Friday, 12 December 2014

Stocking fillers under £10

stocking fillers under £10 £5

Finding great stocking fillers can be hardwork, especially if you have lots of different ages and types of people to buy gifts for. Personally, I love finding cute or quirky and fun items to include in people's stockings and always find stockings the most fun thing to open on Christmas morning. 

You can find a bundle of fun and quirky stocking fillers online that you don't see in the shops, so having a browse on sites like Stocking-fillers is a must! This site allows you to categorise your stocking fillers according to price, and I like to stick to the £10 and under rule for stocking fillers - that way each person can have a few smaller gifts in their stocking each year! 

Above are some of my fave items from the site, including  a little something for everyone. For the guys you can't go wrong with a funny 'toilet-humour' book - this 'F in Exams' book is hilarious and full of some of the funniest exam answers. For the man who likes food related gifts or american goodies then marshmallow fluff is the way forward. Also, did you know that you can use a dollop of this in your hot chocolate? It's amazing! 

For the girls this retro My Little Pony mug is the perfect cute and quirky stocking filler, I mean who doesn't love cute mugs? Perfect for the tea/coffee addict in the family! Speaking of family, it's always nice to have some kind of fun game that everyone can join in with on christmas day - this cute tin has the '20 questions' game inside but with a festive twist. Notebooks are a good shout too - I love this passport note book, perfect for anyone any age! 

Kids are almost a bit trickier when it comes to stockings, you can't really do the whole bath and body items or food items (well, at least you can't with my little brother!). So, fun and retro toys like this wooden noughts and crosses game and the fun snaps (who remembers these?) make ideal little stocking fillers.

You can find the full range of stocking fillers on and they even have gifts from as low as £1! 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

loreal Pure Colour dazzling colour refreshing mask

Dazzling colour refreshing mask from Loreal's 'Pure Colour' range

Hair masks are definitely something I love experimenting with, I rarely stick to the same one and I enjoy trying out new masks and deep conditioners. There's only so much a regular conditioner can do so once a week I like to use something a little bit extra to leave my hair feeling in much better condition and more nourished. 

The latest addition to the evergrowing hair mask pile has been this Dazzling colour refreshing mask from Loreal's 'Pure Colour' range, which retails for around the £7 mark. Whilst this is a lot cheaper than some of the more luxurious hair masks out there it's certainly a lot more than I would normally pay, though I did get this on a half price offer - so that was fine. It's a thick, lotion type texture that essentially feels like a very thick conditioner. I use this by applying to the length of my hair and working through with my fingers and leaving it on the hair for around 10 minutes. This mask leaves the hair feeling a lot smoother and less frazzled for want of a better word, and I did notice a little bit of difference in my colour - it looked a little less dull. Having said that, I don't think it did anything miraculous to my hair - so I'm not sure I would justify the £7 price tag. If I see it on offer again, I'd probably purchase it - as it did have a nice effect, but nothing I'd shout from the roof tops. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

ASOS Christmas gift guide for girls

Asos have definitely upped their game in the gift department this year, and if you're a fan of online shopping Asos is the perfect place to avoid the Christmas crowds and queues and get a lot of your shopping done without actually leaving the house. Hands up if you hate busy Christmas shops and mile long queues? 

With gifts ranging from big brand beauty gifts, quirky little home-ware items, on trend accessories and all things pretty, Asos is a great place to look for gifts for your friends, mums, sisters, aunties and all female relations this Christmas. Here are just a few of my favourite gifts from their current selection that I think would make perfect gifts for friends and family this Christmas: 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

INM Northern Lights OTD Gold & Silver Holographic Top Coats

 Northern lights holographic topcoats from INM

Okay, how amazing are these holographic top coats - they are just perfect for this time of year when everyone enjoys a bit of sparkle! Layered over a dark navy blue from Essie and a festive cranberry shade from Bourjois, these Northern lights holographic topcoats from INM are stunning. 

Weirdly enough, the topcoats appear to be a clear polish when they arrive but once given a good old shake, they turn into wonderful bottles of sparkle that make the perfect top coat. I think the silver is my favourite, especially paired over a dark navy blue or even a black - it look almost like a starry sky. As a top coat, these northern lights holographic glitters are fast drying and add tonnes of shine and shimmer to the nails making for a lovely finish. They are available to buy online at beauty stores such as Jica and are a fairly reasonable £9 each for a hefty 15ml bottle.