New Release: The Glamour Summer Beauty Edit with Latest In Beauty.

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Beauty boxes are taking the blogosphere by storm, with myself delving into my first ever box just last month when I treated myself to the British Beauty Blogger's Dream Box. Along with the usual month beauty subscriptions such as Birchbox, Glamour are back with their brand new Beauty Edit. I always remember being so disappointed that I had missed out on their November box last year - packed with HD Brows, Eyeko and Benefit - it was safe to say I kicked myself at missing out! Today an email landed into my inbox, showcasing the brand new Glamour Beauty Edit box with Latest In Beauty.
 
Contents: Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick, Magnifibres Brush On False Lashes, Rimmel BB Tan, Self Tan Mitt, Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30, DHC Cleansing Oil, Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip, Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Polish and Bourjois Cream Blush.
 
I have to be entirely honest and say these products are not quite as exciting as their November launch, but I know we all like different products and it's great to try out new brands too! The total value of the box is worth over £86.00 and the box will cost you just £16.95 inc free P&P!
 
Would you buy this Glamour Beauty Edit? x
 
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Themed Wishlist #4: Lilac Dreams

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New Favourite: Look Magazine

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It's funny how your tastes and interests change as you grow as a person. This time ten years ago, my idea of fashion was a black t-shirt with black jeans and a horrendously tight low ponytail. As a teenager, I was never really interested in shopping - most certainly not clothes shopping! Fast forward to today and as you can probably tell from my blog - I love shopping! Mainly for beauty, but recently I've become accustomed to online shopping when it comes to clothes. I wanted to write a bit of a random post today and share it in honour of my new favourite magazine - Look. With Look magazine being mainly based on fashion and celebrity, it's the type of magazine I used to steer clear of (Ugh, clothes how boring!) - but now I apologise profusely to Look as I appear to have found a new fashion best friend. I now love spending time curled up with the new issue of Look (Usually bought from Tesco as they sell it for 99p a lot!). I find lots of pretty clothes and most importantly, I find blog inspiration. Reading through the beauty pages gives me ideas to write about and the fashion images give me ideas of themed wish lists to make.
 
Magazines and books are my way of escaping from everyday life and getting lost into other people worlds. I'd love to know if you're a 'magazine person' and if so, what are your favourite magazines to read? x
 
 
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L'Oreal Casting Gloss Sunkiss Jelly; First Impressions.

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When I first spotted L'Oreal's latest new hair release; I was instantly sold. After a good few days of searching online (I was getting excited) I finally found it in Boots - and best of all I used my points to pay! Having been back to my natural brunette hair colour for over two years now, now and again I wonder how it would feel to pop back over to the lighter side. What puts me off spending hours and hours in the hairdressers is not only the amount of time that it takes; but it also cannot always go the way you want it to and most importantly it's very expensive! If I was to have a full head of highlights on my natural hair now, it would cost me at least £80.00 - money that I really cannot afford to waste right now. So, bearing that in mind, let me introduce you to the wonder that is L'Oreal's Sunkiss Jelly.
 
The Sunkiss Jelly is aimed at blonde to brunette hair and can be applied either all over the hair, as random highlights or you can apply as an ombre. The Sunkiss Jelly comes in three different shades - Light Brown to Dark Blonde (That's me!), Dark Blonde to Light Blonde and Light Blonde to Very Light Blonde. One thing I must point out is that the Sunkiss Jely isn't advised to be used on already coloured or highlighted hair - but I have done so on my ombre and have had no problems at all. The kit comes with a tube of jelly and gloves - I don't feel the need to wear the gloves as there is no strong scent, it feels like applying a normal serum to your hair. I first tested this out with a little strand of my hair that I snipped off - I felt like a secret scientist. This strand was purely brunette and quite a darkish shade. So far, I have applied four applications to the strand and have only noticed a very very slight difference in colour, so here I am not overly impressed so far.
 
