31 January 2014

Loving, Needing, Meh! #32

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Getting my dressing taken off! Hoorah! I went to the physio yesterday and she whipped off my dressing and it felt SO good!! However, she did manipulate my collarbone about so much that it is swollen and sore this morning, but you can't have everything can you?!!! Also, when I got home I noticed a long, plastic thread sticking out of my skin... I almost yanked it out before realising that the skin had healed up all around it (that would've hurt!). So I chopped it off! 
  • Tom Odell's album 'Long Way Down'. I have been 'umming' and 'arring' over buying this album for a while but saw it on iTunes for £4 and thought 'why not'. I really like it actually. It does have a tendency to make you feel a little sad (I have to crank on a bit of Metallica post listen) but it is really lovely, especially on the long drive home from work.
  • My new blendery thing (not sure what to call it - it chops stuff!). My mum picked it up for me after telling me about all the amazing things she does with hers. Yes, I am excited about a blender people. Don't worry, when I am not stuck at home anymore, life will pick up again!!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To get back to the gym. After several weeks of sitting about I am desperate to get back to training. I did think I would be there on cardio whilst this thing was healing, however, the pain has been so bad I could barely move! I am told that after another weeks rest I have permission to return and take it easy - apparently boxing is frowned upon though!
  • Spring. I really need spring in my life now. Before all this rain kicked in there was a moment, on Monday, that the sun was out, it was really bright and fresh outside and I had that spring feeling. I am starting to see my daffodils coming up in their pots and little green shoots appearing everywhere. Bring it on! It is like a new start and I cannot wait to see the light and feel the sun on my skin again. 
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • There aren't really any 'Meh's' this week, which is a good thing I think! Other than the fact that I have been super clumsy this week - whenever I am in pain or struggling to do something I tend to drop things, knock things over and general make a right old mess - I think this is commonly known as 'sod's law'.


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27 January 2014

YouTube Video - Get Ready With Me!

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Happy Monday all! I thought I would start the week with a very quick 'Get Ready With Me' video. Today it is just a golden/bronze eye with a touch of silver running through the socket - something a little different for me as I have not worn silver for an age! I think the colours look quite pretty together though, see what you think!

All the products are listed in the down bar of the video so make sure you check that out on my YouTube Channel, and whilst you are there you may as well 'Subscribe' too! (cheeky request!)




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25 January 2014

YouTube Video: £25 Make Up Challenge

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Last week I put up a post about my first '£25 Make Up Challenge' using Avon products. Today I have the video I made to support that post, showing you how I apply the products and a little review of each one! Next month I will be choosing between 'Seventeen' and 'Rimmel' for the challenge, so keep watching! Please 'subscribe' to my YouTube Channel to watch all the videos as soon as they are uploaded. If you have any brands you would like me to look at them please get in touch by commenting below or by Tweeting me!




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24 January 2014

Loving, Needing, Meh! #31

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Bloglovin'. I am sure you will be more than aware by now, let alone bored of hearing, that I have been off work following an operation. With all my blog-posts and YouTube videos pre-scheduled and feeling unable to move with swelling and pain some days, I have been bored and heavily leaning on Bloglovin' for something to read. Bloglovin' is simple a place where you can read all your favourite blogs. Just save them all on there and every time a blogger writes a new post you will be updated via the homepage feed. Handy or what?! (P.S: You could add this blog on there too...just saying! Find me 'here').
  • 'Up With the Larks', by Tessa Hainsworth, has been my book of choice this week. I have read it before and I really enjoyed it! It is not a book that has some deep and meaningful story line, but it is heart-warming and honest. It is about the author, and her family, upping roots and moving to Cornwall, leaving behind the big smoke and well paid jobs for a better quality of life. What I like about it is it doesn't fill you with some romantic, idealistic view of upping sticks, it shows how hard it can be fitting in somewhere new but has plenty of comedy moments to lift the spirit too! 
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To move! I cannot wait to be able to drive again and get back to normal, including getting back into the gym! I am missing it so much. I still won't be able to lift weights for another 4-6 weeks but just to get on a bike and get my heart rate up, anything!
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • Without a doubt, this weeks 'Meh!' has to be my clumsiness! Seriously, it has been horrendous. Dropping things, knocking things over, kicking my toes into things... personally I blame not being able to use my right arm (not sure I can blame that for the toe-kicking incidents!) but my left arm is near on rubbish at doing anything the right one usually does! Thank heavens I am starting to be able to use the right one again!

