Hello 2016

Hi guys,

First of all, happy new year! I know I’m a few (slight exaggeration) days late but I wasn’t really sure what to write in this post. 

I love this blog to pieces, it’s so much fun to escape and write a rambly post about anything and everything. Most of the time, I’m unsure of who is even reading and sometimes I don’t even care; it calms me to know that my thoughts are written down and out of my mind.

It’s been a busy few months, with Christmas and New Year and I had the best time during the holidays (even though it wasn’t even close to snowing in London *sob*), and having a full-time job has not left me with any spare time whatsoever!

I have a lovely few events coming up next month and February is set to be a super busy month, especially because I turn 22! (I’m so excited, can you tell?!).

This was just a short but sweet post to say happy new year really, and I hope you guys all had the best start to 2016! Here’s to a wonderful year 🙂

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Christmas Gift Guide | Best Non-Chocolate Advent Calendars

Hi guys!

I love Christmas and it is no secret! It is one of the best times of the year in my opinion and every year I get so excited in the upcoming months! Advent calendars are one of my favourite things about Christmas simply because of the anticipation that builds up to the Big Day and you get a little treat as well – you can’t go wrong with them!

However, I’m not a huge chocolate geek and so I researched into which other kinds of advent calendars are around and here are my faves – enjoy!

“It’s not *all* about dairy milk you know”

Stationary: £25.00

I think this advent calendar idea is so adorable – you get little toys, pens and erasers for each day leading up to Christmas. There is over £40’s worth of products and you could also win a ticket inside for you to win £250’s worth of Smiggle products 🙂

Ciate: £49.00

One of the more famous non-chocolate advent calendars, this advent calendar contains 23 different coloured nail polishes and a nail file. It is worth over £124 and the brand is so valued that this makes a perfect advent calendar.

Yankee candle

This is definitely one of the most famous advent calendars and for good reason. The Autumn/Winter seasons are (for obvious reasons) the best seasons for burning candles and the Yankee candles are well-known for their beautiful (albeit, sometimes super strong) scents and long-lastedness. 



Suzanne Kauffman: €85.00

This beautiful calendar caters to your stress needs, with 24 different types of ways to relax. This features teas, oils, bath salts and many other way to de-stress during one of the most stressful months of the year!

Gin: £114.95 

I’m not a huge drinker, especially gin (cocktails on the other hand – hellooooo), but I thought this was a super cute advent calendar for anyone who does like gin and it’s just something different. It is quite pricey, because alcohol is expensive so make sure you realllllly like the person before you buy it. Oh and please make sure you’re over 18 😉

Tea: £11.20 

Tea is one of the best goddamn hot drinks ever (however, I am a huge lover of hot drinks anyways, oops). Again, this idea is just different and quite exciting for those of you who enjoy drinking different types of teas. 

Nutcracker: £22.99 

I think this idea is just the cutest idea for an advent calendar! So on 1st December you receive a charm bracelet and then until Christmas Eve you add charms that you open each day! Reasonably priced for a bracelet with charms too – perfect for those little ladies who are too grown up for chocolate!

No7: £38 

One for the older ladies now, No7 is an amazing and trustworthy brand and I think this advent calendar is so worth the price. You get 6 full-sized products and the others are still decent-sized. The products are actually worth £148 so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth!

Body Shop: £60.00 

Another firm favourite in the world of advent calendars, the Body Shop’s calendar is worth £93.00 and features many of the best-selling products, including a variety of shower gels, soaps and make-up items. 

Benefit: £34.50 

The Benefit calendar is always a super popular choice, mostly because of the price and the fact that Benefit is a profound brand. I love the colours in this calendar, it looks so inviting. The only annoying thing is that it is only 12 days and not 24 but you could always buy this one on the side? 😛 It’s also worth £79 and you get some of Benefit’s most popular products 🙂

Beard Oil: £29.99

This is one for the guys – beautiful oils for each day leading up to Christmas. I don’t know about anyone else, but I love touching beards (weirdo alert), and I hate it when the beards are super rough and horrible. It features 24 different scents so your beard (or your man’s beard) will be looking and smelling amazing – just in time for Christmas!

