Friday, 29 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2017

Hello hello, and merry Christmas and (almost) happy new year! Before the festive season draws to a close for another year, I thought I would do the annual Christmas post, which of course is 'What I Got For Christmas' - I realise that some people don't like these posts as they can be seen as bragging, but I like to think of them as spreading connection and friendship over the excitement of exchanging gifts and should be encouraged!

I was very spoilt this year, with lots of lovely presents from various family members and friends. To begin with, the Truth Bombs game was well received, and I can't wait to play it soon. Another amazing gift idea was a cinema pack, with 2 film vouchers and snacks which I can eat whilst there (saves me megabucks if I was going to buy some at the cinema!) Some other gifts were; makeup bits, chocolates, scarf, planner, LUSH bathbombs, Jack Wills products and bag and a Body Shop gift set!

From family members were some other beautiful presents; I recieved some Pandora earrings from my Mum and Dad to match the ring and necklace I already have in the set, alongside other jewellery, candles, books, makeup, Beauty and the Beast themed things, and some gorgeous warm coats. My sister treated me with a beautiful leaf ring I wanted, a flamingo phone case (how cute!) and some more lovely earrings!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and please share with me what you recieved too! 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

How To Build A Scapbook

One of my personal goals this year was to start documenting events and parts of my life, and I like to think I have done that with starting and regularly updating my scrapbook. I bought this one a while ago from Paperchase, and I really like the quality and ease of use of it, as the pages are plain white yet have a little decoration of butterflies in the corner of each page. Today I thought I would share a few tips that I use to build on my scrapbook and make it the best that it can be.

TAKE PHOTO'S OF EVERYTHING. This task may seem daunting, but it honestly isn't. Just wherever you go, on walks, shopping trips, any places of importance, snap a picture.You don't need a DSLR to take the photos, a phone with a camera will do, with a steady hand and the right lighting the photo will be fine to put into your scrapbook! After you have collected lots of photos, head to a photo printing shop, like Boots Photos, and get them printed! 

DECORATE WHITE SPACES. I like to arrange my photos with gaps between photos, so I can decorate and fill the spaces with fun doodles or scrapbooking materials. These can include washi tape, paper flowers, stickers or anything you can get your hands on. I have found that bargain shops like Home Bargains and Poundland often have cheap supplies that you can buy to decorate pages with. The quality is similar to those of more expensive natures, and they are much kinder to your budgets!

ANNOTATE PHOTOS. One of my favourite parts of scrapbooking is annotating my photos, and filling in the gaps that the photo doesn't provide. One way I like to do it is by cutting some patterned paper and writing on there instead of directly onto the white backing. I find this helps break the page up a bit, and provides an extra pop of colour to each page.

REFLECT. I love looking back and reflecting on my scrapbook to read what I have been up to in the past - it's really nice to re experience it in a way. This is also another way to gain inspiration for future layout ideas for your scrapbook - you can figure out what worked and didn't work so well and make improvements to future pages. 

Do you have a scrapbook? Any tips for others?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

October Goals 2017

It's been months since I wrote a goals post, and after seeing so many inspirational ones flying round Bloglovin and my Blogger feed recently, I wanted to share my own goals for the upcoming month. I think it's so important to have goals to keep you motivated and help you continue to improve your life and self!

CREATE A BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND BLOG. One of the things I really struggled with in recent months is trying to blog and have a personal life at the same time. I stopped blogging to focus on GCSE's, but found myself getting unmotivated to continue after exams were over. It was all to do with pushing myself to get back at it, but it's only recently that I have been able to do so - and I'm feeling very happy to be back!

KEEP MAKING NEW FRIENDS. I hope to keep making friends and surround myself with positive and happy people, come Sixth Form. I've always been good at making friends, so I am enjoying making more at the moment. I'm was so excited to start, and already can't wait to share interests and passions with similar minded people - and learn aomething new from them!

HEALTH KICK. A typical goal, I know but I want to really keep on improving my health and wellbeing. Body confiidence issues have always been a major insecurity of mine, and I know I feel a lot healthier and happy when I make an effort to keep myself feeling good. I aim to start eating a lot cleaner, and I'm excited for the walks that I will have to do travelling between each campus at Sixth Form - hopefully these will refresh me a little and my body will enjoy the gentle exercise.

MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY. I always try to do this anyway, but as I am coming into two years of unfamilar education I want to better myself even more. I think it's so important to make sure to treat each day like it's your last, so to say, and make sure you are proud of what you have achieved. My plans are to plan and complete a to-do list each day, or something of equal importance like finishing an entire season of Friends - choice is yours ;)

What are your October goals?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

What Have I Been Reading Recently?

