Monday, 14 August 2017

L'Oreal clay glow scrub review

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well. Today I am back with a review of a new exfoliator I have been using for the past few weeks. This exfoliator is £6 from Superdrug and since I was looking for a new one, I decided to go for a cheaper alternative to my usual Liz Earle exfoliator and try something different. If you have been reading my tweets lately you might know that my skin has been acting up over the last month or so. I have had mass breakouts especially on my chin but on my forehead and cheeks a little too. since converting to Liz Earle skincare over a year ago, my breakouts have been quite small (although still having a few now and then) and this is the worst my face has broken out since last years exam period. I'm not sure what has brought it on, I have not changed anything in my foundation or skincare routine. Thinking my face has maybe gotten used to the Liz Earle routine I am trying to switch my skincare products up! Having used this product for about two weeks I thought I would give you some thoughts on it!

Firstly, my face has gotten a little better since using this product. However, that is likely to be down to a contribution of many factors so I can't say just yet that this product has done anything particularly to my acne, however, it has not broken me out or made it worse and I think it could be one contribution to my breakout clearing up a little.

This product is recommended to be used twice a day which threw me off a little as I am used to only using an exfoliator twice a week. Despite being okay for twice a day everyday use, I use this product once every other evening. This is quite a gentle scrub, it's not abrasive but my face does feel tighter after using it and I think it would be too drying to use it as much as it suggests too. I am using it more than I usually exfoliate, but not as much as it suggests.

I really like how this exfoliator smells, but I have to say it is quite perfumed which I was a bit unsure about when I first used it. I just thought I'd mention this as I know perfumed skin care is a big no no for many people. Another thing I thought I would mention is that it is quite staining to cloths and flannels. A few of my flannels have some orange stains on them now! But this doesn't bother me too much but maybe use some old face cloths!

This product claims to be cleansing, brightening and exfoliating. I do think it is really cleansing, my face feels really clean after I have used it and I feel like it's taking any remainder of foundation off after cleansing beforehand. I'm not sure about brightening, I don't think it has made a massive difference to scars or anything or made my skin particularly "glowy" but maybe I haven't been focusing on this as I am mainly just looking for its effect on my breakouts.This product leaves my skin feeling quite soft, although not as soft as my Liz Earle exfoliator.

Overall I do really like this product, I am going to continue using it and see the long term effects it has on my face. This is the first L'oreal skin care product I have tried and I really want to try some of their well talked about masks.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Leibster award #4

Hey guys! Hope you are okay! Within my four years of blogging, I am no stranger to the Liebster award and this is the fourth time I have been nominated.This time by the lovely Rachel from apearlydream (who is one of my fave bloggers by the way and you should definitely check her out!) It's been a few years since I have done one though so I was really excited to be nominated again and to get to do it again! As usual with my tags, I tag anyone who reads this and fancies having a go (maybe even for the second, third or fourth time too) at doing this and answering my questions! Anyway on with answering the questions Rachel has set!

1) Why did you start blogging? 
Originally I wanted a little space for my thoughts (hence the name!) and wanted to help and inspire people. My main goal was to help people and to begin with my blog posts tackled some big issues like depression and body issues. I also used to share and talk about a lot of different quotes and stuff. Since then my blog has changed a bit and I talk a lot more about beauty stuff and other bits now but I do want to go back to my roots a bit more I think!

2) What are your current blogging goals?
At the moment I wouldn't really say I have any major goals, I would like to carry on as I am doing hopefully getting more views and followers on various social media sites and generally growing my blog. I also want to improve my photo skills and come by birthday (in 6 months time lol) I should be getting a proper camera and hopefully, that will up my blog game a bit!

3) If money wasn't an issue what would you want to do with your life?
I love this question! I think if money wasn't an issue I'd go travelling more. I know thats quite a boring and bog standard answer but that would definitely be something I'd do! I also would be able to buy more blog stuff (a really good camera and lenses ect) so I'd really put money into blogging I think! I'd also be more inclined to stay on at university and definitely do masters as I wouldn't need to worry about affording that!

4) Where do you see your blog in five years?
This is really hard, I tend not to make such long term plans for my blog as such as I just take each day as it comes and hope that each time I post I get a few more views than the last! I would like to say that if I do really stick to my blog it will hopefully have grown more. I would also like to think that I would have bought my own domain too. But in terms of content, I really couldn't say, my content has changed so much over the course of the four years I've been blogging so it will have probably changed again!

