How I’m Going to Save Money in 2018

I’m absolutely rubbish when it comes to money. I have zero savings, and when I have money in my account I just spend it. One of my goals for 2018 is to save as much as I can for a trip I want to go on to new York in a couple of years time. So these are some of the things I’m going t try and do over the year to help me save. If you have any more tips then please, please let know!

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  1. Set up a savings account, with a direct debit. – I want to have a direct debit sent to my savings account every month on payday, with a set amount of money to save. This way that money is already in my savings and I won’t be as tempted to spend it recklessly.
  2. Meal Prep for work- Working in a restaurant means there is always food on hand when I don’t bring any with me, but we have to pay for it, and while we do get a discount, it all adds up, and I end up spending so much money on food in work.
  3. Using my own coffee- Carrying on with my previous point, I’m always buying coffee in work, and when I’m out and about, so carrying around a reusable cup with coffee made at home will save me a small fortune. Maybe I’ll treat myself to a starbucks/costa once a week, as apposed to my multiple cups a week.
  4. Shopping my Stash- I used to do this a lot with my makeup, so I want to try it with my wardrobe too. I have so much makeup and fashion items that I can’t even remember half of what I’ve got, so I’m going to shop through my own things every few months and bring out old favourites that I’ve forgotten about instead of buying new things to add to the stash.
  5. Unsubscribe from email lists- You know those boxes you tick next to the terms and conditions, that you don’t even think about not pressing. Yeah they always mean that you’re going to end up with tonnes of emails from all the brands you shop at, giving you discount codes and letting you know when new products are released. The temptation is always too much and I end up spending my money. Unsubscribe from them! The temptation will be gone! You won’t even know about that 20% off party dresses sale!
  6. Set a weekly budget- I like to set myself a budget for the week, go to the bank, take the money out of my account and live off of that cash for the week. Make sure you know how much you need for bills etc, and work around that. Hide your card away, give it to your mum/partner etc. and ask for it back when the week is over. You can budget enough for your plans for the week, petrol for your car or other means of transport etc. and also keep an amount aside as a back up incase you have any spontaneous plans, and if not save it!

So those are the tips I’m going to be putting into action this year to save money! New York I will be coming back in a few years, with all the money to blow in Sephora and Bath and Body Works!

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The Lazy Day Guide.

Theres nothing better than not having to go to work/school and having no plans but to stay in and be lazy all day! This is my guide to the perfect lazy day in, that can be enjoyed alone of with your best pals.

Get your pamper on! 

A bath is always a great way to start a lazy day. I love using a cocktail of LUSH products and setting up my iPad on the side with some YouTube videos or my current favourite TV series.

My favourite bath products include-

Avobath Bath Bomb

The Experimenter Bath Bomb

The Comforter Bubble Bar

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I lazy day isn’t a lazy day without my skin care routine and a face mask. My go to cleanser at the moment is the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser, and some of my favourite face masks include LUSH Cup O’Coffee, L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask and Kiehls Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque.

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Exfoliating and shaving my legs is always something I’ll do on a lazy day too! My favourite Scrub is Rub, Rub, Rub from LUSH. I’ll come out of the shower and cover myself in the Body Shop Mango Body Butter after, and put on some fresh pyjamas.

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If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll also paint my nails too!

What to watch.

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I love watching films and YouTube on a lazy day!

Some of my favourite lazy days films include-

Bridesmaids

Pitch Perfect

Friends with Benefits

As well as watching films I love to binge watch YouTube videos. Some of my favourite channels for all day watching include-

Danielle Peazer

Hello October

In The Frow

Kalyn Nicholson

Gardner Quad Squad

Snacks!

You cannot have a lazy day without snacks! Whether its a box of chocolates, a sharing bag of crisps, or you go all out and bake some cakes or make a pizza. A lazy day is not complete without food!

2017 Beauty Favourites

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2017 has brought some of the best beauty products into my life! Being a makeup artist means that I have tried a lot of products over time, and being a beauty blogger and skin care addict, I’ve tried a number of beauty products also, but these are the products that have really stuck around and won’t be going anywhere for a while.

