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10 REASONS TO LOVE BEING YOU

Monday, 26 June 2017


We're a funny lot, humans, aren't we? We spend every micro second of the day in our own bodies, using them to lead each of our wonderfully different and exciting lives...and yet, we spend an awful lot of self-deprecating and putting ourselves down. So I'm here to get the self-love train moving. We've all got a lot of reasons to love ourselves, and I think we can all agree we need to spend a little more time doing it.




1. You're you. Completely and irrevocably you. There's no one in the universe quite like you. You are the very definition of unique. There will never, ever, be anyone like you, and that's pretty cool when you think about it. You're like a super rare gem (only much prettier and way more valuable).

2. You're not perfect, and that's absolutely a-okay. No one is perfect, not even the celebrities you secretly (or not so secretly) admire. We all have our flaws, and that's what makes us human. Besides, life's way more fun when you stop trying to be perfect all the time and let yourself go just a little bit.

3. You feel. You have emotions. You love, you hate, you fear, you feel sadness and anger and everything in between. And yes, sometimes these emotions...well, sometimes they just plain suck. But feeling, having deep emotional connections, is something incomparable, and it's pretty amazing that you can do that.

4. You're body is outstanding. Not just in aesthetics (although trust me, damn guuurl..or guy, you're body is on fireee, and someone's always going to love what they see, so you should too), but it can do incredible things. It has unbelievable capabilities, and helps you live and thrive every day. And to paraphrase Tim Minchin, your body has never said a bad word about you, so you really shouldn't be so hard on it. Those lumps and bumps you hate are just what makes you, you (see points 1 and 2), and like I've said, you'll find someone who loves those parts of you.

5. You're a star. Quite literally. You're made up of exactly the same thing as the stars in the sky, and stars are beautiful, and so are you. You're a shining example of what it's like to live, and be human, and I thoroughly encourage you to tell everyone you meet that you are literally a star on Earth.

6. You're strong. Some days, you might not believe this, but trust me: you're one tough cookie. You've survived so much to get where you are today. You've got scars, stretch marks, piercings, tattoos...all proof of a life well lived. And you've got so much more to go. You've survived every bad thing that's happened to you so far, and you'll survive so many more. You're strong, and don't you forget it. Remember, even rocks under enough pressure turn to diamonds. You've got this.

7. You're intelligent. Even if numbers aren't you're thing, if you're more of an artist than a literate, you prefer dancing to studying...no matter your passion, no matter what you think you're better at, you're a smartypants. Even if you don't think it, you know stuff. A lot of stuff. I can guarantee there's a lot of things you can do that I can't (and vice versa). Just because we're all good at different things doesn't mean that some of us aren't smart. We've all got a big, complicated and beautiful brain that's capable of doing astounding things.

8. You matter. Even on days when it doesn't feel like it, you matter. You're important to someone, you've made an impact on someone, somebody loves you. I know sometimes it's hard to believe, but you really are important. So live each day like the superstar that you are. You're important, so you may as well live like it.

9. You're passionate, about a variety of different things. You've got strong interests and opinions different to those of the people around you. You care deeply about so many things, from politics to art, languages to theatrics...your passion for the things and people you love is what drives you forward and helps you strive to achieve the things you want in life. The spark of your passion is unlike anyone else's, and it can help light a fire that leads to an incredible life.

and most importantly...

10. You're here. You've been through a lot during your years on this planet, and the things you've done in your life so far have helped to pave the way for a life unlike anyone else's. You're here, experiencing all that life has to offer. Wherever you are in the world, you're on your way to leading an amazing life. You have so much to experience, and you should love that just by being you, just by being here today, you're going to do incredible things.



Life can be hard sometimes, but we are all so different and leading such varied and exciting lives, that we should embrace and love being who we are. We are all amazing, loved and important, and we should treat ourselves as such every minute of the day. So, in the spirit of loving yourself, I want each of you to mention one thing you love about yourself in the comments, and remember: you are a star!

"Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. 
Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honoured guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion."
- Margo Anand

MAY FAVOURITES

Monday, 19 June 2017


Hello hello! I'm back with another favourites post! (Only 19 days late...) I didn't get a chance to work on my April favourites, so I've jumped straight on to May's, much to my own annoyance. I hope you're all having a fab day where you are, and enjoy reading this post in this glorious weather (I can't believe it's 31 degrees!) So here we go, these are the bits I've been loving the past month!

Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream - 50ml




I love a good moisturiser. I like to think I take good care of my skin, and I never skip my moisturiser when I'm getting ready for the day. This one by Nivea is an intensive moisturiser enriched with almond oil, and I'm not kidding when I say a little goes a long way with this. It's one of those moisturisers that you really know is working. Not only does it do its job fabulously well, but it smells absolutely gorgeous. Even after I've done my makeup, you can still smell this moisturiser for a long time. I've even had compliments on how my face smells after I've used this, so you know it's doing something right! I'd 100% recommend this moisturiser, and it's great for dry and/or sensitive skin. Bonus? It's SPF 15, handy for the weather we're currently having! 

Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream, 50ml - £2.05 here



Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner - Ultra Black




Now I love rocking a cat flick. The only problem is, it takes me about 52 tries to get a good enough flick to leave the house with. So when I finally manage it, I don't want that thing to budge an inch. Bourjois' Liner Pinceau boasts 16 hour wear, and I'm totally convinced. My flicks have lasted countless nights out, looking the same as they did when first applied. The brush is thin and accurate, perfect for crafting sharp and defined lines, and has a thicker handle than most other liquid liners I've tried, making application a breeze. This liner comes in four shades, so you're bound to find the right one for you. I personally love the ultra black shade, and find that it's great for enhancing almost any look.

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner, Ultra Black - £6.99 here


Barry M Matte Top Coat - 10ml




Painting my nails always seems to give me a mood boost, and it's usually on the itinerary on one of my pamper nights. While I enjoy painting my nails (apart from the difficult drying period, where if I even look at my nails wrong, they smudge), I get bored quite easily with them. I'm constantly changing colours, having and not having a feature nail, and even changing the length and style of my nails before I whack on a new coat of paint. Recently I've been changing between the classic painted nail look and matte. Instead of buying a range of coloured matte polishes, which would no doubt be fairly expensive with my constant indecisiveness, I picked up Barry M's Matte Top Coat. This way, I can choose a colour I like (for that week) and if I fancy making it matte, Barry M's got me covered. This top coat works quite quickly, and doesn't impact the vibrancy of the polish I put it over.

Barry M Matte Top Coat, 10ml - £2.99 here


Superdrug Nail Polish Remover Pads with Vitamin E - Coconut Scented




When it's time for my usual colour change, it's time to break out the nail polish remover. I tend to have a large bottle of remover in the bathroom, but I like to have some pads on hand when I'm travelling or need to quickly change colours/tidy up my paint work. My favourites tend to be Quickies, but when I ran out and needed to get my hands on some nail polish remover pads, I grabbed this one from Superdrug. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't totally convinced by the smell at first, but it definitely grew on me. I'd say it probably isn't for everyone, but it's not that bad. Besides, who's smelling their nail polish remover that much anyway? (Not advisable!). Anyway, they did the job well and I actually found that my fingers were quite soft afterwards, in the areas that had been wiped with these pads. I'd probably pick them up again, or try one of Superdrug's other scented nail polish remover pads, especially since they're a decent price.

Superdrug Nail Polish Remover Pads with Vitamin E, Coconut Scented - £1.39 here


Primark Off-the-Shoulder Rose Detail Top




Who doesn't love a good Primark shop? Admittedly, it can be quite stressful...but I always tend to come out with something I've fallen head over heels for, which is definitely the case with this top. I've been loving the whole embroidery trend, which is what initially drew me towards this top, although upon closer inspection I realised that the rose detailing on this top wasn't actually embroidered. Either way, it was too late. I'd seen the top, and now I had to try it on. Rookie mistake. Once I tried it on, it was mine. This top is perfect for nights out or casual get-togethers, and I absolutely love wearing it. I can't help but think I'd love this top more if the rose details were embroidered, but I'm still in love with this top regardless. I think Primark have definitely upped their game recently, and I'm sure I'll be featuring more of their products on future favourites posts.

Primark Off-the-Shoulder Rose Detail Top - £12, Primark




So there we go! Another favourites post rounded off. What have you guys been loving recently? Beauty, lifestyle and everything in-between, I'd love to hear your recommendations! Any excuse for a shopping spree, eh?

