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Monday, 21 December 2015

Gift ideas for her: under £10!

Gift ideas for her: under £10!
Monday, 21 December 2015
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Shopping on a budget is always a pain in the arse. We've all been there. Everything seems to cost an arm and a leg these days! Luckily for you, however, we've found some gifts that are perfect AND are under £10 (thank us later)...

Everyone (regardless of gender) likes some kind of hot beverage, right? Whether it be tea, coffee or some obscure concoction like a vanilla chai tea mocha frappucino - mugs are  just ideal! We love the quirky, funny ones from Urban Outfitters like these, they're guaranteed to cheer a gal up on a rough Monday morning. Get them here

Another genius gift idea would be something beauty related. Obviously this is only a good idea
for the ladies that love make up, if you're intended giftee does not fit the description please skip ahead to the next gift idea, if she does then please continue reading... You can never really go wrong with an eyeshadow palette at Christmas. The ones from Make Up Revolution are amazing and so inexpensive! If you're not sure what she's in to just get a muted natural toned palette with browns and creams but if you're feeling brave try one a bit more adventurous with blues and greens. Get them here

This is a little bit different to your average gift idea which is why we think it's so good! We're suckers for homeware (and I actually own some of these, so I hope you like them) so we would absolutely love to receive these! Basically, etsy is the best place to get prints for your room and other quirky things of the same variety. These ones are from the shop oh gosh, Cindy which basically consists of these really cool watercolour illustrations of all sorts of pop culture things from Mary Berry to Beyonce! They're so inexpensive and look so cool (also it's something that the vast majority won't have or won't think to buy so bonus points!) Check them out here

Finally, two of our favourite things are strong, influential women and curling up with a good book. Combine the two together and you get Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso. What more is there to say, it sounds perfect!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Non-Beauty Favourites

Non-Beauty Favourites
Monday, 14 December 2015
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Candles
It is now Winter, and Winter means staying indoors, nice and cosy watching Christmas films and keeping warm. Naturally, this also means lighting candles. Duh! There is nothing better than getting in to bed in the evening, putting on some fairy lights, lighting a candle and chilling out. They just set the mood, don’t they? We particularly love the ones from TK MAXX that are a bit different to your average, run-of-the-mill scents. We both have these amazing ones by the brand ‘Makers of Wax Goods’ that smell just like coffee! They’re A-MAZING! We definitely recommend having a look in TK MAXX (or TJ MAXX if you’re American) if you’re looking for some new, quirky candles because the scents are insane and they’re so inexpensive compared to other brands!


Online shopping

I’m the first to admit that I’m pretty darn lazy, but this year I think I’ve taken it to a whole new level… I didn’t physically go out and buy any of my Christmas gifts. I just sat in bed, on a Saturday morning, laptop in tow, and decided to use the power of technology to get my gifts delivered straight to my door (thank you ASOS). I’m sorry, okay! I’d just prefer to buy my gifts with a couple of clicks rather than spend 6 hours queueing and fighting old women for a pair of socks! (I’m not really sorry, I think it’s the best decision I’ve made all year).


Brunch

Okay, since I’ve come to uni I have definitely matured. I now eat brunch! BRUNCH! Every time I say it, I feel like a sophisticated woman in New York or Paris. It’s really not that classy to be honest with you, it’s pretty much only because most of the time I don’t wake up early enough for breakfast… Either way, it’s now my favourite meal. I’ve pretty much been having the same thing for the past 3 weeks, salmon and egg on toast with spinach and rocket – YUM!


Coffee

Another example of how mature I’ve become! I now drink coffee! I remember when I was younger and I tried coffee for the first time and thought ‘how the heck can people drink this stuff?!’ But now that my taste buds and I have matured, I pretty much can’t cope without it some days. I’m so proud of myself! I feel the way I did when I drank wine for the first time and actually enjoyed it (am I Carrie Bradshaw now or nah?).


Catfish & the bottlemen 

I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Catfish last month and they blew me away. Their music would be on my favourites pretty much every single month but this past month I feel as though I’ve just been listening to them on repeat! Their music is the perfect mix of guitars, teen angst and sexual innuendos... What more do you want?! If you’ve never listened to them before I very much recommend them (You can check them out on our November playlist here), I guess the closest comparison is maybe like a younger version of The Strokes? They’re definitely worth a listen!



