Lifestyle | 'Blogger Recognition Award 2017' Acceptance

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lifestyle | 'Blogger Recognition Award 2017' Acceptance
I love the idea of this and I am pleased I got nominated! Lately there seems to have been a lot of competition with bloggers especially on social media but this is the perfect way to lift each other up and and show our appreciation of the blogs we love!

The Rules
The Bloggers Recognition Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers.  It’s a wonderful way to show that there are other bloggers who enjoy and appreciate your hard work!  If you have been nominated and choose to accept the award you must follow these rules.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    • Write a post to show the award.
    • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
    • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers
    • Nominate 15 other bloggers you want to pass this award to.
    • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

      Thank You!
      First of all I'd like to thank Jaimi - Pocket Full Of Daisies for nominating me in the first place so I get the chance to nominate others and can hopefully find more blogs to read along the way. 

      How My Blog Started
      I actually started my first blog back in 2012 - I think but then I just lost all motivation and deleted it because I thought it was rubbish to be honest. After I met my boyfriend he kind of egged me on to start it again after telling him how much I loved it and the rest is history I guess. 

      2 Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers
      Be consistent - It does help honestly I was soooo inconsistent in my first year and just blogged as an when I felt like it but after I adapted a little routine I really noticed a difference in views and engagement. I love reading comments on my blog and at one point I thought I'd never get any!

      Engage! - Engagement is huge too in my opinion, try and reply to comments as often as you can and don't forget to like and comment posts or pictures if you like them its so easy to forget sometimes and also there are so many blogger chats on twitter that really help others find your blog and for you to find more my faves are #thegirlgang #GRLPOWR 

      My Nominees! 
      Alice 'According to Alice' Alice posts about beauty fashion & lifestyle she pretty much covers everything and has some really cool halloween looks right now!

      Kirstie 'Aloha Kirstie' - Disney lover All round positive person! 

      Tarnya 'Sweet Allure' - Lifestyle blogger who is also amazing when it comes to art! She sells her beautiful water colour prints on her Etsy store - Go check it out!

      Debra-Bow 'Debra-Bow'  - Stunning Beauty and Lifestyle blogger

      Lauren 'Loulabellerose' - Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle 

      Hayley - 'Year of You' Travel & Lifestyle blog, Motivating, Encouraging and the perfect blog when you need a boost!

      Erin - 'Erin Writes' Beautiful writer with amazing poems!

      Dollie - 'Dollies Daydream' Dollie suffers from a number of illnesses and is a great inspiration to others who also suffer with the same, she writes about her experiences, appointments and products she's loving too!

      Mel - 'Little Miss Mel' Everything from Hauls, Lifestyle posts to make up and beauty!

      Claire - 'That Mumma Rocks' Beauty, lifestyle and gaming! 

      Beth - 'Beth Louise' Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

      Sharna - 'The Perks of Being Sharna' a very balanced beauty & lifestyle blogger documenting her daily life and important topics like mental health, relationships etc whilst also blogging about the things she loves 

      Abi - 'Abi Street' Beauty, Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle 

