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I think that everybody has the January Blues at the moment. I've decided to pull together a few things that have helped to cheer me up this month, hopefully these can help to pick you up if you're feeling the January Blues like myself.

Lush's The Comforter Bubble Bar.
This bubble bar is the ultimate mood boosting treat. You only have to break off a bit of the bar under the running water and you suddenly get a fruity foam. The cassis absolute gives a long blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.

A Good Book.
I'm currently reading a new book that I picked up a few weeks ago and that is The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern which I had heard so many great things about. I am a few chapters in and I am so hooked. I love to read this in the evening with the fairy lights on and a few candles lit.

Treat Yourself.
Whether it's some new comfy loungewear, fresh flowers or make-up, sometimes a new luxe treat can help to cheer you up and make you feel that little bit happier. I'm tempted by the new Loccitane collection with Rifle Paper as it all looks so dreamy.

Plan Events.
This could be meeting up with a friend for a coffee, planning something exciting can help to keep you focused on the positives. I absolutely love planning and organising. Searching for a Summer holiday is definitely going to make me super happy!

Go For Walks.
Nothing worse than staying inside even if it is cold outside, I love to go for a brisk walk around the block early on a frosty, sunny morning as it helps to wake me up and motivates me for the day ahead. I'll be going to Devon pretty soon and going for walks along the beach excites me.

During the colder months my skin tends to lack radiance and can look quite dull. I try to include brightening products into my make-up routine and skincare routine to help my skin look dewy and fresh. I thought I would share with you products I swear by when wanting radiant skin during the Winter months.

Mask Up
Facial masks are one of my favourite ways to treat myself all year round, but in the Winter, face masks are a great way to hydrate your skin, whilst making it glow from the inside out. I have been obsessed with the Glossier Moon Mask as it adds a blast of hydration to my skin. I love to put either a thin to normal layer on and wear it to bed. I wake up feeling refreshed with soft, supple skin! You can get 10% off this by clicking onto this link.

Oil Up
Recently I have loved applying the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil at the end of my skincare routine every night. I wake up and my skin is glowing! You can really see the difference when you first start using this product. I currently have the sample size but I may have to wait a while to purchase a full product as it is expensive...

Exfoliate & Exfoliate Again
One thing that I notice more of during the Winter seasons is the amount of dry patches on my skin, whether that can be on my face or on my body. A good exfoliator is necessary for smooth, glowing skin all year round. Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish, one of my favourite facial exfoliators is fab for smoothing the skin and making sure that my make-up goes which is important.

Highlight
I use highlighters to purely achieve a subtle glow to the skin rather than a face that resembles a disco ball. I have discovered that less is definitely more when it comes to highlighters or just products with 'glitter' in them. The Becca Champange Pop Highlighter adds a dreamy glow to the skin with a light sweep of a brush. If your skin is looking dull or is in need of a little pick me up, then this is the one for you. I apply this all over my face using my Spectrum A10 highlighter brush.

Glow Under Make-Up
Before I apply my foundation, I love to apply the NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer. I sometimes use this on it's own or on top of hydrating primer. It has a nice subtle glow that I am so into. It gives a healthy radiance to skin and makes non light coverage foundations look less dull.
1. Start using my Yoga mat for 30 minutes every morning.

2. When it's a gloomy, wintery day, spend it reading some new books while some candles are burning and I have a cup of coffee in my hand. I finally picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern after hearing so many great things about it.

3. Continue to play The Greatest Showman soundtrack thru my new Roberts Radio that I got for Christmas.

4. Start looking thru the Jamie Oliver Five Ingredients cooking book and find some great recipes.

5. Try out some new beauty bits. I was eyeing up the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter for so long and now I have it!

6. Use up all the Lush Christmas bath range that I have left over.

7. After trying out the oat milk at Starbucks in my iced caramel macchiato, It is now my new favourite drink.

8. Keep track of how many steps I do every day using my new Fitbit Blaze watch.

9. Order some more pods for my coffee machine.

10. Continue to watch Friends, all day and everyday now it is added on Netflix.
I gave into the hype of Glossier and I have to say, I am so happy that I did. My favourites have been the Milky Jelly Cleanser which has made my skin feel heavenly and look amazing. The dreamy Moon Mask that I love to apply to my face while I'm in a Lush bubble bath and the Balm Dot Com in Birthday Cake, when my lips need that little bit of moisture, I love to apply this one especially as it smells amazing and feels amazing.

