Sunday, 24 December 2017

On the last day of blogmas...

I did it guys! I've completed the 24 days of Blogmas for the first time ever, and i'm so so proud of myself!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

My Perfect Christmas Eve

Pamper sessions are a must for Christmas eve. They get you all cosy and ready for the festivities the following day.

Friday, 22 December 2017

My Top 10 favourite Vlogmas' of 2017

Watching vlogmas during December is one of my absolute favourite things to do, its just so lovely to sit in bed with a bunch of chocolate and crisps, and see what everyone else gets up to during the build up to Christmas.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Pre-Christmas Haul!

I went into town for two main things - tights and black shoes. I came home with a bag full of goodies and no black shoes or tights. Typical or what! So, of course I thought i'd share my little Christmas haul with you guys. It involved a trip to Lush, Superdrug and Debenhams Beauty!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Winter Coat Wishlist

I definitely have an obsession with coats. I mean i'd definitely say I have more coats than the average person, I'd like to say one for every possible occasion. But that definitely doesn't stop me from wanting more... Hello i'm 'S' and i'm a coat addict. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Festive Bucket List

Defocused Image of Illuminated Christmas Tree

There are soo many amazing things to do at Christmas time which I feel I never get a chance to actually do. So this year I've decided to make a bucket list, something that I can cross off when I eventually get around to doing them. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

My favourite bloggers of 2017

apple, black, boxChristmas is all about sharing the love, and for today's post I will be sharing the blogging love by listing my 10 favourite bloggers of the year, each with their own individual style that keeps me going back for more and more. I hope you guys enjoy their blogs as much as I do!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Primark's cosy budget buys for Winter

There's nothing better than feeling super warm and cosy during the winter months when it's absolutely freezing outside. So I've been online browsing on the Primark website for some cosy budget buys for this winter. All items are £16 or less, which is just what you need when you're in need of some new comfy items that don't cost a fortune! 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

My Christmas Day Makeup

My Christmas Day usually consists of eating dinner at home then going to see the in-laws and my family. Its a very family orientated chilled day, so I like to match my makeup with that vibe which is why its quite neutral (apart from the red lip that is).

Friday, 15 December 2017

My Black Friday Haul: The Body Shop

Black Friday came and went in what seemed like a flash, but of course I had to treat myself to one little splurge whilst the offers were on - and The Body Shop was definitely the place to go with a massive 40% off items!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Dermacolor from Extreme Makeup*

Finding full coverage makeup for my Xanthelasma has been a bit of a mission of mine for quite some time. Drugstore makeup just doesn't seem to do the job at all, and the only high end concealer I have been impressed with is the Benefit Boi-ing Industrial strength concealer which is priced at £17.50 for one shade (and i'd need two). So I contacted ExtremeMakeup to see if they would send me out a sample of their Dermacolor camoflague palettes which are designed to cover skin discolouration and abnormalities. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

How I dyed my blonde hair extensions red

I've had shoulder length hair since the earlier years of secondary school, and this saddens me a lot. I got it cut short because I had hair which was just past the back of my knees, and instantly regretted it. Ever since i've dyed my hair and pretty much killed it off, so of course it hasn't grown much since. So, in order to solve this little issue of mine I decided to invest in some cheap remi hair extensions from eBay and do a little hair dye test to see if I could create the perfect shade of red to match my hair. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Christmas Candle better than Yankee Candle for just £3!

If you're on the lookout for an amazingly scented candle for Christmas than doesn't cost an absolute fortune then i've got the ones for you!

Monday, 11 December 2017

5 Tips for getting your blogging schedule organised

I don't know about you guys, but I can't stand being unorganised in any situation. so blogging is no different really. For today's post I thought I'd share my top five favourite ways on staying organised with my blogging schedule...

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Whats on my Christmas Playlist?

I bloody love Christmas songs! I've been playing them since November in anticipation for the build up so it's safe to say i'm superrrr excited.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Decorating the Christmas Tree

After waiting literally months to decorate the Christmas tree (yep, i'm that person who wants to decorate straight after Halloween!), we finally got around to doing it last weekend. It literally makes the house so unbelievably cosy, if only we could leave a tree up all year round!

