Wednesday, 13 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 13 | Why It's Okay To Take A Break ♡

Hey guys so if you follow me on twitter you'll have noticed yesterday I was going to be posting yesterday's blogpost late because I hadn't yet wrote it and I was on my way to work but I didn't finish work till 10:15pm. So if any of you were waiting for that blog post and was disappointed to not see it, I'm sorry. When I got home at 10:30pm last night, I just couldn't bring myself to write it. I have loads of reasons for not writing it, My partner's been waking me up at half 5 for his work and yesterday was my first day back at work after having 9 days off (which is what made the start of blogmas so easy to write), I've been ill (I actually still am today but it's a lot easier to write a blog post at 20 past 2 in the afternoon when you're ill rather than half past 10 at night). However, none of that should really matter.

I took a day off my blog.

When I started blogmas I didn't start it out thinking how hard it would be to think up content for every single day in the month of blogmas. Especially when usually I only write once or twice a week. (So basically when I have time to do so). I especially didn't think how hard it would be with work as well. However, that's life. I work, I have my own house to maintain, an animal to look after. There's always gonna be factors which means from time to time, I can't write. And that is perfectly okay, no matter what anyone else says.

If you're doing blogmas this year and you have a day where you're really just not feeling it. Don't do it. Don't feel like you have to do it. Blogmas is supposed to be a fun thing for bloggers to do during the month of December. It's not supposed to be stressful, it's not supposed to be something that you feel like you have to do. Don't force yourself to get a blog post out on a day that you don't feel like you can. No one's gonna hate you for it (and if they do, that's their problem, not yours!).

You should always take care of yourself first, and that's what I did yesterday. During the day before work, I just really didn't want to write a blog post. Winter is always the time I get sick because of my postnasal drip and I was trying to make myself better before going to work. I sat down I made myself a cup of tea. I took a bath and then I went to work. And no one should expect anyone to come home from work at 10:30pm and write a blog post. I needed sleep, so I put myself first and got into bed, had a bit of a glance at my social medias and then went to sleep. That is perfectly a - okay.

I still feel poorly today, and I have work again tonight. However, today I feel up to writing this blog post. It's something I feel is important and I still have enough time to get ready for work and it means when I get home tonight I can go straight to bed again. If I felt anything like I did yesterday though, I would not have wrote this blog post and I would not have been apologetic about it because I put myself and my health first.

I know I've just gone off on a bit of a tangent but if anything's gonna jump out at you in this blog post just let it be this. Take care of yourself, put yourself first and don't be apologetic for doing so. Social media will still be there the next day, and if others don't understand that, that isn't your problem.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day and Happy Christmas!

Yours truly, Lyndsay.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 11 | Favourite Christmas Treats ♡

Hey guys so one of my favourite things about Christmas is food. So in this blog post I thought I'd share my most favourite Christmas treats. With all my other favourites there has been 5, but with this one there is only 4 because this is what I've currently already bought and to be perfectly honest there's nothing else I'd rather have than these 4 items. So lets just jump straight into it.

♡ Chocolate Lebkuchen ♡

So this is actually my most favourite Christmas treat out of the lot. Pretty much the majority of these things you can buy all year around but this is the one thing you can't. We were brought up with these because of my Oma being German and I actually prefer the iced ones over the chocolate ones but I love these a lot as well (I have two boxes in my cupboard waiting for Christmas). These also come with apricot in the middle of them but I'm not the biggest fans of those ones.

♡ Celebrations ♡

So this is something that's in every English family household around Christmas. This is something we've always definitely had in our house since we were kids, they have changed some of the chocolates that are in here but I still really like them. My mum especially likes when I buy these because I don't like bountys so she ends up getting every single one of them and she loves them!

♡ After Eight Straws ♡

So this is the first year I've actually bought these but I've already managed to get through two packets of these. I really love after eights and to be honest with you after eights are available all year round but I think they've bought these specifically out for Christmas. I would definitely recommend trying these if you haven't before. (Also I'm surprised I like after eights at all because I don't normally like dark chocolate and this is mint and dark chocolate so...)

♡ Belgian Chocolate Melt In The Middle Pudding ♡

Okay so this isn't really a snack treat this is what I'll be having with my Christmas dinner rather than Christmas pudding. I'm not the biggest fan of Christmas pudding but the rest of my family is, so I always end up getting this for Christmas. It doesn't matter what brand it is or how much it costs it all tastes lush to me.

And those are my favourite Christmas treats. I can't wait for Christmas so I can have some of them (Although to be honest, some of these might have to be rebought before Christmas). What are your facourite Christmas treats? Do you like any of these on this list? Have you tried any on this list? Did you like them? Please leave your comments down below!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day and Happy Christmas!

