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This may seem a little embarrassing, but as a person who is in their ‘mid’ twenties, waking up to a stocking on Christmas morning is one of the most precious moments to me. It holds a lot of memories for, the little mandrin oranges, a Terry’s Chocolate Orange snowball and lovely little surprises. Classic Christmas!

I was very lucky to receive some lovely stocking filler inspiration (Thank you!) from Next and I am excited to share them all with you lovelies today. They are the ideal gifts to give/receive for ladies of all ages. Today I’ll be featuring a fabulous perfume bottle clutch, NYX neutral lipgloss set and a beautiful gold diamanté ring. The perfect gifts to put in your stocking.

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How adorable is the clutch? I love a novelty style, always adds a touch of variety to your look. I wore one of the glosses last night at a Christmas party and I was happy with the shade and long lasting results. It wasn’t sticky either which is always a major bonus. I’m going to save the ring until Christmas Day to wear with my new outfit. If you like anything you see here, visit Next online or in store.

Happy Friday! I’ve officially finished work for two weeks and I could not be more excited! Have a great weekend.

Nx

The closer it gets to Christmas, the less time I have to get things done: blogging, work, appointments, gift shopping, social life etc! I kind of just want to pause time for a bit so I can focus on a few things and find some time to breathe. This week for me is all about my brows and hair, they are in dire need of maintenance. Come Friday, I’ll hopefully feel pretty polished.

Hopefully for next weeks post, I’ll be able to share my new interior project with you all. I have been doing a little redecorating at home and I’m in the mist of jungle madness as everything is scattered everywhere. I’m planning to have the majority of it completed by the weekend!

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P.s… How horrible is this weather? It does not feel like Christmas is just around the corner with this nasty rain. Anywho, have a great day!

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If there is one gift that I love giving/receiving during the Christmas period it is skincare products. My own beauty regime has changed through time and for me, it is important to add a corrector into the mix. I suffered from dark spots on my face and I started using La Roche Posay and their Effactlar Duo cream. It honestly made a huge difference to my skin and I’m always interested in finding new products.

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I was sent a skin corrector called Nanoblur by IndeedLabs (thank you, Hollie!) and over the weekend I started to include it into my daily routine. With Winter playing avoc with my skin, I’m always open to trying new skincare products.

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I played around with the cream when applying it, testing out the smell, examining the texture and summing up how I feel about the cream. At first, the cream seems quite thick but once blended it feels quite lightweight. As I have oily skin, I was very excited when it set as a matte finish, always a bonus. Did I mention that it is non – greasey? I think every woman screams for joy when they invest in a product that sets onto the skin beautifully.

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I don’t ever review products to sell them. If I’m blogging about something then it is because I genuinely like the results. So when I say that I absolutely adore this product, it’s because I’m telling the truth. It’s hard to explain, but when the cream set on my skin, it left a matte finish but it also smoothed out any imperfections I had on my skin. I have Malia under my eyes and it helped to minimise them in a concealing effect. They had not completely disappeared, but they were less noticeable. I have to admit that this was something I was happy with as I can feel a little self conscious with it. As these results appear to be instant, I will really get a true feeling with it after the 28 day settling in period.

With all of my thoughts on Nanoblur, it is a great little gift for yourself or stocking filler for a family member or friend. I find skincare can be tricky to buy for a person as you do not always get it right when it comes to skin types, but buying one that targets a general area such as fine lines (which we ALL have) tends to make a great gift.

Signing today’s post off with a stylish Monday cliché! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Nx

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Like I said in my Instagram post on Wednesday, last week I took a tiny break from blogging to recharge my batteries. I missed sharing my ‘Inspirational Blogger’ series with all of you and therefore I’m so excited to showcase my latest beauty with all of you today.

Today’s inspiration comes from a young personal shopper for Topshop named Hannah Crosskey. Based in London, her live revolves around all things fashion and shares this through her style diary, A Fashion Fix.

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The only way I can describe Hannah in my own opinion is ‘London Chic’. The large majority of her shots consist of beautiful London town houses, Autumn kissed city locations and the very polite brunching treats. A girl after my own heart when food and fashion is combined. I’m also a softy for the cliché flower caption, naturally I have become obsessed with her blog.

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This may sound silly, but I admire bloggers who can style a variety of outfits and always look confidence and fabulous when wearing them, especially in front of a camera. You’re probably all thinking that as a blogger myself, it would be a given that I do the same, but my confidence has taken a dip over the last year. I don’t feel good at the minute going into my wardrobe and pulling together looks to share on my blog. As much as I am excited to style a look for all of you, I would rather wait until I’m in a more happier place (is happier even a word?!) and feel strong and confident enoughbto get back into the game full speed. Anywho, back to Hannah!

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How amazing are her looks? I particularly adore the burgundy two piece suit and Nike crop top, a brave but bold look.

As a blogger, getting the opportunity to rub shoulders with fellow stylish internet geeks is always a treat. Hannah has had the opportunity to travel to various Fashion Week’s and meet other lovely bloggers. It is so good to have your hard work and effort for blogging recognised by well known fashion brands such as, ASOS and Topshop.

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As always, I have to include a few of the obligatory Instagram shots. The Christmas Starbucks #FromWhereIStand image is always a popular one this time of year, along with a organizer and gift guide images. I love a good cliché! ;)

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Happy Friday to one and all. Hope you enjoyed this weeks post, don’t forget to check out Hannah’s blog.

