Monday, 29 December 2014

Signature Fragrances

Signature Fragrances Review
Both of these perfumes retail at £37 per bottle which is fairly standard pricing for perfumes. Both have a fairly strong scent, although not overbearingly so, and thus would perhaps be better for evening wear or special occassions as a lighter scent would be more appropriate for everyday use. However, if you were to wear them during the day, you will find that the smell will linger on the skin for the whole day, fading very little!

Signature Fragrances Perfume Review

One of their more popular fragrances, Lurre has a syrup-y sweet smell with prominent notes of vanilla and strawberry, making the wearer smell positivity edible! If you love strawberry shortcake (and want to smell like it too!), this is the perfume for you. It is a very feminine perfume which would be perfect for younger women. It may prove too sickly-sweet for some, but I can certainly see it appealing to fans of Lush Snow Fairy, which has a similarly syrupy smell. 

Endure is another fairly sweet perfume, although more subtly so, and would probably be more preferable for those that find Lurre to be too saccharine. Again, one can smell notes of vanilla but also a more powdery musk. The addition of classic jasmine and rose scents also make it a more floral perfume. Unlike Lurre, it is suitable for both younger and older wearers.

Head over to Signature Fragrances and check out their 50% off after-Christmas sale!

Have you tried any Signature Fragrances? What's your favourite perfume?

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

DIY Advent Calendar | Blogmas Day 17

Although it's a little late to start making your DIY advent calendar,  wanted to share with you the cute one that my parents have made.

DIY Advent Calendar

The benefits of making your own advent calendar are that you can customise it to look exactly as you want and can fill them with your favourite sweets rather than the tiny cheap pieces of chocolate in commercial calendars. This calendar also doubles as a lovely piece of Christmas doorway and, it it's position on the stairway banister, is the first thing one sees when stepping through the front door. Instant festivity!

DIY Advent Calendar

Surprisingly, this calendar requires very little sewing so don't be too daunted if it isn't your forte! The only it is sewed is the bag itself, which in this case was fashioned from hemp which I feel gives it a more rustic feel, but you can use any fabric you wish. Ribbon (of various colours) is then woven through to turn it into a drawstring bag.

To number the bags for each day, hearts were cut from a piece of felt (once again in various colours) and labelled with a black marker pen, These were attached to the drawstring bags with a mini paperclip, however a little dab of glue would also be just fine. The bags were then filled with sweets (the fun bit) and attached to a long piece of string with clothes pegs. You can then add whatever little accents and decorations you want which, in this case, where small fabric hearts which co-ordinate perfectly with the felt date labels.

DIY Advent Calendar

This calendar can of course be hung wherever you want but, as you can see, works beautifully attached to a banister. And the best thing about it? It can be reused year after year!

What advent calendar have you got this year?

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

My Favourite Christmas Films | Blogmas Day 15

I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas films. I love watching them because they're perfect for getting one into the festive spirit, but boy, are they cheesy and not to mention cliche. But let's be honest, I'm still going to be watching all of the films listed here back to back on Christmas day as well as many of the days leading up to it!

Christmas Films
The Grinch - Does much need to be said here? This film is an absolute classic, based on Dr Seuss' story of 'The Grinch who Stole Christmas'. The young Taylor Momsen's rendition of 'Where Are You Christmas?' gets me every year and beautifully expresses that feeling of having lost the 'magic' of Christmas one experiences as a child. On a side note, can you believe that 'The Grinch' was released almost 15 years ago?!
Love Actually - One of the few Christmas films that aren't targeted at a family audience, this is a favourite for many adults. It's very cheesy, a complete chick flick, and perhaps would make more sense having been set on valentines day rather than plonked into a Christmas setting. However, for those that love the cheese, it is a brilliant film and one can't deny that it has one of the best casts that you'll find in a seasonal film.

