I love Christmas, more than most; but it is so easy to get stressed out with the thought of buying the perfect presets for everyone and the thought of getting out to buy said presents.
Shopping centres and high streets get absolutely swamped with people and it becomes a battle to get through the crowds which really isn’t enjoyable for anyone. Usually, I try to buy things online for people so that I can easily and quickly get them delivered to home without the hassle of queues and crowds or literally having to go outside. For this, Amazon is always my ‘go-to’ place because; I mean, is there anything they don’t sell? They’re also great because if you know exactly what you want to get, you can find it so easily without having to rummage through any shelves/racks.
If I decide that I do want to go out and search in the shops, I usually do it on weeknights because that’s when I find the crowds are at their lowest. I mean shopping on a Saturday is usually a no go but to do it on top of Christmas is a nightmare so always do it in the evenings. I also love it because I can stop off and have a nice hot chocolate to keep my going.
How do you keep your Christmas shopping stress free?
– Hannah X
I love a Christmas jumper and am genuinely gutted that you can only really wear them for a limited time. I also have been in the market for a new one so I have picked a few of my favourite ones.
1. Pale Grey Christmas Pudding Slogan Jumper – New Look
2. Christmas Jacquard Pug Jumper – Boohoo
3. ‘Sleigh my name’ embellished sweatshirt – River Island
4. Grey super soft embellished jumper – Wallis
Have you embraced a Christmas jumper yet this year?
– Hannah X
My parents, boyfriend and friends have all been asking me what I want for Christmas but there really isn’t anything I want. I know people hate to hear that answer, but there is honestly nothing that I need. I did have a little think about some things I would quite like.
Big Dial Bracelet Silver Watch – Olivia Burton
Mini Heart Tag Earrings – Tiffany and Co
Doug the Pug Calendar – The Calendar Club
What are you asking for this year?
– Hannah X
I’ve written a post like this before, but I am always updating my skincare routine so here’s an updated version.
I have quite dry skin and during the winter months, I really have to focus on keeping it hydrated. There is nothing worse than patchy makeup that has stuck itself to the dry patches, am I right?! Now, I have loved so many moisturisers over the years but haven’t really found one that I have stuck too religiously. My most recent skincare purchases are from the Vitamin E collection from Superdrug.
Vitamin E is great for the skin because it is full of anti ageing properties and antioxidants that help battles redness so it’s perfect as I am now at the ripe age of 25 when your skin stops producing collagen and anti ageing products become your best friend.
I have been using the ‘Intense Moisture Cream’ and ‘Nourishing Night Cream’ for only a few weeks now but I am already noticing some small changes. My skin stays hydrated throughout the day which means my makeup also stays fresher looking and it also doesn’t look so dull and lifeless. It is still a bit early to tell exactly how much my skin has changed but I am loving the products so far and maybe theses are finally the skincare products I buy religiously.
How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter months?
Is there any better feeling than having a cosy day indoor with blankets, a hot chocolate and a few Christmas film? Yeah I didn’t think so either. I love a Christmas movie and if it was acceptable, I would probably watch them all throughout the year. Some of my favourite festive films are:
I mean, isn’t this everyone’s favourite film? I’m such a big Will Ferrell fan anyway and I think this is definitely in my top 5 films with him in it too. I don’t know what it is but I would sit and watch this over and over again and never get bored. I was gutted that I didn’t get tickets to see in in London, hopefully they bring it back so I can drag Jack along with me.
2. Love Actually
A British classic that follows the lives of different families at Christmas time. I can’t even begin to count how many times I have seen this film but I love it the same each time, the cast and story lines are just so great.
3. The Holiday
Another absolute classic that I could happily watch all year around. Again the cast in this film is fantastic; I mean who wouldn’t love to have Jude Law knocking on the door of your little cottage looking to stay the night in front of a fire. Perfect!
4. The Grinch
Mine and my dad’s favourite Christmas film. Again, I am such a huge Jim Carrey fan and definitely think this is one of his best ones. It’s so funny and even though I can quote it word for word it doesn’t stop me watching it at least 50 times.
5. Home Alone
I think I started watching this back in September because I love it that much, little Macaulay Culkin is the cutest.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Now, I couldn’t do a mens gift guide without doing a girls one too so here goes!
1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume – House of Fraser
2. White Dial Rose Gold & Silver Mesh Watch – Olivia Burton
3. Pink Sands Pillar Candle – Yankee Candle
4. Kate Spade Purse – House of Fraser
– Hannah X
Aren’t boys the hardest to buy for?! Well hopefully this post will help save you and give you some gift inspiration.
1. Dior Sauvage Aftershave – House of Fraser
2. Police Watch – House of Fraser
3. Ted Baker Wallet – John Lewis
4. Check Short Pyjama Set – Matalan
Welcome to Blogmas day 9. Now I am the biggest Christmas fan but it sometimes can take me a while to get into the festive mood so I was thinking of some ways that I get myself feeling all Christmassy.
1. Putting on all the films
The quickest way to get into the mood is to put on Christmas films. You can’t help but be filled with joy when you watch them.
2. Visit Christmas themed locations
I absolutely love exploring London at Christmas time, it’s so magical and pretty. I am determined to see the Tiffany and Co themed tree at St. Pancreas station, walk around covent garden and visit Winter Wonderland this year and I know it will give me all of the Christmas spirit.
3. Put up Christmas decoration
Putting up the Christmas decorations, especially the tree is always a massive highlight for me and one of the things I look forward to the most. My parents don’t like to put them up too early so you know if my house has them up, Christmas is right around the corner so you can’t help but get excited.
I think the stress of Christmas as the act of buying gifts for people really does take away from the excitement. Sometimes, you just need to stop and slow down to appreciate the time of year and all the joy it brings.
How do you get into the Christmas spirit?
– Hannah X
Blogmas day 8 is here and it’s all about the perfect red lipsticks
I get so excited to start bringing out the dark red/berry lip colours as soon as the weather gets a bit colder; I just feel like they complete any winter outfit. I was having a sort out of my lipsticks and had to share my ‘go to’ winter shades!
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 107
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 37
Rimmel London – Kate Moss 30
Avon – Red 2000
What are your favourite Winter lipsticks?
Is there anything better than Christmas music? I don’t think so! So today, for Blogmas day 7, I am going to be sharing some of my favourite Christmas songs.
Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
Does this song need an explanation? I am not the biggest Justin Bieber fan (forgetting the fact I have seen him live 3 times) but Mistletoe is an absolute classic when it comes to Christmas and this time of year. It needs to be turned up as long as possible.
Last Christmas – Wham!
One of my favourite festive songs. It’s just so catchy and I just can’t help but sing along.
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
I mean arguably THE ultimate Christmas song right.
Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
This is definitely such an underrated song that no one really appreciates. It’s just so beautiful, I used to always listen to it on Christmas Ever when I was driving home from work because I was literally driving home for Christmas
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Michael Buble & Idina Menzel
This song always makes me think of that scene in Elf and gives me the ultimate Christmas feels. Nothing better than having to sing both the male and female parts together.