ORELIA JEWELLERY THIS CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS

ORELIA JEWELLERY

Orelia Jewellery

If there’s one type of Christmas gift that’s always sure to go down a treat, it’s jewellery. Particularly, personalised jewellery. Orelia London have one of the most gorgeous jewellery ranges I have come across this Christmas and a quick browse on the website is sure to end in a cheeky little purchase – whether that is for yourself or fora loved one!

Orelia is the perfect balance between high street and designer jewellery. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more special than high street jewellery, that won’t break the bank like designer jewellery. Most of the jewellery on the website uses semi-precious components and beads in combination with precious charms and Swarowski crystals. 

The piece I went for is the 18 Carat Gold Plated ‘R’ Initial Disc Pendent, which I think looks beautiful! I love giving gifts that have a personal touch at Christmas time, so this necklace is PERFECT. The necklace comes packaged on cute grey and gold card, inside a printed envelope making it perfect (and easy!) to wrap this Christmas.

Browse the Orelia London collection here.


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LUSH SLEEPY BODY LOTION | BLOGMAS

LUSH SLEEPY

There is no better time to pop into Lush than Christmas time! Although I made my first Lush Christmas purchase back in October (#eagerbeaver), there was one product from the limited edition Christmas collection that I had my eye on and couldn’t wait to get my hands on – the Lush Sleepy Body Lotion.

LUSH SLEEPY

Sleepy is a limited edition body lotion that Lush have brought out as part of their Christmas collection, and it is dreamy in more ways than one! The body lotion shares the same scent as the Twilight and Luxury Lush Pud bath bombs – that is a comforting, malty lavender scent. It is not your typical, overpowering lavender scent either so it’s worth giving this a try even if you’re not normally into lavender.  I personally love using lavender scented products before getting into bed as I find that it helps me get a better night’s sleep. Check out my 5 essentials for a good night’s sleep here.

Lush Sleepy contains a blend of oatmeal infusion, lavender, almond oil, cocoa butter, and jojoba oil. It is lilac in colour and has quite a thick, rich consistency when it is in its pot. However, once you use a small amount of this and massage it into your skin it is easily absorbed with no greasiness involved. Instead, it leaves my skin feeling really nourished and beautifully scented. I love applying this to my skin in the evenings before getting into my pyjamas. I find that although the lavender scent is not overpowering, it really lingers on the skin and my pyjamas so I can still smell it in the morning!

I would highly recommend picking up a pot of Lush Sleepy this Christmas. I know I will be stocking up on this to last me through the next few months!

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NATURAL PARTY LASHES FOR CHRISTMAS WITH FALSEEYELASHES.CO.UK | BLOGMAS

Eylure and Vintage Cosmetics Lashes

If there’s one time of year when I’m more likely to wear false lashes, it’s Christmas time! I’ve got naturally long eyelashes, so a few coats of my favourite mascara does the job on most days. However, there’s something about the festive season that makes me want to go the extra mile and make an extra effort with my eye makeup. Falseeyelashes.co.uk is a one-stop online shop which stocks a huge selection of false eyelashes, including brands such as Eylure, The Vintage Cosmetic Company, and Ardell, as well as lash glue and remover.  Basically, they’ve got everything for your false eyelash-needs!

Eylure 117 Lashes

The first set of eyelashes I received are the Eylure Pre-Glued Texture Lashes 117. The ‘Texture’ lshes from Eylure are modern and natural looking lashes with a ‘roughed-up’ style. The 117s are described as being ‘a long, angled lash with a twisty messed up finish’. I absolutely love the style of these lashes as they don’t look ‘too perfect to be real’. They also have longer, fanned out sides which would look great with winged eyeliner for a Christmas party. As these are pre-glued, they are perfect for beginners.

Vintage Cosmetics Connie Lashes

The second set of eyelashes I received are The Vintage Cosmetic Company False Lashes – Connie. The Vintage Cosmetic Company products initially caught my eye due to their super adorable packaging. I decided to go for the Connie lashes as they look so soft and natural – perfect for Christmas day or if you want to go for something really natural on your lashes to add a bit of volume. The Connie lashes have a transparent band, rather than the black band that most false eyelashes tend to have, which make these super natural.

