Friday, 2 September 2016

Books and why I love them so!!

I have always loved reading, right from when I was a little girl. Some of my earliest memories are curled up on a chair reading " Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and stories from "The Worst Witch" series. Books have often seen me through some of the happiest times of my life to the saddest and most painful of times.

I can sometimes recall books that remind me of places I have been and events that have happened. There were times when books helped me to escape the not so good things that were happening in my day to day life and the characters in the books were like my new friends that would never yell at me or tease me or make me feel worthless.

Some of my favourite authors have been Jane Austen, Cecilia Ahern, JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Steven King, Veronica Roth,the list goes on and on. In the past I loved chick lit books but nowadays I read all different types of genres, even sci fi books which I used to hate. I have written in the past about my all time favourite book which is "Little Women" by Louisa M Alcott.

I love books because if you cant afford to travel to far flung exotic places around the world, books can describe these places to you and sometimes the descriptions are so detailed and vivid that you feel you are there feeling the sand beneath your feet in the Nevada desert or smelling those fragrant spices in the Moroccan marketplace.

I love that books have become so accessible to everyone. I love my Kindle and love how a world of books are just at my fingertips. I never go a day without reading, whether it be the latest novel or the free Metro newspaper on the bus. Even at my age,  I love that I can still learn new things and delve into crime books and biographies and just broaden my knowledge.

There is nothing I love more than cuddling up in bed with a warm cup of hot chocolate and reading a good book, it really helps me to relax, especially if I have had a tough day.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you would like me to do book reviews on my blog, just let me know as maybe this could be a regular feature on here.

Have a great weekend

Zoe xx

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

What A Waste!!!!

Today I started on clearing out some of my make up products that have been sat in my cupboards and drawers and have hardly been used. Yes! That's right "hardly been used". Nail polishes that had separated and all clogged up, lip glosses that smelt disgusting as soon as I opened the tube and mascaras that had dried up.

I was so thrilled to be making some room in my makeup storage and that inspired me to keep going but then that feeling faded and I was left with a feeling of embarrassment and anger. What have I been doing?

Make up and beauty products are not cheap and here I was looking at a pile of products that I had more than likely only used once or twice and spent on average £10 per product. So in 5 minutes of decluttering I had had to get rid of over £150 worth of stuff!

That is shocking and disgraceful. I could have spent that money toward decorating my house or toward a little holiday. I will NEVER go back to wasting my money like that. Yes, when i bought the products I totally loved them, loved the colours, the glitz and sparkle and gave me joy at the time but products do not make a fulfilled life if you are not going to use them and enjoy them.

Something happened to someone I cared about deeply over the past month and it totally refocused my thoughts on my life and what is important. PEOPLE are important not products.  I now have a new focus, and Im not going to be wasting my money and will be working hard to whittle down some of my beauty collection. Im only going to be keeping my Younique products .

Ive wasted my time and money on things that just dont matter in the grand scheme of things. Please learn from me, people and memories matter, the latest handbag or nail polish really dont if you arent going to use them.

Love and hugs

Sunday, 5 June 2016

I'm Back!

Hi everyone.  I hope you are all well. I'm so sorry that I have been away for so long but unfortunately sometimes life and it's problems just get in the way. I have been on quite a journey since I last blogged, and let's just say, a lot of my priorities and passions have changed. I am now more inspired by cruelty free and products and minimalism. But more on that later in the week.

Now, don't get me wrong, I still love makeup and all things beauty but I am desperate to run my own business from home and to try and so I have started up selling Younique makeup, and have cut right back on buying other brands.

I have only been doing it just over a month so far and it is going pretty well so fingers crossed it carries on like that.

Another change is going to be my blog, I am going to be changing it to more of a daily diary of what is going on in my life and my ups and downs I am going through. Hopefully this allow you to get a more closer view of me and get to know me much more.

I have really missed blogging and chatting to all of my subscribers so hopefully I can gain more followers on here again too. I hope you are glad to see me back, and I cant wait to talk to you again tomorrow.

Love and Hugs

Thursday, 6 August 2015

My latest Yankee Candle haul

Candles, candles everywhere is the phrase going through my mind lately. I love them and just cannot get enough of them. I just love how they can instantly change the look and feel of a room when lit, and really help you feel relaxed with the different scents available. Some people love different scent categories, for example, some like fruity, some like fresh, clean scents, some people like more musky fragrances or floral. But for me, I don't really have a certain "type" of scent. I just love all of them. I love how a fragrance can instantly transport you back to a moment in your past and you can relive those memories. For example in this latest Yankee Candle collection from QVC, there are some candles from Egypt, and Africa, and these instantly took me back to when I visited Egypt many years ago.

