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Here we have it guys, a brand new year featuring a brand new hairstyle, is anyone really surprised? I knew I wanted 2018 to start with bold new hair. The cut was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time but hadn't quite felt brave enough to commit to. I have a whole post coming soon talking about the reasoning for the hair cut so keep an eye out for that, today, however it's about the colour. Grey is one of the colours that has been massively on trend recently, which is one of the things that both captivated me and deterred me. It's been awesome to see so many people's interpretations and different variations of grey and silver hair, but at the same time I didn't necessarily just want to follow the crowd. And due to unplanned events I feel like I have ended up with quite a unique colour which I'm unbelievably happy with.


I started the hair dyeing process by using Crazy Color's Slate & Graphite and mixing it with Schwarzkopf Live's Steel Silver. I wanted to mix dyes together to make the overall colour a bit more of a unique and darker toned grey rather than a silver grey. I've used Schwarzkopf's colour range before and have always been so happy with how the colour turns out, the colours are always so vibrant and the dyes don't leave your hair feeling too dry. It was my first time using Crazy Color but after hearing so many positive things I opted to give them a try as they were pretty cost friendly and had a huge range of colours. I picked 'Slate' and 'Graphite' because they were not only quite dark toned greys but they also had a slight tone of purple in them which I thought would give the colour good depth.

Once I mixed the dyes together to create a colour I was happy with I put the dye on my hair and left it on for half an hour to allow the colour to fully saturate my hair. Upon washing and drying my hair I discovered that all hadn't gone 100% to plan; the overall colour of my hair had gone quite a nice silvery grey apart from the front of my hair which I'm guessing is the most damaged which had in fact gone a pretty bright blue. It didn't look terrible but it wasn't the most ideal situation.

In order to rectify the situation I picked up a packet of the Colour Freedom Metallics range in Silver Grey. Colour Freedom is one of my favourite artificial colour brands as the dye's go such a long way and the colours always turn out so beautiful. This one definitely saved the day.

I'm now left with this really cool kind of blue toned dark grey which I'm so happy with, it's such a different colour to anything I've had before and I'm also really excited to see how it will change as the colour fades. My biggest tip when dyeing your hair grey is to try to ensure you start the process with as much of a blank canvas as possible, really light blonde - almost white hair to ensure the brassiness or other colour doesn't counteract the grey tones - as you can see the top of my hair still has a bit of warmth left in it which is showing through. I would also ensure you leave it on for exactly the amount of time that it suggests as I left my first batch on a tad longer than recommended and I have a feeling that's why it turned out so blue. 

I would thoroughly recommend trying all three of these brands out if you haven't already and are looking to try a new colour. I've used the Schwarzkopf live and Colour Freedom dyes before so I'd be interested to see how different colours of the Crazy Colour dyes would turn out.

What's your favourite hair dye brand?
Would you be brave enough to try grey hair?
What colour should I go next?

DIY Grey Hair // feat. Colour Freedom, Crazy Color & Schwarzkopf Live.

Here we have it guys, a brand new year featuring a brand new hairstyle, is anyone really surprised? I knew I wanted 2018 to start with bold new hair. The cut was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time but hadn't quite felt brave enough to commit to. I have a whole post coming soon talking about the reasoning for the hair cut so keep an eye out for that, today, however it's about the colour. Grey is one of the colours that has been massively on trend recently, which is one of the things that both captivated me and deterred me. It's been awesome to see so many people's interpretations and different variations of grey and silver hair, but at the same time I didn't necessarily just want to follow the crowd. And due to unplanned events I feel like I have ended up with quite a unique colour which I'm unbelievably happy with.


I started the hair dyeing process by using Crazy Color's Slate & Graphite and mixing it with Schwarzkopf Live's Steel Silver. I wanted to mix dyes together to make the overall colour a bit more of a unique and darker toned grey rather than a silver grey. I've used Schwarzkopf's colour range before and have always been so happy with how the colour turns out, the colours are always so vibrant and the dyes don't leave your hair feeling too dry. It was my first time using Crazy Color but after hearing so many positive things I opted to give them a try as they were pretty cost friendly and had a huge range of colours. I picked 'Slate' and 'Graphite' because they were not only quite dark toned greys but they also had a slight tone of purple in them which I thought would give the colour good depth.

Once I mixed the dyes together to create a colour I was happy with I put the dye on my hair and left it on for half an hour to allow the colour to fully saturate my hair. Upon washing and drying my hair I discovered that all hadn't gone 100% to plan; the overall colour of my hair had gone quite a nice silvery grey apart from the front of my hair which I'm guessing is the most damaged which had in fact gone a pretty bright blue. It didn't look terrible but it wasn't the most ideal situation.

In order to rectify the situation I picked up a packet of the Colour Freedom Metallics range in Silver Grey. Colour Freedom is one of my favourite artificial colour brands as the dye's go such a long way and the colours always turn out so beautiful. This one definitely saved the day.

I'm now left with this really cool kind of blue toned dark grey which I'm so happy with, it's such a different colour to anything I've had before and I'm also really excited to see how it will change as the colour fades. My biggest tip when dyeing your hair grey is to try to ensure you start the process with as much of a blank canvas as possible, really light blonde - almost white hair to ensure the brassiness or other colour doesn't counteract the grey tones - as you can see the top of my hair still has a bit of warmth left in it which is showing through. I would also ensure you leave it on for exactly the amount of time that it suggests as I left my first batch on a tad longer than recommended and I have a feeling that's why it turned out so blue. 

I would thoroughly recommend trying all three of these brands out if you haven't already and are looking to try a new colour. I've used the Schwarzkopf live and Colour Freedom dyes before so I'd be interested to see how different colours of the Crazy Colour dyes would turn out.

What's your favourite hair dye brand?
Would you be brave enough to try grey hair?
What colour should I go next?

Here we have it, my last favourites post of 2017 and I've just about managed to get it up at an acceptable time (within the second week of January is cool right?) It's safe to say I had an absolute mare with these posts last year, but we got there eventually and hopefully this has put me in good stead to be able to get these posts up every month on time for the whole of 2018. So without further ado these are all the things I loved throughout December 2017.

