Saturday, 30 May 2015

May Favourites

Oh hello May....I closed my eyes for 5 minutes and you were gone it seems....
Seriously, I'm just not going to even go there, I can't start every monthly favourite post commenting on where the year is going! (but it IS flying by)

Here's what I've been loving this month:

Pretty Little Liars

I'm so grateful to blogging for many things, but one of the things I love most about it is how you can discover so many new things from reading other blogs. I hadn't heard much about Pretty Little Liars, but I'm absolutely hooked! Its amazing. I've been caning it on Netflix and I can't step away. I watched the whole first season over the bank holiday weekend, which is shameful. I haven't watched so much TV in one sitting since I huddled in my room watching The O.C on DVD box set. Who is A?!  

Pastel iPhone Wallpapers

Another example of discovering things through turns out milkbubbletea has exactly the same taste in iPhone wallpapers as me, I'm forever changing mine, and found these utter beauts on her post last week. Read it here

Bootea Teatox

I must say I'm not usually one to jump on a health fad, but I have been concerned about my burger belly of late. With a holiday coming up and an office job (and nasty Haribo habit) I decided to give these a whirl. I'm on day 3 so far, and will do a proper post on it, but I'm hoping to lose a bit of the belly before I scare people by the pool. I'm just hoping its working because I'm not finding it bad at all, which is usually not a good sign.

Disney Princess iPhone Cases

I'm in love with my new phone cases, and at £1.99 and £2.99 respectively you can't go wrong. Just looking at them makes me happy, I love Disney. I bought them from Amazon (link) and they have loads of different ones, I just couldn't choose, I wanted them all. 

Rose Gold GHD's

And finally.....I've been lusting after these babies for what feels like forever. I saw them in duty free last year but couldn't get them and I've been pining for them ever since. Proof that my computer cookies have retained my browser history...I got an offer pop up over the weekend for £20 off and free could I not?! They came the next day and are just beautiful.

What do you think of my May faves? What have you been loving this month?


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Removing Stressful Friendships From Your Life - The Positivity Post

I think most people have come across the above quote at some point by now. As cheesy as it is, it's definitely true. More and more people have realised that its simply not ok to be made to feel bad about yourself, regardless of who it is making you feel that way.

I turned 30 at the end of last year and as cliché as it sounds, something changed in me. I've always been a soft touch, a pushover, a peacemaker, and while I haven't lost those qualities in any way, I've slowly started to realise that sometimes you have to put YOU first, no matter how hard it is.

Life isn't easy, and no one sails through life, I think its important to accept that no ones life is perfect, regardless of how it may seem on the outside. But life can be made even harder simply by the people you choose to surround yourself with, and that's not right. 

I've touched on this a few times before and I won't bore you because no one wants to read a blog and feel depressed - but I recently reached a point where I just became so sick of the negativity in my life, I vowed to make a change. It hasn't been easy putting those walls up but it has been necessary. Life's short - don't waste your time worrying about things you can't change, and unimportant things. Easier said than done I know, and for me its a daily struggle to remind myself, but its getting easier, and I'm getting stronger. 

I truly believe that while social media is a blessing in many ways (the irony of publishing a blog while berating social media isn't lost on me...) but its also a curse because all it serves to do is make us feel insecure and often deeply unhappy with our lives, believing we're missing out on things, and aren't as good as other people, but that's just not true. You can have all the possessions in the world and thousands of glossy perfect photos on your Facebook, but if you're unhappy then what's the point?

The toxicity of some of my friendships has slowly begun to affect me as a person and it just isn't healthy, I'm very fortunate to have some really good friends who make me feel happy and good about myself, but some of my others were making me feel drained and exhausted, so I knew something had to change. I've even been spending a lot of time alone lately because I just didn't feel like being around people, and I've learnt that that's OK too, its all about doing what's right for YOU. So what if you don't reply to that "urgent" text? The world will keep turning. 

As usual, I've been scouring Pinterest for inspiration:

My circle might be smaller, but I'm feeling so much happier and more positive already.

