It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A… CHRISTMAS TAG!

With every season and special event(s) that arise around them, a tag post will always be flying around and if there isn’t, I always find one. I love taking part in tag posts and especially love reading peoples answers on them! I just feel like it helps you find out more things about a blogger, whether they’ve been around for years, or just starting out. It’s also a great way to share fellow bloggers websites and Twitter handles out there on the World Wide Blogging Web!

Before the weekend Sarah over at Raiin Monkey tagged me as well as some of my gorgeous fellow geeky bloggers to take part in the Christmas tag (you can read her answers here!)

AND since it snowed in Birmingham before the weekend, I’ll be using my own snow pictures for this post! 😀

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute?

I get my Christmas shopping done WAYYYY before Black Friday! I try and get it started at the start of November so that I don’t have to do the rustle and bustle of Christmas shopping at the end of November an on wards. My family have always left Christmas shopping until the last minute and I always hated that. My dad is terrible for it and literally a week before Christmas he’ll be buying stuff and wonder why everything is sold out! xD

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be?

Home Alone for sure! That’s my favourite Christmas film and I’d love to play one of the bad characters. 😛 OR star as like a character is a jokey Star Wars Christmas was made. 😛

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

I like both to be honest for different reasons. I like Christmas Eve because it’s that little excitement for Christmas and you get the buzz! I also love Christmas Day because although I’m excited to receive my own gifts, I just love seeing people’s faces (especially Dane’s) when they open their gifts from me. That’s my favourite part to be honest. I see Christmas as a way to thank people for being there for me throughout the year.

4. When does your family (or you) put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?

Me and Dane put our tree up on the 1st December and we both decorate it together. I think it’s going to become a thing where we take it in turns to put the tree up, but we’ll decorate it together. I put it up this year and making a tree look plump and fluffy is one of the hardest things to be honest! Dane had to finish it off for me, as apparently our tree was looking bald down below. xD

5. White lights or coloured lights?

I like both to be honest, but we have coloured lights for Christmas, which we haven’t even switched on yet this past week and a bit!

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?

I can’t help but have a peek to be honest… I’m always curious what I’ve been bought I suppose. I’ve had a peek in my bag of gifts from Dane, as he has with his gifts from me but I want a surprise. I love surprises! 😛

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa’s workshop?

If the gingerbread house constantly smelt of gingerbread, then Santa’s workshop. HOWEVER if the house didn’t smell like that, then the gingerbread house. 😛 Not going to lie, I actually really love that question. 😛

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!

As our first Christmas was last year, I don’t actually know if we’ve fully made any yet. We watched Sausage Party last year and ordered a curry. I wouldn’t want to make having a takeaway a tradition to be honest. Just cuddling and watching Christmas films, or new films would be nice. I want to try and cook us something really nice this Christmas Eve. I’m thinking of getting some nibbly party food for me and Dane to have.

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?

Definitely Dane. 🙂

10. What tops your Christmas tree?

We have a blue star, although I keep meaning to bring the angel that I used to top my tree with at home.

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?

A Partridge in a pear tree

2 white doves

I can’t actually think what the rest of the song is! I am awful at this! xD

A funny story though, me and my cousin one Christmas Eve we were watching TV and came up with a rude 12 days of Christmas. I won’t write it here, but I am legit texting it to her now! *many moments later* Okay I did it. 😛

12. Have you ever gone Christmas caroling?

I was about to write no, but I actually did once when I was at school! I was part of the choir when I was in secondary school and we were taken to an old people’s home to sing to them one Christmas. It was lovely to be honest and I was gutted that it was never done again. 😦

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days left?

I can’t help but countdown to be honest! Whether it’s hearing it on the radio, reading about it on social media, or just events coming up so quickly you forget where the time has gone. Currently it is just under 2 weeks until Christmas. DAYUM!

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?

I’m not sure to be honest, probably just the usual stuff. I always try and get a chocolate cake, especially one that contains salted caramel! You can never go wrong with that sort of stuff. 😛 OH and chocolate truffles! Oh man, I want to go to Aldi now to buy yummy goodies ready for Christmas! xD

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you’ve grown older?

To be honest I haven’t always had the “Christmas magic” that many people have, purely because of always being made to feel let down over the years, not just by family, but mostly by my friends. Christmas is a time of being happy and celebration, but it’s also a time of people being selfish, as well as being sad. I think since meeting Dane in 2013 my Christmases have gotten better and better! We always do nice things together, as well as with our friends and families and it’s lovely. I wouldn’t say I have any Christmas magic, I just use it as a time to appreciate the people in my life more and more each year. You know? 🙂

So those are my answers on the Christmas tag!

A massive thank you to Sarah for tagging me because before she had, I had forgotten all about doing a tag this year.

I tag EVERYONE who reads this post to take part and do it themselves!

I hope you all have a lovely week though and until next time, take care.

