Technic Cosmetics | First Impressions & Review*

I was kindly sent some products from Technic to test out and review this month and I obviously couldn't wait to share this brand with you lot, not only because I love everything I received but also because I feel like this makeup is perfect for anyone who's on a budget or basically any of you out there who, like me, are always looking to expand your makeup collection! The price of these products are seriously amazing by the way and I was definitely impressed by everything I got considering how cheap everything is- I was lucky enough to receive 5 items in my little bundle but I also recommend having a mooch at all the other bits they do because they do everything from makeup to nail varnish (their nail varnish is something I definitely want to try!) to brushes.. there's something for everyone! But yes, I hope you enjoy this little first impressions/review type post and let me know in the comments if you've ever tried Technic before or if you like the sound of anything I mention - I'll be sure to include links to everything too!

Things I've Been Loving Lately | #2 (feat. Mr Lee's Noodles)*

Guys, I'm back with more things I've been loving! Yes, this isn't another series I've forgotten about (which has happened more times than I'm willing to admit...) and I'm back with my second post on all the things I've been loving lately - which, if you haven't read the first post (you should by the way...) is my little way of doing a monthly favourites without the monthly thing... I rambled about it in the first post if you want to know more, haha! But yes, as you may have guessed from recent posts (like my clothing haul, my collective haul, and my birthday haul) I've been treating myself a lot recently... I call it retail therapy as an excuse to buy more.. and that means I've had a lot of new things to love lately, but I've kind of saved all of my favourite/the most interesting bits up until now so I could share them in this post instead. I've included all the links I could find by the way (because I'm a huge enabler and you need to buy everything I mention *evil laugh*) and without further ado, I hope you enjoy! Also as always, let me know in the comments if you like any of the bits I've mentioned! 

Treating Myself! | Collective Haul (feat. Primark, Tiger and Urban Outfitters)

This post is kind of a part two of a huge haul, so if you want to have a read of part one click here - I basically talked all about the clothing I've bought recently and everything I'll be wearing this Spring! So yes, part two is basically everything else I've bought recently - mainly homely bits, because I can't pass up anything cute that I can put on my dining room shelves... Also, can we just talk about Primark's home ware range recently please! I literally love everything in that section at the moment, to be fair I've been pretty good at restraining myself, so not much of it will feature in this post - but if you haven't had a mooch at the home ware in Primark recently you need to! All of the bits in this haul came together to look pretty aesthetically pleasing if I'm honest, which I'm pretty impressed with - I guess I've just been a little bit obsessed with baby pink things recently... I'm not complaining! But yes, If you like anything from this haul let me know in the comments below and I hope you enjoy!

What I'll Be Wearing This Spring | Clothing Haul

Okay, so I've done a bit too much shopping recently... Not even joking though, I went shopping three days in a row around my birthday and I might have spent a little bit too much money... oops! It's totally justifiable though because I needed a bit of retail therapy anyway and it was a great distraction from my dissertation stresses - shopping always makes me happy, especially buying new clothes, I have no idea why! Also, I mean I need to have a huge wardrobe clean out at some point soon anyway so all my new bits will be replacing the old stuff... see I have a good excuse I promise, haha! I also have the excuse that I love doing clothing hauls for you lot, so there you go, haha! But yes, here are the few bits I'll be wearing this spring. I actually did one of these for Autumn last year where I shared the bits I wore in Autumn so it's interesting to see the change in colour from deep reds and oranges to purples and pinks- I've definitely gone down the pastel route because I'm loving that trend recently! You might also notice that I've bought loads of jumpers mainly due to the fact that I basically live in jumpers no matter what the weather but also I live in the UK and the weather here is so unpredictable, especially in spring, so I like to make sure I have a bit of a mixture when it comes to warmer and colder outfits! I hope you lot enjoy this haul anyways - I've bought loads so grab yourself a hot drink for this one... I actually have a kind of part two coming out on sunday featuring all the extra bits and bobs I've been buying recently, so if you want to see that keep updated on my twitter! Also, I'll try and include links to things if I can (some of the bits are from Primark so sadly there won't be any links for those!) so you can go and buy them yourself. And as always, be sure to let me know if you like any of the bits in the comments below!

What I Got For My Birthday | 2017

Guys, I'm back! First of all, thanks for your continued support for my little break, it was so nice to just chill out with my family, get away from my laptop and work and uni and just celebrate my birthday! I got to see as much family as possible and enjoy not having to cook or clean- so that was lovely, thank you! But yes, I am back and of course, it's been my birthday. So here I am with a What I Got For Birthday haul! As I said last year it wouldn't be a birthday without one of these posts, so here we go! I absolutely love reading these because I'm super duper nosey and I love seeing what people have got, so if you're as nosey as me I'm sure you'll appreciate this one. I also obviously want to share a few of the bits I got with you guys because I love it all, I wish I could share everything, but this post would probably get a little bit too long, so I'm just sticking to a few of the bits I think you lot will be the most interested in! It feels so weird being back to blogging by the way, I've literally had a week off and I feel like I've been gone ages - I genuinely missed it! I'm glad to be back too and I've done a fair bit of shopping during my time off, so be prepared for a few more hauls coming your way... I've got loads scheduled, haha! Let me know in the comments if you like any of the bits I got for my birthday and I hope you guys enjoy!

