Sunday, 23 October 2016

Desk Tour | 2016

After all the rubbishy things that happened this summer, I decided it would be good for me to have a huge clear out and a change up, so a few months back I emptied my room and completely redecorated. I got rid of so much clutter and completely changed the colour and layout of my room and I'm absolutely in love with it! I decided to go for a very light pale grey on the walls to keep things neutral and so that I could accessorise with whatever colour bedding or pillows that I wanted and also my room is pretty small so keeping the walls and furniture light was a must to make it feel more open. My favourite thing about my new room is my desk. I tried my best to create a clean, tidy and pretty area to work in so I thought it would be nice to share a few snaps of my new and improved work space! 
On one side I have my insanely beautiful fairytale books stacked up on top of each other, with my bouquet from my sisters wedding sitting on top. I do need to get a new vase for the bouquet as this one is far too wide but for now it'll have to do! Then on the other side I keep any current notebooks I'm using, so I have my bullet journal, my writing book and my personal journal stacked up with my new autumn candle on top. Those are the only things I keep on my desk, all pens and other notebooks are kept inside the drawers so there's plenty of space for me to work on.
Directly above my desk are my shelves. I decided to keep these very minimal and use them solely as display shelves rather than as storage and I love it so much. I recently bought some fairy lights from next and when I turn them on and light a candle my room becomes the cosiest place on earth. I'm so much more productive now than I used to be in a room full of useless mess and I can't wait to finish decorating the rest of my room!

Have you redecorated recently?


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Three Looks, One Palette | Urban Decay Naked 2

The Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette was the first ever high end product that I purchased, and is pretty much the only palette I use. I do own some others, but none are quite as good as this one. It literally has every day to day eyeshadow look you could ever need and I never see myself reaching for something else. The quality of the eyeshadows are what makes this palette worth every penny and I use it every day and still haven't made a dent into any of the shades. There are numerous different looks you can achieve from this palette but I thought it would be nice to share my top three go to eyeshadow looks. All of these are created using the two sided brush that comes with the palette so you don't need any fancy expensive brushes either! The mascara I used for all of these looks is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!

1) Gold
This is the look I use every time I leave the house for university, or if I just need to nip to an appointment/go food shopping etc. This takes literally two seconds. I use the flat side of the brush to apply the colour Half Baked all over my lid and then I use the fluffy side to blend out the edges, and that's it! If you were in an even bigger rush, you could literally just use your little finger to apply the eye shadow and then you've eliminated the extra step of blending! I have green eyes and the gold makes the colour stand out so much that I absolutely love wearing this on a day to day basis.

2) Brown
This is the look I tend to go for if I'm meeting up with a friend for lunch or doing something a bit more special than just attending university. It's a lot more intense than the gold look but I think using brown rather than black keeps it from looking too done up! For this look, I apply the colour Tease all over my lid and also in my crease. I then blend this out using the fluffy side of the brush. Then, I apply the colour Chopper solely to my lid and again blend it out. I also applied a bit of the colour Tease underneath my lower lash line. I tried out this look after seeing a lot of people on pinterest using a matte shade within the crease and a shimmery shade on the eye lid and I loved it! I've actually done a full post on this eyeshadow look, which you can check out HERE, however for that one I used a brown pencil liner rather than the black pen I've used here. I don't mind not wearing eyeliner for uni because it takes too long in the morning, but if I'm doing anything with friends I absolutely have to wear eyeliner! I'm currently using the Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner pen and I love it. It's so easy to use!

3) Black
This is the look I wear if I'm getting dolled up. If I'm going out for drinks or somewhere that's a bit more fancy then I always like to go a lot heavier on the eyes. For this look, I started off by applying the colour Verve all over my lid. I then went in with the colour Pistol and applied this to my outer lid and slightly in the crease. I then took the colour Blackout and applied this within my crease before blending it out. Blackout applies incredibly dark but once it's blended it becomes a lot less intense! And of course, a black smokey eye is never complete without eye liner. I also applied a bit of Pistol underneath my lower lash line to add a bit more smokiness!

I absolutely love that you can create so many different looks with this palette, and there are so many other shades that I haven't even mentioned in this post! If you're looking into high end makeup but don't know what to try out, I would definitely recommend this. It's by far the best makeup purchase I've probably ever made in terms of quality and how long it's lasting! 

Have you used this palette? Do you like it?


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Updating Old Blog Posts | Do I or Don't I?

Do you think old content should be updated to match the standard of your current content?
This is something I've been going back and forth over for quite a while now! On the one hand, I love the fact that my blog shows how much I've improved and changed over time, and I love being able to look back on old pictures and posts and remember what life was like when I wrote it! It feels wrong to go back and add current pictures to a blog post that was written in a different part of my life, I feel like the text and pictures wouldn't match up.
But then at the same time, it makes me sad to think that the work I put into all my old posts won't be seen by anyone because they don't have pretty pictures. I'm proud of the content I've produced over time and it's nice to know that someone else has enjoyed it too. 
Blogging is my favourite hobby. I started this blog as a way to talk about all the things I love, as a way to improve my writing skills, and as a way to document my life so that I would have something to look back on in the future. If this blog turns into a form of income in the future, then that's amazing, but that's never been my sole intention with it. I love that I can look back and see how much I've improved over time, but at the same time I don't want those blog posts to be forgotten about. I've seen multiple blogs that have updated their old content and are now picture perfect right from the beginning, but at the same time I've seen blogs that have kept their old pictures and still do just as well. 

