My Favourite Songs – Christmas

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Christmas songs as it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas. I hope you like this short post and let me know what your all time favourite Christmas song is.

  1. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl
  2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid 30
  3. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon, Yoko Ono
  4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Glee Cast
  5. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Glee Cast
  6. Christmas Wrapping – Glee Cast
  7. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  8. Last Christmas – Wham!
  9. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  10. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
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My Favourite Songs – December 2017

I wanted to share with you my current favourite songs. I love music so much and I listen to it all the time. I obviously have my all time favourite songs but these are just ten that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Some of these are newer and some of these are quite old – I listen to all kinds of music. I hope you enjoy this quick post and maybe find some songs you love. Let me know what songs you’re loving at the moment.

  1. Big For Your Boots – Stormzy
  2. When Ur Sober – Taya, Yxng Bane
  3. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
  4. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
  5. Remember Every Scar – Escape The Fate
  6. I Want To Break Free – Queen
  7. Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
  8. Spotlight – Jennifer Hudson
  9. Attention – Charlie Puth
  10. Fetish – Selena Gomez, Gucci Mane

 

Love or Money

Love or money?

What’s most important to you?

It’s different for all of us for different reasons, just as anything is.

For years, I didn’t know what was more important to me. I probably would have said money, so I could have whatever material items I want and I’d just have to do without love.

Recently something happened which lead to one defining moment, when I knew what I’d rather. And now, it’s just so obvious.

Love.

I come from a financially ‘comfortable’ family and growing up, me and my siblings always had everything we needed and never went without anything. We weren’t just given things we wanted and we had to earn them or wait until our birthdays and Christmases. We went on what would be considered a lot of family holidays abroad and had what would be considered more than enough. We were never just handed money because we wanted to go out, we had to earn that money. We weren’t spoiled with material items.

We were however spoiled with love and attention, especially me, being the youngest. We were all loved very much. My mum didn’t just take maternity leave, she left her work, an amazing job and looked after me until I started school when I was five. And she did all of that for all three of us, missing out on a lot of money. She made sure that we just had her full love and attention (I’m aware not all parents are able to do this and that doesn’t make you a bad parent!) and I really appreciate that.

There is someone, who’s relationship to me I will not mention, who was brought up with the opposite – a lot of money, because their mum continued to work a very hard job that takes up a lot of her time rather than stay at home with him and his brother (again, doesn’t make her a bad mum) and in this situation, not much attention and not as much love. So even though the amount of money and material items they have is more, the amount of love and attention is less. His mum works in a different city just for better money so she is never there and for him. He would rather her do a different job in the city for less money and just be there more as him and his brother don’t feel like their first priority to her.

This is part of what made me realise how much more I would rather love than money. Money means nothing when you’re not loved. Love is so much more important and I’ve realised the true power of love.

I’m good at understanding other peoples point of view, but in this case, if someone said money, I don’t know if I’d be able to understand.

Don’t get me wrong, I am materialistic and I love material items but money can’t buy you happiness, but with love comes guaranteed happiness.

Let me know your thoughts, even if you disagree.

My Biggest Fear

Today I’m going to be talking about my biggest fear. This is a fear that I’m open about and will happily talk about with people as it’s not that deep or personal, it’s just something I’m really scared of. I have another fear that is quite deep and a lot more personal which I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about to anyone – maybe I’ll write a post on that in a few weeks. Anyway, I have quite a big fear of fire, specifically my house burning down and being burnt alive. I’m going to talk about where I think this fear might have stemmed from and how it affects me in my everyday life.

So, when I was younger, I went to my grandma’s house twice a week after school and she always watched those awful American movies on channel 5. A lot of them were very unsuitable for a child to be watching and some of them gave me nightmares. There was a particular movie that really scared me where a woman got trapped in a room and got burnt alive. In late 2010 she let me watch the Coronation Street tram crash. A couple of months later in early 2011 she let me watch the episode of Neighbours where a house went on fire because of Steph’s faulty Christmas lights. Watching these disturbing and very real looking things scared me a lot and I believe it’s where my fear has stemmed from.

