I'm writing this at the end of a very tiring Saturday evening. I've been up since half 5 this morning and in work since 7. Although I didn't have a particularly long day at work I still really hate weekend shifts and I just couldn't wait to be back home in my bed.

Today wasn't any different to any other work day. My shift was filled with grumpy customers and heavy lifting and you know what, it really wore me out. Like every other day I came home wrecked and all I wanted to do was soak in a steaming hot bubbly bath for an hour or so - and thats exactly what I did.


Inspired by Gemporia's new #YouMonday campaign, and using some of the goodies they sent me, I had some chill time on my own. I really don't get chance to chill out all that often and it's a shame. Although I only work part time right now I always feel like I have to be doing something. When I'm not at work I feel guilty that I'm not blogging, or applying for jobs, or working towards marketing qualifications. Although I have time in theory to shut off the world and relax, I also kind of don't. I don't want to waste my free time just lounging around, but sometimes that's what I need.


This Monday is "Blue Monday", the saddest day of the year. Christmas and New Years is over, we're all poor, usually because of the festive season, and Summer seems like a million years away. It's really easy to feel like rubbish at this time of year but it doesn't have to be that way. If we all just took a few hours a week to completely zone out and relax, we'd probably feel a lot better for it. Run a bath, take a walk, read a book, just do something that gives you a break from the regular. I know I will be. This year I'm going to make a promise to myself that I will take time when I need it, and de-stress when things get a little bit too much.


I'd love to hear about the ways you practise self care, even if its just something as simple having a relaxing bath once a week!


* This product was kindly gifted to me by Gemporia. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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TAKE A CHILL PILL


So it's no secret that travel is my first love. Since my teenage years all I've wanted to do is see the world, and so far I've been doing a pretty decent job. Well with a new year comes a whole new 'To Do' list in the travel department. So here my list of places I hope to see in 2018...

Edinburgh - Me and Sean have wanted to visit Edinburgh for a very long time now! Ever since we bonded over reading one of my favourite books, based in the city, we knew we had to see it for ourselves. I've never even been to Scotland, and for someone who's ticked off half of Europe, that's pretty shameful!



Portugal - Another country I've not yet seen. I'm not really fussed about where to go in Portugal, most of the places I've browsed look pretty cool. I would love to wander around the capital - Lisbon, but at the same time the coastal towns of Porto and other similar places just look incredible!

New York - So this is probably one of the most unrealistic on the list, but my God do I want to see New York one day! I'll probably hate every second of the hustle and bustle of the big city, and come home a nervous wreck, but there's just so much to see that I just need to do it!



Prague - Another place I've wanted to see since forever. Prague has been described to me time and time again as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and from the photographs I've seen, I'm inclined to agree. But how will I ever truly know unless I experience it for myself? I guess I'll just have to go!

So maybe some of these are a little bit unrealistic with our budget, saving for a house is not cheap! But we can only try, right? Where there is a will there is a way and belive me, the will to see these places is strong! I'll write a little update this time next year when I've hopefully ticked off a few new adventures!

Where would you like to visit this year?

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THE 2018 TRAVEL LIST


Blogmas today was honestly going to be canceled. I'm just running out of time, effort, and ideas if I'm frank with you guys. I've been working a lot lately and when I'm not working I've been trying to do a thousand other things. Working in retail this time of year is not fun, believe me. 

I didn't want to miss a post, after all this is the first year I've ever been able to actualy do blogmas and I really didn't want to let myself down. I'm honestly quite proud of myself for keeping it up for this long and I don't want to just throw that all away because I'm having a lazy unproductive day.

Days like this seem to be more and more common lately. I'm just really really tired all the time. My anxiety levels are at a ridiculous high and if I'm truthful I'm really struggling at the moment. I feel worried all the time. I've got a constant feeling of dread hanging over me, and I just feel like I've done something wrong even though I know I haven't. I'm really trying to keep my head above water but its just getting harder and harder. 

