A Look Back At My 2015 Goals

This time last year I set myself some goals for 2015. Some were related to my blog, others to my writing and others were just general lifestyle aims. I'm actually just about to do the same thing for 2016, but before I start focusing on the new years goals I thought I'd share the progress I made with this round of goals!

Top 6 Books of 2015


2015 was an epic year of reading for me. I smashed my Goodreads reading challenge and although I may have swayed from my 2015 Reading Challenge in one way, I did read a ton of new books this year, despite the fact that I endured several reading slumps. I'm a creature of habit and I'm so guilty of re-reading books more often than picking up new ones, but during 2015 I feel I managed to kick this terrible trait. Just a little bit. If you'd like to know exactly what books I read this year, then feel free to click on over to my Goodreads profile, where you can find a full list! Why not add me as a friend whilst you're there? ;) But, for now, allow me to introduce you to my Top 6 Books of 2015!

What I Got My Boyfriend For Christmas


I can't count the number of times I'd uttered the words "I can't wait to give Luke his presents" on the run up to Christmas, but I know for a fact that I'd said them once or twice (or five times) here on the blog. So I thought that now that he's opened them and assured me that I was right to be excited about them, I'd show you what all the fuss was about! I got him one 'main' present and a few smaller 'main' ones, then I just did him a stocking. I hope you don't think that I'm doing this in any malicious way, or that I'm bragging - I'm just so happy with what I got him and we both want to remember it! I also thought that it might be helpful for anyone who finds the men in their life difficult to buy for - Christmas may be out of the way, but they do have a birthday before the next one!

What I Got For Christmas 2015


SURPRISE! I bet you didn't expect to see me pop up in your Twitter/Bloglovin' feed this afternoon, did you?! It's rare for me to upload a post at a time that isn't 8am, but the blog lighting Gods dictated that I couldn't photograph this post until about an hour ago. So here we are at 2pm!

Merry Christmas!


Hey everyone! I'm sure your Bloglovin' feed is going to be flooded with posts just like this one, but I wanted to pop up a little 'Merry Christmas' post for anyone that doesn't follow me on social media. I'm not actually joining in with the festivities this year because I'm really unwell but in spirit I am eating Cheeselets and roast potatoes and Dairy Milk caramels. In reality I'll be coughing and shaking and sniffling under my duvet!
 
 I hope you all have a FAB day, filled with love and laughter and happiness. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, I still hope your day is filled with those things! I do have a few posts lined up after Christmas, such as my 'Top 6 Books of 2015' and hopefully a 'What I Got For Christmas' post, so I will be checking in a few times before 2016 comes along. But for now I'll just wish you a Merry Christmas! xx
 


Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week Three


BLOGMAS DAY TWENTY TWO.
Welcome to my third and final advent calendar haul of 2015! As you read this I only have three advent doors to open, which means there's just three days until Christmas! I'll probably include what I got from my calendar on these final days in another post, or I'll share them on Instagram or something. Either way, I can't quite believe that I only have three more to open. I've grown to like receiving a new make-up product every single day! ;) I will definitely miss this little piece of my morning routine come December 26th.

8 Things I Achieved in 2015


BLOGMAS DAY TWENTY.
I know that we're a mere five days away from Christmas, but right now I'm focused on another occasion that's looming on the horizon: New Year. I actually really enjoy New Year, and January is usually one of the best months for me in terms of motivation and confidence. Things to tend to burn out a little come February, but that's beyond the point... Either way, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve next year, and also what I've achieved this year. I didn't feel like I'd done much of note this year, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I've done some pretty great things. Grab yourself a hot drink of choice and some biscuits, this post is going to be a long one!

Lush So White Bath Bomb

 
BLOGMAS DAY NINETEEN.

So White appears to be a real Cult Classic for Lush at Christmas Time, yet it's a bath bomb that I'd never tried before this year. I feel like the reason I never picked it up is because of it's innocent white exterior - it looks especially plain when stood next to something like Golden Wonder or Father Christmas. But I was determined to try all of the Christmassy bath bombs this year so I got Luke to grab me one whilst he was in town a few weeks ago.

5 Reasons I'm Excited for Christmas

 
BLOGMAS DAY EIGHTEEN.

