THE SWEETEST COLLECTION EVER?! MAD BEAUTY TAKES ON WINNIE THE POOH…

The sweetest collection ever? I think it might just be!

I was kindly sent some Winnie the Pooh themed products to test out and honestly they are just the cutest!

Mad Beauty know how to absolutely nail a Disney release so you can imagine how I excited I was to get stuck in. They had me feeling some type of way I tell ya!

Products range from £3.99 up to £15.99 which is incredibly reasonable in my opinion and includes makeup, skincare and bathroom essentials.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

Winnie the Pooh

The Honey Pot Lip Balm Duo, which costs £7.99, has became a handbag staple. Cute as hell but also hydrating so perfect for this time of year when my skin really suffers.

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes I kind of think I’ve seen it all to be honest but I will always appreciate a warm toned moment! The 16 shade Winnie The Pooh Eyeshadow Palette retails for £15.99 and contains and mix of formulas to take you from day to night. It’s literally my favourite kind of colour story so I was an easy sell.

To top it all off I had the pleasure of experiencing the Piglet Face Mask (£3.99). Now, if you’ve seen my reel you might question my choice of words there as I’ll agree I did look like some sort of Disney obsessed Leather Face. However! The sheet mask itself was lovely. Paired with the Piglet Hairband (also £7.99) which will just be great in general for when i apply my skincare, I was looking kind of adorable!

In conclusion, yes to Disney themed cosmetics and yes to Mad Beauty. I’m a fan!

BY BEAUTY BAY ‘LOVE NOTES’ EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW

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You know I’m a fan of pretty much absolutely everything that Beauty Bay produce. Their releases always feel fresh and innovative in this saturated industry which is just so needed right now.

It may not be the new kid on the block anymore but The By Beauty Bay ‘Love Notes’ Eyeshadow Palette is another jewel in the crown of the Beauty Bay dynasty and I am so here for it!

Rediscover your romantic side with By BEAUTY BAY’s Love Notes Palette. With 20 soft lavenders, sparkly pinks, glitzy golds, and rich purples, all made with By BEAUTY BAY’s much-loved ultra-pigmented, ultra-blendable, ultra-wearable formula, this is the perfect shadow palette to help you fall back in love with your creativity. It’s time to meet your next makeup suitor…

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The Love Notes Palette is made up of the same iconic formula that has put By Beauty Bay on the map in recent years, they clearly work by a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule and that’s fine with me. The brand have proven time and time again that good quality does not have to mean pricey which is key to grabbing the attention of the masses. The day of high end brands owning the market is over in my very humble opinion.

Love Notes swatches beautifully but I wouldn’t have expected anything less. The colour story is made up of perfect purples, lovely lilacs and selection of more neutral shades to ensure endless combinations from this beautiful colour story.

Cruelty free and vegan as ever and just utterly gorgeous. At just £15 it’s definitely one for the collection.

REVOLUTION SKINCARE CERAMIDE5 RANGE REVIEW

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Revolution Skincare has just released their brand new Ceramide5 range and this is why it should be on your radar…

Ceramides are fatty acids that make up around 50% of the skins composition. They help to build structure and are like a glue that holds the skin together.

The Ceramide5 range includes five ceramides that will become essential within your skin care routine. With a choice of three cleansers, a cream and a lotion you really can’t go wrong.

Ceramides Foaming Cleanser £9

Ceramides Smoothing Cleanser £9

Ceramides Hydrating Cleanser £9

Ceramides Moisture Cream £9

Ceramides Moisture Lotion £9

Each product contains hyaluronic acid which is a super hydrator and great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The range is not only cruelty free and vegan (which is exactly what we like to see!) but also dermatologist approved.

It’ll leave your skin feeling soft supple protected and moisturised as it’s basically 24 hour moisturiseration in a bottle.

You might have noticed that the range includes both a cream and a lotion…

Creams are traditionally thicker in consistency so provide a really good barrier to the skin to lock in that moisture and keep it ultra hydrated.

