Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Review - L'Oreal Hydro Genius

I know i'm late on the bandwagon with this but forgive me!!

I picked this up about three months ago now when I went to Manchester and after reading all the bloggers reviews on it I knew it was something I needed. I have not read one bad review about this however (here comes the unpopular opinion)..... I cant say i'm over the moon about this at all, it really was a disappointment. I have tried it now for maybe a month or so and I really just cannot see the fuss about this. I feel like it dries my skin out not hydrate it.

I paid £7.99 for this 250ml bottle with is quite a good amount considering you only need one or two pumps. It also claims to have aloe water in it which is great for calming the skin and also hydrating. I don't know if it's just my skin or what but I really wasn't impressed and cant see what the fuss is about at all. I feel like its quite a sticky product and dries into the skin extremely quick which is something I definitely don't like in a moisturiser, especially for my nighttime routine. I will give it another go but for now its not one of my go to's.

What are your thoughts on this product?
Love Natalie

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Back In Business

Well hello everyone, i'm sure you've probably forgotten about me its been that long. I'm so sorry i've been away all this time. I've been bridesmaid, been part of Hurricane Irma in the Dominican and unfortunately throughout it all my mental health has played a bit part in my life, so I thought my best way to deal with it all is cut ties with everything so I had to take a break.

I'm back now and ready for this more than ever. I will try my best to get back on schedule but for now you'll have to bear with me. I'll be reviewing a few products that i'm sure you've already seen loads of times before but yano what I don't care, I want to share my views haha.

So yes whilst i've been away I flew to Northern Ireland for one of my best friends wedding in a stunning place called Lough Erne. I had so much fun and it really cheered me up. I was also able to spend a couple of days with my boyfriend which is so nice after 2 months of being apart. It's tough!!
Then at the end of August we set off on our travels to the Dominican Republic for two weeks. This was paradise! (bar hurricane Irma joining us). The hotel was stunning and the staff were so welcoming. I ate so much food that I now need to be on a diet for at least 6 years!!! I recommend the Dominican to everyone!

I havn't actually done a massive amount of shopping whilst i've been off' but i've just booked New York for Christmas with Ryan which I am over excited about so Sephora will deffo be hit hard. I hardly have any clothes here after moving back from Belfast. I can't wait to hit the high street, esp Primark and see what gorgeous pieces I can pick up. Don't worry I may do a little haul on here or over on my IG. I also need a lot more clothes for work. I never know what to wear. I find it so hard to pick up stunning stylish pieces for work and also working out what goes with tights haha you certainly ain't gonna catch me in bear legs in autumn!!!
So that is all still to come.

How have you been? Anything exciting been happening?
So happy to be back!
Speak soon.
Love Natalie xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Sunday Catch Up - But On A Monday

Well hello there everyone, I'm sure you're wondering where I've been. So over the past 4 months I have been living in the 1920's. I've had NO WIFI!!! Obviously I can't afford to go and sit in Starbucks everyday so I just decided to have a complete break from technology and to be honest I quite enjoyed it. I also had a few mental health problems while I was away so I guess the timing worked our rather well. However whilst being away for so long I really missed the whole blogging scene. I've missed meeting new people through the Twitter chats or getting to know people on Instagram. I now feel like everyone has forgotten about me so this is a post to pretty much say
HELLO and I am back again haha. It's taking me a while to get through everything because I have missed so much so its going to be a while until I start posting again but please please please send me your links and start chatting to me again on twitter or come say hello. I have missed you all so much. I hope you all understand. Hopefully see you in a twitter chat or online soon.

Love Natalie xx

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Skin Update, HELP

Hello beauts. Now I know this wasn't planned or is in the schedule but I really need your help!
*Starts singing Ed...Oh i'm a mess right now.....

I am completely addicted to skincare, probably slightly more than makeup, but right now my skin is not playing ball. Does anyone else see all these skincare posts and get so overwhelmed about whats best and what works? So many girls swear by certain products or brands. I see so many products that I want to try but right now my skin is a mess. I don't know what it is but over the past few weeks its become so sensitive and i've now a couple of breakouts. After applying products my face started stinging and I honestly am not sure if thats normal or what.

I started trying out a new toner which I got in one of my beauty boxes and I love it. Its the Nuxe Gentle toner infused with rose petals and it seems to be the only thing that doesn't sting my face right now. My face is so pigmented at the min too. Like it becomes so red and sore. I just don't know what to try or whats best to do. I love Kiehl's and Elemis but i'm up for trying anything. I really could do with Caroline Hirons staying with me for a while haha I'm wondering do I need to start using products for sensitive skin? Anything thats infused with rose petals or rose water. I've always had such dry skin but obviously our skin changes over time.

I need a full new routine to get my skin back on track. Like I said the only two products I love at the min is the Nuxe toner and the Kiehl's avacado eye cream. Being a beauty blogger and the problems i've already had this week this is not what I need right now. I just want to get my skin back on track, get myself a routine going and then hopefully I can start reviewing products again.