Can you believe we're down to single digits in the Christmas Day Countdown? WE'RE ONE WEEK AWAY. I genuinely can't believe how quickly December has flown by. I feel like I haven't had a chance to do anything I wanted to yet. This is mostly because of me being ill and bed-ridden for what seems like a year, but hopefully it'll be gone by this time next week! Also because of this irritating illness, I feel my Christmas spirit vanished as quickly as my energy. So today I thought I'd list five reasons I'm excited for Christmas, in the hopes of re-igniting my festive spirit.

My Bookish Confessions


 BLOGMAS DAY SEVENTEEN.
 I hate bookmarks. They annoy me, they're inconvenient, they usually fall out of my books and make me loose my place.
 
So how do I mark my place, you ask? I FOLD DOWN THE PAGE EDGE. Yes, I know. You hate me. I'm sorry. One reason I actually like doing this is because when I reread books I can see where I've paused when reading before. Does that make sense? My dad thinks I'm well weird because of this but ya know.
 
 I HATE HARDBACKS. They're clunky and big and uncomfortable.
 

10 Free Festive Activities


BLOGMAS DAY SIXTEEN.
Budgets are always tight come December, what with all of the gifts and festive foods to buy. So today I thought I'd list ten free Christmassy activities that you can do with your family, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your best friends... you could even do some of them by yourself! Most of them are completely free, although you could spend a little money on a few of them if you'd like to - it's not a must, though.
 
1. Christmas Lights Tour. Make a hot chocolate, pour it into a flask, grab your dog and younger sibling/partner and walk around your local area, spotting Christmas lights. Vote on which house you think has the best decorations!

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week Two


BLOGMAS DAY FIFTEEN.
I can't believe I'm writing this post already - it feels like just yesterday I was writing up Week One's instalment! But a whole week has passed since then, and I have seven new advent calendar treats to show you! I'm actually really ill at the moment - trust me to get ill whilst blogging every day - so I apologise in advance if my sentences don't string together quite right. I'm finding it difficult to be at my laptop for long, but I'm refusing to fail Blogmas, even if it's just one day that I miss. This also means that I'm not going to be scheduling tweets for the next few days, but rest assured if you visit my blog or check on Bloglovin' there will be a new post for you every day at 8am!

The Library of Fragrance Perfumes

 
BLOGMAS DAY FOURTEEN.
If there's one part of my beauty stash that was completely depleted when I decided to become cruelty-free, it was my perfume collection. I've never really been an avid wearer of perfume - I was always more of a body spray/mist kinda gal - but I have to admit, I have missed the option of spritzing myself with something a bit more special. So when I was given the opportunity to review a few perfumes from the Library of Fragrance, I jumped at the chance.

Things I Like In A Book

 
BLOGMAS DAY THIRTEEN.

I've been thinking a lot about my reading tastes recently. It was Bee's post that sparked the topic, and I've found it v interesting to think about what I really like in a book. Because it turns out that I'm very fussy and won't even bother looking at a book that doesn't offer at least two of the following things...

♥ First person narrative.
 Young adult genre, always.
 Anything to do with royalty.
 Especially if the main character is a princess.
Light hearted dystopia.
Platonic bromance.
 Sarcastic characters.
 Badass female characters.
 Protagonists with mental health issues.
♥ More specifically, protagonists with anxiety.
 Romance the builds through-out the entire book.
Cute, fluffy romance.
Dark, intense romance.
Anything set within the Victorian era.
 ♥ Female characters that go after what they want.
♥ Female characters that don't shy away from sex and sexuality.
Tortured souls.
 ♥ Beautiful, lyrical writing that actually makes sense.
♥ Conversational writing.
 ♥ Secondary characters that actually have personality.

What do you look for in a book? Do you have any recommendations for me based on my reading taste?

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Saturday Share #3 | The Festive Edition


BLOGMAS DAY TWELVE.
As the days go by and we get closer to Christmas, I can feel myself growing more and more impatient. I can't wait for all of the family time and food and of course, gift giving. I know I've said this a million times but I really just want to give everyone the presents I've gotten them. Especially my boyfriend and mum! And my sister, and my dad and my brother... Ahem. So. The point I was trying to get across is that today is Saturday and it's close to Christmas so I thought I'd throw together another Saturday Share. Only this time it's the Festive Edition!

20 Festive Blog Photo Props


BLOGMAS DAY ELEVEN.
It's always fun to accessorise blog photos with props that are relevant to the time of year, whether that's by using confetti hearts on Valentines Day or conkers during Autumn. I've been playing around with using different festive things when taking my Blogmas photos recently, so today I thought I'd share with you some festive prop ideas for your own Christmassy blog posts!