Lotions have a higher water content so tend to be more lightweight (which is something I really love about this range in general actually, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all) and non-greasy.

Both of these products are ideal for dry skin (but can be used on all skin types) and also contain hyaluronic acid. You really can’t go wrong with either, it’s all down to personal preference.

I’ve really been loving this release. The market is so saturated right now but I can still appreciate a good staple when I see it. My favourite combo is the Foaming Cleanser followed by the Moisture Lotion which feels like a great duo for oily, breakout prone skin.

Will you be giving them a go?

3 FAMILY BOARD GAMES THAT WILL HAVE YOU CRYING WITH LAUGHTER (BLOGMAS – DAY THIRTY)

My family are the biggest board game fans I know. We have regular get togethers that revolve around whatever the newest release is and have been known to spend hours laughing/arguing over them.

Here are my top 3 choices right now!

Telestrations

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.

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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.

Colourbrain

YOU START WITH THE ANSWERS

All the answers you need in Colourbrain are in your hand. And they’re all colours!

300 COLOURFUL QUESTIONS

What colour is the lid on full-fat milk… what colour is a sharon fruit… which colour cards would you put down?

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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!

Top of the Pops

TUNE IN, POP OUT

Top of the Pops is back and this time it has got kazoos!


MUSIC FOR EVERYONE

You don’t have to be a music genius to play this game, you just need to know a few songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond


BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Round 1: shout out (or sing) songs against the clock. Round 2: get your team to guess the artist by saying one word, quoting lyrics or murdering one of their hits on your kazoo.

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One word…kazoo!

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.

Have you played any good ones lately?

I REWATCHED BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, AND HERE’S WHAT I LEARNED (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-SEVEN)

I’m an anxious little soul and one of my coping mechanisms has consistently been revisiting an old favourite TV series or film. The familiarity is so comforting and really helps me to relax or get through the more mundane, everyday tasks I find myself doing.

For the last few months I’ve been rewatching Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and Angel too!). Experiencing one of my favourite shows of all time through the eyes of an adult has been something else entirely and here are a few things I’ve observed along the way…

Buffy was under appreciated…

Guys, the girl saved the world repeatedly! She killed the love of her life without any thought for herself and step up for her friends, family and random members of the public countless times but was still given nothing but shit when she eventually came to the point of needing some backup. Buffy sacrificed her own happiness more times than I can count.

Ungrateful swines.

Xander was a bit of a dick…

I will never get over what he did to Anya and the fact he never really suffered any concrete consequences but besides that rather huge point he was just always a bit of an entitled knob really, wasn’t he?

His behaviour towards Buffy and hatred of Angel was so childish and it still pisses me off that he never got a smack for not passing on Willows Message to Buffy in the Season 2 episode ‘Becoming’.

The women in his life were consistently treated like property and whilst I don’t hate him I will never think that his class clown act made up for his horrible attitude.

At least he was good to Dawn I guess.

Anya was the best character…

Funny, sarcastic, strong, beautiful and intelligent. She was goals and anyone who says otherwise is just wrong, I’m not even sorry.

Anya’s character progression was insane. To go from a fun little one episode feature to a full blown, beloved member of the show is huge. She managed to stay true to herself whilst growing as a person and I’m still obsessed with her.

That show did her dirty though and I’m still livid.

Kennedy was pointless and annoying…

If Anya is my number one then Kennedy has got to be right down towards the bottom. I hated how overbearingly strong she came in and the way she felt so entitled to slot herself into the group, changing the dynamic and Willow. I genuinely don’t see what positives she brought to the table. The polar opposite to Tara who was selfless til the end. just a pointless love interest for the sake of it that I’d rather have done without.

Buffy & Spike were the better match…

Ok, I’m a HUGE Angel fan but do I truly believe they should have ended up together? Absolutely not. I still don’t feel like their relationship was built on anything really whilst Spike was another matter altogether.

