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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES: STOCKING FILLERS

05/12/2016

All this week, I will be sharing my Christmas Gift Guides with you. It's a huge one this year, as I am covering stocking fillers and gifts for Him, Her and dogs!

Today, I thought I would kick start things and make things a little more festive around these parts by starting with stocking fillers. I've tried to make sure everything is under £10, but some prices may vary!


I love the Christmas releases from The Body Shop, so I was really excited when this landed as a surprise in the post for me. Products automatically become ten times better when they have your name on, right? - This one is a Cranberry scent which is perfect to apply on those winter evenings.


If you're looking for a Christmas scented candle which will get you straight into the festive season; this is the one. With a gorgeous scent of mulled wine and cinnamon, this candle from The English Soap Company is packed in the most adorable illustrated box. Perfect for someone who loves candles.


Eyelashes are the best stocking filler for any beauty loving lady in your life. These ones from Threads come in a range of different styles and are packaged very compact, so they are very easy to pop into your makeup bag and go!


“Indulge yourself in this intensely magical experience. This unique blend of penetrating Himalayan salt, and detoxifying organic essential oils, not only softens your skin, and soothes tired muscles, but also replenishes and rejuvenates your mind, body and spirit.


Probably the best kind of stocking filler you could get anyone! These seasonal chocolate products from Cadburys sure won't be around forever!


What to do you get when you put Starmix and Christmas together? HARIBO Starmixmas of course! This limited edition bag offers the same iconic pieces found in Starmix but in all new Christmas flavours including Cherry Trifle Heart, Gingerbread Bears, Eggnog Eggs, Apple Strudel Bottles, and Cherry and Eggnog Crumble Rings.  There are also the fun Christmas crackers and the HARIBO Mega Stars box which has the family favourites!


With the choice of a gold or silver barrel, the BIC Shine Celebrate 4COLOURS ball pens are a fashion statement for all writers this Christmas. Perfect for writing out those Christmas cards!


These high-end sheet masks are perfect stocking fillers for girls and women who love to pamper themselves! The prices range but most are priced at under £5 each. However, you can bulk buy - ranging from £38.50 to £500 (150 masks).


NEW flavours of Butterkist Popcorn - £1.49 per bag
Who wouldn't want these?! Butterkist have released these very tempting flavours which all of the family will love. The collection is made up of 3: Chocolate Mallow, Salted Caramel and Gingebread popcorns. 


Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Bath & Massage Balm - £8.55
For those who like nothing more than to relax and unwind after a busy day, Nelsons arnicare arnica Bath & Massage Balm, is a dual purpose balm enriched with Evening Primrose and rich Sweet Almond oil to naturally hydrate the skin. Designed for massaging into tired muscles or for use in a relaxing bath following a hectic day, the natural properties of Arnica Montana extract and sweet scents of Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils help calm senses and relax the mind.


The perfect little stocking filler for someone who appreciates lip balms. Carmex is incredibly nourishing for dry skin which is a regular thing during the winter months. This handy little kit comes with a classic pot of lip balm, a cherry tube, a vanilla stick and a pink moisture balm stick. No more chapped lips for the next year!


I am a big fan of this little brand called DotCreates. They have everything from prints for your wall, phone cases and print stands. Their blog planner is perfect for your blogger friends to get organised with their blogs in 2017; whilst the pencils make a great little gift to go alongside the planner!


Optiat 'Mouthwatering Mandarin' Coffee Scrub
Coffee scrubs have been big this year, but I have never tried one. This one by Optiat is mandarin flavoured and smells delicious as it's blended with repurposed Arabica coffee beans. There's a few different ones in the range too, including Lemongrass Lifter and Potent Peppermint which is ideal for those Christmas hangovers! 


Who doesn't love sickly, cheesy Christmas nails?! House of Holland have teamed up with Elegant Touch once again, for this Ho-ho-ho-mazing collection! From Deck the Halls which remind me of Christmas elves to snow Globes which are very detailed; your nails are guaranteed to grab attention whilst reaching for those extra yorkshire puddings at the dinner table this Christmas. 


Of course, there was always going to be a new Christmas collection from Elegant Touch. They are always one step ahead! These super cute ones are super festive and I don't know which ones to wear first. The great thing is that they are great for all ages too because the nails in each pack come in a range of different sizes!


These are some of my favourite nails ever as they come in a range of different finishes and styles. There's the slightly more rounded tips and then they also have the pointed stiletto-like tips which are just bang on trend, right?


This revolutionary lip product from Leighton Denny is definitely one to have in your handbag! It is a double ended lip product featuring a wearable stain colour on one end and an ultra conditioning lipstick on the other end. It's extremely wearable and moisturising - perfect for those Christmas and New Year parties!


Palmers Flipball Lip Balms - £3.29 
Ball like lip balms have been popular for a while now and it's great to see a well known skin care brand introducing their own range; at a fraction of the normal price! Ingredients including vitamin E, cocoa butter and shea butter, glide on smooth to provide 24 hours of moisture in one simple flick and click. Available in three delicious flavours; Creamy Coconut, Ripe Mango and Juicy Watermelon.


