Beauty Hacks You Need in Your Life #1

Whilst I am a massive makeup and beauty junkie, life can sometimes just get a little too busy with work, university and a social life to keep up to focus on perfecting my baked under eyes. Anything I can do to cut down on time and multitask, I will do! Here’s my top five beauty hacks which you need in your life:

Use conditioner as shaving cream

This is an oldie that I use all the time. Shaving foam can be expensive, and I’ve found certain ones can dry out my skin. Use up those conditioners that just aren’t cutting it for your hair instead. Conditioners give a close shave, whilst acting as a good lubricant and guideline for shaving. I use a cheap Alberto Balsalm one in the shower which you can pick up from most places for a mere £1. This is also great for cutting down on toiletries for travelling. Smooth and silky legs in an instant!

Use matte eyeshadow for your eyebrows

Trying to find a perfect match for your brow colour can be difficult, however the majority of us will own at least a few matte eyeshadows. Save yourself a pretty penny on buying eyebrow powders and use these for your brows instead! These are perfect for filing in your brows with, and can be mixed and matched according to how dark you prefer them. I often use the colour crave from Urban Decay Naked Basics for mines.

Apply dry shampoo before going to bed

We’ve all had days when our hair has definitely needed a wash but we just don’t have the time/can’t be bothered to do it. In steps the trusty dry shampoo with it’s amazing grease lifting properties and its not so amazing white residue that takes an age to brush out. Apply it before going to bed and tie your hair up to give it more time to absorb. You’ll have little to no white cast left in the morning!

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Apply a translucent powder to a glossy lip to mattify it

This ones fantastic to transform any glossy or satin finish lip colour you have in your collection. I particularly love doing this to red or deep berry tones to instantly give them a revamp without having to buy a matte alternative. I use a flat brush to pat a small amount onto the centre of my lips and move it outwards. This can also be added onto matte shades to intensify the colour.

Bake your under eyes with a translucent powder and damp beauty sponge

Translucent powder isn’t just for the face or the lips as seen in the above hack! This one’s a tip from Kim Kardashians very own makeup artist Mario. Apply your powder under your eyes with a damp sponge and leave it for a few minutes before sweeping it away. By using a damp sponge rather than a brush, it gives an amazing brightening effect and just settles nicely into the skin. Well, if it’s good enough for Kim K!

I loved writing this post and sharing some of my favourite beauty hacks to introduce into your routine. I’m thinking of possibly doing a series?

C x

What are your unusual beauty hacks?

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

Review: Smoothie Star Soap & Glory Range

There’s nothing more satisfying after a long day than taking a hot shower or bath, then coming out and slathering yourself in your best smelling body products. It’s amazing how relaxed you can feel after a little TLC, and finding great products is key to ensuring your routine is spot on.

The Smoothie Star range from Soap & Glory has been a firm favourite of mines over the years with it’s sweet almond and brown sugar scent.

 

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Image taken when I first bought the scrub, I promise I’ve used it!

 

The Breakfast Scrub

Soap & Glory do a fantastic range of body scrubs within their ranges, with different scents and more abrasive scrubs dependant upon your skin type. However, The Breakfast Scrub is the one I have kept on coming back to time after time. I remember this being hugely hyped on YouTube many moons ago so I popped into Boots with my pocket money to buy a tub. The older packaging was more rounded but the formulation remains the same. The scrub smells SO good, with ingredients such as oats, sugar, banana and shea butter it’s hard to not stick a spoon into this and eat it. It leaves my sensitive dry skin lovely and soft and feeling moisturised when I leave the shower rather than tight. Definitely one of my favourite S&G products. It’s an award winner, and it’s clear to see why!

For £8, I think that’s a bargain for the quality of the product and can be purchased here.

