Thursday, 13 February 2014

Feel Good Friday #15

Seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day and so much emphasis is put on the notion of ‘love’ on this day of the year, I thought I would dedicate this post to the most important relationship we can possibly have as human beings - the one we have with ourselves. It’s all amazing and rosy being in love and all that, but to be brutally honest, at the end of the day the only person who you can be 110% sure is going to spend the rest of their entire life with you, who is going to look after you and who knows what’s best for you and will always have your best interests at heart, is ultimately yourself. Once you learn to love and accept yourself and all your little quirks and flaws, life seems to become a lot easier and the people who don’t accept you exactly as you are have a funny way of making their way over to the exit doors of your life. When you live your life for you and do the things that make you happy it seems you become much better equipped to spot that special person that may come along who will also love you exactly as you are. Until you value yourself, how can u know if someone else really does too eh?!
So whether you’re spending today with a special someone or not, make sure you celebrate your most important relationship by doing something nice for yourself - I’m going to have a large glass of wine and a nice hot bubble bath!
Seeing as this is our fifteenth ‘Feel Good Friday’ and I have a lot of work commitments coming up I’m going to make this my last post in this series, however if you enjoyed this feature do let me know! Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can put my inspiration cap back on and get down to writing a new series of posts as I have found this weekly bit of positivity to be quite therapeutic!


Sunday, 9 February 2014

My Week In Pictures #6

This week has been another lovely one chilling with my family, I spent a couple of girly days out shopping with my mum, got a new piercing and had a lovely weekend with my cousin, her husband a their three month old baby boy who travelled from London to see me before I leave again for Dubai. All in all, a lovely week!
Absolute sugar fest  //  My MAC empties  //Bedtime selfie. Hate taking my makeup off before bed, it wakes me right up!!  //  Yogurt, muesli and blueberries for my breakfast.
The finished product  //  DIY falsies  //  Shopping trip with my mama ended up in leopard print heaven  //  My new tragus piercing
Actually love my new gloves so much  //  A bit of weekend shopping does the world of good for my mood  //  I’m with Ava on this one  //  Fishy Friday


Friday, 7 February 2014

Feel Good Friday #14

(I reblogged this pretty quote on my tumblr this week)
Okay, so not everything in life goes to plan. I think I’ve come to learn that’s all part of the fun. Mistakes are where events take you by surprise, sometimes you even catch yourself by surprise. Making mistakes is all part of learning who you are, how to cope with different situations, they teach you about life. Everybody makes them! How else do you learn if not through your own mistakes. So many people are so worried about doing something wrong that they don’t take a chance to begin with, parents worry about their children making mistakes and so try to mollycoddle them. Well I’m a firm believer that mistakes are a good thing, they teach you how to do better next time and as this week’s quote goes, if you’ve made a mistake, hey at least you’ve done something! You’re living your life and that is a sign of courage, so don’t despair when something doesn’t turn out quite as you had hoped, take whatever lesson is to be learned from that situation and move on knowing that you can use the experience to better yourself.


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

My MAC Empties - Back to MAC!

In case any of you lovelies aren’t filled in about MAC’s 'Back to MAC' programme, basically it’s a fantastic way of receiving something back for your money while being environmentally friendly. By returning six MAC packaging containers, you are entitled to a free lipstick of your choice (excluding Viva Glam lipsticks for which all proceeds go to the MAC aids fund) and MAC will dispose of said packaging in an ethical way. Pretty good eh?!
So here are my empty (ish – more on that later!) containers that I’m taking back tomorrow, but before I part with them I thought I would show you which products I’ve made my way through. First is my beloved Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC35, as you can see I have scraped the very last morsels of this product out of the jar and the time has come to remove the reusable pump, pop its original lid back on (I don’t think this is a necessity) and repurchase this baby. You can read my review of this foundation as well as how it compares to MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation here. All I will say is, it’s love!
 Next we have two eyeshadows. The one that is completely empty is Satin Taupe, which is such a beautiful and versatile colour, in some lighting it looks brownish grey on the lid while in others it has a purple tinge to it, I love this as it is smoky however still natural enough to wear all over the lid during the day. It’s also a lovely one to wear in the crease to add some depth to the eye. The other pot of eyeshadow you can see (the one with the lid closed) is Blackberry, this is a matte deep purple shade that my mum gave to me after it brought her out in a rash (she has extremely sensitive eyes). In a nutshell, I highly dislike this product as I found the colour payoff is terrible especially for such a dark shade. Usually MAC’s colour payoff is second to none and I highly rate their products for lasting ages, this one however has an extremely solid powder consistency and doesn’t adhere to a brush easily, so for that reason it’s bye bye Blackberry – you’re going back!
The red lipstick is Lady Bug and is nearly finished but not quite, so I’m going to empty the remains into a sample pot. This one is a sheer, deepish, yellow toned red and rather than swiping all over my lips I prefer to dab this product on lightly to create a natural healthy tint. The nude coloured lipstick is Myth and I bought this a few years back when ‘concealer lips’ were the in thing (why?!). Needless to say I don’t use this anymore but it did have its place in my heart at one time and is nearly all gone. As with Lady Bug I’m going to decant the rest of the product into a sample jar to use underneath other lipsticks to lighten them up a bit. I also like mixing this with a pink gloss to create a natural nude lip. Last up is the completely empty pink shade. This was my first MAC lipstick and indeed the first MAC product that I ever bought and I wore it on my first date with my boyfriend six years ago, yes – it’s been empty quite a while. This little beaut is Lovelorn and if it wasn’t so old I would have attempted to extract the remains of this as well (waste not, want not and all that!) It’s a pretty blue toned pink and is perfect for a pop of colour during the day.
This is my first lot of products that I’ve ever taken back to MAC, which is an ode to how bloomin’ long they last! I’ll be sure to share with you whichever lipstick it is that I end up choosing for my freebee, hmm decisions decisions!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Take A Sneak Peek Inside My Room!

This week on my YouTube Channel I have focussed on the interior design of my bedroom. I love being a nosy parker and watching other peoples’ room tours. I think they are a great way to gain inspiration when planning how to organise and decorate your space, so I thought I would give you a little insight into mine.
I really enjoyed making this video, fingers crossed you enjoy watching it too!


Sunday, 2 February 2014

My Week In Pictures #5

The past couple of weeks have been fairly relaxed and have consisted mainly of spending quality time with family and friends, chilling out and eating myself into oblivion (it's funny how I've only managed to instagram the healthy food I've eaten and not the mountain of grease that was consumed after a heavy night out on friday, or indeed the KFC I have literally just stuffed in my face). Great way to kid yourself Kate! That is all I have to say, other than I hope you enjoy this week’s snaps!
                     Friday night’s lashes, pulling out the big guns ;)  //  I love my fairy lights  //  Can I stay in bed all day please?
Ahh cute!  //  Maisie demonstrating the classic ‘looking into the distance’ pose  //  Nice healthy lunch
They’re not Terry’s, they’re Maisie’s  //  Tuesday’s breakfast  //  Sleepy tea
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