Wondering what Santa’s going to leave under the Christmas tree this year? Well wonder no longer, it’s time to start dropping some serious hints... and by hints, we actually mean an extensive Christmas cosmetics list; complete with prices and store. 

Make Christmas 2019 one to remember, with a gift list that ticks all the right boxes. In this blog post we take a look at five top make-up gifts everyone’s looking for this festive season.

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I'm a big fan of Skinny Tan products - and a sucker for a good gift set [especially at Christmas] thanks to the great value they offer andddd that they're a whole Xmas prezzie boxed off in one. And beautifully presented, as I'm terrible at wrapping gifts and have no patience for this sh*t, so saves me a job.

I was very kindly sent this amazing Skinny Tan Moisture Magic Self Tanning Kit* [which is exclusive to Superdrug and mega limited edition] which ticks like every box in what I look for in something to gift someone, or to receive as a gift myself. If you've never tried this brand's products before, it's a one-stop-shop of everything you'll need to fake that perfect glow - and if you're familiar with Skinny Tan / love them; you'll recognise the products included as some of their heroes from the range. The kit comes beautifully presented in an incredibly useful beauty bag [it's the best size for toiletries and stylish AF with a rose gold zip too] with FOUR FULL SIZE PRODUCTS inside. Can't cope.

Merry Christmas from Skinny Tan - The Moisture Magic Self-Tanning Kit Exclusive to Superdrug
The Christmas period is, in fact, one of the most popular times for people to move home; with many buyers rushing to exchange and complete so that they can be moved into their new place for the big day. Moving house can be stressful at the best of times and is well known for being one of the most draining events that can occur in a person life... so couple this with the usual stresses and strains of the festive period and it may seem like a recipe for disaster. But moving house at Christmas needn’t be as bad as everyone makes it out to be - here's 5 top tips for an easy house move this festive period. 

With it coming up to Christmas, many people treat themselves to new bedding, pjs [think fresh Christmas Eve bedding & pyjamas - it's defo a thing here!] and homeware in time for the big day - often due to the anticipation of family & friends spending more time at their gaffs [and us wanting it to look pure nice on the pics.] I follow a number of home accounts on the Gram & spend many a minute perving on homeware / trends on Pinterest, and as I've mentioned on my blog recently [well, on the odd occasion I've found a rare 5 minutes to post on it!] I've got right into home stuff of late. So this post is an extension of this new-found love.

If this sounds like you [like, any part of that rambling - homeware trends, bedding, nosying around people's choices of interiors, home stuff or me posting] then this post is one for you huns. My gaff has never looked as good as it does now, after Julian Charles kindly gifted me a selection of their new season homeware... which is insanely luxurious & top quality, with many of you guys sending me love & appreciation for the bedding set of theirs which I've showcased on IG Stories

If you've recently bought your own place or are looking to add some gorgeous new touches to your home interior, take a little look through this post and at some of the beautiful pieces I'm loving from Julian Charles' AW19 collection. The new designs are absolutely stunning and for you guys who love Christmas, they even have a festive themed range... there's something for everyone to refresh ya home & dress it in luxury this winter. Here's a little peek into my home, my love for Julian Charles & a few of the touches in my gaff I love the most.

AW19 Home Interiors, Bedding, Homeware Trends From Julian Charles, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
AW19 Home Interiors, Bedding, Homeware Trends From Julian Charles, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Christmas and the New Year are rapidly approaching, meaning that you've probably got all sorts of office meals and parties happening in the next few weeks. At this time of year, we all want to feel and look our best... and for many of us, getting prepped and preened for a party is a great way to get a massive confidence boost. Whether you are a low maintenance kind of gal or you love the process of getting glammed and glitzed up, here are our top tips for preparing for the party season; from indulgent skincare to make-up looks.