THE LIEBSTER AWARD

Thursday, 8 June 2017


Hello, hello! It's been a looooong time since I've posted, and I've definitely missed it and all you lovely people! I had to take a break over, and during the run-up to, my exam period, which is why I was pretty much AWOL for most of April, and I hit a bit of a blogging slump during May. But now I'm back and kicking things off with this post! Hooray!

Today's post is focused on The Liebster Award. I was nominated by the lovely Kimmiee (go check out her blog, she posts some great stuff!), so a massive thank you goes to her for sending this my way!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Liebster Award (I literally had no clue what it was when I was nominated), it's a lovely way for bloggers to get to know each other and discover new blogs. If you're nominated for the award, you do a post that answers the questions you were asked when nominated, and in turn nominate some other bloggers. You can check out the rules below:

The Rules


1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the questions your nominator asked in their post

3. Nominate between 5-11 bloggers for the award

4. Ask your nominees between 5-11 questions

5. Let your nominees know they've been nominated!


I was asked 5 questions with my nomination from Kimmiee, so without further waffling, here they are!


"What's the one thing you would change about yourself?"


Ooh this is a tough one. I think we'd all like to love everything about ourselves, but naturally that doesn't tend to happen. If I could change one thing about myself, it would probably be to make myself more confident. I think I'd get a hell of a lot more done, and would be generally happier. I can be quite shy and introverted a lot of the time, so having some more confidence definitely wouldn't be a bad thing! Think of all the things I could do...


"Do you prefer shopping for clothes online or in-store?"


I like shopping for clothes, period. Is that a good enough answer? No? Hmm, okay. Well shopping in-store means I get to try things on, definite bonus there (no being disappointed when I try to squeeze myself into something I've bought online), but I definitely tend to buy more when I go in-store...those damn offers by the tills... Shopping online means I get to skip the boring queues, though, and often have a larger range of things to browse through, plus the added bonus of having someone else bring my shopping haul to my front door (and hellooooo online discounts!). So I guess I'd have to say shopping online...but you know... shopping.


"What's the one beauty item you cannot live without?"


Now this isn't fair, there's like, at least three beauty products I can't live without. How am I supposed to choose between my concealer, eyeliner and mascara?! Need those bags covered...need those eyes defined...nope, I refuse to decide. (Sorry Kimmiee!)


"What's your perfect first date? Trip to the zoo or dinner?"


Okay, you're going to hate my poor excuse of an answer here, because I'd definitely choose both. Not that I'm trying to get my date to drop all the cash, but I think a nice day wandering around the zoo would be a great ice-breaker, less pressured and more fun, and dinner afterwards would provide that more intimate time to get to know each other a bit better. I suppose that could be split into two dates...maybe I'm just high maintenance...(my poor boyfriend). 


"What's the one thing that will annoy the life out of you?"


There's a whooooole lot of stuff that could go in this list! I'll admit it, I can get annoyed quite easily, but I guess one of my biggest pet peeves is rudeness. I cannot stand people who are impolite or bad-mannered, it really gets under my skin. It takes two seconds to say please/thank you or treat someone with basic respect and decency! Oh, and people who chew loudly...that really bugs me too...



So there we have it! I have to say, Kimmiee asked some great questions, and I'd like to thank her again for nominating me! Sorry if some of my answers were a bit boring, but I still refuse to choose between my top three must-have beauty products...

Now onto my nominees. I'm nominating 5 bloggers today, you can find them below along with links to their blogs:

Nominees


1. Sophie Anne Taylor

2. Lolita Bonita

3. Chloe Tommo

4. Vanessa Clayden

5. A FabABulous Life


And here are the questions for my nominees! Since the weather has been a bit warmer recently, I've given my questions a summery theme!

Questions


1. What's your favourite holiday destination?

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with only one book for company, which would it be?

3. What's your favourite summer activity?

4. What's the ultimate ice-cream flavour?

And finally...

5. How are you planning on spending your summer?



I've had a lot of fun writing this post, and I hope my nominees enjoy writing theirs! I've missed chatting to you all, and can't wait to read some of your great new content! So ciao for now, and let me know your favourite thing about summer in the comments!