However, it's not all seeming doom and gloom as I put it to the full test after I washed my hair. The Sunkiss Jelly doesn't need to be rinsed out which is a bonus! After washing my hair, I applied the jelly all over the lighter shades of my hair, mainly on my ombre and blasted it with a hairdryer - this is supposed to intensify the shade of blonde. I was really impressed as my ombre looked a lot fresher and definitely looked lighter - this was also after just one use! I also applied a few strands to my natural colour, and was pleased to notice that some highlights had come through and looked really natural. I have a sneaky feeling that is a summer essential - it's an absolute steal at just £4.99.
 
Would you try the Sunkiss Jelly? x
 
 
 
 
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Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water Review.

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Phew, that title was a bit of a mouthful wasn't it?! Allow me to introduce you to a brand new brand 'Bee Good', created by Simon and Caroline, husband and wife who combined Simon's love of beekeeping with Caroline's skincare loves - and Bee Good was born. All products use beeswax and honey for the ultimate skincare range. Recently I ordered the British Beauty Blogger's Dream box - which included this Cleansing Water. I used to be a quick makeup wipe kinda girl, but I've been enjoying using micellar waters for a while now, so I was excited to try this out.
 
This is the 'Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water' which comes in a 100ml bottle. I love the cute outer packaging with its pure white background and covered with dainty bees. The cleansing water is a 3-in-1 product which aims to dissolve makeup as well as cleanse and tone the skin at the same time - now that's what I call perfection! So, I eagerly sat down and got myself comfy, ready to get my skin squeaky clean. The only gripe I do have with the product is the lid, it's a push up lid, where as I would prefer it to be dispensed from the cap to make it easier to pour onto a cotton pad. It has a very subtle fresh scent and is quite frankly, the best micellar water I have used so far - beating Garnier and L'Oreal by far. I use Estee Lauder foundation which can be very thick and hard to remove, but the Bee Good cleansing water removes it in just a few simple swipes and also manages to cleanse and tone my skin at the same time - saving me more time if I'm in a rush to get my head down! As for removing eye makeup, it works just as well and doesn't sting at all. It's suitable for sensitive skin and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.
 
The Cleansing Water retails at £10.00 for a 100ml bottle, which does seem a little pricey, but you are paying for quality ingredients and a 3-in-1 quick cleanse. Bee Good also donate a share of their profits to support British Bees, which I think is sweet. Use the voucher code BEAUTY14, to receive 20% off your first order.
 
Have you tried Bee Good? x
 
 
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I am who I am; My Flaws.

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At 5am this morning, I was wide awake thinking of blog post ideas - how random?! Fast forward an hour and I was back to my usual cosy, snoring self. For some reason, I was thinking about what makes me - me. I had been scrolling through my bloglovin feed as I was wide awake and spotted Emma's post on 'What makes you, you?'. It got me thinking of the time as a youngster when I would like in the mirror and think 'How weird that's me - why was I chosen to be me out of all the people in the world?' - it's ok, you can call me a strange child if you wish. Which brings me to today's post - I am happy to be me. After a lot of time wishing I could look like someone else, BE someone else - I am finally happy in who I am as a person and I wouldn't change it for the world. So, me being me, warts and all - I wanted to point out some flaws I have - but look, I'm still happy!
 
My co-ordination skills are horrendous. I cannot tie shoelaces and I am 21. I cannot reverse park. I once reversed my car into a tree. I cannot work out fiddly things and I will push doors that say pull. I spill things and make a mess.  I put pressure on myself to look perfect, when it's never going to happen. I'm fidgety. I struggle to watch a film as I get bored. I can never quite understand the storyline either - I'm that annoying person who always asks - Who's that? I make a mess. My boyfriend would say my flaw is my mess, I love to dump things everywhere and worry about it later. I prefer nights in to nights out. I'm quiet. I'm never the centre of attention - I would hate it. Being sung happy birthday by even two people is enough to make me blush. I hate having my photo taken. I wear my hair messy because I can't be bothered.
 
After writing that random segment of all the things that I tend to do wrong and never quite seem to get right - I am still happy in who I am.  I would now like to take the time to apologise if this was a cheesy post, I can smell the edam from here! I hope that you liked this post and I would encourage you to do the same, I'd love to read - plus I'm nosy.
 
What makes you, you? x
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Feel Unique Wishlist & £5 off a £20 Spend Discount Code!

