Saturday, 28 December 2013

NOTD | Simple Christmasy Nails

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Watermelon
Models Own Velvet Goth in Absinthe

A bit late but better than never! This is the look I went for my nails on Christmas Day. I acquired both of these polishes just before Christmas and I thought they'd look perfect together. I've been a huge fan of Barry M's Gelly polishes ever since I tried my first one and 'Watermelon' was no exception. I was luckily given it as part of my Secret Santa present from my flatmate and I fell in love with the colour instantly. And then when I came across this Models Own polish in Boots I thought it would be great for a Christmas manicure.

I've not tried any of their Velvet Goth polishes before. They have a matte finish to them which I'm not particularly fond of (as you might be able to see in the second picture) but its nothing a coat of Seche Vite won't fix! It looks so sparkly, I'd definitely like to pick up a few more when my bank balance has recovered from Christmas!

Have you tried either of these polishes before?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Boxing Day Sales Shopping Haul

Primark Art Deco Fan Earrings - £2.50 (not in the sale)
 New Look Disc Earrings - £1
New Look Gem Drop Earrings - £3.25
New Look Filigree Stag Necklace - £3.45
New Look Gold Collar Necklace - £3
Primark Long-Sleeved Black Flower Skater Dress - £2
Primark Rose Skater Dress - £2
Marks & Spencer Silver Heel Ankle Boots - £29.50 (not in the sale)
La Senza Underwear Offer - 5 for £5
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette 30ml Gift Set - £15.09 from Boots

After much persuasion, my sister agreed to drive me to the mall at 8:30am on Boxing Day so we could take advantage of the sales. While I heard that people were queuing for some shops in our local mall from 2am (!!) we managed to get everything we wanted at the time we went in without it being too manic so I can definitely see us making this a yearly tradition.

I am especially happy about the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire gift set I found in Boots. I'd seen it online when I was browsing Boots's sale on Christmas Day and was broken hearted when I saw that it had already sold out. La Petite Robe Noire was one of my most wanted scents on my perfume wishlist so I hoped if I went into Boots early enough I might be able to grab one and luckily for me there was still a few left when I went in. It was only £15 which is a pretty amazing offer considering Boots normally sell just the 30ml Eau De Toilette bottle on its own for £35!

I was also really pleased with the two Primark dresses I bought. Primark didn't really have a proper 'sale' like other shops but they had some reductions and these dresses were only £2 each! I just wish I'd bought more of them now!

And of course I had to buy the obligatory bottle of Snow Fairy. I bought the largest bottle in the hope that I can make it last a bit longer until they go on sale again next Christmas time. I also picked up their new festive lip scrub as a little present for my flatmate who hasn't tried a lip scrub before. Its cola flavoured so if I wasn't still getting through my popcorn scrubs from last year I would have been very tempted to buy myself one as well.

Did you brave the Boxing Day sales? What were your favourite purchases?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

My Christmas in Instagram Pictures

Just a quick post to say I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! I had such a lovely time at home with the family this year and I was thoroughly spoilt! Here are my Instagram snaps from the Christmas period:

01. Amazing early Christmas present from the boyfriend | 02. Prettily wrapped present from my friend
03. Cadbury advent calendar (*heart*) 04. Our visit to the Coca Cola truck
01. Cute Christmas bauble earrings 02. Christmas day rainy dog walk on the beach 
03. Some of my lovely Christmas presents 04. Comfy Christmas day outfit
01. Boxing Day sales shopping | 02. £15 Guerlain gift set from Boots (whhaaaaaatt)
03. £2 Primark dress (whhaaaaaatt x 2)04. My haul from the sales


I'm off with my family early next week to my Aunt's house to spend the New Year with family and somehow between now and then I've got to fit in an essay and exam revision so I might not be able to update again before the New Year, so I hope you have a lovely beginning to 2014!

See you in the New Year, if not before.

Monday, 23 December 2013

I'm Now on Bloglovin'

Just a quick post to say I'm now on Bloglovin'. With all this fresh talk about Google Friend Connect disappearing (it still seems to be there to me!), I thought I'd better sign up to Bloglovin' just in case.

If you'd like to follow me on Bloglovin' you can through this link:

Hope you're having a lovely festive period!