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Body Buttercream

The scent of the buttercream is slightly stronger than the scrub, with a slight almost biscuity underlay, but not in a bad way. (Think more sweet biscuits than fake tan!) I love the body butter consistency as it’s thicker and really takes it’s time to absorb into the skiin, quenching any thirsty areas. I particularly love slathering this onto the tops of my arms and on my legs as these are my driest areas. If you like The Righteous Butter but fancy a different scent, then I recommend this!

The buttercream retails for £10 and can be bought here.

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Deep Moisture Body Milk

I didn’t think I’d like this product when I first tried it due to its runny consistency, but the “deep moisture” claim intrigued me. However I’ve actually found myself reaching for this most days before I pop my pyjamas on. The pump bottle makes it so quick and easy to apply without the mess of digging into a tub, and because it’s a milk it absorbs super quickly. Now don’t be misled by the milk title, it still has a nice thickness to it which gives the skin a good moisture. Plus, the scent of this is similar to the buttercream minus that biscuity underlay. My skin feels lovely and soft and the scent it leaves on the skin is gorgeous. Definitely a dark horse in the game here!

For £10, I think this products worth every penny and can be purchased here.

Overall, I love the Smoothie Star range. I’m usually a loyal Righteous Butter or Sugar Crush kinda gal but this range is just so fresh for Spring with some amazing products. With all of Soap and Glory’s bodycare currently 3 for 2 in Boots, how can you resist?

They’re definitely not edible, but they certainly smell good enough to eat!

What are your favourite scented body products?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How to: Creme Egg Easter Cheesecake (No Bake)

Every year, the minute Match rolls round I basically go into a Crème Egg induced food coma. They’re a seasonal thing, so really I’ve only got a few months to eat as many as I can, right?

Now I’m no chef, but I decided to try making a Crème Egg Cheesecake after reading my friend Josephine’s recipe here. I wanted to make a slightly larger offering, so I roped my best friend Abi and her 4 year old son Riley into it to (him mainly with the bribe of being able to lick the bowl and eat mini Crème eggs throughout…). It’s pretty simple and fun to get the kids involved!

Here’s an easy, no bake cheesecake perfect for any Easter parties or Easter weekend itself. You can of course adjust this accordingly if you want more filling/a thicker base or if you just want a tonne more crème eggs in it. I promise I won’t judge.

Ingredients:

  • 9″ Springboard tin (meaning the side unclips to remove the cheesecake. I got mines from Home Bargains for £2)
  • 80g digestive biscuits
  • 150g unsalted butter, melted
  • 560ml of double cream
  • 3 x 180g tubs full fat Philadelphia
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of Mini Crème Eggs
  • 3 normal Crème eggs

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Recipe:

  1. BASE: Place the digestives into bags and crush them until they reach a consistency you like. I prefer to leave it more chunky but you can roll them out until they’re like sand if you prefer.
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    We gave Riley his own little bag to crush too!

  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or hob, then add in the crushed biscuits and mix.
  3. Press this to the bottom of your tin
  4. TOPPING: Whip up your double cream until its fluffy and making peaks, but not to dense.IMG_1050
  5. Add your Philadelphia and vanilla extract to the cream and fold in
  6. Chop up the bag of mini crème eggs and add to the filling
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    Pop the eggs in the fridge before cutting to stop them being too runny.

  7. Spread the topping over the base and smooth
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    Neatness definitely isn’t key here!

  8. Stick in the fridge to set!

 

Allow the cheesecake to set for around 2/3 hours, and add your large Crème eggs to decorate.

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And tada! Not the neatest by any means but a surprisingly easy and fun recipe to get the kids involved with too. I don’t know what our little Easter Bunny enjoyed more, the actual cooking or the cheesecake afterwards!

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What’s your favourite Easter treat?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How To: Fresh Smokey Eyes

One thing I absolutely love playing around with is new eyeshadow palettes. I mean, I definitely don’t need anymore, but somehow I always manage to find space in my drawer for yet another.