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22 January 2014

Chest of Drawers Makeover



Last year we were fortunate enough to have a very lovely chest of drawers offered to us for our new home. Not being one to turn down a little project (or a freebie) the drawers were picked up, packed up and sitting in our garage, waiting to be tended to, before you could say 'Homebase'! I love anything involving creativity and the process of bringing something back to life. Things that have a past and have seen other homes can bring such joy and personality to a room that you just cannot find in a mass produced, flat-packed piece. So, over several weeks, I set out restoring the drawers to the best of my ability.

This is their little journey...
First of all I treated them to a clean up and dust, repaired a few things with wood glue and then set about sanding them down, ready to receive a little priming base coat. As you will see in the pictures below, I had a little help by the way of a four-legged furry friend! 



I added three coats of Homebase's own brand of matte paint, in the shade 'Contemporary', following the primer and decided that I wanted a pop of colour  inside the drawers to add a more interesting edge to the furniture, but still allow it to fit in with the overall theme of our bedroom. I brought some tester pots to mix in with some white paint and created the colours I wanted for the drawers. Finally all that was left to do was to add some clear varnish to the drawers and hey presto - done!

I did hit some problems along the way, like slightly cracked wood and the paint going a little yellow when I varnished (still not sure why!), but you learn along the way and, over all, I am very pleased with the final result!

Top Tip: Once painted with two coats of primer, three coats of paint and two coats of varnish the drawers barely wanted to slide into their slots again. Just as I was about to have a breakdown my mum told me about a rather nifty little trick that she learnt from her mum - candle wax! Evidently, if you get a little candle (I used a tea light) and rub it on the side of the drawers they just slide right in there. It works! You need quite a lot of wax to make this happen, but it really did the trick for me and they haven't got stuck since. 

What do you think? Have you completed any furniture projects you are particularly proud of? If so, let me know! If you want to feature them here just get in touch on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com.
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21 January 2014

Give It Some 'Oomph!' - My Favourite Volumising Hair Products

I have never been a girl who lusts after mega-volume in her hair, thinking that I would end up looking more like an extra from Dallas (circa 1978) than one of those sexy surf types that has hair to die for, full of texture and lift (grr!). However, more recently, the texture of my hair has changed and it now leans more towards being flat than full of life and bouncy (maybe that is since I hit my 30's? I don't know!)

Volumising products on the high-street have a tendency to make my hair sticky and greasy and looking far from the full, glossy mane I am after. However, recently, I think I have found some of the best, most reliable products for my hair type (oily at the roots and dry at the end). I thought I would write a quick blog post to tell you about them. If you would like me to do a YouTube 'How to use...' video please comment on this post or send me a Tweet!

Moving on to the products...

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Label M 'Style Resurrection Dust': The easiest way to describe this product is 'backcomb in a bottle'. I must admit that when I first purchased this small, powder-filled bottle, I really didn't 'get it'. It was one of those post-haircut purchases. You know the ones. Your stylist has made you look fabulous with it and sold it to you as something that is fuss free to use and will instantly re-create what they have constructed on your head. Hmmm... A couple of years later I have rediscovered this little gem and now I love it and here's why; it injects enough life in to 'second day hair' to get by, it gives volume and texture and is great for helping out with messy up-dos too! 

How to: Simply lift up some underneath sections of hair and lightly sprinkle in at the roots. Once you have done this in all the places you want lift just massage it in to the scalp and watch as texture and volume appears! It is more of a matte finish, so end with some shine spray if you are after a glossy look.

A quick word of warning: do not apply too close to the top of your head, near your parting. If you go a little 'sprinkle crazy' it won't look good! Keep it underneath, out of view. The good thing about this product is if your 'look' starts to fall a tad flat throughout the day you can just re-massage the scalp and it lifts again. Simple!

Bumble and Bumble 'Thickening Hairspray': I feel like I am cheating a little with this product as I didn't technically purchase it, I got it free on a magazine, but that is not the point - it's darn good! I was a little suspicious when I read that you spray it onto damp hair - it's hairspray - why would you do that! Anyhoo, I persevered, and after making the same mistake as I did with the above product (going a little loopy at the top of my head - mess central!) I have mastered it. This little beauty claims to give any hair type a lift as well as just being a general all-round setting spray, and it is just that. It also comes in various sizes and, therefore, price ranges,  allowing you to give it a good try before buying the big bottle. It does last a while though, I only have the 50ml, which I have used on and off since the summer. Good value!

