Wednesday, 11 September 2013

9/11



I remember being in school one Tuesday afternoon with my friends, when the bell started ringing and all the teachers rounded us up to go into the school hall.
I was only 8 years old, so didn't really understand what was going on.
I just remember one of the teachers in hysterics as her daughter was in New York that week (Luckily she wasn't involved)
As an 8 year old, you don't really understand what terrorism is, why people do it, or what they achieve from it.
What i did realise was that, a LOT of people lost their life that day.
All those innocent people going about their daily life with no idea as to what was going to happen literally brings tears to my eyes.
Mums & Dads going to work to earn a living for their children.
9/11 is such a heartbreaking day.
My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives.
Gone, but never forgotten.



Birthday Money Well Spent!

As i mentioned in my previous post, it was my 20th birthday the weekend just gone.
Although, because i work full time and buy myself everything i want/need/see.
I was kind of struggling on ideas as to what i wanted for my birthday, so i opted for the boring option - money.
I normally hate getting/giving money for birthdays because there's no thought into it whatsoever.
I personally love going to peoples favourite shops and buying them a gift card, or buying them a meaningful pandora charm.
But, Seen as it's now bitter weather, i decided to nip into town and treat myself to a new winter wardrobe with my pennies.
           
I can definitely see this jumper as being my winter favourite. It's a gold/mocha colour in person, and also has a glitter effect to give it that girly glam look.
It's quite a short baggy jumper, so it gives you that sort of dressed down/casual feel whilst wearing it.
I'm going to team this with some thick leggings, cropped brown boots and some bangles to give it a boho sort of look.
Primark

             
The colour of this jumper is gorgeous!
If you know me personally, you'll know my favourite colour is coral/peach, so when i saw this little beauty i snapped it up.
It's quite a long jumper so will definitely keep you warm on winter nights.
The style of it sort of reminds me of the jumpers my nanna used to knit me when i was little, i love that style.
Primark.

               
A lady came into my work with this exact jumper on and i just fell in love with it.
The colour is just gorgeous, nice and bright to cheer you up on them miserable winter days.
It's a crop jumper so it's not really the most practical to keep you warm, but i suppose as long as you look good.
Primark.

                 
This top was on the sale rack for £2.
There wasn't a chance i was missing out on this.
It fits as a peplum top and looks so pretty with a pair of jeans and some ankle boots.
The pastel colour definitely sold it to me.
Primark.

                    
I apologise for the quality of this picture. (Don't know what happened)
I love Primarks new range of tshirts, there's loads to choose from.
I love the print on this, roses are my favourite flower.
Primark.

                      
Ever since i was a child, i've been in LOVE with mickey mouse.
This tshirt caught my eye straight away when i saw it and rooted around for 5 minutes trying to find my size as i reallllyyyy wanted it.
I love how it's black and white, and simple.
Makes it not too in your face.
         Primark.

                        
Tops of this style seem to be in fashion.
My friend has the dress top on with a pair of converse and it made me really want one.
I reckon it would look really nice with a pair of skinny jeans and some ugg style boots on to keep it in line with the winter theme.
Primark.

                          
I might sound sad, but this is one of my best buys.
I've got it on as i'm writing this blog.
Comfy doesn't even come close, it's nice to wear just to wear round the house when it get's a bit chilly.
Primark.
                       
                       
Every year do i buy these, they're one of my winter must haves.
They're so practical, whether it be with jeans or leggings.
Plus they keep my feet nice and warm on the way to work.
Definitely getting these in every colour.
            Primark.

                       
I lost my scarf on a ride at the bonfire faire last year, so i've been on the look out for a new one this year.
Then i stumbled across this beauty.
You can't really see in the pictures, but it's got a cream pattern with a gold shimmer effect, which means i can wear it with near enoguh everything - bonus.
Primark.

                         
I'm always buying ipad cases, but they never seem to last, as they always fade or break, so when i saw this pouch for £3, i couldn't resist.
My ipad fits nice and snug inside it, aswell as stopping it from getting scratched.
What's not to love?
         Primark.

