April Favourites.

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This one took a lot of thinking about! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was doing my March favourites!! You know the drill by now, so here we go!

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Dark Angels Cleanser by LUSH – It’s no secret that I have become a HUGE fan of LUSH and I always have a stock of their bubble bars. My ‘go to’ cleanser is their Angels on Bare Skin which can only be described as divine and I always have a fresh face mask in my fridge for when I need a pick me up. I have always had a problem with blackheads on my nose and nothing seems to shift them – even pore strips are useless! But this month I purchased Dark Angels, which was recommended to me by my sister. Now, I have previously avoided this cleanser because it is supposed to be used by people with more oily skin, which I thankfully do not suffer with but it’ such a good exfoliant that I decided to try it just on my nose and chin. AND ITS AMAZING!!! It really made a huge difference to my nose and lots of those pesky blackheads disappeared. The surface of my nose is a lot smoother and although you can still see some blackheads, the difference is immense. And I am super happy with the result! So now I use a mixture of both Angels to help me get the perfect combination for my skin!

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I used to be a big Soap&Glory fan but I started to stop using their products when I discovered LUSH. But then I saw this in Boots recently and just had to get it! It’s the (wait for it….) Total Drama Clean, 5-in-1 ‘Magnetizing’ Micellar Make Up Remover. It’s promises to cleanse, tone and smooth skin and remove make up with ‘no rubbing required’. And it doesn’t lie. Micellar water is supposed to be one of the best things to remove make-up and I have tried several types in the past. But this one is by far the best. It takes very little effort to get rid of even the blackest smoky eyes and the natural cucumber juice and peach fruit extracts make it smell amazing! Literally good enough to drink! I think this one is going to stay in my skincare routine for a long time!

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So I have to make-up products for you now and they have both been used lots over the past month. The first is Bourjois’ Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunrise. It has a lovely glossy finish and is a great colour to wear now it’s getting sunny. What I like most about this product is that it is really easy to work with and can literally be swiped across your lips with little thought and without the bother of using a lip brush which you tend to need to use when working with red lipstick. I throw it in my bag and use it to brighten up my look as and when I feel like it. A true winner!

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I am not a fan of the matte look at all and always prefer my foundation to have a dewy finish. When I came across Revolution’s Radiance Palette I just couldn’t resist. It’s honestly beautiful! With three different powdered highlighters, there is something both day and night time looks and the darker colour works great with bronzer. The colours are pigmented but not too glittery and really help add definition to your face. I got mine from Superdrug for a really reasonable price and I will repurchase this in the future without a doubt!

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Lastly, I have got back into reading and am making more time to delve into some books! I absolutely loved The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North and thought her story about a man who lives multiple lives was a brilliant concept. It was truly gripping and it’s been a long time since I found a book I simply could not put down – but this is certainly one of them! I’ve also been getting back into my magazines and found myself flicking through Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health and Health and Fitness this month!

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What have you been reading recently? Would love to get some books together for my summer reading list! As always, please leave a comment with a link to your favourites post – I love to eye-spy new products to try myself!

Thanks for reading,

Lx

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Once a Cheater…?

Hello! In one of my previous post’s – Moral Dilemma I talked about a uni friend who seems a perfect match on paper, but has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to girls. Well I’ve gone and done the one thing I probably shouldn’t have done – I’ve found myself a bit hooked on him. Here’s why…

