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Meraki Candle Haul

I’m so sad that this will be my very last Meraki Candle haul as the etsy shop will be closing at the end of 2017. I wish Heather the very best for the future! I love these candles and it will be sad to see one of the very few UK based candle stores go.

I managed to pick up two, in the scents Fireworks and Heartrender.

They took so long to get here though! I ordered these in December and I believe they were shipped in January but didn’t arrive till this week (in February). That’s way too long.

The Fireworks candle is described as smelling of candy floss! That sounded so good to me and I had been meaning to pick it up!

It for sure has a sweet scent but I’m not sure I would describe it as candy floss. I am excited to light it.

The Heartrender candle is the main reason I did this order. I had seen it on their instagram and it sounded so good. So when I did this order and noticed it under their buy one get one half price sale I had to get it. It’s described as smelling of waffles, strawberries and french vanilla. So in other words heaven!

After getting this one I was sad to discover there was no smell of waffles or vanilla just ok strawberry. For sure disappointed in this one. I am interested to see if they appear when I burn it.

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Book Haul!

I recently picked up some new books so I’d thought I’d share!

One of the first books is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. Everyone was talking about the previous book and when I spotted this one out in town I had to get it. I’m really interested in seeing what this is like and how it lives up to the hype I’ve heard about it! It’s a book of modern poetry and I’m trying to read more different types of literature this year.

The next book in this haul is the last book in The Queen of the Tearling trilogy (which I haven’t read yet). I’m hoping to binge read this during ayearathon next month!

I can’t describe The Fate of the Tearling (by Erika Johansen) without giving some sort of spoilers or even spoiling the series for myself. But here’s a quick description of the first book.

Another book that’s been on my tbr since I first heard of it and one that I spotted out on my journey into town. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins is about a girl called Makani Young who has moved to Nebraska and at her school students are being murdered. It sounds like it would make a really good movie or tv series so I’m really excited to read this! It’s a little different from what I normally read.

One of my most anticipated reads of 2018 is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’ve heard about this on instagram a lot and was super hyped to pick it up. I’m for sure reading this during one of the readathons coming up!

beauty · Lifestyle

Boots Sale Haul!

It’s well over due but sadly my Boots order was sent to the wrong store, thankfully a friend of mine was able to collect it for me! So shout out to you!

 

I won’t be posting up everything as 2 of the items were for my Dad and brother and not very exciting!

 

However what I got was! I managed to pick up 3 things by Miss Patissere!

I got two of the Miss Patisserie gift boxes for half price! And a bath slab. I’m so in love with this brand. They are from the UK and are Vegan and cruelty free!

In the first box there were three bath bombs and a star, along with a small bag of unicorn dust!

The second box also came with a small bag of unicorn dust, 4 bath bombs and a coffee scrub.

I am already in love with the scrub (it left my skin so soft) and the unicorn dust smells so good!

And the last photo here showcases the slab in the middle. It was much bigger than I expected too, it actually came with two of them!

I really recommend trying out this brand if you ever get the chance!

They have their own website and are even stocked in store and online with Boots!

One random thing that I picked up is this cute Powerpuff Girls bag set. It’s so cute! I couldn’t resist!

 

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#NCBD December/January

I’m a bit late with this post as I only got 2 comics (the shipping was earlier for my pull list because of Christmas so the rest of December was included with this months!) and so the post would have been too short!

So here are two months of NCBD!

First up are the comics I got in December!

One of my favourite series from the DC Rebirth universe has to be Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. It’s such a great series and I’m super excited to read more.

Paper Girls is one series that I keep on recommending to people. It’s such a good series, set in the 80s! The art is also something I bring up every time that I talk about this series.

As you can tell Batgirl is my favourite character from DC comics. I have both series on my pull list at the moment and both are fantastic! I’m so happy to have a lot of Batgirl in my life and that they are printing two of her stories at once.

New Jem and the holograms! I really recommend this series especially if you enjoyed the cartoon from the 80s. It’s done really well and it’s more diverse too. They showcase women of colour, LGBT women and women of different sizes.

The Beauty is something I’ve been reading for a while that’s a little different to whats out there. It’s a series about a world where an STD that you can catch that makes you beautiful. It’s a series that I would recommend even if you don’t read comics!

Motor Crush is a series by the team behind Batgirl of Burnside. I’m so in love with it so far! Again another diverse series with the main character being a lesbian POC. I also love the covers by Babs! I try to make sure that when she has one available that I get it!

Zodiac Starforce is a western take on the magical girl genre and I’m a huge fan. I’m so happy they decided to continue this series.

That’s my NCBD haul! So what have you picked up recently from your pull? I’d love to hear about them!

fashion · Lifestyle

Asos Haul: Feat Sass and Belle

Recently Asos were offering 20 per cent off for students and decided to do a small order!

I’ve wanted this mug for a while and so while I had the discount and it was in stock I decided to pick it up. This is a very pink themed haul! I’m currently loving the flamingo theme by the way.

I also picked up this cute bowl. Both of these are by the brand Sass and Belle. They are super cute! I can’t wait to use these! I love using cute things, it just brightens up my day and makes things taste better imo!

