Wednesday, 9 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY NINE // MY BOOKLIST FOR SANTA


Hey guys. Today, I thought it was about time that I wrote my Christmas book wishlist for Santa, so that him and the elves can see if I can have my presents. It's only a book wishlist because that is easier, and it's only a select few because otherwise I could be here forever.







So that was five books on my book wishlist for Santa. Comment down below with some of the books that are on your wishlists and I'll see you tomorrow. See you guys.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY EIGHT // LUSH CHRISTMAS RECOMMENDATIONS


Hey guys. How are you. Are you feeling festive yet? I certainly am. Today I have a post centred around on of my favourite things. Lush. If you don't know what Lush is, it is a cosmetics brand that makes fresh, handmade products that are free from animal testing, You should check them out. I love Lush, and especially over Christmas. They have some amazing products out as limited exclussives for Christmas, and today I thought I would give a guide to Lush Christmas must haves, whether they be for gifts or for yourself. They'll mainly be bath bombs, because that's what I've sourced most of, but I'll throw in some other things. Enough rambling from me though, and instead we'll get started.

BATH BOMBS

First up we have Butterbear Bath Bomb. This is a sweet, simple vanilla and cocoa butter bath bomb that turns your bath water so silky and moisturising. I love it and it's so simple and delightful, as well as inexpensive so is a great treat or gift. It smells like vanilla and cocoa, shocking, and I think this is one of those gifts everyone will like.

Next is Dashing Santa Bath Bomb. This is perfect for lovers of a citrus smell. It is a cute little bath bomb that whizzes around your bath, like Santa is dashing. As I say it is very citrussy smelling but if you like those sorts of smells I recommend this.

If you want a warming bath bomb this Christmas I recommend the Cinders Bath Bomb, It is a warming scent of warm fruit punch essentially, and has popping candy in it for that extra little something. This is one of my favourite Christmas Lush products, and I recommend it to everyone because I think it is that good.

For a more relaxed scented bath, I would suggest the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb. This bath bomb has the same scent as the Twilight bath bomb, and is such a lovely bath bomb. It lets of lots of colours and I find it very soothing to watch. It, personally, feels like it is value for money and I think it would make a delightful gift.

My final bath bomb recommendation is the lovely So White Bath Bomb. This is a beautiful apple scented bath bomb that has hints of rose. It is a slow burner, so is really enjoyable and leaves your bath water a beautiful colour. After a So White bath, your skin feels so mouisturised. I think it's delightful.

So those were the bath bombs. I'm not going to talk about soaps, so my next category is...

SHOWER GELS

Or should I say gel? I have only one recommendation for this, and that is Snow Fairy Shower Gel. This is a candyfloss scented shower gel and is very sweet. It is a Lush Christmas staple and everyone has tried some at some point. It is lovely and, as you can get it in different sized bottles, it makes the perfect gift.

And onto my final category...

BUBBLE BARS

The first of two bubble bars I'm going to talk about is Candy Mountain Bubble Bar. This is a vanilla scented bubble bar that is surprisingly cheap. You can get more than one bath out of this and this turns your water a pale pink and gives you lovely bubbles. You crumble a little under the tap, and it is just lovely. A perfect gift.

The other bubble bar I'm recommending is Magic Wand Bubble Bar. This is a Snow Fairy scented reusable bubble bar that you hold under running water, or swish in the bath water. It causes lovely bubbles, and turns the water a lovely pink colour. It is delightful and makes the perfect gift for someone.

Those are some great Lush Christmas gifts, for someone else or for yourself. I know I have left out a lot but those are a great place to start. For gifts you can even get boxes of different Lush products. Let me know if you are a Lush lover, and what you would buy someone from Lush. Also please comment with some Christmas questions for me to answer. I'll see you tomorrow.


Saturday, 5 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY FIVE // FAVOURITE 2015 CHRISTMAS ADVERTS


Hey guys. Sorry this post is a bit late in going up but this is the forth attempt on writing it. Between one site I needed going down, not having enough time for another and one taking forever to write, I'm going for this and I hope it isn't too late in going up. All the Christmas adverts are out now, and it means I can finally share with you four of my favourites. They are in no particular order. Shall we get started.

My first advert fav is the Sainsbury's Christmas advert this year. It's called Mog's Christmas Calamity. If you don't know who Mog is, Mog is a fictional cat created by Judith Kerr and I loved reading the Mog books as a kid, so when I saw this advert for the first time, I couldn't help but fall in love. It's such an amazing advert and I really love it.

