“Sorting my Life out” Update…

So a few weeks ago, or so I thought, turns out this was over a month ago – oops, I started the journey of “sorting my life out“, I put this in inverted commas just in case it doesn’t in fact sort my life out!

This was my plan, in no particular order;

  1. Start exercising
  2. Organise / de-clutter
  3. Clothes – go through everything and sell what I have stacked up. I think I would like to do this via a Blog Sale on here! But I might get rid of some bits via ebay?!
  4. Make up – Sort and organise. I have just re-arranged my bedroom (again) and now have a lil’ space for a dressing table, I don’t want to store all my make-up on here, it’s currently all tucked away nicely in a drawer, but I’m itching to get some Muji acrylic stacking drawers to sit on top and showcase some of my must-haves/most-used items, as well as a pot for some of my brushes.
  5. Detox – I’m thinking about either going on a bit of a juice diet, as per the Juice Master, Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7 days” plan or joining Hello Fresh and simply eating really well for a couple of weeks.
  6. Start eating breakfast again! I never used to be able to last very long without breakfast, but I seemed to have replaced my trusty bowl of Weetabix/Porridge/Special K with a pretty large milky coffee.
  7. Start blogging more ritualistically – I thought I may have made this word up – apparently not : ) I love putting up posts and once I’m in the flow of it I’m fine, but with my lack of energy and motivation at the moment just thinking about sitting at the computer after work feels exhausting! I need a routine!
  8. Skincare – install a beauty routine.

I thought I wasn’t doing too well, however, after reading back over the list I can see that I have actually completed point 4! I’m simply waiting on a Christmas present that hasn’t arrived yet, which will be one of the finishing touches to my new dressing table area, and then I can share all with you. To remind you of what this is, please see my ‘What I got for Christmas’ post, it’s the white make-up caddy at the back – this was my sister’s one , which I borrowed for my photos.

I have also made a bit of a start on points 5, 7 and 8 (I mentioned this was in no particular order right?!)

Number 5, ok so detoxing it is not, but I have definitely been trying to eat better, this includes making rather than buying lunch for work, and drinking even more water than I usually do. Also I did have 2 juices on Sunday, as mention here!

Point 7 = I feel like the last few weeks I’ve really made an effort to put up posts, and I like the fact that I have a few ideas floating around in my head at the moment. I really want to start a schedule and do mass post-photos all at once and really get into a groove on this, but I have tried and failed to make schedules and plans when it comes too blogging and they have failed miserably, so I want to get into a bit of a flow before I try again.

Now number 8 only really started in the last few days, and again I want to share this with you when I hopefully have some results – so for now I will just leave it at that I think : )

Exercising lasted all of two days after this initial post, and when I say exercising I mean 100 sit-ups. I know, I know I’m rubbish! MUST TRY HARDER!!!

So for my satisfaction let’s look at the list again…

  1. Start exercising
  2. Organise / de-clutter
  3. Clothes – go through everything and sell what I have stacked up. I think I would like to do this via a Blog Sale on here! But I might get rid of some bits via ebay?!
  4. Make up – Sort and organise. I have just re-arranged my bedroom (again) and now have a lil’ space for a dressing table, I don’t want to store all my make-up on here, it’s currently all tucked away nicely in a drawer, but I’m itching to get some Muji acrylic stacking drawers to sit on top and showcase some of my must-haves/most-used items, as well as a pot for some of my brushes.
  5. Detox – I’m thinking about either going on a bit of a juice diet, as per the Juice Master, Jason Vale’s “7lbs in 7 days” plan or joining Hello Fresh and simply eating really well for a couple of weeks.
  6. Start eating breakfast again! I never used to be able to last very long without breakfast, but I seemed to have replaced my trusty bowl of Weetabix/Porridge/Special K with a pretty large milky coffee.
  7. Start blogging more ritualistically – I thought I may have made this word up – apparently not : ) I love putting up posts and once I’m in the flow of it I’m fine, but with my lack of energy and motivation at the moment just thinking about sitting at the computer after work feels exhausting! I need a routine!
  8. Skincare – install a beauty routine… I have started this, I’ll keep y’all posted!

Strike through = Ticked off – Oh YEH!!

Grey = Started

Ok, so maybe my initial “I’m doing awful” thoughts were pretty accurate?!

Because I have been “working” on these since the end of November, I haven’t really thought about, or installed any New Year’s resolutions. So instead I’m going to think of these as my “new year, new me” goals.

What are your resolutions? And how are you going with them? Please tell me you’re as bad as I am…

Also I would love to know how you feel about this short update post? And the fact that I haven’t included any photos? To blah for you?

