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Fantastic Stocking Fillers For All Budgets!

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got some fantastic stocking filler ideas for you today! I’ve tried to include a range of products covering beauty, skincare, hair, nails, and also candles and a couple of other extra bits. These are all products that I love and think would make fantastic gifts. I’ve also covered a range of budgets so there should be something for everyone!

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, £21.00 from ASOS. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m a massive fan of Too Faced, and I snapped up this set of mini Melted Lipsticks as soon as I saw it for sale at ASOS. I can’t fault the Melted formula, it’s officially one of my favourite products of 2014! The full size Melted Lipsticks cost £19 which is on the expensive side, but these mini versions work out at just £5.25 each, yay!

Shimmer Shimmer Lip Colour Set, £36 from Glo & Ray. Glo and Ray are a brand I’ve just discovered this year, and I can’t recommend them enough. You may think £36 is a bit steep for three lipsticks, but this makes them a fairly reasonable £12 each which is cheaper than MAC, and they really are excellent. Click on the link to read my review and you’ll see what I mean!

Paddywax Relish Jar Candle in Gardenia Tuberose, £18.50 from Rooi.com. I’m a massive candle fan, and I love discovering new manufacturers and brands. This candle by Paddywax is a generous 275g size, it’s hand made with soy wax in a blue vintage style glass jar and has a beautiful fresh scent. The jar is so nice I think I’ll keep it when the candle is used up and use it to store my makeup brushes 🙂 The Relish Jar Candle is also available in Ocean Tide & Sea Salt, Lavender & Thyme and Salted Grapefuit.

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3x Custom Chocolate Bars, £14.95 by Chocolat Chocolat. I’m a serious chocoholic, and when I heard you can go to the Chocolat Chocolat site and customise your own chocolate bars with weird and wonderful toppings of your choice, I couldn’t resist! This is what I went for – a milk chocolate bar with caramelized pistachios, popping candy and shortcake crumble. A white chocolate bar with lavender flowers, violet petals, and silver flakes, and a milk chocolate bar with strawberry crunch balls, fudge brownie pieces, gold flakes and wording ‘I Love You’. (I’m going to give the last one to the other half) If you know someone that loves chocolate, these bars would make the perfect gift!

Antipodes Joyous Night Serum, £36.99 from Feelunique. Yes another Antipodes product! I can’t get enough of them at the moment! After trying their Manuka Honey Mask and Jubilation Hand & Body Cream I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum as it sounded like something my skin could really do with. This oil based silky serum helps repair dry and damaged skin. It restores collagen, delivers natural radiance, purifies and protects. It contains Himalayan goji to replenish protein at a cellular level, and red raspberry seed oil and New Zealand blackcurrant, which is a rich source of essential fats like gamma-linolenic acid. I’ve used this a few times now and I can tell you this serum smells beautiful and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

Binky Gel Effect Nail Polish in Purple, £2.95 from Binkylondon.com. Binky is definitely one of my favourite characters from Made in Chelsea (only second to Mark Francis), and on the back of the show she’s recently brought out her own range of lipsticks and nail polishes. I can’t comment on the lipsticks as I haven’t tried them but Im super impressed with this nail polish – this vibrant purple shade applies easily and lasts for ages.

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 Cologne Spray, £15.00 by The Library of Fragrance. If you’re looking for a slightly different fragrance gift this Christmas, The Library of Fragrance will definitely have something to tempt you. They currently have over 100 amazing and unusual fragrances to choose from, and with a spectrum covering more traditional scents such as Cherry Blossom, Jasmine and Neroli, to completely weird and wonderful ones including Moonbeam, Pizza and Wet Garden, even the fussiest fragrance fanatic will find something they’d love to try! I have Thunderstorm, which is meant to convey the smell in the air when a storm is on it’s way, and weirdly enough, it kind of does! It smells very fresh and clean, kind of like cut grass but different, slightly muddy, and ever so slightly smoky. If I close my eyes when I’m smelling my wrist, it really does evoke a feeling of impending rain, I can’t even explain it! It’s not like anything I’ve ever smelled before!

Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, £4.00 by Makeup Revolution. This palette includes twelve gorgeous nude shimmer shades that will suit pretty much all skin tones and are also really easy to wear colours. This palette should be a staple in anyones makeup bag. It’s only £4.00 too so you really can’t go wrong!

C Infusion Cleanser, £31.00 by DermaQuest. Ok so I know this is an expensive product, but Dermaquest skincare really does live up to the price tag. This C Infusion Cleanser literally is overflowing with antioxidants including Orange Stem Cells which help to slow the effects of harmful free radicals, while tightening and evening skin, and BVOSC, a potent yet gentle, stable form of vitamin C which refreshes and energises the skin. This beautiful foaming cleanser makes my skin feel amazing, it cleans and purifies without drying and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and nourished. If this is within your budget, I’d highly recommend this cleanser!

