HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY SARAH JANE


You might not be my Sister by birth but they say friends are the family we choose to have. In our case, I feel like I have three sisters and two sets of parents.

From High school days to FriYAY's, our friendship has seen every up, down and inbetween. A lot has changed over the years but one thing has always remained - the unbreakable bond of us four Sisters.



I never expected 15 years ago that our lives would lead us to this place, it wasn't expected, but it is more than I could have ever hoped.


10 Things Being Sarah Jane's Sister Has Taught Me..

1 - You can never have too many Me To You bears (even at 30 years old!)
2 - It is perfectly acceptable to drink two bottles of wine in one sitting...
3 - That being brutal to each other is comedy gold
4 - That no song with a high note is ever safe
5 - To always remember to bring a shopping bag..
6 - To never leave a drink unattended
7 - That we cannot go a week without seeing each other
8 - Pimms is NOT our friend
9 - To NEVER lift the covers
10 - That we will always be a part of each other's lives

So Happy Birthday Smith! I can't wait to see what we're like in 30 more years!

Love you!

H x

Happy 30th Birthday Sarah Jane

9.20.2017

I'm easily stressed. It doesn't take much for me to feel the pressures of life and I'm just naturally overwhelmed by things. Because of this, I've got a few home comforts that I swear by, so if you're feeling a bit under the weather, I've got you!


1 - My Bed.
I always make sure that when I get up in the morning, I make my bed to perfection. It just means that at the end of a stressful day I feel so satisfied knowing my bed is ready to jump into. *Added comfort points if it's fresh sheets.

2 - Freshly Washed Makeup Brushes
Sounds ridiculous, but if I go to my room and see freshly washed makeup brushes, I feel like I've won at life.

3 - Christmas Movies
Christmas is my favourite time of year and nothing makes me feel more at ease than watching a Christmas movie (Elf or the original santa claus movie - Although I will admit that the Super Duper Looper still gives me anxiety to this day)

4 - Friends
Another TV related home comfort. I remember having food poisoning and watching friends and it made me feel so much better. There's something about that gang that makes me realise life doesn't need to be so serious, and so now whenever I'm feeling a bit 'blah' an episode of Friends sorts me out. Say it with me... 'PIVOT'

5 - My Family
My family and friends are just my absolute idols. There's nothing they can't help me with and they are all hands down, the funniest people I know. They never let me feel sorry for myself for too long and it's exactly what I need when I get myself in a 'funk'.

6 - Facemask, Candles On, Magazine, Music On
Self explanatory really. I love the fact that there's not much I can do if I have a sheet mask on so I have no option but to put my phone down, shut down my laptop and enjoy some 'me' time.

7 - My Cats
Is there anything nicer than seeing some small fluffy animals playing? I love them so much and could easily watch them play together all day long.

So there you have my home comforts! I could have easily mentioned tunnocks teacakes, vodka and wotsits in there, but Imma keep it healthy... for a while...

What are your home comforts?

H x

My Home Comforts

9.14.2017

I've been desperate to get my hands on this the minute I saw it's release. The bottle had me sold, think of it as love at first bottle sight, I was obsessed. You think the bottle's nice? just wait 'til you smell it!

Feel Unique very kindly sent me this and a few other bits for review consideration and as you can imagine, I was all too happy to try it out.


THE BOTTLE 

First up, let's talk about the part that excited me the most about this scent – the packaging! Tom Ford are renowned for having classic packaging. Black Orchid is simple, elegant and oh so sexy.  The bottle is a matte black colour with a ridged texture and gold hardware. For me, this is the epitome of what I love. If I could, I'd even dress like this bottle haha! 

THE SCENT 

Described as a unisex scent, this is sweet enough to be feminine but spicy enough to be masculine. I love scents like this. For me, this is a definite Autumnal scent. If I wanted to smell like Summer, I'd rub a flower on my wrist (which I of course have NEVER done... LOLS!)  
This has:- 
  • Top notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin, Tuber 
  • Heart notes: Orchid, Spicy notes, Fruity notes, Lotus 
  • Base notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Amber, Chocolate, Vanille 
The most noticeable smell for me is amber, Sandalwood blackcurrant and spicy notes.  I must admit, I was worried when I read that Jasmine was a top note because although I like Jasmine, it can be overpowering in a fragrance. If you're a jasmine-phobe then you'll be happy to know you don't even notice it.  