We have the same job. For some people this is an absolute “no-no”, but as a teacher, I find it hard to find people who understands the demands of the job and the fact that work comes home with me on a regular basis and that quite often, it has to be my first priority. So him also being a teacher get’s rid of that problem. And we are also genuinely interested when the other person starts to talk about their day at work. We have the same sense of humour. He makes me laugh a lot and that is something that has been lacking in past relationships. We get the same jokes and he get’s when I am being sarcastic. We can talk for hours. We have basically been having one long conversation over text and Snapchat for three weeks now. Conversation lasts for hours and we just seem really in sync to the point where we will text each other the same thing at the exact same time. We share the same values and opinions and that is often hard to come by as well. He hasn’t tried it on. This is the bit that has surprised me the most. Although conversation has been flirty at times, he hasn’t actually tried to bring up the conversation about us hooking up or swapping pictures or anything – something guy usually tend to bring up pretty quickly. He has been the perfect gentleman really! We both went out on Friday (to separate places) and ended up texting as usual but thanks to the copious amount of alcohol in our systems, the conversation of something happening between us finally came up. He confessed he is interested in me, that he finds me interesting and beautiful and funny. (I almost fell off my chair at this!!) He told me he hasn’t had these feelings for a long time and he thinks we would be really great together. Not something I expected to hear at all!

The problem is this. He has a bad reputation with girls. He has admitted to me that he has hurt girls in the past and the rumours say he has cheated on his previous girlfriend although I haven’t asked him about this yet. So my question is Can you ever trust a cheater? I mean, I really believe in giving people second chances and not judging them by the mistakes they have made in the past. But then again, I have to protect myself from ever getting hurt again and he has the capacity to do this. He lives in a different city and I’m not sure I could ever fully trust him to make the same mistake again.

So blogging world, I need your advice!! What would you do? I’m not exactly ready for a ‘full on’ relationship anyway, so maybe we start off with something more casual and open? Maybe you have had a similar experience you don’t mind sharing? I need your pearls of wisdom!!

A rather confused,

L x

Updates.

This is actually the second time I am writing this post. I had just completed the first versions and my laptop decided to update so I lost the whole thing. Perfect!

 Hi!! I feel like I have been a bit out of touch with the blogging world over the past couple of weeks but I’m hoping to be back to doing regular posts for you all now. Blogging really is a wonderful way for me to relax and a great hobby I really enjoy but my job is so demanding that it does sometimes have to take a back seat because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do what I need to get done!

So what’s new with me? Well the biggest news is that I FINALLY FOUND A HOUSE! I am really happy that the end of my stay with my parent’s is in sight! As lovely and as comfortable as it has been living back at home, I am looking forward to having my independence back! I can’t wait to be able to have friends round and to have a space to call my own. I have been busy buying lots of little knick knacks to make the place feel homely and I’m excited to try my hand at decorating and see how I fair with a paint brush! I’m hoping that I’m secretly a budding interior designer who has an amazing eye for home design but I think that might be a little optimistic!

Five more things that are new in my life:

1. I’ve starting drinking Detox Water. It’s the latest craze with health freaks and I’ve welcomed the concept after looking seeing it all over my Pinterest feed. I’m going to do a full post on the supposed benefits and my favourite flavours etc.

2. I’m listening to dance music. I don’t know if it’s the sunny weather or just a general change in taste but David Guetta and Clean Bandit have now made an appearance in my iTunes Library and I am loving their latest albums!

3. I have a smile on my face. Like all the time. Again, I don’t know if it is the sun or down to something else but I am generally feeling much happier and confident. I’m beginning to fall in love with myself and am really beginning to take care of myself by having more fun and doing the things that make me happy.

4. I’ve updated my wardrobe. In preparation for summer I have been on a bit of a shopping spree and I now have some lovely new outfits for summer. I know that size is not important but it has been really nice to go into a shop and pick up a size 10 and know that it is very likely to fit me. I don’t really worry about whether something is floaty enough to cover my belly, or has sleeves to hide my arms and that is something I am really proud of. It wasn’t that long ago that I was picking up a size 16 and wondering if I would fit into it. I still have a way to go in terms of shaping up and toning my stomach etc but I am honestly so happy that I began to take my weight and health more seriously and as a result, feel much better about my appearance.

5. I’m more into using social media. I have always had Instgram and Facebook etc but I didn’t really update them very often. Now I have become a bit of a Snapchat queen and use it all the time. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not. I’m taking it that I am out there doing more and having fun with friends and family and want to share my experiences and so I have become a more active on these sites.

