30 December 2013

Pinterest Inspired New Years Eve Hair and Make Up

With New Years Eve quite literally around the corner I thought I would compile some of my favourite Pinterest pins from the last few weeks to help inspire you for the night of the year when you can get away with going 'all out' glam! I love each and every one of the images below, particularly the beautiful side parted waves look (no:4) and the nude eyes with glossy red lips (no:7) - totally classic.

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1. Classic Hollywood hair - this full and glossy mane would suit most and is a timeless look / 2. This glittery cat-eye is so pretty. You could use a glitter gel liner or a glitter pigment to achieve this / 3. This Messy up-do is so sexy and effortlessly beautiful / 4. Gorgeous healthy waves with a side parting - so pretty / 5. Add a hint of cranberry to enhance green or hazel eyes - I have a YouTube video using a cranberry shade to create a long-lasting smokey look, check out my YouTube Channel to watch it! / 6. I love this beautiful black and gold eyeliner - adds impact without being over the top - gorgeous! / 7. Stunning statement lip with nude eyes - dewy skin and dewy red lips are one of my favourite things, add glossy waves and you are set!




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29 December 2013

Sunday Snaps!

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1. We were hit with some pretty powerful wind and rain here in the South West recently and I had the pleasure of driving on the motorway for a whole hour through it all. Before you ask, no, I did not have my head hanging out the window throughout - this was me walking/getting blown by the wind, from car to front door! (There are much worse pictures!) / 2. This was a gift to Joe from Father Christmas (who else?!) - pretty cool too, well done Santa, you're the best! / 3. Christmas dinner time! You just gotta have crackers! I know they are normally rubbish, but it's a must to feel festive. Plus, where would we all be without the silly paper hat? / 4. Speaking of silly paper hat... / 5. This is me, attempting to look like I know what I am doing playing Guitar Hero Metallica! / 6. Christmas morning family photo. / 7. Post Christmas clean up - green tea time. / 8. We can't have a Sunday Snaps without its most famous resident can we? / 9. A stripey me.

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27 December 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #27

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Watching early morning Christmas movies and festive TV! Due to the sickness, mentioned in last weeks 'LNM!' post, we have been up and 'at em' earlier than normal...like, 6am early! It has been somewhat comforting watching all sorts of festive TV. I have even started watching Downton Abbey, something I never thought would pull me in, but thanks to the early starts, feeling poorly and the need to feel all warm and fuzzy, Netflix has come up trumps once again!
  • Festive games! No one can beat a friendly game of Articulate can they. I can almost hear you say '...a friendly game of Articulate? Does that exist?'. I can tell you it does exist, well, for about 10 minutes, before it launches into a high pitched gabble-fest of total nonsense! At least that is me playing the game! If you haven't played it then you must! We also dabbled in 'Masterpieces', a simple, yet fun game, involving trying to guess what is drawn on the card by a toddler - very interesting indeed!
  • My new HD video camera! Father Christmas brought me a lovely new camera to make YouTube a happier place for me and the people who choose to watch my ramblings. Thanks Father Christmas! I am just trying to sort out a memory card and we will be up and running in no time! (Real thanks to mum and dad of course!).
  • Guitar Hero! See above picture for full details! We cracked open the Metallica version of the game on Christmas Eve and sent our eyes loopy watching the screen for well over 2 hours - but it was amazing. I still can't get away from the 'Easy' level, which means poor old Joe has to do that too when, in reality, he is an awesome guitarist, but he suffers along, amused by my tantrums and endless 'this is broken' comments at the guitar (not broken clearly!). Fun really!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To stop eating rubbish! Which is starting tomorrow properly! Although I have been pretty good today. All I need is for this cold from hell to go away and then I can be firing on all cylinders again!
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • Cold aside there have been zero 'Meh's' to report this week - it has been fabulous! Happy Christmas everyone!



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What's in my bag?