Over the last 6 months or so I've developed a massive obsession with Korean beauty products, but sheet masks have been a new discovery for me, and I'm actually really annoyed at myself that I've only just found them. Once you get over the initial awkwardness of looking a bit weird with a wet sheet on your face they are actually such a game changer. They are so hydrating and leave my skin so soft to touch without being greasy in the slightest. The ones that I currently use are from boots and they have different specific functions, my favourites are the hydrating ones and the energising ones as you can really feel both of them working on your face. I recently bought some new ones back from holiday in Thailand and I've placed an order for some from actual Korean beauty brands so I'll be sure to let you know how they compare.

As I've said in countless favourites posts, during the winter months I really try my best to take good care of my skin, especially upping my exfoliating routine to get rid of any dry, dead skin cells. I have recently become obsessed with coffee scrubs, as an alternative, natural exfoliator. My current go to is the Ground Coconut Coffee Scrub it's incredibly affordable and there is a very generous amount of product in the packaging so it is long lasting. Since using this product I've noticed a massive improvement in the firmness of my skin, it also feels a lot smoother and softer. I've also noticed a huge improvement in the amount of cellulite around my thighs and bum. Another great thing about this product is the scent, it's coffee scented obviously, but it also smells so natural.

As I mentioned in my November FavouritesNetflix is absolutely crushing it at the moment with amazing tv series'. My latest obsession comes in the form of Alias Grace, the premise of the show is based on the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in 1843 and the involvement of Grace Marks. Whilst being based on factual events the show has introduced fictional characters. The mini series follows a doctor interviewing Grace to try and discover whether she is in fact innocent as she claims, the true murderer or whether she is clinically insane. Despite being only 6 episodes long the show is incredibly gripping and constantly leaves you with mixed feelings and confusion as to what the truth is. It is incredibly well made and despite there being a lot of narrative it really keeps your attention through the use of flashbacks. I really like this show because it brings together mental health and murder, such topics I find so interesting. I would thoroughly recommend giving this a watch if you're looking for something that will keep you on the edge of the seat and play with your mind a little.


I got this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream as part of a set last Christmas and somehow I must have forgot I had it as I found it sat unopened in a random makeup bag. Charlotte Tilbury is such a hugely hyped brand that I couldn't believe I'd let it go unopened and thought I ought to finally see what the fuss was about. I can now definitely see what the fuss is about this product is the perfect moisturiser for the winter months, it has an almost oily consistency when it's on the face but doesn't leave your face oily at all. It dries really quickly but also leaves your skin feeling so hydrated, it's one of those products that leaves your face glowing. I'm not sure this is a product I'll be able to replace once it's done with because it is a bit costly, but whilst I have it I am definitely going to continue to reach for it.

In case you didn't already know, every year H&M collaborates with a designer and create a limited edition autumn line. This years collaboration was with Erdem, I initially wasn't convinced they'd be able to top last years collaboration with Kenzo but boy was I very, very wrong. The H&M x ERDEM collaboration was off the chart, the perfect mix of feminine floral prints mixed with a kind of darker, slightly gothic design. It's safe to say it was right up my street, and I was lucky enough to be able to pick up 3 pieces; a floral Jaquard print jacket and trouser suit and a floral, lace blouse... thank you work discount. I am so excited to style these pieces properly and share some proper outfit photos soon.

After years of dyeing, my hair is probably past the point of frazzled and I'm always looking to try something new to bring it back to life. I'd heard people talk about OGX Shampoos and conditioners and rave about them so much but always avoided them due to them a bit too on the pricey side. During December I decided to say fuck it and finally give them a go - partly as well due to a cushty buy one get one free offer, thanks boots - and I'm so glad I did. I opted for the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco because we've all heard about the benefits of moroccan oil and argan oil. Since using these my hair has definitely felt a lot smoother & softer and I've noticed a lot less split ends and frizz.

For my birthday at the beginning of December my best friend treated me to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone Illustrated Edition. It was such a nice surprise, as like many of you I'm sure, I am a massive Harry Potter fan. Whilst I already own countless version of this book, this particular edition is so special, the illustrations by Jim Kay are absolutely beautiful and it makes the whole thing so much more magical. It's definitely the perfect way to introduce the Harry Potter world to children, I don't have any of those so I'm just over here appreciating it myself.

What were your favourite things in December?
Do you have any recommendations for me?

December Favourites


Here we have it, my last favourites post of 2017 and I've just about managed to get it up at an acceptable time (within the second week of January is cool right?) It's safe to say I had an absolute mare with these posts last year, but we got there eventually and hopefully this has put me in good stead to be able to get these posts up every month on time for the whole of 2018. So without further ado these are all the things I loved throughout December 2017.

Over the last 6 months or so I've developed a massive obsession with Korean beauty products, but sheet masks have been a new discovery for me, and I'm actually really annoyed at myself that I've only just found them. Once you get over the initial awkwardness of looking a bit weird with a wet sheet on your face they are actually such a game changer. They are so hydrating and leave my skin so soft to touch without being greasy in the slightest. The ones that I currently use are from boots and they have different specific functions, my favourites are the hydrating ones and the energising ones as you can really feel both of them working on your face. I recently bought some new ones back from holiday in Thailand and I've placed an order for some from actual Korean beauty brands so I'll be sure to let you know how they compare.

As I've said in countless favourites posts, during the winter months I really try my best to take good care of my skin, especially upping my exfoliating routine to get rid of any dry, dead skin cells. I have recently become obsessed with coffee scrubs, as an alternative, natural exfoliator. My current go to is the Ground Coconut Coffee Scrub it's incredibly affordable and there is a very generous amount of product in the packaging so it is long lasting. Since using this product I've noticed a massive improvement in the firmness of my skin, it also feels a lot smoother and softer. I've also noticed a huge improvement in the amount of cellulite around my thighs and bum. Another great thing about this product is the scent, it's coffee scented obviously, but it also smells so natural.

