BLOGMAS – DAY 18 – Christmas treats

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 18 of my Blogmas! I hope you’re enjoying it so far!

Today’s post is a different one for me as it’s food related and I’ve never done one like this before so fingers crossed!

Correct me if I’m wrong but one of the best parts of Christmas is eating! That includes of course the Christmas dinner itself but also chocolates and baked goodies all through December. And of course you can buy these goodies from a coffee shop, bakery or your local supermarket but nothing is more satisfying (and fun) than making them yourself!

This year I haven’t done much baking as such at home but have done at work with the children! We have made snowmen banana cake, star jam sandwiches and shortbread cookies decorated as snowflakes; I think I enjoyed it more than the kids did! (Oops)

I absolutely love Pinterest for recipes for treats such as these, here are a few of my favourites down below:

Brownie Christmas Trees

Reindeer Rice Krispies

Christmas covered strawberries Christmas trees

White chocolate dipped ginger cookies

There are so many different ideas out there! Just google or Pinterest it and you’ll find so many good ideas!

Have you done any Christmas baking this year? If yes, what did you bake?

If you missed yesterday’s post check it out here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 16 – Secret Santa gift ideas

Hey guys,

Welcome to my 16th post and happy Saturday!

This is the first year I haven’t done a secret Santa but when I did I really did struggle to find something to get.

Today is a quick post as I feel like I’ve done a bit too many gift ideas posts (sorry!)

Let’s get started…

Depending on your budget it could be up to £5 or £10, here are some ideas:

For a joke you could get them Stressticles

Under £5 – purchase them here

Lush Bathbombs

Check out my lush haul post from Thursday it’ll give you some ideas on which bathbombs to get!

Cinematic light box

£10 – purchase from here

Party pong

£5 – you can purchase it here

Yoga dog book

Do they like dogs? If they do they’d love this!

£5 – you can purchase it from here

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you missed yesterday’s posty check it out here.

Are you doing secret Santa this year?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 15 – Last minute Gift ideas

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 15 of my blogmas, today’s post is going to some ideas for last minute gifts. If you’re like me and leave Christmas shopping to the last minute then hopefully this post will be of help to you!

So let’s get started…

Fluffy socks

Because…well who doesn’t love fluffy socks?

Primark

Primark

Scarf, hat & gloves set

Perfect present for this time of year!

Accessorize

Accessorize

Mug

Which again is perfect for this time of year, who doesn’t love hot drinks in this cold?

New Look

New Look

Jewellery

Nearly everyone loves costume jewellery and it’s a lovely gift to receive.

River island

River Island

Gift sets

There are so many different types of gift sets out there to get, makeup, bath, nail, perfume and many more

Boots

Boots

Gift voucher

If all other ideas fail then why not get a voucher for their favourite shop.

If you missed yesterday’s post then you catch up on it here.

Thank you for reading today’s post!

Have you done all your Christmas shopping?

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 13 – Winter Self Care Tips

Hey guys,

Welcome to day 13 of Blogmas! I am pretty shocked that I’ve made it this far tbh but here we are!

Today’s post is some winter self care tips! As I know Christmas is all about giving and loving others it is also important to take care of yourself!

Here are some tips, I hope you find them helpful:

Get plenty of fresh air – I know it’s tempting to stay snuggled up in bed watching Christmas movies and drinking hot drinks during this season but it is so important to get fresh air. To make it more festive you could go visit Christmas markets and Christmas lights, that way you’re getting fresh air in a festive way!

Pamper yourself – as it’s the holidays take this time to completely relax and de-stress! Face masks, manicures, bath bombs…you name it! Do something that makes you happy.

Organisation – this season gets super busy and hectic for the most of us, and if you’re like me you can’t survive without a diary/planner. Without mine I’d be lost as my memory is like a fish. Organisation doesn’t just work by note form it also could be in your bedroom, organising a shelf, cupboard or draw can really help to declutter your space. You don’t need to declutter all at once, do bit by bit and make it fun! (Well as fun as you can)

Sleep more – yes more! Sleep is SO important for your health and is a good way to recuperate after the stress of Christmas. Resist that urge to watch another episode on Netflix, I know it’s hard but it’ll still be there tomorrow! Your body will thank you for even one more hour of sleep!

Take a break from social media – I really do feel that we are all very dependent on social media nowadays (myself included, I can imagine Graham nodding his head right now as he calls me ‘hooked’). Don’t get me wrong social media is great! But too much….not so great. This links along with the pamper yourself point. We all need some ‘me’ time, without it we would crack up. You can be the most chattiest person alive and still need a break from socialising. And like the famous saying “too much of a good thing is bad”.