*this post was found in my drafts that I wrote a while ago and forgot about! A little outdated, but I still wanted to post it as there are some good books mentioned!*

For those who are new to this blog, you may not know I am a big fan of reading! I love settling down to bed with a book and cup of tea in hand for half an hour before I go to bed. Reading is something is that is really relaxing for me, and for those who feel the same way some of the following books might interest you too. I appreciate that not everyone likes reading, but even if you don't maybe you like the sound of some of my recently read.

Am I Normal Yet? 
This is a book that really opened up my eyes to what it is to live with anxiety and OCD, and made me appreciate it so much more. It's funny, heartfelt and an easy read. It covers all topics from first relationships to thoughts from anxiety sufferers, and me being a typical teenage girl fell in love with it.

Pride and Prejudice
To be honest, the only reason I am reading this is because it was set to read for an English assignment! It is a tricky read, due to the old language but it has been nice to concentrate on a book and really try to understand the purpose of the words instead of just briefly reading them. I am enjoying the storyline so far, and I think it definitely helped that I went to see a play production of it before I read this, which might be an idea for those interested. 

Listen To The Moon
Michael Morpurgo books tend to make me tear up with his emotional words, but this story seemed to stand out to me on the shelf. It is a really good mystery tale, and has the suspense building up until the very end. This is good for slow to advanced reader, and being an advanced reader myself I thoroughly enjoyed this! 

More Than This
This is another suspense book, which had me thinking until the very end. The book is very cleverly written which I enjoyed as it includes a series of flashbacks, current day and a constant danger which is my kind of book! This isn't a difficult book to read, however it is quite long so that might be something to consider if you don't like that kind of book.

What books have you been reading recently?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sound Intone Bluetooth Headphones Review

I've always been a earplug gal, maybe due to ease of use, or maybe due to my lack of ever owning some proper headphones, so when I decided to bite the bullet and buy some headphones for the first time lets just say I was pretty excited. These headphones are from Amazon (buy here), retailed for £17.99 and lets just say - I'm in love. They are white, rose gold and really cute which are obviously the most important quality of headphones, I know.

*Just linking the headphones to this post had me realising that they no longer sell the rose gold ones, but they do silver ones and other nice alternatives*

Seriously though, these headphones are amazing for what you get for the price. They have cushioned headphone parts (wow, Paige nice one) which mean they are really comfy around the ears, as well as having a adjustable head strap so you can adjust it to fit your own head. The sound quality is really great, and stays the same depending on whether you use the snazzy Bluetooth feature or the classic wired method. 

The Bluetooth mode is a lifesaver, they remind me of what the Apple AirPlugs would be like in headphone form, if I owned them aha! I connect them to my iPhone 7 with no issues at all, they connect really quickly and the sound quality is amazing. The range is also incredible - I can leave my phone upstairs and go downstairs with no issue for the majority of the house, it only starts to crackle at around 13m ish. The other connection method to your phone is a provided white aux cable, which I find so useful. You can also connect these headphones to the radio, but that is a mode I have yet to actually use aha! 

I am so pleased I bought these at such a bargain from Amazon! The delivery was super quick as well, and you get such good quality headphones for less than £20, which I think is amazing. In terms of durability, I have owned these for about 2 months now and they have been through travelling, heavy use and still are in tip top condition - whoo hoo! 

What headphones do you wear? Which ones do you recommend?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

What's In My School Bag 2017

Wahayy - back again for another installment of what's in my school bag! These are one of my favourite posts and topics to read/watch, so I am so excited to write this. This year, I'm heading to sixth form, so the equipment I need is slightly different to what I would use in secondary school - I've gathered the things I think I need but I can always pick up more stuff if I have forgotten anything!

My school bag is the Dune Taupe Grained Tote Bag, retailed at £65.00 - I can't find it on the Dune website, but I bought mine for £39.99 at TK Maxx - buy here! I really like this bag, it's really big and roomy to carry all of my school stuff. It feels really good quality as well, so I'm hoping it lasts so I can use it for everyday life after school!

Here is a quick overview of what I will be carrying in my everyday bag; fineliners, felt tips, refill pad, A4 plastic wallet, pencil case, highlighters and a thermal flask. I find that all this fits really easily in my school bag, and it leaves plenty of room for my lunchbox should I feel like making my own lunch that day. The thermal flask is from Primark for £5, and I love it! I think it will be perfect for the morning's where I want to take a hot drink in with me!

I plan to write all my notes in the refill pad during lessons and put them into the plastic wallet after writing them to save them from getting creased and crumpled. Then, when I get home I can transfer these notes into the big folders I bought for each subject I am doing. This saves me from carrying all the folders with me in the day, and also allows me to have a lighter bag by not carrying several notebooks at the same time!

