August Goals


august-goals-lifestyle-blog-blogger-life-summerMy birthday month is finally here, yippee! As well as the fact we are now in the eighth month of the year, it means that Christmas isn’t long off the cards either! Sorry for dropping the c-word! I do love this time of year as Summer begins to close down and there is much excitement ahead! Anyway looking just to the month ahead, here is my goals for the month!

  • Get outdoors more
  • Cut down on unnecessary snacking
  • Treat my self on my birthday
  • Enjoy my birthday
  • Give my wardrobe a strict detox (again!)

 

What do you wish to achieve this month? 

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

P.S. I am experiencing technical difficulties again (sigh!) so please bear with me for the time being as that may mean a lack of blog posts over the next while!

 

Life Lately #7


life-lately-lifestyle-blogger-blog-lblogger-update-beauty-gucci-bags-careerSummer just seems to be flying by and it’s crazy to think that August (my birthday month, eek!) is about to begin! This month has been a little crazy. Since my last job came to an end and uni has stopped for the Summer, I have been looking desperately for another job. Luckily, I got a few job interviews which has taken up some of my time to prepare for, hence the job interview makeup post!  I succeeded in my first interview and took the job. I started it last week however it hasn’t been great. My first day wasn’t great and I just felt more and more demotivated. It really isn’t the job for me! However very luckily, I was super relived when I came home from my first shift to learn that I had been offered another job which was one I really wanted! So next month I am super happy to be starting another new job that will hopefully turn out much better than my current one!

Job searching aside, the weather has been pretty poor except from the odd few days of heat in the UK. That didn’t stop me however taking a nice little weekend away with one of my friends before I started my job. I hadn’t been doing much during the month or had much planned so it was nice to just spend a few days chilling and having pretty much no internet! Other than that, nothing else really happened during July, much to the busyness of dealing with my interviews and how bad the weather was.

In terms of blogging, I have to admit there has been times this month were I just haven’t been feeling it. Before I went away and when I started work, I did feel pretty pressured to ensure I had a good blog post arranged for those times and it has been a bit of a struggle even finding time to take photographs never mind thinking of a good post idea. I did mix it up a bit though with some more lifestyle-y posts particularly my foodie post talking about ingredients to have in your cupboard which was so different for me to write about. I also haven’t worn much makeup for the most of the month so I did feel a little uninspired beauty wise! Hopefully though next month, I will have a few new beauty things to share (like my recent little Charlotte Tilbury splurge!) and of course being my birthday soon, I gotta treat my self, right!

Catch up with July posts: Favourite YouTube Channels, My Bag Wishlist, Inexpensive Decor Ideas, Photography Tips, Inside My Sample Box Part 2 and the Origins Mix and Mask Box.

How did you spend your July?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

July Goals


july-goals-blogger-life-lifestyle-summer-aims-blogSummer has officially began, it is crazy to think we are now in July! Christmas is only a blink away people, sorry! Since my holidaying in the sun is over and I have so much time left before going back to uni, I am hoping that the next couple of months will be very productive! So here is my goals for the month ahead were I hope to be kicked back into gear (and shape!)…

  • Maintain a regular fitness routine
  • Keep spending to a minimum (unless I get rich)
  • Try out new healthy main meal recipes
  • Write more lifestyle-y blog posts
  • Interact more!

What do you wish to achieve this month? 

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

Life Lately #6


life-lately-june-summer-bblogger-blogger-lifestyle-diaryWe are officially past the half way mark of the year, crazy how time flies. Even more so is the fact that I’ve also been away and back and July is on our doorstep. If you were reading these parts this time last month you would’ve known I was on holiday at the start of the month. I spent some time relaxing by the beach in the lovely island of Majorca in the Balearic Islands which was really nice. It was obviously really nice to escape the UK weather and enjoy spending my days doing something a little different with a view of the beach rather than my desk. When I was away I did have posts scheduled which were all summer related in the spirit of my holiday however I did just realise that Summer only began last week, oops! Gotta be prepared I guess haha! So Summer may not be mentioned again this year on this blog as I’ve pretty much covered it all lol!

