My Manicure Routine

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hiya Lovelies!

I hope you're all having a good week so far, today I wanted to share with you my manicure routine. I have always been a lover of painting my nails as for me it is so therapeutic and satisfying as I can relax with Netflix and a cup of teas whilst doing my nails.

As you can see I use a fair few products for my manicures, I use Nail files, cuticle removers, nail polish removers, base coats, top coats, colour you name it (I know its excessive)

Firstly please excuse my slightly discoloured nails and chubby fingers. I never don't have polish on my nails which does discolour them Anyway...The first step I like to take is to prep my nails, so I will remove any polish already on my nails and then use my Sally Hansen cuticle remover. Tip: Don't ever cut your cuticles as they will grow back much harder. I leave my cuticle remover to sit on my nails for about 20 seconds and then use a cuticle pusher to push them back neatly, this will allow your nail polish to apply as smooth as possible. I will then apply a base coat all over my nails to protect them, this also helps with nail polish application.

After the top coat has dried, I will then use my colour of choice it paint my nails. Don't worry if you're messy with the application as you can clean it up afterwards. I like to dip my nail polish brush into the bottle and swipe one side against the neck of the bottle so you don't have too much product on your brush. I then like to start from the middle of my nail and work my way out. Try not to get any polish on your cuticles as it can be a pain to get off. I will normally do two coats of polish so I know it will be super opaque.

Once I have finished with the colour polish I will then use Acetone and a small brush to clean up any mistakes made. I like to use small and short swiping motions for their process as I have found it to be most affective. I will also follow the same process for the section between the cuticle and colour so you have a straight neat line making it look more professional. I will then take my top coat and apply it the same way as the colour polish but making sure I 'wrap' my edges, which is simply applying polish to the tips of my nails to prevent chipping. I like to do a relatively thick layer of top coat as it makes my nails look shiny for longer. Finally after the polish has dried I will apply a decent amount of cuticle oil around the entire perimeter of my nails to ensure my cuticles are soft and moisturised. I like to apply cuticle oil several times a day to keep them soft and moisturised. 

What is your favourite colour to wear on your nails?

How To: Dealing With Loss

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hiya Loves!

Todays post is quite a sensitive subject but I thought that I would share with you my experiences because I think they could help others. I just wanted to mention this post isn't for sympathy or pity in any way it is to help people who have been through or are going through a similar thing to what I have.

Im not going to go into too much detail about my experiences as that isn't the main focus of this post but here goes. When I was three my mum got hit by a drunk driver, which left her brain dead and in a coma. After several days the decision was made by my nan to turn off the life support, a few minutes later she died. My two older sisters Nicole and Rochelle went to like with our grandparents as they were children from my mums previous relationship and I continued to live with my dad.

Growing up without a mum was hard because my dad was incredibly old fashioned, I practically raised myself (he was an amazing dad though). When I was 16 my dad was diagnosed with cancer, it was terminal and he didn't have long to live. He was told with chemo she had 6-12 months left to live and without he had 3-6, it was such a shock and a lot to take in especially at a very young age. My dad had to stop chemo due to an infection, his condition deteriorated quickly at the time I was taking my GCSEs and caring for my dad, who made the decision to essentially die at home. 3 months after diagnosis he died, which was the worst day of my life, I then moved into a hostel lived there until I turned 18 and got my own house with my boyfriend scott. 

my dad was my best friend and I will miss him always! Now on to the most important part of this post.

It's safe to say any kind of loss is incredibly hard especially when you lose someone who has such a big role/impact on your life, wether thats a parent, a sibling or a friend. I'm going to share with out some tips on how to deal with loss.

- It's okay to cry!
Some people will cry a lot ad some people won't cry at all, just remember if you need to cry then cry don't bottle up your emotions.

- Speak to someone 
Speaking to people about how you feel is so important, it doesn't have to be a counsellor but just voicing your feeling out loud can help so much. I know when I feel shit about something I feel so much better once I have spoke to someone about it.

- Remember 
Allow yourself to remember the person you have lost, think of all the happy times you experienced together.

- Go about your daily life as normal
Don't stop doing things you would normally do, secluding yourself is the worst thing you can do alone time can help but too much of it will make you feel worse, feeling lonely and grief doesn't mix well. Allow yourself to smile, laugh and have fun surround yourself with friends.

The biggest thing about loss is the feeling will never go away, don't let that freak you out! You will always miss the person you have lost but it will get easier to deal with. It wont be on your mind constantly and you will be able to carry on with your normal life. I know when the loss is fresh its hard to believe the pain will go away but eventually it does I promise!

I hope this post helps some of you, if you have any questions or just need a chat please message me. If my experiences can help even just one person it would be so amazing! you can contact me via Twitter or Instagram I will always reply as soon as I can.

