What I Got For Christmas 2016


Firstly, did you all have a great Christmas? I hope you did! 

Next, I just want to state that this isn't a BraggyMcBrag post of what I got for Christmas. I just know that I am a pretty nosy person, so I figured if I am, then you probably are too!

On The Last Day Of Blogmas.. | Blogmas #24

On The Last Day Of Blogmas

So, work is finally over and I'm off for a nice, relaxing few days starting from now! YAY!

Christmas Eve Traditions | Blogmas #23

Christmas Eve Traditions
How I spend Christmas Eve has changed a heck of a lot over the years. I remember it never used to be that big of a deal when my sister and I were younger, it just wasn't really celebrated in our household. I guess the 'rents just had to prepare themselves for a day of excitement the next morning, and of course we were blackmailed by the fact Santa wouldn't arrive if he knew we were still awake!

Last Minute Stocking Fillers For Her | Blogmas #22

Last Minute Stocking Fillers For Her

Whether you're a last minute person in general, or just struggling for the perfect gift for her, I thought I'd throw some ideas out there for you! I've tried to keep include high and low end products for all different budgets, so hopefully they'll be something for everyone here!

The Most Random (And Tragic) Childhood Christmas Memories | Blogmas #21

Past Christmases can more often than not come with so many memories! Far too many to count (or remember) but I find it's definitely the one's from your childhood that stick! Some of them are too funny not to share and it's always fun to reminisce!

What Does Christmas Mean To You? | Blogmas #20

What Does Christmas Mean To You?
Recently, I reached out to you all on Twitter to find out what Christmas means to you, and I got such a positive response! Thanks so much to everyone who got involved! It was a great insight to see what you all get up to and what lovely answers you gave! I'd definitely like to do more posts like this in the New Year, so do let me know if you'd like that?

Pinterest Christmas Snack Ideas | Blogmas #19

Pinterest Christmas Snack Ideas

When it comes to Pinterest, I spend far too many late nights searching for anything from blog tips and quotes to baking inspiration. I love the idea of making hundreds of delicious treats, especially if they are Christmas themed but I don't always have the time or motivation to actually do it. Nor do I have the space, as my kitchen at home is so small, there's just not enough room! 

The Most Relatable Christmas Jumper With Ellie Ellie* | Blogmas #18

It's always exciting to get an email from a brand, but when you find out they literally couldn't be closer to your doorstep if you tried, it's even better! With Christmas just around the corner, the frantic hunt for the perfect jumper begins. Even if you have one, I feel like you can never have too many!

7 Ways To Help You Get Into The Festive Sprit | Blogmas #17

7 Ways To Help You Get Into The Festive Sprit
It's easy to get caught up in all the stress around Christmas time, which for some means turning into a bit of a Scrooge. Although I do find work stressful and stupidly busy in December, I do take time out to make sure I'm not totally tainted by stress. After all, it's important to be as happy as you possibly can and enjoy Christmas like you're a kid again!

My Top 5 Lush Christmas Products | Blogmas Day #16

My Top 5 Lush Christmas Products

I love Lush at the best of times, although their Christmas products are by far my favourite! This year, they've certainly hit the nail on the head. From bringing back new and improved golden oldies, to brand spanking new products, Lush have you covered!

My Beaded Treasures Christmas Jewellery Party | Blogmas #15

Recently, I popped along to my friend Katie's Christmas open house to have a mooch at all of her lovely, handmade jewellery that she sells on her Etsy Shop - My Beaded Treasures.  I knew she sold jewellery from previous stalks, but oh my god! I couldn't believe how much of it there was!

Festive Film Favourites | Blogmas #14

Festive Film Favourites

My boyfriend and I have a tradition that whenever December starts, so do the Christmas films! They are the easiest and most magical way to get yourself in the festive spirit, all whilst enjoying them from the comfort of your own home (or someone else's!). Here are some of my favourites which I will happily settle down with a bag of popcorn to during festive season!

6 Places On My Winter Travel Bucket List | Blogmas #13

6 Places On My Winter Travel Bucket List

It's no lie that I have Wanderlust pretty much all year round these days. If money was no object (or I had lots of it) I would up and leave for all of these places in a heartbeat. There are obviously a lot of warm weather holidays I'd love to go on, but winter trips are just so magical. Especially when there is snow involved! Here is my list of the places currently at the top of my bucket list!

Random Ramblings, Goals & The Blogging Community | Blogmas #12

OMG! So, last night I hit 4000 followers on Twitter (ahhhh!!!!) which was 1000 more than my year end goal for 2016! I don't know how this happened! I am so grateful and it's way beyond what I could have ever imagined! I mean, even 3000 was a seriously ambitious goal for me, so THANK YOU!

