Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Rome Bucket List

Rome Bucket List

Rome is not like any other city. It's a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on ones tiptoes. - Alberto Sordi

Hello lovely readers! As most people know, I'm a lover of all things lists, especially those of the bucket variety. So I've came here today to share with you my Rome bucket list that will be full of all the wonderful things I hope to do whilst in the beautiful city.



Vatican Museums

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps

Roman Forum

St. Peter's Basillica 

Sistine Chapel

Piazza Navona 

Palatine Hill

Castel Sant'Angelo 

Capitoline Hill

Catacombs of Rome

There are actually sooooooo many more places that I need to visit when in Rome, but I'm sure I'll have PLENTY of pictures to share with you of all the beautiful places I've visited.

Have you visited Rome?

What was your favourite part?

Monday, 29 August 2016

August Glossybox

This is a little bit late, and I accidentally forgot to show my July box, but here's the August glossybox! This months box design was a little different that usual, this being because it was their 5th Birthday, woo! So they decided send out a limited edition box, and it's quite simple, but I like it.

So this is the boxes contents and I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed with this box, especially considering it was their 5th Birthday. I was highly anticipating beautiful make up and soft creams. This box featured 2 full size products, 1 full sized little bag? and 2 sample products. It's funny because my favourite part of this box is the MUA make up palette that I could pick up from Superdrug for just £4. However I am looking forwards to trying the Spa to you deep pore facial cleansing brush, I've had good experiences with this brand. 

MUA Eye Shadow Palette - Full Size 

RRP / £4

SHOP / muastore.co.uk

So the first product we have is an MUA make up palette, Glossybox gave us the chance to choose our own palette, I chose Hall of Fame,just because this palette has the most eyeshadow I'm likely to use. It's highly pigmented and contains 12 lovely colours, and lets be honest, you can never have too much eye shadow!

Spa to you - Full Size 

RRP / £6.99

SHOP / spatoyou.com

Next we have the Deep pore facial cleansing brush my spa to you, a brand that I do thoroughly enjoy every single time I use one of their products. The soft bristles are specially designed to help buss away dead skin cells for a deep but gentle facial cleanse. The combination of silky soft bristles and silicone cushions also help to massage the skin in order to improve microcirculation for renewed radiance. All you need to do in order to get the best results from this product is wet the bruch and apply your cleanser and then you'll be winning at life!

Mudmasky - Sample size

RRP (full size) / £53

SHOP / mudmasky.com

This month we also received a facial detox purifying recovery mask by Mudmasky. Now I'm a sucker gor a good face mask, so I am happy with this product, I would just rather have received a bigger sample, possibly a full size seeing as it was a Birthday edition. Now this is one of the first PH-balanced facial treatments, it's formulated using all-natural ingredients and contains no parabens, but still manages to fully detoxify the skin. This mask also refines and tightens pores, hydrates brightens and smooths skin and generally gives it a boost. In order to get the best results we have been told to use this one a week, so I'll be trying that starting this week, and hopefully we'll have a go to face mask!

Cowshed - Sample Size

RRP (full size) / £20

SHOP /cowshedonline.com

Now this is a product I'm yet to try and completely unsure whether I'm likely to, I really don't like the way it smells. Although I'd never judge a book by it's cover, so many I should give it a chance. This products it said to give you an energy boost due to its boosting blend of Lemongrass, Ginger, and Rosemary. It moisturises the skin with Shea and Cocoa Butters. It's made using natural ingredients and is packed full of skin-loving essential oils.

Rae Feather - Miniature size

RRP / £20

SHOP /raefeather.com

The final item we received this month is a mini monogram pochette that I can't say I'm too keen on. It just feels a little cheap, like it could fall apart at any moment. I'll probably keep a couple of things in it at home, but highly doubt I would ever use it as a make-up bag or take it out with me anywhere. 

Like you've probably guessed or I've probably mentioned in this post, I'm not really that happy about the August Glossybox. I just think it was a little disappointing considering this was their Limited Edition Birthday box. I'm looking forward to seeing what the September box is like, hopefully it will encourage me to continue with this subscriptuon

Are you subscribed to Glossbox?
Tell me what you thought of the August box!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Have Courage and Be Kind

One thing that I've began to notice when I creative these wonderfully detailed posts of how my life is going is that I always manage to focus on the negative aspects of my life. I'm going to be the first to admit that I've always saw myself as a bit of a pessimist, which isn't the way I want to look at life.