Current Favourites

 
BLOGMAS DAY TEN.
I kind of regret not doing a November favourites at the beginning of this month, but I just couldn't get the items to photograph right. Plus I knew that I didn't want to do a December favourites because come January I try not to have any blog posts that relate back to the year that's just gone. It's probably really silly, but I just like the new year to be as fresh and new as possible! Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that instead of me doing two separate favourites, today I'm going to give you an edit of my current favourites. ARE YOU READY?

My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors


BLOGMAS DAY NINE.
 
Title: My True Love Gave To Me
Author: Various authors.
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 320 pages
Published: 1st October 2014
 

I had to include a Christmassy book review somewhere in Blogmas didn't I?! And what an adorable book it is. I'm sure we all know by now that I'm a particularly disloyal reader, and am always dropping books from my reading routine in favour of new ones. One of the most recent additions into my rotation has been My True Love Gave To Me, which is a collection of festive short stories written by a bunch of different authors. It's been nice to flit between this and the two other books I've been reading. Some of the authors featured include Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman and Stephanie Perkins, who also acted as editor.

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar | Week One


BLOGMAS DAY EIGHT.
Happy Blogmas day eight! Who would have thought that I would have survived the first week of Blogmas with my sanity remaining intact? I hope you guys are enjoying my posts and aren't sick of seeing me in your Bloglovin/Twitter feed yet! I'm actually really enjoying Blogmas, and it's making the run up to the Big Day even more exciting for me. Hopefully it's the same for you! But of course, Blogmas day eight doesn't just mark the end of my first week blogging every day. It also means I've opened seven doors from my Makeup Revolution advent calendar! Today I thought I'd show you what I found hiding inside.

Meat Free Christmas Mains

 
BLOGMAS DAY SEVEN.

The question I've been asked most recently is "how are you going to have a Christmas dinner without meat?!". I've tried my best to be patient with these people as I know they're genuinely interested and aren't trying to be ignorant but the opinion that Christmas isn't Christmas without a giant slab of meat on your plate is getting old, really fast.  I've been planning on doing this post for a while because (I hope) it'll be helpful but right now it seems very necessary! So I've put together a little food-spiration post for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, showcasing 6 meat-free Christmas mains.

The Happy List #8

 
BLOGMAS DAY SIX.
I've tried to write this post about twenty-million times (read: twice) so far, but the words just aren't flowing right. Apparently all my mind wants me to talk about is my mental health (which is crap) and Christmas (which is exciting) but there are lots of cute little things I want to remember so today, instead of titling this post 'Life Lately' like I was going to, I'm going to give you another Happy List! I know I only did one like two weeks ago, but what can I say? You can't have too much happiness, right?

1. Exchanging Christmas cards with Victoria. How sweet is this Christmas card that Victoria sent me? It's a pug in a jumper wearing glittery reindeer antlers! Seriously though, it made me so happy that  Victoria asked me if I'd like to exchange cards with her. It also meant that I had to go out and buy a Christmas card for the first time in my adult life!

6 Books I Still Haven't Read


BLOGMAS DAY FIVE.
I don't think that it's unusual for a reader to have a collection of books on their shelf that they still haven't read yet, and I feel like if you're a book blogger then it's a probably-definite thing. I very rarely buy books that I don't want to read instantly, so it's not really a surprise that my collection of TBR books is fairly small - but still, today I thought I'd share with you 6 books that I still haven't read.

Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb


BLOGMAS DAY FOUR.


Last year, I fell in love with the scent of Lush's Yog Nog soap. It's very unlike anything I usually like (I'm a sucker for anything sweet), but it's warm spiciness drew me in. I didn't pick up any of the soap because I knew I'd never use it, but when Lush released a bath bomb this year with the same name and scent I couldn't say no!

Things I'd Like For Christmas 2015


BLOGMAS DAY THREE.
Since I've been dishing out Christmas gift guides left, right and centre since the beginning of November, I figured that it was about time I showed you what I'd like to get for Christmas this year. Of course these are all material things, so my other personal Christmas wishes (such as happiness, love, health for my family and a roast dinner) are being hung on the Christmas tree instead. I haven't exactly asked anyone for any of these gifts (aside from one or two) and I genuinely don't mind if I don't get them. This is just what I'd like!

