IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE | THE LAST DAY OF BLOGMAS

Christmas Tree

It’s finally Christmas Eve – hooray! Today is officially the last day of Blogmas, and I’m so proud to say that I actually did it! One blog post every single day in December, in the run up to Christmas, and I somehow managed it all, even publishing 2 blog posts on some days! I really hope you enjoyed the content that I uploaded over the past month.

I thought I would keep today’s post short and sweet. I’m currently cosied up on the sofa in my favourite Christmas jumper about to light my new Jo Malone candle that I bought earlier this month (I’ve been saving it for a special day!), and watch the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special which we watch every year on Christmas Eve – it never stops being funny! My family and I normally open our main pressies at midnight, so I’m looking forward to giving my parents their presents, eeeee!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and I wish you all a lovely day tomorrow. I’ve got a couple more blog posts planned before the end of the year, so I’ll see you back here very soon! ūüôā

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CASECOMPANY CUSTOM PHONE CASE + GIVEAWAY | BLOGMAS

Case Company phone case

I love choosing gifts for my family and friends at Christmas. However, getting to actually create a custom gift makes this even more special. CaseCompany specialise in good quality custom phone and laptop cases. Unlike most other custom phone case companies, CaseCompany make custom cases for over 100 different smartphone models and provide free shipping worldwide, which I thought was pretty impressive.

In addition to custom phone and laptop cases, the company also have a fantastic range of pre-designed phone cases which are super (super super) cute. In fact, I chose the gorgeous floral phone case in the photos above from the pre-designed collection. Other designs which I absolutely adore are: this cute lip-print design, this ‘Pink Positive’ flamingo design, and this colourful ombre design. You can choose for your chosen design to come in a soft case, hard case, matte case, flip-style case, or 3D case, which is the one I went for.

If you’d like to win a phone case, iPad case, or laptop sleeve with your own custom design (or one from the CaseCompany collection) head over to THIS INSTAGRAM PIC. Good luck!


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THE PERFECT LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT | CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS CARDS

Morse Toad Chocolate Card

Morse Toad Chocolate Card

There’s only a few days left until Christmas (5 days to be exact, eeeeeeeee!) and I’m sure that I’m not the only person out there who’s still got some last bits of Christmas shopping left to do.

Morse Toad recently got in touch with me about the perfect gift idea that you can give pretty much anyone this Christmas – whether that is your Secret Santa at work or a stocking filler for your family! Everyone loves receiving chocolate during the festive season, so why not treat your loved ones to some personalised chocolate this Christmas!?

The Morse Toad website allows you to create your own personalised chocolate, with a personalised message – think of it as a chocolate Christmas card! The chocolate is delivered through your recipients letterbox (or your own if you’d rather give it to them personally) within 1-2 days and you’re still in time to order one for Christmas. Make your order by Wednesday 21st for standard delivery or Thursday 22nd for special delivery.

You can also get 10% off your purchase by using the code toadandbird at checkout. Visit the website here.


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THE BEST CHRISTMAS JUMPER 2016 | BLOGMAS

Christmas just isn’t complete without a super festive Christmas jumper! As I do every year, this year I once again had a look online for the best Christmas jumper on offer this year, and I came across this particular Christmas jumper on the Boohoo website. Not only does it look super festive with reindeers and snowflakes, but it also feels really cosy! I have been loving wearing this with a pair of black skinny jeans.

Boohoo is one of those brands that really knows how to do Christmas – in fact, the website has an entire section dedicated to Christmas. This includes an amazing range of Christmas jumpers (of course), as well as partywear and festive nightwear, perfect for wearing on Christmas Eve. It’s also perfect if you want to treat the men in your life to a matching festive onesie, and they’ve got a section dedicated to gifts for men too.

If you live in the UK, you’re still in time to order your perfect Christmas jumper or Christmas day outfit, and receive it in time. You can place your order by 9pm on 20/12/16 for UK Saver Delivery or by 10pm on 22/12/16 for UK Next Day Delivery.

Check out the Boohoo Christmas range here.

