I cut my hair off for charity!Β 

  


Thought I would give you all a quick update on my hair! 

Basically if you have been following me for a while you will know that I dyed my hair black to blonde. Then purple and eventually grey. 

I tried everything to keep my hair grey but even the hairdressers couldn’t get it to last longer than a week. 

My hair was left in really bad condition, and along with my hair falling out due to stress my dermatitis on my scalp was pretty bad. 

So I decided to dye it back to black. Although this slightly helped with the condition. I felt my hair still looked and felt dreadful. 

As most of you know my little boy is autistic. So I decided to cut my hair off and raise money for the National Autistic Society. They have been such a great source of information since the diagnoses process started and I wanted to be able to give something back. 

So I went from this :  


 


To this :  


 


The hairdresser did get a bit scissor happy. And it was slightly shorter than I wanted which makes it difficult to style the original way I wanted too. However I really love it, I actually prefer wearing it in the pixie style. 

Now when my hair grows back eventually it will be in great condition! 

I managed to raise over Β£450 thanks to my very generous and wonderful friends. 

So just another shoutout to those of you who did donate. Thankyou so much for making this transition so much easier by donating what you could. It is massively appreciated and I love you all. 

Thanks for reading! 

Xoxo 

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Real techniques brushes review πŸ’•πŸ’•

  


  

Not so long ago, I only ever used a very basic sponge to apply my foundation, and a cheap brush to apply powder/blush/bronzer. 

It wasn’t until I entered the world of contouring that I started to purchase different types of brushes for each individual step. The difference I have found is massive! 

I first purchased the Real Techniques Core kit. Alongside a few different contour pallets. I’ve found they have worked best with the Makeup Revolution Cover and conceal cream contour pallets.  


 


The brushes are lovely though, soft and never loose bristles. Easy to clean and easy to apply makeup. I have my own ways of doing things so I know that I’m not using the brushes for the right things but they work well for me! 

Also the Real techniques Expert Face brush is by far the best brush I have ever used. I use it too apply my foundation (currently using EstΓ©e Lauder double wear). It goes on perfectly and blends beautifully.  


 

The only brush from Real Techniques that I haven’t liked is the sculpting brush. For me I personally think it’s too hard to sculpt. It’s also quite chunky so doesn’t work well with some of my smaller powder contour kits (current favourite is Seventeen or collection). So I’m disappointed I bought that. Because it doesn’t get used at all.  


 


Overall I absolutely love them. I still have a few more that I want from the original range. And I have a few of the bold metals brushes and also the fibre collection on my Christmas list!  The bold metals are more expensive, but they look amazing and I’ve heard great things about them! 


   


So if you are looking for inexpensive starter brushes to build your collection these are the ones I would suggest! 

Hope everyone is well, sorry I haven’t been around for a while. Summer holidays were manic and it’s just finding the time to get back into the swing of things! 

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment down below if you use any of the Real Techniques range and what you think of them! 

Xoxo  


 

How my bedroom is currently looking!Β 

So a couple of weeks ago I did a mini blog about wanting to decorate my room, without actually decorating because I’m super lazy. 

I posted some inspiration pics from Pinterest and although our room looks nothing like them, I think it’s coming along quite nicely! 

The problem with decorating our bedroom is that we are in rented property and that one particular room is wood chip wallpaper. I refuse to strip it because it would take absolutely AGES. And because r the school holidays and we have no one to watch the kids, painting is just out of the option. 

So basically I took to eBay and ordered a lot of mandala wall hangings to cover the walls. Until we can find time to at least paint them!  

So here’s how it’s looking so far.. 


    

    

 

And the kids love it too (don’t think I’ve ever had to remake a bed so many times in my whole life) 

  


It’s finally beginning to feel like a haven again, instead of it just being somewhere to sleep. 

The other night I got into bed, stuck some relaxing music on from you tube, lit some candles and insence and read my book for a bit. It was lovely. 

Still a lot left to do though, I’m going to re paint my chest of drawers, chair and bookshelf. And re cover the ottoman and chair with a different material as they are currently floral. Need a few more wall hangings and some ornamental bits and hopefully it will be finished. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think so far. 

Sam 

Xoxo 

Lush Review: Intergalactic Bath BombΒ 

  


Intergalactic Bath Bomb  

 


I must admit that I was a little jealous that Sean said he was going to use this one in his bath last night. After all, I’ve waited months for it to be available online, as again it has been one of the Oxford street exclusives. 

However we decided to share it, so that I could sill blog about it! 

Where to begin. 

There’s nothing I didn’t like about this product. In fact, I absolutely loved it. 

Smells absolutely amazing! A Very floral fragrance filled the bathroom as soon as it entered the water. And as it fixed away, a midst the dark blue you could see a blanket of glitter in the water. 

  
Although as not brightly coloured as the experimenter, this was far more beautiful. It really did look like a galaxy in my bath tub.  
  
