Friday, 30 December 2016

WHAT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2016






I can't believe that Christmas has been and gone, and to be quite honest it really feels like it hasn't been Christmas; well except for the food!

As you may or may not know, I am a very noisy person and love reading 'What I got for Christmas' blog posts, or watching videos on Youtube, so of course I was going to write mine as well. If you have shared your Christmas gifts as well, don't forget to link them below. 


This year my main present was the incredibly beautiful GHD V Gold Copper Luxe Styler. My old hair straighteners had kept turning off, so these were on the top of my wish list this year and luckily enough they were sitting under the tree on Christmas Day. Can we just take a moment please to admire just how pretty they are! I also received a few books: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Fleur De Force 'The Luxe Life'. Now I may not be the biggest HP fan in the world, but I adore the books so I can't wait to read the two newest books in my collection. 

Make Up. Make Up. Make Up. 


I was also very lucky to receive quite a bit of make up, whether that has high end or drug store. The main surprise for me was the Urban Decay Ultimate Basic's palette, which I had no idea about. This palette is simply beautiful, from the packaging to the actually eyeshadows, and I can't wait to have a little play about with them. Continuing on the palette theme, I also got a L'oreal palette and a No. 7 palette as part of a gift set. As well as these, I also received one of Tanya Burr's Christmas gift set which was also simply stunning. 

Of course there was also a Benefit gift set as well, this year it was the 'Bigger & Bolder Brows' set, which although is in the wrong colour everything inside is what I use on a daily basis. 

Finally one of my favourite gifts was Chloe 'Love Story' perfume in the 75ml version, which should last me the entire year. 

I also received some lovely stocking presents as well, as well as some more Real Technique brushes and two Soap & Glory sets. 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and got everything you wished for! 



Love Alicia x

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016'S MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS

2016 is a year were my blog has really quite grown, yes it is not massive, but from going from 8000 overall views at the beginning of January to just hitting 40,000 overall views just at the beginning of this month is quite insane for me. I may have not been the best blogger of the year, and may have slightly neglected this little space on the internet for the last couple of months, with university and work, but I know in 2017 I am going to get back on it.  

So let's have a little look back at the year: 
















September: 'Autumn Lips'


October: 'Purpose Tour'






Love Alicia x

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

CHRISTMAS MAKE UP





Happy Christmas Eve!! 


For me Christmas Day is all about getting glammed up, although I will just be spending quality time with my family. I enjoy doing my make up all fancy and wearing something glittery, because let's face it Christmas Day is the day to get all sparkly and festive. 

While some families stay in their pyjamas all day, my family like to get dressed up. We always have done for as long as I can remember, so my christmas make up is equally important as well. 

My go-to Christmas make up is actually simple, just with a little bit of sparkle because ya' know it's Christmas. 

This years eye make up will be all about that bronze, and incorporating two of my 2016 favourite products: MAC Sable eyeshadow and Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in 'Bronzed Garnet'. These two will do make the perfect combination. I like to apple the CT colour chameleon first all over my eyelids before adding some of the MAC eyeshadow over the top, for a real pop on the eyes. Plus having green eyes, this combination does make me eyes look rather good as well. To finish off the eye look I will be applying my FAVOURITE eyeliner from L'oreal, which has had a good ol' mention on the blog before. 

In terms of my actually face (the base I haven't covered because not quite sure on that one yet), I will be using my NARS 'Orgasm' blush, which yes is really worth that hype. For highlight I am going quite simple and will just be using my Becca 'Champagne Pop' in the creme version, for just a hint of glow. 

A Red Lip for Christmas? 

Of course a red lip will be happening on Christmas Day, even if it does mean having to reapply it a million times to make sure my lips look good in photos. This years red is quite a dark red, in the form of MAC 'Dare You', which I actually brought for christmas a few years back and just seems to be my christmas go to. 

Do you know what make up you will be applying on Christmas Day yet? 

Love Alicia x

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Friday, 23 December 2016

2016 IN 10 MOMENTS


Why is it, the older you get the quicker the years go? 


I remember when I was in year 7 (holla 2008 & '09) and the year kinda just dragged by, and nothing really happened, but perhaps that was because I wasn't struck down with a *smart* phone, a laptop and any form of social media. Them days. 

