The Sunshine Blogger Award ❤︎


Hello lovelies and welcome to a brand new post! Not too long ago I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Sophie from For a Rainy Day. I remember when I first started blogging and these award posts were very popular, they were a fun way to get to know the person behind the blog better and also a great way to discover new blogs altogether! So thank you, Sophie, for nominating me. I highly recommend you check out her blog where she shares so much positivity!

So what is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
"The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community."

These are the questions Sophie chose for the bloggers she nominated...

What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is the freedom of being creative. I love that I am in control of my content, I can decide what I want to write, how my pictures look and the atmosphere of my blog. I have always enjoyed creating and designing things whether it's a space, product or concept. I also really enjoy engaging with fellow bloggers and readers as it's a lovely community.

What’s your favourite seasonal drink?
Okay, so honestly I rarely drink anything except coffee, tea and water. I used to love the Christmas frappuccinos at Starbucks a few years back (especially their mint mocha frappuccino) but I don't drink those types of drinks anymore. So at the moment, I don't have one, but the mint mocha frappuccino was definitely a favourite before! My go-to drink now though is a cappuccino with cinnamon and chocolate sprinkled on top (even though it's not really a seasonal drink).

What’s your favourite kind of post to write?
Over the years my favourite posts to write (and read) have changed. When I first started blogging I preferred product reviews. Then I got more into the blogging world and started to get into lots of different post types, mostly in the beauty and lifestyle categories. Currently, (and since forever really) I have always been curious to know what people keep in different places such as their bags, and what people do in their routines. So I actually enjoy posts such as What's in My bag, Morning Routine, Evening Routine, Haircare Routine, Skincare Routine etc.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to start a blog?
Just have fun with it. I think there are many different reasons as to why people start blogs. Some want it as a career, others enjoy the creativity and then there are plenty of other reasons too! I personally want to make sure it says fun and doesn't feel like a chore, which it honestly has felt like at times in the past. My biggest tip though is to engage with your readers. I know when I leave a comment on someone's post I am far more likely to return to that blog if they reply to their comments!

What is your favourite Christmas film?
The Polar Express has been my favourite Christmas film for years. The first time I saw it I thought it was borderline scary simply because the animation and graphics are so realistic. I mean the animated characters even have pores! But it's very well-made in my opinion and I quite like the soundtrack too.

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I don't know what my advice would be, I think if I could sit down and have a great chat with my 16-year-old self I would have so much to say. But my main advice to myself and others, in general, is to think about what's really worth your energy; pick your battles. And it's totally okay to fake it till you make it!

What’s your favourite book?
When I was around 14 I read a book called Stolen by Lucy Christopher and it's still my favourite book today. It's about a young English girl named Gemma who is kidnapped at an airport in Vietnam by a man named Tye. He takes her to the middle of nowhere in the outback of Australia where he just wants a friend. The story is beautifully written and really captures the Australian bush. My other favourite story is Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, seriously found it hard to put the book down!

What do you do to unwind?
It depends on what I'm unwinding from. If I'm stressed or anxious I do an intense workout to build up my adrenaline until it just burns out followed by a hot shower. Other times I like to do a nice little pamper routine. I just recently wrote a post related to this; Things I do to lift my mood.

Your best beauty decision you’ve made?
I don't know if I even have an answer for this one haha! Probably just getting into a good skincare routine and making sure everything I use is clean. Or, I'm not sure if this counts but recently I made the decision to pursue skin needling to help with my acne scarring and I am so happy about going through with it! I was really apprehensive about it because it isn't cheap but my skin is a major insecurity of mine. I have moderate acne and unfortunately even though it's not as bad as it was in high school it has left some pretty nasty (pitted) scarring. I  feel like I follow all the acne 'rules' and it's exhausting trying to fix it. My forehead is much better acne wise now but the scarring was bad so I chose to do skin needing (I already see a noticeable improvement). My chin still gets hormonal breakouts but my cheeks are super clear.

What’s the hardest part about blogging?
Trying to keep to a regular schedule. Because blogging is a hobby for me and not my job it, unfortunately, is one of the first things to slide off my plate when I have a lot of things to do. For me personally, if I try to keep to a weekly schedule I end up feeling like blogging is a chore and not for fun. So the hardest part about blogging for me is trying to balance enjoyment and keeping on top of it.

What is your favourite memory of 2018?
Ahh, the favourite memory question... I never know what to answer when I'm asked these types of questions. There's so many to choose from and out of a year, there's a lot to go through! I would say one of my favourite moments this year was when my family and I went to celebrate a family friend's birthday on a beautiful island. We were so lucky and got to enjoy the weekend and stay in these super cute cabins. We had been on this island before but only on day trips, which is great and all but personally, I much prefer being able to stay there overnight. The reason why this was one of my favourite moments is not only because I had a really fun time, but my head pain was so low the entire weekend (my constant head pain has never been this low for that long in 3 years). If you're new to my blog or don't know about NDPH (new daily persistent headache), it's a condition that I developed when I was 16 that I've written about a lot on my blog here. Put very short, it means that I live with constant pain in my head (literally 24/7) that fluctuates between 4 and 9 on a pain scale but has never stopped since the day it started in June(ish) 2015. So for me, having an entire weekend with only subtle discomfort rather than sharp pain is my favourite memory of 2018.