When I say take a break I don’t mean be drastic and not go on your phone for a week, because people will definitely worry! Just take a few minutes out of your day to put down your phone, read a book, have a bubble bath, meditate or go for a walk! It definitely works as I’m starting to try myself! I do this before I go to bed, I put my phone down, read some of my book then go to bed; and I’ve definitely been sleeping better since!

Spend time with those you love – it is so important to spend quality time with those who are close to you, that may be your girlfriend/boyfriend, best friend, friend or family member. Every moment is a memory so let’s make each moment count! Spending time with others doesn’t need to be expensive! It could be as simple as a movie day or a pamper day, I love having these sort of days as it’s nice to just chill out together and catch up.

Be positive – yes it is hard sometimes to maintain positive but even just one quote a morning can really help. Standing in front of your mirror and saying to yourself “you can do this” became you can! You can do anything that you put your mind to! Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

Embrace the season – don’t be a Scrooge! It’s Christmas! Eat that chocolate if you want too, buy that dress if you want too, it’s okay to treat yourself! (I tell myself that every time I buy myself a new palette from urban decay or boots..)

The ultimate self care tip is to love yourself!

These are all I have today. I hope they have helped you to think of ways to take care of yourself this festive season!

Thank you for reading today’s post, your ongoing support really does mean the world to me!

If you have missed yesterday’s post which was my first ever book review then click here.

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS – DAY 4 – Gift guide for her

Hey guys, today is day 4 of blogmas and I’m already feeling the struggle!

Today’s post is a gift guide for her, as yes it can be hard to buy for us girls but if you know her interests then I hope this post can be of help to you!

If you missed yesterday’s post check it out here it’s a gift guide for him

These gifts could be for your friend, girlfriend, sister, Mum, cousin…etc and depending on your price range some of these gifts might just be perfect! (If I’ve done a good job)

Jewellery

Most girls love a bit of bling as it helps to make the outfit look just a little bit more glam

You can get some lovely costume jewellery from accessorise, Topshop or river island (my personal top 3)

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If she is into more elegant jewellery and you don’t mind spend that bit more then pandora is the place! Swarozki is also good as well as h samuels but again this depends on your price range and how much you’re willing to spend on this certain person.

Pandora

(Pandora has a Disney collection so if she’s a lover of Disney then I highly recommend something from the collection!)

Makeup

If she is a lover of makeup then why not treat her to a makeup gift set!

Boots and Superdrug both sell some really good ones!

Boots | Superdrug

Gift sets

Sometimes it’s hard to pin point what to buy someone so if you have a vague idea on what they like then a gift set is perfect!

You can get all sorts of gift sets! Some of these are:

• Perfume

• Nail sets

• Socks

• Bath sets

• Body shop gift sets

And many more!

Boots | Superdrug | The Body Shop

Box sets

If she loves a series and is non stop watching it then why not treat her to the box set! That way she can watch it whenever she wants!

Here are some popular box sets that you could get

Lush bath bombs

Everyone should know how amazing Lushs’ Christmas range is amazing so why not treat her with a pretty bath bomb! She’s sure to love it!

Lush

Lush bath sets are a perfect idea, they’re small and sweet! Most gift sets from Lush contain one or two bath bombs and a little gel, depending on the set.

Boots & Superdrug do some lovely bath sets as well

Candles

Around Christmas time it is lovely to have candles around to help it feel festive and cosy at this time of the year. Nothing says Christmas more than a room lit up by candles and smelling like eggnog or ginger.

Yankee candles have some really lovely candles, here are some examples:

Yankee candles

Personalised gifts

I don’t know about you but I always feel personalised gifts are just that extra bit special. There’s so many options from personalised frames to personalised notebooks! Amazon is a great place to get personalised gifts and keepsakes!

Fashion

And if none of the above ticks your boxes you can’t go wrong with a cute gloves, scarf and hat set! Perfect for this time of year too!

River Island | Accessorize

And if she’s a shopaholic or just loves to treat herself once in a while but is fussy then why not a voucher for her favourite shop!

These are all the ideas that I could come up with, I hope it was helpful to any of you who are struggling to buy presents for your friends and family.

Just a little reminder, don’t stress too much over presents, as Christmas is more about being with friends and family and making lifetime memories and that is the most important.

