What I Got For Christmas 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and that you had a fantastic fun-filled festive day. I absolutely love to see what people got for Christmas so thought I would do the same. Usual disclaimer applies; I am not bragging. I am incredibly grateful for what I received and love everything.

First up I got some new straighteners. I spotted these in the sale and my parents bought them for me. I'd had my old ones for around 5-6 years and they had started to be a bit rubbish. I will definitely be using these all the time - I can't live without straighteners. They supposedly curl your hair as well.

I had the worst lady pains on Christmas day so when I received a hot water bottle toy he was used immediately - he definitely helped. Everyone loves new pyjamas and these look so cosy - can't wait to wear these. Lastly. I got some slippers as my old ones were falling apart.

Next I got a top from Miss Selfridge that ties at the front, it's a great basic with a slight twist. Then I got this sweatshirt which so incredibly soft. Finally, I got a dress, also from Miss Selfridge, I have another dress in the same shape and I really like it so I'm glad to have another. They're really versatile and comfortable. 

Simple skincare is my absolute favourite so I'm so happy to have some more stuff to use when my old stuff runs out.

Next I got a Bumble & Bumble volume set, I'd seen this in Boots and wanted to try it out - I can't wait to try it out. Then I finally got some Real Techniques brushes, I'd heard nothing but good things about these brushes and omg they're so soft. Finally, I got a Benefit skincare set which I can't wait to try. The packaging is so cute, I love the little bottles. 

I then got Tanya Burr lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, an eyeliner and smudger from Claudia, 3 Zoella fizz bars, a Batiste dry shampoo and New Look perfume in Devotion - it smells delicious. 

I'd wanted a new purse for ages as I'd been getting really annoyed with it for age, I saw this one a while ago and it ticked all the boxes. Then I got a pencil case which I love, it looks like leather and is so nice.

Finally, I got these boots. They're gorgeous and I can't wait to wear them. They look slightly like Doc Martens (kind of).

That's everything I got for Christmas. What did you get this year?

Tash xx

Christmas Eve Box

Hope you had an amazing Christmas and that you had a good day. This year, my mum decided to make a Christmas Eve box for me which included all the essentials for the day. It was such a good idea and I feel like this will become a new tradition.

The box was packaged beautifully, with a little ribbon and bow. Inside everything was individually wrapped and I was incredibly excited to find out what was inside.

My mum knows how much I LOVE the smell of cinnamon; it is such a gorgeous scent and I can smell this all day. Literally when I opened it I just smelt it, omg I love it.

Then I got some new pyjamas, this is a night dress which I love. I wore it on Christmas Eve and it was incredibly cosy.

These hot chocolates were delicious on Christmas Eve - I got a candy cane flavour, raspberry and double chocolate - they made very good hot chocolates! 

This is adorable! I absolutely love him, I am obsessed with cuddly toys and this guy (Preston) is just gorgeous!

I then got some snowman shaped marshmallows (which I had on my hot chocolate) and some Lindt balls (?), I am obsessed with these - they're delicious. 

Lastly, I got a shower gel which smells delicious. I used this on Christmas Day to make myself smell lovely all day, haha!

That's what I received in my Christmas Eve box. I'm incredibly grateful for what I got and love all of it.

Have you ever had a Christmas Eve box?

Tash xx

Let it Snow // Christmas Baking

I am a notoriously terrible baker. I cannot remember the last thing I baked that actually turned out quite well. As part of the Secret Blogger Project one of the posts was baking, when I got a little jar full of ingredients I thought it couldn't go that badly!

The jar didn't actually say what the ingredients were so I can only guess;

- Raisins
- Flour
- Brown Sugar or Cinnamon
- Oats

1. Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
2. Mix Slightly

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence and mix.
4. Add 65g of butter and mix.
5. Add half an egg and mix.

6. Once your ingredients are mixed together, you can form little balls and place onto a baking tray.
7. Cook for 10-15 minutes.

8. Serve when cooled!

These actually turned out quite well for me! 

What have you been baking?

Tash xx

My Favourite Festive Films

Seen as Christmas is just around the corner and there a myriad of Christmas films on the box I thought I would share with you all my top 3 festive films.

1. Elf
Elf will always be one of my favourite Christmas films, it instantly puts me in the festive spirit and I love Buddy's joy at the small things. It has some cheesy jokes, funny moments and is full of festive cheer.

2. Nativity
Normally, I absolutely HATE musicals, completely and utterly hate them. However, this is my onw exception, Nativity is completely feel good film. It's so funny and the characters are just brilliant - I love it.

3. A Christmas Princess
A rather more understated film that not many people know of. This is beautiful film that isn't corny or cheesy at all. First of all, it's British and stars the gorgeous Katie McGrath (of Merlin). It is still Christmassy and makes you feel warm inside but it doesn't have that in your face-ness of a typical Christmas film.

Those are my favourite festive films - what are yours?

