what's on my christmas playlistWhether it’s for a full blown house party, a small get together or you just fancy playing a few festive songs while you get ready to go out in the morning, there are some tunes that make it back onto everyone’s Christmas playlist year after year. Even the adverts on the TV include some of our best loved Christmas songs.

Some are upbeat and you can have a dance to, some are catchy little numbers that make you want to sing along to, and then there are those that make you either reflect on what you’ve done during the past year or what’s happened in the world around you.

But one things for sure, you can’t beat a good old Christmas playlist, so in no particular order, here’s what made it on to mine for Christmas 2017!

  1. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin Stevens
  2. Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
  3. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizard
  4. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  5. Last Christmas – Wham
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Micheal Buble
  7. Stay Another Day – East 17
  8. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
  9. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
  10. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  11. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  12. Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
  13. Holly Jolly Christmas – Micheal Buble
  14. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Micheal Buble
  15. Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
  16. Fairy Tale Of New York – The Pogues
  17. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  18. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  19. 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
  20. I Believe In Father Christmas – Gregg Lake
  21. Winter Wonderland – Tony Bennett
  22. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  23. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
  24. Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewis
  25. Rudolf The Red-Nose Reindeer – The Crystals
  26. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  27. Walking In The Air – Aled Jones
  28. One More Sleep – Leona lewis
  29. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  30. Frosty The Snowman  – Jackson 5

You can safely say that these songs will be blasted out some where in my house for the whole of December and most probably on my mobile through earphones if I’m travelling.

So what are you waiting for? Press play, turn the volume up and have a dance like it’s the best party you’ve ever been to!

What’s on your Christmas playlist this year?

 

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wonderland makeup review

As a lover of makeup I love discovering new brands and being a blogger has given me the opportunity to experiment with different products that I would normally have shied away from. I hadn’t heard of Wonderland Makeup before they approached me asking if I would like to test out a few items from their website. I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to see what arrived in the post.

Wonderland is a UK based company that sell high quality makeup at affordable prices. They are 100% cruelty free and have a vast range of products from foundations and primers, to eyeshadows and mascaras.

Here’s what products I’ve been testing so I could share what I thought with you.

wonderland makeup studio fix primer Review

wonderland makeup studio fix primer

I’ve had difficulty with some primers before as I have very dry skin. The Studio Finish Primer made my skin feel beautifully hydrated and gave me a lovely smooth base to apply my foundation. It’s a clear gel formula and you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. It’s lightweight and quickly absorbed into my skin without leaving it feeling sticky or greasy, you can basically apply your foundation straight away. This feels so comfortable to wear underneath any base products and made my foundation much easier to blend and also last that little bit longer. I think it’s absolutely fabulous as it helped to reduce large pores around my nose, which is usually a problem area for me, it also minimises any fine lines you may have.

wonderland makeup eyeshadow

wonderland makeup eyeshadow

The eyeshadows are super cute and mine came in the shade C Blue, which I knew I’d love from the moment I saw it. I’m usually into greys and browns for everyday wear but this colour will be perfect for a going out look. This vibrant blue is extremely pigmented, I only used one swipe of eyeshadow for the swatch and there was no fall out when I tried it with a brush. It’s a soft creamy powder that blends in easily, leaving a wonderful pop of colour on my eyelid and it lasted a lot longer than some other brands which cost a lot more.

wonderland makeup nail polish in shade snow white

I have quite a collection of nail polishes, some I love more than the others The last item from Wonderland Makeup was this beautiful nail polish in the shade snow white, which is a shade I wouldn’t normally wear. It applies really well and dries quickly, so that’s definitely a bonus for some one like me who ends up fidgeting after five minutes. I noticed a few chips starting to appear after about four days, so it lasts incredibly well. I think this shade would also look amazing to use as a base colour when you want to apply nail art.

wonderland makeup review

Overall, I’m really impressed with Wonderland Makeup, I think it’s worth every penny. The packaging is super cute and doesn’t feel flimsy, the products are good quality and very affordable and they have a good range of shades to choose from. I’m definitely going to add a few pieces from their range into my makeup collection.

If you fancy treating yourself to a few bits from their website you can save yourself 15% by using the discount code Bloglife15 at the checkout.

Have you tried Wonderland Makeup before?

*These products have very kindly been sent to me for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Christmas Traditions

I absolutely love Christmas but this year it’s going to be extra special, my half sister is flying all the way from Canada and staying with us for the holidays. It will be our first time celebrating Christmas together as we only met each other for the first time earlier this year. Everyone’s Christmas will be slightly different, even now I’m with Adrian things have changed compared to when I grew up. We’ve made new Christmas traditions together and carried on with some from our childhoods, which we still find every bit as magical and exciting today.

A New Christmas Bauble

My Nan started collecting baubles when I was very young and she would always let me hang a brand new one on the tree every year. Adrian and I have carried on with the same tradition every Christmas since we’ve been together. I still have some of those sentimental decorations I chose with my Nan hanging next to our new ones on the tree now.

