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1. Game of Thrones. Okay, teeny confession: I don't actually watch the show. I am so unbelievably squeamish when it comes to fictional blood, violence, and gore that I literally can't. I'm fine when it's all in a medical context  Embarrassing Bodies doesn't bother me in the slightest, and I can watch gastric band operations without wincing  but anything else is just a no-go. But I have read all the books in the series so far, and I absolutely love them, so I like reading about how they've been adapted for the screen and what changes they've made. It also means there's a lot more Kit Harington all over my internet, and I'm not complaining about that in the slightest.

Dearest readers, I present you with my, erm, underwear; my favourite pointy shoes made an appearance when the sun came out; pretty flowers which I couldn't afford but Instagrammed anyway because it was a shit day, weather-wise, and they made me feel better. I filtered all of these photos using #candyminimal on Pixlr because it's the coolest thing if you get the right colour combination.


What's Made Me Happy This Month? May 2015

1. Game of Thrones. Okay, teeny confession: I don't actually watch the show. I am so unbelievably squeamish when it comes to fictional blood, violence, and gore that I literally can't. I'm fine when it's all in a medical context  Embarrassing Bodies doesn't bother me in the slightest, and I can watch gastric band operations without wincing  but anything else is just a no-go. But I have read all the books in the series so far, and I absolutely love them, so I like reading about how they've been adapted for the screen and what changes they've made. It also means there's a lot more Kit Harington all over my internet, and I'm not complaining about that in the slightest.

Dearest readers, I present you with my, erm, underwear; my favourite pointy shoes made an appearance when the sun came out; pretty flowers which I couldn't afford but Instagrammed anyway because it was a shit day, weather-wise, and they made me feel better. I filtered all of these photos using #candyminimal on Pixlr because it's the coolest thing if you get the right colour combination.


For the past few months I've been trying to take care of my health more. My housemate Giulia studies nutrition, so it's partly her good habits rubbing off on me, partly a desire to clear up my skin, and partly because I'm genuinely more interested in the ingredients in my food and how they're all going to affect me. But, as with all things in life, there are things people never tell you. Such as...


Trek Protein Flapjacks
I received a mixed case of Protein Flapjacks, but they came in a Banana Bread box. This is to save on packaging, and I think it's a great idea!



What No One Tells You About... Trying to be Healthy

For the past few months I've been trying to take care of my health more. My housemate Giulia studies nutrition, so it's partly her good habits rubbing off on me, partly a desire to clear up my skin, and partly because I'm genuinely more interested in the ingredients in my food and how they're all going to affect me. But, as with all things in life, there are things people never tell you. Such as...


Trek Protein Flapjacks
I received a mixed case of Protein Flapjacks, but they came in a Banana Bread box. This is to save on packaging, and I think it's a great idea!



Guys. How many times have I said to you that I've finally found a shampoo that works for me, only to go looking for a new one a few months later because it's not doing its job anymore? Too many — I dread to think of the amount of unfinished shampoo bottles I've had to get rid of over the years.




Searching for a New Shampoo

Guys. How many times have I said to you that I've finally found a shampoo that works for me, only to go looking for a new one a few months later because it's not doing its job anymore? Too many — I dread to think of the amount of unfinished shampoo bottles I've had to get rid of over the years.




Steph and I have known each other for nearly nineteen years, and she is essentially my sister, so it only seemed right that she'd be one of the people I interview for My Make Up Habits. Both of us were introduced to make up at an early age because of the shows we used to perform in at our dance school, but unfortunately that introduction involved bright blue eyeshadow and red lipstick — worn together. I'm happy to report that both of us have moved on from that look, as you'll see below.



My Make Up Habits #3 An Interview with Steph

Steph and I have known each other for nearly nineteen years, and she is essentially my sister, so it only seemed right that she'd be one of the people I interview for My Make Up Habits. Both of us were introduced to make up at an early age because of the shows we used to perform in at our dance school, but unfortunately that introduction involved bright blue eyeshadow and red lipstick — worn together. I'm happy to report that both of us have moved on from that look, as you'll see below.



If you've been reading my beauty posts recently then you may have noticed a certain brand making themselves more and more known in my make up bag. I am, of course, talking about GOSH, the Danish brand sold in Superdrug which I've been a fan of ever since I found their CC Cream Foundation, which is actually made in a shade pale enough for me.

Since then, I've been keen to try other products of theirs, so I thought I'd share my thoughts about what I've bought recently.


GOSH Primer Plus Hydration


GOSH Primer Plus Hydration, Velvet Touch Lip Liner, and Growth Mascara

If you've been reading my beauty posts recently then you may have noticed a certain brand making themselves more and more known in my make up bag. I am, of course, talking about GOSH, the Danish brand sold in Superdrug which I've been a fan of ever since I found their CC Cream Foundation, which is actually made in a shade pale enough for me.

Since then, I've been keen to try other products of theirs, so I thought I'd share my thoughts about what I've bought recently.


