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5 things: The Wedding Edition

So, as if I haven’t talked about it enough, I got married in May. It was quite an event, and I thought I’d share with you the 5 most important things I learned in the run up to the big day, and afterwards too. So here you go:

1. Learn what to DIY and what to Buy.

It sounds obvious, but it’s definitely worth thinking about. Short story: I was going to DIY a whole load of little crates for the centrepieces. I worked out the cost of the wood and the time it would take to make them. Then I went on eBay and realised I could get some exactly the right size for half the price of the materials without any production time. That saved me SO much money/time/stress.

2. Planning a wedding is a great time to engage with family & Friends

I rebuilt connections. I built bridges. And we hosted a couple of pre-marriage parties that introduced people from different circles. My social life now is so great compared to a year ago and building bridges with the important people in my life really was worth it.

3. Don’t waste money on extra food.

I made a candy cart and a cheese tower. We took 90% of it home with us. Seriously, it’s really not worth it.

The photo booth however? Totally worth the infinitesimal amount of money for some props – photos below. (I bought some cardboard props from eBay, and used a bunch of stuff from my dress up box, with an old curtain as a backdrop)

4. Enjoy the planning, and the day.

It takes up so much of your life, that when it’s finally there, it’s over so quickly and you feel a little empty afterwards. I had a few plans made for after the wedding so I didn’t feel too lost, and our honeymoon wasn’t until July so we had something to look forward to. Some of the best parts of the planning for me were my husband and I choosing the songs for our playlist, makeup trials, and getting all the girls together for dressing up sessions. On the day, I had only three alcoholic drinks. Keeping a clear head was totally worth it as I can remember 3very minute detail of the day and it’s something I can cherish.

5. The honeymoon period DOES exist.

I thought it was just a saying. But if you truly love your partner, there will be magic on the day. And magic for quite a while after. You will both feel it. My husband and I have never been closer than since we got married. It sounds totally daft, and I never believed it myself because we’ve been together for 11 years. I just assumed it would be just another day. Wrong. It was so unbelievably special!

So there you have it. 5 wedding tips for all you brides (or grooms) to be. Good luck!


5 Under £5 – The Makeup Revolution Edit

Hi Guys! Welcome back. So, the second half of this year will see me being a little more frugal – a wedding and a house move will do that to a girl. But me being me, I do love a good treat. I’ve decided to start a new idea. 5 little treats for under a fiver*. It will help me be a little more frugal, and learn to shop for the best bargains out there. Now since I’m a beauty junkie, I knew my first 5 treats had to come from makeup revolution. They are one of my favourite budget makeup companies and the products are such good quality. So, without further ado…

1. Revolution Pro Conceal and Camouflage concealer in C5 – £5


I have tried their conceal and define concealer which is my go-to concealer for full coverage. I wrote about it in my 10 things post back along. This one comes in a tube without an applicator, and has a bit more product. I chose C5 because my other revolution concealer is in the shade C5, and the description for both was the same, so I thought I’d be safe, right? Wrong. The shade is MUCH darker. It’s gonna be great when my tan starts to sow through, but for everyday wear, it’s a bit on the dark side for my liking. As far as the product itself goes, I still prefer the conceal and define. This one is a bit more of a pasty texture with a very dewy finish. Not so great for oily skin types like myself. It still blends out really well and gives great coverage (although I would say slightly less coverage than the conceal and define). So all in all? Not such a good one for me. Onto the next!

2. Revolution Pro Supreme Pigment Dip Liquid Eyeliner in White – £3


I have been wanting a white eyeliner for ages! I’ve been seeing them used for some beautiful arty looks on Instagram and pinterest and I really wanted to try it for myself. This little baby will be my new favourite. I can already tell. It’s got a great, fine applicator. It’s highly pigmented and it dries quickly. What more can I say? For £3 it’s totally worth it!

3. Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat Palette – £3

The first of three palettes – I now have around 20. I think I may have a problem….. So this one’s neon colours and Oh. My. Gosh! They are SO bright! I cannot wait to turn these bad boys into a look for everyone. Keep your eyes peeled over on my Instagram for that look soon. They are super pigmented (as always. I totally trust revolution’s eyeshadows) and buttery soft to apply. They don’t have much fallout either which is awesome. Buildable from subtle neon glow to full megawatt bright, I would have gladly paid more for this palette!

4. Eyes Like Angels Palette – £4

Yes. Yes! YES! This is my new favourite. After LOVING the neutral shades of the “fortune favours the brave” palette, I wanted a big palette that gave me more brights and metallics. This one delivered. I am in love! Again, the pigment and texture is perfect; but the colour choice is what’s got me hooked. My new summer favourite for do-all looks.

5. Makeup Geek Palette – £4

Yes, I realise I bought three huge eyeshadow palettes. No, I’m not sorry. This one has ALL the colours. It’s a great all rounder if you’re away and can’t take it all with you (I’d need an extra two suitcases for all my makeup!). But what I really love is the texture. All the other revolution palettes I’ve tried have been a little more on the powdery side, which meant great buildability and blending, with a little fallout. But this? This is in a league of it’s own. It’s so damn buttery. Almost a cream eyeshadow palette but not quite. One sweep is enough to get a great colour. And I thought this would be the worst one of the lot. I also love the holographic design on the packaging. Total bonus.

So there you have it. 5 little treats for under a fiver*. The postage wasn’t too bad either at £1.95 for standard delivery (It did take a little while to arrive – 4 days – but I wasn’t in any rush).

Will you be stopping by Makeup Revolution anytime soon? Keep your eyes peeled for my next round of bargain hunting!

*Prices correct at time of purchase.

Spreading the Love.

So, I feel rather shocked. A blogger whom I follow – the lovely Kelly over at “This, Tatt and the Other” – wrote a blog post on Friday. Nothing unusual. Except it was about me! Now thankfully it was a lovely post, and the thing that sparked it was a simple tag on my Instagram.


I’ve always felt like people should get credit where it’s due, and you might notice a few tags on my Instagram from time to time. None of them are ads, none of them are endorsed. If I like something, I feel everyone deserves to know. Anyway, Kelly wrote about me because on a post a few weeks ago, she was writing about bikinis and despite my zero belly confidence, she inspired me to give the world the finger and wear one.


I’ve been hiding in swimsuits since my late teens when I saw holiday photos of my inherently wobbly belly in a bikini, which made me say “never again”. All through my twenties I’ve been wearing swimsuits. And her post made me realise that actually, who cares? I don’t care about what people think of the rest of my clothes, so why should my swimwear be any different?

So anyway, I’m not really here to write about bikinis, but to show how powerful things like a simple tag can be. You never know how far that tag will go. That’s the beauty of the internet. So my point here is, don’t let a good blog post go to waste. Tag bloggers and let them know they’ve inspired you. Tag brands and let them know you love their product. Tag people and let them know you love them. Just spread the love. I implore you. It really is worth it when you see the internet become such a positive thing, used for the good in the world instead of spreading hatred.

So, go forth and get tagging!

2 Years

It’s been two years since you left me here,

And I still don’t know what to say.

Time’s come and gone; and I’m slowly moving on,

But you’re still with me every day.

I miss you now, like I missed you then,

But I’m strong enough to deal with the pain.

I see you everytime I see rainbows,

It reminds me we still need the rain.

So wherever you are, I love you,

And thank the lord you were part of my world.

So go ahead and fly, you beautiful angel.

My best Friend. My Soulmate. My Partner in Crime. My Girl.


How to appear more put together


Hi guys! Hope you’ve all been having a fabulous time in this beautiful sunshine! It’s been pretty full-on in my life recently, what with a house move, a wedding and a funeral. Despite this, I’ve still managed to receive compliments on my appearance, which makes me more than a little happy, since clearly I look more put together than I thought. It got me thinking – what do I do to look more put together? (Even on days when I have no time to think about how I look). So I decided to write them down, and then I figured I’d share my tips with my readers, as it’s always great to share this stuff.

