Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Latest in Beauty Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes Box

-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I haven't had any beauty boxes for around about a year as I've just been getting through the products I already own (either things I've bought or things through PR). So after a bit of a break from beauty boxes, I was so excited to receive Latest in Beauty's Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes Box*. Latest in Beauty are the place to go if you want to get yourself a bargain one-off beauty box or if you want to build your own beauty box each month. In today's post I'm talking about their Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes box which is worth £124 but you can get everything for £28... yep really. It's a complete steal! The box contains 15 must have Spring products and 10 of those products are full sized too!
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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Getting My Teeth Whiter and Healthier With WhiteWash Labs *


-*This post is in collaboration with WhiteWash Laboratories, all opinions are my own-
I'm very conscious about keeping my teeth clean and healthy like everyone should be, however because of my love for sweet, strong tea, they do tend to get quite stained quite easily. I also switched to a different whitening toothpaste last year which is all natural as some of my fave toothpastes were making my acid reflux worse (weird, I know) and I've noticed that although I feel the toothpaste I've been using does a good job, my teeth aren't looking their best in terms of how stained they have been looking lately. So I've teamed up with WhiteWash Laboratories to try out their Nano teeth whitening products and to see if I can get some good results from the award winning products.
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

4 Quick Fixes For Instant Confidence *

-This post is in collaboration-
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Testing Out Some CBD Products From The Drug.Store

-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I'm sure by now that you're aware of how I've basically become dependant on CBD oil as I find it's the best natural pain reliever for my chronic pelvic and back pain and after having a severe reaction to Mefenamic Acid and then finding out that I can no longer take Ibuprofen which is usually my go-to pain relief as it's in the NSAID family, I decided to try out CBD oil around November time last year after having the severe allergic reaction to Mefenamic Acid. This is because Paracetamol doesn't do much for the pain and Co-Codamol just makes my stomach feel weird so I was just stuck for pain relief and I was also super nervous about trying out any new prescribed medication my doctor may offer after having such a bad reaction (I legit thought I was having a stroke and/or dying as I couldn't breathe, I had chest pain and I was having tremors, it was so scary!). I then tried CBD and I've honestly not looked back since. It definitely helps my daily pain and makes my bad flare up days more bearable. I don't find that CBD helps as much with my back pain for weird reason, I don't know if it's because it's a nerve problem(?) and not just an achy back if that makes sense. There's an achy back and then there's a bad back and I deal with the latter on a daily basis. It's just pretty much become the norm for me now but it does limit my abilities but some days are better than others so I just kind of figure it out as I go along. CBD has definitely been an amazing discovery in terms of helping my pelvic pain which I suspect is endometriosis which is a chronic gynaecological disorder which unfortunately doesn't have a cure.
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Treating My Mum This Mother's Day With Cosmetify *

-This post is in collaboration with Cosmetify and I was gifted the items featured in this post to produce the content. All opinions are my own-
As I've mentioned in my previous blog posts about Mother's Day, I just love buying and treating others so when it comes to someone as special as my mum I obviously want to go the extra mile and choose something I know she will love! In today's post I've teamed up with Cosmetify to talk about what brands they sell on their website and which products from the Cosmetify hub I chose to treat my mum to as well as a few other picks which I think my mum and other mums would love to be treated to this upcoming Mother's Day!
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide #2

-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I love buying gifts for people in general whether it's for a certain occasion or just a pick me up kind of gift, I just love treating other people. So obviously when it's comes to buying a gift or gifts for someone as special as my mum then it makes it extra special. I know people buy for their grandmothers for Mother's Day too but unfortunately both of mine are no longer with us. I thought I'd do a gift idea blog post which could be for both your mum or your grandmother depending who you buy for. The price range of the gifts featured in this post is low to high so there's something for everyone's budget. Anyway I hope you enjoy reading this post and I hope it gives you some ideas if you are stuck! I also have another gift guide here for more ideas too.
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Let's Talk About Going On The Pill...


