Take me back to Thailand!

It’s been almost two years since my husband and I went to Thailand for our friends wedding! I loved it so much, I want to go back!

I thought I’d share with you a little snippet of our holiday and some of the reasons I want to go back so much!

We went for 2 weeks at the start of December 2014. As soon as we got out of the airport at Phuket, the warmth hit you. We stayed at the Airport hotel for one night and accidentally slept in which meant we missed our coach to the port for the ferry to Koh Samui! We had to get a taxi to the ferry port instead which took us an hour and cost us about 5000THB!

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Koh Samui!

We stayed here for 4 nights of our trip in a small resort in Mae Nam on the beach, close enough to Chewang so there was plenty of chance to go exploring! The night life here was vibrant plenty of things to do and see. We explored the area most evenings, finding somewhere different each time to sit down and have a drink and something to eat. On our final evening we found an Ice Bar, which was a welcome treat from the heat!

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We could see Koh Phangan from the beach at our hotel, knowing we were going there next, the weather did not look too great!!

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We wanted to go to Koh Phangan because its the home of the Full Moon Party! We booked a room at the opposite side of the island to Haad Rin at Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai beach for a few days relaxing before we hit the Full Moon Party.

Although it was really cloudy here, it was still so warm. We spent all our time relaxing and reading on the beach.

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Next came the full moon party! It was so busy and quite an experience. I will never forget dancing bare foot, bucket in hand to Lana Del Rae’s Summertime Sadness. It was something I had always wanted to do and I did it!

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Krabi – Ao Nang!

Our final destination was Krabi! We stayed just 4 minutes out of Ao Nang, this was where the wedding was going to take place and where we met up with the rest of the party!

This was by far the busiest place we had been, it was bustling and full of life. We stayed at a lovely bungalow resort, the gentleman who owned it told us how he had built everything from scratch with his own hands. It was a really special experience knowing that we had stayed in something that someone was so proud of!

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While in Ao Nang we did so many things I thought I would never do!! The bride and groom of the party had booked us all onto a day trip sailing around the various islands. I stripped to my swimsuit and jumped in the ocean to go snorkeling – something that I would have never done back home

We went to the wedding, it was such a  beautiful day and a lovely backdrop to one of the most romantic moments in someones life!

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On the final day we went exploring several of the islands and I got some nice photos! There was too much to do in so little time!

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For me there is still so much more of Thailand I want to see, so many more places to explore! I would love to go back with our daughter and share the experience with her!

Have you ever been to Thailand? Is there anywhere you would like to be taken back to?

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Collection 2000 Review – Hit or Miss?

I haven’t done anything remotely related to beauty on a budget for a while now and since I have been into buying Collection 2000 lately,  a super affordable line with a great range of products to choose from, I thought i’d do a Collection 2000 review and share my thoughts on a few of the different items I have and whether I think they are a hit or a miss!

Primer

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Primed and Ready Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer – £3.99 – Boots  – Not really anything special, a bit watery for me. It did illuminate as there is a pearlised colour to it but to be honest my eye make up did not look any different – Miss

Primed and Ready Mattifying Pore Minimiser – £3.99 – Boots – A great primer! It contains which hazel, which is a natural antibacterial ingredient to help keep spots at bay. Not fantastic at minimizing pores but a great mattifying product none the less – Hit

Foundation and Concealer

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Naturally Matt Foundation -£2.99 – Boots –  A great price, but not much coverage. I thought this would be amazing, as I have oily skin but sadly not! It was fine for a small amount of coverage on holiday as I find most BB creams too oily, but apart from that it is useless for me to wear day to day – Miss

Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation – £5.99 – Boots – I am in love with this foundation! It really is amazing for the price. Natural looking coverage and blends really well. Outdoes my MAC Studio fix for wear and at such a great price, it has become a staple in my everyday make up routine – Hit

Lasting perfection Concealer – £4.19 – Boots –  I was recommended this concealer about a year ago by another blogger and I have never looked back. Works with almost any of the foundations I choose to use and provides ultimate undereye concealment! – Hit

Powder

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Lasting perfection Ultimate wear Powder – £4.19 – Boots – I love a really light powder and sadly this is not for me. I feel its very orangy in tone. It sets my foundation really well but unfortunately until they bring out a lighter shade it’s a – Miss

