New Year's Resolutions 2014

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

To be honest I'm pretty rubbish at sticking to resolutions, so rather than go for the usual generic ones like 'be more healthy' (not currently possible with all the Christmas leftovers!) I've set myself four goals that I think are realistic and achievable.

1. Write something every day, even if it’s not much. 
I want to get into good habits, since I'm doing a Creative Writing degree, and who knows what I might think of?

2. Continue to write my blog and improve it.
I might make a couple of changes, and maybe include a few lifestyle posts. I’m not sure yet, I just fancy changing it up a little bit.

3. Read Jane Austen’s books. 
I’ve been telling myself since the age of fifteen that I will, and 2014 is the year that I'm going to stick to that promise. I've already started Northanger Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice is next on the list.

4. Get work experience. 
This is my plan for the summer. Whilst I know that I enjoy writing I'm not sure what I actually want to do when I finish uni, so I just want to see what's out there — I might find something totally unexpected.I'm only in my first year so there's less pressure but, as I'm constantly being reminded by my parents and the media and pretty much everyone I meet, lots of employers want graduates to have a degree and experience. It certainly won't hurt long term to have tried different things and it'll help me discover what really interests me career-wise.

Have you made any resolutions this year? Feel free to leave a comment if you've done a similar post to this one 
  I love reading what others are planning!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Instant Skin Boost Tonic

Sunday, 29 December 2013

I'm not one for spending much on skincare but moving across the country, not to mention the winter weather, has taken its toll on my skin (the air is different here, I swear!).

I thought it was about time I invested in something that I know works for me: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, my personal holy grail. I also bought their Instant Boost Skin Tonic, since I keep reading good reviews on different blogs.

And no matter how hard I try I can never seem to make toner part of my skincare routine, so I was hoping that investing in this one would encourage me to use it.

I ordered while the Liz Earle website had an offer for free p&p. When everything arrived it was all wrapped up nicely and a lot of thought had obviously gone into putting my order together, which was lovely.

I received a complimentary sample size cleanse and polish, which will be great to take with me when I travel to see friends and family. I wish more brands offered trial sized products, as I don't like paying for full sized versions if I don't know how my dry (and often sensitive) skin will react.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and Instant Skin Boost Tonic
Muslin cloths, Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic

Anyway, on to the reviews. I won't go on too much about Cleanse & Polish as it's been written about many times. What I will say is that since I started using it a few weeks ago my skin has become clearer, softer and it has more of a healthy glow.

The dry patches of skin that I had before have now gone, and the gentle exfoliation that the muslin cloth provides means that they hopefully won't be coming back.

If you're looking for a good cleanser then I really cannot recommend this enough, especially if your skin is dry like mine.

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic is also lovely. It contains aloe vera, calendula, cucumber, rose-scented geranium and vitamin E so it feels very soothing on the skin and doesn't leave it feeling tight.

Cleanse & Polish is quite thick so this is perfect for getting rid of any traces you may have missed, and you only need a little bit on a cotton pad so hopefully it'll last a long time.

I'm not sure how secure the lid is though (you twist the top to open it) so I'm a bit worried about dragging it back to uni in my suitcase. Fingers crossed it survives the six hour journey!

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is available in a variety of sizes, including 15ml, 30ml, 50ml, 100ml and 200ml. I bought the 100ml pump starter kit, which costs £14.75 and includes two muslin cloths.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic can be purchased in either bottle or spritzer form, and in 30ml, 50ml or 200ml sizes. I bought the 200ml bottle, which costs £13.25.

The Sweater Weather Tag

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

I saw this tag on Been There, Done That, Got the Lipstick and thought I'd give it a go!

(Photo from Pexels)
1. Favourite candle scent?
Cinnamon, it's perfect for winter and reminds me of Christmas. My mum always burns candles and so they remind me of home too.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? 

Hot chocolate in winter, Starbucks frappucino in the summer.

3. Which do you prefer, winged liner or dark lips?
Winged liner, for sure. Dark lips can look quite harsh on me because of my skintone.

4. Favourite Thanksgiving food?
I live in the UK so I don't celebrate Thanksgiving (although Black Friday seems to have made its way over the pond?!) but I'm a huge fan of the turkey dinner with all the trimmings, which is what we have on Christmas day. 

5. What's the weather like where you are?

6. Most worn jumper?
A red woolly one from H&M, it's so comfy! I also recently bought a navy one with sequins on it, which I love.

7. Must-have nail polish for autumn?
Nails Inc nail polish in Victoria is a gorgeous dark burgundy colour.

8. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans.

9. Combat boots or Uggs?
Combat boots.

10. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
I have no idea haha.

11. Favourite autumn TV shows?
It recently ended but I was glued to America's Next Top Model; Cory and Nina were my favourites. I also can't wait for the new series of Sherlock to start!

I tag everyone who reads this post :) 

Black Nails with Red and Gold Glitter

Sunday, 1 December 2013

I can't believe it's the 1st of December already! This year has gone so quickly, and so much has happened. Moving out has made me appreciate my home comforts even more, so I'll be spending the festive period enjoying the free food, free laundry and, most importantly, the company of my family and friends.

Festive Nail Polish

Anyway, on to my nails. This A/W I've found myself drawn to red and gold shades (very festive!) so I've put all these shades together to create some festive nail art.

Glittery Nails

For this one, I used Barry M nail paint in Black as a base, then layered Barry M nail paint in Ruby Glitter and glittery gold Claire's nail polish over the top.

I admit that Claire's isn't somewhere I shop for cosmetics, this was a gift, but it's actually lovely to use. There are lots of fine gold glitter particles suspended in the polish, and as you can see it looks great when layered with chunkier glitter pieces.

What I love about this look is that you can layer whatever shades you like to create something individual.

The only thing is, and I'm sure you'll all agree, glitter nail polish is a pain to remove.
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