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  


 

Monthly favourites : August EditionΒ 

  
Wow these summer holidays have been LONG. Anyone else excited for the kids to be back at school next week? 

I really feel like I haven’t been able to do many blogs at all during the holidays, so massive apologies but I just haven’t really had the time at all. 
So, monthly favourites! 
Glossy Box 

The August Glossy box was pretty awesome. 4 Full size products instead of the usual 1 full size. All great products and all that I’ve been using daily since it came! 

Personal favourite is the toner by NaoBay. Having used a few items from this company before I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. I absolutely love the packaging too. I would say it’s been one of the best toners I’ve tried and I’m SUPER happy it was a full size instead of a sample!  
 

Real techniques expert face brush 


Honestly don’t know what I ever did before this brush? I use it for everything! It’s so amazing, my makeup goes on beautifully and blends really well. I would recommend this brush to everyone! 
 

My bedroom purchases 

My bedroom is no where near finished, but it’s at the point where it looks comfortable enough to wait a little while to do anything else (after Christmas preferably when I actually have money πŸ˜‚). 

The mandala wall hangings were sent from India but purchased on eBay for 13.99 each which is a huge bargain considering places like urban outfitters sell them for around Β£40. 

Also the individual drapes/voile on my 4 poster bed were only Β£2 each, which I think transformed the whole room on its own.  
    
    
 
Down the rabbit hole


I started this book a few weeks ago, I don’t have much time to read at the moment but I haven’t been able to put it down! Lots of secrets being exposed about Hugh Hefner, very interesting read! I picked my copy up from Amazon on pre order for around Β£13.  
 
Kate Moss Long lasting Nude lipstick range 


Thanks to a dear friend I managed to complete my collection of the nude range. And I absolutely LOVE them all. They last well, are moisturising and smell lovely! Best of all they are cheap!! 

I will be doing a blog soon swatching all of them for you. So keep an eye out!  
 

Lush Cosmetics – The Comforter Shower Cream 

If you don’t like sweet smells then this won’t be for you. But my oh my does this smell good enough to eat! Leaves me smelling like candy for hours. I absolutely love it!! 

I’ve been waiting for it to become a sinks for a while as it was an Oxford street exclusive. The comforter bubble bar is one of my favourite products by them so I knew I would love this. 

  

So that’s my monthly favourites! Thanks so much for reading. Let me know if you have tried any of the above products and what you thought in the comments down below. 

Sam 

Xoxo

Glossy Box : August 2015

  



It’s that time of the month again! Glossy box reveal! YAY

I’m actually super impressed with this months box.

There are 4 full size products and one sample size, instead of the normal 1 full size product. 



 


What’s inside! 


  


  



I think I’m most excited about the Toner and the Blush. But all the products look amazing. 

So it was just a very short post today, but wanted to share it with you all because I think they have out done themselves this month.

I did absolutely love last months, and have been using some of those products since. Keep an eye out for reviews of some of the Glossy products over the next week! 

Thanks for reading. 

Sam 

Xoxo

Mini lush Haul πŸ˜πŸ˜

  

Morning! 

I was super excited that I checked Lush online at the weekend, as some of the products that were Oxford street exclusives had been made available for purchase πŸ˜€ 

Sadly I couldn’t afford to get all of them this week, with the run up to Xmas we are obviously getting all the presents in, but I did get the main ones I wanted to try! YAY

So here’s what I ordered: 

The Comforter Shower Cream

The comforter bubble bar is my absolute favourite. Smells like sherbet πŸ’•πŸ’• can’t wait to try this. 

Pink flamingo reusable bubble bar 

Smells like a summery cocktail! I must admit I was attracted to this just because simply it was a flamingo 😏

Frozen Bath bomb 

One for the kids! I always buy them something in my hauls and have been desperate to get this one. 

Experimenter Bath bomb 

Just because it’s so colourful!! Looks amazing. 

Intergalactic Bath bomb 

Smells divine and looks beautiful! 


 


Will be doing a separate blog post to review about these in the coming weeks! So keep an eye out. 

Also while I’m here, a special thanks to my good friend Rhi, who sent me this beautiful Gift set from Lush last week.  

I hadn’t tried either of the products before but they smell absolutely amazing! The soap leaves a lasting smell on my skin for ages! 


   

If you have tried any of them let me know what you thought in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading. 

Sam 

Xoxo

Sunshine Blogger award β˜€οΈπŸŒžπŸŒ…πŸŒ„

  
Thankyou so much to M who has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 

If you haven’t already, check out her blog and give her a follow! 

The Rules: 

Thank the person/people who nominated you

Answer the questions from your nominators 

Nominate 11 of your favourite bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer


Questions from M 


What is your ideal job? 

I always wanted to be an interior designer or a writer. 

Sadly the calling for interior design in my area is minimum, and I don’t want to move! So I make do with creating boards on Pinterest of my dream houses 😍 

With writing I seem to be doing well blogging, but I have tried to write books in the past only to get lost halfway through. 

I love poetry too, and still write poems daily. 

If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

I wish I could turn off the feeling of caring what other people think. Having an autistic child comes with its own battles, more than half of the time the battles are caused by uneducated morons who think it’s ok to judge someone when they know nothing about them. 

What is your best asset, in your opinion or someone else’s. 

I’m honest, really really honest. Most people like the fact that I am. Some people not so much. 

Are you a night owl or early riser? 

Most definitely a night owl, I was not made for early mornings. Thank god I have a husband that gets up with the children every morning! 

What is one of the things you regret doing? 

I don’t have regrets, mistakes lead for an interesting life. 

