Life Lately #5 | Redesigns, Memory Jars and What i Acheived in 2014

Life Lately #5 | Redesigns, Memory Jars and What i Acheived in 2014

This post is going to be a bit of a mish mash, as i want to mention and include a few things; it could get a little lengthy so you might want to go and make yourself a brew! Trust me, I'm currently armed with a good ole' cup of tea and a box of Milk Tray - my absolute favourite chocolates to receive at Christmas!

Merry Christmas (P.S I'm taking a break)

Before i say anything, i just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a really lovely day yesterday and got everything that you wanted and more - i know I've had a lovely few days and I'm extremely grateful for the gifts I've received.

I actually had tonnes of post planned for this week and also the few days I've missed in between posting but the struggle to sometimes get the photos i want, sometimes takes away my motivation and i want to grow my blog and improve it as much as possible and posting mediocre photos that I'm not happy with for the sake of a post isn't a step in the right direction.

I was going to do posts like a Christmas Day Haul, a Christmas Day FOTD and also a Boxing Day Haul; all of which I'm no longer going to bother doing - for one, i completely forgot to take a photo of my make up yesterday and every time i photograph hauls it never turns out right so i decided not to bother - don't worry though, you'll see various items popping up in future posts.

Speaking of Boxing Day Sales; i discovered today that i actually despise sale shopping. Instead of going into my local town me and my sister decided to give Liverpool a try as there is tonnes more shops there and they're bigger than ours too - NEVER AGAIN. Whilst i love spending money and finding a bargain, the actually process of physically shopping was draining - watching people fighting with others over something they probably don't even need but rather like the price tag is just ridiculous. You could tell a lot of people where also stocking up on Christmas present for next year and whilst it might save money i just think it's rather impersonal, buying presents with no-one in mind, just for the sake of it. Next year, my boxing day sales shopping will be done online from the comfort of my own bed.

Anyways, onto the 'taking a break' part - I've decided that I'm going to take a little bit of time off from blogging. I'll be back to posting in the New Year but right now i need to take a step back. I work so hard on some of my posts (i know everyone else does to) but when their is very little reaction, it's quite disheartening and very often leaves me feeling quite deflated. There has been occasions when I've done a post and got little response and then other some bloggers post a similar thing and they get a tonne of views and comments - i know this isn't what blogging is about but it's frustrating sometimes and I'm not trying to insult other bloggers because they are obviously doing something right and its working really well for them but right now, i think i need a break and to step back for a few days - by that i mean; no planning, no photos, no posting - nothing. It's going to be difficult but i think this is just what i need.

Don't worry though, I'll be back in 2015!
Have a good New Year & Stay Safe!
Natalie xx

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips

I didn't even realise Barry M had released a line of lip crayons until i saw the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips in my beauty swap from Beauty Queen UK, I'm quite fond of lip crayons so i was very intrigued to see how Barry M's offering compares to others.

Recently Read #3

Recently Read #3

I've not actually read half as much as I'd have liked too but I've somehow managed to get through five books so I've not done too bad considering i usually have no time but i have made a conscious effort to read more even if it is just squeezing the odd chapter in here and there.

Most Worn Red Lip Products

Most Worn Red Lip Products

I love a good red lip and whilst it may not be my everyday shade, it's definitely a colour i love to wear. I recently posted about my most worn pink lip products (post here) and i really enjoyed it so i thought it'd be interesting to share with you my most worn red lip products.

Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector

Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector

Concealers and correctors are products that i am yet to find one that really blows me away. For the past few months however, i have been using the Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector* in Fair/Light - i don't normally enjoy concealers that are in pan form but this palette retails for £32 so i decided to give it go and see if it's worth the money.