Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015

This is just a quick post because I need to get back to celebrating the end of 2015 and the start of the New Year with my family, and I'm sure you are all busy also! I just want to wish all my fantastic readers a happy New Year.

I really want to continue with this blog as I progress into 2016, however, in turns of design and content I do want to branch out a bit further whilst also sticking to lifestyle and beauty.

As cliché as it sounds, I want to make a lot of changes in 2016. I think it's very unfair for people to make fun of those who want to better themselves, and the new year is a wonderful time to do this. A new gym is opening very soon near me and I have joined this because I've had a guest membership at a Bannatyne's gym for the past few weeks which I have loved using. I also want to get back into the healthy eating I was doing before Christmas.

Please let me know in the comments if you would like to see more posts about healthy living, or if you would not be interested in this.

I know that posting has been very here-and-there (and Blogmas was a fail) and I want to post more regularly, whether this be once or twice a week. I think I can manage twice a week if I make sure and schedule my free time better - however once a week is the minimum that I'll be aiming for.

Anyway: that ended up being not so short! Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 8 - Christmas Food

I've been managing to eat really healthily this term while I've been at university but now that it's Christmas time, I've decided to treat myself and just eat whatever comes my way! I know that in my family there will be tins of sweets, biscuits, crackers and cheese, chocolates, fizzy juice, mince pies - not to mention the main Christmas dinner!

The first thing I eat on Christmas day is usually some chocolate coins! Although my favourite foods that I eat on Christmas day are pigs-in-blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon) and sage and onion stuffing. Both are amaaaazing.

I also love Christmas pudding. Who am I kidding? I love nearly all puddings. What's your favourite holiday food?

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 7 - Christmas Traditions in my House

I thought that it might be fun to tell you guys what I and my family get up to over Christmas as I know this can differ vastly for different people.

In my house we have 4 Christmas trees. Yes, 4. They are all fake but it's still a crazy number in my opinion! We have the fancy-schmancy tree in the living room which is all gold and beautiful, then in the dining room we have a mis-matched tree of all the baubles we have that aren't gold and then both my sister and I have a tree in our bedrooms. These usually go up pretty early in December.

Christmas Eve is a quiet night in watching TV with my parents, sister and my Grandpa. Then on Christmas Day, my mum's family arrive for about 2 nights. It's a full house! We don't see the rest of my dad's family until New Year's.

On Christmas Day my sister and I get to open our presents from Santa first. Then when everyone else arrives for Christmas lunch at about 2pm we get to open presents from our friends and relatives.

After lunch it's usually a short walk around the block, sometimes further afield depending on the weather. And after that it's a cosy evening in playing card games.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 6 - Christmas Music

One week to go!

I have to admit that this year I had to limit myself when it came to listening to Christmas music. A Christmas Spotify playlist flashed up in late November and before I could stop myself, I had clicked on it and I was singing away. In November. Not okay. About 2 songs in I realised I'd be bored of Christmas music if I played it every day until Christmas.

In early December I allowed myself to listen to the Frozen soundtrack (not necessarily Christmassy, but definitely Wintery). After I was bored of it I moved on to Justin Bieber's 2011 Christmas album (I was clearly saving the best until closer to Christmas). At this point, just before Christmas it's Michael Bublé's 2012 Christmas album (which I absolutely adore yet everyone around me seems to hate). And just before Christmas, when the holidays have properly started my family puts on just your regular Christmas hits!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 5 - Winter Items I Can't Live Without

Hello! 8 days to go! This post is one that I've been excited to do ever since I arranged it. Today's post is a collab with Chloe from basicallychloe. We are both posting about the winter items that we can't live without, so once you're finished reading my post make sure and head over there to check our her post (unless that's where you came from, in which case - hello!).

