My Christmas Presents This Year!


I absolutely love Christmas, the food, the booze, decorating the tree and not forgetting the presents! I was so impressed with what I received this year, there's usually one present which is questionable but the family did good!

I thought I would show you all some of my favourite presents from the bunch (mainly my make-up products and some other bits and bobs) 

I'll start with my star of the show, the Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick  - I was really surprised I got this for Christmas as I know it's quite expensive but I am absolutely chuffed I now own a Bobbi Brown product (thanks mum!)



I loved the packaging it came in!



The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick glides onto your cheekbones so perfectly, it leaves your skin glowing and you feel like a true bronzed goddess! 



I was also lucky to receive some MAC foundation, primer and lipstick - Santa loved me this year!


 I got a matte lipstick in Relentlessly Red which I think suits girls with blonde hair (like me!)



I love this shade of red, this will go nicely in my wide range of red lipsticks.


I bought some MAC foundation from Selfridges during the summer and with it I received the MAC Prep & Prime. I gave it a try and fell in love with the product straight away, it is so silky smooth and with a hint of sparkle, it makes putting on make-up that bit easier.


I ran out of MAC foundation about two months ago and refused to buy anymore before Christmas as I was hoping someone would buy me some more! Luckily they did and I'm so grateful for it! I had to use a Rimmel foundation in the mean time and it just wasn't the same, MAC foundation all the way! 

 This is the Studio Fix Fluid in NW13 shade


I have quite fair skin so NW13 is the perfect shade for my complexion. The girls at the MAC counter are always really helpful and will find you the right type of make-up for your skin.

Now I own all this lovely make-up, I need to put it in something! Fear not, as I got a beautiful make-up bag which holds so much stuff in it, it's great! I always have to leave a lot of my make-up at home as I have now obtained quite a few palettes and so leave them behind!




I told you it could hold a lot!

I've started to try out more palettes as I've never thought about buying them in the past and would use a single eyeshadow instead of having a variety. 

My boyfriend bought me the W7 - In The Night Smokey Shades Eye Colour Palette which has 12 bold and beautiful shades to use. 


From left to right: Dusty/Wonderland/Summer/Atlanta/Abracadabra/Top Hat/Razzmataz/Lady Luck/Laura E/Party Pooper/Gate Crash/Bologna 


Moving on from make-up slightly and onto nail varnish - my boyfriend bought me the Ciate Candy Cane House which holds 4 different glittery nail varnishes, all with their own festive scents!


Unfortunately I got too excited and got rid of the box before I took the photos but it was in this cute little candy house.
The 4 glitters are: Ginger Snap (gingerbread scent)
Candy Craze (candy cane scent)
Tangled Tinsel (Christmas tree scent)
Snow Fall (fresh cotton scent)

Here I am wearing Snow Fall and Tangled Tinsel (excuse the awful cuticles!)


My New Years Eve nails - Ginger Snap by Ciate on top and a Grape Affair by OPI as a base.


Speaking of festive scents, I was bought this huge Yankee Candle for Christmas and it smells too good. I have had my fair share of Yankee Candles but I've never had the Christmas Cookie candle before, yum!


It has such a powerful scent and will make any room smell delicious.

Every year I need a new diary and I like to be quite particular about what kind of diary I get as it has to fit into my handbag. This year I got a perfect diary for my handbag, it fits like a glove and is very pretty too!


I hope I will have more exciting events and invites to fill this diary with! 

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a happy New Year! 



Birchbox: December Edition


This months box is crammed full of winter essentials and party saviours, just what I need for this busy few weeks ahead!

There are quite a few brands I have never heard in this months Birchbox but am looking forward to trying them all!

So let's begin:

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream £50


Eslor is a premium skin care company who pride themselves in giving people beautiful complexions!

The Firming Collagen Day Cream is designed to give your skin a bit of a plumping boost and with it's super hydrating properties it's brilliant for the cold months!


This is only a sample pot but it will last me quite a while, you just massage into your skin once cleansed morning and night.


Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator £26



Vasanti is a Canadian brand and have brought out this delightful exfoliator cleanser to make our skin look and feel soft, smooth and radiant.

