Bye 2016, Hello 2017!

Finishing off 2016 on this blog, the way I started it with my Instagram best nine collage! Feels nice to bookend the year like this plus the photos are so pretty! Let's just ignore that all but two of the photos are from my holiday in October 🙈 

Blogmas Fail

Holding my hands up and admitting it: I failed Blogmas.

I got thirteen posts up (not on thirteen consecutive days but we'll not dwell on that) and then I dropped off the face of the earth blogging wise. Blogmas was a very last minute decision for me and I thought I'd be able to juggle two jobs, studying, assignments AND blogging. Oh what a sweet summer child I was.

Blogmas Day 13: 5 Things I Like About Me

It's 3:00am when I'm writing this. I've just had a god awful couple of days mental health wise and I don't really have much of rest period to recover because I have two jobs, assignments, family stuff and Christmas to deal with. My mental health really doesn't have the best timing.

It's about this time that the little dark voices begin to creep into my head, dripping their poison in my ear about how I'm a failure, how I can't do anything right etc.

I know these voices are wrong. I'm doing my best with what I've got and I'm working damn hard. So to keep those voices at bay, I'm making a list about the things I like about me. It's totally self-serving but sometimes you need to remind yourself of the reasons why you're awesome.

Blogmas Day 12: Afternoon Tea At Galgorm Resort & Spa

It's a bit of a trend right now but I love going for afternoon tea. It's always just a lovely little treat that makes you feel special and swish. Recently I went with my Mum to the Conservatory at Galgorm Resort and Spa for their afternoon tea and I thought I'd share my experience for Blogmas!

Blogmas Day 11: Blogmas Interruptus

Hello! Yes I am still alive! I kind of dropped off the face of the blogging earth for a few days. I'll be honest; it's not been a great few days. 

Sidenote: If you're reading this chronologically, which you probably are because I posted them that way (I really did not think this through!), I missed days eight through ten of Blogmas so I back-posted the content that I would have put up then and then this little explanation. Right, back to your regularly scheduled Blogmas...

Blogmas Day 10: Christmas Nails

On the tenth day of Blogmas I give you a mini nail polish haul! I went to Superdrug the other day with my friends. One of my friends was browsing the nail polish section and because I am impressionable as, I picked up a few Barry M bits even though I work in fast food service and can't have my nails done ever but they're so pretty that it doesn't matter!

Blogmas Day 9: My December Glossybox

One of the things I look forward to most about a new month is that I'll be getting my new Glossybox in the post! I bloody love beauty subscription boxes. I know the market is entirely saturated right now and there's twenty billion to choose from but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Glossybox because it was one of the first ones I ever subscribed to and am still subscribed to so they must be doing something right! So for Blogmas, I thought I'd share what was in my December box!

Blogmas Day 8: Advent Calendar Update

I've always wanted to get a beauty advent calendar but always held off on getting one for one reason or another! This year I had my eye on the Make Up Revolution one because they're one of my favourite brands and it was quite affordable! But 1st December came and I hadn't got one. Then I saw so many photos on Twitter of advent calendar updates and I caught a major case of FOMO. So I went onto Superdrug and ordered it! Well over a week late but who cares! Merry Advent Everyone!

So I thought I'd share the first eight day's worth of products for Blogmas!

Blogmas Day 7: My Favourite Christmas Films!

Literally one of the only good things about the absolute crap fest of weather that we get at this time of year that it’s the perfect excuse to get a fire going, get some hot chocolate and stick a film on while the apocalypse of winter rages on outside.

Christmas films are definitely on the menu when this sort of weather rears it’s ugly head. It’s practically mandatory once you hit about the second week in December. There are some absolute belters of seasonal films out there for the sampling and for Blogmas I thought I’d share some of my festive favourites!
Now these are just my personal faves so don’t lambast me if I’ve left some classics off the list!

Blogmas Day 6: Am I Good Enough?

One thing that you should know about me is that ever since I was eight years old and I filled an old school jotter up with a story about a maid who married her grumpy boss (Soz I was very stereotypical back then and apparently ripping off Jane Eyre) I’ve wanted to be a writer. 

Writing is what I do best. Always has been. I’ve always been a really creative person but I’m not an artist, a singer, or a dancer, I’m a writer. I’m good with words, really good with words, but I’m so crap at articulating myself out loud. I get nervous, tongue tied and end up stuttering off into an awkward silence with a beetroot red face. I am so much better on paper than I am in real life. True fact.

Blogmas Day 5: My Christmas Playlist!

One of the best things about Christmas is the music! I count down the days every year until it's acceptable to start blaring the tunes! And I'm listening to them with my headphones on from mid November 😂  So I thought I'd share my Christmas playlist for Blogmas!

Blogmas Day 4: Christmas Tree Reveal

So I failed at Blogmas today because the post I had planned to go up sort of ran out of steam halfway through and I ran out of time to come up with anything new because I've been away celebrating my birthday! I seriously need to preschedule these blog posts for instances like this! I will be back in full force tomorrow! In the mean time, here's a photo of my Christmas tree which I decorated when I got home from London today. I'm in bloody love with it!

Blogmas Day 3: Beauty Gift Guide

Welcome to the third day of Blogmas! Today I thought I’d talk you through my beauty gift guide! Now these are just my personal picks, I tried to do a good mix of budget, high end, makeup, skin care etc. so there would theoretically be something for everyone! Now while you read on, I’ll be online shopping because writing this is giving me a yen to shop! Like I need a bloody excuse. Also I have to apologise in advance for my overuse of ‘perfect gift’ and ‘must have gift’, I haven’t yet realised that I’m not a presenter on a shopping channel….

Blogmas Day Two: The Winter Tag

One of the many paradoxes that make up my personality is that while I hate being cold, I love winter. Bloody love it! Hot drinks, warm fires and cosy socks. It’s my favourite time of year. So I thought I’d do ‘The Winter Tag’. I saw it on ThatSoBee a while back and thought I’d give some of the questions a whirl!

Blogmas Day One - Here Goes Nothing!

Last Christmas, I failed at Blogmas. I posted two posts on my old blog and gave up. This year however I have lists, I have drafts, I have props for photos. I’m prepared for Blogmas! Come at me Blogmas!

Really though, I want to make a real effort to post every day this year. I want to do this so I can prove myself that I can. I’m away to London at the weekend for my birthday so right now I’m writing up five blog posts and taking photos for posts to go live while I’m away. Theoretically by the time this post goes up, I will have scheduled at least three other posts. Let’s hope past me didn’t fall asleep on the job ;)

Now all the posts won’t be Christmas themed because damn I don’t think I could consistently provide wall to wall festive cheer for thirty days straight (I’m blogging right up until new year!) so I’ll be doing some other posts as well. Including the travel diaries I was supposed to have up in November and some beauty reviews that I’m dying to share. 

I know I’m cheating slightly by having a short introductory post as my day one but ya know I wanted to inform you all about what’s happening (And ease myself in gently, not gonna lie)

I am so excited to get started but fingers crossed my steam doesn’t run out mid month!! Is anyone else doing Blogmas? Comment me your links so I can keep up with your posts :)