Starting with my absolute favourite makeup find ever! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade. This stuff is the holy grail of eyebrows! Its so easy to use, lasts all day, gives you the best looking brows ever, and the tiny pot lasts so long! One pot has lasted me pretty much the whole year! I couldn’t recommend this enough!

The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has worked so well on my skin! I’m a full coverage kinda gal, and this gives just that! It’s full coverage but also looks so natural on the skin, and it doesn’t feel heavy. It covers all of my imperfections, and just gives my skin a flawless look. It’s my go-to foundation, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Next up is my most used highlight palette of the year. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in ‘That Glow’ (which isn’t available anymore! What?!). I have used and loved this palette so much, as you can clearly see from the photo. My favourite shades are ‘Sunburst’ and ‘Bubbly’. I love a really intense highlight and this gives me just that. It looks so gorgeous on the skin!

The last two makeup products are from Kat Von D. We had a new counter in Cardiff this year, and I have spent so much money there since! My first favourite from the brand is the Hydrating Primer. I have quite dry skin so this works at being a moisturiser and a primer in one for me. It helps my makeup stay put all day, and adds moisture to my skin, which works great with the Estee lauder foundation, as that can be pretty dry sometimes. My second favourite is the Lock-it Concealer. I have this in quite a light shade, which is perfect for highlighting under the eyes, but also for mixing with my other concealers. The coverage is amazing, and it hides all of my dark circles.

As for skincare, my absolute favourite is the kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil. I think Kiehls generally just kills it with their skincare, everything I have tried is incredible. The Midnight Recovery Oil is amazing. I used two drops every night, patted into the skin, and my skin looks so clear and fresh in the morning. Its one of those products where I notice a difference in the morning if I haven’t used it.

Lastly is the Rub, Rub, Rub body scrub from LUSH. This is my absolute favourite product from LUSH, and this is my third tub of it this year. I use this on dry skin before I shave my legs, and it makes my legs so smooth and soft. Its quite a moisturising scrub, thats not too harsh. I absolutely love it!

Goodbye 2017 | Hello 2018.

2017. Where do we begin… It’s not been a bad year for me at all. In fact, this year has been a pretty positive one!

*2017 Highlights*

I went to Paris twice! The first time being with Uni, and we had the opportunity to go to Makeup Forever for a Masterclass with them, which was incredible! The second time was with some of my best friends and we went to Disneyland! There is a Vlog of it HERE. Both trips were so fun, and I can’t wait to hopefully go back in 2018!

2017 also brought some of my best friends into my life from work.  These girls are amazing and definitely friends for life!

I have seen some amazing concerts, including Arianna Grande, Justin Bieber and Little Mix! All of which were incredible.

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2017 was also the year I really starting taking this blog seriously, during the summer to be exact. I had dropped out of uni to take a year off, and I wanted something creative to do to keep me busy, so I came back to this blog. It has really helped me keep creative and busy, and I’m so glad I have taken it this seriously. I’ve met some great friends through my blog- Darcy, Lauren and Katy, and I have really loved every moment of it! I also think my photography has improved a lot too! I love setting up flat lays and taking beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to carry on in 2018.

*2018 Goals*

In 2018 I have a few things I want to achieve. The first being, I want to get a new job! As much as I like my job at the moment, and the people I work with are the best, I really don’t want to be working in a restaurant for much longer. I want a job that will help me progress within the career I want, which is makeup. So my goal for the next few months is to find a makeup related job!

Another goal for 2018 is to socialise more. I’m a very stay at home, on my own and have a  lazy day kinda girl, and I want to change that. I want more spontaneous and planned nights out, I want to go on random road trips to wherever I end up with friends and just go on days out in general. I need to get out of my own bubble and get out more!

