Yes, Black Friday may not be for a few days but we’re already well in the midst of the offers and shopping madness. With just over a month to go until Christmas day, Black Friday is a better day than any to crack on with your Christmas shopping. So, being the lovely person that I am, I’ve collated the best of the Black Friday deals so that you can find your way straight to the best offers.

The Bodyshop Bundle of dreams – From Monday 20 November at 9am, The Body Shop is offering the most amazing Black Friday bundle for only £35. The products individually would normally cost a total of £92 and their amazing. A list of what’s included is below. Oh, and delivery is free!

 

  • Coconut body butter (200ml), normally £15
  • Vitamin E night cream (50ml), normally £14
  • Vitamin E moisture cream (50ml), normally £13
  • Hemp hand protector (100ml), normally £12
  • Smoky Eye definer (1g), normally £9
  • White Musk body mist (100ml), normally £8.50
  • Coconut body scrub (50ml), normally £6
  • Coconut shower cream (250ml), normally £5
  • Coconut lip butter (10ml), normally £4.50
  • The Body Shop ‘bag for life’, normally £5

The Amazon sale of everything-ness – Running from now until midnight on 26 November, Amazon is well and truly embracing Black Friday. With everything from discounted Ted Baker shoes for men and women to pine furniture and pet accessories, as cliche as it sounds, there really is something for everybody.

Let’s not forget about Argos too – Is it just me or has Argos become a bit of a forgotten retailer? With so many department stores, toy stores and homeware stores popping up, have we all forgotten about the trust Argos store and it’s hefty catalogue of delights. This Black Friday, similarly to Amazon, Argos has Black Friday deals for everybody. These offers run for 14 full days so for the early birds, start shopping now!

The good stuff from Debenhams – I love Debenhams at Christmas time and I can spend hours in there finding the perfect presents. In fact, I did exactly that this weekend. Although Debenhams hasn’t released its Black Friday offers just yet, the brand has hinted that the offers are set to be good’ns. Don’t let us down Debenhams. Offers start on Monday 20 November and you can sign up online to receive email updates ahead of the launch.

Look Fantastic this festive season – This is another brand that have got us all on the edge of our seats waiting to find out what offers and discounts they’re going to spoil us with. Keeping us in the dark (get it? Black Friday? in the dark?), all that we know about the Look Fantastic discount day is that it’s on 24 November and offers will include products from brands including FOREO, ghd, Eve Lom, ELEMIS, Caudalie and Kérastase. Join the waiting list to be the first in the know!

All things beautiful with Amara – To celebrate Black Friday, Amara is offering up to 50% off from now on everything from homeware to clothing and gifts. After a quick peek at the offers page, there’s some amazing offers taking place including some perfect bits for Christmas including dining sets for the Christmas table and watches for your loved ones.

Half price happiness with Matalan – Another retailer that has started the celebrations early is Matalan. With up to half price off everything including clothing and homeware there’s some fab deals to be had.

Keep checking back over the next few days to stay up to date with the best Black Friday offers.

My boyfriend is one of the hardest people in my life to shop for when it comes to Christmas. When he says he doesn’t want or need anything for Christmas, he really does mean it. This makes my job as chief Christmas shopping elf a little bit tricky. One thing that he does love and I know makes a successful present is anything coffee related.

This is why, when Coffee Gator got in touch and asked if I’d like to feature some products in the lead up to Christmas, I jumped at the chance. He loves good quality coffee and his day hasn’t started without a cup of the strong stuff. Just a heads up, don’t approach him before he’s had his coffee!

Not that I would know as I don’t drink it but apparently there’s a massive difference when it comes to instant coffee vs good quality coffee. Coffee Gator’s products help you to enjoy the good stuff from home, barista-style.

I was fortunate enough to be sent the pour over kettle which helps to make a smooth cup of coffee. The thermometer ensures that you don’t burn your coffee which apparently makes it taste very meh…Check me out, I’m officially a coffee expert.

With expensive coffee, it’s important to keep it fresh so that it doesn’t go off and end up being wasted. The canister has been designed to stop light or air coming in and destroying the coffee beans. AND you can even set a date on the top of the canister so that you can keep track of when the coffee expires.

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*These products have been gifted to me however all views and opinions are my own (or Liam’s)

I love Christmas. I love the decorating, the food, the drink, the shopping, the films…everything! I normally start Christmas shopping at the beginning of September so that I’m pretty much finished by December and I can fully immerse myself in the Christmas festivities…God, I’m a loser!

This year is slightly different. What with buying a house this year and everything else, Christmas shopping hasn’t been priority. It’s mid-November and I still have a lot to do…eeek! I know, I know, I’ve still got plenty of time but this control freak over here is starting to panic.

