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My 2018 Goals

One thing I've learnt in 2017, is that setting goals really is essential. They help you know where you are going, and they motivate you as you see yourself getting closer to your end goal, or achieving a goal. I didn't used to set myself goals, and I found myself just aimlessly working on my blog, and personal stuff, with out actually knowing when I'd accomplished anything. So here's a few things I'd like to accomplish in 2018.

New Year, New Boots

As much as I want to go out and buy enough new boots to fill my room, I can't afford to do that. So instead, I put together a wish list type post with some of the boots that I have fallen in love with whilst window shopping. Yes, just window shopping. 

Blogmas Day 24 || It's a Wrap || Blogmas 2017

Well, well, well... What a month. I can't believe it's over already if I'm honest. After doing Blogmas last year, and not being very well prepared, this year I tried my best to prepare and plan for it earlier on in the year. Did it help?

Blogmas Day 23 || Prime This Christmas

Everyone loves a good Christmas film and, although I love Netflix, I find that Amazon Prime has a much better choice when it comes to films. So I thought I'd put together a post with a few of the films that I've spotted on Prime and plan on spending my Christmas watching.

Blogmas Day 22 || The Perfect New Years Palette For £4

Like I've said before, I will use practically any excuse to buy new makeup. So what better excuse than wanting some new shades to create the perfect New Years makeup look on a budget. Who better to turn to when on a budget than Revolution.

Blogmas Day 21 || Blogs I've Been Loving

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There are so many amazing blogs out there, and sometimes I find it so difficult to step out of my little bubble and discover new ones. So I thought I'd put together a post featuring some of the blogs that I have reading a lot lately, and that I'd highly recommend.

Blogmas Day 20 || My Favorite Posts From 2017

Inspired by Jemma, over at Dorkface, I decided to do a post featuring my favorite posts (of mine) from this year. After reading Jemma's post "A Collection Of My Favorite Blog Posts Ever"  , I thought it was a brilliant way to not only share you best posts, but also motivate yourself and look back at the hard work you've put into your blog. Although, I am only doing this year.

Blogmas Day 19 || Pamper Evening

This time of year can be rather stressful for a lot of people, with Christmas approaching fast, gifts needing to be bough, jobs needing to be finished and lots of social events to attend. Something that you need to remind yourself is that self care is also very important. So here's a few things I use to pamper myself when everything gets a bit too much. 

Blogmas Day 18 || Three Outfits For New Years

Although I'm not one to go out for New Years, I do like putting outfits together and pretending I actually have somewhere to go. Which is why I own many dresses that I've only worn once. So I thought it'd be fun to put together a few outfits that'd I wear for New Years. 

Blogmas Day 17 || Quick & Easy Christmas Biscuits

As much as I love baking, the time and effort that goes into it means I don't really do it that often. But with Christmas coming up, I thought I'd find a quick and easy Christmas biscuits recipe to try and share with you guys. So after a quick search on google, I found this one on the BBC website.

Blogmas Day 16 || Envy Pro Hair

I'm not usually one to put much effort into my hair because not matter what I do, it always looks the same. If I curl it, it's straight again in half and hour. If I use products in it, depending on the product, it just gets greasy really fast. So I just don't really bother. So when Envy Pro* sent me some of their products, I thought it was the perfect time to start putting a bit of effort into my hair.

Blogmas Day 15 || Budget Friendly Christmas Palette

I'm not going to lie, I will use any excuse to go out and buy a new palette. So of course, when I was planning Blogmas, finding a new palette to feature was a must. I went for this one, because not only do I love Revolutions palettes, but it was only £10 and it looks pretty. It also has a lovely range of glittery shades perfect for a Christmas makeup look. 

Blogmas Day 14 || Pick & Melt This Christmas

Ahhhh the sweet smell of Christmas, isn't it great? I love it, and I have managed to get myself a large collection of Christmas scents this year and I am loving them. Pick'n'Melt* so kindly sent me out some of their Christmas scents along with their wax burner and it's making it hard for me to choose which one to burn each evening. 

Blogmas Day 13 || Tips To Fight Off The Winter Blues

One thing I've been struggling with lately is staying focused and motivated. Getting home from work in the dark and having the energy to get stuff done and work on my blog is very difficult. A few weeks ago I got home with all the intentions of writing up some Blogmas posts, I sat down with my laptop and before I knew it I was fast asleep and nothing got done. So I've been trying out a few things to get my energy back and I'm feeling much more motivated now, here's how.