Christmas Films

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Another film which is getting unbelievably old. this is now 20 years old! I am very much a Tim Burton fan and, in his trademark style, this animation is a Christmas film like no other. Only Tim Burton could combine Halloween and Christmas to make a spooky, festive masterpiece - this is one of the few Christmas films that I could never get sick of! Parallels have been drawn between 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'The Grinch' so if you've seen one but not the other, you may like it! 
The Polar Express - This film is another which has been based on a book, although admittedly not one that I have read. I don't at all like the animation style but wanted to include it on this list nonetheless because when one looks past that, it is a magical yet haunting movie which doesn't follow the traditional paradigm of the jolly, cheesy Christmas film.

What are your favourite films to watch during the festive season?

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Pinspiration | Blogmas Day 14 Map
Yes, I know, corny title. However, I hope I can be forgiven as today's Blogmas topic is 'Christmas Inspiration', and where else does one go for inspiration but Pinterest?
Do we ever make those DIYs? Bake those cakes? No, but its fun to coo at pretty pictures and pretend that we could ever be arsed to recreate them. I adore the sort of pins you'll find around Christmas, showing the magical creations and winter wonderlands that people have made. Perfect for getting into the festive spirit!

The following are those pins that I have particularly liked recently. Maybe I'll recreate year.

Christmas Inspiration

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Paper Snowflakes | Blogmas Day 12/13

After not posting yesterday, I feel a little like I've failed Blogmas. I was unfortunately too busy to publish anything but am back on track now and determined not to let this little slip cause me to give up on Blogmas!

Paper Snowflakes

I'm sure we all remember making paper snowflakes in primary school, but who says we can't make them as adults too? When folded properly, and when the time is taken to cut lots of little shapes out them, some very beautiful and intricate designs can be produced. And of course, as with real snowflakes, every one is different.

Paper snowflakes are very easy DIYs for those that like to make their own decorations or who, like me, have a lot of free time and not much money! That's right, students, you've got no excuse for not getting into the festive spirit and decorating!

These snowflakes look beautiful stuck onto a window, appearing very striking in the evening against the darkness outside, and more subtle in the day time with the light shining through. If you're feeling extra crafty, a sprinkling of glitter would add to this effect so that they take on an iridescent quality as the sunlight shines through them. However, the transparency of these snowflakes will also mean that whatever has been used to attach them to the window will look quite prominent during the daylight hours. As such, I'd recommended using white tack but, as this will still show through, place it on the snowflake strategically in order to add to the design rather than distract from it.

paper Christmas decorations

To incorporate the snowflakes into the decorations elsewhere in the room, I also suspended some from the chains I had made out of scraps of wrapping paper. I chose to use a variety of sizes of snowflakes and hung them at different heights to make the display look more interesting. I also spaced them out so that they were farther apart from each other than the ones I had stuck onto my window in order to prevent it from looking too cluttered. A little warning to those that plan to do the same - make sure they're above head height or you'll constantly find yourself being whacked in the face. Mine are just high enough that this isn't a problem for me but it does mean that my room is now a no-go zone for anyone over 5 ft 4, unless of course they spend the whole time hunched over.

how to fold a paper snowflake

To achieve a lacy, intricate snowflake rather than those odd, square-shaped, mutated messes of primary school days, it is important to fold it properly.

1. Begin with a plain piece of A4 paper.
2. Fold the paper diagonally to create a triangle.
3. Cut off and discard the excess.
4. Fold the piece of paper in half one again to create a smaller triangle.
5. Fold the outer third inwards.
6. Repeat oh the other side.
7. Diagonally cut off and discard the bottom part.
8. Cut out your design. Let your creativity run wild!

How have you decorated your house this Christmas?

Today's advent window is a pair of bow earrings. I'm going to have so many earrings by the 24th!

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Winter Beauty Essentials | Blogmas Day 11

Winter Beauty Essentials

As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine to keep your skin clear and healthy. It's also the perfect time to switch up your every-day look and break out of a makeup rut. These are my top winter beauty recommendations and tips for taking care of your skin this season!

The cold, dry winter weather is a nightmare for the skin so a good, moisturising skincare routine is a must to keep your skin feeling soft and healthy. On top of this, as soon as the winter chill sets in, we all immediately turn on our heating which also causes our skin to dry out. As such, I'd recommend switching to a moisturiser targeted specifically at those with dry skin even if your skin type is not usually dry. I am currently using Pond's Crema S Nourishing Moisturising Cream for dry to very dry skin and couldn't recommend it more!

