Friday, 8 December 2017

4 DIY Sentimental Gifts for Christmas

I'm back with another blogpost. We're less than two weeks away for Christmas & I am so excited!! However, I haven't finished all of my Christmas shopping!!

For today's post I decided to talk about different types of gifts. During this time of the year, I like to go for DIY sentimental gifts especially for my loved ones just to show them how much I love them and how much I appreciate them. In my opinion receiving a gift you know the other person spent time and thought to create it rather than money is far more special! Therefore, today I will be sharing with you four ideas for these DIY sentimental gifts.

1. Open when letters
I don't know if you have heard of these but basically these are letters that you prepare for that special someone. You can pick a couple of topics or 'events' and write a small note for that topic. You can also include a small gift in it too! Then, we the receiver is feeling a certain mood they will open them in hope that you will be able to cheer them up.

For example you can do an 'open when you need motivation' one and you can write a letter to the person trying to motivate them and maybe include for instance a bar of chocolate to further motivate them! There are so many different options you can do and they are so inexpensive - you just need time!

2. Location Frame
This is particularly for all those romantic lovers! Basically this a really simple but cute idea. You can buy a frame that has more than one spot where to place the photos. Then pick three (or according to the number of spaces you have to place photos) important 'events' in your relationship; for instance where you first met, your first date & your first kiss. Go to google maps and type the location where each event occured. Print the location, mark it with a heart for example and place it in the frame. I hope you got the idea but hopefully the photo will help you understand me better - I think it's so sweet! You can still do this for your friend example where you first met, where you had your first adventure or where the location/country of your first vacation together!

3. 365 Note Jar
For this one the more creative you are the better! Basically you can do as many notes as you want (doesn't necessarily have to be 365) and you can include whatever you want. The fun part is choosing let's say three colours and colour co-ordinate these notes. For instance use pink notes to write reasons why you love the person, yellow notes to write your favourite memories with that person and blue notes to write lyrics from your favourite songs or from songs that are special to both of you! Obviously, you can also do these for your friends so it doesn't have to be only for your boyfriend/girlfriend!

4. Free Standing Wooden Letter
I LOVE these! They're so simple to do. All you have to do is order a free standing wooden letter of your choice - pick also the size you want it to be! You can easily do one at a carpenter. Then pick your favourite photos of the person you're gifting it to and simply place them in a collage format on the letter. If for instance your best friend's name starts with a 'B' order a wooden letter in the shape of a 'B' and then simply place the photos all over it!

I hope I am being in some way helpful when it comes to buying gifts for your loved ones! I have two more blogposts with regards to gifts prepared for you - one for females & one for males so stay tuned!


Deborah X

Thursday, 7 December 2017

25 Secret Santa & Stocking Fillers Ideas

I hope you're enjoying the blogmas material I am currently posting. With Christmas so close now I thought of helping you out by sharing with you some ideas that I have for those of you who are either looking for a gift for their Secret Santa or want to give a stocking to someone and have no idea what to put inside it!

1. Fuzzy Socks
I love these kind of socks. I don't know if it's just me but my favourite thing to do during Christmas time is run around the house with festive fuzzy socks while listening to Christmas songs - lame I know haha! However, you find really cute socks so if you're out of ideas on what to get your secret santa try a pair of these socks in their favourite colour, design or pattern!
2. Bed Slippers
If you want to go that extra mile, you can also fill these slippers with some of your secret santa's favourite things inside of them!!

3. Their favourite candy and chocolate
In my opinion, this is the best way to fill up your stocking because it's cheap plus you're 100% certain that the person receiving it would love it because who doesn't love food?!

4. Candle
I don't know if it's just me but I am OBSESSED with candles. There's something about them that is so relaxing and gets me in the mood to be productive plus there are so many scents to choose from!

5. Personalised key chain
There are various key chains that you can choose from. You can either go for a key chain that has the name of the person you're giving it to on the keychain or you can also go for those key chains which split into two and one person keeps half of it and the other person keeps the other half.

6. Mug
If the receiver of your gift is a tea or coffee lover, than trust me .. they can never have enough mugs!

7. Video Games or Card Games
If you know that the person maybe loves to play card games or has a playstation and would really like to purchase a particular game you can buy that for them and give it to them as a Christmas present!

8. Body Lotions
Body Scrubs, Moisturizers, lip balms, bath bombs, exfoliates, masks and any other items that are a necessity when the person receiving the gift decides to have a pampering night!

