My Reverse Bucket List - 20 Years In

This year I turned 20 and it still feels surreal to say that's my age. Today I wanted to share with you my reverse bucket list, things I'm proud of and things I am happy to have experienced, or just things that have given me life experiences. 

  1. I've travelled to New York on a school art trip.
  2. Flown on a plane, British Airways is my fave.
  3. I visited Disney Land Paris with my family. 
  4. I've been Wales, to visit my grandparents.
  5. And I've been to Cyprus (twice), with a friend and her family. Holy moly was it hot.
  6. I've got into University and found out it wasn't for me, for now. 
  7. I've paid for and learnt how to drive, as well as buying my first car.
  8. Went to ballet and boxing lessons.
  9. Kept my first job for 4 years and made some amazing friends along the way.
  10. I'm engaged and therefor in a long term relationship, 4 years now.
  11. Been to a festival, Gentleman of the Road. Mumford and Sons were headlining.
  12. I got my three tattoos, script, a heart mandala and foliage. 
  13. Multiple piercings which have all been taking out now, except from my helix.
  14. I got through secondary school with pretty good grades, and I went to prom. 
  15. I'm no longer afraid of roller coasters.
  16. I've been ice skating. 
  17. I met Jacqueline Wilson; we all still remember Tracy Beaker right?
  18. Taken up the hobby of being a photographer and blogger. 
  19. Started being set freebies to review on my blog.
  20. Died my hair one too many times.
  21. Moved house 12 times
  22. I've called an ambulance and made sure someone was safe (it's a lot harder to keep calm than it looks) and thank you Girl Guides for my probably now out of date first aid.
  23. I can confidently cook chicken nuggets, pot noodles, baked beans and porridge.
  24. Every year I carve pumpkins with my Mum at Halloween.
  25. Came 2nd in a Photography competition
  26. Graduated from College with a Photography A level and a Level 3 Art & Design Diploma 2015
  27. Became an apprentice.
  28. Vampire Weekend concert
  29. Black Keys concert
  30. Katy Perry concert
  31. Lianne La Havas concert
  32. Avril Lavigne concert.
  33. Seen Jimmy Carr live
  34. Seen Greg Davies live
  35. Watched 'Oliver' and 'Wicked' at the West End

A reverse bucket list is instead of writing what you are yet to do is to write about what you have already accomplished. 

Sometimes it's amazing to look back at what you've done and where you've been, I cannot wait to see what more this world has in store for me. 

Thank you for reading and if you join in please leave a link to your reverse bucket list below!



3 Reasons Why You Need a Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer, yes you've probably heard of it, it's a blogger cliche! Yet here I am to tell you 3 reasons why you need one...

1. Tangle Teezers are Easy to use
I have thick long hair. It's great at times but also hard to manage. The Tangle Teezer is the first brush to go through my hair with ease, no bits missed, no pull and no spiky bristles in your scalp. Plus they way it is moulded means its easy to grip.


2. Plenty of designs to choose from
It doesn't matter what kind of style you rock because there will be a design you like! I have an orange one and a purple, with black edges.


3. Different Varieties 

There are different types of Tangle Teezers that do different jobs. For example my orange Tangle Teezer is The Original, but the purple one is a Compact Styler. Meaning it is smaller and has a lid that pops over the bristles so it doesn't get dirty. I'm also looking to buy the Aqua Splash too! This way you can buy something for a specific purpose which I find really handy.


Thanks for reading,


Holly Hughes FOTD | Guest Blogger

Hiya! 



My name is Holly I'm 17, an aspiring makeup artist and photography enthusiast from Manchester UK. My makeup obsession started around 3 years ago, and my collection has continued to grow. I post makeup looks and general beauty pics onto Instagram and have made a few YouTube videos. (Of course you can go have a look at the videos here).