                         
This is without a doubt my best buy out of the lot.
If you know me, you'll know that i'm River Island obsessed.
So i took myself upstairs to the Bags/Purses department, and i was there for literally 5 minutes before i found this little beauty.
It has one section for Cards, and another for Change.
I love the gold and white look, classy ;)
River Island.

                    What's your Winter Wardrobe Essentials?
                              



Monday, 9 September 2013

My 20th Birthday!

Well what a weekend!
It was my birthday yesterday, finally in my twenties!
I've been dreading turning 20 as I wanted to stay a teenager for ever!
But hey ho!

I decided to go into town for my birthday and finish off my teenage years with a bang.
Boy do I feel sorry for myself. 

My best friend Nadine & all my work girls came to make it a night to remember. 
I loved it so much! ♡








Saturday, 7 September 2013

Benefit Birthday Haul.

Okay, so recently, i've become obsessed with Benefit makeup.
So as it's my birthday on Sunday, when my mum asked what i wanted, it didn't take me long to decide.
I explained to her that i wanted money for makeup, and that i'd seen some Benefit Beauty Kits that i really liked.
So she gave me the money, and i took myself off to Debenhams to the makeup counter, where i spent roughly 15 minutes before i actually decided what i wanted.
Here they are:


Primping with the stars
This beauty kit caught my eye simply because of the packaging.
It's so girly and chic, and sort of reminds me of the 1940's or something.
In the kit contains:
They're Real Mascara.
Stay Dont Stray Concealer Primer
Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
Some Kind-a-Gorgeous Foundation for Complexions.
Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face
The Porefessional to minimise pores.
I used every single thing in this set, as it just makes my skin look so much fresher and clearer.
I'll be doing a review on each item individually shortly

How to look the best at everything
Now with a name like this, you'd be silly not to buy it ;)
I was deciding whether to buy this kit or not as i also wanted the Sugar Licious kit aswell, but as you can see from the picture, i got both!
This kit contains:
Porefessional to minimise pores
Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation
Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer
Hellow Flawless Powder Cover Up.
My favourite product from this kit was definitely the Hello Flawless Foundation, it leaves your skin feeling so smooth with such a good coverage, and it doesn't look like your face is caked in the stuff either. Bonus!

SugarLicious
Now as you can tell, the other two kits were more about the face makeup, but i thought that my lips needed a little treat aswell, so i treated myself to this little beauty.
In this kit i got:
Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Stain
High Bean Complexion Enhancer
Sugar Bomb Face Powder
Ultra Plush Lip gloss.
I'm in love with the Benetint Lip Stain, because it gives my lips such a rosy yet natural colour, it's to die for.
Will definitely be purchasing the full item.

Wattsup Highlighter For Face
This product is definitely worth the money, i've had so many compliments since using it, that i will definitely be repurchasing this beauty.
It applies as cream, but as you rub it in, it's got a powder finish, so your face doesn't feel cake in makeup.
To apply this, you just simply glide on cheek & brow bones, and the rub in with the blender attached on the end.
This product was £24.50, but worth every penny!


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Payday Beauty Haul.

So on Friday, i finally got paid after what felt like forever.
I was at the point where i couldn't even buy myself a drink from coop i was that broke, so i'm quite happy now I've got pennies in the bank.

So on my way to work one day, i popped into tesco to have a look for some clothes.
Sadly, there was nothing i liked, so next stop - makeup aisle!

I was literally stood in the aisle for about 20 minutes just looking at all the pretty makeup i could buy, and it was even better that half of it was on offer.


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.
Maybelline used to be one of my favourite foundations, especially the Dream Matte Mousse, so when i saw this newish foundation, i snapped it up.
It also has SPF 30, so don't have to worry about my face burning when my sunshine comes out to play.
Sadly, the "dream" wasn't long lived.
It feels too thick when you put it on your face, so can make you feel quite caked, which makes me feel yukky!
Although once applied, it does give a nice even coverage, but i can safely say, I won't be buying this again.