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NEW LAUNCHES FROM PUPA MILANO | BLOGMAS

PUPA MILANO

I always get super excited when an email lands in my inbox to let me know that Pupa Milano have released some new products – and their latest launch is no exception! Below are three products which Pupa Milano have recently been added to their collection.

PUPA MILANO READY4SELFIE

Pupa Milano Contouring & Strobing Palette #Ready4Selfie

Contouring and strobing has taken the makeup world by storm in the last couple of years – and although I prefer going for a more subtle contour, I still can’t resist a good contouring palette! The #Ready4Selfie palette contains a gorgeous champagne highlighter, along with three contour shades – light, medium and dark. This is perfect if you prefer having the option of how strong you want your contour. Each palette comes with the Pupa Beauty School directions on how to apply the product perfectly, according to your face shape. 

PUPA MILANO MAXI BLUSH

Pupa Milano Like A Doll Maxi Blush in ‘200 Sweet Apricot’

The latest addition to the Pupa Milano blusher range is the ‘Like A Doll’ maxi blush, an ultra-blendable blusher that promises to leave you with a natural, even and radiant colour. I’ve got this in the shade ‘200 Sweet Apricot’, which is a natural peachy shade, perfect if you want to add some natural colour to your cheeks without looking over the top. The blusher comes with a soft fan brush, which actually feels really nice and is great if you want to apply your makeup on-the-go.

PUPA MILANO VOLUME LIPS

Pupa Milano Volume Lipstick in ‘305 Pop Fuchsia’

The Volume Lipstick in ‘305 Pop Fuchsia’ is a gorgeous bright pink with a hint of red – perfect for the festive season! The Volume Lipstick range claims to help the lips look fuller and keep them moisturised. This feels really creamy on the lips, which I love in winter, and the formula is really long lasting too!

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PARTY NAILS WITH BOOTS | BLOGMAS

I love painting my nails and actually find it quite therapeutic! However, nail polish doesn’t always last very long on my nails, and depending on what nail polish you’re using, it doesn’t always look so, well, polished. Artificial nails are a good option when you want your nails to look polished for longer – such as when you go on holiday or you simply don’t have time to repaint your nails every couple of days.

Boots have released their own range of artificial glue-on nails, perfect for the festive season. The nails, priced at a reasonable ¬£5.50 come in various different shades ranging from neutrals to bold colours. These include ‘Latte’ (a pretty light pink/cream shade), ‘Mushroom’ (a grey/lilac shade), ‘Plum Pudding’ (a deep purple shade), ‘Coral’ (a bright coral shade), and ‘Pillarbox Red’ (a true-red shade that screams Christmas).

Each pack contains 24 artificial glue-on nails, nail glue and an applicator glue.

Available from Boots

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L’OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK | BLOGMAS

L'OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK

[pipdig_padded_text]Face masks are an integral part of my skincare and pamper routine. I normally treat myself to a face mask 1-2 times a week as they can make such a difference to my skin, and they’re also a great way to unwind. The new L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks have been receiving a fair amount of praise online, so I decided to get my hands on the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask to try it out for myself.

SPOILER: This turned out to be one of the most effective face masks I have ever used.

There are 3 masks in the L’Oreal Pure Clay range – the Detox Mask, the Purity Mask, and the Glow Mask. At the moment I’ve got sensitive, normal-dry skin with a slightly oily t-zone, so I decided to go for the Detox Mask to balance this out. The Detox Mask contains¬†Kaolin, a clay that absorbs impurities and excess oil,¬†Montmorillonite, another clay known to help eliminate skin imperfections, Ghassoul¬†to clarify the skin, and¬†Black Charcoal¬†to draw out impurities.

The mask comes in an expensive-looking glass jar, reminiscent of more high end brands, and the clay itself has quite a creamy consistency. The jar contains 50ml of product, which claims to be enough for 10 applications, however I have used the product a fair few times already and there’s enough product for way more than just 10 applications! I normally apply a thin layer of the mask all over my face and wait around 10-15 minutes for it to dry.

