can I ever stay away from lush? the answer is probably very obvious. whenever I see one I have to go in and I most likely leave with something to make my baths extra cosy and around this year extra festive. I just like to have my lush basket in the bathroom extra well stocked when its cold as I feel like more baths are happening. when I did my Christmas shopping last week I popped into lush and picked myself up three more items out of the Christmas collection and I certainly can't wait to use them. theres just something about lush at Christmas that keeps me wanting more and more.

baths filled with glittery bubbles

let's start with a new bath bomb that I haven't tried before. it's the thundersnow. it's a big blue and white bath bomb and I can only imagine how beautiful my bath water will look. the thing that really made me want it is the scent. its described as a peppermint and chocolate scent but it's not really peppermint to me. it's more chocolate and vanilla and just creamy. the kind of scent I love from lush and which is why I still miss stardust dearly. one product I always get around Christmas and usually use the night before Christmas eve is snow angel bath melt. it just makes my skin so silky soft and adds such a lovely shimmer to the bath water. it smells like cacoa butter and marzipan. it's so comforting and not heavy at all. it would also make a perfect gift. one bath bomb I always wanted t get and never got is star light star bright. its covered in silver glitter and makes everything glittery that it touches its supposed to add purples and blues into the bath water and it can't wait to use it for myself. it also smells like lavender which is one of the most comforting and lovely scents ever and it always relaxes me so much. so I might save this one to use after a very busy day.

which products have you picked up from lush yet? do you have any favourites? please let me know.

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how wonderful and festive is all the snow i'm seeing on my twitter feed? it makes me feel extra excited for Christmas. after waking up to snow yesterday, I'm waiting for it to start snowing again this afternoon. it can't get any better. once again, I feel like the week flew by before my eyes and I actually have no idea where my time went or what I really did and I also feel like a need a two Decembers to fill them out with all the festive feels I have and with all the fun things I want to do.maybe I should start in November next year and truly milk the festive season but I have no idea if my boyfriend would be on board with that.

what I did
as I feel like this week was gone within a second I have no idea what I did for it to disappear so quickly. this week, I tackled the majority of my Christmas shopping after a Monday full of preparing blog posts and working. I was out for hours shopping away and got 99% of my Christmas shopping done and dusted and I also popped into Primark for the first time in ages. they have such lovely pieces in there and I was able to update my winter wardrobe even more. I obviously vlogged it all for you to enjoy. besides working away I also planned my blog content even more so I can keep my blog updated whilst vlogging daily. I also had a lovely Friday celebrating my friends new flat and a Saturday filled with baking.

what I didn't do
the gym which has a reason. when I turned up at my gym a few days ago it was gone...as weird as that sounds but they moved locations without letting me know. I ended my contract with them immediately and I'm now looking for a new gym.

what I ate
I made the most amazing Christmas biscuits and decorated them with colourful sprinkles. my absolute fave and I have to stop myself from eating them all at once.

what I want to do next week
I want to take it easy and be festive. I would just love to finally get out and snap some outfit posts but we will see about that. I also have a gift exchange with one of my best friends and I can't wait.

one word to describe the past week
snow

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to me, one of the best things about Christmas and gifting is wrapping presents. I go all out and try to make the goods I bought to look as pretty as I can. every year, I set a theme, get nice paper and ribbon and when I'm ready to wrap, I turn on Christmas music or the latest vlogmas videos with a big cup of tea on the side and I take my time to make everything I bought look extra pretty. because I adore wrapping so much I thought I would show you what I like using and just share my joy and the joy of Christmas with you.

put a red ribbon on it

theres one place you need to go to when you are looking for cards, ribbons, paper and bags and it is TK Maxx. I get all my wrapping supplies from there because they have a huge variety and everything is so pretty. most of the paper they sell is such great quality. it's thick and of good quality, so it won't rip easily and feels great. this year I went for a red, green, white and gold theme to match my decor and my tree which we are getting next weekend. I went for three different wrapping papers all in the theme and I even got a glittery one which looks amazing but my whole floor is now covered in glitter. I like adding cute little gift tags and some sort of accessories like a piece of foliage or a little bauble to spice up my wrapping. I also found the cutest and very girly christmas cards at tkmaxx and I love writing cards to me loved ones. for some of my friends, I like creating gift bags filled with tissue and the gifts I bought because bags make it so much easier to transport and its all of the gifts in one, so you won't forget anything.

do you like wrapping gifts? what are your tips? let me know.

