BirchBox Unboxing // May 2017

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! 

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Book Review: All The Bright Places 

This weeks review is on the incredibly beautiful and heart breaking novel All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. 

After the loss of her sister Violet feels lost and destroyed. Eventually she comes across Theodore Finch who helps her to think twice about jumping off the bell tower at their high school. From the moment they met Violet learnt how to live again from a boy who wanted to die. 

I don’t cry at books very often but this book, I made many an exception for. This is an incredibly heart breaking novel and my goodness, I don’t recommend it for the faint hearted. The best thing about the book is that it captures the realities people go trough on an everyday basis and sometimes leading to their own deaths. The love between three was so obviously shown and continued to across the book and the cry for help that Theodore was asking for was never aided until it was too late. 

Incredible book and so much so since I read it in less than a day and cried for about a week.. beautiful book and totally recommend to everybody! 

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Life Update

I’ve come to a point now when I know its necessary to share with you what’s been going on with my life and what is going to happen. So, if you don’t know already I’ve been studying Childhood Studies in Aberystwyth University for the past 3 years and it’s finally coming to an end. Although I’m sad to see it go as I’ve changed and become a woman I’m proud to be, I’m looking forward to a new challenge and an exciting new path to take (when I decide what that is.. more to come).

After months in fact almost a year of hard work and dedication, my dissertation has finally been completed and submitted. It was a long time coming and for the most part I did enjoy writing it but it wasn’t easy but I’m glad I got to do it. A dissertation isn’t easy at all and people really don’t express how difficult it is to write at all, the stress that comes with it is bizarre and awful and I hated those parts, However, I really enjoyed gathering the data and writing up the statement of results, it was the most enjoyable part (alongside finishing it). For those of you who are currently finishing your second year and preparing to write your dissertation, you will eventually finish it and please remember to enjoy it. This piece of work is a representation of your entire degree and you deserve to enjoy it and embrace it.

With that, my degree is finally over! Three hard years of work, dedication and time. I’ve enjoyed my time in Aberystwyth as a student and I have grown to love and adore my little town and I can definitely see me living here, raising children and having a life. However, for now I know that this is a long shot and I have so much to do within the next few years and I can’t wait to explore this world we have and see what else I can become and achieve.

With that in mind, I’m heading to New York in 1 month. 12th June I’ll be flying to JFK and spending three months in America. I can’t wait to go! I’ll be working at a summer camp for the first few weeks and then spending some time travelling around the country and enjoying the aspects that I may never have to chance of visiting again. I’ll be scheduling posts for the months I’m away but generally I’ll be limited on social media and I’ll respond and upload as often as I can.

Since this is the end, I’ll be back in September ready prepared to write more posts and build my blog. Enjoy your summer! Check out my social media:

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Aberystwyth University Society Awards 

In January 2017 I launched a society in University called EduSoc (Education Society). EduSoc is a society that encourages all students who want to work with young children. Whether it’s teaching, nursing, author or parent. Within the also 4 months we have gained over 50 members and welcomed each of them into our little community with open arms. I have worked tirelessly to create a name for our wonderful little (big-ish..) society and on Wednesday, that was definitely shown. 

Myself, James, Roisin and Megan attended the Aberystwyth University society awards and had a lovely night. We ate, drank and celebrated the achievements of EduSoc. Throughout the night there are awards available for societies such as biggest contributors (charity and non-charity), volunteer of the year and society of the year. 

EduSoc were nominated for the following awards and here is what we won:

Best New Society: 2nd place. 

Society of the year: no place.

I was also nominated for an award and won 3rd place for societies personality of the year. Along with that, I was honoured enough to receive my full colours from Aberystwyth University which is an incredible award and I am so humbled and grateful for both of my achievements. 

As I’m now graduating I am no longer president of this wonderful society. However, I know I’ve left it to good hands. Good luck to the 2017/2018 committee. I hope to see some of you up on that stage next year. 

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April Favourites

April has come to end which means that 1. My dissertation and end of degree is SO CLOSE. 2. I’ll be heading off to America for my 3 month adventure next next month! How exciting. Although, it does also mean that my birthday came for this year and I am officially 21 years old. 

Not going to lie but I haven’t really had many favourites at all this month. It’s been Easter break and I have spent my three weeks off writing my dissertation and finishing my final assignment. I’m also incredibly poor since payday still hasn’t made it my way yet. It’s really not been that exciting but I have a few things that I’ve been loving this month. 

Firstly, I went back to work part time! I know this isn’t something big for most but I love to work. I stopped so I could do better in my degree and I was really thankful that I done this. However, I wanted to save more money to go away with. I really enjoy the independence I have when I work and how fulfilling it feels to have completed something different to uni work. Now I’m finishing my degree I’ll actually be working all through the summer as well which makes me very happy! 

I’ve realised this month how much I really enjoy student life. Don’t get me wrong, being poor and gaining excessive amounts of weight isn’t exactly what I want in life but I do really love being a student. I love the the new knowledge I gain when I read a book and write an essay. I love the life I have in Aberystwyth and how grateful I am to go to a university in such a beautiful little town. I love how I can have the whole of Easter to myself to write my essay’s and binge watch Netflix.. How can I complain?! its definitely going to be emotional when I leave student life behind. 

I received the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette for my birthday from Matt’s parents and I bloody love it. Firstly, it smells incredible but I really wanted it for the selection of colours that it has to offer. It has such a wide range of shades that are perfect for the summer time and as I’m only taking one eye shadow palette with me this summer, I think this is the one I’ll be travelling with! Perhaps I’ll give a proper review of my beloved palette. 

I’ve read a few books this month and I’m really loving getting back into my reading. Out of all the books I’ve read (I say all.. like 3) I really enjoyed reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It was beautifully written and such an enjoyable read. Fortunately for you guys I’ve got a review up next month on this brilliant book! Look out of it. 

There we have my April faves. I know there isn’t much but generally this month has been real chill! I’m sure next months will be a bit more fun. 

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Declutter Your Life!

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! 

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My Go-To Romance Movies

I love a good romance movie, who doesn’t? Like many, I have several go-to romance movies that I always lean towards when I fancy watching a soppy love story. I love nothing more than watching one of these films regardless of my mood. So I thought I would share with you guys my favourites!

Friends with Benefits

The Notebook

Bridget Jones

Dear John

P.S I Love You

Chalet Girl

Letters to Juliet

The Proposal

The Princess Diaries

The Vow

The Last Song

John Tucker Must Die

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