It has to be said I’m totally in on the hype, but my inner hipster has to confess that I loved it before it was cool. I first discovered Frozen in March of last year by listening to the album on Spotify. I have absolutely no idea what made me start listening to it but I was hooked from the off. I’m pretty sure my flatmates hated going into the kitchen when I was there because 9 times out of ten the album would be on repeat. For christmas this year I was lucky enough to get a baby Sven, Sven from the beginning at the film when he’s little, from my brother and he even paid to get a felt tag with my name on it, cute! Definitely one of my best presents! I also got a Frozen charm bracelet from my mum and dad which is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Try and get this off my wrist! These have seriously sparked my obsession with Frozen again and I’m constantly thinking of quotes, sad but true,
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).
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!|
|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|
|Miley and a wolf, winning combo|
|So much food!|
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?!?
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!
- 75g semolina or ground rice
- 140g plain flour
- 75g light muscovado sugar
- 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!
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.
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
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!
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.
It would be a crime to go throughout the christmas period without sitting down and laughing along to a festive film or seven. So far I’ve watched just one, Love Actually, but it’s getting to the point where I’m craving a christmas sing song. Last year I watched Arthur Christmas for the first time and I’m getting a definite craving to watch it again. There was just too much cuteness factor! It has to be said that I am a fan of Elf but it will never be up there as one of my faves (soz) but Nativity is a whole different story. This is my favourite christmas film ever, always will be. I know all the words to all the songs and I think it’s really underrated in the world of christmas films so this is my campaign to get it on the map. Not just the first one but the second one as well they are both amazing! So if you’ve got nothing to do today, watch it, for me. Sparkle and shine!