Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas




Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you for your continued support throughout 2016. It's been a crazy year, so much has changed and my blog has brought amazing things thanks to all of you. 

I'll be back in January 2017 to celebrate Annie Writes Beauty's 3rd birthday!! 


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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Dining at Carluccio's West Quay



Six months ago, I'd never heard of Carluccio's. We didn't have one in Southampton and I wasn't entirely sure where the nearest one was but my Italian needs were answered when they opened in West Quay a couple of months ago. Arran and I have been making sure we have at least one date night a month and our latest one was spent at the new Carluccio's.
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Winchester Christmas Market Photo Diary


 
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Robin Hood Pantomime at The Mayflower


The panto is a Christmas tradition for many so when the opportunity arose to have a Southampton Bloggers event with The Mayflower, ten of us went along to the showing of Robin Hood The Panto* starring Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace. The pantomime will be running at The Mayflower until January 8th 2017 and is the perfect family show for this Christmas. I can't wait to tell you what I thought...
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Getting Festive with Freya



There is something about Christmas that makes me want to buy allllll the lingerie sets, maybe it's because they make me feel like I can take on anything or it's the copious amounts of festive alcohol. Whatever the reason, Freya are killing it with their lingerie collection at the moment and I've added a few of the sets to the top drawer. 
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Merry & Bright Birchbox


What is Christmas without a festive Birchbox? This December, they bring you the Merry & Bright Birchbox* full with five beauty samples and the opportunity to win a Prada bag with SecretSales.com. Take a peek at what I found inside mine...
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Very Merry Christmas with Regis



Christmas really is my favourite time of year, I love the lights, the pigs in blankets and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from making memories with friends and family. I also love the gift giving, seeing peoples faces light up is such a warming feeling, so you can imagine how I felt when I opened my personalised sack from Regis Salons. I'm going to give you a peek at what was inside mine...
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Monday, 19 December 2016

A Baileys Blend Christmas


What is Christmas without Baileys? Not a Christmas I want to be involved in! Baileys has forever been my festive tipple of choice from as long as I could legally drink it and I've made sure I'm stocked up for Christmas. My other one true love is coffee so when Baileys told me about their new Baileys Blend in partnership with Pact Coffee, I couldn't say no, I had to try it.
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

Glitz the Season with ghd



The festive season is well and truly upon us and ghd have us all covered with their #GlitzTheSeason campaign. If you search the hashtag, you'll find so many inspiring hairstyles that even if you're rubbish at hair, like me, there is bound to be one you can master.
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

Giftwrapping with the Wrapper Snapper



Ever since working in Clinton Cards when I was younger, I've had a love of wrapping presents. I'd buy matching wrap, bows, ribbon, you name it, I bought it. I was a gift wrapping shops perfect customer. Since leaving my card job, I've still enjoyed every moment of giving the gift of perfectly wrapped presents so getting to meet The Wrapper Snapper was ideal for me. West Quay is my go to for all my shopping as they have so much under one roof so after picking something up for me, for him and the home, I was excited to get wrapping.
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Friday, 16 December 2016

Fabulously Festive with The Body Shop


The Christmas party season is upon us, think office parties, after work drinks and walks around the Christmas markets with mulled wine. I love this time of year but I find myself very busy, usually jumping from one event to the next after work so I need reliable makeup looks that I can quickly transform ready for my evening events. Thankfully The Body Shop have everything I need to do just that. 
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Thursday, 15 December 2016

The Primer Potion with a Heart


Urban Decay are famously known for their much loved Primer Potions so with that in mind, Urban Decay have just released something very special to help raise funds for Crisis. This special product will help homeless people across the UK and is an official non-profit partner of The Ultraviolet Edge global initiative to empower women.
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Stocking Memories



Christmas is all around us at the moment and I'm feeling particularly festive this year. WoolOvers recently sent me a beautiful, personalised stocking* made from pure merino wool with a cashmere surprise inside as well as lots of other little gifts. They specialise in all natural knitwear which is stylish and affordable, so with my polar bear pyjamas on, I dived in...
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Hats with a Heart


Once again F&F have teamed up with charities to help support people in need this Christmas. The campaign touched both of our hearts, so Arran and I both decided to share all you need to know about it as well as our cool Christmas hats we'll be rocking this year.
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Audreystyle Beauty Haul


I've been shopping with Audreystyle all year and if you are yet to discover the online shopping website, you are missing out. Audreystyle is an online boutique selling beauty, homeware and fashion accessories from brands you wouldn't normally come across. I've discovered some real loves this year thanks to them and as it was Christmas, a little shop was in order.
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Photo Fun with Cue Camera



