Monday, 11 December 2017

My Favourite Cheesy Christmas Traditions....

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Christmas time has to be one of my favourite times of the year and one of the reasons I love it so much is all the little Christmas traditions that happen. Especially the cheesy ones! I love getting into the festive spirit no matter what it takes and think that all the cheesy must do's make Christmas even better!
 
Keep reading to learn my favourite Christmas traditions of the festive season...
 
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One of my favourite Christmas traditions is the dressing up! Whether it be an Ugly Christmas Jumper, a cosy pair of festive socks or the classic Christmas hat... I love getting the chance to dress up and have fun, and not worrying about how you look!
For me, it isn't Christmas without the outfit to match... I am usually the one that goes all out with the matching jewellery and accessories too. It just makes the festive season so much fun and light-hearted.
 
This kind of goes with the usual festive fun days that come with the festive season. Whether it be a Christmas Jumper Day, a Christmas lunch or a festive charity event... it really is the time of year for some truly unique yet fun social events, whether it be in work, school or college! It's a chance to dress more fun and rock that inner child all while having some fun with friends or your work mates.
 
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Another thing I love about Christmas is all the different festive food and that you can have. Mince Pies, selection boxes and choccie advent calendars are an indulgence for me this time of year and I love trying to eat as much as I can before the new year begins and the are gone from the store shelves. I just can't resist a good festive treat.
 
This is the same for Christmas coffee's. Being a major coffee addict, I love to try different kinds and Christmas is the perfect chance to do so. I can't resist going to the likes of Costa Coffee and Starbucks to try their new festive ranges. It's one of those cheesy traditions that I must do every November, or else I feel like I have failed!
 
Let's not forget my favourite... Mulled Wine & Cider! Something I would never touch the other 11 months of the year but in December I can't head out without treating myself to a glass of mulled wine or mulled cider when doing my Xmas shopping. I love it and it really has became a really Christmas tradition over the years!
 
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Going to all the Christmas Markets is one of my favourite festive celebrations in December and I always like to attend new ones every year. I love the Christmas atmosphere as I wander around perusing the stalls and treating myself to some Christmas treats. It brings a smile to my face every year and I just can't imagine celebrating Christmas without wandering around at least one Christmas market beforehand!
 
The day the decorations go up has to be one of my favourite days in the lead up to the big day. Putting the lights up and decorating the house is a favourite tradition of mines... I love making the house look and feel ready for Christmas. We always try and make a day of it too, we get the Christmas music on, the Santa hat is out and we have ourselves a great festive day with the family
 
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I am a huge lover of Christmas and all these cheesy traditions make the lead up to the big day even more exciting! I am a massive kid this time of year and the more cheesy I get the more festive and excited I feel. What do you like about the Christmas period and do you have any traditions that you follow? Post them in the comments below...
 
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Monday, 4 December 2017

IT'S OFFICIALLY CHRISTMAS... Why I love Wintertime in Scotland!

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Wintertime in Scotland can be rough at times! The rain often makes an appearance and the temperature is constantly changing from slightly mild, to freezing your toes off! Nevertheless, I love Winter here in Scotland and it truly is one of my favourite seasons of the year!

It might not be for everyone... but I do have my reasons on why I love Wintertime...

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Personally, as much as I love travelling and lying in the sun, I feel so at home when I am cosied up in jumpers and boots. I love wrapping up, and it gives me the chance to accessorize with hats, scarfs, gloves and even earmuffs (I think earmuffs are such a cute way to jazz up an outfit in the winter). 
I am also a huge lover of (fake) fur and think it is a great way to glam an outfit up a little, so I love to rock this in the cold months.  It is also a great way to keep you warm when walking around in the wind and frost, which can be very cold in Scotland!


Another reason I love Winter in Scotland is the beautiful scenery. It really is stunning all year round, but especially in the Winter! With snowy hilltops, and frosted landscapes it is gorgeous and offer some of the best views in Europe that cannot be missed. 
I like to do some travelling to and from Edinburgh in the Winter as I love to attend the Christmas Markets this time of year and it really does make the journey a beautiful one!

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Talking of Christmas markets... I couldn't talk about Winter and not mention the big C word! The Christmas markets here in Scotland are improving year by year and are getting bigger all the time. I have only been to Edinburgh and Glasgow's Christmas markets so can't talk on behalf of the rest, but from my experience they are some of my favourite Christmas markets. With mulled wine on the go and plenty of food and snack stalls to satisfy your hunger, along with some shopping stalls, they really aren't to be missed and are the perfect way to engulf yourself in the festivities!