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Kitchen Chaos…

This weekend saw me whipping up a flour storm in the kitchen…

I’m a bit ahead of my self in terms of what I made, but who cares?! It was all yummy, or at least I thought so!

First up I went to bed Friday night in the mood for pancakes : o naughty! So obviously I woke up and just had to make some…

Pancakes are soooo easy to make, and with only 3 simple ingredients any one can do it!

All you need is 300ml Milk, 2 x Eggs, and 100g Flour.

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Then it’s simply a matter of pouring in some mixture, this will depend on how thick you like em’, then cook your pancakes for a minute or two on each side – just DON’T forget to grease the pan : o (with either unsalted butter or vegetable oil).

Easy Peasy, Lemon (; p) Squeezy…

Then just choose your toppings, I love golden syrup on pancakes so couldn’t help drizzling it all over, but to add a little bit of goodness I also added half a chopped banana. I had two, which I don’t think is too piggy?

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Then Sunday found me making ice lollies : ) Seriously roll on Summer!

These were actually for my step dad – I’m too much of a wimp to be eating something that cold with the horrendous weather we’re having at the moment!

Basically my step-dad has a penchant for lollies, he eats them all year round. However, this is his only treat as he has diabetes. So for Christmas I thought I’d be clever and get him some lolly moulds so he could make some fruity, healthy ones. Which obviously meant that I would make them for him.

I used my Philips Juicer to make the first batch, which were made up of orange, carrots, and apples – he wasn’t too keen, and my Mama’s opinion – “they taste like cardboard”, ok then! But I had the leftover as a juice and thought it was delish!

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Next, after he specifically asked for mixed berries, I blitz up some frozen blueberries, raspberries… which came out of the juicer looking like a gorgeously coloured ice cream. But once it was all frozen and lolly-shaped he said that it didn’t taste of much. GAH this is one tricky customer…

The last batch consisted of some more mixed berries and a blitzed up banana, I used my hand blender for this as you can’t juice bananas. Now he hasn’t yet tried this one, but again there was a lot leftover, so I also had this as a juice and it was soooo good! I also think it will have a better texture as a lolly as it has a creamy consistency. I’ll keep you updated with his reaction.

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Do you know of any juicing or healthy lolly recipes? I’d love to hear them. I really want to get into juicing as stated in my “Sorting my Life out” post.

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Christmas is over, booooo…

So it’s taken me a few days to well and truly get over the Christmas festivities! From lounging around in pj’s, scoffing my face, the thrill and excitement of my nieces staying over for a few days, and the impromptu nights out. I really did make the most of not having to go to work, and I have to admit I haven’t had the inclination to blog.

But I’m back, and without further ado here’s what I got for Christmas! I think I did rather well…

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This year my pressies have been quite beauty orientated, I’ve been working on a spot for a dressing table (keep an eye out for that post!) so the No7 mirror, Muji storage drawers and the white make up caddy will all have a spot there, as will the MAC blush (Lavish Living) and lipstick (Milan Mode) I got.

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I wanted a HD Brows palette and found that if I got the Latest in Beauty Glamour edition I could get this as well as some other lush products and save £5, and this box is still available!

I also got a couple of tops – a plaid shirt (I have a thing about shirts) and a fab top saying “what the fudge”.

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My sister very kindly bought me some classic white converse, which I’m excited about!! Remember I said I couldn’t wait to give her her present, well here’s her reaction…

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It’s exactly what I was hoping for. I bought her a pair of Carvela shoes from Kurt geiger, which she seemed happy with, I’m just hoping now that I can have my boots back from her!

All in all I had a great Christmas, and I cannot believe it’s over already!

What was your favourite xmas pressie?

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Leopard Spots, and Gold, and Feathers, OH MY!

Every year, without fail, I say to myself that I will be organised, and start Christmas shopping early, which would help me in so many ways;

1) I wouldn’t have the stress of trying to find presents at the last minute, ultimately resulting in having to give pressies that I’m not 100% happy about.

2) No crazy “MOVE OUTTA’ MY WAY” experiences with Saturday shoppers!

3) I would dodge the December poordom that Christmas always brings!

Plus so many more!

And every year, it gets to two weeks or less before Christmas and I’m running around doing all of the above, having missed the last delivery date for online shopping.

But this year, low and behold, I actually did it! I bought my first Christmas present in October, OCTOBER!! Granted this was because I bought a make-up birthday present (ya know, that something little extra), and it was on offer – two for £10, and I thought “I know” I’ll get this for Tallulah* (Names have been changed – you never know who’s reading!), and presto, my first Christmas present was sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe.

