Beauty | Make Up/Beauty prodcuts to be used in 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 | No comments


Hi!
 
As part of my goals for 2016, I want to start using up more of the make up that I have and not buy anymore until I have got through a substantial amount of my stash. Unfortunately, watching YouTube and reading blogs makes is easy to be sucked into purchasing the latest product or give into the hype for an amazing Nars concealer (been there done that!).






This is my selection at the moment, I might add more to it or I might take some away! You may notice that there are some items in there that were in my use 10 by Christmas Eve video, the challenge that I failed at completing! I will be doing an update in a few weeks and some reviews on products that I have really liked.
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
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Lifestyle | A few things from TK Maxx

Saturday, 16 January 2016 | No comments

Hi!

I'm pretty sure that I have written a few times about TK Maxx and how I never come out of there empty handed!

First of all I got this notebook, diary and weekly planner. I do not need another notebook, seriously, as I'm writing this post I can see two that I haven't even used and one that is not yet full but, hey, I'm a sucker for a nice looking notepad.




Next were these pair of slippers, they were just too nice to resist and I really needed a new pair, honestly.



I would gladly run up the stairs to have a wander around the homeware in TK Maxx, they have so many unusual items. I saw this candle holder in the clearance section, I knew that there was the perfect spot at home for it to go. The espresso cups are definitely for Mr C as I don't drink coffee and last of all this candle, the design alone got me but it also smells very spicy and warm, perfect for winter.







 


They also had a good selection of Ciate nail polishes and Nars products so if you like either of those get yourself to your nearest store.

I have now banned myself from going to TK Maxx for awhile but lets see how long that lasts hey!

Much Love
 
Natalie
 
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Lifestyle | Why

Thursday, 14 January 2016 | 3 comments

 
Hi

So, let me set the scene - I'm sat in my chair, getting cosy, sipping my drink, rip open my wedding magazine ready to fill my head with ideas and then bam, from in between the magazine and free planner falls a sample of a lighter life shake. 

 

I'm sat there in disbelief and shock, an actual diet product is sat in my lap. Why oh why assume that every woman wants to lose weight for their wedding? Not all of us do. I've already been struggling with thoughts in my head about losing weight for our wedding, the pressure of people asking 'when are you going to start the diet?', the lack of plus size wedding dress choices and not one plus size bridal magazine makes me feel like an oddball when I shouldn't. January diet pressure coming into full force one again, you can't really get away from it at this time of year, adverts in amongst your favourite TV shows, in all the trashy magazines. I'm not against people wanting to lose weight, you do whatever makes you happy but I don't think companies realise the effect it has on people when it's in you face day in, day out.

The place where I am currently at with my body image is the best it's been in a long time, it's taken me over 15 years to get here. Years of dieting left me with such a negative feeling towards my body to the point where I was constantly comparing myself to my slimmer friends, I never thought I would find someone to love me because I wasn't as slim as them or that I would never be happy because I wasn't slim. Wrong! You can be fat and happy because you get to a point where you realise that being fat won't stop you from living the life that you want. 

So, where does this leave me now? Well, with little faith in the wedding industry, I mean one packet of lighter life now but who knows what it will be in the further, a blow up gym and a personal trainer in the middle of the mag, nah not for me thanks. If a woman want to lose weight let them make the choice - don't force it upon them!!

What are your thoughts on this? Did you feel pressured to lose weight for your wedding? 

Much love
Natalie 

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Lifestyle | 10 Goals for 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 | 1 comment

 
Hi!
 
When Leah put a post on Instagram about doing a video or post of 2016 goals, I thought it would be a great idea.
 
Until 2013/2014 I always made resolutions, one of them was always to start a diet or lose weight. I've always believed that's why dieting never worked with me and also why I failed with the rest of my resolutions.
 
So, here are my goals for 2016:
 
1. Read more - I used to love reading, I would always be found with a book in my hand, over breakfast, in my lunch break and at night before bed. I'm going to aim for 6 books in the year, it doesn't sound like much but this is an achievable goal for me personally

 
 
2. Practice more self care - I can't remember the last time I had a good long soak, put on a face mask, gave myself a nice manicure and a really good pamper session so, I've decided that this will be part of my self care routine for 2016 along with reading more and walking more!

 
 
3. Walk More - I have to walk more in my new work role and I've been enjoying it. I always find that it's a good way to clear my head, think of new ideas and refresh me for the afternoon. Mr C is a great lover of walking so it will be nice to visit some more National Trust places with walking routes and do some at the weekends too!
 
4. Blogging - I really want to try to update my site this year and I would love to be able to do most of it myself so, I'm going to set myself a personal target each month of learning some bits of coding to hopefully improve the look of my blog!
 
5. Social Anxiety - This is something that I have struggled with all my life. Some days I'm fine, I'll go out on my own, chat to people, go to events and then I will have a bad week where I can't even go to do the food shop on my own and I don't want to talk to anyone that I don't know for fear of making a fool of myself.  I'm hoping to go to more events this year, to try and push myself out of my comfort zone and talk to people more. I'm scared that my quietness comes across as being rude, which it isn't at all!
 
6. Get organised - By this I mean sort out my wardrobe and make up! I have so much stuff so this year is the time for a good old tidy up. I've thought about not buying any new clothes for a few months until I get rid of some of the old items.
 
7.  Travel - I know that we won't be going abroad this year as we will be saving up for the wedding and honeymoon next year so, this year I would love to visit a few more places in the UK, if you have recommendations please let me know, I do like to see the seaside!

 
 
8. Use my make up stash - My next aim is to use up a lot of my make up stash this year. I will probably be blogging about some of the products and maybe doing one or two looks on my YouTube channel.

 
 
9. Cook More - We have so many cookbooks at home, some of which have probably never been used! This is more of a joint goal with Mr C to try and make more homemade meals, it's easy to become stuck in a rut with food especially when you don't have much time after work or get into a rut with the same meals
 
10. Plan an awesome wedding for myself and Mr C in November!



 

I will be breaking down the goals into smaller ''tasks'' for each month so, each month I will set myself 4/5 mini goals that tie in with my main goals, hope that all makes sense! It's one of the ways I know I achieve my goals! So, for January my 'mini' goals are:

1. Organise our home paperwork
 
2. Try a new recipe
 
3. Wear a different make up item each day for a week
 
4. Start wedding planning!
 
5. Start my first book!
 
 
What are your goals for 2016?
 
Much love
 
Natalie
 
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