One that most people want to do, is to get fitter and healthier, and I’m definitely one of those people! I love going to the gym, but its just the thought of having to go that puts me off. I want to get into a routine of going a few times a week at least, and to alter my eating habits a bit, and add more balanced meals, and less rubbish snacks. I’m happy with how my body looks at the moment, but thats not to say I wouldn’t like to be more toned and slim, because I do, and that is my goal for 2018.

As for my blog, I want to start posting twice a week, and I really want to incorporate more fashion into my blog. I have a friend who’s more than willing to help me out with photos, so be prepared for fashionista Beki, coming soon! I also want to hit a milestone within my blog, and my followers/page views. I’m not too sure yet what my goal is for this, so I may do monthly goals, to make it more realistic for me.

So heres to a great 2017, and bring on an even better 2018! 

 

Looking back on 2017

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2017 has been a great year! I’ve really discovered who I am as a person and I’ve collected so many memories! I love the fact that I’m always capturing some of my favourite moments on camera. I was scrolling through my Instagram and all of my favourite memories are there, so I thought it would be really fun to go through my Instagram on here and share some of my favourite memories of 2017.

So lets start WAY back to New Years Eve of 2016. I spent New Years with my work family, and I got WAY to drunk. I had such a good night, with such a great group of people.

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So moving on to the end of January, I went to a drag Show and I got to meet Kim Chi! This was so exciting as I LOVE Drag Queens, and everything they stand for. Kim Chi is absolutely beautiful and her makeup is literally art.

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February brought a day trip to London for the Kryolan Bag Sale. This was such a fun day, and I got £950 worth of makeup for £80. I’ll definitely be going again in 2018. We also explored London and visited the V&A Museum.

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February also included a Leaving Do for my friend Naomi. She was leaving her job in David Lloyd to move back home, so we went out to celebrate.

Moving onto to March. This was a great month as my university had a trip to Paris! We travelled to Paris by coach/ferry, and we got to have a masterclass with Makeup Forever, and we also spent the day exploring Paris.

Skipping a whole month, were going straight to May, which is my Birthday month! May brought with it a change in appearance. I went blonde! I’ve previously had blonde hair and it felt good to go back.

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This month I was also reunited with one of my best friends Beky (read her blog HERE). We road tripped to Birmingham to see Ariana Grande in concert, and it was such a good show. It was also so amazing to see Beky again after so long! (She features quite a lot on this post!)

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I got to spend my Birthday week at my caravan in Tenby with some of my best friends! It was such a good week of relaxing, drinking and visiting theme parks.

Finally for May, one of our family friends got married! We were invited to the really small ceremony and the reception was also beautiful. It was such a lovely day.

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To kick off June, myself and my mum went on a day trip to Bath to do a spot of shopping. I love Bath as its such a pretty place to visit. my brothers actually in Uni there now, so I have even more of an excuse to visit!

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On our trip to Bath I bought these gorgeous trousers, which have been a staple piece in my wardrobe, and probably one of my favourite purchases of 2017.

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Finally for June, I saw Justin Bieber in concert! It was such a good night, full of dancing, drinking and laughs. It was also the day of my friends birthday night out, so we headed off to town afterwards, to dance the night away.

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In July I finally started to master the art that is a Flat Lay! It took a lot of practise and a lot of deleted shots, but as I’m writing this post, I’m feeling pretty damn good about my Flat Lay skills.

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July is the month of Bekys Baby Shower! I didn’t mention it previously, but while we were seeing Ariana Grande she was currently 6 months pregnant! Her baby shower was so cute, and I was so excited to meet her little squishy in the coming months!

The end of July saw one of my close friends get married! This year is full of weddings! The wedding was so beautiful, and the reception was in a museum, which was gorgeous!

Congratulations Gill and Andrew!

August was a great month also. I went on holiday! Myself and a ton of my family set off to Cape Verde for a week! The week was full of sun, rain, relaxing and very average cocktails.

The end of August came with the idea and creation of The Girls Who Vlog and Blog. If you don’t know what this is, its a group blog and YouTube channel, created by myself, Katy, Darcy and Lauren. These girls are like sisters to me now, even though it hasn’t been that long since we’ve known each other.

