Learning to Squirrel My Money Away

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December has actually flown by and with New Years right around the corner, I've begun to think about the goals I want to set for myself for 2018 (there will be blog post very soon all about mine!). Every year I always set myself the goal of getting better with money and building my savings but without fail every year I seem to epically fail at this, luckily Squirrel have come to my rescue with their new budgeting app. 


Merry Christmas | Blogmas

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Merry Christmas darlings!


Christmas Eve Traditions | Blogmas

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Everyone has their own Christmas Eve traditions, things they do every year without fail. I am a big Christmas person and love it every year, I love having Christmas Eve off and being able to spend time with my family. This year I won't get to do my Christmas Eve traditions on the 24th as I'm working a night shift that night (oh the life of a nurse), so for the last proper blog post in blogmas, I thought I'd tell you all about what I normally do on Christmas Eve.

Reflection on 2017 | Blogmas

I can't believe that we are fast approaching the end of 2017 and I thought I would take some time in blogmas to reflect on my goals that I set at the beginning of 2017 and how I got on with accomplishing them. I genuinely felt like 2017 was a bit of a flop in terms of goals for myself. I felt so inspired with my goals at the beginning of the year and I have no idea what happened and why I didn't achieve them!


Christmas CarnLIVal | Blogmas

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Is blogmas really complete without a blog post featuring CarnLIVal?! Last week it was CarnLIVal time and unfortunately, it fell right in the middle of three long days meaning I was exhausted but I had such a fun time and loved catching up with everyone.

Winter Pamper Routine | Blogmas

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There's so always so much rushing around at this time of year and not enough self-care, with all the present buying, decorating and getting work finished for Christmas, not many of us take the time to pamper ourselves when we need it most! Take today's blogmas post as fate telling you to take this evening and pamper yourself before the all the Christmas festivities begin.

Let It Snow With Roccabox | Blogmas

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I've never been into subscription boxes since they began as most of them started off as boxes that contained foil packets and sample sizes, most of which I already had an abundance of! However, this year I was introduced to a brand new subscription box company, Roccabox by the lovely Em Sheldon when she collaborated with them and curated her very own box. For this month, the lovely folks at Roccabox have curated their own box that features some great products to treat yourself and make it the most wonderful time of year!


My Christmas Playlist | Blogmas

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This year I have been that person that has been listening to Christmas music since at least the end of November, every year I get excited earlier and earlier for Christmas and blasting the Christmas music in the car is one of the first things I do to get all festive! I love that practically every advert on the telly is now a Christmas one and there's festive music in all of them! Today's blogmas is all about my favourite Christmas songs that I listen to time and time again.


Dior Precious Rocks Christmas Collection | Blogmas

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Christmas is a time of glitz and glamour, all the shimmer and sparkles come out and people seem to put so much more into their makeup. I do love wearing a bit of shimmer on my eyes and nails at any time of year but I love December as so many amazing brands bring out truly stunning collections especially for Christmas and New Year. I invited to check out the new Precious Rocks collection from Dior and I have completely fallen for it!

Getting Festive With Superdrug | Blogmas

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Since I got into makeup and skincare in high school, Superdrug has always been my go-to place for getting anything and everything beauty and skincare related. It was a major blogger milestone for me to get an email from them inviting me to the launch of their new store in the Edge Lane retail park in Liverpool!

Christmas At Lush | Blogmas

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Lush at Christmas never fail to make me feel festive, every year they have incredible gifts as well as amazing limited edition products. So when the lovely at LUSH Liverpool invited me along to their Christmas blogger event, I just had to pop along and check it out!

My Christmas Night In Essentials | Blogmas

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I've pretty much turned into a homebod, I would much rather stay in with a movie than go out drinking especially in this super cold weather we've been having in Liverpool. This girl is ALWAYS cold so going out of an evening at this time of year is my idea of torture! So for today's blogmas, I thought I would talk all about my essentials for a Christmas night in.


Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe | Blogmas

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Christmas has always been a time of baking and good food. In between all my hectic shifts I love getting into the kitchen and baking lots of yummy food, with my life at the minute being so busy between my ITU shifts, blogmas and vlogmas I have loved making Christmas chocolate bark. It's so easy and foolproof, even my mum can make it (she's not a massive cook/baker!).

Stocking Filler Gift Ideas | Blogmas

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Buying stocking fillers is one of my favourite parts of Christmas and partly the reason why I decided to do stockings/santa sacks for my family this Christmas as I couldn't decide on just one or two items! I thought I'd share some great stocking fillers I've seen this year with you for today's blogmas.

Liverpool Christmas Markets | Blogmas

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Considering how Christmasy I get around this time of year, I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't been to the Christmas markets in Liverpool for about 2 years. So I really made a point of going this year with Sam and I was actually really disappointed with it!

My Christmas List | Blogmas

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So far in December I've spent all my time planning and buying the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone and today I thought for today's blogmas post I'd share some of the things that I've got my eye on for myself this Christmas, essentially my Christmas list. This post is also really helpful for any friends or family reading because I have been told multiple times how difficult I am to buy for. I'm not gonna lie, I have actually bought a couple of these as presents for myself (is that bad?!).

My Winter Night Skincare Routine | Blogmas

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Whilst I may love Autumn and Winter, I'm not always a massive fan of some of the things that come along with it. The dry lips, the parched skin and my frazzled hair, what's not to love?! It's taken me some serious time and dedication (I'm a bit of a lazy beauty blogger!) to get a skincare routine that works perfectly for me year round, I then just add in a couple of different products in per season depending on what I need.


Christmas Giveaway | Blogmas

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I've been so excited to organise this giveaway after doing a giveaway with Roccabox over on my Twitter the other month. As part of blogmas, I decided that I wanted to do a giveaway for everyone that follows my blog.


A Very Lush Christmas | Blogmas

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I live for Lush at Christmas, their limited edition Christmas products always make me feel festive and excited for the season! After one of their blogger events I decided to pick up a couple (well quite a few!) Christmas products and I thought I'd share what I picked up with you all for today's blogmas post.


Sasson Men At The Metquarter | Blogmas

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For me, getting my hair done at the hairdressers is an event. I am not even kidding when I say that I can easily spend up to 5 hours getting my hair dyed and cut, so I completely understand why men sometimes just don't want to bother with it. However, Sassoon Liverpool have recently launched their new men's salon inside the Met Quarter, making it a relaxing haven for men throughout the Liverpool area.

Secret Santa Gift Ideas | Blogmas

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I feel like this year Secret Santa and white elephant gift giving is everywhere (seriously I'm in three this year!), whereas a few years ago no-one had a clue about them. Now I always like to make a gift special for the person receiving it, so for today's blogmas I thought I would show you some of my top picks for Secret Santa gift ideas!


My Favourite Christmas Candles | Blogmas

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Now I am a self-confessed candle addict and yes I do burn autumnal and Christmasy scented candles all year round because really who wouldn’t, they smell incredible! I thought I would share with you all some of my favourite candles at the moment so you can have your home smelling as incredible as mine does right now. 


A Very Christmas | Blogmas

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It's not truly Christmas until there has been a Very Christmas blogger event! This year the event came smack bang in the middle of my night shifts and I almost didn't make it but I'm so glad that I went along cause it was amazing. They had so much incredible party wear on display and some amazing brands involved in the event.


My Favourite Christmas Movies | Blogmas

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December is my all-time favourite time of the year for watching moves. There really is nothing better than putting on your favourite movie, wrapped up in a blanket with the fire on and a hot chocolate to hand! I thought I would share my all-time favourite Christmas movies with you all for today's blogmas.


The Perfect Christmas Gift For Him | Blogmas

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I always find buying for men the most difficult part of Christmas in terms of present buying, I think it's mainly down to most of my friends (that swap presents) being female. So I thought for blogmas today's I thought I would show you all some great gifts for him for Christmas this year!


The Perfect Christmas Gift For Her | Blogmas

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I cannot believe that December has come round so rapidly and I am back with my first blogmas post! I only know a handful of people that get ready for Christmas pre-December (myself included) so I thought I would kick off blogmas with my gift guides post and today is all about the perfect gifts for her.


