It's got to that point in the year for me where I am craving an image refresh in time for Summer. I have been so busy on this 5 month TV gig that I've not really had the chance to look after myself much. My skin has broken out and won't seem to clear up, my hair majorly needs done, and my mind and body are desperate for a holiday! Did I mention my nails are a mess too, and I've put back on all the weight I lost last year? Yeah... this girl needs to get her shit together - putting it politely!
The skin breakout only seems to be on my forehead, and a shame I don't have a fringe to cover it with anymore! I have been using the new Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue recently as to not irritate my face any further. Most days I try to not wear any makeup at all, but when I do I use this as it's light and hydrating with a nice coverage. Definitely perfect for summer! You can still see my blemishes through it but I'm not so fussed as I don't want to overload my skin, even though you can build this up in gradual layers quite nicely for a heavier coverage. Any ideas or nice products you could suggest in zapping these and getting my clear skin back again? I would prefer one angry spot over a rash situation like this. It just doesn't seem to be budging! Most mornings before work I have been favoring an extra 20 mins in bed over a face full of makeup, but when I can be bothered it usually consists of this quick and easy magic 10:
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla 02
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Moisture Lotion
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Powder in 2.0
Mac eyeshadow quad containing Prized, Burmese Beauty, Skintone 2, Showstopper.
Mac Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare
BareMinerals Stroke Of Light
BareMinerals Lash Domination in Intense Black
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Glimpse
Mac Lipstickin Bare Again
Clinique blusher in Bashful Plum
I am wearing everything above in the first photo. Special mention to the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel. I finally bought it the other week and it is such a nice product. Goes on really smoothly and easily, is long lasting, and if it doesn't start to dry up in the jar after a couple of months (which every similar product I've bought in the past has done) then it will receive a strong 10/10 from me!
Now onto my hair. As most of you might know, I had blonde, pink and then blue hair last year. I have given my locks an absolute beating so decided it was time for a break. I went dark brown over the blue as it turned out to be the only safe way to get rid of it, and now you can see how much my natural colour has came in since I used that brown dye.
I have been using these absolute saviors from Bumble and Bumble to prep my hair for it's next dye session after the break I've had. The Creme De Coco Shampoo and Conditioner make my hair feel so clean and moisturised, not to mention they smell absolutely amazing (do you like pina coladas?!) I've only been using these for a couple of weeks, but a little bit goes quite far and it lathers up rather nicely (I am quite a naughty person who washes my hair every day) I am keeping my natural colour as a base for the direction I want to go in, and since taking the photos for this post my Mum had a go at lightening up the ends of my hair at the weekend. It went pretty well and lifted a lot better than what she thought it would! With my hair still being in good condition thankfully. I'll share photos of my new colour soon, I'll probably need one or two more visits to get the result I am looking for. In the meantime I'll keep on using this shampoo and conditioner combo to hopefully maintain healthy hair while I get back on the hair dye wagon.
Apart from work being stressful, and me looking like I have rolled out of a hedge into work every day, life is actually pretty good. I finally changed my room around after showing you the first photos a few posts back! My dust sheet curtain is no longer, and I picked up this teal coloured set from Tesco. I had been eyeing up all the beautiful fabrics from Hillarys Blinds after I was invited to their Craft Roadshow a while ago, but hopefully I can update little aspects of my house when I have more time and money. My boyfriend has just moved in with me too, so we are in the process of having a massive spring clean and shuffling the contents of cupboards and rooms about. I finish this job mid July so we have been looking into a couple of weeks in the sun to celebrate. My ideal location would be somewhere tropical like the Caribbean (hello Barbados!) Majorly jealous over Rosie's amazing honeymoon in Bali right now. My Uncle has just moved to Singapore too, so we were talking about a big holiday like that for next year. I think in August we will end up in the Algarve at my Aunty's flat in Alvor. I can't think of anything better right now than lying on the beach with a good book, swimming in the sea, eating fresh seafood and not having to worry about anything else.
