Wednesday, 30 December 2015

CHRISTMAS 2015

This Christmas I was truly blessed with gifts from my friends and family, although for me its not all about the gifts it was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Christmas started with all my family and friends coming down to mine as it was the first Christmas in my flat. It was amazing chilling and listening to good music with good company and everyone getting stuck in this year helping with all the cooking and prep for later on. This year I made it a little different by hosting a Christmas quiz and other mini games in the evening such as charades, pictionary and the name game.... And at the end the team who won even got a big prize from the quiz-master aka moi!

This year I decided to cook a huge duck alongside some lamb chops, chicken breasts and thighs, and all the trimmings of course... My family aren't one for turkey and as much as people say turkey can be ''succulent'', its not really something that screams celebratory dinner to me.
In my family, along with friends I now call family, we have a tradition of opening one present the night before on Christmas eve, dead on 12am which is technically Christmas day morning. Then later in the day after waking up we open our presents throughout the day so the surprises keep on coming till the evening.

After munching down on numerous amounts of snacks during the day, getting merry and chowing down on Christmas dinner we were all stuffed. And the presents then become a tower stacked in the corner to ensure there is enough floor space, the music is then turned down and we get stuck into finishing off the chocolates and getting stuck into festive tv and Christmas movies.
This year my main gift was a light blue Crosley Vinyl Record Player alongside two vinyls that were Jade- Don't walk away single and the Ed Sheeran- X album. I have been collecting vinyls for a little while now both for playing purposes and some for display purposes, so to actually receive this as a present, my mind was blown. I didn't even wait till later to play it, I stopped cooking completely and set it up ready to blast out the music.
During the festive day, I also received a numerous amount of smaller gifts, such as socks, baking utensils, chocolates, slippers. I have always been one for home comforts if you didn't know, I get so excited over the smaller things such as cosy socks that are not only soft and fluffy but a very practical present too. I always like my flat smelling gorgeous so when I got a new reed diffuser I was more than happy to get it out and put it pride of place in my living room. Many of you know an easy way to make me smile is by getting me anything kitchen related, so when I opened up my baking utensils it really got me in the mood to bake, and I swear my baking cupboard is going to explode soon. I also got a few other kitchen bits such as a water jug and a mug that literally is so me. The bath set was literally perfect as I had run out of pampering bubble baths so the next day I made sure to put it to good use. Finally I received a small bottle of one of my favourite CK perfumes for my handbag and a 2016 diary that can be used for work.

 Of course I was gifted books and DVDs this Christmas, who doesn't love a good book or DVD.... or even HARRY POTTER merchandise!!! I opened up the HP illustrated book as my Christmas Eve present and was so happy I can't even explain myself in writing, so when I opened up the colouring book the next day, I was speechless. I have wanted to read Girl Code for ages so this is now the book I will be keeping on my coffee table not only to read but to feel extra motivated. I have never seen the women in black- mainly because I really wanted to see it in the cinema but was sh*t scared to go and see it, so why not watch it at home where no-one can see you crying? Thanks Sarah lol (love you long time sis). Finally I opened up the Bend it Like Beckham DVD and was so so sure that I already had this movie.... not to sound ungrateful- I looked up with a confusing smile puzzled and was shouted at to open up the ting. After opening my originally owned movie I found tickets to go and see Bend it Like Beckham in theater. YASS I love the film, so I was more than excited to open this up after the initial confusion had passed. The cheeky bugger stole my DVD without me knowing to turn it into a surprise present. I see you thief!
The last thing I opened at the end of the day, or shall I say night as it was like 10pm when I got to my last present. I was bought a brand new Blu-ray/DVD player, as my old one was literally a big mess that hardly worked. Yay. It is so small, light weight and sleek I cant get enough of it!

Again thank you to everyone who brought me such beautiful Christmas presents, but as you all know- the thing better than presents is just having my wonderful friends and family in my presence.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you all have a happy New Year.
This is the last post for 2015, so till then I'll see you all in the new year.

Peace & Love
xx
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

FESTIVE OUTING TO WINTERVILLE

Apologies for the lack of blog-posts I have been putting out recently, my workload other than blogging has taken up a lot more time than before. Christmas is fast approaching and this year I have felt so so festive due to it being my first Christmas in my new home, so I am hoping to make it special.
And with that, I have been trying (and failing) to do more festive things. If only there was more hours in the day. So with that I put my Christmas tree up extra extra early (which I bought in September lol) and started to get my home festive for the countdown to Christmas.

This weekend I was able to head down to Winterville at Victoria Park. Winterville is very similar to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park- but in my opinion a little bit better. It has a lot more of a relaxed chilled vibe and so many activities for yourself, friends and families and little ones to do. I headed down in the evening with the bestie in tow to experience the park in all its glory. How could you not have a good time with an outdoor cinema and bar area, funfair rides, Christmas pop up shops and stalls, food stalls/ mulled wine, the ice skating rink, mini golf and the chance to meet Santa!
I have always been one to enjoy local events instead of going somewhere that would be packed to the brim of people. I had a lovely time all evening even popping into The Diner for a bite to eat. And although Winterville is over now, I'm sure it will run next year and be just as good. 
With only a few posts left going up this year, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!

xx
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

LA ROCHE POSAY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2015

Tuesday 1st December I headed down to the La Roche Posay Christmas party, and somehow managed to get there not only on time but early before anyone else had arrived. I was met by the lovely Dowal Walker and La Roche Posay team and then showed into the venue with Sarah from SRFTaylor who attended the evening with me. 

