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Friday, 15 December 2017

The Most Luxurious Grooming Kit | Murdock London

Err Natalie, you don't have a beard. Yes, I know I don't unless you count the one black hair that grows back on my chin and I have absolutely no clue where it came from. I'm also definitely going to be that old lady who approaches their grandchildren and they grimace when they say the giant long hair hanging from my chin that I can no longer be bothered to pluck.
Murdock London Products
But moving away from my facial hair woes, I thought I'd showcase this luxury range from Murdock London for the bearded men in your life. Christmas shopping for men can be a nightmare, well for me anyway and skincare products are perfect for those who like to take care in their appearance.

Now Sam doesn't really do anything with his facial hair so I think I'll have to give this set to one of my bearded friends. I was sent five products in total which can all be bought separately and would make great stocking fillers. So let's take a look at these Murdock London Gifts...
Beard Shampoo and Conditioner

Beard Shampoo - £20.00


Who knew that you could actually shampoo and condition your beard?! Well, I think it's a great idea because I've always had a fear of beards. 

I often wonder when I see a beard if there's food caught up in there? Or does it feel like your kissing a harsh steel sponge? Well, fear not because this shampoo cleans the hair and will leave it smelling of oakmoss which is much better than...well whatever it might have been before. 

Beard Conditioner - £20.00


To soften the facial hair and to avoid your loved one giving you beard rash, this conditioner goes along nicely with the shampoo. A 250ml bottle is a decent size, considering it's only your beard that you're washing. Murdock recommends leaving the conditioner in for a few minutes before washing out to get ultra soft hair.
Sea Salt Styling Spray and Matte Mud

Sea Salt Styling Spray- £20.00


Give your man those beach wave vibes with this Sea Salt Styling Spray. I'm a big fan of this stuff myself as it adds volume and texture to curled hair or a messy finish to straightened hair. This is a more expensive version that I've ever had but they have a mixture of oils in this one that sets it apart from the rest.

Matte Mud Hair Shaping Clay - £14.00


A versatile clay that gives definition and texture to the hair, the Matte Mud is one of five tinned hair styling products. This one is for those who prefer the texture and control without the sleek, shiny finish.

Beard Oil

Beard Oil - £28.00


Argan and Jojoba oil are two of my favourite oils for providing shine and health to my hair. This luxurious beard oil will target directly at the hair follicles, strengthening the roots and providing some much-needed nourishment to the skin underneath. 

Murdock also recommends wearing the oil overnight to reap the benefits if you're not one for sporting a shinier beard throughout the day.

What do you think of this grooming selection from Murdock London? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was gifted these products in return for an honest review. All words are my own.


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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Jingle Bell Ball | With Debenhams

When Debenhams invited me to the Jingle Bell Ball, I literally died and went to Princess heaven. What a year I've had with my blog and I'm so very grateful for every opportunity that I've received. 
Sparkly Dress
Getting an invite to the Jingle Bell Ball was just the cherry on top and I immediately responded with an 'OMG YES PLEASE!'. There was a group of around 15 bloggers in total, including myself and we had been invited by Debenhams to lounge in one of O2's VIP Suites. 

It was a very humbling moment for myself. I used to do temping work when I first moved to London and that included working in boxes such as these at the Emirates Stadium. It was definitetly a surreal moment to be the one actually being wined and dined on. We were kindly gifted some Debenhams outfits to kit ourselves out for the Jingle Bell Ball.

I had in mind to get an outfit that was full of sparkles and I think I found the perfect ensemble whilst shopping in store. I spent a good few hours on a busy Thursday night, in the Debenhams store on Bond Street looking through all of the different brands that the store has to offer. From Mango to Quiz, J by Jasper Conran to Nine West, I was spoilt for choice.
Sparkly Dress with Bag
Bag and Shoes
I came across this gorgeous Juliet Sequin Dress from Monsoon which was a part of their party dresses selection and since I was shopping on a Black Friday weekend, the dress just £99.00. I never really shop at Monsoon and in the past have only shopped their bags and purses range. 