Bath Bombs: £16.60

One for the bath lovers (I know there’s a few of you!). This advent calendar features 24 different bath bombs and fizzers and soaps leading up to Christmas. It has different scents as well so you enjoy some beautiful baths and come out smelling incredible!

Beer: £60.00

Another alcoholic advent calendar – but Christmas is all about being merry so who the hell cares?! This calendar features 24 330ml of hand-picked beers to get any beer-lover through December. It also gives you tasting notes and your own hashtag if you want to discuss your beer of the day.

Thank-you so much for reading – do comment down below and let me know which advent calendar was your favourite!

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Monthly Favourites | September

Hi guys!

It’s that glorious time of month where I discuss all the things that I’ve been loving in the month just gone 🙂 I genuinely can’t believe how quickly this year is going, but I CANNOT wait for that perfect moment where the leaves fall and turn those beautiful shades of burnt oranges, rusty browns and dusky reds – CANNOT CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENT!

1) Aloe Lips. I have actually written a blog post about this particular product before so I have linked it in case you guys wanted some more information about it, but I just had to include it in this Favourites post because it was just incredible. I took it with me on holiday and it was just the perfect thing to have in my beach bag as it always felt so lovely to put on my lips when I was in the sun and it’s also such a handy size and always smells amazing. I cannot praise this product enough to be honest! I’ve also linked my online shop below in case any of you want to purchase this product for yourselves 🙂

2) Nails: Ahhhh these beautiful claws. Let’s just all take a moment to appreciate their beauty. I got these nails done for my recent holiday and I just fell in love with them as soon as I got them done. I know I said I hated acrylics (which hasn’t changed), but I wanted something special for my holiday and I loved the colour. I cannot for the life of me remember what this shade was called, so if you know what this one looks like or you have a dupe then do let me know! About two weeks after I got them done, I was so frustrated with them because I couldn’t type or even open some of my drawers :/ so I have since cut them all down, but needless to say I was in love. I may get them done again in the future, but definitely a teeny bit shorter so that I can actually do everyday things!

3) Maybellines Nudes Palette: If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not the most make-up obsessed person out there, in fact sometimes I just don’t have the patience for it! But I love how easy this palette makes it for me to do a smokey eye or a beautiful goldy-bronze, and the colours are perfect for the upcoming Autumn / Winter months! There are so many lovely combos you can do and they also give you some ideas on the back of the palette. All in all: super easy and affordable!

4) Empire: I am obsessed. I’m so glad that season 2 is here because I loved the whole of season 1! For those of you who haven’t seen it, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let me break it down for you; Lucious Lyon owns a hip hop music and entertainment company and after being diagnosed with a fatal illness, he has to decide which of his 3 sons to leave his company to. It’s so addictive and I love the way Cookie speaks – you’ll know what I mean once you’ve seen it!

5) Primark candle: I have definitely featured this in a previous haul or favourites post, but I am so in love with this candle. It’s finally the right season for me to burn candles without anyone complaining haha. This smells so nice, like a beautiful wintery scent and I still can’t believe that it cost me less than a pound. IT COST 80P!!! It’s also lasted for such a long time, I burn it for hours at a time and I bought it last year, which just proves that sometimes big names are not always better than good old trusty Primark. Love ittttt.

So those were all the things that I’d been loving in the month of September. Do comment below and let me know what you were loving this month, because well, I’m just nosey LOL.

As always, thanks for reading!

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Back To School | Dorm Room Essentials

Hi guys,

First of all, sorry if I’m late but congrats to any of my readers who may have received amazing news and been accepted into University! Although University is not for everyone, my 3 years were incredible and I wouldn’t have changed them for the world. 

There are so many amazing things about Uni: having your own freedom, student loans and making lifelong friends. 

However, it is not always perfect. 

E-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y, no matter how long it may take you, you will start to miss home. Whether it’s the advice, the home-cooked meals, or the financial freedom you may miss, believe me, you will definitely miss it. 

Before you start panicking, I’m here to make you feel better and show you how to make your halls / dorm room your home away from home. 