I literally just want to scream after this week!!!! Please help! I just any tips and help possible.
Thank you so much in advance
Love Natalie xx


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Catch Up #4

Sooooo how gorgeous has it been this weekend? I love the sun! You could say i'm a complete sun worshiper. I just think it makes everyone so much happier and I definitely feel lifted. :)

So how have you all been this week? Unfortunately this week hasn't been the greatest for me. As you already probably know I have paid two visits to a&e this week. I strangely have no feeling in my lower left leg. After pulling a few shapes for the doctor, he thinks that one of the discs in my back is slightly twisted and is nipping a nerve which has dulled the sensation in my leg. I also have to go for an MRI scan to see what it shows and then hopefully they can help me. The pain in my back is constant and i'm not allowed to do any exercise until the MRI scan which isn't good, I can just see myself getting bigger gradually and then this adds to my mental health so unfortunately its a vicious circle at the moment. I'm also not allowed to sit with my legs crossed which again is extremely hard and I have to keep reminding myself lol. Otherwise i'm doing okay haha

I know this week has been a whirlwind and I havn't stuck to my schedule and to be honest i'm not sure I will this week either, although I will try my best. I don't know whats going on but I just seem to be all over the place atm, with my blog, my life, everything. I come home from work and I just have no time, by the time I get showered, have tea and sit down, i'm ready for bed. I miss taking part in twitter chats, i've so many blogs to read and catch up on. I just can't seem to get anything done or get myself into a routine. Add into that going to visit my granny every night too. I'm so close to my granny so I love going down most nights to see her.

To be honest as you could have guessed I havn't had a chance to watch a lot this week. I've literally just realised, whilst writing this, that sky have taken criminal minds off demand. What the hell do I do now??!!!!???? Theres a few things I need to watch on Netflix too. Has anyone watched 13 Reasons yet?

So sorry this post has been more of a rant than anything but its just a little update :)
If you have or know of any posts about managing routines please link them below. This week on the blog I have a skincare update and i'd love your help as i'm just in a bit of a mix up lol. Bloodyhell i'm not a very good blogger am I? I can't do much right now can I? lol Maybe I should just give up haha

Hope everyones okay :)
Love Natalie xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Because I'm All About That Base, 'Bout That Base

You re-read that title and sang it didn't you? YEAHHHH GIRLLLLLLLL!!! Here we are again with another review. This week its all about my favourite foundation at the mo (thats why its all about that base!??!!! get it ;) good huh?) Okay so anyway yes here is it the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer all in one.

The packaging is a clear glass bottle with a screw lid. Instead of a pump I was a bit weary when I found out it was a wand. After using it for the first few times I was quite pleased and became used to the different application. I do like this idea because i've learnt that the amount of product that is on the wand is the right amount to cover my face without needing anymore.

 The concept of this foundation is that it has a concealer mixed into the foundation and therefore covers all the redness, spots or dark circles without needing another product. Perfect for travelling. This foundation gives a dewy finish which is great for people like me with dry skin. The coverage I would say is medium to full. It covers any redness and spots that i have without giving that cakey look which I bloody hate!

This foundation is not badly priced either. You can buy it in Boots or Debenhams or any Clinique stockist. It is £25 in both Boots and Debenhams. Also don't forget you can collect points at both these stores which really means you can treat yourself to even more beauty items in the long run. Its a win win situation.

Have you tried this foundation? If not, go get it, you'll not be disappointed!
Whats your favourite foundations for spring?
Natalie xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

My Watch Collection

Hey beauts! How are you all? Today I'm gonna chat about my ever growing watch collection.

Now lets go back to when I was a teenager and didn't really care about what I wore or what accessories I had, pretty much a tomboy. God knows what I was thinking. A handbag? you must be joking! Anyway fast forward a few years into my late teenage years where i'm starting to buy more jewellery and handbags and even care what I wore and looked like, yet still never wore a watch. Move on another couple of years and Michael Kors watches blew up in the world. After that I was sold.

For my 21st birthday my boyfriend bought me my first ever watch which of course had to be Michael Kors, and from then I have been obsessed with watches ever since.  Michael Kors soon became overhyped and too many people was wearing it. So I went and  bought myself an Olivia Burton watch. Now when it came to choosing which one I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I just wanted very one of them. From the plain faces to rose gold faces, to different coloured straps and different faces with designs on. I just couldn't choose. So eventually I decided on the plain white face with a tan strap (goes with everything as my mother would say) but I knew I would soon be back for more.

As I knew it didn't stop there. The Olivia Burton collection of watches are is just so beautiful. They are so elegant and very comfy to wear on the wrist. They have a face for every day of the month and a different strap to match. Before I knew it I was back choosing my fourth watch.

I am now a proud owner of 1 Micheal Kors and 4 Olivia Burton watches. My collection will definitely not stop there as I think i've caught the watch bug off my boyfriend. Theres nothing nicer than looking down and seeing such a beautiful product on your wrist. If your like me and usually use your phone to check the time then hey its a gorgeous accessory to wear.


Do you have a favourite watch brand?
Love Natalie xx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Sunday Catch Up #3

Yes I know it's Monday but it's also Easter (sticks tongue out)

What a busy week it has been! On Monday I turned 25 so that evening I went to watch the Everton under 23's...theres certainly some talent there and i'm not just talking about their skills ;) Then on Tuesday I went for a meal after work with my family and then on Wednesday I met up with 2 of my longest friends and went for dinner with them too. As you can tell this week has not been a great one for the healthy eating. (its my birthday thoooooo)

This weekend my boyfriend flew over and we spent 2 nights in the gorgeous Raddison hotel in Liverpool. What an amazing time we had. We went for a walk around the Albert dock, done a spot of shopping in and around Liverpool One and then had a few drinks in our hotel and then headed out again on Saturday for more drinks. So you could say it was a great drunken weekend. Time to detox now haha. Today I managed to land myself in A&E as I can't feel my left leg, I can walk ok which is the strange thing but it is very weak. The doctor had no idea what is wrong and apparently I should get some feeling back in the next couple of days, so we'll wait and see.

Work has been busy this week. We've all been taking on extra jobs until the replacement starts in May. So things are busy but i'm still loving it. Such a good laugh with all the guys, what a great bunch.

