What I Got For Christmas 2015

Before I start this blog post I would like to make a Disclaimer: I am not trying to show off or brag about the wonderful gifts I was lucky to receive at Christmas. I am very fortunate for what I received and I understand that Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends 100%. So if you are not a fan of 'What I Got for Christmas' blog posts I would advise you to click away now as I do not want to upset or offend anybody. 

I absolutely love these posts myself, Boxing Day on wards I love to sit relaxing in my food coma watching everyone's videos and reading posts on their lovely gifts for Christmas, I am such a nosey person its unreal. So I thought why not share a selection of gifts I received this year, enjoy! (P.S. You might see a small theme...)

Perfume was the only thing on my list for this year, usually I have a list as long as my arm for ideas that is but this year I feel like I have stepped that bit more into an adults world and am thankful for the amazing flat I live in. My perfume collection is slowly getting smaller and smaller as each one is on its last legs which is super annoying as they can be extremely expensive and not something I can justify when there is a food shop to do. I love that I have the two from Next which will be my everyday perfume, they are so cute and smell amazing!! Then the two higher end perfumes will be for special occasions or when I feel like spritzing something a little fancier... by the way how cute is the Marc Jacobs Daisy packaging!!!

Can we just take some time out to give a mahoosive shout out to Boots for this amazing Soap & Glory bath set this Christmas, also my mum for picking it up for me. Each year Boots choose one of the bigger box sets from each range to put on offer and this particular one was priced at £30 instead of £60 which is insane, apart from the lip gloss all products are full size which is crazy because each one is around the £8 mark. 

For anyone who is interested, I nipped into my local Boots today and they had loads left at half price!!

Just look at how cute these Me To You slipper are, my boyfriend called these a risky purchase as they are not something I would go for myself but I have to say he knows me better than I know myself!! Super comfy, very warm and extremely cute. 

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, if you have done one similar, link below and I will be sure to take a look. 
Alice xxx

Winter Warmers

There's nothing better at this time of year than sitting down in comfy pj's with your Christmas Tree lights twinkling, watching a Christmas film and drinking hot chocolate in a very festive mug!!

I have to admit that I am not that into drinking hot chocolate until Christmas time, maybe it has something to do with the fact that it may include a little bit of Baileys. This time I decided to get a little bit create and not just use chocolate powder from a jar.

The first one I made in the cutest little milk jar was a Terry's Chocolate Orange Hot Choclate with whipped cream and a striped straw. It was extremely easy to make, I measured the milk into the jar and then poured it into a pan on a low heat to warm through (please ask an adult to help). Once it was the right temperature I put in about a quarter of the chocolate orange and stirred until it had fully melted. Leave it to cool for five minuted before pouring into the milk jar, then add the whipped cream - as much or as little as you would like and add the straw. To make it a little fancier I popped a piece of the chocolate orange on top for decoration.

My other creation was this white hot chocolate served up in a festive mug from Asda. A confession - this time I did use a very delicious chocolate powder from Whittards!! Once again I measured out the milk in my mug and poured into a pan to heat up, I then used a table spoon and added in the powder until it was the perfect chocolate consistence. The final touches to make it look super cute was whipped cream, marshmallows, a candy cane and chocolate sprinkles left over from the Terry's Chocolate Orange.

Give these a go yourselves for Christmas morning to make the perfect combination of delicious hot chocolate and opening presents.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!! 
Alice xxx

The Ripped Jean Edit

 Leather Jacket: Miss Selfridge, Shirt: H&M, Top: H&M, Jeans: George at Asda, Boots: Zara 

This style of outfit is something I tend to reach for the most, I'm not one to head out every single day dressed up to the nines, I just don't have the time to piece everything together to look "stylish". I much prefer and feel a lot more comfortable throwing on whatever I can find in my wardrobe and to be fair it usually consists of these checked shirts from H&M. 

Could we just point out that I am rocking a pair of skinny jeans ... and can finally bid farewell to black leggings worn every single day for the past five years. (I do own a black pair but they hide a lifetime of sins right?! But to rock a blue pair is on another level) I'm only a fan of skinny jeans for some reason, but to find a pair to fit my thunder thighs meant I had to size up which you guessed it, they were not longer skinny. So to get a blue pair in a size 12 which actually fits has made my year!

