Thursday, 24 December 2015

12 Days of Blogmas - Day #12 | Christmas Eve Essentials

1. Blankets
Absolutely necessary part of Christmas Eve, how are you meant to get cosy without one?!

2. Pyjamas
See above. Mine are from Primark if you were wondering. They do the best Christmas pyjamas ever!

3. Candles
It seems almost criminal for it to be Christmas eve and not have a Christmas candle burning. I have so many to get through this year I'll have at least 5 on the go at once. Although, I'm not sure how well pine, peppermint, cookies, apples and vanilla go together but we'll see I guess!

4. Christmas Films
A vital part of Christmas. Who doesn't love a good Christmas movie?! If you need any suggestions here are a few that I'll be watching today; The Family Stone, Arthur Christmas, Santa Claus, Elf, The Grinch, A Christmas Carol & Fred Claus.

5. Snacks
Adorably packaged, delicious things in conveniently sized packages? Yes please. These are just 3 of the 60 snacks I was too ashamed to show you. Calories don't count at Christmas right?

6. Hot Chocolate
You have to have at least one hot chocolate on Christmas Eve, especially with all the trimmings. Mine will be overflowing with chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream & caramel syrup! (I don't like marshmallows - don't judge me.)

Other things on my personal list for today are to listen to as much Christmas music as I can take (Michael Buble's Christmas album has been on since November and I'm starting to hate him a little more each time I listen to it), dressing my dog up in as many Christmas accessories as he'll let me put on him and wrapping the last of the hundreds of presents I bought this year.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

What are you getting up to today? Do you agree with my list or do you think I missed something?

F I N D  &  F O L L O W  M E  O N 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

12 Days of Blogmas - Day #11 | Christmas Day Beauty Picks

I don't know about you (how many of you sang "but I'm feeling 22"? - it's been 2 years, will it ever stop?!) but for as long as I can remember I've 'dressed up' for Christmas Day. I've always put on a fancy dress, usually adorning some form of pom pom or glitter (not in recent years, thankfully) and thoroughly enjoyed it. As I've got older, and going out and getting incoherently drunk on Christmas Eve has become a new tradition, I've started lacking in the fancy department and instead choosing pyjama chic to comfort my suffering, hungover self. This year however, I've decided to combine the two. Pyjamas and the fanciest make up I can possibly do. These are the products I've narrowed it down to but then again that all depends on what make up I unwrap on Christmas morning (I have all my everything crossed for the Hourglass palette, don't let me down Santa!).

If you wan't a foundation that isn't going to move, fade, make you look shiny and control oil then Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet is your guy. Despite having oily skin I really don't like matte foundations. I think my innate dislike of them came from years of using Dream Matte Mousse as a teenager and now I just avoid them like the plague, but this one, is beautiful. I also think it's nice to have a matte base for occasions like these with how much glitter people tend to use at Christmas. It keeps the balance, or so I think anyway.

Next up is MAC's skin finish in Soft & Gentle. Oh jesus, I love this product. It gives the perfect amount of shine and highlight to the skin without being over powering, no matter how much you use. It blends seamlessly so you have no obvious lines of pure shimmer and on top of all of that, especially if you're hungover, it makes your skin look a lot less tired and much more polished. 

For lips, I'm completely torn. It's unquestionable that it has to be a red lip on Christmas Day, surely that's just a given, but my problem is that 80% of my lipsticks are red lipsticks. The two I've picked out are Nars' Mysterious Red and Charlotte Tilbury's Red carpet red. Mysterious Red, which is a bold red, is gorgeous but I didn't choose it just for the shade. As it wears off it does so evenly and doesn't stain meaning that throughout and after eating Christmas dinner my mouth won't look like I've just been involved in some kind of horrible accident. However, Red carpet red is equally as gorgeous but perhaps a little more understated (as understated as a red lip can be anyway) which could be a good thing. I think I'm best just waking up and picking one out with my eyes closed, either way I'm not going to be disappointed!

Eyes are where the magic happens. Really it's just a game of, let's see how much glitter I can get on my eyes and still be able to see. My choice of shades are coming from my favourite of all the Naked palettes, the Naked 2. I'll be using the shades 'Booty call, Half baked and Suspect' to create the most shimmery, slightly smokey eye I can. If like me you don't own any pigments or loose glitter you can wet your brush or the shadows with a face spray like Urban Decay's all nighter or MAC's Fix+ to get a lot more colour and shimmer pay off, especially if you're patting it on rather than blending it. My mascara of choice is the YSL shocking mascara but I won't be using much and instead using Ardell's Demi Wispie Lashes which are incredible! I got mine from eBay if you want to get your hands on some too.