I'm still watching my Criminal minds but unfortunately I havn't had the chance to join in any twitter chats this past week. I really enjoy these chats and getting to know everyone. I also have failed on keeping up with my blog this week...I am so so sorry, However it has been my birthday and i've had an extremely busy week! So all the planned posts will be up this week instead.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Catch Up #2

Good afternoon beautiful people, another week over. I cant believe we're in April, its a joke!! What have you lovelies been up to this week?

This week was my first week alone in my new job without my trainer and wow! What a week. I feel like i've settled in so well and to be honest it actually feels like i've been there years. I get on so well with everyone and my boss is amazing. She bought us all easter eggs and a round of drinks...all for nothing.  I really am loving it there, so so happy.

I havn't really done much else this week. I don't know what it is but i'm always so cold and tired when I get home from work and I just want to shower, get in my pj's and watch my Criminal minds....yes i'm still addicted! I need to start pulling myself together and getting things done after work. I joined in a couple of chats this week and I have to say my most favourite chat is #GRLPOWR which is on Tuesday at 9pm, Thursday at 8pm and Sunday at 9pm. My second favourite has to be #TeacupClub which is ran Monday at 5pm, Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 5pm. I really want to join another couple of chats so i'll see what happens.

Hasn't the weather been gorgeous this weekend? Just needs to be a bit warmer though. I took my granny out for a walk yesterday and we went for a nice cuppa at a little cafe just up the road from her nursing home. I have to say i'm definitely a sun worshiper.

Unfortunately my mental health has been slowly getting worse again over the past few weeks so i've made an appointment with the doctor and i'll hopefully be able to get my medication changed. Life is such a struggle. When i'm in work i'm fine because I love it, I have such a laugh with everyone I work with but its when I get home and thats when my mood just drops its like having a switch that someone flicks as soon as I get through the door. Thats why nearly every night after I shower I jump into bed and watch Criminal minds because I get so into it that it takes my mind off life and whats going on.

Its my birthday tomorrow!!!! 25 i'll be! Or half way to 50 as my sister likes to remind me. The gorgeous white roses in the above picture was a surprise that I came home to on Saturday from Ryan for my birthday. Next weekend he is coming over from Belfast and we've booked two nights in a gorgeous hotel in Liverpool. So i'm really looking forward to seeing him and getting some time together. So my Sunday catch up will probably be on Monday next week but hopefully you can forgive me :)

Anyway i'm off out for tea now to celebrate my 'milestone' with my family because i'm going to football straight after work tomorrow lol. What better way to spend my birthday than watching my boys in blue - Everton. Its actually the under 23's so hopefully there will be some young talents that will soon be in the first team.

As always throughout the week i'm on twitter and IG everyday so you can come say hi if you want. I hope you enjoy this weeks upcoming posts...

See you soon
Natalie xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Review: Stunning Cosmetics

Hey Ho! i'm here with a review of a fake tan that I was kindly sent by stunning cosmetics. Stunning cosmetics kindly contacted me on twitter and asked me would I like to review their fake tan. Of course I couldn't say no, I mean i'm all for a nice glow and i'm eager to find out the most natural tan on the market.

They kindly provided me with a mitt also, to apply the tan. Now let me tell you about this mitt. It is no ordinary mitt, to me this is the softest tanning mitt I have ever used. Unlike all my other tanning mitt's this one is quite a thick foam pad and is extremely soft. not gonna lie I just wanted to carry on rubbing my body with it, its as soft as a blanket. I don't know how its possible but it is!

As for the tan, this is an instant tanning mousse which takes 8 hours to develop properly, so ideal for either a quick fix or an intense tanning evening. The tan went on very smoothly and quite easily. Once I had finished applying it, the colour was a lovely natural glow so I was skeptical as to what it would be like after 8 hours. I went to bed and woke up expecting to look like Donald Trump, though to my surprise it was still a lovely natural colour. Unfortunately though there was that 'fake tan' smell which does put me off, even after showering there was still a slight smell there.

As the week went on my body remained to have that natural glow. However as the began to fade it did go patchy in certain areas such as my ankles and my feet, but when it was time to scrub it off it came off with no problems.
Overall I would definitely purchase this tan and probably use it as a top up tan or a back up. However the mitt is a must have in my life!!!

Do you have a favourite fake tan?
Natalie xx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday Catch Up #1

Well look who it is! Yes i'm back! I'm so sorry that over the past month or so I've been on and off with my blog and thats really all down to my mental health and also my new job as a receptionist which I am loving so far. So I just wanted to give myself a break and get into my new routine etc before I started stressing again over my blog. Anyway I am back and I promise i'm here to stay!!!  God i've missed it. Even just taking part in twitter chats or things like that, let alone writing posts and photographing products.

To start myself back into blogging i've decided to do a new series on my blog called 'The Sunday Catch Up'. Here I will post every Sunday about what i've been getting up to during the week. How my week has gone, what i've been watching/listening to and really just a general chit chat which I hope you are going to enjoy. I'm also going to start a blog schedule so here it is:

Sunday - Catch Up From The Previous Week

Tuesday - Review

Thursday - Haul/Favourites/Lifestyle etc

So how are you all? This week was my second week of training in my new job and so far I am loving it. I'm a receptionist at a large printing firm in Preston. I've had two weeks training so tomorrow is my first day on my own and its expected to be a busy one so i'm a bit anxious about it, but everyone I work with is lovely and will be able to help out.