Thank you for reading today’s post and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when I will be sharing my Christmas tree with you! Yay

Love, Jess x

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Product review: ERA Natur – Bilka

Hey guys,

Today I am writing a review on two products I have got from ERA Natur, this is an amazing company which produce high quality cosmetic products that are all natural and contain herbal extracts and minerals.

We are passionate about using products for personal hygiene and cosmetics made with natural ingredients and with minimum chemistry. – ERA Natur

I ordered two products from ERA Natur which were the Bilka upgrape caffeine + body care – slim fit effect and the Bilka intimate hydrating gel wash.

Bilka upgrape body care caffeine+ slim fit effect cream

What does it do?

It is a body cream with a slimming and firming effect. It’s designed especially for stimulating the blood circulation and reducing fat. If used daily and in combination with the right activities and diet, a visible slimming effect can be noticed!

What does it have in it?

  • Caffeine – a proven stimulant which increases the blood circulation, helps for disposal of fat and water from the body.
  • Combined extract of horse chestnut, ivy & green tea– drains retained water, tightens and smooths the skin
  • Organic grape extract – an antioxidant, strengthens the collagen and elastin structure in the skin
  • Macadamia oil – deeply regenerates and hydrated the skin
  • Shea butter – rich in vitamins A, E & F
  • D-pantherol – increases skins moisture
  • Vitamin E – maintains skins elasticity
  • Menthol – gives immediate feeling of freshness and cooling

How do I use it?

Apply to wanted areas (e.g. stomach, thighs, arms..etc) with massage movements, use after a shower/bath twice a day.

My review

I’ve used this for the past week and I am definitely starting to see a slight difference! I’m using this on my stomach as that is the area I’m focusing on losing weight. Alongside this cream I am eating healthier (mostly) doing more exercise and drinking more green tea. I love the smell of menthol and can definitely feel the soothing feeling straight after. However if you dislike the smell of menthol I wouldn’t recommend this as the smell is quite strong.

My rating : 5/5

Bilka intimate hydrating gel wash

I mistakenly ordered this thinking it was a face wash, I was wrong. This is a cleansing wash for your intimate area.

What does it do?

It provides delicate cleansing in the intimate area without drying out the skin, gives a sense of freshness and comfort

What does it have in it?

  • Organic rose water – hydrates and freshens up, eliminates dryness and discomfort
  • Glycerine – restores skin elasticity
  • Bio ecological agent – neutralises harmful bacteria
  • Lactic acid – soothes and maintains the optimal PH in the intimate area

How do I use it?

Apply an appropriate dose, lather in your hands, wash and rinse with water

My review

I’m not going to go into great detail with this as that’s a bit personal. However after using this for a week I can definitely say it does make the intimate area feel fresher and more hydrated. It also smells really nice.

My rating: 5/5

If you would like to purchase any products from ERA Natur, you can do so here.

Thank you for reading today’s review! Check back later to see my blogmas Day 4 post!

Love, Jess x

BLOGMAS – DAY 3 – Gift Guide for him

Hey guys, welcome to my third day is Blogmas, it’s a gift guide for him!

I personally find it incredibly hard to find good presents for my dad and boyfriend. I find ‘gift guides for him’ extremely helpful so here’s mine! I hope it’s helpful!

Depending on who you are buying for and how much you’re willing to spend here are some ideas.

If they’re a lover of games:

• Call Of Duty – WWII

• FIFA 2018

• Battlefront 2

• Gran Turismo: Sport

• Assassins Creed origin

• GTA 5

You can purchase these here.

If he is into sports:

• Trainers

• Sports clothes (football tops..etc)

• Tracksuits

• Hoodies

You can purchase these sort of things from JD Sports, Adidas, Nike or Sports Direct.

Other bits:

DVD’s / box sets

Are there any movies he loved at the cinema or one that he hasn’t seen yet but you know he wants to? Why not surprise him with one/two this Christmas?

Here are some popular DVDs from this year

Here are some popular box sets

You can get these at amazon and hmv

CD of his favourite singer/band

If he enjoys listening to music then why not treat him to a CD of his favourite artist.

Aftershave sets

You can purchase some good deals at boots and Superdrug.

Gift box sets

You can also purchase these at boots and Superdrug.

Socks

You can never go wrong with a gift set of socks

You can purchase these Here

You can purchase these from here

Clothes

If you know their style and size a top/jumper/sweater is always a good shout. You can get these from here or here.

Personalised gifts

Nothing is more special or personalised than a personalised gift. You can get some really good gifts from here.

Hope this post was helpful, thank you for reading!

Tune into tomorrow’s post to see my gift guide for her.

