Cute necklace from ASOS £16.00
I’d quite like to try on of the Korres fragrances myself, from Beauty Expert £23.49
For the OCD chef, from IWOOT £17.49
How about a pretty rag doll from M&S £25.00
Angry Bird slippers from Next £14.00-£15.00
Desktop Jelly Belly Machine also from Next £30.00
A shiny vase from M&S £25.00
Not forgetting the pets, on Amazon £15.26
I’m slowly getting there with Christmas this year. I’m normally almost finished by now but I don’t seem to have much Christmas spirit just yet. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll only have my daughters list to worry about.
I thought I’d kick of a Christmas gift guide for those looking for some ideas. Today’s is the under £10 selection. Always worth shopping around to find the best deal/cashback offers once you’ve hit an idea to bring the price down further too!
Posh nibbles from La Bottega for £6.99
A substantial cookbook from The Book People £6.99
A book for girls from The Book People £6.39
Cute measuring cups from IWOOT £9.99
A not very festive zombie movie making set from IWOOT £7.99
Retro jigsaw from IWOOT (again!) £5.99
Mini Cath Kidston washbag from ASOS bang on the £10 budget
I’m a little late with my wish list – particularly as it’s more a list of what I have already bought oops.
I’m slowly working my way through all the Korres showergel flavours aren’t I? There was a special offer on asos.com and I noticed the coconut version. The packaging on mine is mainly blue and white rather than a coconut picture but it sure smells coconutty. Can’t wait to use it.
I’m patiently waiting delivery of some OPI Black Spotted dupe type thing. It’s not really a dupe as you need to do a few steps but the final effect looks spotted-a-like don’t you think?
I ordered the Snake Skin Assist gel that you apply over a base colour then use a dotting tool to create the spots before curing under a UV or LED lamp. Sounds a bit of a faff doesn’t it? I also had to purchase a full compliment of different sized dotting tools obviously but they were only £1 on eBay.
Talking of which I was on a roll and won a nail wheel full of tiny multicoloured rhinestones. 3600 of the shiny little blighters apparently but I’ve not counted. Some have already escaped the packaging and pinged across the kitchen so less one or five of them.
I finished Clash of Kings aka GofT Book 2. I’ve got another person in the office reading it now… I’ll definitely be having a break from Game of Thrones for a while. There was a lot of what I’d call posturing. Lots of description of who is who but not a great deal happens. There were some small deviations from the TV series and characters that simply don’t exist in the TV GofT world that actually made a lot of sense.
As a complete deviation Cover The Mirrors was a little odd. It would make a great BBC2 mini period drama but I will admit to not fully understanding where the lead character was coming from at times. There is also a graphic scene of illegal abortion that I’m not sure was entirely needed. Overall it was an okay book but I won’t be going out of my way to see what else the author has penned.
I forced myself to read something that’s been on my Kindle app from installation:
I even went back on Amazon to remind myself what this was supposed to be about because the cover looked distinctly chic-lit and well average. I was surprised it has 4-5* reviews and the subject matter is actually about a woman being imprisoned for assisting her terminally ill husband to commit suicide. It was a wonderfully written book about a controversial issue. This one really pulls at your heart-strings but don’t let that put you off at all.
I managed to squeeze in The Lost World:
I loved the cinematic version of this classic – totally my kind of film, even down to the plasticine dinosaurs – and always thought it was a Jules Verne book. I was therefore even more intrigued that it was actually written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read the Complete Sherlock a few years back so I kind of knew I’d like this book and it didn’t disappoint. Read it you love Journey to The Centre of The Earth and King Solomons Mines. Best point is that they’re free on Kindle!
Over the past week I’ve been reading on of the James Herbert books I mentioned last month:
I enjoyed the first half but as I’m nearing the end it’s becoming increasingly more unbelievable? I’m loving the main character (a private investigator) and his ‘dreams’ but the obviously suspicious suave and sophisticated Doctor I feel is a little to obvious. Put it this way I’ve already guessed how it’d going to end.
Next up will be Ring of Lies:
I bought this on offer but it’s only gone up to £2 and has great reviews. The blurb says it about the widow of an accountant getting involved with the Miami underworld. It looks like a good summer read so I’m obviously hanker after another holiday.
Thought it’d be a good time to post a swatch of the Spoiled Ants In My Pants that I bought a couple of months back:
Base: Nails Inc London Nights
Glitter: Spoiled Ants In My Pants (red multi sized round glitter particles in a transparent grey jelly) one coat here
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Popped into Lidl yesterday so my husband could stock up on his favourite chocolate seashells. We only shop there once in a while and I spotted some Green Tea with Vanilla which I thought was worth a try.
It is Lord Nelson brand. Nope, I’d not heard of it either. I’m not a huge fan of regular green tea to be honest but I really liked this. The packaging is really naff though. One to hide in the tea caddy!
It reminded me that I’d bought some Matcha Green Tea from Twinings to make some green tea cupcakes using a Hummingbird Bakery recipe as they looked a bit, err green and Halloweeney. Turns out I also needed green tea teabags for the chocolate cake base so I got to use my new teabags too. Unfortunately my Matcha wasn’t powdered (or particularly green) so I had to get the pestle and mortar out. The frosting turned out a little grey as a result but they still looked great in Halloween cases from Asda – they came with cute matching bat picks – I also got to use my Wilton star piping nozzle and boy does that give great results for not much effort!
It seems I was on a bit of a cooking roll today as I also made some Ginger Beer and Tangerine Glaze Ham using a BBC Good Food recipe: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/864635/ginger-beer-and-tangerine-glazed-ham
So so simple. Pop the gammon join in a pan with a bottle of ginger beer and some fragrant spices and finish it off in the oven with a honey and mustard glaze. Totally scrummy and I even went to the effort of using some left over slices for Welsh Rarebit for tea.
Week 18: Patterns – Half Moons
Base colour: OPI All The Berry Best
Glitter: China Glaze Electrify
Top Coat: Seche Vite
Verdict: These are so easy to do with hole reinforcement rings! It turned out very Christmassy although in real life you can see more of the red glitter particles.