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park | Blogmas #11

For the last 3 years, it's been mine and Jacks tradition at the start of December to take our annual festive trip up to Winter Wonderland, based in London's very own Hyde Park. Of course, it's only right that we pop to Oxford Street beforehand to visit Lush and various other amazing shops *ahem*Selfridges*ahem* followed by a Wagamama (Chicken Katsu Curry = life).

The Christmas Lip Edit | Blogmas #10

Aside from nude colours, red lipsticks are my absolute favourite. All the more when we're in full swing of the festive season! My Summer Lip Edit post was probably up there with one of the most popular posts I've written, so it only seemed right to do a Winter/ Christmas themed one too! I hope you like this one as much as the last!

Arundel Christmas Market | Blogmas #9

Arundel Christmas Market

On Saturday, myself, Jack, his Mum and Brother headed off to Arundel for their annual Christmas Market. We attempted to go once before but ended up arriving too late, ultimately missing the entire thing! Oops. This time, we made the most of it by going super early!

A (Slightly Alternative) Christmas Playlist | Blogmas #8

Music is literally the soundtrack to my life. It motivates me, or sometimes the total opposite (like those moments where you end up prancing around your room and singing into your hairbrush..) You know you do it too.

The Christmas Tag | Blogmas #7

How crazy is it that we're already 7 days into Blogmas?! I can't quite believe how quickly December is going, not to mention how unprepared and broke I am. I was genuinely so baffled the other day when I got my first Christmas card.. No kidding, I literally forgot they existed! Help pls.

Bad memory aside, I did The Christmas Tag last year (with the most hideous font colour choices) and I saw this one on Poppy's blog where the questions differed slightly, so here is my updated version! 

What is your favourite Christmas film?
It's got to be A Christmas Carol. Although there are so many versions of this film, the Jim Carey one is by far my favourite! He's the greatest. 

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Not as far as I remember, although it would be so magical if it snowed! I think living down south it would never be possible anyway! 

What is your favourite Christmas song?
THERE ARE SO MANY. The songs that give me the most nostalgia have to be Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney or Step Into Christmas by Elton John. Love 'em!

Do you open any presents on Christmas eve?
Jack and I sometimes do the odd stocking filler but other than that, nope! It has to wait until Christmas Day, otherwise it would ruin the magic of Christmas morning! 

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most this year?
We've already been to Winter Wonderland in London (post coming soon!) which that's a firm favourite of ours every year. I also love late night Christmas shopping and snuggling up watching films. Failing that, drinking all of the mulled wine & cider! 

What is your all time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
Pigs in Blankets! Or Percy Pigs for breakfast on Christmas morning! 

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Germany or Edinburgh! Just somewhere that has insane Christmas markets. I reckon they'd be amazing and so festive!

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm pretty pro when it comes to speed and I like to think I make an effort with presentation, although sometimes it's just not possible when you have the weirdest shaped gifts known to man! Any tips for wrapping awkward presents would be appreciated haha!

Feel free to tag yourself and let me know your answers! I'd love to see them :) 

*image: Tumblr. Edited by myself*

Salon Success Jingle & Mingle Event | Blogmas #6

Photo by Laura.

Last Tuesday, myself and a few other local bloggers were invited by Salon Success to their Jingle & Mingle event at Hotel Du Vin, Brighton. I've actually been to Hotel Du Vin before for previous events and it's such a beautiful place. The staff did a great job at accommodating us and made us feel very welcome, which is always a great added bonus!

Christmas Jumper Wishlist | Blogmas #5

Christmas jumpers are the perfect excuse to dress as tacky as you like, right? They also require minimum effort to throw on over the top of some jeans or leggings - especially for those lazy days! Ahem, Sunday I'm looking at you. I love the quirkiness of them, particularly the ones with the slogans and ones that have a more retro feel!

5 Practical Advent Calendars Ideas | Blogmas #4

Technically, I probably should have posted this way before now. However, if you're a late comer like me, the good thing about me posting this 4 days into advent is that most of these have been reduced and you don't even need to pay full price for them now! You're welcome. 

6 Quirky Websites You Want To Buy From This Christmas | Blogmas #3

When it comes to looking for Christmas presents, the internet is normally the first place I go. I am constantly on the lookout for websites that sell 'quirky' or 'different' sorts of gifts, as I like to think outside the box. There's nothing better than shopping from the comfort of your own home, right?!

Beauty Advent Calendar Wishlist | Blogmas #2

Every year, I manage to lust over pretty much every beauty advent calendar that's ever released. There's no way in hell (unless I became rich) that I'd be able to afford to buy them all, let alone one. Even though the majority of these are sold out, I thought I'd pick out my most wanted anyway and maybe even cave and buy one next year!