I love the carry holdall, that this set came in. Its very nautical in its look with the blue and white stripes and the white woven handles. The first layer holds 12 votive size candles, and the fragrances I recieved were

1-Kilimanjaro Stars, which has a gorgeous musky fragrance and really reminds me of a mans aftershave. A really lovely scent.
2-Tahitian Tiare Flower which is very fresh and clean smelling with just a hint of floral notes to it.
3-Madagascan Orchid, which is really strong in its fragrance, it has a gorgeous perfume type smell to it.
4-Ocean Star is a fresh, clean scent and very relaxing and really nice when used in the bathroom while you are having a pamper session.
5-Egyptian Musk is another quite manly scent, and is perfect for a girl/lady who isnt too fond of the sweeter fragrances that a lot of candles can have.
6-Serengeti Sunset is quite citrussy smelling and reminds me of how you imagine it would smell if you were walking through an orange/lemon grove.
7- Sea Coral is a clean and fresh smell, but has a little touch of coconut to it.
8- Pink Hibiscus which is a beautiful flowery scent, and is gorgeous. One of my all time favourites.

With some of the candles in the set, they duplicated some of them so the ones that I had spare of, I gave them to my mom for all the help she gives me in looking after my little boy. Under the top layer of votives,  were 2 votive holders in the shape of glass buckets, and 12 scented tea lights in Beach Holiday and 12 scented tealights in Wild Seagrass.
I lust adored everything about this collection and look forward to burning them. Here is a photo of the outside of the holdall that the candles arrived in.

I love these sets from QVC UK, you don't even have to keep them as a whole set, they make fantastic gifts for birthdays and Christmas, 3 or 4 candles put into a little gift bag with some pretty tissue paper and you have a perfect present. Also, I buy Yankee Candles because you know that the fragrance is going to be there. Yes, you probably can get cheaper candles, from Poundland and Wilkinson, but for me the scent throw off just isn't there, and I would prefer paying more money for candles that you know you can rely on in terms of the strength of the scent given off.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and yes next week there will be yet another candle haul, as my next set of the 3 large Yankee Candle jars have arrived, so stay tuned for my post all about those.

Till next time,

Monday, 27 July 2015

Nails Inc feat Victoria Beckham collection.

I love nail polish and I love Victoria Beckham and so when I eventually found out that the two had done a collaboration I just knew I had to have it. I know that this set has been out a while and I will admit that I have owned it for a couple of months and only just got around to talking about it. Im such a slow blogger, honestly, I am sure I have gone to post this so many times, and then I thought ooh I must talk about .... and it gets put off and put off. Well, today is the day I have finally got round to talking about it, and my verdict is I LOVE IT.
I just think this whole packaging is so sleek and classy. The only hint of what the colours are going to be like are on the actual sides of the bottles. The white bottle contains "Judo Red", a beautiful tomato red/orange, a very chic and classsy colour and the black bottle contains "Bamboo White" which is a pretty nude shade. Some nude shades can look really bland and uninteresting and quite patchy, but this one really helps to elongate the fingers and really is perfect for a nude, neutral nail for everyday wear.

Both bottles have 14mls of product in them and so will last you a good long while. You have a great basic neutral shade and the red is just perfect for those evenings out. I purchased this for £45, and yes that may seem a little steep, but if you purchased those  bottles individually, they are £25 EACH!!!! So, I purchased the box set and saved myself £5. I love this collection and do not regret buying it as the formula is so nice. Normally with  neutral shades they can streak and be patchy but that is not the case with this white shade. The polish just glides across the nail and doesn't bubble or peel or flake off.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and let me know if you were tempted to purchase this set too.

Till next time,

Friday, 24 July 2015

July 2015 Favourites

This month has been full of positives for me. I have managed to get back to work after having to have 3 weeks off after being in agony with Osteoarthritis and 3 slipped discs. So, I am thrilled that I am managing to work round the pain and begin to earn normal money again. My son has done so well in school and recieved so many awards in the last couple of weeks, that I really don't know where to put them all. I have begun to get my shop a little more popular on Ebay and so that is going ok at the moment, and I have rediscovered my love for blogging again and gone crazy making sure I have enough photos for a good few future posts. So overall, apart from the ill health July has been kind to me.

