2019 is almost upon us. I want to say thank you to all who follow my blog – I really appreciate your support. To everyone, I want to wish a healthy and amazing year ahead. May all your hopes and dreams come true. Never lose your faith and always be inspired! The answer is closer than you think.
Well the festive season is drawing to a close – but there’s still time to get in a few more awesome classic films during the Christmas break. All of the following films are a must-watch, and although I must have seen them 100 times, they NEVER get old.
This film is one of my all-time faves and with a cast comprising of Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Al Pacino, the movie will never go out of style. One question – why, oh why did the baddies not get away (apart from Val of course)?
2.The Usual Suspects (1995)
Excuse the low-res image. Another classic, this very clever film will keep you guessing right until the end. Furthermore, you notice more clues each time you watch it.
3.War of the Worlds (2005)
Love this sci-fi film which was originally a sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells – and if aliens were to invade, this is probably the way it would go. Also, Tom Cruise never seems to age! What’s that all about? What can I say, other than this is an awesome film everyone should see?
Are we an effective team? No, we are no longer an effective team. Brilliant.
5.The Bourne Identity (2002)
Matt Damon, oh Matt, how I love you. Why don’t I have a Matt Damon (this version) in my life? After seeing is, I sadly go back to realising life is crap.
Probably the funniest film ever. Ryan Reynolds couldn’t have played this part better. I know everyone raves about Deadpool 2, but in my eyes, it is more of the same. However, the first one was so funny, it would be impossible for the second to be a flop. N.B: A good idea to wait until after the kids are asleep to watch this one.
7.Forest Gump (1994)
I used to adore Tom Hanks – he was an incredible actor. This tear-jerker gets me every time I see it.
8.The Green Mile (1999)
I hadn’t seen this film in years and then it was on the TV the other day and immediately drew me in. Warning: prepare for extreme heart-rendering tears.
9.Oceans 11 (The Original, 2001)
All of my favourite actors doing what they do best – when I watch this I am literally in heaven. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Andy Garcia – what more could a girl ask for? Apart from to do another – with the same damn cast! Grrr.
10.Ps I Love You (2007)
This romance film is my favourite but I am left crying for days afterwards. Don’t watch this unless you have a mountain of comfort foods to the ready.
What are your best films? Leave your comments below and have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! xx
So, we’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the best is RIGHT NOW. The week following Christmas and up until January 1st, 2019, you can find amazing price cuts on so many fashion, accessory and yes, beauty items, too. Check out some of the incredible deals on offer:
It’s as if I’ve died and gone to beauty Christmas heaven – with this much off the price I can just about justify indulging myself in one of the best concealers, ever. This week, Space NK have awesome offers across all skincare, makeup and fragrances. This site has the best brands including the fabulous Laura Mercier and Nars. So, if Santa wasn’t as sweet as you’d hoped, Space NK will turn things around. I think I am in love!
I couldn’t leave Space Nk alone without firstly mentioning the fact that they have up to 50% off on products you can’t even normally find and Becca’s Ultimate Coverage Foundation is priced at just £17 right now. My advice would to be quick as this will literally fly off the shelves! (Available in 8 different shades, too).
Check out this 20-pan palette featuring just about every shade you could wish for in pearl, matte and glittering, too. These gorgeous highly-pigmented shades glide on so seamlessly you feel like a pro and will look amazing this New Year’s Eve.
Better yet, Cult Beauty are offering 15% off £20 using code: 15LOVE and 20% off £100 using code: 20LOVE.
You can often find me gazing dreamily over the pages of Net-a-Porter, adding items to my ever-growing wish-list. This site has awesome designer brands and I do not usually get past the fashion section. However, presently they are offering up to massive 30% discount on selected beauty items, such as Illamasqua’s beautiful Sculpting Palette. So what if I have to wait another 3 long weeks until pay day – this is totally worth it.
Happy shopping people and wishing you all an amazing New Year for 2019.