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Feel Unique is one of my all time favourite beauty websites. Not only can I find hundreds of different makeup brands, new products and generally just spend my time lusting over pretty much everything - but they also offer free delivery too - yay! I've recently come across a new discount code which I actually signed up myself for! All you need to do is sign up with your email address (Use another email address if you're already registered?) and you will receive a unique discount code - meaning that if you spend £20.00 total, it will only cost you £15.00 (See I'm not that bad at maths, am I?!)  

What would you buy from Feel Unique? x

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The Five Product Face

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I was in the mood for writing a beauty post, but couldn't quite think of a specific beauty review to write, so I decided to join in with a popular post that I have seen across the blogosphere. Today's post is all about the five products I would use - say for example if I was on a desert island and could only take five products! As I think about this, the more I realise I don't think I actually use much more than five makeup products a day - sure, I'm forever buying more and more beauty products, but I like to think I keep it relatively simple! So, here's what I would wear on my 'Five Product' face. 


Base.
After a long search, I think I've finally found 'the one' when it comes to foundation - Estee Lauder's Double Wear in shade 'Desert Beige'. I have had to try out a few shades of Double Wear before finally 'settling down' but now this is my everyday foundation. It's a completely full coverage foundation which is exactly what my skin needs. I love to let my skin breathe when I don't wear any makeup, but on the days that I do, I need full coverage as I can get insecure about my freckles and dark spots and generally pale complexion and Double Wear is the only foundation that can literally make my skin look flawless. So that's definitely number one on my list!

Brows.
Next up would be my HD Brows Eye & Brow kit in shade 'Foxy'. The compact kit includes four shades of powder, my favourite being the 'Dark Brown'. I love the little angled brush that comes with it as it makes it so much easier for me to create an angle which isn't usually there! I've recently let my brows go out as I would like to give them more of a shape and I am always surprised at just how much difference using this kit makes! As I searched for this online, I've had a shock to notice that they've added a highlighter, changed the packaging and popped the price up to £25.00 - Yikes!

Eyes. 
My third product is the Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner, which has a very thin nib, making it easy for me to create a tiny little cat flick and still gives a bold look. Wearing eyeliner on my upper lid has been my staple look for years now, so it's a step I never miss out on my makeup routine! For mascara, my current favourite is L'Oreal's Miss Manga mascara. I love that not only does it give my lashes a lot of length, but it gives lots of volume too (I often find that you only tend to get one or the other with mascara).
 
Lips.
Lastly, I'd finish off with my Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in shade 'Ole Flamingo' - a super bright pink shade which quickly brightens up my whole makeup look. It is such a bold shade, but I love that I am building my confidence by wearing bolder colours and trying out new lipsticks as I wouldn't have done so before. I love the matte finish and it lasts pretty much all day!
 
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Bourjois French Manicure Kit Review

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When it comes to my nails, I love keeping it simple. I tend to stick to cute pastel shades and usually shy away from bright and neon shades. As part of a recent giveaway I did with Cohorted, I was lucky enough to receive this 'Bourjois French Manicure' set. A French manicure is always something that I have admired - it looks so sophisticated and elegant and seems perfect for everyday use. As much as I love painting my nails, I usually end up making a mess and having to start all over again, so one evening when I had spare time on my hands I decided to give myself my very own French manicure - I love that I didn't have to go to a salon or pay anybody else to do my nails for me! Without needing much explanation, the manicure itself was pretty easy for me to do. I decided to practice first by using my nail wheel and thought it would make for a better image for the blog post. The kit includes three separate polishes of a base coat, a white liner for the tips and a glossy top coat to complete the look. 


