a glass of Moet that I was lucky enough to have been sent via the O2 Priority app. I wasn’t going to turn my nose up at a free bottle of drink. Adrian chose to stay at home on his birthday, order in a take away and watch a film. We are complete opposites when it comes to birthdays, I prefer to get dressed up and go out to celebrate.
There’s so much waste left after a candle has finished burning. We’ve been saving up all the autumnal smelling bits of wax, then melted them down in a saucepan and made our own layered candle using a candle making kit we found on Amazon. Each layer smells absolutely delicious.
I love that feeling when you’ve just had your hair cut at the salon. I’ve been going to Style Me Hairdressing for two years and my hair is in much better condition than it was back in 2016. The ends were dry and kept splitting, and my hair had absolutely no shape to it at all. I love how it looks now, especially when my hair stylist, Amy, puts a few waves in for me. I colour my hair at home using Clairol Nice and easy Permanent Dye in the shade SB1, it’s just been redone and will last me until the New Year.
There was one week where three fabulous things happened all close together. It started off on the Monday when I was extremely lucky and won a competition run by Alice and the prize was this amazing bundle from Heyland and Whittle gift company. The room smells absolutely divine with this very festive Frankincense reed diffuser and Winter Spice candle, perfect for our cosy nights in, watching Christmas films and wrapped up under a fluffy blanket.
Next I got a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the high street fashion brand Warehouse, featuring What To wear To An Office Party. I was so excited to put this post together and have chosen the trouser suit and pleated midi dress to wear to two parties I have coming up.
Finally, I could not believe my eyes when I opened the latest edition of Blogosphere Magazine, which is run by bloggers for bloggers. On the page where they feature their favourite photos of the magazine was one of my photos. I quite literally cried with joy.
At the end of November we went into town to see the Christmas lights being switched on. We had a fantastic evening watching the Christmas parade with Santa on his sleigh, drinking mulled wine and going round the stalls tasting all the yummy festive food. We enjoyed listening to a local school choir singing all the old Christmas carols and the DJ who kept us all entertained by playing our favourite Christmas number one songs and got us all excited ready for the countdown to the light switch on. It was so busy, Adrian and I went back a few days later just so I could have my photo taken next to the tree.
Adrian and I are just about ready for Christmas now. Our decorations went up the first week in December and I’ve finished all my Christmas shopping, apart from fresh items which I’ll get a few days before. I’ve wrapped all the gifts and written out cards ready to posts to friends and family far away. This year we’ve chosen to send personalised cards to close family and the photo we decided to have on the front was this one of a robin sitting in our garden. Adrian took it a few years ago and it’s one of my all time favourite winter themed photos. All that’s left is to make some mince pies, it’s amazing how many of my friends still think these actually have meat inside.
I also had a great time at a Christmas Victorian themed market where we bought little stocking fillers from small businesses. The atmosphere was buzzing and I wish I was able to get dressed up in one of the amazing costumes.
I’ve been going through my wardrobe and recycling clothes that have been in there for ages. I’m much more mindful about the way I shop now, instead of buying loads of items I’ll never wear I add in a few new key pieces all built around my 10 Winter Wardrobe Staples. It’s been great to make up new outfits from clothes I already had just by wearing them with a different accessory, skirt or jumper. I did treat myself to a new pair of nude ankle boots from TK Maxx, they’re the ones in the main photo and worn with this dress from Zara. I can see myself wearing these all year round, how cute would these look with a floaty knee length dress on chillier summer days?
Well that’s all for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this very festive catch up. Are you ready for Christmas? Have you been to a Christmas light switch on or festive themed markets?
It’s officially party season, which means your work’s Christmas do is just around the corner and you’ll want to look your best over the festive period. There’s always the dilemma of what to wear to the office party, do you dress formal, keep it casual or go head to toe with full on sparkle?
Personally I like to have one or two Christmas party dresses that I can change the look of just by styling each one with a different set of accessories and will see me through the festive season. Unless the requirements for your office party are to wear a cute Christmas jumper for a few mulled wines out of paper cups you’ll still want to look fabulous and feel comfortable in what you wear.
Warehouse* have some amazing pieces in their party wear section this year. I’ve chosen five outfit options that will suit everyone’s style and hopefully you’ll find something that will inspire you with what to wear to your office Christmas party.
I love to wear metallics during the festive season and I fell in love with this foil pleated midi dress as soon as I saw it. The warm gold colour is absolutely gorgeous and with a halter neck design and asymmetric hemline it oozes sophistication. Worn with statement gold jewellery and an animal print bag, this look is ideal for all occasions and dress codes.
You can’t beat a little black dress during the party season. This sparkle star dress is absolutely stunning, I love the tie back detail and the loose chiffon three quarter sleeves are perfect for covering up your upper arms if you’re not comfortable having them on show. I think this dress looks classy and elegant and great worn with diamante drop earrings and a cute black bag with silver hardware.
Sequins or a sparkly metallic dress are not everyone’s cup of tea. A black trouser suit will take you from desk to party with some statement jewellery and a pair of gold strappy heels. You’ll look classy and elegant for any work event and this trouser suit can be worn even after the festive season. I love the wrap over top and wide legs which almost give it a Hollywood look, imagine how glamorous you’ll look sipping on your glass of champagne.
Is there anything more festive than sequins? If it’s a black tie event and you do want to go full on glamour then this velvet sequin high neck dress will be perfect for the occasion. It’s the ultimate trend for the party season. It’s so eye catching, you’ll sparkle the night away while sipping cocktails at the bar. Don’t feel you have to keep your hemlines below your knees just because it’s a posh do, the modesty is balanced out by the longer sleeves. Remember to keep your accessories simple as the dress does all the talking.
If you’re not one for having your legs on show and prefer to wear classic straight or wide leg trousers, you can still look the part by pairing them with a sparkly top and strappy heels. You can play around with different textures until you find what’s right for you. I love the style of this sequin camisole top, the muted colour gives a subtle glam look if bold shades aren’t your thing. It would also look fabulous worn under the trouser suit for hint of sparkle.
If your office Christmas party is a casual event yet you still want to look like you’re going to a festive occasion, why not try this rainbow foil stripe top worn with a pair of chic trousers, ankle boots and gold statement jewellery.
Finally, if you are going a to Christmas jumper party but you don’t want to turn up wearing one covered with cute reindeer, have no fear, I’ve got something here for you too. This stunning sequin disc jumper comes in both berry and silver, you’ll look super chic standing next to your colleagues getting tipsy on yet another mulled wine.
Whatever you choose to wear, I’m sure you’ll look absolutely gorgeous and have the best time ever.
*This was a collaborative post but all writing/opinions are my own
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