Sorry for the rant, it was meant to be positive but I deviated a bit, haha.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

LVL Lash Treatment

Last week I booked myself in for an LVL Lash treatment at my local salon.

What is LVL?

LVL stands for Length, Volume, Lift and is a completely natural enhancement that doesn't require perming or extensions. It uses silicone shields and a gel formula to gently lift and straighten the lashes, rather than curling them. 
Because I have long but poker straight lashes, no amount of curlers or mascaras ever make my lashes really curl and stand out, I always have to use false lashes on special occasions, and have had semi permanent lashes put on once or twice (last time the superglue lived up to its name and literally glued a stray lash steadfastly to my own which meant it had to be almost cut out and I lost several lashes in the process, owww)
Needless to say I was eager to give this a go, and as I had a £10 voucher to use against the £49 cost, I decided to treat myself.

The Treatment

The treatment lasted around an hour, and I definitely wouldn't describe it as pleasant or relaxing. Your eyes are almost taped shut as they have to protect the bottom lashes as well as the eye itself, so I had plasters all over my eyes which made me feel a little twitchy! A gel is applied that smells quite strongly (you have to have a patch test beforehand) and then the lashes are bent back on themselves and held down with the gel to stretch them. It isn't painful or uncomfortable, but it feels really odd and I found it quite difficult to relax.

Lisa Eldridge has posted a video about her experience with LVL, which shows clearly what's going on during it, because obviously its hard to tell exactly what they're doing yourself. You can watch it here

The Result

The change in my lashes is really noticeable, they look significantly longer and more dramatic (they also get tinted during the course of the treatment) The treatment costs £49 so its not all that cheap, but the results are supposed to last 6-8 weeks so it isn't too bad. You aren't allowed to get them wet for the first 24 hours, but after that you can wash your face as normal and also use mascara if  you like.

What do you think? Have you had LVL Lashes before?

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Glossybox / May Review

So I've actually been subscribing to Glossybox for a couple of months now, and absolutely love it! I keep meaning to blog my box each month but never get round to it, so if anyone is interested in reading it, from now on I'll be doing a short post on the contents of each box.

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Refreshing & Refining Moisturiser

I'm looking forward to giving this a try. I've heard good things about Philosophy and as its recommended by dermatologists, it should be good for my problem skin.

Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam

I'm CONSTANTLY using dry shampoo, my hair get lank and flat easily, and as I have extensions I can't wash my hair daily, so dry shampoo is a godsend. I've been using COLAB  for a few months as I got sick of Batiste, but I don't think its amazingly effective.  I'm hoping this is good.

SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate

I can't always afford to wax, as much as I'd like to, and I'm always getting shaving rash and ingrown hairs. This months box was made for me.

Etre Belle Aloe Vera Ultra Moisurising Gel

I really like the way Glossybox tailor each box to whatever is appropriate for the season. This moisturiser will be great to hydrate pink skin, and small enough to take away on holiday.

MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand

This is the only product I'm not so sure about as I always think blue eyeliner is a bit 90's. But having said that my kohl black might be a bit dark and severe for the summer (if we ever have one!) months so maybe I should give it a try.

Have you had this month's Glossybox? If so, what do you think?


Friday, 22 May 2015

Life Lately Through My Camera Roll

Happy Friday lovelies! I'm so glad it's Friday and I'm so looking forward to the long weekend, one of the best things about May is the two bank holidays!

Here's a little of what I've been up to:

I decided to walk home from work last Wednesday as it was sunny, I feel so cooped up in work it's nice to stretch my legs. This was the view as I crossed over the bridge (I live on an island...)

On Thursday I went out for dinner with two friends to a gorgeous place called Signatures. It's pretty fancy but the food is unreal and they do a Ladies Night on a Thursday where you get a 3 course a la carte meal for a fixed price. Such good value! Mojitos were incredible too!

On Saturday I went to a beer festival called 'Ale on the Rails' where you basically travel by steam train to and from the festival. Really cool! I'm not the biggest fan of ale but it was a great day, with tons of kegs of different local ales to choose from, and you pay in tokens so you can have as much or as little as you like. 8 of us went in the end and we even got a cute little glass tankard to keep. It was sunny enough for an ice cream too! 

