If you follow me on YouTube or Instagram you may have seen that I have been a little Beauty Advent Calendar mad over the last few weeks. It seems every beauty brand has an advent calendar out this year and although I think they are fab, they are getting a little repetitive, especially if you’re getting the same brand as last year. 

Which is why I have put together a little edit of my favourite non-beauty calendars for anyone looking for something a little different or taking a break from the beauty calendars this year…

If you want to keep it traditional with a chocolate calendar then the Quality Street one has really caught my eye and I have one in my living room, patiently waiting for December. I think most Chocolate advent calendars are great but I think Quality Street is a real classic at Christmas time, plus it’s only £3 (in Tesco) which is a real steal! 

If you’re looking for a fancier chocolate calendar then the Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat is the one I’d opt for. I love Hotel Chocolat and I’m sure it’ll will be a dreamy experience every day but it’s still affordable.  

For under £15 you can pick up a Mantel Positivity Advent Calendar which is made up of gratitude, motivation, knowledge, kindness and wellness doors. I think a little extra wellness is always great in December but I also love that this is quite a small calendar, making it great for the person that already has everything. 

If I’m honest popcorn didn’t really excite me until I tried Joe & Sephs. Their whole range is delicious (perfect stocking filler!) but their Popcorn bites are out of this world! Sadly I don’t think there are any popcorn bites in the Joe & Sephs Advent Calendar but there are 24 popcorn pouches in 12 different flavours, which all sound delicious and are all gluten free! 

Although I did include the Yankee Candle Calendar in my beauty advent calendar videos it’s very much a home fragrance calendar. If you are a Yankee Candle fan then this is a calendar not to be missed. It has 25 tea light candles and a tea light holder, with eight different scents and is under £25! 

Most of us drink tea all year round but in the winter, especially at Christmas time, I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting flavours. Whittards has the perfect 24 door tea calendar at a very affordable £25. They also have a luxury calendar with over 90 teabags and a hot chocolate calendar for those who don’t love tea. 

Although quite pricey and slightly novelty, the Happy Socks Sock Advent Calendar is great! This one is aimed more at men but to be honest, I’d be very happy with these 12 pairs of fun socks to wear in 2020!

There are lots of different alcohol advent calendars out at the moment, everything from Prosecco to beer and ranging in price too. For under £50 Aldi have a 24 day calendar filled with 24 bottles of white, rose, red and sparkling wine. But if Gin is more you’re thing then Fever Tree have the Ultimate Gin Calendar for £60, with 12 gins and 12 tonics.

If you’re interested in beauty advent calendar then head over to my Instagram Stories and my YouTube channel.

What advent calendar will you be buying this year?

(All links are affiliate links and I have been gifted the following mentioned calendars: Quality Street, Popcorn and Yankee Candle) 


With Christmas now just 10 days away I wanted to tell you about a little stat that I read this week. In a YouGov 2018 survey conducted by Aldi they found that 50% of people are ‘Christmas planners’ they start shopping early, budget their money for food, drinks and gifts whereas 20% of people are a ‘Christmas Panicker’ and leave Christmas shopping until the last moment and often run over budget.

I’ll be honest, usually I am the latter, usually it’s Christmas Eve and I’m still buying a few last gifts and attempting to wrap everything just in time. I am lucky enough to have a huge family but that does mean I have a lot of people to buy for
at Christmas and spending Christmas Eve wrapping last minute gifts isn’t the best way to spend the day.

Which is why this year I have started early, I have bought almost all my gifts back in November and I’ve almost finished wrapping. I think this year I’m finally a ‘Christmas Planner’. I even have a spreadsheet.

A lot of my Christmas shopping was done at Aldi this year, I love Aldi, it’s not only an affordable supermarket but they have some real standout quality products.

The first Christmas thing to catch my eye at Aldi this year was their beauty range! They have everything from makeup to skincare and although they are very affordable I have found the quality to not be at all compromised! The pink mask is one of my favourite items from the Aldi beauty range and it’s the perfect stocking filler but I’m still hoping to try the Lacura Broadway Shape & Glow palette, which I have heard rave reviews about.

And for the person that has everything I love their hampers, I have one which I’ll be sharing with my mum but I’m after another one for my aunt who is kind enough to host us every Christmas. I think the hampers are a great gift that the while family can share. They are different hampers filled to the brim with different items; from cakes and cracker to cranberry sauce and wine. There are also different hampers at different price points starting at just £24.99. The one I have is the £59.99 but it feels so much more expensive!


They also have some great pamper hampers that are just £29.99! I’ve unboxed one over on my IGTV, inside there is a hand wash, reed diffuser, hand & body cream, a beautiful two wick candle and- to finish it all off, a bottle of prosecco! Although the whole hamper is cheaper then many luxury candles alone I love everything that is inside, we currently have the hand-wash in the bathroom and the reed diffuser in the entrance of our home. It scents the whole house really well but also looks great. They’re available in Pomegranate and Lime, Basil & Mandarin– I wish I could recommend one but I love them both!


