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Friday, 15 December 2017

My Top 5 Must Read Blogs - Blogmas Edition

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My Top 5 Must Read Blogs - Blogmas Edition

Hey Whisperers,

I'll be completely honest, Blogmas is kicking my butt. I thought that i was so prepared this year, starting off the month with 11 posts, written, edited, scheduled and ready to go, but now I'm sat here on day 13 and i have nothing scheduled. I think blogmas is one of those things were you're either all in or half assing it and I'm not about to half ass it, i am determined to finish these 25 day's of daily blogging, no matter what. Anyway, in today's post i thought that i would share 5 bloggers that I'm loving right now, because even though i have been all over the place these past 2 weeks i have still had time to read my fair share of Blogmas posts and i've fallen in love with quite a few new blogs! So before this intro ends up being longer than most of my posts, lets get into it!


My Top 5 Must Read Blogs
~Blogmas Edition~

apearlydream
If you've been a reader of my blog for awhile you'll know that i absolutely love Rachel's blog, so getting a new post to read daily has been amazing. Something i love most about Rachel's blogmas posts is that they are all so different, she has posts about Makeup, Books, YouTube and even one about her family dog (who is so freaking adorable btw). I think, when it comes to blogmas it's so easy to fall into the 'everything need to be Christmas themed' posts (which although i love, do get a bit much) and i love that Rachel hasn't done that, she's just carried on with her regular posts. Her blog definitely has an amazing variety of posts so it's definitely one of my go to blogs this December.


ZombieGoddess Beauty

Everytime I've wanted to read a festive post I've gone straight to Cassie's blog. Over the past two weeks I've spent so much time on Cassie's blog reading through all her blogmas posts and also some of her past posts too. I've been following Cassie for awhile so i have no clue how i haven't read more of her blog until now. My favourite posts that she's posted so far have been her Christmas Rants post (if you're reading this Cassie, i pretty much agree with every single point on your list) and her Tales From A Christmas Past post. I'm pretty much obsessed with Cassie's blog and i wish i had taken the time to read it sooner because she has some amazing posts!

Danie-Jade
Danie-Jade

Alike Cassie, Danie is another blogger that I've been following for awhile. I'd read a few of Danie's posts before Blogmas started but over the past few weeks I've found myself reading her blog daily. I am pretty much obsessed with her blogs theme and I'm also obsessed with her header. When i look at Danie's blog i pretty much go 'that's the kind of blog i want', not in the i want to copy her format kind of way but just a i want my blog to look as professional, sleek and gorgeous as hers and of course i want my posts to be as amazing as hers too. One of my favourite blogmas posts from Danie's blog is her Festive Lip Colours, the post is amazing and the photography is just gorgeous. If you're looking for a binge worthy blog Danie's is definitely one to check out.

DEBRA BOW
Debra Bow

I've loved Debra's blog for awhile now so when i saw her start posting her blogmas posts i was super excited. Debra's blog, to me, is just flawless. She has incredible content and her posts are always amazing, and of course her blogmas posts are equally amazing too. I loved reading about her Christmas Party plans and her Swatch Perfect post has literally been my favourite blogmas post so far, it's seriously going to help me sort out my swatches so much. Debra's blog is another one of those blogs that i could just read over and over because her posts are just amazing so i definitely recommend checking out her blog (it also currently has falling snowflakes too which i'm obsessed with, so if you weren't already sold on her blog, you should be now)




Charlene McElhinney

I will admit, when Charlene posted a poll the other day on twitter asking if her followers had been reading her Blogmas posts, i was one of the 55% that said no, but boy has that changed in the past 3 days. I tweeted Charlene back after she tweeted about wondering if the pressure of doing blogmas was even worth it, because honestly, I've been feeling the same way and since then I've read all of her blogmas posts and quite a few of her previous posts too. Charlene's post on Christmas Shoppers was definitely one of my favourites, working in retail I've seen pretty much all of the shoppers she mentioned, and I'm pretty sure I've been them too and it was quite fun to read it from someone else's point of view.  I also loved her Bah Humbug post, it just has so many points that i agree with and it's kind of refreshing to read a post that doesn't just go on about how fabulous Christmas is and how it's the best time of year. I'm definitely a new reader of Charlene's blog but I'm definitely a big fan.


