BLOGMAS – DAY 2 – December Bucket List

Hey guys,

Happy Saturday and welcome to day 2 of my Blogmas posts!

Today I’m doing a Bucket List of all the things I want to accomplish this month!

Bucket lists are a great way to get things done and to motivate you to do them! There’s something so satisfying of crossing it off and thinking yes I have actually done that. It helps you to feel productive which for me is very satisfying.

So without further ado let’s get to it!

My December Bucket List

  • Decorate my room all Christmassy (put all autumn decor away)
  • Write out my Christmas cards and send them out
  • Start buying Christmas presents, wrapping them and sorting them into gift bags
  • Practice different Christmassy makeup looks
  • Practice different makeup looks for New Years
  • Read at least one Christmas book
  • Watch all the classic Christmas movies
  • Make a Spotify playlist out of Christmas songs
  • Visit Christmas markets
  • Set goals for 2018
  • Eat healthy!! Don’t use the excuse of it being Christmas to binge junk food
  • Go to the theatre 🎭

That’s all I have as of yet! The list may grow but for now these are the main things I would like to accomplish over this month!

Thank you so much for reading today’s post and I’ll be back again tomorrow with day 3 of blogmas – gift guide for him.

What’s on your bucket list for this month? Comment below

Love, Jess x

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BLOGMAS- DAY 1- Welcome to Blogmas!

Welcome to Blogmas

Hi guys,

it’s my first time doing blogmas and blogging during Christmas time at all, so bare with me!

I struggled for ages trying to come up with ideas but luckily I found these amazing bloggers posts on blogmas ideas! Melissa, Mermaid Moon Child and Ashleigh check out their posts incase you’re in need for some Blogmas inspo like I was!

Today’ post is just going to give you a list/guide of what I will be posting.

1. Welcome to Blogmas

2. December bucket list

3. Gift guide for him

4. Gift guide for her

5. Share your Christmas tree – any meaningful decorations?

6. Your Christmas traditions

7. Your Christmas wishlist

8. Christmas makeup looks

9. Favourite festive films

10. Favourite festive songs – Spotify playlist

11. What Christmas means to you? – what do you love the most?

12. Review a festive book

13. Winter self care tips

14. Fave Lush Christmas range

15. Last minute gift ideas

16. Secret Santa gift ideas

17. Reflect on the past year – favourite parts of 2017

18. Pinterest Christmas treats

19. Things to do in London at Christmas time (day and night)

20. The Christmas tag

21. December favourites

22. Goals for 2018

23. Favourite bloggers from 2017

24. My Christmas decor

25. Your Christmas Day.

I hope these appeal to you and if you want to use some of these Blogmas ideas, you’re more than welcome to!

Thank you for reading today’s post and I’ll see you all tomorrow for my December bucket list!

Love, Jess x

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Want to see what I get up to this festive season?

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VOGUE 73 QUESTIONS TAG

Hey guys,

I was tagged by Angela from dreamsandlashes.com to do the Vogue’s 73 Questions tag! I’m so excited to answer these questions and hopefully you will get to know me more in the process! It is quite a long post, so if you can’t make your way through all of it I completely understand!

Let’s get started!

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

It was mine and Grahams’ 6 month anniversary and he brought me on a day out around London for the day which was really good.

  • What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this year?

Starting this new job, I was very very lucky to get my job and I am so glad that I did! (I work as a TA in a nursery in a school)

  • What’s the best thing to happen to you ever?

Is it too cringey to say meeting Graham? Because that is probably the best thing that’s happened.

  • What’s your favourite season?

My favourite season is winter purely for the atmosphere, warm jumpers, hot drinks, cosy nights in and Christmas. But summer is a close second!

  • What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmas definitely! Love the atmosphere, the food and the movies!

  • Would you ever live in a big city?

I already do, I live in London. However I want to move out of London when I’m a bit older.

  • What’s your favourite ice cream?

Chocolate flavoured 100%! My ultimate favourite is Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked, however I can’t find it in any shops anymore which is heartbreaking.

  • What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate brownie!!

  • Cake or pie?

Cake definitely! I’m not a huge fan of pie, unless it’s apple pie.

  • What’s your least favourite food?

Fish! I can’t stand the smell, texture or taste of fish. (Except tuna)

  • What’s your favourite condiment?

I would have to say mixed herbs or garlic. (I totally did not have to google what condiment means…)

  • It’s brunch, what do you eat?

I’m boring so I would probably get a baguette or toastie.

