Each player begins by sketching a TELESTRATIONS word dictated by the roll of a die. The old-fashioned sand timer may limit the amount of time they get to execute their sketch, but it certainly doesn’t limit creativity!
Time’s up! All players, all at the same time, pass their sketch to the next player, who must guess what’s been drawn. Players then simultaneously pass their guess — which hopefully matches the original word (or does it??) — to the next player who must try to draw the word they see.
This game has led to THE MOST ridiculous amount of belly laughs I have ever had in my life. The sheer ridiculously of it is astounding. It sounds so easy yet somehow we manage to absolutely annihilate any sense of sensible behaviour we may have possessed. Honestly, it’s hilarious.
The concept is so simple (which I love! There is nothing worse than spending half the evening reading the over complicated instructions of a subpar game). As a family Colourbrain is a favourite of ours. With a group of mixed ages it can sometimes be tough to find something that’s suits everyone but this is a winner!
This one is so much harder than it sounds so absolutely worth it for the half hour on a off ugly crying from laughter it caused on Boxing Day. If you’ve ever wondered what a Moose in mating season might sound like then ask my father-in-law to give you a song on the kazoo.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the beauty industry is saturated. Which is great for the obsessed such as I but can be a tad overwhelming when it comes to shopping for a loved one or stocking up on essentials (treats!). I
’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite retailers that are the *chef’s kiss* of all things beauty.
If heart is what you’re after then Beauty Bay is the one for you. Boasting trending brands and products as well as on point tutorials and no holds barred information on EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know (yep, even the sexy stuff), BB is a power house not to be reckoned with.
How could I forget By Beauty Bay! That’s enough reason all in itself!
BEAUTY BAY’s mantra is to share our beauty obsessions with the world. Founded by two of life’s rebels who had no formal training, just a tonne of passion, we started out as a fragrance retailer and quickly discovered a whole universe of beauty just waiting to be unleashed.
We source the hard-to-find brands and products you can’t find elsewhere in order to bring our customers the best, first.
Hi! We’re Justmylook, one of the UK’s fastest growing beauty retailers. Since launching in early 2015, we have rapidly grown and now proudly present a range of over 7,000 products from 300+ prestige brands, including industry icons such as ghd to cult brands like The Ordinary.
From salon-exclusive hair care ranges to on-trend cosmetics, we’re trusted by hundreds of thousands of beauty lovers to deliver cutting-edge products directly to their doors.
A comprehensive collection of big name brands to satisfy even the biggest hoarder. Covering everything from skincare to beauty basics and tools to luxury brands, you’re set with Just My Look and their reliable service which guarantees satisfaction.
Cult Beauty to me just screams guilty pleasure, decadence and sleek glamour. With a huge selection of both luxury and affordable brands it’s no wonder the retailer lives up to its name.
Is your bathroom brimming with legions of barely-used lotions and potions that neither delight nor deliver? Are you bewildered by the marketing hyperbole (and unpronounceable ingredients) you come across while browsing never-ending beauty aisles?
Cult Beauty was born when two skin care obsessives grew frustrated by the all-too-often condescending messaging (and underwhelming offerings) they came across throughout the beauty industry. Having invested in innumerable ineffective creams and disappointing serums, Jess and Lex both vowed to boycott bathroom cabinets full of hollow promises (and wasted pounds).
Super fast shipping (so great for those last minute shoppers!) and a huge array of beautiful brands to try. Look Fantastic is an absolute staple.
As Europe’s number one online premium beauty retailer, LOOKFANTASTIC® is the ultimate destination for all your beauty needs. Carrying over 22,000 products with complimentary worldwide shipping to over 200 countries, we have become the online partner of choice for many leading brands including MAC, Kérastase and Yves Saint Laurent.
As we continue to build our luxury portfolio of partners, we are constantly adapting to and welcoming new trends in the industry. With more clean, vegan and organic beauty brands than ever before across skin, hair and body care, we have everything onsite to suit every individual beauty need and concern.