When I received the “Kick Into Neutral” palette from Soap & Glory, I was so excited as I already own one of their old quad palettes which I used to use to death. I’ve been using the palette to do an everyday light smokey eye, which I’ve been absolutely loving. If you’re new to smokey eyes or just unsure on how to do them, the amazing Rosanna has a fantastic video here which is so easy to follow.

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I applied the matte shade in “Cuddly Bare” in my crease as my transition shade. It’s a really lovely cool toned brown which would do with pretty much any of the other colours in the palette. I then applied the shade “Bright Spark” on the inner 3/4 of my eye, and finally I used a flatter shadow brush to pack on the shade “Mice-tro” on the outer 1/4 to deepen it up. 


The key to smokey eyes is blend, blend, blend. It doesn’t have to be a neat application as long as you blend it out. I use a Zoeva 231 and find it works a dream to blend the shadows out. I use the shade Cuddly Bare again to run over the crease and blend out the dark colour.

I then applied the Soap & Glory “Supercat” pen liner to create a wing. I used to be extremely loyal to this liner so already knew I really liked it. The liner nib is a nice size as it’s not too thick or thin. Pen liners are by far my favourite as I find them easiest to control.


Finally, I coated my lashes in some of the “Thick and Fast” mascara to finish the look.


Overall, I’m really impressed with the pigment and performance of the eyeshadows considering they are only £13 for 10 shadows. The colours “Rich Tea” (a gorgeous shimmery gold) and “Pink-a-little” are also so so pretty for daytime use. The shadows last all day and don’t budge.

Hope this tutorial was helpful! 

What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Is Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub Of All”?

If you’ve got dry, sensitive skin like me, trying a new face scrub is likely to be something you’re a little bit apprehensive about. A face scrub in my skin care routine is crucial to smooth over dry patches, but it must be gentle enough to not aggravate my eczema.

So, into my skincare routine walks Soap and Glory “The Greatest Scrub of All”. Bold claims straight away from the name, but I was initially sceptical due to previous bad and painful experiences with harsh scrubs. Sold as a “DIY micro-dermabrasion”,  the scrub contains salicylic acid, which is traditionally known to treat oily skin. However, it’s also fantastic for breaking down dead skin cells without actively having to “scrub” them away as it encourages natural skin turnover.

The scrub is for all skin types, and recommends using a pea-sized amount onto damp skin wherever your problem areas are (whether that be an oily nose to unclog pores or an area of flakey skin) for around 30 seconds.

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I was instantly drawn into the claim that the scrub gave “instant radiance”. I’ve been using this once or twice a week after using a cleanser in the evening, and following with moisturiser as directed.

The Results

Honestly, the face polish has become a firm favourite in my routine. The grains within the scrub are not too harsh and very finely milled within the polish itself, which means 30 seconds is perfect to give a good amount of exfoliation. It’s not too harsh for my skin and leaves it feeling soft and visibly more radiant. I stuck to using it once a week, sometimes twice if I had a particular problem area, and this worked great for me. If you have more oily skin, you possibly could use it more for a deeper clean.

Most amazingly, I have noticed a huge improvement on my facial milia. Due to my eczema, I have to use a heavy moisturiser to treat it which can cause the annoying tiny white bumps to appear around my eyes and under my cheeks. I, of course, don’t use the scrub on my eye area itself but those under and around the eye they are visibly reduced. Salicylic acid does = DIY microdermabrasion in this case!

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I’d definitely say the scrub lives up to its claims of being suitable for all skin types and giving instant radiance. It’s one that you can adapt to suit you based on how much you use and how frequent etc. Is it the Greatest Scrub of All? That’s for you to try the polish and answer!

You can buy The Greatest Scrub of all here for £9 for 150ml.

Do you use a face scrub in your skincare routine?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

Spring Clean: Wardrobe Edition

As the lighter nights roll in, it’s perfect time to insert some colour into your wardrobe and give it a spring shake-up. If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder like me, it can be daunting to get rid of any old clothes. Here’s a few simple steps to take to spring clean the old and bring in the new (pastel coloured most likely) goodies!