I can imagine that you may not need me to explain to you how a French manicure is done - but I'm going to talk through it anyway! I first started off by removing any old nail polish that was left on my nails to ensure my nails were squeaky clean. I then painted my nails using the Rose lacquer polish. As you can see it's a very nude shade, making it the perfect base for a French manicure. This shade needed at least three coats to build up to my desired colour. I then allowed this to dry completely for a few minutes before moving onto the tips. I must admit that I was concerned about painting the tips - I had visions of it streaking all down the nail, but luckily I was excited to see how the brush of the polish had been made. The brush of the white liner differs from the other polishes as it has a unique brush with its curved angle - making it very easy to create the perfect tips. After my nails had then dried, I later applied a 'So Perfect' top coat to give me a glossy finish. I was really surprised at how easily this look had been to create and I'm really pleased with it! The French Manicure set retails at £9.99 which I feel is good value for three polishes. Since writing this post, I have actually learnt I got the instructions mixed up! Apparently you are meant to paint the tips before you paint the base shade - it didn't do me any harm though! I don't have any negatives to say about the products, I loved the polishes and the final look that it gave me. The only problem I do have with a French manicure is how 'fiddly' it is to complete - especially when you're a bit clumsy like me! It did take me a good half hour to wait for the polishes to dry in between steps, but the actual white tips polish brush made it a heck of a lot easier - this was my favourite part! If you are fancying a sleek and sophisticated look without breaking the bank - I strongly recommend this kit! It's perfect for day to day life and its suitable for work whilst still leaving your nails looking stunning. There's one last thing to say - it's certainly cheaper than an actual manicure!
 
Do you like French manicures? x


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Dealing With Stress.

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There comes a time in our lives when everything just gets 'too much'. I for one have struggled with stress and anxiety in the past, but having since come a long way since then - I find that when stress does hit me, it hits me hard. I wanted to write this post as I have been having a pretty down week. I can't even explain exactly what it was that has triggered me feeling so stressed and on edge, but it left me feeling deflated and unhappy. I am finding that I am not quite sure which way to go in life, what the right thing is to do and how I am supposed to know what I want to do with my future.  Stress to us all can mean different things but for me, when one 'big' thing knocks me sideways, all the little things start to really get on my goat and I really feel on edge and that I just need to hide under the covers and wait until it has passed. For example this week, I have been feeling not like myself, fed up and generally very stressed out meaning the silly little things would send me over the edge - e.g. Tesco refusing to swap my £5 note for pound coins which I needed to park my car for work - in the grand scheme of things, that's pretty petty but when everything gets on top of you, it's the smallest things that can make you feel worse.  I cannot say that there is any way which we can deal with stress, neither do I want to sound like 'Woe is me' and being a negative nelly as I am blessed in my life but I think I have found a few techniques that allow the stress to pass and I feel back to myself again.
 
 
Walk Away.
If there is a certain situation that is stressing me out, I find that the best thing for me to do is to walk away. Obviously this cant always happen, say for example you're stressed out at work, then of course you cant just walk away as nobody will understand that sadly! (Personally, if I ever become a manager, I'll let people do that!) If I am in a situation that I cannot control or leave, I just tell myself that it will be over soon and I can have time to myself. If I can walk away or distance myself from the situation, I take time out for myself, go somewhere where I can be alone with a nice magazine and forget about things.
 
 
It's a bad day, not a bad life.
This is my favourite quote of all time. The past few days I have been feeling down and not myself, but that's not to say I have a bad life. I realise how lucky I am in this world to have my family, boyfriend, friends, a roof over my head and that's when I remember that stress and bad days always pass and the good days will always outweigh the bad.
 
Vent it out.
The good old fashioned way to deal with any stress or worries is just to get rid of it - find the nearest person you trust and tell them all about it. Don't worry how long you may be babbling on for if you know you would do the same for them in return. It can also help to write things down, to weigh things up on why you're annoyed at things and then see the positives too.


 
Things I love.
This weekend has been so relaxing for me and I think this why I am now feeling a lot more positive and back to my normal self. I have just spent my weekend relaxing, not worrying about how I look or what I'm wearing and enjoying things that I like to do. I've done some sunbathing with my cat (who likes to throw himself over any magazine that I may have) and got some blog work done too.
 
I'm sorry if this post has been negative - I think it has done me good to get things off my chest and now I'm planning to spend the day exactly as I like, before another week starts tomorrow! I would love to know how you deal with stress, whether it comes to you often. Perhaps the fact that sometimes it hits me hard every so often is better than me feeling slightly stressed and anxious on a day to day basis. I have so much to look forward to in life, so it's onwards and upwards from here - I've got a smile on my face! If you fancy reading a more positive post, find out what makes me happy here.
 
How do you deal with stress? x


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Taking a #DietCokeBreak!

