Sunday, 13 April 2014

Generation Inspiration

Hey lovelies, this post is a little different to my usual posts. It is the most personal post I have shared with you and I was a little hesitant to share it with you guys at first. I would really appreciate it if you did take the time to read this, it would mean so much to me! So here we go...

I am now at the age where a lot of my friends are beginning to settle down, get married, and before I know it we will all be having children. It’s quite scary how fast life goes, and although many think life quietens down when you hit 50, this is most certainly not the case. LV=Generation are looking for bloggers to write a post about who inspires them the most who is over the age of 50 and I have chosen two special people in my life, my parents.

My parents have been happily married for 29 years now; they have two children (my brother and I) and one grandson, who they absolutely adore. My dad has run his own business for the majority of his working life, he works six days a week, sometimes seven, with little time for himself. Despite this he always finds time for this family. Being in his late fifties, he has actually begun to start doing more in life. He has taken up golf, he is working on the house, he is even going on a fast car experience in a few months! My mum works part time and therefore has a bit more time to herself, she likes to travel and spends most of her time with family.

A few years ago my mum fell ill. After seeing various different Doctors she was diagnosed with depression and severe anxiety and signed off from work. Fortunately I had graduated from University and was therefore living at home and in the process of looking for a job. The job hunt was put on hold and I was therefore able to help care for my mother a lot of the time, as hard as it was. I often woke up to the sound of my mum crying, she was struggling to eat and therefore she lost a lot of weight, had no energy to do anything and was generally scared of life. This hit me hard and thankfully my dad was there, he was the rock in our family.

Without fail, he never missed a Doctors or hospital appointment, despite 90% of appointments being during working hours. He paid to have the best care she could get, taking time out of work to get her medication and coming home whenever we needed him. Although we were the support for my mum, he was also support for me. Now that my mum is almost herself again she has shown her strength in getting through this. Due to some blips with the NHS she didn’t get the CBT that she needed, but she battled through it herself – training her mind to think differently.  Now she is back at work, loving love and not letting her anxiety effect her life.

This story shows just one way that my parents have inspired me. My dad, who stays strong when times are hard - being able to keep a business running whilst being there for us 24/7. He has managed to run a successful business for most of his life and I really admire that - I know where I get my entrepreneurial spirit from! My mum, who got through depression and anxiety, that at the time seemed never ending. She did it with very little help and kept on battling through. They continue to inspire me to pursue my own dreams and goals in life and I am really proud to call them my parents. 

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* This post was written for the LV= Generation Inspiration competition

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

March Favourites

Surprisingly I have never written a monthly favourites posts, I tend to stick to monthly empties posts instead. As I am on a spending ban I am getting through a lot of products, which means I am also trying out lots of new products that have been hidden in my cupboards and I really want to share these with you! I am planning on doing a big empties post at the end of my spending ban to show just how much you get through when you are not continuously buying new products!

Firstly, I have been loving the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (£6.99). Although I have been on a spending ban since the beginning of the year, I was in dire need of a new foundation this month, so I popped to Boots and picked this up.  Yet again Rimmel have produced another amazing foundation. This is a lightweight foundation with medium coverage that is buildable. It is not drying in the slightest, it actually feels quite moisturising, and leaves a lovely dewy effect. I may even prefer it to my favourite, the Wake Me Up foundation.

During the winter months I rarely fake tan, only on special occasions, but now that we are heading into the warmer months I have been needing to apply it more often.  I was sent Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Moose* (£7.99) to try out a while back and I had heard nothing but good things about it, so though it was about time I tried it for myself. Firstly, the scent. Ah, how nice it is to not smell like a cookie. The application is great and what I was most impressed by was the colour. It was the most natural looking tan I have used to date, not orange in the slightest. It also develops much quicker than other tans, ideal when you are in a bit of a rush!

Pre shampoo treatments are something that I have only recently began to dabble in and I have already managed to find a gem. L'Huile de Leonor Greyl* (£26) is a super light weight oil that helps to repair, protect and soften your hair.  You apply it 10 or 15 minutes before washing your hair and it leaves your hair smelling amazing, and as a result my hair is looking much healthier and more shiny. I can’t wait to use this in the summer where my hair tends to suffer in the sun and sea. A little note, this product becomes a solid under 25 degrees celcius (which is 90% of the year in the UK) and so you may need to leave it in some hot water to melt it a bit.

Lastly, I have been absolutely loving the Somerset Meadow hand cream (£5) from Crabtree & Evelyn this month, so much so that I have almost finished it! It is full of moisturising ingredients (such as macadamia nut oil and shea butter) that absorb instantly and leave my hands feeling soft and not greasy in the slightest. It has a lovely fresh scent that reminds me of wild flowers, just like being in a meadow and I really cannot get enough of it. This little one is only £5, which I would happily pay every time - this will be repurchased!

What have you been loving this month?

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Co-horted – the new buyapowa?

One of my first posts on this blog was about the website Buyapowa, a place where prices drop as people shop. You could pick up various beauty brands (such as Mac, Benefit, Urban Decay) for much cheaper than their retail price and I was a big fan! Disappointingly they gradually phased out beauty products and now it doesn’t look like you can buy through Buyapowa anymore.

Recently I stumbled across Co-horted, a site very similar to Buyapowa, and just had to share it with you guys! I am pleased to see they sell beauty products with discounts of up to 61%, providing a great way to try new products at a fraction of the price. My favourite offer that was on at the time of writing this post was the DiorShow Backstage Mascara which has an RRP of £23 but is currently at £14, and it could still reduce!

Have you purchased anything from Co-horted?

P.S – I always check out this page and add my e-mail to any products that I would be interested in purchasing. You will then receive an e-mail when the cohort is live so you don’t miss out!

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Meet my April Advertisers

Hello lovely ladies - what a lovely day it is today :) I went out for breakfast this morning and it was huge yet so good, I am still stuffed now! I don't have much planned for the weekend, possibly going out for some drinks tonight, but other than that I will be tidying and cleaning.  So my previous advertisers have now been on my blog for a month and it is now time to update you with my new advertisers! This month I have the lovely Gwen, Aimee, and Lauren sitting on my blog. Please do check them out as they are some talented ladies :)

Hi I'm Aimee from Aimee Loves. I started my blog in January this year after realising that i needed to justify my ever growing stash of beauty bits. My main focus is beauty, but i do like to sneak in the occasional baking or lifestyle post. I love having my own space on the web where I can chat about what I love, there is something quite therapeutic about it really. I have loved my blogging journey so far and how its turned out, I hope that you will too!

Peacock Beauty is a blog dedicated to colorful makeup and beauty discoveries for the everyday girl. As a former gamer-girl and first time make-up wearer at the age of 28, I am eager to try EVERYTHING. You will find a wide variety of products and viewpoints from my makeup and beauty journey. I review products from a fresh angle, post daily pictures of my make-up experiments, chat about it on YouTube and much more (the back of my hand is permanently swatched!).

Fashion Killer aims to inspire fashionistas through trend articles and daily outfits and take an insight into the wonderful world of Lauren Nicole as she grows; style wise and life wise. Fashion Killer opens the doors into a world many people have never experienced; Lauren Nicole's world. 

FK is looking for you to help out so please vote for FK as "best teen style blogger at"  

I hope you find some new favourites! Let me know if you do :)

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