Wednesday, 31 December 2014

A Look Back at 2014

I can't quite believe we have reached the end of yet another year. For me 2014 has been a roller coaster of a year full of fun, excitement and new adventures.I learnt so many lessons this year and have really grown as a person (not literally, that's not going to happen) and although I definitely experienced some lows, this year has been absolutely amazing so I thought I would take a look back at everything that has happened and my favourite posts of the year.

 

January - As I am now fully in the routine of A-Levels I am finding it so hard to believe that it was only this year that I was taking my mock GCSE exams in preparation for the real deal in May. January was also the month when I recieved my first GCSE result, and I was over the moon to find out I was awarded an A in my English Language exam.

Experience Christmas in New York // DIY Memory Jar // Bethany Mota Collection Haul

February-May - These 4 months were spent preparing for my actual GCSEs, this also meant a lot of time was spent binge watching Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters and Gossip Girl in procrastination for actually revising. As well as going through a few health scares myself, I also suffered a shock family bereavement, this is when I began to learn some real life lessons and started to appreciate how lucky I am to be living the life I do, with the supportive friends and family I am blessed with and the opportunites I am fortunate to have. I also hit a few blogging milestones in this period including celebrating my 2 year blogiversary in April and a series of Coachella inspired posts became very popular.

Wildfox Seeing Stars Lennon Sweater // 2 Year Blogiversary // Coachella Get the Look - Kylie Jenner

June - After finally putting the pen down after my 22nd GCSE exam paper, June marked the start of what everyone told me would be the best summer of my life. I started off my 12 week summer holiday with a BBQ and water fight with my friends. Another BBQ was in order when I headed down to Mother Iveys for a spontaneous night of camping with friends and I then spent a week abroad with my mum in Tenerife.

Healthy Breakfast with Graze Box // 2014 Summer Bucket List

July - One of the highlights of this year was definitely Prom which marked the start of July, getting dressed up and spending a night with my school friends was the perfect celebration to the end of exam season. July was also a month of blogging milestones when Ellie and I got invited to our first blogging event at Lush. I also spent a lot of time with my friends, many Pretty Little Liars days happened and of course a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. day was soon to follow.

Prom 2014 // Lush Plymouth Blogger Event // What's in My Beach Bag

August - I was so fortunate to spend my 16th birthday in Zante, Greece with a load of my family as we all went out to attend my cousins beautiful wedding. I then came home to the anxiously awaited GCSE results day and a rather unexpected nomination for the Ice Bucket Challenge. I finally decided to end my Summer with a dramatic hair makeover which seemed to shock all of my friends and family.

Cutting My Hair for Charity // #TeenBlogSeries Week 1 // DIY School Stationery

September - After a wonderful 12 weeks of Summer, it was finally time to go back to school, or in my case Sixth Form! This meant many changes, including a load of new friends,the opportunity to study part time at an all boys school and a completely new routine which inevitably comes with the jump from GCSEs to A-Levels. And of course, September was the month I stressed out about what to wear to school every morning with my first weeks of non-uniform rules, this eventually stopped by the start of October.

My Foundation and Brow Routine // Healthy Soup Recipe // Autumn Fashion Staples

October - I continued to get closer with new friends and finally got into the swing of A-Levels. I also attended The Vamps concert with my friends and even managed to meet X-Factors Luke Friend. In terms of Blogging I hit a milestone in page views and the #TeenBlogSeries drew to an end. I ended October dressed as a broken doll with a great family halloween party at my best friends house.

Fashion Icon - Bethany Mota // Favourite Autumn Lip Products

November - This was definitely a busy month. I spent the half term with my Dad in Blackpool to see the Illuminations before heading to Bolton to visit my family. The next week was spent standing in rivers with water up to my waist as I ventured on a Geography field trip to Slapton. November was then ended with an amazing week in St Ives with my new media family from the boys school. I definitely did my fair share of packing in Nobember as I travelled from place to place.

Product Spotlight on Batiste Dry Shampoo // Cosy Sunday with Blue Vanilla

December - My favourite month of the year, as the festive spirit spreads I tried to make the most of the holidays, this included a theatre trip to see Elf, a Christmas party dressed up as a cracker and of course the Christmas holidays spent celebrating with my family and friends. Hopefully tonight will be the perfect end to the year as I celebrate the start of 2015 with my family.

2014 Favourite - BeautyBlender & Giveaway

Looking back this year has been amazing and I couldn't have wished for it to be any different. I have enjoyed spending quality time with my friends and family as well as meeting new people who I now can't imagine my life without.

I hope you have all had a wonderful year and that 2015 will bring you all the joy and happiness you could wish for. Thankyou for all your support this year and I hope that you all stay with me for all the adventures and excitement that next year will bring.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Favourites; BeautyBlender and GIVEAWAY!

First up I need to aCpologise for not posting in over a month! I have been so busy with school work and holiday preparations that I've had no time to sit down and blog, however to make it up to you I am holding a great giveaway so make sure you read to the end of this post for more info!
This year there has been one product in particular that I have fallen in love with, the famous BeautyBlender. I'd heard so much about this product but the £26 price tag continuously put me off it, so last year I decided to buy the Models Own version, at just £7.99 for 2 it was a bargain. I absolutely loved this dupe and raved about it to my friends and family. This was until I managed to get my hands on the real deal. When I heard the September Birchbox would be containing a Classic BeautyBlender and full size cleanser I just couldn't resist, I already had a voucher for a Birchbox and so managed to get it for just £5! Since recieving the BeautyBlender I use it pretty much every time I apply foundation and I don't think I will ever be turning back.


For those who don't know, the BeautyBlender is a makeup sponge which ensures easy application of foundation, concealer and cream blush creating a flawless finish. The unique egg shape allows for easy application even in the smallest of areas, the point is perfect for around the eyes and nose where as the large round base is perfect for blending. As it has no edges, this sponge prevents streaks and lines that you get from a traditional brush, however the most interesting part of this sponge is the texture. It's made up of an 'open cell structure' before use you soak the sponge in water and then squeeze out the excess, it will then expand to double its original size, this structure means that the makeup sits on top of the sponge apposed to soaking in to it which means you use less makeup and your sponge is cleaner after use compared to other sponges. The picture below shows the difference between the Models Own sponge and the BeautyBlender, both products were cleaned before I took the photos yet you can see how the dirt remains trapped in the gaps between the Models Own sponge, this means when you next us it you will just be adding the dirt and bacteria on your skin, I didn't realise how gross this was!
The BeautyBlender also comes with a cleaning solid which makes the tedious cleaning process easy, you simply treat the solid as a soap and wipe it over the wet sponge and rinse, it also works a treat on brushes.
GIVEAWAY
Because I love this product so much, I am going to be giving away one Classic (Pink) BeautyBlender complete with a cleaning solid worth £26!
This giveaway is open internationally.
The giveaway ends on 24/01/2015 at 11:59pm.
You must register all entries using the Rafflecopter Widget Below (It will ask for an email, this is so I can contact you if you win)
The winner will be chosen randomly by the Rafflcopter widget on 25/01/2015 and will be contacted by email on the same day, if there is no response within 2 weeks a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!