Funny Secret Santa Gift Ideas: Under £20

  1. Unicorn Ring Toss: Amazon £9.95

unicorn game

  1. Speadable Gin: £9.99 


  1. Personalised Pillow: £19.99 


  1. Handy Notes: £8.00


  1. Storm Trooper Soap: £5.00


  1. Underwater Disco Lights: £7.99


  1. Pint Bong: £11.99


  1. Shit Happens: £17.99


9.Drinking Helmet: £10.00


  1. Cheese Grater Loo Roll: £4.99 


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Makeup Assessments!

In college I had to do a day makeup assessment and an evening makeup assessment as part of my course.

For the day makeup assessment, I had 25 minutes to create the makeup look on my partner. I had to include foundation, brows, eye shadow, mascara, contour, blush, brown eyeliner, bronzer and highlight. All this had to be done in 25 minutes. Beforehand I was really stressed about it, 25 minutes didn’t seem long enough at all, but you would be surprised what you can accomplish when it comes down to it. I managed to do it in 20 minutes and had 5 minutes to tidy anything up and make sure everything looked good.

We had to do the hair, outfit and makeup for the assessment to create the entire look. I am happy with how my day makeup turned out, I got 100% which is a Distinction.


For my evening assessment I had 50 minutes to complete the makeup look on my partner. I had to include foundation, contour, bronzer, blusher, highlighter, brows, eye shadow, mascara, lashes and lipstick to compete the criteria for the look. I made sure I did the eyebrows and eyes first, so the lashes had time to dry, because my teacher lightly pulled on the lashes to ensure they are on properly.

Before the assessment I felt a lot more relaxed because we had double the amount of time to create the look. We had to have an outfit and hair ready for the assessment to create an overall look of a night out. During the assessment I felt like time suddenly went really fast, I started with the eyes and spent a lot of time on the eyes and eyebrows compared to the rest of the face. Eyelashes went on quite well, a lot better than I thought they would. I got 100% on this assessment too which is a distinction.



I am really happy with how both my day and evening assessment looks turned out.



I went to see Wicked the musical and it was amazing. This is the second time I’ve seen it and it was just as amazing as the first time. Last time I went was 4 years ago and we booked the tickets to go again almost 2 years ago. That’s how fast the tickets go when they tour. We went to see them in Cardiff. This was my very belated birthday present.


We decided to go to Cardiff Bay a little earlier, so we could get some food before and make a proper day of it. So, we decided to go to Bill’s, we wanted to try somewhere we haven’t been before and I’m so glad we did, it was stunning. I had a halloumi burger and avocado with chips and my boyfriend had cod goujons and chips. We couldn’t resist a desert, so we had warm cinnamon doughnuts and they were delightful.


After food we headed straight to the millennium centre to watch Wicked! It was raining and very windy, so we sat and relaxed inside for a while before the show.

We were sat on the top tear, in the middle and on the second row. The view was amazing, boyfriend did well. We did grab a drink beforehand, it would be too busy in the intermission. The only downside would have to be the seats, they were so uncomfortable. I couldn’t wait to just stand up in the intermission. That has nothing to do with the show, but I did have a bad back for a few days after.


I would highly recommend seeing Wicked, it is such an incredible show and the actors/actresses are so good. I would happily pay and go see it again and I probably will when they tour again in a few years.



Beauty Bay Sales Haul!

I might have got a little bit crazy with the Beauty Bay Sales but with majority of things half price I couldn’t resist. Thought I would share my purchase with you. It all should have cost £155.95 but I paid £96.47, I SAVED £59.48!!!!!!!!

BH Cosmetics: Studio pro Large Set Bag £16.00 – Was 32.00


BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 10-piece Brush Set 2 £10.00 – was £20.00


BH Cosmetics 14-piece brush set £13.80 – was £23.00


Beauty Bay ‘Going Out Out’ 42 colour eyeshadow palette £21.00 – was £30.00

going out out

Mario Badescu – Aloe Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray £7.70 – was £11.00

aloe spray

Adrell Natureal Demi Wispies Black Lashes £3.47 – was £4.95

adell lashes

Revolution Luxe Matte Lip Kit Reign £4.20 – was £6.00


Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set £20.30 – was 29.00


A lot of stuff is still on sale now if you want to go and have a little look and treat yourself or stock up on Christmas presents.



Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night is commemorated in the UK on the 5th of November every year. The reason we do this is because it is the anniversary of the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, which was called the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.


We decided to go to Caerphilly Castle to watch the fireworks as we do most years because they put on a really good fire work display.




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I was lucky enough to go to PAM: Precious About Makeup on a college trip. They are based in London. It is a Pro Makeup Store and they also teach and do demos. They were all about never stop learning and growing.

When we arrived, we went to Ealing Studios where PAM had rented a room for our demos throughout the day. They asked for volunteers for our First demo and no one else seemed to want to so I jumped at the opportunity. Kate Benton did this demo and was showing us how to create bruises for film and how to create the different kinds of bruises. I really enjoyed having this done on me and learn how I can create this. There were lots of tips and tricks throughout this demo and insight into the makeup industry.


Our second demo was done by Shauna Harrison and she brought her son in to do the demo on. She turned him into a Viking. She shows us how to basically make someone look dirty without making it look fake, using different products and layering it. She also showed us how to lay on facial hair which looks very difficult. The look came together with litter accessories and a hair piece. It was really interesting, and I enjoyed watching the process of Shauna turn her son into a Viking.

The next demo was all about face and body paint by the amazingly talented Mona Turnbull. She created a skull and showed us different ways to create body paint. She made it look so easy creating this incredible look, it was so impressive. She did half the face by hand and the other using an Airbrush. It was really interesting seeing the difference, I hadn’t seen one used before. She was funny and engaging throughout the demo.


Our final demo was by Victoria Lee, all about covering tattoos. She talked all about her past and the volunteering she has done throughout her career. She volunteered in a hospital to help people with physical body issues that she could help them learn to cover, such as birth marks on the face or scars, to make them feel more comfortable in their own skin. For the demo she showed us how to cover a tattoo and told some stories about her careers. One of which was she had to cover a full arm and leg tattoos for an underwater photo shoot and the challenges that she overcome.

From these demos I feel like there is so much that we still need to learn before we step into the makeup industry. They asked if we had any questions but there was so much information given to us throughout the day, we didn’t even know what to ask. So many different products that we need for our kits eventually.


Just before we went home we went to the PAM store, so we could have a look around and purchase anything we wanted. They had some really amazing stuff but it was so expensive for the pro palette, which obviously I would love to have, maybe next time.