      Leah - 'Devoted to Pink' Beauty, fashion Lifestyle & Travel

      Katie - 'Beautiful Messed up Minds' Beauty, Lifestyle & Mental Health 

      Congrats! I can't wait to read your posts too! 
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Lifestyle | My favourite accessories to keep me organised!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Lifestyle | My favourite accessories to keep me organised!
Since I was a little girl I have always been obsessed with pretty stationery. Pretty paperclips, pens, pencils, erasers, clipboards you name it I had to have it. I would have notebooks stacked pile high with barely a sentence inside nonetheless I still needed that new fresh notebook! 
The begining of the school year used to be an absolute dream for me, walking around the shops usually Woolworths & WHSmith's choosing the prettiest, coolest pencil case I could find and filling it with all the smelly gel pens and cute pencils and erasers.
This obsession with stationery definitely didn't go anywhere but I am more efficient with how I use things and I still sometimes cave in and buy that extra notebook I don't desperately need but I actually use them up now instead of them just gathering dust.
I completely lose my head when I don't have a plan. I'm fine when it comes to last minute trips or days out but when it comes to jobs, blog posts, chores, events etc I have to have lists upon lists, I mean, I don't have to but I like to. I feel like seeing things on my to do list slowly being ticked off is quite therapeutic and I forget quite a lot but thankfully my lists and notebooks have my back.
I wanted to share with you the planners I use consistently and often.
These are my go to notebooks, Yes I have 3...ish and yes they are all beautiful and gold - but very useful.
The Little Bullet Book has quickly become my new best friend I got this from WHSmith obviously the book is bloody gorgeous I love the font and style of it and honestly it organises everything, things I never even thought about organising before, my wardrobe, my bank balance, my exercise and wellbeing it literally has a section for everything I am always jotting bits down and keeping track of everything in here and It has no months of the year in this book so you don't have to wait till January to use it you write in the month at the top so you can begin your organising as soon as you buy it. .I can fit it in all of my handbags and it's not too bulky or heavy. 
This second book you can see is a super similar style to the first I was originally looking for a diary for appointments and events but I could only find 2017 planners which I would only be using for the next two months and 2018 which I can't use yet I then got on to the idea of buying a little planner with the little ring binder clasps so I can buy separate inserts for the planner, customise it completely to my taste and then I won't need to wait till 2018 to use it. I keep track of all my appointments and blogging stuff in here and this isn't a book I use on the go its more for when I'm home working, although I do take it around with me depending on what I'm doing. The quality is amazing its so padded and really sturdy I got it from hobbycraft which I've never looked for planners before in there but I loved it straight away I can't wait to buy some more cute little inserts from Etsy.

I got tis one from click the link to check out their cute website. Perfect for people who want a quick list with no faffing around. This I mainly use for house chores or little bits I have to get done ASAP I leave it under my coffee table and I just grab it fill it out in the morning and get to it as a little mini reminder of what to do in the day/morning its one of those tearaway ones so once your done you just rip it off and recycle it - super simple✨

If your looking to be slightly more organised hopefully these will be helpful, all different budgets and all different ways to stay organised. 
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Beauty | Too Faced Cocoa Contour & Highlighting Kit

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Beauty | Too Faced Cocoa Contour & Highlighting Kit
 I am such a huge fan of Too Faced they have easily become a favourite of mine in the last year or so. 
Their packaging is just so gorgeous and pretty and the products themselves are just as amazing!
I decided I wanted a decent quality contour kit I had a couple of high street ones and they were okay but seemed to cake or not last very long which made my 'on the go' makeup bag get pretty bulky.
I used a high street contour palette that was £19 pound and I only used 1-2 colours out of the 8 colours it had in the palette and it didn't have a mirror either which was kind of annoying.
so I was willing to pay a bit more for a palette that is smaller, that has a mirror and that I can use the whole palette - so no waste!

I do love a little contour but I don't want something that is super pigmented but I also don't want to have to use half the product for it to show up, this product is kind of in between, This is a light to medium shade, it is easily buildable and so easy to blend I literally use one swipe and its enough.
The highlighter is beautiful it's hard to explain, at first I thought it was going to look like a glitter ball, it looks like it has larger glitter particles compared to other highlighters that I've used but it seems to leave less of a 'trail' so you don't get that iridescent line across your cheeks or nose most of us try to avoid.

I attempted to swatch this palette so you had a better idea of what it looks like, I definitely need to invest in a lens the highlight is so so subtle but looks beautiful on the cheeks and the medium cocoa is the perfect shadow shade with its ashier tone and the water tone in the dark cocoa you can use for a more bronzed or sun kissed look. The powders themselves are honestly so so soft when I was watching them I used my finger and they feel like velvet which probably helps them to blend so well, they're not drying whatsoever

I love using this palette and I am so happy I finally have one that ticks all the boxes! Don't forget you can follow any of my social media platforms by clicking on the social media icons on the left side of the page :)

