I Hope you all had a fab Christmas, I can’t believe it’s all over already.I know a few people don’t like these kind of posts but I love reading other people’s so I thought I would do my own. I know Christmas isn’t all about the gifts and I feel extremely lucky with all the gifts I received this year!

Olympus pen epl8

Now this wasn’t even on my Christmas list, not going to lie I did have my eye on it before Christmas but I had already purchased some lenses  for my Sony so I was just going to make do with my old camera for a while but when I opened this up on Christmas Day I nearly cried! I was so shocked, It’s so beautiful and you can see why all the bloggers love it, it’s so stylish. I love the white and nude! Now I just need to learn how to use it properly as it has a lot more settings than I’m used to. So if any of you have a PEN please comment below some tips or other blog pages that have some tips and tricks! I took all these pictures for this post with the PEN but I’ve got a lot of experimenting to do still.

Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens

Not only did I get the camera with the standard 14-42mm lens I also got this 45mm 1.8 lens that all the bloggers rave about. I already had prime lenses on my other camera so I know how amazing they are. I can’t wait to play around with this. Again if anyone has any tips or lens recommendations let me know, I think I’ve got my eye on the 17mm next.

Olympus leather camera bag

The one thing I did really want was a camera bag and when I saw this on John Lewis I did ask Santa for it hehe, and even better it goes with my new PEN I love the nude interior as well. It has different compartments so you can fit lots in, plenty of room for the camera and lenses, its great. And the bag strap can be used a camera strap too. Plus it looks designer its got that celine/chloe vibe to it.

 

 

Ipad pro

I didn’t expect this in a million years, Its huge almost the size of my laptop! I think john secretly got it for me so I would stop using his, I’ve kind of claimed it as my own but not anymore! cant wait to set it up and start using it.

 

Michael kors instax camera

I’ve always wanted an Instax, and I couldn’t resist this gold Michael Kors one, if you read my wish list post you would know this was on it! I Cant wait to get capturing, I love the fact I can create scrap books etc with these instant pictures.

 

Sail England leather personalised camera strap

I had been looking for a nice stylish camera strap and Sail England caught my eye. So happy that Santa was good to me this year and knew exactly what I wanted, It’s even got my name on it too. And you can’t go wrong with nude!

makeup

I got lots of makeup bits, but I didn’t actually ask for much this year, I know shock horror! I do really want to try to cut down on buying so much makeup in the new year, I say this but who knows I can’t seem to help myself.

Bits I did get

tarte pro glow palette

Tarte radiance ritual set

Kylie bronze kyshadow

Kylie makeup brushes

Zoeva nude spectrum blush palette

loreal pro glow foundation

ABH brow definer and brow pen

Personalised makeup bag

Artis oval 8 and palm brush

 

I also got some skin care goodies including pixi beauty and a Glam glow gift set.

 

T3 convertible hair Tong

I have followed T3 for years and all the american youtubers and bloggers rave about this brand, I love how stylish it is with the white and rose gold detail. I love curling my hair so I did put this on my christmas list and I was extremely lucky to get it, I like the fact you can buy different attachable heads for it too.

I also got a bunch of other random stuff like vouchers, hair care goodies, some new cool toned light bulbs for my vanity mirror and also some other camera bits and bobs like books for my Sony, and a new cool flexible tripod. cant wait to play around with it!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, like I said I enjoy reading others so thought id share my own, no way am I bragging and I hope my readers and followers would know I would never do that. Hope you all had an amazing christmas and have a very Happy new year!!

I shall see you in 2017!!!

Thanks for reading xo

ONLY 3 MORE SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!

I absolutely love christmas Eve, as soon as I wake up I am like a child. I can never sleep on christmas eve either, and we never go to bed early so this year I wanted to get some bits to keep us occupied and have some fun.

My tradition is always the same, rushing around doing last minute bits, like cleaning the house all ready for Christmas Day, and then making sure final presents are wrapped and under the tree and I also like to pamper myself so I’m feeling good for christmas day, I apply some fake tan, wash my hair and paint my nails and then its time to relax. I always love binge watching christmas films in the evening and getting all cosy in my christmas PJs!

I found this christmas eve activity pack in Marks and spencer and I had to get it, It’s probably for kids but hey you’re never to old right!?

This set comes with a few fun bits to do and I thought it would be a bit of a laugh for me and john to do this while watching some christmas films. He didn’t seem to keen when I showed him but I bet he will change his mind come christmas eve ha!

