Hi! Remember me? No? Sorry.

I’ve neglected my blog this year. 2017 was going to be THE year I grow my blog – get those stats rising, go to events, have new wonderful content uploaded every other day.

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Yeah, that didn’t happen. Oops.

What have I been doing with my 2017 instead, I hear you ask? Well. I got another job (I’m never satisfied until my days are so busy I don’t have time to breathe); I got a puppy, and I found someone weird enough to want to be my boyfriend. I graduated with a First in Media Studies and won an award for my work during my degree. I started a Masters Degree. I bought a house.
I also ate a great many Mini Rolls, put on two stone, needed to double my antidepressant prescription, played the Sims, slept a lot, cried a lot and generally felt crap about myself.

I’m still not massively happy. I have horribly hard days and then I have some days where all I want to do is sit and write, but life gets in the way (generally in the form of a floor that needs mopping or a puppy that keeps ripping up my socks and running off with them).

But I want to be creative; I want to write and take photographs and make films and videos. I want to DO something. So, inspired as always by the wonderful women in the blogging community, that’s what I’m going to try to do. I want to introduce so many new things on this blog. Funny things. Sad things. I want to blog my shambolic journey through my 20s and have you here for all of it. I don’t want my complete lack of motivation to stop me.

I’m lucky enough now that I have someone who supports me completely and lets me bounce my aspirations around as I try to convince myself that yep, losing two stone is going to be easy; I’m going to buy some new gym gear and watch me go! I’m assuring myself that a 3000 word essay will flow magically from my brain and get me a First. I’m 100% certain that if I redecorate my spare bedroom it’ll make me feel a thousand times better. That if I blog about my life changing it’ll make me change it.

Expect so many new things from me. I’m not going anywhere – I’ve found my place in the blogging community (somewhere in between ‘sober one at the party wishing she was at home with her animals’ and ‘absolute advocate for girl power’) and I want to make the most of it.

I’ve just sat back from my laptop and read this post through. I’m not sure I’ve rediscovered my blogging voice (sarcastic, uses too many hyphens, abbreviating queen) but this feels like me and for now, that’s what I’m grateful for.

I’ll speak to you very soon.

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I’m all about Technic Cosmetics. My first EVER makeup was one of their dinky lil eyeshadow palettes that I smeared all over my eyelids and looked, quite frankly, a mess – but felt great. Technic has definitely had a glow-up since then; boasting super glossy highlight, Pro brushes, palettes, shimmer… and all at crazily affordable prices.

They were fab enough to send me a little package containing two of their Pro brush range (which are bright orange and super sassy) and their solid brush cleanser.

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Now, real talk – I’m SO lazy when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes! I’d rather guiltily spend a few quid online picking up a bumper pack of unbranded brushes than risk ruining my favourite brushes with my haphazard method of ‘whatever shower gel I’m trying to use up at the time’ and a mixing bowl of warm water.

No more! The solid brush cleanser is easy to use (even for layabouts like me) – you just wet your brush (I popped mine into a little glass of warm water), swirl it around on the cleanser – making cute lil bubbles as you do so – and voila!
I put this cleanser to the test with some of my messiest makeup – namely a super orange bronzer that I’m not sure why is still in my makeup bag, and a dark forest green eyeshadow that I want to wear RIGHT NOW but will have to wait til Autumn.

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The cleanser has a really light, fresh cucumber fragrance, without being overpowering (I learned my lesson after I washed my brushes in Green Apple washing up liquid and they made my eyes water). Once you’ve swirled your brush on the cleanser and it’s all clean, let it air dry and dab a bit of tissue or paper towel on the cleanser to dry it up again before putting the lid back on.

I can’t even get over how long this will last me – it’s really convenient and saves making a foundation-water flood all over my bathroom floor.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to wash the makeup brushes I’ve been neglecting since 2015. Speak soon!

You can follow me on Twitter @little_budget or on bloglovin here!

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Summer, where did you go? Over here in the UK, we got one glorious week (ish) of lovely hot weather – just in time for me to sashay about in my new sunglasses at my beautiful cousin’s hen do. Let me tell you – I have never in my life been more thankful for the existence of suncream, sunglasses and sandals.

The lovely peeps at WatchShop.com were kind enough to pop me over a pair of sunnies, so I chose these gorgeous ones. “They’re a bit glam,” my mum said when I showed her, and she’s right – except they’re totally practical and understated too. They’re brill for everyday and don’t look out of place with a maxi dress (which is what I lived in all weekend).

