I have never set myself any new years resolutions before but this year I am going to try it. I have had a fabulous 2017 on the whole so it’s not because of the usual reasons, but because I just want to!
1. No more Nexgen nails… This is hard for me as I love my nails to look amazing, but I am doing it to save some money. It costs about £20/£25 every 3-5 weeks (depending on how quickly my nails grow) if I were to average it at £22.50 every month I will be saving £270 a year 🙈 bloody heck, that’s half a holiday!
2. I spend so much of my money that I earn extra in the month on food & drink or clothes. So I am going to stop. Definitely the food & drink part. I will always take food to work with me from now on. The clothes I won’t completely stop, as obviously clothes get worn etc. I can’t obviously tell you how much this will save as it’s not a set amount 🙈
3. This is a tough one, no more beauty subscription boxes. I love them so much 😩😩😩 but it’s £11.25 a month (they aren’t expensive, see) but that’s £135 for the year!
4. To sell all unwanted items. I have so much stuff I don’t need or want. So why not get some money for it?! I plan to find at least 3 things a month
5. This one is different, not money related. I want to be able to tell people when they have annoyed or upset me. Instead of letting it get to me, just say it straight. I feel like if they don’t apologise (if they’re in the wrong) then they aren’t going to be worth my time.
6. Be as happy as I always am ☺️☺️
What are yours, or do you not have any?!
Firstly a massive Thankyou to Beth for organising this, you’re an angel & I appreciate the time & effort you put into this!!
Secondly, Thankyou to my secret Santa! Not sure if she worked out that we ended up with each other 😂 but I hope she likes her gifts.
Thanks Lucie, you didn’t have to send two parcels bless you. But I love my gifts ☺️☺️
I’ve always wanted to try a sleek lipstick, so this beautiful matte finish one is perfect. A nude colour too, it’s like she knows me so well.
I’m so grateful for the lush bubble bar as I’ve seen so many of these all over Instagram lately & I don’t have a lush shop very close to me 🙊 and lastly a fabulous body shop gift set, which will be perfect to take with me for my New Year’s Eve stay!
Does anybody else do secret santa?
Caitlin xo 🎁
My Christmas outfit & makeup… I always get dressed up on Christmas Day, it’s a day to feel good, & this is what makes me feel good 💁🏽
So this was last year… & this is now
Hope you all have a fabulous day lovelies! And Thankyou all so much for keeping up to date on all of my Blogmas posts. I really appreciate you all. Now it’s time for a well deserved chill. But I promise I won’t be gone for too long. Merry Christmas 🎁
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽🎄
Putting the tree up & decorating is one of the best parts of Christmas!! This year we had to wait a little while as my mum didn’t want the tree up too early (she thought my nephews might pull it down) 🙈😂
I love to have a drink whilst I put the decorations up… It’s sort of a little tradition in my house. Mum usually likes to have sherry.. Gross. 🍷 But I love to have a glass of baileys or wine.
We have a ‘big tree’ in our living room & lots of cute little decorations. With some nice candles & obviously the Christmas cards too 🎄 I also think putting the presents under the tree looks better as well.
I then have a cute little tree in my bedroom. Just because 💁🏽
Does anybody else have a little mini tree?
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
I think this has been one of the best parts of the Christmas countdown this year. I would highly recommend any beauty lovers to get themselves this calendar next year, you won’t regret it.
I have loved trying some new brands through buying this calendar & stocking up on some of my favourites!
I really wanted to try a Magnitone product so this really did put a smile on my face! I have only ever heard good things about their products. The hd palette is gorgeous, I can’t wait to try this out… 😍😍😍 has anybody ever had hd brows? Plus a fab mini mascara.
If you would like to see a post about some of my favourites from it then let me know 💁🏽
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
I feel like Christmas films are one of the best things to get me into the Christmas spirit. I love them! I feel like they’re probably like marmite, you either love or hate them.
My absolute favourite has to be elf. I think I could probably recite this film word for word.. Yes I have watched it way too many times!
I also love to watch Fred Claus, bad santa, jingle all the way, the grinch, four christmas’, the holiday… a lot of people love to watch love actually. That’s not really my cup of tea.
Last years tv was rubbish for Christmas films, so I hope it’s a bit better this year! I’m sure Harry Potter will be on at some point, it usually is at Christmas! I have seen that Jurassic world is on this year, not sure how that is Christmassy, but who cares?! It’s a brilliant film!
What are your favourite Christmas films?
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
Ohhh my matalan have really upped their game this year. I want to share with you EVERYTHING I bought from matalan but I’m sure some people may actually be reading this..