The kit contains

Christmas eve checklist

Word search

Anagrams

Dot to dot

tongue twisters

puzzle santa placemat

2 Popcorn treat boxes

sticker clock & envelopes

So the idea with the clock stickers is to seal all the activities up in the envelopes and set a time you want to open and complete the activities on christmas eve. I probably wont be doing that as that’s definitely for kids haha but I love the idea.

 

Next up is my favourite christmas films I watch every year without fail, I’ve listed a few I like to watch but to be honest I love watching any christmas films.

Muppet christmas carol

Santa Claus 1, 2 and 3

Elf

Home alone 1 & 2

The polar express

I can’t forget my favourite christmas songs now can I!! I like to play these while I’m finishing up wrapping presents or just dancing around the house to.

fairytale of new york (the pouges)

last christmas (wham)

all I want for christmas is you (Mariah Carey)

driving home for christmas (Chris Rea)

 

Then lastly These are my christmas PJs I got last year from Newlook. I love them and had to have them as soon as I saw them, you must have some christmas themed pyjamas ha ha, primark had some really good ones this year, I actually got a home alone t-shirt I’m going to wear this year as well.

I really hope you all have a fantastic and safe Christmas with your friends and family and enjoy every minute of it, and eat far too much food! I’m signing off now till after Christmas as I want to put my laptop down and just relax. I haven’t done as many Christmas posts as I originally wanted to I’m afraid but I’ve had so much going on, I just havent had the time. I really do praise all of you who have done blogmas this year, you’re amazing!! I didn’t want to commit myself and then end up hating it as that takes away all the fun and excitement for christmas.

what do you like doing on Christmas Eve? Have you got any traditions? Let me know below.

I want to say a BIG thank you all for your love and support this year and thanks for reading!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS  xo

 

My Christmas Wishlist

 

 

Michael Kors Fujifilm Instax

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I love Michael kors, and when I saw that he was teaming up with Fujifilm to design a Instax mini70 this had to go on to my Christmas list. I’ve wanted an Instax for a while now, I just love the fact you can have  instant Polaroids and can create scrap books, or just use if for on the go to capture and print great memories. The fact this is gold and Michael kors is an Extra bonus. Let’s hope Santa is good to me this year haha.

T3 Hair Twirl convertible

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I love curling my hair, I use my GHDS a lot and also my Trevor Sorbie tongs that probably do the exact same thing but I’ve always wanted one of these, how pretty is it? So blogger right, I love the white and rose gold detail. All the American bloggers, and youtubers use T3 and rave about it so I want to see what the fuss is about. Although these are pretty expensive you can buy different barrel attachments which is pretty handy if I want to create different hair styles.

Kylie Kyshadow

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I have wanted this palette since it first came out but I wanted to let the hype die down and see reviews, a lot of people say her eyeshadows are really good and I love all the shades in this one, I do love a neutral palette.  The Only thing that annoys me with Kylie cosmetics is the custom fees you get every time you order it really does put me off wanting to order anything else.

Kylie Brush set

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I was actually really good and nothing grabbed me from her holiday collection, it all kind of seemed the same to her birthday collection if I’m honest. But I did like the look of these limited edition brushes, although this is Kylie and I doubt these will actually be limited edition. I’m Interested to see how they perform and if they are high quality brushes. A lot of people said they look really cheap but it’s hard to say without actually feeling them.

Leopard Z Palette

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I love my Z palettes, I use them for lots of things and they are great for customising your own palettes like eyeshadow, blush, highlighter etc. I’ve used up all my other ones so I would love a new one as I want to create my own eyeshadow palette next and get some Makeup geek shadows. I like the fact with Z palettes you can see whats in side because of the clear packaging.

Artis Brush

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I have got a few Artis brushes, and I love them but damn I wish they wasn’t so pricey, the cheap alternatives just don’t compare for me, so I always go back to my Artis brush. The only thing I do hate is that the handle feels so flimsy, which I think is bad for the price. But what I do like about this one is that it has no handle so I won’t have to worry about it being flimsy, And the fact this is a palm brush it will be easy to hold and use.

Beauty Bay The new neutrals collection

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I don’t own any MUG shadows, I know I must be the only one, but I find it so overwhelming trying to pick some shades, as you can only buy them online in the uk I don’t want to end up getting the wrong shades but least with this set I can try a few before I decide to buy more, plus I would like to test out the formula etc first before I buy loads and I like the fact this is a neutral set, So I know I will definitely use these shades.