And those are my current favourite blogs. I've discovered so many blogs over the past few weeks and i love that blogmas is the reason. Hopefully I'll find even more before it's over. I hope this blog has helped you find some more blogmas blogs to read this month because lets be honest they're all pretty amazing!

Are you taking part in Blogmas?
If so leave your links below!!

Happy Blogmas Day 15

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo

All images in this post are sourced from the blogs that have been mentioned, i do not own any of the headers included in this post. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Etsy Gift Guide

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Etsy Gift Guide

Hey Whisperers,

So I've done my His and Hers gift guides and I absolutely loved writing them and honestly i was just going to leave my gift guides there, but, the other day i was scrolling through Etsy adding 101 things to my wishlist and i just knew that i had to make a gift guide about it. There are so many incredible businesses on Etsy and i wanted to share them with my little corner of the Internet! I hope you enjoy!


Etsy Gift Guide


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Dorkface 

I wouldn't have been able to do this post without speaking about Jemma's Etsy Store. I'm pretty sure everyone knows that I'm pretty much obsessed with Jemma's Etsy Store by now...and if they don't well now they do. I love so many of Jemma's products but this one stood out to me so much when i was scrolling through trying to pick one to put into this post (it took me a solid half an hour to choose just one!!!). The quote on this print is just so, i don't know, it just gives you that happy feeling. I think that prints like this, in a nice frame are such a perfect gift for friends. There's pretty much a print for everyone on Jemma's shop so you'll definitely find one that fits your friends personality! I have ordered from Jemma's store before and the prints have come in perfect condition and they are so well made so i definitely think that they're a good option for a friend, you can even get personalised illustrations (here) to add that extra bit of a personal touch! Honestly, her store has everything!!




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Lianakangas 


I have been obsessed with  Liana's store for awhile, she has some of the most amazing and creative products that I've seen. One of the things i love are the Patches and Stickers that she makes, they just look so cool and fun. I know that this patch isn't for everyone but it is honestly something that all of my friends would iron onto their backpacks,jackets etc. I saw it and I was pretty much like yep that needs to go into the gift guide, she does also make some super cute Pins too which i absolutely love (especially the 'ugh' one here). 


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Sweet Allure 

I am a die hard Disney fan so i had to include Sweet Allure in this post. I am 110% obsessed with all of  Tarnya's artwork and i want to buy pretty much everything. I of course, couldn't include them all in this post so i went for one of my all time favourites, the Little Mermaid Silhouette. The Silhouette prints were the first pieces i saw from Tarnya's store and I've been in love with them ever since, they're just so unique and beautiful that it's pretty hard not to fall in love with them. I am such a Disney Fan so of course those prints are my favourites but Tarnya also does some incredibly beautiful Harry Potter designs and some cute quotes too (if you're a Harry Potter fan i suggest checking out the Stag Patronus print here it's stunning ), if you have a Disney fan in your family/friendship group i definitely recommend checking out her Etsy Store!


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The Purple Rosebud

How adorable are these rings?! I love crystals so these rings are right up my street. I love how small and 'dainty' they are too because i literally can not stand huge rings. These rings are also super cheap too, which, if you're on a budget is great. The store does also sell necklaces, chokers, bracelets and earrings so they have something for everyone. If you're looking for a bit of a bigger piece the Opal Pointed Necklace  here is by far one of my favourites and the Snowflake Obsidian Point Necklace here  is also a gorgeous piece. When it comes to jewelry i just think pieces like these from The Purple Rosebud are the perfect gift for people as each crystal is different so no matter how many you buy you'll never find one the same, they're all completely one of a kind which i think is just a super cute added touch.