Bedroom Details #2


BLOGMAS DAY TWO.
I'm so so pleased with how my bedroom has come together this year. I've replaced almost all of my old mis-matching wooden furniture for a bunch of white bookcases of various size, I've organised my books in a more practical yet visually appealing way and I've played around with displaying artwork and photos. The most recent change in my room has been the inclusion of this Ikea Billy bookcase, and today I thought I'd give you a lil tour.

Things To Do Before 2016


BLOGMAS DAY ONE.
Welcome to Blogmas 2015! I've been seriously debating about whether or not I was going to join in with Blogmas, but then I thought why the hell not? It's not like I value my free time or anything... I'm kidding! (kind of) So yes, this is just a little declaration to let you guys know that you'll be getting a blog post every single day from me from December 1st right up until Christmas! Not all of them are going to be centred around Christmas because 1. I'll probably have other stuff to talk about, 2. it'll probably get on your nerves and 3. I didn't want to alienate anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. But yes. Anyway. Onto my to-do list.

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for 90s Kids



We all love a bit of nostalgia don't we? At least I know I do, which would explain why I'm currently playing Spyro: Enter The Dragonfly on my old PlayStation 2 at the moment (those graphics tho). So today I thought I'd throw together a gift guide dedicated to all of the things I loved as a child. (I was going to add a Tamagotchi into this post but, ya know, most of us are now attempting to adult now and I know how hard it was looking after them at school, let alone at work.)

Lush Star Dust Bath Bomb

Fiiinally I've gotten around to talking about some of the Lush Winter 2015 range! I did review the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar a couple of weeks ago, but as it was part of the Halloween collection I don't really feel like it counts. I just felt like talking about the two bath bombs I'd bought in October was a bit too early. So here we are in late November!

The Happy List #7


1. Christmas Shopping. I've put a lot more time, effort and money into my Christmas shopping this year and now I can't wait to give everyone their presents. I bought my mum something pretty special that she's always wanted but has never been able to buy and my boyfriend... well I feel like it's going to take him ages to open all of this gifts this year! He spoils me every year but this year I'm determined to spoil him. They aren't all massively expensive - aside from his 'big' present and one or two other things, they've all been under the £5 mark. I'm just hoping he likes them all!
 
2. Advent Calendars. This is the second and final Chrismassy point in this post, I swear! But I am very excited about my advent calendar this year - I bought the Makeup Revolution one! I've already dedicated an entire post to it, so be sure to check that out if you're interested. I also sneakily bought my boyfriend a Lindt advent calendar this year, as it's his favourite type of chocolate and I felt kinda bad about him having a regular one whilst I was opening the advent calendar of my dreams. We're literally counting down the days until December 1st!

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back


I did a gift guide like this last year and I was really proud of it, so I decided to do an updated version this year! I figured that there's always someone on your to-buy-for list that doesn't 'want' anything, so why not donate to a charity in their name? Or introduce them to packaging-free beauty products? All of the gifts featured are either great for the environment or give back to charity in some way - and the beauty gifts are, of course, cruelty-free and vegan.

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar 2015


I feel like this post marks something very important in my life: my very first non-chocolate advent calendar! And more specifically, an advent calendar that I actually bought for myself... Wow, much adult.  
I've been toying with the idea of getting myself a beauty/lifestyle advent calendar for years. But aren't they just so expensive?! I could never justify it and was always happy enough to eat my Cadbury's one. That was until,a few weeks ago, when the Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar was on offer for half-price on the Superdrug website! Not only was this advent calendar desirable for me because I'm a huge fan of Makeup Revolution and their cruelty-free and sometimes vegan products, but also because when I decided to become cruelty-free I rehomed 90% of my make-up and I've been living on the bare necessities since then. This advent calendar seemed like the perfect opportunity to not only re-stock my make-up stash, but to add a little excitement to my life!

Daily Objects #4 | The Autumn Edition

Monday 26th October 2015
I wasn't planning on doing another Daily Objects on this certain day, but everything I ended up doing turned out to be really Autumnal so I felt it needed to be recorded! I started the morning at Luke's house - I'd stayed over on the Sunday night so that we could watch Hell in a Cell together but I kinda accidentally fell asleep. This whole clocks-going-backwards thing has totally messed up my body clock. SO I spent my morning watching the pay-per-view. I actually thought it was really disappointing and I didn't like the outcomes of any of the matches - aside from the fact that Roman Reigns won! I just feel like the whole PPV was quite drab and boring.
 
