New Years Resolutionsย 2018

New Years Resolutionsย 2018

Blog/Social Media:

  1. 1000 blog followers
  2. Write 2 blog posts every week from the 8th of January
  3. 10,000 total blog views
  4. 1,500 twitter followers
  5. 750 instagram followers
  6. Upload a make-up video to Youtube
  7. Work with a brand

Personal:

  1. Perfect at least 5 recipes
  2. Complete my 101 things to do in 1001 days
  3. Travel Somewhere
  4. Find a workout I genuinely enjoy
  5. See Les Mis
  6. Save up some money
  7. Drink more water
  8. Have a pamper evening once a week
  9. Buy an RVC hoodie
  10. Reach 200 completed things from my Bucket List ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. 2018 GoodReads Challenge- Read 50 books

Let me know in the comments what your new years resolutions are ๐Ÿ™‚

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December Favourites 2017ย :)

December Favourites 2017ย :)

Tv shows:

Dynasty: When I heard that Elizabeth Gillies was going to star in a new Tv Show I was so excited as I loved her in Victorious! I watched the first episode and I never wanted it to stop- I binge watched the first 3 episodes which were all amazing and I love Elizabeth Gillie’s character Fallon ๐Ÿ™‚

The Crown Season 2: My mum and I watched Season 1 of the Crown over summer and are big fans of historical dramas such as Downtown Abbey and Victoria so when we found out they were doing a season 2 we were very excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Season 2 focuses more on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Philip whilst Philip goes away for a few months on official business.

Stranger Things Season 2: Stranger things Season 1 was one of my favourite shows so I think I speak for lots of people when I say that I was estatic that they decided to do a Season 2! I loved the new characters and I have to say…I think I actually preferred Season 2 to Season 1!

Books:

The Unexpected Everything: I read this book whilst I was in Copenhagen and I loved it! The story follows Andie after a scandel rocks her family she must learn to accept the unexpected and go with the flow as her life is going to change dramatically.

Randoms:

Dot creates ultimate blog planner: Throughout the month of December I have been uploading a blog post a day which involves a lot of planning, to help with the planning I used the Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner which was so useful! It has sections for sponsered posts and you can write a draft, tick off when you have taken the photos, added the links and published ur blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Simply Complicated- The Demi Lovato Documentary: I have been a fan of Demi Lovato ever since Camp Rock and have so much respect for the journey she has been on so it was so nice to see how far she has come in her recovery and the process of her making her new music ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you loved during the month of December ๐Ÿ™‚

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What I got for Christmas/Christmas recap 2017ย 

What I got for Christmas/Christmas recap 2017ย 

*DISCLAIMER* I am not in any way trying to brag or show off I just love reading these types of posts and watching these kinds of videos so I thought I might try and do one myself โคย  I decided to combine the What I got for Christmas alongside a Christmas recap/what I got up to during December as I thought it might be a fun way to do it as it is the best of two worlds of not being too present based but also for the people who are like me and like to see what other people got for Christmas it includes an element of that as well ๐Ÿ™‚ *DISCLAIMER*

The first big Christmassy thing I did during the month of December was go to BeautyCon London which was absolutely AMAZING, it’s an event that happens every year where brands, influencers and celebrities get together to celebrate their love of Make-up ๐Ÿ™‚ I absolutely love Make-up as some of you may know so this was absolute Heaven for me โ˜บ๏ธ I went with my best friend Hannah and we had so much fun! She actually wrote a blog post about it which I will link here:ย https://justhannahhere.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/beautycon-london-2017/

My first christmas dinner was with my flatmates up in London on the 11th of December ๐Ÿ™‚ We decided to do a proper roast dinner for mains, I made chocolate brownie for dessert and Chiara made bruschetta and aubergine parmigiana for starters ๐Ÿ™‚ The food was absolutely delicious and we were so stuffed by the end of the meal!! It was lovely helping to prepare all of the food, go food shopping together and dance around the kitchen listening to Christmas songs ๐Ÿ™‚

There are four of us in the flat so we decided to do a Secret Santa ๐Ÿ™‚ The person who picked me for secret santa was my flatmate Poon who I actually only met at the start of this year but we get on really well and I feel like she got my present spot on ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been talking about the spectrum brushes for a while because they are gorgeous and was very close to buying a set when I went to the birchbox shop but now I have one of the brushes and you can never go wrong with fluffy socks!!