What impressed me the most was that the fit of the dress was spot on. It wasn't tight anywhere on my body which is a rarity especially when it comes to my chest size and broad shoulders. The dress doesn't appear online so it may well have been a instore product or limited for just the Black Friday weekend.

I then headed on downstairs to pick out a bag to go with the dress. I matched the bag with the grey elements within the dress and bought a Carvela 'Dina' Winged Tote bag in a light dusty grey. I really can't do small bags as I have just so much stuff that I carry with me, so this was the perfect in between. This was also from sale which I think was reduced from £69.00 to £43.00.

The shoes I actually got a few days before the event and this was actually the best bargain of all. Reduced from £90.00, they were just £19.00. They are a coppery gold glitter with a thick, medium heel. They rubbed slightly (but then again my feet rub with most shoes) but they felt super comfortable throughout the entire evening.
O2 Venue
I arrived at the O2 fairly early and met up with the Debenhams team near the entrance of the O2. The venue is pretty near to where I live so I had no problems getting there. The suite was a gorgeous room decorated with plush brown sofas, a seated bar island area that looked out onto the arena and we received a yummy selection of food and endless drinks from our host Mohammad. 

I was a sucker for the chips and dip, a typical comfort snack for the Winter along with the Mac & Cheese and delicious Chocolate Filled Doughnuts with extra chocolate for dipping.
VIP Suite
VIP Suite
Chocolate Filled Doughnuts
We were free to come and go as we pleased within the suite and for the majority of the show, I sat down in the viewing area.

There were several acts that I was excited to see, the first up being Rita Ora. She had this incredible yellow tarten outfit on (that only she could pull off) and rocked around the stage, getting the audience on their feet. Others acts like Dua Lipa, Jonas Blue and Niall Horan were incredible and the round up ended with Sam Smith, who was highly anticipated and didn't disappoint.
Performers at arena
Rita Ora on stage
Niall Horan on stage
I also bought from Debenhams, the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette whiched I used to create a subtle sparkly eye. I bought a Mac 'Pro' Lipstick called Diva which I've been lusting over and is a deep rich dark-toned red. I finally also got myself the Mac Fix Plus Spray which I'm now in love with, to set the look.

I want to thank Debenhams for inviting me on such a wonderful night out as I truely felt like a Princess.
Makeup Look
Whole outfit look
Be sure to shop the look below and let me know which of these pieces was your favourite in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was invited to the Jingle Bell Ball and gifted vouchers from Debenhams in exchange for a blog post. This post also contains affiliate links. All words are my own.



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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

How To Have A Cosy Night In This Christmas

We've become a nation of boxaholics, a Netflix and binge society. And you know what? I FREAKING LOVE IT. There's nothing better than curling up on a sofa with your latest binge-worthy series and a cheeky glass of wine. 

Around Christmas time, I love enjoying nights spent watching the telly with loved ones. It's much better than being out in the cold and freezing ya baps off.
Sofa
Country Home & Interiors - Credit to Tim Young
We all have our ways of making the ultimate cosy night in, so I thought I'd share you mine and perhaps give you some inspiration for your next binge-induced, drowning in throws night in.

It's all about the atmosphere


Setting the atmosphere for your night in is something you should do as soon as you get in. Spoil yourself by putting the heating on full blast. If you have side table lamps in your room or living room, whack them on instead of any ceiling or wall lights that might be a little too harsh.

Music is food for the soul so unwind by playing a few festive tracks, keep it mellow and on low so you can relax.

Decorate your sofa with plush cushions


Your sofa is a part of your life. You'll spend many hours with your bum smushed on a sofa so it has to be perfect. A sofa that's perfect for lounging should come with an assortment of scatter cushions of varying sizes. Make sure to invest in a few festive covers so that you can switch them over for the festive season.