Collection 2000 Naturally Matt Foundation.
This has got a nice silky feeling to it when applying, so makes your skin look really smooth and flawless.
It's also frangrance free, which i love, because i think most foundations stink.
The only bad thing about this is, i bought the shade "Ivory 1" - and even though this is the lightest one, it's farrrr too dark for my skin, so can only where it when i'm tanned.

Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer.
Now as i have the "Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation" I thought it would be rude not to try this, and am i glad i did!
I absolutely love it - without a doubt one of the best concealers i've had.
It gives such a good coverage, that the dark circles under my eyes can no longer be seen,
or the spots around my face (hate being a teenager!)
It just makes me skin feel so much more clearer, so makes me feel better.
Will definitely be buying again. LOVE.

Vivo No Clumps Definition Mascara.
I really don't know what happens to my mascaras, whether the mascara fairy comes into my bedroom through the night and steals them, or my sister's just being annoying and stealing them.
I didn't even have a mascara for work, so thought i'd best buy one and keep this one safe!
This literally does what it say's, every day since i've worn it, there's NEVER been any clumps, so my eyelashes haven't been looking like spiders legs.
The brush has tiny little bristles which spreads the mascara out evenly.
Well done vivo!

Maybelline Face Powder.
Don't you just hate it, when you do all your foundation nice and evenly, but someone can see their reflection in your fore head.
I was fed up of the shiny effect i got, so i thought i'd treat myself to a new powder.
This probably isn't the best one i've ever had, but it works.
It also comes in a cute little compact case aswell, with a sponge and a mirror.
Cute,

Vivo Lipstick.
I got this in the "tangtastic" shade, as i'm always buying red lipsticks, so thought i'd have a change.
I've fallen in love with this colour, haven't stopped wearing it.
The lipstick itself is so creamy and smooth, it's also been hydrating my lips.
It smells gorgeous too.
Bargain at £2!


Monday, 22 July 2013

New Found Confidence.

A few month ago i started Slimming World.
I was sick of being the big girl.
The girl that "let herself go"
The girl that can't pull tight clothes off.

A few years ago, my uncle died.
I didn't know who to turn to;
so i turned to food.
It was my "thing"

It helped me feel better in a time where i felt so low.
Took my minds off things.

Now I've got to come to terms with consequences.

It's awful being a big 19 year old.
I don't like to go out clubbing, as i feel like everyone's watching me.
I don't like clothes shopping, as nothing looks nice.

Then i turned a corner and found slimming world.
It's going to take time.
But i'll get there.

I've already lost a little bit of weight;
which has already made a huge difference.

I can wear dresses to the pub.
I'm also taking myself shopping on Thursday for some new clothes;
as mine are getting a little loose.
YAY!







Don't take things for granted.

Ever feel like you're so hard done by?
That you're so unlucky it can't be real.
Yeah, that's me.

At the moment though, my mum's really poorly.
So everything's being put into perspective.
You realise just how lucky you are, to have what you have.
How much your mum does for you.
How much she means to you.
& How much you rely on her.

It literally feels like my world is crashing down around me.
Like there's no escape, noone to talk to.
But i know my mum will get through it.
She's the strongest person i know.

It's made me realise that the little things don't matter, like the button popping off my favourite shirt.
Scuffing my favourite shoes.
Going over my phone bill.

It's the BIG things that count.

It's true what they say.
It's the hard times that bring your family together.



Sunday, 21 July 2013

Girls Night.

Last night my sister Becky came over to see me, my other sister Nicola and my mum.
Now this doesn't really sound like a big deal, but this was probably the first time i've seen her since feb/march, as she's married & lives in Hull with her husband; and my two nieces Sophie and Katie.

Heres a picture of me and Nicola and Becky.
We were on Beckys hen do here, don't always dress like that - i swear!


As i was working, i asked if i could finish early so i could go spend some time with her.
When i got home, all the family was sat in the back garden in the sun with the rose cracked open, so i thought i'd have a few glasses - be rude not to really!

