Thursday, 31 December 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR & RESOLUTIONS

Hello Everybody!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Can you believe it? It's 2016 already! What a year it's been!
For me, 2015 has flown by so quickly and so many crazy things have happened!
This blog has really changed since the beginning, so lets take a quick trip down memory lane...

May 9th 2015

This was my first post on this blog! Sadly (not really sad!), the post is no longer available, I don't even have a copy of it myself, but believe me when I say it was very awkward and not very well written at all! I think the post was a Get to Know Me tag, in which the answers were literally just one word. After this post, I didn't post anything else until August, when this post got deleted. I don't really know why I didn't post anything, I think it was probably because I was really put off by the fact of how bad the post was and I just thought, well nobody is going to read it anyway. I'm actually quite glad no one did read it!

August 23rd 2015

This is the first post which is still available on my blog. I don't think there was any before it. The first post was just a simple about post, which I have actually updated since then, but not very much. The next post was the following day and it was a Real Techniques Review post, which to be fair, wasn't that bad. Sort of. To this day, that post has 22 views and no comments.

November 5th 2015 

This was the day I hit 1000 views on this blog. Obviously, this isn't a big number, but to me, this will always be quite the achievement because I never even thought that I would get 100 views.

December 30th 2015

On December 30th, the amount of views I had was 4560. This is quite a big number for my little brain! I know there are blogs which are so much bigger than my own, but to think I have thousands of views on my little blog is crazy and I just want to take the chance to say, thank you!

So on with the actual post... oops, that introduction was a bit long!

At this time of year, people begin to make a pledge to themselves to do something better in the New Year and these things are called New Years Resolutions. Usually, people make three resolutions. I once read that people only make three because it makes it more realistic to achieve. Typical resolutions include eat less chocolate, do more exercise and things like that, which, to be quite honest are usually mine. However this year, I am going to try and pick ones that mean something more to me and I actually think I might be able to achieve, because, lets face it, I was never going to achieve the chocolate one...

1. Drink more water

I suppose this is similar to the chocolate one, but I think that this one is something which I can actually do. I don't think I drink enough water and I drink too many sugary drinks, which aren't good for me, so this year, I want to drink more water! I am going to aim to drink at least one decent sized cup of water a day, hopefully more!

2. Do more of what makes me happy

This year, I want to do more of what makes me happy, without caring about what people think of me. I think this will probably be the hardest one out of the three which I have chosen.

3. This blog

I want to continue to post on this blog and to improve the content on here further. I also want to post some new and exciting posts, which I haven't done before, on here! For example, lookbooks, how to posts and more!

Let me know in the comments what your New Years Resolutions are and perhaps a way in which you might achieve that!

Thank you for all of your support this year, it really does mean the world to me! I hope I can continue to write posts which you enjoy on here next year! I love you all!
See you in 2016!

Love,
Abby x

Friday, 25 December 2015

IT'S CHRISTMAS! | BLOGMAS DAY 6

MERRY CHRISTMAS! IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY!

In the UK, it is now evening and around the time when people are sitting down with the family and friends and playing fun christmas games or watching TV, usually full up from the Christmas Dinner!

Wherever you are in the world, Christmas is about family! What do you do on Christmas day?

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas day, filled of love and joy! We made it to the final day of the short Blogmas!

Let me know in the comments some of the presents you got which you really liked!

I apologise for the last two posts being quite short, but I really don't want to bore you on Christmas eve and day! I hope you have enjoyed Blogmas, let me know what your favourite post has been in the comments and what you want to see more of in the future!

I will see you all very soon! I love you all and thank you for all of the wonderful support recently! It means the world to me!

Love,
Abby x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE! | BLOGMAS DAY 5

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!
I can't believe it is actually christmas eve! I am so damn excited!
I don't want to make this post too long because you should be spending time with your family and friends and not looking at a computer screen, although that's probably what I am going to be doing!

I just wanted to say a few things before I go, so here they are...

Thank you! To all of you who have read this very short Blogmas! Also, to all of you who have been reading my blog, ever! It means the world to me!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you all have an amazing christmas, wherever you are in the world! I hope you all get what you want!

Today, I want you guys to get interactive in the comments! Tell me what you like to do on christmas eve! Do you have any special traditions? Let me know, I love reading all of your comments!
See you tomorrow!

Love,
Abby x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

SWEET TIN WARS AND CHRISTMAS IN SUMMER? Q&A | BLOGMAS DAY 3

Hello Everybody!
Welcome to Blogmas Day 3!
Todays post is something which I haven't done before! Today I am going to be doing a Q&A!
I earlier this week, I asked for some Christmas Q&A questions,so here goes my first Q&A!

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

I don't know! I think my favourite part about christmas is spending time with my family. I also really enjoy christmas day because everyone feels really happy! What about you? Let me know in the comments!

Which do you prefer- Christmas Day or the build up to Christmas?

As much as I love christmas day, I really enjoy the build up as it is when everyone is happy and you do lots of fun family activities! I also enjoy the build up because it means that christmas hasn't happened yet, however, after christmas day, it is over :(

Would you rather have Christmas in the Summer or Winter?

