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Wales can be pretty damn beautiful at this time of year. This was the first day of November, and the sun was out all day. Pity it didn't stay that way!
November was a ridiculously rainy month, but I tried not to let that get in the way of anything (although I did discover that my boots aren't actually waterproof...). I've spent most of my time trying to get my coursework written, and then either collapsing at home in front of the TV, or collapsing in the pub. Crazy student life, right?  

What's Made Me Happy This Month? November 2015

Wales can be pretty damn beautiful at this time of year. This was the first day of November, and the sun was out all day. Pity it didn't stay that way!
November was a ridiculously rainy month, but I tried not to let that get in the way of anything (although I did discover that my boots aren't actually waterproof...). I've spent most of my time trying to get my coursework written, and then either collapsing at home in front of the TV, or collapsing in the pub. Crazy student life, right?  
Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliners
Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliners. They cost a mere £3.99 each!

I don't know about you, but there's something about winter that just makes me want to use more of a heavy hand when it comes to make-up. I don't mean that I start to cake it all on. It's more that putting a bit more effort in when it comes to make-up makes me feel happier when the weather outside is cold and miserable. There's something about a polished base, bold brows, defined eyes, and dark lips that can make an ordinary day or night seem that bit more special.

I'm also more likely to experiment with colour, and that's where these Bold Waterproof Eyeliners by Barry M come in. As much as I adore and rely on black, black, and more black, it's also fun to go out of my comfort zone and try something new. (Although the Bold Black liner is great  a true black rather than a wishy-washy dark grey.)

Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner

Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliners
Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliners. They cost a mere £3.99 each!

I don't know about you, but there's something about winter that just makes me want to use more of a heavy hand when it comes to make-up. I don't mean that I start to cake it all on. It's more that putting a bit more effort in when it comes to make-up makes me feel happier when the weather outside is cold and miserable. There's something about a polished base, bold brows, defined eyes, and dark lips that can make an ordinary day or night seem that bit more special.

I'm also more likely to experiment with colour, and that's where these Bold Waterproof Eyeliners by Barry M come in. As much as I adore and rely on black, black, and more black, it's also fun to go out of my comfort zone and try something new. (Although the Bold Black liner is great  a true black rather than a wishy-washy dark grey.)

Hello everyone! I hope you're well?

It's time once again for Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month, and today I'm talking all things Weleda. I'll admit, before I started spending a lot (a lot) of time browsing websites like Naturisimo, I'd only really heard of Weleda in passing, and it was always the same product that was mentioned: Skin Food.

When I finally took the plunge and bought something from Weleda, though, it was the Gentle Cleansing Milk that caught my eye, simply because that's what I needed at the time. It was a purchase made out of necessity, rather than curiosity, and little did I know that I'd find a new favourite brand... 

Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month: Weleda


Hello everyone! I hope you're well?

It's time once again for Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month, and today I'm talking all things Weleda. I'll admit, before I started spending a lot (a lot) of time browsing websites like Naturisimo, I'd only really heard of Weleda in passing, and it was always the same product that was mentioned: Skin Food.

When I finally took the plunge and bought something from Weleda, though, it was the Gentle Cleansing Milk that caught my eye, simply because that's what I needed at the time. It was a purchase made out of necessity, rather than curiosity, and little did I know that I'd find a new favourite brand... 
Naturisimo Samples


Hello everyone! How are you all? I'm gonna be honest: I'd planned to have a really productive week, but it all fell by the wayside by the end of Wednesday and I just couldn't get much written. Writer's block is a thing, people, and it's shit. I had an amazing dissertation class on Friday morning though  we talked about stupid boys being stupid, and then cried over poetry. I swear it's just a therapy session in disguise.

Anyway. I bought a few things from Naturisimo a while back, and jumped at the chance to get some extra samples with my order. All of them are from cruelty-free brands I haven't really tried before, so I thought I'd do an un-boxing post (although I admit that I couldn't wait to try the hand cream before I wrote this). Let me know if you'd like me to review anything. 

Naturisimo Treats For Hands, Skin, and Hair

Naturisimo Samples


Hello everyone! How are you all? I'm gonna be honest: I'd planned to have a really productive week, but it all fell by the wayside by the end of Wednesday and I just couldn't get much written. Writer's block is a thing, people, and it's shit. I had an amazing dissertation class on Friday morning though  we talked about stupid boys being stupid, and then cried over poetry. I swear it's just a therapy session in disguise.

Anyway. I bought a few things from Naturisimo a while back, and jumped at the chance to get some extra samples with my order. All of them are from cruelty-free brands I haven't really tried before, so I thought I'd do an un-boxing post (although I admit that I couldn't wait to try the hand cream before I wrote this). Let me know if you'd like me to review anything. 

My hair always frizzes up (well, more than usual) and gets extra dry when the weather turns, so recently I've been taking extra care of it. I'm trying to keep things simple, and I've been avoiding heat styling as well (it only makes things worse, I find, especially in Wales where my hair gets extra parched). Three products in particular have been stand-out for me, so I thought I'd tell you why.