How to: After towel drying my shampooed and conditioned mane, I tip my head upside down and lightly spray from roots to ends. With my head returned to upright (!) I then section off the very top layer, to get it out of the way, and spray the product through the rest of the hair and then comb and style. I usually use an oil on the ends of my hair just to add a bit of extra shine.

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L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray 'Very Volume': Sometimes, when you're in a rush, you just need to wash, spray and go. Elnett is, by far, the best hairspray I have ever used. This specific one has added technology (Pro-Keratin) which adds extra strength and volume and, let me say, it works! One little spray and my hair stays put! I use this sometimes after I have backcombed my hair using the Babyliss Backcombing Brush and just spray a teeny amount of hairspray onto the backcombed area before teasing it into place using my fingers. This is a staple hair styling product for sure.

Leo Bancroft 'Perfectly Volumised' Volume Boost Mousse: I know mousse is bit retro these days, but if you find a good-un' I think it is one of the best things to add volume and bounce to mid/long hair. What I look for in a mousse (can't believe I said that!) is one that is light in texture/formula and doesn't weigh down my hair, also one that can add both shine and lift. Leo Bancroft is a brand that you will only find in Tesco's stores but it is affordable and there is often really good deals on too (a lot of two for £6.00 across the range). I use two other Leo Bancroft hair products and I love them both and will certainly be trying out more from the range.

How too: I towel dry as mentioned above then work small amounts of the products into the roots and mid lengths of my hair. The bottle says to really work it into the roots and scalp, so I do what the bottle says, it knows best! I think it is a common theme across most hair products not to over load the roots with products and this is no different. Use it sparingly and follow the instructions and you can't go wrong. I honestly think this is a wonderful budget buy.

If you have any high-street hair products you cannot live without please let me know what they are and I will give them a shot and a review right here, just comment below!

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19 January 2014

YouTube Video: January's 'You Beauty Discovery Box'

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Better late than never, that's my motto. Here is what I got in this month's 'You Beauty Discovery Box'! I have waffled on countless times about how this monthly subscription box works so please click here to read more about that! Otherwise just sit back and enjoy this short video! Please, please, please hit the 'Subscribe' button to become and extra special member of my channel, I would love to get to 100 subscribers by the end of the year. Also, if you are feeling generous, please 'Like' my Facebook page too!




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18 January 2014

The £25 Make Up Challenge - January

If you saw a recent post about the '£25 Make Up Challenge' then you will know that once a month, for a few months, I am going to try to create as much of a full face of make up that I can, from one budget brand, for £25 (don't judge if I go a wee bit over budget people!).

This months brand is Avon. Yep, you heard it right, Avon. I know that this brand is still trying to shake off its 'old lady' image, but I am here to tell you that they have really upped their game on the make up front! Honest. The good thing about Avon is that they do some amazing money-off deals, plus they have their cheaper products, aimed at the teenage market, as well as their more luxury options which, in my humble opinion, are just as good as some of the higher end things I have tried over the years.

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Products:
This foundation is currently just £7.00 (full price £12.00) and is, in my view, an absolute bargain at that price! As the name suggests, this foundation is 'invisible' on the skin, in as much as it is weightless, light and super blend-able. The shade 'Nude' is a touch too dark for me but, using a buffing brush (Real Techniques), it seamlessly melts into my skin and, when worked into my neck, is undetectable. I hate buying new foundation with a passion, mostly because a lot of products I buy end up sinking into my rather obvious nose pores and emphasise their presence in a way I really don't appreciate. This product goes on like a dream and only shifts slightly throughout the day. It gives a beautiful, dewy glow, without looking oily and to top everything off my other half said my skin was looking really good - proving this stuff is clearly a wonder product! 

Another one on offer. Usually £6.50, this blusher was just £4.00, and worth every penny. This, by far, is my new favourite blusher in my collection. I love, love, love this! This beautiful peachy-pink blush really does make your cheeks 'luminous' in a way that I have not experienced with another blusher. I honestly adore this formula. It is soft to apply, and, if you use a brush that doesn't pick up too much product in one go, it layers up wonderfully. It is like Avon have mixed my favourite highlighter (Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm) and a really good, high-end, blush together and made this - it is as good as any expensive blush I have used, really beautiful (have I said that?). I will certainly be buying a couple more shades. Oh, and it lasts all day too, what a bonus!

