Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014


Fresh Starts and New Beginnings...
Every year I set myself some targets for the year rather than resolutions. That way even if it takes me till November to achieve I know that I have all year to aim for. I sometimes find that for me, resolutions can mean that one day you're trying to act like a completely different person to the day before and this can often lead to unrealistic goals.
For the past 3 years, on this very day,  I have made a blog post about my aims for the year, which you can check out here. I really can't believe this is my fourth time doing a post like this! Below are the targets I set myself for the year 2014 and whether I achieved them or not.

Spend more time with family and friends
I've worked really hard this year to make the most of the time that I spend with my family and friends. Being at University tends to means that no matter where I am, I am always missing someone. As long as I am making the effort to spend time with people, I think that is all that matters.

Organise my time efficiently to make the most out of it
I have made a lot of progress with this goal this year but still feel like I need to improve more. I've realised I work incredibly hard about things I am passionate about such as my blog, but when it comes to managing my time amongst a range of things, I still have a little way to go.

Make new friends and spend time getting to know people better
This year I went to my first blog meet up and event. It was so sweet and got talking to a lovely group of girls who I am looking forward to getting to know more soon hopefully. I also feel my friendships with people at my work have improved so much. One of the girls, who I now consider one of my closest friends. This year I have definitely made new friends, but what I've really learnt is, its not how many friends you have but who they are. The friendships I have now mean more to me than any part time friendships I've had in past.

Lose weight (3st)
I swear every year I have to admit I didn't do this. I have lost nearly a stone but obviously, this is not quite the goal I had set. In truth my yo-yo dieting is becoming a big problem. I have lost about 2 and a half stone altogether this year but I tend to put some on, then lose some over and over again. I desperately need to stop this.

Travel abroad
I didn't travel as much as I wanted to this year (although next year will certainly make up for this). I did go abroad however with my family. this is the first time just me, my Mum and my Brother have been abroad on our own and it was truly amazing. We stayed in a beautiful villa with it's own pool and were spoilt with glorious weather all week. 

Continue to upload regularly on my blog and youtube
I have honestly got so much better at this through the year. Where I would previously go a week or two before I started to feel bad about not blogging but now it's a matter of days. I have a set schedule that I like to keep to, and although I don't always get it right. I am blogging a lot more know, and to put it simply, it's because I enjoy it even more than I use to. In terms of youtube, I do find it difficult to fill in my University house but when I get chance I absolutely love it, and feel like my videos have got a lot better in the past year.

Appreciate all the things that I am lucky to have
This year I feel like I have been a lot more thankful, I've appreciated the time I get to spend with my family. My amazing friends at University who are along with my family are my absolute heros have been a main focus this year. I think it's because I know the end of University is on the way, but I am starting to really appreciate that this time next year my whole life will be completely different. I don't nessarily mean this negatively, but it has made me want to appreciate the right now and all that I have.

Accept the way I am
Ok, I still have a huge way to go with this. in truth I am not happy with myself at all and constantly notice every flaw. My friend recently asked me to name something that I really liked about myself and I honestly struggled. It made me feel so embarrassed and ashamed to say I couldn't think of one thing that I liked about myself, how is that acceptable for anyone to think this way. I am determined to get there. I believe that there is nothing wrong with liking yourself and encourage everyone to do the same.

Lose 3st

Set up my own online shop

Meet more bloggers and attend events

Get the most out of my travels (I'm travelling around Europe, America and Canada!)

Get out and experience life more, don't sit on the sidelines

Get a job after University finishes

Continually work hard on my Blog and Youtube

Organise my time to get the most out of it

Take as many pictures as I possibly can

Volunteer at an organisation or charity

Learn to accept and appreciate what makes me, me!


This year I have 11 targets, which is quite a few more than my 8 last year, but I really stubbled to get rid of any, and sure with a sting amount of determination, anything is possible.

I truly hope everyone has a brilliant new year and all your dreams for 2015 come true!

