November Goals 2017

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hello Lovelies!

Can you believe it, another month, another goals post. Halloween is now over, November is here which in my book means It's CHRISTMAS!! I'm not entirely sure if you've guessed already but I freaking love Christmas meaning I am quite excited....October for me was not productive in the slightest, I lacked motivation for pretty much everything in my life especially blogging. However November is a new month, I'm feeling positive and motivated to smash my goals.

1) Love My Blog Again
I have been so concentrated on improving my Instagram engagement I had forgotten almost completely about my blog. I expressed my thoughts to some lovely bloggers I am in a chat with on Instagram and one of them simply said 'your Instagram is only an extension of your blog' and you know what she is totally right. After she said that I decided I would try extra hard on my blog from now on and get it back to where it used to be. One thing I have realised is, when my blog thrived my social media thrived along with it. Heres to working my ass off to bring my blog back to life!!

2) Pre-write Blog Posts 
This is something I used to do religiously before I started working as much as I do now. I work shifts meaning I can, at times work weird hours which can make it really difficult to blog regularly. So this month I am going to try extra hard to pre-write some blog posts so I don't miss upload days again (Wednesdays & Sundays). I have also decided to plan my blog posts for the entire month so I am more aware of what I need to have written and for when. Essentially I am trying to be more organised. 

3) Pass My Theory Test 
Okay this is a big one, I have passed my theory test before however I left it too long meaning it has run out. But I am super close to being ready to take my driving test (like before the end of the year ready) so passing my theory is essential since tests get booked up pretty quickly! I would say wish me luck however my theory test is in-fact today (Nov 3rd) So by the time this post goes up I would have either passed or failed!!! agh, no pressure!

4) Be Prepared For Christmas
This is a goal I have been seeing on a lot of in peoples posts recently and I can't blame them! I am taking the bull by the christmas horns this year by preparing and organising! I started my Christmas shopping in October meaning I now only have Scott to buy for, I have also created some Christmas to-do pages in my Bullet Journal which is allowing me to see what exactly I have left to do. Last year for me didn't feel like Christmas at all so I am determined to change that this year! 

Another goals post down, one left to go for 2017! Do you have any goals you want to complete this month? 

L'Occitane Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner*

Friday, 3 November 2017

Hello Lovelies!

L'Occitane's repairing shampoo & conditioner is designed to prevent breakage by using a mixture of five essential oils and regenerative amino acids which helps strengthen, repair and protect your hair. L'Occitane is a brand I have been hearing a lot about recently so when they contacted me to try out their repairing shampoo & conditioner I must admit I squealed a little from excitement. 

The five essential oils included are ylang-ylang, sweet orange; lavender; geranium and angelica giving these products a floral and fruity scent. What I love about the scent of these products is they aren't over powering at all, the scent was also left in my hair even after a few days of washing it. 

When I first used the shampoo & conditioner my hair was so dry and damaged. If I am totally honest I don't do anything to look after my hair other then wash it with whatever shampoo & conditioner is on offer, so I didn't know what to expect from these! One thing I really liked about these products is the thick lather, I really don't enjoy shampoo & conditioners when there isn't much of a lather because it makes me feel as though my hair isn't getting cleaned properly. 

After I had finished washing my hair in the shower I put it into a low ponytail and left my hair to air dry for a couple of hours. My hair is ridiculously long so blowdrying takes too long! Once it was slightly dryer I decided I was too impatient to wait to see how my hair looked and felt so I ended up spending 40 minutes blow drying my hair. Once my hair was completely dry I couldn't believe how soft and silky it felt, it felt so nourished and healthy almost as if I had used an intense repairing hair mask. My hair also felt much lighter and voluminous.

I think it is more than fair to say I love L'Occitanes repairing shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo retails for £18 and the conditioner retails for £19, they are on the more expensive side but trust me when I say, they are worth every penny! After trying out these products it has made me want to try so many more from them! 

