Are Beauty Advent Calendar’s Worth The Hype?

Beauty Advent Calendar’s have been raved about for years now but especially more popular these past 2/3 years. I’ve had my eye on the benefit ones for a while now and this year I finally caved and got it. However, what happened to the usual chocolate advent calendars? Are we just too advanced for the simple things in life?

The Benefit calendar isn’t the only one available, there are so many from ASOS, Soap and Glory, Makeup Revolution and so many more. Generally the calendars do range, I paid £34.50 for the Benefit calendar and it has 12 days of luxury sized products. For the price you do receive some decent sized products and a lot of them are some of the best sellers.

Do I think they’re worth it though? I do think some of them are most definitely worth the money. Although some, such as the Zoella Advent calendar is high priced and you receive a pen as one of the items. I think a calendar that is above drugstore pricing shouldn’t be giving out pens unless it has some form of cool advanced action like it doubles up as a sword. Same again for the ASOS calendar, how can they expect customers to be happy with a 20% discount?! We get them all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my calendar but I don’t think  I’ll be repurchasing one go Christmas 2018. I like the simplicity and novelty of a chocolate advent calendar.

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With love, Beth x

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Jingle and Mingle 

Tanya Burr is a makeup artist, YouTuber, author, now actor and owner and creater of Tanya Burr Cosmetics. I’ve been a fan of Tanya’s eyeshadows and lip products so each year, if I like a product I like to try and pick something up in her Christmas releases.

I’m not one of those people that has to get everything because to be honest, I won’t wear everything. There were some new matte lipsticks that I just didn’t really think I needed since I already have lip colours similar. I also didn’t think I needed a new bunch of her eyeshadows since I know they’re already incredible.

However, I just couldn’t leave this palette t sit on the self. For the price of £18 the Jingle and Mingle palette gives you 3 eyeshadows, a bronzer, a lip gloss, a silver glitter pot and a black eyeliner!


The reason I choose this particular palette is mostly because of the bronzer but I also felt like out of the releases, this is the palette that I’ll get a use out off and I particularly liked the tones of this palette. The Jingle and Mingle palette is labelled the night palette and there is another palette that is the day palette. However the other palette had shades that are similar to some I already own and I thought I wouldn’t get the use out of it.

I think for the price of the palette, you do get your money’s worth. Especially because glitter isn’t cheap at all and other than a mascara, you’re able to create a full eye look with this palette alone. So if you’re travelling over the holidays you can take this palette and a few other makeup items to create the perfect look.

I got mine from Superdrug and it’s also available online and at feelunique.com.

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With love, Beth x

Christmas at the Davies Residence 

Christmas is my favourite time of year but I especially enjoy the 3 main days of Christmas with my family. It’s definitely the 1 time a year that we truly get on and put our differences behind us. My mum really tries her hardest every single year to make Christmas the most perfect time of year and without fail she always does.

Her every effort during November and December is to make sure that her family, our family, receive the best Christmas ever. She never fails us. With that in mind, my mum begins to prepare for Christmas in September, which might seem crazy but her first wages in September contributes towards gifts, decorations and food to help us have the most incredible Christmas ever.

For those 3 days, we have the most incredible time. Don’t get me wrong, as a I child we did experience it differently but as an adult, I’m so grateful and appreciate everything at Christmas time and it does help me to realise everything that I am grateful for throughout the year.

Christmas Eve in our house is generally pretty chilled, from the early morning mum  will be preparing and start cooking the meat for our rather large Christmas dinner. Generally, each year we have turkey, beef and chicken to see us through Christmas Day and Boxing Day (you’ll learn why). This might seem a lot but we have a large family and really, can you over eat at Christmas?

Once I’m finally awake I’ll help mum prepare vegetables, sort out the chocolates, crisps etc. For as long as I can remember, mum has always put out chocolates, crisps, nuts and Bombay mix as snacks around the living room and kitchen area. We don’t get to eat these until Christmas Eve afternoon as technically, this is when we start celebrating our Christmas. We also make sure the house is fully clean by the afternoon and perfect ready for when we finally settle down.

By the afternoon when we have finished preparing, we all try and settle down in our Christmas Eve pjs, after having showers and baths, to a Christmas film. My mum visits our neighbour to wish him and his family a merry Christmas so my brother and I like to hang out together, eating snacks and starting celebrating our Christmas.

Mum always works either Christmas Eve morning or Boxing Day morning (sometimes the afternoon) as she works in a residential home. Therefore, we don’t open any gifts until mum comes in from work. So for the morning my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew will go and visit Jade’s family before finally coming to our family home around 11am with some of the kids toys for us to play with them. They’re always so excited so we like to do everything we can to help them have the best Christmas too. We have either Christmas music playing or a Christmas film at all times during December and we try and make sure we don’t eat too much food so we can indulge during the afternoon.

We also like to go and visit my nan whilst mums in work to make sure she’s OK, give her our gifts and spend some time with our relatives! It’s one of my favourite parts of Christmas Day as I’m so grateful that the family all come together. A few minutes before mum comes home I’ll put the vegetables on the hob and start cooking and once mum comes in she’ll take over, the woman is an absolute god.