Winter Skincare

As well as our skin. perhaps the most badly affected by this season is our poor lips! I'm sure you all know just how painful dry cracked lips can be, and they aren't very aesthetically pleasing either. Rather than wait for them to become like this before treating it, prevent it in the first place by using lip balm on a daily basis. I have a vast collection of lip balms and make sure I always have one in my handbag. My favourite is probably Burt's Bees iconic chapstick which I unfortunately didn't have to-hand when taking the photographs for this post.

At the risk of boring you by rattling on too much about the importance of a moisturising winter skincare routine, I'd like to finally mention that it's not just your face that needs some extra care in the colder months. Many people forget it, but your hands can also become very dry and rough, making hand cream an absolute must. The Body Shop sell some amazing handcreams and the one I'm currently using is their vanilla-scented one which smells divine! Their best selling Hemp Hand Protector is also one which a lot of people rave about and is perfect for those that suffer from very dry skin on their hands.

Winter Beauty Essentials

In terms of makeup, if winter isn't the time to wear a bold lip, when is? I do love a good red lipstick and this one from Sleek in the shade 'Vixen' is perfect for winter. It's extremely pigmented and also very moisturising so you can prevent chapped lips and look good doing at the same time! It does, however, have quite a sheen to it and so would perhaps not be lipstick for you if you prefer a more matte lip. Darker lipsticks are also perfect for the season, and Collection has a gorgeous range of 'Gothic Glam' shades. Seduction looks particularly striking against those with a paler skin tones(see me wearing it in my recent OOTD) and the purple-toned Scorned is brilliant for a more daring, vampy look.

If you do sport a red lip this winter, team it with a matching red polish such as Barry M Paint in the shade 'Blood Orange'. It's extremely opaque formula only requires one or too coats and is high-shine, negating the need for a topcoat. Why not channel your inner Mrs Claus and layer a glitter nail polish over it for a more festive feel this December? The glitter polish pictured was unfortunately limited edition for Christmas last year but layering a red and green glitter polish would create a similar effect.

What are your winter beauty must-haves?

Today's advent calendar window is this pair of key earrings.

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Men's Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 10

Men's Gift Guide
Men are notoriously difficult to buy for. Whilst with women there are go-to gifts for those in doubt , such as makeup or bath stuff, these things really don't apply to men. Hopefully, this post will provide some inspiration for those that, as I have been, are completely stumped as to what to buy the guys in their life this Christmas.

1. COD Advanced Warfare - Call Of Duty is a game that even someone as completely clueless as me has heard of and is one that most guys will have played at some point. Advanced Warfare is the latest in the francise and, according to my boyfriend, "a must have this year for guys". The game has been given a "much needed" revamp, having been put into a futuristic setting for the first time.
2. Personalised Soundwave Print - This is a gift which would be appropriate for both men and women and is perfect if you're looking for a more personal and original gift idea. Buy a framed print of their favourite song in any size or colour!
3. The World's Hottest Chilli Powders in a Matchbox - This gift is not for the faint hearted and definitely best for lovers of seriously hot food. This tiny little box contains chilli powders as hot as 2,000,000 SHU, including the 2013 world champion Scorpion Morunga and Ghost Powder. 
4. The Body Shop Modern Gents Fragrance Kit - Don't forget that men like nice-smelling fragrances and luxury shower products too (and many wouldn't buy them for themselves). If you would prefer to buy a ready made set rather than individual products, The Body Shop has this great little set which features a selection from their iconic White Musk range. Although not available as a gift set, the Kitsna range also has a great scent, with the hair and body wash being a best seller!
5. Dying Light - Okay, so technically only the pre-release of this game is on sale right now, and it wont be actually released until after Christmas ( the 27th of January to be precise) but it's always nice to have something to look forward to! If he loves zombies, he'll love this game!
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Cinema Tickets - The final instalment of this four part adaptation is now showing in cinemas so why not buy him some tickets? You could even be a bit cheeky and buy two tickets so you can go too!
7. Gourmet Chocolate Pizza - When everything else fails, you can never go wrong with food. This is actually something I bought my own pizza-loving boyfriend last year and he certainly seemed to like it as it did not last long. I even tried a little myself so I can vouch for the fact that it is absolutely delicious! These 'pizzas' are fashioned from Belgian chocolate and are available in a multitude of sizes with a variety of toppings. You can even create-your-own and select his favourite toppings (or yours if you're planning on stealing a slice or two).

