Favourite Moments of 2013

2013 has probably been one of the best years of my life, I've traveled further than I've ever been before, met some amazing people and started to 'properly' blog, which has opened up a whole new world. I don't want this to be a rambling post so I've picked a few of my favourite pictures from the year as a little summary. For 2014 I'd love to travel more, move in with my boyfriend, spend more time with my family and only surround myself with positive & amazing people. 
I'd like to thank you all for reading my blog the past year and allowing it to grow into something where I'm not just talking to myself! I wish you all a wonderful New Year's Eve and fantastic 2014. 

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Christmas Sales- Beauty Favourites


I have a rule for sales, if it's not something that I already use or had been eyeing up for a while then I shouldn't by it. Here are a few of my top picks from the Christmas sales, which may or may not just be a list of things that I've bought minus a few Space NK bits as I didn't want to include anything that's already sold out. Happy shopping! 

Space NK Sale
Laura Mercier Bath & Body set in Almond Coconut was £60.00 now £30. I absolutely love the bath and body collection from Laura Mercier and the Almond Coconut collection smells absolutely divine.
Diptyque Do Son Eau De Toilette was £68 now £34. This is one of my favourite scents from Diptyque and I've been umming and ahhing its purchase for a while so as soon as I saw this at half price it went straight into my basket. 
This Works Dream On Deep Sleep Bath Oil was £12.00 now £6.00. The whole sleep range from This Works has the most lovely calming scent and is perfect for pamper nights- I'd highly recommend this whole collection especially when it's half price. 

Escentual 
Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tan was £18 now £14.39. As this is part of the instant smooth range it acts as a instant tan, which then develops into a sun kissed glow whilst smoothing out pores, fine lines and correcting redness. Winner. 
La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo was £13.50 now £10.49. I've expressed my love for this product in previous blog posts and even though it's not a massive saving if you're looking to stock up on this little beauty now is the time!
Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm was £9.50 now £7.60. I've never tried this lip balm but due to it high recommendation from other beauty bloggers it's been on my wishlist for a good while. 

Feel Unique
Real Techniques Core Collection was £20.99 now £15.94. I feel like I can't fault the Real Technique brushes, they're so soft, dry really quickly after washing and apply make-up beautifully. 
St Tropez Exclusive Top to Toe Collection was £29.99 now £22.99. I've used St Tropez for years and I think this collection is such great value for money.

Debenhams 
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick was £23.50 now £11.75 I own quite a few YSL lip products and I don't think it's very often that they're at this price so I'm half tempted to stock up whilst I can.

Beauty Bay
Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish was £14 now £11.76 I love the longevity and finish of these polishes as they look just like a gel manicure, they're only slightly discounted but it's better than nothing!
Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream was £17 now £15.64. I've been so impressed with all the Jurlique products I've tried this year and I've heard great things about their hand creams so I thought I'd give one a whirl from Beauty Bay.
Urban Decay 6 Eyeliner Set was £26 now £18.20. This is such a great little set for someone who is experimenting with eye make up, I'm half tempted to buy it now and save it for someones birthday.
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A Cosy Christmas Eve

Emma Bridgewater Christmas Mug- £19.95

Christmas Eve is one of my favourite nights of the year as it's the perfect time to get wrapped up in Christmas pyjamas and watch endless festive films surrounded by family and fairy lights. I've selected a few of my festive favourites above that really help me get into the Christmas spirit and relax before a busy day of food and presents. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Gemma xx

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Eleimis FreshSkin Discovery Kit Review



I’ve been recently trying out the Elemis FreshSkin Discovery Kit (£19.90)*, which is a skin care range aimed at late teens to early 20 something girls . It’s a set of 5 sample products from the FreshSkin range, which aims to give you clear, glowing skin. I really like these mini sets from Elemis where you can try a number of sample products before buying a full sized especially as I never know whether my skin is going to react to certain products.

Elemis FreshSkin Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash 30ml
This is a lovely hydrating face wash, which contains elderflowers, lemon and chicory extracts, which aims to leave your skin soft and glowing. This isn’t a foaming face wash but of a gentle everyday cleanser which does a great job of removing any make-up residue left on my face after my normal cleanse. Oddly this product doesn’t contain any peach extracts or smell of peach, it’s actually almost scent free. I can’t say I noticed a huge difference in the ‘glowy-ness’ of my complexion but if you’re on the market for a lovely simple face wash I’d definitely recommend this as it didn’t cause any reaction to my sensitive skin and overall did a good job of cleaning my face.

Elemis FreshSkin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash 30ml
A gentle exfoliating face wash containing cherry powder and jojoba beads, which act to gently polish and remove dead skin cells whilst leaving clean and free of impurities. I don’t tend to use exfoliators on my face and I tend to react to most products but I actually quite liked how gently this one was and it worked really nicely with the face wash. I probably wouldn’t re-purchase this one as I just don’t use exfoliators enough, but again, if you have sensitive skin this is a good exfoliator to go for.

Elemis FreshSkin Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser 15ml and Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser 15ml
I think these two products were my favourite from the range as they smell so dreamy- the day cream contains rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil and the night cream contains blackburrant seed oil and barley extract and yes the smell as delicious as they sound! I found both of these products lovely and light to apply and the day cream is a lovely base for make-up. I’ve probably used either one or both of these products for a good couple of weeks and even though they’re strong scented they didn’t break my skin out at all and my skin has felt lovely and hydrated even in this freezing cold weather. Out of the whole set I would definitely recommend purchasing these and will probably re-purchase myself, especially in the summer as the day cream has such a lovely, light consistency.

Elemis Magical Moisture Quenching Face Mask- 7ml Sachet 
This is a really lovely hydrating facial mask that contains white lupin, artic cranberry seed oil and apple extract and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. It's lovely and smooth to apply and gives an instant moisture boost to even the driest of skin. 




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Mr Porter- Smythson Limited Edition








Last week I was invited to Smythson on New Bond Street to attend the launch of Mr Porter Volume 2- Manual For A stylish life (£150). The evening began with a wonderful speech from the editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead before being lead through to the back of the store to collect our signed copies of the book and feed on delicious plates of food and drink champagne. If you're stuck for the perfect gift for a Boyfriend or Brother then look no further, Mr Porter collaborated with Smythson to create a  stylish and chic limited edition leather-bound book *insert Anchorman jokes*, which would look perfect in any book case. The book features everything the modern day man would need to know to navigate through life from how to ace a best mans speech to how to buy your girlfriend underwear, which creates a truly fantastic and entertaining read.  
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The Luxury Christmas Gift Guide- Him & Her


This is my final gift guide post and definitely one if you're looking to splash the cash on a loved one.. or yourself. I've picked a good mix of real high end presents and affordable luxury gifts . I think the Stroke of Midnight collection from Mac this year is so beautiful and this very much at the top of my Christmas wishlist, it contains a lipstick that's perfect for the festive season and then a few other Mac favourites. If you know someone who loves Diptyque candles then their 50th Anniversary Collection would be perfect as it contains some of their most loved scents. I've added a few bits for men in here too- the Tom Ford scents are so delicious and this gift set makes the perfect gift. 


Philips Senso Touch Shaver- £139

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