Then we finally get to open our gifts together and we always let Gracie and Ethan dig in as soon as she gets home as they do get inpatient. Each year we all have our own little corners of the living room and every year, Gracie (my 7 year old niece)  and I share a corner because we just love to open our gifts together and we love to see what each other received. Once everybody has opened our gifts we generally just chill, watch a film and look at all the wonderful things we received before having the most incredible dinner.

We don’t own a table so I always eat my food sat on the floor with the kids but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We all make such a mess of ourselves because well, they’re children and at Christmas, there are no rules. So whether they manage to throw mashed potato everywhere or pinch each other’s food. We don’t mind, as long as they’re happy. Once our food has settled, we don’t stop there.. dessert is everybody’s favourite in our house. Mum always has a massive selection from chocolate cake, cheesecake, profiteroles or fruit bowls. Whatever we want, we get and it’s incredible. After a few hours of lounging around, playing with the kids and enjoying each other’s company (more than likely a little bicker here and there from my brothers and I, we start to play games for the rest of the evening before finally settling down for bed. The kids, Jade and Kyle do go home around 7/8pm to settle the kids down because it will have been a long day for them.

However, Boxing Day in our house is our absolute favourite! At some point during the day we manage to see every single member of our huge family, all our relatives stop by ready for mums infamous homemade chips, cold meat and salad. We love it, it’s a total win in our house and every year the house is filled with love, happiness and total manic. It’s incredible. The kids have the best day spending time with each other (there are many, many children. We have music playing, games going, laughter spreading throughout the house and so much love like you can’t imagine.

Honestly, I couldn’t ever imagine not spending Christmas with this crazy bunch. Most importantly, I’m so incredibly thankful for my mum who every year, manages to make Christmas in the Davies residence an absolute dream.

With love, Beth x

20 Christmas Traditions 

Happy blogmas day 9, friends!

Traditions are a wonderful thing and my family and I definitely have them. No matter when though, a tradition has to form and sometimes it can be difficult for people to decide what they want to introduce to make their Christmas that extra bit special. Whether you have a new born, recently marriage or even have grown children, it’s OK to start introducing new traditions to really change the festivities in your home and lives at Christmas. So, I thought I would share with you guys a list of some Christmas traditions that you might want to introduce to your family this Christmas and for many more.

  1. Leaving the reindeer and Santa a treat. Normally it’s carrots, a cookie and milk or maybe a mince pie!
  2. Matching Christmas jumpers.
  3. Annual family photograph.
  4. Christmas Eve event – maybe ice skating, family meal, Christmas party’.
  5. Fresh Christmas Eve pjs. Doesn’t everybody do this one?
  6. Visiting Santa and his reindeer.
  7. A trip to winter wonderland.
  8. Watching Christmas films.
  9. Wrap 25 books, 1 for each day until Christmas.
  10. A Christmas treasure hunt.
  11. Elf on the shelf! – This one could benefit both parents and children by using the Elf as a kindness Elf that notices all the good things that the children do, leading to a reward.
  12. Driving around to look at the Christmas lights on houses.
  13. Asking your children, nieces/nephews,  cousins to donate some of their toys to the less fortunate.
  14. Christmas cards to your neighbours.
  15. Making a specific dessert that you only make at Christmas time.
  16. A Christmas Eve box, something with fun and little things to open whilst spending time with your loved ones. Generally things like pjs, lush bath bombs, calendars.
  17. Family trip to collect a real Christmas tree.
  18. Decorating the house together as a family.
  19. Festive baking and decorating! Ginger bread houses are always a win.
  20. Write letters for each other to say what you’re grateful for this year.

Regardless of your situation, these are things you can do alone or even with your families. Write in the comments some of your own Christmas traditions!

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With love, Beth x

5 Secret Santa Gifts For Guys 

I recently shared 5 secret Santa ideas for girls so I thought, it was only right to do it for guys as well. I find buying gifts for guys so hard and if I don’t know them all that well, it’s even harder. Secret Santa is hard enough as it is without the added pressure of buying for someone who you don’t know well. 

Honestly, I struggled with this one but I figured that these 5 gifts wouldn’t really go a miss. 

1. Alcohol. Find out what their favourite alcoholic beverage is and buy them a bottle. Some say this is cheating, I personally think this is a fantastic idea. 

2. A gift card isn’t a bad idea at all. I said in my last secret Santa post that a gift card really is an easy buy without the added pressure. Amazon, Game or even a clothing store would be fantastic options. 

3. What sports do they like? A tv show maybe? You can get so many t-shirts from Amazon now that cater for so many things. This specific t-shirt from Amazon is for those rugby players out there, it’s such a good idea and creative.

4. If the guy is creative and enjoys these types of things, I totally recommend lego. It’s so fun for any age and you can even get lego sets which let you build cars and objects from films like Star Wars and Batman. 

5. A sweets hamper. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like sweets or chocolate. Put together a hamper full of sweets and chocolates. It’s a total win! 