2016 on the other hand, was kinda just this big blur of stuff, but actually quite a lot happened. 

1. Flying to the Big Apple with my mum. Now that is a highlight of 2016. I had wanted to go to NYC for as long as I could remember, and then back in June it finally happened. Four wonderful days in the city that never sleeps. Exploring Central park, eating the best cheesecake (and pulled pork burger - Check out Heartland Brewery for that one), seeing Broadway shows, seeing the city from above and going shopping on fifth. Could you ask for anything more. 

2. Having a thing for Afternoon Tea, whether thats mouth watering expensive, or chip as chips, both Afternoon Teas have been a delight. London you were amaze with that Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, but Ipswich you were also a star with that massive homemade scone and generous slices of cake for over half the price of London. Now, i'm hungry again. 

3. Finishing my first year of university with a 2:1!!! Okay I probably would have liked a first, but hey I still have another two and a half years of university left. Yes, my first year wasn't as spectacular as I would have liked, but it was still an experience I will never forget. Oh them drunken fresher moments that I honestly can not remember, or the slightly shitter Summer Ball memories when no one was actually interested and I just wanted to get drunk and stay out later than half 1. Oh well. 

4. Finally owning my own car and driving around all over the place. I may have passed in 2015, but I didn't get my first little car till august. Well actually it wasn't my first car, but that it a whole other story. Anyway, I am now a proud owner of my little metallic sliver Corsa. 

5. When you are 19 you just don't have sleepovers like you do when you are 13, but this October me and my friends broke that tradition and actually had a sleepover. All 7 of us sleeping on the sofa and falling asleep at just gone midnight because lets face it we are all get quite old now. 

6. Going back to working at my old store. Yes I was actually exicted about going to work back at my old store. The people are so much nicer and friendly my first store in Clacton, and dont make me work every Sunday so I can't actually do anything with my weekends.  

7. Spending my 19th Birthday in Spain, in a hotel where no one could speak english and getting drunk on overly strong Barcadi and Coke. YAY to my last year as being a teenager. 

8. Watching my best friends sister get married. Yes, I know this is probably a strange one, but I had known the bride since I was three and it was such a beautiful wedding that honestly I couldn't exclude from the list. Plus, I hadn't actually been to a wedding in about 10 years. 

9. Finally getting involved in University life. No I don't mean the social going out at night thing, I mean joining a sports club. I joined Lacrosse back in October and honestly I am so glad I did. I have now played in three games and picked up a new sport that I actually enjoy. Plus the people are lovely. 

10. Could I really do this list without including the PURPOSE WORLD TOUR & JUSTIN BIEBER. Yes, I saw the Purpose Tour twice and both times were incredible. The first time on the 11th October I was 5 rows from the stage. Then the second time on the 28th November, my friend let me down and my parents had already payed from parking so they wanted to go in, so on the M25 I managed to get a pit ticket (i.e the front row) and it was the best £120 I have every payed. He touched my hand and sung to me during Hold Tight because ya girl was the only one singing along and wasn't holding a phone to his face. BEST NIGHTS EVER!!! 

That was actually harder than I had ever imagined. Like there was so many things I could have included. I mean 2016 wasn't exactly the best year of my life, but it was pretty good and I can't wait to see what 2017 holds. 

What has 2016 brought to you?

Love Alicia x

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

ALL THE SEQUINS




Looking for that last minute Christmas Dress, for the party you forget all about? Or something glamours for Christmas Day? Or perhaps you have yet to find your New Years Eve dress? Well I think I might have found the perfect dress!! 

This little sequin *rose gold* number is from the brand TFNC, and although it might be right out there, isn't Christmas and New Years about going a bit out there with your outfit. 

I am normally that girl who sticks that the little black dress, but this year I wanted to do something different and step out of my comfort zone. So when I saw this dress on ASOS I knew it had to be mine. 


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

4 CHRISTMAS THINGS I LOVE




Christmas is only 5 days away, and although it still does not quite feel like Christmas yet, there are a couple of things that really get me in a Christmas mood.

