October Goals

Hi guys!

I am a day late but never mind! Here are my goals for October! It’s properly Autumn now and I am loving the beautiful colours, the chilly mornings and the many pumpkin spice lattes that I have consumed.

First of all, a bit of a chatty introduction on what this month holds for me. I have a new job as a Rental Manager and I start Monday 8th October. I’m really nervous because it’s so new, it’s more responsibility and more of a challenge, but at the same time I am so exciting. It’s difficult because I really love the team I work with, but it’s a wonderful opportunity and I’m sure I’ll have a good team at my new job. It’s longer hours so I am a bit worried about having time for my blog so I might designate certain days where I can write to ensure I carry on as writing is my one true passion in life. As a result, a lot of my goals for this month relate to the fact that I’ll have a new job. Please wish me all the luck in the world as I start a new chapter! Now, without further ado, on with the blog.

Blog Goals:

So I read 2 out of 3 of my goals for September. As I said in my September Goals post which you can read here, my goals were to reach 400 followers on my blog by October 1st, 800 followers on Twitter and 600 on Instagram. I only failed the former so I was quite pleased. I’ve well superseded the social media goals, but I was 40 followers under my blog follower goals. I’m still so over the moon to have 360 followers as I never expected anyone to even read my blog let alone follow it, as I started blogging for my love of writing, and I’m so shocked at how well my social media is doing, so thank you to all of you! My blog goals for October are:

  • Blog – 450
  • Twitter- 1200
  • Instagram – 850

I’m aiming high with Twitter as that medium is my most successful. I’m aiming reasonably lower with Instagram and my blog to try and avoid disappointment but I think they are decent goals anyway. Please do follow me on here if you like my content, as well as my Twitter and my Instagram!

Personal Goals:

So of course, this month is going to be scary and stressful and new with starting my new job, so I think practising a bit of self-care is most important. Here are my goals:

  • To have a relaxing hot bubble bath once a week. I’m guilty of never allowing myself time to chill out. I’m always doing something whether it’s work, volunteering with Brownies, seeing friends and family, writing, household chores etc and I feel like I really need to relax once in a whole. I’m always having daily quick showers bit I think at least one day a week I should have a nice hot bubble bath with a bath bomb, relaxing music, maybe a glass of red wine or green tea, just to relax myself. I know self care is more than having a bath but it is a start.
  • Remembering to always carry out my skin routine, morning and night. I’m also guilty of just taking my makeup off with a wipe or Micellar water and having a quick cleanse. I need to ensure I do more than this, exfoliate, moisturise, use more face masks etc. If anyone know of any great cruelty free skincare products please let me know in the comments!
  • Be positive. When changes happen in life, you should embrace them. I’m worried about my new job as anyone would be, you hope that you will be an asset to a new company and that everything will go smoothly. I’m sure it will, and I’ll give you all an update after my first week. Positivity is always key!
  • Enjoy October! I’m not doing Blogtober as I wouldn’t have chance to write every day, but I’m super excited to write some really Autumnal posts! I have some exciting ideas so i cannot wait to get writing. What a beautiful month.

What are your goals for October? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle xx


Superdrug Extracts Grapefruit & Papaya Shampoo & Conditioner

Happy Thursday!

Today I want to review Superdrug’s own brand Grapefruit & Papaya shampoo and conditioner. I’ve just used it on my hair for about the fourth or fifth time and I have to say that I am impressed.

In a world where everything is always changing, there has been one constant in my life for a few years now, and that is the Aussie Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s absolutely amazing, but has one flaw, it isn’t cruelty-free (Its a Proctor & Gamble product sadly). I made a pact with myself over the summer that I would no longer buy from brands that are not cruelty-free, which sadly meant hanging up, or squeezing out, my Aussie hair care for good. I told myself that I wouldn’t waste any products that I already had, and would use whatever I had left, but would only replace such items with a cruelty-free alternative. Check out my post about this here.

All of Superdrug’s own brand products are cruelty-free, and have the internationally recognised bunny symbol on, so you can rest assured that you can trust the own brand items.

Let me start by saying that the shampoo and conditioner smell absolutely divine, during and after use. Many shampoos and conditioners smell great when washing, but the scent does not remain afterwards, or so I find. This scent subtly lingers in the hair for at least a day, so that’s pretty good in my humble opinion!