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas makeup



I hope everyone had a wonderful christmas if you celebrate it or otherwise.
I tried to keep my makeup quite simple for Christmas and opted for my everday makeup with a small added sparkle. For my primer, I stuck with my trusty Benefit Porefessional which is my all time favourite for smoothing out my skin. For foundation, I'm currently wearing both Rimmel Match Perfection and Rimmel Stay Matte mixed together, as my summer tan is a distant memory and I needed a mix of shades . This combination along with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and Rimmel London Stay Matte powder gives me perfect coverage over my troublesome acne.

On my eyes, I wore a few shades from my naked palette. Naked and sidecar all over my lid, with Darkhorse and Toasted blended into my crease. It created the perfect shimmer that wasnt too over the top for me. For mascara, I am currently trying out the Maybelline Lash Stiletto which I surprisingly love. Its great for adding curves to my lashes and extended them to look fuller.
On my eyebrows, I opted for HD Brows. I wear this everyday and find that it's perfect for making my naturally thick eyebrows look shapely and full.
For my lips, I decided to wear the Rimmel London lipstick in the shade Asia. It has a great mix of pink and purple and one of my absolute favourite shades at the moment.

What was your Christmas makeup?

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Center Parcs







A few weeks ago, before the build up to Christmas, me and my family rushed off to Centre Parcs for a quick getaway. I hadn't seen my family in over 5 weeks, so when I met them at the station I was so happy. In the run up to Christmas, Centre Parcs always hold their annual winter wonderland event. I've never actually been during the Christmas period before but was so excited when we planned to go this year. I've mentioned Centre Parcs a few times on my blog in the past simply because I love it here so much. It's just so nice to take a step back from the hectic parts in life and appreciate being with loved ones in such a beautiful place.

It was absolutely magical filled with fake snow and reindeers. If you have young children it is perfect, although I enjoyed it so much myself! Being joined by ducks and squirrels outside the window every morning has to be one of my favourite things. I could seriously sit and watch them for hours.

A short post today, as I want the pictures to speak for themselves.

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Women's Gift Guide



My first gift guide of the year!
I love picking out presents for people, especially small stocking fillers and gift sets, so picking items for this gift guide was so much fun. I really love the letter as it's simple style is perfect accessory to go with any room and I love how it's immediately individual to the person. I have an 'F' in my room and I love how it looks on the bookshelf.

As much a I love my Naked palette it's just far to big to carry around. That is why I think the Naked Basic palette is such a great alternative. Not only is it a affordable gift but it's incredibly useful for everyday.

I feel like the Lush and Soap & Glory products really don't need a explanation as to why they are on this list. They a so great as little gifts or stocking fillers for friends and family. Gift sets are brilliant for Christmas presents as it lets you try a lot of products. Take a look at the Lush gift sets, they are wrapped so beautifully and would look perfect under the tree.

What are you thinking of buying for the women in your life?

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#blogmas

Monday, 1 December 2014

#Blogmas


I can't believe that it is December already. I know it's said every year, but I feel like this year has honestly gone so quickly. 

This month I have signed up to post every day throughout December, introducing, Blogmas! I will be posting everyday about different things all festive in the run up to Christmas. Expect gift guides, recipes and movie suggestions, plus a hell of a lot more. Follow the hashtag #blogmas to keep up to date with posts from me and all the bloggers involved. It's very exciting and I've got so many ideas rushing though my head right now.

See you tomorrow for my first gift guide!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The 1975

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I feel like I haven’t done a Music post in such a long time, but in all honesty there hasn’t been a whole album that I have been obsessing over or playing on constant repeat... Until now (dun, dun, dun).

Ok, so this album has actually been out forever, but if I’m still listening then surely that’s a good thing? I can’t quite explain it, but I’m sure we have all had an album on our playlist that we’ve enjoyed for quite a while but one day hear it and are shocked we never paid more attention to it. Well that’s what happened to me a few weeks ago. The 1975 album is just that.

What I like most about the album is the electro sound that accompanies every song. Their alternative style is so catchy and as soon as I have one of their songs stuck in my head, it’s near impossible to get it out, not that I'm complaining.