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With love, Beth x 

Christmas Wish List

Christmas is near and I’ve been thinking about the things that I’d like to receive or get myself this holiday season. By no means am I saying that I’ll receive all of these things but these are definitely things that I have had my eye on and I would be so grateful to receive this year. Now I’m older I don’t really receive that many gifts and I’m totally fine with that, I’m all about the giving than receiving these days. With that in mind, I often buy myself gifts at Christmas time because who loves me more than I do? We all deserve a treat. 

I do enjoy receiving beauty products at Christmas time and from my parents, they often buy me the more expensive items because I’m a student and money is tight. They don’t ever mind and I wouldn’t ever ask for anything that is too expensive. Often I just give them a list of things I’d be interested in and then they decide from the list which is easier and also still a surprise because I don’t know what I’m receiving. 

Firstly, I’ve had my eye on some of the Kat Von D products for so long now and the Shade and Light contour palette is definitely something that I desperately want. I’ve read and heard nothing but good things about this palette and because it’s definitely a high end pricing I’ve not been able to push out of my budget for it. It’s at £37 and I think it has the most perfect powder shades for highlighting and contour. 

With that in mind, the Kat Von D Lock It foundation is known to be such a full coverage but wearable and beautiful foundation to wear. Last year I received the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation from my parents and it just wasn’t good for my skin type at all and would always separate around my nose. From what I’ve heard, this foundation doesn’t do that at all and is generally quite compatible with all types of skin.

I’ve never purchased any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. I don’t know why but I’ve always been more interested in purchasing the Too Faced palettes than the Urban Decay. However, I have recently become very interested in owning the Urban Decay Basics palette. The other palettes haven’t interested me at all because they don’t have many matte shades in them but a lot of shimmers. Whereas the Basics palette is a completely matte palette and it’s definitely ideal for me since I do enjoy a lot of matte shades and matte looks. I have the Morphe 350 palette with lots of shimmers and I’d love to combine both of these palettes together. 

I’ve been in need of some new clothing for a while now and especially a pair of Vans. The specific vans that I’m interested in buying are the Old School Retro vans in pale pink or black. I’d be happy with either and I really do think I could style both of these  trainers with many outfits. My brother owns them in black and I really like them. They’re £60 or the pink or £55 for black and like I said, I really like them. I don’t currently own any Vans and I’ve never had any vans that are like these and I just think they’re really quite cool. 

This is my Christmas 2017 wish list! I don’t expect to receive these things and I’m sure I’ll eventually get them myself if I don’t receive them. Let me know what you’re interested in receiving this year. 

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With love, Beth x 

November Faves 

November is a difficult month since the lead up to Christmas is approaching. I don’t often buy anything new for myself throughout November because well money is tight and I know I’ll receive Christmas presents from people the following month so I try to save money. 

For beauty this month I’ve been loving the Tartiest Pro Glow To Go palette. I bought this in Sephora whilst in New York and I recently went back to it. It has the most gorgeous highlight tones but I really like the contour shade. When I first bought this I thought it would be to muddy looking on me but once I applied it it actually looked lovely. I apply it in small amounts and eventually build it up and it create a beautiful contoured look. 

Along with that, I’ve still been loving the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Sass. Now I know that it is winter but I can’t help but love a coral toned lipstick regardless of the season. I just cant help myself and I’m not ready to let this lipstick go. The formula is beautiful and lightweight and I really like that it lasts for so long! Whether I’m eating, drinking or kissing this holiday season, it stays on for ages. I really love the formula so I can’t wait to pick a few more up. 

Although I do have favourites this month, firstly, I’ve been loving the TV show Once Upon a Time. I’ve been a big fan for a long time but season 7 has different cast and I’m enjoying how it’s been mixed up. Admittedly, the story line is very similar to the previous seasons but I still can’t get enough of it. 

Bonfire night is such a wonderful night, I love going to the fair and firework display with my friends and this year was extra special as I celebrated in Carmarthen! This yesr my friends went home with 4 maybe 5 fish, I gave myself sugar rush after eating a whole bag of candy floss in 10 minutes. We watched the most beautiful firework display and I just had the best night.

During the summer I don’t really wear dresses and skirts but I love to match a skirt or dress with a pair of boots. I’ve been living in denim skirts and a statement t-shift recently and I’m loving it. Winter fashion is so much better than any other season! 

Now, something we have all been waiting for. You cannot even deny that when apple gave us Animal Crossing as an app, it was the best Christmas gift ever. Some would call it a Christmas Miracle. I’ve been loooooving this app. I play it all the time, it’s an unhealthy obsession and I may or may not need to go to rehab. I freaking love it and I feel like I can experience childhood all over again with no judging because SO many other adults are playing it too. 

My final favourite is spending time with my family. I went home for the weekend to spend some quality time with my niece and nephew and I had so much fun. I really forget how grateful I am to be the auntie of the most wonderful little babies. They’re both growing up so much and seeing them has just gotten made me more excited to see them at Christmas time. 

What have your favourites been this month? 

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With love, Beth x