New Year Resolutions.

 New Year resolutions aren't ever something I take too seriously, or to be honest really make any. You see, I've never really seen the point, I'm not sure why but never have.
I guess you hear of all these people making resolutions and not sticking to them, such as going to the gym and then just clogging up the gym not really doing anything. I think this puts me off haha. I do need to start toning myself again however, but all of mine are all general ones to be honest. I've decided to create five resolutions that are realistic for myself.
Firstly and mainly, I want and need to just stop worrying about silly things. I'm a girl and we all worry but I swear sometimes the things that worry me personally the most are just unneeded and daft, so I'd love to be more carefree with my worrying if that makes sense haha.
Secondly save! Save, save and save! I recently saved up to move out relatively easy, but now I have more things to pay for I need to think about this more. I'm very careful with having enough money for everything but I can be carefree with the rest of my money. Saving would be amazing, and saving money in order to own a house sounds even more amazing.
This links into my third resolution of clearing my university overdraft. When I started university I had very little savings and coming from a poorer background I knew money would be tight which meant me using my overdraft. I'd love to have this entirely cleared by the end of 2015.
My forth is to blog more, and blog consistently, posting at least twice a week. I love blogging but working full time sometimes leaves a lazy Kristy. I would love to grow my blog more, and believe two posts is something that's manageable for me whilst still giving me plenty of time to chill with my boyfriend and friends.
My fifth and final resolution is to get back into pole dancing. I started pole dancing in my final year of university and absolutely loved but have only done it a few times since, but it really is a great sport and a great way to tone up and something I'd love to do more of.
 Have you made any resolutions for 2015? I'd love to hear them :). P.s. have an amazing new years everyone and see you in 2015!
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Christmas Celebrations!

 Ahh Christmas! of the most wonderful times of the year. Yes, I'm 22 and I still love Christmas. But to be fair, if you read my blog regularly you will know that I recently moved in with my boyfriend a couple of months a go which has made this Christmas all the more exciting. Our first Christmas in our own flat :).
And here's to my favourite photo's from the day itself:
Me and my boy <3.
One of my favourite jokes from the crackers.
Playing with my sister's new toy.
The Christmas dinner.
Haha this picture just makes me laugh :D.

My gorgeous bracelet from my boy.
Noughts and Crosses shots to end the evening.
 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got spoilt. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
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Flat theme - my lounge

  So today I thought I would share with you more of a lifestyle themed post - one based on my front living room. I love reading these kinds of post, and really enjoy including the odd lifestyle post myself every now and then.
 And that is my lounge haha.
We have kept it quite simple but one major theme throughout the room is glass, glass and silver. We have a matching coffee table (please excuse everything under the table) and TV unit. We also have a glass noughts and crosses set on our coffee table. Our DVD stand is also glass which ties in perfectly.
However I think my favourite part of our lounge has to be the mirrors on the wall. I believe they really open up the room and are a nice additional feature. 
  How do you like your lounge to look? Do you tend to have an underlying theme?
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Mid-week favourite no 5: L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Ahh, it's time for this week's mid-week favourite; this week's has to be... the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara... a mascara made of dreams.
When I tried their False Lashes mascara a while back, I honestly didn't think there would be one to beat it but then I found the Miss Manga mascara, another mascara from L'Oreal. The result is just wow.
The mascara is designed to create mega volume on both the upper and lower lashes. The brush itself is a thin cone-like shape that brushes along every single lash with ease. This leaves them thick and long, with plenty of volume.
From researching a little bit into the product I have found the formula is what creates these amazing lashes, of course alongside the brush. The formula is made up of enlarging collagen spheres that exasperate the natural lashes into fuller, more pronounced ones.
I love this mascara and can see this being a favourite for a long time. 
L'Oreal are definitely top of the game when it comes to mascaras in my eyes.
What are you loving lately? Have you tried this mascara from L'Oreal? 
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Mid-week favourite no.4: The Body Shop all-in-one BB cream

This product is probably a monthly favourite for November that just hasn't stopped, and I have used every day of this month, well until yesterday. The Body Shop all-in-one BB cream is a light base that has the benefits of being deeply moisturising as well.
I had been using your regular foundation, but was finding this cold weather was leaving my skin really dry so I thought I'd give The Body Shop BB cream a go. And actually, it did seem to solve the problem leaving my skin much brighter and alive.
The BB cream itself is a white cream with little dots throughout, essentially those dots blend into colour on your skin. I also find the product blends so naturally with the skin. I mean I can get away with wearing two out of the four shades without looking like I've been tango'd.
All in all I love this product and it has definitely been this week's favourite... so much so I have cut the entire thing open and I am left with absolutely none left :(.
What have you been loving this week?
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You Beauty Discovery December 2014 review