It's made from Papaya, Micro-crystals, Coconut and Aloe making it the perfect combination to give our skin a good seeing to!

All you need to do is wet your face and massage a pea-sized amount of product over your face - do this 3-5 times a week.

BiOrganics Perfect Balance Rebalancing Shampoo £9



BioOrganics is a natural hair range free from paragons, perfume and artificial colour ensuring that your hair gets the right treatment without the nasties!

It cares for coloured hair (woohoo!), helps relieve itchy & dry scalps as well as balancing out oily roots and dry hair ends (plus other good stuff)

When I first took a whiff of the shampoo you could really smell the lavender but it also contains camomile too! I can't wait to give this product a go, my hair is having a bit of a bad time at the moment so it deserves some TLC.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick Smoke £8 (full size product)




Eyes weren't lying when they said it was a fat stick, it's huge! I have never really used an eyeshadow product this thick before but I'm willing to give it a go!

Eyeko are a London based company and have got some gorgeous products including the Alexa Chung Mascara and Eyeliner set. These Fat Eye Sticks are exclusive to Birchbox and come in three different colours: Gilt, Smoke and Satin.


It's perfect for doing smokey eyes during the Christmas season and is very simple to apply.  It's a lovely charcoal colour and is ever so slightly sparkly, just what you need to get into the Christmas spirit!

This has got to be one of my favourite products in the box this month.

Benefit Christmas Cracker - High Beam £19.50 (Birchbox Exclusive)


I love opening crackers over Christmas dinner and finding what ridiculous free toy and bad joke you've got but this cracker is a little bit different.

The Benefit Christmas Cracker has got inside one of their best products: High Beam.
High Beam is a liquid illuminator which suits all skin tones ( even more reason to buy a full size bottle)

I have used High beam in the past and have loved it, it makes your cheekbones and brow bones really pop and shine, making you look gorgeous for a night out!


It's very easy to apply, all you need to do is paint a small amount onto your cheekbones and/or brown bones and just keep blending until you see fit, ta dah!


Models Own Nail Polish £5 (full size product)


You were given an option of what nail varnish colour you wanted and so I chose Amethyst although I kind of regret this now as I recently has a manicure done in Models Own Emerald shade and fell in love with it but never mind!


Amethyst is a beautiful sparkly purple essential for the Christmas season. The lid is made from purple velvet which I thought was a cute touch. The good thing about Models Own Nail Polish is that it's such good value for money, £5 is a good price for high quality polish.

I will be using this for my Christmas day nails :)


Sophia Webster Purse £25 (Birchbox exclusive)



Sometimes Birchbox like to throw in an extra little treat and send a lifestyle gift too. This month they have sent me a cute little Sophia Webster Purse, useful if you don't want to take your full purse out with you! It can fit cards, change and even a lipstick in there.



Sophia Webster is a magnificent shoe and bag designer based in the UK, her designed are really quite breath taking. This months box was inspired by her work and I love it!




My Christmas blog will be up soon, thanks for reading!



Lush Bath Bomb - My First Experience


I know Lush has been around for years and I've heard loads of good things about the company but I've never bought anything from them for myself, it's always been for others!

I decided to buy some of their most popular products to see what all the noise was about. I chose the Northern Lights bath bomb and the Snow Fairy shower gel.













The winter is well an truly upon us now which gives us more of an excuse to have deliciously hot baths so I tried out the Northern Lights bath bomb first. I really like the  idea of it, making the illusion of the Northern Lights with the added touch of sparkly stars embedded in the bath bomb.


 It is Ylang Ylang and Jasmine scented so you know you're in for a relaxing bathing experience!
Unfortunately you can't see the stars in my photos but they were a really nice touch, it made my bath feel very Christmassy!


It turned my bath water completely purple but had these neon yellows and blues swirling around to create the Northern Lights effect.


You can get hold of one of these from any Lush shop and are priced at £3.50. If you would rather not face the bitter weather, you can always buy these online!

Check out my video of the Northern Lights exploding in my bath!

video


The next day I tried the Snow Fairy shower gel and my God, was it delicious. To this day, I still want to eat it every time I'm in the shower!


