My tips and tricks to survive fresher’s!
I’ve read a few blog post recently all about people’s monthly goals. I thought this was such a fun and creative way to keep track of my goals and see how well I have done at the end of each month. I’m aware that we’re almost a week into August but I did actually start these things at the beginning of the month, no harm right?
August 2017 goals:
- Lose 7lb in weight – Might seem a lot but I’m hoping to get as close to this as possible and I’m already 2lb into this!
- Save £50 – £100.
- Finish the Harry Potter book series.
- Grow my nails and maintain them.
Let me know yours, I’d love some inspiration!
With love, Beth x
As you know, I recently spent 4 weeks in America and whilst there, I obviously bought some makeup. I did try and pick items up that I couldn’t get in the UK or that are cheaper in America than the U.K. I only picked up a few things, simply because I’m not a millionaire and almost all of these things I had planned to purchase before I went.
Firstly, the biggest item that I purchased is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, which I got from Sephora for $45. I’ve had my eye on this palette for SO LONG. So yes, I’m aware that Im super delayed at getting this. Until a few months ago I hadn’t even thought about getting it since I thought i had a lot of the same shades in other palettes, however when I swatched it in store I couldn’t get over how soft and gentle the shades are and how the pigment blew me away. I haven’t ever tried anything from ABH before so I thought this would be a good time to trial and test the products. I’m over the moon with the palette and can’t wait to test it out to its full potential.
I also got the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control setting spray. I loved the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray so I jumped at the chance of trying out this one. I do get very oily throughout the day and I’m hoping that this changes the way my makeup looks and sits on my skin. I did purchase a travel size and this was around $13.
The hype of this product has been around for so long now and I just knew I had to get it. So when I saw it in Target I didn’t hesitate to purchase it. The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has been an absolute storm in beauty and everybody talks about how amazing it is, especially the scent. This was around $14 dollars and having only tried it twice, I can’t give a full review but I can say that the smell is gorgeous.
Just like the bronzer, I just had to try one of the Wet N Wild blushes, I got a shade that is a coral tone as I find that it compliments my skin well, especially with a tan. I honestly don’t remember the price of this product but it was definitely lower than $5 and again, I’m yet to try this as I wasn’t wearing makeup during my time in America.
I also come across Elf Brushes at $3/$4 a piece. I know these can be purchased in the U.K. but I couldn’t help but purchase some due to the pricing of these. I bought an angled foundation brush that I’ll use for highlighter and concealer. The other is a fluffy contour brush, but can also be used for other products. These brushes are super soft and apply makeup generously and comfortably.
Finally, I was desperate to pick up something from Tarte and I especially wanted the Tarte Shape Tape. However, I went to so many Sephora’s and I still couldn’t find a store that sold it. Instead, I went ahead and purchase the Tarteist Pro Glow To Go palette. This is just a 3 pan contour and highlight palette. I do want the larger contour and highlight palette but I didn’t want to spend the money if I didn’t like it. I opted for the smaller palette that has 2 highlight shades and 1 contour/bronzer. The bronzer/contour is quite dark and I thought it would look like mud on my face but fortunately it doesn’t at all. It blends amazing and I can’t wait to use this repeatedly to give it a proper trial. I got this in the till section so I’m unsure about the pricr, approximately between $15 – $20.
Let me know if you want reviews on any of these products!
With love, Beth x
I’ve been testing out the L’Oreal True Match foundation for a few weeks now and I totally forgot how good of a foundation it actually was. I was using this religiously a few years ago and I found other products and never returned to it.
I bought mine from Superdrug for £9.99 and I think the best thing about this foundation is the massive amount of shades that are available. It’s huge! It’s the widest selection of shades that I’ve seen in the drugstore and it ranges for the palest of skin to the darkest. It’s incredible and I think it’s so good of L’Oreal for bringing it to the drugstore.
This foundation works so well for a variety of different skin types. I have combination skin and it doesn’t wear away on my oily skin and doesn’t look cakey on my dry skin. It’s extremely long wearing and for that I think it’s totally worth the money. I find that my creams and powders just glide on and I’m an avid fan of this product.
I kinda knew I would love it again since I really enjoyed the L’Oreal Cushion foundation so much and this really reminded me of how good the L’Oreal foundations actually are.
With love, Beth x
Since September I have been purchasing a monthly beauty subscription that I’ve really been enjoying, although I’ve not enjoyed every single product. Some of them I’ve loved and I’ll be likely to repurchase but others just didn’t work for me and my skin, which is totally OK.