Then came November, and I continued to find things for the parentals, sis, nieces, etc. and I started to build up such a mound that it actually started to get difficult to reach some of my clothes!

It got to the two-weeks-before-Christmas mark and I realised that I had in fact finished. Not only that but I had wrapped everything too. And when I say wrapped, I mean wrapped, check out these lil’ beauties…

Leopard Print Wrapping Paper

I think I’ve outdone myself! This amazing wrapping paper was designed by Biba for House of Fraser.

I think it’s obvious by now that I LOVE leopard print, and I had in mind that I wanted some sort of leopard wrapping paper. When I found this, on sale for £2.50 for a 3 metre roll, I was so excited, it was exactly what I wanted! I literally love it! And I will be policing everyone who opens a present of mine to insist they don’t rip it! Only joking, maybe : s

Initially my plan was to mix this paper with my usual brown craft paper plus ribbon. But the three rolls of the leopard paper that I bought stretched so far that I didn’t need to. Instead I got a couple of different black ribbons and, as I knew I didn’t want everything to look the same I “parcelled” some up with the ribbon as well as made some bows. Then I found this gorgeous pink ribbon and thought that this would look fab in the mix, this pressie is one of my Mama’s so it looks great sitting amongst her other ones. I also found some leftover black feathers and placed them on some of the smaller pressies. I think this little touch has given the overall effect of my wrapping a very 1920’s Art Deco vibe to it, no?

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Last year I wasn’t overly happy with the presents I gave, but this year I’m SO excited for Christmas, simply because I really feel that I got everyone something they’ll love, this is expecially so for my sister’s present, I got her’s in November and literally cannot wait to see her reaction!

I think the fact that I’m so happy with all the gifts I’ve bought and the reason I was so organised this year is definitely down to the fact that I had a little brain-wave in early November regarding some “themed” pressies for everyone, this made it exciting to look for everyone’s presents, and getting a grip on it early also meant that I could shop around for best prices. Now I can’t give away the theme yet, again there are spies everywhere ; ) so you’ll have to tune in after Christmas to find out what it is.

How are you getting on with Christmas shopping? And do you have any innovative wrapping ideas? Maybe next year I could make mine have some sixties vibes man!?

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I got my first Christmas present! BUT don’t tell dad…

Now I was planning on posting this on  Saturday morning, but I’ve been poorly all weekend, and didn’t actually move from my bed, poor me! I won’t bore you with the (really unflattering) details, and instead will justget on with some more exciting news…

Last week I received a very exciting, and extremely anticipated parcel through the post.

I finally ordered myself a make-up brush wrap from EMJ Company, a LEOPARD PRINT one! I posted about these beauties here, and EMJ so very kindly offered me a 10% discount on my order.

It’s taken me ages to get my bum into gear on this, and in the end I actually asked my dad and step-mum for one for Christmas. However, because of the discount I said I would order it myself.

A few days later and it was on my doorstep, and I accidently opened it! BUT it wasn’t my fault! I completely blame EMJ on this one ; ) I’ve ordered so much recently, due to Christmas presents, and because this package had no branding on I completely didn’t realise what I was opening – oopsy.

So when I realised what it was I sneakily took a photo and “promptly” (after cooing and ahhing and trying to wrap it all back up neatly) gave it to my dad so he can wrap it and give it back to me for me Christmas!

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I was also so pleasantly surprised, as not only was my beautiful Leopardy make-up brush wrap a whole lot bigger and sturdier than I imagined, there was also an unexpected pressie for me!

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This gorgeous lip gloss roll, with a sweet lil’ note, all for lil’ old me (the wannabe cowgirl in me there – sorry).

I, sadly, do not own many lip glosses, I can’t stand it when my hair gets stuck to my lips. But I’ve found it holds my lipsticks just swell! Just one little detail – I’m so going to have to buy myself another lippy pronto – how annoying that I was one short (in its place one of about 4 of the lip glosses that I actually own)!

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Now this little gem is £14 and really is a great way to store all your lipsticks, as well as a handy way to move them whilst travelling, after all you never know whether it’s a red or nude day when away!!

I literally cannot thank the team at EMJ Company enough for this gift, it was so unexpected and really cheered up what’s not been the best of months!

Now just don’t tell my dad as he knows nothing about this one! : o

Beauty Shop Wish List…

As per my post earlier here are the items I am coveting from the Debenhams 10% off beauty range…

Beauty Shop Wish list

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1 Prime Focus Prep and Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 in Adjust – WAS £23 NOW £20.70

2 Prep and Prime Highlighter in Light Boost – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

The above two items I feel would help me on my way to the dewy glow I lust after, as mentioned here!