I always start out with a good base for my makeup, this allows it to sit better on  my skin and also keeps my skin moisturised so my foundation doesn't sink into any dry spots. The moisturiser I use is the Nivea pure&natural soothing day cream, this cream is a fast drying and highly moisturising, as I have extremely sensitive skin this cream works so well and doesn't cause any irritation. I also love to use a primer in this case I have recently been using Benefit Pore-fessional, this just fills in any big pores and smooths down the skin texture for foundation.

  
I'm a foundation before eyes kinda girl so next I will apply my foundation, my favourite is Mac studio fix in NC15, this foundation is really long lasting on the skin and also doesn't cause any irritation like some others do. I then use my Collection concealer in light to conceal under my eyes and cover any blemishes, when you're as fair as me the lightest shade is your skin tone rather than a highlighting concealer. I use my trusty Rimmel stay matte powder to set everything into place to ensure it doesn't slip off during the day.


To fill in my non-existent eyebrows I use my BarryM brow kit with my Zoeva 317 winged liner brush to carve out the shape and a real techniques brow brush to fill in.


For eyes I don't use a primer as I don't think they help so I skip that step, and go straight onto shadows. I apply a skin tone or just some powder to my eyelids to give it a little bit of coverage, and go into the crease of my eye with the warm brown shade from my Mac warm neutrals palette. I also apply the darker brown into the outer v of my eye and blend it through the crease with the lighter shade. I am a big fan of an easy Smoky eye so this is a go to makeup look for me. I then will take the bronze copper shade and apply this onto my lid and blend this upwards to the crease colours. Lastly I will take the darkest colours and line under my eye with this and the top lashline to give the look a dark smudged line. One of the best liquid eyeliners I've tried is the Primark one so I use this most days to give myself perfect wings. To finish the eyes I will apply a couple of coats of my Benefit Rollerlash mascara.



Finally to finish the look I will use my Anastasia powder contour kit and the lightest contour shade to contour the usual areas. To bronze up I will use the other two shades over the top to give a bronzed look to go with the eyes. To highlight because we all know highlighting is the best part, I love using the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Rose Quartz on the highest points of my face.


As I have extremely dry lips I usually leave my lips plain and apply some Vaseline because I like to keep the concentration on the eyes.

Thanks to Poppy for letting me post onto her blog, I am extremely appreciative and if anyone wants to check out any of my social media it’s listed below.



Garnier The Sleek Perfecter Oil Review

Hi there,

I've been using this Garnier ultimate blends The sleek protector oil for about two months now. I've been focusing on keeping my hair in a better condition and this has definitely helped me along the way. 

I use it after I have washed my hair, just applying 3/4 drops all through the ends and whatever is left on my hands onto the roots. I know it sounds like a lot of product but I have seriously thick hair, which is also getting pretty long now! I also use just a couple of drops if I feel my hair has become frizzy and needs a bit of taming. It definitely helps add shine too.


The packaging is just a simple tear shaped brown plastic bottle but I really like it, the pump means you can easily control the amount of product you get, plus it's great for travelling. 



This is just one new step I have added to try and start more of a hair care routine. So far this product has only exceeded my expectations and I am yet to use it for all of it purposes like for protection against heat.

What hair care products do you recommend? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review - Gemini & Redrum

Hiya,

Today I will be talking about the liquid lipsticks released by Jeffree Star. These aren't old news by any means but I've never tried them and don't know anyone who has!

I follow Jeffree Star on instagram and always ogle at his products, wondering if I should pay the price to get one. It isn't so much the cost of the lipsticks which is expensive, but the overall price adds up once you add the postage too.

I have ordered one before in the shade androgyny, I applied it once and it didn't suit me (or look like any other swatches I had seen before). I packaged it straight back up and sold it on.

When I saw they were releasing more colours a couple of months ago I new it I wanted to get my hands on the shade Gemini. 


I know these are quite popular so I was prepared on my laptop at 6pm (maybe it was 8pm I can't really remember), I was able to put Gemini in my basket straight away and I grabbed Redrum on a whim.