5) What would you describe your blogging style as and why?
I tend to describe myself as a lifestyle, beauty and book blogger as at the moment they are the three main things I tend to focus on!

6) What advice would you give to new bloggers?
I would say not to get het up about followings and views and stuff, I never did when I started out I just created content I loved (and I still do that!) At the end of the day so what I don't get all these views as long as I am creating and writing about things that bring me happiness! I would also say give blogging a while before you majorly invest into it so you know you love it and will stick at it!

7) What is your biggest fashion or beauty faux pas?
I have definitly had a few!  Before I really wore foundation I used to wear a bright orange concealer all over my face which was probably not my best look. I also used to wear bright blue eyeshadow and no other makeup, just the eyeshadow!

8) What is your favourite beauty item?
This is hard because it changes quite a lot actually. I do really like my double wear foundation as it covers my acne up really well.

9) What is your favourite form of social media?
At the moment it's twitter! It used to be Facebook for ages until I got into the twitter blogging community and now it's livened up my timeline a lot! I wish I liked Instagram but I find it so hard to grow!

10) What tools of the trade would you recommend to new bloggers?
I would recommend buffer, which is an app that schedules your tweets and a good photo editing app! I would also recommend getting into blogger chats on twitter.

11) Would you ever stop blogging?
Right now, no! I love blogging so much! But I know what I am like and I have had breaks from blogging before that have lasted for 8 months plus. You're never too sure either what life throws at you and I don't know how blogging will fit into my life when I leave uni or start a proper job and stuff. But definitely not in the near future!

I hope you enjoyed me answering these questions! If you want to have a go, here are my 11 questions to you:
1) What is the meaning behind your blog name?
2) What is your favourite season and why?
3) If you could do anything for a living what would it be and why?
4) What do you think about the blogging community?
5) Who is your favourite blogger?
6) If you could do a collab with anyone who would it be?
7) What animal would you love to have as a pet?
8) What is your guilty pleasure?
9) What tips have you got to make blogging easier for you?
10) If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
11) Why is blogging important to you?

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you decide to answer my questions don't forget to tag me so I can read them!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Cotsworlds 2017

Hey guys! I have just come home from my week away with my family to the Cotswolds! I never really get down south much and I had a lovely week away. I am back with another travel post as I wanted to tell you about the things we got up to away! I went away with my parents and sister, my boyfriend and my sister's friend. We stayed in a lovely cottage in Castle Combe, which is so pretty and where films such as Stardust and War horse have been filmed! It was exciting recognising scenes from these films right outside our cottage! The cottage itself was gorgeous and old worldly, and me and my boyfriend were in a four poster bed which I loved. Here are some pictures of the outside of our cottage and the little village around us.

On the first full day of staying here, we went into Bath. I was actually really looking forward to this as I had always wanted to go and look round the Roman baths. I loved it here and I would definitely return! Bath had some really pretty bits around town including the pretty umbrellas hanging above streets (needed in the drizzly weather!) and flowers in telephone booths! I also took a few photos of the cathedral and the baths too!

On the second day, we went into Chippenham. There wasn't much here so I didn't really take any photos! It was just a little-modernised town. We were unsure of what to do on the next day, so I had a google and we decided to go to Lacock Abbey and I am glad we did! I loved it here, it was a very pretty abbey with a beautiful house attached to it and gorgeous gardens. Lacock village was also very pretty, and bits of Harry Potter was filmed in the abbey and in the village! I loved recognising them from the film!

                                                    (Quirrell's potions room!)

                                                      (Harry Potters house as seen in the flashbacks in the first film
                                                      of Harry's parents being killed by Voldemort.)

On the Saturday, we decided to go into Bristol. I love Bristol and it's been 5 years since I last went so I was really excited to go! I didn't get any pictures but I picked up a few things in the massive Primark and had a lovely meal in the hole in the wall.

On Sunday we went into a little town called Tetbury. A lot was closed up on the Sunday but we still had a nice wander around and went into the Highgrove shop, looking at all the lovely things I can't afford!

