Christmas Penguin Nail art Tutorial – Guest Post!

19 Dec
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Hi everyone! I’m Mali and I blog over at Maliberry Makeup.  Nat kindly invited me to write a few guest posts for her over the Christmas/Winter period and I’m kicking that off with a quick nail art tutorial!  I adore painting my nails and coming up with fun designs, and today I’ll be talking you through the steps to get fun little penguins on your nails.  I actually got the idea from these from some falsies I saw in Primark, although I tweaked the design slightly and added my own touches.  These are perfect for when you want festive nails!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
You’ll need:
Black nail polish
White nail polish (the more coverage the better)
Gold nail polish (yellow/orange would also work)
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
I also used a plastic surface to blob nail polish onto – you can see some polish from a previous gradient manicure on mine!  You’ll also need a dotting tool which you can get quite cheaply on eBay or in places that sell nail supplies.  You don’t strictly need a dotting tool: you can use a toothpick, pinhead stuck in a pencil eraser or even a pencil lead to make dots!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Firstly, paint your nails black :)  Use a quick dry topcoat so you can move on to the next step sooner.  I actually laid down my black base the night before
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Next, take your white polish and paint the belly of the penguin. Start the curve of the polish lower down than you normally would, making sure to leave a ring of black around.  I went a little too high with the white on my pinky finger but it’s okay!  Don’t worry if this isn’t perfect – it will give your penguins character
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
Next, blob out your white polish onto the plastic surface.  Use the dotting tool to create little white dots on the line of black above the white belly.  I always do some practice dots before attempting them on my nail!  Again, perfection really isn’t necessary here and your penguins will have their own personality if their eyes are a little wonky :P
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
While you wait for the white dots to dry, go ahead and blob out some gold polish on the plastic surface.  Use the dotting tool to add feet at the base of the white belly.  Add a beak below the eyes – simply drag the dotting tool slightly to create a longer shape
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
The white dots should be dry enough to add pupils now!  As you might have guessed, you create these in exactly the same way: blob out black polish and grab your dotting tool!  My dotting tool is double ended and I used the smaller end to create these delicate black dots but using less pressure also gives a smaller dot if you don’t have different sized tools.  I tried to make the penguins’ pupils all look in different directions!
Now, you could absolutely stop here and seal your penguins in with topcoat.  However, I wanted to take it a step further.
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
You’ll need nail art lacquers in your choice of colours – I went for these red and green Color Club Nail Art Lacquers which come with an inbuilt striping brush.  You can also use normal polish and a separate striping brush!
Christmas Penguin Nail Art Tutorial
I added a little scarf to the penguin on my ring finger by painting a base of green and then adding red stripes.  Very Christmassy!
Once your nails are completely dry, add a coat of topcoat for shine and to protect your hard work.  A matte topcoat would add a fun dimension too.  This entire manicure probably took me about 10 minutes and is very simple.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial :) Thanks for having me Nat – be sure to let me know if any of you do try this for yourselves!
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What’s in Store PLUS I Need Help – Writers Needed!

17 Dec

Hello all this is just a quick post today to let regular readers know what is going on in my life at the moment and what will be happening for the next month.

Basically I have finished my first semester of my MA. It’s gone quickly hasn’t it?! By the end of the first week of January all my assignments will be finished and handed in and I’ll be getting ready for my holiday.

Due to my holiday I’m having to get my assignments completed one to two weeks early which is a bit crap, but definitely worth it if it means it’s all done and handed in.

Because of this I’m practically working on my assignments everyday. That’s right, EVERY SINGLE DAY. So you have to wonder why I’m not bothering with my blog, right?

I love my blog, don’t get me wrong. It’s at the moment one of my favourite things to do to chill out and it’s a hobby of mine so for me to have to put it on hold really does suck. Plus I hate thinking that I could lose followers and such to it. BUT it’s worth it I guess if it means my work is done on time.

I know in the New Year that I want to do more things with my blog, and I hope that I can achieve them. But for not that’s all my little secret.

Now you’re probably wondering what is going to happen to my blog whilst I’m on holiday? I’m going to have one of my friends doing some guest posts for me! We’ve already discussed what she could write about and have a few ideas out there.

I’m also going to ask another friend to write for me, as I already have an idea of what she could do… But you’ll have to wait for that.

But this is where I get you guys involved. I want people, readers, to come forward and offer to do a guest post for me and when I get back from my holiday I would love to return the favour.

