December favourites

December with all of its festivities has been one of my favourite months, there have been so many things, events and products that I have loved and have been my favourite.

  1. Gingerbread lattes 
  2. MAC brave lipstick 
  3. Christmas 
  4. Baking 
  5. Visiting London winterwonderland land 
  6. Watching all the volgmases and 24days of zoella 
  7. Lush bath bombs and bubble bars 
  8. Pinafores 
  9. High neck tops and jumpers 
  10. Terry's chocolate oranges 
  11. Christmas market 
  12. Cinnamon hot chocolates 
  13. MUA eyeshadow palette  
  14. Blogmas 
  15. Jack wills body mist 
  16. Knee high boots 
  17. Woolly hats 
  18. Family time 
  19. Dutch braids 
  20. Candles 



I've had a lovely last month of 2015 and I can't wait to kick start 2016! 
What have been your favourite things, events and products? 

Danielle x 

Things that have made me smile | week 24

what a wonderful week this has been, spending time with family and friends and just relaxing there are many things that have made me smile this week, here's a few.

  1. Receiving and sending many lovely gifts. 
  2. Spending time with lots and family and friends.
  3. Relaxing and eating lots of food and having a few cheeky drinks. 
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and have a happy new year. 

Danielle x

Blogmas day 24 | Christmas Eve

I made it through Blogmas! Now it's time to embrace Christmas, relax, eat food and be merry. Tonight I'm haveinh friends and family over for food, drinks and games. Then an early night ready for Santa coming!

                  
 

Are you doing anything for Christmas Eve?


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 23 | Terry's chocolate orange hot chocolate

I love Terry's chocolate oranges, especially the centre, what better way to enjoy even more of it than in a hot chocolate!


You will need |

Large oranges
Terry's chocolate orange
Milk
Cup
Straws

Method | 

1) The large oranges are going to act as our mugs for our drinks. Slice the top of the orange of and put to one side. Scoop out the inside of the orange and put to one side.
2) For the hot chocolate, measure out the amount of milk you need using your cup. E.g. If you only wont to make one cup of hot chocolate, fill your cup up with milk and pour it in, if you want two cups fill you cup up twice.
3) Heat up the milk on a medium heat, stirring continually, don't let the milk boil as this will burn it.
4) Add in your chocolate, add the amount you would like, do some taste tests to see if you would like to add more.
5) keep stirring until the chocolate has melted.
6) Pour it into your orange.
7) Cut a hole at the top of your lid to fit your straw in and place on top of your orange.


ENJOY! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 22 | gingerbread biscuits

Tis' the season to get creative in the kitchen. Home made biscuits still warm from the oven, that make that little crush when you take the first bite, are one of my favourite things in this season. I made some delicious gingerbread biscuits based on This Aldi recipe.



You will need |





  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 125g brown sore sugar
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 60ml golden syrup
  • Christmas cutter
  • Icing to decorate


Method | 

1) pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.
2) place the butter and sugar in a bowl and mixed together until you have a soft mixture.
3) add the egg yolk and golden syrup to your mixture and mix in well.
4) add into your mixture, flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon and mix in well 
5) roll out your dough and cut out shapes using your selected cutter.
6) place on a greased baking tray for 8-10 minutes.
7) once cooked leave to cool then decorate. 

Have you done any Christmas baking this Christmas? 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE






Blogmas day 21 | work Christmas day out

Since I only work with two other people it is difficult for us to have a work night out so instead we had a festive day out. We headed to Leeds, had a wonder around the Christmas market, did a little bit of shopping (treats for ourselves) and had some lovely food. I had a lovely festive day out and it was so nice to be able to see each other outside of work. We are all now enjoying our well deserved two weeks of.

Did you do any thing with your work friends this Christmas?




MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 20 | Christmas bath

This week has been a lovely week there we so many things that have made me smile. I used two products in my relaxing bath this month a bubble bar and a bath bomb.

CANDY MOUNTAIN 

YOG NOG 


Things that have made me smile | week 23 

  1. Recieveing some lovely presents from some of the parents at work.
  2. Exchanging gifts with my work to friends 
  3. Confronting my fears and doing an assessed presentation at uni in which I got a merit 
  4. Going out for a few drinks to celebrating completing my first term at uni 
  5. Finishing work and uni for Christmas, I'm looking forward to two weeks of
  6. Having tea and a movie night with my sisters, even though I had a little nap
  7. Going to Leeds for some lunch, shopping and a look round the Christmas market 
  8. Having a little Christmas party at work 
  9. Getting my nails done 
  10. Dying my hair 
I hope you've had a lovely week and all ready for Christmas! 



MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 19 | Christmas makeup

Christmas makeup has to consist of a red lip, I teamed this with a subtle smokey eye and a classic cat eye flick.

                     

For the base I used my everyday staples, 24 hour Revlon colour stay foundation, rimmel stay Matt powder, maybelline master sculpt and MAC strobe.

      

For my subtle smokey eye I used the revolution redemption palette essential mattes 2. I used the lightest shade all over my lid and inner corner, the light pink shade on my lid and light purple shade in my crease, outer eye and a little on my bottom lash line. To create that perfect cat eye flick I used eyeko, fat liquid eyeliner in black, it so easy to use as it's just like a pen. For my lashes I used benefits there real!
      
      

To finish of this look I used model co lipstick in smitten, it gives the perfect festive red lip.

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE



Blogmas day 18 | Christmas nails

As much as I like getting creative and doing my own nails there's nothing better than a salon set. I can't have my nails done for work so when I finished today myself and my friend headed straight for the salon to get a festive set.

                       
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 17 | cake pops

I haven't quit mastered the art of these yet but I did a little better than last year. I'm fine all the way up until the decorating I just manage to make a huge mess all the time. Nevertheless the finish product still looked good (after tidying them up a little) and most importantly they taste good.


You will need |

  • Pre made cake mix and the extras it requires
  • Chocolate candy melts 
  • Sprinkles of your choice 
  • 80g of butter 
  • 200g of icing sugar
  • Cake pop sticks 
  • Cake pop stand 
Method | 
  1. Make sure cake mixture as instructed on the packed and bake for the time specified
  2. Whilst is cooking make up your butter cream frosting by creaming the butter and icing sugar together. Leave the frosting in the fridge for at least half an hour. 
  3. Once cooked Leave the cake to cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack. 
  4. Cut of the outside crispy bits of the cake as those don't taste to great in cake pops.
  5. In a large bowl crumple your cake mixture into very fine bread crumbs.
  6. Add the frosting a little at a time until the mixture is moist and forms a firm hard ball (you may not need all the frosting). 
  7. Pop it in the fridge and leave for an hour. 
  8. Take the ball and take little bits at time to create equal sized balls by rolling them in your hand, ensure they are packed tight and firm. 
  9. Melt your chocolate candy melts and dip one end of your cake pop stick into the candy melts. Place that end into a cake pop ball but not all the way through. Do this with them all and leave them for a couple of minutes to harden.
  10. Now for the messy part. Twirl your cake pop into the candy melts then dip into your sprinkle or sprinkle them on top. Place in your cake pop holder to dry. 
  11. And your finished! They will be perfect to serve at Christmas get togethers or your could wrap them it little cellophane bags and give them as presents. 
Have you ever made cake pops? Do you find the decorating mark extremely messy or is it just me? 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 16 | Christmas accessories


I love Christmas so much I had to get everything Christmassy a saw, I mean why wouldn't you want to wear a light up Christmas pudding hat?

Here's what I've added to my Christmas stash this year . . .
  • Two Christmas jumpers 
  • Christmas pj's 
  • Light up Christmas pudding hat 
  • Elf hat headband 
  • Reindeer antlers headband 
  • Christmas socks 
  • Christmas naughty and nice bedding 
  • Christmas table cloth
  • Festive food trays 
  • Christmas tea towels 
  • Christmas oven gloves 
  • Christmas mug
  • Christmas napkins 
Too much? Maybe but I love being festive.

Have you bought anything festive this year? 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 15 | Christmas biscuits

Not into baking but still want to create some cute Christmas treats for guests or for a Christmas movie night? These biscuits are perfect, they are so easy but look very festive and delicious.


