Thursday, 31 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015!

So Christmas is over and we all have to start getting back into the swing of things, so while I have time off work I thought I'd put that little bit extra into my blog. I know I abandoned it for just over a week but it was Christmas and I just got so busy.

Am I the only one that enjoys watching 'What I Got For Christmas' videos or blog posts? Well I am going to do my very first one! I am so grateful for all the gifts I received from my family and friends I didn't ask for anything in particular it was mainly just odd bits but everything was by far amazing!! I won't link what I got but if there is anything you want to know about in particular just leave a comment and I will get back to you. I know I am quite late to be doing one of these but oh well better now then never!

This year from my parents I didn't really give them much help as I didn't really want anything, I think from getting older and having a job I would rather just buy it myself instead of them spending their money on me. This did however make it a bit more exciting for me on Christmas because it was basically all down to what they thought I would like/use.

From my mum, dad and sister I got;
- Liz Earle Botanical Skincare Set
- Yankee Candle Wax Melt Burner and Melts
- Pug Socks and pillows
- Frozen Olaf potato head 
- Real Techniques Brushes
- Small Bits which were stocking fillers.

My friends got me;
- Chocolates and Wine
- Yankee Candles
- Zoella Bath Bombinis
- Tanya Burr Nail Kit
- Bluebird Tea Company 
- Pug Tea infuser
- Liz Earle Special Edition Cleanse Polish

One of my friends did a really sweet thing which was to have all the presents in a box and then there was little notes on them which you needed to open in a certain order, to me it's things like this which makes opening presents a lot more meaningful and fun! From opening my presents it actually shows me how well people know me as you can guess I do love Pugs and Olaf which is why I received so much. I am very grateful for all of my presents but I thought I would keep this short and sweet because a lot of my next posts are going to be small hauls, as you all know the Christmas Sales were amazing this year and I definitely got A LOT!

I will be doing a Christmas Sales Haul Post and a What I Got For My Birthday Haul as this was on the 27th! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas or if you don't celebrate Christmas I hope you had a lovely day! Happy New Year and Wishing You All The Best For 2016!!!

Until Next Time,

Paige x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide For Her!

So Christmas is next week a scary thought for some especially if you still need some presents to get or maybe you haven't got none. I have all mine done this year I decided to be organised for a change. So if you're looking for some inspiration of what to get your friend, mum, sister, girlfriend etc I have a few ideas for you.

Boots and Superdrug always have some good offers on around Christmas with their 3 for 2 which this is good if you're wanting to grab a few things because you will save money on the free item, maybe treat yourself or use it as one of your gifts.

Soap and Glory is one of the big names that immediately come to mind at Christmas. They have some amazing gift sets made up which one of their best ones for Christmas this year is the Soap and Glory It's The Whole She-Bang which is supposed to be £60 but its half price at only £30!! Definitely the biggest bargain this year! In this set you get all of Soap and Glorys (full size!) must haves which I have used some of these myself and trust me it's worth it! I have actually contemplated buying this for myself. This is limited edition just for Christmas but anyone would love to receive this item.

Superdrug stock YouTuber's products such as Tanya Burr Cosmetics and Zoella Beauty so if you have someone who loves these then this is right up your street. Both of these Youtuber's have brought out their very own limited edition Christmas collection, which obviously if you like them your aim is to have it all - so I'm guessing these products will crop up on a few Christmas lists.

The Real Techniques Ultimate Gift Set for someone who loves Real Techniques brushes this is perfect for anyone! The quality in these brushes is insane I have had mine now for over a year and they're still in amazing condition. The brushes you get in this set are all the basics which you will need from base to eyes. It was originally £99.99 which is expensive but it has now gone down to £48.99 which is a bargain, if you was to work out all of these brushes individually you are definitely saving a lot of money. This gift set is only available in the UK.

Benefit always bring out good gift sets around Christmas but this one in particular caught my eye. The Get Your Party On! gift set is ideal for anyone that doesn't own any Benefit products but has always wanted to. This set contains four of Benefit's best sellers which is perfect. The products in this set are worth overall £81, but you can get this gift set for £39.50 which is amazing! The tin it all comes in is also a tin which can be kept as make up storage or even as a decorative piece it's quirky and different from the vibrant colours and design. On the Benefit website this is sadly out of stock but I have seen this at a lot of Benefit counters so you still can get it, or it might be elsewhere online such as Debenhams etc.

ASOS have some really good novelty gifts if you're looking for small stocking fillers or a secret Santa present. Sometimes they have discounts on too so keep an eye out as they could potentially have one on before Christmas. I would personally say that ASOS is one brand which does have a lot online which would make perfect gifts for anyone to receive at Christmas.

I hope this has been helpful for some people if you have been struggling to think of presents for people, Let me know in the comments if you have found any good Christmas bargains this year!

Until Next Time,

Paige x

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Decorations!

It's nearly Christmas! Which means it's definitely time to be getting the tree and decorating - this is one of my favourite parts about Christmas. In my house we all put the decorations up together this has sort of become a family tradition. We have always gone for the fake tree but this year after the endless amounts of begging I did last year for a real tree, we eventually got one this year which can I add I am so happy we did. I feel even more Christmassy just from having a real tree, silly I know hahaha.