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Clear out

Turn all your coat hangers to face one way in your wardrobe at the start of the month, and turn it the opposite way when hanging the clothes back up after wearing/washing etc. If come the end of the month your hanger hasn’t moved sides then you know you aren’t wearing it. Then comes the time to look at these items and decide if you will wear them within the next week, or it’s time for a clear out!

Have a clothes swap

Once you’ve delved through your wardrobe and decided which ones are no longer staying, why not get your girls round and do a clothes swap? Or, start an event at your University or at work to get a larger group together. This is a great way for someone to give your no longer used item some love and for you to find some great new pieces to revamp your Spring style. Don’t just leave it to clothes either, I bet there’s a few unused handbags you’ve been eyeing up from your colleagues too!

Donation

Donate your old clothing items to local charity shops or give them to someone who would get wear out of them. Local Facebook pages in your area are always a great place to post your donations and it’s really fantastic to be able to help someone in your local area. Charity shops rely on donations so please don’t hand in anything of poor or unwearable quality as it’s simply not worth the volunteers’ time to search through the stuff that should have been binned in the first place.

If you don’t have a local charity shop, try searching for Woman’s Aid or children’s charities in your area. Most of them are highly thankful for any donations.

Selling

If they items are new or have only been worn a few times, try sellingthem on websites like eBay & Depop to earn some cash. I personally prefer eBay just because its the most familiar and has an extra level of protection with PayPal.

The eBay app is also fantastic as it means you can take all the images of your items for sale and upload them from the one device, even on the go on your morning commute.

  • Good images are key as people are more likely to buy it. Take it in the daytime when the lighting levels are best if possible.
  • Timing is also a crucial factor in making sure your item sells. More people are active on eBay in the evenings in general, due to busy work life’s and studies during the day. Sunday is the best day for selling as most people are online.
  • Make sure the name of your item includes all the vital information, eg size, brand, condition, colour. This gives it better search engine optimisation, aka will pop up on Google for people searching for any of these terms.

I wrote an old post here all about how to utilise searching eBay effectively, which is great to search the page for new items. Or, treat yourself with your hard earned cash to these ASOS bits which are currently on my wish list.

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  1. Jumpsuit
  2. Jumper
  3. Jacket
  4. Cullotes

 

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  1. Leopard court Shoes
  2.  Frill Dress 
  3. Star print bag
  4. Stila Matte and Metals palette

And just in case you need a soundtrack to help you Spring Clean:

Music

Isn’t it amazing how a simple playlist can put us in the best mood ever? I use my Spotify app on a daily basis whether I’m in the car, on the train or tidying my room. Get yourself some motivation by making a fresh playlist with all your favourite songs. If you use Spotify, try the Monday Motivation,Throwback Thursday and Feelgood Friday playlists: instant happiness just when you need it! Ed Sheeran’s new album was also released this morning, the soundtrack to my future posts no doubt (whilst I sob onto my keyboard listening to Perfect and Supermarket Flowers)

Will you be Spring Cleaning your wardrobe this Spring?

C x

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Review: Soap and Glory Kick Ass Colour Correcting Sticks

I have only tried colour correcting makeup once before and results were more Fiona from Shrek than supermodel (green cheeks were NOT a good look). I was really excited to try Soap and Glory’s new Kick Ass range of colour correcting sticks to see if I could make them work.

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The packaging of the sticks is super cute, I really like how they’re colour coded so easy to find first thing in the morning through bleary eyes. They bullet shape means you can apply it straight to the skin without a brush or needing to dig any product out which is also a plus. I like to apply the concealers with my beauty blender, and it works great both wet or dry.

