Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Christmas advent calendars

Can you believe it's nearly Christmas? It feels like it was only a few months ago that I was writing a similar style post on Sprucenews - The best beauty advent calendars. Time just seems to fly by. 

This year, I am SO excited because I managed to purchase two beauty advent calendars. Therefore, I think it's safe to say you can expect some Christmas vlogs on my channel!

However, last year I didn't have the same luck... get your violins out! 

Unfortunately, by the time I jumped on the bandwagon the advent calendars that I wanted were all sold out. So, I spent my entire December watching with envy as bloggers and people in general posted their goodies online! How sad of me.. I can honestly say I was gutted.

To make sure I was in the know about these things, I started researching early into what brands were bring out advent calendars and the prices so firstly, I didn't miss the launch dates and secondly, so I can make sure that I saved for them because they are not cheap.  

This post was so popular last year that I thought it would be fun to revisit and share with you all what is currently out right now that I think you beauty fanatics would love. 

In no particular order, here are five of the best advent calendars that I have seen so far! *All links are provided* 

Look Fantastic £70

Sunday, 1 November 2015

10 reasons to love November

I never like to start a blog on a negative note, so please excuse this one. November is potentially one of the harder months for me. It's the month that my niece tragically passed away (three years ago this year) and well I guess I feel that emptiness - that I feel daily - even more than I usually do. They say time is a healer, but there isn't a set time and things just become more manageable as time goes by. However, although there is that sadness, there are still things that I am thankful for and there are many reasons to feel positive. 

Rain, cold weather, windy, darkness... erm.. yes, I know it doesn't exactly scream delightful does it, however, there are some incredible things to love about November and as always, I want to share them with you! 
  1. The revamp of Sprucenews begins! That's right, I am changing my website. I always try to make the reader/user journey smoother and well I think that's just the creative businesswoman in me. I love you guys and I appreciate when you drop by and read my content so this is for you. The launch will not be until 01/01/16 but the work starts now. 
  2. Bonfire night.. if you don't know what this is, Bonfire night is an annual event dedicated to bonfires, fireworks and celebrations. There are many names for this, others call it Guy Fawkes night. 'Remember Remember the 5th of November'.
  3. It's only one month until Christmas!!!!
  4. Autumnal fashion and makeup looks are my all time favourite! This is where style really happens for me.
  5. Fall/autumn weather! I love the crunch of leaves under my boots!
  6. Movember - I'm not 100% sure this is an annual thing... however, it should be. Such a great way to raise money for charity.
  7. This is the last time I will say this.. Sob Sob... The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 comes out on November 19th! 
  8. Excuse to drink warm cider.. the Rekorderlig winter cider - apple, cinnamon and vanilla flavour!
  9. Shopping..Shopping... Shopping!!! The perfect excuse to shop, ermm yeah it's for Christmas!
  10. As always, one for my American friends, Thanksgiving!! Great food, appreciation and blessings!
What do you love most about November? 
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