Friday, 22 September 2017

How I Edit My Blog Photography.

One of the most popular questions I'm asked on social media and when people read my blog is how I take and edit my photographs. Whilst my photographs are by no means perfect, they do take a lot of time and effort to take and upload, so I thought I'd share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt over the past two years about editing. I've tried to include some examples of photography that I've taken recently and uploaded to my blog or my Instagram. Hopefully these help give you a better idea of what the original images look like, and how much of a difference editing can make!

These are just some of the ways I like to edit my own photos, and as everyone has different tastes and styles, of course there's no 'one way fits all' with how to edit blog images. 

Find a good editing software.
This is definitely something that I've found to be essential when it comes to blog photography. The kind of editing software you choose is really important because how you edit a photo can reflect the vibe of your overall blog. I like to keep pictures bright and airy, with pops of colour and an overall crisp appearance. Saying that, it doesn't mean that you have to spend a fortune on finding the right editing software. I actually use iPiccy - it's online and it's free. 

Crisp, light & bright.
This is just my personal preference when it comes to blog photography but a good editing software gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to editing. I usually like to turn up the brightness and adjust the colours using the 'curves' feature. I love turning up the clarity and sharpness of an image so any text on products becomes a little clearer. The warmth of an image is something worth playing around with too - I like to turn up the warmth of a photo when the light has turned out too harsh in order to soften an image a little. 

Keep photographs tall.
This is particularly useful for Pinterest, but taking your images vertically really makes a difference. Longer images seem to fit better on screens and they follow the natural scrolling process when reading through a post, which balances out the text and the images. I make sure that the images I take stay as long and tall as possible when I'm cropping them (if I crop them at all), so that they really take up room in the blog post. This might be because I'm a visual person and I always like to see images as well as text on my screen. I made the switch from horizontal to vertical images at the start of the year and I've never looked back. 

Try not to over-edit.
I've definitely fallen into the trap of over editing my blog photography in the past. More recently, I've tried to only take photos when the light is right, so that minimal editing is needed. I always find that over editing leaves images looking harsh and grainy which is the opposite of the look I'm going for. Although editing is an important part of creating a blog post, balancing the colours and brightness are really important to me.

What are your top tips for editing blog photos?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Soft, Autumn Glow.

I love glowy skin all year round but I find that around this time of year, I tend to dial back my makeup and opt for brightening, glow-boosting products to keep my face looking fresh and youthful after being in the sun. I wanted to share some miracle cheek products which work together to give the most luminous, dewy glow for September:

For super natural days, I love using my new Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone. It's a subtle, glossy sheen that works brilliantly on no-makeup days as well as over makeup. I apply some of this onto the high points of my face and blend it in with my fingers (it works best this way). It's subtle and pretty - perfect for the girl who love a little complexion boost, but not too much.

On days when I want to put in a bit more effort, the perfect cheek combination is definitely my Hourglass Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat and the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter in Bubbly. All of the Hourglass blushes give the smoothest application and last so well throughout the day - I honestly want to own them all! Paired with the more champagne toned highlight, the colour just seems to pop in the most beautiful way. Definitely a go-to combination for me this month.

When I first tried Beauty Pie last year, I was incredibly impressed with the Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer for a gorgeous overall glow. This works really well over primer and underneath foundation for a little healthy boost that takes your makeup base to the next level. It's not sticky or greasy looking, and it's probably the most natural-looking product that I've mentioned. A little goes a long way with this one - it still looks like the jar is really full and I've been using it for a while!

What are your favourite products for a soft, autumn glow?

Monday, 11 September 2017

Standout Skincare From Pixi.

I first tried Pixi at the beginning of last year, and I've been obsessed with their skincare ever since. It's much more affordable than a lot of other quality skincare brands, but it still delivers. Earlier this year, I was added to their PR list, so I'm lucky enough to try lots of their products and see which ones I love the most. With so many to choose from, sometimes finding the right products can become a little overwhelming, so I thought I'd share some of my standout favourites in this post:

Of course, I couldn't go through a post about Pixi products without mentioning the Pixi Glow Tonic*! This was the first ever product I tried from the brand back in the day and I loved it after first use. It leaves my skin feeling tingly clean and fresh, boosting my complexion with an overall glow. I usually complete this step between cleanser and serum in my nighttime skincare routine, or between cleanser and moisturiser in my morning routine. 