Don't shout, I havn't been to the gym in about 3 weeks! (I know...*head in hands) I've just been so busy trying to get a routine started with my life. Which I still havn't managed to figure out so if you have any tips with juggling a 9-5 job, visiting my granny then adding in the gym, give me a shout! Oh and not to mention the blog! I'm really struggling with it all. I've no posts planned, pics taken or anything done, and when I get home from work i'm so tired after looking at a screen all day that I just want to relax. I miss blogging so much though.

This week i've been listening to the lovely Ed on my way to work and home again. What an album and who doesn't love Ed?!? I've also been binge watching Criminal Minds when I can, I absolutely love this show. Its all about a team who work together to solve murders but they look at the behaviour side and put together a profile. So they look at why would this person be a victim, how have they been killed, where was the body dumped and they use all this information and create a profile of the killer who is then caught. Its so addictive, you have to give it a go! If you know of any other crime series like this, let me know in the comments! I love a good murder haha

Yesterday I went shopping because 1. its my first pay day (at long last) and 2. I really needed more workwear. This is something i'm now struggling with. Before I wore a tunic in the nursing home, navy trousers and trainers but now I can wear make up, have my nails done, wear jewellery, heels, its like a whole new life for me, i'm so happy haha. So yesterday I bought a lovely dress in H&M and a couple of blouses. I think i'm going to have a sneeky look on Jewellerybox.co.uk because I know they have some lovely pieces. I also bought myself some heels which i can't wait to start wearing, i'm gonna feel so grown up haha. If you have any workwear idea's, you got it, let me know in the comments below.

So thats it really for today. Let me know if you're liking the idea of 'the Sunday catch up' or not. I'll let you know on my social media how tomorrow goes in work as my first day on my own...eeeeeekkkkkkkkk! What are your plans for the week ahead?

Love Natalie xx

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

An Afternoon With My Miracle Worker

For as long as I remember my hair has been the bane of my life. Ever since I was born I was unfortunately blessed with thick, knotty, curly, frizzy hair. Growing up I was bullied in primary and secondary school because of this, it was basically a bush on my skull. It was horrendous. As i've grown older I have done whatever I can to get rid of this bush and try to attempt to calm it down as such. I've been to numerous hairdressers, all of which have made a point of telling me what a nuisance my hair is to them and acted like I was a problem which added to my upset with my hair. A few years ago I remembered about a friend of my family's who was a hairdresser and was also in the year above me in primary school. So I got in touch and here we are.

Christina has been an absolute miracle worker (hence the title). Instead of treating me like a problem, Christina treats me like a challenge and loves to throw ideas at me of what we can do with my mop. We started off with a Brazillian blowdry which didn't work, so we moved onto a Keratain treatment, this also didn't work so we are now attempting a Nano-Keratain treatment. So far it works wonders. I have the treatment done and then for the following three days I'm not allowed to get my hair wet or put it in a bobble so this allows the treatment to settle and work itself into the hair. What a difference it makes. For someone who has absolutely hated their hair ever since I was born and to get to this is such a miracle. I know i keep using that word but nothing else describes it. After having the treatment done I honestly feel like a new woman. The joy of having it done is unreal. I can actually straighten my hair then without any problems or do many different hairstyles. As women we all know what its like when you've had your hair done, we feel a million dollars, but for me times that by 20.

Lately I have been feeling quite down when it comes to my hair. I was in definite need of my treatment but also sick and tired of the same look. All I ever do is have it straight or in a bun and thats it. I never attempt any other hairstyle because i'm so afraid of it not suiting me or having people laugh or talk about me. I guess it comes from being bullied as a child. So last week I messaged Christina, voiced my concerns and she kindly sent me a few images of ideas of what we can do. After talking to her about it she always puts my mind at ease. Every woman knows how much they need to trust their hairdresser and well to me Christina is Mother Teressa. So like always after some consultation I left it in her hands and i am so pleased with the final result. Not only have i had my miracle treatment again but I have what is to me a brand new look and I am so happy with it.
Here is the aftermath after blocking two hoovers:

Christina has now moved to Essex but still comes and visits family in Preston and manages to squeeze me in everytime. This girl is an absolute godsend. I honestly cannot thank her enough after what she has done for me and my confidence over the past few years. She lifts my spirits everytime I see her.

Have you got a favourite hairdresser? Any special treatments or products?
Natalie xx

Monday, 13 March 2017

Moringa Oil

Hello all! Well it as been a while hasn't it? I'm sorry I had to take some time off from the blog and social media, but it was the right thing to do for me personally. I'll not go into details because I'm not that confident in talking about my problems just yet, however i'm back and here to stay!

Today I want to share something I was kindly sent, let me introduce to you Moringa Oil.

Moringa oil is packed full of goodness. It is a cold pressed oil which is to be used sparingly on the skin. Only fresh green leaves which are grown in Spain are used and no harsh ingredients that irritate the skin. Its extraordinary anti-aging products just add to the exceedingly good properties of this product. The packaging is very basic however the fact it has a pump is a dream, it makes it so easy to use.

I applied this product every morning and night as part of my skincare routine. After my serum I used one pump and patted it into my face. I have used this product for a week now and what a difference. Like most girls i'm used to having a lot of redness around my nose and bags around my eyes. However after using this oil the redness has dramatically been reduced and is almost non visible. My skin looks fresh and plumped and I believe it is all down to this oil. All this goodness whilst hydrating my skin thoroughly. It is quite a thick oil which is why only one pump is needed and even then I feel its sometimes a little much.

Overall I definitely enjoyed using this product and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.
You can purchase the oil and other Moringa products such as powder which can be used for smoothies or capsules which are also available for people who don't like the taste or the Moringa powder here www.wikaniko.com. There are no known side effects of any of these products as it is an all natural product which to me is extremely important.

