A Festive Phone Case Review with Go Customized*

So Christmas is technically over, but we're still allowed to be a little bit festive, right? With that being said, I thought I'd share this little gem of a company with you. I was contacted a little while back by a lovely brand called Go Customized* who kindly offered to send me one of their cases to review. I jumped at the chance, because 1) I literally always have to have a phone case on, as I am quite possibly the world's clumsiest human ever. 2) My history of smashed iPhones is pretty high, and 3) I'm always on the hunt for a new unique/ pretty case!

Go Customized specialise in personalised phone and tablet cases, in which you can choose one of their images, or upload your very own. You can design the case as minimal or as 'out there' as you like, and you can even add text to give it slightly more personal touch. I was originally thought I would fail massively at trying to do this, but I was pleasantly surprised how simple & easy the design template actually is.

I love how unique it is that you can choose your design and really make it your own. At first I was like "how on earth am I going to be able to decide on an image?! I can't even decide what to wear in the morning..'' but I knew if I couldn't decide, I always had their graphics to choose from. Alongside picking your design, you can also pick the style of case you would like too. They range from Wallet Cases, Leather Flip Cases, Full Wrap 3D Printed Cases, iPad smart covers and many more!

I decided on a full wrap hard case with festive/winter theme - as I wanted something that could see me through the rest of the season (without looking like a crazed Christmas freak!) Ultimately, I picked this design from Pinterest, because it was a nice colour scheme and not too 'in your face'. As I'm clearly obsessed with anything deer looking at the moment, I thought this was a great ideer. Har har. 

Their prices are really reasonable for the quality you get and they're a nice snug fit for your phone, with cut outs for all your needs. To make your own iPhone 6 case, the prices range from £14.95 up to around £30 depending on your preferred style - which in my opinion is great value for money! Also if you order before 5pm, your order will be shipped the next day! We all love a bit of that, right?! 

All in all, I am so so pleased with my case and I haven't taken it off since getting it! I highly recommend this company to anyone who is in need of a new case or a nice personalised gift for someone!

Have you tried Go Customized before?! :)

TB x

The Christmas Tag

Oooooh, I do love a good ol' tag! I feel like they are a need in my life, because I love answering random questions, as much as I love reading them! I also love Christmas soooo much. *sings 'it's the most wonderful time of the year'* It is possibly the only one day of the year I'm actually a remote morning person or keen to wake up! (Still with the struggle of course) As per, let me know if you do/have done the tag! I'd love to read yours! :)

1. What's your favourite Christmas film(s)?

A Christmas Carol, Home Alone, The Polar Express, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks, you name it - I love them all! It's way too hard to pick one!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day morning?

 My boyfriend and I always do the odd one or two stocking fillers on Christmas Eve, as we don't see each other until late on Christmas Day, but other than that - it's all about the big day!

3. Do you wear PJ's or dress up on Christmas Day?

Strictly PJ's until at least 12pm, and then it's dress up all the way. Need an excuse to get the snazz out once in a while!

4. If you could only send one person a present, who would you choose?

Just the person who deserved it the most.

5. Have you ever built a Gingerbread house?

Well yes, if the pre-cooked one counts?! I did the sticking together and decorating? Tehe.

6. What do you on your Christmas break?

Eating (obvs), last minute frantic shopping, wrapping whilst listening to Christmas music, lots of cosy evenings in watching films, spending lots of time with family & friends. POI-FIC. 

7.  Do you have any Christmas wishes?

World peace. Not even kidding. 

I do kind of think of that song that goes 'peace on earth..parumpapumpum' All jokes aside though, there's been far too much evil world lately, which continues to cause such sadness to people every day. I wonder what the world would be like without terrorism, war and evil? We can only hope! 

8. What is your favourite Christmas Food?

Cheeselets! Plus all of the festive trimmings on a roast. Not together though, obvs! 

Also a big shoutout to Pringles. I do love them all year round, although Christmas is definitely the time I start poppin' and not stoppin'. Ps. I've never felt as gangster as I do right now.