The weeks and weekends are flying in so quickly at the moment, which is great as I only have 3 months left on this job, but also quite scary as I feel like life is flashing before my eyes. I definitely need to factor in some more 'me' time, and look after my body and mind a little better as I have been quite complacent lately. Sticking in at the gym, more sleep, eating well and switching off from 'work mode' when I am spending quality time with friends and family are at the top of my priority list at the moment. I am a happy little lady, I just wish there were more hours in the day to achieve everything I want to do. Or a Bernard's Watch, for those who remember the show? That would do rather nicely right about now.
The last few months of my life have been pretty hectic and unsettled on the home front. With all my old flatmates departing and a new home for me on the horizon, I packed my life up in December and moved out between Christmas and New year. Not one of my brightest ideas in terms of timing mind you! But thanks to my family and friends, and two very helpful removal men I got there in the end. About a year ago my Uncle bought a flat in Glasgow, a total 'do-er up-er' as they say, to rent out to me when he moved to Singapore (which just happened a couple of weeks ago) So the plan was for me to move back home for the month of January 2015, as he put the final touches to the building work that has taken that full year to complete. The flat was an absolute mess, so he ripped absolutely everything back to the bare bones and started again. I've only shared one 'before' picture in this post, but I'll need to get my hands on the rest, because the difference in what he walked into and what he finished up with is absolutely jaw dropping. I moved in at the start of February, and it's taken up until now for me to properly get unpacked and settled. All I can tell you is that it's one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. So here is a photo tour of my little humble abode...
My living room has a tiny little office just off to the side, which is proving to be the perfect wee hidey hole for all my paperwork, tools, makeup etc. Almost like a second bedroom with a desk and a carpet that I can disappear into and get some work done. If I were a man I would definitely be calling it my man cave!
More Than Home Insurance got in touch to ask me what my favourite contents of my new home were, and I would definitely need to round it up and say my fireplace, and everything that sits on it! My Uncle built it using reclaimed wood and the rudder of an old fishing boat. Resting on top are a pair of antlers which he found while hillwalking up north, my collection of crystals, a gold foil print with one of my favourite quotes by Dottie Rocks, and two lovely Olique Candles. I've got lots of other bits and pieces dotted around the flat which have major sentimental as well as monetary value, which is why contents insurance is so important even if you're just renting like I am. The joys of being a grown up eh!
Remember my babe of a pal Teri from a few posts back? Well Olique is a new candle company run by her brother and his girlfriend. I'd smelled a few when I last stayed over at Teri's house and they were lovely, so I ordered myself a Lemongrass & Green Tea, and a Patchouli Musk & Oudh Woods. I'm a candle fiend as you can see from the little collection illuminating my fireplace. The Lemongrass one is so clean and fresh, and I normally light it during the day when I've been doing the housework. The Patchouli one is a lot more dark and mysterious, so it's perfect in the evening when you're settling down to watch a film with the lights dimmed. I've had these for a couple of weeks now, burning one or both every day, and they're still not even half done! Olique are offering £5 off if you pop in 'AYDEN' at the checkout. I've already got my eyes on the Champagne & Rose Lemonade, and the Pomegranate and Spiced Black Pepper. Both sound almost good enough to eat.
This is the view from my bedroom door looking into the hall, and as you can see before it was a bit of a mess! Walls stripped back to the pipes and brick work. At this point the flooring had been laid down and the bathroom was almost finished. On that note, here's ma' bathroom!
You'll notice that the cats are following me about in most of these pictures. The both of them always want to be involved in no matter what I'm doing around the house. Recently whenever I've had a guest over and been giving them a tour, Dexter and Binx will literally follow us into every room and jump onto any possible surface. Almost as if they're like 'hey, this is our place too!' My Uncle built this platform up to the bath, and to be honest did pretty much everything else in the flat in terms of construction, electrics, tiling, flooring, painting... he comes from a theatre production background so is pretty good at putting his hand to almost anything. He's a bit of a perfectionist like me too, which probably added to the fact that this project took a year to complete. He was also living in London for the whole duration, so was flying up every weekend and taking weeks off work here and there where he could.
Another little favourite is this King Grumpy Cat print I have framed, hanging just above the loo. They do call it the throne after all haha.
The kitchen in my old flat was absolutely tiny (and didn't even have any windows) so this one is absolutely huge in comparison! I've not properly utilised that space in the corner but I think at some point I'd like to get a sofa and tv in there. My living room is nice and cosy but I've found that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen when having people over. The sun comes shining through those big windows during the day and it's absolutely lovely.