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My second Christmas get together was with my two really good friends from university Ria and Ellie ๐Ÿ™‚ We arranged to have a sleepover at Ellie’s house on the 17th of December when all of us had submitted our assessments for the term ๐Ÿ™‚ This time I had a slightly less traditional Christmas dinner which was a curry but it was also very very delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ After the food we watched love actually, played heads up which had us all laughing hysterically and chatted for ages ๐Ÿ™‚ The next morning we didn’t wake up till quite late as we were all shattered and then it was time to leave ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


As some of you may know I am a massive Disney Nerd and love the songs from Disney movies so my friend Ria got me a cd of the Disney songs which also included a bonus cd of Christmas songs ๐Ÿ™‚ Earlier in the year we had had an assignment where we had to write about an animal from London Aquarium so I picked turtles because they are one of my favourite animals so my friend Ellie got me a gorgeous bracelet with a turtle on it which I am currently wearing as I write this post ๐Ÿ™‚


After the Christmas sleepover with Ellie and Ria it was time to come home for Christmas so that meant that I could put up my Christmas tree, see the family decorations and see my dog in her Christmas jumper!!!

My next two Christmas get togethers were with my two best friends from High School Hannah and Anna which involved us all going to Winter Wonderland and then all of us getting together for Pizza and movies which we do every year and have termed Friendmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually blogged both of these events which can be found here:

Winter Wonderland:https://gracethoroughgoodbeauty.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/winter-wonderland-2017/

Friendmas:ย https://gracethoroughgoodbeauty.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/friendmas/

After friendmas the next Christmassy thing was Christmas Eve!!! For anyone who read my Christmas Eve traditions blog you will know that on Christmas Eve my family has a tradition of having a Chinese Take-away in the evening, opening ยฃ5 presents which usually include some sort of game and watching a Christmas movie ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t take any photos or blog this as I wanted to be in the moment and enjoy it but I did take some photos on Christmas day! This year my brother had to work on Christmas day so we got up at 5am to open our presents and have a cooked breakfast before my brother went to work ๐Ÿ™‚ My brother went to work at around 7am so then the rest of my family went back to bed but I struggled to go back to sleep so stayed awake and watched How The Grinch Stole Christmas which is one of my favourite Christmas films ๐Ÿ™‚ When everyone else had woken up we had some nibbles, played games and then headed to my Nan’s house for a big Christmas dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

I was very spoilt this Christmas and received a Michael Kors bag!! I have wanted a Michael Kors bag as I have inherited my mum’s love of bags ๐Ÿ™‚ A few months ago my parents went to Bichester Village which is an outlet in Birmingham and took me with them as they wanted me to pick out a bag I would like ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a lover of purple so ofc I picked a purple/burgandy style bag ๐Ÿ™‚ I was very lucky and received the Zoella Treasure me set which has most of her Snowella collection and a Lush gift box as I am a big fan of Lush! The candle, Dodie book, Smashbox set and Morphe palette were all surprises which I was not expecting and I am beyond grateful โค โค โค โค

On Boxing day my Mum’s brother and his family came round for another Christmas dinner which was so nice and then the Christmas period was over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I have had such an amazing December which included completing blogmas- I enjoyed blogmas so much I decided to daily blog until the end of December which you might have noticed. I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me through this month and has read my blog posts and commented and liked I hope you have enjoyed reading the posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them and I hope you also enjoy the next two posts which are going up โค Who knows I might be doing blogmas again next year ๐Ÿ˜›

Let me know in the comments what you got up to during the festive period โค

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Top 15 moments from 2017 :)

Top 15 moments from 2017 :)

1. Getting splashed by the waves in Barcelona ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Walking around tivoli gardens in Copenhagen

3. Sitting in a castle in Durham with my two best friends

4. Eating my way round the most Instagrammable dessert places in London and discovering Naked Dough where they sell cookie dough like ice cream!

5. Floating on a unicorn floatie in Mexico

6. Meeting ATC + Meeting lots of people at SITC

7. Flying in a helicopter in NY

8. Showing my friend of 10 years my favourite spots around Brighton

9. Discovering Oxford

10. Reaching 100 blog followers

11. Cry laughing whilst walking round London Aquarium with a new friend and currymas ๐Ÿ™‚

12. Moving to a flat in London where I am going to live for this year ๐Ÿ™‚

13. Feeling like I was a part of a Disney Movie on my birthday

14. Meeting up with a friend I lived with in first year for nights out and food ๐Ÿ™‚

15. Colour run

Although these are the big moments that have made up my 2017 there have been many more small moments which have made just as much impact such as friends making me laugh during lectures, seeing my dog in a Christmas jumper, exploring the British library with someone who I started talking to because we both love to read and we’re still friends 10 years later, sitting in the hallway in my flat till 3am chatting to my flatmates and random singalongs whilst cooking dinner, many many times where I have lost my voice from singing too loudly at concerts but it was so worth it, getting my nails done with my mum, watching YouTube videos with my best friend to take a break from revising and maintain our sanity and too many more to mention ๐Ÿ™‚ To everyone reading this thank you for making my 2017 so special and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings ๐Ÿ’•

