This past week has been an emotional one for me. My hormones have been in full on cray cray mode and a few personal matters have had me on a roller-coaster of tears, anxiety and exhaustion. I’ve consumed a little too much wine and my psoriasis is super angry, I look like I’ve been stood in a snow globe for several hours. Oh well, Christmas is coming and I’ve told myself to snap out of my mood and get back into the festive spirit I had all through October and November, maybe I festively peaked too early? So whilst I’ve been a wee bit blue over the last week a few things have stood out for me…
On Friday night, one of my close friends came round to my flat. After a hideous week I was very much in need of a night in with a girlfriend, Harry Potter and pizza. Naturally, we got talking about some pretty deep stuff as Harry, Ron and Hermione hijacked the bodies of three Ministry of Magic staff and stole the horcux off ol’ Umbridge.
We talked about how willing people are to give up on things – fun, fun fun! At the moment, my Facebook & Twitter feed and that hideous right-hand column of Daily Mail Online are filled with couples breaking up, divorces, and ‘conscious un-coupling’ (Gwen babes, there really is no euphemism for ‘divorce’ I’m afraid.) Couples I know who I thought were as happy as Larry, and Hollywood couples I was so sure would make it are crumbling in front of my eyes. Whilst I really don’t care about the latter (unless Bey and Jay break-up, I would have to go into mourning) it does make me realise the sheer number of relationships that don’t last.
With Christmas just around the corner now is the time to pick up those last minute treats, or manically rush round buying presents if you haven’t started shopping yet! All the gifts below are my personal recommendations, I’ve tried and tested the lot, some have been sent to me especially for maryoliviahickey.com, some I’ve bought myself as a December treat and some are a preview of the gifts I’ll be handing out to friends and family on December 25th.
All the gifts are £20 and under, perfect for family members, girlfriends and Secret Santas. Many of the treats are below £10 and perfect for stocking fillers.
1. Clinique ‘Makeup Brush Cleanser’
Perfect for beauty lovers, this Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser is the ideal way to wash a collection of makeup brushes. This is one of those gifts that any beauty lover will adore and probably not already own. I find buying makeup for someone else is always risky as it’s a very personal thing, this is the perfect alternative.
2. Beauticology ‘Creamy Marshmallow Frosting Foot Lotion’
The Beauitcology collection from Baylis & Harding is a more affordable and fun alternative to the mother brand. Despite the lower cost, this range doesn’t lack in quality. The Gingerbread Foot Lotion and cozy sock duo is the perfect gift for Christmas. Oh and smells good enough to eat.
£5.00 (Currently 1/3 off in Sainsburys!!)
So last week was pretty special. I am in full Christmas mode right now and a second, even more special event is not far away, my sisters wedding. Okay, well it’s in the summer but we are currently in the process of getting everything organised. This weekend we headed up home to Sheffield to talk flowers, dresses and drink. Perfect. And here’s a few more treats I’ve loved this week.
Over a year ago I wrote this. It got an incredible response and remains the most viewed and shared blog post I’ve ever written. I like to look back and read my blog posts from time to time, reading that particular one reminds me how far I have come in a single year. When I wrote this post in September 2013 I was really struggling with life. Okay I didn’t have horrendous misfortunes but for me, being unemployed for over 3 months was the hardest and most personally challenging time of my life.
I’m writing this on the 1st of December and I don’t think I have ever been so excited about Christmas as I am this year.
Last week I started my Christmas shopping, I love buying gifts for my family, I love wrapping them and scattering the gifts under my tree for a month even more. I LOVE good wrapping paper and this year I headed to Paperchase and bought the most beautiful paper and gift wrap accessory pack. I’m not going to spoil the surprise for my family but let me tell you it’s lovely. So aside from my Christmas playlist, multiple mince pie eating and Christmas market visiting here’s what else I’ve been loving this week.