Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Current Favourite #FOTD

So it's safe to say that over the last few months, maybe a year or so , my make up range has drastically changed (and improved!) and I've spread my wings away from just whatever I could get in Boots and bitten the bullet to spend a bit more money to try some new beauty products. I've spent so long watching YouTube videos and reading blogs to know that the money I'm spending is worth it and I feel that for the first time in a long time, this is the happiest and most confident I've been with my current make up bag..

So this is the look that I've been going with day to day over the last few weeks - sometimes I'll do more an less depending in how long I have before I start work or if I'm going out at night etc but for a standard look, this is how I'm going:

FOUNDATION: Fenty Beauty
CONCEALER: Nars Cream Concealer
CONTOUR: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Face (Bronzer)
BLUSH: No7 Rose Gold Shimmer
HIGHLIGHT: Fenty Beauty / Illamasqua Loose Powder Highlight
BROWS: HD Brow Kit
EYE SHADOWCharlotte Tilbury Instant Face
EYELINER: Primark (can't be all fancy can I now?!)
MASCARA: Maybelline Lash Sensational
LIPS: Nyx Lip Cream in London 

This is me without Fake tan so if I'm tanned, it's obviously lots more bronzer and possibly my Estee Lauder doublewear which is too dark for me naturally. If I'm out at night or for a meal I go for a super dark lip too while the nights are still drawing in early. I am looking forward to Spring through for bright lips and pastel nails.

If you were like the 2-years-ago me and are wanting to experiment and expand your make up range, I'd definitely recommend spending a lot of time online, speaking to the girls in stores such as Boots or House Of Fraser etc and really spend time looking into what you want before spending money. This is the first time in a long time I've felt so confident in myself as a make up artist as well as happy with my current collection. My aim in 2018 is to get back into being an MUA more and to develop my skills as much as I can. I'm even debating doing a few videos for YouTube etc so fingers crossed, watch this space!

Friday, 9 February 2018

January Haul!

So after working 70+ hours a week throughout the majority of November and December on hourly pay and then not having the time to spend any of it, I knew January was a time to treat myself to some new clothes now I've lost weight and a fit bits and pieces to make our house more of a home as we'd really not paid attention to it in the 3 months we'd been there so I did a bit of sale shopping and treated myself/us to a few new goodies...

Ok so it wasn't boxing day but we managed to go shopping between Christmas and New Year over at Cribbs Causeway and I spent a couple of vouchers that I'd received. Helloooooo Piggie goodies in Cath Kidston - just when I thought I'd got every item from the Guinea Pig Range I spotted a 2018 diary! I managed to pick up a candle, 2 note books, diary, land yard and some stationary all for less than £30 - bargains galore. I also had a One For All voucher which I used on a Yankee Candle (which smells amaaaaaazing) and a Ghost perfume gift set from Boots. Both half price in the sale. And of course... voucher or no voucher, Lush had to be on the list too. There wasn't a huge amount of Christmas products left but I managed to pick up a gift set and a couple of single bombs as well as the Once Upon A Time body lotion. 

So I went into a Primark for the first time in a few months and was so excited - but that was short lived as I was so disappointed with their current range. There really wasn't anything that took my fancy. It was a pretty boring shop - you know, the typical, 3 packs of boring knickers, boring socks and tights, black shoes for work etc.. but I did manage to pick up a couple of pairs of cute shoes in the sale for work as well as a floral blouse. I also bagged a couple of really nice, pretty bras in the sale too. 

Just lately, New Look has been my go-to for everything for clothes and shoes and I've loved everything I received. So when the sales hit I placed 3 big orders and got some really good bargains - jumpers for £1 (including a gorgeous cashmere one), dresses for £3 - you name it! But these are a selection of my favourite items that I picked up. There was such a great selection in the sales for both work and casual and managed to get a couple of nice dresses too for the odd occasion I may go out on a Friday or Saturday night for cocktails. 

