Sunday, 2 August 2015

Summer Fashion Favourites

I thought I'd start this August off with a fashion favourites post, I have got really into featuring more fashion posts on Glambeautys this year and I hope you have been enjoying them. You've probably gathered by now that my style is pretty simple and I do stick to a lot of the same things and a few of my favourites I wanted to mention today. My favourite piece of jewellery is my Trollbeads White Out Leather bracelet, I love wearing white and this bracelet has been a staple piece for me this Summer season it's perfect for festivals and daily wear and I absolutely love the Marble effect bead, a bloggers dream! 

One of the bags I have been using a lot is my Coco bow Mum on The Run changing bag, yes I know it's pretty hard to believe that a bag this gorgeous is a changing bag but it is and it's amazing! This bag not only has removable lining with four expandable pockets and a zip pocket it also is a beautiful and actually holds quite a lot of things! It still looks brand new and I've been using it for months now, I really love the cute Tassle feature it has a real festival vibe about it and it also has a gorgeous gold Coco bow logo on it too. I would highly recommend this bag to any mums out there, check out the Coco Bow website for even more fabulous changing bags! For a 'What's in my changing bag video' Click here. 

Lastly I couldn't write a Summer fashion favourites post without mentioning a pair of sunglasses now could I? I have so many favourite pairs of sunglasses but these have been with me since last year, in fact this is the second pair as I broke the last pair but loved them so much I had to repurchase. These are by Folli Follie which by the way is an amazing brand, I have many pieces from FF and all of which are amazing quality and so luxurious. I am obsessed with these tortoise shell effect wayfarer sunglasses and need to get off the Folli Follie website before I order more! 

What have been your summer fashion favourites this year? 

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

What I'm Wearing // Back to Black

anastasia beverly hills liquid lipstick midnight
girls with attitude lashes
anastasia beverly hills liquid lipstick midnight

I received some new Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks the other day and when I saw this shade 'Midnight' I just knew I had to create a makeup look for you all. It's definitely not a look I'd wear out.. Unless it was Halloween but I had fun creating this more Dark and Vampy look. I wanted to create a really flawless base for this look so opted for my trusty Mac Studio Fix foundation, I just find this foundation to give me the best cover without making my skin look dry. I would like to find a few more full cover foundations though so if you have any recommendations then please let me know!

I used the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer mixed with a bit of my Mac concealer, the UD concealer is pretty amazing but the shade is a little too light for me hence the reason for mixing. I used this just under the eyes to brighten up the area slightly. On the eyes I used my Too Faced Semi-Sweeet Chocolate palette, I absolutely adore this palette I love both of the chocolate bar palettes but this has been getting a lot of love lately. I just popped some warm brown shades on the crease and outer crease then added a dark chocolate colour to the lids and lower lash line. I love this smokey eye look it's super dramatic and sultry plus the lashes look amazing don't they? These are the Girls With Attitude Double Take lashes in Kiera, they are just £5 what a bargain! 

Finally I contoured using my ABH Powder Contour palette then added some highlight using an Inglot loose shimmer powder that I got at Imats last year. To complete the look I added Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in 'Midnight' this black shade is super dramatic with a blue undertone that's actually very flattering. I have tried a few black lipsticks in the past for various Halloween/Dramatic looks and they've always made my teeth look super yellow but as you can see with this shade it does quite the opposite it's like magic! 

Have you ever worn a black lipstick? What do you think of matte liquid lip products, do you own any and have a favourite? 

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Garden Update // Dens & Seating

You may remember me saying a little while back that we were starting work on our garden, things as usual took a little longer than expected and the garden is about 40% done now. We have decided to leave the rest of the garden now and finish the rest next Spring as our Builder fell ill and we don't want to hassle him whilst he is recovering, that being said we do now have grass and a fenced off area for Vinny which was the most important thing. I absolutely love having grass now and I have even started to make the garden a little prettier by adding some furniture and more toys for Vinny. I plan to paint all of the fences this Summer and add some extra plants and pots but apart form that we are done on the gardening front.

The main reason I wanted our garden done was so Vinny could have another area to play, the sun has been shining this week and we've spent a lot of time in the garden. Vinnys favourite new area has to be in his new Red Star Wigwam from The Great Little Trading Co.* which by the way is the cutest Wigwam I have ever seen! Vinny is absolutely obsessed with his new den and has been finding it hilarious hiding in it then shooting the water gun through the window to get me wet! The wigwam is great quality and can be used indoors or outside although I will say it's pretty big so if you are planning to keep it inside then make sure you have enough space for it first, I love the red and white design the stars and stripes really stand out and it goes with Vinnys little tikes play house too! 

I'm also glad to say I have a new seating area and no longer have to sit on the wall or steps, hoorah! I've been relaxing in my Furore Duo Love Seat from Wayfair * a lot this week it's so comfortable in fact I'm sitting in it now whilst I write this blog post. We chose the brown metal finish as I thought it would go best in our garden, the contemporary design is just gorgeous and the cushioned seats are uber comfy. I also chose this design because of the middle table area, it's big enough to pop drinks and snacks on then beneath it is a shelf for extra bits like magazines and books. Myself and Vinny love this new area of the garden and I particularly love taking a seat in the sunshine whilst reading my magazine and watching Vinny play, it's absolute bliss. 

What do you think of the new additions to our garden? Does your little one have a den area and do you have somewhere nice to relax too? 

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Slimming World Journey #4

There was no weigh in update last week mainly due to the fact I had a crazy busy week and my loss wasn't too huge either, I lost 0.5lbs but a loss is better than nothing I was starting to feel a little down that week as I was working so hard but wasn't seeing any results plus I was a little worried as it was Marks Birthday the day after weigh in and we had planned a day out with lots of yummy food! 

