So today marks a year since my cursor hovered over the “publish” button after writing my first blog post and eventually I closed my eyes and clicked. I remember I was absolutely terrified to actually make that click. Why? Fear. Fear of comparison. Fear of judgement. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of expectation. Fear of… the unknown.

I didn’t have a clue. Would anyone actually care? Would anyone actually read my poxy blog post, let alone come back to my blog? Is my writing style captivating enough to keep people on the page? Is what I’m writing about what people even want to read about?

I have had so much to learn, but I have been determined this past year. I’ve read so much about building websites, and now know more acronyms related to blogging and google than I could ever have imagined. I am not one for giving up.

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I am so incredibly grateful for my blog. It “came along” just at the right time in my life.  It has been hard work at times, particularly whilst holding down a demanding full-time job, but outside of my work, it has given me purpose. Blogging is not as easy as some people might seem to think it is, it is constant and requires a multitude of skills.

I have amassed more blog props than I know what to do with, or where to store! I have become *even more* interested/obsessed in/with make up (how is that even possible?) I have met some truly lovely people, which I will be forever thankful for.

My blog will never be award-winning, or come up to the same standard as some of the beauties that I read, and I’ll never work with the big brands that some bloggers do, but my blog is my own little sparkly corner of the internet, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and created in the space of a year.

I’d like to say thank you to every single person who takes the time to read my posts, or even just visits my website.  In fact, thank you for the support across all my social media platforms.

And finally, of course I need to say happy first birthday/blogiversary, Surrounded by Sparkle! I’m so looking forward to seeing where the next year takes me blogging-wise, and I hope you are too.

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Most people dream and hope for a little bit of luxury in their lives. I know I personally love the finer things in life. From handbags to shoes, perfume to jewellery, there’s no denying if I can afford it, I’m splashing out. When it comes to Christmas, I love to make a Luxury Wish List, which I know for sure that Santa is not so fond of, haha! I thought I’d share with you my Luxury Wish List for 2017. [Please note that none of the photography in this post is my own and all images have been taken from the linked brand websites].

 Luxury Fragrance Gift Sets

Clive Christian* perfumes features a range of exquisite fragrances crafted with rare and precious ingredients. Clive Christian has a rich heritage of creativity and craftsmanship, which makes them one of the finest perfume houses in the U.K.

As you know, I am a sucker for beautiful packaging, and the packaging of the Clive Christian fragrances are striking. Although these perfumes come with a larger price tag, if you delve into the ingredients of the perfumes, you can really tell why – the quality is clearly there. A lot of the ingredients of these perfumes are very festive, and would be perfect for a Christmas gift. As well as being sold on the Clive Christian website, you can purchase these fragrances at Selfridges and Harrods, which again shows the calibre of the fragrances. I would be delighted to get a bottle of Clive Christian fragrance under my tree on Christmas morning, and have been eyeing up the V Fruity Floral scent with bergamot, black pepper and frankincense – yum!

 

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Luxury Shoes

Christian Louboutin started his own range of women’s shoes in the early 1990’s, with all his shoes having a signature red sole.

I am obsessed with shoes and have goodness only knows how many pairs. I have been desperate for a pair of Louboutins for as long as I can remember, and for whatever reason, it just hasn’t happened. Every time I go into Harvey Nichols, I am too tired to try on a pair, or my feet are hot *ick* and I can’t be bothered. There are so many pairs on my Wish List, that I don’t even know where to begin! One day my wardrobe WILL be filled with countless pairs of these babies. How awesome would it be to unwrap a pair of Louboutins on Christmas morning?!

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 Luxury Hampers

Fortnum and Mason is an upmarket department store in Picadilly, London. It is the ultimate destination for unique gifts such as hampers, elegant wines and spirits, famous teas and coffees, and so much more (I’m a fan of the chocolates!).

I have always wanted a Fortnum and Mason’s hamper, because, quite frankly, who wouldn’t want to keep the huge F&M hamper basket afterwards? There are literally so many different varieties of hampers to choose from, and at Christmas time, there are Christmas varieties too. These are perfect for all the family to tuck into during the festive period! They are really worth taking a look at, and for those of you who like a festive tipple, there are hampers filled with alcohol too!

 

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 Luxury Jewellery

Since 1837, Tiffany and Co. has been the world’s premier jeweller and America’s house of design. Tiffancy and Co. create timeless jewellery with superlative craftsmanship.

Waking up to that little blue box under your Christmas tree on Christmas morning is the most magical feeling. I already own a few pieces of jewellery from Tiffany and Co. and am always looking to add to my collection. I am loving the below earrings, with the pop of signature Tiffany blue. Santa, please?!

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Luxury Handbags

Mulberry is a British brand founded in 1971. It has created an International reputation for its style and quality.

I am a handbag addict, and although I have one Mulberry in my handbag collection, I would love another. I am currently lusting after the “Tenby” (below), as I think it is so elegant and chique. There are so many Mulberry handbags that are beautiful and that I would love to add to my handbag collection.  Again, I just didn’t know where to start with this list. I probably want about 90% of the Mulberry website, and the 10% I don’t want is the men’s section! How delighted would you be if you unwrapped a mulberry box on Christmas morning, and inside was a gorgeous handbag?! I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I definitely need to find myself a generous husband, don’t I!!!

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There are so many other Luxury products that I could add to this Wish List.  However, I fear it could go on and on for rather a long time. I hope you have enjoyed reading some of the things I am lusting after, or have got some ideas for yourself or a loved one!

 

This post was written in collaboration with Clive Christian perfumes, however that does not sway any of my opinions in any way.