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Now, before we begin, I must stress that if you are comfortable in your skin, and don’t give a damn what people think, then that’s fine. Neither do I. I just like to look presentable because then I feel like less of a hot mess (and more of an organised mess). I don’t “glam” myself up for compliments, but when I receive them it always makes my day a little bit brighter.

Wear a bold lip colour

It’s a simple way to make it look like you tried harder than you did. And with so many colours to choose from at some great prices, it’s definitely easier to do than ever. Just find a colour you love and pop it on to brighten up your look.

Add something fancy to your messy hair


Messy bun? Scraped back ponytail? Just add a gem or a flower. It instantly takes any hairstyle from drab to fab, in the blink of an eye. Dry shampoo also works wonders, but you probably already knew that!



I never leave the house without a big helping of perfume. It’s the best thing to make you feel fabulous, and when you feel fabulous, you look it too.

Wear Big, Dark Sunglasses

They make you look like an A-Lister. They can also hide the fact you’re not wearing much makeup and cover dark circles. Win!

Throw on a Statement Coat


A statement coat can hide a multitude of sins. If the coat does the talking, the rest of your outfit doesn’t need to, and you’ll look like you’ve made some effort when all you’ve done is thrown on an extra layer.

Add Heels

You’ll look taller, more poised, and ready for business. Heels lift your head and your spirits. They don’t have to be skyscrapers either, just a simple wedge or kitten heel will add inches to your legs and miles to your overall look.

Choose an awesome accessory

Whether it’s a simple pendant, a big bold necklace, a chunky bangle, some drop earrings or a sparkly pashmina – choose something that you love, and chuck it on. My personal favourites are big bold scarves and chunky, statement necklaces. They make me feel like I put way more effort in than I actually did.


Rock it!

Confidence can take you from stressed out to dressed up in an instant. Hold your head high and strut your stuff. At the end of the day, nobody will remember what you wore if you didn’t wear it with confidence.

So, those are my tips for looking a little more put together. Anybody got any others? Please share!

10 Things – The Makeup Edition

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Now, I was going to make this a simple 5 things post; but since passing my makeup diploma, I’ve been buying rather a lot of makeup; and in preparation for my wedding I wanted to make sure my face looked it’s absolute best. It sort of spiralled out of control from there, but in the process I found some amazing things! Here are the ten best that I have been using lately.

  1. Max factor facefinity all day primer – £10.99 – Boots

    This stuff keeps your makeup on all day! It’s sticky (in a good way), mattifying, and goes on smoothly. If you leave it for a few seconds to go tacky before applying your foundation, it will hold it in place for hours. It is very runny when it first comes out, so you don’t need a lot. It feels refreshing on your face and once applied it blurs out most imperfections. My only fault is that it doesn’t cover rosacea, so I have to mix it with No 7. Airbrush Away Green CC primer to hide my redness.

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  2. Makeup revolution conceal and define concealer £4.00 – Superdrug

    This! Quite possibly the best concealer I’ve ever used! SO full coverage and so smooth. It blends out flawlessly and stays on for hours. It’s a bargain at £4 a tube. I’ve bought up a stockpile of these babies because they are so awesome. And their shade range is ever increasing.

  3. Maybelline fit me loose setting powder – £7.49 + 5.23 P&P – Ebay

    Nikkia Joy recommended this stuff, and it’s a total game changer! If you haven’t watched any of her tutorials or reviews, they’re totally worth a nosey. Her Australian accent is adorable and she’s so relatable. Anyway, back to the setting powder. It’s not yet available in the UK, but you can get it from eBay using the link above. It’s so finely milled and sets makeup beautifully without looking cakey. For someone with oily skin it’s worth the wait for the delivery.

  4. Makeup revolution pearl lights loose highlighter in True Gold – £5.00 – Superdrug

    Now, I never expected this. I’d been struggling with my highlight game for a while. No matter what I did, I seemed to look too matte, or WAY too shiny. I’m an oily creature, but I still want to glow (just not drip). This was the answer. I mix it with my loose setting powder to pack in the shine without making me an oil slick.


