Saturday, 29 November 2014

Mens Christmas Gift Guide!!

Hey my lovelies!
Hope you are all well today!
First of all apologies that this is up a couple of days late, our kitty was very poorly and i didnt get a chance to upload it, but she is on the mend now so back to you guys!
Last week I wrote a post on gift ideas for the ladies, now its the time of you guys!
Again there will be a luxury, high street and stocking filler option, so something for everyone.
Luxury Gifts
1. Leather Jacket   All Saints £398
I think this leather jacket is going to take your man from year to year. Its a lovely black with great zip and pattern details, which gives it an edge but in my opinion doesnt make it too fashionable that the normal guy wouldnt want to wear it. My hubby isnt a "hipster" but even he said he would wear something like it. It is expensive but it is fantastic quality and i fully believe it will last a long time


2. Emporio Armani Watch £379 Goldsmiths
I fell in love with this watch the minute i saw it! I was actually looking for a birthday gift for a friend at the time, and just thought I would have a nosy in the watches. I think this is such a classic yet funky watch, and it was last again year on year. My hubby has a watch from Armani that I could him as an engagement gift 10 years ago and its as good today as it was then. This watch could be worn with jeans everyday or even with a suit for work, its a great all rounder!! Looking at it I think a woman could wear it too, if they really like that big watch boyfriend feel to an item! I would be very tempted to get this for Scott if I hadn't already spoiled him enough lol.






Doesnt every man and their friend want one of these consoles this year!! In all honesty I dont know much about these, just ask scott I cant even turn his on to watch a DVD its that bad!! All I know is that these are the "next gen" of consoles and the graphics quality etc is amazing! So why not treat the man in your life, and while he is gaming you can be watching the soaps, its win win in my books!!


So thats just a few wee ideas for a special gift for the men in our lives, some men can be so hard to buy for and others easy, my hubby is good to buy for but my Dad goodness he is the hardest, but I hope thats give you a few ideas if you wanna get them a little something extra special!



Mid Range/ High Street Gifts
This is a gorgeous grooming set which includes Ultra Shave Creme-Gel and The Scent no.1. The scent is described as being "a refreshing fusion of citrus, vanilla, amber and vetiver, layered over a woody, masculine base of patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood, grey musk" This sounds heavenly to me! Some men are very particular about scents etc but I dont think you can go wrong with something very classic and manly like this. They describe the shave gel as being lightly exfoliating and moisturising. This is a lovely set which any man would love to open.






2. Ghostbusters Onesie £15 Asda
Onesies are fab as a Christmas idea, just imagine getting cosy on the sofa on Christmas Night with your man beside you in this fab onesie, and any man will love the Ghostbusters, this is definitley on Scotts list for this year!!


3. PowerBeats Sport Headphones £95.99 John Lewis
For the man who loves to go to the gym or run, these are a great pressie. They are specially made to hug around the ear giving a comfortable fit without compromising on the great quality Beats are now known for. The hook for your ear is bendable and adjustable so this will ensure a custom and comfortable fit.





4. Personalised Favourite Song Soundwave Print £25 Not on the High Street
I first spied this when looking for a personalised gift for our friend Tom, this just attracted me instantly, i think it is such a quirky unique idea, and even for the guy who has everything this would definitely be a welcomed addition. You can fully personalise this including, soundwave colour, text colour and orientation so this gives it a real personal touch,







Stocking Fillers under £15
1. Mini Hip Flask £6 M&S
This is such a cute little 3oz flask, just enough for a wee nip of something to keep your man warm. I could this being used as a little gift for a groom or wedding party it could make for a fab photo opportunity. Its a beautiful vintage globe design print and without a doubt looks a lot more expensive that its price.

2. Scribble Clock £11.95 red5
This is one of the most genius ideas i have come across. It is an alarm clock with a little screen that you can scribble a note on. They say on the website you can use it for notes for the next day or ideas etc, but I think it would be really cute to leave your man a wee note so that when his alarm goes off he will see it. Its such a simple but effective idea in my opinion and at the price its a great wee addition to his pressies.



3. Top Gear Alternative Highway Code £9.99 Presents for Men
This is a fab book for any Top Gear lover, its got loads of snippets of advice on motoring and everyday hazards and it all relates back to the Top Gear TV Series.




So there you have it, some ideas for your dad, brother, hubby, partner or colleague. I hope there is something there that you all will love. Let me know what you think of the ideas!!
Lots of Love
ali xxx









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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide for the ladies, Luxury, Budget and Stocking Fillers

Hey my lovelies!!!
Hope you are all really well today, and getting all your Christmas shopping sorted.
Loads of fab bloggers are doing these Xmas guides, so i thought, why not indulge myself in some virtual shopping and create a guide for you lovely readers!
I will do a mans gift guide on Wednesday 26th November so keep your eye out for that!
I am going to include suggestions for women, and also they will range in price from Luxury through budget and stocking filler.
If any of you decide to buy any of these let me know which ones, cause i have seen too many bits i like whilst doing this guide!!
GIFTS FOR HER
Luxury
We all need a little luxury in our lives so i have decided to add in a few little luxuries, you could casually leave the links to on your other half, parents or friends desktop, or you could just treat yourself!!
1. Watch
Every woman needs a gorgeous watch in her life, they can instantly transform an outfit from drab to glam and this Michael Kors one is stunning Rose Glitz watch It is £229 which is a lot of money, but i feel that this will be timeless for years to come, so you can look at it as an investment piece