3 Eye Kohl in Minted – WAS £14 NOW £12.60

4 Brush Cleanser – WAS £10 NOW £9

I noticed a foundation brush this morning before leaving for work that is in dire need of a clean! Usually I just use shampoo, but maybe I should use a specific cleanser? What are your thoughts on this? Luckily I have some time on this one as I don’t often use a brush for foundation, I prefer to use my beauty blender, or my fingers!

5 Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow in Exquisite Ego – WAS £19  NOW £17.10

6 Powder Blush in Format OR Raizin – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

You can never have enough MAC blushers!

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7 Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof Long Wear in Trinidad Black – WAS £18 NOW £16.20

I spotted this in a You Tube video buy Charlotte Tilbury, who was demonstrating a copper smoky eye tutorial on THE Laura Bailey (she’s so prwwweeetttyyy!) She uses some great products, I did have a look for some on Debenhams, but alas no such luck! But check out the video here

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8 Meteorites Pearls Light Diffusing Primer – WAS£43 NOW£37.80

This was another You Tube video spot, but this time by the gorge Millie Mackintosh for feelunique.com. This tutorial showed how to achieve glowing skin, which is also where I discovered the AMAZING Decleor Hydra Floral Multi Protection Expert Mask, mentioned here, watch the video below, and you can even shop the look to get everything you need!

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9 Rose Shimmer Brick Compact – WAS £32 NOW£28

10 Shimmer Blush in Flame – WAS £32 NOW £28

11 Sparkle Eye Shadow in Silver Moon – WAS £20 NOW£18

12 Navy and Nude Eye Palette – WAS £48 NOW £43.20

Ridiculously I don’t actually have ANY  Bobbi Brown make up. I remember growing up and knowing that this was the brand that you used to get a “natural – no make-up” look, then I got a bit older and it seemed that this was the go-to brand for wedding make-up. But looking at these items I think they’re gorgeous for any occasion! I WANT!

So far I’ve been really good and haven’t actually bought anything, but it is only just lunch time! I know I can’t get all of this, we’re talking nearly £300 worth of make-up and I simply can’t justify that all in one day, especially so close to Christmas, can I?

Maybe I’ll wait and see what Santa brings me and then hit up the January sales?? BUT I NEED IT NOW?!

Let me know (please – I can shop vicariously through you) if you’ve given in and bought something, ANYTHING!

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“Sorting My Life Out” – Beauty Routine…

As part of my new found motivation to “Sort my Life Out” I decided that I really should instil a ‘proper’ beauty routine!

Obviously I always take my make-up off before bed, sometimes : s and to be honest I never really have trouble with spots, BUT I do have ridiculously dry skin, and dark circles, no matter how much sleep  get!!

I always, always moisturise after having a shower, because I know that if I don’t I will literally have scales, especially on my legs, sexy huh! So I’m really good at this bit.

But when it comes to my face, not so much!!

I use Clarins Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion for Dry to Normal skin which I love, I don’t feel like there is anything completely amazing about it, I just get on with it well and it seems to work for me, although I would love it if they brought out a dry skin-specific range! Another reason why I like it is because I feel like when I use a separate cleanser and toner it makes me feel like I’m really cleaning my face and doing something good for it!? Just me?

Moisturisers have come and gone throughout my beauty-product-loving-life, and to be honest nothing has really made me think, or feel WOW! I’ve used Lancôme and Clinique, to Nivea and Boots own, with no major changes to my skin.

Which makes me think that my skin is craving more than just a moisturising cream!!

I’ve obviously heard about Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish product, and then saw that Superdrug do there own Hot Cloth Cleanser, so before splashing out I headed into Superdrug and picked up their version from their Vitamin E Skin Care range. It was 3 for 2 throughout the store so I also bought some Brightening Radiance Balm, from the Naturally Radiant Range, I think the third item was simply some cotton pads!

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I’m trying to use both of these products every day, the Brightening Radiance Balm in the morning before I apply my make-up, and the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser in the evening, usually in the shower so I don’t have to use up too much energy by introducing a completely separate step into my day.

