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Friday, 20 November 2015

Mish Mash Wishlisting!

Okay, is it possible to be behind on life? Because I think I am. It's like I've blinked and fallen back into October, but it's nearly December and I'm not getting anything done. I'm still around, but I'm going to be disappearing again for a week. An organised and put together person would have already filled you in on the details, but I am not that person at the moment. Although actually, can we just pause though and talk about Adele's new album? It might be my heightened emotional state right now, but I'm pretty sure she can see into my soul. Goes to show that even though sometimes it feels like you're alone in feeling the way you do, there's always someone else that feels the same. We're never alone. And that's comforting.

Anyway, John Lewis got in touch recently because Black Friday is fast approaching (don't even get me started on where the year has gone again). They asked me to put together a list of things I would be all over if they were in the sale, and because I needed to take my mind of things here are a few things I have my eye on and will probably buy very soon, sale or no sale. But sale would be nice, let's be honest.

Hourglass Palette. 
I know this isn't the best value for money product wise, and honestly the price tag does make my eyes water just a little, but I feel like it should be accompanied with some dramatic music as the lid opens. Palettes haven't interested me much before, I was all about accumulating lots of single things (why? I have no idea!), but I'm now beginning to see the value in a really good palette. And they're surprisingly difficult to come by. Maybe the perfect palette is tricky to get right!

A Nice Pair Of Headphones.
My cheapy headphones broke recently and it was only then that I realised that I've never had a nice pair of headphones. I go through phases of either wanting to go outside and experience all the hustle and bustle of everyday life or go outside and drown everyday life out with a good song or podcast, and I'm definitely in the latter phase right now.

A Keyboard. 
All the things I can't do, or once tried to do but gave up on along the way, have been occupying my thoughts a lot of late. Many years ago I took piano lessons at school, and I have to confess it was mostly because it meant I got to miss a maths lesson every week. Maths wasn't my favourite. When it became apparent to eight year old me that I was not an undiscovered musical genius, much to my disappointment, I quickly formed a hatred for my piano lessons on a par with my hatred for maths. But I'm now giving it another go and as much as I would love a piano, I think a keyboard might be the way to go first. Although I have no intentions of giving up this time... I'm going with the keyboard just in case.

A Graphic Tablet. 
Not necessarily for any particular reason, I've just found myself fancying being able to have a bit of a doodle and see what comes of it. 

Is there anything you would love to see in a Black Friday sale? 


I'll be back soon with lots to tell you! Thank you for always being so wonderful. There are no words to adequately describe how grateful I am. xo

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Kiko Matte Muse Lipsticks | Plushy Rose and Haughty Mauve

A surprise parcel from Kiko arrived a few weeks ago and as I wasn't too familiar with the range, I was keen to see why Kiko has become a much-loved beauty brand over recent months. I was immediately intrigued by the Matte Muse Liquid Lipsticks. Packaged in a nail polish-esque bottle, the applicator has an interesting shape and on first impressions, the colours looked really beautiful.

They have a creamy texture making them very easy to apply. Although they do dry down after a few minutes, they remain quite velvety and don't feel at all uncomfortable to wear. My lips are always a little on the dry side and I often find matte lip products difficult to work with, but I think both the texture and the finish of these is really nice. 

Kiko Matte Muse Lipsticks in Plushy Rose* and Haughty Mauve* | £6.90 each

Plushy Rose is a wearable light peach pink. It's my favourite of the two, although that's not going to be much of a surprise as you know I love this kind of shade. It's light enough to be a colour I would wear everyday and there's enough pink in there so it doesn't look too pale. The colour applies smoothly and it wears off evenly throughout the day so I don't have to worry about having splotches of colour everywhere if I don't have time to reapply.

Haughty Mauve isn't really mauve at all, on me it's really more of a raspberry shade and quite similar to my beloved Revlon Cherries in the Snow that I wore a lot a few years ago. High five if you remember those days! This shade also applies smoothly, but sometimes it can look a little streaky with just one layer. Again it also wears nicely, there's always a bit of a stain left behind at the end of the day, which looks pretty. 

