What I Got For My 28th Birthday

It’s that time of year when not only do I talk about what I received for Christmas and what I picked up in the Boxing Day sales, but also what I received for my birthday!

I am now 28 and although I’m not arsed I think it’s been a wake up call this year for me and Dane that we aren’t getting any younger and that we probably need to start thinking about our future… YUCK ADULTING! That’s for another post though!

My birthday this year was an odd one. I wasn’t very well the week before it and I wasn’t particularly 100% after it either. Even on the day when out and about for the day I had sinusitis, which really sucked. For the day though we didn’t do anything exciting, just went around Birmingham for the day, had some food and then came home with Japanese takeaway to eat whilst we watched Your Name. It was lovely and I couldn’t have asked for anything better to be honest with you.

The first thing I did in the morning was open the presents that Dane and his parents bought for me, which was lovely.

Dane’s parents bought me Nichijou Volume 3 and 4 which was really unexpected! I haven’t read the manga for a while and I really do need to keep up with it, especially with how cheap you can pick each volume up on Wordery.

They also bought me the South Park Mysterion figure which had a really lovely story behind it too! We’d been shopping with his parents in town before I started my new job and we’d seen the figure at half the price and I got excited about us getting it. Me and Dane both said no though however due to wanting to watch money for Christmas. We ventured downstairs in the shop to look around at manga and Dane’s parents stayed upstairs to look at Star Wars stuff. A while later and ages after we’d left the shop I noticed Dane’s mom had a bag from the store and I asked what she’d bought, to which she replied, “Oh nothing my bag broke so they gave me this one.” SUCH A GOOD LIE! I believed it and apparently they all worried I wouldn’t. This was lovely to receive though and me and Dane plan to pop it on our fireplace.

Then I opened Dane’s presents and again I received more manga! He bought me Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Volume 4 and 5 as well as A Polar Bear In Love Volume 1, which I have wanted for AGES! I was so excited at receiving it that I started reading it not long after opening my presents.

I was gutted that he didn’t buy me Your Name Volume 2 as that’s a manga I am loving right now, but bless him he ordered it there and then as he wasn’t sure if his parents has bought it for me. When this arrived in the post recently a calendar he’d bought me for Christmas also arrived so I thought I would include that here. It’s the Juniper Fox calendar and it’s so cute! I can’t wait to hang this up in the house.

I was meant to have a Nendoroid to open up on the day but sadly it didn’t arrive until after my birthday which I didn’t mind to be honest, but it bugged Dane. He bought me the Ash and Pikachu Nendoroid which I am so happy with! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present.

Everyone at the office got me a card for my birthday as well as a bottle of Disaronno, which I thought was so lovely of them all! 😀 I’ve never had anything like that at a work place before so it really made my day when I opened it in the morning of my birthday.

My brother and my mom bought my presents a little late as I don’t think they quite knew what to get for me. My mom ended up giving me some money which really did come in handy as I’m skint at the moment! My car needing to have its MOT AND tax didn’t exactly help matters either, but meh whatever.

I only thought that my  mom was giving me the money for my birthday but alas I was wrong as she also gifted me something that I originally thought was from my brother and whoever it was from, a the time I couldn’t have asked for anything better to be honest. For ages I have wanted the red delicate heart ring from Pandora but never bothered buying it for a few reasons, but the main one being that I’d never get the chance to wear it due to working in retail and hospitality. You aren’t allowed to wear any jewellery so I never bothered. Now I’m in admin work I can wear jewellery, which includes rings. I mentioned to Dane that I’d like this ring and in turn mentioned it in passing to my mom too, who then mentioned it to my brother. I found out my size in Pandora and told my brother what size I wanted and alas, here we are now! I got it for my middle finger and I love it so much. It’s so comfortable to wear and delicate which is what I wanted. I am a bit on the paranoid side that it’s a little too big for my finger but I’m going to see how it wears for a week. The first time I wore it was out on a food shop and I had no issues really, which was good. I can see me getting this ring has set off a new addiction and love for Pandora rings… 😛

Finally we come to what my brother got for me for my birthday! He also bought me something from Pandora but he bought me a Pandora charm. I didn’t have a clue which one however as he wanted it to be a surprise! So when I opened the box and saw it was a cute little Japanese Doll I fell in love with it straight away. I didn’t know what to expect to be honest with you and for a while I did wonder if he’d bought me a Disney charm as for ages I haven’t even known which Pandora charms I’ve wanted lately. He really hit the nail on the head with this charm however and I really do like it. It’s a dangling one and it’s so dainty and sweet! I don’t think my brother has ever bought me a Pandora charm before so this will always remind me of him when I wear this bracelet. What makes it even nicer in a way is that this charm is now discontinued (apparently anyway…) so it’s nice to think that it isn’t available anymore. A lot of my charms are discontinued ones now. 😛

So that was EVERYTHING I got for my birthday! I’m so grateful to my family and friends for their gifts and I always appreciate everything they do for me throughout the year. They really do make me feel spoilt.

I hope 2018 is going off to a good start for everyone! Sadly I cannot say the same considering I’ve been poorly since New Years Day with 4 different things… It really sucks. 😦

Anyways until next time, take care all and have an awesome week!