My next advert is the John Lewis advert. It's about an old man on the moon, and I did cry at it. It does have major scientific inaccuracies, but it's still an amazing advert and I do really like it. It was trending on Twitter and John Lewis had a big budget for this advert. #ManOnTheMoon Plus, cover of the song is just amazing. I love this advert.

Irn Bru have always good adverts, especially their Christmas one. This year they appear to have a new one, which is good, and very funny, but it's not what I'm going to talk about. I'm talking about the older Irn Bru Christmas advert. I don't actually know when this was first aired, but I have seen it this year, so I'm counting it as a 2015 advert. It's based on The Snowman and, well you just ahve to watch it here. It's, well to quote another Irn Bru advert, it's phenomenal.

Also a quick mention to #TerryTheTurkey the new Vodafone Christmas advert. It's an amazing advert and I really like it. but it doesn't quite make the top three. It's just so cute.

And that is some of my favourite adverts. Comment down below with some of your favourites and also leave me questions so I can do a Christmas Q and A. I'll see you tomorrow with another Blogmas post. I'm sorry this one was a little rushed but I need to go out, and I didn't want to skip any days. See you tomorrow.
       

Friday, 4 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY FOUR // GIFT GIVING TIPS


Hey guys. Happy Blogmas Day Four! So as I write this I've had a bit of bad day, and I really want to be cheered up. I'm sure I will though. Anyway, today I thought, as it's getting to the time for last order of presents online, and time to buy all your gifts for everyone, I would help you with a tips for secret Santa's you are taking part in and planning all your gifts.

Step One. Write a list of who you need to buy for and how much you are willing to spend. May Secret Santa's come with a budget and sticking to prices around that, especially for friends, is quite good. I put myself on a twenty pound budget for most, but I did have exceptions.

Step Two. You want to work out what they would like. This can be really difficult, but it needn't be. Think along the lines of TV programmes they like, or bands, or books, or films. You could go down the route of their hobbies, such as cooking, or a sport they play or watch or a game. I helped one of my mates with a secret Santa, Their SS liked to look through photographs, so I suggested a multi frame with photos already in it. I tend to make a list per person of their interests.

Step Three. Take the list from Two, and write possible ideas following each interest. For example, one of my friends likes one specific YouTuber, so I wrote the name of my friend, the name of the YouTuber and then things I could get to do with that YouTuber, such as jumpers, tops, posters, etc. I also write down some questions about these possible presents, such as what size or will it be in budget.

Step Four. Select some gift ideas. I can't help you with that, it's all down to you there. But the main part of Step Four is monitoring the prices of these items. Even just a couple of pennies or pounds under what it was one day is a saving. I managed to pick up one gift for three pound cheaper than it was the day prior. Make sure you order your presents early. Don't leave online shopping until the last minute.

Step Five. Buying in shops. If you actually need to go to a shop to buy something for someone, make a list of what shop it is, and what the item is. Shopping around Christmas can be stressful, especially the closer it gets to Christmas. If you are prepared and know what you are going to buy and where from, then you won't be as stressed, and you'll be able to get your presents more easily.

Step Six. Don't worry. Christmas is just one day a year, it doesn't matter. Don't get yourself into a massive frantic stress ball for just one day. It's not worth it.

I wish you luck in your Christmas shopping. Stay calm and just don't fret. Comment with any extra tips for people. Also I plan to do a Christmas Q and A at some point soon, so please leave questions for that or tweet me, @ZMacIver so I can do that. I'll see you tomorrow with Blogmas Day Five, but until then see you.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY THREE // MY CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST


Hey guys. Day three has birthed.... I... I don't know, it's like my third post in a row, and I should be doing biology. Oops! Oh, well. Anyway, I've decided to share my Christmas bucket list. So this is my Christmas bucket list for all my life. Like all of it. Because I can't do half of these things quite yet. But enough chit chat, time to jump in.

1. Go to a Christmas market, preferably in France. I mean there is a strong chance of it coming up in my exam this year, I may as well experience it some time. And I want to buy the handmade Christmas tree decorations I describe.

2. Go to New York at Christmas and do the Christmas thing there. By Christmas thing I mean like Ice Skating at Rockefeller Centre Ice Skating Rink, under the huge Christmas Tree and seeing the Christmas display's in shop windows. Everyone say's America does Christmas well, and I would love to experience it.

3. Be in a Christmas single. I mean I have technically already ticked this one off, but you guys won't have any clue about it although it will revealed soon. But yeah, this definitely.

4. Go and watch The Nutcracker Ballet at Christmas. Every year I go to the pantomime and I absolutely love going to it, but one year I would also love to try and see the Nutcracker ballet somewhere. I just think it would be so amazing live and at Christmas.

