What Am I Thankful For?

Blogmas day 24! It’s Christmas Eve and I just can’t believe how we have gotten here so quickly. This time of year is beautiful, it really does allow you to think of all the things you’re grateful for and how appreciative you are of life.

This year, I’m so thankful for change. Some people are afraid of change and I know I was as well, but this year, I embraced it. I graduated from my first degree, started my second in a new town, new university and begun creating a new life for myself. I’ve met some incredible people and I’ve had the best first semester ever. I threw myself in the deep end and started to experience the uni life I never really had in Aberystwyth.

With that in mind, I’m grateful for my grandmother. This year she’s had all sorts thrown at her and she has fought her way through it all. Taken it all in her stride and not let it get her down. Each day I realise that she’s the reason I’m working so hard to better myself. She’s a real inspiration and someone I’m so incredibly grateful to have in my life.

My niece and nephew are growing up so quickly, Gracie recently turned 7 and Ethan is due to turn 2 next month. It’s so amazing to have the honour of watching these little ones grow and develop into the most wonderful children ever. They’re experiencing childhood to the full and have the most amazing people in their lives to help them achieve whatever they want. They’re beautiful and I love them so much!

However this year, I’m most thankful for my mum. We haven’t always had the best bond, we haven’t always been close. To be honest, we’ve fought and battled with each other for years. Until this year, I experienced my first heartbreak and my mum was my absolute rock through it all. I was devastated and she helped me through everything. Something I never thought I would ever see her do. I do think she’s finally realised that I’m an adult now and she hadn’t been able to let me go for so long. But now she has, we’re closer than ever. I couldn’t imagine my mum not being in my life even when she’s being the biggest pain in the ass. This year I am so grateful to have had her help me and guide me through everything I’ve needed her for.

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With love, Beth x

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7 Things To Do In The New Year

Another new year has passed and we’re almost in 2018! There are people everywhere doing things as a fresh start for the new year, whether it’s adding or removing things to your life or simply having a clear out. We all do a little something to really make a difference to the new year and month.

For me, I always like to have a clear out. I think there’s nothing better than starting the new year with a freshly cleaned home and a clear mind. I also like to do other things just to really make the extra difference to my life and I think it’s time to share them with you!

  1. Having a clear out is important so whether it’s your clothing, your draws or whatever it could possibly be. Go ahead and empty your unnecessary items into the bin for another year.
  2. Make decorative change to your home. Fancy a new colour in your living room? Flooring? Make a list of things you want to do to make your house feel that extra more homey and you’ll thank yourself in December when you achieve these.
  3. Send happy new year cards! It’s always lovely to show people how much you love them and how grateful you are for them. I think writing cards is so thoughtful and what better than letting someone know you’re so happy that you have them in your life.
  4. Give to the homeless or a charity, maybe both? Who knows. December is a month for giving and it doesn’t stop there! Whether you have left over food or clearing away any old toys, you can always donate them.
  5. Organise your monthly bills. Paper chase have the most incredible annual budget diaries and I think it’s a great way to get your finances in order and make 2018 another successful year.
  6. Plan a trip! There is nothing better than knowing you have something to look forward too. I definitely plan on organising a holiday this year and I can’t wait to give myself a little motivation and excitement for the upcoming months.
  7. Setting goals is important and for me, I like to do them monthly rather than yearly as they’re often more achievable. I really think that it’s important to do more of what makes you happy and do things to improve your sense of self.

Let me know some of the things that you like to do in January to make your new year more successful!

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With love, Beth x

10 Benefits of Exercising 

I recently started to take exercising more seriously and don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert at all. Although that doesn’t mean I haven’t become aware of the perks of exercising whilst doing it, my body has been changing but not only that, my mental health. Whether it’s my shape, my skin or my mind, I’m finding that there are so many benefits from exercising and it’s encouraged me to do it more. 

It has so many benefits, most of which I never knew or understood for a long time. In fact, the thought of exercise used to give me major lazy-bones syndrome. I hated everything to do with exercise for so long and when I eventually started taking my weight loss seriously I just knew that I wanted to increase my chances of loss and changing my body shape by adding exercise to my plan. 

Exercise is different for everybody and people change in accordance to their mind and body. These are the things I’ve noticed that have happened since I’ve started taking exercise more seriously but I would love for you to share with me your feelings on exercise! 

I used to exercise religiously, in fact it probably wasn’t at all healthy. However,after minimising the amount I exercise and finding a balance between what makes me happy, I have noticed the benefits that come from exercising. So, what benefits have I noticed from exercising? Continue reading to find out. 

1. I do struggle with acne and I always have but I’ve found since exercising my skin has become so much more clear. Perhaps this is the amount of water I’m now drinking, the healthy balanced diet and exercise combined. Whatever it is, it’s working and I’m very happy! 