I need to make sure that all electrical appliances are off and unplugged before I go to sleep at night and before I leave the house. If I think I might have left my laptop on charge or something, I get so paranoid – I’m not joking when I say I’d have to come home from school to check because it would take over my mind. No one I my house is allowed to charge their phones overnight – everything has to be off. No one is allowed to leave charging appliances unattended if they are on carpet or fabric (my brother does this regardless and I can’t deal with it). Before I leave the house in the morning I have to make sure the switches under my desk are off and I often check multiple times. We also have an electrical heater on the ground floor because it gets so cold down there but it gets so hot and could deffiently start a fire. I hate it when my mum dries stuff on it because sometimes she forgets about it and I can literally smell the heat from my bedroom two floors up.

In Chemistry at school we do a lot of experiments, a lot of them involving fire. I hate doing experiments for this reason and usually will just refuse to do them which gets me in a lot of trouble and I’ve ended up in trouble with senior management. I just hate being near fire and looking at it. Even though I know that it’s safe and controlled in school, it just scares me.

Back in January, the light in my bedroom broke and started sparking behind the light switch. I was convinced my bedroom was going to go on fire and I was hyperventilating and then started hysterically crying. I wouldn’t go back in my room and my mum had do go in and get all of my things so I could sleep in my brother’s room (my brother wasn’t there) on the ground floor next to a door. My bedroom is on the second floor (or third floor if you’re American), the top floor and if there was a fire it would be hard for me to escape, I most likely wouldn’t be able to. That thought scares me.

The last house that I lived in had been fully burnt down long before I lived there and obviously when I lived there, it had been fully restored. However, there were images online (the house is quite famous) of it fully burnt down to the foundations. You can see where all of the windows on the bottom two floors were though and I could see exactly where my bedroom was and even though it happened before I lived there, it just freaked me out.

Weirdly, my sister is also scared of fire, just to a lesser degree. Unlike me, she is scared of her starting the fire as she’s really careless. She always leaves her straighteners on and there are burn marks all over her carpet. Only a few days ago she left them on, on her bed. It obviously doesn’t help knowing she does stuff like that.

I’m quite scared of burning myself and I’m not sure if this is related to my fear of fire or not. I avoid taking things out of the oven all together as I’m just so scared of it. I think the last time I burnt myself was in home economics a few years ago when I took a cake out of the oven without oven gloves on – what an idiot. I think it’s needless to say that I dropped home economics as soon as I could. As I mentioned, I am scared of burning alive, it totally freaks me out. In recent years I read a book where a girl burnt alive and it created such a real image in my mind and I obviously now avoid reading things like that.

Sorry if this post was a bit all over the place, I just wanted to share this with you all. Let me know if you want me to write about my deepest fear. It will be harder to write about but I think it would be good for me to do so.