Lots of Love! xoxo

TH Baker Silver Infinity Necklace

Monday, 20 June 2016

Hiya Loves!

I have worked with Th Baker a few times now and each time I do I get more and more excited. TH Baker are an online jewellery store who sell beautiful jewellery. Recently I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen bloggers to receive their Silver Infinity Necklace.

As most of you will already know, I prefer to wear more dainty jewellery which means this necklace is perfect for me. Dainty necklaces like this are so timeless, I love the quality of the jewellery from Th Baker. This necklace is so sparkly and feminine which I love, I feel as though it would go with literally any outfit and for any occasion. 

Personally I think this would be a perfect gift, for your sister, bestie or even your bridesmaids? Previously I was also sent TH Bakers matching infinity bracelet which is just as dainty, beautiful and feminine. 

They look so stunning together, with jewellery less is always more. I have received so many compliments from people whilst wearing these pieces.  I think these two pieces would look so stunning on a summers evening paired with a floaty dress and sandals, to dress up a comfortable but girly look.

What is your favourite style of jewellery?


6 Best Beauty Products On A Budget

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Hi dolls!

For todays post I thought I would share with you 5 of my favourite beauty products for those on a budget. The products I have chosen are just as good if not better than a lot more higher end products on the market.

1: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - This is my all time favourite drugstore foundation, It is medium to full coverage which is perfect for my skin as I have acne prone skin. What I love most about this product is it gives me a dewy finish which I really like.

2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner - This is one of my all time favourite eyeliners, I prefer pen tip eyeliners much more as I find them much easier to use and they are more sturdy making it easier to create the perfect wing. 

3. MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter - This is such a good highlighter, it gives such a natural sheen but it can also be built up for a more dramatic look. I really like the pinky tone of this highlighter, it lasts really well also which is a bonus as it is so inexpensive. The only negative thing I have to say about this product is the packaging, which for me isn't an issue as it is such an inexpensive product.

4. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - This powder is my favourite setting powder of all time, I don't think I have heard one bad thing about this product. What I like most is I am able to use a decent amount of this powder to set my makeup without it looking cakey which is essential!

5. Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser - This product is much like the Benefit POREfessional it does exactly what it says on the tin. I am unlucky in the sense I have rather large pores in my T-zone, so a pore minimising product is essential! 

6. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - This product is a well known favourite in the beauty community and rightly so its amazing! I lie to buy the lightest shade to highlight under my eyes as the consistency is perfect for brightening the undereyes. When set properly it doesn't crease through the day or rub off which is very important!

What is your favourite drugstore product?

The Jewel Hut Pandora Charm Review

Monday, 13 June 2016

Hiya Lovelies!

I should think that by now you would know that I love Pandora. I have quite a few pieces of Pandora jewellery, I just can seem to get enough of it. I think all of their pieces are such amazing quality and good value for money which is a bonus! I think everyone and their grandmother have a pandora bracelet and rightly so as they're so sentimental and special.

The Jewel Hut very kindly offered to send me one of their Pandora charms, as a Pandora lover I was so excited. They gave me a choice out of two different charms and the one I picked was the 'All Around The World Charm'. This sunning sterling silver charm has a world theme and has 'All Around The World' Written around it, with pretty Cubic Zirconia hearts. Like all of Pandoras products this charm is amazing quality and beautiful. 

My reasons for choosing this charm is because I wanted a pretty reminder to myself to travel more. There are so many amazing and beautiful places in the world which I really want to visit and explore, there is no better reminder than a gorgeous charm on my favourite bracelet! This charm would be a perfect gift for someone who loves to travel or who wants to travel in the future as its simple design is classic. 

The jewel Hut is such an amazing company with a huge array of jewellery brands, the think I love most about this company is the fact it's actually cheaper to order from this website! As some of you may know Pandora charge £5 for shipping which I think is rather steep! Where as The Jewel Hut offers free delivery on orders over £10 which means you essentially save money! Which in my opinion is a bonus! 

Whats your favourite Pandora item? 


BraStop Bikini Review

Friday, 10 June 2016

Hiya Loves!

First of all lets talk weather, ohmigosh how hot has it been recently! It's definitely been BBQ, Beach & Hot Tub weather! I love this time of year because I feel as though it is so much more social,Scott and I have had people around our house for BBQs & Hot Tub parties for the past 4-5 weekends and Ive been loving it! So its essential to have a beautiful bikini, BraStop are a company who stock stunning lingerie and swimwear for us larger busted ladies (sorry for the TMI). They stock sizes from D-K, when they offered to send me a piece from their swimwear rage I jumped at the chance! I am incredibly thankful because the bikini is absolutely stunning.

