Friday, 16 February 2018

January Favourites 2018

Thank goodness it is finally February, January seemed to last forever and I am so glad it is over! That also means a new favourites post, woo. If I am honest the main things I loved last month were tv shows (oops i'm sorry...) however I racked my brain a little more and came up with some more favourites for you, as a blog post about two tv shows would be pretty boring?? Anyway, let's get into the favourites.

The first is a liquid lipstick that my cousin got me for Christmas as a 'santa present' - what we give after we eat Christmas dinner. She got me a beautiful lipstick from Maybelline that I have been wearing quite a lot recently because it stays on so well, and I love a lipstick that lasts a long time! But then again who doesn't? It is called the Superstay Matte Ink Liquid in the shade Lover (15).


The second and final beauty favourite of last month is something I am yet to talk about on my blog, but that is the Urban Decay's Naked Heat palette - which I got for Christmas. I have been wearing this every chance I get, I wasn't 100% sure how I would feel about it when I got it as I had already been using the Modern Renaissance palette for a while and I have never had more than one eye shadow palette at a time. However I was shocked and fell in love with it automatically, and now I actually use them together. At the moment though I have been grabbing the Naked Heat palette more often as I find the colours in the Modern Renaissance palette more 'going out' and I haven't been out much recently... I blame A-levels... Anyway, the colours are so beautiful in the Naked Heat, however I haven't used them all yet but that is always the way I think with some palettes. It was the same when I first got the Naked 2 back in 2015.


Last month I came across a new artist one of Kalyn's playlist's on Spotify, and his name is Noah Kahn. I automatically fell in love with him and added all of his tracks to my January favourites here. He has such a distinct and calming sound, and sometimes he even sounds a little like James Blunt who I also love!

My final favourite for last month was an American tv show called Criminal Minds - however if you have watched it all shhh, I am about half way through season 9 at the moment! I have never really talked about this side of me before on my blog but, I adore these sorts of things and should really talk about them more especially as I am off to study Criminology in October. But Crime shows are amazing, but the same with all shows but this isn't just about them finding psychopaths or sociopaths it is more than that and that is what I love. You get to see their lives too, outside and inside of working at the FBI Behavioural Analysis Unit. I have been watching this on Amazon Prime, because at the start of the year I found that they had added all 12 seasons!! It was like Christmas all over again! (and when I found out Netflix added all 10 seasons of friends)


A real mix of favourites from last month which kind of show every side of me, which is different for a change. January was a brilliant month, even though it did consist of a lot of revision, coursework writing, sleeping and watching criminal minds (the last 2 aren't so bad I guess). Overall it was a decent start to the year and I can't wait for the rest of the year as there are so many exciting things happening. One of which is happening next Monday, and there will be a post on Monday.. and that is all I am saying as I can't describe it very well without telling you what it is about! Anyway... I hope you had a wonderful start to the year, if not don't worry you still have 11 months left to make changes! xxx

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

My 2018 Reading List

I started this year off with a goal of reading 4/5 books this year, which seems like a small amount but I haven't been reading a lot lately. It took a me a 4 months to read my last book which was actually pretty decent, but was the only book I read last year. However I started the year off right by finishing my book and starting a new one that had been on my list for a while, which will be followed by the book my mum got me for Christmas! After that I will either need to go shopping or finish the books on my shelf I started and never finished because I got bored or distracted.

Even though my aim is only for 4/5 books, I also want to aim for more as I have a very long summer before I start University so rather than spending all my free time watching tv shows and films and working, I want to read! So I thought I'd just share all the books I want to read and have heard good things about, or just random one's I found online that sounded interesting!



1. FINDING AUBREY BY SOPHIE KINSELLA

This is the book I am currently reading, and it is actually one I found when I was browsing amazon one night. My mum and cousin have both read some of Sophie's books and said they were great, so I thought I would give them a try - I have also had a look at the rest of her book's which I may read if i enjoy this one.

2. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON

I am sure most of you have heard of this book, or at least the film that came out last year based on this book. This has always been a book I wanted to read and when the movie came out I decided to ask for it for Christmas so I could read it and then watch the movie - which is true so far. I am yet to watch the film.

3. WONDER BY R J PALACIO

4. TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN

I am a massive fan of John Green, I have been ever since The Fault In Our Stars - both the book and the film. So far I have read 3 of his books and own another 2 of them so of course I have to read John's new book!

