The MANY hairstyles and selfies of I

So these pictures are in just any old random order and colour!

I was looking through my photo’s the other day and noticed that my hair has a mind of its own. Most of the colours have happened by accident and not a single one of them is my natural colour…  Anyway hope you enjoy the post anyway! wpid-img_20130430_152811.jpg wpid-img_24798000844085.jpeg wpid-img_46053893510294.jpeg wpid-img_24671888081633.jpeg wpid-img_13385855411210.jpeg wpid-img_13044892764725.jpeg wpid-received_m_mid_1390242898517_98843f29d6d9270832_1.jpeg wpid-screenshot_2013-07-17-18-02-29.png wpid-img_12995489108719.jpeg wpid-img_12982016238846.jpeg wpid-img_20121124_182049.jpg wpid-img_20120614_222449.jpg wpid-img_20120616_172928.jpg wpid-img_20121010_051031.jpg wpid-img_20140902_222724.jpg wpid-img_20140901_215934.jpg wpid-img_20141020_215151.jpg wpid-img_20141026_115144.jpg wpid-img_20141107_000726.jpg wpid-img_20141228_124656.jpg

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Glossybox review

So currently i am a subscriber to Glossybox which i love. Its like getting a little present every month even tho its not my birthday! Its awesome!

In the box you get a number of gifts… well not really gifts as there is a subscription fee of course…. but you get either samples or full size products to try out.

Some are products that you may have heard of and some that you wont, but they are always in my experience been good quality(mostly).

So this picture shows how beautifully packaged it is. They have shown that there is a lot of effort gone into each box and it isn’t something that just gets thrown together with little thought.image

Starting on a negative…I was a little disappointed with this So Susan Rose Quartet, it’s in a cheap looking black plastic container and the texture of the product itself feels a little cheap. Like the sort of stuff that you would get in a princess magazine when you were like 6…with those crazy plastic glittery heels and a wand…same thing. This was the only thing in the box that didn’t hit the mark with me. Other people may have loved it.

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My favourite thing in the box. Its a tinted lip butter which comes in this very cute little box, very art deco. The lip butter itself feels really nice on and the colour is really pigmented which is always good. I’m not into wishy washy lip shades.image

Shinier, stronger, thicker, smoother, more supple, frizz-free, heat and humidity-proof hair – All you hair problems sorted at the same time. It smells great. In the box it was advertised to be around £9.99 to buy however I’ve seen it body care for £5. Still for the cost of the box and whats in it, still great quality for money!

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This may seem a little strange but this razor is the best one i have ever used. Not because of the actual razor head itself, but when you put it down on the side of the bath, the head doesn’t touch the side…so it dries properly…it doesn’t get rusty… its amazing.image

With a colour palette inspired by that film, this mineral powder-based eye shadow is 100% natural and highly pigmented so it packs a punch. Mineral eye shadow’s are always good! This one is no different. Great colour, great texture, lasting power. Thanks Glossy box another smasher 🙂

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Even got a little sweet treat of love hearts in here as well seeming this is the valentines day special box.

I’d definitely recommend finding a subscription box to people that are interested in beauty products. It gives you the chance to find out about new stuff without having to pay big bucks for them.

Happy new year!!

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My new years resolution in place, however I’m not going to tell you what it is! Ha Basically, I don’t want to set my self up to fail. Nothing worse than hearing people go on about their new years resolution until they get to week 3 and then all goes quiet. But they are definitely worth having! But if you do want to change something about you or your life. You don’t need to wait till January 1st to do it. Choose now. This minute, this hour.

So anyway I hope everyone has had a pleasant 2015 thus far. I have gone 10 days without alcohol for the Dryathlon that cancer research has put into place. I’m not doing too bad. I’ve lost 9 pounds through quitting alcohol. So if my new years resolution had been to lose weight I would have smashed it out of the ball park with that. The scary thing is i’m not exactly a heavy drinker! I would probably have one bottle of red wine a week, that’s not even in one sitting, id have one glass with food a couple of nights a week. But hey if it helps me shed some extra weight without much effort, i’m up for that.