What's not a post this festive season without featuring a Christmas Tree?! After all this was my outfit choice to complete my Christmas Shopping - woohoo! Only four days to go... 

Alice xxx

It's A Love Hate Relationship

There are a few beauty products in my collection that I have a funny relationship with, one minute I absolutely love them and they become part of my daily routine and the next minute I just don't like them and they are left at the back of my make-up stash.

I do love a primer, it is a great base between applying your face cream and foundation and it really does help your make-up stick. This particular primer Infallible Mattifying Base by L'Oreal Paris is a weird one for me and I am still indecisive if I like it or not. Yes your make-up stays on for pretty much the whole day but the consistency is something that doesn't always agree with my skin type. It is very, very oily but also fairly thick texture, it does mean that you do not need to apply much as it does go a long way,

Nonetheless you do have to leave it for a few minutes to let it settle before applying any foundation or concealer as it tends to slide back off your face. However, if you leave it too long your skin goes tacky making the foundation all uneven and blotchy. 

Despite this, it is THE primer to use when teaming it with the Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation by L'Oreal Paris. They are a match made in heaven, it is the perfect combination of an oily base to help the thick waxy consistency of the foundation to glide and stick to the face. (Maybe they are just made for each other and not to be used with other products)

When I first purchased this foundation I instantly fell in love and thought I had found the one, it seemed to be the perfect shade to match my complexion as this is something I struggle with when picking a foundation. But yes you guessed it, I suddenly found a few faults with it and haven't reached for it in quite a while.

The waxy consistency gives me the shivers - yes I know, a rubbish excuse! Once fully applied it gives an even thick coverage which is perfect but there seems to be a top layer to it which comes off at the slightest touch which is very annoying, maybe a fixing spray could stop this from happening.

I would not advise you to purchase if you are prone to dry skin it could lead to a patchy base as the foundation seems to stick to the troubled areas extremely well. 

Revolution has become a very trusty brand for me, everything about it is perfect, all products are extremely purse friendly and are such great quality. This Redemption Palette - Romantic Smoked is beautiful, the shades are absolutely gorgeous and very autumnal and girly which will create so many fantastic looks for any occasion.

Unfortunately the six matte shades have a cool undertone and as I have very pale skin it makes me look a little ill which is very disappointing. The first six shades are the reason I keep coming back to this particular palette, they are much more shimmery and warmer with brown undertones which suits my pale complexion very well.

Well what can I say about these final products, I love Benefit they are a fantastic brand and one I will continue to rely on into the future. Unfortunately I have such a love, hate relationship with both these products.

Firstly, they're Real push up liner  got me very excited when it was launched, I will admit the fact that I am absolutely rubbish at creating a winged liner no matter how much I practiced. So this liner with the angled point was set to become my best friend, however I cannot seem to get it to work properly.

Each time I come to use the liner I have to remove so much product before it will draw even the fainest line or mark onto my eyelids, but still seems to break up and crumble away. I'm not sure if it is me using it wrong or I have just got a faulty product.

Finally, moving onto the they're Real mascara, I do love this product on the whole, it creates a lot of length to my lashes and separates them very well, however it seemed to have dried out extremely quick, I don't think I had it for very long before I needed to throw it away which is a shame as it is not the cheapest product to buy.

As you can see from the name to this post, I don't hate these products, they all have fantastic qualities and I know I will pick them up once again and maybe re-purchase a few times in the future.

Do you suffer with a love-hate relationship with any products?

Alice xx

Festive Lush Haul

A few weeks ago I took a small trip to the Capital - London and no visit would be right without a trip to the new Lush Cosmetics store on Oxford Street. It was the first time I had visited the place and boy was I blown away, it was like a sweet shop full of bath goodness!!

I was a very good girl and only got the five items I went in for which is pretty good for me as I can get carried away for sure. The items I purchased were; 5 Gold Rings, The Comforter, Candy Mountain, Snow Melt and the Magic Wand.