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28 Random Pieces Of Advice & Ideas

This is a blog post that I knew I wanted to write, but wasn’t sure what to write about exactly. What I mean is the whole 28 thing… With me turning 28 at the start of the month. I want to do something like this every year to do with my age and I want it to be different each time… Maybe a facts about me one every 5 years but other than that, something new!

You can read the one I did for my 27th here which is a facts about me post!

I asked on Twitter and I pondered for ages about what I could do with the number 28 and although I actually drafted up an idea from a Twitter suggestion I ended up coming up and going with this idea for my 28 post as I thought of some funny and yet serious pieces of advice that I’d love to share with my readers. I’ve also included some ideas in here too which you can use throughout 2018! I really hope you enjoy this post, I really enjoyed writing it whilst watching SovietWomble stream on his gaming channel (I’ll link it here in case you want to watch him in future!) over on Twitch.

On with the post!

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1. When out in a bar if a guy offers to buy you a drink, go with him! You don’t know if he’s going to tamper with it in anyway.

2. When out shopping for clothes always try them on and if you do and you feel a slight bit of doubt, don’t buy it.

3. Don’t be afraid to let out your true colours and be yourself around everyone. Whether this is your sexuality, your fashion sense, or even the things you’re into. Just be yourself.

4. If you want to pursue a new hobbie then go for it! Whether it’s streaming games online, blogging, or even art the possibilities are endless and affordable. If you can eventually turn it into a job to make a little money then you’re winning.

5. When sales come out and you want to grab all the bargains, think for a moment, “Do I need this?” and “Will I use this?” and see how many pennies you’ll save.

6. If you can afford it, go travelling! Whether it’s around your country or to another. Life’s too short to regret not doing things you wanted to.

7. Take care of your skin the older you get as it’s not getting any younger.

8. Get a money jar and every £1 and £2 coin you get put it in the jar and see how much money you have saved up each month. You can do this with £5 notes too!

9. If you’re short of cash but love eating at certain restaurants then teach yourself how to make it at home. I’ve done this with katsu curry as it’s one of my favourite foods. Now I need to learn how to make sushi. 😛

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10. If you never have before and want to, start collecting something! I’ve started collecting pin badges.

11. Get yourself a gorgeous notebook and start a journal. I started it last year with my Deadpool journal and used it as a place to write down positive and negative thoughts that I wanted to document, as well as sticking in special things from places I’d been. Like a scrapbook really. I’ve already started my 2018 journal and I love it so much.

12. Are you a massive fan girl of a certain thing but can’t get any merchandise from it? Then make your own! To coincide with the above advice buy a notebook with a black cover and head over to Redbubble and search for stickers from one thing you like or various things! You can get offers on the stickers including buy 10 and save 50%! So you could decorate the whole notebook with stickers. Of course there’s loads of people on Etsy and Tictail who do these too.

13. If you’re planning on going to Comic Con for the first time this year than first of all YES GO YOU and second of all be prepared! Make sure to take plenty of cash with you if you’re intending to spend monies. Cash machines are scarce inside and the few that they do have will always be packed with people trying to get cash out. I never recommend paying on card inside either… I just never trust it myself with the amount of fake merchandise that flies around for someone to steal your card details.

14. Spring is coming and with that comes spring cleaning. Go through your wardrobe and anywhere else to see what clothes you haven’t worn once in 2017 and maybe think about selling or donating to charity. Same can be said for other things including old books, games, etc.

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15. Keep a diary and I don’t mean one where you write inside it every day, unless you want to do that. I just mean one where you can keep track of things you need to do like errands, appointments, bills etc. The older I’ve got the more I’ve really needed my Filofax to keep track of stuff like my car MOT and tax, work holidays, dental appointments and more.

16. If you’re able and wish to, got to college and learn something new! Whether it be during the day or even a night school. I’d love to go and learn Japanese at an evening language school this year, but I’ll have to wait until I have the cash to spare for it.

17. If you like acting then see if you have any amateur acting groups in your area. I was planning to join one last year but didn’t have any interest in it due to what was happening at the time. My best friend Gabriella is part of one and it sounds like so much fun!

18. Is there something that makes you anxious to do? One of mine is going for a food shop on my own as I worry about putting it all on the till to be scanned and packing it all. I have done tiny food shops on my own but I still like to go with Dane to do it. If you have something like this and more that you can attempt to overcome this year then try it! I know it can be hard for us guys with anxiety, but if you can attempt it, then give it a try. You may surprise yourself.

19. If you still have your grandparents and see them once in a blue moon, then go and see them more! Make it once a week if possible! Before my gran died I hardly saw her due to being too busy, tired and depressed from my old job and I regret it so much. I tell Dane to go and visit his gran as much as he can but due to the journey and how tired he often is after work he just wants to be at home. If you can go and see your grandparents, please do it. It’s nice for them and just as nice for you. Take them a packet of biscuits, old people always love having a pack in the cupboard for visitors.

