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Christmas Room Tour

I love Christmas and one of my favourite parts is decorating my room all festive. I thought seeming as its the 1st of December I would quickly give you a tour around my room! I have decided against blogmas, as when I was pre-planning posts I felt like I was being very repetitive. So instead I am just going to be posting as and when during the month of December!

To start with my chest of draws.. I have a 4ft pop up christmas tree from Tesco which is decorated all in pink to match my room. Next to that I have my current favourite Christmas scent by Yankee candle and my advent calendar! To the left is my copper basket from Primark with all my daily essentials in.  24232159_1539758589437060_7837499836910168858_n

Along the top of my bed I have Christmas bunting from Home Bargains. I haven’t bought any Christmas bedding this year have just added my reindeer cushions from Asda, to make my bed look a little more festive. 24131100_1539758586103727_1902975618195635092_nThere is not a lot festive about my dressing table other than its tidy! I am however burning “All is Bright” by Yankee candle and it smells amazing. 24301188_1539758592770393_4578914123755725648_n

Only way to show this is in the dark, so sorry for the bad quality. but I have no curtains in my room at the moment and I have reindeer lights from Primark along my curtain pole! 24131609_1539758579437061_3467813831214111974_n

So that was short and sweet right? Thank you so much for reading, attach your Christmas room tours in the comments below.

Melissa

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Primark False Nail Review

Hello we are almost to the end of November and I cannot believe how close Christmas is creeping up on us… I am going to try and do Blogmas this year (emphasis on the word try), but I thought I would put up a short review tonight on the Primark false nails.

Primark nails have made a break through the last month or so and as a nail fanatic I could not wait to get my hands on a set or two. Now there are so many different colours and shapes matte or glitter you name it, its there. Sets of 24 range from £1-£3 depending on what you want.

I picked up two sets both were £2 each so in total £4 for 48 nails and two sets of glue bargain right? I went for “Rose Glam” which is a gorgeous pink glitter and Desire which is a mix of dark pink and glitter!

I have tiny finger nails so I knew I would have to do quite a bit of modifying to make the nail fit mine nicely. Away I went and glued the nails on, the glue is very strong and will stick your fingers together (as I found). They went on lovely and looked so pretty!

I applied the nails on Wednesday night before going to bed, they then lasted a full 9 hour shift in retail! Which I was so impressed with to say the least, Friday was an easy day of Traveling and walking around Blackpool but they lasted all day.. I lost the first nail at 00:30 on Saturday morning after a few drinks since Saturday I have now lost 4 nails!

Despite them only lasting 3 full days I am still pretty impressed with them, they are such a good idea for christmas party season, and if you don’t want to pay £30 for a set of acrylics. I don’t think I would recommend them if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to have to faff about with your nails if they come off.

Thank you so much for reading

Melissa

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Skin Care Routine (Oily Skin)

Hello again, I posted on my Instagram last week about my skincare routine and a lot of followers were really interested in what products I use. So this Sundays post is going to be my daily/ weekly skincare routine, for oily/acne skin type. I have never had great skin since I was about 13, I feel like these products that I am using at the moment are the only products that have give me any results…

Obviously its going to be different for everyone and these products are not guarantee going to work on your skin. However if I help one of you thats a start I guess…

Monday Morning– Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Monday Evening– Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Tuesday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Tuesday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water

Wednesday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)  

Wednesday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply L’oreal Detox mask and leave on for around 15 minutes.

Thursday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Thursday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask (leave on all night).

Friday Morning- Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Friday Evening –  Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Saturday Morning- Wash face using The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash

Saturday Evening – Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water.

Sunday Morning – Wash face using warm water and wash cloth (no product)

Sunday Evening- Remove make up using Liz Earl Cleanse and polish and remove left over eye make up with Nivea Micellar water. Apply a face mask depending on condition of skin.

As you can see reading through I try to take a break every couple of days from using Tea Tree oil, as too much can strip some of the natural oils in your skin. If I am having a particularly bad skin week then I will increase the amount of detox masks and tea tree products.

