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6 Secret Santa Ideas (£5 and under)

Hi everyone welcome back to another Blogmas post! These days a big part of Christmas is gift giving and wether its in work, school, among friends or families, secret santa is becoming more and more popular. My works keep it to a £5 limit that way if you get someone that you hardly know then you don’t have to rattle your brains and spend weeks wondering what you can get them!

I will pick 3 presents you can get a man and three a woman just incase you get either this year! Anyway lets get started..

MEN

  • Joke present- if the person you pick for secret santa this year is someone that you know you have a laugh and joke with why not pick a novelty present.
  • Shower gel/deodorant set- BORING but SAFE, especially if you get someone that you don’t know that well, or that smell (we all have that one person in work right?).
  • Chocolate/Sweets- if you’re really struggling then get a cardboard box wrap it up and fill it with their favourite sweets, because everything looks more put together in a box right?

WOMEN

  • Fluffy socks and hot chocolate- If you don’t know the woman you pick then this is a really safe option. Primark sell fluffy socks for £1.50 so two pairs of them and some hot chocolate and you’re good to go!
  • Soap and glory- I got this last year for someone, they do a couple of sets for £5 and these look way more expensive that £5, every woman loves a pamper right?
  • Joke present- Inside jokes in families, friendships and work places are forever going so joke related presents will never fail!

I hope this helped some of you out this Christmas! Thanks so much for reading..

Melissa

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Bourjois Holiday Collection – Influenster

This month I was chosen to receive a Vox box from Influenster. If you have never heard of it, it’s an app where you review products and gain points then some people are sent PR samples!! In a nutshell it’s a great idea. I was randomly picked to be sent the Bourjois Holiday collection, I was so happy as I love there products so getting them for free was a bonus.

In total I was sent 8 full size products they were the following

Healthy Mix Foundation

Healthy Mix concealer

Push up mascara

3x Rouge Velvet lipstick

Smokey stories eyeshadow palette

Blush in shade 34 Rose D’or

I have tried 7 out of eight products so I will do a quick review on each of them on this post!

I have used healthy Mix foundation years ago and it is not as I remember I was shocked at how much coverage it had! Despite not being my colour I mixed it with a bit of Clinique and the coverage is amazing! I’ve found it stays on all day too giving a dewy look all day!

I love this mascara, I am a mascara addict hence the name of my blog. This is a little tricky at first but it gives you lovely long separated lashes!!

This palette is the only item from the collection I am yet to try. I am however petrified to try out purple!

I have been dying to try this out for so long! Gutted I didn’t get it sooner it is so soft on the skin and such a beautiful natural Rosey pink! However I am terrified of dropping it as it looks like it would crumble….

I am so shocked with the staying power of these lipsticks! The pigmentation of the lipsticks is amazing I think I would only wear 2/3 colours as one is a little too brown for me but I’m so happy. They apply so smooth and they don’t drag on your lips!

There we go so that’s what I got in my Vox box! I hope you enjoyed seeing this let me know your favourite Bourjois products! Thank you for reading!!

Melissa

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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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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!

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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.)

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Lush Halloween And Christmas Wish List

Now I am a lush addict and love near enough everything they create from bath bombs to hair masks you name it I will try it! I love the fact their products are not tested on animals and are ok for veggies and vegans to use!

After ready a couple of blog posts I have create my very own wish list for what I want to pick up next time I pop into store!

I have to admit I am not a huge fan of Halloween I am more of a Christmas type of girl. However I rather a nice bath with some goodies than a Halloween party any day!

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First item I found is the Pink Pumpkin, now I love pink and I love glitter so this is everything I like in a bath product. By looking at the product I think it’s going to smell quite feminine and floral with a zest of lemon in there too. Only thing I do now like about bubble bars is having to crumble it under the water and they turn out to be very messy and sometimes stain your baths so they require a little bleach… I am dying to get my hands on this little pink pumpkin but will definitely be cutting it up as £4.25 for a few bubbles is a little pricey, but its all about the novelty right?

img_2828-1Next up is the monsters ball, I think this bath bomb looks so cute! I love the detail that lush put into creating all their bath bombs. By the sounds of the ingredients of this bomb it sounds like it is going to be a very sweet scent so maybe stay away from this cutie if you’re not into sweet scents. I also find that the pink bombs are always the most pigmented in the water and always leave your bath a lovely colour! £4.50 is a bit on the dear side so I can imagine that this bath bomb is going to be a little bigger than your normal ball like bath bomb.

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The last thing that I liked the look of out of their Halloween range is the Pumpkin bath bomb I mainly think the look of this appeals to me the most! From looking at the ingredients I think the scent will be very spicy, almost pumpkin like! I am hoping that I do enjoy the scent of this one, as some brands can over do the “pumpkin” smell and thats way to strong for my little nose as I am more of a sweet scent type of person. However for the novelty of it I will definitely try this one out, like the previous bomb this one is £4.25 so hopefully a little larger than other bombs..

Now it’s time for my favourite season every and also my favourite season for lush products…. CHRISTMAS.

