Friday, 30 December 2016

Disney & Beauty Boxing Day Sales Haul

Hi lovelies! I hope you've been having a lovely festive break! On Boxing Day my sister and I woke up early and headed off to the local mall to hit up the Boxing Day sales. Luckily where I live it's not too crazy busy if you go early and as I knew what I wanted to buy in advance, we were in and out pretty quickly! I managed to pick up some Disney and beauty goodies so I thought I'd share them here today:
The first shop we headed to was Boots as I was after the gorgeous Disney Alice In Wonderland beauty collection that had pretty much sold out online on Christmas Day! Luckily the whole collection was still available in store so I picked up the washbag set (£6), mist & cosmetic bag set (£5) and the make up palette (£3.50) which were all half price!

First of all, how gosh darn pretty is that packaging? I'm obsessed with the little Alices and Cheshire Cats!  I mainly bought the bag sets to use the gorgeous bags for travelling but I was also pleasantly surprised by the makeup palette! I used some of the eyeshadows for our meal out on Boxing Day and they lasted for hours! I'm looking forward to trying out some other combinations with the different shades.
Also from Boots I picked up this huge makeup palette by Technic. I've just recently started getting into eyeshadow so I thought for only a fiver for 64 eyeshadows, this one should keep me occupied for a while!
I also knew that we had to pay a visit to Lush for their 50% off sale! We had to queue to get in the shop for about 30 minutes but this was more than worth it to get some festive Lush goodies! I'm not the biggest Snow Fairy fan anymore but I had to pick up a little bottle to keep me going until next year for when I fancy a sweet fix (£1.98) and I also chose a bottle each the of Rose Jam (£2.48) and Bubbly (£4.98) shower gels. I've not actually tried these two before but from a quick sniff I can definitely see myself investing in some bigger bottles of these next year - they smell delicious!

They also had a few non-seasonal products on 50% off so I bought two different types of their toothy tabs - Oral Pleasasure and Bling! (£2.98 each) as I've been wanting to try these for ages. You can use these little tabs as an alternative to toothpaste so as long as I can get along with the flavours, I thought these would be perfect for travelling!
Did you brave your local shops for Boxing Day or did you try your luck online? What goodies did you get?

Saturday, 24 December 2016

My Disney Christmas Jumper Look

Merry Christmas Eve! Hope you're having a lovely day, whatever you're doing! Today I thought I'd share how I'm planning on styling my Christmas Jumper this year. I bought this jumper from the Disney Store last year and I'm still obsessed with it now! I love the adorable Mickey and Minnie design. I actually even have this on a matching mug too, haha!
To complete the outfit, I paired the jumper with my all-time favourite skater skirt from H&M and a red ribbon choker from New Look. I think the choker was less than £2 and the skirt was under a tenner so both were total bargains! I'd been looking for a skirt just like this for years and then I finally stumbled across this one earlier this year and it was everything I was looking for, and for such a teeny price! This is exactly why the majority of my wardrobe comes from H&M!

Will you be trying to squeeze some Disney into your festive-wear too? Let me know how you manage it!


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

The Rose Gold Headphones Edit

Hi lovelies! I don't know about you but I'm obsessed with everything rose gold so I was very happy earlier this year when I got a bonus from work and was finally able to afford the blogger-favourite Frends Taylor rose gold headphones (shown here on my Instagram). While I was initially very much in love with them, they unfortunately only lasted 6 months before they broke... A bit disappointing considering the rather hefty price tag! I'm planning on doing a full review of them soon but until then I thought I'd share some other rose gold headphones I've found whilst looking for some replacements for my Frends ones, in case there are any other rose gold lovers out there!

From left to right:

1. Liboer Wired On-Ear Headphones, Amazon - £40.66
If you like the look of the Frends headphones then these are definitely the most similar-looking ones that I've come across, and considering the price, they're not bad at all! Unfortunately they're on-ear rather than over-ear ones else I think I would have tried these for myself!

2. Seattle Corded Headphones, Urbanista - £49
These are the ones I ended up going with! They ticked all the right boxes for me plus the cord looks a lot sturdier than the Frends ones (it was the wiring that went on mine!). And they're about £130 cheaper...!