Ginger Christmas biscuits

You will need |

  • Ginger biscuits 
  • White chocolate 
  • Green icing 
  • Red icing 
Christmas pudding biscuits 

You will need | 
  • Chocolate digestive biscuits 
  • White chocolate 
  • Green icing 
  • Red icing 
How to | 
  1. Break the White chocolate into pieces into a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is fully melted. 
  2. Dip your chosen biscuit half way into the melted chocolate and place on a plate. Repeat for all your biscuits.
  3. Leave in the fridge until the chocolate is set.
  4. Remove from the plate and use your red icing to create three red dots for the berries and use the green to create holly leaves, 
  5. Serve on a Christmas plate or tray and enjoy! 
So simple, but so tasty. 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 14 | winter wonderland

I went to London's winter wonderland a few years back, it was so Christmassy and festive I couldn't wait to go back. I took a one night trip with my family and socked up all the Christmas festivities. There were beautiful stalls sparkling in lights, Christmas treats and drinks, outdoor ice skating, Christmas songs and so much Christmas cheer. All the lights were beautiful, walking in the winter breeze down the London streets, covered in twinkling lights just felt so magical. It was so pretty I wish my street looked like that every time I step out the door.


I ate more food than my stomach could handle, tried mulled wine, saw so many Santa's roller skating in the street, looked at more twinkling lights than I could ever count but most importantly I spend a lovely weekend with my family.

What did you get up to at the weekend. Have you been to winter wonderland or any where Christmassy?

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 13 | Christmas bath bomb

I love ending the week with a hot bubble bath, I pop in a bath bomb, put some music on and relax.


Things that have made me smile | week 22 

1) Spending some time with my family 
2) Visiting London and the winter wonderland 
3) Doing some Christmas baking 
4) Treating myself to some new MAC makeup 
5) Receiving some surprise gorgeous flowers from my lovely boyfriend

What has made you smile this week? 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 12 | Christmas Day outfit

If I'm not wearing a Christmas jumper on Christmas Day then I will be wearing red, I love getting ready on Christmas Day to spend time with my family. I am one that likes to dress nice and fully do my hair and makeup for Christmas Day. I have been absolutely loving New look this season and have been wearing there clothing non stop, Christmas Day will be no different.

I think this Burgundy cord pinafore dress is so cute and the colour is so festive, I'm going to wear it with a Black ribbed turtle neck long sleeved top, black tights and some black knee high boots.





Burgundy cord pinafore dress | new look | £19.99
Black ribbed turtle neck long sleeved top | new look | £8.99

Do you get dressed up for Christmas Day? Do you wear a Christmas jumper?

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 11 | December birch box

I have been subscribed to Birch box for 6 months now and this one has to be my favourite. Much to my delight it is a Christmas special package. To go with the festive season birch box presented all the products in a gorgeous limited edition birch bag. It is a sparkly clutch back perfect for all those Christmas parties or even just to carry your beauty essentials from one place to another. The bag came packed with 6 products all with the party season in mind. This birch box will have you covered for all the office parties, Christmas lunches or just a pamper night to recover from all the events.


THE PRODUCTS

THE ULTIMATE PARTY KIT
BENEFIT | Puff off! And They're real push-up liner duo | RRP for both is £41
WHAT | Youpl find everything you need to perfect your peepers for a party season inside the GORGEOUS kit! Heading out? A slick of this jet-black liner will complete any make-up look in style. The morning after? Soothe tired eyes with the de-puffing formula.
HOW | It's easy! Once your make-up is done, sweep the liner along your upper lash line to bring the drama. Once your make-up's been removed, pat a little Puff Off! under the eyes.

THE PERFECT OUT | full size product
MODEL CO | Ultra long lasting lipstick in smitten | RRP £15.50 for set of 3
WHAT | There's nothing worse than perfecting your party lip only to spend all night checking for smudges. Luckily, this hydrating, semi-matte, formula provides nourishment and long lasting colour - so you don't have to worry!
HOW | Apply straight from the bullet for an instant pop of colour, blot with tissue and then reapply for extra deep pigment.

THE MANI MUST HAVE
CIATE LONDON | Paint pot in assorted shades | RRP £9
WHAT | These iconic polishes are beloved for a reason - they're super pigmented, ultra long lasting, and a cinch to apply! For a pretty, party ready mani they can't be rivalled.
HOW | Start with a base coat, apply colour, and finish with top coat. Simple!

THE INSTANT HYDRATION
EMBROLISSE | Lait-crime concentre | RRP FROM £12.99
WHAT | Take a peek inside any make-up artists kit and you'll find a tube of the cult classic. It's rich without weighing skin down, packs a hydrating punch thanks to Shea butter and aloe Vera, and leaves your complexion feeling silky-soft.
HOW | After cleansing, apply a small amount to face and neck. Top tip! This makes a great make-up primer, too!

