2015 End Of Year Book Giveaway – Winners

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the 2015 end of year book giveaway, and congratulations to EmmaBovary and Kellie, who were the lucky winners. I will be contacting you shortly via email to organize your prizes. Thanks again to everyone else who entered, and be sure to keep an eye out for more giveaways on The Belle Lumiere in the future.

December Empties

Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Another month down, another packet of these bad boys finished. These remain my favourite face wipes, and I will definitely continue to use them throughout 2016.
LUSH ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ Shower Gel – It took me forever to get through this, and I’m not really sure why because I really liked it. It had a very natural honey scent, with a hint of floral undertones. I especially liked the way the gentle scent lingered on my skin after a shower. I would consider buying this again, if I’m ever in LUSH and in the mood for something summery.
Philosophy Shortbread Cookie Shower Gel – To be honest this empty is mostly Sebastian’s doing, but I also used it from time to time. This is one of those body products that you really have to remind yourself not to eat, it smells that good.
Swisspers Make Up Pads – I don’t normally include products like this in my monthly empties, but I thought I would this time around so you could see some of my “holy grail” basics. I buy these in bulk at Chemist Warehouse, because I go through a roll of them every couple of months. These are the best quality makeup rounds that I’ve found, they don’t shred or the skin and the edges don’t feel hard and abrasive at all.
L’Oreal Preference Hair Dye in ‘Tahiti’ – Although I’ve made a triumphant return to getting my hair done at an actual hairdresser, I do still rely on box dye from time to time. I have two go-to shades, and this is one of them.
Dove Go Fresh Deoderant in Pomegranate + Lemon Verbena – This is another “holy grail” staple product that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before, but I go through bottles of this all the time. I’d say this is the best smelling deoderant on the market by far.

Flowers For Every Occasion

Do you like receiving flowers as a gift? I do, in fact it’s one of my favourite things to receive, especially if they’re a surprise. They’re even more special if they come from someone unexpected. I’ve put together a list of bouquet options for every occasion that may arise this year, to help anyone out who needs a few ideas of what to buy. Here’s a handy guide…

Valentine’s DayI’m thinking a nice bunch of roses this year, and this classic Valentine’s bundle would definitely do the trick. “Galantine’s Day” – Who doesn’t want to spoil their closest girlfriend/s on a special holiday like Valentine’s Day? This beautiful rose bouquet would be perfect.
Engagement: I don’t know about you, but there are engagement announcements popping up left, right, and centre in my life. This all white bouquet would be a wonderful way to say congratulations. New Baby: Along with engagement announcements, there are also babies springing to life everywhere I look. I think this little bouquet would be perfect for such an occasion.

Housewarming: Wouldn’t this look absolutely lovely featured in a brand new living area? I know I would be absolutely thrilled to receive an orchid centrepiece like this one. Just because: To be honest, I’d be tempted to send myself this beautiful bouquet. It’s just that lovely.

2016 Monthly To-Do List

I think it’s important to treat yourself every now and then. With that in mind, I decided to write myself a list of things to do throughout 2016 to bring myself (and those around me) some joy. I’d love to know what you have planned for 2016 – any fun “treat yourself” type to-do’s planned?

January: Kick start a healthy lifestyle for 2016. I’m feeling (as I’m sure most of us are) a bit sluggish following the holiday season. So the first month of the year will be dedicated to eating well and exercising regularly.
February: Celebrate “Galantines” Day. I’m thinking a nice bunch of roses this year. Because who wouldn’t want to spoil their girlfriends and make them feel extra special on this typically romantic holiday?
March: Spend the night in a hotel. Luxury!
April: Easter Book Haul! Who’s with me?
May: Take my parents out for dinner somewhere nice.
June: Treat myself to a trip to the salon for a fresh cut and colour.
July: Organise a birthday surprise, or a trip for Sebastian’s birthday.
August: Treat myself to a hydrating facial, or a hot stone massage.
September: Finish my online course. Hopefully I can achieve this a bit earlier on in the year, but this is my deadline!
October: Treat myself to a pedicure! A great way to kick start the summer.
November: Organise a small trip away for my birthday.
December: Host a Christmas event of some sort at our house. Perhaps a fun themed dinner party?

