Friday, 30 October 2015

Fifty Shades Trilogy and Grey Book Review

I was really skeptical about writing this post as I didn't know what people would think and whether or not you would like it. With that being said, I finally decided to just write it as my blog is a way of sharing things I like.

Last year my friend got me the fifty shades of grey book trilogy for my birthday as I had wanted to read them for ages. A few days after receiving them, I read them and finished them so quickly that I read them again (it took around two weeks in total). I know the books aren't exactly age appropriate, but I thoroughly enjoyed the books. I enjoyed them that much that I have read the four books five times since getting them. The story line is totally different to any other book and isn't just about sex as most people think, it is a twisted romantic love story. The books offer a very alternative romantic story, which I like as it makes them stand out from the whole of the romance genre.

The first three books, fifty shades of grey; fifty shades darker and fifty shades freed, are written from Ana's point of view and the fourth book, Grey, is the first book but written from Christian's point of view. The first book is quite sexual, but the last two don't include as much sexual content and is more about the love story. 

I have also seen the film adaptation of the first book and thought it was a good film, but not as good as the book as it missed out a lot of details.

Have you read the four books?

Friday, 23 October 2015

Candle Corner #9 - Candle Haul

Candle Corner is back baby!!!

I have really gotten back into burning candles, whether it is because it is autumn or something else, I'm just loving burning candles. This means that my candle collection has slowly gotten smaller, so obviously I needed to buy more.

Firstly, I went to a shop called Candle Time, which is basically a shop that sells things from candles to ornaments. From there I picked up five votives in the scents Spiced Pumpkin, Sweet Apple, Cranberry Pear, Salted Caramel and Orange Splash. Each cost £1.80 apart from the spiced pumpkin votive as it was fragrance of the month, it was £1.35.

I then went to Home Bargains and looked at the candle section there. I have previously had candles from their by a brand called Wickford & Co and have absolutely loved them so I wanted more. I went for the Carribean Zest and Apple Cinnamon small jars as they smelt the best out of all of them.

I will be doing a separate post on each of the candles, so keep your eyes peeled.

Where do you buy your candles from?

Friday, 16 October 2015

3 Things I Want To Do This Autumn

I love autumn. It's my birthday season, it means it's nearly Christmas and you can wear cosy jumpers. So, for this post I wanted to compile a list of things I want to do this autumn.

1. Try my very first pumpkin spice latte
You are probably thinking that there is something wrong with me as I have never tried a pumpkin spice latte but to be honest, I have never felt the need to have one. I'm not the biggest pumpkin fan, but since I tried the gingerbread latte last year and loved it, I thought I should try the pumpkin spice latte this year.

2. Jump in a pile of leaves
The amount of photos I see on social media of people jumping in a big pile of autumn leaves is unreal. I have never done it probably because all the leaves where In live are always really wet and never the crisp orange ones that you need to jump in. Hopefully this year I will do this.

3. Make S'mores/roast marshmallows
I have roasted marshmallows a few times now and I love it, but I have never made s'mores. Every time I see a photo on instagram of s'mores my mouth instantly waters and I begin to crave them.

What do you want to do this autumn?

Friday, 9 October 2015

Royal Make Up Brushes Review

I have included these brushes in a few posts now and thought it was about time I dedicated a whole post to them. I don't know where you can get them online or if any worldwide stores stock them as I bought mine from a small shop in my local shopping centre. Each brush is priced between £1.99 and £4.99, so if you are on a budget or are just starting with make up, they are really affordable and won't break the bank if they don't turn out so great for you.

I have the blending brush, £3.99, which I use to pack on eye shadows or to apply eye shadow to my bottom lash line if I want a thin line. It isn't my favourite brush out of my collection as I don't really use it all that often. I also have two large eye shadow brushes, £2.99 each. I love these brushes as they are so fluffy (it's so fluffy, i'm gonna die! bonus points if you know the film reference) and versatile. I use these to apply shadow onto my lids and to also blend the edges. The newest to my collection is the contour eye shadow brush, £2.99. Even though I have only had it for a short while, I am absolutely in love with it. It makes it so easy to make a neutral smoky eye and to also add shadow on my bottom lash line. Finally, I have the eye shadow brush, £1.99. It is essentially the large eye shadow brush but a lot smaller, which helps with precision and apply shadow in the crease.

What are your favourite budget-friendly make up brushes?

Friday, 2 October 2015

How I Balanced School With Blogging

I started my blog in February last year and was starting one of the biggest parts of my life, GCSEs. With that in mind, I had to quickly learn how to balance school work and revision with writing posts and taking photos for that post. So I thought I would share my tips on how I did it with you and hopefully it will help a few of you.

Get Homework/Coursework Done ASAP
I did this most of my school life so I didn't find it that hard. By doing your homework as soon as you get it, you then can spend more time on creating content and images for your blog. 

Take Photos At The Weekend
School is roughly from 8:30am till 4:00pm, so you don't have much time or natural lighting to take photos with. If you make note on what you need to photograph, what you want as a background and what props you are going to use, you can wake up at the weekend and blast out photos for multiple blog photos. Also, this trick is very handy in winter as you have shorter periods of day light.

Take Time Off From Blogging
I have never personally done this myself, but a few of my friends who ave their own blogs have, and they said it really helped them focus on passing their GCSEs. Also, taking a set period of time away from blogging can help refresh your mind and come up with amazing, original content.

Set Specific Times For Your Day
I spent probably 6 hours a week on my blog, which was mostly on weekends, and I spread those hours between my week. I'd spend around half an hour each week night on creating content and writing content and then 4 and a half hours at the weekend taking photos and editing them.

Create A Blog Post Bank In Your Spare Time
Whenever you find a spare day or a few spare hours in your day, open up your blog and create content. By creating a blog post bank, when you find yourself in a hurry to upload, you can quick read through one of the saved posts and publish.

Slow And Steady Wins The Race
Okay, blogging is no race, but if you start slow by posting once a week, you can eventually get into a rhythm and post a few times a week when you have finished school. I started by posting on a Friday every week and after a year, I began posting three times a week. It's just about finding what works for you.

How do you balance blogging with work/school life?