I think I saw on facebook how good their Christmas range was. Along with Tesco too, but anyway we’re talking about matalan. I had a £5 voucher from my birthday too so thought what better way to use it than on other people… because sometimes I can be nice 😂💁🏽
I ordered 3 for 2 on the gift wrapping etc. So I got a fair few rolls, with tags! They have the cutest little reindeer tags. I think people will think ‘they’re very caitlin’ when they see how pretty the paper is. I also got some cards too. This year me & Sam are doing the whole ‘couple’ thing in the cards 🙈 we’re cute I know 😂😂
I bought the little people in my life some cute things! I’m sure Reilly (best friends little girl) will looove her my little pony present! I feel like it’s gonna be like buckaroo.. so fingers crossed she will love it. She enjoys playing pop up pirate so I think it’s definitely up her street. I got my youngest nephew a cute paw patrol top! Not sure if I picked it because I love paw patrol or him 🙄🐶
Honestly you need to get yourself to matalan, of if you have finished make sure you look next year! I think I spent £50 & I got at least 7 presents, plus wrapping paper & cards. Including some wine glasses for my friend who is known for smashing wine glasses 😂🍷
Caitlin xo 🎁
Who wants to see what I got this week?
I wonder if everyone else who had this calendar is excited as me.. 🙈😂
A fabulous new rose gold makeup brush 😍 it’s so bloody soft. The eyebrow pencil by model co, so perfect. I haven’t used it yet, but it has the perfect nib so I’m sure application will be super smooth 👌🏼
The dr lipp balm can apparently even be used on elbows etc, anywhere you get super dry skin. But so far I’ve just tried it on my lips & I love it! The omorovicza mist is such a beauty of a scent! They have fabulous skincare products! How amazing is the bottle too?
You can’t not like elemis products, they’re amazing so this made me happy!! This was a beautiful collagen anti ageing cream, smells divine & is just fabulous 💁🏽 plus a hand cream which has come at the perfect time for this weather.
Only a few days left now!!
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
How to look after your skin, hair & nails during winter… Well how I do anyway 💁🏽 There are a few things that I do that help keep mine looking & feeling pretty good! So here are the main ones…
I honestly believe if you aren’t taking any vitamins then you should be. Yes we get vitamins from foods etc & sunlight, but it’s winter now & we need to up the vitamins in the cold weather. I take a standard multivitamin, you could take hair, skin & nail ones too. But I also take collagen tablets or drink a collagen drink. Since using these I haven’t had ANY dry skin. We all get spot breakouts, especially around the time of our periods, so girls I’m not saying you won’t ever get spots. But your skin will feel amazingly hydrated & look brighter!
This is super duper important! It’s important all year round so really you should be doing this daily anywho… But this is how I look after my skin from the outside.
Firstly you need to double cleanse, so not once, but twice so you definitely get rid of all makeup or any other products that you have use. I switch mine up so I don’t cleanse with the same product either. Then you need to use a toner. Lastly depending on whether this is your morning or evening routine you need a lovely moisturiser for the day time & night cream in the evening. I swear by night creams, absolutely love them.
For your body, don’t forget, you also need to be giving it some attention, so we know that our hands & feet could do with some tlc too throughout the colder months! Slap on a body lotion, or hand cream & let it do the work.
I love to have my hair looking super healthy all year round. In the winter it can get a little dry due to the weather. I find using an oil on the ends of my hair all year keeps it silky & managable. I swear by using hair products before your hair dries rather than after. Sometimes if you use it after it goes a bit thick & makes it look greasy.. Nobody wants that
I hope these tips helped ☺️ have a fab Christmas everyone!
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽
I don’t know about you but I love work Christmas parties!
This year my work weren’t doing one, so all of the reception team decided to do something separately. We ate out at the bank house hotel which is one of the nicest places in town. We had a carvery on a Sunday as a lot of people don’t like to go out in the evening. It was delicious! I even had a really nice cocktail with it 🍸 it was a carve your own, which was a little bit more interesting 😂😂 note to self, I can’t carve chicken to save my life 🙈
It all tasted lovely & it really was nice to all get together. I think there were only two people that couldn’t make it, one of them being my fav. But I do work with her on nearly every shift 😂 so it was nice to see people I don’t usually get to work with!
We then went to Sam’s work party a few nights ago, my meal choice was; chicken balls, Christmas dinner & all the trimmings, then a chocolate fudge cake. The food was absolutely delicious!!! I wish I took pictures, but it was quite dark so they would have been rubbish. The rosé was flowing nicely & we played some games… I learnt that I know Sam’s work colleagues better than he does 😂 only met them twice, this being the second time.
Do you have work parties? I wish I took more pictures, sorry lovelies 🙈 but how beaut are those table decorations?!
Caitlin xo 🎅🏽