It seems to be a popular one on YouTube, the whole 'What's in my bag' thing. When I thought about recording it I honestly thought 'it really isn't that interesting...I have zero exciting items in my bag!', then I remembered that I am very nosy and like watching these videos, so thought, well, why not! So, here it is in all its YouTube glory...




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20 December 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #26

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Because of the sort of week I have had I figured it was best not to try and make up this regular post but instead to write a Happy Christmas post!
This week I have been bound to my duvet with one of the most horrendous viruses I have had since 'The Great Swine Flu' of 2009! (God, that was awful!). Anyhoo...so I don't know whether this has been flu or whatever, but it is terrible and I have been stuck in bed (which NEVER happens!). Hence the lack of content for this post.

Bugs to one side however, I just want to say a huge 'Merry Christmas' to everyone who reads my blog, watches my YouTube Channel and follows me on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. I started this blog just as a creative outlet for myself and it is slowly growing and I am really enjoying watching that happen.

Thank you so much for supporting and following and have a lovely Christmas and New Year! (There will be more on here between now and Christmas though so don't go anywhere!)

Lucy
xoxo

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16 December 2013

Christmas Make Up Look #1: Bright Lips

On my YouTube Channel this month I am looking at a few festive make up looks to help give you some inspiration for Christmas and the New Year. As you probably already know, I absolutely love make up - so I always find it hard to choose between a bright lipstick or a bit of glitter or maybe a heavier, smoky eye... too difficult to decide sometimes! 
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Anyway, I managed to get there for this video at least! Here, I have chosen to show you a bright lipstick with neutral eye-shadow and a simple, flicked out, eyeliner to define the eyes and make them stand out (but not too much!). All the products and posts/videos I mention are listed in the down-bar below my video, so if you are interested in that then head to the video on YouTube to check it out.




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15 December 2013

Sunday Snaps!

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1. Last weekend we took a little jaunt to Salisbury Christmas Market with friends to explore the festive stalls and eat some yummy food. After a wander about we headed to the gorgeous 'Boston Tea Party' in town for a sweet treat or two! / 2. I was going a tad stir-crazy when I was at work at 11pm last Tuesday evening and when I looked at my phone the following day I realised I had taken a whole bunch of photographs of the school Christmas tree, so here is one for you to enjoy too! / 3. As vein as it seems to take a close up image of my own face, what I was actually trying to do, for future make up videos and pictures, is see if you could see my contact lenses on an up-close shot. When I showed this to Joe he said it looked like an album cover...not too sure about that! / 4. I can count on one hand how many glasses of wine I have in one year - this was one of them! / 5. Salisbury city centre by night, I think it looks pretty good, don't you? / 6. Please see the 'Meh!' section of this weeks 'Loving, Needing, Meh!' for the burnt cheese on toast explanation! / 7. On Friday, I took my mum out for a treat (big Birthday alert - can't say how old as she will literally kill me) - anyway, we went to this gorgeous little village pub, with this amazing view! / 8. This Saturday I was working as we were showing a panto - woo hoo! Aladdin came to town and there were screaming children everywhere... / 9. This is me pre-panto, getting in to the festive spirit! (also feeling VERY ill, but making an effort!).


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14 December 2013

I heart Christmas!

I don't know about you, but I love Christmas just as much at my age as I did when I was a child. It fills me with this magical feeling that only Christmas can. Now that I am older, it is nothing to do with presents, but everything to do with all the little things you do, with the people you love, on the build up to the big day itself.

Don't get me wrong, I love buying presents, and treating the special people in my life, but I love all the other things that come with it too. Here is my 'Christmas Experience Top 10'...