My bestie turned 30 yesterday so on Wednesday me and Ben went round for dinner with her and her boyfriend, they cooked up a Thai green curry and we chilled out, I bought a mini chocolate cake and it was a lovely evening. 

My mum bought me some beautiful dyed purple lillies as a congratulations (and commiserations) for having a job interview and not getting it, haha. I'm not too disappointed though, onwards and upwards. 

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Holiday Wishlist

So this week I finally got round to booking my summer holiday (23 days and counting!) so I've been letting my mind wander with ideas for my dream beach wardrobe. 
I've stuck to Debenhams for my wishlist, partly because I'm lazy, but also because there are so many designers available, there's literally something for everyone on there. 

These are my faves for when I'm relaxing by the pool (I can dream):

I love Floozie underwear, and already have a couple of their bikinis, They're quirky and pretty, and I always find them a great fit. The bikini top is £26.50 and the bottoms are £15.00.

Carrying on with the Floozie theme, I love this beach dress, the colour is vibrant and perfect with a tan, and its also ideal for throwing over your bikini and heading off out for a walk, as it's not as skimpy as some cover-ups. The dress is £30.00.

This is quite an unusual style for me, as I tend to go for less busy prints, but I really love this bikini, and particularly with the high waisted bottoms (although normal ones are also available) I like the idea of tucking my burger belly in while still looking stylish, and it would be more relaxing than walking round breathing in! This bikini has 20% off at the moment, so the top is £22.40 and the bottoms £16.00.

This is my usual type of bikini, I tend to favour the triangle cup, and I love Animal as a brand as I wear a lot of surf style clothes, I also like that its one price for the bikini as a whole rather than having to buy both parts separately. This bikini is £38.00.

This is my only one-piece on the list, but sometimes I do like wearing them because they look stylish and a bit more modest. I love this one as its quite smart and I love the mesh panels, this would also be ideal worn in a hot tub on a weekend away, its quite versatile I think, and not just restricted to the beach. This swimsuit is £33.60.

Finally, the cheapest on the list, this Lipsy bikini is quite glam, I can imagine someone (much cooler than me) chilling out in Ibiza wearing this with Ray Bans, but I've included it as Lipsy is a brand I've always liked, their dresses are always super flattering and good quality, I don't go out half as much as I used to, but when I had a big night out planned I always found myself reaching for Lipsy as they always look good. The potential tan lines on this little number are already bringing me out in a sweat but at a bargain £22.00 bikini top and £16.00 bottoms I think would look stunning on.

What do you think of my choices? Do you have a favourite bikini? 


Monday, 18 May 2015

Pre-Interview Jitters

Image taken from Pinterest

Sorry I've been a bit slow on the blogging front this last week or so, life seems to have caught up with me and everything has rushed by in a blur!
I've got an interview on Tuesday *screaming face emoji* and its filling me with dread.
It's been SO LONG since I've had an interview and I'm feeling so nervous, so far the avoidance tactic has been working out quite well for me, but its time to face the music.
It's one of those awful competency based interviews where you have to prep, and they give you a couple of 'buzzwords' (6 in my case) and ask you to talk about each one, and give examples etc. And it's in front of a panel. Cringe.

ALL I want to do is put my PJ's and some fluffy socks on, wrap myself up in blankets and watch Netflix with a large cup of tea. 

I've been trying to think of relaxation techniques, I'm generally a worrier at the best of times. So here are a few tips to help you relax before a big nerve-wracking event (this is what's working for me anyway)

A Nice Hot Bubble Bath

Image taken from Pinterest

There aren't many more relaxing things than running a nice hot bath and soaking your stresses away. Fill your bath with beautifully scented bubbles, or better yet an aromatherapy bubble bath or bath salts, which will relax you (and help you get some all important sleep) and also leave you smelling great with lovely soft skin, ready to take on the world.