You can head straight over to buy the oil here: http://tinyurl.com/moringa10

Thank you to Wikaniko for allowing me to review this wonderful product.
Have you ever tried something as good as this?
Natalie xx

Monday, 27 February 2017

My Fitness Journey - The Beginning

*excuse the bad photos they were taken on my phone

Hey pals! Did I ever think I would be writing a post about Fitness? Ever? No! For the blog? No! If you knew me even 3 years ago you would have laughed when I mentioned the gym. Jees, I'd even laugh myself. But hey ho here we are.

When I first started this blog last month I knew it was going to be all about beauty and skincare because guess what i'm addicted, (we know Natalie) but what I didn't know is that fitness was soon going to become a big part of my life.
We all know I moved back from Belfast last month after 10 years due to my mental health taking a turn for the worst and one of my escape routes was exercise. I first joined a gym back in Belfast with my boyfriend Ryan because it would pretty much be the only thing we did together as a couple due to work schedules and family commitments. I soon realised I enjoyed going to the gym *insert shocked face emoji. Who is this girl?. I started off with a little help from Ryan creating a routine and soon I was pretty much a regular at the gym. Fast forward a few months and now i'm in Preston, back with my family and no job. Once again the mental health took a turn. So I got off my ass and joined a gym. I am a proud member of Total Fitness in Preston, I love it because I feel it has absolutely everything you could think of. Weights, machines, swimming, table tennis and yes of course a cafe! Don't forget the spa-like changing rooms. Its a dream.

Since joining i've started to take fitness a lot more seriously. Its definitely a large part of my life now. I try to go 5 times a week but feel like crap on my 2 days rest. I've done countless research on Youtube and Instagram but my main inspiration is Carly Rowena. Carly is a fitness blogger and also a PT (yeah this girl has her work cut out). Even after all my research I am still struggling with what is right for me and my body. Yes I am a size 10 but my no means am I happy with my body. I know i'm not overweight but that doesn't mean I cant have targets or be unhappy with myself. I am more unhappy with myself and my body than you'll ever know. Another reason to hit the gym is the endorphins which your body releases that make us happy and guess what it actually bloody works. We all wanna look like a Victoria Secret model right? But we also know thats only ever going to be a dream. I know i'm never going to be a VS girl but I also know that what I want is achievable. I want to tone up and loose that little bit of weight also. That bit of flab that folds over the leggings every time or the 'pregnancy belly' that I have, it has to go! I also would love to become stronger. I'm not after a 6 pack or abs because thats just not me. I would just love to be healthy.

I wrote this post as I would really love some help with my fitness journey. I have emailed Carly a couple of times and i'm pretty sure she has enough to deal with, without me asking stupid questions, but we all have to start somewhere right?
We all have them few girls who we just wanna look like, weather it be their tanned skin, stunning hair styles or unbelievable body. I feel ya girl! There's this one girl in my gym who I see every now and again and I just think I wanna be like you. She has an amazing figure. Then there's Carly who is like my celeb inspo. Jealousy is an awful thing girls. However I vow to let that jealousy be used as a power to force me to push myself. In no way am I fit or where I want to be on my fitness journey, my god I can just about lift a kettlebell let alone do anything with it, but I have made a start and thats an amazing achievement for me.

I NEED YOU!!!!! Help me! Anything at all. healthy dinner reciepies, smoothies, workouts, accessories, or some sexy gym kit, whatever i am open to loads of new ideas. Or if theres someone who inspires you or that you love to binge watch fitness videos of, send em my way.

If you enjoyed this post and would like me to keep you updated with my fitness progress, let you know my favourite moves or anything regarding fitness and maybe I could go down a fitness path also then let me know in the comments.

Have you got any nice gym kit? Whats your favourite workout move?
Natalie xx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Look Fantastic Does It Again

Over the past year I've tried a couple of beauty boxes, none of which came close to this one. Look Fantastic's beauty box is undoubtedly the queen of all beauty boxes. Each month the excitement I have over receiving this is unhealthy. It's like Christmas but every month.
Firstly can we please talk about the packaging of this. The actual box itself beautiful, the quality and standards this box is amazing compared to other beauty boxes i've received, where the box would melt within minutes if it was left outside in the rain for a while. Not to mention the colours and shine of this box...its just so inviting.
When I open the box I can't help but notice the quote on the inside of the lid. For an over thinker like myself, its a great little pick me up. Next we come to the unwrapping the beautifully matched coloured tissue paper. I can't help but put all of my concentration into opening this without ripping it. The satisfaction of not ripping this is so pleasing.Once everything is opened, the products are played out nicely so that every one of them is on show.Thats when the investigating begins.

Once again Look Fantastic have not let me down, the range of products is brilliant. The brands and quality of products that Look Fantastic are associated with is what makes this the absolute best beauty box i have ever received. Their brands range from high end to drugstore and their products include skincare, haircare, make up and everything in between.
This year so far the box has contained products from brands such as This Works, The Ordinary, and Pixi. All brands that i've been wanting to try now for a while. This is the ideal thing about Look Fantastic's beauty box, you are able to try out products and brands that you thought you could never afford, or products that always got pushed to the back of the queue on payday. The selection of brands are endless with Look Fantastic, not to mention the two free magazines you also get each month - the latest edition of Elle and Look Fantastic's very own beauty box magazine.