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its party season and I already have a few events lined up. its the time to whip out the glitters, red lipsticks and fluttery lashes and just sit down a few minutes longer to get ready. maybe with a Christmas film in the background (the holiday would be my choice) or some Michael Bublé blasting. a glass of sparkling wine on the side and your perfect dress waiting for you to put it on. I love this season and I can't wait to get ready for my Christmas parties and especially Christmas eve as its the main gift-giving day in Germany. in today's post, I thought I would share my makeup picks with you and the products I will be using for my perfect Christmas party makeup.

gold glitters and red lips

I think theres nothing wrong with being cliché when it comes to Christmas makeup. it just works every year and I see no reason to change it. my perfect base for years has been Nars sheer glow. theres no foundation like to me. it makes my skin look radiant and glowy and provides enough coverage to last the whole evening. with a little la girl pro conceal under the eyes to brighten my face it's my perfect base. this year, I want to go a bit more smokey for the eyes as I like going for a nude lip when I know there will be loads of food involved as I don't want to worry about my red lips smudging everywhere whilst I tuck into a chocolatey dessert. the charlotte tilbury instant eye palette is still my makeup crush and I can't wait to use the disco eye shadows to celebrate the festive season. if I want to go all out I might add some glitters. the NYX face and body glitters in gold and silver are just perfect for that. my perfect nude just has to be Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk. it has been my shade the whole year and I won't stop wearing it anytime soon. if I want to go for a red lip I like using my mac viva glam Rhianna lipstick. it is such a perfect cherry red that stays comfortable for ages and doesn't dry out my lips. a spritz of my makeup revolution pro fix fixing spray and my makeup will look glowy all night and it will last for sure. my perfect festive scent is Tom Ford black orchid. I bought it last year around Christmas and it brings back so many festive memories and is just so deep and sexy.

so here we are. my perfect Christmas makeup. what about you? do you have anything in mind yet?

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happy Sunday my loves, its the first one in December and which means there are only three more to go before Christmas. I can already tell this December will fly by and I would just love to last a tad longer. it's just crazy to me how quickly this year flew by and whenever a year is about to end I want to make sure I can start a new one on a high note. december is the months to look back, set goals and get a fresh perspective on what counts for you. its also the month of celebration, family and love and want to seize it as much as I can. whilst I'm typing this up I have my huge festive candle burning, the roofs are frosty and I'm planning the afternoon at the Christmas market and I can't wait to fully enjoy the festive spirit.

what I did
oh, what a festive week it was. I was working at the beginning of the week and was lucky enough to have a three day weekend. I got to pick out Christmas decor with my family and we made our traditional Christmas cookies. my three day weekend was spent with my best friend and a catch-up. I also finished the festive decor in our flat and we finished painting the hallway. it ended quite badly with my boyfriend smashing his head on our dresser and we had to rush to the hospital to get it looked at but luckily it's all good. it was also the start of vlogmas and i can't wait to share my december with you.

what I didn't do
I haven't done as much uni work as I was supposed to do but that's fine. I can make up for it soon and I really want to make sure I can enjoy December.

what I ate
theres truly no better taste than our traditional Christmas cookies. its the taste of Christmas and they are so good. I might have had one more than I should have.

what I want to do next week
next week I really want to finish my Christmas shopping and I also want to go to Primark as I haven't been in ages. I also have work to do and I hope I can squeeze in some outfit shooting. it has been ages and I want to add some new content to my blog.

one word to describe the past week
festive

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styling up my place has to be one of my favourite things and one of the best things about having your own flat. I might not be kate la vie but I still love it anyway, especially since my boyfriend and I have been doing some work around the place and decided to renovate and invest into some new items. we are not finished yet and I feel like you are never truly finished, I decided to add some festive touches to introduce December into the flat. we are not having a Christmas tree up yet as we always get a real one and I like waiting just a bit longer to keep the excitement up. 

golds, reds and lights

our living room might be the room we spend the most time in which is why I decorated it most. I tend to do nothing much to the bathroom and only little touches to the bedroom. one of my favourite things in our living room is the fake mantlepiece that I bought when I moved in. it looks a bit naked due to high ceilings and because I want a very specific mirror above it but styling it up is one of my favourite things ever. I used a gold magazine rack and filled it with baubles and lights. such a nice and cheap way to decorate and you will see that I used this method quite a few times. I also like displaying cards on it. at the moment it's just one, it's from the lovely Peta. I bit of foliage with lights and we are good. we recently invested in a new coffee table and sofa and they are just beautiful. I haven't really styled up the coffee table as its quite a statement in itself but I will eventually place a decorated wreath on it. I swapped my summery palm print pillows for festive ones from H&M home and its perfect. my cat also really enjoys it. 
my kitchen is one of my favourite spots in my flat as it just so cosy and the country style makes it so easy to get cosy. I like adding red, again with candles, baubles in jars and some red bunting. I also have my advent calendar corner ready to go.
tk maxx and H&M are probably my perfect places to update my flat and make it feel more festive and it's also very affordable.

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