Sunday, 27 December 2015

Zoella Beauty | Kissy Missy Lip Balm


Zoella - also known as Zoe Sugg - is a very successful blogger/YouTuber, hitting millions of subscribers on her channel. I love both of Zoe's books (review here) and I really wanted to try some of her beauty products. One of the things I picked was the Kissy Missy Lip Balm. I ordered it from Superdrug and was really excited to try it when I received it in the post.

First Impressions

The packaging is a very cute design - I love the pastel colours and pretty fonts, surrounding the Zoella logo in the centre. In my opinion, the size of the pot is perfect - it's little and definitely won't take up much space in your bag, but there's still a good amount of lip balm crammed in there! The lip balm itself looks very smooth and it's colour is lovely. Another thing that I like is the scent - it smells of vanilla. So far so good! 

 After Use

At first, I found it took a couple of coats to get some colour - but after a day of two, the lip balm had softened up a bit, and it went on very easily. I like the way that it's firm and doesn't feel sticky on your lips. It leaves a pretty pink layer, which you can leave pale or build it up into a brighter colour if you'd like to. It stays on for a very long time and leaves your lips feeling moisturized. I love it!  

Overall, I'd really recommend this product. If you'd like to get this product, I'll leave a link to it here. In January, a new Zoella Beauty range will be coming out, replacing the Tutti Fruity range that the Kissy Missy lip balm comes from - so I'd pick one up soon. I'm so happy that I got this lip balm - and I'm excited to see what the new range will include!

Have you tried this product?

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last Minute DIY Christmas Gifts


 As I'm writing this, there are five sleeps left until Christmas morning. I absolutely love Christmas time and I always find it fun collecting gifts for friends and family in the run up to Christmas day. If you like crafts, or are maybe running a little bit late and need some last minute presents, I've got a few easy present ideas for you. It's always special to open a present someone has made specially for you - and it's fun for you to create, too.

Sweet Jar



 All you need for this present is a jar, decorations and lots of sweets. I went to the shop and bought lots of different bags of sweets. Just layer them up in your jar, screw on the lid, and get decorating! You could use a jam jar, or a glass bowl.  Mine didn't have a lid, so I just covered the opening in fabric. I also stuck on her first initial to decorate - but you could add stickers or ribbons too. I think this is a fun gift and was really easy to make.

Cards

 
 It's always fun to make your own cards. For mine, I just folded the card in half and decorated. For the first, I used raffia and Christmas paper to make the bunting, and, for the second, I used a twig and Christmas paper to make a Christmas tree. These were really quick but very fun to make. You could scan Pinterest for some design ideas or maybe you could Zentangle a card with Christmas patterns?

 Photos

 I like to use special photos as presents. You could print one off and put it in a frame. If you've got a little bit more time, you could put the picture on a plain background and doodle round the edges.

Those are all of my home-made Christmas present ideas. They're really fun, quick and easy - but I think they make lovely presents and cards. I hope these helped some of you and gave you some ideas.

Have you made any home-made presents?

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tag - you're it! | Christmas Tags

It's going to be a bit of a long post today because I've been nominated to do a couple of tags this week, so I thought I'd combine them together in a post. I've got the Christmas Beauty tag, and the Fifty Facts About Me tag - and because Christmas is just around the corner, I'm going to try and add some festive facts in that one! Tags are actually one of my favourite types of blog posts - I find them really interesting and fun to read.

 I'm going to start with the Fifty Facts About Me tag. Thank you to Rosie for the nomination! I really like this tag because it's really fun, quick and easy to read - and you always learn something new. I'll link Rosie's blog here, so you can take a look.

1.) My blog’s name is BETH MAY, the BETH shortened from my full name Elizabeth, and the MAY because it is my middle name.

2.) I am about to witness my fourteenth Christmas.

3.) In our house, altogether we have seven pets.

4.) I’ve almost finished all of my Christmas shopping.

5.) I’m home-educated.

6.) ‘’I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’’ (in other words, I’m hoping for snow!)

7.) Pink has always been my favourite colour.

8.) I usually ask for a surprise as a Christmas present.

9.) I’m not really a sporty person, but I love dance and take ballet and tap lessons.

10.) I think my favourite part of Christmas Day is exchanging presents, because I love watching people’s reactions as they open my gifts. (and Christmas dinner has to be a close second!)

11.) I started blogging in July this year.

12.) I’ve always had a stocking at Christmas, either at the end of my bed or on the landing.

