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Aaaand 2015 is almost over. Wut? I say this every year without fail, but where has the time gone? And what on earth have I done with it? Well, quite a bit, actually.

2015 was a year of change for me. I moved into a new house with new people, I visited new places, and I have new projects to tackle at university. On the whole, I've been the calmest and happiest I've been for a very long time, and I hope that continues in 2016.

Some Highlights

  • Passing my second year of uni with a 1st, and coming top of my Writing Non-Fiction class
  • Volunteering at Cancer Research
  • Work experience at Buzz Magazine
  • Going to Parklife Festival in Manchester
  • Exploring Wales with my family
  • Spending quality time with my friends over the summer
  • Moving into a new student house, and being happy there

Lessons Learned

  • If you can survive going to the toilet in a portaloo at a festival, you can survive anything the world throws at you. You got this.
  • LUSH Dream Cream is an excellent treatment for beard burn.
  • Good company can cure a multitude of ills. Likewise, being around negative people saps your energy and makes everything feel worse than it is. It's okay to walk away from the negativity.
  • I love coffee, but coffee does not love me. It may leave me buzzing, energized, and bouncing off the walls, but it also makes me feel shaky and sick. No more frappucinos for me.
  • It's more than okay to take some time out if you need to.

New Years Resolutions 2015  How Did I Do?
I make resolutions every year, but whether I stick to them or not is another matter entirely. I always end up forgetting what they were about halfway though the year in February so it's an interesting surprise when I look back at them  I went through the same thing last year.

Focus on the things that are important to me
I think I did that, on the whole. Perhaps with a little bit of a slump in the summer, but it's easy to get stuck in a rut when you have five months off.

Speak up
Meh. I'm improving all the time, but there are still days when I'd rather sit quietly and go unnoticed. Which is natural, I guess, but I think half of the battle is pushing through those barriers. One to work on. I tried, at the very least. 

Get more work experience
Done, and done better than I dreamed of. I had an amazing week at Buzz Magazine and I also learned a hell of a lot at Media Wales. Sending those emails is always nerve-wracking but I'm glad I put myself out there because I've had some wonderful opportunities. 

Get stronger
Hmmm, I'd say if anything I'm actually weaker than I was at the start of the year. The stress of going into third year has meant that I've had to prioritize, and time in the library is currently more important than time spent working out. But I'm trying to get in a couple of workouts per week, so I'm not letting myself feel too guilty. The gym will always be there, whereas I've only got a few months left at uni.

Quite a mixed bag, but I think I've done alright! Do you ever make resolutions? Do you keep them? Let me know in the comments, and have a happy New Year!

2015 — Highlights, Lessons Learned, and a Look Back at My New Year's Resolutions


Aaaand 2015 is almost over. Wut? I say this every year without fail, but where has the time gone? And what on earth have I done with it? Well, quite a bit, actually.

2015 was a year of change for me. I moved into a new house with new people, I visited new places, and I have new projects to tackle at university. On the whole, I've been the calmest and happiest I've been for a very long time, and I hope that continues in 2016.

Some Highlights

  • Passing my second year of uni with a 1st, and coming top of my Writing Non-Fiction class
  • Volunteering at Cancer Research
  • Work experience at Buzz Magazine
  • Going to Parklife Festival in Manchester
  • Exploring Wales with my family
  • Spending quality time with my friends over the summer
  • Moving into a new student house, and being happy there

Lessons Learned

  • If you can survive going to the toilet in a portaloo at a festival, you can survive anything the world throws at you. You got this.
  • LUSH Dream Cream is an excellent treatment for beard burn.
  • Good company can cure a multitude of ills. Likewise, being around negative people saps your energy and makes everything feel worse than it is. It's okay to walk away from the negativity.
  • I love coffee, but coffee does not love me. It may leave me buzzing, energized, and bouncing off the walls, but it also makes me feel shaky and sick. No more frappucinos for me.
  • It's more than okay to take some time out if you need to.

New Years Resolutions 2015  How Did I Do?
I make resolutions every year, but whether I stick to them or not is another matter entirely. I always end up forgetting what they were about halfway though the year in February so it's an interesting surprise when I look back at them  I went through the same thing last year.

Focus on the things that are important to me
I think I did that, on the whole. Perhaps with a little bit of a slump in the summer, but it's easy to get stuck in a rut when you have five months off.

Speak up
Meh. I'm improving all the time, but there are still days when I'd rather sit quietly and go unnoticed. Which is natural, I guess, but I think half of the battle is pushing through those barriers. One to work on. I tried, at the very least. 