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Cute Cat Pouch, £15.00 from Rooi.com. This super cute zip pouch would make a perfect mini makeup bag for carrying essentials, or even a bag just for your brushes. The cat print and pretty floral background will appeal to a true girly girl, and I think everyone will know someone who would love to receive this as a gift!

, £12.00 by Flamingo Candles. Flamingo Canldes are another brand that I’ve only discovered this year. Their purse-friendly candles come in a fantastic range of scents and they’re pretty strong too! When you burn one of these candles there will be no mistaking it! Strawberries ‘n’ Champagne is super sweet with a malty champagne base, and I’d also highly recommend their Chocolate Orange Christmas Candle, it smells amazing!

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, £18.50 from Jo Hansford. If hair’s you thing, this Voluminous Spray instantly provides long lasting volume, shine, root boost and heat protection for all hair types. This all in one wonder spray contains a host of innovative ingredients including Aquaflex XL-30 which is a styling polymer that delivers long lasting volume and root boosting technology, and Mirustyle X-HP which reduces the damaging effects of styling tools while delivering impressive style hold. This spray has worked wonders on my super fine hair, while most other products feel too heavy, this gives me volume and shine without weighing my hair down.

Blush & Contour Palette in Golden Sugar, £6.00 from Makeup Revolution. Yep another Makeup Revolution palette. I’m officially in love with this palette, you’ve got highlighters, blushers and contours in here to keep you glowing over the festive season, they’re in a selection of easy to wear shades and finishes, which also suit even the palest skin tones (i.e me!) The shades also double up as eyeshadows – oh and it’s only £6.00. Wins all round!

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And lastly I also wanted to include this amazing Personalised Large Christmas Sack, £15.00 by Mummy & Mimi. Fred has never had a Christmas sack and I just know he’s going to love this! I’m going to show it to him on Christmas eve and leave it empty under the tree, then on Christmas morning he’ll find it full of presents that Santa has brought him! I can’t wait to see his face! 😀

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I know this has been a long post so well done for making it this far! And I hope this has given you some Christmas gift inspiration! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Under £15 Budget & Novelty Gift Guide For Him!

Posted on December 5, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my £15 and under gift guide for her, I’ve now put together a similar version for the man in your life! Whether it’s your brother, boyfriend, Dad or even secret santa, I’ve got you covered for those smaller gifts and stocking fillers. Everything here is £15 or less and falls under the tree of novelty / fun / unusual…

  1.  from Boots, £12
  2.  by Marvling Bros, £5.99
  3. 2 Pack Navy and Red Chunky Fairisle Print Socks from New Look, £5.50
  4. Navy Fairisle Beanie Hat from Topshop, £12
  5.  from ASOS, £5.00
  6.  from ASOS, £7.50
  7.  from ASOS, £6.00
  8. Ghostbusters Mug from Truffleshuffle, £5.99
  9. Inkblot Test from Rockett St George, £11.95
  10. Undercover Tablet Sleeve from Truffle Shuffle, £9.99
  11. Khaki Faux Fur Panel Ear Flap Trapper Hat from New Look, £7.50
  12.  by thebookofeveryone.com, from £7.50 – full review to come shortly!

I’d love to hear what you think? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

Under £15 Budget & Novelty Gift Guide For Her!

Posted on November 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a super cute and handy gift guide for you today! Everything is £15 or under, fun and slightly unusual. If you’re looking for a gift or stocking filler for a friend or sister, I’ve got you covered for the gals in your life! I’ve included a Crazy Cat Lady bracelet for your cat loving chum, a fox head necklace for your little sister, a fashion game for your fashionable friend, a novelty bath milk for your mum, and a Lemon Curd High Tea candle for your BFF! I challenge anyone to not like these gifts!!

  1. Fox Necklace by Sugar and Vice, £15
  2.  from Urban Outfitters, £15
  3. Crazy Cat Lady Bangle by Living in La La Land, £12
  4.  from Urban Outfitters, £7.99
  5.  by Flamingo Candles, £12
  6. Vintage Toys Mug by Truffle Shuffle, £6.99
  7. Clueless Art Print – Cher. by Living in La La Land, £15
  8.  from Amazon, £6.11
  9. Kellogg’s 50’S Vintage Tuberose And Jasmine Bath Milk from Truffle Shuffle, £6.99

So what do you think? I hope you like as I’ve got plenty more gift guides up my sleeve as yet! xxx

Debenhams Christmas Floral Bouquet & Offer!

Posted on November 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I have the most beautiful bouquet of Christmas flowers to share with you today! Last week Debenhams Flowers sent me this wonderful Christmas Lily & Rose bouquet – as you can see it includes stunning grand prix red roses, oriental lilies and christmas berries, it’s the perfect bouquet to add festive cheer to your home! My house is pretty small and as the flowers are a decent size I struggled to find somewhere to place them. I also didn’t have a vase big enough! So I borrowed this crystal number from my mum and ended up with the flowers in the kitchen. They make the room smell lovely! *Update* – the lilies have now started to bloom and the look amazing!! 😀 Take a look at the above link to see what the bouquet will look like when the lilies are open!