At £3.00 I wasn't really expecting this to be out of this world, and, to be honest, it isn't amazing, but it isn't terrible either. It reminds me a bit of being a teenager again, when I had my first few bits of make up. I owned one of these concealer sticks that looks like a lipstick then! This product is definitely a no-go on the under-eye area, I tried it in the name of research, and it was crease central! I did manage to cover a spot though and this worked fairly well. The wear was not fantastic as I had to touch it up a few hours later and the formula is fairly thick so it was never invisible. It reminds me a bit of the Rimmel 'Hide the Blemish' concealer stick, which does a similar job. For a quick cover up product for your handbag it would be fine, but day to day I think it would be a tad too heavy for my skin.

I love wearing gold on my eyes, especially when I wear a brighter lip, but I don't always find a shade that I really like. They can be a bit too yellow for my skin-tone and I never quite fall in love with the way they look, however, I have to say that this jumbo, super-soft, eye shadow pencil surpassed my expectations! The shade is perfect, not too glittery, just the right amount of shimmer and amazing staying power. I scribbled it effortlessly all over my lid and quickly blended it out using my finger and it stayed all day! I also lined under my eye with it and it looked really pretty. Very impressed! The price point didn't make it any more affordable than its competitors, like the Rimmel Scandeleyes Shadow Stick, which is £4.49, (it comes in at £6.00) but it is worth it, in-fact, I may even go as far as to say I prefer the Avon version!

Now, I love a freebie, and this was a good one! Usually priced at £8.50, I had this chucked in when I brought the shadow stick (mentioned above). This mascara is a volumising and plumping product which works well from the word go, when most mascaras need a week or two to get the right consistency (do you know what I mean?). It performs well when built up over two or three coats but makes a good impact with just one. It has a large, plastic wand (I know not everyone likes a plastic wand!) which allows you to really get the product into the roots and comb through the lashes effectively - I like it!

Due to my restricted budget this was my only lip option. At £3.75 I was thinking it was going to be horrendous. When it arrived I was a little shocked about the colour, as it didn't look like it did online (problem with online shopping huh?!), but when I tried it on it was quite nice. The consistency is creamy and rich but, if I'm honest, a little too heavy for me. If you have any dry patches on your lips then this product is not very forgiving, I think this is one for the good lip days! That aside I was relatively happy with this. The colour was not very vivid but it is not like anything else I own already, pushing me a bit out of my comfort zone! Look out for the video to see this in action!

I will be filming a 'Get Ready With Me - £25 Make Up Challenge' video to go with this post so please 'Subscribe' to my YouTube Channel, or my Google+ account to stay 'bang up-to-date'! I will show you what I did with the products and talk in more detail about how they apply and, more importantly, how they wear throughout the day. But for now, here is a little written review for you about what I brought and my initial thoughts on each product (I have linked them too so you can get your hands on them quicker!)*.

*Just a quick disclaimer to say that this post is not a sponsored post. I have purchased all the products mentioned with my own money and all opinions are my own, good or bad!



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17 January 2014

Loving, Needing, Meh! #30

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This week I have been LOVING:

  • My lovely friends. As I mentioned in last weeks 'LNM' I have had a little operation on my collarbone (for more info, if you really want it, see this video), anyway, it is really, really painful (hence I am dictating this post to my other half, Joe!) and it is making me feel a tad grumpy and emotional. But I have been cheered up by several bunches of flowers and lovely cards that have turned up to the house since the op. Thank you to everyone who sent flowers, little notes, Facebook messages or texts, it means a lot and has cheered me up a great deal. My lovely best friend, Lois, has also been supplying me with magazines, which is amazing - a great distraction!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To get out the house. Since my op (last Thursday) I have not been out the house once. I feel really vulnerable and worried that someone will bash in to me and open the stitches up. A week in and I am starting to feel like I may need some oxygen! I am not too good at being home for long stretches of time and I am even worse at resting - not that I have had a choice!
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • Not being able to film for YouTube! I am really missing it and have lots of ideas ready to film and get up on my channel. I know it won't be too much longer but it is frustrating me! I should have pre-scheduled more! Never mind, this rest time has allowed me to read magazines and note ideas and inspirations etc - all a positive thing really!

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13 January 2014

Coming Soon: The £25 Make Up Challenge!