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Geeky Girl Gift Guide – Collaboration Post

Hey guys! It’s me again, Sarah from over at Raiin Monkey, bringing you as promised my next geektastic gift guide! If you saw my post on Wednesday, you’ll know that me and Nat are doing a Christmas collaboration together, each sharing some geeky gift guides for both guys and girls. Last time, Nat shared a gift guide for girls on my blog (you can read her post here), and I gave you my suggestions of Christmas gift ideas for guys here on Nat’s wonderful blog! So, today it’s my turn to write all about gift ideas for the geeky girls in your life!

As with Part 1 of my geeky gift guide, I’ve decided to include items perfect for those of you on a budget, as all my suggestions are £20 or under, and many of them would be great as stocking fillers! I’ve split up my guide into two parts again: present ideas for under £10 and also for under £20. I’ve sourced everything from UK websites too, to help keep the costs down 😊 I hope you all enjoy reading!

Pokémon I Choose You Mug (link) I was strolling through the grindstore website because it’s one of my favourite online stores for alternative merch and I spotted this adorable mug, that was just too cute not to include on my geeky girls gift guide. Just as Nat said in her post, everyone loves a good mug at Christmas! I love that this one includes all of the starter Pokémon so it’s a mug to suite every Pokéfan! Something I also love about giving mugs as gifts is that you can fill it with other little presents, stuff like socks, chocolates & sweets, keyrings, etc.

Despicable Me Fluffy Unicorn Notebook (link) THIS NOTEBOOK IS SO FLUFFY, I’M GONNA DIE!! Hahaha I couldn’t help myself 😀 How awesome are fluffy notebooks though!? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a pretty, good quality notebook, and this one would make a fabulous gift for anyone who loves unicorns or just cutesy things in general!

DC Lil Bombshells Vinyl Figures (link) Being slightly obsessed with collecting blind box figures myself, I couldn’t not find another blind box for my geeky girls gift guide too! I love the DC Bombshell figures, they are gorgeous, and these little chibi-style versions of them are awesome! They celebrate all of the badass woman of the DC world, and there’s 12 to collect in these series 2 editions. One of these surprise figures would make a really cool present for any DC fan you know, both girls and guys.

Kawaii Sushi Coaster Set (link) This is a present for my fellow kawaii fans. Even if you’re not a lover of sushi (me neither!), you can’t argue that these coasters are super cute! At only £4.99 for 4, I think they are a bargain not to be missed! I love how colourful and bright they are too, and they are great for popping into a stocking.

Pusheen the Cat Pastel Green Plush (link) It’s no surprise that both me & Nat included Pusheen items on our gift guides for geek girls because Pusheen is amazing! It’s impossible not to love her, and there’s so much wonderful merch available lately. Artbox UK have quite a few official Pusheen plushies, including these three pastel 15cm plushies, available in green, pink and purple. Your geeky girl loved ones will be thrilled to find one of these little cuties in their stockings on Christmas morning 😊

Studio Ghibli Gang Tote Bag (link) I don’t know many geeky girls that aren’t fans of at least one of the amazing movies by Studio Ghibli, and this tote bag is awesome because it includes so many of the popular characters on it! If I used tote bags more, I’d buy it for myself for Christmas because I’m in love with the print! It’s one of those presents too that can be filled with even more Christmas gifts, which is always a bonus. Bags are the perfect gift for students too because they can always use another bag, whether it’s for taking to class with them or to use as a shopping bag or something.

Hatsune Miku Keyring (link) Here’s another animation themed gift, for geeky girls who love all things Japanese! This keyring is an official Vocaloid item and is only £2.49! Even if you’ve never watched Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku is such a cute and iconic character, that I’m sure any fan of kawaii culture or anime would love to receive this for Christmas!

The next part of my Geeky Girls Gift Guide is for those of you who are interested in stocking fillers that are little more pricey but still ideal for those on a budget at £20 and under!

Tofu Cute Amuse Lucky Bag (link) Each time that I’ve been to my local MCM Comic Con at Manchester, I’ve seen people walking around with these adorable Tofu Cute goodie bags, both a blue and a pink variation, and always thought that they were surprise Japanese and Korean snack bags since I know that the store sells them. However, I just discovered that the blue one is full of snacks, but the pink one or the ‘Maneki Neko’ bag is for surprise plushies! I am such a huge fan of the Japanese brand Amuse and their plushies, and so I now have a mighty need for one of these lucky bags in my life! The smallest of the bags is £18.99, but there are three other larger sizes with more products in that you can buy. Head over to the website to see examples of what you can expect inside. I think this would make such a brilliant present, especially since you get the free drawstring bag too! If you think your loved one would prefer the snack version, that’s only £12.99. Even better, but slightly more pricey than £20, there’s a special Christmas version of the Tofu Cute lucky bag, which has a mix of both plushies and snacks!

Harry Potter Crests Gift Set (link) Gift sets, like this Harry Potter official one, are a fabulous option when buying a Christmas present, because they contain more than one gift and usually come inside a pretty presentation box of some kind. This set will make a wonderful gift for any Harry Potter fangirl, no matter if she belongs to Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, since it includes all the Hogwarts House crests! Also, this would make the perfect Secret Santa present for any Harry Potter fan! Fellow Harry Potter fans…I’m curious, what house do you belong to? I’m a Ravenclaw!

