Reflecting on 2015 // Welcoming 2016

So, after a morning of meeting up with old friends and an afternoon of discussing nye plans with new ones, I decided it was time to settle down and write up my end of year blog post.

If you’re curious as to what I was like a year ago, here is 2014’s brief summary in which I mainly discuss the transition from secondary school to sixth form, friendships and self confidence (deep I know).

Time has flown by and here we are again. A year older, a year wiser (I like to think) and a year more experienced in general life. So here goes, let’s pop our armbands on and reflect on the last 12 months.

*heads to instagram to try and remember what I’ve actually achieved this year*

Okay so from what I can remember, the start of the year was pretty much the same as 2014 (we can’t expect things to change that quickly, steady on). However one of my resolutions was to get my blogging act together and it turned out to perhaps be the only resolution I’ve ever stuck to!? From January onwards I started to get contacted by brands, PR companies and blogging networks and not only did this mean I started to get “freebies” (amaze) but also motivated me to continue writing and encouraged me that people actually read my content (bizarre af). My stats started to steadily increase and I was getting heart-warming comments and new followers on a daily basis. It made me feel like what I was doing was actually worthwhile and made me realise how much more popular blogging has become since I started back in the day.

So of course I pursued this passion of mine throughout the rest of the year. There has undoubtedly been times (December could be considered one of them) where I have really lacked inspiration to blog and simply felt as though there was no point (I guess life got in the way but more on that later) however overall I have definitely grown my blog in the past year and I’m rather proud of little old me for sticking with it and continuing to waste time on something that other people can enjoy (questionable) instead of on netflix lol.

Something that was on my mind a lot at the start of 2015 was YouTube and whether or not I should create my own channel. As someone who has been a bit of a YT nerd for about 5ish years, I’ve always thought it would be something I’d enjoy but never had the confidence to go ahead with it. After one year at sixth form – in which I found likeminded people who shared my weird addiction of watching people on the internet (no not those kinds of people, get your mind out of the gutter pls) I decided that it wasn’t so weird after all and maybe I should just go for it??

So in July I bit the bullet (was v crunchy) and uploaded my first video to YouTube (it’s hideous, don’t watch it). Over the next 6 months I uploaded a variety of videos – hauls, favourites, you know the type – and gradually the amount of subscribers increased and again I had some amazing feedback on what I was doing which is always so encouraging!

Of course there is always the issue of people finding out that’s constantly on my mind. I used to be so paranoid that people I knew ‘in real life’ would find out about my blog/channel and I still cringe so much when I think about it, but I’ve learnt that I definitely need to care less about what other people think because the good comments drastically outweigh the negative comments (I don’t think I’ve actually had a single negative comment which is lovely!) I now have people that I haven’t spoken to for years subscribe to my channel every now and then and it does creep me out a little bit ngl, but at the end of the day as long as I enjoy doing it, I’ll carry on making videos for as long as YouTube exists!! (“pls don’t” I hear you cry).

Anyway, so yes one of the main things that’s changed a lot in 2015 is my attitude towards blogging etc. I’d say I’m definitely more careful about what I write and film these days (now I realise people actually read/watch) but we all know I still need to reduce my rambling! (30 minute vlogs shall become a thing of the past, I promise).

In terms of day to day life, I am now a working gal – one of my aims for 2015 was to save money and whilst I’m not sure I’m ‘saving’ it I’m definitely making it which is fab. I’ve made some lovely friends through working at Boots (Hannah I’m looking at you, you cheeky sauce pot) and even coincidentally revived some old school year 7 friendships (Meg, I still don’t even know if you read my blog but hi if you do you cutie patootie). I’ve also learnt how to work tills and shizz which is cool.

Sixth form is average as ever. Not a huge fan of the education system if you hadn’t realised already but woop for revising for pointless mock exams during ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ :) (need to stop angrily pressing so hard on my keyboard, christ). Alas, it is almost over so just a few months of hell to battle through and then I’m a free bird for over a year. Can’t frigging wait.

I travelled a little bit more this year. A highlight of summer was a super cute trip to London with my sixth form (just slagged it off but tbf that trip was pretty decent). I had a peng time with my gals Izzie, Kasia and Meg (different Meg to earlier in case you were confused) and looking back at those photos always makes me smile. I also went on a lovely holiday to France with my family in summer and later on in the year I went to Nice in France with my parents which is a beautiful place to visit if you haven’t already!