LOOKFANTASTIC® is driven by a desire to create brilliant customer experiences, which are built from the insight and data executed through our integrated technology and expertise. Widening access to premium beauty and empowering men and women all over the world, we are leading the online beauty movement. Dedicated to delivering the very best in beauty, we also have an onsite blog led by our team of experts. Whatever your beauty concern or question, we have a bank of educational content to help you look and feel fantastic.
Luxury brands galore is what Feel Unique has to offer. From Benefit to Olaplex and Chanel to Dior what more could you possibly want?
Beauty that’s more than skin deep..
Founded in 2005, Feelunique is Europe’s leading online beauty retailer. From must-have palettes to game-changing skincare, there’s over 30,000 products at your fingertips.
Our philosophy is simple: beauty is more than skin deep. That’s why we’re as independent and inclusive as possible; providing trustworthy reviews and expert insights, so you can explore trends, find new favourites and discover the products that make you feel like you.
When I tell you that a collection has NEVER spoken to my soul more than this one, you best believe it!
There’s a fresh face in Paris! Emily Cooper is brightening up the City of Light with her signature colourful style and wit. From lunch with friends to a chic night out, celebrate everyday the way Parisiennes do and indulge in the full Spectrum x Emily in Paris collection. Most importantly, remember to say oui to possibility.
Spectrum Collections have captured the essence of the infamous Netflix series perfectly and I can’t wait to get my hands on it (so if anyone is looking a last minute Christmas gift idea for me then here I am serving it to you on a pretty pink platter).
For those of you who haven’t joined the masses and binged watched what can only be described as the guiltiest of pleasures then this little run down might give you a glimpse into the dream world of Emily…
Emily in Paris follows Emily, a driven 20-something American from Chicago who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. She is tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm. Cultures clash as she adjusts to the challenges of life in Paris while juggling her career, new friendships, and love life.
The last couple of years has truly been a time of reflection for so many people. It has given me so many things to be grateful for as well as the numerous worries I’m sure the majority of us feel pretty similar.
One thing I will happily take away with me into the new year is a new found appreciation for small businesses and indie brands.
The beauty community is saturated with talent. Some more well known than others but all admirable in their quest to achieve their dreams.
Here is a list of some of my favourite indie cosmetics brands, fingers crossed you’ll find something new and exciting to sink your teeth into!
Palm Beauty is the baby of the bunch. Founded by Courtney Green of TOWIE fame this little gem still feels brand spanking new after only launching this time last year.
If you’re after an eyeshadow palette that’ll take you from day to night, on any occasion and all year round then look no further because Palm Beauty has you covered with their warm toned, neutral 9 pan beaut.
You’ll also find a collection of lip products that will become handbag essentials in no time!
If you’re after something with a little bit more edge then VE Cosmetics is perfect for you. This one woman powerhouse is all about ensuring ethical practices whilst still being fierce as they come.
You’ll find stunning eyeshadow palettes (witchy vibes all round guys, you’re gonna love em!) as well as a whole host of lip products with a formula and finish to suit everyone (with some seriously unique shades to boot!).
This one will need no introduction. If you haven’t tried the P.Louise base then you need to get an order in right this minute because it is honestly a game changer.
The brand juggles being recognised world wide (it’s a favourite of Kim K don’t ya know!) whilst still managing to maintain its roots, giving back to her supporters is something that Paige does on a daily basis.
If you’re after a purchase with plenty of heart, soul and positivity then P.Louise will have your back.
If you’re anything like me then Disney is something you will have clung to like a comfort blanket made of nostalgia since childhood (and show no sign of letting it go anytime soon).
As my passion for the beauty industry has grown one of my favourite things to do is discover collaborations that really light a fire within me and it just so happens that they are usually of the Disney variety.
So if this sounds like someone you know (or even just yourself, I won’t judge!) then stick around because I’m about to make your Christmas shopping a whole lot easier!
A collaboration with a twist if ever there was one. This modern take on some of my favourite classic Disney movies has me more excited than ever to pass on my passion to a younger generation.