Advent Calendar

I love the count down to Christmas As a child my Nan or Aunt would buy me the traditional Cadburys or Dairy Milk chocolate Advent calendar. This year Adrian put together my very own version of a beauty advent calendar using 24 material stockings he found on Etsy and filled them with gifts he knew I’d love from the Boots 3 for 2 offer.

Christmas Pyjamas and Bedding

Christmas Baking

My Nan and my Aunt were both amazing cooks and the house always smelt gorgeous for weeks before Christmas Day. My Nan would start by baking a huge Christmas pudding for the adults complete with a generous drop of Brandy and my Aunt would make the Christmas cake filled with fruit and nuts which tasted divine. The only bit I’ve never liked is the icing. Now Adrian and I invite friends round for a small party in the lead up to Christmas. We’ll make our own mince pies, cakes and biscuits in the morning and the house still smells amazing when our guests arrive!

Every year our family take it in turns as to who will host Christmas Day Dinner. When I was a child I used to love it when everyone piled into my Nan’s house as it was great to see my aunts, uncles and cousins all together. My cousins and I would go off to my room and play with any gifts we’d been given, my Uncle would desperately be trying to watch something on the TV while the rest of the adults were opening the next bottle of drink and having a good giggle and singing Christmas songs in the kitchen. During the evening my Aunt would prepare a huge “buffet” style tea and it was spread across the dinning room table. No one was hungry after eating such a huge feast at lunch time but we still piled our plates high with everything that was on offer.

Guess who’s having a house full this year? I’m sure Adrian and I will try to be the perfect hosts.

Surprise Box

As a child I didn’t have a stocking at Christmas, instead my Nan would put together a Surprise Box and I was allowed to open it on Christmas Eve. It was basically a cardboard box wrapped in Christmas paper filled with mini toys and games, I’d also find an orange at the bottom which is a tradition my Great Grandmother started for my Nan when she was a child. By the time I was a teenager my Aunt took over the task of putting together a Surprise box for me and the mini gifts included makeup or CDs. Now Adrian and I put together a small surprise box for each other and we still open them on Christmas Eve, just as I did with my Nan all those years ago.

Christmas Mugs

Every year while I was growing up I’d always find a novelty shaped mug filled with mini chocolates or sweets inside my Surprise box, then for weeks afterwards I would insist on only using that mug.

Adrian and I have bought a new Christmas mug each year and I use them for my  hot chocolates or morning cup of tea in the lead up to Christmas. I have a nice little collection now and I think it’s a great fun way to get in the Christmas spirit, who cares if I’m an adult.

Fun Christmas Clothing

My Nan always bought me a pair of Christmas pyjamas every year, I remember getting so excited when I opened the parcel and used to insist on wearing the pjs right that minute. As an adult I do exactly the same thing, along with a festive themed throw or duvet set, only Adrian and I pick ours up before November is even over.

In more recent years Adrian and I also buy a new brightly coloured Christmas jumper every year, along with a fun Santa hat or reindeer antlers. I usually pick mine up from New Look or ASOS so I’m not spending a fortune on something I’ll only be wearing for a few weeks. I’ve mainly gone for a green or red jumper but this year I’ve chosen pink and white. You can guarantee  I’ll be wearing it along with  my snowflake pjs on Christmas Day.

Christmas Lights

I remember the first time my Nan took me on the train to see the Christmas lights in London, I was so excited by the whole journey and it became a regular thing. We’d go up earlier in the day to do some Christmas shopping, then have something to eat before it got dark and this beautiful display of lights came on. If I was lucky she would also take me to see Santa in whichever department store we were in at the time. When my Nan became too poorly to make the trip, my Aunt started taking me instead, yet the whole experience was every bit as exciting. I’ll always miss my Nan and will be reminded of her every time I see those bright twinkling lights against the night sky.

More recently it’s been Adrian and I who have taken the train into London to see the lights each year, making our own Christmas memories. We still haven’t been this year as we’ve both been extremely busy, although we did go into town to watch the Christmas lights switch on and enjoy the evenings entertainment. The large glass of mulled wine and mince pie  may have helped keep us merry and bright on that cold winter’s night.

Do you have any favourite traditions that you’ve carried on doing from when you were a child or have you made new ones in more recent years.

 

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statement red lipstickWhenever I think of a bold red lipstick I immediately think of Christmas as they seem to go so well together. If you’ve got a party to go to then a red lip adds an element of class to an all black outfit, just add a pair of heels, grab a clutch bag and you’re good to go.

You can’t go wrong with a classic red lip and these are my favourite three that will see me through December and well into the New Year.

