Goodbye 2017 & Hello 2018! | My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

I cannot believe that 2018 begins on Monday. What a perfect start- a Monday!

I've got so much that I can't wait to do in 2018. I've been scribbling away furiously in my bullet journal making budget plans, blog plans, and marking out my diary for some amazing plans in the coming year.

I get a little nervous about this time of year and it definitely has snuck up on me. With only three days left of 2017, I'm kind of scrambling around trying to get things sorted before the fresh start that is 2018. I want to gut the flat, tidy my desk, sort my university workload timetable but also make sure to spend more time on myself.

It's time to start making my New Year's resolutions and to be honest, I was a little stumped. Other than the usual, "eat better" "workout" "have more patience", I wasn't too sure what I wanted to work on. So I had a little browse of Pinterest.

1. To Lose Weight.


Shocker right? Another person who has decided to work out as soon as the new year has happened. But I'll be honest with you, I started this around a month ago just as I turned 24. For the past month, I've been trying to eat healthier and do more exercise just so that when January rolled around it wasn't quitting my old lifestyle cold turkey. Gradual changes are the way forward. I've got to this point where I just snapped and was sick of my lifestyle and I can't wait to see the progress photos!

I'm going to do another blog post about my weight loss plans and journey in the new year.

2. Focusing on my finances.


This is another one that I've thinking about in the past month or so. I'm far more skint now as a masters student than I was when I studied my undergrad and to be fair, months in, I'm still not used to it. Working and having it all go straight back out has been the toughest part of this change, but I feel so much better about myself now that I'm financially responsible for myself. With having a new job I'm actually able to start saving money again! A few months behind my original financial plan, but oh well! So what are my financial goals for 2018?

Time to get some savings! Savings for a house and a car especially. When my masters is up in the latter part of 2018, that's goodbye student status and hello new expenses. I'm still very unsure of what my "plan" is after graduating my masters other than getting a job so I'm trying to save up as much as I can! I have my budget in place and my savings goals firmly in my head, so pray for me that I get through 2018 with no major financial bumps.

I really want to go away for a bit during 2018, under my own steam and wrap up my education with an amazing trip. So fingers crossed that will happen!



I'd be lost without my Bullet Journal. It honestly keeps me sane, organised and on track.

Is there a way to become even more organised?

Now that I'm working on my career it's something I've been thinking about more and more. I decided to make it my resolution this year to stick to my plans and to find even more ways to stay organised. I'm going to try out new bullet journal spreads and ideas I've found on Pinterest to see what I can change.

So what changes will you see here on the blog? 

Well, I've decided to start blogging more about Bullet Journalling for a start! A really fantastic method of organising your life and it can make everything so pretty! 

You will also see more fitness and healthy lifestyle posts. I am planning on writing update posts as I go through my weight-loss and fitness journey and I hope that you guys will enjoy reading about it.

But the biggest change?


For my Christmas this year, my main present was a vlogging camera! I would love it if you would go and check out my channel and maybe even subscribe. I'm going to be filming more videos now that I have my own wee camera for it. 

Happy New Year! 

What are your New Year's Resolutions? 

Shay x

Christmas Day 2017

First off- MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope that Santa was good to everyone this year and that you've all had a lovely day with family and ate more than you can manage!

This year, Christmas was entirely different to normal.

For starters, Rob came to stay! Our first Christmas together! And also the first time Christmas wasn't just my parents and I!

We started the day off with our new onesies. Abbie bought me a Bambi onesie for my birthday and it was one of my favourite birthday presents. As one of his Christmas presents, I bought Rob a Mario onesie.

Once everyone was awake it was time to exchange presents!

I love it when you get presents that definitely sum you up as a person. For both my birthday and Christmas, of course, I got even more Pusheen stuff.

But this Christmas I was well and truly SPOILED. Like one of those Christmas days' when you get everything you wanted and so much more. I was so excited to spend the day with Rob and have him join my family for the day. I know it sounds so cheesy but this year, I realised how awesome it is to spend Christmas with the people I love around me. The presents were an added awesome bonus.

My main present this year... A VLOGGING CAMERA! Check out my first vlog of Christmas day below:

I can't wait to get making more videos for both work and my own youtube channel,  and it takes some amazing photos too!

 So on Christmas morning, we woke up, shoved our new onesies on and headed on downstairs for the presents!

We spent the afternoon on the sofa snuggled up watching good old favourite programmes like Still Game and playing on our laptops. I took a wee afternoon snooze whilst I waited for Christmas dinner to cook!

