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.

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog

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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!

twitter: @bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan

With love, Beth x

Favourite Movies of 2017

Each year the movie industry releases so many good movies, admittedly I don’t often see many since I’m so busy. However I do make the exceptions to try and see as many as I can. With that in mind, I’ve seeen some decent ones this year and I can’t wait to share them with you!

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Suicide Squad
  • Wonder Woman
  • Dunkirk
  • Spider-Man Homecoming
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Logan
  • Everything, Everything

These have been my favourites of this year! I hadn’t noticed the common theme of superhero movies but I know that these have been good ones! Let me know some of your favourites so I can give them a watch.

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog

Instagram: @_bbbbethan

With love, Beth x

Soap and Glory Mask Review

Blogmas day 14 gives you a full review on the Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Mask and Peel! 

I’ve been testing this product out for around 6 weeks now. I purchased mine in Boots, on a whim whilst it was around £6.60, although the usual price is at the £10 mark. This is definitely the most expensive face mask I’ve ever purchased but I had read so many positive reviews on it, I just couldn’t help myself. It really helped that it was also on sale as it made the decision to buy it, a lot easier! 

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This mask is specifically allocated for those with oily/combination skin, which I definitely do have. The box says you’re supposed to massage into the face and focus on the t-zone. Now, I don’t like the texture of this mask at all so I do use it with a brush and once it is on my face I like to gently run circular motions around my face to really let the product sink in. 

It does give you the option of just leaving it for 5 minutes to give you a quick refreshed look. Otherwise, you’re able to leave the mask on for around 15 minutes to give your skin a deep clean and you can do either of these from 1-3 times a week. I only really use the mask twice a week as I find that it has helped so much. At first I was using it 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However as the weeks have gone by I’ve started to reduce the days because I don’t feel like I need it as much. I do leave it on for 15 minutes at a time though and normally apply before I go in the shower so I can use the hot water to really rinse it off. 

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I was confused when I first applied this product because I assumed that it would dry and become a peel off face mask, which it didn’t do at all. The title says it’s a 2-in-1 facial mask and peel but really, it’s just a standard mask. 

However, with that in mind, it has worked amazingly on my skin. I don’t find that my pores get as clogged as they used too anymore. Generally, it just helps to maintain how clean my skin is and really does help to reduce redness and acne. Although, this isn’t a mask that does help to reduce spots completely. 

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I can’t say that this mask has changed my life but I do honestly believe that it really does help to remove any dirt from the skin and just help to create a healthy refreshed look. The texture of my skin does feel better when I use it and I do like that I have the option to pick whether I want to use it for 5 or 15 minutes, dependant on what I really want. 

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So whether I’m heading out for the night and want something to make my skin feel and look better before applying makeup. Or if I’m spending the night in and want to give myself a good pamper, this face mask is something that I would go too. Especially if you have a problem with pore clogging and oiliness. This mask has really helped to reduce the amount of oil the I have during the day!

Would I say it’s worth £10? Probably not, I’d actually say around the £6 mark but it is Soap and Glory and I trust their products since I know they do work so well (Not all but most). 

Have you tried this mask? let me know what you think! 

Twitter: @bethdaviesblog 

Instagram: @_bbbbethan 

With love, Beth x 

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 

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