Monday, 12 February 2018

♥How to love yourself this Valentines Day♥

 
 
 So yep! That time of the year is here again, where love is in the air and you can't walk into any shop or supermarket without the reminder that Valentines day is creeping ever closer! I am very excited for Valentines this year, but for a lot of people it can be a horrible reminder that you are on your own and it really can affect your confidence! It is important to remember what Valentines day is all about....

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First things first, Valentines day is often celebrated for couples, and is seen as a celebration of being in love! Nevertheless I think it is important to celebrate the day sharing the love with friends and family too and showing people that are closest to you that you care for them! It really can make the biggest difference to someone's day, especially if they are maybe feeling a little lonely on Valentines day too! So share some love!
Whether it is writing a cars to some of your friends telling them hoe much you appreciate them, or even just telling them in person, spreading a little positivity will not only put a smile on their face, but will help you feel a little more positive too!

Another thing I tell people every year is if you are on your own this Valentines Day, make it a day all about you, and spoil yourself rotten! Literally!
Buy yourself some valentines choccies, get a glass of wine poured, and pamper yourself to show your body some love! Treat yourself to a beauty session to make you feel beautiful and do whatever you love to do, whether it be a night in watching a movie or a night out with the girls! Valentines is definitely not a holiday just for couples anymore....
 
 
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It is important to give yourself a little pep talk this time of year, especially if your confidence is affected! I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason so remind yourself that it is only one day and before you know it, Valentines will be over and the shops will be plastered with Easter chocolates and decorations!

Even better, all the Valentines chocolates will be reduced big time!


Valentines day really is a day to celebrate not only the partners in our lives, but us too and to share the love with friends and family! It can be easy to get warped into this frame of mind that you should be with someone when that isn't the case! Celebrate how amazing you are and do what makes you happy this valentines day, treat yourself to something nice and spoil yourself!


No matter how you are celebrating Valentines day this year... have an amazing day!

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Monday, 5 February 2018

I finally went to Glasgows 'Purrple Cat Cafe...'


So on Saturday, after many months of patiently waiting, I finally got to go to Glasgow's first ever cat café, based in Merchant City! Being the major cat fanatic I am, it was a day I was very excited for, so much so I booked a double session to ensure that I got as much time with the cats as I could (I really wanted to get as many cuddles in my slot as possible)

The anticipation of this café opening has been huge and I just had to give a quick review on my experience there...
I would have loved to take much more pictures, however it was a very busy morning and I didn't want to intrude on all the other visitors, so I took just a couple to give you an insight!

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We arrived pretty early, however their was seating in the waiting area, along with the cat rules and instructions to ensure you and the cats were all safe, perfect for reading before entering the café itself.

When we got in, the women at the entrance was lovely and gave us all a quick run through of what to expect before taking us all to our allocated seats. The seats were spread about well and all had access to cat beds, toys and blankets, so everyone had a fair chance of meeting some of the kitties. We also quickly discovered that we didn't need to stay in these seats, unlike some other cafes of a similar nature I have been to in the past... you are free to roam around and approach the cats, perfect for me as I was on cloud 9 and couldn't wait to meet them all!


Of course being in a café, their was food and drinks available to have during your visit. I ordered the Pitta with humus and a cappuccino for a major coffee fix! I was starving, so when it was given to me just a few minutes later, I scoffed the lot without taking a picture for you (that and also I didn't want the cats to much at it!). Nevertheless, take my word, it was lovely and I am sure when I next pay a visit, I will be trying some more items from their menu!



Now onto the cats! In total, the Purrple Cat Café has 21 cats, ranging from a few young little kittens, right up to the oldest, who was 10! I honestly fell in love with them and it is lovely to see the cats being so friendly and sociable with everyone, but also so happy, considering a large number of them are rescue kitties! I got to meet a few, however I only got pictures of a couple as I didn't want to pester the cats in anyway, or force them to come over!

I fell in love with Merida, who was the smallest and most playful kitten ever... she was so quick unfortunately I never managed to get a good picture of her... she just loved playing with her toys!



The staff were amazing too. Their were plenty around during the session so if we had any questions or wanted to get some advice we easily could. They also came round as soon as we were seated to get orders, ensuring we had plenty of time to eat and drink before our session ended.

The café has a range of souvenirs you can buy, ranging from pens to bags and even hoodies (one of which I desperately wanted but trying to be sensible and watch the funds). Their was also cat kibble on sale for just £1, meaning you could feed the cats too! The staff were very helpful when it came to purchasing anything from them and you could tell they all loved their job! To be honest, I was a bit jealous to not be working there....




I had an absolute ball visiting and cannot wait as I will definitely be coming back again another time to see my new friends! For any cat lovers out there, this is a must and an amazing, unique experience to try! They also do offer memberships if you are going to be a regular visitor... I might be purchasing one of them anytime soon!

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Monday, 29 January 2018

My Top Winter Lipsticks....

