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9 Sep

Bonjour mon amis, how is everyone? Do you ever feel wrapped up so tight in your little bubble you forget there is a world out there? I have certainly been in my own little world lately and ever so aware that i’ve my blog has been on the quiet side, so apologies for that!

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What’s happened in my world recently? Well I quit my full time job to go back to college, I wanted to study a HE Access to Art course for mature students which would bridge the gap between my last point of education and getting into university. However there is just NO help towards the cost of living if you’re a mature student doing a further education course. Cue major panic as there was not enough time left in the week to work and earn what I required to make ends meet.

I decided to try my luck and apply straight to university instead…simple right? WRONG! I sat my A Levels 7 years ago and although I was accepted into university when I was 18 the grade requirements have increased considerably since so I was nowhere near the entry level. So I waited for the clearance to open and started to enquire about a place, countless nerve racking phone calls later and after trying to send select portfolio pictures across by email I had a verbal offer!

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Literally could not believe it, I really thought I wouldn’t get into university and I had been offered a place only a few hours after enquiring about one. We should never underestimate ourselves! Then started the onslaught of filling out my UCAS application and trying to apply for my student loan. Thankfully because university is classed as higher education I qualify for a maintenance loan and grant so I can still afford to live!

There was still the issue of needing a part-time job however and I was being turned down right, left and centre as I am ‘over qualified’ for everything. This isn’t me blowing my own trumpet, this was the general theme of excuses I was getting when applying for bar work or waitressing. Lets face it i’m over 18 and you’d have to pay me minimum wage, that’s what the issue was.

So I sent my CV around to a few agencies with a cover letter and low and behold I got sent down the path of applying for Aldi’s head office. I secretly really wanted this job. It was 15 minutes in the car from where I live, it was Saturday and Sunday only and it was a massive cut above minimum wage. However I wasn’t holding out hope that i’d get it or anywhere near being offered it.

For this job I had to attend the agency to show I could spell, do simple mental arithmetic and use Microsoft Excell. If I completed all the above along with a short interview, i’d be sent to the assessment stage at Aldi. The assessment was a group of 8 of us and we had to complete several tests and activities. We could only be marked on how much we input as individuals but how well we interacted and communicated as a team. Eeeeeep.

This immediately put my out of my comfort zone, I am let’s face it a wallflower in some respects, I like to sit back and observe the lions fighting over the meat. Times like this though you have to push yourself and it paid off. Whether I got the job or not I survived the group assessment and felt that I had done better then I initially expected. The assessment consisted of; a scenario that needed to be discussed in a group, a listening exercise, an attribute test, a maths test (yes one question we had to divide 8 into 13453279 in our heads…), a spelling test, a priority test, a customer service role play with no prep time! and finally another group discussion.

I finally got offered the job after a further interview, so relieved!

Phew. Following that we got two new kittens! Awwwweh!! They’re little monkeys but so cute so they totally get away with murder. We named them Inca & Nala and they have settled in nicely.

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What else, what else let’s see… I guess also I felt like i’d lost my blogging mojo, if I ever even had it, but even if just one person reads and enjoys it then that is wonderful.

Looking forward to updating you all shortly as I start training for my new job and my first week at uni! So nervous but super excited!!!

Much Love x

 

The Week #4 – Cornwall

12 Aug

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A beautiful view from our hotel window! Lots of small fishing boats bobbing up and down in the early morning breeze. Falling asleep and being woken up to the sound of the rolling tide was heaven. I made my other half promise we could move to the coast one day.

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We spent a day in the idyllic harbour town of Looe, here I had my first lessons in crabbing and had the most amazing double chocolate fudge clotted cream icecream…heart attack on a cone but very tasty!

Picture 602Inside Polhawn Fort decorated for the wedding reception! A stunning seaside theme of blues and ivories, pearls and shells. Personalised rock wedding favours and pebble place names. 
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he bride being given away down the aisle, happy anticipating smiles. She looked absolutely radiant all day. A real example and inspiration that true love does exist for us all.  Picture 600The pre wedding hog roast feast. A lovely family & friends get together. A chance to meet new people in the gardens of the fort. Picture 593

Stunning views framed by Buddleia. I love the dreamy cornish coastline.
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More gorgeous views from Polhawn Fort in Cornwall. The gardens were really beautiful for photos. The ocean was really clear and clean.

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Parker insisting everyone play with him whilst we’re all getting pampered at our girly party. Bless him don’t think he fancied a manicure.

