Coconut Oil: Your Saviour In The Colder Months

I don’t know about you, but my skin gets really dry during autumn/winter.  I’ve always had trouble with this, and also always had trouble finding a really good moisturiser to treat it.  Sure, often you really want to treat yourself with an amazing smelling body butter, but sometimes you just really need something that will work properly and get the job done.  That’s where coconut oil comes in: this is an organic moisturister which has been raved about in the beauty community for a few years now, and I’ve just recently hopped on the bandwagon and wanted to share it with you – everything from my thoughts on it and 30 uses for it! Yep, thirty!  And, there are loads more but these are just some of my favourites.

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I use the Coco Loco organic coconut oil which I believe is from Lidl (my grandma bought it for me) and it is really good and very inexpensive, which is always a plus!  I find that you really do not need much to moisturise your whole body, and while I really dislike the smell of coconut, this one isn’t strong at all so I can totally stand the scent!  It never fails to make my skin super soft and it also doesn’t feel really greasy.

Anyway, the most interesting thing about coconut oil is that it is really versatile; it can basically be used for ANYTHING!  I know lots of people use  it as a cooking oil, and the most obvious use for it here might be moisturising, but I’m going to share with you a whopping thirty ways that you can use coconut oil in your life.  And, by the way, you should totally be doing these because they’re pretty cool and not to mention very helpful!

  1. Use it on your eyelashes – before you go to sleep at night, apply coconut oil onto your eyelashes and they should grow thicker and longer if you do it every night!
  2. Massage into your cuticles – if you put coconut oil onto your cuitcles they’ll grow healthier, stronger and softer: no more painful peeling cuticles here!
  3. All over body moisturiser – a little obvious, but though’t I’d include it anyway! Rub coconut oil all over your body to make your skin stupidly soft!
  4. Body scrub – adding equal parts coconut oil and sugar together, along with some essential oils if you’d like, can make an amazing exfoliator that will remove your dead skin and make it really soft.
  5. Put it into your bath – a spoonful or two of coconut oil melted into your bath will make your bathwater feel luxuriously silky and keep your skin nice and moisturised.
  6. Hide split ends – before you get to go for a trim at the hairdressers, if your split ends are really getting on your nerves, run a little coconut oil over them and it should mask their apperance making your hair look healthier!
  7. Hair mask – overnight or for 20 minutes, coconut oil hair masks are garunteed to make your hair feel super soft and look shiny and glossy.  Simply apply to your hair evenly and wait as long as you’d like, then wash it out thoroughly and you’ll be left with shining locks!
  8. Soothe a sore throat – adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your tea when you have a sore throat will help to soothe your throat and stop it from being so painful.
  9. Take some daily – in whatever form you choose to eat coconut oil, if done so daily it has been proven to help improve sleep, concentration, and even help with weight loss.
  10. Whip it up with shea butter – if you whip the two together, you’ll get a luxurious feeling body butter: you could also add some scented essential oils for an even nicer treat!
  11. Lip balm – I don’t know about you, but my lips get really dry come autumn/winter. Maybe it’s the cold weather, but maybe it’s all those dark matte drying lipsticks I’m wearing! To combat this, I put coconut oil on as a lipbalm all the time, especially when I’m about to go to bed; then I wake up with beautifully soft lips!
  12. Shaving cream – we all know the feeling of having softly shaven legs is the best in the world, but what if you could have super soft legs by using coconut oil as a shaving cream.  Thats right, it’s totally doable and makes the newly shaven leg feeling about a million times better!
  13. Mix it with sea salt – this can help remove the dry skin on your feet, because sea salt is coarser than sugar and so it can tackle tougher skin!  You can also lather coconut oil on your feet, then sleep with socks on to have super soft feet in the morning!
  14. Use it on eczema outbreaks – I suffer from eczema quite badly in the colder weather, my skin gets dry and itchy, especially around my elbows and behind my knees.  You can use coconut oil as a natural remedy to eczema to lessen the effects and keep the area moisturised.  Plus it has antibacterial properties and can help heal wounds quicker.
  15. Use it on your elbows – a little coconut oil on your elbows can help stop them from getting dry, flaky and cracking!
  16. Tame flyaways – if you’re tying your hair back and you’ve noticed a few bits of hair flying away, you can smooth these down with a touch of coconut oil.
  17. Oil pulling – this is something really weird that I found out about the other day, but I might even try it sometime.  Basically you’re supposed to swill your mouth out with coconut oil for 10-15 minutes every day at least five times a week.  This is supposed to improve gum health, act as a mouthwash and help whiten teeth when done consistently, and it’s totally natural.
  18. Lessen your cellulite – if you’ve noticed cellulite on your skin, you can use coconut oil on it to try and lessen it’s apperance (thats only if it bothers you, because you totally do not have to try ‘get rid’ of cellulite if you don’t want to!)
  19. Resolve acne – for some people, when coconut oil has been used as a regular part of their skincare it has been known to help with acne!
  20. Under eye cream – I told you coconut oil can really do anything!  Using it under your eyes at night can help to lessen the apperance of dark circles which makes for an all round brighter complexion!

I hope you enjoyed this post – have I converted you to coconut oil or do you already use it?  Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me which tip surprised you the most! I love my coconut oil!

