Christmas Decoration Haul 2015

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Over the past few weeks I've been doing a major amount of Christmas decoration shopping because this year I'm changing up my decor theme to be a bit more eclectic and playful! 

I'm super excited about this and have found some amazing decorations that I really wanted to share with you before everyone goes and puts up their Christmas tree. I also have a few random items that can be dotted/hung around the home for an extra festive touch. P.S I loved photographing all these amazing decorations; I'm currently feeling soooo festive! 


TK Maxx/Homesense 

Each year my first stop for all things festive is Homesense (and then TK Maxx) as it literally feels like Santa's grotto in there for Christmas decor and gifts. As I mentioned this year I want my Christmas tree to have an eclectic feel to it but without being full on tacky, so Homesense was the perfect place to find some quirky yet vintage style tree decorations. Yes, TK Maxx and Homesense are a little pricey for individual tree decorations at around £2.99-£3.99 each but they really are baubles that you will treasure and keep for years to come I think. 

What I picked up - Vintage Santa £2.99, Mother Rabbit With Bunny £2.99 and a donut £2.99. I also picked up a set of 6 gift tags for £2.99... again a little pricey but I couldn't resist them! And the below rose gold studded heart (from Homesense) for £3.00, which I plan to hang from a door handle.


The Range 

For the longest time I wasn't aware of The Range and somehow it is one of those stores that a lot of people haven't heard of. I haven't a clue why as they have some pretty big stores full of amazing homeware, arts & crafts and children's toys. Each year come November they also turn half of the store into a haven of all things Christmas-y and it's just wonderful! They have aisle after aisle of stunning baubles all colour grouped and I really believe they are just as good as the baubles found in the likes of John Lewis and Debenhams but at a fraction of the price! Though I did manage to be restraint and only picked up two Christmas tree decorations. 

What I picked up -  Gold Glitter Bauble £1.59, Large Heart with snowy branch £2.99, also the below gold jingle bells (pack of 9) for only £1.00! From Matalan I picked up - Naughty or Nice? Mason Jar for £3.00, perfect for hot chocolates with whipped cream!



Lastly I doubled up some Tesco Clubcard points I had and couldn't resist in buying quite a few of their Christmas tree decorations that are just so adorable this year. They are also on 3 for 2 making them so affordable. 

What I picked up - Glass Reindeer decoration £3.50, Gold Glitter Fawn £1.50, Polar Bear £1.50, Gold Glitter Bow £1.50, set of 3 Christmas Pudding  baubles £1.50.

I'd love to know your favourites from what I picked up and where you like to go Christmas decoration shopping as I'm still a few more bits and bobs! 

Fee xo. 

An Introduction to Korean Beauty Products

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For the past four years I've had a love for Korean beauty products. This initially started because I just loved the kawaii packaging that a lot of beauty brands offered, but I soon realised that the formulas and quality of Korean makeup often would be superior to the UK beauty brands I was use to. 

I've now tried out a huge selection of Korean products, both cosmetics and skincare and a lot form the staples of my everyday makeup bag and skincare routine, so I thought I'd share with you today what I recommend if you are new to trying Korean beauty brands.  

Silicone Primers
The Asian Beauty market contains some amazing silicone based primers that really do act as a veil over the skin and for that reason I've tried out quite a few now. Yes, these do need to be used sparingly and not everyday due to the silicone not letting the skin breath but when you are wanting flawless skin then a little primer can work wonders. My first experience of a Korean silicone based primer was with the wonderful Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm that comes in a unique golden egg packaging. The primer is much thicker than other primers I was use to using but this meant it really did fill in my enlarged pores and smoothed out the skin - it's actually still a favourite of mine! But my ultimate favourite has to be DHC Velvet Skin Coat, £17.00 Feel Unique, which has a wonderful powdery gel texture that glides over the skin to create a flawlessly smooth base for foundation.

 Lip Tints 
Aside from primers that offer a flawless base, the East Asian beauty market is awash with stunning lip products and I couldn't be more pleased about this fact. Over the years I've tried many a lip tints, from water tints, to gels and of course balms. These all make for easy everyday wear and add a pretty hint of colour to the lips. My personal favourite tint is Etude House Magic Tint Balm that really is such a unique melted formula that smooths over the lips feeling so comfortable and slightly plumping, plus offering such a lovely sheer red hue. Another everyday favourite are the Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bars, £3.93 each eBay, that are so fruity and again offer such a lovely wearable tint that keeps the lips soft and hydrated all day long.


BB Creams
BB Creams are certainly an Asian beauty product that's caught on in the UK in a big way yet I can't help but thinking we've got it all wrong and our version of a BB Cream isn't authentic at all. For me a good BB cream should act as skincare, even out skintone, work as a concealer and be high in SPF. However the only downside to true BB Creams is that shade range is limited and often ashy in tone. So unless you can get colour matched and buy in person I'd say stick with foundation! But if you really do fancy trying out a higher quality BB Cream than the ones on offer from UK brands then I can't recommend Dr Jart Beauty Balm Creams (found in Boots) more highly. These offer such a comfortable feel on the skin, just the right amount of coverage and that high SPF.

