Lifestyle

5 Things I Can’t Live Without

1. coffee

It is no secret that I am addicted to coffee. I will not start my day properly until the kettle has been boiled and I have my life essence in my hands.  My days are generally quite busy and coffee just keeps me going which means that I can get everything done. I do drink too much and the likelihood is that will never change.

2. My animals

Nothing feels as good as walking in through the front door to be greeted by cuddles of your pets. My dog Hugo doesn’t even allow you to sit down before he is jumping on you and giving you kisses, which just fills me with unexplainable amounts of happiness. My cat, Snowy,  is a lot calmer when greeting people but she is an incredibly affectionate little girl who loves to be cuddled and will often meow for me to pick her up. We recently got a new dog named Honey who I have met briefly as I had to come back to uni but she was such a sweetie and I can’t wait to get to spend more time with her.

3. My Bullet Journal

I am personally obsessed with organization and so my bullet journal is my baby as it allows me to get my life in order. I don’t go all crazy arty with it because drawing is just not my strong point but it is certainly incredibly useful which is what I wanted it for. It has helped me to get into better habits and keep a record of the tasks I have to do.

4. My Hardrive

As a writer, having somewhere to save all your work is essential. Every single one of my posts and ideas are on there, which means that I would be totally lost without it. I never delete or throw anything away so I need somewhere to store it, just in case I go back to it at a later date.

5. TV Shows

I am that person who needs something playing in the background but can’t quite handle music all the time. I like to hear talking. That is exactly why I always have a TV Show playing in the background and end up binge watching way more than I ever intended to do. My show count is currently 64 … yes, I have a problem. One Tree Hill will always be my favourite show and the fact that Sophia Bush is joining the final season of Jane The Virgin made me so happy.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. I just wanted to apologise for my lack of posting over the past few weeks. I have been incredibly busy and not in the best mindset but things are on the up now and posting will resume as normal.

Have a good evening xx

Lifestyle

Meet the blogger Q and A

Hey M’lovelies,

So, I saw this post over on http://www.thetullytales.com (full link at the bottom) and I though thought it would be fun to give it a go.

What’s your Favourite Book?

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I feel in love with this book from the first chapter and have read it so many times now. I’ve never been able to pin point why but I always gravitate towards it.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavor?

I am very very boring and love vanilla. My local ice cream shop from back home,Crecies, has the best vanilla ice cream and nothing will ever beat it.

What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?

This sounds like a copout but I actually can’t remember. I have an awful memory both long term and short term.

What are your 3 Favourite Movies?

1. Dirty Dancing
2. Labyrinth
3. The Great Gatsby

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

There is a lake not too far from my in wales and it is just gorgeous too look as on a sunny day and it’s surrounded by trees as well which just makes the scenery even more beautiful.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

This blog!

Who would you like to live like for a day?

My step mother! That women is the most hard working, non stop person I know and I’m so grateful for her. I’d love to change places with her just for one day to give her a break.

If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?

1. Hugo – Why are you so bonkers?
2. Honey – How are you settling in?
3. Snowy – Where do you wonder off when you’re let outside?

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

I generally do some blog planning or crochet (I’ve recently learnt how).

Using one word, how would you describe your family?

There is none.

Who is the kindest person you know?

I know so many lovely and kind people. In fact … I don’t think I’m friends with anyone who isn’t just fantastically kind. But, when I think of kind my mind always goes to Mairead, my boyfriends mother. She has been so lovely to me from day one and has really made me feel like a part of the family. You’d struggle to meet a kinder or more supportive person and her partner Keith has been amazing too!

What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

I avoid them like the plague so none!

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Ryan Reynolds or Zac Efron for sure

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Rio. I’ve always wanted to go there but I don’t know why!

If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose?

Debenhams. So I can try out all the over hyped products.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A pediatric nurse but I knew I could never watch a child die which is why I didn’t persue it.

What’s your favourite day of the week?

