SWEATER WEATHER


These jumpers and greeny-grey leather gloves from H&M were Christmas presents from my parents.. I can't find any links, but H&M do have some lovely jumpers online and instore. The grey patterned one is particularly soft and cosy and I'm really happy with my parents choices. My spending ban doesn't end until tomorrow, so I haven't been to the sales yet, but come January 1st, I spy some hungover sales shopping!

Happy New Year everyone!

THAT FESTIVE FEELING


Over the past few weeks I've been up to all sorts of festive treats: Winter Wonderland, trips to Manchester and Birmingham Christmas Markets and some festive baking too! I had good intentions of posting about these straight away, but Christmas is a time for spending with family and friends and what with revision too, I've just been too busy. It's such a shame that most students have exams right after Christmas, and when I'm taking a break from revision the last thing I want to be doing is going back to my laptop to write a post. So you probably won't hear from me until the New Year, but I hope everyone has a lovely holiday - and gets everything they asked for from Santa! I'll leave you with a few pictures of what I've been up to this December.. 

WINTER WONDERLAND, PATISSERIE VALERIE & MEAT LIQUOR

MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKETS


BIRMINGHAM GERMAN MARKETS

MELTED SNOWMEN BROWNIES

Merry Christmas!

HIGH ST VS HIGH END #3

I already have quite naturally full lips, but for nights out or when I really want to make my lips pop, I use a lip plumper. I've always used the Soap & Glory product after lipliner, then I wait for it to work and lose a little tackiness before applying lipstick. I used to be a huge fan of Dior lipgloss, so when I saw their Lip Maximiser I hoped it would be just as good.

However, the Dior gloss didn't tingle or make any difference to my lips at all.. I don't know if it's because my lips are quite full anyway, but I know I definitely won't be repurchasing. It is considerably less sticky than the Soap & Glory one, so it works well used as a gloss over a matte lip colour, but it's not worth the hefty price tag.

With the Soap & Glory version you can feel it working as soon as you apply it. Your lips really start to tingle, which may be uncomfortable for some people, but they look very full and plumped up after, without it being unnatural. It's really sticky, so you may want to wait for it to dry out before applying lipstick, but it's a fantastic product, at a great price - especially with 3 for 2 at Boots.

Verdict: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

Does anyone else use a lip plumper to achieve a perfect pout?

FESTIVE DECORATIONS ON A STUDENT BUDGET

Happy December everyone! Today I thought I'd show you how I've decorated my room and house at university on a student budget.. Most of the items I picked up are from Poundland or ASDA, and nothing cost me more than £2. I can't link to every single item as some are from last year, but just have a look round the shops and Christmas Markets, and don't forget that fairy lights and some heart or star shaped decorations can be used all year round. You don't have to spend a fortune to get that festive feeling.

 Christmas sign, wreath & Merry Christmas sign - Poundland | Gingerbread House Kit - ASDA

Merry Christmas gold banner - £1 ASDA | White heart door wreath - Poundland | Heart pegs to hang my Christmas cards on (and photos in the New Year) - £2 ASDA | Gold tree - Poundland

 A sparkly jacket or dress can be a striking wall feature | Gold tree - 6 for £1 Poundland

NOEL sign, window stickers, red reindeer & candles - Poundland | Fairy lights look pretty all year round - £1.50 Primark

 Yankee Christmas Eve Candle £8 | Red reindeer - £1 for 3 Poundland

 Christmas tree - £10 ASDA | Angels & bells - Christmas markets | Snowflakes & reindeers - ASDA

Have you decorated your room yet? Will you be looking around for cheap decorations - or perhaps making your own? Let me know what you decide to do.