The Pixi Peel & Polish* is something I've had for a while but I only really 'discovered' it a couple of months back just before the wedding. I decided to try it after looking through my skincare collection for a new facial scrub and this one is definitely 'the one'. It has fine grains and a very creamy texture so it doesn't scratch or strip the skin of natural oils. I love the spa-like scent, and how easy it is to use. After using this, I find my skin is super soft and radiant, perfect for following up with all the other skincare goodies I like to apply. 

When I first tried the Pixi Nourishing Rose Facial Oil*, I was a little unsure. I usually steer clear of products containing rose because I can find the scent a little overpowering and overly floral, but this oil was surprisingly not the case. It has the subtlest hint of rose, and it's such a lightweight, easy-to-use facial oil that really sinks into the skin. I love applying this in the morning and again under my foundation for an extra glow boost when my skin is feeling extra dry. In fact, this product is probably my favourite from the four I'm mentioning.

Pixi also offers a whole line of makeup products which I've been trying out more recently. With summer having just passed, I found myself reaching for the Pixi Lip Lift in Petal Ice* for that glossy summer pout. The extra special touch to this lip gloss is it's peptide infused formula which helps keep lips plump and hydrated - a bit like a fancy moisturiser for you lips. The colour is very sheer so I find I can wear this both with and without makeup. 

Have you tried anything from Pixi? 
If so, what are your favourite products from the brand?
*gifted products

Friday, 8 September 2017

Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist.

This has got to be one of my favourite times of the year because I finally get to choose some new pieces for my Autumn wardrobe! Autumn has always been my favourite season, and I love that now it's possible to layer different pieces together and start wearing cosier knits again because the weather is cooling down. I've had so much fun putting together today's post because it's my seasonal wishlist, with some transitional pieces, and some warmer pieces, to take my wardrobe from September to November. 

I started with some tshirts because it's still relatively warm where I am, and the selection of tshirts available at Topshop* are just too adorable! Motifs and embroidery have been filling up the highstreet stores and I'm totally loving it, and this little striped number is something I've had my eye on for a month. Speaking of Topshop this chunky knit is a total winner, and I know it's going to be my next purchase. The mustard colour is a love/hate sorta thing, but I adore it and I think it would really work with some washed denim pieces.

I'm also all about knee high boots and Whistles is my go-to highstreet favourite for a good pair of them. I bought this velvet pair earlier on in the year, but I recently purchased the same pair in burgundy which I absolutely love. I feel like they're the perfect piece to style with some skinny jeans and a ruffled blouse for a real Spencer Hastings kinda look. 

For accessories, I'm keeping an eye out for a good quality pom pom key ring because mine is falling apart. This one looks like a gorgeous replacement. I'm also in love with the idea of investing in a more luxury bag this season, and although it's only an initial idea (and it will require a lot of saving), the Gucci Marmont Blue Velvet Bag* looks like the perfect one to carry me through the next few years! I've wanted it for a while now, I think it's about time I put together a fund and started saving up for it.

Here are the rest of my wishlist picks:

What's on your Autumn wishlist?
*inspired link

Saturday, 2 September 2017

September Goals.

Can you believe that it's already September?! 
This is the first year of my life that I'm not getting ready to go to school or university this month, so it's definitely a huge change for me. Here are some of the goals I've set myself for the next few weeks:

1. Move to Ottawa.
This is definitely the biggest goal for this month, and probably the most stressful. My entire 2017 has pretty much entirely consisted of me moving from place to place, and I'm hoping that - come the end of September - I won't be moving again for a while. I'm heading to the capital of Canada, though it's definitely smaller in population than a lot of other cities in this country. We're driving across Canada from one side to the other and we have a week to get there before closing - it's going to be a very long drive!

2. Set up in the new house.
The house is gorgeous, not in the midst of all the hustle bustle but not too far away from the action either. I can't wait to share snippets with you on Instagram (you can follow me here) and Twitter (follow here). I don't want to say too much yet but I have big plans for how I'd like to decorate the place when we get there!

3. Get my hands on the Essie Fall 2017 collection.
I have been loving the Essie collections this year, and the fall collection is no different. The colours are really different to usual, with lots of emphasis on purples and blues. I'm particularly smitten with Girly Grunge which looks stunning for some metallic shine throughout Autumn. It's described as 'a soft silvery metallic with a light purple shine' and the swatches look so dreamy!

4. Find some gorgeous homeware.
I'm probably most excited about this goal. With the move, we're having to stick to a pretty strict budget so I'm definitely going to be looking for more affordable smaller pieces to make the house feel homely. It's a lot larger than the house that I'm moving from so I know that there will be a lot of empty spaces to fill. I do have some ideas of how I'm going to do this but it will require a little shopping here and there, plus some DIYs and crafty projects. Let me know if you'd like to see a blog post or two on this!