 For those of you who don't know Youbeauty Discovery is a beauty box subscription you receive on a monthly basis at a mere cost of just £6.95 including postage. Each month, you get to choose two products from a specific theme. Alongside this you also receive two additional items; one normally a food/drink item, and the other being some form of a beauty product.
This month's theme was 'party prep' and consisted of nine products to choose from that you would typically use when getting ready for an everning out. I chose the Wilkinson Sword Sensitive Care Shaver, and two mini dry shampoos by Colab. I also received a chocolate Lindt rabbit and two samples... A Lindt rabbbit for free, isn't that something we all want?
 Firstly I went for the Wilkinson Sword Intuitiom Naturals sensitive care shaver. This shaver is designed to leave your skin irresistably smooth, and of course hair-free. Additionally it contains a gently creamy gel to not only care for your legs whilst shaving, but also after shaving by gently moisturising them. I haven't actually tried this product yet but I can't wait to give it ago. The fact it is designed to leave my legs moisturised after use has definitely intrigued me. 
 My second choice had to be these recently released dry shampoos from Colab. I have only heard things about these products since their release, and they seem to definitely live up to that claim. The main difference to these and your average dry shampoo is the scent, these have a far more welcoming scent. The Rio scent a lovely contemporary smell that leaves a subtle clean scent behind. As to the London scent, this one also smells lush but this time fruitier, leaving behind a tropical scent. I don't know about you but not being able to smell the usual dry shampoo smell is definitely a bonus.
A lot of people have also commented on how these dry shampoos by Colab are less white when sprayed than other dry shampoos. I have never really found this a problem myself, but I have noticed that these don't leave behind any residue. They definitely mix in with my hair easily.
Overall I would have liked a few more choices as the two products I selected were the only ones which really took my interest. However I can't complain at the products I received and I would definitely say they are worth the £6.99 I paid for the beauty box. The shaver itself is worth £6.99 at full price.
What do you thin of the products I received? Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?
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I wish it could be Christmas everyday... the Christmas TAG!

  So it's nearly Christmas, OMG! 19 days if I have counted correctly we will be all waking up and starting our own Christmas traditions. Christmas trees, Christmas songs, Christmas spirit, family and time to chill. I love it. So on that note I have seen the Christmas tag floating around and had to share my own answers.
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Hmmm... that would probably have to either be the orginal Santa Claus .. I used to love watching this film over and over as a kid .. or Elf. That never fails to make me laugh, ohh and The Holiday of course.
2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Nope :( I would actually love that to happen, waking up to snow everywhere sounds amazing.
3. Where do you usually spend Christmas?
At my grandparents with my mum and sisters. This year will be a tad different though; I will be waking up in my flat with my boy, then heading down to see the fam.
4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
All I want for Christmas is you hands down! I play this 10000000x over every single year, and the worst part is I'm not even exaggerating. I love this song.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No.... don't think that's been something I have ever done.
6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Ermm.. Rudolph? Vixen? Apparently not, but hey I didn't forget the most important one at least.
7. What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?
Just waking up in our own flat, and seeing my family. Pulling crackers and the general Christmas dinner.
8. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/treat?
Chocolate yule log.
9. Do you like mince pies?
Nope, and I'll share a secret.. I used to thin mince pies actually had actual mince in them. Yes, I'm slightly blonde.
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or recieving them better?
I honestly love both sides of things. I love spoiling everyone and seeing their faces when they open their presents, but who doesn't like recieving them back?
11. What would be your dream place to visit over Christmas?
Dubai or Australia. Purely because a hot country on Christmas day sounds like a nice alternative to freezing cold England. Australia, because it's completely opposite seasons to here and would be rather cool to see and/or having a bbq'd Christmas lunch.
12. What are your favourite holiday colours?
Red and gold.
13. Are you a pro at present wrapping or do you fail miserably?
Hahah, I swear this changes for every present. Some seem to end up perfectly wrapped whilst others I just run out of wrapping paper or sellotape or something. They seem to look alright in the end though.
Are you looking forward to Christmas this year? I tag anyone who reads this to give this tag ago, I'd love to read your own replies.
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Mid-week Favourite No 3: Louise Young LY34