2. Exercise boosts your endophines, meaning that you’ll become less stressed, anxious, angry and confused. 

3. You’ll feel more confident seeing changes to your body. You’ll try on your old clothes and start feeling more yourself again enjoy the skin you’re in. 

4. Eating healthy and exercising can decrease your chances of being unwell and having to fight those nasty winter colds. As well as improving your blood pressure.

5.  Your balance will improve along with your flexibility! I really encourage yoga for balance and flexibility, it’s a great workout and I’ve found my body has become more flexible in just the few months that I’ve been practicing. 

6. Improves your sleeping pattern. I sleep so much better than ever! Getting between 8-10 hours a night. 

7. You will have picked up a new hobby so instead of spending your time doing nothing whilst sat at home, head out and exercise. It passes the time away and makes you feel good. 

8. It’s mentally stimulating which helps productivity throughout the day. For me, if I’ve got an essay to write or reading to do I’ll always start my day off with a workout to aid my energy levels. 

9. Your lung capacity will improve and you’ll find yourself with better stamina. At the beginning I noticed this change and you will too, eventually you’ll be doing certain exercises like jogging better with your ability to control your breathing through the session. 

10. Exercise gives you a better outlook on life, it helps with your mental health drastically and can seriously reduce depression and anxiety. Along with that you can decrease your chances of having diabetes, heart problems as well as a strokes by up to 50%. 

Before my masters degree I wasn’t ever keen on exercising, I didn’t know what I was doing and I couldn’t control my breathing correctly. With time you’ll adjust and you’ll learn how to successfully control your breathing, for me, yoga did this. I practiced yoga before starting the gym and it really helped me to learn how to control my breathing when in poses and sessions that are hard.  Don’t get me wrong, I do struggle to find the time for it as I’ve gotten busier these past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t like to exercise. In fact, I enjoy it more!

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I’ve been an avid fan of the Garnier skincare for several years now. I think Garnier is one of the best priced and greatest quality on the drugstore market right now. So when I come across the new Garnier Micella Cleansing Water I was definitely intrigued.

There are two types of this product, one for combination and sensitive skin and another for just sensitive skin. I’ve been trying both at separate times to make sure I give them a fair and equal review.

I tried the combination and sensitive skin first, this one comes in the green bottle. I do have both sensitive skin and combination so I thought this would be ideal for me. I had been using it for several weeks and had noticed that my skin had been breaking out more than ever. After 4 weeks of using this and once I had stopped, I noticed my acne was clearing up amazingly. I don’t know whether the grape extract in this product maybe affected my skin but there is something in this product that made my skin flare up.

However, I really did like this product otherwise. I found that this really removed all my makeup, dirt and oil and I really felt like my skin was sparkling clean. Although I did like it I knew that it wasn’t helping my acne at all.

I then went ahead and tried the one that is just for sensitive skin and it’s been amazing. So amazing in fact that my skin has started to clear up and It’s even helping to control the oils on my face. It totally removes my makeup, makes my skin feel fresh and healthy and I can’t recommend this product enough.

Personally I think the one for sensitive skin is dependant on how sensitive your skin is but honestly, as a cleanser and makeup remover I think this product is outstanding. The formula really doesn’t feel drugstore at all.

Garnier has done it again and created the ideal cleanser!

The best part is how affordable this product is. I get mine for around £2.60 in savers but you can also purchase this in your local Superdrug, Boots and Wilkinson’s as well as many supermarkets.

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With love, Beth x

Budgeting as a Student 

Budgeting is hard enough without being a student but as a student, it’s 10x worse. People think students are made of money, especially my parents. They think because we get a termly loan in bulk that it lasts forever and we can live off it. This isn’t true at all.

In fact, throughout the whole of my student life I’ve always had money problems and had to work. It just happens. Life happens, you may need dental treatment, car needs insuring or perhaps your laptop breaks. These things happen and you have to decide whether it’s worth funding and whether you have the money for it.

What’s worse is that nobody prepares you to do your own finances. There isn’t a class that you go to before you finish school that helps you figure out how to sort your life out. You’re thrown into the deep end and you’re automatically supposed to know how to do it. In fact, in my first year of uni I was so unprepared that I’ve gone £1000 into an overdraft and haven’t properly paid it back yet.

Before I headed to uni I sat down and tried to figure out how I’ll survive with a very minimal student loan and having to find a job that pays enough to last me a week and allows me to save money.

Step 1: I figured out how much loan I get per term. This allowed me to see what I can pay for and how long the money will last.

Step 2: How much rent do you have to pay? Do you own a car? Children? Pets? Figure out what priorities you have and what you could remove to help minimise the amount of money that goes out each month.

For me, my mum pays my phone bill still so I only had to pay my accommodation, credit card, new look store card and my course fees.