In the UK, we have christmas in the Winter, meaning it is often cold and rainy and as much as the stories say they do, white christmas' do not happen! At least they haven't during my life time! However, I would rather have Christmas in the Winter because as much as I do complain about the cold weather, I think it would be weird for me to have Christmas in the warm! If you have christmas in the summer, let me know what you would prefer!

If you could give Christmas another name, what would it be?

Oooh! This is a hard one! I really don't know, maybe Giving Day? That sounds no where near as exciting! I think we'll stick to Christmas!

If you could go anywhere in the world for christmas, where would you go?

Personally, I would go to Florida, because it is somewhere I went for christmas when I was younger, so I think it will always be somewhere I would want to go again for christmas!

Quality Street or Heroes? 

Sorry Quality Street, I'm Heroes all the way! I'm a Cadbury girl!

Do you have a colour scheme on your Christmas tree?

Yes, in our house, we have red and gold ball balls, with colourful fairy lights. I really wanted to get white and blue ball balls, but I was out voted!

How festive do you feel on a scale of one to ten (one being the least, ten the most)?

hmmm, maybe about a 7! I don't feel very festive this year! Ask me again Christmas eve!

Thats it for todays Q&A! If you liked this post, let me know in the comments if you want me to do something like this in the future. Also leave some questions for future posts!
Thank you!

Love,
Abby x

Monday, 21 December 2015

TOP CHRISTMAS FILMS | BLOGMAS DAY 2

Hello Everybody!
Today I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite films which I like to watch around christmas time! It was actually quite hard, but I managed to narrow it down to five! 
I'm going to start with my least favourite, but really, there isn't much in it! 

5. The Grinch

I watched this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it! This is a real family film and quite a classic! 

4. Nativity

I LOVE Nativity! These films are about a school full of young children who are usually up to no good! I have seen both number one and two, but I am yet to see number three! I really want to watch it over the christmas period, so I think I need to look on Netflix for it, or go out and buy it! 

3. Elf

It is impossible to 1. not watch this at christmas and 2. not laugh at this film. Will Ferrel is incredible as Buddy the Elf and really makes me laugh! If you haven't seen this film, why not? It is suitable for the whole family, so I think it would make a really good christmas watch!

2. Wreck it Ralph

Yes, I know, this isn't a christmas film, but in our house, we ALWAYS watch it on Christmas Eve, so for me, it always has a christmas special spot! If you haven't seen this, no matter how old you are, you need to watch it! I have seen this so many times and I am not bored of it! 

1. Jingle all the way

This is a new one in my favourites. I saw this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I laughed so much! I have watched this film twice in the past week and will probably watch it again! The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger who is amazing as a workaholic father. I think this film is very relatable to so many families on Christmas eve!

That was my top 5 Christmas films! Let me know some of your favourites in the comments below! I will be sure to check them out, I need more christmas films to watch!
See you tomorrow!

Love,
Abby x

Did you see yesterdays blogmas?
Day 1- Current Favourites

Sunday, 20 December 2015

CURRENT FAVOURITES | BLOGMAS DAY 1

Hello Everybody!
It is Day One of my christmas specials! It is also 5 days until Christmas! So for todays post, I will be talking about a few of my current favourites!

Collection Work the Colour Lip Butter 

This is quite a recent purchase of mine, but I am in love with it! In fact, I fell in love with it the second I tried it! There are many things which I loved about this product, but one of the main things is the colour. The one which I have is 3 Vintage Rose, this is a subtle pink colour, which I think is perfect around christmas, especially if you don't like a bold red lip or a daring pink. This is defiantly a step up from a nude lip, but a dolled down version of a bright pink. It's not too bright but you can see the pink. I love it! Since I brought earlier this week, I have worn it everyday! I also like the shine it gives off because it is a lip butter. The colour also winds up, so you can change it to the angle which you like. This was £2.99 in Superdrug, but I'm pretty sure you can get this in Boots as well! I also really like the packaging as it is perfect for throwing in your handbag and just for in the make up bag. I really can't find a fault with this! If any of you have tried the other colours, please let me know what they are like and which ones are best!

Candy Mountain- Lush

Okay, okay, okay, yes I think I am becoming obsessed with Lush, I know I said that I didn't like it, but lets just forget about that! I am currently on my second one of these. I love the scent, however, like I said in my Brighton haul when I brought this, it is a sweet scent, so if you don't like sweet scents, you won't like this. I do really like sweet scents though and I think this was my favourite out of all the ones which I purchased. The bubbles which this creates are amazing! If you haven't tried this, Lush fan or not, you NEED to go to Lush as soon as possible as I think these are part of the christmas collection (correct me if I'm wrong) and I'm assuming they leave soon!

MUA eyeshadow Palette Heaven and Earth

I think I have spoken about this once or twice before, but I have recently become obsessed with this again! The colours in this palette are mainly browns and golds, which I think are perfect around this time of year! I generally use four colours when using this palette at the moment and they are Catacomb, Babylon, Golden Sand and Amber Dune. As a base, I mix together Catacomb and Amber Dune as this gives a subtle brown, which is really nice for a gold eye. I then use Golden Sand from my inner corner through my crease to the middle, then using Babylon in my outer corner through the crease. I find that this gives a really nice gold eye! This palette is £4 and great quality! If you are looking for a good eyeshadow for an amazing price, this is one for you!  Let me know if there are any other MUA pallets which I might like!

