Friday, 17 November 2017

Getting Ready For The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

For me the run up to Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. I love buying new winter clothes, finding new baking recipes to try and making pin board after pin board on Pinterest full of decorating ideas for the big day. I just LOVE it. I wanted to share some ideas and new purchases I've got already to hopefully help you get ready for Christmas too !!

Baking
Anyone that knows me, knows that I loooove to bake and baking all the warming christmassy treats is such a fave of mine. I've already made a big list full of recipe ideas including gingerbread cupcakes, a citrus orange & lemon loaf ~yum~ and I really want to try to make gingerbread men this year too !!

Reading
Now without sounding like a granny I love an early night and what's better than having one with a good hot chocolate a damn good book?! I picked up Tanya's Christmas a few weeks ago and as a fan of Tanya's other two books I knew this one would live up to the others (and it really does !!) It's jam packed of ideas to make your Christmas the best it possibly could be. I've already bookmarked some ideas including her recipe for gingerbread cupcakes!!

Bath
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am obsessed with Lush and especially at this time of year. Their Christmas range is always amazing and this year was no exception. From bringing back classics like Golden Wonder to introducing new faves like Man In The Moon, it will always have something for everyone. Out of the new releases,  I keep finding myself using two of them over and over. The Merry Berry Christmas Shower Gel and the Bucks Fizz Body Conditioner are both so christmassy that you'll want to snap them now before they go for another year !!

Decorations
This year I've found myself picking up so many new decorations already. Shops like John Lewis and Next have some amazing stuff this year but also shops like Tiger (where the paper garland is from above) have some lovely bits that are much cheaper ~and also make great blog photo props!!~

Clothes
I've picked up quite a few bits from Zara this year including the coat in this post and the scarf above which is perfect for layering in the frosty mornings and cold nights. I also bought these boots from Office which I have literally worn everyday since I got them. They're just SO comfy and SO worth the money. I'm just on the look out for the perfect jumper now !!
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Autumn On A Sunday

This time of year are my absolute faaaaaave. Layering up with new winter coats, feeling festive with Halloween and Christmas right around the corner and the fresh crisp mornings and starry nights. However nothing makes me happier at this time of year than muddy forest walks on a Sunday. It's my definition of Autumn. Feeding the ducks by the pond, seeing the different shades of yellow, orange and red leaves and snapping photos of the landscape. Now I've done one of my favourite Autumn things I decided to start making a list of all the other stuff I want to do before it gets to rainy, dark and cold!
 Go Pumpkin Picking
 Do all the Halloween Baking (with all the Pumpkin and Chocolate Orange)
• Actually start my Christmas shopping !!
 Explore even more forests and remember to take my camera
 Find an amazing farmers market and buy all the fruit & veg
 Have a Christmas movie night with Hot Chocolate & Popcorn
 Watch a huuuuge fireworks display
 Make the most of the weekends
 Be braver with my winter wardrobe
• Read more books and listen to more podcasts
Coat - Zara | Jeans - Topshop Jamie | Grey Tee - Topshop




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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

After loving Jaclyn's Highlighter collaboration with Becca I knew I had to get my hands on her new eyeshadow palette with Morphe and after waiting for what feels like fore v e r, BeautyBay finally released it so I snapped one up before it sold out. I'm SO glad I did because look at it !!
It's the perfect 'all year round' palette with golds, browns, oranges, burgundy's and bright blues and greens which Jaclyn all chose herself. There's also a mix of matte and shimmer making it also perfect for day and night time looks. The pigmentation is great, all the shadows are very buildable but also very blendable and easy to work with. However, I do still use a primer with them to make sure they stay on all day.
This palette cost £37 but for 35 highly pigmented eye shadows you can't really go wrong, it's a bit of a bargain and if you're looking for a new eyeshadow palette I really do recommend this one !!
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Rhodes 2017 Holiday Snaps

We all have those places where we can 100% switch off and for me, it's Rhodes. I've been with my family 3 times now and its one of my absolute favourite places. This holiday we ventured out of the hotel a bit more and saw much more of the island than we normally would and if it's even possible I've fallen in love with it even more !!

We hired a car for two days and decided to visit parts of the island that we had never been to before. We visited Rhodes Old Town for a day which was just beautiful. It honestly feels like you've stepped back in time as you walk through old cobble streets to get to the centre and even then every nook and cranny you walk down is just filled with little shops and markets.

