Saturday, 15 December 2018

Christmas Swapbox with AlixKate! BLOGMASDAY15!


Soooo it has been a few days, whoops! I have been super busy and also feel as if I am getting the flu so haven't really had the energy to write some posts, I'm sorry!!

However, todays post is a exciting one!! Alix from AlixKate (here) and I decided to make up a little Christmas Swapbox for each other this as a bit of fun and something neither of us have done before. We agreed with the budget of £20 to spend on each other which I think is a good amount. 

Today I opened what I received from Alix, OMG was I excited or whatttttt! Here is a picture of the cute gifts I received. 

Firstly, lets talk about the travel mug, how wintery is this!! It's perfect for me to put my morning hot chocolate in for on the way to work, the print of the foxes is cute too.

I then opened a candle from Bloom Collection. To be honest I haven't actually had a candle from there before but Pink Peony and Cashmere scent is divine! Next I opened up the Carmex Lip balm, I mean who doesn't love Carmex??? Lip balm is something that is always at the bottom of my handbag incase I ever have chapped lips or have forgotten a lippy, it gives your lips a bit of a shine which is nice. 

I love to have baths, especially in the winter, next time I have a bath i'll be able to use the bath fizzer that Alix got me! It was a white fizzer with the letter C in the middle...cute!! Next up was the face mask, which will go perfectly with my bath! I always use face masks so it is nice to always have some spare in case I run out. I then opened a hand cream from Sanctuary, I always fine Sanctuary products so nice to use, I never really by myself hand creams either - which I probably should start doing!! This hand cream smells so nice and made my hands feel really soft. 

The last thing I opened I am probably the most excited about, I know that Alix loves Revolution Make up and to be honest I haven't actually ever tried make up from there! So when I opened this lipstick from there in the shade 'Fudge' I was super excited to try it out!!

Thank you so much for my gifts Alix it was so much fun trying to find you different bits that I thought you may like!! Go check out Alix's post about what gifts I got here this Christmas!


Monday, 10 December 2018

My Top 10 Favourite Christmas Films! BLOGMASDAY10!


Here are my Top 10 Christmas Films! Who doesn't love cosying up on the sofa during December watching a movie?!











What is your fave Christmas movie?



Sunday, 9 December 2018

Secret Santa Ideas! BLOGMASDAY9!


Secret Santa is so much fun but sometimes I find it so hard trying to find different people with different personalities a gift that they would like, therefore today I am going to be giving you some ideas as to what to get for your secret santa! 

This video is not sponsored but I always find such good gifts from Boots. They have all different price ranges which is great as there should be something for you person. 

Gifts under £10

Candle - A candle is always a good shout as who doesn't love candles?! Here is a candle I have found which is presented lovely. It is from Sanctuary Spa, it is currently £6 which I think is great! 

Lipstick set - Lipstick sets usually have different shades in them so at least one of the lipsticks would be up your secret santa's street! Here is a set from boots, by Sleek. Sleek is a great makeup brand anyway so you know the lipsticks are going to be good! This set is £4.50 so you can even get another gift too. 

Hot Chocolate mug - Who doesn't love a hot chocolate in the winter?? You could make this your self by buying a mug, a hot chocolate sachet and some mini marshmallows. Or you could get one thats already made up, here is one from Zoella's range which is £10. 

Bath Bomb set - I personally love receiving bath bombs as I use them a lot! You can get all kinds of sets which include bath bombs. Here is a set from Soap and Glory. This set is £10 but you get three bath bombs included. 

Gifts under £20

Make up gift set - There are different sets available but I have found one that I would like to receive so I think that always helps as I know if I would like it hopefully the person I was buying for too. Here is one by Ted Baker which is £20. It includes, a mascara, Liquid eyeliner pen, Trio Eyeshadow palette, Eyeshadow crayon in Rose Gold, Eyeshadow crayon in Brown and a Eyebrow Highlighter. I would definitely say this gift is worth £20. 

Travel set - The set I have chosen is from the Zoella range again (here), it is a set including a travel mug and a cute bobble hat! This set is £18, for a cosy, stylish hat and a cute travel mug this is something that can be used travelling to work or even at the weekend! 

Jack Wills Gift set - This Gift set is super cute, you get some warm mittens and a hand cream. This set is £15, I think this is great considering it is from Jack Wills. 

Gym Set - Here is a Superdry Gym Essentials set, this includes a body mist, body wash, body scrub, body lotion and a lip balm. The set is £20 and for the the amount of superdry products you get I think its worth the money! It's so handy just to chuck into your gym bag for after your gym session! 

I hope this helped you out if you get stuck what to get for your secret santa!



Saturday, 8 December 2018

Our Christmas Eve Traditions! BLOGMASDAY8!


I thought I'd give you all an insight of what my Christmas Eve's use to be like when I was younger compared to them now. 


