This is part of a series of guest posts this week; to view Grace’s blog, click here.
So today I wanted to talk about two of the best facial scrubs I’ve ever used. I’m a big fan of exfoliating scrubs, I feel that they give my face a much more thorough cleanse than standard face washes. I’ve tried and tested quite a few over the years however these beauties are by far my favourites.

I’ll start with my old faithful; The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub. I’ve been using this face wash for years and I’ve not yet tired of it. Its actually made several appearances on my own blog as I just love using it that much.
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The scrub is fairly pricey compared to other similar products, coming in at £7.50 for 100ml. That being said its worth every penny. This product features ‘purifying tea tree oil’ and the exfoliating micro-beads are biodegradable meaning they wont hurt the environment. Its perfect for normal or blemished skin and I will always go back to repurchase more when I run out.
The next scrub I’ve fallen in love with is the Miss Patisserie Orange Coffi Scrub. I’ve only been using this product for around 2 months but its already a firm favourite. The scrub is from a small cosmetic brand based in Cardiff that I probably never would have heard of had I not been invited to a press day there last year.
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This product is a coffee lovers dream. The exfoliating granules smell incredibly strong but also include hint of sweet orange so that its not overbearing. This beautifully scented scrub is infused with both coconut and almond oil to leave you skin feeling soft and hydrated. Again its a fairly pricey retailing at nearly £14 a pop but for that you get 200g of product which will last months.
So those were my two absolute favourite facial scrubs that you can buy right now! I’d also just like to thank Lydia for letting me guest post on her blog!
Grace x

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

Today’s guest post is by Envy Fisher, over at Lost In translation. Be sure to visit her blog by clicking here!
I think every blogger will agree with me that we live in the age of Bullet Journals. I know very few bloggers who don’t have a notebook full of fancy spreads to keep their lives organized. If you were to see mine though… I’m not cut out for the Bullet Journal life. I scribble my to-do lists first thing in the morning on the first piece of paper I can find. Illustrating and color-coding is nice and all, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use that time to actually start doing the things on your list? Apart from that, no matter how pretty I’d make my Bullet Journal, I don’t see myself looking back on it in five years time and thinking: ‘Man, my life was awesome back then, look at all these things I had to do!’ No, I’d rather remember the stories of my life by writing them down. So instead of a Bullet Journal, I keep an old-fashioned journal. Though I don’t think ‘old-fashioned’ is the right word. My journal is a little bit different than the old school journals and diaries. Let me show you.
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I started this journal in February 2017, fairly recently. It was the first time I had a completely blank journal, no lines or anything. At first that scared me to no end. I have a reputation for not being able to write a sentence in a straight line on a completely blank piece of paper. After a day or two I realized blank pages are the best though: you’re not limited to just writing, you have more than enough space to add illustrations.
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The first illustrations appeared while I was planning my blog’s relaunch. I needed a rough sketch for a header and was writing about how nervous I was for the relaunch. Then I picked up a pencil and started doodling. It felt weird at first. Diaries aren’t sketch pads. I immediately regretted that thought. Why follow the rules of journaling if you can pick and choose, then make your journal exactly what you want it to be?
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From that moment on I illustrated the stories of my life that I wrote down in my journal. The illustrations became bigger and bigger, until I made pages in an art journal style. I made these to motivate myself, to get over my ex-boyfriend and as a tribute to Antwerp, the Belgian city I fell in love with in February.
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There’s nothing I won’t try in my journal. I’ve used pen, pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, and spray paint. It’s fun to try so many different media in the middle of writing the story of your life. But that doesn’t mean every page is a success. For example, when I first used my can of red spray paint, the paint went straight through the pages and stained more than I’d expected… It looked a little bit like a massacre to be honest. Luckily I was able to cover it all up with a picture.
The thing I like best about the combination between diary, travel journal and art journal is that there’s no pressure to do anything. I don’t have to make a fancy spread, I don’t have to write about my day if I don’t want to and if I feel uninspired I don’t have to make any illustrations or collages. But when I do feel like doing any of those things, my journal is there for me with as many blank pages as I need. So how about it? Can I convince you to give this kind of journal a try instead of the Bullet Journal? I promise you won’t regret it!

x Envy

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

Today’s guest post is by Emily at Mind Of A Badger. (Click here to view her blog.) The photos included in the post should also be accredited to Roxanne Milward, whose Instagram account can be found at this link.
 