Soph xx

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Autumn Tag

As you all know, I really love autumn!  It’s just so cosy and I really love to be cosy.  Now that I’m on my half term break from school, which started on Wednesday 18th (quite early, but I’m not complaining!), I figured I’ve got some time for some extra blog posts and I’ve decided on doing the Autumn tag.  I’ve seen this floating around for years now, and never managed to source an official set of questions as I’ve noticed everyones vary somewhat.  So, I’ve basically compiled a list of any that I could find on google from all over the place, and I’m going to answer them for you all.

What signifies the start of autumn for you?

Honestly, as soon as my August birthday is done, I am more than ready for autumn!  What really signifies the start of it though for me is smelling everyone with their wood burning stoves on, which I find happens almost every night as I’m walking home from school.  When there are leaves on the floor and the air in the morning is really crisp, that’s when I know autumn has begun.

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Anything which has cinnamon in it.  Something that is spicy, because that always helps to get me in the mood for Christmas too!

What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I love mustards and burgundy, but also cream/oatmeal coloured knits!

What is your favourite Fall drink?

I’m not big on hot drinks to be honest, but I am partial to the odd hot chocolate. My favourite hot chocolate is the dark forest hot chocolate, which tastes like a dark forest gateaux! It also has cream, cherry sauce and a cherry on top; it’s lush.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

Well, as we all know from this post, Riverdale has come back and it  made me very excited!  My thursday evenings are now filled with Riverdale sessions, and I couldn’t be happier.  Another TV show I’m looking forward to is the second season of The Crown on Netflix which is coming out in November!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Really cosy jumpers.  I have a huge jumper and I love wearing it because it’s so warm.  Wearing jumpers is my favourite thing, and I love that I can do it in Autumn so often because the weather is perfect for it!

What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

As anyone who knows me will know, I’m not big on going outside and much prefer the comforts of my own home, however I do love an autumn walk, hunting for conkers and acorns and pinecones, taking pictures of all the colourful leaves and just being cosy in the cold is lovely!

Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

In the UK, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I do love Halloween.  I’ve always remembered it as very special since I’ve been a little girl; the old street I used to live on was always so festive!  Everyone used to decorate their houses for the trick or treaters, and I always loved getting dressed up and wearing spooky makeup.  Now I’m 15, i don’t go trick or treating anymore (mind you, I would if I didn’t think that little kids would find it scary having me out there!!) but I still love carving pumpkins and handing out sweets!

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?

Honestly, I would climb inside our fire if I could!  I’m permanently cold, so whenever the fire is on (it is now, and I’m about a metre away on the sofa and lovely and toasty) you can always find me pretty close by!

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?

I usually use packet hot chocolate (Cadbury is, and always will be the best) but I’ll almost always dress it up with cream on top and marshmallows if we’ve got any!

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?

Um, milk? I don’t understand people who make it with water: I was forced to warm myself up with watery hot chocolate one chilly morning on DofE and it was pretty rank.  I’ll always use milk, and sometimes if I’m feeling really fat, I’ll pour in some double cream too: it makes for the loveliest, creamiest hot chocolate EVER!

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

I love the fact that it is cold in autumn, but I like to protect myself from it at all costs.  I’m constantly wrapped up in millions of layers whenever I exit the house, but somehow I still manage to find myself pretty chilly!  I do love the crisp air in the morning though when I’m walking to school, it really wakes me up!

Do you go pumpkin picking?

I usually buy my pumpkins at the supermarket and I’ve never been pumpkin picking, but I would really love to!

Cold rain or dense fog?

England’s weather is very unpredictable so we never know what we’re going to get (cough cough, Ophelia and your red sun that made everyone think they were going to die for a brief moment) but I love both.  Cold rain is not something I’d opt to venture out in, but I really love sitting inside and listening to rain on the windows, but dense fog is always super spooky and cool.

How good are you at pumpkin carving?

I’d like to say I’m pretty skilled.  With the help of a stencil, I’ve been able to create a few really cool designs on pumpkins!

Favourite autumn candle?

Has to be Yankee Candles Cosy By The Fire.  It’s really nice and spicy and one of my favourite, warm scents.


That’s the end of all my questions I’ve found!  I’m not going to tag anyone, but for those of you who are reading, if you do want to do this tag then you totally should!  Leave me a link to your posts in the comments!

Soph xx

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Autumn Girl tagged me to do this tag, where I make a list of all the things that make me happy and that are my favourites; whether that’s to eat, look at, hear or be around.  I loved the idea of this tag, and I think it’s great that it helps spread positivity!  I know I’ve done quite a few tags recently – well, tomorrow you’re getting an autumn tag so thats only two, but it’s still quite a lot. However, I figured why not break out a few fun and easy extra posts in and amongst my posting schedule!  I hope you all enjoy!

RAIN ON WINDOWS

This is totally one of my absolute favourite ever sounds!  It makes me feel so cosy and I still get to watch and listen to the rain whilst being warm and cosy inside!

HAVING MY ROOM LOOK TIDY

I love it so much when my room is tidy.  When my bed is made, my floor is clear and all my surfaces are clean I can light some candles and put my fairy lights on and feel so cosy.  I also find that having a tidy room helps me feel way more productive and I tend to get on with things more, which is always good!

BLOGGING

I go through phases of blogging loads (cough cough, now – only because I’m on half term though!) and not blogging much at all, but no matter what I always love blogging.  Something about the community and the response people give to your posts is so positive and uplifting, it’s a place I really love to be.