Created in collaboration with Disney Colour, our new makeup collection is here to help you bring the classic Disney films to life. The Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection has been inspired by the original colours from some of the most iconic Disney films, allowing you to create makeup looks that will help you bring your favourite scenes into your reality.
Spectrum Collections are just as famous for their stunning Disney collaborations as they are for creating innovative yet stylish brushes and I’m so here for it.
The spectrum sisters (Sophie & Hannah) are constantly surprising us with their dreamy visions of all things Disney and I find myself constantly on the edge of my seat looking forward to their next drop.
Last year I Heart Revolution released their very first Disney Princess Collection (with the spotlight on Cinderella, Belle and Tiana) and since there have gone from strength to strength with an ever expanding line of magical products for for royalty.
From eyeshadow and lip toppers to highlighters and lashes this collaboration really does have that something special. It’ll have you digging out your favourite Disney movies in no time.
Mad Beauty are a relatively new obsession for me but that doesn’t make them any less magical!
The brand are famous for their huge array of collaborative products based on your favourite movies and tv series (and you all know how I feel about Friends).
Their Disney lines are unique in the sense that our favourite villains get just as much of a look in. They also boast incredible collections of Star Wars products too so there really is something for everyone.
Urban decay have been my guilty pleasure ever since I started on my make up journey roughly 10 years ago now. They were the first higher rent brand I ever spent money on and just hold a really special place in my heart.
If you know anything about me then you’ll know I am a Marvel fanatic and the new Eternals collaboration just screams decadence at me.
Catrice are the type of friend you just know you can rely on to release products that are going to get the job done. Their new Disney collection has just hit the nail on the head with its cute aesthetic spot on shade times.
I guess objectively it might be a little bit on the childish side but if grown-up vibes of what you want I think you’re reading the wrong blog.
A couple of days ago I set my sights on the Beauty Bay Sale and it’s still the hottest news around. Brands galore are discounted within an inch of their lives and if you’re in the position to stock up for Christmas then now is the time to do it!
Today I’ve focused on all things under £10 so perfect for those of us on a budget or if you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler!
Create those classic autumnal looks with By BEAUTY BAY’s Sunset Horizons palette. The 20-shade eyeshadow palette is inspired by the contrasting hues of an autumn sunset with deep purples, bright oranges, and creamy shimmers in BEAUTY BAY’s iconic powder formula. With everything you need to take your looks from dusk until dawn, the collection of effortlessly wearable and ultra-pigmented matte and shimmer shades is your ticket to autumn all year round.
For looks that last all Halloween long (and beyond), add the Corpse Bride X Revolution Brush Set to your brush collection. Including four super-soft face and eye brushes, to highlight, blend, contour and define your way to dreamy makeup looks, day or night, this ombre-bristle set sounds like your vibe.
Relax, refresh, and reset with the Sunday Rain Winter Watermelon Collection. This set features four of Sunday Rain’s iconic watermelon bath and body products in the sweet and refreshing watermelon and mint scent, that is good enough to eat (please don’t!). Featuring a bubble bath, foot soak, exfoliating cubes and bath crystals all enriched with watermelon extract, this set helps to hydrate, soothe, and moisturise the skin.
Fall in love with the Sample Beauty Romantic Pigments Bundle. Featuring five luxuriously rich matte and shimmer pigments, each contained in a premium glass jar plus a multi-use gel that can be used in an infinite number of ways, this bundle is all you need to create stunning eye looks, that last.
Sculpt and shape your face with the Beauty Cooler Angel Wings Rose Quartz Gua Sha Pair. Gua sha’s are a facial massage tool that has been practiced by tradition Chinese medicine for thousands of years to lift, firm and improve the overall health and radiance of the skin. These uniquely shaped wings have been specially designed to mould to the contours of your face, helping to improve blood circulation and reduce puffiness and inflammation for a heavenly, glowing complexion.