As I mentioned in my November FavouritesNetflix is absolutely crushing it at the moment with amazing tv series'. My latest obsession comes in the form of Alias Grace, the premise of the show is based on the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in 1843 and the involvement of Grace Marks. Whilst being based on factual events the show has introduced fictional characters. The mini series follows a doctor interviewing Grace to try and discover whether she is in fact innocent as she claims, the true murderer or whether she is clinically insane. Despite being only 6 episodes long the show is incredibly gripping and constantly leaves you with mixed feelings and confusion as to what the truth is. It is incredibly well made and despite there being a lot of narrative it really keeps your attention through the use of flashbacks. I really like this show because it brings together mental health and murder, such topics I find so interesting. I would thoroughly recommend giving this a watch if you're looking for something that will keep you on the edge of the seat and play with your mind a little.


I got this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream as part of a set last Christmas and somehow I must have forgot I had it as I found it sat unopened in a random makeup bag. Charlotte Tilbury is such a hugely hyped brand that I couldn't believe I'd let it go unopened and thought I ought to finally see what the fuss was about. I can now definitely see what the fuss is about this product is the perfect moisturiser for the winter months, it has an almost oily consistency when it's on the face but doesn't leave your face oily at all. It dries really quickly but also leaves your skin feeling so hydrated, it's one of those products that leaves your face glowing. I'm not sure this is a product I'll be able to replace once it's done with because it is a bit costly, but whilst I have it I am definitely going to continue to reach for it.

In case you didn't already know, every year H&M collaborates with a designer and create a limited edition autumn line. This years collaboration was with Erdem, I initially wasn't convinced they'd be able to top last years collaboration with Kenzo but boy was I very, very wrong. The H&M x ERDEM collaboration was off the chart, the perfect mix of feminine floral prints mixed with a kind of darker, slightly gothic design. It's safe to say it was right up my street, and I was lucky enough to be able to pick up 3 pieces; a floral Jaquard print jacket and trouser suit and a floral, lace blouse... thank you work discount. I am so excited to style these pieces properly and share some proper outfit photos soon.

After years of dyeing, my hair is probably past the point of frazzled and I'm always looking to try something new to bring it back to life. I'd heard people talk about OGX Shampoos and conditioners and rave about them so much but always avoided them due to them a bit too on the pricey side. During December I decided to say fuck it and finally give them a go - partly as well due to a cushty buy one get one free offer, thanks boots - and I'm so glad I did. I opted for the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco because we've all heard about the benefits of moroccan oil and argan oil. Since using these my hair has definitely felt a lot smoother & softer and I've noticed a lot less split ends and frizz.

For my birthday at the beginning of December my best friend treated me to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone Illustrated Edition. It was such a nice surprise, as like many of you I'm sure, I am a massive Harry Potter fan. Whilst I already own countless version of this book, this particular edition is so special, the illustrations by Jim Kay are absolutely beautiful and it makes the whole thing so much more magical. It's definitely the perfect way to introduce the Harry Potter world to children, I don't have any of those so I'm just over here appreciating it myself.

What were your favourite things in December?
Do you have any recommendations for me?

2017 was not a great year for me for a plethora of reasons, in fact it's safe to say it was a bit of a fucking mess. I'm pretty glad to see the back of it, and I'm quite excited to start a new year with a new mindset and a positive attitude. Obviously the entire year wasn't a complete shambles and there were some special moments; I went to Berlin for the first time, an insanely cool city that I will most definitely be returning to. I went to my first solo gig and saw one of my all time favourite bands: Paramore, then at the end of the year I went to Thailand. It was so nice to end the year on a high and it really cemented for me the kind of year I want 2018 to be.

Rather than looking back and reviewing the past year I want to look forward to the new year and all the opportunities and promise it holds. I want to think about the type of person I want to be and what I want to achieve this year.


BLOGGING GOALS 

I would love to reach 1500 Instagram followers, which with the current state of the algorithm could be a pie in the sky kind of dream. I spent 2017 slowly (and I mean very slowly) creeping up to the 1000 mark where it's plateaued just short of that milestone. My aim is to beat that this year and make huge advances by creating more quality photographs, embracing my own feed style more and engaging more with other bloggers. Would you like to help me begin my 2018 insta journey? My Instagram is @hobbitshairdye_ if you're feeling generous.

My biggest goal for my blog in 2018 is to produce regular and quality content, and more especially content that is true to me. It's so easy to get caught up in the comparison game and feel like what you are doing is not good enough compared to others. I'm always drawn to creators who are unique and embrace their own identity and now it's time for me to take my own advice and have the confidence to embrace my weird and put that out into my space on the internet.

2018 should definitely be a year for love and positivity, which is something the blogging world definitely needs an injection of, as it can be notorious for bitchiness, drama and blogger warfare. My aim is to not get involved or torn down by negativity, nor tear others down and instead build others up. I want to support my fellow bloggers more, be it through simple acts of liking an instagram post or leaving a comment on their latest post. I can't expect people to engage with me and support me if I'm not willing to do the same for them so 2018 is definitely the year for blogger love, and maybe it might create some new friendships along the way.


PERSONAL GOALS 

I say this every year but during 2018 I want to travel more, a lot more than I did in 2017. Travelling is the thing that I think makes me truly happiest, I love to explore new places and see and experience new cultures. It sounds cliche but every time I travel somewhere new I think I come back a slightly better person, learning about new people and opening your mind to others lives is such an important thing. This year I want to explore more of Europe, specifically Italy, Barcelona or Amsterdam. My dream trip for 2018 is to be able to go to Japan, South Korea and Singapore, I'm not sure if my bank balance will agree with this one though.

This year I want to sort out all of the life admin jobs that I've been putting off that I really need to get on with. This includes learning to drive and passing my test, starting to save up towards moving out and thinking more seriously about my future and what I want to do in terms of a career.