Thanks for all of your support, you’re the best! ❤

Nx

Last week I took a little break from blogging. I just didn’t have the energy to write a post, the thought of writing only a few lines made me feel drained. Sometimes as a blogger, it can be hard to find the time to compile a post, source/takes images and stay on top of social networking. A break can make all of the difference and reboost your energy. Do any of you lovelies ever feel like this?

Are you all getting into the swing of things with Christmas fast approaching? Tree decorated, gift shopping complete, party dress sorted? Tis a busy month indeed! As always, please feel free to follow me on Instagram and have a little nosey around my world.

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(Image credit: 2. Michael Kors || 3. Marc Jacobs Beauty || 6. Sigur Ross Cover || 7. Kerrie Hess Illustration.)

If you would like me to feature a certain style, beauty or even Christmas inspired post, let me know. Happy Hump Day!

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To celebrate the Christmas season, I am working with Argento in Belfast to create my dream ‘Stocking Fillers’ gift guide to add a touch of sparkle to your festive holiday. A piece of jewellery is the perfect present to give/receive, everyone’s loves a good statement necklace or sophisticated set of earrings. Lucky for you lovelies, I have complied a collection of the ultimate stocking fillers.

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Before kick starting my favourite looks, I would like to thank the lovely folks at Argento for gifting me with this breathtaking Thomas Sabo cream diamond shoe charm. I already have a fabulous diamond cocktail piece and I am excited to add my adorable shoe to my collection.

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I absolutely love my new charm, it goes perfectly with the cocktail glass and my Vivienne Westwood bracelet. The two charms are a lighter color of silver compared to the bracelet. I really like the combination of silvers

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I have had an unbelievable time browsing through their latest collection. I even have a few special pieces from Pandora for all of you charming ladies. (Pardon the pun!) I’m actually finding it tough to limit my choices.

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Whether you’re a fan of a bold statement necklace, a stack of bracelets or that perfect jewelled ring, I’ve covered all of your jewellery needs. With over forty brands available, including exclusive names such as Dirty Ruby, 
KARMA, August Woods
 and many more, Argento has everything to offer you and your close ones this Christmas.

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Rose gold has taken the jewellery world by storm and it is a personal favourite of mine. This shade often comes in the form of more delicate pieces. It works best in a minimalistic setting and often makes a better impression this way. I love a good rock ‘n’ roll bold statement necklace, they’re the perfect accessory for the festive season. They help transform your look and can make your outfit pop with such a fabulous effect.

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Stacking bangles has become quite the trend, you can find them on the red carpet and us bloggers cannot get enough. They are the perfect way to express your desires, inspirations and personal style. Karma at Argento have an amazing collection of pieces to choose from and you can mix and match your bangles to suit your mood and event. They are the perfect gift for your best friend or daughter as a thoughtful stocking filler. Not only can you stack them together but you can wear them alongside a watch. I often style mine with one of my watches, it breaks up the look and adds a little variety to your arm candy. I have some Michael Kors pieces and I am dying to get my hands on one of Olivia Burton’s watches, they are incredible and a must have. I think I might treat myself for Christmas!

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Feeling inspired? With so many beautiful pieces to choose from, make Argento your port of call for all things Christmas. Whether you’re buying a bold statement gift or surprise stocking filler, you will find yourself shopping up an absolute storm.

Thank you to the lovely folks at Argento for allowing me to be part of their Christmas celebrations and my beautiful charm.

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As the saying goes, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”. I spent my day browsing around beauty heaven, Space NK and picked up a product that I have been lusting over for a while now. I also managed to squeeze in a mouthwatering caramel hot chocolate, perfect end to my weekend.

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By Terry’s lip balm is widely known within the beauty industry and fellow bloggers as a piece of heaven. Now, it’s a high end piece of heaven given the fact that it costs £38, but I figured I deserved a treat. On Saturday I took a bad allergic reaction and I was rewarding myself for my bravery. When I was in the States I searched for this balm but couldn’t find it, not even realising that it was on my very own doorstep at Space NK.

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Within the collection, you can pick between six shades, I chose the Baume De Rose as it is best suited to my skin tone. The shades will slightly tint your lips, however if you prefer a completely natural colour, then opt for the clear balm.

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I have to admit that I am incredibly excited about my latest beauty purchase. I tested the balm on my lips when I was in store and gave it a little time to settle. I was pleasantly surprised at how moist my lips were. The delicate rose tint gave me some colour and the smell was devine. Although priced at £38, I would like to think it would impress me. It is an intensely nourishing treatment that acts as a salve for both lips and cuticles. My lips have been dry due to the Winter weather and I’m hoping that this miracle balm will repair, nourish and revitalise my lips. It felt deeply hydrating when on so I know I’m onto a winner.

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I took my time before purchasing this product due to the price point. I had watched various beauty bloggers on their YouTube channels as they always give an honest opinion. I also read some details about the infamous balm at Space NK online.

lipo-regenerating complex made from rose flower essential wax and pastel oil to boost cell renewal. The soothing and healing powers of shea butter leave lips feeling deliciously smooth, while ceramides and vitamin E help to protect and fortify this delicate area against the signs of ageing. This ultra nourishing salve also doubles as a strengthening treatment for cuticles, simply massage in and let the creamy, soothing formula work its magic.”

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I officially welcome Winter and its elements to try and chap my lips. As long as I have this balm buttering me up, I will be good to go!

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