 

And I couldn’t resist these sunglasses. There were so cute and a little OTT. I really want to wear lots of cute things this year. Break more out of my comfort zone!

As you can tell I’m already very much looking forward to warmer weather!

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

I’ve been seeing quite a few posts recently about keeping positive and beating the blues so feeling somewhat inspired by those posts I decided to make my own.

It’s currently January and I’m 1 week away from being back in college for my last semester. But while I’m looking forward to it I’m not going to lie I’m currently in a frump, mostly due to the weather and lack of sun. It’s not easy to get up and get stuff done when you’re feeling down. Sometimes even doing basic things can be hard but I feel so satisfied when I at least get that done.

I want to make 2018 a much better year than 2017 was. I’m hoping that when the sun fully comes back that I’ll feel better but until then here are some of my ways of cheering up when I feel down!

Watch/Read something you love!

I’m very into curling up with a hot cup of tea and watching something on my laptop. I’m currently watching the new season of Cardcaptor Sakura and it’s so good! It makes me feel so happy when I watch something I love. Here are some of my current recommendations of tv shows! (Along with a couple of shows coming back!)

I’ve also set my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year! I’m really excited for a whole new year of reading! I find it handy to set a target for the year. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot, even setting a goal of 10 books is great! If you read anything this year that’s fantastic in my opinion. Never let someone else dictate how you read!

Here are some books that are on my 2018 tbr for example!

Meet up with friends!

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This is one that I don’t do enough! Most of my friends are in Dublin so I only meet up with them when we do Lolita meet ups! I’m hoping at some point I can see them more often! We do have two meet ups planned, one this month and one next month and I’m so excited! One positive thing about going back to college is seeing more people. I want to work harder this semester, not only in college but hopefully with my social life!

I always feel better when I have the chance to meet up with friends. Try to message them and arrange a lunch date! Even just going somewhere for a cup of coffee and a chat can make a world of difference!

Go outside!

Even though the weather is not great at the moment you do need to get out of the house. I find that if I stay cooped up I end up feeling a lot worse than usual. It’s nice to have a day inside of course but getting out even if it’s by yourself can make the world of difference. I forced myself to do that today and I feel so much better. Even if it’s just a walk up the road by yourself or with the dog, or even a quick trip to the shops for some window shopping!

Time to Spring clean!

I’ve been currently doing this as I’m trying quite hard to de-clutter and just be more organised. It’s not easy but even doing it bit by bit can make a huge difference! It’s the start of a new year so getting this done now will help! Just pick some part of your room or house and focus on that! I picked my room as it’s my space and I want to make it a space that I can relax in but also work in!

There are plenty of small things that also make me feel better and some of these are things that I need to do more in 2018!

  • Drink more water (it really helps!)
  • Eat better! (less sugar, more actual meals!)
  • Try to exercise, even just walking when you can instead of getting a bus for example (I’m hoping to do this more and a friend of mine wants to take up some yoga so I’m planning on joining her!)
  • Get into new or old hobbies! (I’m hoping to develop my photography skills this year and maybe even do a bit of drawing again).

 

I hope that 2018 treats us all better! I really believe in this year and I’m hoping to work hard and do well.

Let me know what you do to stay positive and what you plan on doing this year to help yourself!

I was very inspired by this post by Hannah Vickers! Check her out! She has a very cute blog!

http://www.hannahvickers.co.uk/2018/01/7-tips-for-keeping-positive-during-dull.html

 

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Mini Lush Haul!

I was so happy that my mother recently went up to Dublin and picked me up something from the Lush sale and Christmas range.

I really wanted to get something but hadn’t been able to go myself!

She got two of the gift boxes, one featuring Snow Fairy!

The first one had two rose scented products. Rose Jam (the Naked version) shower gel and a bubble bar. I am interested in trying the Naked versions of the shower products though I’d prefer to buy the bottled format to be honest. I think Lush (while I understand the point they are making) are pushing this on their customers too hard. There should always be an option and I hope they don’t completely get rid of their bottles. Maybe they should consider a way of people being able to either bring their containers back to refill or selling refillable containers. Kinda like how you can bring your own travel cup to Starbucks. I’ve noticed a lot of people talk about it in their comments, but it feels like Lush are brushing off these concerns. As an able bodied person I can use this product just fine, but plenty of disabled people are frustrated by the change. I hope that Lush does listen in the future.

My mum also got me the Snow Fairy gift box containing a small shower gel and jelly bomb. Now this was one of the things that I really wanted to try from the Christmas range. As an avid fan of this scent I was super excited to see it in another format. But I will say I’m not a huge fan of the jelly bombs. I just recently used Dark Arts. Even when I first used one they sink to the bottom of the bath and if you don’t rub it away you will slip. I have heard that some people bring up you are supposed to run it under the tap but it actually says on the packaging to drop it in? I might try the running under the tap for this one. Let me know what you did if you’ve used one of these!

They’ve just released the Valentine’s collection online and I’m actually looking forward to it!