Easy Spring Cupcakes!

Easy Spring Cupcakes!

Howdy do! Howdy do! Howdy do! haha happy spring! or shall I say summer? How nice has the weather been here in the UK?! Trevor say’s that the weather is nice in Michigan to! So how are you? I only went and made some spring cupcakes hehe, if you want you can follow the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 110g Butter
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Free range eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 110g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 tbsp milk (If needed for more of a good consistency – add with flour)

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Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4. Line up your muffin tray with 9 cupcake cases.

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 2. In a bowl mix together the butter and the sugar until a creamy texture is formed.

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3. Beat in the eggs and add the vanilla extract.

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4. Fold in the flour and stir a little at a time. This is also the time to add in cocoa powder if you want chocolate cupcakes.. in this case, obviously I put chocolate cocoa powder in. 

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5. Use a spoon to pour the mixture into the cupcake cases. At this stage you can add 2 tbsp of milk in to make more of a good consistency.

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6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, super quick! (This is also the perfect time to do all the messy washing up) and if you’re like me.. (also time to lick the bowl, I mean who doesn’t?) 

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7. Once the cakes are golden brown and the time is up take them out to cool and test to see if they are properly cooked using a probe. (The probe should come out of the muffins clean)

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8. Set the cupcakes a side and let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Get your icing out ready as well as any decorations, in this case I picked up some easy yummy chocolate icing by Dr Oetker which I believe you can get in 3 different colours (Pink, Chocolate and vanilla) and I also picked up these super cute spring, edible sugar flowers, you can purchase them online here  http://www.craftcompany.co.uk/daisy-cupcake-decorations-from-baked-with-love.html  otherwise you can purchase them in Sainsbury’s. 

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Decorate your cupcakes however you want! This is how mine turned out 🙂

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Beauty Haul Essentials!

Beauty Haul Essentials!

“Inner beauty is great.. but a little mascara never hurt.” 

Find beauty in everything they said.. so I took a trip to the drug stores and picked out a load of beauty products hehe! ok ok that was cheesy, but no seriously I did, let’s not talk about the price uh oh haha but let’s talk about the products right? hell yes! 

So over the past couple of months I’ve been trying out new products and seeing what works best for me and spending time in america really allowed me to explore different stores and see what products are available! and I think I’ve cracked it, so I thought I’d show you what I got, below are all of the things I have been loving recently! 

 

KUKUI OIL SHAMPOO 

I needed a new shampoo and have been wanting to try OGX for sometime now.. perfect time to purchase or was that a perfect time to purchase it?! well the answer was a perfect time, it works wonders on my hair, I sometimes get a mix between frizzy and dry hair and knowing this has an oil in really works wonders, it targets frizzy hair and gives it a hydrating finish.

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SATIN CARE GILLETTE | SHAVING GEL

Instead of beating round the bush I’ll just tell ya that the only main reason I brought this was because I got bikini line spots and I really wanted to get rid of them, so after much research well.. as everyone does.. searching through pinterest I came across using a shaving “gel” as before I’m not gonna lie I didn’t use anything. In case you have the same issue as me.. another tip I found useful was to shave with the grain and not shaving against it and can I say.. something worked because I’ve not had any spots since. yay!

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JOHN FRIEDA | FRIZZ EASE 

Purposely brought because I frequently get frizzy hair, this stuff is great and I’m not just saying that.. I apply it after I’ve had a shower to damp hair and leave it in, it works wonders. Definitely up there with one of my best beauty purchases yet.

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SIMPLE FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES

My only “go to” makeup wipes, I have sensitive skin when it comes to facial washes and makeup wipes so these simple sensitive skin wipes are perfect for taking my makeup off. 

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CUTEX NAIL POLISH REMOVER

Love a good nail polish remover! (Lid is a bit dodgy)

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ELEGANT TOUCH 

You know once you’ve showered and you wanna paint your nails but your constantly procrastinating because it takes so long to dry and then your afraid of moving incase you smudge them and it’s like ALL I WANT TO DO IS TOUCH THE TV REMOTE haha, can you relate? was that not the best example? haha, well this stuff is the bomb it literally dries your nails in like 60 seconds, makes your nails a little shiny to. 

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TRESEMME SEA SALT SPRAY

Recently purchased this from superdrug, thought I’d give it a try to see how much “beach waves” turn out. Anyone tried this sea salt spray yet? pretty pricey so I’m hoping it was worth the money. 