MY CATS

I think we probably all know that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady by now, but I truly do find so much happiness in my cats!  They’re so wonderful, and even though they kind of hate each other, I love to see them together with their personalities clashing; it always makes me laugh!  What’s best though is when I get cuddles with my cats (sometimes against their will but they do love me, even if I do annoy them with my pestering!) and they’re just SO CUTE!

BEING AROUND PEOPLE

My personality is a really odd thing:  I’m very introverted in the way that I cannot be bothered to leave the house, I’m happiest in my bed and so on so forth.  However, as much as I hate being made to go out with people, I always love it when I’m there!  I’m actually a really social person and love being around people and having a laugh, I can just never find the motivation to do it.  I love being in a huge group of people because there’s always something to talk about and someone to talk to!

STATIONARY

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had an extreme love for stationary.  It’s just such a nice thing to have around my room, and I sometimes grow so attached to notebooks that I find myself unable to use them – weird, I know!  I just love having pretty pens and pencils with me at all times and it’s so much fun to just be around nice things!

So, those are just a few of my favourite things in life!  I know this was a super quick post, but that’s okay!

I nominate Alanna and Najida

What are your favourite things?

Soph xx

Urban Veda Natural Skincare | Soothing Facial Oil Review

Hello, I think I am in love.

Not only that, but I think the problem of cold weather dry skin has just been solved.  And this makes me VERY excited, because dry skin is a pain.

A couple of weeks ago, Urban Veda invited me to a press launch but sadly I was in school so couldn’t make it and as sad as that was, it was largely improved when they offered to send me one of their new facial oils for review! Obviously I said I’d love to try it, and filled in the questionnaire to figure out my skin type so they could send me the right oil.  The link to the questionarre is here, by the way, and I think it’s really useful to determine what you should be buying (I got the Pitta dosha skin type).

So, I was sent out the amazing Soothing Facial oil which is 100% natural, designed for sensitive skin and skin that falls into the Pitta Dosha.  This oil includes avocado oil, shatavari and organic seabuckthorn, all of which really help to nourish and hydrate your skin.  It also includes sandalwood, which I think has the most relaxing scent ever.  Urban Veda use ancient Ayurvedic properties in their skin care to truly nourish the skin.  It retails for £29.99, and there are three other facial oils each with different properties and suited to different types of skin, for example the Vata Dosha which has a radiance facial oil.  You’ll be sure to find whatever you need for your skin with these oils.  Urban Veda is also vegan friendly and against animal testing, which is always great to discover brands like this.

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As you can see, the oil is dispensed via a pipette in the bottle, which allows for a nice controlled application that ensures you don’t use too much.  The bottle is really high quality and made of glass, and the orange label is really beautiful and super fitting to this time of year.

I really love how this feels.  It’s stupidly hydrating, which I love and locks in moisture like nothing I’ve ever tried before; my Mum really loves it too!  It is quite a heavy oil so I use it at night rather than in the morning as I don’t suspect it will sit too well under makeup, however it isn’t greasy at all.  I love using heavier moisture products, but they often leave my skin feeling greasy and clogged up, which I really hate, but Urban Veda have really managed to avoid that with this facial oil.

The scent is quite discrete yet very relaxing, and I’ve found it to help de-stress me as I’m going to sleep because you can definitely smell it on the face.  It isn’t an in your face scent, which I like as I’m not big on scented skin care as I can often find it all quite overpowering.  It’s a warm and somewhat tropical scent, but it definitely doesn’t remind me of summer.  It also hasn’t irritated my skin at all, and I’ve tried it every night for a week now, which is super impressive!

My only problem would be that the pipette, while it works fine, seems a touch flimsy, however that isn’t too much of an issue as I can’t see it breaking in the near future.

Overall, this is such an amazing product, especially for those of us with drier skin in the winter time.  You can buy it here for £29.99, which is quite pricey however I do think it is very much worth it as I reckon this improves the quality of dry skin tenfold.

Soph xx

A Week In My Life: 7th-14th October 2017

I’ve decided I might start doing one of these posts every month.  I’m not sure when I’ll post it, because currently my 14th of October slot is filled up with a post – maybe I’ll throw in an extra post this week anyway, who knows (you know whenever you’re reading this I suppose!).  Anyway, I’ve seen so many people in the blogosphere doing these sorts of ‘Behind The Blog’ posts and I always find them so interesting to read (Najida does some awesome ones that I love!) so I decided I might as well write one of my own, even though my life is inherently boring and all I do is homework and sleep – someone might find it mildly interesting? I’m hoping these posts might also help me to be less ‘bloggy Sophie’ and more ‘sophie sophie’ if you know what I mean, because while I do LOVE chatting to you all about makeup and whatnot, I truly am a pretty boring person who just procrastinates forever and ever and doesn’t get up to much other than being too sarcastic all of the time.  Anyway, it’s 10:21PM on Saturday 7th October 2017, lets see how this one goes.  Pretty mad to think this is going to take me an entire week to write!

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER – A DAY IN WHICH I REACHED NEW HEIGHTS OF CRAZY CAT LADY, QUIZZES AND DESK BUILDING.

