December Favourites

I wasn’t planning on doing a December Favourites post due to my 2015 Faves that will be coming up next week, but I thought that I’ve been loving a few things this month so I might as well share!

I bought Harper’s Bazaar last month because I saw that it came with a free mini Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I’d never used a serum before and I was curious to see how it would work on my oily skin. I am in love with this product and will be really sad when it runs out. It gives my face some much needed moisture without creating a load of oil. I’ve noticed that it also has a real effect on spots as well as I get much less when I use this. If you saw my Nine Ladies Dancing post then you’ll have seen that to get my glittery lids I used the Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner. I’ve found that this is so much better than a normal glitter as it sticks to the lids and stays on for a very long time. It does make my eyes sting for a bit whilst I apply it but that’s completely worth it. My lips seem to have hated me this month so lip balm has been my best friends and the Maybelline Baby Lips gives me just the right amount of moisture to keep my lips from getting dry. Also my Lush Lip Scrub has been great at getting rid of the skin on my lips after they’ve gone through a dry patch.

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!

Blogmas!

To get me into the Christmas spirit, and to challenge my organisation skills, I’ve decided to do Blogmas. If you don’t know what that is it’s where you write a post about a festive topic every day in December during the run up to Christmas. It can be anything from your personal crimbo wish list to festive food! Although I will be blogging everyday up until Christmas, there’ll be a mixture of festive posts and just ones of the kind of posts I normally do, that way I won’t overdo it on the festive side. Things that you’ll be expecting in the next week will vary from my letter to santa, a gift guide and the start of the festive food season so it’s very exciting!

The Christmas Tag

What, something that’s not a list?!? No! I thought that I’d do something a little bit different today and as it’s coming (kind of) up to Christmas what’s better than answering festive questions?!? Let’s get to it:

What is your favourite Christmas movie(s)?
Nativity, without a doubt. At the minute I’m waiting for it to be socially acceptable to crack it out and sing along, yes I do know all the words. I think that this film is so underrated and people don’t normally think of it when saying their go to christmas film, going for Elf or the miracle one that I’ve never seen. So, I’m here to spread the Nativity word, sparkle and shine!

Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Definitely the morning, I’ve never even thought about opening them the night before. We all wake up, go downstairs and take it in turns to open a present each, it prolongs the festiveness! Anyway how do you open presents the night before Santa brings them to your house!

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
One that stands out to me was when we were putting up the tree one year, it must have been about ten years ago, and two of our friends had come round to help. In our family me, my brother and my cousins all have baubles from disney with our names on, three of us have wooden ones and my brother, who is the youngest, had a nice glass one. My mum came in, gave my brother his bauble to put on the tree for the first time ever and said “Make sure you don’t drop it”. Out of the room she goes and as if on cue he drops the bauble on our laminated floor. Safe to say it was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Merry Christmas!

Favourite festive food?
Hands down mince pies. Me and my dad have perfected the perfect pastry, it’s so flaky and delicious that they are definitely my favourites to eat at this time of the year.

Favourite Christmas Gift?
There’s so many to choose from. I’ve cried on many separate occasions when opening the paper. Two stand out to me, a fluffy stuffed dog and X factor tour tickets. The dog, who was called Kylie, made it in because I remember opening the present seeing the furry little thing and sobbing. Sad child. The X factor tour tickets were from the year Joe McElderry won but the reason I was so excited was because  I would practically be in the same room as Lloyd Daniels, my future husband, *face palm*.

Favourite Christmas Scent?
In my uni bedroom at the minute I have an air wick reed diffuser which is in the scent mulled wine and crackling fire. Every time I walk into my room the smell just sums up Christmas for me. Nice and warm and spicy.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Every Christmas Eve me, my brother, mum and dad read Kipper’s Christmas Eve, taking it in turns to read a page. A bit of a weird tradition but it always happens and it’s something to look forward to before the next day.

What tops your tree?
A little bear with a halo on. It’s too cute and i like that it’s a little bit different.

As a kid what was the one gift that you always asked for but never received?
Sylvanian families springs to mind, you know the little furry animal figures that lived the life of luxury in hotels and canal boats. I always wanted them but I never got them, no idea why but I think that my mum secretly wishes now that she had bought them for me.  

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The Christmas meal preparations are my favourite part because we start so far in advance. Every year we have nine courses so the prep starts now, and I mean now. This year we’ve already made the soup and the starter and the menu has been finalised so we’re well on our way to a great Christmas!