We then travelled south another day and stopped off at Monolithos Castle. Me and my dad decided to walk up it and it was so high but the views definitely made it worth it.
After that we kept driving to Prasonisi which is a beach where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet and it was by far my favourite part of the holiday. It was just amazing to see something like that in person.
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Top 3 Foundations For All Occasions

Ever since I started wearing foundation I've always been a light to medium coverage kinda girl and over the years I've tried way to many that have failed to live up to expectations and depending on the occasion, I'm constantly finding myself reaching for the same one.

Every Day Pick Me Up
When my skin is going through a bad patch whether its dull, dry or tired I always reach for my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation for a pick me up. It adds such nice healthy glow that it will always makes my skin look hundred times better than before. It also helps even out any discolouration and gives an all round flawless finish. I use shade 4 and its the perfect shade for me, definitely an essential !!

An Evening Out
If I'm going out for the night I always need a foundation thats a bit more coverage than normal but I still don't like it to heavy so the L'Oreal True Match is perfect for that. At the moment I'm having to mix shades 2.N and 3.N to make the best shade for me but it's definitely worth it. It's easy to blend, very buildable and stays in place all night.

Quick & Easy
For the ultimate everyday light coverage base I use the L'Oreal Nude Magique cushion. It's definitely the lightest coverage of the three for me but it's so quick and easy to apply that it makes for a great everyday foundation as you can easily touch it up without worrying to much and build it up as much as you wish. It's definitely worth trying if you want something to just slightly even out any redness or blemishes but you don't want to feel like you've got a full face on. Plus it literally takes 2 minutes to apply in the morning so what more could you want!?
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Friday, 22 September 2017

New Skincare Finds

When it comes to skincare I get so lazy and to be honest I haven't got time to faff with loads of products so when I find something I like I tend to use it for months and months until I find something else. The products I mention in this post are still great but recently I've found myself reaching for these ones.
I've seen so many people rave about the L'Oreal Fine Flowers range for so long so when I saw it on offer in my local boots I had to pick something up. I chose the Cleansing Milk and I'm so happy with it. It's kind an all in one life saver as it removes makeup and acts as a moisturiser getting rid of any dry skin over night !!
I haven't tried anything like this from Soap & Glory before but something about it made me pick it up and like with the L'Oreal Cleansing Milk I'm so happy I did! I get quite dry skin and focusing the scrub on those areas has literally worked wonders. I use this every night on my nose, forehead and chin and my skin has never been better I don't think!
For a Sunday night treat I like to use this L'Oreal Face Mask. The one I have claims to brighten and exfoliate and that is exactly what it does! As soon as I remove it my skin looks much healthier, brighter and more nourished. It's definitely worth picking up!
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Miss Patisserie Haul

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love baths and how much I love trying new products for it. I first came across Miss Patisserie in my local boots and instantly fell in love with the whole brand. The colours, scents, packaging and unique products are just so eye catching that I found them online straight away and made an order.
My favourite product that I got (and have since repurchased twice.. !!) is definitely the bath crumble. If they ever bought any more colours out in this I would definitely be the first one to pick some up, its just amazing !! Honestly its so worth trying, even if its just for the instagrammable bath art you get! 
I picked up 3 actual bath bombs in this haul as well, ZiggyUnicorn Hoof and Watermelon Slice. All three of them fizz away really nicely in the bath leaving behind lovely colours and scents.
I picked up the Bath Shard in Fizzy Orange and that's definitely how to some up the scent! It's packed with cocoa and shea butter and acts as a bath melt to leave the water really moisturising for your skin. All you have to do is snap off a piece and drop into your bath for it to work!
I also got carried away scrolling through their range of scrubs and picked up 2. I got the Mango Sugar Scrub and the Sweet Orange Coffee Scrub. My favourite of the two is the sugar scrub as I prefer the mango scent much more over the orange but both are lovely. The sugar scrub is a lot more rough than the coffee scrub making it better for dryer skin in my opinion.
Overall I have loved everything I got and will definitely be making another order soon!
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Why I Chose An Apprenticeship