I love an enemies to lovers story arc anyway but the whole thing just felt so natural, so inevitable. Their connection was honest, gritty and relatable. I ship!!!

You can watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Disney+

FESTIVE LASH GOALS WITH RAPIDLASH (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-SIX)

I’m very honoured to say that I was recently asked to take part in the RapidLash #ElectricToElegantChallenge over on TikTok and honestly, it was too much fun!

Using the power couple that is RapidLash & RapidGlam was a piece of cake and over time the duo produce it phenomenal results. I have the worlds most ridiculously awful lashes and to be honest not much makes them look anything other than subpar. I’ve been using the RapidLash line for a while now and I wouldn’t be without it. They have become an integral part of my skincare routine.

If you’ve like to know more about the products I used you can read below…

RapidLash

Boasting visible results in up to 8 weeks, the RapidLash® Eyelash Enhancing Serum is a potent yet gentle lash serum, designed to promote longer and fuller-looking lashes.

The lash serum is enriched with Hexatein 1 Complex, a uniquely-concocted blend of six high-performance ingredients: peptides, biotin, amino acids, panthenol, soybean oil and pumpkin seed extract.

Ideal for weak, brittle, thin or short lashes, it coats each lash in a conditioning, moisturising and strengthening formula. Apply daily to help enhance the overall appearance of your lashes.

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RapidGlam

The world’s first mascserum, RapidGlam™ is a perfectly balanced blend of the proven RapidLash® Eyelash Enhancing Serum and smooth, fibre-infused primer and mascara. RapidGlam™ amplifies your lashes instantly and coats them in hair-loving ingredients that help to condition, fortify, curl, while enhancing the lashes for a stronger, fuller and longer appearance in as little as 6 weeks.

The innovative formula utilises a unique Hexatein 7 Complex of advanced polypeptides to help reinforce the look of lash fibres, while also protecting against breakage. An infusion of biotin, panthenol and pumpkin seed extract provides intense nourishment and seals in moisture, while kaolin clay and cellulose give the appearance of thicker, more voluminous and fluttery lashes.

The ideal solution for brittle, thin and short lashes, as the mascserum wraps each hair in jet-black pigment that dries rapidly to a smudge-free finish.

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FAN SERVICE, NOT FRACKING – GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE REVIEW *WITH SPOILERS* (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-FOUR)

Of course I’ve always loved Ghostbusters. I’m sure most of my generation holds a special place in their heart for the iconic franchise but having a child who has become equally (no that’s a lie, MORE) obsessed has been another experience altogether.

Seeing his eyes light up at his favourite scenes, playing pretend with his older brothers and bursting into random recitals of some of the most unforgettable lines of any movie franchise makes my heart burst.

It was then I knew that the revival was going to be something special. I now had a reason to will it into being spectacular. I desperately needed it not to be a letdown.

When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

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From start to finish the film tugged at our heart strings with the small flutter of childhood memories. Ever so subtle but perfectly executed.

Casting wise they got it spot on. Mckenna Grace as Phoebe Spengler was a triumph. Definitely her grandfathers, granddaughter but indisputably a fantastic character in her own right. The heart of the film and a link between old and new.

I wasn’t so invested in Phoebe’s mother Callie Spengler (the wonderful Callie Coon) however, that almost felt intentional. It wasn’t really her story and in a way it made the climax all the more satisfying. Finn Wolfhard’s awkward teenage Trevor Spengler was a nice offset to his younger sister. Entertaining in himself whilst allowing her to shine.

The return of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson was expected of course but no less welcome. Their characters filled the screen with another level of nostalgia (and I won’t lie, brought me to tears on more than one occasion).

The pièce de résistance however lay with the incredible amount of work it must have taken to feature the late Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler. Presented to us in such a tasteful way that it was hard not to break down in uncontrollable sobs.