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Now I feel like you are either a snow fairy person or you aren’t and I certainly am! This year I am so excited that Lush have brought out so many snow fairy products, its really nice to see the scent used in more than two items as it is such a good seller. I am yet to try out one of the jelly bombs yet and have heard that they are a little messy but I think I can justify the mess for the scent? The price of this one is steep, £4.95 for a bomb, I think if I do pick this one up I will cut it up a bit.

img_2832Now this one that I got so bloody excited over “christmas sweater” put a cute reindeer on a product and some snow and you have your self a buyer! The name of this one appealed to me as well as the bomb its self, it just looks like such a warm bath bomb for a cold winters night. After looking at the ingredients to this bomb I was certainly correct, the scent is going to be quite spicy and strong so I would keep away if you’re only a fan of scents such as snow fairy. The price isn’t too bad on this one £4.50 for a christmas themed bomb.

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Now this one really caught my eye yet another brand new bomb from lush “thundersnow”. This is one for all you sweet scent lovers out there, on the website one staff member of lush has described it as “mint chocolate chip ice cream” now I cant even imagine my bath smelling of ice cream but I am more than happy to give this one a go. I don’t think lush have ever brought out something like this before especially around christmas time!

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Now I cannot remember if they did this particular bath bomb last christmas but the certainly did something similar. This bomb looks like it is going to be very sweet smelling, refreshing and also moisturising, which is something I would not of gathered from the name at all! I was imaging something warm and spicy but the complete opposite. So maybe if you take your baths in the morning then this will be a great way to start off your winter mornings.

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Another newbie by Lush is “Plum Snow” and I absolutely love the name already. Looking at the ingredients I think this one is going to be a bit of a mixture between sweet and spicy. No mention of plum in any of the ingredients but who knows until I actually sample one. Now this bubble bar is hella pricey £5.95 for some bubbles, so I think unless I am head over heals with this scent I might just give it a miss..

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Now this one is new to me I don’t know about Lush, but I have not heard of the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. Now lush’s body and hair products I find to be very pricey for the amount you get and also messy as they do come in containers rather than squeezy bottles. However I feel like if you suffer with dry skin and you are a snow fairy fan then this will be right down your street!

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I need this in my life, I have no idea for the life of me what a cold pressed soap is but I know for sure that I want to try it out! Also I can justify the price for a soap as you do get more than one use out of it, and for the scent of snow fairy (heart eye emoji!). I also really love the design of this little gem its almost child like.

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What the hell is a sparkle jar? Don’t worry I had to research this one too by the sounds of the description it is a moisture bar that melts with heat (so on your skin). This sounds so indulgent and I can really imagine it to soften your skin and leave behind the lovely sweet scent of snow fairy and will probably leave some glitter.

Well that is all I am lusting and wishing I owned at the moment from Lush’s new halloween and christmas collections. Please let me know in the comments if you have tried any of their new bombs, melts or anything else Lush create! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, I will be sure to do a haul soon when I visit Lush.

Melissa

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Primark Haul

Hello again and I am back with yet another blinking haul.. This time a much loved Primark Haul, I popped in purposely to kill time and to find a onesie I saw online (didn’t find it), as well as the onesie I wanted some new gym wear, apparently not the best time to buy gym gear as there was next to nothing there. So as you guess I decided to get all sorts of random bits and bobs that I did not need..

Before I went to Florida back in June you will remember me buying a similar set to these in pink, well I have had so much use out of them I just had to buy another set. It is only £5 for the cropped top and shorts and I love to wear them to bed after I have applied fake tan, as there is nothing worse than tan sticking and staining your clothes. Primark have all sorts of designs in this set at the moment! They are great if you’re going on holiday

When I was younger I used to absolutely love night dresses, as i’ve grown I started thinking they were ugly and they are but they are so comfy. Primark have recently starting selling them in so many mainly disney designs and when it comes to pjs and disney together I have to buy them so when I saw this Marie one I had to pick it up I am pretty sure its around the £5 mark. I recently bought myself some slippers for my boyfriends house as he has tiled and wooden floors everywhere. So I have recently became a slipper person and am loving the comfort on my feet while walking about my house. Primark slippers are so cheap but last for so long!

I died when I saw this bra, is it weird showing bras on your blog? I am all about this mauve pink colour at the moment and love the lace detailing. For £7 I had to pick it up, Primark bra’s last me a life time! I am not very gifted in that department so I don’t require a lot of support but the Primark bra’s seem to do the trick for me. These are the bits you pick up when you’re stood in the queue, whoever came up with this idea in Primark is the devil. I didn’t need a new USB, but what if mine breaks and I need one there and then? I love Primark’s phone chargers as they’re so long. The room defuser smells heavenly as well and who doesn’t need a sweet smelling room? For £1 I just couldn’t not pick it up.

Last but not least is this gorgeous Marie jumper, now if you follow Primark or majority of bloggers on Instagram then you would of seen this before. They have so many cute disney jumpers out at the moment and they’re perfect for just throwing on in cold winter nights! It was £8 which I think is very reasonable for a jumper, and I have not washed it yet but the quality seems great.

Thank you so much for reading my little Haul, I am well over due a shopping spree so let me know in the comments where you are buying your best pieces from at the moment!

Melissa