Unlike most other clay masks I have tried, although this gets harder as it dries, it doesn’t get so hard that moving your face becomes an impossible task. Removing the mask is a lot less messy than other face masks too, and a wet flannel easily does the trick to remove the product from your face. However, what I really love about the face mask is just how effective it is. Upon removing the mask, my skin is left feeling really soft and clear, thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated. The effects seem to last a few days too – unlike other masks whose effects seem to wear off after about a day. I have also found that since using this mask, my makeup has looked a lot better!

I would highly recommend giving the L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask a go, especially if you’re after something that can really get in there to clear and rebalance your skin. At ¬£7.99, it really is worth every single penny.

Available from Boots

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CHRISTMAS NAILS WITH CIATE | BLOGMAS

CIATE PAINT POT DUO TO GO

CIATE PAINT POT DUO TO GO

One of the many things I love about this time of year is all the GLITTER that suddenly makes an appearance in the beauty and fashion world. One of the easiest and most subtle ways of adding a bit of glitter this party season is on your nails.

Ciate have released some gorgeous limited edition gift sets for the Christmas season, one of which is the Paint Pot Duo To Go Nail Varnish Set. There are a few different variations of duo nail polishes which Ciate have released, and I’ve got the one with ‘Amazing Gracie’, which is described as a ‘delicate, ballerina pink’ and ‘Antique Brooch’, described as a ‘dense rose gold glitter’.

CIATE PAINT POT DUO TO GO

The nail polishes can be worn separately or together, but I must admit they look amazing when worn together! I start by applying 2 layers of ‘Amazing Gracie’, which gives a sheer cream/pink coverage, then apply 1 or 2 layers of ‘Antique Brooch’, depending on how glittery I want to go. Out of the two shades, ‘Antique Brooch’ is the one that really stands out in my eyes! Unlike most other glitter nail polishes I have tried, this is literally packed with glitter and gives an almost completely opaque coverage with one layer. It has got a combination of tiny gold glitter particles and slightly bigger pink glitter particles which leave your nails looking SUPER festive!

CIATE PAINT POT DUO TO GO

At just ¬£10, the Ciate Paint Pot Duo To Go is the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift, and it’s also great if you’re looking to treat yourself to some festive nail polish!


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MY 5 MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS THIS YEAR | BLOGMAS

Most Popular Blog Posts This Year

2016 is the year that I really made an effort to upload blog posts more frequently and consistently. In fact, so far I posted 216 blog posts in comparison to 122 blog posts in 2015 and 77 blog posts in 2014! So I’ve had a look at my Analytics to see what my 5 most popular blog posts have been this year.

10 Beauty Products I Will Repurchase

10 Beauty Products I Will Repurchase

I love trying and testing out new beauty products. However, sometimes a product is just too good to replace and no matter how many other products I try, I keep going back to the same one! In this post I spoke about 10 beauty products which I will (and have since) repurchased – including MAC, Soap & Glory, and good old Lush!

SEO Tips for Bloggers

Easy SEO Tips for Bloggers

Although I was pretty clueless on SEO when I first started blogging in 2013, SEO has become an integral part of my blogging routine nowadays. In this post I shared my top 5 SEO tips for complete beginners – and later on this year I went on to publish 5 more SEO tips, which you can implement on your blog.

Yoga With Adriene

My Yoga Experience

I firmly believe that incorporating yoga into my daily routine was one of the best decisions I ever made. Although I no longer attend public classes, I still practise yoga at home and I feel the benefits each and every time I get on my mat. Yoga helps me to feel calmer on anxious days and I have found it to be really effective in helping me combat tension headaches too.

Charlotte Tilbury The Queen

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in ‘The Queen’

Earlier this year, I (finally) got to try out some products from Charlotte Tilbury – and they definitely lived up to all my expectations! In this post, I wrote about the Charlotte Tilbury Limited Edition Lipstick in ‘The Queen’, a gorgeous rich jewel pink shade. You can also check out my other Charlotte Tilbury posts here.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette: 4 Different Looks

In this post, I got one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes, the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and created 4 different looks using the same palette. This was one of my favourite blog posts that I worked on this year, and I definitely plan on creating similar blog posts and/or videos using different palettes throughout the next few months.

