Not everyone wants to go mad on Halloween, but even if I’m staying in, I love to celebrate somehow. Since I’ve been a student I’ve gone out every Halloween, but I know that’s not for everybody. So just for you I’ve decided to compile my favourite ways to celebrate the holiday without needing much more than a laptop and a little bit of creativity. Treats When I was still at school, my friend’s grandma used to throw us a little Halloween party. She would make scary snacks like Witches Fingers (frankfurter sausage with knuckles sliced into them and false nails at the tip), Banana Ghosts (halved bananas with an ice lolly stick at the flat end and eyes drawn on), and Jelly Eyeballs. There are hundreds of recipes for Halloween treats out on the internet, and I recommend checking out out Kat‘s recipe for Halloween Shortbread because they look divine (I’m making these on Thursday and I can’t wait!). Don’t forget that shops such as M&S sell Halloween crisps which always look adorable as well. Top it all off with blood orange juice for extra spookiness. I actually have a post about treats coming up on Friday so don’t forget to…

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I did it guys! I made it to adulthood in every country of the world. After a day of surprises in Manchester from my boyfriend, and my best friends and family surprising me by all coming out for dinner with me in the evening, I was well and truly spoilt by all that is photographed and more (I didn’t have time to photograph everything, simply because I went home mid week to visit another friend for her birthday and I’ve been at either at uni or work during every single hour of decent lighting). Keep reading if you’re interested in what my nearest and dearest treated me to on my big day. As I said, my family and some of my best friends surprised me at dinner, and my mum’s friend actually made me these cupcakes. The Little Mermaid is my absolute favourite Disney film, and my mum really put a lot of effort into my presents (thinking about my favourite things, not just what would make a nice present), including these cupcakes. They were delicious, and I actually got to sample them again because the same friend made them for the friend I visited on Wednesday. The first gifts I opened,…

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Being a student means that I don’t have space for a dressing table (cries for days) so I have to do my makeup on a slightly unconventional surface in the mornings. Like a large number of beauty bloggers out there, I use the IKEA Alex Drawers to store my makeup (I have the 5 drawer as I want to get a second and make a desk from it when I have the space), as well as using the top to store beauty products which I use on a near-daily basis. This also doubles as my boyfriend’s bedside table when he stays over so there’s usually a wallet and a phone floating about there too. I can sit on my bed to apply my makeup, and I store my hair dryer and straighteners to the side. As I previously said, I tend to store things that I need everyday on here, unless they look overly unsightly, and then they get thrown in the bottom drawer (read: deodorant).

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This post has been a long time coming for a few reasons: I have been busy with uni, and this was a bit of a pain to work out Seasonal blog post planning is in full swing and I had personal deadlines to get sorted (this is my only free post slot for about a month now) I had so many thoughts on how to write this post – city by city, state by state, based on my shopping etc I’ve had post-holiday blues but now it’s 5 weeks after the holiday ended, I think I’m over them I’ve been waiting for my dad to send me his beautiful photos but he still hasn’t so I’ve given up on waiting (if he ever sends them to me, I may to do an extra post) I was planning on doing an America Haul, but it never came to light. However, I have mentioned many a product in other posts, and if you’d like me to do a separate post on my shopping thoughts in American stores, just let me know in the comment section below this post or on twitter. Also feel free to ask me about more specific holiday things…

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Imagine all your makeup just vanishing. Think about it. Now wipe those tears and think about what you would replace straight away. Basically that’s what today’s post is. It’s the ‘If all my makeup disappeared’ tag. It’s actually surprising that it didn’t take me long to decide but I guess that’s because you have your favourites and these are mine.

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How many bloggers out there don’t love a good shop around Lush? I love most of their products, especially their bath bombs, but their Halloween/Christmas range is special. Every year, excitement grows and then in early October, it is all released. On the day of the release, I put in a little order online (the nearest Lush to me currently is a twenty minute train ride away) and it arrived a week ago. I’ve not been able to use anything yet since I don’t actually have a bath where I live at uni, but I bought them in preparation of me going home for my birthday at the beginning of next week. This year, I bought products that I’ve never tried before (other than So White) because I wanted to be daring. As daring as someone whose comfort zone is in a bath full of bubbles.

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