There you go! I don’t think I have any more to share with you all for now. My love life is still pretty sensible and boring and I don;t having anything spectacular to share with you on that front but I will keep you updated as always in my series, Diary of a Single Girl.

All that’s left to say is ciao for now!!

L x

The Real Neat Blog Award.

blog-awardSo the lovely lady over at quarterlifequandries has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog award! I’m super excited that she thought of me and my blog because I’m still fairly new to this. Her blog is hilarious and heart-warming and sure worth checking out! She is navigated the dating world just like I am, but seems to be doing a much better job of ‘getting out there’ than I am! I’m going to make sure I stay up to date with her and try and get some tips!

 The Rules:

1) Put the award logo on your blog.

2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3) Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.

4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

So here are my answers to the questions put to me!

What in the world could you live without – Ice Cream or Netflix? Why? (I just can’t imagine life without either…) I could actually live without both of them! I do watch Netflix and I do eat ice-cream, but I’m not obsessed with either so I’d carry on pretty much as normal without either of these in my life!

If you could take one trip back to give your younger self a vital piece of advice what age would you travel back to and what would you say? Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Being in love isn’t what makes you who you are. Don’t give up your friends and your life for a relationship. You will regret it later. Nothing lasts forever. You can survive without him. You are stronger than you realise and can face and survive anything life throws at you.

If you could pack a bag right now and go anywhere in the world where would you go? (I’m writing this on a beach hence the inspiration for this) I’m not actually much of a traveller. I would love to see some other parts of the world but travelling hasn’t really been a part of my life yet. I think I would most like to go to Italy, to see Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence and the south. So I guess there would be a good place to start!

What everyday thing are you actually terrible at that you should be able to do? (For example I can’t swim, or ride a bike, or drive or really do anything useful!) I’m not much of a driver- I hate it and find it stressful! I’m okay at cooking I could be much better. I think I am probably most rubbish at mental maths- which is terrible to admit being a teacher! But yeah, maths in my head has never been a strong point for me!

What are you most scared of? (E.T! No? Just me?) I’m a big wimp! I’m scared of everything!! Ghosts, (I’ve never even seen one!). spiders, horror films, flying, getting stuck in a lift – you name it, it scared me!!! I’m probably most scared of flying though.

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you eat? I have never really thought about this one. I guess I would say my Nana. She passed away just over a year ago and it would be really nice to see her again and talk to her. I think we would probably eat bacon sandwiches because she always used to make them for me when I was younger.

If you could be an animal what would you be and why? A cat – they sleep all day in the sun! What a good life they have!

So now I need to nominate some people!!!

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https://sayhellotogorgeous.wordpress.com/

http://lifestylecounter.com/

http://cateyesredlips.com/

And my 7 questions for you guys…

1. If you could give me one tip to help me on my way to being successful in the dating world, what would it be?

2. What is your favourite song at the moment?

3. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

4. What is your preferred form of exercise and why?

5. Can you find a photo which best describes your personality?

6. What product can you simply not live without?

7. What 5 items would you take to a desert island?

And that’s that! I’m so happy to have been nominated – thank you or your support!

L x

Battle of the Nudes.

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I’ve been meaning to get this post up for some time but it’s one I just haven’t got round to it! There is a huge craze for nude lips at the moment and I am definitely a follower of this trend! Before this year, I never really wore a lipstick at all, usually just a clear balm, but now I have discovered these shades, I don’t think I will go back to those days!

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From left to right:

MAC Creme Cup

Topshop Lips Mink

Rimmel 08 (by Kate Moss)

Maybelline Colour Sensation Tantalizing Taupe

Topshop Lips Armour

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I wear every single one of these colours and tend to swap them about depending on my mood. I also have my new Estee Lauder lipstick which I shared here.

