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The ideal present | Gifting with Soap and Glory

*The following post contains products that were sent to me free of charge in expectation of a review/post on my blog. This does not shape nor form my opinion. This is not a paid placement. 

It's CHRISTMAS! Well, almost. 


I don't know about you, but I feel like the Christmas season is upon us a lot sooner this year. The adverts are out, people are putting their trees up, and I'm a Celebrity is on TV. It is such a joyous time of year (except from all my looming deadlines) and I can't wait to get further into the Christmas spirit. With Xmas being so close, it can only mean one thing, presents. Whether we are making wish lists for ourselves or to buy lists for others, it's that time of year when all the beautiful gift sets start appearing in stores. I am going to share with you a few of my favourites today. 

Soap and Glory are KNOWN for Christmas gifting. The Queens of the 3 for 2 world, per se. Their abundance of indulgent sets at a great price make them a go to for many people in December. Stocking fillers, best friends presents and more, they really have something for everyone. 

Soap and Glory recently sent me two of their Christmas gift sets, and let me say, they are SO cute! Opening the box, I squealed in delight. So gorgeously packaged and SO festive, I couldn't wait to crack them open and see what was awaiting me inside! 


The first set, the Naughty but Spice duo, comes with a Best Washes spiced body wash and a This Butter Be Good hydrating body butter. Old favourites with a new twist, they smell so christmassy and luxe. If you are looking for a good, reliable gift, maybe for said stockings or even a secret Santa, I think this would be perfect. Who doesn't use body wash? (I mean, hopefully the answer to that is no one) and body butter is a lovely little treat. A real fail safe, yet stunning little set. 



The second set, Glitz the Girl, comes with a Spectaculips™ Matte-Allic™ Metallic Matte Lip Cream in Pink Charming, a Crazy Sexy Kohl™ in Smoulder and a Goldy-Luxe Golden Face Glitter Gel.



If you are currently planning your festive party makeup look (that was a mouthful!) then this little set will be the ideal thing for you to pick up when you're next in Boots. The kohl eyeliner is perfect for creating dramatic smokey eyes, the gold glitter gel is fabulous for adding a bit of sparkle (obviously essential in the Christmas period) and the metallic lip colour can add something a little different to your look, something a little more than your average nude. Either for yourself, or as a present, the recipient will be delighted with this gorgeous makeup kit. You can't get much more christmassy than that! 


I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and be sure to check out the Soap and Glory gift sets. I am sure you were planning on it anyway, because as I mentioned, they are the Queens of the beauty kit world! 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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My brow routine

I often get questions about how I fill in my eyebrows. I never included doing them in GRWM's because honestly, they took too long to do. I would spend up to 15 minutes perfecting my brows each time, up until I found the perfect product. This new kit that I have rediscovered allows me to fill in my brows in as little as 5 minutes. An actual game changer.


I've probably used every type of brow product on the market. Pencils to pomades, powders to gels. I always got along best with creamier products - ones that would glide through the brows effortlessly, but still provide a sharp, on fleek look. Most recently, I was using a pomade, which I loved, but it began to dry up, so I switched to a different powder that I found. Because of the dry formula, I found it tricky to use and had to dampen it with water every time. I then, by a stroke of luck, found the below hidden away in my makeup drawers.


The Kiss Cosmetics brow palette. I had completely neglected it, regretfully, and when I rediscovered it, well, I haven't looked back. The perfect solution to my lust for a creamy brow item. It has powders, and a wax. A WAX! I had forgotten how good wax is for brows, and this handy little kit has changed my makeup routine for the absolute better.

I use the wax first, and then apply the darkest powder on top. My hair is pretty dark and I like my brows to be too, so this is great. There is a lighter shade too if you want to do the whole ombre thing. The edit on the above pictures makes the powders look slightly warmer and lighter - I had to play around with the lighting because the OG images were way too dark. IRL, they are more cool toned and slightly darker, which is fab.