Love, Jess x

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Review: Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream

Hey guys,

I haven’t done a review in SO long I’ve really missed doing them but don’t worry I have plenty more reviews coming your way soon. All views are my own and are 100% honest.

Today I am reviewing Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream. Firstly, the packaging itself is a huge selling point, so aesthetically pleasing. So if you are one of those people who like to have all their products looking pretty on the shelves this cream would fit right in!

I LOVE this cream, I have nothing bad to say about it! It has a pleasant yet subtle smell which isn’t overpowering once on your face. You only need to use a small amount and it goes far! This means good value for money which is what we all love, right?!

I have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and have noticed a huge difference in my skin, as it’s gotten colder my skin normally dries out and gets sore and irritable. However, thanks to this cream my skin is soft and as moisturised as ever!

It’s also cruelty free and vegan! What’s not to love?

I would rate this cream 10/10 and would highly recommend for you to try it!

Thank you for reading today’s review! I hope you have enjoyed it!

What moisturiser do you use? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

💅🏼How to grow your nails💅🏼

Hey guys,

Happy Thursday! Hope you’ve all had a good week so far and have a fun Friday tomorrow💃🏼

If you know me personally then you’ll know I had short, brittle and bitten nails (ew right?) for YEARS. It was a habit that I had since I was as a child and as I grew up it began to be caused more by stress and anxiety.

I HATED my nails, I used to be so embarrassed of them and hide them as much as I could. When I got to 15/16 I started to get my nails done. I got acrylic nails as that was a quick fix to my solution, so I thought… Yes acrylic nails do help your nails to grow underneath however, it weakens your nails and they’re very likely to break. This was a never ending cycle for me.

I would get acrylics, they’d fall off, I’d get excited about how long my nails had got, they’d break and then I’d bite them off. And repeat…. There was one point when I thought enough was enough and I was sick of wasting money on acrylics that just damaged my nails.

I then moved onto Shellac which at first was great, my nails were growing more, it looked nicer as it was actually my nail BUT the more I got it done the weaker my nails got. They had gotten really nice and long until the shellac started to peel off and off peeled my nail with it!

This caused me to start biting them again. At this point I had given up on the idea of growing them until me and some of my best friends decided we would motivate each other to grow our nails through making a group chat to share our process. This has really motivated me to grow them and worked!

This is what my nails looked like before….

And this is what they look like now..

They are far from perfect and are very plain at the moment but I’m super proud of myself.

(Sorry for the crap picture quality, these pictures were only initially intended for the group chat)

Here are the stages of the nail growth

How did I do it?

First thing I did was paint them with a nude coloured nail varnish to make them look a bit nicer.

Then I went to my local drugstore (boots) to look for nail varnishes to help nails grow and viola I found one!

It’s by Sally Hansen and is called Maximum Growth, it promises to give visible results in 1 week! It wasn’t lying! I saw a difference in TWO days. (2nd picture from the right).

The third picture in the collage is a week after using the nail polish. (It really does work)

Directions for use: apply 1 coat to bare nails every other day or as a base for a nail varnish.

It cost me £5.99 and worked better than I ever expected it too! I would highly recommend this if you’re trying to grow your nails.

Self care is important too

Obviously there are other factors that can affect the health of your nails, a big one is stress. This had a huge impact on my nails as in my old job I was under so much stress and pressure it was affecting my nails, hair and skin!

Within a week of leaving and becoming stress free I noticed a difference!

So if you have weak/short nails and work in a fast paced/stressful work place, I’m not saying you have to leave but relieving some of the stress will definitely help and not just for your nails. You can release stress by meditation, exercise, reading, being creative …etc. To find more ways of relieving stress check out this website https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spotHow to care for your nails

I’m no expert believe me but I’ll tell you what I do that helps my nails to stay strong.

When my nails are bare I use this buffing block which has four different textured sides; one that files, one that buffs, one that smoothes and one that makes it shine. I bought mine from boots but a lot of drugstores and supermarkets sell them!

After that I rub hand cream onto my hands and nails.

Before applying nail varnish I use the Sally Hanson nail varnish as a base then apply the nail polish.

I try and take nail varnish off after 4 or 5 days and give my nails 2-3 days to breathe in between. (If you constantly wear nail polish your nail gets deoxygenated and goes orange)

And that’s all! Let’s hope I keep this routine up and my nails stay long!

I hope this post has helped you in some way, please leave a comment on any tips you have on growing your nails!

Thank you for reading.

Love, Jess x