SO if you are interested in this, PLEASE comment down below and drop me an email, which you can find on the right hand side of this post below my blog photo.

You can write about whatever you want… Well possibly!

Just email me after commenting on my blog post with your name, your blog URL, what you would like to post about and I shall email you back asap.

The last dates for doing this are 5th January 2015 at 1pm as this is going to be a hella busy day for me!

So I hope to see people sending me their submissions as I’m super excited to finally have some guest writers on my blog.

I hope to hear from you all soon!

Take care all and I’ll speak to you soon.

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Preparing for my Holiday!

16 Dec

With my holiday in less than a month, I’m starting to prepare for what I’ll be taking with me and possibly what I may need to buy beforehand too!

I was having a look over at Two Seasons website and found loads of lovely pieces, which are all in their sale too. So I may have to treat myself after Christmas in preparation for my holiday, as well as for some bits and pieces throughout the spring and summer here in the UK too.

I know this seems like a sponsored post (and how I wish it was, I love Two Seasons!) but it honestly isn’t, Two Seasons is just one of my favourite shops on the high street. They sell skate, surf and snow clothing which are all styles I love. So they can never go wrong with the pieces they bring out!

I have to say I didn’t realise that most of these items were Element and I apologise for that… But I do really love the clothing that Element bring out!

I NEED some flip-flops for my holiday, I don’t own a pair and for being around the pool and walking around in the day I could probably do with some. I really like the look of these Hype flip-flops and for less than a tenner, I don’t think I can go wrong really!

I’ve had my eye on this clutch bag for quite a while and to see it in the sale has actually made me happy and the timing is perfect too! I really do want this for my holiday, as well as for nights out here in the UK too as it’s such a pretty but simple piece. I love foxes so this hooked me in the first time I saw it. I’d use this on nights out as well as in the day if I was just popping out somewhere local. Perfect!

This isn’t a must have item, but I have been thinking about picking up a new bag for 2015 anyway! I love my backpack, but I guess I just feel a bit young to have one of those now. But this being said I want a handbag I can settle on for quite a long time now and not feel the need to change it… We shall see about  this however. This bag is gorgeous though and I have looked at it before now in store.

You can never go wrong with boardshorts, especially if you like swimming and such like I do! I’ve already decided on my holiday that everyday will involve swimming and my boyfriend and I are even planning to try surfboarding, so these would definitely come in handy. They come in four different colours (black and white stripes, white and red stripes, coral and hot pink) but I like this colour the best. If I felt up to it I would wear these out and about in the day too. Can definitely see me picking these up.

This was a really expensive t-shirt, but what more do you expect from a high-end skate brand? When Element go in the sale though, they go cheap and are well worth the money. Once again,  I love foxes and have had my eye on this t-shirt for quite a while now. It sold out on the website for a while though and I was gutted, only to recently discover that it’s not back online. I would definitely like to pick this up for my holiday, as it’s just an excuse to buy it really!

I actually like these shorts a little better than the Billabong ones and I think it’s just because they’re not board shorts, so I could get away with wearing these a little more than the others. Either way I love both and you can never have enough shorts! These are a gorgeous banana yellow shade, which I really like and they would work perfectly with a few of my t-shirts I plan to take with me, as well as with my new bikini. Bargain too at under £13.00!

Another t-shirt… Also another Element t-shirt. I do apologise! This t-shirt is beautiful! A deep red and it looks really snug fitting and somewhat thick too. Element t-shirts are great and I already own a couple that I often live in when I’m having lazy days, as they’re just perfect for it. If I don’t buy this for my holiday I’ll buy it for more lazy days.

So that was my holiday preparations list! I can’t believe in just under a month I’ll be off on my holiday! Also it’s Christmas soon too! How exciting is that eh?

Just to say I’m sorry for being so quiet lately, I’m just do busy with uni work that sadly my blog is having to take a step back from my life. But I’ll be having a guest post one of the days this week so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I hope you’re all well and that you’re ready for Christmas now. Are you? If not then who do you have left to buy for? Let me know in the comments down below.

Take care all and see you soon.

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Give A Little Sparkle…

8 Dec

Christmas is a couple of weeks away and I know I still have loads of presents left to buy people, which sucks. BUT I’m hoping my post today will strike up some inspiration, especially if you’re wanting to buy someone something extra special.