I find it very hard to describe myself. I don’t like filling in profile descriptions or those moments when you meet a new group of people and you have to summarise yourself really quickly. But if there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I’m an optimist.
I think some people see optimists as having their heads in the clouds, that they’re somehow detached from reality, seeing things through rose-tinted glasses. And they go on about how they’re a realist instead because they’re grounded and realise that not everything in life works out. To those people, I’d argue that optimists also realise that some things don’t work out. I’d say that optimists aren’t blind to the negatives in life, they simply chose to not let these negatives get in their way.

You see, to me, optimism means giving things a chance. It means not quitting before you’ve even started. It means believing that something is possible instead of immediately damning it as impossible.
Let me give you an example. I had several conversations with people whilst at university about starting long distance relationships. They’d always be asking if trying would even be worth it or whether there was no point in trying because long distance relationships are sooo much harder. I’d want to shake them and say “Of course it is!!” Everything is always worth trying! If you don’t try, there’s already a guaranteed outcome – it won’t work. If you do try then, true, it might fail down the line, but it also might not! Why give up on a relationship before it’s even begun, before you’ve even given it a chance? It just makes no sense to me.

I think a similar thing when people tell me that they’re not going to do something because the last time they did it something went wrong. “Oh no, last time I went running I fell over and broke my ankle so I’m not doing that again.” Okay, fair enough, you had a bad experience, but that does not guarantee that the same thing is going to happen if you try it again! You can’t let one bad time stop you from having potentially great times in the future. You’re only hindering yourself.
If you’re reading this, I want you to go away from this post determined to focus on the possibilities in life. Don’t think about what could go wrong. I mean, do acknowledge any risks and take precautions against them, but don’t let those risks become guaranteed. Imagine how much you’d kick yourself for not taking up an opportunity if you could somehow see that it worked out in the end. Just, give life a chance.

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

(This is a guest post, written by Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Her blog is great-and you should read it, by clicking here.)
I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon with these ‘What’s in my bag’ posts. I am a huge lover of these posts. I just love finding out what bags and purses people use especially if they are co-ordinated! I think you can tell a lot about a person by what they carry around with them.
Lets jump straight in .
The Bag
I use this black faux leather buckle backpack from Primark. I used to be a hoarder of bags, I had them sitting in the back of my wardrobe gathering dust, so recently I had a huge clear out and decided to buy one staple bag. I love backpacks more than handbags because they are so versatile! This was £9!
Purse
A necessity for every bag. This is my little cupcake purse that I have had for god knows how many years. It was given to me by my mum after she bought it and didn’t like it. I recently found a new purse on Depop! In my purse I have money and my cards and endless amount of loyalty cards.


Make up bag
I got this Rimmel make up bag free after buying an eyebrow product In a promotion a few months ago at Boots. In here I mainly keep pads just because periods can be super inconvenient. I would rather keep them altogether than have them floating around my bag. If I am wearing lipstick that day it will also be in there.
Lip Balm/Lipstick
I always keep a lip balm in my bag and this one is my favourite at the moment. Crazy Rumors Gingerbread lip balm. It’s so moisturizing and I can’t recommend it enough! I will always have the lipstick I am wearing on the day in my bag. I have been loving this matte lip liquid by The Body Shop in the shade ‘Windsor Rose 032’
iPod and headphones
I can’t go anywhere without being able to listen to music. It is a must have for my bag.

Phone
I currently have a Nokia Lumia and it is the worst phone ever. I can’t wait to upgrade to an iPhone. I always have to take my phone with me in case my sister or my mum want to grab me while I’m out.

Notebook and pen
I always carry a notebook and pen with me in case I have a rush of inspiration. So many times I have been granted with a great idea in my head and I can’t write it down and then I forget. This way I can write down whatever idea comes to my head.

Camera
I usually take my camera out with me, so many times I have seen something and thought, “That would look amazing on my blog” but then I don’t have a good quality camera to take a picture of it. I have a bridge camera and it’s quite small so it easily fits in my bag.
This is everything I have in my bag! I hope you have enjoyed this post!
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This is a guest post by Faz Dadabhoy, over at Living Like A Parisienne. Be sure to check out her blog by clicking here-and check back soon for my version of this tag.
I like to think that we all have a soft spot in our hearts for Disney. It’s such an important part our lives, whether it played a role in our childhood, or it’s something those younger than us are beginning to fall in love with. The magic, the stories, the imagination… Thank you, to Cody for nominating me! I thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip down Disney memory lane and I hope you all will re-discover some of your favourite Disney moments with me.In turn, I would love to tag Lydia, the proud owner of this lovely blog I am guest posting on. It’s only fair you share your Disney moments too!
1. Favourite character? 
I do love Minnie Mouse! I even have a hairband with her ears and little spotted bow. I love her that much!
2. Favourite princess?

