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What I got for Christmas 2016 featuring This Works, Jo Malone, YSL & more!




Hello, hello! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! We had a nice balance of both hectic and quiet/cosy times and we're still in the middle of family get-togethers so the festivities are continuing! I received some really lovely Christmas pressies and today, I want to share the beauty bits with you. I'm not bragging at all, I just love to read these posts & hope you will too!

My top 10 blogs of 2016!


Today is the final instalment of my 2016 favourites and I had to make it about blogs. I read them on a daily basis and they have overtaken my love of magazines so it makes sense that I share my favourites. Out of all of my favourites posts, this was the most difficult to compile because I read a large number of blogs but after a lot of narrowing down, I have my top 10 here today. Some I have read for a few years and some were discoveries this year but all are favourites for a variety of reasons!

Top 10 skincare favourites of 2016 featuring Omorovicza, Oskia, Korres & more!




Yesterday, I posted about my top 16 makeup products of 2016 and today, it is time for me to share my top 10 skincare products of 2016 - some have been 2016 discoveries and some are long term loves. All are products that I cannot see myself being without for the foreseeable future. It was very difficult to narrow it down to just 10 because I am a skincare addict but these definitely jumped out at me when I started to think about this post! For reference, I have dry and quite sensitive skin.

Top 16 makeup products of 2016 featuring Too Faced, Natasha Denona, Marc Jacobs, Hourglass & more!




It's hard to believe that it's the almost the end of another year - I really think that this entire year has gone by in the blink of an eye. Instead of doing a December favourites, over the next few days, I am going to share my 2016 favourites - today is makeup, tomorrow skincare and then on Thursday, it will be my favourite blogs from the year before taking a break for Christmas. I couldn't have narrowed makeup down to a Top 10, so instead, because it is 2016, I have compiled my top 16 of the year! Some are recent to my collection but others are long-term loves so let's get started!

Review & Swatches: Hourglass Ambient Strobe Blush Palette with & fast international shipping with MyMallBox




I have become a bit of an Hourglass palette addict (see my collection here), so when I saw that they had released a new blush palette the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette, I had to have it! I quickly looked at Space NK but it wasn't there so I checked Sephora and it was in stock. A while ago, MyMallBox got in touch with me to tell me about their service and asked if I would like to try it so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. 

My ultimate Christmas pamper routine featuring Omorovicza, Dr Botanicals, Essie, Pestle & Mortar and more!




Christmas is my favourite of all of the holidays and really is the most wonderful time of the year, however it can also be hectic, no matter how organised you are. Every year, I take one evening in the week before Christmas to take time out and just pamper myself to recharge my batteries and get ready for the festive season. I put my phone on silent, close the laptop and just focus on myself. Today, I am going to share with you the products that I will be using this year for my ultimate pamper night! A lot of them are luxury products, but if you can't go all out at Christmas, then when can you?

Favourite beauty discoveries of 2016 featuring Natasha Denona, Omorovicza, Milani, Korres & more!




As we approach the end of 2016, I've been thinking about my favourites products from the year and instead of bundling all of them into one (very long) post, I've decided to do three: my favourite discoveries, my favourite skincare and my favourite makeup (including products from previous years).  I've been lucky enough to receive some beautiful products from brands this year so the posts will contain some of those, but mainly products that I have bought myself and you know that I am completely honest in my opinion so my thoughts are never swayed just because a product has been sent to me. So let's get started!