The Benefit Boi-ing Strength Concealer and Airbrush Concealer have been my absolute faves to cover up redness and blemishes. Another fab discovery from Benefit is their Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream which has made a huge difference to my brows.

From Urban Decay, I was lucky to receive my first eyeshadow palette for my birthday and it so happened to be the Naked 2 Basics Palette. I have been using this nearly everyday since I received it and get many compliments on my eye make-up because of it. The Kat Von D collection has to be my favourite by far but the one thing I use everyday in my make-up routine is the Brightening Powder. I currently only have the travel size version but will be picking up a bigger size very soon. Lastly, I am obsessed with the Eyeshadow Primer Potion, this is a dreamy product and makes my eye make-up last all day long.

I was lucky enough to receive the Ghost Fragrance 'Dream'* from the lovely PR team last year and ever since then, I have fallen in love with it. I love to spray a bit whenever it's a special occasion. Also, the bottle stands beautifully on the top of my jewellery box.

For skincare, I have been using the Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold every night since I had the sample size. I will be doing a re-purchase very soon as I am running out.

Lips I have been obsessed with the Revlon Matte Lip Colours in 'Embrace' and 'Seduction'. These are amazing and have a great pigment to them.

Lastly for the cat eye flick, the Ted Baker Liquid Liner came in a gorgeous set I got for my birthday and I have been using it since. Very easy to use and leaves a natural looking flick on the eyes.
1. Circle my favourite picks in the Christmas Radio Times magazine.

2. Go shopping on Christmas Eve for last minute gifts (because I am a plonker and still have things to buy)

3. Eat Quality Street whilst watching a Christmas movie. I love to watch The Holiday while eating chocolate.

4. Meet up with my friends on Christmas Eve Eve for drinks and exchanging secret santa gifts.

5. Drink some mulled wine and prosecco.

6. Relax. Take a few bubble baths using some Lush Christmas treats and maybe try out a few face masks.

7. Put on a red lip.

8. Wrap those last presents and add them under the tree.

9. Listen to Magic Xmas every day.

10. Eat advent calendar chocolate for breakfast.

11. Eat roast dinners, with extra pigs in blankets.

12. Play party games. Usually monopoly, charades or cards against humanity.

13. Stick on the fresh new pyjamas for Christmas Eve.

14. Treat myself to a little something. I might go for a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.

15. Keep an eye out for the early sales online.

16. Wrap up warm and go for a walk on a crispy wintry morning.

17. Remember to go to the animal shelter and drop off some donations.

18. Finish the last three days of work so I can break up for 5 days.

19. Spend all of Boxing Day watching Christmas movies and eating the leftover turkey sandwiches.

20. Stick on the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special because it is the best.
December is finally here, time to get out the fairy lights and Christmas tree. Wrap up those presents for loved ones and add them underneath the tree. This time of year is just my absolute favourite as I love gift giving and decorating the house. Here is my to do list for the month...

1. Have a few festive baths using some of my Lush favourites like Magic Wand and Shoot For The Stars.

2. Snuggle up in the evenings with some delicious snacks. I love to have some Terry's Chocolate Orange along with a hot cappuccino with sprinkles of chocolate and a splash of peppermint syrup. Pop on a Christmas film and pull out the soft blanket.

3. Pick up the Christmas Radio Times magazine and circle all the things I don't want to miss - does anybody else do this?

4. Get out my party wear for the festive outings for drinks and food. I recently bought this jumpsuit from Monki. It's silver metallic and it has a pretty back. Can't wait to style this with some colourful heels, maybe red.

5. Paint both my toe nails and finger nails with a sparkle red.

6. Help out the animal shelters and food banks. If you have a little time between now and Christmas, head down to a food bank or an animal shelter and give something this year to them.

7. Buy myself some Wintery pjs. I have my eye on these ones from ASOS.

8. Put the ASDA Christmas duvet on the bed along with the cotton fitted sheet from Primark to get all warm in the nights ahead.

9. Meet up with my friends to give out our secret santa presents.

10. Defrost the Micheal Buble Christmas Album and play it on a loop.

What are your plans for this month?
Time for a gift guide for the ladies. I've added a few dreamy bits in that I love and that I think every girl would enjoy. 

Starting with some beauty things, I love the Urban Decay 'Naked 2' Basics Palette as it is travel friendly and the shades are so pretty. This would be a great gift for someone you know who travels around a lot and wants to carry a gorgeous palette with them. I thought I would add a set from Glossier and it is their Cloud Paint Blush Set which would make a great gift to any beauty lover. All the colours are heavenly! (you can get 10% off your first order here.) I had to add a Christmas special from Lush and I decided to pick The Magic Wand. It is a deliciously scented bubble bar that gives you many bubbles that you can sink into and makes your skin soft too!