On the Monday, we had a relaxed day and had a little walk around castle combe and a nice pub lunch. On Tuesday, the day we were going home, we broke up the driving with a trip to Warwick castle. I had not been for ages and I loved it! I didn't remember anything from the last time I visited and despite the horrible weather, we all had a really lovely day! I loved the live action war of the roses and the jousting!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Now I am back I am resting and relaxing today!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 31 July 2017

First impressions #2- Makeup Revolution pomade, lipkit and Miss baby roll mascara

Hey guys! By the time this goes up I will be going on holiday the next day! I am going to the Cotswolds for a week with my family so there will be no blog posts for a week! I know I have fairly recently just done another first impressions, but I loved doing it so much that I really wanted to do another one! Superdrug have a 3 for 2 deal on at the moment so I picked up a few bits and I wanted to tell you my first impressions! I have literally just put these products on my face to come and write this post.

The first new product I used was the Makeup revolution eyebrow pomade in soft brown. I think this was a good match for me, despite being blonde I have quite dark eyebrows! I have never used a pomade before so I can't really give you a review where I compare it to other products. But it was really easy and soft to use and I liked the consistency. I was a bit afraid it would be too "dramatic" compared to my brow powders, but I actually didn't think it was too extreme or anything and I am looking forward to trying this product out some more! For £6 you can't go wrong

The second new product I used (the one I originally wanted to go into superdrug for) was the Loreal miss baby roll mascara. This mascara has been everywhere lately and I really wanted to try it! I actually nearly bought this in teal blue until the cashier pointed it out! So I quickly went back and got it in black! My first impressions is that I do really like this mascara. It is really volumizing and gave my flat eyelashes some drama! It is quite a dramatic mascara but I  personally need that otherwise you just can't see them! Obviously I can't comment on how this lasts but I do think I will really like this mascara. I wish it was a little big more lengthening or curling.

Finally, the third product I tried out was the makeup revolution lip kit in Echelon. I have heard some really good things about these lipkits and only just got round to trying them. I really liked the lipliner, it was soft and creamy. I do have to say that the liquid lipstick feels quite drying and heavy, like it's sat on top of my lip in a sticky sort of way even when it's dried. I am also not 100% sure on the colour, obviously, this is personal opinion but it is a little bit darker than I expected actually and looks completely different to how it looks in the tube! I think I will like it more in autumn and winter, for me it's like a dark purple browny sort of colour whereas in the tube it looks like a ligher nude and did not look purplely at all! I don't have a colour like this in my collection which is good! I need to try this out a few more times and see what I think.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Blogger bookmarks

Hey guys! I have a little different extra post today! The very lovely Penny asked me if I wanted to be involved in a little project where some of us book bloggers get together and make some book marks for different genres of books! I of course said yes and I am obsessed with my own bookmark and the other bloggers bookmarks too! You guys can print these bookmarks off and you have a bookmark for every type of book you want to read! Penny is so talented having made all these bookmarks. All of these bookmarks have the bloggers favourite books in each of the genres we chose. For example, I chose to do romance books, and on my bookmark, you can see my choice of books, Pride and Prejudice, Me before you, Bridget Jones Diary and The fault in our stars. Each bookmark has four books chosen by the bloggers so if you are stuck for what book to read next these bookmarks have lots of ideas for you too!

This is my bookmark and I love it! I can't wait to print it out!

Here are everyone else's bookmarks too!
I have also linked everyone who was involved in this project here and the genre they did:

Fiction – Bookish Betsy (Betsy) - Classics – Love Serially (Christine) - Poetry – Fables and Tea (Hannah) - LGBTQIA – Magical Reader (Lori) - Fantasy – Books and Belle (Paige) - & Pebblepen (Penny) - Magical Realism – The Introverted Book Nerd (Danielle) - Romance – Little thoughts from little people (Eleanor) - Sci-fi – Pebblepen (Penny) - Thriller – Books and Belle (Paige) - Historical – The Introverted Book Nerd (Danielle) & Pebblepen (Penny) - Horror– All the Bright Places Blog (Beth) -

I hope you enjoyed these posts and that these bookmarks will help you decide on your next read! I want to say another big thanks to Penny who is so talented and lovely for inviting me to do this.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Thursday, 27 July 2017

My blogging essentials

Hey guys! I hope you are well! Today I am going to be talking about my blogging essentials and what I use to create/plan blogs and other things that are important to me when it comes to blogging! I am writing this with my cat currently lying across my arms despite there also being a laptop on my knee thus my hand movements and view of my keyboard is somewhat limited. Needless to say, Casper is not part of my blogging essentials! He's a blogging hindrance!

