I didn’t know if I was going to write this post because I get worried that people are going to think that I’m showing off what I got but I did a poll on Twitter and it got (mostly) yeses, and to be honest I love reading posts like this because I’m a nosy cow and it gives me loads of ideas to buy things for people. I’ve linked as many things as I can down below, if I haven’t found the product online then I’ve linked a similar item, so if any of you want to do some shopping it’s a lot easier!

Also, apologies in advance, because I have forgotten to take pictures of some of my presents, mainly because I’ve either been using/wearing it non-stop or I couldn’t find it to photograph it (whoops).

Okay, I’m babbling, so let’s get on with it!


Cluse watch

Jack Wills jumper

Naked basics palette

Hair oil

Slipper socks (similar)

Benefit Brow Kit


 

 

I was so happy when I opened my Naked Basics palette, the colours are so Autumnal and I love my Naked | and Naked Smoky palettes so I knew I’d love this one!

I don’t own any clothing items from Jack Wills so I was very pleasantly surprised with this sweater. It’s so perfect because sometimes those thick jumpers get really hot!

I also received this Benefit Brow Kit, which I’m so excited to use. I love doing my brows but I don’t like them to over-filled, so this ‘Natural Brow Kit’ was perfect for me!

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pair of fluffy socks, and I love these! I needed a few pairs of socks this winter anyways so these were perfect for me.

I loved this hair oil; my hair rends to get very frizzy and this is something that I hope will help. I love this brand so I can’t wait to start using this!

Lastly, I got this gorgeous Cluse watch, it’s the grey strap with the rose gold design. I had my eye on the marble face but this would have been the next best thing so I’m so happy with it!


Onesie (similar)

Chelsea boots x2

Rucksack (similar)

Scarf (similar)

Kat Von D liquid lipstick (Lolita)


I can’t post a picture of my onesie as I’ve been living in it for the past few days but it’s so fluffy and comfy! It’s the grey (bunny-eared) one from Primark, so if you can find it, I would fully recommend getting it!

I’ve been needing a pair of Chelsea boots for ages, so I was so happy opening these black ones, in both suede and normal black. They are going to be used so much!

 I’m actually obsessed with my blanket scarf, it’s huge, it’s cosy and it’s just perfect for winter.

I was so excited to open this Kat Von D liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Lolita’, I’ve had my eye on it for a while now, I think the colour is beautiful and I don’t own anything by Kat Von D so hopefully this will let me build up my collection!

I also received a black rucksack which I was really happy with. It wasn’t my usual style, but I think it’s a really practical present which I will hopefully get a lot of use out of!


Hairbands

Merakhi oil

Mini Motherpucker Lipglosses

 

These twisted hairbands were so cute, they are twisted so they don’t kink your hair when it’s straight. SO helpful!

Ever since I watched Nishi V’s video on how she got rid of her dark circles, I knew I had to get my hands on this oil. I hope it helps me.

I have been wanting a Sexy Mother Pucker Lipglosses by Soap & Glory for ages. They plump up your lips so expect lots of pouty Instagram posts!


 
Zoella Bath Salts
Zoella Body Mist

I participated in a Blogger’s Secret Santa this Christmas, and it was honestly amazing. I met so many lovely fellow bloggers, and everyone was so welcoming. We had a budget, and I had the best time shopping for my Secret Santa! For my present, I received two Zoella Beauty products. I hadn’t used anything from the Zoella Beauty range before so it was actually quite nice. I really love the scent of the Body Mist, which I didn’t think I would! Looking forward to using the bath salts now!

 

Letter candle

Rose gold ring holder (similar)

Slippers (similar)

I also participated in a Blogger’s Christmas Swap, which was also so fun. For this, I only had to get to know one person who was my Blogger Pair. She was so lovely and I’m so glad that I got to know her! She got me this gorgeous ‘D’ candle, which smells insane and I can’t wait to burn. I also received this beautiful pair of slippers, which are so insanely comfortable and cosy! I have been living in these recently. Lastly, I got a rose gold rhino-shaped ring holder, which is adorable and I’m so excited to start using it!

So, thats everything I received for Christmas! What did you get for Christmas?

I’d love to see what you got, so if you’ve done this kind of post, please link it below!