That is Pretty much it on my wishlist, I’ve really struggled making a list this year, which almost never happens ha! I think it’s because I buy so much throughout the year. But every year my boyfriend gets me something that isn’t on my list and totally surprises me, I’m really lucky in the fact he totally gets me and understands my makeup and beauty addiction, so who knows what he has got me this year.

what’s on your wishlist this year?!

Thanks for reading xo

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Decorating The Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonder time of the year….just typing that has made me start singing!! But It’s my favourite part about christmas, Yes decorating the christmas tree!!  The 1st of december is when mine goes up and I officially start getting all excited for christmas. It really does start to feel all christmassy when that tree goes up!!

Today’s post I just wanted to share with you my tree and the decorations I used this year.

I decided to go for gold, champagne/mink, white and silver bit of a mixture, to go with my living room decor. My snow tree I got a few years ago in Tesco but literally everywhere sell these snow trees now, I think they’re so pretty, but the snow does go everywhere when we put it up, just to warn you!

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Whenever I decorate my tree I like to use all different baubles, and decorations, I do buy the big sets but I prefer buying single ones as I feel like it looks really pretty and a bit different. I love a full looking tree so any empty branch I will fill, and I use the small baubles to fill the gaps in between so it doesn’t look too much with having the big decorations all over as it can make it look a bit much, in my opinion. I literally didn’t have a plan on how I was going to decorate it, I just chucked everything on and hoped for the best.

I haven’t used tinsel on my tree for years as I personally feel like it looks nice with just Baubles and lights, although next year I might use the beads.  I’ve seen lots of pretty Trees with the beads and I really like that idea.

 

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Every year I’ve wanted a tree skirt, they are very American and I’ve seen gorgeous fluffy ones but I struggled to get one last year as I left it so late but this year I was adamant I was going to get one. I was stalking the next website as last year they did  have the best selection. I managed to find this white faux fur skirt in my local next store, it was a little bit pricey for what it is but I’m so glad I got it, as It looks so good under the tree, it almost looks like snow I absolutely love it!

 

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I’ve had so many people ask me about these presents I have under my tree, I got these last year but I have seen them again this year. They’re from the range, They always have the best christmas selection hands down, I’ve loved it for the past few years now. These presents light up and look so pretty under the tree. I was so happy to find this mink/champagne colour too, as it goes perfect with my decor. Just be warned the glitter drops off these and goes everywhere, but I look past it as they are pretty!

My tree does have lights I promise ha ha  but I only put them on when it gets dark and I forgot to put them on to take the pictures for this post.

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My tip is definitely wait a few weeks into december and also after christmas to get some sets in the sale, I did this last year and found some right bargains, the really big baubles currently at the bottom of my tree I found in the sainsburys sale last year for £2 and they were originally about £6 so I was very happy with that bargain. I actually picked up a set today in sainsburys it was a 50 piece set for only £8, orginally £20 that I can use for next year. It has a mixture of beads, baubles, snow flakes and icicles.

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Apart from my tree I don’t really put much else up as I prefer a simple look. we do have our light up reindeer’s out the front of the house though that I like to call Rudolph and comet.

 

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Even Elliott has got his permanent spot next to the christmas tree, I’m loving how cosy the living room looks and feels with the Tree up.

What colour scheme is your christmas tree and decorations this year? let me know below.

Thanks for reading xo

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Christmas Gift Guide for her

It’s the 1st of the december and while others have been in christmas mode for weeks this is when I officially get all excited and put up my christmas decorations etc! I will be doing lots of christmas posts in december but I can’t commit myself to blogmas I’m afraid as it’s just so much work and I haven’t got the time but I hope you do enjoy my festive posts I have coming up.

Todays post is a few gift ideas for all the girls, even the fussiest! This is just some ideas from my personal collection of products, but I will be doing lots more gift guides for everyone so keep an eye out.

All images will have clickable links to shop the item!

 

Beauty Box Storage from Beautify

christmas is the perfect time to splurge on some makeup storage, every girl has makeup right?! And these beauty box are great for storing lots of makeup and plus it looks so stylish too. These beauty boxes can be really expensive I’ve seen some for around £100-250 which I would never pay. But this box starts at only £39.99 which is an absolute bargain and this is only the small size, as you can see it fits so much makeup in, perfect for us makeup junkies. It has 5 deep drawers and then the top compartment with a lid, it also comes with a divider to help organiser lipsticks or other little bits.  I know every girl would love one of these under the christmas tree! I’ve just ordered my sister one of these actually for Christmas and I know she will love it.

