Hi everyone! I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s going to be merging three of my favorite things together: Fashion, DIYs and being eco-friendly! Recently, I happened to spot a couple of gorgeous statement… More
Today I’m finally going to be sharing my go-to DIY lip scrub recipe. If you are anything like me and you have chapped lips all.the.time then this recipe is definitely for you! I discovered this recipe quite a while ago and I altered it lil’ bit to make it more amazing and I really hope that you all like it!
Oh, and you know the best part about this recipe? It can be done made in under three minutes and it’s really really easy too!
- Sugar- 1 tablespoon
- Coconut oil-1 teaspoon (you could also substitute this with olive oil or even honey)
- Vanilla Essence or Extract.
- Pink or Red food colouring (optional)
- A Container
- Mix together the oil and sugar.
- Then add in vanilla extract (or any other flavoring of your choice) along with a couple of drops of food coloring. (For a little pop of colour or tint after using the lip scrub!)
- Mix it all together, pop it into a container and then you are done!
If you want to, you can decorate your container as well,I used a bit of washi tape and a couple of letter stickers to make mine a bit more unique and fun!
I absolutely adore this lip scrub and I hope that you do too! It was honestly a life-saver because at some point my lips had gotten so chapped that I could barely even smile without suppressing a grimace of pain. It was awful.
I’d recommend using this with a toothbrush (I know it sounds weird but, hey, it works!) and sort of using it to brush your lips? (With the lip scrub, of course!) It’s actually one of the most effective ways to use it as well haha..you could use your fingers too,of course, but this was just the easiest and the quickest way to do it!
Oh,and you can always feel free to experiment with new flavors and combinations! I made Nutella lip balm a while ago and I can definitely customize this recipe to make a Nutella lip scrub too! You can be as wild and creative as you’d like!
Okay, now I’m dying to know: if you could make a lip scrub or a lip balm in any flavor or combination (go as crazy as you’d like), what would it be?? I think I would probably make something that smells like chocolate but looks like a rainbow. (Rainbow chocolate? Hmmm)
Oh, and do you have chapped lips too? If so,how do you deal with it? I’d love to know!
Comment down below and let me know!
Lee @ Golden Pink Journal
Thank you all so much for reading and for your lovely comments!
Gosh, it feels so amazing to be able to blog again! I’ve missed this more than I could have ever imagined!
One of my biggest goals this year was to not have any blogging hiatuses and unfortunately almost as soon as I made it, I took an unannounced hiatus. I’m so sorry everyone!!
I feel absolutely awful and the worst part is, it was so unexpected that I didn’t even realize I was on a hiatus! Recently I signed up for quite a few extracurricular activities and took part in a couple of other events, but I didn’t expect it to take up so much of my free time, which of course, I use to blog.
In short: February was an absolute whirlwind of a month and I even quite enjoyed it? but as a consequence I had absolutely NO time to blog or even read! (terrible, I know!)
I had a TON of ideas, but I just had no time to sit and type up a post or even just have a quick chat with all you! Well, not until now, of course. It’s all still a bit crazy (not as bad as before though) but I think I will just have to learn how to juggle it all, because blogging is way too special to give up!
I suppose in a way, this hiatus was a sort of blessing in disguise though? I was able to focus more on specific things and just learn, which was lovely and everything but I still really missed my blog.
Every time I go on a hiatus, I always realize that when I return to the blogosphere, I just feel more motivated and re-energized and this hiatus (as exhausting as it was) was most definitely not an exception. 😉
Oh, and one of the main reasons this post is a ‘Sasha Chats’ post and not an ordinary one, is because I just love chatty posts (as you have probably guessed haha) and because I thought that this would be the perfect way to hopefully explain everything and also just catch up!
My last ‘Motivational Monday’ post was one of my fave blog posts to write and I was thrilled at the positivity that I saw through the comments, so thank you all so much!!
I had never written something like that on my blog before and it was a bit of a challenge to sort of spill out everything that had been running through my head, but it was most definitely worth it! If you haven’t checked out yet, then please do! I’d love to know your thoughts! You can read it here.
I also wanted to chat a bit more about balancing everything in your life? I know it can be really overwhelming at times (or in my case, for a whole month!) but I think that in the end it all comes to how you decide to deal with it.
Last year, I came up with a blogging schedule that I loved. I still do love it actually, so I’m just going to strengthen my resolve to stick to it. I have chosen to blog usually during the weekends (unless it’s an extra special post) and I’ve found that it gives me quite a lot of flexibility but also doesn’t cut into the time that’s reserved for other things like school, reading and daydreaming! (those things must be prioritized too!)