Last but not least, my bedroom! Probably the room I'm the least happy with at the moment which still needs a bit of work done. I need to get a curtain rail up and ditch the shabby chic dust sheet I have hanging as a curtain. My wardrobe is on the opposite side, which you can't see in the picture, but I think I will probably give the furniture a shuffle at some point soon because something doesn't feel quite right. Let's call it a work in progress.
Here's Uncle Greig, Gary, Pete and myself at my flat warming last Saturday night. It was so nice to finally get to show all my friends the flat, have some drunken singing and dancing, and I also got some lovely cards and gifts. I honestly forgot that people do that for you when you move into a new home :) For the record, at one point there were around 20 people in my kitchen and it was still a pretty comfortable fit. What is it about people gathering in the kitchen at parties eh? I can't thank my Uncle Chris enough for the blood, sweat and tears he put into this place. I promise I will take the best care of it while he starts his new life in Singapore, and a visit out there to see him in August once I finish this job is definitely on the cards! I feel so content and settled in my new home, and almost like I'm starting a new chapter of my life. One that I could not be more excited for ♥
Good afternoon m'dears. I'll leave this to be short and sweet and let you watch my first vlog in over a year instead. Lots of ehm's and tripping over my words - sorry! Please be gentle, it was so bloody nerve wracking! It's also quite a long one, hopefully as I get better and less rambly I could cut it down to half the time. Products I mention in the video are all listed below. Hope you enjoy, and if it wasn't too awkward to watch then I'd definitely be up for filming more :)
10 of the best things which have been making me smile a lot lately...
My favourite tea house in Glasgow, situated in a leafy part of the West End just off Kelvingrove Park. On a sunny day it is perfect for sitting outside, with a cosy and concealed decking area - and their selection of teas and vegan food/cakes is the best I've ever tasted. We also dabbled in a cherry flavoured shisha pipe last week which was yummy too. Above is a Mary Poppins tea with chocolate fudge brownie.
2. Katy Perry - Prismatic Tour
I'm not over exaggerating when I say this was genuinely one of the best nights of my life. Myself and a few pals had tickets for Katy's latest tour at the Hydro, inside the 'Reflection Section' - which was basically a pit inside the stage.We had a front row view and Ms Perry was close enough to touch! I got to meet Katy at a Meet & Greet a couple of years ago but it was still really overwhelming watching her performance from so close. You can see a video I took from the gig over on instagram (@hellorogue) and I did actually cry at a couple of slower songs :( Ive been in quite a vulnerable place lately and they really tugged at my heart strings.
3. Catching up with Mum
I really miss not living at home with my Mum, and truly cherish when we get to have a proper catch up amongst both our busy schedules. I went to meet her on friday for a haircut (got quite a bit chopped off as you can see!) and then we went to a lovely new restaurant called Ox and Finch. My Mum is a massive foodie so you know when she recommends somewhere to eat, it's gonna be good. Scallops, Steak, Poached Eggs and Asparagus are amongst a few of the things we ate. Absolute heaven!
4. Quality time with the animals
During that last job I had been like passing ships in the night with all the animals of my household. Feeding, watering and cleaning out their tray/cages were about the only interaction we were having. So it's been nice having a bit of time off to rectify that! Dexter and Tinkerbell received a lovely parcel from PetShop.co.uk last week. Dexter only eats dry food, and has ever since he was a baby. So he had a sniff at the Lily's Kitchen food but left Tink to get stuck into it. They both had a good old munch at the Symply Salmon biscuits, and are currently very kindly sharing their favourites - the Dreamies! I don't know why but they go absolutely crazy for them. Dexter also has a major soft spot for catnip, and wasn't up for sharing his Kong Wubba toy (which is catnip infused) as you can see above. Boys will be boys ;)
5. Friday night munchies
Emma and I had a lazy friday night in as we knew we'd be out at Radio One's big weekend on Saturday and Sunday. So on Friday night we watched the live feed from George Square, and had a light snack rather than our usual weekly takeaway. I got us both a light sponge/mousse cake from Patisserie Valerie (which were demolished before I got a chance to take any pictures) Then I made us up a batch of Peach Pear and Honey Ice Tea from Fruitbroo's new ice tea range, which was nice and refreshing on these warm summer nights. I've been a bit obsessed with cheese and ham croissants lately (I do tend to go through phases of eating a certain food until I get sick of it) and since Emma is a veggie I made us an alternative with Quorn bacon rashers, which I have been wanting to try for a while now. It didn't taste much like real bacon at all unfortunately, and missed that salty and smoked taste. Definitely just more like a normal ham! So I teamed it up with a nice applewood smoked cheddar which kicked the flavour a bit. I have no idea how long this croissant obsession is going to last for, but hopefully not too long as my hips won't thank me for it.