 The Louise Young LY34 foundation brush is a brush I have lusted after for so long now, and finally gave into three months ago now. It really is the perfect brush.
It is larger than your average size foundation brush making application nice and speedy, perfect for those rushed mornings - but it also applies the product smoothly and leaves no trace of brush marks.
The brush is domed shaped, and has replaeced my beloved Real Techniques ever since purchasing. I love how smoothly and easily it applies my foundation. I definitely think it's not just a mid-week favourite, but one of my favourite beauty finds this year.
Have you tried the Louise Young LY34 brush yet? What's your favourite beauty finds at the moment? 
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Christmas beauty wishlist!

It's getting closer to Christmas apparently so I thought it was about time I did a Christmas beauty wishlist. These items are a mix of some of my favourite products I've spotted this Christmas with a few I've lusted after for a while now.

Empties part two.

So, time for the second part of my empties post finally has come. There are quite a few products again, including a couple I just haven't gotten on with anymore so have also decided to be good and get rid of them.
First up is the Soap & Glory 5 in 1 micellar cleansing water. I brought this on a whim when it was first released as it was on offer... but I have now been through two bottles of the product and really wish I didn't love it so much. It is brilliant at removing any traces of makeup, but additionally has a slight cucumber scent/flavour to it, which I find really soothing on my skin. As I've said before I have relatively sensitive skin and this doesn't irratate it all. I think it is my new favourite micellar water, but sadly costs £6 for only 200ml of product. Will I buy this product again? Hell yes.
Next up is the Pure instant radiance skin tonic from M&S. As you can see I haven't quite finished this product... I originally wasn't sure on it because of the thicker texture of the toner than I am used to, but found it did brighten my skin. Over time I have found the product to start irratating my skin feeling like it's on fire so have stayed clear. Definitely one I wouldn't purchase again but I am sure many of you would love.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter is one I have had on the go for ages now and have finally finished. I love this product, and how it instantly melts off any makeup I'm wearing - including waterproof mascara. It also leaves my skin feeling relatively moisturised after use, without the touch of a moisturiser. Would I buy this again? I already have a spare one haha.
  The next three products are all concealers, the first being the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. Everyone's favourite budget concealer, but is it mine? Last time I mentioned this I loved it as an all round concealer. Now I still love it but more as a blemish concealer. I find when used under the eyes it leaves a grey undertone afterwards. Definitely one I would repurchase again, it really is a good concealer.
Next up is the Dirty Works concealer cube. This reminds me of the Soap & Glory Kick-Ass concealer as it has two concealer shades, a salmon coloured one and a more skin-tone coloured one. Unfortunately the formula is creamy but might as well be see-through when actually applied. I found it didn't really conceal my black circles or any blemishes at all. So, would I purchase again? Nope unfortunately not, I haven't even finished this one.
The final concealer is the Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer. I absolutely love this product, and have found it to do exactly what it says. It covers my black circles with ease, but also works amazingly at a basic everything concealer as well. It also seems to last all day on my skin, another bonus. Would I repurchase? Another yes for this one.
  The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhance is another amazing product, and it also seemed to last forever. It works like a primer after your moisturiser and before your foundation. It literally smoothese everything out, and leaves my skin not only pretty perfected but smoothe to the touch perfect for applying my foundation. I love this product. Would I repurchase? Definitely yes again.
Lastly is the Rodial Glamtox Day SPF 15. This is a day moisturiser that is said to brighten your skin as well as moisturise. I can't say too much about this product as I really didn't like the smell; I found it too overwhelming to be used on an everday basis. However the couple of times I did use it it did seem to brighten my skin. Probably one to try for those of you who don't mind facial products being highly-scented. Would I repurchase? No.
Well that's the end of my empties and products that I've decided to get rid of. What have you used up lately?
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Flat interior decoration

First of all... I'm back, still laptop-less but with internet and all moved into my brand new flat with my boyfriend. I thought I'd start off with a basic post on some of the favourite things we have purchased to dress up our flat.