November Favourites | Blogmas #1

November Favourites

Okay, brace yourselves.. I actually uploaded a favourites on time! I think some kind of miracle has happened? On the other hand, HOW is it almost time to write the yearly favourites round-up? I'M NOT READY!

#BloggersXmas 2016 | London

#BloggersXmas 2016#BloggersXmas2016

Last weekend, I headed up to London for the long awaited #BloggersXmas 2016! The event was held in Finch's Pub in Moorgate, which is a chic, airy pub in Finsbury Square. The event was hosted by my friend Jasmine, and her sister Kirsty - both from Soeursdeluxe. I wasn't able to go last year, so I absolutely couldn't wait this time around! I'd seen so many positive comments about last years Bloggers Xmas, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed!

Life Lately #2

Remember when Ronan Keating said 'Life is a rollercoaster, you've just gotta ride it'? Well bloody hell, he wasn't wrong. I've been a busy bee over the last few months and I feel like a catch up is totally overdue. There have been some highs and lows, but I'm here to fill you in - all for your nosey pleasure, of course!

TH Baker x Thomas Sabo Christmas Wishlist Event

On Thursday evening last week, myself and a few local blogger friends, Charlie, Katie and Holly attended the wonderful TH Baker x Thomas Sabo Christmas Wishlist event in Brighton. The evening was jam packed full of socialising, eating, drinking multiple cocktails but most importantly, gawping at all of the Thomas Sabo jewellery. We were greeted by Thomas Sabo's very own Digital Manager, Francesca. It was so nice that she was there and got so involved with all of us. She really made us feel like we were welcome and valued as bloggers!

Current Winter Wishlist

Winter is creeping up fast, and well.. so is Christmas! Love it or hate it, it's happening and I can't wait! Do you ever find yourself shopping for presents online, then start getting a little too carried away and just end up looking for yourself? Yeahhhh.. that. I haven't made this an official Christmas wishlist, as there may or may not be one lurking in the drafts for December!

Cin Cin Italian Bar & Kitchen | Brighton

Recently, I joined my lovely bloggers pals Holly, Sammy and Jess for a night of Authentic Italian dining at Cin Cin, Brighton. Unless you know Brighton inside out, you wouldn't know this was there. It's tucked away on Vine Street in an old garage style building. It has a rustic, industrial type feel to it as you walk in with the iron bar stools and dark wooden tops. David, Fabrizio and Jamie make the perfect team and are so welcoming, it's impossible to not feel looked after from the get go.

My Blogs 2nd Birthday & Twitter Giveaway!

Roundstone Photoshoot

Wow.. I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but my blog is 2 years old today! I knew it was in November, although I wasn't 100% sure on the date until I looked and found out it was today (hence the summery photo..) #Oops. It's crazy how time flies!

Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks & Swatches*

Is it just me or are Rimmel killing it with their new releases this year?! I think yes. When it comes to high street lipsticks, I always without fail go with Rimmel. Up until last year, they were the only drugstore brand I would buy. The quality of their lippies are amazing, they provide you with high coverage and they don't bleed - all that for an amazing price. My Kate Moss 107 is my holy grail berry lipstick, infact I think it was the first berry shade I ever tried!

October Favourites

Happy November everyone! I'm sad that all of the Halloween fun is over for another year, however I am very excited that the even though I had to lay my punny Halloween Twitter name to rest, I can make way for my Christmas one (..which currently doesn't exist because nothing goes with Tania) *gets thinking cap on.* On the subject of Christmas, I may have already started listening to a few Christmas jingles here and there too. #NotEvenSorry. Can you believe it's almost a month away?! Anyway, here's what I loved throughout October.

I Am Freedom Final & TAM Beauty Halloween Party

Last Thursday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to I Am Freedom live final and TAM Beauty's Halloween Party aka. Revoween! The event was held at DSTRKT Club in London's Piccadilly Circus. The venue was kitted out with some creepy dolls, spider webs and all sorts of scary decorations; the famous GIF photo booth from the Makeup Revolution 2nd Birthday Party even made another appearance.

The Autumn Tag

If I didn't bang on about it enough already, I am basically obssesed with Autumn! I can always trust Makeup Savvy to have the best seasonal tags, so I thought I'd pinch the questions and answer them for you all. Feel free to join in the fun if you want to and let me know your answers in the comments! :)

What's In My Lush Christmas Goody Bag & Haul

If you read my blog regularly, you'll know I went to my first ever Lush Blogger Event the other week! I thought I'd follow on from that and show you what I goodies I was kindly given, along with some purchases too!