Yours truly, Lyndsay.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 10 | Top 5 Favourite Christmas Fonts ♡

Hey guys so today we're going to be talking about my top 5 favourite Christmas fonts. I chose a nice and easy blogmas post for today because I am so tired from celebrating my mum's birthday last night. I love all of these fonts for Christmas and these aren't in any specific order. So lets just jump straight into it.

Okay so my first font isn't specifically a Christmas font but it definitely reminds me of Christmas. There's a lot of Children's Christmas books you read with this type of font as their titles in the morning. I used to love reading is a kid also, so this font gives me so many childhood Christmas memories.

Christmas Eve

I love this font so much, it's so childlike and festive. It's really fun for cute Christmassy edits and I can't wait to make some more Christmas edits with this font this year!

I used this font in almost every single Christmas edit I made last year, my favourite were two "December" edits I made. When using the fade in gif feature on gif this font worked amazingly with it.

PW Christmas

I will definitely be using this font for some of my families Christmas cards this year when I make them. I will also definitely be using this for some Christmas edits. It's really, really pretty as well!

This Christmas font looks pretty darn awesome for how simple it is. I love the little snow bits on each letter and it's absolutely adorable. I can't wait to use this!

And those are my top 5 Christmas fonts. I love them all and can't wait to use them. All of these fonts are from 1001 free fonts and I would recommend them for all your fonts. (I am not being sponsored by 1001 free fonts either, I've just used their fonts since I started making tumblr text edits and I've never found anywhere else which makes it as easy to download and organize my fonts).

What are your favourite Christmas fonts? Are any of them on this list? Do ou like any of these fonts? Please leave your comments down below!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day and Happy Christmas!

Yours truly, Lyndsay.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 9 | November Book Haul ♡

Hey guys so this month I bought a total of 5 books, and was also gifted 2 off of James (which I'll show you last). I bought most (if not all) of these books from a charity shop however I will be linking back to the book depository (Disclaimer, I am an affiliate with the book depository so I will get a little bit of money for every book using my link however I'd still link back to them even if I wasn't because I love their store so much.) as well as leaving the goodreads synopsis for them (This may contain spoilers, if you're planning on reading any of these books please skip past them or come back to this blog post after you've read them.) So let's just jump straight into it!

"On a brisk Autumn day, a twelve - year - old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America -- and into another realm.

One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin..."

Okay so I actually have the second book in this series and wanted the first one so I could actually start reading this series. The books seem super interesting and I adore Stephen King as a writer so I'm really excited to read this book!

"The Cosmic Trilogy relates the interplanetary travels of Ransom, C.S. Lewis's ill - informed and terrified victim who leaves Earth much against his will and who, in the first book of the trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, published by the Bodley Head in 1938 encounters the imaginary and delightful world of Macalandra. In the second book, Perelandra (1943), Ransom is transported to a world of sweet smells and delicious tastes, a new Garden of Eden in which is enacted, with a difference, the story of Temptation. That Hideous Strength (1945) completes the trilogy and finds Dr Ransom returned from his travels in space and living in an English university town - where the Senior Common Room is given a mysterious depth, a more than earthly dimension which such things, in the author's view, always have in life.

C.S. Lewis believed that popular science was the new mythology of his age, and in The Cosmic Trilogy he ransacks the uncharted territory of space and makes that mythology the medium of his spiritual imagination."

I adore C.S. Lewis's writing and have grown up with his writing. I've never seen this trilogy before so when I saw it I had to buy it. I can't wait to start reading it!

"Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - Despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and anyone - she trusts."

Okay so the reason I bought these books is because I have the hush hush book. These were being sold in the hospital's charity book section (was in hospital for a check up nothing too serious) so I decided to pick them up.

"Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Vision of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers... and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again."

Once again, I bought this book because I have the first and wanted the whole series. I can't wait to read this.

♡ Finale (Hush, Hush #4) | Becca Fitzpatrick ♡

"Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absense, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - Destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best - laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for."

Each one of these synopsis are making me more and more excited to read these books. I hope they are as good as they sound!

Okay so the next two books are the books that Jamie bought me.

"Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be Rose...

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians - including Rose's hard - hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand - to - hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price.."

So James decided he was getting this for me because he saw the first book on my bookshelf and I'm really happy he did. I can't wait to start reading the series.

"Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even 'bigger' secret... She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever..."

Okay so I definitely can't wait to read this series, I might have to start it tonight!

And those are the books that I bought in the month of November.If you would like to please feel free to add me on goodreads to keep up with what I'm reading! I accept everyone! Have you read any of the books in this haul? Are you planning on reading them? Do you have any book recommendations? Please leave your comments down below!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day and happy reading!

Yours truly, Lyndsay

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Friday, 8 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 8 | Happy Birthday Mum!! ♡

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear mum,
Happy Birthday to you!