Thoughts of the week…

01) Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday period, and a wonderful Christmas day. We celebrated a little bit earlier with the family this year (as some were traveling), so the day itself was quite low key. I honestly can’t belive it’s over for another year!
02) Inside the making of Home Alone’s fake gangsta movie
03) We saw Star Wars on Christmas night (a really good time to book Gold Class tickets for a blockbuster movie, as it turns out), and I can’t even express how much I loved it. It was amazing and I can’t wait to watch it again.
04) Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg insult each other
05) 11.22.63 looks so good. I need to read this ASAP.
06) I really need one of my favourite musical artists to release a new album.
07) I did a little bit of damage in the Boxing Day sales this year. Most of what I bought was beauty related, so I’ll be sure to share a haul with you in an upcoming post.
08) One purchase was not beauty related, but I managed to save 85% on it, which was awesome. Fly to me, brand new Gap GFit Capri Pants. Fly!
09) Celebrities read mean tweets
10) We are off to Adelaide next week, so I probably won’t be posting a ‘thoughts of the week’ post next Friday. With that in mind, I wish you all have a safe and a Happy New Year.

2015 End Of Year Book Giveaway

You all know I love to read, and participating in the 50 Book Challenge every year is something that makes me happy. I don’t always reach my goal of reading 50 books (in fact I never have, lol), but I’m always amazed at the books I’m exposed to because I’m constantly trying to stay on top of my reading progress and sourcing new books to read. Every year I try to pick a few favourites books out of what I’ve read to share in a giveaway, but this year I’m going to let you pick which book you would like to win. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of the books I read this year you would like to win! Entries close on Saturday January 23, 2016 and the winners will be announced on Monday 25, 2015. Please note: This entry is open internationally. There will be two winners, each will win one book of their choice. Here are your book options, and good luck!

Current Gym Routine (update)

A little while ago I shared with you the first gym routine that my trainer had developed for me. I was recently issued my second routine, and I thought I’d share it with you just to keep you all updated on what we’re up to at the gym at the moment. The aim is to start to include both of the routines in my weekly schedule, and gradually add more into the mix as they’re developed for me. Here’s what’s involved in my new routine:

Warm Up – 10 minutes on cross trainer
3 Sets x 15 Reps on Pin Loaded Press (weight is currently at 45kg)
3 Sets x 15 CBX Incline Press (weight is currently at 20kg)
3 Sets x 15 Rev Step Lunge
3 Sets x 15 Seated Row
Wall Squats
3 Sets x 15 Shoulder Press (current weight is 20kg)
3 Sets x 15 Mountain Climber
Cardio – 10 minutes bike (currently at 2:1 ratio inclines of 6/20)
Cool Down + Stretches

Thoughts of the week…

01) It’s Christmas week, which means it is time to Bake All Of The Things.
02) If you’re looking for a bright floral wallpaper to liven your life, here you go. I feel like my computer needs a bit of a face lift.
03) Signing up for Spotify Premium was probably one of the best decisions I made this year. If you’re not listening to this Disney playlist on a daily basis, you’re not really living.
04) This is particularly disturbing if you’re a fan of the Home Alone movies.
05) We have a trip to Adelaide planned in a couple of weeks, and I’m excited! It should be a fun way to ring in the new year and to end my long service leave.
06) It looks like I won’t be completing my 50 Book Challenge this year. Which is disappointing, but that’s life I guess! I forget that although I have time off at this time of year I rarely spend any of it reading.
07) One Direction Carpool Karaoke. Who would have thought I would end up being team Niall? Not me.
08) Um, how AMAZING does the new Independence Day movie look?
09) Speaking of movies I’m super psyched about, we’re hopefully going to see Star Wars sometime this weekend. I can’t wait!!!
10) And in other of Star Wars news, this brought me so much joy.