This is genuinely my favourite photo I've taken of my parents EVER!

Me trying to smile with my hamster cheeks filled with parsnips and roast potatoes!

So Boxing day... I think we're going to brave the Boxing Day Sales - I'll let you know how I get on!

Thanks for Reading! 

Shay x


guerlain moschino feel unique urban decay naked heat

In October, I headed down to London for the Three Discovery Store event. Since that was in the afternoon and I got to London in the early morning, I had quite a few hours to kill. I hadn't been in London for ages so decided to go for a bit of an explore with my camera.

What I did find through twitter, was that FeelUnique had a pop-up shop!

feel unique season to shine london

Back in October I headed down to London for a flying visit for a couple of blogger events and had the morning free. So, in order to get to see more of London I decided to head out on the Tube to explore with my camera. Whilst on twitter I found that FeelUnique were launching their pop up shop a few stops away, so I decided to drop by! The Season to Shine pop up was pretty cool, a whole shop filled with Feel Unique's product range available to buy!

I walked in and was greeted by members of staff who showed me around and got me involved in their goodie bag instagram hunt. After sharing my photos on my instagram, I got my little goodie bag of samples as well as sweets and marshmallows! The front of the shop was filled with a whole range of the Christmas products including the crackers and advent calendars.

feel unique pop up shop

And in the back?

Makeup artists and a nail bar!

I was introduced to the nail brand Le mini Macaron and some lovely nail technicians who chatted away to us whilst they did our nails. One thing I really like about blogging is you get to meet new people wherever you go and as this was my first time down to London for an event on my own, I was a little nervous! But as soon as I realised some London bloggers arrived to the Feel Unique Pop-up, I made sure to say hello! I met the lovely Yasmine from MsGonzalezBlogs - go check out her blog and her instagram! It was so awesome to get a bit of an insight into the life of London bloggers!

 As autumn had just begun, I plumped for the very popular berry wine colour. My nails sometimes don't take gel polish well and unfortunately this was the case again, but it did last for the few days were I was flitting between blogger events and interviews which I was pleased about!

Although the nail polish didn't last very long on my nails and began chipping a couple of days later, I was very impressed with their little LED lamps. Made to look like little macarons, they are USB powered and designed to be used a finger at a time. This makes their shape small and portable, perfect for travelling or popping in your desk drawer at work for those after work drinks.

naked heat palette feel unique

I couldn't leave without purchasing something so opted to buy my birthday present to myself! You guessed it, the amazing Naked Heat Palette from Urban Decay.

As a pale girl, I've always been a little afraid of warm toned anything in makeup for fear of that dreaded orange line around my face or looking overly blushing. So that was my reasoning for holding off on buying the Naked Heat palette when I saw it at the Urban Decay masterclass with Danielle Roberts. 

I had wanted it for months and I am so glad I have it now. Such gorgeous shades with super pigment. Despite the price being much higher than what I would normally pay for a palette, I can't fault the quality and longevity of my Naked palettes. The Naked 3 is still my favourite with it's pinky, romantic colour palette but I love the Heat palette for well, it's fiery heat! The colours are so vivid and striking alone and super blendable, but they also look amazing wet!!

I was worried I might be stuck only using it in the summer, but the colours have worked so well in the autumn. I've been using it non-stop for weeks now and am still trying to find different mixes that work well for my pale skin. I was worried that it would look awful against my pale skin but it adds much needed warmth to my eyes and makes me look so much better when I've done my full contoured makeup routine. All in all, an absolute dream and winner of a palette!

review feel unique naked heat urban decay

I was even more excited when I found out that with FeelUnique you can customise your palette with a little Swarovski star! So my palette is a little unique and I really like that!

What products from FeelUnique are you loving?

Shay x  


Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Hello there!

It's finally December and I am kicking off this month with a Christmas Gift Guide for you! There's so many amazing products out there this year and I thought i'd compile a list of some pretty cool things for you and your loved ones.

This year I'm actually really into Christmas and can't wait to see what amazing photos and memories I can make. I'm sat writing a list of festive things I want to do. I can't wait to head home when the semester's over and see my parents little grotto again.

I hope you like what I've selected and if you've done your own gift guide leave it below so I can get some more Christmas shopping inspiration!

Happy Holidays! 

For the beauty fanatic...

For your busy bee...

For the man in your life...

For the perfect interiors...

What are you looking forward to this Christmas?

Thanks for Reading! 

Shay x

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