I've been wanting to write this post for a long time now and recently I've been thinking more and more about it and so I decided to finally sit down and do it.
I started college in September 2014 and I chose to study 3 A Levels in Textiles, Photography and Sociology. I was SO ready and excited for it. I couldn't wait to leave school behind me and move on. Fast forward to early 2015 and it was a completely different story. I spent every morning absolutely dreading going and every evening crying to my parents about my teachers, lessons, coursework and more. The thought of getting out of bed and getting on the bus to go was the most horrible feeling and what made it worse is that I couldn't describe to anyone why. My parents emailed my teachers to see if they could help me but thinking about it now I knew really that no one could. What made it worse is that all of my friends around me were so happy and fulfilled. They knew what they wanted, how to get it and where to go in the future, where as I had no idea. I wasn't looking forward with any excitement or joy, instead I just felt tied down by stress that it was slowly turning me into someone who I wasn't without realising it. I was turning into someone I didn't like. Someone that was constantly depressed, constantly moody and constantly tired. I was so overwhelmed that I was forced to see everything in a negative way and it was like tunnel vision and all I could see was it getting worse. I was so low and stressed that nothing anyone did could get me out of it. It sounds so silly writing this all down but I've honestly never felt that crap about anything before and I hope I never do again. I knew there was only one way out of it and that was to leave. Luckily my parents didn't take much convincing and during the easter holidays I managed to get a couple interviews for some apprenticeships in childcare. I didn't get the first job which knocked me back a couple of steps but after interviewing at a second placement they offered me the job there and then and I was SO happy and it felt SO good to say that I wasn't going back to college. My parents emailed my college that same day to say I wasn't coming back. I left college 2 weeks before my first year exams which to some people might sound stupid and trust me, I get a lot of "Why didn't you just do the exams and then leave?" but the thought of doing them made me feel physically sick and not just the usual exam nerves sick. I knew that this was for the best.
Fast forward again to now, nearly 2 and a half years later, and I couldn't be happier with where I am right now. When I got my Level 2 qualification in childcare I was offered a full time job at the same nursery and now I'm only a couple months away from finishing my level 3. Doing an apprenticeship was the best decision I've ever made, being paid to do something I love is just the icing on top of a damn good cake. I still love doing photography as a hobby and would love the opportunity to one day study textiles again maybe but for now I'm completely okay with how everything turned out and I couldn't be happier.
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

My Lush Essentials

Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE Lush and because of this I constantly find myself stocking up on the same few products as they've quickly become my essentials. Brightside bubble bar has been a fave of mine for years now. When you crumble it under running water (I normally get 4 baths out of it) it creates so many bubbles!! It also leaves the water feeling so moisturising and has one of my favourite scents ever as its just all about oranges meaning its so citrusy, fresh and fruity.
Rub Rub Rub is great for when you don't want a scrub that's to harsh on your skin as the sea salt in it is very fine. However, you can use it on dry skin if you want to make it a rougher scrub. It leaves your skin feeling SO smooth and soft after you wash it off and to be honest I've gone through so many tubs of this it's a bit ridiculous!!
Lush shower gels have always been an essential for me but after trying pretty much all of them I've found my trusty favourite in Happy Hippy. I like to use this in the mornings as the grapefruit scent is so fresh that it really wakes you up.
D'Fluff is a recent find but it has already become an essential. Whether you want to shave your legs quickly for a night out or take your time in the bath it's just great. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and also hydrates it at the same time. You only need the tiniest bit and it smells of fresh strawberries as well so what more could you want!
Sleepy body lotion has recently been all over the blog and twitter circuit so if you haven't heard it then where have you been!? I know for some people it helps them with anxiety or helps them have a better nights sleep, but for me it's just a lovely body lotion for the evenings. Its lavender scent initially put me off but its not overwhelming at all and is actually just really calming which I like. It's really creamy without being sticky and I know I will be repurchasing this for a long long time.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Stila Magnificent Metals Liquid Eye Shadow | Review

I've had these for a while now and I just haaaad to do a quick post on them because they are amazing!!!!! They create the most perfect 'going out out' eye look because they don't budge, don't crease and take literally about 10 seconds to apply... Plus they are all shimmery and sparkly so fool everyone into thinking you've put loads of time into it, but you really haven't!! Yes, they are pricey but you really only need the littlest bit over your lid to blend them out. Do one eye at a time though because they really do dry straight away and do not budge!!
I got the shades 'Kitten Karma' and 'Rose Gold Retro' which when swatched look quite similar, but on the lid they look completely different. Kitten Karma is a lovely champagne shade with fleck of silver and hints of copper whilst Rose Gold Retro is the ultimate rose gold glitter with more flecks of silver. I am definitely going to invest in some more shades!!
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Best Day Ever At Chester Zoo !!

So after watching series after series of the TV Show all about Chester Zoo, me and my family (very spontaneously... !!) decided to book a hotel and drive 5 hours to go and visit last Monday and it was the best day out ever ever ever!!
We got there the minute it opened and left right at closing time and to be honest we could of spent even longer walking round, there was just SO much to see!! My favourite bits though were definatly the elephants, butterfly house and the rhino's. Rhino's are my fave animal so seeing baby rhinos was just amazing.. !! I really recommend going if you ever get the chance, we've already said we're going back next year and making it an annual trip.
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