Possibly the best perfume in the WORLD, no one does it like Chanel. What can I say? Other than, I also LOVE the Chanel jewellery (if you have a spare £110,000!). It doesn’t really matter, because I smell simply amazing, darlings. #Happydays
In a recent study whereby, prosecco and champagne were given to blindfolded customers, the customers chose the prosecco as their favourite. Although I would never turn down the Veuve Clicquot, this prosecco is the next best thing (and once your guests have enjoyed a Baileys or two, you can tell them it’s Veuve Clicquot and they probs won’t even realise!). Win, win.
4.Mum And Best Friend Bracelet, £14.99, eBay.co.uk
Nothing makes your heart melt more than receiving a gift from your child. I was overjoyed when I opened two hand-made cards (always the best) but couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this. Thank you to my two angels!
5.Isotoner Black Faux Fur Thermal Gloves, £111.20 (was £14), debenhams.com
I’m so grateful for these – not only because they are on-trend, but I get the feeling that although it’s bizarrely mild weather in the UK right now, I get the feeling we are yet to experience the ‘real’ winter.
I hope all of you received some gorgeous gifts this Christmas and have had an amazing time. Pease leave any messages/comments below xx
At last – tomorrow is Christmas eve and I hope you are all enjoying some serious chill time. Most of you will be venturing outdoors over the festive period and whilst we aren’t likely to see snow, it will be cold enough to reach for the hats and scarves on your way out of the door. Make sure you stay cosy, warm and super stylish this Christmas with these gorgeous winter accessories:
This awesome two-tone scarf with brushed texture and fringes has to be one of my winter favourites. I absolutely love this colour combo, which takes a stylish look to the next level (whilst keeping you so cosy). Win win!
I absolutely adore this beautiful star scarf by Monsoon (and even more so now I know it is half price!). Infused with natural wool, this oh-so soft grey scarf can be paired with almost all other winter outfits, ensuring you remain looking like a star throughout the festive period.
5.Ramona Classic Short 11 Boot in Chestnut, £116 (Was £145), ugg.com
When it comes to winter warmth no one oes it better than Ugg. These outstanding sheepskin and suede boots deliver an unbelievably soft feel. With wool lining and a cushioning foam insole the gorgeous Uggs ensure your feet will feel nothing but cosy, warm and completely pampered. I love!
Do you have any winter accessory faves? Leave me your comments below and have an amazing Christmas eve! xx
A thief, lurking in the shadows of time, waiting for its moment of victory. Carefully creeping further and further into the brain. Whilst you are sleeping it is silently eating away your reality. Each time I look, chunks of you are gone, eroded, consumed by this sick cancer they call dementia, until one day there will be nothing but your shell.
Sat facing you, I am forced to watch your death in slow motion. “Don’t let your tea get cold,” but my throat constricts as I try to smile reassuringly. I watch your Confusion – you pick up the same letter over and over, trying to piece together some logic, some sense – as If your life depended on the answer to a letter from some random posted charity request. For a brief moment I notice a flicker of realisation – the way the sunlight breaks past permanent cloud to shine in through the window onto metal – a stark glimmer of unwanted light, blinding, painful – from which we both recoil.
How ironic that this knowledge and reality I crave for you to cling to is worse, because we somehow both know it is slipping from your hands. Then I have to join in, pretend I don’t notice you noticing that you are no longer you. Don’t see the confusion, instead I turn it into my confusion to make you feel better and hope you aren’t aware that is my aim. Because that would be worse still. It doesn’t matter now; ten minutes has passed and I get another chance to better deal with it as the conversation has begun again. Who sent the letter?
“It has come a long way – from Halifax” you say.
Who sent the letter?
“This if from a charity, nan.”
“But what about this one?”
“That is a card from your son.”
“No, I don’t know who that is from, I think it’s from one of the neighbours.”
“It was your son saying he loves you nan.” I try
“No, because he doesn’t live near Halifax, it must be for someone else.”
“it’s written from your son, look how nice the words are inside.”
“it’s very strange.”