Which nude lipsticks are your go to shades? Would love some inspiration for my next purchase! L x

Primark Underwear Haul

I always love to visit Primark at this time of year, when the weather begins to get warmer and the summer clothing is on the shelves. I picked up a few new dresses, some bits for when I move house and lots of new underwear.

It was time for a spring clean – time to get rid of my greying granny pants which have become a bit of a permanent feature during my Bridget Jones phase and time to replace them with some fresh, sexy, girly lingerie to help me on my quest to happy, single freedom.

Primark always seem to have gorgeous underwear at affordable prices but I always struggled to fit into their sizes during my bigger days. Now I have got my healthy lifestyle back on track and find myself back down to the size 10 I am naturally meant to be, I realised I can once again fit into their size range- hurray! I picked up some feminine, spring inspired sets which I know will make me feel confident and sexy and I can’t wait to find an occasion to wear them!

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This next set is probably my favourite – it’s beautiful and I love the detail on the straps…

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And finally, my super sexy lingerie – this set is gorgeous and makes me feel amazing!!

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I also got some plain black and white t-shirt bras for everyday wear at only £2 each! I’m super happy with my new ‘underwear wardrobe’ and think this lingerie will give me the boost I need to feel extra feminine and sexy.

All sets shown above are size 34C and 8/10. Bras are £7.00, Knickers £3.00 and the suspender belt (last set only) £5.00. Thanks Primark Manchester for some great bargains! *This is not a sponsored post. All purchases were made with my own money.

L x

My First Ever One Night Stand.

So I just had to do a quick update for you all and let you know how my night turned out on Thursday. For those of you don’t know I was faced with a bit of a moral dilemma (click here for the details) and wasn’t sure how might was going to pan out. Well, I can officially inform you that it was definitely not as I expected! 

When I met my friend’s at the bar I quickly realised that the guy who I was potentially going to hook up with had told all of our friends of his plans and that I was a ‘sure thing’. Well you can imagine my reaction to that bombshell and it turns out I was right to have reservations about him! He proceeded to buy me drinks and try to win me over but I really wasn’t interested after that. I continued to have fun and forgot about it.

Now, as a student I lived with my ex boyfriend and a few other people (lads and girls) and my old flatmates were out too. I have always found one of these flat mates of mine rather attractive (let’s call him J) and we have always got on well. When I arrived, he grabbed me and span me round and made me dance with him before I even had chance to get a drink. J and I continued to flirt throughout the night and it soon dawned on me that I might end up at his flat by the end of the evening. And that’s exactly what happened! He was the last person I would ever have expected to end up with – he lived with me during my last relationship and obviously got on well with my ex. But, these things happen, I had a lot of fun and I am very relieved to report my 3 month long dry spell has been broken!

J and I jumped into and taxi and were already kissing before he had managed to shut the door behind him. I do feel a little sorry for our taxi driver, but I don’t think we could control ourselves! I was quite drunk by this point but it made me lose my inhibitions, something I definitely needed! I will spare you the gory details about how we spent our time together but I can assure you I got very little sleep! What I didn’t think about though, was the mortifying walk of shame through the city centre that faced me the next day. I was very red-faced as I traipsed through town in last nights outfit amongst commuters in business suits on their way to work – but the embarrassment couldn’t keep the smile off my face as I remembered what I had been up to only a few hours before! This is something that I have never experienced before and I will hold my hand up and admit that as a 24 year old – this was my first one night stand!

This won’t go any further, it was carefree and no-strings-attached but it’s given me more confidence to go out and pursue these sorts of encounters. I had a lot more fun on a night out than I have in a long time and it was great to be able to chat and flirt with different people and I honestly found myself laughing and smiling all evening – I felt sexy and confident and it was nice that my old friends noticed and commented on the change in me. I feel much more like myself nowadays, I think I lost a sense of who I am during my relationship and it’s nice to have that back.

So that’s my latest adventure in my quest to navigate single life and I am starting to think that I’m starting to get a handle on things. I feel much better now I have taken the pressure to ‘date’ and find someone off and my resolution to focus on having as much fun as possible is starting to pay off. Hopefully I will continue to have some great little adventures to share with you all.