I got a fair amount from Superdrug including a large Zoella Giftset for £7.50 down from £60 which is great just for every day body items as there was such a variety. I even got the Snowella Perfume for £2 too. But my favourite item that I purchased from Superdrug (and possibly throughout January in general) was this Charcoal toothpaste. I keep seeing them all over social media etc but this was at the tills for just £1.49 so I threw one in my basket when I got to the till. I'm tempted to do a full post on it in itself as it's so amazing, but that's really all you need to know. It's made such a difference to my teeth already in just a couple of weeks - it has no bad taste or texture and is just the same as normal toothpaste apart from it's black! Definitely recommend. 

I did a whole blog post about this incred section of my January haul so I'm not gonna babble on about it now. If you wanna see how I got £300+ worth of make up for £73, go and check it out! 

So yeah... a few treats and good bargains throughout January! 
Is there anything else I need in my life for February? Let me know! 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Bath Highlights

(Firstly.. AGH. WHY BLOG SPOT? Just wrote this whole post and closed the page.. went back and it's gone. GONE.)

Ok.. deep breaths.. and calm. Let's go again. 


We moved to Somerset back in October and in the last few months I've fallen in love with a local town/city that will forever be one of my favourite places in the world. We went to Bath for the first time in November for my birthday just for a night away. We picked it as it's close and also that there's a Greene King Hotel where we get rooms for half price - win win! I never expected to really like Bath as much as I did and since then, every time we've been back we've found new little areas of Bath that we'd missed the times before. 

We've stayed at the same hotel every time, the Loch Fyne Milson hotel. It's above a Loch Fyne restaurant and it really is just beautiful. The rooms are so homely and comfy and really rather... luxurious. With coffee machines in each room along with baths big enough for a whole family, massive beds with gorgeous cosy bedding and a real homely feel with fires in each room along with the standard hotel amenities such as TVs - it really is one of my favourite hotels in the country - possibly more. It's also in a perfect location as it's right at the top of Bath with stunning views but also very central so you're within walking distance to everything. I would definitely recommend the hotel if you're visiting Bath. 

What I didn't expect about Bath is the amount of drinking and eating places that are surrounding the town. I naively expected it to be quite oldy-worldy with just tourists looking at baths and Abbey's but I was gladly proven wrong. 

The first time we went we found a couple of favourites which we've been back to when we've been back. "Canon" was one of the first places we went for a drink as it was advertising that it sold ales and beers so that was it - Nick was sold. We went in and they had an open mic night with live singers which made it an amazing atmosphere. The drink selection was fantastic too - there was something for everyone! Beers, ales, gins, vodkas, ciders, cocktails.. you name it! We've been back since and it's just a great little place to visit. 

Another favourite is one we found just last week - The WestGate Pub. We only popped in as it was raining, it advertised coffees and it was a Greene King Pub. I walked in and was blown away but how wonderful it looked inside. It was so bright and airy with a great ambiance in the bar area but then when you walk into the main restaurant area it's darker with a real "locals" cosy atmosphere and funky feel. With lots of greenery around the place and a clear colour and feel theme running through, it's a stunning pub. They also have a great drinks menu with some lovely cocktails.. the Pornstar Martini is a must! We went twice in a weekend - once during the day and once in the evening and both times it was totally different. It was really chilled out over the lunch period but on a Friday evening it was busy with great music and lots of people getting into the weekend spirit! 

To finish a night off, 2 for 1 cocktails at a classic place like Slug and Lettuce or Revs is a must - both with great music and great drink selection. Yes you can get both of them in most cities around the UK but let's be honest - there a must for any night out you go on! (If you haven't already - get a Revs card if you're a regular as for £4 you can get 2-4-1 cocktails at any point, discounts on food and more). 

Obviously Bath isn't just good for a night out and eating and drinking and yes, it is of course famously known for it's tourist spots such as the Roman Baths and, my favourite, the Abbey. Absolutely stunning inside and out - a wonderful little area and tourist spot to walk around and a must if you visit Bath itself. You could almost forget you're even in Bath or the UK and imagine yourself somewhere like Rome or Italy with the tourists and the cameras flashing. 