Update #16 | A Short Break (+ happy birthday to me!)

It's my birthday!! (...well almost) I'm actually writing this well in advance since I'm expecting a bit of a hectic month.., woo. I'm actually writing this on the train on the way to my Mum's for a bit to celebrate my birthday (yes, that's how crazy busy I am.. feel sorry for me, haha!) It's not all bad though because I'm off to London this Saturday to go and see Wicked and I am super duper excited - we actually went to go and see Mamma Mia last year and I absolutely loved it, so I have really high hopes for Wicked! I am also IN LOVE with all of the songs so you can bet I'll be annoying everyone and singing along to Defying Gravity, haha! (UPDATE: I've seen it. It was AMAZING. I loved it! Want to see it again... haha!) But yes, also. As you can maybe tell from the title of this post I have a little teeny bit of bad news - basically, as you will know if you've read some of my posts recently I am a crazy busy bee at the moment with work and dissertation and travelling between home and family for my birthday so I don't really have a lot of time for my blog... to cut a long story short, I'm going to have to take a little break... just a teeny one, of maybe a week?! Just so that way I can catch up on blog posts and work and get my life back in check, haha! I'm sure you won't mind too much though because once I'm back I have tonnes of posts ready to write so be prepared for brand collaborations, spring baking a birthday haul, a lush haul, a collective haul... hauls, hauls and more hauls - I've been treating myself, haha! But really though, I hope you don't mind - I'll be back soon anyway, just need a few days to catch myself up, so yeah thank you for understanding and pop back soon or check my twitter for more posts! Speak to you all very soon! 

Dear 25 Year Old Me

I turn 21 in two days and that makes me a little bit nostalgic.. apparently I get nostalgic around my birthday every year because I wrote a similar post last year where I wrote a post to my younger self! I've been watching a lot of those Dear __ year old me videos on YouTube recently and I really wanted to do my own,  to my 25 year old self! I love the idea that in 4 years time I can look back at this blog post (if I remember!) and not only read all about what I was up to when I was (almost) 21, but also so I can maybe answer all of these questions in a new blog post - if I'm still writing posts then, which I seriously hope I am! I hope you enjoy this little post, maybe it will inspire you to write your own letters to your older self - I'd love to read yours if you have so be sure to leave a link in the comments! 

21 Things I've Learned In (almost) 21 Years

It's my birthday week and I'm turning 21, so in true blogger fashion I obliviously had to do a 21 Things I've Learned In 21 years post... *rolls eyes* But really though, as much as I've got left to learn, I do feel like I've really grown as a person over the years, especially recently - what with moving out and having to deal with all the wonders of adulting, haha! This year has also probably been one of the toughest and scariest and I'm sure it will only get tougher and scarier, especially since I'm graduating from University super soon and I have to decide what I'm doing with my life - gah! So I do have a couple of pieces of advice that I've been living by and that I would love to share with you guys! I've also seriously love reading everyone else's posts like this too - loads of bloggers out there have some amazing life lessons to share! In fact I would love to know if you've got any extra pieces of advice to share and you should do so in the comments - I hope you enjoy this little post and maybe learn a lesson or two yourself. 

Things I Couldn't Live Without As A Third Year Student

So I wrote a post recently where I talked about all the little things I couldn't live without in general and it got me to thinking - there are a few things that I couldn't live without as a student, especially now that I'm in my last year of University and deadlines are getting a bit stressful, there are a few things that are helping me to get by this stressful time and I definitely couldn't live without them! I also really hope that my list might help some of you out there who are also students, maybe you can take some of the things from my list to help you get through University - we all know it can be tough, but trust me, you'll survive it and maybe these little things might be what helps you through.. they're definitely what's helping me with writing my dissertation right now! Also, if you need any extra tips when it comes to surviving university I have tonnes of posts on this subject so you should click here to read more posts! - I also have a whole post dedicated to my tips for third year student so if you're a third year student and you need a few survival tips you can click here for that, haha! So, if you're a student let me know in the comments the little things that you can't live without as a student - I would love to know! 

