Wish List | Birthday and Christmas Presents

As some of you might already know, my birthday is fast approaching and in a month's time I'll be turning 21! I'm usually not bothered by my birthday but this year I'm going to be on holiday for it so I'm actually really excited for a change. Although my sisters and boyfriend are all skint and any friends that would possibly buy me presents are all poor students, I still thought this would be fun to do. A girl can dream...
And you never know, if I don't get anything for my birthday maybe Santa will bring me a few bits for Christmas instead.

'Sorry Not Sorry' Hip Flask £6 - Urban Outfitters
Although I'm not a big drinker, I still thought this hip flask would be perfect for me as this is something I'm constantly saying. Also, drinks on nights out are so expensive that if I could sneak this in with me I'd definitely save some money!

iPhone 6 - Apple
As my contract is almost up on my trusty iPhone 5, I'm hoping I'll be able to get an upgrade to the newbie 6. Although I doubt anyone will buy me this, hopefully I'll be able to put some birthday money towards it so it won't be quite as much of a dent in my pocket.

'Sienna' Underwear Set £13 - ASOS
Due to my weight loss over the past year, I'm now part of the tiny tit club *sobs*. However, the upside to this is that I can now wear bras with no under wiring in them. Hallelujah! Perfect for those days when I'm just running errands or writing up blog posts and don't need full support. I can't believe how much of a bargain this set is and I could really do with some new underwear seen as my bras are all a tad roomy these days...

Authentic Black Mono Trainers £45 - Vans
Quite boring I know but my current pair have multiple holes in and as I wear them for work, a new pair is much needed. I'm hoping one of my sisters will buy me these as a joint Birthday and Christmas present.

Pug Print Cushion £10 -Next
I have been wanting this cushion for the longest time and I'm sure my flatmate is sick of me pointing it out every time we go into Next Home but I don't even care. Soz not soz (see the hip flask is perfect). I think you could get me anything pug related and I would absolutely love it. Another puppy would be even better. In fact, scrap the cushion. I just want a puppy.

'Carrie' Feather Strappy Heels £30 - Missguided
I doubt I would ever wear these as I find heels incredibly painful but just to have them in my collection would be wonderful. I love that the 90's is back in fashion as noughties fashion was so incredibly boring and these heels are so SATC. I am really tempted to just buy some cheap heels from Primark and add the fur trimming myself though! I prefer to think of it as creative rather than cheap...

Majorette Blush £23.50 - Benefit Cosmetics
If you didn't already know (where have you been?!), Benefit is my favourite make up brand by a mile and as I own all their blushes to date I feel like there is a Majorette shaped hole in my life. I'm honestly shocked that I haven't caved and bought this for myself yet but knowing that it costs more than I spend on food in a week has kept me at bay for a little while. Now that Christmas is approaching, I'm hoping that one of my kind sisters will get the hint and pick this up for me.

Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set £56 - Zoeva
I'm pretty sure this is on every beauty bloggers wish list at the moment so I'm being a sheep and asking for it as well. I've wanted this set for a good few months now and I'm just waiting for the day I need a pick me up and my finger slips on to the buy button. I have zero willpower.

'Naked Basics' and 'Naked Basics 2' Eye Shadow Palettes £22 each - Urban Decay Cosmetics
I would love to try out both these palettes as I'm obsessed with matte eye shadow currently (so Kylie Jenner) so either of these would be an amazing present to receive. I have all three of the Naked Palettes and think they are amazing quality and definitely worth the money so I'd love to expand my collection further.

Eyelash Curler £20 - Shu Uemura
This is a much raved about beauty tool but I can never quite justify spending £20 on an eyelash curler. I think this would be a great stocking filler for Christmas and would be something I'd get so much use out of as I curl my lashes before applying mascara every single time so I know it would be well loved.

Heart Storage Baskets and Two Drawer Storage Unit in White £8 each - Wilkos
I know this may seem a bit of a strange thing to request but I'm a sucker for cute storage and the plastic baskets I have in my bathroom currently just don't cut it. I also really want something cute to store my toilet roll in as I hate the ugly plastic packaging it comes in but again, this is something I don't need I just want so I've refrained from buying any myself so far.

Lipstick in 'Velvet Teddy' £15.50 and Lip Pencil in 'Whirl' £12.50 - MAC Cosmetics
I'm sure you all know why I want these but if you've been living under a rock recently, these as supposedly the tools Kylie Jenner uses to create those lips. Sadly, these have been out of stock EVERYWHERE so I haven't been able to pick them up myself but I'm hoping I might have more luck getting them in duty free or that some amazing person I know will somehow magically get me these for my birthday. If you produce these for me on my birthday, I will ask no questions.