Get more work experience
Done, and done better than I dreamed of. I had an amazing week at Buzz Magazine and I also learned a hell of a lot at Media Wales. Sending those emails is always nerve-wracking but I'm glad I put myself out there because I've had some wonderful opportunities. 

Get stronger
Hmmm, I'd say if anything I'm actually weaker than I was at the start of the year. The stress of going into third year has meant that I've had to prioritize, and time in the library is currently more important than time spent working out. But I'm trying to get in a couple of workouts per week, so I'm not letting myself feel too guilty. The gym will always be there, whereas I've only got a few months left at uni.

Quite a mixed bag, but I think I've done alright! Do you ever make resolutions? Do you keep them? Let me know in the comments, and have a happy New Year!
Hello everyone, how are you all? Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was quite relaxed; we sat and chatted, ate a tonne of food, played card games, and then watched the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (so glad Harry won, his dancing was stunning!)

I also had a mini Christmas with my friends on the 23rd, which involved Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, Love Actually, Secret Santa presents, a candy cane hunt, and more Chinese food than four people could ever want or need. I had a lovely couple of days and it's definitely left me feeling recharged after a busy term at uni. But before we move on to 2016, it's time for Part 2 of my Products of the Year series. This time I'll be looking at hand cream, hair products, and make-up.

If you missed Part 1 you can catch up here.)

Products of the year (hands and hair)

Products of the Year — Part 2

Hello everyone, how are you all? Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was quite relaxed; we sat and chatted, ate a tonne of food, played card games, and then watched the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (so glad Harry won, his dancing was stunning!)

I also had a mini Christmas with my friends on the 23rd, which involved Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, Love Actually, Secret Santa presents, a candy cane hunt, and more Chinese food than four people could ever want or need. I had a lovely couple of days and it's definitely left me feeling recharged after a busy term at uni. But before we move on to 2016, it's time for Part 2 of my Products of the Year series. This time I'll be looking at hand cream, hair products, and make-up.

If you missed Part 1 you can catch up here.)

Products of the year (hands and hair)


Hello everyone, how are you all?  It's very nearly Christmas, so thought I'd share the love with a list of some of my most-read and most-loved blogs. One of the best things about blogging, in my opinion, is chatting to everyone on Twitter and leaving comments for people; it's a whole other community and I know that if I've been having a shit day then I can log on and be cheered up almost instantly. These ladies write wonderful posts and are all absolute babes to boot, and I hope you find some new favourites (that is, if you're not following them already!)

10 Blogs I've Loved This Year


Hello everyone, how are you all?  It's very nearly Christmas, so thought I'd share the love with a list of some of my most-read and most-loved blogs. One of the best things about blogging, in my opinion, is chatting to everyone on Twitter and leaving comments for people; it's a whole other community and I know that if I've been having a shit day then I can log on and be cheered up almost instantly. These ladies write wonderful posts and are all absolute babes to boot, and I hope you find some new favourites (that is, if you're not following them already!)

Hello everyone! How are you all? Maybe it's a bit early to be doing a round-up, since Christmas hasn't even happened yet (four days!) but I thought I'd get going with a Products of the Year series all the same. The original post was so long that I've split it in two  try as I might, I couldn't narrow it down to a list of five (or even ten) favourites; I've found too many gems this year. This is Part 1 (stating the obvious, good writing there, Beth...) and Part 2 will be up next week. Enjoy!

Products of the Year — Part 1


Hello everyone! How are you all? Maybe it's a bit early to be doing a round-up, since Christmas hasn't even happened yet (four days!) but I thought I'd get going with a Products of the Year series all the same. The original post was so long that I've split it in two  try as I might, I couldn't narrow it down to a list of five (or even ten) favourites; I've found too many gems this year. This is Part 1 (stating the obvious, good writing there, Beth...) and Part 2 will be up next week. Enjoy!


Hello! How are you all? I've flung myself into the Christmas holidays the best way I know how  by going out for food, and seeing everyone from home so that we can catch up. My week has basically consisted of eating, with the odd bit of Christmas shopping and writing thrown in for good measure. I've been so busy over the past term that I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to get work done over the festive period  I'll get off to a better start in the new year if I actually let myself have a break.   

The topic for the #bbloggers chat a few weeks ago was 'pamper nights', and I soon discovered that I wasn't the only one who doesn't normally have the time for a full-on spa evening, as lovely as they are. But I do like to spend my Sunday evenings looking after my skin and painting my nails, when I can, so I guess that's a pamper night of sorts? It's just my normal skincare routine with a face mask thrown in, but it feels like I'm doing something for myself, and that's enough to help me de-stress.   

