Christmas Mani | Blogmas 2014






Christmas Q&A! | Blogmas 2014


^ My Daniel Radcliffe is feeling very festive!

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Ooooooo….. either Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ or ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Michael Buble or Mariah Carey. Then again I do love ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is you! And…

Christmas Pudding or Mince Pies?

Neither they’re both dreadful.

Favourite festive coffee shop drink?

Starbuck’s Special Hot Chocolate – I say ‘special’ because their exact Christmas one changes every year, as last year it was Salted Caramel and this year it is Honey and Almond which is AMAZING OMG. It tastes like a melted Toblerone which in case you hadn’t guessed is DELICIOUS.

Christmas cracker jokes?

Love them! Where else am I supposed to get all my comedy material for the year ahead?

Favourite Christmas films?

Home Alone 1 and 2 are probably my classic favourites, though I am a massive fan of the ‘Nativity’ films! Love Actually is my 2nd favourite film ever so that has to be in there – I cry every time. I also have really fond memories of always watching Elf at school near the end of term when my teachers were probably hung over from xmas parties! 

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?

Yes so so much! We didn’t really have any snow last year and it just wasn’t the same. I’m hoping we get as much snow as the year before when it was about a foot deep (snow days!).

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Usually most of my Christmas Eve is spent with Dad doing last minute shopping in Meadowhall and wrapping presents. Then me and Mum usually get a takeaway and watch all the tv xmas specials!

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake it til you make it baby!

How good are you at wrapping presents?

Not too horrendous but I don’t particularly enjoy it. Not unless there’s a Christmas CD on in the background and lots of festive nibbles and drinks (essentially a present wrapping party).

Favourite Christmas colours?

Red and gold.

Have you ever spent Christmas away from home?

Yes, a few years ago I went with my mum and her brother’s family to California and we spent Christmas in Disneyland! The Christmas Day fireworks there are spectacular. That entire holiday was just amazing and I’d love to go back but maybe not for Christmas – I like being at home!

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

That’s a hard one! Maybe Christmas Eve?

Lush Luxury Lush Pud | Blogmas 2014


I’ve saved my favourite Lush Christmas product until last, which as you may have guessed is this stunning bath bomb! I think this may be my favourite Lush bomb ever actually. For one it smells absolutely delicious – sweet but not sickly, with a very subtle hint of spice – though I haven’t the foggiest what the actual scent is! To be honest that isn’t surprising as the main scents are lavender, tonka absolute and ylang ylang, and who really knows what tonka and ylang ylang smell like? It shares it’s fragrance with the Twilight bath bomb apparently which pleased me as it means I can smell it all year round!

The second reason I love this is of course how gorgeous it is in your bath! The above photos are only a small portion of the many I took (which probably goes to show how sad I am), as I have finally found my Nicki-Minaj-concert bath bomb! Once all the colours have dispersed the water settles down to a dark pink colour – perfect!

It’s most certainly not style over substance though as it made my bath water and skin wonderfully soft. I’ve never tried anything quite like a Lush bomb to make my water feel so creamy and thick with a softly lingering scent. 


Overall would I repurchase?

Absolutely! I definitely see this becoming an annual festive favourite. 

Mani Monday | Ciate Boudoir & Snow Globe | Blogmas 2014




Ciate Boudoir

Number of coats needed: 2 (but one wasn’t too bad)

Days gone without chipping: 1 (admittedly minor chipping but I’m not impressed)

Colour: True classic red – a Christmas staple.

Overall score? 4/5


Ciate Snow Globe

Number of coats needed: I used 2 in the pics above as it quite sparse.

Days gone without chipping: 4

Colour: A glitter top coat but not as you know it. The pieces are more like tiny flakes of iridescent cellophane, and I absolutely adore this polish as it’s so unique (and incredibly Christmassy as I think it looks like snow!).

Overall score? 4.5/5

My Christmas Tree! | Blogmas 2014


After my Mum decided that she did in fact hate our seven foot green tree we decided to buy a new one. While I do love the idea of a real tree I know I’d be atrocious at looking after it so it’d probably just be a pile of brown needs by Christmas Eve. I suppose if you grew up with one it’s different but for me it’s more of a tradition to get ours out of the attic! 

We chose an artificial white one (what? that massive white plastic thing is artificial? no way!) to fit in with our cream and turquoise (ish) living room, and of course we couldn’t resist a candy-land theme. I think we fell in love with the donuts first and everything else just got added to basket! 

Don’t be afraid to personalise your decorations too! As you can see in pride of place is a ski lift decked out with our own Lilo and Stitch. While it’s a lovely decoration on it’s own Lilo & Stitch rule in our house and he even fits in with the pink and blue theme – success! If you’ve got any baubles that are looking worst for wear or you can see a (literal) window for a bit of jazzing up then go for it! Even if it’s just writing the year or something memorable happening that Christmas (baby’s first Christmas, first xmas married, golden anniversary…) in a fancy pen. You could even get children to decorate a few boring ones or fill clear baubles with something of your choice, like sequins, glitter, tic tacs, whatever you want. So what if it’s tacky, that’s Christmas’s middle name!