Watch “20 Questions! | HelenofManchester” on YouTube

So thought it might be a really good idea for everyone to get to know me a little bit better.

20 Questions! | HelenofManchester:

Hope that you guys like it 🙂

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Much Love Helen x


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

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.


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!


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 🙂



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.



Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress,

Christian Dior

For me scent is one of life’s most joyous creations. It probably is to you too. Maybe not in such an obvious way, you are probably thinking, there are a lot more important things in life than the way i smell. But is there??

On a very basic level, scent defines who your attracted to. Before perfumes, before how clean you are or even how unclean you are. Without even knowing your body uses the smell of someone to tell if they would make a good mate. If they are strong, fit, If they are genetically viable to produce good offspring. So pretty important huh?

Smells are around all of the time. Sometimes they are there and you don’t notice. Until years later and you smell that smell again and your transported back in time. Reminded of a close family memory, your first day of high school or of a past lover. Whatever it is, its unintentional, its innocent and its unavoidable.

The way something smells can bring out a wave of emotions, happy, sad, loving, longing.

That new book smell, cut grass, cinnamon and just after it rains are my personal faves.


In a more materialistic way it can also tell you a lot about some one. If they have money, what brands they buy into. If you get good enough at it, you can pretty much know the wearers personality.

Also the way each perfume sits on the wearers skin is different from person to person. It may smell great on one person and smell awful on someone else. It really is a personal thing. It may not be a priority of mine to get the latest perfumes or the most expensive, but when making memories, smells play such an important role.


Happy new year!!


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


So here I am. Just finished work. I have tomorrow off and i am currently sat in Starbucks drinking an eggnog latte listening to Nat king Cole waiting for Andrew to finish work…This is my definition of bliss. I’m not rushed. I don’t have anywhere to be. I don’t have to worry about what time I’m going to bed so I’m not tired tomorrow. I’m looking out at all the people enjoying the Christmas Markets in the centre of Manchester, lights twinkling. No one looking at me sat on my own. That’s something I do quite love about city life, you can sit alone in a cafe or in a restaurant and no one looks at you like your crazy. No one will look your way, your lost at sea. 🙂

Anyway getting on with what this blog post was meant to start as is my own way of battling stress. A few years ago in my late teens I suffered quite badly with panic attacks and anxiety so now I do my upmost to remain as calm as possible.

If something annoys me I don’t hold it in.
This may seem obvious to the more out spoken out there but I suffer from a sometimes almost debilitating politeness. Instead of being blunt and possibly sounding rude I have always tended to keep my mouth shut. Holding my tongue did absolutely nothing but crush my confidence and make me apologise for everything… When I married my husband that pretty much stopped that, he has provided me with more than a wedding ring but also with a spine. I now stand up for my self. If someone is rude and obnoxious I stay quite polite but make it very clear that they are not. This has stopped me stressing over quite alot of “never going to happen” scenarios where I get punched in a coffee shop for telling the tender he has mixed up my drink. We all end up happy if I speak up.


I have never been an obsessive of my weight or of music. But combined they have helped solve a problem I feel everyone has an issue with. Self confidence or a lack of and over eating. Sometimes when I’m having a fat ugly day when nothing feels right I have taken to eating all the wrong foods in vast quantities to make me feel better and therefore making me feel worse about myself in the long run…well not any more…now I listen to music that makes me feel like a sex kitten…I’ve called it my sexy play list and I have everything from britney spears to disturbed on there. If it makes me feel hot I listen to it…suddenly that cake doesn’t seem all that appealing now and I just want to shake my ass around the living room 😉

I spend hours in there. Playing on my un waterproof phone…smart right? But anyway. Andrew plays his play station and I catch up on blogs and my youtube subscriptions. Topping up the hot water as I get chilly. This combined with the an essential oil of my choice and some deep breathing exercises I’m set for another busy day at work.

Now I know that this really isn’t an extensive list and I know some people really do suffer from anxiety that only doctors can help with, but from my own personal experiences it was simply a case of letting things build up and not venting until it was a big explosion of emotion! Wish isn’t helpful or healthy.

I now try to live in the moment… If.I can’t solve the problem right there and then I try to let it go until I can… If I can do something, I do…

My own random saying is that I’m the only person that spends so much time with me so I might as well make it a pleasant experience 🙂

I hope this has helped.

Much Love, Helen x

My Beauty Philosophy

This is a very good philosophy 🙂

Annabelle Untamed

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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