What albums, old or new have you been loving recently?

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Monday, 24 November 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil


A few months ago I posted a Body Shop haul where I had purchased a small bottle of Tea Tree Oil after I heard how good it was great for spots and imperfections. As a long-term acne and spot sufferer I was a little dubious as to whether something so simple would make a significant difference.

Well I guess I take it all back, because I absolutely love this stuff, I swear it is a little bottle of wonder. I started applying it everyday to the problem areas, particularly my acne and noticed such a difference within a matter of days. Not only had the swelling gone down, but also they were no longer tender or sore. Plus, I personally love the smell.

Since it’s initial effects on my acne, I have been apply it as and when it’s needed on small blemishes and spots and so far, still no complaints. I’m not saying this will make your spots disappear overnight, but if you are anything like me, you will notice a difference straight away.


Let me know if you’ve ever used tea tree oil and how you felt it worked for you, is it a best kept secret?

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Southampton





A few weeks ago, my housemate and I decided to go on a little walk around Southampton. I've lived here now for over two years, and although I don't see myself staying here forever, I love how it's not the concrete jungle you would expect. 

When I first came to Southampton for my University interview, I knew this was the right place for me. Moving from a small town in the country, I didn't want to be submerged in tall buildings and busy streets. I'm not sure exactly how many parks their are in Southampton, but along with the docks, they are my favourite place. It's hard to believe that your actually in a city, with Primark and Topshop just round the corner.

I'm not quite sure how I'll cope when I leave next year, but I know I will certainly miss this place, along with the people I have met here *tears up* anyway, I'm trying not think about that just yet.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New Look Autumn Wishlist

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Am I the only one who feels like New Look have been consistently spot on these past few months?
Every time I head into New Look I aways seem to buy something. Their clothes have just been so on trend recently.

I especially love the black and white dress, I actually think that this is stunning, and as a bigger lover of monochrome and dark prints, this couldn't better. In complete contradiction to that, the light blue coat is simply adorable. I've really been interested in 60s mod fashion recently, so as soon as I saw this coat I fell in love... if only my bank account would allow it!

Presure is most definitely building up with University work at the moment, and in honesty, I'm feeling a little lost. Where has the fun of freshers year gone? Probably hidden somewhere behind this stack of dissertation books!

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Monday, 3 November 2014

The Autumn Tag


I’m so glad that Autumn is here, so when I saw this tag on Ami’s blog I knew I 
had to do my own.

 1. Coffee - What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or 
any other coffee shop?
I don't drink coffee, but I really love grabbing a hot chocolate when the 
weather is cold.

 2. Accessories - What do you opt for, scarf, boots or gloves?
I love my autumn boots, I have about 6 pairs now and am trying to refrain 
from buying anymore. I’ve just bought a tartan scarf and am obsessed 
with wearing it with every outfit.

3. Music - What's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I listen to all sorts of music all year round. Of course, as soon as 
Halloween is over the Christmas songs start being played. At the moment 
I’ve rediscovered my love for The 1975s album and keep listening to 
it on repeat.

4. Perfume - What's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I really love wearing Loverdose by Diesel, it’s my go to scent especially in 
Autumn.

5. Candles - What scents will you be burning this season?
My favourite autumn candle is definitely Yankee Candle 'Snow in Love'. I 
bought the small tea lights last year so I can’t wait to get a big jar this time round.

6. What do you love best about Autumn?
I love the anticipation for Christmas and going on long walks when the leaves 
are turning orange and brown. Plus, nights snuggled up on the sofa with a 
movie are just perfect.

7. Favourite make up look?
I love darker makeup and brown shades in Autumn, I tend to keep the basis of 
my makeup the same and go for a darker lip colour or browner eyeshadow.

8. What are you looking forward to the most in the Autumn? 
I’m going away in a few weeks to Center Parcs and I honestly can’t wait. 
It’s one of my favourite places to visit and I can’t wait to go just 
before Christmas.

Please let me know if you do this tag, and what's your favourite part of Autumn

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