Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Favourites Playlist - January

Doesn't it feel like January was the longest month ever? Like, literally 6874 days long? I'm so happy that it's over and now I feel like we can start 2017 properly - I'm going to think of January as a practice month. I'm surprised that I haven't added more to this playlist with it being the longest 4 weeks ever but the songs that are on there are absolute gems.

Deaf Havana finally brought out their new album, All These Countless Nights. I've given it a couple of listens so far and it's definitely one to watch - I can't wait to see them next month in the almighty Manchester Ritz. Mallory Knox released a spanking new track from their upcoming album, Wired, and it's fantastic. I caught the 'first listen' on Radio 1 and fell in love immediately. I've also been listening to the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele this month - not usual for me but I'm really liking their latest material. I've also been watching a lot of Nashville and broadening my country music library, Sting here I come.

I'm so excited about what's in store for music in 2017 and I really want to take the time to discover up and coming bands and artists. I also want to make sure I see just as much live music as last year if not more!


TRACKS

Fever - Deaf Havana
Better Off Without You - Mallory Knox
Seventeen - Winger
Cochise - Audioslave
Castle On A Hill - Ed Sheeran
Find Me - Sigma
Consider Me - Hayden Panettiere
Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue
Water Under The Bridge - Adele
I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting


What music have you been listening to this month? Let me know in the comments!
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Monday, 23 January 2017

How I Clean My Make Up Brushes

How to clean make up brushes
This post has been a long time coming and honestly, the only reason I haven't posted it sooner is because I haven't cleaned my brushes properly in ages - yes gross, I know. I've tried a few different methods over the years and honestly this one is definitely the easiest and the fastest. 

So far I've tried washing up liquid and olive oil which is far too messy, thorough, but messy. Then I tried liquid brush cleaner which doesn't really do enough of a job, it's better for spot cleaning. Then last and definitely least, gel cleanser which might as well not even be a product. I know this method is 100% fool proof, won't cost you a bomb and will leave your brushes super soft!

How to clean make up brushes
You will need;

Make-up Brushes
Water
Hand Soap
Cleaning Pad (optional)

Step 1. Probably best to not tip all of your brushes into the sink, it serves no purpose other than the fact that it makes a good photo lol. Have your brushes, soap, running water and optional cleaning pad within good reach. 

Step 2. Work one at a time. Rinse the hairs of each brush as you go along making sure they are upside down to prevent water going into the funnel as much as possible. You'll see why later.

Step 3. Pump some hand soap onto your palm, gently swirl the brush in the soap and be disgusted by how much old make up comes off. That's when you know you're doing it right. 

Step 4. When you're done with that brush, rinse your palm and the brush and gently smooth out the excess water. Then lie them down or stand them in a glass upside down to dry. 

TIP: It's best to let your brushes dry upside down where you can. I used to line a pint glass with kitchen roll and carefully place my brushes in being careful not to over crowd or miss-shape. This way the water runs down and doesn't stay in the funnel loosening the glue which will eventually make your brushes lose hairs.

Step 5 (Optional): If you're using a brush pad, keep this for more dense brushes to see the best results. Put one pump of soap onto the pad and swirl your brush in. It's like magic. Here I'm using the Real Techniques one but I believe you can pick them up on Amazon now for next to nothing.
How to clean make up brushes
Just for good measure, I'll insert a photo of an oval brush I also cleaned. I swear I've only used it a handful of times and it was absolutely gross! It's definitely important to clean your brushes regularly but I've become so lazy lately that I just spot clean them with micellar water and a cotton pad. That's right kids, not even brush cleaner. I definitely notice a difference in my skin and the performance of the brushes when they're squeaky clean. 
How to clean make up brushes

Do you have any brush cleaning tips that you'd like to share or some magic trick to just make them all clean with no effort? Haha!


How to clean make up brushes

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

How To Make Pinterest Work For You

making pinterest work for you
If I was to say to you, "the great image searching, board pinning, absolute minefield". You'd know what I'm talking about right? You got it, it's Pinterest. It's a love/hate website where you can find ideas and inspiration for anything and everything and depending how you use it, can totally change your life. That's what I want to share with you lovely bunch today.

In case your not familiar or if you've been living under a rock, Pinterest is essentially a social media come search engine platform where you can search, save and like pictures, videos, links, articles YOU NAME IT from anywhere on the web. You then sort them into 'boards' and away you go - it's a bit like having 20 mood boards hung on your kitchen wall, just on a website. Got it? Brill, moving on..

I only actually started using Pinterest a year or two ago (late to the party I know) but I'd definitely say it's become one of my favourite ways to pass time. Not only that, I've found it useful for a number of different reasons. I'm going to walk you through 5 ways I use Pinterest that will make it work for you and your life. Here we go!