Deadpool Arm Party Bracelet Set (link) Jewellery is always a nice gift idea for any occasion in my opinion, and I thought this Deadpool set was unique plus it would make a cool present for many geeky girls. Whether they are a fan of the DC comics or just loved the 2016 Deadpool movie (I know I did!), this would be an awesome addition to their Christmas stocking this year. The set includes five bracelets, all designed in different ways so that they can be worn as a set or individually. I think they are actually really pretty!

Star Paws Parody T-shirt (link) I adore parody tees, this one especially because it has light saber-wielding kittens on it! Is there anything more awesome than that, haha!? Just maybe, because the slogan on the tee says, ‘Meow the force be with you!’. I LOVE IT! I almost forgot to mention that there’s a Christmas sale on over at Truffle Shuffle that ends just before midnight this Sunday, offering 20% off everything (use the code: PRESSIE20). Whilst this offer lasts, why not grab this t-shirt for your geeky friends or family? 😊

Harry Potter House Scarves (link) The online store GeekCore has so much awesome Harry Potter merch so definitely go check them out if you or your loved ones are fans! If so, then this ones another item for you! These gorgeous Harry Potter House scarves would make the perfect gift right now with it being almost winter time! They would also be a great present for anyone you know who likes to cosplay! I’m very tempted to get myself one because they look really snug and I’ve been so cold lately!

Happy Piranha’s Every Fragranced Candle tealights (link) Nat featured a fabulous Darth Vader tealight candle holder on her geeky girl gift guide, so I thought it would be cool to include some tealights that could be purchased along with that! I was searching around for geeky themed candles available in the UK and I came across this set that looks brilliant! The ‘Every Fragranced Candle’ set is Harry Potter themed, based on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. How cool is that!? You are supposed to guess the scent of these candles, which I think is great and there’s so many fragrances that sound amazing, like Peppermint Swirl and Blackberry Crumble. They are all handmade too, and would be a perfect Christmas gift for anyone, Harry Potter fan or not!

Pokémon All Over Print T-Shirt (link) We have reached the final item on my gift guide for geeky girls, and this is one of my favourite items of all that I’ve shared with you guys today! Just look how fabulous it is! I really like all of the bright colours and of course, that it’s covered in Pokémon. I mean, how could anyone not adore it!? I love the style of this t-shirt too, it looks very comfy. As the website states ‘it’s a die-hard Pokéfan must-have!’.

So, I hope that you enjoyed all of my present suggestions for your geeky girl friends, girlfriends, family or co-workers this Christmas. I’d love to know if the items I’ve featured have been perfect for your loved ones or even if they’ve just given you some inspiration on what to buy for them 😊 That goes for Nat’s posts too; please leave either of us a comment and let us to your thoughts on the items we’ve chosen. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day and that you get some marvelous presents, whether they are geeky or not!

I just wanted to end my post by giving a big thank you to Nat for working with me on this collaboration! It’s been so awesome, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for the longest time, so I’m super happy that we finally have done ♥ Definitely keep a look out for more collabs from us in the future everyone!

I just want to say again, a massive thank you to Sarah for agreeing to collab with me for Christmas not just once, but twice! These posts have definitely been some of my best guest posts and collaboration posts I’ve ever done and the prospect of working with Sarah again in the future is already so exciting!

Don’t forget to go and read Sarah’s Geeky Guy Gift Guide here!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend… Hopefully surrounded like snow like I am! 😛

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Geeky Guys Christmas Gift Guide – Collaboration Post!

Hey everyone! I’m Sarah and I blog over at Raiin Monkey (and I suck at introductions, haha!). In celebration of the festive period and all things geeky, Natalee & I have planned a series of Christmas gift guides for our fellow geeks, one each for guys and for girls! I am so happy to be doing a collaboration with Nat because her blog is one of my absolute favourites! Today, I’m sharing some ideas on what you can get your geeky guy loved ones for Christmas, focusing on stocking fillers for those of you who might be on a budget. Head over to my blog to check out Nat’s awesome gift guide for geeky girls! I hope you all enjoy reading and that I give you lots of ideas & inspiration 😊

I’ve decided to share my wishlist in two separate parts, the first showing presents that are £10 or under each, and the second for those between £10-£20. I’ve also sourced everything from UK websites so that if you order after reading, your items will arrive in time for Christmas (plus it keeps down those pesky postage & packaging costs that we all hate!)

1UP 600ml Gaming Flask (link) This super cute 1UP water bottle fashioned after the Super Mario Brothers game franchise is on sale at only £1.99 when it was originally £6.99 and I thought that this was an absolute bargain not to be missed! It’s a really handy item to have, especially when you’re on a gaming streak and haven’t moved for hours, haha. Gotta stay hydrated!

Marvellous Mopeez Deadpool Plush (link) Who doesn’t love a cuddly plush!? Even if it’s just to display, these awesome collectible plush toys by Funko make a great stocking filler. Funko products are always made to a great quality, and I’ve had my eyes on a few Mopeez plushies myself for a while now. There’s lots of other characters available too if your geeky guy isn’t a big fan of Deadpool. Check out the Forbidden Planet website too because they have loads (see here).

