Friday, 27 March 2015

8 Films Every 90s Teenage Girl Will Have Loved!

So last night I may have slightly over indulged in a pizza take away bought via the just eat app!
Although it's really bad I bloody love the just eat website. I live in a pretty rural area and not many takeaways deliver to our village so it's nice to finally have a list of one's that do.

To go with my dirty pizza with chips and cheese I decided to indulge in a late 90s early 00s movie marathon on Netflix!

I got to reminiscing and decided I would share with you my top 8 films from my teens/early 20s.

1) Clueless - on Netflix!
I loved loved loved this film. I wanted to be Cher, I wanted a best friend like Dion and I was just a little bit in love with Josh!
Cher was my idol I bloody loved her!
'Rolling with the homies anyone'?

2) 10 things I hate about you!
Heath ledger at his finest!! OK maybe not but for any teenage girl in the late 90s this was a girlie sleepover must have. We must have known it word for word.

3) Bring it on!
The first and the original. The follow ups were never quiet as good. I'm fairly sure this was the only Kristen Dunst Film that didn't annoy the hell out of me.
Living in the UK I never really got the whole cheerleader thing but I really wanted to be one of them!
"Brrrr its cold in here"!

4) Never Been Kissed
This was just cute and sweet and a really easy film to watch when having a girlie sleepover. Looking back the plot left a lot to be desired but hey we were only 13/14.

5) American Pie
This was just the best! My parents hated me watching it which made me want to watch it even more. At the time it was really rude and catchphrases from the film were popping up all over the place. At the very least no one looked at an apple pie in the same way again!

6) The Blair Witch Project
This was pretty damn scary when it came out. All sorts of Urban Legends were going round about it. To be honest I'm not sure if I've ever seen it all the way through. Someone's parents always came in telling us off!

7) Coyote Ugly.
When I was a teenager I was utterly convinced that this is what all nights out would look like! Dancing on a bar perfectly in control of all my limbs spraying water on fellow party goers. Pretty sure i'd be arrested if I actually tried it now!

8) Cruel Intentions!
I'm yet to meet anyone who didn't love Ryan Phillipe in this movie. He was pretty gorgeous.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wish List Work Wear Wednesday

So this wish list is coming sooner than I thought but I'm desperately needing some new work clothes so i thought I would share my new wish list with you!

Buying work clothes for me is really hard.
I work in a very small but busy office. We don't often have people coming to the office so the dress code tends to be smart casual. For me that usually means jeans and a tee.
Now the spring is coming I'm getting fed up of wearing the same old things so have been scouring my favourite haunts for some new work clothes!

UK lifestyle blogger spring/summer office wear

What are your work wear staples?

Monday, 23 March 2015

7 Steps Ways to have the Perfect Pamper Night!

This is something I've been doing a LOT of lately! Spending time relaxing and taking time for myself.

UK Lifestyle blogger 7 ways to have the perfect pamper night

Yes 99% of the time I feel selfish doing so but usually the little Miss is in bed and my son will be hiding in his pit/bedroom!
I've found having a girlie night to myself at least once a week has really helped me deal with a lot of the crap that's been going on in my life at the minute.

So here's what I do......

Step 1) Pour Wine - Or if I'm feeling really healthy a big glass of ice cold water! This then comes up to the bathroom with me and sits on the side of the bath! Until I'm in relaxed and ready to drink it. Be careful not to spill wine into the bath...I've done this a few times and its just really really annoying!

Step 2) Light all the Candles - I love having candles in the bathroom with me. Scented ones are the best! Turn the lights off and suddenly I feel a lot more relaxed.

Step 3) Products, products and more products. Right about now I do a hair and face mask and sit back and chill for a bit.

UK Lifestyle blogger - Girls night in How to

Step 4) Rinse! Then I usually rinse everything off. Wash my hair and get out and Moisturize.

Step 5) PJ time! This has to be the best part of the night for me! I put on my fave pjs and big comfy socks!

Step 6) Read or watch Netflix. I'm pretty addicted to Pretty Little Liars at the minute so I'm currently working my way through that!