Today my grandparents have been down to visit and have been for a while, but my day was mostly spent building a desk with my mum.  I say I built it, but I was probably there for moral support more so than my fine craftsmanship skills. We bought the desk online for £80, so I wasn’t expecting the best quality desk you’d ever seen (which I was fine with because the dimensions fit my room perfectly!) but I at least expected it to be the right colour!  I ordered the desk in white, but it’s literally purple, well it’s more lilac but definitely not white!  It’s also really bad quality and so wobbly, but my dad has managed to fix that and it’s now really sturdy and a nice looking desk, so mum’s going to paint it for me and then all should be well.  I’m planning on maybe doing a desk tour or maybe even a room tour post when everything is finished, so leave me a comment if you fancy that!

Other than desk building, today has been very non descript! I’ve not been that productive with homework which isn’t good because I have way too much food coursework to be procrastinating.  I’ve been mostly chilling with my family, my grandad did a quiz for us all tonight which is somewhat of a weird little fun tradition that we have; I’d like to say I won, but I probably didn’t (I did surprise everyone with my knowledge of science though, myself included.  Perhaps not paying attention in science for the past year hasn’t been that bad of a move and a token gesture of information has seeped in?).  I have been playing with my cat today too (wow, you truly have hit the epitome of sadness Sophie, well done) and got some cute pictures of her, so perhaps I’ll leave one for you all below seen as she is really cute and rather nice to look at.

First, she sleeps.  Then you give her a leaf and she’s suddenly totally awake. Weird.

SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING!

Today my grandparents left and we went shopping into Swindon, which is a town relatively local to where I live.  We needed to go to B&Q to get tiles, but whilst we were there my brother and I got really bored so I bought us hot chocolate and a cuppa and we sat in the cafe and enjoyed those.  It was my first hot chocolate of the season and it was really nice! In B&Q I also got some really cute pictures of some flowers which was nice. After, we went to homesense and dunelm but I was a bit disappointed with homesense as I’d been watching all the hauls people have been doing on YouTube but none of the autumn stuff seemed to be in my store, and all of the candles were pretty rubbish.  Anyway, afterwards we all got really hungry so decided to head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and we ate at Giraffe which is one of my all time FAVE restaurants.  I shared nachos and an enchilada with my mum and it was really good, I also had the mango mama smoothie which is my favourite drink basically in the entire world. After this, I went into paperchase and because everything was slightly discounted I couldn’t resist but pick up a few of their 80p postcards because I love displaying these in my room, and then my brother showed me eight mini christmas crackers that were reduced from £6.20 to £1.75 – how can you turn them down!?  I’m thinking of doing a collective haul after I’ve been shopping next saturday (ooo spoiler for the end of the week!) so I guess I’ll include them in that.  The crackers, albeit a touch early, are adorable and I think I’m going to place them in and around my christmas tree and open them every so often.

Anyway, after that I went into the Yankee candle store, but nothing took my fancy.  I then saw Jack Wills, and everything had about £20 off, so I couldn’t resist.  I bought a really nice blue shirt and a cream jumper, they look so cosy and I really am in love!  Now it’s 7pm and I’m going to tidy around my room a bit and get ready for school tomorrow, do some homework I’ve been procrastinating all weekend and pack my bag, lay out my uniform etc.  Also, this morning mum painted my desk so it’s drying now and she’s going to do a second coat tomorrow – I’m very excited to get it all up and running!

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The super yum hot chocolate I had in the b&q cafe!

Flowers at b&q

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Giraffe, which has some of my fave food and decor in the world!

MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER – SCHOOL, SLEEPING AND SPIDERS!

Last night at about 9pm my little blog hit 500 followers!! I just want to thank everyone so much for that (leave a comment as to how I should celebrate!)

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Today I’ve been violently unproductive. At school I had physics, double English, maths and then an afternoon of PE which is some sort of horrible interform thing where forms compete against each other. We did netball, I managed to get out of playing and I think my form won (probably down to me not being in their team and exhibiting the excellence of my netball skills). Anyway, we sat outside all afternoon which was quite cold.

When I came home I was suddenly very tired, which happens to me basically all the time, so I decided to have a bath and then a short 30 minute nap. However, my alarm went off after half an hour and not surprisingly I managed to ignore it and sleep for approximately two hours. My tiredness has not stopped and it’s currently quarter to eleven so I guess I’m going to sleep soundly tonight! I also did no homework tonight, I didn’t have any due for tomorrow but ideally I’d have liked to have done some, but I didn’t.

This morning, thankfully I wasn’t in the house, my mum saw two horrible spiders within the space of an hour and had to get my dad to remove them (even though he was about to set off for work). I’m so glad I didn’t see them as I probably wouldn’t even have survived through the day I’d be that nervous, but I’m pretty much on the look out 24/7 for spiders now!

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more productive than today, and I’ll be less tired. Anyway, told you my life was violently boring! Thank you for 500 followers, I’ll be back tomorrow!

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER – REVISION AND HOMEWORK, MOSTLY!

Wow, isn’t that just a compelling title for my day; actually, it describes it pretty well. Today has been much more productive than yesterday. Not necessarily at school, but then again I am never productive at school, but at home after school I’d say I’ve done well.  I actually got home at 10 past five instead of my usual 3:35pm, because we had a history revision session after school (I’d like to say this was useful, but it was mostly just messing around and laughing over a lack of knowledge for everything we’ve learnt already) and this is a weekly thing I think, so I guess I’ll be doing it most Tuesday nights.  It did make me feel more productive though so that’s good.