Official Nintendo SNES Controller Poster (link) I just thought that this poster looked awesome and would also look really nice in a frame too! It’s only £3.99 so even on a budget, you should be able to find a cheap framed poster in a pound store… just remove whatever poster is inside and add this one instead. Voila! You have yourself a nice framed poster for your gamer loved ones! It looks great without a frame too to just display as wall art.

Official Nintendo Super Mario Badge Pack (link) I personally think these badge sets are brilliant! This Super Mario one from Blue Banana has 25% off at the moment, so you get five badges for just £2.99. They are so bright and colourful, and would look great on a jacket or a backpack. They come on an awesome-looking presentation card, which is nice and are small enough to pack into a stocking. Badge sets are another gift that cater for so many different interests because there’s so much variety available! Blue Banana are selling 20+ different badge sets at the moment, all for the same fabulous price.

Star Wars Episode VII Stormtrooper Pen & Case Set (link) Is your geeky loved one a sci-fi fan? If so, then this pen set would make a wonderful stocking filler for them! As the item description says, ‘May the force be with you (and your stationery collection)!’ haha. Everyone needs pens, and these stormtrooper ones come with a fancy case to store them, which makes them easy to carry about too.

Funko Pop! Vinyl Keyring: DBZ Goku (link) How cool is this little Goku from Dragon Ball Z!? I really love these Pocket Pop! keyrings; I have a Daryl Dixon one myself and I was really impressed with all the detail that went into such a small figure. Everyone loves a Pop vinyl figure, but not everyone has room spare to fill with boxes, so these tiny guys are the next best alternative!

Funko Mystery Mini Star Wars Blind Box (link) Here’s another gift for the lovers of science fiction! Everyone likes a surprise and unwrapping Christmas gifts are all the surprise you need, but imagine finding yet another surprise underneath all that shiny festive paper! That, in my opinion, would make anyone delighted, so why not look into getting a Mystery Mini blind box for your loved ones this year! Inside these Star Wars edition boxes, you can reveal one of 15 figures, and they are bobble heads too!!

Below is the second part to my geeky guys Christmas gift guide, intended for those of you who are still trying to budget but don’t necessarily want to get the smaller types of stocking fillers 😊

Mini Desktop Arcade Machine (link) This product seriously sounds so so fabulous! It’s a mini gaming machine that is portable, has a colour screen and is packed with 240 retro arcade games!! You could keep it on your desk at home or at work, and I am definitely very tempted to get one for myself! IWOOT are also offering free delivery for any items over £10 too, so you can save money to pick up some batteries for this perfect gift for your gamer friends & family.

Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure: Aquaman (link) Did your geeky loved one enjoy the recent Justice League movie? Is he a fan of DC comics in general? How about getting him a Pop Vinyl figure? I might be a little biased because I am a Pop! collector but I think they are super awesome and have such cool designs. I mean, just look at all the colour detailing on Aquaman’s armour! There are a variety of other Pop figures available at UK store, A1 Toys if you want to look for a character from another fandom 😊

I recently discovered a fantastic deal over on the My Geek Box UK website, 3 gifts for £20! The next three items that I’ve featured on my geeky gift guide are examples of the kinds of gifts that this special offer includes. Firstly, we have a multi-port USB hub (find here) that is designed to resemble a Super Nintendo controller, which I really like! It’s a very useful gift for anyone who’s a gamer or a tech geek. Another item includes this awesome novelty Batman egg cup and logo toast cutter. It’s a comical and handy present that most geeky guys will enjoy, unless they don’t like eggs! The last item I’ve picked out is a Star Wars Lightsaber Colour Changing mug! I LOVE these heat-reactive mugs, they are wonderful!

Official HBO Game of Thrones Diagonal Sigil T-Shirt (link) We’ve come to the last present idea on my geeky guys gift guide! Clothes are always a good present to get, especially if you know what your loved ones are into but aren’t sure exactly what kind of gifts they would enjoy. This t-shirt caught my eye because of how vibrant and eye-catching the sigil designs on the front are. I think they are brilliant and I love how HBO have even incorporated the different Stark, Targaryen and Lannister house words/mottos into the design too. Very cool and I’m sure any Game of Thrones fan will love this gift!

I hope that you’ve all enjoyed reading my gift guide and that it gave you some inspiration on what to buy for the geeky guys in your life this Christmas. This Saturday, me & Nat will have more geeky gift guides up so be sure to keep your eyes out for those 🙂 Don’t forget to head over to my blog to read Nat’s gift guide for geeky girls. Have a fabulous Christmas Time everybody! We’d love to hear all about what you think of the items we’ve included and also if you’ve bought any; please let us know your thoughts in the comments 😊

I just want to say a massive thank you to Sarah for agreeing to collab with me for Christmas! I was so excited to ask her, so the fact that she agreed to it made me so damn happy! We have another awesome Christmas gift guide coming up on our blogs on Saturday, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having an awesome week so far.

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November Favourites ’17

It’s December and it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This year I even have not one, but two advent calendars and I have work to thank for both of them!