Curling Up With A Cuppa

Image taken from Pinterest

There are few things in life a cup of tea (or hot choc) can't cure, so boil the kettle, fill your favourite mug, and curl up on the sofa and give yourself  5 mins of 'you' time. It'll help keep your mind focused too as well as tasting lovely. Treat yourself to a biscuit too! 

Lighting Scented Candles

Image taken from Pinterest

I adore scented candles and hardly ever don't have them lit, for me they're perfect for creating a relaxing, peaceful environment and smell gorgeous too. Chill out (even better with some music) by candlelight, and let your worries and stresses drift away, at least for a while anyway!

Well, I'm off to take my own advice on board. Wish me luck! Argh, gonna need it.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Facial Oils - Worth The Hype?

A few months ago I posted that I'd bought a facial oil to start using instead of a moisturiser (read it here) and I wanted to give it a few months to really get used to it before blogging about it.

In all honesty, I haven't noticed much difference, my skin feel hydrated after using it (I only use it before bed, I still use a regular day cream in the morning) but I haven't really noticed any improvement to the overall condition of my skin.

I researched facial oils before I started using mine and many reviews said they were the best thing ever and far better than a moisturiser, but I really think day and night creams give better results. For the first few nights it seemed great, but now it doesn't seem to do much at all.

Now, it could simply be down to the fact that mine is cheap (£2.99) and the Cosmo Picks are all around the £20 mark, but I'm reluctant to spend out on one if I'm going to see genuine results. The one I'm using from Waitrose has had mixed reviews, a few bloggers think its amazing, but several say they aren't that impressed.

Have you use facial oils? Have I got it all wrong?! If you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them!


Sunday, 10 May 2015

This Week Through My Camera Roll

Hello! Hope you've all had a good week and been enjoying this beautiful (?!) British weather? It's been so grim up here, practically every night after work I've been straight in my onesie and socks with a cuppa trying to warm up! It's May! Argh.
Here's a snippet of what I've been up to this week, taken from my iPhone:

Last Saturday my Mum and I went shopping in Liverpool (you may have seen my blogs about it haha) and we had a lovely lunch in a place called Yee Rah which is a Thai restaurant, we go there quite often. I had Singapore Noodles (soooo good) and a lychee martini. I LOVE lychee martini's and getting hold of them is like gold dust (maybe lychees aren't easy to get hold of in the UK) so when I saw them on the menu I was sold.

On Wednesday I met up with two friends for beers and a catch up, which was lovely. Felt naughty drinking on a school night too, thankfully I was fine (hic) for work the next day.

I've had a really chilled weekend for once. I haven't been feeling amazing the last few days so I had a lazy day yesterday relaxing with a good book (I'm reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins - can't put it down) and eating cheese and crackers (as you do!) 
Last night I met up with my friend for an overdue catch up and had some food. I had the veggie pizza and it was amazing, huge though! Even I had to admit defeat eventually and that never happens.

What have you all been up to this week?  


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Liverpool Haul - Miss Selfridge Summer Collection

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I went on a bit of a spree which I haven't done in ages because I've had a spending ban in place. Now that chapter of my life is safely behind me I can shop again (yay) and have got together a bit of a haul. 

I went to Miss Selfridge and their summer collection is amazing. I wanted so many things, but they're not particularly cheap (I'm sure they used to be cheaper...) so I had to exercise some restraint.


I bought this nude playsuit because I basically love playsuits and haven't bought one in ages. When I first tried it on I was worried it was a bit He Man but now I really like it. Its got a skirt effect over the shorts which make it a little different, its versatile too as it would look amazing with heels for a night out, or sandals, gold jewellery and a tan on holiday.


I love wearing shorts, and if they're high waisted then even better as they hide a multitude of sins. I had a pair of white shorts already that I've worn loads, but I felt they were starting to look a little dated and I wanted ones that were a bit more 'flowy' rather than the cycling shorts hot pants look my others had. I know I'll get loads of wear out of them, dressed up or down, and I also bought them primarily to go with....