I'm certainly beginning to see why products from Kiko receive the praise they do.

Is there anything from Kiko that you would particularly recommend? 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Homemade Beauty Hampers

When it comes to gifts I often find choosing one thing for someone almost impossibly difficult, unless they've dropped some serious hints. Many of my nearest and dearest are a little like me, when asked what they would like they're not really sure. We've all reached a point where we're able to purchase the things we need and save up for the things we really want throughout the year. So when it comes to gifting, I've become known for curating a box filled with things I think the recipient will enjoy.

There's something about a personalised box of goodies that is so lovely to receive. It really is the thought that counts and knowing someone has specifically chosen each thing for a reason can be quite special. With a little forward planning they're also incredibly easy to put together, and can be tailored to any budget. A box, some wrapping paper, tissue stuffing and some optional cellophane is really all you need to whip up a little something that can look as beautiful and sophisticated or as silly and fun as you like. Tracking down a beautiful gold box, popping in some white tissue paper and finishing with a ribbon always looks very chic. Covering a box with cutesy wrapping paper and including tissue paper in a clashing colour looks eclectic and fun. Whichever option I choose depends on the personality of the person the gift is for.

As the Christmas season approaches gift sets are lining the shelves in the shops in abundance. Keeping an eye out for things like 3 for 2 offers on gift sets, makes them even more affordable and you can easily split up the items inside and use them to create some unique boxes to gift to your loved ones.

With some help from the kind folks over at Boots, I've started to put together some of the hampers I'll be gifting this year because I'm determined to be more organised than I was last year. The items that Boots sent over to me will me marked with an *, but I've also been collecting things for a few weeks that I've included too. And although these are exclusively beauty themed, hampers can be curated for absolutely anyone depending on their interests! 


When it comes to my Mum, I'm certainly well known for occasionally going a little overboard. She rarely treats herself to new beauty things, but she does like to try them and I like to spoil her when she'll let me. A fragrance is something I usually like to include. I'm not sure that Angel will be the one this year, at the moment I'm thinking perhaps Black Opium or something Chanel, but we'll see. 

Two things that I have really enjoyed using this year are the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and the Sanctuary Spa Therapist's Secret Oil (these are both actually my current bottles of each) so I'm definitely going to be including them because I think they're wonderful.

A Christmas scented candle is a must, and a couple of hand care products always go down well. Side note, the Almond Hand Cream from Burt's Bees smells divine! I'm sure a few other bits and bobs will find their way in there along the way too, but I always have a lot of fun putting this one together each year.

 B E S T   F R I E N D

Close friends usually end up with a box of things I think are great and I hope they end up loving them too. They're always a bit of a mish mash, but sometimes I think those can make the best gifts - a little bit of everything is fun to dig in to.

The Philosophy shower gel/bubble bath/shampoo and the Soap & Glory Hand Cream are each from separate gift sets that I've split up to give to a few different people. Removing the pretty festive packaging pains me a little especially if it's extra pretty, but I think it's worth it in the end.

I do like to include one central item, something that I know they've been particularly wanting for a while or something I've seen that I know they will adore. The Benefit Real Cheeky Set is the star of this box, but I also couldn't resist including one of the Clarins Lip Perfectors because I love them so much.

U N D E R   £ 2 0

Burt's Bees Lip Balm

When it comes to buying for almost-teenage-girls I've yet to go far wrong with a bit of Soap & Glory. A pretty nail polish and a nice lip balm are the perfect accompaniments for the person this little parcel is for, but I also have a variant of this with a Hermione Pop! Vinyl and some sweet little notebooks. 

U N D E R   £ 1 5

As I get older I find myself in charge of choosing little gifts for people I don't know particularly well. I won't lie, the gift fear always sets in a little when this happens but hopefully this little duo will go down quite nicely. I don't think it's possible to go too far wrong with some bubble bath, especially a festive scented one! 


Do you like to put together gift boxes for your loved ones? 
Or are you an expert at tracking down that one thing you know the person you're buying for will really love?