Sales Haul from boots.

Hey there! so, im sure im not the only one that always looks forward to shopping the sales at boots after Christmas. They always make all of there gift sets half price, so what ive been doing the past few years is saving up my boots points all year and using them in the sales and thats exactly what i did this year too!

This year the plan was to go to boots on the Friday after Christmas, however i knew i wasn’t likely to find all the harry potter bits i was interested in so on boxing day i ordered the bits i wanted online first. The other 2 items i got was in store, to be honest i think like a lot of us we get there and very quickly think “you know, this is a lot of the same!” a lot of the really good sets are already gone at this point. Though saying that i am pleased with what i managed to grab!

So, the harry potter stuff! I ordered the hedwig and scabbers lip balms, i got the crookshanks lip balm at Christmas so i wanted to complete the set! these little lip balms are so cute, the lip balm inside is just a waxy very basic product but to be honest you dont buy these for the product! I also got the hedwig hand cream, i love hedwig as im sure most lovers of harry potter do so i wasn’t saying no to this. The last thing i ordered im a bit meh about, it was this hufflepuff makeup bag, now i am a very proud hufflepuff but i thought this bag was more yellow than it actually is, its actually really gold and i am not a fan of anything gold at all really! but even so, its hufflepuff and it wasn’t that pricey so im sure i can find a use for it.

The two sales items i got in the store itself i am very pleased with, the first item being i think my favourite that i got in this boots haul over all (sorry hp!). I got the real techniques brush crush set, now i have seen the brush crush brushes and thought they are beautiful but they are so pricey! but this set was half price from £30, so £17.50! i had originally picked up an original real techniques brush set but the minute i saw this i had to have it.

The final little thing i got is this ghost night bauble, this was a last minute thing i picked up at the til but im glad i did! ghost night is actually the perfume my nan wore for ages (she doesn’t really wear perfume these days). But the dark moon shaped bottle is still sat on her dressing table, and it makes me think of her. Inside is a mini little bottle of perfume, and a tinted lip balm that doesn’t smell of the perfume but of something else, something sweet but i cant put my finger on it for the life of me!

im really pleased with what i managed to pick up, i think the brush set is my favourite though of course i cant help my harry potter heart.

Did you pick anything good up in the boots sales this year?

Cath x

*Jewellery from this material culture.

Hey there! so im very excited to show you this today, This material culture is a small handmade jewellery brand in liverpool. They are known for there quirky interesting jewellery, pizza necklaces, dragon bracelets and everything in between!

I was lucky enough to be sent an item of theres to show all of you, and it seems they were paying attention because i mentioned in our emails that i was a big harry potter fan, and it seems that they listened!

a very dainty pretty deathly hallows symbol necklace on a black cord £5.00, i was very happy when i saw this! its very dainty but pretty, and an obvious nod to a love of harry potter. Also, if you dont know what the deathly hallows symbol is….we cant be friends! no, if you dont know it symbolises the 3 deathly hallows, the elder wand, the resurrection stone and the indivisibly cloak.

I have lengthened the necklace again, because as i mentioned before i tend to need too anyway! but that doesn’t bother me, i dont mind having to do that at all.

its very light and small so would also work really well even as a kiddies necklace, but also looks good enough to be worn by us adults too! I will say however that because it is so light and small it doesn’t give the necklace any weight so it can tend to try and travel backwards!

if your looking for pretty interesting unique jewellery for yourself or as gifts i would highly suggest having a look at this material culture!

Cath x

This item was sent to me, this does not effect my opinion in any way.

*Movies That Mean Christmas Time To Me.

Hey There! So today i am very excited to bring to you my first Christmas related post, and even more exciting is that this post is sponsored by Panasonic. All of us tend to watch tv the most during the Christmas period, munching on chocolate and watching a film with the family is part of Christmas for a lot of us! And the likely hood is that a lot of us are watching our movies on a Panasonic tv, and maybe even the new for 2018 Oled Tv panasonic. So it makes perfect sense for me to partner up with them to bring you this list!

For me Christmas is a up and down time of year, having worked with children i know the kind of magic it can have, but having spent as long as i have with anxiety and the like it can make Christmas difficult to enjoy. However, something i have always enjoyed is watching films at Christmas, and you will see they are not always Christmas films really but more films that are feel good and easy to watch. Which personally, ive always found the perfect kind of film for that time of year!

So, I better stop rambling and get to these films right?

1. The Snowman – I couldn’t make a list like this without the snowman now could i? and yes, its classed as a “tv movie” but its a movie so im counting it! The snowman is a classic, about a little boy who builds a snowman on Christmas eve and the snowman comes to life, and fly’s the little boy to the north pole to meet Santa. Its completely silent apart from the beautiful song “walking in the air”, and done in a animated drawn style. Its basically like watching an animated book, its such a beautiful sweet story and its just a classic that has to be watched.

2. The lion King – For me, Disney movies in general are a massive part of Christmas for me. Something that the whole family will happily watch and are the perfect kind of feel good. One that i can remember watching a lot over Christmas is the lion king, a few years ago i fell rather ill on boxing day and i remember being curled up in bed watching the lion king and it just made me feel comforted and thats what its all about really isn’t it? The feel good factor at Christmas time.

3. Happy Feet 2 – I first saw happy feet 2 quite a few years ago on boxing day, it was early in the morning and i came downstairs to find my mum watching it. By the time my dad got up and came downstairs it was the ending and i was crying my eyes out pretty much squeaking at the screen. This movie is a very cute, interesting film that gives a very good message about fighting for what you want and everyone having there own talents.