HOW DOES IT WEAR? 

Given that this is quite an expensive fragrance, you would expect this to last all day long with a single spritz. For me, this lasted pretty well and I could still smell it a few hours after applying. I couldn't smell it all day long but someone did ask which perfume I was wearing so as always with perfume, although you don't necessarily smell it, it's still there and usually this is caused because we all become 'nose blind'. 
It's my new favourite fragrance and will be wearing this throughout Autumn! 

Tom Ford Black Orchid is available at Feel Unique.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Review

9.13.2017

From the days when they had a Nars Orgasm dupe and their iconic Pout Paints that were brighter than the sun itself, I've long been a Sleek fan, which is why when I was luckily gifted the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel, I was more than happy to put it through it's paces.


So let's chat a bit about the palette.

PIGMENTATION
These are pretty much on par with the pigmentation of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette but not quite as pigmented as the original Naked palette. I don't know if that makes sense, but if any of you are superfan's of the UD palette's you'll know what I mean. These don't blend away into nothing but are subtle enough that you don't look like you're going full on drag for a trip to the dentist.


CONSISTENCY
These are creamy to work with, but as with most drugstore eye palettes, this does have a wee bit of fall out. If you're going for a smoky blended eye, shadow shields or cut up panty liners (I've never done that..obvs...) will be your best friends.

HOW DOES IT WEAR?
I rarely wear eyeshadow for any longer than 12 hours but in that time, I don't want it to crease or disappear. Thankfully these don't - though I would say the shimmer shades in particular, do fade a bit as the day goes on.


COST
At £8.99 for a 12 pan eyeshadow palette, sleek are pretty affordable. You can find an array of different shades and finishes to suit every taste. Personally, I'm a big fan of neutral shades and like to dabble with a shimmer now and again so 'Au Naturel' was right up my street.

OVERALL
I love how affordable these are and the huge variety that is available. For me, they don't compare to some of the high end brands but sleek have given it a bloody good go! In fact, I'd go as far as to say this is the best drugstore brand for eyeshadow palettes and I'll forever be a fan.

The Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette - Au Naturel, is available at Boots. Click HERE.

What do you think of Sleek?

H x

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette - Au Naturel

9.12.2017

IT'S OFFICIALLY AUTUMN!!!

Since Summer, my hair has been a little bit in need of some TLC. The warm weather and contant top knots eventually take their toll on your hair and scalp, so as we've moved into Autumn, I've found a few products to help nourish your locks.

Andrew Collinge is a brand I have used off and on since I was in my early twenties - Who else remembers their styling tools from back in the day? - they've obviously re-branded and completely overhauled the range since then.

ARGAN OIL

Arriving in my blogger mail box last month was the Co by Andrew Collinge Argan Oil and Co by Andrew Collinge Hair Moisturiser. My hair was still in the topknot phase (#sweatyheadproblems) so I waited a few weeks before really putting these to the test to see how they would perform on my sun and bobble damaged hair.

Having long hair means I need to use a good detangling brush when it's wet just to get the knots out without making me wince, but seeing as these Andrew Collinge products claim to be detangling, I used them instead of my Tangle Angel. I would say that whilst they do detangle your hair, a good amount is needed to really help (particularly at the back) which can obviously then weigh the hair down the higher to the root you go.

The argan oil was a real 'saviour' in terms of adding moisture to the ends of my hair and a small amount worked really well for me.

HAIR MOISTURISER

The Co by Andrew Collinge Hair Moisturiser surprised me the most. This is a spray. I was expecting this to be a balm or a serum but actually, I quite liked using this as a spray.

I like to use this on my hair when it's almost dry. This is a good heat protectant and definitely has a 'no product' feel which I like.

JOICO K-PAK RECONSTRUCTOR

Joico is a brand I haven't used since I first started blogging. For some reason, I just wasn't seeing anything from the brand that was really making me want to buy them but recently a couple of their products arrived in the post for me to try at just the right time and so I was all too happy to give them a go.

