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Interview a Blogger, JuicyyyJesss | Blog Series


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Today's Blogger is JuicyyyJesss, let's get to know her and her blog a little bit more - plus if you like rainbows and cupcakes you should check out her post and the recipe for the rainbow cupcakes she made!

1. Tell us something about yourself and your blog?


I’m Jess, I’m 25 and attempting to be a blogger! I'm your stereotypical English person - awkward with a love for tea and cake! JuicyyyJesss is a beauty, baking and lifestyle blog full of ramblings and a pinch of sarcasm. 



2. How did you get into blogging? Did someone else inspire you?

I started my blog in July last year – I had spent the morning shopping at the Next Summer Sale and I was just mooching through what other people had bought and suddenly started reading blogs. I then started reading more and thought “you know what – I want to do this!”



3. What does blogging mean to you and why?

Blogging to me is my little bit of sanity. I’ve always loved writing and if I’m having a bad day I just join in on a blog chat on Twitter or get ahead on some posts. One day I would love to turn my blog into a brand but that day is a LOONG way ahead yet! 



4. I personally have almost stopped blogging so, what keeps you motivated?

To be honest, I was starting to lose my spark just before Christmas so I took a few weeks off. For me my anxiety affects my motivation in general and I struggle to control most aspects of my life…including my blog. After the break I came back fresh and I’ve been really proactive with posts with January mostly scheduled. This has really brought back my spark. I think if anyone is starting to feel drained or uninspired they should just take a break – whether it be a day, a week or a month. 



5. Name some (one,two or three) of your favourite bloggers and tell us why they’re your favourite?

Oh! This is a tough one! I think most people follow the BIG bloggers so I’ll avoid them. I'll start with one of the first blogs I started following on a regular basis, A Yellow Brick Blog – www.ayellowbrickblog.com – I loved the bright, playful layout and Kirsties fashion posts. Plus any blogger with an obsession with Disney is fab in my book! I also keep up to date/borderline stalk AnnieWritesBeauty - www.anniewritesbeauty.co.uk - and ByTheWayKate - www.bythewaykate.com. I love Alice’s posts and Kate’s photography is what dreams are made of!



6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?

I have a full time job in an office so most of my time is spent working - unfortunately - but when I get the chance I love baking and creating bright and pretty cupcakes! I also love a good gym session - although it has been a while!



7. What are you most proud of when it comes to your blog?

I'm really proud of how far I've come in the last 6 months - my photography has improved and also my layouts of posts are much cleaner. I love my layout too - the watermelons make me smile every time I go on...is that a little narcissistic?



8. Everyone has a favourite and a least favourite post, what are yours?

My favourite posts are probably my funnier ones #BigBoobProbs - http://www.juicyyyjesss.co.uk/2015/08/bigboobprobs.html - and the My First Time Tag - http://www.juicyyyjesss.co.uk/2015/10/my-first-time-tag.html?m=1 - just because I think they are hilarious, but I am bias! I don't really have a LEAST favourite but I think everyone is a bit embarrassed about their first posts although I don't regret them...they are the beginning of what bought me here...how cringey!



9. As I’m mainly a beauty blogger I feel like I have to ask at least one beauty question so: If you could only use one kind of beauty product what would it be and why?

 Another tough one! I would have to say mascara! I feel like I look like a troll without eyelashes but then again, I have grown rather fond of The Comforter body cream! I don't know if I could go back to not smelling like Jelly Babies now...



10. What would you say to someone who aspires to become a blogger?

I would say just keep at it!! If you have enough passion for writing I think you can get anywhere you wish too - well I hope anyway! I would also say try not to get disheartened...everyone starts somewhere. Even the most successful of bloggers started at the beginning.


Thanks to Jess for taking part in this - Love your answers!!

Come back next Saturday to see who our next blogger is.


Interview a Blogger, Ellie Bee | Blog Series

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Today's blogger is Ellie! I was chatting away with her the other day about her Lemon poppy seed scones - OMG they look so damn good! I also really like how she incorporates little people into her photos it's very original!! So, let's find out a little more about Ellie!