Friendmasย 2017 :)

Friendmasย 2017 :)

Every year for the past 3 years Hannah, Anna (my two best friends) and I have gotten together for a day of festive fun including a christmas dinner of sorts and usually watching a movie and dancing around to music ๐Ÿ™‚

This year was no different and on the 22nd of December we got together to celebrate a tradition which has now been termed Friendmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I set up the christmas table ready for a non-traditional christmas lunch of Pizza, garlic bread, doughballs and then cookies for dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

After food we then moved into the living room and bingewatched Alisha Marie’s 2016 vlogmas which was such a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally love Alisha because she always has such creative Vlogmas intros and I love her positivity which is great during the Christmas period ๐Ÿ™‚ Whilst watching vlogmas we munched on the cookies which Anna had made- they were delicious!

After watching vlogmas we chatted and danced around to music videos and then took some selfies ๐Ÿ™‚

I always love Friendmas because we are all very busy and Anna goes to a university which is quite far away but ever since we left high school 3 years ago we have always gotten together for this occasion and I hope this tradition will continue on for many more years ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have any traditions which are similar to this with your friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beauty Favs of 2017

Beauty Favs of 2017

Over the past year I have really been getting into make-up, a little more than in previous years and have been trying to branch out. I also got the opportunity to go to New York this year which meant going to Sephora which was not good for my bank account but amazing for my make-up collection so I thought I would pick a make-up look I have done this year and list the products I used all of which are my favs ๐Ÿ™‚

Face:

Primer: Smashbox photo finish foundation primer

Under Eye Concealer: Bourjois healthy mix anti-fatigue concealer in light

Concealer: Rimmel Match Perfection concealer in ivory

Powder: Laura Mercier Loose setting powder in translucent

Bronzer- Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Eyes:

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo liner in trooper

Eyeshadow: SophDoesNails Revolution Palette

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Lips:

Lipliner: Nyx retractable lip liner in nude

Matte Lip Colour: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in flirt

Let me know in the comments what your favourite make-up products are ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas Day Traditionsย 

Christmas Day Traditionsย 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I can’t believe its finally here ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone has had an amazing day filled with nice food, family and presents โค I figured since its Christmas day I would talk you guys through my typical christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

Usually on Christmas day I wake up at around 8am and then wait for the rest of my family to wake up so that we can start the day ๐Ÿ™‚ We usually start by opening around half of our presents and then stop to have a cooked breakfast, put on the christmas hats we got in the christmas crackers and eat some of the chocolate coins sprinkled around the breakfast table ๐Ÿ™‚ After breakfast we will finish opening our presents and then will curl up and read the books we got in my case, play some of the games we received and let the breakfast go down because on christmas there’s always lots of food involved ๐Ÿ™‚

At around 2 o’clock we will start to get hungry again so will have some nibbles of party food including mini burgers, pies, sausage rolls, bagels and lots of other delicious food ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t have too many nibbles because in the evening we go to my nan’s for a big christmas dinner with my dad’s side of the family- my nan recently got a new puppy so I’m very excited to go round there and see her and ofc the family ๐Ÿ™‚ We will eat dinner whilst listening to christmas music and will then watch the christmas specials on tv which this year will be the Victoria Christmas special which I’m very excited about! After being at my nan’s for a few hours we will walk home and go to sleep because we are all knackered from all of the food and excitement and have to get ready to do it all again on boxing day ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know in the comments what your Christmas Day traditions are and I hope you all had a very merry Christmasย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas Eve Traditions/Routine

Christmas Eve Traditions/Routine

Christmas Eve is one of my favourite days in the year- its the day before Christmas and you can feel the magic and anticipation in the air ๐Ÿ™‚ In my family we have quite a few traditions that we observe on Christmas Eve so I thought I would share them with you ๐Ÿ™‚

During the day on Christmas Eve my family all does their own thing but in the evening we all come together to eat dinner, watch movies and play games ๐Ÿ™‚ The first thing we do on Christmas Eve is order a Chinese Take-away which has become a tradition in my family although I’m not quite sure how it started ๐Ÿ™‚ After dinner we all move into the living room and watch Jingle all the way which is my Dad’s favourite christmas movie ๐Ÿ™‚

