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Christmas round-up

26 Dec

Happy Boxing Day! I hope you’re all suitably stuffed with Baileys and chocs and not regretting a thing.

Christmas this year was a simple affair. A mock Christmas was held on the 18th December at the home I share with my boyfriend. The broken oven didn’t get us down and we celebrated with a whole host of delicious delights; fig and walnut cheese, French loaf and Indian chicken pakoras were the savory treat whilst mini Swiss chocolates and millionaire shortbread provided a welcome sugar rush. Robin and I exchanged presents with Yankee candles providing a Christmassy anticipation.

Sat on the super thick rug in pjs and cuddled up under a floral patchwork quilt, we exchanged carefully selected gifts wrapped in metallic papers and finished off with soppy gift cards. Robin unwrapped books about everything from productivity to tailoring and I was presented with treats from Liberty:

Robin, ever the thoughtful one, also bought me Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange; I’m in love! The book also came with a promise… of a trip to Paris!

I’ll be packing my Breton stripes and black shiny flats and heading off to Paris for my 23rd birthday at the start of May (if all goes to plan!) I want to cruise down the Seine, shop until I drop in all the chic boutiques and be held tightly as I stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Has anyone got any top tips for a romantic Paris break? Luckily for me, R speaks fluent French so I’m looking forward to sighing with romance as he orders brie and grapes for breakfast.

Yesterday was the main event with the little brothers, mum and step-dad in tow. Tip-toeing like a child into my mum’s room at 745am on Christmas morning, I awoke the whole house with a round of Christmas singing and childish foolery! At 22 years old, I was the most excited!

Sausage sandwiches and Christmas cookies kicked off breakfast as my brothers worked through pile after pile of boyish gifts. Squeals of shock and delight echoed in the room as I presented my little brother with a Justin Beiber mask (yes, really!) and I was chuffed to see they’d been given the One Direction album- think I’ll be having a sneaky play of that!

Then it came to me and, after a year of working hard, I was rewarded by the bearded man himself! Glittery purple wrapping paper played host to lavender room scents, Yankee candles, pore penetrating face masks and a rose gold watch. And clearly Santa knows what a beauty junkie I am! Piled under my tree right this second sits products from Philosophy, enough Elemis to make my own spa, the Soap and Glory bag set and a Leighton Denny set which took my breath away. Hurrah!

I’m armed with a little cash to hit the shops tomorrow and I’m on the hunt for some new jeans, a sexy black leather jacket and a whole host of fashion magazine to swot up on trends before I head to do work experience with More magazine in 3 weeks!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas filled with laughter, family, friends and vino!

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Soap and Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk Review

4 Aug

I’ve recently become a major Soap and Glory fan after acquiring a few products through the City WI tombola (and a rather glam tombola it was!) One of the items I got my hands on was Soap and Glory’s Clean Mary Cleansing Milk. With the weather being so up and down, my pores have decided to attack and my skin is just feeling a little grubby right now. The Clean Mary Cleansing Milk is a lightweight formula that claims to shrink pores, banish blackheads and leaving skin feeling free of that polluted feeling that summer can bring. And I am in love!

Apply a 50p sized amount of the cleansing milk to your face and rub in large circular motions to really stimulate those evil pores, rinse well and then simple pat dry. What takes around 60 seconds will leave your skin feeling soft, squeaky clean and back to its normal healthy self all day long. I use this product then apply my favourite SPF moisturiser for during the day or simply use it when I’ve taken my make-up off in the evening and need to give my skin a chance to breathe.

I’ve tried a lot of cleansers but they can often feel the same to me, never quite getting things as clean as I like them, but this product really does beat them all. And whilst I’ll still use my favourite Boots No7 hot cloth cleanser for when my skin needs a little radiance, Soap and Glory’s cleansing milk really has taken over this summer. Dare I say it… I think I’ve found my Holy Grail cleanser!

If there’s not an option to win this product in a tombola, you can purchase it from ASOS for £6.15 for 180ml.