Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas 2014 Gift Guide

Yes another gift guide to add to your reading list. They may be a bit repetitive around this time of year in the blogsphere but I do find them really helpful. This year I decided to put one together myself. I know we can all struggle at times to find gifts for our friends & family depending on their interests, I figured it would be pretty helpful to put together a selection of gifts that could help guide you in the right direction  when deciding what to purchase this Christmas for loved ones.

As bloggers I'm 100% certain we all have blogger friends. Whether it be someone you've known for ages or a more recent friendship. We all are pretty clued up on what sort of goodies and treats we like to assist us with maintaining our blogs! Whether it be a quirky notebook, Something to help pretty up our photos or even a particular camera. These are just a few bits that I know I would be happy to receive as a blogger so maybe you will know someone who will like them too. 

For the friend that likes to travel you could go down the practical route or the fun route depending on how serious he or she may take their around the world excursions. What about a smart travel wallet to keep all their documents secure? A travel journal to make note of all their adventures. Or maybe you want to just stick to the travel theme and get gifts you know they will enjoy. 

For the stationery lover you cannot go wrong with a selection of pretty notebooks or some form of novelty writing equipment. Kate Spade offers some lovely stationary - I may of treated myself while in NYC but more on that at a later date. I don't know anyone who doesn't love stationery you can even get cute little stocking stuffers like the Bunny stapler! 

For the Technology and gadget lovers there is a wide range of products out there range from the affordable  phone cases all the way up to the more special gifts like an actual ipad itself! If you have a friend who cant live without their spotify subscription or a co worker constantly glued to their smartphone maybe some of this items would be ideal for them this year. 

For the Inspiring chefs out there, or maybe just the friend who likes to bake on the weekend why not treat them to some new culinary treats! I think the Bourbon biscuit platter would make a great talking point at any dinner party. Christmas isn't complete without some form of cookery book thrown into the mix is it?  

I hope you've found this gift guide helpful. I plan to get a lot of my Christmas shopping done this weekend. I will be organised for once!

Much Love

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Fashion : Extra 50% off Sale items at Forever21.

Forever 21 is a website I always seem to browse but never end up purchasing anything from. I've also been in a couple of their stores (one in Dublin & another in Glasgow) which can be quite overwhelming because of the sheer number of racks and rails full of stock. Last night I decided to have a browse during a netflix binge and realised they have a pretty good deal on at the moment. 

All the items above are currently in their sale. Now Forever21 is a pretty affordable shop in the first place, but when they have a sale on you can nab some good deals. This time around the sale is even better though as they currently are offering 50% off their sale prices. Meaning you could pick up that Red shift dress for less than a fiver. Or the blazer for a mere £7.50!  Obviously these are the end dregs of the sale items but there are still a few really nice pieces to be snapped up. 

It's definitely worth having a look at their sale items and seeing if you can grab some bargains. 

Much love, 

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Beauty : Revisiting Kate Moss 107 Lipstick

With so many blogs out there and Youtube channels to explore, you can see why it's easy to fall for the hype when products are splashed across our news feeds. This was the case with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in 107 around this time last year. I bought it.... and unlike many others I hated it. 
I don't really go for a bold dark lip. I've mentioned before I usually go for peachy pinks, so this was way out of my comfort zone. At the time of purchasing I had a different hair colour. Really dark brown... pair that with a dark lip and I felt I looked a bit gothic. Therefore the 107 lipstick got stashed away in a drawer and forgotten about. Fast forward nearly a year and I've dug it out of the depths again to give it a another try.. and the verdict? I love it! 

With my lighter hair colour I am able to wear this lipstick with a little more confidence than before. I also changed the way I apply it, which I feel makes a big difference. This lipstick is quite messy to apply straight from the bullet, so a lip brush is necessary. Instead of packing the colour on so it's quite heavy, I use just enough to ensure I have a good coverage of the berry shade on my lips. Blot with a tissue and then with a light hand, go over it again. This results in the look above. An obvious bold lip without being too striking.  

It just shows that sometimes there are products out there that deserve a second chance. Whether it be a change in hair colour, or perhaps you aren't as religious with your fake tanning regime anymore. Try it again and it may work for you. If it doesnt, pass it on to someone who may appreciate it more or sell in a blog sale.

Are there any products you've revisited & managed to make it work for you?

Much Love, 

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