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Here’s my lil disclaimer: I used to be a Primark sunglasses girl. They’re super cheap; you can fling ’em in your bag without a second thought, and when they inevitably break, you can pick up another pair for less than you’d pay for your bus home. But they’re not the comfiest, and they do almost nothing to actually protect your eyes from the sun. After wearing these Raybans all weekend, I didn’t have that ‘sunglasses headache’ – they didn’t dig into my nose, and miraculously (though tbh probably nothing to do with the glasses) I didn’t get a tan line round my eyes. I’ll be using my Primark sunnies for cute Instagram props from now on!

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Here’s a little moment of body confidence. I LOVE this picture of me. I don’t even mind how much bigger my arm looks than I thought it was. I love that you can see a little circle on my wrist where my watch rubbed my tan off. I don’t even care that I’m doing something awkward with my super-thin hair. I love that you can see the scar on my hand that I got from a rogue stir-fried mushroom (not even kidding). I love that I’m dressed like a fairy princess (dress was £8 in Primark – thank me later), but most of all I love that I look so happy. Expect this photo all over my Instagram, ’cause it isn’t often that I feel so happy with myself!

So thanks WatchShop.com for the sunnies – make sure you follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – let me know if you pick anything up and we can be glasses twins!

Speak soon!

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I love myself. There we go, I said it – and I mean it. I’m my best bud, but it’s taken me a hell of a long time to get to where I am today. I was so inspired by Lucy’s post ‘Unapologetically Me’ (which you need to read, like, right now) and even more inspired when she created the Self Love Tag!

Here are the rules:
Answer all the questions honestly!
Tag 5 people you’d like to do this tag! Let’s be real, I’ll probably tag sixty million of you because this tag is NICE and IMPORTANT okay? Let’s go!

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  1. What is something that’s getting you down at the moment?
    I’ve finished uni and I’m SO. BORED. I’m doing a Masters in September but that seems light years away. I’m wasting my days lounging about with my puppy and eating Freddo bars.
  2. What is something that makes you happy?
    Spending time in the sunshine! I can feel myself cheering up as I soak in the sun; bonus points for stylish sunglasses, a giant bun and preferably something gingham to wear.
  3. Name 3 guilty pleasures.
    Video games, eating anything with sour cream (including ready salted crisps, breadsticks, celery… you name it), and spending my wages the second I finish work.
  4. What is something about yourself you want to improve?
    Looking after my body – shift a bit of the excess weight I’ve magically put on while I’ve been napping throughout the day and eating takeaways.
  5. When was the last time you belly laughed?
    Me and my mum regularly laugh our heads off at the most ridiculous things. I can’t remember a specific time but it’ll have been wildly inappropriate.
  6. What is your biggest insecurity/fear?
    Being forgotten.
  7. Name a song that always cheers you up when you’re down.
    Tomorrow from Annie! What a bop that tune is – and it’s impossible to be grumpy when it’s playing. It’s also impossible not to enthusiastically lip-sync along.
  8. Name 3 things you like about yourself.
    My work ethic (ya girl works 7 days a week, don’tcha know?), my lips (Kylie Jenner ain’t got nuthin on my bad boys) and my figure. It’s a bit chunkier than I’d like at the moment but I’m loving it anyway!
  9. What is an achievement that’s made you proud of yourself this year?
    If I’ve worked it out correctly, I’ve finished my degree with a First!
  10. Tell us your happiest memory. 
    There are so many! Bringing my bunnies home, bringing Amber home, my birthdays, moving into my house, being offered a job at Disney…

So there we go! I’m tagging bloggers I’m loving (and stalking a lil bit) this month: Abbey, Severina, Alice, Olivia and Naomi!

 

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I love a good list of goals – check out my 101 in 1001 challenge post if you haven’t already! – and what better place to share said goals than with you guys? And girls. And mice.

I know, I know – it’s nearly June. Let’s say these are my halfway-through-the-year blogging goals. Can you relate to any of these? Let’s go!

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  1. Hit 2000 followers on my blog Instagram (which, by the way, is my only Instagram because my ‘real’ life consists solely of Sims 4, hoovering and feeding my zoo). It’s @littlebudget if you want to help me out…
  2. Hit 4000 Twitter followers! This number is INSANE to me – and expect a little giveaway once I get there!
  3. Post on my blog at least 3 times a week. Ideally I want to do one beauty post, one lifestyle and one personal post per week. Let me know your thoughts!
  4. Set up a bloggers WhatsApp group. I want new friends! New friends who can lust over each other’s flatlays and recommend the best drugstore makeup products pls.
  5. Start a dedicated Disney section on my blog. Disney (and my fast-growing collection… oops) has become such a big part of my life and I have so much to write about!
  6. Not specifically blog-related… but I want to vlog my days on Instagram Stories! I apologise in advance for how big my forehead is.

Such a tiddly tiny post today, but it’s a cute lil one, don’t you think? Speak soon!

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