  • What is your favourite colour?

Red

  • What colour dress did you wear to your prom?

Black and white.

  • Blow dry or air dry?

If I’m doing my hair before I go out I would blow dry, but normally I let my hair dry naturally.

  • Do you think you’re strong?

Physically, no. Mentally, yes.

  • Who is a person you’d love to have coffee with?

My old bestfriend in primary school, would be nice to see what she is up to.

  • When was the last time you cried?

Maybe just over 3 weeks ago, when I was thinking about moving out and realised I’d have to leave my cat behind. (at my parents)

  • Who’s the last person you texted?

Graham

  • Twitter or Instagram?

I’d have to say Twitter as I feel like you can connect with more people on there, but I love instagram too!

  • Who should everyone follow right now?

You should all follow respirare.weebly.com as her blog is amazing and deserves all the recognition it can get!

  • Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

When I was 14 I was on holiday with my parents, left my bag on the table and someone returned it to me but the 100 Euros I had was gone.

  • Favourite country you’ve visited?

Menorca, as I’ve been there twice but when I was younger and I loved it!

  • Country you wish to visit?

Oh there are so many! My top one at the moment is Thailand

  • First pet?

My current pet, My cat Ellie

  • Favourite disney animal?

There’s so many to choose from! Will have to say Pascale from the movie Tangled.

  • What are you doing tomorrow?

Working, exciting!

  • What are you most excited about in life right now?

I’m excited mostly for Christmas, as me and Graham have planned quite a few things to do.

  • A book you read because everyone else was reading it?

A fault in our stars, definitely didn’t disappoint.

  • What are you completely bored of right now?

This cold!! It feels like I have been ill for ever and I’m sick of it. (PardonΒ  the pun)

  • What’s your favourite beverage?

Coffee!

  • What’s your favourite cocktail?

Sex on the beach and pornstar martini

  • What would you order at a McDonald’s drive through?

A cheeseburger, mozzarella dippers, blueberry muffin and a toffee latte

  • What’s one thing you still have from your childhood?

My cuddly toy called Flopsy.

  • What’s your favourite current TV show?

Torn between Riverdale and Once Upon a Time

  • What’s a movie that’s made you cry?

Most recent one was dogs purpose.

  • What do you miss the most?

Not having to stress about money

  • What’s something you can’t do?

I can’t sing to save my life.

  • What are your nicknames?

Jess or Jessie, only certain people call me Jessie though

  • What makes you laugh a lot?

My friends, my dad or my cat being dopey.

  • Heels or flats?

Flats definitely! I can’t walk in heels at all!

  • What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know, I haven’t really done anything adventurous yet

  • What’s the one thing you wanted to do but been scared of?

Funnily enough it was blogging, I’ve wanted to blog for ages but only just recently plucked up the courage to

  • What’s the thing you’re most proud of?

Doing well at college and being qualified to do what I want to do.

  • What did you want to do with your life at age 5?

I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger but as I got older I realised what the job actually entailed and I realised I wouldn’t be good for the job.

  • Dogs or Cats?

I love both but definitely dogs!

  • What’s the most important thing someone can learn?

How to be a good and honest person. We need more of those in the world!

  • Bath or shower?

Shower, it’s quicker. However, if I need to relax/destress a bath is best.

  • Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Mountain hideaway definitely! I’d be too scared of flooding/tsunami if I lived by a beach, plus I hate the feel of sand.

  • If you could spend 3 months somewhere, where would it be?

America, I would love to do a road trip around America and see some of the states!

  • Are you messy or neat?

Neat, got a bit of an OCD in certain aspects.

  • What is your favourite scented candle?

I love berry scented candles!

  • What is the first thing you do each morning?

I check my phone, social media and all that then I get up and start my day

  • What do you have for breakfast?

Weekdays I have weetabix or porridge and on weekends I have pancakes or crumpets.

  • What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I read a chapter of my book.

  • What’s one skill you wish you had?

I would love to be able to draw/paint/sketch

  • What’s your favourite pizza?

Tuna and sweetcorn or meat feast

  • Describe your ideal man in 3 words

Honest, funny and caring.

  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

My mum, I don’t really call people, I’m more of a texter.

  • At what age were you the happiest?

I can’t remember an exact age but it was before my teens

  • What’s the last thing you ate?

A packet of malteasers, healthy right?

  • Where do you go to when you need to be alone?

My room or for a walk

  • What’s the biggest thing on your mind right now?