(1) The first item is a good, comfy pair of boots. I have a gorgeous pair of brown Chelsea boots from Miss KG which I got in a sale maybe one or two years ago? They've lasted me so so well and I wear them all Autumn and Winter - unfortunately I don't have a picture of them as they're in getting new soles put on (that should show you how much I wear them!). Obviously my exact ones aren't available but I found some very similar from New Look (£44.99), Topshop (£75.00) and Miss KG (£65.00 reduced from £90.00). The Topshop ones are my favourites!

(2) My second item is a cosy blanket scarf - it wasn't until I borrowed my friend's blanket scarf that I realised how awesome these are. I got this scarf from Topshop (£22.00), and they had a few different colours and patterns - I know it seems like a lot of money but this scarf is huge and really soft. No regrets splashing out at all.

(3) Moisturising skincare - The combination of the cold weather and having the central heating on really plays havoc with my skin and dries it out. I recommend the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask (£7.45 reduced from £14.95 or available in the Skin Saviours Mask Set £9.95) as an overnight mask or just as a leave-on mask too. I also love the Burt's Bees lip balm (no surprise there as I mention it all the time) (£3.99). Finally, The Body Shop's Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil is a magic oil that works wonders (£15.00).

(4) Flask - I've got a little flask which is ideal for carrying for the walk to university as it warms me from the inside and allows me my caffeine fix!

(5) ALL THE FLUFFY SOCKS. My personal favourites have little foxes on them. I love.

(6) Similarly, ALL THE COSY JUMPERS. Bonus points if they are stolen from relatives, friends or significant others.

Thank you very much to Chloe for doing this collab with me! I really enjoyed writing it. 

Let me know in the comments what you can't live without during the Winter!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 4 - Winter Outfit

I've recently been wearing the same outfit most days to brave the chilly weather but it's not too warm an outfit that you would feel too warm nipping into shops for some Christmas shopping, or feel the need to take off millions of layers when you get to your destination.
First off there is my John Rocha leather jacket (not real leather unfortunately) from Debenhams about 3 years ago now! I was still at school when I bought this. It was probably just under £100 but I've definitely got a lot of wear out of it.

Next is a thick wooly jumper, this one is actually stolen from my guy but it's so so cosy!

I like to wear my Olivia Burton watch which just goes with everything, it's rose gold.

And finally, I am in love with this tartan blanket scarf from Topshop - yes it was pricey but it's so so cosy and I've used it as both a scarf and a blanket several times. I couldn't live without this now.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 3 - Christmas Wishlist

Oops - guess who didn't manage to post yesterday? Me! I'm always rubbish at posting every day.

Top of my wishlist this year was a waterproof jacket - I have a cosy parka, and a leather jacket for day-to-day but when Scottish weather is doing it's worst I have nothing to keep me dry!

I've recently been brave enough to buy and actually light a candle that I'm responsible for - it made me feel ridiculously grown up! So I've also asked for a candle for Christmas to add to my growing collection.

I haven't had any perfume other than little testers for ages and so I'm hoping to get some perfume because I would never think to buy it for myself, it always slips my mind when I have money to spend on myself.

I've recently been trying to use up lots of half empty bottles that I've got lying around and I've fallen back in love with Sanctuary Spa bath products so I've asked my uncle if he could possibly get me something new to try from that range (he is going to look funny buying bath stuff for me hehe).

Other than that, I've not asked for anything else in particular. I'm really excited to see what I get on Christmas day, I absolutely love opening my presents and discovering what I've got. And although I love spoiling my friends and family, I always get a bit nervous when they are opening what I've got them. I'm incredibly lucky to have such amazing and supportive friends and family, in addition to you awesome readers, and my final Christmas wish is that you all have a Merry Christmas! 

Monday, 14 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 2 - Stocking Stuffer Ideas

11 days to go! And that means (including this one) 11 more Blogmas posts from me, posted everyday at 6pm GMT.

Today are my ideas for gifts to give someone in a stocking, although these would also be good to give individually to your friends or secret Santa! Also, be creative, a hamper of gift box filled with goodies is just as nice to receive as a stocking!

As soon as the central heating is put on in my house my lips just dry up! My favourite lipbalms are EOS (£7.00) and Burt's Bees (£3.99).