It was no nice to have the family all back together again, as we're going through a really hard time atm.

When it got to tea, being the top chef i am, I made buritos for everyone (my fav!)
Everyone was rolling round after tea we were that full.

It's almost tradition in our house aswell, that when we have a girly night, doritos, salsa, jelly beans, wine, dressing gowns & dvds are a must.
So as the night dawned, we all snuggled on the sofa, watched "identity thief" and nibbled away on our goodies.
Couldn't think of a better way to spend my saturday night to be honest.




Friday, 19 July 2013

Beauty This Or That.

I saw this tag on Hannah Hearts blog, and even though i wasn't tagged in it, thought i'd do it anyway ;)

Makeup:

Blush or Bronzer? Blush, I have a really fair complexion so can't really pull bronzer off ha.
Lipgloss or Lipstick? Lipstick, I love experimenting with new ones, i'm really tempted to by RiRi Mac Lipstick.
Liner or Mascara? Mascara, i've really small eyes so eyeliner's a no go!
Foundation or Concealer? Foundation. I feel bare if i'm not wearing any.
Neutral Eyeshadow or Colour? Neutral, I like a subtle makeup face.
Pressed or loose eyeshadow? Pressed, should see the colour of my carpet from loose powder - ooops!

Nails:

OPI or China Glaze? Definitely OPI.
Long or Short Nails? I love long nails, i've tried growing mine but i just can't seem to do it.
Acrylic or Natural? I love acrylic nails, i have quite stubby fingers, so acrylic nails make them look nice and slender.
Brights or Darks? I love bright coloured nails, they really help make a fashion statement.
Flower or No Flower? Flower, they're so pretty!

Body: 

Perfume or Body Splash? Perfume, my favourite atm is "Viva La Juicy" by Juicy Couture.
Lotion or Body Butter? Body butter, i love applying after a nice hot bath, makes me feel all clean and silky.
Body Wash or Soap? Body wash, soap used to freak me out as a child, hate the slippy feeling. ew.
Lush or other bath company? Lush, me and my friend always make sure we walk past it when we go shopping, smells sooo nice.
Fashion:

Jeans or Sweat Pants? Jeans, they can be casual or dressed up!
Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve? Short sleeves, hate sleeves being stuck to my arms.
Dresses or skirts? I like a nice simple dress over a skirt any day.
Stripes or Plaid? Stripes!
Flip Flops or Sandals? Sandals, i despise flip flops - so annoying.
Scarves or Hats? Scarves.
Studs or Dangly Earrings? Neither, don't have my ears pierced lol.
Necklaces or Bracelets? Bracelets, hate things dangling round my neck.
Heels or Flats? Flats are a lot more comfier & easier to walk in!
Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots? Cowboy boots.
Jacket or Hoodie? Hoodies, i love them on a DVD day with a pair of pyjama bottoms ha.
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe? Haven't been to either lol.
Saks 5th or Nordstrom? Never been.

Hair:

Curly or Straight? Straight, my hair's not long enough for curly yet :(
Bun or Ponytail? Ponytails for work, but buns for when i'm going out.
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips? Bobby Pins, they're everywhere though!
Hair Spray or Gel? Hair Spray, Gel makes me cringe!
Long or Short? My hair's short atm, but trying to grow it.
Light or Dark? I like light hair, as it brightens up the face a lot more.
Side Sweep or Full Bangs? I want a full fringe when my hair's a bit longer.
Up or Down? Up for work, down for when i'm out with friends.

Random:

Rain or Shine? Shine, it's always raining, it's depressing.
Summer or Winter? Summer, i prefer to wear dresses and vests than trackies and jumpers!
Fall or Spring? Spring.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, yummy.
East Coast or West Coast. Neither lol.

Now i know i haven't tagged anyone in this post, but feel free to pinch it and do it.
Let me know when you have so i can have a cheeky look ;)




Thursday, 18 July 2013

Decorative Dressing Tables.