They took 2 weeks to get here which wasn't bad, I know that it was at the same time the warehouse was broken into too.


The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and is great for on the go.

It has a curved doupher applicator, which gives a dreamy application. The application is also super smooth greatly due to the creamy formula too. The colours are both super opaque and stay on for hours, as long as you don't eat anything oily. Plus reapplying them is easy, no lumps or bumps like some other liquid lipsticks I've tried. 


Gemini (left), Redrum (right)

It has amazing staying power but it isn't a task to get off, I just use my normal micellar water and it's off in a jiffy.

I'll definitely be on the lookout for a lighter shade in the collection.

What's your favourite liquid lipstick?

Thanks for reading,

May Favourites 2016

Hiya,

I don't think I've done a monthly favourites before but a few things have stood out for me this month, so I thought I would give it a go!

Orange is the New Black
If you haven't watched OITNB do it now. The new series is coming out in June, so I have spent the last couple of weeks re-watching every episode so it is fresh in my mind. It is so funny and no matter how many times you watch it it will still be hilarious. 

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a couple of liquid lipsticks, they are a bit pricey and there aren't too many videos/blog reviews out there. I am so happy with my purchases, I bought Gemini (limited edition) and Redrum. I will be doing a review soon so keep your eyes peeled.


Coffee
Since working in an office I have realised why people live off of coffee and of course, I am now one of those people, It keeps me warm and it keeps me going if I need a kick up the butt. A simple Latte is my favourite.

Soap and Glory Foundation
I recently ran out of my foundation and was in the mood for a new one. I picked up this one heck of a blot foundation, review also to come. I haven't tried a lot of Soap & Glory but so far I'm impressed. 


Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
If you know me you will know I'm all about zombies. I'm very nearly finished on this book, as the title suggests it's about surviving a zombie apocalypse and it is so good. Serious, but funny and who knows, one day it could be stuffed in your backpack when your running away from Zombies.

Makeup Bag
I needed a bigger make up bag for when I'm away from home for a couple of days or more, this makeup bag was the one. 

This was £5 in primark, which I'm only mentioning because I bought one very similar that was half the size but double the price from Topshop months before. Definitely check out Primark's make up bag selection.


I hope you enjoyed this little look into my May favourites!

Thanks for reading,




What I've Been Up To - April 2016

Hello,

April wasn't very exciting for me I'm afraid, I feel that it flew by and nothing really happened. Except from eating, a lot.


I've been trying to eat healthy but I've also eaten out a lot, I'm just going to call that balance. I have also spent a lot of my free time at the beach or at garden centres, which means I've been able to get a few pretty pictures. Oh and I got a new bed!

I'm hoping May will be more jam packed then my April was (and warmer), 



The Pros and Cons of Driving

Hello, 

I thought I'd weigh it up, to me I think there are definitely more Pro's to Cons when it comes to driving...

Pros

  • The freedom and independence, you can go wherever you want whenever you want
  • Learn to be responsible, for yourself and others
  • Learn to save money and pay bills (for a lot of people having a car is the first big payment you make and have on going costs for)
  • Easy to transport with goods, never do you have to lug around shopping on the bus again
  • More reliable, no more public transport delays
  • It's quicker (this does depend on where you live, for example I live in a village with 1 bus every 1/2 hours that takes 45 minutes to the nearest town. Whereas my car is accessible at any time and takes 15 minutes.)
Cons

  • The cost of learning to drive and buying your first car
  • Upkeep on the car (insurance, tax, MOT, damage, petrol)
  • Being the designated drive
  • The environmental impact

I have loved the freedom that comes with being able to drive. It's only been a year, but I am definitely more efficient, plus it's good for your CV. 

Thanks for reading,

Proactiv+ 8 Week Progress | AD

Here is my last update on my 8 week experience with Proactiv+ Deluxe Core Kit.

I was very excited when I first received this and having a routine was really nice and relaxing. It smells really good too.