Candy Mountain- Bubble Bar

This bubble bar is such a sweet sugary smell, like you have got a huge bag of Haribo under your nosee. Along with the snow Fairy shower gel, these have to be the two iconic products at Christmas. It is the first time I have ever bought Snow Fairy so I cannot wait to give it a whirl in my bathtub. 

Five Gold Rings - Bubble Bar 

I could be barking up the wrong tree here but I do believe these are new this year. They are a much more subtle scent than all the other products I picked up but they have to be the messier with all that glitter on them.

What's great is the gold rings will last five whole baths!!! You only need one ring per bath which is great and such a bargain, all you need to do is crumble them under running water to creative lots of festive, glittery bubbles.

Snow Melt - Bath Melt

I tell a lie earlier, this bath melt was not on my list when I visited the store, I was heading to the til when I came across these glittery balls of goodness. A bath melt is not something I would ever think of trying, they are quite unusual but a great concept in these winter months. You just drop it into the water and it gently melts making it soft and luxurious to soothe dry skin. 

WARNING: The bath will be very slippery quite a few days after!! 

The Comforter - Bubble Bar 

I absolutely love this product and have re-purchased it three or four times since discovering Lush (I know, I know I am very late to the party). You only need a quarter or maybe a little less per bath, you crumble it under running water and it creates sooooo many bubbles. I have tried this one and the orange one which is also lovely but I feel that is more of a summer scent and the pink one is perfect for all year around. (There are other colours available too.)

Magic Wand - Bubble Bar 

 Just look how cute it is, its a glittery pink star on a lollipop stick with a silver bow and a mini bell!! I never got round to buying one of these last year so I knew it was a must for 2015, its almost too pretty to use but I will try it one day before Christmas I promise. The label tells you to crumble it into running water but you can swirl it around on the stick and just re-use it until it runs out. 

As you can see, most of the products I picked up were Bubble Bars, I do love a bath bomb don't get me wrong but I prefer how they make bubbles where as bath bombs just disappear. 

The Denim Shirt Edit

 Denim Shirt: Topshop, Top: H&M, Jeans: New Look, Boots: Primark, Coat: New Look

This denim shirt from Topshop has to be the key item in my wardrobe right now, I'd say it is my favourite piece in years and that is a bold statement to make. It was a 'risky' present for my birthday from my other half this year, we say 'risky' because he never EVER buys me any clothes and I certainly have to give him top marks for it, you really have to prize it away from me, if I could I would go to bed wearing it.

It's got a mix between your typical denim fabric of being stiff and thick quality around the seams, button holes, cuffs and pockets but the main body of the fabric is soft and stretchy making it lightweight and slouchy.

I absolutely love this shirt, its super versatile and can be worn open as I have in the images above with a top underneath, can be worn over the top of a dress or buttoned up for a more smarter look. As it is a much softer denim and a paler shade of blue I've taken the risk and gone for a double denim look by teaming it with my ripped black jeans. However I have broken it up with a black top underneath and an over sized checked scarf.

(And yes, my feet killed walking around London for the whole day in these boots!)

Alice xxx

The Longline Sleeveless Jacket

Hat - H&M, Top - River Island, Trousers - Primark, Waistcoat - Primark, Boots - Primark

I am slightly obsessed with long-line sleeveless jackets - technically they are a waistcoat right?!

They are extremely versatile and have become a major fashion statement in many wardrobes this autumn! I picked this one up in Primark a few months ago from the work section and it hardly dented my bank balance which is even better (it means I can add plenty more to my collection).

This particular jacket is fairly soft and loose fitting with two large pockets on the front, a lapel and a belt. If you are feeling a bit daring you could give it a whirl and wear it as a dress - expect a very low cut v and a lot of skin on show. I tend to wear it open with the tie fastening around the metal belt loops on each side - this cinches it in around my waistline showcasing my curves a little bit. Once we head further into winter and much colder weather you could wear it over the top of thick knitter jumpers.

I just love how one day you can wear it for work and the next day throw it on over a loose t-shirt and jeans.

Alice xxx