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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Sunday Post #17 - Winter Wonderland

Every year Winter Wonderland comes to Hyde Park, and last night me and a group of friends went for my friend's birthday. We wrapped up warm and went into London for an evening of festivities, and food, mainly food. I've only been briefly once before a few years ago, but my friend who's birthday it was was the expert in all things Winter Wonderland. We spent a lot of the evening in the German beer tent with giant stein's of beer before we then decided to head onto the waltzers, which was historical after a few beers! It was a great evening of delicious food, beer and a good laugh with some of my friends! Winter Wonderland is definitely worth a visit if you're in London this Christmas time! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide #1 - For Men

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, I just love everything about it, minus the Christmas shopping. It's not that I hate Christmas shopping, I just never know what to get people. I particularly struggle with the men in my life. Having to shop for my dad, brother and other half, all of which are completely different, I never know what to buy for them! If you're like me and struggle for gift ideas I've come up with a gift guide which could be helpful for the men in your life!

1. Royal British Legion Wallet - £19.99
Leather wallets are always a popular gift choice for the man in your life. This may seem like your average wallet, but if you look a little closer you'll notice a small poppy embossed on the bottom right hand corner. Not only does this make a great gift idea, but this wallet supports all the work the Royal British Legion do, and all the proceeds go directly to the charity. 

2. Sonnet 43 Full Range Bottle Gift Pack - £15
Perhaps the man in your life is interested in cask beers and real ales? I know my Dad certainly is. A North East microbrewery, Sonnet 43 now stock some of their award-winning collection available as gifts. This Full Range Bottle Gift Pack comes with a selection of six bottles, perfect for any real beer lover.

3. Ticketcoaster - £6
A great inexpensive and personalised gift idea comes from Ticketcoaster. Have you ever been to a special concert, or theatre trip with your loved one? You can now save the memories of that special event and turn it into a coaster, making it a lovely keepsake and a reminder of the great memories you have.

4. Lynx Peace Trio Gift Pack - £10
Lynx is a popular male beauty brand, and this year they have some great gift sets available, which I also posted about the other day here. Lynx Peace is an intriguing fragrance with a warm, masculine edge, perfect for any Lynx lovers.

5. Kinloch Lodge Wilderness Experience - £99
If you're looking for a gift that's slightly different this year, Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel in the Isle of Skye has a range of luxury festive food packages available starting at £99. You can choose from Wonderful Winter Escapes, Gastronomic Getaways, Pampering Packages and Wilderness Experiences. 

Hopefully this range of gift ideas will give you some inspiration for your Christmas shopping for the men in your life this year! I know it's certainly given me a few more ideas. Soon I'll be posting a few more Christmas gift guides, so make sure to keep your eyes out for more ideas! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lush Hot Toddy

I've always been bit of a self confessed Lush addict, especially when the Christmas range comes out each year, I just can't resist it! Every year I stock up on Snow Fairy shower gel so I can smell of lovely sweet marshmallows all year. This year when I went into my local lush I spotted a couple of new shower gels, and one of which caught my eye, Hot Toddy. 

Hot Toddy is a Christmas spiced deep red shower gel, which will make you feel all warm and festive. I think this smells absolutely amazing, like spiced mulled wine. The smell makes me think of cosy winter evenings, sat in front of a fire, wearing warm Christmas jumpers, it's just Christmas in a bottle. When I first bought it I only got a small bottle as I wasn't sure what the other half would think if I took over our bathroom with more girly scenting products, but I found we were getting through this super quickly as he was loving this just as much as I was! One thing I love about Lush shower gels is how the smell seems to last all day in my bathroom, reminding me all day how lovely my shower gel is. 

I'm already approaching the end of this bottle so I think on my next Lush trip I'll be stocking up on a couple more bottles of this! Oh Christmas Lush products why must you take all of my money every year...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Gifts From Vaseline

It's now the time of year to start thinking about Christmas presents! Christmas shopping is probably one of my favourite things to do, but trying to work out what to buy everyone can be a huge faff sometimes! This year Vaseline have some lovely Christmas gifts available.

The Vaseline Rosy Lip Pouch Gift Pack contains a Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips in a cute little girly pouch complete with a mirror. This is perfect as a stocking filler or a secret Santa present, retailing for £4 and can be found in Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. The Vaseline Makeup Bag Collection is another great stocking filler gift, retailing at £6. It contains a tin of Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips and a Vaseline Hand & Nail Lotion in a cute pink makeup bag, which can be found at Tesco, Asda, Sainburys and Waitrose. 
Lastly for any Vaseline Lip Therapy lover there's the Vaseline Original Lip Tin Gift Pack, which is made up of the Original Lip Therapy, as well as the Aloe and Rosy versions. This retails for £6.50 and can be found at Tesco, Asda, Superdrug, Morrisons and Wilkinson's. 

