Blogmas Day 6- The Joi Of Healthy Hair!


Hello there!

I was originally planning to include this product in yesterday’s post, but it’s so good that I’ve decided to give it a post all of it’s own! 

I was sent this hairmask by the company JOICO* and I was so excited to try it out. My hair hasn’t been in the best condition recently, winter always seems to dry it up, and I’m wanting to go blonde pretty soon, so I thought this would be the perfect time to try this out!


The product I was sent retails for £17.45. It’s a pretty large tube so you’ll probably get a few uses out of it, depending on your hair length of course! You use the product after shampooing whilst your hair is still wet, leave it on for 1-3 minutes for thin hair and 3-5 minutes for thick hair, and then rinse it off. It’s super easy to use and it smells great!


In terms of what it does to my hair, as soon as I applied this product (and rinsed it off) my hair smelt AMAZING. My hair literally smells like a salon right now. As I have quite fine hair, I applied from around midway from the roots to the ends of the my hair and this seems to work perfectly for me.

Whilst wet, my hair brushed through so much easier than usual and felt so soft. I mean, this product is so conditioning that it somehow got under the nail varnish I’d freshly applied to my nails and lifted the whole thing off, because it’s just so good at conditioning haha.

Other than this slight inconvenience with my nail polish, I really do love this product. I’m already looking forward to using it again because my hair just smells beautiful. 
Thank you for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed day 6. 

If you’re interested in the hair mask, you can buy it HERE

See you tomorrow,

H X

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly sent to me by the company for the chance of a review. You can find out more details about collaborations on my Disclaimer Post. 

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Blogmas Day 5- Christmas Beauty Look!

Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 5! Today I have decided to share my go to make-up look for Christmas time, so here goes! This is for the day time so not too dramatic and quite a natural look. I’m not necessarily a beauty blogger and I’m definitely not a make-up artist so bare with me a little bit here!

Ok so these are the products I used to create this look!

Eyes
Lips
Base & Brows
 

They are:

  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
  • Yves Saint Laurent Blur Perfector (which I use for contour)
  • Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (to set and add to contour)
  • Benefit My Two Cents cream Eyeshadow
  • Urban Decay Darkhorse Eyeshadow
  • Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
  • Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Mascara
  • MUA Pro-Brow Kit
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in shade 01

And here is my completed look!


Nails

Another must-have for me around Christmas time is a nice set of nails! This year, I am wearing these beauties from Kiss Nails!*

These are the best false nails I have ever applied myself! The glue is super strong, they lasted almost two weeks, and the tabs make it super easy to apply them without getting glue everywhere and find the right size (as they are numbered!).

I absolutely love these and would definitely purchase these for occasions where I don’t have the time to go to a salon and need a quick and easy manicure!


Thank you for reading. I hope this post has inspired some of your Christmas makeup/nail looks!

Love,

H X 

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly gifted to me in exchange for a mention on my blog. All views are my honest own opinion. 

Blogmas Day 4- Gift Guide For Him


Hey there!

It’s day 4 and this post is a gift giving guide for him- whoever he may be!

For your partner

For my boyfriend, I like to do a stocking full of small novelty gifts, socks, undies, smellies and sweets that I know will make him happy. This also keeps me happy as it gives me lots to wrap and lots to buy for small amounts, I try not to go over £10 per item for the stocking but this can be easily changed and adapted to suit your own budget! I love asos for this!

I then get my boyfriend what I like to call his ‘main present’. Usually, I like to gift my boyfriend an experience of some kind, whether this be a weekend away, a day trip or an experience, for example one year I paid for us both to go indoor skydiving! I always feel like these gifts are much more personal because you get the experience and memories as well, which money truly cannot buy!

Check out www.buyagift.com for experience ideas!

For Children

For boy and girl children, I always aim for the route of something they have never received, seen or even thought of before! I particularly like personalised items that can be personalised with the child’s name, and tend to aim for cute clothes or books, avoiding toys because children always tend to receive a lot of toys at Christmas and you never know what they have already been bought!

www.notonthehighstreet.com is perfect for this!

For Teenagers

This is probably the category I struggle with the most as I tend to go for typical, highstreet gifts for this age range! Usually I visit the Boots 3 for 2 range for teenagers, and it always goes down a treat! Oh, and add sweets, teenagers love these but don’t tend to get them anymore as people think they’re too old for sweets now, but they are not!