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There are 4 different sticks in the Kick Ass Range:

All is Calm: Anti Redness Concealer (green)

I apply this on my cheek area as it gets super red at times, especially if my eczema has flared up or my skin’s sensitive. The formulation is SO creamy, and blends in like an absolute dream. I was very sceptical as my previous experience with green colour correctors wasn’t great but I LOVE THIS. It is undetectable under makeup and I’ve reached for this everyday since I got it. Definitely my favourite from the range.

Fake Awake: Dark Circles Concealer (yellow)

I use this on my dark circles which I rock on a daily (thanks uni and work) and it really is fab for concealing and hiding dark circles. I do follow up with a concealer anyway as I’m pretty fair skinned this doesn’t “brighten” as much as I’d like it too but is great if you have a bit more tan.

 

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All Is Calm and Fake Awake applied.

 

Just Bright: Tired Skin Concealer (lilac)

This is the one of the four I was slightly unsure where to put it on my face. I decided on using it on my chin and around the sides of my face to be the best placement for brightening up and taking away an discoloration. I tried this under my eyes too and it did help to blur out the dark circles.

Super Blur: Imperfections Eraser (clear)

This one is such a good concept in my opinion.The idea is you place this over any imperfections to blur and smooth them out before makeup. The transparent “blend of wax and lightweight oils” sit so nicely on the skin. I had a patch of eczema right under my eye and I applied this on top after the green colour corrector and my makeup applied so much smoother over the top. This would be great if you have areas of large pores or spot prone skin also!

 

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(Please excuse the makeup free face!)

 

Overall I’m super impressed with the colour correcting range. I’ve used Fake Awake regularly since receiving it and Super Blur will always be kept on hand for any dry skin days. My stand out is definitely All Is Calm, I absolutely love it!

I’m doing a little giveaway over on my Instagram with an All is Calm and my favourite Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss in Nudestar up for grabs! Head over here to see how to win ❤.

The colour correctors are all linked above and are currently 3 for 2 on Boots.

Would you try colour correctors?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Spring Clean: Makeup Bag Edition

With Spring fast approaching, now is the perfect time to change up your makeup wardrobe. Clear out the old products you reach for in winter and give your makeup bag a freshen up for this season. Here’s the products I’ll be using to fake a glow and brighten my skin even if the weather hasn’t quite got the memo yet…

BASE:

Spring for me is all about a glowing completion and fresh looking skin. My favourite primer all year round is the Smashbox Hydrating Primer as it stops my dry skin becoming uncomfortable. If I want a serious glow, I apply a drop of the Sleek Barekiss Illuminator in Monaco over the top of the primer to add a touch of luminosity, or mix it in with my foundation. My go to glowy foundation is Nars Sheer Glow. I seriously cannot get enough of this and have ran through numerous bottles over the years. Finally, I have been loving the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer under my eyes to brighten and illuminate after a few too many late nights. I have also been trying out the Soap & Glory range of concealer and colour correcting products and so far I LOVE them. A review will be coming soon!

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FACE:

In Spring, I love swapping my usual pink blush for more peach tones. My holy grail in the warmer months is Soap & Glory Peach Party blush brick. This looks gorgeous on all skin tones and you can swirl your brush in all the colours or pick out the more bronze/peach tones dependant on your preference. For bronzer, I love using Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer in Golden Days to warm up my whole face. It’s not to warm, not too cool and has just a slight sheen to it to make the skin look so healthy. Seriously, if you are fairer skinned you need this in your life. Lastly, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish is such a beautiful highlighter sweeped over the tops of the cheekbones.

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EYES:

For brows, I’m swapping in the Soap & Glory Archery pencil for soft defined brows, and the shade dark chocolate is a perfect match for me. I’m continuing to use my favourite Maybelline falsies mascara and Urban Decay Naked Palette as I love wearing more warm/gold tones in the lighter months. The original palette is definitely my most used for daytime.

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My lip changes on a day to day basic depending on my outfit or mood. Recently I’ve been loving my Kylie lip kit in Candy K and my old fave Velvet Teddy by MAC.

