Sunday, 15 May 2016

5 Reasons To Start Keeping A Journal

*Before I get into this post I just want to say a super huge sorry for missing the last two blog posts! I unfortunately caught a bug and was horrendously ill last sunday. Not only that but I'm currently in the middle of my deadlines and it was a miracle I managed to meet my first one on wednesday, getting an essay done when you faint every time you stand up is a hard job! I'm so annoyed that I missed them as I was doing SO well sticking to my new schedule for every wednesday and sunday, but hey ho, life happens! I still have two deadlines coming up but hopefully if I don't get ill again that shouldn't affect the blog posts! With that said, let's get on with this post!*

I've kept a journal my entire life. Documenting my thoughts, feelings and what I get up to every day in a beautiful notebook is one of my favourite hobbies! There are so many awesome benefits of keeping a journal so I thought I would share 5 of those reasons with you guys today!

ITS A WAY TO REVISIT FORGOTTEN MEMORIES
I've kept a journal since I was 12 years old, that's almost a decade! I haven't written every day for the past ten years, *that would be an insane amount of notebooks*, but when I started out I did write pretty much every other day for around a year and a half and I now have so many memories from my high school years that I'm able to go back and relive through those journal entries! I find it so amazing that I can keep memories alive that I might have forgotten had I not written it down in a notebook and it just fills me with so much nostalgia and happiness whenever I take a look back! This is probably my absolute top reason for keeping a journal. Also if you had a polaroid or instant camera you could snap each day with a picture and a little quote underneath which would be so amazing to look back on!

ITS A FORM OF STRESS RELEASE
I can't tell you the amount of times I've felt instant relief after having poured all my stresses and worries into my journal. It's such a brilliant way of getting rid of all the bad thoughts going on in your brain without affecting anyone else. I always feel like I've dealt with whatever worries I might have by tackling them and writing them down, and then once it's done I can close the journal ad forget about them! Even if you don't keep a journal, I recommend doing this whenever you feel stressed, I can almost guarantee it will help!

IT'S CREATIVE
As an aspiring writer I find it so helpful to go back and flick through these journals whenever I need a source of inspiration. I might stumble across an old idea that I'd forgotten about or just simply reading about old memories and old friends can inspire me and get those creative juices flowing! It's also such an awesome outlet for creativity in terms of being able to write/doodle/scrapbook whatever you want! 

IT CAN BE A SOURCE OF MOTIVATION
Along with being a source of inspiration, it can also be a source of motivation! I can't tell you how many times I've read an old entry about a really productive day, or an entry about my goals/ambitions for the future and it's given me the kick up the bum I needed to get started again! It's also an amazing way at tracking your progress throughout your life. I can look back at when I was 16 years old and think of how much I've achieved and accomplished since then and it definitely gives me a boost!

IT'S YOUR PRIVATE PERSONAL SPACE
This is one of my favourite reasons for keeping a journal. It's mine. No one else's thoughts or opinions can come in and ruin things, it's just me and my brain and I absolutely love that! It's a really good way to get to know yourself better and have some of that all important 'me' time! 

honestly think I'll be keeping a journal for the rest of my life. I may not write every day, but the thought of being able to sit in a rocking chair when I'm 80 and re-live memories from when I was 12 years old makes me so happy!

Do you keep a journal? Is it something you would consider?
xxx

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Meet Pippin

So the other day, after many many hours scrolling through bloglovin, I decided that I wanted to do more lifestyle posts on this blog. I am a right old nosy buggar and I love reading about the things people get up to, things that inspire them, things they love, stories they have to tell etc. It makes me happy reading about all the positive things in a persons life and I often get inspired by some of the lifestyle posts I see out there so I made the decision to include more of that style of posts on my blog! As a way to kick off the brand spanking new lifestyle posts, I thought what could be better than introducing you guys to the most important little guy in my life, my yorkshire terrior, Pippin!  As this little pooch has just turned 14 years old I thought it would be nice to tell you guys 14 facts about him!

