My NYC trip

Monday, 30 May 2016

So I wanted to share a few snaps that showed my trip to New York. I've decided not to do a rundown of what we did on different days (I'm sure are things that I shouldn't even mention) but I will split the pictures by location/activity. I absolutely loved New York and I felt so fortunate to be able to celebrate my birthday there with some wonderful friends - I seriously cannot wait to go back! There was so much that I didn't do so another trip will have to be on the cards!

My birthday! 

Times Square

Empire State Building

American Museum of Natural History
I spent the morning of my birthday here - I felt like a little kid but I absolutely loved the place. 


Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty

The ones that don't fit in anywhere else

This had me and my friend in stiches

On our first night we stumbled across this place called The Blind Barber

View from the hotel room opposite the memorial centre

Last drink in New York at The Rum House

Yankee Stadium

So that's my trip - 5 epic days of no sleep, loads of walking and feeling really blessed.

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5 things I'm grateful for

Monday, 2 May 2016

So in 4 days time I'll be 25! I'm only excited about this because I'll be celebrating it in New York, a city I've always wanted to visit. I'm not really quite sure why, considering I think London is too crowed but it's something I wanted to knock off my bucket list. I'm so happy that I'm excited for this trip and my birthday because that was exactly my intention when I decided I want to be away for my birthday. I didn't want to dread it, and now I'm really not - I'm looking forward to a magical day and night with some great friends.

Turning a quarter of a century old isn't a huge deal, but it kind of is so it brings some thoughts with it and I just thought I'd note them down to look back on. Tbh when I was 13 with suicidal thoughts running through my veins I didn't ever think I'd reach 25, so honestly for me to be excited about it is a real 360 for me. I feel like I've grown, but at the same time still the same. I mean currently my hair is a brassy blonde and I don't even know if I'll have the time to fix it before I fly...

#1 my family 
I don't speak too much about family because it's a sensitive subject for me but I am lucky that I have two nephews that have given the word family a real meaning for me. It's also meant that I'm much closer to my sister and she has been a wonderful rock for me in the past 4 years in my time of need. But I'm really grateful that I have two nephews (4 and 3 and there's another on the way) who make me so happy. They're full of love and energy and never tire of giving me cuddles on request. Sometimes I feel like they're my own and part of my recovery is for them, so they get the best parts of me and not the miserable side. They are my strength and my joy.

#2 my resilience
I know this may seem like a strange one, but I've bounced back from so many set backs and generally fought to get to where I am now. I've always though resilience was a great trait but I didn't realise how much of it I had until I was going through my therapy sessions. It's kept me alive, so it must be good!

#3 my friends
Most of my friends are basically like family, but they still deserve their own section. I just have a bunch of lovely human beings who make me laugh, smile, cry and occasionally make me angry, but they are all amazing people. I am by no means a horrible friend, but I'm sure I'm not the easiest person to be friends with because I am so closed off but I have such a wonderful and understand support team. I just do not know where I'd be without some of my friends. 

#4 my career
I use this word with trepidation, but I really feel like I've landed a good job this time. I wouldn't even say I really have a career at the moment, but I do have a job that I enjoy and I'm surrounded by good people. I'm grateful for the experiences I've had in my different roles, my last one taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. I'm really not sure where I'll go next but at the moment I feel 100% content in my career/job path.

#5 my health 
Bit of an odd one for me. But I've realised I'm quite blessed when it comes to my health, not my mental health be you win some you lose some. But aside from the weight gain, I've had no serious scares of any kind on this side of my life. Although I do think I now need to start taking much better care of my body to ensure that it stays this way!

I hope this has inspired you to think about some of the good things in your life - gratitude is awesome and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life. What are you grateful for?

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American wish list

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I have less than two weeks until I'll be touching American soil (this also means in less than two weeks I'll be 25). There are so many things that I cannot wait to do in America and I can bet you the first thing I'll do is just run around screaming "I'm in America" but after all that has worn down, I shall be hitting the shops. Oh man, I'm excited for the food and ofc the make-up shopping. Most of the people I watch on YouTube are American, so I get to see a lot of great releases that never ever make it to this side of the pond. Therefore, I have a budding list and when I get to America I intend to spend to my hearts content. I have so much on my list and the below is not the complete list but just thought I'd share.

1. Covergirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer - I can actually get this via Amazon but I think it'll be much nicer to go and see it for myself and get the perfect shade for me. I'm really excited to get some Covergirl stuff as it just reminds me of when I was younger and used to watch America's Next Top Model and the prize was a front page feature on Covergirl.

2. Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation - I think I just really like the sound of this foundation because of the name. Again I could just order this online, but I'm going to Sephora anyway so I'll be able to test different shades. I hope it's as good as it's name sounds, I've heard mixed reviews about it on Youtube, so it'll have to be one that I try for myself.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM - What's a post from me without some skincare? Ever since I tried the Pumpkin Enzyme mask (I'll be picking that up too) I've been lusting over this. I just wanted to pick it up in the states at a cheaper price.

4. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - This product was all over YouTube a couple of months ago and I actually think it's a fab idea for a product. I defintely want to pick one up so I can work with some of those foundations that aren't the right colour for my skin.

