2013: Year in Review!

Tuesday 31 December 2013

This year has certainly been an interesting one for me, both blog wise, and just life in general, so I thought seeing as it's the New Year, that I should share some key points from the year!

29th Jan 2013: I started this blog. My first post was a simple 'Hello' as I was busy preparing for my birthday at the time!

2nd Feb 2013: I turned 21, and had a spectacular birthday at home, which I wrote about here. I also wrote a list of 22 things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 22. I still have a month left to go on that!

16th Feb 2013: I attended a Murder Mystery and I wrote my first, and currrently only, outfit post. Let me know if you want to see more posts like this!

March 2013: I took part in a 31 Day Blog Challenge, which you can read here.

16th March 2013: I did my first makeup look on the blog, something that I intend to start doing again very soon! Hopefully on my Youtube Channel.

31st March 2013: I did my first 'Week in Pictures' post. Something that I may have been slacking on recently! (whoops)

24th April 2013: I reacted to JLS' announcement that they were going to split up.

May 2013: I returned to Berkshire, and Uni came to an end. I started sharing a room with my sister again...

July 2013: I attended my Graduation! My family were so proud of me.

31st July 2013: I admitted that I was suffering with depression, and that I needed help. I wrote all about it here.

24th August 2013: I wrote about attending Summer in the City 2013. It was a magical weekend, and I got to meet LOADS of my favourite Youtubers, and it inspired me to finally get my bum in gear and make Youtube videos!

29th August 2013: I wrote about my new hobby, Treasure Trails!

27th September 2013:  I did a product review for the wonderful Prairie Charms, and I'll be doing another very shortly ;)

11th October 2013: I was involved in a car accident and completely totaled my car... it was terrifying and really made me think about what is really important in life!

13th October 2013: Me and Tim officially started our relationship!

17th October 2013: I posted my first proper Youtube video on my channel, with many more to come in the future!

21st October 2013: I introduced you all to my brand new car, Cherry! She certainly is a beauty, and is serving me well so far!

31st October 2013: I attended a Blogger Halloween Party and I won the costume contest, with my interpretation of a weeping angel! I even made a video about it which you can watch here.

8th November 2013: Tim and I went to Bristol for our first proper weekend away together and it was magical! It really brought us together! Read all about it here.

December 2013: I gave Vlogmas a go! It didn't last long, but at least I made a few decent videos!

19th December 2013: I completed The Christmas Tag!

21st December 2013: I did my first proper swatches for an eyeshadow palette, which I also gaveaway for Vlogmas!

31st December 2013: I shared with you all what I got for Christmas!

So there you have it, there is what I have been up to this year, I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog this year, I hope next year is just as exciting!

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What I Got for Christmas!

Tuesday 31 December 2013

Since everyone else has been posting these all over the internet, I thought it was about time that I jumped on the bandwagon. So here is what I got this year for Christmas!

The first gift I got was from the lovely Kerrie from Pish, Posh and Polish. She got me this wonderful Benefit palette! I have used it once already and I can already see it becoming part of my daily makeup routine, so thanks Kerrie!

My sister got me this super cute stuffed Pascal, with a little santa hat, and bowtie! How cute is he? Tangled is one of my favourite new disney films, and Pascal is super sweet and funny!

She also got me some more Yankee Wax Tarts! I have so many of these that I have to start using. My main problem is I only have one burner. When I move out I plan to buy some more and have a different fragrance in every room! I also got two nail polishes from her, but I couldn't find them to photograph!

Mum got me this birthstone bracelet from Avon, and i've worn it pretty much every day since Christmas, it goes with everything!

My boyfriend got me this Doctor Who themed pendant, which has some circular Galifreyan inspired pattern, and it's in my favourite colour, what's not to like?

