Sunday, 26 October 2014

First ever Youtube video: "Get to know me" weekly vlog!

Picked a boring week to do my first ever weekly vlog type thing as didn't do too much but gives me good practice and a chance to get my head around iMovie! 

A lot of make up, guinea pig action, food and gym... oh and a rather large Boots haul! 

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Running my own business!

A couple of friends and a couple of the lovely gals I went to school with have got me thinking over the last few weeks.. they've set up and are running their own little business (I say little... they're definitely thinking BIG) and it's really inspired me! 

Those who've known me a while may remember that 3 years ago myself and one of my bestie's Hannah, set up a little company called Bows and Hearts. After a few months I started going it alone - I made and sold jewellery, personalised phone cases, purses, sunnies and clothes, gifts and a few other bits and bobs! I did it for about 2 years and even did parties at people's houses and had stalls at markets which I loved. But late last year, I was so busy with work, and spending more money than I was making, I stopped and it came to a bit of an end and all remaining stock got sold at a car boot. 

Lately I've decided I actually really miss something to focus on (apart from blogging obvs) and it gives me a big new project! But I have NO freaking clue what to do.. I'd love to do something really similar but with limited skills and money, I need to have a think and find some real inspiration before I agree with myself! 

I flipping loved talking to people and loved meeting new people and posting an order made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and seeing people post photos on Instagram now of new jewellery or clothes they've brought and are helping promote the company, it makes me miss being tagged in photos of someone wearing my stuff and the satisfaction is gave me! 

Do you ever get mind-blank so bad that you have no idea where to start when thinking of ideas? This is how I feel at the moment so I'd love to know what kinda business you think is missing, or what kinda business you could set up if you could do anything.. anything that can be done from home that is! I need inspiration and ideas and hopefully soon it'll be brought to life! 

In the mean time.. here are a few of my favourite little businesses run by some of the beauties out there! 

Run by one of my lovely Bootsies Girls, Jen! Personalises and designs her own t-Shirts and bags! Safe to say I got a fair few in my wardrobe! 

Cabella Boutique 
You know when you have someone on Facebook from school and even though you never really speak, when they announce they're opening their own make up boutique, you get a little bit of pride! I love seeing what Dannica's up to and even getting a bit of make up inspiration - there's also a little shop online and in her boutique which is always dangerous for the bank account!

April runs her little business through Instagram and makes her own beautiful jewellery and I was quick to purchase one of her coin necklaces. Be sure to check our April's Instagram for Auroramist if you fancy something a little different but very special!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Halloween Nail Ideas

This year I've found looooads of inspiration for halloween make up and outfits but not for nails... maybe it's just me! But I had a play with a new 15 polish Elf set I picked up from TKMaxx last week and came up with the following! Not much I know but was clearly bored and too excited at having 15 new nail polishes ;)

Pleeeeease Tweet me your Halloween Nail idea blogs! xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's in my Bag & Emergency make up kit!

I looove reading/watching other people "What's in my bag" videos so thought I'd do one of my own after having a bag clear out due to buying my new baby... Carvella by Kurt Geirger indeed! 

I don't have much in my bag and I like to keep it cleared out (I say that, I've just thrown away 6 tomato ketchup sachets and had 9 lipglosses in the bottom.. so maybe not) and normally just keep the essentials! 

Obviously purse, phone and iPod are a no brainer but I also keep a notebook in my bag incase I get any blog ideas or ideas for our 3000 mile challenge next year (check out for more info) so it comes in quite handy! Of course at the mo I'm trying to be healthy and I'm still doing my Your Tea Tiny Tea Teatox so got some teabags for when I'm at work or out an about, along with a bottle of water. 

I go through phases where I end up with 893647654 different perfumes in the bottom of my bag however after removing Gucci and Soap and Glory, the flavour of the month is Zoella's new Blissful Mistful fragrance! Loooove it :) Along with a hand cream, I also have my emergency make up bag! 

Because I travel quite a bit with work or end up going to the gym then going out with the bf after for food, I've started to carry around an emergency make up kit! - love the ecotools make up brushes and now they do mini ones that are just as good, it's perfect! I love a good mini so the mascara and blusher cream are great along with the smaller/thinner tubes of concealer and lip balms! Oh and don't forget hair grips... can never get enough hair grips ;) 

Would looooove to see your "What's in my bag" videos or blogs so please Tweet me links :) 

Sunday, 19 October 2014


I've had a play and a change around with my blog as I'm trying (trying being the key word) to add tabs along the top so I can have a page for all of the beauty posts, fashion posts, food posts and lifestyle posts! I'm failing epically so if anyone can help me and do it for me I'd love you ;)

Plus, I've FINALLY got my head around #Bloglovin after months of attempting to even log on!