My number one goal for 2018 is to practice self care. I have not always been the kindest to myself or treated my body and mind in the best way so this year I really want to focus on number one. My idea of self care covers such a broad horizon. First of all, I want to create a more positive mindset and atmosphere, I want to be kinder to myself and kinder to others so that when they are with me they feel happy. I want to take care of my body and physical health by eating better and working out more, I would like to lose a bit of weight to help me feel a bit more confident, but I do also want to work on feeling positive in the body I'm in. Alongside physical health comes mental health, this is the big one for me, all in all I just want to be happy and I want to work internally on the things that can help me be happy as well as only surrounding myself with positivity and positive people.

All in all for 2018 I just want to be happy, to embrace my quirks and to work hard on turning this blog into the best thing it can be. Buckle up folks because I think 2018 is going to be one hell of a ride.

What were your biggest achievements of 2017?
What are your goals for 2018?

2018


2017 was not a great year for me for a plethora of reasons, in fact it's safe to say it was a bit of a fucking mess. I'm pretty glad to see the back of it, and I'm quite excited to start a new year with a new mindset and a positive attitude. Obviously the entire year wasn't a complete shambles and there were some special moments; I went to Berlin for the first time, an insanely cool city that I will most definitely be returning to. I went to my first solo gig and saw one of my all time favourite bands: Paramore, then at the end of the year I went to Thailand. It was so nice to end the year on a high and it really cemented for me the kind of year I want 2018 to be.

Rather than looking back and reviewing the past year I want to look forward to the new year and all the opportunities and promise it holds. I want to think about the type of person I want to be and what I want to achieve this year.


BLOGGING GOALS 

I would love to reach 1500 Instagram followers, which with the current state of the algorithm could be a pie in the sky kind of dream. I spent 2017 slowly (and I mean very slowly) creeping up to the 1000 mark where it's plateaued just short of that milestone. My aim is to beat that this year and make huge advances by creating more quality photographs, embracing my own feed style more and engaging more with other bloggers. Would you like to help me begin my 2018 insta journey? My Instagram is @hobbitshairdye_ if you're feeling generous.

My biggest goal for my blog in 2018 is to produce regular and quality content, and more especially content that is true to me. It's so easy to get caught up in the comparison game and feel like what you are doing is not good enough compared to others. I'm always drawn to creators who are unique and embrace their own identity and now it's time for me to take my own advice and have the confidence to embrace my weird and put that out into my space on the internet.

2018 should definitely be a year for love and positivity, which is something the blogging world definitely needs an injection of, as it can be notorious for bitchiness, drama and blogger warfare. My aim is to not get involved or torn down by negativity, nor tear others down and instead build others up. I want to support my fellow bloggers more, be it through simple acts of liking an instagram post or leaving a comment on their latest post. I can't expect people to engage with me and support me if I'm not willing to do the same for them so 2018 is definitely the year for blogger love, and maybe it might create some new friendships along the way.


PERSONAL GOALS 

I say this every year but during 2018 I want to travel more, a lot more than I did in 2017. Travelling is the thing that I think makes me truly happiest, I love to explore new places and see and experience new cultures. It sounds cliche but every time I travel somewhere new I think I come back a slightly better person, learning about new people and opening your mind to others lives is such an important thing. This year I want to explore more of Europe, specifically Italy, Barcelona or Amsterdam. My dream trip for 2018 is to be able to go to Japan, South Korea and Singapore, I'm not sure if my bank balance will agree with this one though.

This year I want to sort out all of the life admin jobs that I've been putting off that I really need to get on with. This includes learning to drive and passing my test, starting to save up towards moving out and thinking more seriously about my future and what I want to do in terms of a career.

My number one goal for 2018 is to practice self care. I have not always been the kindest to myself or treated my body and mind in the best way so this year I really want to focus on number one. My idea of self care covers such a broad horizon. First of all, I want to create a more positive mindset and atmosphere, I want to be kinder to myself and kinder to others so that when they are with me they feel happy. I want to take care of my body and physical health by eating better and working out more, I would like to lose a bit of weight to help me feel a bit more confident, but I do also want to work on feeling positive in the body I'm in. Alongside physical health comes mental health, this is the big one for me, all in all I just want to be happy and I want to work internally on the things that can help me be happy as well as only surrounding myself with positivity and positive people.

All in all for 2018 I just want to be happy, to embrace my quirks and to work hard on turning this blog into the best thing it can be. Buckle up folks because I think 2018 is going to be one hell of a ride.

What were your biggest achievements of 2017?
What are your goals for 2018?



Looking for some last minute gift/ card ideas for your 'alternative' (ew I hate that word, but you get what I mean) friends? Look no more.
I'm no Christmas scrooge, but it's safe to say that for me Halloween is number one, and it's so ridiculously difficult to find Halloween/ Spooky things during this time of year. Witchcrafts Christmas collection offers everything you need to create the perfect goth Christmas. The prints and cards are mostly inspired by film and television, but with it's own twist. 
I have been obsessing of Witchcrafts' prints for ages now and own so many pieces already, so when Jess offered me the chance to collaborate with Witchcrafts' Christmas collaboration I very nearly fell of my chair. The thing I love most about this store is that all the artwork is so unique, despite being inspired by things. Jess is such a talented artist and does an outstanding job of creating the perfect witchy designs. I would 100% recommend checking out WITCHCRAFTS if you are looking for something a bit different this Christmas, you will not be disappointed. I think today is the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery so most definitely get on it, if not these pieces are perfect all year round. 


I am so obsessed with all my prints and cards, especially The Nightmare before Christmas one, that will 100% be taking pride of place in my room all year round. This collection is up there with the Halloween collection as being my favourite pieces of art. I am so excited for my Gothmas (goth christmas, duh) now that I've got the perfect decor, and I'm even more excited to see what new goodies are available going into 2018.
I think it's so important around this time of year to support small, independent  businesses, especially those who are creating amazingly creative things. Jess herself is such a talented artist, an incredibly wonderful person and a brilliant blogger so be sure to check her out and give her some love, because this girl is going places and deserves all the support.


