Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A Long-Overdue Book Haul



Hello everyone! As you can tell from the title and simply orgasmic book-filled photos - today it's book haul time! eeeeeep! I've been on a spending ban for the longest time now, which in general actually proved to be pretty manageable... until it came to books. I don't know what it is but when it comes to books - old or new - I just bubble up with excitement and really do struggle to walk past without a cheeky purchase... or two. Anyhoo, I decided to treat myself after what have been an incredibly stressful few months, and thought it would be a fun idea to share with you what I decided to pick up!

'The Dry' by Jane Harper - Labelled by many as 'The most gripping crime thriller of 2017' I simply had to pick this up as a present for my crime-thriller-loving mum. Once she's finished with it I may even give it a little go myself as crime fiction is not usually a genre I venture into, but something I absolutely love to watch so who knows! Perhaps this'll prove to be the perfect stepping stone into a new world of literature?
'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition' by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay - I'm so embarrassed about this one because Lord knows I love my Harry Potter, and Lord knows I love my books. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to purchasing this absolutely gorgeous piece of work but alas, each time I came across the beautiful cover I was just never in a position to pick it up. However... 
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Friday, 2 August 2019

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser

Over the past few years I have been introduced to a vast variety of brands that I'd of course previously heard about, but had never really had the chance to try out before. One of those brands was Elemis and oh my goodness I can't even express how happy I am that I was introduced to the Elemis world!! Whilst there are a few products I have tried, tested and loved; the one that stood out to me the most was the 'Skin Energising' cleanser from the 'Biotec' range that launched back in 2016. Elemis very kindly gifted me some PR samples, and as I worked my way through those I just knew that I needed to go and stock up on another one of these beauties before it ran out. Now that I've had the opportunity to use the Elemis 'Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser' over quite a prolonged period of time, I felt it time to write a review outlining why it remains to be one of my all-time favourite cleansers to use.

I always associated Elemis as being that which possess a price tag I'm not usually accustomed to spending on skincare. Nevertheless, I actually found with the 'Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser' that the quality is so superior to other cleansers I'd previously tried that it proved to be a lot more cost-per-use effective in comparison.  Two small pumps of this gorgeous cleanser is enough to fully cover my face and neck with ease, and considering it's a hefty 200ml for £40.00, I think that that's pretty impressive. Two pumps and a splash of water later, you're faced with (excuse the pun) a luxuriously nourishing, thick lather which really does feel as though you're treating yourself to a facial each and every time you use it. Not only does it cleanse the skin both beautifully and gently; but it has helped to inject some glow back into my usually sensitive, dull-looking skin - something I wouldn't normally expect from something that doesn't spend all too long on your face in comparison to other, more concentrated products designed for that purpose. 


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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Hello, it's me.

So I'm back, with one of the most original post titles may I say (eh). I really can't tell you how strange this feels, nor how long I've been wanting to do this but hey ho, it's 2019 and here we are.

I suppose I should probably start with what happened and why you simply haven't seen or heard from me in quite a while. There were a range of factors that contributed to my stopping blogging, but the main one would have to be my health. Whilst I don't have the worst health in the world, it certainly isn't where I would like it to be a lot of the time. I had quite a few life-outlook-altering diagnoses towards the end of 2015 and I didn't feel able to dedicate the time needed to learning about and coming to terms with those things at the time, so as you can imagine, that didn't play well on my mental health in the long run. As my physical health became more problematic, I felt more limited and didn't feel well enough to do the things I wanted to do. However, once my physical health decided to pick up a little, it left my mental health behind. I decided at that point that if I didn't take the time needed to work on and mend myself, then it simply wouldn't happen.

A part of that 'halt and recovery' period of my life meant that I needed to focus solely on me: my mental health, my physical health and general wellbeing, which at the time didn't include blogging. I wasn't able to take the photographs I wanted due to pain, and thus my negative feelings towards my blog, content and everything intertwined thrived in a manner that eventually proved detrimental to my perceptions of self-worth. I loved blogging, and until that point it had brought me nothing but joy, but at that point I just didn't feel in a position where I felt well enough in myself to write about myself and my life online so it just didn't make any sense to continue at the time.


On a more positive note, I'm pleased to say that that 'halt and recovery' period really facilitated that much-needed opportunity to explore who I was and what I wanted from life, and as a result I've been a much happier, fulfilled person for quite the stretch now (yay!). So why am I back now you ask? Because I want to be - and it feels great to say that. At current, everything I am doing in life is something I want to be doing and I couldn't be happier.

Because it's been so long, I figured it would be a fun idea to update you on a few things that have happened since I last spoke to you and to give a better impression of who and where I am in life right now:
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