Broad city

This show is hilarious. It’s just hilarious. Hilarious. That’s all.

We'd love to hear what you guys have been loving this month, feel free to recommend some music or tv shows because we love finding new things to love!
Tuesday, 8 December 2015

December playlist

December playlist
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
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It was so hard not to make a playlist purely consisting of Christmas songs and nothing but Christmas songs. It was hard, but we resisted (although there are quite a few tucked in there somewhere)!

Anyways, making playlists is one of our favourite things to do so we'd love you to let us know what songs you've been listening to this month! Or let us know what your favourite Christmas song is!            
                               
Saturday, 5 December 2015

November Beauty Favourites

November Beauty Favourites
Saturday, 5 December 2015
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Abby:
L'Oreal Paris - Infallible 24H-MATTE
I'm not sure the name of this product is as accurate as it could be... Matte for 24 hours? I don't think any foundation, no matter the brand or the price tag, will quite allow for 24 hours of a flawless matte face (Oh the despair!). However, I love the consistency and finish of this foundation. It's a soft velvety texture that blends out well with both a brush or beauty blender and has a beautiful flawless finish. I would advise using a primer with this product and is it does have a tendency to sink into pores and go a bit patchy without - thank god for primers eh! Overall, this is definitely a foundation that I will keep using, at £7.99 this product is a must have - especially if, like me, you suffer from oily/combination skin!


MAC - Pro longwear Concealer 
I've wanted this product for a while and after months and months of debating I decided to treat myself - don't I always!? I know this is quite an old product in regards to it being on the beauty scene for a while, but when my dark circles started to match my liquid liner I thought it was time to try the heavy duty stuff! I actually picked up this concealer at the airport and was in a rush to board so I didn't really have time to test out all the colours, and the staff were so rude I didn't even want to waste my time asking so I went with NW20 and it's a pretty good match, it's light enough for an under eye highlight which is primarily what I wanted this product for. I'd love to pick up a lighter shade for extra highlighting but for now, I'm happy with this one. The coverage of this product is excellent and it blends out well with both a brush and blender. Depending on the powder I use it does sometimes sit in my pores but it's probably not noticeable to an outside eye - we all know how critical we can be about ourselves when no one else really notices! But I'd love some suggestions for a new setting powder, I find most of mine sit on my skin and don't quite do the job I want (mattifying for more than a few hours!).

OGX - Argan Oil of Morocco, Extra Penetrating Oil.
I love this product. I have long, thick hair that gets very dry at the ends, especially if it hasn't been washed for a few days. After years and years of bleaching and dying my hair it is finally getting back to a much healthier condition and this oil is definitely helping. I pour a small amount (about the size of a 50 pence piece) of oil into my palm and rub it into the end of my hair when it's damp, even when it's damp you can feel the difference instantly, it's almost like I can feel it coating my dry ends with moisture. The texture is great - it's not sticky and ironic as this may sound, doesn't feel too oily. When my hair is dry this product ensures that my hair is soft and shiny, it really is a great product! I know there are millions of oils out there that all do the same thing, but after trying a few this is by far my favourite.




Kayleigh:
Make up sponges
I don’t really know why I’m so late to catch up with this. I kept hearing people talking about beauty blenders but never really payed any attention up until now. Using a sponge to blend in my foundation has literally changed my life!! It gives such a seamless finish and somehow makes my pores disappear, what more can you ask for really? Plus, they’re not very costly at all so its win-win. 

Diesel Loverdose perfume
I actually haven’t used this perfume for over a year but I recently found a body lotion that I got in a gift set with the perfume and I was reminded of how much I love love love the scent. I’m really in to like weird smells when it comes to perfumes rather than your average vanilla or florals and this, to me, is perfect. It has an undertone of liquorice so it’s really different to anything I’ve smelt before and because the scent is quite strong it lasts for ages. I'm so bad at describing scents so I think I'd better stop before I put everyone off, but seriously if you're looking to switch it up, don't rule this one out.




We'd love to hear what you've been loving throughout November so feel free to leave a comment!

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