Monday, 9 October 2017

Hiatus!


On hiatus! Be back soon with a brand spanking new look 
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn/Winter Beauty Trends

Brrrr Autumn is certainly here!
The weather's turned and the jumpers and boots are out and I'm THRILLED. Give me comfy cardigans and tights over flimsy summer clothing every day of the week.

One thing that does change with the change in seasons is Beauty Trends, while on a standard day the only change I make is to use a more luxurious moisturiser (yuck to dry skin and coldness) I do have a lot of occasions and parties to be attending this year which means paying much closer attention to make sure my beauty style is on point

One of the biggest occasions I have coming up is my Auntie's wedding so I've been paying a lot of attention to professionals and wholesalers and styles I can go and let some one else do because I want to look extra special so here's what I've decided on!

Hair

Side partings are such a subtle change and are going to be big this Autumn/Winter, my usual style is centre parted straight and long. However I do have curly hair naturally.
Big bouncy curls
The wedding is going to have a really elegant feel to it so I've decided to go with a side parting and big bouncy curls, I love how Jessica Alba looks in this photo and think it looks really sophisticated 

Make Up

Make ups tricky for a wedding, it needs to look quite understated for the day but be brought to life for the evening
Red poppy lips

Red lips never go out of fashion at all and it looks very classy, this season it's being updated as a very bright poppy red, covered with a clear gloss to make it really stand out.

I'm going to pair it with quite a neutral toned down eye and then lashings of mascara for the evening

Nails

This is definitely something I need help with! I'm absolutely terrible at doing my nails and see so many pretty designs!
Gold dipped nails

I think going to a nail technician and letting them use one of their professional nail art kits* will give me the best results.

I'm thinking a navy base and dipped gold nails for that midas touch look

What do you think will be the top trends this Autumn / Winter?
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

How to survive a shopping trip in 5 easy steps

Ahhh shopping, every girl loves it right?
Wrong. Like I don't know I've never really fit into girly stereotypes anyway but my idea of hell is being dragged around a shopping mall on a Saturday (give me football anyday) but it's not the process of shopping because hell my bank card can attest I have a serious online shopping addiction it's just the absolute chore that a high street / shopping mall can provide when seeking to buy things

But good news for you guys is that I of course do have to go shopping so I've managed to make the ultimate shopping experience that little bit more bearable with 5 easy tips

1) Location, Location, Location
If you're in for the long haul of a full day of shopping you need somewhere where everything is under one roof - shopping, food and other activities can all be found at Liverpool 1* making it the perfect choice. Plus it's spacious and these kind of shopping malls are literally designed to make shoppers happy. Side point - rain can't get you inside (#winning)

2) Timing
Hey let's go shopping on a Saturday lunch time with the rest of the people in the country, yeh nope never happening #sorrynotsorry . If you want to actually enjoy a shopping trip weekdays are you friend, weekday evenings are even better. A trip shopping after work on a weekday is bound to be far more enjoyable than visiting on a weekend when it's packed to the rafters

3) Snackages 
Hangry is a thing, like legit a real thing - if you don't know what it is then you're a lucky person. Being hunger causes anger and thus Hangry, if you're planning a shopping trip make sure you have snacks/drinks for stamina (I advocate cocktail stops mid-way through but don't judge your purchases after!) For the more sensible of you I'd say cereal bars, nuts and water in your handbag are the perfect way to stop Hanger before you get to a scheduled food pit - stop 

4) Plan ahead
In the super switched on world we live on we have technology at our finger tips 24/7. Use it to your advantage and plan ahead, plan your route around, plan your food pit-stops. Plan which shops are unmissable and make sure you use money-saving apps such as voucher cloud to get discounts as you shop because even the grumpiest shopper (me always) will crack a smile at saving money

5) Cheat's way to shop
So on the days I desperately don't want to go shopping but also can't justify delivery costs I order all my purchases online, get them delivered to store and voila! Shopping completed in the quickest time in each shop because your purchases are all ready for you to pick up giving you more time to enjoy a nice meal and cocktails (TGI Friday's if you're offering to take me)

And there we go, even the most unsociable little bee can master a shopping trip - thank me later!
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Family - Where would I be without it?