This year has gone by so quick so the fact that it's your birthday all ready is shocking, but hey here it is. You're the best person in my life mum, you always have been. From my little emo phase when I was a little arsehole to you. From every heartache and every happy moment you've always been there for me.

You're one of the most important people in my life and I don't know where I'd be without you. You inspire me every day because you are one of the strongest women that's present in my life.

So I love you so much mum, I hope you have a great birthday, and I can't wait to celebrate it properly with you tomorrow!

Yours truly, your favourite daughter, Lyndsay x

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 7 | I Heart Makeup Explicit Content Slogan Palette Review And Swatches ♡

Hey guys, so this palette has been one of my wished for palettes ever since I saw it and I finally decided to buy it after being able to swatch it in superdrug. This pallette cost £7.99 and is available on both Superdrug and Tam Beauty.

As I said in my Superdrug Haul this palette is absolutely gorgeous. The packaging is beautiful. The cardboard packaging looks like it's framing the palette and also has a photo of all the shades on the back. When you take it out it has that effect where when you move it the picture changes. There's 36 eyeshadows in this palette, and even though there are a cople of blues and greens in it, it is a very neutral palette.

Okay so last time I did a review and swatch I numbered every individual shade but it is extremely time consuming so I'm just gonna go through shade by shades or if we have a couple of similar ones I'll bunch them together.

So the first 5 shades of this palette are gorgeous base shades. You go from white to a light taupe, and they're a mixture of mattes and shimmers. They look stunning on the eyes and are a lot more pigmented than my arms making them look (I'm super pale so light tone swatches always messes up on it). 

Shade number 6 is a gorgeous brown shimmer shade which I like using in my crease (yes I know you're not supposed to use shimmers in your crease but I love it so I don't care). 

Shade number 7 is a lovely copper shimmer which I haven't actually had the chance to use on my eyes yet but it swatches so well. 

Then there's shade number 8 which is a shimmery grey colour which looks super pretty on glam smokey eyes, and after that shade number 9 is a shimmery black that also looks really good on glam smokey eyes.

(Once again, this isn't the best of swatches because of my pale skin, but that's on how pale my eyes are and does not change the quality of these eyeshadows). I love the first shade to pieces it's a really nice colour if I want a darker base or even for a lighter smokey eye in the cut crease. 

The second and third shades make really good inner corner highlighters if you don't want a super sparkly look. 

Shade number 4 is a pretty sparkly grey which I'll use on top of my base all over the lid if I'm doing a glam look. 

Shades 5,6, and 7 are lovely tones of gold with a light and bright gold (which also acts good as an inner corner highlighter), a rose gold which looks so pretty on the lid and a darker gold which also looks really pretty on the lid. 

The 8th shade is a really pretty blueish grey which I really like because it matches my eyes. 

The 9th shade is a little bit disappointing however because on the back of the box it's advertised as a purple eyeshadow, however it's a darker blue than the one below it. It's a really pretty colour but I wish it was actually the purple that was on the back of the box because I was really excited to try it out.

So what I like about row 3 is that all of these shades are darker versions than the ones above them, so it's very easy to make looks with them.

Shade number 1 in this row is a gorgeous darker taupe which looks beautiful in the crease when making an autumn eye look. I actually have used this colour possibly the most ever since I've gotten this palette.

I don't know how to describe shade number 2 but I think it is absolutely stunning. I've used this a lot as an inner corner eyeshadow because it's just that pretty.

Shade number 3 is more of a shimmer taupe and I haven't gotten the chance to use it much because I haven't been doing a lot of shimmery neutral looks lately.

Shade number 4 is absolutely gorgeous all over the lid and makes a neutral eye look pop a lot more than just using the matte shades.

Shade 5 and 6 are once again beautiful gold shades which look pretty to give your eyes a little bit of a shimmer. I love shade 5 all over the lid, and I love to pair it with shade 6 in the cut crease.

Shade 7 is a really pretty dark shimmery brown and looks beautiful in the outer v when doing a more glam look. I think this would suit all complexions.

Shade 8 is a really pretty matte black which I've used quite a few times over my eyeliner to make it look matte recently. It's also the perfect colour for the outer corner of a dramatic smokey eye.

I've not used shade 9 yet even though I do think it's a really pretty bright blue. I just find it hard to come up with blue eye looks and would really love to experiment with this colour.

And for the last row these are all the darkest colours in the palette. I think pretty much every single one of these colours go together and could make a beautiful look together.

The first colour is a really pretty dark reddish brown and even though it looks matte in the palette it has the tiniest bit of a shimmer in it when it hits the light which I think it stunning.

Shade number 2 is a true taupe colour and I love putting this colour all over my base when I'm doing my normal look. It's really pigmented but also subtle enough to not make too much of a dramatic look.

Shade number 3 is a shimmery red and as much as I love this colour I can never figure out what kind of look to do with this colour. It's gotta be one of my favourites in the palette even if I don't know how to use it. I think I'd honestly just wear this shade on it own though with how beautiful it is.