Pressed Powder – £1.99 – Superdrug – This has always been my favourite powder to set my under eyes with. It’s the lightest out there and works like an absolute dream! I will always continue to use this – Hit

Sheer Loose Powder – £2.99 – Superdrug – Nothing to shout about, I find it works ok but doesnt set my make up for ultimate all day wear, there are better loose powders out there for a similar price  – Miss

Brows, Eyes and Lips

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Cream Puff Lip Cream – £2.99 – Boots – I bought this thinking it would be a lovely alternative to regular lipstick. It says its matte, so I thought i’d give it a go. How wrong was I? It slips and slides all over the place, a definite – Miss

Define and Perfect Eyebrow Powder – £4.19 – Boots This is a great concept and works just fine unless you go overboard. Its really easy to use and makes my brows look amazing. The only problem is there isn’t a great range of colours and I think the shade I have is not right for me – It would be a hit but until they bring out a better colour range I’m afraid its a – Miss

Fast Stroke Eyeliner – £2.99 – Superdrug  The first liquid eyeliner I have used and the only one I will ever buy. The brush is thin and perfect for creating beautiful looks on the eyes, the colour is dense and you don’t need to build it up too much and it lasts forever! They even do a waterproof version now! Always a Hit with me!

Overall Collection 2000 is a great and affordable brand that I will continue to use! There is something for everyone at an affordable price, even though some of the products I’ve mentioned in this post were a miss for me, I know that there are plenty more Collection 2000 products I haven’t tried that I will love!

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Outfit feat Boohoo Plus!

Happy Monday Guys, today I thought i’d share a little outfit with you all! I’m excited to show you this outfit, featuring a bodysuit from Boohoo Plus!

A few weeks back, the hubby and I went to see The Stone Roses in Manchester! After booking the tickets last November we were really excited that it was finally here! We went over to Manchester in the afternoon and had something to eat before trying to make our way to the Ethiad Stadium for the gig! We wanted to get there pretty early as The Courteeners were supporting, another one of our favourite bands!

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I chose to wear this cute bodysuit from the Boohoo Plus range with a black denim a line skirt from New Look Curves. My black velvet mary janes are also from New Look, though sadly not avaliable in wide fit. I added this black bomber jacket from Primark and the choker from New Look gave my outfit a 90’s edge.

The skirt I bought instore, but the Boohoo plus bodysuit I had to buy on ASOS, as it was not avaliable on their website for some reason!

I love Boohoo Plus, I have a few items from their range, more specifically I am in love with their bodysuits! I just wish they had buttons to make going to the bathroom slightly easier!

It was such an amazing evening, seeing a band that I started listening to when I was about 14!! I loved every minute and I’m sure we will cherish the memories forever!

 

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Bodysuit – Boohoo Plus @ASOS

Skirt – New Look Curves

Shoes – New Look

Choker – New Look

Bomber (similar) – New Look

What do you think of my outfit? Been to see any bands recently?

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Sleek MakeUp Matte Me Lip Cream Review!

Matte lipstick is so on trend right now, and as someone who is new to wearing lipstick everyday, I feel like trying out an extremely matte liquid lipstick was such a bold and crazy move! I love the look and I have seen so many bloggers and youtubers using them, I finally went out and found one from a brand that I love!

It’s the Matte Me Lip Cream by Sleek MakeUp and it is amazing!!!

I have always loved Sleek, I have used their eyebrow kit, I swear by their contour palette and own several of their shadow palettes plus a few other bits and bobs. I was pleased to see that they have expanded their range and are going further than most of the other high street brands that you can buy in Boots or Superdrug.

I have three different shades of the matte lip cream, Petal 435, Birthday Suit 436 and Shabby Chic 1037. For me I do choose more neutral pink and brown tones, but the range of colours they offer covers everything from deep reds to daring purples, so there really is something for every taste.

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I love how easy these are to apply, I do use a lip liner but only because I am still so inexperienced with a matte liquid lipstick and if I try to do it without sometimes you can tell that I have overlined my lips. The consistency is a nice thick cream that glides on the lips nicely and dries to a smooth finish! It dries perfectly matte on the lips and lasts a hell of a long time! Another thing I love about this product is that it doesn’t dry too quickly, giving you plenty of time to perfect your pout, especially if you’re a beginner like me!