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Today's post is all about one of my favourite drinks of all time - Diet Coke! I know a lot of people can be against fizzy drinks, but I am quite the opposite and am pretty bad for them! Yesterday was the perfect example of a #dietcokebreak - the sun was beaming down on me, I was catching up on my blog emails and reading a magazine with an ice old Diet Coke! Before I start, I'd like to point out that this is not a sponsored post but I did receive the above products in aid of writing this post! We all know the Diet Coke hunks, right? Oh yes, yes we do! To celebrate 20 years of the Diet Coke hunks, the Flirt Machine was first unveiled at Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour. So, not only were the lucky visitors partying the night away to Katy Perry songs, but first they had a chance to flirt with a Diet Coke hunk - much to their surprise! If you watch the short video here, you'll soon see how the hunks popped up from nowhere offering free flirting and diet coke - perfection!
 
Are you a fan of Diet Coke? x


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Themed Wishlist #2: Blue Floral.

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Towels // Makeup Brush Set // Phone Case // Shoes // Notebook // Dress

It's Friday and the sun is shining, so what better time than now to publish my latest themed wishlist. I decided to keep it pretty and simple this week - so inspired by Cath Kidston's vintage rose items, here we have an all blue floral wish list! I am surprised at how much fun I am having putting together these wish lists. For me, the stand out of all the products above has to be the platform shoes - they are drop dead beautiful. My only problem is, I'm not sure I'd be able to walk very well in them!

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The Three Minute Makeup Challenge.

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There's nothing I love more than taking the time to get ready and make sure that I'm happy with my makeup. I find it so therapeutic to just sit and relax whilst making myself look presentable! So, when I was challenged by Fragrance Direct to complete my makeup in just three minutes flat - I certainly knew it was going to be a challenge alright! . I was lucky enough to choose three products from Fragrance Direct. I was tempted to choose a foundation, as this is such an important part of my makeup routine but I thought it would be a risky business choosing a new foundation shade online - in case it was far too dark or too light! I decided to opt for a simple look and chose the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara*, L'Oreal Studio Secrets eye shadow* and Max Factor LipFinity in shade 'Hint Of Pink'.*
 

 
I used my iPhone to start off my stopwatch, ready for the challenge of attempting to look remotely presentable in just three minutes! I decided it would be easiest to start off the challenge by applying my LipFinity gloss, leaving me more time to focus on my eyes. This actually took me up to around the 30 second mark as I needed to stop and pop some lip balm on, as I hadn't noticed quite how dry my poor lips had been! The 'Hint Of Pink' was a gorgeous slightly shimmery pink and what I loved about the LipFinity range is that you also get a topcoat that comes with the gloss itself. It's such a conditioning balm and really helped to secure the gloss in place. Next up, I applied my Studio Secrets eye shadow in shade '284', a shimmery golden brown shade which is aimed at intensifying blue eyes (That's why I picked it!). I used the small applicator brush that came in the compact, however I think I would have been more beneficial using a larger eye shadow brush from my Naked 3 palette, as it would have made it easier to blend. I managed to apply the eye shadow pretty quickly - perhaps not quite as blended as I had hoped though! I now had around 1 minute and 30 seconds left to apply my mascara. Using the False Lash Effect mascara very quickly was harder than I thought as the brush is quite big compared to my usual Miss Manga mascara! I found that the mascara did give a lot of length to my lashes but not quite the volume I had hoped for - seeing as it was the first time I had used it, I obviously need to give it more time to build up! Another problem I had with applying mascara so quickly, meant that it made me so much more open to making mistakes! I was left with a few smudges under my bottom lashes and that annoying moment when your mascara decides to spread over your eyelids!
 
So, my three minutes were up and my look was complete! It wasn't a bad attempt, I guess I could have looked worse! In three minutes I had managed to complete my eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss so I'm going to say that's pretty good going actually! The only problem I had was that as I had kept the products quite simple, I felt rather 'naked' and didn't quite feel that I would be confident enough to wear this on a daily basis. If I was to try the challenge again, I would choose three bolder products such as foundation, eyeliner and mascara instead! If you want to see my completed look, pop over to my Instagram page 'Sweetdreamsblog' where you can see me rocking the 'au natural' look - I'm definitely more of a full on makeup kinda girl! Thank you to Fragrance Direct for challenging me, I'm definitely thinking of trying this again and seeing the different looks that I can create!
 