Warning: If you don't like reading or talking about "girl problems", pain, blood, periods, and anything along those lines then this post is not for you.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

The Stories of Some Striking Stones *

-*This post is in collaboration with Tateossian-

If any of us are lucky enough to be thinking of giving someone we love a carefully chosen piece of high-end jewellery, maybe some classy cufflinks or luxury bracelets, the choice we make needs to be meaningful. The recipient’s tastes and style choices are a big part of that, but there’s also the story of the stones to consider. Different gems have different meanings, symbolism, and historical connections. The more we know about these, the even more extra-special we can make our gifts. Here are five stories of some striking, but perhaps lesser known stones you might want to consider.
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Thursday, 14 March 2019

5 Cruelty-Free & Vegan Friendly Haircare Products I've Been Trying Out Recently

-This post contains PR Samples/Gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
 Although I have a fair amount of hair care products which have been my favourites for a while, I'm always up for trying out new products and different brands to see if they work for my hair type which is basically a bit of everything - it's quite thin although it doesn't look it really because I like my hair to be cut quite blunt to make it look thicker and it's also frizzy and dry but my roots get greasy quickly. So it's really hard to find products which work for everything. In today's post I'm writing about five products I've been trying recently and whether they worked for me.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

How To Acheive a Good Work Life Balance *

-*This post is in collaboration with CT Shirts-

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Trying Out Naturopathica Citrus Flavoured CBD Lozenges *

-*This post is in collaboration with Naturopathica, all opinions are my own-
I'm always talking about how CBD has really helped with my chronic pains, anxiety and sleeping problems and although I'm still in pain daily using CBD has definitely taken the edge off my daily pain and has literally stopped me being basically bed bound like I was for the majority of last year. Throughout last year I received minimal help and advice from the many doctors and other healthcare professionals I saw and although I'm 95% sure I have endometriosis and I think I've actually had it since I was a early teen. I've just been constantly fobbed off by everyone and passed around like a parcel and just been told it's "chronic pain" which basically means you've had pain in this particular area for over a certain amount of months so yep, it's chronic. I just feel extremely let down by the people who are supposed to help. So I've taken matters into my own hands for now and I'm just going along with it as best as I can and I'm taking CBD oil daily and I've also started on the pill to see if it'll relieve my pelvic pain and I tend to use a hot water bottle daily and my TENS machine most days too. 
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Friday, 8 March 2019

3 New Skincare Products I've Fallen In Love With

-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-

I think we all know by now how much I love skincare and trying out different skincare products and brands. So I thought I would talk about three products which have basically blown my mind over the past month or so including one which has knocked one of my all-time favourite products off the top spot too. 
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Trying Ambience CBD Muscle Balm and Body Oil For My Chronic Pains

-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
If you've been following me on social media or reading my blog since last year then I'm sure you'll know that I've been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and chronic back pain which I suspect is endometriosis even though no doctor or gynaecologist seems to want to listen to my obvious symptoms of the horrible disease. So for now I'm just trying to get by day-to-day using CBD oil, having a hot water bottle constantly on my back or lower stomach area and I've also started on the pill to see if it'll suppress the symptoms a little. Because CBD oil itself doesn't seem to help with my back pain much but helps with my pelvic pain pretty well most days I thought maybe applying something topically around the main area of pain would help and/or boost the pain relieving effects more so when I got the opportunity to try some products from Ambience CBD I obviously said yes. So here's how I've gotten on with the two products I've been trying out.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide - My Twelve Top Picks *

-This post is in collaboration with Card Factory, all opinions are my own-
Mother's Day is just around the corner and I personally always like to make sure I'm not rushing out last minute or paying for next day delivery a day or two before the actual day. So in this post I'm sharing some lovely things which I've come across whilst I've been on the hunt for a few things for my own mum for Mother's Day which you might be interested in purchasing for your own mother or grandmother.
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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Two Unisex Fragrances I Love

-This post contains PR samples/Gifted items, no paid content. all opinions are my own-
I do love a good fragrance and I definitely have more fragrances in my possession than I really but I do often go through them all and pass on or sell bottles which I'm not really reaching for much. In today's post I thought I'd talk about two unisex scented fragrances which I really like. One has been a favourite for almost a year and the other one is pretty new to me. 
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Friday, 1 March 2019

The Evolution of Romance *

-This post is in collaboration with Angelic Diamonds-

How have romantic traditions changed?