Lifestyle | September Favourites

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lifestyle | September Favourites
I hope your proud of me! I'm in the 9th month of my monthly favourites! I've managed to keep it going from the beginning of the year right up until now and hopefully will carry this on - I'm quite impressed with that to be honest, Its been a struggle in the summer months when I'm a constant hot mess but this is the time of year to start snuggling up and introduce new fashion pieces and skincare!
I love September I always have since school, when it was the start of a new school year. It always seems like you notice the change in season the most, the beginning of september is quite mild and still pretty warm then it just transitions into a gorgeous autumn setting which I by the way am all for.
My inspiration rockets in september, I try it out more things for some reason and I just get obsessed with everything autumn related. I even prefer taking my dog out for walks in the rain rather than on a hot day. I honestly love the cold weather! I think 
The first thing I have to mention in this jumper from M&S The second it hits September I can't wait for the 'sweater weather' Honestly this is the comfiest, cosiest jumper I have ever ever worn! It feels like a cloud. It is is such amazing quality I think it was around £35 you can find it here and I have lived in it since I got it. Its a gorgeous soft thick cable knit jumper and I love the turtle neck detail the way it goes up, it doesn't fold over like most turtle necks its really light around the neck which I like, its so much more comfortable to wear. I am so obsessed with this knit its amazing! 
The next thing that has been a beauty saviour is this Aveeno cream, I've seen it on TV hundreds of time and just never really thought any more of it until the past week I was super ill and my face was horrendous it was so dry and flakey and sore! I had excema as a kid and I think where I had been under so much stress and the change in season it just took a real toll on my skin to the point where I had used over half the pot of my Lush skin drink moisturiser and still it did nothing but the Aveeno after the first use it eased it so much, I wished I'd found it sooner I use this on my face and body now and I feel like my the texture of my skin is completely new! I want to get the bath soak now I did write a more in depth post here.
This bag is just gorgeous and it looks super trendy with the shape and size and the colour is perfect for the season, I like this for when I'm not carrying too much so for brunch, shopping or date night, Its from River Island and was about £28 - So cute!
I thought I'd put a film in my monthly favourites too. I love watching films, I always have and I love going to the cinema. I was a bit scared though not gonna lie but it was amazing! It is soooooo much better than the original, it doesn't have that weird robot spider at the end thank god. I honestly think you should go see it! I won't say too much even though its a pretty well known book and film already but it is amazing. I hate clowns and it is a bloody terrifying clown (unlike the original film)
We also got these freaky posters for free as we came out of the screening, Its gone straight in our game room!
Okay I have never put a book in my favourites, in all honesty I very rarely pick up a book. When I was young I loved reading, my nan read to me a lot and always bought me books that I would finish in no time, now I guess I use my time to read on blogs which I really enjoy. 
This book I had no intention of picking up. I was waiting to go into a meeting and had some time to kill and I thought I'd check out some mindfulness books in WHsmiths, this one just happened to be hanging out of the shelf most so I picked it up and inside was a note which my nan used to use herself, I found it so bizarre I even tweeted Estee to see if this was in all the books, It wasn't. Anyway, I attended my meeting and the quote just seemed so fitted I went back for the book had a little browse and the paragraph I'd read just felt like I was reading my own thoughts it was beyond weird but I had to get it and I haven't put it down. I follow Estee Lalonde on social media but I genuinely didn't buy it because of who it was by, I haven't followed her social media for long but now I am a fan of her youtube now. I just thought it was going to be a typical blogger book but I relate to it so so much all different parts of the book and I keep re reading certain paragraphs and I just totally adore it and I think I found my love for reading proper books again. I would recommend you to give it ago if you haven't already I am so glad and grateful I've found this!

That's this months favourites, I think the Bloom book by Estee Lalonde was the highlight of new purchases this month definitely!
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Beauty | My Stripped Back Skincare for VERY Dry Skin

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Beauty | My Stripped Back Skincare for <u>VERY</u> Dry Skin
I've been doing a lot of research into skincare lately and after being ill and super anxious my skin took the brunt of it. My skin was sore, dry and soooo flaky and made me feel like absolute crap. I literally went through a tub of Lush's skin drink which I love and although it eased it a bit but didn't soothe my skin.

I then decided I'm going to strip back my skincare, double cleanse and moisturise and thats it no toners, no extra creams just two simple steps. I was on the hunt for some super gentle moisturiser and came across the Aveeno skincare brand, After the first use honestly it stopped my skin from itching so much and it eased it almost instantly, I put it on before I went to bed and by morning it had already felt better, I continued to use it and since then have bought the giant bottle too! I use it on my face and body and the texture of my skin feels so so nice now, a definite staple for my skincare routine now!
Before I moisturise I obviously cleanse, the one cleanser that really moisturises my skin and is the best first step is this Lush Ultrabland cleanser, I have rambled on about this for so long! It honestly is amazing its almost like a butter texture and you simply rub into dry skin and take it off with a hot cloth or mitt and it leaves your skin ridiculously smooth and then I follow it with the Aveeno moisturiser and my skin just feels amazing!

