I used to subscribe to Birchbox, but after Christmas I decided that I would stop my subscription with them. The useability of the items I was getting started to decline, and I wasn’t prepared to spend £13 a month if I wasn’t getting the most out of the box. Of course, I could have left it there, but no. I had to go and find myself another subscription box to subscribe to. I’ve been eyeing up Papergang by Ohh Deer for ages now (as you probably know, I love stationery) so, naturally, I chose them. Here I’ll be showing you what I got in my March Papergang box, as well as another 2 bonus boxes!
I say two bonus boxes, but really I mean the March and February boxes, as well as 1 bonus box from a few years ago. I got my first subscription in February, however they had a deal on for 2 boxes for the price of one. How can you resist double the stationery for half the price? I was given the 2017 November box as my extra one – the monthly diary they gave was for November, which sucks as I can no longer use it, but the products in there were gorgeous so all is forgiven.
I’ve never done a makeup look on my blog before, nor am I a makeup guru by any means. I enjoy experimenting with my eyeshadow when I wear it but that isn’t often! I’m either bare face or everything but eyeshadow – it’s a lot quicker when I’m going to Uni to leave out that stage completely. It’s a shame because I think it’s the best part of doing your makeup!
When I was approached by FalseEyelashes.co.uk to review some of their eyelashes, I jumped at the chance! I thought it would be a perfect way to integrate makeup looks onto my blog, and give me an excuse to play around with eyeshadow again. In the end I decided to go for a pink glittery makeup look, as I love defying the old “redheads can’t wear pink” mindset – I think it’s a gorgeous colour for redheads, and I hope you like it, too!
Last summer, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Iceland for our (first) summer holiday together and had an amazing time! We went to Reykjavik for 5 days, and it was plenty of time to explore the beautiful city, and take a day trip out of town. With uni, writing other blog posts and life getting in the way, it has taken me ages to narrow down the photos I wanted to use, edit them, and actually compile all my thoughts! However, since we will all be thinking about booking our summer holidays soon, it seems like a perfect time to bring out my recommendations on what to do in Reykjavik.
My first tip is to dedicate some time to walking around the city centre. There is so much beauty from street art, cute buildings and interiors, amazing food and gorgeous landscapes. It’s a great idea to plan out your days and activities before you leave for your travels, but I have always found that you find the cutest, quirkiest spots when you take some time to follow your feet and see where they take you.
Depression and anxiety are something I’ve struggled with for years. I’m not on any medication, so I try to help improve my mental health with counselling and self-care. Counselling has been something that has helped a lot, and I recommend it to anybody who has access to it! However, I’m not in counselling all the time. The rest of the time, my mental health is down to me.
I had heard about CBD oil before for things like pain relief, and have only recently heard about its uses for anxiety through Helen Anderson. Not long after, I was approached by a company called Salve Herbal who kindly gifted me one of their 5% CBD oils! Over the last month I’ve been trying out their product and seeing how it would help me with my anxiety and sleep (as I’ve also heard it can improve sleep quality).
For the last few years, my friends at uni have done a “vegan week”, which is exactly as it sounds. For one week at the start of the year, we go exclusively vegan. It started out as a challenge to one particular member of our friend group, and slowly everybody joined in. This year, I decided to join in as well and I’ve had a lot of fun doing so! I know it’s hardly on a Veganuary scale, which I wish I had taken part in now, but it’s definitely opened my eyes a lot more to eating vegan.
For one, it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. For things like cheese and meat, there are such a selection of alternatives out there to choose from. Who’d have thought that you’d be able to find vegan squirty whipped cream? But you can! I don’t eat meat every day, anyway, but I’ve realised I do have a lot more dairy than I realised. Overall, it was a lot of fun having an excuse to experiment more with my cooking! And I’ve decided to make an effort to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet, and cut down on my dairy intake.