Hair Changes & A Look Back!

So, last time i did my hair update in January, i looked like this:

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I was trying SO SO hard to grow my hair but when it gets to the point where it’s always on my neck, i cave in. This time was no exception. I felt like my hair was becoming too dry and the ends were splitting and i daren’t use heat on it in case i ruined it more (this is what dying your hair back blonde from dark brunette does to you!).  I ended up having to tie my hair up 5 days a week for work and whats the point in growing your hair if you’re going to not want it down as it annoys you too much?

So, i’ve come to the conclusion that i’m definitely a short haired girl at heart. Plus after stumbling across Essie Button’s video on twitter where she had all her hair chopped off, i was inspired. So, i went for it!

Et Voila!

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Aint the best picture but i love it! I feel so much more like me as i’ve had short hair since i was about 14 and it’s never really grown past my shoulders without me getting it all hacked off.

While i was thinking about my hair, i started to look through some photos i forgot i had of my hair over the past 8 months.

Take a look at these!

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These make me smile!

So now, i’ve vowed to look after my hair a bit more now it’s all healthier and shorter and hopefully if i decide to branch out into the world of long hair again, i’ll have a better chance. I’m still thinking of cutting more off though! EEEEK.

…x

2014: My Year

I was having a look through my Facebook at what has happened to me this year and i realised i forgot a lot of the good things, so what better way to remember them than to have a little look back through them!

These are my highlights!

 January 2014

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I went to the work Christmas party: this was always in January as it was cheaper and when everyone could go (there is about 200 people working in my office) but it was changed this year to December so technically we had 2! My hair was pretty much jet black / very very dark brown and i was trying to grow it which still has not changed.

February 2014 

Open University

I started my Open University degree in Criminology & Psychology! Something i was very much looking forward too and it didn’t disappoint.I finished the module in September 2014 which a 77% pass mark which to say i haven’t studied since college 5/6 years ago was amazing to me! My next module starts in February 2015 and i’m excited to see what it brings!

March 2014

Paris 2014

Me & Owain went to Paris! I decided we should go to Paris for his birthday and it was amazing! The weather was perfect and the people were lovely. We ate crepes and drank coffee outside cafe’s and ordered pastries. Almost saw Marc Jacobs but decided walking across his red carpet after he had vacated was good enough for me. We saw all the sights and eventually found an American diner because we still aren’t great at speaking French!

April 2014

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April was the time for Harry Potter Studio tour in Watford! I did a post on it here if you want to have a look but it was incredible. Seeing all the props from the film, drinking butterbeer and generally just having a great time with the best ones. Also, the train journeys to get there and back were sooo long, but worth it!

May 2014

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May was Sunshine, Sunburn & One Direction. I travelled with a friend and her family to Sunderland to see One Direction and i’m not going to lie, it was great! I also got awfully sunburnt from a day in the park with Owain. More of this sunshine next year please & i promise to wear suncream!

June 2014

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In June, me and Owain watched the World Cup, ate a whole lot of pizza and when we weren’t watching football we binged on new of Orange is the new Black and past seasons of Community!  Summer was SO good!

July 2014

July was when i started blogging. It started out of boredom and then i got used to writing and rambling to anyone who reads. It’s turned out to be quite relaxing and i will definitely be continuing in the future.

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July, me & owain moved into our new flat by the river in Kelham island. such a modern but cosy flat and i love it! It’s perfect in summer to have the balcony door open and let the fresh air in and in winter, looking outside while you’re so warm wrapped up inside feels amazing!

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We also were lucky enough to be able to watch the Tour de France go by and cheer them on! Pictures were so hard to take as you don’t realise just how fast they are actually cycling!

August 2014

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My hair finally went blonde! after months of dying and trying to make sure it didn’t go bright ginger! Plus, i’ve resisted the urge to dye it brown again. I like being my natural colour!

September 2014

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I cut my hair. It felt soooo good. The ends were so dry and damaged and horrible. My hair wasn’t even that long, but taking a centimetre off makes a huge difference for me but it definitely needed it! According to my Facebook i also drank a lot of wine and ate a lot of takeaways. 🙂

October 2014

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I turned 24 and someone posted this picture on my Facebook. Perfectly sums me up 😉 I had a great meal with my friends at Bella Italia & Owains mum also made me some hand knitted mittens for winter which are perfect!

November 2014

Blogging brought me a great opportunity to write and contribute to GlossyFinds, a beauty website. The people there are lovely and have helped me so much! They promoted me to Editorial Assistant and now i help with the day to day running of the website, writing newsletters while still writing the occasional post. I couldn’t have asked for more!

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I bought my first EVER christmas jumper! I have never bought one before and i have no real reason or excuse! But it had bells on it so in my eyes i went all out for this christmas season!

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This was the month i also really went to town on my nail art. Dots, splashes etc, you name it i tried it. mostly failed, but at least i tried.

December 2014

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Had a great christmas meal with the friends, received amazing secret santa gifts, ate far too much food and drank some pretty great cocktails.

