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As if it's this time of year again! This is my first Christmas post of the season and I'm so excited, I'm beginning to get into the Christmas spirit. Over the past couple of years, I've usually uploaded this post in December but I was thinking most people do their shopping earlier so after doing a poll on Twitter lots of you said to post it this weekend, so here it is! I've really enjoyed putting it together this year, it's one of my favorites posts to create each year - I hope you like it. Also, I'm sorry for the amount of gold - everyone loves gold, right? This gift guide is kind of a list of all the things I'm liking! 

What's on your Christmas list this year?
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  

Mini Lush Skincare Haul

I haven't been to Lush for ages so I made a trip to my local one recently. Even though it was full of Christmas products, I restricted and just bought some skincare products. This year I've been trying to improve my skincare products as I'm trying really hard to improve and keep my skin to be the best it's ever been. This post is a haul on why I brought them but also my first impressions of them as I've only used them a couple of times. I'm thinking of doing a skincare routine soon so let me know if you'd like to see one.

I've tried a few of their fresh face masks but I'm yet to try Rosy CheeksThis one appealed to me not just because it's a cute baby pink but because recently my skin can sometimes feel sensitive and dry. It's aimed to help calm and soothe redness to help cleanse and smooth the skin. I've only used this once and I did find that my skin feels calmer which is good for acne and sensitive skin. Some of the ingredients and their benefits are Calamine Powder which helps to calm the skin while cleansing, Rose Oil to help reduce the redness and nourish your skin tones and Kaoline to remove all the dirt. I'm yet decided if I really like it because there are others I prefer but if my skin is feeling sensitive and sore it's probably the best for that. However, with the fresh face masks, you have to always use them within in 2 weeks and keep in the fridge.

The next product I purposely went in to try and that's the Dark Angels Cleanser. This cleanser is especially good for when you feel like your skin needs a good cleanse to help remove all the dirt because it's a gritty cleanser - I like these because you feel as if they are really cleaning your skin but especially with this one your not being harsh to the skin. Inside this cleanser there are quite a lot of beneficial ingredients such as Charcoal and Black Sugar to exfoliate and rebalance, Rhassoul mud to deep cleanse the skin, Avocado to moisture and soften the skin all of this help to leave your skin feeling balanced and fresh after exfoliating and cleansing the skin. The first time I used this I was like 'why did I buy this' because of it charcoal it made such a mess and was difficult to use as you have to add the right amount of water to the product and scrub it. I found it really hard to remove and found it can stain my skin. But if you use hot water and a cloth I found you can remove it all. My skin did feel so great after using it, so despite the mess, it can make the benefits to my skin make it worth while.

Finally, I brought Tea Tree Toner, this is actually a repurchase for me, I bought it a few years ago and ever since I've been topping it up with the tea tree tablets. But I wanted to buy myself a new one. I went for the bigger size as it's probably one of my favorite lush products. It contains Tea Tree so help to skin your skin clear and fresh because tea tree is great to help reduce acne due to it being an antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial and then there is juniper berry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear and grapefruit to keep your skin refreshed. I like to spray this onto my skin morning and night to help keep spots at a minimum while keeping my skin refreshed and removing dirt. I think I will continue to buy this product for years to come!

What's your favourite Lush product?

My Bullet Journal

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

When I mentioned in my How to stay organised blogging I mentioned how I've started a bullet journal this academic year, and I got lots of requests to do a blog post on it so here it is.

I found bullet journaling through Pinterest but then also via Lily Pebbles who started one this year and ever since then I've seen lot's of people starting it this year. I've alway been the type of girl who has lots of notebooks and loves to write lists of tasks I need to do. So it seemed quite perfect for me. I love Bullet Journaling because in one notebook it includes everything I need, blogging, school, everyday tasks. I've been using it for just over 2 months now so I'd like to share my experience and tips with it all.

I went for the Leuchtturm A5 dotted notebook in orange. I decided to go for this one after seeing so many other people choosing it, I'm so glad I chose it because there are so many features that make it perfect for bullet journaling. The fact that the journal has numbered pages is really useful especially when adding it to the contents page at the front of the journal. The two bookmakers come in handy - I like to keep one at the weekly spread and the other at my habit tracker. When I come to get a new one I think I will probably repurchase the same journal as I'm loving it so much.

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

This was one of my favourite pages and it was the first one I did. I love the watercolour I added and I defiantly need to take note and use more watercolour throughout my journal.

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

I have three blog related pages in my journal so far. I have my idea page, this is where I list all my potential blog post ideas for the future and then I'll just cross them off once they're uploaded. Then I have my blog planner where I write the blog posts I've planned and then tick off when I've done the things I need to do for it. And finally, I have a page where I like to record statistics from my blog because when you aren't feeling so great about your blog it's so good to look back and see how far you've come.

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

Pages like these take up the majority of pages as I like to create one for each week, where I write down all my tasks for the day that I need to complete. For me, I've found that for each two-page spread I use it for the week and have one section for my school work for the week. This layout suits me perfect as I have enough room to write, originally I wrote them using the whole length of the page but I found that it didn't work for me. I love changing it up and creating the titles for each week.

Bullet Journalling my first 3 months experience

My Return Tracker is something I've recently added into my journal. I've actually found it surprisingly useful. Every time I'm going to return something from an online order I'll write down the details of the order. Can you see how much ASOS goes back? It's a good way to know when you sent it back but also to check up on that you'll get the refund.
On the opposite page, I have my monthly tracker which I use daily to keep track of daily tasks, and how often I do them. Look at my fitness and yoga section. I like it but I find that it could probably be more effective as some people.

Overall, I love my bullet journal so far and I believe that I'll continue to use it and make a new one next year. I love how personalised it, you can add anything you want which makes it different to diaries yet I can write all my tasks down each day.

I'd love to know if you have a bullet journal or want to start bullet journaling, also let me know if you'd like to see more posts on bullet journaling.

November Wishlist

I can't quite believe that we only have 2 months left of 2016. Since we've entered November it's suddenly become a lot colder. A/W is my favourite time of year especially with fashion, it's all about the layering. This year so many stores have some amazing pieces, I'm especially loving Zara and asos. Below I've picked out some of my favourite pieces that are in stores at the moment. I'm really wanting to find a good pair of black boots and there are some really good ones available. In A/W I love to wear a long camel coat with a big chunky scarf to keep me warm.   

What are you loving this November? 

Christmas Blogger Gift Swap

The other day I was scrolling through Twitter looking to see if anyone had organised a bloggers secret Santa. I came across Viola (A Piece of Viola) who this year has organised a bloggers gift swap. I remember doing one of these a couple of years ago and they are so much fun secretly buying presents for a blogging friend. The deadline has now gone but I'm going to share it anyway and maybe you could join next year if Viola chooses to run it again.

The deadline for this was 1st November. On the 6th November, I will find out who my partner is. I will get to know them so we have a better idea of what gifts to send another. By the 17th December I would have sent my gift for them to open, then I will share with you how it went and what I received.

I'm really looking forward to this and I'm so excited to find out my partner and get to know them. This has made me kind of excited for Christmas *aha* and it's a great way to include blogging friends into your festive spirits. It's truly such a lovely idea created by Viola.

If you've missed the deadline for this one there is also another Secret Santa being run by The Bloggers Bees where you have until the 20th to sign up.

I look forward to sharing who I got paired up with and the gifts I received.