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I think as the years go by, my inner party animal is beginning to die... especially in the winter months... as I would rather have a cosy night in in front of the TV than a crazy night of drinking! This is even more true when it is cold and rainy outside! Don't get me wrong, I do still like to go out with my friends into town but I definitely don't go out as much as I did a few years ago... and I wouldn't change it for the world!
One of my favourite things about the temperature dropping and the colder nights kicking in, is the chance to have a cosy night in in front of the TV, with a hot chocolate and a warm pair of PJ's! I just love it as I tend to feel the cold very easily so this is a perfect night for me, especially with a good movie! There's no reason you can't make a night of it too... just invite some friends round and you have yourself a cheap night in!

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Winter might not be everyone's favourite season understandably, but for me I love it! There's nothing better than wrapping up toasty and celebrating the festive season! Do you like wintertime? And if you don't then why not? Remember to leave a comment below....

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Monday, 27 November 2017

My DREAM 'pamper' day.... how would I spend it?

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As someone who often thinks that budget is best, I often do find my mind wandering off and thinking 'what if?' With some dreamy luxurious products out there to try, how would I spend my perfect pamper day, and what products would I treat my skin and body too?
One thing I have a great weakness for is perfume, and I do have my favourite brands that I trust completely. With the ongoing battle for something different and unique, standing out from the crowd is becoming more of a challenge and a difficult hurdle to overcome. I was recently introduced to a new collection from Clive Christian, called Addictive Arts Perfume which has defined the meaning of luxury and would be a great perfume to treat yourself too. With several different scents to go wild with, it is no wonder that this perfume collection is known for being one of the most lush perfume brands out there. This for me would be a must have if I was treating myself to a luxurious pamper session!


You can't have a deluxe perfume without a deluxe skincare routine to go with it. With so many different high end skincare ranges out there it can be difficult to choose what to go for, but treating myself to a lush set of skincare products to ensure my skin is healthy and hydrated would be a must for me. To be fair, every brand has their own perception of the ideal luxury product, so I would love to try a load of them and completely treat my skin to some lush TLC!
With my skin in top form and my perfume smelling great, it would be time to move onto one of my favourite things, Make up!
I am a make up fiend, and my dream pamper day would definitely include some deluxe make up to match my luxurious pampering. I would love to treat my face to some amazing high end make up products and go all out getting creative with my look! Make up for me is a great way to express your creativity, and what a better way to do so than by using some of the most luxurious products out there...
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Finally, with everything in place, I would love to get going and treat myself to one of my favourite things... a bit of designer SHOPPING!
I do love my high street stores, but if I could treat myself for one day and go all out, I would love to hit the luxurious shops and boutiques all around Glasgow and treat myself to some lush buys! Shopping for me is one of my favourite things so hitting the boutiques for some luxury buys would be my perfect idea of heaven!
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So that is how I would treat myself if I had the chance to fulfill my dream pamper day! What products would you use if you could dream your own pamper day? Would you do anything differently? Let me know below!
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

My WINTER SKINCARE MUST HAVES 2017

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With Winter truly upon us, my skincare essentials have been updated to help ensure my skin stays as healthy as it can. I can't live without my essentials, my skin suffers massively, especially with the Scottish weather so some good products is a must have!

I like to change the products I use when the colder come around to help keep my skin hydrated and glowing. I do suffer pretty dry skin so Winter is't my favourite month.
I picked the best products that I use daily on my face and body to ensure my skin doesn't suffer...

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Firstly, of course a good intense moisturizer or skin conditioner is essential in my skincare routine. Brands like Dove and Nivea in my opinion offer the most intense moisturizers, ensuring your skin looks and feels amazingly hydrated. I like to lather some on before I go to bed then leave it to soak into the skin overnight.... 
This is something that definitely gets changed as the seasons pass. I often use lighter gel moisturisers in the warmer months, however with my dry prone skin, I need that extra moisture boost in my skincare to stop my skin chapping (never a good look....)

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Another essential in my skincare routine is a good scrub. I like to keep different scrubs for my face and body, as I like to use something a little more gentle on my face. Again, because of my dry skin in the colder months, a scrub is a must have to keep any dry patches at bay and to remove any dead skin. Also, it's a great way to keep the skin clean and free from dirt and grime, helping maintain a great winter glow!
I notice a huge difference in my face when I use a scrub... my make-up applies more evenly and lasts longer, great for all the Christmas parties and nights out coming up!

