Tuesday, 31 December 2013

What I got for Christmas 2013



What a Christmas! I have been ridiculously busy since the end of November with university, my teaching placement and work. Even though I was working on Christmas day, boxing day and well, most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve had a lovely time. On the 23rd we celebrated my boyfriend Craig’s birthday and a few days later our three year anniversary while on Christmas Day after work and dinner with my family, I headed over to his house for an evening of games with his family. My household has never been one for “family time” so it was nice to experience that kind of atmosphere for the first time in my life.

I was really spoilt this year for gifts, especially by Craig. He got me not one, but two Disney Designer Dolls! Maleficent was from last years collection but sold out before I could get my hands on her. Seeing as i collect her merchandise, there was a squeal of delight when I spotted the packaging. He managed to track her down for me as well as splurging on this years super amazing Fairytale couples collection. Belle and the Beast sold out within a day so I’m so happy and surprised that he got them for me. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to the designer dolls and aim to have them all one day (particularly the villains, 2 down 4 to go), but alas they are so expensive. As well as the dolls, I got a Maleficent mug and hardback Lord of the Rings book. Well and truly spoilt.

The gift from my parents was so random yet super exciting. I have never sewn anything in my life, so upon unwrapping a John Lewis sewing machine I was rather confused. Fast forward a few hours and already I was thinking of projects to do, ordering accessories and becoming a little obsessed with clothes making and DIY furnishings. Unfortunately I haven't had time to play with it yet, but when work quietens down I can see its going to become a great hobby.



Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a mega unhealthy amount of chocolate. My insides probably look horrific right now after the amount of sugar I've eaten this week. Below is pretty much everything I received! On the left is gifts from my best friends, in the middle from my boyfriend and on the right are gifts from my parents, sister, uncle & family, boyfriends mum and boyfriends sister.

One of the most exciting parts of Christmas, for me, is seeing people open the gifts I have gotten them. As part of Craig’s gift, we set up a “hogwarts letter” situation with letters in the fireplace, a hat and wand on the mantle with his Hogwarts letter waiting to invite him to the Harry Potter studio tour in London. Saying he was excited is an understatement. Me and my sister also got Dad a bread maker which has made the house smell delicious all week. Yummy!


What did you get for Christmas? Who was your favourite person to buy for/give presents too?


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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Golden Fairy Dust Christmas Nails


My damaged post-acrylic suffering nails have finally grown out just in time for this festive season and I plan to thoroughly make up for lost nail painting time. I'm apparently continuing on with my unintentional golden Christmas theme today in the form of a favourite seasonal combination! I love metallic tones at this time of year and whose going to say no to glitter really? Gold is a colour i only ever wear on my eyes or nails, I’m generally a silver kind of girl when it comes to the likes of jewellery etc. Come to think of it, i only ever really wear gold makeup around Christmas, apart from touches of my much loved Sugarpill Goldilux Chromalust as that is just happiness in a jar. Note to self; use more gold = pretty.

After my OPI Base Coat I painted on two layers of Disney’s Queen of Hearts, a gorgeous almost antique gold with flecks of glitter. Following was a generous coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust, my all time favourite glitter nail polish. Just look at its holographic sparkle! It’s so satisfying sitting by a lit Christmas Tree waving my fingers back and forth to admire the pretty glitter. Warning: May pose a risk of looking a little bit silly haha. When organizing my makeup last month I found some Perfect 10 Nail Stickers which were long forgotten, so of course I had to add some cute little flowers to each nail. They may not look cliché Christmassy but they sure are pretty. To finish I used OPI Rapid-Dry Top Coat which made my nails work-ready in a jiffy.

What's your favourite Christmas nail combination? Are you a gold kinda girl?


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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Gold Glitter Christmas Makeup

christmas festive gold glitter makeup look copy

christmas gold glitter makeup look

With December comes the official start of the Christmas season! It’s absolutely my favourite time of year and although I’m going to be a busy girl with work (I’m even working on Christmas day boo!), university and my college teaching placement, I’m not going to let it dampen my Christmas cheer. On Sunday I truly welcomed December by heading into Manchester with the boyfriend & his family for a lovely meal and a nose around the Christmas market. What started with a neutral makeup look quickly escalated to glitter and a bold lip. What’s nice about this is its still rather wearable and not too over the top. I would be more than happy to wear this to the Christmas Party Nights at work. All’s I did was place a bit of Urban Decay’s Half Baked on the lid, Buck and Darkhorse in the crease, a quick pattering of some Gold Paris Berlin Glitter before finishing with a flick and lashing of mascara. Rather simple but eye catching.

Inglot face Primer, Illamasqua Skin Base 02, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in fair, Fyrinnae Clear Finishing Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, NARS Boys Don't Cry.

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay Half Baked, Virgin, Buck & Darkhorse, Disney Store Villains Queen of Hearts, Paris Berlin Gold Glitter, Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Zero, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde.

Collection Revenge Lipstick

I can tell glitter is totally going to be my favourite product of Christmas 2013! What's your favourite festive makeup? What colours do you like to wear for the season?


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