Monday, 22 May 2017

FUN FILLED WEEKEND + I GOT LIP FILLERS !!




If you haven't already guessed by the picture it is my Mum's 60th Birthday today, Happy Birthday Mum. We celebrated this weekend by going to Dobbies Garden Centre on the Friday and I spent way too much but got some cute plants for outside my house and some indoor accessories including candles, obv. We also ate way too much cake at Dobbies but I mean it's essential when it's someones birthday right?!


I made my mums Birthday cake for a little extra special effort, i'm actually pretty pleased how it came out given it was a bit of a rush making it. I'm definitely going to practice making bigger cakes a lot more now I know i can do it and it wasn't terrible! Look out for some more recipe posts... 




On Saturday all the family came around my mums house and we had loads of chinese food and a good natter, it was such a fun filled weekend, quite literally as I also got lip fillers on Saturday! I've been thinking about it for over a year but didn't want to rush into it and wanted to find the right place too and I finally did it!! let me know if you would want a full review on the process before and after pics etc and I will definitely do that. 






Let me know in the comments below what you got up to this weekend, I would love to know. 



Love Gill x 


Sunday, 14 May 2017

A BEAUTY HAUL




The day I walk in to Boots and buy just what I am after is the day I think I will really worry about myself haha! I never come out with just what I need, there are always products that seem to jump into my basket and come home with me. I love trying out new products and new brands, I mean I kinda need to for my blog, right?! Girls, we all know the struggles..

So what did I pick up on my trip to Boots? 

First up is the Oh K Sheet Mask this was right at the front door and I fell for it, I noticed it was new in and so I just had to try it out. 

I knew I wanted to try the L'Oreal Nude Cushion Foundation so I picked that up and as it was 3 for 2 I picked up the L'Oreal Blush in shade 90 - Rose Eclat and a L'Oreal Lip Liner in the shade Perfect Red.

I then noticed the new Max Factor Bronzer so obviously as it was new I had to try it out, I picked this up in the shade 05- Light Gold. Sticking with face products i decided to try out a Sleek Blush as I've never tried blushes from this brand, I picked up shade Antique. 

From Nyx I picked up the Nyx Butter Gloss in the shade Cherry Cheesecake which is such a nice summer shade, can't wait to wear it! I then picked up a new Nyx Lip Liner in the shade Pink Cantaloupe you can't have too many lip liners! I also picked up a Nyx Eyebrow Gel in the shade Blonde, I've seen many Youtubers use this so wanted to give it a go. 

The last thing from Boots is a Rimmel Eye Liner in the shade 02 - Denim Blue i think this will look really nice teamed with the coral lip butter.

I was returning a couple of things to New Look and decided to look at their make up, they had a sale on some things so I picked up a Matte Lipstick in the shade Rose Quartz and a Eyeliner Pen in black. 

Keep an eye out for some first impressions coming up on some of these products. 

Let me know in the comments below if you would like to read about any of these products more in depth and my review? 



Love Gill x 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

LIFE UPDATE - LOSING WEIGHT




Where did April go?! It's hard to believe that it's now May and we are almost half way through the year, like what?! 

I've been completely absent from my blog and all social media for over a week now, not going to lie I have been absolutely loving it! I've been thinking about getting back on twitter etc during last week but have stopped myself doing it as I've been trying to get into a routine of exercise and losing weight which I am glad to say is working well. I've lost half a stone in just over a week purely by eating better and exercising everyday.

I know if I'm on social media or blogging I spend sooo much time on it that I just wont bother doing the gym because it then gets too late, excuse after excuse. The only way I was going to put my all into it was by coming off social media all together and focus all my attention on myself. I need to work on a tight schedule where I have time to blog and also exercise but also have a life at the same time, help me!!! 

Coming up in a few weeks will be my mums 60th birthday which I'm really excited about albeit she probably wont be haha! We will likely just have a small family get together, nothing huge as she doesn't want a party or anything. I still need to figure out what I'm going to get her.

