New Year's Resolutions / 6 Month Progress (2017)

At the beginning of each year, I like to do a New Year's Resolutions post where I talk about my goals for the year and what I would like to achieve (you can view the 2017 post here). Now that half of the year has already passed ~which I still can't quite believe~ I have decided to reflect on the resolutions I set myself at the beginning of the year to see if I've made any progress and if I'm close to achieving my goals.

-Take More Opportunities-
I have definitely achieved this goal and feel as though I don't need to make this a New Year's Resolution for any more years! Yay! My goal to taking opportunities started when I applied to travel to Asia to look after elephants in a conservation camp and teach English to children in a small village. This was waaaaay out of my comfort zone and is completely unlike me! I have also taken opportunities by doing more volunteering alongside my university degree. Overall, I've become more independent and have made more adventurous life choices; I've taken almost every opportunity to make my life as exciting as it can be. Therefore, I have achieved this goal and I'm confident that I'll be able to continue with this!

-Focus On My Health-
Ahh, one goal that I actually really struggle with. When I'm at uni, I'm so lazy that I can never be bothered to cook a proper healthy meal. Ready meals and oven-baked pizzas are pretty much the only things in my diet. This is a goal that I will definitely aim to focus on when I move back to uni, because my unhealthy diet has caused a lot of stomach problems for me and I'm definitely not that healthy! In terms of exercise, I've actually done really well with this so far and I'm super proud of myself. I started weightlifting and got my flatmate ~who's training to be a Personal Trainer~ to write me a fitness plan. I'm proud of myself for this and hope I can keep it up!

I have no idea why I struggle with this goal so much. I find it difficult to relax ALL THE TIME. Even when I'm at home, chilling out all day, I still find it difficult to completely 100% relax. I'm not sure why this is, but I'm constantly working on ways to relax my body and mind. So although I haven't achieved this goal much so far this year, I'm confident in the fact that I will eventually one day be able to fully relax.

-Remain Organised-
This is a goal that I've been really proud of myself for. Second year of uni has probably been my most organised year of my life! I got my life on track, made more to-do lists, prioritised important tasks. I created a clean desk space where I could be motivated to do things I didn't want to do but needed to do. Overall, I'm impressed that I've achieved this goal and I hope I can continue being organised in my final year of uni as this is my most important year yet and I don't want to screw it up!

-Respect Myself-
I used to struggle with this goal A LOT. When I was a teenager, I found it really difficult to enjoy being myself when everyone around me seemed better. However, now that I've grown up, I've realised my worth and actually really enjoy being me. My personality and appearance have changed in incredible ways, and there's rarely things about me that I don't like now. I completely respect and love myself, and when I was younger I never thought I would achieve this goal so I'm extremely proud to say that I have :)

Overall, I'm making good progress with my goals. Although there's some major things I could work on, I'm determined to achieve these by the end of the year. I've still got 6 months to improve myself, and I believe that I can do it!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post; I hope you enjoyed it! What were your New Year's Resolutions, and do you think you've achieved them yet? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to read about your goals and how you can improve on them!


April Favourites / 2017

I can't believe how quickly this year is going... it's already my birthday month! But it's also exam month, the month that I finish my second year of uni, and the month that will potentially be the most stressful for me in the entirety of 2017. 

The end of the month means it's time for my monthly favourites. I've loved SO MUCH this month and I'm extremely excited to show you!

Summer2.0 Stick For Lips and Cheeks 01 / KIKO

A new KIKO shop has recently opened in my city at university, but it's quite dangerous because I'm in there all the time. This is the first KIKO product I have ever tried and I was extremely impressed! I initially went in there to try a super cheap product (they have lipsticks for under £5) just to test out the brand, but my boyfriend convinced me to splurge on a more expensive lipstick. The Summer2.0 collection is LIMITED EDITION, so I decided to buy a lipstick. This shade is perfect for my skin tone and it looks lovely on me. It's a matte finish but doesn't dry your lips out, and it lasts pretty well throughout the day. The quality of the packaging is also incredible - it closes magnetically, meaning it is more likely to stay closed during travel. Overall, this definitely gave me a good impression of KIKO as a brand and I'm excited to try more things from them.

