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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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Happy Happy Happy

"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

-Roald Dahl
So today I completed the 5k Pretty Muddy Race for Life for the second year in a row and if I'm completely honest the whole time I kept thinking how bloody happy I am. Yes, I had no makeup on and was absolutely covered in mud, water and (a bit tmi) sweat, but I felt SO happy I didn't stop smiling all morning and I haven't stopped since!! I love the girls from work I ran it with and having family there to watch was even better. It's put everything into perspective for me and I feel SO content with everything at the moment. It's made me realise that it really is the small things that make me happiest. I've got some really good and exciting things coming up, I'm going away for a couple days tomorrow to Chester (expect a million photos of the baby rhinos, my fave animal.. !!), I've been invited to the exclusive opening of my new local Lush store (literally the dreeeaaammm) and I've got a holiday to Rhodes to look forward to at the end of the year which means lots of reading, sun and relaxing so I can't wait!!
This year is definitely getting better and better because on top of things I have planned, I'm nearly ready to book my driving test (!!), I've nearly finished my Level 3 in Childcare and I've fallen back in love with everything blogging and photography at the moment. So as cheesy as it might sound I really am just happy at the moment and I really don't want it to end!! (I don't think it will soon though, I mean... baby rhinos !!)
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop

I can't even tell you how many times this highlighter has made it in my cult beauty basket and how many times I've backed out last minute, but finally I caved and made the purchase and I'm soooo happy I did!! I've never tried anything from Becca before but now I've tried this I'll deffo be buying more.
The amount of people that have raved and hyped about this product is ridiculous and I'm now jumping on the bandwagon, because honestly it is gorgeous... !! Whether you've got a full face of makeup on or just the natural minimum this will always add the most amazing shimmer and highlight to your look whether you build it up or not. It's a lovely rose gold champagne shade that will suit pretty much everyone. I use my Zoeva 105 Highlighter brush with this and you really only need the smallest bit as the pigment is just crazy good. Honestly if you haven't got this yet then you need to!! It's SO worth the hype that surrounded it when it was first released and I'm kicking myself I didn't buy it sooner. It's definitely my new favourite highlighter and I found it just in time for summer and my holiday!
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Friday, 30 June 2017

My Trusty & Quick Skincare Routine

I'm gunna be honest, I had NO idea what to call this post at all...!! However I knew I had to do a post on these products because they are all I've been reaching for skincare wise for months and months now. I've repurchased them all at least 3 times and let's be honest when you find a good skincare routine that works for you, then why the bloody hell would you change it?????
Let's start with the morning, when I wake up I find myself reaching for this pretty much straight away and it's the Garnier Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist. I'm not gunna lie this product is a lil pricey considering its essentially just a hydrating spray but oh my days its so good (especially when its been hot hot hot!!) It immediately lifts my skin in the morning and really does hydrate it. Also what I love is that you can spray it on top of your makeup so you can chuck it in your bag and it just refreshes your face throughout the day!
For moisturiser I use the Garnier Moisture Bomb Day Cream. This again immediately hydrates and nourishes my skin straight away, which if you're anything like me who has horrible flaky dry skin then you will love this!! I also find that using it straight after the mist works well as it cools you down and after this mini heatwave we've been having at the moment, I am ALL about that.
When it comes to the evening I find myself reaching for my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish to remove my makeup. This is everyones favourite isn't it?? I haven't stopped using it since I got it, I've gone through sooo many bottles of this.It's super quick and super easy to use but it also gives your kin a really good deep clean. 
I then go in with my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I feel like everyone has talked about this and I so understand why everyone raves about it. Yes it's a bit pricey but you honestly need the smallest amount so it lasts ages! I love using this in the evening as when I wake up I find it had calmed down any redness or pigmentation I had before.
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Jammie Dodger Cupcakes

Considering I bake pretty much every weekend it's been agesss since I last did a recipe post!! So this weekend after looking through recipe after recipe I stumbled across these old faves of mine. They went down SO well I thought I would share them with you. I based this recipe off a trusty Cupcake Jemma one for vanilla cupcakes and just changed it slightly and added bits to make them all about Jammie Dodgers!