For The Middle Aged (Like my dad!)

This definitely tends to send me into gadget shops, such as Red5, to buy novelty items to make them laugh! Depending on the person, films and books are always good ideas too, but make sure it is actually on something they like or that could be really awkward!

For The Elder Males

Aw I love Christmas shopping for my grandad!

Again, this usually involves a trip to www.notonthehighstreet.com for personalised things, such as bottles of alcohol or chocolates!
Thanks for reading,

I hope you enjoyed day 4!

Same time tomorrow,

H X

Blogmas Day 3- DIY Christmas Decorations!

Helloo!

Welcome to Day 3, I hope you’ve been loving Blogmas so far! Today I’m going to try out a few DIY Christmas decoration ideas that I found on Pinterest. Ok, here we go…

Glitter Tree Decorations

Inspired by a post from Emily-Alice, these glitter decorations were super easy to make and look so cute on my tree!


All you need is:

  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon (for hanging from a tree!)
  • Pencil (for drawing outlines and making the hole!).

Simply cut a shape of your desire out of the card, cover it in glue and then glitter it! If you want to be really inventive, you could even try to make patterns with different colours of glitter.

Once they’ve dried (I left mine over night to be sure) make a small hole in your shape and thread a piece of ribbon through. Then use this to tie to your tree!

And there you have it, your own glitter decorations!

 Glitter Pinecones

This is a super easy technique, but I absolutely love the outcome! Best of all, this was super cheap to make!


All you need is:

  • A packet of pine cones (or you can get some from the outdoors if you want)
  • Glue
  • Glitter

I chose a rose-gold glitter for these and simply covered the edges in glue. I then dipped them into a pot of glitter and ta-da! I absolutely adore these and cannot wait to dot them around in blog photos and around my home!



Ribbon Wreath

What you need:

  • A wreath (I chose polystyrene)
  • Ribbon of different sizes/colours/patterns
  • Scissors

I got all of this from Amazon pretty easily and cheaply!

That’s it, so a pretty low cost make!

Ok this one is really simple, all you do is take the wreath and tie your ribbon around it, for example..


You want the ribbon ends to stick out, but if they’re a little too long, feel free to trim them!

And continue this until you have filled the whole wreath!

After you’ve filled the wreath full of ribbon, you need to make a hanging loop! For this, take a thinner and longer piece of ribbon and tie it around in the same way as before, except this time you need to tie the loose ends together to make a loop!

And there you have it! A DIY ribbon wreath!

 

 

As always, thank you for reading! I hope this post has inspired some Christmas creativity within you! Don’t forget to stick around for the rest of Blogmas.

Love,

H x

Blogmas Day 2- Christmas giveaway! 

Hello there!

It’s day 2 and that means.. It’s time for a giveaway! Admittedly, this is a lot earlier into blogmas than I would have liked. However, I have to have time to run the giveaway and to post in time for Christmas, so here goes!

The prize up for grabs includes:

  • The Sleek Mini Matte Me gift set
  • A Small Jar of Macaron Treats by Yankee Candle
  • Clintons Peppermint Scented Hand Cream
  • Disney Tree Decorations By Primark
  • Ted Baker T Is For Treat Mini Body Spray


All you have to do to enter is head over to Twitter and retweet my pinned tweet (at the top of my profile).

You must be following me for your entry to count!

Alternatively, you can also enter on Instagram by reposting the photo captioned ‘giveaway’ with the hashtag #LifeThroughTSGXmas

Again, you must be following me to enter!

Terms and conditions 

ONE ENTRY PER ACCOUNT- YOU CAN ENTER ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM SEPARATELY, BUT ONLY ONE ENTRY COUNTS PER ACCOUNT. 

UK ONLY

CLOSES SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER AT 12 NOON

WINNERS DRAWN AND ANNOYNCED SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER 5PM

WINNERS PICKED AT RANDOM BY NUMBER GENERATOR

Blogmas Day One- The Christmas Tag

On the first day of Christmas, H will give to you, a tag about Christmas (yeah that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped!).

HELLO,

I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR, ESPECIALLY SEEN AS IT IS MY FIRST EVER BLOGMAS.

