What I got for my birthday and Christmas

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I had a quiet one this year, exactly what I was needing! 2016 was a rough one so I took it easy this festive time and spent the majority of it in my pjs haha!

As always with these posts, if you don't like them then don't read them! I love these posts though, I do my own every year & I read everyone elses every year.

Note: my birthday is 22nd December so this is (as usual) a combo post of my birthday and Christmas gifts.

I was completely spoilt rotten!  I love all my gifts, I'm such a lucky lass!   This year I didn't ask for much, just new pjs and some bath bits.  I love pjs but all of mines had seen better days, and I was dangerously low on my bath stuff stash.

My friends (thanks Claire & Lorraine) got me some lovely pjs! So I got to throw all of my other ones away, wooo! It's a bit sad how happy pjs make me but I love them.  I would put a picture of them all up but half of them are in the wash now haha my bad!  Here are a few of the sets though, how cute are they?  Can you tell I'm a Disney nut?

I got loads of gorgeous bath stuff too! This will set me up for months, I won't need to buy almost of my toiletries till summer!
(Thanks to : Kas for my Soap & Glory sets, brother & sis in law for Santa Lush tin, and my friends for other Lush / Body Shop stuff)

I got lots of beautiful perfume too! These gifts were from Kas, Lorraine, my mum and my dad. I love love love getting perfume because I use it all and it saves me buying any during the year.  My birthday and Christmas perfume stash usually last me till at least Autumn :)

Pictured: YSL, Chanel, Daisy, 212, Dior.

I got some cute beauty bits too!   I didn't picture them but my friend Claire got me a whole years worth of my fave mascara, thanks dollface!  My friend Lorraine got me some Kat Von D stuff cos she knows that I love Kat and love her makeup.  I'm excited to try this palette, I hope it's as good as her other stuff!  My mum got me these brushes, just what I was needing because my eye brushes were a bit worse for wear.

I got some clothes bits too which I always love, cos who doesn't love adding to their wardrobe?!  Kas got me the hoodies and my mum / friends got me the clothes. Aren't they lovely / cosy / great prints?

I also received some grey Uggs because I spend my life rotating between converse, biker boots and Uggs. I know some people think they're rank but I love them :)

Kas got me some dragon-related things cus I'm a massive geek and I wish I had dragon babies. He can't get me a real dragon egg so he got me the next best thing! A dragon candle that hatches a baby dragon ornament when it's fully burnt. I'm so excited to see what dragon I have! It's a surprise whether it'll be black, green or red like Khaleesis dragons. Ahh I cannot wait! He also got me a dragon cup but my camera was not playing ball, all the pictures came out rubbish!
My little cousins got me two Game of Thrones cups because I want my own house this year haha it's a little start to my kitchen, how sweet is that!?

I got some other cute wee bits n bobs!  My dad got me a radio since I play music from the minute I open my eyes, look how cute and pink it is!  He also got me a Vivofit activity tracker, what a gem he is! I've had my eye on these for a while so its something I'll definitely use a lot.  He always gets me a calendar too, how cute is this hamster one?

I cannot even believe I am writing this but Kas pulled out the big guns for my birthday and got me my very first pair of Christian Louboutins!  They are perfect in every way possible, comfy and versatile and beautiful!   I'm still shocked, I can't believe it!  Is it acceptable to never ever take them off?!  I'll never be able to match this present on his birthday haha!  If I could give him the world, I would.

I am so greateful for everything I received, I genuinely love every single thing.  Thanks to each and every person who gave me a gift.

Do you have your own 'What I got for Christmas' post?  If so please leave a link below :)

How Life Feels If You're Not A People Person

Anyone that describes themselves as a 'people person' gives me the absolute fear.  Why?  Because an overwhelming amount of people are complete shitheads.  I am muuuch more of an animal person.

If you are anything like me, you'll know exactly what I'm on about during this post!

  •  Seeing someone you sort-of know in the street / supermarket / anywhere and wishing you had an invisibility cloak.  The onslaught of polite awkwardness is horrendous and you're counting the seconds until you can run away.

  • When most (not all) people ask you out you need to be super quick-thinking because you need an excuse NOW.  Oh that night? I'm pretty sure I will have a headache that night...
  •  When you are out in public, maybe in a pub or on a bus, and people sit next to you.  There are always usually spare seats somewhere else, why do people insist on being 3 inches from you?!  Cue more polite chit chat.  Or petrified chit chat, when you are the only person on the bus & a random creep sits next to you.
  • The horror when someone suggests car-sharing to and from work.  Whaaat?  Don't I see enough of you?!  That is why I pay a fortune to keep my car on the road - for the peace and quiet.  How do you say 'I'd rather walk the 20 miles to work than car-share with you' in a polite way?

  • When people say 'come on it'll be fun'.  That one phrase makes me want to throw myself head first into a volcano.
  • Personal space is a HUGE issue.  I've yet to find a nice way of saying 'get to fuck'.

