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Jun. 02.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Recommend to a Friend

It’s the 6th and final post in the Lets Talk Blog Challenge series today, so I must start by saying a HUGE thank you to At The Beauty Desk‘s Sarah. Without her help and organisation this whole challenge would never have gotten going. Kudos to you Sarah! The theme for this week is recommend to a friend, so lets get to it.


No need to go into detail here. H&M, New Look, Penneys etc, but you know all these already. Moving swiftly along to…



Okay, on a night out with the girls the cocktails will be flowing, and rightly so, but in summer I find one of two things is great on a hot day. The first is an ice cold Bulmers with lots of ice, which is just heavenly, or at home, provided I have one in the freezer, is one of the frozen cocktails from Parrot Bay or Smirnoff. An ideal way to cool down in the evenings (but you may want to add more booze)



I’ve already waxed lyrical about Copenhagen in my Birthday Box post, but if you’re looking for an actual holiday as opposed to just a city, I thoroughly recommend cruising. It is the ultimate in doing as much or as little as you want, and it is surprisingly affordable, as all your meals are included (and you could eat 24/7) and by adding on a drinks package too you would have to pay next to nothing. Even for those who say that boats don’t agree with them, I’d recommend giving it a try. My mum hates sailing with a passion, yet she loves being on a cruise ship.


I’m not going to recommend any one beauty product here, or even any one brand. I’m going to recommend a mantra:

Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to experiment

Never be afraid to try something new out, as you will find something amazing. Beauty is all about fun and confidence, so be confident and have fun with it.



I recommend you read all the wonderful blogs you see on Twitter, and every one taking part in the Lets Talk Blog Challenge, but to single out just one, I have to recommend you show some love to Amy from Red Lips; Red Hair. She is funny, intelligent, gorgeous, and a delight to read and be around.

And that is the end of the Lets Talk Blog Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it a much as I’ve enjoyed writing for it, and I hope you’ll continue to read my ramblings in the future!



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May. 19.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Survival Guide

ltbc-computerWelcome to week 4, and the second half of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge, being organised by the super Sarah from At The Beauty Desk. This week we’re doing a survival guide. The tips and bits you need to survive a particular situation. The 4 situations we were given to choose from are: A First Date Survival Guide, A Wedding Day Survival Guide, A Night Out Survival Guide or A Festival Survival Guide.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about any of them. I’m single (no wedding day survival guide here), my last first date was 7 years ago, I’ve never been to a festival, and for a night out, get dressed up, have fun, watch out for each other. So, what to do here. Well, one thing I do have experience of, and I know it’s not on the list but bear with me, is hospitals. So, allow me to present to you, my Hospital Survival Guide.

Keeping clean:

Even with the best cleaning crew in the world, and I’ve seen some of them do amazing things, if you are in a multi bed room, with shared toilets and showers, keeping clean is going to be a little bit of an issue. I was fortunate enough to be in a single room with a private bathroom for most of my recent experiences, but there are still a couple of things I would highly recommend.


Wipes: No, not for taking your makeup off. These are going to be handy to have if you just want to freshen up without going through the whole process of finding an empty loo on the ward, trying to wash a little and finding yourself with someone banging on the door needing to urgently go. At least with these you can wipe hands, arms, face etc. and chuck them. It’s not a substitute for a proper wash, but at least during the day you can keep yourself a little fresher.


Sanitiser: Okay, speaking of trips to the bathroom. Again, you’re in a multi bed room, it’s coming up to lunch time, you go and use the toilet, wash your hands, head back to your bed and eat. I’m not saying you will have touched something unsanitary, but it is possible. There should be hand sanitisers every few feet (I had 5 in my room) but just to be sure, keep one of these in your locker. You’re there to get well, and picking up something else by accident is not pleasant.