Saturday. It’s my day off.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Jessica Stroup. I adore her.

What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat?

Tomatoes a nope. No thank you

What’s your pet peeve?

Loud eating. It goes through me!

I hope you guys have enjoyed and learnt a bit more about me. Head over to http://www.thetullytales.com/q-a/ to read the post that inspired this one.

Writing

Creating an effective setting

Hey M’lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk to you about creating effective setting in your writing.

Setting is so incredibly important when it comes writing a story because it can really draw the reader in. However, it has to be done right or it can completely ruin it.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is ‘why is this relevant to my story?’ because a setting should always serve a purpose. For example, a characters bedroom should tell us something about them or where they live should tell us something about their upbringing. Is your character part of a specific culture? Can the setting be used to tell us more about that culture?

If it adds nothing, then it doesn’t need to be there.

Include the 5 senses. Our senses are the most powerful tools and all serve a very important purpose. If we lose one sense, the others heighten which goes to show how key they are to human survival. Using the senses creates a strong visual image in the readers mind and pulls them in.

Use pathetic fallecy to aid the setting. It’s all well and good having a creepy house at the end of the street or a beach, but the weather will help the setting to serve its purpose. A dark stormy night will make a creepy house a lot scarier than a sunny day. But remember, it’s okay to do the unexpected and juxtapose the two as well.

I hope you guys have found this useful and I’m sorry it’s short but I didn’t want to make it a long and boring read. Please let me know any ideas or feedback you have in the comments below.

Lifestyle

Things I want to try in 2019

Hey M’lovelies

I was going through town today and I couldn’t help but think that there are so many things I want to try in terms of make up and just new experiences. Obviously, if money was not an object then I’d have bought everything I wanted but sadly that that is not the Hey M\’lovelies\nI was going through town today and I couldn\’t help but think that there are so many things I want to try in terms of make up and just new experiences. Obviously, if money was not an object then I\’d have bought everything I wanted but sadly that that is not the case. \nHowever, I still want to share them with you and maybe you guys can tell me your experience with them and if they are work the money. \nToo Face HangoverRX primer case.

However, I still want to share them with you and maybe you guys can tell me your experience with them and if they are work the money.

Too Face HangoverRX primer

This is one that I did actually pick up today because my skin has been crying out for some hydration. I heard that this is just the best primer to allow your skin to be at its bests. It says that it is going to hydrate, improve elasticity, smooth, make my skin more radiant and give the appearance of a good nights sleep.

This sounds like my dream primer and I really can’t wait to try it out. Who knows, maybe it’ll appear in my February favourites.

Crocheting

I don’t know why but I really really want to learn how to crochet. There is just something about it that draws me too it. I know it isn’t easy but I’m so determined too.

Wet N Wild Megaglo Blushes

I’ve really been enjoying bush recently as it brings back some colour to my ghostly complection. I want to try these specific ones as they have a gorgeous shade range and have a little glow to them which I adore.

Olay Regenerate Under Eye Cream

I have really dull and dry under eyes which need a little bit of life brought back to then. I’ve heard this cream works absolute wonders for that exact issue but my only problem is … It’s £21.

Revelation Skincare

Revolution has just released their own skincare line and I want to try it out of sheer curiosity. It’s cheaper skincare and if it works well then I will be over the moon. I’ve been really into taking care of my skin recently but it’s so expensive and I could do with a cheaper alternative in my life.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post. Do you have anything that you want to try or anything you want me to review then send me an email or share in the comment section.

Beauty · Reviews

Maybelline Master Contour stick.

Hey M’lovelies,

I have never been one for contour and if I was to do it then I would use powder as it has never done me wrong.
However, I was recently in my local Wilko and I spotted that Maybelline had a sale on, which I thought was the perfect time for me to pick up a new item to review for you guys. I settled on their cream contour stick because I had never tried one before and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about

I picked up the shade ’01 light’ which came in the shape of a bullet with the contour on one side and a highlight on the other. Having the two sides is very handy because it keeps your contour looking sharp and clean, but the stick does get very messy as the two products spread across eachother.