Make up wise, there aren't any newer products that have made the grade, they are all oldies but goodies, so lets dig in and see what I have been loving. The primer that is really good, and kind of looked over in the past is the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer. It comes out as a white cream, and is not siliconey feeling at all, that I normally prefer, but it spreads out smoothly over the skin and really helps the foundation to stay in place all day.
With my perfume, I have been loving summery fruity scents that I can just spray at any time of the day and still feel like I smell nice in this warm weather. The Body Shop's Satsuma body spray has been perfect for this. I love citrusy smells, and this really ticks the box for me.
The one thing that annoys me with wearing nail polish, is the removal of it, when you want to change up the colour. Sometimes no matter how hard you try that polish wont come off, especially with the trend of the gel polishes. I have tried a few removers that were just plain rubbish and had to just throw them in the bin. But, then I found a totally HOLY GRAIL nail polish remover and that is the Essie Good As Gone.
This stuff is amazing. Just a couple of swipes, and the polish just comes clean off. I also think that it helps to moisturise my nails too, I will definitely be stocking up on this. I totally urge everyone to try this. Now, I know that this next product is a high end product but this bronzer is beautiful, its from Hourglass and looks beautiful in it's golden packaging.

I love to use it as a contour shade or even a bronzer that you can sweep over the cheeks, over the temples and under my chin for a more chiselled appearance. I do have to tap the brush off once patted into the product as it is all too easy to pick up a little too much,but then the application with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush is effortless. The last product that has made my favourites list over the past month has been the Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream. I have been trying to get better lately with moisturising my skin at night, even when I feel too tired to want to do anything other than fall into bed straight away. This cream is so different to any other night creams I have tried in the past. It is quite bouncy in texture and very lightweight when pressed. At first it can leave your face with a slight sticky feeling but once it has sank into the skin that tackiness goes away and you forget you have put it on. In the mornings my skin feels so soft, and so plump and moisturised that i know my skin is feeling and looking better through using this Garnier night cream.
So those are the products that I have been loving in July. What have your favourites been lately?

Love and Hugs

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Finish 13 by Halloween Challenge

I definitely am a beauty product lover and hoarder. I love nothing more than finding new products and being able to try them and finding great products that I would never be without, and even finding products that are not so good and being able to get them to work for me in some way. In doing this my beauty collection is HUGE, and at times can be very daunting and intimidating when it comes to finding products that I know I own, but cannot find. I also, know that a lot of my make up could expire before I have even used half of it, and so every so often I am trying to go through my stash and actually finish products and move through my collection. A couple of months ago, I did a challenge before and managed to use three things up. So, when I found this challenge going round the internet I just knew I had to take part in my own little way.

The challenge is to finish 13 items before October 31st (Halloween). Now you would think that sounds easy, as it is only the 3rd week of July, but for a beauty lover like myself it is quite hard to use the same products over and over until I finish them up. So, I went through my products and chose 13 things that I would like to try and finish before that all important date. Now, I am going to put a little disclaimer on my challenge and that is with powder products, I only really want to try and hit pan, I will class this as finishing the product as they are mainly only been used a handful of times, and so there is a lot of product to get through.

Here are the products that I would like to use up:

1) Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
2)Baby Skin Primer by Maybelline
3)Painterly paint pot by Mac
4)Mac Fix Plus
5) Maybelline the Colossal Volume Express mascara
6)Instant Anti Age Eraser by Maybelline
7) Lorac Pro Palette
With this palette I want to try and hit pan on ALL shadows. I am working at finishing this palette by the end of the year. So far I have completely finished 2 shadows, already hit pan on 5 of the shadows which means I have 9 shadows to try and hit pan on by October 31st, hopefully I can achieve this.

8) Lorac mega Pro Palette
I have included this because I have nearly finished the white matte highlight shade that I like in the Lorac Pro Palette, and so need another shade to use. Hopefully I can hit pan on a couple of these shades too.

9)Max Factor Age Elixir Foundation
I think there is only a little amount left in this and so should finish it very quickly. So I have included another foundation to use once the Max Factor is used up.

10) Hello Flawless Foundation by Benefit
11) Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
As you can see I have a half pot of loose powder and so hopefully this should be pretty easy to use up.

12) Revlon "Soft Silver Rose" lipstick
13) Perversion 24/7 eye liner by Urban Decay
Once a product is used up I will be replacing it with another to try and work through so I will be keeping a running tally of how many products I actually finish.So there are my 13 products that I have chosen for this challenge. I am really hoping that I can use these up, as it feels so good when you are making room for newer products into your collection. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all your makeup collection, I encourage you to join me in this challenge.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing what products you are going to try and use up.

Love and Hugs

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