On a Friday night you usually find yourself…

Snuggled on the couch with Sean , with a takeaway and a good movie or box set. 

Best thing about school and worst thing about school for you 

I hated school. Bar the few friends I had, the majority were arseholes 😊

I enjoyed Graphic design because the teacher was awesome. (Mr Armstrong) 

Your favourite meme? 

  

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

90’s music, yay or nay? 

Yaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy

What was your favourite cartoon growing up? 

I have too many to pic one. But the one that still makes me laugh even now is Ed, Edd and Eddy. That was from my later years obviously. Early years was things like Moomins, poddington peas, button moon, trap door, fragile rock, gummy bears etc 

What would your ideal home/house be like? 

I’ve asked this myself a many of times, there’s a girl I follow on Instagram that has a cottage and it’s absolutely perfect. She has the most beautiful taste. 

If I had the money my home would be filled to the brim of Laura Ashley 😍😍😍



Questions for my nominees 


1. What’s the one thing you own that you couldn’t live without? 

2. Do you have any tattoos/do you want any? 

3. What’s your favourite music era? 

4. What was your favourite subject in school? 

5. What’s your favourite thing to do on a rainy day? 

6. Would you rather go for a meal with friends or go for drinks? 

7. What’s your favourite movie genre? 

8. Favourite makeup brand? 

9. Do you believe in Ghosts? 

10. Favourite TV series of all time? 

11. Name one thing you hate doing 


I tag 

Everyone that wants to do it! It’s a great award and I love finding out about everyone. So yeh, so do 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 

 

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

July Favourites πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  


I feel like this month has been SO long. More than likely because the summer holidays have started and we haven’t been able to get out much! 

Kids have been attached to my hip almost constantly, hence the lack of blogging. I hadn’t anticipated that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my one blog a day routine. So currently in just trying to get one up as often as I can! 

So! This months favourites. 


Primark Candles

After seeing a few of my favourite bloggers mention them on some of their posts, I grabbed a couple to try when I was there a few weeks ago. 

I bought 3 in total. Two of the 3 wick ones and a single wick. 

They smell amazing! And I love the presentation of the 3 wicks that are in tins.  

The tins were Β£3.50 and the single candle was Β£2. Well worth the money in my opinion! Not only are they are bargain, but they look nice and smell great. 


 



Scentsy Warmer 

After being sent a warmer to trial for a blog post. I loved it so much that I bought my own! For those of you that haven’t read my scentsy blog, these are basically an electric wax burner. So no need for tea lights! You just plug them in. And pop a wax melt on top. 

The smell is amazing! And there’s a huge range of scents and warmers to choose from. Check out my blog for details on where to purchase. 

I chose the Bali, for obvious reasons and I adore it. 

  


Mandala Wall Hanging 

Purchased from India only last week and it’s arrived already! Urban outfitters are charging around Β£40 each for something similar. And as you will have seen from my recent post, we will soon be decorating our bedroom. So we have started to buy bits and pieces. 

This was Β£13.99 on eBay, with free postage. I was expecting it to take ages with it being from India but arrived in just under a week. It’s absolutely enormous! 

I have ordered a few others, and have some more in my watch list as I’m not sure how many I will need as I’m recovering my blanket box and the seat of my chair. All in different colours of course. 

Excuse the picture, I obviously won’t be hanging them till we have decorated, so I’ve put it on my bed to show you.  


 



EstΓ©e Lauder Double wear foundation 
Not really sure why I put off purchasing this for so long, mainly the price tag because I usually spend no more than Β£10 on a foundation. 

Everyone knows my love for drugstore makeup brands but I just had to try it and WOW what a difference. 

Although I personally find it too heavy for basic day to day, it holds up to everything that it promises and I have used it an awful lot. 

It lasts all day, to the point I find myself scrubbing it off my face at the end of the day. My face never feels dry, the coverage is amazing. It’s an all round winner. 

However I think this shade is too dark for me, fine for when I have fake tan on but not without, so will be trying a different shade next time! 


  



Barry M – Make me blush cream

Just recently I was talking to a friend about the memory I had of being a little girl and watching my mum use her lipstick on her cheeks as rouge. And this product totally reminded me of that, so that’s why I bought it! 

They have a few different shades, but I like bright pink on my cheeks. Goes on lovely and I just blend it in with a brush!

  


Lush – Gay is ok soap

Smells fruity, spicy and gives a bit a of twinkle. I absolutely LOVE it. But that’s nothing new, there doesn’t seem to be much that I don’t love from Lush. 

  


Garnier – Micellar Cleansing water 

I have super sensitive skin, so I don’t really have a skin care routine because most products really irritate my face. 

However, I purchased this and i absolutely love it. It’s so gentle on my skin, leaves me feeling fresh but also takes my makeup off like a dream! 

I use it every morning when I wake up and then use it before bed to take my makeup up. 


 


Glossy box favourite – Teoxane cosmeceuticals – Perfect skin Refiner 

I’ve noticed an incredible difference in my skin with this product, so much so that I dug my glossy box information card out to see how much the full sized product is.  

😐 It’s Β£70…. There has to be something similar out there for cheaper?! Does anyone know of a different brand? If not, I really think it’s something I might have to save up for because it’s honestly amazing. 

I apply it after I’ve taken all my makeup off and cleansed my skin. It stings a little when I’m applying it but I’ve been told that’s supposed to happen. 

My skin already feels more taught and smoother than it has been in a long time! 


 


So that’s Julys favourites! What’s been your favourite products this month? Comment below or link me to your blog so I can read about them! 

Thanks so much for reading.

Sam 

Xoxo