A Beauty Bay haul featuring Natasha Denona & Mario Badescu


Beauty Bay, Mario Badescu, Natasha Denona, Silver Powder, Cream Highlighter, Eyelash Curler


I only placed two orders on Black Friday (despite the many amazing number of sales and discounts) and last week I posted about my Anastasia Beverly Hills order (here) so today I want to show you my Beauty Bay purchases. There were lots of products that tempted me but I decided to stick to some that were on my wishlist from two brands - Natasha Denona and Mario Badescu

GIVEAWAY & Luxury Fragrance Christmas Gift Guide with Debenhams #foundit


Christmas,Giveaway, Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb, Marc Jacobs, Divine Decadence, Gucci Bamboo


One of my favourite Christmas gifts to receive is perfume because it is a real treat and not something that I would usually buy for myself as it is a bit of a splurge item and for this reason, I always buy perfume for my mother at Christmas. Today I want to share with you 3 luxury fragrances that I think would make the perfect luxurious gift this Christmas and Debenhams very kindly also sent me an extra 3 bottles so that one of my readers can win a luxury fragrance bundle so keep reading to find out how to enter!

Empties & speedy reviews #30 featuring Jo Malone, Korres, Pixi, Kerastase & more!




It's time for my monthly empties post! If you are new around here, in these posts I show you everything I've finished recently and share my thoughts on them and whether or not I would repurchase. I have a good mixture of skincare and bodycare this month and a few miscellaneous thrown in for good measure too! Let's get started!

GIVEAWAY & Christmas Gift Idea featuring CaseApp custom iPhone cases with a 20% discount code too!




Another day, another gift idea! This time, however, it isn't beauty related and I think it's a gift that would suit people from a variety of ages and both sexes and I also have a 20% discount code for you! You might remember earlier this year that I featured a CaseApp phone cover and also ran a giveaway? Well the lovely people at CaseApp contacted me again with the opportunity to try some more of their products and also the chance for one of you lovely readers to win either a custom design phone case or laptop skin of your choice so keep reading until the end for your chance to win!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadow Haul




I'm sure at this stage that you have all been inundated with Black Friday haul posts, but I actually didn't go too crazy, despite the many amazing discounts. I certainly didn't need any new eyeshadows but when my lovely friend Dagmara told me about the 60% discount on Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows, I couldn't resist placing an order!  I restricted myself to only buying 8 because I didn't want to incur any customs charges (they were priced at $4.80 each) and even with the $17.95 international shipping charge, I bagged a good deal! Also, they offered a free refillable palette with every order of 8 shadows so it was a no-brainer for me! (That's my excuse anyway!)

Christmas Gift Idea featuring The White Company & 20% discount code


The White Company candles discount


I love a nice candle all year round but especially at Christmas - there is something so comforting about a night in front of the fire with the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree and a candle burning that makes this time of year so cosy! I think a candle makes a perfect Christmas gift and today I want to share with you two of my recent candle purchases from The White Company and also let you know the 20% discount code that I used so that you can too! I absolutely love The White Company candles because the scents always fill the room, even before they are lit. This is not sponsored - I paid for the candles myself but you know that I always like to share discounts where I can find them and we could all do with making savings at this time of year!

My favourite Christmas jumpers 2016


I love a good Christmas jumper and add at least one new one to my collection every year! Today I want to share with you some of my favourite releases this year and I would love to hear in the comments if you wear a Christmas jumper or if you're more of a Christmas pyjamas person? Or both (like me!).

Affordable luxury with Korres Christmas Gift Sets




I know that a lot of people don't like to start their Christmas shopping until December actually begins, so over the coming week, I am going to share some gift ideas with you and will link to where they can be bought online so that you can do your shopping from the comfort of your sofa if you'd prefer! Today, I am starting with gift sets from a brand that is fast becoming one of my favourites: Korres. 

Christmas party makeup & nails edit featuring Dior, Burberry, Velour Lashes, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC & more!




Now that is officially December, the festivities can begin! I'm no party animal due to my ill-health but I can always find an excuse to up the glam factor with my makeup and there's no better time to do that than at Christmas! Today, I want to share with you the products that I will be reaching for most often over the coming weeks in terms of makeup and nail polish. I haven't listed everything I will use as some products stay the same (brow products, concealer, mascara, primer etc) but these are ones that have been rotated into my top drawer to use more often.
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