The BirchBox is £12.95 a month which includes delivery and you receive 5 products. Sometimes you get 1 or 2 full sized samples and other times you don’t. They come in the most gorgeous draw boxes that I love and wish I had kept most of them since they’re so cute. I’ve loved receiving my BirchBox each month and I often forget about it so it’s like a gift to myself.
With that in mind, I didn’t like every single product that I’ve received. Most of them I’ve enjoyed and like I said, will probably repurchase for full sample. However, there are 5 particular products that I don’t really care for as they haven’t cooperated with me.
I’m a fan of colour correcting and when I received the NIP+Fab colour corrector in the yellow shade I was excited to try it. I tried it and I could not have been more disappointed. I used it under my foundation and my foundation looked cakey all day. It wasn’t pretty and due to this, I won’t ever purchase a NIP+Fab colour corrector through absolute fear.
I cant remember which month but I received a sample trio of the POP Beauty eyeshadows. I had never heard of this brand before so I gave it a go and it just didn’t do anything for me. The shadows weren’t anything special and the trio had all shimmery shades. It includes a shimmery dark brown which I would have used to smoke out but it just was too shimmery. It also includes a shimmery pink shade and a shimmery neutral shade. Like I said, they just didn’t do anything for me and I had no feelings towards it at all.
In a recent box we got to choose a full sample size and I picked the Mannakadar beauty powder. I think this was priced crazily expensive, something like £27! It’s the smallest product I’ve ever seen. Normally, powders are a fair size and worth the money. This is a small pan which actually looks like an eyeshadow. This is probably the bit that disappointed me the most. Also, the product wasn’t good at all. Again, it made my base look cakey and I wouldn’t recommend using this under the eyes at all.
Now, these next two products are fairly similar. I have the Amika: Bombshell Blowout Spray and the Beauty Protector protector and detangle spray. I do like to use products in my hair when I blowdry it just to make it look nicer and a more fresh but these products do nothing for my hair at all and it’s as simple as that. I don’t think they’re good or bad I just don’t think they do anything to my hair but they might do something to someone else’s. They smell good though!
Check out my posts on my BirchBoxes using the links below:
With love, Beth x
I’ve been curious about the Freedom Brow Pomade for months, literally months. However, I was so sceptical about this product that I never ended up purchasing it. I finally decided to have a look at reviews to see what others thought of it and it turns out, nobody had terrible things to say about it. So I decided that since it is so affordable I can spare the money and try it out and if I didn’t like it, well I’ve learned my lesson and not listen to reviews.
The reviews were correct and this product is bloody brilliant! I loved it. So, I checked reviews on the Superdrug website and the TamBeauty website and the most popular comment suggested that this is identical to the ABH brow pomade (I’ve not tried it).
I’ve always been afraid of pomade’s because I’ve never tried them, I didn’t know whether this would be hard to work with, if it’s pigmented enough and whether or not I would cooperate with it. Fortunately, it’s the perfect brow product. I use this for bold or natural brow’s and the consistency of this product just makes it incredibly easy to work with.
The formula feels so high end and it’s crazy to think that this product is only £5! I can’t really fault the price and to be honest, I would probably pay a little more for this. Although, the colour range is low and the issue I had with deciding whether I wanted to actually get it was that I couldn’t select a shade.
The reviews did say that everybody recommends to go for a shade lighter than you would do, this is because the colour is different when it applies. Normally I would go for soft brown but this time I went with blonde (if you are blonde, go for something lighter.. this isn’t for you). It’s a perfect shade! That is the only downfall to this product.
Otherwise, the pigment and consistency makes this product a 10/10 for me. I like to apply this by brushing through the hairs, then taking a small amount and filling in the outer brow. Then I make my way back in to the middle section and using a lighter hand. Throughout this process I like to continue to brush through my brows just to make sure it’s softer and not as bold.
I absolutely love this product and definitely prefer it to any of the Benefit products!
With love, Beth x
Festival season is approaching and what better way to dress for the occasion than with a bomb af makeup look. Am I right? I literally had a glitter and Highlight explosion and LOVED IT.
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t go to festivals. They aren’t my thing. However, the makeup looks. Yeah they’re my thing. Each year I see these incredibly gorgeous looks full of fun and colour. Then I recreate them for nobody to ever see, literally never. Until now!
I recommend for a festival, party, concert or whatever you’ll be wearing this look for, to use products that you know suit you and work for you. Nobody wants to be testing new products for your foundation to look cakey and your eyeshadows to crease. Use products you know work and will continue to work throughout the wear of this makeup. I’ll tell you what products I used but just remember to use products that you already own to make this look specific to what you want.
I went with a red eye look for this and I LOVE IT. I think this is probably one of the best looks I have ever done (tooting my own horn). It’s mainly about making sure to blend those eyshadows and throw glitter everywhere.. isn’t that just fun?!