Bath is a great area whether you're looking to be a tourist for the day or just looking for a weekend away with the girls for a few cocktails and nice food. It's so easy to drive to as well with a few different car parks to choose from or of course you can get the Station (and visit the cocktail bar next door to the station on arrival!). It's a lovely town just to have a wander around if you're local like us but have never been.. with little shops, cafes and markets, it really does have something for everyone. 

Bath will definitely be one of my favourite places to visit from here on in. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Tam Beauty Sale Haul

I'm blogging - it's a miracle! Blogmas lasted all of 1 post. Work has just been beyond crazy busy while trying to settle in to a new town - but more on that soon! So yes.. Happy New Year! 

My 2018 started pretty epically by bagging over £300 worth of make up from TamBeauty for just £73. Yes.. less than a 3rd of what it was worth. I got a lot of good sales in the boxing day/January sales but these were definitely my favourites. Superdrug had sold out of every Make Up Revolution gift set when I went on to have a look but then I saw that the TamBeauty website had the same gift sets that were a) cheaper, and b) in stock. I only went on to have a nosey to have a look but ended up with a loooooot. 

I managed to get a Make Up Revolution Lip Vault worth £60 with 10 lip kits which was one of the sets I wanted from Superdrug's website. It just looks so slick and organised and even though I won't use all of them, I've enjoyed trying them all out and the ones I know for sure I won't want I've given to one of my girlies. 

I also managed to get the Make Up Revolution Advent Calander which was one of the sets I had my other eye on. It was £20 for £100+ worth of make up including 2 of the Flawless Pallets and the Revoholic contour/highlight kit. 

On the second level there was also the Ultra Pro Glow highlight kit which is beyond beautiful and has already become my staple highlight pallet. There was also a Blush pallet and a Sun Kiss Bronzer. I'm not a massive fan of shimmery bronzers/contours but I used this as an eye shadow and it was lovely to blend into a darker brown on the crease. Also in the same drawer was the banana powder I already use so I know I love it. 

If that wasn't everything, in the bottom drawer there's also a whoooooole set of lovely brushes to use! You've got everything from foundation and face brushes as well as eye and lip brushes too. 

The whole set has everything you could ever need so it's an amazing product for someone either just getting into make up or for a present to someone who already loves make up. The storage box itself is great and will be so handy in my dressing room to keep my favourite Make Up Revolution goodies together. 

There was also a few single products/collections I purchased while I was scrolling through the Tam Beauty website that were just such amazing bargains, I could never resist. 

I got the Lip Ultra Vamp 2017 Kit because I can't say no to a good wintery, dark kit. Even if it is January, I will try and drag out the dark lip for as long as possible. These are great as they have different finishes and different tones so you can match them to the occasion you're getting ready for or just your outfit. Plus for £4, even if I didn't like one, I'm sure a girlfriend would benefit from it. 

I also picked up the ProArtist lipkit from Freedom which I've used most days since it arrived. It's stunning with a great range of colours. It's great over a lipliner or even over a lipstick to make it last longer. It's soft and moisturising too so I've been loving them over a matte lip paint so it's not as dry. Again for approximately a fiver, such a bargain. 

My final goodie was the biggest bargain at just £1.80 - The Dead Are Alive eyeshadow pallet. For whatever reason I actually brought 4 of them - whether it was subconsciously planning girlfriends birthdays in my head or just thought I could keep one for me and one for my MUA kit and keep a couple for friends - who knows! I know I had a lot of MURev eye kits before I brought all these but they are hands down my favourite brands for eye shadows and I turn to these daily - more so than HudaBeauty or Charlotte Tilbury kits that are currently slowly collecting dust. They're easy to blend and lovely colours, particularly for this time of year. 

For less than £75, I really can't complain at bagging all these bargains. Even if I don't use everything in the gift sets, they'll make lovely presents for my girls or even if I pop them in my MUA kit I'm sure someone who I'm doing a make over for will take advantage of them. 

There's still a lot of bargains on the TamBeauty website so I would DEFINITELY have a gander and see what bargains you can get as there's such a variety of products and brands waiting to be picked up super cheap. 