According to Lush Snow Fairy is a limited edition product which only comes out around the winter months. It smells like candy floss and bubble gum, it's a very sweet scent but is so nice to wash yourself with!

As you can see, it's very pink and has a slight hint of sparkle to it so it's probably best to advise your boyfriend before he starts slapping it on. 

You can buy a 100g bottle for £3.75 - I still have loads left and have been using it for a few weeks now!

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit and get yourself down to the Lush store!



James Acaster Interview


Twitter is a wonderful thing, you'll be surprised at what can happen just by tweeting someone, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the very bad (Piers Morgan, I'm looking at you!) 



But one day, on the off chance I tweeted James Acaster as I bought tickets to see him perform at The Playhouse in Norwich and thought that I might be able to blag myself a quick interview with him for my blog, and I did ( Stuart Laws was also there too!)

Unfortunately I don't have any photographic proof that is ever happened, but I assure you it did and it was an amusing 20 minutes of my life.











( if you would like to actually hear the very un-professional interview, email me: courteneyfullerton@googlemail.com)

James Acaster is an up and coming comedian who has been featured on Nevermind the Buzzcocks and Mock The Week. He has been nominated for 3 awards, but now feels that winning stuff is overrated. 

Anyway, enough of my babbling, this is how the interview went:

What made you decided that you wanted to become a comedian?

"I originally wanted to be in a band, I left school at 17 to just do bands and then when I was 22 my band stopped and had been in a series of bands since school and exhausted myself by trying to make them all work. So I started to do comedy, just to fill the days, not because I really wanted to do it. I didn't have any qualifications to fall back on, so I thought, whilst I figure out what I want to do, I'll do stand up as it's an adrenaline thing and it would be something I can look back on and say that I was proud that I did it."  

"At first, I wasn't too sure about doing stand up but I just started to become obsessed and fascinated with it that I just carried on doing it. After a year and a half I decided that I wanted to do it as a job."

Where's the worst place you have performed?

"I was performing in Lincoln and during the interval someone in the crowd sent me an aggressive tweet, well, I thought it was a nice tweet and so in the second half I mentioned the tweet on stage and the guy revealed himself and he was like "yeah it was me and it was meant to be sarcastic, and I was saying that you don't have a very big crowd tonight" It was a night in Lincoln with about 80 people there, I was quite happy with that! 

"It then transpired that he was part of a crowd that once made Frankie Boyle walk off stage. That then got the second half off to a weird start and I was getting glimpses of people in the crowd not enjoying it." 

"Some people just go "Oh, there's comedy on at the Art Centre, we'll go and see the comedy" and the comedy in their head is going to any number of things, depending on who the person is and then I walk out and it's not what they expected, it's just some young guy being a knob."

I read that you can play the drums? What do you think you're better at, playing the drums or being a comedian?

"Comedian! I'm very rusty at the drums now, I used to practice everyday and I used to teach the drums, but now I would be really rusty at everything." 

me: "You should incorporate the drums!"

J: " Well, I like to travel light, maybe one day when I can afford a van!"

You're from Kettering, so if I went there, what is the best thing to recommend?

"Well, it is pretty hip if you watch our online documentary series called Sweet Home Ketteringa! There is the Wicksteed Theme park, it has roller coasters in it. There kind of one notch above fairground rides. You know, living in a town with a roller coaster in it, that's still pretty good."

"You've got the Manor House Museum, which is a museum about Kettering like the history of the shoe trade and a mummified cat. You've also got a Chimichanga, 2 branches of Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC, all the fast food chains are there. You've got Rock and Bowl but it's now called New York Thunder Bowl which I object to."

"Once you've watched Sweet Home Ketteringa, you will want to go to Kettering!"

Who are your influences?

" Not you (looks at Stuart Laws) People who got me into comedy were people like Ross Noble, Eddie Izzard and it's a bit annoying because of the news but Bill Cosby was one of the reasons I got into stand up, but I really loved him when I was growing up."

"People like Josie Long, Will Hodgson and Dave Chappelle as well as people who are your peers, so, you don't copy them but you all get inspired by each other to work harder, so coming up with people like Josh Widdicombe and Nick Helm who are like my close friends on the open mic circuit and they were working hard, so it makes you want to work harder so you don't get left behind."