My life is full of far more beautiful things than I sometimes think.

I sit here dwelling on the fact that one of my closest friends has basically abandoned me with no warning in a time I could of done with their support. I need to stop myself from thinking that I have probably done something to deserve this because I have done everything in my power to try and keep the friendship alive. This doesn't mean I'm not good enough, and I shouldn't see this as a massive loss for me. I would like to think that I am being the better person here because I have tried time and time again, with no response. Another thing I seem to concentrate on is how much I dislike my job, how much I dread waking up in the morning and spending 11 hours in the office. I just despise how people can treat another human being like something they have just stepped on. I have always tried to do everything in my life with kindness, and I would never just disregard someones feelings. I guess this is why I find it so hard to understand, not everyone has the same morals, some think they are better than others, and most only care about getting everything in their life for free. Again, I shouldn't think so negatively about this, I should think about how I can go to bed smiling because no matter how someone speaks to me, I will always smother them with kindness, making me the better person.

These are the kinds of things I find myself constantly focusing on, but alas, I say no more!

Life is all about happiness, being happy, and spreading happiness. When I take a good look at my life, when I way up the pros and the cons, I actually begin to realise that I am pretty content with my life. In a way, I have everything I have always wanted, a devoted partner, full time income, a house to call my own, and some time to do the things I love to do.

Once upon a time I thought that I knew everything about the world and what it had to offer, but then I realised I'm just a dreamer. I have spent my life thinking that all I needed to do to become that big time director was go to college and then to university, and then I'd have a beautiful degree and the job of my dreams. It was never going to be that simple, I had spent too long believing people when they told me that's all I'd need to do for this to happen.

I think I'm always going to be a ball of stress, I'm always going to be a rollercoaster of emotions,  and I don't see myself being decisive anytime soon. I'm just afraid of making the wrong decisions, I'm afraid of disappointing those that I love, and I constantly let my own insecurities get the better of me.

Little did I know that I already have everything I always wanted.

It's time to focus on the positives!

  • I have a devoted life partner that gives me everything I need, although I probably take him for granted. I never imagined that I would find someone as perfect for me as he is. I have found someone who truly accepts me for who I am, and I have never felt so much love and appreciation. 

  • My family and extended family are more than I could ever ask for. I have a group of people that I can go to with all of my problems, a group that I would trust with my life. I have never met so many people that encourage and inspire me.

  • I have a job. It's not what I have worked for, but it's something to fill my days, a way for me to pay my bills, buy books, and go on the occasional adventure. 

  • Speaking of adventure, I'm going to Rome very soon!

  • I'm making plans for the future. Whether that be planning a holiday, picking out new furniture or deciding whether our house if big enough for the family we will one day raise here. 

When I take the time to think about it I come to the realisation that my life is pretty damn good! It can be hard to list the positive parts of your life, but I listed those without even thinking about it, and if I took the time to think I could probably come up with a lot more. 

Life isn't about everything being perfect, sometimes it's just about making the most of what you have. 

Things can take time, which is something life is made up of. It's time to focus on the positives and becoming the best version of myself I can truly be.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Time is precious

If I were to received a pound for every time I logged on here and began writing a post, only to delete everything I've wrote and close it, I would be UNBEARABLY rich. I absolutely adore blogging, it's one of my favourite things to do, but sometimes I wonder whether I actually have enough to talk about to continue to keep my blog alive, to continue to keep it interesting enough for people to come here and read. I just worry that I don't have the imagination to create wonderfully interesting reads. 

I'm finding that most of the time I'm struggling to find the time to come here and talk to you, my life has been taken over by work, and when I'm not working I'm most likely reading, or catching up on TV shows. I just never seem to have enough time to do all the things that I so desperately want and need to do in my life. 

The last year of my life and more so the last few months I've found myself falling into that horrible pattern that nobody wants to fall into. I wake up, I go to work, where I'm barely even treated like a human being with feelings, I then get home with barely enough time to eat, and then head off to bed. When I get home I'm lucky if I get to have some form of interaction with my other half, which is completely insane considering that we live together! I swear I don't see why I'm paying for a mortgage, I'm out of the house more than I'm in it. 

Hell is repetition, and my life is repetition. 

There's so much I use to want to do with my life, still so much that I want to do. I miss the times where I had the spare money and spare time to not work in a horrible stuffy office, instead I would get to run around with my camera and be crazy creative. 

