Monday, 25 February 2013

30 Random Facts About Me

I've seen loads of Bloggers and YouTubers doing these '[Insert Number Here] Random Facts About Me' posts at the moment so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and see what little pieces of info I can dredge up!

1) I have been a Vegetarian my entire life - No I do not eat fish.
2) When I was 3 I stood in a wasps nest and had over 200 stings all over my body.
3) I trained as a hairdresser for over a year.
4) Me and Andrew first got together when we were 14 (9 years ago argh!) but we broke up in the playground after a whirlwind month long romance.
5) I hated my University.
6) I am useless with phones, I dropped my Iphone down the toilet just the other week.
7) I am an only child.
8) Even though I have moved out I speak to my mum atleast twice a day, every day.
9) One of my eyes is green and the other is half green, half brown.
10) I love cheese more than anyone in the world - Seriously.
11) I used to be (still am) so in love with Dougie Poynter from Mcfly that I hyperventilated.
12) My guilty crushes are Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsey, Alan Sugar...
13) I don't have a sweet tooth.
14) I live off Carbs.
15) I have watched every episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer atleast 100 times.
16) I don't like surprises.
17) I am terrible with money.
18) I have Asthma, Eczema and Hayfever.
19) I have never been a Becky, always a Becca.
20) I am shy around people I don't know.
21) I never leave the house without makeup on, sad but true.
22) I hate being away from home, travelling has never appealed to me.
23) I hate public displays of affection, VOM.
24) I wiggle my toes 24/7, even in my sleep.
25) I have 3 tattoos. 
26) I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 21 and they have already closed up.
27) I've had my children's names picked out since I was 16.
28) I have wanted to start YouTube for years but hate the sound of my own voice.
29) I hate onion more than anything else.
30) I only get dressed if I'm leaving the house, I live in my pjs at home and wish it was acceptable to go to work in them.

I hope that was vaguely interesting for you, Feel free to let me know any weird facts about you!


Saturday, 23 February 2013

OOTD - Playing Hot & Cold

It's been ages since I last did an outfit post, Daisy cost a small fortune so unfortunately my other love (shopping) has had to go on the back burner. This has resulted in me having no inspiration to piece any interesting items together and all my outfits have been looking very boring and samey. I often find it really tricky to know what to wear during these transitional months; One minute it's glorious sunshine, and the next (like now) It's snowing again! This is a little outfit I put together the other day, using old neglected items from the bottom of my floordrobe, to welcome in a little bit of sun.

Scarf - Zara
Dress - Topshop
Shirt - H&M
Necklace - Topshop
Bag - Radley 'Holloway'
Boots - Office 'Dextor Strap'
Lips - Revlon 'Smoked Peach'

I'm hoping that when pay day comes around this month I'll be able to treat myself to a few new bits to get my wardrobe ready for spring, what do you think are the key pieces for S/S 2013?


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Boots Beauty Haul

I went into Boots the other day to buy a new conditioner and as is always the case with these pesky little 'drug store' trips I came out with a lot more than intended. My skin has been really suffering with all these temperature changes, my usually oily skin has become incredibly dry and patches of Eczema have flared up on parts of my face (mmm). Couple that with my Mascara and Primer both running out at the same time and a genuine addiction to lipsticks, things obviously got a little out of hand.

Aveeno Skin Relief Lotion with Shea Butter - I always use Aveeno products when my Eczema flares up and as it's really bad at the moment I decided to invest in a new lotion. I can normally tell pretty instantaneously if it is going to work for me and unfortunately this one isn't. I thought the added Shea Butter would make it extra moisturising but it just hasn't felt any better and it leaves a residue on the skin that I'm not keen on. I think if you were just looking for a good moisturising body lotion you may like this, but for Eczema it's just not up to the standards I generally expect from Aveeno products.

Dr.Jart Pore Refine Recover Primer - As I already mentioned, my Collection 2000 'Primed and Ready' Primer has just finished and I have been on the look out for a new one. I did think the Collection one was good value for money but it was too thick and silliconey for my liking and I do feel like it highlighted any dry patches rather than smoothing over them. Previously I have also tried the Benefit 'Porefessional', Clarins 'Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch' and L'oreal 'Lumi Magique Primer' and whilst I liked all 3, with the Clarins one being a definite front runner, I decided to try something new and plumped for the Dr.Jart one after hearing so many rave reviews about other products such as the BB creams. So far I have only tried this primer once but the initial impressions are good, not overwhelming, but good. It is a gel that leaves you with a slightly dewy finish which is quite unusual for a primer. I will do a full review when I have fully made up my mind about it but so far so good. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - After hearing so much hype about this product I just couldn't resist picking it up when I saw it for 1/3 off in Boots. It is essentially a treatment for oily/blemish prone skin, and whilst my skin has been feeling more dry lately, I have been breaking out all over the place and I know now the weather is warming up slightly I will be back to my usual oily self in no time. I tried this last night and this morning and I just love the way it sinks into the skin. Obviously I can't say much on it until I have tested it further but first impressions are very promising and I have high hopes for this massively hyped product.