November for me was a mixture of a shit month and an amazing month, the latter outweighing the two. As many of you may have read, I left my old job in retail/hospitality and joined my new job in admin! I’ve just wrapped up my third week and I am still loving it. I just can’t believe how quick those three weeks have gone and I am now well and truly into the Christmas spirit!

This past week though I have been so drained that blogging has sadly taken a back seat. Even my favourites post this month is late being written due to this, so I do apologise for my silence the past week. Blogging will be back on schedule after today, I promise.

For now it is time for me to do the first out of both my monthly posts, the first of course being my favourites!

  • Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel.

As soon as me and Dane got back from our holiday in October, I knew it was time to get the Snow Fairy out of stash of Lush goodies! I always buy in the Boxing Day sales or get gifted a massive bottle of this glorious pink goo every Christmas/Birthday and I always save it for when Christmas is upon us. It just reminds me of Christmas and the closer we get to Christmas, the more excited I get! This scent is just Lush to me. Although not Snow Fairy, The Godmother shared it’s scent with this and that was the first Lush product I ever bought, so that already has a close spot in my heart. I love this shower gel though, but I’m so gutted Lush discontinued the large 1kg bottle this year.

  • Lancome Miracle EDP.

I always forget that I own this perfume, until recently! This is an old perfume to be honest and one that is probably WAY out of date by now. I’ve owned it since Christmas 2012 when my brother bought it for me. It smells so strong and whilst this isn’t a bad thing, it’s definitely changed from what it once was. I decided a week ago that I would use up as many perfumes as possible and just re purchase ones that are my favourites, as well as any new ones I REALLY want. I have way too many perfumes and there’s only one of me. This is a gorgeous and strong EDP though and one that I can only highly recommend for women in their late 20’s and up as it’s a pretty mature scent.

  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This hand cream is amazing and I always forget this. The day I started my new job I decided I would start using this again and my hands are so grateful for it. I don’t really use it throughout my shift, as I use another one but this has been helping my hands in the morning before I leave for work and if my hands are super dry. I still have my massive tube as well, which lasts FOREVER! Best hand cream for sure, always helps my eczema during the cold months.

  • MUA Lip Liner in shade Dark Thistle.

This is a lip liner that I bought to accompany and work with any raspberry pink lipsticks I own and to be honest whilst I LOVE wearing it with those, I especially love wearing it on it’s own with a bit of gloss or lip balm. This is pretty much how I’ve worn it the past couple of weeks and probably how I’ll continue to wear it! These lip liners only cost a £1 and not only do they last ages on their own, as well as with lipsticks but they’re also super comfortable to wear AND even come with their own sharpener. I definitely want to invest in picking up more of these.

  • Carmex Lip Balm in Cherry.

I picked this up for my holiday to Fuerteventura back in September and throughout the whole holiday I used this constantly, only to come home and not use it. I threw it into my handbag the first day of my new job and since then that is where it’s stayed. I use it all the time at work and due to my office being warm this melts a little which makes it so much easier to use than it usually is! You can apply loads of this and it really does keep my lips feeling moisturised and soft. I’ve heard that Carmex have brought out a sugar plum flavour, which I intend to pick up asap!

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

Favourite TV Show – The Sinner.

This is a show that Dane told me about ages ago and had found online for us to watch. I never watched it and neither did he. When we found out it would be on Netflix we jumped at the chance to watch it. We binge watched it in a mere matter of days and the story is amazing! I didn’t know it was based off of a novel until I was searching for the trailer above, but it honestly doesn’t surprise me! It’s a thriller about a woman who murders a man on a beach and no one knows why. You find out more about her past as well as present as the story goes on and it really does keep you on the edge of your seat. If you fancy something to binge watch like this, please watch! I’ve also linked about the main song of the show as it’s amazing and as soon as I finished watching the show I went to find it so I could download it!

Favourite Film – The Boy & The Beast.

I have literally just finished watching this film. For ages now Dane has been trying to get me to watch this and for ages I said, “Nah I don’t want to, I won’t enjoy it.” Well it just goes to show how well Dane really knows me, it would seem more than myself as I loved watching this film. I thought it was going to be full of karate and kung fu style stuff, which is wasn’t. That’s why I thought I wouldn’t like it! It’s by the same people as The Wolf Children, which is one of my favourite anime films, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that I loved this film. This is currently on Amazon Prime Video to watch as subbed.

Image taken from weheartit.com

Favourite Book – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Vol. 4.

I’VE STARTED READING AGAIN! I took some manga with me to work recently and actually read some, woohoo! It’s nice being able to get back into reading again as I’ve really missed it. It’s especially nice to have my lunch at my desk and read a manga. I have a feeling I’ve got some manga for Christmas this year so I need to make sure I read loads now before then to make sure I have time to read that too. 😛

Favourite Song/Album – Radio Bam.

If there’s one radio show (aside from any Tim Shaw has hosted!) I wish could come back, it’s Radio Bam, even if it came back as a podcast! I always forget how funny and random this show is and not only is the music amazing that Bam Margera plays throughout the shows, but the stories him and his guests (mostly the cKy guys) tell are so damn funny! Well, to me anyway. I’ve downloaded 100 episodes (there are 302 in total) and I’m currently listening to episode 17. The thing that made me think about downloading and listening to these again is the rush hour traffic I get stuck in on my way to work. I love listening to music on the way to work, but if I could listen to an episode of this instead, it would definitely make for an interesting change. I’ve popped up a funny moment above, I will say the show IS OFFENSIVE so this sort of thing won’t be for everyone, it is however for me, so sorry. 😉 The clip above is definitely one of my favourites.

