What’s in my everyday makeup bag?

I’ve never been one for makeup but recently, I’ve fallen in love with a couple of products. I am a beauty blogger but more on the skincare side of things. Now though, I’m looking to expand my love into other beauty areas, I thought today’s post would be the perfect start to this journey. I’m going to say this now, makeup has given me the confidence needed to feel better in myself.

It’s always good once in a while to step outside of your comfort zone in life. You’ll notice from my collection that it’s VERY basic, now please bear with me as I’ve only just started on this makeup journey. You’ll never know, maybe in the future, I’ll be a bit wilder with makeup. I am willing to learn more about makeup – if you have any how-to posts, I’ll love to read them!

Without further adieu, see my list of makeup items below!

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Enjoy the scents of Summer with So…? Fragrances

With all the wind and rain we’ve had recently here in the UK, I’m sure you’re all wishing for Summer! It feels forever away… I’m sure we’re all wishing for 20 June to be soon but it’s just over three months away. I know we don’t have much of a Summer but when the sun does make an appearance, it’s definitely worth it. It might not seem like Summer outside but there are ways you can make Summer appear for you.

We all love smelling fruity and fresh, that’s also one of the perks of Summer – there’s just something about Summer and the scents that appear. You don’t just have to wait until Summer to smell fruity, there are some great brands out there that do amazing Summer scents. This leads me nicely on to today’s post where I’m sharing with you just one brand who is killing it with their collection of Body Mists.

Today, I am sharing with you two scents from So…? Fragrances – get ready to feel Summery!

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Current Netflix Top Picks // February 2020

Is there anyone that doesn’t love a good binge-watch session!? Whether that’s a favourite boxset or a brand new series on Netflix, I love just cuddling up on the sofa and watching a new series. Recently Netflix has been killing it with their programmes! Some amazing series have appeared, both old favourites and brand new series. Least with Netflix they upload every episode so you’re able to binge-watch a series. Back in April last year, I shared with you my Current Netflix Top Picks – it’s that time of year to share again.

I’m really excited to share these with you today – hopefully, you’ll come across a couple you’ve been wanting to watch or completely new to you. Winter is the perfect time of year for binge-watching! Grab a blanket, cuddle up on the sofa and watch a movie or even binge-watch one of the many series on Netflix. I’ve watched so much recently! Another reason for sharing my Current Top Picks with you. One minute with Netflix there’s hardly anything, then the next there are so many shows to watch you just don’t have the time!

Enough chit-chat, shall we begin?

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What’s in my handbag // Winter Edition

It’s been over one year since I shared what’s in my backpack so I thought now would be a good time to share again what’s in my handbag but a Winter edition. I’m sure you’ll notice one change, I’m talking about a handbag and not a backpack anymore! I’m actually quite impressed with myself how long I kept the backpack for. That’s probably why it was looking a bit sorry for itself.

This handbag is pretty big! I carry so much around with me, you’ll notice that from this post. A big handbag is a must for me! I cannot have anything smaller unless I’m going out for the evening, I only own one small handbag but it can still fit my purse, notebook and all my essential items. I am a nosy one, I love looking into people’s bags and I hope you like this post too.

Here’s what’s in my handbag for Wintertime:

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I’ll be here forever if I listed every single item in my handbag so here’s a quick overview! I don’t think it would be my handbag if I didn’t have at least one notebook. I received this initial G notebook from my Secret Santa at work, it’s very handy to have in my notebook. I know we’ve got our phones but there’s still something about writing it down! I am also in love with my 2020 Planner, I love the month and week view along with the areas for notes with each month.

It’s also in this beautiful teal colour that is just so me! I saw this in Homesense and I fell in love so had to purchase it. Normally I look around but as soon as I spied this one, it was the one for me. Then there’s just some essentials – comb, metal straw and my glasses cleaning cloth. Also, my simple but effective purse that houses everything I need, I love this purse style. I am so certain about my purse but I’m very glad I came across this one.

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Next is a load of random but important items:

  • Face Mist from The Body Shop to leave my face feeling cool in the warmer months
  • Rescue Spray to calm me down in those panic moments
  • Strawberry Hand Cream from The Body Shop to always have smooth hands
  • Dr PAWPAW to relive my lips when feeling dry
  • Last but no means least, tissues and paracetamol.

