30 November 2015

Gift Guide Week - Day #1

Welcome to my first official Christmas Gift Guide of 2015
Every year I always try and do something a little bit different with my guides as I know every blogger is doing their's at the moment and its nice to see different variations.
There are so many awesome ones I've seen on blogs already, so many fab gift ideas so I can't wait to show you mine too.
So this year I'm going to be doing a post every single day till Friday, each day will feature one product that I have fallen in love with and think you will too.  The reason why I am only doing one product is because then I can review it and really tell you more about it than I could if I was featuring a few in every post.
I have picked things to feature that are mostly super affordable and one or two that are perfect for really special gifts.
I also have tried to pick things that cover a wide age range, most of the gifts I'm featuring can be given to most ages.
I am so excited to share these guides with you, I'm so happy with all the products and I really, really do hope you all like them and find a gift that you want to give someone or even buy as treat for yourself,
so without further ado,
Welcome to Gift Guide #1....
I was so excited when I heard about this CD, I remember being wee and my sister bought the official Disney soundtrack that has all the songs from the movies on it, and I literally listened to it on a loop for weeks and even now, its still on my ipod and it makes me smile every time one of the songs come on when I shuffle it.
I think Disney has such a big place in most people's hearts, the characters, stories but also the music plays such a big role.  Let's be honest, we all know every word to the songs, right?
So when I heard that Disney were bringing out this new album I couldn't wait to hear it.
'We Love Disney' has brought together 15 different artists to cover Disney's most famous songs.  They have let the singers and musicians put their own twist on the songs and rather than sounding like musical theatre tracks or copies of the originals they sound like fully blown pop songs, a few of them I was actually like ' this is not the same song' until it came to the chorus.
I love, love, love Disney music and I think that this is such an amazing idea, getting musicians to twist the songs and make them their own.  Because lets be honest if you wanted to listen to the original you would just listen to the original not someone covering the original version that's why I think this works so well because its like your listening to a different song.
There are so many people you'll know and love who feature on this album, everyone from Jason Derulo, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Jessie Ware, Fall Out Boy and many more.
I have to tell you though, I love so many of the tracks on the album, they really are such beautiful versions but the one that I am obsessed by is Rascal Flatts (who I LOVE) and Lucy Hale (aka Aria from PLL) covering let it go, its this sort of pop/country mash up type thing that my dreams are made of, its basically life.  If your a fan of the song, your basically going to spend now until New Year listening to it.
You can click HERE to see what songs are on the album and if you click on them you can hear a snippet of each track.
I think this would make the most perfect gift or stocking filler for so many people in your life, or if I'm being honest, also yourself, its that good, you need a copy!
(oh quick tip on that, if you buy a physical CD version of this on Amazon they give you a free MP3 download of the album for yourself too, so its a kinda cool way of buying this as a gift for someone and getting a sneaky copy for yourself too, haha)
I have also added a little video below of behind the scenes of the recording of the album and also so you can hear some of the tracks.
We Love Disney Album* -  Amazon £9.99
I hope you liked Day one of my gift guides, come back tomorrow to have a peek of Day two....

27 November 2015

Black Friday Deals on Look Fantastic


Ah Black Friday, how exciting is today.
As you read this I will have probably been up since about half 6 in the morning trying my hardest to buy things that I don't even need just because they have a big sale sticker on them, I'm such a sucker for a sale and the anticipation with everything selling out on Black Friday just reels me right in to make me think I need just about everything on offer, haha!

But I have some super exciting news, as this year I have teamed up with Look Fantastic to celebrate all the awesome things they have going on today and over the whole of cyber weekend (which finishes on Monday).  They were super kind and sent me over a Look Fantastic Black Friday Beauty Box (woah, try saying that 10 times in a row).  Look Fantastic do a really fab beauty box subscription service which you can sign up to on their site and they sent some of us bloggers a one-off Black Friday edition, and it is amazing.  I may have squealed a little when I got it through the door.

This box was filled with all of the goodies you see above and every single one of them will be on offer today and the whole weekend (until stocks last obvz) I couldn't wait to have a wee try of everything in my box and I will have some reviews coming up soon of these products, so keep an eye out for that too.

