Month: December 2017

Merry Christmas

If you’re not into soppy posts I would probably click off if I was you haha.

I just wanted to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, also a massive thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog this year, to take the time to like and comment, I have not taken my little space on the internet for granted once. I know I am not a massive blogger or big in any way so I do appreciate every view.

This year has probably been the most up and down year of my life. Lots of weddings, including my own, and if you’ve been around here you’ll know the saddest part of my year. I now plan to look forward.. only forward. 2018 I am determined to make a positive one, I have a lot planned and although January will be testing in more ways than one I know I am strong enough to get through anything because I have my family and friends right by my side, my parents are always there whenever I need anything and I love them so much and of course my amazing lad to keep that smile firmly on my face.

Talking of my friends, I would like to say a special thank you to the Archie girls. I love you girls so much. The daily what’s apps, laughter and the support we have is irreplaceable, not to mention my rants regarding a certain subject haha (inside joke there kids)

So here is to a very Merry Christmas, an amazing new year and a happy, healthy and positive 2018. I will be back here in January, back to schedule. XO

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Top 5 Christmassy Films

This is going to be one of those really cliche posts but I love love LOVE Christmas films and thought why not do a post all about the ones I love?!

These are a few of my favourites and I am sure everyone has heard of them…

1. Elf… I love everything about this film, it’s funny… and a little bit sad if I’m honest… and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I still can’t imagine Buddy having a baby.. he seems too innocent to be getting jiggy haha.

2. Polar Express… I hadn’t seen this film until this year and it’s one of my favourites already, Jake loves it too which makes me love it even more. Also the little boy that doesn’t get Christmas usually… totes made me cry. I have this recorded on my Virgin Box but really want the dvd!

3. Frozen… I know this isn’t really a Christmas film but it makes me feel so festive. I love snuggling up with Jake and James on the sofa and giggling away. Olaf is a little cutie!

4. The Holiday… Jude Law… does anyone watch this film for any other reason? I mean he’s such a babe and so sweet. The film gives me such feels!

5. Bridget Jones… the first one. The one film that literally makes me belly laugh so much. I have some lovely memories of seeing this film at the cinema (yes I’m that old!) I pop it on whenever I feel like I need a giggle. It also gives me the bug to start journaling and narrating my life! I don’t because that’s weird…

What is your all time favourite Christmas film? I would love to know so I can watch them! XO

Festive Make Up

I thought I would share with you the make up I will be wearing on Christmas Day! I am so excited for this Christmas. My parents are coming here this year and it’ll be the first time we have spent the WHOLE day at home. Which will be amazing as won’t have to drag all of Jakes presents out. Woohoo.

Christmas Day starts off with me staying in my Christmas pjs and opening presents with my boys and family, we then go get ready for the day before breakfast. I always like to wear a Christmas jumper or a nice dress so it’s only normal I want my face to look semi human in case of photos etc.

Although it’s not over the top it’s more than normal for me…

The Ordinary Coverage foundation. I love this foundation so much. It covers what I need it to and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey. Healthy mix by Bourjois concealer on my bags and spots… and blend that in with my RT buffing brush.

As standard my Nars Laguna goes on my cheek bones and temples and under my chin.. and some Benetint on my cheekbones and lips. You know.. for that healthy look haha.

I have been loving this Ardell Brow Promade in Blonde. It’s so super to use and a perfect shade for me. I will be using my Urban Decay Naked palette this year… with Naked and Buck in the crease with Half Baked on my lid and lower lash line. With L’Oreal babydoll mascara…. seriously still obsessed with this mascara.

To finish my face off I will be using the Benefit Benebalm, it’s such a perfect colour and not over the top for me. I am not brave enough for a full on red lip so this balm is perfect for me! Festive but still in my comfort zone!

Once all done I will spritz my face with the Urban Decay setting spray (which is incredible FYI)

What are you staple festive make up looks? XO

My Favourite Christmas Jumpers

I did share some of my Christmas jumpers last year but these are this years favourites… yes some same as last year but whatevs…. I love a Christmas jumper and if I’m honest I would wear one all year round, or perhaps a Christmas dress in summer because it’s hot but you get the idea… I love them.

Anywho here they are….

Some of these I’ve had for year and some are new additions!! My favourite has to be the Avocado one which is from H&M, I have loved avocados forever… even before they were “cool” shocking huh?

