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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Clothing Clear Out 

During the easter break I thought it would be the best time to start digging through my clothes and making decisions on what’s best to give to charity and pack up for the change of seasons. 

If I’m totally honest, I hate this part of the year. It’s ridiculous how much  clothing I keep based on how much they cost me and I barely bloody wear them. I’ve been looking through my clothes and I realised several things 1. How fortunate and grateful I am to own so many pieces of clothing. 2. How much I wish I hadn’t bought due to lack of wear in them and wishes I had donated the money to charity instead or saved it. 3. How I am so boring and I stick to the same clothes all the time and never experiment enough. 

With that in mind, I’ve had a look through my cupboards and wardrobe and packed up my winter clothes ready to go home to my parents. I had a look through and threw away my old coats that I no longer wear, jeans that don’t give or look awful and tshirts that are discoloured, ruined and old.

I then went ahead and looked at the rest of my clothes and realised I own far too many pairs of pyjamas and they’re totally unnecessary. Some I’ve owned since I was a teenager and my goodnes aren’t they old so I went ahead and threw them away too. I did make a pile just for the charity and generally I only donated shoes because the rest of my clothes that I no longer wanted really wasn’t in a suitable condition to give away. 

After doing this it made me feel so much lighter mentally. A clear out really helps to declutter your room but also to declutter your thoughts. I never realised how rewarding it to donate to charity either, there are so many people who aren’t able to go out and buy expensive things so it’s nice to know that my items are going to go a good person and someone who is deserving and grateful of these items. 

 I’m really glad that I’ve done this clear out and I urge you all to go ahead and do it too. Check out my social media: 

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Recent Purchases // Mini Haul

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I recently bought a few things before heading back to Aberystwyth and decided to share what I got. I headed to my favourite stores and had a gander to see if anything caught my eye. Primark and New Look are definitely my favourite stores and they’re the ones I often buy a lot of my clothes from because they’re so good for a student budget. I’ve found that the quality of  Primark clothing has definitely increased over the past few years and I’ve always loved their Autumn/Winter selection. Aberystwyth isn’t fortunate enough to have a Primark, so whenever I’m home I always pay a visit. New Look has always been a favourite, their items are always in season and keep up with the trends, the quality is fantastic and the majority is so affordable. I also went into Superdrug and Boots to have a look around, I especially had my eye on the 2 for 12 section in Sleek because I’m a sucker for a deal. I found some bargains in the shops at the moment and I’m super excited for the colder weather and the change of seasons! Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year and Christmas is my favourite holiday. Anyway, let’s get straight into it!

Firstly, New look has some wonderful items at the moment and I really enjoy having a look around every so often to find some new  pieces to add to my wardrobe, especially when the seasons change. The weather in Aberystwyth can be so cold throughout the winter and picking up some warmer t-shirts is so important, therefore I picked up these two tee’s that I’ll more than likely match with a skirt and tights and boots. The first is a striped, rounded neckline and cap sleeve t-shirt. It’s so soft and comfortable, it’s available for £8.99 here. I thought this was such an affordable buy, I will more than likely wear this all throughout the year and match it with shorts in the summer or a skater skirt.


The second t-shirt I picked up is this grey, ribbed funnel neckline shirt with a ribbed texture and 1/2 sleeves for £8.99, check here. It fits so close and neat and I’ll probably match with jeans and tuck it in or with a skirt. It’s actually similar to the first shirt but I would probably wear this out for drinks or dinner and dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip.


In New Look I also picked up a skirt, it’s red and has a textured finish and slim fitting. This was £9.99, online here. I’d happily wear this with black boots or a peep toe block heel with a black or grey t-shirt. I think it’s such a lovely, classic piece that can be worn at any point throughout the day. I’ve got so many of these skirts and find them so flattering to my body shape and I love that they’re elasticated.

I picked up another skirt in New Look for £12.99 and it’s a checked A-Line skirt, it’s a casual fit and super flattering. It’s a mixture of red, white, and black and I will probably match it with a grey t-shirt and flats or a black cami and heels for a night out. It’s quite basic but I’ll dress it up with jewellery and a bold lip. Check it out here.

The last thing I bought from New Look was this white block sweater for the colder days. It’s so soft and warm, it has a rounded neckline with simple long sleeves and matches so well with jeans and trainers. It’s such a comfortable sweater and I can see me living in this throughout the winter. It’s available for £9.99, look here. Mine is actually quite large on me and looks very oversized, I definitely should have bought the size down for a more fitting look but I love oversized sweaters and jumpers so I’m still pleased with this buy.

