Monday, 5 December 2016

Making Christmas Magical

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. When I was little there was nothing more exciting at Christmas time than going to visit Father Christmas and tell him what toys I wanted to receive that year or receiving a special letter from him or one of the elves who would check up on me to see if I had been good throughout December. Our family used to put on a little spread on Christmas eve; a mince pie and a whisky for Father Christmas, a Bailey's for Mrs. Christmas, a carrot and bowl of milk for Rudolph and tasty little snacks for all the elves. Waking up to see a bite had been taken out of the carrot and seeing the mess the elves had made with the party food was always such a magical and wonderful memory! I really wish I could be a child just for one more Christmas, don't you?

 I went to visit Father Christmas several times as a child, my first time being when I was just 3 months old and apparently I didn't like him, but who wouldn't be scared of a big bearded man in a red suit at that age?! I also remember Father Christmas visiting us at pre-school and I think I enjoyed that more. Enjoying a delicious breakfast with Father Christmas with my brothers and sisters at our local garden centre was also one of my Christmas highlights as a child. My favourite memory of Father Christmas though is the one in the photo below; we got given a little Christmas tree to plant and it was great to see it grow so tall over the years and keep the memories alive! My mum always made every Christmas magical for us all. Every Christmas she made sure we had lots of letters in the lead up to Christmas from both Father Christmas and his elves to make us very excited for Christmas day! 

As a child, there was nothing more magical than receiving a letter from Father Christmas. Not only did it get me even more excited about Christmas day, but I loved reading my letters with a big smile on my face every night before I went to bed. If you have children, a young relative or know a child who would love a letter from Father Christmas, then is the place to go. has been bringing happiness to children of all ages since 1999 by providing unique and innovative personalised greetings from Father Christmas. From letters to DVD's, calls and texts, you can create the ultimate Santa experience for your child. I would have loved a personalised video from Father Christmas when I was little! I can imagine how much happiness and excitement I would have felt when seeing Father Christmas say my name and talk about his preparations for his big journey ahead on my TV! You can choose when you would like to have Santa's message delivered and delivery is very quick and guaranteed by Christmas, yay!

My personal favourite from the website are the letters from Santa as it will be nice for your child to have a lovely Christmas keepsake. The website is really easy to use. You simply have to select what form you would like to receive your message in and then fill out a few questions; the more questions you answer, the more unique and personal it will be for your child. Examples of the details you will be asked for include what colour your front door is, what your child wants for Christmas and what their hobbies are. Once you have filled this out, you can then choose and change the letter story to appropriately suit your child's age. There are lots of fun ones to choose from! If you want to make the letter more magical, why not add some magic snow, or perhaps a cuddly elf and cookie mix? There are lots of great letter sets to choose from! The cookie mix and letter would be great for when it gets close to Christmas Eve as the cookies you make would be the perfect treat to leave out for Santa with a glass of milk (...or whisky of course!). The cookies are also really simple to make, and your little one will feel like a grown up doing baking all by themselves! Simply add water, mix, chill in the fridge, roll, cut out shapes and bake for 10 minutes for deliciously sweet and vanillary biscuits! If you know a child who would love a letter from Father Christmas this year, make sure to head on over to the website and order yours today, use the code 'yay2016' for 10% off.

I can't wait for my four year old cousin Willow to read her letter from Father Christmas! What are your favourite childhood Christmas memories? Do you remember getting letters from Father Christmas? 

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Five Lipsticks for the Festive Season

The festive season is now upon us and the official countdown to Christmas has begun! With parties to go to and lots of Christmassy days out to be enjoyed, red lipstick has well and truly made its way to the front of our lipstick drawers. I especially love red lipstick at this time of year it just feels so Christmassy and special. I have taken a look through my lipstick collection and narrowed it down to five of my favourite lipsticks for the festive season. I have included a couple of nude shade too for days when you want a more natural look, as well as bolder shades for when you want your bejeweled sparkly dress to be your main statement. What will be your 'Christmas day' lipstick?

1.Too Faced Melted Matte, Lady Balls. This is my favourite, and by far the most festive lipstick from my top five. The vibrant Santa suit red will be the perfect Christmas day lipstick; it's the perfect colour, doesn't fade and is reasonably long lasting so there's no need to worry about lipstick going everywhere when you're eating your second round of roast dinner and drinking a few glasses of mulled wine. This shade of red is perfect for all festivities.

2. Maybelline Sensational Matte Lipstick, Burgundy Blush. The bold purple and deep berry hues make this lipstick a real statement. With a creamy texture, this lipstick glides on with ease and gives a lovely matte finish without being drying. The wear time is reasonable, however it can be quite hard to stay neat if you're not used to wearing such a dark colour (I have smudged this so many times!) so I'd recommend pairing this with a dark lip liner and blotting.

3. Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick, 01. This has been in my lipstick collection for quite a while as it's such a classic red. You can't not wear red lipstick during December! Shade 01 is a gorgeous cherry coloured blue toned red, very Christmassy. True to it's name, the finish of the lipstick is long lasting and has the longest wear compared to all the other lipsticks mentioned in this post. You can't go wrong with this, it will compliment all skin tones beautifully!

4. Tanya Burr Lipstick, Pink Cocoa. For those that prefer nude shades, pink cocoa is perfect. This lipstick is highly pigmented and delivers a lovely silky smooth finish. I love the Tanya Burr lipsticks as the formula is so smooth and creamy as it's enriched with vitamin E which means it makes your lips beautifully soft and moisturised. Pink Cocoa is my perfect nude shade, it's a very natural colour with a mix of brown and pink undertones; a magical combination.

5. Too Faced Melted Matte, Honey. Nineties nudes are going nowhere and are still wearable in the winter. I think this chocolaty shade is a great alternative to a classic red this party season. Other than looking so dreamy, this lipstick is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and has a yummy chocolate scent reminiscent to a box of newly opened quality street. The matte formula is comfortable to wear and the precision tip makes application effortless.

Friday, 25 November 2016

One Christmassy Evening

One Christmassy evening, the Christmas lights in the city centre were being switched on; bright twinkly jewel like beams of light shone from the giant Christmas tree and starry golden lights adorned the shops, dazzling in the distance making the city centre look super cute, merry and bright. Walking through town children's faces of delight could be seen. Some queued for fun fairground rides, whilst others excitedly waited in line to meet Father Christmas with their parents who were equally as excited to see their child experience this magical moment. Making the way through town was quite chaotic as there was so much going on, so many people getting into the Christmas spirit. Fairground rides, a nativity scene with donkeys and sheep, a multiplicity of Christmas markets, and even a fake snow machine. Time for a drink now. But before that, time to see the cute reindeer! The reindeer brought joy to a lot of faces, young and old. Elsa is the newest addition to the reindeer family, rumoured to be best buds with Rudolph. 

"Time for a mulled wine?" the young lady with festively red lipstick asked. "Yes!" her boyfriend excitedly replied. The pair enjoyed their mulled wine sitting outside in the frosty air, listening to live Christmas music and feeling ever so festive. As the sky got a little darker and the air slightly more chilly, Jonny and Lauren made their way to the Christmas markets. Lots of little grotto-like huts lined up the busy high street, each one filled with delicious food, sweet treats and hand crafted gifts. The smell of tasty warming food swirled through the air and with so much choice, how is anyone to choose? The traditional German sausage? A super Christmassy turkey and stuffing sandwich? Pizza? Jonny and Lauren opted for the first two and topped that off with a Malibu snowball and the biggest chocolate Oreo muffin. As the night sky darkened, it was time to leave the twinkling festive lit city behind and head home.