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SALLY HANSEN STRENGTHENER 

Got this because at my work I’m not allowed to wear nail varnish, this is just a clear coat but it does makes my nails shiny and at the same time strengthens them.

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RIMMEL NAIL POLISH

I am so in love with black nail polish at the moment.. I have no idea why haha. Going for that Coachella vibe perhaps. It just corresponds well with any outfit don’t you think? Anyhow I’m loving it.. I have it on right now as I type this haha. I purchased the Rimmel polish. I also love the fact that Rimmel have the 60 second drying nail polish WHAT did Jess just say?! Yes girls 60 seconds which persuaded me even more to purchase these bloody beauties.

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SPRUNCH AUSSIE HAIRSPRAY

To cut a long story short.. Trevor had this at his house and I asked him if I could borrow it. Turns out I LOVED it didn’t I! So before I went home to the UK I brought one to use as I know we don’t have this sprunch hairspray here. It’s great for your curls and locks in your hair for them breezy days. This is in my top 3 of favorite hairsprays. 

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Have any of you tried the above products? How do you like them? What are your top 3 favorite products at the moment? ooh so many questions! haha, let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll just have to pop to boots and purchase them. 

(I would just like to make it clear that this is no way a sponsored blog, all reviews are my own and is done at my own time.)


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London —> Michigan – Lets pack!

London —> Michigan – Lets pack!

 London —> Michigan 

Hello Everyone!

 

Welcome back to another blog from Trev n Jess.

So as most of you know, I’m in London and Trevor is in the USA so finally! Tuesday I’m off to Michigan to see Trevor! I’ll be out there for 3 months so it’ll be nice to spend some time with him and as well his family, I also can’t wait to do some blogging about the state. Eek! I’m so excited, so many mixed emotions at the moment it’s a little overwhelming but It’s not long now! can I get a whoop? haha.

And! I’m taking you guys along with me! Don’t worry! You’ll get to see some lovely pictures and hear about what we are getting up to!

If you have been to Michigan before or live in Michigan please feel free to list some tourist places in the comments and I’ll see how I get on visiting them.

So far I have packed pretty much most of my suitcase, I’m only taking one suitcase and then my handbag, which I think will be just enough, but by the time I’ve completely packed it.. that answer may change haha. Below are a few things that I have packed so far, things like (More winter clothing and little things like deodorant and little essentials I will be purchasing when I get there and things like towels and flannels I am able to use their) also guys please let me know if there is anything major I haven’t mentioned/shown for what I’m taking.. just incase that I have completely forgotten to pack something haha, every little suggestion counts. 

Sock Dilemma: 

Below you’ll see a picture of quite a lot of socks haha. As some of you may know from reading some of my previous blogs I LOVE socks you name it, cosy socks, patterned socks, coloured socks oh yeah! So I need some help picking 10 pairs of socks to take with me, it was a hard decision and I think I need your help haha. Let me know in the comments below what socks are your favorites and I’ll be sure to pack the popular suggestions! Thank you. 

Yes I’ve made a checklist, Yes I’m adding more things to the list and Yes I made the checklist well in advance to actually going haha! I mean who doesn’t? haha.

Without further ado! Lets see what I’m packing!

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Number 1 essential for your hand luggage or you’re not going anywhere… 

I decided to use this little bag to put my boarding tickets and passport inside, it’s really important you’re organised before going on holiday abroad so you know how to access everything easily when you need them.


 

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My coat I’ll be wearing on the way to the USA, which is aligned with fur around the hood and soft warm fur on the inside of the coat to offer extra insulation. It is from H&M if any of you are interested. When I am in Michigan I will also be wearing a proper winter coat.


 

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Jumpers.. Jumpers and more jumpers! It’s Michigan in the winter! I need to keep warm haha. Jumpers are a must!


 

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2 Thermals.. I will be getting more when I get to Michigan.


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Okay so here we are.. the sock dilemma! 

Yes I love my socks, Yes I probably have an addiction to buying ones with patterns on and yes I need help choosing which ones to take with me haha. Don’t worry, I’ll be buying some thermal socks to.

I have far too many and these aren’t even all of them I can assure you. Please can you list 5 or 10 of your favorite socks from the picture in the comments below so I can finally decide on which ones to take, that would really help haha.