You're welcome ladies ;) 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

BLOGMAS DAY 1: We're on the move - Part 2: ... Hello Somerset!

Well it's been a while.. a hell of a lot longer than anticipated.

And I’m going to attempt Blogmas.. even though this is now currently 2 days late - oops! 

I officially moved to Clevedon, Somerset over 2 months ago now and it's absolutely flown by. It's not been easy to start with and we've had a lot more challenges than expected at work and setting up the house but I finally feel, after slowing down this week, that we're finally "settled" and I finally feel like I do actually live in Clevedon and I'm not just on holiday.

I moved into the house September 15th and Nick came down after we went to Turkey early October so I spent a couple of weeks here alone setting up the house and getting to know the area. Clevedon is such a lovely little town. Luckily we're in such a great location within proximity of Cribbs Causeway shopping centre, or Bristol City centre or even the beauty that is Bath as it really is small with not a huge amount to do but there's some really cute little nooks and crannies of Clevedon with some lovely independent shops and cafes.. and of course a couple of nice bars and places to go for a bite to eat...

A lovely little Café, Tiffin, quickly became my favourite place for a nice lunch - particularly when it's nice and sunny as it's right on the sea front! They do a lunch called "the Picnic plate" where you can choose a sandwich which comes with crisps, salad, couscous or houmous, along with fruit and a (beautiful!) chocolate tiffin - all for £8.50. I've had it a few times and it's certainly a new favourite. I'm also loving the Teatro lounge which is the same brand as my favourite Telford restaurant, Novello! I was beyond excited when I realised and the next Tuesday I was there, ready and waiting for Tapas Tuesday! Our final favourite is Murray's which does theeeee best pizza - it's also a lovely little deli shop which sells a great selection of fresh meats, cheeses and typical deli products.. Oooh.. what I'd give to have a pizza right now!

One of my favourite areas of Clevedon though is the Pier.. it's a lovely Pier that is clearly very well looked after with a lovely team to chat to who are so knowledgable. With a little café and a seafood restaurant, you really can make an afternoon of it. The views from the end of the old fashioned pier will make you want to sit and watch the world go by while looking over the bay with a coffee or home made ice cream. It's nice to have a walk down either with friends or family, or even like me if you like to have some thinking time with beautiful views.

Being by the sea in general is a huge thing for me as I've always loved being near a beach, no matter what beach or where in the world I always find it calming and relaxing and there's just something about it that warms me. To look out of the window at work, or just wrap up walm to have a walk along the sea front less than 20 minute walk from our house.. it makes each day worth of solid work worth it!

It's safe to say that Clevedon has stolen our hearts and I'm not sure where the first 2 months have gone to but now work is quietening down, we can really spend the time exploring the town and finding even more hidden gems.

So I will attempt to catch up on Blogmas but hey, I’ve made a start! Let the festivities begin xox 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Primark and HM Clothes Haul: Work Wear

So as I'm moving pubs, I thought I'd treat myself to a few new treats to wear at work and buy some new Autumn/Winter clothing pieces ready for the next few months. I purely aimed to go just to Primark but I have to go through H&M in Shrewsbury to get to Primark and saw that all of their sale items were on 3 for 2... well, that was all I needed. I've never really shopped properly at H&M before - I've been in but never really paid attention so I was SO surprised at how many goodies I managed to find at such a good price as well as being on 3 for 2. 

So from H&M I got some "basics" including a black and red simple dress for just over tights under a nice blazer as well as possibly my favourite item of them all - a really cute, grey, pinstripe pinafore for over a black jumper. I really loved this as I thought it could be mixed with so many outfits. Speaking of black jumpers... I brought a black jumper, simple with ruffles on the top but nothing fancy which is great for work - along with a black and white blouse. All 5 times came to less than £30 so I really can't complain. It's all quite simple but I don't want anything fancy and I prefer the simplictic looks with just a blazer on top! Plus all these items could be quite easily jazzed up for a night out with a pair of heels and lots of bling. 


