Christmas 2017

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the rest of the holiday season!

As well as showing you ‘What I Got For Christmas’ I wanted to share how I celebrated Christmas day and include some lots of festive pictures. Enjoy!


Every year I’m adamant I’m not going to decorate the tree but every year I end up doing it. This year I was more selective with decorating and stuck to a colour scheme: pink, purple and silver.

The tree:

Some of my favourite decorations:

Decorations around the house:

My mum has a miniature pink Christmas tree which is my favourite. I bought it for her in a Boxing Day sale a couple of years back.

Presents:

The presents looked so lovely under the tree and were placed there throughout December.

The festivities:

My family and I had our big meal a day early on Christmas Eve. I suggested this to my mum as she does the cooking and it meant we could relax more on the day itself. She wouldn’t have to spend the morning cooking. For Christmas dinner we had ham, rolled turkey, vegetables and gravy. I didn’t take a picture of this part of the meal but I did capture shots of dessert: trifle and Pavlova, a Kiwi classic! (Pavlova is a meringue based dessert usually covered in whipped cream and strawberries).

Trifle.

Pavlova. I placed the strawberries on top.

On Christmas Day we had leftovers for lunch before heading up to visit my aunt. I spent Christmas morning opening presents and getting ready; I curled my hair and did my makeup. *CLICK HERE* to see how I achieved this makeup look.

Christmas Day selfie.

In the evening I got dropped at my boyfriend’s house and got to open more presents and gift some too.

Presents for my boyfriend and his family:

What I Got For Christmas

Mum:

I needed casual, comfy shoes and both of these pairs fit the bill.

The backdrop for all present photos is a throw which was a gift from my mum too. It’s dark grey with sparkly bits.

My mum also got me some Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Cream chocolate bars (these were my favourite as a kid), an Argan Oil hair mask, a London sign and some copper string lights. I plan to put the lights around my bedhead/they might come in handy for blog photos.

Brother:

I fell in love with the Morphe 25A Copper Spice palette after Rachael snagged it and it instantly went on my Christmas list! This Paris jigsaw is similar to the London one mentioned in my Christmas Wishlist. I bought the London one myself so I have both!

Boyfriend/Boyfriend’s Parents:

This giraffe teddy also featured on my Christmas wishlist! I am so glad I got him and all that’s left now is to think of a name. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

My boyfriend also gifted me the mug and the mini Ecoya candle. I requested Guava & Lychee Sorbet and it smells deliciously fruity – I can’t wait to light it.

My boyfriend’s parents got me a few things but the Agatha Christie book and Juicy Couture rollerball perfume were my favourite. The rollerball has Viva la Juicy at one end and Viva la Juicy Glacé at the other.


How did you celebrate Christmas? What presents did you get?

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October Favourites 2017

First off, Happy Halloween readers! October has been pretty good and my health has been much better. I’ve had a few nasty headaches but I always get headaches so it’s nothing new. I finished training at the library and am now on my proper, normal hours. I have had more time for me this month which I love, I’m more productive and there’s a work/life balance.

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Juicy Couture Perfume – This has quickly become my favourite everyday perfume for work. The scent lasts all day and I get compliments when I wear it. I like that it’s different and not sweet like some of my other perfumes. It is bolder and less feminine than my other fragrances.

2. Big Little Lies – This show is one of the best I’ve watched in a while. At the end of each episode I immediately want to watch the next one and get disappointed when I have to wait a week. The storyline is quite mysterious and has lots of twists and turns. It reminds me of Revenge but a much more realistic version. I’m halfway through the series and from what I gather the episodes lead up to the murder of a character, the character is unknown but I have a feeling it will be Madeline (played by Reese Witherspoon). I can’t wait to see how the final episodes play out.

3. Ring Pendant Necklace – I bought this necklace in August and it is gorgeous! I like dainty, elegant pieces and this is exactly that. It’s a simple chain necklace with a miniature ring pendant. This necklace looks lovely on, it’s not over the top and everyone I’ve shown it to thinks it’s adorable.

4. Smokey Rose by Teeez – I won this eyeshadow in Stashy’s giveaway and lately it has been my go to eyeshadow when I stay over at my boyfriend’s and take makeup for work. The colour is a duochrome but the shade itself is very neutral and nice for everyday wear. I apply this with my ring finger and I love the effect it gives, my eyes look brighter and like I’ve made more of an effort than I have. The pigmentation and formula is really good. This eyeshadow works so well with bright pink lipstick! (Chanelle’s favourite).

