Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Insta-Lately // February 2017

It's time to share my past month through the medium of my instagram feed - if you fancy following along then my insta is @belsmay13 :) I'm attempting to post every single day of 2017 so if you want to see the other photos that didn't make the cut for this post then head over there!

I decided to completely overhaul our spare room when I was off work for a couple of weeks this month, we laid a new floor and built some new bookcases and I'm obsessed with how it turned out! It's infinitely more of an aesthetically pleasing 'beauty room' and not just a spare room now! 

Also whilst I was on annual leave I decided to give nail extensions another go (again...), whilst I loved them and how pretty they looked, they're just so impractical! But oh so pretty...

I had my first GBK experience this month - I was so impressed! It has definitely made my top 3 of burgers (it just doesn't beat Shake Shack (no.1) or Five Guys (no.2)!), so yummy! Although, the fact that it's not too much of a detour on my way home is quite unfortunate...

I felt like treating myself and splurged on a couple more of Charlotte Tilbury lip products - the new Pillow Talk lipstick and the Pink Venus lip cheat! I've been wearing these two lip combos pretty much non-stop ever since! Plus, I'm so proud of this photo, I love how it turned out!

I'm about a year too late on jumping on the whole bullet journal bandwagon, but better late than never hey? I've finally set one up to use for the ol' blog and I've found it so helpful in keeping me organised and on track with keeping up with posting/promoting regularly.

I received this Olivia Burton watch for Christmas (I'm such a watch person, I bloomin' love them!) and I only just wore it out for the first time, I love it! I'm a #navyornothing kinda gal and I'm all about anything rose gold so this is right up my street! I've got my eye on the bracelet now too...

I was really struggling this month with the attack of midnight anxieties, so I've been trying to create a pre-bed routine that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to try and combat them! What more than fuzzy socks and Harry Potter does anyone need?  

I may be an anti-valentines day single pringle, but I did have the cutest Valentine ever this year! 

Sharing a photo on my instagram every day is really forcing me to try and be more creative with and improve my photos. Flatlays are a weakness of mine but I really like how this one came out! 

I'm no chef (far, far from it!) but I made myself an epic nutella and banana french toast for breakfast a couple of times this month, it was bloody delicious!



Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Daily Essentials

Everyone has those things they just can't get through the day without - well tbh you could, but it'd be a struggle! So I thought I'd have share a little roundup of my daily essentials, those bits and pieces that make each day run a little smoother:

  • Setting my alarm ten minutes early - having those extra ten minutes to scroll through social media fully wake up before I actually have to start my day really help to ease me into things.
  • Hair mousse - finding this mousse has been a game-changer, it's saved me from having to wash my hair every morning (yessss!) - anything that gives me longer in bed in a morning is a win from me!
  • A speedy makeup routine - like this one! Because I don't feel ready for the day if I don't look at least a little put together.
  • My morning cup of tea - my first cuppa of the day is my favourite, I think it always tastes the best!
  • Spritzing my favourite perfume before I run out the door.
  • Wearing my sketchers shoes for work - they're not the most aesthetically pleasing shoes ever, but bloody hell they are so comfy for spending the majority of my shifts on my feet, running round the lab!
  • A carefully curated pen selection - I'm a stationery addict and my labcoat pen selection has been carefully curated. Having a packed pocket of pens may seem excessive, but I seriously do use them all every day!
  • An afternoon diet coke - I need this little caffeine boost to get me through the second half of my day, otherwise I end up being a smidge grumpy...
  • Listening to a country playlist on the way home from work - I've become quite partial to a drive ft. a sing-a-long.
  • Getting some headspace - I've been making a conscious effort to work more on my self-care lately, and this app has really been helping focus my meditation through a ten minute training session each night. I've become really dependent on that time to help calm my mind.
  • My pre-bed moisturising routine - this overnight face mask, this lip balm and this hand salve are my dry skin saviours for the winter.

So these are my daily essentials, what are yours? Are any of my daily essentials the same as yours? Lemme know in the comments!

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