Shampoos: Really, you’re not going to be looking just out of the salon gorgeous hair wise, but you’re still going to want to keep it clean when you can get some shower time. So, what do you do? Do you bring your big bottles of fancy shampoo and conditioner with you? Do you decant it into smaller bottles? What I’ve found handy, is free sample sachets like these Mane ‘n Tail ones. Handy, single use sachets. You use them, dump the packaging in the bin, and they take up no space whatsoever!


Drying out:


Having spent 5 weeks indoors at one point on a hospital trip, I can tell you, hospitals are warm, dry places. Sometimes too warm and too dry. Bring your moisturiser with you, as well as some kind of lip balm and hand cream. You will really appreciate having them.




Right, let’s be honest here. You can have Oscars Night makeup on, and it still won’t make a hospital gown look glamorous. Why not leave the makeup behind, and instead look for a way to dress up the gown. I recommend a good dressing gown. Not boudoir good, but something that is comfortable and you feel good in. I like my big fluffy number from Penneys.


Hospitals are BORING places:


Unless you work in a hospital, it’s very difficult to disagree with me here. You get brief periods of excitement, followed by long, soul destroying stretches of boredom. In my case I had a couple of hours of excitement (surgery, woo!) followed by 10 days straight of doing nothing. I had simple instructions. Sit there, mind the bed so nobody can take it.

For that reason, please, if you know you will be there more than a couple of hours, bring your phone/tablet/kindle/laptop and chargers with you. I also had a sudoku magazine with me, but found that I couldn’t concentrate on one thing for too long, which is why having multitasking products helps.



Don’t let the hospital get to you. I know, easier said than done, but this actually works. Everyone commented on how positive I was during the whole thing, even when things weren’t going to plan. Knowing that you’re in the right place, and that you have people looking out for you, whether they’re doctors, nurses or visitors, will make things a lot easier.

So, that’s my survival guide. If you have anything to add, or want to agree/disagree with anything, please do leave me a comment!



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Apr. 28.

Let’s Talk Blog Challenge: Day in the Life

FOTD-BgGood evening and welcome to week 1 of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge, arranged by the absolutely wonderful Sarah from At The Beauty Desk. Week 1 is a very simple introduction to me, through a day in my life, and is full of pictures. So, lets begin.


It all starts here each day, with my room. Not much to see, bed is there, wardrobe is there, computer is there, and the window is over there. Sitting in front of the wardrobe is the first task of the day.


It’s laundry day. Well, in fact every other day has some kind of laundry being done. I gather it up and carry it downstairs, trying not to be tripped up, or step on, the 1 eyed, schizophrenic, South African…


Cat. This is Rascal, our first furry friend, who has a long and varied history (read about it here). On the way, I have to stop in the kitchen and put on the kettle, as I’m in need of tea or coffee or something. Finally I make it to the washing machine out in the utility room, where I’m met by Patch.


Patch is always happy to see everyone, and just wants to play, which can be great fun as he is part dalmatian, part spaniel, completely daft and all muscle. He also has part floppy ears, so whenever he tried to make them stand up, the tops of them just keep falling over. After getting laundry in to the machine, on to the washing line, playing with Patch for a couple of minutes, making tea and getting some breakfast its back upstairs to get some work done.


It’s a Monday, and that means it’s manicure day on the blog. This week I have something ready prepared, otherwise I sit down, look at the shelf of polish (now 122 unique bottles) and decide what I’d like. I then photograph it and get working on the blog post, stopping at least a dozen times to read a link that has come up on Twitter or make a funny comment. I also have to stop  to do lots of tea making (I need tea).

And there you have my day. The rest of the week follows pretty much the same schedule, sometimes without laundry, sometimes with an event or shops to go to.

What’s your average day like? Please say it’s more interesting than mine. Either way please do let me know in a comment.


Part of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge series:

  • Week 1: Day in the Life
  • Week 2: Summer Essentials (5th May)
  • Week 3: Birthday Box (12th May)
  • Week 4: Survival Guide (19th May)
  • Week 5: Magazine v Blogging (26th May)
  • Week 6: Recommend to a Friend (2nd June)

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