I definitely recommend rummaging through your makeup collection and have a makeup bag reshuffle, you’re guaranteed to find something you used to love!

What products will you be swapping into your makeup bag this Spring?

C x

 

* Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How To: Celebrate Galentines Day

Whether you are planning a romantic night in with your other half this Valentine’s day, or spending the night with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in your pyjamas, February 13th is all about celebrating your kick-ass girls. Here’s some easy ideas for a night to remember:img_6211

Have a girls night out

Get your best LBD on and hit the town for some cocktails with the girls. Make sure there’s plenty of selfies to capture just how 10/10 you all look.

Or a girls night in

If you fancy missing those crowded bars, have a night in with some of your favourite wine, plenty of snacks, Bridget Jones on repeat and an abundance of gossip to catch up on. Dominoes and a Beyonce playlist are essential.

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Have a DIY pamper night

Fake a spa day in the comfort of your own home! Grab your favourite face masks (my favourite at the minute is Lush Mask of Magniminty for calming my stressed skin) or go all Pinterest and make your own. Don’t forget the wine!

Have a throwback party

Celebrate the good old days by taking a step back in time. Blast some Steps or S-Club 7 on your speakers, grab the hair crimper and look back at the old cringeworthy pictures of you. How did our mums ever let us out like that?!

Try somewhere new

Whether it be a new restaurant, a new nail bar or an activity you’ve never done before, step out of your comfort zone and do something new together. Even if it ends up not being your cup of tea, it’ll be a story to remember. Read other peoples blogs and Google to find new and exciting ventures. I recently went to a local trampoline centre and absolutely loved it!

Have a makeover night

Get everyone to bring their favourite makeup products and spend the night giving each other a new look. It’s a great way to get some inspiration for both new products (sorry bank balance) and looks. Needing some ideas or tips? Pop Youtube on and try recreating the tutorials on there. Practise makes perfect!

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How will you be spending your Galentines day?

C x

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Let’s Chat: January Roundup

The first month of a new year always has this weird atmosphere around it. Everyone is trying so hard to make a positive start and push their new year goals (myself included) that it almost feels wrong to admit if things just aren’t going right. Things get shitty, and that’s okay to admit from January right through to December.

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January 2017 has been a complete blink and you’ll miss it month. I had exams at the start of the month which were a complete knock back to reality after an amazing festive period, and started back university for my second semester of third year. With the talk of March/April/May exams already rife I can just tell this semester is going to be a stressful one!

I travelled down to London for my amazing Soap & Glory digital ambassador training day which you can read all about here. I have never travelled further than Glasgow alone by myself, so setting myself the challenge of travelling and arriving in one piece in London was a scary mission, but I did it! It really was an amazing day and gave me such an insight more into marketing, social media and PR work. As a journalism student, these are all avenues I could explore when I graduate so it was fantastic to see how it all worked.

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January was the month I tried to make myself be more organised. I’ve found having a week to view planner a great way of setting all my tasks out. Juggling uni work/actual part-time work/blogging/exercising/socialising/sleeping has not been easy so by giving myself set goals each day has helped lots.

I watched Bridget Jones’ Baby this month and absolutely loved it. There’s a running joke between my friends and I that I will be Bridget when I’m older because a) I’m a journalist b) I love a good pair of Spanx and c) I’m ridiculously unlucky in love. I laughed as much at the third instalment as the first two, a definite recommended film for a girly night in. Jojo Vibe has been my most played song on Spotify this month, I absolutely LOVE her new album.

I bought the Two Faced Sweet Peach palette and the Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection this month, both of which are all forms of heart eye emojis. I’m trying to put myself on a makeup spending ban for February as I did go a tiny bit overboard over the festive period…. Lets see how that one lasts!

I got an iPhone 7 towards the end of the month, so my aim is get as many great pictures as I can this month.

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So here’s to February 2017, let’s see what you have in store for me.

What are your February 2017 goals?

C x