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My 2014's Top Beauty Picks

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As it's coming to the end of the year, I'm doing the typical "favourites" blog posts.. Already done a "year in hair" post (http://everythingyoudontneedtoknowaboutsarah.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/my-year-in-hair.html) so of course there's going to be a beauty one and later a fashion one and a general product one with all of my favourite 2014 products and outfits. 
This year I've been through so many new beauty products whether it's hair products, make up or skincare products and working in a Boots Store rather than Head Office for the first time gives me first looks at the new products available and it's easier (and more dangerous) to access them and purchase a few cheeky treats! 
This is the first year I've avoided the sunbeds (apart from just before my jollies) so I've had to find a new foundation and finally learn how to use a fake tan properly on almost a daily basis! 
Make Up  Over the last few months I've jumped on the eyebrow b…

My 2014 #OOTD favourites

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Already done a hair of the year and beauty favs of 2014 blog posts so thought I'd take a look back at my favourite outfits of the year... and make me feel depressed as I can't now fit in the earlier ones! 
My first outfit (doing this in date order - ish) was a black jumpsuit from Topshop - really basic but I loved it. Infact I loved it so much I brought it in a size 16 when I was normally a 12 and my girls had to safety pin me in on our night out.. even then it was still too big! Unfortnately now it's actually too small... 2015 aim is to be able to get back into it.  

 Still skinny and blonde (with a dodgy half up hair style albeit) - brought this little croptop from Topshop in the sale and simple skirt from Primark - again, for a girlie night out (you may start to see a pattern!) 

Not a girly night out, but first weekend away with the boy back in March. Brought this dress for £3 from Primark and it's just so cute and summery. At the mo I can't wear it without leg…

What I got for Christmas & The Christmas Festivities

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I'm one of those people who's an absolute kid when it comes to Christmas.. I get so excited, like ridiculously excited and, like this year already, you shouldn't be surprised if I start crying when it's all over. So yes, it's that time where I'm feeling the Christmas-blues and looking through all the wonderful pressies I've got and through all the festive photos I've taken over the last week! <3 
(Ain't no Nigella but made some Red Velvet muffins)
This year was my first Christmas away from home after moving out and away from Nottingham earlier in the year but I loved having my Mum arrive Christmas eve and stay for a couple of nights.. really was lovely to be able to just chill out, have a few bottles of wine and enjoy Christmas. It was great just being able to chill out in the pub we live above and having no need to rush around and with boxes full of food, it's safe to say some over indulging has been done! Plus everyone epically spoilt me this…

My Year in Hair

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You know when you look back through all the hundreds of photos you have on your phone throughout the last few months and think, "oh yeah, I forgot about that" and "oh I wish I had that hair/body again"? I did that the other night and got really jealous of myself from like 9 months ago! Weird I know. So that gave me an idea to do a bit of a blog to reminisce over 2014! 
So I entered January with a full head of highlights (and a spray tan) which I loved and it seemed to go down well with my Mum (who will openly say if she doesn't like something - normally my hair!!) and friends.




Again with a Spray tan (clearly I went through a bit of a spray tan phase!) by the end of January I couldn't afford to get my roots done so was going for the stretched root effect which I grew quite fond of in the end! I also got quite attached to milk-maid plaitts until I realised my hair was that thick and long they didn't suit me as well as I thought they did. The fringe was …

My iTunes Top 10's

Do you ever put your iTunes on shuffle and a song comes on and you think.. "I used to be obsessed with this song"? I did that earlier today and it made me realise how much music I have and how much I used to listen to certain songs which I've now not heard in months or years. So that gave me an idea to do my top's on iTunes...

Top 10 songs played:  1) Snow Patrol: Set the Fire to the Third Bar 2) Daft Punk: Get Lucky  3) Karen David: Carry Me Home  4) MGMT: Kids  5) Elbow: One Day Like This  6) Iggy Azelia: Fancy  7) Fall Out Boy: This ain't a Scene, it's an Arms Race  8) Rihanna: Love the Way you Lie (Piano version)  9) Wiley: Heatwave 10) Bastille: Pompeii 
I have soooo much music it's madness and it's all such a variety.. from S Club 7 and Steps to Linkin Park. I love cheesy music but there's definitely a chunk of R&B and dance music. I love those songs that when they come on, they just take you back to an unforgettable time.. Wiley's He…

#Nextmas Wishlist!

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Working next door to Next is quite dangerous as I'm constantly seeing things in the window or seeing items in store if I pop in to go to the Costa upstairs!As I'm part of the Next Blogging Network, thought it'd be good in the run up to Christmas to do a little wishlist slash giftguide for all my favourite Next Products.... and #Nextmas Wishlist you could call it ;)



There's sooo many products that I love, particualarly a couple of dresses which are perfect for the party season and a few goodies now we're finally settling in the flat after moving and taking a look to see what we now need so the fur throw and curtains would be perfecto!
So yes, my Next favs at the moment and the ones that definitely made it onto the final wish list!

Rose Gold Organic Disk Necklace Cashmere Mix Cape  Just Pink Gift Set  Black (extra wide fit) long boots!  Writing Set  Red Woven Check Curtains Gold Metallic Lace Dress Black Embellished Neck Maxi Dress  Faux Fur Throw Jewellery Box 

Happy #Ne…

My 2014 Advent Calendars

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I keep seeing so many varieties of Advent Calendars this year and I think this is the first year that non-chocolate calendars have pretty much taken over the world - I keep asking everyone what type they have so I thought I'd do a little post of what I've got this year and I'll update it every week or every now and then with what goodies I open up! 
The first is a Candle Advent Calendar which I got for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and yes, I admit, I've already tried to sniff all doors and I can't wait to open door 13.. helloooooo cinnamon! The design is super festive too which makes me (even more) excited (than I already am) for Christmas.

I picked up the Primark jewellery advent calendar a couple of weeks ago and something made me put it back and I'm so glad I did as I managed to get it half price a couple of days ago when I went in.. Bazinga! I'm not expecting too much as, let's be honest... it's Primark! I'm not a huge earring person a…

Cabella Christmas Event Nottingham

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I've mentioned Cabella a few times in previous blog posts for various reasons but I was lucky enough to FINALLY visit Dannica and her team at Cabella on Saturday night in Nottingham for their Christmas event. The team also amazingly kickstarted our fundraising for our challenge next year for Bone Cancer Research Trust (lukeandsarahs3000milechallenge.blogspot.com) by selling raffle tickets! 
I was so super excited to finally see the shop in the flesh rather than on Instagram or Facebook and it's safe to say Dannica's hard work and determination was so very worth it! 

From the most beautiful little shop down retro feeling walk way in the heart of Nottingham, the Cabella team do everything from Make Overs and Gel Nails, to make up school tutorials and parties in your home! The girls can offer a variety of make overs from a full makeover, or just a beautiful smokey eye... and don't forget the Velour Eyelashes! (I'm desperate to get the mirror and dressing table for my…