It’s officially February which means I’m in my second month of blogging! Which has gone really quick! I don’t know about you but my january didn’t go too well, I planned a healthy diet which lasted about two days, a weight loss plan and ended up gaining pounds and a money saving plan which I didn’t even start thanks to my makeup obsession! So here’s to February being better!
February for me marks 4 years with my partner, on valentines I was single and decided I would go out and drink myself silly because then I could ignore all the romantic stuff going on around me, little did I know that I would bump into my high school boyfriend and fall absolutely head over heels for him again! We just planned on being “special friends” because of the distance between us (he lived in oxford at the time) but that didn’t last long because by the end of may we was living together and have been ever since, we now have a one year old daughter and I’ll let you into a little secret, we’re adding to the family again this year too!! (Hence the gained pounds)
What are your plans for February? I’d love to hear them!
I’m a huge fan of makeup revolution and especially because of their palette’s and their amazing drugstore price! If you’re not wanting to spend a lot on everyday makeup then this brand is perfect!
Makeup Revolution Highlighter palette Highlight – this is my absolute favourite, mostly because I’m lazy and I hate having to switch highlighters! With three colours you have the perfect highlight for your whole face! It comes at an amazing price too retailing at £8. It just looks absolutely beautiful when first opening too!
So I’m one of these girls who always looks for reviews on products before trying them myself! And on Facebook I’m part of a group called Dolly&Co. Beauty Lounge where everything beauty related is discussed by all its members (I highly recommend joining, only if you have money though because I’ve spent sooooooooo much on makeup since joining!) and this is a product that has been discussed a lot! So it was time to try it out myself!
The product cost £3.99 and arrived within two days from amazon, the product description says “deep cleansing peel off mask removes dulling surface cells and impurities while vitamins and plant extract soften the skin to restore youthful glow” so hopefully it removes all of my blackheads! The directions say to leave the product on for 20-30 minutes.
So there was some selfies involved (of course) my partner doesn’t know about his as he fell asleep so maybe we could keep that one quiet! I did my mask first and found that I didn’t quite apply it as thick as I should have, so second time round on my partner we knew to use more product!
Here was the results of my mask, as you can see all the white dots are where the mask has taken away all my blackheads, I didn’t know there was quite so many! I didn’t get a photo of my partners mask after but he is obsessed now! I’ve had to purchase another because he won’t stop using it!
On Wednesday I finally graduated with a degree in Computer Information Systems! My class graduated in September but due to the arrival of my daughter my ceremony was delayed a little however I was still joined by some of my class members!
A month before the ceremony graduating students received an email where you chose if you would like to attend the ceremony. Attending students were allocated two free tickets which has to be ordered at this time, extra tickets were released two weeks later for the cost of £15 each!
The university didn’t give any further information until the day before the ceremony via email, explaining where to collect your gown and what time to be seated inside the beautiful cathedral where the ceremony was taking place!
My mother, partner, daughter and I headed to the assembly rooms where we was met by my father and his wife to collect my gown, we were also persuaded into buying a few University of Lincoln bits before heading to the cathedral grounds ready for the ceremony which started at 2:30pm.
Graduating students entered separately to family and friends at the back of the cathedral and were allocated seat numbers, luckily I was row J which meant I definately didn’t have to go up first!
Despite there being 1000’s of guests and students the cathedral was freezing and I spent the whole time needing to pee! When I got to the stage ready to collect my degree I was so nervous and because I was focusing so much on not peeing myself it was all a blur, but I did it and I got on and off that stage as soon as possible!! I think I would have enjoyed university more if I had attendeda university somewhere outside of my home town but I don’t regret going to UOL because if I hadn’t then I wouldn’t have my partner and my little girl!
My parents are so proud of my achievements and so proud of the fact I managed it all whilst having my daughter, but my daughter was the one person who pushed me enough to want to finish and do something for her! I can’t wait to tell her she attended my graduation and I hope that one day I will be able to attend hers and be as proud as my mum is of me.
So sorry I had a day off posting but it was such a long day that it took it out of me!