Prime Magic Camera Ready Face Primer / w7

I feel like a proper girl now that I've started using a primer before applying my makeup. Beforehand, I had NEVER primed before in my life. I didn't expect much from this as I picked it up from Boyes and it was extremely cheap. However, this product amazed me immensely. It works so flippin' well! My makeup applies easier and looks better on my face. But the main reason that I love this product is because of how long my makeup lasts for now. Usually my makeup would become oily and greasy shortly after lunchtime, however this primer has completely stopped this issue. My makeup looks amazing all day and I never have to top it up. I'm so happy I found this cheap little primer and I hope they never discontinue it!

Smoky Poppy Range / The Body Shop

The Body Shop has always been one of my favourite brands. Their products are affordable, amazing quality, and smell fantastic. This range was no exception. The smell of the Smoky Poppy range is slightly musky and sophisticated in a feminine way. I have the shower gel and the body butter, and both are amazing quality. The smell lingers for ages when you apply it, and the body butter dries super quickly. I also love the fact that the shower gel is black, it's so cool! I will always love The Body Shop and this range is one of my favourites right now.

Ruffle Sweater Multi Stripe / Next

A HUGE Next has opened up in my home city, and I instantly knew as soon as I walked in that I would spend a ridiculous amount of money in there. I had been eyeing up this top for weeks; my mum and I would always point it out when we were window shopping. However, when I saw it again in the new Next, I decided I would just buy it! I clearly loved it and I had been wanting it for ages, so I treated myself and finally bought it. I absolutely love it, it's so flattering on me. The colours and ruffles make me feel so happy wearing it, and it's also made out of the most comfortable linen material. I'm so happy I finally purchased it.

13 Reasons Why / Netflix

I know that you're probably sick of hearing about this Netflix series now; it's all over social media! So I won't talk too much about this programme. However, if you haven't watched it and you have access to Netflix - PLEASE WATCH IT. It's so informative about issues we need to be informed about, but it does it in a super relatable way as the main people watching this series are quite young adults. It tackles really uncomfortable, difficult life issues. I didn't expect it to be quite so graphic and dark, but I was glad it showed the exact process of each issue because it allows us to understand it more. The final two episodes got me quite emotional and it was EXTREMELY uncomfortable to watch (you'll know exactly what I mean if you've seen it), but the acting was incredible. Overall, I would recommend this Netflix series to everyone. It's difficult to explain what it's about because there's so much going on, so you'll just have to research it for yourself!

MasterChef / BBC One

I cannot express my love for MasterChef right now. I'm obsessed. Why the hell would people prefer The Great British Bake Off when you can have Masterchef?? Masterchef is so tense and competitive - I love it! The crazy cooking techniques on the show are overwhelming. If you like cooking competitions, or fun TV to watch, I'd highly recommend MasterChef!

One Night With My Ex / Channel 5

Another amazing TV show that's on right now. I didn't think I'd like this programme at first - I thought it'd be like TOWIE or Geordie Shore (I HATE THESE PROGRAMMES SO MUCH), but this one is nothing like that at all! It's about people who have to spend the night in an apartment with their ex to try to resolve things or find out what happened between them. It's so juicy and I was instantly hooked from the first few seconds.

Bruno Mars / 24K Magic

Of course I have to include Bruno Mars in my Favourites because... I'M SEEING HIM LIVE ON SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Bruno Mars is one of my all-time favourite performers; his shows are so entertaining! I've been playing Bruno's new album on repeat whenever I get some free time (it's playing right now as I write this) and I'm obsessed with it. I like every song. My favourites are: Chunky, Versace On The Floor, and Too Good To Say Goodbye.

I hope you enjoyed this Favourites post! I apologise for not uploading often - uni is taking over my life. Anyway, I hope you have an amazing week and I'll be back soon (hopefully).


Who said being 'ugly' is a bad thing?

Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting on here for a while! I know that everyone uses university deadlines as an excuse, but that's genuinely the reason why I've neglected my blog. I'll try to show it way more love once my deadlines and exams are over, however that won't be for over a month!

Anyway, today I wanted to share a semi-personal post on "being ugly". Because, let's be honest, the majority of us feel ugly at least once in their lifetime. Some people feel ugly more frequently than others. But recently I asked myself: "who said being ugly is a bad thing?".

We all want to be attractive. But who do we want to be attractive for, exactly? I want to feel attractive for myself, which I usually do until someone tells me I'm ugly. I don't care about other people's opinions, so why should it matter if a random stranger thinks I'm unattractive?