So when Warren James contacted me to try out a few of their jewellery pieces, I said yes and I’m talking to you about the two pieces they sent to me. Therefore this is the second review to go up on my blog with an * next to it, exciting huh!? I wasn’t sent these directly from Warren James, but a company called Beattie Communications, who were lovely to deal with and sent these out super quick!

They sent me the Laguna Heart Necklace* and Kirsten Real Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Solitaire Ring* which as you can see are both such beautiful and simple pieces.

The first piece I’m going to talk about is the ring.

Simple and elegant DiamonFlash® Cubic Zirconia solitaire ring in a classic 6 claw setting. Rhodium finish, a member of the Platinum family, for added luxury.

This ring is so beautiful and I was so excited to receive it to review. I don’t own many rings, because I don’t feel I have the most feminine hands in the world to pull it off but this ring really does make me feel that little more feminine. When I first saw it in the box and tried it on, it really did remind me of an engagement ring and I did worry when I wore it out over the past week that someone may ask if I was engaged, but no one did (thank God!).

The diamond in this ring is gorgeous and very bling, I must say. The diamond is pretty big, which is why it reminded me of an engagement ring. It makes this a real statement piece and will look great at a New Years party with a little black dress. The band for this ring is made of sterling silver, which is indicated on the band itself. It’s also a nice size, not too thick and not too thin which I liked as it means its super comfortable to wear and whenever I wear it it doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing anything.

I asked for this ring in an M, which is the size of my middle finger, however the only finger this ring fits is my ring finger, which I found odd. It doesn’t state on the box itself or the ring which size it is, which I found a bit odd.

Now onto the price of this ring, because the pieces from Warren James all look more expensive than they actually are. This is currently in the sale from £18.00 down to £8.99. Yes this ring costs less than £10, can you believe it?

With this ring on I don’t feel the need to wear any other jewellery as the huge diamond on this just stands out beautifully and I think everyone needs a ring like this in their collection. This won’t break the bank either if you wanted to get a relative or a friend something special for Christmas this year.

Now onto the necklace, which was my favourite piece out of the two.

Elegant, romantic and feminine, the Laguna necklace is spectacular. Dive into the depths of colour to reveal prisms of inner fire and beauty; iridescent shaded flashing from within. Be captivated by this stunning piece of jewellery. Be the envy of all your friends. Super gift idea.

This necklace is stunning, absolutely stunning! It looks gorgeous on the website but in the flesh it just looks a hundred times better. I’ve wanted a necklace like this since my trip to Bristol when I found a store selling them so the fact that I finally have one is really nice.

This is a beautiful turquoise heart-shaped necklace with swarovski elements so when the light hits the heart it shows off all sorts of colours. It looks so gorgeous! The chain is 45cm but due to it having an extender you can have it at 51cm if you wished to. It doesn’t state anywhere on the website if the chain is sterling silver and there aren’t any markings on it to state it either, but this doesn’t bother me. My magpie eyes were too busy being hypnotized by the turquoise heart!

Not only is there the swarovski heart on this piece, but the loop above it that you thread the chain through has little diamonds on it, which I think makes this piece look that little bit more luxurious and expensive looking. I like that it isn’t bland, it gives it a little more character to the piece itself.

So, you want to know how much this was? It’s in the sale and originally cost £59, and is in the sale for £16. Can you believe it? Because I couldn’t when I saw how much it cost!

Overall I love this necklace and since receiving it, I haven’t stopped wearing it. I only have one necklace and it’s a red heart locket, so to have another heart-shaped piece in my collection is really nice. I already know I’m going to wear this for my holiday and I can’t wait as it’ll look gorgeous from the day until the evening. This is a simple but effective piece that you can wear from day-to-night with any outfit.

So what do I think of the pieces overall? I LOVE them and I’m not just saying that because I was sent them to review. You know me, I’m honest and if I didn’t like them I would say.

Both pieces really do stand out but are simple at the same time, which I really do like. They feel light weight and I know they’ll work perfectly with any outfit. They especially work together and compliment one another very well so if I wear one piece, I know the other will be worn alongside it.

Warren James are a great jewellery store and their pieces are all as beautiful as one another. With Christmas just over two weeks away you still have plenty of time to do your Christmas shopping if you haven’t picked anything up. I’ve looked at buying pieces from them before for myself, as well as my Mom in the past. There are loads of different pieces to choose from and they’re all at amazing prices.