I would like to nominate these bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

❤︎ Tenneil from Like Neon Love.
❤︎ Elizabeth from "Ice Cream" whispers Clara.
❤︎ Charlotte from Charlotte's Picks.
❤︎ Lisa from Lisa Autumn.
❤︎ Kate from Kate Loves.

The 11 questions I would like to ask are:

1. What aspects of your life do you like/ enjoy at this point in time?
2. Are you a bath or a shower person?
3. What are your most loved perfumes or body mists?
4. What is something random your friends and family associate you with? For example, my friends say I always have the mintiest gum and pee a lot!
5. Do you have a favourite beauty product?
6. Apart from blogging, what is something that really interests you?
7. Do you have siblings? If so, how many and what's your relationship with them like?
8. Favourite childhood film?
9. How often do you clean your makeup brushes?
10. How would you describe your personality?
11. What are your favourite posts to read and write?

If you end up doing this on your blog please leave a link to your post as I'd love to read them!

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Things I do to lift my mood... ♡



I don't know about you, but when I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed it's usually because I have many things to do but am struggling to get them done. Sometimes I just keep procrastinating and putting things off or simply feel stuck and that's when I like to do small things that make me feel productive even if they have absolutely nothing to do with the tasks I am stuck with. These things are simple but they don't make me feel like I am wasting time. Doing nothing when I have plenty to do stresses me even more. Sometimes it's a good idea to step back from the chaos and just recoup yourself. I don't always necessarily feel stressed or overwhelmed, but maybe I've just had a bad day and feel a bit down. Whichever the case may be, these are some small things I like to do to lift my mood.

Simple and productive home tasks...
One of the things I do very often when I am having a stressful or overwhelming day is small cleaning tasks. I know everyone is different but for me cleaning is therapeutic. When I say cleaning tasks, I mean changing your bedsheets, cleaning your makeup brushes and doing a load of laundry. Maybe tackle a section of your room or home that is a little bit cluttered. I do this almost every time I procrastinate with uni work because I know that if I sit at my laptop and try to do it I will just be staring at the screen being unproductive. At least if I am doing one of these cleaning/ organising tasks I am still feeling productive without stressing about my lack of focus on the uni assessment. I've previously written a full post on small tasks I did to feel productive, 'Little Productive Things of Today...'

Have a hot shower or bath...
Okay, so personally I have never been a bath person. I don't think it's baths that I don't like, it's just my bathtub that I don't like. In saying that, the other week I had had a day when I felt a bit bummed out and all I wanted to do was buy a nice Lush bath bomb and sit in the tub. It had been a good while since I used a bath bomb because I never take a bath, I always shower. After that, I ended up purchasing two more bath bombs from Lush just for future days when I may need a mood boost. This is not something I do when I'm stressed, but rather when I'm feeling a bit down.

Enjoy a bit of a pamper...
After that lovely bath, I like to go a little bit further and give myself a bit of a pamper. I'll make sure to moisturise my body with whatever my favourite product is at the time. Recently, I have been loving the Frank Body Body Cream. It smells like fresh doughnuts and yummy icing! This body cream is great because it is super hydrating and nourishing, and it's also cruelty-free. I use this particularly when my skin is feeling dry. Frank Body is one of my favourite brands as they are cruelty-free, natural (I don't necessarily stick to natural products but it's a bonus) and so far I have liked every product I have tried. I will leave a link to my previous post on Frank Body and their products here

Another product I regularly use is the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream. This is my all time favourite body cream and it has been since 2015. I have an entire post dedicated to it here if you were interested.

Can't forget a good facemask...
Continuing on with the self-pamper, I can't forget to include a good face mask! I don't know what it is about facemasks but for some reason once I've applied one I feel like I've got my life together. Obviously, a facemask isn't going to solve all my problems, but at that moment I feel relaxed and like everything is falling into place. Of course, that's all a mindset, just like my life probably isn't falling apart to begin with even if I feel overwhelmed, that's also just in my mind. Does anyone else feel that way about facemasks? 

Listen to uplifting music or a podcast...
Normally I would put on my chill playlist which has mostly songs from Jack Johnson, Sticky Fingers and various other artists in those types of genres. However, recently I've discovered a podcast called You Beauty and I have really enjoyed listening to it. I have tried listening to podcasts in the past but I always got bored and gave up. I find that a lot of podcasts take forever to get to the point and are difficult to sit through. The You Beauty podcast though is light-hearted, witty and actually interesting to listen to because it talks about beauty and skincare. What I like is that the podcast is well-structured whilst still feeling like a fun chat. I find myself often laughing when listening to this podcast and it's great at taking my mind off other things. So far I find it fun and relatable, especially in one of their episodes when they spoke about haircare because I totally agreed with everything they talked about. Another great thing about this particular podcast is if you happen to be interested in any of the products they mentioned you don't have to write it down because they link everything anyway. I'm yet to find another podcast that I genuinely enjoy but at the moment I am seriously loving You Beauty, definitely lifted my mood!

What are some things you do to lift your mood?