Princess Jasmine. This is a princess who refused to marry for anything other than love and her best friend is a tiger. Life. Goals.
3. Favourite heroine?

Merida. This film resonated with me, and I admire her strength and tomboyish nature.
4. Favourite prince? 
Prince Charming, although perhaps I say this because Chris Pine made one mighty handsome Prince Charming in Into The Woods.
5. Favourite hero?

Simba. He’s essentially Hamlet (my favourite Shakespeare tragedy) and one of the first characters I ever fell in love with.
6. Favourite animal?

Toulouse from The Aristocats is one cute little kitty! I love his name and cheeky nature! Of course, the French setting certainly helps…
7. Favourite sidekick?

Timon & Pumba. Oh, come on, now! You can’t separate these two, can you?
8. Favourite villain?

Maleficent is deliciously evil! And very open about it too! There’s no sneaking around with her, I love how she is blunt about being the bad girl!
9. Favourite original character?

It has to be Mickey Mouse, doesn’t it? He’s just so symbolic of Disney and generally quite a cheeky chap!
10. Favourite love song?
‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ is not only one of my favourite Disney songs, but one of the greatest love songs of all time. Snapping up Elton John to write this soundtrack was a stroke of genius.

11. Favourite song?

‘Beauty and the Beast’, as sung by Angela Lansbury. This is the most beautiful song in the world.
12. Favourite villain song?
‘We are Siamese (if you please)’. This song bores me and therefore I consider it villainous. And let’s be real, those Siamese twins certainly aren’t exactly the good guys!
13. Least favourite song?

I honestly had to Google for a list of Disney songs, because I struggled to find one I disliked! Perhaps, ‘Feed the Birds’ from Mary Poppins. It’s just a little too dull for an otherwise glorious musical.
14. Favourite kiss?
Oh, this is a good one! But, it has to be Ellie jumping on Carl on their wedding day in Up. These two are relationship goals.
15. First film you saw?
I believe it was The Lion King. Or at least, that’s what my parents tell me.
16. Favourite classic?
The Parent Trap is one of the best films to ever grace our screens, and Lindsay Lohan was rather fantastic in this, don’t you think? It’s my go-to on a rainy day when I need perking up.
17. Song that always gets stuck in your head?
Everybody wants to be a cat… because the cat’s the only cat, that knows where it’s at…
18. Favourite Pixar film?
The Incredibles. I never get bored no matter how many times I watch it. I love a good superhero film!
19. Least favourite Pixar film?

A Bug’s Life just never impressed me. Maybe it’s my aversion to creepy crawlies…
20. Favourite sequel?

There aren’t many Disney sequels that wowed me, but I have to say that The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride was very true in nature to the original, and the opening sequence was pretty powerful too!

21. Overrated film?

Frozen. I have no shame in saying that. It’s not an awful film, but it’s certainly hyped up far too much.
22. Underrated film?
Hercules! I think there is so much wit that goes unnoticed as a child, but it makes for hilarious viewing when you understand the references.
23. Film that makes you laugh?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s dark, but that Jack Sparrow has got some good lines hasn’t he?
24. Film that makes you cry?
 
I bawl like a baby at Dumbo. And yes, you know exactly what scene I’m talking about. You know, when Dumbo visits his locked-up Mamma, and she cradles him in her trunk. I’m tearing up just thinking about it!
25. The saddest scene from your favourite film?
Please see below and weep with me.
26.  Saddest death?

If anyone were to answer anything other than Mufasa, I would call them a liar. That death affects us all.
27. Favourite quote?

“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.”
Megara proving that even when we’re in trouble, we don’t need a man to save the day!
28. Favourite theme park?

I have only ever been to Disneyland Paris, so I suppose that sways my decision a bit. Having said that, their Fantasy Land is marvellous.
29. Favourite theme park attraction?
Big Thunder Mountain is so underrated! It’s fast, it’s dark, it’s all over the place!
30. Favourite theme park show?

I think it’s only fitting to end this tag on that parade I watched when I was eighteen, and Prince Charming blew a kiss at me…