Christmas Gift Guide for Her 2018

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Is it too soon to be talking about the C word? 

Christmas is soon around the corner and with that comes the looming pressure of present ideas for your loved ones. To make things easier for you this year, I've made this gift guide filled with ideas and examples of presents you could gift to the women in your life this Christmas! I hope this guide fills you with inspiration and gets you into the Christmas gift-giving spirit! 


Christmas Gift Guide for Her

There's nothing better than winding down at night, reading a book and maybe nibbling on some chocolate whilst inhaling the beautiful scent of a relaxing candle. 

A few of my personal favourite candles are: 
Jo Malone
I Love... 

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

If you're on a budget or looking for stocking fillers, I recommend the I Love... candles which either come packaged in a unique printed bag at £15 for 200g, or opt for the 60g one featured in the photograph above which comes in the 'mini pamper duo set' with a matching body wash for £10! These make ideal gifts for those you love and I personally love the light, fruity fragrance of these.

 beauty products 

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

There are so many amazing gift-sets out there to treat the lady in your life. If you pop into Boots you'll find that a lot of brands have Christmas collections which can make shopping for her 10x easier. Something that I personally loved receiving a few years ago from my boyfriend was a 'create your own' Makeup Obsession palette (see here) which was from Boots. It was such a thoughtful, yet budget-friendly idea, as he knew I would enjoy creating my own palette instead of lugging around several different ones when I travel. To me, that is a perfect idea for a makeup lover!

I find you can really be thoughtful here and treat her to her favourite skincare or makeup product if you notice it's running low which will make her day. A popular skincare choice is the Pixi Glow Tonic which is an exfoliating toner, a perfect addition to a skincare regime. A fail-safe option is a luxury lipstick from M.A.C or Charlotte Tilbury, which can be a great idea as they may not purchase that themselves, yet it can feel very special to use, especially during all the Christmas festivities and celebrations. When it comes to makeup gift-sets, I definitely recommend Benefit. I think they always do the best Christmas sets and they are a great way of testing our their products before committing to the full-size.

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Most women will thank you for bath and body products such as bath bombs from Lush, and their infamous 'snow fairy' shower gel. For me, I love anything that I can use for a good pamper session so if your girl is the same, I'd look into getting her a pamper gift set such as the 'mini pamper duo sets' that I mentioned before that comes with a scented candle and body wash for £10. I particularly love the Elderflower Fizz scented gift set, as I love that vibrant, fruity scent. I think that those would make fantastic stocking fillers.


Christmas Gift Guide for Her

 It may be the inner child in me but I always love receiving a gadget as a gift for Christmas. I find it so exciting setting something up and being entertained. I think it reminds me of being a child at Christmas and receiving things in your stocking that you had previously circled beforehand in the Argos Catalogue! I'd be so amused all day just playing with my toys!

Some great ideas are headphones, as most people use them every day and can be very useful and practical too. I personally can recommend the Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones. A portable speaker is also a really good gift idea. Last Christmas I received the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 portable speaker in Cashmere-Pink which not only works really well as a speaker but it also looks pretty, which definitely is a plus. I use it every day and it is so handy for travelling. I also recommend the Bose speakers, but they are on the more pricier side.


Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Who doesn't love receiving perfume or aftershave for Christmas? I feel like I can never have enough perfumes as not only does it do its purpose and make me smell nice but I also think that it helps to dress my dressing table: 2 in 1!
I'm a huge lover of all things Marc Jacobs and my all time favourite fragrances have to be Daisy and Dot perfume. Aside from that, I also am in love with the Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume. I think it smells divine and the bottle is stunning.

 stuff for the cosy lover

If you ask me, cosy things should be the number one priority in a gift guide.
I can't think of a better present to receive than some pyjamas, slippers, dressing gown and a blanket! Anything that keeps me warm and cosy is a yes from me. I also think that receiving a book for Christmas is such a special thing as you can snuggle down with a hot cholate in your new PJ's and slippers and read a book. That sounds like such a blissful winters evening to me.

Thank you for reading!
Love, Vicky x

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I Love: Bath and Body Product Review

I Love Cosmetics Review

Many of you who are a similar age to me, might remember 'I love...' from your high school days. I certainly do anyway. I was obsessed with their shower gels and used to always give my friends the bath and shower gel sets for their birthdays! Oh to be young and thirteen again...