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September brought another hair change! One that I really came to regret a few weeks later. I went for a silver/blonde shade, and I spent 7 hours in the hairdressers, only for me to not like it weeks later.

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The end of September I discovered my love for sitting in coffee shops for hours reading a book. I did this on a day where I was feeling pretty low, and alone, and I felt so at ease, sitting on a sofa with a book and my favourite flat white coffee. I spent a few hours there and I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time.

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October has probably been my favourite month of the year! I started off the year with another new hair look! I didn’t like the blonde so I went back to my roots, and I’m a brunette again!

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I got to meet some of my best friends for the first time! I met Darcy and Katy (unfortunately Lauren couldn’t come).

During this month I went to Paris! This is a trip I’ve had booked since May and it was such a magical trip! We spent 3 days in Disney and a day in Paris, and it was such a good week.

Shortly after Paris one of my friends got married, and I had the pleasure of doing her makeup!

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I also went ‘Out Out’ in October! This is a VERY rare occurrence, but I loved getting really dressed up and although I got a tad too drunk I still had a fab night with all of my work friends!

And finally to finish October I saw Little Mix on Halloween! And my gorgeous friend Beky came with me, even though it was her first birthday with her little baba! We had such a great night and we couldn’t get over how close we were to out girl crush Perrie Edwards!

Moving onto November, and another trip up to Wiltshire to see Beky, Madison and Melody! I love day trips up to see these guys, and I hope next year I can squeeze in more!

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I also went to my first ever Ball this month, which was awesome. I love getting all dressed up and shopping for a ball gown!

A friend of mine is getting married in December so I got to go to her Hen Party this month too! We did a cocktail making class in Slug and Lettuce which was fab!

We’re in December! This is a full, packed month and I’ve got so much going on!

Firstly we have two outings for my nans 80th birthday, with the first being afternoon tea at the Angel Hotel. It was such a lovely afternoon with a few of my family members.

It snowed! It may have been the most pathetic attempt at snow in Cardiff but it was the first snowfall of December, and it made me feel so festive! Heres hoping for more coming up!

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I went to Bristol zoo for the first time ever this month too! It was absolutely freezing and loads of the animals didn’t want to come out but it was still a great day!

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Third and final wedding of the year! One of my close friends Naomi got married in Brecon and it was such a fun night, spent with a great group of friends!

The day after the wedding was my works Christmas Party, which was again another great night!

What I Got For Christmas | 2017

I can’t believe Christmas is over already!!! The season seems to have gone so quickly, but I’ve had the best time with my family and friends. I’m so ridiculously full of chocolate right now that all I’m craving is fruit and salad!

While Christmas is all about being with friends and family, and the experiences, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for presents too. I absolutely love reading and watching ‘What I Got For Christmas’ posts and videos. I find it so interesting to see what everyone received, and it gives me some ideas to buy in the sales and gift ideas for next year, so I thought I would share some of the bits I received with you all too! (Just a disclaimer: I am in no way bragging about what I received, I am extremely lucky to have gotten these things from my family, and I am so grateful for everything I got.)

So this year I received A LOT in the way of bath/face products, which I am definitely not complaining about! I had a huge selection of bath bombs from Bomb Cosmetics, which are quite the work of art. These bath bombs are so pretty looking, and I cannot wait to use them! As well as Bomb Cosmetics, I also received some Bath Bombs from The Body Shop. The Festive Cranberry ones smell absolutely incredible!

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From my brother I got a gift box from LUSH. I didn’t get any bath bombs in this, but it included dome of my favourite products, such as; Sleepy Body Lotion, Twilight Shower Gel and Rose Jam Shower Gel. I also got a huge box of Sanctuary goodies, which all smell incredible.

