Luxe Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Luxury Beauty Gift Guide

So in order to fulfill my blogger duties I've of course decided to put together a bunch of my fave high-end beauty products and gift sets that would make the perfect present for just about anyone. Or, uh, yourself. It includes everything from almost-edible eyeshadows to a vault of 20+ lipsticks by the babes over at NYX. All of my favourites are listed down below where I've tried to find the best prices possible, but for even more sales be sure to check out Woznow - a website that lists all of the sales on one single site. I'm kind of addicted right now. And kinda broke..

I love Christmas for multiple reasons (and by that I mean, multiple snacks and bottles of wine) but one of my favourite things in the lead up to the big day is discovering all of the new beauty launches that my favourite brands come out with. I mean, come on, this year Too Faced have come out with a gift set in the shape of a Parisian cafe that contains an eggnog scented palette. Is that not the most ridiculously (and deliciously) brilliant thing ever? I'm gifting that bad boy to myself this year. My eyelids are going to smell so, so good.


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*This post was very kindly sponsored by Woznow - but the obsession is very real *

Two Days in Paris with Dove

I think it's just about any girl's dream to go to Paris. Most girls head there for the Eiffel Tower and the romance. Me? I traveled to a different country for stinky cheese and cheap wine. Monoprix? What an absolute game-changer. Good job France.

As well as my super market sight seeing, I did of course make my way to a few of the more touristy spots such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysee and ahem, Sephora (haul coming soon obv) but my main objective for being in the big city was to quite simply shoot an entire shop filled with soap. Really nice soap, though. Okay, maybe I need to get a little better at explaining myself here. What can I say? It's been a while.

So as some of you may know, I'm a content creator for Vidsy, which is essentially an online platform that hires out creators for brand work. They accept you onto a brief, you make a few short film clips for social media, they send it to the brands and you get a nice lump of cash at the end of it.

This time around, the brief was for Dove's new pop up store in Paris, where they had a station that allows you to personalise your own soaps as well as a station that allows you to mix and personalise your own products. I came out of that shop with the smoothest skin and more soap than I knew what to do with. Seriously, I must have looked like some sort of soap smuggling bandit when going through customs. Thankfully the boyfriend managed to persuade me to not bring 8 rounds of brie across the border - otherwise I would have definitely looked like I'd lost the plot.

They say a picture tells a thousand words, but let's face it, a whirlwind trip like this is way more exciting when you actually get to come along with me. So - for now at least - I'll leave you with a few shots of what I wore during my trip. As for the fun stuff - stay tuned for the vlog over on my Youtube channel!


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Time saving Christmas shopping hacks

Okay, I'll admit it -  I am one of those people that get excited about Christmas in, well, Easter. I stop myself from cracking out the carols for as long as humanely possible, and then once November hits I turn into a walking talking Santa Claus. Only with less facial hair (just). This year however, I decided to get a little festive behind the scenes, and start off my Christmas shenanigans with Matalan and Alder Hey for their Get Your Stripes campaign - a campaign that encourages others to whack on a pair of the official Alder Hey jammies in order to support the children's hospitals's Research, Innovation and Education Centre. A whopping 100% of the profits goes towards the cause, so if there was ever a time to sit around in your pyjamas all day, it's now, right!? And if that doesn't get you in the festive spirit, I've also included some of my top Christmas hacks over on the Matalan website. So what are you waiting for?! Get Your Sripes! (See what I did there?)


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*This post is in collaboration with Matalan*

My top 10 Miss Pap fashion picks

It's been a while since I shared some of my favourite fashion picks with you guys, so today I thought I'd introduce you all to one of my more recent discoveries MissPap - AKA the online shop that's been eating all of my money and taking up all my wardrobe space. I'm not even a little bit mad.

As you've probably gathered by now, I like to do my fair bit of online shopping. I mean, it's practically my duty to buy new clothes as often as possible, you know? It would just be so rude and inconsiderate of me if I came on here and showed you guys - wait for it - an outfit I'd already showed you before. Perish the thought! I'd never do that to you.

