2015 Reflection & Instagram Round Up

2015 Reflection & Instagram Round Up

I find it so hard to believe that another year is ending; as I've gotten older time just seems to be going by even faster but somehow 2015 as gone by in the blink of an eye. It's pretty safe to say that 2015 has not been my favourite year, in fact it's been pretty shitty. So many things have happened and changed and it's been a bit of a struggle.

Boxing Day Sales | Lush Haul

Boxing Day Sales | Lush Haul

So, blogging everyday in December has gone great hasn't it? I underestimated just how busy i was going to be in terms of running errands, catching up with people, swapping presents and then with work itself, it's well and truly kicked my arse and truth be told amongst all that i just couldn't be bothered spending my rare days off waking up early to take the photos i needed but hey ho, life goes on. I do hope you all had an amazing Christmas though, i was very spoiled and got way more than i expected.

As most of you know Lush as a pretty epic sale come boxing day, all their Christmas stock goes half price and who can resist that? Sadly for me, i was working this Boxing day but my lovely sister went along to Lush and picked up some bits and she's that lovely she picked me up one of everything that she did and more.

The Christmas Tag

The Christmas Tag
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Can you believe it is Christmas Eve? It's insane, it only seems like yesterday that it was Halloween. Anyways, seeing as this is my last post before the big day itself, it only seemed fitting to do the Christmas tag.

Make Up | Initial Impressions #1

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The other day i was feeling a little down in the dumps so to cheer myself up i went for a wonder round Superdrug and Boots and the next thing i knew, some products had jumped into my hand, my card fell into the machine and i had a bag of new products. I decided that rather than do loads of individual reviews on them right away, I'd throw them all into one post and share my initial impressions of them.

Review | Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour

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I really like contouring and whilst I'm still not that great at it, i still love giving it a good go. I've tried a lot of powder options but ever since the release of the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour, I've been intrigued to see if i could achieve better results with a cream contour product.

The Making of Harry Potter | Harry Potter Studio Tour

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A few weeks ago, my lovely friend Gem told me i needed to pick a day in December when we could go get my present, as it wasn't something she could physically give to me. I had no idea what my present was and was still left in the dark right up until arriving at the destination. So, I'm sure you can imagine the shock, surprise and excitement of seeing The Harry Potter Studio Tour in front of me.

What's In My Bag?

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I love seeing what's in people's bag, they are my favourite posts and youtube videos. It fascinates me to see what people deem their handbag essentials and carry around with them. So seeing as were getting close to Christmas, i thought I'd treat you and show you what's in mine!

My Must Watch Christmas Movies

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If you follow me on twitter (here) you will know that I've been doing a lot of extra hours in work resulting in me losing the days off that i had planned to get a lot of blog photos done, and the only day i can do them means i would've have to miss most of the posts this week so I've had to rearrange the posts i did have planned which has resulted in this slightly last minute addition of my must watch Christmas movies. (Inspired by Callie Rose's post here)

Review | Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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A while ago, I read a blog review on the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara once that described it as a 'silent staple', one of those products that you don't need but once you have, you don't want to be without. Ever since reading that review, it's been one of those product i often thought about trying so on one of my recent Christmas Shopping trips, i took the plunge and treated myself.

4 Years of Blogging

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Today, i have officially been blogging for four years..

My Favourite Things About Christmas

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Compared to a lot of people i know, I'm not the most festive of people. Don't get me wrong, i like Christmas but i just don't love it. There are few things about Christmas i do really like though...

My Most Used Plum Lip Products

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Plum lip products are my absolute favourite; i just think it's such a gorgeous colour and over the past year my collection of plum lip products has really grown, so i thought id share which ones i use the most.

My TV Show Recommedations #6

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As we're heading into the winter time, i've been spending more and more time snuggled under my duvet watching endless amounts of Tv Shows. Here are some more of my recommendations.

Collective Haul | Beauty, Books & Clothes

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My second haul in less than a week, something is definitely wrong. It's not often that i spend a lot of money on myself but amongst all the christmas shopping I've done these past two weeks, I've managed to pick myself up some cheeky presents too. It only fair though, right?

Smash Book | Scrapbooking My Memories

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I'm a bit of a hoarder. Train tickets, programmes, theatre tickets, leaflets, you name it; if theres a memory behind it i'll probably keep it. I've been having a bit of a clear out recently and whilst i don't really have the room to keep all the stuff i've collected over the years, i also don't have the heart to throw it out so instead i decided to finally put my Smash Books to use and scrap book it all.

Make Up I've Used Up #4

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As you can see from the above photo, I've used up quite a few make up products recently. Some I've loved, others not so much so i thought I'd give you some bite size reviews of the make up I've used up.

Review | Nars And God Created The Woman Eyeshadow Palette

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The Nars And God Created Woman Eyeshadow Palette was a big release for 2013 and it was mention, raved about and talked about pretty much everywhere in blogging world. Now two years later, i finally have my hands on it.

FOTD | Autumn Make Up Feat. Nars And God Created Women Eyeshadow Palette

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I really enjoyed posting my last face of the day and you all seemed to enjoy it too and I've recently introduced some new products into my collection and routine too.

Learning to Sew #3 | Mending & Refashioning

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As Christmas has been approaching, I've been on a little bit more of tighter budget and I've just had other things to priortise money wise rather than going out spending on sewing supplies. So instead, i raided my wardrobe and found things that I've not been wearing and planned different ways i could mend them or refashion them.

Warning..this post is quite photo heavy.

Big Collective Ebay Haul

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I love Ebay and every so often, i have like to have a little browse and see what i can come across. A few weeks ago, i went a little crazy and had a bit of a splurge on a variety of things, as most were coming from Hong Kong they took a while for them all to get here and I've been saving them all so i could do this post so I'm very excited to now being to start using them.

My Christmas Wishlist

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I don't like to post wishlists all that often but there is a distinct lack of festive posts on my blog so i thought why not share with you some of the things i've got on my christmas wishlist!

Review | Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boheme

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This is my very first Chanel Lipstick - I've had the shade 'Boy' on my wish list for ages so on my way back from Tenerife in October, i decided that the time had finally come to treat myself and get it. However, when i swatched 'Boy' i was super disappointed, it's a lovely nude shade but i found it barely transferred any colour and i just felt that it wasn't worth the money, so after swatching the rest of the range i decided on the shade Boheme and i can safely say I'm pretty happy with my choice.

Born Pretty Store | Eyebrows, False Lashes and Make Up Brushes

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I have some more goodies from the Born Pretty Store, I've mentioned them a few times on my blog and i was very kindly let me pick some items to receive and share with you. Born Pretty Store is full of affordable make up, nails, and beauty accessories so i took this opportunity to stock up on some make up brushes and false lashes, especially whilst we are heading into party season.

Review | Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara

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I'm feeling really great and motivated about my blog at the moment, so much so that I've decided to blog everyday in December. I'm not doing 'blogmas' exactly (i really don't like the word blogmas, but i really don't know why) I'm just posting everyday, so expect a mixture of posts; beauty, lifestyle and hopefully some Christmas ones too.

I've actually been trying to avoid getting any more mascaras because I've got a fair few unopened waiting to be loved so I'm trying to work my way through those before trying any others, however when the new Max Factor Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara* came through my letter box, how could i possibly resist.