Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What's in my bag?

Hey guys! I got a new book for Christmas and I wanted to do a what's in my bag blog post. This bag is from Debenhams and it's £45, you can get it here.





In my bag on a regular basis I always carry an umbrella, I am a massive rain phobic and I love this little one as it fits perfectly in my bag.  I also carry my glasses, I could probably do with a new glasses case this ones a bit grubby! I have two sets of keys here, my house keys and uni keys.  My hands get so dry this time of year so I love to have some hand cream, this is from m&s. I like to carry a hand sanitizer, this is from bath and body works, in the smell "be you tiful". I have a white purse from primark, i always like a big purse to hold most of my cards in but I do also have this cat card holder also from Debenhams. Finally, I have my ear plugs in here, if you saw my post a few weeks ago you will know I suffer from tinnitus so I bring my earplugs with me!

I hope you enjoyed this!
Lots of love
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

What I read in 2016

Hi guys! So it's time for my favourite post of the year, my round-up of what I read in the year! Last year I knew I would be busy with work, and so on Goodreads I set myself 15 books, which I knew I should definitely reach. If you want to follow me on Goodreads by the way you can search for me via my email address which is smitheh01@gmail.com and I update it as soon as I start a new book! Last year I read a total of 23 books, which is a bit lower than the year before that! As always I am going to list all the books I read in order and at the end talk about which were my favourite/ worst books of 2016! I have marked the books with a * if they were ones which were sent to me to read and review. I hope you enjoy!





1) The woman in white - Wilkie Colins.
2) Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton. *
3) The versions of us- Laura Barnett. 
4) Conversion- Katherine Howe.
5) The Quality of Silence- Rosamund Lupton.
6- 12) The Harry Potter series - JK Rowling.
13) The Cookoos Calling-  Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling.)
14) The Silkworm- Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling.)
15) Career of evil-  Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling.)
16) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- JK Rowling, John Tiffany.
17) The Girl in the Spiders web - David Lagercrantz. 
18) Miranda's big mistake- Jill Mansell. 
19) Sphinx- TS Learner.
20) The Map- TS Learner.
21) Happily- Sophie Tanner. *
22) The Book of Secrets- Tom Harper.
23) A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness.

And there you are, all the books I read last year! As you can see I had a massive JK Rowling summer reading spree and decided to re-read (for the 100th time) all the Harry Potter books, but I do really want to mention the crime books she has written under the name Robert Galbraith, I loved these books and I am so excited for the next one in this series!

My three favourite books of this year are The Versions Of Us, The Quality Of Silence, and A Monster Calls. Patrick Ness gets the award of the only book that made me cry this year! All three of these books I really loved and I would recommend. I also want to mention Miranda's big mistake here too, although it didn't really make the top 3, I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! I don't read much chick lit to be honest but maybe I should start a little more, I really liked this and if you're after an easy summer read I would recommend this for sure! Even if it was written 18 years ago it made me laugh so much still and is still really current and hilarious and kept me on my toes! I really want to read some more of Jill Mansell's books now.

Now for my worst books, I have to mention Sphinx and The Map, both of which I did a review on a few months ago slating them! If you want to read more about why I didn't like them you can do so here! I also have to put Conversion in this category. It's one of those books that I'd had my eye one for a couple of years and decided to buy it and I found it really disappointing. It had such an amazing plot but it was so anti-climatic to be honest, I really didn't think it was very good which was a shame because I was so looking forward to reading it for a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What did you read and enjoy in 2016? I am going back to uni this week and so my blog posts are going to go back to being once a week again! But I have some really exciting content coming up soon! Because of this, I am unsure when my next post will be up, or if I will do another one this week or if my next one will be next week or what I'm just not sure! I will keep you updated on twitter (ellie_smithxo) or Instagram (littleblogsfromlittlepeople) so follow me on there to find out when I post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 roundup and 2017 goals

Hey guys! I can't believe we are nearly into the new year, this year has flown by! I wanted to do a little round up of 2016 and also talk about my new goals for the new year. 2016 has been a difficult year for many people, and there definitely have been many bad things that have happened. Apart from political problems which have made this year disastrous, such as brexit and Trump getting into power and the many great celebrities that sadly passed away, there have been some bad things in my life. My uncle passed away this year, and my grandad's Alzheimers is getting worse and has been getting worse all year. But there have been some really good things in my life too this year, I finished my first year of university with a 1st, I've had an amazing time on holiday with my boyfriend in the Lakes and I've had a lot of fun at university. I am excited to see what 2017 brings me! My goals last year included finishing first year with a good grade and reading at least 15 books, both of which I did and my annual book round-up will be posted sometime next week!

My first goal for 2017 is to be less pessimistic and well...bitter. If you guys follow me on twitter (which is ellie_smithxo by the way, cheeky promo) you may have noticed I can post a bunch of pessimistic tweets and honestly it has to stop so I definitely want to be less negative in the new year.