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The perils of being pasty pale! I was out for 3 hours, it was cloudy & breezy NOT sunny. Even so I ended up like a tomato.Picture 582

Round the corner from our hotel was another little shingle cove. Such pretty scenery.Picture 580

A rusty anchor that served it’s duty. Lots of bits like this decorated the streets and back lanes. Picture 581

Pink daisies so bright and pretty. All the flowers seemed to be much more colourful in Cornwall.Picture 579

The higgldi – piggldi streets full of multi coloured cottages, bunting and teenagers with attitude…Picture 577Another shot of our coast line out of our hotel window. The local ferry taking people to Plymouth & back.

I  hope you enjoyed these snaps of my week in Cornwall! Wish I was still there!! xx

Beauty Blogger Tag

21 Jul

Very excited to be doing my first tag post! I have lots of love and thanks go give to Katie from http://beautyandthebakerblog.blogspot.co.uk/ if you don’t know this blog go on and take a peek now, i’ll wait for you………… are you back now? Ok brill!

Right then so onto this tag! Now this is my first time, i’m a little nervous so take it easy on me please 😉

1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.

I rarely groom my eyebrows. Purely because I have had the plucking life scared out of me (see what I did there, ha!) by seeing my older sisters over pluck to that trendy 90’s fine line. My eyebrow hairs are really fair rather pale and sickly looking (poor dears) and if I over trim or pluck I look like I barely have anything there! I try to keep them to a defined shape but my brows scare me!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly?

I am better at washing them then I used to be! My old trick was to wipe them on a baby wipe or similar and reuse them. I thought this was acceptable, *holds out wrist for a slapping*… NOT anymore however! although I should wash them more regularly, I definitely wash them correctly now. A serious step in the right direction!

3. How long will you last with chipped nail varnish?

On average around 5 seconds. After this I start chipping away at it as it’s the most satisfying feeling ever, terrible for your nails so don’t you guys do it!

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it (i.e., top coat, foundation and so on)?

It depends what it is! I am terrible at replacing mascara even when it starts to dry up I will continue to use it way past the recommended shelf life! Some things i’m good with though and I will buy them just before the old runs out and dies so there is no gap in between… I wished I was this organised with all things in life…

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

Picking spots (eeeewwww) I just can’t help it though, I tell myself it will help it disappear quicker if I pick at it – sigh.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time.

Cleaning the oven. Hands up who likes cleaning the oven? I hate it… even Mr Muscle doesn’t make me want to get to it. It’s definitely one thing I will procrastinate on over and over and over again.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?

I absolutely hate being rushed! However if I give myself too much time to think about what makeup to wear or how to style my hair I get in a fluster!! I like to take a hour all in all to get dressed, hair, makeup & nails. I think that’s acceptable? Right?…

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Hmmm yes and no. I realise that sometimes money can be rather tight, bills, food and necessities need to be prioritised so when I have my sensible head on I can save and not spend. However I do get those days where I am just feeling a little deflated and a trip to the high street is just the remedy required. I think you have to treat yourself now and again; A) because you’re worth it and B) because it doesn’t hurt now and again.

9. How organised is your makeup and nail polish collections? 

My makeup is split up. I have a makeup bag with all my everyday essentials in and a larger bag with the rest of my collection. My nail polishes all live an an old Converse box – I really would like to organise them better.

10. What is the longest time you’ve gone without writing a blog post? 

I have tried to slow down between blog posts a little, purely because I don’t want to post for the sake of it and for the quality of what I write to become less. I try to post 2/3 times a week but lately this has been more like 1/2 times.

Right my lovelies thank you for reading my first tag post! I hope you enjoyed my rambles and now onto my blogs to tag!

http://www.nickisnicknackery.com/

http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

http://www.newbeautyrevolution.blogspot.co.uk/

http://amysannex.blogspot.co.uk/

http://whatmollyloves.blogspot.co.uk/

Love you all x

Liebster Awards

15 Jul

I cannot believe I am writing another Liebster Award post! I was so chuffed the first time I was nominated but since I have been completely overwhelmed because I have been nominated a further four times! Totally gobsmacked but I want to thank all of you who have nominated and everyone who stops by my little blog. Massive love xx

The lovely ladies who nominated me are –

Shona from http://www.shonaelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Suz from http://bloosieslife.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph from http://stephaniemaverick.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie from http://curledfantasies.wordpress.com/

Before you read on I urge you to go and pay each of these beauts a visit as they all have fabulous blogs and I feel very lucky to have them in my little blogging world, they’ll rock yours promise! xx

As I have been asked similar questions by each lovely lady i’ll condense the ones that are the same or similar to make the post less of a bore 😉 x