3 Vegan Products to Help Combat Dry Hair


My hair always frizzes up (well, more than usual) and gets extra dry when the weather turns, so recently I've been taking extra care of it. I'm trying to keep things simple, and I've been avoiding heat styling as well (it only makes things worse, I find, especially in Wales where my hair gets extra parched). Three products in particular have been stand-out for me, so I thought I'd tell you why.


People's reactions are very mixed when they find out I do a Creative Writing degree. There are those who immediately think it's the coolest thing ever, those who are surprised that such a degree exists and wonder what the hell I'm going to do with it, and those who are very confused as to what it is that I actually do. So I thought I'd do a Day In The Life kinda post to shed a bit of light on my student life. (There are also some very rude people who assume that just because I'm not setting myself up for a specific type of job that my degree is a waste of time; I'm not so fond of them. I've learned a tonne from my course and I don't regret enrolling at all.) 

The 16 Stages Of... The Day Of A Third Year Creative Writing Student


People's reactions are very mixed when they find out I do a Creative Writing degree. There are those who immediately think it's the coolest thing ever, those who are surprised that such a degree exists and wonder what the hell I'm going to do with it, and those who are very confused as to what it is that I actually do. So I thought I'd do a Day In The Life kinda post to shed a bit of light on my student life. (There are also some very rude people who assume that just because I'm not setting myself up for a specific type of job that my degree is a waste of time; I'm not so fond of them. I've learned a tonne from my course and I don't regret enrolling at all.) 


My affair with Lily Lolo is relatively new, but I can assure you that the love is all-too real. I first tried their products in September, and I've been singing their praises ever since. My entire base, bar one under-eye concealer, is now Lily Lolo, and it's mainly because my sensitive, spotty skin responds well to it  everything is just so breathable. Here's what I've been wearing on a daily basis: 

The Lily Lolo Base


My affair with Lily Lolo is relatively new, but I can assure you that the love is all-too real. I first tried their products in September, and I've been singing their praises ever since. My entire base, bar one under-eye concealer, is now Lily Lolo, and it's mainly because my sensitive, spotty skin responds well to it  everything is just so breathable. Here's what I've been wearing on a daily basis: 
LUSH Shoot For The Stars

(Just sorting out this post ready to be published and I'd love to say the stars/sky theme was planned... but I've only just noticed it. As you were.)

I have no self control when it comes to LUSH. There, I said it: I am a full-blown addict. I should have known better, really, than to walk into the store to buy only one thing; it's impossible to leave without a bag of treats. But I reviewed them all for you, because I'm nice like that.

Lush Bath Bombs — Twilight, Intergalactic, and Shoot For The Stars

LUSH Shoot For The Stars

(Just sorting out this post ready to be published and I'd love to say the stars/sky theme was planned... but I've only just noticed it. As you were.)

I have no self control when it comes to LUSH. There, I said it: I am a full-blown addict. I should have known better, really, than to walk into the store to buy only one thing; it's impossible to leave without a bag of treats. But I reviewed them all for you, because I'm nice like that.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
Never mind the mask itself, how gorgeous is this packaging? *swoons*

I don't know what the hell is going on with my skin right now. I got my usual deadline-induced bout of acne in April, and then instead of fading once uni was over for the year, it just stuck around. For months, I was convinced that all I needed was a healthier diet and a gentler skincare routine, but I have both those things and there hasn't been much improvement until recently.

The Antipodes Mask That's Saving My Skin

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
Never mind the mask itself, how gorgeous is this packaging? *swoons*

I don't know what the hell is going on with my skin right now. I got my usual deadline-induced bout of acne in April, and then instead of fading once uni was over for the year, it just stuck around. For months, I was convinced that all I needed was a healthier diet and a gentler skincare routine, but I have both those things and there hasn't been much improvement until recently.

So, last month I spent a week doing work experience in a newsroom, and it was something of an eye-opener. I don't really have a career path in mind that I might pursue after I graduate, I just know I want to be able to write non-fiction in one form or another. Local journalism, however, is not the one. The hours are long, it's stressful, and, with a couple of exceptions, you can't really be creative.

The week was by no means a waste, though. First of all, I have a clearer idea of what I want for post-grad life. And second, I noticed that you could apply the way the journalists approach their news website to running a blog. Here are three things I learnt:

3 Things I Learned From Working In A Newsroom and How to Apply Them to Blogging


So, last month I spent a week doing work experience in a newsroom, and it was something of an eye-opener. I don't really have a career path in mind that I might pursue after I graduate, I just know I want to be able to write non-fiction in one form or another. Local journalism, however, is not the one. The hours are long, it's stressful, and, with a couple of exceptions, you can't really be creative.

The week was by no means a waste, though. First of all, I have a clearer idea of what I want for post-grad life. And second, I noticed that you could apply the way the journalists approach their news website to running a blog. Here are three things I learnt:

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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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