These two products are for the same reason one of the areas that were super dry was the under eye area, I first spent £20 on The Body Shop 'Oils of Life' Eye Gel and it is amazing and super hydrating but it didn't soothe the itchiness for very long ( I ended up putting a tiny bit of Aveeno under my eyes which actually helped) then I came across Simple Hydrating Booster Eye Cream, I tried the tester on my hand in super drug and it felt amazing super dewy and super soft and delicate and I have been using this every morning and the body shop one at night.

My lip balm collection is a little out of hand. I have always had dry skin and I can't function if I realise I don't have a lip balm on me - seriously not an exaggeration. Well, the other day I didn't have any on me and I love my Burt's Bees but I wanted it in a tin form but they didn't have any in my local superdrug So I reluctantly purchased a Nivea lip balm I'm super fussy with lip balm and this one is actually my new favourite the texture is nice and creamy and it lasts a good while too, I have carried it everywhere with me and although I usually steer clear from 'fruity' lip balm this blueberry one I genuinely love.

I was honestly at my wits end the past two weeks with my skin and its never been so dry and sore like that before but it's definitely on its way now and it is all down to these products, I've actually really enjoyed this more relaxed skincare routine that still feels like a pamper. Do you suffer from dry skin? Have you tried any of these products? 
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Lifestyle | Blogger Festival Event 2017

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Lifestyle | Blogger Festival Event 2017
I finally got to attend one of Scarlett Dixon's blogging events. the bloggers festival. 
Scarlett's blog is amazing and she is super inspiring, you can find her blog [here] and stay up to date with upcoming events and her youtube videos!
This event has been running for four years now and I am so glad I got to attend this years bloggers festival, It felt a little daunting at first it always is at event I think if you go alone it feels a little bit like your first day at school all over again, I got chatting to one particular girl Ayesha who was the best type of person you would want to bump into when your feeling super nervous, We wandered the venue which I have to say was incredibly beautiful! The event was held at Conrad London St James. Its a 5 star hotel and it was just stunning, it had a gorgeous winding staircase that led you downstairs where we were greeted with champagne and a huge balloon wall. 
There were tables full of gorgeous flatlays where we were lucky enough to get cute customised flatlay props - which I will be using all the time now! 

They had a number of stools with all types of products from skincare to homeware and I was in my ultimate element, there were brands I was already familiar with like 7th heaven which were super generous with their goodie bag as you can see, they were promoting their new charcoal range which I have already used and I love the satisfaction of peeling it off and revealing super smooth skin.
There were two new brands in particular that stood out for me so I thought I'd give them a mention also.
The first one is Chelsea Candle, They are a small batch candle company based in kent, founded by Chelsey. The candles are high quality soy wax and fine fragrance oils, they are honestly beautiful scents and super strong without being overpowering, my favourite scent had to be 'Autumn Leaves' candle, I know every blogger will want this candle on their desk I am 100% going to buy it in a large candle. The candle I got is cranberry marmalade which smells like beautiful, it smells a little bit like christmas!

The other brand that I just thought was really cool and looked beautiful and related to my fellow bloggers and readers was 'Stackers'
Stackers looks very luxe and the products are made incredibly well and feel super expensive but are actually quite affordable. They are basically storage boxes/jewellery boxes that can stack on top of each other and everything fits perfectly inside looking pretty. This is perfect for honestly everyone they offer all sorts of trays to fit inside the boxes wether thats with ring holders, grids, or plain or open, perfect for bloggers who want to put all their flatlay props in one pretty box or for accessory lovers who want to keep all their accessories in stunning stackable boxes. I think the idea is genius and its a family run business which I love, I don't explain it very well but go and check the website [here] and have a nose or watch the video its an amazing product and will definitely look cute in my flatlay photos! The one above is the one I kindly got in my goodie bag and it is sat proudly on my dressing table, If your ever stuck for presents to get a loved one this would be perfect for most - they do mens too! I am thinking of doing a separate post on these/video what do you think? 
You can also get 15% off if you use the code: BloggersFest10

I am looking forward to more events in the future and a huge well done to Scarlett for hosting an amazing event and thank you for the amazing goodie bag!
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Lifestyle | Autumn Essentials

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Lifestyle | Autumn Essentials
If you've visited this blog before you will already know my love for autumn I'm sure but if you are new to this blog then I will just inform you that I am fully obsessed with Autumn@
I don't even know where it came from in all honesty, I've always loved rain probably through to being influenced by my older sister who would get us playing in the garden in our pyjamas when it was pouring with rain then we would get a telling off for sneaking outside in our PJ's and no coats!