13.) I live in the UK.

14.) I can’t decide on a favourite Christmas song!

15.) My favourite lessons are art and English.

16.) I can’t choose a favourite Christmas film, but some firm favourites are Elf, A Muppets Christmas Carrol, and The Snowman.

17.) I’ve got two brothers - I’m the youngest!

18.) I definitely prefer Winter to Summer - I like it when it’s colder and it looks magical when it’s snowing.

19.) I live in the midlands, of England.

20.) I love wrapping up Christmas presents—it makes me feel really excited for the 25th.

21.) I love reading, and my favourite authors are Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy.

22.) I really enjoy crafts and love making home-made Christmas cards.
 
23.) I love taking and editing photos. 

24.) I have an dairy-free chocolate advent calendar; I’m allergic to milk.

25.) I had my ears pierced once when I was about eight or nine, healed them up again, and then had them re-pierced a few years ago.

26.) I posted off my first few Christmas cards yesterday.

27.) I go to an online-school, called Interhigh.

28.) I love reading other bloggers’ Blogmas-es.

29.) I have long, brown hair. I used to have a fringe, but I grew it out in about year five-six.

30.) When I go Christmas shopping, I love the festive atmosphere—the music and decorations! I like to go during the week (at weekends, it can get crazily busy!).

31.) I love writing - stories, letters and blog posts!

32.) I think the best Christmas present I’ve received is my rabbit, Benji.

33.) I’ve worn glasses since I was about eight or nine.

34.) I’m quite excited to see how Benji will react if it snows!

35.) I used to do street dance.

36.) My favourite part about decorating a Christmas tree is at the end when we switch the lights on - that always looks magical.

37.) I hate mushrooms.

38.)  My favourite Christmas book is The Night Before Christmas. It’s a bit of a tradition for my family to read it on Christmas Eve.

39.) I love all art, but I think I like drawing best - it can be tricky to control paint!

40.) I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, but they are usually to do with growing my nails.

41.) I usually wear my hair down with a hairband, and I like trying ‘half up, half down’ hairstyles.

42.) I always wake up early on Christmas morning.

43.) I’m teaching myself to play the ukulele.

 44.) I’m planning a few Christmas blog posts…

45.) I love stationary—I always get really excited about shops stuffed with pens and 
notebooks!

46.) My guinea pig, Rose, will be having her fourth Christmas.

47.) I’ve been to France, Scotland and Wales.

48.) I like mince pies (but I never eat all of the filling! I like the pastry with a tiny bit of mince…).

49.) My favourite things to watch are all the soaps and talent shows.

50.) I’m writing this on the 15th of December… Only ten days to go...


Moving on to the Christmas Beauty tag, a big thank you to Alice at Girl Abroad for the nomination! I've picked a few of the questions from her version of the tag, which I'll link here.

1.) Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skin care routine?

Nice, I think! Over the last couple of years, I've tried a lot of different brands for skincare, but I recently discovered that the Superdrug's own products seem to work best for me! 

2) What's your go-to beauty, makeup or skincare product you would gift?

I think I would gift a set of nail varnishes, or a nail art set. A set of different lip balms would be nice present too.
  
3) Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so, what is the post you're most proud of?

Actually, no. I'm not doing Blogmas this year, but maybe next time? I love reading other people's blogmas-es -  it's fun to click on a blog each day and see that a new post has popped up.

4) Do you remember the first beauty product you received at Christmas? Did you like it?

I'm not sure, actually. I think it might of been nail varnishes - I've still got them. They're Claire's - there is a sparkly pink, a glittery top-coat and a pale pink. I loved them!
 
5) What product would you recommend as a stocking stuffer?

I think I'd recommended a Body Shop lip balm. I did a review here. They're small and affordable but really useful and would make a lovely gift. 

For both of the tags, you have to nominate a couple of bloggers to have a go at them too. (You pick either tag  - or both! - to do, so if you've already done one, you can do the other if you'd like to).

I nominate:


Hannah from h.r.j

and 
Alice from Girl Abroad 

Likewise, anyone reading who'd like to have a go at these tags, feel free to have a go - if you do, please link to it in the comments because I'd love to take a look.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Body Shop | Mango Shower Gel/Pink Lip Balm






As you may have seen in my November Favourites, I loved the Body Shop's strawberry shower gel. When I ran out, I decided to repurchase - but I got a different one this time. I got the mango - and it's definitely another favourite.