I want to feel attractive for myself, and for my boyfriend. And, usually, I wake up each day and love the way I look. My boyfriend also tells me more than once a day that he thinks I'm beautiful.

You know the only thing that makes me feel unattractive? Other people telling me I'm unattractive.

Well I'm not living my life like that anymore.

Yeah, there are MILLIONS of girls who are prettier than me. But, you know what? I'm not that bad. You may think I'm the ugliest person alive. But I don't care: because I think I'm pretty and that's all that matters.

I've had random people in the street tell me I'm too small, or my forehead is too big, or I look like a stick insect. 
That's okay, they're entitled to an opinion.
That doesn't mean I have to agree with it though.

My appearance doesn't even matter. My career won't be affected by my appearance. My boyfriend thinks I'm beautiful. My family always tell me I look pretty. I'm still going to have amazing life experiences regardless of what I look like. So whether I love my appearance or not - it doesn't even affect my life that much. 

I feel extremely fortunate that the only issues I've had with my skin is slight redness on my cheeks and dark under-eye circles. I feel extremely lucky to have long, thick hair. I feel extremely blessed to have a body which allows me to eat either fatty food or healthy food and not have my weight affected either way.

All I'm saying is: if you feel attractive, then other people's opinions don't matter.

I'm sorry for the unplanned rambling and messiness of this blog post, I pretty much just wrote whatever came to my mind at the time. It just annoys me that so many people feel ugly because other people think they are - like why does it even matter?! Worry about real life issues, like your health and your happiness. You shouldn't ever feel ugly. And even if you do feel ugly, who said that's a bad thing?!


Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Happy Monday everyone! Whether your Monday's are usually stressful or not, today is a day to be happy - like most days! Speaking of being happy... today's post is trying to achieve that. Regardless of whether you're having an amazing, average or crappy day, I'm going to share some of my favourite quotes with you. Whenever I'm feeling down, I rehearse these quotes in my mind to remind myself that life isn't that bad.

My two ultimate favourite quotes that I live by are the final two (numbers 9 & 10). I think of these in anxious/stressful situations, and it helps to relieve the pain.

1) Life is 10 per cent what happens to you and 90 per cent how you react to it. 

2) Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

3) If your life seems full of darkness, look and see if it is you who is blocking the light.

4) Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.

5) It only takes one person to help you find happiness in life, and that's you.

6) Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

7) A life without problems offers no opportunities to show how strong you are.

8) If you don't have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.

9) This, too, shall pass.

10) Expect nothing, appreciate everything.


February Favourites / 2017

It seems like only last week that I uploaded my January Favourites... where has the year gone already?! February was a good month for me, perhaps not as amazing for me as January was but I think that's because I've been at university for the majority of February and I've had a lot of stress. March will probably consist of the same, but then I can guarantee that April will be better for me, so it's not completely bad. 

I found it quite difficult to round up my favourites this month because I haven't really used anything new, but I'll get on with it anyway!

Creamy Fantasy 'Salted Caramel & Almond' Shower Creme / AVON

I was given this shower creme as a gift for Christmas and it quickly became one the best things I have ever smelt. It smells and looks like caramel and it's so tempting to eat this - however I wouldn't advise that. The overall quality of the product is amazing, it makes me smell lovely after using it in the shower. I can't recommend this product enough, and think it's time to try some more AVON shower cremes (perhaps some Spring/flower scents this time!).

Sweet Vanilla Bubble Bath / AVON

I've only just realised that this is also an AVON product! This was also given to me as a Christmas present and, although I don't get to have baths often, I have used this product enough to know how incredible it is. Firstly, the smell is GORGEOUS. It's the perfect vanilla scent. Secondly, a little goes a long way! Seriously, this stuff creates so many bubbles! The bubbles are also extremely soft and almost-silky. Every time I have used this product, I have had such a relaxing bath and I'm so happy to have this product. Again, it's made me want to check out some more AVON bubble bath products.

Personalised Marshmallows / Boomf

This is a product which I was EXTREMELY impressed with. For Valentine's Day, I decided to give my boyfriend some personalised marshmallows using Boomf. One reason I loved this process is because Boomf's website made it super easy to customise the marshmallows and place the images in the exact order you want them to be. You can also choose your own images or images that Boomf provides for you too. Another reason why I love Boomf is because the shipping was free and my product came ridiculously quickly. And a final reason why I love Boomf is because the quality of the picture on the marshmallows was unbelievably amazing. I was overwhelmed with how amazing the pictures looked on the marshmallows. The marshmallows themselves also tasted amazing and high-quality. Overall, there is nothing I can fault about Boomf. I will definitely be using their services again because these marshmallows turned out to be amazing and they do chocolates too so I might try those out!