What would you add to this list?

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

German Mandelbrot (Almond Biscuits) Recipe | Blogmas Day 9

If Christmas isn't the time to bake, when is? This recipe is one that my father's girlfriend often bakes and she has allowed me to share it with my lovely readers! These biscuits are very easy to make and absolutely delicious. Beware, they are very moreish - I for one can eat a hell of a lot before I get full. *ahem* The almonds make them healthy, right?


     . 250g almonds blanched and peeled
     . 200g very soft/ partially melted butter
     . 2 eggs
     . 350g caster sugar
     . 3 tbsp cinnamon
     . 500g flour
     . 3/4g baking powder
     . Big mixing bowl
     . Grease proof paper
     . Hand mixer

German Mandelbrot Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/ Gas Mark 4).
  2. Mix the baking powder and flour together and put aside.
  3. In a second small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon and put aside.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl and slowly add in the sugar and cinnamon mix.
  5. Mix in the butter.
  6. Add flour and baking powder mix and continue mixing. It will now be rather thick and rather difficult to mix but try to get it to a smooth consistency - if the mixture is too thick for the hand mixer, use your hands to knead it..
  7. Finally, add the almonds , ensuring they are fairly evenly mixed.
  8. Form the dough into two long, narrow loaves. Wrap the loaves in greaseproof paper and place them in the freezer. They can be stored in this way until you fancy popping a few biscuits in the oven (we always have a loaf or two stored in the freezer).
  9. Once the loaves are completely hard (usually a few hours will do, but it's best to leave them overnight) put your loaves on a chopping board and cut 3mm thick slices and place on a baking tray. One loaf produces quite a lot of biscuits so I'd recommend baking one and storing the other.
  10. Bake the slices for 7-10 mins. If your slices are thicker they may need a little longer. The biscuits should still be slightly soft when you take them out of the oven and will harden as they cool.
What's your favourite thing to bake during the holiday season?
I'd love to know if you make these biscuits! Tweet me @elesaurusrawr

Today's advent calendar is the first necklace and probably my favourite piece of jewellery so far!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

2014 in Photos | Blogmas Day 8

2014 in Photos
All too quickly, 2014 is coming into an end and so, in this post, I hope to share with you the highlights of my year. Frustratingly, I broke my laptop and lost the majority of my photos rather recently, making this post quite difficult to put together but I've managed to find some pictures to represent snippets of the past year.
  • In early June Elesaurus was born which now makes my blog 6 months old! Pictured is my original blog design before I began playing around with HTML. My blog has come so far in such a short space of time in both quality and reach. Check out my first ever post here.
  • In May I turned 18 and officially reached 'adulthood' - cue the quarter life crisis(Which is definitely a thing. I checked.). I had an amazing day shopping at Camden Market and my parents had the cutest little cake made for me...although it did feature the words 'happy old personhood' which I didn't find quite as amusing as they did.
  • Halloween! Yes, I know this comes every year and isn't special to 2014 but, childish as I am, I cannot resist any opportunity to dress up. Take a look back at my Halloween OOTD Post.
  • In September I made the big step of moving to London for university to study a course in Primary Education. I'm pictured here with my little brother on the day I moved into halls. I am thoroughly enjoying being independent and living with my new flatmates, despite the eeny weeny kitchen which all eight of us are forced to share!
  • The final picture was only taken on Saturday when I had an amazing day out in Covent Garden with Katie Snooks and 3 other lovely bloggers, shopping for makeup and having high tea at Laduree. Prior to this, I had never actually had the opportunity to meet with other bloggers, always either being busy during blogger events or being unaware of them til they had passed. So if you know of any upcoming blogging events, I'd love to know!
What were your highlights in 2014?