The first thing that I noticed was the colour. It's a gorgeous orange. To match, it smells delicious - a burst of sweet mango. I love the way it doubles up as a bubble bath - a small squirt under the tap forms heaps of big, frothy bubbles. I thought that it was a really good price for the size of the bottle and they last a really long time.



While I'm talking about the Body Shop, I'd also like to add that I got a lip balm from there too. I got it in Lychee - it's leaves a lovely shine and a pale tint. I'd really recommend this - it looks lovely and has a gorgeous vanilla scent too.

Both of these products would be great purchases for this time of year - they'd be great little gifts for you to give to friends for Christmas, as Secret Santa's or stocking fillers. 


~ Mango shower gel, 250ml - £4.00
~ Lip balm - £3.00

Have you ever tried any of these?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November Favourites

Hi everyone!

Another month gone already - happy December! Only twenty-five days to go until Christmas..! November's been good though - I loved Bonfire Night. What are your favourites for this month?

Picture credits to www.thebodyshop.com
I'm going to start with my Strawberry Shower Gel, from The Body Shop. I actually finished this, because I loved it so much. It's lasted a long time and the product is lovely. It smells sweet and fresh, and I love the way that it doubles up as a bubble bath. I've just ran out of this product, but I'm sure it'll be one that I will repurchase in the future.
The next thing has to be Superdrug's facewash. They come in different scents/flavors: I got one in pink grapefruit, and one lemon. I've tried lots of different face washes, and lots of different brands, but these have to be a favourite. They each work really well, and smell amazing. They last for a really long time because I find that you only need a really small amount each time.


I also wanted to mention an instrument this time! I've started teaching myself to play the ukulele! I didn't know that there were so many songs you learn and play on them. I've found a really useful YouTube channel for beginners which I'll link here. 
Last, I've got my absolute favourite thing from this November. My Polaroid camera. I got the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, from Argos. I love the way it prints the pictures and watching them develop. The photos are good quality and the camera has a powerful flash and good focus. I think it looks very cute and quirky - I love it!

What were your favourites for November?

Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas-Themed Nail Polish Collection


Christmas growing nearer is a great excuse to get creative with bright and glittery nail varnishes! I've rooted through my collection, and selected a group of nail vanishes which colours go with the Christmas-y theme. Hopefully they'll give you a few ideas - I'm sure most of your everyday nail polishes will definitely hit the Christmas criteria! I'll insert some photos below of the ones I've selected.

The first is this coral/pink polish by LA Colors. Even though this could be classed as a summer polish, it's definitely okay for all year round. I think it would pass perfectly as a Father-Christmas-red - it's not too harsh and bright, a bit more subtle and light. Sprinkle some glitter over the top (or use a polish like the one below) to inject some sparkle and add to the festivity.

I think that this Rimmel polish might have actually been my very first nail varnish - or it might have been one of the Claire's varnishes (which I'll come to next!). Either way, I've had this one for a very long time and I love it. The glitter, mixed with the clear polish, comes in different sizes, so that there's big bits of glitter mixed with tiny specs. It looks really special on your nails, but isn't too eye catching - it just looks pretty when it catches the light. I like the way that you can build up the layers, depending on how sparkly you'd like your nails to look.
Like I said above, this nail varnish was one of the, if not the, first nail varnishes that I owned. I love this one because it's a pale purple, but it's glittery which adds a shimmer. With this polish, it's a good idea to add a pale base coat - it gets a bit tricky to remove without one. I thought that this would qualify as Christmas-y mainly because of the glitter - but it also kind of reminds me of frost, the shimmer and colour... but that's probably just me! I got this from Claire's/Claire's Accessories.

(sorry about the picture quality)
This one here is actually one of my favourite nail polishes - it's probably my go-to nail varnish, if I want to quickly add some colour. I like it so much because I love the brush on it - it always looks really smooth on your nails and the nail varnish dries super quick. Like the first, this would look lovely with a sparkly top coat, some glitter or a sharpie pen design.
Next, is probably the most Christmas-y of them all. It came in a set, which I actually as a Christmas present last year. You don't need a coat under this nail varnish - the gold is so thick that you can't see through it. It looks really special on your nails. I think that it would look perfect with this on one nail of each hand, with the rest in a red nail varnish, like the LA Colors one at the top.
Don't forget - Sharpie Pens will be your best friend when your painting your nails. So long as you have a coat of nail varnish on, you can draw on your nails with the pens. I talked about this in Nail Art & Drawing Hair (one of my first ever posts!!). You could do some amazing designs - snowmen and Santa Claus would look great.