GERMAN ROAD-TRIP

Thursday, 20 April 2017


I love Germany. It will always be one of those places I want to explore and travel to. Maybe it's because I have some German blood coursing through my veins, maybe it's because I've travelled there a fair amount already. Whatever it is, I simply cannot get enough of visiting this beautiful country. It was my dad's 50th in March, and Germany seemed like the perfect place for us to go and celebrate. My boyfriend and I didn't get to stay the whole week with everyone else, but we squeezed in a lot of adventuring in our four days there. In an attempt to inspire some of you to fall in love with this country too, here's a round up of our four-day German road-trip!

Kalterherberg


Kalterherberg was our first port of call on this trip. A little difficult to get to, Kalterherberg is a quiet little farming town right on the border of Germany and Belgium (literally, go down the wrong street and you cross the border). The easiest way to get to this sleepy town is by flying into one of Germany's main airports (think Düsseldorf or Cologne) and then hopping on the Autobahn. If driving is completely out of the question, it is possible to get here using public transport, but it's a bit more of a faff. You'll need to take the train pretty much as far as you can, and take a bus the rest of the way to Kalterherberg. There's a few bus stops in the town that tend to run on the hour, but that's about it.

Kalterherberg is perfect if you're looking for an active break away from...well pretty much everything! We did a loooot of hiking while we were here. Our main hike took us over 6km from Monschau to Kalterherberg...in the pitch black...after a long stay in one of the local bars...it was great fun, if not a tad on the spooky side. A word of warning for travelling here: you'll need to have a confident and competent grasp of the German language. I don't think we found a single person in Kalterherberg who spoke or understood a word of English. You can get by, but if you're looking to do more than hike through the vast woodlands and relax in your temporary home, you'll need to brush up on your German. 

One of my favourite spots we discovered here in Kalterherberg was a small bakery, Moss. A hit with the locals, this friendly and welcoming bakery has a lot on offer. From traditional German sweet treats, to hearty sandwiches and pies, you're sure to find something you love here. My personal favourite? Their Schoko Streuselbrötchen, a sweet bread scattered with chocolate chips. Teamed with a good coffee, this was the perfect way to recuperate after a busy day exploring in the cold German air. 



Monschau


Okay, this was one of the main reasons for staying in Kalterherberg, because it was so close to this absolutely stunning little village my family had fallen in love with. Words simply cannot do justice to the beauty of this town, so I'll let the pictures do the talking, but believe me when I say this is the perfect example of what Germany is all about. Monschau looks as though it had been taken straight out of a storybook, and a happy ending is guaranteed when visiting here. 

For the fitness fanatics, I'd recommend hiking up to the old watch tower ruins just behind the village (clearly signposted throughout). It's a fair hike, and takes you quite high through the rocky hills, so those not fond of heights may want to skip this one. But for those that brave it, the views from the top are a spectacular reward. There's not much to look at in terms of the ruins themselves, and you can't look around inside as the entrance has long since caved in, but it's a fantastic way to see the old village and a bit of its history. For those wanting a bit more of a relaxing visit, I'd definitely recommend the underground bar, Braukeller. It's the perfect cosy spot to relax after a long day of browsing the markets, with a close up view of the village's river.

Now if you do go to Monschau, there's somewhere you simply must pay a visit to: the year round Christmas shop. The Monschauer Weinachtshaus is three floors of Christmassy goodness! Perfect for closest Christmas elves like myself, and a must if you're travelling here. Monschau is known for its festive atmosphere, which is present year round, but it really goes all out in December with stalls brimming with knick-knacks and Glühwein, and snow blanketing everything, from the hills to the river. I'd love to visit in December, but I'd recommend going any time of year. It's fairly easy to get to, many busses and taxis run to and from the village, so accessibility shouldn't be a problem. The old roads and paths are cobbled though, so watch your step while out and about! The majority of people here speak English too, as it's fairly popular with tourists, so enjoying everything the village has to offer shouldn't be a problem. 



Cologne


The final stop on our trip was Cologne. We didn't get to spend much time here, but I got to check something off the bucket list by visiting the cathedral. I'd definitely recommend having a look around it if you're ever in Cologne. I've been told plenty of times how beautiful the cathedral is, and it certainly lived up to expectations. If you've got some time on your hands, you can pay for a guided tour of the interior as well. The cathedral is impossible to miss, come out of the train station and trust me, you'll see it.

For those wanting a slightly more...unique trip around the city, I'd hop on the little green and yellow train. Tours tend to run on the hour, and last for about the same amount of time. You'll get to see some of the highlights Cologne has to offer, guided by the locals who know the ins and outs of the city, and you'll be on a funky little train. What's not to love?

