Thursday, 27 November 2014

Giveaway: Win an Iconemisis iPhone case

Sometimes I wish I had an iPhone purely for the selection of beautiful cases and covers available. Whilst I sit here wishing I had one, the lovely people over at Iconemisis have offered one of my blog readers a chance to win an iPhone case of their choice from their website 

Iconemisis is a British brand specialising in stocking design focused iPhone cases from a range of artists and designers. The range of cases for all models of iPhones include cases from artists such as Fifi Lapin, Lily X, Sarah King, Cat Sims and more. Above are just a few of my favourites, I love the simplicity in each design and I love the black and white cases as well as the super cute bunny girls of Fifi Lapin designs! 

For a chance to win a case of your choice from Iconemisis all you need to do is follow the instructions below & keep your fingers crossed. 

UK entrants only 
This giveaway ends on 10th Dec 2014 
For iPhone 6 cases delivery may take a while longer 
Winner may choose their favourite case from the current collections 
If under 16, please ask parents permission as you will need to provide a postal address 
Winner will be chosen at random & notified via email 
For additional entries completed, please ensure you leave the relevant information on the form 

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

20 beauty blog post ideas to beat writers block


It's no fun having a writer's block, so here are some great beauty blog post ideas if you're currently looking for inspiration. Maybe you want to try writing something new or you're just plain old stuck for ideas - I hope you find this useful: 
  1. Beauty products NOT worth the hype - found a product that you thought you'd like but didn't? Share it on your blog - people love seeing honest reviews even if you didn't rate the product.
  2. Top 5 under £10  - find you top five beauty products for under £10, everyone loves discovering a bargain beauty product WORTH buying. 
  3. TAG! There are so many tags floating around, maybe the lipstick product tag or a seasonal tag could help inject some personality into your blog. 
  4. Current makeup - kinda like a 'FOTD' post, letting everyone know the items you can't stop reaching for. 
  5. Savvy Tips - found a beauty hack or savvy shopping tip? Share it with your readers, after all ... sharing is caring! share one of your best beauty tips with your readers
  6. The Makeup Collection - just because we are all nosy deep down. 
  7. Blogger faves - we often talk about our fave products but why not share a list of your fave blogs and suggest some great reads for others. 
  8. Ramble - it's okay to have a ramble every now and then, talk about your life, what you've been up to are have a rant. It's good to know the blogger behind the blog
  9. A season themed post - with Christmas approaching, maybe you could share a festive favourite, a recipe or even a gift guide. 
  10. A wishlist - this doesn't involve spending any money but you (and your readers) still get the buzz of browsing through the latest items in your shopping basket (virtual basket of course). 
  11. Budget friendly alternatives - everyone loves a good dupe, if you know a budget alternative  to a high end product why not share it with the world?
  12. Nails - a great 'filler' post if you're feeling uninspired, snap a pic and let people know what you're currently wearing on your nails. 
  13. Skincare staples - share your favourite skincare staples and talk about your routine.
  14. Storage spaces - another 'nosy' post that everybody enjoys - perhaps you could include some storage ideas and space saving tips for beauty lovers?
  15. DIY posts - whether it's a home made lip balm, a body scrub or something else - share it!
  16. Shopping Hauls - share your purchases, give your initial thoughts or just let people know what's out there in the shops at the moment. 
  17. Tutorials - you don't have to be a professional, maybe you could create a look for a certain event like a Christmas party or if you're really good at eyeliner, share it! 
  18. What's in my makeup bag/bag  - share the contents of your current makeup bag or handbag, warts 'n' all. Another nosy style post. 
  19. Revisit Reviews - you don't have to review only brand new products, why not review one of your old favourites - maybe your opinions have changed?
  20. Beauty must haves - share your holy grail beauty items with your readers, think stranded on an island only allowed to take 5 items! 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Lauren of Makeup By Lauren Marie to take part in the Christmas Tag! Of course, I accepted as I am quite possibly the most festive person ever - I love Christmas and I'm one of those annoying people who start their shopping in October and don't shutup about it until the big day. On with the tag ... 

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Definitely The Grinch, it's been my fave for the last few years along with A Christmas Carol which is a classic but a good'un. A few of my other faves are Home alone 2, Miracle of 34th St, Arthur Christmas & one magic Christmas. 

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We usually have a visit from Santa on Christmas eve who delivers our pyjamas and we open the rest as a family on Christmas morning, and I open presents from my Dad on Christmas evening so it lasts all day long! 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I don't really have a specific Christmas memory, but the whole Christmas period is memorable each year! Every year someone does something silly or there's some kind of accident like when my mum dropped a pickled onion in her glass of coke or last year when my brother fell into a humongous gift bag. 

4. Favourite festive food?
Everything! Festive food is the best, although I'm not into all the puddings like mince pies and Christmas pud but I could eat turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings everyday of the year. 

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Ever? I really don't know! I remember one year getting a huge white tiger stuffed animal that was as big as me and screaming with delight, so that's gotta be up there in my top 5 presents ever received! I much prefer shopping for others and seeing them open their presents than opening my own! 

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
The smell of the turkey cooking on Christmas morning, or the smell of mince pies in the oven - I don't eat them but they smell amazing! 

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I love Christmas eve. When I was younger the tradition was to go to town with my dad and sister and do the last minute Christmas shopping. Now we have a big meal and get together on Christmas eve! My stepdad is Norwegian, so traditionally his christmas is celebrated on christmas eve, so we all sit down together and have some special food (there's 10 of us now) and a few drinks. Then we move onto the sofa and wait for Santa to arrive, no really, a man in a santa suit comes to deliver all of our pyjamas. Then before bed we watch 'dinner for one' every year and still find it funny. If you haven't seen it you can find it on youtube (link) and then my little brother and big sister all have a sleepover in my room and wait for Santa! 

8. What tops your tree?
It used to be an angel with a pencil up her bum, now it's a star/snowflake. 

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
I always asked for a pretend slot machine - not really a wild request but Santa didn't get the memo! 

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I love the build up to Christmas; listening to Christmas music and wrapping presents, having the Christmas channel on 24/7, buying the radio times Christmas special and highlighting what we want to watch. I love Christmas eve and our family traditions and I love rushing down the stairs with my little brother in the morning! Seeing people open their gifts and enjoying good food and quality family time is the best! 

I tag: 
Gemma from Fat Frocks
Lisa from Lisahh-Jayne 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Cutesy Crochet: Handmade Christmas Decor

Today I thought I'd add to the festive December blog posts with some gorgeous handmade items this Christmas. Cutesy Crochet and Crafts is a small independent online shop that creates the most beautiful and cute pieces of crochet for the home including so many wonderful Christmas pieces that are just perfect for making your house look as festive as possible. Plus, I always think it's so nice to buy something handmade at Christmas time and support small businesses. 

My personal favourites are the cute little robins that make perfect tree decorations or can be hung up on any door handle or even on your wall. Decorating the tree is definitely one of my favourite parts of Christmas, even though it's always stressful untangling those bloody fairylights .. just me? I think bunting is always a nice choice for home decor, especially these snowflake buntings which are so nice for Christmas. My favourites are the classic red and white festive bunting and of course, the blue frozen themed bunting that sparkles. 

All of these items can be purchased from Cutesy Crochet & Crafts website, and they are 100% handmade with love right here in Wales. I can fully vouch for that, seeing as though Cutesy Crochet & Crafts is owned by none other than my Mum! It would be so lovely if you payed her a visit on twitter @CutesyCrochet1 or popped by the website. Let me know what your favourite item is in the comments below.