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Now one piece of my handbag that is new, my makeup bag. If you’ve read my Monthly Favourites // January 2020, you’ll know that I’ve recently been using foundation, the L’Oréal True Match to be exact. This has provided me with such confidence and I’m feeling so much better about myself. Along with my new skincare range, my face has been looking better than ever!

Now I’ve slowly been introducing new items to my makeup range, I now use No7 Airbrush Away Primer and Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara. Soon I might even do a mini haul and my first proper review for makeup, please let me know in the comments if this is something of interest. Keep an eye out for that one – may be coming soon! Also inside my bag is wipes, brush and mirror, because you never know when you’ll need a touch up on the road.

I hope you have enjoyed this what’s in my handbag post. What are your winter essentials?

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Love Gemma x

Book Review // The Vatican Games*

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I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing The Vatican Games by Alejandra Guibert – on the twelfth and final day of the blog book tour hosted by Faye Rogers. It’s been a little while since my last blog book tour, nearly six months to be exact but I’m glad to be back on the reading front. There should be just a few book reviews coming to An Ocean Glimmer in the next couple of months.

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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Monthly Goals // February 2020

Goodbye January! Hello February!

I hope you’ve had a lovely start to February. As it’s the beginning of a new month, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the Goals I set myself at the beginning of January. Then create new Goals for February, I’m really excited about the upcoming month. It’s a good mixture of a month, I am though, very glad January is finally over! As mentioned in my Monthly Favourites, January felt like it went on forever.

If you want to see what I got up to in January, I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // January 2020 here. It’s great to review and reflect each month, sometimes you even forget what you’ve done. January was a good month, I’m very happy and excited to share with you my Favourites! Now onwards to February and hopefully another good month.

Before I set myself some new Goals for February, let’s reflect on my January Goals!

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Monthly Favourites // January 2020

Goodbye January! Hello February!

January has felt like the longest month ever! I’m glad it’s now February, there are some exciting things happening this month. Before moving forward to February, now is a great time to review what I did in January with my Monthly Favourites. January was a quiet month but that’s a good thing, my diary for the next couple of months is looking busy!

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My Year in Books 2019

For the past 3 years, I have set myself a challenge on Goodreads, each year I have done pretty well I would say! I’m not one of those who set massive Goals, for me they always have to be realistic. As we’re into a new year, I thought now would be a good time to review my 2019 Goodreads Challenge. Once I’ve reflected on last year, I’ll be moving ahead to 2020 and setting this year Goodreads Challenge.

At the beginning of 2019, I set myself the Goal of reading 20 books. For some people, this could sound like a small Goal but after completing my 2018 Goodreads Challenge of reading 15 books, 20 books sounded a good Goal for the next year. Unfortunately, 2019 was not my year for books, I was only able to read 7 books, 8 less than the year before. There was just so much going on AND as you know, there were a lot of months where I did not blog.

I love Goodreads as it keeps you on track but also provides some great insights afterwards. That’s exactly what I’m going to go through with you today.

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2020 Blogging Goals

Last week, I shared my 2020 Personal Goals, it’s now time for my 2020 Blogging Goals. A range of Goals that I would love to achieve over the course of 2020 with my blog and social media platforms. 2019 was an OK year for An Ocean Glimmer, the only milestone I achieved was reaching 20k all-time views. Unfortunately, it was an up and down year, with some months not even posting once!

I have everything crossed for 2020, I’m very excited to see what happens this year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. From where I am now, things can only go up! I have all of January mapped out and already some plans in place for February. I know that the barrier to new content will come soon though, if there’s anything, in particular, you would love to see on An Ocean Glimmer, please let me know in the comments!

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2020 Personal Goals

It’s no surprise that I love creating Goals, over the past twelve months, I have shared with you my Monthly Goals, these, in turn, help me to achieve both my Personal and Blogging Goals. January is the perfect month to create Goals for the whole year. Of course, that’s because it is, in fact, the start of the year! Also, there’s just something fresh and exciting about January.

Today, I am reflecting on my Personal Goals that I set at the beginning of 2019 and then creating new ones for 2020. 2019 was the first year I did this and to be honest, I’m very glad I did! It helped me to stay on track in the year and who doesn’t love achieving something. Then each month I’m helping to keep on track with my Goals by breaking them down monthly.

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