21 December 2014

The Sunday Catch Up #45

Hello, happy Sunday everyone! The last Sunday before Christmas, I can't believe it. I've finally finished all my present buying and wrapping and everything is ready and under the tree. Vince hasn't finished his shopping yet but I am not getting involved in that argument again...

I have work tomorrow and Tuesday and then I'm off for 12 whole glorious days. I absolutely cannot wait. On Christmas Eve I don't have much planned. Vince is working from 1pm until 10pm and then we're going to midnight mass with his family so we will be having a bit of a late night, then on Christmas day we'll be waking up bright and early to open our presents before Vince goes to work.

I'm spending Christmas day at my mum and dads and Vince will be going to his parents once he's finished work, he'll then be coming to my mum and dad's in the evening and we'll both be going to his parents even later in the evening. It's all a bit complicated but it works for us. It's actually so annoying that he has to work on Christmas day as we've never actually been able to spend the entire day together and it always means we have to get up really early!

I am hoping that these next two days go pretty swiftly…on Christmas Eve I want to get the house tidied, even though no-one will be coming round. I just don't want to worry about having to clean when I could be stuffing my face with food. Once Vince goes to work I might pop to my mum and dad's and see what's going on!

Have you finished work for Christmas yet? How are you spending these last few days in the run up to the big day?

Before you go, catch up on the week:

  • Christmas gift guide: stocking fillers
  • Christmas gift guide: for bloggers
  • Festive nails
  • The Body Shop Christmas Wishes Giveaway
  • Christmas gift guide: for pets
    Cherry xo
  • 19 December 2014

    Christmas gift guide: stocking fillers

    Stocking fillers
    Along Came Betty Shimmer Me Softly Bath Crystals - £2*
    Treacle Moon Vanilla Moment Body Scrub - £2.99*
    Treacle Moon Honeycomb Body Butter - £3.99*

    Stocking fillers
    Batiste Dry Shampoo - fullsize £3.99*
    Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask - £5.99*
    Argan + Moroccan Rose Super Repair Hand & Nail Cream - £5.32*
    Bee Good Honey & Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser - £19.50*

    Stocking fillers
    Makeup Revolution The One Fluid Blusher in Pink Dew - £3*
    Wilko Retractable Kabuki Brush - £3*
    Makeup Revolution Ultra Aqua Brow Tint in Medium - £3*

    Stocking fillers
    Makeup Revolution Euphoria Palette in Bare - £6*
    Makeup Revolution All About Cream Blush Palette - £6*
    Makeup Revolution Iconic Dreams Palette - £4*
    Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush and Contour Palette Golden Sugar - £6*

    Is it weird I don't get a stocking on Christmas day? I can't really remember if I did as a child, but it's definitely not one of those traditions for me to wake up on Christmas morning with a stocking stuffed full of presents. It's kind of sad really!

    If you're one of the lucky ones that do receive a stocking or if you're looking for stocking fillers for someone else, then hopefully this post will give you a bit of inspiration. Everything is very beauty orientated because, believe it or not, that's kind of what I have a lot of knocking around the house. It's also mostly products I've been sent for consideration. I promise I didn't mean for it to turn out like this, I just went through everything I thought would make a nice stocking filler gift and this is what came out!

    You can't really go wrong with 'health/beauty' goodies in my opinion. Bath products in particular are very popular. I would love to find a ton of bath products in my stocking. I love having baths and using lovely products to make it smell delicious. I also thoroughly enjoy smothering myself in delicious smelling products after a bath so some kind of skin products are a great idea for stockings.

    As well as bath products, you can't go wrong with hair products, hand creams, moisturisers and face masks as pictured above. I am hoping to dedicate some separate posts to these products so will give you a brief opinion now - I'm loving using all of them! They're perfect for little stocking filler pressies alongside make-up and make-up brushes. I would love to find some Makeup Revolution palettes poking out of my stocking this year! Hint hint!

    What are you hoping to see in your Christmas stocking this year?
    Cherry xo

    18 December 2014

    Christmas gift guide: for bloggers

    Gifts for bloggers
    Wavy stripe dotted paper notepad - £4, Noto mint green medium day to a page diary 2015 - £14
    Lippy lipstick marker pens - £7, Work hard be kind pencils - £7.83
    Alphabet Makeup bag/pencil case - £12.50, Cream and Gold Cut Out iPad case - £14.99
    Neon Multicoloured Stud Stripe iPhone 5 Case - £5.99

    When I was putting all of my gift guides together I thought I'd do one for bloggers, but I thought I'd keep it non-beauty related and instead feature gifts that might be helpful towards a blogger's job.

    I know that notebooks, planners and diaries really come in handy for a blogger and every year I always ask for a diary of some sort to try and keep my life somewhat organised. Notebooks are great for jotting down blog post ideas wherever you are and with a diary you can go into a bit more detail. I have actually bought myself a wall planner/calendar for 2015's blog posts as I'm trying to be much more organised with my blogs in the New Year.

    Lots of bloggers have phones and iPads or some kind of tablet that helps them out with their blogging so why not keep them looking lovely with pretty cases, always a good bet for a Christmas present.

    You also can't go wrong with stationary, whether it's these popular pencils that every blogger loves at the moment, marker pens in the shape of lipsticks or a good old fashioned pen. I personally cannot get enough of stationary and I love nothing more than having a fresh notebook and a pen ready for writing out blog post plans with.

    What will you be buying for the blogger/s in your life? Let me know in the comments.

    *PS. This post doesn't contain any paid for links. These gift ideas are chosen only by me.
    Cherry xo

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