When I got home I had my tea and went on my phone for a while, and ate my tea.  I had a really nice prawn pasta salad from M&S, and then after that I got to work on my French homework which was SO draining.  I then had a small existential crisis about all the work I had to do, then did my biology revision for a test on the nervous system that I have tomorrow.  I used an app called FocusNow, which is basically like an app that allows you to grow a little pumpkin whilst you’re working, and you set the time you want to work for.  If you exit the app, your pumpkin dies.  You also collect your pumpkins in a little farm! I did two 30 minute revision sessions, so I grew two pumpkins in my time, and I really enjoyed using the app.  It’s now half nine, so I’ll probably go take off my makeup and wash my face, and I might do my english homework but I also might not.  Anyway, I’ve felt quite productive tonight and I managed not to have a two-hour nap!

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That’s some of the biology revision I’d been doing, none of which really went in!

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER – TESTS AND HOMEWORK!

My biology test was quite hard, but I hope it went alright. I think quite a few people found it difficult so hopefully if I fail then I wont be the only one!!  We also had a surprise French listening test which was exactly what I was looking for on a dark and cold Wednesday morning in my hellish double french lesson – I got 24/40 (French is not a strong point) which was a C, but only one or two marks away from a B.  My weekdays are really boring, tonight I just did loads of homework, I did english and history predominantly but also did some maths revision just as general practice considering I’m basically awful at maths.  I’ve also started to think about the revision I’m going to have to do this coming October half term, because when we get back to school it’ll be all about the mocks, and the pre mock exams and all sorts, and then it’s GCSEs (which is only a bit scary (note my intense sarcasm!))

So yeah, a very boring night had by me.  Tomorrow night should be more exciting though because the new Riverdale episode is out on Netflix!!  I’m so excited to watch it, I love Riverdale!

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER – RIVERDALE IS FINALLY HERE!

I’ve literally waited about a year ish for this?!  I’m so happy the new episode of Riverdale has finally graced Netflix, and it was SO GOOD!  I’m really wondering who exactly tried to (SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!) kill Fred Andrews, and who killed/tried to kill Miss Grundy at the end.  I thought it could be Betty’s dad, but only based on the fact that the guy in the mask at the end somewhat resembled him, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon and people will come up with so many theories.  Either way, it was AMAZING and I’m so glad it’s back; my Thursday nights will be a lot better now! I also want to know who you prefer together if you watch it: Betty and Jughead or Veronica and Archie.  I really cannot decide!

Anyway, enough rambling about that.  Tonight has been mostly filled with work, surprise surprise.  I’ve finished some English work that I’ve needed to do as I didn’t manage to complete it during the lesson, and I’ve also started some French revision for next Tuesday’s writing exam.  Fun times for me! Tomorrow is the last day of this week and I’m SO happy because it has dragged way too much! Also, we break up from school on Tuesday of next week which is really good as it means I get an extra three days on my holiday.  We got our history tests back today, I did alright, I got a 6 (which is a B) but then miss remarked one of my questions as we’re allowed to query her marking so that we get more familiar with the mark scheme; it took my 16 mark question from 13/16 to 15/16 which was good.  I did struggle with time on that exam, and missed out one of the eight markers, so I think I’ll try and do that tonight in a little while.  I also need to sort all of my recent tests into the right wallets in my folders at home so that when I finally get round to revising they are all there.

We did have double PE today, which is the bane of my existence, however it worked in my favour as I spent most of the lesson with my friend in the medical room because someone had thrown a ball at the side of her face – oh the joys of dodgeball!

Anyway, that’s been my night.  Pretty boring, apart from Riverdale.

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER – NEARLY DYING IN FORM, BLOGGER MAIL AND A PAMPER SESSION!

Okay, maybe that’s a touch dramatic, but it is Friday 13th afterall.

There was some sort of wannabe tarantula in my form this morning, and apparently I’m the only person who has a ‘Oh my god I’m going to die’ experience whenever I see any form of spider.  I had to watch it crawl around and hide in nasty places opposite me on the floor before my form tutor noticed and removed it, but she wasn’t even scared and started to show it to people around the room before she got rid of it.  Mad.  It was like the devil had descended upon the room, I was PETRIFIED.  It literally nearly walked over my foot, I had to move myself to the other side of the classroom before miss managed to safely remove it, and everyone was laughing at me because of this severe terror I’d been put through.  Not fun.

Anyway, after my highly enjoyable spider filled day (which left me permenantly on-edge all day), I got home to some blogger mail which was such a great thing, and exactly what I needed.  I’ll be doing a review soon (Wednesday is the plan, but it could be later than that if I haven’t got time), but for those of you who follow me on instagram (@lovesophblog_ if you aren’t following, or you can just click here to go straight there!) then you’ll have seen some sneak peeks of the product – it’s fair to say that I’m really enjoying it.  Anyway, in light of it’s arrival I decided the best way to try it out would be to have a full blown pamper session for myself!  I had a bath, shaved my legs (so they’re now so soft and its GREAT) and did a hair mask.  After that, I got out and moisturised my body with the amazing body milk that I got in Augusts Betty Box and washed my face and did a face mask, and tried out the facial oil I’d been sent. A full review to come, but it was so lovely and relaxing, both me and my mum love it!

So yeah, not a productive day or evening but I did really enjoy a little bit of ‘me-time’!  I’m going to go to bed basically now because I’m up early to catch the train to Southampton to go shopping tomorrow.

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING AND EATING OUT!