1. Tell us something about yourself and your blog?

Well, my name's Ellie and I'm 24 years old. I live in Leicester with my manfriend Peter (I call him that because he's 31 so it seems weird calling him my 'boyfriend'), and our two lovely guinea pigs. I work at one of the universities in the city as an administrator. I like to blog in my spare time, mostly baking, but I've got a whole plan for 2016 that will hopefully take me in some interesting directions. 

2. How did you get into blogging? Did someone else inspire you?



I've had several blogs before, starting with a Tumblr page, but I didn't manage to stick with them. I'm determined to make this one work because I've found some many new friends through blogging. I mostly started this time because I was fed up of having recipes on three different bits of paper. I wanted somewhere solid to keep them. I've recently started using little Preiser/Noch figures in my photography, which was inspired by artists such as Joe Shymanski (he does some amazing work with lego minifigures) and Tatsuya Tanaka. I do things a bit differently though because I put the figures into my world, rather than creating a world for the figures to live in. I want it to feel like they're invading my baking space and I'm batting them away in an affectionate way! 

3. What does blogging mean to you and why?



To me it's a very social thing. There's no point writing and posting things if you can't open a discussion about what you've done. I like to write posts that require some comment, such as writing about happiness and feminism. From blogging I've met some amazing like minded people and that's really cool. 

4. I personally have almost stopped blogging so, What keeps you motivated?



The desire to improve myself and my skills. I have a very boring job so I like to plan my blog on my lunch break because it keeps me going through the day. It's so much more than just baking and taking pictures; it gives me something to think about during boring days! 

5. Name some (one,two or three) of your favourite bloggers and tell us why they’re your favourite?



Going to give a shout out to my local Midlands ladies here: 

Discovering Charlotte - the place to go for charity shop hauls and slimming world chat. She tells it how it is and is genuinely really caring and lovely! 
Hannah Bakes Things - all the cake please, plus gin and a venture into Veganuary. One of the nicest people ever! 
Sherry Scribbles - I recently met Sherry at a blogging meet up and she was so lovely and beautiful. I've really enjoyed reading her blog and it's fast become one of my favourites.

6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?



I like to read non-fiction books. I can't get on with fiction. You don't get much time of Earth and I want to know what happened. I read a lot of science and nature books, as well as watching a lot of David Attenborough programmes (well he is from my city after all). I have guinea pigs so I spend a lot of time playing with them, and there's the local park to go and play in :) 

7. What are you most proud of when it comes to your blog?



I think just the fact that I've managed to set it up despite working 9-5. It's really hard to start something when you feel like you're working all the time, so I'm proud of that. Hopefully I'll have more to be proud of when it gets to my blogging 1 year anniversary. 

8. Everyone has a favourite and a least favourite post, what are yours?

Oh gosh, favourite is probably the Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones post http://elliebee.co.uk/?p=577 I did recently because it just looks nice. The picture turned out how I wanted to and it managed to get across all the points I wanted to. 

Least favourite is probably Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats http://elliebee.co.uk/?p=359 my guinea pig had just died and I didn't feel like taking a good picture so I ended up just using one from my phone. 

9. As I’m mainly a beauty blogger I feel like I have to ask at least one beauty question so: If you could only use one kind of beauty product what would it be and why?



I don't know if this counts as beauty but I couldn't live without Ultrabland from Lush. It's so useful, from cleaning off make up to putting on burns (I burn myself on the oven a lot, occupational hazard!)

10. What would you say to someone who aspires to become a blogger?

Do it because you love it, not because you want to make a living from it. Simple as that :) 




Thank you to the lovely Ellie for taking part and for making me along with others very hungry!!

Come back next Saturday to see who our next blogger is.



My Top Mascara's

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I feel like I haven't done a beauty post in a while so I thought why not make this one?! In my questions for the bloggers who I've interviewed I've asked the question of, "If you could only use one kind of beauty product what would it be and why?" So my answer to this would be Mascara which I think would be a lot of peoples answers, am I right? So I thought I'd do today's post on my top 3 and here they are.