Heavenly Desserts

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I've always had a sweet tooth since I was a little girl so getting to spend the evening testing out the menu at the new Heavenly Desserts store in Liverpool is my ideal way to spend a Wednesday evening, especially when it includes spending time with the lovely Jessi.

Afternoon Tea With Patisserie Valerie

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Patisserie Valerie has always been a treat for birthdays and special occasions in my family. In Liverpool, it's tucked away in the Metquarter so unless I'm purposefully going to the Metquarter for something, I tend to forget that you can nip in there for lunch, a delicious coffee and cake and even afternoon tea! However, at the beginning of November, Patisserie Valerie joined the Liverpool One family and added a second location in Debenhams and they kindly invited me along to check out the new cafe.

Beauty Advent Calendars

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Last year I dipped my toes into beauty advent calendars for the first time with The Body Shop advent calendar. This year, I have gone head first into different beauty, skincare and tea-related advent calendars and have 9 advent calendars to share with you all!


Christmas At The Metquarter

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I am so excited that we are getting more and more Christmasy on my blog! A couple of weeks ago I went to my first day full of Christmas events, including the Metquarter blogger event which was incredible and potentially the catalyst for me getting all my Christmas shopping done in November! 

Getting Picture Perfect With Manfrotto

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If you've watched any of my vlogs, you might have seen me mention how obsessed I am with my Manfrotto mini tripod, it is the perfect tripod for my vlogging camera as I have the worst case of shaky hands. So I was over the moon when I got an invite to attend their latest masterclass in Manchester and of course, I took Sam along with me!

Chaophraya Afternoon Tea

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I  think I may have failed at life as a girl and as a blogger, I can honestly say that I have never been for afternoon tea before. I feel like every blogger I admire has been for multiple afternoon teas at so many Instagrammable afternoon teas! So getting an invite to afternoon tea with a Thai twist at Chaophraya, I absolutely jumped at the chance to go.

Christmas In October With Debenhams

We've officially hit Christmas on my blog and I couldn't be any more excited! I get so happy when the Christmas blogger events start coming in in October as I am a proper winter baby. So you can imagine my joy when two Christmas event emails dropped into my inbox for the same day! I thought I'd kick off the Christmas season on my blog with the Debenhams Christmas blogger event because let's face it, Debenhams kill it for Christmas.


McDonald X Julien MacDonald

It's not everyday that a massive UK fashion house collaborates with a major food retailer, so when the email landed in my inbox about the new McDonald X Julien MacDonald collaboration, I just had to be there! 

Lush Liverpool Halloween And Christmas Blogger Event

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It's not really Autumn until there's been a Lush blogger event, now is there?! I got the chance to attend this year's Halloween and Christmas event with Lush Liverpool and as usual, I was super excited to attend as I am all about the Halloween and Christmas launches!

Instant Beauty Fix Blogger Event

I've been on a bit of beauty kick lately with all the different makeup and skincare products I've been testing out. To top off a beauty filled month, I got the chance to attend an amazing, exclusive event with Instant Beauty Fix at the Clubhouse L1 a couple of weeks ago with amazing Liverpool bloggers.

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick

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It's time for a new lipstick launch from Giorgio Armani and as you are all well aware, I have become quite obsessed with Giorgio Armani beauty! A couple of weeks back, Kate emailed me to let me know that the new Ecstasy Shine lipsticks would be launching and she would be hosting one of her incredible, intimate blogger events. As usual I was excited to pop along and check out the new launch.

REN Perfect Canvas Primer Serum Review

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I've never gotten along with foundation primers as it's always made my skin feel horrible and it always seemed to make my foundation go patchy throughout the day, but since I tried out the Pixi primer it's opened up my eyes to different foundation primers. So when REN's latest release promised me the perfect canvas, I was so excited to give it the road test on my problematic skin!

