Being a bigger woman and owning it.

I can assure you, it is not easy to love yourself when you look in the mirror and see only ways you would like to change or improve how you look.

“You are a big girl, you could lose some fat…”

Ever the encouraging words that someone who struggles with weight and body image would LOVE to hear when they are mid conversation. I deflect, I pretend not to be frustrated and annoyed at the absurd notion that a human being feels they have the right to tell another human being how they should and shouldn’t look. That one person would have the audacity to tell another person what they should be doing with their body, let alone a blood relative and supposed family cheerleader. Pot. Kettle. Enough said.

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My first experience with a SPIRITUAL MEDIUM.

I loved that the medium let me do very little talking, all she asked for was my confirmation of the evidence she received and provided from the spirit world.

I’ve always believed in the esoteric, the supernatural and the extraordinary. I am extremely interested in many forms of divination including tarot and pendulums alike and an opportunity presented itself to attend the ‘Psychic fayre’ held in Reading on the 28th of January.

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Illamasqua – Gel Sculpt

I must admit, initially I was intimidated by a ‘liquid’ contour product as I had been steering clear of these in favour of the powder alternatives but I dare say my powder palette’s are going to take a backseat to this easy to use product!

The art of contouring is something I myself have not yet mastered. I have watched the likes of Kim K, Kristen Leanne and Jeffree Star show me what I am supposed to be doing that I have struggled endlessly to get it right. I have always ended up with unblended, dark lines across my face where the shadows are meant to fall instead of perfectly chiselled features like the faces of my makeup idols. I have used various different blending products and techniques but it has taken me a long time to find a product that I love and can use! This is where the Illamasqua Gel Sculptcomes in!

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Inside an anxious mind at 3am.

I am not weak.

It’s 3:01am and we are awake. I say ‘we’ because it’s as if my body is in one state of consciousness and my mind is in another. The body feels rested, lazy and comfortable; the perfect recipe for a sound night’s reset. The mind, on the other hand, races at the speed of sound, no rest for the wicked or tainted.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Makeup Men.

I don’t believe that enjoying makeup and wearing makeup is a bad thing, in fact, I encourage it.

I believe that I have a makeup addiction.

There, I said it! I am not comfortable taking a selfie or photograph without makeup on so to present my poem and picture below to you is taking an intense amount of guts… I am showing you the before, the real, the unedited ME – The makeup free Shevy.

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Comparing life to the ‘imperfectly perfect’ scarf.

Knitting is an interesting albeit pensive past time.

I distinctly remember my home economics class in standard 5 / 7th grade / Year 7 in 1996, we were tasked with knitting our own scarves. I chose green and grey wool – though looking back now, I can’t be certain if that was preference or need – and proceeded to knit the loosest, most amateur scarf possible. I never finished knitting that scarf and I can’t even tell you what happened to the start of it, all I can say is that I have spent the rest of my life ‘trying’ to finish knitting a scarf.

Until now.

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VOXBOX – Marc Jacobs Highliner

Pink and blue will never do, cos’ all the boys will wink at you!

It was not that long ago that I decided to sign up to Influenster, 6 weeks ago to be exact, after seeing like-minded bloggers receiving their own VOXBOX’s containing great products from high end brands to review and keep. Like many other applications and sites, I assumed that Influenster would be the same – that I would try and do all of the ‘snaps’ (survey questions) and nothing would come of it – I was wrong!

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Winter Moisturiser Trifecta.

What most of us don’t realise is that all of the Winter comforts we look forward to are part of the reason we struggle with skin hydration…

I absolutely love Winter. The prospect of staying indoors surrounded by the comfort of my central heating, being bundled up in the warmest layers, drinking hot chocolate or eating my weight in marshmallows is what gets me through the Summer heat. What I seem to forget year after year is the dehydrating effects that Winter brings to my skin and the dryness which I suffer until Spring peeks around the seasonal corner.

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10 December Netflix picks!

December was the month of foreign Netflix series and science fiction for me…

Having kicked off the first of my Netflix posts (10 November Netflix picks!) with a post in December, I thought that I should try and keep it up by giving you the run down of all of my favourite Netflix series and movies that I watched throughout the month of December. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration of what next to add to your Netflix list and don’t worry, it isn’t filled with Christmas themed viewing… except Love Actually, of course!

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2017’s hurdles and how I learned to jump

I have many hopes and dreams for myself, my family and my blog but I am learning that I need only worry about one thing at a time.

I have spent quite some time reflecting over the last few weeks on the year that was and how the events in 2017 shaped me into who I am today and yet it has taken me a long time to put into words the hopes and dreams I have for 2018 and actually move on from what I went through last year. I think it was an easy way out for me to take the ‘hard done by’ route, the line of thinking that saw me self-victimised and feeling as though the world was against me – only now do I understand that I had to go through last year to get here, where I am today and I am extremely grateful.

To tell you where I am going, I must first explain (as briefly as possible) where I have been.

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