5. Organise some Autumnal blog posts.
My blog has taken a little bit of a back seat for these past two months because of the wedding and the move to Canada. I do want to start posting more regularly again because I really do miss it! I've got a few days this week where I can really sit down and type up some blog posts, and then I'll shoot as many photographs as I can over the weekend. I have some really exciting ideas for posts over the next little while and I can't wait to get started on creating them.

What are your goals for September?


Thursday, 31 August 2017

August Loves.

I have so many beauty favourites to share with you all this month! There seems to have been an accidental pink theme going on with all my beauty picks for August, but I guess it worked out in the end because everything seems to co-ordinate for the photographs. There's a real mix of everything, from skincare to body care to makeup and nail loves. I've been trialing a lot this month so these picks are the best of the bunch, the real summer stand-outs!

Starting off with skincare, the Magnitone Bare Faced Sonic Cleansing Brush* was featured in this post at the start of August, but I've actually been loving it for several months. It's a more affordable choice for a sonic cleansing facial brush, and it really works at getting my pores feeling incredibly clean so that they can absorb all the lotions and potions that I apply afterwards even better. I highly recommend investing in a sonic face brush if you don't have one already, it's honestly made such a difference in my skincare routine.

Speaking of lotions, I prefer using lightweight whipped moisturisers throughout the warmer months to avoid the greasy, sticky feeling on my face. The Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet has been an absolute treat for this - paired with the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, I have the perfect morning moisturising duo. Both products are very light in texture, and sink into the skin really quickly without any shine or residue. I love the glow boosting factor within the serum, it works beautifully under makeup to enhance a natural sunkissed glow.

At nighttime, I'm always looking for something a little more heavy duty, but not overly so. I placed an order on Glossier about a month ago, and every since the products arrived I've been smitten with all of them. However, my skin nourishing favourite has definitely been the Glossier Original Balm Dotcom which I actually keep in my bag for handy touch ups (say goodbye to chapped lips forever, yayyy). I also love the Glossier Priming Moisturiser for some lighter moisture before bed, but I think I'm going to opt for the rich version next time because I have extremely parched skin and I still need a little extra.

My makeup must have for August has definitely been The Estee Edit Blush in Coy Coral. I honestly think it's one of the most perfect coral shades out there (it's competition being NARS Torrid Blush). The pigmentation is buildable and gorgeous, and you can go as light or as heavy as you want without the product becoming patchy or blotchy over your foundation. The colour itself will work as a perfect transition into Autumn as well - but you'll have to get your hands on it whilst you can because the whole line is going out of stock soon!

Onto more playful colour, the Essie Nailvarnish in S'il Vous Play has been pretty much all I've sported this month (actually, as I'm typing this, I realised I had just replaced it with Essie Chinchilly yesterday, but still). I honestly cannot get enough of how gorgeous the colour and shine is... even my other half is in love with it. The shade itself is a beautiful lavender foil which is incredibly reflective in the light and the wear time is incredible (I think I wore it for a whole week before there was a single chip). Highly recommend.

And last but not least, I purchased the Zoella Beauty Double Creme Body Cream in the sale from Feel Unique last month and I've been slathering it all over myself every night because it smells absolutely divine. If you're a fan of sweet scents, this one would be right up your alley. It absorbs into the skin really well so there's no sticky wait after the shower, but the scent lingers well into the next morning. I'm in love!

What are your August favourites?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Zoella Jelly & Gelato Collection.

I was so excited when I first saw that Zoe was releasing a new collection last month - and when I saw the theme, I was even more eager to get my hands on some of the products! As I'm usually used to speedy Superdrug delivery, the four weeks shipping to Canada was definitely a bit of a nuisance... but they're here now and I can't wait to talk about them more in this post. 

I've stocked my shower up with the Zoella Beauty Gelato Shower Shake and Gelato Shower Sauce as the perfect shower combination for the summertime. I love using the shower sauce for morning showers when it's hot, but I know the shower shake will be perfect when it gets a little cooler in the Autumn and I need something more moisturising for my skin. The scent is strong but not overpowering, but it's definitely very sweet - the jelly fragrance definitely comes through. I do have to follow up with a good moisturiser after the shower sauce because it can be drying, but I do that anyway so I don't mind too much.