A little tube or bag of sweeties is always a nice (and cheap) gift.

Chocolate coins
I always get a bag of chocolate coins in the toe of my stocking!

Soap&Glory or Body Shop miniatures are a really great gift to receive as you might get to try a product you've never had before - and if you decide you love it then you can go buy the full size product!

My picks are philosophy, Soap&Glory and The Body Shop.

A new lipstick or nail polish is a great thing to find in your stocking! I love Rimmel lipsticks and Barry M nail polishes.

Finally, if your budget allows it then a nice piece of jewellery is an incredible thing to find in your stocking as you never think you'll get something so pricey in there! A necklace or some earrings are great options.

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas: Day 1 - Holiday Bucket List

Welcome to the first of (hopefully) twelve posts over the next few days leading up to, that's right, Christmas! I fully considered doing regular Blogmas but with having just had a set of really tough exams, I'm glad that I decided to do a shortened version.

I planned on having this post up much earlier in the day. I was supposed to be sat at a table seat on a train this afternoon down to my parent's house where I was going to make a start on Blogmas but the train was cancelled and I ended up sitting on my suitcase on a train nearly three hours later than planned. Bloody train faults!

This first post is going to be a list of activities that I want to do over the Christmas holidays. This should serve as a reminder to me and, hopefully, will maybe be a source of inspiration for you guys!

1. Decorate a Christmas tree
2. Watch at least one Christmas film (The Snowman, The Holiday, Love Actually and Elf are on the cards)
3. Redesign my blog appearance
4. Fill my handwritten recipe book with more healthy recipes
5. Eat mince pies
6. Rejig my Spotify playlists 
7. Play cards with my grandparents
8. Spend time with my friends from high school

Let me know in the comments what you're most looking forwards to doing over the festive period!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Behind The Blog

Hello everyone, just a quick post from me today to say that I've been featured on the incredible Karen's blog series "Behind The Blog" over on her blog Confetti&Curves. It was so sweet of her to feature me and give me a chance to write a wee interview type post over there. I'd love you to go check out my answers and while you're there, have a look around Karen's blog - it's one of my favourites! (here's the link)

You might have noticed that I've been a bit absent around here, and if you were expecting a proper post today then don't be disheartened - I'll be posting regularly again as soon as my exams finish (tomorrow -eek!) and starting on Sunday (yes, this Sunday coming!!) I'll be posting everyday as part of The Twelve Days of Blogmas. I'm really quite excited.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Healthy Apple & Berry Crumble

The other night I was sitting trying to go through some lecture notes when I had a real craving for pudding (and to procrastinate). The only issue was, that I had nothing in the house and I had been trying to eat healthier and skip the puddings. I started searching online for some healthy puddings and after reading through several I decided to try making an apple and berry crumble.

I used frozen raspberries for this, but if I'd had a selection of frozen berries I would have used them. Frozen fruit is so much cheaper than fresh, and makes no difference when you are baking!

I'm in love with this recipe - it contains minimal butter, lots of fruit and honey instead of sugar - so it's definitely a healthy option. And because its baked in a ramekin, the portion size is set too!

Serves: 5

7 tbsp oats
2 tbsp flour
0.5 tbsp flaked almonds, chopped
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp melted butter/margarine
2 cups frozen berries
1 cup apple, diced

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, almonds and cinnamon. Add the honey and melted butter and stir to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the frozen berries and apple.
  4. Split the fruit mixture evenly between 5 ramekins and evenly sprinkle the oat crumbs on top.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the berry mixture is bubbling and the apple pieces have softened.

Let me know in the comments if you guys try this recipe out! I'd love to hear your ideas for more healthy puddings I could try.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Taking a break

I'm really sorry but I won't be posting a proper post today. The post that I had scheduled I just wasn't happy with and so I'm choosing to take a break today rather than posting something just for the sake of it.

