10 Gorgeous Stocking Fillers For Under £10

Christmas is right around the corner and although we are all starting to buy the expesnive gifts that rest under the tree, we sometimes forget those poor stockings that just want a little attention.

I’ve collaborated with the lovely Rhiannon over at MrsSleeJones to bring you our Christmas themed posts just in time for your shopping! With more stocking filler ideas in her post which you can check out here!

So let’s get started, this isn’t a paid ad or anything like that for Boots (I’m not that popular yet!) I just do a lot of my make up/skincare shopping there and there is soooo much choice!

All these items can be purchased online and they currently have a Black Friday sale on, so here are my 10 gorgeous stocking fillers from Boots each £10 or under!

EOS 100% Natural Organic Lipbalm

Love, love, love this! I mentioned this in post over at Roccabox a few months ago, easily my favourite lip balm of all time. It’s packaging is so adorable and colourful which makes it great for kids! Currently at the bargain price online of £4.33, do they look like mini baubles? You decide…

Harry Potter House Themed Nail Polish

I was going to leave this one until the end but it was to exciting! It’s currently on offer at £8.33 and they are selling online fast! In these gorg metallic colours they are so perfect for the festive season and the fact they are Harry Potter themed, just screams Christmas time!

NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

Another personal fav of mine, I’ve had these in quite a few colours over the years. With a selection to choose from they are perfect for a long lasting matte look that really stays! I would choose ‘Sandstorm’ or ‘Soft Spoken’ – I’ve 100% owned about 5 ‘Sandstorms’ in my time cause I love it so much! Get yours now for £5.60.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Edit Petite Eyeshadow Palette – Warm Neutrals

The gorgeous neutral shades on this mini palette with a touch of glitter is want you want for this festive season. The colours on this NYX palette are stunning and full of warmth to keep you cosy this winter. At another bargain price of £5.60, don’t you just love deals?

Soap & Glory Mask Force Five

The chilly weather is all about pamper nights in with the girls and what better way to do it then with not one but five maks! This dream team from Soap & Glory is exactly what you want to find in your stocking and you can grab yours for £8.33 but hurry, it’s trending!

Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb Pom-Pom

Unreal Christmas vibes from this little bauble of joy, Fenty Beauty has released a limited edition version of their Fairy Bomb Glitter Pom Pom into this adorable collectable for festive season only! 100% cruelty free and smelling like vanilla, this will glitz the body and make your loved one feel like the true christmas star they are! Grab it for the stocking at £8.00 today!

Pretty Suds Snowflake Bath Bomb 

Keeping in with the festive theme, this adorable bath bomb from Pretty Suds is sure to send your loved one into a winter wonderland, minus the cold weather! Give them the gift of some ‘me time’ and let them enjoy the bath bomb show when they pop this in, grab it for £4.00!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Scrub away the day with this fab body scrub from Soap & Glory! Say goodbye to dry and rough winter skin and makes someones day by popping this in their stocking, who says we can’t prep for summer a little early? Now for £6.30!

Love Beauty And Planet Delicious Glow Body Butter

A totally gorgeous gift that smells incredible, any one would be jumping for joy on Christmas morning if they found this in their stocking! Infused with natural and ethically sourced oils and extracts, treat your loved ones to luxury and grab it for £9.99!

Ted Baker Mini Body Spray Trio Gift

It’s true that gift sets get a bad name but not all are awful. This delicious Ted Baker 3 spray set is currently on offer at £10.00! Ideal to pop in your hand bag without carrying around your expensive perfume, a quick spritz of these and you will be smelling lush, get it in that stocking!

And there you have it guys and gals, I hope you have an amazing Christmas and get your shopping in early! Dont forget to follow us and keep up to date with Rhiannon via the links below xo

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Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

This is my first ever blog focused nomination, I have been kindly nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by this angel Scripturient Blogger – have a look at her nomination over here !

So, What Is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The blogging world is massive which some might think means it is lonley, not the case. Everyone is so supportive of eachother it’s actually eye opening and people can learn a lot from bloggers about teamwork, support and friendship. The Sunshine Blogger Award reconigses those in the community who post regular content and explore creativity, it is a reward for thier hard work, blogging isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The Rules

1. Make sure you thank who nominated you and provide a link to thier website/blog.
2. Answer their 11 questions.
3. Nominate 11 different bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
4. Tag the nominees via your blog/social media or both so they know they have been chosen!
5. Introduce the award, list the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions I Was Asked

Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?