Relaxation Gift Set
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Butter Bar Soapery

Is there anything better than a pamper night? I think not. As soon as i saw this gift set i knew i had to add it to the gift guide. In the set you pretty much get everything you need for a good pamper night, you get; Vanilla Scented Butter Bars, A Face Mask Powder and some Vanilla Scented Bath Salts, all of which look incredible. Each item is packaged in gorgeous packaging and then put in a gift box. Honestly, i just love how this looks, like me, a lot of my friends love a good face mask and chill night so this is such a great gift to get, i find that a lot of sets that are like this on the high street are one time use kind of things, most have one sheet mask or one of those flimsy film packets, a small butter bar and a sachet of salts but this one has a tonne of product and it will last for quite awhile. If this set isn't your cup of tea, they do also sell a gorgeous Rose Scented one with a face mask and bath soak in that looks equally amazing here. Overall i think these sets are amazing value and an amazing gift.


There's just something about scrolling through Etsy that i love. These stores are just some of my favourites, but if i listed them all this post would never end. I love supporting small businesses and Etsy is definetley the place to do that. I hope that this post has helped you find something that extra bit special for that special someone in your life!

Happy Blogmas Day 14

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo



All images in this post have been sourced from the sellers Etsy pages, i do not own any of the images in this post. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Birchbox Unboxing - December 2017

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Birchbox Unboxing - December 2017


Hey Whisperers,

Another day another Blogmas post! When I started writing my blogmas posts i didn't think I'd get through the first week and yet here we are almost at the end of week 2!!! I hope you've been enjoying the posts as much have i have. Today's post isn't a Christmassy one but instead it's one of my regular posts, a Birchbox Unboxing. I know it isn't exactly with the theme of everything else but I still wanted to share this months box so here we are! I don't want to drag this into out too much so lets get straight into it!!

 Birchbox Unboxing - December 2017


What Is Birchbox

If you're new to Birchbox, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that you receive each month with 5 products to try out. The products can range from sample size to full size and they also range in price. All products in the box can be found on the Birchbox website where the box is purchased for £12.95 each month. Each box is designed and themed differently each month, with this month's box being Vogue 100 themed.  Birchbox has introduced a new scheme called Birchbox Benefits, where after 6 months of being subscribed, you become a Birchbox VIP meaning you get the first chance to pick a product or the design of your box each month. As a  Birchbox VIP you also get 15% off everything in the Birchbox shop with it a pretty good deal for just being subscribed. 


What I Got This Month


RRP £13.95

Another Birchbox another hair product. If you've been reading my Birchbox posts for awhile you'll know that i have really sensitive skin on my scalp so i can't really use new hair products. I've tried everything on the website to stop them sending them to me but they still do. This months hair product from what i can tell, is kind of like an exfoliate for your hair, which is probably one of the worst things i could use. I guess if you liked trying out new hair products this would be a pretty cool one but for me it's just another meh product. 


RRP £14.95

I've seen Nip + Fab all over the Internet recently so i was quite excited when i saw this in my box. I've never really seen a moisturiser with Kale in so I'm quite excited to give this one a go. I'm not too sure how i feel about the smell of the moisturiser as it does smell a little odd but I'm definitely going to give it a try, it's a pretty good sample size too so hopefully it will last me quite a while.


Full Size  RRP £4.99/£5.99

Ok so this was one of the products that i was less excited about. I know that Spectrum brushes are an amazing brand and i love their brushes but this is the 3rd brush that I've received now and although it's a cool thing to receive i kinda just want to try something new you know? I love the brush but I'm not super excited about it. Also i don't know if it's just me but it's kinda annoying that they aren't all the same 'theme' like i now have a mermaid one, white one and now a black one, they don't really go together or anything. I did put £4.99/£5.99 for this brush as in the booklet i got in my box it says that it is £4.99 but on the website it says £5.99 so I'm not too sure on the exact price.