The Zoella Beauty Gelat'eau Body Mist was at the top of my list when I first saw the collection because I've always been such a fan of the scents that Zoe has bought out. This one is definitely no different, it's a really gorgeous summery fragrance that lasts long enough to pick you up in the morning. The packaging is adorable and it definitely is compact enough to keep in your bag for a quick refresh throughout the day. I think it's definitely one of my favourites from what I've tried from the range so far. 

Another product that I absolutely love is definitely the Zoella Beauty Body Pudding Body Cream. I'm all about gorgeously scented, hydrating moisturisers and this one is incredibly light which makes it ideal for summer. I hate the feeling of sticky, rich body butters when it's hot and humid already, so this has been my absolute go-to for post shower skin hydration. It's very lightly whipped and melts into skin without leaving any residue - I just wish that it came in a larger tub!

This was my first real venture into Zoella's beauty range and I'm loving this collection so much that I really want to try more! I'd love any recommendations that you might have in the comments.

Have you tried anything from this collection?

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Trying Out The Estee Edit.

I was browsing Sephora last week and when I came over to the Estee Lauder display, I noticed that a lot of the Estee Edit line was mark reduced. Of course, I was incredibly surprised as the entire range received really outstanding reviews on so many blog posts and in lots of YouTube videos when it first launched last year! There were still a few gorgeous pieces left on display and I heard that Sephora will continue to stock the line until late this year, so I thought I would buy a few pieces and review them anyway because they're just so beautiful.

I actually found The Edgiest Kohl Smudgestick in Black Viper in my makeup collection from long ago. I just hadn't had the chance to use it! However, for the purposes of this blog post, I finally cracked it open last week and I've been trying it out for the last few days to see how it wears. Honestly - I love it. It really doesn't move (so you're going to need an oil based makeup remover to take this one off), but it gives the smudgiest, sultriest black liner look that I've probably ever seen. I wish I could find a Sephora that stocked some more shades! 

The blushes are probably the prettiest products in the whole collection, with a super soft, blendable pigment that wears beautifully (and evenly) throughout the day. It's sheer at first but very easily buildable. I chose the shades Purr Pink and Coy Coral, and they're both stunning summer shades that will transition into Autumn with the simple switch of a lip colour. I'm in love! Definitely some of the best blushes I own in my ever expanding blusher drawer.

I also picked up two lipsticks - one from the 'Barest' collection, and one from the 'Mattified' collection. A lot of the lipsticks were out of stock but I found The Barest Lipcolour in Bare Beige which is definitely my kind of every-day lipstick. You don't even need a mirror to apply these, they're subtle and add a hint of shine and colour without being too obvious. I love that this shade is more of a honey-toned nude rather than the usual brown-based lipsticks I reach for more often (see below!). 

Speaking of brown-toned lipsticks, I managed to find my favourite shade from the entire Estee Edit lipstick line in the bottom drawer where no one looks! It's The Mattified Lipstick in On Point, a reddish brown that is wearable but still statement as an everyday lip shade. I love how this looks with winged liner and lots of mascara, and I know this will be a top-shelf favourite throughout September when the leaves start changing colour.

Have you tried anything from the line?
I highly recommend getting some of the collection whilst you can!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Six On-Trend Beauty Staples.

There have been a handful of beauty essentials that I've been reaching for again and again over the past few months, and they've made themselves a very comfortable seat in my beauty routines! I was using them (as usual) yesterday, and it got me thinking of a new post idea - the 'trendy' beauty products that have quickly become staples for me. Here they are...

A sonic cleansing tool.
This has been more of a recent addition to my skincare routine, but I've been using mine so much since I ventured into the world of sonic cleansing! There are lots of options out there, but my favourites are the Magnitone Barefaced Cleansing Brush* for at-home use, and the Foreo Luna Play for travel cleansing. They really help keep my skin stay extra clean and allow the lotions and potions that I apply afterwards to sink in farrrr better than if I use my hands. I've written a more in-depth review of my cleansing routine here.

High quality makeup brushes.
My second essential has definitely been my set of Zoeva eye brushes. They're super on trend because they're rose gold, but when you buy the set, they become really affordable too - especially when you work out cost per brush! I love the different looks that I'm able to create with this set, they're incredibly high quality and I know that they'll last me a really long time. They look absolutely gorgeous too, which is always a nice bonus!