1. Christmas Films 
Is there anything better than watching a Christmas film? For me I love watching 'The Holiday', it is honestly one of my favourite films ever. Yes, I will repeat EVER, because man I love that film. There is something telling me inside that it is probably because of Jude Law (like who doesn't have a major crush on him in that film, damn, thats all I am going to say). I also love 'The Santa Clause', it is very 90's and I could watch it a million times and still love it. 

2. Costa Hot Chocolate 
Okay what am I staying, any hot chocolate this time of the year is the bomb. Personally, nothing for me can beat the Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa Coffee. It is seriously amazing and if you haven't tried it, then where have you been and why are you not going to Costa right now to pick one up!! 

3. The Christmas Dinner
If anyone says that this isn't their favourite part of Christmas Day, then you must be mad. Can you really beat the Turkey roast dinner with all the trimmings; pigs in blankets, yorkshire pudding, bacon, stuffing. Yes, yes, yes!!! Also, all that christmas food. 

4. Wrapping Presents 
I am the one person who likes to do all the wrapping in my house. I will be the one sitting on the floor, wrapping paper one side of me, bows, ribbons and tags to another and a whole host of presents to wrap. My mum gets me to wrap all the presents she has brought, except mine because you know wouldn't be a surprise otherwise. I just really enjoy wrapping christmas presents and making them look all cute and pretty. 

What do you love about Christmas? 

Love Alicia x

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

LAST MINUTE STOCKING FILLERS



With only five days to go before the big day rolls in for another year, the feeling that you need to buy last minute christmas presents has begun; whether that is for a certain someones stocking, the office secret santa or the need for the extra gift to go with another present.

Socks. Yes they maybe seen to be boring and the gift no one wants, but in all honestly I love receiving socks for christmas. Socks are not something that I will go and buy myself, and I just love christmas socks and I will rock them in July as well. My personal favourites are from Topshop, but for something a little more luxurious, then The White Company is the place to go.

Now you really can not go wrong with a bath bomb from Lush can you? Everyone loves a good bath, and even if they deny it they are probably lying. Plus they just smell so nice, whether you have put one in a stocking or put it under the tree, you know it will go down well.

As it is winter and there is one product that everyone seems to forget about until it snows; a hat! Yes I am one of them people who wishes they had asked for a wholly hat when it starts to snow. H&M have this cutie little wholly hat for £7.99, but you can also pick them up in most high street stores.

As for a beauty gift, but you don't want to break the bank, then a Barry M palette will do the trick. I have picked up the 'Super Natural' palette from Superdrug, but if you pick up two Barry M eyeshadow palettes you will get two free nail varnishes as well. So if you have some friends that need last minute presents then you kinda can get them all something for under £15.

Finally, the gift that all stationary lovers will love, a Paperchase notebook set. Can you really resist three A5 notebooks with a golden trim and pretty patterns on the front. Plus as much as one relies on their phone to write down notes, writing ideas in a notebook is something that I honestly love to do.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? 

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 19 December 2016

THREE LUXURY BEAUTY GIFTS



Can you believe that it is less than a week till Christmas Day? Me neither! It only feels like yesterday then 2016 begun, but 2016 is nearing an end, and with Christmas approaching very quick, I have created a list of three luxury beauty gifts that any beauty obsessed girl would love. 

You really can not go wrong with a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, whether you are buying for your Mum, best friend or Grandma, it just screams luxury and really is the perfect gift. I mean everything with the packaging to the formula of the lipstick it's self. Whether you have no idea what to get, or simply want to buy a little something extra, you know a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick will go down a treat. My personal favourite is 'Bond Girl'. 

For the girl who likes her eyeshadow then an Urban Decay palette is probably your best choice. For me, I personally love the Naked Smoky palette, as it really does have a bit of everything going on. From shimmers to mattes, to your dark purples and your light beige, there is something that you can where daily and something to wear for a night out (maybe NYE). 

Finally, the gift of perfume, and my chosen one is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, there is something quite delightful. Although it is quite a sweet smelling perfume, there is something quite sexy about it at the same time. Perfect for this time of the year, as it really is quite 'warm' for the winter months.


Love Alicia x

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