9. Candy Cane or Gingerbread?

Gingerbread, all the way! Candy canes look cute but hurt my teeth!

10. What is at the top of your Christmas list?

I don't really have anything at the top of my list, I'd be happy with any presents!
I prefer buying and giving people gifts. :)

What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?

TB x

November Favourites

''An actual monthly favourites, Tania?!'' I hear you cry. Yep, I pulled my finger out and here I am doing a November favourites. I really wanted to do blogmas this year, but I work full-time and I'm WAY too finicky and picky when it comes down to editing posts, I would literally still be on day one. I definitely want to do it next year though, maybe 2016 will be the year I get my shit together! Anyway, you catch my drift.. Here's what I have been very much enjoying over the last month!

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious

I have been dabbling with Revlon at lot more recently, so I thought I'd give this a go. I love mascara's that make my eyelashes look thicker and longer at the same. I defintely had high hopes for this product as it claims to give your lashes 'spellbinding length and supernatural volume'. I was really enjoying Maybelline Lash Sensational, however I thought I'd weigh out my options and go for a mascara with a more volumising effect this time around.

The packaging was too pretty to miss on the shelves and the applicator wasn't plastic #extrabrowniepoints. I really wasn't sure on this when I first started using it because it's a product you really have to build, but if you have the patience to persevere then I'd definitely recommend this.

Rimmel 'Brow This Way' Eyebrow Gel in Clear

Why have I only just discovered this?! Tania, you have needed this forever. For ages, I've been getting a lot of straggling eyebrow hairs and it really throws my brows out of shape. However, during a random conversation one day, someone suggested I use a brow mascara/gel. That idea kind of freaked me out because I never really knew how that would work, but as it was clear - I couldn't really go wrong!

Since I have started getting my brows done professionally, I feel like I really need to maintain them as much as possible and this has helped massively. I do think I need to be more daring and try one for the actual shade of my eyebrows, but I fear it'll just go so messy and wrong! So for now I'm happy with filling them in a different way!

Seventeen 18 Hour Stay Time Concealer in Fair

With concealers, I am basically a creature of habit. I never normally get along with anything that isn't my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealeras all the others I have tried, didn't really do it for me. I've been reading a lot of Emmy's Beauty Cave recently, because I can relate to her content a lot and her skin traits sound a lot like mine.

I saw her Winter Make Up Bag post the other day and saw that she recommended this. Seventeen are a brand I have never given a lot of thought before. No particular reason, I just haven't. So I thought I'd pick it up and give it a go. It is honestly amazing!

It matches perfectly with my skin tone (not even exaggerating) and as it's a slightly more creamy formulation, it blends like a dream! It stays on really well throughout the day, and I don't notice my blemishes or dark circles trying to make an appearance either! If you're like me and stuck in a rut with concealer, you definitely have to try this!

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshaow Palette

I've had this for a good few months, but recently I've noticed myself using it a hell of a lot more. The colours range from light pink neutrals, to more dark brown, vampy shades. There's a nice variety of matte and shimmer shades which is perfect. The pigmentation is pretty fab for a £4 palette and the eyeshadows blend so nicely and evenly across your eyelid. I've always loved Makeup Revolution and I don't think I'll be stopping anytime soon!

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Palette

If you'd have asked me what Contouring was a year ago, I would have probably laughed in your face a little and then googled it. Call yourself a blogger Tania. (Needless to say, I'm still no pro and I just kind of follow Pinterest guides) I have dabbled with the Maybelline Master Sculpt in the past and I really wasn't a fan. It didn't show up on my face at all and was too powdery.

This one has really changed the game though, it's still a powder but it seems much more pigmented and as it's darker, it shows up a lot more on the face. If I have any excess that a brush won't fix, I just use a beauty blender to make it look a little more subtle. The highlighter is lovely too!