High End Makeup I Love

A few weeks ago I shared with you my holy grail drugstore makeup that I love. So today I thought I would share with you my holy grail high end makeup that I love for those of you who have a bit more money to spend or those of you who want to receive/buy a high end product as a gift. The products I’m going to be mentioning I genuinely think are worth the money and are better than any drugstore product so I really do love these and would highly recommend them. I’ll be giving my honest thoughts and a brief review on each product but if you want to see a full review on any products, let me know and I’ll do it. Let me know what your favourite high end products are and let me know what you want to see next. I hope you all have an amazing day.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in ‘Moonstone’ (£32) – This highlighter is unreal. These shimmering skin perfectors were massively hyped over around a year ago and I can tell you right now that they are totally worth the hype. This highlighter is so finely milled so it doesn’t look glittery on your face, it makes you look glowy and lit from within, so it’s dramatic but it looks natural at the same time. There are seven different shades to flatter all skin tones and to suit your personal preference. A reason I love this is you can apply a little bit and create a natural look or apply a little bit more and create a more dramatic look. I like the packaging of it and although a lot of people find that these smash, mine has not smashed at all and I’ve travelled a lot with it. I would highly recommend these highlighters if you can stretch your budget that far; they’re well worth the price.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup’ (£16.50) – I think this is my favourite lipstick ever so I just had to share it with you. MAC lipsticks are fairly famous and I’m sure most people will have at least one. This was actually the first one I ever bought and it’s remained my firm favourite even after trying others (see my MAC lipstick collection here). The cremesheen formula is so lovely and creamy looking and feeling on the lips – I think it’s my favourite MAC formula. They just feel nice on the lips and have a good amount of pigmentation for a creamy formula. The colour is a pale blue toned pink which I find so wearable for me. I love it so much because it looks good with natural makeup and looks good with more dramatic, heavy makeup. When I don’t know what to wear on my lips, this is my go to; I swear it always looks good. I’d highly recommend this lipstick and if you don’t think this will suit you, I promise there will be a colour that does.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£24.50) – This is my go to bronzer as the shade is just perfect for giving a natural bronzed look. It can also be built up so it can be used to create a more ‘obviously I’m not this tanned it’s just makeup’ kind of look which I like when I’m going out-out. It’s completely matte which I prefer on a daily basis and it’s really easy just to put a bit on. It’s not too ashy and it’s not too warm – it’s just the perfect tone. It’s also a really good shade for light to medium skin tones and can even be used on fair skin tones too. Depending on your skin tone, you might be able to use this for contour but I can’t, I need something more ashy. I think this bronzer is well worth the price because of it’s unique tone – it just suits me so well. I’d recommend this bronzer to anyone who is in need of a new bronzer and they even do a lighter version for the palest skin tones.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette (£39.50) – If I needed to take one palette with me on a holiday, I’d deffiently take this as it has almost everything I need in it, it’s compact so it doesn’t take up much space and it is sturdy so there’s very little chance of it breaking. The twelve shades in this palette suit me so well. There is a matte white, pinks, a copper, browns and a black so there is everything you’d need and I can create so many looks with this palette. The mattes have a nice pigmentation to them and the shimmers are stunning. They apply and blend really nicely and they last all day on the eyes without smudging or creasing. There is a big mirror in the palette which is really useful especially when travelling. This is just a great palette that I’d recommend and if you don’t like the colours in this one, there are other Naked palettes which you’ll love.

Best New Beauty Launches – Autumn 2017

I did one of these for Summer (if you want to see that, click here) and I really enjoyed writing it so I thought that I’d do another for Autumn as there have been some really exciting beauty launches recently. If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know what you think of them and if I’ve missed out any amazing beauty launches, please let me know!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips (£24) – Charlotte Tilbury as a brand is known for the amazing lipstick ranges. This new launch is so exciting as it’s more lip products, but it’s not more classic lipsticks, it’s the really on trend liquid lipsticks. These are fully pigmented matte liquid lipsticks but they are nourishing and weightless. To me, that sounds like the perfect liquid lipstick. There are ten shades, including everything from a classic nude lip to a gorgeous ruby red shade – there is deffiently something for everyone. I’m deffiently going to buy one as I’m really interested to see Charlotte’s take on a liquid lipstick. My personal favourite is ‘Dolly Bird.’

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette (£56) – Huda beauty has released another eyeshadow palette and it’s possibly more beautiful than the last. There are 18 shades and the perfect mix of mattes, pearls, duo-chromes and glitters, all of which are absolutely stunning. The looks you could create with this palette are endless and you could use this for any occasion because of the mix of nudes and more vibrant shades which all compliment each other perfectly. I can’t get over how beautiful this palette is and I might just be able to fork out the money to buy it.