Last year I ordered so much stuff from Look Fantastic on Black Friday as the deals they had were crazy good and they have somehow managed to go even one better this year.
The sell nearly every major brand to do with hair and beauty and they stock all my favourite products so it's such a treat to be able to make some savings on so many of my faves!

So without further ado here are some of the biggest deals on Look Fantastic today that will run all the way through until Monday.
A lot of the deals correspond to what was in my box so if you like the look of anything from it you can get it for a fab price....

1.  Tangle Teezer Purple Crush - £12 Look Fantastic
You can pick this Tangle Teezer up in the 3 for 2 on haircare products on Look Fantastic.
There are so many brands and products included in this like Kerastase, Pureology, Tigi, Label M and many more.

2.  Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask - £49.99
This mask will be included in the 3 for 2 across the whole of the Glam Glow range.  How amazing a gift would this make for someone, to pick up a few of these masks for Christmas presents.  My mama actually got my sister this exact mask last year and she loves it so much, they have so many different types of products to suit so many different skin types too. The link for the offer is HERE

3.  Eve Lom Cleanser - £55
Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser - £40
So Eve Lom products, how amazing and luxurious are they, right? This was my first experience using Eve Lom and it felt like the poshest skincare I had ever used, haha! I can't wait to put my reviews up for these two cleansers for you.  So if you looking to spoil yourself or someone else you  can buy the 450ml tub of cleanser which is usually £250 for £140 so you save a crazy £110, perfect for longtime lovers of this product too as you can stock up on this and probably not need to buy another one for about 15 years as the tub is so big haha! See the offer on Look Fantastic

4.  A Little Amazing Concealer - £19
Well, this is what is in the slim, small black box in the photos above.  This was a new product to me when I got it in my box and I didn't know what to think of it.  After doing some reading about it and some googling (Beyonce's Make up artist loves it, so I'm sold) and after having a go of it I am so beyond impressed, like seriously impressed.  This is honestly a little wonder tube. The tube is teeny tiny and your a bit like what you see the size but you need, and I'm not exaggerating here, a pinhead amount of this stuff for both of your under eyes, it goes such a long way and is so thick.  If you struggle with under eye darkness, discolouring and pigmentation under you eyes then I would give this a go.  I'm going to do a full in depth review of this for y'all as I was beyond impressed. Also for reference I got the Medium Beige shade to try and I thought there would be no way it would work for  my super pale, with pink undertones skin but its perfect.  Its not a highlighting concealer for  contouring so you want it to match your skin more and not be super light.
You can pick this concealer up in the 3 for 2 across on Look Fantastic HERE. Also included in this section of the sale are things like St Tropez tan, Rimmel, Eylure and tons more so you can really get stocking up for party/Christmas season in the section.

5.  La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Anti - Sebum 8hr - £14.50
This is a product from the French cult drugstore brand that has made its way over to our shores.  I know so many people who are obsessed by this brand as its so skincare focused so I can't wait to try this and some more from the range.
You can have a try of this and anything else you like from the brand in the 3 for 2 across the range that Look Fantastic have got on, shop the deal right HERE

6.  Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - £5.99
Ahh I have been wanting to try this sponge for the longest time, I think it looks amazing and I have heard nothing but good things about it, I can't wait to give this a try and I'll let you all know what I think.
And the most exciting news of all because I know basically everyone loves all the Real Technique brushes, is that you get 35% off the core collection from Real Techniques and you get 3 for 2 on everything else from them, so you will definitely be able to pick up a bargain HERE .

You can view all the offers in the Black Friday sale on Look Fantastic right now, hurry though as I think things will be selling out super fast!

Even more exciting is that on top of all these amazing discounts you can still get an extra 20% off some items, you can check which ones you can get the extra money off of HERE (Just a hint though there are like 121 pages of products so not many things aren't included so take a peek to make sure your not missing out on an extra 20% off).
The code that you need to get the 20% off is -

So basically I have to leave you now and go and spend all my money on make up and hair products....