1| We got this little man when I was 7 years old. I came back from a weekend in Wales to find a little black ball of fluff running around my back garden!
2| When he was a puppy he could fit in one hand and absolutely loved to be picked up and cuddled.
3| He also used to get as far into an empty crisp packet as he possibly could to lick all the salt out!
4 | He absolutely hates other dogs! It's so embarrassing in the street when a cute little dog wants to play with him and he's just yapping away acting like he wants to savage them. It's completely the opposite when it comes to humans though. He will walk up to any human and get as many cuddles and kisses as he can!
5| He likes to play with his toys by putting them on his bed, grabbing it with his teeth and shaking the bed until the toys flies off and he can go and do it all over again! For many years he also tried to balance any and every toy on his back... no idea why!
6| He will eat ANYTHING. Food wrappers, dirt, hair, plastic... absolutely anything!
7| When his hair grows long it only goes curly on his back legs and bum, it's the most adorable thing in the world.
8| Every night before bed he gives me one kiss on my nose
9| We decided to name him Pippin after the dog on an old tv show called Come Outside where this woman and her dog would fly around in a polka dot aeroplane and teach kids about the places they visited! 
10| There has been numerous occasions where we've had to literally drag his bed to the back door with him still sleeping in it, pick him up and put him outside to get him to go for a wee before bed, he's that lazy!
11| The minute you start to stroke him, he will lift his paw and refuse to put it down until you stroke his belly instead. 
12| Even though he loved being picked up as a puppy, he hates it now and it's a very lucky day if we manage to pick him up without him throwing a hissy fit! Nobody outside of my immediate family can pick him up, which disappoints many people! 
13| He claims everything he possibly can. If another dog comes to stay for the weekend, he will sleep in their bed and play with their toys!
14| When I'm upset, Pippin will realise this and instantly come to give me cuddles and kisses, probably cheering me up better than most humans could!

I love this little guy more than words could ever say. Dogs really are mans best friend and I honestly don't know what life would be like without him. There are so many other things that make this little guy who he is but if I listed them all we'd be here all day. Just know that he is the best pup in the world and I wouldn't swap him for anything! I try my hardest to spoil him rotten and keep him happy and I only hope I'm doing a good enough job for him! 
xxx

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

As I've mentioned in a few of my previous posts, I recently picked up the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I've been lusting after it for so long now that I finally decided to just take the plunge and purchase it! I've been using it on and off for a couple weeks now so I thought I would share with you guys my opinion on it!

To start with, this is not a cheap mascara. It costs £19 and for a university student, that is not something I can spend every time I need a new mascara! I decided to purchase this to use for days where I'm heading out for food with friends, or going out for some drinks and I just want more of a dramatic makeup look! For an every day look when I attend university, I stick to my MUCH cheaper Collection Lengthening mascara!
This product is insane. I can literally just coat my eyelashes gently and it will look like I've put 5 coats of another mascara on! It makes my lashes insanely thick and the colour intensity is amazing. I only have one or two miner issues with it and that is the size of the applicator! It's very easy to get this mascara all over your eyelid if you're not careful so I have to apply this quite slowly and make sure I have my eyes as closed as possible! The size also increases the risk of clumping so I just like to brush through my lashes with a thinner mascara brush once I have applied all of the product!
I think if you're looking for a high end mascara and you don't know what to go for, this is a great one to try out! I feel like this is going to last me such a long time and also the packaging makes it feel incredibly luxurious! I totally understand why this mascara gets so much hype and I love using this when I have eyeshadow on with no eyeliner because it makes your eyelashes look incredible. I have quite small eyes as well so this really helps to open them up and make them seen bigger than they actually are! If you're into high end products and the price tag doesn't bother you, definitely try out this mascara. You won't regret it!

Have you tried this mascara? Do you like it?
xxx

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

April Roundup | 2016

Is it seriously time for another roundup post already?... I'm starting to get a little bit scared with how fast time is moving guys, I don't like it! 

BOOKS
I FINALLY finished the Dancing Jax trilogy and to be honest I was a bit gutted with the final book! I did enjoy it but I just expected so much more and I was so excited to find out the ending. If any of you have read that series please let me know what you thought of the third book! Finishing that series meant I could move onto my next reading goal of the year which is to re-read the harry potters! I've read the first one and am currently coming to the end of the second so I reckon reading will go pretty well in May! 