And lastly are my nail and fragrance choices. Essie's 'Rock at the top' is a pretty, chunky gold glitter that, chips faster than you can put it on but, is great for layering over other nail polishes or to create a 'feature' nail. Personally I'm going all out and painting my nails in pure glitter because it's not really acceptable at any other time of the year so I'm going to make the most of it!
Tom Ford Black Orchid is such an amazing scent. It's by far my most special perfume so there weren't any other contenders that even came close, I love it.

Sorry this post has been a bit rambly, I hope you don't mind! Too much coffee and too little sleep can do that you.

Have you picked out any make up for Christmas Day? Do you dress up for Christmas or stay in your pyjamas all day?

Reviews of featured products:
Chanel foundation, Mac Soft & Gentle, Nars Mysterious Red, Charlotte Tilbury Red carpet red, YSL Mascara, Supercat Liner.

F I N D  &  F O L L O W  M E  O N 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

12 Days of Blogmas - Day #10 | Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Shopping List:
Recipe will make & ice 8 cupcakes.
For the cakes -
75g self raising flour
90g caster sugar
110g butter
2 eggs
30-50g cocoa powder (depending on how much you love chocolate - I used 40g)
1 flat teaspoon baking powder
For the icing -
160g icing sugar
80g unsalted butter
1 Terry's chocolate orange; around 10-12 slices
milk to loosen

1. Preheat oven to 200° (Gas mark 6).
2. Over a pan of boiling water, place a bowl on top and add your slices of chocolate orange. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Once melted, set aside to cool. You'll need to stir this every now and again to make sure it doesn't set.
3. In another bowl, add butter and caster sugar and mix well.
4. Gradually add sifted flour and eggs combining as you add them. Add cocoa powder and continue to mix.
5. Pop the batter into cupcake cases (mine were from Asda in case you were wondering) and put them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Don't forget to stir your chocolate!
6. Get your cupcakes out the oven and leave to cool.
7. Going back to your chocolate, add 80g of room temperature butter and mix until glossy.
8. Gently fold in your icing sugar.
9. If the mixture looks lumpy and is beginning to form a paste and a few drops of milk and mix continually. Only add a small amount of milk at time but if you do over do it and the mixture becomes too runny, add some more icing sugar.
10. Spread icing over the cupcakes and leave to set for 10-15 mins.
11. Decorate as desired - I went for festive & adorable.

I love baking at Christmas but I'm not a huge fan of traditional Christmas desserts but I am however, a HUGE fan of chocolate orange and thus these were born! I decided against adding orange to the cupcake batter too as to not over do it but you could easily do so by grating some orange rind into the mixture. These were absolutely delicious and one that I'm going to bring back every Christmas from now on. It does hurt my heart though that chocolate oranges are only around at Christmas - God damn you Terry!

Do you enjoy baking at Christmas? What's your favourite thing to make?

F I N D  &  F O L L O W  M E  O N 

Friday, 18 December 2015

12 Days of Blogmas - Day #9 | Christmas Candles

There's nothing better to get you in the festive mood like a good candle. I have hundreds that I love but these 4 are definitely my favourites this year.

Wax Lyrical via Tesco £4 - link
First up from a brand called Wax Lyrical this candle is not 'Christmas scented' at all and actually has a deep, warm vanilla fragrance that has Christmas written all over it to me. It's not sickly sweet which I very much appreciate when it comes to vanilla scents. I bought it from Tesco for £4 (bargain) and I believe there are 2 other scents to choose from but this one is my fave.

Yankee Candle Candy Cane Lane via eBay £6.74 - link
If you like the smell of tic tacs you are going to go bat poop crazy over the scent of this candle. It's sweet peppermint goodness and a refreshing take on Christmas candles. I've been burning this a lot and fall more in love with it every time. I think I'll have to stock up on these before they stop being sold -I'm hooked!

Lily Flame Mistletoe Kisses via Amazon £8.50 - link
I've heard loads about this brand but never tried anything so what better place to start than with a Christmas candle! The scent of this is very deep and perfumed and it's a wonderful fragrance for this time of year and smells super wintery, for lack of a better word, it's safe to say I'm a fan.

Yankee Candle Snow In Love via eBay £7.99 - link
My absolute all time favourite candle ever, ever, ever. I can't describe the scent at all which I'm aware is really helpful. Yankee Candle describe it as 'a delightful blend of creamy, comforting woods and wintry powder freshness' and I don't think I could do much better than that. It's fresh, slightly sweet, warm and just completely lovely. Out of all of these I'd recommend this one the most. I love it.

What's your favourite festive candle? Any excuse you can give me to go on a candle binge would be greatly appreciated!

F I N D  &  F O L L O W  M E  O N 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

12 Days of Blogmas - Day #8 | Christmas in London Part 2: Winter Wonderland

Have you been to Winter Wonderland?

What have you been up to to get into the festive spirit?

F I N D  &  F O L L O W  M E  O N