Trying to decide how I want to study to be a teacher

  • What’s the best activity to do at home on a rainy day?

I love lying in bed, reading books and watching netflix.

  • What are you listening to right now?

A christmas playlist on spotify. (Woop Christmas is coming!)

  • On a scale of 1-10 how happy are you in life right now?

7

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Frogs legs

  • Starter or dessert?

Dessert definitely! I rarely ever getΒ  a starter

  • What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?

Geographically wise probably Cyprus earlier on this year.

MY NOMINEES

Caitlin

simply shaiz

PAE reviews

If you’ve made it this far thank you! If you couldn’t finish it still thank you for reading what you did! I know it was a long one.

What else do you want to know about me? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award Β a couple of weeks ago by the lovely Sonam. Please go and check out her blog! She posts inspirational posts, beauty and lifestyle posts. Thank you again for nominating me Sonam!

RULES OF THE AWARD

  • Shout out to the blogger who nominated you with a link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger nominating you
  • Nominate 11 more bloggers for the Sunshine Award, with links to their blogs
  • Don’t forget to notify your nominees!
  • Give 11 new questions for the nominees to answer

SONAM’S QUESTIONS FOR ME

  1. What has been your all-time favourite post to work on?

The Harry Potter Studio Tour post! Writing that post gave me a chance to relive the experience which I loved!

  1. What is the one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

To write about things that you like not what you see other people posting and to not be scared that people won’t read it because trust me they will! The blogging community is much more supportive than I ever imagined.

  1. How different is your life now from one year ago?

This time last year I was very unhappy at my (old) job and in my personal life. This year I have started a new job which I LOVE and have met an amazing person to make memories with. (Yes Graham, this is about you)

  1. Where is the place that you have always wanted to go?

Disney Land & World.

  1. How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

It’s been amazing! I’ve made friends with amazing bloggers from all around the world who are lovely!

  1. What is your all time favourite film? and why?

Harry Potter series….because I LOVE it and if you didn’t know that by now read my previous posts and you’ll soon be up to date.

  1. Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

You guys are going to get so bored of my answers, this one is again Harry Potter. Without reading the books I wouldn’t have the same love and awe as I do for the movies and the whole production.

  1. Have you made any new year’s resolutions?

To focus on me and do things that are beneficial and not just for the sake of it. I like to think I’ve accomplished both of those.

  1. What is the boldest choice you’ve ever made?

Probably starting this blog and sharing it with those I know in real life.

  1. What is your spirit animal?

A wolf

  1. Who inspires you in life?

My friends, my dad and other bloggers that I have met!

I NOMINATE..

YOUR QUESTIONS

  1. Where do you see yourself in one year?
  2. What is your favourite season and why?
  3. If you could go to another country tomorrow, where would you go?
  4. If you could spend a day as any celebrity, who would it be and why?
  5. What song do you relate to the most?
  6. How has blogging changed your life?
  7. What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
  8. What motivates you to blog?
  9. What is the ONE thing you don’t like about blogging?
  10. What are your goals for 2018?
  11. What is your favourite quote?

And that’s that! I love these awards as it is a great way to interact with other bloggers and make new blogger friends!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess x

Review: Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream

Hey guys,

I haven’t done a review in SO long I’ve really missed doing them but don’t worry I have plenty more reviews coming your way soon. All views are my own and are 100% honest.

Today I am reviewing Dr Botanicals Tropical Invigorating cream. Firstly, the packaging itself is a huge selling point, so aesthetically pleasing. So if you are one of those people who like to have all their products looking pretty on the shelves this cream would fit right in!

I LOVE this cream, I have nothing bad to say about it! It has a pleasant yet subtle smell which isn’t overpowering once on your face. You only need to use a small amount and it goes far! This means good value for money which is what we all love, right?!

I have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and have noticed aΒ hugeΒ difference in my skin, as it’s gotten colder my skin normally dries out and gets sore and irritable. However, thanks to this cream my skin is soft and as moisturised as ever!

It’s also cruelty free and vegan! What’s not to love?

I would rate this cream 10/10 and would highly recommend for you to try it!

Thank you for reading today’s review! I hope you have enjoyed it!

What moisturiser do you use? Comment below

Take care,

Love, Jess x

Blogger Recognition Award

Good afternoon everyone! I got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely ErikaΒ and Hebah.Β  Please check out both of their blogs, they both have amazing posts that I’m sure you will love.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It is made by bloggers for bloggers. It’s a way to let fellow bloggers know that you recognise and appreciate the hard work that they do.

