Tuesday, 29 December 2015

December Favourites!

So, Christmas is over and a new year awaits. 

December was a great month that I spent surrounded by family and friends, new and old. Here are some of the things that I loved throughout the month!


Sin from the Naked Palette 
This has been my go-to colour from the Naked Palette recently. I sweep a bit of this all over my eyelid and then add a bit of the shade buck to the crease to create more definition. It's a simple and natural eye look that I've loved wearing.



Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects Nail Polish
I received this nail polish as part of the December Glossybox and I've been wearing it throughout the month! The colour I received is Strawberry Gold and it was the perfect festive colour with gold shimmer through it. 


Eve Bennett 
Recently, I've loved watching Eve Bennett's videos. She's only 15 years old and already she has nearly 100,000 subscribers! Her videos are really entertaining and she definitely reminds me of a younger Gabbie (aka Velvetgh0st). 


Evan Edinger
I only discovered Evan Edinger on Youtube this month and I'm loving his videos! His puns are on point - I love a good pun!


Christmas dinner
You can't beat a good ol' Christmas dinner with all the trimmings! I've had about 3 Christmas dinners this month: one at school and two at home. Christmas dinner was definitely my favourite part of December. And, of course the leftover turkey, ham and stuffing that was used for sandwiches. Yum!


What were you loving in December?


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a very happy new year! 


Sarah-Michelle x 

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Top 10 Christmas Films

As I'm writing this post it's snowing (yay!). What better way to spend a snow day than to cosy up in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a Christmas film. Here are ten of my favourite Christmas films, in no particular order of course, because that would be way too hard!

1. The Santa Clause
This has been one of my favourite Christmas films since I was a child. I watch it every single Christmas without fail and it doesn't feel like Christmas until I've watched it. 


2. Elf
Elf is one of the funniest Christmas movies and another one that I watch every year. I haven't watched it yet though, so I think a movie night is in order! 


3. Home Alone
Home Alone is a Christmas film that will never get old. I love all of the traps that Kevin sets up for the burgalors and they always seem to make me laugh. 


4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I love the Grinch and think that Jim Carrey plays the character so well! I also love how much the Whos get into the Christmas spirit. 



5. Miracle on 34th Street
This is a Christmas classic. It always gets me into the Christmas spirit and I've been watching it since I was young. 



6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
In my opinion, the sequel to Home Alone is just as good as the first one - and I never think that about sequels. Like the original I feel like this film will never get old either. 


7. The Holiday
The holiday is a great Christmas-y chick flick that I love watching at Christmas with my friends. It has a great balance between comedy and romance and is my type of film! Let's face it, we're all Cameron Diaz when Mr Brightside comes on. Also, Jude Law in this film is a babe ;)



8. Jack Frost
Another childhood favourite that I love to watch. I always end up in tears though, but we all need a bit of a cry every now and again. 



9. Love Actually
This is another Christmas-y chick flick that I love (although not quite as much as The Holiday). I like how there are lots of different stories within one and that it's not the typical, cliche romance with a happy ending. 


10. Nativity
This film takes me back to my childhood and doing the nativity play at primary school. However, in this film the nativity has a little bit of a different twist than the usual nativity... All of the kids in this film are so talented as well!





What's your favourite Christmas film? 


Sarah-Michelle x 


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Monday, 7 December 2015

Music Monday | Top 10 Christmas Songs

I have a number of Christmas-y themed posts planned for this month and decided to do a post on my favourite Christmas songs. There are so many Christmas songs that I love so here are my top 10!

1. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues



2. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shaking Stevens



3. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey



4. Last Christmas - Wham!



5. Feliz Navidad - Michael Buble





6. I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard



7. Merry Christmas Everybody



8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love



9. White Christmas - The Drifters ft. Clyde McPhatter



10. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Mel & Kim



What's your favourite Christmas song?


Sarah-Michelle x


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Sunday, 6 December 2015

November Favourites!


