My least favourite beauty chores

Monday, 26 January 2015

As a beauty blogger, it'll come as no surprise that I love skincare and makeup. I'll happily spend ages in the bathroom pampering myself and I'll schedule extra time before I go out just so I can enjoy doing my makeup. But there are some beauty tasks that I find a chore and it's those I'm sharing with you today...

Painting my nails
I love nail polish, I really do, but do I enjoy painting my nails? Nope! I think it's because I'm impatient and don't like sitting there waiting for my nails to dry when I could be doing a million and one other things. I also chip my nails so easily and sometimes wonder why I bother in the first place. Having said this, the Ultimate Fix nail spray has made painting my nails a little more enjoyable, as it helps to dry them quickly and prevent chipping. You can read my full review of it here.

Plucking my eyebrows
I'm sure I'm not the only one that finds plucking eyebrow hairs to be a real chore? It's not exactly fun and  there's always that risk that you're going to pluck the wrong hair and end up with noticeably odd brows. I think it's time I looked into getting them threaded!

Doing eyeliner flicks
I've been doing eyeliner flicks since I was fifteen and going through that emo phase so you would think that at the age of twenty four I'd have mastered it by now? Unfortunately not. It still takes me so long to get the perfect eyeliner flicks, cat eyes or whatever you like to call them, making it a painfully long task. This image describes it perfectly.

Anything hair related
I think drying, straightening and curling my hair are my least favourite beauty tasks of all. Even though I've got fine hair, there's a lot of it, so it takes so long to dry. The fact it's so fine also means that as soon as I've curled it and got it looking all voluminous and lovely, it drops. Maybe with the right haircare products I'd actually start enjoying doing my hair a lot more. Any suggestions?

What are your least favourite beauty chores?

My Instax Mini 8

Sunday, 25 January 2015

In our household, Christmas presents are all about getting something that you want but wouldn't necessarily buy yourself and for me that was the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera. I've wanted one for so long so you can imagine just how excited I was come Christmas day!

The main reason I wanted this little camera is because I want to start capturing little keepsake photos that I can look back on in years to come. I realised that whilst I take hundreds of blog photos every week, I rarely take photos with my family, boyfriend and friends and that needs to change!

I love everything about the Instax Mini 8, from it's super cute design to it's credit card sized instant prints. It's so easy to take photos with and the wait to see how they turn out is always so exciting! The camera has built-in flash, as well as brightness settings on the lens, to help you take the perfect shot, even in poor light conditions.

My mum and dad got a really good deal, as they managed to pick up the Instax Mini 8 camera in a bundle with twenty films (£69.99 at Argos). Urban Outfitters and other stores are selling the cameras on their own, for a much higher price, so if you want one, it's definitely worth going for the bundle if you can. The films aren't exactly cheap but I'm happy to pay the price if it means getting to keep these extra special photos.

I was also treated to this gorgeous pink Instax Mini case, which is perfect for carrying my camera around in, along with a mirrored lens (not pictured) that you can use to take selfies! It's super easy to clip the selfie mirror onto the lens, so if you haven't got someone to take your picture, you can simply do it yourself!

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera is one of the best Christmas presents I've ever received (thanks Mum and Dad) and I definitely recommend it to anyone out there that enjoys capturing memories too.

What do you think of the Instax Mini 8?
Let me know what your favourite Christmas presents were this year!

Oldies but goodies #2

Saturday, 24 January 2015

As much as I’d love to go out and buy everything on my beauty wishlist, I’m trying my hardest not to purchase things that I don’t really need. With this in mind, I decided to ‘shop my stash’ and pick out some oldies but goodies to re-introduce into my life.

First up was the No7 Essentially Natural foundation. The reason I’d not used this for a little while was that I’d fallen in love with the Balance Me BB cream, however recently I’ve been looking for something that offers a little more coverage (mainly for going out) and I remembered just how much I love this foundation. It’s really easy to buff into the skin (I use my Real Techniques buffing brush) and offers a lovely light and natural finish.

I’ve long been a fan of The Sanctuary but until a week or so ago I’d completely forgotten that I owned this Radiance Exfoliator. I used to really, really love this for brightening up my complexion and whilst I still does the job, I’m not so fond of the oversized exfoliating ‘bits’ any more and find them a little harsh on the face. For this reason, I’ve decided to use it as a body scrub instead and do you know what, it’s great!

My lips have been so chapped since I was ill a couple of weeks ago but thankfully I found my Born Lippy strawberry lip balm from The Body Shop and it’s worked wonders. Not only is this a lovely nourishing lip balm but it also adds a subtle, pretty red tint to the lips. Oh and it smells sooo good.

Last but not least we have the Maybelline Color Tattoo in the shade On and On Bronze. I’d forgotten just how much I loved this eyeshadow, which has a formula that lies somewhere between a cream and a gel. It makes it so easy to create a smoky bronze eye (even I can manage it) and is the most long-lasting eyeshadow I’ve ever used. Love it.

Have you shopped your stash recently? 

Read my first Oldies but Goodies post here.