I already have my eye on a few other pieces I may pick up after Christmas.

So, do you like the look of Warren James? Hey maybe you already own some pieces from them! If so, which pieces? I’d love to hear about them.

Definitely check out Warren James, this is their website and they have stores all over the UK, which you’ll be able to locate on the website too.

I hope everyone is well and getting ready for Christmas, it’ll be here before you know it.

Until next time take care all and have a great week.

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*Product sent for reviewing purposes.

Halfway To 50!

6 Dec

In a months time I’ll be turning 25. Yes I’ve been alive 25 whole years in a months time. I can’t believe how time has flown over the past ten years and when I think of things I’ve done and said over the years of growing up it makes me cringe. Especially when I attempted to predict what my future would hold when I was seventeen.

I remember at the time talking to a college friend when I was seventeen about where I wanted myself to be when I turned 25. I wanted to have a boyfriend and start a family. YES I wanted to start a family at 25! Fair enough to people who do do that, but for me it’s a definite no.

However the year after that when I was eighteen I decided that twenty-five was too young, and when I turned 28 that would be the year of me settling down and having a family.

Since that time I have started my career (somewhat!), been in a young relationship, a pathetic relationship and now in a serious relationship. I still live at home and I earn sod all money. I don’t think I’m ready to have children in the next 3-4 years, do you?

However I’m not getting any younger and in a months time I’ll be halfway to 50 and that’s a pretty scary thought when I look at how my life is at the moment.

I won’t lie, in the next 5-6 years I would like to be in my own home with my boyfriend, if we wanna get married then so be it, be in a good job, have a puppy/doggy, and finally start thinking about having a family of my own.

Considering the past 4-5 years have flown by its pretty scary that the next 5-6 years are going to fly by just as quickly. Especially with the fact this year has just gone, I can only imagine that the same is going to happen next year too.

So with New Years just around the corner, which also has New Years resolutions tagged onto it I’m thinking of some life goals to go through next year. Big ones at that! I’m thinking if I set myself 5 to complete every year until I turn 30, I’ll hopefully finally be where I want to be in life within those 5 years.

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1. To be moving into my own home by the end of 2015.

Over the past couple of months my boyfriend and I have come to the decision that we do want to move in together and the sooner we can, the better. As much as I love living at home (okay that might be a little bit of a white lie) I want my own space. Whilst my family were away for 2 weeks I LOVED just having the house to myself, being able to cook what I wanted, when I wanted and not worrying about anything clashing. It was just amazing to have all that space to myself and it was nice having my boyfriend there with me everyday. Times like that show us both that we CAN stand each other for more than a few minutes and as well as that we were able to go and do our own thing and not have a problem.

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2. To have a new car by the end of 2015.

As much as I love my little red bug, I would like a new car soon. In 2017 it’ll be 20 years old and whilst it serves it’s purpose for driving from local places A-B, I can’t drive to university and nor can I drive to my boyfriend’s house, so it means I often have to get trains, lifts, etc which is extremely frustrating when I know how to drive and I want to have the chance to drive on motorways but my car just causes my anxiety to flare. The worry it wouldn’t be able to handle the distance is a worry to me for a start. I wouldn’t want a brand new car, but a second-hand car that’s just had one owner would suit me. My car now only had one owner before me and it was perfect. What made it less perfect was when someone hit it a couple of years ago whilst I was at work. She admitted it was her fault and I got some compensation. Sadly though my cars value dropped by over £500 and it really annoyed me, and still does to this day. I guess it does make me paranoid to have another car incase it happens again… But if you live life-like that you won’t get anywhere.

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3. Pass my MA at university with a 2:1.

This is one of my biggest worries at the moment… I finish in September 2015 and whilst it seems far away I know it’ll creep up on me before I know it. I mean next Friday is my last day at university until the end of January now. Crazy huh? Also in a months time as well as getting older, I have five assignments to hand in. Yep FIVE! I’m really anxious about it, but I know with a few late nights and some hard work it’ll all be done in time. BUT I really want to be able to pass with a good mark, a 2:1 would be perfect for me and that is what I’m aiming towards. I’ll have to decide if I want to continue at my university to study my PhD or go and study it at a closer university… Decisions, decisions.

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4. Go to Japan for a two-week holiday.