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CIATE X CHLOE MORELLO BEAUTY HAUL | BLOGMAS

CIATE CHLOE MOTELLO BEAUTY HAUL

CIATE CHLOE MOTELLO BEAUTY HAUL

I love a good old YouTuber x Brand collaboration – and the Chloe Morello x Ciate collaboration definitely doesn’t disappoint! Australian beauty YouTuber Chloe Morello recently teamed up with beauty brand Ciate to create one of the most gorgeous limited edition gift sets this festive season.

The gift set, aptly named the ‘Chloe Morello Beauty Haul’ contains a beautiful 15-shade eyeshadow palette, a mini Liquid Velvet liquid lipstick, a Wonderwand mascara and a luxurious navy and rose gold makeup bag. Every single item in this gift set is stunning.

The first product which caught my eye is without a doubt the eyeshadow palette – I mean, just look at it! The palette contains 15 matte and shimmery shades, including some of Ciate’s most popular shades and a few shades which Chloe herself designed. In all honesty, there isn’t a single shade from this palette that I wouldn’t use. It contains some gorgeous shimmery gold shades, some purple tones and matte shades, making this the perfect palette for creating both natural daytime looks, as well as more dramatic makeup looks. In addition to looking gorgeous, the eyeshadows are really pigmented and blend easily too – what’s not to love!?

The Chloe Morello Beauty Haul gift set also contains a mini Ciate Liquid Velvet in shade ‘Pin Up’. This is an intensely pigmented liquid lipstick in a berry-mauve shade which would suit most skin tones. The formula claims to be long-wearing, lightweight and comfortable to wear and I cannot wait to give this a go! The set also contains Ciate’s Wonderwand mascara, which I’ve heard great things about and cannot wait to try, as well as a gorgeous, decent-sized navy and rose gold makeup bag.

Available for £45.

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ZOELLA BEAUTY CHRISTMAS 2016 GIVEAWAY | BLOGMAS

ZOELLA BEAUTY CHRISTMAS 2016

ZOELLA BEAUTY CHRISTMAS 2016

There are so many amazing Christmas gift sets around at the moment, especially in the world of beauty. In order to celebrate the Christmas period and my first ever year of doing Blogmas, I thought I would pick up one of my favourite gift sets around this year to give away to one of you, my readers! 

This month, I will be giving away the Zoella Beauty Secret Santa Mini Mist Set. I love the fragranced body mists from the Zoella Beauty range, and this gift set contains all three body mists that are already out PLUS an exclusive Christmas-scented one!

The gift set contains:

  • Blissful Mistful – The original soft, feminine fragrance with notes of strawberry, grapefruit, violet, jasmine and gardenia.
  • Let’s Spritz – A fresh and fruity spritz with delicate notes of raspberry and cassis.
  • Sweet Inspirations – A delicious fragrance with notes of sweet almond, creamy vanilla and honey.
  • Bake My Day – This basically smells like Christmas in a bottle. It’s a warming fragrance with notes of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate. Mmm!


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#GiftOfGiving WITH FENETIC WELLBEING | SURPRISING MY MUM!

#GiftOfGiving

Fenetic Wellbeing are running a #GiftOfGiving campaign this Christmas, to encourage people to think a little bit extra about their family members and the little things they can do for each other to make them happy by doing random acts of kindness.  I was given the opportunity to surprise a family member with a nice gift that they deserve but wouldn’t normally buy themselves to show my appreciation for all they do. So I decided to surprise my mum!

My mum does so much for me, she’s always ready to listen and offer her support and she’s always there for hugs whenever I need them! I feel like I can talk to my mum about anything – she really is my best friend 🙂

I decided to surprise my mum with a Ted Baker Travel Wallet that she’s wanted for ages, but would never have bought for herself. Check out my video below to see her reaction.

Why not surprise a relative with something they wouldn’t be expecting this season? 

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COSY WINTER NIGHTS IN WITH HAPPY JACKSON | BLOGMAS

As the cold winter weather has well and truly set in and the days are getting shorter, there is nothing I enjoy more than treating myself to a pamper night! It’s so important to dedicate some time to do nice things for ourselves, and a pamper night is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day. Creating the perfect relaxing night in does not require much effort. My 3 essentials are; a calming face mask, a scented candle and of course a nice, looooong relaxing bath!