However I didn't seem to gain anything from this in terms of my skin. I have had a really oily t-zone since using this and like I said in my last post it meant I stopped using all of the steps so frequently. Now my skin is nearly back to it's dry/combination state.


Spots were not a common thing for me, if I ever did get a noticeable one it was rare but it would be big. Once I started using this I would still get the occasional big one but I also got small under the skin and white heads every day around my chin and forehead.

I get that with some skin products it gets worse before it gets better, especially if it is drawing all of the bad bits out. However this product did not agree with me.

I'm still on the search for the right skin care routine.

What skin care products are your favourites?

Thanks for reading,

What's on my iPhone 6s?

I love finding new apps that  I haven't heard of before or ones that could help me out on a day to day basis, so  I hope you find a new app here that you might like.

My first app page is the essentials, and everything else that is already and permanently downloaded on the phone. 

 

On the sticky footer bar I put my most used apps and the ones I need quick access to.

I have a 'Health' folder which contains Water Log so I can keep track on my water intake, and MyFitnessPal which is a food diary. I also have a Music folder which contains the pre-installed music, podcasts and Spotify, which I have been loving. 

I have only recently discovered Podcasts, I've listened to all of Serial and Lore, they are two very different podcasts but both are so intriguing. 


 On the first row I have a photography folder with Layout, Facetune, Squaready, ColourStory and VSCO. VSCO used to be my favourite editing app but recently I have started using ColourStory to edit anything I upload to Instagram or Facebook.

On the second row I have my financial bits so I can do banking on the go and fun things like that. Then I have a couple of games but I don't think they are worth mentioning as I forgot I even had them.

After that I have a shopping folder. My most used apps in here are definitely Depop (online selling like eBay) and Asos. I bought the yearly shipping on Asos this year and now it my go-to online shop.

The only other apps I have that you cannot see very clearly are in my blogging folder including; Blogger, Pages, Followers+, Twitter and TagsForLikes.

My most used apps?

I love the artistic side to both Instagram and Pinterest as you can gain so much inspiration from them as well as finding websites that are helpful on any situation you can think of, I use it a lot for tips on blogging and how to blog to my best advantage.

My most useful apps?

My Budget,  now that I am an apprentice I have a tighter budget every month. This app lets me keep track of what I am spending and how much I have left. It's very similar but online banking is so helpful to keep me on budget.

What is your favourite app?

Thank you for reading,

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Release - April 2016

Hello,

I don't know if you have ever heard of a Velour Liquid Lipstick, but they are meant to be amazing!

I actually managed to get my hands on 'Androgyny' when it was first released and I was so excited, but the colour did not suit me at all unfortunately.

Anyway a day or two ago Jeffree Star uploaded this sneak peek of his new launch, so yesterday at 6pm GMT I was hooked on my laptop and ready to buy Redrum. I was interested to see the secret colour but I didn't want to make the same mistake I did with Androgyny and not be able to see a swatch and decide if I wanted it or not. I don't always find the one photo on the website helpful so I like to go on Google and look at it on a variety of people.


I was on the website straight away and was able to put Redrum into my basket, I waited a few minutes for the secret colour but I couldn't see it so I just went ahead with the one.

I am so excited to get it through the post and let you know what I think of it!


Thanks for reading,

Peanut Butter & Banana Porridge

Hello again,

Making a yummy breakfast that will fill me up to lunch time is something I struggle with. I've been sticking to peanut butter and banana on toast. But then I thought, why not chuck it in a bowl of porridge?


So I did, I used 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 whole banana (sliced).

This is super yummy and I did actually stay pretty full until my lunch!

What is your favourite breakfast?

Thanks for reading,

Proactiv+ 5 Week Progress | AD

Hello,

So I went past the halfway mark by a week, but here is my skin progress using the Proactiv+ Deluxe Core Kit.

My dry skin is all kept at bay (accept for occasionally on or around my nose) which is really good as it is the only on going problem that I have ever found with my skin. I have had a few spots but I would say that the amount has stayed the same for what I was normally having.