Light a bunch of candles


Candles are a Winter staple and if you don't own a candle, then GO GET ONE. A few recommendations are of course Yankee Candles, I recently got one from Brinley which is a Cinnamon Spiced scent and smells divine. I also personally recommend Roots Candles because these are natural candles made out of beeswax and burn for hours.
Candles
Credit to The Future Kept

Invest in several throws


Ever since throws have entered my life, I kind of well - live in them. My favourite one is a cream one made out of the softest material I've ever felt and it was from Wilkos. A bargain at £10. Throws make you feel super cosy and if you can't afford to turn the heating on then this is the perfect alternative. A few places that do amazing throws are Urban Outfitters, Zara Home and John Lewis

Get into your comfy clothes


Whether this a onesie, a fluffy flannel robe or a silk pyjama set, jump into your nightwear so you can feel completely settled. I love wearing my fluffy white robe that I got at a blogger event and my UGG slippers. So branded.

Buy ALL of the junk food


A cosy night in is not complete without a feast to keep you permanently fixed on that sofa all evening. I love Doritos with some of my homemade guacamole and salsa. M&Ms - the crunchy ones -  are my favourite and a 1.5ltr bottle of coke is just all of the unhealthy but so good!

What makes a cosy night in for you? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with GlossyHome. All words are my own.



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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Festive Slice | Bakerdays

I'm going to be good this Christmas when it comes to food....SAID NO ONE EVER
Cake Tin
Who doesn't eat their whole body weight in food during the festive season? You couldn't really avoid it if you really tried and I never try. I give into the food monster in me.

Whether it's savoury or sweet, there's always going to be multiple buffets and food gorging opportunities and I freaking love it. There's a reason why it's my favourite time of the year and it's probably the same reason for many others.


Bakerdays is home to the famous letterbox cake. Yep, you heard me correctly, that's a cake that gets delivered through a letterbox. God, what a time to be alive. I obviously said yes to the opportunity of free cake. Bakerdays produces personalised cakes, cupcakes and balloons so they're the perfect company to go to for all your party and catering needs.
Cake up close
I picked out one of the many designs that Bakerdays offers but if nothing takes your fancy, then they offer a helpful service to find the design that's right for you. I'm easily pleased so I picked out the most festive design and instead of gifting it to someone else like any considerate person would do, I gifted it to myself.

You get to pick your own flavour of which there are many but I went for a classic vanilla sponge. Considering it came through a letterbox, the cake came in one piece - Christmas miracle right here. It also tasted pretty fresh as we didn't eat it until a day later. The cakes are made fresh on the day and their packaging has been developed to handle even the most heavy-handed of postmen. 
Cake
I love that you can personalise these cakes and even though they come in various sizes other than their signature letterbox size, this is a great addition to that family buffet or just to give to someone who loves cake. 

What do you think of the Bakerdays Letterbox cake? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was gifted this cake in return for my own honest opinion. All words are my own.



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Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas For Basic Bitches

I cannot deny just how basic I've become over the past couple of years, which got me thinking. I'm not the only basic bitch out there, I actually believe there's a lot of us out there. 
Christmas Gifts
We love trying out new products, perhaps buying products from the hype of others and if you don't enjoy a Gingerbread Latte during Winter at least 27,467 times, then there's something wrong with you (and you also have a very healthy bank balance so well done). So if you have a basic one in your life then take some inspiration from this gift guide. There's plenty 

- Anything marble, copper or rose gold. If it's covered in this, you're onto a winner.
- A pair of glittery heels. These ones are from Kurt Gieger.
- Eyeshadow palettes, there's so many to choose from. I have a few from Urban Decay and Zoeva to name but a few.
- A designer bag (or just one big enough to fit all our rubbish in).

Naked Heat Palette
Makeup Brushes

- Handmade scarves, gloves and other Winter warmers
- Candles. Any sort of size but the bigger the better. I got mine from Brinley Williams.
- Mac Lipsticks are a staple for any beauty lover. A few shades to look out for would be Velvet Teddy, Diva and Russian Red.
- Gift Sets like this one from L'Occitane En Provence
- A Makeup Brush Set because beauty tools can make such a difference when applying makeup.
- A gorgeous watch from Daniel Wellington. I've been lusting after these for months.

Candles

-Anything with the word basic on. I mean, we have to showcase the fact we're so basic.
- The Body Shop or Lush Cosmetics bath treats.
- Motivational wall art, because we basic ones love to be inspired on the daily.
- A portable phone charger. Let's be honest, our phones cannot take the amount of time we spend on it!

