Oh my, Sephora. What have you done to my eyes. I have been browsing (as you do) on Sephora and I always tend to look and NEVER BUY. I think I have only ever ordered once from Sephora and I can’t even remember what it was that I bought lol.
This Christmas I have started looking for presents for others – you know, I’m selfless like that (tsch). But along the way, we have all been there when we see products that we think – hmm I would quite like that! So I thought I’d show you my coveted products here 🙂
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART – omfg this looks so good. I want this so bad! This would be the most versatile contour, highlight and blush palette AND it would have a massive mirror. What more do you need?
I have an obsession with dainty jewellery, particularly necklaces and earrings. I think there’s something so beautiful about a slim, delicate chain with a small, simple pendant. On asian skin as well, bright golds and silvers look really pretty!
The shops that I think are best for dainty, delicate jewellery are probably the usual suspects: Accessorize, H & M, and Topshop! I think gold is my favourite style, with silver and copper coming a close second. I have a picked a selection of my MOST favourite pieces for you to peruse below:
This necklace is my most recent purchase, from H & M (I think it was around £4.99). This is quite a pale coppery colour, and it has a really thin chain and a simple horse shoe and circle design. The only thing I get annoyed about is untangling it!
This is one of my favourites 🙂 this necklace I bought when I went to Turkey with my sister. The shop was quite big, but it was run by a very old man with a white beard and shuffly sandals on. This is a REALLY thin gold ball style chain, with a bright blue and silver round pendant. The chain is so delicate that I have to be quite careful with it as I’m always scared it’ll snap!
I’m so pleased with how this photo turned out! This necklace is a beautiful chain with triangular amethyst stones. I like how there are 5 (an odd number always looks very satisfying) and the chain again is very dainty and thin. I love the bright purple of the stones against the coppery/gold chain.
This last necklace is from Accessorise, part of their ‘Z’ collection. The jewellery from the ‘Z’ range is a bit more expensive, but the pieces are usually so beautiful and dainty that I think it’s definitely worth it. The stones on this necklace are like a light aqua blue, so set against the bright almost yellowy gold it’s really striking. Something about it makes me think of Greece, they carry that style through to the packaging and font in the range design so I love that all the pieces are designed within the same style.
What is your favourite from the bunch? Or are you the opposite and loving in your face blingy necklaces and earrings?!
We all know that there are a few struggles we all have to deal with on a daily basis, and this post just rounds up some of the ABSOLUTE ORDEALS I have had to go through over the past few months.
ORDEAL #1 – CLOTHES SIZES IN DIFFERENT SHOPS –
I love a bit of online shopping, but what I hate is that the problem of inconsistent sizing between physical high street stores is somewhat amplified when you are shopping online. Cue me choosing a size 8 dress that would probably fit on my arm, rather than my whole body. In my brain I am thinking, ‘Hang on a second, in DOROTHY PERKINS I can fit into a size 8.’ Welllll that’s because in Dorothy’s Fashion Empire their size 8’s are already like tents. I’m sure all ladies of different sizes can relate to this inconsistency. Sort it out, you shops you.
ORDEAL #2 – BEAUTY BRANDS DISCONTINUING YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT –
Although beauty brands are amazing and innovative, they are also fickle players. The reason I say this, is that you could buy an item, absolutely LOVE it, and after a few months go to repurchase and they have discontinued the foofing thing.
I encountered this loss when I went to my local Boots to repurchase a 17 nail polish in the most beautiful sea weed green glitter. To my dismay, I saw a crap aqua glitter replacement that had none of the beauty of it’s predecessor. Take a look at my lost love below:
ORDEAL #3 – WHEN THAT INGENIOUS IDEA OF YOURS DOESN’T WORK –
So, you guys might not know this but I am an avid baker. I usually find a few staple recipes and stick to those, venturing out to sometimes change a recipe slightly to see if I can find the next better version of it.
Cue Coffee & Walnut…& Nutella fairy cakes. Well, I couldn’t just do the recipe, could I?!
I decided it would be a good idea to add a splodge of Nutella into each fairy cake, thinking it would melt and become a gooey paradise of chocolate goo.
Instead, it did hardened and sank to the bottom like dis:
ORDEAL # 4 – FINDING OUT THE FOOD YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE DISGUSTS YOU –
A nice day shopping out in Birmingham. Oh, let’s stop for breakfast shall we?! OKAI.
Oh, let’s try Eggs Benedict, I would love Hollandaise sauce.
No Roshni. No you would not.
The sauce is deceptive, in reality it is not savoury and delicious, it is a tangy hell hole of deceit.
ORDEAL #5 – WHEN YOU SEE A MASSIVE DOG AND WANT TO RIDE IT –
There isn’t really much explanation needed here.
You see a massive dog. Want to ride it. Realise you can’t. Cry.
ORDEAL #6 – WHEN YOU MEET ELSA FROM FROZEN IN REAL LIFE AND REALISE SHE’S SHITE –
So in ‘Frozen’, Elsa’s ‘Let It Go’ dress is FABULAMAZING.