Friday, 8 December 2017

5 reasons why I love guinea pigs so much

My guinea pigs are definitely one two of the most important things in my life. They are my children and I honestly don't know what i'd do with myself if I wasn't a guinea pig mum. I thought i'd do a little post about all my favourite things about guinea pigs in general really, plus who doesn't love a good soppy post about pets?!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

My Top 4 Favourite Christmas Jumper Picks

I'm back with another Christmas jumper post! This time its my top 4 favourite Christmas jumpers of the year. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette

Tanya Burr launched her makeup line back in 2015 which contained two different cheek palettes containing a bronzer, blush and highlighter. The palettes are called 'Peachy Glow' for paler complexions and 'Rosy Flush' for medium to darker complexions. Both palettes contain the same 'Beach Bronzer', but the shades of the blush and highlighter are different. I was able to pick up the Peachy Glow palette pretty soon after release date, so it's safe to say i've had plenty of time to test it out!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Secret Santa Gift Ideas for Under £10!

I always struggle to find Secret Santa gifts within a set budget, thankfully this year I've had plenty of time to look and find some really lovely gifts for under the £10 limit. 

Monday, 4 December 2017

My Top 4 Ugly Xmas Jumper Picks

Buying a new Christmas jumper every year is definitely a tradition in my family, shopping for them online is one of my favourite things to do for the festive period (bar putting up the deccies of course). Since I found some pretty funny/strange christmas jumpers this year during my search I thought i'd include my favourites in a post for you guys to have a jolly good laugh at too. 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Three Perfect Red Lips for the festive season

The dark lip season is most definitely upon us, and boy oh boy do I love it. I'm a huge fan of a red lip anytime of the year though to be honest, but having one in the autumn/winter just adds to the festive feels. 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

My Netflix Christmas Film Picks

The run-up to Christmas is probably one of the only times during the year I will sit and obsessively watch films. This year I will be doing that exact same thing with Netflix (and probably that Christmas film channel on Freeview). Anyhow, I've been through and picked my top 10 films that you should definitely watch on Netflix over the festive season!

Friday, 1 December 2017

25 Blogmas Post Ideas

Welcome to Blogmas Day 1! 
How exciting, I can't believe its nearly Christmas *squeeee* 
I thought i'd start of the month with a bang! So here's a post containing 25 Blogmas post ideas to help us all out when we're feeling a little uninspired. Happy blogging!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Three Different George at Asda Mascara Reviews!

Finding the right mascara has always been a bit of a mission if you ask me. I am super picky when it comes to my mascara, so much so that i've been using the same brand for a couple of years now which is the Maybelline Lash Sensational (which is literally amazing if you're wondering..). However, recently my mum came from work home with a couple of mascaras for me. Asda's own George mascaras - Big Flirt, Curl em! and Get Jet! I contacted Asda recently after trying to find each of these mascaras online - after to my confusion only finding one of the three which was the Big Flirt mascara but even this was in different packaging to the one featured in this post. Asda replied and said that each of the mascaras have been given a makeover of sorts - two with a new name, and all with a new formula and new packaging, but they will all still serve the same purpose.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas Gifting with Amara*

Christmas is literally the best time of year, and I am definitely feeling festive! I absolutely love the challenge of picking gifts that everyone will love, but I guess sometimes it can be a little difficult finding that perfect present.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

B. Blending Beauty Sponge vs. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Makeup sponges are my everyday makeup bag essential. I swap and change my products and brushes regularly but the one thing that remains are those lovely little sponges. I started using them about two years ago now, and I am always on the lookout for bargain beauty buys (as i'm sure you guys are too). So I recently picked up the B. Blending Beauty sponge and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge for a little comparison post seeing which brand I think is the best value for money. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My experience of blogging with a full time job

I've been an on and off blogger for about four years now, which is a little crazy come to think about it. I've been a student, worked part time, worked full time, moved out and voilà here I am sitting here writing this post. I'm not going to lie, keeping up with it all has been one hell of a struggle but I've definitely learnt a couple of lessons along the way. 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

A Pop of Colour

 I've been absolutely loving a combination of mustard and teal/blue lately, and since the main feature wall in my living room is teal I decided to add a pop of colour to my sofas by implementing some mustard cushions alongside the beautifully crocheted blue cushions Andy's mum kindly made for us.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

How to start wedding planning

I'm one of those people who have to be super organised. I get married in August 2019, and my wedding is pretty completely much sorted already. Some would say i'm a bit of a bridezilla, I like to say i'm methodical; I mean if I organise things now, I won't have to stress out as much closer to the time.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Eye shadow is fast becoming my favourite makeup item thanks to the amazing Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay. The collection of delicate pinks through to the copper and warm brown shades immediately drew me in.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Dressing Table Tour