Today has been so lovely!  My mum and I went into Southampton for a really good shop, as we love the shopping centre, West Quay, that is there.  West Quay is so great and filled with all my fave shops, so it’s fair to say I did a bit of damage.  I went into Jack Wills and bought myself a shirt, and mum got me a bodywarmer and a purse (that matches my school bag!!) for christmas.  I always go out to buy my christmas presents with mum because I actually kind of hate surprises so I like to know what I’m getting! In hollister, I bought a long sleeved top with buttons on the chest in this really beautiful burgundy colour, and the most gorgeous, cosy jumper ever! If you’d like to see these in a haul/lookbook post then do tell me in the comments as I love a good haul post but feel like sometimes people can get bored of them!  I also grabbed myself a little pot vase thing in Tiger which I’m using as a pen pot and it’s really nice, and some postcards (again!) in paperchase, but they were just too cute to resist.

Mum and I had lunch out in TGI Fridays, which is definitely our favourite restaurant because we’ve always gone there to eat out basically since I was little. We always get loads of appetisiers to share because we can never decide what to get, so we got a sharing portion of chicken nachos, loaded potato skins and a side of fries.  It was so good, and I loved the decor (although I forgot to grab any pictures); I’d really reccomend TGI Fridays in Southampton, but the one near to West Quay as I think it’s a lot nicer!

Anyway, below is a picture of me.  I wore my Topshop Leigh jeans, Converse and my Jack Wills blue shirt, but I also had a cream jumper from Jack Wills to throw on incase I got too cold (which happened on multiple occasions!)

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Please try to ignore my ‘broken’ looking foot, I have some weird habit of standing like this for photos!


 

So, thats the week over! This was maybe one of the longest posts I’ve done (3141 words!) so if you’ve gotten this far I congratulate you!  How was your week?  If you’ve got a similar post to this make sure to link me to it in the comments so I can have a read!

Soph xx

My FAVOURITE Autumn Lipstick | A Review

Hi guys!

We’re well and truly into the depths of the autumn season now and I am LOVING it!  It’s just so cosy to be able to wear big jumpers and light beautiful spicy candles, and as always I love the makeup for this season! Everyone is pulling out those dark, berry lips and I am no exception.  Last year, my favourite lipstick was one from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, but this year I’ve switched it up a bit and found a new lipstick to obsess over, and so I thought (kind as I am!) that I’d share it on here with you guys.

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The L’oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte lipstick in the shade 430/Mon Jules is such a beautiful lipstick.  I am totally in love, and I adore wearing this on days where I’m going out of the house – which is rare, and in general in the autumn season.  It’s such a gorgeous shade, and I really like it because the colour isn’t too purple, which I find often happens with these berry lipsticks.  I prefer to have a more burgundy tone to mine, I mean, don’t get me wrong I love to have a purple tone in there too, but more of a plummy shade and I feel like this lipstick really has it all right colour wise!

The formula is really lovely too.  The lipstick definitely has a matte finish, but it applies really nicely and the finish is very smooth looking.  I don’t find it too drying at all, in fact I wouldn’t even say you would have to use a lipbalm after wearing this if you didn’t want to (although I do always use one).  The colour fades really nicely as you go through your day, however the lasting power is incredible, I’ve found this easily lasts for six hours without budging a single bit! However, it can be a bit prone to smudging and going all over your face should you accidentally touch your lips, but I find this happens with all darker shades of lipstick.

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Thats an unedited picture of a swatch of this lipstick so that you can get a true impression of the colour that it really is!

My only problem with this lipstick is that the packaging feels a bit cheap.  The gold bit is lovely, however the black casing feels very plasticy and seems as though it has a somewhat false embossed leathery design on it.  I really don’t like the look it gives this lipstick, but what can you do? Especially when the lipstick is so good inside!

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Have you ever tried a lipstick like this?  Whats your favourite shade of autumn lipstick?

Soph xx

My Writing Process|How Do I Write A Blog Post?

So, before I even get into this post, I’m going to just let you know where my inspiration came from; Jas from It’s Simply Me Jasmine did a post like this a while ago, and then I saw Smiling Dreamer write this post which was also inspired by Jas’ post and so I thought I’d also give it a go.  I think that sharing your writing process is such a great idea, because everyone’s style and method is really different.  I love it, because it shows the diversity throughout everyone’s blog!

So, when do I write?

I don’t exactly have a tonne of free time during the week, or at least when I’m at school I don’t.  This is down to the homework I get given (which is way too much for me to even think about) and also my total and utter exhaustion after a day at school; I just want to come home and curl up in bed without having to think about anything!

So, that leaves me with the weekend and school holidays for writing.  And, while my weekends are sometimes busy, I often find myself with time to spare to write blog posts.  However, as is clearly evident by my recent activity on my blog, it is during the school holidays that I am able to write a lot!

Where do I get my inspiration?

Before I actually start writing, I’ll always plan and think about what I’m going to write about.  This comes from various sources: throughout the week, if I have any good ideas they go into notes on my phone, or into the tiny notebook filled with post ideas that I keep in my bedside table.  I use pinterest a lot, as lots of things on there inspire me to write, from seeing other people’s posts or just simply looking at a nice picture, I can think of something to write about.  Sometimes, I’ll have the post already planned, for example if it’s a PR post, a collab or a series I’m doing.  However, most of the time I don’t so I can often be found on the hunt for inspiration!

Where am I writing?

