Day 10 of Christmas – A Little Chit Chat

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Tomorrow – which is in about an hour – is Christmas Eve. Now, there’s a little tradition in my family in which we leave all our Christmas shopping until the night before. Sounds absurdly stressful doesn’t it. Well, it’s not really. I’ve been doing a bit of scouting around downtown when I’ve had the chance – which isn’t much –  and so tonight, it’s on. I’ve been in need of a few beauty essential and I plan to use Christmas Eve as an excuse to splurge.

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And, also I think I’ll pick up a bit of something something for you guys as well. Do I see a giveaway in the near future? Gasp! Are you excited?

Anyway wish me luck.

Christmas Eve here is kind of like a big event here, like a party that everyone’s invited to and so everyone gets all dressed up to go out. I’ll be doing a OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) post later tomorrow so you guys can see what I’ll be wearing.

So this is it for day 10, WOW, this whole little blog series went by really quickly.

Bye babes, I’ll talk to you guys in the next post!

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Day 9 of Christmas – An Affordable Make-up Starter Kit

Day 9 of Christmas - An Affordable Make-up Starter Kit
This post features product suggestions for anyone just starting out with makeup. I’ve included just the bare essentials to have a complete set and even better all products are under $8 dollars each, with most products coming from Forever21 and the kabuki brush coming from H&M.
The Forever21 brush set is labelled with what the brushes are for, which will make the whole learning process much easier. Not having to remember which brush is for what will really take the load off.
There’s a lip gloss included to give a twinge off colour to the lips and to help with keeping your lips moisturised. A mascara is there to help your eyes really pop. But wait . . . you want more, you ask? Well, have no fair. There’s also some false lashes at varying lengths that you can try out with the use of the included glue.
The ’21 Shades Palette’ comes with tons of neutral eyeshadow to try. There’s a packet of make-up wipes to take it all off at the end of the day, there’s a cute little ‘Are You Kitten Me Right Meow’ compact mirror to watch all this happen and in the end there’s a chic make-up pouch to store it all in.
So that is all. Everything is from Forever21 except the kabuki brush which is from H&M. I got a the links to the different products for you guys. Hope you like.
Bye everyone and I’ll talk to you in the next post.
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Day 8 of Christmas – My Christmasy-ish Bedding

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Hello readers of this blog post.

For this, day 8 of Christmas, post I’ll be sharing with you guys the sheets that I got to kind of get my room into the Christmas mood. The sheets aren’t really all that Christmas themed but in terms of colour, they’re on their way there.

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The sheets come packed in a plastic zip-able bag and the card in the front shows what exactly is inside. Inside there are two sheet: The flat sheet and the fitted sheet, and also there are four pillow cases. The brand is ‘Home Beauty’ and it was made in China for the USA, and so I’m guessing that even though I bought my sheets here in Nevis, if you’re in the States and maybe even China, you can get yourselves one of these bedding sets if you like.

Here’s how they looked after I put them on my bed.

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These sheets, to be honest, aren’t the best I’ve ever had. They shift out of place a bit too easily.

I really hope that you guys have enjoyed this post.

Bye everyone, and I’ll talk to you guys in the next post.

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Day 7 of Christmas – Maple Roast Turkey and Gravy Recipe

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I realise that I haven’t really been in touch with the lifestyle part of my blog and as a kind of New Years Resolution I’m going to solve that. So, how’s about a recipe for your Christmas turkey this year. You should definitely try out this Maple Roasted Turkey recipe.

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PREP: 30 mins COOK: 4 hrs READY IN: 4 hrs 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 14 pounds whole turkey, neck and giblets reserved
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy(optional)

DIRECTIONS

Directions

  1. Boil apple cider and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 of the thyme and marjoram and all of the lemon zest. Add the butter, and whisk until melted. Add salt and ground pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until cold (syrup can be made up to 2 days ahead).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place oven rack in the lowest third of oven.
  3. Wash and dry turkey, and place in a large roasting pan. Slide hand under skin of the breast to loosen. Rub 1/2 cup of the maple butter mix under the breast skin. If planning on stuffing turkey, do so now. Rub 1/4 cup of the maple butter mixture over the outside of the turkey. With kitchen string, tie legs of turkey together loosely.
  4. Arrange the chopped onion, chopped celery, and chopped carrot around the turkey in the roasting pan. If desired, the neck and giblets may be added to the vegetables. Sprinkle the remaining thyme and marjoram over the vegetables, and pour the chicken stock into the pan.
  5. Roast turkey 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and cover turkey loosely with foil. Continue to roast, about 3 to 4 hours unstuffed or 4 to 5 hours stuffed, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) and stuffing reaches 165 degrees F (75 degrees C). Transfer turkey to a platter, and cover with foil. Reserve pan mixture for gravy. Allow turkey to sit about 25 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.
  6. To Make Gravy:

Strain pan juices into a measuring cup. Spoon fat from juices. Add enough chicken stock to make 3 cups. Transfer liquid to a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix reserved maple butter mixture with flour to form a paste, and whisk into the broth. Stir in thyme, bay leaf, and apple brandy. Boil until reduced and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

**Disclaimer: I got this lovely recipe from allrecipes.com
Bye guys, I’ll talk to you in the next post.
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Day 6 of Christmas – My Favourite Holiday Looks

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It’s day 6 of Christmas and so this post marks the halfway point. Today’s post will be a compilation of my favourite holiday looks of 2013. Enjoy!

MAKE-UP

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Loving those lashes.

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WARDROBE

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I hope you enjoy these pictures and find some inspiration from them.