If you're looking for to grab some nice food while in the city, in a restaurant that's basically a blogger's dream, head on over to Café Reichard. With a view of the cathedral, this one's a little on the pricey side, but the food, staff and atmosphere are well worth the extra Euros.




So have I inspired you to take a trip to Germany? I certainly hope so. While I've included one of the country's most well-known cities, I hope I've peaked your interest in exploring some of the lesser-known gems Germany has to offer.

Have you found any gems off the beaten track on your travels? Let me know in the comments!



MARCH FAVOURITES

Thursday, 13 April 2017


I'm finally back! It's been a month since I last posted on here (although it feels like a lot longer). I've had so many assessment deadlines and hospital appointments for my hand injury that I just haven't had the time to write anything. Side note: my injury has finally been diagnosed! I've damaged my ulna nerve, which is hella painful, and I have to go for more tests on it... I may end up needing an op, which will put my blog posts on the back-burner a bit again, but we'll see what happens. 
Anyway, I know it's a bit late, but I've rounded up some of the things I've been loving the past month, and (without further waffling) here they are!


Herbal Essences Daily Detox Shampoo/Conditioner - Golden Raspberry & Mint 




Okay so my hair is so fussy when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I have to alternate what I use so that my hair can't get used to anything, so I was a bit sceptical about using this at first. I decided to give it a go as I go to uni in London (so have the pleasure of commuting through a lot of busy, polluted areas), and thought the idea of a 'detox' for my hair sounded like a great idea. First things first, this set smells amazing. Fruity and fresh, the perfect combo. Not only does my hair smell great after using these, but it feels clean. I know that sounds obvious, I'm using shampoo and conditioner, my hair should feel clean, right? But I mean it really feels clean after I've used this little pair. I like to use it once a week to give my hair that deep-clean kind of treatment, and would totally recommend it.

Herbal Essences Daily Detox Shampoo, Golden Raspberry & Mint - £3.99 here

Herbal Essences Daily Detox Conditioner, Golden Raspberry & Mint - £3.99 here


The Art of Mindfulness: Restful and Balanced Colouring




I initially bought this book for a recent trip I went on. I'm absolutely terrified of flying. Like seriously, the flight attendants were worried about me. I was (and always am on flights) a hyperventilating, hysterical mess. So I thought this book might have some chance of calming me down slightly on the plane. I didn't really get to test that plan, as I was too busy ripping my boyfriend's arm to shreds...(sorry babe). I did, however, use it when I got off the plane to help me unwind and focus my mind again, which really helped. Although I can't use it too much at the moment because of the injury to my hand, it's definitely a great little thing to use to help me de-stress and take some well needed time-out. There are quite a few books in 'The Art of Mindfulness' series, so I'm sure there's one to suit everyone, but this is definitely a great one to start with.

The Art of Mindfulness: Restful and Balanced Colouring - £5.59 here


Collection Lock n' Hold Lip Gloss - Urban Punk




There's nothing like a good budget beauty buy. I'm a big lover of a nude lip, and for less than a fiver you can't really go wrong with this one. I love the bronze-y tint to this lip gloss, which teams the classic nude lip with a bit of glam. This one definitely does what it says on the label, as it's by far one of the longer lasting lip glosses I own. Does it really last six hours? I'm not sure. I can't say I've ever managed to time the whole six hours, but it really does last a good long while, and is perfect for a night out when I don't want to be constantly reapplying my make-up. I can't really find anything to complain about with this one, and for the price it is, it's definitely a good investment. Bonus? It smells like gummy bears (*drools*).

Collection Lock n' Hold Lip Gloss, Urban Punk - £2.99 here

Nivea 3-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Wipes




So I'm not a huge fan of using cleansing wipes to remove my make-up. I much prefer using my trusty bottle of micellar water and some good ol' cotton pads. But on my recent trip away, I didn't really want to risk my micellar water spilling all over the contents of my suitcase (I've seen the way they load those planes). When I saw these micellar wipes, I thought it was a good compromise. I was a tad nervous about trying them, I've got really sensitive skin around my eyes, which doesn't take too kindly to new products being rubbed all over it. Despite my initial concerns, I was pleasantly surprised with these cleansing wipes. First of all, they didn't irritate my sensitive skin, so that's an immediate win in my books. They took my make-up off well, and didn't result in any annoying outbreaks, which I've found with wipes before. You can really tell these are micellar wipes, as they left my face a little wet, but I personally liked this as it really made my face feel clean. I also found them quite moisturising, they didn't have that drying effect that I think a lot of cleansing wipes can have. Oh, and they smell gorgeous.  

