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January is always a strange one — things can seem a bit flat. Luckily I've been quite busy, which helps, although university has been stressing me out. Most of my deadlines for this year are in the next three months, and they definitely seem much closer now Christmas is over. I also want to get round to sorting out my summer, including more work experience (eek!) and maybe even a holiday, since I didn't go anywhere last year.

I really enjoy reading these kind of posts on other blogs, and I thought it was about time I started my own, so What's Made Me Happy? will be published at the end of each month. I think it's a good way to get to know a blogger better and incorporate some more lifestyle content, and it'll also be a record of all the things that make me smile. Everybody wins! Here are five happy things for January:



Celebrating my friend Alex's 21st; Moroccan food at St Nicholas Market in Bristol; with my friend Elly


What's Made Me Happy This Month? January 2015

January is always a strange one — things can seem a bit flat. Luckily I've been quite busy, which helps, although university has been stressing me out. Most of my deadlines for this year are in the next three months, and they definitely seem much closer now Christmas is over. I also want to get round to sorting out my summer, including more work experience (eek!) and maybe even a holiday, since I didn't go anywhere last year.

I really enjoy reading these kind of posts on other blogs, and I thought it was about time I started my own, so What's Made Me Happy? will be published at the end of each month. I think it's a good way to get to know a blogger better and incorporate some more lifestyle content, and it'll also be a record of all the things that make me smile. Everybody wins! Here are five happy things for January:



Celebrating my friend Alex's 21st; Moroccan food at St Nicholas Market in Bristol; with my friend Elly


My Make-Up Habits is a new series on Toasty, in which I quiz my family and friends about (you probably guessed it...) their make up habits and the beauty products they used. Who better to start with than the woman who raised me, my very own Mumma Toasty (real name Alison). Here, she tells me how she chooses her perfume, the best way to accentuate blue eyes, and her biggest, 'never again!' beauty regret.

Beth: What make up do you wear on a daily basis?
Alison: Foundation, powder, blusher, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick or lip balm of some sort, to stop my lips going dry. [I] never go without it [make up], I couldn't do what you do when you can't be arsed. I forgot once when you were a baby because I was sleep deprived, and one of my colleagues noticed. I was absolutely horrified. Without mascara I look dead.

B: Do you have a skincare routine?

A: After a fashion [laughs]. I use wipes, and I use that Soap & Glory stuff when I think about it [she means the Peaches & Clean cleanser, which I gave her in an attempt to get her to stop using the wipes. It hasn't quite worked yet!] I always moisturise night and morning. And I never use soap, of course.




My Make-Up Habits: An Interview with Mumma Toasty

My Make-Up Habits is a new series on Toasty, in which I quiz my family and friends about (you probably guessed it...) their make up habits and the beauty products they used. Who better to start with than the woman who raised me, my very own Mumma Toasty (real name Alison). Here, she tells me how she chooses her perfume, the best way to accentuate blue eyes, and her biggest, 'never again!' beauty regret.

Beth: What make up do you wear on a daily basis?
Alison: Foundation, powder, blusher, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick or lip balm of some sort, to stop my lips going dry. [I] never go without it [make up], I couldn't do what you do when you can't be arsed. I forgot once when you were a baby because I was sleep deprived, and one of my colleagues noticed. I was absolutely horrified. Without mascara I look dead.

B: Do you have a skincare routine?

A: After a fashion [laughs]. I use wipes, and I use that Soap & Glory stuff when I think about it [she means the Peaches & Clean cleanser, which I gave her in an attempt to get her to stop using the wipes. It hasn't quite worked yet!] I always moisturise night and morning. And I never use soap, of course.




If you've been a reader of Toasty for a while, you'll be aware of how much trouble my scalp can cause me. It's quite sensitive, and it really doesn't take much to irritate it. Over the summer it's not too bad but in winter it can give me some serious grief, and this year has been no different. One day, while I was browsing on Buzzfeed, I came across this article and it recommended that people with fine hair avoid products with sulphates in them.

I'd been to the hairdresser a few days before, and they used the most amazing Moroccanoil mousse. I'd been considering trying some products by the brand for a while so that seemed like a good place to start. As it turns out, they do sample-sized kits, which each contain a shampoo, a conditioner, a mask and a bottle of oil, and the products are all free from sulphates (as well as parabens). I picked up the Volume Essentials Mini Kit, which costs £19.75 from Feel Unique. Here's what I thought.





Moroccanoil Volume Essentials Mini Kit

If you've been a reader of Toasty for a while, you'll be aware of how much trouble my scalp can cause me. It's quite sensitive, and it really doesn't take much to irritate it. Over the summer it's not too bad but in winter it can give me some serious grief, and this year has been no different. One day, while I was browsing on Buzzfeed, I came across this article and it recommended that people with fine hair avoid products with sulphates in them.

I'd been to the hairdresser a few days before, and they used the most amazing Moroccanoil mousse. I'd been considering trying some products by the brand for a while so that seemed like a good place to start. As it turns out, they do sample-sized kits, which each contain a shampoo, a conditioner, a mask and a bottle of oil, and the products are all free from sulphates (as well as parabens). I picked up the Volume Essentials Mini Kit, which costs £19.75 from Feel Unique. Here's what I thought.





I first remember hearing the phrase 'real women have curves' when I was about fourteen or fifteen years old. It was around the time the backlash against Size 0 began, and suddenly thin was out and curves were in. A petite frame was no longer something to aspire to. 'Real women have curves', don't you know?

I hate that saying.


A real woman can be curvy, she can be skinny, she may have voluptuous hips and boobs and thighs or she may not. She might have a large bust and slim hips; she might be what they call a pear shape, and have a round butt and a smaller top half. Real women come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and two people who wear the same dress size can have very different proportions.