Bye guys and I’ll talk to you in the next post.

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Day 5 of Christmas – Black Lead Paint Instead of Mascara?!?

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In this post I just want to take the time out to inform you all of some tragic truth. I recently heard a story and then researched it and found it to be true. There have been some people that have been selling paint on eBay and have been passing it off as mascara.

That is absurdly dangerous and I was even told that someone had gone blind. I just want you all to be safe and cautious when buying makeup or any other product from eBay or any similar sites. How the people that do this can even sleep at night, I don’t know.

Below are some pictures that I have gotten from a blog ‘Sophie Rose Hearts‘ and you can use that link to read about her experience with the fake ‘mascara’.

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Goodbye everyone and please . . . be safe and aware when shopping online.

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Day 2 of Christmas – My Ideal Christmas Party Outfit.

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This outfit is something that I’d definitely wear to a Christmas party this year. I love lace dresses and red heels.
Day 2 of Christmas - My Ideal Christmas Party Outfit.
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asos.com

Ollio heel pump
amazon.com

Lace necklace
$1,120 – wolfandbadger.com

Holiday ornament
thechristmasoutlet.com

Loop rug
bolia.com

My Christmas Makeup Wishlist | 2013

My Christmas Makeup Wishlist | 2013
These are some of the beauty products that I’d love to receive for Christmas. What are some things you guys are looking forward to for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

Forever 21 dop kit
forever21.com

Volume mascara
$18 – bigw.com.au

NYX long wearing lipstick
$12 – target.com.au

Gel mascara
target.com

#TheWinterProject – Christmas Present Ideas

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This week it’s week 4 and this post will be about Christmas gift ideas for men and women and since I don’t really post anything about guys, let’s do their section first shall we.

For the boys

If you’re like me you find it very hard to find gifts for guys when you’re so caught up in the world of girl. Am I right? Well, for you all I’ve come up with a few gift ideas for the guys.

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Grooming Kit 

We all need to look our best right? And so how can you go wrong with a grooming kit. This grooming kit, seen above, from Sephora comes complete with a nail file, nail clippers, a lint pad, small scissors and . . . a cork screw? This one is in a good travel size, but you can get any other grooming kit that you wish.

Cologne

Some guys like cologne, and so if the guy you’re shopping for likes it why not get him some? You could get him a fragrance set like the one above or maybe just something similar.

Silly T-Shirt

Have a bit of fun and get them a T-Shirt with a silly caption, this ‘Sorry Girls, This Guy Is Taken’ Tee is a good example. You could even have a shirt custom printed with anything you want, maybe even with something they say a lot. It’s 21 days before Christmas so there’s still time.

Jewellery

Who says guys don’t like jewellery? The necklace is a Harry Potter Dark Mark Necklace, so if you have any Harry Potter Fans or just jewellery lovers in general then this piece would be a good gift for them.

Guy Kit

A guy kit comes filled with goodies for boys, for example ‘The Man Can’ in the picture above has some great things for guys.

Sea Salt Soap

You could always give something unusual, I mean who’s ever heard of sea salt soap? Or, of course, you could always think of something else unusual to give a little spice to your Christmas gifts this year.

Teddy Bear

Teddy bear. Why? Why not? What would be better than to see that look on his face when he unwraps a teddy!?! Priceless! Give a try and tell me the reaction in the comments of this post later. We can make a game of it.

*Bonus – You could always bake something as little something something extra with the presents.

For the girls

Now onto the girls.

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Friendship Bracelet

Get one for her and you (or maybe for her and her friend if you’re her mom, or, uncle . . . or something). Friendship bracelets mean a lot and would make a great Christmas present. Get a design that would suit both wearers.

Makeup Sample Set

Are you shopping for someone who has just starting to try out makeup or someone who likes trying new makeup products? If so, then this SmashBox Try It Kit would be great for them. It would give them the chance to try out a variety of products without your wallet having to suffer.

Travel Brush Set

This is good for girls that travel or those who just like to have a makeup touch-up here and there when they’re not a home. This set is travel friendly as it is travel size and so wouldn’t take up much space in a purse or suitcase.

Perfume

Have a girly girl or a perfume lover on your hands? Then get them ‘Dot’, a highly raved  Marc Jacobs perfume.

Makeup Bag

I know I don’t like using the same makeup bag over and over again, so add to her makeup bag collection. Get a makeup bag design that embodies her personality – there are just so many to choose from. You can check some out here or here.

Handbag

Handbags can be really expensive, but the one above is a real steal as it looks so great for such a reasonable price. But, if you want to splurge on a handbag this season go ahead. In the end it’s all about what you feel comfortable with.

So these are all the gift ideas that I came up with for guys and girls. What do you think?

Which ones would you get or would like to receive?

Later everyone, I’ll talk to you in the next post.

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#TheWinterProject – Favourite Winter Scents

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Hey everyone, it’s now week 3 of #TheWinterProject and that means it’s time for my favourite winter scents.

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The smells of citrus and tea really get me in the winter mood and I know that if you read my October Favourites post here, you’d remember how I was (kinda) obsessing over the smell of this St. Ives Exfoliating Scrub. It’s a green tea scrub that smells vividly of tea with a hint of citrus to it and if I could smell it all day then I probably would . . . but then I’d probably get a headache.

Finally, the replenishing conditioner from my last haul post,here. This conditioner has a fresh citrus scent to it and I just love smelling it when I use it.

And these are my favourites scents that remind me of winter.

What scents remind you of winter?

Do these?

Bye, I’ll talk to you all in the next post.

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