ANYWAY, 'I Love' have had a complete makeover and have recently launched six new scents of bath and body products, tailored towards a more older audience. The scents that I have tried are far more luxurious than what I remember them being around ten years ago. The packaging is also a complete contrast from the original range and definitely more appealing to an older audience. Also, what's great about this brand is they don't test on animals and their products contain no parabens, silicons or animal ingredients!

This new range consists of six new scents of: Body washes and body mists (£6.50), body butters (£10), bath salts (£8) and a new hand and nail cream which is £5. All of which are designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.

I Love Cosmetics Review

So far I have tried three of the scents in the Body Mists: English Rose, Elderflower Fizz and Violet DreamsThe body mists are priced at £6.50 for 150ml. I find that these body mists are perfect to keep in my handbag for a little on-the-go refreshment, especially with all this hot weather we've been having! They are both fast-drying, cooling and don't leave my skin feeling sticky in the slightest. The English Rose body mist is personally my favourite of the three that I have tried as it is light, fresh and floral. The Elderflower Fizz scent is also very fresh and unique. I love that they brought this scent out as it reminds me a lot of my childhood at my Auntie's house, as she grew Elderflower in her garden and would always offer me an Elderflower cordial, which was delicious! I am also eager to try the Elderflower scented hand and nail cream. The Violet Dreams scent is sweet and perfumed. This scent also evokes memories for myself of being a child and always picking 'parma violet' sweets at the sweet shop! I'm so impressed with the body mists' as I have been using the English Rose one in particular for a while now, as I keep it in my handbag, and yet the amount of product in the bottle has hardly moved, so I can also say that these are not only long lasting on the skin, but also in the bottle!

I Love Cosmetics Review

I've also tried two of the Body Butters: Glazed Raspberry and Vanilla Milk.
Vanilla Milk is my personal favourite as it smells so fresh and 'clean', but I also do love using the Glazed Raspberry body butter as it smells of berries and is the perfect sweet treat, so I think I will love that scent more so in the winter time. The body butters themselves are incredible. They leave my skin feeling so silky soft and moisturised all day longThey are rich and creamy as they contain shea butter and coconut oil, yet the product sinks into the skin very quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky, which I find can be rare for such a thick and indulgent body butter. The tubs contain 300ml worth of product which is great. I love using these every day after I have had a shower.

The new signature line was launched on the 18th July so if you are interested in trying these out for yourselves and going back to your childhood, their website is:

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Love, Vicky x

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How To: Pack Light This Summer

How To Pack Light

As you know if you follow me on my social media or have read my previous posts, I have recently got back from a week away in Fuerteventura, and I also went to South Wales just last weekend. With my boyfriend living in York, I also tend to go on mini-breaks there too so I'm beginning to master the art of packing light. I thought I would share with you a few of my top tips for packing when travelling to make sure you don't over pack or worse- forget something!

A Week In Fuerteventura

A Week In Fuerteventura

After surviving what was an extremely tough final year at University, all I wanted was a week lazing by the pool and Fuerteventura was perfect holiday destination for that. My boyfriend (Jack) and I stayed in Antigua at an all-inclusive hotel for a week. Our week in the sun showed me that there is far more to Fuertventura than just the sand dunes, and that if you go and explore, there is plenty to keep you occupied during your trip.

How To: Survive Your Dissertation

How To: Survive Your Dissertation

Ever since I began my first year of University, three years ago, the thought of writing my dissertation petrified me. I'd begin to notice the influx of students in the library around March-April time and I'd dread to think that soon, that would be me. However, I am pleased to announce that not only did I survive my dissertation, but I also received a FIRST CLASS result and am graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology (wow, it feels good to type that!)

York Travel Guide

York Travel Guide

I suppose you could say that I hit the jackpot finding a boyfriend that lives in such a beautiful city - we certainly aren't bored when we travel to his family home for the weekend. York, as a city, has so much to offer. With its cobbled streets, cosy tea-rooms and shops and over 30 museums and attractions, York is the perfect destination for a mini-break. So I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite places to visit in York.