Ever since I started getting into makeup properly I wanted a dressing table. I knew that would never ever happen when I lived with my parents because I shared a room with my sister, so the makeup I owned was stored under my bed out of sight. When I got my own house, getting a dressing table was up there on my list of essential things to buy, y'know fridge, freezer, bed, dressing table, couch, tv - all the usuals.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

5 of my current netflix favourites

Netflix is definitely my guilty pleasure, and these 5 shows are what i've been binge watching during the summer holidays.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Bedroom Update

Updating the bedroom has been on my to-do list for quite some time now. When we first moved in we bought the cheapest possible bedding, and to be honest it looked horrendous. Thankfully I recently had some spare cash to pick up some new bedding and a little bit of decor to spruce the place up a bit more. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

I despise cleaning my makeup brushes. In fact i'll go there with a little disguising and quite expensive fact in that I once didn't wash my makeup brushes at all, I used to just throw them out after a couple of months of use (yes, months. yuck). Anyhow, obviously this bizarre and vile lifestyle is behind me and i'm all about that brush cleanliness now, even more so since I discovered the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette.  It is quite possibly the most satisfying feeling ever to see how clean your brushes get when you're swirling them around on this wondrous cleansing mitt. The palette itself features three different surfaces to aid in the removal of makeup from your brushes and a handy strap to keep the mitt on your hand whilst you're cleaning them.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Zoella Beauty Gelato Bath Frosting + Body Mist

Zoella's back with her latest beauty launch - the Jelly and Gelato (elderflower and pomegrante scented) range honestly i'd never even heard of the word gelato until she released it, so it's safe to say I was intrigued. Rumours online said that the new range was on par with her original, which I absolutely bloomin loved so I was pretty hyped to hear that. Release day came so of course I hopped onto Feel Unique to see what goodies I could pick up for £20 (i'm budgeting for a wedding here people, don't judge!). As tempting the whole range was to pick up, I managed to slim my selection down to just two items - the bath frosting and the gelat'eau body mist.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Why hello there...again

I realise this will be the millionth and one time I have 'started afresh' on my blog. Sometimes you just need a break, and lately that has definitely been what i've needed. To cut a long story short i've had a difficult few months with family life, but hopefully (touch wood) we're slowly coming out of the woods with it all now and fresh starts can actually begin.

So what's new...
We've booked our wedding, two years today in fact. It's pretty much all sorted already, apart from the bridesmaids dresses, suits and wedding favours - no one can say i'm not organised! Its been amazing to be able to get my teeth into a project and focus on getting things ready, even if it is two years away. I guess now is the important time, making sure everything is saved up ready to be paid off - exciting but also very very scary.  Yes I have already purchased my wedding dress, and its absolutely stunning (but of course every bride would say that!). It's 100% me all over, and I couldn't be happier with it, I definitely got the feeling everyone talks about so literally just can't wait to wear it now.

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Curated Combination May Box!

Monthly subscription boxes for me lately have become just that little bit crap. They just seem to be either ridiculously overpriced or lacking in the number of full sized products. One box that I was actually willing to purchase recently was the brand new one from Curated Combination. This monthly bloggers box priced at just £12.50 including delivery is quite the gem. The first box contained some pretty awesome items including the Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner for damaged hair which are priced at £5.99 each, the Ark Skincare pre-cleanse and makeup remover which is priced at £30, Bramley Lavender, Geranium and Petitgrain hand cream which is priced at £12, Gosh Infinity Eyeliner in the shade Rock which is priced at £6.99, the Makeup Geek Plush Lip Matte in the shade Beauty Queen which is priced at £9.50, a cute pink tote bag (not included within the photos!) and some pretty tasty Portlebay Cinnamon Popcorn.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Feeling Fresh and Relaxed*

Life lately for me just seems to be one stressful event after another, so I've been treating myself to little pamper sessions to help me feel a little more fresher and relaxed. My pamper sessions tend to start with a cleanse of the face and plucking of the eyebrows followed by a face mask, before heading to the bathroom for a relaxing bath typically involving some bubbles, candles and some calming music. Feeling all calm and relaxed I then head off to bed to get those important hours of beauty sleep on my comfy orthopaedic mattress. The only thing my bed is actually missing is the ability to move it up and down like these adjustable beds for the elderly, this would be beyond comfortable! If you're like me and suffer from any pain when lying in bed the video below may be of some use, who knew sleeping cuddling a pillow could help with posture?!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Home Improvements and Possible Disasters*