This is a tough one really, when I started this I didn’t really have a lot of goals I just wanted it to grow and work on my writing skills. I guess now the goal is to continue to grow on social media, 2k followers on Instagram & 1k followers on Twitter

Have you ever done any volunteering?

Well this is just going to make me sound like a bad person :(. I did some in the army cadets when I was say 15? I have been wanting to do bits in recent times but always found myself working constantly and never finding the time, perhaps that needs to change.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?

Relax? What’s that? I only really relax at weekends and even then that’s only on Sundays! I guess a long shower or bath and pamper session, you can forget the world for a short while in the shower.

If you could live forever would you?

It’s funny you should, ask you get older someone of do start to fear death more frequently and if you’re like me you panic you arent spending enough time doing the important things. But I think living forever would be tough, you would always be watching the people you love aound you die and the potential shit hole the world will be when A.I rises and takes over the planet…I like Terminator, okay?

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

It is currently just my hobby.

What fad or trend do you hope comes back?

Blue hair mascara! Just kidding, I was apart of the the ‘Scene Kid’ scene back in the day and reliving some of those memories would be fun, although I doubt anyone would want to razor thier fringe in anymore!

What is your most prized possession? 

This one is easy and a little lame but my bottle of Coco Chanel Madaomoiselle, It cost nearly £100 and is only sprayed on special occasions, It also has sentimental value. My degree is cool though too, I guess…

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?

Okay there’s a few:

  • Enter Shikari Take to the Skies 10 year anniversary show at Slam Dunk in Leeds 2017 – fucking incredible.
  • Skrillex at WHP in 2012.
  • Watching the final Harry Potter movie at the midnight showing in 2011.
  • Watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour for the first time.

What quirks do you have?

I own like 15 scrunchies all in different colours and I wear a different one pretty much every day, I doubt it’s something anyone notices however.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?

I liked all the countires I’ve been too and I guess in the UK it would be a county or a city? My answer is a town called Aylesbury. Nothing wrong with it in itself but if you know me you know why, I have bad memories attached to that place.

What would you say to someone who wants to start their blog?

Blogging is so freeing, even if people don’t read it (which they will eventually) you feel like you can really expressive yourself which is great and can be so uplifitng. I would bare in mind how much time it actually takes however, you will be managing your social media and website all at the same time!

The Questions I Ask You

  1. You get the oppurtunity to learn a new skill tomorrow, no strings attached, what is it?
  2. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What’s your favourite genre of music, yes you have to pick one!
  4. What is an unpopular opinion that you stick by?
  5. What is your dream job?
  6. Your favourite internet meme?
  7. Cats or Dogs? It’s go time!
  8. Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
  9. Name three things you want out of 2020?
  10. Tell me your favourite quote of all time?
  11. What is one top tip you would give to someone who is on the fence about blogging?

I Nominate

Fadima Mooneira at – fadimamooneira.blogspot.com

Jenni at – ionimage.nl/blog/

Jazmin at – jazminsauca.com

Mori Ganna at – moriganna.com

Lizzie at – lizziesargent.com

Amy at – thecurvaceousvegan.com

Karalee at – talesofbelle.com

Teresa at – outlandishblog.com

Rhiannon at – mrssleejones.com

Amy Eliza at – bababouttown.blog

Janine at – janinesghoststories.wordpress.com

I hope you have soooo much fun answering these questions! I’m so excited to read them all and I want to thank Emily again for the nomination.

If you enjoyed this post do make sure to check out my others over here and follow me on my socials! Let’s support eachother x

Michelin Star Dining at City Social in London

Quick Coffee Read

Hey guys! So as you know I’m doing 3 short reviews on our weekend away in London for our birthday and anniversary. This final review is our experience at City Social, a fine dining restaurant on level 24 of Tower 42 in London. With stunning views of the financial district and a first class service, it really was a night to remember.

When we arrived downstairs, we had to go through airport style security at the bottom of the building (I guess in today’s world, you can’t be too careful) so if anything, it was different but reassuring. After, we made our way to the fastest lift I have ever been in my life, It shot up 24 floors in seconds.

The greeting by the host was friendly and genuine, always a great start to any dining experience when someone that actually wants to be there takes you to your seat. We were given a table alongside the wall, we asked for a booth given the special occasion but you can only request these, there is no guarantee. I still had a great view – the picture doesn’t do it justice.

