5 May 2015

Lifestyle | 5 Things Now That I've Finished Uni

I say finished, I mean 'for the summer'. That's right, all assignments handed in and I am University free for almost 5 months until I return for my last year. What am I gonna do with that time? Here's what I'm looking forward to...

Reading | I was a huge reader up until I started University two years ago, where I found my head buried in journals upon journals and bounds of Marketing books. Now that I have got *ahem* quite a lot of spare time on my hands, I've decided to fill it up with a different style of education, via books. I picked up Don't Sweat the Small Stuff as I have heard great things and I love a good self help book every now and again. Make sure you let me know your book recommendations in the comments - I'm quite open to giving anything a go.

Blogging & Vlogging | I know that my blogging content hasn't been 100% over the past few weeks and I thoroughly do apologise for that. Assignments and all that jazz really do begin to take it's toll. I have got zero excuses now however and I'm eager to up my game on both here and my YouTube channel. I will be able to spend most of my week creating content and I wish to make it as exciting and interesting as I possibly can and really improve on every aspect of it all. 

Family Time | As much time as I possibly can is going to be trying to spend time with family because after all, when no-one else is there, your family always will be. Sometimes it's the little things we take for granted most and I am really going to try and work on doing more stuff with my loved ones. Whether it's taking them out for a coffee or just sitting down and having a proper conversation.

Working | That's a bit strange isn't it, I'm looking forward to working?! Well when you have University assignments due you feel that everything that you do apart from writing your assignments is a bit of a pain but I'm glad that I can focus a lot on work at the moment too. We've just launched a brand new website, Pretty Twisted Online, so make sure you go give it some love. Perhaps you might spy something that you quite like.

Going on Adventures | I'm beginning to get ants in my pants when it comes to staying at home these days. As much as the ultimate dream is to pack my bags and head to the big smoke waving goodbye to Middlesbrough, I know that's not feasible for another year or so. However, I want to try and make regular trips out to see a bit more of the UK. I haven't actually travelled that much outside of my hometown and I think it's about time that I did. I'm desperate to visit Brighton and a couple of places in North Yorkshire too.
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3 May 2015

Skincare | Current Skincare Favourites #1

I love hearing about other's skincare favourites, their secret gems that they like to share with everyone else. I thought I would do a collective post today showcasing some skincare treats that I've been really enjoying lately...

As I really enjoy an oil cleanse as my first, I have been reaching for Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99) most evenings because of how easily it can remove make-up. The oil smells beautifully of oranges and is easy on the eyes, which is great for someone like me who wears a lot of eyeliner most days. The Vitamin C packed product leaves the skin feeling softer and glowing, although I'll always go in with a second cleanse afterwards. Next up is the Pixi Glow Tonic (£18) which I have raved about previously here. It's an alcoholic free toner that, as the name suggests, helps give a glow to the skin. I love using this on an evening as the next morning my face feels and looks more healthy, radiant and all-around refreshed. If you haven't tried this yet, it's definitely something worth giving a go. I stopped using manual exfoliators a while back and it wasn't until I introduced one back into my routine that I realised how much my skin missed and benefited from using one. The Yes To Tomatoes Pore Scrub* (£9) is a real gentle exfoliant, packed full of teeny mango seeds. It helps in the removal of any dead and dry skin whilst containing salicylic acid for help combating any blemishes - win/win! 

As a total treat for my skin, every other week I have been adoring using the Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask* (£23). I remember Lily Pebbles constantly singing this products praises over the past few years and she has done it just the justice that it deserves. It is intensively hydrating whilst smelling like heaven for a total spa-like facial without doing all the work. This mask is slowly becoming my favourite one to use... Finally we have a product that I am just about needing to repurchase because I have given it so much love, and it's the Trilogy Rosehip Oil (£16.50). Known for many things, I love using this before bed to help reduce the appearance of spot scarring and the difference it can make, just overnight, is nothing short of a miracle. I have gotten several people using this product and all have them have claimed a huge difference. It must be magic, right?

So they are five of my current skincare loves, of all price ranges - something for everyone! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these, and what your thoughts are? Or perhaps you're thinking of picking something up? Thanks for reading!
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1 May 2015

Event | BeautyCon - What You Need To Know

Although I won't be attending (insert crying emoji), I thought I would share with you all the information about BeautyCon, the what's, the who's and the how's?

What? // BeautyCon is essentially a roadshow style event that travels the world showcasing the latest beauty, fashion and lifestyle trends. It's a place to learn, shop, chat and network and see panel discussions and Q&A's. 

When? // Saturday May 23rd 2015 - only a few weeks away!

Where ? // It will be in London at the Olympia Centre with the closest station being Kensington.

Who? // The event is not only for brands to attend, but for online creaters and general enthusiasts to come together and discover all things beauty. Some content creaters who are going to be there include; Sprinkle of Glitter, Essie Button, Lily Pebbles, Amelia Liana, Hello October, Caroline Hirons and Fleur de Force to name only a very few. It makes me really jealous that I can't be there to meet some of these people!

How? // Tickets are £35 (excluding fees) and you can purchase them from Ticketmaster here.

Where can I stay? // Not to fear - if you're not from the area (or maybe you fancy a night away) there are plenty of local hotels to accommodate you. There are three Holiday Inn's surrounding the area, these are: Kensington ForumLondon Bloomsbury and London Regents Park that all have close tube routes to the event.

Are you going to BeautyCon this year? I would love to know if you are and who you are excited to see the most? I so wish that I could make it - maybe next year! Would you like to attend an event just like this? Let me know in the comments below!
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29 April 2015

Advertising | Meet My April '15 Advertisers!

Hi there! I’m Rebeca, a 21 year old blogger from the North East. I’m still pretty new to the blogging world, having just been on my first few blogger events! I started blogging to keep me from going crazy on my days off from work, and while I ponder on what Uni course I’m going to settle on. I've always loved reading blogs, seeing what peoples opinions are on products especially good honest reviews. My little ‘ol blog focuses mainly on beauty related bits and bobs, featuring the odd outfit post and a hell of a lot of strategically placed pretty things i've bought because I NEED it to feature (obviously) I use my blog as basically a scrapbook for myself, helping me keep track of the products I love - which turns into more of a huge wish list. My blog is still a baby, and any comments you leave I love to read! 
Hello, my name is Siobhan and I run the blog The Beauty Baker which is basically a everything blog where I write about whatever my heart contents whether it's fashion, beauty, recipes or lifestyle! I live in a little country village in Lincolnshire after moving from the Valleys in South Wales when I was 17 and ever since then I've just loved exploring places on my own and finding new things such as a new beauty brand I've never heard of or just a pretty town or recipe. My blog is somewhere I just ramble and you'll find that not all of my posts stick to one topic and they usually have my humour coming through, I'm partial to occasionally swearing in a post but then I go on about how it looks like 'unicorn sick.'
Blog. Twitter. Instagram.
Hi there guys! I'm Anastasia and I blog over at Dainty Desires, a UK based blog that loves a bit of everything. Firstly, I just want to say a big thank you to Megan for letting me sit on her sidebar this month! Now onto my blog; Dainty Desires was born in 2012 when I was right in the middle of university and I wanted to blog about books and beauty. Well, I still do blog about books and beauty but my niche has now expanded to lifestyle, travel and fashion as well. If you fancy a read that incorporates a bit of everything, click on over and say hi! 
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My other very gorgeous advertiser in April has been Erica Rosa, make sure you go head over and give them a read too! If you'd like to advertise me in any further months, you can find out all information, statistics and prices here.