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A Year of Twenty Swans!


Hello everyone!

First of all, since I missed the chance, I would first like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, which I hope is much better than 2015 was for me. I am very happy to see the back of it, personally.

Today’s an extra special day for 20S, which is officially a year old. I didn’t think I would stick at blogging this long. At first, I was worried that no one was listening to my rambling, but somewhere along the line I let go of the numbers and just carried on talking to myself. It’s what I do.

I finally rustled up a new header for the blog during a break from Psychology revision. It’s nice! I mean, I promised it half a year ago and only got it done a few days ago, but I like it. It’s my birthday present to the Blog, in a way.

I’m currently using the theme, Plane. I know it can be a struggle to find something unique if everyone is using free themes, but you just gotta work with it. Plane’s customisable options are pretty varied and the layout is standard but accessible. Besides the dark blue default colour scheme, there’s only the brown that is free, and I worked with that to add blue to my header so it matches.

The header itself is made with my graphics tablet and the program Paint Tool SAI. I figured I would be more comfortable making it on PTS than the new, free(!!!) software called Krita that I recently downloaded and have yet to experiment with.

It strikes me that around this time last year, I was supposed to be doing mock exams. How on earth did I manage to start up and run a blog in that time whilst studying?

Ah, hold on. I didn’t.

This year I have learnt a lot, from blogging, and every single one of my downfalls in different shapes and forms, so many of my aims and ‘resolutions’ for this year seemed self-explanatory to me. They’re less like resolutions and more like things I just want to do or keep in mind as the year goes on.

  1. Nice natural lighting during the British Winter is non-existent.
    Sorry, friends, but all of my beauty and skincare reviews are either going to have terrible photos or are all going to be posted in the summer. If it’s any consolation, I will have tonnes of free time after my exams are finished, which will hopefully translate into even better posts this summer.
  2. Speaking of beauty reviews, they need to improve as well.
    After a year of scrolling through blogs I have identified the things that I love about my favourites and the things that can be a real turn-off (bad spelling is an instant no-no, personally). Sadly, I see some of those things in my own reviews and this needs to change. For skincare, I’d like to incorporate ingredients lists and COSDNA analyses and so forth, and learn more about skincare in general. For makeup, I want to take my time to get great swatches in natural lighting and with flash, along with proper wear-testing. Again, definitely a summer thing.
  3. I am my own person, and not THAT kind of person. 
    This one resonates throughout my entire existence. I am not the one that can revise the night before and get an A* (curses). I am not the one that has enough stamina to run well, or can write three sides of an essay in the fifteen minutes that my Psychology exam will allow. I am surrounded by people who can do those things, but I have to accept that I am not part of that clique. Realising it last year and hammering it into my head has taken some effort, but now I can focus on what might give me a different edge.
  4. I want my total personal spending to be less than £200 by the end of the year. 
    Oh, this will be a hard one. I spent a crazy amount of money on beauty and stuff towards the end of 2016 and have already clocked up close to a quarter of my aim this year (two weeks, I know). Hence I am on a no-buy until the end of my main exams this year, and the summer when I can earn more… I just don’t need any more at this point to justify buying more. Unless I run out of an essential which I don’t think will be happening any time soon.

I think by this point you can all tell exactly how much I am looking forward to the summer. I am doing my A2 exams this year and afterwards I will have a two month holiday! If I get into my first choice of university, then my course starts in October giving me yet another month of holiday. Isn’t that great??

Of course, that means I have to make it to the end of the rough exam period in one piece. It will be a long and arduous journey. I will do my best to keep the blog updated with thoughts and playlist updates, but posts are going to be scarce for now.

Thanks for sticking with me, and here’s to another year.

Lots of love,


P.S. I have been treating Instagram like a micro-blog recently so for all the updates before I update the blog itself (!) feel free to check it out! My username is @swanzig_x.


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