It took a little bit of time to get a menu to start, but we know better than to judge too harshly given our hospitality backgrounds. Once it arrived, the service there on out was impeccable. Drinks constantly being topped up, tables being cleared away (they even had a table cleaner to get up all the crumbs!)

The main menu we had seen online before we came, it was limited choices (obviously) so it was easy to pick from here in a short amount of time. The wine list however, was an actual bible, easily the thickest menu I have ever seen in my life! As you can see below there’s the inside of the menu (which is sooo nice) the contents page for the wine list, and the regular dining menu.

Still a little sensitive from the night before, we made sure to order plenty of water but still managed to go through a bottle of sparkling wine (I’m sorry I can’t remember the name, maybe if I go to page 34, section 1, part 2b of the wine bible I will find it….)

To start, I ordered the lobster tortellini with squid ink, fennel, yuzu & bisque and Josh had the Wagyu beef, braised red cabbage, chervil root & spiced honey glaze. Now, I’m not a food critic, so this review is just a gal and her boyfriend with a decent understand of what makes food nice lol and the meal we had was easily one of, if not the nicest meal I’ve ever had in my life.

The first image is the lobster and the bottom is the Wagyu. The good thing about us when we go out to eat is we share and taste each others food, so I got to enjoy a little bit of heaven trying that melt in the mouth beef. The lobster was perfectly balanced and fragrant with a pop of citrus zest in the accompanying cavier. We had warm bread to start and a couple to the left of us had the great idea of using bread to mop up the rest of the sauce. Here lies perhaps 2019’s biggest regret, as I did not do that and that sauce was the one.

I’ve never eaten food so slowly in my life, I never wanted it to end! With drinks constantly being topped up and a lively but chilled atmosphere, I was just enjoying taking everything in.

For our main dish I ordered the veal, buckwheat, Jerusalem artichoke and violet broccoli and Josh had the venison saddle, celeriac, carrots, black garlic and cep. Not going to pretend like we knew what every ingredient was, turns out that cep is a mushroom with a few different names, thanks Google.

The top image is the venison and bottom is my veal, alongside our accompaniments at the bottom, the scotch egg for josh and the stew for myself. The waiters pour your sauce on for you as part of the presentation, which is obviously stunning.

The meat really did melt in your mouth, the buckwheat was a little plain but mixed with the purees and sauces, you understand the need of having certain elements gently seasoned, so that the flavours of the main components of the dish can shine through.

As you can imagine, the food was incredible and by the time mains were over I was so sad as we knew it was coming to an end. We were given dessert menus and decided it would be a shame to not have one whilst there. We went for the Banana Soufflé, which required 20 minutes to prepare and had some dessert wine to accompany it.

Here I am with said soufflé, (the bags under my eyes with each birthday pic just get worse haha).

It came with chocolate ice cream on top (served at the table, of course) which was also quite lightly flavoured so as not to take away from the soufflé. It was a lot bigger than we thought it was going to be and when I say this was lighter than air, I do not joke. I don’t really eat soufflé and I never will again unless it is from here as it just won’t compare to how incredibly light and delicious this one was.

As you can imagine by this point we’re pretty full, then this happens…

This one called the restaurant a week ago and told them it was my birthday and our anniversary celebration, so we had two extra desserts! Such a lovely surprise but we literally could not fit them in so had to take them away in a box.

All in all, this was an experience to remember and I had the best time, slight hangover aside. The food was incredible, the service was amazing, the atmosphere was relaxed and the company wasn’t too bad either ;). A great birthday and one to remember! if you are going to be in London and it’s a special occasion, I would highly recommend City Social!

An Advice Piece on Managing Social Anxiety

“You Can’t Make Everyone Like You”

I guess high school was when the ball started rolling with this, although I didn’t know it was that back then. Social anxiety doesn’t always mean you are uncomfortable in social situations, I find that I am rather confident and comfortable in social situations, even meeting new people.

I am chatty, friendly and hate awkward silences, a lot of the time I don’t shut up. I’m opinionated, I always have a story and to be honest, I even have a naturally loud voice.

My weakness? The fear of not being liked. I was ALWAYS worried about people not liking me and it still gets me from time to time, it can really hold you back when you worry about how people will think of you. 

For most people, they won’t bat an eyelid if someone didn’t like them, you just move on. But for some people, it eats away at them, it bothers them so much and worries them to the point where they feel sick and panic about what they might have done to make people not like them. It may sound stupid to some, but these symptoms of social anxiety are really common and for people with personalities like mine, it can be hard to believe they even struggle. 