With my end of term exams coming up, I'm going to be cutting back from posting on Wednesdays and Saturdays to just posting once per week. Don't worry though - as soon as my exams are over I'll be posting much more regularly (did someone say blogmas....?)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lush first impressions

So I've got something to admit to you. Until very very recently I had never tried a Lush product. Nope, not one. Before I moved to Aberdeen I didn't have a nearby store but I've lived here for over a year now and I've never been near the Lush store here. It took my sister and friend giving me Lush products for presents for me to try any, and now I'm wishing that I had much, much sooner.

Sweetie Pie shower jelly (£3.75)
These shower jellies are supposed to be the combination resulting from a bottle of shower gel and a bar of soap having a baby. I think that these are a really fun idea that kids would probably love, but unfortunately for me I just couldn't get on with it. For starters, the jelly smelled very strongly of cherries. The jelly was also really hard to use and I just couldn't get it to lather at all. I also kept dropping it in the shower!
Would I repurchase? No

Rock Star soap (£3.50) - "Smells like Teen Spirit"
This soap is awesome. For starters, just look at it! The scent is really hard to describe, but the Lush website says that it smells like seaside rock. The scent really lingers on your skin too and it leaves your skin feeling really soft.
Would I repurchase? Yes yes yes

Twilight bath bomb (£3.50) - "Let the sun set on worries"
This was my first Lush bath bomb and to be honest I didn't really get all the hype before I used it. Oh boy, was I wrong. For starters, it looks gorgeous with the moon and stars imprinted on it. It smelt fantastic both out of and in the bath - the Lush website describes it as a lavender smell, but I wouldn't be put off by that if you aren't a huge lavender fan. The bath water changes from a pale pink to a deep mauve colour and a fair few bubbles form too. The water feels so silky and my skin felt so smooth and moisturised.
Would I repurchase? Yes, but I'd love to try some of the other bath bombs first.

There we have it: my impressions of a few Lush products. Leave me some recommendations of other products to try in the comments!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Where the magic happens...

And by "where the magic happens" I mean the room where I spent countless hours sat at my desk meeting deadlines for university, or writing blog posts or watching TV. And a fair few hours sleeping too. I promised you guys a room tour in one of my recent posts, and so here it is!

I guess that the first thing I should point out is that this is my bedroom in my house at university (i.e. where I actually spend most of my time). However, since I rent this it does mean that I don't have a say in the furniture - not that any of it is horrible, I just wouldn't choose to have that type of wooden furniture.

First up, in the above picture you can see a mirror which hangs on the back of my built-in cupboard. This mirror was £9.99 I believe from poundstretchers - bought the day after I moved in and I realised that my new room didn't have a full size mirror!

On top of my large chest of drawers I keep a small mirror, my makeup bag, my makeup brushes and a wicker basket of skincare items.

My parents came and visited me in October and we went to Dobbies where they bought me this little plant tray and I got to choose some plants to fill it with as a housewarming present. I chose an Opuntia (the one that someone told me looks like Mickey Mouse) (£2.99), at the back is a Haworthia (£1.99) and at the front is a Succulent (£1.99). I really really love this little collection of plants!

Above my bed I have my quote wall. Yes, each one of these square photos has a different quote on it. Some are motivational, some funny, some just kind of poetic. I found the majority of these on tumblr/pinterest/instagram and the others I made myself. I can't quite remember which website I used to print these but they arrived already cut to be square in a very short time frame!

The fairy lights are battery powered from Primark for a few pounds and despite what the lighting in the picture suggests (fairy lights always look better with the curtains closed) they do extend in a heart shape around all of the quotes.

I'm so so happy that I get a double bed AND one with a good mattress! You spend so much of your life in bed (and some myself more than others) that it makes a huge difference if it is comfortable. I have flowery bedsheets from Debenhams (old) with a raspberry coloured undersheet, a cosy blanket and three cushions. The front one is three French Bulldogs sat on the doorsteps with the different coloured doors! 