1. Let there be light.
You cannot beat hundreds of white fairy lights around the house. If you can't do it at this time of year, when can you? I usually manage to convince myself to leave some up. This year it will probably be the kitchen ones as that room can be particularly dark, but the lights have just added so much life! They are keepers.
2. Be in the 'market' for festive times.
It is impossible to get through December without going to at least one Christmas market or fair. Even if you do not want to spend any money, get yourself to one anyway, just for the atmosphere alone. Buy a warming glass of mulled wine and slowly wander about. I find them really relaxing and you cannot help but feel in the Christmas spirit after you have spent some time immersed in it all! Also, they are great places to find a unique gift for your special someone.
3. Indulge in some childhood nostalgia.
There is kind of a tradition, in our house, to watch favourite Christmas movies on the build up to Christmas Day. As a kid, my favourite was 'The Muppet Christmas Carol', which we now own on DVD, despite the fact that they play it (and about 50 other versions of 'The Christmas Carol') on TV every year. So far this December Joe and I have watched: 'Home Alone', 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York', 'Elf', 'Nativity' and, a big TV favourite of ours, the 'Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special' (so hilarious!). We still have the muppets to go, as well as Joe's favourite, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'. So much to do!
4. Yummy advent!
The simple, yet effective, advent calendar. Enough said. It just has to be done!
5. Get it together.
It is nice to meet up with friends and family at any time of year but I just love friendly get-together's in December. Everyone is winding down for the holidays, mood is high and there is a general light heartedness in the air! When we have friends over we love to indulge in some nice food, a few games (Cranium is a favourite) and maybe even get out the Guitar Hero for some musical fun too! Rock 'n' Roll! 
6. Time to reflect.
Turning slightly serious for a wee second... I think that, during this time of year, it is very easy to feel a little low at times, as we realise that another year is coming to a close, and we reflect over what we have done with the 365 days gone by. This year I am on a bit of a mission to keep on the positive, rather than letting myself feel to run down by what has been. I think I am more focused on what I want to do with my new year, rather than feeling disappointed in myself for not doing things this year because I cannot change that. It is done! I think a bit of reflection is a healthy thing, but keep it up beat and positive and don't end up sad on New Years Eve!
7. Pamper time.
Having some time off at Christmas allows for a bit more 'me' time. Without meaning that to sound too self-indulgent it is nice to take an hour, you would not normally spare, to yourself and make yourself feel more... whatever the word is! (Insert appropriate word depending on your mood!).
8. 'Ho, ho, ho... healthier times ahead'.
I know, I know... New Year - fresh, healthy starts etc etc. I try to exercise every week and I try to stay on the healthier side of the food market, however, it always goes slightly off track in December. This is mostly down to the fact that this month is my busiest month of the year, but also just because I am at my most run down and tired. All the good will in the world still sees me reaching for choccie one too many times. During my time off I like to visit the gym a few more times, drink more water and stay on top of my sweet tooth as much as I can. I spend Christmas making some mental 'health-goals' for the New Year ahead and try to break them down into realistic chunks. This way you don't feel like you are letting yourself down if you so not achieve your 'I will run a marathon by April' goal. Instead just say 'I will be able to run one mile, without stopping, by the end of January' (for example!).
9. Have a clear up.
This always helps me mentally prepare for the New Year. I clear out unwanted clothes, tidy up and generally clear any clutter that is in the way. It works for me and empties my thoughts out, making everything feel fresh and ready to go again. Simple, but effective!
10. Good times ahead.
If all of the above hasn't helped you to feel a bit more festive and ready for the New Year then why not plan something for the spring that you can look forward too. I am realistic about this, as we rarely have spare money laying about, but even if it is a few pounds in a jar per week, then plan a treat or shopping trip. If you have a bit more, why not book a weekend away or a holiday. I find it makes things so much easier, going into a New Year, when you have something to look forward to on the other side. Something to work towards...go on, you know you want too!