Step 7) Turn off the light - Yep a nice and simple on. Turn off the light early and get a good nights sleep!

How do You Have A Perfect Pamper Night?

Friday, 20 March 2015

International Day of Happiness!

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It's the UN International Day of Happiness - along with the Solar Eclipse!

I'll be joining the dance party later on their website. Pop over and take a look its hilarious!

You can also join in and make yourself happy by following the recent tips on my blog!

UK lifestyle blog celebrating UN International Happiness Day


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

8 Ways to Give Your Life A Much Needed Spring Detox

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The last few weeks I have been feeling shocking! Tired, unmotivated, stressed, everything! I'm tucked up in bed at 8:30pm most nights I mean come on!

I was secretly hopeful that when March came around I would start feeling full of the joys of spring and shake these feelings. Needless to say it didn't so for the rest of the month I plan on following this list to shake my life up and bit and put me in a better mood!

1. Buy a Book - I'm not talking War and Peace or some sleazy self help guide (unless that's what you are into) I'm talking a trashy, can't put down girlie chick lit book. Take time to read everyday instead of being addicted to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest Etc. It's harder to compare yourself with characters in a book!

2. Shave Your Legs! - It's nearly shorts and dresses weather! That means you have a limited time to de-fuzz and moisturise before the better weather comes! I know it's a tedious task but we all feel better afterwards! Go buy some new products and get rid of that winter coat

3. Water, Water, Water - Ok I know I've gone on about this before but it really does help. Drinking water has loads of health benefits that I'm not going to bang on about, it also clears up your skin and lets be honest the more water you drink the more you find yourself moving around (read running to the bathroom)

4. Pamper Night! - Combine this with step 2 and you're onto a winner. Visit Lush, light some candles and chuck in all the bath products you can find! Put on some music and relax!

5. Stop Being Anxious - Trust me I know how difficult this one is! I've suffered from anxiety most of my adult life. I've found a great way to de-stress is to put on some music and try and distract myself for just 5-10 mins. Then I repeat this a few times a day. Whilst the anxiety doesn't completely go I find that for 5-10mins it doesn't seem as bad!

6. Get some exercise - You knew this was coming! As a huge fitness lover I was always going to add it! There's no such thing as a bad workout and no matter how long or hard you go you'll always feel better for having done something!

7. Lists Lists Lists - Write some lists! I'm not talking life plans here but simple everyday lists. You'll feel a lot more organised and in control when you have done it!

8. Money - No matter how much or how little you have sorting your finances will make life a little less stressful. Make a budget you know you will stick to and include treats that you know you can look forward to!

Pay day cocktails anyone?

Monday, 16 March 2015

Eyebrow Tinting & Waxing First Ever Experience

Now I'm slightly ashamed to admit it but until last week I had never had my eyebrows waxed or tinted before.
I'd always opted instead to pluck them myself or in times of sheer desperation shave them!!!!!!!! I know not good at all and not something I would ever recommend!

UK Lifestyle blogger first eyebrow wax aged 30!

My first experience of waxing and tinting was a pretty damn good one if I'm honest.

Getting the tint put on was a somewhat daunting at first all I could see when I looked in the mirror were these 2 great massive thick eyebrows that resembled a recent drawing my daughter had done. However by the time they had been waxed I was thrilled with the outcome.

It took a couple of days for the tint to fade and I did spend the first 48 hours being told that I looked like this one from Dodgeball......

Uk Lifestyle blog beauty Monday

After getting my nails done I can see this fast becoming my fave go to beauty treatment. Its quick, cheap and can totally transform your whole look in a few mins!

What are your favourite beauty treatments?

Friday, 13 March 2015

Mothers Day Sugar Free Breakfast

One of my favourite days of the year is Mothers Day!

I'm not really all that fussed about getting bought presents from the kids on Mothers Day. I much prefer to be given cute handmade gifts or my favourite thing of all is to spend a day with them both without them both arguing.......Well I can dream!

Alternative Mothers Day Ideas

Mothers Day Mug - Kelly Connor Designs

I really love this mug from Kelly Connor Designs!
I've been dropping hints so fingers crossed one of the little darlings will have picked up on it? Check out all the other cute designs available too!