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I think my favourite present was this big box of Kiehls goodies. Kiehls is my absolute favourite brand for skin care, and my mum did well with what she chose for me! I received the ‘Ultra Facial Cleanser‘ which is my favourite cleanser, the ‘Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil‘. I use the night oil all the time so I’m really excited to try this out, and I also got the ‘Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado‘ which is perfect as I had just ran out of mine a few days prior. I also got a couple of mini’s to try out too.

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Where I live in Cardiff, we recently had an Oliver Bonas open, which I was so excited about! I still haven’t had the chance to go in yet, but my mum got me a couple of cute bits from there. The first being this initial mug. I don’t know what it is about initial mugs, but I absolutely love them! She also got me this really cute eye mask. I’ve never used one before, but this will be so cute in an instagram post!

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The last thing I’m including in this post is this bag from ‘Kendall and kylie’. I really love this bag, as the size is so perfect for everyday wear. Its a good quality bag, and I can wear it comfortably across my body. Its plain black, with silver hardware, so it will go with practically everything.

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The Blogger Essentials Box | Dot Creates

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I came across Dot Creates after seeing Louise Peatland mention them on her Instagram and the products looks so goddamn cute! I instantly went online and looked into the brand and came across the cutest blogger stationery sets! The brand is a small, independent business, created by Danielle Timcke, and the products are absolutely beautiful!

I decided to buy the Blogger Essentials Box, as it gave me the opportunity to try out a bunch of things for a cheaper price. The box contained The Ultimate Blogger Planner, Blog Planner Notepad, Believe and Achieve Sticker Sheet, You Got This! Sticker Sheet, A5 ‘Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat’ Print, A5 ‘Life is Better in Rose Gold’ Print, A6 ‘Do More of What Makes You Happy’ Print, A6 ‘Learn to Rest, Not Quit’ Print, and Gold Foil Pencil Set.

The blogger Planners are super handy to keep track of your blog post ideas, and helps to give you a schedule. I’m able to keep track of what posts I’ve photographed and written up, and theres space to jot down thoughts and ideas too. Theres even space to keep track of any sponsored content you may have!

The prints will look so cute in some frames on my print wall, and I can’t wait to use some of the stickers to decorate my laptop and to include in my planners. The pencils are so instagrammable with the gold foil writing on the sides, and I will definitely be using them to write my blog schedules.

Overall I am super happy with my purchases and I can’t wait to buy some more bits in the future! The ‘I Can Do This’ Blog Planner is definitely next on my list!

I couldn’t recommend the brand enough and you can check out their website Here!

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Blogger Secret Santa

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Myself, and my three best blogger friends, Darcy, Katy and Lauren decided to do a Secret Santa this year!

We used an online secret santa website to choose who we had, meaning we got sent emails of our chosen person. This worked out really well, and no-one found out who had who until the gifts were sent and received, which I think is pretty rare for a secret santa! We also set a budget of £15 each, and we could get anything we wanted in that price range. I absolutely suck at sticking to a price, so it was a guarantee that I would go over, regardless of the price limit.

So for my secret santa I had Katy, and you can see her post HERE, to see what I got her.

I received my gifts from Darcy, and she got me such a cute variety of things. Firstly can we appreciate how cute the little box everything came in was?! I’m a sucker for a well wrapped present, which you can probably tell from my Gift Wrapping Guide post.

So inside the box, the first thing I pulled out was this super cute reindeer hair wrap. I’ve never used one of these before, but since receiving it I’ve used it when washing my face, using face masks, and just when my hair is generally in my way.

Next up was an Ariel sheet mask. I haven’t used this yet, but anything Disney related and skincare related is a win for me!

There was also a LUSH bath bomb. if you know mw you’ll know how obsessed I am with LUSH and bath bombs in general, so this was a great gift for me! This was the Sweater Weather bath bomb.

Lastly there was a NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipstick, in the shade ‘Pure Society‘ which is a gorgeous deep purple/red metallic shade. Perfect for the festive season!

I loved everything in my package, and I can tell that Darcy really thought about what she was buying for me. So thank you so much Darcy, I absolutely love it!

If you want to see what the other girls received I have put all of their links below!

