Weekly motivation with my planner, to do list and cup of tea

When I first started my blog just over a year ago, I never realised how much work would actually go into it. I started my blog as a hobby but quickly learnt that if I wanted people to read my posts there was a whole host of other stuff I needed to do as well, not just a few lines and a photo, hit publish and leave it.

It’s hard to stay motivated sometimes, we all have those kinda days where we think “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but I actually enjoy what I do and never want it to feel like writing a blog post feels like a chore.

I decided to use the same tips I have for anything else that’s gone on in my life, such as studying or work, and they have always helped me to stay motivated and achieve the best I possibly can.

Set Yourself Goals

Writing a list of achievable goals will help drive you to carry on, break them down into smaller bite sized chunks to make each one more manageable. I gave up writing a big long list of things I wanted to do in a year as I wasn’t getting much done at all, instead I focus more on realistic monthly goals and plan ahead for anything bigger I’d like or need to get done by the end of the year. I write them down in my diary at the start of each month , then I’ll have my daily and weekly to do lists, which I’ll check regularly, to help me stay on top of things and cross each one off when it’s completed.

Staying Organised

I have always used a normal diary to keep myself organised, what ever the occasion or task I’m aiming to do. I tried doing a bullet journal after watching a YouTube video, but it didn’t work for me, maybe it was too structured. So I use a normal A4 page to view diary with the dates already in it, a monthly planner, a blank page at the start of each month and a huge notes section at the back. I still decorate it with stickers, coloured pens and doodles to make it more personal to me. It helps me keep track of what I’m meant to be doing and where I’m supposed to be on what day, it’s basically my life in a book!

Keeping my desk area tidy also helps me stay organised, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Having a clutter free space to work in helps clear my mind and keeps me motivated with whatever task I’m doing.

Take Regular Breaks

I have been know to push myself so much to get something completed that I’ve ended up over tired, grouchy and hungry. Making sure I eat regular meals, getting creative in my scrapbook, painting my nails, coffee with a friend, whatever it takes to have time away from the PC or social media so that I come back feeling as fresh as a daisy. If I’ve been stuck in the office for a few days, I find going out to get some fresh air does me the world of good, it lowers my stress levels and I feel like a new person.

Be Proud Of Yourself

You know that wonderful feeling you have when you’ve achieved something your super happy with, a photo you’ve taken, a piece of work you’ve written, well tell yourself how proud your are. It inspires me to aim for something even better next time. Write it down in a notebook or journal, so you can refer back to it when you’re not feeling so positive. Don’t settle for telling yourself “Yeah, that’ll do” when you’ve created something amazing.

Inspiration Is Right In Front Of  You

Things that inspire me really do keep me motivated. Pinterest is a great one for finding ideas on just about anything. Very often though, inspiration is there right in front of you, in magazines, books, stuff you have on your notice board or wall in your room and even that dusty old scrapbook you forgotten you had, Talking to other people in our lives, at home, work or uni, can really inspire us to get motivated and achieve all those goals we’ve set ourselves. I love sitting outside people watching, it’s a great way to gain inspiration, I’ll jot down any ideas in my notebook because you can guarantee I’ll have forgotten it by the time I get home!

Surrounding ourselves with positive people who really inspire us to do better and achieve more of our goals is a fantastic way to stay motivated, I found out the hard way by having controlling and negative people in my life, so moving away was the best thing I ever did.

How do you stay motivated? Can you give me anymore tips?

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I’d seen Pixi Beauty products pop up almost everywhere and I’d read nothing but positive reviews, so I finally caved in and bought something from their range just to see what all the fuss was about.

The one that caught my eye was the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic as it sounded like it would give a mini at home facial that would reveal perfectly glowing skin by removing dead skin cells. A few days later I was holding the cute little bottle in my hand ready to try it out.

As I wasn’t sure how my skin would react to using the Glow Tonic I purchased the smaller bottle from M&S for £10 and for that you get 100ml, Pixi also do a larger 250ml for £18.

I was expecting it to perform miracles after the first time I used it, but it’s one of those products you need to use for at least a few weeks to see the results you’re after. Toners are designed to use after cleansing to remove any traces of dirt and grime and help clear up any build up on your complexion that maybe hiding your natural glow.

Pixi Glow Tonic is less abrasive and a pleasure to use. I have sensitive skin, but thankfully this beautiful orange liquid didn’t dry my skin out and cause any irritation or redness. Unlike other toners and exfoliants, this one is extremely gentle but still actually works! It is alcohol free and contains Glycolic acid to remove any dead skin cells which can cause your skin to look dull.

After I have cleansed my skin, both morning and night, I pop a small amount of Glow Tonic onto a cotton pad and gently wipe it all over my face to remove any product that’s left behind. At first I thought it would sting and I’d end up giving it to my friend (like I usually do with products that don’t suit me) but she’s not getting her hands on this little beauty!! It is so gentle that it almost feels as though I’ve used water on my face and not a toner, it’s incredible and smells absolutely divine.