“Nan let’s have a cup of tea.”
Who sent the letter?
You feel like a burden because today you seem to know how much is lost. But you could never be a burden on me. And as your memories of sunny days fade, and you don’t recall loving me at all, I will paint them brighter. As the thief moves about taking everything you were and are, I will move faster still, replacing and reminding you how much you mean to us all. In this deepening darkness the light of your love and kindness will illuminate forever more.
Wow, it’s literally days until Christmas and there will be some of you out there (like me) who are still searching for that perfect gift. Do not fear – I have compiled a list of the best gadgets and tech that are guaranteed to make Christmas day a spectacular one for all the family:
1.For Your Child: Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit, £79 (Was £99), Argos
Should your son or daughter love Harry Potter this is one of the most awesome gifts to buy. With a combination of Harry Potter magic together with learning creates a perfect formula for getting to grips with this key skill – no problem.
2.For The One Who Has Problem Teeth: Oral-B Pro 7000 Smart Series Electric Toothbrush, £154.04, Amazon
Always wanted a dentist on tap? Discover this innovative electric toothbrush that not only ensures a deeper clean but also includes sensors that monitor your brushing habits and problem areas – amazing!
By 1st January, just about everyone will be reflecting over their accumulation of festive weight, which makes this an excellent gift for almost anyone. Offering way more battery life than some more expensive versions, more style and various features such as calorie and step counting, the Fitbit Versa makes for an incredibly useful pressie.
For the one who is never out of the Yankee Candle shop – this amazing gift will save them hundreds of pounds whilst ensuring they are never without a beautifully calming scent. Available n oth black and white, all you have to do is choose your essential oil, plug it in and enjoy!
Know someone who is continually dropping their phone? Then check out this must-have ‘pretty impossible to ever break your phone again’ case. Apparently ‘military drop tested,’ compatible with the Galaxy S9 and available in a range of colours, the Mr or Mrs Clumsy of the family will greatly appreciate this gift.
Looking for the best phone on the planet, then you may just have found it (and that’s saying something coming from an Apple lover). Featuring awesome tech updates and an outstanding camera, Google has created something truly unique.
With less than a week to go until Christmas day, most people will have already bought their nearest and dearest some fabulous presents. For those who are still searching for that perfect present (for her) and want to utterly spoil their loved ones, here are some truly luxury Christmas gift ideas of which are guaranteed to make that lucky someone special beam until next year.
1.Tiffany & Co.Tiffany Hearts™ 18ct gold and diamond pendant necklace, £8,875.00, Selfridges
“And she said what about breakfast at Tiffany’s?” What could be more romantic (and extravagant) than treating her to this beautiful Tiffany & Co.’s gold and diamond necklace? Whomever receives this stunning gift will feel like the luckiest woman in the world!
With a sleek design, off-road capabilities and advanced technologies such as the Touch Pro Duo and Interactive Driver Display, this Christmas luxury would be a driver’s dream (well, mine anyway…after the Bugatti of course – but we need to be a little realistic).
Financially speaking, this is a little more realistic and super stylish to boot. Should you know a champagne/wine lover the ornate jade bottle stopper is the perfect gift. An exquisite design of which features a polished rose-gold finish, this would also be ideal for all those who love to throw dinner parties.
What can I say…? Louis Vuitton, it’s Louis Vuitton people. Featuring rounded handles and front pleats, this luxury bag is SO on trend. And, um, not that I love designers, but who the HELL wouldn’t want this on Christmas morning? Need I say more?
Do you have any luxury gift ideas you would like to share? Leave me a message or comment below.
Well, it’s just over a week until Santa tackles the chimney (excuse me while I nip outside to scream in sheer panic). If like me, you’ve almost run out of cash and at present the stockings don’t exactly look brimming, read on. Here are some amazing beauty stocking filler gifts (at such a good price you can even buy 2 of each and keep one for yourself). #Hohoho!