I’m actually (so far) surprisingly organised this year (long may it continue!) but if you’d have asked me last October if I was even thinking about Christmas shopping I’d have laughed.
Probably also cried. Anyway I digress…
Beauty Bay have a HUGE sale on right now and it’s the perfect chance to pick up something special for your loved ones. I’ve collected some of my favourite bits to show you guys but honestly, head over and check it out yourself HERE. It’s immense!
Step into and world of colour and prepare to be OBSESSED with the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY Mini Palette Trio. Featuring all three of the pressed pigment palettes from the Disney Colour and BEAUTY BAY collection, the trio is perfect for completing your Disney obsession. Each of the palettes feature six colourful shades, with inspiration taken from iconic Disney film scenes, and formulated using BEAUTY BAY’s ultra-blendable, ultra-pigmented, and ultra-buildable pressed pigment formula.
For looks that make a statement, add the Urban Decay Marvel Eyeshadow Palette to your next haul. Featuring a mix of 15 metallic gold-infused shades, pearl-packed mattes, and super-pigmented shimmers, this palette is perfect for your day and night looks. Each velvety, ultra-blendable shadow is enriched with bold, energy-charged pigments, so you can create infinite, versatile eye looks that last.
These brushes are best-sellers for a reason. The Spectrum Malachite 10 Piece Brush Set features ten expertly created brushes for you to buff and blend your way to makeup perfection. The high-quality, vegan, synthetic fibres apply makeup seamlessly for a flawless finish. Designed to banish bad vibes, these eye-catching green and gold brushes are the ones your kit needs.
Get a salon-worthy treatment from the comfort of your own home with the Foreo UFO Smart Mask Device. When combined with the sheet mask components that are enriched with Korean skincare formulas, this treatment device will transform your complexion. The UFO’s Hyper-Infusion Technology uses your skin’s natural reactions to heat and cool, as well as T-Sonic pulsations to infuse the skin with skin-loving ingredients.
Powerful yet kind to the hair, Titanium Expression Big Hair creates impeccable smoothness and volume, resulting in a phenomenal finish. Incredible waves and dramatic shine is guaranteed with this fabulous hot air styler, which combines an ionic rotating premium titanium barrel and a glamorously sleek handle to allow for full creative control.
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If you’re anything like me then you find the idea of Christmas shopping with the masses all kinds of anxiety inducing. I thought now would be a great time to put together some blog posts designed to showcase what I think would make really great presents that take the stress out of gift giving!
Be the star of the show this party season with The Showtime Beauty Box. Packed full of all the makeup essentials you need to create show-stopping looks, this box is the gift that keeps on giving. With everything from eyeshadows, glitters, highlighters, and lipsticks, whether you’re heading to the Christmas party or adding some glam to NYE, you’ll have everything you need. The perfect gift for your BFF, significant other, or just for yourself, give the gift of iconic makeup looks this year.
Ofra Highlighter Mini Rodeo Drive, (Mini) – A universally flattering highlighter.
MUA Makeup Academy Intense Colour Lip Liner Diva, (Full size) – A deep burgundy lip liner.
Soda Beauty #wegotyoubabe Glitter Lip Gloss, (Full size) – A shimmering silver lip gloss.
BY BEAUTY BAY Matte Lipstick Juice, (Full size) – A bright orange-red lipstick.
wet n wild Lash Renegade Waterproof Mascara Brazen Black, (Full size) – A volumising, waterproof mascara.
By BEAUTY BAY 12 Piece Eye Brush Set, (Full-size) – A 12-piece eyeshadow brush set.
Brushworks Complexion Sponge Duo, (Full size) – A pair of complexion makeup sponges.
Each element works perfectly alongside each other to cream the perfect glam look thus festive season. However, I’m also looking forward to mix and matching things into with my usual routine to really take things to the next level.
I think this is honestly without doubt one of the best beauty boxes I have ever had the pleasure of trying. The mixture of brands and products is just stunning (there is also a less expensive skincare version I’m also coveting that you can check out HERE).