DIY Polaroid Picture Frame / My Boyfriend

When my boyfriend got bored one day when I was at uni and he was left in my house alone, he put my Polaroid pictures into a frame and decorated the background. When he showed me what he had done, I was so happy I could cry! This is a perfect way to have my favourite Polaroid pictures on display and I loved how much effort he put into it. I think it's perfect and every time I see it on my desk it makes me smile.

Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Pro 2500

At the start of 2017, I purchased my first ever electric toothbrush because my boyfriend had one and I loved it each time I used it. I got the toothbrush in my favourite colour (blue) which made me stupidly happy. Now that I've used an electric toothbrush, I don't think I'll ever go back to a manual one. My teeth feel cleaner and smoother after using an electric one, and the only annoying thing is that you have to charge it. Other than that, it's the perfect toothbrush for me. One useful thing about it is that it has a timer to let you know when you've brushed for 2 minutes, which is perfect for me as I usually lose track of time!


When I told my flatmate (who has a Personal Training qualification) that I wanted to take nutrition and working out seriously, he helped me out immensely by creating a workout plan for me and logging my macros into MyFitnessPal. This app is the perfect way of working out how to change your diet and clean up your nutrition. I now know how much to eat each day, what's inside what I'm eating, and useful tips on how to change this. This app allows you to scan the barcode on the food you eat and it tells you how much Fat/Carbs/Protein/Sugar/etc. is in the food! It also keeps track of these levels so you know what foods you should be eating. I'm obsessed with this app and it's really helping me to live a healthy lifestyle.

Sing Street / Netflix

When I was bored one night, I wanted to watch a new movie on Netflix. Sing Street was advertised because it has AMAZING reviews. When reading the description of the movie, I wasn't completely convinced that I would like it. However, once I had watched it, I LOVED IT. It's set in 1980's, and it features the incredible music from that time. It has a bit of romance in it, it has a bit of abuse in it, it has a bit of comedy in it. I was completely hooked. The entire movie is amazing and I was so obsessed with the soundtrack that I immediately downloaded and can't stop singing all the songs from it. There were parts that made me cry, and there were parts that made me laugh. You just have to watch it; I didn't think I would like it but afterwards I fell completely in love with it.

Riverdale / Netflix

My final favourite of February is this new series on Netflix: Riverdale. As it's a new series that is currently ongoing, I can only watch one episode a week (WHICH SUCKS) however I am so obsessed with it that I watched each episode about 3 times until the next one comes out. If you like Pretty Little Liars, you will LOVE Riverdale. I love all the actors in it too, and I think the storylines are very well thought-out. It's so difficult to wait each week for a new episode, but I'm so happy I started watching this because it's become one of my favourite things about February.

Thank you for reading this blog post. Please let me know in the comments what you have loved during February, I'm really interested to know. Have a wonderful week, and I'll be back again soon.


Random/Beauty/Fashion Haul!

There's nothing I love more than spending money on unnecessary items that bring small amounts of joy into my life. Over the weekend, I went on a shopping trip to York with my mum (I haven't seen her in SO LONG so this was quite an emotional trip for me!). I have decided to show you some of the things I bought throughout this trip, because why not?! Let's get to it...

A few days ago, I noticed that I had lost my Laura Ashley compact mirror for my handbag. This was tragic and I was SO UPSET about it, and knew I needed to get another handbag mirror as soon as possible. I purchased this adorable compact mirror from Pylone. The main reasons I love this are because a) it's my favourite shade of blue, b) it has Japanese cherry blossoms on it, and c) it closes so the mirror inside is protected. Although I love this mirror and can't wait to use it, I found out that my boyfriend stole my previous mirror, and he will be returning it to me when he next comes over in a few weeks. So now I have two mirrors. Oh well, this one is super cute so I don't mind!

I desperately needed makeup wipes, so I purchased these from Boots because they were inexpensive and they looked pretty good. They're Boots' own brand and I haven't heard of many people using these, but I thought I'd give them a go and see if they're any good. If you'd like me to report back with a review so you can consider purchasing these, then please let me know.