Statement Red Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution – shade Bond Girl

This is probably not your typical party red, I think it’s more suited to day time events or a family get together over the festive period. Bond Girl is a gorgeous red brown shades in a matte formula that doesn’t dry out my lips, it’s easy to apply and incredibly long wearing. I find this isn’t too in your face for meeting the girls for a lunch date, so this lipstick will get a lot of use over the next few months.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick – shade Lady Balls

This liquid lipstick just oozes glamour and as the name might suggested you’ve got have the confidence to wear it, trust me to choose a bright, bold red as my very first Too Faced lipstick. The sponge applicator and long wand makes it glide on. It’s super pigmented and dries quite quickly into matte formula, so I would suggest using a lip liner with this one. It’s the perfect red lipstick for a night out and sipping on few cocktails as it will see you through till well past midnight.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – shade Temper

For someone who never used to be a fan of matte lip products I now have quite a few in my collection. Temper is a real vibrant red and probably not as long lasting as the other two but it’s a soft, creamy matte. Although it’s the brightest red I own I still find it wearable for any time of day and one coat is all you need for a true statement lip.

I absolutely love all three of these red lipsticks, they are on the more expensive side but after finding the right shade for me I think they’re definitely worth it.

I also love a good highlighter for my party makeup look. If you’d like to find out which ones are my current favourites, I’ll leave the link here.

Let me know what your favourite lipstick is for the Festive season. Have you tried any of these?

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gift guide for bloggersChristmas shopping can be so much fun but also extremely stressful, especially if you’ve a blogger to buy for. Every year I get asked by my friends and family what I’d like for Christmas and most years they’ve always been able to guess what gifts I’d love to receive. Since I became a blogger they say I’m impossible to buy for as I change my mind every five minutes.

Today’s gift guide features a few products which I personally would  love to find under the tree on Christmas morning and they will make wonderful presents for any blogger or YouTuber.

gift guide for bloggers

Technology is by far the most important thing to a blogger as it helps them to create content in the best way they can. Chances are they already have a camera and a laptop, but there are so many things that can make a blogger’s life easier.

A Portable Charger is an absolute essential, bloggers are on their phones all day, every day, they couldn’t run the risk of a low battery and hope that the very nice guy in the coffee shop will let them use the power supply behind the counter. A blogger couldn’t possibly miss that opportunity of the perfect photo for Instagram. This one from Anker is lightweight and perfect for carrying around in your handbag.

A Mini Tripod is probably one of the best gifts I was ever given. Taking photos is a large part of being a blogger and a tripod makes it so much easier for taking photos of products or outfits. I love this one as it’s flexible and small enough to fit in my bag. It even comes with a clip to use with your mobile and a bluetooth remote control.

A set of Headphones are a brilliant gift for a blogger who loves listening to music or their favourite podcast while they write up their latest post.  They are also a fab choice for YouTubers when it comes to editing their vlog. This white set from JVC has a beautiful clear sound and a nice deep base, they also have one button remote and microphone so you can use them hands free on your mobile. I personally prefer over the ear headphones and these ones are extremely comfortable to wear.

A portable harddrive is an excellent choice for storing photos, videos and media kits, which are all large files that a blogger needs to store and all take up space on the PC or laptop.

gift guide for bloggers

A diary and notebook are an absolute must when it comes to planning content and jotting down ideas. There are quiet a few planners that are designed with bloggers in mind, laid out with everything they could possibly need. There are some adorable notebooks around too, either one that fits in a handbag or a brightly coloured journal that’s perfect for a blogger’s desk.

Kate Spade Travel Mug, Coconut Lane Sweat Top

A sweat top with a cute slogan on would make a lovely gift for anyone, let alone a blogger. I want to be comfortable on days when I’m at home writing up posts or planning content and I love slouching around in this adorable pink one from Coconut Lane,

If your blogger friend loves their hot chocolate or lattes then they’ll really appropriate a travel mug for all their favourite drinks. This one from Kate Spade keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, plus it’ll look super cute in any photo. Why not treat them to a coffee voucher, any fan of Starbucks or Costa will love opening up a Christmas card and finding one inside.

gift guide for bloggers

A book such as Capture Your Style by Aimee Song will help any blogger transform their plain old everyday photos into truly amazing stories. With almost 5 million followers on Instagram she certainly knows her stuff.

motivation print for a blogger Christmas gift

I have quiet a few motivational quotes hanging in my office and I’m sure that every time I read them they give me an extra push to finish a big task or help get me through if I’m feeling slumped on a Monday afternoon. I get most of mine from the amazing Jemma at dorkfaceshop on Etsy. I think prints and quotes make the perfect gift for any blogger, especially if you put it in a cute frame. Treatbox do some amazing prints and gifts, they also have a monthly subscription box which you can buy as a one off box or as a 3, 6 or 12 month package

blogger Christmas gift guide

You can’t go wrong with a candle, most bloggers have them all round the house, well I do anyway. B&M or Homesense have a fantastic range of scented candles, if you fancy spending out a little more then Jo Malone have some gorgeous candles plus they come in the most beautiful packaging,

If you’re buying for a Beauty Blogger you can guarantee they’ll have a wish list of all the latest must have makeup. Why not have a snoop through their blog and social media to find out what products they’ve been lusting after and treat them to a luxury eyeshadow palette or lipstick. Some of my favourites are Tarte, Stila, Too Faced and Charlotte Tibury and I think any blogger would truly love to recieve something from their latest collection.

I also have a Gift Guide For Her if you need any more inspiration.

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