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13 December 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #25

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • A bit of late night Christmas shopping - oh yeah! I was staying at home with my mum and dad for a couple of nights this week and had to drop my mum off at a little Christmas 'do' so thought it only right that I skipped off to Marks and Spencer to do a bit of 'browsing' for pressies. I really enjoyed wandering about later in the evening actually, it felt kind of magical to me. I accidentally brought a new handbag too. I have buyers remorse though because this is not the time of year to treat yourself is it? Just as I was about to put it back I bumped in to someone I know who swiftly informed me that every Christmas she buys herself a present and wraps it up, 'from Santa', as a treat for herself for getting through the year. Not being one to trample other peoples traditions I jumped on board. Happy Christmas Lucy, have a handbag! (In my defense I have one handbag, which my best friend brought me over 4 years ago and is looking a bit old now - so, to sum up...I have a new one!)
  • This week I finally got to meet my besties first born, little Janey-Anne. I had a little cuddle too, which was lovely. I have never held a brand new and shiny baby before and immediately thought I would squish her by accident, but you'll be happy to hear that she is in one piece! Gorgeous little bean!
  • My new audio book. Because I have a little bit of a trek to work these days I sometimes get a bit bored of the radio, so I downloaded a book that, quite frankly, could have gone either way. It is called 'The Power of Now' and is super interesting. I can't possibly do it justice by trying to explain it here, but if you are into the slightly more philosophical read (or listen!) then definitely give it a go. It is full of rather deep and profound ideas, but just thinking about some of the things mentioned really helps put things into perspective.
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To slow things down a notch. I have booked some time off, over the Christmas holidays, and am going to try and take things in my head back to a 'normal' place. You know what it is like when you are super busy and rushing about, it's as if your brain takes on a life of its own, running a full speed, with whirring thoughts and mental 'to-do' lists whizzing about. If there is a time of year to bring a little re-focus to proceedings, then it is right now. I spoke to someone, fairly recently, about chakra clearing and am seriously thinking of giving it a pop. I know it's not everyone's bag, but I find these things fascinating. I will report back!
This weeks 'MEH'!:
  • This week has been a full of lots of mini-mehs! Get ready... no heating, leaky radiators, VERY burnt cheese on toast, tomato ketchup (brand new and unopened) growing what can only be described as a beard from its cap when we went to open it for the first time, 12 water bottles rolling around outside the front door when the packaging gave up on life, bruised legs from bashing in to various objects, poor Joe taking 5 hours to get home because of a closed road... that'll do for now!


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10 December 2013

'You Beauty Discovery Box' December 2013

Just a quick video today with the December version of my 'You Beauty Discovery Box' - you should definitely check the website out for all the details. They are such a nice thing to look forward to every month and you get to choose what products you actually want, rather than taking a chance on things you may not even like!

Sorry for the irregularity of posts and videos the last two weeks - all will return to normal now - life has been beyond hectic! I hope you guys are all well. Please keep in touch with me by 'liking' my Facebook Page and follow me on Twitter!




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6 December 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #24

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Christmas shopping. I have been like a lunatic online this week, trying to plan and scheme the various Christmas options for certain special people in my life. I have some good things up my festive sleeves! 
  • Advent calendars! Despite the fact that I am approaching 33 years on the planet, I have always had an advent calender. Yep, I know, I know, they are for children! But I am here to tell you something... I don't care!! We have Cadbury ones this year and I love it! (no shame!)
  • Vlogmas on YouTube. If you haven't heard of Vlogmas, don't worry, neither had I! I had to use my friend 'Mr Google'. I hate having to Google things... especially when I am involved with YouTube and should know what it is all about! Anyway, Vlogmas is basically a vlog a day throughout December. Many YouTubers are involved, but I am following my beauty bloggers as they go about their lives - I know it isn't for everyone, but I am nosy! 
  • Small Christmas Trees. Wow, this is so Christmas themed today! I have brought some tiny trees from Waitrose to brighten up the house a bit. They are real but have tiny silver bits on them too and they are just really cute! They come in little pots with festive patterns on too! 
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • More daylight! For various reasons, but mostly because I try to film for my blog and everything looks yellow in the lighting, or it is just too ruddy dark damn it! I don't mind it being winter but I would like to see sun please - especially when I am getting up at 5am.
  • A hair cut. I am starting to resemble a hippy...long flat locks which just need to be adjusted to have a centre parting and I am there. Not a good look.
  • A baby cuddle. My lovely best friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a week ago and I cannot wait to cuddle them both. Well done lovely lady xoxo
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • Online ordering. Whilst I mentioned (above) that I have been enjoying ordering online, Boots have given me no end of trouble. So, I changed my address and it all went through, then it tells me it is delivering to an old address. Rather than doing what most good companies do and allow you to change your details, you have to call up and intercept the courier to send it back to base and re-order. Bad enough, given it was their error, not mine, however it did not end there, oh no! When I call to intercept I am informed that they '...cannot do this on this occasion' as my parcel is with Royal Mail and not their other courier. Several arguments and calls later I get a refund. The parcel still went to the old address - what a frigging stupid way of doing things! RARRRR!! (That's better!)

