25 January 2015

Sunday Summary #4

Makeup Revolution Naked Chocolate Palette

Here we are again, another Sunday Summary! I can't believe we're already on number four and into the last week of January. It's absolutely flown by.

Recently I mentioned that I wanted to spend less time sat on my bum on the sofa and more time doing things after work/at weekends. So, on Thursday my nan, my mum and I all headed to a Crochet class at a craft shop in town. It probably sounds like something an 86 year old should be doing and not a 26 year old but I actually really enjoyed it. I thought I wouldn't be able to do it at all and I'd get annoyed with it and wouldn't want to go back the following week, but surprisingly I was able to do it and am definitely going back next time. We only learnt the very basics and I've brought it home with me to practice inbetween classes, but eventually I want to make a hat, a blanket for my bed and even a toy for the cat, which I'm sure he'll rip to pieces straight away. To be honest, it's quite an easy thing to do and it's quite theraputic as well.

Tomorrow (fingers crossed I can book it) I am hoping to go to a spin class after work, which I'm very nervous about. I'm not sure if I can book on the day and if I can't then I may have to leave it until mid week or even next week, but hopefully my sister will be coming with me so it should be fun. Although, I am the most unfit person there is so I should probably start with something a bit less intense to get my body used to it but I just thought those sort of pilates/yoga classes I would find a bit boring so thought I'd throw myself in at the deep end. I don't expect my legs will thank me the next day but I'll keep you updated!

As if that wasn't enough I've also taken up scrapbooking, which I'm not sure if I've mentioned yet or not. I was going to do the Project Life scrapbook, which has shot to fame after Youtuber Lily Pebbles made a video about it, but it turns out to be really expensive. The folder you use is £20 and all the add ons really make the pounds stack up so I've gone for something a little more budget friendly, as recommended by Aly. It's called the 'La De Dah' journal and is very similar to Project Life but the folder was £10 and all the add ones are either one or two pounds, which is much better. I'm hoping to write a proper post about it, once I've got all the bits photographed. I think it will be nice to look back on it at the end of the year!

This week I hit 1,600 Bloglovin' followers, which I am absolutely over the moon about! I can't believe that many people might be interested in what I have to say. Thank you to everyone who has followed and who comments regularly! I have a little resolution/goal for the blog this year and that's to reach 2,000 Bloglovin followers - I would be so, so happy with that! So, before you go, if you're not already, then make sure you're following on Bloglovin here.

Also, why not catch up on this week's post:
  • New Year Neutrals
  • Beat the January Blues
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    21 January 2015

    New Year Neutrals

    New Year Neutrals
    New Year Neutrals
    New Year Neutrals
    New Year Neutrals
    New Year Neutrals
    When it comes to make-up and nails I wouldn't say I'm particularly adventurous, but at the same time I don't think there's anything wrong with sticking to nudes and neutrals. You can get some really gorgeous shades of brown/beige/pinks and create some lovely looks.

    Eyeshadow is probably where I use nudes/neutrals the most. My make-up bag is jam packed with neutral palettes and I just can't get enough. Makeup Revolution is fab for neutral palettes, in particular the new Naked Chocolate Palette*, the Euphoria Eyeshadows & Contour palette* and the Redemption Iconic Dreams palette*. All glorious compact pieces of loveliness. Keep an eye out for dedicated posts coming soon.

    I was also recently sent the Clarins The Essentials palette*, which is gorgeous. It's packed full of nudes/browns/beige but there's also the odd shimmery/copper shade as well, which has to be my favourite thing about it. If you are working with a nude shade then a bit of glitter/shimmer can really brighten up your look and add a bit more glamour to it.

    Nails are another place I love neutral tones. I recently picked up the L'Oreal Colour Riche polish in Beige Boheme. Under the bright lights of Boots it looked pretty nudey but it's quite a dark neutral shade, however, worn with the Barry M Matte polish in Vanilla, it looks brilliant. This is probably my new favourite colour combination for nails at this time of the year. Very cool and chic.

    Are you loving neutral shades at the moment?

    *This post contains PR samples and affiliate links

    19 January 2015

    Beat the January blues

    January blues

    January blues
    January blues

    Today is apparently 'Blue Monday', the most depressing day of the year. I guess the reasoning behind it is because the festive celebrations are long gone, everyone is back at work, it's dead cold and pay day isn't for almost two weeks yet…I've certainly felt a bit down in the dumps over the past week and I'm not really sure why, so I've come up with a few ways to make yourself feel a bit better!

    Re-jig your skincare routine
    At this time of year the weather can be pretty harsh on your skin so it's a good time to look into having a little mix-up of your skincare routine. My skin tends to get used to products if I use them on a daily basis and I'm currently using the No7 cleanser and toner, but am finding it doesn't have much of an effect anymore. It's definitely time for something new. Just as you need a bit of a boost, so does your skin.

    Paint your nails
    This is one that always cheers me up. I have so many colours to choose from and having colourful nails makes me v.happy! You can go mad and paint them lots of different colours, try some nail art or go for one of your much loved shades, anything to boost your mood just a little.

    Change your hairstyle
    At this time of year I always feel like cutting my hair. It's the whole 'New Year New You' thing I think. My hair is pretty long at the moment and feeling a bit drab and scruffy. I'm thinking about a long bob…but I know when I cut it I'll want long hair again, it's always the way, however I think I'm going to go for it once I get paid again, just to change things up a bit.

    Take up a new hobby
    I've been thinking about this alot this week. I'm a little bit bored of coming home every day after work and sitting on my butt on the laptop, I need to DO something. I've been looking into various classes and I've thought about going swimming a few nights a week but I think I'm too chicken to go by myself. I really just need to bite the bullet and book some things up, even if I don't end up liking them, at least I've tried. I would recommend this to anyone else feeling in a similar way…you don't have to do anything that takes you outside though, why not take up a new craft hobby that you can do in the comfort of your own home? I recently bought the La De Dah Journal so I can take up scrapbooking, I can't wait!

    While I'm no expert or saying you should follow these tips religiously, they are just a few small ideas to change things a little bit. You could also go shopping and find yourself some new clobber that you wouldn't necessarily go for usually or you could take up exercise/cooking. Anything really!

    How are you beating the January blues? Let me know in the comments.
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