Sometimes the price of the beauty boxes are what put people off, I know I have been in the past. However with this beauty box there are three different subscriptions, all of which offer amazing prices:
The 3 month subscription works out at £13.33pm
The 6 month subscription works out at £12.50pm
The 12 month subscription works out at £11.25pm

All with free postage and packaging. Some people may be put off by the 12 month contract, in that case go for the 3 month one and see what you think. Though i can tell you now that you will not be disappointed and after only one month, I was sold.
The Look Fantastic beauty box is a great way of trying new products every month and not to mention the endless amount of offers they have on their website. Which you can find here at: www.lookfantastic.com. I recommend this beauty box 110% so please sign up and give it a try. I promise you will not be disappointed.

What beauty box subscriptions have you tried? Any recommendations?
Natalie xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream

Another holy grail product in everyones beauty kit, no matter weather its your gran, your mum, a girl at work or your sister, everyone has head about this ultimate saviour.

The eight hour cream has many uses which is why it is so popular. It can be used as a lip balm, a lip mask, body cream, hand cream or for the ultimate moisture - an overnight face mask. This stuff is absolutely amazing. Not only does it moisturise and protect the skin, it can also soothe minor burns such as sunburn. 

The actual product is a thick gel like cream enriched with goodness. As soon as you apply this stuff you can feel it sinking in to each and every crack in the skin. even tho it claims to be fragrance free there is a slight scent which is not always a winner especially with my mum however if you can get passed it this product is a must for skincare and beauty. Elizabeth Arden is sold in many great stores such as Debenhams and Boots and also online at Feel Unique. The retail price of this is around the £20 mark or just over however you can always find a promo code for sites such as feel unique etc so always shop round. 

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts? 
Natalie xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Haircare Saviours from Moroccan Oil

It's definately been a while since we last spoke. How have you been? I took a week off to spend time back in Belfast with my bf and getting back into my gym routine. Oh my, have I missed the gym?! You forget how good you feel afterwards. Anyway todays post is all about my current shampoo and conditioner from Moroccan Oil. 

I LOVE this brand. All their products are sulphate free and parabon free which is exactly what I need after having my nano keratin treatment done. First a little history about my hair. I have always had thick curly hair with a bout 1000 flyaways. I hate it! I've have tried many treatments such as a brazillian blow dry which my hair got used to, I then tried a keritain treatment which my hair also got used to and now i'm trying out a nano keratin treatment which seems to be working so far. It's really just a smoothing treatment that also thins my hair slightly making it more manageable.
You can buy these products from many hair salons or online stores such as Look Fantastic or Feel Unique. At first I just bought the 250ml bottles for £16 each until I tried to see if my hair liked it. Now that i've realised its a perfect match for my hair I decided to ave a bit of money and buy the 500mls set which I got for slightly cheeper at £34 for both on Feel Unique where I also was able to throw a couple of samples in. I chose Emma Hardie's Morning Cleansing Balm and Vichy's Normaderm. I'll ket you know about them at a later date. The 500ml bottles come with a pump which I love so that i'm not wasting any product because I hate that when it gets round the lid and all slippery lol.

Moroccan Oil offer a wide range of shampoos such as curl, hydrate, moisture repair, extra volume and smoothing. My favourite's are hydrate and moisture repair. These two are just magnificent. They drown my hair in moisture whilst also smoothing and giving it a light shine. I also find that if I use a hair mask prior to shampooing such as coconut oil I don't need as much conditioner. We all know theres no way you can finish the shampoo and conditioner bottle at the same time, its impossible!

I also use the Moroccan Oil treatment which is a thick gel like formula and although most people run it through the ends of their hair, whereas I like to run it through all over because I think that this is what helps with my baby hairs and fly aways. This treatment leaves my hair feel extremely smooth and manageable. I received a small travel size bottle in my Look Fantastic beauty advent calendar which is perfect to take to the gym. I notice a hell of a lot if I havn't used this treatment. which is why I need it in my life. Moroccan Oil offer a range of hairsprays and masks which I am dying to try out because if they are even half as good as these 3 products then they'll be great.  

Have you ever tried anything from their range?
Natalie xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Wet Brush

I know, i'm late to the party.
This is such a cult favourite by many bloggers all over the world. I first discovered the wet brush in New York in Ricky's and after seeing so many bloggers use it I knew I had to have one. What a surprise this was. I thought how can a brush make so much difference? A brush is a brush right? WRONG! Unless you go out and buy one you will not believe the difference it makes.

We all know your not meant to brush your hair when its wet right? As it creates split ends?. Well once again we're wrong. This brush is designed to through wet hair (yes i know the clue is in the name) This is designed with thin bristles so it doesn't tug or pull on the hair strands which then leads to split ends. The wet brush bristles are also designed to massage your scalp and stimulate the circulation. The bristles are firm enough to get through any head of hair including my thick mop. I cannot tell you how great this brush is. It glides through the hair, unknotting anting that gets in its way.

For us picky girls it comes in a range of colours too which you can buy from many online retailers such as beauty bay for just £12. Trust me its worth it guys!

Have you tried the wet brush? let me know what you think of it.
Natalie xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My Top 5 Blogs Right Now!

We all love reading blogs right? So I thought why not tell you about a couple of my faves right now. All these girls are amazing at what they do and are all definately my inspirations right now.

As You Wish UK

Georgie is one of the nicest girls i've spoke to. I've tweeted her a few times now about different things to do with blogging and instead of ignoring me or replying sharply (which i've found with a couple of the well known bloggers) she has been so sweet and helpful in her messages which has really been nice to see coming from a new blogger. Especially when you have all these questions and you just feel like your annoying everyone when you keep asking, however this has not been the case with Georgie. Far from it. Her blog photos are incredible, I think this is what drew me in to begin with, not to mention her content. I enjoy reading every single post without a doubt. I couldn't get signed up to her subscribing list quick enough. Her blog its self is so instagramable. Georgie runs a beauty, travel and lifestyle blog. She reviews products like no other and her Lush hauls are quite popular and undoubtedly fires up the jealousy deep inside me. An amazing all round blog. Well Done Girl!

