The loveliest Christmas Presents

My favourite time of the year lived up to its expectations as always. At the end of Christmas day my family and I curled up on the sofa, bellies full and rounded from a banquet of desserts and our eyes were heavy and sleepy from all the glittering jubilations. We all agreed that it was one of the best Christmases yet and as we passed around a box of chocolates, we smiled and laughed at the days merriment. Family is the reason why Christmas is so magical, and so very treasured. 

One of the joyous aspects of present giving is that you can keep a little of the festive magic sparkling all year round, be it a book thats enjoyed mid-year on a sunny beach, or a perfume that shadows the wearer through a year of special moments. My sister and I were thoroughly spoilt this year, and fortunate enough to unwrap so many gifts that will just keep giving. My main present from my mum was money towards flights to Australia, and my boyfriend blew me away earlier in the year by surprising me with my dream camera, the Canon 5D Mark iii. I felt so blessed to be able to capture all the festive charm in perfect detail! 

Here I take a look at all the lovely things I received this year. 
My sister gave me a collection of Body Shop products in my favourite scent Cocoa. I'm a body scrub and moisturiser addict, and always insist on keeping a full body moisturiser on my person at all times; I am obsessed with silky smooth skin. So, body butters and scubs are always going to be favourite gifts of mine.The body butter is super-rich and velvety smooth on the skin, which is why it's always been my go-to if I want to feel exceptionally pampered. The scrub will be fantastic for prepping my skin before I head off to Australia again, and the body wash will make me smell like sweet cocoa! To complete my pampering gifts, Zoe also gave me a chocolate flavoured candle. Mum treated me to a new Real Techniques blush brush to add to my growing collection, and my favourite foundation B. Radiant and a pretty nude lip balm
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without an abundance of chocolate to try to resist all of January. I fail, every year. One particular favourite were these chocolate satsumas, which, when devoured (probably before the New Year) revealed the most delicious orange flavoured chocolate. One of my favourite presents, and definitely a gift that will keep giving for years and years to come is The Logo Board Game. It had both family and friends roaring with laughter around the table, and racking our knowledge for all the familiar brands we use on a regular basis. If you're looking for a new board game, please, please get this!
Having started my cake company Sugar Bloom earlier in the year, I received a perfect combination of baking goodies to help expand my buttercream creations. Palette knives and the prettiest pink and gold decorating brushes from Kitchen Craft will no doubt join my favourite baking tools. A new Kenwood hand mixer that will definitely be put to good use! My old, reliable hand mixer recently broke during a cake marathon - she's going to be a hard one to beat (see what i did there!) I also received M&S salted caramel sauce and Waitrose chocolate sauce, perfect for drizzling over cupcakes or pouring into handmade chocolates! And of course my new 'Rococo Mastering the Art of Chocolate' recipe book will be my first stop for all things cocoa. I also unwrapped 'A Year of Cake' by The Clandestine Cake Club. The original book takes prize position as a permanent fixture in the kitchen, so I am so excited to try out these new recipes! 
For my culinary adventures, my mum also bought me the 'Mighty Spice Cookbook' which features an electric combination of recipes that each feature no more then 5 spices. I'm a bit of a spice enthusiast so this will provide me with the basic knowledge needed to combine flavours and make some seriously hot meals. Accompanying this was a jar of fiery pickled peppers to help me get started. This magnificent copper edge cake stand is perfect for my tea and cake dates, along with the most precious glass teapot and teacup. Perfect for flowering tea!
My grandparents bought me this beaded crystal dress from Monsoon, which is utterly gorgeous on! Paired with black heels and a understated clutch, it's a fabulous dress that does all the talking without looking over the top or trashy; I'm a little in love with it. Copper is undeniably filtering its way into every decor store and jewellery box, and I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I'm a massive fan. So obviously there was a fair amount of cooing when I opened a little box to reveal copper heart earrings from Silver Scene. I've been building a collection of stone and raw crystal jewellery for sometime, along with uncomplicated silver, gold and copper pieces, so these treasures were exactly what I was looking for. A sweet little present was a bunny door knob, something that my mum saw on my Pinterest a while back. It is the most darling thing and will add oodles of charm to any door. Both my sister and I were given precious crystal ball balls, which encased a delicately crafted reindeer, it's one of the most beautiful Christmas decorations I've ever seen! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed a peek at the lovely things I unwrapped!
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A New Year and a New Look For Jenna Fifi

After taking a break from blogging to pursue other ventures, writing this blog post feels like being welcomed back by an old friend. Jenna Fifi has certainly evolved over the years and has brought me some incredible opportunities and collaborations with names such as ASOS, Clarks, Smythson, Le Pain Quotidien, Imperial Leather and more. With more major collaborations on the cards, and some exciting plans for 2016, Jenna Fifi finally got the update it deserves. A new layout, a new logo and a new Canon 5D mark iii to capture my blogging projects means you can expect to see a whole lot more from me in 2016. I absolutely adore my little websites makeover, and feel it's cleaner, more minimalist look is the perfect backdrop for the projects I have planned.

This year you can expect more photography, more recipes, more written content and lots more travel.
I'm looking forward to pushing myself further this year, and producing content of a higher calibre with brands that I am passionate about.