Next I have a candle from Primark (£2.00) on my windowsill as well as a reed diffuser which smells like clean laundry. In the corner you can just about see my keyboard, and I also have an acoustic guitar between my keyboard and another free-standing wardrobe (I forgot to take a picture from the other end of my room, sorry!).

Above my desk I have these three posters, again I'm sorry about the lighting - sometimes having such a huge window with loads of natural light is a curse not a blessing! Below I have a few more square photos, this time of myself with my friends and family.

There we have it! Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what your favourite feature of your bedroom is.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I remember watching YouTube videos of this tag ages ago before I had even started my blog and I've always wanted to do it myself, so here it is! Read on to see the questions and my responses.

(1) Greed: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Barry M Nail Paints (£2.99) are really cheap but I find them to be one of the best formulations of nail polish out there. I even prefer these to the gelly version. There are such a huge range of colours available - I have: Cappucino, Berry Cosmo, Red Wine and Red Black.

I have The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (£13.00) in the shade 02 fair matte and I really like it for contouring as it’s not too fair and also, more importantly, not too orange. I think you can probably find something better for cheaper though (if you have any recommendations leave them below!)

(2) Wrath: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I used to love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadows (£4.99) but I haven’t been reaching for them as much recently. They tend to crease on my lids, but I do sometimes use them as a base for matte eyeshadows. I have these in the colours (25) Everlasting Navy, (35) On and on Bronze, (65) Pink Gold, (70) Metallic Pomegranate and (75) 24K Gold.

(3) Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products?

Burt’s Bees lip balms (£3.99) smell amazing, I have the Honey one and the Pink Grapefruit one and I really want to pick up other scents.

(4) Sloth: What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?

I rarely wear lipstick during the day, unless I’m doing something special. I just can’t be bothered to check it after every meal to make sure that I haven’t smudged it or gotten any on my teeth.

(5) Pride: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

I’m prone to the odd blemish and I always have a red chin so I would have to say concealer. I particularly love Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) in the shade 1 Fair for blemishes and redness and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) in the shade 10 Ivory for under my eyes.

(6) Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Having pretty eyes is really attractive to me.

(7) Envy: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I'm not entirely sure - I think perfume because I don't have one at the moment and because I'd never buy perfume for myself.

I really enjoyed this tag! I tag anyone reading this who wants to try this tag to do it!

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Liebster Award (2)

Today was meant to be a room tour with loads of lovely photos and lots of close ups of some cute things in my room but unfortunately I have had so many deadlines this week that I haven't got around to tidying/hoovering/dusting my room let alone taking photos! So I'll delay that post until next week.

I know that I did the Liebster award a few weeks ago (if you missed it you can find it here) but I was tagged again by the wonderful Raashi to do it with her set of questions, so here it is. Thank you so much for the nomination!

(1) What is your favourite quote?
I am a complete sucker for quotes. There is no way I could pick just one. I have a lot of quotes on my bedroom wall, which I'm sure will feature in my room tour next week as it's sort of a major focus in my room. One of my favourites at the moment from my quote wall is: "I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me".

(2) What's your favourite song (or a few favourite songs) at the moment?
I'm loving "Hello" by Adele, "Wasn't Expecting That" by Jamie Lawson and "Lump Sum" by Bon Iver at the moment.

(3) What was the last photo you took with your phone?
Oh God, it was a horrific selfie from when I was getting ready for Bonfire Night on Thursday. I'd post it here but my hair is scraped into such a tight bun that I'm just all forehead!

(4) Who was the last person who sent you a text message?
Hahahahaha it was Royal Mail telling me that my parcel wasn't delivered because no-one was in. That's so sad. I have mates I promise....

(5) Has October been a good month for you so far?
October was a really good month for me, I had fairly low expectations for Halloween which ended up being a really good weekend. And I have been managing to (just about) stay on top of my coursework and juggle my social life.

(6) Do you have any nicknames?
My flatmates sometimes call me Emjem and my boyfriend sometimes calls me hunny bun (bleugh feel free to throw up at that haha).