Of course I had to get some perfume for Christmas, and this year it seems that my family went down the Celebrity perfume route! Justin Beiber's Someday is one of my favourite perfumes. Don't get me wrong though, I don't like Justin Beiber, it's just that he happened to put his name to a really lovely perfume! My nan got me this bottle, and I was so glad as I actually ran out of it a few weeks ago. My mum also got me a perfume, she opted for the JLS perfume 'Kiss'. This one is very different to what I would normally wear, it's quite a musky scent, but I really enjoy wearing it, and we all know how much I love JLS!

My boyfriend actually took note of my Christmas Wishlist post and bought me this nerdy card game that I asked for! We have only played it once so far, but it's actually pretty fun!

My nan got me this owl throw and a pair of lovely thick owl socks! I actually got 70% less owl gifts than I got last year, but a few still managed to creep in!

My mum got me this lovely bright burnt orange fox t-shirt, with some black glitter on it! I love foxes, I think they are so cute, and I can't wait to wear this!

My nan got me this owl jumper dress thingy from Primark with a hood. It's really fluffy and has a nice big pocket on the front of it. I'm not really sure how to describe what it is, but it looks really cozy and I'm going to be cuddling up in it tonight watching the TV with my boyfriend!

My nan got me this super awesome earmuffs, that are actually headphones! They have this super cute owl design on the sides, and the sound quality is really good! I'm going to be using these all the time, she also got my sister a similar pair with a penguin design, they are seriously awesome!

I saved the best gift until last, and that is this beautiful silver jewellery box that my boyfriend got me! It's even engraved with my name. It's something that I really didn't expect from him and I really love it! This is going to be housing all my favourite pieces of jewellery, including my Doctor Who necklace.

I also used up my Christmas money on Boxing day and got myself something that I have been yearning for since I first clapped eyes on it. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!

I've already downloaded a billions apps, and it's become my go to device for browsing! Especially seeing as my laptop is painfully slow at the moment, although I have my boyfriend working on that!

As well as everything pictured above I got lots of little nick nacks and lots and lots of chocolate, despite telling everyone that I didn't want any...

Let me know in the comments what you got for Christmas, I'd love to hear all about it!
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Studio London Eye Create Palette

Saturday 21 December 2013

Hello everyone! It feels like forever since I wrote a make-up post, but here we are! Today I am bringing you this beautiful little palette from Studio London! I actually picked this up on offer in Superdrug recently, I bought quite a few actually, and even picked up one to Giveaway to you lovely lot, but I'll get to that in a minute!

So let's start with how beautiful this looks inside:

The palette comes with 12 eyeshadows, 4 shimmer pots, an applicator and a mascara, so you certainly get your money's worth! Along the left-hand side, there are also some suggestions for looks that you may wish to create!

These eye shadows are so beautiful, and there is such an interesting range of colours, I've already got so many ideas of looks I can create. I thought I'd show you how these look on my skin, but these photos do not do these colours justice!

I have to say that Turquoise Skies is by far my favourite colour in this palette so far, and I already have a million ideas on how to use that one colour alone!

As well as the twelve beautiful eyeshadows there are four equally beautiful shimmer pots, the colour pay off on these is pretty good, although I found out the hard way that you need to be super careful when you open them, as mine went everywhere...

For me the winner of these four has to be Crushed Jade. It's so shimmery and beautiful, I can see myself wearing this all the time!

So there you have it guys, a quick look at this lovely little palette. As I mentioned above, I have one of these to giveaway, and there are three days left in my giveaway! If you want to enter yourself in the giveaway all you want to do is watch this Youtube video, and comment on the video answering this question: 'What is your favourite part of Christmas?'. I'll be picking a winner on Christmas Eve and it will be announced on the same day! So don't forget to get involved guys!

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The Christmas Tag

Thursday 19 December 2013

Seeing as I have seen this literally EVERYWHERE over the past few weeks, I thought it was about time that I tackled it myself. I was going to do a video about it, but my hair is a mess today, so you will have to deal with my ramblings in blog form!

What is your favourite Christmas Film?
My favourite Christmas film is actually about the New year, I talked about it in this Youtube video I made. It's called 'Rudolph's Shiny new Year' and it's a stop motion animation film all about Rudolph the red nosed reindeer helping Father Time to save the New Year. It sounds really weird but trust me, it's ace!

