5 Secret Santa Gifts For Girls 

                                                                    Happy blogmas day 4!

Whether you’re doing secret santa with your friends, in work or for any occasion, it’s often quite difficult to decide what to get for the individual. What if you don’t know them that well? What if you don’t know what they already have? It’s hard! It’s the most difficult part of buying gifts. However, there are ways to go around it. 

A lot of the time there are budgets for secret Santa, so all of these possible gifts will be under a £15 limit but definitely decent gifts for a secret Santa. 

1. Lush bath bombs. Can’t go a miss really can you? They’re gorgeous and are so fun. Who doesn’t love a bath bomb? 

2. A DVD/book and a bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This one is definitely something you could use but remember to get the DVD/book in a genre they’ll like and the wine or chocolates that you know they’ll drink or eat. 

3. Socks and pyjamas. Primark do some fantastic Christmas pjs and socks. The only problem with this is one is that you might have guess the clothing size but they’re pyjamas, who cares if they’re a little baggy? 

4. Cute stationary. Again, Primark have some beautiful stationary sets. If you’re looking to splash out a bit you could head to paperchase and see what they have. 

5. Nobody wants to be that person who gives a gift card but if you know that the person likes a specific shop, you could give them a £15 gift card. For me, I’d be so grateful for a £15 to Debenhams, Boots or Waterstones. 

Twitter: @_bbbethan 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

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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

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked

I love a good tag post as much as the bendy guy. So when I saw this one I just knew I wanted to do it. Admittedly, nobody tagged me in it but loulabellrose.co.uk posted this and encouraged everybody to do it, so well, I follow orders. 

These questions are so different and unique that it intrigued me instantly and now I, going to share some facts with you guys that you may not know!

01. What’s your favorite candle scent?I don’t really burn candles very often but if I do, I always buy the Yankee Candles and my favourite for the autumn or winter is Christmas Eve. 

02. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Jennifer Lawrence. She just seems so funny and down to earth.

03. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

I can imagine Andrew Garfield to be a pretty decent brother. 

04. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

Honestly, I can’t tell you. You have to be in a relationship to determine that and I’m not. Realistically I would like to be around 27.

05. Do you know a hoarder?

I probably do but nobody really springs to mind. 

06. Can you do the splits?

Absolutely not.

07. How old were you when you first learned how to ride a bike?

Around 6, maybe 7.

08. How many oceans have you swam in?

I don’t swim in oceans, they creep me out. 


09. How many countries have you been to?

Six, I believe. 

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

No. 

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I love the names Evelyn, Francesca, Emilia, Payton and Harper. 

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

I love the names Harry, Max, Lucas, and Carter.

13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got on a test?

I got an F in Maths GCSE but eventually built my way up to a D.

14. What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?

Barney was my all time favourite.


15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?

My mum used to dress us up in bin bags, a witches hat and a broom.


16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

All three series. 

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

British, the America on accent is awful.

18. Did your mother go to university?

No.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

No.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?
No. I was a dancer though. 

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Who doesn’t?


22. What was the first amusement park you went to?

Disneyland Paris.

23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?

Italian or French.

24. Do you spell the colour grey or gray?
Grey. 

25. Is your father bald?
Not completely.

26. Do you know any triplets?

No.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

The Notebook.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

I love it! 

29. What’s the name of your favourite restaurant?

Fusion King in Aberystwyth. It’s essential Asian foods.

30. Have you ever been to Nandos?

Yes once and it’s essentially just expensive chicke.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, Bookers, etc.)?

Nope.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

I have no idea! My dad wanted to call me Myfanwy though.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Beth.

34. Who’s your favourite person in the world?

My nan.


35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
I love both but I’m more of a city girl.

36. Can you whistle?

I can.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

No.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

I have too, if I don’t I feel sick..

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

The Pill and Asthma inhalers.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Asthma and Degenerative Disc Disorder.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

I can’t count.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Yes! Not my favourite though.

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

Generally New Look but I do love River Island jeans. 

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

I don’t know. Someone said my new hair looks nice.

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Always.