I would love to visit Japan as I have spoken about in the past on my blog and that urge is still very strong. After attending Comic Con at the end of November I want to go more than ever and knowing me I won’t want to come back home! It wouldn’t be cheap to go and I’d probably be inclined to travel out later in the year of 2015 for various reasons. I’d want to go after I finish university as a sort of “congratulations, you finished!” treat, plus it’s an excuse to go, isn’t it? This being said if me and my boyfriend get a house together, I doubt we would be able to afford it. I’d much rather sacrifice a holiday, than a possible home and investment.

Image taken from Charlotte Timmons Instagram account – http://instagram.com/charlotte_eleanor88

5. Get a tattoo!

Okay, this is a silly one and if I don’t do it it isn’t any biggie! I’ve already found the tattoo artist who I would want to do my piece, Charlotte Timmons (here’s her Instagram account, check out her work!) who has also done a piece for my friend, which was beautiful. She does some gorgeous pieces and her animal ones stick out the most to me. As regular readers will know, I LOVE foxes and the fact she tattoos them makes me very happy. It’s an added bonus how beautiful her fox work is. A recent piece (which is the image above) came up on her Instagram and the after pictures of the girl who had it, it’s stunning and really has made me want a fox piece by her now. I might not get a tattoo ever and it’ll constantly be a fantasy never actually played out in reality, but nonetheless and as Mr Potato Head said in Toy Story “hey, I can dream, can’t I?

Will I stick to these? I know at least three of them I’m going to try and succeed in this year, not because they’re goals but because I know I want them enough to get what I want!

As I do every year, I will make some little New Year’s resolutions up for myself, but those will be up on the 31st of December. So keep your eyes peeled for those.

Will you be having a go at creating some years goals? If so, what would you come up with? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a good December so far.

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November Empties

5 Dec

This is the final empties post I’ll be doing, sad times! I just don’t have it in my heart to do these posts anymore and if anything they feel like a chore to do at the best of times. If I really want to rave about a product then I’ll review it, or even have it mentioned on my favourites post. Also if I’ve used a product I really didn’t like I’ll probably do a “Monthly Dislikes” post, but we shall see!

For now let me tell you about my empties from last month, there are quite a few.

  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.

I’ve mentioned this before, if you would like to read more about it look here.

  • Palmolive Lavender & Chamomile Caring & Aromatic Hand Wash.

I somewhat enjoyed this hand wash but not enough that I would buy it again. It smelt really nice and due to the ingredients had a lovely relaxing scent to it afterwards. This left my hands feeling soft and clean but not as soft as other hand washes have in the past, which was a little disappointing. I wouldn’t buy this again however as whilst the scent was nice, it was also a little on the overpowering side. If you love lavender and camomile then you’ll love this!

  • Dolly’s Mixtures Shower Gel in Pina Colada.

I really enjoyed using this shower gel and for a £1 I’m pretty chuffed that I picked it up! These are from ASDA and come in variety of scents. They’re a strong scent and foam up beautifully when applied to a sponge. When I used this my skin felt lovely and soft, and smelt amazing! I love pina colada’s so anything that smells of it just makes me happy, as sad as that sounds. It just reminds me of summer evenings, last Christmas with my family, and how holidays should smell of. I will definitely pick up this scent again, but I would like to try one of the other scents first.

  • T-Zone Clear Pore Anti-Bacterial Cleanser.

This is a great and basic cleanser which only costs a couple of quid, if that! I’ve already spoken about this in the past so I’m going to leave that link here.

  • The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet.

I LOVE this moisturiser and I already have another pot of it which I’ve started to use! I’ve written a full review about this when I first bought it, which you can check out here. I’m really pleased that this lasted me three months, although I won’t lie, it has felt like a lot longer!

  • Wilko Fruits Bath Pearls.

These bath pearls really did remind me of my childhood. My Mom used to take me to The Body Shop once a month and treat me to a couple of shower gels and some bath pearls. I loved using them in the bath and how they would explode inside. I never saw them for years until now and what a let down these are! I only used a couple, the rest of the packet were used by my boyfriend, who loved them! But he’d never experience bath pearls as a kid, so the child in him loved these I reckon. These were good, don’t get me wrong. They release different scented oils which leave the skin feeling a little greasy and moisturised, but I just didn’t like them. The nostalgia just wasn’t there 100% and I was pretty gutted because of it. BUT for a £1, I can’t complain.

  • Wilko Fruits Bath Bomb in Blueberry & Grape and Lemon & Black Pepper.

