Saturday, 28 December 2013

What I'm Spending Christmas Money On!

What I'm spending christmas money on!

This Christmas I was very kindly given some money, which I want to spend on the things above!

I'm not sure about which lipstick I would like however I definitely want it to be red! I have considered Topshop and Nars red lipsticks and also MAC's Russian Red. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any or recommend any:)

The curling tong is Enrapture's 'Encode Totem Styler Hair Tong''. This has been reduced to £39.98 in Boots. I like the fact that it splits into 3 sections and you can heat each section differently to create different types of curls.

I also would like to purchase an iTunes voucher to buy recent songs from The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, The xx and Cage the Elephant!

 The jumper on the upper left is from Brandy Melville and after going into the shop and feeling the fabric, it was so soft - I can't not buy it!

The tartan scarf and shoes are just a basic idea of what I want to buy in the January sales.

Thanks for reading! -A x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Festive Outfit Idea

Festive outfit

If you want to look festive this Christmas season but don't want to go all out with 
a Christmas jumper and Santa hat, something like this might work for you! 
The sparkle on the top makes the look have a bit of glam and adds a 
Christmassy feel, as does the skirt, which adds a pop of colour. The red is 
what really makes this look festive, but the great thing about this outfit is that 
all the pieces could be worn at times when it isn't Christmas. I love the jacket, 
and I feel like the mixture of materials on it  makes it look a lot more expensive. 
I especially like the sections of leather. Just add some black tights and maybe 
a scarf and some gloves to this look and you're ready to go!

Crop Top - £28, Topshop
Ankle boots - £29.99, H&M
Bag - £7.99, H&M
High waisted Skirt - £10, New Look
Jacket - £49.99, New Look 

- L x

Saturday, 21 December 2013

5 Last Minute Christmas gifts

Christmas is only 4 days away, which is a nightmare for people who haven't done their Christmas shopping yet! So here are some last minute presents that you can either make yourself or easily get online!
  • Gingerbread is a Christmas classic that can be made quickly and easily I will link a recipe HERE that is quick and easy to follow. All you need to do is ice then, then wrap them in tinfoil or cellophane and then put them in a cute Christmassy bag or box! 
  • Collect some pictures of you and the person you are giving the gift too, or pictures of them with other friends and family. Hole punch all the photos and then tie them together with some ribbon or string. You could even write little messages on the back of the photos.
  • If you really don't know what to get someone, get them a gift card! iTunes and Amazon ones are especially good for last minute as you can send them online through email, so if you don't have time to go and buy one, this means you will definitely have something for them in time for Christmas.
  • Another baking idea is to get a mason jar, or any other jar that you have cleaned out, and fill it with the dry ingredients for something you would think they'd like to make. This is a great gift for anyone who loves baking and will give them something fun to do on boxing day!
  • If it's a friend or sister that the gift is for, a great idea is friendship bracelets. All you need is string and a few beads, and there are plenty of amazing tutorials on youtube, which can make the bracelets look very impressive. This can be slightly time consuming, but I'm sure that they will be very much appreciated!
I hope that you found this post helpful, and remember that it's the thought that counts with many presents, so even if it's not an expensive gift, and you've made it yourself, it will mean a lot to whoever is receiving it! I personally love receiving homemade gifts, as I think that they really show that the person who made it cares, as they've obviously put time into making it for you.

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, as school has been busy, but it's the Christmas holidays now, so look forward to a lot more content!<3

- L x

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Christmas Tag

It's only 16 days until Christmas, so now seems like the right time to this festive tag! Thank you so much to Abbie from The World of a Blond for tagging us - her blog's great, so you should all go and check her out!

1. What's your favourite Christmas movie?
I love Elf, but then again, who doesn't? If you haven't seen it, you really should, as it is just the sweetest, funniest Christmas film, and will really get you in the Christmas spirit! I also love The Greatest Store In the World, and Love Actually.

2. What's your favourite Christmas colour?
Probably gold, or silver - I love all the pretty sparkly colours that seem to be so prominent at Christmas!

3. Do you like to stay in your PJ's or dress up for Christmas?
I stay in my pyjamas in the morning, but then I'll put something slightly festive on, like a red top or a Christmassy jumper - not really dressy though.

4. If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?
I don't know! I would hate to be able to just get one person a present, as present buying is one of my favourite things, but I think I would just get everyone to share it!

5. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning! I probably would open them on Christmas eve if I was allowed as I get so excited and have practically no self control, but I just feel like if you opened them on Christmas Eve then Christmas day wouldn't seem as exciting!

6. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
I think I did when I was younger, with one of those kit's you can buy, but I would love to do it again as its such a fun and Christmassy thing to do.

7. What do you like to do on your Christmas Break?
I like to relax, and spend time with friends and family - I'm especially looking forward to it this year as I've just finished doing mock exams, and I just can't wait to have some down time to do things like going shopping, sleepovers and having family time.

