How to kick off your new year right

New Year is perfect time to make big or small changes in your life. Whever this years resolution was to be more organised or finally taking the time to do something you’ve kept putting off. Whatever your reason, this time of years perfect to do something for your self to make life a little bit easier and make some simple changes.

Have a Clear Out – Look inside your wardrobe and throw out any clothes that don’t fit you any more or you haven’t worn in a long time. This can be hard, ‘but what if I will want to wear it again?’, if you haven’t worn something in the past year then question if you really need it. With the clothes you don’t want you can either sell them online or help someone else by donating them to charity.dsc_0380

Start up a journal – This can be any type of journal you wish – a dream journal, a bullet journal, a diary. To organise all my school work and other events, I’m going to be using my Bando ‘ I am very busy’ planner.  Which includes a monthly and weekly view, also lots of other cute things like, art work and stickers. However, I will be start up again my ‘one thought a day journal’, which I write down one thing about the previous day. I’ve this a great way to record memories and dreams without have to write paragraphs of text, like a diary.dsc_0788

Reorganise your desk/workspace – If you don’t have a desk or a quite place to work without being disturbed, I recommend you get one. You to have to spend lots of money on a desk a table anywhere will do. From the top, clear of any clutter, keeping only necessary supplies. Update any files and sort out any paper into it’s place. If you want to make a real effort I suggest wiping it down to remove any marks from the previous year and start a fresh.dsc_0392

Save your money – At the moment I’m saving up for a new phone and needed a place to keep all my savings. Even if you don’t have a particular something you’re saving up for, everyone could benefit from having some money ‘ for a rainy day’. dsc_0777

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This Year …

I don’t know if any of you will remember this, but this time last year I did a post ( Find that post here)about my resolutions for this year, 2016, and thought I’d start this post by talking about how well I’ve  stuck to them.dsc_0689

More Confident – I think I’m slowly becoming more confident in places like school, but no massive change here, and it will take much more time to get over. Room Makeover – I’ve definitely sorted this and I’m now really happy with my space, with the addition of my new desk and drawers. There’s the odd thing that could be changed but as a whole I’m really happy with it now.

Something I’m going to try and do this year is develop and grow my blog, as it’s one of my favourite things to do and want to make it as good as it can be. So I’ve created some goals and resolutions to help me do this :

Followers Goal : I’m definitely not do this for the followers, however I would like to build up a small following who this all seem worth while.

  • My Blog – 100 followers
  • Bloglovin  – 250 followers
  • Twitter – 100 followers
  • Instagram – 700 followers

Post more consistently – at the moment I post when ever I can find the time, which can be any time. This year I will try and post every Sunday, with occasional extra posts in the week.dsc_0691

Collabs – This year I’ve collaborated with some amazing and generous brands and bloggers and want to do even more in the new year. I really enjoy writing with other writers with different styles. If you would like to colab check out my contact page at the top.

New and Exciting – As well as providing you with some of the classic blog posts, I want to add some more variety and unique posts to keep people interested.

 

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what I Love About Christmas Time and Surprise

In this post I’m going to be revealing, probably  an obvious, surprise, so stay till the end for that. Sorry if the photography for this post doesn’t look very Christmassy , most decorations come out of the fist of December. Anyway, Christmas is my favourite time of year, along with Autumn, so it’s only natural I want to share with you why I love it so much!dsc_0152

Christmas Lights – Every year, in the car me and my sister enjoying counting the number of Christmas lights we see on car journeys. Just to see a different display and beat the previous amount, we always end up taking a different way home.  As we see more have gone up, we know it’s getting closer to Christmas. Besides that, they’re just really pretty and magical to look at, and it gives us something fun to do in the car.dsc_0461

Christmas Tree – I love everything about having a Christmas tree: choosing it, decorating it and the smell. In our family we buy a real Christmas tree yearly and make an event out of buy it, which ends up taking us around half an hour! When we decorate our tree we don’t really have a colour theme, as we have lots of ornaments and fairy lights to put on it, so it looks a bit packed; but we like it that way! I love having a traditional real tree because whenever you walk in the room you can smell pine and woodlands. Once the trees gone the room always feels bare and boring!

Christmas music and films – I often find myself watching and listening these from the middle of November, which I personally think isn’t too early! 90% of the time my computers playing Michael Buble’s  Christmas album and a 4hr long video of a fireplace, playing behind me. For films I have a whole list, and have already watched Elf, Nativity 2, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Santa Paws. At this time of year, I love to snuggle up under a blanket, watching a film, whilst writing my Christmas list or a blog post.dsc_0464

Cinnamon– This my favourite smell during Autumn and winter, as it just screams this time of year. All the candles in my room smell of cinnamon or mixed spice at this time of year. I don’t know why, but I love it sooo much!

