Christmas Countdown // DIY Gifts

I love giving gifts to my loved ones, especially DIY gifts. They’re so personal and these ones are such great stocking fillers. Every year I like to make a little something because I simply enjoy it, I also like to give them to those who will appreciate them the most. Matt is such a sweets type of person so giving him a big jar of sweets is such a good gift for him knowing how much he’ll appreciate the thoughts and effort that has gone into making it. These DIY gifts don’t have to cost a fortune and they can be as big or small as you like. So, here are a few little ideas for DIY Christmas gifts.

Mason jars can purchased in your local £1 shop or only. Totally inexpensive and decorative. They can also be recycled and used to add character to a room. I bought mine in a set of 3 for £2.99.

My first DIY is a sweet jar, as said above Matt loves sweets, so this year I’ll be adding some of his favourite sweets into a mason jar, adding the finishing touch of a ribbon and tag. Of course the ribbon and tag arent essential but it just makes the jar look so festive and pretty. Look below for my example of the sweet jar.


My next DIY is a small beauty hamper. I like small sample sized products a lot, I think they’re fantastic for those who aren’t entirely sure what types of beauty items they like or should be looking for. I’ve made this beauty hamper for a friend. Admittedly, I sort of cheated with this DIY. I used some of the sample sized products I got in my Birchboxes to complete this DIY. These are generally the ones that I don’t particularly like or I feel that another one of my friends would enjoy more. I includes 4 of these products into the jar and rapped a bow around it. Boots and Superdrug also sell small products if you’re interested in this DIY but don’t have the Birchbox subscription. 


Around Christmas time so many stores sell hot chocolate sets, this is all well and good but a lot of the time they cost so much money. Why not make your own? I got a mug from B&M for £1 and filled it with my favourite hot chocolates and small marshmallows. Totally inexpensive and fun to make. This can suit any gender and is such a lovely stocking filler.


So here you have it, three DIY gift ideas suitable for all genders and are budget style. Let me know in the comments what you think.
With love, B x

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DIY // Face Masks

When I first started my blog I had purchased some face masks and began to understand why people loved them so much. Having been new to face masks I wasn’t sure what to expect and whether they were just a gimmick, I was wrong. They’re fab. However, I’m aware that they can be very expensive and sometimes not worth breaking the bank for.

Truthfully, face masks have become a necessity in my skin care because they help to brighten and make my skin glow, reduce my acne, pores, and blackheads and simply allow my make up to sit better on my face. What more could you want?

For us people on a budget or those simply looking to have some fun,  DIY face masks are the way forward. Using natural ingredients that you’re likely to already have in your kitchen you can create your own face masks and save penny’s whilst having fun!

So, I’ve spent the last few weeks creating and testing out some DIY face masks. The ones I’ve mentioned are the ones I believe actually work and are worth creating, however, go ahead and try out some others. Take a look on Pinterest for some inspiration and get creating the perfect face mask.

Mask #1:

I was looking for a mask that would brighten and illuminate my skin as a glowy base for my make up or just for every day when I don’t want to wear make up. I mixed 1 TBSP of coconut oil and 1 TSP of baking soda to help my skin look brighter and make it so soft. Apply the mask and gently rub in circular motions for 2-3 minutes, remove with warm water and pat dry.  It’s as easy as that! If you don’t have any coconut oil it can be purchased from Amazon or in Boots for less than £5 and it also a useful and harmless way to remove makeup naturally.

Mask #2:

I’m prone to acne and my face is often red and has blemishes. I was looking for a mask that helped to decrease blemishes and redness as well as reduce current acne and prevent it too. This mask will also help with fine lines and wrinkles but most importantly helps to create a healthy and nourished skin. I mixed 1 TBSP of coconut oil and a pinch of turmeric. This combination will reduce any imperfections as well as allow the skin to feel healthier and look more nourished. Apply for 15 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry. 

Mask #3:

As I said before, I’m prone to acne and pimples and my skin is quite sensitive. I was looking for a mask that would be gentle on my skin but also fight against acne and pimples. I mixed 1 TBSP of coconut oil and 2 TBSP of honey to create this mask. You should apply it for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water and then pat dry.

I used each of these masks 3 times a week to see a difference and I definitely did. I loved how soft and replenished my skin was and how beautiful these masks allowed my make up to sit. They’re also super fun to make and don’t break the bank at all.

Let me know your favourite face masks.

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With love, Beth x