Clinique Lip Pop in Cherry Pop and Nude Pop

Me and I'm sure a lot of other girls probably jumped on the Clinique Glamour mag freebies last month. I have always known Clinique as a brand, but I have never wanted to go splurging on a product I wasn't sure I would like. Needless to say, I love these lipsticks! Plus the magazine itself is only £2 - free gifts ftw!

I first got 'Cherry Pop' which is a perfect festive red colour, whereas the nude is really subtle but leaves a lovely finish to the lips. I love how great the colours are and how much stay power they have. They are very moisturising and leave a lovely sheen to the lips after application. As much as I love my MAC lipsticks, I do find they dry my lips out really quickly, so this was an bonus! I think I'll be seeing a lot more Clinique products in my makeup collection from now on!

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this month?
I'd love to know! :)

TB x

My Blog's 1st Birthday & Benefit Advent Calendar Giveaway!

Hello everyone!
It's December.. AAAH. *tries not to freak out about barely starting Christmas shopping*
To think this time next month it'll be 2016 is just crazy!

As of the other week, I have been running my little corner of the internet that is 'teabee' for a whole year! I am a little late posting this as I have procrastinated SO much on trying to find a prize that I think that you will all like. I also lost my card (on payday, may I add) so I wasn't able to buy the prize when I wanted to and didn't know what would be available when I did! #lostcardnightmares  

Anyway, as Christmas is fast approaching, I thought what better way to say thank you than to win the Benefit Party Poppers Advent Calendar! I had to weigh out my options on prizes because this had sold out online absolutely everywhere, but whilst strolling into my local Debenhams on a last minute whim, I saw it sitting there in all it's glory! It's only a 12 day advent calendar, however there are some really great bits in it this year.

I just want to say a huge thank you to anyone who has ever come across my blog, taken the time to comment/talk to me and just be a big lovely ball of inspiration. I never thought I'd even come close to a few followers on here, let alone over 100. I know to some people that's nothing and it's not a numbers game, but that literally means SO much to me that almost 100 people care about what I'm writing! I genuinely feel like I've met some really lovely people on here and even some who I can call my friends. 

Blogging has helped me to step outside the comfort zone, let my creativity run wild and most of all helped me find & meet people who share the same or similar interests. I'm still learning new things every day, but this is something I will definitely continue with for many years to come. My little hobby actually feels worth something, so yay! :)

As this is my first giveaway I took to my fellow twitter/blogger pals, pretty clueless about the whole thing and how to go about hosting it. They suggested I use Rafflecopter, so that's what you will need to do to enter by clicking the link at the bottom of the page and following through the steps!

I will contact the winner via Twitter at the end of the giveaway, which will be announced at 9pm on Friday the 11th of December. I've timed it so that by the time you recieve the advent calendar, you should have exactly 12 days until Christmas! Woop, 'tis the season! If not, you can still open 2 at once which is even better, right? It's also a lovely little present for you in amongst all the frantic Christmas shopping malarkey! The giveaway is open to UK entrants only - I'd love to ship to any lovely readers across the pond, however I sadly can't afford it at this time of the year! *sad face* If you haven't responded within 48 hours of winning, I will offer the prize to an alternative person just to make it fair for everyone.

I know I won't personally be deciding the winner, but I would just like to know in the comments what your best blogging moments have been since you started and what inspires you? :) 

Good luck ! :) 

TB xo


Upcoming Gigs & Festivals

Music has always been a huge part of my life, it's such a powerful thing and holds a very firm place in my heart. It's my escape, my happy place or just a good shoulder to cry on when needed. I feel like I've met a lot of my closest friends through music, aswell as met some brilliant people that I can't imagine life without now. If we share the same interests in bands etc - we are pretty much going to be BFF's. Just sayin'. I started going to gigs when I was 10 or 11 and I've never looked back since. My first concert was Avril Lavigne at the Brighton Centre (before she went weird) and it was amazing! I spent her entire set waving at her from the balcony and basically begging her to wave back (she did FYI) ;) This is the time when the overly expensive flashing wands and glow sticks were on sale. Do people still walk around selling those?! Anyway, I digress.. My favourite genres are Alternative, Pop-Punk or Rock. I feel like a lot of people wonder if it's something I should have 'grown out of' but I personally don't think there's an age limit on music. 