Which ties in nicely with my final item, this lovely top. I was worried it would be too cropped for me (I'm definitely not exactly belly confident) but with the high waisted shorts and the cut of this top, its actually really flattering and slimming. The top has an asymmetrical hem which isn't too clear in the photo, but I love it, its so summery and fresh.

I also bought some Guerlain Base Perfecter (see my full post here) which I'm in love with, and its the only product of theirs I allowed myself to have (thank God I had a refund voucher to allow me to go wild in the aisles of Debenhams with all this!) and also bought a few homeware bits, but they'll be another post as this is turning a bit epic!

What do you think of my haul?
Have you seen anything you fancy in the Miss Selfridge summer collection?


Monday, 4 May 2015

Guerlain Lusting - My Wishlist

I've always been fairly experimental when it comes to make-up, I don't tend to stick to one brand religiously and I use a combination of high end and drug-store usually. 
While shopping over the weekend I was browsing the cosmetics and trapped in a mental battle of whether to buy Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser or a replacement Touché Éclat (first world problems right?!) when a brand that isn't usually on my radar caught my eye - Guerlain. 

Now I've certainly heard of Guerlain, and my Mum uses their Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune perfume, but it's a brand I've never even considered using myself, maybe because it seems very high end and expensive. Because I'm such a magpie, their L'Or Radiance Concentrate product caught my eye (it's filled with gold flakes, how could it not?!) so I stopped to look, and less than 5 minutes later I was having a full makeover at the counter and wanted every single thing in front of me!

I'm basically, absolutely, utterly in love. Everything she used was stunning, smelt beautiful, glided on and made my skin look incredible. If I could have afforded every product on my face my paws wouldn't have been able to get to that till fast enough, trust me! But sadly as its Guerlain, they all come complete with a sizeable price tag. I settled for only buying Meteorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer (£44.50), which has a pearly, almost shimmery finish that glided onto my skin and basically hid everything, its gorgeous. Luckily I had a refund voucher to spend in store which took the edge of that hefty price tag!

I've made a wishlist of the other products I'm coveting, and I'm hoping to get them one at a time over the next few months if I can, money depending. Even if it means I can't eat for the rest of the month!

The other products she used were - Meteorites Baby Glow Light Revealing Liquid Foundation (£35.50), Meteorites Compact Light Revealing Powder (£40) and Rouge G L'Extrait Lip Colour (£31.50 - shade Paresse)

I felt like crying when I had to wash my make-up off before bed, I wanted to keep it on forever! I didn't think I could ever be parted from my much-loved Chanel Perfection Lumiere but I guess I'm pretty fickle when it comes down to it, eh?!


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Overthinking - How To Massively Amplify Every Situation

Overthinking. It's something so many of us do, for so little gain. 
I've always been a deep thinker, and it seems to be something that gets worse for me the older I get. Sometimes I feel more like an angsty teenager now than I did when I actually was an angsty teenager! 

I worry and overthink about so many pointless things I end up annoying myself sometimes, and have had problems sleeping because I can't seem to switch my damn brain off. I do have a really stressful job, and whereas I used to be able to leave it at the door now it consumes me out of work (not the physical work, but the stress associated with it)

I'm a very emotional person, someone who thinks emotionally and absorbs other people's emotions, which means my own needs often take a back seat. I feel like I've got my life all out of sync lately, wasting too much time on the unimportant things and neglecting the things that matter, and I need to redress some balance in my life. 

I've definitely been spending too much time in my head lately, feeling quite low and lost and procrastinating. I think I've lost a lot of confidence in myself as a person and it manifests in many different ways. 
One of my New Years resolutions was to try and step away from pointlessly stressful situations; recently, a few friendships have imploded, and it's felt like a massive storm that has been far reaching and affected so many different people needlessly. I've felt like I've been ducking and diving trying to get out of its wake (despite having nothing to do with me directly) Who needs that kind of drama in their life, really?!

I apologise for the miserable post, I just felt like I needed to vent on my little slice of the Internet. I've been taking inspiration from Pinterest, there's nothing like pinning a few cliche quotes to put a girl in a better mood! 

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