Cream blushers.
When summer rolls around, and it's all lazy days in the sunshine, I like to keep my makeup as light as possible for fear of it sliding off anyway (not wasting any makeup for that, thank you sun). I still want to look put together and I've found that usually, cream products seem to be the best way to go for me. I've been loving the H&M Cream Blushers because not only are the super affordable, they're also well pigmented and very easy to blend into the skin. I hate it when blushers look obvious and are impossible to blend, but I've never really had this problem when it comes to creamier formulas. Definitely a summer staple for me!

Budge-proof eyeliner.
Speaking of heat-proof makeup, a budge-proof eyeliner has always been a must in my makeup bag and recently I've been utterly obsessed with two. One is the Topshop Magic Liner - it's really easy to apply and lasts all day in the heat without smudging. My second favourite is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - hands down the best liner I've ever used in my life. A little more expensive but so totally worth it. I've been through about six tubes.

The brown-toned lip liner.
Again, keeping with the natural tones, I love nude lips in the summer. There's something so je ne sais quoi about a perfectly understated lip and Topshop Beestung does that for me. The formula is creamy, so you can wear it on its own if you want, but it's just the most stunning sixties lip that reminds me of voluminous hair and cat-eyed sunglasses whenever I wear it.

Metallic manicures.
One of my absolute favourites this season. So trendy, and soooo pretty. Essie does it best with their new nail polish in S'il Vous Play. It's the most stunning lavender foil with a stunning metallic finish that catches the sunlight and sparkles all day long. I can't stop staring at my nails when I wear it and that's a good sign for telling you that it's the perfect shade.

What are your beauty staples?


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Three Summer Essie Picks.

I've been all over anything bright and colourful this season, particularly when it comes to purples and pinks with metallic details. Essie has always been a huge favourite nail polish brand for me - I love how affordable but high quality the shades are, and the selection to choose from is endless! In today's post, I thought I'd share the three polishes that I've been reaching for the most this season...

Soft lilacs seem to flatter practically every skintone and Essie has so many different varieties of this shade. My favourite for summer has been Sittin' Pretty, a creamy baby purple with pink undertones. On it's own, it's absolutely beautiful, but it also pairs gorgeously with the two others that I've been loving as well!

To add some metallic into the mix, Essie recently bought out a new summer collection inspired by Paris. The range includes six stunning shades, but my favourite is by far S'il Vous Play - a lavender pink foil with a smooth finish. This lasts beautifully  all week and seems to be so versatile despite being a statement shade. I'm totally obsessed.

Last but by no means least, if you love richer colours, Essie's B'aha Moment is the most stunning pomegranate pink which is the perfect transition from summer to the early days of Autumn. This is the newest addition to my Essie collection, but I know that I'll be wearing it lots near the end of August and beginning of September when the leaves start to change!

What are your favourite polish picks this summer?


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Turning 22.

So if you've read any of my social media posts lately, you'll know about the massive changes in my life. Things have been incredibly hectic lately, and sometimes I find myself wishing for a day to relax and not have a stress in the world. As I type this, I'm sitting in a gorgeous hotel room in Ottawa, whilst my husband finalizes the paperwork for our move to this city in September. 

However, this week I also turn 22. I saw Jodie's post last month after her birthday, and I thought it was such a lovely idea. In the post, she shared 22 lessons that she had learned over the past 22 years and I thought it would be interesting for me to do the same. So much has happened (particularly recently) that makes this such a great chance for reflection, and what better way to do that than share it on here?!

1. Know what makes you happy and do more of whatever that is.
2. Smile a lot. It brightens other people's day as well as your own.
3. It's a good thing to be inquisitive. Have lots of questions.
4. Learning how to be a morning person can really change your perspective on life.
5. Take care of your body.
6. Be aware of your surroundings. There's so much to take in.
7. Take care of your mental health too. This is just as important as your physical self.
8. Being smart is a good thing.
9. Drink  LOTS of water. The more, the better.
10. Exercise isn't that bad once you get used to it. 
11. A good pair of heels can be the best confidence boosters on a bad day.
12. Make time for your loved ones, no matter how busy life gets.
13. Write more. There's nothing better than writing or receiving a handwritten note.
14. Plan important things in advance. Don't leave it until the last minute.
15. Learning to drive is a game changer. It gives you so much freedom.
16. Be open-minded.
17. A good skincare regime is far more important than a good makeup regime.
18. Coffee is the perfect remedy for practically anything.
19. Life isn't a race, so don't treat it like one.
20. Getting a good nights sleep makes such a difference.
21. Be proud of your achievements.
22. Work as hard as you can with everything you set out to do. 

I hope you're all enjoying a lovely start to August!