Tash xx

Christmas Playlist 2015

At Christmas time we all love a good Christmas song that we can sing a long to and that will instantly lift our festive mood. Here are my favourite 5:

1. All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
A classic but it's so good.

2. Only Wish - Britney Spears
A slightly lesser known song but still just as good.

3. Proper Crimbo - Bo Selecta
A comedy Christmas song which is just brilliant.

4. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Mel and Kim
I just really like this Christmas song.

5. Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea
This instantly reminds me of Christmas.

Those are my 5 favourite Christmas songs - what are yours? 

Tash xx

Clothes Show Live Haul

I'd been wanting to go to Clothes Show Live for such a long time and this year I finally got to attend. I was so excited to go and couldn't wait to grab some beauty bargains!

The first stall we went to was Models Own. They had such good deals; you needed to buy for 4 products for £10 and that would get you a goodie bag and magazine. We chose 3 nail varnishes and an eyeshadow palette. That got us a huge goodie bag and a 'Heat' Magazine. 

Next Rimmel had £10 goodie bags which again was an amazing deal. You could choose from 3 sets and I went for the Queen of Bling set. This came with a fake tan (which I won't be using), mascara, lipstick. eyeliner, nail varnish and a couple of samples. 

Barry M's goodie bag also came with a cute makeup bag which my mum is having. The bag contained, 6 nail varnishes, 2 eyeshadows, 2 lipglosses, a blusher and then an eyeliner. Again, this was such a bargain and I love all the nail varnish colours.

Lastly, W7 had a goodie bag or £10 for 5 items which is what we went for. We got the concealer palette, mascara, beauty blender, plumping gloss and finally a blush.

All of these things are going to be shared between me and my mum, but we got such good deals. I would definitely recommend going to the Clothes Show. There were so many brands and stalls - I could've spent a lot more! 

Have you ever been to Clothes Show Live?

Let it Snow // Deck the Halls

Now that Chrismas is drawing ever closer, it seems like the perfect opportunity to show you our Christmas tree and living room. 

Our Christmas tree is typically gold with splashes of blue and copper. I really like it and fibre optics are just so easy!

I really like our fireplace, we have really cute fairy lights that make the room feel cosy. We also have so many ornaments that add to the festive feel. 

There's a really brief  look at our Christmas decs. Apologies this post has been really short, I've had so much to do that blogging has just taken a back seat!

How do you decorate your house for Christmas?

Tash xx

Let it Snow // Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Seen as Christmas is only around the corner, I can imagine that we're all trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. So, I thought I would put together a small gift guide of things that, personally, I would love to receive.

1. A Library of Fragrance Perfume
These perfumes are such a genius idea, I absolutely love the concept of them. There is such a variety of unusual scents that I'm sure anyone would love to receive one of these!

2. Zoella
Everything from the new Zoella range is just so cute; they make the perfect stocking fillers. This little purse is adorable and it just the right size to be a little makeup bag.

3. Soap and Glory
Soap and Glory is the king of Christmas. They have so many gorgeously scented, wonder filled gift ideas that getting any one of them would make a cracking Christmas gift. I really like this one as it's all shower gels (am I the only one who ends up with endless amounts of body butters and is still trying to finish them all 2 years later?),so the fact their shower gels means I would actually use them.

4. Water Speakers
These are such a cool idea, as you play music they put on some kind of light show in water. It's such a cool idea that looks great. I'd love to get some of these.

5. Scarf
Let's face it, we all love to receive winter woolies at Christmas, am I right? This scarf looks super cosy and has a subtle nod to  Christmas whilst still being wearable throughout January and February.

6. Tanya Burr
Again, another Youtuber, but there Christmas ranges are so cute and affordable. This set comes with a nail file, nail varnish and lipgloss. It would make such a cute gift to anyone who loves their makeup!

What would you like to get for Christmas?

Tash xx

My Favourite Things about Winter

Although I love summer, the warm weather, clothes and holidays, there's something quite nice when the winter months roll in. It's a very comfortable time of the year and I also quite like the winter colours and the transition of seasons so I thought I would show you my favourite things about winter.

1. Jumpers

Jumpers are so comfortable and you can't beat snuggling up in a cosy jumper and braving a crisp winter day. I love the simplicity of jeans, skinny jeans and boots; it's such a simple and easy look yet is so winter appropriate.

2. Baths

I love having baths all year round but in winter you can have them more often. It's so nice to get into a warm bubble bath and completely pamper yourself. Having a bath in winter is so cosy and the atmosphere is just so relaxing.

3. Comfort Food

In winter, all you want is roast dinners and good ol' comfort food, in summer I tend to want something lighter so it's nice to have a change. There's something so homely about winter food and it's nice to snuggle up and eat your favourite foods.

4. Seasonal Makeup

I love berry colours on the nails so as soon as winter comes I'm all about those berry tones. Although I love bright colours and pastels for summer I love the seasonal change from summer to winter. 

5. Pale Skin

As I am very pale, as soon as winter rolls around instantly my pale skin isn't as obvious and I feel like I match the season, haha.

Those are my favourite things about winter - what do you like about winter?

Tash xx