 
 
Although I have always loved my Make up... one of my favourite make up pieces I cannot leave the house with is a Lipstick, or Lip-gloss. I like to have some colour on my lips, otherwise I feel I look tired and lifeless. Whether it is a bright berry, or a pretty plum,  I find it helps complete a look and can make such a difference to someone's confidence.
 
Throughout the last few months, I have came together with 4 go-to lip products, that are also budget friendly, that I love to grab to make sure I feel confident and healthy!
 
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Natural Collection is a Boots own make up brand that I feel is very underrated, especially when it comes to it's lip products. They don't have the biggest selection of shades by far, however the products themselves feel nice on the lips, aren't drying and have good colour pay off! This lipstick in shade 1 is my favourite, especially as it is the perfect Winter shade and looks almost a nude/plum on the lips.
 
The packaging is nothing special, but it looks neat and clean, and is also small and compact, making it perfect for taking and using on the go. For such a great little lippy, it is very affordable, as everything in the Natural Collection is under £3... absolute bargain for sure!
 
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Another budget brand and another that is often overlooked, is Miss Sporty, a small brand that is very budget friendly! One of my favourite products they offer is their lip-glosses. They offer a great colour variety that offers good colour, without leaving the lips sticky and gooey. This shade, Eternal Ruby, is a beautiful red/berry colour that looks great with most make up looks. It also has a little shimmer throughout it, making it look great in pictures as it gives you that little extra shine! 
 
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One that has been a favourite of mines for a while now is the Maybelline Super Stay 24h Colour, especially in this shade Extreme Fuchsia. This is a must have for anyone who struggles to find a long lasting lippy, it really doesn't budge, even when it comes to eating and drinking! The colour is applied and left until tacky, then sealed in with the balm... perfect also if you can't ensure you top up your make up often (great for work etc).
 
Their are so many shades available, everything from reds, nudes, pinks and browns are covered so if berry shades aren't your thing, then you will find a shade that suits you!
 
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Lastly, another lip-gloss, this time from Rimmel, from the Oh My Gloss range. I love these so much, and are such a basic staple for any make up collection, as they are easy to use, full of colour and feel great on the lips. This is in the shade Pin Up, a pink/fuchsia shade, however on the lips offers a great pink sheen on the lips to help them look healthy and hydrated! They aren't sticky or tacky to wear so the lips feel great all day!
 
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I of course have a HUGE range of lip products, however these have for sure became my go to favourites for on a budget... and have became big staples in all my make up creations! I cannot wait until summer rolls round to dig out all my favourite summer colours... you might even be seeing them in a future post!
 
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Monday, 22 January 2018

My Make Up Goals for 2018...

 
So my 'New Year' theme continues with another post talking all about my Make Up Goals for 2018!
 
As someone who is a huge fan of make up and doesn't like to leave the house without it, this year I really want to get a little more creative with it! I think Make Up can really change a person and allow someone's creativity to shine. I have set myself some 'Make Up Goals' for 2018 that I am hoping to achieve throughout the year to allow me to not only improve but build my confidence and knowledge....
 
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First things first, one of my worst habits is definitely sticking to 'what I know' instead of trying out new looks and getting creative. Trust me, if I find a lipstick or a mascara that I love, I'm stuck with it until it has been used to the end... I won't try a new look or product out for fear of disappointment or embarrassment.
I really want to get more creative and try out looks that I are out my comfort zone. For example, I love bold and bright lips, however the thought of wearing such a statement colour makes me cringe inside, without even trying it on. I can't wait to mix my looks up depending on how I am feeling... One day I might rock the smoky eye and next I will rock the red Hollywood lip. I can't wait to see what my mood creates each day!
 
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Another Make up Goal for the New Year is to not only try new looks out, by explore different brands. Their are so many new brands coming out, and product ranges that excite me, but I have never had the courage to give them a go! I get so stuck in a whirlwind of using brands I already love I ignore the fact their are so many new ranges and brands coming out that often offer superior products... and I am missing out on them! I am really excited to explore a new range of brands this year and I want to try everything from budget to high end! I can't wait to see what lil' gems I find along the way...
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I also want to keep my current Make Up collection much more organised this year, rather than crammed into a drawer or unit. I don't have the biggest Make Up collection, that's for sure, but I have managed to fair stack up a lot of products over the years. I really want to look after the collection I have and make sure they are organised and well looked after. I spent some of my Christmas Break last year getting rid of a lot of old and out of date bits and bobs, so now everything is very organised and tidy... I just need to keep it this way!
 
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I also want to really look after my skin this year and treat it well, to ensure that when I use Make up, it applies well and looks amazing on! My skin really doesn't cope with the cold weather and I have noticed when I have been applying Make up, especially my cream foundations and concealers that it doesn't look as smooth as it could be. I have stacked up my skincare collection for this year and want to ensure I use it well to make sure my skin is prepped well before getting made up! Of course this is something I want to keep up when Spring and Summer come around too...
 