What's your favourite Witchcrafts piece?
What are your favourite independent businesses?

Alternative Christmas // Witchcrafts.



Looking for some last minute gift/ card ideas for your 'alternative' (ew I hate that word, but you get what I mean) friends? Look no more.
I'm no Christmas scrooge, but it's safe to say that for me Halloween is number one, and it's so ridiculously difficult to find Halloween/ Spooky things during this time of year. Witchcrafts Christmas collection offers everything you need to create the perfect goth Christmas. The prints and cards are mostly inspired by film and television, but with it's own twist. 
I have been obsessing of Witchcrafts' prints for ages now and own so many pieces already, so when Jess offered me the chance to collaborate with Witchcrafts' Christmas collaboration I very nearly fell of my chair. The thing I love most about this store is that all the artwork is so unique, despite being inspired by things. Jess is such a talented artist and does an outstanding job of creating the perfect witchy designs. I would 100% recommend checking out WITCHCRAFTS if you are looking for something a bit different this Christmas, you will not be disappointed. I think today is the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery so most definitely get on it, if not these pieces are perfect all year round. 


I am so obsessed with all my prints and cards, especially The Nightmare before Christmas one, that will 100% be taking pride of place in my room all year round. This collection is up there with the Halloween collection as being my favourite pieces of art. I am so excited for my Gothmas (goth christmas, duh) now that I've got the perfect decor, and I'm even more excited to see what new goodies are available going into 2018.
I think it's so important around this time of year to support small, independent  businesses, especially those who are creating amazingly creative things. Jess herself is such a talented artist, an incredibly wonderful person and a brilliant blogger so be sure to check her out and give her some love, because this girl is going places and deserves all the support.


What's your favourite Witchcrafts piece?
What are your favourite independent businesses?


So, I think I might have finally cracked this favourites post thing! *insert shocked emoji face here.* I didn't believe such a thing was possible. 

Today I will be sharing all the things I was loving during the month of November, as always we have a bit of a mix of beauty, skincare and random bits and pieces. 

Would it really be a favourites post if I didn't mention Stranger Things 2? It's no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with this programme and I've already written a separate post which basically consists of me fangirling about it, so you can read that here. 

Stranger Things is one of those programmes that completely nails it in every aspect. The casting is on point, it is incredibly well written and it's just very aesthetically pleasing, the fact that this season was set during Halloween was just the best thing ever. I have very strong feelings about this show and hope that it continues to surprise me and blow my mind in season 3. The standout performance for me was from Noah Schnapp who plays Will Buyers. He is such a talented young actor and really shone this series, seriously this kid deserves all the awards this year. 

If I didn't mention a hair dye in this post then something would be seriously wrong. During November I said goodbye to pink hair and hello to peach hair. To create this colour I used my old favourite Bleach London, the colours I used to achieve this colour were Awkward Peach and Washed Out Orange. I opted to use Bleach London because I have used these colours in the past to create peach hair and I was so pleased with how the colour turned out that I knew it would work well. Bleach London is one of the best for creating pastel hair colours as the product is already diluted with conditioner. I am looking to test out some new hair dye brands for the new year, but I imagine that I will always finding myself reaching for these dyes to create some dreamy pastel looks. If you want to know how I dyed my hair peach you can read my post explaining my method here. 

We are officially into the chill of Winter and as such my skin is taking a battering, it's become so dry and cracked, so I've really been trying to take better care of my skin by actual creating a daily skincare routine. I found myself reaching for this Clinique skincare set that I actually received for my birthday last year. It is the 3 step skincare set for dry/combination skin. The first step is a mild liquid face soap. I use this after I've taken my makeup off or first thing in the morning, it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and extra clean. This second step is the Clarifying lotion, this is especially good for getting right into the skin and getting rid of any excess makeup and dirt, you can definitely feel this working, the only issue I have with this product is that it smells slightly chemically. The third product in this set is the Hydrating Moisturiser, I normally only reach for this product in the morning as it makes your skin feel very fresh and awake, my face feels so new after I've used this product. A little definitely goes a long way with this product, so make sure you don't use too much at once otherwise it can leave your face slightly greasy. 



Netflix has really out done itself with programmes this year, I've been seriously binging over the last couple of months. My current most favourite is probably Mind Hunter. Set during the late 70's, the show depicts the beginnings of criminal psychology and profiling at the FBI. The programme mainly focuses on FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who begin to interview serial killers to attempt to understand the psychology behind the murders to help solve ongoing cases. This programme is right up my street, I love anything to do with serial killers, it's such a fascinating topic to me. I won't give away too much information as I intend to write a more in depth post on why I like this programme so much. Mind Hunter is a bit of a slow burner action wise, as it features a lot of talking and psychological aspects, so it definitely requires concentration, but it's 100% worth it. I'm so excited to see what direction they take it in next season. If you, like me are a bit of a weirdo and are interested in serial killers then this is definitely one for you.

The last item is another Skincare one, Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I use this product a couple of nights a week before I go to bed just to give my skin a bit of extra moisture for when I'm asleep. The product is designed to 'quench skin's thirst' and I do definitely notice that my skin feels a lot more hydrated on days when I've used this the night before. The consistency is very light, it doesn't weigh down your face or make it feel greasy because it sinks into the skin so quickly. 

So there we have it, all the things I was loving during November, I can't believe the year is nearly over. I can't wait to try lots of new stuff in 2018, I definitely want it to be one for stepping out of my comfort zone. Hopefully I can end the year on a high and have my December favourites up before the end of the year, we shall see. 

Do you have any recommendations for me based on any of the things I've mentioned? Specifically hair dye brands, I have lots of colour plans for the new year so let me know your favourite colours and go to brands.

November Favourites



So, I think I might have finally cracked this favourites post thing! *insert shocked emoji face here.* I didn't believe such a thing was possible. 

Today I will be sharing all the things I was loving during the month of November, as always we have a bit of a mix of beauty, skincare and random bits and pieces. 