Down to the questions –

Asked by Shona

1. Did you have an inspiration to start blogging? if yes, who? (Asked by Shona & Suz)
I didn’t really have any blogging inspiration, I had heard of some successful beauty bloggers but really mine started because I just wanted somewhere to release my ramblings. I didn’t have a particular subject I wanted to blog about just anything that interested me.
2. If you could travel to one place right now, where would you go?
I would say the beach. I love a nice sandy beach, one I can dig my toes in the sand take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and just recharge my batteries!
3. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Just one?! ooooh…. I really love mint choc chip – it’s a classic right?
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4. Favourite handbag item?
Aside from the obvious I always carry a notepad and or sketchbook. If inspiration strikes then I have the tools to capture it or scribble my mad idea down before I forget it! I love doodling and writing notes / lists so these are actually as essential as my purse and phone.
5. Sun or Snow?
Can a girl have both? I love the sunny weather but as i’m pale the sun can effect me a little too easily if i’m not careful but the snow is fun to muck around in and look at!
6. Favourite type of shoes?
I am a boots kind of girl, you can get casual ones or dressy ones, ankle, mid calf, knee high or thigh high boots. So many options, so little wardrobe space…
7. Bold eyes or bold lips?
I struggle to carry off bold lips so I would definitely go with eyes!
8. Favourite TV show?
I do love a bit of Come Dine With Me or Don’t Tell The Bride, these I have on series link so I always have a stash of episodes to watch!
9. Bath or shower?
Showers! They are so much more refreshing, I will relax in a bath if i’m having a bad time of the…ok i’ll stop there (you get the hint!)
10. Least favourite shop?
I hate…HATE the supermarket, especially on a weekend. People are rude, I always get my foot ran over and guaranteed I will get walked into..I am nearly 5ft 9″ am I really that hard to miss?!
11. Favourite colour nail polish?
This has got to be the hardest for me…I love (at the moment) pastel shades and I am currently wearing a lovely mint green from Rimmel.
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Asked by Suz

1. Bourbon cream or custard cream?
Bourbon Cream, no doubt about it!
2. Camping or luxury hotel?
I haven’t had any good experiences camping so for now I will have to say luxury hotel! However I would love to have a good camping experience!
 3. What’s your favourite word?
Serendipity! It means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
 4. What smell do you like the most?
I love the smell of fresh clean washing, fresh cut grass, my vanilla cupcake Yankee candle and my boyfriend’s aftershave.
 5.What’s the worst Christmas present you have ever received?
Haha. The worst present was a computer mouse. Yes that’s right I tried my best to look grateful (I was grateful…it’s a useful present! but when it’s all you have under the tree to open from your boyfriend it’s a bit…oh thanks) I still feel bad about it now! Sorry Rob! x
 6. Which is your favourite season?
I like Autumn, it’s pretty, colourful and still can be rather warmish.
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 8. Laptop or desktop?
Desktop, I prefer being able to sit up straight when working at the computer!
 9. Bright colours or pastel colours? 
I am scared of a lot of bright colours so definitely pastels although these are new to me too!
10. What is your ideal day off? 
My ideal day off would be a good productive day, being somewhere I enjoy like the beach and feeling like i’d made a difference to someone that day.
11. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Salad. I could eat the stuff till the cows come home. I swear I was a rabbit in a previous life! x

Asked by Steph

1. If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be? e.g. home, your bed, on vacation. 
I would definitely be on holiday! Somewhere sunny 🙂
2. What’s your favourite lipstick? 
My current favourite is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. Infact i’ve used it all up 😦
3. When it comes to eyeliner do you wing it, smoke it or not use it? 
I generally wing it when I wear it but it’s not often as it doesn’t last well on my oily lids!
4. Dragons or unicorns?
Dragons for sure!

“I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, khaleesi to Drogo’s riders, and queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.”

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5. If you could meet anyone in the world from any time period who would it be? e.g. Amelia Earhart, Tom Cruise.
 I would meet Cleopatra, get her to tell me where she is buried and then make the find of the century uncovering her tomb. Yes I love Egyptology.
6. Do you prefer your hair up or down?
I usually sling my hair up, I say sling that is quite an accurate description of what I do. Me and hair do not get on well.
7. On vacation of you wear dresses and skirts or jeans and shorts? 
Hmmm I haven’t been on a decent holiday for a few years now but I would say shorts for the daytime and dresses / skirts for the evening.
8. Sandals or flip-flops? 
 I love both and can’t possibly choose. Don’t make me 😦
9. What is your favourite feel-good summertime song right now? 
I love the new Will-I-Am Song ❤
11. What do you want to get out of blogging, where do you see yourself a year from now? 
I don’t want to get anything out of blogging really, I am happy whatever happens. It’s lovely that people are following me and enjoying my writings and if PR companies want to further work with me great but it’s still my ramblings,  nothing more. In a year I see myself applying to university and having just blogged about my year in college as a mature student and about my art.