Peeling Gels 
Peeling gels/creams went a bit crazy in Asian skincare in 2014 and even though it hasn't  really filtered down to the UK or America skincare market there are such an array to be found online by various Korean cosmetic brands. Peeling gels are actually chemical exfoliators that gently dissolve dead skin cells from the face, leaving it silky soft and brighter. I personally love peeling creams over physically scrubbing at my skin as it's much more effective and also a lot more gentle to the skin, not to mention better for the planet! I find using a peeling cream leaves my skin so much smoother but results do only seem to last 2-3 days before you need to use it again, the only downside really - but trust me the results are pretty impressive. My personal favourite is Skin79 Crystal Peeling Gel, not only does this look like a high-end product with the beautiful yet simplistic packaging but this gel really does leave my skin baby smooth and only a little is needed! But if you want to go for something much more fun there's the Tony Moly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream that comes is an amazing apple shaped pot and even smells of fresh apples. This definitely is more cream like in texture and ideal for sensitive skin and a great way to try out a peeling cream for the first time with the benefit of kawaii packaging! However if you do want to stay away from eBay when buying Korean products or you aren't placing a large order through a Korean beauty website then the Ginvera Exfoliating Whitening Gel, £11.24, is a great UK buy that can be found on Amazon. 

Face Masks 
When it comes to face masks it all gets a bit crazy for choice, there's sheet masks, overnight masks, steaming masks, pack masks and of course your bog standard mask in a tub. I've tried quite a few sheet masks now from various Korean brands and find them a great way to quickly hydrate my skin even if I look scary in the process. Also sheet masks are inexpensive - my favourites comes from Innisfree and Etude House. As for traditional pack masks (in a sachet) I haven't had so much luck and found them a little generic and not great for all the varying skin types. However I do love Korean face masks that come in pots that are thick and full of great ingredients. My favourite Korean face mask has to be Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask £9.42 eBay, which is just amazing for oily/acne prone skin, easily the best clay mask I've tried without being overly drying to the skin. If you do have an oily or even combination skintype then I'd certainly recommend trying this face mask out if you are picking up a few Korean beauty products

Side note - I personally love finding Korean beauty products via eBay from larger genuine sellers however if prices are surprisingly low then it's to be expected that the product will be fake and best avoided. If you just don't want to risk it then Yes Style is a great website with low delivery costs to shop at or Ko Ko, which is a UK based website. 

Fee xo.  

Christmas Wish List 2015

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Oh how I love Christmas! I'm already in full swing buying presents and decorations for my tree, which will be going up BEFORE December 1st! But with so many amazing products out there at the moment I keep adding to my own Christmas list as I go. So I thought now would be the ideal time to share it with you to prompt some gift inspiration and maybe some to jot down on your own list!

Books for Christmas! 
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a pile of new books to read! I've had both Monsters (£7.99 - Amazon here) and Ready Player One (£6.29 - Amazon here) on my to-buy list for some time now so I'd love to find them both under the tree this year to speed read through over the holiday period. But the book I have my eyes on the most is the stunning new illustrated version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (£16.95 - Amazon here), which includes over 20 illustrations by the talented Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. This really would be a treasured book in my collection if I were to receive it! 

Laura Mercier In The Glow Trio 
£25.00 - John Lewis here or House of Fraser
There's nothing like receiving a beautiful beauty gift set on Christmas morning then proceeding to try out all the product as you get ready for the day. I always like to opt for a good value beauty gift set and Laura Mercier seem to do that each year. This lovely trio of products include a Matte Radiance Baked Powder, Bonne Mine Stick Face Colour and Caviar Rose Gold Eye Colour that I've wanted to try so badly. Although only deluxe samples the three products contain enough product to really try them out and keep you glowing all winter long.

New Scents 
Another must-have for Christmas is a new scent to wear on Christmas day and over winter. Much like previous Christmas' I will be asking for my favourite ever fragrance, Guerlain Insolence (on offer £29.99 - Boots here) as it's just my signature scent that smells of beautiful sparkling violets. I also have to include a perfume that I planned to put on my Christmas list but then went and accidentally bought it for myself! As you can see that scent is Burberry Body Tender... which can you believe is only £12.95 for 35ml right now on Fragrance Direct here - a total steal! I just couldn't resist it for that price and as I've had it before I already know what a lovely fragrance it is. 

Lush Happy Christmas Selection Box 
£24.95 - Lush here or in-store 
Lush is another favourite of mine at Christmas especially the gift set from there, big or small, they are always well received. However this year I sadly don't have a bath in my house making a gift set containing bath bombs a  bit of a waste. But after looking through all of this years gifts I've found the ideal one for me containing zero bath products! This lovely set contains - Green Fun, The Comforter Shower Cream, Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Rock Star Soap and Refresher Shower Jelly. I really would love to receive this gift set!

Cath Kidston Christmas Billie Mug 
£6.50 - Cath Kidston here or CK stores and concessions 
In the last two years I've become slightly obsessed with mugs and have decided I definitely need more festive mugs in my life. This Cath Kidston Christmas mug is perfectly cute and very affordable!

Orelia Mixed Star Necklace 
From £12.00 - Orelia here or ASOS here
Orelia is one of my favourite affordable jewellery brands  and contains some many lovely unique dainy pieces. I love wearing new jewellery on Christmas Day and this little mixed star necklace would be perfect with a festive top but also to wear any time to make an outfit that bit more special. Both ASOS and the Orelia site contain some stunning affordable gifts, with the Orelia offering a fab 20% off code at the moment.

Jurassic World Jersey Top 
£7.00 - Primark in-store
Lastly on my list is quite a few clothing items from Primark, including this fab Jurassic World top. I absolutely love Primark at Christmas especially for new pyjamas, Christmas jumpers and branded tops such as the one above. This year I'm hoping for a new pair of pyjamas to relax in come Boxing Day and quite a few branded Disney items!

Do you have any idea what to ask for Christmas this year? 

Fee xo.

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