Would it really be a favourites post if I didn't mention Stranger Things 2? It's no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with this programme and I've already written a separate post which basically consists of me fangirling about it, so you can read that here. 

Stranger Things is one of those programmes that completely nails it in every aspect. The casting is on point, it is incredibly well written and it's just very aesthetically pleasing, the fact that this season was set during Halloween was just the best thing ever. I have very strong feelings about this show and hope that it continues to surprise me and blow my mind in season 3. The standout performance for me was from Noah Schnapp who plays Will Buyers. He is such a talented young actor and really shone this series, seriously this kid deserves all the awards this year. 

If I didn't mention a hair dye in this post then something would be seriously wrong. During November I said goodbye to pink hair and hello to peach hair. To create this colour I used my old favourite Bleach London, the colours I used to achieve this colour were Awkward Peach and Washed Out Orange. I opted to use Bleach London because I have used these colours in the past to create peach hair and I was so pleased with how the colour turned out that I knew it would work well. Bleach London is one of the best for creating pastel hair colours as the product is already diluted with conditioner. I am looking to test out some new hair dye brands for the new year, but I imagine that I will always finding myself reaching for these dyes to create some dreamy pastel looks. If you want to know how I dyed my hair peach you can read my post explaining my method here. 

We are officially into the chill of Winter and as such my skin is taking a battering, it's become so dry and cracked, so I've really been trying to take better care of my skin by actual creating a daily skincare routine. I found myself reaching for this Clinique skincare set that I actually received for my birthday last year. It is the 3 step skincare set for dry/combination skin. The first step is a mild liquid face soap. I use this after I've taken my makeup off or first thing in the morning, it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and extra clean. This second step is the Clarifying lotion, this is especially good for getting right into the skin and getting rid of any excess makeup and dirt, you can definitely feel this working, the only issue I have with this product is that it smells slightly chemically. The third product in this set is the Hydrating Moisturiser, I normally only reach for this product in the morning as it makes your skin feel very fresh and awake, my face feels so new after I've used this product. A little definitely goes a long way with this product, so make sure you don't use too much at once otherwise it can leave your face slightly greasy. 



Netflix has really out done itself with programmes this year, I've been seriously binging over the last couple of months. My current most favourite is probably Mind Hunter. Set during the late 70's, the show depicts the beginnings of criminal psychology and profiling at the FBI. The programme mainly focuses on FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who begin to interview serial killers to attempt to understand the psychology behind the murders to help solve ongoing cases. This programme is right up my street, I love anything to do with serial killers, it's such a fascinating topic to me. I won't give away too much information as I intend to write a more in depth post on why I like this programme so much. Mind Hunter is a bit of a slow burner action wise, as it features a lot of talking and psychological aspects, so it definitely requires concentration, but it's 100% worth it. I'm so excited to see what direction they take it in next season. If you, like me are a bit of a weirdo and are interested in serial killers then this is definitely one for you.

The last item is another Skincare one, Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I use this product a couple of nights a week before I go to bed just to give my skin a bit of extra moisture for when I'm asleep. The product is designed to 'quench skin's thirst' and I do definitely notice that my skin feels a lot more hydrated on days when I've used this the night before. The consistency is very light, it doesn't weigh down your face or make it feel greasy because it sinks into the skin so quickly. 

So there we have it, all the things I was loving during November, I can't believe the year is nearly over. I can't wait to try lots of new stuff in 2018, I definitely want it to be one for stepping out of my comfort zone. Hopefully I can end the year on a high and have my December favourites up before the end of the year, we shall see. 

Do you have any recommendations for me based on any of the things I've mentioned? Specifically hair dye brands, I have lots of colour plans for the new year so let me know your favourite colours and go to brands.

I'm officially old... not really but it kind of feels it. Yesterday I turned 25, I know, I still look about 9. In the lead up to 25 there was a lot of stressing and flapping, but now that it's here it feels exactly the same as 24 did - even if I did wake up on my birthday with an aching back. I'm personally not the biggest fan of my birthday, I don't like drawing massive amounts of attention to it, but since it's kind of a milestone birthday I thought I'd share a list of things I want to achieve and do during my 25th year.

1. Learn to Drive // Pass my Driving Test.
2. Be more organised.
3. Get 3 more piercings. 
4. Make time to see people.
5. Travel More // Plan a trip to Europe or Japan.
6. Start doing Yoga. 
7. Be able to do the splits again.
8. See more live music.
9. Invest in a good camera.
10. Make my beauty / skincare collection cruelty free.
11. Drop a dress size & become more toned. 
12. Help make my best friends wedding be amazing.
13. Stress Less // Appreciate More.
14. Learn Guitar.
15. Put more time and effort into this blog.
16. Run a half marathon. 
17. Put money aside for a rainy day.
18. Learn Japanese/ Korean.
19. Take better care of my mental wellbeing.
20. Laugh a lot more than I did at 24.

A few big things, a few little things. Hopefully they are all achievable things... I guess we'll see in a years time. 

25 things for 25


I'm officially old... not really but it kind of feels it. Yesterday I turned 25, I know, I still look about 9. In the lead up to 25 there was a lot of stressing and flapping, but now that it's here it feels exactly the same as 24 did - even if I did wake up on my birthday with an aching back. I'm personally not the biggest fan of my birthday, I don't like drawing massive amounts of attention to it, but since it's kind of a milestone birthday I thought I'd share a list of things I want to achieve and do during my 25th year.

1. Learn to Drive // Pass my Driving Test.
2. Be more organised.
3. Get 3 more piercings. 
4. Make time to see people.
5. Travel More // Plan a trip to Europe or Japan.
6. Start doing Yoga. 
7. Be able to do the splits again.
8. See more live music.
9. Invest in a good camera.
10. Make my beauty / skincare collection cruelty free.
11. Drop a dress size & become more toned. 
12. Help make my best friends wedding be amazing.
13. Stress Less // Appreciate More.
14. Learn Guitar.
15. Put more time and effort into this blog.
16. Run a half marathon. 
17. Put money aside for a rainy day.
18. Learn Japanese/ Korean.
19. Take better care of my mental wellbeing.
20. Laugh a lot more than I did at 24.