The bronze award goes to: Loreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara - £10.99

This Mascara is really good for lengthening your lashes, it doesn't give much volume but it does give impressive length (that sounds dirty, oo-er). The only thing that gets my goat with this Mascara is the wand, I love the shape but as it goes in the middle a bit I do tend to find poking myself in the eye with  it! Maybe that's just a shame on me not the wand, but it hurts like a bitch, doesn't it?


I used to only ever wear Soap and Glorys Thick and Fast Flash Extensions effect mascara (they have bloody long names don't they?) all the time but this one has taken over from that! This is the complete opposite to the Loreal one, this doesn't give much length but it really gives volume. When I wear this it makes me look like I'm wearing thick false lashes so I love this for a night out!

(Do Do Do Do Do Dooooo - that's my trumpet) The Gold Medal goes to:

I bloody Love this mascara!!! You know that mascara that's going round right now? The one that gives length but you have to fork out like £20.00 for? Well, this one honestly gives me everything that one claims to! Great length and Great volume and it's the cheapest out of the three! I love the wand on this as it's curved, shorter at one side and longer at the other, it's just fab!


So there are my Top three Mascara's! Have you tried any of these, if not what is your favourite?

'Till next time ...

My Perfect Workout Outfit | Farfetch

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Today's post is all about my 'dream' workout look! I say dream because these items are lush and come with a hefty price tag but there's every reason for that because it's all designer brands!! Also please note - I'm not the typical person who spends hours in the gym (if you are one of these people then I commend you) but an arm day for me really involves lifting the chocolate to my mouth then repeat! But when the company Farfetch reached out to me asking if I'd like to take part in an exclusive competition and after looking at their website, of course I said yes! Farfetch is a luxury fashion website and they have so much beautiful things (I'll take it all thanks). So all I had to do was choose an outfit from their Work Out collection which is fashionable yet workable, So here is what I would choose ...

I think I would rock a colour combination, so I've went for all red, grey and black. I personally, need a lot of motivation to work out so when I saw this t-shirt I just knew it had to be part of my outfit! You definitely need good vibes for going to the gym and working out. Now Ladies, I'm going to be honest with you, I need joggers with a good waist band and tier so they don't fall out when I'm working out (now that would be absolutely terrifying for everyone involved).

I am such a fan of trainers now (I think Sam's love affair with bright colourful trainers has rubbed off on me) and these are no exception! I love how it's red on the outside and pink, white and aqua blue on the inside! They're just like nothing I've seen before. 

This jacket looks so comfortable and the colours just separate it from all other jackets (I would also wear this as a jumper over the T-Shirt in the gym, not necessarily just to the gym) I personally also really like the zip because if I was on the treadmill (giggled to myself while typing that because let's be honest, it's been a while since I've been on a treadmill) and got too hot it would be so easier to unzip as its bigger than a normal zip, that's a strange reason for wanting a jacket but it's those things that I look for, does that make me sad? Now this, let's take a moment of appreciation for this Vivienne Westwood Matchstick Swimsuit is such a dreamy one piece! I prefer swim suits like this because I feel it holds everything in better and I (tooting my own horn, toot toot toot) would rock this look, as would a lot of other people!! Yes for Vivienne Westwood!




Being a female, we have certain things that we need to keep under control when working out so a good sports bra is essential! I really like the back of this, keeping it fashionable yet keeping those bad boys in check! 

Next up is Accessories - there was no way I could do this post without choosing some and needless to say when I saw this vampire red leather Anya Hindmarch Backpack, I knew I had to include it! Now yes, the price tag is little higher than your typical gym bag but this isn't your normal standard gym bag - it has eyes!! What more could you possibly want? I love the look of this and the leather looks so soft! Now to go along with that dream bag is this little Alexander McQueen keyring! If you're going all out you might as well go out with a bang! 

If you're looking for a more relaxed workout you could strike some yoga poses on this no-ka-oi yoga mat and just know when you're doing your downward dog everyone is going to be looking at your outfit and wondering where you got it all!

So if I had free rein online at Farfetch I would definitely pick up these beauties! Take a look and see if anything catches your eye and I'm sure more than one thing will! Thank you to Farfetch for reaching out and asking me to get involved and thank you for reading! (Strangely I now want to go workout ... that never happens!)