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 Toilet Bag for little essentials. (I’ll be buying more when I get to the US)

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Shower scrunchie, Shaver, Makeup wipes and a body spray.



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Jewelry box – I haven’t used this box in ages haha, I’ve had it ever since I was a little girl and always used to take it abroad with me. I however have a new one which is slightly bigger but I didn’t think a bigger one would be necessary and this little pink one is just the right size. (My earrings are also inside)


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Jeans, Leggings and thermal leggings! you name it! I also have snow pants waiting for me in Michigan. 


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Footwear – So I’m bringing my new slippers I got for christmas and I’m super excited to wear them because they are furry and comfy! The boots you can see is what I’m wearing to the USA, just because it’s appropriate for the weather conditions and moving around in. I’ve just recently bought these Nike shoes in the sale! which is a bonus because I can’t wait to test them out during my exercises and power walk. I will be getting some snow boots when I get to Michigan also.


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Hat and Scarf 

One of my favorite hats and scarfs at the moment! 


The list could go on haha, underwear.. tops.. and lots of other little essentials too. 


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All of your essentials in one little bag in case you need them on the aeroplane! Below you’ll see what I’ve packed in mine!

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As you can see I’ve packed my notepad and pen (To note down some blogging ideas – can never have too many haha) I’ve got a book “snow rose” which can I say I’m very excited to read! Phone, iPad and headphones (Music). A travel toothbrush and mini toothpaste by Colgate, it’s incredibly handy actually, I don’t think I’ve spent so much time looking into to how to maneuver a toothbrush as I have done with this one haha, It folds into a little box and you can open it up when you need to use it, very handy and suitable for travel, I like to feel as fresh as possible when out and about so a quick brush would be ideal. My tangle teezer! This brush is the best! if you haven’t got it.. get it, again suitable and ideal for travel as it’s small, light and can fit pretty much in your pocket or if not then in your bag and last but not least the most important one of all or I wouldn’t be going to Michigan haha my passport and documentation for my flight. 


So I’ve shown you the main things that I’ve packed ready for my flight to Michigan, I have also packed tops to suit the winter and beginning of spring and I will be purchasing things such as snow boots, thick socks, gloves and more thermals to keep myself as warm as possible and as well as this the self-care essentials (deodorant, shampoo, showergel etc). 


So the next time I’ll be blogging.. will be.. drum roll haha.. In Michigan! 

Let me know what you thought about today’s blog in the comment section below, don’t forget to like and follow aboard our journey.

I would also like to say you can now follow us on Instagram at 

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See you on the flip side friends!

Love Jess

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What Did I Get For Christmas?

What Did I Get For Christmas?

Hello Everyone!

🙂 

Did everybody have a lovely christmas spent with their loved ones, eating lots and lots of food? I hope so! There is nothing better than eating chocolate in front of a christmas film whilst cozied up with some loved ones. Agree right?

What did you all get for christmas? (Let me know in the comments below!)

My Christmas was lovely, I spent it with my parents and big brother, was a little down that me and Trevor couldn’t be together for our first christmas but there are lots of exciting things ahead for us both in which we can spend some time together and many Christmases to come for the future so that’s very exciting.

Without further ado! I’d like to show you all what I got for christmas, find below some pictures and find out also where these presents were brought from.


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Slipper Socks (baring in mind I did get like 9 pairs of fluffy socks for christmas.. I LOVE socks, not sure what it is haha but I have a thing for them) – Boots – Barley Lane.


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Facemask – Boots/superdrug/supermarkets.


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Lush – Lush shop (“Snow angel” is one of my favorite lush bath bombs along with “so white”) 


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Yankee Candles – Yankee shop/Clinton’s/some retail shops. I love candles! I don’t think I can pick a favorite scent just yet, they are all so lovely. I did go to the bath and body works shops in Minnesota when I was over visiting Trevor, There were so many candles to choose from it was kinda hard haha, but if I go back to the store than I’ll be sure to pick one up.


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Favorite perfume scent is Chance by Chanel so I was very happy when I received this because I’d actually not long ago finished my other bottle. – Boots Store.


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Look how fluffy! So in love with my Barley Lane slippers! Definitely coming along to America with me. – Boots store. 


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Ted Baker (Lipstick and nail varnish) – Boots Store. 


EOS – Lip Balm – Summer Fruit – Boots store. 


Baylis and Harding Shower Gel.


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Pandora Charm – Pandora.