I am super excited about this purchase because I have never used an O.P.I nail polish before - and they are raved about so much! This is honestly the most gorgeous shade of pink I have ever seen in a nail varnish, and both myself and my mum bought one because it was too beautiful to leave there! This is the shade "Got a Date To-Knight!". I purchased this from TK Maxx because they sell really good products for cheap products purely because it's last season's stuff! I am so excited to paint my nails with this once I've written this blog post.

I was in need of a mascara so I purchased the Rimmel Super Curler Mascara from TK Maxx. Although I was super excited to try this product, I used it this morning and wasn't overly impressed. I mean, it worked well and it was okay, but it's nothing compared to my Maybelline one. However, I got this for £8 CHEAPER than my previous Maybelline mascara so perhaps it's worth using this one instead!

This wasn't actually a purchase, this was a gift from my mum, but I thought I'd mention it anyway because everyone needs to know about these! If you can eat chocolate/if you like chocolate, PLEASE purchase some of these. You won't regret it.

My final and favourite purchase from the day is this beautiful dress that I bought in Browns by the brand Apricot. Although this dress is too large for me (it's a size 8), it fits me beautifully and I think it looks lovely on me! I don't wear dresses often but this has completely inspired me to make an effort and wear dresses more. I'm so pleased with this purchase and think it's one of the most beautiful dresses I own.

I hope you enjoyed this little haul. Have you purchased anything recently? Also, how did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments.


Last Minute Valentine's Day Plans

If you're anything like me, then you don't really fuss over Valentine's Day that much. You'd prefer to just chill with your partner rather than make fancy plans. My boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's Day a few days earlier this year (as we are unable to see each other actually on Valentine's Day), therefore we just kinda went with the flow and decided how to celebrate it last minute. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend your Valentine's Day, including the things that my boyfriend and I did.

Go for coffee
Nothing beats a cute little coffee date. My boyfriend and I went to a local coffee shop where we treated ourselves to hot chocolates. It was so chilled and relaxed, and afterwards we did a bit of window shopping in town. It was a lovely afternoon and would be a perfect (but not OTT) way of spending Valentine's Day with your loved one.

Play Bingo at the local pub
This may sound like a strange idea for Valentine's Day, but my boyfriend and I have played Bingo at the local pub for a few weeks now - and we love it! Even if you don't win any money, it's a fun way to spend an evening, and you can even invite some friends along with their partners to make the event even better.

Go to the cinema
There are so many amazing movies out right now, and my boyfriend and I have spent far too much money going to see these. Over the weekend, we went to see The Lego Batman Movie (WHICH WAS AMAZING) and a few weeks ago we saw La La Land (which was also pretty good). This is such a cute Valentine's Day idea because you can share popcorn and watch a nice movie with your partner (although I won't be dragging my boyfriend to see Fifty Shades Darker anytime soon...)

Go Bowling
Just the other night, my boyfriend, myself, my flatmate and his girlfriend all went Bowling together - and it was such a fun evening! It was 10pm and we had randomly decided to go to an amusement arcade to play games. It's an amazing way to spend Valentine's Day with either your partner or your friends (or both!). Even though I lost at Bowling, I managed to hit a strike! And I made up for my losses by beating everyone at Pool twice!

Go to a Trampoline Park
Just yesterday, myself, my boyfriend, my flatmates and their partners went to a nearby Trampoline Park. This is an AWESOME way to spend Valentine's Day because it's a little twist on normal Valentine's plans. I had such a fun time, and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Again, this is something you can do either with your partner or invite some friends along too.

Movie Marathon!
The easiest way to spend Valentine's Day where you don't have to spend much money and you don't have to leave your bed is to have a movie marathon with your partner. Recently, my boyfriend and I watched all the Harry Potter movies - so I would highly recommend this as a movie of choice. Equally, you could just turn on the TV and watch that for hours, or watch YouTube videos together. Either way, whatever you decide to do, it must involve cuddling and eating snacks - my two favourite things!!

I hope this gave you some inspiration on how to spend Valentine's Day. Even if you don't have a partner, the majority of these plans you can do with friends or even by yourself. Thank you for reading this blog post and I'll be back again soon.

How are you planning to spend Valentine's Day? Let me know in the comments.

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