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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

What she wears Wednesday!

It's been a while since I've done any kind of fashion post and to be honest as much as I love beauty, recently I've realised how much I miss it! 

Over Christmas I took it upon myself to find the perfect little black dress. I stumbled upon it on a website called Oh Polly. 

It's a beautiful black lace number that offers a key hole neckline and gives you just the right amount of leg and is by far a new firm favourite in my wardrobe! 

I chose to pair it with a pretty black lace bra as the key hole comes quite low and added some bright red heels for an extra pop. It got its first outing over New Years and I think I'll take it for its second spin for my sisters hen party. 

Until Next Time
B X 


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Poison berry

It's been a while since I've really played properly in my makeup drawers and having purchased a few new goodies over Christmas I decided to take them for a whirl. 

I've always wanted to be really good at eye makeup so I've been concentrating recently on my blending skills. I'm still not there yet, but I'm hoping with lots of practice I'll get there eventually! 

I love this look because it contrasts with my eyes and makes them really stand out. I'll be wearing this on nights out teamed with a little black dress. 

Products: Smash box studio skin 15 hour wear foundation, Hourglass ambient lighting bronzer, Makeup revolution explicit content palette, Seventeen falsifeye mascara, seventeen make your mark eyeliner. 

Until Next Time 

B X 


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Spa day - At home

Now that all of the festive cheer has come to a close, I'm dying for a bit of relaxation. With funds being tight there's no way I can afford to pay for the luxury of a spa day and so I'm going for the cheaper, PJ friendly version at home. Here's my top tips for creating the feeling of the spa at home without spending the big bucks! 

Dress for the occasion 
I recently purchased a new dressing gown that was in the sale at boots, a luxurious, soft, champneys spa one to be exact. An absolute bargain at just £12.50 and if I close my eyes tight and let myself drift away I could be in a real spa environment. I also have a pair of slippers my sister bought me for Christmas last year that are just like the ones they give you at check in. I usually throw on some shorts and t shirt pyjamas, whack on my slippers, robe and I'm ready for some serious chill. 

Set the scene
Now that you're dressed for the occasion it's time to set the scene. Find some spa music on YouTube and find yourself some beautiful scented candles to lift your spirits and awaken your senses. 

I always think preparation is key in these situations so you can fully relax and not feel like you're still having to run around. Buy any goodies you need prior to your spa day and if you're creating home made treats prepare them first thing before you plan your treatments and then when the time comes you can truly sit back and relax.

Make a spa lunch
I always feel like part of the spa experience is the delicious and healthy food they serve on the day. Treat yourself to something extra tasty and opt for a healthier option. Snack on fruit, water and a variety of natural teas to keep yourself hydrated. 

Shake it off 
Start your day with a workout and get yourself pumped so you can really enjoy your time relaxing later on. If you don't like big workouts, search YouTube for some handy, short yoga workouts to get you gently into the swing of things. 

Work from head to toe
Start at your head and work your way down. If you have a bath go for a relaxing soak and use some of your new Christmas treats to get you super chilled. 
Mix up your own face mask at home from bits your have around the house or buy one from your favourite beauty shop. 
Treat your hands and feet to a manicure and pedicure and be adventurous with a little bit of nail art if you're feeling it. 

If you you decide to treat yourself at home, enjoy yourself, relax and send me a cheeky facemask selfie! 

Until Next Time 
B X 


Monday, 11 January 2016

Colour Me Beautiful - Colouring for adults

Colouring books, those pages you used to fill as a child and tried desperately to keep within the lines, remember those? Well now you can get grown up colouring books and relive your childhood. 

If you haven't heard of the colouring book phenomenon yet, where have you been? Pretty much everyone I made contact with over the festive season received one for Christmas, myself receiving not one, but three different types. 

Why a colouring book, I hear you cry? Well the thought behind them stems from the idea of colour therapy. Each particular colour has its own wavelength and is therefore believed to have its own energy. 
The energy of each of the colours relates to one of the seven main chakras within our bodies. It's believed that by harnessing the energy in these colours, using colouring books can help to clear your mind, release your worries, feel energised and make you at one with your feelings. 