1) Bedding. Your sheets and duvet covers can make or break your room. Your bed and bedding in halls can often be quite uncomfortable, so it’s really nice to be able to buy luxurious bedding, which will last you 3 years as well! I’ve seen some beautiful bedding on Parachute, the grey one was my favourite. 


2) Cashmere Throws. Similarly part of bedding, a cashmere throw can look and feel so cosy in your room, especially as we are nearing the colder Autumnal / Wintery months. I love the matching grey one from Parachute. 


3) Wall ArtThis can brighten up your walls and can even be a conversation starter between your new neighbours. My University colours were purple so this purple flower appealed to me.


4) Candles. During my 3 years at University, I bought a hell of a lot of candles. I loved the different types of smells and it’s so cosy to have candles burning whilst you work on assignments or relax on your laptop. Yankee candles are always a great investment because they burn for a long time and always smell incredible.


5) Storage. I loved having my own space at University and as a result, I frequently went shopping for things that I ‘needed’. I also hate mess so I invested some money into buying storage boxes so that things could fit well in my room and I could find them easily. Perfect for when you’re running late for your 9am lecture! (Not that I ever did mind :P). Wilkinson’s do some great affordable storage boxes.


6) Desk Lamp. Although you may have one in your dorm room (FYI check what your University will be giving to you in your room, you don’t want to end up with double). You may want to buy your own for your future years or just because you find one that is super cute! I loved this one from Ikea 🙂


7) Laundry Basket. Being practical here, you will need one of these unless you like having dirty clothes thrown around your room (hey, each to their own!). I colour co-ordinated mine to my bedding which I found made my room look super cute! This grey one looks very stylish!


8) A Rug. Like a throw, a rug can make your room look so comfortable and cosy. When your room looks so cosy, you’re less likely to feel homesick, especially when you choose the items yourself. This light grey colour looks incredibly soft and super cosy!


I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and maybe it has inspired you to invest in some items to make your dorm rooms super cosy and cute! Do comment below and let me know if you liked any of these items for your rooms 🙂

As always, thanks for reading!

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Monthly Favourites | August

Hi guys,

Where has August gone?! This whole month has been so busy and I have no idea where the time has gone! But Autumn, Winter & Christmas are on their way and that makes me so super excited – eeeeek!

1) Aloe Bright Tooth Gel – this stuff is incredible. This has just made my teeth feel a lot healthier and cleaner each time I use it. It contains no fluoride which is really good for your teeth. I will also leave a link below where you can purchase the tooth gel from. If you would like any more information then let me know 🙂

2) Imperial Leather Hand Wash – this smells so amazing, I actually look forward to washing my hands because the smell stays for so long and leaves my hands feeling so soft afterwards. I also love the packaging and it’s lasted for ages considering that my house has 5 people in it! 😛

3) Garnier Make-Up Removing Gel – I’ve used this a few times this month as I haven’t really put a lot of make-up on, but it’s been really great to use. I love the fact that I can use it around my eyes to remove eye- make-up as I find mascara the hardest product to remove from my face. I was half expecting to still see some black panda eyes the next morning but I was pleasantly surprised! It also left my face feeling lovely and smooth and not dry at all. I did moisturise afterwards because I enjoy moisturising before I go to sleep but my skin did not feel dried out as it sometimes does when I remove make-up. 

4) Aloe Hand Sanitizer – I really enjoy keeping this in my handbag. It’s so handy and always smells amazing. Some hand sanitizers smell quite alcohol-y (you know the smell I’m talking about), and it can smell quite strong and not in a good way! This smells like a blend of aloe and honey and the smell lasts for ages!

5) Star Chef – This is such a random favourite but I have been addicted to this game this entire month. I saw an advert on Facebook and it looked like fun as I love restaurant games, and I’m still playing a month later! 

6) Salmon & Dill Philadelphia & New York Bagels – I have been loving eating this stuff, especially on top of bagels!!! The New York style sesame seed and plain original bagels taste amazing! I love the fact that bagels can be eaten whenever and they’re so quick and easy. 

So that is it once again for my monthly favourites! Do comment below if you have any favourites of your own 🙂

As always, thanks for reading 🙂

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