Of course June also marks the month of exam results for me. I had absolutely no idea when I would receive them so I had a rather pleasant surprise when I got a text saying they were available in the middle of my holiday. Obviously that could’ve been a great thing or the complete opposite but very luckily I am happy to say that I passed all my exams. So roll on another year of studying, eek!

Last month, I spoke about my love for Parks & Rec, best show ever! Since I’ve finished that now, I have moved onto the US Office which I am enjoying. I am currently about half way through, so far so good. The first couple of seasons were a little tricky to get through but it definitely gets better! Film-wise, I went and seen Me Before You in the cinema which is the film version of the book by Jojo Moyes. It was pretty emotional although it did have a good bit of humour to balance it out, definitely one I recommend!

Lastly, I wanted to talk a little about food. I have mentioned many recipes on this blog before as I love baking and I really enjoy doing foodie posts. Although recently I’ve been bitten by the health bug. Okay not literally but food wise I have been trying to improve my diet. When I was on holiday I basically went crazy with food so on my return I was feeling inspired to change it up a bit. I am not the healthiest of eaters, I love snacking (a lot) and I love sugar, anything sweet and sugary has my name all over it. Obviously that isn’t the best for my diet and I thought it was time I switched it up a bit. I’ve been looking into many vegan, refined sugar free recipes for snacks etc and I am so up for a bit of a change. I am not up for going completely sugar free but I do want to cut it significantly and I am also not vegan or have gluten free needs however I use a lot of recipes suited to those. So basically I hope that I can change my lifestyle quite dramatically in terms of eating and become more healthier and hopefully if you are interested this is something I will blog about in terms of what I’ve been eating and my favourite recipes etc.

Catch up with June posts: Summer Beauty Prep, My Travel Makeup Bag, Summer Beauty Essentials, Best Summer Essie Nail Shades, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review and The Body Shop Pinita Colada range.

What did you get up to this month?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

Life Lately #5


May-life-lately-lifestyle-update-blogger-blog-beauty-makeupAnother month has came to an end meaning it’s time for another life lately post. Anyway I am sure you may be aware that I spent a lot of time over May studying for my exams hence my pretty messed up blogging schedule, apologies! My exams have finally came to an end thankfully and it’s been nice having the time now to just chill after spending the first half of the month buried into a pile of notes. With uni over for the year, it is rather strange not having a lot to do just now but at the same time it’s pretty nice to just relax for a bit!

So, in between my busy and quiet times of the month, I also went to see Busted live which was all kinds of amazing. If you are not aware, Busted are a British boyband who were basically my childhood and after 12 years they got back together. So it is an understatement to say I was excited. I left that night not feeling any disappointment! Again, please! That is probably the most excitement that happened this month except I did pick up the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette which was obviously incredibly exciting. I mentioned it briefly here but once I get a little more use out of it I will pop up a review! Other than these incredibly exciting events, I have also spent a lot of my time off binge watching Parks and Recreation. I am obsessed and also kinda sad that I am nearly finished cause I just never want it to end. Sad life, indeed!

So whilst this month has been pretty quiet-ish, I am off to enjoy the sun come June. So since I am away I may be absence around these parts for a while in terms of replying to comments etc however I will have posts over my normal Mon-Wed-Fri schedule. As well as that, most of my posts will be Summer based so I hope you enjoy!

Catch up with May posts: May Goals, Minimal Jewellery Collection, Best Places to Buy Beauty Products, The Blush Tag, High End Products Worth the Splurge, Favourite Drugstore products and the Beauty Blender vs Real Techniques Sponge.