Thursday, 3 August 2017

My Cleansing Routine.

If you watched some of my Instagram stories last month, you might have seen that I was very kindly sent the Magnitone Barefaced Facial Cleansing Brush* and Magnitone WipeOut Microfibre Cleansing Cloths* to try out and review. I was incredibly excited when they arrived, and so I've been trying them out a lot over the past three weeks to put them to the test and see if they work. Investing in skincare is something that is very close to my heart - I've had a lot of trouble with my skin over the years so I'm always looking for tools and products that work best for me to avoid any more issues. I thought the best way to showcase the products was to share my whole routine, and give you an idea of how I like to use them to keep my skin clean and fresh from day to night.

I've been starting my routine with some cotton pads saturated in the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my eye makeup, followed by warm water and the Magnitone Wipe Out Cleansing Cloths* to remove the rest of my makeup. The cloths don't require any other cleanser, they just need to be damp and moved in circular motions across the face to work their magic! What makes them even better is the fact that they can be washed up to 1000x per cloth, and so they last a really long time. They're excellent for travel too, so I know I'll be taking them with me on any summer holidays.

Once all my makeup is off my face, I squeeze a little of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel onto my fingertips and lightly dot that across my face. Then comes the Magnitone Barefaced Sonic Facial Brush*, which I dampen and slowly move across my face on the first setting until the tool beeps to tell me to switch areas. The timer beeps every twenty seconds so that you can cleanse all areas of your face equally, and there are two settings to choose from. The brush itself comes with a cute little bag and charging cord, and just like the cleansing cloths, it is extremely small and travel friendly! 

After I've finished this step, I follow up with the rest of my skincare routine. Immediately after cleansing, I find that my skin more readily accepts the products I apply afterwards, and all the nourishing ingredients are able to completely absorb. On most nights, I follow up with a toner like The Ordinary Glycolic Toning Solution for a more glow boosting appearance in the morning. If I'm feeling like I need a little extra hydration and care, I love using different facial oils in my routine. Recently, the Pixi Nourishing Face Oil* has been product of choice - it smells incredible and really sinks into the skin with the tiniest drop going a really long way. 

In terms of moisturizer, I've been trying out a sample of the Farmacy Honey Drop Moisturizer and I have to say - I think I need the full size! Like the facial oil, it smells divine and applies smoothly - but the best part is how hydrated my skin feels in the morning. Overall, I'm in love with the facial brush and it's now become a key step in my cleansing routine - it's an investment I think is totally worth it for healthy, glowing skin.  

Have you tried anything from Magnitone London?


*items kindly gifted by Magnitone London

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August Goals.

July has probably been the most manic month for me and I think August is going to be the same! There's a lot going on (and it's my birthday month), so I'm excited to share my goals for the next few weeks:

1. Find a new house.
Some of you might know that I'm moving again this autumn - all the way across Canada to the capital! Ottawa seems like a beautiful place to live and the first part of August is going to be spent searching for the perfect place to move into. When this post is uploaded, I'll be there already on the house hunt so everything is ready for the official move later this year.

2. Try out some new beauty buys.
This one is an exciting one! I've ordered quite a few new bits recently (you might have seen some of them on Instagram) and I definitely want to try them all this month. There's several bits from Zoella's new beauty range, the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, some Glossier picks... so much goodness that I want to try and then review up on the blog for y'all. With Canada mail not being nearly as fast as what I'm used to in the UK, I'm having to wait a little longer for everything to be delivered but when they do arrive, I'll be right on it.

3. Job hunting.
With the move comes a new career, and for me, it means totally launching myself into finding a job that works for me. I graduated last month and I'm now looking for a job in PR (how very blogger of me). I'm hoping that the move to Ottawa will help with this as it's the capital and it should have some firms that have entry level positions into the field. The move isn't until the autumn, but I want to look around and see what is out there so that I'm well prepared for when I am able to apply. 

4. Use the gym.
I've always wanted to be healthier and fitter but, like many, my motivation only lasts so long before crumbling into non-existence. I definitely want to make more of an effort this month in working out more and improving my fitness level. It's quite appalling at the moment, especially after indulging all of July, so I think I'm ready to make a change.

5. Drink more water.
Ever since the lead up to the wedding I feel like I've been neglecting water. I'm so used to drinking it all the time and I actually really miss it! Now that I have my desk set up I can keep a large bottle on the side to remind me to keep drinking it as I work. Actually, let me take a sip now...

What are your goals for August?

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