For me, the lead up to Christmas is possibly more special than the day itself. Even as an adult I try to encompass the festive feelings and magical joy Christmas can bring to even the most boring of days, by actively seeking and setting time aside for all things festive.

This year I'm working my way through Christmas movies I've yet to watch, more on that later, discovering new festive reads and even starting a Christmas vinyl collection. Take a peek at my ever growing Christmas bookshelf to discover a few treasures and find out my favourite Christmas movie of 2018, below!

Christmas is here and with less than 30 days until the big day I think we are all project: Christmas shopping right now! 

So for the first of a few Christmas gift guides, I wanted to bring you a look at some unique beauty gifts as I feel a lot of gifts and gift sets can be a little generic this time of year. From fun Korean beauty picks to some organic offerings and even a selection of unique wellness gifts that I feel will suit any beauty lover.

Oh, and no gift is over £20 here making it an ultra-affordable gift guide!

By now I think it's pretty clear I love a bargain however it has to be good quality and worth it, hence why I named this blog 'Makeup Savvy' all those years ago. So this year I decided I had to put together an eBay Christmas Gift Guide.

As we are nearing Christmas itself all the items below are from UK sellers with Buy it Now prices and free delivery, oh and everything is under £10! I'm really pleased with all the gifts I've found here and hope you find a few things you like - I may have already bought the Star & Moon Hair Slide Set and the ingenious printed cookie rolling pin!

When it comes to reviewing beauty boxes I'm fully aware sample sizes, niche brands and random extras such as compact mirrors and makeup sponge wedges simply don't cut it anymore.

We want to know the contents of the beauty box we are buying and we want it to be worth the money! So with this in mind, I don't feature or talk about many beauty boxes these days!

However, when I was introduced to Cosmetips influencer created beauty boxes I was pretty impressed and as I hadn't heard of them before I wanted to share their latest box and its contents with you today. Side note: This is one of the more higher priced boxes however it does come with a massive saving & if like me you have been wanting to try out something from Tatcha, then now is the perfect time with this amazing beauty box.

It's that time of the year again, where I share with you my annual Christmas Wish List. I feel it's become somewhat of a tradition on my blog before the flurry of festive posts and to signal my own festive-mood has kicked in.

It also helps me decide exactly what I'd love to receive, especially for those that ask me what I want!

Please also see this as a kind of gift guide for yourself and others as there are some lovely gift ideas here I think or if not, may just introduce you to brands or websites you've never heard of before. Also, we all know that every gift set imaginable will be discounted the second after Christmas Day so if you truly love something and aren't cheeky enough to ask a family member or friend for it then it's worth earmarking the page to revisit and check the price come the post Christmas sales!

From makeup and skincare (obvs) to books and cosy items, here is my Christmas wish list for 2018!

Pinterest is awash with inspiration and ideas; from dreamy interiors to endless wanderlust and of course makeup trends. But one beauty item that has blown up in recent years is nail polish with nail polish shade images overtaking nail art.

With seasonal searches bringing a lot of traffic to the platform it's no wonder beauty obsessor and nail addict alike are on the lookout for the best autumnal nail polish shades to add to their collection.

According to Pinterest, this seasons most popular shade is Essie Angora Cardi. So loved in fact, it's been repinned over 500,00 times! Priced at £7.99 the deep dusty rose shade is pretty affordable and lovely however having come across a £1.60 dupe I simply had to share it!
And when I say dupe this polish is certainly a match in colour and even quality.

Up until late last year I was totally new Huda Beauty, in fact, I didn't even know the brand was created by a beauty blogger - I know, where had I been?

But thankfully that all changed when I tried a Huda Beauty liquid lipstick and my first ever eyeshadow palette from the brand and totally fell in love. Fast forward to now and my Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette collection is ever growing as I'm a huge fan of eyeshadow in general and can't get enough of this phenomenal range that is filled with some of the most stunning shades I've ever tried.
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