I didn’t use these bath bombs, my boyfriend did but I just wanted to talk about these. I reviewed the Strawberry & Pomegranate bath bomb and it wasn’t the most positive of reviews. After using the bath bomb I was rather poorly and left with a urine infection and thrush. I do have sensitive skin, but I didn’t think that these would make me THAT ill! As my Mom bought me three of these bath bombs for £3 I had two left over to use up. My boyfriends been staying at mine the last couple of weeks in November and as he wanted a bath or two, I decided he might like to use these. He did! He doesn’t have sensitive skin like I do and therefore didn’t come across any issues. He said his skin felt soft and he did smell really nice after use. These two bath bombs smell amazing, much better than the Strawberry & Pomegranate one! I guess I just wish I could have used these myself, but alas I’m not risking getting ill again. It isn’t worth it. If you don’t suffer from sensitive skin, or want to get your boyfriend something nice for Christmas, definitely invest in these as they’re great for men and come in a variety of scents.

So that was my last empties post… Are you going to miss this series? If I get enough people saying they will, I may keep on doing it. I’m going to see how I feel.

What did you use up during November? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope December is going well for everyone so far.

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November Favourites 2014

3 Dec

Christmas is just around the corner and as I say every favourites post, I can’t believe how fast the year has gone. To think in less than a months time it’ll be a New Year, Christmas will be over and I’ll be older.

November went by really quickly and it actually took me ages to try and think about what my favourites were throughout the month, as it just flashed by!

Eventually I came up with my ten favourites and here they are.

 

  • Yankee Candle’s Simply Home Candle in Lemon Cream.

I’ve owned this candle for quite a while, but since having the house to myself the past two weeks, my boyfriend and I have been burning this loads as we love the smell and look how low down it is now! This was really cheap too from a market nearby where I live, only £6 and this is a medium jar, which usually retails for £9, so I did get it at a bargain. I haven’t seen this for sale in-store anywhere since buying it, which sucks as it smells delicious. It reminds me of lemon cake, most of all like the one you can get from Costa Coffee, which just smells lush! It’s a really strong candle too and when I first used to burn this I used to have to keep my window open as it used to give me a headache. I’ll definitely buy this again in the future, as well as one of the Simply Home candles again as they’re a great price and are actually Yankee Candles, but under a different name. They’re worth just as much as the Yankee Candles themselves. Check these out if you haven’t before.

  • The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shower Gel.

I LOVE the Glazed Apple collection from The Body Shop this Christmas and I’ll really be sad to see this go at the end of the month. I love apple scents and this really does smell of fresh apples, but with a sweet scent too. My friend Mali over on her blog (link) reviewed this not long after it came out in October and described it as smelling like Hubba Bubba apple bubblegum and she’s so right! I love using this shower gel in the mornings before I head to university as I smell of it for a while before I leave the house and the fresh but sweet apple scent really does wake you up. It makes lots of lovely bubbles and a little bit of it goes a long way. My boyfriends been using this loads too and he loves it. I’ve also tried the hand cream from this collection and have literally just ordered the bubble bath too. I’m excited to try it out! I recommend picking up the Glazed Apple products as soon as possible as soon enough Christmas will be over and these will be coming off of the shelves too.

  • Angel by Thierry Mugler EDP.

Sadly a few months back I ran out of my Angel and luckily I have a refillable bottle so it doesn’t cost me much to get my star bottle refilled if I want to. So for less than £30 my Dad was lovely enough to go and get it refilled for me and since then I’ve been using Angel once again. This is one of my favourite perfumes and has been since it came out in the early 90’s. My Mom used to wear this loads when I was a kid and because of it, the scent always reminds me of her. I love wearing this throughout the winter season as it’s such a warming scent and it lasts ages too so if I’m busy I don’t have to worry about topping it up every hour or so. If you’re thinking of getting this someone for Christmas, or even yourself definitely pick up the refill bottle! You save so much money in the long run.

  • Dettol Moisturise Aloe Vera & Milk Protein Hand Wash.

The Dettol hand wash is back on my sink and boy have I missed it! I love the Dettol hand washes, they’re sure to clean your hands from bacteria, smell delicious and leave my hands feeling moisturised and lovely. This was on offer in Asda for just 95p, which I thought was great considering the Dettol hand washes are £1-£2 usually. This smells delicious and I can’t even describe the scent, other than fresh and like milk and honey. I’ll definitely be picking this up again as it’s made my hand lovely and soft, and not many hand washes out there does that to my hands.