As of yet I’m not too sure on the Brightening Balm, I’ve been using for about two weeks and it feels lovely applying this in the morning, but I can’t say it’s necessarily “brightening” my face. Whilst the Hot Cloth Cleanser I think is a great step to introduce into anyone’s beauty routine. It simply just takes off the dead and dull skin that’s built up by gently exfoliating with the muslin cloth that’s provided. And because it is so gentle it’s the perfect product/process to use every day if, like me, you suffer from dry skin. AND with my new Birchbox subscription I have in fact received Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish as part of their Christmas gift box, so watch this space for a comparison!

I’ve also decided to introduce a face mask once a week, ok I still need to get into the habit of doing this (and I’m thinking a hair mask at the same time would work) but I’m working on it and hoping that this will give an extra boost of hydration to my skin. Now face masks are not my speciality, and the main one I’ve used is Skinfood’s Mud Masque, which has always seemed good to me and just gave my skin a little oomph. I also received  couple of Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Masks in my Love Me Beauty box (I’m planning on doing a Love Me Beauty vs Birchbox post soon), and these are pretty good as well, it really is cooling and I can imagine would feel lovely in the Summer. I’ve also just received (another Love Me Beauty box product) the Le Soin Purifiant Absolution mask which I’m excited to try so I’ll keep y’all posted on that one!

Talking of masks, I watched a Millie Mackintosh YouTube video, which she filmed for Feel Unique, and she mentioned that she uses Decleor Hydra Floral Mask before doing her make-up, which is why she always has that gorgeous dewy glow! I knew I had to get this and I think it’s my new “Holy Grail” product. It comes out in a creamy texture, but as you warm it in your hands and on your face it turns oily and gives a fabulous sheen, whilst really moisturising your skin, which you can feel for hours, which for me is absolutely amazing! Watch the video here!

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A couple of other bits I’ve bought to make sure I’m giving my skin as much love as possible are Superdrug’s own Tea Tree Pore Strips, now as I mentioned I don’t really suffer from spots or blackheads but using these even once a month is going to prevent build up and hopefully allow my skin to glooowww.

I also bought Nivea Tinted Moisturising Cream, and Nivea Regenerating Night Cream. I know they’re probably not as good as some of the top brands, but as I mentioned earlier my skin needs more than just a top notch moisturiser, so I’m going to see how my skin reacts to introducing this beauty routine and if it works then I’ll invest in something a little more luxurious!

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Have Christmas Cards Changed Their Spots?

Have you noticed that Christmas cards this year are a little more, well fun? Humorous, cheeky, even sarcastic – “Ah Bum Hug” anyone? By the amazing team at Bread and Jam over on Not on the Highstreet – I literally want their entire range!

With this in mind I have decided to design a small range of Christmas cards, which are a little more “on-trend” than the traditional “sleigh in snow” versions.

This pack will consist of 6 designs for £5 (postage will cost extra). And ALL the proceeds will go to an amazing charity…

My family and I are raising money for the fabulous Nurses and Drs at the Ron Johnson Ward at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These Nurses and Drs went above and beyond to give great comfort to my cousin in his final days, to make both him and my family as comfortable as possible. Most importantly my cousin never felt judged and felt happy to be himself surrounded by people who got to know the real him.

We have a Just Giving page set up if you would like to know more about this fabulous ward, and the charity that supports it…

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Here are a couple of designs from the collection of Christmas cards, I am still working on the others, but will be ordering by the end of the day…

Can you see a theme!

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Wednesday Wishlist…

It’s time for another Wednesday wish list, this week’s is a little bit unrealistic. At least for buying all at once, these are my techno dreams…

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My first purchase is going to be a Digital SLR Camera, however, I am so not in the know on these lil’ babies! I know I want either a Nikon or a Canon and something that I can build my knowledge with, I love the look of both of the above, and have scrolled through the reviews, which sound amazing. But before I commit to buying anything I want to be able to handle them and see which I prefer. Any help on the Nikon vs Canon debate would be truly appreciated, as would any advice on specific models!

I’m also hoping to get an ipad around Christmas – hopefully with some help towards it as a pressie : ) Then my phone contract ends in January so I’ll see what’s out then, but I love the look of the Sony Experia Z, it’s huge, and so sleek, I like the white option!

The Mac Book Pro is a bit of a pipe-dream, and not really needed, I do have an iMac. BUT they are sooooo pretty!!

What’s on your techno wish list?

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Check out what I was lusting after last week here

Wrap it up now…

OH MY GOODNESS look at these bad boys…

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These are available from EMJ Company and are priced (from left to right) at £28, £52, £40, and £56. I am soooo getting me one of  the brush wraps! Literally I can’t even believe I’ve lasted this long without one!

They have so many other cute designs like polka dot, snake skin, or classic black leather! These would make any girls Christmas pressie wishes come true!

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