Nivea 3-in-1 Cleansing Micellar Wipes - now £1.45 here




So that's what I've been loving the past month! Not a huge amount on this list, but I was a busy bee in March so didn't have a lot of time to try new products. Hope you guys enjoyed the read, and let me know what you've been loving recently!

IT'S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY

Monday, 13 March 2017

We all have those days where it feels like everything that can go wrong does go wrong, where it feels like everyone else is happy and 'normal' and you're completely out of place, like you're all alone in how you're feeling. You'll have people tell you that you have nothing to feel sad about, that you have it easy compared to some others, and that may be true, but it doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't feel the way you're feeling. It's okay not to be okay.

Life can be hard. It can be overwhelming, and stressful, and miserable and just downright crappy, and sometimes that can all get too much and leave you feeling down and unhappy. Sometimes it might be that nothing obvious is going wrong, you just feel that way because...well just because. And that's okay too. Sometimes we feel like we have to justify our feelings to others, but the truth is it doesn't matter. You don't have to justify how you're feeling, you don't have to explain yourself if you don't want to. But it's okay to talk to someone about how you're feeling. It's okay to say 'no, not really' when someone asks if you're okay. It's okay to ask for help. It's okay not to be okay.

In today's society, it can seem 'bad' or 'wrong' to show signs of weakness, to struggle, to ask for help...but that's human. We all have things we can't do, we all feel things (especially negative things) deeply, we all need someone else's support now and then. That's okay. It doesn't make you weak, it doesn't make you bad. It doesn't make you any less of a person. It makes you completely and utterly human. We're not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, and sometimes we just...can't. But it's okay not to cope, it's okay to cry, it's okay to need someone, it's okay to feel. It's okay not to be okay.

Acknowledge your negative feelings. Know that they're there, and know that it's okay to have them. Don't be afraid to admit that you're struggling, don't be afraid to admit that you're having a bad day, or week, or month. Don't apologise for how you're feeling, and don't feel like no one else can relate. We all feel like this, some of us feel it more often than others, some of us feel it more deeply, but we all feel it. We've all been there. Our experiences might not all be the same, but we've all known that feeling. Know that you're not alone. You're not the only person experiencing these feelings. I've had them, chances are someone reading this is having them now. And it's okay to feel them. It's okay to have a bad day. It's okay not to be okay.

Things won't be bad forever. It's okay to want to take your mind off things, it's okay not to want to do anything. But no matter how dark things may seem, there will always be someone there to help guide you to the light at the end of the tunnel, and that light will always be there. So know that the way you're feeling is okay. Know that you're not alone. Know that you're allowed to feel the way you're feeling. And know: it's okay not to be okay.

You never know what someone is going through, or how they may be feeling. So let's all show each other a little more love and compassion. Let everyone know that someone is always there. Let everyone know you get those feelings too. And let everyone know, it's okay not to be okay.



"It's OK if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, 
you rise as the whole damn fire."
- Colette Werden

FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

Thursday, 2 March 2017

I can't believe how quickly February came and went! It's the 2nd of March already, and I'm nearly at the end of the second year of my degree...time really does fly. February was a bit of a mixed bag for me, but overall it was pretty good and full of lots of nice things. So I've rounded up my favourites from the past month to share with you guys. Hope you enjoy!


Burgundy Floral Embroidered Leather-Look Skirt



Now I'm not normally one for skirts...or embroidery...or floral...but there was just something about this skirt that I couldn't ignore. The colour for a start is absolutely gorgeous, burgundy is one of my favourite colours when it comes to clothing, so that's probably what caught my eye to begin with. As for the embroidered flowers, I was quite surprised to find that I actually liked them. They added something to the skirt without being too much or in-your-face, they were delicate and symmetrical, and just seemed to work. Now one of the reasons I never normally wear skirts (unless their maxi, or maybe even a midi) is that my legs are so long that most skirts tend to come up a *tad* on the short side, to say the least. So I was quite surprised to find that this skirt actually worked for me, and was a decent length that let me show off my legs but keep myself covered enough that I felt confident to leave the house. Oh and the best part about this skirt? It has pockets~