(7) What's your favourite dessert?
THIS IS SUCH A DIFFICULT QUESTION ummmmm let's go with cheesecake. Particularly chocolate cheesecake or lemon cheesecake.

(8) If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I know that it would probably be as much an annoyance as it would be convenient but I would love to be able to read minds. 

(9) Has there been one blogging experience that you're particularly proud of?
I can't think of one really stand out post so I suppose I'd have to say designing my blog - I'm still wanting to tweak some bits and completely change others but I'm really happy with the progress of its design and that I'm doing it all myself!

(10) How would you like to be remembered by others?
I would love to be remembered for having contributed to the world in some way.

I'm not going to nominate anyone because I did this award post a few weeks ago but I hope you enjoyed reading anyway!

If you feel like it, answer one of the questions in the comments!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My nighttime routine

I was going to skip blogging today because I have got so so much work to do for uni this week, but then this afternoon I got blogger's guilt that I hadn't stuck to my Wednesday/Saturday schedule: so here is the post I had always intended to write anyway!

This is the second part of my routines - if you missed my morning routine post you can check it out here.

I've actually been really naughty recently and I haven't been sticking to this routine as well as I should have. I've really noticed the difference with my skin and so I'm determined to get back on track (you can read about this and my other goals for the remained of 2015 here).

I always try to be in bed by 12am, and often I'm in bed at 11pm! It really depends on how tired I feel.

The first thing I do is take off the majority of my makeup with some cotton wool pads (triple pack £3.00) and Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water (£4.99), focussing on my eye makeup. I use about between one and four cotton pads depending on how much makeup I'm wearing that day.

Next, for my second cleanse, I use The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11.00) with a lukewarm, damp face cloth or muslin cloth (the same one as the morning, I then put it in my laundry bag and take a clean one the next day). I can't recommend this cleanser enough. It's really gentle, but at the same time it does an amazing job at breaking down whatever makeup you're wearing - particularly good after nights out, if I'm not too tired. It has removed all the paint from underneath where it sits on the shelf in my bathroom - I'm pretty sure this is because the type of paint is oil based, and this oil cleanser dissolves oil... anyway, it's heavy duty but doesn't irritate my skin.

If I'm too tired to take my makeup off after a night out, or I'm staying at my boyfriend's flat, I use the B. Pure Micellar Cleansing Wipes (£1.00). I got these free after spending a certain amount of money on Superdrug and I have to say I'm really impressed. Face wipes that I've used in the past have never left my skin feeling all that clean. These are obviously not as good as a proper double cleanse, but definitely do the job in a pinch.

Following on from cleanser, I use an acid toner. I'm currently using and loving the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (£12.95 but often on offer). These pads contain glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid which act as an exfoliator. I honestly can't recommend switching to an acid toner instead of an exfoliator and a regular toner enough! I've raved about these before but let me just say that I didn't use these for a week and I noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin!

To finish off in the bathroom I brush my teeth and use mouthwash - I've mentioned these products in my morning routine so I won't go into any more detail here.

I head upstairs next and use a stick deodorant: Sure Women Maximum Protection Cream Deodorant in Clean Scent (£4.99). This is a new product for me and the first twist up deodorant I've ever used but I have to say I really like it and I don't think I'll be going back to aerosols any time soon! It also smells like fresh laundry which is one of my favourite scents!

Next, moisturiser. I love The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24.00). This seems really expensive and I thought long and hard about it before I purchased it. It's a huge tub that I've barely made a dent in as you need so little! I feel like I've spoken about this product before but I can't think when. The texture of this is, as the name suggests, bouncy. It does sit on the skin for a while and so if you're not careful you can end up stuck to your pillow but it's honestly worth it because it does such amazing things to your skin. I don't use this every night, maybe a few times a week.

Other nights I use a regular moisturiser: Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Regenerating Night Cream (£5.35). If I feel like my skin needs a little shot of moisture I will use The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (£15.00). Again, this is quite pricey for such a small bottle but you only need about two drops to cover your entire face.

