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Way back at the end of 2013, I made four resolutions for the New Year. I thought it'd be interesting to look back and see if I'd stuck to them, so here goes!


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New Year's Resolutions 2014 — How Did I Do?

Way back at the end of 2013, I made four resolutions for the New Year. I thought it'd be interesting to look back and see if I'd stuck to them, so here goes!


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These Me & Zena midi rings were a Christmas present from my aunt, and they're too cute not to share!

I love midi rings. Normal rings rarely fit me right — they're either too tight or too loose — whereas midi rings sit comfortably above my knuckles and feel much more secure. I also love how delicate they are. The odd statement necklace aside, I've never really been a fan of large jewellery. On other people, hell yes. On me? Not so much. I'm quite petite, so it can swamp me if I'm not careful.



Me & Zena Birth Stone Midi Rings

Me & Zena Midi Rings

These Me & Zena midi rings were a Christmas present from my aunt, and they're too cute not to share!

I love midi rings. Normal rings rarely fit me right — they're either too tight or too loose — whereas midi rings sit comfortably above my knuckles and feel much more secure. I also love how delicate they are. The odd statement necklace aside, I've never really been a fan of large jewellery. On other people, hell yes. On me? Not so much. I'm quite petite, so it can swamp me if I'm not careful.



Me & Zena Birth Stone Midi Rings

After all the anticipation, Christmas 2014 is nearly here! I'm so excited; we're having a massive family Christmas at my aunt's house, and I swear they've prepared enough food to feed an army. Far from being wasteful, this just mean we won't have to go food shopping until January, and having vol-au-vents for breakfast will suddenly become acceptable, if only for a few days. I never get to eat turkey at any other time of year, so I'll be enjoying all the Christmas sandwiches coming my way too. Here are some other traditions my family and I seem to have.

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Christmas Traditions

After all the anticipation, Christmas 2014 is nearly here! I'm so excited; we're having a massive family Christmas at my aunt's house, and I swear they've prepared enough food to feed an army. Far from being wasteful, this just mean we won't have to go food shopping until January, and having vol-au-vents for breakfast will suddenly become acceptable, if only for a few days. I never get to eat turkey at any other time of year, so I'll be enjoying all the Christmas sandwiches coming my way too. Here are some other traditions my family and I seem to have.

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I mentioned how much I love Sali Hughes' attitude towards beauty and feminism in my post about reading Pretty Honest, and today I'm going to devote an entire post to it.

Sali wrote a piece in November's Glamour called 'Brains. Equality. Lipstick.' and I pretty much agree with everything she says: the idea that if you're interested in beauty then you can't be a feminist is ridiculous.



Femininity Is Not Anti-Feminist
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Beauty and Feminism

I mentioned how much I love Sali Hughes' attitude towards beauty and feminism in my post about reading Pretty Honest, and today I'm going to devote an entire post to it.

Sali wrote a piece in November's Glamour called 'Brains. Equality. Lipstick.' and I pretty much agree with everything she says: the idea that if you're interested in beauty then you can't be a feminist is ridiculous.



Femininity Is Not Anti-Feminist
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I've mentioned what's in my make up bag quite a few times on this blog, but I've never really talked about how I store the rest of my cosmetics. I used to just keep them in the various make up bags I'd collected over the years, but that took up too much room, especially when the time came for me to pack up my life and head off to university. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all my make up, until I remembered I'd kept the boxes from a couple of Models Own orders, just in case they were useful.

Storing My Eye Make Up

Storing My Make-Up

I've mentioned what's in my make up bag quite a few times on this blog, but I've never really talked about how I store the rest of my cosmetics. I used to just keep them in the various make up bags I'd collected over the years, but that took up too much room, especially when the time came for me to pack up my life and head off to university. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all my make up, until I remembered I'd kept the boxes from a couple of Models Own orders, just in case they were useful.

Storing My Eye Make Up

Models Own Purple Grey


Models Own Purple Grey is one of those shades that sits quietly in my collection, and is quite often overlooked for something a bit, well, warmer. But it's perfect for the cold winter days and nights we're having at the moment, and I think it's a really interesting colour. Brown in some lights, grey in others, and at other times it's a rather wonderful shade I like to think of as murky purple. Purple Grey really comes into its own at this time of year, and I think it's a great alternative if you want to rock dark nails but are bored of all the black or burgandy polishes that are around during A/W (I love them, I really do, but sometimes it's nice to change it up).

What do you think? Do you own any colours like this? What are your favourite A/W shades that aren't the usual berry colours? Let me know in the comments!

Models Own Nail Polish in Purple Grey

Models Own Purple Grey


Models Own Purple Grey is one of those shades that sits quietly in my collection, and is quite often overlooked for something a bit, well, warmer. But it's perfect for the cold winter days and nights we're having at the moment, and I think it's a really interesting colour. Brown in some lights, grey in others, and at other times it's a rather wonderful shade I like to think of as murky purple. Purple Grey really comes into its own at this time of year, and I think it's a great alternative if you want to rock dark nails but are bored of all the black or burgandy polishes that are around during A/W (I love them, I really do, but sometimes it's nice to change it up).

What do you think? Do you own any colours like this? What are your favourite A/W shades that aren't the usual berry colours? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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