9. Travel Cup
If the gift is for someone who is always on the go or who is someone like me i.e. wakes up late and does not have time for their morning coffee, a travel cup is perfect because they can take their hot drink with them and drink it on their way to work or school.

10. Gifts in a Jar
You can be creative with this one. You can use a jar that you might have at home and fill it with some of their favourite items whether its a couple of different shades of nailpolishes, a couple of lipsticks if she is a lipstick junkie, spa in a jar where you can include scrubs, lotions and soaps or if you're giving the gift to a food lover you can prepare a simple recipe with the necessary activities and then all they have to do is use the ingredients to make the recipe for instance a chocolate chip muffin mix in a jar!

11. Makeup Bag
For all those makeup lovers, they'd be thanking you!

12. Makeup Brushes
Again, any makeup lover would love to have makeup brushes to improve their makeup game!

13. Lipsticks
There are so many affordable lipsticks at the moment that you can gift any lipstick junkie any shade of lipstick you could dream of!

14. Bobby Pins
If it's someone that can lose their bobby pins so easily, they'd be grateful they have a set of new clips to help them survive all the festivities!

15. Scarf
To keep them warm and toasty!

16. Beanie
To keep their head and ears warm!

17. Onesie
I have a zebra onesie and I love it to pieces!

18. Phone Cover
For all those who are so clumsy that they have a tendency to drop their phone..all the time!

19. Necklace or Bracelet
This can be such a sentimental gift. You can buy also these bracelets that you can purchase the individual charms with them that represent an event in their life for instance.

20. Rings
They are super affordable and in style right now!

21. Wallet
To keep all the money they have earned during Christmas!

22. Passport Pocket
For those who love to travel and need something to keep their passport safe because it is most probably their most priced possession!

23. Tie
For those men who like to have a tie with a different colour than the one they already have!

24. Reasons why I love you
If you want to be extra romantic you can do these hand written, put them in a small jar or envelope and include them as a stocking filler.

25. Frame
A frame with your favourite photo of yourself and the person you're giving the gift to so that they can always remember of you when they see it!

That is it for today!

I'll be back tomorrow with another brand new blogpost so stay tuned!

Deborah X

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Makeup Empties #2

Hi loves! Oh my god, December is passing by so quickly and it's already #day6 of Blogmas! I hope you're all enjoying the posts and giveaways that I prepared for you!

Today's post is another Makeup Empties. I have done one of these last January and you guys loved it so much so I thought it would be fun to do round 2 haha! If you want to read Part 1 you can do so here.

Product empties is basically a post where I will be sharing with you some makeup products that I've used for some time now and I loved it so much I actually finished the whole product (or almost finished) so I will say that these are some of my holy grail products. Obviously the state of the products are not going to be great and most of their brands don't even show anymore !! But that just simply means that I've used these products a lot!

The first product that is now one of my favourite products ever is the Kiko City Filter Primer. I love this product because it is so lightweight that you don't even feel it on your skin. It also helps with my makeup to stay on much longer and whenever I know that I'm going to a place where I'm either going to sweat or if I'm going to a place where I know my face will get oilier quicker I apply this before applying foundation.

The second product is the Elf Pressed Powder. I have no idea what shade this is because I don't think there ever was listed but basically I like to apply this all over my face after I'm done with foundation and concealer and I really like the matte finish it gives you. Also, this is super affordable because all products from Elf are very value for money!

Next up are foundations. Two foundations that I have been loving and have hit the very bottom are the Deborah Milano Dress Me Perfect Foundation and the Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation. Both products are super affordable (Wet n Wild is slightly cheaper because it is a drugstore brand!). They give an amazing amount of coverage and they are very easy to blend. The foundation is not cakey at all and it leaves the skin looking flawless - I have been using both products for over a year now so I know what I'm taking about!

Moving on to the last two products - first up is the L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara. I have been using this mascara for such a long time! It gives my lashes such definition and volume with a couple of brush strokes and it's actually my go-to mascara!

Finally, is my holy grail favourite liquid matte lipstick OF ALL TIME!! I'm talking about the Ultra Matte Lip by ColourPop in the shade Chi. In my opinion this is the perfect nude shade and it has such an amazing matte finish! It is slightly drying on the lips but nothing you wouldn't handle!

Apart from makeup products I have been loving the Impulse Body Fragrances. They are so many different scents and fragrances and I honestly did not find one that I did not like. Again, I have been using this brand for over a year now and I will most definitely re-purchase these products again!