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes (makes 12):
125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
125g soft unsalted butter
2 large free range eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons of whole milk
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
12 Mini Jammie Dodgers

For the Buttercream
250g soft unsalted butter
500g icing sugar
around 1/2 jar of smooth strawberry or raspberry jam (used for both cupcakes and buttercream)
Mini Jammie Dodgers for decoration

Method
For the Cupcakes
1. Start by pre heating your oven to 170 degree celsius and line a 12 hole muffin/cupcake tray with cases.
2. Sift the flour, caster sugar and bicarbonate of soda into your mixing bowl. I used my kitchen aid to mix my batter but you can always an electric whisk or a good old wooden spoon if you're really strong!
3. Add your butter and 2 eggs and then mix.
4. Add your milk and vanilla extract and then continue to mix until it is all smooth and creamy. Use a spatula to scrape down any bits on the the side.
5. Then pop one mini Jammie dodger into each case making sure its in the middle, jam side up!
6. Spoon your mixture into your cases evenly and tap the tray on a table to bang out any air.
7. Put them in the oven for around 20-22 minutes (put a skewer in the middle, if it comes out clean then they're cooked!)
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For the Buttercream
1. Mix your butter on a high speed for a good 5 minutes, until it is pale in colour and very soft.
2. Then add your icing sugar (little bit at a time!) Start on a low speed and gradually speed it up.
3. Next, in a separate bowl using a whisk, beat the jam until it is really smooth and almost like a liquid.
4. Add your jam to your buttercream really slowly, bit by bit, mixing it until your buttercream is a pale pink. (only use about half as you will use the rest in a minute!!)

Decoration
1. Once your cupcakes are out of the oven and cooled, using an apple corer (or anything that will make a similar shaped hole) remove the centre of each cupcake.
2. Put the leftover jam into a small piping bag and snip the end off. Use this to fill the holes you've just made in your cupcakes!
3. Then put your icing into a bigger piping bag (I used a wilton 1M tip but it's up to you what you use!) and pipe your buttercream onto your cupcakes, making sure to cover the jam.
4. Then decorate them how you like! I used some more mini Jammie dodgers but you can always crumble little chunks on top or even just lay one big jammie dodger to cover the buttercream if you want too!
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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mid Year Goals

I know everyone is saying this right now but how the hell are we near the end of June already???? I mean seriously????
Anyway... I've never been one to set myself targets or goals to reach by a certain time but after seeing so many people doing it and actually really benefiting from them I thought I should really give it a try so here we go...

1. Stop neglecting my blog
This year without meaning to I've started to neglect things I really love doing. Like this blog. I absolutely love everything about blogging. From creating ideas, taking photos for posts and actually sitting down to write I love love love it yet for some reason I just can't find time for it and I hate that! So that is definitely my number one, I have to start putting some time aside to work on this little space.

2. Work on my photography
Besides this little blog, another one of my loves is definitely photography. Whether its just snapping away on a day out or actually planning shoots and going through with them I love it. I've recently started to really work hard at it so hopefully soon I'll start to improve and have photos that I've actually taken and adore.

3. Pass my driving test
Now this is a touchy subject. I've been learning to drive for what feels like forever and had 3 different instructors but for very different reasons I'm still not ready for my test yet but I really want to be. Since I've started again with my third instructor I've really picked up confidence and have found new motivation to actually do it so fingers crossed hopefully it will happen soon!!
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Summer Makeup Lovin'

If I'm being honest I'm totally not one for wearing a full on face of makeup in summer just because it's to bloody hot (especially with this mini heatwave we seem to be having recently... I mean the last thing I want to be doing is sitting in front of a mirror for god knows how long for it to just drip off or go patchy anyway!) Recently I've been loving this mix of products because all in all it literally takes 10 minutes max to put on my face and that I bloomin love.
Starting with the L'Oreal Paris Cushion Foundation I use a real techniques buffing brush and just do a light layer of this all over making sure to take it down my neck. This foundation is such a light coverage that it might not be for everyone but for me its just enough. It still hides any redness I have but doesn't look heavy or cakey. The best bit though is even if gets patchy or comes off in the hot weather, its so easy to apply you can just throw it in your bag and retouch it throughout the day without stressing to much.
I then go in with a quick and easy bronzer. I either reach for my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow or my Benefit Hoola. I use my Real Techniques Bold Metal 301 brush with either product if I want a quick contour but for an all over bronze I'll use my Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush which makes it soooo unbelievably easy.
I then go in with highlighter, if I'm using my Bronze & Glow I'll stick to the highlighter in that but to go my with Hoola I use the theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer to add a little glow on my cheekbones and down my nose. You HAVE to have some sort of highlight going on in summer whether its subtle or bold you know!?
For eyes if I'm being really lazy most days I just slap on some mascara (normally my new fave Maybelline Big Shot) and I'm good to go but if I do have a spare few minutes I use my Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in 'Bette' for a quick wash of golden shimmer. I love these cream shadows because no matter how hot it gets, they last all day and don't crease at all! I then sometimes just blend it out with a shade in my Zoeva Matte palette but its not essential.
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Exploring In The Sun On A Sunday

So after having one of the longest and most draining weeks me, my sister and my dad decided to get out, make the most of the sun and explore Portchester castle. We live soooo close but for some reason we've never been and now I really want to go back, its so damn beautiful! I think summer might be finally here (at last!!!)
Also recently I've started to fall back in love with photography after having a marmite love/hate relationship with it so which I'm sooo happy about!
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