I also put up my own tree in my bedroom which is only a small fake one, just to add some Christmas spirit into my room. My theme this year was red, white and reindeers I only like having a theme in my bedroom, but the main tree in the house is more of a sentimental one as it has a lot of baubles from places we have been, things we have picked up from over the years etc.

Christmas is not Christmas to me now without a little bit of Frozen or in my case a lot of Frozen, so I decided to pick up a few bits and pieces. These were all put on the main tree as the tree in my room is a little too small for these.

The first things I got were some plastic baubles which had the Frozen characters on I got these from Homebase - along with a Olaf figurine which I will keep that out all year round, sadly I didn't realise that Olaf had a bit of a mark on his face :( The plastic baubles were £1.99, the bigger round one was £3.99 and I think the figurine was £4.99. (I'm not 100% sure on prices as I don't have the receipt anymore)

I noticed that Disney is one of the best places for Christmas tree decorations especially they had some pot Frozen baubles which looked amazing of course they were expensive but it's the quality you're paying for. Sadly I missed out on these as the ones I saw were broken and then they sold out. I did however get these soft toy decorations for the tree, which I will also keep out after Christmas and find a place for them to hang in my bedroom. The soft toy decorations were on sale and had been reduced down to £15.16 from £18.99 which I thought was a good bargain.

All the items which are in my bedroom I got from Country Baskets which I'm not 100% sure on the prices but they weren't overly expensive. I go here every year when it's Christmas because they have some really nice vintage things. The 3 star blocks which say HO HO HO on I got these from my work which cost me around £1.20.

Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? Do you have any family traditions? Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Paige x

Friday, 11 December 2015

December GlossyBox Rose Gold Edition!

Sorry that I haven't been really active the past week but I have been really busy at work and been suffering a lot with my tooth, I honestly didn't think a wisdom tooth would hurt this much but hopefully I will have it sorted tomorrow. Anyway lets move on to the more important thing here my December Glossy Box.

This month's box was a collaboration with Really Ree who brought out the Rose Gold Edit of GlossyBox. The design of the box this month is just gorgeous it's rose gold with white detailing which gives off the effect of snow. The front and back of the box has two phrases which are ' Let's Celebrate' and ' Let It Snow' which are also rose gold to go with the box. It is definitely one of my favourites by far, more for the fact I do love rose gold hahaha!

Onto the contents of this months box;

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On £30.66 - I have never heard of the Etre Belle brand, but you can tell straight away that it is a pretty high end brand from the packaging but also in the price. This eye roll on is to help keep your delicate skin hydrated which will help when it comes to people who look a little tired. I have yet to use this product but I personally never see any difference in any eye products I use maybe I might be using them wrong. This was a travel size product.

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil in Starlight £15 - In a box previously I have received a So Susan product before which I have yet to try - I am a big fan of highlighters and from swatching this is it has a champagne tone to it which gives off the perfect highlight. It has a tip which is perfect for precision when it comes to highlighting. This is a full size product.

Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects £2.99 - the picture doesn't do the colour of this nail varnish any justice it is a deep purple colour with blue glitter mixed in with it. This shade is the perfect Christmas shade to me even though I am not really a nail polish fan because I just can't do my nails without them looking a mess. But this is definitely something I would wear over Christmas or at a Christmas party. This was a full size product.

Hylamide Pore Delete £18 - when I first saw this it looked like something you would get from a pharmacy which it obviously wasn't. I then automatically assumed it would be like a primer when I found out that it deletes pores - however after I read up about the product you can use it if you want a make up free day to help delete pores, but you can also use it with make up but you would apply it after you have applied your foundation but before you apply your powder, to me this is pretty weird as I would have expected it to go on before your foundation. This product is to help minimise pores, mattify and blur your appearance which I'm guessing is going to give you that photo finish that everyone wants. 

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off £2.50 - another product which is ideal for Christmas with it being a bright red/pink shade - making it the perfect shade for the festive period. It has the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a lip gloss which is amazing so you don't have to carry so many products around with you. The applicator is a doe-foot which makes it easy to have full control when it comes to lining your lips. I have never tried any Essence products before so I am quite excited to try this. This was a full size product.

Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask £8.50 - this was the 6th gift which came in the GlossyBox, there is 4 different types of masks which all do different things - the one I received was the calming mask which is soaked in vitamin packed serum which is going to help your skin during the festive period because everyone wears a lot more make up over this time of year from all the parties. I love coconut and I love a face mask so this is perfect for me as it has a coconut scent to the mask. I am excited to try out this face mask as I think I am really going to like it. This was a full size product.

Usually you only get 5 products but this month you got 6 just as a little gift from them with it being Christmas. I am excited to try all of these products out and there is none that I dislike or don't think I will like. This box is definitely suited to the festive period helping with both getting glam to looking after your skin.

Did you like your Glossy Box this month? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Paige x

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Black Friday Kiko Bargains!