I wanted something that would remind me of the UK still for when I go to the USA, this charm will do just the trick.


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Clarks Handbag – Clarks. 


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Glittery Slip On Pumps – New Look. 


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Jeans – Skinny – New Look.


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Dollars $ For When I Go To USA This Month.


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Leather Boots – Clarks.


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Coat – New Look.


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Beverly Hills Girl Top – Primark. 


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Tracksuit Bottoms and Jumper – New Look. 


Thank You for reading today’s blog!

Please let me know in the comments below what you all got for christmas! I’d love to know!

Happy New Year To All! 

Love Jess 

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New Years Resolutions – What’s yours?

New Years Resolutions – What’s yours?

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Hello Everyone!

I hope all of our readers had a great christmas! and was spent with your loved ones cozied up by the christmas tree and eating that huge christmas dinner! mmm yummy. 🙂

I’m off to America to see Trevor in January! So prepare yourselves for blogs/pictures of the chilly yet pretty state – Michigan! 

So let’s talk Resolutions! Do you do it? Do you believe in a new year new start? New resolutions? same resolutions?

I know a lot of people who do it, you get the obvious and most popular which always seems to be number 1 – Lose weight. Which is true, that is my priority number 1 for 2017, but I do have some others, I know some people who believe in just following one resolution for the whole year so you get better focus at achieving it. I want to know if you guys get involved with resolutions, let me know what your’s are before 2017 and maybe we can all chip in to give each other some tips or whatever it may be to help us get on our way.

Below I’m going to list some of my resolutions for 2017, I’m sure I’ll be adding more to my notebook in the lead up to new year, perhaps little ones rather than a lot of big ones as I think it’s always best to focus on a few throughout the year as too many could get rather confusing and sometimes.. not so fun.

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So let’s get started!

1. Lose weight – I do eat quite healthy already, but like most of us I do enjoy a tasty treat one too often, we just had Christmas right? I want to start exercising/working out more and exploring the different things my body can do and putting myself to the test. I’m not quite set on a goal weight just yet, but I think I’ll see where I get too. It’s about pushing myself further, sometimes if I get out of breathe I’ll stop, so I want to push myself further but also remembering to have fun with it all too. 🙂

2. I find myself saying no a lot – When I think about certain things I’ll be well up for it! But when it comes to it sometimes I can say no or during something I’ll say no. I want to push myself further, remembering things are okay to be scared off or nervous about but at the same time it’s good to push past your fears and give it a go and if you really don’t like it then you never have to do it again.

3. Drink more water – I’ll admit, I detest water, something about it and I’ve never been too sure. I think it’s because it’s too plain. I work a lot too and I’m always on the go, so finding the time to stop and drink can be a little tricky, but it is something I’ve managed to put into place at work over the past few months. I’ve tried everything from adding squash to sometimes only drinking tea because that’s the only way I’ll drink it. I will admit however I am getting better at drinking water, but I do need to sustain this.

I think those are the main Top 3 for now.. However I do have a few little things lined up if I have time I’d like to focus on.

  • Photography – Recently taken to taking pictures for my blogs, really is fun, so I’d like to take some more time taking pictures of things I haven’t been able to capture yet. (I am off to America to see Trevor, so I would love to take some pictures of his beautiful town/state).
  • Outdoor/Winter activities – In England we hardly get snow and if we ever do, pretty much everything and everyone shuts down and I’ve never had a chance to experience colder weather and get involved in something different as winter sports so as I’m off to Michigan in January, I’ll be there for the Winter season, so this will give me a great opportunity to experience there snowmobiling, ice skating, skiing, hunting etc. I’m very excited.
  • Blogging – I’ve got this now haha. 2016 I started blogging as a little something to do when I have extra time between work and I really enjoy it! I can’t wait to continue! I have many blog ideas lined up and how to work on bettering the blog site itself. Very exciting.

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So there you have it! My 2017 Resolutions. 🙂

I can’t wait to give each one my best shot.

Let me know in the comments below your Top 3 resolutions for 2017.

Love Jess x

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Did Someone Say Mince Pies? ;)

Did Someone Say Mince Pies? ;)

All I want for christmas

Is Mince Pies!

(No literally I do haha)

 

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Hey Guys!