Em Sheldon

What I like about Em is that no matter how many followers, posts or likes she has, Em always replies to your tweets, comments when she can. In my opinion Em is one of the bigger bloggers that I follow but again that doesn't stop her from staying grounded. (From the way I talk you'd think we were besties but I can tell you all this even if it is only from contact over twitter) Her travel posts are what dreams are made of. I never knew I wanted to visit so many places in the world! Em has also recently started producing more fitness posts and videos. My god! HER BODY!! ( I say this as i'm currently tucked in to a family size bag of dairy milk) Em's body is goals! You've guessed it, after reading through these posts and watching her fitness videos I decided I should kick myself in the ass and get to the gym so I signed up and now follow her routines weekly and her gym kit outfits. So yeah thanks Em! Greatful of that boost!


Sophie Rosie

Sophie is one of my recently discovered bloggers. I think I started reading her blogs after seeing her pop up on my twitter every now and again and she has one of the profile pictures that makes me think, I wanna look like that. So I started reading her blog! ( not sure what I thought it would help me with) However I cant help but be grasped to every post. To me Sophie has recently started producing a lot more lifestyle posts, which I cannot tell you how greatful I am for. Sophie just seems to get me and know what i'm thinking without even knowing me at all. Her Instagram theme is amazing. She posts whatever she wants but manages to edit it with great skill, something i'm a tad jealous of. Go check Sophie out, you'll not be disappointed :)

Jasmine Talks Beauty

I have followed Jasmine for quite some time now and Jasmine has done an amazing job of designing her photos in a way that if your scrolling through twitter or instagram you just know its her without looking at the name. I just know its Jasmines post. Something I most deffinately aspire to. Jasmine is one of the greatest beauty bloggers I know and follow. Her posts are amazing and so factual. The way Jasmine writes a review is truely great.  If Jasmine recommends it, you buy it. She is so consistant with her posts which I love as i'm always there checking back and waiting on the next. Her blog page is so easy to navigate I find myself about 8 posts deep everytime I visit. I often find myself wondering about her make up collection too, how amazing it would be to own all those products however I understand a lot of time and money has been spent building that collection of products. Thank you for producing such a wonderful blog Jasmine. :)

Beth Norton

Beth is one of them girls that is just good at everything. I have to say I prefer to follow Beth on social media especially snapchat. Beth is one of the funniest girls around. If she's not at a meeting, she's diving into food or a glass of wine. (What a great friend she would make). Beth's posts range from beauty to lifestyle and when she uploaded the post about her body confidence after being so insecure for a so long I couldn't have been happier. (  http://bethnorton.co.uk/how-to-feel-comfortable-in-your-own-skin/  ). This is what I mean by following her through social media outlets you feel like you know her so well. Beth has also recently started posting about fitness which again gave me that kick up the ass, cheers Beth! Her instagram is full of gorgeous shots of herself and her life. So get following people!


I really hope you enjoyed this post. What are your favourite blogs at the minute? Who is your Inspiration?

A Brush Cleanser Without Water?

*I was lucky enough to be sent this product by Beauty Essentials UK

Introducing Shadow Switch!

When I first received my Shadow Switch in the post I was quite excited. A new way to clean eye shadow brushes without water? How genius! 
When I first opened it I did have my doubts as to how this was going to work without a drop of water or baby shampoo! (A firm favourite of mine) Little did I know how amazed I was soon going to be.

All you do is open the tin, grab your eye shadow brush swirl it around in the tin and the product magically sticks to the foam, leaving you with a nice clean brush. Magic!


What I noticed first was that the amount of product that came off in the first few seconds, unbelievable. This is such an amazing product to have especially if your a make up artist and are using many eye shadows but only are able to transport one or two brushes. Also the ideal product for travelling with. A lot of the time when I travel I just take hand luggage and with that i'm only allowed liquids under 100mls and they have to be in a plastic bag. With this being a solid i've no need to worry and can easily take it in my hand luggage. Its compact and easy to use which makes this by far the handiest cleanser in my make up collection. Something that will not be seen outside my make up bag.


You can see in this picture the product which has caught to the sponge inside the tin.

Such a great invention, Perfect for us girls on the go. 

Have you ever tried something like this?
Natalie xx

You Just Can't Beat Kiehl's

What's so special about Kiehl's you ask? IT WORKS! Plain and simple.

I have never known a brand to take so much care and time in creating each and every product. So whats so special about their products? 
Let's start with the science behind them. Every product is made with natural ingredients and goodness which can only help our skin. It was about a year ago now when I first discovered Kiehl's products after watching Em Sheldon talk about her favourite products from the brand. I then took myself off and into the Kiehl's store in Belfast. The girls were absolutely lovely and couldn't be more helpful, Just like every employee of Kiehl's that i've met so far. Kiehl's soon became one of my favourite skincare brands, maybe even my favourite. (and I don't say that lightly). I cannot recommend this brand enough. Since using the products I have noticed such a difference in my skin texture and the look of my skin. Unbelieveable! 

When I visited the store they suggested I have a skin consultation as it was my first time using the products, also to make sure I bought products that were designed to help the problems in my skin. I soon discovered that I had extremely dehydrated skin, which I presume I had from not having a proper skincare routine. Before I knew it I had about 6 products lined up infront of me, all of which I had no clue about. They kindly went through each product, suggested the best way to apply it and the benefits that it would give my skin. I couldn't believe on what I was missing out on. Here is my full skincare routine with each product and the goodness that it provides.