What did you get up to this month?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

Life Lately #4


life-lately-blogger-marks-and-spencer-alexa-chung-makeup-beauty-chanel-mac-jouer-charlotte-tilbury

It doesn’t feel that long since my last Life Lately post! It is crazy to think we are entering the month of May already and nearly half way through the year! Even crazier though is the fact that I am writing this whilst it is snowing outside, yes snow! And they say it is nearly Summer eh! Anyway I am sure you will remember me going on about my computer technical problems at the start of the month which meant I couldn’t post for a bit. As you might be able to see, everything has resolved again and I am back to normal schedule again! It really is a weird experience being a way from a technology that I rely on so much but it was kind of a blessing at the same time. I wrote a bit about surviving off-line here if you’re interested.

However whilst I am fully able to post as normal now, I do have exams coming up in the next month. So I have been dedicating my time recently to a lot of studying so I do apologise if I have to miss a post or two whilst I get my head deep into months worth of notes. Fun! There are quite a few things I want to cover on my blog soon but some of which will be a bit more detailed so they will be reserved until after exams! Hopefully though the content until then should still be enjoyable!

As well as studying, this month has been rather spendy! Oops! I went a little crazy with the make-up purchases this month as you may have seen in two haul posts; from Space NK and Cult Beauty. Of course those two hauls weren’t even all of it! I am not quite finished yet either until I get my hands on that gorgeous Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, yes I am counting the days until it comes to the UK. I like makeup, okay? As well as that I picked up some new clothing too! I was so excited to see Alexa Chung collaborate with M&S for a collection and I had to grab a piece! My attention went straight to this beautiful navy blazer with gold detailing. I am truly obsessed! On another note, I am definitely up for doing more fashion style posts on my blog. I am sure I’ve said it before but I will definitely get round to it, hopefully after my exams anyway!

Also, I mentioned it in my April Playlist post, I also went to see 5 Seconds of Summer live this month! This was my third time seeing them live and they definitely didn’t disappoint. I am still truly obsessed with their first and second album and I enjoyed every minute of the gig. Probably one of my favourite live shows I’ve seen! So whilst the post-gig depression sinks in, I do have a couple of gigs over the next couple of months that I am very much looking forward to! I am sure you will hear more about them later!

Catch up with April posts: Tartelette palette in review, 5 Product Face and My top 5 Essie shades

What did you get up to this month?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

How to Spend More Time Offline


How-to-spend-more-time-offline-things-to-do-not-onlineHaving spent a lot of time offline recently with a much reduced usage of internet and social media since my personal desktop decided to essentially crash and burn, I have much seen the benefits of less online time. We live in a digital age and it is scary to think about how much we rely on the internet. Yet whilst it has its many benefits (like blogging!) it is also nice to have time without, rather than spending hours searching the new-in page on ASOS. We can all admit to wasting so much time online browsing so I thought I would round up some of the ways we can enjoy our time outside of the online world.

  • Have a dedicated online time and stick to it
  • Go for a walk
  • Conquer that book list
  • Bake some sweet treats
  • Clear out your wardrobe/beauty storage
  • Give yourself a fresh manicure
  • Take on some fitness such as running, yoga etc.
  • Get crafty – good with paint?
  • Visit friends/family
  • Visit a local attraction such as a museum/art gallery
  • Take a day trip
  • Redecorate
  • Clean your makeup brushes!

How do you spend time offline?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

 

Life Lately #3


beauty-blog-lifestyle-blogger-spring-march-life-update-lately

Hello again! Apologies again for the slightly messy blogging schedule that is going on just now. It looks like it may be a while before I get back to my regular schedule again with my own technical difficulties, sigh! Anyway it is a little later than usual for one of these posts but better late than never, eh! Since I haven’t been blogging much, I thought it would be nice to update you all on life-y things at the moment. So obviously with lack of IT going on, I have been having plenty of non-techy, less online beauty browsing days which in a way has been nice to have more time offline and has made me realise how much I waste time online browsing! So once I am back to normal, maybe I will see a little reduction in the amount of time I actually spend online! I am thinking of doing a post about spending time offline so check back soon for that!