As always, thank you for reading!

L x

Moral Dilemma. 

It was only in my last post for Diary of a Single Girl that I was talking about wanting to go out and have more fun while I am at a point in my life where I have the option to do that. I want to have no regrets when I look back on my time as a singleton and I want to shrug of my sensible side and let loose a little. And tonight I have the opportunity to do just that. An old friend from university recently got back in touch and tonight he is coming to stay in the city and is getting some of the old gang back together for a night on the town. He has been in a very similar situation to myself, spent most of his uni days in a long term relationship and has now found himself single at the age of 25 and wondering where to go from here. He’s a teacher like me, isn’t looking for something too serious, like me, and is a caring decent guy. Ticks all the boxes right?

Almost. The problem is this- he’s slept with quite a few girls I know. I have a sneaky feeling that he hasn’t always been committed in his past relationships. He has made it pretty clear that if I wanted to hook up tonight, he’s game and after 3 months flying solo so to speak, it’s a pretty tempting offer I have to admit. I mean, it’s not every day that you get the chance to sleep with someone who you already know and trust. But the sensible side of me is saying STAY AWAY! I don’t want to tread on the toes of his ex, or his ex ex come to think of it. And the chances of this little escapade staying between the two of us is highly unlikely- if there is one thing my uni friends are excellent at, it’s spreading gossip. So I’m pretty torn. The new fun- seeking part of me is saying go for it, you only live once and it’s not like I want this to lead on to anything more committed or serious- something he is definitely not the guy for! But the other side of me is saying I should maybe be looking for people outside my circle of friends. What’s a girl to do?! I guess all can say is watch this space! The next post in this series might end up being a juicy one!

As always, any advice on this matter is very much welcomed! Please leave a comment with what you think I should do!

Love always,

L x

Estée Lauder Hydra Lustre Lipstick

So I wanted to do a quick post before bedtime and share with you a purchase I made today on a trip to Chesire Oaks.  For those of you not from the north of England, Cheshire Oaks is a designer outlet where lots of great bargains can be found. They have lots of outlet stores including French Connection, Levi, Jack Wills, Michael Kors and just so much more! Considering I live only 40 mins away, you would think I would visit on a regular basis but I actually have only been a handful of times and it was a friend who suggested we visited today. After seeing the amazing discounts on offer, I have decided must go there more regularly to indulge in some retail therapy. 

Anyway, we stumbled upon a cosmetics shop with stocked with lots of luxury brands like MAC, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Smashbox & Bobbi Brown. I was in heaven! All the products were discounted and they seemed to be older lines or products in less popular shades. That didn’t limit the choice though and there was definitely something for everyone. I could easily have picked up a lot more items but I am trying to spend less money now that my house purchase is coming up. There was however, one thing I just could not resist. 

  

This is the first Estée Lauder lipstick I have owned and it was more the beautiful packaging that caught my eye. Second was the colour- a nude shade which looked very close to my natural lip colour called Cocoa Rose. Now I am a sucker for nude lipstick- in fact I have a post in the pipeline where I plan to share my favourite shades in my nude lip colour collection- but I do believe that every girl should own a ‘my lips but better’ lip product and I think this is the one for me! 

   

The gold metal case feels heavy and luxurious in my hand and I know it will stand the ultimate test of surviving in my handbag! First impressions of the product itself are really positive- I like the colour, it’s nicely pigmented and the formula is beautiful. It’s not drying at all and has a nice glossy finish without being sticky. A winner all round I think!

   

   

Obviously, these are only my immediate thoughts, but I’m pretty sure this will stand the test of time.

What is your ‘go to’ lip product? Would love some inspiration for my next shopping trip! Hope you are all well- as always, feel free to leave a link to your blogs/recent posts for me to stop by and have a read!

Lots of love,

L x