Do you stay in your PJ's or dress up for Christmas?
Normally we all come downstairs as soon as we are awake, and have a family breakfast, for this we are normally all in our PJ's. But after breakfast I like to go upstairs and dress up. Not always in a really dressy way, but I normally wear something that I have bought especially. This year me and my boyfriend are both going to be wearing silly Christmas jumpers! Don't worry I'll make sure to take LOTS of photos...

Do you and your family open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
We have actually never opened our gifts on Christmas Eve, only ever on Christmas day. I think it would be nice to exchange one little gift on Christmas Eve though, so maybe I'll do that with my boyfriend in the future.

Favourite Holiday Song?
Christmas Time by The Darkness! I don't know what it is about that song, but I just have to belt it out whenever I hear it.

Favourite Christmas meal or treat?
I'm just a massive fan of the Christmas dinner to be honest. My favourite parts are the pigs in blankets, the roast potato's, and the honey roasted parsnips!

What happens on a typical Christmas Eve night in your house?
Normally we all watch a film together on Christmas Eve, sometimes this is Christmas themed, sometimes not. It depends on the mood. This year however I am planning to make and decorate a gingerbread house with my boyfriend!

Does it snow where you live?
It does, however never at Christmas. It actually always decides to snow on my Birthday (2nd Feb), and it never ceases to spoil whatever birthday plans I have managed to make!

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. We've always had fake trees at home, I'm not really sure why. However I have been hearing a lot from customers at work, that they have gone and picked and cut down their own tree, which I think would be awesome! So as soon as me and the boyfriend have our own place, we'll be doing that!

So there you have it guys, that's the Christmas tag done and dusted. Let me know in the comments if you tackle the Christmas tag, I would love to have a read of them!

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Vlogmas Day 18: Memory Jar!

Thursday 19 December 2013

I know I haven't exactly kept up to date with my Vlogmas videos, but I have been a very busy girl this month. I am just thankful that Vlogmas has kick-started my Youtube Videos, even if I have only posted 5... it's better than none though, right?

Anyway yesterday's video was all about an idea I found online when I was looking for gifts for my boyfriend, and I thought we'd give it a go. So without further ado, here is Vlogmas day 18, featuring my boyfriend, Tim!

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Vlogmas day 6: Weird Christmas Traditions!

Saturday 7 December 2013

Hello everyone! Today's vlogmas is all about some strange Christmas traditions that I read about in this article.

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Vlogmas Day 5: Giveaway!

Thursday 5 December 2013

So to celebrate the fact that I am making Youtube videos, I thought I would bring you guys a Giveaway! So check out the video to see how you can enter!

p.s only comments on the actual video will be entered into the giveaway!
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Vlogmas Day 4: My Christmas Wishlist

Thursday 5 December 2013

Today is all about my Christmas wishlist! I have already spoken about this on the blog, and you can read that post here. Or if you prefer to watch me talk about it, then feel free to watch the video below!

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Vlogmas Day 3: Christmas Nail Tutorial

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Today I have done something a little bit out of my comfort zone... I have filmed a Nail tutorial in aid of Vlogmas! I actually really enjoyed filming this and would definitely consider doing it again if enough people liked it... Anyway, ENJOY!

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Vlogmas Day 2: My Favourite Christmas Films

Tuesday 3 December 2013

I know I'm a day late but I promise I'm going to catch up! So today's video is all about my favourite Christmas films! Go check it out and don't forget to comment on the video!

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Vlogmas Day 1!!!

Monday 2 December 2013

Yes that's right I am taking part in Vlogmas! I will be vlogging every day in the lead up to Christmas. I'm trying to make a variety of videos including tutorials, and DIY's, so I'm hoping you will enjoy them. I'm also launching a Vlogmas giveaway this week so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Today's video is all about why I am excited for Christmas. Also I open my Bloggers #secretsanta2013 present from the lovely Lauren over at Belle Du Brighton, so don't forget to check out her blog!

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