Happy things this year part 2


Following on from yesterday's post, today I'm back with the second part of 2017's happy things this year. It is another pretty long post so it may be worth making a cuppa, and I better get on with it.

Happy things this year

Happy things this year 2017

2017 has been a year of so many things, including one of the happiest moments of my life yet, so as it is nearing towards the end of the year I thought I would share some of my favourite happy things this year. I tried to keep it short, but I warn you now this has ended up being such a super long post that I've split the year into two, but anyway let's get started with the first half of the year.

Long-standing beauty favourites

Long-standing beauty favourites

Beauty products are something I absolutely adore and love playing around with if you haven't guessed, but I didn't always have as big a collection as I do now, and there are some products that I've actually loved for a while. With that in mind, I thought I would share my long-standing beauty favourites with you today. Oh, and this post is totally inspired by The Anna Edit.

25 songs which should be on your Christmas playlist

25 songs which should be on your Christmas playlist

Can you believe that it is literally two weeks until Christmas today? I certainly can't, but I am super, duper excited. I mentioned in one of my recent blog posts on ways to get into the Christmas spirit that one of my favourite things to do is to put together a Christmas music playlist, so today I thought I would share with you 25 songs which should be on your Christmas playlist.

How to deal with feeling burnt out

How to deal with feeling burnt out

The feeling of feeling burnt out is something that I'm familiar with, and something that I have struggled with more lately. I tend to know when I'm feeling like this so today I thought I would share some of the ways that help me with dealing feeling burnt out. 

Bourjois Kissmass winter makeup look with Influenster

Bourjois Kissmass winter makeup look

Last month I was incredibly lucky to receive my first Influenster box, which contained a load of goodies from Bourjois complimentary. As they are all perfect for the holiday season I thought I would share the #BourjoisKissmass #HolidayLook today, and my thoughts so far on the products. 

A gift guide for those who are hard to buy for

A gift guide for those who are hard to buy for

Following on from my last gift guide all about the perfect gift for the man in your life, it's time for my final gift guide, a gift guide for those who are hard to buy for. I don't know about you but there's always at least one person who I'm buying for who is impossible to buy for.

Kiss false lashes review

Kiss false lashes review

A product that I used to wear all the time when I was at university and something that I have been wanting to try again for ages is false lashes. I love the look of the Huda Beauty 3/4 false lashes as they look super easy to apply, but the ones I'm here to talk about today are a couple of pairs of false lashes from Kiss.

I was lucky enough to receive two pairs, the Kiss Lash Couture False Lashes in Midnight* and the Kiss Looks So Natural False Lashes in Vamp*.

10 ways to get into the Christmas spirit

10 ways to get into the Christmas spirit

I don't know about you but I've been feeling super Christmas-sy since November, and we even put our tree up then. I love Christmas... but I also know that not everyone loves it as much as me, so I thought I would share my favourite ways to get into the Christmas spirit.

Empties lately #2

Empties reviewed

So, I last did an empties post in August, so I am apparently terrible at keeping up with writing empties posts, but I'm back, this time with the last couple of months of empties. I actually have even more empties since taking these photos so I'll try and get my next empties post up in January, but anyway, time to get on with today's post.

The places at the top of my travel wishlist

Travel wishlist

If you've been reading my blog for a while or know me, then you might have an idea that I absolutely love to travel, in the last year alone I've been lucky enough to travel to Prague, Thailand and Iceland. Travelling and exploring the world is one of my favourite things, and if I had all the money in the world then it is definitely one of the first things I would make sure to do. With that in mind, today's posts is all about the places at the top of my travel wishlist.

Glitter makeup picks

Glitter makeup picks

As it is nearing so close to the Christmas party season, the perfect time to get all the glitter out, I thought I would share my favourite glitter makeup picks. I don't know about you but I sure love a bit of sparkle and glitter.

A gift guide for him

Mens gift guide

So, so far I've shared a Cult Beauty and Space NK gift guide, gifts £10 and under, a gift guide for her, but it's finally time for the gift guide for him. I think men can be one of the hardest people to buy for and in my experience they aren't always the most helpful when you ask them what they want, or they've brought what they want already. But, today I've put together a gift guide for him, so here's hoping you find a gift for the man in your life.

