Struggles All Introverts Will Understand

I've always known that I was an introvert. I definitely enjoy my own company and I really don't strive off of socialising with others like some people do - I'd much prefer the company of a book or Netflix to be completely honest! It doesn't mean that I don't enjoy spending time with my friends and I really enjoy my time spent with them when we do plan little day trips out, it's just the motivation to make plans and to actually get myself out that I'm lacking! This has been such a big part of my life recently, now that University work and working part time has gotten a lot busier, it's kind of gotten in the way of seeing friends and I've found myself making up excuses to stay in and not see anyone... when, let's be honest - I definitely have time! So today I thought I would write about some of the struggles us introverts face, I hope all my fellow introverts can relate to some of these and that we can all laugh, because they're all silly little things but they're struggles no less! If you want to have a read of some of my other struggles posts you can click here - I've written quite a few now. Also, let me know if you can relate to any of these in the comments below! 

The Uni Box* | February Review

GUYS! I'm back again doing another post for The Uni Box, I was so excited and appreciative to receive another box since I seriously love everything about this company and obviously I love all the goodies that comes with it! So, if you missed my last post (you should read it here if you did, by the way!) The Uni Box is a subscription box designed for students and I was lucky enough to review the January box and now here I am reviewing the February box and I couldn't be more excited to share everything with you guys! You lot know uni has been a bit tough for me recently, what with being in third year and having to deal with the stress of writing my dissertation and trying to also balance that whilst working part time and running a blog - it's been a bit stressful to say the least! So The Uni Box couldn't really have contacted me at a better time to be honest and it was such a lovely surprise coming home from a busy day at uni to my little box of goodies! So, anyway this post is going to give a brief rundown of what The Uni Box is and also tell you a little bit about what you get in a typical box. If you want to learn even more about The Uni Box I definitely suggest going and reading my review of their January box, I also shared a few tips all about how to feel happier at University if you're interested! Let me know in the comments what you favourite treat from this February box is and also let me know if you're currently at University yourself, I would love to know! 

ColourPop | Haul & First Impressions

This month has been stressful, what with uni work and this dreaded dissertation... But don't worry, you can bet I've been treating myself to lovely new things - it's the best motivation I'm telling you! Annoyingly for my bank balance, retail therapy seems to really work for me, so I've kind of been really leniant on buying new things this month... oops! In fact, you can read all about my latest purchases in this recent post! In that post I talked a little bit about my recent sneaky ColourPop purchases and I did promise a full first impressions/review type post, so here I am with my review, haha! I've honestly been eyeing up all things ColourPop and the last I heard was that they don't ship to the UK, so I would always just swoon over everything but never be able to buy any of it... but apparently they now ship to the UK?! So, ignoring the fact that I knew there would be a hefty customs charge I ordered a few eye shadows and now I am so excited to finally own ColourPop things! I thought I would share my thoughts on them today since I'm obviously obsessed and in love with everything, haha! Let me know if you've ever tried anything by ColourPop in the comments below and also let me know what you favourite eye shadow from my haul is!

Bula Batiki Raw Fiji Coconut Oil*

So, I have something really amazing and heartwarming to share with you guys, basically the lovelies behind Bula Batiki reached out and sent me some of their amazing coconut oil and I really have to share this stuff! You may be thinking, coconut oil is just coconut oil right...? But this coconut oil is kind of special because of the whole story behind it (how many more times can I say coconut oil...) - and it's something that I seriously love so I had to share it! So, there's a beautiful island called Batiki Island (which I am told is a 3 hour boat ride from the east of the Fijian mainland by the way) and there are four villages on this island. These villages make the coconut oil using the island's natural coconut trees (in fact, it takes six coconuts to make one jar!) Basically Bula Batiki makes it possible for the villagers to sell their coconut oil and all of the money goes back into the island in order to give the island a sustainable source of income to provide developments in education, healthcare and housing - how amazing is that! I absolutely love everything about this and I feel like it just makes the coconut oil that little bit more special knowing not only where it has come from and the amazing story behind it but knowing that your money is going towards a good cause!

Update #15 | Life Lately

I thought it was about time that I did another little update posts since it's been a bit of a whirlwind month with so many highs and so many lows so ya' know... thought I might as well share! I love writing these because I can literally just spill everything and get loads of my chest - I feel like it especially helped after writing my last update post because I just poured all my stress out into the post and I could actually take a step back and see that the stress wasn't as bad as I thought. So yeah, honestly if you have worries or just something you need to get off your chest I definitely recommend writing it all down, it doesn't even have to be this public, you could write it down in a personal diary that only you will see - trust me, you'll feel much better afterwards! But yes, this update post won't be quite so stressful because I actually feel a little bit more on top of everything now which is good, well I'm on top of work but unfortunately that does mean my social life is lacking a little bit and annoyingly I've had to prioritise my dissertation over seeing friends.. which is never good! Honestly, have you ever seen that picture where there's a triangle with 'social life' 'enough sleep' and 'good grades' and it says 'choose two'?! That picture basically sums up university for me... so I've become somewhat of a recluse, but a happy recluse because I'm such an introvert, so it's okay for now, haha! 