46. What flavour tea do you enjoy?

I like regular tea but I really enjoy mint green tea.


47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

I honestly don’t know.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

None but they are free to choose what they want.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I geneuinely domt know.

50. Why do you have a blog?

 I was really struggling with anxiety and panic attacks and thought having a blog would maybe distract me, it did. 

Feel free to post this yourself and answer the questions! Tag me in them, I love to read them. 

Twitter: @_bbbethan

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 

October Favourites

October has finished and I’ve got a few things that I want to share with you that I have been loving throughout the month. 

I don’t have any new beauty favourites as I’ve not purchased anything new recently. Except, I did start to contour again! I hadn’t contoured in a while and I forgot how much I enjoyed carving out my cheeky bones and creating a more defined face. I really like the Collection Contour Stick. It’s so blendable, creamy and simply easy to use. I love the look of contouring and I have rekindled my love for it! 

I’ve been having no makeup days during October and my skin loves me for it! It’s so much easier to wake up and get ready without all the fussing of applying makeup. Some days it’s easier to just pop on a moisturiser and away I go! Don’t get me wrong, I still love wearing it and I definitely do but my skin needs a breather. 

Ive not really bought anything new at all recently so picking this months favourites are slightly different. I’ve really enjoyed watching films and TV series recently, especially Teen Wolf (still devastated that it’s finished), Brooklyn 99, P.s I love you and Harry Potter. It’s been nice to sit back and watch something to calm me down. 

I’ve throughly enjoyed spending time with my friends this month. Since being at uni I’ve met some lovely friends and I’ve loved every moment I’ve spent with them. It’s nice to experience new things again and enjoy the company of likeminded people!

Otherwise, generally my month has been pretty simple and boring. So sorry for my bland favourites this month! Hopefully next months will be be better. 

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Tutorial 

Recently I’ve loved to explore with my shadows and eye looks. Although I’ve been loving the ABH Modern Renaissance palette I thought I’d go back to my Top Faced Sweet Peach Palette and create a purple/gold halo eye with a sharp wing. 

This eye look is perfect for a night out with the ladies or even a date night. It’s really flattering and sexy looking, perfect for when you’re feeling fun. 

I went ahead and started with concealer to prime my lids. I used the Maybelline Age Rewind but you can use whatever you have. I then went over and set it using the shade ‘Peaches ‘N Cream’. 

Using a fluffy crease brush I used ‘Puree’ in the crease and dragging it out to make my eyes look more cat like. Next I went in with ‘Delectable’ in the inner corner and outer corner. I do this by taking a small precise brush and adding small pigment at a time, constantly blending and adding until I got my preferred look. I then added ‘Luscious’ to the inner halo and connecting the shade ‘Delectable’ by dragging either side through the crease. Again, adding more of ‘Luscious’ to intensify the took. To finish, I highlighted my inner corner and brow bone with ‘White Peach’. 


I then went ahead as used the Maybelline Master Precise liner to add a sharp, dramatic wing. I added plenty of mascara and some fluttery, flirty lashes to perfect the look. To finish I dragged ‘Delectable’ under the eye, remembering to drag it up towards the liner and out to make it a more cat eye effect. 

There we have a simple but beautiful halo eye!

Twitter: @bbbethan 

Instagram: @bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer // Review 

I purchased this Bronzer whilst in New York this summer and I’ve been committed to it every since. Before I went I knew that if I only purchased one item of makeup it would be this Bronzer since it’s been raved about for so long. 


I saw the last one that was in Target and I didn’t hesitate to grab it. I will say that it is very warm toned but don’t let that turn you off. It’s still a gorgeous shade to wear and it doesn’t make your skin look orange at all. In fact, it applies so evenly and just adds a beautiful bronzed glow to the face. The scent is incredible, it’s like summer in a compact. 
I’m fair skinned and this just makes my skin look so healthy and nourished. It blends so well regardless of whether you’ve powdered your foundation or not. I’ve been obsessed with this for months now and I’m hoping that Physicans Formula come to the UK so I can try more of their products. 

Twitter: @_bbbethan 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x