The count down – I love the count down to Christmas it’s just gets more and more exciting as you get closer to the day. This is helped by advent calendars giving you a little treat leading up to the day. Personally, I prefer the 24 days leading up to the days than the actual day, as its always over really quickly.

Surprise

For the second year running I’m going to be doing Blogmas !! As it was quite time consuming last year and I’m getting a lot more homework now, I will be doing it every few days. I’m so excited, most of the posts were drafted over the last few weeks. So look out for a second series of Blogmas 2016.

 

 

 

Top Tips to help you catch those ZZZZZZs

Sorry I haven’t posted on Instagram in ages now, I’ve broken my phone. At the moment I’m still trying to find a way around this to post, so for another new weeks I probably won’t be active.
Sleep is very important, more important than you may think. Getting enough sleep can lead to better health, improvement of mood and better skin. Yet knowing all this we still struggle to find enough time to fit it in our busy lives. This post has got 2 subcategories which I’ve split it into: mental and products, just to make it easier.

Mental: This is by far the hardest of all my tips, try to turn off electronics at least 20 minutes before bed, giving you a chance to clear your mind. Definitely, if you can’t sleep, checking your phone is the worst thing you can do.  Instead try reading a book or filling out a journal, both things that I do; also create a night routine and consistently stick to it. Saying that some apps, Sleep Time, are great to track your sleep statistics and set your alarm at the perfect time for you.

Products: I’ve purchased a lot of products which claim to help you get a better night’s sleep. This method isn’t actually scientifically proven, whether it’s physiological or not, I still feel like it works for me. On nights where it’s hard for me to sleep I spray my lavender spray on my pillow and apply the balm to my pressure points. This method may not work for you, but I recon it’s worth giving it a try.

Autumn Tag 2016

I’ve seen loads of bloggers doing this, and thought it look fun. It’s the perfect chance to tell you more about my favourite season: Autumn. I tag anyone who wants to do it,  I wasn’t tagged directly to do this post.

Favourite Thing?

There’s so much to love: the clothing, the colours, the temperature; but for me I think it’s the photo opportunities. During this time of year I feel really inspired to take photos and blog about what’s going on, so expect a lot more from me. It doesn’t help knowing Christmas is just around the corner, eeek!!!

Desired hot drink

The clique thing to say here is a PSL, Pumpkin spiced latte, but I’m going to tell the truth is that I’ve never tried one. Instead, I much prefer a hot chocolate any day.  They’re just so good, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, mmmm!

Seasonal scent/candle

My favourite scent by far, is mixed spice and cinnamon, which to me screams autumn. With that in mind, I love the cinnamon stick Yankee Candle and Christmas memories Yankee Candle, they’re just warm and comforting smells.

Favourite Lipstick

Does it count that I have 2 completely different shades: a deeper plump colour and a brighter scarlet colour. The first ones, Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lasting Finish, this is such a gorgeous shade that doesn’t wash you out. I’ve found myself wearing it loads. My other choice is Seventeen’s Mega Matte Lipsticks, in the shade Lava A lot, it so different to the shades I’d normally wear. Find links to my reviews on those products, here and here.

Eye look and colour

At this time of year I love a burgundy matte lid with a shimmery crease. Using my favourite pallete of all time, Seventeen’s Easy On The Eye, I take the colour 9 Bronzed Buff all over my lid. Then blend 8 Baked Chestnut into the outer V and put some shimmer, 1 Gentle Pink, into the crease.

Go to outfit

My most recent purchase was a bomber jacket. As you might of guessed, I love wearing it over a black pinafore and Superstars. It’s so comfy and is really versatile.

Autumn Activity
As I mentioned before, going for walks out and taking my camera, it’s just one of my favourite things to do. As I mentioned before Autumn is in my opinion the most photogenic season. Even though, I’ve been finding it hard to make time for this recently.

Bullet journal run down #1

It’s now been a month since I’ve started my bullet journal and I’d love to share with you, how I’ve been getting on. As I’ve only been doing this a month it will look quite messy, I’m still trying to find my niche and what works for me.

What is it and why would you choose to use it?
If the dairy and to-do list had a baby, this would be the beautiful result. Compared to a diary it is much more free and personal, making you feel no pressure if you miss out a few days. What I love about it is you can make it can be whatever you want,there’s no rules. 

