Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

Seen as it's Christmas Eve and the big guy will already be making his way around the world delivering gifts it's obviously the perfect time to share The Christmas Tag. So I'm sharing with you my excitement for the big day tomorrow and wishing you all a Merry Christmas...
1. On a scale of 1-10 how much are you in the Christmas mood?
Christmas is always a very exciting time of the year for me, no matter how old you are it's great to get into the spirit. I'm definitely a 9, creeping up to a 10 at this point!
2. When wrapping presents is it a fail or are you a pro?
I must admit I'm a present wrapping genius, I get strangely satisfied by creasing the edges of the paper. I love using fabric bows and my bow tying is on point this year. So everyone in my family expect a neatly wrapped bow.
3. When did you put your Christmas decorations up and do you do anything special while putting them up? 
As we have been having an extension done in our house this has delayed the usual tree putting up. Ours went up around the 10th of December, all in good time. It's always my job to put the angel on but this year the decorating was all my responsibility.

4. Do you get dressed up or stay in your pjs on Christmas day? 
In the morning I'll be in my pyjamas whilst present opening. But it's really lovely to get dressed up for dinner and make a big occasion of it. If you can't get dressed up at Christmas when can you?
5. What would be your dream place to go during the Christmas season?
 I remember one Christmas my Mum, Dad, Brother and I went to Florida. I was really against the idea as It wouldn't be like a normal Christmas but I had the best time ever. Christmas at Disney is so magical! But I'd be anywhere on Christmas as long as I was with my loved ones!
6. What is your Christmas tree decorated like?
My Christmas tree this year is god and purple with fairy lights and pretty gold bows. I've always been for a traditional tree and I hate the idea of tinsel!

7. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeers? ( without googling ) 
Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Donnert and Blitzen? Is that them  all who have I missed? How many reindeers does he even have?
 8. Are you on the naughty list or the nice list this year? ( be honest ) 
The nice list of course :)
 9. Name three things you love to do coming up to Christmas? 
1. Visiting family
2. Christmas films
3. Decorating the house!
 10. Any Christmas Wishes?
Happiness, health and good fortune for my family! We've been through a lot this year and I know Christmas without my Nanna will be tough but my family are troopers! So much love for them.
 11. Name 10 Christmas songs you love? 
10 is far too many!! Let's just name a few:
1. I wish it could be Christmas
2. Fairytale of New York
3. Merry Christmas Everyone
4. Anything Buble
5. My Only Wish
12. Name 3 Christmas movies you love? 
1.Home Alone
2. The Grinch
3. Jack Frost
13. Do you like white lights or coloured? 
White, always!!
14. Which do you like a little better, Christmas day or Christmas eve?
This is tough. Christmas Eve I love because of the whole build up to the big day. Everyone is the festive spirit and it's a day I spend visiting family and friends. But Christmas Day is just so nice to spend time with the family, exchanging gifts and just a real happy time!
15. What is your favourite Christmas make-up look to wear? 
For Christmas I usually like a gold eye with a red lipstick but not Christmas dinner! Go check out my last post which has my Christmas Party makeup tutorial!
16. Right now as you're answering these questions, how long is it till Christmas?
Well it's 20:12 which means Santa will be coming in 3 hours!
17. Do you have any present you open before Christmas day?
Being a teacher I get presents from children at school, usually chocolates and mugs. They're the only ones I open!
18. Name three things on your Christmas list?
1. Breville Blend Active
2. A new hairdryer
3. Happiness :)
19. Your having a down day, Your not in the Christmas mood. What do you do to change your mood and become Christmas happy? 
Watch a good Christmas film, usually a classic home alone or Jingle All The Way. Or play a few Christmas tunes and play some silly games with the family. Today we played the game from Celebrity juice which is like word association but you can't show your teeth... hilarious!
20. What is the best thing on your plate when you have your Christmas dinner? 
As a none-red meat eater, definitely not the pigs in blankets. Usually a few roasts and carrots... how exciting am I!!
 I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Tag. Let me know if you've done any Christmas posts as I'd love to check them out! I wish you all such a Merry Christmas and hope you all have the happiest day! xxx
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Get Ready With Me

Hello lovelies, hope you all had a lovely weekend. I know that besides Motivational Monday posts, I never post on a Monday. But because it's Christmas, I thought I'd bring you my Christmas Get Ready With Me, just in time for Christmas Parties and nights out. I'd love to hear about your Christmas looks and let me know what you thought of this. I'm also thinking of doing a 12 days of Christmas, where I blog everyday over the 12 days. What do you think about this? Hope you enjoy the video...
Love Laura
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Stocking Fillers