So, here we are on Day Number 1,

The Christmas Tag!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

This is the hardest question ever for me. I love Christmas. I love films. So Christmas Films are my ideal everything. If I really really really had to choose 1 it would probably be the Grinch, but keep your eyes peeled for My Top Ten Christmas Films coming later on this Blogmas…

 

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I don’t really remember. I mean, I live in England and it does often snow, but it always seems to snow either before or after Christmas day. I’m sure there must be a point when it did snow on Christmas day in my life, but I do not remember it, so yes but I have no memories of this..

If it feels like snowing this year it would be greatly appreciated!

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home/at my grandparents house/ at my dads house/ at my boyfriends house.

Split family problems.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Hmmm… I quite like Fairytale of New York. I also like All I Want For Christmas Is You. I’m not really sure to be honest!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Yes. Me and my two brothers always open the presents from each other on Christmas Eve! This always involves new PJs, which is fab because you get to wear them that night ready for the morning, along with other little bits and bobs such as toys for my littlest brother and sweets/dvds/games/clothes/smellies for my older one!

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen! But do you recall… the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the red nose reindeer!

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

I always spend Christmas Eve baking, which is the only time of the year I get to make as many gingerbread men, cupcakes, cakes, buns, cookies, rice krispie cakes, rice krispie houses, gingerbread houses, flapjack and pretty much whatever else I feel like, as I want!

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Depends! I have a tree in my room which is white with colourful lights and decorations, so that’s always fake. We then have a few small trees dotted around the house which are also fake. The main tree is either real or fake depending on how we feel that year! One year we had this really adorable real tree that was so so so tiny but so so so fat and everyone laughed at it all through the season but we loved it!

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Baileys hot chocolate! If you haven’t tried it, you must. It is gorgeous!

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Definitely giving! I bloody love Christmas shopping and buying presents for other people. I also love to wrap presents in pretty designs and use my stamps to make my own gift labels. I just like to buy presents for other people.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

This is a really really tough question and I don’t want to offend any of my family or friends that may be reading. To be honest, I love all of the gifts I’ve ever been given but I love it when a gift is really personal to you and the person has really thought about what you like! My auntie and my nan are very good at this! Then my parents tend to ask me what I’d like beforehand and my boyfriend just knows me too well and buys me anything he knows I’ll love, like my Pandora ring!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York. I would do anything to see the Rockefeller tree and ice skate in central park and do everything else that Buddy does in Elf! Ultimate Christmas destination for me!

 

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I am definitely a pro. I usually get all of my wrapping paper and ribbon from Wilkinsons which sounds weird but they genuinely do the prettiest wrapping paper and ribbon for the most affordable prices, so I give them a visit every year! My presents always look super pro purely because I enjoy it so put a lot of effort into it.. I’ve even bought people more presents before just so I have more to wrap up!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

This is so hard because I like genuinely have too many. I loved that last Christmas my nan bought this cute little cake from M&S just for me because it had penguins on and a penguin inside (I still wanna know how they did that!). I loved the thought, and the cake, but I mostly loved how happy it had made her! It really was adorable!

 

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I don’t think I ever really did or have.. Like obviously I do know and my parents have told me, but I like to still believe in Santa at heart.

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I always give it a good go but I’ve never properly stuck to one.. I get bored.

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

Definitely just spending time with my family and having everyone together. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does it’s really special as I miss my family every single day.

 

Feel free to do your own Christmas tag in the comments, on your own blog, or maybe even on your youtube channel! Leave me the links below, I’d love to read them!

Lots of Christmas love,

H

 

BLOGMAS 2016

So,

In honour of my loving Christmas and my first ever Christmas on my blog, I have decided to do blogmas this year!

What does this mean?

Every day in December I will post on my blog at 5pm (hopefully.. Might be 6pm)- so a new christmassy themed blog post every day!

I’m super excited to do this, I just hope I can keep up as, as you may know, I nylon blog part time as I have to juggle University as well!

See you tomorrow at 5pm,

Love

H

Liebster Award

Hello there!

So I have been tagged in this by my wonderful friend Tori who is over at pinaforesandposies.com so thank you Tori! You should totally go over and check out her blog because she’s just a fab person!

This tag is basically for new bloggers to recognise other new bloggers and talent!

The rules are:

1: Mention the blogger who tagged you and thank them.

2: Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked by the blogger

3: Nominate 11 bloggers

4: Give them 11 questions to answer.

5: Notify your nominees on Twitter.

So on to the questions!

1. if you could choose any lush product to recommend what would it be and why do you love it?