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Also, we found the best breakfast and coffee place EVER. Totally need to go again soon. I feel like making it a monthly tradition…

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My mum made me & owain our very own wooden tree for christmas. It’s awesome & i think this will be out every year with little christmas lights on even if we buy ourselves an actual tree!

It’s really nice to look back through things at the end of every year and i’ve remembered things i realise i don’t want to forget – Tour de France, Paris, time with family & friends.

I feel so lucky for this year & i’m looking forward to next year!

…x

Lloyds Pharmacy UK: Online Doctor

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Do you hate having to ring your local GP/Doctor only for there to be no appointments for days? This was the bane of my life especially when all you’re trying to do is ask a doctor to give you your prescription for your contraceptive pill, until i saw an advert (on Facebook believe it or not) about Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor. It isn’t just for women, you can order mens health products too.

I had a little nosy around and figured out how it works:

1) if you know what you have been prescribed before, click this (or if you want to try a new product you click that one)

2) it then takes you too a questionnaire where you fill in information about your general health and allergies and whether or not you’ve used this particular product before.

3) a Doctor then accesses your information and reviews this to ensure this product is the best for you.

4) If they have any further questions they get in touch via email or text to let you know. You then access your patient record on the lloyds website and update any additional information they are asking for.

5) They either confirm or decline your order depending on whether they believe they can prescribe it to you online or whether you do need a consultation with a doctor.

6) You pay and then receive this next day or can collect from your local pharmacy.

This has made my life so much easier and i don’t have to spend ages on the phone trying to book an appointment just to get a prescription. Now, this might not be for you as you do have to pay for them. it’s £14.99 for a 6 month prescription. I know you get it for free if you visit a doctor and a lot of people will prefer this but for me who works full time, i would rather pay this amount and have them delivered than not be able to get an appointment or time off work to go to the doctor purely for a prescription.

In addition, through the information i provided on the questionnaire, they realised i was not on the right pill and that there was another which would suit me better – something no other doctor at my local surgery picked up on even though i told them about the side effects.

Do you think this is a good idea – Yay or Nay?

The Christmas Tag

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So the lovely Dee from Prompts by Dee has tagged me to do this christmas post. I was also tagged by Katie of Plus+ Beauty to do a jolly blogger award so i thought i best not let these lovely girls down! You should definitely check out their blogs as they are amazing & both these girls are darlings!

I’ve decided to take some of the christmas questions from both to make it fair! 😀

-What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Ooo definitely somewhere cold and snowy. Maybe New York. Such wonderful christmas decorations and lights with the added bonus of snow! It wouldn’t be the same somewhere hot! CentreParcs is also a good bet, they have such cute light up deer and it’s a great feeling being away from the cities and crowds! (and work!)

What is your Favourite winter clothing?

Christmas jumper or new cosy pj’s! Christmas and winter isn’t complete without new warm pj’s 🙂

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

This reminds me of one Christmas where my mum and stepdad just said ‘it’s technically christmas’ when it got to about 2am so we opened all the presents! Oops! Normally, if my mums got me some new pj’s we opened these so we could sleep in them! 😀

-What is your favourite Christmas drink or food?

Oh so much good food at Christmas! Cinnamon and raisin bagels always remind me of christmas as it’s what we normally eat for breakfast but nothing can beat a christmas dinner with EVERYTHING on there. and apple sauce with everything because i’m Bev and i’m disgusting! To drink, a cup of hot tea is the must have but a snowball is my alcohol of choice (closely followed by baileys – p.s if you don’t know what a snowball is – google it!)

-Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

always failed at this. failed last year, already failed this year. My mother wrapped presents better than i ever could when she had her arm in a sling because of a broken collar bone. She’s great! One day i hope i can be as good as her!

What is your favourite Winter Makeup look?

Just the usual, good foundation based with lots of mascara and lip balm so my lips don’t look cracked! The cold air sorts my cheeks out with colour and voila! 🙂

What is on your Christmas wish list?

Oooo, not a lot this year, i seem to have everything i want/need. Some lush stuff wouldn’t go a miss. But i’ll be happy with anything! I like buying presents for others really!

So, there you go! A few questions from both posts! Feel free to steal them and answer yourself!

Merry Christmas!

…x

My Exciting News….

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So, recently i jumped at the chance to start writing articles for a beauty and fashion website GlossyFinds.com. It was a great opportunity and i got to write articles based on things like Beyoncé’s new nail wraps she has released or Lauren Conrad’s even shorter bob haircut she recently premiered.

Cue a couple of weeks later and i was asked to be an editorial assistant. I still write posts for them if i need too but now i get to discuss new products with brands to enable us to write about them, I organise the diary for the posts so they can be scheduled properly and last week i made the weekly newsletter which is sent every Sunday.

I feel very honoured that they loved my writing and asked me to join the team but i also love that this means i get to be a part of something which isn’t my current job.

If you want to check the website out, you can find it here! i’m having so much fun & appreciate everything the editor of Glossyfinds has done for me!

…x