THE SHOWER SENSATION
RITUALS | T'ai chi foaming shower gel | RRP £8.50
WHAT | This stuff might be calming in fragrance (relaxing white lotus and nourishing yi yi ren) but it's certainly lively to use! Like magic, it transforms from a silky gel into a luxurious foam on contact with water for a skin - softening all over body cleanse.
HOW | Apply a coin-sized amount to damp skin, massage in, and rinse away.

BEAUTY BONUS 
THE STYLIST FRAGRANCE 
CATHERINE MALANDRINO | Style de Paris eau de parfum | RRP FROM £50 
WHAT | The finishing touch to any beauty routine has to be the fragrance, and we HEART this one from fashion designer, Catherine Maladrino. Sophisticated yet fruity (we're talking mandarin, red grapefruit and pear) it's guaranteed to turn heads.
HOW | Sprits on wrists, behind the ears, and on other pulse points. 


I don't think I could actually pick a favourite this month they are all so good. You have a product for the perfect eye look, a Christmas lip, festive nails, the perfect sent and even a moisturiser and a de-puffing product to help your skin recover after all the festive events. 

As well as the clutch bag and all these amazing offers birch box have also teamed up with Wahanda and given every buyer a £10 voucher for a pampering spa treatment with them. What are you waiting for? Get prepped for your events or even get it as a gift for some one else at Birch box

 MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE

Blogmas day 10 | Christmas songs

For me Christmas songs are played from November through to the new year, they always get me singing along and into the Christmas spirit. It's the only time of year that everyone is listening to the old classics. I thought I would share my top 3 songs that really get me in the spirit.

  1. All I want for Christmas is you | Mariah Carey 
  2. Last Christmas | Wham! 
  3. Merry Christmas everybody | Slade 
What are your favourite Christmas songs? 


MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE X

Blogmas day 9 | mens stocking fillers

In my previous post I shared a couple of stocking fillers for girls from the boots 3 for 2 range so I thought I would share a couple for men. I always struggle to buy for men and these are the perfect gifts for friends family or even a secret Santa gift.



I picked up the Nivea men's wash kit and the Ted baker red bridge duo. These are both great gifts that I think most men would be happy to receive.

Nivea men's wash kit | £12.50

This product contains a 250ml bottle of Nivea men active shower gel, 150ml bottle of Nivea men silver protect deodorant, Nivea men cream moisturiser and a grey wash back. This is a perfect gift for any man as they can use all the products in the bathroom but it would also be great for someone who goes to the gym or travels a lot as it comes with a travel bag.

Ted baker red bridge duo | £8.50

This lovely duo set contains 200ml of hair and body wash and 150ml antiperspirant deodorant. It is a classic smell that will suit pretty much any man so you can't really go wrong with this gift.

You can the pick up another product in the 3 for 2 mix and match selection for free (cheapest product free). I decided to get myself a treat this time but of course you can pick up whatever you like for whoever you like.

Do you find it difficult to buy for men?

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE X



Blogmas day 8 | stocking fillers for girls

Boots always have great offers on at Christmas time especially the 3 for 2 offers. They have some lovely gift sets that I'm sure anyone would love to receive, I know I would, they also have some cute little stocking fillers. They have loads of great brands like, soap and glory, jack wills and no 7 but my favourite are the Ted baker stocking fillers.

I picked up the Ted baker sparkle and shine duo and Ted baker mini pink treasure.

Ted baker sparkle and shine duo | £8

The duo includes a lip and cheek tint and a nail polish in gorgeous golden tones. It comes in a little box with a clear front so you can see the product with ribbon at the top so you can either place it in a stocking or hang it on the tree.

Ted baker mini pink treasure | £4

The gorgeously packed gift is a diamond shapped box containing a sweet smelling body soufflé. It also has a ribbon at the top so you can hang it on the tree which I think would look so cute as you still have to open it to know what is inside so you can still keep it as a gift for Christmas Day.



Of course if you buy two products with the 3 for 2 offer (which these are) you get a third product free (the cheapest product). The 3 for 2 offer can be mixed and matched across all products with the deal making it easy to buy gifts for all the family and maybe even a little gift for yourself.

Will you be getting any stocking fillers or tree presents for anyone? Let me know what products are your favourite.

MERRY CHRISTMAS 
DANIELLE X