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I don't know about you but I am a little bit tight for cash right now, but my craving for trying new make up never goes away. As someone who rarely drinks (we still have half a bottle of rose wine left that we opened on Christmas Eve), doesn't smoke and barely buys clothes (shocking I know!), I do like to treat myself to some 'art for the face' every pay day. 

I have decided to do a monthly feature on my blog, over the next few months, looking at what budget make up is out there that is actually worth its weight. So, every month I will try to purchase a full face of make up from an affordable make up brand, keeping to a budget of £25. I will then create a 'look', using the products, take a photo of it when it has just been done, and another at the end of the day to show wear. I will also upload a YouTube video to my channel to review the products and show them in action.

I think we have some fantastic, affordable brands, here in the U.K, like 'Collection', 'Avon', 'Seventeen', 'Barry M', 'Rimmel' and 'Natural Collection' (to name but a few), that really deliver on quality and also have some amazing dupes for the higher end brands too. 

The first make up look will be going up soon, so stay tuned! Keep in touch with me about what budget buys you are enjoying this month and they may make it into my haul too. You can get in contact on Twitter and Facebook or email me on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com.
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12 January 2014

Quick Update

Just a very short post (with YouTube video!) to say that it may go a little quiet for a while as I am recovering from an operation (see video). I have pre-scheduled a couple of posts so some normality will continue but I didn't want you to give up on me! Whilst I am recovering at home please feel free to message me on Twitter or 'Like' my Facebook Page - I am bored already so put me out of my misery! See you soon guys and girls!




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10 January 2014

Loving, Needing, Meh! #29

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Feeling healthier. As you may have noticed, by the healthy recipe going up on Sunday, I have been trying to 'clean things up' post Christmas. I am opting for the 'if you can't pick it or kill it - don't eat it' plan - clean eating in other words! I instantly feel better for cutting back on sugar and other pointless snacks like that. The water intake has also been upped and I have so much energy for it. Keep your eyes peeled for my vlogs coming up - I am not sure whether it will be weekly or bi-weekly yet but you will see them soon!
  • 'The Happiness Project - One Sentence Journal' - This is something I brought over a year ago and have used it sporadically, but really want to get into it a bit more this year. This book is basically a five year, one sentence, diary. At the top of each page there is a sweet and inspirational quote to give you a thought for the day and then a small section for you to write your thoughts. The idea is that you keep it positive and log the good things that have happened to you during the day - that doesn't always happen but, either way, it is so nice to look back and remember what you did the year before!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • A lottery win. I mean, for heavens sake people, what with Christmas, birthdays and other special events all coming along at once (badly timed all round!) and then a £220 car service at Ford - ouch! 
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • I have pre-scheduled this post whilst I am able to type, but by the time your read this I will have had a little operation on my collarbone, which has taken it upon itself to grow extra bone (not being content with what it already has!). So, I think I am going to call that this weeks 'Meh!'!

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7 January 2014

YouTube Video: 2013 Favourites Part Two

Here it is then guys, part two of my 2013 favourites! This time I am chatting about hair care, skin care and body care and, let me tell you, it is so hard to narrow it down! I hope you enjoy the video and please give it a thumbs up on YouTube if you do and subscribe to my channel to stay up to date. Also, feel free to comment and suggest videos you may want me to film! 




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5 January 2014

Homemade Healthy Granola Bars


These healthy granola bars are a lovely alternative to grabbing a chocolate bar at the 2pm sugar crash (it can't be just me!). As they are made at home you have total control over what you are putting in them and therefore know that they don't fall in to the 'low fat' convenience food bracket which usually means it is packed with salt and sugar and heavens know what else. These recipes are everywhere really but I took some inspiration from a recipe Anna, from Box Bell Fit training centre issued to members, and one featured in a 'Clean Eating' article somewhere on the web (I cannot find it now but if I do I will credit it on here). 

To be honest, you can switch around most of the ingredients in this recipe, for example, you could add more dried fruit, lose the dark chocolate chips, add more nuts or seeds etc. Just think sensibly and don't put too much in the way of additional sugar in to the bars.