Look how cute these pastel highlighters are! I bought my pack of 6 from Ryman for £3.49 - again, I can't find the deal I bought them for online but try heading into stores to see what deals they have! I know that pastel highlighters are not a necessity, but I think they will be really useful for studying and organising notes. In terms of other stationery, I just bought some regular Bic biros (aka my favourite pen), some Wilko pencils, all in one rubber/sharpener and a ruler!

When are you going back to school? What's in your school bag?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Best Places To Shop Sales

I'm just going to put my hands up now and say - I love sales shopping. I find that you can buy so many great bargains from shops that sell great products that may provide a dint in some people's bank accounts, especially when adding up lots of products. I've gathered my favourite places to grab sales bargains, whether they have great discounts or wide varieties of sales - they all have, in my opinion, sales worth checking out.

H&M. I love a good H&M sale, and they seem to have them very frequently - which is fab for cheap new clothes on the regular! I personally like the H&M store sales more than online, as I can get a better idea on how the clothes look but it is all down to personal preference. H&M have great quality clothes which are on trend, and easy to wear!

Lush. I love Lush sales, I think they mostly do sales after Christmas but the discount you get is amazing. Even though I love browsing Lush throughout the year, £3-£4 for a bathbomb is super expensive (don't come at me) so I love getting them at a fraction of the price. You can buy these in store and online, I haven't had the chance to buy in store sales before, but if you wanted to avoid massive online queues in store shopping is certainly an option.

Topshop. I know, I know, Topshop is really expensive - but it is a hell of a lot cheaper than normal prices. Despite the usual expense though, the quality of clothes is practically unbeatable as they are such a good make - and getting the same quality at fraction of the price? Yes please. I like browsing both online and in store, online to get a initial feel of what's on sale and in store for trying clothes on and purchasing. You can also find some gems in store that are on sale, which perhaps wouldn't be online!

Primark. Primark isn't so much a 'sales' shop as it is an all round cheap shop, but I for one have noticed such a improvement in quality these past few years! It is slowly becoming more expensive, but the quality is great - equal to other stores with a much bigger price tag. I like getting staple bits from Primark as they have great seasonal clothing and home-ware!

What are your best places to shop for sales?

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Zoella Book Bundle // After The Fire Book (Will Hill) Review

I recently ordered the Zoella Book Bundle (as writing this post is on sale for £34.99 for all 8 books, bargain if you ask me) in an attempt to entertain myself the days following school finishing. I want to get into reviewing again, and why not start with my love of books! I wanted to start this reviewing jazz up with a book I have just finished reading, and absolutely love. Here's After The Fire's blurb:

The things I've seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She's starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

Intriguing or what? Without spoiling it, After The Fire explores the complex emotions and feelings after being freed from a alternate way of life. There is certainly an element of dystopia in this novel, which I love (I was getting a little bit of 1984 vibes), and Will Hill sums up the dedication and courage involved for all characters. 

My favourite character, aside from Moonbeam, was Agent Carlyle - a side character but still a great one, I loved his witty comments and reactions to information; which provided some reality to what would have been touching on a abstract book. Favourites aside, all of the characters felt real and living - the only thing I would change are the names, Moonbeam and Star for example, which I feel distance the reader due to the lack of commonality. 

The plot contains several good twists that come as good surprises, and are rather unexpected which I loved. The fact that the novel kept me guessing which created a grip on you, a feeling I love, and the book was divided into two parts; Before and After - which really amplified the suspense. 

Bad things? There isn't much I can say, which is always good! Aside from some of the character's names which I am not a fan of (personal preference), the characters were all very realistic and believable. I felt that the theme trust was ever so slightly overdone - I mean, I am seriously nitpicking here! I felt that the ending was really well crafted - it provided for the thirst the reader wants for Moonbeam to have a good future. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am really glad that I got to experience it as part of the bundle. It definitely is a new favourite book of mine, and one that I will be rereading over and over! As some topics are quite sensitive, I would recommend this book for older readers, and fans of cult theories and physiology of people following traumatic events. 

Have you read this book? How did I do as a reviewer?

Thursday, 6 July 2017


Hello again! It feels so weird to be at my laptop writing again, so you might have to excuse the slow rhythm of this post until I get settled back into it ;)

It has been ages since I have last written a post, and honestly I don't know where the time has gone. I think I count January as the last time I sat down to write something, and I have kept meaning to upload again these past months, but time slips away from you I guess!

I wanted to share a little bit of what I have been up to these past months, the major thing being that I have no more GCSE's! I finished them on the 23rd June, and what a massive relief it has been to finally be free from them. It wasn't that I hated school, or the subject's I chose by any means - I was just willing them to be over for all the stress to go! I have also had my last day, and prom, which was amazing; so the only time I have to go into school is for results day - eek!