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20. This goes to both girls and guys, if someone is trying to pressurise you to send pictures or step stuff up to the next level then don’t do anything. No one should be forced into doing anything they don’t yet feel comfortable or don’t wish to do. I’ve been rushed and pushed into doing stuff I wasn’t comfortable or ready to do and although I don’t regret it, I don’t like thinking others will feel the need to go through what I did because you don’t want to look frigid.
21. Depending on the situation stand your ground no matter what! Whether this is someone trying to accuse you of something you haven’t done, or someone being rude to you. You being quiet when you can open your mouth won’t help the situation. Obviously I say depending because I know sometimes being quiet is better. Just don’t let people put you down when you shouldn’t be. The last thing you want to do is walk away and say, “I should have said something.”

22. If you think you have a mental health issue then seek advice for it. Whether it be anxiety, depression or even worries of schizophrenia or psychosis it doesn’t hurt for you to raise your concerns with your doctor, or even contacting Mind. They’re a mental health charity and very helpful to talk to. I won’t go into detail about it but I recently had to call them about something which wasn’t regarding myself, but someone else and they were so helpful. They listened to everything I had to say and gave me as much advice and info as I needed at the time. They’re also private and confidential and will help you as much as possible. I’ll link their website here (https://www.mind.org.uk).

23. If you’re thinking of buying your first home this year then make sure to do LOADS of research beforehand! Buying a house is a lot of hard work and it’s also a big commitment too so it’s not something to take lightly. Make sure to research areas carefully before buying including looking online at any Facebook groups/pages and driving around the area. There’s loads of could write here on this but I want to try and write a post about buying a house soon.

24. Take a random day trip to a part of the country you’ve never been to before. Me and Dane used to do this all the time and we loved it. We always ventured to places in the Midlands near Coventry and Birmingham but it was always nice to do. We’ve found some hidden gems in the past from villages, attractions and cafes. I want to try and do this more often this year, especially during the summer months.

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25. If you want to get a pet this year then please look in your local animal rehoming centre. There are so many pets that need loving homes and there’s people out there who can give them the love they need and deserve. Last year me and Dane looked to adopt a young bunny but sadly he passed away before we got the chance to. If you do decide you want to adopt a pet then be prepared for lots of questions about your home, as well as your working hours. The RSPCA did this with us as they want to ensure that the pets in their care are going to a loving forever home. This is probably used more so when it comes to dogs as when left over long periods of time on their own it can make them anxious.

26. If you’re able to and want to then please support independent and indie sellers over on Etsy! I intend to do this more this year with my bath products. I’m sick of supporting Lush when their prices rise each year and they don’t appear to give a toss for their long supporting customers. Alongside that sort of stuff it’s always nice to grab some pin badges off of there, as well as other bits and pieces like artwork. I always like to look on Etsy for fangirl related goodies as Persona 5 merchandise is hard to get a hold of in the UK, so I always look at Etsy for handmade merchandise instead.

27. If you’re like me and want a bargain always search around for it! The first place I go to is eBay, as well as Depop, Shpock and Gumtree. eBay is always my go to website though and I always try and find items with pictures of the actual item. If I’m not sure questions will be asked, especially if I want more pictures of said item! Never be afraid of asking questions with this sort of stuff, if the seller is keen to sell the item so bad and that it’s genuine too they won’t have issues sending you more pictures or information.

28. Finally we have the last one here and it’s be happy! Do whatever you need to do to accomplish this, whether it be to leave toxic people behind, quit your job, take some risks and chances or even just travel for a while to get away from everything. No matter how minute or drastic your life changes may need to be, just do whatever makes you happy in 2018, I know I will be!

Woohoo those are all the snippets of advice and ideas for 2018 and indefinitely for you guys to take on board! I’m sorry if some are very random here but I just thought of stuff on the spot and added them here.

I hope you like this post however and if so, which number was your favourite one? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all well.

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My Boxing Day Sales Buys

Christmas and New Year have both now come and gone and with that shops everywhere held their Boxing Day sales and now their January sales! I am now officially skint until next pay day and this isn’t just due to sales shopping, it’s due to bills AKA adulting. 😛

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day however, I did pick up a few little bits as I’d been after them for ages! I also picked up some goodies on my birthday when me and Dane went to town for the day. Like my what I got for Christmas post (which you can read here) I thought I’d show off what I managed to pick up in the sales too!

I hope you enjoy this post, I love nosing at what bargains people pick up!

The first things I picked up in the sales and these were both WELL BEFORE Christmas was two games!

The first one being Sims 4 Cats & Dogs on the PC. Me and Dane love playing Sims 4 and like in reality, we were craving a puppy/dog for our family to play with! So we decided to get one and although I haven’t had chance to play loads with the game, we have our puppy and we love it! The editing system for the game with the pets is amazing and I cannot wait to play more of it. The game should have cost £34.00 but I picked it up for £24.49. Not cheap, no but it’ll bring hours of game play for us both!