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Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and get some lovely gifts!

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The Gift Wrapping Guide.

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I absolutely love wrapping gifts. I love the whole process of choosing a theme, going to loads of shops and picking out my favourite bits. Finding the perfect wrapping paper, and spending an afternoon in my room, with a hot chocolate and making everyones gifts look really cute.

This year I’ve gone for the classic gold and red theme, and I’m decked out in ribbons, bows and glitter.

My gorgeous wrapping paper is only £1 from Home Bargains, and I’ve collected a variety of ribbons and bow from Wilko and Home Sense.

I love to take my time on each present, making sure it looks perfect to me, and I love making every present slightly different.

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For this particular present, as I was posting it to a friend I used a box. This box is super cute from Home Sense, and I’ve added red shredded paper to keep everything safe in there, but to also add to the theme. I also love including gifts within my wrapping. I always add a candy cane to presents, and this year I’ve also bought chocolate coins, and bells to attach to the ribbons.

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For the rest I’ve used a variety of ribbons and bows, and I’ve layered them up to add different textures. I’ve again added candy canes and bells to some to add an extra little gift. the huge bow is from Home Sense and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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The Christmas Gift Guide.

I absolutely love buying my friends and family gifts during the Christmas Period. I love the whole process of writing my list of who I’m buying for and coming up with ideas for each person, and finding things that really suit their personality.

For this post I’ve collected a variety of gifts that I will be giving to my friends and family this year, including some really cute personalised bits. Theres something for practically everyone here!

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For the ones who love to smell good! 

The Body Shop is always a great place to shop for Christmas gift sets! They have such a large variety to suit practically any price point. The variety of scents are also incredible! My mum absolutely loves the Shea scent, so I’ve bought her this gorgeous set including a shower cream, a body butter, a body scrub, soap and a loofa, and all for only £20!

Another option is buying a shower gel and body butter in the same scent to gift as a set. My absolute favourite scent is the Satsuma scent, and I cannot wait to cover myself in this body butter!

For the Makeup Addict/Newbie

Being a makeup artist myself, I love buying makeup and makeup accessories as a gift for others. These Morphe brushes are such good quality for the price point, and are the perfect size for travelling. These are also great for someone who’s just getting into makeup, as theres not too many to overwhelm them, but enough to create a full face of makeup with. Such a cute little set, and I cannot wait to gift these to someone!

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For the blogger/stationery lover

This personalised notebook from Etsy is so cute! I have one of these myself and I couldn’t resist buying my friend Beky one too! Super useful for taking notes, but it also looks so cute in flatly photos! The gold calligraphy is so gorgeous! Perfect for a blogger like Beky!

For the Interior Designe/fashion lover

I love little books that look really cute on display. The ‘Dior’ by Dior book is an autobiography written by Christian Dior. This is a great read for those who love fashion, but is also a cute gift for someone who loves interior and would appreciate a really nice looking book for their coffee table!

For the squishy little babas 

I absolutely love buying clothes for babies! Not to sound too full of myself, but I think I’m pretty damn good at it! This adorable t-shirt is from Etsy, and paired with some pink leggings, or even some dinosaur print ones, will look so cute on Maddie! Can you tell I love personalised gifts?!

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For the chocolate lover

For one of my secret santa’s this year I’ve created a hamper of Reese’s chocolate! My friend absolutely LOVES Reese’s so I know she will appreciate this so much! Who wouldn’t want to receive a huge hamper of their favourite chocolate at Christmas time?!

For the book fan

Tanya’s Christmas is such a good book for this time of the year! This would be a great gift to give at the beginning of the month, to someone who would appreciate all of the Christmas tips and recipes included in the book.

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For the Gadget fan

My dad and brother are the most difficult people to buy for! They have practically everything they could ever need, and they also have such expensive taste! A remote control helicopter/car is such a great gift idea for someone who loves to play with toys and has everything they could need already! This is a great gift for your dad/brother to use on Christmas day, and it will keep them entertained all day!