Family - It means something different to everyone, and everyone's family has a slightly different make up. Some people make their own tight knit circle of friends they'd consider family and other's are an eclectic mix of different families coming together under one roof due to marriages/divorces etc. slatergordon.co.uk* recently commissioned a little survey to look into the modern family and how dynamics have changed 

My family is pretty big and all super close!
My immediate family's pretty simple: Me, Momma and my Stepdad. I'm so close with my parents it's crazy, I have friends that are like woah how can you still live at home at 24 but it's super simple when my parents are so chill and allow me the freedom they do


My extended family is made up of the best people! It's an old saying that you can't choose your family, well I'm glad I don't need to because the one's I've ended up with are the best


While I'm an only child I never feel alone! I've got 4 aunties and uncles and of course lots of cousins to go with and we regularly all catch up at my nans (surely everyone has a family hub? Where everyone gravitates)

We have so much fun and all get along incredibly well and all have the same crazy sense of humour, whenever there are new people (boyfriends / girlfriends etc.) to be introduced it's definitely a baptism of fire but I've never met a family like us. Family to me - is the most fantastic feeling of belonging and happiness there is

What does family mean to you?
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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Unique decor from Uncommon Goods


I'm constantly updating and renovating little parts of my house, I love collecting little unique trinkets and something that's unique and makes people ask me where I got it from

When I came across Uncommon Goods I was in absolute heaven! So so many beautiful pieces that I adore that can go across the whole house and give it a little touch of 'you' so here's a collection of my favourite pieces

Summer is right around the corner so it seems only right to begin the focus in the garden my favourite garden decor and accessories* are:

Zen cat garden sculpture

Anyone who knows me will know my love for cats (I have three real ones!) so I absolutely fell in love with these felines. They look like little budhas absolutely adorable

Bee oasis

Bees are actually incredibly important! They help sustain the eco-world we have and without them pollunating we could be in a bit of a mess. For me, the bee has taken a much stronger significance especially the worker bee being the symbol of Manchester so I'd love to encourage them to be buzzing around my garden

Moving back inside the house I often think it's the little touches which really make a house a home, the distinguishing features and little marks of personality and decorative pieces 

Wishing Wall

I think the idea of this wishing wall is so darn cute! it can be personalised too, It's a lovely way of remembering the little things that made you smile every day and then looking back over the happy thoughts further down the line

Kinetic Gear Key Holder
Hands up who loses their keys? I have a mini meltdown every single morning searching through pockets and bags and every other surface that I could have put my keys on the night before. I definitely want to invest in this gorgeous key holder. I love the steampunk style it looks so modern while harking back to a day gone by

It's important as well to remember the little things that you use every day but doesn't get any attention such as the door mat you walk on every day

Amp doormat

Instant cool points for anyone entering your home! Like seriously how cool is this? I love that it can be personalised and I love that it looks almost 3D

So for a few tweaks and changes and new items you can really put a unique stamp on your home and with 1/3 of the items incorporating recycled or upcycled materials you can be happy in the knowledge that your items are sourced responsible by the most creative artists and designers around

What's your favourite item on Uncommon Goods?
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Waterpik WP462UK Review

Everyone wants to look good right?
Some people spend hundreds on enhancing how they look, but many are let down by something very natural. There teeth.

Do you remember being told by your mom how you should be brushing twice a day? Flossing? Don't eat all that sugar? Yeh the older you get the more you wish you'd listened. HOWEVER it's never too late to start!

Big Smile teeth

There are some very basic tips to follow that you should already be doing! A good toothbrush, i personally recommend an electrical one, a tried and tested toothpaste and regular flossing

But flossing's a pain right? I know I hated it until I found out about the Waterpik water flossers

Waterpik WP462UK

I can't remember my oral hygiene routine without the waterpik now, it's lightweight and cordless, can be used with any mouthwash/ water you want to use and really helps you get to those tricky to reach places. There are many other benefits of using a waterpik and with only 5% of people in the UK flossing regularly can you really afford not to start using one?