5. Candle – I enjoy lighting candles when I have a chill day planned, I like to be able to burn them properly and sit and relax with them going. I have had this orange sherbet candle for a while now and the scent is subtle but nice. Strong scents aren’t for me, I prefer them to be softer and not fill the air completely or else I get a headache. I have a Vanilla candle from The Body Shop waiting in the wings too.

October’s Spotify Playlist:


What were your favourite things in October?

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BIG Body Shop Haul: Birthday Edition

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Hello, how are you all doing?

I have been a member of The Body Shop’s Love Your Body scheme for almost two years now and this is the second time I’ve been able to take advantage of the one time 20% off discount during my birthday month (January). I absolutely adore The Body Shop and sometimes I shudder to think how much I have spent in the past 24 months! This haul is even bigger than last year’s but I have been so good lately and haven’t bought any makeup/beauty products. This is a real treat to myself!

I made an online order but also purchased a couple of things in store as I had a $10 off voucher to use and they can’t be used online.

A quick side note: The makeup ban was broken! I haven’t really gone into The Body Shop’s cosmetic territory (apart from a bronzer last year) so I’m interested to see how it fares.

In store items:

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1. Vanilla Chai Scented Candle

You can’t go wrong with a classic vanilla scent! I like the subtlety of vanilla and I have a few vanilla based perfumes so I know I don’t get sick of the smell. I don’t know that I will burn this candle straight away as I have another one to burn first but I wanted to pick this up while I had the chance.

 

colour-crush-205-passionate-pink2. Colour Crush Lipstick 205 Passionate Pink

My name’s Chanelle and I’m a pink lipstick addict. There’s something about bright pink lipstick that draws me in and I couldn’t say no to this beautiful shade. Passionate Pink is brighter than fuchsia but darker than coral, I have shades similar to this but not exactly the same. I tried out this lipstick as soon as I got home and the formula feels very moisturising. The lipstick also has a beautiful soft rose scent.

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Wearing Passionate Pink.

mango-hand-cream3. Mango Hand Cream

The Body Shop’s hand creams have become a staple in my nightly routine and I know they work well for me and don’t irritate my skin which is why I continue to buy them. I haven’t tried anything from the Mango range before but I wanted a more tropical, fruity scent. If I enjoy this scent I’m sure I will try more from the Mango range.

Online Order:

eye-palette-swinging-silver1. Eye Palette Swinging Silver

I really don’t own a lot of eyeshadow palettes and the ones I do have mostly contain neutrals. This quad eyeshadow palette was released in 2015 as part of the Christmas range and it has caught my eye on numerous occasions. I haven’t seen the palette in person but it was still available online and the swatches I’ve seen look super pretty! Swinging Silver combines metallic silver tones, smoky blues and coral hues. The palette comes with it’s own mirror and brush which will be handy for going away or traveling.

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2. Vitamin C Energising Face Mist

I purchased this to replace the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist I currently have. The Vitamin E mist featured in Project Pan and I now realise I was harsh on the product. It wasn’t until regular use I began to like it and really discovered it’s purpose. I like to spritz my face to add extra moisture before applying foundation and the rest of my makeup. I thought I’d give the Vitamin C spray a go to see if I like it any better and if my skin has more of a glow.

vanilla-chai-softening-body-gel-lotion3. Vanilla Chai Softening Body Gel-Lotion

Now I know when I purchased the Vanilla Chai hand cream I commented it wasn’t my favourite vanilla scent and I wouldn’t purchase anything else from the range but after using it more and my boyfriend telling me, “it smells like milk chocolate,” I’ve really come to like it. It’s more of a spicy vanilla due to the cinnamon, cardamom and brown sugar. I imagine this body lotion will be lovely to use in winter as the warm, spiciness of the scent will shine.

cocoa-butter-body-lotion4. Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Body lotion is one thing The Body Shop does extremely well in my opinion. I use their body lotions as a daily moisturiser for my arms and they normally last a good few months. I picked up the Cocoa Butter as well as Vanilla Chai because the Cocoa Butter range is being discontinued and I want to try it while I have the chance. I am nearly finished my White Musk body lotion and I plan to use this one next. I got the Cocoa Butter body butter for Christmas which I will also be starting soon. I use body lotion in the morning and body butter after I shower. It will be a VERY cocoa buttery few months!

vanilla-chai-exfoliating-sugar-body-scrub5. Vanilla Chai Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub

We’re breaking boundaries with this haul, three Vanilla Chai items and my first ever body scrub! The lovely Rachael seems to be a fan of The Body Shop scrubs and I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about. I have stared clear of body scrubs in the past because I have sensitive skin but I’ve read sugar is a much more gentle exfoliant so my skin might be fine. This doesn’t have SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) in the ingredients list which I have reacted to in the past so I’m quietly confident I will be ok. I can always pass this on to my mum or a friend.

honey-oat-3-in-1-moisturising-scrub-mask6. Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Moisturising Scrub Mask

This product is one I have seen mentioned in the blogosphere before and the reviews I’ve read have been favourable. Honey does wonders for the skin but I’ve actually never tried anything with honey in before. My current Natio face mask is on it’s last legs and I purchased this mask as a replacement.

colour-crush-nails-680-blue-abyss7. Colour Crush Nails 680 Blue Abyss

Navy is one of those colours that goes with everything. I’ve been curious to try one of the nail polishes from The Body Shop after seeing different shades on Stashy’s blog. When someone owns as many polishes as she does and says something is decent, you trust her! This colour choice was inspired after seeing Rachael review an OPI shade called Russian Navy on her blog. I don’t own a lot of dark nail colours but I’m excited to wear this one! In pictures I’ve Googled it seems the polish contains hints of glitter making it even more stunning.


So, that’s everything I got! What do you think of the items I purchased? Have you tried any of them yourself?

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Recent Buys: Beauty & Homeware

Recent Buys Beauty & homewareHi everyone! Hope you had a fab weekend! I have purchased a few bits and bobs recently and wanted to share them with you. I enjoy doing these sorts of posts and hope you enjoy reading them. Being a beauty fanatic I couldn’t resist adding to my lipstick and nail polish collections, especially the latter as it’s been months since I last purchased a new shade for my nails. I also picked up a new candle and can’t wait to burn it!

1. Essie – Take It Outside & Essie – Ladylike

I’ve always wanted to try Essie nail polish and I finally took the plunge and purchased two this month: Take It Outside (a punchy, fresh taupe) and Ladylike (an elegant soft mauve). Both are neutral shades and lovely for springtime as well as being appropriate for work, especially now we have a uniform. I have only worn Take It Outside so far but I was super impressed with the formula. The brush is the perfect size, you get a nice, even coat and the polish is opaque in two coats. Take It Outside lasted almost a week before any chips started to appear. I’m looking forward to trying out Ladylike and I’ll report back once I have.

2. MAC – Blankety

Cat from My Lip Addiction recommended I try this shade. At first I was apprehensive because I thought it was too nude and I’m pale (pale girls FTW!). In the MAC store I swatched Blankety and fell in love so thank you Cat for your recommendation! I thought the swatch looked similar to Patisserie minus the flecks of glitter but there is a difference. Blankety has an Amplified Creme finish meaning it’s meant to be creamy, pigmented and glossy. I don’t find Blankety to be glossy but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I haven’t tried any other Amplified Creme lipsticks so I can’t compare them, but maybe Blankety’s an exception to the glossy rule? Overall, a lovely nude shade and I’m very happy with my purchase.

3. MAC – Sunny Seoul

Funny story about this wee lipstick; when I was deciding which shade to purchase for my first ever MAC this was one of the shades I loved when I was internet swatching. I already had a few other pinks and opted for something different in the end (Syrup). I’ve always loved the slight shimmer to this shade and I think that’s down to the Cremesheen Pearl finish. This formula is nice and creamy. Out of the two lipsticks, I slightly prefer the feel of Sunny Seoul but both shades are truly lovely. Sunny Seoul screams summer to me as it has hints of coral and melon. I absolutely love my pinks, each one I have is different and they all get a decent amount of wear.

Lipstick swatches

Left to Right: Blankety, Sunny Seoul.

4. Orange Sherbet Candle

Recently at work we got some new products in: an array of soaps, body lotions and potions and gorgeous candles in a few different scents. As I unpacked them I took a whiff and was drawn to the Orange Sherbet scent straight away. The candle comes in it’s own jar and has a lid so if the scent gets overpowering you can pop it on and don’t have to worry about the scent filling the room if you don’t want it to. The sticker on the front says it has a 50 hour burn time which is decent as the jar is quite big and the candle pretty much fills the jar. No doubt this will smell just as yummy burning as when it’s not lit!

So there you have it, what I’ve treated myself to lately. What was the last thing you treated yourself to?