The second game I bought was one I actually asked for for Christmas and have been eagerly waiting for to see in the sales for quite some time, that being Persona 4: Dancing All Night on my PS Vita. It originally costs £34.99 but I snapped it up for just £6.49!!! I’m so chuffed I got it so cheap and was playing it Christmas Eve. My only issue with it so far is that the story mode has more story than actual game play, which is sort of annoying… I want to get my dance on! As well, not long after I bought this Atlus announced a dance game for both Persona 3 and Persona 5!!! AHHHH!!!! I cannot wait, I already apologise in advance for all the Persona spam I will be throwing around my blog this year.

The first thing I ordered in the sale was this oversized Kurt Cobain sweatshirt, which I’ve been lusting after since I first saw it in Fuerteventura back in September/October. Time and time again I’ve gone to order it, but always changed my mind last minute. Well, I’m glad I waited as I really did get this for a bargain! Originally £29.99, I got it for £12.99 and now it’s sold out! 😀 As readers of my blog will know, I’m a massive Nirvana fan so this is a must have item for me. It’s more of a casual dress so I’ll wear this with thick tights or leggings. Maybe even some mermaid print leggings. 😛 I think the one I was sent is a bit of a dodgy piece though, as I’ve shown in the pictures the print hasn’t been put on the front properly. My only concern is there isn’t any care instruction tag inside and I’m sure by law they’re supposed to have one? To be honest  I don’t care though considering how much I paid, but I would be pissed of I’d have paid the full price for it!

The second thing I picked up is another dress and again, one I’d been lusting after a while both for work and for casual weekend wear! This is another thing I’d wondered whether to order or not as the price dropped but then stayed that way for ages. It still hasn’t changed to be honest at the time of writing this, but when I got a special Boxing Day voucher, it saved me £6.60! Originally the dress was £41.99, went down to £32.99 and I picked it up for £26.39! BARGAIN! I worried about the sizing and went for the size which I thought would be for the best and it does fit really nice… BUT 1. It’s rather short which I think will be a worry when wearing it around the office and 2. With a normal bra on it doesn’t look quite right due to the fishnet showing everything off. With a bra it’s so comfortable to wear but I can’t go braless! I’d feel naked without wearing one! We shall see how it works out. 😛

This is actually something Dane ordered for me as part of my birthday present, but considering it was in the sale, I thought I’d give it a mention. It’s a Yankee Candle and it’s a Christmas one, Macaron Treats. My friend Sophie bought me a little jar of this last year for Christmas/my birthday and we only recently finished it. This was a bit of a surprise to me and it’s nice that he ordered it for me. On Boxing Day I did actually pop into my local Boots to have a nose at what I could pick up and they had a couple of these left. I didn’t buy one though as we have enough Yankee Candles to last us years! Alas, if Dane wants to buy me a Yankee Candle though, I wouldn’t say no. 😛 This was originally £23.99 and Dane snagged it for £11.99! Boots did good with their Yankee Candle prices this year, considering Yankee Candle are charging the same price for a medium jar, this one he bought is a large jar!

Finally we have my last Boxing Day sale purchases and I’m surprised I managed to get them really. As many people will know Lush didn’t have an online sale this Boxing Day and I for one was gutted and pissed off (if you would like me to do a massive rant on my thoughts on Lush lately, let me know!!!) about that. When Dane asked if I wanted to go sales shopping the day after Boxing Day, I jumped at the chance! It wasn’t the first shop we ventured into but Lush was definitely a shop I wanted to look in. They hardly had any Christmas stock left apart from some naked body lotions, naked lip products and finally Santa’s Christmas shower creams, which is what I picked up. This was one of the items I was really hoping they’d have left as it was the number one thing I wanted to try this Christmas! I’d smelt it in stores weeks prior and fell in love, but resisted the urge to buy it due to the upcoming sales. I’m glad I waited now as I picked up 2 for the price of one! These weren’t cheap either at £17.95 a bottle so I’m glad I got them half price instead.

It’s been 2 weeks since I actually drafted this post and since then I have picked up a couple more sales items, which isn’t anything special but I felt like it deserved to be added here!

I was after some new bras and on my birthday me and Dane popped into town for the day for a look around the shops and for some food. One of the first shops we went into was Victoria’s Secret and I’m so glad I did as I managed to pick up not 1, not 2 but 3 bras and all for £14.00 each! I tried them all on too to make sure they fit okay and they were perfect. I can’t wait to wear them now to be honest, I’ve missed wearing a good fitting bra. 😛

Overall I am really happy with my sales goodies and I’m also glad I was good and only bought a handful of items. I looked loads online and found shit loads of stuff I wanted to buy, but left it as I either wasn’t sure, had stuff similar or the main factor, I wanted to save my money.

If there is anything I regret not getting it’s a Pandora ring I saw in the sale, but it sold out so fast I never stood a chance.

What did you guys pick up in the sales? Make sure to let me know in the comments and link me to blog posts!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having an awesome New Year so far! 😀

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January Wish List ’18

I wanted to originally have this January wish list as a birthday wish list, but alas it wasn’t put up quick enough and to be honest I didn’t have a clue what to put on this list that I hadn’t put on my December 2017 wish list (which you can read here).