With the popularity of dating apps, social media and a range of popular dating terms (ghosting, anyone?) you could be forgiven for thinking that romance is dead – but is it really? A recent survey spanning different generations by dating site eHarmony found that millennials actually place a high value on romance and are the most romantic of all the generations. It could be possible that younger people express love and romance differently when compared to previous generations. Here, Angelic Diamonds who specialise in marquise diamond rings, investigate how romantic traditions have changed over the years.
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Looking For A Lovely Gift For Mother's Day? | Rosina's Lotions & Potions

-This post contains PR samples/Gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
Rosina's Lotions & Potions are a vintage inspired brand who use unique recipes to create natural luxury skincare, perfume and also bath bombs and candles. Perfect if you want to treat yourself to something more luxurious or if you are looking for gift ideas for a special occasion such as a birthday, mother's day or just as a treat. They sell all of their products separately and also sell gorgeous gift box sets too. I've been trialling some of the lovely products they have to offer over the past couple of weeks so in this post I'm talking about how I've gotten on with each product and whether I'd recommend.
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Monday, 25 February 2019

My Go-To Minimal Makeup Picks

-This post contains PR Samples/Gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I am more of a minimal makeup kind of girl myself so I thought I'd talk about my current go-to products when I'm having a super minimal makeup and also talk about which products I'm planning on using in the Spring months too as I've picked up some new products recently and I also am planning on going back to some old fave products too.
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Friday, 22 February 2019

Trying NEEK Vegan-Friendly Skincare

-This post contains PR samples/Gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I've recently been trying out Aussie brand NEEK Skin Organics skincare products who are vegan friendly and contain no nasties in any of their products. I have seen their lipsticks floating about on my insta feed a lot lately which btw look gorgeous and I'm definitely going to have to try out soon. But I didn't realise that they offer skincare products too so when I got an email about their skincare products I was quite surprised. They currently have just two products available in their skincare range which are the Cleanser and the Moisturiser which both come in minimal but cute packaging both declaring that the products are "tested on sisters not animals".
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

4 Ways To Take Control Of Your Health *

-*This post is in collaboration, all opinions are my own-
In today's post, I'm going to talk about four ways you can take control of your health. With it being International Women's Day on the 9th of March and Mother’s Day on the 31st, I feel like March is very much a "woman focused" month. The steps below include things that every woman could benefit from, and there’s no time like the present to improve your health and wellbeing.
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

What I've Been Reading, Watching and Listening To Lately


I haven't done one of these posts since around December last year so I thought it was about time I updated you on what I've been reading, watching and listening to lately. There's been good things and some things which I feel like could've been a lot better as well but in this post I'm just going to talk about the things I've enjoyed rather than the things which I feel could've been a lot better.

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Five Things to Consider When Taking Young Children on Holiday *

-*This post is in collaboration with Simply Sea Views-
Everybody loves a good family holiday, but for people with young children, the expense and hassle can be enough to avoid it until they’re a lot older. The good news is that if you plan in advance, it’s now easier than ever to take a long or short break, with more and more accommodation options catering to families with small children. But, if you’re thinking about taking a baby or toddler along on a well-deserved break, it certainly pays to do your homework first. Here are five key factors to keep in mind before going on holiday with youngsters. 
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Friday, 15 February 2019

A Sheet Mask Subscription Box?! Mask Time - Glow Starter Box Review

-This post contains a gifted/PR sample but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I used to be such a big fan of sheet masks but last year I was using more clay masks instead of sheet masks just because my skin was acting up a lot which I think was just down to being unwell and the stress of it all and I found that clay masks helped my skin out more than a sheet mask did. However I've recently fallen back in love with my sheet masks because I find they are a good quick fix when my skin needs some extra care. I recently was sent a Glow Starter Box from Mask Time who sell KBeauty Sheet Masks from various different brands and they offer subscription boxes and also gift boxes full of sheet masks. I received their December Glow Starter Box RRP £12.95 (including free UK Mainland postage if subscribed).

In my Glow Starter Box I received 4 different sheet masks from different brands and I actually have never heard of any of the brands before which I personally like because I love trying out new and different brands and I've found some great brands that way in the past. 
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Friday, 8 February 2019

Trying Salve Herbal 5% CBD Oil For My Chronic Pain & Anxiety

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-This post contains a gifted/PR sample, but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I'm sure by now if you read my blog often or follow me on social media then you'll know that I have chronic pelvic pain and back pain and I am in pain every day with it. I've recently discovered CBD oil which is the first thing which has actually helped the pain which I have not been allergic to. The only problem is that it's quite pricey and I get through 2-3 bottles per month as I take it daily because my pain is that severe most days. So when I got the opportunity to try Salve Herbal CBD Hemp Oil Drops* which are priced at £19.99 I was very intrigued to see if their drops work for me as their prices are the cheapest I've come across so far.
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Valentine's Day Gifting With Baylis & Harding