Please please give me a little cheeky follow.. may even come up with a give away ;)


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Getting ready for a night out, Part 2: #HOTD #FOTD and the tan!

Following on from the prepwork I made the night before, this is the second part to the "getting ready for a night out" blog.So, I'm shaved, exfoliated, washed hair and relaxed! Now it's time for the hard work to really begin ;) 

 I'm not going to lie, when I moved house a few months ago and had a massive clear out, I threw away 20+ fake tans (shameful.. I know)! But St Moriz is one that will stay with me no matter what other brands claim they're "the best". It's cheap and cheerful but my god, it gives the best, most natural tan I've ever had using a fake tan. I love St Tropez spray tans for special occasions but when it's a normal night out, I do a couple of layers of the St Moriz tanning lotion in dark and use the mist to cover any patches that are uneven or that I've missed and BOOM, ready to rock the little dress or shorts!


Firstly - how freaking super excited am I at getting my mitts on a Zoella Beauty cosmetic bag?! VERY! 

OK... back to business! As I had some gradual tan on my hands/neck/face, I brought out the Rimmel Wake Up foundation (is it Wake Up or Wake me Up?) - I only wear this with a bit of a tan as the lightest shade is still to dark for my milk bottle complexion which is a shame as it's my favourite foundation! 

Now Autumn's hit, it's definitely time to bring out the Berry lip glosses, dark nail polishes and extra dark smokey eye - oh, and as I'm hitting the town, I brought a pair of false eyelashes too which annoyingly, I didn't use as the Rimmel Accelerator Mascara is just too good!

(Also in the make up bag... Seventeen Matte Primer, Bronzer and 18 hour concealer, Natural Collection Blusher, Smashbox eye pallet and Sally Hansen nail polish in Nearly Midnight).


For my hair I used the Babyliss Wand which is currently on offer at Boots ( which I've had for years and is always the most reliable thing. All I did was split my hair into 8ths and curled it downwards before brushing it through (and blasting enough hairspray on it to make me gag in the car all the way from Shrewsbury to Nottingham!)


Ever had that heartbreaking moment when you try on an outfit and it's too small and they can't find you a bigger size in the shop? I had this with my new Miss Selfridge Playsuit. The only one they could find in my size was the one on the model... It's safe to say betime I left the shop the plastic model was now naked! Woops. It's even more Heartbreaking that it's now £30 down from £45... GUTTED. But I don't care, I flipping love it. It's so comfortable and lightweight, the short part is that little bit longer which is perfect for a 5'10 me, plus I love the long sleeves in this weather. I also picked up a new necklace for £3 from Primark which is edgily cute! 

Of course, start the night with a few pre-drinks with the girls and a bottle of nice sparkly Rose to kick off the occasion and you'll be well on your way to a brilliant night! <3 

Tweet me your night out #HOTD #FOTD and #OOTD! :)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Birthday Wishlist!

So it's that time of the year and family are asking me what I want for my birthday in November and normally I don't have the foggiest and I'm not fussed but this year I've had my eye on a few things so I thought I'd pull together a #birthdaywishlist blog...

New Look Chelsea Boots in tan and/or black - size 7
Yankee Candle - Fireside Treat
A casserole dish... Not fussed on colour but after my bestie made me dinner the other night using one, I've been looking all over for a large ceramic one.
Bones Season 1-9 DVD Boxset
Nike Tight Fit Running Leggins
Your Tea's Anti C Tea (
Cosmetic Bag from
Instax Mini 8 Polaroid camera (white)

Plenty of things to pick from there for you ;)


OMG TOTES FORGOT; Bottle of Gucci Guilty should be on the list 😘

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Getting Ready for a night out, part 1: Pamper session

Ever been so tired and just had a couple of "those" weeks where you don't even know what to do or think? It's been like that for me this week and I was so super tired last night, I had to ditch the idea of driving back to Nottingham after work and after picking up Zoe's new Bath Soak from her new Zoella beauty line, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take a chill out hour and have a bath and start preparing for tonight's mayhem! It's the first proper night out I'm going on since January so this calls for all the stops! 