The press release describes the Joico K-Pak Reconstructor as "The award-winning Deep Penetrating Reconstructor is a powerful combination of amino acids, which rebuild and re-fortifie stressed hair strands, returning hair to its former glory in a single application."

I've only used this a few times and have mixed feelings on it. I definitely feel like my hair has a protective silky barrier over each strand after I've used it and it was really de-tangling thanks to it's slippyness. I found that when I used it, my hair felt healthier but found the minute I stopped using it, it didn't really have any lasting effect on my hair and it's overall health, It just kind of went back to how it was prior to use. The answer of course is to continue using it but this is a 'reconstructor' and whilst I like the product, I'm not sure I'd agree that it's a reconstructor.

JOICO K-PAK COLOR THERAPY LUSTER LOCK

The press release for this says "The K–Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock rescues hair, leaving color treated locks 9 x stronger and glowing, as well as adding breath taking shine."

To be honest I actually agree with most of this. I haven't coloured my hair in about two years since the whole hairloss-from-psoriasis thing happened, but I do still have some colour in my hair from a balayage I had done 2 years ago which makes the bottom third of my hair a bit lighter than the rest of it. 

Despite being quite light, it was pretty dull. I used the luster lock one night when I was doing a face mask and shaved my legs (I wasn't going on a date, I was just in a pamper mood!) and let my hair dry about 60% before blowdrying it. 

The colour in my hair was still the same as it was, but looked like it was new hair, like I had grown the colour myself and it was gleaming! This definitely packed a punch in the shine department and made my hair really smooth. 

If there is any downside, I would say that it is quite heavy which is to be expected from something so intense. I'd definitely make sure not to use this too often to avoid build up and be careful not to put it in the root unless you want to have flat, borderline oily hair. 

Of all the products, I'd say this one was the most impressive. 

What products have you been using to repair your hair from Summer? Let me know!

H x

Repair Your Hair From Summer

9.06.2017

It might come as no surprise to some of you that I'm single. If you follow me on social media, You will have noticed a few 'single ladies, all men are arseholes, we don't need no man!' type posts and whilst I am still quite happy being single, I do feel the pressures of being single at 30 years old. 



At 16 years old, I used to panic that I would be single forever and no-one would ever fancy me. I remember feeling pressured to have a relationship even at that age. Obvs, looking back I can't believe I spent so much time and effort worrying about stinky boys that didn't deserve my time or my 'Flower' (Monica from Friends joke, if you know it you'll get this reference. If not #SorryNotSorry). 

I'm 30 years old and a grown (bigger than average) assed Woman. By now, I expected to well and truly have my shiz together. When I was 18 I had this ideal of being married by the time I was 25, living in a mansion because I would obviously be a self made millionaire or a superstar, I'd have three kids with one on the way and 2 dogs, 4 cats and an Alpaca (This reference is for you Rach & The Archie Girls if you're reading this LOL)  

To be fair, I really shouldn't pay much attention to how my 16 year old self thought, considering I also spent much of my teenage years as a goth who listened to Marilyn Manson's version of 'Tainted Love' and imagined myself as one of the 'edgy' girls who had the pillow fight at the end of the video. Instead I looked more like Mrs potato head with black eyes, blue tinted hair and jeans that flared out wider than the width of my ass. That's pretty wide FYI. Oh, and not forgetting the 'chains' on the pockets.  

Moving swiftly on.. 

The truth is that I'm human and I do spend a significant amount of time worrying about the same things that I worried about when I was 18. I live at home and I'm happy, I'm single, I don't have any kids, I have an amazing job (full time blogger – you're welcome – haha!) and although it's not what would have been ideal, life isn't ideal and we all have to adapt to life's hurdles. 

I don't feel the pressures of being single on a constant basis, but when a relative asks "You not got a man yet?" You feel about the size of a grape that's shrunk to a wrinkled old raisin.   

I know I'm not the only one feeling the pressure of being single, so let me know about your experiences below.  

PS – Don't tell me to join Tinder, I look better in photo's than I do IRL so it’s not a good idea LOL! 

H x

The Pressures Of Being Single

8.31.2017

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