I would love to have some more Christmas jumpers, where is your favourite place to buy them? XO

My Festive Nails

When it comes to nails I like to go with the season so Spring is light pinks and corals, Summer is all about bright colours, especially pinks! Autumn and Winter are all about Berry and red shades. However, now it is December I feel it is only appropriate to crack out the glitter. Now a little disclaimer I will wear glitter all year round but right now… it’s ok to step the glitter game up which is why I went for a red glitter.

I prepped my nails and I decided to file them down. Start fresh and grow them. As I do other people’s nails as my job now, my nails tend to get a beating which is why I like to use Gel on my nails now. So much harder wearing and lasts so well.

I went for this shade call Morchino Cherry which is a lovely dark ish red. I then popped on top this red glitter called Meteor.. now isn’t this beautiful?? I’ve been obsessed since I bought it and been dying to use it. I love my gold and silver glitter but this red just screams “Santa come at me bitch!”

Once I did my nails I did cuticle oil and hand cream. I use these on my clients and always get asked what the hand cream is. It smells incredible!

Wish the red glitter showed more in the photo! It really is lush!

What are your go to festive nail favourites? XO

Winter Skincare Routine

No surprise I know but I love Skincare… I love it so much I would trade in my whole collection of make up for a skincare routine. My routine hasn’t changed that much but a few of the products I am using are more ideal for the colder months.

Shocking… but I have been using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (bet you weren’t expecting me to say that haha) this is just the ideal cleanser for all year round, morning and night. It removes make up like an absolute boss and also refreshes in the morning. I massage this into dry skin and remove with a hot damp face cloth. I have also been using the Soap and Glory Clarity cleanser again as my second cleanse and switching between this and C&P in the AM.. but a review on that soon.

For my acid toner I have been using the Nip and Fab Extreme pads, I use these in the morning and evening, I have noticed the texture of my skin improve so much since adding these. To hydrate my skin after the acid, the Hungarian mist by Omorovicza has been incredible, it smells amazing but most importantly it hydrates my skin amazingly, the bottle though is what I love. It’s a gorgeous mist instead of a massive squirt in the face.

It being colder I notice the skin around my eyes gets a lot drier so skipping an eye cream this time of year is definitely a no no, this one from Time Delay Boots is pretty great if I am honest, for £5 it is one to try. The little lines around my eyes are less noticeable too.. bonus!

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In the mornings I use a serum and the Boots Time Delay one is so lovely, its not tacky or heavy. In the evenings though it is all about the oils, this one from Botanicals surprised me, it isn’t greasy like a normal oil, it is more like water but wow it hydrates and plumps the skin I really love the bottle too just really nice to use.

The final step is moisturiser and the Liz Earle moisturiser will forever be a firm favourite, it is more like a balm and a little goes a long way, perfect base for make up and keeps my skin hydrated all day. I pop on some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream and I’m ready to rumble… or sleep… usually sleep.

I do a scrub once a week and been loving this Frank coffee scrub! It smells divine and makes my skin so smooth, especially if I use the Lavender Elemis afterwards.

The main skin care tip for this time of year though is drink loads, I preach this so much to clients and if I am honest I really struggle to listen to my own advice haha. But water really is the best thing you can do for your skin.

What are your Winter skincare staples? XO

This post is a collab with an amazing bunch of girls I am very lucky to be friends with to see their posts click on their links below:

How to get into the Christmas Spirit : http://www.teawithgi.com

Christmas Recipe : http://www.laurenthedaydreamer.co.uk

Christmas Party Planning : http://www.debrabow.com

Christmas on a Student Budget : http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

Christmas Eve Boxes : http://www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

Christmas Tipples : http://www.emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com

Christmas as a Family : http://www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com

Winter Beauty Essentials : http://www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

A Catch Up 

Another catch up…. I haven’t posted since the 15th October, I have been doing so much! Went back to work for a couple of weeks, been doing nails and met some lovely ladies whilst doing that! Also we had an awesome half term!!! Did so much and really spent some quality time together as a family as James was off too.

Anxiety has been a bit pants and little Jake has been unwell with a chest infection. He is all good now though and hopefully getting somewhere with the doctors. They have been amazing with my little man though and couldn’t fault them.

I have also completed my lash and brow course, which is super exciting. I am planning to learn Indian head massage which I thought would be a nice extra to add to a facial. I am so lucky I have been able to leave my job to do what I really love doing and I am so grateful for that.

I seriously thought about doing Blogmas but I just don’t think I have the brain space haha. It being the 1st December and all ready for Christmas it’s now time to finish writing cards, wrapping presents, Christmas crafts, mince pies and Christmas films. So I will be publishing posts but not every day.

Hope you have all been well! What have you been up to?

XO