Making pinterest work for you

1. Inspiration

As Glinda, the good witch, once said 'It's always best to start at the beginning'. I would say from personal experience and from speaking with friends and other bloggers, the main reason Pinterest is used is for inspiration. Whether it's your wedding dress, your next bake or your plans for a home renovation, it's great to gather all of your inspiration in one place.


2. Engaging with brands, creators and friends

I've yet to come across a brand that isn't on Pinterest and as a blogger myself, it's great to be able to see what they're pinning, planning and coming out with next. Pinning and liking things from these brands allows you to really engage with them and you never know, they might even take a look at what you're sharing. The same goes for creators and by this I mean anyone from a photographer, blogger, scientist to a hairdresser - you name it. Pinning their work will let them know that you like it and that you're interested. If they've just created something amazing, they want to know that people are seeing it. As for friends, whenever me and the girls are planning something great, we share boards. This basically means we can all contribute to this one board so if you're planning a trip or party all of your ideas can come together without having 214 WhatsApp notifications.

3. Purchases

To be honest, last year I think this was the main reason I actually used Pinterest. When we were buying our house, I used it not only for inspiration but to pin things I wanted to buy to keep track. Then when I'd bought them, I'd go into the caption and put a little tick emoji. People must have wondered what the hell I was doing but it made it so easy for me. I also use Pinterest for Christmas, now I don't mean pinning cookies and decorations, I mean for presents. I create Secret Boards for each person I'm buying and do the same as before, tick them when they're bought.

4. Style 

I think Pinterest has really helped me develop my personal style. I notice a consistent theme with the clothes I'm pinning, homewares and even holiday spots. Once you start pinning you'll see recommendations or things you may like on your home page, I guarentee once you start you'll never stop but when you've pinned for about 10 minutes look at your boards. You'll see what I mean. The style aspect, for me, also follows on with purchases. At the moment I'm planning what I want to wear for Vegas in September and what style I want to go for. If you check out my 'S P R I N G / S U M M E R' board (shameless plug), you can see the kind of thing I'm going for on this trip!

5. Goals

Goals. Squad goals. Make up goals. Fit goals. Holiday goals. House goals. Food goals. Blogging goals. Music goals. Gym goals. Work goals. Motivational goals. Goals goals. Alcohol goals. Butt goals. Boyfriend goals. Wife goals. Shoe goals. Handbag goals.


Wowee, I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some other ideas of how to use Pinterest to your advantage! Don't forget to follow me and comment below with your tips!

* This post is not sponsored.



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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Things To Do In Las Vegas

Thinking about cool things to do whilst in Las Vegas? Me too! Find out what I'll be getting up to in this post.
Well, I did it. I booked my 2017 holiday and you might have guessed by the title of this post, I'm heading back to Las Vegas. This will be my second trip to Sin City and I'm so beyond excited - though it's actually 8+ months away. 

This time around I feel like I've already got my bearings and a few tips under my belt so I think it's going to be so much more relaxed in terms of 'Shit how do we get to the buffet?!' unlike last time. We're going in September so it will be quite warm and for one whole week. Blimey. 

The above in mind, this time I wanted to maybe cover some things we didn't get to do last time and things I probably wouldn't have even thought about doing. Now, this isn't your usual list like 'See a show', 'See the Bellagio fountains'.. there are other things that, as I mentioned, I probably wouldn't have thought about doing if I hadn't looked into it and listened to other peoples experiences. 

Even though we have loads of time left, I've started thinking lots about where to eat/drink/gamble so carry on reading to find out what I'll (hopefully) get up to.

1. Visit the sign & Stratosphere at night

2. Get real good at a table game - $20 Blackjack I'm looking at you. 

3. See an Elvis impersonator

4. Drink a Fat Tuesday's all the way down the strip

5. Eat a several Philly Cheesesteaks

6. Drink at Skyfall Lounge

7. Check out the Foundation Room

8. See a gig at the House of Blues/Hard Rock

9. Visit the Neon Museum

10. Party at Marquee Day Club

11. Book a cabana for the day

12. Take advantage of Happy Hour at Fremont Street

13. Ride the high zip wire

14. Downtown Container Park

So there you have it. I know there's not a lot on this list but we've literally got 8 months to plan out what we're actually going to do. 

I'd love to know if you've done any of these things or what else you'd add to the list if you were going to Vegas!

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

2017 Fuck Budget

First things first, if you haven't read 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck' go right now and buy it. Seriously. Head on over to Amazon, iBooks, Waterstones whatever you choose because you need this book in your life. 

This book is quite literally about not giving a fuck and writer, Sarah Knight, encourages readers to use the 'Not Sorry' method. Which is basically not giving a fuck about things you don't care about and not being sorry about it - for example, your old best friends shit new hair cut.

She also guides readers through creating a 'Fuck Budget' which is essentially building up a list of things that you will and will not give a fuck about meaning you only allocate those precious fucks to things you actually care about - like maybe calling your Grandma once a week.