Today's advent calendar window is a pair of faux peal earrings:

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Christmas Wishlist | Blogmas Day 7

Today's topic for the Big Blogmas Project is a gift wishlist and was probably my favourite to research and write thus far - if there's one thing I love it's window/online shopping. Most of the products mentioned are ones I'm extremely unlikely to receive but a girl can dream, right? Perhaps Santa is feeling especially generous this year.

Christmas Wishlist

1. Urban Decay Glide On Pencil Set -  After seeing this set in Urban Decay's new Covent Garden Store, I am in love. This cute little set is so beautifully packaged and a great range of colours. It costs £35 which works out as only £3.50 per pencil - such a bargain! I'm almost certainly buying this after Christmas even if I don't receive it.
2. Canon EOS 70D - What blogger/YouTuber would say no to an expensive camera? As much as I adore my little bridge camera, I'd love to experiment with an EOS. However, if anyone bought me this camera they'd probably also have to figure out how to use it....
3. Kindle Book Cover - I know I have already mentioned these book covers in my gift guide for women but, as a lover of books and all things vintage/ vintage style, it had to go on my wishlist too! My kindle screen already has 2 cracks in so it's high time I got a cover and these have the most beautiful designs.
4. Mac Ruby Woo Lipstick - Terrible beauty blogger that I am, I have never actually owned a MAC lipstick (shameful, I know). As someone who often goes for bold lipsticks, especially vibrant reds, I have my eye on the shade Ruby Woo.
5. Nina Ricci L'Elixir - With its gorgeous fruity smell and beautiful bottle design, this is a perfume which I have been lusting after since it came out. Honestly, I'm not sure why I haven't bought it myself...perhaps I finally should.
6. Christian Louboutins - Does anything really need to be said here? I doubt I would be able to walk in them, nor would want to for fear of scuffing them and ruining the sole but could I have them anyway, pretty please?

Today's advent calendar window is a pair of earrings to match yesterday's bracelet:

What are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Lush Snow Fairy | Blogmas Day 6

Today's topic for the Big Blogmas Project is 'Cosy Winter Nights' so I feel that it's pretty appropriate for me to be wearing my pyjamas and drinking hot chocolate as I write this post. To me, a cosy winter night means a very long bath with a good book - living in halls for the past few months with the absence of a bath has been pure torture! One of my favourite Winter bath (or shower!) products is one of Lush's seasonal classics - Snow Fairy!

Lush Snow Fairy Review

Snow Fairy is very much a shower gel for those that prefer sweeter smells, and it may prove to be a little too sickly for some. The scent is one of candyfloss and bubblegum and is extremely strong - after using this shower gel you're going to smell like Snow Fairy for the rest of the day. For this reason, I actually prefer to use Snow Fairy as a shampoo rather than a shower gel as it really makes your hair smell incredible! However, if you're planning on wearing perfume on a particular day, it may be best to avoid using Snow Fairy.

As with all of Lush's products, Snow Fairy is comprised of all natural and cruelty free ingredients. It is very bright pink and with a touch of glitter which adds a magical, festive feel (don't worry though, the glitter washes off along with the shower gel rather than remaining on the skin). Snow Fairy's creamy formula lathers very well and, although not very moisturising in the past, has been reformulated this year to include seaweed in order to soften the skin.

A 250g bottle will cost you only £6.25 and a little goes a long way so it really does last you a long time, making this product an absolute bargain.

If you're a fan of Snow Fairy, Lush have reduced a few products over the years which have the same scent as this Christmas bestseller:
Snow Fairy Gift Set - If you or a friend are, like me, a Snow Fairy addict, why not buy the whole gift set for only £22.50?
Godmother Soap - Do you love the smell of Snow Fairy but aren't a fan of shower gels? Don't worry, it also comes in soap form(and this isn't seasonal!).
Snow Fairy Sparkle - If you're looking for a product featuring glitter that does linger on the skin, this shimmer bar is perfect for you.

Today's advent calendar window is a simple heart bracelet (and the first bracelet so far!)

What's your favourite seasonal Lush product/ bath product?