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November Love Me Beauty (Monthly Subscription)

Hello, this week has gone quick how is it Wednesday, like every month I am going to share what I have received from my love me beauty box. Unfortunately I was so disappointed with this months edit, so I have actually cancelled my direct debit for next month. All the new items cost 100+ credits (you have 60 per month), and I wasn’t willing to pay more for their new edit. I did however have a lot of referral credits so I decided that I would spend them all this month and cancel. If next months edit is good I think I will join again but who knows…. If you are signed up to subscription services then let me know!

First Item I picked out is the custom coverage buffing brush by Eco Tools, I do own this brush already but I want one to keep in my boyfriends and one to keep at home as carry my brushes back and to is a nightmare.

Next I picked up the Enhancing Eye Set also from Eco Tools, I never spend much money on eye brushes as I am not the best at eyeshadow. However these are great for traveling as they’re double sided.Next item I picked, was another brush from Eco Tools which is the Skin Perfecting Brush, I am desperate for a new contour brush and this one looked really firm. Now stepping away from the make up brush madness, the next item is an eye cream by Caudalie. I have never tried an eye cream before and want to know what all the fuss is about before I invest into an expensive one! I have terrible tired looking eyes and this cream is supposed to be energising to I am hoping to see some result. Next item is a make up item by So Susan Cosmetics, and it is a highlighting pencil. Now I picked a highlighting pencil out last month and am still yet to use it but I love the colour of this one and just couldn’t leave it there. I am hoping it is going to work perfect on the inner corners and brow bone! Another Caudalie product now, but this time its a Radiance Face Serum. I am currently using SkinKissed and am loving using a serum in my day to day routine. However I am wanting to try a different serum now as my face is so dull with no make up.  (any tips please leave in the comments)Back to the make up, I picked this up I think 2 months ago in a Love Me Beauty Edit and I am LOVING IT. I am such a sucker for a good lip gloss and this girls/boys, if you love a nude lip then you need this gloss in your life. Buxom is a relatively new brand but they now sell it in Debenhams!!  This Perricone MD Facial wash really intrigued me, I have never tried a face wash that is not a cream/ gel before so I am so interested to try this out! It is citrus as well so I am hoping that it will help out with my dullness in my skin!  

There we go then so that (could be my last) Love Me Beauty haul, If not then I will see you around the same time next month, who knows I might try out a new box in December, so let me know what boxes you all get!!

Thank you so much for reading…

Melissa

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POPBand London – Review

Hello, I am trying to get back into the swing of blogging again as I have became so lazy. I also need a hobby besides shopping at the moment as I am now SKINT. About 4 months ago in my Love Me Beauty subscription box I picked one of the POP bands hair ties not knowing what to expect. I have heard such good reviews about these hair ties but do they really work?

These hair ties are supposed to be kind and gentle to your hair, I can confirm this 100%! I tend to buy my hair ties from Primark and get 50 for £1 which is amazing but if I wear my hair in a pony tail all day I do start to get a headache. These pop bands do not hurt my head or pull any of my hair out when I pull the hair tie out, which is something that I dread when having my hair up all day.

Not only are pop bands kind to your hair/head, they look a lot cuter that your average black hair tie on your wrist. I am someone who always has a hair tie on their wrist.

They don’t just do hair ties they also sell hair bands and shoe laces, so perfect for you active folk out there.  I am yet to try anything other than the hair ties but I am sure I will have to invest soon, If you have tried any then do let me know in the comments below!

The designs are something I feel as if they are KILLIN! They have your essential colours i.e. black, nude and brown but they also sell glittery bands and CHRISTMAS designs yes thats correct they have christmas designs available! Down below I will include some of my current favourite designs!

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October Favourites

Its November that means its nearly bonfire night, its time for way to many hot chocolates, the christmas films will make their debut on TV and it is nearly time to celebrate Christmas! This year has gone way to quick but after booking New York for next may I am so excited to get into 2018.

Anyway into my October Favourites, now I don’t remember the last monthly favourites I have even posted. Purely because of the fact, I haven’t really been loving anything lately. However last two months I have been trying out/buying all sorts of new and old products and I cannot wait to share with you guys what I have been loving!