I only started wearing false lashes last year, because I have the tendency to pick my mascara from my eyelashes which actually pulls out a lot of my lashes too! I couldn’t apply falsies at all but that’s because I didn’t know the right tricks and I was buying cheap tacky eyelashes too! So here are my tricks for you:
Eyelashes – I don’t spend a fortune on lashes anymore, I used to head to Superdrug to buy a pair for £6 and try make them last a week because of the price! Now I buy these from eBay for £1.99! They come on like a piece of string which sounds off putting but is so comfortable!! And you get 10 pairs too!
Glue – unfortunately due to the amazing price I pay for my eyelashes, glue isn’t included. I buy the clear finish eyelure glue from Superdrug for the 6ml it’s £2.75!
Tweezers – I don’t think anyone should need to go out and buy a pair of these as most of us own them already! These babies make applying the lashes so much easier! Start by cutting down your lashes to the correct size, applying glue and pick up upside down with your tweezers, waft the eyelash around a little to make the glue more tacky than wet and place on eye! Now using the flat sides of your tweezers pat the eyelash down along your eyelash line and leave to dry!
Here’s how mine turned out, I used a thin line of eyeliner before and applied lashes without adding mascara for an everyday look! (Sorry for the bad selfie I used my iPhone front camera!)
So in 2015 I found out I was going to be a mum, I wasn’t scared I wasn’t excited I was petrified! My neighbour decided we should go food shopping to calm me down, so off we go and the first isle she heads to is the baby isle (she has a baby) so we’ve been there 5 minutes and I’m already stood in the middle of isle 3 in absolute tears, asking why we need nipple pads and why there’s so many nappies, all the mums in the isle were laughing because they knew it wasn’t as bad as I was making out but it just made me more histerical!
So I broke it to the boyfriend and booked an appointment to find out I was 9 weeks pregnant, how did I only just realise?! Weeks pass and we go for the 20 week scan, my partner chose a name Gerard and I hated it, the lady says congratulations it looks like your having a girl! I show no expression, but inside I’m ecstatic a little me! My partner on the other hand said “so we can’t call it Gerard” I was so relieved!!
34 weeks in and we’re getting closer to the end, complications started happening and unexpected bleeding so a trip was made to the assessment centre, everything looked fine but I was suffering with very high blood pressure, returning every few days, I ended up staying in hospital until 36+6 when I was finally induced!
What was I scared for? The birth was easy! The contractions were nothing! And baby arrived safely weighing a tiny 4lb 11oz. The feeling of having a baby is amazing it’s the best feeling you’ll ever feel, the love you feel for a little person is incredible!
I’ve been a mum a year now and I wouldn’t change it at all, she gives meaning to my life! Motherhood isnt all glam like us mums post in our insta photos its poo in your hair, sick at 4am and being slapped awake in the morning. And your name isnt Mum its mamamamamama mummmmmmm! And if youre like me and you have a little girl, daddy is the favourite no matter how hard you try!
I’ve seen these posts a lot on blogs and I love them, and because my blog is new I thought it would be a chance for you to get to know more about me!
I am a Gemini! Apparently were really good storytellers and writers, impatient and the way to our hearts is through our head? sounds about right
I love food, I can go to bed thinking about it and wake up thinking about the same thing!
I have a dog called Peanut, he is a Chug which is a Chihuahua and a Pug mixed. Unfortunately he had a rough start to life and barely made it but he has! So he’s a little smaller than usual and always has his tongue sticking out!
I am the worst texter! The only person I really text is Kate my best friend and we manage to text every single day but I tend to stop half way through because I forget, its okay though she’s used to it!
My partner is called Michael, we met in school and dated for a while, didn’t really work out and I ended up in another relationship until he moved away, he came back for a few weekends and we saw each other out in town, before we knew it he was moving in and here we are 4 years later. Hopefully the ring will come soon.
I am a mummy to a one year old, Lylah! I call her a surprise but she has been the best surprise I’ve ever had!
I am a hopeless romantic, id love to be taken to Paris and be proposed to! I have always wanted to do the padlock thing too!!
I’m a typical British! I love tea, coffee, crumpets and scones! My partner says I can’t make tea well but he pours the sugar in his!
I’m a waitress, it’s the most stressful job and I don’t think many people realise this. What frustrates me the most is on occasion customers talk down to you when you’re just doing a job to pay your bills.
