Video: My Everyday Hair - Relaxed Curls

07/01/2014

Hi guys! I posted a new video on my YouTube Channel today, on my everyday hair routine. I would love it if you would check it out, and subscribe if you haven't already! My channel is my baby, and I'm really enjoying making videos. Much though I love blogging, I sort of feel like now I'm not buying things I don't have as much to talk about with you guys, where as it's quite easy to think of things I could make videos on.



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Makeup Organisation Sneak Peek and Life Update

19/12/2013


My New Year's dress, oooh sparkly! - £52 Elise Ryan via Asos

Hello bloggy friends! I wanted to apologise for my relative absence over the past month or two. I will do this in a moment, but for those of you who really don't care, or just read blogs for the pretty shiny things (which is fine and I totally do that too) I have included a sneak preview of my makeup storage, which I will be doing a video on shortly, and a picture of my New Year's dress, which I am completely in love with, and can't wait to wear. It's my 'princess dress'. Here is a link to it if you would like to buy it for yourself. 

When I first started my blog, I promised myself that I would never blog if my heart wasn't in it, and my blog would be for me and what I loved. This is something that I have stuck with through out, and intend to do so until the end of time.

There are a few reasons for this absence, the most notable being I really didn't have anything much to blog about. I like to blog about stuff I really love, and unless I go out and buy things, honestly my beauty routine stays pretty much the same. I'll get into that more in a bit. The one thing I have been feeling like I want to do more is outfit posts. This is essentially the thing that first drew me to blogging, but funnily enough the thing I've actually done the least. My reasons for this have been that firstly I found it awkward taking pictures in my bedroom, and only recently found a good spot to take them outside, but also because I don't buy clothes very often, and feel bad showing you things that aren't currently available in shops. I am considering just going for it anyway, as I guess it could serve as inspiration. We shall see.

The other major factor has been my finances. Remember No Spend October? If you don't, you can read all about it here but basically in October I decided that I wanted to see whether I was spending extravagantly, or whether I just wasn't earning enough, and challenge myself to spend as little as possible. This basically lead to a bit of a 'lightbulb moment' for me - at the age of 23, I have ridiculous levels of debt, which in my defence were partially racked up due to a period of unemployment, but still, I could have a degree for this level of expenditure, yet all I have to show for it is the clothes on my back and the food in my body. I actually don't spend extravagantly, was the gist of my No Spend Challenge. I actually barely buy anything.

Regardless of how I got into this mess, (which is a bit of a boring story which I will tell another time if anybody actually wants to hear it, or feels like knowing might help them) my focus now is on shifting it once and for all so that my income is actually my own. Contrary to popular belief, blogging is not some kind of cash cow, you don't make megabucks just because you have a blog, and yes, occasionally you get sent free products, which you would otherwise have had to buy, and this is nice, but for me personally this is not nearly as often as is perceived, and in my entire time blogging I really haven't made much money at all. Which isn't my reason for blogging, so it's fine. I blog because I enjoy it and will continue to do so. But it does mean that I needed to start concentrating purely on my 9-5 job, and any other little projects I could work on that would bring in a bit of extra cash to throw at loans and credit cards. So that is what I have been doing. I'm sorry that I didn't bring you all along for the ride, but it hasn't really been a very exciting ride. Mostly just spreadsheets and budgeting and lots of surveys.

Obviously this has lead to me not really buying anything, not having anything new to talk about, and feeling okay about that. Despite being approached about a couple of sponsored posts in this time, I haven't put anything up. Even if I would be being paid for it, which obviously would help me reach my goal of debt payments, if it doesn't feel right for my blog, it won't get posted. I'd rather you guys put up with radio silence than filler content that interests nobody. So sorry, but also not sorry? 

I've also not really been reading as many blogs as usual because I felt like I was seeing too many things I wanted to spend money on. So sorry if you are used to receiving comments from me daily and this has stopped, it's nothing personal, I've just been trying not to enable myself! The love is still there!

I am really looking forward to Christmas, so I am planning a few things for during/after the whole festive period, and I also have a few videos coming up soon again too. I'm finding it a lot easier to feel inspired when it comes to YouTube than blogging these days, but haven't had the time to actually film or edit!

What are you all doing for Christmas? What have you been upto?


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Christmas Gift Guide - My Favourite Picks

05/12/2013


Apologies for my absence of late, I've had a few things to deal with, and blogging has, as always had to take a bit of a backseat to make way for real life. Such is the way when blogging is not your job, unfortunately! However I am back in full swing, and I wanted to bring you my favourite picks of the Christmas Gifts I've seen floating about the internet so far. I've pretty much finished my Christmas shopping, and I'm brimming with ideas, so you might see a few more gift guide posts in the next couple of weeks! So let's jump in...

Yankee Candle Gift Set - £10 Asda

This is the perfect gift for somebody you know loves scented candles, I can't vouch for all of the scents in the set, but I am a big Yankee Candle fan and this is presented very nicely.

Real Techniques Sam's Picks Brush Set - £25 Escentual

This set is absolutely on my own wishlist, I have been wanting to try the Real Techniques brushes ever since they first appeared, but have yet to do so. This looks like a good all rounder set, and would even be great for someone new to makeup.

Weleda Skin Food Christmas Cracker - £3.50 Weleda

I know I always bang on about Weleda (I'm not sorry), but Skin Food really is THE most amazing product that everyone should own, especially in the winter time. This cutely packaged handbag sized tube is an amazingly reasonable price, and would be great for a 'stocking filler' or for if you are getting someone a few smaller gifts.

Limited Edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - £19.75 150ml

This has definitely featured in my favourites at least once this year, ever since discovering it I have to say this is one of my favourite cleansers of all time, and in it's limited edition packaging would make a really lovely gift for somebody. Especially if you already know they use it!

Please let me know in the comments if you've done a gift guide post! I may have finished my shopping, but I still love to see what you guys are liking!

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