Firstly, I prepared my skin for along day of wearing makeup. I cleansed, toned and moisturised using a mattifying lotion. Whilst waiting for it to set I went straight in with concealer on my lid’s to prime them, I blended it in and then straight away went over with a bone/white eyeshadow. This will help your eyeshadows to blend and not crease. After this, I used the Freedom Brow Pomade in blonde to create a strong Brow.
My chosen palette was the Morphe 350 palette as it has incredibly gorgeous red, orange and copper shades. I started by using a light brown crease shade and applied this twice. Next I went ahead and mixed together the brightest orange and brightest red shade and continued to do so until it really popped. It does get messy but don’t worry about it, you’ll have plenty of time to clean it up. Next I used the shimmery copper and red shade by packing them all over the lid. After this, I went back in with my crease colours to just intensify the shade and tidy up the shimmers. With a little bit of concealer I created a sharp line on the outer corner of the eyeshadow to tidy it up and then created a winged eyeliner using the Ciate Fierce Flicks liner and then using the Bourjois Kohl eyeliner on my water line.
For base, I started with the Maybelline Baby Skin primer (this is a definite dupe for the Benefit Porefessional) and applied this just in my t-zone as this is my problem area. Once tacky I used the L’Oreal True Match foundation and applied this with a Real Techniques Bold Metals Sponge. I then added concealer to brighten and highlight, I used the Bourjois Reavel concealer under my eyes, nose, forehead and on the outer part of my lips and buffed it in. I powdered all over using the Maybelline Stay Matte powder.
After this I went back to the eyes and added the red shade under my eyes and bringing it right up above the eyeliner. I also dragged that colour on the top of my lids to the colour surrounds the liner, making a large wing effect. I topped this look off using the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara.
Going back to the face, I created a sharp contour using Benefit Hoola Bronzer (I’m desperate to get my hands on the Hoola Light!) and then bronzed all over with the Bourjois chocolate bronzer. I didn’t use any blush at all and went straight in with a large brush to apply the Sleek highlight palette on the high points of my face (cheek bones, nose and cupids bow) and finishing with the Sleek Liquid Lipstick in Birthday Suit.
Now, the fun part. You can use any glitter you like, I got mine from Amazon and it’s a simple iridescent white. There is no right or wrong to where you apply this as it’s just simply for fun and makeup doesn’t have to be perfect, it does wash off. Using the same brush that I used for highlighter, I applied it all over my cheek bones and nose and even adding a little bit to the inner corner of my eye. I then went back in as I thought I could do with more and placed it on the cheek bones again. WARNING: glitter goes EVERYWHERE. Literally everywhere. I have been finding it for weeks.
Top it off with your favourite setting spray, messy hair and a festival outfit and you’re good to go!
I hope you have the best time at your festivals this year, please remember to stay safe and look after each other.
With love, Beth x
Allergy season is here and every single year between March and August I have the worst hay fever ever. Itchy eyes? Check. Itchy and sore throat? Check. Blocked nose? Check. I have it all and to top it off, I’m asthmatic so it’s double the fun.
I find wearing makeup throughout the summer near impossible because my eyes water so much. By the end of the day I have lines down my face where my foundation did sit because my eyes leaked it all away. It’s a waste of money and I look ridiculous every single day.
However, over the years I’ve realised to just give up on makeup and create a flattering and subtle look instead.
In this case, it’s more about skincare and less about the makeup side. Less is more as they say.
I’ve been testing out a new skincare routine recently and my skin has never better. Each morning and evening I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser. I then follow with applying The Body Shop Tea Tree Tone and then the Mattifying Lotion.
I do struggle with oily skin normally but this routine has really helped my skin massively. I stay matte all day long and my makeup sits perfectly on it.
I highly recommend these skincare products from The Body Shop for everybody with oily or combo skin.
Secondly, I only ever apply the L’Oreal Magique Lumi Primer. This just makes my skin look super glowy and fresh. Next I apply the Freedom Brow Pomade in blonde and then a touch of mascara to my upper lashes.
This is my final look. It’s super basic and easy to do but it’s so effective since I do have severe hayfever. I find that the mascara is good only on the top lashes and obviously, a waterproof mascara is even better.
Let me know some of your tips for makeup throughout allergy season. In the meantime, check out my social media:
With love, Beth x
Riverdale has been the hype recently and along with so many other’s, I watched it. I found out that it was going to be a newly released show last November and without a doubt, I knew I would watch it. I crave cheesy, drama filled, romantic TV shows, I cant help myself. So, I watched the trailer, forgot about it and then it began in January. So, season 1 came and passed and after spending 13 episodes watching it, I can finally give you my full review on this show.