I finish off my nighttime routine by applying some hand cream - I've currently got a miniature Soap&Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food (£2.50) sat beside my bed. I also use Burt's Bees Lip Balm with Honey (£3.99).

Wow that was a long one! Congratulations if you made it to the end.

What's one product you can't go to sleep without using?

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Goals for the rest of 2015

Yes, it might be the last day of October. Yes, there might only be two months left of this year. But in my mind, that is still plenty of time to make and achieve a few goals for 2015. I don't want to waste these next two months by keeping my goals until the start of the new year - I want to start working towards them right away.

Continue preparing healthier home-cooked meals
This is something that I've been trying to do a lot more this year - it's a lot easier now that I'm back at university where I'm completely in charge of my own diet. I've never been the biggest eater of red meat so that's basically been cut out completely. Similarly, I rarely eat chicken - I've almost become a pescatarian without really realising it! I've been eating a lot of fish recently and I want to keep this up. I also want to increase how much fruit and vegetables I eat per day - it drives me bananas when I don't get my 5-a-day (hehe so punny).

Get back on the skincare wagon
I've been really really naughty recently and I haven't been sticking to my night time skincare routine at all. Being in a new relationship I feel a bit awkward getting out all of my "lotions and potions" before bed so I've just been using either micellar water or makeup wipes and then a bit of moisturiser, and my skin is definitely suffering as a result. I'm going to post my night time skincare routine next week (so keep an eye out) and so hopefully posting that will give me the motivation to get back into my proper routine!

Save money every month
Last year I kept a detailed record of everything that I was spending my money on and I always had more than enough to get me through each month. This year I haven't been doing that at all, and I have definitely been living outwith my means. I really want to start budgeting again - especially with Christmas coming up!

Achieve good exam results
I've got my first term exams coming up in December and I really want to do well in them. In these exams last year I got AAAB and so I really want to try to match those results! I don't know that I will, seeing as the difficulty has really increased this year, but it's a good goal to have!

Continue blogging twice weekly
I like to think that this is me back into blogging! I've been really good at posting recently and every post has gone up on the planned days (Wednesdays and Saturdays). I want to continue this for the rest of the year - even into exam time, I'll hopefully have posts scheduled.

What's one goal you have for 2015?

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

MEET MY: Cath Kidston purse

Welcome back to My Slice! I've decided to start a new series of posts entitled "MEET MY:" where I talk about a key item that I own. I've got a couple of these in my mind, so I hope that you like them!

Above you can see my Cath Kidston purse. My parents bought me this for my 18th birthday in April this year so unfortunately this exact print is discontinued however they have several other prints available (Global Wallet - £38, here). I would also highly recommend the slightly smaller size of this purse (Folded Zip Wallet - £28, here).

Inside, you can see that there are 15 card slots and one slot for a photo (or for a shopping list). Down the left side I have important cards like my bank card, my driving license and other forms of ID and on the right I keep loyalty cards and gift cards. I love how there is a slot for all of my cards!

Inside the zipped section there is another zipped part and on either side there are several little pockets. I don't really see the use in all of these - maybe for keeping receipts in? I don't tend to keep receipts in my purse though as it is a bit untidy looking. I just keep my notes in the large section at the back and coins in the bottom. One thing I will say about this purse is it bulges and can be really hard to close with just a few coins in it!

I really love this purse but it is also really bulky. I didn't realise how bulky it would be and sometimes I do wish I had gone for the smaller sized one. However, this size is good to just take out by itself, sort of like a clutch bag! It also matches my backpack that I use for university (keep an eye out for a post about it!).

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Liebster Award

Hope you're having a fantastic day! Today I've got an award post for you, sorry that it's two of these posts in a row on a Saturday but that's just the way the cookie crumbles I'm afraid! 

I'm really excited to do this post as I love how they're something a wee bit different. I was tagged to do the Liebster Award by the lovely Charlotte from Charlotte's Picks - definitely click and check out her blog! 