This particular addition is for fine hair, to give it a bit of a lift and volumise the strands. I definitely think it does this, and my hair currently feels lovely and ‘floaty’. My hair looks shiny, nourished and feels extremely soft! You don’t need a lot of product, and even though I have rather long hair, I’ve barely used any product because there is so much included in the 400ml bottles.

These retail at only £1.99 which is excellent, however they are currently on offer on the Superdrug website for only 95p! What a bargain! You can get your hands on the shampoo here and the conditioner here.

There are also other scents available, such as Aloe Vera & Mango, Coconut & Almond and Raspberry & Macadamia, so I’m looking forward to trying them all!

Overall I’m very pleased with these products and would certainly purchase them again. I would say that it doesn’t really lather very well which may or may not be a good thing, as I’m by no means a hair expert, but I do love the lathering feeling of shampoo as it personally makes me feel like my hair is being more throughly cleaned. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Aussie but to me it’s better to be cruelty-free! Apart from this, I am happy!

Have you ever used this shampoo or conditioner and if so, what did you think? What cruelty free hair products do you like? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle x

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Hello September!

I don’t actually know where this year has gone, but it is officially September! I am incredibly excited for Autumn and everything it involves: beautiful colours, crisp mornings, cosy nights, Starbucks/Costa Autumn drinks, Halloween, my hometown’s annual fair, toffee, cinnamon, apple and pumpkin everything, warm jumpers, the build up to Christmas… I really could go on and on! I also have lots of Autumnal blog posts planned so I’m really excited to write them and share them with you all.

I’ve decided to try and do a post like this on the first day of every month, to go over my goals for the month and to recap the previous one. Within my goals, I think i’m going to set myself a followers target to reach at the end of that month. I’d just like to clarify that I did not start blogging for views and followers, I started it because I love writing and wanted an outlet, but I’ve seen so many other posts like this and I don’t think that there is anything wrong with trying to grow your followers and setting yourself goals to achieve!

August Recap

August has been a really busy month! From having family over from the USA, to day trips around the UK, to eating my own body weight in ice cream and spending some time with family and friends. I started to get a little more organised by planning my blog posts up until Christmas so that has really propelled my blogging excitement and ambitions!

Goals for September

At the time of writing this post, my current follower figures are:

Blog – 243 Instagram – 418 Twitter – 699

Here are my goals for this month:

Blog – 400 Instagram – 600 Twitter – 800

I’ve tried to set workable goals for myself and I’ll see how it goes; I will report back on how it goes on October 1st. Please do go ahead and follow my Instagram and my Twitter and subscribe to this blog if you enjoy my content! I’d be so grateful! 🙂

I’ve written down a few ideas of posts to write this month, and I hope to use as many as I can this month. As the nights draw in I cannot think of anything I would rather do in the evenings than relax with a hot chocolate and my laptop. With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens (screams with excitement) I am keen to get baking, I’ve also got quite a few books to read and beauty and skincare product reviews planned!

Here’s to September! It’s going to be a wonderful month I hope!

What are your plans for September? What do you love most about Autumn? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Michelle xx

25 Facts About Me!

I’ve seen a few posts like this and so thought I’d join in! I’m afraid I’m not really that interesting though! Hope you enjoy, and let me know in the comments if we have anything in common! 🙂

