Happy New Year!

May 2016 be all you wish it to be.

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Christmas Tag || 10 Questions

RedandWhiteFeltChristmas is right around the corner, so I thought I’d do the Christmas tag I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers doing – I’ve really enjoyed reading them all. If you’d like to do it too, just copy and paste the questions and fill them out – let me know and I’ll take a look!

Happy Christmas!

What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?

I can’t choose! I have three and they are all equally nostalgic for me:

  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
    AMAZING film, I think I actually know all the words. I used to have to hide behind the sofa though when Scrooge shouts at Mr Cratchit – it terrified me! You can see the bit that scared me here.
  2. Jingle All the Way
    My brother and I used to get this out of the video shop (yeah I know, how old are we?) all the time, even when it wasn’t Christmas! It gets better with age as there are so many adult jokes and insinuations you miss as a child. I think Arnold needs to add ‘Turbo Man’ to his Twitter bio, immediately.
  3. The Wizard of Oz
    Because of course…#boxingdayhangover

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We have always opened them on Christmas morning. I worked in a German restaurant and it seemed to be the general consensus that Germans open them on Christmas Eve. But, just…no!

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I got Sparkly Barbie AND Gymnast Barbie one year – that was an absolute bumper Christmas. We’ve got it on video and I can still remember how happy I was. My brother was also too little to open his presents, so I got to open all his, too! Win.

Favourite festive food?
OBVIOUSLY pigs in blankets. There are NEVER enough. I’m going HAM this year. Heh. Get it? Sorry.

Favourite Christmas gift?
I’ve had so many great presents over the years; I’ve not once been disappointed. I suppose the best present I’ve ever had is my Kindle. I’m such a bloody bookworm and I use it every day – I received it about four years ago now!

Favourite Christmas scent?
The Christmas candles by Yankee Candle are the BEST. I love a candle – cinnamon ones are top of the list.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Now we’re older, the tradition has just turned into getting pissed (!) but we used to leave Santa a mince pie and a carrot for Rudolph every year. We also have always had stockings with the same bits and pieces in them, but it wouldn’t be Christmas otherwise: a satsuma, some sweets, a chocolate Santa, some chocolate coins, a little gift and a pound coin.

What tops your tree?
It has always been an angel. At home we’ve got this MASSIVE golden angel I begged for when I was little – we’ve had her at the top ever since.

As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I never really wanted anything crazy like a pony, but one year I asked for loads of ‘play home’ stuff from Argos. Things like fake washing machines, ironing boards, and a play kitchen. I have NO idea why; maybe I liked the idea of playing house. I still do. By the way, I never got those things. I think my mum told me to get a life and ask for a Baby Annabel or something normal.

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
The general atmosphere, the tradition and of course the laughter. You can’t be angry on Christmas! I live away from my family as I stayed in London after uni, so Christmas is a special time.

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

 

Superdrug || B. Makeup Brush Cleanser

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 11.11.24I’ve needed a proper brush cleanser for ages, too often just scrubbing them with baby shampoo once in a while (which does the trick, but it’s nice to get the real deal, you know?)

I’d gone to buy Real Techniques Brush Cleanser but it was unfortunately not in stock. I went for the next best thing: Superdrug’s B. Makeup Brush Cleanser, which was almost half the price than the Real Techniques product I had originally wanted due to a deal on.

All you have to do is spray the product directly onto the bristles of the brushes and then work into a cloth or tissue – it’s really satisfying, actually. An added bonus is that the spray doesn’t just remove the make up, it also contains a sanitiser so that you know your brushes are really clean.

I was pleasantly surprised with the product when cleansing my brushes. The picture below is of my Sigma SS217 (now E25) brush after about 30 seconds of cleaning and it came up even cleaner after spraying a little more product on it. It doesn’t have a particularly pleasant smell, but this soon disappears and the brushes dry really quickly.

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Crucially, the spray is suitable for both natural and synthetic brushes, which is a bonus. The only downside is that you definitely have to spray more than the three to five squirts the bottle recommends, but I suppose that depends on how dirty your brushes are (and mine well totally unclean).

Overall, it’s a useful bargain that works – you can’t argue with that. Now I’ve got no excuse for dirty brushes!

Work off those mince pies! || Christmas fitness tips

unnamedDecember is the one time of year when the gym generally looks like a ghost town. When all caution is thrown to the wind as you try to get into a more comfortable position before eating your 40th Ferrero Rocher. I’ve been there.

Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case. Start exercising now – and take your habit with you into the New Year. This way, you can avoid a potentially defeating uphill struggle in January when you look despairingly at the scales.

You don’t have to be hitting the gym everyday and attending Body Pump classes if you don’t want to, either. Start off walking! Walking may not be as energetic as running, but studies suggest it can still benefit our health, weight and fitness – and boost our moods too. Research from the University of East Anglia found group walking cut people’s risk of life-threatening conditions – lowering average blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, weight, and cholesterol.

And what’s better than a lovely bracing walk after Christmas lunch to work off that turkey!?

Here are six steps to help you walk your way to Christmas, and take you closer to your New Year resolution fitness goals:

  1. Use it as stepping-stone
    Aim for the NHS-recommended 10,000 steps a day, walking for at least ten minutes a time. That’s about five miles in total, which when you add up a day’s walking isn’t as much as it sounds, especially if you’re commuting or trawling the shops for gifts. You could even ask Santa for a pedometer for Christmas to track this!
  2. When you’re too busy…
    If work, festive season shopping and socialising are getting in the way of your usual workout, then perhaps you could build some walking into your day. Walk instead of taking the bus, take a walk after lunch and run up the stairs rather than using the escalators at the Tube station.
  3. Make a tradition of it
    As mentioned above, one of the joys of the holiday period is that it’s a chance to slow down, eat indulgent food and get together at home with loved ones. But that needn’t mean giving up on exercise altogether! Try and get out for a walk every day – and make walking with friends and family one of your festive traditions.
  4. Use it as a mood booster
    Christmas can be a time of heightened emotions – and not all them good. Coping with loss, family differences, separation or loneliness can be tough when everyone around you seems in celebratory mood. But as well as keeping you healthy and fit, a walk in the fresh air can really boost your mood. So step outdoors and walk yourself to a better place.
  5. Like a challenge?
    If you want to try something more structured, try Vavista Life’s 10K Anyway. It’s suitable for almost anyone from total couch potato to honed athlete – and by signing up in December you’ll be well on your way to your fitness goals in 2016.

And if you fancy exercising in style, how about these absolutely BEAUTIFUL bicycles from Mango Bikes?

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These ladies bikes come in five different, gorgeous colours: cream, green, blue, raspberry and black, along with a wicker basket on the front and a matching tan saddle. The perfect investment for a girl about town! Unfortunately, I’ve nowhere to keep a bike at the moment, but as I’m moving house in the New Year – and at only £299 (there is a Winter Sale on – now £250!), I’m hoping to be able to invest in one of these beauties. Exercise has never looked so good!

What are you waiting for?

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Christmas gift guide for him || 2015

Following my Christmas gift guide for the special lady in your life, here’s one for the lad in your life too. I must keep my other half away from this blog post until after Christmas – I’ve bought him most of the things on this list! Suitable for husbands, boyfriends, dads and brothers, there’s something for everyone here.

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From left to right: Fallout 4 / Game of Thrones Monopoly / Shit I Gotta Fucking Get Done NotebookPersonalised Wooden Beard And Moustache Comb1001 Movies Book / Nandos Table Trio / Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau De Toilette / Mono Twist Cable Knit Jumper / I Heart Biscuits Mug