 We have a gorgeous fireplace in our lounge, and I love the way these vases instantly add a homely touch to the flat.
The candles are just basic ones from Ikea, but we chose them due to our theme in the lounge. They are blue, and have a light fresh smell to them. The only thing I will say is how the smell really doesn't seem to spread and fill the room - I definitely will be purchasing a couple of Yankee Candles come payday.
We have continued the vase theme in the bathroom, with the addition of these cute little ornaments from our holiday in Italy earlier in the year. There are 4 fishes and four dolphins, and I love how they fit a bathroom theme perfectly.
A simple cactus, but one that is red that just adds that extra touch. Again this one was themed to match our theme, this time in the kitchen (everything is red). The cactus is from Ikea, and we have matched it with a red flower pot also from Ikea.
That's it for now, but I'll be back finishing off my empties post, the second half tomorrow at 9:45 UK on Friday.
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Empties part one.

 I have accumulated rather a lot of empties over the last couple of months, but hey that means I am actually using products up. As there's so many I am going to split this into two posts, with the second being up later in the week.
  So first up on part one of September/October empties is The Body Shop All-in-one BB Cream. I loved this; it provides light coverage, and leaves a glowy finish on my face. One that suggests radiance, just what I like. Considering it it a light base I do find it covers up any redness quite easily. I have also found it to be the perfect base for when my skin's having a drier day, as it simply provides coverage and moisturises at the same time. Would I repurchase? Of course, in fact I already have another one in the lighter shade on the go.
Next up is the St Ives Apricot Invigorating Face Scrub. The only face scrub I have ever wanted to repurchase. I won't say too much as I have written a full review a while back, but in short this is an amazing product that simply does its job, and brightens the skin. You can feel it working, and I really do notice a difference. Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.
The Elemis skin clear mattifying moisturiser was a deluxe sample that I loved at first, but have slowly grow to dislike. In fact there is still about half the product in the tube. The product itself doesn't smell amazing, but I originally found it mattified my skin, and kept the shine at bay all day. Slowly it seemed to work less :S, and was irritating my skin so I decided to stop using the product. It could be good for you if your skin is less sensitive than mine, but would I repurchase? Nope, I'm afraid not.
The Body Shop Rainforest Volume Conditioner was one I picked up to try out on a long weekend. I had heard great things about the product, and love the fact it doesn't contain sulphates but unfortunately I found this product wasn't for me. It did condition my hair and leave it soft, but not knot-free as I kind of expect from a conditioner. I found my hair quite hard to brush through, unlike I normally experience with conditioners. Would I repurchase? I don't think so.
The Body Shop Cocoa body wash is one I can't decide on. Besides Soap & Glory The Body Shop are my favourite place to buy shower gels from. I usually love cocoa butter products way too much, but this one I swear had a weird un-cocoa butter smell. This made me not really wanting to use it. I already have the larger size waiting for me currently, but would I repurchase after that? I really don't know, I guess I'll have to decide once I've finished that one too.
Another The Body Shop product is next, this time their Rainforest Volume Shampoo. Another one I loved the idea with it being sulphate free and everything, but like the conditioner I didn't get on with this product either. It didn't seem to properly clean my hair, as in it looked like it needed washing after just one day. So, would I repurchase? Another no.
Last up is a sample I received with my Sephora order a couple of months back. It is the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Foundation. This product I 100% loved and have found it so hard to resist purchasing the full size. I found it really did leave my skin looking fresh and flawless. It was slightly matte, so a bit different to what I normally go for but how long it lasted on me made up for it entirely. I literally found this stayed on my day from 9am right up to about 9pm in the evening when I took it off. I think it could have lasted even longer had I wanted it to. Would I purchase? Hell yes, I can't wait to have my hands on this foundation. No SPF either.
So that is the end of part one of my empties. A mixed review this time, but I have definitely found a few more favourites that I can see myself using for a while. What have you used up lately? Have you tried any of these products?
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Life update.