L'Occitane also have some gorgeous Christmas Gifts For Women, perfect for the important ladies in our lives, I couldn't recommend this brand enough especially if you want to buy a more luxe present for someone special. I must say I personally have my eye on their Classic Beauty Advent Calendar!

Have you ever tried anything from L'Occitane before?

October Favourites 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Hello Lovelies!

There goes another month, I cannot believe it is only two months until CHRISTMAS. I think it is fair to say I am rather excited to start with christmas festivities. October for me has been a write off, I've lacked serious motivation not only in blogging but in my day to day life to. Thankfully I am feeling much more motivated and I'm super excited to start fresh with a new month. 

This foundation is such a cult favourite in the blogging world, I was quite late to the band waggon but I am so glad I decided to hop on. I have been using this foundation pretty much everyday this month, I literally cannot get enough of it. This foundation applies and blends like a dream, It gives me a full coverage which has been a must for me this month as the weather change has basically killed my skin. Not only does it apply really well but it also lasts ALL day, and I'm talking though out my 9 hour shift at work and then some! I am starting to run low on this foundation so I really need to pick up another...or 10.

This is another product I have been using non-stop this month, I was sent it from the lovely people at Influenster. The highlight is subtle but beautiful, the contour is literally the perfect shade to carve out (or in my case crate) your cheekbones. It isn't too bronze or too muddy, for me it is a drugstore version of Hoola bronzer from benefit. The blush is such a beautiful, subtle pink shade which is perfect for me because I like a more subtle blush. Much like the healthy mix foundation this little palette of dreams lasts sooo well and applies pretty much flawlessly.

Lets face it, this wouldn't be an autumnal October favourites if it didn't include an autumnal nail polish. Dark nail polishes are always a go to for me so during Autumn & Winter I am in my element. This is such a gorgeous brownish red colour and I've been obsessed with it since the end of September. It lasts amazingly well and holds such a gorgeous shine which is something I always hope for in a nail polish. I must say these ones from Maybelline really are amazing!

I have been really struggling with my skin this month, It must be down to the change in the weather. (I am aware that was such a British thing to say HA!) My skin has been really dry this month which has made me produce more oil and therefore get freaking blemishes and those spots the size of houses that don't pop. This toner is so gentle and moisturising which has helped my skin so much! I have heard hit and miss reviews about this range but personally, I'm enjoying it. 

Revulee Black Mask

Another skincare product I've used non-stop this month is this blackhead mask. It is one of those gross but amazing masks that pull out the vile blackheads embedded in our poor skin. I must say I get quite a few blackheads around my nose and chin so this mask has been my saviour recently. I know a lot of people like to use the pore strips from brands like Biorè but trust me they are nothing compared to masks like these! You can read my full review here.

Just so eliminate the elephant in the room, yes I am aware this photo isn't great, sorry but these darker evenings make blog photography difficult especially when I work weird hours and lets face it there is only so much studio lights can do...moving swiftly on. During the Autumn and Winter my skin gets extremely dry so I go though tonnes and tonnes of moisturiser. I have been loving and seriously getting through this one from Soap & Glory. I'm sure you will all agree with me that Soap & Glory kill it when it comes to amazing body care products which smell incredible. If you haven't already tried this body butter then you NEED to, like right now!

Well there you go, my October Faves. I must say October wasn't really a month for new products but it was filled with amazing products I love. Hopefully November will be more of a positive month for me. Let me know what you have been loving this month! Until next time lovelies.

October Goals 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hello Lovelies!

In case you didn't already know IT'S FINALLY AUTUMN! Autumn (if I haven't already made it obvious) is my favourite season. I love the darker nights, colder weather for reading in front of the fire with a hot cup of coffee. I know I'm a cliche but I am totally fine with that!

1. Take better care of my hair 
My hair is something I've never really bothered with I have been really lucky with it if I'm honest, I've never had an issue with growing it etc. But I want to start taking better care of it because it might not stay this healthy so this month I want to take the time to explore some hair care products.