Daily Spread

What I use?
For bullet journaling, I recommend use a plain or dotted notebook, as lines or squares will make it hard to read and confusing, you can find these in any stationary store. However, it should be of fairly good quality as you don’t want the ink to transfer or it to break, as you’ll be using it everyday. To colour-code in my journal, I like to use the Ink Joy pens, from Papermate, as they’re really vibrant and colourful. One thing I don’t think’s a good idea is using Sharpies as they transfer really bad on most paper, the only time I use them is on stickers.

My favorite spreads
Other than the basic monthly, fortnightly, and daily spreads I like to mix it up a bit. One of my favorite spreads to help me keep track of the things I should be doing daily, is the habit tracker.This clearly shows, in a bar chart, how I’m getting on with daily tasks, the aim is to get a full line of colour. Another spread I like to use is my blog post planner and socials stats to keep up with my posting on here and my growth over the past month.

weekly spread and checklist

I plan on doing another one of these soon in greater detail so look out for that one.

Liebster Award

I got nominated by Becky at the lovely The Beauty Blur for The Liebster Award. She has asked me 11 questions which I have to answer, then pose 11 different ones to my favourite bloggers. I know I said I’d post pictures from my holiday but I’m putting a lot of effort into that post to make it the best, so bare with me on that one. Here are the 11 questions I was asked:

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1. Tea or Coffee?

At my age I’m not really a massive tea or coffee fan, but I find coffee repulsive. Every so often I treat myself to a cup of tea, but I’d rather have hot chocolate any day!

2. If you could only buy one beauty product for the rest of your life what would it be?

For me it’s a choice of 2: mascara, I love the look of mascara it just makes me look so much more awake; the same with concealer, I feel really embarrassed of my dark circles so it helps with them.

3. Whats your best blogging tip?

Probably, just to stick with it. It doesn’t matter if I your first few months your only have 10 followers, more will come with time, hard work, and dedication.

4. How did you come up with your blog’s name/title?

I know my name isn’t very creative, all it is is my first name and second name: basic I know!

5. What is your favourite quote?

“Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”
or
“Live, Love, Laugh”

6. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Probably pizza as I basically live of it at the moment any way, and you can change the toppings lots, if that’s aloud.

7. Do you prefer Winter or Summer?

By far summer, not only is my birthday in the summer, I just love those rare British summer heat waves. Being British they really are rare.

8. What social media site do you use the most?

To chat to friends I definitely use Snapchat the most, I mean you can send pictures of yourself with dog filters, what’s not to love?

9. What is your favourite drug store and high end product?

Drugstore product : NYX matte lip creams
High end: I don’t actually own any but I love my mum’s Benefit Hoola Bronzer

10. What is your skin care routine?

I’ve planned to do a blog post on this so a won’t go into much detail.

11. Favourite TV series?

I love survival series, like Bear Gryll’s the island, I just find them really exciting and fun.

I nominate:

The rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you; Answer the given 11 questions (down below); Leave another 11 questions for 5-11 blogs that you will nominate yourself (all under 200 followers)

My Questions for them:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Favourite cosmetics brand?
3. Favourite nail polish colour?
4. Liquid eyeliner or pencil?
5. Favourite pallet?
6. What age did you start wearing makeup?
7. Mascara or fake eyelashes?
8. Celebrity crush?
9. One tip for bloggers who are thinking about creating a blog?
9. Favourite movie?
10. Hot or cold?
11. One must have product?

Spring time

It’s getting warmer outside and the day are getting longer. The cold winter days are over, meaning the sun is finally out. Spring is one of my favourite months because of this.

Sunshine

The suns finally out, meaning I a lot more fresh air as I’m outside so much. Taking indoor pictures becomes much easier too. When you wake up and come home from school it’s bright, which always gives me a positive feeling.

Flowers

The sun means buds begin blossom into beautiful flowers. Daffodils are one of my favourite types of flowers at this time of year.This maybe because my mum always puts a vase of our kitchen table. My room starts to become more colourful and fresh at this point in the year.

Easter

For me, as I’m not very religious, its time for food. My family goes to an Easter palm service but that’s our only religious element. The rest of the time is spent on giving, receiving and mainly eating chocolate. At Easter my nan bakes hot cross buns and we all have an Easter egg hunt.

My first blog!!!

welcome to my blog, I am Isabelle, a 12 year old British girl. I am new to blogging and still getting used to the format. I will be doing reviews on beauty products products. So enjoy, comments of improving are welcome. Follow me on Instagram at: xisabelle.amyx. Hopefully, I will posting once a week on Fridays but they may get more recent as I get more popular.