I really need to get myself organised and this is where my new friend Wakelet is going to come in. Wakelet is an online app which allows you to save links from anywhere from the internet and store them in one place, in short it’s an online shopping addict’s heaven. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen somebody tweet something I love and then not be able to find the original tweet when it comes to shopping time. With Wakelet, this isn’t a problem because you can even save tweets.

Not only is there an app for your phone where you can keep it all handy but you can even add a browser extension to your computer so that it’s super easy to keep track of any links that you want to save. Trust me, this technology is exactly what I need to restore calmness in my Christmas bubble!

Wakelet Christmas Shopping Screenshot

*This post has been sponsored by Wakelet.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get back in to the gym. This in itself is difficult because of my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Unfortunately, I’m not the toned type who works out on all of the machines without a bead of sweat. Nope…quite the opposite. I tend to go to the gym for a very lightweight exercise routine which is actually just physiotherapy. So, if I can’t feel the part, I want to at least look the part. As much as an overweight sweaty mess can!

This is where Lapasa comes in. I hate hate hate shopping for gym clothes. Is it just me or are they all designed for those who are size 6/8 (I am SO jealous of you!) and for us curvier girls, there’s nothing. That’s why, when Lapasa got in touch to see whether I’d be interested in a collaboration, I wasn’t entirely sure. I mean, how could I feature gym leggings that don’t go past my chunky thighs?

Never the less, I decided to give it a go and chose some items that I loved the look of. I went for the women’s hoodie in grey. Because, let’s be honest, we all love an oversized hoodie. When it arrived the first thing that struck me was the fleece lining. Oh my goodness, it is so warm and soft. Now, I have no excuse to complain about being cold in the gym when the air con is too cold again.

I also decided to order a couple of pairs of leggings. In the past, these are the item I’ve struggled with. I hate my legs. They’re chunky, they have cellulite and to be honest, I’d rather keep them as covered up as possible. This isn’t always easy in gym wear. I decided to order a pair of running tights with tummy control (urm, yes please!) as well as some 3/4 length running tights in a gorgeous burgundy colour. I have to admit, not only was I pleased with the fit of the leggings but I was more pleasantly surprised by the quality of the material. There’s nothing worse than a really thin material which shows all your lumps and bumps so the thicker material of these leggings are perfect.

I’ve been wearing these items to my physio appointments and my own physio in the gym and have been loving them. What’s your favourite item from the Lapasa range?

 

Lapasa gymwear - tights and hoodie

Eyeshadows are one of my favourite makeup items. I think it’s because eyeshadow is the part of your makeup bag that can totally change a look for day or night. That, and there are so many different looks that can be created. One thing that I can’t resist buying is an eyeshadow palette.

Eyeshadow palettes are perfect for lazy girls like me. All of the colours are there for you so you don’t have to try and think about which colours work best together. If I’m in a rush, an eyeshadow palette is my number one go to.

This year, the eyeshadow palette game is stronger than ever before and there are so many beautiful palettes out there at the moment that I’m totally lusting after. So, I thought I’d round them all up in one place. Partly so that I can continue to lust over them, partly as a bit of a guide if you’re looking to find the perfect palette for autumn and mainly because I can refer back to this when I have a few spare pennies to treat myself…oops!Eyeshadow Palettes

 

1 – Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette – Tarte is a brand that I’ve only just recently discovered but now I want it ALL, just look at their packaging. I love the tones in this palette and how many different looks that you can create come day or night. Let’s also just take the time to shout out one particular shade, cozy, because that, my friends, is what you call perfection.

2 – Urban Decay Heat Palette – If this doesn’t give you all of the autumnal feels then I don’t know what will. And, let’s be honest, you can’t beat an Urban Decay naked palette.

3 – By Terry Smoky Nude Palette – With 10 shades, and all of them equally as beautiful, this By Terry palette screams luxury. The different shadows are all different enough to create loads of different looks but equally work perfectly together. What I like about this palette is that it’s not just the same colour in 10 different shades, they’re all very different and that’s what I love.

4 – Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette – Do I even need to talk about this palette? I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Not only are the colours 10000% me but Hourglass is also cruelty-free too which is something that I’ve become much more aware of lately and is something I’d like to try and support.

5 – Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – I love me a smoky eye! There are two looks that I can confidently wear and that’s a nude eye or a smoky eye. But, when I wear a smoky eye I can’t go too dark so this palette is perfect. The different shades of grey aren’t too heavy or overwhelming so help create a subtle, smoky look.

6 – Benefit Big Sexy Eye Kit – Another one for the lazy girls over here. This new benefit palette is exactly what I need in my life. Benefit has literally done all of the work for me with the colour combinations and their shadows are always really high pigment too so I have no doubt that this palette will end up in my makeup bag.