If you accept the nomination, here are the rules:

  • Write a blog post to showcase your award
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Share two general pieces of advice for others
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Let your 15 bloggers know that you have nominated them.

So without further ado let’s get started…

How my blog started…

I’ve been blogging since September so just about 3 months approximately. I wanted to start blogging over a year ago but I was too scared and embarrassed to put myself out there. I actually wrote my first ever post on my blog last August in an Uber going to work; however, I was too scared to share it so my blog went nowhere. September this year I finally plucked up the courage to start again, this time trying not to care what negative things people had to say about it. I was pleasantly surprised to find everyone was so supportive of me, even when I first started people on twitter and people I knew in real life were so supportive of me.

The reason why I wanted to blog was that I always loved reading others blogs and watching youtube videos. It inspired me to use blogging as a platform to express my love for makeup and all things beauty.

Advice to new bloggers

  • NEVER compare yourself to other bloggers, everyone is unique and has different writing styles. Comparing yourself will only knock your confidence and stop you from fulfilling your potential as a blogger.
  • Don’t over work yourself, don’t put too much pressure to post too often. If you’re busy and can only post once a week or less than that, that’s fine! Make sure blogging doesn’t become a chore and you don’t start dreading writing the posts. It should always be fun for you so you can enjoy what you’re writing about. Happy writer = Happy reader.

Nominations

  1. simply shaiz
  2. becca
  3. caitlin
  4. dominique
  5. angela
  6. kayla
  7. judanna
  8. respirare
  9. kris marie
  10. sophie
  11. sonam
  12. shannon
  13. hebah
  14. ourlilmtntribe
  15. okami ammy

Thank you for reading this post!

What pieces of advice would YOU give new bloggers? Comment below

Take care

Love, Jess

The Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys,

Earlier this month I was nominated for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award’ by the lovely CherishingFlo. If you haven’t already you should check out her blog. She posts about lifestyle tips and her personal life. I LOVE her blog, her posts are always fresh and inspiring and won’t fail to add a smile to your face! So thank you so much for nominating me!

You may be sitting there wondering what an earth this award is even about well….

The award was made byΒ Okoto Enigma, check out her post on how and why she created it! (Original post).

What is the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’?

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

RULES (the only rules I like to follow….haha just kidding…)

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. list the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one funny question
  9. share a link to your best post(s)

So lets Rock ‘n’ Roll..

3 things about me

  1. I have a phobia of spiders and centi/milipedes. The way they look and move creep me out. I strongly dislike feet but wouldn’t class it as a phobia.
  2. I love astrology and have collected many crystals and gems over the years.
  3. My favourite colours are red and rose gold.

CherishingFlo’s questions for me:

  1. What made you start a blog?

I have always loved beauty products, especially makeup and I never knew how to express my love for it. After reading other peoples blogs on makeup and beauty, it suddenly clicked in my head that blogging is what I wanted to do.

  1. What inspires you to write your blogs?

The blogging community really inspires me, I had no clue how supportive bloggers are before I started my blog but I would 100% not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing support I have received from fellow blogger who I now think of as friends.

  1. Would you ever want to blog full-time?

Yes I would love too! Not at the moment I wouldn’t as I love my job at the moment but it would definitely be something I would love to do in the future!

  1. How has blogging impacted your life?

It has made me more confident in myself, gives me a sense of purpose; rather than coming home lazing around watching Netflix I now feel motivated to write/plan blog posts (most days anyway). I have also met lots of AMAZING people from all around the world! I would never of met them if it wasn’t for starting a blog.

  1. What is your favourite past time?

I love going out with friends, seeing Graham, going shopping, reading books, going to concerts and watching movies/programmes. (Sorry couldn’t pick one)

My Nominations!

Kayla, simplyshaiz, judanna, kris marie, mary, PAE Reviews, caitlin, Sonam, becca , tizz,Β hebah,Β Sophie,Β Rachel, Respirare , Angela, yiota, giana,Β Francesca

Please check out their blogs as they are each wonderful and unique in their own way.

MyΒ  Questions for you:

  1. What is your favourite part about blogging?
  2. Have you told your friends/family about your blog? if no, why not?
  3. What are your favourite things to write about?
  4. How do you motivate yourself to keep posting blogs?
  5. If you was to have ONE super power what would it be?

Please comment below your post URL’s once you’ve written them as I can’t wait to read your answers!

Thank you so much for reading!

Hope you have had a lovely Monday and see you next time!

Love, Jess x