Have a peek at all the offers and let me know if you manage to pick up some bargains I love hearing what everyone buys on Black Friday, leave me a comment or tweet me and let me know.

Oh and Look Fantastic have a whole lot going on over on their twitter, they have chats and updates about what's in the sale so keep an eye on whats going on over there using the hashtag #LFBLACKFRIDAY.

P.s This box of goodies was gifted to me from Look Fantastic and they told me about their Black Friday deals a little ahead of time but I was under no obligation to post and I'm not getting compensated for it.  I wanted to share the info about whats in the sale with you because I wanted to help anyone out who didn't want to trawl through every page of the site to find what they were looking for.  I did a similar post last year on a few brands and I wanted to focus on LF this year as like I said I spent a lot on it last year and I kinda thought a few of you might have as well and thought this post might help a few of you.  So I really hope it does!

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25 November 2015

Elegant Touch Christmas Nails

Elegant Touch Christmas Nails - ASOS - £6.99

Ahh how cute are these?
A few weeks ago ASOS had a sale on all their beauty items and I spotted these and couldn't resist trying them.
I wanted a pair of fun Christmas nails last year but by the time I got round to buying them they were all sold out so when I saw these Limited Edition one's I knew I had to snap them up.

It's so funny as I haven't worn false/fake nails in so long.  When I was at school I used to wear glue on ones constantly and had the applying of them down to a fine art but because I wore them for so long I got kinda bored and got more into just painting my nails but it was fun having a go at putting some on again with these.

You get enough nails to do 2 full sets out of them (four hands).  They come with the nail tabs to stick them on with, no glue and are the perfect length, seriously I didn't have to do anything to them, no filling the top or the sides or shaping them, they were just amazing.

When I used to wear false nails all the time it was always Elegant Touch I used to wear as I honestly have never tried a better brand for nails, the nails are sturdy and come in so many different shapes and sizes that you will definitely find something that fits.

What I will say though is in the past I always, always put my false nails on with the elegant touch nail glue, the one in the little bottle.  It was amazing, stayed on for weeks and when you decided to take your nails off my nails were never damaged by the glue at all.  I would never have used the glue nail tabs in the past as I just didn't think they ever worked but I used them this time as these were only for 'fun wear' and I didn't want to keep them on longer than a day, so I wanted them on and off quick and easily.

The pack says the nail tabs can last up to a week but by the end of the day a few of mines had flicked off, again this was totally fine for me and exactly what I was looking for, that they would be easing off by the end of the day as I didn't want them on any longer but I really fail to see how these tabs could last for up to a week on your nails, maybe I'm wrong though and they work longer for other people?
What I would say is if your wanted these to be more than just for 'a fun day look' then pick up some of the elegant touch nail glue with these and use that instead of the tabs that come in the pack and then the nails will last you so long.

Because you can pick the nails tabs off the back of the nails, I can keep reusing this design so I can't wait to put them on again for Christmas day, I am such a fan of them and I think they are just the cutest looking things.

Are you a fan of Christmas nails? Have you tried these, what did you think?

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23 November 2015

It's all rock and Roll


Leather Jacket - Muubaa
Tee - American Apparel
Jeans - New Look
Boots - Office
Faux Fur collar - ASOS (I got mine years ago so they don't have the same one but they have a ton of similar ones so I have linked to the page that sells them, hope that helps)
Lipstick - Nars in Cruella
Eyelashes* - Threads in the style Emiloo

I love how one accessory can update a whole look.  This is such a simple outfit but my little fur collar just totally takes it up a  notch I think.  I got it a few years ago from ASOS and I have worn it religiously ever since, its the perfect thing to update an old winter coat too.

I love how messy and undone this look is, something about my hair being super messy, my leather jacket, red boots and red lips, I just love the whole combination.  I think its weirdly festive, I mean I know its not a festive outfit but I kinda feel like it is with the red touches, you know?

