New Year's Resolutions - 6 Month Update

How are we already in July? It feels like only last month I was trying to decide what my New Year Resolutions were for the year and somehow we are already 6 months into the year. I thought I would share with you how I was getting on with my goals as normally by the end of January I've already given up on them.

one. Switch to cruelty-free beauty products
I think this is probably the one I'v achieved the best so far, I haven't brought any new sincere or makeup pieces that have been tested on animals. The only thing I've  been struggling on is  the everyday essentials such as deodorant, shampoo etc. Let me know if there are any products you love that I'm yet to try. I have to admit this year I think I've only brought a couple of makeup pieces, I've been having a lot of makeup free days and focusing more on my skin as I've brought lots of skincare products this year. 

two. continue to enjoy blogging
As I mentioned in my pervious post I said how I was quite sad that I haven't been blogging as much as I would of like to but I'm planning on doing lots more in the future to make up for the lack of posts. However when I've been blogging I enjoyed doing it which I think is way more important than putting posts out I'm not fully happy with. 

three. Do more Yoga 
For Christmas I got a book called '365 days of yoga' and it's such a lovely little book, most days I will pick it up and read what the day suggests. I have done some yoga this year but not as much has I would have liked to. If I find my self-doing it, it's usually based up on something eg. can't sleep, stress, headache, overall I've found it to be useful so I really don't understand why I haven't made more time for it. Lets hope we can change that within the up and coming months. 

four. Use my time wisely 
This year has been a very stressful and busy year so far and will probably continue to be. To make sure I achieve what I need to do I've found post-it notes to be my best friend, you have no idea how many I've gotten through. Most days I'll write a list of what I need to do in the following day and then just tick them off as I go along. Don't get me wrong I've had those days where I've spent the whole day in bed with Netflix. One of my next things to focus on is driving as I'm able to drive very soon and now GCSEs are over it's A Level time...ahhhh!

five. Learn a new skill
This is something I'm quite excited about as I decided to wait until I finished exams to start it but I'm really excited about it. I've got the website sorted and I'm currently in the process of trailing out the products. I'll share it very soon I promise!

Overall I haven't fully achieved really any but I'm not really that bothered because we still have the 6 more moths to change that and achieve them all. 

How are you getting on with your 2016 goals? 

Life Lately

Life Lately

Hey, it's been a while! This does feel slightly weird but so good to be wring on here again. I can't quite believe it's been just over 2 months,  since I last posted on here. I think it's time to share what I've been doing in those 9 weeks. I've just been stuck and revisions over the past couple of weeks I feel as if I've done nothing or been anywhere. I currently feel so good as I'm writing this after having just finished my last ever GCSE exam - physics was a tough one. I feel as if a massive weight has now been lifted of my shoulders, no more stress and no more late nights of revision, just the Summer to look forward to and results day.

Over the past couple of weeks I've been thinking of some new posts, I not really sure on a schedule I think I'm going to try my best to post at leat every Saturday but there may be a couple of non scheduled posts in the week. I can't wait to back in to blogging. Also I've been working on a side project, hopefully I will be  launching it in the next couple of weeks. I'll tell you more soon.

On another note, I've just received my first copy of Blogosphere magazine and it's so good, it's so nice to read a physical magazine that all about blogging it features some amazing bloggers too. Can't wait for the next issue. Anyone else obsessed with Love Island, I've become hocked on it and have to make sure I watch it 9:00pm every night.

I think my next post is going to be an update on how I'm getting on with my new years resolutions.

Let me know what you've been up to while I've been gone?

Spring Wardrobe Clear Out Tips

Now is the perfect time to have a massive clear out, as you can get rid of the old piece you haven't worn for ages or don't fit you to then make room for some new pieces for summer and winter. Having a massive clear out is something I actually really like to do, at the time it might seem like the worst idea ever, but trust me you feel great afterwards. I've put together a few tips to have a successful clear out from the lessons I've learn over the years.

1. Empty everything out
This is something I've learn't there is no point trying to have a clear out when half the items are left in the wardrobe. It then makes it so much easier when putting them back in as you have to individually check each item

2. Be totally honest with yourself 
It's time to be brutal - sorry clothes. It may seem hard to do but it has to be done if you want to make room for some extra clothes! Ask yourself questions I like to ask:
- When was the last time I wore it? if it wasn't with in the last year it's time to go.
- Does it go with 3 other pieces in my wardrobe? I find it pointless to keep lots of items that will only go with one other piece of clothing I own.
- Does it suit me and fit me properly? It's something we're all guilty of buying those jeans in the size smaller in the sale because we're going to loose weight an fit in them. Never happened and still in your wardrobe a year later with the label on - only keep it if it fits you and flatters your figure currently.

3. Be organised 
This goes for when you are sorting them out. I like to make piles on the floor of 'keep' and 'donate', this way there is no mix up and you'll find you can get through all the clothes a lot quicker.
Also when your putting them back into your wardrobe I find it's best to organises them in catogrise e.g. Coats - Jumpers - Tops - Dresses - Skirts - Trousers. Then I like to organise those catorgries by colour. I see some peoples wardrobes and I'm like 'how can you possibly find any clothes to wear in there' as everything is just chucked in (I'm talking about my sister). These steps will just make it easier for you when picking out and putting away clothes. 

4. Make the most of your unwanted clothes 
With your pile of 'donate' make use of them, even if you don't want them somebody else might be extremely grateful for them. I like to donate to friends/family or sell them on depop, you could also donate them to a charity shop.

I've had a massive clear out and I've put a lot of my unwanted clothes on Depop - check out my page it's @WMLJESS (including some makeup too)

Have you had a spring clean recently? 

Spring Shoe Edit

Spring Shoe Edit

It's time to change up your wardrobe again, this includes removing your winter boots and adding in those sandals. I think these T-Bar Sandals are perfect for the spring as on the warmer days you could wear them with a dress or they would look perfect with a pair of jeans too.  I saw these light pink slip on Vans the other day and I thought how perfect they would be for spring and even summer. Healed sandals seem to be quite popular at the moment, I found these tan ones on Topshop, and I've kind of fallen in love with them. I feel like you can defiantly still get away with wearing boots, these shade western boots are perfect and would look great with skirts and dresses. Nude heels are perfect for those spring, late night parties or events.

What's your go to spring shoe?




Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm 

This is the first product I've managed purchase and test out on my products I want to try in 2016. I mentioned how I contacted Neal's Yard asking which products were good for acne scarring and they recommend this because it contains wild rose oil. Wild rose oil also helps to repair and smooth to help to nourish the skin. 

Inside the box, you also receive an organic muslin cloth which is perfect for when you're using the balm for many of its purposes. You can use this balm as an exfoliating cleanser to a moisturiser to a facial treatment. The multipurpose balm is also cruelty-free (along with all of Neal's Yard Products) and it's 99% organic - which is pretty impressive. I love to use this product before I go to bed due to it being so gentle on the skin. Recently I've been suffering from dry skin so I like to apply it directly to the skin to help nourish the skin. Although it's not the best cleanser I like to sometimes use it because of it containing rose oil it helps to reduce the acne scarring I have but also leave my skin feeling great - soft and refreshed. 

The packaging for this product packaging is different to their signature packaging because this packaging was designed for their 10th anniversary, but they decided to keep it on this product. Isn't it so pretty.                

Have you ever tried any products from Neal's Yard?