Over the last week, two shipping containers have found their way into Guildhall Square in Southampton, gold with twinkling lights, you can't miss them and they've definitely peaked interest from anyone walking past. The shipping containers are actually a photo studio filled full of outfits for adults, children and even pets and it's the brainchild of Cue Camera*, an exciting new venture taking place in Southampton from now until New Year, although I kinda hope they just stay there forever.
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Festive Favourites from Pixi by Petra



Pixi by Petra have been a makeup brand I've really taken notice of this year. They sell incredible skincare, fun and innovative makeup and have the sweetest, green packaging. I had a box of Pixi Favourites sent through a couple of weeks ago containing some beauty gifts to make the holiday season that little bit easier for me. The gift of beauty keeps on giving all year round so have a read of what I thought about the products. 
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Gifts from Seventeen



I have spoken about my love of Seventeen products so many times on Annie Writes Beauty, I've used them for years, the products really are incredible and they're a bargain so it was only right I shared two amazing products that would satisfy any beauty addict this Christmas.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My Winter Boot Collection


When the weather gets colder, you'll usually only find me in boots, whether they're flat, midi or super high, it is the only thing I wear come the Winter. Over the last year I've rapidly grown my boot collection and definitely found styles I love and work for me. I'm also a creature of habit so I tend to buy all my boots from the same places and I know I can always rely on Hotter Shoes for something flat and comfy to keep my toes warm. I have a whole load to show you so be prepared for photos!
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Beautiful Inside & Out



I'm the first person to admit that I don't always take care of myself, I take too much on, I don't always have the chance to grab something to eat and eventually I'll get run down and fall ill. My grandmother always tells me I should be adding vitamins to my lifestyle but I've always thought I'm young and can hack it but recently I've needed that boost. I found exactly what I needed from Seven Seas and I was more than surprised to discover how it would make me feel.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

I Completed My Autumn Bucket List!



When I decided to create an Autumn Bucket List I kinda thought I'd fail at it a little, like miss one or two off or just give up after I had finally visited a pumpkin patch. I said in that post that I'd do an update so as I sieved through my Instagram photos it turned out that I checked almost every damn thing on my list! So if you missed my original post, here is a re-cap for you.
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Saturday, 3 December 2016

In My Mailbox



So you guys are really liking my In My Mailbox series so I'm going to keep it going for a while. I really love watching unboxings on Snapchat and Youtube and seeing as I don't have a channel, I'm giving you a blog post instead. I do unbox all my parcels on Snapchat (Alicea89) so make sure you're following me there too. This isn't me showing off, I want this to be more like a quick, informative post so please do let me know your thoughts in the comments. I've received everything in this post the last couple of weeks so stay put and grab a cuppa...
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Decoration Haul



I am obsessed with Christmas and I think Arran has finally reached the point of not caring and just lets me crack on with it. Every year I find a way to squirrel more decorations into our home and this year has been no exception, I've even bought more since taking the photos for this post. 
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

November in Instagram



  • November started with a trip to London for meetings and blog events. I also squeezed in coffee with friends, a little shopping trip to Kat Von D and a peek inside the new Urban Decay European flag ship store in Carnaby Street.
  • This is just me with my new favourite lip shade, Kat Von D Everlasting Lasting Liquid Lip in Exorcism. It's dark, sexy and the name just matches me perfectly. 
  • Celebrated one of my bestie's birthdays this month with sushi and a day at the spa. Felt so relaxed and calm after a day of swimming and steam rooms. 
  • I took this photo of a door while in Winchester and matched it with "One door closes and another door opens", when I officially started my new job in social media and marketing. 
  • I was part of Capital FM South's Emma's Boutique and gave a talk on all things beauty. It was incredibly daunting but it went so well! 
  • Southampton Bloggers have teamed up with The Mayflower in Southampton and our first show to review was Wind in the Willows. It was funny, a little naughty and so worth seeing when it hits London next June. 
  • The Christmas Market has arrived in Southampton which means my diet of Churros can commence. These are the one thing I miss from Spain so to be able to get them whenever I want is amazing and dangerous at the same time. 
  • I've gone Christmas Decoration shopping mad recently and I couldn't resist getting in this sleigh at Homesense a few weekends ago. Look how happy I am! 
  • Lola's Cupcakes opened in Southampton and I was one of the bloggers that was able to go and pick up a box of free cupcakes to celebrate their opening. These didn't last the night!
You can follow me on Instagram here - alicespake.


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