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Hi everyone! I'm Lucy and I blog over on 'From Lucy With Love'. When Kat asked me if I wanted to do a guest post I jumped at the chance because we have been blogging buddies for a while and I really enjoy reading her blog and catching up on her YouTube videos too. Over on my blog I mostly document bits and pieces from my every day life and try to upload a weekly beauty video on my YouTube channel too. Why not pop over and say hello? It'd be great to see you there!
So, let's crack on with today's post. I felt like a festive 'Happy List' would be a way for you to get to know me - let's do this!
It’s a given that Christmas time should be happy time for everyone, but I also think it can be a time of reflection. I think it is so important to keep your spirits up and create your own traditions that help you keep in a positive frame of mind as well as taking some time for yourself as the year draws to a close.
Here are my top 5 things that make me super happy during the festive period. Why not tell us about yours in the comments too?
:: Dec the halls!
My fiancé, Joe, and I have a bit of a tradition which involves a home-made Christmas CD, or 'mixed tape', if you are old enough to be familiar with one, putting up our tree and generally throwing spare tinsel over anything that looks bare! It wouldn't seem right to put up our tree without a bit of Whams! 'Last Christmas' or, Joe’s favourite, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, playing in the background! The process of making our home all cosy and Christmassy together makes us both very happy indeed.
:: Christmas film marathon
These days it is a rarity that I get a lay in, same for poor old Joe. It's not like we have kids, just a very wide awake cat. Because of that we tend to be up before the sun and sitting in the lounge frantically searching the TV for something remotely interesting to watch. However, in the run up to Christmas, this isn't something we have to worry about. In December we start on our mission to watch all the Christmas movies we can lay our hands on, usually at 6am! We snuggle up in our pyjamas on the sofa, with steaming hot tea and, occasionally, a couple of slices of fruit toast too...if we are feeling like a treat! I really enjoy this early morning time together, it is rare I am awake enough to watch a film in the evenings, so I treasure this a great deal.
:: Glitter, glitter, everywhere
...well, on my nails at the very least. Shiny things make me happy, too happy really! I feel like, these days, I can only get away with the tiniest amount of glitter but, you know what, it's Christmas, so let's live a little. Right now I am loving a little glitter polish on my accent nail. My favourites are: Barry M Rose Quartz glitter polish, a silver and pink clear polish which looks fab worn as one coat or over the top of a darker polish, and the Maybelline Brocades polish in Knitted Gold, which I have had since last Christmas and still applies perfectly! I think it looks pretty without being over-kill and tells the world you are feeling festive!
:: Christmas markets
If you are not yet in the festive spirit, I can almost guarantee you that a trip to a Christmas market will sprinkle a little fairy dust over you. The smell of all the food, mulled wine and fresh Christmas trees and decorations are a delight to the senses!
:: Red lips
Old fashioned glamour is the best at Christmas. One of my favourite looks to create at this time of year is a subtle wash of gold eye-shadow over the lid, along with a flick of liquid eye-liner, and a full on red lip. It sings out glamour and makes you feel a million dollars. For long lasting lips that don’t budge I enjoy using the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade Hot Pepper.
:: Games night
This has been a bit of a tradition in our little friendship circle for a long old time. Cranium is our favourite as we can make utter fools of ourselves in every possible way, such as trying to make your partner guess you are making Corn Flakes out of the green Playdough in just 30 seconds! Crack out the board game, throw on Spotify and let yourselves be children for a few hours, you won’t regret it, that’s a promise!