Is it worth the watch? I think so. If I’m totally honest, I was more interested in the story line of Jughead, Archie, Veronica and Betty than the murder of Jason Blossom, although I understood the point of Jason’s story line. However, as a show I think it’s brilliant and definitely could replace my love for The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf (there isn’t any supernatural behaviour in Riverdale though).
It took me 4 episodes to actually enjoy the show. That’s mainly because it was only introducing the character’s and setting the plot though. So nothing to do with the show exactly as the introduction is totally necessary. I do have favourites in Riverdale and my goodness, I really do look forward to seeing Cole Sprouse every single week. He play’s Jughead so well and has definitely drifted from his earlier work on Disney Channel. He’s fantastic as an actor and absolutely gorgeous. Where can I get one? Or two?
I’m also incredibly interested in the Cooper family, they just seem to have so many secrets and I want to know them all. However, Betty definitely seems like a totally different person in comparison to her parents.
I particularly love this 50s vibe that is has. I didn’t quite understand it at first, then found out that it’s because the comics were set in this time and just love that the show has stuck to this. The vibe is fantastic, the scenes are excellent and the cast couldn’t be any better.
I can see the next season being even better than the first and it’s been said that season 2 will have 22 episodes rather than 13! Wahoo. I thoroughly enjoyed this show and I can’t wait to see what hold’s for Jughead and Betty and to also finally see what drama Veronica’s dad brings to the town.
Use my discount code ‘bethdavies20’ for 20% off at www.coconut-lane.com
With love, Beth x
As you know I’m heading away for the whole summer and I’m going to New York. I don’t really have many summer clothes as I’ve thrown a lot away since they were old and tatty. So for the past few weeks in preparation for a big clothing shop I’ve been window shopping and browsing online at the types of things I want to buy before I head away and I thought I would show you guys.
I first went online to Matalan which I think is extremely underrated. Before moving to Aberystwyth I never ever shopped at Matalan and now I live here I generally have no choice but to shop there since we only have 2 actual clothing shops that I like. With that in mind, I’ve found some gorgeous items for the summer and realised Matalan are really upping their game! Their items aren’t all that expensive and generally they’re such wonderful and strong material.
I looked at the summer holiday section and found a fair few things that I like and may actually mix up. Firstly, these very pretty kaftan beach dresses (not entirely sure what to call them). These would be perfect for to throw over when you don’t want all that much sun. The white Pom Pom dress would be so cuter to wear to an evening stroll on the beach. I love how different these both are but still so pretty and flattering.
Price: £16 check here.
Price: £10 check here.
Next is another dress but a slightly more casual dress for evenings with a pair of heels or day time with sandals. I love how cute and petite it looks and the colour would look beautiful with a tan.
Priced: £12 check here.
I’ve not always been the biggest lover of playsuits as I generally like them to be quite spacious and baggy but I saw this one and immediately fell in love with it. I think I’ll still get this in a bigger size and wear it as an evening outfit.
Price: £9 check here.
I’ve been on the hunt for shorts this year but I’m quite fussy with them since I do have issues with the dreaded chub rub (thighs rubbing together). I’ve selected a few pairs that I like the look of but I think I’m going to go in store and try them before I buy them. I’m just going to see whether they’re long enough to make me feel comfortable in them.
Price: £14, check here.
Price: £4. Available in different colours, check here.
Swim wear will be something I never ever get on with. I like to feel comfortable at all times and I’m insecure about my body and weight so it makes everything worse. I like to look for costumes and bikinis that will flatter my curves and make me feel good (doesn’t everybody). I found two swim suits that I really like the design of and hope that they flatter me. Again, I’ll go instore and try these on.
Price: £16, check here.
Price: £16, check here.
There we have my Matalan summer wish list! You should check out their website or go in store, they have some beautiful items for next to nothing.
With love, Beth x
In my April 2017 BirchBox I said that it would be my last until October. Little did I know, my payment went out and the May 2017 box arrived. I’m not complaining as it’s a nice little treat but I did unsubscribe from BirchBox and it sort of irritated me that they didn’t follow through. So, now I have cancelled the direct debit, this is my final BirchBox unboxing until I return in October.
I will admit, this months box really isn’t my favourite ever and I’m probably least interested in these products more than any. Hopefully they will surprise me. However, I love the packaging of this months box. It’s a marble looking box and it’s just gorgeous, in fact I think I’m going to keep this to store things in.