Would love it if you left a little comment with any hints and tips you may have for losing weight 



Love Gill x 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

NEW L'OREAL MASCARA - BABY ROLL




I went in to Boots to get a lip liner and as usual come out with stuff I don't need or maybe i do need, definitely need. I'm not going to lie I looked at all the mascara's in this range then noticed they are giving one of these cute eye masks for free with them it totally sold me. Marketing works and it works extremely well with me. 


The new Miss Baby Roll Mascara by L'oreal comes in 5 different options, Black, Black Waterproof, Lilac, Indigo and Teal. I went for black because I didn't feel brave enough for a coloured mascara but I'm now seriously thinking of getting the Indigo shade for my bottom lashes if I'm going to do a bit more of an 'out there' look. 





I don't own a mascara like this with this kind of wand, I always think these fancy wands are a bit of a fad and don't pay attention to them, it's not what makes me buy a mascara. This mascara claims to:

" Our mega curl roller brush curls lashes from the root, for an instant lash lift! The quick mega volume formula volumises lashes and holds them in a curl all day"

I can definitely say these claims are true, I definitely noticed a lot more lift in my lashes and they were more curled. I don't have straight lashes though they are naturally a little bit more curled so can't say if this will work for sure on straight lashes. I really love this and can see myself repurchasing it.


Let me know in the comments below what your favourite mascara is?



Love Gill x 




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

8 THINGS I'D TELL MYSELF WHEN LEARNING TO DRIVE




As I was scrolling through my feed reading blog posts for inspo I read Rebecca's post (From Roses) which I have linked here. Rebecca talked about being an anxious driver and just passing her test, congrats! Highly recommend you give it a read if you are currently doing driving lessons or about to sit your test.

I took inspiration from this as I remember when I was doing my lessons and just passing my test that  it was absolute hell for me and I hated every.single.second.of.it. What would I tell myself if I was to learn to drive again?!


1. Relax 

Easier said than done but just try to keep calm and relax and try to enjoy it. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has to learn and start from somewhere. Try your best, get the most out of your lessons and relax!

2. Don't cancel bookings 

This is one I done frequently, towards the end of my lessons I would cancel if I had a really bad lesson knowing I had another in 2 days time for 2 hours. I couldn't bear to think of going through it all again so soon. Do not cancel unless you absolutely have to, it drags it out even longer and gives you more time to panic over the small things. I would recommend getting lessons once or twice a week to get it done quicker.

3. It's OK to be anxious 

I always felt like I was being an utter fool for getting so worked up and anxious before and after lessons and even once I'd passed my test for a good while I after. I hated driving, I was soo nervous about it all the time. I would literally sweat before a lesson or once I had passed my husband asked me to pick him up and i just burst into tears because I was so anxious about driving. I finally figured out that I didn't hate driving, I just hated driving a manual car and got an automatic which literally changed my life. I have now been driving 6 years and will drive anywhere!

4. Take someone calm in the car with you 

We all know it's crazy expensive for driving lessons so it's great to go out with 'L' plates on with your mum / dad or partner to save money and get some experience. Take someone who is calm or even better someone you aren't as close to as you are less likely to argue or say you can't do it. My husband took me out a couple times and it was a disaster to say the least. He just didn't have the patience for it and was more worried about me damaging the car haha! 

5. You can go for an automatic license 

Now this isn't something many people advise and to be honest I am glad I didn't do my automatic license as i do have the option to drive a manual and learn again. As I have said, I was sooo nervous and anxious driving a manual that I knew I was a danger on the road. Yes, it comes with time and practice but for me it wasn't getting any better only worse. I knew I had to go automatic when I was driving (by myself) and my car broke down in a yellow box on one of the busiest junctions. Cars were beeping at me from every angle and I couldn't move the car. That to me was the last straw, I couldn't take it anymore and said I would never step foot in a manual car, 6 years later I've still never driven a manual again. 

