I’m a huge sucker for personalised gifts, especially around Christmas time. I find it’s so much nicer to receive a present that has a sweet family picture, or a great memory on it, just to make it that extra bit special.
Christmas Card: £1.99*
Slim Photo Canvas*
on the tree where you can see your chosen picture. I chose this cute picture of me and my sisters when we were children (yes I know we’re in the bath, but we look so cute so who cares), and I just think it looks sooo cute! The best part of this is that we can re-use this every year and it’s added to my permanent collection of tree decorations! I kind of want to do this every year until I have a tree full of Snapfish photo ornaments…
*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info
1. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Omg it’s just too fabulous for words, it’s the most wonderful time of year after all! The thing I love most is decorating the house, all those twinkly lights just make me feel so cosy inside. I also love spending time with my family, watching Christmas films and drinking all the hot chocolates!
Last December, there were so many Christmas-themed things that I wanted to do, and I didn’t get a chance to do everything. So this year, I thought I would blog the list so I would be more inspired to (hopefully) complete everything!
2. Visit Winter Wonderland
3. Spend all day watching Christmas films
4. Watch a Pantomime
5. Find the perfect scented candle
6. Buy special Christmas pyjamas to wear on Christmas Eve
7. Go ice-skating
First of all, can we just take a second to appreciate the packaging. I fricking love it all! Light grey with rose gold detailing (could she be anymore of a blogger?!), so every blogger in the world wet their pants a little bit (no, just me?).
As we all know, I’m obsessed with candles at the moment and I feel like I’ve repeated this so much recently (lol), as you can read about here, and here, and *ahem* here.
Anywayyyyys, I bought all of Zoella’s candles. OOPS.
Like I’ve said before, I find it so hard to buy candles online as I think any candle lover will find, because its impossible to know if you’re going to like it or not. I did find some reviews but I just thought that I would buy all of them and then return any if I didn’t like the smell. Rookie mistake obvs.
I really like the packaging on all of the candles, I think the little box with the small hole in so that you can sniff the candle is so cute, and the way the candle opens is amazing. The little picture on the inside of the box is a welcome touch. I also think her candles are reasonably priced (£10) especially for the size and for how long they burn.
I really loved this one, I didn’t expect to because I’m not a huge fan of floral scents but this really reminded me of my garden in the summer time, and I think that was the type of scent she was going for. It’s not too strong, which I really like because its a subtle garden smell but I can imagine that it would make your whole room smell like there were flowers there. Saves you buying flowers!
Gingerbread Village: “Set your home a glow with the sweet, spicy warmth of gingerbread. Cosy up by the fire as fragrant scents of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg fill the room.”
I mean, even if I hadn’t bought her entire candle collection, it would’ve just been rude not to buy this scent, especially around this time of year. This is the same scent that her Christmas collection is in and it smells like Christmas in a candle. I adoreeee it!
Seaside Stroll: “The scent of fresh air and ocean mist will leave you feeling like you’re beside the sea no matter where you are. A sunny seaside walk in a jar!”
I really liked this scent, it’s very fresh-smelling and it does remind of being beside the ocean, so she’s done well with this scent!
Daisy Picking: “Transport yourself to a Summers day. The scent of wildflowers and luscious green grass fills the air as you tiptoe through the meadow.”
Even though I’m not a huge floral scent fan, this is lovely light scent and it is very uplifting! I like burning this during the day, it provides a fruity yet gentle smell that fills the whole room.
Lazy Days: “Fill your room with the essence of calm. With notes of fresh linen and cotton, it’s theperfect scent for a lazy day.”
This was one of my favourite things that I bought and in her collection. I love the feel of these socks, they are just perfect for winter time, and the candle is very warming and relaxing. It’s one of those candles that you want to burn once you clean the whole house.
I also bought the Zoella Travel Backpack, omg I need to stop shopping. It is originally £50, but when I bought it, it was new to Boots and it was £26 which I thought was a bargain. The Travel Backpack includes: the Cream and Sprinkles Travel Mug, the Write-on-Point pencils, and the Inspire keyring. For what you get, I think it was pretty good value!
As much as I love the colour scheme of everything, and the quality of the products, I do have a few complaints about the backpack itself. Firstly, there is not small pocket inside the backpack. I know, its not the worst thing ever, but I really like having that little pocket because it’s so convenient to put things that you will need quickly. I also didn’t like the fact that the flap-over is very flimsy and doesn’t buckle properly so for me it felt insecure. Especially because its a backpack and it will be on your back when you’re wearing it, I feel like extra precaution should’ve been taken when designing that, just for safety and security reasons.
The actual backpack is a beautiful light grey faux leather, with neon coral inside and adjustable straps. I like the fact that the Z is barely noticeable, and it’s very minimal.
Having said that, the products are beautiful. Like I’ve said before, I’m glad that Zoella has aimed this range at her older viewers, because the whole feel is very classy with its marble and rose gold design. I have heard mixed reviews about the Travel Mug, some people have had problems with their lettering fading, but I haven’t used mine yet so I don’t know about that.
I really like the keyring, even though I have way too many on my keys right now! I think the idea behind it is really nice, that you look down at your keys and feel inspired and inspire others.
The pencil pack was one thing that didn’t overly excite me. I don’t have an office or desk space and I’m more ‘grab the nearest pen’ kind of person, rather than collect cute stationary. Maybe I’m going wrong somewhere, but they are still very cute and I do adore their little quotes.
So in conclusion, I love Zoella’s lifestyle collection!
What’s your favourite product from the collection? Have you bought any of it?