So when I was younger every Christmas Eve myself and my sister would go to my dads work with him and spend the day there. We would track santa on Norad, then have McDonalds for lunch. My dad would always have a raffle so we would help give out the prices and then on the drive home we would listen to 'Driving home for Christmas' which always put us in a such a great christmas spirit! We would then spend the evening at a Pantomime and have go out for dinner. When we got home we would have a bath and whilst in there we would hear some bells and Santa would drop some christmas pyjamas for us by the front door for us to wear this night. In our new Christmassy pyjamas we would go to bed as excited little kids. 


Nowadays, I like to have a bit of a lay in on Christmas Eve! I don't actually tend to do much on throughout the day... I might go out for lunch then I will go to the pub with some friends in the evening till about midnight. It's always such a good atmosphere, everyones excited for the food on Christmas Day!!

What do you do on Christmas Eve? 


Friday, 7 December 2018

Present Ideas for Dad! BLOGMASDAY7


Following from yesterdays post, which you can find here, today I am going to be giving you some gift ideas for you dad or grandad or even uncle!


Does anyone else dad literally make holes in his slippers?! Mine does.. thats why new slippers is always a good shout as a gift. 

Here are some standard slippers, these ones are Navy faux fur lined slippers. I think these are the kind of slipper that any dad would wear and they are fairly well priced at £22. 

You can also get some more sturdy slippers which you can find here. These are Jasper Conran Navy Suede moccasin slippers. These slippers look so comfy. These are £40 but I can imagine the slippers lasting for ages as them being a better quality.

Personalised Glass

Getting your dad a personalised pint glass or mug is such a thoughtful idea. You can get these made on most online sites, I tend to normally use as I find it a reliable site. I'm pretty sure your dad or father figure would absolutely love this gift!


My dad loves a scarf in the winter! do some good scarfs. They do various colours and styles so you will most likely find a scarf perfect for your dad. 
I quite like scarfs like this (click here) I love the colours, the grey tones are appropriate for winter and I like the stripes. Also this scarf is only £15! I think this is a great price. 


I'm sure socks are a pretty standard present for your dad right? Whether they are from Tesco, Next, Topman.. socks are socks and your dad will always need them!

A Day Out

You could always plan a day out with you dad or even your whole family. Whether its for a walk along the beach or to play some crazy golf. You don't have to do anything too expensive as its the thought that counts!

Thanks for reading


Thursday, 6 December 2018

Present Ideas for Mum! BLOGMASDAY6!


Christmas is fast approaching so here I have a few ideas of gifts for you mum or even nan, sister or aunt! This year I have struggled immensely to think of different gifts for my family.. even as I am writing this I still haven't bought many presents!! 

Anywayyy! Gift ideas for mums;


Pyjamas is something my mum receives most christmas's, I think they are such a lovely gift as you can either get some cute fluffy ones from Primark or get some silky satin pyjamas from Boux Avenue for example. They are in anyones price range depending on the kind you prefer which great! 

Here are some pyjamas from New Look <--(link here). Where they are red tartan they are very christmassy which is fitting and they are only £12.99! Bargain if you ask me!

If you would like the pyjamas to be more of your main present to your mum, as I mentioned before, Boux Avenue have some comfy pyjamas. Here are some that I found. They are navy with white stars and are also satin which is cosy in bed! These pyjamas are £45 so a bit more pricey but definitely worth it as a treat for your mum!

Photo frame

Getting a photo frame for your mum and putting a picture of the two of you or all your family in is a thoughtful idea and I bet your mum would love this gift the most! The good thing about buying a photo frame is that it doesn't need to be mega expensive! Shops such as HomeSense always have cute frames in that are usually a great price so check it out!!


Gloves, everyone needs gloves for the winter months don't they? Why don't you treat your mum to some new ones? Here are a couple of different options for you. 
Marks and Spencers always seem to do such a good range of different gloves, you can find all kinds of colours and styles and they aren't overly expensive either! Winninggg

Knitted Pom-Pom Gloves (here) - These are currently only available in a caramel colour but it is still a beautiful colour for the autumn/winter. They are knitted so will keep your hands warm, and they also have 3 pom-poms on which adds something extra to them. These gloves are £15.

Leather Faux Fur Gloves (here) - These gloves are black leather gloves that have a thick band of faux fur on the wrist. These come in three shades, black, navy and grey. They are a bit more on the pricey side at £39.50 but they would definitely last and keep your hands warm and dry!

Meal for two

If you are really struggling for ideas, you could always pay for you and your mum or your mum and dad to go out for a meal after Christmas. I know my mum and dad don't go out for date nights very often so why not give them the chance to go out! You could even offer to be taxi for the night! 

I hope you found this post helpful! 


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

3 Online Shops for Christmas Shopping! BLOGMASDAY5


Welcome to day five of Blogmas! As you can see from the title today I am going to be telling you my main three online shops I use for my christmas shopping. 

The first online shop is 'Not on the high street'. This is such a good shop to find little bits and bobs for anyone, family or friends they literally have gifts available for everyone! Another reason why I use this shop and why I love it is because it has so many categories, theres gifts for him, her, parents, stocking and sack ideas, literally everything and some of the bits are so original and also you can personalise gifts such as glasses or make up bags which is a lovely touch to make your gift for someone more personal. I'd definitely recommend this shop so go check it out!