To conclude my Christmas Gift Guides, I'm bringing you the best of the Stocking Fillers. A selection of some of my favourite beauty and fashion bits which are all under £20! Perfect for treating your loved ones or for putting down on your own lists to good old St Nick. I definitely got carried away with this, so I tried so hard to narrow it down to just 13. I hope you enjoy my picks of the best Stocking Fillers. Also, sorry that I didn't post a video this week,  don't worry thought because this weekend I am filming my Christmas Party look ready for next week!
Christmas isn't complete without a pair of socks! These are the cutest little slipper socks with a pretty polka-dot reindeer design. Perfect to keep your little toes snug for the festive period.
From the beauty range of a huge beauty guru, these lashes are perfect for the party season. The perfect lashes for Christmas parties, New Years celebrations or for a hot date! I'd be very happy to see these in my stocking on Christmas day.
A perfect dupe for the Naked 3 Palette but at a fraction of a price. This is perfect for those first starting their make-up collection or those who like me, can't resist a good eyeshadow. The shadows are beautifully pigmented and have great staying power with or without a primer.
An ASOS exclusive consisting of Benefit's Posie Tint and High Beam, giving you beautifully flushed and highlighted cheeks. I'm so impressed with Benefit's gift sets this year, keep them coming.
A beautifully packaged product designed to lull you into a dreamy night's sleep whilst caring for the skin. An adorable little stocking filler.
This is the perfect moisturiser for the upcoming Winter months. With such a thick formula which has been dermalogically tested for dry skin and hemp seed oil to give you super moisturised and protected hands.
I'm pretty sure that everyone will have a lush product on their very own wish lists this Christmas. This bath bomb is infused with beautiful citrus scents and is in the cutest little present shape!
The Debut Novel from the Youtube Phenomenon Zoella (Zoe Sugg). There's been so much criticism surrounding this book but as one of my favourite youtubers and with it hitting number 1 before it was even released I have to read!
A perfect treat for your loved ones, consisting of a deep cleansing cream, body cream, hand salve, lip balm and foot cream. All beautifully scented, naturally created and great ways to try out the brand.
Described as a bridal-duo set, although the colours are just perfect statement nudes ideal for anyone. Eternal Optimist is a beautiful warm spiced polish whereas Allure is a seductive sheer colour.
Bourjois make the most beautifully pigmented lip colours for great prices. This gift set is no exception, three beautifully pigmented and silky shades designed to last.
The perfect Winter hat, a cable knit design with the cutest fur pom pom! To keep you super warm it also has a fleece lining. 
The prettiest rings for the party season and you get 8 for only £2.99. In both silver and gold, you can mix and match and wear on the bottom or middle of the fingers.
Will you be buying any of these stocking fillers? What are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking this year?

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Glamorous Waves with The Cloud Nine Wand | Planet Hair & Beauty

I was recently asked by my favourite hair salon, Planet Hair and Beauty, to go along and try their new Cloud Nine Curling Wand. Having heard so much about this range and so many raving reviews of the Touch Straighteners and The O, I knew this tool wasn't going to disappoint.
Matrix Oil Wonders Oil | £12.99 | Shampoo | £7.95 | Conditioner | £8.95 | Available at Planet Hair & Beauty *
After having my hair washed with the New Matrix Oil Wonders range, which by the way smells absolutely amazing! My hairdresser then ran the Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Alma Strengthening Oil through the lengths of my hair, which was soon to make my hair glisten but also deliver optimum softness and strength. This oil is definitely on my wish list, I can't even begin to describe how amazing it smelt, like an expensive perfume but with the undertones of ginger and spice! After a quick blow dry, my hair was perfectly prepped, smelling amazing and ready to go.
The Cloud Nine Wand | £99.95 | Available at Planet Hair & Beauty *
The wand itself is definitely aesthetically pleasing, sleek and comes beautifully packaged. Heat control is easy with the 3 level temperature setting, allowing you to create tight vintage curls or more softer glamorous waves. The good thing about wands is just how easy and versatile they are to use! Another bonus is that it comes with a heat glove, so burnt skin (something I know too well about) will be a thing of the past. The wand heats up super quick and is definitely easier than a clamp barrel. My hairdresser created these beautiful, effortless waves by curling and spraying with hairspray as she went along. Then leaving the hair to cool before brushing out the curls into soft, beautiful waves. I feel like I have hair from a magazine! Never did I think my hair would look so glamorous and shiny.
Cloud Nine Touch Straighteners | £95.99 | Available at Planet Hair and Beauty*
Another product in the range is the Cloud Nine Touch Straightener, an award winning iron with mineral infused plates that glide smoothly through the hair, resulting in beautifully conditioned and highly polished locks. Also beautifully packaged with the cutest little black and blue limited edition heatproof style case.

