What I Got For Christmas!

Christmas has been and gone for another year, so we’re now just left with the goodies we’ve been lucky enough to receive from our loved ones to tide us over until the January sales..

What I Got For Christmas

Considering I really wasn’t expecting much this year, I feel well and truly spoilt with this pile of goodies! You might spot a few items from my wishlist this year, including Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, the Meeko Vinyl Pop and my favourite mascara, Eyeko Black Magic.

Peony Happiness Planner

I also decided to ask for the Peony Planner from Happiness Planner (over the Kikki K planner I’d mentioned before), and its SO PRETTY! I’ve already started filling it out and can’t wait to keep it up next year.

As well as those bits, I got some new clothes for work and a few Lush goodies, but I was really excited to unwrap some items from the Cath Kidston x Disney collection. I’d attempted the online pre-sale with absolutely no luck, so it was a total surprise that my mum had managed to find the spotty apron and London notebook in Southampton, eek! Mum also surprised me with a New York exclusive Mickey tsum tsum; I’d asked her to bring me back the Statue of Liberty Minnie one when she was there in November, but I had no idea there were other exclusives available so YAY!

Spectrum Fresh Face set

Adding to my ever growing collection of Spectrum brushes, I got the Fresh Face set containing these four gorgeous brushes, not only in a new colour scheme but also in a slightly smaller, more travel friendly size, which came with a matching lilac makeup bag!

I’m so grateful for all the wonderful gifts my family have given me this year – I’m such a lucky girl!

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Drunk Things I Did At My Work Christmas Party


Given that this is the third post that I’ve written semi under the influence of alcohol, you might be lead to believe that I have a fairly exciting life that often involves drinking, but I can assure you this isn’t true. Fact is, I’m a lightweight, and therefore tend to do the usual stupid drunken things that most people do, with only a fraction of the alcohol in my system..

Well last week I had my work Christmas do, and for some reason I thought it would be an excellent idea to drink vodka that night. For some, this may not seem particularly strange, but considering I haven’t really drunk spirits in maybe 2-3 years, needless to say I was leaning towards trollied fairly quickly, and this led me to do some very entertaining things.. What happens at the work party, ends up on the internet.

I did three pull-ups

The guy who hosted pre-drinks had one of those doorway pull-up bars, and two drinks down the line, we were all giving it a go and out came the gym freak within me..

I spent a lot of time twirling

A combination of a pretty dress with a flowly skirt, a fairly shiny dancefloor and all those vodka cranberries, and apparently I could not stop spinning.. I have since found video evidence of this on my own phone..

I wing-womaned like a boss

We all went to the party knowing full well that there was a guy that was into my friend, so I of course dragged her over to dance within his line of sight at all times

I walked into a table

I swear it came out of nowhere – who put that there?

I took a bunch of decent selfies

I’m always the drunk who takes too many photos, but I actually managed to get a lot of really nice ones with all my team

I stood on a lot of people’s toes

Drunk Lottie in heels is a walking weapon, and I’m ashamed that several of my friends were victims of toe-crushing

I destroyed my own feet

With all that lovely alcohol in my system, I was totally unaware of the fact that my shoes were creating huge blisters on both of my feet, which I’m still suffering from now..

I was kind enough to share my taxi

There was another woman waiting for a taxi when mine arrived, so I somehow ended up sharing with her, but it saved me a bit of the fare at least!

I had the best night out in a long time

Despite probably making a fool out of myself, it was definitely the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I have the lovely people on my team to thank for that!

How was everyone else’s Christmas dos?

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Christmas Presents I Don’t Like Receiving

Christmas Presents

I don’t ever like to be ungrateful, but I’m sure that everyone has those items that mean you’ve got to pull out that well-practiced false ‘thank you, I love it’ face while inside you’re thinking ‘WHYYY’, right?

So for Christmas giggles, here are mine:

Earrings

I don’t have my ears pierced anymore, but when I did (and now I’m considering getting them pierced again), I was very particular about what I did and didn’t like – what I didn’t like being the majority of the ones I ever received. I appreciate the gesture, but unless you know me well enough, I’d love a gift receipt included..

Baking equipment

I do a lot of baking, and most people who know me know that. The problem is, I already have everything baking related under the sun, and I do not need another set of silicone cupcake cases thank you.

Generic bath sets

I understand the appeal of the Boots 3 for 2, but tiny bottles of nondescript shower gel and a loofer just end up being forgotten about, or stack up in the bathroom only to be used when travelling hand luggage only.

Christmas only items

It could be the cutest little Christmas gift, but to be honest I’ll just be sad that I won’t get to enjoy it for much longer before it has to go away for another year.

Mugs

I love mugs, but again, I’m very particular with the mugs I like. I also have way too many..

Books I can’t read

You know those novelty picture books or kinda funny quotes or poems that you just know are gonna sit on a bookshelf gathering dust because you’ll flick through it once and never need to pick it up again – get me a book I can read!!