The next shop is Boots. Boots has such a variety of gifts that you could get anyone. From make up to perfume, socks to children toys. Last year I even bought my boyfriend some different ciders! They really do everything. Also they have deals such as 'buy 3 for 2' gift sets which work out really well, before you know it you have bought everyone in your family a gift already! Prices in boots are pretty good, depending on what you are looking at buying you can get gifts anywhere between £5+ which I think is really good. 

My final shop is ASOS. Like the other two shops you can definitely buy for varied people. I found ASOS has some more quirky ideas to gift people which is always fun! They sell games, mugs, books, christmas decorations. ASOS can range in price the same as boots, from about £5 upwards. You can find some lovely bits on here though so it is defo worth checking it out!

Let me know where you shop for your friends and family. 


Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Pound Shop Game! BLOGMASDAY4


The pound shop game is something we done last year and I think will be a game we carry on for all the years to come. It is pretty self explanatory but basically you have to buy a present for everyone who wants to take part, for a pound. So if there is 10 of you, you will spend £10, £1 for every person. The present can be as strange, weird, funny as you like and it is fun trying to find something for each individual. 

How we done ours was we chose a present for each individual, everyone who joined in wrapped the presents in the same wrapping paper and had the same labels with the relevant persons name on so you don't actually know who bought you what present. This meant some of the things people were getting others was hilarious! My mum got two brooms and two dust pan and brushes and my boyfriend got two pies!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ See what I mean you can make it as funny as you like!

Not only is the game fun, but its also only £1 for each person which is extremely good if you are on a budget and you will also get ten presents at the end of it, which is also pretty good - depending on what presents you got. 

Do you have any fun games you play on Christmas Day?

Courtney Jayne X

Monday, 3 December 2018

My Christmas Top Threes! BLOGMASDAY3


Today I have some statements and I am going to answer them with my Top 3 answers. It's a pretty simple post but hopefully you will try to get to know me a little bit more and its a bit of fun, who doesn't love fun at Christmas ay!! 

πŸŽ„Top 3 foods at ChristmasπŸŽ…
- Brussels
- Lindt chocolate
- Crispy roast potatoes

πŸŽ…Top 3 'Christmassy' makeup looksπŸŽ„
- Natural eyes and a red lip
- Red eyes and a nude lip
- Natural eyes and nude lip

πŸŽ„Top 3 things to do on Christmas EveπŸŽ…
- Go to the pub with friends
- Spend the evening with family watching Christmas films and drinking hot chocolate
- Go out for a meal 

πŸŽ…Top 3 things to do on Boxing DayπŸŽ„
- Chill all day eating left over food 
- Spending it with family 
- Boxing Day sales!

πŸŽ„Top 3 outfits I would wear on Christmas DayπŸŽ…
- Comfy loungewear
- A christmassy dress
- Jeans and a Christmas Jumper

Hopefully you got the gist of this post! See you tomorrow!

Courtney Jayne X


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Top 10 Christmas Songs! BLOGMASDAY2


Day 2 of Blogmas is here and so am I! 

Today I am going to be telling you my Top 10 Christmas Songs! 


1) Fairytale of New York - Pogues 

2) Last Christmas - Wham

3) White Christmas - Bing Crosby

4) Do they know its Christmas? - Band Aid 

5) I wish it could be Christmas everyday - Chris Sievey

6) I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause - The Jackson 5

7) Merry Christmas Everybody - Shakin' Stevens

8) Baby it's cold outside - Dean Martin

9) Grandma got run over by a reindeer - Elmo & Patsy

10) Step into Christmas - Elton John

So there is my 10 favourite Christmas songs! These songs are what I have listened to every year growing up so I have countless memories singing along to them!

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Courtney Jayne X

Saturday, 1 December 2018



This is weird, it's a Saturday! I have decided that this year I will attempt Blogmas. 

Blogmas is something I have wanted to do for years now but have never committed to doing it but seeing as I have posted every week since I started up my blog again a couple of months ago, I thought I would challenge myself to give it a go! 

Now, today is day one, and I feel like this is kind of a cop out post but I thought I'd just explain what should be coming everyday up until Christmas so you know what you're getting from me. So hopefully the posts will get better than this!

1st - Explain why and what posts will be posted
2nd - Top 10 Christmas Songs
3rd - Things I love about Christmas 
4th - The Pound shop game
5th- Top 3 online shops for Christmas shopping
6th- Present ideas for mum
7th - Present ideas for dad
8th - Christmas Eve Traditions
9th - What to for Secret Santa
10th - My top 10 Christmas Films
11th - What advent calendars I have
12th - My Christmas Wishlist
13th - Christmas Tag 
14th - Christmas Jumpers - Yay or Nay?!
15th - Christmas swapbox with AlixKate
16th - Our Christmas Tree
17th - Christmas Party Make up
18th - Christmas Tree no2
19th - Panto review 
20th - Present ideas for Him
21st - What I do on Christmas Eve
22nd - What I eat on Christmas Day
23rd - Nativity review 
24th - Christmas Eve GRWM
25th - Merry Christmas!

See you tomorrow!

Courtney Jayne X

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