I have been spending these last couple of weeks just relaxing and spending time with friends which has been lovely. My friends and I headed to Alton Towers one day, shopping some of the rest and are heading to Wales later this summer - all very exciting! I've missed the social conventions that stress and procrastination guilt can often stop you from going to, so it has been nice just to spend time with them all again. Also been watching Love Island - don't judge, it's my guilty pleasure...

My attitude to blogging at the moment, I hear you ask? Well, I do love maintaining and writing for my blog and have missed it these past months. I am writing some posts tonight to schedule for the next few weeks, and hope to be a lot more active on all social media from now on - consider it a Half Year Resolution ;)

I can't wait to get my camera out again, especially with all the beautiful weather. Hopefully this means I can get my Instagram up and running again, which I have missed as well! What have you all been up to since my absence? I can't wait to settle down now and read all the blog posts I have missed out upon now, I'm so excited!

See you soon!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

3 Skincare Staples

When it comes to my skin, I like to keep things simple. I don't have problematic skin, so I find that I don't need to use many products to keep it looking fresh. Recently I have been using these three as a skincare combo and I find that they work really nicely together to keep my skin glowing and looking healthy.

This combo is also great for those on a budget, or have no money (ahem, me.) as they all are so ridiculously cheap. Bonus!

Soap and Glory Off Your Face 3-in-1 Daily Purifying Cloths - I'm all for buying the old cheap Simple wipes, but I think that these are worth the money for that extra care when removing makeup. I tend to use these every other night, with either Simple makeup wipes or Garnier Micellar Water for the others. I find this gently exfoliates whilst removing my makeup and is a great addition to any skincare collection.

Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash - can I just take a moment to say that this is amazing. I've tried so many facial scrubs since I started caring about skincare and this is hands down the best one I have tried. It's exfoliating yet gentle, and I enjoy using this on a daily basis. The recommendation is to use a grape sized amount and lather it into your face then rinse. I then pat my face dry so I don't pull on the skin.

Newtons Labs Spot Zapping Gel - I mentioned before that I don't suffer from problematic skin, but there was a time when I used to get quite bad spots around my time of the month. They weren't spots exactly, but angry red lumps which wouldn't go away for ages afterwards. I tried some expensive creams which didn't work at all (I'm talking to you Freederm), and it wasn't until my mum suggested this little gel that they completely went.

I picked this up in my local Home Bargains for something like £1.99, and it has honestly changed my life. I no longer suffer from the angry lumps, due to the fact I apply a thin layer of this to my nose, forehead and chin every night. For such a cheap price, this gel is a godsend.

What skincare staples do you recommend? 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Lush Sale Haul

Ahhh, the Lush UK sale of 2016 was a quite a event wasn't it? If I'm being honest, it did occur to me while being in a massive (we're talking over 100,000 people here) queue why I sitting by my laptop waiting for the chance to have some Christmassy themed bathbombs on 26th December but then I remembered: this was Lush. Lush, who usually have bathbombs around £4, reduced to about £1.50. So I made sure my laptop wasn't going to randomly shut down and enjoyed the rest of my day while the queue was slowly decreasing ;)

Even though it's the 7th January, I decided to finally write this Lush haul before it rolls round to April! Maybe its too late now, but this post is happening so sit back and enjoy a lush smelling and relaxing Saturday afternoon blog post!

Unfortunately I haven't tried any of the bathbombs featured on this post as I was saving them to photograph, so I can't write any reviews! I have used a bathbomb called Tisty Tosty which smelt amazing, and left little roses in the bath which was really cool.

 I love the look of Peeping Santa, Shoot for The Stars and Nevermind the Ballistics! I found a blog called All Things Lush UK which writes detailed reviews of all of the Lush products, including all of the ones I have featured today in case you wanted to purchase some next year.

Did you manage to buy a Lush product? What is your favourite?

Monday, 2 January 2017

5 Goals For 2017

Hello again, its only me! It feels so weird to blog again after such a long time - there is a whole new layout of Blogger! I seem to have got my blogging mojo back, I found myself becoming bored and unable to write interesting content before, and finally have the urge to write again! Sorry folks, you're going to have to keep seeing me updating this little space from now on :-)

2016 passed by so quickly for me, and I'm not sure I'm ready for 2017. This year holds lots of important celebrations; I turn 16, I will sit my GCSE exams (and hopefully pass, fingers crossed ;-)) and begin a whole new chapter of my life at sixth form. Its scary how fast time slips away!

I wanted to write a little list of my top 5 goals of 2017, resolutions if you like. I like to set myself little goals that I know I can achieve to take a more positive approach on the resolutions!

Revise and work hard for my exams, and hopefully good grades will follow
Focus on my health and body, and become more confident within myself
Photograph the little moments that make me happy and scrapbook them
Spend time blogging and building up social media connections
Build on relationships with those around me like my friends and family

What are your 2017 resolutions?