From Primark, I purchased a few things that I’ve totally fallen in love with. I bought two beanies, for £2 each. Throughout the winter I live in these hats as my head and ears get so cold (I know, I’m super cool) and beanies are also so fashionable. I think they’re such lovely styles and can match with so many outfits and for £2 I couldn’t leave them there. My collection of beanies is growing considerably and every autumn I stock up on new colours, I love them! Especially the Primark ones because they’re such good quality and so inexpensive.

Pinafore dresses are so on trend at the moment and I’ve happily added one to my wardrobe. As I said before but Primark quality is definitely improving and the denim pinafore I purchased for £12 is excellent. It’s such a lovely fit and shows my curves so well. I match it with a long white t-shirt and trainers throughout the day or add boots, tights and a long sleeved turtle next to switch to an evening look. It’s so comfortable too and I feel like I’m reliving my childhood in it. Fantastic purchase! New Look also has some lovely pinafores available for a little extra.

The basic short sleeved t-shirts from Primark are £2.80 and are totally worth it. They’re so inexpensive and are such a lovely, soft cotton feel. They shape the body perfectly and are exactly what they state, basic. They look so lovely with a pair of jeans and a jacket and they do exactly what they need. I bought a white and dark blue and I’ll probably match them with a skirt or possibly a pinafore dress.


The final item I bought from Primark is a scarf. I love wearing scarfs in the autumn weather and I recently purchased a large, oversized blue checked scarf from Primark for £4 and it’s lovely. It does exactly what it should, it adds as an accessory to my outfit and keeps me warm whilst out in the cold weather.  Asos often have lots of lovely scarfs for the winter also, I recommend checking them out if you don’t have a Primark near you.

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The weather has a huge impact on how my hair looks, especially humidity. My hair is naturally wavy and frizzy, it isn’t in the best condition due to colouring my hair and whenever I style my hair it doesn’t stay straight or curly. I had a look around and come across the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray, Heat Protect Spray and Mega Hold Gel Spray. The Heat Protect Spray (Normal price £4.19, look here) and Mega Hold Gel Spray (Normal price £3.19, look here) were in a deal, 2 for £5 in Superdrug and the hairspray was only £1.99 (Normal price £3.99, take a look here). I’ve heard such positive reviews on the VO5 range and I have friends who swear by the products VO5 have. I’m yet to begin trying them but when I do I can see a review coming!

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I recently popped into Boots and become aware of the 2 for £12 deal on all Sleek MakeUp products. I had my eye on the highlight palette in Solstice for a while I couldn’t see why I shouldn’t get it. It’s available for £9.99 here. It’s beautiful, it has 4 colours including 1 cream, two baked powders and a shimmer powder. They’re so pigmented and give such a lovely glow to the face. I find some drugstore highlighters quite chalky but these are totally different. They feel so soft and give a metallic finish but the best part is that they’re suitable for all skin tones! Best news!! This palette has been raved about by so many people, including MannyMua and it really is worth the every penny.


As a part of the deal I picked up the Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit, the price of this is £4.99 so check here (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it on Boots so the link diverts to Superdrug). I’ve not ever tried any liquid lipsticks before and I know I’m so behind on this trend but I decided it was time to test them out. The colour is beautiful, it’s a classic and simple nude that I’ll match with a bold smokey eye. They’re said to be long lasting, creamy and they are supposed to glide on so smoothly and are highly pigmented and dry quickly. I can’t wait to test it out and hopefully put up a review about this product.


My final item was the B. Blending Sponge which I bought for £2.99 on sale but the actual price is £4.99, available here. I bought this  in Superdrug and noticed it whilst waiting to pay at the tills. It is the same shape and style of the original beauty blender which sells for around £16 in the U.K. I have read some reviews that state it’s an exact dupe for the beauty blender so I’ve got high hopes for it! If it is a dupe it would be fantastic. It’s supposed to be latex-free and says it simplifies the art of blending makeup for a flawless finish. Its price is £1 cheaper than the Real Techniques Sponge which I already love and have bought so many of them. I’m very excited to try this Sponge.


So here are a few bits that I’ve recently purchased and can’t wait to try. Let me know any new products that you recommend, I love to try new products.

P.S . Super sorry that I missed out a few photos, I had trouble finding these items amongst my mess of clothes that I need to sort out, since I recently moved into a new flat. Eh, I’m human. sorry pals!

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