  • The waterpik helps you build a quick and easy oral health routine without the troublesome floss and messing with pieces of string, its clinically proven to be more effective 
  • The speed of the waterpik means plaque doesn't stand a chance! It sprays water on two different settings with a variety of head attachments meaning that whether you have your own teeth, braces or fillings and crowns there's an attachment that will suit you and your mouth
  • Ever heard of gingivitus? That's what happens when the plaque is left and your gums become inflamed and bleed when brushing. The waterpik has been proven to completely reverse the signs of gingivitus if used on a daily basis

So if you love your smile and want to keep your teeth in tip top condition then a Waterpik is a very worthwhile investment 

What's your oral healthcare routine?
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

How to prevent a holiday hazard

Holiday Road Trip

Holidays - it's what we all spend our time daydreaming about while doing the 9-5. Those dream destinations, All the fun, sun and relaxation you could dream of you'd do anything to stop it being ruined. So whether you're jet setting somewhere hot, planning a ski trip, or even hopping in the car for a UK break there's a few things you should be doing to prevent holiday hazards.


  • Insurance - This is pretty crucial if you're flying out of the country - if the worst happens and your holiday gets cancelled, or you have an accident while abroad your insurance is your lifeline so make sure you properly research the type you get. Especially if your holiday may involve winter sports etc.
  • First aid kit - Now I don't want to be the boring mummy type (I'm 24 for christ sake) however there's nothing worse than being somewhere you're not familiar with and not having the simplest of medication. Make a first aid kit before you go with typical items such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters, heart burn tablets etc etc. This could save you huge headaches quite literally
  • Suncream - Prevention is absolutely better than dealing with the burns and sunstroke afterwards. A quick google of your holiday destination and average temperatures will help you figure out what to take. Don't be fooled by 'dull' or 'windy' days and remember the parts most people forget such as your ears (girls you can buy scalp suncream for your parting it's an absolute lifesaver)
  • Food - Be sensible! All you can eat and all inclusive are a wonderful idea but I'd always recommend being careful of choices, hygiene levels are not the same as the UK. Avoid the dreaded delhi belly by being careful on choices, making sure meat is cooked through etc etc. Also be careful on the water you consume. Always go for bottled water. If you unfortunately do experience food poisoning be sure to check out solicitor when you're home as your holiday food poisoning claim* could actually get you a little money back
  • Sex - If you're single and away have the time of your life! Just be safe about it. Nobody want's to be coming home with an unexpected STI or even pregnancy. 

Simple enough right?
But these tips are all you need to stop a holiday turning into a nightmare
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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Improve or move?

When it comes to your home it's important to get it right - this is the place you're going to spend the majority of your time, your safe place, the place your family will grow up and the place you'll make tons of memories so it's crucial it's the right one for you.

I've lived in the same home since I was 2 with my mother, I'm truly a home bird but over the last few years I've considered flying the nest. Due to a few changes within my circumstances I decided to make the best of what I currently had and redecorated my bedroom from top to bottom.

I adore my little corner of the house now it has everything I could ever need right down to my not so mini fridge!

However I know in a few years I'm going to be looking to move out and that decision's a long-term investment so it's important I make the right choice.

Slater & Gordon Solicitors* have contemplated this and have made a infographic based on the survey results on whether to move home or improve where you currently live
Move or Improve Infographic


I think you can agree that covers absolutely everything you can think of in making that decision on what's right for you, while also giving hints and tips on the best way to improve your home

Me? I think I'm a little way off taking the plunge yet to move out but improving my little corner of the house certainly made me happier so I'd say if you've fallen out of love with any aspect of your home - change it! What have you got to lose?


How many different homes did you have before 'the one' ?
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