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This year, I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin, with cleansing, moisturising and doing more face masks and treatments in general. Recently I’ve been using the Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque by Image Skincare, and I have to say I’ve been really liking it.

This is a hydrating mask that gently exfoliates the build up of dull, dry skin with nourishing Vitamins A, C, and E – promoting more healthy, radiant skin. Image Skincare recommend use for dry, dehydrated, or post treatment skin.

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You apply the mask liberally onto clean skin and leave for 5-30 minutes – I personally like to leave the mask on for the full 30 minutes. It initially looks like a cloudy lotion, but turns white as applied to the face, and doesn’t harden at all. In fact, it turns invisible on the face before you wash it off.

After one use of this mask, my skin felt hydrated, and definitely looked more radiant and revitalised. I now like to use this mask when I feel like my skin needs refreshing, particularly if I have an event coming up.

You can check out the Hydrating Enzyme Masque here. I have seen this product on Amazon and EBay, but I personally wouldn’t risk ordering from third party websites.

Are there any good face masks that you’ve tried recently? Have you tried Image Skincare?

This post contains PR samples, but as always, thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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Nails.  I am obsessed with them and if you have followed me for some time, you would know that.  With over eleven years experience in the nail industry, Roxanne Campbell knows what she’s talking about when it comes to nails. She’s painted nails and created nail designs for many a celebrity (including Adele and supermodel Jourdan Dunn) and for gold medalists in the athlete’s villlage at London 2012.

Having worked backstage at Fashion Week in both London and New York, Roxanne spotted a gap in the UK market for unique fashion colours and was inspired to create her own line of luxury nail lacquers.

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If you watch my vlogs, you will know that I am forever getting my nails done. I love nail polish and never leave the house without my fingers and toes always being painted.  Although I get my nails done regularly at a salon, I paint my toenails myself.

In the summer, I was very kindly sent two nail lacquers in gorgeous shades from Roxanne’s Summer Collection to try.  I was obsessed with the two shades (Sitting Pretty and Off to Jamaica), and they were absolutely perfectly selected for me, and spot on shades for the summer.

With autumn and winter drawing in, I tend to shift the colours I’m wearing from bright shades, to more burgundys, neutrals and greys.  Roxanne has got her Autumn/Winter collection just right with the three shades she has brought out, and she very kindly sent me all three to try.  These have been added to my collection on my dressing table, as the packaging is so elegant and high-end looking.

Wine and Dine

When I saw I had been sent this beautiful berry shade, it made me so excited for crisp winter days. This shade matches perfectly with a red lip. I applied two coats of this on my toes for a more opaque finish.

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Expensive Taste

This shade is very similar to Wine and Dine, but is a deeper shade, and to me, more autumnal. I have also worn this shade on my toes, and applied two coats as I prefer a more opaque finish. It could have done with a third coat to give it an even deeper finish/colour.

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Stormy Weather

Of the three nail lacquers in the autumn/winter collection, this one is the most opaque, and definitely only requires one coat. It is the perfect shade of grey. If you watch my vlogs, you will know that I am obsessed with grey! This one is my personal fave!

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Wine and Dine and Expensive Taste lasted well on my toenails, and were easily removed with no staining.  I wore Stormy Weather over my shellac as a colour change, and removed with acetone free nail polish remover with ease.

The Roxanne Campbell Luxury Nail Lacquers are cruelty free, three free (free from formaldehyde, toluene and camphor) and are made right here in the UK.

These Luxury Nail Lacquers are super reasonably priced at £10 each, and would make great stocking fillers for Christmas! If you’d like to check out the full range, you can do so here.

You can also check Roxanne Campbell out on social media in the following places:

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Which is your favourite autumn/winter shade?

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are entirely my own.

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Pumpkin is my go-to Autumn scent/flavour. What is better than sipping on a pumpkin spice latte whilst kicking through the crunchy autumnal leaves whilst wearing a bobble hat? Ok… maybe I’m taking that a bit too far (or am I?!) But when I heard that The Body Shop were launching a Vanilla Pumpkin range, it quite simply had to become part of my collection because I knew it was going to smell delicious. How couldn’t it, with pumpkin?! Unfortunately, this was a limited edition collection, and the Christmas scents are now in, but I wanted to share my tuppence-worth with you all anyway.

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The Vanilla Pumpkin collection came as a body butter, shower gel, hand cream and if you wanted to be that little bit extra, a shimmer mist. I bought the shower gel and hand cream.

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The scent is described as containing “vanilla extract from Madagascar and pumpkin fragrance”. It is a sweet, yet not too over-powering smell, predominantly it smells of vanilla – I would describe it as a sweeter-smelling version of pumpkin spice.

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I always use The Body Shop hand creams anyway, as I love that they sink in to the skin and are non-greasy, and the Vanilla Pumpkin hand cream is no different. The consistency is relatively thick (I always think more like almost a gel than a cream?!), and you can feel the cream getting to work as it sinks into the skin. The smell lasts on the skin for a long time after applying too, which is always a bonus.

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I also love the Body Shop shower gels. I tend to stock up round about Christmas time as I love a good Christmas scent, but I thought I would try this one too! The Vanilla Pumpkin shower gel did not disappoint, it smells amazing and lathers up nicely too! It also feels moisturising in comparison to some of the other Body Shop shower gels I’ve tried, but I couldn’t see anything that said it had moisturising properties, so another nice surprise from this range!

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From what I tried of this collection, I love it. It just frustrates me when brands do limited editions, as The Body Shop might not do this scent again, or I’ll have to wait another year to get my hands on it! Sigh…

Did you get any of the Vanilla Pumpkin Body Shop range?

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