Step 3: Determine how much you have left and how much you need to spend a week to allow you to last the term with the rest of your money.

Step 4: I knew I needed a job to maintain a healthy bank balance during my masters so I figured out how many hours I would need a week to give me enough money to cater for me. I figured I’d need at least a 20 hour a week job that gives me around £140 a week. Most of which I can save.


Helpful tip: Use a budget organiser to keep yourself in track of your finances. Either make your own or you can get one from paperchase and other stores. They’re incredibly worth while for you to figure out what you’ve been spending your money on and areas that you need to cut down on.

Twitter: @_bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan

With love, Beth x

5 Tips For New Bloggers

I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I’m still learning. Every post, every photo and every day, I learn something new and different ways to improve my content. I love blogging and it’s become such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine ever taking away. It’s not just sitting at a computer, writing and taking a photo before uploading it. It’s spending weeks planning your monthly posts, it’s taking photos and editing them to be perfect, it’s drafting the posts to make see they’re as good as they can be and then there’s advertising them as well as the added extras. It’s difficult and for some people, it’s a full time job. 

For me, I’m in uni, I work and I’m a full time blogger so a lot of the time I’m always busy doing something. Although for me, my blog is a priority and I’ll make sure every single week I have 3 posts uploaded. I’ve never missed a day and I don’t have that intention to do it anytime soon. It’s hard though, which is why I have 5 tips for all of you new bloggers out there who are unsure of what they’re doing and anxious about their new life as a blogger. 

1. Be consistent. I know some bloggers are perfectly happy to just post now and again, which is fine. However, consistency for me was so important and without that I don’t think I would be where I am now. I post 3 times a week about lifestyle, beauty and books. I love my content, I love the way I write and the fact that I have a method to my madness. It makes juggling life easier! 

2. Write what makes you happy. Nobody else can tell you what to write, you can take advice and guidance of course. But what you write is your choice and it’s entirely up to you. 

3. The blogging community can be full of positive and negative people, embrace the positive and ignore the negativity. You’re a blogger from the minute you launch your blog and your first post. You will get people who put nasty comments but be the bigger person and move on from them. 

4. I always spend at least one evening a week reading other peoples blogs. Mostly because I love to see other people’s content and also because it helps me to improve my own and think of new content to upload. Liking, following and comment on others blogs will help you to gain more interaction as well! 

5. Get involved with the blogging community. There are twitter chats that bloggers have at least everyday, we get to chat with each other, make friends and promote your blog. Admittedly, there is sometimes blogging drama but I always like to keep out of it. Getting involved will help you become known.

Enjoy your blog! Embrace your new life as a blogger. 

Twitter: @_bbbethan 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

Halloween Makeup // Clown 

Halloween is my favourite time of year and occasionally, I enjoy to dabble in a bit of facepaint and Halloween makeup looks. I know clowns are often people’s biggest fear, so this clown is hardly a scary clown but more of a fashionable friendly clown just looking to blend in with the crown on a Halloween evening. 

With that, it’s also a fairly straight forward look that almost everybody can do! This look is used with both makeup and face paint. If you don’t have face paint to hand, an eyeliner could also be effective but I prefer face paint. 

For this look you could make this anyway you specifically want and I think big, fluffy eyelashes would look perfect with this look. To start just do your normal foundation/concealer routine, I added a small amount of bronzer as well but generally the look is fairly basic. I then went ahead and done a dark smokey eye, not really being all that tidy with it and especially making it extra smokey on the lower lash line. I did my brows normally, added mascara and a thin strip of liner and that’s is for the makeup side. 

For the added extras that make the clown look, I went ahead and used a black paint with a thin tip brush and created the tall triangles above the brow and making it thinner towards the end. Then placing a small dot at the top. I used concealer to tidy it up and make it really clean. I then applied a small line from the lower lash line and bringing it down, again ending it with a dot. 

For the next step you’ll need a careful hand but you can use concealer to clean it up. From the top of the cheek bone start to create the lines across to the nose. Don’t worry about blending at this point, just try and make sure you get these lines on either side as closely as possible. Once you’ve achieved these lines, use a fluffy brush and a black eyeliner to smokey out the lines, you don’t want them too far down your face so slowly do it and gradually pick more product up until you’ve reached your chosen look. After this add a black circle to the tip of your nose. 

For the lips, add a red lipstick or any that you choose. Then either a black lip pencil or black face paint and create the liner of the lips and drag them out either side to make your lips more clown like. Again, blend it away with a black eyeshadow. Blend away until your hands fall off! 

I would definitely apply a setting spray to keep this look totally in tact throughout your night of partying and enjoying all of the halloWeen fun!  

         If you recreate this look, show me! Tag me in your photos on twitter/Instagram. 

Twitter: @_bbbethan

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x