Has she been wondering how to achieve that wet look Rihanna-esque look that the ladies rock on all the catwalks? This is the product to achieve that! Simply sweep your fingers in and apply the balm like product to your roots. Comb back and hairspray. Voila! 

There we have it! There's some fab gift ideas here for those stocking fillers. Stay tuned for the next three parts going live this week!

Disclaimer: All products mentioned are PR samples*.

#GIFTOFGIVING CAMPAIGN - SURPRISE FOR MUM

29/11/2016


My mum has always been the most hard working woman I know. From bringing my sister and I up, to providing us with everything we could ever wish for and even now; making sure I am home safe and sound when she's not there.

So, it was to no surprise that I chose my mum to be a part of a fantastic campaign called #GiftofGiving. The campaign is all about treating a loved one to a surprise gift. Something they have maybe always wanted or have recently spoken about, but could never justify buying for themselves.


Fenetic Wellbeing are a mobility company, who exist to provide customers with the right healthcare and mobility products for their individual needs. They give something back to people who are in need and that's something important to remember. Whilst you're having a bad day, there's plenty of people out there who are having a much worse off day. 

I chose to place a swanky Selfridges order and buy my mum some Charlotte Tilbury goodies. A luxury makeup brand that she would never buy for herself or even think about adding to her Christmas list.

I was asked by the wonderful people at the Zeal Buzz Blogger Network tot film the reaction, so here it is!

My mum cried tears of happiness. I guess she wasn't expecting such a nice surprise or some nice new beauty bits to try out.

I ordered her the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream as she is always looking for new lotions and potions to help her tired looking eyes look more refreshed. My mum works for the NHS so works long 11-12 hour shifts and comes home completely exhausted from the day or night she's had. I am hoping this cream will help rejuvenate her eyes and make her feel a little more confident.


Finally, I also picked her up a luxurious Charlotte Tilbury Hot lips lipstick in the shade 'Super Cindy'. My mum always wears nude shades so I decided to get her a slightly more pink toned nude with a matte finish. Perfect for those Christmas and New Year parties! 

Thank you so much to the guys at Zeal Buzz and Fenetic Wellbeing for making this surprise come to life. My mum is super chuffed with her new beauty goodies and I am happy that I have made someone happy!

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing. All words, opinions, footage and photography my own.

ROYAL CHINA, FULHAM

26/11/2016

Chinese is one of my all time favourite foods, so when I was invited along to review Royal China in Fulham; I jumped at the chance! I went along with my friend Bianca after work and had a table booking for 7pm. It's situated a 5 minute walk from Parsons Green tube station which is in the Fulham area. 


We was greeted by the manager of the restaurant and seated at the back of the restaurant by the window. It was the perfect time of night (7pm) and the perfect day in the week (a Tuesday) because it was so quiet in there. This can be viewed as a bad thing but towards the end of our meal, it did start picking up. 

We was given an allowance to spend at the restaurant, but we found that the dishes were a few pounds more than your average Chinese restaurant dishes. 


We started off with the sharing starter platter which I didn't even notice until Bianca pointed it out. The menu is very varied, so it might take you a while to choose what you would like! The sharing platter had fried chicken with a spicy and salty seasoning, crispy fried squid, fried prawns, crispy seaweed and spring rolls wrapped in a lettuce leaves; accompanied with two condiments - a sweet chilli sauce and a vinegary, watery sauce.


I had never tried squid before and have always watched my dad eat it in awe and always wondered what it tasted like but at the same time have never tried it because the thought of eating squid repulsed me. However, Bianca recommended it so I gave it a try and it was so yummy! It wasn't fishy tasting at all which was a bonus, because that definitely would have turned me off. It was surprisingly like a chicken texture, but a lot softer and less chewy. 


I really loved the seaweed too which is something we never order when we get a Chinese takeaway. It wa super crispy and melted in your mouth. Quite a weird sensation but really tasty at the same time! 

Next was our main meals and we decided to get a few different ones to share. We ordered some chicken in black bean sauce which is one of my favourite dishes in general. It was as yummy as expected and very filling!


With this, we had special fried rice which was really yummy with prawns and cubes of pork in it. To accompany everything nicely, we ordered some sautéed spinach in a garlic sauce and chilli fried beef; my absolute favourite!


We was also recommend their leaves in garlic sauce special of the day so had some of that too. It was a little random and we was both unsure about it but it was a nice accompaniment for the beef in black bean sauce. 


We had a splendid meal and will definitely be returning in the near future when we fancy some Chinese! Thank you so much for the hospitality Royal China! 

Royal China
805 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HE

Disclaimer: A complimentary visit. All words, opinions and photographs are my own.

5 REASONS WHY MY LIFE IS AWESOME RIGHT NOW

20/11/2016


001. Career is here.
Obviously, the first thing I need to mention is my new job! I have been working in beauty PR now for 3 and a half months, and I'm absolutely in love with everything I do. I have been striving for an almost impossible goal for a couple of years and I finally got there with a lot of determination, tears and frustrated rants.