Homesense is my favourite place for the homey bits and bobs. I recently came across this dreamy mug in one of the stores and it was only £3, was a bargain! They did have other colours and matching bowls but all I wanted was the mug. I will try and find one similar somewhere else and link it below.
I love this Leaf Photo Holder from Oliver Bonas. I like to add a polaroid photo on the top and add it to my bedside table.

For the readers out there, I had to add The Life - Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k. It's one of those books that every women needs to have on their bookshelf to read. 

Lastly, a fragrance that I have been obsessed with ever since I received it and it is 'Dream' by Ghost Fragrance. It is a beautiful fragrance and the bottle is just so dreamy. I did write a full review on this if you aren't so sure just yet. You can read that here.

Some of my top picks are below :


  

  


It's that time where I share with you a few festive picks for the men in your life. Year after year I struggle to find the perfect gifts for the boys, especially as they change their minds 100% of the time on everything! But this year I feel a bit more confident in what I have found over the past few months.

You can't go wrong with a few pairs of brand new socks. I swear my boyfriend loses at least one sock to match a pair everyday. I found these super soft Calvin Klein socks from Homesense at such an amazing price. I have a feeling I could be stealing these as soon as they are opened on Christmas morning. 

Books with food recipes are also a big win for boys. I found this Shake Shack recipe book on Amazon during Black Friday so I got it on a good deal. If you have a man in your life that loves burgers, milkshakes and just the not so good stuff, then this book is definitely for him.

For something a little fun but useful, I found this Nintendo Game Boy money box and I just thought it was a fab stocking filler gift. Something I thought would be great for the inner Star Wars geeks out there, are these pyjama bottoms that I absolutely love from Primark!

If you want to splurge and really treat your man this Christmas, I would highly recommend the Apple TV. You can stream things from your iPhone and iPad. It also has a Netflix added on and Youtube so the boys won't be so bored. All you need is a HDMI cable and you are good to go.

Below I have added a few more ideas:

  

 

  

My favourite month is here and I couldn't be any more happier. Not only is it the time to get all the Christmas shopping done, but it is also my birthday month! It is always a busy month but I hope to fit a few of these things in...

1. Pick up a Lindt advent calendar and maybe a beauty one.

2. Go for morning walks in the woods.

3. Make a cheeky Lush order. Time to get some Christmas bits.

4. Have a pamper day getting my haircut, nails done and brows done.

5. Play Micheal Buble's Christmas album, a lot.

6. Try some new bottles of gin. If you can recommend me any good ones, that'll be great.

7. Grab myself a chunky, soft cardigan. I have my eye on this one from ASOS.

8. Have some spiced hot chocolate in the evenings.

9. Start Christmas shopping!

10. Treat myself to a new super soft dressing gown. I love this star print one.
October is just the perfect month for three of my favourite things - beauty, fashion and home decor. Today I thought I would share with you all of those things all in one post!

Starting with beauty - it's all about getting the metallic's, berry and red colours out. On my nails I will be wearing the Model's Own in One Night Stand that I got in a goodie bag from Clothes Show Live last year. It is a very risky colour to go for, but for Halloween it is perfect. On my lips I have three absolute favourites and they are - NYX Matte Lip Cream in 'Transylvania' and 'Amserdam'. A long favourite of mine is this one from Topshop called 'Beguiled' which is a gorgeous berry colour. All of these work perfectly with the nail polish.

Onto fashion and this is honestly my favourite part about Autumn and Winter. I love a pinafore dress and I have had this one from New Look for a while now and I still wear it. I love to style it with a turtle neck top underneath. For scarves, I am still obsessed with this super soft blush pink one from ASOS I got last year. I'd pair this with a plain beanie or a bobble hat. I love a denim skirt and I got this one recently from New Look, and as it's a dusty black it goes with everything. Lastly, I wear my New Look denim Gilmore Girls style jacket. I was so happy when I got this for Christmas last year from my boyfriend.
For home decor, I am obsessed with my pumpkin garland that I got from Etsy. I have this along my bedroom wall along with my wire rack picture holder that I found from New Look. I need to get myself some cute quotes on postcards that I can always hang from it. In my bedroom I also have my Autumnal candle burning from Homesense and it smells amazing.
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