This list isn’t anything special this month as I’ve just had my Christmas AND birthday presents so a lot of gifts I received would have been items I’d have added to my list. FYI I will be doing a post about what I got for my birthday as soon as I can!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this wish list, I’m sorry it’s nothing special this month. 😛

  • Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in shade Heirloom – was £13.95, currently £11.00 (link)

I’ve always been iffy about trying Lime Crime products due to all the bad talk about them in the past but I can’t deny that I really love the look of their Diamond Crushers and as you may be able to tell on my list above, I have another bunch of these to talk about at some point too! If there is one product I would like to give a go it’s definitely these. Heirloom is a pinky red glitter that you apply to either bare lips for build able colour, or over lipstick to give a 3D effect. Seriously need some of these in my life!

  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth 3DS Game – £17.99 (link)

I heard about this 3DS Persona game a while ago and at one point I even found it in CEX for the shocking price of £45.00! I don’t mind paying the cheaper price on the Nintendo eShop to be honest. I’ve heard some good things about the Persona Q game and it’s definitely something I’d like to pick up as soon as possible whilst it’s at a decent price! I’m getting through the Persona games so quickly now that I just want to keep playing them. 😛

  • Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition Console – £139.99 (link)

I know I don’t need a new 2DS… Mine works fine and even so I don’t play it as much as I used to. BUT how cute is this bloody Pikachu 2DS XL?! I missed out on the Pikachu 3DS and was absolutely gutted, but I’m all for the 2DS over the 3DS anyway due to the 3D hurting my eyes. I’m going to keep my options open with this as I would love to get it at some point but at the same time this isn’t the cheapest item in the world and I really want to save my money if I can. This is a wish list however, so I can lust after it all I want! 😛

  • Nails Inc Dirty Unicorn Shake That Tail Nail Polish – £11.00 (link)

Since starting to work in an office I have rekindled my love of wearing nail polish! I love changing my nail colour up twice a week and especially when I have sparkly polish on, it just brightens my day a little bit. I really would like to get some new nail polish though as well, now I can! My favourite polish to wear at the moment is the unicorn ones by Nails Inc so when I found out they had the Dirty Unicorn shades out I had a good look at them. There are four altogether but Shake That Tail is my favourite! It’s a colour shifting polish and is described as, “Shake That Tail is a rainbow at twilight – a multi-flip spectrum of shades ranging from pink to blue to gold.” which is why I really like it!

  • Boohoo Maisie Fishnet Mom Jeans – £18.00 (link)

When I was in Fuerteventura I saw a lot of jeans with this style and I really like the look of them to be honest! I haven’t really seen much like that over here in the UK but when I’ve had a search around the internet I have come across some pairs of jeans similar. The only ones I have really found that are decent are these mom jeans from Boohoo. I’m not a massive mom jean fan but I’d love some new jeans soon so these are more of a “target” of what I want to get for when the summer is here!

  • Pitanui Persona 5 Hero Phantom Thief Ver. Plushie Keychain – £25.79 (link)

This is something I REALLY want and have done since before Christmas. I’m a massive Persona 5 fan and when I saw that these had been announced I got really excited and went to order, but when I saw the price as well as the size of the plush itself, I let out a massive sigh. I can’t really part with that sort of money for something so small! Maybe £15.00 due to it coming from Japan, but not £25.00! That’s crazy! Look at how cute he is though! Fuck he’s melting my heart so badly. 😦

  • Lime Crime Mini Diamond Crushers Unicorn Cracker Box – was – £19.95 currently – £15.95 (link)

This is the other Lime Crime item I was talking about earlier and is the one I want the most out of the two, as let’s face it you get 3 mini Diamond Crushers for the price of one full size. That’s not bad if you just want to try out some of the shades and the formula of the product. In the unicorn box you get Unicorn (lavender/rainbow sparkle), Unicorn Queen (electric violet) and Black Unicorn (black rainbow). I would love to order these right now but I just can’t… I need to watch my monies right now until I get paid next. 😦

So that is my January wish list and the first one of 2018! How exciting, eh?

What items do you have on your wish lists? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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2017 Favourites!

This post is way behind schedule and as I mentioned in my recent post, I am sorry about that but my health comes first and sadly a week later I am STILL poorly! Not as poorly as I was beforehand, thankfully but still poorly all the same. Me and Dane have a feeling I’ve got the Aussie flu that’s been going around the UK at the moment, either way I hope it passes by the end of the week when I’m back at work!

Finally I am getting around to sitting at my desk and writing this post, which is way overdue now but whatever, better late than never, eh?

I’m going to list my top 5 favourite things from all sorts of things including beauty, fashion and lifestyle because that’s the 3 topics I always focus on on There Might Be Coffee.

Again, I do apologise for how long this post has taken for me to write and publish, but here it finally is, my 2017 favourites!

Beauty

  • L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius in Normal to Combination Skin (review here).

This is definitely my number one item of 2017 and was also my favourite discovery too! This was a product L’Oreal released last year and after hearing nothing but good things about it, I decided to pick it up when it was on offer. I only recently finished my first bottle and have already repurchased another. This is my go to moisturiser and one I recommend everyone to try, especially during the warmer months and for holidays abroad.

  • Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte Powder.