2. Tom Ford Lip Color
These are simply luxury, no other words to describe them. They are priced at £37 but if a woman gets one of these, trust me she will be happy. We all need a little Tom Ford in our lives. To play it safe when it comes to buying a lipstick at this price, I would suggest going for a nude colour shade like Coco Ravish Tom Ford lipstick 


3. Fragrance
Perfume is very hard to choose for a woman, just ask my husband, but i really feel you cant go wrong with a Jo Malone scent. There are lots of options available ranging from citrus to floral to woody. A good way to find out what perfume she likes, is either ask her or look at her current perfumes, google them and see what category they fall under. One of the classic scents is the Pomegranate Noir or the Peony and Blush Suede These both are £82 for the 100ml bottle.




4. Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer
For the women who loves to bake, this is just perfect! Some people may say that this is not your typical gift, but in all honesty if your friend or partner loves to bake etc, this is a great addition to the kitchen. This one is £379 and is a lovely classic almond cream shade, so it will fit in with the kitchen easily. Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer



So I definitley think there are a couple of great options for the ladies in your life who deserve a little luxry, but if you want to spend a little less, then there are some amazing items out there also.


High Street Gifts

1.Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish range

This holiday collection features 10 little mini bottles which i think is a fab pressie, cause it lets you try a lot of colours, then if you really like any you can go buy the full size. OPI are known for their amazing formula and long lasting polishes and are a firm favourite with me. This set is £29.95. Gwen Stefani OPI holiday mini collection

2. Diptique Winter Scented Mini Candle
These are the most amazing scented candles around, the scents are stunning, and the brand is well known for its quality. This is priced at £26 and it has a 30 hour burning time, which is great value. The candle itself is stunning, so it will look beautiful on anyone's fireplace or dressing table.

3. MAC Keepsakes Beige Eyes Holiday Collection
This is such a stunning pallette and is priced at £32 The packaging this year is just stunning, and any woman would love to have this in their bag! There are different colour options available, but I think if you are going to buy friends or family make up, go for a neutral shade, and they can do day and night time looks from this one pallette MAC Holiday COllection Keepsake Beige Eyes







 4 ASOS Poodle Print Clutch
Why not buy her a lovely quirky clutch that is going to brighten up any outfit over the festive season and into 2015. At £18 it is a great price! Poodle print clutch


I think these are some fab options for a friend or even a coworker, they will love them all!
Now on to the little stocking fillers, these are my favourite by far, so many of the big brands bring out little treats at Christmas so it makes the brand more affordable to the everyday person
Stocking Fillers £15 and Under
1. Caudalie Hand Cream Trio
This is a gorgeous set of three hand an nail creams which are a limited edition. These are gorgeous and you could either leave them as a 3 piece or you could split them up and add them as little treats for 3 people. It costs £12 for the set, which i honestly think is a bargain for such a great brand. Hand Cream Trio


2. Yankee Candle Christmas Eve Pillar Candle
This is my second candle in the guide, but I wanted to give you an option for a cheaper budget, but not compromising on the quality or look of the product. This is such a gorgeous candle, and has a real wintery Xmas scent. It costs £14.99 for the medium pillar and is festive scents including sugared plums and candied fruits. This has a burn time of up to 95 hours, so will last you well over the festivities. Christmas Eve Candle  

  

 3. Polished Silver Star Studs
I came across these when looking for unique jewellery for my friend Lou's birthday gift, and thought I would make a note of them for a stocking filler guide. They are from a company Silver Bubble, and they do they most gorgeous unique bits and bobs i have seen online. These earrings are only £7 and would be lovely for a wee treat Star Studs





4.Makeup revolution 144 Eyeshadow Collection
Hubby bought this for me as a little treat a few weeks ago and it is just amazing. The colours range from subtle to crazy and everything in between. The quality of this brand is without a doubt fantastic, the shadows are buttery and blend very easy. It is priced at £10 currently and I think this is something any makeup lover cannot live without! Makeup Revolution 144 Eyeshadow Collection


So there you have it my lovelies, something for the ladies in your life, or even maybe just a little treat for yourself, cause if you can't spoil yourself at Christmas when can you.
If you like this post let me know, and keep an eye out over next few days, for the guide to shopping for the men in your life!
Lots of love
Ali xx
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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Grief and Anxiety