For beauty lovers of all ages, check out this amazing stocking filler gift. Whether the colour in your lips is beginning to fade and you want to inject a boost of beautiful colour for Christmas or are simply after a key colour trend to see you through party season, Benefit’s Benetint is the perfect answer.
My advice – don’t think of this as a lipstick per se when applying to your lips. When I first tried this I simply brushed it on – big mistake. What you need to actually do is brush a few drops on and blend, repeating the process until you achieve the desired colour. The results are a gorgeous rosy glow that truly lasts. LOVE!
Do you know someone who loves the extra-long lash look? Instead of buying more falsies (that are bound to hang off by their third cocktail) why not treat them to the next best thing? L’Oreal’s Double Extension Mascara offers a two-step system comprising of a conditioning base coat (loaded with Ceramide R and containing fibres), of which ensures a luscious lengthening effect. The other side gives your lashes that much sought-after deep colour. This is one of my favourite mascaras – no clumping, smudging or mess – just stunning lashes!
3.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Duo Gift Set, £36 (Worth £48), feelunique.com
If you read my recent article on the best setting sprays, you will know Urban Decay is one of my most treasured brands. Their innovative formula combines Proprietary Temperature Control Technology that will prevent your makeup (and you) from going into meltdown mode. This super long-lasting spray means that you can stop worrying about the whether or not your makeup still looks amazing (then going to the bathroom, looking aghast at your reflection and spending the following 20 minutes trying to work out if the hot guy who smiled at you might actually have been smiling for the wrong reason). With Urban Decay’s magic All Nighter you can simply get on with enjoying the evening and know that everyone will be smiling at you for the right reasons!
This party season we all want makeup that hides imperfections, blurs away pores, doesn’t emphasise every little line and stays on longer than the taxi ride to the event, right? Could such a magical product exist? The answer is yes – and the good news is we don’t need a fairy God mother – we just need some great info. Make sure you remain stunning all evening by equipping yourself with the best finishing powders around. Here are some truly exceptional finishing powders that actually deliver outstanding results. Read on:
1.For Diminishing Shine And Brightening Skin: Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £34, www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Should you be searching for a finishing powder that provides a little bit of extra coverage, opt for the Flawless Finish by Charlotte Tilbury. This super-luxurious powder offers some seriously seamless application and keeps your complexion appearing blemish and shine-free (HUGE plus). Combined are soft-focus micro powders and light-reflecting ingredients. The result is a gorgeous matte finish (but not too much) on seemingly flawless skin. The best bit – it will last longer than Cinderella’s pumpkin coach (phew, as there is no way we want to be checking out at midnight, right?).
The majority of us want a no-filter-needed complexion without it looking so thick you could blend in with the travelling circus. Let’s be honest, the overdone look is never great. Although a tad pricey, La Mer’s Pressed Powder should be considered an investment and for me, it’s totally worth it (Too. Many. Pores). Non-cakey, lightweight and great coverage – La Mer achieves a youthful matte finish whilst greatly reducing the appearance of unsightly pores. Thank God it’s Christmas.
There’s no need to Photoshop your selfies when you have this little gem in your bag. The Wunder2 Perfect Selfie powder is a translucent product of which combines a blend of high -performance perfecting powders that blur away imperfections, creating a beautiful, soft-focus finish (without caking). Yay!. This is an amazing product and works well in achieving a natural looking, selfie-ready complexion.
4.For Radiance And A Good Riddance To Imperfections: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £42, www.spacenk.com
After hearing so many people rave about this product I was literally tripping over myself to try it – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
For me, setting powders tend to cake and I prefer to have a great setting spray and finishing powder instead. Hourglass is pretty genius as they consider how much different light impacts our look. Hourglass offer products that work the various lighting situations. Providing 6 shades that mimic 6 light sources (from harsh mornings to candlelight), their innovative formula contains ultra-fine pearl particles that effectively manipulate and filters light, whilst eliminating any evidence of imperfections. This finishing powder is like having my own secret super-power On My Face!
Do you have a favourite finishing powder? Leave your comments below xx