GOSH Primer Plus Hydration


For those of you who aren't aware, I'm currently on a spending ban, which I've named #NoMoneyMay. Beauty products, clothes, accessories, shoes, food on the go, and Graze boxes are all banned, but exceptions will be made if I run out of essentials like skincare products.

No Money May


Spending Ban Update 01 #NoMoneyMay

For those of you who aren't aware, I'm currently on a spending ban, which I've named #NoMoneyMay. Beauty products, clothes, accessories, shoes, food on the go, and Graze boxes are all banned, but exceptions will be made if I run out of essentials like skincare products.

No Money May


I discovered Balance Me through Glamour magazine and their beauty freebies, and my love for them grows with every product I try. Their products are as natural as possible, and they're also cruelty-free, so I thought it was about time they were the subject of a Brand Focus post. Here's what I've been loving:

Balance Me products


Balance Me Beauty

I discovered Balance Me through Glamour magazine and their beauty freebies, and my love for them grows with every product I try. Their products are as natural as possible, and they're also cruelty-free, so I thought it was about time they were the subject of a Brand Focus post. Here's what I've been loving:

Balance Me products


... listening to Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, and Style by Taylor Swift. I have absolutely no interest in Fifty Shades of Grey, and my feelings about the books could take up another post entirely so I won't go off on a rant. But the soundtrack to the film ain't too shabby, and this song in particular has been stuck in my head for weeks. As for Taylor Swift, my love for her grows more and more by the day, and Style is just so damn catchy. It's good music to listen to when you're travelling by train (which I've done quite a lot recently).

Pulled pork with mac 'n' cheese; my current favourite accessory; Lemon Meringue and Cosmopolitan cocktails


Right Now I'm...

... listening to Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, and Style by Taylor Swift. I have absolutely no interest in Fifty Shades of Grey, and my feelings about the books could take up another post entirely so I won't go off on a rant. But the soundtrack to the film ain't too shabby, and this song in particular has been stuck in my head for weeks. As for Taylor Swift, my love for her grows more and more by the day, and Style is just so damn catchy. It's good music to listen to when you're travelling by train (which I've done quite a lot recently).

Pulled pork with mac 'n' cheese; my current favourite accessory; Lemon Meringue and Cosmopolitan cocktails


I loooooooove Soap & Glory so naturally I was very excited when I opened my birthday present from my friend Steph: she bought me the Soap & Glory Birthday Box! We've experimented with all things beauty from a young age, as you'll see soon  Steph very kindly agreed to be one of the participants in the My Make Up Habits series, and you can catch my interview with her in a few weeks' time.

Soap & Glory Birthday Box


Soap & Glory Birthday Box

I loooooooove Soap & Glory so naturally I was very excited when I opened my birthday present from my friend Steph: she bought me the Soap & Glory Birthday Box! We've experimented with all things beauty from a young age, as you'll see soon  Steph very kindly agreed to be one of the participants in the My Make Up Habits series, and you can catch my interview with her in a few weeks' time.

Soap & Glory Birthday Box


When I decided to go cruelty-free, about a year and two months ago, I underestimated how difficult and confusing it would be. Not every brand is open about their animal testing policy, which makes it ten times harder than it needs to be and has led to a few mistakes on my part.

Votes For Animals


Lush May Day Bath Bomb and a New Cruelty-Free Index

When I decided to go cruelty-free, about a year and two months ago, I underestimated how difficult and confusing it would be. Not every brand is open about their animal testing policy, which makes it ten times harder than it needs to be and has led to a few mistakes on my part.

Votes For Animals


Okay, so when I first saw The Body Shop did a clear lip liner I was like 'Wut?' but when I actually thought about it, it made a lot of sense. A 'one shade suits all' approach doesn't always work, but I think in this case it has some merit. I haven't always worn lip liner, but since becoming a convert I've discovered that matching your liner to your lippie can be a challenging and expensive endeavour (especially when you switch shades on a daily basis).

The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer


A Clear Lip Liner? The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer

Okay, so when I first saw The Body Shop did a clear lip liner I was like 'Wut?' but when I actually thought about it, it made a lot of sense. A 'one shade suits all' approach doesn't always work, but I think in this case it has some merit. I haven't always worn lip liner, but since becoming a convert I've discovered that matching your liner to your lippie can be a challenging and expensive endeavour (especially when you switch shades on a daily basis).

The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer


Yep, I went there with the hashtag.

My student loan may have just come in, but with a summer retainer, train tickets, and a new iPod to pay for (mine broke and I has a sad),  I am by no means rolling in it. I do have some work to do over the summer break, but it's sporadic. Oh, and I'm going to my first ever festival next month. I'm ridiculously excited about it, but festivals do not come cheap, I've discovered, so I thought it was about time I brought back the spending ban.





The Spending Ban #NoMoneyMay

Yep, I went there with the hashtag.

My student loan may have just come in, but with a summer retainer, train tickets, and a new iPod to pay for (mine broke and I has a sad),  I am by no means rolling in it. I do have some work to do over the summer break, but it's sporadic. Oh, and I'm going to my first ever festival next month. I'm ridiculously excited about it, but festivals do not come cheap, I've discovered, so I thought it was about time I brought back the spending ban.





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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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