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27 November 2015

The Ultimate Stocking Filler Gift Guide For Her


So it's only 4 days until December! How crazy is that? Most of you have probably gotten the majority of your Christmas shopping done, but for those of you that haven't or are in need of those little gifts to accompany your main presents then I have the post for you!

I personally love stocking fillers, little cute trinkets, tiny make-up sets, jewellery, I love it all and I especially enjoy buying them for others too.

I decided to split my Stocking Gift Guide into mini categories; Beauty, Body, Jewellery, Drink & Accessories. I hope you enjoy this post and it helps you find the perfect gift for your mum/sister/friend/wife, or maybe even a cheeky treat for yourself!

For The Beauty Lover:


French Connection High Impact Lip Set 

 This set contains 4 lip products, 2 lip pens and 2 glosses. One is a lovely festive red shade, perfect for all those festive parties! The other is a gorgeous berry colour which is the ultimate winter lip colour.


No7 Glamour Cracker

The packaging itself is super festive and pretty, it's enough to make you swoon with Christmas joy (sorry getting carried away!). Inside the cracker there is a mini intense volume mascara and a stay perfect amazing eyeliner. I like this gift as most sets are often nails or lips so it's nice to see something out of the ordinary.




Kiko Temptress Lip Set

This cute set contains a lipstick and a lip liner. These sets also come in 4 different shades, a nude, bold pink, brick red and plum. I opted for the bold pink shade as Its a year round colour that can take you through winter all the way to summer.


For The Bath Wallower:




Victoria Secret Pure Seduction Body Wash

If you're looking to get someone a luxurious delicious scented body wash then you must definitely pay a visit to Victoria Secret, their shower gels are some of the best smelling ones around! They also do a fantastic range of body mists too if you fancied getting someone the ultimate bath & pamper gift.


Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Another Shower Gel to delight the senses is this pink offering from Lush, aptly named Snow Fairy- perfect for Christmas! It has a very sweet bubble gum scent to it and will be popular with most girls who love their sweet sugary scents. The other thing that makes Snow Fairy a special stocking filler is that it is only available with Lush's Christmas Collection and thus it can only be bought this time of year.


Primark Sugared Cherry Shower Crème & Body Spritzer

If you're  more budget friendly shower/bath option, then this set from Primark is perfect, again it has a very sweet scent. It reminds me of bakewell tarts, and who doesn't want to smell like cake! It comes in a lovely little packet too, making it easy to pop into a stocking.


Reis Duo Body Cleanser & Body Mist

This luxurious caught my eye with its stunning bright white mock crock packaging, as well as I've never actually come across a body cleanser before. It's a perfect set for those ladies who love skincare and not just for their face. Reis is also a very well known luxury brand and therefore the quality of the product can be assured.

For The Coffee Worshipper:


These cute cups were super cheap and make the best stocking fillers for anyone who loves a hot beverage. The 'Baby it's cold outside' Mug is from Home Bargains and the Copper Travel Cup is from Primark. These would make the perfect D.I.Y stocking fillers by combining them with your Giftee's favourite drink- maybe it's White Hot Chocolate? Throw in some Marshmallows and Flakes to too to make it even more yummy!

For The Lace Lingerie Addict:



Underwear is having it's moment in the sun at the minute, with brands upping their game in terms of unique lace patterns to structured cages there's something for everyone. My favourite places to shop are New Look and Ann Summers. Both have stunning designs to choose from, the Bra's above are from both stores, The top Floral Lace Bra is Ann Summers and the bottom delicate fringe bra is New Look. Every girl can appreciate a good set of lingerie.


For The Jewellery Magpie:




Pandora Stackable Rings

Pandora is the perfect place to pick out jewellery for your loved one, they have both affordable and high end pieces meaning that no matter what your budget you will be able to find something to suit you. I personally love the Stackable rings which range from around £30 upwards.


Swarovski Jewellery

For a pricier gift, perhaps for your Mum or Wife then Swarovski is the place to go, with its stunning range of sparkles you are bound to find something special enough for that important person. Stocking fillers are perfect gifts as they can be a mix of affordable and luxury items and Swarovski definitely ticks the luxury box that's for sure!


That's it for my 2015 Stocking Filler guide! I hope you've found some inspiration for your loved one's stocking or maybe a cheeky gift to yourself- you deserve it!

 
What would you like to see in your stocking this year?
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22 November 2015

All Black Everything with Boohoo*

 

I was recently contacted by Boohoo.com to collaborate with them by choosing an all black outfit for their Boohoo Black Friday Campaign. I love an all black outfit, they are flattering and simply chic. I like to play around with textures and cuts when wearing a one colour outfit, I feel this creates dimension and gives the outfit a little edge.

The whole outfit I decided to centre around the A-Line, Faux Leather Skirt*. I love faux leather in the Autumn, not only does it give the outfit texture, but it's also great for keeping warm and is durable. The cut of the skirt is very flattering, it synchs in the waist and then goes out just enough. It's very soft and versatile.  If you wanted to venture out of the all black outfit, then pairing it with a tailored white shirt and heels would create a really classic look.

