Wednesday, 6 January 2016

2015 reflection

Highlights of 2015

Now we're well and truly into January, and I'm back at work (boo), I thought it was about time to have a bit of a reflection on 2015.  It was a funny year for me with the blog.  I've now been blogging for 4 years and 2015 was the first year where I've found I haven't always enjoyed it, and haven't felt that motivated to blog.  I morphed this blog to being a lifestyle blog as opposed to pure beauty, and made the concious decision to blog less and more importantly, accept a lot less PR samples.  This'll continue in 2016 too.  I don't like feeling weighed down with posts I'm compelled to write, I just want to write about what I want to, when I want to.

The Hi's
Some of the best things to happen in 2015 for me were:
* Spending time with my son & celebrating his first birthday
* Taking part in the precious moments campaign as a blog ambassador for Ty Hafan
* The honor in seeing my son turn from a baby into a toddler, it's truly amazing
* Walking out on Brighton Pier as 'Let it go' (the Frozen song) came on, and everyone stopped to sing it! It was like a flash mob, but not planned - really amazing
* Discovering, and loving, crochet :)
* Putting our house on the market
* Hearing Squidge say 'Mama' for the first time, and give me a kiss (my heart melted)
* Christmas with a 14 month old was really amazing, seeing him open his presents, awww
* Being a blog ambassador for Babymoov - I'd have been really lost this last year without some of their products

The Low's
Some of the not-so-great moments from the last year:
* Losing my Nana, she was my last grandparent, and she hadn't yet met Squidge
* Losing my blogging mojo, that's been a really tough one for me to deal with, blogging has been such a massive part of my life for the past 4 years
* Our house not selling... we're on with another agent now, so fingers crossed :)

While I don't have any major concrete plans for 2016, there's a couple of things on my radar, such as:
* Going for our first ever proper family holiday (with Squidge) to Norway when the hubby finishes his OU degree at the end of year - we plan to see the Northern Lights :D
* If and when our house sells, we plan to start trying for baby #2
* I'd like to lose some weight - I've gained weight since having Squidge, so I'd at least like to get back to where I was when I had him, ready for baby #2
* I also want to share more of my crochet work both here and on Instagram, it's something I do every day and have even started tweaking patterns :)
* I'd like to make more of our National Trust membership too, gets expensive if you don't use it :)

So who knows what 2016 will bring.  I'm hoping not to lose more family members, I'd like for Squidge to be healthy and happy and I'd like to find my blogging mojo again :)

What were your hi and low points of 2015? And what are you looking forward to about 2016?

Monday, 4 January 2016

PERFUME | Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume

Happy New Year everyone!  I know it's been a while since I posted, I succumbed to crochet... I started playing World of Warcraft again and I did get a nasty cold/cough too, so I took a little break from the blog.  Enough of all that though, did you have a nice Christmas?

Today I bring you a perfume post.  Now, this isn't just any perfume, nope, it's my first ever experience of Viktor & Rolf... their Flowerbomb.

Now I had high expectations... given the price tag (£69* for 50ml) and the name, I expected a beautiful delicate floral scent that would last all day.  I expected a beautiful bottle with a good spray.

Did it deliver?  Hell yes!  I adore the grenade shaped bottle, but of course, achieved a lot more elegantly than a grenade! And more importantly, the scent.  It's stunningly beautiful, it's elegant, delicately floral but also sweet, which I wasn't expecting, but pleasantly surprised with.  It lasts really well throughout the day - a few spritz in the morning and I can still smell it on me when I get home, without spritzing any more.

This has to be up there as one of my favourite scents, it's simply stunning, especially if you love a good sweet & floral scent :)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Getting party ready

Winter is finally here and the Christmas carols are beginning to play as you browse around your favourite shops. That means the ultimate party season is finally upon us! But, what are you going to wear and how are you going to glam up? You better start your beauty regime soon and book in some last minute appointments.  Here’s a handy Christmas party beauty treatment checklist to help you out:

Two Weeks Before

Smile bright thanks to teeth whitening 

Give yourself a confidence boost this Christmas with an early gift to yourself of teeth whitening. A brighter and whiter smile is sure to get you beaming, looking your best and attracting all the right kind of attention. Opt for a deep teeth bleaching for pearly whites with long lasting effects. But make sure to have this treatment at least 2 weeks before your Christmas party as you’ll be required to wear whitening trays at night for the fortnight prior to your appointment. You must also avoid dark coloured foods and drinks for up to 48 hours after the treatment to prevent staining. I can't say I've ever tried teeth whitening, but it's something I've often thought about doing - not to go cray cray white, but a nice natural white :)

Prepare to kiss your crush with a plumper lip

Had your eye on a guy at work for the longest time? Then the Christmas party is probably your perfect chance to pucker up and go in for the kiss, especially if there's any mistletoe lingering about!. Failing that, you can blame it on the free booze if it doesn’t work out. Make your lips irresistible by giving yourself the perfect pout with a little help. Personally I like to opt for a lip plumping lip gloss like the Soap & Glory one :) 

The Week Before

Get flawless skin with a facial 

Whether you’re looking to cleanse and tone, steam or exfoliate, a facial is an excellent way to clear your pores and give your skin a flawless blemish free appearance, so you look amazing in those Facebook photos. Make sure to have a facial a few days before your Christmas party as, depending on the type of facial you have, you may suffer from some slight redness or puffy areas straight after; however, this should go down within a few hours. 

Make sure your eyebrows are on fleek with a tint

Great brows are more important than ever, as they have quickly become the hottest make-up trend of 2015. Not only do your eyebrows help frame your face, they can make you look younger if they’re full or even age you if they are too thin. Give your eyebrows a tint (dye them) so they blend in better with your hair, especially if this is dyed too. Plus, a tint will cover any pesky grey hairs you may have poking through (welcome to my life!) and give your face definition. Or, if you’re looking for a further treatment, why not invest in some HD brows?

On the Day 

Flutter away thanks to eyelash extensions 

Last but not least, put the finishing touches on your look by getting a spray tan, doing your hair and don’t forget, eyelash extensions! There’s something extremely feminine about long and luscious eyelashes, but store-bought strips can look fake and heavy. Instead, visit your local beautician and have individual or small clusters of lashes glued into place, one at a time. This will give you a more natural, enhanced look. Make sure to have this treatment the day of your Christmas party, as eyelash extensions rarely last more than a few days before falling out. 
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