This is another release this year and one I’d heard positive reviews about so picked it up. Initially I didn’t think much on it, but hoped it would grow on me… It never did and I was really disappointed to be honest. I tried another face powder after this and it was only then I realised that the Rimmel powder was actually amazing and I ended up stopping use of the new powder and picked up another one of these. I really need to review it, but at the same time it doesn’t really need a review. It’s not the best matte powder in the world (Korean ones are! :P) but it really does the job for my oily t-zone and it doesn’t break the bank to buy either.

  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

I’ve mentioned this hand cream time and time again over the years and I know for a fact I mentioned it plenty of times on here. That itself goes to show how much I love this product. It’s definitely the best hand cream I own and I’ll always go back to it no matter what! Since moving to my new job the state of the eczema on my hands has improved dramatically and it’s purely due to applying hand cream whenever my hands have been washed/wet. I don’t ALWAYS apply this hand cream but it’s often what I reach for. It’s also what I keep in my handbag all the time as it’s great to use if my hands are suffering a little in the colder weather. It really picks my skin back up and if you suffer from eczema like I do, then I recommend trying this! It’s not cheap, but it works wonders.

  • Carmex Cherry Lip Balm.

Again, another beauty product I have spoken about highly since I bought it in September. It was my holy grail whilst I was in Fuerteventura as well as during the day at work whilst sitting at my desk. There’s loads of things I love about using Carmex over other lip balm brands including the cherry flavour, the tingling feeling it gives my lips as well as how thick the product is. Of course the moisture it gives to my lips is always good too! 😛 I recently picked up the Christmas limited edition sugar plum flavour too, which is amazing.

  • Body Fantasies Signature Body Sprays in Cotton Candy and Vanilla.

I picked these up before I went to Fuerteventura as I planned to take the Cotton Candy with me to use in the evenings, but I never bothered and as soon as I got back home I was using them almost daily and still do! These smell gorgeous and I already know they’ll be a regular purchase throughout 2018. They’re great to spritz all over your body before getting changed, as well as spritzing all over you instead of using perfume. I always get compliments on these and they’re a really good price too and come in loads of different scents. I definitely recommend giving them a go if you fancy trying a new brand of body sprays.

Fashion

  • Standard Fox Sweatshirt.

Standard is a clothing brand in Fuerteventura and it’s always a store I visit whenever I’m on the island. Me and Dane both went in when we were there in September/October and Dane picked up a Stormtrooper t-shirt and I picked up this sweatshirt. It’s one of the most comfortable ones I own and it compliments so many outfits, oh and it’s also VERY warm! I wore it on our last day in Fuerteventura when we were coming home and let me tell you, wearing a sweatshirt and jeans for 7 hours in a hot airport is NOT GOOD. 😛 I wear this with jeans as well as my denim shorts and tights. When we had snow I LIVED in this as it kept me lovely and snug, without being too cold or even too warm.

  • Ohayou Clothing Umbreon Varsity Jacket.

This is my go to jacket whenever I’m not at work basically, as I don’t think an Umbreon jacket would go down all that well, do you? 😛 I live in this though whenever I’m not at work, as as well as my Eevee version too. I bought this in October and since then have worn it loads! I really want to get more of Ohayou’s varsity jackets as they also have a Vaporeon and Sylveon versions I would love to have.

  • Primark Knitted Dress.

This is a dress I forgot I owned until before Christmas. I still have some bits and pieces of  mine left at my mom’s house which I need to go through and decide whether to keep or sell. I went to have a look for some potential work pieces and found this dress there. The last 2 times I’d worn it were both at funerals, my cousins and my grans so I decided to stop wearing it as I felt it was “tainted” with negative vibes. However since bringing it home I’ve worn it loads for work and it’s so comfortable and flattering on my figure. I don’t see it as being tainted anymore, but more of a dress I decided to wear to celebrate both my cousin and my grans lives.

  • Marks & Spencer Red Star Shirt.

I bought this dress not long before I went to Fuerteventura and even took it over there with me, although I didn’t wear it once! I love wearing this shirt for work, as well as for personal use. The first time I wore it was for a meal out with Dane and his parents. I teamed it with my denim shorts and tights and I felt so adorable! Now I’ll team it up with a black skater shirt and smart work trousers.

  • YURI!!! On Ice Cardigan.

Not going to lie, my new job was such an excuse for me to buy this cardigan… 😛 I wanted it for ages but at the time it was so expensive at £41.99 but when it went down to £24.99 I snatched it up, as did my best friend Gabriella (HEYYY! :D) so we’re cardigan besties. 😛 This is the most comfortable cardigan I own though and I wore it to death the first week I owned it! I still wear it loads as it’s got really long sleeves and isn’t too thick so isn’t too warm to wear in the office. I wear it with any outfit it’ll work with pretty much.

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  • Persona 5 on PlayStation 4.