Oh, and I have a really exciting announcement to make!
I’m going to be redesigning my blog! As most of you have probably already noticed the style and design of my blog posts have changed quite a bit during the past few weeks, and I think that my blog has definitely grown quite a bit since my blog makeover last year.
So,I thought that it would be really fun to have another makeover! I’ve really enjoyed playing around with the different styles and variations of potential blog graphics (the featured image for this post is a ‘lil sneak peek!) and I absolutely CANNOT wait for the big reveal! ❤
That’s it for this week’s ‘Sasha Chats’! I really do hope that you enjoyed reading it! What are your tips on balancing school and a blog? Have you ever gone on an unexpected hiatus?? Do you have any special plans for your blog, too? Let me know in the comments down below!
Welcome back to another Motivational Monday post! I hope that you are all having a great Monday! (Hopefully anyway!) and if you aren’t then, I hope that this post cheers you up a bit!
This isn’t going to be like my usual Motivational Monday Posts though, I wanted to just do a bit more of a chatty/ discussion type post today because a lot has happened recently that really got me thinking.
So, recently I was with a couple of my friends and we were all just chatting about the most random things and then we came to the subject of being “pretty” and at that point I fell silent, because I didn’t exactly agree with what they were saying but I didn’t know what I could say to explain what I was thinking either.
And that’s what I wanted to talk about in this post.
Beauty is something that is universal (and over the past few years it has become quite a controversial topic) but sometimes, I think that it all just does not make any sense. Being pretty, Having to look and behave a certain way in order to follow a standard.
Being a teen and being exposed to the media and the online world isn’t something that you can really avoid.Unfortunately with all the good things online, bad things follow as well. Things like stereotypes and always having the need to look a certain way, wear certain brands and be a certain type of person. Just always having to fit within a label.
And the worst part is that it’s never announced out loud. It’s just something that forms within every mindset and it tends to affect people in different ways.
There are always these articles in magazines telling you to be yourself and no one will judge you, but then the very next week, the same magazine goes about telling everyone that you simply must wear this and you most definitely shouldn’t be wearing that if you want to be pretty or beautiful.
But that’s just not what beauty really is about. It’s not what it symbolizes and it’s not what it stands for. Beauty is more than what you are wearing and if it’s the ‘Brand of the Season’ or not. It’s not about looking a certain way or having the right hair or clothes. Its so much more than that.
Beauty is something that you can’t always see. It’s within all of us. Sometimes it just takes us longer to find it.
That person you saw on the streets yesterday? The one who looked helpless and desperate for money? That person is beautiful. Why? Because he doesn’t want the money for himself. He wants it for his family. He wants to see a smile on his daughter’s face. He wants to raise his son in a better way than his father raised him. He just wants a better life for them. Not for him. For them.
True beauty is being kind. Being caring. Being unselfish. Being loving. Giving a helping hand. Offering a smile to someone who needs it, even if it’s the smallest thing that you could do.
And that is what I think being beautiful really is all about. Being human. And being compassionate. Having a good heart. Because in the end that’s all that truly matters.
If you really think about it, You aren’t going to look the same in about 70 years, are you? and is all of this really going to matter? In about a year or two, the “ideal standard of beauty’ is going to change anyway.
So don’t torture yourself. STOP comparing yourself and your ideas to other people’s. You never know, they might wish they had something that you have. And comparing yourself isn’t really going to make you feel good about yourself. You are absolutely wonderful just the way you are. No one is perfect but in the end, being perfect is all just a myth anyway.
Being beautiful. Truly beautiful on the other hand isn’t a myth. It’s completely real. And YOU are one of those rare, beautiful people!
Fashion is something that I love. It’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just like any other passion like reading or even blogging.
It’s just the ‘stereotypes’ that we somehow unconsciously adopt that is kind of scary. I mean if every person in the world looked exactly the same, then what is the point? What would make us all so unique?
I think that’s where courage comes in. Being brave doesn’t always necessarily mean that you have to do something massive. It could be something like accepting yourself for who you are and choosing to become a better person or even standing up for what you believe in. Every single act makes you brave. And that is something else that makes you beautiful.
It doesn’t even have to be with your words but also with your actions. Choosing to wear the hijab to increase your faith, although you are afraid of what people might say or do is also another form of courage.
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to take the plunge and do something I had never done before, and just talk about it. I wanted to stand up for something I believed in. Just like all of my heroes had done. It wasn’t anything massive-but like I said, it doesn’t have to be.
I decided to talk to my entire class about what had been running through my head since that fateful conversation. My mum was the first one to tell me to go for it. And I did.
