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BLOGMAS: CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

It's that time of the year again when everyone is trying to think about what to give people for Christmas, as well as making their own wishlists. I thought I'd do a quick post with a range of ideas because I know I always look for posts like this to get some inspiration!

Beauty:
→ Bath or shower set - I mean you can't go wrong can you, they make a great gift and can be used by anyone. I love this set from the brand Hugg that I got from Waitrose.
→ Perfume/Cologne - Also a super simple idea but it's so nice to get something new to wear. Also Fragrance Direct has 70% at the moment!
→ Bath bomb - A good bath is underrated and of course Lush is the ultimate go-to for amazing bath bombs but of course, lots of places sell some lovely ones.
→ Makeup palette - For the makeup lovers, I feel like a palette is a gift that will be appreciated and you can get eyeshadow, contour, highlight etc. James Charles x Morphe Palette is insane for those who like to experiment with colour but goo…

WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

Since I have always enjoyed watching the 'What's in my bag' videos on YouTube, I thought why not do it myself on here! I don't necessarily always carry around a bag with me but these are the items I would say are my essentials!

1) Phone - So obviously I always have my phone with me, I currently have the iPhone 6 with a white marble case. Had to use the phone to take the image but you can see my case which I had to carefully pull off without scratching the actual phone to pieces (why do they do that?)
2) Purse/Wallet - Another important item is of course your money and I have mine in this handy little mint green wallet that has an extra big compartment for your phone as well. Plus it was not expensive at all so that is also a bonus!
3) Lip balm - There is nothing I hate more than feeling like you have dry lips and not having any lip balm, so I never leave the house without it nowadays. There are hundreds of different brands but Vaseline is always a winner, the Rosy Lips one also adds a bit of subtle colour too, 2 in 1!
4) Gum - I feel like everyone has gum in their bags yet if someone takes theirs out, suddenly a crowd builds up because they conveniently have 'run out'! But yes, I do also like to have gum with me, Extra is probably my most common choice but I like to vary the flavour!
5) Hairbrush, hairband & pin - Essentials for most people with long hair, especially in England when you spend ages doing your hair just go out and for it to start drizzling...cue the frizz!!! So I just have this simple paddle brush along with a hairband and pin if needed.
6) Earphones - When you're out and about it's always useful to have earphones so you can listen to music, videos, podcasts, audio books or whatever you fancy really! Especially if you're travelling or doing something active! I use the Apple earphone that came with my phone but use whatever is most comfortable for you!
7) Portable charger - I mainly have this for when I'm going out for long periods of time, especially if I know I'm going to be using my phone a lot to take pictures or whatever. There's nothing worse than having your phone die on you, especially when one minute you're on 60% and the next it has dropped suddenly down to 20%! I wouldn't say this portable charger is top quality as it was from Amazon for under £10 but it does the job!
8) Mascara - I don't tend to carry around all the make up products I use as I feel like it tends to stay on my face fairly well, however I occasionally do like to touch up my mascara a bit as it wears of and my lashes seem less full during the day. Mine is just one from Rimmel but I'm sure we all have our go to brands.
9) Perfume - This Ted Baker perfume is the perfect size for a bag when you want a quick spritz on the go, it smells fab and always stays in my bag. I got it in a gift set so I'm dreading when it runs out but maybe I'll get some more around Christmas!
10) Pen & notebook - I wouldn't say this is vital or always in my bag but I have always been someone that likes writing lists, notes, ideas or just various doodles so I do like to have them handy. I recently purchased this lined one from Tesco in a minty green colour which was literally like £2 so a complete bargain - however I do intend to pick up a larger plain paper one at some point so I can get back into sketching & painting at some point.
11) Hand cream - I always like the idea of hand cream and I have a variety of different ones in my drawer from the likes of Ted Baker, Cath Kidston, Soap and Glory etc. but I don't ever enjoy the feeling of having something on my hands and despite knowing it will rub in, I end up washing it off. However now the colder months are approaching I am determined to start using it more often to keep my hands feeling much softer and in better condition. So I'd say this is a new addition to my bag!
12) A little mirror like this is perfect for when you want a quick touch up or have that horrible feeling that there's your hair is stuck up in a funny way and there's something on your face, even though most of the time you still look exactly the same as you did before you left the house 5 minutes ago! Anyway I like to be able to whip one out needed, either that or the front camera on a phone is also a great alternative!

I'd love to know what any of you guys reading have in your bags and if you have a similar list to mine. I feel like some bags end up being an endless container of items and when you get to having a sort out it's like you've turned into Mary Poppins with the amount of things that fit!


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