This has to be the number one favourite thing of mine from 2017 and thankfully just before the end of the year I FINALLY FINISHED IT and guess what? I’m currently replaying it! Who would have guessed then, eh? This was definitely the game of the year for me and for anyone who knows me, they know how obsessed I have grown for this game and how much more I want from it. Since buying and playing Persona 5, I have since bought and downloaded Persona 4: Golden as well as Persona 4: Dancing All Night. I equally can’t wait for Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and especially for Persona 5: Dancing Star Night. I really want to review Persona 5 at some point but I’m crap at writing game reviews, I just want to write over and over how much I love it and that’s it. 😛

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  • Kimi No Na Wa/Your Name Anime.

This film had to be the most popular anime film that came out in 2017 and it is clear why. It was a gorgeous film both visually as well as the story line and as soon as me and Dane got the chance to go and watch it, we took it with both hands. I loved the film so much so when Dane’s parents bought me it on Blu-ray I was thrilled! For my birthday a couple of days ago we got some takeaway Japanese food and popped this on the TV to watch. I forgot how much I loved it and this time we watched it in subbed, we watched dubbed at the cinema. I much prefer it in dubbed. 😛 If you haven’t watched this film but love anime, GET ON IT!

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  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole on PlayStation 4.

Although I was super excited for this game Persona 5 was the one that stole my heart in 2017. However, this game really holds a place in my heart for various different reasons. I love South Park and have done since it came out in the UK back in the 90’s. It was on Comedy Central as well as on Channel 4 late at night and it was my mom who introduced me to the show. Me and my cousins would stay up late to watch them together and if we never managed to, my aunt would record them for us to watch over the weekend. It was amazing! So when they announced a second game I was super excited! I grew pissed off though at the constant push backs of the release but eventually it stuck and before I knew it it was in my hands and then in my console being played. I finished it not long before Christmas and oh man, what a game! It was definitely different from The Stick Of Truth and I actually think I preferred it due to the story. I’m not saying anything but I wasn’t expecting what happened. This is another game I would love to review, but I’d be dire at it. 😛

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  • American Horror Story TV Series.

Me and Dane started watching this in 2017 and oh man I love it so much, even though we’re very slow on continuing with it at the moment. Series 1 is by far my favourite one to date and the show is just so good. It pulls you in and yet keeps you on the edge of your seat all the same. The acting in it is incredible, especially by Evan Peters who I have fallen in love with thanks to the show, as well as his role of Tate. I can’t wait to continue watching the TV series in 2018.

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  • A Silent Voice Manga.

This was by far one of my favourite manga to read this year, as well as one of my favourite anime movies alongside Kimi No Na Wa/Your Name. The manga just shouted out more to me and I found I enjoyed it that little more as you get more about the story from it, as well as learn more about the characters after the film ends. If you loved the anime, I recommend you go and read the manga as it’s so good!

So those are all my picks for my 2017 favourites! I could have picked so many more things, but I thought keeping it to a top 5 was for the best. 😛

What were your favourite things throughout 2017? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Eww At Being Poorly… WARNING MILD TMI

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Hi guys, Happy New Year! I hope everyone celebrated ending 2017 and entering into 2018 in the best way possible! I know I did and spent it with some awesome people, however my start to 2018 hasn’t gone off to a great start. It’s also the reason why I’ve been quiet on my blog the past couple of days.

I’m poorly, very poorly. 😦

I appear to have a stomach bug which has caused me to be light headed, tired/exhausted, sick and ahem… Other things… I don’t want to be TMI about it but you get the point!

I’m gutted to be honest for various reasons and I’m hoping I’ll be better after today, but this morning I woke up, attempted to get ready for work and just crashed.

Not only have I been sick (and other things…) but I’m not eating properly either. The only food I’ve managed to eat the past few days is a packet of Quavers and 3 drinks of Complan (which if you don’t know is a nutrition drink) one of which sadly didn’t stay down.

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Now I’m currently in bed (which I’ve been in since Monday afternoon…) watching some YouTube videos and drinking plenty of water.

My birthday is just 3 days away and for weeks me and Dane had the plan to try and go to an indoor animal park/farm/zoo for the day and even discussed going to the National Sea Life Centre but I doubt very much that we’ll do that now. I also wanted to go for sushi after as I’ve been craving it for months now, but again, I doubt we’ll do that now.

Stomach bugs always make me anxious to eat in case of food poisoning or if my stomach isn’t prepared for it yet. Instead I suggested to Dane that we go Asian food shopping and grab some bits to make some Japanese food at home.

I am incredibly gutted. Sadly due to the last proper food I ate before being poorly, I’m not really anxious that I won’t be comfortable eating eggs for a while, which makes me sad as I love eggs.

I had planned to write some blog posts on Monday evening ready for Monday evening as well as a post for today, but alas this isn’t happening now. I wanted to have a “2017 favourites” post up Monday and then a “birthday wish list” post today.

I don’t know if I’ll work on any blog posts today as I just want to rest. I feel really sick right now and just writing this is requiring a lot of energy from me and later I may need to go out with Dane for a food shop as we have sweet FA!

Anyway, no more ranting from me! I just wanted to explain why I didn’t have my regular monthly posts up the past couple of days. Sadly my health comes first, which I know you guys will understand. 🙂

I’ll try my hardest to get some blog posts up for you guys, including the posts I mentioned that I wanted to write, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

I’ll also be having a “boxing day sales buys” post up ASAP!