Despite taking a break from this blog, I have been posting prettiness over on my Instagram page with even more enthusiasm. I can't quite believe how much it's grown over the past year and what started as a grainy snap on my phone, published with a questionable filter, has become a visual diary of all the beautiful things I come across on a daily basis. The response has been fantastic, and with 17,000 followers, it's amazing to think so many people enjoy the simple, little snapshots of my life. Here are some of your favourites from this year!
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already know all about my new baby; Sugar Bloom. After years of baking cakes and sweet treats for friends and family, I decided to start my very own artisan cake company. Each cake goes through a design process, and I see each scrumptious creation as a piece of art. The support I've received has overwhelmed me, and I'm looking forward to baking more this year!
You may also have noticed some sunshine on my Instagram late last year, as I travelled to Australia for a month to spend time with my boyfriend. Its fair to say I've fallen in love with the beaches, the sunshine and lifestyle over there and thats why I'll be returning again next week. I can't wait to post all the photos of my travels here and I hope you enjoy reading about my ventures!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
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Review: Zuzka Mattifying Facial Spritz & Intensive Repair Eye Gel

The welcomed long days and beautiful sunsets make the perfect backdrops for late night summer soirees and afternoon picnics bathed in rich heat. However such an increase in sunshine and cosmopolitains can fuel two skin concerns of mine; excess shine and puffy eyes. Obviously, it's safe to say that cutting back on cocktails can be ruled out, so instead I've equipped my skincare routine with some truly brilliant savours from organic and natural beauty company Zuzka. 

Originally a Dorset based private salon offering renowned beauty treatments and cosmetics, founder Susan Kohutova has since launched her line of products across the UK and has been featured in both Vogue and Glamour magazine. Susan is a qualified beauty specialist and registered medical herbalist with 20 years of experience consulting top cosmetic companies. Her extensive knowledge and passion for natural, gentle cosmetics makes Zuzka a skin-friendly but highly effective favourite. 

Zuzka cosmetics are natural, handmade, vegan and completely organic. They are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, synthetic ingredients and artificial fragrance, gently enhancing skin with long term health in mind. 

Eye Zone Intensive Repair Gel* - £22.99
When sleep is on short supply, my eyes acquire dark circles and puffiness that makes me look exhausted no matter how many cups of coffee may be springing me back to life. Zuzka Eye Zone Intensive Repair Gel is now a staple in my beauty regime, and I use it every morning to awaken my eyes and reduce the tell-tale signs of fatigue.

The skin surrounding the eye is such a delicate area, so I'm extremely encouraging of natural products such as this. The eye gel contains organic whole leaf aloe vera gel, algae and carefully chosen herbal extracts so it's kind and nourishing. As a contact lens wearer, I've had no issues applying this to my eyelid and the skin underneath my eyes. Instead I have benefitted from the refreshing sensation in the morning; a time when my eyes are a little dry and lenses can sometimes feel uncomfortable.

Every morning I apply the gel with a gentle patting motion around my eyes and leave it to absorb for a moment. Its a vibrant, botanical green colour that emits an invigorating aloe vera fragrance. My eyes feel awakened almost instantly and dark circles and puffiness are reduced by the time I apply my makeup. Having used this for some time now I feel the quality of the skin around my eyes has improved in the long run, and the effects of the weekend are much kinder to me now.
Mattifying Facial Spritz* - £18
I was bestowed with combination skin, so my face is effectively a battle ground for oil and dryness. I go through tubes of moisturiser, and then suffocate my face in powder to camouflage any shine that does not fall into the 'radiant' category. I powder, a lot. Not only is it a waste of time and money but having to say 'excuse me, I have to go and powder my nose' to my fellow companions makes me sound like an unsociable, walking cliche. Also, skin can only take so much powdering before it starts having, quite literally a melt down. A resolution to such a predicament seemed unlikely, until Susan at Zuzka introduced me to the Mattifying Facial Spritz.

The spritz is packed full of natural ingredients such as lavender, witchazel, tea tree and camphor waters that help to reduce oil build up and shine. It smells absolutely heavenly, but thanks to its natural components the fragrance is neither artificial or overbearing. I apply this in the morning to cleansed skin and use no more than two sprays to cover my entire face. It's a delicate, yet refreshing start to my daily skin care regime and incredibly quick to do. The spritz absorbs into my skin without me needing to pat or rub it in further, but I like to use the time to make myself a cup of tea and allow it to dry completely.

The weekend is when I put the Spritz through its toughest endurance test. A full day followed by socialising, dancing and drinking usually requires a new application of makeup, and we all know that isn't always practical. When I use the Zuzka Mattifying Facial Spritz early in the morning, I find my oiliness and excess shine to be considerably reduced, especially around my T-zone where it effects me the most. I only need to reapply powder a couple of times over the course of a long day and vibrant evening, which means my foundation coverage looks far better and doesn't separate.

Aside from the fact it's keeping oil at bay, I love the fragrance and ease of application. For something so efficient, application requires minimal effort and I feel it frees my skin rather then weighing it down with a heavy texture or an abundance of chemicals. Another plus is that the bottle is a nifty size which makes it perfect to keep in your handbag.
Both products have been incorporated into my daily beauty regime with much gratitude. It feels wonderful to be nourishing my skin with natural, kind, goodness and tackling beauty issues without the need for harsh, environmentally unfriendly chemicals and synthetic ingredients that do more damage in the long run. Zuzka is a fantastic company that I have been recommending to every one of my friends and with such a vast range of natural, innovative products I look forward to hearing even more glowing reviews.

What are your thoughts on natural, organic skincare products? 
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