A few big things, a few little things. Hopefully they are all achievable things... I guess we'll see in a years time. 

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of months you will know that Stranger Things is back. I honestly don't think I'd been that excited for anything in my life before. I binge watched it in one night and have rewatched it countlessly since, I am a big ol fangirl. 

Having rewatched both series I'm finding it really hard to pick a favourite, but I think maybe season 2 slightly wins just because I feel like theres a bit more depth in this series as we see more character development and background stories. I also love that this season is set in the 80's so we are treated to all the 80's style, pop culture and movie references. 

Since Stranger Things is probably one of my all time favourite tv shows, I thought I would share with you my favourite bits... I hope it doesn't suck. (If you know, you know.)

This post will contain spoilers so if you haven't watched it yet then first of all, what the hell have you been doing? Second of all, make sure you binge before you read because you don't want this show ruined by spoilers. 


Will Buyers.

We barely saw any of this kid in season one and he came across as a bit of a drippy character, but through that you could definitely see so much acting potential. I really wanted them to utilise Will more in season 2 and have him as a more involved character. So, it's safe to say I was very pleased to see how much he features in Season 2. It was so great to see him interact with the other cast members but also keeping that sense of internal loneliness. I love the way they gave him a connection to the Mindflayer, giving him so much more depth and layers. That scene where he has having a fit in the field gave me actual goosebumps. For me Noah Schnapp gave the standout performance of the series, such a talented young actor, this kid really deserves all the awards for that performance. 

Halloween.

The series is set during and around Halloween which just makes it all the more better, the American halloween vibes are so dreamy. I love that the kids went as Ghostbusters and arrived at school being the only ones dressed up. That's definitely the kind of thing I'd have done as a child. It being set around Halloween made the whole thing so much more spooky and gave it an extra sci-fi element. The fact that the series was released in October and Halloween elements in it made it all the more enjoyable and was the perfect autumn night viewing.


Mad Max.

Season 2 introduced some new characters, which I must admit I was apprehensive about because I loved the chemistry between the cast in the first series and loved the set up, but of course it is essential for progression to introduce new characters into the mix. One of the characters we are introduced to is Mad Max, who the boys first encounter when they discover someone has been beating their video game scores at the arcade. She is a fiesty, sassy and slightly cynical pre teen who ends up knocking her step brother out with a syringe and despite the others initial rejection, becomes a valued member of the group. I'm really excited to see how she integrates with the other characters more in season 3, and I'm really hoping her and Eleven will actually get to become friends.

Hopper & Eleven.

I loved their relationship this season, and I love how it came to be. From him finding her to them developing a father and daughter type bond. Being from completely different settings there are no doubts plenty of arguments, and with a confused, angry telepathic pre teen in the house you can definitely expect a lot more than door slamming. I love the way they come back to one another, you can see that they both care and want to protect one another. That final scene when Hopper is given Eleven's birth certificate with his surname on it melted my heart and I love how he made sure she had time outside to go to the snow ball. These two are so cute and I can't wait for more of their relationship next season.


Dustin.

He's always been my favourite of the gang, and this series really reiterates this for me. He has all new attitude, sass and teeth. Prrr. I really feel for Dustin in this series because you can tell he just wants to be accepted and appreciated, and that's why he makes the somewhat careless decision to befriend 'Dart' a 'Demodog.' I loved his and Steve's relationship this series, with the latter even giving him a sick new hairdo for the dance. The scene when no one wanted to dance with him made me sob, and I'm so glad Nancy saved the day for him. Dustin is such a little cutie and Gaten Matarazzo is such a talented young actor. 

Bob.

I'm not entirely sure I can talk about Bob with out blubbing. 

Another new character we were introduced to in season 2 was Bob, Joyce's new boyfriend. Bob is shown to be the slightly clueless but heart of gold, genuine nice guy who I believe was perfect for Joyce. He was so caring to her and to Will & Jonathon. I loved that he was a bit of a nerd, and his entire scene dressed as Dracula was absolute telly gold. I had an inkling in the beginning that there was going to be a twist with his character, initially I was worried he was going to turn out to be a baddie but the truth was much worse. His death scene was so heartbreaking to watch, I had genuine tears. Portrayed by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee in Lotr.) And much like Sam, Bob was an under appreciated hero. I'm so annoyed that their wasn't any mention of him again at the end of the series.  Not ok. RIP Bob Newby. Superhero. 

Elevens Back Story.

This time around we learn about Eleven's real back story before she was Eleven at all. She finds her birth mother who is barely with it and using her telepathic powers discovers her true identity and that she has a sister with the same powers also. This entire story line was so essential for the character development of Eleven, and also broke up the sci fi action to give raw emotional elements. 

Joyce // Winona Ryder.

Joyce is back being her usual wacky self, just a few steps away from a nervous breakdown, and do we blame her really? I feel like it's not really Stranger Things unless her living room is covered in some sort of random wall scribblings; last time it was the iconic Christmas lights, this time we have Will's scribbled mind map. Winona Ryder in this role will just always be epic, she plays the role so well and I actually couldn't imagine it being the same without her. 

Papa Steve.

And the award for the biggest character development goes to: Mr Steve Harrington. It's safe to say that in the first series that Steve was a bit of a dick. I really wasn't a fan. I'm pleased to say my mind has been changed. I love how we see a more vulnerable and caring side to Steve. I love that he takes on the role of baby sitter and basically keeps the kids alive whilst dealing with their disobedience. The Meme's that have come out of Steve being the typical 'Soccer Mom' are probably some of my favourite things on the internet. I especially love his relationship with Dustin, how he takes him under his wing, the way he dropped him off at the dance was so cute. He's definitely earned his stripes as a proper member of the Stranger Things gang. 

There we have some of the things I loved about Stranger Things series 2, if I'd have mentioned all the things I loved about it, we'd be here all night. 