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Current Favourite Reads | Blogmas Day 5

Favourite Books

For as long as I can remember I have always been a complete bookwork, but in recent years I must admit I have been reading far less than I used to. However, after dropping and thus breaking my laptop, (which was thankfully fixed just in time for Blogmas) I found myself with very little to do to pass the time. Naturally I turned to books and rediscovered my love of reading, devouring book upon book in mere days. In today's post, I share with you two of the novels which I have read recently and have absolutely loved - I'd recommend them to anyone!

Two years after reporting her husband and children as missing only for them to return that same day, Olivia Brookes herself has disappeared without a trace along with every family picture in the house. 
Although previously more of a fan of fantasy novels, after reading books such as Gone Girl, my tastes have completely changed; I am loving thrillers and crime novels! This is the first of Rachel Abbott's books that I have read but I'm certain that it shall not be the last. There are some truly chilling moments!
This is far from predictable and reader is constantly kept in a state of uncertainty; you wont know what to believe! The story is told from multiple point of views as the mystery of Olivia's disappearance is uncovered - Robert's (the husband), Olivia's, and the detective's in charge of the case.
At only £2.99 in the Kindle Store, this is perfect if you're looking for a cheap read!

This book tells the quirky story of Alan who, as the title suggests, climbs out of the window and flees from the old people's home on the very day of his hundredth birthday. The narrative alternates between Alan's past and the present day, telling of adventures which can truly only be found in a novel, his expertise on explosives having lead him to meet such historical and political figures as Winston Churchill and Mao Tse Tung (despite his much-voiced aversion to politics). This eccentric centurian is a truly endearing and well-developed character with a unique approach to life.
A somehow light-hearted and humorous book despite featuring murder, theft, and a suitcase full of money, this is a story that will teach you not to take life too seriously.

In today's advent calendar window is this pair of padlock earrings in the shape of hearts!

What books have you been reading recently?

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Decoration Wishlist | Blogmas Day 4

Christmas Decoration Wishlist

There's nothing like some decorations to get you in the festive spirit and this year I'm aching to throw away my student loan on a houseful decorations! Here are some of top Christmas decoration picks.

1. Owl Ornament - Anyone that knows me well will know that I have a bit of a thing for owls so of course I had to sneak a little owl ornament into this wishlist! How cute is this one, all dressed up in a Santa hat and scarf?
2. Personalised Christmas Sack - I'm not sure that this can technically be called a decoration but I couldn't resist including it none-the-less. I love the fact that it's designed to look like a mail sack and it can also be personalised to feature the owner's name. I know I'm a bit old for visits from Santa Claus but can I have one of these anyway, please?!
3. Wooden Advent Calender - This is a great alternative to the little £1 cardboard calendars you might buy from the supermarket. Perfect for counting down the days to Christmas and a great piece of decor too, featuring LED lights.
4. Pre-lit Snowman - How cute is this snowman? It's a meter tall, tacky, unnecessary, and takes up too much room but I love it!
5. Gold Feather Glass Bauble - This bauble is simple and elegant with a gorgeous feather design. It's solid, monochrome colour prevents it from being too gaudy but the touch of glitter will add some glitz to your Christmas tree.

Today's advent calender window is knot earrings to match yesterday's midi ring.

How have you decorated your house this Christmas?

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Christmas Tag | Blogmas Day 3

The Christmas Tag
I'll admit it, I wasn't technically tagged to do this post but why not? After a lovely lunch out with my flatmates to exchange presents before we go home for Christmas, I'm feeling particularly festive today and very excited for today's Blogmas post!

1. What is your favorite Christmas Movie/s?
Oh what an evil question, as if I could pick one! The Grinch was always a childhood favourite and I love The Nativity too.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas day of course! I always assumed that's what everyone did.

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
This isn't really a memory of a particular year but I have fond memories of waking up to feel the weight of my presents at the end of my bed and the excitement of, in that waking moment, realising that Father Christmas had visited. 

4. Favourite festive food?
Mince Pies of course!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
That would definitely have to be the candyfloss maker I got when I was 6. It took a million years to make the tiniest amount of candyfloss but I loved it nonetheless.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel! I look forward to it every year <3

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I'm not sure that I have any traditions which are specific to my family but in recent years I've had Pain Au Chocolats for breakfast on Christmas day (and on birthdays too).