6. Focus on your own driving 

This was something I did alll the time I would constantly be looking at my rear view mirror panicking that people were driving too close to me etc. My driving instructor always said to me to focus on what I am doing and where I am going not anyone behind me. Whatever happens behind you is their issue not yours, focus on what you are doing but still be vigilant we all know there are complete idiots on the roads. 

7. Don't tell people you have your test booked 

I told so many people I was going for my test and I got them all asking me when it was how i was feeling about it etc and it just added to the pressure and anxiety around it. It was even worse when I failed my first test and had to tell everyone, I decided not to tell anyone about my 2nd test apart from my husband and I'm sooo glad I done that because i didn't have that added pressure there. I did pass on my 2nd test! 

8. YOU CAN DO IT 

Yes, you can! Tell yourself you can and will do it, give it your all and focus. When I done my 2nd test I was all ready to go with my examiner when another guy came out with a pin stripe suit and clipboard on him and announced, I will be coming with you to examine the examiner. He sat behind me in the car and for a split second I wanted to burst into tears but thought no, I can do this, I know exactly what I am doing just get it done and I did! 



I hope this has helped some of you and let me know in the comments below if you have any tips if you are or were learning to drive? 




Love Gill x 


Sunday, 16 April 2017

SPRING DECOR




I love homewear all year round but Spring homewear is just on another level. I love the white, pink and floral look which is everywhere at the moment. There is no better place to go for it than Primark, you get so much for your money which means I buy a lot more to change it around all the time oh how my husband hates it. Girls are you with me? I mean we can't have the same decor all year round can we?! 

I recently done a '5 Things To Do in Spring' post and in there I suggested you do a Spring clean overhaul which doesn't just involve cleaning but changing up the decor, I always ensure my bedroom changes around frequently. It's where I take the majority of my blog pictures but actually spend a lot of time in there chilling out, it's a lot comfier than my sofa and it's brighter in there too which tends to give me a lot more ideas for blog posts, is that strange?






Everything you see in this picture, apart from the bed, side table and lamp and my little dog of course I am in love with this bedding though, it just screams Spring. The throw and matching cushion have pom poms around the outside, the bed cover itself is just plain white and cost me £ 12 for a king size, i know! how cheap is that? and it's actually not see through! Daisy also looks like she is loving the new bedding!

One thing I do need to add to my home is flowers and plants, I loooove tulips and daffodils throughout Spring along with some nice plants although I do struggle to keep them alive, someone please give me some tips! 





What do you change in your home for Spring? I'd love to know in the comments below.




Love Gill x 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

MINI EGG EASTER TRAY BAKE RECIPE




It's that time of year where the Easter baking starts again, rather than baking cupcakes I thought i'd do a tray bake as a little change and make it super Eastery! I had a look on Pinterest and took some inspo from there to make this sweet treat. 

There will no doubt be thousands of calories in these slices but we're all allowed a little treat once in a while aren't we?! I had one slice of this and had to put it back in the fridge as I know I will be addicted to it so taking it in to work with me so I don't eat it all.

Keep on reading to find out how I made this....






You Will Need

400g Milk Chocolate
125g Golden Syup
140g Unsalted Butter
100g Mini Marshmallows
200g Digestive Biscuits
350g Mini Eggs
100g Mini Oreo Eggs (or any you like)
50g White Chocolate


To Make 

1. Line a square tin with greasproof paper
2. Melt the milk chocolate, golden syrup and butter together

3. Crush digestive biscuits leaving them chunky and mix into the chocolate mixture along with the marshmallows, Oreo Eggs and Mini Eggs, note leave some mini eggs behind for decorating.

4. Pour into tin and press down and place in fridge

5. Melt the white chocolate and put into a icing bag, cut the tip of it off and decorate over your mixture from the fridge. Crush the remaining Mini Eggs and sprinkle over.

6. Place into the fridge for a couple hours to set then enjoy!


What do you think of this recipe? let me know in the comments below. 


Love Gill x