Interview a Blogger, Dorkface | Blog Series

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Today's blogger that I've interviewed is the wonderful, creative, lovely Jemma of Dorkface! Surely you know who she is, if you don't you must have been living under a rock for ages! Also check out TheGirlGang as she is the creator of it and it's such a great community of people who raise each other up, it's so refreshing!



1. Tell us something about yourself and your blog?

My name is Jemma, I blog at www.dorkface.co.uk and it's my home for all my creative projects! I love to experiment with creative writing, photography, collage and paint. I also chat about my life and share my hopes and dreams with my readers :)


2. How did you get into blogging? Did someone else inspire you?

Yes! I had followed blogs for years but only got around to finally making my own in early 2014! :)


3. What does blogging mean to you and why?

It's my whole world now. It's my career, my friendships, my inspiration and my passion. I love that it's allowed me to go for my dreams!


4. I personally have almost stopped blogging so, What keeps you motivated?

Creating has always inspired me. I can't NOT create. So whether it's writing posts, taking photos, creating artwork, etc - I've always needed to create for myself. I'd be so unhappy if I couldn't, and so my blog never gets boring to me. I'm constantly looking for something new to create! Plus having people appreciate my work means the world to me.


5. Name some (one,two or three) of your favourite bloggers and tell us why they’re your favourite?

http://www.agirlobsessedblog.com/ - Because Mandy constantly inspires me and she writes the bestest posts!
http://www.witchcake.co.uk/ - Holly ALWAYS brings out my creativity and encourages me to be myself, even if it's strange/unusual.
http://www.teapartybeauty.com/ = Hayley because she's HILARIOUS. I'd love to be able to write and brilliantly and naturally as she does, with her personality shining through.

6. What do you do when you’re not blogging?

Painting/drawing takes up a huge amount of my time as I am also an illustrator. Sometimes it's for other bloggers (headers/graphics etc), sometimes small business websites/logos etc and sometimes bigger projects like my upcoming stationery brand collaboration (eek!).


7. What are you most proud of when it comes to your blog?

Everything really, just the blog in itself. I feel confident and proud of it because it's 100% mine. Winning two awards for it last year was probably my proudest moment.


8. Everyone has a favourite and a least favourite post, what are yours?

Oh man! I genuinely think I can't choose! Erm.. I did love this one - http://www.dorkface.co.uk/2015/02/blogging.html - because it explains why blogging changed my life. So maybe that! And I definitely don't have a least fave :)


9. As I’m mainly a beauty blogger I feel like I have to ask at least one beauty question so: If you could only use one kind of beauty product what would it be and why?

Always liquid eyeliner. I NEED my cat eyes everyday. I actually love the Makeup Revolution one, its so cheap but AMAZING. Stays in place all day, great application and JET BLACK :)


10. What would you say to someone who aspires to become a blogger?

Be yourself! Trying to 'fit in' is boring and won't help you! :)




Thank you so much to Jemma for taking part in my Blog Series! Hopefully you have got to know more about her, I know I have! 

Come back next Saturday to see who our next blogger is.



My Product of the week | With HannahHeartss

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Today's post is going to go along side HannahHeartss Product of the week! Hannah features a lot on my blog because she's honestly one of the nicest people I've ever met without actually meeting her!

 We've been speaking about the possibility of this being a weekly thing so we're going to see how this post goes so if you do like it and would like to see it every week from myself and Hannah let us know!

So I've been trying to pin down what product is my favourite from this past week and it was between a few things but I think I've settled on the Loreal Brow Artist Plumper!


I have been a die hard Soap and Glory archery fan and I swore nothing would change that, but I think this have maybe taken over (just a little bit). I actually bought this because I've heard such great things about it mainly from Shaaanxo in her blogs and she always uses this, so I thought 'Why the hell not' and I'm honestly not disappointed! I have medium brown hair so I chose it in medium/dark brown and it's the perfect shade! It's a little spooly that's tapered at the end which is really good for the ends of your brows and you simply brush it through your brows and it (in my case darkens them) and fills them in but it also sets them so they stay in place! - you could go into 40 mile an hour winds and your brows will not budge! (Don't hold me to that). It's even got fibres in the gel to help with that fuller brow look.