I am a Computer Information Systems graduate! I missed my graduation in September due to extenuating circumstances on some assignments from when I was having complications in hospital and giving birth to my beautiful daughter. I graduate on Wednesday!
I used to work at Pizza Hut for five years, I really grew as a person there actually it gave me confidence! I love everyone I ever worked with there and remain friends with most!
I love makeup, this is actually a really new obsession! But my collection is constantly building so keep an eye out for beauty related posts!
I’m obsessed with my hair, I have a weave and avoid leaving the house unless my hair is curly, rarely will you see it straight! I just feel straight hair doesn’t suit me.
I love my phone, rarely do I actually speak to people on it but I use social media 24/7 I am obsessed.
My mum is one of my best friends, literally couldn’t live without her, every Monday we spend the day together with my daughter.
I like my own company, I don’t have to be around people all the time I could literally sit in the bath for hours.
I never used to like Sunday dinner, I would refuse it every single time, there’s too much on one plate, I like three things only! until I fell pregnant, now I love it but it’s still the only meal I have with more than three things on my plate.
I cry at Facebook videos all the time, anything to do with babies, proposals or announcements I’m crying!
I’m becoming an IT teacher.
My wardrobe is Black, grey, khaki or white. Its really plain and boring but I can’t snap out of it no matter how hard I try.
My favourite holiday is Christmas! everything Christmas! I love putting up the tree, decorating the house, wrapping, sitting in front of a fire with a blanket and chocolates.
I can drive, I passed when I was 17!
I love singing and applied for X Factor once and got to Boot Camp but didn’t go back.
I HATE feet, they are so weird and gross! Never touch my feet.
My family bought a farm and it’s actually pretty cool!
I’ve only ever been to one concert and it was Sugababes at the Castle in Lincoln when I was about 11, it was amazing at the time but when I think back on it now it was cold and raining, they literally turned up late, sang and left.
I don’t smoke, I hate everything about it especially the smell on people’s clothes. My partner smokes though!
I’ve got a big brother but most people think I’m the big sister because of the way he acts, I wouldn’t change him though!
My parents split on my 13th birthday, I won’t say too much about it but I did struggle to enjoy birthdays after that.
I LOVE the Irish accent, it’s so sexy.
I’m really stubborn if you offer to lend me money no matter how much I actually need it my answer will be no.
My nickname is Hails, I actually really like it.
I love alcohol, I don’t drink too often but when I do I go all out and really suffer the next day.
My favourite alcohol is Jack Daniels.
I thought I was constipated when actually I was in full-blown labour.
I have one tattoo, on my thigh which I got when I was 16, I like it but I don’t love it so I will be adding to it at some point.
I have blue eyes.
I have a scar on my chin because when I was younger I fell off some bunk bed ladders and my teeth pierced through.
I’m actually really shy at first until I get comfortable with you.
I hated uni, I made the mistake of going to uni in my home town and didn’t make many friends so it wasn’t very enjoyable.
When I was younger my mum painted Groovy Chick on my wall and was so proud of it she wouldn’t let me change my room for years!
I have amazing skin, I mean really I was blessed! I am so thankful.
I’m an average 5ft 7in.
I’m always late, even when I really try.
My favourite perfume is Calvin Klein Euphoria! Didn’t get it this christmas but I did get some really expensive Chanel.
I love coke, especially after a really long shift! McDonalds coke is the don!
I care too much about others, including those who choose not to like me.
I can be quite an emotional person, I can literally cry at the oven actually once I cried because we ran out of toilet roll.. female hormones for you!
I’m not actually as girly as I come across, Im quite the lad.
My daughter is currently destroying my living room so I’m glad this is number 50!
When you move out you become obsessed with the little bits and bobs for around your house! I moved out when I was 18 with my partner, we had a cute little house with lots of character and I made a few purchases for home accessories! We’ve now moved to a bigger home since having our baby girl and I’m now on the hunt again!
I have my favourite shop for this and I’m pretty sure you can guess which one! Adding some character to your house doesn’t have to cost much and that’s why I always head straight to B&M! So here’s some of my findings:
I fell in love with these blocks! They’re simple and cheap too! If you’re like me I’ve gone for a really grey and white theme around my house and these just match perfectly (If you haven’t guessed I purchased the grey ones!). I’ve bought these for my landing, it’s a small area with a tiny window but I just think the window looks really boring, and these have added that something extra to the area.