What are your opinions on updating old content? Do you think it's something that everyone should do or is it best to see our improvement over time?



Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Skincare Routine | Autumn 2016

Now that the colder months are here it means I've had to change a few things in my skincare routine to make sure I'm giving my skin the things it needs. I'm also going to be starting a new course of Roaccutane this autumn so I need to make sure I'm not using products that will aggravate my skin! I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of the products I'll be using this autumn!

I recently came to the end of my Tea Tree cleanser and whilst I do love it, it is quite drying on the skin so I didn't think it best to repurchase! My skin is about to stripped bare of any oils from the Roaccutane so I decided to switch things up and go back to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! I've used this before and loved how soft it made my skin feel. I wouldn't say it's anything groundbreaking, it doesn't make a huge difference to breakouts or problem skin but for sensitive skin or skin that just needs some gentle loving I think this product is perfect for. I'm excited to get back into using this again. 

Even though I've switched up my cleanser, I couldn't bare to part with my Tea Tree scrub. This one is from The Body Shop and I absolutely love it. I'm onto my third tube and I know I won't be switching to anything else any time soon! Tea Tree is a great ingredient for treating spot prone skin and even though the scent is a little strong, I really adore using this product.

Another product I won't be switching from any time soon is the Tea Tree Toner Water from Lush. I did a full post on this product a while back, which you can check out HERE, because I just bloomin' love it so much! I'm so thankful I discovered this product, it's definitely saved my skin on numerous occasions. Whilst it hasn't cleared my skin or stopped breakouts from appearing, I know I can rely on this product to dry up and shrink a breakout overnight. I would seriously recommend this to any of you suffering with breakouts!

I'm currently using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + and I absolutely love it. I started off using it in-between my toner and moisturiser and didn't notice much difference, but when I switched to solely using this as my moisturiser it completely changed my skin! I'm still continuing with the dermatologist because nothing will ever stop the spots from appearing, but this product works insanely well at getting rid of the breakouts. I apply this morning and night and I honestly can't tell you the difference it's made to my skin. A lot of people love this product and if you suffer with problem skin then definitely add this to your list of products to try. I'll definitely be carrying on using this for a long time!

I like to use a lip scrub quite often now and my current favourite is the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. This smells incredible. I literally want to just grab a spoon and just eat the tub. 
My current face mask of choice is the Soap and Glory Fab Pore Mask and Peel. It's probably one of the freshest face masks I've ever used. It makes my skin feel ridiculously clean. I'll probably add some moisturising/brightening face masks to my skincare routine over autumn as well so if you have any recommendations let me know in the comments!

What products are you currently using?


Sunday, 9 October 2016

How I Organise My Bullet Journal

I feel like I'm super late to this party, but I started a bullet journal! I've heard about them here and there for a while now but around a month ago I decided to look into them properly and I absolutely fell in love with the idea. I'm not going to try and explain in depth how it works because I'm sure I won't do it justice so if you want to check out the official bullet journal website you can do that HERE. Essentially bullet journaling is a specific way of documenting your life that keeps everything organised and structured in one place! I thought it would be nice to share some of the ways I organise my bullet journal so that anyone thinking about starting one can get an idea of what it's like! 

The first page in my bullet journal is the 'Index' page, which is just the page where anything I put inside the journal is written down alongside the number of the page it's on. It's just a way of finding anything specific quickly as a bullet journal has no structure, you just write things down as you go!
The second is a double page spread of what's called the 'Future Log'. This is just a page where I write down any dates/birthdays/appointments that I need to remember and/or write down quickly! For example if I'm in uni and have to write down a deadline date quickly, this is where it will go!

This is my favourite part of my bullet journal! Everyone structures it differently, there's no correct way to do it so you can organise it however you want! I have a double page spread with the name of the month at the top, and then on one page I have a 'daily tracker' which you can see in the picture above, and my goals for that month. My daily tracker consists of things I want to do on a daily basis, so for example I have things like 'read', 'bed by 11', 'drink 2L water', and then if I achieve it that day I colour in a square. Then on the other side of the double page spread I have the calendar which you can slightly see in the picture as well. For that I just draw a line down the page and on each line I write the date/day and then I transfer everything for that month over from my future log! So any birthdays or appointments that I've written in the future log get crossed out and moved into the monthly calendar.

For my daily log I simply write the date on one line and then underneath I write a bullet point list of anything I need to get done that day. At the end of the day I also write down anything positive that I accomplished that day or just anything nice that happened, but instead of a bullet point I draw a heart so I can differentiate!

This is where things can get a bit more creative! Collections are basically anything you want to include within your journal, so for example some of my collections are 'books I want to read', 'career goals', 'things I enjoy doing', 'monthly blog schedule', etc. There are SO many different things you could include and pinterest is a really good place to get inspiration for these!

If you're thinking of starting a bullet journal, one thing I would highly recommend is to stay away from pinterest in the beginning! Some of the pictures on there are so ridiculously beautiful and crafty and completely unrealistic for anyone who actually wants their bullet journal to make a difference to their life! I started two bullet journals before the one I currently have, and both I gave up with because I was so obsessed with it looking colourful and pretty and being perfect that it just became too much and ended up becoming more of a burden. I would honestly recommend just sticking with a notebook and a black pen and keeping things as simple as possible. The aim of a bullet journal is to help organise your life, save the colours and prettiness for scrapbooking!

Do you have a bullet journal?

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