BEAUTY/SKINCARE
I seem to have been getting through skincare products quite quickly this month and have been purchasing some more so I do have a skincare haul coming soon! I'm trying to create a skincare routine that really works for me and I have been noticing a lot of improvements with my skin since I started taking care of it properly! As you will have seen in my Spring Makeup look, I purchased the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara this month which I actually have a full review for coming on sunday so make sure to check back for that! I've seen so many beautiful high end products floating around the blogging world recently that I'm desperate to get my hands on *mainly the hourglass palettes* so I'm trying to purchase one a month so that I'm not going crazy and spending all my non existent money on makeup!

MUSIC
I went My Chemical Romance crazy this month. I realised that I didn't have any of their songs on my iPod so of course I went on a youtube marathon and ending up spending hours reliving old memories through their songs! My favourites are probably SING and Mama, but it's so hard to choose!

FILMS
Sky movies brought back the Star Wars channel this month so I've been re-watching all of them quite a lot! I don't think I've actually watched that many new films this month. I relived my teenager years the other night and watched The Perfect Man in bed with junk food! Who else wanted to be Hilary Duff so bad when they were younger? She's just perfection!

LIFE
I went back to uni on April 11th and have been thrown back into studies and deadlines and all things "fun" this month! I was super chuffed when I got my marks back for the essays I submitted last month and saw that I achieved two 1st's and a 2.1, wahoo! *the only bad thing is that first year marks don't actually count towards your degree... :(*. It was then my sisters 24th birthday on the 17th so that meant a weekend of food, parties and celebrations! May is going to bring with it 3 more deadlines in the next few weeks but then I will have finished my entire first year of university and summer will begin so I am super excited to get to work and get stuff done!

GOALS
This time last week I uploaded an entire post talking through my goals for 2016 so if you want to check that out you can do so HERE! I'm doing pretty well, I just need to keep going and try my best to get them done!

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Book Haul #8

It's time for another book haul! Like I mentioned in my last one I've been buying so many books recently, mainly because I can't get enough of the deals in The Works *seriously, they're so good*! I still have loads of book vouchers left over from my birthday and christmas as well so I'm sure there will be more book hauls to come! With that said, let's get started!

The first book I have to show you guys is Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I'd seen this mentioned quite a few times by people on Youtube and I really liked the sound of it, so when I saw this in Asda for £3 how could I not pick it up? This sounds absolutely amazing with romance, magic, rebellion, uprising AND it's set in the desert! I cannot wait to dive into this story and also can we just appreciate how beautiful the cover is?! 
The next book is Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner. I picked this up at The Works *I literally don't shop anywhere else...* in their 3 books for £5 deal! This is set in the year 2218 and is about this young nurse who ends up looking after a guy who is actually from a rather untrustworthy alien race! I love reading books that involve aliens so I cannot wait to get stuck into this. Plus it's super short so this should be a quick read! 

With one of my vouchers from my birthday I picked up The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. The only thing I know about this is that it's about a guy named David who wants to be a girl, and I think it follows his story as he transitions and how he deals with the people at his school's reactions. I've heard so many good reviews about this book and I cannot wait to dive into it. I feel like this will be a real heart-warming and interesting read! 
As part of the 3 books deal that I got Neptune's Tears in I also got Angelfall by Susan EE. All I know about this book is that it involves evil angels who kidnap a young girl and it follows the story of her sister as she attempts to rescue her! I've heard mixed things about this book, some people love it some people don't, but I really like the sound of it so I can't wait to get started!

The last book I got in the 3 books for £5 deal was Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I picked this up mainly because the cover grabbed my attention, I still don't really know what it's about! I think it's quite philosophical and it involves our main character Sophie receiving letters addressed to another girl, and she has to work out who this other girl is! It's apparently a very well known book though, as you can see it says 20th anniversary edition on the cover so I'm very intrigued to read this! It must be interesting!
The final book I have to show you guys is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I love Rainbow Rowell's books, I own pretty much all of them and I've really enjoyed the ones I've read so of course I had to pick up some more! Attachments is about a guy who works for a company monitoring emails and one day he reads a conversation between two of the female employees. As he continues to follow this conversation he starts to fall in love with one of them and the story continues from there! I'm so excited to read this, Rainbow Rowell's books just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and everyone needs that every once in a while!

And that concludes this book haul! I still have so many books to show you guys so definitely expect more book hauls soon. Let me know in the comments what books you've read recently and I hope you have an awesome day!
xxx

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