This months box gives us two full sized products which is lovely. The first is the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting. This product retails at £14.49 full sized. I like this product 1. because you get your moneys worth for the box from this product alone and 2. because it actually looks like it would be a lovely highlight as well as eyeshadow. I actually don’t own anything like this so I’m probably most excited about this product than any other in the box.
I also got the SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack (full sized) which retails at £2.90 which iS crazy affordable. This product is supposed to de-clog your pores and just refresh your skin.
Another makeup item that I received is the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara which retails at £18 full sized. I’m always keen to try new mascaras and this is suppose to add volume and thickness which is good since I do have quite thin eyelashes.
I received the Whish Firming Body Cream. This product is £27 full sized and is super good as the brand doesn’t test on animals. It’s supposed to protect and soften skin which is good but it’s essentially a moisturiser.
Finally, the product that I’m least enthusiastic about is the Kueshi Hair Mask Shine and Volume which is £10.50 for a full product. It’s a basic, simple hair mask but because my hair is so thick I find that these types of products just cling to every strand of hair and does take ages to remove.
There we finally have the last unboxing. Enjoy!
With love, Beth x
Having a spring/summer clean out is so beneficial for you. It helps you to look around at your belongings and appreciate the fact that you’re so lucky to have so many things (more than you probably should). Decluttering also helps you to consider the things that you don’t use or wear anymore and give them to charity or your friends or even throw away the things that simply are of no use.
If you don’t know already, I’m heading away to the states for 3 months and I’m going to have to start packing my things up to move out of my current home and store things with my parents or Matt for the duration I am away. Since this is the case, I went ahead and gave my bedroom a decluttering to help make things easier for when I finally head away. I also own a lot of things that aren’t of any use to me anymore and I’m simply just hoarding them which really isn’t good for the little space I have.
Since I am doing this over the next few weeks I thought I would give you guys some of my tips to declutter your belongings and help reduce the amount of unnecessary things you have.
Tip #1: Don’t throw everything away, find other uses. Give to friends or family, even perhaps donate to charity. You may find that a lot of the things you no longer want are still in decent condition and others may want them instead. I like to find clothing that I don’t wear no more or even miscellaneous items that I have no use for and give them to charity or my loved ones.
Tip #2: When organising your things, use boxes to categories your sections. For example: Box 1 for friends and family. Box 2 for charity. Box 3 for the bin. Normally I’ll put everything in box 1 and see if my friends or family want anything from them, if they don’t then it’ll go in box 2.
Tip #3: Stop finding reasons to keep things. You don’t need that cardigan with holes in just because you’ve owned it for 10 years. That’s a decent reason to throw it away (can’t imagine you would give it to friends/family or charity.
Tip #4: G I also find it so relaxing to declutter and give my living environment a good clean. Crack on some music, get yourself a cocktail and away you go. I find it extremely relaxing to give my living space a good clean and declutter, it helps me to think better and feel more productive as well as feeling more relaxed when I’m spending time there.
Let me know some of your decluttering tips!
With love, Beth x
I recently went ahead and had a little clean out of my makeup collection. I think it’s so refreshing to remove any unwanted or unused products to make room for new releases and to also ensure that you’re not using products that are out of their expiry date. It’s so important that makeup users are aware of the expiry date that is set on each product, you don’t want to be using a mascara on your lashes if it is out of date as it can cause possible infections. This is the same case for face products too, they can cause a rash, acne and infections also. I will say, I didn’t throw massive amounts away and a lot of it I actually gave to people because the quality was good and I did at some point enjoy the product but I simply no longer use them and didn’t want to see them go to waste.
Whilst going through my clear out I thought I would with you guys what I would re-purchase from the items that I threw away and whether they’re worth having. Admittedly, not all of these products were out of date I simply threw them away or gave them away because I didn’t like them or they weren’t very good for my skin.
I did give away or throw some products that were totally disappointing, for example the Urban Decay Illuminating Trio was the biggest waste of money I have ever purchased. Along with the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. Both of these products were awful and especially the illuminating trio. The trio were supposed to be highlighters but they had very little to no pigment to them. They were pretty much just shimmer and looked as if I had thrown small glitter pieces at my face. They weren’t even long wearing either. The primer potion just felt totally unnecessary and I feel that concealer works just as well than paying a fortune for the primer potion.
Another products that I was disappointed to be throwing away was the Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Old Hollywood. If you don’t know already, I love these liquid lipsticks by Sleek. The formula is incredible, the pigment is outstanding and they’re not drying at all. However, this shade was awful. It was so patchy, it cakes up and literally would lay in ever single crease on my lips (yes, I do use a lip balm before applying them). I was shocked to dislike this product simply because I love the shades Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper.