4. Wallace And Gromit And The Wrong Trousers – Oh Wallace and Gromit! the perfect thing to watch with the whole family and have a good old giggle, now im older im also amazed by the amount of detail that has gone into the films! The wrong trousers, were the bad guy is a penguin with a rubber glove on his head (yes, really) just cant be beat really.

5. Frozen – As i said above, Disney has always been a staple of our Christmas, But frozen ended up meaning more to me than just a Disney movie. I first saw frozen in early June the year after it came out actually, Earlier that day i had gone to the hospital to see my nan, after 2 years of fighting what we knew was terminal cancer she was going down hill, and sadly 6 weeks later she did pass away. Seeing her in hospital for the first time was really tough, and that evening me and my mum curled up on the sofa watching frozen and eating ice cream, frozen was what i needed in that moment, having to process seeing my nan as poorly as she was. I didn’t watch frozen again until that Christmas, when i was sat in the living room just before Christmas dinner frozen in the background and it brought back memories of my nan for me, it was a subtle nod to her on the first Christmas without her and it always reminds me of Christmas and remembering her now.

6. Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone – Of course i put a harry potter film in here! Every year without fail ITV (tv channel in the uk) will replay all the harry potter films over Christmas. To be honest, really all the harry potter films should be here, but i picked The Philosophers Stone because of the scene at Christmas, harry getting Christmas presents for the first time and actually experiencing what a happy Christmas is like is a magical scene. Nothing really says Christmas like the magic a child (and harry is a child at this point) experiences at Christmas.

7. The Muppets A Christmas Carol- A Christmas carol is classic Christmas tale written by Charles dickens, its about scrooge, a mean business man that hates Christmas. On Christmas night he is visited by a series of ghosts that show him the error of his ways. There has been many versions of this story made into film over the years but the muppets is my personal favourite! its a light hearted take on a heavy story that still has the moral of the story, but in a happy feel good manner.

8. Shrek 2 – Shrek 2 is another one of those films that falls under the feel good family films for me! again all the shrek films could go here, but shrek 2 is my personal favourite (i need a hero anyone?) and always makes me smile without fail.

9. Love Actually – If a film could sum up what a chick flick is this is it! If im honest, when i first saw love actually, as a teen i found it too “cringy” and refused to watch it. Its my mums favourite film, so i always ended up seeing bits and pieces and in the end i started watching the whole thing with my mum and loving it! My mum loves this film and i see why, its mostly feel good and happy with a down to earth twist.

10. Toy Story 3 – Last, but by no means least we have toy story 3, again one of those feel good could list all of the series however there is something about the 3rd one for me. That moment when they think its the end for them and they all hold hands really gets me, this film really felt like it was the end of an era and it showed the admittedly odd picture of the toys point of view of a child growing up and away from there childhood. Its a sweet, feel good happy movie that makes people who have grown up with the toy story movies quite emotional…just me?.

So there you have it! my very long list of movies that mean Christmas time to me, thankyou again to panasonic for sponsoring this post and i hope you enjoyed reading, and maybe added a movie or two to your watch list this Christmas!

Cath x

*This is a sponsored post, this in no way effects what i say.

harry potter tag.

Hey there! so i saw this tag on jenny in wonderlands blog the other day after she tweeted out her old post of it, saying it was coming back recently and as soon as i saw it i had to jump on it straight away! harry potter is something that followed me heavily during my teenage years and is still very important to me.

1. What house are you in?

I am a hufflepuff down to my bones!

2. What is your Patronus?

My Patronus is a swift, (a small bird).

3. What is your wand?

My wand is cypress wood with a unicorn hair 14 1/4″ and slightly yielding flexibility.

4. What would your boggart be?

If your boggart could be change i think that would be mine, its always been something i really struggle with.

5. What position would you play in quiddich?

I have a feeling this is very much cheating but i would be the referee! i couldnt play quiddich, but blowing a whistle and shouting a lot i can do!

6. Would you be a pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?

Going by my parents i would be half – blood, my mum isnt quite as harry potter mad as me but she does love it, but my dad isnt so interested (hes very amused by my knowledge of it however).

7. What job would you want to have after leaving Hogwarts?

Id be a magical foster mum, taking care of the children the wizarding world doesnt want, your orphans like harry having a safe space.

8. Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

The cloak i think, the wand is too powerful and id be scared of it, and the stone is just a dangerous object regardless.

9. Favourite book?

Oooh thats so hard! id say either Order of the Phoenix or The Deathly Hallows.

10. Least favourite book?

I hate saying any are my least favourite! but the one i enjoyed the least would be Prisoner of Akazban.

11. Favourite film?

Its gotta be Deathly hallows part 1 & 2 for me! part 2 especially, it just is so gripping and has so many moments that just draw so many emotions from me.

12. Least favourite film?

Again i think its prisoner of Akazban, i just could never get into that one like i could the others.

13. Favourite character?

This is such a difficult question to answer! but i think its Nymphadora Tonks, it makes me very sad that she isnt a more explored character.

14. Least favourite/most hated character?

Umbridge, i dont know why anyone else would say any differently!

15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

Professor McGonagall! admittedly that is swayed by the fact that Maggie Smith plays her and i adore maggie smith, but regardless she is such a strong powerful no bullshit witch.

16. Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

 Umbridge, come on now!

17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I dont really think i do, i am a massive potterhead and i really love it, i dont really dislike anything about it!

Cath x