Life Update

It feels strange to be writing in 1st person, using colloquial language and not writing on Word. I guess thats what comes with being a final year student. I really enjoy writing on my Blog, as I'm sure you all are aware, but lately I've been struggling not only to find the time to blog, but also the motivation to do so. I guess the pressure of being a third-year student has really got to me and I've struggled to keep up with everything. 

The Couple Next Door | Book Review

The Couple Next Door Book Review

I picked up 'The Couple Next Door' on a whim from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I read the blurb, I was instantly sold and eager to get home, make a cup of tea and start reading this. The plot of this book reminded me a lot of the Madeline McCann case as a six month old baby, with rich parents, is stolen from it's cot as the parents attend a dinner party next door.

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

How To: Get A Good Nights Sleep

Creating a ritual for myself for bedtime, allows my body to recognise the signals and begin to wind down. I find that following a few simple steps before I go to sleep, is especially important for me at the moment, as I am currently in the midst of my third year of University so the stress of my dissertation is certainly building up! I find that for me, I need around 8 hours of sleep a night to help me function the next day, get the work done (and not be cranky in the mean time). So here are five of my top tips to ensure that you get a good nights sleep.

HP Sprocket Photo Printer Review

HP Sprocket Photo Printer Review

As someone who loves scrapbooking, a portable printer couldn't have been a more perfect 21st birthday present. After having my fair share of trouble with the Polaroid Snap Touch photo printer (I'll come onto that more in a second), I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the HP Sprocket Photo Printer. 

The Secret Tool To Clear Skin

Real Techniques Miracle Cleansing Sponge

Today marks my two-year blogging anniversary! *can I get a whoop whopp*
To celebrate, I thought I'd treat you all to some inside knowledge of the miracle worker that is this product. I often get comments from people saying how clear my skin is which can I just add, makes me feel so happy and comfortable in my skin which I think is so important, so THANK YOU! But I really don't do much in terms of achieving clear skin, I just like to do the following: 

Avernaco Skincare

Sticking with my New Years resolution of trying to purchase only cruelty-free makeup, Avernaco is the perfect choice as it uses all natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare products. When Avernaco contacted me and asked if I would like to test out some of their products, I jumped at the chance, as I love using natural products on my skin especially, as I have very sensitive skin.
After never hearing of the brand before, I was intrigued to find out that they are an online shop who launched in the UK late last year, and who pride themselves on 'helping everyone feel the best they can'. Their site is a great 'go-to' as it stocks everything from baby to adult; shampoo to deodorant; toothpaste to sun lotion; which makes the site suitable for the whole family!
The first thing that I picked up from the site was the Essential Paw Paw balm as I don't know about you, but I really suffer from dry lips around this time of year so I was interested in trying a product that claims to 'soothe, protect and restore'. This has to be the favourite thing that I recieved from Avernaco. This is just a miracle worker to me as it really hydrates my lips and it feels so moisturising and soft. This product contains shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and calendula and is free from petroleum jelly, parabeans, silicones, colour and many more nasty ingredients. I have the balm in the 7g size, yet it is also available in 25g and 75g sizes which is great as I definitely need to get more of this.
I also picked up the Natralus Intensive Skin Therapy Pure Moisturising Lotion which has soon become a staple in my skincare routine as a face moisturiser. This absorbs into my skin so quickly and I really feel like it makes a huge difference to the appearance on my skin. My face feels more hydrated and nourished after I've used this, which I find really perks up my complexion and helps my skin to look healthier and more awake, which is definitely much appreciated at the present moment! From the same range, I also chose the Natralus Ultra Skin Repair Pure Hydrating Gel, which aims to soothe and restore the appearance of dry and damaged skin. This, like the lotion, also contains paw paw, aloe vera and vitamin E. I found that this works great on burns which I am really impressed with. It is also great for very dry, dehydrated skin so I like to put this on my hands every so often when I think they need a little bit of TLC.
Lastly, I was sent the SPLAT Biocalcium mouthwash to try out which I have been using daily. I love the feel that this gives to my mouth/teeth after use. My mouth feels fresh and super clean and I love knowing that this product is free from fluroide and other nasty ingredients; as well as it helping to reduce any tooth sensitivity and protect against tooth decay and plaque.
I hope you guys are all well and you enjoyed reading this post! 
*Disclaimer: I was sent these products in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own*
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Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Hey everyone,

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so today I thought I would share with you an easy, fun makeup look for whatever your plans may be. Whether you are celebrating with your other half or celebrating singledom with your girlfriends, this look can suit all occasions as it can easily transfer from a day to an evening look.