Sometimes, it isn’t easy to stand up to people and speak up. But it went quite well and it was just an amazing feeling after I was done, and my friends were so supportive of it all. And now being able to blog about it as well is just like a dream come true as well!
So, what I want to say is- just go for it! Be yourself. Do what you love doing! And never, ever be afraid to brave. It’s never easy but it’s always worth it.
Thank you all so much for reading!
This post is a really exciting one! I’ve been actually wanting to share my ‘2017 Favorites’ on my blog for ages, and I’ve finally decided to do it! This was originally going to be a miscellaneous Favorites post but as soon as I realized how many book favorites I had, I just knew that I had to dedicate a whole blog post to it, otherwise I just wouldn’t be doing these amazing books justice.
As I’ve probably mentioned countless times on this blog, I absolutely LOVE to read. Books are very important to me. That is what makes this post so exciting! I read quite a bit last year,and from all of those books, I picked my TOP 17 to share with you all! (this was quite a hard task haha..) Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take the pictures of some of the books that I wanted to mention in this post, but they were so amazing so I wanted to add them in anyway!
The Legend series- Marie Lu
These books were my first introduction to the AMAZING author Marie Lu! I was super excited when I got my hands on the first book, and I was literally in awe of her writing the whole time. The plot is really gripping and intense but also really unique! I absolutely LOVED it! I simply CANNOT wait to read more of her books now!
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
This book was one I had heard a LOT about and I must say, it definitely did not disappoint! When I first began reading I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after the first couple of pages, I was dragged into the story and I just couldn’t stop reading until Death had finished his story. Markus Zusak is a GENIUS.
Lock And Key- Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen was on my list of “Must Read Authors in 2017′ and although I had already heard so much about her, I was still stunned by her writing and just the whole book in general. The characters were so.. real and honest. You could literally feel what they were going through. In fact during some points of the story, I felt as if I was the character. Definitely one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read.
Flawed and Perfect-Cecilia Ahern
I’ve already mentioned this book loads of times last year, (sorry ’bout that!) but I simply couldn’t resist adding it in! The plot and the characters and just the whole book in general was just AMAZING! It definitely deserves more recognition.
Girl Out of Water- Nat Luurtsema
This book had me cracking up the whole time I was reading it. In fact I’m about 70 percent sure that my sister thought I was going nuts haha.. I just couldn’t help it! This book is hilarious! It’s warm, funny and lighthearted, and the characters just immediately become like your friends! I loved every minute of it!
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor- Rick Riordan
I just HAD to include a RR book! It was quite a struggle trying to pick which book I liked more-The Dark Prophecy or this one. I loved both books equally though! Although,I must say- the real reason I chose this one is because of the characters and their amazing friendship! I LOVED reading it!
Geek Girl Series-Holly Smale
I had originally only read the fifth book of this series and I LOVED it so much that I simply HAD to read the rest of the books! After I started, I just couldn’t stop! I really really enjoyed reading it! It is just a really warm, fun and lovable series. Even all of the characters are fabulous. Oh and Harriet Manners is now my new fictional best friend.(Sorry Nat!)
The Maze Runner series- James Dashner
I don’t know what I can type out to do these books justice? THEY WERE AMAZING! AS usual, when I first started reading these books I had NO idea what to expect but I loved it! Imagine going on adrenaline filled adventure camp, then multiply that feeling into a 100 and then you will have a small idea of what reading this book felt like. If you haven’t read it already, then you simply MUST read it as soon as you possibly can!
The Potion Diaries-Amy Alward
This book is one of those fun, fluffy sort of books that are PERFECT to finish reading in one sitting! It had adventure, potions and amazing characters and it was a really enjoyable read! I loved the plot and just the whole story behind the book and the characters. I read this while I was on holiday and I think that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. ♥
A few other AMAZING books that I wasn’t able to take pictures of, but I still loved so much that I couldn’t bear to not include them are-
- A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness (I had never ever cried SO much for a book.It was simply beautiful.)
- The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini (You can read my full review on it here)
- A Library of Lemons-Jo Cotterill. (I LOVED IT!)
What do you think of these books?? Have you read any of them and if so, did you love them just as much as I did? Do you have any other AMAZING book recommendations that I missed out on? let me know in the comments down below! (oh, and what do you think of the pictures??)
Thank you so much for reading!
I hope that you are all having an awesome Sunday! I know that I’ve already posted less than a week ago, but my lovely friend Rosie tagged me to do this (thank you so much Rosie!) and I just couldn’t resist posting it today!
So this is how the tag works!
- Thank the person that tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
- Add the following picture to your post.