Secondly, I really want to throw myself into blogging this year. I've taken it back up a bit more at the end of this year but I know that 2016 has not been my year blogging wise. But I really want to blog more and try and grow my social networks and be more active. I'm going to try really hard and grow my blog.

Thirdly I want to work hard in 2017 with my uni work again because by 2nd year actually counts and I want to do the best I can.

Finally, I want to read as many books as I can. I think I'll set the aim as 15 again but I beat it this year and I'm hoping to beat it by more books next year!

What are your goals? Talk to you in the new year!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

What I got for Christmas 2016

Hey! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and festive period. I am really sad it's over but I'm excited for the new year! I know loads of people have done videos and blogs of these but I love reading and watching them and I wanted to do one this year. I got really lucky this year and I am so grateful for all the presents I got! I hope you enjoy this blog, tell me if you got any of these things too! This is going to be another long post I have to say as I am talking about each gift individually so I would get comfy beforehand!





I got this little travel suitcase which will make my trips from Nottingham to Leeds a lot easier! The second thing is something amazing for me and my boyfriend to go indoor skydiving! It's a red letter thing and I'm so excited!

This gingerbread candle was a little pressie from my boyfriend that I may have *ahem* coerced him into buying, it was £7 from Next and smells amazing! Next to it is a phone case my sister got me! I needed a new one and love this!

This coffee machine was from my boyfriend! It's a Tassimo pod machine, he got me a costa cup too and lots of pods! Can you tell I'm obsessed with costa? He can!

More gifts from Santa now, these warm gloves, a coin purse and card holder with kitties on, and a new curling wand that makes really tight curls, like the Lee Stanford chopstick curler! I've tired it out and I love it!

One of my fave Christmas presents! This bag from Debenhams! I love it I again may have pointed mum in the right direction with this one (by that I mean I handed it to her) but I just adore it.

Some more little stocking fillers, salted caramel vodka, a new shaver, money, a river island gift card, and "the 5 go gluten free" which was from my sister too!

I received the Beano annual (which I do every year!) a new umbrella (one of those which you press a button and it pops out- great fun) a selection box, and £20 vouchers for Vue cinemas and Nandos! Going to be treating my boyfriend to a date night soon I think.


I also got these lovely pjays (they're age 14-15 and they're still too big!) Some amazing Lancome makeup brushes which I just adore and you will have seen already on my Ig! I also got a Dove bath and shower set, and some yummy chewy sweets.


I got these delicious lint chocolates, a new calendar which this year I got fantastic beasts, and the deliciously Ella smoothie and juice book!
By biggest present this year is my new coat from River Island, I am in love with it!

From my boyfriends family I received some lovely things, some shortbread biscuits, a super soft comfy hoodie from Boux Avenue (which I have one now!) and some scented candles! They know me well!

From my boyfriend sister I got these two books, The Girls, and A Monster Calls. I am so excited to read these! I also got £10 WHSmith voucher from his aunt, and a very pretty bracelet from his nana and grandad.

I hope you liked this post!
What did you get for Christmas?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

My lead-up to Christmas

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well, I am so ill and full of cold and not feeling good so I decided to break from the uni work that was taking me ages to get through and do a blog post. I wanted to do a different kind of post today a bit more of a chatty personal style one and show you what I've been up to over the last few weeks and the lead up to Christmas day. This post is going to be quite a long one so I would grab a cuppa and have a sit down! I know we have a few more days until Christmas but I'm not going to be doing anything exciting, just uni work and a shift at work and chilling out Christmas eve so I might as well put it up now.

First of all, I actually came home from uni a few weeks ago and we put up the Christmas tree. Every year we buy a real tree, often from St Gemma's charity or from a local Christmas tree place near where we live. I am quite picky about my tree so after discussion myself, my sister, my dad and my boyfriend decided on one. We got it home and got all the Christmas tree decorations out of the loft, my mum is super picky about the decorations, only allowed pink and gold and they all have a special place where they go on the tree every year. Me and my sister take it in turns to put the angel on the top and this year was my turn. This was our finished result.



A few days later me and my boyfriend went to go Christmas shopping. I still needed to buy for my parents and sister and my best friend and he needed some bits and bobs for his family too so we went to the white rose shopping centre in Leeds to do a bit of shopping. I was super happy with the presents I got actually, I know my parents won't read this so I'll show you what I got for my mum and dad.
I got my mum this Bayliss and Harding stuff which was reduced in superdrug down to £10 from £25 I think. I got my dad this bottle of port from M&S for only £8 with was reduced by 50% which I think are two great bargains. The decorations in the White Rose were so pretty too.