Now I'm slightly ashamed to admit it but I've never had pancakes for breakfast so I think for Mothers Day this year I'll be dropping some hints and hopefully the kids will make me some?

UK Lifestyle Blog Mothers Day Sugar Free Pancakes

Davina Sugar Free Pancakes

How would you spend your ideal Mothers Day?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Wish List Wednesday

This is a new feature I'm planning on doing from time to time generally whenever there is a big enough list of things I'm lusting after. It will vary from week to week and could be anything from Fashion, Beauty and Home ware, to bits for my kids and dog!

So introducing my very first WISH LIST WEDNESDAY!

Wish List Wednesday from UK Lifestyle Blogger

1: River Island   2: New Look   3: BooHoo
4: H&M   5: Dorothy Perkins

Monday, 9 March 2015

They're Real vs Roller Lash

Like most of the UK I sat waiting for Elle to hit the shelves....headed to Tesco only to find there was only one left on the shelf and some delightful person had torn the outer wrapping and nicked the Free Benefit Roller Lash mascara - I mean really......Anyway after some searching I managed to find a copy and finally get my hands on the mascara everyone was raving about.

I decided I wanted to give a totally honest review of the Roller Lash Mascara and compare it with the Benefit They're Real Mascara so after a month of testing here's my verdict.......

Uk Lifestyle blogger review of benefit roller lash mascara

So first up is the benefit Roller Lash mascara - In all honesty I'm not sure I get it? Over the month I've been using it I didn't find that it curled my lashes at all and I was still having to use my curlers. The formula was nice though and it wasn't too thick and clumpy - also compared to the They're Real mascara it was a dream to remove!

UK lifestyle blogger reviews benefit they're real mascara

 Benefit They're Real Mascara! - Now this one I LOVE - maybe that's why the Roller Lash didn't do it for me? Yes I have to use my curlers but when I'm done my eye lashes look long and thick and as someone who has spent a fortune getting eyelash extensions this is a god send!

The formula is a bit thick and I've found that it takes me literally forever to remove it. I don't wear make up everyday but despite my best scrubbing efforts you can still see there is some left on the following day.
Despite this though I love it and will not be in any hurry to go back to my old mascara........

What do you think? Roller or Real?

Friday, 6 March 2015

20 Ways to Make Yourself Happy!

UK Lifestyle blogger - ways to be happy


2) Reward yourself for good habits

3) Eat something really good! - The healthier the better you will feel

4) Stop Worrying

5) Stop Procrastinating

6) Be Productive

7) Do some Yoga and Relax

8) Exercise

9) Have a duvet Day - Netflix anyone?

10) Make a Plan

11) Stop thinking negatively

12) Stop gossiping and listening to rumors!

13) Log off social media for a WHOLE day

14) Clean the house - It'll make you feel better

15) Read a new book

16) Get outside into nature

17) Put some music on and turn the volume up LOUD!

18) Do something creative

19) Start a Diary

20) Decide to be HAPPY

What makes you Happy?

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Chapped Lips - Not Cute!

I have been suffering lately with really bad chapped lips.
I'm not sure if it's because of the weather, lack of hydration or just because I have generally been feeling run down - Knowing my luck it is probably a combination of all 3!

So I've been researching ways to heal them quickly......this is what has been working for me!

UK Lifestyle blogger lip balm review

1) Give them a good old Scrub - But not too hard! I've been lightly brushing away the dead skin with an old toothbrush feels a bit weird and leaves them a bit tingly but generally gets rid of the dead dried flaky skin.

2) Carmex - Yes it's cheap and cheerful and was found at the til in Primark, but honestly it's the best lip balm I've used in ages. After scrubbing I apply a thin (very thin) coat of lip balm and wait for it to soak in.......I then apply a second layer just before i fall asleep.

3) WATER - Water, water, water - Yes it's the answer to all of life's' little problems. In all seriousness though I've found that by increasing my water intake just a bit and following all the steps above I've been able to pretty much eliminate my chapped lips!

What are your favourite lip treatments??

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