If you know me well enough, you will know that as soon as September ends I pull out my trusty roll neck jumpers. I find them so easy to wear with any outfit and own them in a few different colours! However, you can't go wrong with a trusty plain black roll neck*. I love this one in particular as the neck itself isn't tight, I have found that some roll necks can be really restricting and just too tight. The material is really stretchy and opaque, keeping you lovely and warm.

Finally to complete my all black outfit is an item that every girl needs in their wardrobe, a Structured Black Blazer*. Another item that can be worn in so many ways, dress it up with a bodycon dress and heels or wear it casual with jeans and a plain tee. This blazer has shoulder pads to create extra structure and I like the fact it's collarless, as it makes wearing shirts with it so much easier.

With the outfit in mind, its Black Friday on 27th November and for all us shopaholics it's time to source out a bargain! I would definitely keep an eye out online this year as I suspect there will be some fantastic items on offer just in time for Christmas, and why not treat yourself as well as others.


What will you be looking out for this Black Friday? 


Disclaimer- All Items Marked with * have been gifted to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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18 November 2015

Joe's Kitchen, Derby


I recently visited Joe's Kitchen in Derby after hearing that it had not long opened there, and being a massive food lover who's on a quest to visit most of the local restaurants I decided I had better pay a visit.


What first grabbed my attention about Joe's Kitchen was the amazing décor, from the outside it's pretty impressive with lots of plants, large glass windows and then you can see the giant chandelier peeping through the doorway.

I also love how they have clashed the modern industrial look of the exposed pipes and vents with the glamour of the fancy floral lamp shades and twinkling chandeliers. It's very eye catching!

Everything is how you would say 'instagrammable'. Each table had a mini chalk board with a quote on, which was another very sweet touch to the décor.

Even the toilets were beautiful! They had vibrant potted flowers perched along the sinks.

  Décor aside, to add to the bloggers dream, the cocktails were served in cute mason style jars. Which means that you must definitely indulge in one just for the glass alone!


These Pinterest worthy drinks are sweetly named 'Joe's Jars', and come in some taste bud tantalising flavours. There's Elderflower Fizz, which is Elderflower Liqueur and Fresh lime juice, or, if your feeling fruity, there's the Orange and Mango Mash Up. I opted for this one. It's made up of Orange Gin, Fresh Orange Juice & Mango Puree. The Mr went for a classic pint that arrived in a huge Tankard!

The best is saved until last of course, the food! I was a little bit naughty and had my dinner off the dessert menu - I just needed pancakes ok! They are usually on the Breakfast menu, however, this ended at 11am, so I just had to have them off the dessert menu instead. I half expected someone to turn up and tell me that I wouldn't get any dessert if I didn't eat my dinner. However, I'm definitely glad I made the decision!




These American Style, thick, stacked pancakes oozed plenty of sweet flavours, and the berries gave the dish a bit of zing to what's mainly a sweet palette. They were so good, and came with a good dollop of ice cream too, just for good measure.

The Mr opted for the next best juicy offer, a Burger. Not just any plain burger though, A Joe's Homemade Burger. Yep that's right - imagine a tasty burger, now add bacon, red onion and melted cheddar and you have the basis of Joe's Homemade Burger.



I can confirm that he said it was very good and super tasty.

Overall, our meal cost roughly £27 for 2 meals and 2 drinks, which is really good value for money as the food and service were excellent. If you like Burgers, Pancakes, Cocktails in jars and more then you will love Joe's Kitchen. I will definitely be making a visit again to try some more of those cheeky cocktails!


Where's you favourite place to eat out?
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12 November 2015

Winter Fashion Haul

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Stripe Top- Primark
Lace Bra- New Look
Brown Bag- New Look
Check Skirt- New Look
Black Boots- Primark
Berry Gloves- Primark
Bobble hat- Select Fashion
Lip Gift Set- Kiko
 
 

 I've recently turned into some what of a shopaholic. I blame the Christmas music. I always go with the intention of solely buying Christmas gifts, but end up popping a few sneaky treats for my self in the basket too! Whoops!

The shops are bustling at the minute and the winter lines are irresistible. I love winter fashion, I particularly love layering. Which is why I have picked up a few pieces that I cannot wait to layer together.


I picked up this short sleeve, high neck, stripe top from Primark. I picture wearing it either casually with a leather jacket and black jeans or dressed up with a black skirt and black blazer.  It is a very versatile piece and it was something that was missing in my current wardrobe.

I also picked up a few winter accessories, including these wine coloured gloves which were only £1! Such a total bargain and they go really well with my new camel coat. I also got this adorable bobble hat which I can't wait to wear.


I am obsessed with these lace bras, I need them in every colour. This sexy piece is from New Look and it fits perfectly. I love all the delicate lace detail and fringing along the bottom.

Another New Look Purchase is this pale grey and cream skirt. I imagined wearing this with a polo neck jumper (of course!) Thick tights and heeled boots. It will also transition nicely into spring, paired with a pretty white shirt.