If you’re looking for affordable but luxurious-looking candles then I have just the thing! Aldi’s two wick Luxury Fragranced Candles are best sellers and often hard to get as they’re so popular. I have these scenting my house at the moment but I’ve also got a few wrapped ready to go under the Christmas tree. You can get single ones for just £3.99 and a trio for £11.97.

As a family we love Aldi food but for me their Christmas food really stands out. Personal favourite are slow gin mince pies and their fudge- I’ve stocked up on both and I’ll be giving some away as gifts but also keeping some for myself to eat throughout December. It may only be mid-December but I’ve made my way through a whole box of mince pies- they’re my absolute favourite. I really think Aldi is the place to go for all your Christmas snacks/starters too; we eat their smoked salmon year round but I have my eye on their Scottish Salmon Carpaccio and mushroom arancini. I must admit I know nothing about cooking Turkeys (Aldi have those too) but I do know about all the trimmings and Aldi is the perfect place for them! Everything from stuffing Yule logs to Honey & mustard parsnips and my personal favourite, the giant Pigs in Blankets.


If you have a sweet tooth then they also have some great desserts and treats! I’ve mentioned the mince pies and fudge but they also have some great bits to really dress up any dessert table. Their Panna Cotta Wreath is tasty and beautiful, they have a melt in the middle sponge pudding, which I haven’t tried yet but really need to! However, for the real wow factor have a look for their chocolate carousels, I spotted one in store and they’re beautiful! I even managed to get my hands on some halloumi fries. Not for Christmas but I’ve been dying to try them and I finally found them in stock. They’re so popular and sell out so quick that I was starting to wonder if they’re even real!


How is your Christmas shopping going? Are you a Christmas Panicker or a Christmas Planner?

*Post kindly sponsored by Aldi, as always thoughts are honest & my own. I really do love Aldi!


Happy Friday! Happy Black Friday! & Happy Thanks Giving if you celebrated yesterday!

It’s time for my yearly round up of Black Friday deals but this year I want to encourage you to get a good deal but only on items you actually need. It’s a great time to get a good deal on your Christmas presents but remember that if the company tempts you in to buy something you don’t need the only person getting a good deal is them. Buy only what you need and only within your means.

I don’t have a super cleaver way to organise this so I’ve listed all the shops in alphabetical order but toward the end of this blog post products which are on offer.

I’ll be updating every few hours with more deals/retailers so be sure to check back!

Click on brand name to shop

& Other Stories | 20% off everything with code: FRIDAYNOIR
All Saints | 30% off everything
Amazon | Deals changing daily/regularly
Aspinal of London | 15% off with code: GIFT15
ASOS | 20% off everything with code: HELLO20
Astrid & Miyu | 25% off everything (exclusions apply)
Azurina | 30% off with code: BLACKFRIDAYVIP
Boohoo | Up to 50% off everything code: GOGOGO
Debenhams | Up to half price on selected lines
Dorothy Perkins | Up to 50% off (Online exclusive)
Dune | Up to 20% off everything
FeelUnique | Up to 33% off
French Connection | Up to 50% off selected lines
GAP | 40% off full price and 25% off sale with code: BFGAP
GHD | Up to 30% off
H&M | 20% off everything and FREE delivery
John Lewis | Apple/Samsung offers | 20% off Ugg & Mulberry
Karen Millen | 25% off everything online & in store
Kurt Geiger | 20% off and daily offers of 50%
La Redoute | 40% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY
Links of London | 20% off
Look Fantastic | Save up to 25% with code: BF25
M&S | Some deals on Partywear, Furniture and Gifts
Mango | 30% off everything with code: BLACK18
Matalan | Up to 50% off
Missguided | Up to 50% off everything
Monica Vinader | 30% off everything with 50% off Flash Sales
Nasty Gal | 50% off everything
New Look | Up to 50% off selected items
Net-a-Porter | 25% off items marked ‘Season Pick | Must sign up/ sign in
Oasis | 25% off everything (above outfit is all OASIS)
Office | 20% off with code: GLITTER
River Island | 20% off everything when you spend £75
Selfridges | Up to 20% off site wide with code: SELFCCE
Stradivarius | 20% off everything
Topshop | up to 50% off everything
Weekday | 25% off Womens jeans & favourites
Whistles | 30% off everything
The White Company | 20% off almost everything with code: WHITE20
ZARA | 20% off selected lines in store & online

ADVENT CALENDARS
Advent calendars are often a great deal but an even better deal when bought on Black Friday- below are some that are still available.

SHOP MY WARDROBE

The Best Deals Beauty

The Best Gifting Deals

The Best Deals Tech

Happy Shopping!

Here’s my stupidly last minute gift guide. I hope most of you have finished your Christmas shopping but if not here are some final ideas for any beauty lover, which you will now have to buy in store as it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow.