-This post contains gifted items, no paid content. All opinions are my own-

I've talked about Baylis & Harding many times on my blog because I just think they a great all rounder brand for both gifting and also single products like their body washes, hand washes and more too. I always use their hand washes without fail (my current favourite is the Beautiology Frosted Sprinkles one because it smells yum) and they are kind of my go-to brand when I want to pick up an affordable but nice bath and bodycare gift for someone - whatever the occasion. They've just released a new and limited edition range called "Pink Fizz and Elderflower" just for Valentine's Day and in today's post I thought I would talk about the gifts I was sent and what's included and also talk about the products I've tried so far. 
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

How To Save Money On Your Central Heating This Winter *

-*this post is in collaboration with Eyre and Elliston-
Summer 2018 was a scorcher, but unfortunately we’re now suffering through the other end of the spectrum with some freezing temperatures, snow and ice. It’s an expensive time of year for bill payers so it’s worth considering how you can be more energy efficient and save some pennies. Here are some things to think about with regards to your central heating:
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Monday, 4 February 2019

5 Things To Do in Manchester *

-*This post is in collaboration with Excess Baggage Company, all opinions are my own-
In today's post I'm talking about some things to do in Manchester, whether if you're planning a day visit or having a mini city break there's definitely plenty of things for you to do. I'm a bit of a shopaholic so Manchester is probably the closest city to me which has everything I want or need either smack in the middle of the city or just on the outskirts so if I want to go on a big shopping trip, Manchester is where I'll tend to go.
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Sunday, 3 February 2019

3 Products From Daytox Skincare

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-This post contains PR/gifted items but contains no paid content. All opinions are my own-

I love trying out brands that I've never tried before so in today's post I'm talking about three products which I've been trying out from Daytox Skincare which is available from Waitrose and also Amazon. They focus on one of the most important organs in the detoxification process: the skin. They are on the pricier side of skincare in my eyes but if you're into skincare and like to invest a bit more money into your skincare regime then you'll hopefully enjoy reading about these products and also reading about my thoughts overall about the brand and products I've tried.
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

A Smart Casual Workwear Wishlist *

-*This is a collaborative post with Bonmarchè, all opinions are my own-
I love doing fashion wishlists on my blog because there's always something I'm interested in buying and I'm always adding items into my favourites or wishlists on various different websites but I thought I'd change it up a little in this post and do a "Smart Casual Workwear Wishlist" instead of my usual fashion wishlists. I feel like a lot of people have different views on what is classed as Smart Casual but this is my take on what I feel is appropriate and within that particular bracket and also share what I would feel comfortable wearing day to day in a workplace environment. 
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Monday, 28 January 2019

How I Had My Bank & Identity Details Stolen Twice... And Steps I Now Take To Stop It From Happening Again *

-*this post is in collaboration with Seareach, all opinions are my own-
I'm talking about something a little different today which is fraud. The reason why I'm talking about it is because I have unfortunately fallen victim to having my identity and bank details stolen twice over the past few years. Both of the times it happened were through different ways that fraudsters use. So in this post I'm going to be talking about how it happened, what happened next and steps I'm now taking which will *hopefully* stop it from happening again. I've also teamed up with Seareach who are a UK security printing company to bring you this post today.

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Friday, 25 January 2019

Six Products I've Been Trying Out Recently

-This post contains some gifted/PR items, not paid content. All opinions are my own-
I really like doing kind of "products on trial" type of posts because it gives you a mini review and update on products I've recently picked up or have been sent. I haven't done a products on trial kind of post for a while either so I thought it was about time I changed that. So here are some products I've been trying out recently and my thoughts so far.
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Bad Driving Habits Which Drive Me Crazy *


*this post is in collaboration with Lease Car, all opinions are my  own
Whether if you drive yourself or not I'm sure everyone has seen their fair share of bad driving habits over the years, I definitely have! So in this post I'm talking about the ones which tick me off the most and why... As well as talking about the ones in the interesting and also kind of shocking infographic featuring in this post too which Lease Car have put together.
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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

NYK1 Secrets Lash Force Lash and Brow Growth Serum Review


I have already talked about trying out and using lash growth serums recently on my blog but I thought I would do a review on how I've got on with using the NYK1 Secrets Lash Force Lash and Brow Growth Serum* along with how my lashes are looking after consistently using the product over a month. 
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Sunday, 20 January 2019

A Natural Way To Ease Period Cramps?! BeYou Patches... Do They Work?