QVC Tili Beauty Box

Recently you may have seen that I've been branching out into trying different beauty subscription boxes and seeing if they are actually worth the money you are paying for or just full of tiny samples. This beauty box purchase is purely down to Sarah who put pictures of the QVC Try It, Love It box in our blogger's group chat and of course I had to get my hands on immediately to show you all!


Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer Review

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Way back in July, I was kindly gifted the Flawless & Poreless primer from Pixi Beauty by the lovely people at the British Style collective. This was the first ever Pixi product I'd tried and I'm officially obsessed with their primers (a true beauty godsend!), so I thought I would finally write a review of it to tell you all about it and how much I'm loving it.

Makeup Revolution Counter Launch

Back at the beginning of September, I had an exciting week of launches and events which I am finally getting around to writing about them all! Whilst everyone was just coming off the high of the new Scouse Bird HQ launch, Makeup Revolution was there with the launch of their new counter in Superdrug in Liverpool One.

Scouse Bird HQ Launch

I feel so lucky when I think of how amazing the Liverpool blogging community is. So many of us are accomplishing amazing things, I've just hosted my first event with a brand, several people were guest speakers at the British Style Collective and we're all working with some amazing brands! All in all, we're going from strength to strength and the next latest amazing accomplishment is the launch of Scouse Bird Blogs new office/shop. 


An Evening With Alma De Cuba

Any event with food and Sam is a winner in my book so when Sam kindly invited me down to an evening of great food at Alma De Cuba and Liverpool bloggers, it was an instant hit! I was super excited when I got the email to be able to give Alma De Cuba a try as it's somewhere I've never tried but always want to go, especially for the cocktails!


Hosting My First Blogger Event

The end of August brought so much positivity to my blog and in turn, it really gave me and my blog the inspirational boost it needed. Not only did my little old blog hit 3 years old but I also hosted my very first event as a blogger with such an incredible brand!!


Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy 3rd birthday to my amazing blog and to my incredible readers and followers!

It's incredible to be sat here actually writing a post that I genuinely thought I would never see. Three years ago when I set up Student To Staff Nurse, I never actually thought about it being long-term and yes three years is long-term for me! Some of you may know that I previously had a beauty blog (which I will NOT tell you the name of!) which I actually closed down way back when I was in high school due to lack of motivation and bullying. 

I feel like this time around I have found something I am truly passionate about writing as well as finding some truly incredibly supportive friends that have helped me figure it all out over the past three years. It's just incredible to me that this is my 206th blog post, I am not a creative person so I have no idea how I've come up with 206 ideas to write blog posts on!

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has ever read or commented on one of my blog posts, all the lovely people that follow my blog, everyone that follows, supports and interacts with me on social media. It's because of every single one of you that I have gotten to where I am today, still doing what I love and being offered some amazing opportunities! 

Here's to more years of incredible work, amazing opportunities and improving my poses in pictures!

Speak to you next time!

August Favourites

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August has been a very exciting month for me, I've hosted my first event as a blogger and I had my 3 year blog birthday so I thought I would write about some of the products I've been obsessed with, some for August and some for the past couple of months. 

Roccabox X Em Sheldon

Earlier this year I picked up my first subscription box, the Curated Combination box and it's really opened my eyes to subscription boxes. I just so happened to be going through my Insta-stories, pre-night shift a couple of weeks ago and spotted Em Sheldon talking about her exciting collaboration with Roccabox and just had to have it!


Debenhams Charity Evening

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Whilst I get invited to a fair few blogger events, it's surprisingly rare how few are in aid of charity. So I got really excited when I had an email from the lovely people at Debenhams who told me they were hosting a charity evening event to raise money for the intensive care unit at the Countess of Chester hospital.


Spa Of The World & Rose Petal Toners

I've always been a massive fan of The Body Shop since way back in high school when everyone had those fruity lip balms in the clear pots (if you are a 20-something reader, you will know the exact ones I'm talking about!). So I am always up for their blogger events, especially when they're planned by one of my favourite body shop girls Sarah, she is known throughout the Liverpool bloggers for throwing some amazing blogger events! Thankfully August brought 4 new products launching as well as two Spa of the World products that have launched recently which only means one thing........a blogger event!