8. What tops your tree?
This may make me sound like a bit of a granny but it's an angel I crocheted myself, using a very small crochet hook so that it would look lacy. To attain the rigid shape, I covered it in PVA glue and placed it over a funnel to keep its shape as it dried.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
Not extravagant but it was certainly unrealistic - I always begged for a kitten. I'd still very much like one actually!

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Perhaps not the most apt description but I love the sensory experiences which trigger nostalgic and sentimental feelings - the Christmas songs, the smell of tinsel and all that other lovely stuff.

Today's advent calendar window is this little knot midi ring. 

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Women's Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 2

Women's Gift Guide

Day two of the Big Blogmas Project and my first gift guide post! With the start of December comes the mad dash to crammed shopping centres in order to find that perfect gift for friend or family member. To make the process a little less painful, here are my suggestions for gifts for women.

1. Lush Snow Fairy Gift Box - Bath stuff is most people's go-to gift for women when in doubt and if you're going down this route, it has to be Lush! This year, Lush is selling a gift box of their seasonal favourite, Snow Fairy. And how cute is that packaging?!
2. Design Your Own Star Necklace - For a more personal touch and a more unique gift, this necklace can be designed to your liking with a variety of gold and silver charms.
3. Reversible Scarf - It is officially cosy season so what better gift than a warm scarf? This scarf is reversible, with a dogtooth pattern on one side and tartan on the other. This particular scarf is £14.99 from New Look but if you're after a cheaper alternative, I've spotted a very similar one in Primark!
4. Urban Decay Naked Palette - This palette is a staple and ideal both for makeup addicts and occasional wearers. As well as being incredibly pigmented, these neutral shades are perfect for creating both natural and dramatic looks.
5. Kindle Book Cover - This is a perfect gift for avid readers, especially those who love classic novels. These gorgeous covers are available in the style of a number of classic book covers and are handmade with traditional book binding techniques.
6. Her Favourite Perfume - When in doubt, why not get something they like and use regularly? At this time of year, there are plenty of perfume gift sets on the shelves. *Ahem* I love Nina Ricci L'Elixir if anyone was wondering...
7. A Spa Day - As we so often forget, gifts don't have to be tangible objects; gifts can be experiences. Perhaps the most obvious option for such a gift is a spa day - no matter who they are, no-one's going to say no to a little relaxation! As we are so often reminded by cheesy and annoying adverts, websites like Wowcher and Groupon have a great range of affordable experience gifts,

Today's advent window is another pair of stud earrings, this time some cute little hearts:

What have you bought for the women in your life this Christmas?

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Monday, 1 December 2014

I'm blogging everyday of December! - Blogmas Day 1

The Big Blogmas Project
It is officially the month of December and how slowly it has come, yet at the same time how quickly. I feel as if I have been waiting and waiting with barely concealed and rather childish excitement yet it has somehow snuck up on me!

For this special time of year, I shall be joining 91 other lovely bloggers in taking part in the Big Blogmas Project, posting daily not only until Christmas but for the whole of December. Rather than launch straight into the project, I thought I'd cheat a little and for my first post give you all a little prewarning - you're about to be bombarded with all manner of Christmas and Winter related posts!

In all honesty I am both excited and terrified, never having attempted daily blogging before. I'm more of a spur-of-the-moment blogger than a scheduler, blogging only when inspiration hits or the mood takes me. As such,this month shall certainly be a challenge but I am determined to follow through!I have only four days left of lectures, (most of) my gifts bought and wrapped, and nothing to do but write. This will be easy..right?

On a final note, after lusting after them last year I could not resist buying  jewellery advent calendar. Such calendars usually aren't exactly practical for those on a student budget or the otherwise broke. However, I was over the moon to find one for only £5 marked down from an already cheap £10. Thank goodness for Primark! In order for you to join me in the countdown for Christmas, I ill be ending each post with a picture of that day's calendar window. To kick it off, today's is this gorgeous pair of bird earrings which I of course immediately put on!:

Are you taking part in the Big Blogmas Project? Leave me a link to your blog/first post so I can have a read!

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