Image taken from weheartit.com

Favourite Game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Sims 4.

Oh man this month has been about ALL THE GAMES for me! Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp came out and if you don’t know it by now, I’m a HUGE Animal Crossing fan! I’ve played all the games so when Nintendo announced a phone game, I knew I’d fall in love. When it came out in Australia and I saw my friends in the UK playing it, I was insanely jealous. So when it finally came out recently I downloaded straight away and since then I’ve been addicted.

As well as that I’ve also been addicted to playing Sims 4. Me and Dane played the demo of it on the Xbox One and although we enjoyed playing it, we didn’t like the way it played on the console. During Black Friday we picked it up online for less than £20 and we don’t regret it one bit. We’ve played it loads since and will probably spend most of tomorrow playing it together in bed, as well as on Sunday!

Finally I finished The Fractured But Whole and oh my God what a fucking ending! Although I’m not 100% sure/keen about the game play in the second game, I definitely love the story so much more! You can really see why it was getting delayed for so long, the guys did an amazing job with it and now I can’t wait to play it all over again to try and get all the trophies, like a sad git I am! 😛

So those are my favourites from November! I can’t believe in 30 days we’ll be looking to start a New Year. This year has gone by way too fast, can time just stop for a little? 😛

What were your favourites from November? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Wish List Wednesday – Work/Office Wear

I don’t feel like I’ve done a wish list Wednesday for ages and I’ve really missed doing it! Expect loads with Christmas coming up, as I’ll be working on present ideas for all sorts, which I should be teaming up with Sarah over at Raiin Monkey to do some posts on!

With my new job I recently went on a mini shopping trip to pick up some bits and pieces as I had pretty much sod all! You can read about what I picked up here. I’m already craving some new pieces though and I won’t be able to grab anything for a while, so I thought I would take the opportunity to do a wish list of what goodies I want.

  • New Look Black Velvet Skater Skirt – £12.99 (link)

On my recent haul I picked up the normal black skater skirt and it’s so comfortable so now I want the velvet version! It’ll definitely be really nice to wear throughout the winter, especially with a nice mustard jumper and a red shirt. It’s also a really decent price too, which you can’t moan about!

  • Killstar Wicca Flats – £44.99 (link)

I don’t really need a new pair of flats as I have a pretty much brand new pair that I bought for my graduation 2 years ago! Now I wear them for work and they’re okay, but they’re not the best to be honest. They’re a little bit too big for me and I can’t drive in them. I want a new pair of flats to just wear casually anyway in and outside of work and I’ve had my eyes on these for a while! I won’t be paying full price for them as for flats they’re really expensive, but if they’re on offer I’ll soon pick them up.

  • Her Universe Studio Ghibli Kiki’s Delivery Service Jiji & Lili Town Pattern Blouse – $44.90, currently $35.92 (link)

This is a brand I’ve recently discovered and it’s so damn amazing! I’d know about it through Hot Topic for a while but never realised it was a brand until I was gathering items for this post. It was actually Vikki over at Cuteek who linked me to Her Universe when I was asking on Twitter about work clothing. There really are some great pieces for work on the website and I wish I could afford this shirt right now. One day it WILL be mine! It’s part of the Studio Ghibli designs and this one is of the cats Jiji and Lili Town from Kiki’s Delivery Service. This was one of the first Studio Ghibli movies I watched so I have a place in my heart for Kiki and Jiji. This shirt would be really nice to wear with a black skater skirt and boots.

  • Killstar Santeria Distress Knit Tunic – £49.99, currently £24.99 (link)

Another Killstar item and this one is a knitted tunic. Killstar do gothic pieces, some of them can definitely be wearable and this is one of them. It’s just a basic tunic pretty much but it looks so snug and comfortable! I’d team it with leggings and boots or flats. I wish I could grab it whilst it’s on sale, but sadly I doubt I’ll be able to. This being said though, this has been on sale for quite some time, so fingers crossed! My only concern with this is I would worry the knit wouldn’t feel nice to the touch, I’d hate that so much!

  • EMP Jawbreaker Fishnet Collar Dress – £41.99 (link)

This dress is so expensive and it makes my bank account hurt. BUT it’s also gorgeous and definitely the style I’ve been after for my new job… Just with normal sleeves instead of fishnet. I’m not going to complain though as it’s gorgeous! I will wait for it to drop in price though as for what it is, nearly £42 is a bit too much for my liking, but again when this goes in the sale I’ll definitely pick it up!

  • Hot Topic Her Universe Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Confetti Wrap Dress – $49.90, currently $39.92 (link)

Another Studio Ghibli piece by Her Universe and it’s one I would love to have for work! My favourite Studio Ghibli film and one of my favourite films is Spirited Away so anything to do with that film is always something I want to own if I can. I’d love to be able to own a dress with Haku on as he’s my favourite, but I love No Face just as much! Like the Kiki’s Delivery shirt, it would be lovely to be able to wear a piece like this for work and on days off to show my love of the Studio Ghibli movies.

