September Goals Update

Well it’s here, another monthly goals finished. Did I achieve them? Well, let’s find out. 

How have I done this September?

September has come and gone and at the beginning of the month, I promised myself I would attempt to 1. lose 3lb in weight. I’ll admit, this month has been difficult and that’s mostly because I’ve added exercise to my plan and it’s made my weight fluctuate massively. Since I can’t actually tell you whether I have lost a complete 3lb or not, I will tell you that I have officially lost 3 inches around my waist and 2 inches on my thighs. I’m super happy with the progress I’ve been making and I’m slowly starting to understand that even though I’ve not seen the numbers on the scale go down, that doesn’t mean my body isn’t changing and I’m not losing weight. This has been proven by the loss of inches on my body! 

I told myself I would finally give in and join the gym, making sure that I go at least 3 times a week. I did in fact join the gym and without any kicking or screaming, I’ve actually been going 5/6 times a week with 1 rest day on a Sunday. I’ve been really enjoying myself and adding more exercise to my life has given me so many new benefits, I’m so much more energetic, I don’t feel so drained at all and slowly I have managed to see a difference with my physical and mental health. 

Finding a new hobby is always difficult because I never like to leave my comfort zone but really, I picked one up without even noticing! Exercise has become an everyday, important aspect of my life. Whether it’s waking up and doing 15 minutes of yoga or heading to the gym. I’ve given myself something to enjoy that isn’t work or uni. 

Since I have moved to a new place I was so incredibly anxious that I wouldn’t make friends and I’d be the loner who sits by herself all the time. This didn’t happen and I’ve made some lovely friends whilst here in Carmarthen! They’re all so lovely and I’m so grateful to have been welcomed into their little uni families. 

The big one, so did I do it? Did I reach 10k on my blog? Unfortunately, I did not. However, that’s absolutely fine as we have another month full of blog posts ready for me to achieve that big milestone! 

I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm, with the occasional weekend post! Be sure to come by and help me reach that massive 10k visits from you wonderful bunch. 

Have the happiest of Octobers!

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With love, Beth x 

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8 Dissertation Survival Tips

At the beginning of my degree, I was told that my time in university would go faster than I had expected or wanted and I thought they were wrong. However, they were not wrong and the past 3 years flew by and my dissertation came and went but it was the most stressful experience ever. It’s not the most fun experience I have ever had but I definitely discovered a few things to make the time more bearable. So, here are ___ ways to survive your dissertation. 

#1: Take 1 or 2 days off a week from your dissertation. You’re allowed a break and it’ll help you to refresh and prepare yourself for more work and research. 

#2: Dieting isn’t going to happen whilst writing your dissertation and if you’re able to, I want to give you a medal because I couldn’t do it at all. I found having snacks near me helped me to stay more motivated and the more words I would write the more snacks I deserved. 

#3: Sleep is important and I will constantly say this regardless of the activity. You’re going to get stressed and it’ll be exhausting, with that you’ll need a decent night’s sleep and a casual nap. 

#4: Don’t ever forget to shower. 

#5: Changing locations from your usual place may help you to think differently when it comes to writing. Often I wrote mine in my bedroom but I loved going to the library as I found myself more motivated and I wrote differently. 

#6: Do something to help you relax, whether it’s to read a book, watch a film or hang out with your friends. You need to be doing different things other than writing your dissertation all the time. 

#7: Create a timetable. You’re going to have other assignments to write alongside your dissertation, I found it was the best way to organise myself. I liked to plan for a month and would give myself time to dedicate days to other assignments and other things which were not education-related. 

#8: Starting writing early!! I began my dissertation during the summer because I had a lot of free time and I was able to dedicate my time to my literature review and methodology. By the time you go back to university you’ll be well on track and you’ll be able to dedicate more time to making your changes and beginning your research. 

I wish you all the best of luck for your upcoming dissertation and I want to remind you that you’ll be incredibly thankful for when it’s complete. 

