2 May 2016

It's Not Goodbye Forever


Taking a more permanent break from blogging was never something I imagined I would do or even want to do. Over the past year, my life has changed in so many ways. And it's about to change even more as we have a moving date!

I've lost my love for blogging as I couldn't commit to posting as much as I would have liked. Instead of posting every once in a while apologising and promising to get back on track soon, I've decided to take a more permanent break for the time being. That's not to say I wont be back at some point but certainly not in the near future.

 In the meantime, you can still visit my makeup website at http://www.hcmakeupandhair.co.uk/ 

And to leave you on a high ... my 2016 showreel!



29 February 2016

Quote of the Day #16


This weekend Ben and I made a very exciting step in our lives and bought our first place together. Now it's no done deal and there is a long way to go before it's ours but it's a start. 

However barely 2 days later, all manner of fiascoes have erupted. We risk losing the flat altogether if the bank doesn't cough up our money in time. It's been a stressful 24 hours but we are trying to stay positive. 

I'm being as positive as I can and trying to remind myself that things don't always go to plan but you never know when things could make an about turn. This quote is helping me through and all fingers and toes are crossed!



24 February 2016

Home Decor: A Nautical Bathroom

Moving is getting real now. We've started looking at places (cue a lack in blog posts) and we have some very hopeful viewings this weekend. Pinterest is certainly getting good use from me pinning away to my hearts content for interior inspiration and upcycling ideas.

I love the idea of having a nautical themed bathroom so this week I've been looking at a few bits and pieces. I wouldn't want it to be too overkill with lots of lighthouses and boats but just a few subtle touches.

I love the white chest of drawers as it's nice and simple but brings in the nautical element with the rope handles. I don't want too much clutter in a bathroom but apart from a couple of decorative items, most of these serve a purpose.

I'm still keeping an open mind on the decor front and exploring all the possibilities!

Do you have a themed room? If so, what is the theme? 



16 February 2016

February Glossybox

How cute is this month's box design?!? I will definitely be utilising the box for something as it's just too nice to hide away! Anyway, onto what's actually inside the box ...


This is such an ingenious idea, I'm surprised it hasn't been done before! I get really dry legs after shaving so I'm hoping this will be the perfect solution! 


I've used Naobay's moisturiser in the past and really liked it so I'm looking forward to trying this hair mask. I'm not very good at getting into a routine with hair masks but I could certainly do with using one a little more often!


 I seem to have become a bit of a tweezer fiend and have them in various makeup bags and drawers around the place. I'm also a sucker for a pretty pair. I have a russian doll pair which I love so why not add a floral pair to the collection.


I don't tend to be a big fan of gloss as I can't stand the sticky feeling. This is verging on being too sticky however it's a lovely colour so I'm hoping I will get some wear out of it. I received the shade Serenity (see swatch below).


I  love a good waterproof eyeliner. There is nothing worse than having panda eyes within minutes of applying it. I've not heard of the Nicka K brand so I'm looking forward to trying it out. I've swatched it below and boy was it hard to get off!

Top: MUA's Power Pout Glaze in Serenity & Bottom: Nicka K Waterproof Eyeliner

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? Did you like what you received?



13 February 2016

25 before 25

Although I have a bucket list, I've never done one of these posts before so I thought it was time to set myself some pre-quarter-life goals ... is pre-quarter-life even a thing?!?

1. Lose weight - lets get this out the way quickly. In the last year or 2 I have piled on a few unwanted pounds and it's time to shift them! I'm looking at losing 1-2 stone and this is the year!

2. Get fit - alongside losing weight I want to get fit. Y'know, be able to walk up a flight or 2 of stairs and not be out of breath!

3. Move out - this is almost certainly going to happen as my parents are moving and I'm not going with them! It's definitely reached the point where Ben and I need our own place to call home.

4. Make some career choices - having gone from a Geography degree to becoming a freelance makeup artist I still haven't decided if I'm in the right career. I've never wanted to eb a high-flying career woman but I certainly need some form of employment to bring the money in!

5. Lean how to cook - if I'm moving out then I certainly need to learn how to cook. I can cook the basics but I'm not very adventurous. Baking isn't a problem, but cooking? I definitely need more practice.

6. Drink more water - I am notoriously bad at drinking enough water. I have the odd good day where I drink plenty but I really need to make a concerted effort to make this a daily occurence. 

7. Meet new people - I'm always up for meeting new people but if Ben and I are going to move, we certainly need to get out there and meet others. Neither of us will be living in a familiar location so it's important to build up a local network of friends.

8. Go to bed earlier - this is a tough one for me. I'm definitely a night owl rather than an early bird and get distracted watching TV or playing games on my phone late at night! I'm determined to have a better sleep pattern.

9. Get a spray tan - a very random one! Even though I'm as white as a sheet, I've never had a spray tan. This summer, things are going to change.

10. Do a 5k run - I don't want to be unrealistic in my goals by saying I'm going to run a marathon or anything. I mean, I can't even run at the moment so it's going to take some training.

11. Go to Disneyland Paris - I've been to Disneyland Florida but not to the Paris one. The bestie and I have been talking about it for ages, so less chat and more action is required here.

12. Get a new pet - I adore Fred but he's going to be moving with my parents so I feel a new pet is on the agenda. If Ben had his way it would be a fish. If I have my way it will either be a house bunny or a mini sausage dog (shhh, don't tell Ben). 

13 -  Eat more fruit and veg - I'm not the world's worst fruit and veg eater but I certainly don't get my 5 a day. I want to make the effort to eat a lot healthier and try and get my 5 a day at least 5 out of 7 days!

14 - Go to a football match - I've never been to a stadium to watch a football match. Probably because I'm not that into football, however Ben is getting a season ticket to West Ham so I fancy going to see what it's like!

15 - Have a facial - I've never had a facial so this needs to change!

16 - Experiment with clothes - I'm very boring when it comes to clothes and fashion. I stick to jeans and a baggy cardi or jumper because it's easy. I want to try new styles this year and maybe add some colour into my very grey wardrobe!

17 - Promote my blog and makeup website - I'm not very good at putting myself out there so I want to try and network more this year both on the blogging side and for my business.

18 - Go on more adventurous dates - Ben and I tend to go for dinner a lot but this year I want to try new things such as different activities and visit some different places.

19 - Do more crafts and cross stitch - in the past couple of years, I've picked up cross stitch as a hobby. I've just completed a mammoth design and want to continue in my granny ways.

20 - Stop getting addicted to games - I'm the worst for getting addicted to new iPhone games. I could sit and play for hours, which doesn't help with getting to bed early!

21 - Fit back into my Ted Baker dress - I have a lovely Ted Baker dress which I bought for my nephew's christening 2 years ago, however it no longer fits! One of my uni friends is getting married in July and I want to wear it to her wedding. No pressure!

22 - Look after myself - as well as getting fit, losing weight, drinking more water etc., I want to have more me time and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

23 - Go on holiday - we all dream of white sandy beaches with clear blue sea. Well, this comes at a price. With moving out this year, a big holiday isn't on the cards but I would love to do a city break or 2 to split the year up!

24 - Stop feeling like I'm not good enough - I have this terrible habit of putting myself down the whole time. I'm too hard on myself and pressurize myself to be better the whole time. It gets very tiring so I need to believe in myself more!


25 - Blog more! - This year I want to get back into blogging after slacking last year (and this past week!)

Phew, we reached the end. Well done if you made it all the way through. I hope you enjoyed reading my goals and pop back every now and then to see how I'm getting on!

What are your goals for this year?