  • Sainsbury’s TU Navy Checked Print Wide Leg Trousers – £20.00 (link)

I actually came across these on one of my work breaks last week! I was looking for some plain t-shirts to pick up for work as Sainbury’s do some really nice ones for good prices! Instead I ended up finding these tartan looking trousers, which are wide leg. They’re elasticated like the houndstooth ones I picked up from New Look, so I definitely need them in my life! I’d team these with a cream or mustard yellow jumper.

So those are the pieces I’ve been eyeing up to buy for work! I know it sounds incredibly sad, but I’m still so happy with my new job and I know it’s going to be so dangerous now I can wear my own uniform! I can wear nice clothes, so it’s going to be a constant excuse for me to buy a pretty dress. 😛

Do you work in an office? If so where do you get your pieces for work? Please leave me links below as I would love some ideas of where to shop for things!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you week is going well!

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Lip Paint in Nude-Ist – Review

Oh dear I can’t believe I haven’t written a review since before I went on holiday! The review was back in August and I do apologise for how long it’s taken me. I’m sure there are various reasons, mostly being too busy and to be honest a little bit too miserable to wear any lip products, which makes me feel sad.

I’ve been at my new job a week now and I can safely say I love it and wearing my lipsticks again is back, and that in itself makes me so happy! I haven’t yet ventured into wearing dark lipsticks but give it time… I’m sure I soon will when I feel comfortable!

In the meantime I dug out a lip paint that I picked up in September and have been meaning to review for quite a while now. I’ve felt a mixture of thoughts about this lip paint and after my holiday I put off using it for a while due to that. Of course I’ll go into that in more detail as and when I can throughout this review.

For now grab a not hot drink because it’s bloody freezing today and I hope you enjoy my review.

I’ve wanted to try one of the L’Oreal lip paints since they first came out, but I could never find a shade that I really liked the look of. I did notice Nude-Ist through the advertisements in Boots but I still wasn’t sure about it due to it being marked as a nude shade. I’m not a fan of nude shades AT ALL! However when I read Emily’s review of this over at her blog The Mini Mermaid. I loved her review so much of it and she included swatches, which encouraged me to swatch this myself and ended up with me buying it.

Although Nude-Ist is a nude shade, it does look more of a purple grey shade to me. Let’s just say that if it was shouting out nude, I wouldn’t buy it!

I want to start off but addressing one of the main issues I have with this lip paint and it’s nothing to do with the product itself… When I bought this all of the tubes in the display were scratched, I even grabbed one of the tubes from the back and it was the same, so I bought that one. None of these were protected in plastic either, so I didn’t know if I was picking up a new one or a tester, which was sort of annoying. When I got it home and tried it, it looked like it had been used due to the screw cap inside the tube being covered in the product. The tube also didn’t feel very full, as if it was half empty. I was meant to take it back to the store but ended up leaving it, as I bet they wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it.

This put me off using the product in all fairness, but it’s been okay. I have noticed a few issues though when I first bought it, but I don’t know if this is due to it actually being a used product or just the product in general. I’ll go into this as the review goes on. For now I’ll talk about the packaging itself.

It’s very different to most liquid lipsticks and lip paints. This one comes with a fluffy doe foot applicator which is my favourite to use when applying these sorts of lip products. Although I don’t like the style of the tube due to it not being see through it, I do like that you can squeeze it and thus get more product onto the applicator.

The product has a smell that I’ve noticed in previous L’Oreal lip products, including one of the lipsticks I bought and reviewed back in 2014, which you can read here. It reminds me of Parma Violets, which I’m not the biggest fan of. Due to the smell it does put me off wearing this lip paint if I’m being sensitive. There has been a couple of occasions where I’ve worn this and the smell has been so strong on my lips that when I’ve been breathing and talking through my mouth it’s made my throat sore due to the scent. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t strong or heavy by any means and when I’ve re worn this again recently I’ve not encountered these issues again… So I’m not sure what it could be. Maybe I had applied too much of it on my lips.

This is definitely creamy in texture and due to that is so comfortable to wear throughout the day, as well as easy to apply! It’s also great to apply slight for a lighter colour, or heavier for a stronger colour payoff. I always go for the latter!

It’s meant to be a matte lip paint and due to the cream texture it sort of is, especially when it’s dried down a little. For a matte lip products it’s certainly comfortable to wear and that is always a bonus!

I find this wears really nice and I only really needed to top it up at work after I’d eaten my lunch. I drink various hot and cold drinks throughout the day now so doing wear tests are better than they used to be in my old job. This still wears well though even after various hot drinks.

This isn’t a liquid lipstick and won’t outlast a kiss test! This will transfer and the sight on my work mug (which is Adventure Time! :P) was crazy! This didn’t affect the colour though, which was great news to me.

This removes really well and just needs a baby wipe to remove, or just your make up remover. I have used Vaseline and baby wipes before, but either way it won’t leave a stain behind or your lips feeling sore, which is always a winner!