8. Any Christmas Wishes?
I have a few, but mainly just that 2014 will be a good and happy year.

9. Favourite Christmas smell?
Christmas trees, or just the smell of spices and baking.

10. Christmas meal or treat?
Both? I love having Christmas dinner with crackers and all the food, but I also love Chocolate Oranges and quality streets and all the other little tasty things that seem to be a lot more prominent around Christmas! 

So that's all the questions! I hope you enjoyed reading this tag! I'm going to tag Freya from Freya's Fashion Chapter and Liana from Dress Code Chic - go check their blogs out!<3

- L x

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - £20 and Under

£20 and under Christmas Gift Guide!

£20 and under Christmas Gift Guide! by lamey 

I love lush, and at Christmas their gift sets make an excellent present for anyone who loves having long, relaxing baths, or just things that smell good! In this particular bauble shaped gift, you get a 'Shoot for the Stars' bath bomb, a 'Star light Star bright' bath melt, and some Gold fun, which is a new-ish item in Lush. You can use it for many different things, and mold it into different shapes. I think this would make a great gift, and it's pre-wrapped, which can't be a bad thing. As it is bauble shaped and has a string attached to it, you could even hang it from your Christmas tree!

Benefit is another brand that I love - all of the products that I have tried from them have never failed to impress, and although it's quite pricey for a set of lip glosses, it would make a great gift! Anyone who loves makeup will definitely appreciate this, as it isn't something you would buy for yourself. You could even buy this and then divide the lip glosses up between your friends, if you wanted to give them a few little gifts!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet - £20

The Urban decay Naked pallets are beautiful, but also very expensive, do a slightly cheaper alternative is the basics pallet. I would love to receive this as a gift, as it is so versatile, and could be used everyday, and even for a night time look. The majority of the colours are matte, which is a benefit, as it can be hard to find good quality matte eye shadows. This would be the perfect gift for any make-up loving girl, as it's such a talked about product, and everyone knows that Urban Decay products are great!

Topshop Fairisle Snood - £16
It's getting much colder now, and its a great time to buy someone something cozy - in this case, a snood! For me, snoods are so much better than scarfs, as they're so easy to just throw on, and will always look good and effortless. They will also keep you really warm and snug, and are great for on they go. I love this particular one, as the pattern and colours are so cute and the fact that the majority of it is an oatmeal-cream colour means it will go with pretty much anything, but the pink adds a pop of colour that is sometimes needed in a winter look.

Topshop Red Mittens - £14
Another way too keep warm is gloves, and I often find that my hands are what gets the coldest in the winter months. You can never go wrong with gloves, and they always seem to be getting lost, so a new pair can do no harm! The bright red colour of these adorable mittens really makes them stand out, and I love the chunky knit style, as it makes them seem so cozy! If you're not sure what to get someone, or it seems like they have everything, I would definitely recommend gloves.

Paperchase Portable Charger - £12.75
We all know someone who is constantly on their phone, but a lot of the time phones run out of charge; so why not get them a portable charger! This particular one goes with the iPhone 3, 4 and 4s, but I'm sure there are loads out there for all the other phones. For example, if you know that someone is getting the new iPhone for Christmas, you could get one of these for them as a little extra gift. This would be great for someone who's always on the go, as we all forget to charge our phones sometimes, which can be a disaster! I especially like this one as it has a little fox on the front, which is just an added bonus.

Lush 'Candy Box' Gift Set - £19.95
This Lush box looks a bit more like the conventional ones than the other, as its in a pretty box and tied with ribbon, so if that's what you were looking for, I would recommend this one! It includes 'Snow fairy' shower gel, 'Candy mountain' bubble bar, 'Rock star' soap and 'Popcorn' lip scrub. I have smelt all of these products and love them all - all have a very sweet, girly smell, like marshmallows, apart form 'Popcorn', which, of course, smells like popcorn. This is another great gift set, which anyone who likes sweet scents will love!

'Ghost' Perfume set - £19.20
Perfume is something that is very specific to a persons taste, but if you know which one they like, then something like this set is great. My sister loves this particular scent, and it does smell amazing! Perfume is something that gets used up, so buying them one that they have previously owned and loved is great. This one comes with a body lotion too, which means they can match their scents.

Soap and Glory 'Bubble Barreled' Set - £18
This is another bath set, but if lush isn't for you then Soap and Glory is the way forward. The scents are a bit less full on than the ones of lush, and you get a lot for your money in this set. You get lots of minis of popular items, which is good as it means you can try them before you buy a full size. This would make a fantastic gift as it gives them the opportunity to try lots of different products before committing to a full size. Also, if you know they love soap and glory products, then this would also suit them! You could also split the items in this up, like with the lip gloss set.

Urban Decay 'All Nighter' Setting spray - £19.50
The final idea is the famous urban decay setting spray. There are going to be lots of Christmas and New years parties coming up, and no one wants their make-up to slide off their face! I have personally never had the pleasure of trying this, but all reviews I've read have been amazing and positive, and as it is on the pricier side this would make a great gift, as it can seem like a bit of a splurge to buy for yourself!

Sorry this was so long, but I hope it was helpful! <3

- L x