Nars Sheer Glow
As I think I mentioned in a previous post, this is the only foundation that I have found that is the perfect colour for my skin-tone. The coverage is also quite good and I no longer wear concealer along with the foundation, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all and I sometimes forget that I'm wearing makeup!



Mac Ruby Woo
I find it hard to find a red lipstick that suits my skin-tone and doesn't make me look washed out, but MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick is the perfect red for me. It's a bright, vibrant red that lasts for ages and doesn't rub off when eating and drinking!



Emite Diamond Heart Primer 
I recently signed up for Glossybox, and in the November box I received this primer. I've started to wear this everyday under my makeup because it helps it keep it on my face and stops me from having to powder every so often, especially when I'm at school. 



Eco Tools brush set 
 My brothers and sisters gave me this set of brushes for my birthday and I love them! They're so small and cute and the design on them is really pretty. They're quite small so it makes them very handy for travelling and putting in my handbag. The set includes a powder brush, an angled blush brush (which is perfect for contour as well),  an eyeshadow brush, a liner brush and a foundation brush! Another thing I love about these brushes is that they are made with cruelty free synthetic bristles, sustainable bamboo handles and recycled aluminum ferrules.
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Reign
A few of my friends recommended this to me and after hearing them talk for a while about how good it is I decided to watch it myself. It definitely didn't disappoint and I may have binge-watched 10 episodes in one day... It tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots, although it is fictional, and it's so good!!  Also, I love the costumes - some of the dresses are amazing!
 
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Costa Christmas Drinks
You know Christmas is coming when Costa brings in their Christmas drinks. Not only are the cups extremely cute, but the coffee and hot chocolate are delicious! This year I've been loving the caramel fudge hot chocolate, salted caramel cappuccino and of course the gingerbread and cream latte. 


Wake Up The Vamps Album
The Vamps released their long awaited second album in November and I've been loving it! Some of my favourite songs from the album are Rest Your Love, Volcano (ft. Silento), Stolen Moments, and Million Words.


What were your favourites in November?


Sarah-Michelle x


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Christmas Tag!


It's finally December, and you know what that means...
CHRISTMAS!!

It's finally acceptable for me to put up Christmas decorations, wear Christmas jumpers and listen to Christmas music (not that that has stopped me from listening to Christmas music in November!). To get into the Christmas-y mood, I thought I would do the Christmas tag!

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
The Santa Clause has always been a favourite Christmas film of mine and it reminds me of my childhood, but I also love Elf and Home Alone! 
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Always Christmas morning! Although these past few years my mum has started to give us one present on Christmas Eve (which is always Christmas pyjamas). 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I have lots of good Christmas memories. I just enjoy spending time with my family, eating, drinking and having a laugh! 

4. Favourite festive food?
Roast potatoes! There are only a few times a year that my mum makes roasties and Christmas is one of them! They're so good and definitely my favourite part of my Christmas dinner!

5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
Ooh this is a hard question! I've always loved everything that I got, but I remember one year I got my first bike, which was of course Barbie because I was obsessed with Barbie back in the day and nearly everything that I got was Barbie, and I was so happy and excited!

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of the turkey cooking on Christmas Eve, but also cinnamon. 

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
On Christmas Eve we always get a Chinese for dinner, then sit down as a family and watch a movie. Whenever we were younger my brother, my sister and I used to get together in one of our bedrooms and plan what time we were getting up (usually the early hours of the morning) and who would have the honours of waking our older brother and sister and our parents. And of course we couldn't forget about leaving some milk and biscuits out for Santa, a carrot for the reindeer and a note to tell Santa where to leave our presents.

8. What tops your tree?
It was an angel for years, but I'm pretty sure it's now a star. 
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
It wasn't that crazy, wild or extravagant but I remember always wanting a Password journal. I put it on my list every year but never got it. It was probably for the best though because looking back now I probably wouldn't have used it. 
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
I think the best part about Christmas is definitely spending time with family, and having a laugh with them. Christmas is always great craic in our house with different games and singing Christmas songs to keep us entertained. Oh and the food! 

What are you looking forward to the most this Christmas?


Sarah-Michelle x 


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