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Thursday, 31 December 2015


I'd not heard of these books before I unwrapped one on Christmas morning, but it's safe to say that it is my favourite present I received this year. Growing up I loved to keep a diary, in fact, I think that's where my love of writing began, and I would keep detailed accounts of what I had done each day. The older I got, however, I realised that finding the time to jot down my thoughts, feelings and general notes about the day became difficult, and the whole process a slight chore.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


So my favourite time of year, Christmas, is over. It feels like the older I get, the quicker it seems to pass, and I'll admit it, I have a slight case of the post Christmas blues. That being said, and trying to hold onto the festive feeling, I thought I would review my favourite beauty gifts that I was lucky enough to receive this year. Although I didn't write a Christmas list, my friends and family know me well and being a makeup artist, beauty blogger and all round product junky, a lot of my presents had a beauty theme. I've chosen my 5 favourite, a mix of products I've tried before and products that are new to me, for today's review.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Benefit Party Poppers Advent Calendar Review | Days 7-12

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Today I opened the last door of my Benefit Party Poppers advent calendar, and as much as I have loved my first ever beauty calendar, I will not miss the musical tune that it plays- yep, it's safe to say I am pretty much fed up of Benefit's version of the 12 days of Christmas! If you haven't already read it, you can catch up with what was behind doors 1-6 here, and read on to see what was behind the last 6 doors...


Sunday, 20 December 2015

December Birchbox Review

Last week I arrived home to find that my second ever Birchbox had arrived on my doorstep, and being the December edition, it definitely outshone last month's box. First things first, it is contained in a gorgeous glittery clutch bag which will be perfect for fitting all of my party essentials in over the festive season. Read on to find out what was inside...


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Coconut Lane Buys & Review

Always on the hunt for an up and coming new brand, I was delighted to stumble across Coconut Lane on Instagram, and was hooked as soon as I visited their website. Claiming to 'Put the chic and sassy in home and fashion accessories' and saying they 'love pineapples, flamingos and Mean Girls!' I couldn't resist having a little spend up! They offer a quirky mix of jewellery, accessories and gifts, all at amazingly affordable prices. See what I bought below...


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Benefit Party Poppers Advent Calendar Review | Days 1-6

Gone are the days when advent calendars are all about chocolate, for us girls it's now all about the beauty advent calendar. With brands from Makeup Revolution through to Jo Malone jumping on the bandwagon and having missed out last year, this year I was determined to get my hands on one. I opted for the Benefit Party Poppers calendar as had heard such great things about the 2014 calendar, and had to stop myself from opening it early, I was that excited. There are a few obvious differences to last years calendar- one of which is the fact that this year there are a mere 12 windows to open (boo!) compared to last year's 24, but on the upside, this year's calendar retailed for £34, which is much more affordable than the £60 charged for the 2014 one. Now I know you are technically getting half the products, but the cheaper price point does make it so much more obtainable, I certainly didn't feel too guilty treating myself to it! 

As there are only 12 doors to open, I have been opening one every other day, so I could start on 1st December alongside everyone else. See what I got on days 1-6 below and I will show you what was inside doors 7-12 once I've opened them.


Sunday, 6 December 2015


With so many amazing beauty boxes around, how is a girl supposed to chose which one to go for? They are all packed full of lovely beauty, makeup and skincare goodies, and most retail for around £10 a month (excluding P&P) for a rolling subscription, so are very affordable. In the end I couldn't narrow it down to just one, so chose Birchbox (read my review of the November box here) and I also signed up for Love Me Beauty. The really appealing thing about LMB is that you can pick your own samples each month- it uses a credit system and you get a minimum of 60 credits (each product is between 10-20 credits) which you can spend however you like. Plus you can add on extra credits whenever you want at an additional cost. In a nutshell you are getting at least £45 of hand picked FULL SIZED products per month, all for £10.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Personalise your Christmas Gifts with Zazzle

December is here, and with the big day only a matter of weeks away, the Christmas shopping rush is officially on. Lugging heavy bags around the shops is my idea of a nightmare- I much prefer sitting in the comfort of my home with a cup of tea and my laptop. Needless to say online shopping is my best friend when it comes to the festive season. Always on the lookout for a Unique gift, I discovered the website Zazzle, which offers a whole host of gifts that can be personalised. When the lovely people there said I could choose some gifts to review I was spoilt for choice. The site offers thousands of products, with everything from t shirts, to flip flops, phone cases and makeup bags and the great thing is that you can either buy exactly as they are, or you can literally start with a blank canvas and customise it by changing the font, colour, and uploading images to the website. The possibilities are endless and you can create bespoke gifts for your loved ones that you can guarantee no one else will get them!


Tuesday, 1 December 2015


After months of deliberating which beauty box to subscribe to, I opted for the '#1 UK beauty box' Birchbox. At only £12.95 with postage and packaging for a rolling monthly subscription (3 and 6 month options are also available,) it promises to deliver at least 5 makeup, skincare, haircare and/ or fragrance samples to your door every month from a mix of high street, high end and cult brands. All that and it will include at least 1 full sized product- sounds too good to be true, right? I HAD to sign up to see what all the fuss was about, and I got in at the very last minute for the November box which is a collaboration with Skinnydip London. Here is what arrived...

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