Heading down into the venue, we entered into a magical realm, even passing the wardrobe as if we was entering Narnia. The room was ever so festive, filled with Christmas trees, a post box to Santa, snow in every corner of the room and the lamp-post in which you would come across Mr Tumnus (movie reference). The evening started to get into full swing around 7pm and I was able to catch up with some of my favourite bloggers and friends, with prosecco on the go and nibbles floating around the room it was certainly an enjoyable event. 
Now not only was we enjoying the Christmas party, but La Roche Posay had launched their newest product to their range. The Effaclar BB Blur! The BB Blur is a new innovative BB cream that enables you to achieve an instant flawless complexion which lasts all day, available in two shades (at the moment) in Fair/Light and Light/Medium. The BB cream is said to instantly absorb oil, blur fine lines and wrinkles, softens and smooths skin as well as minimise the look of pores, mask redness and blemishes. Available in January 2016 at Escentuals and soon available form larger Boots stores and Pharmacies nationwide.  
Although being gifted the darkest shade available at this moment in time in Light/Medium, it was not compatible for my skin tone, but hopefully we will see a broader range of shades to cater for all women. 

The night even saw an accompanying new product out which was the Hydraphase Intense Serum. The Serum has said to be perfect for those with dehydrated and sensitive skin (with it's melt in gel texture), by infusing skin cells with water, smoothing away fine lines and restoring radiance. Perfect for the winter weather that we are experiencing which I can only imagine will soon get worse. The Hydraphase Intense Serum is also available in January 2016!
As usual La Roche Posay know how to put on a lovely event, and it was a lovely round up for the year. I always look forward to working/collaborating with La Roche Posay and cannot wait to see what 2016 brings for the brand. 

Merry Christmas La Roche Posay, and thank you for having me, as always it was a pleasure!


xx
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CHRISTMAS TAG 2015

With the count down to Christmas, I thought this Christmas tag was very appropriate for this festive time of year. I have always been one to like this time of year, warm cosy nights indoors, hot chocolates and puddings, comfy home cooked food and of course spending time with my friends and family. 

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Most people I know would say something like Home Alone or Home Alone 2, but I have literally never been a fan of that movie that replays every year during the Christmas holidays. For me, it has to be all about Harry Potter (all of them) not only because I am a fan but also because its magical and just fits perfectly with the time of year. 

Do you open your open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
In my family we have a tradition of opening one present on Christmas eve at 12am which is technically Christmas day. So me and my siblings would wait up eagerly till 12am just to open that one present and play with it until we wore ourselves out (as we have always known there is no such thing as Father Christmas). 

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have always cherished my time with my family, and a memory I can particularly remember is generic playing with my toys with my siblings and we would just all be really excited throughout the day. I remember one time I cried when my mum bought me Sabrina the teenage witch doll house with figurines and stickers. Back in the day Sabrina was the ting

Favourite festive food?
I don't really have a favourite festive food, for me I just literally count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds till my Christmas dinner! It is everything!

Favourite Christmas gift?
When I was growing up, I grew up as an actual kid, so was never bought things like makeup and all that jazz. So a lot of my gifts from childhood were my favourite, I remember receiving gifts such as the Sabrina doll house and Bionicle (which was an amazing toy). Then when I got older I received presents that were more age appropriate such as mobile phones and clothes. Then recently in the last few years presents have turned into more meaningful gifts.

Favourite Christmas scent?
Vanilla of course!

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Yep, we always in my family open one gift on Christmas Eve at 12am.


What tops your tree?
At the moment, as I am in my new flat this year will be my first Christmas here. So everything here is new from my tree to the amazing decorations. Currently I only have lights at the top as I didn't want nothing tacky at the top of my tree. 

As a child, what was the one (crazy, wild and extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
As a child I never continually asked for gifts, I always appreciated what I had. So this question doesn't apply to me.

What's the best thing about Christmas for you?
The best thing about Christmas for me is being able to spend time with my friends and family. 

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas tag, I always enjoy writing these. Feel free to copy the questions and answer them yourself!

xx
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

SMOOTH AGAIN EXFOLIATOR

Ever since I went to Olympia this year, and picked up the Smooth Again exfoliator I have been obsessed. Generally I have always thought things like this wouldn't really work, and as they are advertised on TV with models, it isn't a good and true to life depiction of how the product really works. 
So after picking this one up from Olympia, for buy one get one free I was adamant that at a very discounted price, it was worth giving it a go and meant I wouldn't have wasted too much money if it all went belly up. Since purchasing it I have honestly been using it non-stop, the first time I used it I completely forgot to review and take a few blogger photos to show my before and after results. As I have really thin hair it takes a while for my hair to grow back, so four months later I went on a long pamper session and decided to give the Smooth Again exfoliator another go to show you all.

In order to use the Smooth Again exfoliator, you need to make sure your hair (which can be used on all bodily hair) is dry and has no product on such as moisturisers etc. The exfoliator mitt has adhesive patches that you stick on to the mitt which can be used up to six times before you need to change for a new patch for exfoliating. The patches are infused with micro-crystals to help with easy exfoliation and easy hair removal. Within the pack you get four large and four small micro-crystal patches, which can last you up to a year depending on how fast your hair grows/ the thickness of your hair. For this post I have shown my before and after of my leg hair!

How To Use: By circulating three times clockwise and three times anticlockwise that is the motion you have to use when using the product for hair removal on the skin (continue until you reach desired effect). After hair removal, moisturise the skin with a rich moisture product to bring back moisture to the skin. 
So as you can see, it actually works, I was pleasantly surprised too and not in the slightest bit disappointed. I am still currently using my same pack that I bought and I am still using the first micro-crystal patch since I started using it as I have only used it three times in total. I particularly love this product as the product comes in different sizes so it means you can tackle pesky sideburns, facial hair, mustaches, armpits, legs, bikini line and anywhere else you can stretch your imagination to.

These products are readily available and many brands sell them. But I must say I would buy it again once I finish mine. 

xx
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