Burgundy Floral Embroidered Leather-Look Skirt - now £14.00 here
This skirt is in the sale, so isn't available in all sizes, 
but it also comes in black - £24.99 here

You Were Born To Sparkle Makeup Bag



Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how pretty this is please?! I got this from a friend as a gift and couldn't stop staring at it every time I went past it. It's got such a chic design and looks oh-so-lovely sitting on my dressing table. I love the clean colour and the sparkly writing...I'm a sucker for sparkles...but the thing I love the most about this makeup bag is that it's huge! I've got an ever-growing collection of makeup and never enough storage for it (anyone else relate?) so having a makeup bag this big really comes in handy. I usually end up running out of room in my makeup bags and then having to either throw some makeup away (gasp) or go shopping for a bigger and better storage solution, but with the size of this one I think I'll be set for a while. Excuse for a makeup related shopping spree? The only downside is that it's a creamy-white colour and I'm terrified of having a dark-makeup-related disaster which will ruin it forever...

Unfortunately, this makeup bag doesn't seem to be on sale anymore, 
but it's still worth checking out Next's range of makeup bags. 
Your're bound to find a cute one here


Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara - Waterproof, Black



I've been a Bourjois fan ever since I bought one of their Little Round Pot eyeshadows, which was a sparkly nude dream. I saw this mascara advertised and ran out to grab one as the mascara I was using at the time wasn't giving me the lift I was after, but I didn't have to worry about that with this one. It lengthens and separates lashes, leaving them looking gorgeous and not overdone. One dip of the wand into the formula is enough to give both my eyes a quick lift in the mornings, perfect for when I'm running a little late. I'm often a little sceptical when it comes to waterproof mascara, as I'm always wondering 'how waterproof can a bit of makeup be?', but this one really delivered (trust me, I had a torrential downpour on the way home test that for me... no panda eyes here!). While this is great for watching moving films or discovering your partner has eaten the last chocolate bar, it can be a little bit of a problem when you actually want the mascara to come off...but I find a generous dose of micellar water copes quite well. The tube has a 3x magnification mirror on the side, which is great if you're applying your makeup on the go (or you know, don't want to get out of bed on cold mornings). The only downside is the triangular prism shape of the wand handle, which makes it a bit difficult to hold while applying.

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara,Waterproof, Black - £9.99 here

Baylis and Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Fragrance Set



I got this beautiful gift set as a Valentine's present from my boyfriend, and I'm absolutely in love with it. First of all, the box is absolutely gorgeous, a giant pink heart with rose gold prosecco bubbles on top and a silky pink bow to tie it all together. The set contains a 300ml shower creme, 300ml body lotion, 130ml body wash, 100ml body butter and some bath soak crystals. The products themselves smell lovely, a romantic floral scent that adds a sense of luxury and pampering to your bath or shower. The shower cream lathers up well and leaves your skin feeling soft and delicate, while the body lotion and body butter help to lock in that much needed moisture for your skin, leaving a sublte floral scent that lasts for hours.The boyfriend definitely did well on this one, and I'd recommend the set to anyone looking to spoil and pamper themselves before the limited edition set disappears from the shelves. It's a gorgeous set that contains prosecco, what could be better? (Apart from an actual glass of prosecco to have while you bathe,,,)

Baylis and Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Fragrance Set - £25.00 here


Soap and Glory The Scrub of Your Life



I don't know how I managed without this little beauty from Soap and Glory. I've always had dry skin, and body scrubs tend to leave my skin even worse when I hop out the shower, but this one is a total game changer. Not only does it buff up my skin while I'm using it, but it leaves my skin feeling moisturised and smooth for the rest of the day, unlike scrubs I've used in the past where I'd have to cover myself in a whole tub of body butter afterwards. It lathers up quite well too, which I wasn't really expecting from a body scrub, so that was another pleasant surprise. The scrub smells amazing, slightly fruity with a woody undertone, and the scent is long-lasting to keep you smelling fresh and beautiful all morning. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who gets dry skin like me, and wants a scrub that not only works but smells great too. As it says on the packaging, all you need is scrub.

Soap and Glory The Scrub of Your Life - £7.00 here


So those are my picks from February! I hope you enjoyed the read, and let me know what captured your heart in February...

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