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My Dreams & Goals.

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Today I thought I would step away from the usual beauty related posts and share with you my dreams and goals. Recently, on my 'When Blogging Gets You Down' post, I had such a kind response, from people telling me that my blog was one of their favourites - you have no idea how much that means to me to hear those words. As I have been blogging for over a year now, I don't tend to share an awful lot about my life - I mean who wants to read about my life?! Today I decided I wanted to write something different and share with you some goals and aspirations I have - it doesn't matter how far away they may seem right now, I wanted to share them anyway and get them off my chest.
 

At the moment, I'm a Mental Health support worker in the community, which I really enjoy. I have been working in mental health for over two years now and no two days are ever the same - that's what I love about the job. You get to make a difference to peoples lives, improve their skills and build a relationship with them - which in return makes me feel happy that I have made a difference to somebody's life,  no matter how small that may be. I've never really had a main career in mind - one day I'd love to work in a prison or rehab. Like most bloggers, I love writing. I spend so much time writing for my blog and one day I would love to write a book - my life would be complete if I ever got published! I used to spend my childhood writing short stories and even finished writing a novel at just 10 years old - God knows where it is now, I'd love to find it! I've got the ball rolling by writing an A4 page of what I hope will be my new project - a book!
 
Before I started my blog, I didn't tend to have a hobby as such. Yes I'd read a few books, go shopping and watch films but none of them felt like anything was really a passion to me. That was until I discovered blogging in February 2013 and I haven't looked back since. I love how I have evolved since starting my blog, not only in technical terms of design, photography and writing but also in personal terms of my confidence growing. I also feel as if I have a purpose as such, like I am giving back something to the blogging community that I take so much from. I have no idea what the future holds for my blog, I spend my days wishing I cold be a full time writer, but that seems rather unattainable - however, dreams are dreams and shouldn't be dismissed! Seeing as I am being rather emotional today, I just wanted to thank you if you read my blog. I don't want to sound full of myself, thinking that everyone loves my blog because that's not true but I just wanted to say thank you.
 
Over three years ago, I met someone who has changed my life. I know how cheesy that sounds and I really don't want to make you roll your eyes and make vomiting noises, but my boyfriend is a large part of my life. After meeting three years ago, we've barely spent a night apart. He's my best friend as well as my boyfriend and in true cheesiness - he means the world to me. I currently live at home with my parents and am saving up for a mortgage. This is seeming like such a long distance goal as I am only working part time, so I am not earning an awful lot, but I manage to put money away each time. I know that I will get there one day and it will be so special for me to have my own place! I already plan how I will design my house - I want a blogging room with a vintage patchwork sofa and floral décor, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse objects gathered through the house! Oh and of course - CATS!
 
 
What are your dreams and goals?  
 
 



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Sleek Bronze Block 'Light' Review.

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Sleek Bronzer Block - £7.49

For over a year now, I've fallen in love with using bronzers as part of my daily makeup routine. A few of my favourites include Benefit's Hoola and Sleek's Contour Kit, so you can imagine my delight when I was lucky enough to try out the Sleek Bronze Block* in shade 'Light'. I would just like to mention that this doesn't affect the honesty of my review, I am a fan of Sleek products and am really happy to have found a good bronzer which is remarkably cheaper than Hoola! As you can see Sleek are offering a pretty unique bronze here as it is a block which includes three separate shades of bronzer and one blush. I love that the block's different shades means that you can create a versatile look. If I fancy a blush one day, I can use my block and if I want a bronzer the next, I can use the block too! Each shade can be used separately or blended together. It's definitely cheaper than buying the two products separately. My favourite way to use the block is to sweep my brush over the three bronzing powders and then apply to my cheekbones. The textures of the shades have a smooth texture and I find it easy to blend in. The Sleek Bronze Block is available in two varieties - Light and Dark - perhaps we could do with a medium? Here I have the 'Light' bronze block. The outer packaging is 'sleek' and sophisticated (See what I did there?). I love the pretty outer packaging it arrives in and the actual bronze block is in a thick black compact which includes a mirror - so its perfect to carry around in your handbag.
 
