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Does stuff make us happy?

Are 10 dresses hung up in the wardrobe better than just the 2 you actually wear? Bottles and bottles of moisturiser, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners and face wash, when a bar of soap Would do?

When you have a couple of hours to kill so you go shopping, feeling a bit blue? Shopping? New job? New outfit! Single? New outfits!! 

What has happened to buying once and buying right? 

We have become such a throw away society and it’s killing the planet!

We buy so much crap. Let alone the single use plastics we use. We buy into fast fashion, buy an outfit for when we lose weight (we never do) or in a colour we really should wear (but never do). We buy air fresheners that pollute our homes, cleaning products which poison us and eat food that are killing us. 

No more!! Not in my house!


Poetry – Pain

Pain is a funny thing that everyone encounters



Both hard to deal with and yet both completely different.

The gauze that hangs over everything. The bleakness…..grey, damp, cold, lonely.

When lulled into a false sense of security, pain creeps up and stabs you in the heart and stomach slowly pulling you apart.

You can cry until there are no more tears, fall asleep and find courage in the blankness of sleep, ready to go through it all again tomorrow.

The wort part isn’t the excruciating pulling its the nothingness, the numbness, no feeling.

The worst pain is no pain at all


Photo credit: starmerallengentleman instagram



Trying to make a difference






This is the food i eat on a weekly basis. Now im fully aware of the fact each one of these meals is primarily full of meat. Chicken, fish, beef, lamb i eat every thing. Now after putting in some serious thought, i want to change. I read somewhere a horrible statistic about how many animals each person on earth consumes on average throughout their lifetime. It is truely mind blowing. And i’m ashamed. I do feel that if the animal is well looked after and doesnt suffer then there is a little less concern. However both my husband and I have pledged to eat less meat. There is no need to have meat in every meal, so to kick start things as of Monday 27th we are going meat free for a whole week. I know to some this may seem like a tiny obstacle and that it wont make much of a difference but we are trying to shift the way we look at our food and how it gets to our plate. We have agreed to do atleast a week but who knows maybe it will go on for longer.

Im just trying to make a difference in my own life.

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Much Love Helen x

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


Death is horrendous.

It’s the debt all men must pay.

It comes to us all and yet that doesn’t make it any easier.

Death is something everyone goes around ignoring, blissfully unaware that at any moment time may be up. Our lives may be over or about to change forever “/


How is it that we can pretend that it’s fine to ignore each other whilst we spend our time doing stupid shit. We trow away time that others simply don’t have. To sit on the sofa watching bad tv all day because well “I’m only 24, I’ve got loads of time to do those thing’s I really want to”

Life waits for no one.

It’s a sad fact that I’m going to my friends funeral on Christmas Eve.
A day people normally spend with their families, I get to spend it saying good bye.

My friend’s name is Sheila.
Sheila and her husband gave me my first ever job. She has been a part of my life for 10 years. Not once did she ever put me down or make me feel bad about my choices. She was a lovely, kind hearted woman.

She had been out with some friends gone to bed and not woke up.
Sheila and her husband had been together since they were in their teens. A few years back they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary together and joint 60th Birthday. Now I know that they were lucky to spend so much time together and so many people don’t.

But how do you go from being a couple to being one.
No warning, no time to come to terms with what’s happening. Just bam… your on your own. Being a happy joyous soul to losing your soul mate. Your other/better half, your ball and chain, your wife.

So this Christmas Eve, the holidays, family time, think about the people out there who have lost someone, are losing someone, those who are lost.

Live each day as if it were your last, as one day you’ll be right.


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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