Shade 4 is a really sparkly brown shade with sort of a hint of gold in it also. This shade is so pigmented and I can't wait to see what I can do with it.

Shade 5 is a really nice shimmery copper shade and I honestly think it is the perfect shade for autumn looks. It reminds me of autumn leaves for some reason and I will definitely be using this over the winter period.

Shade 6 and 7 again are both gold shades. Shade 6 being darker and shade 7 being lighter. I like that they've had different shades of these colours throughout the palette because it makes it so easy to make a look out of them.

Shade 8 is the blackest black I've ever seen in any of my makeup palettes. It's really pigmented on the eyes and blends really well as well. It also has the tiniest hint of a shimmer in so it's not too over the top.

Shade 9 is the last shade and it's a gorgeous shimmery dark blue, once again I have no idea how I'm going to use this shade, I might pair it with the black before it for a blue smokey eye but we'll have to see how that goes.

And that is the I Heart Makeup Explicit Content Slogan Palette. I would definitely recommend this to any bargain beauty lover (or any beauty lover in general). You can either buy the product on the tambeauty website or Superdrug. It's definitely worth the money in my opinion and I will definitely be getting some more of the palette. Do you think you'd buy yourself this palette? Do you think it's worth the money? What palettes are you enjoying right now? I'd love to see your comments down below!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day, and if you haven't already please follow me on bloglovin' for more updates! Happy Christmas!

Yours truly, Lyndsay.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

♡ Blogmas Day 6 | 100th Blog Post ♡

Hey guys so I now have a new title image for blogmas, it only took 6 days but this'll be my blogmas picture from now on and now that's out of the way 100 posts! Wow, I'm actually really surprised it's been that many. I remember making my blog so I could share my Gimp tutorials on how I make my edits on tumblr. I've gone through different themes (including the garish pink which I'm really sorry for) but I've finally found one that I really like. I've learned a lot during this time so here's a 10 things I wish I'd known when I started my blog post (Because your gal couldn't think of 100).

1: Don't panic if people don't read your blog.
Seriously, don't. You're writing this blog for you, and this is what you want to do. If no one reads your blog it doesn't matter, it's something you love putting time and effort into and it doesn't matter what anyone else things about it.

2: Tumblr is NOT the only place to share your blog with.
Yeah tumblr is a great, fun platform to be on, and yeah you could have quite a few followers on Tumblr. They're mostly there for the pretty pictures though. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are all really good places to share your blog on and to get it seen.

3: Be your true self.
People are going to know when you're not being your authentic self. People are not gonna want to see someone not being your authentic self. You don't like that garish pink background, yes it is the cutest rug you will ever own but it is not what you want for a blog background. Even if your tumblr following loves pink, your photos do not look great on pink.

4: Don't share everything online.
You haven't shared everything online, but sometimes there were things that you should have kept to yourself. Yes, things have happened in your life, and yes things were sad and were important to you. They do not have to be plastered all over your blog though.

5: Go on Pinterest more.
Pinterest honestly has so many things you can try out for yourself, and yes maybe as well to try for your blog. It's also another great place to share your blog and to be honest, when you're absolutely bored it gives you something to do with for an hour or two.

6: Support other bloggers.
Up until recently I didn't really read any other bloggers because I didn't know what I was looking for. There's a whole world of bloggers out there and you'll find what you like, and you should support them! Whether that's following their social platforms to keep up with what they post or subscribing to their email lists, you're still supporting them.

7: Blog support pages are your friends.
Even if you don't think your blog is as good as everyone else's. Someone's going to want to read a blog like yours. You could be completely different to other blogs and that might be what they want to see. Blog support pages help you share your blog and get it out there. My favourite is bloggerstribe on twitter.

8: Don't be afraid to look up blog ideas if you've not got any yourself.
You might think it's not original, and that it's not very creative, but you have your own take on everything! Whether (for example) it's top 5 christmas songs or pintertests, only you have your view on things, and other people will enjoy seeing your view on things.

9: Your follower count shouldn't define your self worth.
I know it's sometimes hard to not worry about how many people are following you. (This sort of also goes along with my first point). But you are you, your self worth does NOT change on how big or small of a following you have. You are worth everything and the world and you should always remember that.

10: Have fun with your blog!
If you're writing a blog just to gain an online following, you're not going to enjoy blogging. If you're not enjoy blogging, you shouldn't be doing it. You've got to be doing this for fun, it'll make you a thousand times happier and people will get to know the real you.

And that's it! Do you wish you'd told yourself any of these when you first started blogging? Is there anything else you wish you'd known when you first started blogging? Please leave your comments down below!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Have a nice day, if you haven't already please follow me on bloglovin' for more updates. Happy Christmas!

Yours truly, Lyndsay.

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