Things I've Been Loving Lately

As you may have noticed, I've kind of ditched doing monthly favourites... I guess I just never really enjoyed writing those posts because I'm such a fan of routine that I could hardly ever think of anything new that I've used and loved each month - I just tend to stick to using the same products which, let's be honest, would make a very very boring monthly favourites, haha! So I did it for a year and now I've decided to just ditch it completely. It's pretty nice not having the pressure of trying to think up some new things that I can write a bit about the night before it's due to be published! But naturally, I now have some new things that I've bought recently and want to share *rolls eyes*! So I've decided to start a bit of a new 'thing' on my blog called 'Things I've Been Loving Recently' where I share anything that I've been loving recently - so it's like favourites without the pressure of it being monthly, I suppose. But yes, I hope you enjoy - let me know if you want to see more posts like this and also please share some of the things you've been loving recently in the comments, I would love to know! 

February Book Haul 2017 | TBR

I'm back with another book haul and that makes me so excited! I've honestly become a little bit obsessed with books lately and that's definitely not like me at all, but it's a good hobby right.. so I'm not even sorry! I actually wrote a January book haul last month where I said I wanted this to be a monthly thing, so that took away a bit of the guilt from ordering these - I must admit I haven't finished the others yet because I don't have as much time to read as I would like at the moment, but having a bit of a collection makes me super happy! I realised the other day actually that I find it really difficult to remember what books I've read which I mentioned breifly in one of my recent posts in fact I've pretty much forgotten 80% of the books I read over Summer - so I've decided to start writing them down in the back of my five year diary and keeping that list has motivated so much to read more and read as many books as I can - hopefully in five years once I've finished that diary my list will be pretty long and I can go back and see everything I've read! But yes, I hope you enjoy my book haul, let me know if you've read any of these books in the comments below and also, let me know what you're reading at the moment because I always love recommendations! 

Unicorn Hot Chocolate Recipe

Happy Valentines Day to all my lovely readers out there, you deserve all the love! What better way to feel the love this time of year than with the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing hot chocolate I have ever seen or tasted! I actually saw the unicorn hot chocolate a while ago, I think it was a craze on Facebook for a little while, but I knew I wanted to save it until my Valentines Day post because who doesn't love baby pink hot chocolate on Valentines Day! Whether you're in a relationship and want to make something cute for your loved one, or you're a singleton and want a delicious treat today, you should definitely give this unicorn hot chocolate a go - it's super simple, actually really inexpensive to make.. and not to mention it's DELICIOUS! You can also tweak this recipe around a little bit too, depending on how sweet you want it and also how much crap you want to put on top... I recommend just tipping everything you've got on there haha! I actually had to take the photos for my hot chocolate upstairs because it had the best light up there and now there's sprinkles and all sorts all over my bedroom floor...oops! Anyways, let me know if you give this one a go and I hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day whatever your relationship status!

Little Ways To Say 'I Love You' This Valentines Day

Valentines day is fast approaching and to be honest having been with Ethan for five valentines days now we never really do much anymore and I'm totally okay with it! Actually the highlight of last years Valentines was going to see Fifty Shades.. and I'm sure the highlight of this years' will be Fifty Shades Darker, haha! (Is that sad..? Probably, yes.) But yeah, we don't really feel the need to do anything extravagant anymore and we've been there, done that in a way - I remember the 2nd Valentines we spent together we rushed off on a train to Bristol after skipping fifth period at sixth form (that's as romantic as it gets if you ask me, haha!) and had a over priced meal at an Italian restaurant and then wandered around for hours until it got dark and although it was so lovely and I loved every second, now that we live together we can pretty much just do that whenever we want (except not Bristol.. because it's pretty far from here!) so the novelty of Valentines day just doesn't work for me! I also definitely believe in showing everyone I love that I appreciate them as often as possible, be in Valentines Day or not, so there's that! It is nice to have Valentines Day as a little reminder to show this appreciation though, in little ways, be it to a partner, a family member, someone you have a crush on or a friend. So today, I decided to give you lot some ideas of little ways you can say 'I love you' on Valentines day...or any other day of the year to be honest..! Let me know in the comments if you have any other little Valentines day ideas and I hope you enjoy!