Emma Watson is my ultimate girl crush and this quote is one of the many reasons why.
(source -
Pinterest)


Real Women Have Curves

I first remember hearing the phrase 'real women have curves' when I was about fourteen or fifteen years old. It was around the time the backlash against Size 0 began, and suddenly thin was out and curves were in. A petite frame was no longer something to aspire to. 'Real women have curves', don't you know?

I hate that saying.


A real woman can be curvy, she can be skinny, she may have voluptuous hips and boobs and thighs or she may not. She might have a large bust and slim hips; she might be what they call a pear shape, and have a round butt and a smaller top half. Real women come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and two people who wear the same dress size can have very different proportions.



Emma Watson is my ultimate girl crush and this quote is one of the many reasons why.
(source -
Pinterest)


Ladies and gentlemen, I finally lost my bath bomb virginity.

I never really bought any Lush products while I was living with my parents, and since I moved out and discovered the brand I've only ever had showers in my rented places. Bathtime went from being something I took for granted to a home-for-the-holidays luxury, and I always feel envious when I read about other beauty bloggers' bath products.


During a #bbloggers chat, I asked you lovely lot which bath bomb you'd recommend, and the most popular option was Butterball. While I was home for Christmas, I went to the local Lush and picked it up, and I wasn't disappointed.


LUSH Butterball


Butterball is more of a practical bath bomb than a novelty one. There were no fancy colours in the water, no swirls or glitter or surprises that you may expect from Lush, but that's not the point of this particular product.

It smells of cocoa butter, a lovely, subtle scent that lingered on my skin and made me feel very calm and relaxed. My skin felt moisturised, so much so that I didn't need to apply Dream Cream afterwards, and I think this would make a lovely treat for someone who needs to wind down after a long day.

A word of warning: Butterball does leave the bath quite slippery, so be careful!


Lush Butterball
Butterball definitely reminds me of a snowball, very appropriate considering I used it at Christmas!

I think £2.65 is relatively expensive for one bath, but seeing as baths are a rarity for me I don't mind (that sounds a bit weird, I still take showers, I swear).

Have you tried Butterball? What did you think? What other bath products would you recommend? let me know in the comments, and I may try some of them out next time I'm home!

Lush Butterball — My First Ever Lush Bath Bomb!

Ladies and gentlemen, I finally lost my bath bomb virginity.

I never really bought any Lush products while I was living with my parents, and since I moved out and discovered the brand I've only ever had showers in my rented places. Bathtime went from being something I took for granted to a home-for-the-holidays luxury, and I always feel envious when I read about other beauty bloggers' bath products.


During a #bbloggers chat, I asked you lovely lot which bath bomb you'd recommend, and the most popular option was Butterball. While I was home for Christmas, I went to the local Lush and picked it up, and I wasn't disappointed.


LUSH Butterball


Butterball is more of a practical bath bomb than a novelty one. There were no fancy colours in the water, no swirls or glitter or surprises that you may expect from Lush, but that's not the point of this particular product.

It smells of cocoa butter, a lovely, subtle scent that lingered on my skin and made me feel very calm and relaxed. My skin felt moisturised, so much so that I didn't need to apply Dream Cream afterwards, and I think this would make a lovely treat for someone who needs to wind down after a long day.

A word of warning: Butterball does leave the bath quite slippery, so be careful!


Lush Butterball
Butterball definitely reminds me of a snowball, very appropriate considering I used it at Christmas!

I think £2.65 is relatively expensive for one bath, but seeing as baths are a rarity for me I don't mind (that sounds a bit weird, I still take showers, I swear).

Have you tried Butterball? What did you think? What other bath products would you recommend? let me know in the comments, and I may try some of them out next time I'm home!
Last year I started to see Botanics products appearing on blogs more and more, and naturally this only made me curious. I picked up the Cleansing Toner, which forms part of their All Bright range. It claims to brighten up the skin and contains an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which apparently is an excellent exfoliator.  

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner

Last year I started to see Botanics products appearing on blogs more and more, and naturally this only made me curious. I picked up the Cleansing Toner, which forms part of their All Bright range. It claims to brighten up the skin and contains an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which apparently is an excellent exfoliator.  

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner

I'd finished writing about my New Year's resolutions the other day when I decided that it might be helpful if I had blogging goals too (this is the last goals/resolutions post, I promise!) 2014 was the year I really started to take blogging seriously, and I realised just how important this site is to me. I want to keep improving and learning more about the blogging world, and a new year seems like the perfect time to start. So here's what I plan to do. 

Owl sticky notes I got for Christmas, so cute that I can barely bring myself to use them!


Blogging Goals for 2015

I'd finished writing about my New Year's resolutions the other day when I decided that it might be helpful if I had blogging goals too (this is the last goals/resolutions post, I promise!) 2014 was the year I really started to take blogging seriously, and I realised just how important this site is to me. I want to keep improving and learning more about the blogging world, and a new year seems like the perfect time to start. So here's what I plan to do. 

Owl sticky notes I got for Christmas, so cute that I can barely bring myself to use them!



Happy New Year everyone!

Last year my new year's resolutions were pretty successful on the whole, and they were a good motivator for getting things done (especially since I shared them on here!). I thought I'd do the same again, so this is what I hope to do in 2015:



Get Shit Done
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New Year's Resolutions 2015


Happy New Year everyone!

Last year my new year's resolutions were pretty successful on the whole, and they were a good motivator for getting things done (especially since I shared them on here!). I thought I'd do the same again, so this is what I hope to do in 2015:



Get Shit Done
(source)


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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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