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I know what you're thinking... A patch which basically looks like a long plaster which contains some natural oils can calm or stop your period cramps or even endometriosis/PCOS flare up pain? Yeah right! I know, I thought the same when I first heard about them. So I thought I'd talk about my experience whilst trying out the patches and whether or not I recommend them because let's face it, periods suck and if there's a natural way to calm or stop cramps then I'll take it!


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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Trying Out Gluten Free, Gourmet Popcorn from Popcorn Shed!



You may have seen on my insta stories that I was sent a ton of popcorn from Popcorn Shed about a month or so ago and it's taken this long to get around trying them all out. I'm pretty sure they sent me every flavour they have available. So I thought I would tell you more about the brand and also which of the popcorn flavours I liked the most! 
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

My Thoughts On Completing My First Tax Return Since Becoming Self Employed


Oh boy, this is a post I've been meaning to write for a while but well, I'm not going to lie I've been putting off completing my self assessment form all year. I absolutely hate filling in any type of form with a passion. I always feel like I'm going to mess it up. Also knowing you've got to fill in a form for HMRC aka "the tax man" is actually scary, will I end up doing it wrong and end up with a fine? Every time I took a glance at the self assessment form and what it looks like I'd shut down and put it off for even longer and I know I'm probably not alone in that either. But then a few weeks ago I just sat down one afternoon and did it. I don't know where the motivation and confidence came from but I did it and guess what? Altogether it only took about an hour. So I'm going to talk about my overall thoughts and also some extra information if you've just become self employed or being thinking of becoming self employed via your blog soon.


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Monday, 14 January 2019

New Year, New Wardrobe Wishlist



I've decided that this year I'm going to try and get out of my comfort zone with what I wear on a daily basis. I'm very much a fan of a slogan or stripe tee or cosy jumper and leggings/jeggings and either boots or trainers. I just like being comfortable and cosy which isn't a bad thing but when I look in my wardrobe and I just feel like I have a lot of the same things in different colours and patterns. I rarely wear dresses or skirts, although I have been wearing dresses a little bit more over the past few months but that's because I find them comfortable when I'm bloated thanks to my health problems. I recently did a blog post titled "New Year, New Wardrobe" and it was all about why I want to be more confident with what I'm wearing and not to shy away from certain styles because I'm plus size and also to start shopping at different places to where I normally shop. So I thought in this post I'd bring to you a Wishlist which features both things I would buy which are in my comfort zone and also some things which aren't in my comfort zone at all.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019

My Go-To Everyday Skincare Picks

 

Because I'm always talking about skincare and the fact that I own enough skincare products that I could actually open up a shop (even after a brutal destash) I thought I would share with you my kind of go-to skincare products on an everyday basis when my skin isn't acting up too much and then I'm going to do a blog post soon which  is all about what products I use for when my skin is being problematic and breaking out and really oily which tends to be worse when it's around that time of the month usually.
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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Incorporating My Personality & Style Into My Home *

*This post is in collaboration with Julian Charles
Even though I still live at home I like to add a touch of my personality and my current favourite interior looks into pretty much every room in the house. My mum and dad are pretty chilled so they don't mind if I buy a lamp, plant or candle and whatever else to pop into the living room, kitchen or bathroom. Obviously with my room being my own personal space it shows my taste in home and interiors more so than anywhere else in the house. In this post which is in collaboration with Julian Charles who sell luxury soft furnishings and home decor I will be talking about who inspires my taste in home and interiors and also why I love how my bedroom is currently styled. It may not be huge and nowhere near perfect but it's good enough for me and it's just my cosy little safe place and I love it.
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Monday, 7 January 2019

My Best of 2018



I thought I'd do a "Best of 2018" post as I didn't do one last year for 2017 and I feel like I do have a fair amount of things I want to talk about which been great over the past year. I'm talking about Skincare, Makeup, Hair Care, TV shows, Movies and Music in this post. So yeah, there's a lot to get through so I'm just going to get on with it because it's going to be a very long post!
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Friday, 4 January 2019

Trying Out The 30-Day Chewable Vitamins and Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum From Hairburst!


I was planning to write and upload this post before Christmas but everything got a bit much and I ended up leaving a few blog posts I'd planned to have up before Christmas and wait until after Christmas when everything had calmed down a little. So here is my review of the Hairburst Chewable Vitamins - 1 Month Supply £19.99* and Hairburst Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum RRP £32.99*. I think I started to use both around October/November time (it's definitely been over a month, I know that!) and I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on whether I think they worked and if I'd recommend their products. 

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