Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A birthday weekend and the Lush Spa, Edinburgh

Last week my lovely boyfriend turned 27 and it ended up being a four day celebration full of food, tattoos and spa treatments. On the Wednesday, Pete ended up taking the day off work (before his planned days off on the Thursday and Friday) because he's having mega back problems at the moment. That's what happens when you get oooold (Just kidding, I'm 27 this summer too. HALP ME) I'd had plans of running a few last minute errands that day, and going to Wholefoods to buy stuff for a nice birthday dinner and his birthday cake too. But OF COURSE the wounded soldier ended up complaining that he wanted to come with me. So the game was a bogey in terms of foodie surprises. I even tried to hide the birthday cake but they gave me it in a box with a see through top. I'd done quite well in hiding his presents anyways (this sorta thing becomes a bit of a challenge when you live with someone) so wasn't gonna beat myself up too much that he'd seen his cake, despite me trying my hardest to be a birthday ninja!

Eggs for Breakfast

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Make me up! I get by with a little help from the internet...

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Jeez guys, I need to be honest. I literally have no idea what I'm doing these days when it comes to makeup! I love all of the products which I use, but I feel like I'm on autopilot when it comes to their actual application. I decided to film a video for the first time in aaaages, chatting about makeup and using some tutorials to see if I could mix up my routine a bit and improve my technique. It's a long one - sorry about that! It should only really last 10 minutes but I spend the last 5 addressing a little something which has made me feel a bit deflated this week. High five in advance if you manage to watch the whole thing! After making this one I definitely know what I would do differently next time, I'm extremely inexperienced when it comes to vlogging - I take my hats off to all of you who do it on a regular basis! You must have the patience of saints. Any suggestions or feedback would be much appreciated ^_^ Thinking of doing this once a month if there's anything in particular you'd like me to chat about?

(My favourite part of the video is totally the cats wandering around in the background, especially when I speed it up for the actual makeup application! Haha)

Tutorials used:
How to contour and highlight by My Pale Skin
Contour and bold colourful makeup by Itslaurendotcom
Easy eyebrow tutorial by Mayra Touch Of Glam




I'm not quite sure of the etiquette and if I'm supposed to list every single piece of makeup I've used during this? There are links above to the ones I mention in the video, any other details you'd like to know then just holla! Also, in relation to the last 5 minutes of my chat, here is a link if you want to read up on Forever Living's gold award from Investors in People and the DSA Consumer Code of Practice.


Special thanks to Urban Decay, Smashbox and Benefit for helping me up my makeup game! All opinions are honest and completely my own, as always ♥

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Urban Exploration and trusting your gut

Things have been pretty quiet on the work front for me so far in 2016. TV jobs normally don't start to appear until early February, so I've been taking advantage of this time to focus on my Forever Living business, get some 'life admin' done, and take part in other little projects and experiences while I've got this chilled start to the year. Every day feels like a blank canvass, and that excites me so much. You know how I said before that we should do something every day which scares us? Well for every week of the new year which has passed so far I've tried to really push myself and do things totally out of my comfort zone. If you never try, you'll never know, right? The first week in January I signed up as a Glasgow Catsitter through Cat In A Flat, last week I went through to Edinburgh to shoot with a photographer I'd never met before - Impish Eye, and next weekend I'll be going up on stage at the Clyde Auditorium to get recognition for my recent Forever promotion. Even on days where my anxiety takes hold I want to look back on this year and think girl, you nailed it! I constantly have that inner dialogue trying to figure out the best balance between self care and confidence building (Thank you Lynsay for helping get my brain around that phrase and truly understanding what it means to me) I'm trying to dip my toes in the water as much as possible, and go with my gut feeling rather than sitting there for too long pondering 'is this water too cold, too hot, too choppy?!' The thought of going through to a city I'm not familiar with, to work with a photographer I've never met before was pretty daunting. But I really clicked with Michael over instagram, so thought why the hell not! The water felt warm, but my goodness Edinburgh was cold...

Edinburgh Bridge