I cut quite a lot of my hair off this year, gave it to charity, loved it, hated it, then re-dyed what was left. I discovered a restaurant called CAU. Saw Ben Howard live. Went to the most beautifully decorated wedding. Got a new camera. Festivalled it up at Barn on the Farm 2015. Spent way too much money in Lush. Rearranged my bedroom. Drank a large quantity of hot drinks. Made a cute internet friend (Jess u babe). Realised that vodka shots are not the one. Passed my AS levels. Melted enough candle wax to drown the whole of Bristol. Listened to too much grime for a basic white girl and did many other things which I’ll 100% regret not including in this list.

Overall it’s been a pretty great year. Obviously every year has it’s ups and downs but that’s life so what can you do.

My aims for 2016 are to pass my A levels (good luck m8), upload better YouTube videos so I can make all the old ones private, plan my gap year so I can become a total globe trotter and generally have a good old LOL with all the people in life that I love.

Thankyou once again for sticking by me on this blog,

Love from a slightly less embarrassing Izzy xxx

 

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What I Got For Christmas 2015!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely christmas!! Sorry for a lack of blog posts throughout December, I have been busy with ‘vlogmas’ (a series of weekly vlogs in which I ramble about my boring life for around 25 minutes) over on my YouTube channel and quite frankly have not felt motivated/inspired to blog as much as I used to. Hopefully this will change in the new year.

Anyway, today I just thought I’d pop in to let you know that I’ve just uploaded a ‘What I got for Christmas 2015’ video! After my birthday one got such a great response I thought it would be fun to do a christmas edition and so far you beaut humans have left the most lovely comments so thank you very much!!

If you haven’t seen it already, I’ve linked the video at the top of this blog post so I’d love it if you could give it a little watch – it’s below 20 minutes for once aswell so you really have no excuses this time ;)

Don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know what your favourite christmas pressie was this year and also any video/ blog post ideas for 2016!

Love Izzy xxx

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

cocoa brown.jpgRecently I was offered the chance to review some products from the Irish based fake tanning range ‘Cocoa Brown’ – founder of the UK’s best selling fake tan!

I was a little dubious as I’d never tried fake tan before, but after reading that they’d won multiple beauty awards and just launched in New York, Miami and many other countries, not to mention taken the social media world by storm as Kylie Jenner instagrammed herself wearing the tan back in July, I was keen to give them a go!

I tried out the 1 hour tanning mousse for the first time the other week, and it’s safe to say I will definitely be trying it out again as I was thoroughly impressed. pink tanning mitt.jpgI applied the mousse using the CB Pink Velvet Tanning Mitt which I found to be a really great way of getting a smooth, streak free application and it was so easy to blend it all in. I also found that because the colour appears straight away, it’s clear to see where you have already applied the product so you get an even distribution. It can look a little scary due to the immediate appearance of colour, however when you rinse this off after 1,2 or 3 hours (depending on how dark you want it) you can visually see the tan washing off – meaning it subtly develops over the next few hours/overnight. 1 hour tan.jpgIn terms of the results, because I left the mousse on for just 1 hour I was left with a really nice, natural looking, subtle tan. It wasn’t orange at all and pretty much just looked like I’d been on holiday for a few days! I think next time I will be a little braver and leave it on for 1.5-2 hours as I really did like the colour but found that it faded a lot after a few days.

I was pleasantly surprised by the scent of the product – no horrible fake tan smell!! and I found the whole product super easy and quick to use. I would recommend exfoliating and also moisturising any drier areas such as your elbows and knees beforehand as this really ensures a smooth application. I also made sure I moisturised my entire body after rinsing off the tan.

If you are yet to try fake tan, or are still searching for the perfect one, I would highly recommend trying out Cocoa Brown. So easy to use and so amazingly quick!!

Love Izzy xxx

 

Christmas Lush Haul // 2015

lush christmas haul

Hi everyone!

Sorry for not blogging in quite a while *slaps back of hand* but I’m a rather busy/lazy gal and quite frankly it has slipped to the bottom of my priorities list (sadly).

However I’ve been meaning to type up this blog post for a while – ever since I uploading this video in which I showed you lovely lot all the beauties I’d picked up from the Lush Christmas Range this year.

As with my Oxford Street Lush Haul, the video went down super well, but again I was extremely vague when it came to descriptions. So here, I plan to give you guys the low down on exactly what all the products smell like and their functions, in case you’re a total newbie or just love reading about Lush in general!