Debenhams Flowers have kindly offered my readers a truly amazing discount code – DFBLOG40 will give you 40% off a bouquet! (The only bouquets exempt from the discount is the ‘Flowers By Post’ range)

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for the person that has everything, I’d highly recommend these super quality bouquets. I should also mention that they arrive securely boxed, with a sachet of plant food too. I’d love to hear what you think, and if you’ll be taking up this fab offer! xxx

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I hope you enjoyed my review!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Jewel Candle Review & Giveaway!

Posted on November 12, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve really found my love for candles increasing as the seasons change, there’s something about a nice cosy evening at home with a candle lit that really appeals to me. My latest addition is a Jewel Candle in Cookies and Cream. If you haven’t heard of Jewel Candle you’ve definitely been missing out – every candle comes with a tiny package hiding somewhere in the wax, containing a surprise piece of jewellery – this is a must for any candle fan!

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When you purchase a Jewel Candle you choose the candle scent, and also if you’d like a ring or earrings. I went for the ring option as I don’t wear earrings very often. Your jewellery item is guaranteed to be made of sterling silver, and valued up to £250! The exciting part is you don’t know what you’re going to get, or the value of your item!

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The candle arrived securely packaged, and it was a lot bigger than I was expecting! It’s 16cm high and weights 800g. The burn time is around 120 hours too so I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it! I loved that you can see the silver foil package through the glass – it’s also nice that it’s placed towards the top of the candle so you don’t have to burn it forever to get the package out.

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After around 4 hours the wax was soft enough to let me pick the foil parcel out. Getting it out was a messy job, so I’d recommend you prepare yourself before attempting extraction! I ended up picking it out with a pair of tweezers and unwrapping the package on some kitchen roll. The wax was really super slimy so I couldn’t take any pictures at this point!

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I ended up with a lovely delicate silver ring that fits my middle finger perfectly. Jewel Candle used to tell you the value of your item on the tag but they don’t seem to do this any more, if you’re interested to find out the value you can always go to a jewellery shop. I’d imagine mr ring is worth somewhere around the £10 – £15 mark.

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I’m really happy with my candle and my ring, I think a Jewel Candle would make an excellent christmas gift for a candle lover!

The lovely guys at Jewel Candle would also like to give you the chance to win a candle of your choice from their site! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will run for two weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch – good luck! xxx


Pebble Grey £190 Light Up Mirror GIVEAWAY!

Posted on October 29, 2014

Hi Guys!

I’ve got another fantastic giveaway for you today! This time it’s a fabulous ‘Leto’ light up mirror by Pebble Grey worth £190!

The Leto mirror is battery operated so no wiring necessary – just hang up and get ready to light up your bathroom or bedroom. It also hangs both ways so can be portrait or landscape.  The Leto requires 8 x AA type batteries and is also compatible with rechargeable batteries and comes with a 5 year electrical component guarantee.  For more information see Pebble Grey.

Framed with innovative daylight LEDs and made with high quality 5mm clear glass, the Leto would be a welcome addition to any bathroom. The best part is it could soon be proudly standing in YOUR bathroom – all you have to do is enter the competition for your chance to win!

To win this amazing mirror worth £190 all you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will be open for two weeks and is open to UK entrants only. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch! good luck! xxx


Lands’ End Launch at House of Fraser Norwich!

Posted on October 18, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I was so excited a couple of weeks ago to be invited to the brand new launch of  at House of Fraser in Norwich! Unfortunaltey on the evening I was supposed to go, Fred was poorly so I couldn’t actually make it. I still wanted to tell you all about the evening though (as reported back to me) as I should have been there.

Lands’ End offer a large range of quality clothing and homewears with a guarantee that if you’re not happy with something you can return it AT ANY TIME. These products have a lifetime guarantee, if you’re not satisfied you can return for a refund or replacement whenever you like. I can’t think of any other company that offers this! Read their famous story about somebody purchasing and also returning a London taxi ! Amazing!

Anyway back to the event! It took place in Cafe Nero in House of Fraser, and was hosted by celebrity stylist Helen Boyle. Helen picked out a selection of Lands’ End garments and spoke about the key trends within the collection including rooted affair, monochrome and jeans wear. She showed the attendees how to style Lands’ End coats and jumpers and how to mix and match and coordinate  items together. She also presented a selection of shoes and other accessories such as scarves that you can accessorise with any outfit.

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I’ve also been quite ill lately so I haven’t actually been into the city for a long time, I’m definitely going to check Lands’ End out next time I’m there though, and hopefully stock up on some winter essentials!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx