Get ready with me on Christmas Eve 2016

Here is just a quick overview of what products I used to get ready for my meet up with friends at the local pub on Christmas Eve evening ….

After having a pretty lazy day Christmas Eve I decided to start getting ready for my night out super early. I enjoy taking my time and being relaxed whilst getting ready. So I started off my pamper routine after having a shower with The Body Shop Tea Tree skin clearing clay mask (The Body Shop). I don’t use face masks much but recently I have decided incorporating them more into my beauty routine as it does help bring the impurities out of my skin. Whilst this is on my face, I next put some tinted moisturiser on my body as I am feeling really pale since being back in freezing cold Manchester, England! The one I had in my cupboard was the Garnier Summer Body moisturised lotion light sun kissed look (Garnier Summer). I put a light layer on as I haven’t used any sort of tan in ages and I know I can be prone to getting streaks…not a good look so I played it safe. Once this has dried and soaked into my skin I put on my all time favourite tanning product, Sally Hansen Airbush legs I get in light or medium glow (Sally Hansen) and this product is a life saver! It makes your skin look so even it looks like you are wearing tan tights, super even across my skin and makes sure I am all one colour. It is amazing! I recommend highly. It is the one product I have used for years!

Time to take my face mask off and my skin isn’t has angry and the spots I have have become less red and dried out. Perfect! Next step is to cleanse and tone my face. I have recently purchased a new 3-step cleansing kit which had amazing reviews online and I understand why. It is the La Roche-Posay Effaciar Kit (La Roche-Posay) that includes a cleanser, toner and a anti-imperfections correcteur that is great for us girls who are prone to acne and have them dreaded acne scares.


Here are the products I used for my night out make-up routine. Super simple and all high street products…. cheap and cheerful 🙂

  • Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream Natural – Nivea Day Cream
  • Balance Active Formula Snake Venom Eye Cream – Eye cream
  • Bagsy wonder wand concealing and illuminating duo – Concealer and Highlighter
  • Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse 008 Light Beige – Matte Mouse Foundation
  • Collection Bronze Blow Matt Powder 1 Terracotta – Bronzer
  • Collection Blush 3 Cheeky – Blusher
  • Maybelline Master strobing stick illuminating highlighter – Highlighter
  • Rimmel London Special Eyes Precision eye liner pencil 114 Rich Brown (Also use as an eyebrow pencil) – Eyeliner and Eyebrow Pencil
  • Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette – Eyeshadow Palette
  • MUA Makeup Academy eyeshadow palette Undress Me Too – Eyeshadow Palette
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Black mascara – Mascara
  • Max Factor False Lash Epic Black mascara – Mascara
  • Wilkinsons Grape Lip Balm
  • MUA Make up Academy Lip liner Red drama – Lip Liner
  • Rimmel The Only 1 Matte lipstick 810 – Matte Lipstick
  • Loreal Paris Red Color Riche lipstick 461 – Lipstick
  • Balance me Rose Otto Hand Cream – Hand Cream
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 (Bought in China- fake brand but decent quality)

I had some huggies baby wipes (as they do as much as a good job as make-up wipes) on hand just in case any mistakes happened. The essential Sure deodorant bright bouquet (Sure Deodorant). Then I just used the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves Hair Wand (Babyliss) to create loose curls in my head and held with the V05 ultimate hold hairspray (V05).

To have a glimpse of my look go over to my ‘At home at Christmas 2016’  blog post. I didn’t have chance to take a decent close up photograph as I was rushing at the end of getting ready. Always the case I leave plenty of time to get ready but it takes me twice as long as usual and I am late…. typical!! Why does this happen!

Hope you all had a lovely evening Christmas Eve! I did spending time with some of my friends and it really helped getting me in the Christmas Spirit!

Speak soon x

Live Free..Live a Journey


At Home at Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas to you all!! I hope everyone had a lovely day with friends and family, enjoyed some nice food and drink and obviously did the present exchanges. I do love Christmas and this year especially I really tried to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy my christmas at home as I don’t know when my next one will be due to travelling. In this blog post I am going to just let you know what I did this Christmas…nothing over exciting but it was nice to enjoy time with my family and friends.

Christmas Eve 

Christmas Eve was a bit of a lazy one. It’s Christmas why not?! I had a bit of movie day..obviously watching Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone as it was the beginning of the Harry Potter movie marathon that is happening over Christmas (ITV if you didn’t know- finishes Saturday 31st December for people in the UK). The weird thing is I was watching the movie but looking at bikinis for my next travels! Never thought I would be searching for bikinis in the winter!


It is weird I don’t really like watching Christmas movies at Christmas, I normally hunt out old movies that I watched when I was younger…normally light-hearted easy watching films like the Parent Trap, Mrs Doubtfire, Matilda, Madeline, but most of all (despite being a slight christmas film)…I LOVE The Holiday with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black. Am I the only girl who wishes this kind of thing would happen to them? I mustn’t be the only girl who has actually looked at this house swap thing (even though I don’t have my own house) to stay in a cottage or enormous house in LA and hopefully meet a nice gentleman a long the way………oooookkk just me then. Awkward!

Christmas Eve Night out

Moving on! After having a pretty lazy day I decided to start getting ready for my night out super early.  You can check my ‘Get ready with me‘ blog post where I talk about my step-by-step beauty routine. This night was just a casual meet up at the local pub with a few of my friends, some of them I haven’t seen in over a year so it was nice to have a massive catch-up, have some drinks and enjoy each others company. I started off the evening with my parents to have a quick drink and to basically get out of the house. It was a very nice evening which soon escalated so I knew the next day was going to be a slight struggle…but who cares it is CHRISTMAS!


Christmas Day

IT IS CHRISTMAS! The day everyone has been waiting for. Not to be morbid or the grinch but it is so overrated and such a hype, but I woke up looking forward to the day. The first stop was church! I used to go to church on a regular basis growing up but I soon drifted away naturally but it is so nice when I am home to go, especially at christmas time as it really gets you in a good mood. After this it was present time!!!! I much prefer giving presents than receiving presents, plus I really wasn’t expecting anything this year as I have been treated enough throughout the year.

Here is a quick timelapse of me, my parents and my nan opening some presents christmas day morning….however if you are thinking where is our christmas tree. This year we opened them in the conservatory rather than the living room where the christmas tree is…don’t ask me why. Its my parents favourite room.


After we had finished opening our presents we had a few hours to kill before we went for our Christmas Day Meal. Here is what I got for my presents this year….I am so grateful.


It includes: lounge wear, underwear, bikini, earrings, fairy lights, decorative light, wireless headphones and lipsticks. So happy with it all!!! Obviously I have got things bought for me previously in the year too!

Next stop was the family meal! We went to Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant (Casa Nostra)  which is the restaurant of my cousins husband and this isn’t the first year we have been! It is becoming a regular thing at christmas time because it is delicious! Don’t be put off that is it Italian as it did do the traditional turkey dinner.

What did I have:

Starter- ANTIPASTO CARNIVORO Selection of Italian cured meats, pickles, sundried tomatoes and mixed grilled vegetables

Main Course – TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY Served with all the trimmings


It was delicious and a lovely meal with family and friends!

Well that is Christmas over with for another year. After the meal I crashed and had a relaxing evening. It was a great day and a day to think about all those people who unfortunately cannot celebrate with us anymore but are looking down from above and always in our thoughts, hearts and forever missed.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Speak Soon x

Live Free…Live a Journey