Welcome to Blogmas and a gift guide for her

Womens gift guide

Oh my god, it's actually December, can you believe it? The start of December also means the start of Blogmas for me, I have all my content planned, photos for about half of the month, and I'm hoping by the time this post goes live I'm well ahead of content being scheduled, so here's hoping... There will be posts daily, but they aren't all going to be Christmas themed, I hope you enjoy them.

Anyway to start things off, it's time for another gift guide, this time it's my gift guide for her. I've included a range of products from different categories so hopefully, there's something here that catches your eye as a gift idea for her.

November favourites

November beauty favourites

Before I start this post, is anyone else feeling this temperature drop, and struggling with the lack of light? I hate going to work in the dark and then coming home in the dark too, but hey it's so close to December now, which means Christmas, a time of the year I absolutely love. As you read this our tree has already been up three days (😊😊), but anyway, it's time for November favourites.

A beauty haul with Chemist4U

Beauty haul with Chemist4U

Earlier this month I was contacted by the lovely Lauren asking if I wanted to team up with Chemist4U and pick a few things from their website for £30. Chemist4U sell a large range of products, a much larger range than I was expecting, with some of their products being dentist, pharmacy, haircare, fragrance and beauty products. All of the products I ended up picking were beauty related, and today I thought I would share with you what I picked up in my haul.

Christmas gifts £10 and under for her


So, on Monday I shared my first gift guide, and today we are only 31 days until Christmas(!!), so I thought I would share my second gift guide. This one is all about those gifts at the cheaper end of the spectrum, and everything is £10 or less so would make perfect stocking fillers too.

Fragrance gifting with Yardley London

Yardley London fragrance gift

Fragrances are such an amazing gift to receive, but I also think they can be one of the trickiest as they are so personal. They are often quite a pricey present idea too, but I was lucky enough to recently receive some Yardley London fragrance gift sets from Chemist.co.uk, that are not only super pretty but very well priced too, as in under £10.

Cult Beauty and Space NK gift sets gift guide


Now it is edging closer to Christmas, which while I'm here, can I just share how much I love Christmas? But anyway, after asking on Twitter when you wanted my gift guides to start, I had a unanimous result of from today, so here we are. As there are so many lovely beauty gift sets on Cult Beauty and Space NK I thought I would start with a beauty gift sets gift guide (& wishlist...).

Iceland - South Iceland including the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

If you've caught yesterday's post already then you probably know that I went to Iceland last month, a bucket list destination for me. Today I will be sharing part two of our little adventure continuing in a diary style, and of course, include a tonne more photos.

Iceland - our hotel and the Golden Circle tour

Reykjavik

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know that I recently went away to Iceland for a few days for Luke's birthday. Iceland is a dream location to visit for me and something that has been on the bucket list for a long time but I have now been, and I can't believe it, even if that sounds daft. So today, I thought I would share with you a diary style post, similar to the one from my holiday to Thailand and tell you all about our trip.

Before I start I'll warn you now, this is going to be a picture heavy post, and it is part one of my trip. Today I will be talking about the first couple of days including where we stayed, and part two will be going live tomorrow evening talking about the rest of my trip, with even more photos.

Favourite budget makeup picks

Budget beauty picks

I feel so daft writing this as this post was meant to go live last week but after my holiday to Iceland and having a chilled weekend I never took any photos last week due to light problems after the weekend, but I completely forgot I had already taken the photos before I went away... oops. Anyway, today's post is all about my favourite budget makeup picks, from foundations to eyeshadows and blushers, to lip products.

Supermarine, Woolston Southampton review

Supermarine Woolston Southampton review

Back in September, I was lucky enough to be invited down to a newly opened Italian restaurant in Woolston, Supermarine. From the minute I set through the door and spotted the pizza oven on display I knew it was a restaurant I could see myself loving, and boy, was I right! 

Colourpop haul round 4

Colourpop haul

If you follow me on Instagram then you may or may not know that I picked up a few more bits from Colourpop back in September, so today I thought I would share with you my forth Colourpop haul. Yes, I have a problem, but if you love Colourpop as much as me or you just want to see what else I have from them, then you can see my previous hauls here, here and here.