What were your season 2 highlights?
Which season is your favourite?
What are you hoping to see in season 3?

Stranger Things Series 2


Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of months you will know that Stranger Things is back. I honestly don't think I'd been that excited for anything in my life before. I binge watched it in one night and have rewatched it countlessly since, I am a big ol fangirl. 

Having rewatched both series I'm finding it really hard to pick a favourite, but I think maybe season 2 slightly wins just because I feel like theres a bit more depth in this series as we see more character development and background stories. I also love that this season is set in the 80's so we are treated to all the 80's style, pop culture and movie references. 

Since Stranger Things is probably one of my all time favourite tv shows, I thought I would share with you my favourite bits... I hope it doesn't suck. (If you know, you know.)

This post will contain spoilers so if you haven't watched it yet then first of all, what the hell have you been doing? Second of all, make sure you binge before you read because you don't want this show ruined by spoilers. 


Will Buyers.

We barely saw any of this kid in season one and he came across as a bit of a drippy character, but through that you could definitely see so much acting potential. I really wanted them to utilise Will more in season 2 and have him as a more involved character. So, it's safe to say I was very pleased to see how much he features in Season 2. It was so great to see him interact with the other cast members but also keeping that sense of internal loneliness. I love the way they gave him a connection to the Mindflayer, giving him so much more depth and layers. That scene where he has having a fit in the field gave me actual goosebumps. For me Noah Schnapp gave the standout performance of the series, such a talented young actor, this kid really deserves all the awards for that performance. 

Halloween.

The series is set during and around Halloween which just makes it all the more better, the American halloween vibes are so dreamy. I love that the kids went as Ghostbusters and arrived at school being the only ones dressed up. That's definitely the kind of thing I'd have done as a child. It being set around Halloween made the whole thing so much more spooky and gave it an extra sci-fi element. The fact that the series was released in October and Halloween elements in it made it all the more enjoyable and was the perfect autumn night viewing.


Mad Max.

Season 2 introduced some new characters, which I must admit I was apprehensive about because I loved the chemistry between the cast in the first series and loved the set up, but of course it is essential for progression to introduce new characters into the mix. One of the characters we are introduced to is Mad Max, who the boys first encounter when they discover someone has been beating their video game scores at the arcade. She is a fiesty, sassy and slightly cynical pre teen who ends up knocking her step brother out with a syringe and despite the others initial rejection, becomes a valued member of the group. I'm really excited to see how she integrates with the other characters more in season 3, and I'm really hoping her and Eleven will actually get to become friends.

Hopper & Eleven.

I loved their relationship this season, and I love how it came to be. From him finding her to them developing a father and daughter type bond. Being from completely different settings there are no doubts plenty of arguments, and with a confused, angry telepathic pre teen in the house you can definitely expect a lot more than door slamming. I love the way they come back to one another, you can see that they both care and want to protect one another. That final scene when Hopper is given Eleven's birth certificate with his surname on it melted my heart and I love how he made sure she had time outside to go to the snow ball. These two are so cute and I can't wait for more of their relationship next season.


Dustin.

He's always been my favourite of the gang, and this series really reiterates this for me. He has all new attitude, sass and teeth. Prrr. I really feel for Dustin in this series because you can tell he just wants to be accepted and appreciated, and that's why he makes the somewhat careless decision to befriend 'Dart' a 'Demodog.' I loved his and Steve's relationship this series, with the latter even giving him a sick new hairdo for the dance. The scene when no one wanted to dance with him made me sob, and I'm so glad Nancy saved the day for him. Dustin is such a little cutie and Gaten Matarazzo is such a talented young actor. 

Bob.

I'm not entirely sure I can talk about Bob with out blubbing. 

Another new character we were introduced to in season 2 was Bob, Joyce's new boyfriend. Bob is shown to be the slightly clueless but heart of gold, genuine nice guy who I believe was perfect for Joyce. He was so caring to her and to Will & Jonathon. I loved that he was a bit of a nerd, and his entire scene dressed as Dracula was absolute telly gold. I had an inkling in the beginning that there was going to be a twist with his character, initially I was worried he was going to turn out to be a baddie but the truth was much worse. His death scene was so heartbreaking to watch, I had genuine tears. Portrayed by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee in Lotr.) And much like Sam, Bob was an under appreciated hero. I'm so annoyed that their wasn't any mention of him again at the end of the series.  Not ok. RIP Bob Newby. Superhero. 

Elevens Back Story.

This time around we learn about Eleven's real back story before she was Eleven at all. She finds her birth mother who is barely with it and using her telepathic powers discovers her true identity and that she has a sister with the same powers also. This entire story line was so essential for the character development of Eleven, and also broke up the sci fi action to give raw emotional elements. 

Joyce // Winona Ryder.

Joyce is back being her usual wacky self, just a few steps away from a nervous breakdown, and do we blame her really? I feel like it's not really Stranger Things unless her living room is covered in some sort of random wall scribblings; last time it was the iconic Christmas lights, this time we have Will's scribbled mind map. Winona Ryder in this role will just always be epic, she plays the role so well and I actually couldn't imagine it being the same without her. 

Papa Steve.

And the award for the biggest character development goes to: Mr Steve Harrington. It's safe to say that in the first series that Steve was a bit of a dick. I really wasn't a fan. I'm pleased to say my mind has been changed. I love how we see a more vulnerable and caring side to Steve. I love that he takes on the role of baby sitter and basically keeps the kids alive whilst dealing with their disobedience. The Meme's that have come out of Steve being the typical 'Soccer Mom' are probably some of my favourite things on the internet. I especially love his relationship with Dustin, how he takes him under his wing, the way he dropped him off at the dance was so cute. He's definitely earned his stripes as a proper member of the Stranger Things gang. 

There we have some of the things I loved about Stranger Things series 2, if I'd have mentioned all the things I loved about it, we'd be here all night. 

What were your season 2 highlights?
Which season is your favourite?
What are you hoping to see in season 3?

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