Finally, a product that was also really disappointed with was the Maybelline Sculpting Stick (I’ve totally forgotten the name). It is a cream contour and highlight stick and I think this was the most awful cream contour I’ve ever used. It just didn’t blend well and when it didn’t I found that the pigment was awful and just didn’t show at all. It was a total waste of money and I wouldn’t ever repurchase this.
There we have it! Check out my social media:
Use my discount codes:
- bethdavies20 for 20% off at http://www.coconut-lane.com
With love, B x
March has ended which means that my 21st birthday isn’t long away and I’m probably more excited than I should be. Since March has finished it’s time to let you guys know what I’ve been loving throughout the month and my recommendations to you, so let’s jump straight into it.
For the month of March I did put myself on a beauty spending ban (I did buy a couple of little things, naughty of me) so I don’t have that many products to share with you guys!
Real Techniques has released new brushes with Superdrug and they’re called the MultiTech Collection. They’re on the pricey side for Real Techniques and I said in my beauty wishlist post that I wanted to try some of these brushes. They come in a selection that caters for the face and eyes but also include a beauty sponge for £9.99. I already love the Real Techniques Bold Metals Diamond Sponge, I swear by it so I’m definitely looking forward to giving their new sponge a try. However, I actually purchased the XL Point Brush which is extremely large, I paid £13.49 but it’s usually £17.99. It’s a universal brush that can be used for powder, bronzer, foundation and tinted moisturiser. I have used the brush for all these applications and I definitely agree and think that this brush is incredible. It’s such good quality and makes my makeup look flawless and it’s so easy and quick to do now since the brush is so big. I absolutely love it!
I’ve been loving the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara. This stuff, UGHHHH! SO GOOD. To start with, this is super black and creates such dark lashes which I personally love for a glam look. It also adds so much volume to my lashes that I don’t ever wear falsies with it. It’s a brilliant mascara for the drugstore and I will definitely be repurchasing.
I’ve not been all that well this month, so I’ve been watching Netflix far too often. However, they recently added Inside West Coast Customs to the list and I’ve been loving it! It brings back so many memories to my childhood and I find it s interesting how they make these incredible cars.
I’ve read a few books this month and I had two favourites. The first being The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon and a review is already up on this book. The second is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and a review will be up on this book next month. They’re both beautiful, heart warming stories and definitely both have different story lines. I loved each of them so much but for completely different reasons. Paige Toon’s novel is about three identical triplets who at some point in their lives all fell in love with the same guy, a little less realistic but still a lovely and easy read. Where as Jennifer Niven’s novel is a more sensitive novel about mental health and suicide awareness.
There we have it, a little boring this month but my month favourites have arrived! Let me know what you’ve been loving.
With love, Beth x
My March BirchBox arrived rather late this month, therefore my review on it had to be late, super sorry! However, it’s arrived and I’m really looking forward to digging into these wonderful products.
This month (and some other months) we’ve been able to choose one of the items that goes into the box. This month it happened to be one of the new Benefit They’re Real lipsticks and lipliners. I chose mine in the shade Lusty Rose as it seemed like the shade I would wear more often. It’s a very pretty, mauve shade and it looks beautiful with so many looks. Since the box arrived I have not stopped wearing it but I’m still unsure whether I love it. I definitely enjoy the colour and creamy formula but it just feels so heavy on my lips and if I’m paying attention to it and sometimes I can’t help but pay attention to it, I find that it really irritates me. These lipsticks retail at £16.50 full sized.
Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been having a love affair with the Batiste Dry Shampoo for so many years now and I will always go back to it for a dry shampoo. I find that it works brilliantly, it isn’t bad for the price and the scents are gorgeous and really help the texture of my hair when I don’t feel like washing it. I’ve used this a few times and I do see a difference with this product in comparison to the original dry shampoo, I just find that my hair different with it rather than the original. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my dry shampoo from Batiste but I think this may be a new love of mine. This is a newly released product from Batiste (I could be wrong but I don’t think I am) and retails at £4.49 full sized which is around the same price some of the other dry shampoo’s from the brand.
I’ve never tried anything from the brand BalanceMe so when I received the Instant Lift Primer I was immediately excited. I love trying new primer’s and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. This primer is supposed to help pores disappear and by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and acacia gum, it tightens and smooths the skin to create the ideal complexion. I have tried this already but I don’t feel like I’ve tried it enough to give a proper review. I also think the sample size is far too small and has very little product in it that I may only have 2 or possibly 3 portions left. This then means that I have to head out and buy the full sized product, which is £22 to see whether I really do like it.