Anyway… So yea i’m not drinking for the whole of January and i’m doing it for charity!! Woo. Oh sorry you want to sponsor me?? That’s awesome thanks a bunch! You can donate to my justgiving page…which is Here

Make up for women with glasses

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So as a woman who likes her make up, beauty and fashion, one thing I always have to be aware of, are the things that give me sight. My glasses!
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I sometimes find that my glasses can be both a blessing and a burden. I don’t like wearing contact lenses, so it can be hard work especially when I’m going out and want to look my best (as far as my make up is concerned.)

Wearing glasses doesn’t have to hinder your make up experience. If you want to wear make up, you should be able to!

These are just a few things that i find beneficial to me. I’ve worn glasses since i was 11 and going through my teens i either didn’t bother with make up or made bad choices… Usually going in too heavy with the eye make up and missing other parts of my face, because well whats the point my glasses cover them!

I am going to start from the top of the face to the bottom. As you do… Obviously

Eyebrows... Spectacles should not be an excuse to let them roam free. No matter how tempting it can be.

Plucking/Waxing/styling your brows gives your face a frame. Making sure that your eyebrows are looking good sets your face off to a good start especially when your glasses slip halfway down your face. Like mine always seem to do! Please do check that your brows are even as possible. Now I don’t mean that they have to be exact! Nothing in life is ever exact so don’t stress yourself out about that!

Eye Shadow Please please please lay off the dark colours. There is nothing worse than seeing someone attractive wearing glasses then ruining it with tonnes of dark eye make up. Glasses can make your eyes dark enough already without adding to it. You want your eyes to stand out from you glasses. They need to POP not blend into a dark background. Stick to lighter shades of shadows. Using a shimmery pale cream or nude eyeshadow (dependant on skin tone) in the inner corner of your eye will enhance the shape and size of your eyes. You can even make your eye colour stand out by using certain shades.

Blue eyes wear: Gold, Apricots or peaches.

Brown eyes wear: Blues and purples

Green eyes wear: Deep plums and wine

Eyeliner It adds definition to your eyes. If you have thick frames, have thick liner. If you have thin frames, have thin liner. Try gel liner on your top lid and a thin stroke of powder under your eye.

Mascara is something ive personally never had a problem with, but i know many other glasses wearers out there that have. Especially when it comes to your lovely long lashes getting stuck on your lenses. The best suggestion to prevent this is eyelash curlers. If you invest in a metal pair you can also heat up your curlers with your hair dryer, but be careful as you don’t want something that’s really hot next to your eye! A gentle warmth will do the job just as well! Waterproof mascara also holds the curl a little better than the non water proof variety.

Under eye Concealer Is a must! As i have already said, glasses cast shadows and make your eyes look darker. It is important to get rid of those dark circles under your eyes. So unless your blessed with the perfect under eye or you get your 8 hours of sleep every night im guessing you could do with a little help in this department. Try and use a non creasing concealer, to stop in clinging into any of your laughter lines!

Nose dents from your glasses…. Urgh I hate this. If this is something you also suffer with then try using a mineral powder rather than a cream foundation. Also if you can bear to wait a few minutes after applying your make up so it can settle/dry and using a setting spray is also a very helpful thing to do!

Contouring your nose. Glasses can draw attention to your nose and if you are sensitive about this area of your face contouring is the way to go! If your nose is quite wide you can contour down the sides and highlight down the middle, before applying foundation. This will help elongate the nose and help make it appear slimmer.

Blush I’m quite pale so i wear quite a pink blush but whatever your skin tone and whether you use bronser or blush, don’t be afraid of pairing this with your glasses! By applying it along your cheek bone it can give your face definition that your glasses can sometimes take away.

Lips! Bright statement lips are a must have! Now this is a tricky one. If you have full lips then you can usually wear whatever colour of lipstick you want. If you have thinner lips then lighter tones are a little better. But it is your preference. I Love wearing reds but wear a shade your comfortable with. Bold colours look great with dark frames 🙂
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CONFIDENCE Be confident in yourself and your look. Glasses are for seeing, not putting up a barrier between yourself and the outside world. Glasses are in fashion at the moment but they havent always been and they wont always be.