Nars Powermatte Pigment Lipstick (£23) – Nars have some amazing lip products so it’s exciting that they’re releasing another. They are fully pigmented, powerful matte liquid lipsticks that are light on the lips. Nars always have extensive colour selections so that there is something for everything, and this release is no exception – there are 18 stunning shades, from pale pinks to backs and everything in between. It also has a smudge proof formula meaning you can eat and drink while wearing it without having to worry about it looking bad. This is going on my wish list… My favourite shade has to be ‘American Woman.’

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops (£6.99) – Liquid highlighters have been really popular recently but if your budget doesn’t stretch far enough to buy the extremely hyped over Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops then this release from Barry M is for you. They’ve released highlighter drops in five different shades, catering for a variety of skin tones and colours. These can be applied directly to the cheekbones for an intense highlighter look or under foundation/mixed in with foundation for a glow. I think the light gold shade ‘Beam Me Up’ looks stunning and I’ll have to try these out.

Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick (£30) – Nars are well known for their foundations and so this new release should cause quite the hype. This is their first ever foundation stick and the matte formula and finish makes it perfect for those with oilier skin but it is perfect for all skin types. It gives a medium coverage but can be easily built up and the fact that it’s in stick form means it can be easily touched up. There are 20 shades so this caters for all skin tones, from the fairest to the darkest.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette (£59) – After the success of her quad eye palettes, Charlotte has released a stunning 12 shade eye palette. Within, there are four trios – ‘day,’ which contains nudes, ‘desk,’ which contains taupes, ‘date,’ which contains goldens and ‘disco,’ which contains midnight hues. There are a mix of mattes and shimmers so everyone will love this. As always with Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging is stunning. The palette is deffiently a luxury buy and would make the perfect gift for any beauty lover.

What’s On My Dressing Table

I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you what’s on my dressing table and why. The reason for this is that the majority of things on my dressing table are my holy grail products which I love and obviously I want to share them with you. There are a few things on my dressing table that are just there because they look nice but I’ll be completely honest with you if that’s the reason it’s there. I’m also not going through all of my brushes, only a few, or we’d be here all day. I’m only doing a brief summary/review on these products but if there’s anything you want a full review on, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do it as soon as possible.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (£16) – This is supposed to be a great spot treatment. I’m currently trying this out and don’t know what I think yet but I’ll definitely keep you updated!

L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask (£7.99) – This is an amazing face mask. It just detoxes my skin like the name would suggest. It’s a great mask especially for oily/problematic skin.

Burt’s Bees Soothing Lip Balm with Eucalyptus & Menthol (£3.99) –  This lip balm is so soothing and it’s made with all natural ingredients.

L’Oréal Glam Bronze Terra Bronzer (£12.99) – I love this bronzer as it has a slight shimmer and it’s my go to bronzer. It’s such a gorgeous bronzer especially for summer.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in ‘Moonstone’ (£32) – This my all time favourite highlighter as it is so finely milled and gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin, making you look like you’re ‘lit from within.’

Seventeen Shimmer Brick in ‘Pink Bronze’ (£5.99?) – This is the perfect bronzer for a natural look as it just gives a natural bronzy glow.

MAC Cleanse Off Oil (£22) – I only have this on my dressing table because the packaging is nice. I don’t think it’s worth the price and I prefer my Garnier Micellar Water.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in ‘Sin’ (£17) – This eye primer has such a beautiful colour and simply setting it with a similar shade gives you the most simple, easy eye look.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Original Primer Potion (£17) – This is my go to eyeshadow primer as it increases the wear of my eyeshadow and makes it look so much better.

L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ (£9.99) – This contains a wax and a powder both of which are the perfect shade. It’s my go to brow product.

Avon Glimmerstick Diamonds Eye Liner in ‘Sugar Plum’ (£6) – This is a nice, affordable eyeliner but the colour isn’t the best for my eyes.

L’Oréal Super Liner Waterproof in ‘Black Lacquer’ (£6.49) – This is my holy grail liquid liner, it’s just amazing. It’s so easy to use, it doesn’t dry out and it’s waterproof.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Pencil in ‘Blonde’ (£10) – This is a good product but I rarely reach for it.

