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2015 favourites

2015 has been a year full of amazing product releases and new beauty loves. I thought in today's blog post I would show you all my personal favourites. Let's finish the year I started blogging with a good old round up. My favourite brand as a whole this year has been Kiko. All of their products I have tried I have loved, they never seem to disappoint me. They are outstanding quality, not only with the product, but with the packaging too. It looks and seems so much more expensive than it actually is, all of the products are in the same price range as common drugstore brands such as Bourjois and Revlon. My favourite Kiko product as you probably all know by now is the creamy stick highlighter. It adds a gorgeous glow to the skin. I also love their lip gloss sticks. Another stand out product of the year for me has been Mac lipsticks. They are by far my favourite lipstick formula that I have tried. They last a long time on the lips, and apply so nicely. They are on the hig

Blogmas day twenty four // The final day

Overall, I have loved doing Blogmas this year. It has been so much fun. Hard at times, which I guess is understandable, however, it has truly been so great. The first thing I wanted to talk about is my makeup advent calender and my posts surrounding it. I loved having a makeup advent calender this year - it was very cool. The makeup advent calender I had (if you missed the previous posts, they can be found here  and here ) was the Makeup revolution one. It was a great calender, it had a wide selection of products and every day I was happy with what I received. However, something I didn't enjoy, to be honest, was doing a blogmas post on them. I hadn't had a chance to try any of the products out, so I felt as if the posts weren't very interesting to read, and there was so much more I wanted to squeeze into blogmas, rather than just 'wasting' my days on them. Because of all this, I have decided to do a 'makeup revolution advent calender favourites' post somet

Blogmas day twenty three // Christmas makeup look ideas using affordable products

Yesterday and Today I created some easy to do festive looks and I thought I would show you what I had created. Look number one "Gold eyes and a wearable red lip" Primer - Rimmel fix and perfect Foundation - Rimmel wake me up Concealer - Collection lasting perfection Powder - Rimmel stay matte Contour - Sleek contour kit in light Bronzer - Avon glow bronzer Blush - Makeup revolution in wow Highlighter - Makeup revolution in hidden lights Eyebrows - MUA eye-shadow in Chestnut Eye-shadow base - Maybeline colour tattoo in On and On bronze (applied lightly) Eye-shadows - All over the lid: Makeup revolution in mountains of gold                          In the crease: Tanya Burr Hollywood eye palette eye-shadow in bookworm Eye-liner - MUA felt eye-liner in black Mascara - Maybeline lash sensational Lip gloss - Makeup revolution in a red colour (more like pink when applied to the lips) Look number two "Taupe eyes and a purple lip" Prime

Blogmas day twenty two // Christmas sleepover essentials

One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is have a festive sleepover with my friends. I think it's so much fun, getting cosy under blankets, eating too much food, and laughing ridiculous amounts. Here are 5 things that I think are essential for the perfect Christmas sleepover: 1. A good Christmas film What makes a Christmas sleepover Christmassy? A feel good Christmas film. I actually have a whole blog post dedicated to my favourite Christmas films, and you can check it out here .  2. Ingredients for an amazing hot chocolate Hot chocolate powder, squirty cream and marshmallows. Perfect!  3. Fun Xmas pj's They are even better if you get matching ones with the friend you're having a night in with! 4. Pamper products Taking the time to give yourself a special pamper on your special night is a great idea. It will make you feel super relaxed and ready to snuggle up! 5. CHOCOLATE! Now, let's be real, you

Blogmas day twenty one // Easy shortbread biscuits

Today I made some shortbread biscuits. They were very easy to do and a perfect festive snack, so I thought I would show you how I did them! I don't actually share many recipes on my blog, but I do love baking. You will need: 150g of plain flour. (I actually used self raising this time, if you do, just be sure to prick the biscuits with a fork before they go in the oven to prevent them from raising too much) 100g of butter 50g of caster sugar A drop or 2 of vanilla extract For decoration: Icing sugar & water Different colours of icing Edible balls 1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees 2. Add the flour and the butter to a bowl and breadcrumb the mixture 3. Add the caster sugar and vanilla extract 4. Bind the dough together 5. Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for 1 hour 6. Remove from the fridge and roll out the dough 7. Cut into your desired shapes 8. Bake for 25 minutes 9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10

Blogmas day twenty // Winter skies

Over the past couple of mornings, I have seen the most beautiful skies. A mixture of colours has created the most wonderful view out of my bedroom window, and I thought I would show you a glimpse of what I got to admire. #nofilter Seasons Greetings, Tamzin xxx

Blogmas day nineteen // A few Christmassy things

Here are a few Christmassy things I have captured over the past few days: Wearing Christmassy makeup. Cranberry smokey eyes are the one for me at the moment.  Baking buns whilst listening to Christmas songs. Constantly wearing my burgundy high neck jumper. It's just the perfect colour. Seeing the festive lights in Meadowhall. Eating turkey and cranberry sandwiches in cosy cafes.  Seasons Greetings, Tamzin xxx