I’d always say Butter Bear/Ball (same product, different shapes!). This is simply because it butterbear_webis the first lush product I ever tried and it’s still one of my favourites now! It makes my skin feel AMAZING and the scent, oh my gosh! I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like this product, so it’s a great one for recommencing first time lush buyers!

 

 

2. knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 14 year old self?

Hang in there babe, life gets a lot better and you’ll be happier and more confident one day, I promise xoxox.

3. what’s the one place you want to go to most in the world?

NEW YORK

4. name your favourite book character and explain why you love them so much?

I adore Hazel from The Fault In Our Stars because she has such a fab, witty, positive outlook on life depsite her being really ill! She’s v inspiring.

5. name your favourite make up product?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I’m trying really hard to decide.

Wait.

Maybe.

Erm.

Ok,watts-up

Watts Up Highlighter by Benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

6. a blog post your most proud of ( link me!)?

I got a fab reaction to my antibullying week post and it was really tough for me to share, so probably that one!

7. name 5 people or blogs that inspire you ( because its tough to chose just one)?

OK,

Zoella (obviously because she’s just the ultimate blogger inspiration)- zoella.co.uk

Poppy (also fab)- poppydeyes.com

Georgie (ultimate photography goals)- asyouwishuk.com

Kayleigh- kayleighzaraa.com

Olivia Grace- whatoliviadid.com

8. what made you start blogging?

This sounds weird but mainly youtubers! Just because there is so much I wanna say and I don’t feel confident enough to do videos, so I thought I’d try blogging as I’m much better at writing and I fell in love!

9. If you could meet any historical figure you liked, who would it be?

waltWalt Disney. Obviously.

 

 

10. if you could do anything you wanted in your life, what would it be?

Travel the whole world

11. do you have any body modifications, like tattoo’s or piercing’s, and what do you have?

I have my ears pierced and a second hole on my left pierced. So two earrings in my left and one in my right. No tattoos as of yet but I definitely want some!

my nominees are:

  1. Abbey Louisa Rose- abbeylouisarose.co.uk
  2. SGX Styling- sgxstyling.blogspot.com
  3. Sarah- writingrambling.co.uk
  4. Georgie- asyouwishuk.com
  5. Sharon- rosieloveslife.co.uk
  6. Naomi- naomirowan.wordpress.com
  7. Emily Alice- emily-alice.co.uk
  8. Tore- atinymew.com
  9. Rosie- loverosiee.co.uk
  10. Hannah- hansbeautifullife.blogspot.co.uk
  11. Jess- theindigohours.co.uk

Questions:

  1. What inspires your blog the most? Whether that be a colour scheme, a person etc.
  2. Do you feel your blog has helped you to grow as a person? If so, how?
  3. Do you stick to a blog schedule? Why/why not?
  4. Which form of Social Media is your favourite for blog promotion?
  5. What motivates you to blog?
  6. What product, can be absolutely anything, would you recommend?
  7. What 3 things would you take to a desert island?
  8. What’s your favourite song right now?
  9. Who’s your favourite influencer? (blogger or youtuber or other)
  10. Do you see blogging as a hobby or a job?
  11. What are your blogging goals for 2017?

Can’t wait to read them all!

Love,

H x

 

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H X

Giving Thanks

Hello there! So tomorrow is Thanksgiving (according to google) and, although I’m aware that this is much more of an American tradition and holiday, I still believe it is important to thank people for everything they do! So in this post I’m going to be taking my time to thank the people I love and the people who have helped me this last year, in my life, on my blog or anything else in between.

Thank you to my family.

My family are always my support system, every year, but this year in particular has been tough with finishing my  A Levels and starting university but my family are always there for me, even when I’m living in a different city to them! So thank you to them, because I don’t tell them often enough how much I appreciate everything they do.

Thank you to my boyfriend.

For always standing by me no matter what I decide to do and for always having my back.

Thank you to everyone reading this post.

For taking the time to read my blog and even following/liking it, it really does mean the world.

Thank you to everyone who ever doubted me.

I am where I am now and stronger than ever because of your doubts, I love proving you all wrong.

Thank you to Yankee Candle specifically.

For believing in me and giving me my very first PR opportunity.

And all of the brands that I’ve worked with since.

Thank you to my role models.

Their blogs, their youtubes and even just their every day lives inspire me to carry on doing what I’m doing every day.

And thank you to my university friends, for making the first term so bearable.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post, even if it is a little different!

Love,

H x