3. Pyrite Headphones, Skinndip London - £35
How gorgeous are these?! I'm obsessed with the rose gold quartz on them! Sadly they don't fold up like the other headphones featured here so they might be difficult to travel with but if this doesn't bother you then these are definitely some of the prettiest ones I've come across!

4. Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, John Lewis - £249.95
And finally if you're looking to spend the sort of money you'd spend on a pair of Frends headphones, then these Beats might be a better option. Not only are they the most beautiful shade of rose gold but they're also wireless so hopefully they'll be a bit sturdier than the Frends ones. Just make sure you buy them from somewhere like John Lewis that offers a guarantee!


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Christmas Tag

...How adorable are these Christmas 3 Peas In A Pod?!

Merry Christmas lovelies! Before we begin I thought I'd better do a quick update - although I'd been planning on doing a "12 Days of Blogmas" this December (12 Blogmas posts every other day from 1st December to 23rd December) my phone ended up had a major electrical fault last week... God bless technology eh?!

Luckily I managed to get a new phone under warranty on Saturday but this has unfortunately put me very behind schedule as I wasn't able to blog in the meantime so I've decided to just do as many of my planned Blogmas posts as I am able to do. So for today's Blogmas post I thought I'd do The Christmas Tag, created by The Enthusiast so you can find out a little more about what makes up my Christmases. Let's begin!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
It's got to be Love Actually! I'm a total romantic so this film is right up my street. Plus that cast. Christmas time is never complete without at least one viewing of this film.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Never! We don't really get snow full stop where I live so it's pretty unlikely unfortunately!

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
At home with the family. The last few years on Christmas day have been pretty chilled out and quiet as it's usually just my mum, sister, the dogs and myself but this year there will be a point over the Christmas period where we'll have six people and five dogs all under one roof!

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
There's so many but probably Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea. I've never actually driven home for Christmas but the idea of this song always makes me feel so happy and Christmasy!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, we usually open all our presents on Christmas itself but if anyone gives me a present before Christmas day then I always open them right on the spot, much to my mum's annoyance!

6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph, Cupid... Ehm... No, haha! *Hangs head in Christmas shame*

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
The Christmas day walk on the beach with the dogs (which should be especially interesting this year as we'll have five dogs instead of our usual two!) and sales shopping with my sister on Boxing Day, followed by our big family meal!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We always have an artificial tree at home but when I move out to live with my boyfriend I'd love to have a real tree at least once!

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Honestly I love finding that perfect gift for someone and seeing their face light up when they unwrap it, but I always get stressed out at Christmas trying to get gifts together for everyone, so for Christmas-time I'd probably have to say receiving gifts haha!

11. What is the best Christmas gift you've ever received?
Last Christmas my sister bought us tickets to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play so I have to say that's a pretty hard gift to beat! You can see my spoiler-free thoughts on the play here if you're interested.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I have two! The first is Disney - I haven't experienced the Christmas period there yet so that's a definite goal for me! And the second is New York. It always looks so dreamy when its featured in Christmas films!

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
Fail miserably, definitely! I've never been a natural present wrapper and I always have to google how to fold the paper each year as I somehow always forget?!

14. Most memorable holiday moment?
I have to admit there isn't really one that sticks out over the rest! I'm very lucky because I don't think I've ever had a bad Christmas so I have lots of equally-lovely memories. 

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?
I don't think there was ever a moment where I was like "OMG HE'S NOT REAL?" - I think we always kind of knew he was make believe!

16. Do you make New Years' resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I don't make them just because I never stick to them! I do however make monthly resolutions and I find these are a lot more effective for me - I've managed to increase my water and fruit and vegetable intake through monthly resolutions!

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Family! The Christmas/New Year period are all about family for me. It's usually the only time of year that I see certain members of my family so it's very special to me.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Hopefully see you soon for another Blogmas post!

All gifs used in this post were sourced from Twitter's gif keyboard

Monday, 5 December 2016

Five Ways To Get Into The Festive Spirit

Merry Christmas lovelies! I don't know about you guys but since I've become an "adult" I find it very hard to get that festive feeling I always got as a child anymore so today I thought I'd share a few things that might help you reclaim that feeling of Christmas magic. I've tried to make these all as low budget as possible as I know money is always a bit tight for everyone at this time of year!