The NHS lists symptoms of social anxiety that include fearing criticism, always worrying about doing something embarrassing, analysing social situations after they have occurred and skin picking (also symptoms of GAD).

For this piece, I wanted to chat with someone who is doing something amazing for young people & mental health back in my hometown. I sat down with Harry, a founder of The Compassion Initiative, a non-profit mental health organisation based in Congleton, Cheshire.

Throughout our meeting, we got the chance to discuss social acceptance and anxieties and his thoughts on the process. “I think people are predisposed majorly, to want to succeed in a hierarchy…” Harry says “…where to stand in that hierarchy is where most people derive their worth from”. This is true for most people, in a basic principle of social situations, basing your worth as a person on the beliefs of someone else, or what your mind perceives that belief to be.

Harry goes on to discuss the beginnings of his anxiety, “...I suppose that I put so much pressure on myself to be that type of person…I need to be that person so other people perceive me as worthwhile…that’s when all my anxiety kicked in after that, it’s ‘cause I put too much pressure on myself”. 

As I have grown older I have started to come to terms with the symptoms, although it hasn’t been easy. A lot of these stemmed from putting too much pressure on myself to fit in socially and to be liked. For a long time I remember thinking (stupidly) that because I was always so nice to people to avoid this exact scenario that no one ever bitched about me, ever. 

When I heard people had, I used to take it to heart so much and it would really affect me. Was it something I said? Was it something I did? What did I do? Hoping and praying it wasn’t something stupid. For someone who talks as fast as I do, words can come out before I have a chance to think. This has caused me problems in the past, so I would always hope and pray it wasn’t something stupid.

The anxiety then follows. It’s the usual “oh my god, they are going to tell everyone this” or “oh my god they are going to tell everyone they don’t like me and then everyone else won’t like me” or “now I have to pretend I don’t know, are they even my friend, did they ever even like me?” It took me a long time to actually stop and just think, well, what is that person is thinking. The answer? Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. 

They have their own things to deal with, and you know what else? Not everyone is going to like you. Analyzing the social situation you were just in, isn’t going to change how it went down. Worrying about what people who just met you think of you isn’t going to change how they feel. 

I have learned, especially whilst growing up and moving towns or cities or starting new jobs or go to uni, is that you can’t please everyone. It is impossible no matter how nice you think you are being. You must understand that people will not like you simply because you are you and you have to be okay with that. 

Unless you are a horrible, nasty person (If you are, I suggest you check yourself) they will never have a reason to not like you. Now, I want this to be a bit of a tough-love kind of piece, but I also understand this isn’t easy for people to come to terms with or even want to hear. So I want to pass on some advice and you can either take it or ignore me and go back to binging Netflix (I won’t judge you.)

What you do instead of worrying about it spiraling out of control, is learn how to manage it. As you progress in life and especially in work, you can train your mind to manage these thoughts.

Remember these things:

1.

The first thing to do is put yourself in someone else’s shoes. EVERYONE is going through shit, even rich & famous people who look like they have perfect lives. We all have our own problems and struggles and we all handle these differently. Imagine, for a minute if every single person in the social situation you were just in, has gone home and had the exact same thoughts as you? ALL of them has analysed it? ALL of them are worried someone doesn’t like them? You are not alone in your struggles and you don’t need to worry about how other people view you, chances are, they are too busy worrying about themselves.

2.

Understand what you really need from people. Are you willing to burn out running around being nice to Susan from accounts when she constantly ignores you, just to soothe your anxiety? Is it not making it worse? Some people are just NOT worth your good energy. If you are a people pleaser like me, this is a tough one. It’s like you challenge yourself to win over these impossible people. Don’t, it will drain you.

3.

The most important – you will be okay. There is a big picture, you have to power through because life/work won’t stop for you and people rely on you, whether it’s family, friends or coworkers and whether you want to believe it or not, they do.

Once you start to change your mindset into a positive (and somewhat) selfish one, you can overcome your fears and just be happy being you. It’s not easy and it takes time. It takes a lot of truth bombs and I’m still working on it. My anxiety will probably never truly go away. But by managing it so that it works for me and not against me, I can overcome it and be okay in my day today.

It starts with love and self-care it took me probably up until a year ago to finally learn to love myself, no joke. If other people don’t like me that is their problem, not mine. And I feel sorry for them because I’m hilarious (obviously) and fun to be around and they will never get to enjoy being in my amazing company…not taking yourself seriously & sarcasm can help too ;).