- Leave a link to the original post (you can check it out here! )
- Create aesthetics for the three characters that the person who tagged you gives
- Make sure to use your own aesthetics
- Tag at least three bloggers providing links to their blogs
- List your own set of characters for the people you tagged
- Have fun!
I have never actually done aesthetics before this so please excuse them if they are bad haha..I had a lot of fun while putting them together though! It was really exciting to look for pictures that speak about the characters and their stories!
-THE WHITE RABBIT (From Alice In Wonderland)
I hope that you liked them!
Here are the people who I tag to do this wonderful (and very aesthetically pleasing!) tag! 😍
And anyone else who wants to do this tag!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! I’m sure it’s going to be AMAZING! ❤️
-ANNABETH CHASE from The Percy Jackson series
–THOMAS from The Maze Runner series
–BELLE from Beauty and The Beast
I hope that you all have as much fun as I did while doing this! 😊❤️
What do you think of my aesthetic (hopefully anyway!) mood boards?? Are you following the AMAZING Rosie yet? If not then don’t forget to check out her blog! You are going to love it! Also, what sort of aesthetics are you interested in? Who are some of your favorite book characters? Let me know in the comments down below!
I hope that you have all been having a great week so far! Or should I say great year..? I honestly cannot believe it’s 2018 already!! It feels so unreal. I’ve also got to get used to writing ‘2018’ on everything now haha..
I really wanted to post this during the last week of December, but for some reason the WordPress app keeps freezing and crashing and whenever I attempted to read any body else’s post or type up my post and tried to save it, everything just kept getting deleted which was quite odd..? (I am going to email WordPress about it and hopefully the issue will get resolved soon!)
Anyway! It’s 2018 everyone!! That means it’s a new year which also means new goals and a whole new year of opportunities! 😊
2017 was an amazing year. Definitely a year that would be impossible to forget. I learnt so much and experienced so many things that I literally could have only dreamed of experiencing!
But before I get onto that, I just want to look back at my 2017 goals and see if I successfully accomplished them last year. I actually did a blog post on this last year as well,and it was really fun! You can check it out here.
- Reach 500 followers ❌ (We didn’t hit 500 yet, but it was really close!)
- Guest post on other people’s blogs✔️ (I only gust posted once, but it was still really fun!)
- Design another person’s blog ❌
- Redesign my own blog ✔️ (You can check out my Blog Makeover Series, here, here and here)
- Start a Bullet Journal ✔️ (I started one but I still haven’t gotten around to using it regularly yet)
- Collaborate with more people✔️✔️ 🙂
- Blog regularly every week ❌ 😭 (Unfortunately I couldn’t accomplish this but I’m definitely trying!)
- Complete one year of blogging! ✔️
- Do well in School ✔️ (this one was kind of vague but I definitely worked really hard last year and I think it paid off quite a bit 😊)
- Read over 50 books ✔️✔️ (I read over 140 books last year which was AMAZING!)
- Smile at least 5 people in one day✔️✔️ 😁
- Experiment with different styles✔️✔️ (I experimented a LOT during the holidays and I tried to dress up as a fun character every day. I had a blast!)
- Visit a place I haven’t ever been to before ✔️ (I explored a couple of other local places too, but you can check out my Singapore travel diary here)
- Make Unicorn poop! ❌ (Hopefully I can try it out this year)
- Get better at photography ✔️ (I hope I did at least haha..)
- Learn to Code ✔️ (I did learn a few of the basics but I still have a LOT more to do, I can’t wait to learn it all though!)
Goals wise-I think I did pretty well? I mean I didn’t accomplish everything but I still had a lot of fun, and I’m just going to use the goals that I haven’t accomplished as motivation to do better this year! 😊❤️
I made a couple of goals for this year and I hope that when I look back onto this post (next year! 😍) I can say that I’ve accomplished my goals!
- Reach 700 followers? (I’m dreaming big! 😊)
- Start up ‘Positive Vibes Only’
- Collaborate with TONs more people
- Try to blog regularly (I’m definitely going to try my hardest to accomplish this one!)
- Start up a new series
- Experiment with new kinds of blog posts! (Blog about something that I haven’t blogged about before!)
- Learn a new language! (I’ve started to learn Italian and I’m really enjoying it so far!)
- Get better at coding
- Read 200 books! 📚
- Try out different at least 3 different kinds of food.
- Successfully make slime? 😂
- Take up a new sport!
- Experiment with new things and challenges!
- Do well in school (And work harder! 😊)
- Bake more! (I haven’t been baking very much lately, and I really miss it)
- Write, Write and Write some more!