I've been using this since I bought it the other week and I love it! Sorry Archery!


Thank you for reading all about my Product of the week. Go over and read all about Hannah's Product of the Week! I know what it is already and she's convinced me to go and buy it (not that it took much convincing).

What's been your top product of the week?

'Till next time ...

Interview a Blogger Introduction | Blog Series

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Today's post is just going to be a little announcement of my new little project, Interview a Blogger. Now I feel like I have to say this, there's a lot of shade being thrown around especially on twitter about people copying others etc etc. Now I know I'm not the first person to do this (but I'm also not the only person to do a lush haul ..) but I think it's a great idea for myself and others to get to know more bloggers better (plus it's a whole blog post about you and your blog - how could that be a bad thing?).


I've had a bigger positive response than I thought I was going to get so I have decided I will be starting it on Saturday the 16th of January and it will be every Saturday from there until I run out of willing bloggers!! So if you'd be interested in being interviewed send me an email (blogsvlogsetc@outlook.com) I'm so excited to get this started!

'Till next time ...


Things that have been making me Happy!

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As it's a New Year I've been trying to do more of what makes me Happy so I've been surrounding myself with great things so I thought I'd do a post on my Happy Things!


Memories.

First thing is this photo. I've been wanting to get this photo for almost two years now and the reason behind it is that there's four generations of my family in it. There's my Grandma Doreen, she's the best grandma ever (apart from my other grandma) she actually surfs on her ironing board - exactly! Then there's my Mum Pamela, she's the mum who would give her right arm, kidney and lung for someone else, then there's me and my Beautiful little girl April! A few years ago my other Grandad (not Doreen's husband) past away and that actually really did effect me and it still does but a few weeks ago my dad showed me a photo of him and April and I never knew he had it so I want to get as much photos of my family as a whole but especially my Grandparents because they've played a massive part in my life!


Organisation.

This year is the year that I've promised myself that I will be more organised and since I have been doing so I feel less stressed! My sister got me this little diary that now lives on my desk and I've been writing down all my post ideas and when they're going to go up etc. I have also just got a desk and I moved things around in my living room and I now have a little space that I now call my office! (It's the space infront of my downstairs bathroom but we don't use that anyway - well now we don't). I've just found that since I've had this I am more motivated to do blog work! I also want to get a calendar type organiser up on the wall so I can see my week/month ahead!


Colour!

I am the person who can normally be found with black/grey clothes on, brown eyeshadow - completely no colour! So recently I've been trying to incorporate more colour into my life which include this beautiful Loreal colour riche Exclusive lipstick and it's in Blake's Delicate Rose. It's a super pink shade but I really like it and it's really moisturising on the lips. I also wore an orange kimono with lovely flowers on it for New Year's Eve so that's definitely a nice change from black!


Homeware.

More specifically these glass jars! There's just something about drinking a nice cold drink from a jar with a handle! (I can't be the only one). I really like getting little bits for the house and when I was in Poundland none-the-less and saw these I just had to get some! I don't care that I'm the sad lady who gets excited about jars for juice! (Bit sad that I just referred to myself as a lady, is this what grown-up life is like? I'm only 23).


New Shoes.

I know for damn sure that I'm not the only person who gets happy about new shoes!? I'm normally either rocking my converse or my trainers but this year I'm wanting to get back in touch with my girly side (not that there's anything wrong with converse or trainers - I will still be rocking them) but I knew I wanted to get some flats so when I saw these on the Next website I just knew I wanted them. They do look and feel a bit like slippers, but if I can walk around in shoes that feel like slippers I am perfectly fine with that!


Flowers

When Sam and April came home the other day with these beautiful tulips for me it honestly just brightened up my day! I really like having fresh flowers around so I'm going to try (might not happen) and have fresh flowers on my desk at all times and if I can't manage that I might get some fake flowers that look real!