The Sunday Night Beauty Routine



Hello! How are you all? I've flung myself into the Christmas holidays the best way I know how  by going out for food, and seeing everyone from home so that we can catch up. My week has basically consisted of eating, with the odd bit of Christmas shopping and writing thrown in for good measure. I've been so busy over the past term that I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to get work done over the festive period  I'll get off to a better start in the new year if I actually let myself have a break.   

The topic for the #bbloggers chat a few weeks ago was 'pamper nights', and I soon discovered that I wasn't the only one who doesn't normally have the time for a full-on spa evening, as lovely as they are. But I do like to spend my Sunday evenings looking after my skin and painting my nails, when I can, so I guess that's a pamper night of sorts? It's just my normal skincare routine with a face mask thrown in, but it feels like I'm doing something for myself, and that's enough to help me de-stress.   

It all started with a face mask. Over Autumn, I noticed the same product popping up in blog posts, over and over again: the Aura Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes. I was curious for two reasons. One, because I'd never heard of Antipodes before. And two, because the Aura mask is supposed to be very good at calming down spots. After reading a few more reviews, all positive, I finally caved, and thus my love affair with Antipodes began.

Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month: Antipodes


It all started with a face mask. Over Autumn, I noticed the same product popping up in blog posts, over and over again: the Aura Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes. I was curious for two reasons. One, because I'd never heard of Antipodes before. And two, because the Aura mask is supposed to be very good at calming down spots. After reading a few more reviews, all positive, I finally caved, and thus my love affair with Antipodes began.
Hello everyone! How are you all? I got home for Christmas last Friday and I'm so happy to be back. I ended up meeting my brother in London and we caught the train home together, then our parents met us on the platform which was just the loveliest thing. Proper Christmassy, actually.

It's been a while since I've done a post like this, so I thought I'd give you all a peek at what's inside my everyday make-up bag at the moment. Putting on my face almost (almost!) makes early starts bearable; it just gives me a moment to sit and breathe before I get going with my day.

Base products (December 2015)

In My Make-Up Bag: December 2015

Hello everyone! How are you all? I got home for Christmas last Friday and I'm so happy to be back. I ended up meeting my brother in London and we caught the train home together, then our parents met us on the platform which was just the loveliest thing. Proper Christmassy, actually.

It's been a while since I've done a post like this, so I thought I'd give you all a peek at what's inside my everyday make-up bag at the moment. Putting on my face almost (almost!) makes early starts bearable; it just gives me a moment to sit and breathe before I get going with my day.

Base products (December 2015)

I've mentioned my love of berry lips many a time but something I haven't talked about so much is the sheer joy that bronze and gold make-up bring to my life.

Barry M Eyeliner, Nars Illuminator, elf Mineral Eyeshadow


Gold and Bronze EVERYTHING

I've mentioned my love of berry lips many a time but something I haven't talked about so much is the sheer joy that bronze and gold make-up bring to my life.

Barry M Eyeliner, Nars Illuminator, elf Mineral Eyeshadow


LUSH Candy Mountain

Hello everyone, how are you all? I've just about recovered from my timed assignment last week (task set on 9am on Day 1, must be complete and handed in on Day 2, just as stressful as it sounds) and Christmas shopping on Saturday (Cardiff was heaaaving). Now that's out of the way all I can think about is going home for the holidays. Five days, people, five days! 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty is a tag, and I found a draft for it in my documents when I was having a clear-out a while back. I must have forgotten to add it to my blog schedule originally (oops) but better late than never, right? I can't remember whose blog I found it on originally, but thank you, whoever you may be! 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty

LUSH Candy Mountain

Hello everyone, how are you all? I've just about recovered from my timed assignment last week (task set on 9am on Day 1, must be complete and handed in on Day 2, just as stressful as it sounds) and Christmas shopping on Saturday (Cardiff was heaaaving). Now that's out of the way all I can think about is going home for the holidays. Five days, people, five days! 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty is a tag, and I found a draft for it in my documents when I was having a clear-out a while back. I must have forgotten to add it to my blog schedule originally (oops) but better late than never, right? I can't remember whose blog I found it on originally, but thank you, whoever you may be! 

Yes To Blueberries Hydrating Body Wash

Treats For the Evening, with Yes To Blueberries and Lush

Yes To Blueberries Hydrating Body Wash

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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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