Little Things I Just Couldn't Live Without

We take a lot of things for granted. I realised that this recently when our boiler broke and we couldn't really turn the heating on much (otherwise our kitchen would start flooding) ... this also meant that I couldn't have baths, so you can imagine how unhappy I was about that! But this really did open my eyes to all the things I take for granted, even just not being able to have the heating on all day and having to be a little bit cold every now and again was a bit of a shock to the system and it made me realise where I would be if I we didn't even have hot water or heating! Not only is this true for all the big things I would miss if I didn't have them like water, food, family and friends etc but all the little things that I take for granted every single day! So for today's post I wanted to write about some of these little things that I couldn't live without, some of those petty little things that I use pretty much every day without thinking but I know if I was on a remote island without them I would be at a loss, haha! Feel free to share some of your own things you couldn't live without in the comments below and tell me if you relate to any of the things I mention! 

EXPOSED: A Realistic Day In My Life

You already know the deal, us bloggers aren't all coffee shops and marble dining tables - as much as we sometimes like to appear like this in our posts... (that we write from our bed whilst we dream about blogging from our perfectly organised office complete with rose gold stationery!) ...even we can't hide the fact that our lives sometimes get a bit stressful and our washing pile does sometimes overflow ridiculously, haha! I always liked watching those 'day in the life' videos on YouTube but I mean come on, they're definitely not realistic; so today I kind of wanted to share the other side of me, the real side if you like.. (gah that's scary!) and give you an actual real insight into my daily life including all the nitty gritty bits that I would probably prefer to leave out, haha! 

How To | Survive Your Third Year Of University

I'm not the perfect student, never have been never will be, but I've made it this far and I like to think I'll survive until July when I've handed in my dissertation and this all over, haha! I actually wrote a similar post to this back in October called How To Survive University where I gave some more general tips for surviving university whatever year you're in but now that it's February and my dissertation deadline is looming (as it probably is for a lot of other third year students out there!) I thought I would give you some more university tips that are more appropriate for third year students and for anyone writing their dissertation. Because let's e honestly, no one prepared me for third year! I'm sure if you're in the same boat as me at the moment ( boat has a huge hole in it and I am slowly sinking into a sea of deadlines and responsibilities, haha!) and are feeling the pressures of third year you probably could do with a few tips to help you survive or at least make you feel like you've got your life together a bit, haha! So hopefully you find these helpful and feel free to share your own tips in the comments below... I need all the help I can get at this stage! Ooh, also I'm in the middle of writing a huge post at the moment for a big reflection of my three years at university experience, so if you're interested in reading all about everything from assignments, to anxiety to my lack of social life definitely pop back and have a read of that one - I'm thinking of publishing it at some point in April once my dissertation has been handed in, so get excited! 

Talking About My First Time?!

Guys. It's been a stressful few weeks, filled with procrastination, assignments, work, lectures and so much more. Basically my mind is on my work and not on my blog at the moment and I hate it, but that's just the way it is right now! Honestly, it was so lucky that I had tonnes of posts scheduled in advance because I don't think I could've written posts in amongst all that stress, haha! So I wanted to keep it easy today and write something simple, something that took me back to my roots when I used to do tonnes of tag posts, because they are genuinely a guilty pleasure of mine... I came across the first time tag when it was big on YouTube ages ago and always loved hearing about all the little 'firsts' that people have had in their lives, so I decided to hunt down some questions and answer them for you guys today, simple as that! Feel free to also answer these questions in the comments below, I always love learning more about all my readers, also let me know if you can relate to anything I mention, hope you enjoy! Ooh, also! Are you guys loving my new blog template?! It was kind of a rash decision at 8pm last night... I did love my old one, but I was getting a bit bored of it and I was well overdue a new one so I just went for it and I kind of love it - just need to sort out a few bits and then it should be perfect. Let me know what you think!

skinChemists Rose Quartz Age Defence Youth Facial Oil* | (+offer code!)

You guys better be prepared because in today's post I have something amazing to share with you! I was contacted by the lovelies over at skinChemists to review and share their star product from their Rose Quartz range and can I just tell you I think I'm in love with this product, it has genuinely re-invented my entire skin care routine and my skin is thanking me for it! Jokes aside though, my skin care routine was pretty much non-existent and I must admit I'm a tinsy bit lazy when it comes to looking after my face but when I was asked to test this facial oil out it reminded me how easy it is to actually take care of your skin and give it the attention it deserves. So I've started to take skin care a little more seriously and everything just feels amazing - I better keep it up! I've been testing out this gorgeous facial oil non-stop for you lovely lot and I can't wait to share all of it's amazing-ness! Also, if you're looking to get your hands on it yourself and give yourself a well deserved skin-glow I actually have an offer code to share and can I just say this reduces the price from £99 to £19.99!! Can we just take a moment - you basically have no excuse.. I'm such an enabler, haha!