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With love, Beth x 

H&M Beauty Sponge Review

H&M have been a little hit and miss with me across the years, their clothing is lovely but the sizing is often difficult to figure out. I’ve always been intrigued by their beauty selection as I know again some people say it’s hit and miss, certain products are fantastic but others are a little difficult to work with. 

So, when I was in there recently I saw that they had their own beauty sponge for a bargain of £1.99! I’m always interested in testing new sponges because they’re such a statement in my routine that if I can find an affordable one then I’m always pleased!


Can I honestly say that this sponge has changed my life? No, it really hasn’t. If I’m totally honest, for £1.99 it isn’t the worst sponge in the world but I doubt I’ll ever repurchase this again. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an OK sponge. I do find that the sponge sucks up a lot of product which is so irritating and the faint bumps along the sponge can transfer and make the foundation or concealer look weird and leaves marks. 

                   SPONGE VS BRUSH 

I tested the sponge on one side of my face and a brush on the other side. Personally, I preferred the finish that the brush gave me because it just looked more full coverage and flawless. Whereas the sponge just took away and sucked up the product. So it made the one side of my makeup less full coverage and a little more cakey. 


I really do think the Real Techniques sponges are really worth the money and I would rather invest in the more expensive sponges (only like £4 more) since they are more effective. They don’t suck up the product and actually really do make the products look flawless and exactly how I like it. 

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With love, Beth x 

Summer Playlist!

A few songs from my 2017 summer playlist.. enjoy!

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Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This 

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl 

The Vamps – All Night 

Niall Horan – Slow Hands 

Charli XCX – Dreamer 

Lorde – Green Light 

Josh Turner – Your Man 

Florida Georgia Line – Cruise 

Una Healy – Stay My Love 

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With love, Beth x

My Weight Loss Diary

Since the end of July it’s been my mission to lose weight. This is definitely attempt number 1 million but this time I’ve never been more motivated to actually give it a go. Two years ago I lost 2 stone during the summer and felt amazing, then got into a relationship and gained it all back and more. Now I’m single again, the mission to lose weight is so much easier and definitely less daunting. 

I’m not following any diets at all, not slimming world, weight watchers or any fad diets. I’m just going with what I feel comfortable with and it seems to be working quite effectively. Truthfully, I’m so proud of myself for how well I’ve done in such a short space of time. My weight loss has definitely been a large contributor to how my mental health is doing and it just continues to motivate me to be and do better. 

So, how have I been doing? 

I lost 1 stone within the first month. I definitely think this is mainly because I’m just generally eating better. I eat a fruit and vegetables every single day with every meal. I drink plenty of water but occasionally I still treat myself. During the first month I had 1 bad day in total and I ate everything in sight and then I nipped it in the bud and had a fresh start the next day. It didn’t help that I was going away for the day and making healthy choices wasn’t the easiest option.

I don’t want to lose loads of weight, maybe 2.5 or 3 stone (30-40 pounds) just so I feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve never ever been skinny and I don’t want to lose the curvy figure that I have. 

Honestly the best way for me to lose weight was to find motivation, something to aim for. Perhaps you have a holiday, a wedding or a birthday. In my case,  I just want to feel comfortable again. After a breakup feeling unhappy with your life and yourself is natural, so in order for me to get over the breakup I started focusing on myself for the first time in forever and I’ve loved every minute of it. 

Losing weight is hard, after the first stone I lose I found that I’m not losing the weight as fast as I was used too. However, a pound or two a week is actually more than you can imagine. They build up and eventually your weight is dropping, your clothes don’t fit, you can run up the stairs without feeling like you’re going to pass out. Not only that, you become happier, more comfortable and most importantly, confident. You feel like you can rule the world and you definitely can. 

Weight loss is different for everybody. We all have different body types, different motabolisms and it’s difficult to say that the way I’ve lost weight is the same way that you will. Whatever way you’re losing weight just do it the way that works for you. There’s no right or wrong as long as you’re doing it in a healthy way. 

Below is a food diary for myself for one day, feel free to follow it.  