2. Complete My Fall Cleaning List
Every season I like to deep clean my house, clean the things you wouldn't think of cleaning on the daily. I have got my list written ready to be completed so I want to make sure I get it all done by the end of the month. Ideally I would like to get them all done in the first week but that might be a little too ambitious. 

3. Plan Christmas Presents For Everyone 
Christmas is such a stressful time for everyone especially when you don't earn as much money as you would like. Working in retail means I pretty much live pay check to pay check. Somehow I always seem to leave things quite late and buy the majority of the presents in one month. Not this year! I am going to buy a few presents for my friends and family each month so I don't bankrupt myself in the process to avoid as much stress a possible.

4. Book My Theory
One of my 2017 goals is to pass my driving test, I am very aware that there isn't that much time left of this year meaning I HAVE to book and pass my theory test this month since I cannot book my actual driving test until I've passed my theory. Thankfully my instructor thinks I will be ready to pass before the end of the year! (wish me luck).

5. Share The Love With Fellow Bloggers
This isn't something I want to do in October alone but I want to start doing it right now. I think it is so important to support and share the love towards fellow bloggers. Wether thats by commenting on a blog post, liking an Instagram Photo, Retweeting blog links or simple sending a message of support. Blogging fundamentally balls down to community, we are a community with the same passion i.e. blogging hence why sharing the love is so important.

So there you have my October goals, They're a little more relaxed than previous months which has left me feeling super motivated and less pressured! What're your goals for this month?

Feather & Down Sleep Products*

Monday, 25 September 2017

Hello Lovelies!

I was sent the most amazing pr package a few weeks ago and if you can't already tell by the title, i was sent some products by a brand called Feather & Down. Inside there were four amazingly packaged products to help me sleep like a baby.

Melting Shower Cream - £6

The first product I was sent was their melting shower cream. This product is designed to hep sooth and relax you after a stressful day. When rubbed into the skin this product turns into a nourishing oil which leaves my skin feeling amazing, it also has the most gorgeous lavender scent. I have found with a lot of other products similar to this, the lavender is so potent it isn't relaxing however this one has such a soft lavender scent it really leaves me feeling ready for a good nights sleep. I have been also loving using this product as a bubble bath surrounding myself with the beautiful relaxing scent makes me feel so relaxed and ready to catch some zzzz's.

Next in my lovely parcel was the soothing body oil, this product is designed to sooth the skin, seal in moisture and relax the senses. I can honestly say this product does all three of those things. It sprays out in a fine mist meaning not too much oil smothers your skin which I hate! It has the same scent as the shower cream which is lovely, its light and calming. My skin felt so soft and hydrated after using this product and definitely soothed my senses. I have been using this product after getting out the bath or shower in the evening.

This product is packed with Lavender, Chamomile and Vitamin E meaning this little pot is filled with a concoction of relaxing goodness. I have been applying this to my pulse points every night since receiving it and I have been loving it. I have been sleeping better than I have in a long time. Massaging this fragranced balm into your pulse points means the scent will last longer which allows you to relax and fall into a deep and restful sleep.

Last but by no means least is my favourite product I received, pillow sprays are so popular and loved by so many people and I couldn't agree more. I find pillow sprays leave a gorgeous relaxing scent on your bedding which help you fall to sleep so quickly, well for me anyway. This is by far my favourite pillow spray I have used, like the other products it has such a beautiful light lavender scent. I have been spraying this around my room as well as on my bedding literally every single night. The only negative I have to say about this product is on the days I start work at 5:30am I really don't want to get up because I was having the best sleep ever!

I am so grateful to Feather & Down for spoiling me with these incredible products, My sleep game has forever changed for the better may I add. You can find these godsends in Boots, I rally recommend you give them a try. They have a few more bath & body products and they also have some home fragrances which I am dying to get my hands on. 

Have you ever tried any products to help with you sleep?

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