  

 

Because of how much glitter was visible in the water, we honestly expected to come out absolutely covered. But this wasn’t the case. Yes we were shimmering slightly, but again it was nothing like the Phoenix rising bath bomb. 

The smell on my skin afterwards lasted all night. I would recommend this to anyone, and I think kids would love it too. It’s Deffo one of my absolute favourite Lush products and I know Sean really enjoyed it too. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have tried it and what you thought 

Xoxo

Things I’ve bought, that I’ve hated!Β 

  

It’s not often that I come across products that I really don’t like, or think ‘I really feel like I’ve wasted my money’, but there have been a few recently so I thought I would do a little blog about them! 
NYX HD Photogenique Primer and Finishing powder. 

Let me start off by saying that the powder is by far the biggest waste of money EVER. 

With it being for photographs specifically you would think it would be for all kinds of photography. Right? Wrong. Don’t use this product for photos you will be taking using a flash because it reflects the light, rendering the photo totally useless. 

It’s also the worst finishing powder I’ve ever come across. It does absolutely nothing to your makeup. Just don’t buy it. 

As for the primer, it’s sticky, smells a bit weird and I don’t like the consistency or the colour of it. It’s just not what I wanted in a primer at all. And I don’t feel like it makes my makeup go on any better than what it would without it! 

Now I’m a huge lover of NYX makeup. I but their stuff all the time and have never had complaints. But my god these products are terrible. 

  

Soap and Glory – Pillow Plump XXL


What is his supposed to do exactly? Because it certainly doesn’t plump my lips at all! No more than any other lipstick does. Because it’s a gloss it makes me hate it more. I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss to begin with, but because people always rave about this I thought I would give it a go! Doesn’t make me love soap and glory and less though. They still remain one of my favourite brands. 

But this. This was a waste of time. I hated it. 

  

Lip Voltage
Oh how excited I was when I managed to get this. It was old out everywhere at the time and my friend told me about a little salon somewhere that would post it out to me so I grabbed it while I could. 

Firstly, i had no idea how to use it so I just winged it the first time and very nearly burnt my lips off! Was absolutely horrendous. 

When I learnt how to use it though, although it may have slightly changed my lips when I first applied it. It didn’t hold for much longer than 5 minutes. All that stinging for having more plump lips for 5 minutes just wasn’t worth it. Not at all. 

I’d rather save my money and have lip fillers (which I actually did do in the end). 

  

So like I said, it’s really not often that I buy something I don’t like. I always read reviews or go off word of mouth. And I’m nearly always pleased. But these are some of the products that really stuck out in my mind as being terrible. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know down below if you have tried any of these and what you thought of them. 

Sam 

Xoxo

Lush Cosmetics Product Review: The ExperimenterΒ 

  


The Experimenter Bath Bomb


  


This has a really strong smell, which I must admit when it first arrived I wasn’t particularly keen on. 

However I was so excited that it had finally appeared on the Lush website as its previously been a Oxford street exclusive. 

As soon as it hit the water, the smell seemed to immediately change. Into more of a floral and musk type smell. It actually reminded me of Ylang Ylang incense sticks! 

  


As you can see in the video, the second you drop it into the water, it gives off the most beautiful rainbow of colour. It also makes a crackling type noise which is something I haven’t experienced before from their bath bomb range. 

   

 

Once it has disolved, the water is a deep purple. If you use a bubble bar alongside prior to putting the bomb in, the colours will rest on the bubbles and last a bit longer. 

The smell remains on your skin once you are out the bath and have dried off. It also leaves a very light shimmer on your skin as it has some gold glitter in it, but nothing like the Pheonix Rising bath bomb, where it looks like you have bathed in a tub of glitter 😏


Would I recommend it? 


Most definitely, it’s the most colourful bath bomb I’ve tried from their collection so far, in fact nothing quite comes close to it. 

Kids will love it too because of how bright it is! 


Thanks for reading, let me know if you have tried this in the comments below and what you thought of it! 

Sam 

Xoxo

500 Followers 😱

  
Wow, 500 followers is pretty amazing!

Thanks so much for everyone who has followed, commented, liked and shared my posts. You will never know how much I appreciate it! 

When I first started my blog a couple of months back, I never imagined people would take such an interest in what I had to say! 

I’ve met some lovely people along the way and hope to meet many more. 

Also a quick mention for my Instagram followers which hit 1000 last week, thanks so much for everything. 

I equally enjoy reading and commenting on your things too, I always follow back! I have gotten some great tips from some of you and have tried many products that you’ve recommended. 

Hope you all have a lovely day πŸ’•πŸ’•

Sam 

Xoxo 

 

Blogger Awards πŸ’•πŸ’•

  

 
Firstly I want to thank Rare Ruby for nominating me for all 3 awards, but also Everything and Nothing for nominating me for the Premio Dardos Bloggers award. 

Please check out their blogs if you don’t already, they are wonderful! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

So on to the awards, I’m going to contain them all to one post and then nominate for all 3 at the end! 