Blogmas Day 12 || Style Inspo: Christmas Edition

One of my favorite things about Christmas is definitely buying a new cheesy Christmas jumper, but I always find it so difficult finding one that I love because there are so many of them. So I've put together a list of my favorite ones, just in case you have the same taste as me and want to know where to look for them.

Blogmas Day 11 || Festive Nails

What's the best way to show your festive spirit than to through your nails? It's subtle enough for an everyday bit of Christmas in your outfit. So when I was so kindly sent a set of Leighton Denny's festive nail polishes*, I decided to have some fun and try out some festive looks to share with you guys.

Blogmas Day 10 || Netflix Series To Binge Watch This Christmas

The further I get into Blogmas, the more I realize that my goals for this Christmas are just to binge watch films and series, read and soak up as much as Christmas as I can. I mean, sounds great to me so I'm not complaining. So I thought I'd share a few of the things I've been watching on Netflix lately, as that is something I spend a lot of time doing.

Blogmas Day 9 || It Smells Like Christmas

If you know me, which you probably don't, you'll know that I am a very big fan of candles and wax melts. I find coming home and lighting a lovely scented candle is the most relaxing thing to do. Are you watching a film? Light a candle. Having a bath? Light a candle. Blogging? Light a candle. Always light a candle. What I love more than candles, are wax melts. Wax melts give off a much stronger smell than candles, making them a better option for a more open space like your front room. 

Blogmas Day 8 || Bomb Cosmetics This Christmas

Originally, I was planning on buying loads of Christmas themed bath bombs and creamers from Bomb Cosmetics, but when I got on their website I just couldn't decided what ones to get. They have so many that I filled my basket up and had to stop myself from spending more money than I have.
So when I saw their gift packs, I decided to buy one and try the bath blasters from that. Yes, I bought a gift bag for myself with the excuse of using it for a Blogmas post.

Blogmas Day 7 || Mad Beauty For Christmas*

As much as I love buying main presents for Christmas, the stockings are so much more fun to put together. Last year I included a lot of bath stuff and small products in my mums, because everybody loves a good bath product. So when Mad Beauty* sent me some of their Christmas goodies, I was very excited to see what they had.

Blogmas Day 6 || Christmas books on a budget

I love a good book. There's nothing more satisfying than snuggling up on the sofa with a decent book and diving deep into an imaginary world that you get far too emotionally invested in and don't know what to do with yourself once you finish it. Am I right? Yes, yes I am. Unfortunately, if you're on a budget this Christmas like me, you can't go spending money on yourself when you still have presents to buy. So here's where to get your book fix on a budget.

Blogmas Day 5 || ImPRESS This Christmas*

Personally I never use fake nails, as my natural nails are rather long anyway and fake ones never seem to last very long without damaging my nails. So when I was sent these KISS ImPRESS nails*, I was a bit unsure about whether I'd like them or not, but I gave them a go anyway as I loved the designs on them. After all, sticking a nail with a design on is much quicker than spending the time on the design yourself.

Blogmas Day 4 || Two Years of Bethan's Blog

I can't believe I've had this blog for two years now, that's crazy... It only feels like yesterday that I started it. I am so happy with my how far my blog has come in two years and I'm really looking forward to taking it even further. I have learned so much since I started my blog, and I've met amazing people too.

Blogmas Day 3 || Online Shops For Stocking Fillers

I love Christmas, I love the time of year and how cozy it is and I love filling stockings up with small, funny gifts for everyone to open and have a laugh on Christmas morning. Last year I did my Mum's, Brother's and Max's (the dog) stockings and I had so much fun filling them with pointless things for them to open. To be fair, it wasn't all pointless stuff... There were some useful stuff in there too. So here's a post, with some websites I'd use to buy stocking fillers online.

Blogmas Day 2 || Small Businesses to Shop From This Christmas

Christmas shopping, it's half the fun of Christmas right? I personally love shopping, especially when it comes to buying gifts. So when Christmas comes around, I am always on the look out for some unique gifts for the amazing people in my life. I found that the best place to find unique gifts is through smaller businesses, and that also means you're supporting them in a small way that makes a massive difference. So I tweeted out asking for smaller businesses to check out, and put together a few of my favorites for you guys.

Blogmas Day 1 || Plans & Tips For This Years Blogmas

First of all, welcome to Blogmas here on Bethan's Blog. After the stress of last years Blogmas I wasn't sure if I'd be doing it again, but I decided in summer to give it another go and actually plan for it this time so hopefully it won't be as stressful. For my first post I thought I'd give you an idea of what I plan on posting this month and some tips in case you're doing Blogmas for the first time.