Thursday, 18 December 2014

November Through Instagram

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First Toffee Nut Latte of the Season ~ My Entry for the Moxy Travel Charm Competition ~ The stunning Liberty Beauty Calender bought as a Gift by my boyfriend ~ Alice in Wonderland Book and pretty Tea Cups in Fenwick ~ Wall Art in Lola Jeans ~ Tea in Quilliam Brothers Tea Shop

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Christmas Blend Tea in Quilliam Bros ~ Cosy Knit-Wear from La Redoute ~ Chrsitmas Spice from M&S ~ Ready to Set Off and Up in the Air ~ Arriving in Dusseldorf ~ Tiffany Christmas Windows

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Golden Duty Free Buys ~ Breakfast in Dusseldorf ~ The Switching On of the Christmas Market Lights ~ The Big Wheel ~ Fruit Punch ~ The Wheel behind the Markets ~ The Dior polish in action ~ Breakfast again

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Stunning Buildings in Dusseldorf ~ Coffees and Cakes in Starbucks ~ Cute Coffee Cups ~ Amaretto Coffee ~ Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall in Dusseldorf ~ The Christmas Markets ~ Funky Wrapping Paper Made up from my IG Pics ~ Tea Selection in Holland & Barrett ~ And what was in the Wrapped Box

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Review: Glamglow Thirsty Mud

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With the onset of winter, I find many changes to my skin, most notably a drying out of the texture of my skin. So much so that I find I need to step up my skincare regime to include some extra powered moisture. So when asked to choose a product from cult beauty site Blow Ltd, I had no doubts in opting for the Glamglow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Treatment *

This is quite a luxurious product, the packing suggests it and the price most definitely does. So for a retail price of £49.99 I am going to expect some good results. I have now been using the product for a couple of weeks, enough time to make my mind up on how I find it and how well it works on my skin. I currently have normal skin, after the combination / oily skin of my youth and teenage years. Thankfully my skin is pretty consistent these days, apart from the odd break-out at that time of the month. But as I mentioned earlier, I do feel a tightening of my skin in the winter months when it is cold outside and an overall 'quenched' feel which needs some extra help on the moisture front.

There are a couple of ways to use this product - as a morning moisturiser left on the skin for around ten minutes and then tissued off with the residue massaged in; or as a night-time face mask, applied to the face and neck and left on overnight. For me, I have been using the latter option every few days. And I am pleased to say that I can feel the product's tacky consistency on my face for several hours after application as well as waking up the next morning still feeling very moisturised. I have also tried using this moisturiser after a clay face mask treatment which I find a wonderful follow-up to replace moisture into the skin after it has been stripped by the clay. This moisturiser has a thick texture to it, hence it's 'mud' name and a very 'nutty' fragrance which I find pleasant to inhale and which lingers for the entire duration of the treatment.

Blow Ltd offer many amazing products apart from the Glamglow Thirsty Mud with fast delivery and cute packaging, so as my first Blow Ltd experience, I have been fully impressed with both themselves and the product I chose. Hopefully this review has been of some help if you have considered the Thirsty Mud for yourselves and also Blow Ltd currently have some good Christmas offers running which you can view right here.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Festive Weekend, Part 2

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The second part to last Saturday's Festive activities, began on Sunday with some food at Cafe Royal. Then a walk through the beautiful Central Arcade to the Theatre Royal to watch the pantomime Snow White. And then finally for drinks and food at newly opened Lola Jeans.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Festive Weekend, Part 1

I love traditions, and Christmas-time for me is the perfect opportunity to return to those things I do with love year after year. In the lead up to Christmas I like to plan lots of things, for me the lead up to Christmas is probably my favourite part, Christmas itself I spend quiet and relaxing. This past weekend, I had a few things to do, Christmas-related, which you will see here and with part two to follow soon.

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The morning began with the arrival of my parents and all of my Christmas decorations. I made a pot of tea and we ate some delicious scones I had bought from the market the day before. We then popped to M&S and bought our Christmas food, some Christmas cards etc. Returning home, I set about making my annual 'Christmas Tree Day' Orange Muffins (using Nigella's recipe) which we enjoyed with a glass of port before starting to get to work on the Christmas tree decoration, Nat King Cole's Christmas record playing along in the background. The evening was spent watching The Holiday, the film I always watch each year at the beginning of Christmas. Definitely one of my favourite days of the year.

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You can see some Christmas Tree Days here from previous years:

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Crafting with Yankee Candle

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Spending day the day decorating my Christmas tree yesterday, thoroughly got me in the festive spirit. So I continued with the Christmas theme and set about creating two DIY's as suggested to me* by Yankee Candle. Yankee Candle have amazing candles for all occasions, especially Christmas-time. So as inspiration from two of their Christmas scents, Candy Cane Lane and Angel's Wings, I was sent a crafting kit to make my own Christmas decorations. I thought I would share my efforts with you here.

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So, my first attempt was the Candy Cane Lane Package which came in a red gauze bag containing 10 candy canes, some decorative bows and some twine for hanging.

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1. Create a heart shape using two of the candy canes and stick together using strong adhesive.
2. Repeat this with the other candy canes until you have 5 stand-alone hearts.
3. Arrange the 5 hearts to make a final star shape by overlapping the curved edges.
4. Once you are happy with the shape, stick the overlapping pieces together to form the star.

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5. Use the red and green bows Christmas present bows to decorate the points of the star.
6. Complete the decoration with the length of twine, loop through on of the points of the star and hang.

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Now you know how to create a Candy Cane Lane decoration!
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My second attempt, was the Angels' Wings Package which was a white gauze bag containing 8 long white craft feathers, fluffy white craft feathers, string and white card.

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1. Using the template cut the card into a wing shape.
2. Get one long feather, glue 1cm from the top of the card and place the feather on the outside of the wing, so the tip of the feather slightly covers the bottom of the card.
3. Repeat with the other three feathers on the wing so the feather creates a tier effect at the bottom of the wing.
4. Repeat on the other side.

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5. Once the glue has dried, take the fluffy feather and glue to the top of the wings where you left 1cm.
6. Take your string and tape the ends to each side of the wing to create a loop to hang the decoration.

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Now you know how to create an Angel's Wing decoration!
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