Lancôme Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner in ‘Noir’ (£17.50) – This is a good khol liner but it’s expensive for what it is.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Intense Black’ (£8.99) – This is my favourite mascara ever, it’s just amazing. The brush is so unique, there’s no other mascara like it.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) – This is lightweight, it has a medium coverage and is really good for my under eyes. It’s radiant and illuminating, I love it.

Victoria’s Secret Extreme Lip Plumper in ‘Baby Pink’ (£11.02) – I’m not sure if it plumps my lips but it’s a really nice lip gloss for wearing with no makeup or really natural makeup.

Model Co Illusion Lip Liner (£16) – This is a really good lip liner and the colour on me is a very pale nude so it is the perfect shade to use for making my lips look fuller.

MUA Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat’ (£1) – This probably my favourite lip liner ever. It’s a darker nude colour and it’s the perfect nude shade for me and it goes well with so many lipsticks.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup’ (£16.50) – This is my favourite lipstick ever. It’s a gorgeous light blue pink which looks great with every makeup look.

MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Snob’ (£16.50) – This is my perfect pink shade, it’s my go to. It’s a light/medium lilac toned pink, kind of like a Barbie pink but I love it.

MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux’ (£16.50) – I love this lipstick, it’s the perfect grown up nude colour and it suits me so well – It’s a muted mauve-pink colour.

MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove’ (£16.50) –  This isn’t my favourite lipstick ever but I like to display my MAC lipsticks as I think the packaging is really nice and sleek.

MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ (£16.50) – This is such gorgeous lipstick and the colour is perfect. It’s a muted pink beige colour which I think is stunning.

MAC Amplified Crème Lipstick in ‘Blankety’ (£16.50) – This is a gorgeous soft pink beige colour that goes with every makeup look.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi’ (£6) – This is the perfect liquid lipstick and it’s the perfect nude shade for me.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Tokyo’ (£6) – Again, the perfect liquid lipstick but in a bright but wearable pink shade.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in ‘Julliane’s Nude’ (£6.99) – This is a nice drugstore lipstick and it’s a nice wearable pink shade.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipstick in ‘Pink Fever’ (£6.99) – This is a really nice affordable brighter pink lipstick.

Stila Colour Balm in ‘Avery’ (£16) – This is  probably my favourite lipstick formula. It’s like a lip balm but it’s as pigmented as a lipstick. The coral shade is perfect for Summer.

NYX Butter Gloss in ‘Fortune Cookie’ (£5.50) – This is my favourite lip gloss as it’s so creamy and it’s the perfect nude shade.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£24.50) – This matte bronzer is the perfect shade for bronzing up the skin, giving a natural look even on pale skin.

Collection Cover Up Stick (£1.99) – This is a good concealer for covering blemishes so I use it almost everyday.

L’Oréal Infallible Mega Gloss in ‘Girl On Top’ (£6.99) – This is such a nice lip gloss in a beautiful shade but it’s the applicator that makes it special.

No7 BB Lips in ‘Ballerina’ (£9) – This is another lovely lip gloss and again the colour is gorgeous. The packaging is nice too.

Ciate Paint Pot in ‘Golden Sands’ (£9) – The packaging of these Ciate nail polishes is beautiful and the shade is so wearable for loads of occasions.

Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum (£52/35ml) – This is such a classic and it’s one of my favourite perfumes. Who wouldn’t display something so beautiful?

MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Brave’ (£16.50) – This is a stunning pink beige lipstick which I found in the kitchen drawer last week.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation ‘Rose Ivory’ (£9.99) – This is the foundation I’m currently using (which I won’t be repurchasing) and the packaging is nice so I display it.

Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush (£13) – This is the best highlighter brush ever – it seriously makes your highlight look poppin.’

Beautyblender (£16) – I need this for blending in my foundation, nothing else works quite as well as this.