Monday, 26 December 2016

Quick Review: Yankee Candle's 'Happy Christmas' Tart

So because yesterday was Christmas, I thought it was fitting to try out my Yankee Candle Wax Tart in Happy Christmas. When I first opened the packet the scent hit me straight away and it smelled so good! It smelled slightly like spiced apple and cinnamon. When we started burning it it melted very quickly and the room smelt gorgeous almost instantly! It's a great winter scent and I think it was perfect for Christmas day. I'm sure this candle was on sale on the Yankee Candle website so I definitely recommend it for winter! Also, it says the estimated burning time is 8 hours but in my house it's been burning WAY longer than that and it's still got loads left!


Friday, 23 December 2016

What Christmas Means To Me...

I created this post after Nourish Me posted an inspiration post and I thought it was a great idea (see her blog here...) because to be honest, Christmas does mean a lot of different things to me and I think it will be really nice to share these with you...

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NOTW 15: Classy Christmas Tree Nails

I love, love, LOVE doing Christmas designs, and although my favourite thing is trying to create my own designs, it's sometimes easier just to use the inspiration of others! I've seen this type of design all over my Instagram and I thought I'd give it a go, as it looks classy but easy to do at the same time. I used Sinful Colors' 'Envy' as my green base and waited for that to dry. I then used some strips of tape and placed them on my nails to leave a triangle of nail free and went in using my gold Lumiere polish (which I featured in my 'Top 5 Nail Colours for Christmas Time!' post). I used a few layers of that to make sure the tree was visible and then removed the tape and finished with my Essence top coat! I think it turned out quite well, I wish I'd have used a few more layers of my glitter though, because although it's visible, I think I'd have like it to be a bit bolder! I definitely love this type of design for Christmas time and I think a great way to finish this off would have been to add a little star to the top of tree! Perfect!

Happy Christmas!

Friday, 16 December 2016

NOTW 14: Reindeer Antler Nails

I fancied doing something a little different for my nail design this week, because although I love the traditional Christmas nail designs I wanted to try something else and thought these looked both kind of classy and fun at the same time!
I used 3 coats of my Primark Embellished polish (I can't remember the shade name) for all fingers bar my ring finger. On my ring finger for the base I used my Sally Hansen in the shade 'Dune' and used my Essie 'Glamour Purse' and a small dotting tool to create the antlers. I loved how simple it looked but wanted to add a bit more sparkle so I used my Barry M in 'Diamond Glitter' over the top and it looked like tiny little flakes of snow! As always, I finished off with my Essence top coat and my Essence Quick Dry Drops!
Overall I think this looked really pretty and subtle and I'm happy with how they look. They're a nice way to create a Christmas design without being too in your face!


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Tag!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?
My favourite Christmas film hands down has to be Jack Frost! I adore this film and watch it each year, and each year it makes me cry! It's such a nice film to watch.

2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I think I have had a couple, but I can't remember exactly when. The weather in England is so messed up that I'm surprised we haven't done the same as Australia and had a BBQ Christmas! (I don't know if they actually do this... just from what people say!) But back on topic, I don't remember an exact year of a white Christmas, but there have been a few years where it's snowed around Christmas time, which was nice.

3.Where do you usually spend your holiday?
I usually spend it with my family. My mom and dad have been split up for many years but I usually swap each year on where I stay for the night, even though I see them both on Christmas. This year I'm spending it with my boyfriend though, which is exciting!

4.What is your favourite Christmas song?
I absolutely love The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York. I know a lot of people don't like this song but every time I hear this I can't help but sing along because it gets me in such a Christmassy mood!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Me and my mom used to have a tradition where I was allowed to open up one present on Christmas Eve, the rest had to be opened on Christmas Day! It always got me in the mood for Christmas, but also got me restless since I wanted to see what else I got!

6. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer?
I'm not even going to try because the answer is no... which is kind of shocking! I think I'm going to make myself learn them...

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
Seeing all my family. We don't really have many traditions with my family at Christmas, we tend to make it up depending on who is where! One thing we do tend to do though is visit all the family that we rarely see throughout the rest of the year. We usually go to my Aunties and everyone comes to visit.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Ours is fake. It's black and has tinsel type branches. It looks really pretty with our fairy lights around it! We tend to keep it simple and don't decorate it too much.