What presents make you wish they’d included a receipt?

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A Blogger’s Christmas Wishes

Blogger Wishes

Its that time of year; the time we put all our hopes into the wrapped goodies that appear in our stockings or under the tree. We’ve published our Christmas wishlists, written gift guides and dropped enough hints on Twitter about our favourite brands and products, so there’s no way we shouldn’t be getting some lovely presents, but what else might us bloggers be wishing for this Christmas? Cue tongue in cheek..

That all our Christmas presents are Instagrammable

Let’s face it, a pile of presents can give us Instagram photos for weeks on end, so if all our presents match our theme and are super pretty and rake in 100+ likes, that’d be fab.

And that we can write some killer review posts

Cos a stocking full of the latest beauty products can’t be forgotten about

To hit our end of year targets

If we manage to reach out Bloglovin follower goal by Christmas and with a week still left to the end of the year, then we stand a pretty good chance of surpassing it before the year is out

People aren’t too busy to keep reading our blogs

I always find my views tend to take a little dip at this time of year as people are busy with Christmas shopping or parties, so if we can maintain our daily view count, it will really be the most wonderful time of the year!

That we can come up with good New Years resolutions

And y’know, stick to them – cos once we publish that post we know our readers might keep an eye out throughout the year..

That all our blogger friend and followers have a lovely Christmas

While the rest of this post has been very much in jest, I think its safe to say that the most important thing that we all wish for at this time of year is that everyone else has as special a Christmas as we do.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Bathing Gingerbread Men

Its gingerbread time of year – THIS IS NOT A DRILL

I love making gingerbread, but something I really fail at is gingerbread houses – I don’t know whether its all the construction involved or what, but they just always fail or look rubbish and I find it all too stressful, so I tend to stick to regular cookie cutter shapes. Sounds kinda boring right? NOPE.

Dunking Gingerbread Men

My absolute favourite gingerbread creations are these little bathing dudes that hang out in your tea/coffee/hot chocolate; they’re a real crowd-pleaser!

All you need is a batch of your favourite gingerbread recipe (mine is here!), a rolling pin, large gingerbread man cookie cutter and a cupcake tray or two!

  • Preheat your oven to 180C (or whatever your recipe requires!)
  • Whip up your gingerbread, and roll out onto a floured surface and cut out your little gingerbread men
  • Dust your cupcake trays with a little bit of flour, or use non-stick spray over the tray
  • Place your gingerbread man onto the tray, with their bodies in the bottom of the dip, and their arms, legs and head over the edge – you may need to space them out quite a bit, and maybe bake in batches if you don’t have multiple trays!
  • Bake as per your recipe, then let them cool in the tray to make sure they retain their shape

Once cooled, make yourself a nice hot drink to celebrate, and let one of them go for a swim!

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Christmas Makeup Staples

We all change up our beauty routines a little with seasonal change, but Christmas is definitely the biggest party time; time for gold and sparkles and festive glow!

This year especially, I’ve seen a big change in my makeup style, and with the Christmas season on its way, I’ve moved away from nude and peachy tones, and have started incorporated more rich, golden tones on my face, shimmery shades on my eyes and deeper reds on my lips, and a few products have stood out as I’ve been reaching for them more and more.

Christmas Makeup

Sun Beam

Controversially, I’m not a big fan of High Beam from Benefit, but Sun Beam is probably my most used liquid highligher at the moment. It leaves such a wonderful glow on my cheeks, without looking too bronze against my oh-so pale natural skin colour.

Golden Lights and Peach Lights

Makeup Revolution highlighters are my life; I probably have most of them! My most recent purchase was this palette, featuring Golden, Peach and Pink Lights, and while the latter is more of a summery shade, the first two are really shimmery and perfect for Christmas parties!

Matte Trimony Matt Kumar eyeshadow

I never used to be much of an eyeshadow person, but in recent months I’ve been loving it a lot more. I got this sample from theBalm in my Feel Unique Pick’n’Mix, and its an ideal Christmas shade: a deep red/burgundy, which blends really well with nude shades and looks great with a bit of shimmer over the top – I blend it with Fit from the Nude Dude palette!

OPI Glitzerland

I’ve had this nail varnish for a few years now, and only ever seem to bring it out at Christmas! Its sparkly, without being overly glittery, and also a fairly light shade so can match a lot of outfits.

Nyx Lip Primer in Deep Nude

This is an all year round staple for me, but especially for the party season, keeping my lipstick in place is so important! I love how easy this is to apply, and how it doesn’t feel too sticky or slimy, and it works!

Colourburst Matte Balm in Standout

I have 5 different shades of these lipsticks from Revlon, but Standout for me is a Christmas shade all over. Its a deep red, can last all night with minimal effort, and I like its pencil style design for easy application

What are your Christmas beauty faves?

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