Despite the 0.5 loss I still went ahead with my treat day, after all I had stuck to plan since the start so I thought I deserved a bit of a treat although the day after I did feel rather grotty and bloated... I did step on the scales and had put on 2lbs! Let's just say I wasn't in the best mood after seeing that so stuck to plan all week this week and I'm glad to say those lbs have gone plus and extra 1.25 lbs so I'm now down by 6.25 lbs! Yes that 0.25 counts girls! 

As mentioned I had a day off but the rest of the week was on plan and I actually tried to reduce my carb intake slightly by adding more free and super free foods on my plate, I also had a couple of the SW meals from Iceland which were rather yummy. I stuck to yogurts as my evening treat and a rice cake or Alpen bar so nothing too heavy like my usual huge bowl of Eton mess although now I've reminded myself of that I think I may have to make it tonight! 

Onto week 5 I can't believe I have stuck to this for 5 weeks! It's been going really well and I don't feel like I will be falling off the bandwagon any time soon although I will allow myself a treat day here and there. I am about 5 lbs off of my first target so I hope I can get there soon although I don't think I will ever get a nice 3 lb+ loss again in a week although a girl can try! Any tips on a good loss? I'm all ears! 

Week 3: -0.5
Week 4: -1.25
Total Loss: 6.25lbs 

If you want to join in with me and are thinking about signing up to Slimming world you can do so here. It's a really great plan and a lifestyle change I'm loving!

Are you currently on the SW plan, how did your week go? 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

My Dream Bathroom

I have become quite a fan of writing home and decor posts here on my blog lately and although we aren't currently doing much to our home due to our huge expense on the Kitchen that hasn't stopped me from dreaming and plotting the next changes, I've got my living room and bathroom in mind that being said I do need to win the lottery first so rather than making my husband go crazy I thought I'd come on here to express my ideas and first room I'm going to talk about is the bathroom. 

When we moved into our home 2 years ago we knew we were going to have to change a few things with regards to decor, the bathroom was one of the rooms we were generally quite happy with it has a neutral and clean appearance, the previous owners had taken care of it. Although it wasn't quite my style I thought we'd stick with it until we had finished everything else we needed to do in the house, fast forward two years and I'm ready to get stuck in and update our bathroom to something a little more modern and contemporary it's currently OK but I want it to have the WOW factor and of course this will make me want to do more posts such as skin care routines, daily routines ect... us bloggers have lots to post about and surprisingly I could get many posts that would feature my bathroom plus I'd have another place to take pretty product blog photos! 

I want our whole house to come together and for each room to have lovely modern vibe with a fresh bright feel to it. You all have seen my kitchen and how we transformed it from dull and dated to bright and airy and I have to admit that is my favourite room in the house and I'd like my bathroom to have the same feel. Being a mum having a lovely bubble bath at the end of a busy, hectic day is one of the best feelings and having somewhere to relax in peace is also just bliss. I do enjoy having a bath but I'm currently surrounded by kids bath toys and products everywhere and I'd like to change that for a more relaxing, luxurious vibe like I'm in a 5 star hotel!  

Our current bathroom lacks storage which makes it very difficult for me to keep things looking neat and tidy, I currently store a lot of our bathroom products in the cupboard on our landing because we just don't have the space in our bathroom. I don't mind having a smaller bathroom I just would like to make more use of the space we have by including furniture that has storage like under the sink for example, that would be a huge help. I'd also love a new bath, our current bath has a huge crack in it from where Vinny threw a toy at it accidentally, it also has lots of scuffs and marks from all of his bath toys. 

I've taken a look on BigBathroomShop and have come across these three suites, all of which I absolutely adore the clean lines and modern twist to each suite just gets me so excited to one day have a new bathroom like this. My favourites are: Ultra Design Showerbath Suite this is my ultimate favourite I love the storage and the overall look, Ultra Lux Bathroom Suite again so luxurious and gorgeous and lastly Milano Drake Vanity Shower Bath Suite  this again has the storage we need and it's such a great price too. All of these suites would be an essential my ideal bathroom with added gorgeous taps and shower! I think the shower fittings and taps also need to be on point, ours are currently super dated and not what I see when I think of a modern bathroom. 

I also took a look at TileMountain for tiles and gosh I could look for hours, we don't have any tiles in our bathroom at the moment which I really miss. I finally whittled it down to my favourite three which are; Velvet White Wall Tile, I really love the linen effect finish of these tiles they look very contemporary and although they are just white I think they'd look amazing with a sparkling new suite. I also love the Quartz Stone Grey Tiles, ooh these are so pretty! When we were doing our kitchen I actually wanted sparkly worktops and Mark said no so having a bit of sparkle in our bathroom would fulfil my girly needs! Lastly I chose the Tones White Wall Tile, this is a very simple tile that I thought would look fantastic on the walls with the Quartz Stone tiles on the floor, how fabulous would that look! I have so many ideas and would love some help redesigning my bathroom into something spectacular, how amazing would it be to take you on our journey to creating a fabulous new bathroom like we did with our kitchen? Kitchen post here; The Before, The After! 

If you'd like to take a look at My Dream Bathroom then I've created a Pinterest Board of my favourite suites and tiles from TileMountain and BigBathroomShop, I promise you will want a new bathroom once you see this! Sorry, not sorry!

I have also created a short video for you to show you my bathroom and close ups of things I'd like to change which is pretty much everything! 

What would you change in your bathroom or do you have your dream bathroom already? 

*Competition Entry, wish me luck! If I win I'd love to give you all a house tour once the bathroom is complete on my YouTube channel.
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