So that's whats been making me Happy recently, I also wanted to say that the blogging community and the twitter community have also made me so happy recently! I've decided to do a Interview a Blogger Blog series and there's been such a good positive response so that's made me really happy!

What's been making you happy recently?

'Till next time ...


MAC Haul

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As I have mentioned before, my family got me some MAC vouchers for my Christmas so basically, as soon as I had a spare minute I placed an order and today, it arrived!!


There was a couple of things that I knew I wanted based on reviews and that was the 217 Blending Brush and the matte Lipstick Whirl. The 217 is super soft and hopefully helps me with creating softer lines with my eyeshadow. I really like how long and thin the brush is, I think that'll help with lighter application.

 Whirl is a deep reddy-brown lipstick and it's actually darker that I thought but I still like it. I've surprised myself in liking matte lipsticks but I've found MAC's last for a long time even throughout eating and drinking.


I have recently run out of my Pro longwear concealer by MAC but I found it really drying especially under my eyes so I thought I'd try out another kind so I chose Select Moisturecover in the shade NC15. I like that this one has a doe-foot applicator instead of the pro longwear which was just a pump.

I also decided to pick up a couple of eyeshadows the first being a satin shadow in the shade Brule. I wanted this one as I thought it would be a really good transition shade (I'm going to be trying to do more things eyeshadow wise other than my typical golds and browns). The other was a frost shadow in the shade White Frost. This is perfect for the inside corner of the eye as a highlight, i've found this really opens up the eyes and the pearlescence of this shadow is perfect! I may also try this under on the brow bone too - may be a bit too white for that though.


Because I spent over a certain amount I got a free sample of their zoom fast black lash mascara, I'll give this a try but I've not found a MAC mascara that I actually like yet, maybe this might be the one I do!

Have you bought anything from MAC recently? Got any shades you think I should try?

'Till next time ...

My Ideal Workspace | WeWork

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After connecting with the people at WeWork I've decided to do a post on creative workspaces. Seeing as my workspace is either my sofa or actually anywhere in the house where I can get comfy, I decided to post about what my Ideal Workspace would look like.

A little bit about WeWork.

When they start WeWork in 2010, they wanted to build more than beautiful shared office spaces. They wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, not just the bottom line. Community is their catalyst. (where can i sign up?!) They are based in NYC with locations opening all over the world and they've just launched new office space in London, hoping to expand throughout the UK and the rest of Europe (Aberdeen?!) If you'd like to find out more about WeWork and what they do then click here.

I am also in love with their mission which is:
To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.

So my Ideal Workspace would be an open room with white walls and huge windows so I could daydream while looking at the clouds and a cheeky bit of people watching. I am bit of a neat freak so I would have my organising on point - probably with things being colour coded and sectioned off. I'd also love a wall of inspirational saying and quotes. I know so many people have this and I'm jealous over it, I just think it really adds a personal touch to your space.
As a blogger I have found myself sitting on my sofa for hours on end and when you do eventually get up you're all stiff and sore, so I would get a really comfortable chair with wheels too so I could spin round (like a child) and move around easily. I'd also love it to be a bright colour like a Magenta or Mint green that would really add a pop of colour! I'm a firm believer of the saying, 'A house is not a home without a plant' and I would incorporate that into my workspace with some cute little succulents and cacti (plus let's be honest, they're very easy to keep alive).

Now the desk itself, a big wooden desk would be perfect I think. Again it would be bringing in the nature aspects but it would also be very durable I think. Another important thing would be lighting! Now I live in the City of Aberdeen which is in the North East of Scotland and let me just say it's a very grey and dull city (weather wise) so as a blogger, natural light is very important but if there isn't any, a desk lamp would be beneficial and like I've said - copper would be a bonus!
So that is my Ideal Workspace! I hope you enjoyed this post and don't forget to go over and have a look at WeWork and everything that they do. Also a big thank you to the people over at WeWork for asking me to do this, it's much appreciated.

Do you have your ideal workspace? If not, what would you have in yours? 

'Till next time ...