Now that I've told you a bit about the actual Bronze Block - it's time for me to tell you about the results. Oh my, I have to say I think this beats Hoola hands down, no doubt about it. I've mentioned before that I often think my face is rather round like the moon, so for a bronzer to be able to create cheekbones on my face, it has to have some power. The Bronze Block has the power! It gives me such definition in my cheeks and adds a sunkissed glow to my somewhat pale face. The only negative I do have to say about the bronze block is that you need to be careful when applying as it can get a little 'muddy'. I know that a lot of bronzers can have this effect, especially if too much is used or its not been blended enough but I find that I have to use just a very light amount of the product otherwise I end up looking rather Clown like. The lasting power, I hear you ask? Hands down, it's pretty amazing. The day of writing this review, I just looked in the mirror and thought 'God my bronzer's lasted well' - It's been 12 hours since I last applied and it still looks just as good. With all my positive feedback now safely tucked away into this blog post, I'll finish off on another positive - the price tag! Sleek are such an affordable brand yet still offer the high quality that we look for. The Sleek Bronze Block retails at just £7.49.
 
Would you try a bronzing block? x

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Themed Wishlist: Doughnuts!

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After enjoying writing my recent beauty wish list, I've decided that I would quite like to keep wish lists a regular theme on my blog. I'm not very good at putting outfits together and I've tried scrawling through ebay to find you some fashionable bargains (It's harder than it looks!) so I've decided to do it a little differently. I've decided to create each wish list with a theme in mind and try and find anything relative to the theme! The first in the series is extremely random - I chose doughnuts! After seeing the 'Donut Talk To Me' T-shirt, it inspired me to find all things doughnuts - and voila, here's my wish list! Apparently today is actually National Doughnut Day (Who knew there was such a thing?!) so I immediately knew it was time to publish this post!
What do you think? x


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When Blogging Gets You Down.

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 Blogging has become a big part of my life. When I think outside the box, I think 'it's just a blog -why do I get so worked up about it? I wanted to write this post in the hope that we can come together if anybody else ever feels the way I do. I know most of us don't blog for a career, we do it because we love it and we spend hours pouring our passion into it. So, with that being the case, why do I let myself get so obsessed with the little things? When I first started writing my blog, I never in a million years dreamt that I would have come this far. I'm still a small blog, I don't think I'm a popular blog at all; far from it - but I still feel proud of my success. Which leads me to my main question - why do I let some aspects of blogging get me down? I'm talking about comparing myself to others, worrying that my posts are boring, I need more modern images, I don't want to be a carbon copy of everyone else - these are all just negative thoughts that sweep through my mind now and again. I also get days where I think ' Why do I even bother anymore? Nobody's reading!' - when realistically that's not true. We all get bad days, that's what I think is really important to remember. None of us bloggers think amazing happy thoughts all day long - that's not real life.
 
I think it's important to remember the good days and why I love blogging in the first place. I spend hours writing, reading and generally thinking about my blog. I look forward to writing it every day, and when I was away for a fortnight recently, I actually missed working on it. This is exactly what I should focus on. I promise to focus on only the positives of blogging. I think we should all make a little pact to banish all negative thoughts about not only our blog, but ourselves too. I have written a previous post about feeling envious towards other bloggers which you can read here.
 
I find it really refreshing when bloggers open up to each other and may say 'I'm feeling down about my blog today' and we all come rushing in to save the day. That's what I love about the blogging community! If you ever have days when you feel like this - you now know you're not alone - you have something in common with me! I'm always one for being positive towards others, so if you ever feel like a moan, you know where to find me! I think this post has been a bit of a mixed up ramble, so I do hope you find some sense out of it.
 
Does blogging ever get you down?