  1. Start by applying Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer onto your face using your fingertips.
  2. Next, apply M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation using a wet beauty blender.
  3. For concealer, use the Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Concealer.
  4. Next, powder your face. For this occasion, I decide to be fancy and 'bake' so I used the Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder to bake under my eyes and then I swept the excess all over my face to set my makeup.
  5. To add some colour into my pale face, I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to bronze and contour which helped add some definition to my face.
  6. For those perfectly flushed cheeks, I used the L'Oreal Blush Sculpt in 102 for a sweep of colour on the apples of my cheeks. 
  7. Next, I used my M.A.C Soft & Gentle highlighter on my cheekbones, down my nose, on my brow bone and a little bit on my cupids bow. I think this definitely helped to lift this look and make my skin appear healthy and dewy, after using such a matte, full-coverage foundation.
  8. For brows, I stuck with my trusty M.A.C Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette (see review) and used concealer around the edges to sharpen them up.
  9. Then, apply the Eylure Brow Control and Shape Gel to set those unruly brows in place.
  10. For eyeshadow, I used the orange and red shades in the Morphe 35O palette alongside the gorgeous, champagne shade (1st row, 3rd one in) in my inner corner.
  11. Line your top lash line with a black liquid eyeliner and create a 'cat-eye' flick. I used the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner Pen but any liner will do the trick.
  12. Apply the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara to your top and bottom eyelashes and then apply the Primark 'Full Look' lashes using DUO eyelash glue (optional!).
  13. To finish off the look, I applied a M.A.C lipstick in the shade 'Brave'.

14. For that extra bit of sophistication, I popped on the imPRESS French Manicure nails to      polish everything off!

Let me know your plans for Valentine's Day and I hope you have a great day regardless of if you are celebrating or not!
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Hey Good Lookin | Vanilla Coffee Scrub Review

Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Coffee Scrub

I'm a newbie when it comes to coffee scrubs. As someone who does not like the strong scent of coffee all that well, the idea of scrubbing it into my body was not appealing to me. However, when you add vanilla into that mix, a scent/flavour that I absolutely adore, it becomes a whole new ball game.

This is a vanilla scented body scrub made with 100% Organic coffee, from the brand 'Hey Good Lookin'. This exfoliating scrub helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks by stimulating the skin and helping to restore and tighten it. To do this, I like to use this in the shower by massaging the scrub in circular motions and then rinsing it off. The scrub also helps with both dry AND oily skin which I think is amazing. 

Hey Good Lookin Vanilla Coffee Scrub

The scrub contains:
 Organic Robusta Coffee
  • Himalayan Pink Blush Salt
  • Shea Butter
  • Almond Oil
  • Vanilla Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Babassu Oil

 This scrub smells phenomenal (wow, what a word) and I love that it lingers on my skin for such a long time! The first time I used this I could smell the scent of sweet coffee beans following me around and I was so shocked when I realised that it was still the scent of the scrub on my skin! By using this scrub around three-four times a week, I have noticed how soft my skin has been, despite it being winter! It literally feels like a babys' bottom all over! Since being introduced to this, my perception of coffee scrubs has completely changed and now I wonder whether I could NOT use one as they make me feel so pampered and rejuvenated, which is something that really helps to perk up my mood as a tired, drained third-year student!

This product is currently £13.95 and is also available in a coconut scent (see here). I do think that nearly £14 for a coffee scrub that I am using very frequently is highly expensive, but I've noticed that most coffee body scrubs are priced around this mark. An advantage of this one in particular is that it is cruelty-free and contains no parabens! 
Have you ever tried a coffee scrub? If so let me know which one and what you thought of it in the comments below! 
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ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

Hey everyone,

I can't even describe how excited I am to be writing this post as an actual owner of this palette! I have wanted this palette for the longest time but I could never justify spending *gulp*, £43 on an eyeshadow palette. However for Christmas last year, I kindly received some money so technically this was a present, which makes me feel slightly better! I bought this palette from Beauty Bay and I also got free next day delivery from there which I was very pleased about, as that meant I had it in time to use it for my NYE makeup!