The contour shade is the perfect light, ashy, brown tone which perfectly complements my skin. I initially expected it too look quite orange on me but when I blend it out, it looks like very natural shading. The highlight is not a highlight on me (shocker!) but it matches my skin well and still keeps the contour looking sharp but doesn’t brighten

It does take a little bit of work to blend it out with a sponge and is certainly easier to blend with a brush (still takes it time). I found that the contour can end up looking quite patchy if you don’t work fast with the blending but if you do … It’s perfect.

I do like how it looks on the skin but for me it is more effort than it is worth.

I hope you guys have enjoy this post and I shall post again tomorrow xx

Writing

Adulting

It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
Or so I hear.

From pocket money,
To hard earned cash.
Don’t worry, you’re saving some for later.
From grotesque canteen … whatever the hell that was,
To your homemade ‘gourmet’ chicken.
two pounds for six in Iceland, half hour in the oven.
From drinking and dancing until dawn,
To ‘goodnight love’.
It’s already 10pm, best be getting to bed.
From sneaking through the back door,
To staring at the clock.
‘I told you to be back by 8!’

From being nagged to do the dishes,
To not having a bloody choice.
Well the dish fairy isn’t going to do them. Is she?
From the excitement of the break bell,
To lunch on the go.
The bench in the nursing home yard.
It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
But don’t worry,
You’ll get there eventually.
Beauty

My Top 5 Foundations For Pale People

Hey M’lovelies,

I have been on the hunt for a foundation pale enough for me for years and I recently found it. I tried out so many different foundations both high-end and high-street which means that I’ve been able to compile a list of the palest ones around. They may not have been my perfect match but they were still incredibly pale and I know they’ll work out for the majority of pale folk out there.

 

L’Oréal Paris True Match – 0.5N Porcelain

 I’m starting off with my dream foundation because it is the one that inspired this post. This has always been my favourite foundation but it just ended up being way too dark for me in the past. However, they have just brought out a new shade, 0.5N porcelain, and it ended up being my perfect shade. They also do a 0.5R  Rose Porcelain which is the same shade but in a pink undertone. I adore this foundation because it’s very long wearing, amazing coverage and looks like a second skin.

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Mac Pro-Longwear Nourishing – NW13

 This foundation would have been the perfect shade for me had it been in a more neutral undertone as it carried more on the pink side. The coverage was fantastic and it made the perfect foundation for nights out but I found the formula to be slightly too thick for everyday usage. It does have an incredibly flawless finish and leaves your skin feeling hydrated which I loved about it.

 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless – 95

 Just like the previous foundation, it carried a little bit too pink for my liking but if you love a gorgeous soft matte finish then this is for you. The coverage can be built up to full without being cakey but I don’t recommend this for dry skin as it will cling to dry patches and age you 10 years.

 

Rimmel Match Perfection – 001 Fair Porcelain

This foundation was the perfect tone for me and I have never had my foundation look so natural (apart from L’Oréal of course). I have nothing bad to say about this foundation apart from the fact that it was just too dark for me but I got away with it by blending down my neck.

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Mac Studiofix Fluid – NC5

 I personally did not get along with the formula of this foundation but they recently brought out the new extended shade range and I cannot fault the variety that they have.  NC5 is probably the second lightest one that I have mentioned and does have a neutral undertone but the formula was too thick for my personal taste. It could be perfect for you if you enjoy a higher and thicker coverage.

 

I’m sorry I don’t have photos of all the foundations to show you but I sadly don’t own them all anymore. Remember that this is based purely on shade range and not the formula as I am aware there are more than just my skin type out there.

I will be doing a collection of “Top 5 for Pale People’ posts including concealers, blushers, bronzers and contour but it may take me a while to complete the series as I need to continue my very expensive search for pale products.

 I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and if you know of any super pale products that could work for me and fellow readers then let me know below.