When I met Elsa and Olaf in Chester town, her dress was, well, an atrocity.
Remember that odd sequin material you would get at primary school that you could use to stick onto drawings of mermaids?
Well basically she had a sheath of that pinned to a white long sleeved T shirt.
See for yourself!
What real life struggles have you ‘Pressers been encountering recently?!
Well, as you guys know it is that time of year to be merry and…cheer? This means we are in the full flow of the christmas build up. It definitely feels cold enough to snow in the UK and my car has been getting suitably icy in the mornings…and tomorrow I will be making mince pies!
This all adds up to the below thought running through my head:
I AM SO EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS AND PRESENTS AND CHRISTMAS!
I have been tagged by the brilliant LittleBitSoph, so without further ado let’s answer some christmas questions!!!
1) What is your favourite Christmas movie?
I have a few staple films that I have to watch that most people will know and love. The first one is Elf (my favourite bit in it being when Buddy discovers the chewing gum stuck under the railings…it grosses me out at the same time but it is hilarious!). Will Ferrel is amazing in it, and seeing the bit where he FABULISES Gimbles makes me feel all christmassy and decorate-y.
Miracle on 34th Street is also a film I love to watch, it has that girl who was in Matilda in it and a very convincing Father Christmas in Richard Attenborough’s fine display of acting. There’s nothing better than watching this curled up with a blanket and a cup of Nutella hot chocolate! (literally a massive spoonful of nutella with lots of milk microwaved).
2) Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
We ALWAYS open our presents on Christmas morning, if my sisters knew that I had opened any of their presents on Christmas Eve I’m sure they would be having words with me.
When we were little it was always me (being the youngest) going to jump on everyone still in bed and going ‘WAKE UPPPPP!’. This usually progressed to annoyance as we waited for my Dad to get up and come downstairs to open presents! And then my mum thrusting the black bin bag at us to quickly gather scrunched up dregs of wrapping paper…JOY
3) Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a fairly recent Christmas memory and typically it revolves around food. I am ALWAYS in charge of Christmas desserts, and last year I made an apple tarte tatin. The smell that engulfs the house is incredible, apply caramelly pastry-y goodness. We all gathered around the dining table as soon as it was put down, and leant over the dish gobbling it until it was all gone (we also ate it with ice cream which was amazing)!
Don’t let anyone tell you we aren’t classy…
4) Favourite festive food?
Mince pies are definitely up there (I say I make them but I basically use jarred mince meat-fruit and encase it in lovely short crust pastry). Other than that, SHEDLOADS of chocolate, garlic and rosemary roast potatoes and an amazing roast chicken.
5) Favourite Christmas gift?
It probably has to be the red and white Christmas onesie that my sister bought for me last year. I’m sure they only had a teenage sized one left so I can’t bend down in it but it sure is the comfiest thing that I own!
6) Favourite Christmas scent?
Hmm well it’s not really a ‘scent’ but I LOVE the smell of the amazing cooking and baking smells that fill our house around Christmas time. You can’t beat a Christmas dinner, and I particularly love baking when I’m off work because it makes our living room smell like a bakery. Can’t complain about that!
7) Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
To be honest we usually spend Christmas Eve preparing the food for the next day so that we don’t have to faff around Christmas morning. When I was younger though, we always used to put out a mince pie and a glass of brandy for Father Christmas (aka my dad). The sweetest thing was when my family would hack some chunks out of the carrot I would put out for the reindeer to make it look like they had had a little snack as they waited for Father Christmas to unload the presents :):):).
8) What tops your tree?
A giant gold star! Depending on who decorates the tree it can be a little wonky, but not if i’m around…
9) As a kid what was one of the crazy things you always asked for but never received?
Oh my goodness, get ready for this list, and let me know if you wanted them too:
An Elefun, a Blush Art, a Sticker Maker, a Tamagotchi and about a million things starred in the Argos catalogue 🙂
10) What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?
Hmmm, I think the best thing about Christmas for me is actually pretty selfish…having time off work!! I have always been very lucky and get around 2 weeks off for Christmas…which means shopping, baking and watching Christmas films!!!
I hope this post has made you feel Christmassy and reminisce about fond memories with your own families.
I’d like to tag a few fellow bloggers, please let me know if you get around to doing it! I’d like to read them 🙂
On a recent holiday to Mallorca, I was a bit naughty at duty free. As well as picking up a couple of Salted Almond Toblerones (YUM) for my two sisters, I also perused the make up counters.
I was originally looking for Clinique Take the Day off cleansing balm, but for some reason you can only seem to get it online. Then I stumbled across the YSL stand, and was very tempted by the glosses and lipsticks. I chose this Glossy Balm Crystal Colour in 12 – ‘Tasty Raspberry’ (whataname).
I can usually tell if a lipstick or gloss will suit me without having to swatch it, and the shimmery peach hue of this gloss balm looked right up my street. I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was pricey (I think I was too excited to remember). With gorgeous packaging, and a sheer, non-sticky finish it really is a great subtle gloss. Although, due to the price I am trying to wear it only on special occasions…but that hasn’t really worked recently :).