I've been using one of my colouring books most nights since Christmas now and I do have to admit it is so relaxing. I always put on some chilled music and colour away and find myself getting lost, it brings me such a nice feeling of calm. 

My favourite of the three books is called Sacred Nature which connects a word with each of the pictures you have to colour in. I like to connect the words to a colour scheme and see where it takes me. I plan to find quotes relating to each of the words and write them in when I have finished colouring and make it into a feel good vibes coffee table book to give me inspiration when I need it. 

Have you been caught by the colouring bug? 

Until Next Time 

B X 


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Things 2015 taught me.

Another year is here, can you believe it, so I thought the only relevant way to start with a new blog post in 2016 was to take a look back at what I have learnt in the last year. I love that with a new year, comes a new start, but I feel it's important to take stock of the year that has just passed and think about where you have grown and what you have learnt that makes you a better and more rounded person. 2015 was an unusual year for a me, something that started so exciting and positively, a middle that left me lost and confused and finally drawing to close  with a sense of peace, these are the things I learnt in 2015. 

Good things don't come to those who wait. In fact, good things pass those people by. Good things come to people who take chances, make changes, set goals, work their asses off and have the drive to dream big. I spent most of 2015 moaning that nothing exciting was coming my way and comparing myself to other people, when in reality I only had myself to blame. If you want something to happen, make it happen, because deep down only you can! 

It's ok to be your own champion. 

We live in a world where it's frowned upon to shout your strengths loud and proud, but in here to tell you it's ok to do it. This year I've started telling people about my blog because I'm proud of it. Why shouldn't I be proud of something I put so many hours into, of my own free will, for the enjoyment of others? I now openly talk about it with new people and most of them find it pretty cool which I feel is a step in the right direction. 

Toxic people will always be toxic. 
Those people that take and take and take and take? Well you don't need those. Don't waste your time on people who don't have the same level of care and time that you offer to them, be strong, cut yourself free and you'll soon feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. 

It's ok to be alone. 

This year my 4 year relationship ended, something I forced myself to get over very quickly. I've since learnt I don't NEED someone to be ok and that sometimes more recently, I actually quite enjoy my own company. There are countless things that are maybe even better on your own, be selfish, take some real me time! I promise, you'll probably quite like it. 

It's also ok to not be ok. 

These days we're bombarded with images of strong independent women everywhere we look and whilst these girls are kick ass and I admire them greatly, it's also important to realise we don't need to be "on point" all of the time. Behind our picture perfect lives that we try to portray on social media is real life and it really is ok, to not be ok because sometimes, and forgive me for my language here, life is just shit. So cry those tears over the boy that was a jerk, scream into a pillow in anger that the plan didn't come off how you wanted it and allow yourself time to grieve the things you've lost that might have been.

Health is a key to happiness. 

If you read my blog you'll know I suffer from an invisible chronic illness called Neurocardiogenic Syncope. This year I've started to make peace with the fact that I have to listen to my body and know my limitations. For too long I let guilt get the better of me and peoples cruel and selfish remarks get me down until someone wise told me, they just don't know or understand. This year I've learnt that health is so important and that if you are fighting a health battle of any kind, it is important not to compare yourself, because how can you? We are all unique and fighting our own battles and must not belittle of chastise ourselves aswell as others, but move forward and stay bright in anyway we can. 

2016 is a clean slate. 

I hate it when people mock the new year, new me mantra, because personally I think there is something overwhelmingly exciting about the idea of a completely fresh start. When we ring in a new year we are being given a chance to start a new and there is nothing better than that. 

I can't wait to see what this year has in store to keep me on my toes. I hope to spend more time on my blog & keeping up with my readers and being more active on YouTube. I hope whatever it brings you'll stay with me, my lovely, loyal readers. Thank you for all that you do, here's to 2016. 

Until Next Time 

B X 
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