The film was written and directed by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman (who also happens to not only be the producer but also director and producer of the original two movies). In case you didn’t already know, Jason had a small part within a child’s birthday party in Ghostbusters II which is pretty damn cool. I love a full circle moment!

All in all I don’t think it could have panned out any better. Whilst I appreciate it did ride the coattails of its predecessors ever so slightly I also feel it deserves its place with the franchise on its own merit (and going by those mid and post credit scenes I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the gang).

Just so you don’t think I’ve forgotten. Paul Rudd is so wicked. Funny, charismatic and bold. Basically just another day at the office for Mr. Rudd.

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE INKEY LIST (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-ONE)

I’m a sucker for trying new brands and I’ve found with age that skincare has become a particular obsession of mine.

The Inkey List is the perfect mix of beautifully formulated products and reasonable prices. One of the reasons I find this brand so interesting is that they break down each step down so simply. Honestly, anyone can do it!

KNOWLEDGE

Built on a belief that better information drives better decisions, knowledge is at the heart of everything we do.

INGREDIENTS

We stand for transparency and innovative ingredients. Every ingredient is Tried, Tested and True.

PLANET

Making our packaging as easily recyclable as possible and reducing our climate impact to carbon net zero through action and offsetting.

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Whether you’re a skincare novice or an expert I would seriously suggest giving The Inkey List a try because there is something for everyone.

Most recently I’ve been trialling a really easy, stripped back four step morning routine and it really helps to set me up for the day!

Salicylic Acid Cleanser £10.99

Hyaluronic Acid Serum £5.99

Niacinamide Serum £6.99

Bakuchiol Moisturiser £9.99

This combination of products is perfect for my oily, blemish prone skin. It feels light and refreshing whilst still getting the job done and I’m just kind of here for it to be honest!

In regards to my before bed habits the following has been my go to…

Salicylic Acid Cleanser £10.99

Retinol Serum £9.99

Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment £6.99

It’s a nice balance to be honestly and feels really lightweight on the skin. The blemish treatment can be skipped of you don’t suffer from random isolated breakouts like I do (but it’s honestly a little gem!).

I also have some hair products that I am yet to try but will be back at a later date to let you know my thoughts.

5 BEAUTY BASED ONLINE RETAILERS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY)

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.

Beauty Bay

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.

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Just My Look

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.

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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

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).

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Look Fantastic

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.

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Feel Unique

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.

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Happy shopping folks!!!

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME – A LOVE LETTER TO THE CHARACTER OF PETER PARKER (NO SPOILERS) (BLOGMAS – DAY SEVENTEEN)

The character of Peter Parker has been approached in a variety of ways over the last 20 years and none of them have been wrong per say (because let’s face it, we all have our favourite Peter) but boy, have they been missing something.

I feel like in Tom Holland’s Peter we have achieved something magnificent. Character driven stories intertwined with action, fantasy and fast paced high stakes sequences.

It feels authentically Peter Parker. His super powers come second in this coming of age story which is ultimately just about a kid from Queens. Intelligent, brave and oh so awkward. Navigating his way through life, same as the rest of us.

It’s hard to go into the kind of detail I really want without spoiling anything so I think I’ll revisit this post at a later date.

No Way Home is beautifully shot and strikes the perfect balance of heart stopping and heart warming. A true celebration of the trilogy, Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Just absolutely stunning, I genuinely wouldn’t change a thing.

The superhero genre is so deeply ingrained in our popular culture, igniting dreams through the generations and truly cementing their place in cinematic history.

I just wanted to finish off by taking a moment to shout out my local cinema, Vue – Westwood Cross.

The staff are always extremely helpful and friendly but with such a huge occasion and what must have been an incredibly busy and tiring day the atmosphere was electric! The prep for No Way Home must have been rigorous but each and every staff member I encountered really put the effort in to be pleasant and hospitable. Honestly, it was just the perfect way to experience a once in a lifetime moment.