Also, if you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping (well done!), it’s also a great list for items to watch out for in the sale- often gift sets are discounted and you can bag a real bargain.


I have some great picks for makeup lovers and all of these are very much staying in my own makeup collection and won’t be gifted because they’re just too good! My number one pick is this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Achieve, I love Charlotte Tilbury as a Christmas gift and I think any makeup lover would love to see this under their tree!  It contains three very wearable shades and for £60 it’s a little pricey but a real treat! Another beautiful set is this one from Laura Geller, which is a fabulous brand which I really want to explore more next year and this set has some of their hero products which will add a sparkle to the festive period.

I think palettes make great gifts so I’ve picked four; Too Faced Pretty Little Planner- which is just the absolute cutest, Benefit Complexionista Face Palette for anyone looking to master their base in the new year, Chantecaille L’Arbre Illuminé Palette the most beautiful luxury blush palette and Smashbox Create & Transform Eye, Lip & Face Palette for all their makeup needs!

Home fragrance may not be the most personal gift but it’s an easy gift which works for couples as well as for those people you’re really struggling to buy from. Jo Malone is always a stunning gift, these Molton Brown reed diffusers are a great pick as is this new Elemis Soothing Glow Candle.
For anyone after a little relaxation after a busy year I have some fabulous picks! There are two sleep sets with Sleep Sprays which I love equally; This Works Sleep Set and Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Bed Time Collection- both amazing! I also spotted this Silk Slip Sleep Mask which is a lovely luxurious sleep related gift for anyone of any age.

I love a bit of Philosphy at Christmas time and I can’t wait for this evenings bath where I’ll definitely be using this Christmas Cookie Shower Gel which would also make a great gift! Alternaticely for a bigger gift this Philosophy Pure Grace Body And Fragrance Gift Set smells amazing!

I love gifting skincare and usually pick the brand which I know the person really loves. My top pick would be this Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit as it’s a luxury gift made more affordable as it’s a travel set. It’s great for anyone that wants to trail Charlotte Tilbury Skincare or some that does travel a lot. Another two great kits are the Elemis Brilliantly Beautiful Set and the Liz Earle Route to Radiance set which has a great selection of products.

Fragrance is a great but tricky gift to give and I would try to stick to something I already know the person loves or something similar which is why sets are great. You can get them something they already love with an extra body cream too such as the DKNY Nectar Set or Nina Ricci Luna set. Equally special edition or new variations of fragrances are nice alternatives such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Limited Edition or Juicy Couture Glace if you know they like the originals. However if you’re looking for something new my current favourite is Glossier, Glossier you- I’ve been getting so many compliments on it and I love it!

Really hope that was helpful for any of you last minute shoppers and more importantly I really hope you all have an amazing Christmas.

And I’ll be back Boxing Day with the best Boxing Day sales!

I like to think that I’m typically a good gift giver and I do put a bit of effort into it. Buying gifts can be so hard, especially for that person that has everything and especially at Christmas when we’re often buying quiet a few gifts and are on a budget so here are my tips…

Start now
You don’t have to actually start buying the gifts now but you should at least start planning. Write a list of everything that you want to buy a gift for, from your boyfriend to the postman and everyone in-between. It’s also worth working out a budget for everyone so you don’t over spend.

Make notes
This is my top tip as simply going out and buying a gift for someone on a whim is very tricky, especially if you want to make it special. Write down any ideas which pop into your head for each individual person and look out for hints or mentions of items or stores from that person. For example, if your friend mentions she’s been looking for the perfect purse add it to your list of potential gifts for her. I recently saw a few little girls wearing the cutest faux fur coats which I think my younger cousin would look adorable in so I’ve added that to my list of what to buy for her.

Buy at the right time
It’s Black Friday in just a few days, look out for great offers- I’ll be writing a blog post all about it!
Personalised Gifts
There’s something super special about a personalised gift, I think it’s because it (typically) proves it wasn’t bought last minute. Also, personalisation no longer has to cost a lot of money, in fact a lot of stores offer it free of charge during the Christmas period. Alternatively I always find that notonthehighstreet.com offer some beautiful affordable pieces, from jewellery to wall art.

Go luxury
I’m not saying spend lots of money and this idea doesn’t apply to everyone but it’s perfect for the person that has everything. Buy a smaller but more luxurious gift and this works even on a smaller budget. If you’re spending looking to spend £25 often a Chanel lipstick can be a little more of a special gift than a £25 pair of shoes.

Put some effort in
This one is tricky and it’s so easy to just buy something the person will kind-of-like but that defeats the purpose. If you want to buy them a gift for someone it’s probably because they’re someone special so put in the effort and get them something they’ll really like.

My favourite stores to look in for gift ideas are:
Oliver Bonas, NotOnTheHighstreet.com and good old Amazon.

I’d love to hear your tips in the comments! Have you started, or even finished, your Christmas shopping?