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Lastly, I was spoilt at Christmas with a New Make up brush cleaner and want to make sure I use it regularly and often to keep my cosmetics brushes clean and bacteria free. I am guilty and put my hands up, to admit I don't clean my brushes and sponges as much as I should, but with this little nifty device, I am going to ensure I clean them all the time (No more excises from Nicole!)
Between regular cleaning, and sticking to a regular skincare routine, I can't wait to see the difference in my skin and Make up!
 
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Yes I have set myself quite a few little goals for the new year, but in my eyes they are all very achievable and easy to work with! Make up really does build my confidence, especially on days where my skin isn't looking as good as it could be, so I cannot wait to see how I get on with the goals I have set myself!
 
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Monday, 15 January 2018

Get 2018 off to the right start!


So we are now a couple of weeks into the new year and I have came to realise that January is one of the most important months of the year! Why? Because it is the first month of the year ands it is the best month to make changes in our lives that could affect the rest of our year! Its also a great time to make plans and realise what we want to achieve that year and get those ideas started!
I always have a couple of things I do in the first month of the new year to make sure I start the year with the best frame of mind and a positive attitude....
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The first thing I like to do when January is upon us, as boring and tedious as it may be, is to de-clutter my bedroom and work area... and make sure it is cleared of any rubbish! I always like to spend a weekend doing this, which sounds sad, however when it is done, I feel so satisfied and almost refreshed?
Their is something so satisfying about de-cluttering and starting the year of with a clean slate... it is something that I think is important for everyone to do to ensure that you start 2018 off positively!


I also like to spend time at the start of each year getting my plans together for the year ahead and setting goals for what I want to do throughout the year to come. I like to plan some trips so I have something to motivate me to work hard and get some things planned with friends and familyso I have things to look forward too...

Even just planning a day away, or an overnight trip somewhere helps give me something to focus on... I already have several things planned for this year that I am already excited for!

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I always like to try and learn/do something new every year.. I just love trying out new things and learning new skills. It is one of the reasons I got into blogging and also began my journey into Gel Nails. I like to start the year by picking something new for that year... this year I really want to get back into my baking and take it much more seriously!

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
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I think it is important to continue learning and gaining new skills, I get really bored if I don't push myself for new things so I like to focus on that in January and start the year by learning something new!

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Lastly, I like to  get myself organised for the year by ensuring that I keep all my goals sorted and in order, and I like to do that by buying myself a new diary, calendar and any other organisational tools to help me keep everything in order. 

It is so important to start the year off by ensuring you are organised and for me, writing everything down is the best way for me to stay on track with everything in my life!

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These are just a few way I like to get my year off to a positive start and ensure it starts in the best way possible. Do you have anything you do to ensure you get your year off to the best start? Leave your thoughts in the comments below :)

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Monday, 8 January 2018

A.Vogel Review....

 

I have always loved to try out new products, so when I was given the chance to review a range of items from A.Vogel, I couldn't say no. I was intrigued by what the health range had to offer, especially when it came to the self care range!

I decided to try a couple of their hair products and also picked myself up a Po-Ho oil to try... the concept of it made me eager to give it a go!
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I was excited to try the some of the hair range, so I picked the Hair Complex capsules, and the Neem Shampoo.

I have been taking the capsules now for about a month, and have noticed some slight changes to the condition of my hair. It feels much thicker and stronger that ever before and also has a great healthy shine... which in my case is important as I admit to using a lot of heat on my hair to style it!
They are also a pretty decent size, so even if you don't like taking tablets or struggle to swallow them, these are easy to take and I have never had a problem with them...

I like to use these tablets along with the Neem shampoo. this shampoo is one of the best shampoos for deep cleaning your hair, so if you tend to use a lot of product or wax on your hair, this is a great shampoo for you. It also has a really fresh fragrance leaving your hair lightly scented, however not too perfumed, great if you suffer from dandruff or a sensitive scalp.
I have only used this Shampoo once a week as I feel that is all that is needed so I know this shampoo will last me a good length of time... it is great value for money



I also picked the Po-Ho oil to try as I feel you can never go wrong with something like this in any skincare collection. This oil is mainly designed to be inhaled as it is very good for your body. I like to add some drops to some warm water and inhale it this way, as I also get to steam my face at the same time and benefit from 2 beauty treatments!

It has been extremely beneficial over the past few weeks with the cold and flu season upon us and has been a great natural remedy to help me sleep... I just dab a few drops onto my pillow and it helps me dose off no problem! 




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Overall, if you are looking for some all natural products then this is a range I would recommend to help keep your body in the best possible shape. Everything is well priced and high quality and with my experience, works well

If you have tried any products from A.Vogel, then let me know... otherwise check out the website here to try some of their products, as well as discovering some other brands...
https://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk/


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P.S: Massive thank you to https://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk/for allowing me to try some products from your website. All poducts featured were gifted to me, however all opinions are my own