1. Have an evening of wrapping all your presents/writing all your cards whilst listening to Christmas songs
Combining Christmas songs and present wrapping/card writing always leaves me feeling festive!

2. Go for a long winter walk
Whether it's with friends/family, your dog or on your own, wrap up in your winter warmers, pack a hot chocolate in a flask and go for a walk in the cold. Make sure to bring a camera to get some snaps of the scenery looking all wintery!
3. Buy a Christmas TV guide
This is a must in our family! The only time of year we ever buy a TV guide is at Christmas and every year we each have a flick through and circle the things we want to record. There's always lots of great TV over Christmas and having a good catalogue of programmes recorded means you'll always have something to look forward to when you find yourself with some spare time in December.

4. Treat yourself to a Christmas drink from a coffee shop
There's something about the adorable festive cups that coffee shops do around Christmas time that always makes me feel so happy! Even McDonalds have joined in on the Christmas cups game now with some lovely festive hot drinks to match so shouldn't have to go far to find one now! My favourite though has to be Costa's Lindt hot chocolate (pictured below). So chocolatey and delicious!
5. Bake some festive treats
This is something I always forget to do but it would be such a fun way to get yourself feeling Christmasy! Plus there's so many different types of festive bakes from gingerbread tree decorations to mince pies, so even if you're a bit of a baking novice like me there will be something you can have a go at!

Hope one of these will help you feel more festive!


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Disney Secret Santa Gift Ideas Under £5

Merry Christmas lovelies! For today's Blogmas post I thought I'd share some Disney bits I've found on the internet recently which would be perfect as Secret Santa gifts or stocking fillers. They're all £5 or under so hopefully there should be something here to suit everyone's budgets!

1. Mirror Mirror On The Wall Coin Purse, New Look - £3.99
2. Christmas Minnie Mouse Mini Tsum Tsum, Clinton Cards - £3.50
3. Donald Duck's Christmas Favourites DVD, Disney Store - £3.99
4. Christmas Ariel Socks, Topshop - £3.50
5. Tinkerbell 3 x A6 Notebooks, Wilko - £2.50
6. Tsum Tsum Novelty Ballpen, Wilko - £1.50 each
7. Disney Animators' Collection Shopper Bag, Disney Store - £3.50
8. White Mickey Mouse Snack Bowl, Disney Store - £4.99

New Look always have the cutest purse designs and this one is no exception! If I didn't already have two of their Disney-inspired designs I'd definitely be treating myself to this one! I also think the cover of the Donald Duck's Christmas Favourites DVD is so lovely - it reminds me of the beautiful covers on the classic collection of DVDs. It would make such a lovely gift for any Disney fan. And I'm very tempted to buy the Mickey Mouse snack bowl from the Disney Store for myself! They come in a range of colours and while it's meant for snacks, I actually think it would actually make a lovely jewellery dish!

I hope this was helpful for you guys! I'm taking part in a Disney Secret Santa myself so I might have to make use of this post myself for my gifts!

All images used in this post were found on the sellers' respective websites linked above apart from the image of the Christmas Minnie Tsum Tsum which was found here

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Christmas Bucket List

Hi lovelies, or should I say Merry Christmas?! This year I'm attempting to take part in Blogmas for the very first time but my own amended version which I'm calling "The 12 Days of Blogmas" - one post every other day (12 in total) in the run up to Christmas!

To kick things off, my first Blogmas post is my Christmas bucket list which features all the activities I want to do in December to get into the Christmas spirit!

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My Christmas bucket list:

Watch Love Actually at least once

Wear something festive every day leading up to Christmas

Bake something Christmasy

Go Boxing Day sales shopping

Try as many festive drinks from Costa and Starbucks as possible

Do a random act of kindness for someone

Have a Christmas movie night with lots of festive snacks!

Decorate a gingerbread house (I've never done one before!)

Burn Christmas candles at every opportunity

Go on a long Wintery walk with the dogs

Donate something

Spend an evening curled up with a good book, hot chocolate and fairy lights

Make a Christmas playlist and listen to it everyday

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There we go! I'll be updating my progress on Twitter so you can see how I'm coming along with these.

P.S. The fabulous Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired print in my header picture is from the lovely itslizi on Etsy and will be available when her shop re-opens on 10th December!
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