The Modern Renaissance palette is the first thing that I have bought from the brand Anastasia Beverley Hills, but I was very pleased when I realised that this palette is also cruelty free, which means that I began my 2018 goal of trying to transition to only cruelty-free makeup, before 2018 even began! 

The palette contains 14 eyeshadows; some of which are shimmers, whereas most of the shades are matte, which I prefer as I find matte shades to be more versatile. The palette is a mix of warm neutral shades and popping red and cranberry tones, which for me, meant that this palette was love at first sight. To make this palette even better, it is packaged in a dusty pink/lilac velvet exterior which is so 'me' right now if you looked into my wardrobe and bedroom! The palette contains a flip back magnetic lid and a large rectangular mirror which not many of my palettes do, so I am very pleased with that. The palette also contains a duo-ended makeup brush, with one end being a fluffy blending brush and the other end being a densely packed precision brush which along with the large mirror, makes this palette perfect for on-the-go use and travelling! I felt like I needed this, firstly because it is so beautiful and secondly because I don't own anything like it- or at least thats how I justified the £43...

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Review

  • All the shades in this palette are very soft and silky to apply onto the lid and have great pigmentation. The shades also compliment each other really well. I must admit that I was initially shocked when I first swatched this palette as I was pretty disappointed which the pigmentation of the colours and began to regret buying this palette on the premise that is was pretty on instagram as opposed to actually researching it. However, I needn't have worried as when I actually used this on my eyes, it was perfectly fine and in fact, very pigmented. I think it's because these shades are all so creamy and buttery, that when swatched on my arm, they didn't show up as well as I am used to with other palettes that I own. 

  •        Tempera: This is a very light peachy nude colour, which is perfect for highlighting the inner corners and the brow bone. This colour isn't particularly very pigmented at all on the swatch shown below (first picture); but I assure you, on the lid, it is pigmented.
           Golden Ochre: This is a matte, earthy yellow colour, with strong olive tones .
           Vermeer: A light peach shade with warm undertones. 
           Buon Fresco:  A muted, dusty mauve shade with a matte finish. 
           Antique Bronze: A surprisingly rusty, shimery brown. It definitely applies more red-hued than you would expect. Simply gorgeous color. This is a more muted brown shade with warm, reddish undertones as opposed to the red shade that I expected it to be.
    ·       Love Letter: A dark cranberry shade with a cool undertone and a matte finish. This shade is really buildable and one of the shades that instantly drew me to this palette as I love being brave and opting for a bright, cranberry eye look, especially during the colder months.
           Cyprus UmberA deep dark brown with a warm undertone and a matte finish.
      Raw Sienna: This is a matte, medium yellow/brown shade which is very different to any shade I have ever seen before.
            Burnt OrangeThis is a matte, medium orange/brown shade which has a warm undertone. This shade is more orange/yellow based than raw Sienna is. 
            Primavera: This is one of the shimmer shades in this palette. This is a light, gold shimmer which could also be used as a highlighter or for a cut-crease.
    ·        Red Ochre: A matte, medium-dark burnt red shade, which ties in nicely with 'burnt orange'. I did find that I had to pack on more of this shade onto my lids to build up the colour of this.
    ·       Venetian Red:  This is a dark red with a cool undertone. This shade is similar to 'Love letter', yet it is a shimmery shade.
    ·       Warm Taupe: This is a earthy brown shade which is warm undertone and a matte finish. The texture of this shade is very smooth and buttery, making it very easy to blend out. 
           Realgar: This is a medium-dark burnt orange shade with a warm undertone and a matte finish. Again, I noticed this shade was particularly creamy.

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches
1st Row

ABH Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches
2nd Row
Overall, at £43 for only 12 shades, this palette it insanely expensive in comparison to lets say, the Morphe palettes in which you get 35 shades for around £22, but I definitely think for the quality, this palette is worth the splurge!

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