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For some reason, out of the three of these I have, there are two different types of applicator. One is what you’d expect from a lip gloss or liquid lipstick, but for some reason the other two are a lot longer and flat on both sides – which took me a while to get used to!

After reading several reviews on these online from other bloggers, I was a little surprised at the colours once they were on. They were a little darker than I expected and Petal was not as pastel pink as some of the photos led me to believe. But I am still in love with them, Birthday Suit is my favourite for day to day wear, whilst I tend to wear Petal and Shabby Chic on the weekend or if I’m going out.

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Overall, for £4.99 each I think these are a steal! I like that they last a long time, just make sure you apply two cotes in a morning and you shouldn’t need to constantly reapply throughout the day!

Have you tried these? What did you think? Any recommendations for other Matte Liquid Lipstick I should try?

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My most played tracks!

Today’s post might just give you a little insight into my personality! Like most people I LOVE music, So I thought I would share with you ten of the most played tracks currently on my deezer account!

I love music and I know what I like. I don’t really tend to listen to much chart music so I never know what songs are on the radio. This doesn’t mean I’m a snob when it comes to music, by all means if I like the sound of something, I will listen to it regardless of who it is by! But I mostly just tend to listen to my favorite tracks playlist but I am a serial skipper! So here goes (in no particular order):

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  1. Please, Please, Please let me get what I want – The Smiths
  2. The Mother we share – Chvrches
  3. First time caller – White Lies
  4. What took you so long – Courteeners
  5. Hairdresser on Fire – Morrissey
  6. If I could change your mind – Haim
  7. Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
  8. Fall Harder – Skylar Spence
  9. Pounding – Doves
  10. This is the one – The Stone Roses

I was quite surprised at the list and the lack of solo artists (bar my beloved Morrissey). I love all these songs equally! I can’t get enough of Skylar Spence at the moment, I only know who they are because one of their songs was on Made in Chelsea and I used Shazam! The Smiths/Morrissey didn’t surprise me, I adoreeee him and them, I walked down the aisle to Please, Please, Please let me get what I want so I’m glad that made the top most played!

Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my music taste! Let me know the songs you’re loving at the moment and how different your top played list would be from mine!!

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Oily Skin – My must have products!

Having any form of oily skin is usually a complete nightmare when you want to wear make up, mine certainly never used to last! I consider myself to have combination skin as it is extremely sensitive and dry in parts, but in others it is incredibly oily.

Getting make up to stay on my face was becoming an intense struggle and I looked a mess only two or three hours after applying make up! So after the long hard struggle of constantly trying different products and changing up my beauty routine, I have found products that actually help to combat my oily skin problem! Here are four of my must haves!

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1.Garnier Oily Skin Clarifying Wash £3.29 Boots – This is a great wash for the morning. After use, there is no shine left on my face and you can feel the mattifying effecting it has as it dries. I also use this after removing my make up in the evening

2. Garnier Moisture Match Matte Moisturiser £4.19 Boots  – Another fab product, this oil free moisturiser compliments the face wash and because it is oil free does not leave any greasy nasty residue. It provides great hydration without adding to my problem areas.

3. Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Facial Mask with Active Charcoal – £3.59 Boots – Im in love with this mask! This mask contains active charcoal, which helps to keep skin clean and healthy by removing dirt, sebum and impurities. It also gets rid of oil leaving my skin shine free! I use this about once a week, or before I put my make up on when going on a night out to keep myself from becoming an oily mess!! I love that its got tea tree and witch hazel, meaning its also extremely kind to the sensitive skin on my face too. Boots have a few different products in this range which i’m keen to try as well.

4. Mac Blot Film £12.00 Mac online – Does exactly what it says on the tin, perfect to have in your handbag to remove excess oil. This differs from other blotting products I have used as it’s a film and not a paper and it has become my favourite for this reason. It can be pretty disgusting to see how much oil I have accumulated on my skin during the day, this helps to refresh my make up without necessarily having to apply more powder and make myself look cakey!

Getting used to oily skin was hard, but knowing your own skin and knowing which products can help will be a great start getting your confidence back in your beauty regime!

Do you have oily skin? What are your favourite beauty products to use?

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Accessories Wishlist!