I was so excited to try out some new eyelashes.  The only eyelashes I have ever worn have been Eylure, so I was super excited to try another brand.  I love wearing fake eyelashes when it's coming up to the Christmas season, I just think they pull together a glam makeup look so well, they aren't something that I wear all the time but I really love them for special occasions. 
I was super impressed with this style that I tried.  I love how long and curved they are, they aren't too full or intense either but still give your eyes a real wide awake look and because of the shape the eyelashes are cut in, they give you a sort of cat-eyed look as well, which is my favourite thing ever.

The lashes are all handmade and have a flexi-band for a perfect, lightweight fit.  I'll be honest I thought for the length of the lashes they would have felt way heavier on my eyes than they did, they were really comfortable and stayed on great but were also easy to just pull off when I took them off at night (and all my own lashes were still intact too haha). There are 9 styles to choose from and the glue that comes with it is latex free and fragrance free which is great for sensitive eyes like mine.  My skin has been so bad at the moment as I've taken a few skin reactions in a row to some skin products I've been trying which is so annoying but thankfully I took no reaction whatsoever to these lashes, so that was great, so if you've got sensitive skin too I would give them a go.

You can buy these lashes from Threads website or you can buy them from the  Harvey Nicholas Knightsbridge store too. The lashes are all £9.

Have you tried this brand before, are you a fan?

21 November 2015

Book Tour - Meet Me In Manhattan

"In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy ending!"

Say hello to my first Christmas book review of the year, which means in Is This Real Life land that its officially Christmas time, yahhh!
Keep an eye out for a ton of Christmas features coming up over the next few weeks in between all my normal content (don't worry it won't go too Christmas crazy around here) their will be Christmas book reviews, make up looks, outfits and a really exciting Christmas gift guide that I have been working on for a while and can't wait to share with you all but first let's get on with all things books.
I am so excited that I'm part of the book tour for the amazing new Christmas book (Seriously how many times can I say Christmas in one post, you could totally make a drinking game out of this... Get your shot glasses ready)  'Meet Me in Manhattan'. I have never taken part in a book tour before but I couldn't resist this one as Christmas books (take a shot) are some of my favourite books and I really wanted to get involved in this one.
As part of the tour the author let me in on some insider secrets about what it's like when she finishes up writing a book, I love her answer and hope it gives you a little bit more of an insight into the author and her writing.
I have also put up the book tour banner (Look, there's Is this Real Life on it) so that you can check out all the other really amazing blogs that have taken part and the next few that have still to put their posts up in the next few days.
I just loved this book, it was fun and Christmassy (down another one) and sweet and had everything you want from a story at this time of year, if you love some festive fun with a bit of a twist and interesting story then I can't recommend this book enough. 
Take a peek at the piece below and let me know what you think.
Q+A with Claudia Carroll

How you feel once you’ve finished writing a book? Do you ever suffer from ‘book hangover’ syndrome?
 I’d have to say it’s actually the opposite with me, in that once I reach those two magical words at the very end of a book – The End – I almost feel a sense of euphoria. Probably because when you’re coming to the last few chapters of a book, the work is so intense and all consuming. You’re literally living, eating, breathing and sleeping the book until all you want to do is reach that very last line. I swear to God, I’ve been known to go to bed with the laptop on the floor beside me, then reach for it at first light the next morning to pick up where I left off. I’d almost liken the whole end of book process to a marathon runner coming to the twenty mile mark, where you can sense the finish line isn’t too far off and you’re so exhausted that your only focus is on just somehow crossing over it.
So once I do finally finish, I’d treat myself to a few days off and catch up with life really; seeing family and friends, going to the movies and of course, my own personal ‘end of book’ ritual. Every author I know has an end of book ritual, a bit like the author character Paul Sheldon that James Caan plays in Misery. Remember? When he says he gave up smoking years ago, but always allows himself just the one when after he types out those precious words, The End.
I know one author who books herself into a health spa and treats herself to a whole day of indulgence and another who binge watches box sets back to back, to make up for all the time she lost when writing. As for me though, just give me a (large) jar of Nutella and a desert spoon and I’m happy out. Because once you’ve delivered your first draft to your editor, as we all know, that’s when the real work starts!


The ebook of Meet Me in Manhattan is available now on Amazon  for £1.99, and the paperback is out on the 3rd December.

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