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Face Masks are something I discuss a lot here on my blog, however with good reason. It's a great way to boost your skins appearance and health in a short space of time. I am currently loving the Garnier sheet masks! With different masks for moisture boosts, rejuvenating the skin and improving skins appearance, their is something for everyone and are sure to give your skin some TLC.
If sheet masks aren't your thing, their are plenty others available on the market! Peel of masks & Clay masks are also great options and each offer different benefits that when used regularly, can make your skin so much healthier!
I like to use a mask once a week on top of all my other products to help keep my skin in the best condition it can be in...


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Lastly, something I have only recently discovered is a good Skin Glow. With the festive season slowly approaching, I know I will be going out a lot and with that their are no doubt going to be plenty of photo's taken, so I wanted to ensure my skin looked great!
I often resemble a ghost because of my pasty skin, so I like to apply some Skin Glow to my body to give my skin a little glow and colour, perfect for all the Christmas Parties! My skin looks much more radiant when I apply this to myself and helps me look healthier and more confident too...
A must have for anyone else who likes to add a touch of colour without the fuss of fake tan!


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Winter affects everyone's skin differently, for most people, their skin gets drier with the colder weather and gets prone to chapping and drying out. It is important to find some good skincare products that work well for you to ensure that your skin stays moisturized throughout the cold weather.
It can take a while to discover the best products that work for you, but when you do it makes life so much easier! Remember, beauty counters are often free to talk to for advice if you need help getting the best products for you!

If you have any essentials for the Winter season, remember to comment below!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

My top 3 shopping centres in GLASGOW!



At this time of year, I tend to go all out on my Christmas shopping to make sure I am organised for the season to come. Unfortunately, with the weather here in Scotland it can be difficult and a good shopping mall is ideal, keeping all the shops under one roof...

Over the years I have certainly came up with some of my favourites that offer the best range of shops and restaurants and the perfect places for fellow Glaswegians to gather their Christmas shopping. I have picked my top 3 shopping malls based here in Glasgow that is definitely worth visiting, especially with Christmas upon us...



1. Intu Braehead
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The Braehead Shopping Centre is my absolute favourite shopping centre of them all, it is the closest and has all my favourite stores under it's roofs, including a HUGE Primark, New Look and Next. It also has a variety of restaurants and cafe's, perfect for a mid shop pit stop!

Intu Braehead also hold loads of different events and activities throughout the year, making it a popular place for families and perfect for something a little different. This Christmas they also have 'Santa's Cove' offering little ones the chance to take part in different games and meet Santa himself!

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Another thing I love about Braehead is the Arena within it. I have mentioned how much I love to attend the Ice Hockey games here in previous posts (check it out here at http://www.nicolecorbettblog.co.uk/2017/09/5-must-dos-in-glasgow.html) but they also have ice shows, concerts and world championship events held here too!

This place really does offer everything under one roof, perfect for a day out with friends, a meal out or getting that Christmas shopping completed, this place does have it all!
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2. Buchanan Galleries
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I am always in town for different reasons and somewhere I love visiting is Buchanan Galleries. It has such a great range of shops, from well known high street brands, to little boutiques and also foreign brands who are just setting up here in Scotland! It is such a great place to find some great bits and even more great for that extra special Christmas gift.

It also has a load of different eateries so no matter what you are in the mood for, you will find something to suit you on your visit.

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3. Silverburn Shopping Centre
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Silverburn Shopping Centre is another favourite of mines that I can't miss out on. The variety of shops Silverburn has to offer is great and the range of restaurants and food places is great, with everything from buffets, American, Chinese and even Thai.
Their is also a Spa in the shopping centre, perfect for unwinding after a long day of Christmas shopping!

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The shopping centre also features a huge cinema upstairs, so no matter if you are out with your friends, or spending the day with your family, their is something for everyone!

It is a perfect place for a day out with family or friends, no matter what your age!

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Their are plenty of great places to visit this Christmas to ensure that shopping list is marked off, however these have to be my top 3!

Personally, for me, these Shopping Centres are great and have everything you need in one place ensuring your Christmas shopping goes without a hitch! I have left links below for all 3 shopping centres if you would like to get more information..

https://intu.co.uk/Braehead
https://buchanangalleries.co.uk/
https://www.shopsilverburn.com/

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