H&A have launched a new range of deliciously scented Happy Jackson bath soaks that I have recently incorporated into my bath-time routine. Having already been a huge fan of Happy Jackson’s bright and fun stationery range, I was very excited about this launch and could not wait to find out if the products lived up to all my expectations.

HAPPY JACKSON BATH SOAKS

HAPPY JACKSON BATH SOAKS

The Happy Jackson Bath Soaks are available exclusively to Sainsbury’s at just £3 each for a huge 500ml bottle (and they’re currently on offer for £2 each – crazy!).  However, in spite of being so affordable, the products are genuinely such good quality and are actually some of the loveliest bath products that I have discovered this year.

The bath soaks come in a range of delicious scents, bright colours, and in true Happy Jackson style, they come with cute, quirky names which are sure to bring a smile to your face. I’ve recently tried out four of their bath soaks (there are eight in total). These are ‘Soak it up Girl’, a berry and cherry scented pink bath soak that smells like sweets, ‘Give it some YAY!’, which smells of orange, ginger and mint (a sophisticated scent that I have never come across in a bath product before), ‘Sweet Enough Already’, which smells of raspberry and mango, and ‘Totally Time to Chill’, which smells of vanilla bean and honey. All four bath soaks smell absolutely divine and similar to what you would get in more expensive, luxury brands – particularly ‘Give it some YAY!’.

I love these so much that I have even been using them in the shower on those days when I don’t have enough time for a bath!

HAPPY JACKSON BATH SOAKS

HAPPY JACKSON BATH SOAKS

I would highly recommend picking up a bottle (or three) of the Happy Jackson Bath Soaks next time you pop into Sainsbury’s or online. I will definitely be stocking up on more of these and cannot wait to try out all the other scents!

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MAKING MY FIRST JO MALONE PURCHASE | BLOGMAS

Jo Malone is one of those luxury brands that I’ve lusted after for a number of years, and each time I passed by a Jo Malone store I would go in, and have a little browse and spritz. However I was recently given a voucher and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to treat myself to my very first Jo Malone purchase!

After having yet another look (and sniff) around the store, I knew I wanted to pick up something from the English Pear & Freesia range. English Pear & Freesia is described by Jo Malone as an autumnal scent of fresh, ripe pears and a bouquet of white freesias. I love fruity, floral scents but I would never have thought I would like a pear-scent. However, something about this combination of scents makes this one of the most beautiful, fresh, floral and fruity scents that I have ever smelt.

Making a purchase at the Jo Malone store in Brighton is in itself a real treat – as you would expect from such a luxurious brand! I decided to go for the English Pear & Freesia Travel Candle, which the sales assistant placed inside a box, complete with a box of uber-chic black matchsticks and finished off by tying up with the Jo Malone Christmas 2016 black and gold ribbon *insert heart eye emoji here*.

The Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Travel Candle would make a lovely, special gift for your family or friends – or even a cheeky little treat for yourself! It’s the perfect addition to cosy, winter evenings!

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HEARTS ON MY ELBOWS OOTD | BLOGMAS

Heart elbow patch

Heart elbow patch

Throughout this last year I’ve worked harder than I ever have on Beauty and the Bird. So I felt that it would only be appropriate to end the year by challenging myself to do Blogmas for the first time ever – 24 days of new content, everyday, in the build up to Christmas! I’ve got some amazing Christmas gift ideas, winter beauty and fashion posts, and some festive giveaways along the way, so keep your eyes peeled!

To kick things off, I wanted to share one of my favourite items in my winter wardrobe – the Boohoo Harper Heart Elbow Patch Jumper. I’m all for big, cosy jumpers in winter – you know, the ones that basically feel like you’re wearing a big hug all day. This particular knit from Boohoo ticks all the boxes in terms of being cosy and keeping you nice and toasty. However, what makes it extra special is the super cute heart elbow patches. I’m not normally a big fan of elbow patches on jumpers (I mean, really, what is the point!?), but there was something that drew me to this and I’m so glad I picked it up! I know I’m going to be getting so much wear out of this throughout the winter.

Heart elbow patch

Available from Boohoo.

Photos by Ben Talbot Photography.

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