Whilst watching the movie we will open up a box of celebrations or heroes because chocolate and will then exchange ยฃ5 presents which was a tradition that started around 4 years ago where we will all buy each other a present which is less than ยฃ5 and exchange them on Christmas Eve, they are generally a game from Flying Tiger which we will then play โค

Let me know in the comments what your Christmas Eve traditions are ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blogmas post ideas :)

Blogmas post ideas :)

I have enjoyed doing blogmas so much but there were definitely times where I thought I wouldn’t complete it and I should give up but I’m so glad I persevered because I am now so proud of myself and am so excited for you guys to read the last few posts and to continue blogging in the new year ๐Ÿ™‚ That said whilst researching my blogmas posts I came across many many of these kinds of posts but I thought I would try and put my own spin on it as these were so useful whilst trying to think of ideas ๐Ÿ˜Š You will have seen some of these posts on this blog during blogmas as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Blogmas announcement
  2. Christmas jumpers
  3. Favourite Christmas lips/red lips
  4. How to look after ur skin during the wintertime
  5. Christmas tree unveil
  6. How I decorated for Christmas
  7. Places to visit in my town at Christmas
  8. If I had to spend Christmas in a different city it would be…
  9. Who would I invite to a holiday party
  10. Festive make-up look
  11. Christmas playlist
  12. Favourite Christmas films
  13. Favourite tv show specials
  14. Favourite festive books
  15. Favourite Vlogmases
  16. Favourite Blogmases
  17. What I got for Christmas
  18. Stocking fillers
  19. Gift guide for her
  20. Gift guide for him
  21. My Christmas traditions
  22. Favourite festive candles
  23. Favourite festive nail colours
  24. DIY present wrapping
  25. New Years resolutions
  26. Beauty favs of 2017
  27. A review of the past year
  28. Christmas lookbook
  29. Christmas then vs now
  30. What I love about Christmas
  31. What my Christmas looked like 5/10 years ago
  32. What my ideal Christmas would look like
  33. How to get a Christmas Instagram theme
  34. Advent calendars (opening or what advent calendars I will be getting)
  35. How to deal with family over the holidays
  36. How to make the best hot chocolate
  37. My favourite instagram posts of the past year
  38. Favourite festive drinks
  39. How to get into the holiday spirit if you’re not a Christmas lover
  40. Christmas shopping haul
  41. Christmas bucket list
  42. Lush Christmas collection haul/review
  43. Best and worst Christmas present you have ever received?
  44. Christmas card haul
  45. Christmas giveaway
  46. Christmas tag
  47. Review a holiday collection
  48. How to keep your pets safe during the holidays
  49. Festive pamper routine
  50. Blogmas post ideas

Please let me know in the comments if you have any blogmas post ideas as I would love to do blogmas again next year but I am running out of festive ideas!

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Christmas Dessertsย <3

Christmas Dessertsย <3

Personally I have a massive sweet tooth and would definitely classify myself as a chocoholic so when I was trying to think of blogmas posts I knew I couldn’t write 31 blog posts based around Christmas and not talk about Christmas desserts as the desserts are one of the best parts of a christmas dinner alongside the pigs in blankets and yorkshire puddings so here are just a few ideas of what desserts are sure to be a hit around the Christmas table ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Chocolate brownie- This is actually the dessert I made for my flat when we had our christmas dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ Its very simple and tasty if you want it to be but if you put it with raspberries, vanilla ice cream and a tiny bit of icing sugar you can make it a little more special ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  2. Trifle- This is a great dessert if you have someone in your family who doesn’t like chocolate or if you just want something a bit different ๐Ÿ™‚ Trifle can be quite fiddly because there a lots of different components including the cake, jam, custard and cream but if done right it tastes divine and is a perfect sweet alternative to chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies- Sometimes after a big christmas dinner you don’t want a big dessert so chocolate chip cookies are perfect as you can just have that little bit of sweetness without them filling you up too much ๐Ÿ™‚ These particular cookies are the recipe from Tanya Bakes ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
  4. Lemon Tart- This is a great dessert for people without a sweet tooth as lemon tart is very citrusy so is not quite as sweet as most desserts and if the pastry is done right it has a great texture and tastes great ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Profiteroles- Last but by no means least I couldn’t write a blog post about christmas desserts without including profiteroles as they are a staple around the christmas desserts. Like the chocolate cookies they are not too filling which is nice after a big meal and also have a little bit of chocolate for the chocoholics out there but the chocolate taste is not too overpowering ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know in the comments what your favourite christmas dessert is ๐Ÿ™‚

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