A person with confidence always looks good.

The GLAMOUR beauty power list 2014

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So through the world of WordPress I discovered beauty boxes. Well now I’m really impressed. I had a look at a few but one that caught my eye was £83.47 worth of stuff for £15.99, you get some full size products AND it’s actually stuff you have heard of.

Alessandra Steinherr Beauty director of GLAMOUR magazine has hand picked out 7 products from the 2014 beauty power list, for us to try.

What’s in the box…

Philip Kingsley Daily defence conditioning spray

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Firstly…It smells AMAZING!!
I adore the smell, it feels great on my hair, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy which is a big plus! It comes in 60 ml bottle so depending on hair length you could get a few uses out of it.
It’s to be applied when hair is wet and once it’s in style hair as normal. It protects your hair against mostly anything you can throw at it!

Nude Maybelline color sensational lipstick

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So this colour isn’t quite a nude shade for me as my lips are naturally a little pinker however it’s still a beautiful shade and looks especially great this time of year. It doesn’t have a weird taste and isn’t drying at all. Thumbs up all round 🙂

Laura Mercier foundation primer

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Ok so as per previous posts I’m no primer expert but this feels nice on my skin, smells great and does what its supposed to. The only other primer I’ve used is by make up revolution and in comparison to this product feels quite greasy and maybe there are better products out there but this feels and smells great 🙂

Eyeko mascara off eye makeup remover wipes

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So with these you get 10 cotton wipes in the sample packs, I believe in a pack to buy you get three packs of ten wipes. They smell fresh and fruity and i love the way they actually get all of my eye make up off my face… especially waterproof when I’ve spent many a time worrying about what my eyelashes would look like if I ever actually managed to get it off.

Bourjois volume 1 seconde mascara

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By FAR my favourite product in the box. I’m such a mascara snob and this goes on amazingly. 360° volume and you only need to apply it once. My husband actually asked if I was wearing fake lashes. They make my eyelashes look amazing! Well done Bourjois! It’s worth £15.99 on its own.

Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser.

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So this product is a treat. Now I say that as someone that’s lazy… so it smells great being eucalyptus essential oil and feels luxurious wiping it off with a hot cloth after slathering the cream all over your skin, but your supposed to use this day and night… now thats fine…However I’d much rather just quickly wipe off cleanser with a cotton pad. I don’t get my arm covered in water and it’s quicker, although only about 10 seconds granted.

James read sleep mask tan

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So unfortunately this is one product I won’t be reviewing. I’ve used too many fake tan products that have gone horribley wrong on me. I have gone cheap and expensive…I just don’t think the stuff agrees with my skin. And as someone that likes to go outside I thought I would give this one a miss. If you have tried it tho let me know 🙂

You can find this box on Here

Also add Alessandra Steinherr on Instagram @alexsteinherr

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Much love,

Helen x

LIEBSTER award :)

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Thank you so much to Lilli for nominating me for the LIEBSTER award. I hope i prove myself worthy!

So I have done everything i was supposed to. If you want anything expanding please let me know. I just didnt want to over load everyone with a million bits of information all at once 🙂

The rules of the Liebster award are these:

– post the award on your blog

– thank the blogger who presented this award, and link to their blog

– write 11 random facts about yourself

– nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers

– answer 11 questions posted by the presenter, and ask your nominees 11 questions

The 11 Questions:

1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time i like to cosy up in front of the TV with Andrew IE: the husband. I love shopping and as Andrew is like my personal Gok Wan (Ginger Wan) i just tell him what i’m looking for and off he goes and finds me exactly that. I also love reading, I haven’t read as much lately but hoping to get back into it soon.