5. Go to an actual Christmas tree light switch on. Where I live, the Christmas lights are dropped over the tree or stuck on the streetlights and that night when all the lights come on, so do they. We don't have someone coming to push a button or anything, so I'd love to go to an actual one.

6. Go carol singing. You know, like door to door. I've stood singing carols outside a supermarket with my school when I was younger, and I've been singing in a church, but I really want to go proper carol singing when you rock up outside someone's house, singing. It just looks fun. and festive.

So those were a few things on my Christmas bucket list. I have more, but I really do need to go and revise. I'll see you tomorrow, and until then... Nope I don't know. If anyone wants to, they could give me a Christmas present of a goodbye phrase to end posts with. Please. Comment down below with your Christmas bucket list, and if you've ever done of theses. See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY TWO // CHRISTMAS MOVIE CHALLENGE


It's Blogmas day two. I hope you're not already bored of me! Today I thought I would share with you my Christmas movie challenge.

So, shaming time here. I haven't seen what most people would call the Christmas movie classics. Like I haven't seen Love Actually, or Miracle on 34th Street, or even the whole of Elf. I did see the first hour or so of Elf, but it was in school, and then the class ended and I've never actually watched it. But, this year, I wanted to challenge myself to watch more Christmas films. I have three that I want to watch in complete for the first time.

First, is rightly Elf, the Will Ferrell film about Buddy the elf who goes to New York. As I say, I've only ever seen the first sort of hour of Elf, but I've never seen the end, so it has to be a film I watch this Christmas. Everyone loves this film, and I want to love as well. Plus, Zooey Deschanel is in it, and she's one of my favourite actors!







Next on my list is Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas. Who doesn't love a bit of Disney at Christmas and especially a bit of Mickey? It's a full length film that follows three stories and I am really looking forward to it. I mean, it's Disney. What's not to love, right?



And finally there is It's A Wonderful Life. A classic, all 145 minutes. I've started this a couple of times, and always been put off, but I know how well regarded the film is and I really want to watch it at some point this year. I just need to gear myself up for it.








And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my three film Christmas Movie Challenge. Of, course that's not the only films I want to watch this year. But those three are priorities, because I've never seen any of them before and I want to get to them this Christmas. Comment some more Christmas films you think I should watch this festive season, you know, when I'm not doing school work or blog posts! I'll see you tomorrow with another Blogmas post.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY ONE // DECEMBER TBR


It's starting. December is here, as is intense stress. I thought to kick things off I would do my December TBR for you, because it seemed like the most appropriate day. So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun. (Bonus points to whoever can name the song!)

Here they are...










I'm sorting them out into a rereads group and a select from group, because between school, Christmas things to do, Blogmas, and other such things, I very much doubt I'll be able to read them all.

Select from TBR:

Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon, a murder mystery that I received for Christmas last year. It's set over the Christmas period, so seems highly appropriate as some Christmas reading.
The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas by Carole Matthews. Carole Matthews is a great writer, and her Christmas books put me in a very festive mood.
The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements. Abby Clements are always really easy, quick reads and I'm sure this one will be the same.
Every Time A Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington. Okay, I'm going to be honest, the premise intrigued me and it was impulse buy in Tesco.
Make A Christmas Wish by Julia Williams. Julia Williams is.... Okay, so the main reason I bought the book is because of how beautiful it is, but it sounds good as well.
A Wedding At Christmas by Chrissie Manby. It was floppy, and Christmassy. I'm running out of different reasons.
The Heart Of Winter by Emma Hannigan. I was going to read this last year but never, so I thought I would possibly this year instead.
Just For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey. I've already read this one, it's going back to the library today, but this one was really good. I read a Scarlett Bailey novel a few years back and loved it, and I loved this one as well.

Reread TBR:

My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins. YA short stories set around Christmas. Will only read the ones I liked from the first time of reading.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Three interconnected short stories, that I loved.
- Forgot to add this one into the TBR photo but Dash & Lily's Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie. The first book I try to read every Christmas. There's nothing like a good murder to put you in the festive spirit, is there?
Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald. Another book I read every year. I landed up getting this for myself one year before Christmas, and as the book starts at Christmas, it's become one of my festive traditions.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women is my favourite book of all time, and I read every year at Christmas, without fail. I adore it, and I find it such a comfort, and a book that makes me feel festive because I read annually at Christmas.

So that's my TBR. As you can probably tell, I tend towards the adult chick-lit's at this time of year, because I struggle to find any Christmassy YA reads. Comment down below letting me know what books you plan on reading this month, and with any suggestions you have for books for me. And if you want me to do a discussion post or a review on any of these books, then let me know which ones. I'll see you tomorrow for day 2 of Blogmas.