The first few times I used it, my skin felt instantly clean and refreshed, but I have been using it for about three weeks now, in the evening before my serum and night cream, and every other morning after I have used my cleanser. My skin is looking radiant and feeling super soft, making it perfect to apply my makeup. On the days I’ve gone bare faced, I’ve noticed a real healthy glow to my complexion. The Pixi Glow tonic contains Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, so it’s helped clear up a few blemishes that I’d originally got before I’d started using this toner.

Pixi Glow Tonic definitely deserves all the hype it’s been getting, if you’re after something that not only leaves your skin looking brighter but feeling incredibly soft, then this is the one you need.

Yes, it’s a little more expensive than I’d usually spend but honestly, it’s well worth every penny and this little bottle is going to last me for ages. I know for sure, I shall be investing in the 250ml next time and possibly something else from the PIXI range.

Have you tried any of the Pixi Beauty Products?

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I fell out of love with Instagram for a while after some of their annoying updates, but it can be a wonderful source of inspiration for beauty, travel, fashion, photography, almost anything.

My own account has probably moved more towards beauty, I’d like to add in some colourful lifestyle photos, something I haven’t quite got the hang of yet!

There are many fabulous Instagram accounts I love to see pop up in my feed every day, I often miss so many beautiful photos because of Instagram’s algorithm thing that’s still frustrating the hell out of everyone. As much as I would love to feature nearly everyone I follow, I had to narrow it down to just a five for this post. I’m a huge fan of these fantastic bloggers, I absolutely love their use of photography and they never fail to lift my mood whenever I see them.

Jemma from @dorkfaceblog

Jemma has one of the most colourful, adorable Instagram accounts, I’m totally obsessed with scrolling through her beautiful, vibrant photos, full of gorgeous new makeup, stunning selfies and amazing artwork she’s created. No matter what she posts, her photography is simply fabulous. Her feed always leaves me feeling happy and inspired, how could I not want to stalk Jemma’s Instagram every minute, of every day?

Holly from @closingwinter

Holly has a wonderful mix of colourful lifestyle and beauty photos, her feed always looks absolutely stunning. Gorgeous selfies with bright new makeup looks, fab events she’s been to, snippets of her daily life, amazing beauty products to try and of course her adorable cat, Bear. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Holly’s instagram.

Bex from @bubblybex3

I simply adore Bex’s bright, colourful Instagram, she always looks stunning in photos wearing some of the most incredible makeup looks I’ve ever seen and features gorgeous beauty products she’s added to her huge collection. It’s always a rainbow of delight whenever I pop on to Bex’s feed to see what she’s been up to!!

Saira @throughtheglitterglass

Saira’s beautiful white themed flatlays always give me Instagram envy (in a nice way!) and her feed is simply stunning. She features delicious food, gorgeous beauty products and cute outfit of the day photos. I have scrolled through Saira’s dreamy Instagram everyday and added so many items to my ever growing wishlist after seeing them in one of Saira’s beautiful photos!

Katie @xkatiemiddleton

Katie’s photography skills are just fantastic and her feed is just Instagram goals! This is one makeup lovers dream, I absolutely love her bright photos with a beautiful pink theme, and I’m left lusting after every single product she posts. I can’t help but stalk Katie’s Instagram every day!

 

Honestly, all five of these beautiful girls are the loveliest Instagrammers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Why not head over to their feeds and check them out, I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.

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Don’t know about you, but I’m actually glad February is over, so many ups and downs I couldn’t keep track of what day it was, let alone the month. Let’s just say I haven’t been my usual cheery self, hopefully that’s done with now and I can move on to better things.

I have been getting excited over some fab new products I’ve been using, well new to me anyway, I’d had a huge clear out of makeup that was so old I can’t even remember when I last used it, so that made room for some sparkly new purchases!

Here’s what I’ve been loving throughout February.

Makeup Revolution Pro Base Blur Primer

I’m always on the hunt for a wonder primer and anything that mentions “Blur” then I know I’m off to a great start. I am obsessed with Makeup Revolution products anyway, I saw this on the bottom shelf on their stand and at only £6 I thought it’s not too much to spend out on. I’ve never been that impressed with low end primers before, but this one is incredible! It’s a thick clear gel that has a silicone feel, you only need one pump as little really does go a long way. It’s lightweight, blends in easily using my finger tips and smooths into my skin so well making it feel super soft. My foundation went on like an absolute dream and this primer helped make it last much longer throughout the day.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro

I’ve never gotten on with contour palettes before, I tend to just use a bronzer most of the time. I’d seen this one on so many other blogs and heard it was absolutely amazing, so I decided I needed it in my life! As with my other MUR palette, it is highly pigmented so I start off with a little product on my brush and build the colour up if I need to, it blends in beautifully. There’s a great mix of shades, in both shimmer and matte, for a day or night time look. I’ve been reaching for this palette every day to contour my face using the two warmer shades and the yellow or peachy shade to set my concealer. At £8 it’s also an absolute bargain, considering the NYX Highlight and Contour paltette is £18!