Talk to you tomorrow!

Deborah X

Photography: MCMifsud Photography

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Easy Everyday Makeup (in under 10mins)

Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying Blogmas so far - don't forget we have two giveaways at the moment; one in collaboration with Beauty Care (ends tongiht) & one with Stellar Cosmetics (ends Friday). You can check them out here & here.

For today's post I decided to do something that has been highly requested by many of you. And that is an everyday simple & easy makeup look. I got you girl, I got you! Let's just dive right into it.

As you can see it's got minimal makeup but it always helps with making you look presentable haha!

The products that I will be using are:
- Catrice All Matte Plus Foundation
- Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
- Elf Pressed Powder
- 3ina Fluoro Palette in 500 from the UV Collection
- Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in to die for
- L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara
- 3ina The Definition Mascara
- Maybelline Baby Lips Dr.Rescue Lip Balm
- 3ina Longwear Lipstick in the shade 503

The process is pretty simple! I first start by applying the Catrice Foundation all over my face using either a buffer brush or a beauty blender. After that I like to apply concealer under my eyes and on any other blemishes and blending that out with my beauty blender. 

To set everything off I like to apply the pressed powder all over my face. I then move on to filling my brows with the Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette darkest shade. For blush I use the 3ina Flouro Palette to give some colour to my cheeks because I'm usually very pale in the morning! 

Moving on the my lashes, I apply a generous amount of mascara using both products to give my lashes the length and fullness that they need! And finally for my lips I first apply my lip balm to avoid any chapped lips and then I apply this super moisturizing matte liquid lipstick by 3ina.

How simple was that? This makeup look usually takes me about 10 mins and I'm out of the house after that!

Sending lots of hugs & kisses your way X

Deborah X

Photography: MCMifsud Photography

Monday, 4 December 2017

Chunky Scarves for Winter '17

I don't know if it's just me but I LIVE in chunky scarves during the winter and upcoming cold season. I feel they make a statement in an outfit plus they keep you super warm and cosy! There are so many cool designs and colours and textures for chunky scarves and I seem to love them all!

For Day 4 of Blogmas I decided to share this outfit with you which is my opinion is casual yet smart. I would definitely wear it for a lunch date for instance or even if I'm going for a coffee with one of my friends!

I have been loving wearing these white jeans as you can see from this post as well as the previous posts I posted as part of Blogmas! This time I paired these jeans with a sheer maroon shirt and I slightly rolled the sleeves. 

I finished the look by wearing my beige booties with just a little bit of a chunky heel to make the outfit look more dressy. Obviously, finished off this look by wearing my most recent purchase which is this black and white and grey chunky scarf which keeps you so warm!

That's it for today's post. I'll talk to you tomorrow! 

Deborah X

Outfit Details:

Shirt - Primark
Jeans - Forever 21
Boots - River Island
Scarf - H&M

Photography: Maria Christina at MCMifsud Photography
Nails: Christina at Femme Beauty

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Soft Look using Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Hi loves! #day3 of Blogmas is upon us! I decided to switch things up a bit and go for a makeup look today rather than other outfit. For today's look I decided to go for a soft peachy look using one of my favourite palettes at the moment and that is the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I am obsessed with the shades on this palette and although this palette is normally associated with fall and autumn due to its shades, I still think that this look is wearable if you're going out during day time!

Let's get on with it!

I started off this look by first applying the shade Chaser (2nd shade from the left) all over my eyelid to even out any discolorations on my eyelid. I then moved on to using a beige colour to start working on my crease and I did that by using a mix of Sauced & Low Blow (3rd & 4th shade from the left respectively) and worked the colour into the outer V of my eyelid.

I then continued building on the intensity of the outer V by applying He Devil. If you want to make it more of a smokey look you can always add En Fuego to the outer V, however, be careful with the amount of product you use as it might be too intense.

To finish off I simply mixed the shades Dirty Talk & Scorched and applied them from the inner corner of the eyelid to right before the crease shades of the outer V start to create a clean and beautiful transition. It is important to finish off this eye look by blending everything well and not leaving any harsh lines.

For lips I used the ColourPop liquid mattel ipstick in the shade Clueless.

That's it for today's post - I hope you liked it!

I'll talk to you in my my next post!

Deborah X

Photography: Maria Christina at MCMifsud Photography
Nails: Christina at Femme Beauty