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Beauty Wishlist

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 I haven't bought any new beauty products for a good while now. Except for the Beauty Blogger Box but you can forgive me that bargain purchase can't you?! I have been trying to cut down on my spending and stop splashing out on unnecessary products. This has meant rummaging through my bags and boxes to see what goodies I can find - it's surprising what you have! Anyway, I thought it was  definitely time to gather my most lusted after products and create a new beauty wish list.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer - £16.00.
theBalm products are really beginning to catch my eye lately. Their packaging reminds me of Benefit's but I think theBalm's packaging is even more unique! I love how each product is so beautifully packaged, it strengthens my lust even more. I recently took part in a #bbloggers chat and a few bloggers recommended starting off with Mary Lou Manizer. It's a highlighter, shimmer and shadow all in one which has versatile uses. I've read really great reviews, so I'm dying to get my hands on this!
 
Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara - £6.99.
I have a rather odd obsession with mascara. Each time a new mascara comes out, I want it! I already have a good few unopened mascaras that I need to work my way through, so I'm actually holding out on this new mascara for now! I will be getting it in the future though. I have read really good reviews on this mascara and also heard that the brush is rather strange, with bobbles in it?! The brush looks thick and big, which I hope will bring perfect length and volume.
 
 
Dolce & Gabanna 'Dolce' Perfume - £36.00.
There's not an awful lot I can say about this perfume, other than it's simply divine! It's a soft and feminine fragrance of mixed white flowers. As you can imagine, being a designer perfume, it doesn't come cheap but I'm really impressed I found a website called Fragrance Expert who are selling it £9 cheaper than Debenhams! This lower price has slightly pulled my arm a bit more than I'd hoped - you may well see this pop up on my blog sometime soon!
 
 
Origins Ginzing Cleansing Scrub - £18.50.
I'm really in the mood for trying out new skincare products and this has really caught my eye after I spotted it over on Instagram a few weeks ago. This is a new release from Origins' Ginzing range, with the cleansing scrub being gentle enough for everyday use but also including my favourite part of skincare - an exfoliant. The only reason I haven't bought this yet is as it's pretty pricey!
 
 
Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector - £40.00.
Since returning from my sunny holiday, my freckles are out in force more than ever before! I long for clear skin, but it's also time for me to accept that my freckles will always be a part of my life. However, it doesn't mean they have to be so prominent so I'm on the hunt for a cream which can reduce the darkness.
 
 
No7 Gel Look Summer Nail Polishes - £7.00.
These gorgeous polishes really reminded me of Nails Inc - and for half the price! I love No7's nails polishes, they are so easy to apply and are long lasting too, hence why these have made their way to my wish list! There are four exclusive shades available (as shown above) - aren't they beautiful?!
 
 
What's on your beauty wish list? x


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Garnier Ultimate Blends 'The Silky Smoother' Shampoo Review.

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When it comes to shampoo, I very much stick to the same products. There are some shampoos that my hair just cant seem to get one with and it doesn't half annoy me when I spend time washing and blow drying my hair after trying a new shampoo - only to find out its made my hair look greasier than it was before! So, I was apprehensive when I decided to pick up the Silky Smoother shampoo as it's always a shame to get excited by a new product only to be disappointed. Garnier recently bought out a brand new range of hair products - complete with an attractive design and an even more attractive price tag. My hair has been feeling pretty dry and coarse recently, especially since having the ends dip dyed, I had started to notice my hair had lost its natural shine. I was looking for a shampoo that would be able to make my hair super soft, so I did my research online and considered spending a lot of money on a high end shampoo. I'm glad I didn't, as I soon spotted the new Garnier range in my local Boots at the bargain price of just £1.94 for 400ml!
 
I decided to pick up the 'Silky Smoother' shampoo which is for mid to long hair with split ends, aiming to smoothe the hair and also add silkiness. It has a creamy formula which is blended with vanilla milk and papaya extracts - it smells dreamy! It lathers up, giving me that foamy shower experience (Think Nicole Scherzinger in the Herbal Essences adverts) and best of all, I'm happy with the results. I recently took this on holiday with me, where my poor hair was subjected to extra heat so I feel I gave this a good test before I wrote this review. The shampoo leaves my hair feeling soft and in a lot healthier condition. I'm very impressed that it's a low priced product that actually works. If you're looking for a shampoo to make your hair feel super soft - this is the one you're looking for!

Garnier's Silky Smoother Shampoo is available here for £3.89 for 400ml, but look out as there are often half price discounts available!


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