Full Size RRP £4.50

I frigging love foaming shower gels, i don't know why but i just love them. I literally just stopped writing this paragraph to go test this out on my hands and i love it. It's got quite a strong rose sent so if you don't like rose scented things this definitely won't be your cup of tea. It's super foamy and a little bit definitely goes a long way. I'm excited to try this out more, it's definitely one of my favourite products in the box and it's full size which is great!


Full Size RRP £8

Pixi is a makeup brand that I've never tried so when i saw that this was going to be a product in this months box i was quite excited. Lipstick was this month's 'choose your product' so as you can tell i went with the Pixi lip balm but you could also go with the Lord Of Colour Red Lipstick which i thought was pretty cool. This lip balm isn't like any that I've tried before, it's super creamy but it's also super pigmented so it looks more like a lipstick when it's on the lips which i love. I was expecting it to be a lot more sheer but I'm obsessed with how pigmented it is, the colour is pretty much a my lip colour but better colour too so it's not too bold to wear daily. I don't know if I'd pay £8 for it but i do love it.

Total RRP Of This Month's Box

£46.39

Overall, i wasn't too impressed with this months box. This month i did get 3 full size products which is great for a box of this price but i just wasn't too impressed. I have been doing these Birchbox posts for over a year now and i have loved doing them but i just don't love Birchbox as much as i used to so i have cancelled my subscription, which does suck, but i didn't want to just carry it on for the sake of one post a month. I do want to carry on doing unboxings so i am looking into subscribing to another box so if you have any suggestions let me know! I have seen good things about Glossybox so I'm leaning towards that one at the minute but I'm open to suggestions!


I know I've cancelled my subscription but if you want to try out Birchbox feel free to use my link to get £5 off your first box making it just £7.95! 

I hope you've enjoyed this months unboxing!

Happy Blogmas Day 13

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph 
xoxo

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Christmas Wishlist

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My Christmas Wishlist

Hey Whisperers,

I've done a Gift Guide for Her, a Gift Guide for Him.. but i haven't actually shared whats on my Christmas Wishlist this year. I'm not going to lie, i don't really know what i actually want this year, which I'm sure has driven my family insane, but i just can't think of much. I've got a few things that I'd like so i thought that I'd throw them into today's post! I hope you enjoy!

My Christmas Wishlist


£30

Ever since trying the The Magic By Juvia Palette (review here) i have wanted to try get my hands on more of their palettes and this one just screams me. I love all of the shades and i know that they'll look incredible on the eye. I do already have a lot of neutral palettes but i know that I'd get a lot of use out of this one.... plus i mean come on it's absolutely gorgeous.


£50 
I'm quite picky when it comes to perfumes, I'm not a huge fan of the normal classic smells, instead i love anything sweet. I smelt this perfume the other week in Boots and i fell in love, it smells amazing! It is quite pricey but it lasted for ages on my wrist so i definitely think it's worth the price tag.

£4.50

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you'll know that, like every other blogger, I'm obsessed with Lush. I love Lush year round, but their Christmas range is my absolute favourite. Now, i do hate Snow Fairy (sorry not sorry) it's just way too sweet and it honestly just gives me a headache, but Shoot for The Stars is my absolute favourite. It's so calming, warm and it leaves my skin so soft, I'm obsessed. It is quite pricey for what it is, i won't lie, but it's so worth it. 


£8-£10

I've been a huge fan of Soph for so long so when i saw that she was doing this collaboration i was beyond excited and proud. I love seeing people I've seen grow online get opportunities like this. In the collection there's a 8 highlighter palette (above) and and a 20 shade eye shadow palette (here). Both palettes are absolutely gorgeous and I'm definitely hoping that they'll be under the tree this year!


As you can tell my list is quite short this year, i honestly just don't know what i want/need this year. I've got a few smaller bits like notebooks and stuff that i want for my blogging but that's about it!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post!

Whats on your Christmas Wishlist this year?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Happy Blogmas Day 12

Thanks for Reading
Love
Soph
xoxo