6. Spotify playlists
I have had Spotify for a while now, but haven't properly explored it until very recently. I was used to just searching for songs and making my own playlists, but I have discovered a whole load of pre made lists on there, to suit a million different genres and moods - and I am addicted! Most evenings for me now will consist of sitting on the couch or in my bed a bit before bedtime and winding down with music and a book. I pop my ipad mini in this little lapdesk contraption which has a hard surface but sort of bean bag underneath. My evening playlists of choice at the moment are Evening Acoustic, Songs For Sunset, and Sleep Tight (all which you should be able to find under the browse section on Spotify's home page) I'm also a bit of a rubbish reader so have been trying to break myself in easily, and I'm currently reading "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" by Maya Van Wagenen, where she decided to follow advice from Betty Cornell's 1952 Teenage Popularity Guide and document the results, what would Betty do?!
7. The Bathory
I am pretty rubbish at being self indulgent when it comes to relaxing and winding down. Reading and listening to music has definitely helped though, along with lighting candles, burning incense (nag champa is my favourite) and enjoying these personalised bath salts from The Bathory. I customised mine with Bergamont, Lavendar and Ylang Ylang essential oils, but only have a shower in my flat so before I'm able to have a full on soak I made myself a mini foot bath which was lovely! :)
8. Dog walks and Beer Gardens
The sunny weather in Glasgow has allowed for nice long walks around the park with Heather and her pups. On the way back from a walk last week we got ice cream from Queens Park Cafe, then stopped by our local Church On The Hill for a cider in the sunshine. This cute little lady above is Cherry, who I believe is a mix between Boston Terrier and Chihuahua. Dat face!
9. Wedding photos
I finally got a copy of some of Luisa's wedding photos (by Vanishing Moments Photography) and they teared me up something awful. Such wonderful memories of a beautiful day. Luisa was only a few months pregnant at the wedding, and now her baby boy Robin is a few months old. Getting to babysit him for a couple of hours on thursday while Luisa goes to the Doctors, so I'm looking forward to lots of cuddles.
10. Radio One's Big Weekend
Theme of the weekend seems to be "I'm getting too old for this sh*t!". What a brilliant weekend though with a fantastic line up, and all on our doorstep. Highlights were definitely Pharrell, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran and Lorde on the saturday, then Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Paolo Nutini on the Sunday. I feel like a burst couch after drinking and dancing around Glasgow Green the whole time.
This week I am mostly recovering and getting ready for my trip to London on Friday. If any of you blogging lovelies are around and fancy meeting up for a coffee or a wander then let me know :)
It's been a while since I featured my favourite fuzzy boy on the blog, so I thought I'd spam you with kitty goodness and show you Dexters latest 'haul', his bamboo radiator bed from Swell Pets
Forgot these pictures featured a wee cameo from my flatmates cat (and Dexters BFF) Tinkerbell. She's a wee cutie! Dexter is quite a big boy so I was initially worried that he wouldn't fit in the bed, but he can lie there quite snug with his tail hanging out the other end. The soft padding inside gets nice and warm once the radiator has been on for a while, and it gets these two fighting over a place inside it. Dexter already has two normal cat beds which he never uses, to it's nice to see him going for a snooze somewhere that isn't my bed/ontop of my wardrobe/ontop of my freshly dried clothes! Fellow cat owners will know my pain with this one. And with a cat like Dexter as the warmer months are coming in... WHITE FLUFF EVERYWHERE!
Does your cat or dog like to sleep anywhere and everywhere that isn't their own bed?
P.S a baby photo of my baby cat thrown in for good measure!