Boots Haul + First Impressions

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Boots Haul + First Impressions

I have been treating my skin so badly recently.

Real bad.

During the summer, my skin is usually at its best, so I tone down on the amount of products I need to use. I had finished most of my products by the end of summer, then, my skin went downhill. Way downhill. I had put self care at the bottom of my never ending to-do list, so buying new products never happened, until I received a letter through the door. There is nothing better than receiving a letter from Boots reminding you how much your points are worth. I had been saving my points for a while, so I had a nice amount to spend. I thought why not treat myself to some new skincare products. I have put self care at the top of my list.

beauty skincare haul
Sunday, 15 October 2017
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37 Reasons You Should Start A Blog NOW!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

37 Reasons You Should Start A Blog NOW!

I love opening up about being a blogger. It's still a very new career path, and I am happy to talk about it to open minded people. I'm always pointing out the positive reasons, and will forever be encouraging people to start their own. I usually get the same comments about not knowing what to write about, or not having enough time, but the thing with blogging is, there are no rules. You're free to blog about what you want, when you want. Some take blogging up as a full-time career and turn it into a business, whereas some do it as as a hobby, post when they have free time, and prefer it that way. You can schedule it around how much, or little time you have.

lifestyle flat lay
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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September Favourites - Birthday Edition

Saturday, 7 October 2017

September Favourites - Birthday Edition

This is the last time I'm going to say this, I promise, but last month was my birthday. In case you didn't realise, I had a 90s theme running through all of my September posts, because I am in fact a 90s baby. I got spoilt rotten for my birthday, and have fallen in love with everything I was given, so I thought I'd share them with you in a monthly favourites style post. Side note: it's October already, so whoever is playing with time and making it go so fast... you needs to stop asap!!

fashion beauty lifestyle flatlay
Saturday, 7 October 2017
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What's On My Autumn Reading List

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

What's On My Autumn Reading List

I am really behind on my yearly reading target.

As said by Goodreads.

My goal was 20 books, and I've only read 5... you do the math.

I have been really good at sticking to my reading plan, but this year, it's gone down hill. I don't know if it's because I used to read whenever I started procrastinating, and I've been really focused on what I need to be doing recently, so I haven't had much time to just sit and read. Oh time, why do we never have enough?

autumn reading list young adult books

I am making it yet another goal of mine to read more this autumn, despite knowing that the next few months are going to be the busiest for me. I'm doing this new thing called 'scheduling my day in a way so I don't get bored', which really translate to, 'doing different jobs throughout the day so I am always focused'. It's going really well for me so far, so I know I can throw a few hours dedicated to reading. I should stop waffling on because you came here to read about books, not my failed attempts of being organised. Let's begin.

DREAMOLOGY by LUCY KEATING

If you're a close friend of mine, it would have become a regular occurrence for you to receive a text in the morning talking about my bizzarest dreams from the night before. I could write an entire blog post about how much my dreams have affected me (if this is something you want to read, let me know), but this isn't about my dreams, it's about Alice's. Once Alice falls asleep, her mind is turned to Max. Max is a boy who she's been dreaming about since she can remember. Can you imagine how Alice felt when she walked into her class and saw Max sitting there. He is no longer in her head, but sitting there, completely real. Much to Alice's dismay, he isn't anything like she dreamt of. I've had so many dreams where I'd dream about someone I know, and see them in a completely different way, both good and bad, and even though I know it's only a dream, the feelings and emotions feel so real, they stick with me for a while. I am most excited to read Dreamology, plus how beautiful is the cover?

.@helloaycan is sharing what's on her autumn reading list.

A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by SARA BARNARD

I am such a huge fan of Sara Barnard, and after reading and loving Beautiful Broken Things, Sara's books will always be on my wishlist. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is about two characters, Steffi who doesn't talk, and Rhys who can't hear. I don't like to make assumptions before reading a book as it can cloud my judgement a little, but I'm assuming hoping the two start some sort of romantic relationship, so I can see how their love blossoms, and find their own way to communicate. I had a little flick through the book, and I love the little details were the chapter numbers are shown in sign language, with a diagram on the back page. I love that it opens up the awareness of deafness, and also covers mental health issues such as selective mutism, which I know very little about, so I'm hoping I'll have a better understanding after reading this book.

EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by ROBYN SCHEIDER

I haven't started this book, but I know it's going to produce endless tears. Latham House is a part boarding school, part hospital for sick teenagers, and after Lane gets sent there, he feels his life is already over. Lane meets Sadie, again, (they knew each other before attending Latham House), but she has changed in the completely opposite way you'd think, she's full of life. The two start to fall in love... see, I already knew I would need tissues. When sick teens fall in love, it never ends well. I'm going to spend the entire book hoping they're both cured and leave together and live happily ever after, but I'm going to be a realistic pessimist and assume that's not going to happen. Extraordinary Means definitely has a 'The Fault In Our Stars' vibe, and that book ruined me. Wish me luck!

autumn reading list young adult books

AFTER YOU by JOJO MOYES

I'm going to be as vague with this as possible in case you haven't read Me Before You as this is the sequel. Lou's life has been a constant rollacoster, and she is currently on the way down. Everything she had hoped for her new fulfilling life has gone the complete opposite, and she is stuck in a place she never thought she'd be again. She knows this can't last forever. After You seems to have changed a lot since the ending of the first book, so I'm hoping it fills in the missing blanks. I haven't seen the Me Before You movie yet, so I'm going to watch that before reading this book just to refresh my brain a little of the story.

AM I NORMAL YET? by HOLLY BOURNE

I was lucky enough to meet Holly Bourne, which is where I picked this book up. Evie just wants to be a normal teenager, and have normal teenage things. Starting a new college is a fresh start for her where nobody knows her secrets. Not even her two new friends Amber and Lottie, which could become the biggest problem when they don't realise she is about to make another mistake. I've heard such great reviews about this book, and I really can't wait to read it. Am I Normal Yet? is the first book in 'The Spinster Club' series, and I know I'm going to want to read the others.

Once all these books are read (along with the other 10 I need to read), I'll be doing reviews. You can check out my other reviews here. Let me know in the comments below what you're currently reading, or what's on your reading list. If you have any young adult book recommendations, please let me know.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
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Candy Floss Freakshake - 90s Edition

Friday, 29 September 2017

Candy Floss Freakshake - 90s Edition

Candy floss.

Cotton candy.

Fairy floss.

No matter what you call it, you're going to love this.

dairy-free candy floss freakshake
Friday, 29 September 2017
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Create Your Own Bubble Art Prints

Monday, 25 September 2017

Create Your Own Bubble Art Prints

I don't remember much about my childhood, so being in primary school was definitely a blur for me, but there are a few things that will always be clear in my mind, and one of them is...

...art and design class.

This didn't happen very often, but I can always remember the excitement that filled me when I would walk into the classroom and see all the creative fun that was about to happen.

But there was one particular activity I loved doing the most... bubble art.

bubble art prints

I was always that kid who would blow bubbles into their drinks and got it everywhere, so being allowed to do it, while making art was just a dream for me. So, when better than during 90s month to recreate it. This was honestly the simplest diy I have ever done on my blog, but it has given some of the best results. When it comes to bubble art, it doesn't matter your artistic level, it's so abstract, you will always create a masterpiece.

Monday, 25 September 2017
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The Tuck Shop 90s Popcorn Mix

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Tuck Shop 90s Popcorn Mix

Your 90s snack dreams are about to come true.

I would like to apologise in advance for the amount of sugar you're going to want to consume after reading this post. It's slightly worrying that this is becoming a running theme in my foodie posts.

90s popcorn mix

For a 90s inspired recipe, I wanted to recreate one of my snack favourites. I knew I loved party rings, but I'd already recreated my own version a few months ago... yes, I do wish I was slightly more organised and had posted it this month, but never mind. I asked my Mum if she could remember anything I used to love eating, but there was just a never ending list. What can I say? I've always loved to eat anything covered in sugar. I was looking online for inspiration, then it came to me... popcorn.

Monday, 18 September 2017
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