There are a number of things that spring to mind when I think of Autumn, which I've managed to round up in this post. I love the cosiness that comes along with Autumn, I love that you can really indulge in a lot more things like luxurious beauty products or really indulgent winter treats. The nights are become colder and darker which means we can snuggle under some blankets with some hot chocolate and watch some TV and get ready to watch the new series of stranger things (cannot wait!) it also means we have pumpkin spiced everything! (and gingerbread!) and I am dying to try Starbuck's caramelised pecan latte! Yes!

This time of the year I really start to knuckle down on my skincare - especially my hands! For overall face moisturiser I use Lush Cosmetics Skin Drink and it is my all time favourite! My hands get crazy dry. I have hand cream in my handbag, on my bedside anywhere I can grab it easily, the one I'm currently using and I am completely besotted with is the Bath & Bodyworks in the scent 'Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte' it has a gorgeous luxurious velvety texture, I hate greasy hand creams where you end u having to wait 10 minutes for it to finally sink in this one is not like that at all, it dries almost instant and leaves your hands feeling like silk and it honestly smells incredible, perfect for a sweet autumn scent🍂

A beauty trend that never fails me in the Autumn will always be the deep dark vampy lips! They are so flattering and give a super sexy look! Whatever your price range you can always find an autumn lip colour for you but if you want to indulge and treat yourself to a lipstick it should definitely be a deep red or berry lip! The Burts Bees matte lip crayon in 'Nape Vineyard' is just stunning its super dark and seductive and it is like a blood red but with berry tones I can't quite decide if its more red or berry, the application is amazing and it lasts a decent amount of time too! My other deep red faves are MAC's 'Russian Red' and 'Ruby Woo'. Russian Red is a super deep dark vampy red and Ruby Woo is more of a dark cherry red I guess. The lipliner I use for all of my dark reds is MAC's Cherry Lipliner just to keep things looking a lot sharper round the edges.
When it comes to deep berry lipsticks I love the Burberry Kisses Lipstick in the shade 'Bright Plum. My favourite though has to be Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks in 'Melted Fig' which is beautiful and lasts all day! I also love the shade 'Melted Berry' I think this is actually my all time favourite lipstick, it is such a beautiful colour and the colour pay off in these lipsticks are actually insane. They last all day without going cakey or drying my lips they are definitely my favourite brand of lipsticks and have been for a while now they seem to tick every box for me especially in the colder months when I want my makeup to stay put.
When it comes to eyes I stick to the darker and gold shades from my beloved Too faced 'Natural Love' Eyeshadow Palette, I bloody love it!
You just cannot beat curling up on the sofa with some blankets good TV and some snacks and drink! I absoloutly love the M&S american style cookies, My favourite ones are the maple syrup and pecan cookies and the salted caramel ones are insanely good!
Drinkwise, when it comes to hot drinks anyway. I love Twinings Gingerbread green tea with some honey or the salted caramel Green Tea, they both taste amazing! The other hot drink I always have is definitely Hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows and caramel syrup its my absolute favourite combo! You cannot beat a toasted marshmallow hot chocolate by Costa though! I really want to try some of the Bluebird Tea Company teas, the Snowball one sounds amazing!
Also, my favourite alcoholic drink has to bee Brothers Toffee Apple Cider oh my its the tastiest alcoholic drink in the world, I remember having it when I was first with my other half when we visited Winter Wonderland - awwww!

The last autumn essential! Good company, good films and cosy nights in! I find that you can't have a cosy autumn night without candles and fairy lights, they make everything feel warm and so much cosier. I love blogging whilst having a nice caramel or gingerbread candle flickering away next to me, when its dark and gloomy outside theres nothing more relaxing. I mean, its optional really but I love having family or friends over for a good game night. Playing heads up or 5 second rule and snacking on all the comfort food and drinking all the toffee apple cider! Then chilling down with some blankets watching scary films! Perfect! Autumn definitely brings us more nights in which I'm actually so happy about!

My Autumn essentials. I cannot wait for more cosy nights with lots of treats and snacks watching scary films and stranger things! What are your Autumn Essentials?
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