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April was an insanely busy month, and it flew by. During the first two weeks I was back at my parents' house, slowly eating my way around the pubs and restaurants in my hometown, and then when I went back to Wales I basically lived in the library, desperately trying to finish my portfolios before the deadlines. Thankfully I got all my work done, but that does mean I'm facing five months without a concrete routine. We'll see how it goes!


Prosecco and Lindt bunnies on Easter Sunday; a woodland walk with the fam; roast lamb at my aunt's house


What's Made Me Happy This Month? April 2015

April was an insanely busy month, and it flew by. During the first two weeks I was back at my parents' house, slowly eating my way around the pubs and restaurants in my hometown, and then when I went back to Wales I basically lived in the library, desperately trying to finish my portfolios before the deadlines. Thankfully I got all my work done, but that does mean I'm facing five months without a concrete routine. We'll see how it goes!


Prosecco and Lindt bunnies on Easter Sunday; a woodland walk with the fam; roast lamb at my aunt's house


Lush products

I firmly believe that the occasional trip to LUSH is good for the soul (and the skin) so I popped into my local store when I was back home over Easter to pick up a couple of products: Ultrabland, my all-time favourite cleanser; Sex Bomb, which lots of you recommended I try next, and Catastrophe Cosmetic, a fresh face mask which was actually free (I'd been saving up my pots!)



Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

Ultrabland, Sex Bomb, and Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

Lush products

I firmly believe that the occasional trip to LUSH is good for the soul (and the skin) so I popped into my local store when I was back home over Easter to pick up a couple of products: Ultrabland, my all-time favourite cleanser; Sex Bomb, which lots of you recommended I try next, and Catastrophe Cosmetic, a fresh face mask which was actually free (I'd been saving up my pots!)



Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

More and more Botanics products are starting to make their way into my bathroom, so it seemed like the right time to feature them on the blog. Botanics are one of Boots' brands, and they make purse-friendly skincare which incorporates plants into its ingredients. Having read Jasmin's post about beauty jargon, I'm not sure how beneficial this is, but their products have all worked for me so far! I've also started to keep even more of an eye on my budget, and where better to start than with skincare?

Botanics skincare


Botanics Skincare

More and more Botanics products are starting to make their way into my bathroom, so it seemed like the right time to feature them on the blog. Botanics are one of Boots' brands, and they make purse-friendly skincare which incorporates plants into its ingredients. Having read Jasmin's post about beauty jargon, I'm not sure how beneficial this is, but their products have all worked for me so far! I've also started to keep even more of an eye on my budget, and where better to start than with skincare?

Botanics skincare


Happy Easter everyone! This is a little bit of a bonus post; I thought it'd be fun to do a 'day in the life of' type thing. I don't really have a typical day right now, since it's currently the holidays, and to be honest there's no such thing when I'm at university either because it all depends on how much writing I get done.

Yesterday we went to my aunt's house for what turned out to be a massive family meal (I'm also going to another one tomorrow, because food = life) and I documented that, since eating does seem to be a massive part of my Easter break. Enjoy, and if you like it then it may well become a regular feature here on Toasty.

So tempted to make these again! Recipe from Helen at lovecatsinc


The 26 Stages Of... My Easter Saturday

Happy Easter everyone! This is a little bit of a bonus post; I thought it'd be fun to do a 'day in the life of' type thing. I don't really have a typical day right now, since it's currently the holidays, and to be honest there's no such thing when I'm at university either because it all depends on how much writing I get done.

Yesterday we went to my aunt's house for what turned out to be a massive family meal (I'm also going to another one tomorrow, because food = life) and I documented that, since eating does seem to be a massive part of my Easter break. Enjoy, and if you like it then it may well become a regular feature here on Toasty.

So tempted to make these again! Recipe from Helen at lovecatsinc


... listening to Damien Rice's My Favourite Faded Fantasy album. I remember reading about the release ages ago, making a mental note to check it out... and then forgetting all about it. But the other day I YouTubed 'The Greatest Bastard' and damn. Tears, everyone, actual tears — good thing I was at home and not in the library. So, of course, I downloaded the whole thing immediately; Damien Rice has always been able to hit me straight in the feels.

... reading Boyhood by JM Coetzee. I was introduced to Coetzee's work in my Writing Non Fiction workshop and I was hooked straight away. I absolutely adore his writing style, because even though he doesn't tell you everything explicitly you're able to pick things up just from the details he gives you. Reading between the lines is definitely something I've learned to appreciate since I've been at university.





Right Now I'm...

... listening to Damien Rice's My Favourite Faded Fantasy album. I remember reading about the release ages ago, making a mental note to check it out... and then forgetting all about it. But the other day I YouTubed 'The Greatest Bastard' and damn. Tears, everyone, actual tears — good thing I was at home and not in the library. So, of course, I downloaded the whole thing immediately; Damien Rice has always been able to hit me straight in the feels.

... reading Boyhood by JM Coetzee. I was introduced to Coetzee's work in my Writing Non Fiction workshop and I was hooked straight away. I absolutely adore his writing style, because even though he doesn't tell you everything explicitly you're able to pick things up just from the details he gives you. Reading between the lines is definitely something I've learned to appreciate since I've been at university.





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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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