I can’t stop taking photos of my daughter and love to look at photos of her so I bought this photo frame for my living room, it was available in black or white, I chose white! It’s now filled with family photos and it looks amazing!
I’ve done the typical girl thing and I picked up a wicker heart for my bay window, I don’t know why I just think it looks adorable and less boring. These were also available in grey and brown.
I picked up this vase at Wilko and I’ve ordered some real looking tulips from amazon to go in my bay window. I just loved the simple design of this vase and it’s not too big either so you can just treat yourself to a small bunch!
I love this, this was a purchase for my bedside table and now has a photo of me, my partner and daughter in! This frame is available in white, grey or black from Wilko’s and is requires 3 AAA batteries.
I’m still on the hunt and will probably let you know what else I purchase next, id love to hear about some of your purchases!
Today I got new hair so I thought I would share my hair routines with you!
Unfortunately I’m not blessed with thick luscious locks, instead I was given thin short hair that just doesn’t grow! (Unless I’m pregnant, then hairs everywhere!) so this week I decided it was time to get my beloved weave back! And I must say it feels amazing already! (It’s been two hours)
I use double weft human hair from Crowning Glory and I try to keep it for as long as possible so I have many hair routines to keep it in the best condition possible, I do the same routines without extensions too! I’m no hair expert but these are the tricks that have worked for me!
Argan oil – I buy this from primark, I think it’s £3 for a small tube, I spread this tube between four uses a month, so once a week I’ll lather my hair in argan oil and leave it for a few hours, but obviously you can’t leave the house because your hair will just look so greasy! Then I’ll go and wash it off, I would advise to wash twice though! This just restores some moisture in your hair again and it will feel lovely!
John Freda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery – this can be used on wet or dry hair but because I use the other product on my wet hair I use this on dry hair, I was my hair every other day, so on the day my hair is not washed I use this product when styling! It just keeps it feeling fresh and smooth!
If you try out my tricks please let me know what you think? And if you have any to share please comment below!
I thought for my first post I’d share with you guys beauty products I’m loving most at the moment. These are products that I have found myself using lots recently, some are new to my make-up bag whilst others are trusty products that I’m revisiting. I’d love to hear what you’re loving at the moment, so let me know in the comments below.
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation – I’ve heard a lot about this foundation and being the girl that I am I watched so many video’s checking it our before heading out to purchase it myself! So its January sales and me and my partner thought we would hit the January sales at Meadowhall in Sheffield! (because I love it there!) funnily enough we didn’t actually buy ANYTHING in the sales and this was one of my purchases! I was matched up by a lovely gentleman in store and he was super helpful! I prefer to go a little warmer with my foundation just because I try to keep up with my tan so I’m not always so pale, he was really understanding, as he likes to go warmer himself too! So we did the whole taking my makeup off my jaw line and trying on the new colour and he matched me perfectly first time! I’ve been using it a week now and it feels beautiful! it’s not cake and it’s really light but has AMAZING coverage! This is hard to find! (especially if you work in a busy hot restaurant like me)
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I have always used makeup revolutions setting spray religiously! Until now! I’ve tried my foundation with my old setting spray and with this new setting spray and can honestly say there is a big difference! It costs £9 which is only £4 more than the Makeup Revolution one I used previously!
Makeup Revolution Contour Stick – For christmas I bought myself the Makeup Revolution 12 Days of Christmas and this item was one of the 12, I’m not going to lie I don’t contour often so I havent used many products for this so I don’t have a lot to compare to! But, I do really like this stick! mostly for the darker side it blends really nicely too, the lighter side isn’t so good!
E.l.f Brightening Concealer – I don’t know if you’ve seen but over the december period e.l.f did a lot of 50% off sales, so I made a few purchases! (as any girl would) This item has really shocked me because I didn’t expect to like it, but it is perfect for its use! It applies really easy with a nice soft brush and sits really well too!
E.l.f Bronzer – Finally, this bronzer is beautiful and so perfect if you have a special occasion or if your going out for drinks it has a little sparkle to it too! I don’t use it for everyday but it is most definitely one of my favourite sale purchases!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these items and would love to hear some suggestions on products i should try next, so please leave some comments below!