Chocolate Delivered To Your Door! | Love Cocoa*

I promise I'll stop talking about it once the deadline is out of the way, but you all know uni is kind of taking over my life right now and my dissertation is due very very soon - so basically junk food, especially chocolate has been getting me through! Honestly though, I've probably put on a fair bit of weight trying to get this thing done.. but I'll continue to eat all the junk food and deny that until I've finally handed this dissertation in, haha! So yes, chocolate has become my comfort food so you can imagine how excited I was to be contacted by Love Cocoa who wanted me to review their gorgeous chocolate and of course, I jumped at the chance. I actually had a tough day at work on the day I got home to this lovely, chocolatey package on my doorstep so that was a huge mood booster for me! I'm sure I'm not alone in my huge love of chocolate either, so I'm so excited to share this amazing company with you lot.. I mean who doesn't want chocolate literally delivered to your front door, that's heaven if you ask me, haha - especially for all you university students like me who need a little pick me up, I couldn't recommend this company more! Let me know what you think in the comments below, also have a little mooch on their website and let me know which flavour you would like to try the most! My personal favourite is the honeycomb one... it was so delicious! 

Managing A Blog 101

As much as I would love to give you a set plan on how manage your blog amazingly there is honestly no rhyme or reason when it comes to blog managment! I feel like you pretty much just find your own way of doing things as your blog grows, you'll find your own routine and what works best for you and it's perfectly fine if you manage it completely differently to someone else. However, when I first started my blog I definitely felt like I was just thrown into the deep end with it a bit, especially once I'd decided a schedule of posting every other day and I had to go back to university which meant doing assignments alongside writing blog posts - it got a little bit mad! But establishing a proper plan and finding a way of effectively managing all the aspects of my blog really helped me to find my feet and feel a little bit more organised! (...organisation is my life, haha!) So I thought today I would share some of my blog managment tips, for all of you out there who are thinking of starting a blog, have just started your blog or even if you've been blogging for years and would love some extra help with how to manage your blog - maybe you'll prefer my way of doing things! Also, feel free to let me know of your own methods in the comments - I am always on the lookout for new tips and tricks to manage my blog better and sharing is caring, right?! 

The Best Thing About Being A Blogger

It's March! First of all, how did that even happen?! I feel like it was New Year, I blinked and now it's March... Second, I have huge mixed feelings about this month. I'm ridiculously excited because it's my birthday, I'm turning 21 and we're going to see Wicked in London to celebrate - gah! But also, I'm internally screaming with fear because March means that April is fast approaching and with that comes my dissertation deadline - oh crap! I have to admit, I haven't really been the perfect student and, in true Jemma fashion, I have well and truly left it to the last minute which means my March has suddenly become pretty hectic, haha! (It doesn't help that out internet is down at the moment and sky literally don't have a clue what the issue is... I'm actually writing the 'first draft' of this blog post by hand right now - it has got to that point, haha!) So yeah, I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I apologise if the blog goes a bit lapse this month but unfortunately (as much as I love blogging and wish I could do nothing but blog for the entire month!) uni work has to take priority - for now (you can bet as soon as I've handed in this work I'll be blogging as often as possible - I cannot wait for that day!) but for now, I'm aiming to get a blog post up every other day to the best of my ability, but if that doesn't happen for some reason you know why, haha! But anyway, that was a good enough segway into todays topic right?! I wanted to share some of my favourite things about blogging today, because as cringey as it sounds I truly do fall more and more in love with blogging every day! So yeah, here are some of the reasons why I love blogging. Let me know in the comments if you agree with any of my reasons and also feel free to share your own reasons too! Oh also! I know this intro is getting ridiculously long but I have to give photo credit to Ethan - we discovered this gorgeous row of houses near where we live and I knew I wanted to snap a few pictures of it, but I was way too embarrassed to take pictures of peoples houses, so I sat in the car while Ethan got out and took pictures for me... he'd hate me if I didn't give credit, haha! 

A Touch Of Spring! | Blossoming Gifts Flower Delivery*

It's March and Spring is just around the corner! Naturally it's been raining all day long so you can imagine how happy I was to receive these gorgeous flowers this morning - they definitely brightened up my day to say the least! (And I have an assignment to write today so cheering up was completely needed, haha!) I love flowers, they freshen and brighten up my home and honestly I would restock all of my vases over and over again if my bank account would let me! I also just never really know where to buy my flowers from...I used to get them with my weekly grocery shop but I always found that we ended up getting the same ones and it got really boring! So basically I was incredibly excited to be contacted by Blossoming Gifts which is an amazing flower delivery service, not only so that I could share this amazing-ness with you lot (whether you're looking to treat yourself to some gorgeous flowers, or you need a quick gift option for a loved one!) but also because I will certainly be purchasing more flowers from them and restocking my vases as often as possible, they have so many different bouquets to choose from as well, so I'm certain I won't ever get bored of them... and I mean who doesn't love getting flowers delivered?! I've seriously enjoyed browsing through all the flowers on the website, just swooning over all the different bouquets you can buy and I basically want them all - so if you're all about flowers too, you should definitely head over to their website and give it a mooch! I'd love to know in the comments what your favourite type of flower is and if you love getting flowers delivered as much as I do!