  5. Urban decay all nighter setting spray – £10.00 – FeelUnique

    The best setting spray on the market. I’d been putting off buying it thanks to it’s hefty price tag, but when I found out it comes in a travel size, I just had to try it out. Best. Decision. Ever. I used it on my wedding day, and it kept everything in place. It didn’t feel tight like some other setting sprays do; and the spray nozzle delivers a super fine mist. It does smell a little funky but that soon disappears when it dries.

  6. BarryM mist and fix dewy finish setting spray – £4.99 – Superdrug

    I use this over the top of the Urban Decay spray, as an extra bit of shimmer. It definitely doesn’t hold like the All Nighter, but it does make your skin glow on another level. It does need a LOT of shaking and can sometimes leave a few little spots of pink glitter on your face, but a gentle dab with a sponge soon sorts that out.

  7. Maybelline lasting drama gel eyeliner – £8.99 – Superdrug

    YES! Finally an eyeliner that does both inner waterline and tightlining. It can be used for wings too if you have an ultra-thin brush. It paints on smoothly, dries slowly (which means if you make a mistake you can use a cotton bud to correct it) and smudges beautifully if you want that “Billy-Joe Armstrong in 2005” look.

  8. Makeup revolution flawless 4 palette – £8.00 – Makeup Revolution

    Now a few years ago, I HATED warm coloured eyeshadow, opting for silvers, blues and purples. Then, I tried out gold for the first time, and have been experimenting cautiously ever since. Now, I tend to opt for the warmer colours out of choice, and love the vibrant looks that can be created with them. I bought this palette to continue my experiments, and found that it’s so smooth and highly pigmented. There are a good share of more subtle colours which are great for everyday wear. The metallics are so sparkly, and can work fantastically for evening looks. Then there’s the bold, bright pinks and oranges. They blend so well and make an amazing cut crease. This palette – for anyone who likes war hues – is definitely worth buying. Especially at the price. Makeup Revolution never ceases to amaze me with their value.


  9. BarryM holographic eyeshadow topper – £4.99 – Superdrug

    Yes. Yes. YES! These little creamy wonders turn you into a unicorn! They are translucent, duochrome creams, that come with a doefoot applicator. So far the colours are all more on the cool side. I have 3 out of the 4 available shades and use them all the time. They also look great on their own. The effect is stunning, and looks remeniscent of mermaids, unicorns and fairies – and all the other magical things that are trendy right now.


  10. Finishing touch flawless by JML – £19.99 – Superdrug

    OK, I know it’s not technically a makeup item, but it’s been a crucial part of my kit ever since I got it. I am so DONE with waxing, plucking and using hair removal creams that all leave my face sore, dry and red. This thing is a razor, yes; but it doesn’t make you stubbly. The hair that grows back is fine and fluffy, and it takes half the time to quickly rub away those pesky facial hairs. I still pluck my eyebrows, but for upper lip and even cheek hair (which I never realised how much I had until I removed it) this little gadget is worth every penny. It makes makeup application so much smoother and I cannot recommend this one enough.

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So, have you guys tried any of these? Will you? What are your thoughts? What are your favourite makeup products?

My Wedding Dress


I’m an avid crafter, and I’ve been wanting to share a DIY Blog post for a loooong time. I’ve made so many things over the years, but the thing I am most proud of has to be my wedding dress. I got married in May, and while I was making the dress, I was keeping a diary so I could share with everyone. In total it took about two and a half years to make and is the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken. I couldn’t turn the diary into a blog post without losing a lot of the data, so may I present to you, my dress diary – in a Word Document.


Would you make your own wedding dress after reading this?

Would you spend the time rather than the money?

Have you made your own wedding dress? Show me some pics!



On Tuesday 5th June, my family lost a wonderful man. Now I don’t want my blog to be all about death, but I feel like it’s a good outlet for my grief. I have decided, however, that I am not going to be depressing in this post (if I can help it). I am going to share with you my favourite things about my Grandad, and the best memories I have.