Do you consider yourself to be a basic bitch? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This post contains product samples and affiliate links. All words are my own.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Best Christmas Buys | Lewisham Shopping Centre

You may have read my various gift guides over the past year on Lewisham Shopping Centre. Lewisham is the nearest shopping district to where I live without having to travel into Central London. 

And although a little rough around the edges, Lewisham is one of those up and coming areas that has a real sense of community spirit especially when the shopping centre holds various events throughout the year.
Shopping Centre Logo
I thought I'd do a little gift guide on all that Lewisham Shopping Centre has to offer and I've made sure to include gift ideas for everyone!

Gifts For Him


Selection of mens gits






Gifts For Her


Selection of womens gifts




4 - Frosted Plum Festive Tin £20.00 


Gifts For Couples








Gifts For Parents


Selection of parents gifts


2 - Two Night Getaway £99.00


4 - Stag Applique Cushion £35.00 



Gifts For Friends

Selection of friends gifts

1 - Waffled Dressing Gown £24.99





Lewisham Shopping Centre is also running an initiative this Christmas called Giving Tree and this is the second year that it's running. The centre and Met Police want to ensure that every child is given a gift this Christmas so there will be a Christmas Tree within the centre that customers can pick a tag from and buy a gift for a child in need. Visit their website to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.

What do you think of my Christmas gift guide? Have you been inspired? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post with Lewisham Shopping Centre. All words are my own.



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas PJs | with Hunkemoller

I don't know about yourselves but I practically live in my PJs during the festive period for as long as I possibly can. There's just something about the festive season that makes me want to lounge around in some basics rather than glamming myself up.

Hunkemoller is an online lingerie and nightwear company and class themselves as the largest lingerie specialists in Europe. Their range of lingerie is similar to Victoria Secrets and have a good mixture of sexy, luxurious and comfortable nightwear.
Pyjama Set
I was gifted this gorgeous Satin Dot Pyjama Set priced at £35.00. I usually wear joggers and some form of top to bed, so for the first time in a long time, it feels nice to wear something matching. The material is a gorgeous soft satin with long sleeves, long bottoms and has two pockets on the t-shirt.

I've actually always wanted this style of pyjama set for a while because it's so stylish. The fit is comfortable but perhaps a little tight around arms. Sleeves tend to be a hit or miss with me, especially if they're fitted.
Lying on bed with pyjama set
Pyjama Set
I also think of Christmas when it comes to Pyjama sets. This design isn't particularly festive but it does give me all of the feels when I have it on. I'll definitely be wearing it on Christmas morning and for as long as I can before my mum tells me to get dressed.

Make sure to check out Hunkemoller's complete range of nightwear and lingerie. Let me know what you'll be wearing on Christmas morning in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was gifted this nightwear set from Hunkemoller in return for my own personal opinion. All words are my own.



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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Everyday Is Christmas | With Sia

Christmas for me is about a number of things and one of them is the music. We listen to it every year on repeat and as much as we complain about the 'same old songs', they're iconic. 
Sia CD
With the late George Michael sadly passing on Christmas Day last year, fans of Wham! have rallied together to encourage the public to get Last Christmas to Number 1 this year on the UK Charts. I really hope it happens because it is a classic and one of my favourites.

I also recently received, Sia's new album Everyday is Christmas and I have to say, I'm impressed.

Let's admit it, Christmas songs are pretty hard to do especially when most artists will just recycle the previous songs (and we all know that they're rarely any better than the originals). So when Sia came out with an album full of original songs, I like many others, was shook.

There are ten songs in total. Included in my bundle from Atlantic Records, I got sent a red and green wig, a snow globe which gave me all the nostalgia of being a kid and a customised Sia bauble that will be sitting proudly on my tree. Now as a big fan of Sia, I knew that at least one of these songs had to be good.
Snowglobe
Santa's Coming For Us is probably my favourite, it's super catchy and it's definitely one that I've already found myself finding the need to play. 