After reading Rhianna and Vix's 2017 Fuck Budget, I knew I that I had to share mine too. It's so relieving once you've created one that I can assure you, once you start writing it'll be hard to stop. Lets go!

Things

More fucks: Engagement. I really want to connect with other bloggers more and not just in my comments section. I will make the effort to comment on other blogs, join in Twitter chats and hopefully make some great friends along the way.

Less fucks: Driving. I passed my theory test over a year ago and the way I see it, if I had any intention of driving I would have done it already. I'd be paying for it myself and to be honest, there are more important things in the world.

Less fucks: Followers. There's so many blogs and videos out there that are all about how to grow followers. It's just not important. Engagement is so much more important and that's what I'm here for.

Less fucks: Plant based diets. It's such a craze at the moment to be in on plant based diets and follow every uneducated bloggers plans for 'staying healthy' and 'cleansing your body'. No time, no fucks.

More fucks: Getting fit. I want to take the time to actually work out and make sure I'm eating properly - and definitely not following a plant based diet lol. As I said in my Hello 2017 post, there's no goal weight in mind, I just want to be healthy. 

Work

Less fucks: Whether my manager thinks I look good without make up on. Like, get over it, sometimes I don't wear make up and that's absolutely fine. 

More fucks: Taking the next step. Showing my ability, making the right decisions and moving on up to where I know I can be. 

Less fucks: Finding my calling. I'm 21 years old and if I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life than that's absolutely fine. 

Less fucks: Caring that I didn't go to university. I know that it wasn't the right thing for me to do but I have days when I think maybe I just should have got a degree just in case. 

Friends

Less fucks: Social breadcrumbing. Vix put this in the best way possible. Sending the odd catch up text to someone I have no intention of seeing is no longer on my to-do list. Saying 'Lets have drinks' to someone I definitely don't want to go for drinks with is no longer my priority.

More fucks: Quality time. I want to spend quality time with the friends I really care about. I want to go for drinks, dinner, go on holiday and make memories with the people that matter most.

Less fucks: People that don't like me. Recently I've heard all too much that I'm an ass or that I have a bad attitude. Don't be my friend then? Duh.

Family

Less fucks: Relatives that make no time for me. I don't want to be the one always calling, texting, visiting. They know where I am too. If they want no part in my life, that is absolutely okay.

More fucks: The lovely family members that actually have time for me, that are always happy to see me and that I know I can count on just like they can with me. 

Less fucks: Whether some family members 'approve' of me. It's easy to be someone they want me to be but why should I? Plus the fact that they're not happy to admit they don't like me, they just make digs and talk about me behind my back. Yay. 
There you have it kids, my 2017 fuck budget. It feels like a weight has been lifted. Please if you choose to make your own Fuck Budget, link it below so I can read it because I absolutely love them!

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hello 2017

I have to be honest, I'm the worst person at sticking to new years resolutions. Not because of my lack of dedication or because of laziness, I just forget. 

This year, I want to not only change that, but change the kind of resolutions I'm setting for myself. Yes I still want to save thousands of pounds and lose 3 stone but are those goals achievable? Yes. Can I be bothered? No.

So today, before I create my 'Fuck Budget' (more on this later in the week) I thought I'd do a quick round up of things I would like to achieve and lifestyle changes I want to make in 2017. 

I want to decide how I feel about my driving test. I passed my theory almost a year ago but since, haven't been slightly arsed to even think about taking my actual test. It's been booked and rebooked more times than I'd care to think. This year I just want to decide, do I want to do it or not. 

I want to get fit. I don't mean I want to lose a tonne of weight or go on some ridiculous diet that I can't follow. I just want to get fit. To tone my arms, legs and preferably my stomach. I want to be able to go for a run and not feel like I want to collapse 5 minutes in. There is no goal weight in mind, just fitness. 

See my family more. I can literally count on one hand how many times I saw my grandparents last year and it hit me very recently that they're not going to be around forever. Now, I don't mean that after my grandparents I'm going to be rushing out to see every second cousin under the sun. Just the family I want to keep close.

Save money Stop wasting money. I want to have money to fall back on but I also want to save for a big trip next year. I don't just mean putting money aside out of my salary, I mean not blowing it on 5 cocktail nights or endless fridge items that I let go out of date. 

Give less fucks about peoples opinions. I don't want to be constantly worried about what people think of my diet, my hair colour, whether I swear too much etc. Not my issue. 

Bother less with those that have a negative impact on my life. People constantly talking shit, causing drama or being a general misery there is no longer a place for you in my life. 

And finally, last but not least. Invest in my blog. I want to 100% invest more time and money into my blog in 2017. I want to engage with more people, make some great friends and enjoy every second of it. I want to be consistent but not strain myself. 
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And there you have it, some of my new years resolutions. I'd love to know what your plans are for the year! Let me know in the comments. 

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