Thursday, 21 April 2016

Life update: Qualification, putting a ring on it and rescuing another pig!

I'm kinda fed up of being a broken record when I keep saying "I will get back into blogging" as I know I won't, I won't ever be able to do it as often as I'd like as I juggle a full time job, a second job doing free lance make up as well as attempting to have some sort of life. And it's been a while but today I have the urge to blog so I've just posted about my new favourite nail paints and I've currently got a list in front of me of my new blog posts ideas...

So first up... lots of life updates..

I finally qualified as a professional make up artist which has been fantastic for both at work on the No7 counter as well as doing makeovers mobile - I've done wedding trials, night out makeovers, you name it. And you know what, it was 6 months of hard work and making the time to get the 27 units with 13 modules in each done but I got there eventually (:

Also, and I'm sure many of you are bored of hearing about it but back in February (27th to be precise!) I got engaged! Nick took me to Rome as a Christmas present at the end of February for 2 nights which was incredible - I keep meaning to do a Rome blogpost so that'll be coming soon. He proposed outside of the Colisseum at night after the most wonderful meal. I of course said yes and we've actually already started to make a few plans so I'm sure that there will be a wedding tab appearing shortly along the top of my blog so I can take you along the journey - mainly as I was in such a state at first as I had no clue what to do when we first got engaged so hopefully I'll be able to help other new brides in the future! PS - not sure how to get rid of all this junk - it doesn't appear on the editing page... bare with... <3 -="" a="" about..="" about="" all="" along="" also="" amazing="" and="" area="" as="" asked="" be="" been="" best="" blog="" blogging="" brings="" colosseum="" crazy="" do="" engaged="" etc="" few="" first="" get="" getting="" go="" got="" had="" have="" help="" honesty="" i="" idea="" ideas="" in="" inspiration="" into="" it="" journey="" just="" like="" little="" ll="" m="" my="" nbsp="" new="" nick="" no="" off="" olympus="" on="" our="" outside="" p="" pen="" people="" photos="" pinterest="" places="" posting="" proposed="" pull="" rome="" round="" show="" so="" stumped="" sure="" the="" this="" tips="" to="" together.="" too="" took="" top="" try="" ve="" want="" was="" we="" wedding="" weekend="" what="" when="" while="" whole="" will="" with="" woman="">

Thirdly... we have a new piggie... Little Miss Piggy! I rescued her from Wolverhampton and they'd only given her the name Piggy which I don't like but she responds to it and at about 6 months old, I don't want to go confusing her by changing her name. When we got her at the end of January(ish) she was SO quiet.. I was really worried as she was on her own and wasn't in the best state and had been kept in the downstairs toilet in the cold. She barely came out of her house, didn't really eat or drink and was only happy when she was being held but now... oh lord... it's a different story and she's a completely different pig! She runs the roost! Out of the 4 piggies she is one of the two loudest by a country mile - she chews on her cage door when you rattle a bag and she knows she's going to be fed and she's loves to have a proper run around on the sofa.... whether me or Nick are sat on it or not! She's obsessed with the TV and I won't lie, I'm a little upset she's a Daddy's girl and loves a cuddle with Nick. But I mean... look how cute!!! 

I think that kinda explains everything - it's been a crazy start to 2016 and it's flown by! It's been a testing few months but I wouldn't have changed it as now I have plenty of ideas and opportunities to get this blog back up and running. I've finally had a bit of a redesign too - only a few little areas but they make all the difference. I'm sure a "Wedding" tab along the top will be popping up soon too ;)

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Product Empties!

I've done an empties post before but it was a while ago and while I was having a clear out over the weekend, I realised how many products I was just holding onto for the empty (or nearly empty) packaging! Here's a little Empties post for yaaaa! 

Think both of these were in my previous empties but I get through hair products, particularly conditioners and treatments, like there's no tomorrow. I've used the Pantene ProV range since they brought out the Repair items last year but lately I've heard a lot of bad things about Pantene so I've moved on. I'm still loving the Ultimate Blends treatment though - I'm just glad they're normally on offer for a couple of quid as a bottle will only cover my hair over about 3 washes. It is one I'll keep repurchasing. 

Make up times! Collection Concealer... classic. I've brought it like 23847238746 times and will forever continue to purchase. Smash box Primer - will always be my favourite primer ever as it gives the most amazing matte effect but at £32 a pop now, I'll be sticking to No7's new mattifying primer. Beautifully Matte.. I have 3 pretty much empty bottles all in different shades. Calico and Warm Ivory I'll be repurchasing religiously until I'm too old to put on make up but Cool Vanilla I've recently learnt is too pink-toned for me. My favourite foundation ever though. The Collection Concealer palette - I blogged about how in Love I am with this and even though I've only hit the pan of 4 of them, I've already repurchased purely for these shades! 

My skin has been playing havoc recently so I've been using so many skincare products to try and help - these have been my favourite 3 and have run out quicker than the rest. The Micellar Water I've already repurchased as has the spot cream (as it's amazing and works over night) but the pads aren't too special - they are confronting for helping remove all make up and exfoliating over bad areas but they do make it sting over fresh spots so I don't know if I'll be trying them again. 

This toothpaste was in my last empties I think and has been brought a few times over the last year but since Oral B have brought a new one out, I'll be sticking with the upgrade. 

Wouldn't be an empties without a candle... so, I may have had 6 pretty much empty candles but this has been my favourite :( I purchased this from Cabella in Nottingham last year and it smells incredible and looks absolutely beautiful when first purchased. I'll definitely be stocking up next time I'm in Nottingham. 

Short but sweet and picked just a few of the products I've used (and remembered not to throw away while empty!). What do you run out of quickest? Skincare? Make Up? 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint Collection

My favourite nail polish brand by a clear mile is Barry M so when I was doing the delivery at work this week and saw there was a whole new collection of Barry M Gel Nail Paints... with COCONUT infused, I got a little over excited and just had to try them all. 

The colours are amazing and there's a great variety between bright colours, to pastels, to some lovely nudes! These are only 5 of the colours but I'm definitely going to be purchasing Flamingo (the tangerine one), Bikini (the green one) and Starfish (nude on index finger) while they're on offer at Boots. 

I tested them out Wednesday night and I only took them off last night (Saturday) as I had to look a bit more professional for work today and wanted just one colour. They'd barely chipped despite being put on without a base or top coat - the shine was perfect too but what I loved is how quickly they dried! 

The new Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paints are perfect for Spring and Summer and a sure sign the new seasons are upon us. 

What nail polishes have you seen welcome the better weather? I need to update my collection!