I also received the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, this retails at £14.50 and is a BirchBox exclusive. This is probably the product that I am least excited about, I often just use my normal skincare routine to remove my eye makeup and that works absolutely fine. I never go out of my way to purchase an eye makeup remover simply because I don’t think it’s worth the money and I don’t find any micellar water’s irritate my eyes at all. However, it’s a nice treat to have and I’ll take full advantage since I have it and hope that I don’t enjoy it too much because £14.50 for a eye makeup remover is a little pricey.
Lastly, I received the Rituals Sensational Foaming Shower Gel. I received the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in my October BichBox and loved it, it was incredible on my skin and made my skin feel really hydrated and refreshed. Since I’ve already tried something from this brand it has definitely made me look more forward to trying this shower gel.and it’s a foam which I find so much to play with!
Let me know what you had in your box this month.
With love, Beth x
I read a book a few months ago called All The Bright Things. In this book the characters were listing the things they wanted to do, achieve or create before they die and it inspired me to write about the things I want to do before I do (a long time away I hope so plenty of time to get through my list!). So, let’s jump straight in shall we.
Before I die I want to…
- Swim with dolphins.
- Go to Hawaii.
- Own a home (or two if I’m lucky enough).
- Be my own boss.
- Have children and raise them in a two parent home.
- Go to Italy and make my own pizza (I know I can do this anywhere but.. Italy right?).
- Be given the type of love only a parent can get.
- Marry my best friend.
- Build a tree house.
- Visit the Great Barrier Reef.
- Visit more of the UK.
- Go and visit Jess in Canada.
- Work abroad for a year.
- Own a high end bag.
- Take a trip with just my brothers (probably too wishful).
- Witness a miracle.
- Never have to worry about money.
- Go on a safari.
Across the years I’ll probably accomplish some of these things and continue to add more. This is just the start of my very long journey. How about you guys write your own list of things to do, achieve or create before you die!
Use my discount code ‘bethdavies20‘ for 20% off http://www.coconut-lane.com
With love, Beth x
Is it really a story? Is having anxiety and panic attacks an actual story of my life? No of course not. Actually, the title of this post is actually bothering me and so much so that it’s causing me anxiety. Yep, that’s my life with anxiety.
In March 2016 I began having panic attacks, which at first I thought were asthma related. In reality, after months of experiencing them and a number of doctors appointments it was determined that in fact, I have anxiety and panic disorder.
So, how did it start? Well Matt and I were walking quite a high cliff to visit a monument and whilst up there I felt like I couldn’t breath, my throat felt like it was closing and I couldn’t stop shaking. I went home, took my inhaler and didn’t feel any relief at all but managed to calm myself down. Turns out, asthma related my ass. It was a god awful, tormenting, dreadful panic/anxiety attack.
I used to have them daily and it became a normal part of my life. Each day I would wake up and wait for the panic attack or multiple panic attacks to happen. However, now I tend to get them maybe 1-3 times a month which has definitely improved to what I was used too. Sometimes, even less.
I tried for so long to cope with them myself and tried so hard to not go on medication. However, after months (a full summer..) I was barely going out, hardly speaking to people, I would spend most of my days in bed reading or watching films. I relied on Matt to feel safe and it just wasn’t a life I wanted. So, I headed to the doctors to be put on anti-depressents to help my issues (spoiler: they didn’t lol obviously).
I didn’t stay on the medication longer than a month a half because it simply didn’t help. The panic attacks continued, my feelings of anxiousness carried on. Things did change though, I changed. I wanted better for myself, I didn’t want the life I had been having so I fought it. I battled my way through the sadness and ever since and I probably will always continue to battle my panic attacks.
As you know, I’m currently spending my summer working in America. However, since I’m writing this before I leave (I have two weeks before I fly out) I can tell you, that my anxiety is through the roof. I’m barely eating (not like me, I love pasta and cake), I either sleep for 12+ hours of my day or I don’t sleep at all and I’m so overwhelmed with emotions that I can’t control them. I can’t count how many panic attack’s I have had. Change trigger’s my anxiety and I know it does for a lot of people, it is so ridiculous that I can’t experience change in a happy and exciting way. However, this is norm for me. It’s my life and I won’t say to anybody that I wish I was different because I am this way for a reason. It’s so hard to deal with things right now but I know in the long run, I’ll be thankful to myself for giving myself a push and the opportunity to live life the way I have always wanted to.
They aren’t fun, I without fail always need help to get myself out of them. I really struggle to cooperate since I’m unaware of many things when I have them. The difference between then and now? I know what I want for myself and although I love knowing how safe I am with Matt. I know that I’m going to be okay regardless of the situation and I can’t hide from everything because I won’t ever become anybody or achieve anything.