  • The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector.

I still own this hand cream and I have to just say how lovely it is! Since picking this up on my 24th at the start of the year it has done nothing but keep my hands soft. This is definitely one for autumn and winter as it’s a very thick hand cream that is designed for dry to very dry hands, which I suffer from terribly at this time due to my eczema. However, as of yet I haven’t had any problems (touch wood!) and I have a feeling it’s because of using this hand cream everyday. I got this for £5.00, instead of the full price of £11.00 and whilst it is expensive it really is worth the money! I recommend this and have written a review for it in the past (check that out here) and I will tell people to try this over and over again as it really is amazing and a real skin saver!

  • Bath & Body Works Pocketbac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Graham Cracker Marshmallow.

I love Bath & Body Works, but I hate that they aren’t available in this country, GRR! I usually pick up my Pocketbac’s from eBay and that is where I bought this one from. This hand sanitizer smells of yummy chocolate crackers and it really is delicious. As all Pocketbac’s the scent is really strong and lasts ages. I’m usually asked what perfume I’ve put on whenever I use this as it just smells THAT strong, never a bad thing. As well as that it keeps my hands germ free and clean throughout the day. I love using this in class as my lectures are due to start and it really is a treat to use. I always sniff my hands after use too and it really does smell yummy. If you like the sound of this just go and search for it on eBay, I’m sure you’ll find one on there somewhere.

  • Carmex Lip Balm in Strawberry.

I’ve posted about this lip balm various times on my blog and even written about it in the past (which you can check out here) and once again it is rearing it’s strawberry scented head. I love using the original Carmex but as that is seeing it’s last days I have started to use the Strawberry one more. This smells lightly of Strawberries and you can taste it a little when you put it on the lips, but it isn’t anything major. This lip balm is gorgeous and a little bit of it goes a long way. I love using this alone and under lip products. My lips over the years have been dry and chapped throughout the winter season, but since discovering Carmex last summer my lips since have been lovely and soft… I do use other lip balms by the way! I find this one works nice underneath lip glosses but with lipsticks (depending on the formula) it doesn’t work as well if you don’t blot afterwards… But I often do this anyway. I’m going to try the cherry flavour when this has finished, can’t wait!

  • Rimmel Glitter Bomb Top Coat in Bedazzle.

This was one of my more recent beauty purchases and it’s a gorgeous glitter top coat. I know I don’t need anymore make up products, I know this but who can deny something as lovely as this? This top coat is a dupe of OPI’s Polka.com nail lacquer and I’d wanted that nail polish for nearly two years, so the fact that I have bought a great dupe for over half the price isn’t bad. I need to post a review of these in the next few weeks before Christmas and New Year roll around, but this is such a great top coat to wear alone or over a nail polish colour. It has purple, blue and pink glitter running throughout and is really girly! Perfect for New Years parties and I can see me wearing this loads in December.

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera.

Okay I want to start this by saying I don’t use this on my lips, I use it on my eyebrows… Yes I know that sounds weird but hear me out. I have HUGE eyebrows and without a gel or Vaseline to keep them looking neat and tidy they would be an unruly mess! I apply a little of this onto my eyebrows and then use an eyebrow/eyelash comb to smooth them down and make them look tidy and straight. I recommend this if you have thick eyebrows like I do, I wouldn’t wish to use a coloured gel on mine as they’re black so they can’t really become any darker than they are already. Plus Vaseline doesn’t cost much either, which makes my wallet happy.

  • Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Lacquer in Raspberry Rhapsody.

I wrote a review (you can check that out here) about these when they first came out and ever since I’ve loved these and have been meaning to order some more for when I go on holiday in the New Year (which I’ll do after Christmas!) as they’re just such lovely shades. This is definitely one of my favourite shades as it’s a gorgeous purpley pink shade and looks beautiful on the lips, leaving a slight stain as well as keeping them moisturised and feeling great. I often opt for these if I’m not in the mood to wear a lipstick as they’re easy to apply and last ages so I don’t feel the need to reapply them often. If you haven’t tried these yet, get from under that rock you’re clearly hiding underneath and give these a go!

So those were my favourite products throughout November! I can’t believe it’s December already. Speaking of which, what do you all think of my new header? Christmassy huh?

What did you like using in November? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all.

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