Prepping and Preening for the Party Season*
Now. If you follow me on any form of socials [especially Twitter, where I complain about my pet peeves on the reg] you'll know I am not a fan of this time of year [and that's putting it extremely politely, I'm usually a lot more blunt when I express my opinions on Autumn / Winter 😂😂.] I can't cope with being cold, I can't cope with the leccy bill being about a grand, I can't cope with constant rain / never-ending threats of snow and I despair of the fact it's dark 97% of the time.

BUT [finding a lil silver lining to my least fave few months of the year] I do massively enjoy shopping & updating my wardrobe with stylish new pieces that make me feel cute [or at least slightly less of a giant meff.] And this year, I'm feeling particularly spendy. 

One trend that especially has my heart in 2019 is the teddy bear jacket - I love how effortlessly glam & stylish these pieces of outerwear look, and how you can dress them up or down... and Cari's Closet are delivering the goods on this front. Just look at those jackets. Those colours. That optimum not-too-short-but-not-too-long length. Huns, my credit cards are trembling in anticipation of the battering they're about to get as I write up this post.

Updating Your Wardrobe For Winter With Cari's Closet, Teddy Bear Jacket Style 
It's always been a bit of a dream of mine to have my own online store. Or even real-life store. A proper, bricks 'n' mortar type affair; with flower walls & rose gold interiors galore. Probably some kind of a fashion store, but I'm also massively intrigued by those cool home interior kinda places - and of course; anything beauty related. Maybe even a bar, but I'd totes drink away the profits wouldn't I. A cat café? But again same kinda issue... I'd be that busy weeping over all the kitties I'd make no money.


Let's take it back to pretty accessories & fashion; things I have years of experience working with / selling [I used to work in retail management before this lil stint of all things digital occurred.] Something I've researched & put on hold countless times - and something I ventured into a little when I was selling pens, jade rollers and agate coasters online that time.

And let's also reign these dreams back to online selling; as having a business premises and pure overheads to cover sounds scary AF, especially given how many stores seem to be closing all over the high street.

I've wanted to sell lashes, I've wanted to order in fashion / home interiors stock from overseas & sell with a mark-up and hell, I've ordered so many odd samples of stock [and made packaging enquiries too] over the past 12 months... but there's been the same sorta pitfalls knocking me back time & time again. Number one being how bloody poor I am and not having the capital to invest in this stuff properly, the second being how time consuming it is and thirdly; the logistics when it comes to storing & dispatching this stuff. My spare room became like a warehouse for a time - and I defo don't have enough space, time or bubblewrap for this.

If you're looking for a luxurious beauty advent calendar experience this Christmas, you're very much in the right place. Sara Miller London [a luxurious brand I was unfamiliar with prior to this post but who now have my heart] have released some of the most beautifully designed, lux advent calendars I've ever clapped eyes on... for the most magical unboxing / countdown to Chrimbo experience.

And this is coming from me - the real life equivalent to the Grinch, so that's saying something indeed. This post is a little later than intended, as I've been taken down by flu, a chest infection and something going on with my ears - but it's totes worth the wait.

Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars
Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars
Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars
As someone who lives for red wine and coffee, I'm always conscious of staining & discolouration on my teeth. The first thing people notice about you is your smile - and I don't want them to look at mine and run for the hills in terror! I've tried a few different toothpastes, strips and mouthwashes before, with mixed results when it comes to whitening... the majority haven't rly done much for me at all... but I'm delighted to announce that this advanced home teeth whitening system* I was kindly gifted by Naturawhite is a gamechanger.

High quality, beautifully designed and easy to use, this teeth whitening kit is bloody brilliant. I've always wanted to try a set with a brightening LED light [and pretend I'm one of those celebs / Insta baddies] and the way this lil piece of tech accelerates and optimises the whitening process is the one.

The kits are great value for money, as you'll get several whitening sessions outta each box. I can't fault the overall system and how effective it is - I know I'll be reaching for it pre-nights out, for that brighter smile when it comes to pics for the 'Gram. In just 45 minutes, you can achieve several shades brighter - instant, effective yet gentle results that'll restore your self-confidence and give you a lil boost from home. Affordably

Naturawhite Advanced Home Teeth Whitening Kit Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog
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