I think Vaseline have made some lovely gift sets this year, and I think any Vaseline lover would be happy to receive these! 

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Soap and Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All

I'm completely and utterly obsessed with Soap and Glory products. Their skin care, moisturisers, makeup, everything I've tried from them so far has impressed me. All their products smell amazing, their skin care does wonders for me, and they have a great variety of colours with their lipstick selection. Everytime there's a Boots 3 for 2 offer I end up picking some new Soap and Glory products up, and one of my latest purchases is The Greatest Scrub Of All.

I was looking for a new face scrub since my old favourite Origins Never A Dull Moment Exfoliator ran out. I didn't purposing good out looking for one from Soap and Glory, but as I was repurchasing my Peaches and Clean Cleanser and Make Yourself Youthful Serum it made sense to pick up another product with the Boots offer. The Greatest Scrub Of All is a foaming face polish that promises to help with blackheads and make your skin radiant.  I don't really like super hard scrubby exfoliators as I have sensitive skin, and The Greatest Scrub Of All is a really gentle exfoliator which hardly feels like it's scrubbing the skin. Since using this I've noticed a change in my skin, it doesn't feel as greasy, I don't seem to have as many blackheads, and it looks a lot brighter. As you only need a pea sized splodge of this I find it lasts a long time, I've been using this for 2 months now and I'm only a quarter of the way through the bottle. 

Although I'm always looking out for new skincare products as you may have noticed in this blog, I think this one will be sticking with me for quite some time. I really love how glowy it makes my skin look, and how it's helped clear up a lot of my spots, which a lot of skin care products fail to do! And on a plus side this is only £9, making it considerably cheaper than my old Origins favourite. Soap and Glory once again you've done well. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Gifts From Lynx

I'm absolutely rubbish at Christmas gift ideas for the men in my life, I never know what to get them. Luckily my brother is a fan of Lynx products, and this year they've got some great gift sets available.

The Lynx Peace Washbag Gift Pack For Him includes a Deodrant Bodyspray, Shower Gel and Natural Look Hair Cream complete in a handy washbag. This retails for £12.50, making it the perfect gift for any Lynx Peace lover. The Lynx Sport Blast Gift Pack For Him contains a Deodrant Bodyspray and Shower Gel in the Sport Blast scent, inspired by the great outdoors and designed to give you a shot of energy all year round. This retails for £8 and would a great gift if the man in your life is a regular gym-goer or keen on having an active lifestyle.

Lynx have some great gift sets this year, and I'll certainly be looking out for some for the men in my life this Christmas.

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Beanies Instant Coffee

I'm usually much more of a tea drinker than a coffee drinker, unless its a flavoured coffee. I'm a big fan of Costa and Starbucks's flavoured lattes, especially when they've got their Christmas ranges out this time of year. Only problem with them is when you think about the amount of milk, and flavoured syrup that goes into them, you're looking at a drink quite high in calories. So when I discovered Beanies Instant Coffee*, a flavoured instant coffee that's also only 2 calories a cup and 100% sugar free - I had to try it.

Looking through their range of instant coffee there was so many that appealed to me, but I decided to try out Cinder Toffee, Very Vanilla, and Winter Warmer, which sounded perfect for this time of the year. I usually love a vanilla latte at Starbucks so I thought I'd give the Very Vanilla one a go first to see if it would satisfy my cravings, and it really did. It's the perfect sweet vanilla tasting coffee without being too sickly. I love my coffee with a dash of milk, and this actually tasted nicer than one of my Starbucks lattes. The Cinder Toffee flavour smelt absolutely amazing once I opened it, and I was worried that it wouldn't taste as good as it smelt, but this certainly didn't disappoint. But I think out of all three, Winter Warmer has to be my favourite. To me it just smells of Christmas, all warming and cinamony, perfect for all the cold evenings we're having. 

I really love Beanies Instant Coffee's and I know once I've got my way through these I'll be looking for a few more. I'm thinking about trying the Gingerbread or Irish Cream one's next. They even have a range of roast coffee's with even more flavours to pick from! I think I'm on my way to becoming a coffee convert. 

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