A diary
My first blogging essentials is a diary. This is used to plan out when I am going to be putting my blog posts up. especially when I am at uni, blogging requires a little bit of thought and planning ahead so I like to get everything organised by using a diary.

A Notepad
This might be quite an obvious one but it is a really important one. I could not blog without my notepad. I use it to jot everything down, all my ideas and even to plan out some posts. List style blog posts (like this one) require a bit of planning out I find and favourites and things like that so I use this to plan out these type of posts. If I am doing reviews sometimes I use it to write down my thoughts too.

This is an app I use to schedule my tweets. This is really useful, when I upload a blog I write numerous posts on this app to tweet my post a few more times during the week. I definitely do not tweet about my blog posts enough and this app has helped me get more into the habit of doing it and I've definitely noticed a difference with my views! It's also useful if I'm going on holiday, stops me worrying that my engagement is going to drop massively when I am away.

Photo grid
I use this app to group pictures together and put them into a layout. I also like to use it for writing on pictures.

Another app I count as an essential. It's my favourite photo editing app at the moment. I have only recently really gotten into editing my photos and I know my blog and insta photos are not the best but I think they're getting better!

The blog community on twitter is a big blogging essential for me! Blog pages and chats have really helped to increase my engagement and are a big help for inspiration!

A blog book
Another big inspiration help is getting a blogging book. There are quite a lot out there now and I would love to try some more but one I really love is called 365 blog topic ideas. I love flicking through it for inspiration and it really does have a blog idea for every single day of the year! If you have any blogging books you like please let me know I would love to buy some more!

So there are my blogging essentials! Do you have any blogging essentials you couldn't live without?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 24 July 2017

What to do when you can't sleep

Hey guys! I hope you are okay! Today's post is going to be all about what to do when you can't sleep. I know as well as anyone how annoying it is when you have something important the next day and you can't get to sleep no matter how tired you feel. The frustration and panicking about not being able to sleep makes it worse. I definitely get this a lot and it can be such a pain in the arse so I thought I would share with you some things that help me to finally get some sleep.

Don't keep checking the time 
This is more of a don't than a do but it is perhaps the most important one. Believe me, checking the time every five minutes and calculating exactly how much sleep you could get if you could go to sleep in just ten minutes does not help. It just adds to panic and frustration. It might even be best for you to avoid going to your phone at all, especially going onto social media.

Take a mini walk/ do some gentle yoga 
When I can't sleep I get really restless and sometimes it can be good to try and stop twisting and turning in bed and expel a bit of energy. It's not a good idea to do something that is going to make yourself wide awake or excite you, I wouldn't recommend some hardcore cardio. But sometimes I like to walk around the house for a little bit or do some very gentle yoga. Maybe have a go at doing this video. It's by Yoga with Adriene my favourite youtube yogi and it's a gentle 10-minute video focusing on some relaxing stretches and massages.

Run hands under tap 
This is sort of a bizarre one but it is something that calms me down when I'm nervous and sort of works in the same way here, running my hands under a cold tap for a bit seems to work.

Get naked
This works in the same way as the last idea, to cool you down. When I can't sleep I tend to work myself up and get frustrated and too warm. I find that by taking my duvet off and my clothes off and maybe doing another one of these tips until I get cold. By that point, I can't wait to get back under my covers and get warm and comfy again and then I fall asleep.

Warm up
Conversely, if you are too cold and that's why you can't sleep try adding blankets or wearing a pair of fluffy socks or using a hot water bottle. I use all of these in the winter when I'm cold.

Some times it's good just to admit defeat. It's best just to admit that you're not going to sleep anytime soon and turn your light back on. Sometimes I'll read for another half an hour to take my mind off the fact I can't sleep until my eyes get tired.

Breathing Techniques 
Focusing on your breathing and not on the fact you can't sleep can help settle you down and calm you down.

This is a really old fashioned one I know but it seriously works for me. Counting can really help my brain focus if I'm unable to sleep because of thoughts flying everywhere.

Relaxing music/ video
Another calming technique can be to listen to some relaxing music or a relaxing video. ASMR works for some people, causing tingly and relaxing sensations. Try listening to this video and see if it helps you!

There you are, guys, some of my tips for when you can't sleep! You can also try some natural herbal sleeping tablets, I have never used them but my friend swears by them and that they really relax her!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x