I combine the above with a little bit of the Beautanio brow gel, which keeps them locked in. The Kiss palette is pretty long standing itself, especially because of the wax, it really holds them bad boys in place. I just like to be extra careful. Oh, and I use the beautiful spectrum angled brush to sweep the magicness through. I forgot that part.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! And thank you to Kiss for gifting me this brow product, I am so glad I pulled it out of the drawers once again.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*This product was gifted to me in the hope I'd feature it on my blog. I have, out of my own free will, because I truly love the product. No say from Kiss or their affiliated partners was said in this post. It was all my own words! :)



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Fate

The exact time is 22:27pm on the 3rd of November 2018. I am sat crossed legged, on my bed, listening to the sound of fireworks explode outside of my flat window. It reminds me of the night I spent in London, a year ago to this day. I just had the sudden urge to write. To write about fate, my experience, and what it means to me. 


You've probably heard the saying "everything happens for a reason" a million times. It's a quote I personally like to live by. I've been known to say - quite controversially - that I believe that coincidences don't exist. I fully trust that things happen the way that they do in order to teach us something or show us something we wouldn't have realised otherwise. However you think of it, whether it be that the stars are aligning or what will be will be, all of us have a habit of blaming things on the universe, or God, or the stars. 

If you know me, you will probably be aware of the fact that I believe in astrology. Every ounce of me does. Others may put their faith in God, or another higher power, but for me, astrology is where I wonder towards. Like other religions or beliefs, it gives me a sense of grounding. It reminds me that yes, I have the control to change my life, but the course is lightly set, which in a sense, eases my chaotic mind. More on this another time. 

When I dwell on this, I often get reminded of how I feel about people, and how they come into play when fate and destiny is concerned. 


Some people come into your life as blessings, and others as lessons. 

Equally as important. One slightly nicer to deal with than the other. 

I can name 8 people (excluding family, because they are family, and that's different) that I know for a fact were put in my life for a reason. I can even tell you that reason, as I feel so strongly about it. Some were good reasons, some were bad. Mostly good though. 

I am not going to tell you the identities, but I will tell the reason of why I believe I met all 8 of these people and what they each taught me.

Person 1 taught me what it feels like to be screwed over by a friend for the first time.They also taught me forgiveness, trust and the capacity to love someone as family. 

Person 2 taught me what love feels like, but also what love shouldn't feel like. 

Person 3 taught me how true friendships can form. They showed me that people can understand you, to your core, and that even though obstacles may get in the way, true friendship will always suffice. 

Person 4 taught me how true friendships can form online. And that they are of no less value than any other friendship. 

Person 5 taught me to never judge a book by its cover. Or their cover in this sense. And there's more to people than you would think. They taught me to open up to people I normally wouldn't and recognise that people are more like myself than I would typically like to believe. 

Person 6 taught me that nobody is perfect, no matter how much you romanticise them. Every one has flaws, and it's up to you whether you should make that compromise. They also taught me patience, and the true meaning of everything takes time. 

Person 7 taught me that there is light in your darkest days, and if you can laugh, you can do anything. 

Person 8 taught me what it's like to have a soulmate. And that soul mates don't have to be romantic. 

It is weird reflecting on these people. We are all on different paths, in different places, but at one point, they happened to cross. Bringing each individual into my life. Some for a moment, some for a lifetime. I value each of these encounters, and without them, I wouldn't be the person that I am today. Even the not so good ones - and that's the thing. You can either focus on the trauma that they brought - or focus on what that experience showed you. Every experience has the capability to teach you something, even if it isn't obvious at first. 

I can only see the lessons afterwards for the most part - some, years later. We all get caught up in the moment, and we never stop and think, why is this happening? It's not always necessary, and you could say that not everyone or every encounter can have a lesson taken away from. However, that is a lesson on itself, right? 

Next time you meet someone, have a think, why? Why have we met? What are you meant to teach me? If the outcome is bad, at least there is a silver lining. You can't have a rainbow without a little rain.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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