The bikini I chose to receive was the Graffiti bikini, I chose this bikini because I loved the contrast of the black and bright colours. I feel as though this bikini could be such a versatile one as because it has so many different colours you could easily mix and match bottoms of different colours which I really like. 

This bikini is such amazing quality which I think is essential especially fir larger busted ladies as you want to feel secure, if you know what I mean! I really like the plastic back clasp instead of the standard tie back as again it makes me feel so secure. The halter neck is incredibly flattering as you can adjust how tight it is which I think looks more flattering. The bikini top is slightly padded which again is something I look for in a bikini as it prevents embarrassing situations! it was also really comfortable to wear, which was something that worried me as I like to be comfortable.

I really love the bikini bottoms also as they have such a pretty frilly trim on them which I think makes the look rally unique. Like the bikini top they were really comfortable to wear, what I like most about these bottoms was they didn't show too much bum cheek. I tend to like the bikini bottoms which show a little bit of bum cheek but not too much! 

When I wore the bikini at out hot tub BBQ I received so many lovely compliments which of course is lovely! BraStop have so many stunning bikinis and costumes! Not to mention their lingerie! I find as a bigger busted girl It can be quite difficult to find bras and bikinis etc that fit well but still look cute & sexy! I mean we all want to feel pretty don't we?

What is your favourite style of swimsuit?

10 Products Every Makeup Lover Should Own

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Hi Loves!

Today I am sharing with you 10 products I think that all makeup lovers should own, now there is a chance that a lot of you will already own most if not all of these products but I thought I would share it anyway for those who might not have considered buying them.

1: MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Soft & Gentle - This highlight has ben raved about for such a long time and rightly so, some people seem to think that this highlighter is too glittery etc but I really don't think it is! This is my go to highlighter on an everyday basis as it can be applied lightly to give a natural dewy sheen or heavier for a bigger impact.

2: MAC Velvet Teddy - This lipstick is such a perfect nude which I think will suit all skin tones, The brown undertones give you that ever so popular 90s lip look which I personally can't get enough of. This lipstick was made super popular last year by the stunning Kylie Jenner and I have to say I love it just as much and I did when I first bought it. The matte formula isn't drying in the slightest and is so comfortable to wear, the durability is also impressive as it lasts such a long time on my lips.

3: Benefit Hoola Bronzer - This bronzer has got to be one of my favourite makeup products ever! I was extremely late on the Hoola Bronzer band waggon but let me tell you I'm glad I eventually jumped on. This products is the most perfect contour shade which can be lightly applied or built up depending on what look you want to go for. I also find myself able to use it to simply add a more bronzy glow when I am more tanned.

4: MAC Fix + - This products is a newer addition to my must have list but wit good reason. I use a lot of powder products which can look rather 'cakey' at times but this products 'fixes' that problem, a few sprays once my makeup is done gives my skin a flawless look. This product can also be used to intensify products such as eye shadow and highlighter. I like to use this on shimmery shadows if I want to achieve a bolder look. I like to apply the powder to my chosen brush and then spritz the fix + for a distance directly on to the brush and then apply the product, by doing this it intensifies the product but with eyeshadows is can also give them a more foiled look

5: Urban Decay Naked Palette - Urban Decay are incredibly famous for their 'Naked' palettes but there is something classic about the original palette. There is a mixture of matte and shimmery shadows, you can create several different stunning looks with this palette. Three of my favourite shades are Sin, Buck and Toasted.

6: MAC Studio Fix Fluid - I am obsessed with this foundation! It is my all time favourite It is on the more expensive side but so worth it! I have oily skin meaning this foundation is perfect for me as it has oil-controlling properties with a matte finish. It is a medium to full coverage foundation which is perfect for me as I liker a fuller coverage because i have redness and acne prone skin.

7: Rimmel Stay Matte powder - This has got to be one of the most popular powders on the market and I'm sure you all already own it. I always buy the transparent shade to set my base, this product allows my makeup to stay on all day. Paring this product with MAC Fix + gives me a flawless non powdery finish everytime.

8: Rimmel Scandal Eyes - This eyeliner I personally think is for everyone, whether you apply you liner perfectly everytime or if you're a newbie. The pen-like nib makes the whole application process easier. Some of you might not like the fact that this product is waterproof but I like it as it means my liner doesn't shift all day.

9: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - This concealer is s amazing, it is full coverage and perfect for highlighting under the eyes etc. It also lasts all day, with out caking or creasing if set properly.

10: MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot - I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion all the time to prime my eyes but it is utter rubbish. I thought it was amazing and worth the hype, well until I started using Soft Ochre now my eyeshadow lasts all day with no creasing at all.

What makeup items can you not live without?

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