Instead of fearing them.. I embrace them. Anxiety is not who I am. Panic attacks are not who I am. I’m more than my mental health.
With love, Beth x
DISCLAIMER: This is not me being horrible towards Revlon at all. I do enjoy products from the brand and will more than likely purchase more, just not this foundation. It simply didn’t work for my skin and I didn’t like it.
I don’t enjoy slating products at all, especially when I do enjoy other products from the brand. However, the Revlon Foundation Stick was the most disappointing foundation I have ever used. I’m combination skin between dry/oily which I’m fine with and I generally control it quite well but this foundation literally did nothing, it didn’t even stay on for more than 2 hours and sometimes less.
Regardless of whether I used a primer, moisturiser or whatever, it doesn’t bloody stay on. I got it from Superdrug in the 3 for 2 deal but it’s normal price is £9.99 and it’s not worth it at all. It isn’t even worth the 3 for 2 deal and it was a free product!
Within 2 hours it literally looked like I hadn’t applied anything. The texture felt awful and just didn’t ever set. No products would stick to it at all. So, overall rubbish product.
With love, Beth x
This past Sunday afternoon I had 2 tickets to visit the Wales Millennium Center to watch The Addams Family Musical. It’s probably been the best decision I’ve made in weeks and I’m so pleased with picking this musical to see with Mum who has never been to a show before!
I’ve been an avid fan of The Addams Family for as long as I can remember and when I found out that there was a musical I couldn’t wait to go. I wasn’t sure if I’d actually be able to see it due to my trip to New York but since I’m back I knew I wanted to go and I was determined.
My main reason for wanting to see this show specifically was 1. Because I love the story, movies and TV series. 2. Carrie Fletcher is one of my favourite Youtubers/Authors and the sister of Tom Fletcher from my favourite band, McFly.
The performance was outstanding and I especially loved that it was based when Wednesday was a lot older. The actors played the roles so well and I was so impressed with Samantha Womack as before I went I couldn’t stop picturing her as Ronnie Mitchell. It was a mixture of emotions and I felt like I couldn’t take my eyes off it for the whole show. The humour was dark but so funny and it had such a different twist to it than the movies/TV series.
It’s been my favourite musical so far and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
With love, Beth x
I have always been a sensitive person and for so long I have thought that this is a problem and I should try to change this. However, during 2017 I realised that this is actually a really lovely aspect of my personality and something that 1. I cannot change and 2. I don’t want to change. I think it’s so important that people understand that sensitivity shouldn’t be taken lightly and if you know someone who is incredibly sensitive, please accept that they need a little more lovin’ and protecting than others.
For me, I cry at everything. I may not even be sad and I’ll cry. I’ll especially cry if I’m angry or arguing with someone. This one makes me feel so irritated because it looks like I’m upset about the situation or feeling guilty and like 80% of the time I’m neither of these but just emotion. I also find that I feel so vulnerable during this time so people will stop arguing with me and dammit, don’t!! If I feel like I’m right in the situation, accept that I want to argue my point even if I am crying.
However, there are more things that are irritating about being highly sensitive. Such as overthinking, if I come across something that I don’t particularly like I will probably overthink it and continue to overthink it until it drives me insane and I eventually have to mention it.
Since I do cry at anything, I can even watch those videos of babies and without fail will cry instantly. Even videos when people get engaged also when children are reunited with their parents who are in the army.. yep I’ll cry. I once even cried when I saw a puppy who was as big as my hand. I don’t even like animals all the much. Honestly, it’s ridiculous how much I cry at things that aren’t even worth crying at but people often find this humorous.
Like I previously said, I have always seen my sensitivity as a flaw but what I’ve realised most is that I’m actually a very loving person and I’m always careful and considerate of feelings (although I don’t always have a filter and have been known to upset someone, apologise and then think about it for the rest of my life and always feel like the most horrible person to ever exist). I put others first before myself and I like to give people lots of loving and overwhelm them with my time and attention, even if they don’t want it.
In actual fact, being sensitive doesn’t mean it’s a bad part of my life but it does help me to be a more kind and compassionate person. I may always feel like I have done something wrong or upset someone, I don’t enjoy confrontation so when I do have to do it, I cry and that’s okay because it’s just who I am and I have learned to accept it. I also find that I miss others more than they miss me and I’ve learned to accept that even though I’m not reliant on other people but I like to be comfortable with who I am around and I’ll miss you the most if I’ve not seen you in a long time. That’s not bad at all and I’d love and appreciate any person who is like that with me.
So, if you’re a highly sensitive person.. don’t worry about it! You aren’t the only one and you’re going to be known for being loving, kind and thoughtful. I will always prefer to be known as that than something else.
With love, B X