So I mentioned a couple of posts back that my lack of blogging was due to being very busy in my life, with a lot of changes happening so I thought I would provide a little update.
I had been looking for a full time job for a few months in Southampton, and suddenly I actually managed to get one which meant the start of everything for me. I previously had a job at The Body Shop - a job I loved, but there wasn't any jobs going in Southampton and that's where I wanted to move back to, where I went to university. So I now have a full time job with guarenteed hours (and commision) at EE. My dream is still PR, but I am really enjoying my new job that's got me to Southampton.
This new job meant me moving cities and moving in with my boyfriend Luke. But, we needed a flat and now I could actually do this, so the hunt began whilst I temporarily moved into his studio flat. This also means that I have half my stuff in my home town and half my stuff in Southampton. 
We found a flat, actually a really nice one with seperate kitchen and lounge area as well as obviously a bedroom, bathroom on hallway in the city centre. The countdown began, and guess what; yesterday we actually moved into our flat. Sooo exciting.
My first proper flat not including my student ones, and I only left university a year ago so I'm pretty damn happy to be back here and impressed to be moving out again. The flat is also unfurnished, another job but so nice to design and create our own little place. So expect some interior posts haha.
In case you're wondering our flat is the one one the left in the picture, the upstairs window.
We won't have internet immediately so there might be a delay in posts, but I've planned a couple showing you the products I've been using up the last couple of months. My laptop is still broken so I am currently stealing the boyfriends laptop. 
As I mentioned I hope to be back posting by the end of the month properly, but I feel better now I've explained why I haven't much. I love having my own blog, and people actually reading it. I hope you've enjoyed my update, and enjoy your weekend :).
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The Body Shop leaving haul.

Do you like The Body Shop products? If you do you're about to here a whole lot of love for their products, and my favourite ones. Recently I left my job at the Body Shop, and of course I had to stock up.
  The first product I picked up was a boring old bath lilly, but doesn't every girl need them? I have always found the Body Shop's one to be the softest, they exfoliate but don't irritate my skin like some of the coarser ones.
Next is a more exciting product; All-in-one Instablur Eye. I couldn't leave without picking up one of these up to try. It is designed as a multi-purpose for the eye. It primes and helps conceal, brighten and increase the wear time of eyeshadows. On testing in the shop I immediately noticed a difference in the intensity of any eyeshadow colours.
I had to pick up the White Musk Sport EDT for my boyfriend too. I love the smell of this, it is an extremely fresh smell - the one you expect people to pop on after a gym session. It is gorgeous; I am so glad he loves it too.
The next product I picked up was the Camomile Scumptious Cleansing Butter. I am very near the end of my current one, so a back up was needed. I love how this doesn't irratate my sensitive skin, but also leaves it lightly moisturised before I've even applied my moisturiser. It has a slight scent to it, lightly flower-like, but nothing too strong.
I also picked up the Body Shop face & body brush, and the eye blender brush. I needed a new powder brush desperately, and I love how large this one is. It is always the one I used to use to blend everything out at the end when doing makeovers. As to the eye blender brush, I already have a Zoeva one I love, but I have kind of over-used it on cream shadow pencils, so needed another purely for powder shadows. I know the quality of these brushes is amazing, and with my staff discount I didn't really have a reason not to pick them up.
I also picked up a couple of products from the fairly new Argan range. The two products I went for were the bubble bath and body lotion. My favourite thing about this range is how moisturised they leave my skin after using. I also find the range to feel very luxurious because of this benefit.
Next up had to be a few products from my favourite Vitamin E range. I use the illuminating day cream and night cream all the time. I always find I end up going back to these particular two. I love the way the day cream really brightens up my face, whilst the night cream is thick but easily sinks into my skin. I also thought I'd pick up the Vitamin E Sink-in Moisture Mask. I have heard so much about this but was still yet to try it myself. I have tried it a few times now, so will let you all know more about it shortly, but in short I love it.
 I also picked up another shower gel to add to my collection, this time being the Early Harvest Raspberry shower gel. This is one of my favourite smells the Body Shop does, but I still haven't tried any of their products so as I love their shower gels I decided this was the time too.
Lastly I picked up a couple of makeup items to add to my collection. The first was the Baked-to-last Bronzer in the lightest shade. I already have the darker one and love the formula. I thought this would be a great one to add an all-over glow. I also had, and I mean had to pick up was a backup of the Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in the shade 17. I wear this lipstick pretty much every day, and just love the colour. It is kind of a coral pink that instantly wakes up my face. I love it so much that my current one has nearly been used up. I've never used up a full lipstick before so this is big news, and meant I had to have a spare one.
Anyways that's the end of my massive haul, but hopefully I'm all stocked up for a while now. I am definitely going to miss working there, and my staff discount haha. I hope you enjoyed this post, I'll be back shortly with an empties post.
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Mid-week beauty favourite: Maybelline Color Elixirs

Ahh, time for the second of my mid-week beauty favourite series. This weeks favourite is the Maybelline Color Elixirs that I can't seem to put down. Keep reading to find out more, and hear about my giveaway I've got currently running.