DogBuddy & Pawsomebox competition

Friday, 23 January 2015

Just a short & sweet post from me today as I wanted to share this competition that the guys over at Pawsomebox are running with DogBuddy (the online dog sitting and dog walking service). Three lucky winners will win a £100 gift voucher for using on the DogBuddy website! All other participants will receive a £15 gift voucher for use on the DogBuddy website. This post isn't sponsored & I'm not actually running the competition myself, I just wanted to share it with you.

Also make sure you check out my review of this month's Pawsomebox featuring some rather cute snaps of Jazz and Oby! xo

MERUMAYA Treatment Toner Review

Thursday, 22 January 2015

MERUMAYA Treatment Toner - £14.50*

If you are looking for a toner that goes beyond simply refreshing the skin and sweeping up any makeup your cleanser missed, then the MERUMAYA Treatment Toner will make a fantastic choice.

This toner is packed full of ingredients that work wonders on the skin including:
• Hyaluronic Acid (provides plumpness and reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles)
• Brown & micro algae (moisturising)
• Essential amino acids and minerals (slow release of moisture)

The MERUMAYA Treatment Toner also contains an ingredient called Ascorbyl Glucoside that provides a slow and sustained release of Vitamin C when it comes into contact with your skin. This delivers antioxidant protection and helps keep the skin looking bright and healthy.

I’ve been using the toner for a couple of months now and I have definitely noticed a difference to my skin. Not only does it leave my face feeling completely refreshed but also really helps to hydrate it and brighten up my complexion. Unlike other toners I’ve used in the past, my skin doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable. Instead it feels soft and nourished, which must be down to all of those moisture-rich ingredients.

Toning is such an important step in the skincare routine, so if you’re not currently using one or you’re current toner isn’t offering you enough, then maybe give the MERUMAYA toner a go and see what you think! You simply apply it to a cotton wool pad and gently wipe it over your face and neck after cleansing. It’s that easy.

I’ve been so impressed by the MERUMAYA products I’ve tried so far and right now they are well and truly dominating my skincare routine!

Have you tried any products from MERUMAYA? 

More MERUMAYA reviews: 
*Prize won at blogger meetup

The value of doing what you love

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


Sometimes I feel guilty about loving my job. Is that weird? Until I started working for myself, I always felt like work was something you had to do, rather than something you want to do. Doing what I love for a living has completely changed my life and although it’s great to be earning money, I feel like it offers so much more than just that.

Are you doing what you love? If not, what’s stopping you?

Your degree - Do you feel you have to do the job you’re doing because it’s what your degree is in? Don’t! Yes university cost a lot of money and you feel like you should make your degree worthwhile but surely your happiness is worth more than that? A lot of skills are transferable so you’ll still be utilising your degree anyway.

The need to re-train – Some people are put off doing what they love because they know it’ll mean re-training. The truth is that it will be worth the effort and money if it means doing what you want to do and actually enjoying your job. Today you can often do online courses or evening classes, so you can fit it around your other commitments.

Fear – Change can be scary but you shouldn’t let that put you off doing something that could improve your life and make you happier. Have confidence in yourself and seek support from those around you.

The point I want to make with this post is that you are in control of your own happiness. I know that sounds cliché but it’s so true. There’s a lot of value to get from doing what you love, whether it’s for work or as a hobby and you definitely deserve to give yourself that chance.

I was inspired to write this post after seeing the quote above on Pinterest and reading this post by Marina. I hope you enjoyed it!

Pawsomebox - The subscription box for dogs!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pawsomebox* - £15.90
I like to think of Pawsomebox as the Birchbox of the dog world. It’s basically a monthly subscription box that is packed full of toys, accessories and treats that have been handpicked for your dog’s size, breed, age and preferences. A surprise delivery from Pawsomebox on Saturday had my two boys, Jazz and Oby incredibly excited (so much so that Jazz tried to run off with the box as I was unpacking it!)

Inside I found a fantastic selection of products including a baseball chew, nobbly wobbly (still laughing at the name), crunchy chicken bites, bacon strip treats, collar LED lights and my favourite item of all, a hot dog squeaky toy.

I quickly decided that Jazz would have the nobbly wobbly, as although he isn’t one to play fetch, he loves throwing balls around the house and garden! Oby, our rescue dog (read his story here) is a fan of squeaky toys, so the hot dog suited him to a T.
Jazz & Oby are getting quite the experts at posing for blog photos (no bribing necessary!)
Although Jazz initially tried to bury the baseball chew in the garden, by the end of the day they had broken it up and shared it between them (they’re lovely like that). They’ve also been snacking on a couple of treats each day, which have definitely got the Jazz and Oby seal of approval.

Speaking of the treats, what I like about Pawsomebox is that they only include ones that contain natural ingredients and are actually good for dogs. The toys are also of great quality and appear to be very durable.
Oby & his hot dog toy - look at that grin!

The face says it all.

All in all, I think Pawsomebox is a great idea and I’m sure other dog owners out there will think so too! For the price of £15.90 a month (yearly subscription) you receive the equivalent of £30.00 worth of products. There are also other subscription options, which you can see here. Whether you buy one for your dog each month or just for special occasions, it will make a ‘Pawsome’ (see what I did there) gift.

More of a cat person? Don’t worry, there’s also a Purrfectbox too, which Thomas has definitely got his eye on.

*This item was sent to Jazz & Oby in exchange for an honest review.