Make up

First of all a foundation which is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation, I will hold my hands up I usually shy away from Clinique’s foundation as I never think they will have enough coverage and be too light on my skin. NOT THIS ONE!! I have oily skin with blemishes I rather not be on show and i’ll tell you this foundation hides it all. I do find if I don’t powder it can get a little oily but what foundation doesn’t?

Second make up favourite is the NYX dark circle concealer, now this isn’t really going to hide that huge red spot on your chin, but if you’re anything like me and have bags under your eyes this is a life saver! I love the creamy consistency of the concealer and it lasts forever too!

Skin

I rave about the body shop in any post I know, but their skin care has been the only thing to ever work on my skin. So one of my skincare favourites this month has been The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Mask, this stuff is AMAZING! You apply it before bed on all your problem areas then night morning there is a noticeable difference in your skin!

Second skin care favourite this month is the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish, ok I know I am late to the party… This stuff is great, I wouldn’t say it actually does anything to the condition of my skin but it also doesn’t cause any break outs or reactions! This stuff gets every little bit of my  make up off at the end of the day!

MISC

My first random favourite is POPBands London, these have been life savers recently. I sleep with my hair up and they’re the only hair tie that doesn’t leave that huge kink in my hair the next morning, with starting the gym recently too they’re great as I can take my hair out knowing I wont need to style my hair after my work out so I can go straight to work. (Blog Review of POPBand London here)

Next favourite is the Sims 4 since I was about 12 I have been an anti social teenager who played on sims for countless hours of the day! A week ago I bought The Sims 4 after being highly disappointed over sims 3 and I am totally hooked, even my boyfriend is. In my opinion nothing will ever beat The Sims 2, but The Sims 4 is 100% better than The Sims 3!

TV

I have watched WAY too much TV this month and I have no idea where I have even found the time. Instead of writing about each show/film heres a list and where you can watch it!

  • Bridget Jones Baby – SKY or on DVD (Do not understand why she fancy’s Mark Darcy EW!)
  • Eastenders- BBC Iplayer
  • Designated Surviver  – Netflix

There we go so that is all for my October Favourites, I hope you have enjoyed this posts. Let me know what you have been loving in the comments below!

Thanks

Melissa

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The Ultimate Christmas Shopping Guide!

Hey! Sorry I took a little time off blogging for some personal reasons but I’m back.

I walked around my local town today (October) and realised how close Christmas is getting, now I love Christmas buying presents, receiving and not to mention the food! However I know some years I go mad and way over budget. So I thought I would share with you lot how I keep my self sane and still have a little bit of money left over for the January sales!!

LISTS

I like brain storming before actually going to a shop as I feel like that’s when I get too carried away. I like to write down all the names of people that I will be buying for this Christmas and then have a think about what they want or like. That way I know what I’m looking for, meaning I don’t need to look at everything in store or online first!

Elf List

 

BUDGET

I personally don’t set a budget as I’m lucky enough to live with my parents and pay very little bills. However buying for children, larger families or maybe you just get a little carried away then setting a budget will really help! Putting a little bit away each payday makes a big difference, or even writing down how many people you need to buy for and distribute the spends out that way, as there is nothing worse than getting to the Boxing Day sales and being skint.senior-woman-hand-putting-money-to-piggy-bank.jpg

 

SHOPS

Obviously it’s going to depend on your budget and who you’re buying for but here are a few of my favourite shops to buy Christmas presents from:-

  • Home Bargains and B&M (some of the 3 for 2 from boots is sold in these shops a lot cheaper!)
  • Debenhams
  • Next (they have gorgeous little stocking fillers this year!
  • Card factory (for your essentials)
  • Primark
  • George by Asda and Tesco
  • Lush and The Body Shop

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FOOD

Write a list and stick to it.

I have learnt from my mums bad habits that if you go to a supermarket without a list you will come out with anything with a Christmas wrapper on!! Obviously if you want a turkey etc order it early to avoid disappointment. Then write down what is left for your “Christmas shop” I.e. All the trimmings.

Obviously a tin of sweets is always a must but do you really need roses, heros, celebrations and quality streets? Think of all that chocolate you will receive as a gift on Christmas Day! That goes for the alcohol too haha!!

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Thank you so much for reading I really hope this helps out at least one person

Melissa

 

(images are not my own.)