Christmas doesn't help either. I love Christmas. Its such a fun time of year but between the stress of getting everything sorted and worrying about how I'm going to pay for things, I don't have a lot of time to just relax. I'm really hoping my few days off over the xmas period helps. A few days to just not think about anything, to just enjoy myself and being around the people I like the most.

Regular blogmas posts will continue tomorrow I promise. I'm sorry for such a negative post today but I'm just really feeling a bit meh, and I just wanted to have a little rant. Getting it all out does feel good sometimes...


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FEELING LIKE A NEGATIVE NELLY | BLOGMAS DAY 23

Sean bought me the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette ages ago. I mean literally months ago. I didn't want to use it properly until I created some content around it and now I've finally done just that! Here are some swatches and my initial thoughts about this incredible hyped up highlight palette!



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KAT VON D ALCHEMIST PALETTE | BLOGMAS DAY 22


So you've left Christmas shopping until the very last minute? Well don't worry, I've popped together a handy little gift guide of things for him and for her. But its all online I hear you say! Well you can nip out to the shops and buy these things, or you can simply order using next day delivery and have your presents in time for Christmas! You can thank me later.

- For Her -
         
        
- For Him -
         
Happy Christmas shopping!


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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - LAST MINUTE PRESENTS | BLOGMAS DAY 21

I finally managed to get myself down to the German market in town this week. Its only up for another few days and I just had to have a wander around even though I never really buy anything from there. I met up with a couple of old school friends to have a little browse and enjoy a Bratworst or three.


I did search high and low for a hotdog stand that sold something mildly apatising but honestly this year nothing looked that good. Between sausages that were being cut in half to fit in the tiny buns, and metre long pencil width sausages, I just really didn't fancy anything. I settled for a Gregs and went home to my warm cosy bed.

As much as I usually enjoy wandering around the Christmas German Market, I just didn't feel it had the same charm this year. Maybe it was because it was a Monday night, but there was no atmosphere this time around, and I'll probably give it a miss next year too unless they add something exciting.

What did you think of the German Market this year? Am I being a miserable cow or was it just a bit shite?
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BIRMINGHAM GERMAN MARKET | BLOGMAS DAY 20

Today's post is suuuper late but honestly, between work and creating content for my little blog, I have literally had no time. Today I thought I would share some horrendously bad quality photos from my little sisters 21st birthday meal on Sunday night. I did take my camera out with me but I had a few issues with my memory card so I only have these, no so great, IPhone photos. 


We went to Miller & Carters for her meal and it was honestly delicious. I'm not a big meat eater, and steak definitely isn't for me so I played it safe with a burger, but it was the tastiest burger I have had in a really long time. Its not a cheap restaurant to eat at but you can see that the ingredients are good quality and I know all of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

I think Hannah had a really nice time too. She spent her actual birthday in Disneyland (without me, the bitch) so that was like the main event for her but I'm glad we all got to do something nice with her for her 21st too. She also had the most amazing Beauty & the Beast inspired cake that I am also super jealous of.

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HANNAH'S 21ST BIRTHDAY MEAL | BLOGMAS DAY 19


Leaving Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Me too if I'm honest. But don't worry, if you have a beauty lover in your life because I have put together an absolute monster of a gift guide for those who love makeup, skincare, haircare and more! As always I've popped the gifts into three price ranges so there is something for everyones budget.

- Gifts £50 & Over -
         

   
- Gifts Between £20 & £50 -
         

       
- Gifts Under £20 -
         

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XMAS GIFT GUIDE - FOR BEAUTY LOVERS | BLOGMAS DAY 18


I know a lot of you have probably bought most of your Christmas presents by now but if you are looking to put something a bit different under the tree this year, check some of these shops out. I've popped together a little list of three of my favourite independent online shops that I think you should all support over the festive season!







Have you been shopping independently recently? I'd love to hear all about your favourite shops. Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter! Have a fab day, and don't forget to shop independent whenever you can! 

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INDEPENDENT SHOPS TO SUPPORT THIS XMAS | BLOGMAS DAY 17

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