Obviously I haven’t got the entire collection as that would be a little extreme but here’s what I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on;

BATH BOMBS:

  • Lord Of Misrule – This one was brought out for Halloween and I believe was originally released in 2013 (again as a limited edition halloween product). It’s quite a big bomb so could be used twice if desired, but I used this one all in one go and OH BOY, it was a spectacle. The smell is reminiscent of patchouli intertwined with vanilla absolute and black pepper to give it a tiny bit of spice, and the visual effects are something else. With a pink centre, this green bomb leaves your bath water a really deep wine shade. Personally, this is my new favourite bath bomb and I have my fingers crossed that it returns as a non-limited product some time soon!
  • Star Dust – This one is quite a contrast to LOMR as it’s probably my least favourite product from the ones I picked out. Bold statement I know but it simply lacked that magical element and I found it to be quite a dull bath tbh. The scent was made up of “Fair Trade Ugandan vanilla  and precious restorative rosewood” which was a simple yet nice combo however there was no colour to the bomb aside from a tiny bit of blue, and let’s just say I wasn’t whipping out the phone to instagram that shizz.stardust
  • Cinders – This is one that’s made it’s way back onto the shelves of Lush after making an appearance last year aswell. I remembered really liking it so chucked another one in my basket. I found that the scent was slightly different to what I remembered and although I recognised it as marzipan-like, it’s described as fruit punch which I kinda get!? It’s quite a small one so nothing as incredible as LOMR (I shouldn’t have started with that one as nothing can compare ahaha) but nice nonetheless and a great one for bonfire night or new years eve.
  • Butterbear – Again, another basic bitch. However a very cute one. This bomb is an all-year round product (butterball), but transforms into an adorable little bear at christmas time. It’s very simple and doesn’t do anything fancy to the bath but it smells of vanilla and makes your skin feel SO soft as it’s packed full of cocoa butter.
  • Father Christmas – This is the first one I’m writing about that I haven’t yet tried but I’m very excited to as I’ve heard it makes the bath red and green! As you can see it looks like the head of santa and it smells a lot like snow fairy but much more subtle which I LOVE. Again this is one of the bigger bath bombs so I think I’m gonna save this one for christmas eve!!lush christmas range

BUBBLE BARS

  • Bar Humbug – Moving onto bubble bars, Bar Humbug is definitely a great one in terms of re-usability. I have used this about 3-4 times already to add bubbles and a lovely purple colour to my bath and I still have the majority left!! This one smells of liquorice and  softening organic illipe butter (whatever the heck that is!?) and is priced really reasonably for the amount of uses you can get out of it in my opinion.
  • Five Gold Rings – I love the concept of this one. You could use this as a countdown to christmas (or just whenever you feel like a glittery vanillary bath!) as you only need one ring per tub and it’s a nice alternative to the wand-style reusable bars. This one turns the bath yellow with fine golden glitter running through the water and has a lovely warm vanilla scent.
  • Candy Mountain – This is an absolute classic for me. It has that typical ‘snow fairy’ scent but is again a lot more subtle so if you find that one a bit overpowering, I’d recommend this one. It looks so pretty with a swirl of pink and white and has a slight shimmer to it so would look super cute just chilling in your bathroom or wherever you store your bath prods! snow fairy.jpg

SHOWER GELS:

  • Lord Of Misrule – Peng. Smells like the bomb and is absolutely gorge in the shower! It’s quite a thin shower gel but lathers so well and the scent lingers around all day which I love. 10/10 would recommend.
  • Snow Fairy  – This is a lot of people’s favourite when it comes to christmas. It’s a bit of a cult classic and so this year I decided I HAD to try it. I’m regretful to inform you that I do find this one a little overpowering – even though I’m obsessed with the other candy type scents. However it’s still nice for christmassy mornings when I want something a little sweeter!

OTHER:

  • Yog Nog Soap – This is another one of my fave xmas products from the range as it smells beautiful!! It’s quite a unique scent which I think smells of burnt toffee or fudge and contains nutmeg and a dusting cocoa powder making it christmassy as heck. Again the scent of this lasts ages on ma bod and lathers up really nicely.
  • Snowman Fun – I’ve only used this one a couple of times and as it is my first bar of fun from Lush I am still unsure how I feel about it. It works as either a bubble bar, a soap or a shampoo and I have experimented with all 3 uses. I find it quite difficult to use as a shampoo and it doesn’t crumble easily under the tap but it does make quite a nice soap. I can’t lie, I’ve neglected this one as I much prefer using one of the shower gels or yognog but I am going to try to use this a lot more throughout winter!

Phwaor, so that’s the end of my christmas lush blog post!! Sorry it was quite a long one, but I wanted to give a few details about each product. I really hope you enjoyed/ found this useful and I’ll speak to you soon!

Love Izzy xxx