I'm the sort of girl that likes to invest in the basics that I'll wear time and time again, but I also love experimenting with different styles and looks that won't cripple me financially - which is exactly where MissPap comes in. Take today's look for example. It's a look I've been dying to try out (the whole jumpsuit over bardot top situ) for such a long time now, so when I found this combo online for less than £40 I snapped it up almost instantly.

 

MISSPAP WHITE BARDOT CROP TOP
MISSPAP KHAKI STRIPE JUMPSUIT
MISSPAP KHAKI TIE UP HEELS


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* Sponsored by Miss Pap, but all thoughts are my own! *

How to layer up like a pro this winter

scarves and other practical clothing items I've come up with the perfect solution to stylish dressing: secret layers.

I feel the cold more than anyone I know. I sit at my desk, full onesie, practically sitting on the portable heater (which is obviously turned up to the max) and I still complain about being cold. These secret layers however? Life changing. And yes, this might not be my coolest blog post to date , and okay, this might not save you if you're living in sub zero temperatures. But if you're a baby when it comes to cold whether but you still want to look the part (without freezing your butt off) this is how to do it. It ain't glamourous, it ain't sexy, but it will keep you toasty. Stay tuned for those sexy Spanx..

Comfy cosy jumpers, thick tights, bobble hats - oh Pinterest, you make everything look so damn cute. That is, until I put them on my own body and wind up looking like the abominable snowman. Eh, at least it's somewhat festive. Kind of.

I remember when I was younger I would risk getting hypothermia for as long as I could in the winter, just so I could wear my favourite skirt or baggy tee. The hairs on my legs could be sticking up at a ninty degree angle and I'd still insist that it wasn't quite sweater weather. These days I'm at least a little less stubborn when it comes to throwing on the thermals, but I do still try and brave the cold in the least amount of layers as possible. Throughout my many years of escaping


LEGGINGS UNDER JEANS

So when I said this blog post wasn't going to be glamourous, I meant it. Anyway, let's move past the fact that I'm sounding like a ninty year old woman today and just roll with it. Leggings under jeans - skinny jeans in particular - are a game changer. I've even been known to shred leggings to match the holes in my skinny jeans, just so I didn't completely freeze to death. Double points (and double warmth) if you opt for thermals.


SPANX, SPANX, SPANX

Yep. I'm a size six girl and I rock the spanx like no other. Sure, they have their slimming abilities and yes, they are great at hiding that VPL, but my favourite purpose for said elasticated pants? The warmth. During the winter when it's really, really cold, most days you'll find me sporting a pair of high waisted spanx under just about anything. They're like a snuggly hug around your belly. Try it. You'll love it.


KNEE HIGH SOCKS - YA RLY

One of my fave outfit combos is a floaty dress, a leather jacket and a pair of knee high boots. Cute - but not the most practical #ootd when it's pretty much an ice rink outside. However my theory is, that if I keep my calves and thighs as warm as possible (hance the spanx) I can just about pull it off. Top tip of the day: Wear as many pairs of knee high socks under your boots as possible. The crazier colours the better.


double up on jackets

Leather jackets are a regular outfit occurrence for me. I wear them in the spring, summer, autumn, winter - if I could wear it to bed (without waking up in a pool of sweat) I most probably would. So when things get super chilly, instead of trading in my leather for something more thermal I just go wild and wear them both. Let the collar peek through and it'll look like one of those Zara-esque jackets!


ANYTHING GOES..UNDERNEATH

All in all, whilst my outfit might look somewhat put together on the outside, underneath there are a multitude of sins. When you hear people saying they love layering up in the winter..it's nothing compared to what's hiding underneath my shirt. The rule I tend to live by is if your outfit covers it, wear it. Although try not to layer up so much you look like the Michelin man. Or, you know, just wear a scarf..


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