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April Favourites

April FavouritesIt seems like only yesterday that I was typing up my last monthly favourites post for you all! On a whole though, this month has been really good and I’ve found some lovely new things to talk about and share with you. Let’s jump straight in!

April Favourites 1. Kylie At Home Sienna Duvet Cover – By now I’m sure you know how big a fan I am of The Minogues and this month I treated myself to a little Easter present (who needs chocolate?) and purchased a Kylie At Home Duvet. I’ve known Kylie has had bedding for years but the price had always put me off. I started browsing online and saw Debenhams were having a huge sale. I’d never ordered from Debenhams before but the service was amazing, the item arrived quickly and because I’d spent over £50 delivery was free.

Kylie Sienna Duvet(Image not my own)

Sienna is a monochrome striped block design and features sequins in the entire middle block. In real life the white looks slightly creamier but in no way does that detract from the ombré effect. This duvet feels so glamourous and luxurious and is a bit more grown up than what I had before.

2. Mickey Mouse Plasters – You might think plasters are a weird thing to include in a favourites post but these ones are pretty cool! These plasters can be bought on their own or you can buy a collector’s tin to keep them in. I have a bit of a funny story about these. I was in the supermarket with a friend one day and if you bought two boxes of Mickey Mouse plasters you got a free tin. Naturally we wanted to buy matching plasters but there was only one tin left so I let her have it. For months I was on the hunt for a tin and one day she turned up at my house with one. The designs on these plasters are so cute and they have such good sticking power.

3. Aura Jar Candle Vanilla Creme – I previously mentioned this candle in my April Lifestyle Update and after lighting it a few more times I love it even more! The candle doesn’t give off too much of a scent while it’s lit but every time I walk into my room I’m greeted with a lovely waft of vanilla.

30 Days of Yoga4. Yoga With Adriene – 30 Days of Yoga – If you had told me at the start of the year I would be doing yoga and enjoying it I would be staring at you with a funny look on my face. Yoga has been a real constant this month and I’ve enjoyed taking the time out each day for myself (except when I had no internet for a few days and had to play catch up). I genuinely think doing this has made me calmer and I really surprised myself with how much energy I had and the moves weren’t as hard as I thought. If you’re a complete yoga newbie like me give this a go!

Lily Pebbles5. Lily Pebbles – There’s one vlogger whose videos I’ve been turning to and watching constantly this month and that’s Lily Pebbles. I can’t remember how I stumbled onto Lily’s channel but the first video I saw was her March Favourites with her boyfriend Rich. (#cutecouplealert) Ever since, I’ve been hooked and trawling through her YouTube channel to find more videos to watch. What I like about Lily is that she’s very natural in front of the camera and always has interesting tips in her beauty videos.


That’s all for this month, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!

Chanelle x

April Lifestyle Update

April Lifestyle UpdateIn the southern hemisphere we’re halfway through Autumn and earlier in the week I did a wee bit of research (less than five minutes worth) and discovered that apparently Autumn is a time to celebrate balance and renewal. I’m not a very spiritual person but since the beginning of the month I have adopted a few new little rituals that I’ve been loving and enjoying so I thought I’d share them with you!

Aura Vanille Creme CandleAura Jar Candle Vanilla Creme

At the end of March I bought myself a scented candle. I haven’t owned any candles or burnt any before and I thought this would be a nice way to make my bedroom more homely and feel like a space I want to spend time in rather than just using it to sleep. I chose a vanilla scented candle which comes in a glass jar and features the word Joy on the front – that’s the emotion I’d like to evoke when burning the candle. The candle has approximately 40 hours burn time and I wanted a relatively neutral scent as well as something that wouldn’t be overpowering. Happy lighting!

30 Days of YogaYoga With Adriene – 30 Days of Yoga

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now you may know that I do some form of exercise everyday and more often than not have a monthly challenge on the go. I really enjoy taking that time out for myself and it makes me feel good. This month I have taken on a yoga challenge and I am following Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga. I signed up for the challenge over at YogaWithAdrienne.com for free and everyday I receive an email with a link to the daily video as well as a message of encouragement and support. She also invites her participants to print out a 30 Days of Yoga calendar and write one word to describe their yoga practice each day.

Since starting the yoga I’ve noticed that the moves and positions aren’t as difficult as I’d imagined they’d be. Adriene is all about finding what feels good and offers alternative movements if you’re a beginner.


What’s something new you’ve discovered this month?

Chanelle x