So I also found a few goodies in Primark that were a little more casual but can still be worked into outfits for work. I picked up a gorgeous khaki Green Dress that again, will go perfect with a black jumper and tights (which I've already been using!) as well as on it's on when we go on holiday in a couple of weeks time. I'm loving the black and white floral striped blouse that I got as well half price - £6, bargain! It's great as it's long enough that you can wear it just over tights or on it's own on a night out or with leggings or jeans for work. 

I also picked up some "essentials" including 2 pair of basic jeans which are smarter for work as well as a plain black top which will go under the pinafore or the green dress or even tucked into the jeans which are high waisted. 

The Valentino Stud style shoes were also a bargain at just £3 in the sale. They had them in Black which would've been better but they only had my size in the cream. Either way, for holiday and work they're lovely! 


Altogeher I spent about £80 in both shops for what will end up being about 3874289 different outfit options so I'm really chuffed with my little work shopping spree! I have a right mix of outfits between smart items and more casual plus I tried to get items that I would be able to wear either at work or not or even be able to take them to Turkey! YAY! 

If anyone else has to shop specifically for work items, let me know where you go and what bargains you've picked up... not that I need an excuse to carry on ;) 


Monday, 11 September 2017

We're on the Move - Part 1: Goodbye Shrewsbury...

Yep... that's right... Goodbye Shrewsbury. After 3 years being in this wonderful, beautiful town, it's time to move on. We've had 3 years managing a pub here but we're soon off to live in Clevedon in Somerset to manage another pub there.

It's been such a rollercoaster of a 3 years but I can honestly say, hand on heart, I've already shed tears at the thought of leaving. Even though I don't, in all honesty, have a lot to say goodbye to here, the odd things, or people that I do have to say goodbye to, have been a huge part of my life here and I will miss them entirely.

I didn't really know what to post about so I think I'm just going to go through my highlights of my last 3 years.. my favourite places to go, my favourite things to see, my favourite people.

Peach Tree/Havana
There's been a lot of cocktails, bars and meals out over the last 3 years but nowhere quite beats "the perfect night out" like cocktails at Havana followed by a beautiful meal at The Peach Tree. We've spent many nights here whether it's birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, Mum-visits... it's just the perfect place for a special occasion.. such as a Saturday night! It also helps that the big man, Grant, is an absolute LEGEND and has been so lovely to meet over the last few years.

Find out more about why it's the perfect night here:

Church Stretton/Carding Mill Valley/Long Mynd
I my favourite walking spot in the whole of Shropshire just a couple of weeks after moving. It's a gorgeous National Trust site which is open to non-members. I've enjoyed so many walks and "hikes" around the Shropshire Hills and it's great if you have a full day as the areas around Long Mynd are stunning - I love Church Stretton with it's cute little shops and we've even been camping in Pods for a week which was brilliant fun.

On Form Fit
Where to start with this beauty... 2 years ago before my first black tie ball, I went into panic mode when I wasn't losing weight as quickly as I wanted and hired out Sasha to whip me into shape! It's safe to say that within just weeks, she changed my life forever and even now (sitting here with no gym membership for the first time in 10 years!), I have learned so much and it's tips and tricks that will stay with me always. I'd never had a Personal Trainer before and I've not had one since but I don't think anyone would compare to Sasha over at OnFormFit. She's a total expert in everything from weight loss, toning up, nutrition - even when I'm having a meltdown over life in general.. she's been a massive support in the last 2 years and it's been lovely getting to know her, not only in the gym but over a cocktail too.

Cocktail Bar Crawls
So I know you're going to get cocktail bars wherever you go in the country but I don't think any town will beat Shrewsbury for a cocktail bar crawl.. even my friends and family who have visited have joined my love of cocktails - whether it's a Bramble in Porterhouse, Milkshakes in Pour House, Long Island Ice Tea in Libertines or a Gin in Boathouse! There's so many lovely bars around Shrewsbury that you never have to search far for a Happy Hour. I won't lie... I have a tendency of stealing cocktail menus, particularly nice pretty ones so I'll be taking a piece of Shrewsbury with me when I move.

