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#35 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

25 Dec

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a fabulous day and enjoy some downtime with your loved ones.

I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for!

Best wishes, and don’t eat too much turkey! :)

J xo

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#34 My Christmas Jumper Quest

23 Dec

You may have seen a couple of weeks ago I did a Christmas jumper edition of my Weekend Wishlist. It showed my favourite Christmas jumpers available and lots of you had a good look at them, I hope you all found one you liked! Last week I tried to purchase the Christmas tree Boohoo jumper I featured but unfortunately it had sold out. Thus my quest began.

Ever since then I have been searching high and low for a Christmas jumper. I looked everywhere. ASOS. Missguided. Boohoo. Topshop. Miss Selfridge. Nothing. I didn’t really fancy ordering online as I did not want to risk it not coming in time for the big day. So my quest sent me to shopping centres. I visited the new Primark in my area and low and behold, nothing. I first saw the Christmas jumpers in Primark at Meadowhall in November and I knew I should have purchased one then! Hindsight is a wonderful thing I guess!

I visited a seperate shopping centre today and tried New Look, H&M and Outfit. Still nothing. Just when I thought all was lost, I popped into my town centre on a whim. I saw a new independent shop and took a chance. Look what I found!

Christmas Jumper

It was the last one in the shop and so I just grabbed it! It was £12 which was a complete bargain and I love it. The print is so cute and I love the festive red colour.

Christmas Jumper

*Insert obligatory mirror photo* Do excuse it and the ironing board in the background! I’m so happy I have found a jumper to wear on Christmas day now!

Have you got your Christmas jumper for the 25th? Or do you prefer to dress up more formal for the occasion? Let me know!

J xo

#32 Last Minute Gift Inspiration – Lauren Conrad ‘Beauty’

21 Dec

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well. Christmas is so close now so everyone is around doing their last minute Christmas shopping and making sure everything is ready for the big day. Are you in need of a final present to finish off but are you lacking some giftspiration? (see what I did there?!) Well if you are looking for a pressie for your girlfriend, wife, sister, best friend etc look no further than Lauren Conrad ‘Beauty’.

Lauren Conrad 'Beauty'

I have always loved Lauren Conrad. I used to spent my teenage years following her story from Laguna Beach to The Hills and beyond. I always longed for her natural beauty and endless, perfectly waved golden locks. She is so pretty and has such a classic look. If you watched the two TV shows you would have seen how her style and image has changed over the years as she has grown older and matured.

I was actually given this book as a Secret Santa present from one of my housemates , and I have been hooked ever since.

The book is full of tips and tricks for all aspects of beauty: from applying make-up, to styling hair and skincare routines. It is really well written and presented and is full of photos too. One of my favourite chapters in the book describes beauty throughout the years and shows how beauty trends have changed decade by decade. I think this book would be great for anyone with a love of beauty, even if they were just starting out (for a younger sister or teenage girl perhaps).

I would definitely recommend this book as a gift. There are other beauty based books out there, for example the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual looks good too, and I have read great reviews of it. If the person you are buying for is more into fashion than beauty, then definitely check out Lauren Conrad ‘Style’.

You can buy Lauren Conrad ‘Beauty’ here from Amazon.

J xo

#30 A Quick Update

15 Dec

Hi everyone!

This is just a little apology for the lack of posts over the past week! It has been a super busy time for me at the moment. I had my last lectures of 2012 so I had to complete all of my work/assignments for those. Then yesterday, we celebrated Christmas in my house by having a gorgeous roast dinner and exchanging Secret Santa presents. It was a really good day and it was nice to celebrate the end of term with the rest of my housemates.

Tomorrow (Sunday 16th) is my 20th Birthday! Ahhh super excited but at the same time kind of having  not-mid-life crisis about not being a ‘teen’ anymore! To celebrate, my boyfriend is taking me to a really nice Indian restaurant in town that I have been wanting to go to for ages! We would go on my actual birthday but I am actually travelling back home for the Christmas vacation tomorrow so we decided to do it tonight. On top of all this I still haven’t packed! I am leaving tomorrow early afternoon so I need to get a move on and get packing!

When I get home, I am actually working full time for the week before Christmas (17th-21st December) so I am going to be super tired and stressed as I need to find time for revision for my January exams too. As you can tell this really is a bit of a hectic time for me but I will try to blog as much as possible. But for the time being while I am working/revising blogging may have to take a bit of a back seat as I am not a full time blogger. I hope you can all understand!

Lots of love and Best Wishes for the Christmas period,

Jess xo

#29 Christmas in the BeautyFashionLifexo House!

13 Dec

Hi guys! This is going to be a super festive post about how we are celebrating Christmas in my house. As you may know, I am a student so I am living in a student house with 4 other girls. We all love Christmas (we decorated our house in November) and our new favourite shop is the Christmas shop in the city centre. This Friday we are making a Christmas meal together followed by watching ELF and playing Monopoly! All the while listening to a Christmas playlist on Spotify! Here are some snaps of our super festive house.

Christmas

| Our Santa sack was £1.49 (Christmas shop) and we are filling it with our Secret Santa gifts | ‘Santa Please Stop Here’ has pride of place in our window and was £1 (Christmas shop) | Our hanging snowflakes are in our kitchen doorway and were from Poundland | This cute foil tree was also from Poundland and lives on our dining table | Cute Christmas cards given to us by our neighbours | Red tinsel on the wall decorated with candy canes, both from Poundland | We all made snowflakes and scattered them across the house | We covered a canvas in wrapping paper, it looks fab! | More tinsel wrapped around our stair bannister |

Poundland has some great decorations which are such great value! It was the first place we looked for decorations (being poor students) and we were not disappointed. I also picked these up from Poundland:

Christmas

My boyfriend and I are just big kids! But at £1 I could not resist these advent calendars.

So how are you celebrating Christmas this year? Do you decorate your house like we have? Leave a comment below, I read them all and reply to as many as possible :)

J xo

#25 The Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide – Under £10

7 Dec

Here are some of my favourite beauty gifts available for Christmas – and amazingly they are all £10 or under. These would make perfect stocking fillers or maybe if you are doing a Secret Santa? Any beauty lover would love to open these on Christmas morning I’m sure!

Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide - Under £10

| Benefit b.right Radiant Skincare 6 Piece Intro Kit – £10 | Soap and Glory Small Wonders Mini Hat Box – £10 | ELF Natural Beauty Book – £6 | Caudalie Winter Rescue Duo – £7.20 | Burt’s Bees Basics Pomegranate Gift Set – £5.10 | Models Own Glitter Mini Set – £8 |

So what do you think? Drop me a comment below :) I hope you liked this gift guide!

J xo