In the afternoon, I went for a food shop with my Dad - hence the small change in the photo! I'm in charge of the food shopping and the cooking in my house, so we took a trip to Asda and I stocked up for the next few weeks. When I got home, a little package was waiting for me: my Valley Mill soy wax melts! If you'd like to hear my thoughts on these vegan wax melts - click here! After I opened my package, I grabbed my sister, Luke and the puppy and took a trip down into the woods so I could get some leaves to use for my blog photo backgrounds. We found some really pretty ones that were such vibrant colours! I also took some photos of the woods as it was so colourful and beautiful.
 
After I got home I ran myself a bath to warm up (it was SO cold) and used my Yog Nog bath bomb from Lush. I took photos of it, too, so expect a review soon! It was such a lovely, warming, creamy bath and in fact, I liked it so much I might buy another one! Finally, after my bath, I settled down to read my current book of choice: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. I must say, I'm really not enjoying this one as much as I enjoyed re-reading Twilight. I've since finished this book, read Eclipse and am finally onto Breaking Dawn!
 
I hope that you liked this post! I feel like it was very Autumnal. All I needed to add was a hot chocolate and a blanket and I would have definitely checked everything off of an Autumn to-do list. Other items of note are my new mittens and pom-pom keyring!
 

November Haulin' | ft Superdrug & H&M



I've been heavy-duty into Christmas shopping recently. I think I'm about 75% done now - I've just got to buy a lot of chocolate! I'm most excited about giving my boyfriend his presents, because I feel like I've done really well with his gifts this year. (I suppose I'll find out on Christmas Day!) BUT in-between all of the gift-shopping, I have picked up a few things for myself and today I thought I'd show ya what I got!

Soy Wax Melts from Valley Mill


Now that it's getting really cold outside, I'm doing my very best to keep things cosy when I'm inside. Blankets, warm drinks, slippers, Lush baths... and candles! To be honest, when I switched over to my cruelty-free lifestyle, I didn't give candles a thought. But of course, almost all candles on offer are crafted from beeswax - an ingredient that isn't vegan at all, in my opinion. Enter the Valley Mill soy wax melts*.
I wanted to pick something very warming and season appropriate, so I decided to try out the Roast Chestnut scent. (Although they do have Spiced Apple if you want something a bit more Christmassy). The little tarts themselves are really beautiful - they almost remind me of snowflakes! They're embossed with the Valley Mill logo, too, which I think is a special touch. I also really love the packaging of these melts. The box is very similar to a matchbox, and the melts are stacked neatly inside. You get five melts per pack which, together, offer around 60 hours of gorgeous scent.
I placed one of the tarts in the top of my oil burner, lit the tealight and waited for the magic to happen. And it happened really quickly! Within about five minutes, my entire living room was full of this lovely scent. It's really nutty and sweet but has an underlying spicy layer. I also feel like they smell a bit chocolately, but I'm not sure if that's just me! The scent was surprisingly strong, especially if I left the room for a few minutes and returned. The scent was a little more subdued every time I burned the same tart afterwards and I didn't really identify it as quickly, but again if I left and came back again the scent was fresh.
 
I really like these soy melts - even more so because they're vegan! You can also get this scent in soy-candle-form if you prefer candles. I absolutely adore the sound of the coconut, passion-fruit and chocolate truffle scents, too!
 
You can pick up a box of these roast chestnut soy wax melts here.
 

Christmas Gift Guide: £1 Stocking Fillers


 
I love stockings. And more importantly, I love stocking fillers. I'll generally get socks, pants, tea light candles, chocolates, sweets... all the good stuff! So today I thought I'd throw together a stocking filler kinda gift guide, but with a little twist: all of the gifts listed in this post are £1 or less!

How To Use: Lush Bubble Bars




If there's one thing that confused me about Lush when I first discovered them, it was how their solid products worked. Bubble bars, shampoo bars, deodorant bars, massage bars... you name it, Lush has probably got it. Out of everything, the one thing that confused me the most were the bubble bars. According to the sales assistants in Lush, you're supposed to crumble a chunk of bubble bar under running water. But I don't have fancy taps that spout warm water - I have a hot tap and a cold tap and I didn't fancy sticking my hand under either of them. I've since worked out a few ways to use the bubble bars, and today I thought I'd share them with you!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

Title: Only Ever Yours
Author: Louise O'Neill
Genre: YA Dystopian (New Adult IMO)
Length: 392 pages
Published: July 3rd 2014
 
After reading this book, I was in two minds about whether or not I was going to blog about it. Mostly because with a lot of books, I take them personally and get emotional and I'm not always ready to talk about them. But I feel like Only Ever Yours is such an important book for so many reasons that I need to tell you about it. I also don't want to feel ashamed of the way it made me feel, because I don't think it's something to be ashamed of.

Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Book Lovers


Welcome to my first Christmas gift guide of 2015!
 
Now that Halloween is well and truly out of the way, I can embrace my favourite time of the year without judgement. For me, Christmas isn't just about one day. Christmas begins on the 1st of November and the excitement builds every single day between then and the 25th December. I've already done a lot of my Christmas shopping (I know!) but just in case you haven't, I thought I'd throw together a few gift guides to help you out this festive season. And I know it may only be the 4th of November... but I'd rather get my gift guides up too early than too late!

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar



Whenever I go shopping with my dad I always exclaim "omg look how cute!" about a load of different things and he always replies with "how can a face wash be cute?" or "how can a candle be cute?" and in some cases I think he's probably right but in this case... HOW CUTE IS THIS BUBBLE BAR? It's a lil pumpkin. Adorable.

Halloween Reads



I was going to name this post 'Halloween Reads That Aren't Scary' but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that the books I've chosen are quite scary in their own way. Okay, so they might not be as intense as a proper horror but there's clearly a reason why I've chosen them for this post.

Saturday Share #2 | The Halloween Edition


The big day itself is exactly one week away, but if you're anything like me then you still haven't finalised your plans/outfit/TBR pile. So for this weeks Saturday Share, I thought I'd throw together all of the videos and blog posts and Pinterest DIYs I've been perusing recently!
 
  My little sister is constantly watching Halloween Costume DIYs on YouTube at the moment but one that particularly caught my eye was this video named 30 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes. If you still don't know what you're going as for Halloween then you're sure to make up your mind after watching this!

Goodreads Reading Challenge: Completed


I just completed my Goodreads reading challenge for 2015! Meaning I've read 25 books this year. I feel like this might be an odd number to a lot of people - some people have probably read twice as much, some people have probably read half as much. But 25 was a good number for me.

Recently

 
Watching | I'm the kind of person that always has a million TV shows on the go. At the moment, I'm watching Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and am re-watching PLL from the beginning. Diamond & Pearl is possibly my favourite Pokémon season (aside from the original two) because I love Dawn! I think she's so adorable. Her Pokémon are some of my favourites too. I also love the introduction of the Pokémon Contests, they're much more entertaining to me than the usual battles. As far as PLL is concerned - I'm currently on Season 3 and Cece has just been introduced! It's so interesting to pick up on things that are relevant now that I know who she really is.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Genre: YA Dystopian
Length: 358 pages
Published: 2nd September 2014
 

Since becoming a blogger, it's a pretty rare thing for me to pick up and read a book I've heard nothing about. I came across The Jewel by Amy Ewing on Amazon, as it was listed in a kind of 'you might like' widget. I took a note of the name after reading the blurb and a little snippet but didn't ever look it up on my favourite book blogs. Then I came across it in the library the other day, took it out and read it within 24 hours!

4 Ways To Support Your Favourite Blogger

Re-useable cotton pads: The Crocheting Chemist // Custom Illustration: Dorkface.
 
1. Follow Them On Bloglovin' Blogging isn't all about the numbers, but if your favourite blogger is trying to make it full-time then the number of followers they have on different platforms is really important to companies wanting to work with them. I'm SO guilty of not following blogs on Bloglovin', but it's usually because I always read their posts via Twitter. I now make a conscious effort to follow all of my favourites!

Opening Up

This post wasn't supposed to be part of my scheduled programming for this week. In fact, I sat down intending to write something completely different but a few things have happened over the past few weeks regarding this topic that have actually really upset me and I feel like I just need to let it all out.

Top 10 Harry Potter Book Quotes



" Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain." - Arthur Weasley, The Chamber of Secrets.
 
"The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters." - Sirius Black, The Order of the Phoenix.

Lush Sugar Scrub


I love scrubs. If I could choose only 5 beauty products to use for the rest of my life, a good body scrub would be in that list for sure. My skin isn't particularly flaky but it can get really dry, especially during the winter, and as I don't use body lotion I rely on scrubs to keep my skin feeling silky smooth. Judging by my success with the Lush solid shampoo bars, I thought it was about time to branch out into their body care. I picked up the Sugar Scrub, which is a solid body scrub made up of sugar, grated ginger and fresh fennel.