Blogmas day eighteen // Christmas jumper day w/ ThatGirlWhoBlogs

ThatGirlWhoBlogs Today nationally it was Christmas jumper day, and I thought it was a good idea to show you not only my Christmas jumper, but Izzy's too. They are both from Primark. Mine is a pale grey colour with a brown reindeer on. It has a fluffy stomach section which is extremely soft. The overall jumper is very cosy and a bargain at £9. Izzy's jumper is actually from the Men's section at Primark. Personally, we both don't mind because we feel as if Christmas jumpers are Unisex. Also, we feel as if the men's section has better Christmas jumpers, for example Izzy's sings. In the women's section, they were a few good ones, however the men's were more Jazzy and fun, so if you are into that kind of thing, be sure to have a wander over to the men's. Izzy's was also £9. Seasons Greetings, Tamzin xxx

Blogmas day seventeen // Not today

I'm not doing a christmassy post today, because to be completely honest I am not in the mood. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, except this year, it hasn't been. I haven't had the happiest festive period, and I feel as if even though doing Blogmas is great, I may seem all Christmassy and merry, when really, I am not feeling like that at all. There are many things going on in my life at the moment - things to do with myself, school, home, whatever, it's generally everything, and moving past these things and attempting to make head space for Christmas is proving hard. Every single night, for the past 17 nights, I have been sitting down and writing a blog post. No pre written ones, each one I have typed just before I have published it. Every time I have done this, it may have lifted my Christmas spirits slightly, or distracted me from current on goings, but it's so hard to be fully involved with something when you are not fully there, if you get what I mean

Blogmas day sixteen // Easy last minute gift guide

Tonight I am going to add lots of products which I recommend for gifts at the side of my blog. If you click 'Shop now' on the links it will take you straight to the products. These products are on Amazon, and quite a fair bit more affordable than RRP. The majority of them also come with Amazon Primer/Free UK delivery. There will be: Makeup, Skincare, Gadgets, Toys, Games, Books, Music and more... Happy Shopping! Seasons Greetings, Tamzin xxx

Blogmas day fifteen // Any Christmas traditions???

Here are 10 things that as a family we do every Christmas: 1 - Hang mine and my brothers personalised baubles on the tree, which we have had since we were born.  2 - Go to the cinemas for a festive day out around Christmas time, usually to see a Xmas film 3 - Go for a festive walk, either on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day. 4 - Ensure we go to bed before midnight on Christmas Eve.  5 - Tyler, my brother, always wakes me up on Christmas morning 6 - We open our stocking presents whilst sitting on my mum's bed  7 - Eat chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day 8 - Open a 'table present' before we begin our Christmas meal 9 - Make Christmas dinner together. Well apart from my brother, he never really helps. I always cross the sprouts/ (If you know what that is, good on you) 10 - Buy, prepare and eat way too much food!  Seasons Greetings, Tamzin xxx

Blogmas day fourteen // Monday treat // Maybeline 3 for 2 + Free gift

It's back. The return of the Saturday/Monday treats. Who's excited?! I definitely am. And this time, it is better than ever, and that is because, it is a festive edition. Well, almost.  At this time of year, lots of brands come out with amazing deals. Lots of free gifts get thrown around, and the Maybeline one is something special.  The Maybeline deal is: If you buy 3 things from the brand, you receive a 2 piece nail polish set. However, when you buy 3 things, one of them is free too because of the 3 for 2. So really, you are getting 4 products (5 if you count each nail polish) for the price of 2.  This applies to all Maybeline products. I got the following: -Baby skin primer -Fit me concealer -Colour tattoo in Creme de nude +the free gift in 'let it snow' All these products totalled up to £14, which is amazing. However you could really make the most out of this deal by buying either really cheap things and getting the free nail polish f

Blogmas day thirteen // Places I would love to visit at Christmas

Each Christmas, we do the same sort of thing and stay at home. There isn't anything wrong with that. I like the traditions, the cosiness, the warmth of being with my family... however, there are so many places I would like to go to in my life, at Christmas time. New York I would love to go to New York at Christmas. The outdoor ice skating rinks, the lights, the music, the baked goods on the streets, the shopping, being in the place where ELF was filmed... Germany The impressive Christmas markets, with their beautiful stalls and handmade goods, and oh, don't forget the food! German sausages, hot drinks, as you stroll around the stunning Christmas havens. Iceland I think this is actually at the top of my list. One of my main goals in life is to see the Northern lights, as well as go to Iceland. Imagine visiting Santa, seeing the reindeer, going on a sleigh ride, or even one pulled my huskies, staying in an igloo hotel, diving into hot ice pools... And most importantly

Blogmas day twelve // Day 6-10 of my makeup revolution advent calender

Before you read this post, make sure you've checked out day 1-5 here . Today's the day I show you the last five things I got in my advent calender! Here goes: An orange lipstick. Quite unusual, as it's a straight up orange with no pink or red tones. I like that they included this, a thing you wouldn't usually opt for, but when you receive it and experiment with it, you might actually end up loving it. A dark brown eye-shadow. Great for using as a crease colour, or even a liner. A purple lipstick. I actually love purple lipstick so I am so excited to try this out! If I wear anything else on my lips apart from nudes, it will be a purple. A not too dark one, just one like this actually. A hot pink blush. I am so excited about this! I have always gravitated towards pale face colours, however, as I have seen in a lot of makeup tutorials, if you use the smallest amount of a bright blush, it can instantly perk up your cheeks and give you a really natural