So we’re actually moving house this Thursday so it’s a little busy preparing for that and also preparing for America in January. A lot going on. So I haven’t gotten round yet to make some Mince Pies! Which for me is something I traditionally make every year at christmas! I’m sure i’ll make some when I move into the new house. But I thought i’d show you some of the ones I made last year. I’m a little unsure on parts of the recipe so I thought instead I could just explain how I remember making them, what ingredients I needed and tell you things I can remember.

So you’ll need shortcrust pasty to make mince pies, hey just a favor.. save the time and buy the ready roll stuff out, it’s great and you don’t have to spend an hour trying to let out your anger with a rolling pin. Get creative and cut some circles out for the base of the pie (cut them a little large) you want the top covering to be shorter then the base. Place the pastry into a muffin case and pop into the muffin case tins. Next!

Mince Meat! (The stuff that tastes great inside!) Doesn’t matter how much you put in really.. well with in reason, I mean put a good decent amount in, because you don’t want the sauce and everything to go over the edge and get burnt. For the top part! I always find this so fun! As you can see on mine I cut out these cute little stars in the pastry (shortcrust ready roll pastry) and placed on top of the pies How cute?! I think they look much more edible as well haha. This is the part I wasn’t sure how long I put them into the oven for, but I’m sure you can use my recipe and find out the temperature and time scale for them online. For

Decoration.. well I just sprinkled on some icing sugar for that christmas snowy look effect haha.

I hope you enjoyed this blog today, wasn’t so long and wasn’t so in depth but I think sometimes it’s better that way, just get to the point. Let me know if you enjoy eating mince pies at christmas, or what your favorite thing to eat at christmas is? maybe chestnuts? mmm yummy! 🙂

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But for now!

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Her!

Rockin around the Christmas tree

At the Christmas party hop… tree

Ooh yes! it’s here friends!

THE CHRISTMAS MONTH! 😀

And my smile couldn’t get bigger!

The christmas moves and music are out! Let the festivity commence!

And the countdown begin! How are you counting down to christmas? I’ve got  Lindt chocolate calendar! Is it just the UK who has christmas calender’s? My Nan usually gives me a candle to countdown with, every day you burn it down a number. I love it! (let me know in the comments below how you countdown to christmas). 

Anyway! Gentlemen if your looking for something to buy your Women this year for christmas and your a little stuck! I hope these Top 10 Gifts will give you some idea. Ladies let me know what you think of these gifts or even better! What do you want for christmas this year? (Tell me in the comments below!) 

Let’s get started!

Top 10 Gifts For Her!

1. Body Shop! Strawberry Christmas set! (Other scents available) £35. 

https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/gifts/christmas-gifts/strawberry-ultimate-collection/p/p002185 essie

2. Essie! In Boots! 4 Nail Vanish’s! £20.

http://www.boots.com/en/Essie-CrackaColour-Christmas-Gift-Set_1893342/ 

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3. Nails Inc “Prosecco Is Always The Answer” Gift Set – John Lewis – £20.

http://www.johnlewis.com/nails-inc-prosecco-is-always-the-answer-gift-set/p2941290

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4. Clarins Make Up Gift Set – John Lewis – £17

http://www.johnlewis.com/clarins-lip-makeup-collection-gift-set/p2967460

 

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5. Isotoner Grey Knit Pom Pom Socks – Debenhams – £15. 

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_025010780663_-1

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6. Ted Baker Treasure Chest – Boots – £50.

http://www.boots.com/en/Ted-Baker-Treasure-Chest_1893298/

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7. Charlotte Tilbury – Selfridges – £90.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/charlotte-tilbury-dreamy-look-in-a-clutch_455-3003231-GLLCXX6XXR22/

DIOR J'adore Jewel Box Gift Set 100ml

8. Dior Perfume Gift Set – Selfridges – £121.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/dior-jadore-jewel-box-gift-set-100ml_359-84011246-F918501000/

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9. Naked Eye Shadow Palette – Selfridges – £38.50.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/urban-decay-naked-2-eyeshadow-palette_367-85855111-91646/ 

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10. Clinique Gift Part Set – Selfridges – £35.

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/clinique-party-edit-box_323-81004874-K5R801/

And there we have it, Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the ladies. 

Let me know if you enjoyed reading, Let me know if this was helpful.

Please comment below what you want for christmas and as well give us a follow if you haven’t already. 

Last but not least, please Like this blog if you enjoyed reading 🙂

Until Next Time! 

toodlepips

Jess! 

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