If you follow me on twitter you will have seen that I'm planning on doing a stocking filler gift guide, so I have been buying bits and bobs for that. I thought I would give you a sneak peak as to what to expect within the gift guide, so one of the pieces I chose was this 'Kiko Temptress Lip Set', which comes with a lip liner and lipstick. It's the perfect duo for the lipstick lover in your life, be it your mum, friend, sister, girlfriend it's bound to be the perfect stocking filler.


This bag is literally what dreams are made of. As much as I wish that I could afford the Chloe bag,  my budget just doesn't spread that far and therefore I opted for this stunning brown faux leather New Look dupe. It is a generous size not too big but big enough to fit all my essentials in.

I also needed some plain black flat ankle boots in my winter wardrobe, and these Primark ones were such a steal at £8.00.


Who can resist Christmas PJ's? Not me that's for sure. This Tartan night shirt is Christmas perfect, pass me the faux fur throw and hot chocolate. As well as Christmas PJ's there's also copper, copper everywhere. This cute little travel mug is from Primark and it's definitely a Bloggers dream beverage holder. Your welcome.

The final item I picked up was this chunky brown scarf from New Look, I got it to match my coat as I love a good thick scarf to snuggle under whilst I'm on my way to work.

So that's what I've bought recently, I hope I haven't tempted you too much!

 
What's your wardrobe essential this winter?
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7 November 2015

Clinique 'Cherry Pop' Lipstick & Primer

 
 
I picked up Glamour Magazine recently to see the lovely Tanya Burr's segment, and was blown away about the fact it had a free Clinique product with it! The one I picked up had 'Cherry Pop' lipstick with it, which being a bold lip worshipper, I was over the moon about!
 


I love getting mini samples to try, especially lipstick, as it's hard to judge whether the colour will suit you from just a swatch on the back of your hand. These cute little mini's are also perfect for popping in your clutch bag on a night out too.

The packaging itself is beautiful, the main body of the packaging represents the colour of the lipstick. This is great for helping you pick what kind of shade your looking for. The lid is a stunning metallic silver, with Clinique printed on it, which adds a touch of luxury to the product.


If you've been around my corner of the net long enough, you will have noticed I have a penchant for red lips. From Mac's Ruby woo to Rimmel 107, I just love them.

I was very impressed with the finish. I'm normally more of a matte girl at heart, but this formula is very moisturising due to it, not only being a lipstick, but also a primer! I've never come across this type of lipstick formula yet, but I really like it. Your lips are left feeling soft and velvety.




Look at that colour pay off! I didn't expect the formula to be so opaque with it being a moisturising lipstick, but I was nicely surprised. It really is as it's name suggests, a bold, pretty cherry red. Perfect for the upcoming festive season. I'm tempted to buy some more of the collection, as the formula is just so good.

Have you tried any of Clinique's lipsticks?
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2 November 2015

Lush Christmas Collection Haul

 
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Now that Halloween has passed and it's November it's practically Christmas right?!
I popped into Lush a couple of days ago after seeing everyone's new season hauls popping up in the blogosphere. I had a good nosey at what people had picked up and made my selection.

It was hard to resist buying everything glittery in sight! However, I pulled in the reigns and chose just four products. These four products are the best in the Christmas collection for me. I did adore all the pretty bath bombs and bubble bars, but in reality I never get chance to have a nice long, relaxing bath and instead opt for a shower, which is why I only picked up the one bubble bar.

The first product I chose was Santa's Lip Scrub






One of the things I suffer with a lot during the cold winter months is dry lips. I have tried the old toothbrush trick but find it to be a bit too harsh, so when I saw this cute lip scrub it went straight into my basket. Not only is it Cola scented, but it's also edible! It literally makes me think of the Cola Christmas Truck adverts. The scrub is very gentle due to it being made with caster sugar, dates and cherry scrub. Leaving your lips perfectly polished, essential for those Christmas kisses *wink wink*

Santa Baby Lip Tint


Santa Baby is the perfect accompaniment to Santa's Lip Scrub, its a stunning ruby red and smells just like cola, the same scent as the lip scrub. It's the perfect festive lip colour and is sure to make your lips look irresistible under the mistletoe. The lip tint contains carrot oil and shea butter, both of which help nourish your lips, leaving them feeling soft and hydrated. The lip tint also has a hint of cinnamon which is sure to give your lips a little extra seasonal flare.  This is going to be a definite handbag essential this party season.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel


Snow Fairy is a cult Lush product within the blogging community, and you can see why. It smells really sweet with a hint of candy floss and bubble gum in there. Snow Fairy is only available within Lush's Christmas Collection, and therefore if it's a scent you love I'd recommend stocking up! It leaves your skin smelling fantastic, and is really revitalising, which is needed during these darker months.

Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar



The final product I picked up is the Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, which is practically Christmas encapsulated in one product. It's green, glittery and has a warm spicy scent to it. What more could you ask for in a Christmas Bath Product! I'm definitely going to be using this one before a Christmas Party to give my skin a very festive shine.

So there are my top picks from Lush's Christmas Collection this year. I think the products I've chosen are perfect this season, with plenty of glitter, festive scents and red and greens thrown in for good measure. Let the party season begin!

What are your favourite Christmas products from Lush?
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