Kiko Milano is a brand I have never tried I have heard so much about it though for it's good quality products. Originally I only went in to look at the products and I did come out of the shop with nothing, but when I was planning on leaving I ended up going back and buying a few things what can I say you have to take advantage of the sales! In my Black Friday post I did mention that it was buy 3 get 3 free definitely something you can't let go to waste.

Total Sculpt 3 in 1 Contour Kit 01 Light to Medium - this was apart of their Christmas Collection I originally thought they had sold out of this until we went back they had stocked back up. YES! You get three different shades which are for sculpting, contouring and highlighting, along with a small angled brush. The shades are really pigmented and go really well for a paler skin tone which is ideal for me. These shades can be built up so you can make them darker or lighter depending on your preference.

Moon Dust Face Powder 02 Fairy Mauve - another item from their Christmas Collection which I instantly fell in love with from swatching it. I walked all around the shopping centre and every time I saw the swatch it made me want the product even more, this is the reason why I did end up going back into the shop. The blush has an pinkey/orange tone to it but in other lights it has some gold going through it, this can be used as both a blush and highlight from looking at the blush it has a baked effect which I'm guessing if you was to wet the brush it would make the colour a lot darker. This colour will suit all skins tones pale or dark.

Pencil Lip Gloss Shades 09 and 10 - both these shades are brown nudes which are ideal for anyone for me this is perfect as I am a lover of nude colours. 09 Light Beige is a slightly lighter nude with a slight brown undertone to it, the 10 Dark Rose shade is darker with a slight pink/red undertone in it. The formula for these lip gloss pencils are really creamy and the colour pay off is amazing you don't have to use much to get a good colour, unlike some lipgloss pencils you need to apply a few layers to get a full coverage of the colour. When you first look at the product you expect it to have a lip liner texture but it just melts on your lips.

106 Face Brush - my Real Techniques stippling brush was my first ever brush that became my holy grail so I decided I would get another stippling brush you can never have too many brushes. It's made from synthetic hairs which is an added bonus, it's also amazingly soft something which I know a lot of people look for in brushes. I have yet to use this brush and wash it so I can't really say much on how well the brush washes and keeps its shape.

Brush Cleaner 50ml - Lately I have been trying lots of different brush cleaners because lets face it no one enjoys the task of washing their brushes I know I don't. Brush cleaners are ideal for a quick spot clean if you need a brush but don't have time to be going and giving them a full deep clean.

Kiko Milano is an affordable make up brand it has a mixture of both expensive and inexpensive products, but from looking at some of the products you can see the high quality in the products. The packaging is the same especially on the Christmas Collection, you can feel the quality and see it from the embossed detail and the packaging of the products keeps up the high end feel, you can see this in the pictures I was amazed by the packaging from this brand.

Until Next Time,

Paige x

Thursday, 3 December 2015

November Favourites!

It's now officially time to get in the Christmas spirit! But before that I'm going to just going to cover some of my November favourites. November has flown by but I have actually managed to find some new favourites.

The L'Oreal True Match Foundation has now taken over from my No7 Beautifully Matte which I thought it would be pretty hard because I love that! But after my friend tried it on me I knew I needed to get it and instantly bought it a few days after. Me and my friend are similar in skin tone so we are usually the same in most foundations. The colour matches me amazingly and the coverage is buildable so you can get both sheer and full coverage from just one foundation. I did find it was quite watery but I have got use to that so it doesn't bother me as much. I am fairly pale so I have one of the lightest shades which is 1.N.

I have never been one to bother with beauty blenders but I received one in my GlossyBox so why not try it - I am glad I did because it is amazing the finish it gives you after you have blended all your make up out is just flawless! Why didn't I try this any sooner? It was weird when I first used it because I was so use to just using brushes but my ways have now changed. I would recommend you try a beauty blender if you haven't before you won't be disappointed! (excuse the state of mine it's due a clean)

Emite Make Up Diamond Heart Base Primer is another item I received in my GlossyBox which I'm also happy with I have never heard of this brand before but from the packaging I was expecting good things, this primer is now a go to in my daily make up routine and works fantastic alongside my L'Oreal True Match Foundation. I only have the travel size so I might have to look into getting the full size product. It's different to my other primers as its not very drying which for me is a bonus, it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

Victoria Secret body sprays have always been hyped up by everyone so I thought I'd give them a go. Luckily for me they had their Christmas selection out which I love Christmas scents so I immediately fell in love with these. Winter Cranberry is my all time favourite I have not stopped wearing it and when Christmas is over I will be pretty gutted as I won't be able to get it anymore, maybe I should stop using it as much now just so I have enough to last me a year hahaha! Can I add aswell that the packaging of the sprays is one of my favourites you can tell it's limited edition because it is different to the normal bottles, but overall they have changed the design of their bottles making them look a lot more classy and sophisticated in my opinion.

This month has gone by so fast for me, I don't really have many favourites this month as I still have a lot to try but I keep buying more and more stuff which I need to stop because it is becoming unhealthy. Also sorry this is late, I had the post ready but no pictures to go with it and work has been hectic with Christmas hours starting.

What have been your November favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Paige x