Asked by Katie

1) What is your all-time favourite nail polish? Brand and colour! 

The common brand in my nail polish collection is Rimmel but I wouldn’t proclaim it the favourite.. I am loving the new Barry M Gelly Hi Shines! If I had to pick a colour it would be Prickly Pear!

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2) If I were to give you £100 what would you spend it on?

I would probably take my other half out for a decent anniversary meal and date. ❤

3) What is your favourite high street store?

Primark. That’s right…I said it.

4) How would you describe your personal style?

If I had to describe it in 3 words it would be – Mixed, Comfy, Classic.

5) Top beauty/styling tip?

I would say that hygiene is really important, clean those makeup brushes girl!

6) What’s your favourite film?

Insert geek moment – Scott Pilgrim VS The World… I heart that film, so so so much.

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7) If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

Egypt. I love the history and if I had the grades i’d of gone into Egyptology and Archaeology. x

8) What is your favourite meal?

Caramelised onion, roast cherry tomato and steak salad. Yum x

9) Do you have any siblings?

3 half sisters and a half brother.

10) What is your guilty pleasure? (This can be ANYTHING – food, tv, film…)

I love video games! World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Skyrim, Fable…geeeeeek!

11) Where do you live? I love to know where my fellow bloggers are!

I live in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom 🙂

 

Right! Time to nominate some more wonderful bloggers and share the Liebster love!

I would like to nominate –

Mari @ http://themarimaskscara.blogspot.co.uk/

Katy @ http://gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Steph @ http://scottishstefsnails.blogspot.co.uk/

Megan @ http://www.littlemissaverage.com/

Fifi @ http://fifimcgee.blogspot.co.uk/

Emma @ http://lifeispeachytales.blogspot.co.uk/

Jess @ http://coffeeandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk/

Nora Lilly @ http://hello-you-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Steph @ http://stephsinsidevoice.blogspot.co.uk/

Sazzle @ http://sazzle262.wordpress.com/

Not all of these ladies are beauty bloggers. They all have their own unique blogs which I love reading. Please check them out!

My questions to you all are –

Cat, Dog or Other Pet?

If you had to choose would you rather be blind or deaf?

What life motto do you live by?

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

What’s your go to skin care routine?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Describe your personality in 3 words?

What’s your chinese zodiac sign and does it describe you well?

Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate?

 

I hope you enjoyed my post and reading my answers to all the questions I was asked. I look forward to seeing my nominees answers Xx

 

My skin’s story

1 Jul

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with myself. Trapped in a melancholy relationship with my acne, one I do not wish to live with.

I have suffered with spots as long as I can remember, even when I was really young i’d have a whopper zit on my chin, back then it didn’t bother me. At around the age of 14 I started to break out like i’d got the plague but they weren’t normal pimples, no, they were angry red whelks that were swollen and painful. It wasn’t just my face that suffered, my upper back and shoulders bore the same burden.

Several pointless doctor visits left me with antibiotics and cream which seemed as useful as a chocolate teapot. Nothing seemed to work and I was so self conscious of my face that my confidence evaporated. At 16 I went to get put on the pill. I’d read about Dianette which helped fellow acne suffers, I wasn’t sure how it worked but to me it performed a miracle.

My back scarred but finally the red lumps had gone, my face cleared up and I was so pleased. I was on this pill for a long time, longer then they like you to be. Six years later when they changed my pill my spots started to return. I was crestfallen, I knew that there had to be something more to them then just the average teenage acne.

Again my doctor didn’t listen. I really started to sink back into the depression pit of pimples.

A chance appointment which led to an internal ultrasound discovered I have PCOS and the connection to my acne was instantly made. Finally I knew it had a name and there was a reason why my skin suffered. Acne is the main symptom of PCOS that I have and in some ways I guess I am lucky in this respect but it’s incredibly hard to view things this way.

Acne has left a lot of physical and mental scares which are apparent even today by the self conscious grip it still has. I hate showing off my back as it’s started to flair up again, my face has been left with large pores, blackheads and purple scars under the skin where the spots used to be.

I desperately search for products I can afford that will help slowly repair some of the physical damage to my skin. These days I have good skin days but the vast majority of them are bad skin days, it’s a fine tightrope line I walk where I struggle to keep my head held high and not look down into that depression pit that’s always beneath my feet.

I will never claim to know everything about skin care because in this field I feel like I am lost.

I am always trying new things to help, believe me if I ever find the holy grail of products that zaps my zits you’ll be the first I will tell. If you have anything you can share (constructive and kind..) then please do.