5. AFTER YOU BY JOJO MOYES

I actually bought this book for my Mum after we both read Me Before You, and I enjoyed the storyline so much - I read it before I saw the movie and that was the best thing I ever did! Jojo Moyes created such a beautiful story in the first book so I knew I would have to read the sequel. I started reading it last summer and honestly got busy about it I stopped reading, which happens quite a lot,

6. STILL ME BY JOJO MOYES

I had no idea Jojo had me a sequel to After You and honestly I am quite excited to read this and just see what happens in Lou's life even more.

7. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES  BY JENNIFER NIVEN

All the bright places was one of those book's that everyone was talking about a while ago, even my friend megan gave it a great review. It was also one of the book's in/on Zoe's whsmith book list thing (as well as Finding Aubrey I believe) so I knew it had to be good!

8. IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY BY NED VIZZINI

9. FAN GIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL

This is one of the book's I got for Christmas 2015 (I think) and never actually finished reading. I got about 10 or so chapters in and then stopped and tried to start a new book but never did. However now I am trying to read more and more, I think it would be great to try and finish the book because what I had read was great and I did enjoy.

10. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON BY JOHN GREEN

Another John Green book... This is one of his book's I already own but I have not read it yet for some bizarre reason.

If you have any book recommendations I would love to hear all about them, hopefully I will hit my goal of 4/5 books this year - maybe even more? Who knows. xx

Monday, 29 January 2018

Monday Motivation #1

I have decided to do something new on my blog, as I am trying to change my mindset and be a lot more positive and motivating for myself. It is taking some time, I am still occasionally thinking "What is the point?",  "Why am I even bothering?" and "I will still fail". However I wanted to talk about 5 random things that I have been doing to help me, mainly the ones that have worked so far. These are things I have been doing for most of this month as it has been super busy, especially last week (hence why there was no posts sorry) when I was taking some mock exams.

1. Waking up early. Back in December I use to wake up at 7am every day however now it is January I am struggling again, mainly because of my lack of sleep and well general lack of motivation to get out of bed. However once I am out of bed I do feel great, which is quite odd.. However I love starting the day early as I feel I have so much more time to do things.

2. Finding or creating playlists. As you know I am a massive fan of the monthly playlist on spotify however I have created a new one called "in omnia paratus" which is my favourite quote from gilmore girls and just makes me smile so I thought it was a perfect fit for this playlist. The main song I always play and was my most played song of 2017, even though it didn't come out till 6th October, is S.L.U.T By bea miller!! - by sure to listen to this and have a good little dance too.

I have also found a few playlist on spotify that have also been useful, these are:

mellow morning by Kalyn Nicholson
bends and breaths by Kalyn Nicholson
girl boss by Danielle Marie
you're moving on, sis by Kenzie Piper
youre too hot for him by Kenzie Piper

When I am feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed I put on either one of Kalyn's playlists and they help calm me down an awful lot and the other's have a great range of positive 'girl boss' songs on, some of them I have included on my own playlist too.

3. Creating boards on Pintrest. I am a lover of everything pintrest and have way too many boards created, but it is something I love and helps me with certain things. For example when I wasn't 100% sure what colour to paint my room, I found so many nice grey and pink colour schemes so that what I picked - after looking at lots of different images. My study board is also my home page so when I am feeling demotivated I can look at all the images of study to help me out a little. Sometimes this works or sometimes I get distract and end up looking at images of Charles Melton and KJ Apa but that happens to everyone....?

4. Watching motivating videos. This might sound a bit ridiculous but watching video's on youtube where people are talking about the changes they have made or what helps them to stay motivated have actually helped me a lot. They kind of help you to think of things to do in your own life.

5. Showering every day. This sounds a little stupid, but coming from a gal who loves a bath as much me, a bath does helps me to relax and what not. But when a shower in the morning feels even better as it wakes you up and makes you feel clean and ready for the day!

I think that is it for my first Monday Motivation, but I hope it was helpful and I quite enjoyed writing this and hopefully these motivating thoughts will stick! I think these posts will just be random and when I come up with new ideas for them, however they will always be out on a Monday @ 4pm (GMT) so keep and eye out! xx