I wanted to share this accessories wishlist with you all because accessories are probably one of my favourite things about my outfits, whether it be a statement handbag or necklace, I love making something look different. I also enjoy the fact that they are unique to you and your style and you can make any outfit yours by adding something so little without  a lot of effort.

 

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1. ASOS Oversized Bow Tie – £8.00 I love this cute little bow tie! It can be added to any colour blouse you want to give it a different look!

2. Accessorize Kate Floral Clutch bag £35 I have very nearly bought this clutch bag a few times. I think it’s perfect to dress up any outfit this spring summer season. If you have a wedding it would look great paired with a nice neutral maxi!

3. Crown and Glory Glitter Hair Bow – £6.00  I have been a fan of Crown and Glory since I was getting married and read Rock and Roll Bride! They do amazing, quirky and fun hair accessories and these hair bows are just so fun!

4. River Island Pink Tassle back Necklace – £28 I saw this in store recently and it is beautiful. I often like to wear a plain cami with jeans in the summer for early evenings out. This gorgeous necklace will help effortlessly take your look from day to night, it is so pretty!

5. Claires Tropical Stud Earring Set – £8.00 I’m not off on holiday this summer, but I saw these and thought they would be perfect for days in holiday sat around the pool or on the beach. I love Claires Accessories, perfect if like me you’re not ready to let go of your childish side yet!

What Accessories are you lusting over at the moment? Did you like my picks?

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Take me back to – Seahouses!

I’ve been thinking about doing more lifestyle posts and sharing with you some of the things I do with my family when we’re not at work or at the weekends. This got me thinking, what if I was to share with you some of our memories, times that we loved and places we visited that I would love to go back to again.

This time I’m sharing a holiday from September 2012. It was a big family holiday and we went to Seahouses in Northumberland. I’d never been to this coast before and I was not sure what to expect but I had an amazing time, it’s such a beautiful place!

Seahouses is a small but beautiful little harbour town with plenty of things to do and see. We did so many things in our short time here, including taking a boat ride to see the seals around the various islands. The beaches in Northumberland are stunning and we spent so much time here, amongst the mass of sand dunes, lovely white sand and breathtaking views.  One day we even walked along the shore to Bamburgh castle.

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We stayed in a beautiful cottage, in the centre of the town. It was close to all amenities including a lovely old pub, the shops and the amusements. The cottage was big and even had a secret staircase, that the kids enjoyed very much! Come to think of it, I think the adults did too!

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Maisie had such a good time and she was just learning to walk, so I will always remember it as the perfect family holiday where my daughter basically took her first steps! She also loved the sea. One of the days that we were down on the beach, she stayed at the waters edge almost all day and did not want to get out when it was time to go back!

Have you ever been to Seahouses? Where would you like to go back to?

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I’m back!

I’m back!

Things have been incredibly weird for me since I last posted here. I have been struggling with my own issues about myself recently so I have really found it hard to sit down and write on my blog this last few months. To tell the truth I have really been struggling to feel confident in myself and how I look enough to be taking photos of my outfits and posting them here. How am I supposed to fake that?

I started this to show people that they should love themselves,to inspire others, to help them love their bodies and their being. If I pretended I was ok, then it would just be against everything I wanted this blog to be.

So I have taken some time away from it all and now, I’m in a better place. I’ve been looking after myself and getting my head back to where I want it to be! I hope I can start inspiring some of you again!

I have scheduled lots of posts throughout April so make sure you are following me on all my social media accounts!

For now, here’s a few pictures of me looking and feeling amazing in an AX Paris Curve Dress. This is who I want to be again, confident and comfortable with who I am.

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Do you sometimes lose confidence? How do you get it back, I need all your tips!

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Yours Clothing Skater Dress – OOTD

Hello everyone, thought i’d share this Yours Clothing Skater dress today with you all!

It’s a lovely, sleeveless number, in classic monochrome and I just love everything about it!

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I raved about this dress on a wishlist post a while back (read it here) and I  finally bought it recently 🙂

I love it because I can wear it for anything – it goes well with brogues for work or heels for a night out. The skirt is so full and girly and the mesh stripe is so on trend!  I just wish they did this in more colours so I could have one for every day of the week!

I literally cannot get enough of Yours Clothing at the moment, they are just getting better and better. If you like this dress,  you can buy it here, for only £24.50 in the sale at the moment!

 

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