When I was in University I would have gave anything for it to be over, for me to finally enter the real world with my degree and find a wonderful job that I could fall in love with. Little did I know the real world was never how I pictured it, how people told me it was going to be. No one ever told me it was going to be this hard, no one told me that no one would care about all I've put myself through in order to try and be the best version of me. I always thought that once completing University I would actually be able to fall into the career of my dreams. 

Work, bills, work, bills. MY ENTIRE LIFE. 

My partner and I have booked a trip to Rome very shortly, and I'm more excited about this than I have been about anything in such a long time. I can't wait to spend an entire 5 days in awe staring at the beautiful historical structures that will be standing before me, to be running around with my camera and not having a care in the world. I will completely be in my element, having my camera in my hand and my soul mate by my side. I've literally left myself completely broke in order to book this trip because it was the only way as I have less money now than I have ever had. That's completely hilarious considering this is my first 'real' job, my first real job and I have no money. 

I love certain aspects of my life, I really do. Actually, I love every small detail about my life, aside from the pathetic excuse of a job I currently have. I'm not saying this is an awful job, I'm not saying that people can't enjoy it because it really isn't the worst thing in the world. Honestly, it's just the kind of thing I always said I would never do, it's not the kind of thing that I've worked my entire life  I have a naturally creative mind and not one thing about this job fits my personality. I actually feel like my talents are going to waste, and I'm stuck here now, I don't know what the hell to do to get out, to get out there and do what I was destined to do, be the person I'm truly meant to be. 

In ways my life is a lot more than I thought it would be at this point, I have a wonderful partner, family, and even extended family. I am surrounded by the most wonderful people, people that I find inspirational and just love more than words can express, especially my wonderful better half. I just wish I wasn't stuck in a job I can't stand, I wish it was easy to escape into something that will fill my days with happiness. 

My hun and I 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Reading List

Ahhhhhhhh! Books.

"You want weapons? We're in a library. Books are the best weapons in the world."

I give you my reading list! A list of books that will send you into a new world, and I'm looking forward to sharing my progress with this list.

Kathy Reichs - Temperance Brennan
  • Deja dead
  • Death du jaur 
  • Deadly decisions 
  • Fatal voyage 
  • Grave secrets
  • Bare bones
  • Monday mourning 
  • Cross bones
  • Break no bones
  • Bones to Ashes 
  • Devil bones
  • 206 Bones
  • Spider bones
  • Flash and bones
  • Bones are forever
  • Bones of the lost
  • Bones never lie
  • Speaking in bones
  • The bone collection

Kathy Reichs - Virals Series
  • Virals 
  • Seizure 
  • Code
  • Exposure
  • Terminal
  • Trace Evidence 
Jeff Lindsay - Dexter series
  • Darkly dreaming Dexter
  • Dearly devoted Dexter 
  • Dexter in the dark
  • Dexter by design 
  • Dexter is delicious 
  • Double Dexter
  • Dexters final cut
  • Dexter is dead
Dan Brown - Robert Langdon Series
  • Angels & Demons
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Lost Symbol
  • Inferno
The Selection Series
  • The Selection
  • The Elite
  • The One
  • The Heir
  • The Crown
...and the rest!
  • Billy and Me
  • Christmas with Billy and Me: A Short Story
  • You'e the one that I want
  • Dream a little dream
  • Dream a little Christmas dream
  • The fault in our stars
  • Looking for Alaska  22/08/16
  • The Abundance of Katherines 
  • Dakota Days 
  • War and Peace
  • Great Expectations
  • The Time Machine
  • War of the Worlds
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice zombies
  • Emma
  • If on a winters night a traveler
  • Lolita
  • The Odyssey
  • Anna Karenina 
  • To kill a mocking bird
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Mobydick
  • The catcher in the rye
  • Lord of the flies
  • Crime and Punishment
  • A tale of two cities
  • The count of Monte Cristo
  • A Christmas carol
  • Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Dracula
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey
  • The Diary of a young girl
  • The wind in the willows
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Jane Eyre
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World 
  • One flew over the cuckoos next
  • Persuasion 
  • A Sconner Darkly
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Establishment
  • Catch 22
  • Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
  • The Silmarillion
  • The Alexiad 
  • 1984
  • Animal Farm
  • The forever series 
  • Along came a spider
  • Sphere 
  • The old man and the sea
  • For whom the bell tolls
  • A farewell to arms
  • Slaughterhouse 5
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Train Spotting

What's on your reading list at the moment?
Leave suggestions in the comments!

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