5. ABH Contour Kit in Tan to Deep - I'm not 100% sure that I'll pick this up yet. I just want to see how dark the shades are and whether it will  be suitable for my skin. I really want to perfect my contouring technique, so if I don't invest in this I'll certainly try for something similar.

6. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation - I'd love to have more drugstore foundations, so I certainly want to pick this up and I'm just hoping because it's America they'll have more shades available in the drugstore.

7. Sephora Face Masks - I've actually already tried the Sephora face and eye masks, but I will certainly be stocking up on some more! I think these are just so inexpensive and handy to have at home for pamper days. Sephora have a huge range of mask to address most skincare issue.

8. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment - I've always wanted to pick this up but the price has always been a huge factor for me. As I'm basically making NY my no expenses spared trip, I might just pick this up and not worry about the price tag! Everything I've heard about this product has been excellent so I just really really want it.

9. L'oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation - I'm pretty sure this is available in the UK, but again betting they don't have a huge shade selection. I really want to try a cushion foundation but I also don't want to spend loads of money on it, so this is the perfect option. If I get my hands on it - definitely expect a review!

So that's my list, well about 1/3 of my list - I know I'm just going to pick up so much stuff it'll be ridiculous. Please pray that my suitcase is not overweight on my way back. Have you been to New York? If so I'd love some tips about things I totally have to see when I'm there!

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New in March

Thursday, 31 March 2016

I have been wanting to get this post out forever, but my laptop was just NOT co-operating. I had already written the post, but could not for the life of me upload my photos, but finally it's here and just in time for the end of March!

I have been shopping so much this month and I don't even know why. Considering I finished my job at the end of Feb, and didn't get a new one until literally just the beginning of March (hurrah for me), I have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea to spend money. I think I was just feeling the freedom too much, nevertheless I managed to pick up some make-up items, clothes and jewellery. Some bits are repurchases (like my beloved Smashbox Halo foundation) so I haven't included them because they are new y'know?

First up are these earrings from Primark. I have a handful of earrings that I wear on rotation and occasionally I'll switch them up and it was just about that time. I'm loving these swing earrings at the moment, I purchased one from ASOS back in December and decided it was time for more. I also picked up these Disney ones for the second holes in my ear. I also picked up a few clothing items from Primark, but I find taking photos of clothing an absolute pain and I never seem to do the clothes justice, so I didn't bother. One day I shall resurrect my YouTube channel and do hauls...

NARS Radiant Cream Concealer in the shade Amande -  6ml - £22.50 - I've heard so much about this product but honestly, concealer is one of the very few make-up bits that I'm not bothered about. Plus having to go and get shade matched always meant I was never in a hurry to purchase it. I was in Canary Wharf's Space NK after an interview and decided "fuck it" and got matched to a colour and bought it. I'm still figuring out how to apply it best, but it is such a lovely product. I have to be careful to not be too overzealous with my application because I don't want to be looking like a ghost.

My next purchases are from Amazon, I bought one skincare item that needed replacing and the rest just fell into my basket...

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Shampoo - 235ml - £8.50 - I've heard loads about the Giovanni shampoos and conditioners for natural hair, but when I stumbled across this after watching a YouTube vid, I knew I had to have it. My scalp is always in need of soothing, it's actually my main gripe with my hair - my scalp always gets so itchy and sore. So I'm hoping this will help to ease the situation.

Denman D6 Shampoo/Shower Brush - £2.75 - I got this because it looks FAB and because I have no nails of my own to scratch my scalp. Honestly I was considering using my diffuser part for my blowdryer instead of buying this, but considering that's broken I thought I'd roll with this. It seems like a lazy woman's tool, but hey ho that means it's perfect for me.

Staedtler 185  Colouring Pencils, Exclusive Johanna Basford Edition - £6.40 (but I got them for £2.83) -  So this a bit of a random one eh? But like half of the world I have those adult colouring books and because I colour at the pace of a walking snail, it's taken me a while to discover that the whole book is not just about colouring in - I can draw patterns and shit too. Anyway the reason I need the colouring pencils are because I only had felt tips and they're too thick. And because they're the special edition (the colouring book I have is also by Johanna as well) somehow I got them at a better price.

My final purchases come from Feel Unique.
Kneipp Valerian & Hops Deep Sleep Mineral Bath Salt 500g and Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Mineral Bath Salt 500g - £8.95 - I blame my sister for the purchases on FU because she wanted bath salts and wanted me to find her them because apparently "you're the one that uses all that fancy stuff." I'm not sure where she gets this idea for, as I'm so poor but anyway. I don't really use bath salts tbh, I do looove a good bubble bar from Lush. Anyway, I came across a range of salts, but this brand fell within my budget and it had great reviews. I got her the joint and muscle one is for her as she preggers. The sleep one is for me because, I bloody need a good night's sleep (little update here - I've tried these since writing this post and I actually really enjoy it. Can't say I'm convinced on the good nights sleep but it is a very relaxing ritual to partake in).

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator  in Gleam - 18ml - £7.00 - I really wanted to try a liquid highlighter as so far my experiments with powder highlighters haven't been so great. I know NYX is an affordable brand and I like the few products I have from them, so I thought I'd bite the bullet and try this out. I wasn't sure what shade would suit me best, so fingers crossed this one is okay!

What new things have you purchased this month?

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