Sources: Pinterest

My Goals | 2016

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So it's a New Year, it's 2016! Cue all the 'New Year, New Me' sayings and all those new Gym memberships that will be forgotten in a few weeks. The only reason I'm saying all this is because I've done it before!! Over the past few years I have been the worst at making New Year Resolutions, well I've made them no problem but I've never really stuck to them so this year I'm switching it up a bit. I'm going to set myself Goals!! I just think that way I'll find it more fun trying to challenge myself, does that make sense?! Hmm, I think it does! So here are my Goals for 2016! 


Now I think this is manageable! It may not sound a lot, but there's 52 weeks in a year so (if my math doesn't fail me here, which let's be honest it probably will) that's just under 4 stone! That's a lot - I'd be happy with that! Let's just not do the whole, 'Yay I've lost a pound, let's celebrate by eating everything in sight'.


This may sound like a simple one but I'm the kind of person who stresses out about pretty much everything. 'There's no bread left - it's the end of the world', (yeah I know). So I'm going to try and smile and not stress out as much over things. Plus - you know when someone really pisses you off and they know they have, smiling at them right in the face will piss them off!


This is something I've struggled with for a very long time. Some examples of this is having the house immaculate when people come over to the extent where I'm telling April not to play because it'll make it look untidy! I don't want to be that person, I want her to remember growing up being able to play and make messes! I also want to start wearing what I want to wear and yes, this includes Red Lipstick! I always feel like people are staring at me and judging me for wearing it wen in reality I'm sure other people couldn't care less! Come on Sarah - wear that red lip! 

This will definitely be a challenge for me. I'm one of the most impatient people EVER! I hate that fact about me so let's try and change it!

 I have really enjoyed this blogging stuff and I'm impressed that I have kept it up (I've now been blogging for 5 months). I'm proud of myself for writing about what I want to speak about and I'm glad I've been honest! I'm excited to see what's going to happen this year blog wise!


Sam and I got engaged in 2014 and we haven't planned anything yet. This is just because we are in no rush (plus we need to save - face palm). But this year I'd like to make a start, I can't wait to be Mrs Sarah Donaldson! (That felt rather strange typing that - good strange).

 I am 23 and still do not drive and this really bugs me. When I was 17 I did quite a lot of driving lessons and I was so happy with my progress and I was confident enough to take me test them BOOM, confidence gone! I do wish I stuck with it as it would be so much easier being able to drive especially with having April.

I'm just going to leave this one here. 
(Please whatever powers there are out there please, I'd love this very much)

 I'd love to do this! Either just go along to one or possibly organise one! I actually don't know where I would start but I'm sure it would be fun. I'm in Aberdeen and there's not much of a blogging community here (I don't think so anyway) so I either love to arrange something here or team up with other bloggers elsewhere!! If that sounds lie something you'd be interested in contact me!
You're walking down the street and someone bumps into you, you end up turning around and saying 'Sorry'. I think this is a very British thing, we apologise for everything!

So that's my Goals for 2016, what's yours?

'Till next time ...

What I got for Christmas | 2015

Hello Again,

Also Happy New Year!! (I'm writing this on New Years Day so I thought I'd just throw it in there). I hope you all had a Great Christmas too, I personally had a great time spending it with my family and eating my body weight (if not more) in food!! Now I have seen quite a lot of people doing 'What I got for Christmas' posts and I personally love them because I'm so nosey so I thought I'd do one myself!

Little Disclaimer: No I'm not bragging. Yes I know Christmas isn't about receiving gifts. We good? Good!


I was well and truly spoilt and I'm so grateful for everyones gifts. Sam got it good this year, he got me the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette that I have been after for sooo long and it's beautiful!! He also got me some Lush goodies and Adele's Album (Hello, it's me ..). I also got quite a lot of MAC vouchers from different people so I have placed a cheeky order so I'll show you what I got when it arrives. I also got some Pringle socks from my Grandma and Grandad and they have these cute little dogs on them. They go very nicely with my cosy pink pyjamas from my Mum.

Now my Dad got me a great present - a box of 36 Tunnocks Teacakes! I love teacakes and if you haven't tried one come and get one (but be quick because they're going quickly!) As a few people do when shopping for others I picked up a couple of things for myself, so I treated myself to a cheeky little scarf from New Look and this fluffy burgundy keyring.