Organix Macademia Oil Conditioner - My hair is super dry after dip dying it and using heat on it so I was in desperate need of a good conditioner to put some moisture back into it. I haven't heard much about this range on any blogs I read but I thought I would give it a try anyway as I know Macademia Oil is meant to be amazing.

Maybelline 'The Falsies' Mascara - For some reason I never buy anything from Maybelline, apart from the Colour Tattoos I don't think I've actually tried any of their products. I don't know what it is about them but their products just never appeal to me and I always find myself getting more drawn in by other highstreet brands such as Revlon and Rimmel. I've heard a lot of people go on about The Falsies Mascara though and decided to give it a go while Maybelline were on buy one get one half price at Boots. The wand has a curved brush with plenty of bristles but the Mascara is quite wet which I'm not a big fan of. I think I'll be sticking with my favourite Clarins 'Wonder Perfect' Mascara in the future.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 'Electric Orange' - I just love orange lipstick so couldn't wait to get my hands on this shade when I heard about from the Vivid Collection. This is the first and only time I have ever felt excited by any Maybelline products and I am pleased to say the pigmentation and formula is excellent. Electric Orange is a true, neon orange unlike my other favourite orange, Topshop's 'Infrared' which has a lot more red in it. I will definitely be picking up more of these shades, Neon Red is next on my list!

I'm really enjoying seeing all the new products highstreet beauty brands are bringing out for Spring/Summer. I am desperate to get my hands on a few of the Rimmel 'Apocalips' lip laquers that everyone is raving on about at the moment but all the colours I've had my eye on were sold out with them being on 3 for 2. What are your favourite drug store beauty buys?


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Everybody Meet Daisy!

Hello all! Bet you've forgotten who I am, I won't start by making excuses as to why I haven't blogged in over a month, unfortunately life just gets in the way sometimes. As I am sure you will all be well aware if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or any other social media for that matter), just over a fortnight ago me and Andrew became the proud owners of a tiny little puppy called Daisy! I thought what better way to get back into the swing of blogging than to bombard you with a ton of cute fluffball photos.

Daisy is 3/4 Bichon Frise, 1/4 Chihuahua and we got her from an independent breeder in Chesterfield; about an hours drive from Leeds. She was the last puppy available in the litter and I was incredibly relieved when she seemed really comfortable around us when we went to visit her. The lady we got her from was absolutely lovely and so incredibly helpful, she was also asking a lot of questions about us and what sort of home we could provide Daisy with. This is extremely important; If you ever go to see a puppy and the breeder isn't interested in finding out about you, there's probably something they aren't telling you.

The first night we brought Daisy home she was quite nervous as you would expect, but Bichon's are very sociable, friendly breeds so she soon came out of her shell and she is extremely playful and loves cuddling up on the sofa and watching TV. We took her to the vets last week to have a check up, have her weighed and to sort out her fleeing and worming treatments. This was also the first time she was around any other dogs other than her mother and her brothers and sisters so it was interesting to see how she would interact but luckily she didn't seem at all phased and she loves meeting new dogs and new people. She weighed in at 2kg at the vets, so quite small for her 13 weeks of age but she is perfectly healthy and energetic!

Shortly after her trip to the vets we took her on her very first walk to the local park. We weren't sure how she'd find it as she's not really one for walking, she constantly likes to be picked up, but she actually seemed to really enjoy it. She was extremely relaxed around other dogs, some of whom were about 4 times her size, and this seemed to make them relaxed around her also. It was the weirdest feeling taking her for her first walk, you feel like your in an exclusive club with all the other dog walkers and everyone chats to you, it's like some unspoken bond! One problem we have encountered with taking her outside is that she gets extremely cold and shivery, I think sometimes we forget how small she actually is, she has so much fur and fluff but her actual body is tiny. To try and counteract this we bought her a little jacket from Pets at Home and that seems to give her that bit of extra warmth.

It is now over 2 weeks since Daisy arrived at our home and she seems fully relaxed and settled. This has resulted in her chewing everything in site and she certainly knows what she likes and what she doesn't like. Trying to bathe her is an absolute nightmare, she HATES it, but she loves being snuggled up after in loads of blankets and a hot water bottle (all wrapped up safely I may add!) so it's swings and roundabouts really! She's sleeping downstairs all night now without any whining or crying and is learning to sit - although that could just be because she is incredibly lazy!

If any of you have any good tips to stop puppies chewing everything in site then please let me know because nothing seems to be working at the moment and I'm not sure we will have a house left soon! I hope you have all had a good month and be sure to let me know what you've been up to in the comments.