Premio Dardos Award 

Rules

Give thanks to person who nominated you 

Pass on the award to other bloggers and let them know they have been nominated! 


Versatile Blogger Award

Rules 
Give thanks to the person who nominated you 

Share 10 things about yourself 

Nominate 10 bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated 

My 10 Facts: 


1. I have 23 tattoos. Some of them excellent and some of them need covering up! 

2. I hate lipgloss 

3. I have a cat called Daryl, named after Daryl Dixon from the walking dead (creepy stalker obsession with Norman Reedus) 

4. My favourite genre of movie is horror. 

5. My favourite colour is Turquoise 

6. My favourite restaurant is Yo Sushi 

7. My favourite flowers are Peonies 

8. I prefer drug store brands over expensive brand makeup 

9. My favourite animals are Orangatangs 

10. Favourite artist is Gustav Klimt 

Beauty Blogger Award 

Rules 

Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you 

Answer the 10 questions you were given 

Nominate 10 people whose blog is about fashion or beauty ( I nominated 7 because I’m lazy!) 

Make 10 questions for your bloggers to answer 

Let the bloggers know you have nominated them 

Questions that Ruby asked me: 


1. Favourite Makeup Product

I know I go on about it, but it’s my main staple. The Max Factor Pan stik is my absolute favourite product EVER. I use it as a concealer under my eyes, red bits and forehead. But it can also be used as a cream foundation which is its main purpose for my people. 

2. What can’t you live without

I assume this means beauty related, so I’m going to say Micellar Cleansing water. My face has been so clear since I started using it. 

3. Favourite colour

Anything Natural 

4. Natural coloured lips, or big bold lips

I love Nude lipsticks, I rarely wear anything else, but still like my lips to look plump. So I do wear lip liner also. Sometimes when I’m going out I wear red or dark purple but it’s rare. 

5. Have you tried strobing? 

Hell no! I’ve only just got the hang of contouring! Although I more than likely will watch a couple of tutorials and blog about it at some point. 

6. How do you reduce bags under your eyes? 

I don’t.. I simply don’t have time. And I do have awful bags! I just conceal them 😱 If you have any tips pop them in the comments! 

7. What piercings do you have/want? 

Currently I have my Ears, nose and tongue done. I don’t want anymore. Although I do miss my belly button. But I have a stretch mark right through that so it’s ruined! No one gets to see it anyway. 

8. What’s your perfect makeup look? 

I love natural looking makeup with white prominent lips. Kylie Jenners makeup is generally perfect πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

9. Mascara or eyeliner (pick one) 

Mascara most Deffo. Changes the whole look of your face! 

10. Do you paint your nails

Rarely. If I’m going out then yes. But that’s hardly ever! 

My 10 questions 

1. Favourite lipstick brand and colour 

2. Name a beauty product that you hate 

3. Favourite perfume 

4. How many items of makeup are in your daily routine? 

5. What’s your skin care routine 

6. Do you contour? What products do you use? 

7. Favourite makeup brand? 

8. Drugstore or High end makeup? 

9. Top makeup tip? 

10. Name something you have bought recently because another blogger has recommended it. 
My nominees 

Everything and nothing

Atinyalien

The sassy editor

Lainey loves life

Wake up to makeup with Kayla

Anything and everything

M

Mini Boots Haul πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  

  


Still on the hunt for the Kate Moss Nude collection lipsticks! But on the way picked up a few bits from boots today. 

I did manage to actually get another 2 of the shades that I needed. I got shades 45 and 48. Also picked up one from her other range in shade 03. 

Will swatch these within the next few days! I think I only have one shade left to find now! 


 

I’ve been wanting to try a BB balm or cream for a while now, and whilst I was looking at the seventeen collection for yet another different contour kit to try I came across this balm.  

My skin is terrible at the minute, so the fact that it said it will improve my skin within 4 weeks made me want to try it! 

My friend uses the contour kit, and looks fabulous so I wanted to give that a go myself and see what it’s like. 


 

I haven’t wore powder for a very long time. I’ve been using Soap and Glorys Solar powder as an all over face powder for a while as its light enough to give the effect I wanted. 

However I’m one for trying new things all the time. So I grabbed this one as I’ve seen a fair few blogs recommending it. 

  

Yay!! I’m so excited that I eventually found this product. I loved their Morrocon oil shampoo and conditioner and their coconut milk. But I seen Zoella blog about this a while ago and I’ve only just managed to pick it up in boots today! 

These are going in my toiletries section of my Xmas list though. So you will have to wait a while for my review πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

 


You will see in the top picture that I grabbed some insence, that was from a little stall as I ran out of nag champa at the weekend, and this was all they had. But they smell beautiful. And for Β£1 per pack you can’t really go wrong! 

So, still on the hunt for the last shade of the nude collection. Looks like it might have to be an online purchase. But I’m super happy that I managed to get the rest today. 

Thanks so much for reading. If you have tried any of these products, let me know what you think of them in the comments! 

Sam

Xoxo