Reflecting back on 2017

Just some of my favourite photos from 2017


As we still remain in the first week of January and also inspired by my lovely friend Emily (check out her blog here) I thought I would do a little reflecting on 2017. I’m that person who likes to make new year’s resolution each year and like most, often feel a failure at not keeping them. Although I didn’t keep my resolutions, I think it is important to look back on all the great things I have achieved. Using a Pinterest link Emily shared in her blog post (here), I have answered a few reflected questions below to document my 2017….

What is something I did last year that I think I will remember for the rest of my life? – I got married and became Mrs Tremlin! It was honestly the best day ever and even more lovely to celebrate with all of our family and friends. When it comes to weddings, I was never that girl who had the whole day planned from the age of 5. Getting married was never very high in my life goals, but finding the man of my dreams and wanting to spend the rest of my life with him, it felt amazing to get married and now finally call him my husband!

What was the most challenging part of last year for me? This year I made the decision to leave my role in Brighton and go back to working in London. If anyone that has read my blog previously, you know that I worked in London before but wasn’t keen on the long commute so therefore made the move to work closer to home in Brighton. Turns out for me that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side. Although it was great living that bit closer to home and getting back of an evening at 6ish, I really wasn’t enjoying the role as much as my job in London. I therefore made the challenging decision to find a job back in London and do you know what – it was also the best decision I made in 2017! If I could give anyone some advice for 2018 it is to listen to your heart. If something doesn’t feel right or is making you unhappy, there is a reason for it…it means it might be time a change.

Of the books I read last year, which was my favourite and why? Hands down it was Ice-cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams. I ended up listening to this on audiobook but I loved it that much that I went out and also brought a copy of the book as I know it will be a book I will want to read again and again throughout life! It is a non-fiction book based on Laura’s experience of taking step back from her successful career to become a nanny. Through her time with looking after children, she discovers the surprising art of reconnecting with your inner child to make adult life that bit simpler. It offers a new way of thinking about things, for example – would you expect your child to go to school and pass their exams if they hadn’t had enough sleep and stayed up all night…? No! Then why do we think of sleep as a luxury, prioritising work deadlines in favour of getting a restful night sleep? If we don’t have enough sleep and look after ourselves, how do we expect to be great at our job. I would definitely recommend giving this book a read this year if your new year’s resolution is to start looking after yourself more!

What could I have done to make last year better? Look after myself more! Making a few big decisions (changing jobs) and reading inspirational books (like Ice-Cream for Breakfast), I definitely began to looking out more for myself towards the end of the year, rather than quite honestly having others walk all over me. Going forward however, I know there could have been more I could have done to look after myself . For instance, I definitely could of looked after my health that bit more. My diet was wasn’t great towards the last half the year and in return I have put on weight, my skin has been bad and all the other things which comes from not looking after what you are putting in your body – which is something I want to change this year!

What are my most important goals for this year? As you can predict from my last answer, improving my health is first on my goals list. My other goals including; writing more – keeping up with blog more and also writing a journal. Often my head is spinning by the time I go to bed with thoughts rolling around in my head but I’m hoping in writing my thoughts down it will give me a clear mind. I also want to read more – with my new commute back and forth to London I have more time to read and I love it. So much so, I’ve treated myself to kindle so aiming to read at least one book a month. And my final goal is to be more organised – the same one I make every year! This year however I’ve started a bullet journal so hoping it will help organise everything from my diary to my expenses. Fingers crossed!

Have you taken the chance to reflect on 2017? What are your 2018 goals?

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Do you really have oily skin??

Recently I popped into my local Kiehl’s store in Brighton. Simply just browsing the shelves whilst the husband was getting his hair cut a few doors down. Whilst I was in there I got talking to the in-store adviser who kindly took me through a skin consultation.