  1. I’ve always loved writing and talking lots about things that interest me, so writing this blog is so much fun!
  2. If I could be any Disney princess I’d be Rapunzel because I have always loved having long hair. I want it as long as possible and I’m really trying to grow it even more.
  3. I’m a Ravenclaw and a huge Potterhead. My favourite character is Luna.
  4. I love Game of Thrones and I am team #HouseStark. Arya is my favourite character.
  5. I live in West Oxfordshire, UK.
  6. I love all music, but country music is my guilty passion, which doesn’t seem to be very common in the UK.
  7. My favourite singers are Little Mix. I idolise Perrie, Jade, Jesy and Leigh-Anne and I think they are such wonderful role models for women.
  8. I am a huge Royalist. I never grew out of the princesses/fairytales stage.
  9. I’m getting married next August, eek!
  10. Everyone seems to pronounce my name Michelle as ‘mih-chelle’ or ‘mer-chelle’, which seems to be the norm, but my mum has always pronounced it ‘mee-chelle’ so anything else sounds odd to me. I like people to call me Miche ‘Mee-ch’. I think I’m just awkward.
  11. I have two younger brothers.
  12. I had a major tomboy stage in my pre and early teens, but I feel so girly now I’m in my 20s. Pink, flowers, glitter, I love it.
  13. Red is my favourite colour.
  14. My favourite shop, if you haven’t read my previous blog post, is Hobbycraft.
  15. I love the TV programme Friends and I’ve seen every episode hundreds of times (throwback to its being shown on repeat in the late 00s on E4 and being sponsored by Appletiser). If I was any character from friends I think I would be Phoebe as she’s eccentric, fun and ditzy.
  16. My birthday is 9th January and my birthstone is garnet (hence the first part of my blog name)
  17. My favourite part of the morning is applying my make up! I’m not the best but I’m starting to improve slightly (thanks YouTube)
  18. I seem to have an obsession with dark chocolate Bountys
  19. I have a History degree from Oxford Brookes University
  20. I am a certified Scuba Diver, although I haven’t dived in 4 years due to an accident I had. I’ll probably write a post about it at some point to stay tuned!
  21. I’m obsessed with Christmas and as soon as the weather changes and it starts to get cold (i.e, September) I start counting down. It’s a magical time.
  22. My favourite TV program when I was growing up was Tracy Beaker without a doubt!
  23. I didn’t travel overseas until I was 18 in 2014 and since then I have visited the USA, Italy, Egypt, India, France, Germany and Canada (briefly). I have a Travel Bucket List which I have written about in a previous post.
  24. I love coffee, especially since I gave up sugar at the beginning of the year. I couldn’t imagine ruining coffee with sugar now!
  25. I have a Russian Dwarf Winter White hamster called Princess Hammie (yes I am sad).

So there we have it, 25 facts! Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading! 🙂

Michelle x

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Getting organised and planning my blog posts!

Hey guys!

So I popped into Hobbycraft aka the best shop ever to buy a new notebook, and I also bought some pretty pens and a weekly planner. Just a tiny tiny purchase compared to what I could have brought, roll on payday for a proper Hobbycraft Haul!

I absolutely love these designs! The pink watercolour effect is beautiful and sooo ‘instagrammable’. Pink is one of my favourite colours and I am quite a girly girl so this is perfect! Hobbycraft, as ever, you are amazing!

I’ve also planned all of my blog posts for the rest of the year, and I’m especially excited about Blogtober and of course, Blogmas! Christmas is my favourite time of year and as soon as the summer is over I will be counting down the days! I’m so excited for the future of my blog and being able to talk about everything I love. I’m so thankful for everyone who follows and reads my blog, it’s so wonderful! You guys are amazing!

Who else is getting organised with their blog? Do you like Hobbycraft too, or what other stationary stores do you love? Let me know in the comments or tag me in your stationary pictures on Instagram!

Thanks for reading!




I’m doing a detox week!

Well, kind of. ****update below!

I’ve spent three weeks on holiday in America and then come back and pretty much lived on barbeques during the two weeks since that, and now I’m starting to feel a bit rubbish, bloated, low on energy and just generally unhealthy. So this week, I’m going to eat well. I’m not going to the extremes of a detox, simply because I am a really fussy eater, and I don’t really like a lot of the really really healthy foods that would provide me with a pinterest-style detox. As a result, my main aims are to eat my five portions of fruit and veg a day at least, to cut out caffeine and alcohol (an exception in the latter may be made if England get to the world cup final, but let’s not jinx it), to cut out all unnatural sugar, carbs like chips and white bread and to drink the recommended 2 litres of water a day. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but for me it’s going to be tough to eat salads for lunch when I don’t like any salad items other than lettuce, not have my morning coffee and refrain from having any sweet treats that may be brought into my office.

But I can do this! I’m going to post every day about what I’ve eaten and drank and howbis doing and feeling, for my own benefit mainly. However, if you’re interested, please do follow my week-long attempt at being actually being healthy!

Have you tried a detox, and do you have any tips? What foods did you cut out or what foods did you enjoy that were healthy? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle xx

UPDATE: I managed four days of this detox week and ended up ordering a bit fat Chinese takeaway. I’m not even sorry.

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