I hope all my readers are well and again, had an awesome New Year!

Until next time, take care all.

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Things I Want To Do In The New Year But Can’t…

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This an anti New Years resolutions post to finish off the end of 2017! This is a things I want to do in the New Year, but can’t and probably won’t…

BUT IF I DO that will be amazing to be honest. There’s going to be all sorts of things on here and not everyone will be able to relate I’m sure but I hope people CAN relate to it and maybe even write about their own anti New Years resolutions!

  • Start a Japanese language course.

This is actually something me and Dane was going to pay to start doing in October but we couldn’t due to the course starting whilst we was in Fuerteventura. We then decided to start it in the New Year in January, but sadly we don’t have the cash to spare right now. I’m pretty sure this one WILL happen at some point in the year when we have cash to spare. We could quite easily learn at home to be honest, but we both said that we want to actually go out to a class so we can get out once a week together to do something we want to.

  • Book our holiday to Japan.

This really isn’t something I can see happening next year and for the past 4 years now this has been added to my New Years resolutions every year. We constantly tell people that we still want to go to Japan and how we’re “saving” for it. In reality we’re just saving up money we spent on our holiday in Fuerteventura, as well as some financial issues we had when I left my old job. I mean if we get to book a holiday to Japan, FUCK YEAH! But if not it’ll be another thing added to 2019’s New Years resolutions list!

  • “Lose weight” and go to the gym.

I don’t want to lose weight. I just want to maintain my current weight, maybe burn fat and replace with muscle and basically try and prevent any signs of body dysmorphia disorder getting any worse. I would love to go back to my pole fitness, or even to the gym with Dane. We’ve discussed it, but I for one aren’t setting anything in stone just yet. It’s money to be honest and I don’t want to pay for a gym membership if I could do with food more. Going to the gym and toning up (both of us!) would be amazing though and to be honest fun to do together.

  • Try and be a better blogger…

Ha this isn’t going to happen! I’m just going to continue to be myself, write as much as I can and write whatever the hell I want! I’m gutted about this year though for one thing, blog meets and events. I didn’t go to a single one and yet I went to loads the year before. I wish I could have attended/invited to some so that I could meet more awesome bloggers. I just never feel like I have the time, or did anyway. I’m hoping now I’m in a new job and more mentally well I’ll be able to next year. As I said though, I’m just going to do on my blog what I am now. I’ve said time and time again, I don’t get paid for what I do on my blog and although I love my hobbie, my job is more important and especially Dane and my home. Blogging may be my number one hobbie, but it’s at the back of my mind when I have Dane cuddles and a film to watch. 😛

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  • Get a puppy!

Again, this really isn’t going to happen! We both said we would get a puppy in the New Year as we both felt ready. That was before financial issues (I say this like we’re skint. We aren’t, I just don’t have any savings right now. THANKS OLD JOB!!!) and realising that it wouldn’t be fair to get a puppy, or even adopt a dog from a local animal shelter as neither of us are home constantly to be with the puppy or dog. I don’t like when people do this with their pets and think it’s okay. It’s really not! It can cause so many issues and it’s just unfair. We used to leave my dog when I was younger if we had to but more often than not someone would be at home with her. If she was left it would usually be for an hour, two hours tops. We probably won’t get a puppy until we have kids… If we have kids…

  • Save loads of money!

Urgh this is never going to happen! As soon as I get money paid into my account it mostly goes onto my bills. I recently mentioned this to a friend who said, “What? That sucks!” and I thought about it for a moment and my younger self would have agreed and said, “Yeah man I fucking hate it!” but my older self took a moment to think and I found myself thinking, “Not really. I have my own space to do what I want, when I want and most of all I am investing in my future.” But even so, I will try so damn hard to save up this year!

  • Do more photography.

I don’t feel like I take part in photography as much anymore as I used to and I find it’s mostly due to not having time. I mean, I went to Fuerteventura back in September/October this year and I haven’t even taken the pictures off of my camera yet. Fuck sake. My cousin had her first child before Christmas and I plan to go and take pictures of my new little cousin as soon as we’re both free to do so. I’m so excited to take pictures of my cousins little family in their new home.

I actually can’t think of anymore things I want to try and do in 2018 other than focus on me for a change and be happy. 2017 was the year where I had multiple mental health issues and break downs due to my old job. My new job has left me feeling free and happy! I’m still learning and there’s a couple of hiccups here and there but I aim to be better in 2018.

I also want to use this as the year that I focus on me and Dane too, our little family. We won’t be thinking about having children for a couple of years yet, but I want to continue to turn our house into a home, no matter what.

As well as that I want to focus more on my parents this year. I love them to bits and recently I’ve opened my eyes to realise that I do miss them since moving out… But not too much. 😛

I really want to say though that I hope everyone, family, friends and even my readers and blogger friends out there an amazing 2018! For anyone who has mental health issues, you have made it to the end of 2017, just think what else you are capable of.

Do you have any anti New Years resolutions? Make sure to tell me in the comments down below!

Until next time in 2018, take care all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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