We talked through my skin concerns which were mainly that my skin was feeling more oily lately and blemished – I think mainly down to working back in London and being in the highly populated air a lot of the time now. She then proceeded to press some testing patching pads on my skin to check the levels of oil in my skin to discover I wasn’t actually that oily. “Do you tend to find that you are more oily towards the end of the day?” she asked. Yup! By the time I’m on my train home from work all my makeup is slipping over my face. She explained, that because I was treating my skin as oily (using products to combat the shine), my skin was actually feeling very dehydrated – explaining that actually by the end of the day my skin was over compensating and producing more oil because it needed the moisture. Well that kinda makes sense as I’ve always mainly had dry skin…Go figure!

We then went through some different products I could try to improve my skin. She recommended four products –

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Face Toner
  • Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – Daily Hydrator for Sensitive Skin
  • Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque

I didn’t make any purchases there and then because quite frankly, with Christmas around the corner my pennies are a little limited but she did kindly give me some samples to test. What I can say is that I will definitely be buying the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque in the new year because they were so nice on my skin.

In the meantime however, I’ve been evaluating my skincare routine and upping the moisture and I’ve been noticing a drastic difference! I’ve recently starting testing the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Day Antioxidant Super Moisturising Cream in the mornings and I really like it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water and also Antioxidant Superfruit pomegranate to neutralise any harmful effects from daily aggressions. By the end of the day my skin is still feeling soft and plump but not oily. Turn’s out the lady in Kiehl’s was 100% right! I’ve also started to add in a night cream into my evening skincare routine because I never really bothered before. I’m testing out a few at the moment so I can’t say I have a favourite but I have really noticed a real difference in my skin.

Do you find yourself with oliy skin later in the day? Or does the above skin issues sound familiar? I would really reccomend try to speak to a professional or even popping into Kiehls like I did for a skin consultation. You might see a real difference in your skin!

What is your skin type? And what is your favourite moisturiser?

Kat Von D Beauty – Birthday Haul

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For my birthday my wonderful family gave me some Debenhams vouchers. As soon as I received these, I went straight online to add to my Kat Von D Beauty collection. When I went to visit the Kat Von D beauty counter before, I brought a Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral and a Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism (check out my previous haul here). I feel in love with the formulation of the liquid lipstick, that I wanted more for my collection.

After traipsing the internet for swatches, I decided to add; Lolita, Loltia II, Double Dare and Nosferatu to my Everlasting Liquid Lipstick collection. This selection pretty much sums up my lipstick favouring – I love a nude/pinkish shade or a strong red. I did feel I was being a bit silly buying Lolita, Lolita II and Double Dare as they are quite similar, but after consulting my best friend Emily who said ‘but at least you will wear all of them!’ they were in my basket. And I’m pleased I did because seeing the swatches up close, they all bring something different – Lolita is a brownish nude, whereas Lolita II has more of a red undertone and Double Dare is defiantly more pink toned. I also decided to pick up Nosferatu because I love a vampy red for evenings.

Included in my order, I also picked up the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner. I’ve heard soooo many good things about this eyeliner and if you know me well, you will know I love my liquid liner. The Tattoo Liner is famous for being long-lasting and smudge proof, along with a great brush perfect for precision drawing a winged-liner – this ticked all the boxes for me. My initial thoughts is that I really like it but I will give a full review once I’ve once used a bit more.

Have you used any of these Kat Von D beauty products?

 

My #1 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

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For my birthday, my lovely work colleagues brought me a 3 Month Gift voucher for Look Fantastic. I thought this was such a great idea as it lets me try a new beauty box and it’s like an extended mini birthday treat arriving at my door for next 3 months.

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Within my first Look Fantastic beauty box I received; The Vintage Cosmetics Company Slanted Tweezers, Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, Pixi Brow Tamer, Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion and Trifle Cosmetics Liquid Glow.  They are a couple of common beauty samples brands such as Pixi and Nuxe, which you often find in other beauty boxes but there are also a few brands which I hadn’t heard of before such as; Briogeo and Trifle. I’m looking forward to testing these samples and potentially finding some new favourite brands.

I’m really pleased with my first Look Fantastic box and looking forward to receiving my next box in February. Once I’ve finished my gift subscription, I will then decide if I carry on my subscription but I love about Look Fantastic is that you can choose how many boxes you want to sign up too. You can buy a one off box for £15, sign-up to 3 months for £14.50 per month, sign-up for 6 months for £13.75 per month or sign-up for 12 months for £13 per month. And all options come with free delivery. Plus I love that you can give these boxes as gifts – perfect for your beauty loving friends and family members!