What are your favourite nail varnishes?
Do you like to experiment with nail art?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bunny Home Tour



I realized I haven't introduced my rabbit here! This is Benji, a very cute, one year old, mini lop rabbit. I got him as an early Christmas present last year. He started off as an indoor bunny - but, early this year, he ventured into the outside world! He lives in a sturdy hutch, with a big run attached for him to stretch his legs in the day-time. He has had an adventure before when he managed to escape... Luckily, we managed to catch him - but I think he had fun (whilst we chased him round the garden!) hiding behind sheds, and running across the lawn. As time's gone by, I think he's collected quite a collection of toys and activities in his hutch - so I thought I would show you around!

A Warm Welcome
Ft. Upside down plant pot - great fun, in Benji's eyes, to climb on.
 When you pay him a visit, Benji usually is very excited to see you and runs up in greeting. He will stand on his hind legs and place his paws on the bars - making him look unbelievably cute. I usually give him a stroke, rubbing his nose, before getting inside.

The Hutch

I pull back the netting and climb into the run with him. He usually bounds up to you, wanting to play. Sometimes, I'm in there to clean his hutch. It's very thick and sturdy - warm and protected for the winter. Benji has a litter tray - this definitely has to be cleaned everyday!! I also clean his bed, which is full of hay (he actually doesn't use it to sleep, though; he prefers to sleep in front of the wire mesh door - not such a good idea when it's wet and cold outside!) and he has a separate section with newspaper (which he has fun tearing up!), food and water.


Playtime & Cuddles

Benji likes to have his ears, neck and nose rubbed best!

- Tunnels


Benji absolutely loves his tunnels. He has two: one short, which has a bell, the other long, with different holes along the sides for him to dart in and out of.


- Shelters


He has two shelters - one plastic, one wicker. He's had a couple before, and usually doesn't use (or destroys!) them. These, however, (especially the wicker one) he loves. The plastic one is just a bendy, plastic container - the wicker, a wicker basket - both with a door shaped entrance cut into them. They're good because he can play with them both, and take shelter from the rain. (Just be careful with the plastic - watch that your bunny doesn't chew it.)

Food Games & Treats

Before, Benji has had treats from pet shops which he's really enjoyed. He also love to have a leafy branch cut off from our apple tree - he likes to eat the leaves and rip the bark off the branch. Alongside the treats, he loves his Harrington's rabbit pellets and likes fresh vegetables and nibbling hay.

Neighbors

In a hutch next door, lives my lovely guinea pig, Rose. She and Benji have met - they both played together in Benji's run. Benji loved her company, but he was a bit too lively for Rose, who is an old piggie. Rose is elderly now, and her lovely sister Lola passed away a few months ago. Rose is a very friendly and chatty guinea pig, who likes to squeak while I pick her lots of grass and dandelion leaves. Benji has also encountered each of our three cats - it's funny, because they're all a bit scared of him! 

Have you got any pets?
Please comment below, because I'd love to hear about them. 



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Got any plans for tomorrow?

Hi everyone,

Today, I'm going to do a 'day in the life' sort of post. I thought that I would talk you through my typical school/week day. So - picture this: in the morning, my alarm will ring, and I get up. The first thing that I will do, is go out to check on my pets, and then make some breakfast.

Once I've eaten, I get washed, dressed and log into the computer. Because I'm home-schooled, I learn at an online school. My lessons usually last a couple of hours -  so afterwards, I either take a break, or work through any homework.
I then make some lunch, and, by this point, it's usually between twelve and one o'clock. In the afternoon, I usually go for a walk.There's a short-cut near me, across a field, which brings you out by some shops, so it's useful to cut through there.

I usually have afternoons free from lessons, and have time to do...

- art and crafts (I recently got this colouring book, which is fun to do and packed with stunning illustrations).

 - YouTube videos. I recently discovered Carrie Hope Fletcher - her singing is incredible.

Colouring book/ft. headphones

- Messaging/seeing friends.

 -Dance.

- Blogging!

Late afternoon, I clean out my rabbit and guinea pig, eat tea, watch the soaps, and have a bath, usually using The Comforter bubble bar!

So, that's my day done. Because people reading live in different parts of the world, and will be doing different things each day depending on where they live, I thought that it would be interesting to ask you all...

Got any plans for tomorrow?
Please tell us about your typical day in the comments. 

Thank you so much for reading,
From Beth :) x 









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