Friday, 9 February 2018

January 2018 Beauty Favourites ♥

Well, January felt like it was never ending but we are now into February and every day takes us closer to Spring with its slightly warmer weather. Totally not counting the days or anything. But January was a long hectic month dealing with the aftermath of Christmas and back to work. But despite not trying many new products, i definitely had some favourites i couldn't stop myself reaching for.


Make Up Revolution Luxury Powder in Banana is a new favourite. I bought this a while ago to try out the whole 'baking' trend which while I'm still getting used to I've really enjoyed using this as the colour really helps disguise my dark circles and give my skin a much needed healthy glow under my eyes to help deflect away from any problem areas. My ultimate go-to nail polish is the beautiful Barry M Nail Paint in Bespoke which is a really lovely soft pink. Very subtle and pretty and so, so cheap! If i want something that will work with most outfits i wear, its this. It also looks great if I've fake tanned or not. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer is a really important staple in my routine now. It's really good for helping with problem areas but i do love this around my eyes to help make me look less tired than i am forever feeling. It has decent coverage and can even cover my freckles too. Last but not least, the Olay Double Action Night Cream which I've raved about on so many occasions now you must be all getting bored. But, it's really saving my skin from the horrendous weather and keeping my skin hydrated and soft 24/7.


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Monday, 5 February 2018

Low Cost Valentines Day Ideas ♥

Yes, yes i know. Not everyone celebrates Valentines day so let me get this off my chest now. I think it's nice to have a day devoted to being romantic, even if you do it all the time. Yes i know it's all about card companies making money. Does it stop me liking it? No. It's cute and i like it. Deal with it.

But i always feel like my idea of a romantic gesture is different to others. I'm not the most fond of fancy meals out as we're currently saving money but i don't like it to pass unnoticed. There are plenty of cute little things you can do on a smaller budget, like mine. This year i've done a few ready for the day. 

My first little present to my fiancé was a photo wall. I'm a big lover of taking photos (which you'll know if you follow me on Instagram!) as i'm a big believer in capturing memories. So i decided to make this cute little hanging picture wall using my own photos that i turned into polaroid style pictures using Printiki*. I bought the 30 x Retro Square M size for under £10! Along with some twine and some mini pegs i had in my arts and crafts box, i had a cute photo wall for under £10 (which will be staying up as i love it so much). I love these photos as they are taken over the course of our 6 and a half years together and really show how different yet similar we are to who we were when we met (albeit older but not wiser). I also have a discount code, if like me, you're super sentimental and love physical copies of photos use this code: A87P5W23 for free shipping.

Another idea i've decided to use this year is a at home movie night. Our favourite movie and our favourite food. Snuggle up with duvets and relax without spending all the £ on going out. 

*Items in this post were gifted, all opinions are my own.
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Saturday, 3 February 2018

DIY Body Scrub ♥

Maybe it's just me, but there is something really relaxing about DIYing. I love it and I'm obsessed with browsing Pinterest looking at ideas to do next. One thing i do quite often is a Make your own Body scrub as it's so quick and easy to do.



Pretty much what i do is i choose an oil to work with, I've used Baby Oil, Coconut oil and Argan Oil over the years but my personal favourite is coconut oil as its got so many great benefits for your skin. Then add in my 'scrub' which is usually sea salt or sugar. Then finish it off with some essential oils to give it a lovely fragrance. This time I've gone for a subtle peppermint fragrance as it feels really refreshing on the skin. It takes a few minutes and i always make sure i have a pretty jar on hand to pour it into and keep it in the bathroom. It's a quick craft and very easy on the purse strings but if you're feeling in an arts and crafts mood, but like me are creatively challenged it's pretty fun to do. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest i want to try when this jar is finished like a Coffee scrub.

Have you ever made your own products? Let me know so i can try them!
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Monday, 22 January 2018

My Piercing Journey ♥

A bit of a different one today, i thought I'd speak about my life in regards to piercings. As a teenager, i was one of the 'alternative' kids who loved heavy music and tattoos and piercings (guess who hasn't changed in 10 years). Over the last 9/10 years I've been pierced over 40 times but i do currently only have 5 piercings in right now. I'm always talking about the urge to have another, as i do genuinely love piercings.

My first piercing (like most others) was my ear lobes when i was around 7 or 8. Through secondary school i really wanted more piercings but my school didn't allow any except one stud in each ear lobe. At 14, i had a second piercing in each lobe done (unfortunately, not professionally which i will always say is a bad idea). After that, it became a very common thing. I had my nose done a week before my 16th birthday - I've now had my nose done over 5 times as i kept changing the side i wanted it on. I even had both sides done at once for a few months, which i really liked, until i got a cold and realised it wasn't the most practical. 



For me, I've never really had much problem with the 'pain' of piercings (and later tattoos). Also, i am quite lucky that I've always healed remarkably quick too. The worst for healing for me, was a helix piercing in my right ear which took over a year to heal as it had been pierced incorrectly and was always aggravated. I still have my ear stretched to 16mm currently, which I've had for over 7 years now - I've let it heal then gone back up again. I debate getting rid of it, but i think i would really miss it if i did. 

There are always more piercings i want, I've been loving the look of Septum piercings for a long time and try some more surface piercings! 

So for a little list, here is all the places I've had pierced over the last 10 years: Lobe x4, cartilage, nose x5, monroe x3, bottom lip, smiley, nipple, belly button, bottom belly button, hip surface piercings, tongue.

Would you like to see a similar post about tattoos?
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

My Favourite Powder Highlights ♥

We all love a good highlight don't we? What did we look like before these were a staple in our make up bags? I wonder. But I'm also a creature of habit and have found myself reaching for my favourites more often than not.. 

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Soft & Gentle is so gorgeous. This was probably one of the first items i ever bought from them. It's a golden peach highlight which is so soft and easy to apply and quickly sweep across your cheeks and the high points of your face. It's kind of pricey at £24.50 but for me, it's one of my favourite high end purchases ever. My other high end top powder highlighter is Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter (Rosy Glow) which is the cutest design ever. You can mix the pink/white or use each separately to get different tones. My favourite from the high street is the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter which is very shimmery. But it is gorgeous on the skin. It's more cool toned but it looks so good on - especially at night. 



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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

My Plans for 2018 ♥

I love the start of a new year, setting myself targets and looking into doing new things. For me, I've decided 2018 is going to be a big year for me. I want to start throwing myself into planning for my wedding, travel more and experience more things for the first time. 

I'm really wanting to travel back to LA this year to go to Vans Warped tour - I've been twice before to LA but i loved it so much and i still haven't finished everything i wanted to do there. I've also been looking at other holidays - I'm really tempted about Disneyland Paris. I went 10 years ago with school but i didn't get to go on everything i wanted to or see everything i wanted to. I always see people on my news feed there and it looks so magical, i really need to go back!

In 2018, I'd really like to try and build my confidence up around blogging - go to more events, meet more people and just feel more comfortable in my own skin. I'm also considering a change - I've had that itch for a new tattoo for ages now and i haven't had a new one since May 2017 now so i am very tempted!

I have my own social media targets set for the year for my blog, and also lots of content and ideas to put into it which I'm quite looking forward to. 

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