Life is all about those home improvements for me lately, and I have definitely got the painting bug! Time off work means only one thing for me - painting, painting and more painting. I've recently finished off the skirting boards in the living which look spectacular in comparison to when we first moved in so it's safe to say i'm pretty pleased with myself. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

My Perfect Payday Experience!*

I don't know about you guys, but my absolute favourite thing to do on payday is head into my local city centre for date night with Andy and go on a shopping spree. I have to admit it hasn't happened for quite some time as having a house is a bit of a burden on the budget so whenever I do have some spare cash I head straight into Liverpool ONE

Monday, 8 May 2017

Infuse My. Colour Ruby Wash Review

I'm one of those people who is forever dying their hair different colours simply through boredom. One of my pet hates is seeing my hair fading, so when I came across the Infuse My. Colour Ruby Wash shampoo in Boots I had to try it.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sprucing up our house*

When you've got your own house sometimes the list of things to do feels like its just constantly expanding, well it does for us at least anyway! We're currently saving up to have the house completely rewired (yikes), but have decided to have the odd job done around the house to make us feel as though we're actually getting somewhere with it all. Latest on our list is getting the exterior of the house painted, at the moment its cream with a rather large patch of rust from a bracket the old owner had had put up, and to be frank its been annoying me since we moved in. With a little bit of pestering from my end, Andy has finally agreed to get it done (yay!). The only issue was I had absolutely no idea where to find a handyman to do the job.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

15 Things that make me happy

Blogging for me has definitely taken the back burner over the past couple of months due to the amount of work the house needs at the moment; which i'm quite sad about if i'm honest as I do love having a little area of the internet to post my thoughts and feelings on various bits and bobs! So I thought i'd pop back in to the blogging world to spread a little bit of positivity in what seems to be a bit of a negative time, with my '15 things that make me happy' post. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Penclic Mouse - R3 Wireless*

I was recently sent the Penclic R3 mouse to review by the wonderful people at Media PR. The Penclic is a mouse that is designed to provide you with a healthier working position and prevents any unnecessary rotation in the wrist and elbow which can lead to pesky repetitive strain injuries. Setup for the Penclic is relatively straight forward (coming from someone who isn't the most tech-savvy), it requires a rechargeable AAA battery (which is included within the pack), and a nano-USB receiver to be plugged and connected with the mouse in then you're good to go!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer*

I was recently kindly sent out the Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer for review which retails for £15, and can be found in Superdrug and Oliver Bonas stores. So if you've been reading my blog for a whilst you will know that I am pretty much on a mission to find the perfect concealer to cover up my xanthelasma (cholesterol deposits underneath my eyes), so a complexion enhancer or multipurpose undereye concealer (as stated on the Know Cosmetic website) sounds like the perfect product to test out.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

A Lush Bath Bomb Haul

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to some Lush products to make you feel all happy inside, so that's exactly what I did recently to brighten up my day. I bought six bath bombs but couldn't resist and used one of them prior to writing this post, oops!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Finishing Touches: The Living Room

Designing the interior of my home has been an amazing experience. I've always been interested in interior design from a young age so actually being able to put that into practice has definitely been an experience to remember. The process is still very much ongoing, but I can finally say that this part of the living room is finished. The fireplace is my favourite part of the room, the white marble effect just instantly stands out as you walk into the room so I wanted it to stand out even more so by colouring the feature wall behind it teal, and leaving all other walls in the room white.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How I care for my coloured hair

I have dyed my hair since I was about 13 years old, and didn't really think about the damage that plus heat from straighteners would cause back then, I mean who does at that age?! Back when I was 17 my hair was pillarbox red, I dyed it every weekend for a couple of months because I simply couldn't stand getting roots (which is inevitable really), my hair started to feel like cotton wool and was that soft that it just started falling out, leaving me with baldy patches all over my scalp. After that enough was enough, I started investing in some better hair products and decided to stop dying my hair as much.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Cohorted Beauty Box: January 2017

Another month, another Cohorted Beauty box! This months will sadly be my last for quite a while, simply because I just can't afford the £35 a month at the moment, but they will hopefully be back sometime later this year. The box was a special one this month with a value of over £100, featuring not one but two Clarins products and introducing some other pretty amazing products.