Monday, 30 December 2013

Santa's Been - What I Got For Christmas

Well It's all over for another year, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! I've not had much time for blogging lately, this is partly due to work and also down to thoroughly enjoying the festive season and all that comes with it, family, friends, food, drink and it turns out that Santa thought I have been a super good girl this year and delivered me some fabulous goodies for me to open on Christmas morning. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Jumpers.... You know you want one!

Woohoooo December is here which means the Christmas build up excitement can officially begin! I love Christmas and all that comes with it and you cant beat a Festive jumper to get you into the spirit of the season. Here is my pick of the bunch from full on Christmas to subtly festive there's a Christmas jumper for everyone.

Christmas Jumpers

Long sleeve sweater
$21 -

Christmas sweater

Christmas sweater
$46 -

Quiz black shirt
$46 -

Christmas sweater

V neck sweater
$25 -

Christmas sweater
$46 -

Black shirt
$29 -

There are some fab jumpers out there this year, now which one to choose for myself? decisions decisions! Have you embraced the Christmas jumper trend? Which is your favourite? 

Kayla xx

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Time For Tea?

I always have time for a nice cup of tea, typically British I know but there is nothing better than getting home and putting the kettle on.When I opened my November Birchbox and discovered tea samples I was very happy.

I don't think you will ever beat a good ol' PG Tips but I'm always open to trying new flavours. I received 3 different flavours of organic herbal tea in my Birchbox, all by Pukka.

The first one I tried was Elderberry & Echinacea with Elderflower, I really did not know what to expect when I took my first sip especially as on the packet it was described as "super fruity tea" but to me it didn't smell particularly fruity. When I tried this it was an interesting flavour, I could taste a slight berry taste but what I could taste the most was licorice, which I thought was strange until I checked the ingredients and one of them was licorice root. I don't particularly like licorice, this maybe why I noticed it so much, but if you do this is definitely a tea for you to try but I don't think I'll be purchasing this one for myself.

I was really excited to try the next flavour which was Three Cinnamon. I love spicy, cinnamon flavoured drinks and this one I really did enjoy. It wasn't as spiced as I thought it would be but it was very pleasant to drink even though when I checked the ingredients this one also contains licorice but I couldn't taste it. If your not a cinnamon fan you will want to back away from this one but I love it so I think I'm going to purchase some more. 

This one had me expecting something closer to a standard cup of tea but maybe not as strong, I wasn't wrong. Earl Grey is such a light a delicate tea that can be made with or without milk (I preferred it with) but there is a very distinct lavender scent and taste, I found this to be rather delightful and enjoyed my cuppa more than I thought I would.

Well there you have it a preview of some of my huge Disney mugs (tea doesn't taste right in anything other than a big Disney mug) and my first impression of Pukka tea. Do you like tea? Do you prefer herbal/fruity teas or a good old fashioned PG Tips? Maybe you have a favourite mug too? Let me no in the comments :)

Kayla x

It's Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas is probably my favourite time of year and I like to approach it with a full on festive spirit. A Christmas tree, Decorations, an advent calendar are all essentials from the beginning of December and being a Candle lover it just wouldn't be complete without a Festive scent burning away and filling my house with Christmas spirit.

This year I have turned to Yankee to help inject Christmas into my house. I picked up a large jar called Christmas Eve, on the website this candle is described as "Traditional Christmas scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candies fruits" It is such a lovely smell and it fills my Living room with such a delicious scent that last long after the candle has been blown out.

Which candles do you like to burn at Christmas time? This one is perfect for the festive season as it creates such a cosy, warm, Christmasey feeling. I'll probably still be burning this after Christmas assuming I don't use it all up by then.

Kayla x

Daily Face

I am a girl who loves sleep and early morning starts are far from appealing to me, a morning person I am definitely not. Unfortunately my shifts at work do not take this factor into consideration so I like my daily make up routine to be easy, fuss free and achievable in the shortest amount of time possible thus allowing for more time in bed!

I tend not to wear masses of make up for work and I find my self reaching for these products on a daily basis to achieve a look that I am happy to leave the house in and will survive a day at the office. 

Apologies for the state of my brushes but having enough natural daylight to take photos at this time of year is a mission in it's self so the photo opportunity took priority over washing my brushes.

Rimmel, Lasting Finish Foundation in the shade 200 Soft Beige, This gives a nice natural finish and blends into my skin beautifully.

Real Techniques, Stippling Brush, I use this brush to apply my foundation and I find it buffs it into my skin perfectly with minimal effort.

Soap and Glory, One Heck Of A Blot, This translucent powder is perfect for setting my foundation and helps to keep the shine at bay.

Real Techniques, Duo-Fibre Face Brush, This is the brush I use to apply One Heck Of A Blot, its perfect for the job as it is designed for a light weight application, this ensures enough product is applied to do the job but my skin does not look cakey.

Maybelline,, Expert Wear Blush in the shade 79 Flash Plum, I have been loving this blush for Autumn/Winter as it gives my cheeks a nice flush of colour and the subtle gold sheen gives me a healthy glow.

Real Techniques, Blush Brush, This is great for applying this blush as it picks up a small amount of product which helps me to control how much colour I apply and it also blends the blush beautifully into my skin.

L'Oreal Paris, Volume Million Lashes Waterproof Black, This makes my lashes look full and glossy, it doesn't smudge or flake and so its perfect for getting me through a day at work.

Dr Lipp, Nipple Balm For Lips, a slick of balm is all I choose to wear for work as I feel there's nothing worse than having a crazy busy day and wandering around the office with half worn off lipstick, I'd rather not wear any. Instead I opt for Dr Lipps balm as it keeps my lips soft and hydrated and also has a nice glossy shine to it.

Thats it for my daily work make up as you can see it is very simple and probably takes me about 20 mins (If that) to do in the morning. Sometimes I like to amp it up a bit, this is generally if I'm meeting my friends for a coffee or going shopping etc. So I complete the above look (minus the mascara) and add the following

 Mac, Woodwinked,  I am totally in love with this eyeshadow, it gives a nice wash of colour to the lid with out being too much but still looks like you have put some effort in. I use the above Mac brush to apply this all over the lid but it is well loved and the number has worn off so I'm not sure which one it is.

Rimmel, Soft Kohl eyeliner in shade 06 Jet Black, I use this on my water line and tight-line to give my eye definition.

Chanel, Inimitable Intense Mascara in the shade 10 Noir, When I'm not at work I like the treat my lashes to a little luxury, what better way to do that than with Chanel! This mascara adds volume, length and really helps my alshes to hold a curl.

There you have it my Daily Face and a few little extras I like to use when I'm not at work. Do you have an every day make up look? do you stick to the same routine or do you like to mix it up each day? Does the make look you create depend on what your doing that day?
get in touch and let me know :)

Kayla x

November Favourites

Well folks another month is done and dusted, November sure did fly by but I'm not complaining because that means only one thing..... Christmas is coming!!!! I love Christmas and the run up to the festive season but for now lets get on with what I've been loving in November!