I seem to have this sort of obsession with interior design and furniture.
I could spend hours just looking through catalogues, and show rooms wishing my bedroom looked like all of them.
I have a ball at Ikea!

When my moved houses, i was excited as this meant that i was going to have a bigger bedroom, as my old bedroom was tiny!
But in this bedroom, i'm actually able to fit a dressing table in which i'm pretty excited about.
It's due to be delivered tomorrow, so i've been busy sorting all my makeup and hair accessories out, ready to put into my new furniture - eeeeeek!
I wish i could re decorate my bedroom every month as i'm always finding new ideas.


It's so easy to make your bedroom pretty.
With a list of things such as:

Candles
Candles are so girly and feminine, and are an easy way to add a classy touch to any bedroom.
They never really get lit, as i get freaked out about fires ha, so they're merely just for decorationg.
I've got some gorgeous tealight candle holders from Argos, which are heart shaped and i LOVE them.

Lamps
My bedroom lights never really on, as it's a bit too bright and hurts my eye, so i'm forever using my lamp.
They add such a relaxing atmosphere to your bedroom.
I love having a bath, then putting my lamp on and reading a good book in bed.

Cushions
I always have loads of pillows & cushions on my bed to make it super comfy.
My beds currently got some gold and cream puffy ones atm, which are sooo soft it's unreal.

Photo Frames
My best friend has a little boy, so i've got loads of pictures of him around my bedroom, as he is the cutest little boy i've ever seen.
They add that personal touch to your bedroom, and make it more homely.






July Wishlist.

Since i've had my car, i haven't really been able to splurge as much as i used to, because let me tell you, it's expensive to run a car!
But this month, is a 5 week month, so that extra weeks wage is all for me, to treat myself, as i've not really bought myself anything for ages.
Here's what i'm on the look out for.

Leopart Print Purse.
If you know me, you'll know i'm OBSESSED with River Island & Leopard print, so as soon as i saw this purse, my heart skipped a beat.
I love the print on it, and how girly it looks.
River Island - £17.


Leopard Print Watch.
This watch is soooooo pretty!
I love how it wraps around your wrist a couple of times, giving it that modern touch to it.
I always need a watch, because my time keeping is shocking lol.
River Island - £25


Tassle Satchel.
I used to treat myself to a new bag every few months, but like i said, i rarely have the money to do this anymore, so i've been keeping my eye on a few bags i like and i've come to the conclusion i need this one.
The black & cream colour scheme keeps it classy and chic at the same time.
I love how it's a satchel aswell, giving it that kind of vintage stye to it.
River Island - £35



Grey Caridgan.
I'm not normally a cardigan person, but for this one i am.
It's soo pretty, i need it.
It'd be practical for nipping out when it's not warm, but not exactly freezing either.
The way it tightens around the wrists makes it even more fashionable and trendy.
River Island - £25





Curve Cut Out Shoulder Dress.
It's my birthday in a few weeks, so i've been trying to find a new dress, but as i'm a plus size, it's been really difficult trying to find a trendy one.. until i found this!
The peach block colours on the side made this really catch my eye.
I'm doing the otley run, for those of you who don't know, it's basically a pub crawl in Headingley in Leeds, and it's meant to be one of the best nights, so i'm rather looking forward to it.
I'm going to team this with some nude heels & a nude clutch bag.
ASOS - £30


Head Rush Shine Spray.
When i used to have Ash Blonde hair, this was my guardian angel, as my hair was always looking dry and rough.
If i added a few sprays of this onto my hair though, it'd look so healthy and shiny, it was like a different head of hair.
I also love the "Bed Head" packaging, as it's always so vibrant and trendy.
Asos - £14.25


iPad Case.
I love all things Ted Baker.
I find the PVC effect and the bow so girly, i need to have everything lol.
I've got the makeup bag, the tote bag, and a little makeup bag for my hand bag, so i thought it's only right i get this little beauty aswell to protect my iPad.
Asos - £39



So there you have it bloggers, what's on your wishlist this month?