Like I mentioned in my post last year, I want to keep my goals fun and achievable (well hopefully anyway!) so that I can enjoy doing them! 😉
Last year was lovely and I enjoyed every single minute of it! Nothing in life is perfect but sometimes you just have to stop looking for perfection and just LIVE in the moment.
A little motto I had on holiday was- Have No Regrets! And that included not doing anything silly but just making the most out of every opportunity that I got. And I did it.
Usually I’m quite a cautious person, but last year I’ve learnt that if you don’t grab your opportunities when they come, you might never get them back.
It’s like time. Once it’s gone, it cannot be replaced or bought back. So from now on, I’m hopefully going to make the most out of every moment! Because it’s something to truly treasure and it’s precious. So I don’t want to take advantage of it but simply value it.😊
Blogging wise, I had a blast! I really really enjoyed being able to blog last year and although I did take quite a number of hiatuses, I’m still pleased with how the year went because I was able to genuinely enjoy the whole blogging process, and not stress myself out too much. And although it did get a bit overwhelming sometimes, it was all a part of the learning process!
The stats for this year have been quite unbelievable! In fact, IM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED! Thank you all so much for all of your support! (The reason I’m not mentioning the actual numbers is because I have already mentioned it in my blogerversary posts. Also, numbers can’t always do justice to the amount of love and support you all gave me!)
Although, I did take quite a few hiatuses, I did blog quite a bit and I really want to share my absolute favourite ones!
- SEVEN Reasons Why Your Life IS Full of Rainbows and Unicorns! 🌈🦄💗
- Sasha Chats! | Positive Vibes Only,New Blog Schedule & 380 Followers!?
- Motivational Monday : Seven Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Up Your Week!
- ❤️ A Tribute to My MUM!! + Why Mums NEED To Be Appreciated More!
- It’s FINALLY Here-The Blog PARTY BEGINS! | Celebrating 400+ Followers and My First Bloggerversary!! 😊🎉💗
- 9 Fab Days of STYLE!! | OOTDs and Inspiration! | Part Two
- I Survived?!| 5 Days of NO Wifi 😱😬
- DIY Nutella Lip Balm!
I know there are quite a lot of ’em but I just couldn’t resist!
I’ve got a TON of things planned for this year as well, (Including the posts that I wasn’t able to post last year) so I’m really really excited!!
Thank you all so much again for everything!!
I hope you are all having an awesome Tuesday! This post was originally going to be another ‘Motivational Monday’ post (hence the delay) but I decided not to, because I didn’t want to do two Motivational Mondays in a row but I still did want to share this DIY with you all! 😊
Lately I’ve been going through a bit of a cute throw pillow making obsession. For some reason it’s very very satisfyingly to just sit for and make something completely original and then stuff it and just watch it come to life! It’s just really fun! 😍
I even think it’s becoming a bit of problem ha ha..I’ve already made about three pillows and I’m not even close to overcoming it? 😂
So I decided to make the most of it and share one of my favorite DIY pillows with you all! I hope you like it!
- White Cloth (or cloth in any other colour of your choice)
- Paint (in any colour of your choice. I chose black paint) and Paint brushes
- Markers or Paint Pens (if you don’t want to paint)
- A Pom-Pom trim. (If you don’t have this, then you could use any other lace or ribbon that you have at home)
- A pencil
- And a Scissor
- The first thing you will need to do is cut your cloth to the size that you want your throw pillow to be and map out your design on the cloth. Make sure to fold it in half so that the cloth is perfectly even on both sides.
- For the next step, you will have to grab your paint or your markers and do a little outline of the word that you have chosen and fill it in with paint. or you could even leave it as it is.
ided to try and replicate a picture of the word instead. (If that makes any sense at all haha..)
Here's what I used to help me! (I just typed out the word in my fave calligraphy style font and looked at it for inspiration!) ❤️
- After that,you have to either glue or stitch your trim along three edges of the pillow. This is to close up the edges and to attach the trim. For me this was the hardest step as I’m not very good at sewing but it was also quite relaxing and even a bit satisfying? 😂
Important Things to Remember.Don’t forget to leave one edge open so you can add in the stuffing.
- If you are using glue then make sure to turn the pillow inside out before glueing the sides.
- Now it’s time for the really fun part. STUFFING!! Stuff the pillow with as much stuffing as you possibly can! The more the stuffing the more cuddly and cosy it’s going to be! 😍❤️ just have fun with it!
And that’s it!
Here’s how my pillow turned out!
It’s not perfect but I’m still really pleased with it! 😊❤️
What do you think of my pillow? Are you going to try this DIY out? I do hope so! Oh and if you do, what will you write on your pillow? I’d love to know!! 🎉Alright now it’s..Time for the Comment of the Week! 🎉