 Have you tried any of The Cloud Nine range? What are your favourite styling tools?
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | The Beauty Edit

Hi lovelies! Hope you've all enjoyed the first week of December. With Christmas in under 3 weeks I'm sure many of us have already got some of our Christmas presents. But for those of you who just don't know what to buy your loved ones or want some beauty bits for your own wishlists I've put together some of my favourite beauty picks! From lipsticks to hair products, there's definitely something for you beauty lovers out there.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons Gift Set | £16.00 | link
I love how soap and glory describe their lip products as like a push up bra for your lips! This set consists of three gorgeous glosses, one a bright pink, one orange and a beautiful berry. Perfect for all year round!
WAH London The Nail Edit Dreamy Days Kit | £23.00 | link
The ultimate nail gift set from the ultimate nail salon. If you follow their instagram you'll know what I mean. This kit comes with everything you need to create beautiful nails with 3 pastel colours, palm tree and peace stickers and sponges (to create the ombre nail look).
Bumble and Bumble Make it Big Set | £21.50 | link
A great gift set for any type of hair, complete with a full size Thickening Hairspray with a 50ml Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. This would be amazing to create big New Years Eve hair!
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set | £30.00 | link
This is such a lovely skin and beauty set with the original energy-boosting moisturiser and refreshing eye cream. But with the added bonus of a pretty berry lip balm and brightening mascara in a cute little makeup bag. The essential set for all you glow-getters.
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Powder Set | £29.50 | link

In my opinion the best gift set from Benefit but also the hardest ever to get your mitts on! It features a set of 6 blushes including: hoola, dandelion, CORAlista, watts' up, bella bamba, rockateur and sugarbomb. The ultimate blush set for when you don't know what colour to choose! The set also includes watt's up soft-focus highlighter to illuminate your cheekbones too!
Mac Lipstick | £15.00 | link
Mac make the best lipsticks and there are so many shades you're bound to find one for Christmas! My picks would be rebel (a deep vampy purple), ruby woo (a perfect red for Christmas) or impassioned (a gorgeous pink).
Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette | £45.00 | link
Definitely a luxury Christmas gift rather than a stocking filler but look how beautiful it is! It includes 'three natural-looking shades that enliven the complexion; create the ultimate healthy glow with the Bronzing Powder; and give skin a light-reflecting radiance with the Highlighting Blush.' With some of Nars' best sellers such as laguna and deep throat it's a great palette which if you were to buy the products separate it would equate to £117!
TIGI Dumb Blonde Gift Pack | £19.95 | link
Bed Head make some of my favourite hair products and many a times I have used this set. Specially designed for blonde hair (they do have a brunette set too) it aims to repair and rejuvenate blonde colour treated hair. The perfect products for those who have highlighted or colour treated hair.
Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set | £56.95 | link
This has been on my own wish list for a while but I keep convincing myself I don't need any more brushes! But it's a great set for those who are wanting a whole new brush set or their first ever set. Beautifully finished with rose gold handles too, dreamy!
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Coded Eyeshadow Palette | £38.00 | link
The Charlotte Tilbury collection is just beautiful, so much so that I struggled to only pick one product from their range. The packaging is gorgeous and CT certainly knows how to create brilliant products. This palette (the glamour muse) is part of the colour coded range which are designed to suit different eye colours.  But look how beautiful the shades are, you should definitely check out the other palettes. I know I'd be super happy unwrapping this on Christmas day.
Lush Festive Friends Gift Set | £14.50 | link
Lush have so many amazing gift sets, boxed up, beautifully wrapped and ready to go! This gift set is perfect for me, consisting of two bubble bars and two bath bombs, Christmassy themed of course. If you're more into their soaps or massage bars though these are included in some of the other boxes. There's so many to choose from so you'll definitely find one for you or your loved ones!
I hope you all enjoyed this beauty gift guide. Are any of these picks on your own Christmas lists? What are your top beauty picks for Christmas?

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November Favourites

Hi lovelies! I'm very sorry this video was so late, I've been having quite a few problems with uploading recently, why does it take so long! Anyhow, it's here! I promised you in October that I'd be bringing you a video for my November favourites so here it is. November has been a good month for me beauty wise but skin wise not so good. By this I'm meaning how dry my skin has suddenly got and how much moisturising I've been doing recently. I explain it all in the video below. Hope you enjoy and leave me comments for what Christmas videos and blog posts you'd like to see!
Love Laura
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