  • People with no manners really piss you off.  When a random sneezes / coughs / grunts in your vicinity, you look at them like they just shit on your kitchen floor.
  • Asking sales people for help gives you cold sweats.  The fake smiles, the small talk, the OTT niceness.  End. Me. 
  • Family or work events need serious mental preparation.  Be polite... be polite... smile and be fucking polite goddamnit.

  • The perfect night consists of pjs, pizza, netflix and your other half / best friend / remote control / pet.  Parties strike fear into your very soul. 
  • Infact, sometimes you need to schedule in night to 'do nothing'.  And when you tell people you have plans to  do nothing, they just don't get it.

Life is but a series of tests... 

Pamlers Sulphate Free Cruelty Free Shampoo Review

Have you ever tried to track down some cruelty free, sulphate free shampoo on the high street?  I have.  It's bloody hard.  The local Boots next to mine had none, what's that all about?!  And my local Superdrug was shut down a while ago (still not come to terms with this).  In a last dash attempt, I went to Sally's and asked the girl for some help.  In their whole store only 3, yes 3, shampoos were sulphate free.  And only 1 of those were cruelty free.   Which led me to this - Palmers Cocoa Butter shampoo & conditioner, and Coconut Oil shampoo.  I picked up a bottle of each and hoped that they would do the job.

Cocoa Butter with added Vitamin E Shampoo
My first impressions of this shampoo was 'omg how amazing does this smell'. It's like rubbing a liquid form of chocolate on your hair... what a time to be alive! Considering it's a shampoo, the cocoa butter smelt delicious. That's the first time I've ever used 'delicious' when describing a shampoo.
It left my hair smelling beautiful and feeling squeaky clean. The cocoa butter shampoo is exceptionally rich and leaves hair extremely moisturised, which is exactly what my hair needs. As far as I'm concerned, the more moisturising the better! I liked that the chocolate scent lingered in my locks for a while too. Also, if you suffer from a dry scalp this is definitely one to try as it is infused with peppermint oil to soothe the skin.

Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo

The coconut shampoo did not disappoint. The smell is beautiful, yet not as strong as the cocoa butter shampoo. It is targeted at dry, damaged hair so it has a thick and creamy consistency that nourishes the hair while adding moisture and shine. My hair felt thoroughly clean but without feeling 'stripped', the way harsher shampoos can do. I don't think the scent stayed in my hair as strongly as the cocoa butter but I didn't mind, I liked it all the same.

I loved both of these shampoos and I can see myself re-buying them for a while. The smells won me over and they are both cruelty and sulphate free, its a win win!

Restoring Conditioner
This was another hit for me. Again, I loved the smell of this. Whoever is responsible for the scent side of things at Palmers deserves a standing ovation! It felt lovely and moisturising on my hair; left it feeling soft, tangle free and shiny. I can't fault it! This is aimed at dry hair so it is extra mourishing, something all blondies like me need. You need this in your life. Don't argue.

Have you guys tried any of these? What is your favourite?

My Unpopular Blogger Opinions

If you follow my Twitter (here) then you will know I am pretty straight talking, I don't mean to offend people but shit happens.  Anyway, here are some things that are on my mind lately.

  • I think most MAC products are overrated shit.  Soz.  A few things I've tried are ok, I even liked a thing or two, but most things I have tried are shit.
  • I think pugs are really fucking ugly. 
  • Friends isn't funny.
  • I don't get the BeyoncĂ© hype.  Give me Pink or Minaj any day of the week.
  • I think Fiat 500s are shit.
  • I've never shopped in Forever 21.
  • I've never seen PLL, GG or anything along the lines of TOWIE, MIC etc etc.  I hope I never get bored enough to try them. 
  • Coffee is shit.  Coffee in little pretentious cups are even more shit.  Hot chocolate on the other hand...  Pretentious cups or normal mugs, I'll take either!
  • I don't get this whole 'blogger sticker' thing.  Someone explain?
  • People that are offended by the word 'cunt' are usually cunts. 
  • People that switch lipstick colours by season... I don't even know where to start.  I wear pink all year round and I look fabulous - fuck your A/W dark berry shades.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! 

One of the favourite times of the year by far, I'm so happy it is here!  I usually celebrate the whole weekend closest to Halloween because one day just isn't enough.  This year I am seeing a Freddie Mercury tribute act with my friends on the Friday night and going to a costume party on Saturday.  Sunday will be spend in my pjs, munching chocolate and candy apples while I watch some horror films.  Perfect weekend!

What are your plans for Halloween weekend?

My Life in October

Loving ::  the crisp weather
Hating ::  missing my fur baby Napoli
Reading ::  The War of the Roses books by Conn Iggulden
Drinking :: Irn Bru
Eating :: vegan pizza
Wearing :: biker boots and leather jackets (as always)
Watching ::  Homeland and Horror movies
Debating ::  where to book for my next holiday
Looking forward to ::  Bonfire Night
Learning ::  to live without Napoli
Working :: to heal my sad heart
Enjoying ::  remembering happy memories with my gorgeous wee hamster
Wishing :: Napoli was still here
Film of the month ::  Terminator 2 Judgement Day
Song of the month :: Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott and Tiesto
Memory of the month :: playing with a happy Napoli the night before she passed away