I have however started to get an oily patch on my forehead which is something that has never occurred before. As I have never had to deal with this before I am finding it a little tricky to sort out. It is also meaning that I now need to go and buy a new foundation to suit my new skin type.


I enjoy having a skin care routine however I was recently told my a makeup artist that I needed to exfoliate less so I didn't get as many oily patches. So if I'm having a lazy moment I will skip step 1 'Skin Smoothing Exfoliator' and just use water and then step 2 and 3 after that.

What skincare do you recommend?

Thanks for reading,

Top 3 Tips for New Bloggers

Hello,
I just wanted to point out a few little factors that can make all the difference to a blog post, some things I wish I knew when starting up.
Social Media

Share your blog as much as you can (without spamming), to everyone and anyone. You never know who is interested in your content (unless it is a very niche audience).

Have social media links on your blog page, whether its your Facebook, instagram or twitter and have your links on those pages too. Share every blog you upload to all of your various social media pages but try to space this with other content in between.

You can make your images on your blog click through and upload to pinterest (mine came with my theme however I am sure Google can help you out), you can also add your instagram feed to your blog theme (mine is on the left coloumn). Add as many link in as you can manage.

 how many times can one person write 'social media links'?


Photographs

Photographs really allow you to explore and show off your personal artistic style, which is a major factor to why I love photography so much. For me the images within a post can be a deal breaker to whether I read the post or not. 

I also find a lot of blog pages through Google. For example I will look for a make up swatch online and I will follow the images link back to the blog and voilà, I've followed a new blogger.

Be Active

This links back to my first point, always self promote, to start with it is key.

Follow people with similar interests and interact with them. Not only is it nice to have a more interactive space but you could always make friends along the way.


Thanks for reading and I hope these tips help you,

What I've Been Up To - March 2016

Hello,

This is a little early I know but it's nice to sit down at the end of the month and see what has been going on.


4th March - My Proactiv+ Skin Kit was delivered, this is one of my most exciting sponsored posts yet, I couldn't wait for it to arrive and give it a go.


6th March - Mothers day. We popped to a local American Diner for lunch and had bought gig tickets for the following week.

12th March -  Lianne La Havas Concert. Absolutely incredible, I wasn't a massive fan before but now I am fully converted. 


19th March - Our engagement party. I'm not going to ramble on as I have done a blog post about it which I will link here. All I will say is it was a lot of fun!


22nd March - My hometown is Hastings, East Sussex in the UK. If you didn't know our pier was burnt down a few years a go. Because of my job I had the privileged of going onto the pier to see the last plank being nailed in, by Suggs from Madness. To me this was a pretty big deal, I love supporting anything in my local area and the weather was absolutely perfect, which just put the cherry on the cake,


25th March - I was meant to be working at my 2nd job over the weekend (bank holiday Easter) but I luckily ended up with the majority of it off. The Friday I spent the day have a pub lunch with my parents and then putting up my new bed, these are the little things that make it feel like spring!

What was your favourite moment in March?

Thanks for reading,

Engagement Party Update

Hello,

Last Saturday (19th March) we had our Engagement party. Let me just say, it was a lot of fun!

We had to be at the venue at 6 to prep but it took 30 minutes at most. We didn't stick to the funfetti theme as the venue had a great feel and atmosphere so we didn't really feel we needed it.

I didn't get many photographs, well 5 I think. It wasn't on my mind and I was having such a lovely time socialising but I will insert a few we have.


My dad made a cake which was vanilla sponge, cream cheese frosting and fruit. Highly complemented throughout the night, not only did it look gorgeous but it tasted fab!



After the party we rolled on the shots and headed to the local bar. All in all we had a great night!

I thought I'd end this post on a soppy note from my fiancé 


 Thank you again to everyone who came, I hope you had such a lovely time as we did!

Thanks for reading,