However I still hadn't got all my presents sorted for my boyfriend so a few days later I went late night shopping in Leeds centre with my mum and sister and got some last minute presents. Cue more pretty Christmas decorations.
I also picked up a few goodies for myself which you would have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

The lashes and lipstick are from Primark and I needed some more conditioner and my Liz Earle moisturiser.

The next day I went into Haworth with my boyfriend. I love Haworth so much, I love going there around christmas time it's so pretty and it was always a childhood tradition to go and to go on the Santa train! I might be too old now for the Santa train but I love walking around the village.





I had to pay homage to my favourite sweet shop too and we also went for a lovely hot chocolate.


The next day was my best friends party and we went out into Leeds. It was such a lovely night and she loved her presents (I got her makeup-revolution rose gold eye brushes and a Zoella bath fizzer bar.) I thought I'd include a few pictures of the night! I actually wore the Primark lashes that I showed you earlier, I loved them they stayed on all night and I would recommend!



One Tuesday of this week I went up to Sunderland with my family to visit my Grandad and we stayed there over night. On the wednesday we went for a meal with my grandad and dad's side of the family. We had a lovely Christmas 3 course meal at the Italian Farmhouse in Sunderland. It was so delicious. I had a broth to start, cod and couscous for main and an Eton mess for pudding. I would recommend going there it was a lovely lunch and it was only £13 or something for 3 courses.


And that wraps up my Christmas build up! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you enjoy these style posts. I think this will be my last post before Christmas so I hope you have a lovely day and relax and I will be back next week. I think I will do a "what I got for Christmas" post because I love reading those posts and I'll probably do a new years resolutions post as well before new year!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Makeup Revolution Luxe Shade Block review and swatch

Hey guys! I'm back today doing another little review of the Shade block's by makeup-revolution. These are super cute little boxes which come with a lipstick, a highlight and a lip amplification gloss. This was my other purchase in the black Friday sale along with their "What are you waiting for?" palette which I reviewed last week so you can see a review of that a few posts ago. As far as I am aware these come in two shades, matte black and rose gold and I got the rose gold one. The boxes cost £6.

Firstly, the box is so pretty I love it. It's such as lovely keepsake box and I just adore the packaging. Those of you who follow me in insta will have already seen this and the excitement it gave me!


I love the lipstick colour, it's such a pretty every day nude. I am not sure what the colour of the lipstick is called, or if you can buy it separately. Some people have said they think the lipstick is Chauffeur from their rose gold range. 


The lip amplification is also very nice. It is very glossy and doesn't last the longest time although does last longer than other lipglosses I've tried.The only thing is that the lipgloss actually comes out very pink and I was hoping for a more mauve shade so just be aware that this gloss is quite a bright pink. 

The mini-strobe balm/ highlight is very pigmented. It's super bright and I think that it is one of the presents in their calendar too. The packaging of this product feels really quite cheap though, it feels as though it is going to break and already the brand name has rubbed off the front of it. My camera unfortunately could not do it justice so I haven't bothered to put a swatch of it in!

Overall I think this would make a lovely gift for a friend or just to treat yourself too! I think it is amazing for the price you pay and I know I am going to get so much use out of it! You can buy it here.

Lots of love,
Eleanor x


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Top 5 autumn/ winter drugstore lipsticks

Hey guys! Don't know if you noticed but I made some headings on my blog so it's easier for you to find posts you're interested in! I have made four main categories that the majority of my posts fit into, beauty, books, little thoughts and mental health. All my mental health awareness march posts will be under the category mental health, and all of my little motivational posts/ self -help posts and rants will be under little thoughts. Not all my posts will be put into a category, many tags, random posts and hauls will not be categorised as I don't make a lot of these types of posts anyway and I did not want to make my blog too cluttered. 

Anyway, today I am showing you my top 5 autumn/ winter lipsticks that I have been and will be wearing over the  Christmas period. All of these are really affordable, under £10. 



5) ELF Lucious Lipstick in Maple Sugar.


I love the name of this its so cute! It is a really lovely sparkly brown colour that appears darker on the lips than on my hand. It is more of a lip gloss texture even though it describes itself as a "liquid lipstick." It's a lovely colour but it doesn't last the longest on my lips.

4) Rimmel Lasting finish lipstick in Sugar Plum.
 
This is a really cool purpley lipstick which isn't a vampy purple. I love it for autumn it's really different to my other lipsticks.

3) Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting finish lipstick in 01.
A classic dark red colour perfect for Christmas parties!

2) Revlon Super lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the snow.

This is a really nice berry toned pinky lipstick which has definitely been one of my go to lipsticks this time of year. Plus the name is so festive!

1) Makeup Revolution rose gold lipstick in Diamond Life.
My favourite lipstick at the moment! I have been throwing this on nearly every day. It's quite a dark vampy pinky purply colour (it is darker on my lips than on this swatch) I would definitely recommend this, the best part is its only £3! 

Hope you enjoyed this post.
What are your favourite lipsticks for this time of year?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x