An Autumn wishlist with LOTD

LOTD Autumn wishlist

Now we are fully into the Autumn season and the weather is getting increasingly colder, jumpers are becoming a must, as is layering up. So, today I have teamed up with LOTD and will be sharing some of my favourite fashion pieces from their website that are currently on my Autumn fashion wishlist. I may have even picked up a couple of bits already.

7 transitional tips to Autumn and Winter when you're a Summer girl

Transitional lifestyle tips to Autumn and Winter when you're a Summer's girl

Yes, yes, I know so many of us seem to absolutely love Autumn and it is hands down a lot of people's favourite season, and this may be controversial but it totally is not my favourite season. As the season's change and the temperature starts to drop, the mornings are darker and the evenings get dark earlier, I struggle. I'm the least morning person in the world and I much, much prefer coming home to daylight where there feels like there is so much more time to do things.

October favourites

October beauty favourites

I know I say this all the time but how an earth is it the end of October? October has been a relatively quiet month for me, especially with me still being ill for the first half of the month, but I am finally better and as you are reading this I am actually in Iceland(!!!). But, anyway it's time for October beauty favourites.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye palette in Ablaze review.

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye palette review

The Smashbox Cover Shot Eye palette in the shade Ablaze is an absolutely gorgeous eyeshadow palette that I picked up earlier in the year and is the perfect palette for Autumn. It is full of warm-toned shades that really compliment each other to create a variety of looks.

10 things I wish I knew before purchasing our first property

10 things I wish I knew before purchasing our first property

So, you may or may not know that this time last year me and the other half, Luke, were in the process of purchasing our first property together. Come tomorrow we have actually owned our little flat an entire year, how crazy is that, so today I wanted to share with you 10 things I wish I knew before we purchased our first property.

How to bake Halloween cupcakes

how to bake Halloween cupcakes

So, another different type of post for me but with Halloween coming up I really wanted to share something a little bit different, a recipe style post. It isn't the most exciting recipe in the world but they sure tasted amazing, so today's post is all about how to bake Halloween cupcakes.

My foundation collection

foundation collection

I love reading makeup collection posts and realised I've never really talked about all the bases in my collection, so that's what I'm going to do today. As you can see I've got quite a few in my collection at the moment... and there's still a couple more that I really want to try at the moment (oops). Anyway, here goes.

Love Me Beauty October review


Having re-started my Love Me Beauty subscription back in July I have completely failed to get my subscription box posts out in time, but this month I was adamant I would get round to sharing it. Over the last couple of months, I can't believe what has been on offer, I'm talking beauty products that cost £60 and even around £120 when the beauty box itself only costs £12.99 including postage! I missed out on the MD Perricone Face Finishing Moisturiser Tint last month as I forgot to check-out but I thought it was such an exciting product to see on offer.

Anyway, if you don't already know Love Me Beauty is a monthly beauty subscription box that works differently to others as you get to choose your products from a selection each month. I love choosing as I'm far more likely to use the products in the beauty box. If you do decide to join you can get an extra 30 credits on top of the standard 60 for your first box using the code KRIST2969081.

23 ways you know you're a proper adult

ways you know proper adult

I don't know about you but I'm 25 so most definitely an adult and still feel like a child at times, but there are certain things that really make me realise I am actually an adult, and feel like it too. So, today I thought I would share with you 23 ways you know you're a proper adult.

Introducing Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics

I have been wanting to write a post about the Boots Botanics products I was gifted for a while, but with all the ambassador programmes controversy I didn't know whether to publish it. However, as I genuinely do love Botanics products I have decided to go ahead and share with you my honest thoughts.

A New Look Autumn fashion haul try-on

New Look Autumn fashion haul

Okay, so this is a bit of a different post for me, other than a few outfit's of the day here and there I haven't shared much fashion-related content on here. However, I've picked up a couple of Autumn bits that are definitely going to be staples throughout Autumn, and even Winter, so today I thought I would share with you all a mini Autumn fashion haul try-on.

Favourite Autumn makeup picks

Favourite Autumn makeup picks

As the weather transitions into the colder Autumn and Winter months, the makeup I reach for transitions too. I tend to start creating bolder makeup looks and reaching for darker lips. That being said, today I thought I would share with you my current favourite Autumn makeup picks.