9.What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
This is actually a difficult one... Even though they're not exactly seasonal I love my Celebrations chocolates around this time of year! I only tend to get them around now, so they always get me in the Christmas mood. Another not-so-seasonal favourite I relate to this time of year is Wensleydale with Cranberries cheese. I suppose the cranberries do make it more seasonal but it is available all throughout the year! It tastes so creamy and I love it on crackers with our little pick n mix tables with the leftovers from dinner. Mmm!

10. Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Well, of course I love receiving gifts! I always get excited to see what people have got for me. I'm one of those people who honestly doesn't care about the price as long as you bought it for the fact it made you think of me, or you thought I'd like it! If someone pays £2 for something that they think I'd like, I much prefer that to if someone pays £30 for something just because it's more expensive! I do actually love buying gifts too though! I find it so fun to find what I think people would want and enjoy! It's just so nice to give the people you're close to something that you have thought about and think they will like. So in terms of the question, I think I enjoy both equally.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
Again this is another difficult question... I think I have to say my puppy (who is now 10 or 11...). That was a great present... Or my drum kit... they were amazing too!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I haven't really thought about visiting anywhere else for Christmas. I love being with my family too much and I don't think I'd be able to leave them for the Christmas season. I wouldn't mind going to Germany again though and because of the hype with the German Christmas market here, I'm wondering if it would be as amazing in Germany! So that may be one to add to the Christmas list ;)

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
If the presents are a simple shape, then I can happily and proudly say that I am a pretty decent wrapper! if the shape goes anything outside the norm, I tend to struggle a bit but still give it a good go! And please. Don't. Overdo. The. SELOTAPE!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
There are quite a few. I always remember spending it with my aunty, her partner, and my dad. I remember the one year when I was pretty young, she said she'd bought us a tea set, with mugs and a teapot and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed! Turns out it was a PS2 for me and my dad and I was so so excited! We ended up setting it up and playing most of the day! It was such a good time. I also remember when I got given my drum kit, for months my dad had been saying that we can't get drums because of our neighbours, and that he was just going to get a small drum machine for mine and his small band. I went to bed on Christmas eve with no drum kit in site and my uncle was staying round for the night. I woke up the next morning before everyone else (my dad and uncle had a hearty amount to drink on the eve!) and went downstairs to find a whole electronic drum kit set up waiting for me! I burst into tears and started screaming, I hadn't even noticed my uncle asleep on the sofa! I ran upstairs and threw myself on my dad sobbing with happiness! I think it also made his day... There are so many other good Christmas memories I have, but those jumped out at me first.

15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I'm not really sure, I think I just faded out of it and knew that he wasn't real after a while. I didn't let my mom know that I knew though because it meant that the magic of Christmas was still there! We still set out mince pies and carrots, and she still wrote me notes from Santa thanking me for what I'd left for him and the reindeer. She was lay down with me the one night and we were just talking and she said that Santa wouldn't be visiting and I asked her why, she said because he doesn't exist and my response was 'Yeahh, I know...' and she was surprised and kind of annoyed; because she HATES carrots and hated having to get up to do it for me! It was a good time to be honest.

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I used to make new years resolutions, stick to them for a month and then give up. I'm not going to bother with resolutions this year because I know I won't stick to them. I'm just going to try and evaluate myself and my life and try to just improve a few little things.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Being able to spend it with my family and friends. This is really important for me and they are what make my holidays memorable and special.

So that was my Christmas tag! I'm going to tag everyone that reads it because I love seeing what people get up to at Christmas! I've you have done this tag then please let me know because I'd love to see them!

Speak to you soon!


Friday, 9 December 2016

Top 5 Nail Colours for Christmas Time!

So it's nearly here! I know feel officially able to talk about Christmas without it being too soon! I feel that we're starting to talk about Christmas earlier and earlier in the year and by the time it actually comes around, its kind of taking the excitement away. Anyway, back on track! I think this time of year is such a fun time for nail art, but if you're not overly enthused with the art itself, you can still pick some great colours for the season! Here are my top 5 favourite colours for Christmas!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

W7 In the Buff Palette Naked2 DUPE!

For months now I've been using this palette from W7 and I think it's finally time to share it with you guys! I've always been debating whether or not to buy one of Urban Decay's Naked palettes ever since they were released. The reviews I've seen rave about them and when I've swatched them in the stores I've been amazed by the quality. The one thing putting me off buying one is the price, in my opinion, they're just TOO MUCH! But luckily when I found this baby I didn't have to worry anymore...