So, me being a bit of a tit, I got carried away taking photo's for this post at the weekend and realised I only went and took the same photo about 60,000 times. Then, I went and used half of the products, so I guess me telling you what I think makes up for not photographing all of them? I will link all the items below, just incase you want to find out more! :)

Byron Bay Skincare & Discount Code*

Byron Bay Skincare

Ever since studying Beauty Therapy all those years ago, I understand now more than ever the importance of skincare and how using the right products is crucial for your daily routine. Long gone are the days I slap 'whatever my mum had in the cupboard' on my face and hello to using the right products for my skin type!

It seems to be increasingly more common for people to worry what goes into skincare these days. Like if there are any nasties, is the product cruelty free or eco friendly? Well, fear not. I have just been introduced to a brand who have you totally covered! Drum roll please.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Reloaded

Rimmel London are a brand I have used since the beginning of time (..well, when I first started experimenting with makeup!) My favourite Kate Moss 107 Lipstick is never too far away; or if I'm in need of any new cosmetics, I know I will always find something that is great quality without breaking the bank. So, when their recent press launch for their new Scandaleyes Reloaded range landed at my door the other day (in a very autumnal package may I add) to say I was excited was a huge understatement! Here I am today to tell you all about the products!

Pumpkin Patches & Autumnal Adventures

Pumpkin Patch, Sharnfold Farm

There's something about Autumn which makes me SO happy. Literally. I love nothing more than the crisp, chilly feeling of an Autumn day. It has to be one of my favourite seasons; I can ditch the crop tops, and bring out the thick knits and bobble hats. I love the sound of the fallen leaves crunching beneath my feet, along with the golden glow of the sun making everything just that little bit more beautiful. The smell of bonfires and damp air start to linger and I just get such a happy sense of nostalgia.

Lush Christmas Blogger Party

After being in love with Lush for so long now, I was absolutely ecstatic to be invited to their Christmas Bloggers Party last weekend! Dreams really do come true. Okay okay, I hear you, it's not Christmas for another 2 months but who cares? It's never too early! Plus, if Lush are showcasing their new Christmas range, why would you not want to be there? The event was held at Lush Crawley, which I'm not gonna lie, it took me a while to find as Google maps took deep joy in getting me lost!

Mykonos | The Video Diaries

Mykonos Travel Diaries
Following on from my Mykonos Travel Diaries post earlier this week, I have kept my word and here is my video diary from when Jack and I went away. Sorry that this isn't a blog post 'as such' but I really wanted my creative juices to flow as much as possible and mess around with the GoPro!

September Favourites

A September Favourites can only ever mean one thing.. Halloween is just around the corner! YAY. Last week, I was away in Mykonos (you can read about that here) hence this post being a little later than usual. The break away was literally the most blissful thing I may have ever experienced. I used some great products in September and totally rekindled my love for some old ones too, so here they are!

Mykonos Travel Diaries

Oh, hey! I have been neglecting my little blog over the last week or so, mainly because I jetted off to Mykonos with my boyfriend, Jack. The little break away from all the stress of work was exactly what we both needed and it was a perfect time to have a good old detox.

Just a pre-warning, this post will be very photo heavy with some writing in between. I will also have an arty farty video to follow on my Youtube channel at some point (depending on my editing skills..) So please stay tuned and subscribe if you'd like to see that! :)

My Top 10 In-Flight Travel Essentials

Top 10 In-Flight Travel Essentials

With my holiday less than a few days away now, the preparation begins (as well as me mentioning it about 2 million times during the lead up!) Maybe you're off on your holibobs too? I love going away in September because 1. It's cheaper and 2. Most people have already come back from their Summer adventures and it's nice to say a big old 'LOLBYE' to those who rubbed it in earlier in the year.

Being quite a nervous flyer, the thing I freak out about the most when packing is hand luggage. I need a lot of distractions to take my mind off the fact I am a zillion miles off the ground and various other disturbing thoughts. Anxious or not, what essentials would I, or anyone else need to keep themselves amused AND distracted on a 2 hour+ flight? I'm here to tell ya!

Seventeen Makeup You Absolutely Need For Autumn

I've recently joined the Seventeen Blogger Network and oh my goodness, was I excited or was I excited? Spoiler alert: I was excited. I love Seventeen so much; being a huge fan of their products, I couldn't wait to see what the network entailed. If you're not sure, Seventeen are an affordable makeup brand who are exclusive to Boots. Their shelves have always stuck out for me because the packaging of each product is so bold and eye-catching - seriously enough to make you want everything!

BrewDog Tap Takeover with Yelp*

If anyone offers me free alcohol then chances are, I'm there! Maybe it's a little manly, but I literally love beer. It's my casual drink of choice and I actually really enjoy it. To be honest, I think I just got into it from getting the 'cheapest drink' at gigs.. ha! Anyway, I am totally digressing.

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