I also collect Willow Tree ornaments and my mum tends to get me one every year so for this Christmas she got me this cute little woman holding a 2015 banner, it's actually a tree decoration but I have found her a home on my unit. She also got me this lovely set of 5 Yankee Candles all with amazing scents and a little purple glass holder.

So that's some of what I got for my Christmas, What did you get?

'Till next time ...

Lush Haul | Christmas

Hello Again,

As you may know I am quite a fan of Lush so after Christmas I knew I wanted to get some of their Christmas goodies and it was all 50% off - Amazing! I went to the Dundee store as we were staying in St. Andrews and it's so much bigger than Aberdeen's so I took my time and had a good look round and this is what I grabbed!

Snow Angel | Bath Melt

This smells so much like a batten burg cake, it's making me hungry! I love the glitter on this one too. I have really dry skin especially at this time of year so I'm hoping that it will leave me feeling silky soft!


'Rich in moisturising cocoa butter, with a delicate marzipan scent, this blend of rose, benzoin and cassie absolute treats winter skin to a softening, floral soak. Drop into your bath water to release a magical Christmas scene.'

Bar Humbug | Bubble Bar

This is one of the products that I just don't know if I really like it or not. I think the smell is a mix between fresh lemon and liquorice. But I love the look of this purple and white swirled bar sprinkled in silver glitter! 


'It's all humbug, I tell you. Humbug! Crumble this bar under running water for relaxing antidote of cleaning tarragon oil and fennel; it's a safe haven for Scrooges.'

Lord of Misrule | Bath Bomb

I think this is part of their Halloween releases but they still had a pile of them so I thought I'd grab one while I could! This is such an earthy scented bath bomb I'm interested to see what this looks like once launched into the bath!


'Revel in the bath with this wine-coloured, mystically scented bath.'

Magic Wand | Re-usable Bubble Bar

I have bought one of these before but I haven't actually used it before, April has been using it and she absolutely loves it so I had to pick up another one (Might get one use out of it for myself).


'Wave a magic wand over bath time with this candy sweet re-usable bubble bar wand. Swish around your bath for Snow Fairy-scented bubbles then pop it on the side to dry out for next time.'

Santa's Belly | Shower Jelly

I've been wanting to get this since I first saw it and I got their last one! This is full of fresh apple juice and fruity vegan wine to nourish and refresh the skin - can I also add that it's full of little glittery stars! Just saying!


Santa Baby | Lip Tint

I picked this up just because I was intrigued by it but I think I'll be giving it to my sister because I think it's more orange than red and I don't think I suit it but it does smell incredible - it's just like Kola Cubes, remember those?! I may just keep it to have a whiff every now and then!


Snow Fairy | Shower Gel

I had to get this again because I went through my tiny little bottle so quickly! If you don't like overly sweet scents then this is definitely not for you but fortunately I love them! 


'Add a little sparkle to your shower by cleansing with this candy-floss scented favourite'.

Brightside | Bubble Bar

This is the one normal product that I really wanted to try because of it's fresh scent!! It smells so orangey and lemony, I think this will be great for when I'm needing a little pick-me-up!


'This bright, triple orange-scented bubble bar is large enough for at least two baths. Crumble half a bar under a running tap to enjoy mountains of uplifting, zesty bubbles.'

The Magic of Christmas | Reusable Bubble Bar

Can we please just take a moment for this Beautiful product!! If you love the typical scent of Christmas - cinnamon and spice (and all things nice) then you will actually love this. I love everything about it - every single detail from the glitter, to the cinnamon stick all the way to the bell - just shouts Christmas! I'm going to keep this one for a dreary day when I've got the January Blues to bring back all my Christmas memories!


'Foam Alone? Stir up clove and almond Christmas magic with this toasty cinnamon stick. Swish around your bath to make enchanting bubbles, then pop to dry for the next time.'

So that's my (almost all) Christmas Lush Haul! Did you manage to get some Christmas Lush Products? What was your favourite?

'Till next time ...