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder

I’ve needed to pick up a new pressed powder for a while now, so I decided to give this one a try. I’ve tried a few Sleek products before so I had high hopes for this one, I wasn’t disappointed! It’s just gorgeous, a really soft, lightweight powder that comes in 4 different shades. I use my brush to apply a fine dusting over my foundation to set it in place and it leaves me with a fresh, dewy glow. It’s a pressed powder and highlighter in one, with light to medium coverage so it doesn’t look all cakey. It’s absolutely perfect for all day, but I have been popping it in my bag as it’s such a cute little size to carry round with me.

After months of wearing dark polish on my nails, I wanted something a fresher for Spring. I’ve been really loving Itsy Nails Gel Effect Nail colour in shade City Girl, it’s a lilac/grey shade, which is absolutely gorgeous. It is just incredible, the shapes of the brush makes it apply so easily in just 2 sweeps, my nails looked super glossy. I am so impressed that this polish lasted 8 days, I think it would have lasted a lot longer but I decided to change the colour on my nails!

The other polish I’ve been obsessed with this month is Ciate Paint Pots in shade Iced Frappe. You can’t go wrong with a nude nail colour and this one is more of a beige coffee tone, rather than a pinky nude. I absolutely adore wearing this shade, it goes with almost everything and looks pretty chic too. It applies beautifully and lasts pretty well too.

Smith and Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in shade Now Kith

I knew I was going to love this lip gloss the minute I saw it and it’s been my go to lip product for most of this month, whenever I’ve not felt like applying much makeup or I’ve used darker shades on my eyes. It’s the most gorgeous, glossy nude shade in an incredibly moisturising formula. I love how easily it glides onto my lips and makes them a slightly fuller and more plump. It doesn’t feel really tacky after I’ve put it on, which I’ve come across with some other lip glosses, it lasts pretty well on my lips but the sponge applicator does make it simple to do any touch ups though the day. I love everything about this, the colour, the texture and the packaging!

Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower

Don’t you just love it when you find a product that not only smells devine but also doesn’t cost the earth? What can I say about Original Source shower creams that has’t been said already! This Vanilla and Raspberry one just smells incredible and good enough to eat, it reminds me of ice cream and summer days, after months of using comforting winter fragrances, this is just the pick me up I need first thing every morning. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, great for if you suffer from dry skin. At only £2.29 for 250mls, I think that’s money well spent!

What products have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of my February Favourites? I’d love to know.

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Polaroid style photos from Printiki for a DIY grid hanging photo frame

I’ve enjoyed taking photos for years, anything from places I visited to something that’s put a smile on my face. Having them stored on my mobile is all very nice but I do love having photos printed so I can keep in photo albums or memory boxes, or out on show in cute little frames to remind me of all the wonderful people in my life.

More recently I’ve noticed that I seemed to be thinking more about images for my blog or social media rather than as a personal memory, so I’ve decided to make a real effort to take more photos just for me to enjoy, a moment in my life that has bought me some joy, or to share with friends and family for fun and special occasions.

I’ve been lucky enough to try out Printiki which is an online printing service where you can have beautiful photos delivered straight to your door. I ordered 30 prints* in the square style that has a space at the bottom of each one so you can write your own fun caption. I love the retro polaroid style of these photos, aren’t they just adorable, you can choose from a number of different sizes for your prints. Printiki also offer a range of super cute products such as photo books and posters, and if you’re in need of any more inspiration head over to their Instagram where you’ll find loads of ideas.

The order process was really simple, I uploaded direct from my pc, you can also order straight from your mobile, tablet, Instagram or Facebook. It’s that easy!

Instead of having my gorgeous new prints hidden away in a dusty old box I thought it would be great fun to have a go at making a DIY Mesh Hanging Frame for my office, you may have seen them on Pinterest or YouTube, although you can buy them already made in some homeware stores.

I already had some old garden wire mesh trellis which I gave a good clean, you can pick this up quite cheaply in most hardware stores. Then I got some spray paint in a copper colour, you can choose any shade you like, I went for this one as it matches other things in my room. It is best to do this outside so I waited for a dry day, and making sure I’d laid down loads of newspaper, I sprayed the garden mesh frame with the copper paint. then left the frame to dry over night.

So I was able to hang the frame from the wall I simply took a gold chain strap from an old handbag and attached it to the frame using the links at either end. I’ve used these sweet mini wooden pegs to clip each photo in place.

I’m so happy with how my DIY frame turned out and the photos look absolutely beautiful, a real reminder of special memories I have made over the last few years.

You could also use these photos to decorate pages in your scrapbook, and there are dozens of other DIY projects you could do if you fancy being creative, such as a photo collage on your wall, or something more personal such as a birthday surprise for someone you know.

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