March saw things dramatically change from a storm to quietness. I am just about finished my second year at university (except exams) with the start of the month looming with coursework deadlines til now were I am trying to find something to do! It has been such a relief though getting a ton of work out of the way and it means I can focus on finishing the year! Also, it has been nice to have a few holidays with Easter Break to finalise everything!

Other than uni, I am still on the spring cleaning front. My wardrobe has took a major hit since I have cleared out a ton of clothes over the last few months but I still have a lot of things I want to clear out. I may do a post in the future about my wardrobe and cleaning it out etc. if that is something that anyone wants to see? Speaking of my wardrobe, I have also been having a clothes moment, pretty much wanting to buy a new thing for everything I throw out! I am really trying to find perfect pieces that fit my wardrobe tastes now and just have a small quality collection of clothes. Quite the contrast from my makeup collection then…

On the topic of clothing, I have felt really inspired lately and been in thought about what I buy and where from. I watched the documentary ‘The True Cost’ which I truly recommend to watch as it gives you a great insight as to how the clothing we wear is made and essentially the true cost behind that less than a fiver tee from Primark. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I may cover the topic of ethical clothing in a separate blog post. Essentially though, the documentary has changed my viewpoint of where I buy clothing and my viewpoint on consumerism. It is a highly interesting watch and the scene showing the crazed shoppers on Black Friday really puts things into perspective.

How did you spend the month of March?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram

 

Life Lately #2


Life Lately FebruaryAnother month of 2016 coming to an end, crazy eh! February has been fairly quiet but busy at the same time (does that even make sense!?). I never really got up to anything too exciting but as usual life took over and I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed with blogging, work and uni at the same time. I am kind of preparing myself to be hit with a ton of workload over the next month as uni deadlines are looming. Sigh. I am trying to be a lot more organised though and get on with the work much earlier so hopefully I won’t be suffering too much! In terms of blogging, I have to admit I have been feeling like I am in a bit of a rut lately. I have been trying to mix things up a little and move away from constant reviews after reviews although I am struggling for ideas and I always feel a little out of my comfort zone with some things. It’s difficult trying to add a little more creative edge to my posts when I don’t have a lot of time to work on them so hopefully this is something that I will conquer in the next while especially when I have more free time. Of course, if anyone has any feedback on what kind of posts you like then that would be much appreciated!

Anyway woes aside, I’ve been getting pretty organised this month. I am pretty sure I have mentioned before how I’ve been trying to downsize my wardrobe and basically de-clutter all my junk. I’ve really cut down the amount of unused clothes taking over my wardrobe which feels like such a relief and weight off my shoulders. I am also at the moment trying to rearrange how I organise all my clothes too and after watching a Lily Pebbles video I discovered a much better way to organise my t-shirts in my drawers. Using Marie Kondo’s method, my clothes now sit upright instead of stacked which means I can now see all my clothes in front of me rather than simply picking the first in the pile. After cleaning out one of my drawers I also made some room for my nail polish collection. I’ve always wanted it stored in my drawers so I am super happy to have it laid out like this. Hopefully over the next month I can do some more organising and get my wardrobe sorted! Can you tell I take pride in weird things?

My organising ways couldn’t come at a better time too as Spring is definitely on the horizon. I don’t know about anyone else but I am forever getting sick of the cold and rainy weather. The last week though has seen the sun come out and much lighter mornings and evenings too which has me super excited for the new season to begin! I can’t wait to start wearing lighter clothing and start on my Spring clothing wishlist! So hopefully next month there will be a lot of Spring stuff on the blog!

Catch up on February posts: Tartelette 2 palette review, Mac 90s nude lip edit, Skincare empties, Tips for on a budget, White chocolate chunk brownies recipe, Inside my Beauty sample box and How to overcome Winter blues.

How did you spend February?

Signature

Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin | Instagram