Hey my lovelies!!
Hope you are all doing really well this week!
This is a bit of a different post for me today, I wanted to address the subject of grief and anxiety, the reasoning behind this is simple, the passing of my mummy
So my mum passed away st paddys day of 2011 from a sudden cardiac arrest. She had 9 heart attacks over a period of 9 or so years, and this event was her tenth and unfortunatley her wee heart just couldnt take anymore. She had went in to the hospital in the November of 2010 with a big abcess which led to sceptecemia which in my opinion led to everything getting too much of a battering.
I just wanted to do a post on grief, and the fact that so many people believe that time heals and that grief becomes easier. In a nutshell i dont believe this, but what I do believe is that you as a person become equipped to deal with it better as time goes on.
I suffered from severe depression when i took my epilepsy and fybromyalgia when i learnt i wasnt able to continue my degree or working and would have to move back to N.I, we are not talking a case of the blues we are talking severe depression with self harm etc, but by the grace of God, my family and medication I am in such a better place 10 years on! Lets all woohoo to that
I didnt really know an angle that this post would take, all i knew was that i wanted to address the feeling, that i believe we all deal with grief differently, in terms of areas like how long it takes us to feel happy again, how long it takes us to believe there was a reason behind the death etc
It will take us all a different amount of time to come to terms with the death of a loved one, but i can say looking back now nearly 4 years on, that I believe her wee body just couldnt cope anymore and God decided to call her back to him.
My views are mine, and I wouldnt expect everyone to understand, agree or believe them. We are all different people and that is what makes us amazing!
Grief can do crazy things to you, then main thing that i have realised is that I have this complete panic if i cant contact my dad at exactly 10.30 every night. It was something I have done since i went on my gap year, and i done it the night mum passed, and this leads me on to the next aspect of the post, anxiety.
As crazy and as silly as it sounds, I feel physically ill if i cant get to call my dad, and even now, Scott knows how serious it is, he will always remind me or get me a phone even before 10.30. Isnt he a keeper lol!
Anxiety can manifest itself in so many ways, and for me its the feeling of dread, if i dont get to call dad at exactly half past, i get these awful feelings like, what if something happens at 10.29 or 10.31 its crazy saying it out loud i know, but when you go through something as devastating as losing your right arm basically, you tend to deal with things differently.
As i write this i still dont know if there is a theme to this post, but i think the main thing i wanted to convey was that its okay to grieve and have anxiety, its just all about how we deal with it and move forward from it!
If any of you reading this are oging through grief, anxiety or are just feeling a little low, I want you to know it will get better, maybe not tomorrow or next week, but there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. There will always be someone there to talk with should it be a friend, doctor or family member, and if you are feeling low please seek help
I dedicate this post to my amazing Mum, Dad and hubby, below you can see a few special pics.
The one of mum and dad was her last trip out to the seaside at Ballintoy harbour before she went to hospital.






I still dont know where I wanted this post to go, all i know is that i wanted to write it.
Lots of love to you all for your continued support.
Ali xxx

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Chanel CC Cream Review


Hey my lovelies!!
Hope you are all having a fab Sunday, and you have already been over and checked out my 2nd vlog at PassionsandPreening Youtube
I was really lucky to have won an amazing competition quite a while back from Twitter, and in the package i got a few little samples, one being the Chanel CC Cream, so thought I would do a little review on it!

On opening this, it just screamed luxury, the distinctive Chanel logo and the black and white packaging was gorgeous. I opened the foil covering and it was a tiny opening, which initially i wasn’t sure about as I thought it could be hard for the product to come out nicely, but I was very wrong. The produt is thin, but thick enough to initially see that it was going to give a nice coverage. There is a slight scent from it, but it isn’t strong enough to put me off using it at all, it just smells like your typical foundation.
 I decided to use my fingertips to apply as this is the method I have used before with other CC creams I have tried. I applied my moisturiser as normal but didn’t use a primer. I put a few dots over my face and in an upwards and outwards motion started to blend it in to skin. One thing I noticed straight away was that it was a little heavy going on to skin, but the finish I got was as good as my normal beloved MAC studio fix foundation. It is branded as a CC cream, and without a doubt it done wonders with my high coloured cheeks, I had an even colour after application. 
 A little goes a very long way with this product, so I think it will last a long time. I would definitely suggest a moisturiser  before application if your skin is any way dry as I felt it stuck a little on my dry patches. When I applied it the second time, I used my moisturiser, primer then this, and it went on like a dream. It has now become a staple in my make up bag, and I find myself lifting it over my foundation due to the fab coverage.
Since starting using this, I have started to use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and i feel this is giving an even better finish.
It has a built in spf30 so this is great, for all us lazy people who hate having to put on a multitude of products! It comes in a very limited amount of shades, so there is a possibility you will have to mix it with a foundation, the beige suited my skin pretty well, although i think in the summer months where i would have a little more colour, i would have to mix this or try and find an alternative brand.
Overall a fantastic CC cream and it would lead me to want to try more of the Chanel foundation types.
IF you guys have used this, or any similar ones let me know something that I could use in the summer months!
Lots of love
Ali x
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Saturday, 1 November 2014

I now have a youTube channel!!!

Hey everyone!!
Well I took the leap and started a youTube channel, I must be mad lol
Anyways here is the link, head over and subscribe!!!
Love Ali xxx
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