I do love Nude-Ist as it’s the perfect autumn and winter shade! I can honestly see me wearing this loads when the weather is colder due to how comfortable it is to wear. I also love how it’s not an “in your face” shade, but shows off my love for purple lipsticks!

As I always do (in traditional There Might Be Coffee fashion…) I’m showing off what the product looks like will full coverage, as well as what it looks like when it’s worn down.

With full coverage

With full coverage (my favourite picture! :D)

Worn down

I don’t know if I’d pick up anymore of these lip paints however, I’d definitely repurchase this shade but I think I would only pick it up in store if it had a secure wrapper on it. I don’t trust to buy another and for it to have been possibly used.

After reviewing this I really want to wear it tonight now, but I don’t think I can be bothered… As lazy as that is! 😛

Have you tried any of the L’Oreal lip paints? If so what did you think of them? Which shades do you have or want? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you have an awesome weekend.

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Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining…

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I do apologise for being a bit quiet on my blog the past fortnight, but to say I’ve had a mixture of one would be a huge understatement! I would have written a review, or even any other type of post but I just felt the need to write about this this evening.

Basically a fortnight ago I did some damage to my car… I was gutted, crying and even had a panic attack. I did it trying to rush away from work, a stupid silly mistake that I regret doing so much.

Sadly the damage needs to be fixed and paid for, which I won’t be able to do until after Christmas. I wanted to get it done as soon as possible but it just isn’t going to happen this side of Christmas.

To be honest with what happened with my car, it left me feeling really depressed. I already felt crappy and low but that just seemed to add so much on top of it. I constantly flooded myself with guilt and only the past couple of days have I actually started to feel better.

My dad and Dane have both been really helpful with sorting out my car and I don’t think I can thank them both enough than I already have.

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As you see from the title of this post, every cloud has a silver lining, and I bet you’re wondering where that comes into play with my car?

Well… I start a new job on Monday and I am so bloody excited! I left my previous job today and it’s strange thinking that I won’t need to go back in on Friday (tomorrow is usually my day off).

I did wonder if I would get emotional and upset when leaving that job, but alas that isn’t the case and I actually feel kinda okay about leaving. I don’t feel happy about it but I feel like I’m making a huge change and one I really needed for quite some time now.

Let’s just put it this way, I have been working in retail/hospitality since I was 22 and although that’s only 5 years, that’s just 5 years too many for me. I hate working in retail and hospitality and honestly I think everyone should have work experience at least in it so they can see how it feels.

It’s so shitty when a customer is nasty to you about something that is out of your control and it’s especially shitty when you don’t even get a simple please and thank you.

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It isn’t just the customers though that makes retail and hospitality crap, it’s the whole working bank holidays, Christmas and weekends. I know that sounds pathetic but I missed having weekends off so much whilst working my previous job. I worked every other weekend and to be honest that was enough! Weekends went by quickly and I couldn’t really complain, but it always sucked if me and Dane had birthdays and events happening during my weekends in work. We would either have to go to events and leave super early for me working early the next day, not go at all or use up all my holiday time on weekends.

When I think about it, if there is one thing I’ll miss about my previous job it’s the people I go on with and had “banter” with during my shifts. I could name at least a handful of people who really knew how to cheer me up on days when I felt at my worst, but I won’t. If they read this post, I’m sure they’ll know who they are!

Since moving from my old position in the store to the one I was doing when I left, I have met some incredible people and ones I feel like I’ve now got as friends for life (well… I hope so anyway!). I’m just sad I won’t get to see them every day anymore and have a laugh. We are planning to hang out and do stuff anyway, so that’ll be awesome.

I’ll also miss my discount, I’ve never had a discount so good!

I don’t particularly want to go into too much detail about my new job as I of course want to keep some privacy on here. I never really spoke about where I worked in my previous job and I don’t really intend to for a while, if at all.

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The only thing I’ll say about my new job is that it’s in administration, which I have been wanting to do for years, probably for the past 2-3 years to be honest. I start on Monday and I feel a mixture of excited and nervous, you know the usual first day feelings of a new job!

One thing I am excited for at the moment is meeting up with my best friend Gabriella and our friend Megan in a couple of days to go for a girly day out! I need some new clothing for my new job so I need some help and honest opinions with outfits, etc. As well as that we’ll more than likely hunt around for some Japanese food to eat too!

To be honest it was only due to what happened to my car that I tried for my new job. I wonder if I’d have even tried for it if I haven’t of done what I had to my car.

I used to always say, “Everything happens for a reason.” But was put off due to people being offended by the saying. The older I get, the more I realise that it’s still a good saying and one I should start using again.

I’m so excited to share my future stories of the next step in my career and of course I will do a haul post for all the new office threads I get!

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Again, I am sorry for being a tad quiet lately. I’ve just felt so crappy and tired. I’m sure this won’t be as frequent as it used to be with my old job. I won’t need to wake up until 7am for work now instead of 4.30am (I’m seriously not even joking…).

What have my readers been up to lately? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Make sure to let me know in the comments if not over on my Twitter account @maybeecoffee

Until next time, take care all!

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