And here are my answers to the 11 questions that Charlotte set her nominees to answer:

(1) If you had to choose one make-up item which you had to live off for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mascara. It makes my eyes look so much bigger and brighter. My choice would either be Maybelline The Falsies (£8) or Max Factor Clump Defy (£11).

(2) Favourite brand of shoe

I absolutely love my Nike trainers that I got for my birthday earlier this year for running. They're so comfortable that I'm asking Santa for a lighter pair that I can wear to uni as it's about a 40 minute round trip walking there every day. I've got the Nike Air Zoom Fly 2 (£80) in pink and orange and I'm after something like the Nike Free 5.0 (£100) in black and white.

(3) Would you rather wear jeans or a skirt all day for a year?

Definitely jeans. I rarely wear a skirt actually, I much prefer a dress as I don't have to attempt to match a skirt and top together. And as long as they're my super comfy high-waisted jeans (read my blog post about them here) I'll be a happy chappy.

(4) Fruit or chocolate?

Does saying both count if I say that I really really love Terry's chocolate oranges?

(5) What made you want to start a blog?

I really enjoy reading other people's blogs, not only bloggers with a huge following but also and especially smaller bloggers. I have a lot to say and I thought that a blog would be a great way to get my thoughts out there, and also to interact with other people.

(6) How long did it take you to do your makeup today?

Oooooh, I'm not sure - probably between 5 and 10 minutes. I did quite a full face of makeup, but since I have my day-to-day makeup in a makeup bag separate from my drawer of makeup it really speeds me up as I'm not rifling through the drawer for what I'm looking for.

(7) What's your favourite makeup brush you use?

I love all of the Real Techniques brushes, in fact they're the only ones I use but my favourite has to be the buffing brush from the core collection (£21). When I first got the set I didn't really use it but as soon as I tried it to apply my foundation I was hooked. Sometimes if I'm using a particularly liquid foundation I will use the foundation brush but otherwise I always use the buffing brush.

(8) Are you an outside or inside type of person?
I'm a bit of both. Sometimes I go a bit stir crazy and just want to be outside so I'll go for a walk, no matter what the weather is!

(9) Favourite fashion accessory
My Olivia Burton black and rose gold watch (£70-£80) is such a classic piece which I think adds a little something to every outfit - if only I could remember to wear it more! I can't remember if I have the Midi or Big dial size but these are honestly such beautiful watches, check them out here.

(10) Would you rather use an eyebrow pencil for a lip liner or a lip liner for an eyebrow pencil?
I don't think using an eyebrow pencil for a lip liner would be disastrous...I have one brown lipstick and one browny-pink that I think could work with a brown eyebrow pencil used as liner!

(11) What's the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you?
I can't think of one particularly embarrassing thing in my life as a whole, but the most embarrassing thing to happen to me in the past week was in my local Tesco express. I had bought a few naughty wee treats as well as a small bottle of Dr Pepper which, to carry home (because I had forgotten a bag tut tut) I stuck in the pocket of my joggies. As I'm paying, with my arms full of my purchases I realise that the weight of the bottle is causing my joggies to start to slip.....and they aren't stopping at my hips! Luckily I managed to subtly pull them up before anything mortifying happened, but yes, I was very almost stood at the till at my local Tesco's with my trousers around my ankles!

I would love the following people to do this post, so here are my nominations:
Marti from Pink Smarties Blog
Raashi from Be the change that you wish to see in the world
...and anyone else reading this who would like to do this tag!

Here are my eleven questions for you guys!:
(1) What is your favourite hot drink?
(2) What is your favourite item of clothing?
(3) What is your favourite thing about the current season?
(4) What is your favourite colour of lipstick to wear?
(5) Do you prefer writing in pen or in pencil?
(6) Are you a morning person or a night owl?
(7) Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
(8) If you could travel backwards in time to one era, when would you travel to?
(9) If you could be given a free return journey to one city in the world, where would you travel to?
(10) If your favourite book were being made into a film and you were asked to play the lead character, would you?
(11) If you could only listen to one band or artist for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

Thanks for reading!