• Lifestyle

    33 Things I’ve Learned in my 33 Years

    It’s my birthday.  Today.  And I’m turning 33.  While the world is on it’s head, the populous is banished from the streets and we cannot move for Carol Baskin memes; humble little me is celebrating another year of life.  I am grateful for another wonderful year with my family; a year of big decisions, plans and milestones (and some pretty tough times to boot).  But I won’t launch into a flashback scene here, because today we’re looking forward.  Well, a little looking back actually…at what I’ve learned and can take forward.  Little nuggets and revelations I’ve managed to hoard along the way.  They may sound like cliches, but I’ve put…

  • Lifestyle

    The ‘C’ Word

    I promised I wouldn’t write about this dreaded virus on my blog, and yet here I am 3 days into a national response and I’m blogging about it already.  I was mid fertility update before the world was spun into a bizarre, mad, movie-plot panic… And it just doesn’t feel right to continue feeding my own self indulgence when something so big is coming (and indeed already here for lots of us). And for me the thing coming feels bigger than world panic, more imposing than loo roll infested quarantine and much deeper than any virus. As someone who suffers from terrible anxiety (and specifically health anxiety) I can only…

  • Lifestyle

    Dear Present Self…

    Dear present self, You were not happier yesterday. That’s a trick. Do not be lured into false memories of tranquility with the allure of a simpler life. Those memories are peppered with the deception of wistful nostalgia. Those photographs you moon over were of the good times; the poses, the preening were a stageschool of props. The battles you wager today were there, eclipsed only for a second by the flash of a camera. The past tempts you away from the moment far too often, stealing from your present, borrowing from your “right nows”. Your perfect memory is the landscape of a lie. Dear present self, You will not be…

  • Lifestyle

    A New Direction

    I’ve taken something of a hiatus from social media recently, I often retreat when I need to gather my thoughts and especially when I have big decisions to make as I find the distance helps me to focus.  The first big decision I’ve made is to start a degree – something I’ve been wanting to do probably for the last 10 to 15 years.  The second is to leave my job in order to focus on said degree and also while we are juggling some pretty big life stuff! I am 5 weeks away from leaving my job as a write this and naturally my mind is filled with the…

  • Beauty,  Favourites,  Reviews

    Favourite BB / CC Creams

    When it comes to base makeup my requirements vary dependant on occasion, current skin condition, amount of fake tan I’m wearing and how much I can be bothered!  If I’m having a particularly good skin day I love nothing more than reaching for a decent, light coverage foundation and more often than not a BB or CC Cream is my go to. I’ve often been asked what I’m using on my skin when I’m wearing lighter products, a reassurance that less really can be more! Experimenting with different products can be a lengthy and costly affair, so I decided to compile a review of my favourite Creams, varying in budget,…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle

    The problem with fashion

    I felt compelled to write a semi-serious post after the recent #Burberry scandal hit the headlines.. burning end of line fashion to ensure it doesn’t discount and fall into the hands of consumers not worthy of their brand. I was, perhaps naively, completely stunned that such a practice was common place – and across a shockingly widespread array of high end brands. But really a little research and reflection and I realise of course, fashion has never been ethical. The premise pushed by the fashion industry that we must perpetually update our wardrobes with vast ranges of unnecessary wear, based upon seasonal rotation, is yet another effort contributing to a…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Trying 75p Fake Tan!!

    I love experimenting with new products – makeup, #tan,  hair care, food!  You name it, I’m always on the look out for a new favourite! Recently something caught my eye in … believe it or not … Poundland! Please stay with me… On the shelf next to your typical less than exciting Poundland tanning range, I spotted the cheapest bottle of fake tan I have ever encountered.  And, I have to be honest, it looked cheap.  Obnoxious white plastic bottle, orange logo (not the most inviting colour for a tanning product) and a black crazy font boasting the name of the product; “Ibiza Honey”.  Nothing about it was inviting actually. …

  • Beauty,  Tutorials

    DIY Brow Routine

    Before we get started on this one I feel it’s only fair to warn you that my freshly done #brows are not for the faint hearted. But that’s how I like them – full, sculpted and dark. Look away now if that’s not for you! However this technique can easily be used to achieve a more subtle outcome by adjusting the tinting times and application method. So just experiment and learn by trial and error – just as I did. I’ve tried many different brow techniques over the years (except microblading which interests me greatly!) and the outcome I get from my own method is definitely the one I prefer.…