 

 

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Lipstick holder From Beautify

Another item from Beautify and it’s this Acrylic lipstick holder with lid! I love having my lipsticks on display and this fits lots in, every girl has a lipstick collection so this is a must, At only £11.99 this is a great affordable gift. And the fact it comes with a lid is even better it saves them getting dusty and dirty. I get asked so many times about all my beauty and makeup storage and I love getting new storage for christmas as im bound to get new makeup to put in it. Beautify have some other really affordable products so check out the full range online.

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Hollywood Vanity Mirror

This is the most expensive item in my gift guide but I got this for christmas last year and it was the best present ever so I had to mention it, what girl wouldn’t want one of these?! perfect for any makeup or beauty lover, this hollywood light up vanity mirror is so glamorous and a must for any vanity desk! illuminated mirrors UK have the best selection of mirrors I’ve come across, most of the ones I see are from america but this company is from the UK and they are so helpful, and stock lots of gorgeous mirros. You can get table top LED, wall mounted, and even bluetooth mirrors to play music from. These start at £179.99

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Makeup

You can’t go wrong with makeup, I’m sure every girl puts makeup on their christmas list, and I just wanted to mention about tk maxx, I found some of these too faced products in tk maxx recently for more than half the price so make sure to have a rummage in your local tk maxx as you could find some real bargains! The beauty department in Tk maxx is amazing at the moment and they have so many good products That will be great for stocking fillers as well. I got this shadow insurance for £4.99 when it retails for £17. Also the eyeliners were £5.99 and retail for £19. They also had makeup forever, nars, real techniques to name a few.

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Trevor Sorbie Keratin and Argan Hair Tong

Now on to hair care, I have tried a lot of hair curling tongs and this is by far my favourite, I have medium length thick hair and this can create gorgeous textured waves and curls with it’s 32mm barrel. The barrel is infused with keratin and argan oil which leaves hair silky smooth. These are really easy to use and hold, I’m no pro when it comes to curling hair but even I was impressed with the results when I used these for the first time.  I also can’t live without my trusty tangle teezer this is the best brush ever and the only one I ever use now. Plus they have So many fab styles to choose from obviously I had to go with gold!

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OUAI Hair care

OUAI hair care is more on the pricey side as it’s a luxury hair care brand from Jen Atkin, So it’s the perfect time to treat someone to these products. The texturizing hair spray, dry shampoo and hair oil are my favourites of the bunch and they smell and leave hair feeling amazing!!

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Perfume and Fragrance

Christmas isn’t christmas without some perfume under the christmas tree is it?! Black opium is one of my favourites at the moment and it seems really popular too, perfect for day and night you really can’t go wrong with this.

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Dermalogica Skin and hair care

Dermalogica is a skin care brand which offer amazing products for every skin type, They have been around for years and help you get healthy beautiful skin, I’ve tried a few bits from dermalogica and I am so impressed and have seen such a difference in my skin texture and appearance. It is a little bit pricey so if you can’t afford to treat yourself throughout the year then Christmas is the perfect time to ask for this. you can only buy Dermalogica from authorized skin specialists, salons/spas or official Dermalogica stores.

Products I would recommend

– Phyto replinish oil

– Body buffing chritstmas set

– Daily cleansing shampoo & conditioner

– Age rewind eye complex

 

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DHC Beauty

DHC is a japanese beauty brand that sells skin care, body care and makeup. A beauty gift set is a must for christmas. This beauty BENTO set has everything you need for gorgeous skin, it comes with 4 popular DHC products including deep cleansing oil, moisture strips for the eyes, mild soap and blotting paper. I’ve tried a DHC eye mask before and loved it, it left my eyes feeling so smooth and hydrated! This is definitely a set for anyone who loves trying out new brands and skin care products. And is great for sampling a few of the great products from this brand.

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Michael Kors Jewellery

I can’t do a gift guide without mentioning Jewellery now can I? if the someone your buying for literally has everything jewellery is always a winner, who doesn’t love some new earrings. I personally love Michael kors and Marc Jacobs jewellery as it goes with my watches. I always get lots of comments on this bracelet, and it goes with anything I pair it with. We all want jewellery we can wear and not just look at.

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GIft vouchers

Again if you really are struggling with ideas, Gift cards are always handy to have, it’s an excuse to do some shopping in the christmas sales, it might be boring to give someone just a gift card for christmas but it’s definetly useful! New look, Amazon, river island are some of my favourites to receive at Christmas.

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I hope this gift guide has been helpful, I will have plenty more coming up for the whole family! I often get told I’m the hardest and fussiest person to buy for and I love all the gifts I’ve mentioned in this post so hopefully I’ve helped you if have to buy for someone who’s difficult hehe.

Thanks for reading xo

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