When I’m writing, you always find me somewhere comfortable.  I never write at my desk, because that is reserved for things like homework, and other hell inducing activities. I usually write from my bed, or sometimes on the living room sofa but usually not because it can be distracting!

And when I start writing?

I’ll usually start writing at around 1pm on a Saturday, and finish at approximately 2am the following morning.  I know!  I must be so tired!  But not really, I sleep in for ages and generally have pretty good stamina.  This really long timeframe is only because I take huge breaks in and amongst.  I usually finish the bare bones of a post in around an hour, two hours tops. But then there are so many other things to consider!  With this hard work done, I reward myself with about a five-hour break.  When I get back to my draft, I will re read it to refresh my memory and correct any obvious mistakes. Then I move on to pictures!

Pictures!

So, it’s quite clear to me that I’m not the best at photography in the blogosphere, but I do try to take a decent picture and I am still learning.  Mostly, I’ll use my Iphone 6 camera, but on occasion when I really want to push the boat out, I use my Canon EOS1200 to take a picture.  However, I am really bad at using this although I would love to learn!  I’ll then edit whatever pictures I took, usually using an editing software on my computer or if I’m doing it on my phone, then I use VSCO and the built-in editing stuff in the photos app.

Edit, Edit, Edit!

So, now is where the real magic happens.  I guess, but kinda not – you probably don’t even notice, but if this didn’t happen then you probably wouldn’t be reading!  I first click on the very nifty little spell check button on the top bar of my post, and voila, pretty much everywhere are colourful lines filled with mistakes and errors that I need to fix.  They’re usually things I have mis-typed, and pretty simple to fix, and sometimes its grammatical errors.  I’m so glad for this feature, otherwise I know there would be things that my naked eye couldn’t spot and some god awful grammatical error would haunt the post for the rest of its existence.  Even so, I go through and critique every line afterwards, checking for spelling mistakes, grammar issues and just seeing if everything makes sense.  If I think something needs taking out or replacing, then I’ll do that, and just the same if I think things need to be added in.

Now, I don’t know about you (honestly, I don’t know if you even write blog posts, and if you don’t then this will make pretty much zero percent sense!), but when I’m reading my posts to myself, I sometimes read some words more expressed than others (in my head, of course, I’m not some crazy person who reads her blog posts out loud!).  By this, I mean they deserve to be in italics, or, what I prefer to do, is put the word in bold.  I just feel like by putting it in bold, it gives it more of an impact in the sentence and makes it stand out more – I sound like I’m writing some weird english language essay and this truly is giving me like flash backs to my year 10 mocks, which was a bad time for me *shudders*.  So yeah, my editing is more me making the post look more attractive and making it seem more readable!

Tags and Categories!

I usually keep categories to a minimum, two or three that really fit the post is something I find works for me, but tags, that is a different question altogether.  I add as many tags as humanly possible – well, nearly!  I never forget to tag a post, because, well, I like describing my posts and tags help people find your post and it brings in more readers – what’s not to like? I have tags for everything, and I never fail to find ones to fit the post.

How do I choose my featured image?

Well, it depends! If my post has lots of images in, for example it’s a review or a haul, then I would probably go through all the pictures I took and find the most attractive one, and then that would be given the place of featured image.  There are usually a few criteria I go by: it needs to be well-lit, it almost always needs to be a flatlay and it needs to be eye-catching.  However, if, like this post I’m not using a lot of images, because it’s more of a chatty post, then I’ll use some editing software like Picmonkey or Canva to create a nice looking featured image.  All the images on my blog are pinnable (which means you can pin them to your pinterest boards, and you totally should!) and so I always try aim to have ones which are quite attractive looking or if I create any graphics I always want them to be professional looking so that people might want to pin them!

So, after a final check, what do I do – schedule or post right away?

I schedule!  I always have posts scheduled to go up, because I’m ‘supposed’ to stick to a posting schedule: Wednesdays and Saturdays. But guess what, it’s well established by many that I’m not very good at that, so I kind of just try stick to it but do whatever I want mostly.  My posts always go up at 6PM GMT because I find that people are out of school and work and I seem to get the most traffic around that time, so I figured it’s a great time to post at.  I usually have posts lined up in my scheduled section, ready to be posted!

And when the post is up?

When the post is up on my blog, I usually head over to twitter to share it, using blogger promoting accounts and hashtags.  I’m always active on twitter, especially after a blog post is up!  I then just go about my business, with my phone by my side so that I can reply to anyones comments instantly!  I always love getting comments and interacting with people on my posts.  I write on my laptop, but very rarely do I read blogs or interact with bloggers on there; it’s almost always on my phone – the WordPress app is so easy for that!

Thank you so much for reading this, I really hope you enjoyed it and got to know who’s behind all of the weirdly rubbish stuff on the blog!  Make sure to check out Jas’ blog, as she was the one who inspired me with her post.  Would you ever write a post like this – have you? If so, leave me your link and I’d love to read it!

Soph xx

Whats In My Bag? | Autumn Edition

Now the weather is getting loads colder, I’ve switched from my trusty Fjallraven Kanken bag to my favourite autumn bag.  I love having  a new bag for each season, and this one from River Island makes such a nice addition to an outfit. The colour is SO GORGEOUS and I totally love this bag!