Sia's already got a few music videos out for the songs and there are some familiar faces that I recognise which include Kristen Bell from Frozen, The Good Place and SO MUCH MORE. There's also Caleb McLaughlin, one of the insanely talented kids from Stranger Things in the video. 

Sia is known for having used Maddie Ziegler as her main star in most of her music videos from the very beginning. Maddie is a professional dancer and rose to fame from the reality series Dance Moms. Now she's on the cover of Sia's album. Life Goals.

Other songs that are growing on me from the album are Candy Cane Lane which is a great jingle and reminds me of another song although I can't think which one. Ho Ho Ho is another fun one with various comedy sound effects going off in the background. The rest are quite mellow and very Adele/Sam Smith-esque. 
Sia Bauble
Overall, this is a really good album and I can definitely see one of or two of them becoming a Christmas classic.

What do you think of Sia's new album? Have you heard it yet? Let me know in the comments below.

*Disclaimer - I was gifted this album in return for my own honest opinion. All words are my own


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Monday, 4 December 2017

A Very Tarte Christmas | Limited Editions

We're heading over to the US of A for this little haul from Tarte (even though it has actually come across the pond recently) and I've been using these bad boys for a couple of weeks now. I feel they are certainly worthy of a review. I also thought that these palettes are quite festive-y.
Tarte Eyeshadows Packaging
These eyeshadow palettes are limited edition so I believe they're not available online? Correct me if I'm wrong. I bought them because Tarte at the time was having a huge sale on some of their products which made them much more affordable and also at the time I was like, 'well fuck it, I'm treating myself.'

So first up is the Rainforest Of The Sea, Volume II. The packaging is super luxe and made out of thick plastic so it has a little bit of weight to it. I LOVE the design of this eyeshadow palette and they've really taken the time to make something that will bring a little bit of happiness to my mornings when I pick out my eyeshadow.
Rainforests of the Sea packaging
Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette
The shades themselves are 0.5oz each which to me sounds like quite a bit of product in each of the pans. The selection of colours is perfect for me because ya know I love my browns.

The compact palette comes with a sizeable mirror which is perfect for when I'm on the go. I swatched the shades below so will quickly go through some of them. 

What I noticed with this palette is that it takes a little swishing of the brush to get the right amount of pigment on the brush. I like that the shades are buildable though because I'm less likely to mess it up.

The names of the shades are all related to the sea so Pearl is a gorgeous almost white, iridescent shade that I use to illuminate the corners of my eyes or as a highlighter for the brow bone.

The shimmer on Sunset is stunning and has become a go-to for my day to day eye looks. Siren is a rich chocolatey shade that I've been combining with the Cocoa Blend Zoeva palette shades.
Rainforest of the Sea swatches
I've not tried Riptide yet because it's a dark ass colour and I'm petrified. It looks beautiful on my skin but I've yet to try it on my eyes. Instead of it being a matte or shimmer black, it has tones of blue in it so it probably won't look as harsh when blended.

Next up is the Make Believe In Yourself palette which I think is actually a great name in a time where we're our own worst critics. The geometric pattern on the packing is what I want on all of my future home decor, it's just super pretty.

This palette is a little more interesting, particularly because it's made up of mostly shimmers. AND IT SMELLS OF CHOCOLATE. Everytime you open the palette, you get a waft of chocolate - no joke. Pixie is the only matte shade within the palette and it also contains a sheer, white gold highlighter in the middle. 
Make Believe In You Packaging
Make Believe In You Palette
This palette is definitely one that will challenge me to branch out a little more with my eyeshadow choices. I think I could definitely pull off the Dream and Mystic shade. Pixie and Wings make a great combination together and give a rustier, rose gold finish. 

I also think Marvel is the perfect shade to wear around the festive season. It's a rich gold shimmer and every time I swatch it, it reminds me of those red and gold ribbons we used to decorate our Christmas tree with. It gives me all the feels.
Eyeshadow Palettes
These palettes are stunning. I've found though that the shimmer shades are much easier to apply with a finger because I don't have a brush that's dense enough to keep the product from falling down the bristles. The highlighter isn't my favourite but I'll use it if I take the palette out with me.

What do you think of these limited editions? Let me know in the comments below.


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