I travel into Central London 5 days a week, log onto MY computer on MY desk and start the day with breakfast. I have a range of beauty clients who I love doing PR for. It's honestly so rewarding knowing I've secured coverage for a client and then seeing everything come to light. I get to work with bloggers, celebrities and influencers every single day and plan some awesome events for us all to go to. It really is my dream job and I couldn't be happier in that aspect of my life.


002. Stuff ends for new friends.
I can honestly say I now have a handful of really good friends who I absolutely love to bits. I've never really been that great with friendships, but the friends I have now are the best. Some are old but reunited sparks and some are brand new friends I have met this year. They're all amazing people and they all inspire me to be a better person and try my hardest with everything.


003: Elsie is my bestie.
Obviously Elsie deserves a big mention here. We lost our rabbit this week (RIP Oscar), and it really put owning a pet into perspective for me. Elsie lifts my spirits every day, makes me laugh with just about everything she does and I couldn't imagine my life without her now. She also irritates me way more than I would like to admit, eats all my favourite things and I can't have one dinner without having to share. However, that's what a true friendship is all about!


004: I've dated and hated.
I got back on the dating scene a few months ago and have truly realised what I do and don't want in my next relationship. I've dated some truly weird (but not so wonderful) and awful guys... from the one that felt the need to two-time me and 'Jade'; to the guy who took me up the o2 but then went psycho on me after... and let's not forget the one with the extreme foot fetish. I've had my fair share and recently decided enough was enough. Tinder is deleted and won't be re-surfacing for quite a while.

The o2 guy that everyone on Twitter fell in love with. Truth is, sometimes guys just say the right things but do the wrong things.

005: Busy blog, great job.
My blog is super busy at the moment and I have so much to share with you by the end of the year. It's still weird to think that I have been doing this for nearly 5 and a half years now. Updating you guys on my life when my life has never really been that interesting until now. Thank you for sticking around, thank you for reading, just thank you. x

HOW TO BRING LIGHT TO YOUR HOME THIS WINTER

17/11/2016

As days are getting shorter and Christmas is getting closer, I thought it was time to dive into the world of interiors to make sure I keep my house warm and bright this winter. Whether you’re looking for that Oxford Street shine or Carnaby Streets sparkle, here are a few top tips to revitalise your home this increasingly dark and cold season.

White is Light
This is the most general tip I have for you this Christmas and probably the most obvious. What better creates and masks light other than white? If you’re thinking of adding furniture or hanging pictures, try to keep white a priority. The power of white comes from its ability to open up the house, making it feel bigger and more spacious - perfect for inviting family or guests over for a big meal.  Not only does it reflect light, it also creates a simple and elegant feel, adding to a modern theme. 


That Stand-Out Piece of Furniture
Feeling like white is too plain? Too boring? That’s alright because what better way to brighten up your house then buying one brightly coloured piece of furniture. For the best effect, place the item in a room of neutral tones to boost its appearance and enhance the overall aesthetics of the room. Whether it’s a sofa, a lamp or even decorations, create a buzz this Christmas by experimenting with bold patterns and block colours, trying something a little different.


The Perfect Lamp
Whether illuminating your home or bringing warmth to the eerie winter, a lamp is the perfect way to add that super stylish touch to your house this Christmas. One of the most important things you have to think about when buying the perfect lamp is where it will be placed. Situate the lamp as the centre piece in your room to have your guests talking for months. Want a little tip? My new favourite lighting company, Lampcommerce, provides one-of-a-kind luxury lighting and is home to big brands such as Artemide and Fabbian. With such a large and beautiful range, you are sure to find the right lamp for you this winter. 


The Artistic Twist
Not wanting to spend money? I don’t blame you. The Christmas season can empty pockets faster than you can say ‘mince pie’. However, there are many ways to enhance the house whilst remaining thrifty. Take painting for example. Grab a few pots of Dulux paint, not only to transform your home and save money but make a festive activity the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re going red or blue, a pattern or full, room or just a wall, this is the perfect way to lighten your home this winter. 



Those Fabulous Accessories
What better way to lighten up your house this Christmas then adding some jazzy accessories? Just by adding a mirror, you can lighten up a room and create an open environment. Finish with a few furry rugs or colourful throws to truly illuminate your house this winter. My favourite accessory this fall is definitely Urban Outfitters ShellyRound Velvet Cushion. Coming in three different colours, these fun yet sophisticated pillows would fit into any home.

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GUIDE TO COOKING THE PERFECT STEAK

12/11/2016

There are a few different things you must do in order to achieve the perfect cooked steak. Chef director at Jamie Oliver, Steve Pooley, has put together Barbecoa London's  'Guide To Cooking The Perfect Steak". 

From the different steak types, added ingredients, the method of cooking and serving suggestions; this guide is definitely one to follow in order to sit down and eat the best cooked steak you could possibly ever achieve!


Disclaimer: Infographic placement. 
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