My Grandad was precocious, brutally honest, and hard-headed; but he was also wise, and warm and hilarious. My last memory of him was when he left my wedding and I ran after him to say goodbye. His last words to me were:

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been chased down by a young woman, especially one as beautiful as this.”

It’s a lovely last thing to remember; but from what he told me, he was the one usually doing the chasing. I remember when my sister and I stayed up late at night to hear Grandad’s stories and he told us once that he fell, while jumping over a fence to try to chase after and “impress” my Nan. I think he was trying to teach us some sort of lesson there, but all I remember was how funny it was; along with the fact that it must have worked, given that they married each other and were married for over 50 years.

Another story he told us was about his attempt at makeshift fireworks, involving a bucket and some explosives. He and a friend wanted to celebrate the war being over, but what they actually did was scare the locals into thinking the war had started again, the explosion was that loud! They left a hefty crater in the ground; and there was nothing left of that bucket either!

The earliest memories I have of him were when he used to play with my family band “the Cavaliers”, playing ceilidhs for local events like weddings. I used to fall asleep in my cot at the back of the stage while he played the melodian, my mum played the penny whistle, my dad played the bodhran and my godfather played the banjo. My Nan used to be the MC, showing people the various steps; and when I got a little older, I used to help her with that and dance the night away with my sister. He was a very musically talented man, and always encouraged my singing (even if he didn’t like some of the popular “rubbish” I listened to – he very much preferred traditional music such as folk or classical).

As I got older, he built me a swing in his garden; and later, a swing in our garden when we moved in next door. He was always good at building and restoring things; like vintage British motorcycles; and later on, a model traction engine. I do have to thank him for that. If he had not built the “Old Maid”, we would never have gone to steam rallys, and I would never have met my husband. Some of my favourite memories are when my sister and I used to be towed around on the little trailer by my Grandad’s engine. We’d spend all day going around the rally fields, and sometimes – if the weather was nice – up and down our road. When I turned sixteen and it came to the decisions I’d make for prom; I knew instantly what I wanted to take me, because I knew nobody else would be able to do something quite as unique. I turned up on that trailer, with my Grandad, my dad and my Godfather. It’s something I will never forget.

He taught me so many things throughout my life that I will always keep with me. A lesson or two here and there (like when smiling and nodding is sometimes better than arguing the toss), a few recipes (curried scrambled eggs!), how to make things, and how to play dominoes and cards. We used to spend so many evenings playing board games and cards, and I loved going to Nan and Grandad’s for games nights. His little sayings that I will probably end up using now.

So, wherever you are Grandad, I’ll see you next time. It won’t be before.

I’ll Be Back!

Hello blogosphere! It’s been a while.

I’m quite chuffed to see that I have a few more followers now, so hello to you! Thank you for your interest, it really makes me smile to see my rambling is reaching (and hopefully entertaining?) more people.

It’s time for an update, as it’s been so long since my last post. We moved house, finally! Since putting our house on the market last june it’s been a bit of a rocky road but we’re in, and settling down nicely. I have a great space for being creative and once it’s fully operational I’m pretty sure there’ll be some more blog posts featuring my craft room. I’m also now a wife! Yep, me and my fiance tied the knot and he’s now my husband! Boy it feels weird to type that. Here’s a sneak preview the professional photographer sent me:


I haven’t had all the photos back yet but I’ll be sure to share them when I do. Also, FYI I made that dress. Another big post to follow on that soon!

So I have a ton of ideas for new blog posts – quite a few of them wedding themed – and I planned to start posting at the weekend, but life, as usual, got in the way. Right now, I need to put my family first, as there’s a lot of unfortunate stuff going on that I’m not ready to write about. So basically, this post is a “holding” post, to keep you all interested and let you know I’m still here! (Sort of).

There will definitely be more posts soon, but until then, thanks for reading.

In the words of the Terminator: “I’ll Be Back!”

P.S. Does anyone else LOVE those films?… Just me?…

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