2. If you could only chose one place to visit, where would it be?

America! My biggest goal is to drive down route 66 with a bit of meatloaf blurring out. I also want to get married by Elvis… #justsayin

3. What is your favourite dessert?

Easiest question of all Tiramisu. I LOVE IT! ❤

4. If you could have your own show, what show would you like to host?

Hmmm host no, but i would love to be on QI. Its my favorite show, I went to watch it live in London with Andrew. I Love love love Stephen Fry he is fantastic! He is so smart and witty and i really do admire everything that he has achieved.

5. What do you usually order first at a restaurant, food or drinks?

Drinks, i guess i may possibly order garlic bread or something like that with my drink but never actually been anywhere that asks you for food first.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Brie… yes as in the cheese. I cant say no. It tastes so good… Nom

7. Do you follow any fashion trends, or do you wear whatever you like? Which trends?

What ever it is that my fella picks out of on a rack. If i like it i get it, if i dont i wont. I guess i do follow some sort of fashion trends, i just dress depeding on my mood. Sometimes i can be dressed in black jeans, a band tshirt and boots and other times i am in a pink and blue dress with birds and hearts on it wearing bright red shoes. I really am the sort of person that is only out to wear my feelings haha.

8. Are there any awesome products you have tried and would like to recommend?

Coconut oil… Its natural it makes your hair feel amazing. Put it on your hair and leave it on as long as you feel suitable. If you want to add some heat wrap a towel around your hair and just sit like that for a while. You may have to wash it twice to get all the oil out but it leaves your hair feeling lovely and soft. Also like argon oil you can run a small amount through your hair after conditioning that works too but just make sure you don’t put too much on or it might make your hair greasy.

9. Do you do exercises regularly? What are they?

I power walk to work and back everyday which is 1.2 miles each way. I have just joined the gym next to my work so hopefully i will actually get a chance to go at some point.

. What would you like to receive on your upcoming birthday?

To go somewhere. I’m not the kind of person that likes gifts. I would rather go on a train journey somewhere and have the whole day out. Rather than get a load of stuff. If i wanted the stuff i would just go out and buy it myself 🙂

11. If you had to cook dinner tonight, what would you cook?

I love cooking with pasta and its always so easy and tasty. So i would probably make pasta with loads of veg, bacon, chicken, pesto and mozzarella. It tastes amazing!

Eleven Random Facts about me:

  1. I got married when i was 22
  2. I adore beards…they just so sexy
  3. Me and Andrew went on a 5 month honey moon
  4. I hate cycling…
  5. My favorite colour is yellow
  6. When i was little i tried for hours to make things move like Matilda
  7. My fave Starbucks drink in Egg Nog Latte
  8. I get overly excited about Christmas
  9. Pigeons terrify me
  10. I feel really bad about poor little Pigeons with dodgy legs 😦 (Yes even though they scare me!)
  11. I wish i could each Avocado’s all day everyday.

Okay so i am new to this blogging thing but i am already following quite few amazing blogs so i will nominate a few people now:

  1. MISSLUXME her blog is awesome she has such an awesome style. You can find her blog HERE
  2. Walden ideas. I find this blog really inspiring and opens up your mind. His blog is HERE
  3. Pretty drastic moves this is a blog that i really aspire to. So much beauty information found HERE
  4. Brazenrouge is one of the first Blogs i started to follow. I love all of her post. Really helpful to me. Found HERE

So for now they are the 4 i will be nominating. As i have to go get ready for work now. However if you want to nominate yourself go ahead and go for it. Make it your time to shine!

Thanks for reading 🙂

My Beauty Philosophy

This is a very good philosophy 🙂

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Just a note that this is my beauty philosophy. It’s how I personally think about beauty.

1. Love yourself first.

We should all see the beauty we have in ourselves without make-up. We were born without make-up on so I figure it is not meant to be a permanent fixture in our lives. Every one of us should be proud of who were are with no alterations. There are definitely things about myself that I am not happy with. It can be hard to love yourself and your features completely. Instead of feeling ‘ugly’ or giving up on a positive attitude, think about the things you really do love. For instance, I LOVE my eyes. When I’m feeling bad about another part of myself, I focus on what I DO like.

2. Getting dolled up should be fun!

I don’t really like to stress over make-up on a daily basis. Why should…

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