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It’s a few years old now, so you can’t get it on River Island’s website anymore, but I absolutely adore it.  It’s a nice burgundy colour, so it isn’t too in your face but it isn’t boring either.  It’s really quite small, which I prefer because it means I’ll only bring my essentials and what I need with me instead of loads of pointless bits and bats.  It’s a bit of a satchel style, and the hardwear is gold which is something I wouldn’t usually go for but I really like it here.

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In the first front pocket, I usually keep my phone but I was taking the pictures with it.  I also keep my Jack Wills purse, it’s more of a coin purse but I prefer a small purse because it takes up less room and there’s less fuss.  I also have my Burts Bees peppermint lip balm, it’s really moisturising and I bring this everywhere.

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In the main compartment I have a card holder.  I pay for most things on my debit card, and I also keep my bus pass in here.  I also have a mascara and a compact mirror, along with a pen.  I always have a pen with me, you really never know when you’ll need one!

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In the very back zipped compartment I have some plasters and some bobbles.  I also have some chewing gum.  I’m prone to blisters very often, so plasters are a must for me. Chewing gum is always an essential too, and I can’t go a day without a bobble!

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So, thats all thats in my bag.  What are your bag essentials? Do we share any of the same things?

Soph xx

 

 

Organise Your Life | My Top Tips For Organising

I don’t know about you, but I always feel so much more productive when everything in my life is organised.  Over the years, especially having been at school, I have developed some ways to organise my life and I find them so useful!  I can be a very forgetful person, and in general I lack motivation and sometimes I find myself so unorganised!  So, I’ve been and compiled a list filled with organisational tips and ways you can make your life so much easier by organising it!

POST IT NOTES

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Post it notes are one of my favourite ways to stay organised!  I write basically all of my reminders and stuff onto post it notes and stick them all around my room.  If I have some really important homework that I know I’ll forget, I pop it on a post it note and stick it onto my wall, or on the surface of my bedside table so I’ll see it all the time!  However, boring old post it notes always look a bit obnoxious on your wall (or at least I think, the bright colours are great for revision but for day to day things they’re pretty bleh) so I always like to use Paperchase sticky notes.  They do gorgeous mini books filled with all sorts of sizes of sticky notes.  Mine are a few years old now, but you can find similar ones here!

This is my favourite book of sticky notes: you get one side with these huge ones on that are so useful for writing plans for blog posts on, or what coursework I need to complete.  The two little tab post it notes are so useful for marking books and folders, and then you have two squared floral patterned sticky notes.  The woodland animals are so adorable and I love using them!

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PLAN EVERYTHING

And buy a planner!

I use my planner for everything!  Again, it’s from paperchase (I clearly love paperchase?) and it’s so useful.  It has loads of room to write down all my homework assignments, events I have to attend and any appointments that I have.  I love the layout of it, and I don’t think I’d be able to survive without it, especially during the school months.  It’s so useful for writing down things like ‘Copy up history notes’ that I know I’d just forget otherwise and that would come to bite me on the backside later on!  I write down all of my blog posts that are scheduled to go up and it helps me stay organised.

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PRINTABLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND

I love using all sorts of printables to organise my life!  People are so talented online and make some gorgeous ones! A quick pinterest search can have you drowning in adorable calendars for the month, which are perfect for an at-a-glance-look for what you’re doing that month, or essay planners to help you write the perfect essay.  Not only that, but I love blog post planners so much!  Tabi from Busy Bee has an amazing blog post ideas planner, with a section for the name of the post and any info, and then another for the date it’s going up (you can find it here in her amazing blog inspiration post!) and I use this all the time, it’s actually in the picture below.  I’m a big believer in using printables to plan all sorts of things in my life!

You can find my pinterested board ‘Printables‘ which is totally dedicated to cute and useful print out sheets to help you organise your life!

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Those are my top three organisational tips!  Have you got any other tips you use to stay organised?  If so, let me know in the comments!

Soph xx

 

The Birdhouse Calligraphy: Beautiful Calligraphy, Quotes and More!

Recently, The Birdhouse Calligraphy got in touch with me asking if I could feature some of their products on my blog.  I love working with brands, and when I saw their products I completely fell in love and jumped at the opportunity.  I was sent over a gorgeous card, which I’ll be using for my Mum’s birthday (when this goes up, that will have been yesterday!)

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Not only is this card super gorgeous, it’s beautifully crafted and so relevant to me and my mum!  I totally love it!

The Birdhouse Calligraphy offers many designs on their website, all hand written in beautiful calligraphy, and they do quotes and cards.  The quotes can be framed around your house, or just used as a gift or anything really!  They’re beautiful and many are so inspiring: plus, there are lots of pieces available for animal lovers!  You can see examples of their lovely work on their instagram here or on their etsy store here.

I truly am in love with their designs, and I think that Louise is so talented.  I’ve featured some images of their other designs below, which are my absolute favourites!

Those are some of my favourite designs from the shop: they’re so pretty and would look so lovely pegged up on a photo line (I have one of these in my room, filled with pictures and postcards from paperchase: these quotes would make such a wonderful addition!). However, if you don’t find one that tickles your fancy, worry not.  You can always ask for a personalised design, they make whatever you want, which is so lovely.  Everything is hand drawn, there is no digital printing; this makes it personal, and so sentimental.  I love thoughtful brands like The Birdhouse Calligraphy – they’re so special!

Also, Louise has given me a 10% off code for my readers, which you should totally use! It’s THANKS10 !

Soph xx