Here's what gigs I have up and coming :)

Zebrahead & Patent Pending - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - 30th November 2015

I have always liked Zebrahead and I've seen them live previously supporting other bands, I just haven't been a die hard fan. When I saw they were doing a tour with Patent Pending, I basically had to go. PP are such a fun, interactive band to see live and they are such genuine guys. My boyfriend and I first ever discovered their music when we saw Bowling For Soup in 2013 when they played 'One Less Heart To Break' and ever since then, they've been high up on my list of favourite bands.

Lower Than Atlantis - London Roundhouse - 14th December 2015

Now, Lower Than Atlantis were definitely my band of 2012, but for some reason up until recently, I haven't listened to them in ages. They popped up on a car CD I think and I gave their new album a go, as I was a bit sceptical about how much they'd changed and how mainstream they had become. However I actually really enjoyed it. I'm pleased they've done well for themselves and I'm really looking forward to seeing them in a few weeks time!

Neck Deep & State Champs - London Forum - 6th February 2016

These two bands have probably dropped the 2 best albums of 2015 in my opinion. So them touring together on a co-headline just made my life! I saw State Champs earlier this year in Southampton, but due to crowd surfing restrictions, the band got a little heated with the heavy handed security guards which was insanely awkward. Fair enough though sticking up for your fans! I was incredibly ill that day but I literally did everything I could to make sure I was ok to go and I wasn't let down. As for Neck Deep, it has been a while but they also never fail to impress! 

Slipknot -  London Alexandra Palace - 9th February 2016

Slipknot have always been a band I have enjoyed since my teens, because anything before that time, they used to scare the absolute crap out of me! Haha! I'm pretty sure most of the songs I know, are the one's that everyone knows, but hey! It'll still be good fun. I haven't been to a proper metal gig for ages!

Bowling For Soup - London Roundhouse - 11th February 2016

Bowling For Soup are the most fun band I have ever seen live. They're so so happy and they're also really hilarious at the same time. I saw them a few years ago in London for their Farewell Tour, which was sad because it was the only time I'd ever seen them, but they have pulled the 'not touring ever again' card one too many times to believe anymore. So obviously when this tour popped up, it didn't even think twice about it! Absolutely can't wait!

Sum 41 - Kerrang Tour 2016 - 19th February 2016 - The Forum, London
Tour completely sold out!

Sum 41 are basically the classic sing-a-long pop punk band, right? I'm basically only going to this tour for them, because admitedly the rest of the line up was a bit of an anti-climax. I never thought they'd get back together, let alone tour after Deryck's health spiralled downhill earlier this year. However luckily he is better and the band seem more ready than ever for a new tour!

Busted - London O2 Arena - 28th May 2016

I never gave into the hype of McBusted because I loved them both as separate bands, but when Busted announced getting back together and doing a tour, my tear ducts were basically empty and my inner 12 year old self was screaming. I always wished that they would do a re-union so my dreams have come true! #hellyeah

Slam Dunk Festival - 30th May 2016 - University Of Hertfordshire

Brb, just getting insanely excited for Panic At The Disco to headline! 2016 will be Slam Dunk Festival's 10th Anniversary - to think I've been going for almost 6 years in a row is crazy. It is 100% my favourite festival and they are guaranteed to have some of my favourite bands playing all day long. Roll on May!

Every Time I Die - 1st of June - Underworld, London

Originally, this show was meant to be a few weeks ago, although sadly after all the tragedy in Paris - the band decided it was best to postpone the tour for the safety of the fans. Good shout to be honest. I have seen ETID supporting bands before, but never actually been to a headline show. My boyfriend is crazy for them, so I'll have to get my listening ears on to learn a few more songs! 

Are you going to any of these gigs?
If not, let me know what you have coming up :)

TB xo

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