A look inside my makeup bag

A look inside my makeup bag

Some people have an entire makeup look in their makeup bag, some people have a few items, I have way too many lip products and a few other items... So, today I thought I would share with you all a peak of what is currently inside my makeup bag.

Scones and tea at the Oak Barn Coffee Lounge, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Oak Barn Coffee Lounge, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Oak Barn, Budleigh, Devon

Back in August Luke and I headed to Exmouth in Devon to see some of Luke's family, and being in Devon, I had to go for some Devonshire scones. Last year Luke's Gran took us to the most amazing place for scones, the Oak Barn Coffee Lounge in Budleigh Salterton, so I had requested that we go back there for a visit during our stay and thought I would do a little blog post about it, as it really is a gem of a place that everyone needs to know about.

End of year goals

End of year goals

End of year goals are something that I have been debating writing about for a while, I like writing them at the end of year, but due to the lack of blogging last year this never happened. Since I changed jobs in January I have had the time to finally focus on my blog again and have been blogging a lot more seriously since the end of February, and I have a few goals I would love to achieve by the end of the year, blog-wise, and in general life. So, here goes.

A Bath and Body Works haul with myMallBox

Bath and Body Works haul with myMallBox

This is a sponsored post

Bath and Body Works is a brand that I have wanted to try for so long, but as they don't ship to the UK I hadn't had the chance to try them previously. This is where a forwarding company comes in and helps make this possible, myMallBox is the forwarding company I used for today's haul.

September favourites

September beauty favourites

It's the end of the month and officially Autumn, which means it's monthly favourites time again. I've been using a lot of the same products throughout September that I've mentioned in my last couple of monthly favourites, so there are only a few products this month.

6 simple ways to increase your Pinterest reach

6 simple ways to increase your Pinterest reach

Over the last couple of months, I have been constantly bookmarking, researching and saving posts I've seen talking all about how Pinterest is such an important method of social media for blogging. For many, it is one of their top referrals for traffic so I decided this was something I really wanted to work on and see if it could make a difference for me too. To my absolute surprise, since implementing a few things my Pinterest reach has increased from under 1k to 32.8k in just under two weeks.

I shared this on Twitter and got such an unexpectedly huge response, so today I thought I would share with you all 6 simple ways to help increase your own Pinterest reach. As you can see below, 1 day later my Pinterest reach increased even more to 38.2k.

An introduction to Malée

Malee review

Malée is a brand I hadn't actually heard of until quite recently when I was given the opportunity to try a few of their products. Having a look at all their products and the gorgeous packaging I fell in love immediately, and couldn't wait to give the products a try.

Malée is a brand inspired by "the rich landscapes, alluring scents and ancient wisdom of Africa." All of their products are created as luxury products that consist of 100% natural active ingredients, and the formulas of all of their products are also scientifically proven to heal, protect and pamper your skin.

High-end beauty picks worth the splurge

High-end beauty picks worth the splurge

High-end makeup is something I didn't use to have very much of at all, but over the past few years I have started to pick up a few bits and I now own quite a few high-end products. When I am purchasing a more expensive makeup item I want it to work and tend to read a lot of reviews before purchasing, to try to avoid wasting my money. Obviously there a few products that don't live up to my expectations but today I thought I would share with you some high-end beauty picks that I think are totally worth the splurge.

Urban Decay Electric palette review

Urban Decay Electric palette review

Urban Decay Electric palette review

An eyeshadow palette which I have been meaning to write a blog post about for the longest time is the Urban Decay Electric palette. It is a super bright palette full of amazing shades and one that I have been playing around with since May, so today I thought I would share with you a review. 

Favourite beauty picks for dry skin

Beauty picks for dry skin

As the weather is changing and getting colder by the day my skin is really struggling. I have combination skin but at the moment it is leaning very much towards the drier side of combination, so today I thought I would share with you all my favourite beauty picks that I always reach for to help with my dry skin. 

September high-end beauty wishlist

High-end beauty wishlist

It's been a few months since I last shared a beauty wishlist post with you, but my wishlist is overflowing, so today I thought I would share with you some of the high-end beauty products at the top of my wishlist currently.