First of all, can I just say that I have FINALLY updated my blog, bought myself a new domain and a new design and although it is not exactly how I want it, I’m so glad that I’ve taken the plunge because I loveeeee it! Blogpost on my experiences coming soon!

So last Christmas, I had the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar and even though I am candle-obsessed, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. It was very repetitive and I would’ve preferred to buy one of their bigger jars! So thats why, this year I decided to buy myself an advent calendar that I would actually enjoy. 

I love Sanctuary Spa brand, I’ve always used their products and they just always smell insane. I knew I’d use everything so I was so excited to open this on December 1st!

It was also a lot cheaper than other beauty/non-chocolate advent calendars I’d seen so I jumped at the chance when I saw it online! I’ve seen people say that they didn’t like it so much or didn’t think it was worth the money but I totally disagree! It’s only £25 which was a lot cheaper compared to other advent calendars (my little sister had the Jack Wills advent calendar which was worth £35 and had smaller products and didn’t have the same variety). I feel as though you got good sized products and different varieties. For example, I got a detox mask, and various lotions and their matching body scrubs but never more than one variety of the same product, and they were all between 30-75ml, which I was impressed with!

There were a few things that were clearly fillers, a cookie cutter and the bulldog clip weren’t particularly relevant, but I really liked the eye mask and the toe dividers. They were items that I needed to buy for myself but never got around to getting, so it was quite handy for me.

One thing I didn’t particularly like was how flimsy the doors were. I kept ripping the cardboard and I’m so fussy when it comes to advent calendars, but it is definitely something that I can live with.

I honestly think that this advent calendar was a bargain and I’m definitely going to be buying it next year!

Did you have an advent calendar this year? Which one was it?

 

 

 

I honestly can’t believe this year has gone so quickly and I am SO excited to see what 2017 brings. I feel like I have achieved so much this year but a New Year is such a perfect opportunity to give yourself goals to work towards. I’ve split my goals into two categories: personal and blogging.
Personal Goals
 
Declutter: I don’t think there is a better time to prepare for a fresh start to the new year than by decluttering. This could include just tidying your room, sorting out that bag of old clothes for the charity shop that you said you were going to do ages ago, or rearranging the book shelf or windowsill that always manages to collect random bits no matter how much you try and keep it clean. I love doing things at any point when I walk into my room and feel anxious at how full it feels or untidy it is, but at the end of the year it just makes sense to start the year with a clean slate (or room). Once I’ve cleaned and decluttered my room, I legit always feel 10x happier, it gives me such a sense of calm!
Closure: Now this could be a personal one for you, but for me it is about not harbouring any bad feelings towards anyone. Any negative thoughts or energy is ultimately going to affect me and my life, so I would like to try and fully close the chapters that took a tumble this year. I’ve learned a lot from these relationships and I don’t regret anything, but I do believe it is time to put these to bed and leave them in 2016.
 
Reflect: This is such a big thing and I honestly don’t do it enough! Reflecting on big and small achievements alike is so important to see how far you’ve come. I love this little blog and whilst I am no Zoella, I should feel proud of myself when I hit certain milestones or achieve things that I never thought I could. I might even start documenting these achievements; although I don’t want to ‘show off’, so I’ll think about this! I want my blog to be a positive place, ain’t got no time for haters!
Blogging Goals
 
Go to a blogger event: I really want to attend an event next year, I think it will be such a great experience for me and it slightly relates to number two on this list as well. If you follow me on Twitter, I tweeted recently that I felt like my anxiety would make it really difficult to attend a bloggers event, but the support that I received was amazing and I felt so reassured. I need to push myself past it and I know it’s something that will make me much stronger!
Make more blogger friends: I think going to a bloggers event would make this easier, but I really do want to make some blogging friends. When I started out, it was very difficult not to just follow a million bloggers and tweet them and hope to magic up a friendship out of nowhere. Recently, I have been a bit more strategic and follow those whose blogs I read and enjoy, and that way when I do tweet them it will feel more genuine. I also joined a few groups, and tried to participate in as many blogger chats as I could. Such a good tip for anyone wanting to have good interesting conversations and to get your blog out to more people!
 
