Friday, 12 December 2014

My Festive Favorites

Thanks so much to Katie from Blogging It Beautiful for tagging me in this fun blog post where I am going to talk about all my festive favorites. I love these kind of blog posts because it's a nice insight into other families traditions and also gets you feeling festive!!
MY FAVORITE FESTIVE FOOD
It's the obvious one but let's face it there is nothing like Christmas dinner and a nap afterwards. My favorite part of the dinner is the turkey and potato croquettes...random I know but I love them. Another food I love is spiced beef! I remember my first Christmas with my boyfriend, Josh and he thought it was so odd that my family ate turkey and ham and introduced me to spiced beef. It's delicious!! Another huge part of the food side of things is my Aunt's homemade stuffing. I don't know what she does to it or what she makes it with but it is sooooo good. My sisters, my cousins and I do be beat into her back kitchen making sandwiches with it. 

MY FAVORITE REINDEER
I'm gonna say Rudolph because he's the only one that ever gets any acknowledgment. I started my Christmas nail art a few weeks back and painted Rudolph on to my nails...as you do! 


MY FAVORITE DAY OF CHRISTMAS
I don't really have a favorite day of Christmas to be honest. Once there is family, food and a few bevvy's I'm happy out! 

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG
My favorite Christmas song is Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas. It came on here on the telly one day last week on the music channels when I had Jake up in my arms and we had a little dance around the sitting room! 
MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
I don't really have a favorite Christmas present. I have gotten so much down the years I wouldn't know where to start!! I remember one year after we opened our presents I went to have a shower before mass and Santy had left a purple bike in the bath for me...random but was brilliant. For some reason I always remember getting my first Furby! I knew the shape of the box before I even opened it and was so excited. Another year my sister bought us all Justin Timberlake concert tickets but hid them inside his CD. It was only later that evening when I went to listen to it that I found them!
MY FAVORITE FESTIVE FILM
They aren't really Christmas films but I love movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Liar Liar, Madeline etc. You know the ones that when you see the ad you just think God they show them every year. I love the classics at Christmas time.

MY FAVORITE CRACKER TOY
We always get a bit of craic out of that little plastic fish thing that tells you about your personality when you place it on your hand.
MY FAVORITE CRACKER JOKE
I love them all. I'm the kind of eegit that finds them all hilarious! 

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS DECORATION
Josh and I decided that every year we would add a decoration to our tree that meant something to us or represented that year so that eventually we would have a tree full of decorative memories. As most of you know I recently had a little baby boy named Jake so this is our first year as a proper little family. My sister Ellen bought us the cutest, most thoughtful decoration of a little fireplace with our named stockings hanging on it. 

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CANDLE SCENT
When it comes to candles I honestly don't think Yankee Candles can be beaten. I love any candle that you smell and immediately think of Christmas. The one we had last year was the Yankee Snow In Love and it was so fresh and fab.

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT
For me, Christmas officially begins when the Coca Cola ad is on telly but there is no denying that there is some amazing ones this year like Monty the penguin and the one about the war. 

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
Every year mammy and daddy buy myself and my three sisters matching pyjamas that we all put on, fight over couch space and then eat and drink until we fall asleep. I love it!

Thank you for reading!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS.
Love Mel x

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

REVIEW | Real Techniques Make-Up Brushes



Real Techniques Stippling Brush 


This was the first ever Real Techniques brush I bought. Originally I was applying my foundation with it but after a few days discovered it is so much better for applying a primer, a bb cream or a tinted moisturiser. My foundation was a little to heavy for it. It actually states this on the packaging but in typical Mel fashion it was a grab and go situation. The pink is soooo cute and it's extremely lightweight. LOVE IT!! 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush 


I had read so many reviews of fellow bloggers and makeup artists raving about this brush so I decided to give it a go. It is much more suited to a medium to full coverage look than the stippling brush. In other words it's my new best friend!! It gives an amazingly smooth and high definition finish. It's without doubt a must have for all makeup lovers makeup bags. 

Real Techniques Powder Brush 


When it comes to powder brushes in my opinion the bigger and fluffier the better!! The hairs on this brush as with the others is so dense that it gives a flawless finish to your makeup base. It's surprisingly lightweight considering how big and puffy it is. If it was any bigger I would lie down and give it a cuddle! :) 

Real Techniques Foundation Brush 


So I kinda break the rules with this one. I don't use it as a foundation brush. I like to use it for cream contouring particularly underneath my cheekbone. The slanted shape and narrow style of the brush make it perfect for this job! Not an essential but still a nice little addition to any makeup bag. 

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush


Last but definitely not least is the silicone liner brush. This is my favourite of the whole lot!! I have tried sooooo many eyeliners and eyeliner applicators down through the years and this beats them all hands down. It has made eyeliner application 100 times easier for me. I've even gotten more adventurous with the styles and ways I apply my eyeliner. Sure I think I'm Leonardo DiVinchi... of eye makeup!! :) 

I hope you enjoyed my review of my Real Techniques brushes. It's safe to say I LOVE THEM

Thanks for reading! 
Mel xx 
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