Have you tried Look Fantastic Beauty boxes before?

 

 

What I Got For My Birthday – 2017

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On 7th January, I turned 27 years old! I always love watching videos or reading blog posts on ‘What I got for my Birthday’, so I thought I would do my own blog post this year. If you’re like me and your birthday is in January, you will understand that birthdays aren’t always great – everyone is broke after Christmas and on some form of diet or drinking ban. Nevertheless, my friends and family always come up trumps with eating birthday cake with me, sending my beautiful cards and always giving my some lovely presents – here is what I received –

As everyone know I love a bit of Soap & Glory  so I got spoilt rotten with S&G goodies! The first set came from my best friend, Emily who brought a gorgeous Revolution Blush Palette and the Soap & Glory Pink Pamper set. This cute triangle bag contained some of the S&G cult favourites; Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash; Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream; Heel Genius Foot Cream; Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel; The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer and The Righteous Butter Body Butter. And all in travel sized too which is sooo handy for up and coming trips in 2017.

The other two sets came from my fiance mum and auntie – they know me so well! From my fiance’s mum, she brought me a Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker set containing four mini lipglosses in; Sugar Peach, Spun Sugar, Pink-Out-Loud and Bare Enough. These are so cute, I’ve always loved these tingly lipglosses. Ash’s auntie got me some more lip products with the No7 Lip Locker Lip Crayons – I’ve never tried these before, so I’m excited to start using these gorgeous shades. She also got my the Soap & Glory Zingle Belles set containing; Sugar Crush Body Wash; Sugar Crush Body Buttercream; Sugar Crush Body Spray and Super-Sudsy Shower Puff. I’ve you haven’t smelt the Sugar Crush scent, I encourage you to go and have a smell of it when you’re next in boots – it’s a lovely sweet citrusy scent which I love using for morning showers.

I also got some lovely tech pressies. The first came from my other best friend, Jenn, she brought me this handy, pretty Oliver Bonas Mobile Charger. The second piece of tech was the FitBit Charge 2. I actually brought this with my birthday money as I’ve been looking to update my old FitBit for ages. In comparison the my old FitBit (which was the old Flex) this does so much more; tells the time (a simple featured I was excited about because my previous one didn’t), tracks your heartbeat and also tracks certain exercises such as weights and running.

As well as birthday money, I also received Debenhams Vouchers. My mum and rest of my family know much I’ve loved the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks, so they brought me vouchers so I can continuing adding to my collection. I jumped online with my vouchers on the day of my birthday and purchased four new lipsticks as well as the highly recommended Kat Von D Tattoo  Eyeliner – more of these in an up and coming blogpost.

Finally but by no means least, my lovely work colleague also surprised my with a lovely birthday card and also a 3-month gift card for Look Fantastic beauty boxes. I’ve only been there four month and they already know how much I love my makeup and beauty goodies, so they decided to get me a voucher to enjoy some new beauty boxes. I thought this was a fantastic idea and a great way of trying a beauty subscription which I’ve never tried before! As soon as I receive my first box, I will let know what’s it’s like.

Thank you to all who made my birthday very special. I love all my gifts and already enjoying using them all!

Have you tried any of these products before?

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar – Full Review

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I know I’m really late sharing my full M&S beauty advent calendar, but I did promise that I would give my full review and share exactly what I got, so here it is –

On Christmas day (yes, it feels like a lifetime ago already!), I finished my M&S Beauty Advent Calendar. First of all, let me show you exactly what I received –

  • Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream
  • Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel
  • Filorga Time Filler
  • Pixi Brow Tamer
  • Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil
  • Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Ultrasun Face SPF 30
  • Alpha H Liquid Gold – my favourite sample I’ve tried so far!
  • Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry
  • Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Cranberry
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – I love this cleanser but hadn’t used it in a while so nice to be able to use this sample
  • Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
  • Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine – such a gorgeous shade!
  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I’ve always wanted to tried this, so I was excited to receive this.
  • REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream
  • Pur Minerals Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect
  • Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File – this file is not only cute but its great!
  • Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum
  • Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – I use this lip balm all the time so it was a nice surprise to find this
  • Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance

My final thoughts – I LOVED IT! After researching a lot of the beauty calendars and seeing a lot of them were quite expensive, I decided to opt for the M&S Beauty calendar purely because it was a lot cheaper and had a range of beauty brands I really like. The calendar was £35 when you spent £35 on Marks & Spencer home range, clothing or beauty range. This may seems like a bit of a nuisance spending a extra £35 for the sake of it, but I used it to start my Christmas shopping – M&S home range is gorgeous and managed to pick up some really lovely gifts for my family and friends.

I also thought the range of beauty samples were great too! Out of all 25x gifts, I  would honestly say there was only 1-2 samples I won’t use/didn’t love – Autograph Nail Polish, just because the colour is not for me and also Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, only because I have sooo many samples of this from various beauty boxes. The rest of the samples, I will definitley give a go and some I was over the moon about receiving as I had always wanted to try them. One of which being the Alpha H Liquid Gold sample. I’ve heard a lot about this in the blogging community and I can now see what all the fuss is about, so much so that I’ve already gone out and brought a full size bottle. Some of my other favourite samples were; Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Cranberry, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer; Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine. I also love the fact it including beauty tools such as; Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File and Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush.

I can definitley say that if Marks and Spencer decided to do another beauty calendar next year, I will be first in the queue!

What was your favourite beauty calendars last year?

 

Welcome to 2017…

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Happy New Year! As my first post of 2017, I wanted to share my new year resolutions with you. Not only as a nice blog post to begin the year with, but to physically write them down for myself and sharing them makes me feel a little bit more accountable. It will also  be a chance to review how well I did at the end of the year.

Now, I know there a lot of mixed feelings about new year resolutions. Often with people having the opinion of ‘why should a new year mean change or a fresh start’ and that’s absolutely true but the control freak in me loves an excuse to wipe the slate clean and begin a new habit. I tend have make one resolution for different pillars in my life as well a life habit I want to trying and live by, and here they are…

Life: Beginning with the life habit, I want to try and stop being such a perfectionist in everything I do. Yes, bit of strange one as why wouldn’t you want to do things perfectly? My trouble is however, I tend to be such a perfectionist with certain things that it will sometimes put off start anything new. When really I just need to go in head first and give something a go and remember it’s ok to make some mistakes – no one is ever perfect from the right from start.

Personal: Starting a bullet journal. If you don’t know what a bullet journal is, its a ‘customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary, but most likely it will be all of the above’. I brought a Leuchtturm notebook about 4 months ago, but its still currently sat in the wrapper because – guess what – I’ve been too scared of not doing right or making a mistake in my bullet journal that I’ve not started it yet, hence my first resolution! I want to start one as I really like the idea of keeping my thoughts, notes and list all in one place.

Finance: Keep a better eye on my money. I have this resolution every year,  but actually whilst planning a wedding I’ve recently been needing to do this, so I just want to keep it up after the wedding. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Girlboss Radio (check out this amazing podcast here) and Sophia Amoruso preaches about looking after your money and saving when you can, and it really starting to resonate.

Career: Quite simply – work hard! As you may already know I’ve recently just starting a new role in Brighton. Its a brand new role at the agency I work at and there is a lot of opportunity to build something great – and I’m determined to do it!

Blog: Be more sociable. I of course want to make more time to blog this year but I also want to focus at making more time to communicate and meet other with bloggers. I’m still fairly new to Brighton and there is awesome community of bloggers here, so I want to make more time and have more confidence to go along to more meet ups.

Bonus: Learning to cook. Just another extra resolution I want to make this year. I want to lose weight this year and continue my journey with Slimming World, but rather than making the typical resolution on losing weight, I wanted to be able to cook more healthy meals. Hopefully then, the rest will follow.

What are your new year’s resolutions?