Love Heart Cushion £16 - Next Home
Again this is another cushion I've whined about wanting to my flat mate for several months (sorry if you're reading this Kas!) but again, I can't justify spending 16 big ones on this. It's so pretty though and would go perfectly with the living room decor or on my bed!

Sugar Crush Body Scrub £8 - Soap and Glory
This is a product which is a little too pricey to buy on a regular basis but it's lovely to indulge in once in a while. It leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and I would love to get another tub of this as it's been so long since I last used it. I've almost forgotten what it feels like to have beautifully exfoliated legs so I definitely need this in my life again.

And that's the lot! I'm now going to go have cuddles with my beautiful Pug and enjoy my day off. Ciao for now, amigos.


Beauty | Summer Favourites

Now Autumn is well and truly underway, I thought it was time for me to share my favourites from the past few months. I'm definitely more of an Autumn/Winter lover and much prefer being snuggled up inside rather than outside soaking up the sun so I'm overjoyed that it's starting to get colder and I can wear layers again. That being said, I did discover some wonderful products in Summer so it wasn't too bad after all. Silver lining, I suppose!

Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99 - Garnier
After using make up wipes for the past few years, I thought I'd give this cleansing water a go seen as every blogger under the sun seemed to be raving about it and I wasn't disappointed. It takes off my make up with such ease and my eyes have definitely been less irritated now I'm no longer scrubbing at them with a wipe for ten minutes. Having tried cleansers before from various other brands, I always found them to stings my eyes and leave my skin feeling greasy but this is completely the opposite. It's gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated afterwards with no trace of make up left in sight. It makes taking my make up off at the end of the day that little bit less of a chore and who doesn't want that!

Eye Shadow in 'Omega' £10 - MAC Cosmetics
Originally, I bought this shade to fill in my brows but I didn't feel like it defined them enough so I put it to one side and never really reached for it again. Then about a month ago, I was looking for that perfect subtle crease shade and realised I already had it in my make up stash. It's a beautiful matte eye shadow which gives a nice definition to the eye and is super easy to blend which is great when I'm in a rush for work.

Lip Cream in 'Double Take' £8 - Topshop (No longer available)
Having not worn lipgloss for a good seven or eight years, I would say I'm, without a doubt, a lipstick girl through and through. So, as you can imagine, I was a bit disappointed when I got this freebie from Topshop several months ago but after trying it out a few times it's become one of my go to lip products. It has great colour pay off, a lovely formula that isn't too sticky and lasts a decent amount of time before I have to touch up. I wouldn't say I'm a total convert and still wear lipstick 90% of the time but this little beauty has made me want to try some more lip creams/lip lacquers. The Rimmel Apocolips are calling out to me, has anyone tried them before?

Pigment in 'Vanilla' £10 - MAC Cosmetics
I actually got this for my birthday last November from my bff Alice and have no idea why it took me so long to actually start using this. I think pigments can be a bit scary at first, especially because they seem so messy but once you get the hang of opening them without the product flying everywhere (oops), you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. They are honestly soooo beautiful and in particular, the shade Vanilla, is perfect for highlighting my brow bone and brightening up the inner corner of my eyes. This is now a must have product for when I'm going out in the evening and need that extra oomph for my eyes.

High Beam Highlighter £19.50 - Benefit Cosmetics
As you'll know if you read my previous favourites post (see here), I had been loving the Topshop Glow Stick throughout Spring but Summer saw the return of an old favourite, Benefit's High Beam. In the past month or so, I have been trying out more of a dramatic highlight look than I would usually go for and this has been the perfect tool for it. It comes with an applicator brush similar to that of a nail polish which makes it so easy to apply and you can easily go for a subtle sheen or you can build up the product for a more intense glow. I usually put a few dots along the tops of my cheekbones, along my nose and on my cupids bow and then blend out with my fingertips. So simple but SO effective.

Cream Blush in 'Neon Rose' £7 - Topshop (No longer available, similar here)
This is the first cream blush I ever purchased so it will probably always hold a special place in my heart but for good reason. I know the shade looks ridiculously bright in the packaging, but a little goes a long way and this can be used for a subtle flush of the cheeks or a brighter look when you're feeling more confident. It's a dream to apply and blends in seamlessly with my skin using only my fingertips. It's perfect for on the go as you don't need a brush and it comes with a mirror, what more could you want!
Although this is technically no longer available, I suspect they just updated the packaging and changed the name to 'Flush' as it looks identical to this shade on the website but don't kill me if I'm wrong!

So those are the products I've been loving this summer. Are you guys sad to see the summer go or looking forward to cosy nights in? Other non beauty favourites are Downton Abbey (I'm on series three), The Office US (I'm on series five) and I've also been loving belting out the song Changing by Sigma and Paloma Faith. What TV/Music have you been enjoying?