Breakfast: 2 weetabix/honey whole grain cheerios and fruit or 1 wholemeal toast and scrambled egg with fruit. 

Lunch: Jacket potato, salad and chicken/tuna, with a small amount of salad cream 30% fat free. 

Dinner: Spaghetti bolognase or chicken curry. 

Snacks: Alpen light bars or fruit. 

If I’m finding myself craving sugar, beef space raiders or a freddo are my go too. 

I do drink Diet Coke but I’m often found with an apple and raspberry sparkling water and I like to drink a lot throughout the day. Often if you feel hungry it’s normally because you’re thirsty, so for smaller portion sizes drink a glass of water before your meal and before your snack to make sure you know what you’re feeling. 

Honestly though, during weight loss you’re going to have those days when you want to give up and eat 3 Big Macs, a pizza, the whole willy wonka factory and a house. Some days you just need it and once I’m a while I eat something that’s out of plan. It helps with weight loss as your body will become used to the healthy foods and it’ll adjust and your weight loss will be slower. So once/twice a week make those choices on what you want to treat yourself with. I like chocolate and crisps, although now instead of a kit kat and a bag of Doritos I’ll eat a freddo and a packet of space raiders. They’re lower in calories, smaller portions and I find them satisfying enough to keep me going. 

It’s so important to mix my meals up, I don’t want to be eating the same things over and over again because well that’s boring. So instead of a jacket potato, I might have a chicken salad wrap. The wrap would be my carbs for the day. If I have bread or cereal I won’t have anything else and I never have both bread and cereal together. I also do the same for diary so if I have milk, I don’t have cheese. 

I also love a cheat meal at least once a week. I’m entitled to it and I know lots of people have cheat meals through their diet. It’s alright to do this but remember to get back on your diet straight after. It’s a cheat meal, that doesn’t mean you should fall back into your old ways.

I’ve found having motivation or a purpose to lose weight really helps. Mine has been for several reasons but really it’s for myself, I want to feel comfortable in my skin. 

I’m over 1 stone gone and I can’t wait to see what else I can achieve by January 2018. 

Next step: exercise more. 

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Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

Musicals I Want To See 

I’m a musical fan but I’ve only ever seen We Will Rock you in London. There are so many incredible shows touring the UK and I feel like I’m missing out. I love musicals, I love everything about them and I’ve loved 21 years on this earth having only seen one show. I have so many I want to see so I thought I’d let you know!

Wicked

Matilda

Les Miserables

Grease

Footloose

Billy Elliott

These are the shows that I especially want to see out of all the incredible productions that are available. Have you seen any? Tell me what they’re like!

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With love, Beth x

Sleek Contour and Highlight Palette 

A few months ago I bought the Sleek Cream Contour and Highlight palette. This palette holds 6 shades, 3 light for highlighting and 3 darker for contouring. Now, I’ve never tried cream contouring before and this was a whole new world for me. However, I did like the finish it gave me. Don’t get me wrong, at first I didn’t know what shade when where and how I used the product but eventually I figured out what was best for me and my skin and learned to enjoy the palette and technique of cream contouring quite a lot.

Is it worth the money? Yes, I think so. I got mine in Superdrug for £10.99. I looked at the reviews and some said it’s not good for oily skin, others said it’s not good for dry skin (so which skin type is it good for?!). However, other people were saying how brilliant it is. At this point I knew I had to get it and try for myself even if it didn’t work as well.

I got mine in light and the shades are ideal for my pale complexion. I often use all 6 shades and love the natural look it gives me. The product is very consistent, blends ok and can sometimes be a little tough, so it’s best to store it in an appropriate place.

The pans are extremely large and you get a fair bit of product, you can’t go wrong for £10.99.

Do I think it’s better than powder products? Unfortunately I don’t. I understand the concept but I just simply prefer using powdered products instead. I prefer the finish power products give me, although I won’t knock Cream products at all. In fact this palette has encouraged me to get more.

Let me know what you think.

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With love, Beth x