Quality over quantity: I want to make sure that I post content that I am happy to be up on the Internet, and that was one of the reasons that I didn’t participate in Blogmas this year, because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to prepare and I didn’t want to post for the sake of posting! I also want to care more about my content and my photography, rather than stats. I have tried very hard not to look at how many hits my blog gets because it’s so off-putting! 
What are some of your goals for 2017?

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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.

That’s why I love websites like Snapfish, because they have such a wide selection of things to purchase, like personalised calendars, mugs, photo books and so many more.
I was kindly invited by Snapfish to review some of their products and I was honestly spoilt for choice. I loved all of their products, and I loved looking through my photos to pick some that I liked.
I ended up choosing: a Christmas card, a slim photo canvas and a Christmas ornament, just because I wanted to choose as many Christmassy things as possible, and I was so impressed, especially with the quality but also with delivery time and customer service. I also liked the fact that the website tells you when your pictures are too grainy, because the last thing you want is to receive something that is super pixelated.
As you can see I’ve chosen family photos for the canvas and the ornament, and then pictures of me and my OH for the card (saves me buying one from Card Factory – win!). I thought the family items would be really nice additions to the home.

Christmas Card: £1.99*

I really loved this card! It’s a lot cheaper than Moonpig or Funky Pigeon, and they have some really cute and festive designs! It was so easy to create as well.

Slim Photo Canvas*

I loved this canvas. There are lots of different sizes to choose from, I chose a slim one just because I don’t like my window sills or tables to be too crowded, so I thought I’d choose the slimmer one so that I could add candles and stuff (obvs).

Ornament*

By far, my favourite on their entire website. I loved this so much! I didn’t read it properly and I thought it was going to be a bauble, but actually having it as a hanging decoration is so much better because there are two sides of it so it’s nice to see it twirling around

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…

 

Now for the exciting annoucement! Snapfish have kindly given one of my readers the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on their website!
All you have to do is: be following me on Twitter, be following Snapfish on Twitter and retweet this tweet! That’s it!
T’s & C’s
The giveaway is UK only.
It is open from the 12/12/16 until 11.59pm 16/12/16.
Winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim their prize until another winner is chosen.
Good luck!
*This post contains PR samples, but as always all opinions are my own. Read my disclaimer here for more info

Only 18 days to go until Christmaaaas! I actually don’t even feel that excited yet so I thought I’d do the Christmas Tag and try and get myself in the Christmasssssssy mood!

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!

 

2. What is your favourite makeup look for the favourite season?
I’m not a huge fan of the red lip because it doesn’t suit me that much, so I stick to my gold smokey eyeshadow and a darker burgundy lip because it suits me so much more and I like that goth kind of look.
3. Real tree or artificial tree?
We’ve always had an artificial tree at home, but I always say when I have my own house I will buy a real tree because they just smell so good. I will also have to buy one of those mini hand-held hoovers because apparently they shed like mad!
4. Do you open your presents on Christmas morning or evening?
Christmas morning! I just think it would be wrong to open any pressies before Christmas morning? I know some people open Christmas pj’s etc, to wear for Christmas morning but sadly we don’t have that tradition 🙁
5. What is your favourite Christmas film?
SO MANY. I love Elf obvs, who doesn’t? I also love Santa Clause, 1, 2 and 3, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Home Alone 3, The Holiday, Miracle on 34th Street, and of course Love Actually. <3
6. What is your favourite festive food?
Yorkshire puddings, omg I could eat all of them. I also love pigs in blankets and roast potatoes! Ahhh I’m so excited for the food!
7. What tops your tree?
It used to be a little angel/fairy that me or my sisters made at school I think? But now it’s a glittery star which I loveeee.
8. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I always wear my most comfortable pyjamas and watch any of Q5, whilst drinking a hot chocolate.
9. Giving or receiving presents?
I would be lying if I said I didn’t like receiving presents, but there’s something amazing about giving someone you love a present that you put so much thought into.
10. What is your favourite Christmas song?
I love Fairytale of New York, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Driving Home For Christmas, White Christmas, and sooo many more. There is nothing better than wrapping presents and listening to a few Christmassy tunes.
What’s your favourite part about Christmas? If any of you have done the Christmas Tag, I’d love to read them, so leave your links in the comments!