I know a lot of you have probably bought most of your Christmas presents by now but if you are looking to put something a bit different under the tree this year, check some of these shops out. I've popped together a little list of three of my favourite independent online shops that I think you should all support over the festive season!







Have you been shopping independently recently? I'd love to hear all about your favourite shops. Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter! Have a fab day, and don't forget to shop independent whenever you can! 

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INDEPENDENT SHOPS TO SUPPORT THIS XMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 17


After playing around in the snow all day Sean and I decided it was about time to give our room a festive vibe. We are well into the Christmas season now and despite the rest of my house being fully decorated, we just hadn't got around to doing our bedroom up! Heres a little vid of us jazzing up our room with a bit of a room tour thrown in the mix too. Enjoy!


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XMAS DECORATIONS & ROOM TOUR | BLOGMAS DAY 16


Another day another gift guide. Todays Blogmas post is all about picking the perfect present if you are taking part in Secret Santa! Most of the time Secret Santa gifts are meant to be pretty budget friendly so all of my picks are £10 and under. There are also gifts for every type of person here, so even the hardest people to buy for wont be left out this Christmas.                 
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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - SECRET SANTA | BLOGMAS DAY 15

If you are a beauty lover like me, you probably have more makeup than you would happily admit. I know I have a hell of a lot, and most of it comes in the form of eyeshadow. It's no secret that I like a well made up eye but my collection of palettes is getting a bit out of control now; I have a whole drawer full! 

So when I set my heart on the new Kylie Cosmetics Purple Palette I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: I needed this gorgeous selection of Lilacs and Violets in my life, but I didn't really have the money or the space for yet another set of eyeshadows. Or did I?


There was no way to get these shades out of my head. I needed purple eyeshadows in my life. No other palette I possess has such gorgeous purple hues, and now I can't live without them. How do I own these colours without forking out a shed load of cash or taking up yet more room in my makeup drawer? Easy, I'll make my own palette.

As someone who buys eyeshadow singles to fill the gaps in her eyeshadow colour collection, I know there is no where else that stocks such a range of shades that MAC does. So off I went, with my strict budget and ideal shades in mind to fulfil all of my eyeshadow dreams.


MAC eyeshadows aren't cheap, they start at £13 each, but when bought with an empty palette they go down to just £10. Okay, I know that still isn't mega budget friendly, but it's a lot better, especially if you plan to buy quite a few. I just wanted two. I spent a ridiculous amount of time picking my colours as there really is a massive selection, but I eventually found two I fell in love with. The shades I chose are Parfait Amour (left) and Satellite Dreams (right). The singles fit nicely into a very compact double palette which is quite moderately priced at just £4. The case is magnetic which means your singles wont fall out and its also reusable.

The total for my new personalised palette was £24. Its deffinitley not the cheapest way to buy eyeshadow but I've always found MAC to be incredibly high quality, plus by choosing all of my own shades, I know I will get use out of ALL of them unlike other pricey palettes I've bought in the past (Naked 3, I'm looking at you).


I'm super happy with my teeny-tiny palette. I can take it on the go with me and replace my shades at any time I like. I'd recommend picking out your own colours if you are a big makeup fan because there will always be gaps in your collection if you stick to just buying the popular palettes. I also think it would make a fab gift to buy someone an empty palette and a gift card so they can go wild and make their own perfect palette.

Have you ever made your own palette before?

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THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE | BLOGMAS DAY 14


So you might have already seen it but on Saturday Sean and I had such a fun day in the snow! I honestly can't remember the last time we had enough snow to actually do anything with so we made the most of it! Despite the cold we had a really really good time and I just had to capture it all on film!


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DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?! | BLOGMAS DAY 13


Blogmas day 12 and another fab gift guide! Todays guide is for Boyfriends. I always find Sean really hard to buy for. He has pretty much all the books he could ever want (even though he constantly buys more) and we always have quite a tight budget for each other cause most of our money is being put away for when we move out. I don't even know what I'm getting him yet so hopefully by the end of this gift guide I'll give myself some present inspiration too!

- Gifts Under £50 -
         

       

- Gifts Between £20 & £50 -
         

       

- Gifts Under £20 -
         

       
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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - FOR BOYFRIENDS | BLOGMAS DAY 12

So I'm pretty sure everyone in the UK is fed up of hearing about the snow by now but honestly I don't care. We don't get it very often and I mean come on, its beautiful! Yesterday me and Sean took full advantage of our rare weather and spent hours playing around like children. We even built our very own snowman! And yes I am wearing a oneise, it was cold shut up.


As always I vlogged our little snow day so be sure to keep an eye out for that in the coming days! What did you guys get up to in the snow?

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SNOW DAY | BLOGMAS DAY 11


A few days back I published a blog post full of photos from mine and Sean's day in Ludlow. As always I recorded quite a bit of footage but I just didn't have the time to put it together until now! We had a fab day wandering around the town and the castle, I hope it shows :) 


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LUDLOW MEDIEVAL XMAS FAYRE VLOG | BLOGMAS DAY 10


Christmas is getting closer and closer but don't worry if you haven't bought your Dad anything yet, I've got you covered with yet another gift guide! As Always, I've split my picks into three categories so there is something for everyones budget!

- Gifts Over £50 -
         
       
- Gifts Between £20 & £50 -
         
       
- Gifts Under £20 -
         
       
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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - FOR DADS | BLOGMAS DAY 9

So a lot of us are going to have time to kill over Christmas. Not me, I work in retail. But for all you lucky people who are going to be having a few days off I've selected the finest TV Shows and films to binge watch over the holidays. I've got a good selection of classics, comedies, and films that will have you crying your eyes out. As pretty much everyone has Netflix I made sure all of my picks can be found on the UK site right now! Enjoy!


- FILMS -

Hacksaw Ridge
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
P.S. I Love You
The Breakfast Club
The Virgin Suicides
Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie
Clueless
The Babadook 
Me Before You
Mama Mia
The Beach
Diary Of A Teenage Girl


- SERIES -

Big Mouth
Stranger Things
F is for Family
Victoria
How To Get Away With Murder
Walking With dinosaurs
Wet Hot American Summer
Marco Polo
American Horror Story
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
Skins
Horrible Histories


So what will you be binge watching this Christmas? Anything from my carefully selected list? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter!

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FILMS & SERIES TO BING WATCH THIS CHRISTMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 8

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