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RODIAL SMOKEY EYE SCULPT EYESHADOW PALETTE | BLOGMAS

RODIAL SMOKEY EYE SCULPT EYESHADOW PALETTE

RODIAL SMOKEY EYE SCULPT EYESHADOW PALETTE

Rodial is a brand most widely known for their unique and luxury skincare products. However, you may not have known that Rodial also have a gorgeous makeup range which is most definitely worth checking out!

Until recently, I had only tried the skincare range (which I love!) – check out my review of the Rodial Snake Booster Oil. So I was super excited when the newly released Rodial Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette landed on my doorstep! 

If, like me, you’re a fan of nude eyeshadows then this palette will be right up your street. The palette contains a capsule collection of six complementary and versatile nude shades. It contains a mixture of neutral and warm shades which you can use to create anything from a natural, daytime look to a more dark, smokey look. Good quality matte eyeshadows are always hard to come buy, however unlike most eyeshadow palettes out there, this includes 5 matte shades and 1 shimmery bronze shade. The shades range from a matte cream to a deep black shade, with a few gorgeous warm brown and taupe shades in between. 

As you would expect with any product from Rodial, the quality of these shades is just on-point. They are well-pigmented and really easy to blend – they’ve got an almost cream-like texture. However, what impressed me most about this palette is just how long-lasting the eyeshadows seem to be. Even with no primer, the eyeshadows last all day with only a very minimal amount of creasing – very impressive!

Available from Rodial

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COSY WINTER WALKS OOTD | BLOGMAS

Tights – Charnos Hoisery, Boots – Schuh

I’m definitely a winter person. I love the cold, crisp air on a winter morning, getting to wrap up in warm, cosy clothes, and having long, hot baths on dark, winter evenings. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post with 10 reasons why winter is better than summer earlier this year.

One of the things I love doing in winter is going for walks. Of course, this requires wrapping up in warm winter clothing and popping on a pair of comfy boots! A pair of black leather ankle boots, such as the Schuh Mobster Boots that I am wearing here, are absolutely for going on winter walks – whether that is in a park nearby, or the city centre. Since they are made out of real leather, there’s no need to worry about them getting too wet on rainy days (I wish I could say the same thing about my UGGs!). These boots have a small 4.5cm heel, which make them really comfortable and also perfect if like me, you don’t wear heels on a daily basis but would appreciate the additional height.

Full Outfit Details:

Pinafore Dress – Primark

Cardigan – Jack Wills

Tights – Charnos Hosiery

Boots – Schuh

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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ARCHITECTURE LOVERS | BLOGMAS

RIBA Friends Gift

RIBA Friends Gift

We’ve all got that one family member or friend who is notoriously hard to buy presents for. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently launched the RIBA Friends of Architecture Christmas Gift Pack, which may be the answer to your Christmas present dilemma! The gift pack is aimed at anyone who is interested in architecture and design or who would be interested in learning more about architecture. Essentially, it’s the perfect Christmas gift for ‘that person who already owns pretty much everything’ and enjoys learning something new!

RIBA Friends Gift

RIBA Friends Gift

The membership gift pack gives the receiver access to a year-long programme of events including architectural walking tours, curator-led views, discounts in the world class RIBA Bookshop, caf√© and restaurant. As well as all of that, RIBA Friends also receive a copy of ‘A Magazine for RIBA Friends of Architecture’ twice a year and discounts for the RIBA‚Äôs seasonal exhibition events including talks, debates and film screenings.

As you can see from the photos, the initial gift pack itself contains the latest copy of the magazine, three postcards and a professional print, all from the prestigious RIBA collections.

The gift pack and 1-year membership costs £45 and is guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas if it is ordered before 20th December from here.

RIBA Friends Gift

Available from RIBA

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