Wednesday, 7 December 2016

My Favourite Christmas Films

It is no secret at all that I LOVE Christmas, probably an unhealthy amount, but it is the most magical time of the year. One of my favourite things about Christmas is all the magical films that there are to watch. I've picked out my favourites - which was really hard as I think I love all of the Christmas films. I've narrowed it down to twelve films as that was the lowest I could go haha!

Love Actually
This is actually my favourite film of all time, it's so heartwarming and the Christmas elements make it even better. I literally love every single aspect of this film, it's funny, you feel all the emotions including the Christmas excitement when it counts down in between certain scenes! I also love how everyone ties in together in this film. It's definitely a must watch for the Christmas season.

It's a Wonderful Life
Now this in an incredible film and I would recommend watching it to anyone. It's shows you what life is really all about and how different it would be if you weren't around, it's a lovely Christmas tale. Also if you're not into watching black and white films, this has been remastered in colour.

Jingle All The Way
This is a hilarious film but it also reminds me so much of Christmas when I was a child. I always have to watch this at Christmas and even though I know what happens, I still get stressed throughout the film haha. This is so lighthearted and a great film to pop on whilst wrapping presents or writing your Christmas cards.

Meet Me in St Louis
This is another older film and I'm not sure if it's techinically a Christmas film, but it is amazing. It's a musical starring Judy Garland and if you haven't seen it, you definitely need to watch it at some point!

Elf doesn't really even need an explanation, everyone loves Elf. Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel make this film worth watching, it's funny and Buddy the Elf gets me so excited for Christmas. I also love how a lot of the film is set in New York City.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This is the film I watch first out of all the Christmas films, I adore Baby Grinch and actually set him as my phone wallpaper every Christmas. This is a classic Christmas film and I can relate to the Grinch so much in some ways - apart from the fact he hates Christmas!

Home Alone
In all honesty I only watched Home Alone for the first time 3 years ago, I had never seen it before. But now I have I love it! This is techinically cheating, but by Home Alone I do mean the 1st and 2nd films, they are amazing and I can't get through December without watching them.

The Santa Clause
This is another favourite that's techinically cheating, because my favourites are both the 1st and 2nd films in the trilogy. I have to watch these films in December and most of the time, I'll watch the 2nd one on Christmas Day. They are amazing films and they fill me with Christmas joy, they are definitely must watch films.

Santa Claus The Movie
This film was recommended to me by my friend Dani and she definitely knows her films, so I watched this for the first time this year and it's so magical. I normally steer away from older films, but I make an exception for Christmas films otherwise I'd be missing out on incredible ones like this one!

The Muppet Christmas Carol
I watched this film for the first time at school and think I asked for the DVD straightaway for Christmas. I love the Christmas Carol and the Muppets and this is definitely my favourite version of the Christmas Carol. Every year on Christmas Eve I get the 'After all there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas' song in my head.

Miracle on 34th Street
I've personally never seen the original of this film, but I love the remake with Mara Wilson. This film reminds me of Christmas as a child and it always makes me believe in the Christmas magic, so I usually start off December by watching this.

Arthur Christmas
I watched this for the first time in January when I was in that post-Christmas mood and it instantly lifted my spirits again. But also got me excited for Christmas way too early! It is such a lovely film and is perfect for any age, it really gives you a feel of the Christmas magic so this is perfect to watch if you don't feel very festive!
What are your top 3 Christmas films?
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Icing

Gingerbread is such a Christmassy scent and flavour, so I couldn't resist making these cupcakes. Also for once I can eat them because they don't contain cinnamon! The salted caramel buttercream adds the perfect flavour on top of the gingerbread spiced cupcake, I'll definitely be making more of these to give out as gifts before Christmas Day. The gingerbread man sprinkles are the cutest too! I found the recipe for these here.

You will need:
140g Unsalted Butter
200g Golden Caster Sugar
60g Black Treacle
60g Golden Syrup
2 Free-Range Eggs, Plus 2 Free-Range Egg Yolks
300g Plain Flour
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
240ml Milk, Warmed

125g Caster Sugar
80ml Double Cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
160g Salted Butter, Softened
200g Icing Sugar

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 & line two 12-hole muffin trays with 15 paper cases.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and creamy. Beat in the treacle, syrup, eggs and egg yolks until well combined.
3. Sift together the flour, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then beat in half of the warm milk. Add the remaining flour mixture and the remaining milk, and beat until well combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until well risen and lightly firm to the touch. Remove the cakes from the tin and cool on the cooling rack.
5. For the buttercream, heat the caster sugar and four tablespoons of water in a saucepan over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat and cook the caramel for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and slightly thickened. Remove the pan from the heat immediately and stir in the cream (be careful it may spit)! Stir in the salt and vanilla and set aside to cool completely.
6. Cream the butter and sugar together for 4-5 minutes at least, then beat in the caramel. When combined pipe or spread the icing over the cupcakes and sprinkle with a little extra sea salt.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Favourite Christmas Songs

If you know me personally, you'd know it's very hard for me to choose only 20 of my favourite Christmas songs to put into this blogpost. These are my absolute favourites and the ones I can't get through December without listening to. My actual playlist for Christmas on Apple Music contains 59 songs and is 3 hours and 10 minutes long haha!

1. Sleigh Ride - She & Him
2. Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
3. Silver Bells - Jim Reeves
4. A Winter's Tale - David Essex
5. Fairytale of New York - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
6. Last Christmas - Wham
7. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
9. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
10. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
11. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
12. Xmas In Bed - Eliza Doolittle
13. My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears
14. Shake Up Christmas - Train
15. A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
16. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
17. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
18. This Christmas - Christina Aguilera
19. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
20. Wombling Merry Christmas - The Wombles

What are your favourite Christmas songs?
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 #5 | Beauty Gifts

If you haven't seen everyone raving about this palette since it came out, where have you been?! This is a must have for any eyeshadow lover, it contains all of the perfect neutral shades you'll need on a day-to-day basis. Urban Decay eyeshadows are amazing quality, so they would definitely make a great gift!

Two - Spectrum Brush Set
Spectrum Brushes come in amazing gift sets and they're such good quality. They also look really pretty on a dressing table, so they'd be perfect for anyone that wears make up and loves the marble aesthetic. They are also cruelty free and vegan friendly!

Three - Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream
I'm pretty sure I've said it before but everyone loves receiving perfume or aftershave for Christmas. Charlotte Tilbury's first perfume came out this year and if the person you're buying for loves classic smelling perfumes, this would be perfect for them.

Four - Too Faced Let it Glow Gift Set
Highlighting has become a big make up step this year. I still haven't caught on to it but I know a lot of people that have, this gift set would be perfect for those people. It contains a highlighter, blusher and bronzer so it would also be perfect for building up someone who is new to make up's kit. 

Five - Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Kit
If you couldn't tell by now I'm a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury's products, mainly because they work so well. This set includes a mascara, eyeliner and cream eyeshadow, so it's perfect for creating an eye look that goes well together. 
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