I've literally not had a bath in years.. I don't have the patience and I'm definitely a shower person but I've had a bath bomb sitting in the bathroom that long it probably didn't relax me as much as it should. 

But actually, I quite enjoyed laying in the bath, the bath bomb from Lush giving the most gorgeous smell - nothing a couple of eps of Big Bang Theory and a cider can't help too. 

Knowing I was fake tanning after, I shaved the pins and tried out the No7 Intensive Radiance Body Scrub which I picked up from Boots with a No7 voupon - I've never tried it before but the smell alone captured me. It wasn't too heavy or grainy and was really easy to massage into the skin before washing away - definitely left me legs feeling smooth and tan ready! 

And of course... can't forget the new Zoella Beauty bath soak.. was so excited to hear Zoe had brought out her own beauty line and ordered a few bits the day it was available. This smells loooovely and made my bath super bubbly. You can also use it as a body wash which is a bonus! 

So.. post bath (isn't getting out of a bath one of the worst feelings ever?), before I tan myself up, do a quick file/buff/smooth (the Models Own 4 way nail magician is the best £3 I've spent in a looong time!) of the nails and a quick couple of coats of OPI Nail Envy.. I heard if you dry it under UV light it works better so gave it ago - it did dry a lot more shinier than normal! 

I get soooo nervous fake tanning my arms so I always try and stick with the gradual tan - it's a great moisturiser too. I hate the smell but it's the best gradual tan I've ever used so I guess that you win some and lose some. I only ever need to put a good amount on the night before and it normally gives a good enough tan to not have to put anymore on the next day.. and for just a couple of quid at Boots at the mo, I've definitely stocked up. 

So.. that's about it for the first part of the getting ready for a big night out and normally happens the night before. I'll upload a post shortly for part 2 of party prep - the leg tanning, the face, the hair the outfit and what I take out with me! :) 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Winter Weekends

Now the nights are drawing in and it's getting a little chilly (I say that, it's like 18 degrees or something as I write this... typical), it's the time of year where I get bored at a weekend and look for things to do. Thought I'd share a few weekend inspiration tips and ideas

As my mates and anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I'm a gym bunny and already go to the gym both Saturday and Sunday practically every weekend unless I'm away (very rare!) so this is something that I'll carry on during the colder months and may even spend more time in there.

There's literally nothing better than the smell of home made cakes.. apart from licking the spoon. So why not spend a Sunday afternoon cooking up some cup cakes or a victoria sponge? With it being the weekend, it means you've got longer to spend making dinner so take the time to enjoy making what you eat and push the boat out a little bit more. Instead of whipping up a quick spag bol, why not make the sauce from scratch? Or have fun with a new pasta maker?

Have a clear out
This weekend I sat and put loads of clothes on eBay, from dresses I don't wear anymore, to shoes I've never work. Plan the next few weekends to have a clear out in a different section of your house/bedroom -eg, one weekend have a clear out of your clothes, then the next weekend hit the shoe box, maybe then your handbags and accessories. Don't forget about having a make up clear out and even a haircare clear out (if you're like me and have 2 boxes of make up, 1 and a bit of hair stuff and a box of general bits and bobs beauty wise)! - yes, this was me, mid-clear out!

Watch a film 
I'm not a film buff at all and rarely have the patience to sit for 2 or 3 hours to watch a film, especially at home. But in a few weeks time when it's dark at 5pm and you have nothing else to do, dig out a good feel good film and have a watch on the sofa with a blanket and some popcorn. My to-watch box consists of Love Actually, Bridget Jones, Toy Story, We're the Millers (already watched this but freaking love it!), It's Complicated and of course the Holiday.. oh and Elf nearer to Christmas! Definitely check out the Pound Shops around you, you can get some really good bargains. 

Get creative
Spend an afternoon or morning getting a bit creative.. head down to your local Hobby Craft or arty shop and see what's in the sale section or what takes your fancy. Even  just walking around the shop having a mooch can give you ideas on what to do. I recently popped in and they had cardboard block letters in the sale so I picked these up along with some de coupage paper to decorate them with. It was sooo easy and kinda fun feeling like I was back in school with PVA glue.. next on my list is the 5ft tall Giraffe!