Sum me up in 3 words.

" You? Some you up in three words? I haven't known you long enough! Okay, Interview lady person, is that alright?"



So that was my interview with James Acaster & Stuart Laws ( in the background!)

If you get a chance get yourself tickets to see them on tour before it ends: http://www.jamesacaster.com

Check James Acaster here.


Sweet Home Ketteringa can be found here



If you're interested in hearing the full interview, then email me: courteneyfullerton@googlemail.com

Thanks for reading!


* I did not film or take the photos used in this blog, these were from Google & Youtube.


Coast to Coast Christmas Menu


I wasn't very well a few weeks back and so wasn't able to attend the Coast to Coast Christmas dinner event down Riverside, Norwich. They were kind enough to invite me again and so I went along a few nights ago with my boyfriend Mick. 

For those of you know don't know what Coast to Coast is, it's an American restaurant which prides themselves of excellent food and great customer service! They have some of the most amazing cocktails and the food portions are extremely generous! (they should warn you to wear an elasticated waist!) 

The decor is really cool and feels like a true American restaurant, it has a soulful vibe to it and plays Motown and American rock music, my kinda place!

When we arrived, we were greeted by Darcy and Laz, who were both very helpful and friendly. We were shown to our table which looked really cute with the christmas candy canes and crackers!


We were shown the Christmas menu which is jam packed full of great dishes including the classic roast turkey dinner, Christmas soup and the maple bacon burger.

Seeing as we were getting ourselves into the Christmas spirit, we decided to treat ourselves to their Christmas cocktails!

I went for the classic Mimosa cocktail, fresh orange juice and Grand Marnier. It reminded me of Christmas day and being given some Bucks Fizz in the morning!


Mick on the other hand something a little more visually festive!


The SNOWMAN COCKTAIL!
This consists of vodka, white chocolate liqueur, double cream AND vanilla syrup! I tried some and it was delicious! 

We decided to choose the 3 course meal which is at a bargain price of £24.95, not bad for the amount of food you get. Check out the full menu here

After much decision making, I went for the spicy calamari and Mick chose the BBQ chicken tenders.

The calamari was perfect and the mayo dip was to die for!

Mick's choice: BBQ chicken tenders smothered in cheese and bacon with a BBQ dip!

At this point my stomach was just about ready to take on the main dish, the roast turkey dinner!

Monika the area manager informed us that all of the food is from a fresh source and the food is unique to Coast to Coast, for instance, the burgers are specially made for them, so you won't get their burgers anywhere else!

I couldn't believe my eyes on how big the portion size was, I was really impressed as some restaurants can be really stingy! 
I love pigs in blankets, they make my Christmas and the stuffing balls were good too! I liked the fact they gave me roast potatoes and mash, good carbohydrate duo there!

Mick decided to go for the maple bacon burger, I was a little bit jealous when it came out!

The maple bacon burger came with 2 rashers of maple bacon (obviously) on top of a beef burger with onions, tomatoes and lots of maple syrup! it also came with sweet potato fries ( normal fries were available too!) and a spicy ketchup dip. Mick liked the fact it didn't have a salad garnish on the plate, he doesn't see the point! 



I wasn't able to finish my meal as I was just too stuffed but I had to try and make room for dessert!

I have never tried pecan pie before and a lot of people rave about how nice it is, so I gave it a try.


If you have a very sweet tooth then this is the dessert for you! It was heavily caramel based with a nutty consistency to it, it was very delicious but I just couldn't finish it all, the roast dinner did me in! The vanilla ice cream complimented the pecan pie well and made the dessert very pleasant.


When it comes to food Mick doesn't mess about, he went all out and got the cookie cheesecake!

This baby is made from Oreos and is out of this world! If anything, come to Coast to Coast just for this! It served with chantilly cream and Oreo ice cream, yum!

We had a fabulous time at Coast to Coast, all the staff were extremely helpful and very happy! I will definitely be going back and trying all of their cocktails this Christmas!

Please check out their website and book yourself a table this Christmas!


Thanks for reading!

*this was a complimentary meal