This is the list of ingredients I put in my bars:
2 medium free range eggs
1.5 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 mug of pumpkins seeds (chopped)
1/3 mug of sunflower seeds
1/2 mug of mixed nuts (chopped)
1/2 mug of flaked coconut
1 small packed of dark chocolate chips
1/2 mug of dried apricots (chopped)
1/3 mug of raisins
How to:
1. Pre-heat over to 170c (350f)
2. Whisk together the 'wet' ingredients
3. Mix together the 'dry' ingredients
4. Add the egg, vanilla and honey (wet mixture) to the dry mixture and stir in well.
5. Place the ingredients on a flat baking tray and press down. Try not to press any thinner than 1cm.
6. Place tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The granola should turn a golden colour and not be to 'squidgy' on top.
7. When done take out of the oven and leave to cool, chop into portion sizes and store!

Easy!
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4 January 2014

YouTube Video: 2013 Favourites Part One!

It's time to round up my favourite beauty products of 2013 and, as it turns out, I am totally rubbish at narrowing things down! So, I have split this video in to two in order to not make you doze off into a beauty stupor whilst watching!

There have been so many lovely highstreet/drugstore products this year and brands that have really upped their game in order to stand out. It has been the year of new foundations and experimenting with nail colours for me. This video covers all my favourite make up, hand products and nail colours so get stuck in!

You can watch the video below or you can click HERE to go to my actual YouTube Channel and watch all my videos! Please 'Subscribe' to my channel to get updates and be the first to know when I have uploaded a new video. With lots of things coming up this year why would you want to miss out anyway? You just wouldn't, would you?

(PS: when you watch the videos don't forget you can change the settings to watch in full HD now too - just hit the button that looks like a cog at the bottom right of the video!)




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3 January 2014

Loving, Needing, Meh! #28

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So, another year is through, and what a year. I can say that 2013 was one of the toughest little journeys I have been on. That makes it sound like it was horrific, which it wasn't, but it was a year of growth and forming an understanding of who I am and what I can do (and not do) - that may sound cheesy, but when life throws you lemons, and you are still standing, you simply HAVE to learn from it. No point in standing still and not developing as a person. Anyway, on to this weeks LNM:

This week I have been LOVING:
  • Sleepovers. Despite a long old few weeks of illness (and, my God, it was LONG!)-New Years Eve was a quiet, but nice event, spent with two (now three actually) of my closet friends. With a sleepy night spent trying to stay awake to watch the fireworks and a long, lazy breakfast the following morning, it was just what the doctor ordered. Thanks old chums x
  • A little Aveda experience. So, long over due a hair cut, I trundled in to the hair salon in my local Health Club, which just so happens to be an 'Aveda' branded haven. Having been loyal to Tony & Guy my entire life I felt a little like I was cheating but as soon as my lovely new hair dresser uttered the words '...free shoulder massage before we shampoo...' I had forgotten all about my lasting love for... what were their names again? oh yeah, Tony  and someone... I can highly recommend the brand for its general experience and, for the first time ever, I didn't return home to immediately wash lots of greasy hair products out of my mane, big 'tick' to Aveda (and it smells like Heaven in there!).
  • Early Spring cleaning. My craft room/office space had become a general dumping ground for all things glittery on the run up to Christmas and all my half made cards and odds and ends of gingham ribbons were strewn all over the place. Thanks to a day (yep, an entire day) of cleaning and ruthlessly throwing away what I didn't need to keep 'just in case', I have a haven again. My aim is to have and maintain a space that I feel inspired to blog in and can film my YouTube videos in, so I am not clogging up the whole house. I think I am almost there - maybe one trip to Ikea will help...
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • New legs! Pathetic I know, but I have switched up my gym training a bit so that the intensity is higher and this involved me battering my legs (alongside what felt like everything else) last Friday. By Sunday my calves hurt SO much that even standing upright was excruciating. I could not have my feet flat to the floor without wincing for several minutes first - not to mention I was walking like John Wayne without said horse...embarrassing. Oh, by the way - I did it all again today. 
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • This week I have started to try and figure out my new HD camera that I received for Christmas. So, I filmed a video, which I then transferred to my computer - all looked fine (well, other than my face in HD of course - I have wrinkles there???) Anyhoo - then, somewhat lacking in the software department, I transfer my video to Windows Live Movie Maker/Player (whatever the devil it is called!). I spend a couple of hours editing it and then render it for YouTube - well, holy-moly - the finished result was me looking like I had filmed after being Tangoed... I was orangey-brown, as was everything else. Awful. Turns out that Windows Live Movie whatsit can't handle HD then. All sorted now with something else, but heavens, that was a stress fest!


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