Purifying Foaming Cleanser

Even with the cleanser I had so many options to choose from. Did I want a cleanser to use with water? One that didn't need water? I was gobsmacked. Being the girl that literally splashed her face with water and that was it, I didn't know what I wanted lol. Eventually I decided i'd go with this cleanser which you use with water. They explained that the cleanser you choose is as important as every other stage in your routine as to what makes the difference with your skin. So long as you have a clean sheet then this is the start to creating the masterpiece. This cleanser has Glycerin, white Birch and Peony included which helps replenish the skin and give it a fresh clean feel, ready for the next stage. I love this cleanser as I feel it gets into every pore on my face and gives it a thorough cleanse. I would love to give another cleanser a go though. 

Ultra Facial Toner

I cannot speak about this toner enough. Yes I know a toner! This product is like milk that glides all over your skin. After using this I don't think I could go back to using a water like toner. I love the thickness of the product, I just know its working. This toner also contains glycerin which is a natural ingredient. It also contains Avacado Oil and Vitamin E which are full of goodness. I just pour a drop on to a cotton pad and rub it all over my face which then prepares me for my serum. 

Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Where do I go next?. I was handed this 'long named' serum. Serum? I'd never even heard of serum before. I felt like i'd lived under a stone for years. They told that this serum will help restore my tired looking skin whilst also smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. WRINKLES?? I was scared! I soon learnt its never too early to start with anti ageing products. After using this for a while now i cannot miss this out of my routine. As soon as it hits the skin, the smoothness is unbelievable. I love it. This serum is a thick gel formula which glides over the skin. A firm staple in my routine.

Daily Reviving Concentrate

Now to add some oil back into my skin.This concentrate is perfect for a daily oil to add in some more goodness and let the skin soak it all up. It is a very light oil which adds to the perfect base under make up. It's a blend of Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu Oils which helps the look of tired skin. Exactly what I need in the mornings. It makes the skin feel so good and healthy every morning. Such a great product and perfect partner for my next product...

Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I'm sure you've heard more than enough about this product all over the internet. It is a staple product in a lot of women's evening skincare routine. I can totally understand why. This nighttime oil is a godsend. An excellent quote from Em Sheldon "This is 8 hours sleep in a bottle". and thats exactly what it is. As this has so much goodness in it and is a much heavier oil there is no need for a moisturiser after. Its absolute perfection. I put 2-3 drops in the palm of my hands and pat it into the skin before I go to bed. Overnight it performs miracles, and that is no word of  a lie. Its absolutely unreal. I wake up and my skin looks like i've had a full nights sleep, which is perfect for people like me who really struggle with sleeping. I cannot get enough of this product and is definitely my favourite product by far out of Kiehl's whole range. They hit the nail on the head with this. If you don't buy anything else of Kiehl's please just go and buy this one product and I promise you it will change your life. (a very bold statement, but a true one). Perfection in a bottle.

Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm

The goodness beams out of this moisturiser. It is such a thick cream that you can feel it working into your skin. I will admit the scent of this isn't my favourite, though for all the goodness it does I can look past that. The texture of this is extremely creamy with a heavy feel on the skin, though I do love this. The product is enriched with Edelweiss flower extract which gives it its scent and richness. A great daily moisturiser if your having a no make up day or perfect for a relaxing pamper evening. 

Who knew Kiehl's also provided the world with more than just skincare. I think this may have been my most exciting discovery of late 2016. I had previously seen the products when I visited the store however my skincare was my main priority at this point. Again Em Sheldon (I swear i'm not a stalker) recommended some of their other products in one of her latest videos which i'll link below. So I have a couple of samples here that i've tried but I cannot wait to visit a Kiehl's store again and go mad. God help the store assistant that day!

Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

It was actually a close friend who first recommended this so whilst stocking up on my skincare I grabbed a sample of this hand cream. BAD IDEA! Why did I not buy the full size? ITS KIEHLS afterall! Of course its going to work. Working as a carer, using disposable gloves constantly and washing your hands really takes its toll on them. My hands previously got into a real bad state where they were so dry the skin was peeling, they were so painful in the cold or in water, it was awful. So my friend gave me her hand cream to try out and WOW within seconds my hands felt so unbelievably soft and calming. My hands have got considerably better since using this cream and continue to do so. I use this every morning and evening as part of my skincare routine and I also threw it into my handbag a few times. The sample sizes are perfect for on the go use. After using up all of my sample size I am in desperate need to grab another and fast!   

Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub 

I have my scrub in lavendar, perfect for those pamper evenings before pulling on my jammies and hoping into bed. This scrub is so gentle because the formula is more like a cream just with mini beads throughout. The smell is amazing. I love using this after the gym to help me wine down. It gets rid of all the dirt, dry skin and leaves the skin looking fresh and polished, without having to really scrub at your skin. An all round beautiful product.

Well thats my round up of my Kiehls' products so far. Don't worry though because you will see a lot more of Kiehl's on my blog. I just cannot get enough of this brand. Like I said before IT WORKS. Every product is designed for that certain problem area or certain part of the body. I cannot wait to try out all their other products including hair care, lip care and a lot more bath products. Exciting things to come!

Here's Em Sheldons' links if you fancy taking a look at her blog/youtube. 
Blog - emtalks.com
Youtube - EmShelx
Her favourite Kiehl's products - Best Kiehl's Products

Do you have any of the Kiehl's range? What are your favourite products by them? Leave any links below for me to have a nosey :) 
Natalie xx
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