Christmas Day


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

End of Blogmas

I did it!!!! I did 25 days of continuous posts and it has to be said I NEVER thought this was going to happen! I think that doing blogmas has taught me the importance of planning (I now religious use my laptop calendar which is colour coded within an inch of it’s life) and that getting on top of things will really make life easier. Although towards the end I got a little bit behind and was sometimes cutting it a bit fine for most of the time I was organised well in advance. Hopefully this will transfer into my uni work and I can be on top of that as I was with this (for the most part!). Tomorrow will be the final instalment and will just be a little Merry Christmas message so I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them and I will see you whenever (not decided when my next post will be, I’m still not that organised).

Year Review!

It’s getting to that time of year where we are saying a loving goodbye to 2014 and a nervous hello to the year ahead. It’s been a really great year and I thought it might be nice to look back over some of my favourite memories the last 12 months (a bit like a best bits), here we go!

First night out of 2014!

Birthday fun!

More birthday fun!

Getting into the swing of dressing up

Making the most of halls

Goodbye first year!

Tour de France comes closer to home

Cruising!

New place!

Miley and a wolf, winning combo

So much food!

Festive spirit!

Pre Christmas Purchases

I know, I know, it’s less than a week before christmas you shouldn’t be buying things, but I swear these are essentials!!!! I was desperately in need of more Garnier Micellor water and it’s my favourite thing to take off my face at the end of the day. Also how could I say no to a third off. The same with the powder, mine broke about a month ago so I’ve been dealing with powder shards. Unfortunately they didn’t have nay in transparent to I’m testing it in the shade 002 pink blossom so fingers crossed it looks ok. I’ve had my eye on the Revlon colour stay concealer ever since I heard it’s a bit of a dupe for the mac pro longwear concealer, which I’m going through a bit too quickly at the minute, so this will be my everyday version. As for the Maybelline colour drama in minimalist…oopsie?!?

Kind Of Christmas Biscuits

I’m a big lover of festive biscuits like gingerbread and things full of spice but sometimes it can all get a bit too much. Me and my family love these biscuits, so much so I went to get one of these out of the tin today and they were all gone. Upsetting. They are super delicious and pretty much impossible to get wrong. You’ve got to love Mary Berry, she’s the best!

Ingredients:

  • 75g semolina or ground rice
  • 140g plain flour
  • 75g light muscovado sugarΒ 
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 175g butter
  • 100g chocolate chips

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and rub in the cubes of butter with your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Work the dough together, it takes a lot of working, by warming it up and compacting it together.

Roll it out on a floured surface to 5mm thick and use a cutter (I went with christmas trees for the festive season) to cut them out, pretty obvious.

Put the biscuits on greaseproof paper on a tray and put into the oven on a 160c (fan) heat for 20-25 minutes.

Take out and leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a cool rack, wait a little bit and then enjoy! I am in love with these biscuits!

Wintery Browns

At this cold and wintery time I’m taking full advantage of wearing dark colours on my eyes and not being looked at as some depressing saddo! In this look I used one eyes shadow stick, one! I’m the kind of person that normally uses 103 eyes shadows all different shades of the same colour for no reason other than the fact that I enjoy blending. I used the Rimmel scandal eyes eye shadow stick in bootleg brown and just applied it with the stick and then blended like mad with my mac 217. It took me FOREVER to blend it out but I think it’s because I wasn’t quick enough, silly me. I think that it turned out well and with my new Maybelline colour elixir in caramel infused it was a very warm and wintery face.

Favourite Friday: Christmas

For my final favourite Friday before christmas it only seems fair to make it my favourite. I love everything about christmas, the food, the films, the lights…..it’s all too much! Winter is my favourite time of year and this is probably why. Christmas brings everybody together and it’s such a nice time, if you don’t like christmas you’re just weird! Not long to go now until the big day and I’m so excited!

My Wish List

I never normally have much of a christmas list but this year to make it easier for my mum I went through the catalogues and jotted them down. Here’s my list!

  • Urban Decay Vice 3 palette
  • Mac gold and beige pigments
  • A baby Sven (from Frozen)
  • Pointless Quiz Book
It’s not a very extensive list but it’s a start! Merry christmas!

Glittery Nails

Ever year at christmas time I get my finger and toe nails done so that they’re super sparkly and really festive. I have Minx on my toes and Shellac on my fingers. This year on my toes I had an aztec pattern which is more summery than wintery but they look really good. On my fingernails I had a light gold glitter which looks silver in some lights on all of my nails and then a sprinkling of brown on my ring fingers. They look really good and have got me into the festive spirit!

Wintery Flavours

I love winter and I especially love winter food! I think it’s the fact that its warming and comforting and the ‘heavy’ flavours come out that have been locked away for the past few months. Soups also come back into play which is great because sometimes there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a tasty soup and crusty bread when it’s freezing outside. My favourite flavour of soup in the winter time is butternut squash, especially when it’s creamy. Last week I went for a meal at a Chef and brewer and I had what I think is a typical wintery meal. For main I had duck with a black cherry sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and savoy cabbage. The sauce made the meal taste really nice and warming and i’m a big fan of cabbage as a little accompaniment as I like the crunch. For dessert I had hazelnut profiteroles and they were delicious. Not too sickly and not too sweet, hazelnut is one of those flavours that is warming and a definite contrast to fruity summer flavours.