VSCO cam

So this is something different in one of my favourites posts! This favourite is an app. In fact, this is an editing app. I use this app to edit all of my photos, whether they are for personal use, my blog, or my social medias! I found this app a couple of weeks ago and it took my a while to get to grips with it at first, however, now I know the ropes of it, I love it! I like this app because you can see how your photos together, which is really helpful if you have a theme on Instagram as it means that you can see what your photos look like together. If you are looking for a good app to edit photos with, this one is for you! You can pick many filters and choose how strong you want them. It is also free! I know it is available on the Apple store, but I'm not sure where else you can get it. If you know, leave it in the comments for other people to see!

Notebooks

I have recently managed to collect quite a few notebooks and I love all of them! I particularly like ones with patterns on the front because they look really cool! One of my favourites which I have been using at the moment is the one which you can currently get with Shout Magazine. It has cute little patterns on the front in rose gold, black and white. My favourite doodle on it is one that says "Do you even vlog?" The notebook is currently available in Shout magazine. I generally tend to write post ideas in this notebook as I often run out of ideas, so I am going to find this really useful in the future!

Blue Neighbourhood- Troye Sivan

Of course, I had to include music in my favourites! This month, it currently happens to be a bit of Troye. Obviously, I love Troye's music, but I am OBSESSED with Blue Neighbourhood! If you haven't already listened to it, buy it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify (or whatever your preference is!) There is not a single song on there which I don't like! As usual, Troye pulled it out of the bag!

So thats about it for todays post! Let me know some of your favourites in the comments below! I look forward to reading them!
I hope you are enjoying my Christmas specials so far!
See you tomorrow!
Love,
Abby x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

THE COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS!

AS I WRITE THIS, IT IS OFFICIALLY 6 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!

Can you believe how quickly this year has gone? It is nearly 2016 AND christmas! I am so excited, I can't even put it into words! Obviously, I didn't do blogmas this year, so as a little christmassy special, for the next five days (starting tomorrow)  until christmas, I will be writing a new post EVERY day and posting it the same day! 
The posts will be going up at 5pm GMT (UK time). 

So this is where you come in! I am going to need a name for my festive posts, so if you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments! I really appreciate it! 

I'll see you tomorrow! 

Love,
Abby x


Sunday, 6 December 2015

FIND SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Hello Everybody! 
So today, I thought I would do a post about my thoughts. I haven't done one of these in a while, so if you are new around here, you might not have seen any of my previous ones. These posts are usually entered around something which I have been thinking about or are based around a quote. Todays thoughts are based around a quote from Luke Hemmings (5SOS)- "Find something that makes you happy and don't let anyone take it away from you." 
I couldn't agree more with this quote. Wise ol' Luke!
Finding something that makes you happy can be hard. Before you find something that makes you happy, you need to find something which defines you. You need to find yourself.
Life is filled with so many "what if" and "but" 's, but sometimes it's about going for it and following your dreams. However, to follow your dreams, you need to find something that makes you happy. (Back to the original topic!) I can't advise you on how to find something that makes you happy, so I'm going to share my experiences:
A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon a little thing called YouTube.
Okay, let me rewind a little. Of course I had heard of YouTube before and watched videos on it, but never had I watched YouTubers, like Zoe and Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, Jim Chapman and many more. I had heard people talk about Zoe, but I had never watched any of her videos. One day in October (I think!) 2014, I was looking up 'How to do Milkmaid Braids' and clicked on Zoe's video. Little did I know, I was watching her video. I found myself laughing and enjoying her video. I only realised afterwards that it was the famous Zoella's video who I was watching. It was then that I realised why people enjoyed her videos. From that day, my love for YouTube spiralled and I began watching so many different YouTubers. After watching YouTube for a little over a year, I can defiantly say that I have become more confident within myself and thats what made me happy.

So that leads me onto my next point, don't let anyone take it away from you. YouTube gets a lot of hate. There are various comments which fly around concerning the topic. "Your just like everyone else like Zoella" "You just want to seem cool" "They are just pathetic people who sit in front of a camera for a living, they need a real job" Yes, they are real comments. However, these comments have not stopped me from watching YouTube. In fact, these comments are just opinions and not facts at all. When people hate upon something, it just means they are jealous. In my case, YouTube, the people who hate upon YouTube, they don't realise how happy these YouTubers make people. So when you find something which makes you happy, don't let anyone take it away from you  and hold onto it tight.

Thank you so much for reading and all of your support. In the comments, let me know something that makes you happy, I look forward to reading them! That's something which makes me happy, your lovely comments!

Also, leave some questions for a good ol' #AskAbbyLouise (Q&A)! Or tweet me them on twitter (@abbylouiseblog)! Thank you!
I love you all!
Love,
Abby x