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4 December 2013

November Favourites

I don't really know where the months are running away to, but here we are again at another 'Favourites' video up on my YouTube Channel - oh my! This month is a variety pack of products I have been enjoying as the weather has turned colder and my skin has turned....well, strange!

I am going to film my 'Top 5' series for every week in December, which will focus on my top 5 skincare, make-up, hair care and nail care picks. The products will mostly be high-street purchases (drugstore) so should cover every budget! I am looking forward to getting them filmed and up, despite my recent battles with winter lighting and my ever failing camera! With a new shiny one being packed onto Santa's sleigh very soon I am sure to look less scary (or maybe more scary, thanks to HD)!

Enough rambling, enjoy my November Favourites - don't forget to subscribe and 'like' the video! Get in tough via the medium of social media too, I would love to chat! (Click on the yellow icons in the right side bar for easy access straight to me!)



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2 December 2013

Sunday Snaps...on a Monday (oops!)

So, this week has been insane! Craft fairs and work events galore have made me behind my blogging schedule (I have slapped my own wrist don't you worry!) - apologies for the lateness, please forgive me! Here are the newly titles (for one week only!) 'Sunday Snaps...on a Monday!':
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1. My little craft table at this years Salesian College Christmas Market. / 2. This new little reindeer was purchased at the Christmas Fair I organise through work and was created by some of our students to help raise some money - gorgeous little thing! / 3. Joe and I pre Christmas tree putting uppering (yep, that's a phrase!) / 4. 50p each for these knitted snowmen! How cute are they? Not sure where to put them yet so they are living in their heart boat! / 5. Mum brought us this gorgeous wooden snowman from a stall that was next to mine at Salesian College - I felt sorry for him because he has a crack in one side, but he also has the cutest twig nose! / 6. This picture needs no words! / 7. This is Joes 'I'm gunna build my woman a tree' face. / 8. Just like that, it was complete! / 9. I love Christmas! (and all things shiny!).


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1 December 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #23

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Taking part in craft fairs. I have been on the other side of the craft fair table this week, selling my own handmade bits and bobs, sipping mulled wine and generally getting in a festive frame of mind. The trouble is I immediately want to buy everyone else's stock but have to restrain myself before I spend all my takings!
  • The leafy carpet in the garden. Our tree has given up the ghost this week and shed all its beautiful autumn leaves onto the ground. Whilst I am sure it won't look this lovely for long, it looks so amazing right now. I feel like running outside and jumping about in them like some kind of lunatic...
  • Hot chocolate - trying not to make it a regular occurrence but I certainly can't turn one away on a weekend evening, whilst relaxing in front of the television - quite a nice bed time comfort too!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To stress less. Sometimes I can step outside of myself and I just see myself flapping about everything and anything! It is all with good intention but, really Lucy, get a grip on yourself! 
This weeks MEH!:
  • It has been such a long week (hence this post is up on a Sunday, not a Friday!) and my feet are feeling like they have stones under the skin! I got up on Saturday morning and felt like I had been sand papered on the souls! Poor tootsies!


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