Hoo Farm Meerkat Experience
Definitely one of my highlights of being in Shropshire was the Meerkat Experience at Hoo Farm in Telford. 1 hour in the Meerkat enclosure.... SO MUCH FUN. Read more here:

What I love most about Shrewsbury is the environment and the community that surrounds the town. Festivals most weekends throughout the summer, music festivals, food festivals, charity festivals (read more later on about my favourite!) - there's always a great atmosphere where everyone knows everyone and everyone stops to talk. We moved just before the Food Festival 3 years ago and it was a great welcome to the town - it's safe to say we've never missed the food festival since! It's so great to have been part of a town that comes together so many weekends every year to get together to celebrate music, food, kids or flowers!

My blogging girliessssss! I started my blog just after we moved and I quickly made Twitter-Friendships with some lovely girlies but when Kirsty over at Kirsty-Leanne organised the Shopshire Blogger meet up, it was so lovely to meet them and it's safe to say I kept in touch the them, I moved to Boots last year onto the No7 counter, I held a couple of events and managed to meet some more wonderful bloggers face to face.

Shropshire Blogger Meet Up:

SmashBox Blogger Meet Up (Shrewsbury):

Shropshire Drivers!
I couldn't write a Blog post about my time in Shrewsbury without mention the "subject" that I know people will remember about me for a looong time. So let's get it over with. 3 months. 3 cars. 2 smashed up. None of which were my fault. Let's just hope that Wrekin RP finally get CCTV one day and that Preston Island in Shrewsbury gets an extra traffic light going from Battlefield, left onto the A5/M54. Let's also hope that drivers in Somerset are better ;)

Of course it wouldn't be normal of me to have such a big part of my life not remembered in a Tattoo of some form.. the song "Superheroes" by the Script has almost become a bit of a theme tune over the last couple of years and despite her mahoosive waiting list, I managed to get an appointment with the gorgeous Meg Evans (look her up on Facebook!), I got some of the lyrics tattooed on my arm. It's easily my favourite tattoo out of the ones I have and couldn't recommend Meg enough. Such a lovely human being and so bloody talented.

Happy Boho, Big Busk... Annie Hambley 
Oh where to start with this one... So in April 2014 I tweeted saying that I was moving to Shrewsbury and what did I need to do/see/visit when I arrived and the same day a little tweet popped up from "TheHappyBoho" and since that day, I've never felt so welcome in a town as I did then. I got to know Annie a little more over time and learned that we had 1 big "thing" in common - we'd both lost a sibling. I learned that Annie and her family had launched "The Big Busk" in memory of Ben and hold a weekend each year where the streets are Shrewsbury are lined with Buskers raising funds for Shrewsbury Ark. To meet someone so inspiring after all I'd been through losing Caroline, it was so lovely to see someone proving that life does go on.

What I also quickly learned about Annie is that she's the cocktail queen and within just weeks in Shrewsbury, I was drinking cocktails in what would turn out to be my favourite cocktail cosy hide out.

It's been lovely getting to know Annie over the last 3 years along with her wonderful hubby, Mr Boho, Mark - and seeing them bring Baby Bodhi into the world. I'm incredibly grateful to know them and am so proud of everything they have achieved. Annie, thank you for being my real-life Superhero...



The last 3 years have been INSANE and I've been through so much personally, emotionally, physically... I've become a qualified MUA, a Macmillan trained Beauty Advisor thanks to the incredible family I worked with at Boots in Telford stores, and a qualified pub manager! I couldn't have done it without the people I've met and it's been so lovely getting to know Shrewsbury and the people in it. Massive shout outs to my Twitter family... Jim, (my newly adopted Shropshire Mum and Sister) Julie & Lia, Alistair who have been on Twitter to help me with anything Shrewsbury-based I needed.

Despite me sitting here surrounded by boxes, up to my eyeballs with piles of stuff and getting confirmation we can collect the keys to our new house in 48 hours... I still don't believe I'm leaving and it still hasn't hit me yet - all I can think about is that I have 48 hours to get in as many cocktails as I can!

So for now... goodbye Shrewsbury! Thank you for being 3 of the best years of my life.