For the longest time I've been meaning to sit down to write a post like this. So today I thought I would seeing as the end of the year is approaching!

Below, I've detailed a few of my favourite blogs to read in 2017, these are the blogs that I go back to time and time again and thoroughly enjoy reading. I really do hope you find some new blogs to read here.

With Christmas fast approaching I think we are all in PBM (Present Buying Mode) and while it hasn't reached PPMB (Panic Present Buying Mode) levels just yet, we all want to nail down some good gifts for our nearest and dearests.

Which is why if like me you've been asked 'what do you want for Christmas?" or "give me ideas?!" more than a few times since November! So here is the post to give you ideas of what to ask for or simply so that you can drop hints about what you would like to see under the tree come Christmas morning.

Fragrance is without a doubt one of the most gifted (and possibly most returned/re-sold) items at Christmas! The allure of the fragrance gift set! So when jotting down ideas for this years Christmas gift guides here on Makeup Savvy I decided I need to focus on fragrance for one of them.

Gifting perfume can be tricky, although it may not seem it, especially if you don't know what your recipient prefers, so my first section of this guide is all about giving a gift of fragrance that is foolproof - yes, it can be done! Moving onto affordable fragrances after that and then more luxurious scents for the ones you really want to treat this year. I really hope this fragrance gift guide gives you a little inspiration!

I don't know about you but Christmas is one of my busiest times of the year and although I love it I require daily downtime to stay on top of it all and enjoy it!

Of course, sticking on a Christmas movie is one way to relax while saying in the spirit of things but for me, I also like to combine my love of reading with this special time of year! This is something that I started a few years ago, seeking out festive reads instead of my go-to thriller genre.

So today I thought it would be a nice idea to share my own collection of festive reads and put together a Christmas reading list that not only could you pick and choose from yourself but you could also gift others, especially if you know a fellow Christmas fanatic! Below you will find a good mix of reads, from a book for all ages, something that will prompt nostalgic memories of Christmas as a child, a festive cookbook with a twist and even a short story from author, John Green - who knew he'd written a Christmas tale!

This post is kindly sponsored by Cult Beauty - a website I've shopped at a lot this year!

Today I wanted to talk beauty favourites. Not my new-in favs or even the products I've been loving for the past month, my favourites for the entire year!

As we reach the end of the year I always like to assess what I've loved, so that I can A) make a point of discovering even more from that brand in the new year to come, and B) so I can share with you what I really do rate and recommend. So I'm doing just that, sharing my top 15 favourite products but with the help of Cult Beauty to coincide with their Cult Product of 2017 campaign, where you have the chance to win a £100 Cult Beauty voucher every day (the things I would snap up!) via Instagram when you share your own favourite product of the year with #CultProductOfTheYear.

Anyway, I have a feeling this is going to be a long one so let's get into it! 

Ahh, it's finally December. Well, I say finally but I think we are all baffled by how fast 2017 has gone. So much has happened yet it seems only yesterday it was the start of the year. Who knows!

For me, December is 'Christmas' as I find the lead up just as good, if not better, as the day itself. The sparkle of Christmas lights both indoor and out, along with feel-good adverts about getting together and giving back adds a lightness to my days. I also feel Christmas is the season where regressing in age is fully acceptable, so I fully intend to be sat by my Christmas tree feeling presents through their wrapping paper while watching Arthur Christmas and eating too many chocolates in the days leading up to the big day. Actually, isn't it funny how we call it 'the big day'?

But what I'm here for other than celebrating the fact it's December is to share with you what you can expect to see on Makeup Savvy over the next month and a little chat about what I will be getting up... because I'm excited!

When it comes to getting excited about Christmas nothing quite excites me more than decorating my home. With all homeware stores coming out with amazing new Christmas decorations each year it can be all little overwhelming where to shop and what to go for, especially if you don't want to spend a lot! 

Which is why I thought I'd write a rundown of my favourite homeware stores for budget Christmas decorations, whilst also sharing what a few bits and bobs I've picked up this year. I also thought it would be nice to share the DIY decorations I've made for the past five Christmases.

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